Almanac Week of 01.21.20


Tuesday, Jan. 21

Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards. The first Business After Hours for 2020 is scheduled for Jan. 21 at the Woodland Aquatic Center, 111 N. Baldwin, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  The event, hosted by the city of Woodland Park and the Aquatic Center, will feature Hors D’oeuvres and refreshments, along with certain pass discounts for Business After Hours attendees. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Election Candidate Petitions. Petitions are now circulating for candidates interested in running for council and mayor for the 2020 municipal election in Woodland Park. Three council seats are open, along with that of the mayor. Petitions must be filed by Jan. 27. Call the city clerk’s office for details. Also, petitions are available for several trustee positions and the mayoral spot in Green Mountain Falls. The same deadline applies.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

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 719-687-0256 for more details or visit the TSC website at www.tellerseniorcoalition.orgfor a full schedule of pick up and drop off time

Chamber Award Nominations. Nominations for the Chamber’s prestigious Annual Awards have opened and continue through February 7, 2020. What better time than RIGHT NOW to reflect back on the Year of 2019 and submit your nomination for one or more of the following categories. Categories include Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and of course, the title prize, Wagon Boss. Nominees for the above named awards will be kept confidential. Notification will be made to the winner prior to the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on March 20, 2020.  Save the date on your calendar to attend the dinner, too!  Watch your mail for the Dinner invitation. For more information, visit the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce website.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Meeting change. The Teller County Commissioners has changed their normal meeting schedule for this month, and will not meet on Jan. 23. Instead, they will meet on Jan. 30 at 9:15

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Jan. 23 at the Woodland Park Council Chambers, located next to city hall.

Saturday, Jan. 25


Fossil Beds Activities.  The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Monument will be closed on Christmas Day. There also are a number of special programs, guided hikes and special events for the next month.  Here are a few highlights of upcoming programs: Night Sky Program, January 24, Night  7 to 9 PM Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 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

The 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 Hikes and Activities. With cooler days, celebrate winter at Mueller State Park. This is a great time to avoid the crowds and enjoy a plethora of great trails on foot, snowshoe or by cross-country, telemark skis.   A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings.   All activities are free; a park pass for your vehicle is the only cost. Scheduled hikes, with special naturalists and park experts, are held on most weekends. For more information, call 719-687-2366.

Indoor golf. The Shining Mountain Golf Course will host a closest to the pin contest with their special indoor simulator equipment. The contest gets underway on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. The bar will be open for event participants. Following the contest, players can try their skills at one of the prime courses available with the Shining Mountain simulator. For more information, call 719-687-7587.

Jan. 26

Ice Races. The Harry’s Roamers annual Ice Racing Series will occur at Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Ranch, north of Woodland Park on Hwy. 67, on Jan. 25 The races, featuring a number of competitions, begin at 9 a.m. For more information, email Thomas

Super Bowl Pick contest. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in TMJ’s annual Super Bowl Pick Showdown and possibly win great prizes.  Pick the team winner and final score and (optional) your reasons for your pick. Also, list your name and contact information. Submit entries to or


Volunteers Sought For Advisory Committees/Commissions. The town of Green Mountain Falls is searching for volunteers for a number of key advisory groups, such as the Trails Committee, Planning Commission, Fire Mitigation Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee and more. These groups play a key role in advising the trustees. See related story in this week’s TMJ. And for more information, or to apply for any (or all) of the available opportunities, please follow the link below and submit the completed information to Town Hall.]

Shooting Program For Kids. Join the Teller County Marksmanship & Self-Defense Group shooting program for grades 8-12 students of Teller County.Instruction will cover basic marksmanship and emphasize the safe and responsible operation and use of firearms. The course, in conjunction with Teller County 4-H Shooting Sports, will offer both rimfire and air-rifle instruction, and be conducted in Victor and Divide.Instructors will include NRA certified and US Olympic qualified personnel. All necessary equipment, firearms, and ammo will be provided. Parents Contact Annie Durham 719-722-9248.

Cripple Creek Ice Festival. The annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a must see for everyone in February.  The ice carvers will slowly carve their designs in ice between February 8th and February 16th.  This year carvers will be competing for a “People’s Choice” cash prize. Visitors to the event will be able to vote for the carving that they think is the best.  On Feb. 16th the winner will be announced.  The carvers were given the option to pick whatever theme they wanted.  There will be carvings of underwater creatures, mystical dragons, characters from Toy Story, and giant insects to name a few. A significant ice sculpture will be completed by Saturday, Feb. 8th, by each carver.  They will add to the carving and/or complete another significant piece by Feb. 15th.  Your vote counts each time you come to the event.  Voting can be done at the Official Ice Festival Merchandise Area, or at select Player’s Clubs inside Bronco Billy’s, the Brass Ass, the Christmas Casino, JP McGills or the Midnight Rose.  Each day those that vote will be entered into a new drawing for special prizes. Food and retails vendors as well as music and a beer garden will be set up on Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 8th & 9th, and Feb. 15th & 16th, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The carvings will be lit up at night and they can be viewed throughout the festival and until they start to melt.  Official event merchandise will be available to purchase from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily, Feb. 8th-16th. For more information, call Jeff Mosher, the marketing director for the city of Cripple Creek, at 719-689-3461 or check out


Lunch and Learn Series. Please join us for our Chamber Lunch and Learn Series, hosted by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. The next event is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will showcase a presentation by Mike Perini, of Perini and Associates.  The presentation is titled “Prescriptions for Success: Diagnose, Treat, Proceed. Add a tool each month to your “Business Thriving Tool Kit”. Lunch is included. For more information, call 719-687-9885 or register online at

Chamber Member 101 Class, hosted by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber, is designed to help Chamber members get the most out of their membership. Primarily meant for the new or prospective members, long standing members are also welcome to attend and refresh themselves in all aspects of the Chamber and the many programs and benefits offered.

Information in this class includes Networking, Marketing, Information Sharing, Advertising, Promotion, Customer Referrals, Discounts and Community Involvement. It will be held on Feb. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Reservations Needed for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Beginning on January 1, 2020, ALL of Colorado’s 41 State Parks, including Mueller and Dome Rock, will require campers to book their campsites ahead of time.