Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Who pays for search and rescue missions?

When someone needs to be rescued in the backcountry, who pays? It turns out, there’s a number of funding sources to keep the La Plata County Search and Rescue team fully operational and ready to go...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 8 hours 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe will close jail by Dec. 31

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has announced it will close its jail by the end of the year. In a news release late Wednesday, the tribe said it has been attempting for the past two years to reduce...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dirt bike route proposed in ‘one of the last untouched’ places in Silverton

A new route for dirt bikes is being proposed in the San Juan Mountains, which some Silverton locals fear will compromise one of the last quiet, unmotorized places in the nearby backcountry. “Minnie...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Telluride gets season first dusting of snow

Telluride down to Trout Lake got its first frosting of the season early Thursday morning. Michael Charnick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said a strong cold...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears packing on the pounds before hibernation

Trying to pack on the pounds before hibernation, bear activity is picking up in and around Durango. “There’s definitely been an uptick in reports of bear incidents in the last week,” said Matt...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Artifacts taken from Mesa Verde are coming home

After more than 100 years in a museum in Finland, the ancestral remains of Native American tribes that once called the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park home are coming back to Southwest...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College professor arrested in connection with City Market fire

A Fort Lewis College associate professor was arrested on suspicion of arson for setting tortilla chips on fire Saturday at south City Market, forcing the grocery store to close. Cmdr. Ray Shupe...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango girl in unmarked grave to be remembered with headstone

An 8-year-old Durango girl buried in an unmarked grave at Greenmount Cemetery will finally get a headstone, more than 100 years after her death. Loisa Bass and her family moved from Cokedale,...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wetlands north of Durango approved for expansion

Wetlands north of Durango in the Animas Valley have been approved for expansion. For years, the Zink family has been working to restore a good part of their 150-acre ranch , which has been in the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Secretary of state touts fight against dark money, expanding voter access

Jena Griswold, Colorado’s newly elected secretary of state, said she’s already made strong headway on her three campaign promises in just one year in office. But still, there’s plenty of work to...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longstanding homeless camp shut down, but trash abounds

By late afternoon Wednesday, the homeless camp just west of Durango had mostly been vacated, save for a few stragglers picking up their belongings. But across the landscape, heaps and heaps of...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging starts on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito

A logging operation for trees killed by the beetle outbreak has begun on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito, which is expected to continue for the next three years. Joshua Merril-Exton, a timber...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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