Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

As temperatures warm, Animas River swells, prompting flooding concerns

Get ready for some high flows, and potential flooding, on the streams and rivers around Southwest Colorado as temperatures heat up. After one of the largest snowpacks in recent history this winter...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Behind the decision to allow chain saws in Southwest Colorado wilderness areas

Did the U.S. Forest Service break the law when it skirted the protections in the Wilderness Act – which explicitly prohibits motorized use – to allow chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Young farmers want to bring food to underserved populations

Supporting young farmers to grow food destined for the dinner tables of underserved populations sounds like a win-win for all involved. But can it work, realistically and financially? An effort is...

DATE: June 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A year later, much remains to be done around 416 Fire burn area

It’s going to take about $7 million to protect about 120 homes north of Durango from the potential of flooding and mudslides coming off the 416 Fire burn scar, according to a county official. In...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

When will Forest Service name cause of 416 Fire?

Three-hundred and sixty-five days after that fateful day, the U.S. Forest Service has still not named the cause of the 416 Fire. “It’s a shame we don’t have the results of the investigation into...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial date set in lawsuit accusing Durango train of starting 416 Fire

A trial date has been set in the lawsuit filed by residents and business owners against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which they accuse of starting the 416 Fire. The lawsuit, filed...

DATE: May 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups challenge road access for Village at Wolf Creek

A coalition of environmental groups Tuesday filed a challenge of the U.S. Forest Service’s approval last year to grant road access to the Village at Wolf Creek, a decision that ultimately paves the...

DATE: May 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado’s drought is not over, experts say

Despite media reports and proclamations on social media in recent days, weather and climate experts say: Colorado’s drought is not over. The U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday released its weekly...

DATE: May 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three boats with mussels found trying to enter Navajo State Park

Three boats carrying invasive mussels were found trying to get onto Navajo Lake in the past month, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Colorado is surrounded by states where waters are...

DATE: May 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA finalizes action plan for Silverton-area Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency’s quick-action plan to clean up mine sites in the Superfund area around Silverton in the next five years was approved and finalized Thursday, and work is...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas

A coalition of conservation groups has sued the U.S. Forest Service for its recent decision to allow chain saws for trail work in two wilderness areas in Southwest Colorado. The Forest Service...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

BP fined for 3 spills in La Plata County, will pay $12.5M to fix pipelines

BP America Production Co. has been fined $68,000 for three spills in La Plata County and will pay an estimated $12.5 million to fix pipeline issues in Southwest Colorado. The spills, according to...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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