Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 8

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Election 2022 Deadline. Election ballots for the Nov. 8 election must be received by Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.  Ballots can be dropped off at three designated 24/7 spots throughout Teller County, or by visiting a designated vote center. For more information, visit the Teller County government’s website. See related story in this week’s TMJ. Results of the election will be posted on the TMJ website and on our Facebook page.

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available on Zoom and in-person.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the upper level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

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Thursday, Nov. 10

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Nov. 10 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

The Cripple Creek RE-1 School District will host their annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov 10, starting at 10:45. The district is collaborating with American Legion Post 171, and the  program will feature a variety of speakers.

TOPS. Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Meets every Thursday morning at 9 am in the basement of Church in the Wildwood 10585 Ute Pass Ave, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819. Affordable, effective weight-loss support.

Fall Business Expo. The public is invited to attend Woodland Park’s largest business expo with a wide range of exhibitors. Meet face to face with local business people ready to talk about a variety of products and services offered including banking, financial, business services, construction, home maintenance and repair, healthcare, senior housing and more. Great fun with door prizes given away at the close of the event. The event, free to the public, is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The event is sponsored by UCHealth and the  Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. For  more information, call 719-687-9885.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, Nov. 12

Happy Veterans Day and Thank You for Your Service.

Calling All Vets. The American Legion Post 1980 of Woodland Park invites all veterans to the Veterans Day Celebration at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Fri. Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. The event includes a Free Bar-B-Q with all the fixings’ for all Veterans, active duty military, national guard, reservists and their families. The event will begin with a patriotic ceremony honoring all veterans and then Chow-Down.No host bar will be open. For more information, call Larry Ingram at 719-332-7260.

Saturday, Nov. 12

The Shining Mountain Golf Course is still available for special events this holiday season. For more information, call 719-687-7587.


Newmont Mining Open House. Please join the Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Mine (CC&V) for a face-to-face community meeting! In striving to be a good neighbor and keep you informed about our mining operations, representatives will be available to answer questions from several key departments. The meeting is scheduled at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park on Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Kaitlyn Ragsdale at 719-851-4265.


Wizard of Oz, Colorado and a new Christmas Olio. Featured at the Butte Theater for select times from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31. This is a New Holiday play by Chris Sorensen, loosely based on L. Frank Baum’s OZ stories. It is December in Cripple Creek, 1899. Before the holiday break, Dorothy Gunnison, a young schoolteacher, invites famed genius Nikola Telsa to speak to her class. But while demonstrating one of his inventions (the N.T.M.), Telsa accidentally sends Dorothy through a time twister to the LAND OF OZ. There, with the assistance of a certain scarecrow, tin man, and lion, she must find a way to return to Cripple Creek before Christmas is cancelled. Followed by TATC’s famous Christmas Olio. For more information, call 719-689-6402 or check the Butte Theater’s website for reservations.

23rd Annual Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. This marks the 23rd anniversary of the event. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Saturday, Nov. 26. Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman and a toy soldier will be on display this year. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at  The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, weather allowing, the lights will be on nightly. More information and maps are at