Photos of the Year – The Durango Herald

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Images tell the stories of southwest Colorado in 2021

6th Judicial District Chief Justice Jeffrey R. Wilson listens to Prosecutor Fred Johnson on June 21 before the opening speech for Mark Redwine’s trial at the La Plata County Courthouse. Redwine was convicted of second degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of his son, Dylan Redwine. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train stops on March 23 to pick up water at Hermosa. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Durango Police Chief Bob Brammer pursues Jonah Barrett-Lesko on September 21 in the Animas River at Santa Rita Park after Barrett-Lesko escaped from the La Plata County jail. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Erin Cwiertniewicz serves lunch on August 13 at Durango Diner. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Several agencies responded to the Vosburg Pike fire near County Road 228 east of Durango on June 16. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

A single-seater tanker dumped slurry on June 16 on the Vosburg Pike fire near County Road 228 east of Durango. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

A rider competes in the saddle bronc riding competition on June 11 during the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Lindsay Levine climbs one of the walls on April 28 at the skatepark in Durango skating with Women on Wheels. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Big Picture High School sophomore Jake Hladick, 15, sits in class on the first day of school on August 24. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Callie Cole, a chemistry professor at Fort Lewis College, uses a micro-extraction instrument on August 4 to measure the aroma of cider in the school’s lab. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Tracy Jones of the Southwest Movement for Black Lives and co-organizer of the Juneteenth celebration at Rotary Park, reads the definition of Juneteenth to the crowd on June 19. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

The Stars and Stripes balloon inflates on August 6 during the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally. Seventeen balloons are participating in this year’s rally. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Stylus Fran, 8, concentrates before class starts on March 4 at Bayfield Nexus Guardian Art. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Alyssa Buescher with Mountain Heat Entertainment performs a fire in water demonstration on September 28 at Tico Time Resort. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Mark Ritchey, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Mercy Regional Medical Center, checks a COVID-19 patient on June 8 who is unconscious and intubated. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Rhianna Velasquez, 14, uses a blower on August 12 to dry Betty, a Boer goat, before showing her off at the La Plata County Fair. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Gary Broad, former owner of the Durango Diner, laughs with customers on September 28. Broad sold the business he operated with his wife, Donna, for 41 years. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Residents of Durango cleared about 12 inches of snow on January 19 after a winter storm moved through the area. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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3-year-old Ira Feeney gave Santa a big hug on November 26 after arriving at Buckley Park for community Christmas tree lighting. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Jake Riggs transforms into Aria PettyOne in his Durango apartment on June 4 as he prepares to host the Beam Me Up Starlight drag / trivia party at the Starlight Lounge. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Raiha Paewai, an intensive care RN at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, sits in her husband’s art studio on June 9 at their home outside Cortez where she has lived apart during the pandemic until that he be vaccinated. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Rosa Sabido, a Mexican immigrant who has been in sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Mancos for over four years, smiles outside the church on August 24. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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A customer at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village on March 31. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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About 20 people attended the funeral for the poplar that was felled on September 15 near the intersection of 32nd Street and East Third Avenue to make way for the underpass of the Animas River Trail. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Hayden Lubit, 15, waits for her ride outside Durango High School on October 12 as snow showers sweep through the city. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Ilene O’Ketter, a pharmacist at Mercy Regional Medical Center, fills syringes Jan. 7 with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Mark Redwine listens on June 25 to his public defender, Justin Bogan, question a witness. Redwine was convicted of second degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of his son, Dylan Redwine. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Anne Cook, a friend of Elaine Hall, mourns on July 16 after Mark Redwine was convicted of second degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of her son, Dylan Redwine. Elaine Hall is Dylan’s mother. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Ed and Sonya Willmett said a few words about their daughter, Jadah Willmett, on October 30 to family and friends who gathered to create a memorial next to the Speedway convenience store in Bayfield where Jadah Willmett was killed as she was working. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Tanya (no last name given) from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment performs a COVID-19 test on Jimmy Mason on February 2 at Purple Cliffs homeless camp, southeast of Durango. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Michael Martin Murphey entertains the crowd on August 13 at the La Plata County Fair concert in the Fred W. Klatt III Arena. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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Jasper, a 2-year-old Maine coon / gray tabby mix, relaxes on February 19, as Leah Salazar, a groomer at the Pet Haus Groom Room, holds him and Katie Ratio, salon manager, dries him off after a bath. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

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