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Tough Times Face Woodland Park Hoopsters – Mac McClintock

The Woodland Park basketball teams are going down the rabbit hole. After both the boys’ and girls’ b-ball teams got off to promising starts, they are now struggling with league play, big-time. The Woodland Park boys’ team has been looking all season to break a streak of 49 consecutive losing games in league competition. During…

Almanac Week of 1.17.17

Tuesday, Jan. 17 Business After Hours. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will feature their monthly Business After Hours, Teller’s largest networking event, on Jan. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers, plus meet new members in an informal setting. Fun,…

County Leaders Face Big Challenges for 2017 Term limits, Capital Projects and Broadband Top the Agenda- by Rick Langenberg

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The new year will ring in for the Teller commissioners as they face major challenges regarding Internet and broadband enhancements, transportation issues and capital projects, along with lingering questions about government stability. Plus, with the changing of the guard in Washington D.C., county Republican office-holders hope they can reap some political benefits. On the upside,…

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Salute to American Veterans Rally finalized for 2017- Rick Langenberg

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The Salute to American Veterans Rally will be roaring into Cripple Creek in August for yet another year.
Only this time, the several day festival, dubbed as the biggest motorcycle procession in Colorado, and one of the state’s signature veteran-related rallies, may not feature as many additional events, such as the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. And the city and rally committee will look for ways to improve the event, which has gotten too stagnant, according to some critics. Others business operators have complained that it stifles commerce during a prime weekend.
Despite earlier funding concerns, Cripple Creek City Administrator Ray DuBois confirmed last week that a tentative agreement has been reached between the veterans rally committee and the city.
This agreement is part of a compromise, calling for the city to cut its sponsorship funding slightly and not to pick up the finances for certain additional costs. With this pact, the city will pay the promoters, ProPromotions, close to $40,000 for orchestrating the rally and will pay the costs for a stage. But the city will expect the promoters to bear the brunt of additional costs that the city has paid in the past, such as the Vietnam War Memorial Wall display and outdoor bathroom facilities and other accessory costs.
“They seemed to feel this was a fair compromise. They understand our situation,” said DuBois. “This is not a deal-killer,” added the administrator in discussing the latest compromise requiring the promoters to pay for more costs.
The deal isn’t quite finalized, as the city council won’t finalize its 2017 budget until early December.
But the announcement puts to bed any rumors about the rally leaving town. As part of its preliminary budget proposal for 2017, the city proposed a 60 percent cut in its sponsorship commitment for the Salute rally, which returned to Cripple Creek in 2010 after a several-year hiatus, when the event was held in Winter Park.
This potential cut sparked much outrage among rally committee leaders and from veterans and motorcycle organizations, who attended a recent council budget meeting to outline their concerns. Then, the rally promoters, Jim and Pam Wear of ProPromotions, met with the city council behind closed doors to reportedly discuss financial details associated with the rally. .
City elected leaders agreed with these pro-rally comments, but argued that it didn’t have the financial resources to continue financing the event the way it has in the past.
“This event is not cheap,” admitted DuBois. The city’s net annual costs exceeded $65,000, and that is just what the city invests into the festival. “It costs a lot more than that to put on the event,” added the Cripple Creek city administrator.

The event continues to spark much controversy.
In an earlier budget meeting, Cripple Creek Councilman Chris Hazlett, who owns Ralf’s Breakroom, noted that the rally is not supported by local residents and merchants and by casino operators. He questioned the validity of spending this much money for an event that many residents didn’t want.
However, other council members disagreed, but conceded that improvements are needed. Despite the problems associated with limiting access for local businesses and casinos, a few council members maintained the rally needs a fresher approach and possibly the event should occur at a different time of the year. Mayor Bruce Brown complained that the event has almost become just a one-day rally.
The Salute Committee leaders, though, have vowed to make changes.
With this announcement, it’s unsure how this will impact plans by the Downtown Development Authority Board in Woodland Park, who wanted to take over the event, or feature a similar veterans/motorcycle gathering at Woodland Station. The DDA board wants to transform Woodland Station, the site of the former Saddle Club and Bergstrom Arena, into a major evens hub. The Salute rally was cited as possibly a good event for the DDA to host.
According to the Salute’s website, the rally is on schedule to occur in Cripple Creek in August. This will mark the 25th running of the festival.