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

Durango’s labyrinths: The winding path to peace, health

What once was used to imprison a mythological Greek monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man is now more commonly used as a means for quiet meditation. The life of a labyrinth, indeed,...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Sunnyside Gold Corp. calls for dismissal of New Mexico lawsuit

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Sunnyside Gold Corp. shuttered the last operating mine in Silverton, yet the company’s involvement in the region is very much alive. On Friday, Sunnyside – now owned...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

THC found in pilot who crashed WWII plane in 2014

Levels of marijuana above the legal driving limit were found in the blood of a Durango pilot who crashed a World War II aircraft on July 4, 2014, killing two, a recently released investigation...

DATE: July 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA point man during Gold King spill tells Ophir residents ‘Don’t get excited’ about yellow water

The Environmental Protection Agency on-scene coordinator whose orders last August ultimately caused the Gold King Mine blowout recently had some choice words about the people of Durango and their...

DATE: July 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmental concerns realized at New Mexico well-site fire

A recent fire at an oil production site in New Mexico provided environmental advocacy groups with fodder for a long-standing argument: Federal agencies must weigh all impacts of mineral extraction...

DATE: July 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

XTO Energy fined $10,000 for March spill

XTO Energy Inc. was fined $10,000 on Tuesday for a spill in March that sent at least 70 barrels of produced water from natural gas drilling into Lone Hollow Creek, about 12 miles east of Durango....

DATE: July 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man, 3 children found safe by other hikers

As darkness fell and a thunderstorm moved into the Weminuche Wilderness on Monday, a Bayfield man and his three children, last seen Saturday, were brought by other hikers to safety. It was a happy...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dry spell could snap early this week

Latest weather predictions for the Four Corners show the recent dry spell could snap early this week, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National...

DATE: July 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s Office investigating stabbing at Durango homeless camp

A stabbing that occurred at the homeless camp in Durango late Saturday night is being investigated by the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, spokesman Dan Bender said on Sunday. According to Bender,...

DATE: July 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM issues 19 tickets to trespassers in closed wildlife areas

An enforcement officer might let hikers off the hook for entering a closed wildlife area for many reasons, but arguing that the closure doesn’t “really matter” because the weather is so nice,...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio company cited for pipeline that leaked into Ute Creek

An oil and gas industry service company in La Plata County has been accused of not fixing a pipeline that leaked an unknown amount of produced water into Ute Creek – a tributary of the Los Pinos...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Axis Health to take over Durango dental clinic

San Juan Basin Health Department’s dental clinic will reopen Monday under the care of its new operator, Axis Health System, after a planned transition two years in the making. On June 30, the...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

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