Thank You Elks!

Thank you Elks for grant to SBHC

Barbara Artimez, Laureen Murray, and Kathee Mahar (left to right)

Elks Present $2,500 Grant

The Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, School Based Health Center, and Cripple Creek School District would like to thank the Cripple Creek Elk’s Lodge BPOE #316 and the Elk’s National Foundation for a $2,500 grant that they have awarded to support our students. The Elk’s have generously been writing grants to support the health needs of our students for the past six years. This year the Elk’s partnered with: Linda Hewett, Nurse Practitioner in the School Based Health Center, (who provided the recipe for hummus), LeGree’s Venture Foods (who generously provided ingredients), local Elks’-Barbara Artimez and Kathee Mahar (who generously gave of her time and provided materials), and gave samples of homemade hummus to student’s, Laureen Murray, RN, School Nurse assisted with making hummus, and fun was had by all. This was very well received by the students, and many of them were excited to be trying a new and healthy food. This grant funding is used for medications (i.e. antibiotics, asthma inhalers, eye medications, etc.), dental needs for children, and x-rays, to name a few.   Thank you Cripple Creek Elk’s Lodge BPOE #316 and the Elk’s National Foundation for helping our students stay healthy and in school, as well as your commitment to support children and this community.

The partnership with Penrose Physician’s Health Group and the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, that is located within Cresson Elementary School, is running seamlessly, as they are now seeing both School Based Health Center students, as well as the entire community. Our hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with the provider, Linda Hewett, Nurse Practitioner. There are additional laboratory hours from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, where clients can make an appointment, or come in on a walk-in basis.   Please call (719) 776-4310, to schedule an appointment today. Continuation of many other services are still being provided. Teller County Public Health is providing both immunizations and Confidential/Reproductive Health Services to our students and the community. Please call them directly at (719) 687-6416 to schedule an appointment. Counseling services are available through Doug Randolph with Therapyworks and Jessica Hampton with AspenPointe Behavioral Health who both provide individual, family, and group counseling for our students on-site.


Laureen Murray, RN, BSN
Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center Coordinator
Cripple Creek-Victor District School Nurse
Cripple Creek-Victor District Behavioral Health Coordinator

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Leaders, Liberty Day & Lamborn

There have been some exciting things happening at Cripple Creek – Victor School District recently.

Colorado FCCLA - CC-V School

Colorado FCCLA  CC-V      School Students pictured: Cutter Hutson, Tracie Crippen, Hailey Estes, Angelica Atkins, Michaela Brown, Cassie Castillo, Alex Best, Tatianna Howell.

CC-V FCCLA Members attended the 2017 Colorado FCCLA (Family, Career, And Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference in Denver Colorado and received the following recognition and awards:

Cutter Hutson, Tracie Crippen and Hailey Estes earned a bronze in the Focus on Children STAR Event.
Angelica Atkins and Michaela Brown earned silver in the Life Event Planning STAR Event.
Cassie Castillo and Alex Best earned silver in the Entrepreneur STAR event.
Tatianna Howell earned silver in the Promote and Publicize FCCLA STAR Event.
Congratulations to the FCCLA Members.!

What is FCCLA? FCCLA’s mission is:To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through–

  • character development
  • creative and critical thinking
  • interpersonal communication
  • practical knowledge and
  • career preparation

You can read more about FCCLA here:

Congressman Doug Lamborn Honors Liberty Day Events at Cresson Elementary

Congressman Lamborn visits

Congressman Lamborn visits Cresson Elementary

Cripple Creek-Victor Cresson Elementary celebrated Liberty Day and took it a step further. Liberty Day is a celebration originated by Colorado Lions to call attention to both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Cresson Elementary 5th Grade teachers GariLu Schwab and Abigail Gregory invite local guest speakers Commissioners Marc Dettenrieder and Norm Steen, Cripple Creek Police Chief Mike Rulo, along with two Cripple Creek police officers. They came to Cresson Elementary to talk with students about the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Before they come to the school, teachers will spend time giving the students background information and a Liberty Day resource book so they can familiarize themselves with information to actively participate with the guest speakers. The teachers will spend 3 weeks teaching and preparing for Liberty Day.

On April 13th, Congressman Doug Lamborn came up to Cripple Creek to attend a Town Hall Meeting. After he was done he made a surprise visit to the Cresson 5th Grade to further honor the Liberty Day events. After an introduction and insight into what our liberty means he stayed around long enough to give students autographs then he was off to another Town Hall meeting in Woodland Park.

Thank you to article contributors:
Tracey Olnes and Merrill Ballinger, Cripple Creek-Victor School District


First place –  Now On To State!


CCV DI Team – First Place


We are very excited to announce that our team, from Cripple Creek/Victor JH/SH won first place for their presentation of “In It Together” at the Destination Imagination Regional Competition on February 25nd at Summit Elementary School in Divide, Colorado.  The students participating were:  Jacob Walinski, Sarah Wuellner, Alex Best, Hannah Border, Gabriel Patterson.

The students have worked very hard as a team all school year and put together a strong presentation.  They created their own props, wrote their own story, designed a weight-bearing structure and worked as a team to solve an impromptu problem.

DI competition First Place winners

DI competition

Their 8-minute skit was written to solve a world problem involving two nations.  Over the past several months they wrote, rewrote and revised their script until they were satisfied that it would meet the Destination Imagination requirements.  As a result of their hard work, they not only earned First Place in the competition, but they learned to work together, to collaborate, to reach their common goals.

The state competition will take place on April 22nd at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, CO.  We wish them all the best of luck!

What is Destination Imagination?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Through our programs, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process including:

  • Creative & Critical Thinking
  • Team Building

    DI Competition - Divide First Place

    DI Competition – Divide

  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Taking
  • Project Management
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Confidence

For more information about Destination Imagination, click here.

Submitted by:

Vickie Cooper
Teacher, CC-V School District

Cripple Creek Victor Mountain Health Center

Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic

Cripple Creek -Victor Mountain Health Clinic

Cripple Creek Victor Mountain Health Clinic

Cripple Creek Victor Mountain Health Clinic

Penrose-St. Francis Provides Healthcare Across Teller County 

Mountain life above the clouds has many challenges, but finding excellent healthcare should not be one of them.  Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is committed to meet the needs and demands of all Cripple Creek and Teller County residents, further strengthening ties to the community through its partnership with Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic.

Linda Hewett, MSN, FNP-C

Linda Hewett, MSN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Hewett, MSN, FNP-C, has nearly two decades of experience in pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics and management of complex chronic illnesses. A resident of Teller County for 25 years, Linda’s philosophy of care for her patients combines healing-oriented medicine that embraces the whole person.

Sports physicals, preventive care, chronic disease management, treatment for minor illnesses, well-child visits, screenings and nutrition counseling are among the services Linda offers at Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic.

Linda loves rural mountain living and the opportunities of close personal ties that come with living and working in the same community. She studies Integrative Medicine in her spare time to learn new ways to promote health and loves to hike with her three dogs on the weekends.

Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic
Penrose Primary Care at Cripple Creek, operated by Centura Health, merged with the school-based health center, which is now known as the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic. It is located at: 412 N C St., Cripple Creek, CO 80813.

Linda accepts scheduled primary care patients and acute care walk ins. The Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, lab services are offered on-site as well as prescription courier services.  If a prescription is written before 4:00 pm on a day the CCV MHC is open, then it usually can be delivered to the CCV MHC the next day by 10:00 am.

For more information, please call the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic at (719)776-4310.

Penrose-St. Francis continues to operate Penrose Mountain Urgent Care, located at 41 State Highway 67, in Woodland Park. In case of an emergency, please dial 911 or visit the Urgent Care facility in Woodland Park. 

News Release from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Centura Health

Colorado Prescription Drug Fraud

Colorado Prescription Drug Fraud

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In just the past few weeks, there have been at least two armed robberies of Colorado Springs pharmacies, with suspects running off with armfuls of prescription medications. People typically don’t commit armed robbery unless they are seeking to steal something of value, and prescription drugs – especially opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin  are indeed of great value to the millions of Americans and thousands of Coloradans
who are abusing and misusing these powerful, addictive, and all-too-often deadly medications. Consider these harrowing statistics:

  • On average, 35 Coloradans die every month from unintentional prescription drug overdoses.
  • Colorado is #12 in the country for the abuse/misuse of prescription medications 224,000 people in Colorado misuse prescription medications every year.
  • According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, deaths
    caused by prescription medication overdoses quadrupled 2000-2011.
  • 2011-2013, 7600 Coloradans were seen in emergency rooms every year because of drug overdoses, and 86% of those overdoses were because of prescription painkillers.

This public health crisis and the thousands of lives ruined or cut short because of prescription drug abuse has led prosecutors here in Colorado and across the country to crack down on prescription drug crimes. Colorado law imposes strict penalties on individuals who illegally obtain, use, or distribute prescription drugs, and not just those who rob pharmacies. There are many kinds of prescription drug crimes in Colorado, all of which bring harsh consequences upon conviction.

Many such crimes – such as possession and distribution – parallel those for other “street” drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Like those charges, the seriousness of the charges and the potential consequences depends on the kind and amount of the drug involved.
But there are some drug crimes that are unique to prescription medications. The most common and most frequently prosecuted is the crime of prescription drug fraud. Prescription fraud involves forging a prescription or otherwise lying in order to obtain a prescription under false pretenses. Specifically, Colorado Criminal Code § 18-18-415 makes it illegal to “obtain a controlled substance or procure the administration of a controlled substance by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or subterfuge; or by the forgery or alteration of an order; or by the concealment of a material fact; or by the use of a false name or the giving of a false address.”

Prescription fraud is a level 4 drug felony that can result in a presumptive sentence of up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $100,000 plus one year of mandatory probation.

If you have a problem with prescription drugs, you need to seek professional treatment and care as soon as possible. If you’ve been arrested and charged with a prescription drug crime in Colorado, including prescription fraud, you need an experienced Colorado prescription drug crime defense attorney as soon as possible. There are defenses that a good attorney can assert on your behalf, and he or she can work with prosecutors to
explore alternative options other than jail or fines, such as treatment and other diversionary programs to address addiction issues and help you recover.

James Newby
Call for Free Consultation (719) 578-3322
Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney



Cresson Elementary donates $592 to TCRAS

TCRAS receives donation from Cresson Elementary

Cresson Elem TCRAS donation

Cresson Elem donation check to TCRAS

Cresson Elementary staff and students did a Walk-A-Thon on Halloween to raise money for Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. Pledges were taken the two weeks prior to Halloween. On November 17, TCRAS presented information to Cresson students and staff about TCRAS, brought two of their dogs, and we gave them $592.00 worth of Walk-A-Thon donations!

The student in the picture is Cole Bennett- he raised the 2nd most money in the school. The student who raised the most money was absent that day!

Submitted by: Miriam Mondragon, Cresson Elementary Principal.