Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

Archuleta, La Plata counties enter Level Blue public health order

Archuleta and La Plata counties have moved into the less restrictive Level Blue public health order, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. SJBPH Executive Director Liane Jollon said...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Before Powell: Did Indigenous people run the Grand Canyon?

Throughout the history of the West, it’s commonly accepted that the grizzled, one-armed Civil War major and geologist John Wesley Powell was the first to journey by river into the treacherous and...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County property values increase after appraisals

Reappraised property values in La Plata County showed an increase in both residential and commercial properties throughout the county, according to La Plata County Assessor Carrie Woodson. Every...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man arrested on suspicion of road rage with cyclist

A 33-year-old Durango man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing Tuesday after a road rage altercation with a cyclist, according to the Durango Police Department. Cmdr. Ray Shupe said a...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sees surge of new COVID-19 outbreaks

A rash of COVID-19 outbreaks in La Plata County were reported this week, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Every Wednesday, CDPHE updates its list of outbreaks...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two popular lakes north of Durango impacted by maintenance projects

Two popular lakes for recreation north of Durango that were drained in 2019 will be impacted this summer as a result of maintenance projects. Xcel Energy spokesman Randy Fordice said in an email to...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury trials postponed in La Plata County as COVID-19 cases rise

Jury trials, which were expected to pick back up in mid-April have again been put on hold as La Plata County sees a rise in COVID-19 cases. District Court Judge Jeffrey Wilson issued an order...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River Days to return this year

Durango’s Animas River Days is back on, according to event organizers. Every year since 1983, the river-running festival has been held in Santa Rita Park at the Durango Whitewater Park. It features...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s death thought to be accidental, but cause remains unknown

An autopsy has failed to explain why an 18-year-old La Plata County man who was missing for two months was found dead last week less than a half mile from his home in the Rafter J subdivision,...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Young Durango bookstore owner navigates pandemic

When Evan Schertz took over ownership from his parents of Maria’s Bookshop, a downtown Durango staple, he was already facing all the challenges of a new business owner in his early 20s. Then the...

DATE: April 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water supply, wildfire concerns loom over spring, summer

Once again, Southwest Colorado’s prolonged drought is expected to bring a host of challenges over available water and fire danger in the coming months. “I’m really worried about the conditions we...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite nice weather, wildlife closures remain in effect

Despite the spring-like weather, select public lands closed to protect critical winter wildlife habitat for big game remain off limits until April 16. “People should still respect the closure,”...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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