Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Man dies driving off Red Mountain Pass

A 22-year-old Grand Junction man died Saturday night after driving off U.S. Highway 550 on Red Mountain Pass. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the vehicle, a 2003 Dodge pickup, was...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple expected to survive 450-foot plunge off mountain road

An “incredible” rescue mission Sunday for a Montrose couple whose Jeep plunged 450 feet down a mountain road between Ouray and Telluride likely saved the lives of the couple, authorities said....

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

Explosion in Aztec displaces dozens of people

An explosion at an Aztec apartment complex – the result of a natural gas leak inside the building – left one injured and dozens of others evacuated Sunday, according to authorities in New Mexico....

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

Man found dead Thursday in downtown Durango identified

A homeless man who was found dead Thursday in downtown Durango has been identified, and a cause of death determined. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith identified the man as Richard Marchetti, 61....

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

Nearly 50 properties removed from tax-exempt ag status

La Plata County has removed nearly 50 properties from the agricultural tax status that is intended to give farmers and ranchers a financial break, but is often falsely claimed or misused by...

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

Where to store sludge? Sunnyside Gold offers site to the EPA

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has offered one of its waste storage sites north of Silverton as a permanent solution for a place to put the sludge generated from the water-treatment plant that was built...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man found dead in downtown Durango

The Durango Police Department responded to a report of a homeless man found dead Thursday morning behind a building adjacent to The Durango Herald offices in the 1200 block of Main Avenue. Cmdr....

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA spends $800,000 a year to protect birds from electrocution

Protecting eagles, hawks and other wildlife from electrocution has become an increasingly higher priority for utility companies across the U.S. But it’s not cheap. Since 2017, La Plata Electric...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

$7 million being spent to protect homes from 416 Fire flooding

Sandbags, concrete barriers, ditch reconstruction – about $7 million will be spent to protect residents north of Durango from flooding and debris flows, the new reality post 416 Fire. For the past...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman dies on Colorado Trail after tree falls on tent

A 56-year-old female hiker died on the Colorado Trail after a tree fell on her tent late Monday. San Juan County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post to social media around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that the...

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

Durango man sailing Navajo Lake goes missing

A 78-year-old Durango man has been missing for almost a week after possibly having gone overboard while sailing at Navajo Lake State Park. Christopher Smith, the park superintendent on the New...

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

It’s official: Mark Redwine’s September trial is postponed

Mark Redwine’s trial, which was set to begin in September, will be postponed. Redwine, who is accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012, was scheduled to go to trial Sept. 17. The...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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