Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Durango railroad ushers in new oil-burning era

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has debuted its first locomotive that runs on oil, a more environmentally friendly fuel source that holds less fire risk than a traditional...

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

Authorities believe speed, brakes had roles in fatal crash

Investigators believe excessive speed led to a fatal crash that killed a 37-year-old Durango man earlier this week. Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler said Lance Luedtke was driving...

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

How to help elk herds? Limit out-of-state hunters, kill more predators, some say

Figuring out how to help Southwest Colorado’s declining elk herds recover won’t be easy. That, at least, was the take-home message from Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff at a meeting to discuss elk...

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

Outdoor education nonprofits merge, plan to expand to Montezuma County

Two longstanding Durango nonprofits known for connecting people with the outdoors have merged in an attempt to have a broader reach across Southwest Colorado. The San Juan Mountains Association –...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect breaks into Durango Humane Society

The La Plata County Humane Society was broken into sometime Tuesday night, with an unknown suspect breaking the glass door of the animal shelter and stealing donation money. “We’re all shaken up...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

It might be dry in town, but San Juan Mountains receive steady snowstorms

U.S. Highway 550 at Red Mountain Pass was forced to close Friday morning because of avalanche danger, and though crews were able to get the road open by the afternoon, winter storms aren’t done...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tennis star Andrea Jaeger runs afoul of tax assessor in Colorado

A nonprofit for kids with cancer run by former tennis star Andrea Jaeger was flagged recently for wrongfully collecting tax breaks, after she allegedly tried to mislead state and county officials...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police log more than 240 calls over Snowdown weekend

Durango’s Snowdown is known for its good times, its economic jolt to local businesses and quirky events. But it also brings in a wave of crime. The Durango Police Department responded to a total of...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

What to do about Southwest Colorado’s ailing elk herds?

A series of public meetings in coming weeks will look at how to handle Southwest Colorado’s declining and ailing elk herd populations. Every 10 years or so, Colorado Parks and Wildlife revises its...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetle infestation slows in Southwest Colorado, but only for lack of trees

After more than two decades, beetle kill across Southwest Colorado is slowing down, but that’s only because most trees at risk have fallen prey to the massive outbreak, a recent survey shows. “The...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County residents meet to discuss pros, cons of wolf reintroduction

IGNACIO – Colorado may never come to a consensus about whether to reintroduce wolves, but can residents come to an understanding? In an age of fierce political divisiveness and endless volleys of...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice breaks off Red Mountain Pass, totals car

A Durango couple escaped serious injury while driving Sunday on U.S. Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass when a large piece of ice broke off the mountainside, crushing and totaling their car....

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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