Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Weak snowpack blamed for uptick in avalanches started by backcountry travelers

Skiers and snowmobilers have triggered six avalanches in the past week or so across the San Juan Mountains as deteriorating snow conditions have upped the chances of starting a slide. According to...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 hours 9 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Utes respond to burst gas pipeline on Pine River tributary

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s natural gas gathering company responded to a burst pipeline Thursday over a tributary of the Pine River, south of Ignacio. Red Cedar Gathering Co. was notified of a...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s downtown Starbucks will close

The Starbucks on Main Avenue in downtown Durango is closing. “As part of Starbucks standard course of business, we continually evaluate our business to ensure a healthy store portfolio,” a...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 57 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College wants more local say on its board

Fort Lewis College, which has pushed for more local representation on its Board of Trustees, announced Friday it has tapped a Durangoan to join the board and is considering adding two other...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 hours 39 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice climbing death in Ouray a rarity among avalanche fatalities, records show

A Seattle woman who died while ice climbing in Ouray last weekend was the victim of one of the rarest avalanche accident fatalities in the state, and her death, according to a final report from the...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 15 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bureau of Reclamation begins yearlong project in Animas River

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation this week will start a yearlong project to fix the intake structure that pumps water from the Animas River to Lake Nighthorse, which officials say was bringing in too...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Court may have violated rights of man charged with felony sex assault

A Colorado Supreme Court judge said this week La Plata County’s district court might have violated the rights of a 39-year-old man who has been charged with two felony counts of sexual assault....

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

National park rethinks its message about theft

For years – decades even – a myth has surrounded Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park: A curse would strike anyone who illegally stole a piece of fossilized ancient wood within park boundaries....

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pardoned by Polis: Mother benefits from wake-up call

As Jamie Matthews sat in a prison yard, reflecting on how her life had gotten so out of control, something clicked. “I had this moment where I looked around and said, ‘What the hell am I doing...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect in DUI, indecency case allegedly left signature in Durango theater

A Bayfield man was arrested Friday after allegedly urinating the first initial of his name on a wall in a movie theater at Allen Theatres’ Durango Stadium 9. Around 11 p.m. Friday, the Durango...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado firefighters head to Australia

As wildfires rage in Australia, firefighters from Southwest Colorado are stepping up to help. Since fire season began in Australia in late July, the country has been ravaged by the worst wildfires...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain lion, too close for comfort, captured and sent to rehab

A 6-month-old mountain lion getting a little too close for comfort to homes and people around Vallecito was captured last weekend and sent to a rehabilitation center after wildlife officers...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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