2018: Year of drought, wildfires, political change

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2018: Year of drought, wildfires, political change

After a weak winter, low reservoirs, fires troubled community
The Plateau Fire, photographed from the air. It eventually grew to nearly 18,000 acres and came within 6 miles of the town of Dolores.
Helicopters dip to McPhee Reservoir to load up on water to fight the Plateau Fire.
Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla closes Hillside Road because of the nearby Burro Fire.
Extreme drought and low water levels at McPhee Reservoir dominated 2018.
In February, a shootout involving a Montezuma County deputy in McElmo Canyon killed a suspect.
On Aug. 27, multiple properties in Montezuma County were raided by federal and local law enforcement for illegal marijuana grows.
Owner of Beny’s Diner, Victor Nuñoz serves up a dish featuring his green chile. Beny’s Diner’s pork chile verde was in the running for USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Contest for the best chile verde in Colorado.
Jim Mimiaga/The JournalJim Candelaria, front, sits with a suporter and Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell before preliminary results were read.

2018: Year of drought, wildfires, political change

The Plateau Fire, photographed from the air. It eventually grew to nearly 18,000 acres and came within 6 miles of the town of Dolores.
Helicopters dip to McPhee Reservoir to load up on water to fight the Plateau Fire.
Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla closes Hillside Road because of the nearby Burro Fire.
Extreme drought and low water levels at McPhee Reservoir dominated 2018.
In February, a shootout involving a Montezuma County deputy in McElmo Canyon killed a suspect.
On Aug. 27, multiple properties in Montezuma County were raided by federal and local law enforcement for illegal marijuana grows.
Owner of Beny’s Diner, Victor Nuñoz serves up a dish featuring his green chile. Beny’s Diner’s pork chile verde was in the running for USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Contest for the best chile verde in Colorado.
Jim Mimiaga/The JournalJim Candelaria, front, sits with a suporter and Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell before preliminary results were read.
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