Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Rapid snow melt could intensify 416 Fire runoff

How bad the runoff from the 416 Fire burn scar will be is going to depend on how quickly the snow melts, Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County’s Office of Emergency Management, said Tuesday...

DATE: March 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman recalls days of Rosie the Riveter

Meet Durango’s own Rosie the Riveter, Anne Isgar. Isgar turned 99 years old this month, but the longtime Durango resident still has a keen memory of her time supporting the war effort during World...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Durango man to stand trial for allegedly trying to kill cattle in Utah

Durango resident Mark Franklin – husband of prominent local environmentalist Rose Chilcoat – will stand trial April 1 for allegedly trying to kill cattle two years ago after he closed a corral gate...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire investigation taking ‘longer than expected,’ Forest Service says

The investigation into the cause of the 416 Fire is taking “longer than expected,” a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. Denise Alonzo, who recently took on the job of...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shakeups won’t delay district plans, La Plata County officials say

Despite recent shakeups in staffing at the La Plata County Planning Department, district plans are expected to be completed as scheduled, county officials say. In recent weeks, a La Plata County...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter weather forces closure of Gold King Mine treatment plant

The water treatment plant built to reduce contamination from the Gold King Mine into the headwaters of the Animas River has stopped operations because of the extreme winter weather in the San Juan...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton may close backcountry for avalanche danger

In what would be an unprecedented move, the town of Silverton and San Juan County are considering closing the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains because of high avalanche danger. Jim Donovan,...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A race against time to document Native American shelters

For years, archaeologists have been documenting hundreds of wooden shelters left by Native Americans in northern Colorado, in a time-is-of-the-essence project as the land reclaims the historic...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Avalanches are coming down at a historic rate across Colorado. In Southwest Colorado alone, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has recorded nearly 170 slides since Dec. 1 – and that’s just...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County looks for ways to ease space crunch at coroner’s office

Several attempts to remedy overcrowding at the La Plata County Coroner’s Office have so far proved fruitless, and with a strapped county budget, no easy solutions appear viable to deal with the...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hinsdale County sheriff, two daughters injured when avalanche hits their home

An avalanche hit and destroyed the house of Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey just south of Lake City early Tuesday morning, but Casey and his two daughters, who were inside, are all expected to...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash on Wolf Creek Pass results in one fatality

Drugs, alcohol and excessive speed are considered factors in a crash on Wolf Creek Pass earlier this week that killed a 24-year-old man, according to Colorado State Patrol. CSP said in a news...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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