Beth Dodd

Frank Marcroft Makes Over Chipita Park

By Beth Dodd:   Today, Chipita Park is a bedroom town for commuters to Colorado Springs. It gives no hint of its history as a vacation hot spot in the 1890s and 1930s as you zip through on U.S. Hwy 24.   Chipita Park was originally named Ute Pass Park by William Blackmore in 1872.…

Nature Notes – Winter Survival

By Beth Dodd:   Are you ready for winter? Do you have good tires on the car and a cozy coat for the cold? Maybe you are packing your bags for Texas or Arizona. Or would you rather just avoid the whole season and take a nap until spring? While you are busy preparing for…

Sunnyside Cemetery in Victor

By Beth Dodd:   The historic Sunnyside Cemetery in Victor is an excellent place to peer into the past of the gold camp. Scenic and peaceful at any time of year, it is a beautiful place to remember the people who came to the mountains to seek their fortunes and never left. The burials at…

Winter Wonderland Sparkles at the Butte Theater

By Beth Dodd     The Thin Air Theater Company will surely brighten your holiday season as they sing and dance their way through Winter Wonderland, their latest show at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek. Two new-to-the-Butte performers, Drew Frady and Jennifer Poarch, star in the leading roles of Richard Crosby and Mary Galloway.…

New Woodland Pool to be Built Downtown

By Beth Dodd:   The Woodland Park City Council voted during a marathon meeting that lasted until midnight to build the town’s new aquatic center downtown in Woodland Station. While funding to build the pool was approved by local voters in the November election, the ballot issue did not specify where it would be located.…

Apartments to Be Built above Gold Hill North

By Beth Dodd:     The owner of Gold Hill Square North, Bill Page, has been given permission by the Woodland Park City Council to build seven new apartments on the top floor of his building. According to Page, he has been unable to lease the existing commercial space on the second floor of Gold…

Celebration for Retiring City Clerk on December 10

By Beth Dodd:     Woodland Park’s City Clerk Cindy Morse is retiring after 33 years of service to the community. A public celebration in her honor will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. Morse started her career with Woodland Park in July 1981 when she…

In Memoriam Robert G. Powell 1944 – 2014

Robert G. Powell of Woodland Park died this past weekend on Sunday, November 16. He was known by many in the community as a promoter and supporter of local musical groups and a dedicated family counselor. Powell is survived by his wife Carol, their son Dustin, daughter-in-law Robin, and a granddaughter Haleigh born this summer.…