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Proposed WP Ballot Initiatives Suffer Early Death

Petition author hits legal wall  ~ By Bob Volpe ~ Two citizen initiative campaign drives, which would have drastically changed how the Woodland Park government operates, have died, at least for the forthcoming election.       They were pulled from circulation last week by the petition author mainly due to legal and technical hurdles. With this…

A Slightly Tweaked WP Budget Gains Council Approval

Main Street Gets the Green Light, Sort Of  ~ by Bob Volpe ~ The long process of adopting a budget for the city of Woodland Park for next year has finally ended.   The 2018 budget was approved by city council on December 21 at their regular meeting, but not without another lively debate. The last…

Proposed Ballot Measures May Drastically Change City Government

~ by Bob Volpe ~ On April 3, 2018 Woodland Park voters will elect a mayor and three council members to new terms. Also, voters may decide the fate of two proposed citizen initiatives, pending the outcome of a current petition-gathering process. One proposal would merge the 1 percent street capital improvements sales tax with the 2…

Year In Review

~ by Rick Lanenberg ~ As we say good-bye to 2017 early next week, here is a synopsis of some of the top news stories and trends that dominated the pages and web/social media postings of TMJ during the last year. A Rough Outing for City Managers The 2017 year proved to be a difficult road for local…

Woodland Park City Boss Calls It Quits

~ Bob Volpe and Rick Langenberg ~ A political bomb shell has struck in Woodland Park, with a sudden announcement by City Manager David Buttery to call it quits within the next few months. During last week’s council meeting, Buttery announced he is retiring after 20 years of service to the city. Buttery has officially…

Summit Elementary School Recognized

Summit Elementary School has been named as a National Title I Distinguished School by the State Education Agency due to the success of their educational programs and progress made by their students. This is an especially prestigious honor as only two schools per state are selected each year. The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program is…

Paul Becomes Chairman of Counties’ Lobbying Arm

Teller County Commissioner Dave Paul is ending his stint as an elected official with a bang. Paul has been named as the official chairman of the Colorado Counties, Inc., group, (CCI), the main lobbying arm for county governments in the state. The organization plays a key role in legislative efforts at the state and even…