Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Bad actors prompt road closure, increased security on Smelter Mountain

Vandalism, illegal off-roading, dumping trash, cutting down live trees – all of these damaging actions have forced increased security and closure measures on the road going up Smelter Mountain....

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

CJ’s Diner wants lawsuit thrown out, says regulations are unconstitutional

Attorneys for CJ’s Diner have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the restaurant for opening to indoor dining when it was prohibited because of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing public health...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five more residents die of COVID-19 at Durango nursing home

Five more residents at a Durango nursing home experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 have died, new information on Monday shows. The outbreak was first reported Nov. 23 at Four Corners Health Care...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango backcountry skiers who died were experienced and knowledgeable

Two Durango backcountry skiers who died in an avalanche this past weekend were experienced and intimately familiar with the terrain, but rare and dangerous snowpack conditions presented risks not...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How did a warm fall and early winter impact the natural world?

Winter has finally arrived, but not before unseasonably warm temperatures the last few months caused strange things to happen out on the landscape in Southwest Colorado. From delayed elk and bird...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driven by Front Range, new oil and gas rules will impact SW Colorado

La Plata County may have been ahead of the curve on keeping oil and gas development in check, but new state rules put in place to regulate, not foster, the industry will have an impact in Southwest...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman who crashed onto Park Elementary grounds sentenced

A Durango woman who crashed through a fence and onto the grounds at Park Elementary School while drunken driving in 2019 was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation and 10 days in jail. The...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge orders mental health treatment for woman who abused animals

A La Plata County woman charged in a massive animal abuse case who violated the terms of her probation by possessing animals won’t face any new penalties, but must undergo more extensive mental...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

In latest outbreak, 12 test positive at Vallecito Baptist Church

Several new outbreaks of COVID-19 cases were reported this week in La Plata County, notably at Vallecito Baptist Church where 12 attendees recently tested positive. As of Thursday at Four Corners...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit seeks to close GCC Energy’s King II coal mine

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by conservation groups calling for GCC Energy’s King II coal mine to comply with a stricter water protection rule, a move the groups say will lead to the closure of the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man who exposed himself given deferred sentence

A Durango man accused of exposing himself to a woman at a gas station in June 2019 pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and was given a deferred sentence that carries two years’ probation. Kyle...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New marijuana dispensary coming to Colorado-New Mexico line

A new marijuana dispensary was given the green light Tuesday to open near the Colorado-New Mexico border. La Plata County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the new business, called “Border...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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