Mountain Almanac for the Week of March 5

Tuesday, March 5

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority will meet on March 5 at 7:30 a.m. at the WP Council Chambers. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Woodland Park City Council and Mayoral 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. Altogether, 10 candidates (eight for council and two for mayor) have entered the race. All of these candidates will be participating in the candidates’ forum. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Election Day. March 5 is decision day for the Presidential Primaries in Teller County and Colorado. These are open for registered voters from both major parties and for unaffiliated electors (who can choose which party primary that want to participate in.) All ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. In-person voting is available at the county’s designated election polling place at the Woodland Park Library. Ballot-box return outlets are established in Woodland Park, Divide and Cripple Creek. Visit the county’s website for more details and also see related story in

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the GMF town hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.


Wednesday, March 6

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 6 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


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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cripple CC Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Thursday, March 7

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.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, March 8


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

Town Hall Meetings. The last of a series of town hall meetings will be held at the Teller County Sheriff headquarters’ facility in Divide (11400 U.S. Hwy. 24) on March 8 at 5 p.m. The meetings have been organized to discuss the problems of crime, homelessness, drugs and illegal immigration impacting our communities. A presentation will be made by Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell. For more information, call 719-689-2434. Earlier meetings were held in Victor and at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (See related story in this week’s TMJ). The public forums were organized by a variety of local organizations, including Teller Rifles, and several American Legion and VFW local posts. For more information, visit 719-689-2434


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 later this month. Voting is still ongoing.

Face It TOGETHER, an addiction wellness nonprofit, is partnering with Aspen Mine Center to bring free, in-person peer coaching to Cripple Creek. Face It TOGETHER’s support is completely confidential and available to anyone impacted by alcohol or other drugs. Learn more by visiting Also, see related story in this week’s TMJ.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala. The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala on March 15 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs. The festivities, starting at 5:45 p.m., include a live and silent auction, a dinner, music and awards. Reservations are required and must be made by March 12. The For more information, call 719-687-9885.



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).