Meet a Creeker: Steve Zoellner

Spirituality: No specific religious affiliation, but I am a Christian.

Political Preference: Fiscal conservative, otherwise independent. Registered Republican.

How long have you lived/worked in Cripple Creek? Second home here for three years, full time resident for four years.

How the heck did you end up in Cripple Creek? I used to bring my mom up here to gamble, ended up falling in love with the city and its residents.

What is your favorite thing about Cripple Creek? Its history, patriotism and the tenacity and kindness of the residents.

What is your favorite special event in Cripple Creek? Two actually, Donkey Derby Days and the Veterans Rally.

Where do you loiter? I enjoy the restaurants, gamble very little, just like to socialize with the residents and tourists.

Most bizarre, wild, memorable or just plan strange encounter in Cripple Creek: Seeing the wild donkeys running free on Bennett Avenue on our first visit.

Most embarrassing moment: Too many to count.

Greatest accomplishment: Marrying my lovely wife Karen, getting my doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and being elected to city council in Cripple Creek.

Where will you be and what will you be doing five years from now? Living in Cripple Creek and doing everything to promote this wonderful city.

If you were granted one magic wish, what would you choose? The economy to improve enabling more people to visit Cripple Creek and enjoy all we have to offer.

What do you think is the most important issue facing Cripple Creek? Declining revenues, getting folks to come up and visit us.

Best joke: I am a lousy joke teller.

Have you ever done public service without a court order? Sure, lots of times.

If you were the publisher of The Mountain Jackpot, what would your first order of business be? I just expect fair and honest coverage of Cripple Creek business and activities.

Create your own question and then answer it: How am I in my retirement years? Answer, very busy. I am secretary of the Gold Camp Victorian Society, I participate in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Tours, I am Mayor- pro -tem for the city of Cripple Creek, I am vice president of the 2 Mile High Club, and member of the Cripple Creek Cemetery Board. I give aspen tours for tourists in the fall, and a member of “The Smokin Guns” (we shoot our guns and have fun in all the parades.) My wife says if I raise my hand to volunteer for one more thing, she will cut it off.