Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Snowpack is 3,328% above average, but there’s a catch

Yes, Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is listed at 3,328% above historic averages for this time of year. But no, that doesn’t tell the whole story about the remaining snow high in the San Juan...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Woman dies during rafting trip on San Juan River north of Pagosa Springs

A woman died in a rafting accident Thursday morning on a guided trip on the San Juan River, north of Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Fire Protection District Chief Randy Larson said a raft on a commercial...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Police arrest drunken man with rifle after brief manhunt

U.S. Highway 160 between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs was temporarily closed Monday morning while authorities attempted to arrest a drunken man walking along the road shooting a rifle. Colorado...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

River trip on Animas looks to unite veterans

For many veterans, the camaraderie built in the military is the No. 1 thing missed after transitioning into civilian life. That’s why events like this Sunday’s second annual Veterans Float & Picnic...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Flyovers offer bird’s-eye view for Assessor’s Office, emergency personnel

In 2015, La Plata County started conducting flyovers in an attempt to use aerial photography to better inspect homes and businesses for tax purposes, and by all accounts, it has worked, adding...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Trial date set in lawsuit accusing Durango train of starting 416 Fire

A trial date has been set in the lawsuit filed by residents and business owners against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which they accuse of starting the 416 Fire. The lawsuit, filed...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

When will Forest Service name cause of 416 Fire?

Three-hundred and sixty-five days after that fateful day, the U.S. Forest Service has still not named the cause of the 416 Fire. “It’s a shame we don’t have the results of the investigation into...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas

A coalition of conservation groups has sued the U.S. Forest Service for its recent decision to allow chain saws for trail work in two wilderness areas in Southwest Colorado. The Forest Service...

DATE: May 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

BP fined for 3 spills in La Plata County, will pay $12.5M to fix pipelines

BP America Production Co. has been fined $68,000 for three spills in La Plata County and will pay an estimated $12.5 million to fix pipeline issues in Southwest Colorado. The spills, according to...

DATE: May 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Three boats with mussels found trying to enter Navajo State Park

Three boats carrying invasive mussels were found trying to get onto Navajo Lake in the past month, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Colorado is surrounded by states where waters are...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Bear with pizza craving breaks into car near Vallecito

A bear that broke into a car early Tuesday near Vallecito Reservoir had a craving for pizza, but the bruin lumbered away with an empty stomach. “There wasn’t any food in the car,” said Abigail...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County revisits fire restriction policies in wake of 416 Fire

La Plata County is refining the way it implements fire restrictions after the 416 Fire last year brought a big learning moment to the community. Last year, extreme drought plagued Southwest...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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