city park project

WANTED: Your Feedback

Steve Kitzman, Director of Marketing for the City of Cripple Creek would appreciate feedback from local residents on a new park project in the city of Cripple Creek.

Architectural students from the University of Colorado – Denver will have renderings of proposed park designs for your review. Please stop by the vacant lot this weekend (June 24th & 25th) and check them out. Offer your suggestions and identify the items you like.

Where: the empty lot right next door to City Hall. (Actually, it will not be completely vacant this weekend due to Donkey Derby Days.  See photo.)

Please share with family and friends and encourage them to participate. This is for us/our community.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

Congratulations to the Cripple Creek-Victor
2017 High School Graduates!


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Thank you to CC-V teacher and class sponsor Scott Black for the pictures and information.


Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza & Fresh Subs

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs
Business Spotlight


Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs

Hungry? Want something quick and easy? How about a delicious pizza or sub from Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs?

Owners Lori and Kurt Hale are long time residents of Teller County and after decades working in casinos decided to venture out on their own.

When asked about their new venture Lori explained:

Kurt and Lori Hale of Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs

Kurt and Lori Hale of Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs

“Kurt owned a couple different restaurants in Gig Harbor, WA. in the past, and has the motivation to be an entrepreneur. Two years ago we looked into purchasing a concession trailer and decided against it, because it would be a challenge to maintain in this environment.

We noticed that the “Coffee Barn” had closed for business and contacted the owners. Everything else just fell into place!”

When I asked why pizza, she simply stated: “Everybody Loves Pizza!”

 “I would like to express my thanks to the community for how supportive they have been! We’re off to a good start!” -Lori

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs has the only drive-thru in Cripple Creek. They welcome credit/debit and EBT customers.

Their pizzas are available in two sizes 14” and 16”. Chose from lots of popular fresh toppings. The pizzas are hot from the oven, because they come out of your oven when you’re ready for them. (425 degrees for 12-18 minutes.) Pick one up on the way home and have dinner in a few minutes-just the way you like it. How about a great sub? See their menu below. (Click on the image and it will enlarge.)

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh subs menu

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh subs menu

They are open 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mon through Sat. They are Closed on Sunday.

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs is located at:
427 West Carr, Cripple Creek, CO.

Call ahead with your order, 719-686-6740 or just drive up and they’ll put your pizza and/or sub together quickly while you wait.

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A Note from Anita: We have enjoyed a few pizzas from Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza-delicious every time! (Tell them Cripple Creek Today sent you.)

Students Learn Through “Hidden Figures”


Popcorn, drinks and a movie.

Popcorn, drinks and a movie.


By:Nevaeh Farr

On February 15, 2017, our English 7 and 5th grade classes got an opportunity to go on a field trip to the Gold Hill Theatre in Woodland Park, and see Hidden Figures.  Our classes have been working together and reading about female and African American inventors and heroes.  When we got to the school that morning, everyone was so excited and we wanted to just get on the bus immediately! We went to our morning classes and had lunch before we got on the bus. When we got on the bus we tried our best to not puke from an overload of excitement! We all enjoyed talking with our friends and listening to the music on the way there. When we arrived, we all got our popcorn and drinks, and we very much appreciated it.  The movie was amazing!  It was inspirational and gave us all motivation to treat others with respect and to always try to do our best. After the movie we were upset about the racial segregation that the women in the movie experienced.  We agreed that we need to move forward with equality. The movie theater’s manager came in and gave us some additional information about the movie, and asked us a few questions.  Then, all tired and excited, we got back on the bus and returned to school.  The following day, we wrote an essay about what makes a hero.  There was definitely plenty of information from the movie to use for our writing!

Cresson 5th grade class at the Hidden Figures movie.

Cresson 5th grade class at the Hidden Figures movie.

I asked Abbi Gregory, 5th Grade Teacher at Cresson Elementary why she, and 7th grade teacher Vickie Cooper wanted to take their students to see Hidden Figures.  She told me that they bring their classes together to read, present and write together.

“We were inspired by Black History month and our inspiration got us thinking outside of the box.  We decided that we would go through the book Jackie’s Nine, which is a character skill building book based on the nine character skill that Jackie Robinson abided by.  We also wanted the students to learn about more black heroes and inventors as well as female heroes and inventors, so we went through a book called Heroes, which is a book about heroes or inventors, most of which students had never heard of.    As we were planning for those activities, we thought of Hidden Figures, which has both black and female inventors and heroes.  We boldly asked the theater if they would be willing to host us by watching the movie.

After we watched the movie, the manager of the theater lead a discussion about prejudice with the students.  There were great discussions about the movie, prejudice, enlightenment.

Charlotte Hemingway-Davis, GM, leads discussion after the movie.

Charlotte Hemingway-Davis, GM, leads discussion after the movie.

As a follow up, the 7th grade class will do a book study on the book Hidden Figures.  And once a week, both of our classes get together and learn the character building skills from the book Jackie’s Nine.  It is a wonderful time of leaning and collaborating.

The skills are:

Determination, Courage, Citizenship, Persistence, Integrity, Excellence, Commitment, Justice, and Teamwork.  It is our hope that we can inspire our students to dream big dreams as well as pick up and live out these character traits.
Publisher’s Note: If you haven’t seen “Hidden Figures,” I would highly recommend it. You don’t know what you don’t know, and movies like this help to reveal what’s been hidden to many of us for so long.
Bennett Ave at night

Ice Fest Road Closures

From City of Cripple Creek Events

Cripple Creek Ice Festival 2013

This year’s theme is “Safari in Ice”. We have 5 carving teams and more ice than ever before!

Ice Fest will be taking place Saturday, February 11th-Sunday, February 12th and Saturday, February 18th-Sunday, February 19th.    

Road closures will begin at 6:00am on Wednesday, February 8th to accommodate ice delivery and carving.

Here is the schedule of road closures….. 

1st and Bennett to 3rd and Bennett, 2nd from Myers/Masonic to Carr:  Feb. 8th – Feb. 28th 

1st and Bennett to 5th and Bennett, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from Myers/Masonic to Carr: Feb. 10th-12th – 17th-19th 

There will be access to the Aspen Mine Center and the Bronco Billy’s Parking Lot on Bennett Ave. 

Carving will begin the evening of Wednesday, February 8th.   Vendors will begin set up on Friday, February 10th

There will be food, drinks, live bands and shopping! Please come join us for the festivities. 

Thank you all for your assistance and cooperation.  We are looking forward to this being a great event!

Natalia Brothers – Soul of the Unborn

Soul of the Unborn

Soul of the Unborn by Natalia Brothers

Hello Readers,  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to my friend Natalia Brothers. Natalia and I met in a local writer’s group years ago. She’s a wonderfully exuberant lady with a vivid imagination and a talent for writing.  I was very excited to learn that she’d published her book and I look forward to reading it.

You’ll have a chance to meet her next Saturday at the Gold Camp Christmas Craft Fair, Saturday, December 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Cripple Creek Parks & Rec, 128 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, where she’ll be autographing and selling her newly released book “Soul of the Unborn.”  A gift for you or someone you know? Read on for more information. -Anita


Can you call yourself human if supernatural forces control your every breath, every emotion, every desire?

Posing as a folklore-tour guide, Valya Svetlova takes a group of American college students and their professor, Chris Waller, to her summer home in the Russian village of Vishenky for a few nights of supernatural phenomena. She works hard to appear a perfect hostess. Valya doesn’t want anyone to discover she harbors selfish motives when it comes to one participant, the only person who can refute a wicked tale declaring her a stillborn resurrected by a paranormal entity, a puppet in someone’s horror show destined to perish in the otherworldly dimension.

Within hours of their arrival, Valya learns that the students, too, foster some dangerous agendas. Her nascent feelings toward the handsome professor inhibit her ability to control the supernatural manifestations and her inquisitive guests. When her unforeseen affection turns Chris into a target of the malevolent forces, Valya faces the excruciating reality. It’s no longer in her human power to ensure her guests’ safety. But to keep Chris and the students alive, Valya must brush off her humanity and become something she fights so desperately to prove she is not. A soulless monster.


Natalia Brothers

Natalia Brothers

Born in Moscow, Natalia grew up with the romance and magic of Russian fairy tales. She never imagined that one day she’d be swept off her feet by an American Marine. An engineer-physicist-chemist, Natalia realized that the powder metallurgy might not be her true calling when on a moonless summer night she was spooked by cries of a loon in a fog-wrapped meadow.

What if, a writer’s unrelenting muse, took hold of her. Two of her passions define her being.

Natalia is an orchid expert and she writes dark fantasy.

Discover more at


Dressed in beige slacks and a white blouse, with blushing cheeks and a braid streaming over her shoulder and down her chest, Valya could have been a poster girl for any Russian travel agency, except for the fact that not a hint of a smile touched her lips. Watching Valya’s widening eyes, Chris thought the guide was startled by the sight of their group rather than glad her guests had arrived.