Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

New 169-unit storage facility coming to Ignacio

A proposed 169-unit storage facility near Ignacio was given the green light Tuesday. La Plata County commissioners unanimously approved a Class 2 land-use permit for the facility that is expected...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

EPA drills into American Tunnel to unravel mine pollution mystery

SILVERTON – Deep down, hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface, the Environmental Protection Agency is looking for answers to one of the biggest mysteries in the Superfund site of mines around...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Request approved to rezone Animas Valley property for higher density

La Plata County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a request to rezone a property in the Animas Valley for a higher-density development. According to county records, Chris Hall and his...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA says it will carry out work Sunnyside Gold refuses to do

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will “ensure” cleanup activities will be accomplished that Sunnyside Gold Corp. refused to do, but it could result in fines and possible litigation...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez coal miner injured at King II near Hesperus

A 40-year-old Cortez man was seriously injured and required a helicopter transport to Denver last week while working at GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus. Rod Allen with Durango Fire...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton’s Fourth of July out of control, officials say

After a chaotic and dangerous Fourth of July celebration, Silverton’s flagship event of the year must make drastic changes, event organizers say. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad said...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Strong thunderstorm headed for 416 Fire burn scar

A potentially strong thunderstorm is headed for the 416 Fire burn scar, prompting flood warnings Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement that said...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County sheriff cracks down on illegal off-roading

San Juan County’s sheriff is cracking down on illegal off-roading in the high country around Silverton. “If you can’t properly use your toys in San Juan County, we’re going to take your toys away...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man requires helicopter rescue after heart attack

A man who suffered a heart attack Sunday after a rafting trip on the Upper Animas River is expected to survive thanks to the efforts of emergency responders. Alex Mickel, owner of Mild to Wild...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homeless man faces life in prison for sexually assaulting child

A 31-year-old man who was living homeless in Durango may spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced Wednesday for sexually assaulting a child. Johnathan Michael Wright was found...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunnyside Gold says ‘no’ to EPA’s work order at Superfund

Sunnyside Gold Corp. is refusing to carry out work ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Superfund cleanup of mines around Silverton. “Enough is enough,” Kevin Roach, with...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescue missions for climbers in Cascade Creek on the rise

Emergency responders were called Monday and Tuesday for separate incidents involving climbers falling at Cascade Creek. Jim Donovan, with San Juan County Search and Rescue, said a climber took a...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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