Dakota Ridge Hogback Brush Fire

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Today while I was on the way to another assignment I got a call from one of our reporters about a brush fire in Morrison. I could see the smoke when I was driving down from the Canyon Courier office. When I got to Morrison it was clear that I would not be able to access the road that I needed to. Morrison Police had already blocked the road access to anyone except fire fighters. So I drove up Morrison Road towards the Soda Lakes and pulled over. I was able to make a few frames that showed the size of the fire as well as a couple of details of the smoke. Being that far away is not ideal but it is still something different than what any of the TV stations or other papers in town had. It’s days like this that give me a reason to carry a 1.4x and 2.ox converter in my bag. Read the official story about it at the Columbine Courier, Canyon Courier or High Timber Times.

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Covering the 2010 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

After several hours I was tired, covered in oil and smelled like burnt rubber. I have to admit, it was a pretty good time. The 2010 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals came to Bandimere Speedway last weekend. We have covered it in the past but not for some time. This year, with the help of an enthusiastic new sports editor, we decided to go all out and cover the entire weekend. Well, at least he did. With 4 other papers to shoot for and numerous weekend assignments I only managed to make it to the finals on Sunday. Even one day was a lot of work and with an average track temperature of 115 degrees the conditions were not exactly comfortable to work in.

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Washed Out Weekend Not Wasted

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Weather art. It started raining on Friday night and didn’t stop until Sunday afternoon. On the photo budget for the weekend were at least 6 outdoor assignments. A parade, 4 baseball games, a grand opening and a benefit were all moved indoors or canceled. That leaves a lot of “holes” in the papers this week. So I needed to come up with some appropriately titled “weather art” to fill some of these “holes”. I was trying to come up with a rain picture and was not having much luck. So I headed out of Evergreen on Hwy 74 and down through the canyon. About a mile down I came around a turn and saw a line of SUVs with Kayaks and roof racks on top.

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