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  • Eagle Rock Fire near Buffalo Creek 100 percent contained

     A wildfire that ignited Friday afternoon four miles east of Buffalo Creek is 100 percent contained after burning a half acre.

    According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Eagle Rock Fire was first reported at 1:55 p.m. Friday and required the support of the Forest Service and other agencies to extinguish. Two helicopters, additional air support and one fire truck were used to tame the blaze, which was declared contained at 7 p.m.

  • Wamblee Trail wildfire 100 percent contained

    The Wamblee Trail wildfire in Conifer is 100 percent contained after firefighters from four different departments spent nearly 24 hours working to extinguish it on Friday and Saturday.

    The fire, which ignited near 13800 Wamblee Trail after a lightning strike late Friday afternoon, burned between 2.5 and 3 acres and initially led the Jeffco Sheriff's Office to issue evacuation notices for 20 homes in area around 5 p.m. The evacuation notices led to an emergency shelter being opened at Conifer High School before residents were allowed to return home just after 7 p.m.

  • Evergreen Parkway in El Rancho reopened after motorcycle accident

    One motorcyclist was transported with serious injuries but non-life threatening injuries after a motorcycle accident in El Rancho Thursday morning.

    Brian Lynch, 65, of Denver and another cyclist — Byron Dormire, 65, of Windsor — were traveling northbound on Evergreen Parkway around 10:50 a.m. and approaching the intersection with Swede Gulch Road, Trooper Gary Cutler of Colorado State Patrol said.

    At the intersection, Lynch stopped and Dormire's Harley Davidson slammed into the back of Lynch's Yamaha.

  • Wildland fire in Genesee fully contained

    Firefighters have completely contained the small wildland fire that was burning Thursday morning in Genesee Park, which is north of Interstate 70 at the Chief Hosa exit.

    Pre-evacuation orders were sent to 104 homes along Lower Moss Rock Road, Upper Moss Rock Road and Stapleton Drive around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

    At 10:15 a.m., the fire was approximately 30 square yards in size, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office said via Twitter.

  • Inter-Canyon considering property tax increase

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is inching closer to asking its residents for a property tax increase or to de-Gallagher-ize the district in the November election.

    The first option would increase property taxes for Inter-Canyon’s 6,000 residents. The latter would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent and help it avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison repeals more stringent noise ordinance

    For several months, the Morrison Police Department has actively enforced the town’s noise ordinance. So far, it’s working.

    So much so that Chief George Mumma on June 5 asked the board to repeal a more stringent noise ordinance that was enacted in March and set to go into effect last Sunday if enforcement of its current ordinance proved unsuccessful.

    The board listened and unanimously repealed the ordinance with the understanding that noise enforcement will continue.

  • Shear relief: Alpacas shed their thick coat for some summertime comfort

    It only takes five minutes or so for an alpaca to go from fuzzy to fabulous.

    About a dozen alpacas had their annual spring haircut during a shearing event at Vince and Cynthia Stinton’s farm in Conifer on June 3. “Alpaca Tom” Morrison visited the farm, and local alpaca owners brought their animals.

    Morrison, who hails from New Mexico, visits farms across the Southwest. He has been shearing alpacas and llamas for 16 years, the first five as a “headman,” the person who holds the alpaca’s head during shearing.

  • Pine Grove’s Rhubarb Fest brings out creative culinary talents for baking contest

    By Alex Purcell

    For the Courier

    Love it or hate it, rhubarb has long been a staple in the baking industry, and the residents of Pine Grove are no strangers to the vegetable’s unique flavor.

    In fact, the Pine-Elk Creek Improvement Association just celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Pine Grove Rhubarb Festival, a gathering dedicated to the red and green stalks.

  • Kids learn lightsaber dueling, fencing at recreational camp

    For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Now, the torch has been passed to the next generation — the youth of Evergreen.

    Last week, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District hosted a Jedi/fencing camp for 8- to 14-year-olds at the Miller House next to Buchanan Recreation Center. The camp allowed student to learn how to fight with lightsabers in a broadsword style, traditional fencing moves, or both.

  • RTD proposes eliminating mountain area's routes to Federal Center

    RTD is considering eliminating Evergreen and Conifer bus routes that stop at the Federal Center on their way to and from Denver to save money, but local riders say they’re willing to pay more for their passes or add the stop to other routes.

    “By eliminating the ES/CS (routes), you’re eliminating an opportunity for these people to access the Light Rail system,” said Dean Miller, who’s been riding the bus from Evergreen for 21 years. “... You’re going to be putting people in cars, basically.”