Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

Death of man found off Smelter Mountain ruled accidental

The death of a Durango man who was found dead last month on Smelter Mountain has been ruled an accident, according to a final autopsy report. David Mondragon, 31, was found dead April 26 after it...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

With industry shifts, La Plata County reaches out to oil and gas companies

It’s good to know your neighbors, at least that’s the approach La Plata County is taking with oil and gas companies operating in Southwest Colorado. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Police identify Ignacio man found dead Monday

Authorities on Tuesday released the name of an Ignacio man whose death is under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said authorities responded...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Forest Service to allow chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday it will skirt protections in the Wilderness Act to allow chain saws for trail work this summer in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas, a decision that...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Durango parents accused of comatose daughter’s abuse are sentenced

A Durango man who pleaded guilty to abusing his 4-year-old daughter – to the extent that she is expected to remain in a coma the rest of her life – was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison. Sixth...

DATE: May 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

17-year-old, suspected of pointing gun at driver, leads police on high-speed chase

A 17-year-old male was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony menacing after allegedly pointing a gun at the driver of another car during a road rage incident and then leading police on a...

DATE: May 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Catamount Energy offers $5,000 to Ignacio-area residents to waive county well regulations

A Denver-based energy company is offering a handful of Ignacio-area residents $5,000 to forgo their protections under La Plata County’s oil and gas regulations as the company seeks to drill a new...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County hit with ‘F’ score for ozone levels

For the second consecutive year, the American Lung Association has hit La Plata County with a failing grade for unsafe ozone levels. The yearly report, called the “State of the Air ,” also shows...

DATE: May 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

CDOT warns about undetonated bombs from avalanche mitigation

If you come across what looks like an explosive device in the San Juan Mountains this summer, don’t touch it. The Colorado Department of Transportation is getting the word out that some explosives...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

Bears are waking up around Durango, and it’s time to start taking precautionary measures to reduce human-bear conflicts, wildlife officials say. “It’s that time of year,” said Colorado Parks and...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Golden eagle hit by a car released back into the wild

A golden eagle hit by a car last summer was released back into the wild east of Durango after being rehabbed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff for almost a year. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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