TMJ Week of 8.30.16

Green Mountain Falls May End Lawless Plight Days of Speeding and Violating Codes Could Screech to a Halt -Rick Langenberg

Venture Foods Showcases New Improvements – By Catherine Mahrholz

Police Capture Fugitive

Police Capture Fugitive

The Woodland Park Police, with the help of several other law enforcement agencies, arrested a 38-year-old fugitive, following an extensive manhunt last week. Donald Moss of Woodland Park was charged…

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Police Capture Fugitive

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The Woodland Park Police, with the help of several other law enforcement agencies, arrested a 38-year-old fugitive, following an extensive manhunt last week. Donald Moss of Woodland Park was charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment, domestic violence, along with additional charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault. After fleeing from a residence in Woodland Park…

Press Release

On 08/25/16 at 08:31, Officers were dispatched the same address in reference to Mr. Moss being at the residence once again. Prior to Officers arriving Mr. Moss left the scene. At approximately 10:57, with the assistance of the El Paso County Sheriff’s K9, SWAT unit, Crime Reduction Unit, Teller County Sheriff’s, and Colorado Parks and…

Venture Foods Showcases New Improvements – By Catherine Mahrholz

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Located on Hwy. 24 just west of Woodland Park is the town of Divide, known by locals as “The Center of the Known Universe.” It is home to an amazing little grocery store, LaGree’s Venture Foods. This thriving grocery chain also boasts a second location, just outside the historic district of Cripple Creek, on Teller…

Almanac week of 8.30.16

Wednesday, August 31 TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays in Woodland Park. This is a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit to provide much needed transportation service between Cripple Creek and Woodland Park. TSC Transit will be picking up from the Senior Center and will be making…

Obituary

Joseph “Joe” Michael Camp, born August 3, 1963 in Torrance, CA, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his sisters Christine Hooper, Lorraine Parent, his brother Bill Camp and brother-in-laws Allen Hooper and Danny Parent. He also leaves behind his loving nephews Nathan and Nick Hooper and Craig…

Broncos Shine in Third Preseason Game

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Last Saturday night the Denver Broncos beat the Los Angles Rams 17-9 in their third preseason game. Trevor Siemian started at quarterback in what appears to some to be the final nail in Mark Sanchez’s coffing. Sanchez did not take one snap the whole game. Siemian’s first two possessions ended in consecutive 3 and outs,…

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Divide Recreational Jewel Reopened – Rick Langenberg

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One of Teller’s most popular hiking and camping spots is back in action, but with more defined restrictions, including a ban against free camping.

The Pikes Peak Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest has reopened the Crags area, including the Crags Campground and Forest Road 383. In late May, the area, located near Divide and regarded as one of the prime recreational spots for residents and visitors, was completely shut down to allow fire crews to remove a large number of trees that posed a safety hazard to hikers and campers.

The closure action was taken when the U.S. Forest Service reportedly discovered hazardous trees in areas frequently used by visitors for camping. According to officials, a spruce beetle infestation left many of the shallow rooted spruce trees standing dead, along Forest Road 383. This closure prohibited all public entry into the area, including camping, day use, hiking and access to the Crags and Devil’s Playground trails, which lead to the summit of Pikes Peak.

This closure could be part of a continual trend. Forest Service officials have concluded that hazard tree removal and associated road closures along Forest Service Road 383 are expected over the next few years. Initially, crews will work to improve safety near the campground and trailheads, but will continue working along the roadway later this fall and in future years.

And even with the reopening of this popular area, more restrictions at the Crags still apply. In fact, the Pikes Peak Ranger District has issued an official order that prohibits free camping, campfires and parking along Forest Service Road 383.Plus, the following restrictions have been put into place:

*Camping is allowed only in the developed Crags Campground. There are 17 campsites available on a first come first serve basis for a fee of $16 per night.

*Dispersed (free) camping, campfires and parking are prohibited along either side of Forest Road 383, as a large number of hazard trees still exist.

*Parking is allowed only at designated sites at the Ring the Peak Trailheads, Crags Trailhead, and within the campground.

Other changes in the drainage include the access to Raspberry Mountain, due to private property and concerns with lack of parking at the unofficial trailhead. Instead of parking at the hairpin corner before the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, those wanting to hike to Raspberry Mountain will need to drive 1.4 miles further up Forest Road 383 and park at the Ring the Peak Trailhead, and will then use the Ring the Peak Trail to access Raspberry Mountain.

Visitors are urged to take extra precautions when recreating in the area this summer due to the large number of hazard trees.

Hazard tree removal and associated road and area closures will continue along FS Road 383 after Labor Day, 2016.

Still, even with the additional restrictions, the reopening of the Crags is expected to be greeted with much enthusiasm by tourist and civic leaders. Despite the difficulty in accessing this area off Hwy. 67 South, the Crags is still regarded as a local outdoor mecca, offering some of the most panoramic views of surrounding peaks and reservoirs. It also is regarded as the best area from which to attempt a back route ascent up Pikes Peak, via the Devil’s Playground Trail. In addition, it reigns as a popular spot for camping and viewing the rocky outcropping of “The Crags,” and is a favorite area for cross-country skiers and for snowshoeing. Rumors have frequently abounded regarding the possibility of opening a mini-ski mountain area near the Crags, but access restrictions and financial obstacles have squashed these attempts.

And due to its popularity, the Crags is one of the prime spots for search and rescue missions by local emergency responders as many first-time hikers often misjudge the Teller high country altitude conditions. Plus, some reports have circulated that the area was getting frequented more by transient homeless individuals and campers.

Nevertheless, when locals are asked by visitors about prime recreational spots in the region, the Crags tops the outdoor “Best Of” list.