Mountain Almanac for the Week of February 27

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 28 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

Green Mountain Falls Candidates Forum. A Green Mountain Falls Candidates Forum and Reception will be held at the Green Mountain Falls Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb 28, beginning at 5:45 p.m.  The five candidates for office, including one mayoral contender (running unopposed) and four trustee hopefuls (for two spots) have been invited to participate, along with local residents and the media.  The forum will be in-person on and will include a modified “Town Hall” Question & Answer session for Trustee candidates followed by a reception in which attendees can meet and mingle with the candidates personally.


More specifically, the format will consist of candidate introductions, questions (submitted in advance) from the audience and final concluding remarks. The candidates’ reception is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. The forum will be moderated by Darlene Avery, a local civic leader and pastor of the Church in the Wildwood.  See related elections story in this week’s TMJ.

Ice Castles Is Still Open! This iconic, fantasy-like, attraction, capped by LED embedded ice walls, tunnels and slides, is still open for visitors in Cripple Creek.  Ice Castles will be open daily through the winter months.  Great deals are available for locals on special days, especially on Wednesday for southern Teller residents.  See related story and Ice Castles updates at or on our Facebook Page. The Cripple Creek Ice Castles location is one of only a handful in the nation. For ticket information, visit,, or visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism website, which also has details on Ice Castles parking and transportation and ticket availability.

Thursday, Feb. 29

TOPS. Takes 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.

Special City/School Meeting. A joint session will be held between the Woodland Park City Council and the Woodland Park RE-2 School  Board on Feb. 29 starting at 5 p.m.  The meeting topic deals with the 1 percent sales tax increase approved by local  voters about eight years ago. Originally, the funds were designed to help the school district.  Recently, questions have arisen about the use of the funds, see related story on For more information, visit the city’s web site.

Open House. The Newmont Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine will host a Q1 Community               Open House on Feb. 29 at the Victor Community Center, starting at 5 p.m. During this informative event, you will have the opportunity to engage with our Sustainability and External Relations team on topics including community engagement, investment strategy, sustainability, reclamation,  and responsible mining practices. We believe that open communication is essential for fostering a strong and collaborative community. Your presence at the Newmont Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine Open House is highly valued, and we look forward to sharing our progress, answering your questions, and listening to your feedback. For more information, call Hunter Perales at 719-828-4754.


Friday, March 1

Suicide Awareness and Resilience Symposium. Join the Teller County Mental Health Alliance for        the second annual Suicide Awareness and Resilience Symposium in Woodland Park. be held on March 1 at the Woodland Park Community Church (800 Valley View Drive, Woodland Park, CO 80863). It will start at 8:30 a.m. and extend until 3:30 p.m. The symposium will feature expert speakers, local stories of triumph, and interactive sessions. We invite you to be part of a movement that grows resilience, breaks down stigma, and promotes a future filled with hope. In addition to inspiring keynote speakers, you will have the opportunity to connect and engage during a variety of breakout sessions from expressive art to the science of trauma. At the end of the day, you will walk away with tools and resources that you can integrate into your personal relationships and your work. For more information, call Ashlee Shields at 719-650-8631.


New Casino and Hotel. Chamonix Casino and Hotel, Cripple Creek’s new mega addition, which features about 300 rooms, and a spree resort-like amenities, such as a rooftop pool and spa, is now open for business in the initial stage. The Chamonix, part of Bronco Billy’s, features about 250 slots and table games. Check out the games and amazing lobby and the Chamonix Bistro.  This is the first stage of a $300 million development, the largest project ever undertaken in Cripple Creek. It will encompass a 500,000-plus square-foot area, when fully completed. For more details, see related story on the TMJ website and on Facebook.

New Local Cannabis Shop. Teller County’s first medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, High Stakes Leafery, located in Cripple Creek, at 324 Hwy. 67 South, just one block off the main drag on Second Street, is now open for business. See related story on the TMJ website and on our Facebook page



Best of the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to vote in the 35th annual Best Of contest, sponsored by TMJ, featuring more than 70 categories in local and area-wide competition.  To vote, visit the link on TMJ’s website at  Results will be announced in mid-March. Voting is still ongoing.

Woodland Park City Council Candidates Forum. This event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, and it will be held on March 5 at the WP Council Chambers from 5 to 7 p.m. It is being moderated by Steve Woolf, a leading representative of the Chamber.  This is one of the prime candidate forums, prior to the April 2 election, during which a mayoral position and three council seats will be decided.



Student Art Show. The Mountain Artists of Teller County are getting ready for the annual Student Art Show that will be hanging in the Galleria of the Woodland Park Public Library from April 13 through May 1, 2024. This show is open to all middle school, high school, private schools and home-schooled students in all of Teller County. And, for the first time, the Lake George Charter School will be included! The show has been a showcase for our highly talented young people and the public has expressed great surprise and appreciation for it for many years now. Everyone is encouraged to come see the art during the three weeks it will be on display. Students in the area wishing to enter the Student Art Show must go online to and print out the application (at the bottom of the page) and bring the filled-out application to the Woodland Park Library by Friday, April 12 between 3:00pm and 5:30pm. Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 20, starting at 2pm at the library (downstairs). Winners must be present to receive monetary Awards (or have a parent or teacher present to accept).