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Statistics might show that childhood obesity is on the rise but in the RE-2 School District, students rebel against being a number, a negative one at that.
A tour that highlights the architecture as well as the furnishings and décor of homes in the Rocky Mountains, the 15th annual Sounds of the Season Holiday Home Tour is Dec. 7 and 8.
A dog’s best friend, Dottie Brennan is forever finding homes for the lost, the abandoned and the starved. Cheerleader and worker bee for the Adoptable Animal Rescue Force, AARF, Brennan has a wealth of stories to tell, each loaded with ulterior motive.
Anne Kozleski was feeling emotional, a little teary-eyed about saying goodbye to spearheading the St. Francis-Penrose Blood Drive in Woodland Park. After 30 years, she says it’s time to turn the program over to someone else.
A tradition in Woodland Park, the annual Mountain Artists Holiday Show Nov. 30 features jewelry, collectible Santas, scenic photographs, pine needle artistry, baskets, wall art, greeting cards, paintings, rugs and ornaments.
Karen Clark of Florissant was found guilty last week of 49 counts of sexual assault on a child from a person of trust. The assaults occurred between July 1, 2009 and April 2010.
A children’s book that narrates a romp through a household captivated by a rambunctious pet, “Honey of a Dog: A Book About a Little Dachshund,” is the story of the Scarlata family and Honey.
Known for his reverence for the Army, Jeffery was honored by the city of Cripple Creek and the Gold Camp Victorian Society in June 2008. Paul Harris, the city’s finance officer, interviewed Jeffery and told his story at the ceremony. Harris shared the interview with the Courier:
Effective Nov. 30, Teller County will no longer provide building services for Woodland Park. That revelation, from the county commissions a couple of months ago left the city with the task of creating a building department of its own. In those two months, City Planning Director Sally Riley and her staff in the Woodland Park Planning Department have done just that through an agreement with Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, joining seven other communities that use their services: unincorporated El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Fountain, Palmer Lake and Monument.
Town manager or not in Green Mountain Falls? After weeks of talk and presentations, the board of trustees set Dec. 3 for a public hearing on the issue.
El Paso County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the assault on Green Mountain Falls' deputy, Sgt. Susan Barnes. Barnes is currently off-duty and receiving workman's compensation insurance, according to Sgt. Joe Roybal, public information officer with the sheriff's office.
Green Mountain Falls Police Chief Tim Bradley has accepted a severance package of $12,000 to leave his post as the town's chief law enforcement officer. As a result, Bradley submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 7.
After lying dormant for a time, Teller County Habitat for Humanity is bouncing back into the public eye. With Jamie Caperton as the new executive director, Habitat is front and center with Stilettos and Studs Nov. 16, the high-profile fundraiser that asks celebrants to put on their duds to help build three more townhomes.
A special presentation to the Green Mountain Falls’ board of trustees Oct. 15 by Sam Mamet, executive director of Colorado Municipal League, and Clay Brown, regional manager of the Department of Local Affairs, offered decades of wisdom about local government.
Junior chefs at the Woodland Park High School made a public splash this month with their culinary bonanzas at a recent community event. In a round of tastings, guests were remarking on the junior chefs’ harvest salad, their braised quail and tiny pumpkin patch parfaits.
In a time when many of America’s soldiers return from the battlefields with post-traumatic stress disorder, a time when 22 veterans die by suicide every day, Donna Finicle of Woodland Park is a guardian angel.
As stress takes its toll on many people, knitting frequently comes up as a plus in scientific studies about reducing the effects of anxiety.
As the RE-2 School District continues to lose students compounded by a $5.2 million loss in state budget cuts, Superintendent Jed Bowman, Ph.D., asked for help.
If it's not one thing it's another
In approving the proposed balanced budget for 2014, Teller County commissioners recognized the value of the county's employees and department heads who held the line on requests.
Woodland Park becomes an exploratory area the weekend of Nov. 9 and 10. With at least 18 dogs and handlers from Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, the city turns into one big search site, with people hiding all over the place in simulated situations.
When Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and Surgery Center opened six years ago, the ceremonial welcome was just the beginning.
As Teller County Search and Rescue celebrates its 48th year this month, the team takes advantage of 21st-century technology while still relying on physical prowess and a keen sense of the wilderness. “They only had CB radios,” said Mike Smith, president of the organization under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office. “They used an old school bus as the command vehicle.”
Get rid of the current form of government in Green Mountain Falls, appoint the public works director, Rob McArthur, as the town manager and turn over policing duties to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. Government, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument closed the doors Oct. 1. “We have four hours to be out of here,” said ranger Jeff Wolin.
What seems like magic is the result of brain power and shoe leather. With a tap of the finger tip, the Cripple Creek mobile app yields instant information in response to the user’s query.
The legacy of St. Francis of Assisi lives on at St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church. With the Blessing of Animals ceremony, the church celebrates the feast of St. Francis in style Oct. 6.
Which amendment to the nation’s Constitution gave every U.S. citizen the right to vote? Which one added women to the list of eligible voters? Who wrote the Constitution? When was it signed into law?
After five years of offering Western and Southwestern gifts and décor at Cowbells and the Deersnake Gallery, Deb Nichols has her eye on moving the inventory to Carefree, Ariz.
On the cutting edge of a movement that recognizes the social aspects of agriculture, Ali Loker infuses energy and youthful enthusiasm into goat and vegetable farming. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Loker is an intern at Stone Creek Farmstead in Divide.
The recall of five Green Mountain Falls' trustees has been cancelled. According to Judy Wiedner, of the Concerned Citizens Committee, the most-recent proposed recall petition had been rejected, due to the misspelling of the name of trustee “Ralph LoCascio,” one of the five on the recall list.
Be nice, return phone calls, open the doors, welcome change, value and reward good employees. In a roundtable discussion Sept. 11, 26 Teller County business owners shared ideas on how to improve the bottom line.
With the addition of Brenda Mayfield to the staff at Teller County Public Health, smokers need to take heed. Passionate about halting the effects of smoking, especially on the youth, Mayfield will be a familiar figure around the county.
For the past 15 years, Woodland Park has observed the beginning of fall with the Oktoberfest festival. Sponsored by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, the event pays tribute to beer, in the Munich tradition, while featuring German food, music and games.
In the aftermath of the flood in Green Mountain Falls last month, officials are still estimating the cost of repairs. “We had a 12-foot flow of water through Green Mountain Falls,” said Rob McArthur, public works director, referring to the rainstorm on Aug. 22.
In an early-morning appearance before the Pikes Peak Rotary Club in Woodland Park, Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton emphasized the red flags in the state’s fiscal health.
A magnificent and majestic tribute to the automobile of the past, Cruise Above the Clouds highlights the ingenuity of people who take the idea of restoration to the absolute max.
She didn’t intend to be late. She had the date on her calendar for months. Yet the day she’d been dreading slipped by. As a result, Gery (who asked that her last name not be used) failed to show for an appearance in Teller County Court on Aug. 29.
In a school district with some barriers to student success, a place where transiency is close to 30 percent and 31 percent of the 335 students are considered homeless, there is an uplifting feeling in the air, something intangible.
Besieged with fire and flood and road closures on U.S. 24, disaster looms large these days in the Ute Pass area.
In the race to halt the energy of water in the Ute Pass area, a new system employs technology as a barrier to the flow. Developed by scientists at Colorado State University, the Rapid Installation Barrier System stops sediment in its tracks while diminishing the power of water.
Joyous, playful, passionate and soulful, the music of pianist Rebekah Crampton covers a range of emotions as her fingers dance over the keyboard. In a world premiere of “Impressions on Color” at the International Music Syndicate in Colorado Springs on Aug. 20, Crampton won rave reviews from her audience of 160 people.
Along with the excitement and trepidation of returning to school, students in the RE-2 School District will be tasked with meeting the new standards adopted by the Colorado Department of Education in 2010.
His emotions running from anger to resignation, Ben Stephens surveyed the damage the morning after floodwaters inundated his property, The Pantry Gardens. Stephens blames the most of the destruction on the slope of the land next door, the Green Box grounds.
In a town that pulsates with history and generational resilience, a new book by Mary Ann Davis and Claudia Eley preserves stories and photographs of the past.
A refuge and sanctuary, the Cripple Creek Park and Recreation building is a place to come to, especially for the city’s children. “We want to show them that they fit in here, that they belong and are valued,” said Connie Dodrill, executive director of the department.
As a Watch D.O.G. at Gateway Elementary School in Woodland Park, Doug Zurek spearheads the local branch of a national group dedicated to providing positive male role models for youngsters.
In a separation of powers, Teller County commissioners voted to terminate the Intergovernmental agreement with the city of Woodland Park as it relates to building-code services provided by the county.
What was intended to be a discussion on communication with the board turned into a slam fest against the trustees and a walkout by two of them.
By the end of September, Woodland Park will have a new look and a positive direction. The economic snap is a result of the work by the Downtown Development Authority authorized by district voters more than 10 years ago.