Mountain Almanac for the Week of March 26

Tuesday, March 26

Best Of Results  Released.  Check out more results from the Best of the High Country, with the final results released in TMJ’s latest (March 26) issue pertaining to its 2024 competition. This is the 34th annual Best Of competition, sponsored by TMJ. In this week’s issues, the results center around more area-wide business competitions and individual contests.

Wednesday, March 27

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for March 27  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, March 28

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 Planning Commission will meet on March 28 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 29

Town Hall Meeting. The forums regarding crime issues and concerns of interest  will continue, as a new town hall, sponsored by the Teller County Honorary Deputy Sheriff Association, is planned for March 29 at 5 p.m. in the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Sheriff Jason Mikesell will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit the sheriff department’s Facebook page.

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



Quilters Above the Clouds’ Special Exhibits. Quilters across America are celebrating National Quilting Month in March. To recognize and celebrate our craft, Quilters Above the Clouds Quilt Guild will exhibit member’s quilts at the Woodland Park Public Library, 218 East Midland Avenue, Woodland Park, CO during the month. The exhibit is free to the public. The quilts will be changed every week in March and will show a range of styles, techniques, and levels of quilting from beginner’s efforts to those made by some of our professional quilters. While you’re out shopping or having lunch, stop by the Woodland Park Public Library to see the latest quilts on exhibit. The library is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm; closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, contact Lisa Morris at 719-425-5902.
Best of the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to check out the results of the 34th annual Best Of contest, sponsored by TMJ, featuring more than 70 categories in local and area-wide competitions. The  results, which were featured in our March 19 and March 26 issues,  are also available on-line at  Thank you for your participation, as this year we had a record amount of participants.

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.

City elections. The cities of Woodland Park and Green Mountain Falls will be holding their spring elections, with a ballot return deadline of April 2 at 7 p.m.  Both towns are featuring competitive races for a number of seats. In Woodland Park, 10 candidates are vying for four council seats and a mayoral position. In Green Mountain Falls, four contenders are competing for two trustee positions, while the mayor’s seat is not being challenged.  For more  information, visit the respective web sites for both communities for specific details. Both communities have already held candidate forums.

Lunch and Learn Series. Embracing AI? Are you a small business owner ready to revolutionize your operations and stimulate growth? Join us for this 1.5-hour workshop where we unravel the complexities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and illustrate how you can leverage AI technologies like ChatGPT, machine learning, predictive analysis, and more. Explore how these advanced tools can automate diverse aspects of your business, from customer service to lead generation, marketing strategies, and decision-making processes. They can save you valuable time and resources, and ultimately drive business growth. Worried about not having a tech background? We’ve got you covered! We will guide you step-by-step, demonstrating how to incorporate AI into your business strategy seamlessly. Embrace the power of AI, elevate your productivity, and propel your business into a prosperous future. The guest speaker is Audrey Kerchner, Chief Marketing Strategist, Inkyma. Scheduled for April 4 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For  more information and to register, call 719-687-9885 or visit the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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).

Spring Tea. The Cripple Creek Heritage Center will have a Spring Tea on Saturday, April 6, 11:30 am until 1:00 pm.  $20 tickets include tea/coffee, cake and a hat to decorate.  All ages welcome!  Call 719-689-3315 for ticket/information.