Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Despite month in Mexico, La Plata County commissioner says he’s showed up for work

Since taking office in January, La Plata County Commissioner Clyde Church has not missed a single meeting or vote. On paper, one would never know the newly elected commissioner has spent most of...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

King II coal mine could be extended by 20 years

Members of the public may now comment on an environmental analysis that seeks to assess the potential impacts of expanding operations of GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus for at least...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Get ready for more snow. Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction , said Wednesday will offer a bit of respite for residents in Southwest Colorado digging...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

More snow expected Tuesday; Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio schools cancel classes

Blizzard-like conditions buried Southwest Colorado in another layer of fresh snow Monday, leading to chain laws on mountain passes, canceled flights at the Durango-La Plata County Airport and an...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

How much snowpack will make it to reservoirs?

Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is right on track with historic averages, a far cry from last year, but all that potential water may not make it into the region’s needy reservoirs. A number of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Planning director didn’t follow procedure when buying ebike, county says

Outgoing La Plata County Planning Director Jason Meininger improperly used a county credit card to make a nearly $4,000 unauthorized purchase for an electronic bike, drawing concern from county...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Residents irked at La Plata County commissioners' open letter

The 40 or so La Plata County residents who attended Thursday's Planning Commission meeting were a bit dismayed that the "elephant in the room" wasn't initially addressed. Earlier this week, the La...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Homes in La Plata County have 50-50 chance for unsafe levels of radon

Katherine Burgess lived for 14 years in her home in east Durango when she finally decided to test for radon. Like many residents in Colorado, Burgess knew that radon levels in homes throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County's district plans on track for September completion

La Plata County is aiming to have all of its district plans updated by September, planning director Jason Meininger said Wednesday. District plans are a guiding document that allows smaller...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Worker dies in explosion at natural gas site in Southwest Colorado

A 47-year-old New Mexico man died earlier this month after an explosion at a natural-gas well site located in southern La Plata County. According to state records, Randy Yellowman was working as a...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Report: Tax increase needed to keep La Plata County afloat

With oil and natural gas not expected to bounce back anytime soon, it appears only a tax increase to county residents can save La Plata County's declining operating budget, according to a long-term...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Southwest Colorado to get a permanent weather radar system

It's official: A permanent weather radar system for Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners is on its way. Recently, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded $1.7 million in funding for a...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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