Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Partnership aims to wipe out $270,000 in medical debt in Southwest Colorado

A partnership between a Cañon City church and a New York City nonprofit will wipe out nearly $270,000 in medical debt for people and families in Southwest Colorado. Ryan McBride, pastor of the...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

With toilet paper in short supply, people are flushing other products, clogging sewer lines

With toilet paper in short supply, the city of Durango is pleading with residents to not flush other paper products, which have been wreaking havoc on sewer lines since the coronavirus outbreak....

DATE: April 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango railroad purchases four diesel locomotives

After a historic drought year in 2018 that culminated in the 416 Fire, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad owner Al Harper promised to bolster his fleet with engines that run on oil and...

DATE: April 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker rescued near Vallecito Lake

A hiker who injured his leg Tuesday near Vallecito Lake required emergency rescue, Upper Pine River Fire Protection Chief Bruce Evans said. Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a call came into dispatch that...

DATE: April 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After nearly 60 years, the Henry Strater Theatre closes

The Henry Strater Theatre has closed, marking the end of one of downtown Durango’s most prized event spaces that has provided entertainment for nearly 60 years. Rod Barker, president and CEO of the...

DATE: April 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Domestic violence, burglaries increase during coronavirus lockdown

Domestic violence, neighborly disputes and burglaries are on the rise in La Plata County, a trend communities across the country are experiencing as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak....

DATE: April 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas Valley gravel mine plans to close, go commercial

An inactive gravel mine in the Animas Valley plans to formally shut down and repurpose the land for a large-scale commercial development. The move has some in the rafting community wondering what...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Airport travel down nearly 95% in Durango

Airport passenger traffic is down a staggering 90% to 94% at Durango-La Plata County Airport as the coronavirus outbreak forces people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. In a typical year,...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado fire chiefs call for six-month ban on open fires

Colorado’s fire chiefs have asked Gov. Jared Polis to ban all open fires statewide for a period of six months as a matter of safety for the public as well as firefighters amid the coronavirus...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys home north of Silverton

A fire destroyed a home a few miles north of Silverton, displacing its owner amid the coronavirus outbreak. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad said emergency personnel were dispatched to the home...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Widespread community testing for coronavirus to be available in Southwest Colorado

Widespread community testing for coronavirus is coming to Southwest Colorado. San Juan Basin Public Health announced Wednesday that Cedar Diagnostics, a private lab, will soon have the ability to...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Southwest Colorado prepared for a surge in coronavirus cases?

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to significantly hit Southwest Colorado in coming weeks, but health officials say the severity of the surge will be determined by how well residents have...

DATE: April 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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