Cripple Creek Care Center

Cripple Creek Care Center’s 40th Anniversary Invite

Cripple Creek Care Center Employees with Van

Cripple Creek Care Center Employees with CCCC van

On Saturday, September 9th, the Cripple Creek Care Center will be hosting a community celebration to mark their 40th Anniversary.

Beginning at 11am through about 1:30pm, the Center invites community members to join them for food, music, goody handouts, facility tours, ribbon cutting for our new bus, and acknowledgement of individual and business contributions to the success of this District asset.

This will all take place at the Care Center, located at 700 North ‘A’ Street in Cripple Creek.

This is part of our community’s history…and part of our community’s future.

Come and celebrate what community effort and support can accomplish!


The Cripple Creek Care Center represents the best in community cooperation and involvement.   Though the summers saw tourists passing through, back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Cripple Creek and Victor were pretty sleepy and isolated little communities – especially during the winters. The 1970 census recorded a population of 258 for Victor, and 425 for Cripple Creek.

By that time, the medical and hospital services for what was once a booming gold mining district had faded away. What was once St. Nicholas Hospital had become the Hilltop Nursing Home. Even with these limited services, the facility was then too old and out-dated to remain open. It closed in 1972. The community was without any local medical care.

The nearest hospital was almost 50 miles away in Colorado Springs. The route to Colorado Springs was north on Highway 67. Following the old rail route to the District, the highway was even more of a rugged mountain road than it is today. One big challenge was “the tunnel.” Located about half way between Cripple Creek and Divide, the tunnel was one of the last true remnants of the railroad to Cripple Creek. In the 1970’s cars had to pass through it, but could do so only one direction at a time. It tested the patience and courtesy of drivers back then!

Though at this time the population was at its lowest numbers since gold was discovered, local business leaders were determined to provide modern medical services to the area residents and the visitors who were the staple of the summer tourist economy.

Coming together in the truest sense of the word “community,” area residents began planning and fundraising for what many considered an impossible goal.

They started by establishing the operational foundation of the facility. After months of work, on November 10, 1975, the Southwest Teller County Hospital District, a Colorado Title 32 Special District, was officially formed and approved as the governing and management basis for a medical facility.

Three days later, the first Board of Directors organizational meeting was held. The first Board of Directors members for SWTCHD were: Jack Gaffney; Chairman, Muriel Murphy; Secretary & Treasurer, and Wayne Mackin, Theodore H. Mueller, and Gregory Robertson.  The Nursing Home Administrator was Sue Huffman, Doc Denman was the medical director, and Good Samaritan was the management company.

Once the District was formed, planning and fundraising began for the combined medical clinic and nursing home. Nine months later, on August 28, 1976, groundbreaking took place and construction began for the Hilltop Community Health Care Facility.

On June 19, 1977, the dedication ceremony was held and the doors to the A.C. Denman Clinic and the Hilltop Nursing Home were opened.

The nursing home occupied the eastern portion of the building with two main wings/halls offering 60 beds.  The western portion, or clinic area, was separated from the nursing home by double doors and had a three-bed unit for emergency care, an x-ray room, a lab, two exam rooms and two small doctor offices.  The building also had an attached garage and covered ambulance dock.

Now, 40 years later, this facility is still open and serving the District community members. Today, however, it operates under the name “Cripple Creek Care Center” and no longer offers a medical clinic.

Those dreamers and planners who worked so hard more than 40 years ago to bring this to their community would be proud of what it has become today: a 5-star rated 24/7 skilled nursing care facility that serves the needs of the area’s elderly and disabled.

In the past five years, through the governance of the District’s Board of Directors, the Care Center has undergone capital improvements that have completely updated and upgraded the building, landscaping, mechanical infrastructure, residents’ rooms, public and office areas, and service areas such as the kitchen and laundry rooms.

Through the efforts and care of the Administration and staff, the Center maintains a 5-Star rating.

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In 2013 the name under which the Special District operated was changed to the Southern Teller County Health Services District. This was done to meet current Colorado Title 32 guidelines, and to better reflect our service area, and the management of the District’s ambulance service.

Through the current Board’s management, the District remains debt free.

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From: Cripple Creek Care Center

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!


Click on images to enlarge and read details.

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


aspen infestation

Why Aren’t There Leaves on Some of Our Aspen Trees? 

Recently, Newmont CC&V’s environmental department noticed that the aspen trees in several locations around Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado, were not producing as many leaves as expected for the early summer season. The following photo of Bull Hill, north of Victor, on the northeast side of CC&V’s mining operation, was taken near the end of June. Notice that many of the aspen trees in this grove seem to be barren of leaves.

aspen leave infestation
On closer inspection, CC&V’s environment department found an insect infestation of what are commonly called “tent caterpillars”, and requested an investigation and opinion from the Colorado State Forest Service.

aspen leaves missing

The Colorado State Forest Service’s site visit and investigation on June 30, 2016, sampled six sites around the area and their Insect Observation Report identified “a sizable population of large aspen tortrix (LAT) in five locations… We also observed significant aphid activity in locations associated with the LAT. It is also worth noting significant populations of lady bird beetle (commonly known as lady bugs) larva and adults, as well as significant populations of spiders, this makes sense due to the food source available.”

Gary Horton, Sr.  Environmental Coordinator for CC&V described the situation this way: “The large aspen tortrix, commonly called a “tent caterpillar”, is a defoliator and quickly eats all the leaves off the aspens. It is particularly acute on the north side of Victor Pass and in Grassy Valley right now. The caterpillars should be turning into moths in another week or two and fly off. The good news is that the moths don’t harm the bud of the aspen and they should have leaves back on them later this summer; however, the trees will be lacking in density of leaves and they will be smaller than usual. It’s conjectured that the abnormally high evening temperatures may have contributed to an unusually large outbreak of LAT. We can expect this type of thing to continue up here for another couple years according to our research.”

That’s why some of our aspens don’t have leaves.

Reprinted with permission from:

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine 

Donkey Derby Days Are Here!

Donkey Derby Days is This Weekend!
Come Up And Check Out Our ASSets!

Donkey Parking

Donkey Parking. Photo Credit: Clyde Byers


The 85th annual donkey Derby Days is this weekend, June 24th to June 26th. Lots of fun to be had all weekend! There will be donkey races, live entertainment, a petting zoo, donkey rides, a parade, pancake breakfast and more. Donkey Derby Days is a free two – day event and fun for the entire family! See the Schedule of Events listing below.

Bennett Avenue will be lined with vendors offering products and services, but be sure to check out the gift shops along Bennett Avenue as well. The owners are all locals and can answer just about any question you have about the area, as well as offer up unique shopping experiences.

Road Closures.

  • Bennett from 5thto 1st will be closed Friday June 24th 6am- Sun. June 26th 6pm
  • Bennett from 1stto “A” street will be closed Friday June 24th 5pm-Sun. June 26th  6pm
  • Bennett from “A” to “C” streets will be closed for the parade on Saturday June 25th from 9am-1pm
  • Side streets to Carr and to Masonic/Myers will also be closed to through traffic along the above specified routes.
  • The detour will be “C” Street to Masonic/Myers to 5thstreet
  • Vendors will begin setting up on Bennett Friday morning at 9 am.

Donkey Derby Days – Schedule of Events

Please register for Donkey Races at the Information Booth

Friday, June 24th

6:00pm-10:00pm – Friday Night Street Dance Featuring Exit West – Beer Garden Open

7:00pm – OPENING NIGHT!!! “Darling of the Donkey Derby”
– Melodrama at the Butte Theater

Saturday, June 25th

7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station

8:00am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo at District Museum Opens

9:30am-11:00am – 4th Infantry Division Band – West Stage

10:00am – “Big Ass Challenge” Media Race – Double Eagle to 2nd St.
Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park
Parade Check In – Jail Museum

10:30am – Kids Donkey Race – Aspen Mine Center to 2nd St.

11:00am – Beer Gardens Open

11:30am – Best Beard Contest – East Stage

12:00pm – Parade

1:00pm – Donkey Calling Contest – East Stage
“Darling of the Donkey Derby” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

1:30pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage
Announce Parade Awards – West Stage

1:45pm – Western Shootout Gun Skit – West Stage

2:00pm – Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to District Museum

3:00pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – West Stage

3:00pm-6:00pm – BJ Estares and Route 61 Blues – East Stage

6:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes

6:00pm-10:00pm – Saturday Night Street Dance Featuring Sandy Wells – West Stage

7:00pm – “Darling of the Donkey Derby” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

10:00pm – Beer Gardens Close

Sunday, June 26th

7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station

8:00am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo at District Museum Opens

10:00am – Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park

10:30am – Kids Donkey Race – Aspen Mine Center to 2nd St.

11:00am – Donkey Calling Contest – East Stage
Beer Gardens Open

11:30am – Dog Show – West Stage

12:00pm-2:00pm – Wild Blue Country (Air Force Band) – East Stage

1:00pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage
“Darling of the Donkey Derby” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

1:30pm – Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to District Museum

2:00pm – Best Beard Contest – East Stage

3:00pm – Businessmen’s Donkey Race – District Museum to 2nd St.

3:30pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race & Businessmen’s Race Winners

5:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
Information Booth Closes
Beer Gardens Close

Make plans now to escape the heat and come to up to Cripple Creek…where it’s always cooler!

Share your Donkey Derby Days pictures on Facebook:  Cripple Creek Today and/or Cripple Creek Donkeys.

Cresson December 2015 Newsletter

Cresson Elementary School December 2015 Newsletter

Season’s Greetings Cresson Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all in good health & happiness. There’s only three weeks of school in December, but we’ve filled them with many activities we want you to join us for!

Winter Fine Arts Night on Thursday, Dec. 10 @ 6pm
Junior/Senior High School Cafeteria

Cresson & Junior/Senior High School students will sing, perform their drama production, and have several art projects on display! Join us for a night of music, theater, and art! Students should arrive @ 5:45pm

CC-V Winter Fest on Thurs., Dec. 17 @ 1pm

All CC-V students will be dismissed at 12:30pm (bus service) on Thursday, Dec. 17th. That afternoon, CC-V will host its first annual Winter Fest from 1-4pm. Join us for free family games, crafts, and hot cider or hot cocoa.


Winter Break December 21st – January 4th

Enjoy the time with your family! Students return on Tuesday, Jan. 5th.

Please dress your child for the weather! Weather/temperature permitting, we will take students outside for fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity!


Principal Miriam Mondragon

Principal Miriam Mondragon