Heard Around Divide… Teller Crossroads Junction abounding with activities-By Beth Dodd

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Divide, Colorado, often referred to as the “Center of the Known Universe,” is bustling with activity and much discussion these days.

Here are just a few of the latest Divide developments. Stay tuned for more updates in the next month:

The Lodge at Elk Valley was denied a special use permit by the Teller County Commissioners following a lengthy public meeting in Divide on April 14. Gary and Lois Sprague of the Center for Single Parent Family Ministry have held retreats at their property since 2006 under a conditional use permit. When they began to host weddings as well as retreats, they applied for the special use permit for commercial activities. Neighbors vigorously objected to the noise, light pollution, and traffic in the otherwise quiet, rural setting. The County Commission voted to deny the permit change saying that commercial activity in that area was in conflict with the Teller County Management Plan and the Divide Regional Plan.

The Ute Pass Saddle Club’s property in Woodland Park on US 24 between Safeway and Walmart is under contract to a buyer. According to Ute Pass Saddle Club President Tay Jeffords, the buyer is a local investor whose plans for the site are not yet known. Once the sale is final, the Saddle Club will have the money it needs to continue developing its property near the corner of Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 67 in Divide. The dirt work and water and electrical connections are already complete. The next step will be to build either the indoor arena or the outdoor arena as funding permits, then the club house. Additional fundraising or sponsors will be needed to complete the rest of the project. While progress may seem slow, the Saddle Club is intentionally developing the property in stages in order to remain debt free. “Everything will come to fruition eventually,” said Jeffords. “I’d like to see us in our new home.”

The 7th annual Midland Days Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Wesley Ranch south of Divide. The event commemorates the Colorado Midland Railway and the Midland Terminal Railroad, and raises funds to support the Midland Depot at Divide Preservation Project. This year’s theme is “Over The Great Divide”, and will focus on the operation of the Colorado Midland from Leadville to Grand Junction. Advanced registration is $55 per person and includes lunch. Seating is limited so reserve your spot today. Email Midlanddays@yahoo.com, or call 719-213-9335.

Paradox Beer Company of Woodland Park is re-opening in Divide on Memorial Day Weekend! Their new tasting cellar on Buffalo Court will offer more beer options, as well as plenty of parking, and a beautiful view of the Peak. Their existing space in Woodland Park will be upgraded over the next few months to accommodate production growth, broaden their fermentation capabilities, and allow for a separate sales area.

You won’t want to miss this year’s Great Divide Kite Flight. The Divide Wide Yard Sale and the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter 5K Run and Dog Walk will be held the same day. The fun will all happen on Saturday, August 27th. Like last year, the TCRAS 5K run and the Kite Flight will be held at Divide Hayden Park. The Dog Walk and Divide Wide Yard Sale will be held at the Summit Elementary parking lot.