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

Dylan Redwine’s mother tells Dr. Phil of frustration with case

In a short but somber interview Tuesday on “The Dr. Phil Show,” the mother of Dylan Redwine – the 13-year-old who vanished from his father’s home in 2012 and whose remains were found seven months...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring runoff data suggest ‘red flag’ for Animas River aquatic life

Water samples taken from the Animas River during the season’s first spring runoff since August’s Gold King Mine spill raise a “red flag” for potential harm to aquatic life in the waterway. On Feb....

DATE: March 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Universal health care examined Thursday

The question at the Durango Public Library on Thursday will be: Should the state of Colorado adopt, and effectively set the precedent, for universal health care in the country? At 5:30 p.m., Denver...

DATE: March 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde’s gateway into the past at risk

From the vantage of a lofty aerial view, the entrance into Mesa Verde National Park largely remains an untouched gateway into the past where visitors can immerse themselves in some of the...

DATE: March 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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