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.

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

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,


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

Start Here To Buy A House

So You’re Ready to Buy a House? Start with Pre-Qualifying.

There are many ways to locate a lender.  In most cases your Realtor will provide you with a short list of lenders they are familiar with.  Asking friends for a lender they have had a good experience with is priceless.  Start with an institution or lender you are familiar with or have been referred to.   Keep in mind that for the most part all lenders use the same programs and rates will be competitive.  Buying a home can be stressful, look for that person who’s not only knowledgeable but who also will spend time walking you through the process.

Do you have to be pre-qualified? No, you do not have to be pre-qualified to shop for a house.  The issue you may run into is that the Realtor you would like to work with will not feel comfortable in showing you homes without knowing that you can buy a home, and how much of a home you are qualified to purchase.

Who knew getting pre-qualified could be so easy? Let’s start by jotting down where you have been living and working for the past two years.

How’s your credit?   One of the first requirements for a lender to provide you with a pre-qualification letter is your credit.   You will be asked for full legal name(s), current address, social security number and date of birth. The credit report will give your lender your debts and monthly payments along with your credit scores.

Let’s move on to your income. Take a look at your latest pay stub. What is your gross year-to-date income?  Got it…o.k., let’s move on.

Where do you bank?   What is your account number and the balance you had on your most current statement. Do you have other assets? List your checking account, savings and retirement account amounts.

All of the above are integral pieces of a mortgage pre-qualification process. The credit report along with your income information enables the lender to establish what purchase price you are able to qualify for. Your lender will  help you determine what kind of loan suits your income and down payment requirements.  For purposes of Teller and Park County it should be noted that we have a program specific to smaller counties.  This program has very generous income limitations and does not require a down payment.  The program is referred to as USDA or RD.  Please note that not all lenders have this program.  New American Funding does lend on the USDA/RD program.

The information obtained by the lender will either result in a pre-qualification letter allowing you to shop for a house immediately or a well thought out plan to buy in the future.

What’s the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval? The pre-qualification letter is usually a result of a phone call and simple income qualification with a pay stub and assets.  The pre-approval involves gathering all income documents, verifying employment and verifying down payment funds, if required.

To summarize, if you have 10-20 minutes, you have time to contact your lender to ask to be pre-qualified!

Becky Hunt

Becky Hunt

Becky Hunt
Loan Consultant
NMLS# 234355 LMB# 100018333
Tel: 800.450.2010 ext 4757

New American Funding Inc.
104 South Cascade Ave., Suite 102
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(If you contact Becky, please let her know that you saw this article on Cripple Creek Today. Thank you.)



Excited about the New Year!

Bennett Avenue Road Contruction

Bennett Avenue Road Construction

2015 Outlook – Half Empty or Half Full?

I’m excited about 2015, with one little exception…it means another year older. But, being that I’m a “glass half-full” kind of person, it also means another year on the right side of the grass!

What am I so excited about? First of all, business-wise, it’s gotta be better than 2014. The Bennett Avenue road construction was definitely not a boon to our business. For the most part, the 300 block of Bennett Avenue was closed from part of June through part of October, the busiest few months of the year for businesses in Cripple Creek. Thankfully, the fact that it was being worked on wasn’t advertised, so people still came to Cripple Creek.

Bennett Ave post road work

Bennett Ave post road work

However, navigating the chopped up streets and sidewalks deterred many visitors from making the effort to get to our store.

I’m hopeful that in 2015 there won’t be any more natural disasters-floods or fires- resulting in highway 24 being closed intermittently, nor the man-made kind, like road construction to make access difficult.

  • Cripple Creek Today has seen over 1,000 visitors per month and is growing daily, along with the number of newsletter subscribers. (Subscription is free, just enter your email address, then confirm that you want to subscribe through a follow-up email and you’ll never miss a thing.)

Readers are also engaged through the Cripple Creek Today Facebook page and have taken action based on articles and posts they’ve read. Thank you for your participation!

    • I will be accepting advertisers this year and will have a page dedicated to business listings. If you have a business or are in charge of advertising for your employer, please contact me via email at:
    • I have special contributors lined up for 2015 to provide informative and entertaining articles. If there is something you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll see if I can cover it. If you’d like to write an article, or series of articles, please contact me about that as well.
    • I look forward to providing stories on a wide variety of topics that will be of interest to both locals and visitors.
    • I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors who have provided posts on a regular basis: Sherry Rowe of Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, Donna McMurtry of the Cripple Creek Police Department, Nancy Mann, Cripple Creek Animal Control Officer, and Miriam Mondragon, Cresson Elementary School Principal. Thank you so much for all that you do!
    • A few statistics from Cripple Creek Today:
      Earth, courtesy of NASA

      Earth, courtesy of NASA

      1. The five most popular posts in order of popularity were: Fourth of July Memories, Cripple Creek-Victor School Board Votes 3-2 Not To Renew Superintendent Contract, The Journey of Emerson Wolfe, Meet Mrs. Cripple Creek-Alyssa Blanchard and 2013 Teller County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. (You can click on any title to read the article.)
      2. There were over 15,000 visitors to Cripple Creek Today. Most came from the United States, followed by Brazil and Canada. A total of 72 countries were represented by visitors to the site.

As I write this, it is snowing with a vengeance and we’re expecting another 3-6 inches on top of the 8 inches we received a few days ago. It’s all of 9.5 degrees Fahrenheit at 11 a.m. At least the wind isn’t blowing. So, I’m excited about the days getting longer and the warm, sunny days ahead. Meanwhile, I’ll just wear triple layers and carry on!

In 2015, I will be welcoming my third grandchild. Who knew being a grandma could be so much fun?!

Half a glass of red wine

Half a glass of red wine

Happy New Year and may your glass always be at least half full!

(Just don’t drink and drive! Do you really need to be reminded?)

Are you excited about the New Year? Let me know in the comments.