Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

High alpine lakes stocked with fish from the sky

The last thing local photographer Hank Blum expected on a hike to a high alpine lake outside Silverton was a low-flying plane that dropped some unknown substance. But Blum, camera in hand, caught...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

More people are collecting mushrooms – is that a problem?

Is overharvesting an issue as more people head into Southwest Colorado’s backcountry to collect an array of tasty mushrooms from the forest floor? The short answer, surprisingly, is no. “I feel...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scope of county land-use code revision is re-imagined

La Plata County’s revision of its land-use code won’t be as extensive as previously thought, but county officials said Wednesday that making improvements to the current system will help fix the...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Democrats looking to unseat Sen. Cory Gardner to attend forum in Durango

The 11 Democratic candidates looking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner will be in Durango this weekend. Anne Markward with the La Plata County Democrats announced a forum will be held...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River Stakeholders disband after 25 years of cleanup efforts

It’s the end of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. After leading the cleanup of mine waste in the headwaters of the Animas River for more than 25 years, group co-founder Peter Butler announced...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sleuths go to work at historic Southwest Colorado cemeteries

It’s a full-on detective mission at three historic Southwest Colorado cemeteries. Ruth Lambert with the San Juan Mountains Association said that around 2008, a large-scale project sought to...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog found with arrow in skull survives high-risk surgery

A 1-year-old dog named “Champ” survived high-risk surgery Tuesday after a veterinarian discovered an arrow lodged in his nasal cavity and skull. Chris Nelson, director of Animal Services for the La...

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

Entire Archuleta County landfill is on fire

The entire Archuleta County landfill was on fire Monday night. Christina Kraetsch, deputy director of emergency operations for the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, said a report came in around...

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

Trove of archaeological ruins unearthed south of Durango

A large, extensive network of Native American ruins was recently discovered just outside Durango on top of Florida Mesa, and it’s kind of blowing archaeologists’ minds. “As an archaeologist with...

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

Victims identified in fatal crash north of Durango

Two Durango-area residents were killed in a head-on crash Friday on U.S. Highway 550, about 5 miles north of town. Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian Driscoll said the crash was reported about 9:20...

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

Durango man drives into ditch to avoid hitting school bus

A 29-year-old Durango man who authorities say wasn’t paying attention while driving and swerved off the road into a ditch to avoid hitting a stopped school bus full of kids was cited with careless...

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

Residents douse fire in north Durango after D&SNG train passed by

Residents in north Durango on Monday were forced to put out a fire next to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks, just as the afternoon train rolled into town. Karola Hanks, fire...

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

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