Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

After defying public health order, CJ’s Diner decides to stop indoor dining

The owner of CJ’s Diner said he has decided to stop offering indoor dining after defying public health orders for more than two weeks, resulting in legal action. Over the weekend, more than a dozen...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Top That Frozen Yogurt closes, possibly permamently

A controversial yogurt shop in downtown Durango has closed, possibly for good. Owners Ryan Bartholomew and Elissa Beckstead declined to give a phone interview. But in an email to The Durango Herald...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Law enforcement refuses to comment on shooting death south of Durango

More than a week after a La Plata County man was shot and killed south of Durango, law enforcement is mum on any of the details of the incident. The shooting was reported about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24 ...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge orders law enforcement to stop indoor dining at CJ’s Diner

After ignoring a cease-and-desist order to stop offering indoor dining, a District Court judge on Friday ordered local law enforcement to close CJ’s Diner to in-person dining by “whatever means...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Frontline workers, not showing symptoms, can get COVID-19 tests

First responders, emergency personnel and people with other critical service jobs can now be tested for COVID-19, even if they aren’t showing any symptoms of the virus. For months, La Plata County...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Permit system on the way to control crowds on Ice Lakes Trail

It appears the time has finally come to put in place a permit system to visit the popular Ice Lakes Trail outside Silverton. After a year of incredible use, which resulted in significant damage to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tensions rise with restaurant closures in Durango

A Durango restaurant that refused to close to in-person dining in defiance of a public health order in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 was issued a cease-and-desist order Tuesday. As the...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Hilltop House

The Hilltop House community corrections center in Durango has at least 15 residents and four staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, causing a host of other issues associated with the...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango photographer one of last to view mysterious monolith in Utah

As mysteriously as it arrived, it was gone. A silver monolith was discovered Nov. 18 in the Utah desert, about 11 feet tall and apparently made of stainless steel, which has garnered national and...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mesa Reservoir inches closer to improvement project

Attempts to save a small reservoir in a remote part of Southwest Colorado inched closer to completion after a bid recently went out calling for a final design to improve the existing dam structure....

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

In defiance of health order, Durango restaurant stays open to in-person dining

In defiance of public health orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, a local Durango diner has chosen to remain open to indoor dining, with its owner saying he cannot survive anymore...

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

Winter wildlife closures around Durango take effect Dec. 1

It may still be nice outside to go out for a hike, but Colorado wildlife officials are reminding trail users that closures in certain areas take effect Dec. 1 to protect critical winter range for...

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

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