Position: County & environment reporter

Email: jromeo@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4515

About: Jonathan Romeo has been with The Durango Herald since August 2015, serving as the Health & Environment reporter. A native of New Jersey, Romeo received a journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. He has freelanced for The Boulder Weekly, Listen Up Denver and several other publications throughout the West. He was most recently working as an Associate Editor for an online news publication outside Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Durango. Read More

Have we seen the end of El Niño?

All around Durango, the sight of hikers in short sleeves, nighttime bike riders and spring-like days in March point to one baffling question: Have we seen the end of El Niño? “That’s a heck of a...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Ranger reveals how Forest Service evolved

A retired Forest Service ranger who witnessed the heavily commercial side of the agency butt against a growing conservation movement over the span of five decades will speak Wednesday at Fort Lewis...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

40 illegally operating wells ordered shut down in La Plata County

A cease-and-desist order has been issued to two oil and gas companies for illegally operating 40 wells in La Plata County, which state officials say “constitute an emergency situation posing a...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

3 Southwest Coloradoans win fire mitigation awards

Southwest Coloradoans accounted for 3 out of 12 awards handed out nationally for fire mitigation work performed in communities. The National Fire Mitigation Award is authorized by four firefighting...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spruce Tree House closure a disappointment, not a deterrent to visitors

Despite the closure of one of the park’s most popular attractions, Mesa Verde National Park rangers don’t anticipate a drop in visitors to the 13th century ruins, which are a critical element to...

DATE: March 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM extends comment period on oil and gas lease in HD Mountains

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday granted a two-week extension for public comment on a contentious proposal to sell 6,137-acres in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield in an oil and gas...

DATE: March 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec granny leads ‘Toxic Tour of Hell’

Shirley “Sug” McNall has become the black sheep among not only her family, but also the community in which she lives, and it’s not hard to see why. Her “Toxic Tour of Hell” exposes the ugly side of...

DATE: March 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Etched in stone, ‘living spirits’ tell sacred story

For Pueblo Tribal Council member Paul Tosa, human-made markings on stone are not “rock art,” the commonly used term. Instead, he says the etchings left by his ancestors nearly 800 years ago are...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Budgeting issues, high flows delay Durango Whitewater Park improvements

Budgeting issues and high water have caused planned improvements to Durango Whitewater Park to be put off until after the high-flow season, drawing concern from some rafting companies adversely...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two Durango restaurants undergo changes, another closes

After a few Durango restaurants recently went out of business, the closure of Guido’s Favorite Foods and Main Event Sports Bar & Grill raised some serious concerns among food lovers. But owners at...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetle-kill zones surprisingly rich in biodiversity

The drive over Wolf Creek Pass, scarred by the spruce beetle outbreak, can elicit strong emotions in the nature lover. Several logging sales may be on the way, but new research suggests ravaged...

DATE: March 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Concerns raised over King II coal mine dump site

Residents concerned with groundwater contamination from waste disposed by King II coal mine have prompted state officials to test for potentially volatile compounds such as lead and mercury. Since...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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