Mountain Almanac for the Week of April 9

Tuesday, April 9

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on April 9 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial  Building in Cripple Creek. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet at the GMF Town Hall on April 9, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Best Of Results  Released.  Check out more results from the Best of the High Country, with the final results now official pertaining to its 2024 competition. This is the 34th annual Best Of competition, sponsored by TMJ.

Wednesday, April 10

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for April 10  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, April 11

 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.

Chamber’s Spring Business Expo & Market. The public is invited to attend Woodland Park’s largest business expo and marketplace with a wide range of exhibitors. It is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 5   to 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Meet face to face with local business people ready to talk about a variety of products and services offered including banking, financial, business services, construction, home maintenance and repair, healthcare, senior housing and more. Great fun with door prizes given away at the close of the event. The event is sponsored by Newmont Mine and is being organized by the Woodland Park Chamber of  Commerce. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on April 11  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, April 12

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

Saturday, April 13

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).


Kiwanis Crabby Tax Night.  Scheduled at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Monday, April 15, with two seating  options (5:30 to 6:30 and 7 to 8 p.m.) All-You-Can Eat Snow Crabs. A cash bar will available, along with side dishes and tea or lemonade. This is a fundraiser by the Ute Pass Kiwanis Club, aimed at benefitting the children of Teller County. For more information, call 719-642-8679, or visit the city of Woodland Park’s website or that of the Kiwanis Club.

Business After Hours. Scheduled for April 16 at the Woodland Professional Building (400 W. Midland Avenue). The Woodland Park Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards.  To register, visit the chamber’s web site, or call 719-687-9885.

Magic: The Gathering. Come play with us! Bring your decks, bring your cards and your mats, and come battle at the Rampart Library District, 218 East Midland Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. on select nights. It is open to teens and young adults, who visit the teen room at the library. The next gathering is scheduled for April 16. Interested in learning.  Someone will be available to teach you the basics.


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.

History Talk. Scheduled at Cripple Creek Heritage Center on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The subject is “Mountain Men” with Ken Valles. For more information, call 719-689-3315.