Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Man convicted of animal abuse admits to having pets on property

A La Plata County man previously convicted of animal abuse pleaded guilty this week to violating the terms of his probation after he was found last summer in possession of animals, a violation of...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2021 | UPDATED: 9 hours 40 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cries for help led to driver’s rescue on Red Mountain

A 30-year-old man from Grand Junction has been identified as the driver who went an estimated 750 feet off Red Mountain Pass on Thursday, requiring an extensive rescue effort and transport to a...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2021 | UPDATED: 9 hours 40 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Car found off Wolf Creek Pass belonged to woman missing since January

The remains of a woman found off Wolf Creek Pass appear to be those of Marlena Mizell, a 49-year-old who had been missing for nearly two months, according to the woman’s daughters. The Colorado...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 9 hours 40 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver plunges 750 feet off Red Mountain Pass, requires helicopter transport

A driver who went an estimated 750 feet off Red Mountain Pass on Thursday required rescue and transport by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction, according to Colorado State Patrol. Trooper...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 9 hours 40 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

8th Ave. Tavern gunshot victim: ‘It just came out of nowhere’

Celeste Faumui was having a drink with friends at 8th Ave. Tavern on Jan. 29, a night much like any other, when gunshots started firing. “It just came out of nowhere,” she said. “People just...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 10 hours 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman found dead outside vehicle hundreds of feet off Wolf Creek Pass

A woman was found dead Tuesday outside a vehicle located hundreds of feet off Wolf Creek Pass, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. A team of local and state law enforcement, search...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire results in ‘total loss’ of Silverton home

A house was destroyed by fire Tuesday in Silverton, but the cause of the blaze remains undetermined. The town of Silverton issued a notice that said the fire occurred at 1405 East 14th St., which...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 9 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Highway 550 realignment on track for spring 2023 completion, officials say

Now six months in, the Colorado Department of Transportation says work is on schedule for the construction of a new interchange near Grandview in south Durango, which will essentially remove the...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin natural gas field not affected by Texas freeze

As a winter freeze crippled energy production across Texas, some residents living in Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico may be wondering if the slowdown had any impact on natural gas...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can former detention center house homeless? County officials note roadblocks

A formal decision about how to use the now-vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center building was put on hold for two weeks Tuesday, but there appears to be mounting obstacles to the idea of...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

VIDEO: Mountain lion drags deer from Hermosa home

A Hermosa woman who woke up in the early morning hours to care for her 4-month-old baby was in for a bit of a surprise when she opened the blinds and saw a mountain lion, just a few feet away from...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River, once again, sets record low flow

Once again, the Animas River has recorded a record low flow, according to a gauge in Durango with more than a century worth of data collecting. Before this winter, the previous low flow at the U.S....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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