Almanac Week of 03.27.18

 Tuesday, March 27

Mining Open House. The Newmont Corporation’s Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine will hold a a community open house on March 27 at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center from5 to 7 p.m. This will provide an update on our mining operations northeast of the city of Cripple Creek regarding the Globe Hill project and progress to Schist Island. Newmont CC&V invites you to the next in an on-going series of meetings. Please join us to stay informed about how CC&V is managing topics like tree removal, blasting vibrations, structural surveys, historic preservation and community investment. A primary goal for these meetings is to facilitate communications with our neighbors about our operations. We will talk about what the community is experiencing and listen to your concerns as the Globe Hill & Schist Island projects become a vital part of our business. Starting at 5:30, we will feature a presentation to discuss specific operational parameters and changes including how CC&V is managing tree removal, blasting operations, historic preservation and community investment. The presentation will be about one hour long.

At other times during the evening, CC&V managers and staff members will be available to talk one-on-one with you about your questions pertaining to our mining operations.

If there are specific topics that you would like addressed, please let us know via email by Thursday, March 22.Light snacks and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information about this update, or if you have questions about our responsible mining operations, please do not hesitate to contact: Brad Poulson, External Relations Representative, 719-689-4052, email, or Lorna Shaw, CC&V External Relations Manager, 719-689-4044, email at:

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall.


Wednesday, March 28

TSC (Teller Senior Coalition) Transit is excited to announce our bus service on Wednesdays and Fridays in Woodland Park and the lower Ute Pass area. TSC also offers a joint venture with Cripple Creek Transit on Wednesdays to provide much needed transportation service between Cripple Creek and Woodland Park. TSC Transit will be picking up from the Senior Center and will be making stops at Pikes Peak Family Medicine, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart and the Department of Social Services upon request. In addition, new ride services are available on a limited basis to Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Manitou Springs. Call 719-687-0256for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off times.


Thursday, March  29

Tops, Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The original nonprofit weight-loss group is an educational support group providing weekly weigh-ins and programs to help members to make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. The local chapter meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.


 Friday, March 30
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday

The Bella Vista Restaurant at Shining Mountain, Woodland Park’s only upscale Italian eatery, has great weekend specials and events. Don’t miss their great entrees for lunch and dinner and special entertainment during the weekend. For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center, visit



Saturday, March 31   


Fossil Beds Activities and Hours. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. The Monument is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm through March 9 and then 9 am to 5 pm fromMarch 10 until May 25 Be prepared for outdoor conditions by dressing in layers, wearing a hat and sunscreen, etc. Bring water and snacks and most importantly your own camera. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS


Mueller Winter Fun. Naturalist led hikes are on the thing to do at Mueller State Park in the winter.  Enjoy the peaceful silence in the snowy woods, watch for signs of wildlife and learn their different tracks, and see the hardiest of birds searching for food in the trees.  It’s great to explore Mueller in winter with a naturalist during this beautiful time of year!Don’t forget to dress for the weather!  Hiking at Mueller in winter can bring a wide range of temperatures and snow depths at 9600 feet.  Sometimes there is not enough snow to sled on and sometimes there is a foot or two of fresh powder!  Check our website or call ahead for snow conditions (719) 687-2366.  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are popular activities as well.  The campground is still open or stay in one of the luxurious cabins Call 719-687-2366 for details on forthcoming events at Mueller State Park.


Easter Egg Hunt. On Saturday, March 31, children will race around the City Park in Cripple Creek on a search for colored and golden eggs. The hunt is for ages 0-12 beginning at  1 pm, with the line-up beginning at 12:30 pm in the circle parking lot above the City Park. This event provides a safe place for children to have fun, win prizes and candy, and have a hoppin’ good time! Children will fill their Easter baskets with colored eggs, sunshine and joy! The Easter Bunny will make his appearance hiding eggs and visiting the kids! In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be moved inside so the event is on rain, snow, or shine…COME JOIN THE FUN!When the hunt is completed, everyone will fill the Henry C. “June” Hack Community Center, 128 E Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek, to celebrate Easter, and claim their prizes. Children are invited to attend the Easter Egg Hunt for FREE! The children are divided into age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 years old to find a pre-determined number of eggs. Again this year, there will be a special glow-in-the-dark hunt for the 10-12 year old group inside the Park & Recreation fitness gym. In addition to the colored eggs, there will be two golden eggs hidden for each age group. Each golden egg will receive a cash prize of $5.  For more information, call 719-689-3514.


Stop The Bleed. Ute Pass Regional Health Service District Paramedics and EMTs will be joined by other community partners to provide free Stop The Bleed Training for area teachers, first responders, and citizens. This training will teach individuals to recognize and stop life-threatening bleeding, which is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States.


Stop The Bleed Day is scheduled for March 31st and to commemorate this ,a first come first served training event will be held for all interested community members. This event will be held at the Woodland Park RE-2 School District Admin Building located at 155 Panther Way, Woodland Park.Two hour sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. This life-saving training is free to all participants. For more information, call 719-439-9852.  


The Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo Club Dance will be held on March 31 at Shining Mountain in Woodland Park from 8 p.m. to midnight. Music will be provided b Atomic Fireballs and Irish dancers will perform during the breaks. For more information, call 719-687-9688.


Sunday, April 1


Happy Easter From TMJ Staff

Easter Brunch. A number of restaurants in the area, such as Mucky Duck in Green Mountain Falls (awarded the best restaurant in the area) and the Bella Vista at Shining Mountain, are offering superb Easter brunches, along with a number of casinos. See current and future notices in TMJ for more information.


Also, most area churches are offering special Easter services.



Election Deadline. Registered voters of Woodland Park must return their ballot to the city clerk’s office at city hall by no later than 7p.m. on April 3. At issue are three council seats and a mayoral spot. For more information about the election, call 719-687-9246.


Spring Business Expo. The Chamber Spring Business Expo, sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. This event typically features many great business displays. For more information, call Scott Leas of the Chamber at 719-687-9885.


The Space – The Final Frontier Concert is the 3rd themed concert by the Woodland Park Wind Symphony which involves COS Play\ costumes and space-themed video enhancement for the music.  This space concert creates an atmosphere for the audience to enjoy live music and space exploration. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, starting at 6 p.m.Music performed includes “Mars” and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets; “Star Trek – Through the Years;” and “Fanfare” from Also Sprach Zarathustra.”Open Space,” by composer Brian Balmages, is a musical tribute to astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman.  Space through the eyes and experiences of astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman, who spent six months at the International Space Station, is presented both musically and visually as he went through training, lift-off and floating and working in space.  Bring your imagination and enjoy space – the final frontier through musical and visual sounds and sights. For additional information, contact Director Craig Harms at 719-687-2210 and at

The Woodland Park Wind Symphony has been in existence for over 20 years. Formerly under the title of The Woodland Park Community Band, it was organized for the …



ArcheryTournaments. On Saturday, April 14 and Wed ,April 25, Indoor Archery Tournaments for all ages and all skill levels will be held by the Cripple Creek Parks And Recreation Department. The cost is only $10. For more information, call 719-689-3514.  


Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at Shining Mountain during the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Twenty dollars buys a packet for 10 games, 6 cards for each game It’s a great opportunity to have fun and socialize with your friends and neighbors. Come early and have dinner! Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the games!  This event is sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis club. The proceeds benefit the children of Teller County.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.


Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market.  Scheduled the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. A wide variety of vegetables, meats, fruits, toys and many miscellaneous items will be showcased. For more information, call 719-689-3133


Gold Spring Time Bird Walk. Spring time in the Rockies is a great season for bird watching. If you are interested in learning about the birds of southern Teller County, plan on attending a free trail walk and program in Victor on Saturday, April 28. Joe LaFleur, a wildlife biologist, will lead the walk on the Trails of Gold near Victor. Meet at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 8:45 a.m. The walk will take about an hour and is free but is limited to 20 people. Be sure to sign up for this walk ahead of time as it is expected to sell out. Reservations should be made at Be sure to dress for mountain weather.

At 10:15 a.m. LaFleur will make a free audiovisual presentation about local common birds of the spring season. The program will help you identify birds by sight and sound and will also review preferred habitats where each species is likely to be encountered. This event is being presented by the Southern Teller County Focus Group and Victor Lowell Thomas Museum as part of the non-profits’ education programs. For more information and to make reservations visit or call 719-689-5509.