Position: Journal Staff Writer

Sheriff to investigate fatal McElmo Canyon shootout

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results of a federal investigation into an officer-involved shootout in McElmo Canyon in February that left one man dead. But Sheriff Steve...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire advances as winds shift

Relentless warm, dry weather and low fuel moisture continue to feed the Burro Fire, which has grown 108 acres since Monday. An infrared flight about 11 p.m. Monday showed the fire was at 4,545...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Traditional Mexican tacqueria opens in Dolores

Authentic and affordable Mexican food is the trademark for Nanny’s Taqueria, a new restaurant in Dolores on 11th Street. Business partners Humberto Arrendondo and Guillermo Garcia have been cooking...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

San Juan coal mine gets larger environmental review

A proposal to extend the San Juan coal mine lease in northwestern New Mexico that fuels an adjacent power station would have minor impacts on air and water, according to a new and larger...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire expands in Bear Creek as forest dries out

The Burro Fire grew by 300 acres since Thursday to 4,136 acres, and is expected to continue growing because of dry fuels and hot, windy weather. The fire is creeping down Bear Creek and has spread...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico man tapped as new Dolores town manager

An energetic New Mexico man with enthusiasm for small towns and a background in municipal government is slated to become Dolores’ next interim town manager. Following a public interview by the...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir water inflow is lowest since dam was built

Inflow into McPhee Reservoir from the Dolores River has dropped to a historic low, falling below the 2002 levels that were the previous driest year since the reservoir was built. As a result,...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County asserts jurisdiction of national forest routes

After analyzing historic maps, the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners asserts that numerous routes in the San Juan National Forest are under the jurisdiction of the counties where they are...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighter city emerges in the Rockies to battle the Burro Fire

BEAR CREEK CANYON RIM – In a meadow northeast of Transfer Campground, a firefighter city has become a strategic base to battle the 3,700-acre Burro Fire in nearby Bear Creek Canyon. About 6 a.m....

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico Fourth of July celebration adjusts for fire danger

Rico is still having a July Fourth celebration, but the fireworks show has been canceled because of fire danger. “We’re still planning a big party and have events for the whole family,” said Erin...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire holding steady; hot, dry weather is coming

The Burro Fire had minimal growth overnight and continued to burn calmly Thursday, four days after last weekend’s steady rain. “The rains really cooled it down,” said John Bearer, public...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores hosts reggae band with a Native American message

Tha Yoties, a four-man reggae rock band with Native American influences, will perform from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Dolores River Brewery. Singer and guitar player Ed Kabotie, a member of the...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music