Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Has time come to better regulate snowmobiles in the San Juan Mountains?

With a surge of snowmobiles in the backcountry this winter, some are wondering if the time has come to better regulate the motorized vehicles in the San Juan Mountains. “It’s increasing...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jack Turner may move districts to run again for La Plata County commissioner

Durango resident Jack Turner, an unaffiliated candidate who lost his bid for county commission in November, is considering moving to into another district to be able to run for the commission again...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

FLC student’s handmade skirt worn by Biden Cabinet nominee on Inauguration Day

Fort Lewis College student Bella Aiukli Cornell almost couldn’t believe the sight she saw on Inauguration Day. It wasn’t so much the changing of the guard as President Joe Biden took his oath to...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Miscommunication a factor in fatal avalanche, according to report

Miscommunication among a large group of backcountry skiers was a factor that led to an avalanche that killed three Eagle County residents last week near Silverton, according to a final report from...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec man arrested in alleged kidnapping case at Durango hotel

A 33-year-old Aztec man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and kidnapping after he reportedly dragged a woman by the hair out of a hotel lobby Thursday night in Durango. The Durango...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mining claims in Weminuche Wilderness protected from development

Two mining claims in the San Juan National Forest’s Weminuche Wilderness have been returned to a wilderness designation, the U.S. Forest Service announced this week. In 2018, the Wilderness Land...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Biden’s oil and gas pause halts lease sales around HD Mountains

President Joe Biden’s temporary freeze on new oil and gas leases on public lands has halted the sale of 10 parcels totaling more than 1,500 acres around the HD Mountains, east of Bayfield. The...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mountain Pass reopens after avalanche mitigation work

Red Mountain Pass reopened Thursday afternoon after Colorado Department of Transportation crews completed avalanche mitigation work. CDOT closed the highway between mile markers 71 and 92, between...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three skiers caught in avalanche near Silverton identified

Eagle County officials have released the names of three skiers caught in an avalanche Monday near Silverton. In a joint statement, Eagle County and the town of Eagle said the community is “mourning...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

8th Ave. Tavern shooting suspect faces seven counts of attempted murder

A 27-year-old man accused of a shooting at 8th Ave. Tavern on Friday, injuring two people, was arrested on suspicion of seven counts of attempted murder in the first degree, a felony. According to...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche danger suspends search for missing skiers near Silverton

Dangerous avalanche conditions in the San Juan Mountains forced search and rescue crews to suspend the recovery mission Tuesday afternoon for three backcountry skiers who were caught in a slide...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Test run for Lake Nighthorse release?

Will 2021 be the year water is finally released from Lake Nighthorse in Durango to downstream users in New Mexico? The answer should become clearer Wednesday. The San Juan Water Commission in New...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

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