Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Man died of drowning while rafting the Animas River, autopsy confirms

A 61-year-old man who died while rafting on the Animas River last weekend died as a result of drowning, the La Plata County coroner determined after an autopsy Wednesday morning. Patrick Southworth...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

June storm brings snow to San Juan Mountains

A rare June storm blanketed several inches of snow across Southwest Colorado, with both Silverton and Telluride reporting about a half-foot of snow accumulation. Mike Charnick, a meteorologist with...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Bayfield town marshal dies after being struck by tree branch

A 72-year-old man died near Bayfield on Saturday after a branch fell from a tree and struck him. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said Jim Harrington was at a gathering Saturday where friends...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple suspected in Durango, Cortez thefts tied to crime spree across U.S.

An unidentified man and woman suspected of committing theft and fraud in Durango and Cortez appear to have gone on a crime spree across the country. In early May, the Durango Police Department...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities unable to locate parents of stillborn baby found in October

Authorities have been unable to locate the parents of a stillborn baby found last October northwest of Durango. “We never found the family,” said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. On Oct. 19, a...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s June, and snow is in the forecast for the San Juan Mountains

Snow – yes, snow – is predicted to hit the high country of Southwest Colorado on Monday night. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says precipitation is expected to hit high elevations...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Entering a state wildlife area? You’ll need a hunting or fishing license

Starting July 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require anyone who enters a state wildlife area – like at Perins Peak, Bodo and Haviland Lake – to have a hunting or fishing license, a move...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Incoming storm raises concern about flooding in Southwest Colorado

A flash flood watch has been issued for Southwest Colorado from Friday night through Saturday afternoon as a strong storm moves into the region. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction said...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Illegal campfires plague San Juan National Forest

Illegal campfires have been a constant issue in the San Juan National Forest in recent weeks, elevating concerns of a potential wildfire during a time of extreme drought. Current restrictions ban...

DATE: June 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort’s insurance company sues D&SNG for 416 Fire losses

Purgatory Resort’s insurance company has filed a lawsuit against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for costs associated with the 416 Fire. Granite State Insurance Co., based in New...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outbreak of COVID-19 cases reported at downtown Durango construction site

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been reported at a downtown Durango construction site, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. Claire Ninde, spokeswoman for the health department, said five...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge throws out D&SNG’s attempt to escape 416 Fire lawsuit

In a major blow to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a federal judge Monday threw out the railroad’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which the U.S. government is seeking $25 million for...

DATE: June 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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