Devastating Fire Destroys Historic Mining Union Hall In Victor

Voters To Decide Fate Of Marijuana Retail Sales In Manitou Springs

Sheriff Remains Focused On Public Safety

Moving time for the Creek Library.

Embattled Mayor Steps Down

Parking-Gate Strikes Downtown Woodland

Race Clock Ticking For USA Pro Challenge Preparations

Vahsholtz Sets New Record At Hill Climb; Fatal Accident Impacts Race

A Historic Cripple Creek Tradition

Teller Incumbents Card Big Victories In Primary Elections

Recall Effort Launched Against Woodland Park Mayor

A Guide to the Casinos of Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek Hedging Its Bets On Active Season

Woodland Officials Receive Fire Emergency Briefing

CC Council Kills Lodging Tax Plan

Tornado Takes A Swing At Lake George

Teller Assessors Debate Heats Up

GMF Mayor Responds To Government Mutiny Concerns

Main Street Makeover Celebration Set For Thursday

Woodland Park Residents Stunned Over Arrest Of Mayor

Woodland Leaders Seek A Tougher Stance With Forest Service

Manitou To Host First Retail Pot Shop In Region

Local Cancer Patient Seeks Justice from State Supreme Court

Shining Mountain Kicks Off Season With New Improvements

Special Use Permit For The 2014 Pro-Cycle Challenge

Recreation Boom Brewing

Residents Allege Abuse Of Power Against WP Police Officer

Cripple Creek Fire Cheif Baldwin Receives National Honors

Fast-Food Mania Invades Woodland

CC&V Officials Outline Efforts To Preserve Old Mining Structures

CC&V Gearing Up For Major Expansion At Cripple Creek ’s Doorstep

GMF Board Finalizes Schedule For New Town Hall Construction

Kitchen Nightmares Reality Episode Becomes Big Local Hit

Mutiny in the Falls

Major Policy Changes Enacted In Green Mountain Falls

Mayor Turley of Woodland Park Rushed to Hospital

A New Era For Green Mountain Falls.

The Straight Dope about Kids, Seizures, and Medical Marijuana

Major Changes Coming To Green Mountain Falls

Gloves Coming Off In County Elections

Green Mountain Falls Election Celebration

LAKE CRIPPLE CREEK COMING SOON!

Woodland Park Candidates Speak Out in Spite of Teller’s Political Apathy

Sheriff Remains Focused On Public Safety

Photo of Sheriff Mike Ensminger at the Sheriff’s open house that was held at the Sheriff’s office last week (7/19) Photo by CR Chambers Ensminger Dismisses Opponent’s Claims by Rick…

Moving time for the Creek Library.

The Franklin Ferguson Memorial Library, located next to the Cripple Creek High School, is looking for a new home and many boxes of books are already being assembled in preparation…

Embattled Mayor Steps Down

by Rick Langenberg:   In a decision that some political observers have expected for some time, Woodland Park Mayor David Turley has called it quits. In an official resignation letter…

Parking-Gate Strikes Downtown Woodland

By Rick Langenberg: (related front page Story) A growing feud between several business operators in downtown Woodland Park has forced the city’s top boss to assume a new job title: Head…

A Historic Cripple Creek Tradition

  Photo by Cindy Valade The 83rd running of Donkey Derby Days last weekend reaped the benefits of ideal weather and attracted large crowds, along with enthusiastic donkey race participants…

A Guide to the Casinos of Cripple Creek

Nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak is the small and remarkable town of Cripple Creek. During the gold rush of the late 1800s, Cripple Creek became one of the…

Cripple Creek Hedging Its Bets On Active Season

By Rick Langenberg: (related front page story)   After two consecutive summers of fires, floods and other calamities, Cripple Creek casino operators and city leaders are betting on a more…

CC Council Kills Lodging Tax Plan

By Rick Langenberg:     Proposed lodging taxes in Cripple Creek are about as popular as the prospects of gambling in Manitou Springs or racetrack slots in Pueblo. In yet another…

Tornado Takes A Swing At Lake George

Photo by Karen Neal By Beth Dodd:  (related front page story)   Park County residents took shelter inside their homes and businesses as two, possibly three, tornadoes tore through the…

Teller Assessors Debate Heats Up

By Beth Dodd:   There seemed to be no love lost between incumbent Betty Clark-Wine and hopeful Violet Watt at the Teller County Assessors debate on May 28. Both ladies…

Main Street Makeover Celebration Set For Thursday

by Rick Langenberg:   Cripple Creek leaders are preparing for a major celebration to kick off possibly the most significant infrastructure project since the early years of gaming. This Thursday…

Manitou To Host First Retail Pot Shop In Region

by Rick Langenberg:   After months of speculation, it?s finally official. Manitou Springs, a community known as a burgeoning tourist and art hub, and a town with colorful hippie traditions,…

Recreation Boom Brewing

by Rick Langenberg   The lower Ute Pass and Teller County area may soon bustle with more trails, legal equestrian routes, camp facilities and recreational amenities. However, these plans are…

Fast-Food Mania Invades Woodland

WP leaders approve new Arby’s location, despite resident protests   by Rick Langenberg:   Woodland Park elected leaders have given a reluctant nod to plans for a new Arby’s Restaurant…

Mutiny in the Falls

GMF government walk-out continues by Rick Langenberg:   Green Mountain Falls residents and visitors to the Ute Pass community may want to pray for sunny days in the next few…

A New Era For Green Mountain Falls.

Photo and caption by Rick Langenberg Mayor Lorrie Worthey takes the oath during an unusual changing of the guard ceremony on April 15, following her re-election in the municipal election.…

Major Changes Coming To Green Mountain Falls

Marshal’s office may get reformed by Rick Langenberg:       In a big victory for a slate of Green Mountain Falls candidates who have challenged the status quo administration,…

Gloves Coming Off In County Elections

Photos by CR Chambers Former Foe Of Sheriff Incumbent Enters The Ring  By Rick Langenberg:   A snoozer of a county election season has suddenly received a jolt, with the prospects…

Green Mountain Falls Election Celebration

by Rick Langenberg:     Green Mountain Falls Mayor Lorrie Worthey, who won a big re-election victory Tuesday night, gets a celebratory hug by local resident Judy Wiedner, of the…

LAKE CRIPPLE CREEK COMING SOON!

Photo by CR Chambers CRIPPLE CREEK TO BECOME RESERVOIR (Related Front Page Story)     Cripple Creek announced today that they have reached an agreement with Colorado Springs to become…

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Devastating Fire Destroys Historic Mining Union Hall In Victor

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(related front page story) by Rick Langenberg:   Less than a week after celebrating 120 years of history in Victor during Gold Rush Days, the 1890s mining town almost became history itself. In a bout of a bad luck, a lightning struck led to a devastating fire that scorched and gutted the Miners Union Hall…

Woodland Council Will Pick New Mayor At Special Meeting

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by Rick Langenberg:   In the wake of the resignation of David Turley, the mayor of Woodland Park since April 2012, city officials and leaders have finalized the process for picking a replacement. A special council meeting will be held in mid-August that will determine the position of the Woodland Park mayor, who often serves…

Voters To Decide Fate Of Marijuana Retail Sales In Manitou Springs

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by Rick Langenberg:   Manitou Springs may feature the first recreational marijuana shop in the Pikes Peak region within the next few weeks. But if local voters this November vote to outlaw recreational pot sales, only medicinal marijuana would be permitted inside the doors of Maggie’s Farm, located just outside the historic district. Closely watching…

No Sign Yet of Final Sign Plan for Woodland Hardware

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By Beth Dodd:   After months of talk, the Woodland Park DDA finally approved a plan for signs on only the front side of the new Woodland Hardware & Home building. However, two proposals for signs on the back of the building, which faces U.S. Highway 24, were rejected by the DDA and Do It…

Sheriff Remains Focused On Public Safety

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Ensminger Dismisses Opponent’s Claims by Rick Langenberg: Even with the official battle lines being drawn in the forthcoming race for the county’s head law enforcement official, Sheriff Mike Ensminger has vowed to avoid the campaign gun fire and to remain focused on his job as Teller’s top cop.  “We are going to keep our focus. …

Time for a Flood Festival

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(related front page story) by Rick Langenberg:   Flood mitigation work in our region warrants a B-plus, but flood communications are still a lingering problem, with a grade of D-plus. In any case, it’s time for a flood party. These are the sentiments of many residents and out-of-town visitors, as they endure another summer of…

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Bronc Day Saturday, August 2

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  The 76th running of Bronc Day in Green Mountain Falls, a local tradition since 1939, will be held on August 2.  It will feature a pancake breakfast, a parade, entertainment and games and arts.  The festival, sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, has experienced a complete revival, with improvements every year.  For more information, visit www.discoverutepass.com.

Almanac For Week Of July 30th

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Wednesday, July 30 The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am in Denny’s Restaurant in Woodland Park. Yoga Hikes. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is offering a variety of new ranger guided programs for the public for the summer of 2014.  Join Ranger Denise Ackart for 1.5 hour long yoga hikes every Wednesday and Saturday morning through August at 9 am.…