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.

Colorado Prescription Drug Fraud

Colorado Prescription Drug Fraud

Prescription Drugs image

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



Reasons To Check Out Parks and Recreation

IMG_2984Parks and Recreation is the one place in Cripple Creek that you can find family activities or individual activities for all ages.  We have ongoing classes, trips, sports, day care, and even a garage sale coming up.  The recurring comment that we get is what a great deal everything is and I agree.  Compared to other towns  our prices are unbeatable!

On Going Classes:  Aikido – Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm – $40 per month / $5 per session                                                                                       Dog Obedience – Sundays May 17 to June 7, from 10:00 – 11:00 am – $140 for
4 sessions                                                                                                                                 Anti-aging Stretch & Health Class for Women – Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:15 pm – $4 per session                                                                                                             Hip Hop/ Jazz (Ages 7 and Up) – Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm  – $2 per session

Trips:  Tracking Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge – Saturday, May 16 from 6:30 am – 6:45 pm – Students/ $20  &  Adults/$25                                                               Colorado Renaissance Festival – Sunday, June 14 from 8:00 am – 8:30 pm – $20 gets you in the gate and on the bus.

Sports:  T-Ball/Youth Baseball – Season: April to July   Fee:  $43 for 1st child, $39 for additional sibling  (There is now a late fee of $5)
Adult Co-Ed or Men’s Softball – Mondays or Wednesdays – Season May to August -$225 Team Fee  (Registration Deadline:  Sunday, May 3)

Personal Fitness:  Fitness membership – Daily: $3,  1 Month: $14,  3 Months : $36,  7 Months: $72,  10 Visit Punch Card: $20, Corporate Fitness Membership – $600 per year

5 K at 10 K Family Fun Run/Walk:  Free – Every Thursday – Start and finish at Parks and Recreation – Free Shirt after 13 run/walks and 1/2 dinner coupon at Saddle Bar and Wildwood hotel rooms.

Special Events:   Spring Garage Sale – Saturday, May 30 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – $10 space rental and $2 table rental.

Archery:  Archery Clinic – Saturday, May 2 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm – $10 per individual. 2-D Archery Shoot – Saturday, May 16 – Shooting starts at 1:00 pm and awards at approximately 5:00 pm  $10 Fee. Indoor Archery Classes for all levels – $20 for 4 hour classes and $10 for older teens & adults for 1 – 2 hour class. Indoor Archery  Open Shooting from Fridays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm & Saturdays from 10:00 – 12:00 am  – $2 per individual. Cripple Creek Outdoor 2-D Archery Range – Open year round from dawn to dusk – $5 per individual per day or $50 for a 12 month unlimited use pass.

Roller Skating:  Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Greenhouse Space Rental:   Space is approximately a 100 gallon bin  – Fee is $5 a month

Other Recreational Options:   Toys and Sporting Equipment available for the park,  Skate Park, Basketball Court, Picnic Areas, and Playground.     BMX Track located a little past Cripple Creek Public Works on Co. 89.

Birthday Parties:  We have party packages to meet your needs.

Kids Rock University (KRU):  After school care program  and Fun Friday  Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 6:30 & Fridays 7:15 – 6:30 pm  After school -$3 and Full day – 1st child $14 and additional sibling $11. Summer Camp starts May 26th, with swimming and movies on Tuesdays and Fun Friday Trips

Facility Rentals:  We rent out our arena, pavilion, gazebo, and our kitchen.  We have hourly rates and day rates.

We would love for you to come check us out!

Until Next Time,


Marisol Gonzales accepts her third place award from Judge Pam McCreight

Marisol Gonzales Wins Student Art Award

Teller County Student Art Show
Award Presentation

Marisol Gonzales accepts her third place award from Judge Pam McCreight

Marisol Gonzales accepts her third place award from Judge Pam McCreight of the Bemis School of art in Colorado Springs. Marisol was one of nine students to win awards in the 2015 Teller County Student Art Show which is sponsored by The Mountain Artists. (Photo credit-Kevin Jones)

Congratulations to Marisol Gonzales and her art teacher Mrs. Seilonen at the Cripple Creek/Victor High School. Marisol’s watercolor “Love Monster” won third place in the Teller County Student Art Show. Marisol, a tenth grader, received her award during ceremonies at the Woodland Park Library on Sunday, April 26.

All together eight high school students and two middle school students received awards in six categories including: mixed media, drawing, watercolor, acrylic, oil and best of show during the program. In addition to ribbons, monetary awards in excess of $1,000 were presented to the young artists. Kayla Liller, a homeschooler whose art teacher is Ken Shanika, came away with best of show for her oil painting “Ora Vi.”

Other student winners were Erin Babinski whose art teacher is Mrs. Orellana; and Mackenzie Burgess and Sophia Rossi with art teacher Mrs. Ray, all

Teller County Student Art Show winners

Winners of the 2015 Teller County Student Art Show are pictured with the show’s judge, Pam McCreight. Back row from left are McCreight, Madigan Kleppe, Kayla Liller, Caleb Yarger, Sophia Rossi, Mackenzie Burgess, and Marisol Gonzales. Front row from left are Teagan Couch, Grace Medran, and Jared Brady. (Photo Credit-Kevin Jones)

from Woodland Park High School. Homeschoolers Madigan Kleppe, Teagan Couch, Caleb Yarger, Grace Medran, with art teacher Ken Shanika, and Jared Brady with art teacher Mrs. Brady received awards in the various categories. Pam McCreight from the Bemis School of Art, Colorado Springs, judged the show.

All entries are on display on the ground level at the Woodland Park Library through Sunday, May 17.

The annual Teller County Student Art Show is sponsored by the Mountain Artists and is believed to be the only area event that provides money awards to high school student artist winners. The nonprofit Mountain Artists was established in 1989. Its purpose is to promote, encourage, support and assist in the making and showing of visual arts by persons of all ages in the region, including Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek, Victor, Guffey and the Ute Pass area. Believing that “Art enriches everyone’s life,” the Mountain Artists welcome new members at any time during the year. Additional information is available at


Submitted by: Mountain Artists

Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt Winners

IMG_8984What a GREAT day for an Easter Egg Hunt last weekend!  The weather was perfect and everyone had a blast.  We had 173 participate in the hunt and approximately 300 people at the park.  The line up started at 12:30 with the Easter Bunny and Peter Cottontail there to take pictures with the kids.   The coloring contest winners were announced at 1:00.  The contest was opened  to children ages 0-12 with the winners receiving a basket full of toys, candy, and a $5 bill.  This year’s winners were:  Ages 0-3  Ronson Sherman, Ages 4-6 Cole Sassnet, Ages 7-9 Chloe O’Shea, and Ages 10-12 Melody Gruber.

It was beautifully organized into the age groups with line leaders and “line cabooses” leading their groups to the hunting areas.  Once the children found their assigned number of eggs they went into the arena to trade in the eggs for prizes.  Each age group also had two golden eggs hidden in which one would receive $5 if found.  The winners of the Golden Eggs were:  Ages 0-3 Tristen Dunlap and Mayci Lewellen, Ages 4-6 Chaska Cross and Nakeylee Hapes, Ages 7-9 Harley Darling and Wyatt Walsh, Ages 10-12 Lilly Gonzales and Megan Mendenilla.

Our Easter Egg Hunt would not be a success with out the help of our volunteers.  They helped fill gift bags, watch the park, hide eggs, hand out prizes, clean up after the event, and anything else that we needed help with.  The volunteers were:  Cherie Mason, Alli Krage, KC Kohlmeyer, Scott Cain, Michelle Brown, Sarah Elizaldi, Mike Trangmoe, Trinity Rowe, Lakisha Montes, Lily Herbert, Donelle Spriggs, Angel Edwards, Tony Tuvera, and Dillon Owen.  THANK YOU ALL!

We need help for our special events financially because of being a non-profit.  We greatly appreciate the help from our donors!  This year’s donors were: Cripple Creek/Victor American Legion, CnR Mechanical, Help U Club, Gold Mine Tours, Mr. and Mrs. Mondragon, Cripple Creek Venture Foods, Mountain Top Cycling Club, BPO Elks Lodge #316, Community of Caring, Ralf’s Breakroom, Ute Pass Kiwanis Club, Sanborn Western Camp, Community Partnership, Bronco Billy’s, Sherry Rowe, and Cripple Creek/Victor Mine.  THANK YOU DONORS!

Until Next Time,



Staff Easter Photo