Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Environmental groups challenge Silverton heli-skiing land swap

Several groups are challenging a controversial expansion of helicopter skiing terrain near Silverton, calling the deal “veiled and illegal.” “The Bureau of Land Management is legally responsible to...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire data seek to reduce drone disruptions

In an effort to prevent drones from interfering with firefighting activity, the Department of the Interior recently enhanced a service that provides access to near real-time wildfire locations in...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man suspected of peeping into women’s bathroom pleads guilty

A Cortez man suspected of peeping into the women’s bathroom at the Durango Welcome Center in May pleaded guilty Wednesday. Hernando Tsosie, 39, faced one count of invasion of privacy for sexual...

DATE: July 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Traps set for La Plata’s troublesome bears Animals that broke into homes most likely to be euthanized

A death sentence isn’t typically the penalty for breaking and entering, but that may be the punishment for a few bears around La Plata County in an unusually active season for human-bear conflicts....

DATE: July 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers brace for higher tax bills

Farmers and ranchers in La Plata County are feeling the pressure after the assessed value of agricultural lands this year experienced one of the largest jumps in the county’s history. “It stunned...

DATE: July 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County takes no stand on lawsuit on oil and gas agency

La Plata County Commissioners on Tuesday took no action on whether to weigh in on a lawsuit that seeks a state agency to put public health and the environment above energy interests. The lawsuit,...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

New Mexico suit against Colorado in Gold King Mine spill fails

New Mexico’s petition to hold Colorado responsible for the Gold King Mine spill nearly two years ago was denied Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Because it was the EPA and not Colorado that...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

EPA looks to drilling to solve mystery of American Tunnel

This summer will be the first full work season since the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site was declared last September, and the Environmental Protection Agency is wasting no time trying to...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ska Brewing is ninth largest craft brewery in Mountain West

According to a new report from the Brewers Association, Durango’s Ska Brewing ranked as the ninth largest craft brewery in an eight-state Mountain West region. The report, included in the May/June...

DATE: June 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Public comment opens for future of King II coal mine

La Plata County’s only operating coal mine is set to run out of reserves in about two years, prompting the company to ask for an expansion of 950 acres of underground workings about 20 miles west...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Native American artifacts worth thousands stolen from Durango storage

Thousands of dollars worth of Native American artifacts were recently stolen from a Durango storage facility, said longtime Durango resident and former archaeologist Branson Reynolds. “I can’t...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Cortez priest, Rev. Larry Gallegos, dies at 78

The Rev. Larry Gallegos, who had been with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango on and off for nearly 30 years, died Friday. He was 78. “You won’t believe how many people I’ve had call me and...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

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