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Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Will Mesa Verde’s piñon-juniper forests return?

From 2000 to 2003, a series of wildfires ripped through Mesa Verde National Park, burning about 24,000-acres – nearly half of the park’s old growth forest. Now, almost two decades later, park...

DATE: June 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sailboat hits line, briefly knocks out power to 400 in Durango

A sailboat mast tangled with power lines Tuesday afternoon, shutting off power to about 400 customers east of downtown Durango, a spokeswoman with the La Plata Electric Association said. Indiana...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Iron Horse Kids Race participation ‘sky-rocketing’

Though there were no winners and losers in the Iron Horse Classic’s “Sprite Kids Race,” the true victory for event organizers is the continued rise in participation in the next generation of...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Talk to address how oral health is tied to overall health

San Juan Basin Public Health will host a presentation about a growing national effort to integrate oral and behavioral health as a cohesive part of medical care. The event will take place from 5:45...

DATE: May 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Traveling AmeriCorps crew helps gardens grow at Old Fort, Manna

A team of 11 young adults is helping Southwest Colorado build infrastructure to achieve the goal of local food security. On April 11, a crew with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Federal judge halts Village at Wolf Creek land swap

In a significant win for opponents of the Village at Wolf Creek, a federal judge on Friday invalidated the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to approve a land exchange that would have essentially...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Bear smashes heavy-duty coop, kills six chickens

Conversations have reignited over whether the city of Durango should allow electric fencing within town limits after a bear last week broke into a high-end chicken coop, killing six chickens. “It’s...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

7 western senators object to suspension of BLM councils

The Trump administration’s decision to suspend the Bureau of Land Management’s citizen advisory boards has drawn criticism from those who say the councils were one of the few ways to engage with...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek farmer awarded $26,500 in damages from elk

A Dove Creek farmer was reimbursed more than $26,500 on May 5, after a herd of elk last summer destroyed his cornfield, resulting in a complete loss of crops. The money comes from a Colorado Parks...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heli-ski terrain expansion near Silverton approved

A controversial expansion of helicopter skiing terrain near Silverton was approved Wednesday by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM announced in its Final Environmental Assessment that it...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: More Sports

High school student leads birding’s next generation

A 15-year-old Durango High School student will lead his first ever bird-watching tour as part of this year’s Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival in the hopes of engaging a whole new generation...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Luxury RV resort near Purgatory on hold after contract dispute

A proposed 157-lot luxury RV resort is on hold because of a contract dispute between the landowner and would-be developers, according to San Juan County administrator Willy Tookey. The proposed...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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