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Mount Evans Gets a New Name After Year of Debate

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After more than a year of public debate on the topic, Clear Creek County officials have selected a new name to replace Mount Evans.

Officials made the decision after considering five proposed options, including Mount Cheyenne-Arapaho, Mount Soule, Mount Rosalie, Mount Evans and Mount Blue Sky. They selected the latter, Mount Blue Sky, which was submitted by southern Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes.

Now that county officials have made their endorsement for a moniker for the 14,264-foot peak, the decision goes to Gov. Jared Polis’ office and then to the federal government. It is likely the change will ultimately push through.

The Mount Evans name comes from Colorado Territory Gov. John Evans, who has faced criticism over the years due to his role in the Sand Creek Massacre and his brutal treatment of Native Americans.

In November of 1864 and during Evans’ stint in office, Col. Chivington ordered 700 cavalry troops to attack a peaceful Native American encampment, resulting in more than 100 deaths. Evans later decorated Chivington and his men for their efforts. Evans was later accused of a cover-up of the massacre and forced to resign as governor in 1865 after a federal investigation.

Despite controversy surrounding Evans as a politician and the Sand Creek Massacre, Mount Rosalie was renamed Mount Evans in 1895.

Clear Creek County Commissioner Randy Wheelock is hopeful the change will be officially made on state and federal levels by the end of 2022.

This change is set to follow several other recent instances in which the name of a geographic feature has been changed.

Another mountain in Clear Creek County also got a new name in December 2021, removing the name ‘Squaw Mountain’ and adopting ‘Mestaa’ehehe Mountain.’ The new name rids the mountain of a term deemed offensive to Native Americans and adds a nod to a Native American known as ‘Owl Woman,’ who helped negotiate trades among many at Bent’s Fort, something credited for forming good relations between Native Americans and settlers.

The term “squaw” has been addressed on a national level, with the federal government recently announcing that the term would be removed from federal locations, including the 650 place names on federal lands. Multiple states, including Maine, Minnesota and Montana have already banned the word, according to Reuters.

In September 2020, the Polis-appointed Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board held its first meeting, with 12 spots ultimately selected for renaming. Among these spots were Chinaman Gulch in Chaffee County, Redskin Mountain in Jefferson County and Mount Evans. At the time, proposed names for Mount Evans were only Mount Rosalie, Mount Soule and Mount Cheyenne Arapahoe, with Mount Blue Sky proposed as an option at a later date.


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Fire Under Control Near Fountain Creek Park

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Update 11:12 a.m.

Firefighters put out a wildland fire early Thursday in the Fountain area, officials said.

The blaze was reported about 3:45 a.m. on the east side of Fountain Creek and south of Duckwood Park, Fountain police said in news release. Crews from fire departments in Security, Stratmoor Hills, Fort Carson and Hanover responded to heavy smoke and flames.

The fire was about a mile west of Colorado 85.

“The mild weather conditions this morning made it easier for fire crews to get this fire under control quickly,” police said.

The fire burned less than an acre before it was fully contained, officials said. As of Thursday morning, officials said the area is being monitored and might take several hours before the scene is cleared.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but officials said a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon might have ignited it.

Update 11 a.m.: The fire is 100% contained and burned less than one acre. No structures were threatened and no reported injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, officials think it possibly started from a lightning strike due to later afternoon storms on Wednesday.

Fountain fire department battled a wildland fire near Fountain Creek Regional Park Thursday morning, Fountain police said.

The fire ignited around 3:30 a.m. between Hwy 85 and Comanche Village Drive and crews managed to get the fire under control, police said.

Containment was 50% as of 7 a.m. but police did not give any estimates of the fire’s size.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, police said.


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911 Lines Down in Fremont and Custer Counties, Officials Say

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Fremont and Custer counties have been without 911 services since Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

According to the Fremont County Emergency Management, the lines have been down since 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The public is asked to not call 911 “to test or check your phone.”

Calls will be be routed to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. From there, they will be transferred back to Fremont County dispatchers.

This is a developing story. Check with gazette.com for updates.


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Alaska Rep. Don Young to Lie in State at US Capitol

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Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in U.S. House history, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on March 29.Read More

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