Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

Shutdown's impacts hit Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado is feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown as it enters its 26th day - the longest shutdown in U.S. history. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday sent a letter...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Fatal avalanche involved students with Silverton Avalanche School

Backcountry skiers caught in an avalanche last weekend, leaving one dead, were taking part in an avalanche safety course with the Silverton Avalanche School, according to the Colorado Avalanche...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

U.S. Highway 160 closed Tuesday in two spots near Bayfield

U.S. Highway 160 reopened between Gem Village and Bayfield as of 12:40 p.m., but remained closed about 5 miles east of town because of a two-vehicle crash. Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

So long, 3.2 beer; grocery stores can now sell full-strength brews

It didn't happen in time for New Year's Eve revelers, but after the clock struck midnight Tuesday, grocery stores in Durango and across Colorado began stocking shelves with full-strength beer....

DATE: Jan. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Stolen car suspect leads police on 22-mile chase from Ignacio to Durango

A 21-year-old man from New Mexico was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing a car at the Sky Ute Casino Resort and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended in Durango. Michael...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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