Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Durango girl in unmarked grave to be remembered with headstone

An 8-year-old Durango girl buried in an unmarked grave at Greenmount Cemetery will finally get a headstone, more than 100 years after her death. Loisa Bass and her family moved from Cokedale,...

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

Wetlands north of Durango approved for expansion

Wetlands north of Durango in the Animas Valley have been approved for expansion. For years, the Zink family has been working to restore a good part of their 150-acre ranch , which has been in the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Secretary of state touts fight against dark money, expanding voter access

Jena Griswold, Colorado’s newly elected secretary of state, said she’s already made strong headway on her three campaign promises in just one year in office. But still, there’s plenty of work to...

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

Longstanding homeless camp shut down, but trash abounds

By late afternoon Wednesday, the homeless camp just west of Durango had mostly been vacated, save for a few stragglers picking up their belongings. But across the landscape, heaps and heaps of...

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

Logging starts on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito

A logging operation for trees killed by the beetle outbreak has begun on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito, which is expected to continue for the next three years. Joshua Merril-Exton, a timber...

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

Colorado company faces fines for construction site violations

A Colorado-based construction company likely faces fines for serious violations at a work site near Bayfield, according to state officials. “This is a serious offense,” said Kelly Morgan, an...

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

Court records: D&SNG started nearly 50 fires leading up to 416 Fire

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ignited nearly 50 fires in the weeks leading up to the 416 Fire, new court records show. Late last week, a flurry of court filings occurred in a...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick action saves La Plata County staffer’s life

It was a difference of 10 minutes between life and death for Brian Gretz. Gretz, who works as a systems coordinator for La Plata County’s IT department, started his day on Sept. 4 like any other:...

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

La Plata Canyon to be explored for mining potential

Years past their heyday, the mountains of La Plata Canyon will be reexamined for their mining potential. Canadian-based Metallic Minerals Corp. has entered an agreement with two private vendors to...

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

The man who killed Colorado’s last grizzly bear

Forty years ago, Ed Wiseman killed the last known grizzly bear in Colorado. “It still amazes me the attack fascinates people,” Wiseman told The Durango Herald in an interview over the phone from...

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

Animas River suffered 80% die-off after 416 Fire ash flows

Colorado wildlife officials have confirmed the fish population in the Animas River has been severely depleted by flooding and debris flows from the 416 Fire burn scar. The 416 Fire in 2018 scorched...

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

High-altitude grazing a high risk for cattle

For cattle grazing in the high country, altitude sickness can be a life-or-death situation. The ailment is most commonly referred to as “brisket disease,” but it goes by many other names, such as...

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

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