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Teller County Candidates for Commissioner

by Rick Langenberg       It was the final stand for the six candidates for two county commissioner seats during a debate last Saturday, hosted by the Mountain Jackpot newspaper and organized by Jeffrey K. Woods, in the Woodland Park Public Library.      The forum, attended by nearly 100 people, represented the last opportunity…

Best Seat in Woodland Park Art Project Unveiled

Best Seat in Woodland Park by Rick Langenberg             Move over Salida, Taos and even Santa Fe—at least when it comes to public art displays or ideal places to hang out. A group of Woodland Park business leaders want visitors and tourists to take a seat on unique, specially-crafted art benches…

Woodland Park Planners Approve First-ever Affordable Housing Law

Woodland Park Planners Approve by Rick Langenberg     After six months of discussion and often heated debate, Woodland Park planners have finally signaled the green light for the city’s first-ever affordable housing law. In fact, the proposal represents the first time in nearly two decades that city leaders have brought a formal ordinance addressing the…

Falls Residents Struggle To Rebound From Devastating Fire

Devastating Fire by Rick Langenber    Colorado Springs suspects arrested       Despite suffering a devastating community loss from an arson-related fire of a historic gem, the town of Green Mountain Falls is quickly rebounding and is proceeding with a business as usual attitude. Early Thursday, the town incurred a huge blow, when GMF’s highly revered town…

Top Teller Volunteers And Civic Groups Honored

by Rick Langenberg It what has become the annual “Volunteers of the Year” ceremony, nearly 20 highly revered individuals and local organizations were recognized recently for their contributions and hours of dedicated work before a packed audience at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The 10th annual Teller County Cares Service Awards, sponsored by Build A Generation, has…

Cultural King Ralph Holloway

Cultural King. Ralph Holloway, who heads the Woodland Park Arts Alliance and runs the Seven Arrows Gallery in Woodland Park, was named last week as the Wagon Boss of the year by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. Holloway also received top laurels earlier this month as the Arts and Culture volunteer champion during the annual Teller County Cares Service Awards.  Holloway…

Video Slot Threat

Cripple Creek casino operators win tax victory; face fears of horse track slots by Rick Langenberg Cripple Creek gaming operators and local elected leaders have netted a final tax victory, but once again are engaged in a huge legislative battle against a familiar foe. Or as some local officials have concluded, “It’s one (battle) down and one to go.” Cripple Creek leaders last week received…

Let’s Make a Deal

02/16/2012 by Rick Langenberg      After more than 20 years of wrestling with what some leaders call a frustrating and politically-based anti-incentives law, Woodland Park voters may decide this April whether to let city hall loosen up its purse strings—at least when comes to giving a helping financial hand to new businesses and expanding operators. But how much…