Mountain Almanac for the Week of January 24

Tuesday, Jan. 24

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the  GMF Town Hall.

Cripple Creek Special Election Deadline. Ballots were previously mailed out to registered Cripple Creek voters for a special recall election.  Ballot must be returned by Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Cripple Creek City Hall. For information about the election, call 719-689-2502.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Jan. 25  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.

Thursday, Jan. 26

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Jan.  26 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

TOPS. Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  in the basement of Church in the Wildwood 10585 Ute Pass Ave, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819. Affordable, effective weight-loss Free Museum Admission for kids. Two children, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE admission at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park at 210 S. Fairview Street, with one paid regular priced adult admission. Join the DRC for a fun filled day, scheduled for Dec. 29, with various activity tables for you to explore. Check out our website at for more in-depth details. Call 719-686-1820.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission  will meet on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Celebration of Life for Lodie Hern. A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of  Lodie Hern, a Cripple Creek legend, and well-known lifelong resident, who recently passed away. Lodi will be interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of Life at the Cripple Creek Elks Lodge at noon (see related column in this week’s TMJ).

Sunday, Jan. 29

Championship Sunday. Check out the NFL Championship games at your favorite sports bar/eatery in  Green Mountain Falls, Crystola, Woodland Park,  Divide, Florissant and Cripple Creek this  Sunday. These games will determine who will appear in the Super Bowl, America’s most watched sporting event.  The NFC finale features a showdown between the San Francisci 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, while the  AFC duel pits the Cincy Bengals against the Kansas City  Chiefs. Both games are expected to be quite competitive, and ones that are definite requirements for a great meal and beverage at your favorite hangout. Many local eateries also will offer game specials, and yes, obnoxious fans from the dueling teams.

TMJ will feature a special Super Bowl edition on Feb. 7. Stay tuned. The Super Bowl will occur on Feb. 12.


Best of Cripple Creek and the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to partake in the annual Best Of 2023 contest, sponsored by TMJ.  This Best Of contest has been yearly tradition, which began shortly after gaming started in Cripple Creek. See related story in this week’s issue.  Voting continues until mid-February, with the winners announced in March. More than 70 categories for you to pick favorites. To vote, visit

Community Partnership Ribbon Cutting. Join us at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the NEW LOCATION for Community Partnership in Woodland Park.  Community Partnership purchased their new facility about a year and half ago!  With the remodeling and upgrades completed – the Staff and Board of Community Partnership invites you to come join in the Ribbon Cutting and festivities. It will be held on Jan. 26 at 701 Gold Hill Place from to 4 6 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Ice Fest Returns. The organizers of the Cripple Creek Ice Festival are excited to announce that planning is underway for the return of the Cripple Creek Ice Festival, February 18-26, 2023.  New sponsors have been identified and the City of Cripple Creek has approved their sponsorship of the event, which paves the way for a larger more exciting event than ever before.  The head-to-head carving challenges will also be returning to the event on Saturdays.  Carvers will compete in a stadium setting for a $1,000 cash prize each weekend.  Carving teams will also be doing their best to win the People’s Choice Award for an overall cash prize of $5,000.  Plan your visit and cast your vote for the most impressive carving.

Are you interested in being a vendor at the Ice Festival?  Please contact the Destination Marketing Coordinator at 719-270-1999, to get more information.

Are you a professional ice carver that would like to compete in the event?  Please call 719-689-3461.  Team are limited to 4 members.  Major carvings must be completed by opening day of the event (Feb 18).

Evening Adult Book Club. Looking for a book club to join after work? This is the group for you! Contact Diane Reed at or 513-850-3939 to join. The group’s next gathering is scheduled for Feb. 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library.

Dogs in the Wild. Join Denise Gard’s famous Border Collies as they camp under the stars. Will Kira end up lost? Will Joey rescue her? Learn how to co-exist with wild animals while hiking and camping with your dogs. Discover how we’re all together in nature–Animals and Humans–in this adventure full of dog tricks! This event is scheduled for Feb. 11 from1 to 2 p.m. at the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. For more information, visit