Position: Journal Staff Writer

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

McPhee Reservoir reopens after forest closure lifted

Some public lands near the Burro Fire will remain closed, even as the San Juan National Forest reopened to the public at Thursday after rescinding the Stage 3 closure order that has been in place...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pleasant View rancher lands job as CSU Extension director in Montezuma County

A Pleasant View resident with a ranching background and recent degrees in agriculture and law has been named the new Montezuma County director for the Colorado State University Extension. Kacey...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores hires attorney, seeks town manager

The Dolores Town Board is righting the ship after recent resignations by the town attorney and town manager. On Monday, board members voted to appoint Jon Kelly as their new attorney. Kelly has a...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain gives Burro Fire crews chance to build ‘solid lines’

As smoke lingered in the Dolores River Valley, about 130 people filed into the town Community Center Thursday to hear an update on the Burro Fire and recent closure of the San Juan National Forest....

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos seeks increased access to BLM lands

The Bureau of Land Management is considering proposals for additional trails and parking lots on public land in the Mancos area. Abut 50 residents attended a community meeting to view maps and get...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows to 3,400 acres; rainfall expected

More than 170 firefighters were battling the Burro Fire on Thursday south of Rico, which was in its seventh day and had burned 3,400 acres in and around the Bear Creek drainage. Because of the...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews struggle to contain Burro Fire; CPW closes some areas

The Burro Fire in the Bear Creek drainage of the Dolores Valley continued to grow on Tuesday, but is not threatening any structure. Also on Tuesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced that some...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows to 1,400 acres; forest closing to recreation

The Burro Fire northeast of Dolores started in the Bear Creek drainage on Friday and has rapidly grown to 1,400 acres. The main fire is burning in steep spruce-fir timber 5 miles up the Bear Creek...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News