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A Look Into 2018

As we ring in the New Year this week, 2018 will mark a pivotal time for the main cities in Teller County and the lower Ute Pass area, namely Woodland Park, Cripple Creek, Victor and Green Mountain Falls. These cities won’t be lacking in controversies and mini-dramas. So stay tuned for the ongoing roller coaster ride,…

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…