Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Five weeks and still no information about Durango man killed by Southern Ute tribal ranger

Five weeks after a 53-year-old Durango man was fatally shot by a Southern Ute Indian tribal ranger, family members of George Sands said they still have not received any information about his death....

DATE: Dec. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

5,000 people pack Wolf Creek Ski Area, creating traffic hazards

An estimated 5,000 people packed the slopes of Wolf Creek Ski Area on Tuesday, creating concerns for highway officials after people parked on the side of U.S. Highway 160 and apparently walked...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why did bears stay away from populated areas this year in Southwest Colorado?

With all the attention on this year’s highly contentious election and the onslaught of news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, one issue that usually takes the spotlight in Southwest Colorado went...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual Durango bird count tallies record number of species

Avid bird watchers in La Plata County spotted a record number of species this year based on record-keeping that goes back more than 70 years. Every December since 1949, volunteers for the National...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man who hit pedestrian in City Market parking lot is sentenced

A Durango man who hit a pedestrian in the parking lot of south City Market this summer was given a deferred judgment, according to court records. Robert Morris, 87, was cited with careless driving...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property owner wins tax battle with La Plata County

La Plata County has lost a legal battle against a property owner accused of using the agricultural-exempt tax status for its tax break, but not actually using the land for any ranching or farming...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A student of snow retires from decadeslong career in high country

When you’ve lived most of your life above 11,000 feet in elevation, you’re going to have some stories to tell. And Chris George has no lack of them. “My life has been so diverse, what can I say?”...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango backcountry skiers likely triggered fatal avalanche, report says

A final report on a fatal avalanche that killed two Durango backcountry skiers last weekend says it appears the skiers likely triggered the slide while climbing up an avalanche path. The two skiers...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hackers target – but fail to scam – local fire district

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District was recently the target of a scam that’s spreading across the state, but quick actions Thursday morning nipped the scheme in the bud. Chief Bruce Evans...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beer truck rolls on Wolf Creek Pass

A truck driver hauling beer escaped with no injuries Thursday morning after rolling over on Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. Highway 160. A spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol said the crash was...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moderna vaccine arrives in La Plata County

The second vaccine for COVID-19 arrived this week in Southwest Colorado. San Juan Basin Public Health said the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine for the virus was delivered Tuesday. Now, the...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outbreak of COVID-19 cases reported at Durango’s Walmart

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been confirmed at Durango’s Walmart, one of several businesses reporting new outbreaks as part of the state’s weekly update. Every Wednesday, the Colorado...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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