Position: County & environment reporter

Email: [email protected]

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

La Plata County property values increase after appraisals

Reappraised property values in La Plata County showed an increase in both residential and commercial properties throughout the county, according to La Plata County Assessor Carrie Woodson. Every...

DATE: April 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chance for spring snow starts Saturday morning in Southwest Colorado

A spring snowstorm is expected to move into Southwest Colorado on Saturday morning, bringing a boost to the region’s depleting snowpack levels in the high country. Erin Walter, a meteorologist with...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta, La Plata counties enter Level Blue public health order

Archuleta and La Plata counties have moved into the less restrictive Level Blue public health order, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. SJBPH Executive Director Liane Jollon said...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire burned private property, not Oxbow Park, fire district says

The Durango Fire Protection District has determined that a fire earlier this month in north Durango occurred on private land rather than in Oxbow Park & Preserve, as originally thought. The fire...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deadly Colorado avalanche season prompts reflection on messaging

After one of the deadlier avalanche seasons in recorded history in Colorado, snow researchers and emergency management officials are reflecting and thinking of new ways to approach next winter to...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man gets prison for violating sexual assault probation

A 52-year-old La Plata County man was sentenced Thursday to seven years to life in prison for committing a second sex offense while on probation for a previous sexual assault. Vance Lee Valencia...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Before Powell: Did Indigenous people run the Grand Canyon?

Throughout the history of the West, it’s commonly accepted that the grizzled, one-armed Civil War major and geologist John Wesley Powell was the first to journey by river into the treacherous and...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata County sees surge of new COVID-19 outbreaks

A rash of COVID-19 outbreaks in La Plata County were reported this week, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Every Wednesday, CDPHE updates its list of outbreaks...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man arrested on suspicion of road rage with cyclist

A 33-year-old Durango man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing Tuesday after a road rage altercation with a cyclist, according to the Durango Police Department. Cmdr. Ray Shupe said a...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two popular lakes north of Durango impacted by maintenance projects

Two popular lakes for recreation north of Durango that were drained in 2019 will be impacted this summer as a result of maintenance projects. Xcel Energy spokesman Randy Fordice said in an email to...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury trials postponed in La Plata County as COVID-19 cases rise

Jury trials, which were expected to pick back up in mid-April have again been put on hold as La Plata County sees a rise in COVID-19 cases. District Court Judge Jeffrey Wilson issued an order...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vacant juvenile detention center in Durango to become a community corrections center

After months of research and evaluation, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to convert the vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center into a new location for community...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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