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  • Firefighters extinguish house fire

    Evergreen firefighters spent most of Sunday night checking on more than 200 reports from residents about smoke in the area, said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesperson Stacee Montague.

    “We were moving from one end of the district to the other,” she said.

  • Firefighters find pollen instead of fire during Squaw Pass blaze investigation

    Clear Creek County firefighters responded to reports of a wild land fire on Upper Squaw Pass, only to stand down when it was discovered to be wind-blown pollen.

    The pollen was so convincing that a helicopter was requested to fly over the area to get a better look.

    The call came in at about 11:30 a.m. and emergency crews finished their investigation at 12:50 p.m.

  • Lime Gulch Fire 100 percent contained; all evacuations lifted

    The Lime Gulch Fire that burned 511 acres in the Pike National Forest east of Pine was started by lightning last Tuesday night, officials have confirmed.

    No structures were damaged in the blaze, but more than 100 people were forced to leave their homes for four days. The evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    As of Sunday evening, 100 percent containment was reported on the blaze, which at its peak was battled by 300 firefighters, along with air support.

    The fire’s cause

  • EDC seeks to ‘borrow’ county employee

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has officially launched its $3.9 million Forward Jeffco initiative to bring more businesses to the county — and with it came another new pitch to the Jeffco commissioners for more support.

  • Sheriff’s Office seeking missing Evergreen man

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies are asking for residents’ assistance in their search for an Evergreen man who has been missing from his residence since June 14.

    Ronald Kuetemeier, 57, was last seen at his home in Evergreen last Friday. His wife contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report him as a missing person the following day. 

    Kuetemeier has worked in the IT field and is currently unemployed. He is believed to be on foot, as all of the family's vehicles are accounted for. He frequently runs on the trails in Elk Meadow, according to reports.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Landlord-tenant relations get complicated

  • 'Shop local' focus group working to clarify goals

    “There’s a lot of confusion about what we’re doing,” said Ron Issacson, leader of an Evergreen focus group, during the June 12 meeting.

    Since the last meeting, Issacson said, he had been talking with organizations in Evergreen to clarify goals.

    “A lot of what I’m trying to do is to put people’s minds at ease … to get the ‘shop local’ campaign together,” he said.

    At the least, discussing the focus group’s efforts is stimulating conversation, Issacson remarked.

  • Children's plate art to raise funds for area art teachers

    Brightly hued images of the West on china plates are the centerpiece of a fund-raising effort that the Center for the Arts Evergreen is coordinating.

     

    For the third year, the china plates featuring art of area students are being auctioned during Weekend in the West, an annual art show and sale at Evergreen Fine Art. Funds raised from the plate sales will be donated to the arts center.

    “We turn right around and the give the money to local teachers,” said Steve Sumner, CAE executive director.

  • Western-style circus parade marches through town

    “That is my favorite,” proclaimed 4-year-old Liam Satterfield as he watched Mountain Drain’s purple-hued float make its way into downtown Evergreen on Saturday.

    As unofficial Rodeo Parade master, Liam was providing a running commentary on the event with its circus theme.

    A bevy of floats with carnival decorations and clowns passed by the crowd, which was filled with enthralled youngsters like Liam — and Katie and Cameron Stewart, who came to the parade with their grandmother Patricia Stewart.

  • County enacts moratorium on pot shops

    Jeffco has decided to put the brakes on retail marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners voted 3-0 to prohibit any retail marijuana businesses from setting up shop. The ban includes retail sales and growing operations, along with testing and packaging facilities.