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  • Wildfire contained at Staunton State Park

    Firefighters from Elk Creek Fire have contained a small wildfire that burned a half acre at Staunton State Park in Conifer on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Elk Creek Deputy Chief Jacob Ware, the fire was first reported at 2:11 p.m. and was found in an area about 3 miles from the West Meadow Trail. Nine firefighters responded to the fire, which was 100 percent contained as of 7 p.m.

    Ware said that the fire was human-caused, stemming from an illegal campfire started at an illegal campsite in the park, separate from Staunton's official camping sites.

  • Evergreen feels that 2013 flood had its ‘silver linings’

    It’s been five years since Bear Creek rose to flood levels — thanks to nearly 7 inches of rain — and on Friday the 13th of September 2013, Evergreen residents awoke to rushing water that forced road closures, and damaged businesses and homes along its path.

    Five years later, businesses and homes have rebuilt, and business owners say they learned both how resilient they are and how Evergreen continually joins together to help when a crisis hits. And they’re thankful no one was injured.

  • Clear Creek’s response to 2013 floods was a ‘proud’ moment

    Five years ago, Principal David Epp and 150 sixth-graders and staff members were hiking two miles to the school buses waiting for them; Commissioner Tim Mauck was listening to the eerie sounds of boulders rolling down the creek outside his house; and Sheriff Rick Albers was running incident command out of Idaho Springs’ fire station.

  • The cooks behind the chili

    Behind every good chili cook is a large pot of good chili.

    And, behind every good pot of chili is a story.

    Maybe it’s a story of a late-night brainstorm, or maybe, it’s years of experimenting, or maybe it’s literally taking a page from your own cookbook.

    Whatever the stories behind the 70-some pots of chili at the 16th annual Big Chili Cook-off Saturday, the estimated 3,500 attendees seemed to enjoy them.

  • Driver killed, passenger injured in I-70 crash

    A 21-year-old from Nevada died Monday after her white Mazda sedan rolled over on eastbound Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    Sabelle Wang was driving down I-70 on Monday afternoon when her vehicle went off the road, overcorrected and rolled.

    “She was unfortunately ejected and declared dead on scene,” said Trooper Josh Lewis with Colorado State Patrol.

  • Sheriff’s Office searching for suspect in El Rancho-area armed robbery

    Jeffco Sheriff's investigators are searching for a male suspect who held up an El Rancho dry cleaning employee at knifepoint Saturday afternoon before leaving the scene.

    No one was injured during the incident.

    The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, wearing raggedy camouflage clothing, possibly a tan shirt, black bandana and black hat.
    If anyone sees the suspect, they are asked to call 911.

  • Sichting pleads guilty ahead of trial

    Wynn Ray Sichting, the Conifer man accused of beating and imprisoning his 21-year old nephew in a metal shipping container last September has pleaded guilty to three counts in connection with the incident.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • End Overdose Jeffco allows community to discuss opioid addiction

    Addiction came quickly for Lemuel Lee.

    After being kicked out of his house at 11 years old, Lee started living on the streets, using and selling drugs. His addiction persisted, and for years, Lee worked his way in and out of the judicial system and ruined a lot of relationships.

    “I want what I want when I want it,” Lee said. “With that mind frame, it didn’t matter who or what or why I hurt them. I burned every bridge in my life between me and my family and also between me and who I thought were my friends.”

  • Evergreen Chamber taking over Skate the Lake

    New Year’s activities at Evergreen Lake will see big changes this year.

    Skate the Lake on New Year’s Eve now will be operated by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce rather than Drive Smart, which conceived of and ran the non-alcoholic family friendly event for more than 20 years.

    In addition, the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge and the youth pond hockey tournament on New Year’s Eve, also run by Drive Smart, have been canceled.