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 Hide

San Juan National Forest users can expect new fees, campground closures

The San Juan National Forest’s recreational budget has declined 50 percent over the past decade, and that’s caused the agency to make tough decisions about what’s worth saving. “It is obvious we...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

HomeRx diagnoses your energy use

As the days of open windows turn into long nights of running heaters, a local nonprofit is urging homeowners to run a quick and easy energy efficiency assessment that could save up to $377 annually...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Hiker surprised by massive rockslide near Burnt Timber Creek Trail

Outdoor enthusiasts take to the mountains to enjoy nature, and if they’re lucky, maybe see some wildlife along the way. What’s less expected in Southwest Colorado’s wilderness is to see an entire...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Emergency crews rescue 72-year-old man after he falls from horse outside of Vallecito Reservoir

A 72-year-old man was rescued Sunday morning at a remote area outside Vallecito Reservoir after he fell off his horse. La Plata County Emergency Director Butch Knowlton said a report came in around...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King water treatment to begin

The dustings of snow on top of the San Juan Mountains only signify the urgency to which the Environmental Protection Agency looks to stabilize the discharge of acid mine drainage at the Gold King...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aerial tour a glimpse of water’s importance

Soaring above Southwest Colorado reveals a magnificent landscape as the San Juan Mountains spill out into the shining desert lands to the south. But the aerial view also offers a drastic insight...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

With cuts looming, San Juan National Forest prioritizes recreational sites

Responding to nearly 50 percent decline in its recreational budget over the last decade, the San Juan National Forest has prioritized its sites, deeming what areas are worth saving. Recently, the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dead zone appears on Florida Mesa

A Florida Mesa property owner is probing into whether recently installed gas wells have contaminated a nearby spring, creating a 2-acre dead zone of vegetation that is expanding 10 to 15 feet each...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drug probe takes place on County Road 311

Several law enforcement agencies raided a County Road 311 home on Thursday morning as part of a long-term drug investigation. La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Engle said the operation...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

This drug screener brings the test to you

On busy days, Durango resident Lacey Meador works a double shift at Chimayo Stone Fired Restaurant, knowing all the while she could be called at any moment for a random drug screening, which...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Health

Man who stabbed Orio’s bouncer strikes plea deal

A Durango man charged with attempted murder for stabbing an Orio’s Roadhouse bouncer in the chest has accepted a plea deal that holds a sentence of 10 to 20 years in jail. Kyle Ryan Cooper, 25,...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial date set for ATM holdup suspect

A trial date is set for Oct. 15 for the former Fort Lewis College football player charged with armed robbery for allegedly attacking an ATM user at knifepoint on April 21 at the Bank of the San...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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