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  • A rose is a rose, but a fire by any other name baffles

    What’s in a name? In the case of last week’s wildfire near Pine, a lot of confusion.

    When the Chair Rock Fire underwent a name change and became the Lime Gulch Fire on June 19, residents 900 miles away might have been a little worried: Lime Gulch is a valley in Montana. But in Lion Gulch, here in Jeffco, the fire burned 511 acres in rugged terrain south of Conifer.

  • Lime Gulch Fire resurrects fears, resolve of couple who lost home in ’12

    For Kristen Moeller of Conifer, the Lime Gulch Fire — to borrow a Yogi Berra adage — has been “déjà vu all over again.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    At the O.K. Corral

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office to host 'Coffee with a Cop'

    How safe am I? What can I do about people speeding through my neighborhood? Is driving 5 mph over the speed limit really that big of a deal? 

    If you’ve ever had questions like those and wanted answers, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office invites you to grab a cup o’ joe and bring your concerns to its “Coffee with a Cop” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at Da Kind Soups in Evergreen. 

  • Celebrating July 4 at Evergreen Music Festival and Art Show

    This year’s Music Festival and Art Show at Evergreen Lake on July 4 offers those attending the opportunity to view the work of area artists and listen to a variety of sounds ranging from symphonic melodies to Celtic tunes.

    The event begins at 10 a.m. with a performance by the Sedici Corde String Quartet, a group of four young musicians playing traditional chamber works. The art show also begins at this time in the Evergreen Lake House, where artists will demonstrate creative techniques.

  • Evergreen fire department seeking volunteers

    “We’re ramping up for recruiting,” said Chris Johnson, fire operations chief for the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department.

    “We’re low, but not critical,” Johnson told the Evergreen Fire Protection District board at the June 18 meeting.

    In recent months, the number of firefighters in the all-volunteer organization has decreased from more than 90 to 78, Johnson said.

  • 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.