Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Colorado company faces fines for construction site violations

A Colorado-based construction company likely faces fines for serious violations at a work site near Bayfield, according to state officials. “This is a serious offense,” said Kelly Morgan, an...

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

Court records: D&SNG started nearly 50 fires leading up to 416 Fire

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ignited nearly 50 fires in the weeks leading up to the 416 Fire, new court records show. Late last week, a flurry of court filings occurred in a...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick action saves La Plata County staffer’s life

It was a difference of 10 minutes between life and death for Brian Gretz. Gretz, who works as a systems coordinator for La Plata County’s IT department, started his day on Sept. 4 like any other:...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Canyon to be explored for mining potential

Years past their heyday, the mountains of La Plata Canyon will be reexamined for their mining potential. Canadian-based Metallic Minerals Corp. has entered an agreement with two private vendors to...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

The man who killed Colorado’s last grizzly bear

Forty years ago, Ed Wiseman killed the last known grizzly bear in Colorado. “It still amazes me the attack fascinates people,” Wiseman told The Durango Herald in an interview over the phone from...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River suffered 80% die-off after 416 Fire ash flows

Colorado wildlife officials have confirmed the fish population in the Animas River has been severely depleted by flooding and debris flows from the 416 Fire burn scar. The 416 Fire in 2018 scorched...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-altitude grazing a high risk for cattle

For cattle grazing in the high country, altitude sickness can be a life-or-death situation. The ailment is most commonly referred to as “brisket disease,” but it goes by many other names, such as...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Simple tweak to radar could improve weather forecasting in region

Once blind spots for weather radar, Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners may soon show up on the map. The National Weather Service is proposing to lower the elevation of one of its radar systems...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What are 1041 Regulations, and why do residents oppose them?

If you were in downtown Durango on Tuesday morning and confused about people protesting something called “1041 Powers,” you’re not alone. “The community hardly knows anything about it,” said Dan...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farm Bureau marks 100 years; celebration planned for Friday

The American Farm Bureau Federation is marking its 100th anniversary this year, with a celebration coming this week to La Plata County. Charly Minkler, president of the La Plata County Farm Bureau,...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New 28-lot RV park and tavern proposed near Trimble Lane

A local developer has proposed a new 28-lot RV park and tavern near Trimble Lane, about 10 miles north of Durango. According to county records, the project – called Willow Springs RV Resort – would...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Software glitches cause heavy backlog for food, medical assistance

Glitches in new software installed by the state of Colorado are causing some La Plata County residents to receive medical, financial and food assistance weeks, and sometimes months, late. Martha...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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