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

Old Dairy Queen site to become Starbucks

After months of speculation on what would become of the old Dairy Queen site on north Main Avenue in Durango, it now appears the former eatery will be a Starbucks. According to the city of...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas trees get a second life as mulch

The holidays are over, and so are the short, happy lives of Christmas trees across the country. Every year, approximately 25 millilon to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow expected off and on for the next few days

Snow will continue off and on over the next few days around the southern San Juan Mountains, with the possibility of significant accumulations later in the week, according to the National Weather...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police run short on leads in death of Pagosa Springs man

Police are running short on leads to uncover the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man authorities suspect was shot in the head and left in a remote forested area outside Pagosa...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public supports continued operation of water treatment plant north of Silverton

Continued operations of the temporary water treatment plant north of Silverton received near unanimous support during a 30-day public comment period. From Nov. 14 to Dec. 14, the Environmental...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two La Plata County properties under conservation easement

Two properties totaling nearly 475 acres have been placed under conservancy easements, ensuring limited development in areas around Turtle Lake and the La Plata River. According to La Plata Open...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Utes contest accusations of retaliation against whistleblower

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe responded to claims it threatened retaliation against “whistleblowers,” asserting that the federal employees played a major role in gross mismanagement of the tribe’s...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorist has rare lynx encounter on Molas Pass

Dontje Hildebrand, a resident of both Durango and Ouray, was driving south on U.S. Highway 550 over Molas Pass when right there in the middle of the road was a rare sight – not one, but two lynx....

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three longtime Vallecito Lake residents displaced by mobile home fire

A mobile home fire Monday night has displaced three longtime Vallecito Lake residents, consuming the home and all the tenants’ belongings. “We lost everything,” said Alan Ridgeway, who was renting...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hotels in Southwest Colorado vie for spot in Hunter S. Thompson movie

Hotels in Durango, Silverton and Telluride are vying for the chance to be featured in a new movie about Hunter S. Thompson that will be filmed next summer in Colorado. “They (the film’s production...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

BP pipeline ruptures near Bayfield, spills into Sauls Creek

A BP pipeline running along Sauls Creek in Bayfield was discovered ruptured last week, spilling coal-bed methane produced water into the creek and forcing the emergency construction of an earthen...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report: Southern Ute tribe threatened oil and gas lease whistleblower

An investigation has found the Southern Ute Indian Tribe threatened retaliation on a federal employee who in 2012 tried to raise an alarm the tribe skirted environmental regulations for new oil and...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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