Position: County & environment reporter

Email: jromeo@durangoherald.com

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

Zika and Durango: Will the virus land here?

Elevation, an arid climate and cool temperatures have warded off mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus to Durango, but for how long is anyone’s guess as the detested insects march north. “I...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

Search-and-rescue crews’ new tool will help with wilderness extractions

Southwest Colorado’s hazardous terrain entices outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world – but adds an obstacle for search-and-rescue teams tasked with ensuring their safety. However, equipment...

DATE: June 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing taxidermy sheep reappears – without its clothes

If ever there was an “only in Durango” moment, here it is: a taxidermy sheep that was stolen from outside a local art gallery May 27 reappeared the next morning in the lobby of the Durango Police...

DATE: June 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Experienced hands pass on river-running knowledge

They come from all over, and for all different reasons. Recent graduates from Flagstaff looking for summer work. A family who just scored a permit to raft the Grand Canyon and wants to sharpen...

DATE: June 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s No. 2 crime

Now that marijuana is legal, it’s quite possible there’s a new top crime in Durango that goes largely unpunished: pet owners not cleaning up their dog’s poop. But that might soon change as local...

DATE: June 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dolores County farmer, restaurateur dies in crash

Dolores County farmer and native Stanley Daves was killed Saturday afternoon when a truck struck his tractor on U.S. Highway 491, about a mile west of Dove Creek. According to Colorado State Patrol...

DATE: May 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cruiser Crit cyclists get creative with colorful costumes

A man dressed as America, a bunny rabbit and carrot duo, and a team of four garbed as the seasons took first, second and third place, respectively, in the 2016 Iron Horse Classic “Cruiser Crit”...

DATE: May 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two mountain passes in way of Iron Horse Classic cyclists

The steep slopes of Coal Bank Pass lingered over the minds of most cyclists at the startling line of the 2016 Iron Horse Classic in Durango. “It just seems a lot steeper, and I’m pretty tired by...

DATE: May 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Toxicology results pending in homeless man’s death

The cause of death for a 40-year old homeless man who was discovered Saturday along the banks of the Animas River will likely come down to toxicology tests, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said...

DATE: May 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan National Forest considers projects targeting wildfires, mussels

Efforts to prevent forest fires and invasive mussels are among the list of projects that may receive funding from the U.S. Forest Service this year. On Tuesday, the San Juan Title II Resource...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Bathrooms at Coal Bank and Molas to stay open – for now

Bathrooms at Coal Bank and Molas passes will remain open for now, but the facilities long-term existence will depend upon local partnerships, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday. For nearly...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eolus crew pulls ahead to win Battle of the Animas

It was a neck-and-neck race until the Durango Whitewater Park, when the Eolus Bar & Dining boat crew pulled ahead to win the 2016 Battle of the Animas. In its 15th year, the Mild to Wild Rafting &...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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