Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 17

Wednesday, May 17

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 17  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..

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The council will finalize their proposed rules pertaining to marijuana regulations.

2023 Teller County Reappraisal Meeting. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber has partnered with the Teller County Assessor’s Office to offer an informational meeting on the 2023 Reappraisals.  The meeting is scheduled for May 17 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. THIS MEETING IS FOR RESIDENTS OF TELLER COUNTY. The presenters are Assessor Carol Kittelson and Deputy Assessor Michael Akana. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the state of the Market on June 30, 2022 for the purposes of valuation for Notices of Value, which will be mailed May 1, 2023. Discussed by the presenters will be methodology; market trends from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022; current market trends, and proposed legislation. This will cover the Teller County market for Residential, Vacant Land, and Commercial. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Thursday, May 18

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

New Trade School Ribbon Cutting.  The Cripple Creek and Victor RE-1 School  District will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new trade school facility on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 719-722-9248. This event was rescheduled from last week due to the snow storm.

The Woodland Park City Council   will meet on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom. Special Note:  Council meetings now begin at 6:30 p.m., based on action taken by the city leaders recently (see related story).

Friday, May 19

Shining Mountain Opening.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course and clubhouse bar has opened for the 2023 season. Tee-times are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.  In addition, the driving range and practice chipping  and putting greens are open for practice. SM will feature  special trivia nights  and other special events for the public. For more information, call 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page.

Pikes Peak Paranormal Conference. This is a 3-day conference filled with speakers, movies, classes and special excursions, scheduled from May 19-21 at the Cripple Creek/Victor High School. Friday is Fright day Film Fest with a movie marathon. Later is a meet-n-greet dinner with the speakers. Saturday and Sunday will see many speakers presenting on topics from Bigfoot to Ghosts to UFOs and beyond. Classes will be held both Saturday & Sunday. Saturday night attendees can choose between a Ghost Hunt at the Outlaw & Lawmen Jail Museum, a UFO SkyWatch, an evening of searching for Bigfoot, or a movie.The Vendor Room will be open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for just one day or for all 3 days. Check out the website at for complete information on speakers, movies, and ticket sales.  For more information, call Jeanne Gripp at 479-216-7408.

Teller County Playgroup, hosted by Community Partnership at 701 Gold Hill Place in Woodland Park, is FREE to any Parent or Caregiver with children ages 5 & under. Older siblings welcome.
Come meet a great group of friends for you and your little one! Exchange wisdom and support with other parents while exploring the world with your child through music, movement, arts and crafts, free play, story-time, field trips, and themed structured activities. Meeting three times a week, Playgroup offers opportunities for developmental screenings, school readin​ess assessments, and information on local resources. The Playgroup meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, call Jackie at 719-687-0705.


TMJ School Graduation and Memorial Day Tribute Issue. The Mountain Jackpot News will publish its annual school graduate and Memorial Day tribute issue on May 23. This celebrates the achievements of local school seniors and pays special tribute to veterans and members of the armed forces, as we celebrate another Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is slated for May 29.  This issue also will outline the special memorial scheduled for this day. For more information, and to become part of this important issue, call a TMJ advertising representative or call 719-687-0803.

Newmont Open House. Newmont CC&V would like to invite the community to visit us at the Heritage Center in Cripple Creek on May23 from 10am – 4pm to ask any questions, share any concerns, or chat with us about anything related to the community or mining!  Stop in and see our External Relations Representatives and explore the Heritage Center while you are there. For more information, call 719-851-4188.

Walk For Art. The Walk For Art involves 25+ local artists. People can pick up a passport and a map at Reserve Our Gallery before taking the walk. Each artist/location will sign your passport and then each passport is entered into a drawing for a $200 art voucher. You have all summer to fill your passport. Each passport is due at Reserve Our Gallery by September 1 to be part of the drawing. Artists are set up at Reserve Our Gallery, the Backyard Garden Gallery, WP Senior Center and Westside Gallery. The Walk occurs the last Sunday of each month from May to August. This month’s event will occur on May 28 from noon to 3 p.m. For  more information, call Gayle Gross at 719-401-2301.

Donkey Release Coming. Celebrate the release of the resident Cripple Creek Wild Donkey Herd from their winter grazing grounds into the city.  This is an annual event and the donkeys are very excited to leave their pasture for the greener grasses throughout the community.  The release takes place annually and was originally  scheduled for  May 15, but the release was postponed due to the weather situation. Stay tuned for updates. The organizer of the event is the Two Mile High Club. For more information, and to see a video, outlining the release, visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism website.

Mountain Arts Festival Call for Entries. The Mountain Artists are accepting entries for the 38th annual Mountain Arts Festival, August 12 and 13, 2023, to be held at Memorial Park in Woodland Park, Colorado. This is a juried art festival. Learn more about this huge event as we expand to 82+ booths, add live music and food trucks in 2023. Applications are available at or you can call 719-401-2301 for more information.