Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

La Plata County approves Stage 3 fire restrictions

La Plata County entered Stage 3 fire restrictions Tuesday, the most stringent category of rules the county has the authority to put in place in order to reduce the risk of wildfire. The county,...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Cigarette starts fire on Florida Road

Quick action by firefighters early Monday morning stopped a potentially catastrophic human-caused fire on Florida Road (County Road 240). Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Rain could arrive in Southwest Colorado this weekend

Desperately needed rain that could help firefighting efforts in Southwest Colorado is in the forecast. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says the chance for precipitation starts...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

County treasurer candidates debate in only contested race in primaries

La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele rebuffed criticisms about her leadership by Democratic challenger Tim Walsworth during a candidate forum Thursday night. The two Democratic candidates are...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio shooting suspect in custody

A suspect is in custody in connection with an alleged shooting Wednesday in Ignacio, said Town Manager Mark Garcia. Garcia said the shooting near downtown prompted an immediate and heavy police...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Winds nearly knock over gas station sign in Bayfield

The Royal Dutch Shell company might want to consider placing a wind turbine where its iconic Shell station sign is located in Bayfield. Strong winds nearly knocked over the estimated 80-foot tall...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Challengers defeated in Forest Lakes election

Forest Lakes residents chose to stick with the incumbents in its most recent election for the neighborhood's metro district after a few contentious months leading up to this week's vote. Three...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

County may update district plans before land-use code

It appears La Plata County officials are in agreement to hold off adopting a new land-use code until district plans, which allows separate communities to set a vision for future growth in their...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Spring storm could drop a foot of snow in San Juan Mountains

Yes, Southwest Colorado is in an exceptional drought. Yes, the entire corner of the state has fire restrictions in place. And yes, there's an approaching spring storm that could dump a foot of snow...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

BP released unknown amount of wastewater into creek near Bayfield

BP American Production Co. says a leak at one of its pipelines released wastewater from oil and gas operations into an intermittent stream near Bayfield. In a filing with the state, BP reported it...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Red flag warning issued Sunday in Southwest Colorado

Fire restrictions in Southwest Colorado are set to go into effect this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. National Forest Service will place fire restrictions on the lands it manages, including wilderness...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County to discuss process for revising land-use code, district plans

La Plata County officials are discussing how to move forward with revisions to the land-use code. On Wednesday, La Plata County commissioners and the La Plata County Planning Commission, along with...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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