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

Are bear resistant cans working?

When grizzly bears in Montana can’t break into bear-resistant trash cans, yet black bears in Durango can, it raises the question – what’s going on here? Bryan Peterson, executive director of the...

DATE: April 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Metal loading into Upper Animas River remains a mystery

With much of the recent focus on the Cement Creek drainage, the major sources for metal loading into the reaches of the Upper Animas River remain a bit of a mystery for researchers. Yet Sunnyside...

DATE: April 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drop off your unwanted prescription drugs at Durango Police Department

From the old ways of flushing them down the toilet to mixing them with kitty litter before tossing them in the trash, the Drug Enforcement Agency since 2010 has offered a better method to get rid...

DATE: April 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

All aboard the Hummus Bus: Former FLC student converts van from home to restaurant

Mike Klaskala never thought while he was living out of his massive 1996 Grumman Step Van that one day he’d start a business inside it. Yet if all goes according to plan for the former Fort Lewis...

DATE: April 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College alumnus converts van from home to hummus restaurant

Mike Klaskala never thought while he was living out of his massive 1996 Grumman Step Van that one day he’d start a business inside it. Yet if all goes according to plan for the former Fort Lewis...

DATE: April 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smiley Cafe reopens under new management

The Smiley Cafe has reopened under the new management of Carrie Hladik and Franci Stagi. The cafe serves a variety of gluten-free baked goods, sandwiches and salads. “I’ve been in and out of the...

DATE: April 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King spill prompts new monitoring systems

New water quality monitoring systems have been installed at three gauges in the Animas River basin in response to the Gold King Mine spill. The new technology was placed at three existing U.S....

DATE: April 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tree planting revives burn area at Vallecito

In the summer of 2002, the Missionary Ridge Fire ripped through the San Juan National Forest, burning almost 73,000 acres. Now, the Columbine Ranger District is repairing the scarred corridor...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Remembering the ‘4/20 Parachute Stoner Dash’

Ah, April 20. The one day of the year when it seems like a good idea to hot box a parachute out on the old college quad. That is, until campus security comes snooping. That’s the situation 20 or so...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman who drove into Animas River identified

The woman who drove into the Animas River and was later arrested on suspicion of drunken driving has been identified as Amber Box, 30, of Ignacio. Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Durango police got a report...

DATE: April 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pastures of James Ranch to remain undeveloped ‘forever’

The James Ranch has become an iconic landmark in Durango, known for its lush pastures and fresh food. And now, the deeply rooted family has taken steps to ensure the bulk of the 420-acre property...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River cleanup hauls 1,286 pounds of trash off banks

Empty bottles of vodka. Crumbled bags of Cheetos. Scatterings of cigarette butts. For some, all remnants of a good – albeit debauched – night. Yet for 50 or so volunteers cleaning the banks of the...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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