Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Hinsdale County sheriff, two daughters injured when avalanche hits their home

An avalanche hit and destroyed the house of Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey just south of Lake City early Tuesday morning, but Casey and his two daughters, who were inside, are all expected to...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash on Wolf Creek Pass results in one fatality

Drugs, alcohol and excessive speed are considered factors in a crash on Wolf Creek Pass earlier this week that killed a 24-year-old man, according to Colorado State Patrol. CSP said in a news...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small ag feels growing pains: A lack of workers

A shortage of laborers to work farms in Southwest Colorado has stunted local agricultural operations’ ability to grow and, at the same time, cut a potential avenue of employment. A local effort,...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife managers track eagles’ movements in Southwest Colorado

Eagle B-75 spends most of her time in Durango, fishing the Animas River and picking off easy prey – usually prairie dogs – in surrounding farmlands. But a few summers ago, the female bald eagle...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service grants Village at Wolf Creek road access

After more than 30 years of legal battles and court proceedings, the proposed Village at Wolf Creek has finally obtained the road access it needs to U.S. Highway 160 to start building. But that...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County commissioners want water study before King II coal expansion

With GCC Energy seeking a massive expansion for its coal mine in Hesperus, La Plata County commissioners said Tuesday they want a complete study of potential impacts to surrounding water before any...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Flooding from runoff on 416 Fire a growing concern

It’s time to start thinking about the potential risks of flooding from spring runoff on the 416 Fire burn scar. This winter’s snow has been a welcome sight to drought-stricken Southwest Colorado....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners push for Denver TV

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday furthered efforts to bring Denver TV to Southwest Colorado, while at the same time hoping to enlist the help of Colorado’s newly elected attorney general....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunnyside Gold says EPA should be recused from leading Silverton Superfund cleanup

Is it a conflict of interest for the Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for the Gold King Mine spill, to lead the Superfund cleanup of mine pollution around Silverton? The last company to...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

County clamps down on people falsely claiming ag tax status

Davin Montoya and his family have been working the land and raising cattle in Southwest Colorado since the turn of the century. It hasn’t always been easy, and like most ranchers and farmers who...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Durango woman awarded nearly $500,000 in Montrose funeral home case

A Durango woman was recently awarded nearly $500,000 in a lawsuit that accused a Montrose funeral home of illegally harvesting and selling her brother’s body. The lawsuit is one of several filed...

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

Avalanches in Durango? It can (and has) happened

It turns out the risk of avalanches isn’t just restricted to the high country. With snow pummeling most areas of Southwest Colorado, Butch Knowlton, La Plata County’s director of the Office of...

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

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