2018’s Top Fifteen Stories

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USFS Photo: Photo taken on the evening of August 11, 2018 of helicopter operations on the Cabin Lake Fire. A Type 1 Helicopter worked in coordination with ground crews to conduct water bucket drops on hot spots to slow and check the fire spread.







1. Cabin Lake Fire




2. Fatal crash south of Meeker on Hwy 13

In what is becoming a busy fire season, a Wyoming Hotshot on the Wilson Fire north of Meeker ignites the interior of a burn unit during backburn procedures. A flare makes it easier to ignite fire in areas of the unit more difficult to access on foot and helps keep firefighters safe.

3. Wilson Creek Fire

Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Photos

4. Indian Valley Fire

RBC Sheriff Photo

5. Seely Fire

The Ridgetop Fire along Highway 13. Photo: RBC Sheriff

6. Highway 13 Fire

7. The Club No One Wants to Join—Editorial

8. Cabin Lake Fire #2

9. Ethan Turner Obituary

Photo Courtesy RBC Sheriff

10. Red Canyon Fire

11. Fatal Rangely Shooting

12. 2018 Election Results

13. Meth Bust Leads to Multiple Arrests

Thursday morning in the Meeker Post Office means copies of the Herald Times protruding from many P.O. boxes.
Doc Watson Photo

14. Post Office is the Last Mile in Customer Service

Striegel keeps his Drug Court completion certificate framed in his living room as a reminder of what he’s accomplished beating drug addiction.
Jen Hill Photo

15. Erik Striegel Proves Drug Recovery is Possible