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Coroner acknowledges troubling questions remain By Bill Vogrin billvogrin@yourpeaknews.com Troubling questions still surround the shocking death of 18-year-old Josh Maddux, whose mummified corpse was discovered Aug. 7 deep in the chimney of a vacant cabin being demolished by workers. Maddux had walked away from his Woodland Park home on May 8, 2008, and vanished. On Monday, Sept. 28, Teller County Coroner Al Born ruled Maddux’s death an accident, saying the 6-foot-tall, 150-pound teen had slid down the chimney “Santa Claus-style.” Four days later, Born reopened his investigation after the cabin owner, Colorado Springs builder Chuck Murphy, came forward with details about the chimney that he says makes the accidental death theory impossible. Born’s re-examination also followed calls to his office from tipsters offering the names of people who allegedly had bragged about killing Maddux in the cabin. After a two-hour meeting on Friday, Born and Murphy emerged with vastly different opinions of the case, agreeing only that no one will probably ever know exactly why Maddux died or how he ended up in the chimney.

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Murphy remains convinced Maddux was murdered, either forced up the chimney alive, trapped there and left to die or he was killed in the cabin and his remains forced through the damper and into the smoke chamber just above the firebox. Murphy hasn’t wavered from his immediate opinion after his workers made the chilling discovery Aug. 7 as they used an excavator to peel open the chimney, one of two in the century-old cabin. Murphy, 80, said it was impossible for anyone to slide down the chimney because a “heavy steel mesh grate” was installed near the top of the chimney when it was built 25 years ago as part of addition to the original cabin, which was part of “Big Bert” Bergstrom’s notorious Thunderhead dining, drinking and gambling casino that operated from the 1930s-50s along Rampart Range Road on Woodland Park’s north side. “It was a heavy wire grate, a wire mesh, installed across the chimney about one row of bricks from the top,” Murphy said. “We didn’t want trouble with raccoons and things getting in the chimney.” Murphy is convinced the mesh remained intact and prevented anyone from sliding down the chimney. But investigators didn’t see it when

they responded to the call of the body because his crew had already tossed it in a truck. “They were just gathering up all the steel, angle iron and things as part of the demolition,” Murphy said. “They had no idea the mesh had any significance.” But there are even more disturbing questions, Murphy said, that debunk the chimney theory. The mystery deepened further when investigators found most of Maddux’s clothing next to the hearth. “He was mostly naked inside the chimney,” Murphy said. “He was only wearing his thermal shirt. No pants. No shoes or socks.” Murphy said it’s ridiculous to think the teen stripped down to just his shirt, climbed up on the roof, up on the chimney and slid down, knowing he’d be trapped. He said Maddux knew he’d be trapped because there was a steel “Heatilator” insert in the fireplace. And a large, heavy wooden breakfast bar had been ripped from a wall and dragged from the kitchen and placed across the front of the fireplace, blocking it. “It’s a real conundrum,” Murphy said. “A

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Iconic American Eagle GMF delinquent headframe to be moved, filing audit; property taxes overlook closed threatened

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The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. is closing the access road to the American Eagles overlook by the end of October and plans to move the iconic headframe that once was owned by mining legend Winfield Scott Stratton and now towers over Victor. Speaking before a public meeting at City Hall in Victor Oct. 2, Brad Poulson, CC&V’s assistant community affairs manager, emphasized that the mine plans to incorporate the headframe in an educational overlook outside the boundary of the mining operations.

“The location of the headframe is a safety issue, because the public road crosses the mine’s haul road,” Poulson said. Ruth Zalewski, long-time Victor resident and co-founder of Southern Teller County Focus Group, said the town was losing a major tourist draw. “This site has been a major tourist attraction for Victor and southern Teller County since the mid-1990s and draws a documented 6,000 people per year,” Zalewski said in an email to The Courier. “These people drive through Victor on See “American Eagle” on page 13

The town of Green Mountain Falls has been cited by the state Audit Division as “delinquent” in filing the audit for 2014. After being granted an extension on June 30, the town missed the next deadline of Sept. 30. The consequences could be severe: the withholding of state property tax reimbursements. “We had a meeting with the audit firm (Stockman Kast Ryan & Company of Colorado Springs) Sept. 29 to go over final questions,” said Michael Butts, trustee and liaison to the clerk/treasurer Mary Duval. “Mary got them everything they need and we are putting it on the Oct. 20 agenda to present to the board.” According to Greg Fugate, the state auditor’s spokesman, Oct. 20 is too late. “The state gave Green Mountain Falls a two-week extension to file the audit by Oct. 15,” Fugate said. “If we don’t get the audit by then, on Oct. 16, the state could instruct the auditor’s office to withhold property taxes from Green Mountain Falls.” Even before the town missed the deadline, town watch dogs Jane Newberry and Mac Pitrone were expressing concern. “If the state hasn’t gotten the audit they can call the county and any other agency in the state that forwards tax money to GMF and freeze the funds,” said Newberry, former mayor pro tem. “It’s a big issue. I think the state will want to have an idea about what the hell is going on in Green Mountain Falls.” Newberry and Pitrone, former trustees, attend every board meeting and every workshop. They hang around outside town hall during numerous executive sessions and join the meetings afterward. On hearing the news about the delinquency, Pitrone had mixed feelings. “For me it’s kind of bittersweet. I predicted this from the day they (the board) took office,” said Pitrone, referring to Mayor Lorrie Worthey and trustees Michael Butts, Chris Quinn, Don Ellis, David Cook, Barbara Gardiner and Tyler Stevens, along with the clerk/treasurer Mary Duval. “The house of cards is falling and the town of Green

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Ute Pass Ambulance asks for 1 cent sales tax Nov. 3 election has a short ballot Norma Engelberg njengel60@gmail.com With emergency medical service costs rising and revenues falling, Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District has come up with a new approach to funding. District EMS Chief Tim Dienst presented the district’s proposal at the Oct. 1 Woodland Park City Council meeting. He said approving a 1-cent sales tax would increase funds and make sure non-resident ambulance users pay their fair share of costs. Emergency service funding problems come in many guises, he said, including: • The district was forced to make deep cuts in service during the recent recession. It has not been able to restore these services since. • The district is only paid when it transports patients, not for calls that don’t involve transport and no one can be turned away. • 70 percent of district revenues come from lowpaying health providers – Medicare, Medicaid and private sources. The district is forced to write off 53 percent of its bills to these sources. • Only 30 percent of revenues come from insured payers and those payments are falling because of high deductibles and other factors. • Visitors from outside the district, whether from other states or countries or from other parts of Teller County or Colorado, use 32 percent of services but pay less than half their bills.

Obituaries Wayne R. Davis, Sr. Wayne was Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado August 23, 1935 and passed away in Fairbanks, Alaska on September 26, 2015. He is survived by Andrea Davis, his wife of 62 years and his children, Wayne R. Jr., Julie Callahan, Bonnie Burke, Neidie Davis, 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Cindie Pike. Wayne was a resident of Woodland Park for 42 years.

T.O.Locker: Teller County Legend Passes Thomas Owen Locker, better known as T.O. to all he met, passed away peacefully at the Gardens Care Center, Colorado Springs, on September 26th. He was born in Duluth, MN, on January 27, 1949. T.O. moved to the Teller County area a few years after he graduated from high school. He loved Colorado; especially the Teller County area. He bought land and built a beautiful house near Dome Rock, and called that home for many years. Although he was a long time consultant and supervior on building projects, his heart belonged to his music and the Cowboy way of Life. He had the chance to meet and perform with many well known Country artists, and many of the Locals had the pleasure to watch him perform at the Ute Inn, as well as many other locations in the Cripple Creek area. He was very proud of a Grammy award he received in 1998 for his song “Face on the Bar Room Floor.” In 2000, T.O. suffered a very serious stroke that took away his ability to perform. However, he never lost his love for music or the Cowboy Lifestyle. He kept his horse, Ozzie, with him at his ranch as long as he was able to care for him, and was still able to drive his pickup and care for himself until 2008. At that time he was moved to the Gardens Care Center in Colorado Springs. Among his survivors are his son, Josh and family of Needville, TX, and brother, John and Family of Duluth, MN., and many friends, whose lives he touched along his life’s travels. At his request, he is to be cremated and his ashes scattered in the shadow of Dome Rock. “May his spirit forever ride free!”

“Visitors don’t pay property taxes so the burden of keeping ambulance service viable falls on locals,” Dienst said. “A sales tax will spread that burden.” Adding 1 percent would increase sales taxes in Woodland Park to 7.9 percent and add a penny to its 3 percent sales tax on food. But Dienst also pointed out that city residents wouldn’t be the only ones paying this additional sales tax. Anyone shopping in the city would be contributing to the ambulance service whether they use it or not, Dienst said. “Also in-district ambulance users would not pay outof-pocket costs for services not covered by their insurance providers,” he said. “Even if the ambulance bill became part of their insurance deductible, that would still be money in their pockets.” Tax increases have to be approved by voters and Dienst admitted that the district is getting a late start when it comes to adding its proposal the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The ambulance district covers 540 square miles from Green Mountain Falls to Wilkerson Pass and from FourMile Road to West Creek so UPRAD Ballot Issue 4A will be on ballots in parts of Teller, Park, Douglas and El Paso counties. This question will not be on Teller County ballots outside the ambulance district. The tax automatically sunsets in 2025. “If taxpayers decide it isn’t working or if something changes and we don’t need it, it goes away,” Dienst said. “This buys us time to see how the Affordable Care Act and other changes to health care and emergency service provisions play out.” For more information, visit www.pennywiseems.com.

The Nov. 3 Ballot Besides this ballot question, voters will get to decide on one statewide issue, Colorado Proposition BB, which would allow the state to keep instead of refunding excess tax revenues. $40 million of this excess revenue would be used for: “PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND FOR OTHER NEEDS, SUCH AS LAW ENFORCEMENT, YOUTH PROGRAMS, AND MARIJUANA EDUCATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS, INSTEAD OF REFUNDING THESE REVENUES TO RETAIL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITIES, RETAIL MARIJUANA PURCHASERS, AND OTHER TAXPAYERS?” Proposition BB is the only item to be decided in Cripple Creek but in Victor the ballot also includes Referred Issue 2A that would eliminate term limits for Victor’s mayor and councilmembers and Referred Issue 2B that would change city clerks and treasurers into appointed positions instead of elected positions. Sample ballots are available at the Teller County election webpage: www.co.teller.co.us. Click on the county clerk and recorder page for the link. Oct. 12 is the last day to register to vote in this election and ballots will be mailed to voters starting Oct. 13.

City wants to keep closer tabs on who is digging in streets By Pat Hill and Norma Engelberg pathill@yourpeaknews.com Jayson Baker of Peak Internet said Woodland Park is unfairly targeting his company and threatening its efforts to install a fiber-optic cable necessary to provide high-speed Internet service to the community. Baker is upset that the City Council is considering changing the rules for digging in city rights-of-way -- mostly streets and alleys -- now that Peak Internet is deep into the build-out of the project. “We started the process two years ago; and from the beginning we’ve run into issues with Woodland Park’s Public Works Department,” Baker said. “The city has asked us to include prints of where we want to build, and include medians, ditch lines, sidewalks, property lines, existing and proposed utilities and any other infrastructure. “But if we’re building on every street in town, just the surveys and creating these prints alone increase our costs three to four times over what it is now.” Spiraling costs could make it hard for him to continue, he said. To date, Peak Internet serves 500 customers

in Woodland Park with the fiber-optic connection. At issue are new proposed new regulations for access to city rights-of-way, such as streets, for construction by utilities, water, sewer and gas, as well as telephone and cable companies. According to a proposed resolution, the city would charge installers the costs and expenses associated with the administration of the process. Baker said the move could not only threaten Internet service in Woodland Park, it could cost jobs. “If our surveys are done on every lot and if we shut down our fiber optic operation, more than a dozen people will lose their jobs with Peak Internet,” Baker said. “We hire local people, pay salaries and overtime – plus 100 percent of their benefits and paid vacations.” Baker hired an attorney, Teri Scott, from Sherman & Howard law firm in Denver, to argue his case before the City Council on Thursday, Oct. 1, in what turned into a marathon meeting before a full house. Both city staff and officials stressed the proposed regulations governing work in its rights-of-way

are aimed at all utility and service providers that use those rights-ofway. “These are not anti-Peak Internet ordinances,” said Mayor Pro Tem Carrol Harvey. “This is about protecting city rights-of-way for all Woodland Park citizens.” Mayor Neil Levy said Peak is the city’s Internet provider and no one wants the business to shut down. “We would jeopardize their service to us,” he said. “Just do things the right way in the right-of-way, not just Peak Internet but everyone that uses them.” But anyone in the crowd would have thought the two ordinances and one resolution were aimed only at Peak Internet. Bill Alspach, the department’s director, said the motivation for developing the new regulations is to protect the public infrastructure. “It’s the same permit for everybody, whether it’s IREA, CenturyLink, TDS, anybody who works in the public sewer lines, water, or gas,” he said. “City crews are exempt because we know what we’re doing.”

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Clarification A story in the Sept. 30 edition of the Courier reported that about 200 students choice out of Woodland Park High School and half of those attend Manitou Springs School District 14. About 100 students who live within Woodland Park High School boundaries do choice into schools in Manitou Springs. The actual number of students, districtwide, who choice out of Woodland Park schools is about 350 students.

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Gluten-free granola and soups gets WP woman featured by national grocer

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By Pat Hill pathill@yourpeaknews.com Capturing a trend in the nation’s nutrition movement, Kelly Strong of Woodland Park is finding success as a one-woman marketing team for Blue Moon Goodness, a business she started in her home kitchen. “I was selling my granola in little bags with twisty ties, 10 pounds at a time,” she said. Today, King Soopers, whose parent company, Kroger’s, is the largest grocery chain in the nation, carry her gluten-free granola and soups. She started her marketing campaign in Woodland Park, convincing Jan Green and Laurie Glauth, the city’s healthfood pioneers, to feature Blue Moon Goodness at Mountain Naturals. “Jan and Laurie are the best,” she said. The recipe is her mother’s, features ingredients such as almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut and honey from her beehive. “I was making 10 bucks a week, started trading my granola for handyman work,” she said. From a modest beginning, Strong went from home to a co-op

Kelly Strong of Woodland Park started her business, Blue Moon Goodness, in her home kitchen. Recently, Strong secured a contract from King Soopers’ stores in Colorado Springs and Monument to carry her gluten-free granola and soups.//Photo by Pat HIll

Dale Schnitker, board member of the Downtown Development Authority, stopped by the Farmers Market Sept. 25 to help the founders celebrate 25 years in Woodland Park. The market will be moving indoors to the Ute Pass Cultural Center the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, beginning Oct. 3. Courtesy photo

kitchen in Colorado Springs, an incubator for fledgling businesses. “We all just found each other - and share resources,” Strong said. “I only sell wholesale.” In addition to snagging a contract from Kroger’s, Strong sells her granola at Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage and Ranch Direct stores in Colorado Springs as well as Mountain Naturals. With granola sales going strong, she enhanced the

Marc Murphy’s Pioneer Group sold Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel last week for $30 million. Murphy plans to stay on for the next several years as the general manager.

business with soups from her own recipes, beginning with Moroccan Vegetable and Vegan Green Chile, with plans to add Vegetable Tomato Fennel. All of her products are gluten-free. Strong has made such marketing inroads that she was recently featured on a Fox News segment about her products. With her go-go marketing plan, Strong has added another layer to Woodland Park’s entrepreneurial bounty.

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Before we’re all pushing up daisies, let’s push some down By Bill Vogrin Jan Cummer and Renée Bunting want to put your name on a granite slab. No, they aren’t trying to fit anyone with a premature tombstone. Quite the opposite. Instead of pushing up daisies, Cummer, the owner of Curves at Bill Vogrin 108 W. Midland Ave., and Bunting, a sheriff’s deputy, want to get folks PIKES PEAK pushing daisies down, as in plantBILL ing them. And petunias. And marigolds. Or just about any kinds of flowers they like. Specifically, they want residents, community groups and businesses around Woodland Park to adopt city planters and maintain them. It’s all part of their work with Keep Woodland Park Beautiful, a group founded in 2002 and dedicated to promoting, enhancing and protecting the beauty of the community. Cummer and Bunting are passionate about Woodland Park and want it to look its best. But city crews are busy and unable to keep things quite as nice as the group would like. So for the past couple summers they have taken things into their own hands. For Cummer, that meant adopting a flower bed in the parking lot behind her business. “I just thought it could look nicer, so I took it over,” Cummer said. They hope that kind of attitude will spread. “We’re trying to get the community involved,” she said. “If we all pitch in, our community will really look good.” They know most people respond to praise and they are handing it out by the ton. Boulders donated by the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining

Co. are being placed at gardens around town. Then they are being adorned with large plaques announcing the name of the group or individual who has adopted the garden. “To get people to take it seriously, we ask them to sign a one-year contract,” Bunting said. “And the plaques on the boulders are significant recognition.” And I think Cummer Curves owner Jan Cummer, left, and Renee Bunting, a Teller County Sheriff ’s and Bunting deserve Deputy, pose near one of three boulders that have been placed in city planters recognition for all they do bearing plaques that honor community groups who have adopted the planters. and the pride they show Cummer and Bunting are leaders of Keep Woodland Park Beautiful and they are in Woodland Park. It takes recruiting others to adopt planters and promise to tend them for a year. //Photo by a lot of energy to run Bill Vogrin / The Courier projects like these. And it’s that kind of extra effort Another important project they sponsor is their Bear that makes a community Aware coloring contest at schools to teach children the special. That’s why I’m singling them out. importance of securing garbage from our omnivorous So far, only a few of the boulders and plaques have wildlife neighbors. been placed. But the group hopes to have them at each of They also secured a grant to promote recycling, allowthe city’s 20 gardens by the end of next summer. ing them to buy bins, vests, gloves and “grabbers” that can For example, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado be taken to public events. The youth who separate and - Teller County adopted a garden at the Woodland Park sort the recyclables get to keep the cash. Public Library. Foxworth Galbraith adopted a garden near “Recycling is important to the community,” Cummer Pizza Hut. And the Teller-Park Conservation District laid said. claim to a garden at the History Park. They came to me wanting to make sure we spotlight Cummer and Bunting see it as a logical extension of the individuals, groups and businesses who volunteer for their group’s mission. these projects. That’s a good idea. Already, it has an “Adopt-A-Spot” program that asks But I think a spotlight needs to shine on Cummer and individuals and groups to clean up twice a year. Volunteers Bunting, too, for all they do to Keep Woodland Park Beautiget bags and safety vests from City Hall and their names ful. Thanks, ladies! on a street sign recognizing their work.

Threat of fire creates a fear like no other Rob Carrigan robcarrigan@yourpeaknews.com Ghosts, connected to fire, manifest a fear like no other. When the first terrible fire broke out in Cripple Creek on a frigid, windy Rob Carrigan night April 29, 1896, RESTLESS six shots, fired in rapid succession, NATIVE rang out. It was the signal for a town lacking the traditional fire bell. A reservoir, half full and nearly frozen solid, was not much help when the volunteer firefighters arrived almost immediately. “So rapid was the progress of the flames that the people soon became panic-stricken and chaos ensued. Teams of horses and mules were lashed up and down the streets by excited men; people with bundles and papers were rushing pell-mell to the northward; shouts, the booming of flames, the crashing of falling timbers following the explosion of dynamite, all made one ominous, unintelligible roar,” reported papers at the time. The echos of that terrible sound were heard again on March 4, 1977, when a fire of unknown origin began in the Grubstake Hotel (formerly the 50-room Masonic Hall) and known as the Welty Block. Frozen fire hydrants again frustrated volunteers’ efforts to douse the flames. Newspapers at the time reported that one wall was dynamited.

Jan MacKell, in her book “Cripple Creek: Last of Colorado’s Gold Booms,” described the stories that began to emerge afterward. “Interestingly, one of dozens of ghost stories about Cripple Creek surfaced in the wake of the Welty Block fire. When the wall collapsed, a spiraling column of flames shot upward as at least two firemen heard a woman’s screams from inside the empty building. “One of them was volunteer Ed Grosh, who swore he heard a woman’s voice calling out: ‘I’m free! I’m free at last!’ In the years since the fire, more and more stories have emerged about the old Welty Block being haunted before its demise. Some even swore the say the apparition of a woman floating through the smoke. “As for June Hack, all he saw after the fire were four donkeys standing at the burned out door of his grocery and looking at the ruins with quizzical expressions. ‘That fire devastated us and them,’ he said.” Chas S. Clifton, in his 1983 book “Ghost Tales of Cripple,” says there were earlier stories. “For years before the fire, the Welty Block was owned by Ray and Marilyn McLeod, he a former ‘crack’ gold miner, although it had been sold sometime before it burned. ‘Lots of spooky things,’ went on in the building, Mrs. McLeod avers — a feeling not shared by the former owners of the grocery store, who say their premises were undisturbed... She tells of almost nightly encounters with ‘spooks,’ and how something shook her bedframe while her dog growled at the invisible intruder,” reported Clifton.

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Donkey Derby Days Parade marches past the Welty block in the early 1970s. The Welty block burned down on March 4, 1977. //Photo Courtesy of the Cripple Creek District Museum “I was scared to death half the time we lived there,” he quotes Marilyn McLeod. Guests at the former hotel also reported hearing mysterious footsteps in the corridors, and several claimed they spotted an apparition of a woman in turn-of-thecentury clothing’ like Lillian Russell, the actress.” Crews from Victor and Cripple Creek both battled that night to try and save the Welty Block with the Victor contingent on the street side and Cripple Creek department in the alley. Longtime district mainstay Ray Drake, who was on the Victor crew. Clifton reports: “After the walls had fallen and the battle to save the Welty Block was clearly lost, Drake said, one of the Cripple Creek men, someone who hadn’t lived too long in the

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District, came up to him. ‘Someone died in there,’ the fireman swore, ‘I heard screaming.’ “ Drake knew the building’s history — and he also knew its apartments were uninhabited, the gas and electricity turned off. Ed Grosh, a member of the Cripple Creek Volunteer Fire Department that night who was later contacted by Clifton at his new home of Inyokern, Calif., reported what he heard that night as the rear wall and roof collapsed, sending a vortex of flame spurting hundreds of feet in the air. Swears that he heard a woman scream, but not for help. “I’m free! I’m free at last,” is what Grosh said he heard. Fire conjures a fear like no other.

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After toning muscles, get your mind in shape to ski By Cord Prettyman (Editor’s Note: This is the last in a threepart series) On Feb.. 27, 2013, Robert Brown, age 76, was stopped on the side of Spruce run at Breckenridge Ski Area, when an uphill skier ran over the back of his skis, causing him to fall. Brown suffered multiple pelvic fractures and Cord Prettyman internal bleeding resulting in him FIT AND being evacuated to a Denver hospital. The subsequent lawsuit was settled HEALTHY for $175,000. Taylor Janda (snowboarder) collided with Chris Docksey (skier) at a high speed on the Village Bypass ski trail at Telluride on Dec. 20, 2009, resulting in Docksey fracturing her left elbow and arm, tearing her left shoulder’s rotator cuff and left knee’s anterior cruciate ligament, all requiring surgical repair. The civil case was settled for $700,000. And on Feb. 4, 2013, Natalie Egleston, a 48-year-old marketing executive, had stopped to clean her goggles when she was hit by uphill skier Virginia Chen, a New York dermatologist. According to witnesses, Chen was skiing “wildly at a high rate of speed and out of control down the hill, ignoring slow signs,” when she hit Egleston. Egleston died on the mountain from a traumatic brain injury. The wrongful death lawsuit is pending. Reckless behavior on Colorado’s ski slopes can result in consequences other than traumatic injuries and death. It can expose the perpetrator to civil and criminal liability. According to the Colorado Ski Safety Act of 1979, “a person may sue a reckless skier/snowboarder for injuries, damages and death caused by the skier’s negligent or reckless skiing. Under the Act, skier’s duties include skiing within one’s own ability, maintaining control of speed and course at all times, maintaining a proper lookout so as to avoid other

Horsethief Canyon had special gold rush By Mel McFarland Located on the west slope of Pikes Peak, there is a popular trail from Teller 67, at Waters Tunnel, where hikers pass spots deep in history. One of these is the Horsethief Gold Rush. The other is why it has that name. Today we will only Mel McFarland deal with the gold rush. The story surfaced CABOOSE in the 1930’s when the COBWEBS chief forest ranger in Pike National Forest was collecting information about the “other” areas in the forest. It seems that the residents of Midland knew of the story. It was a well told tale in the early days of the Cripple Creek District. Old Bob Womack had explored around Cripple Creek with a pan, looking for “free” gold, but there was not much. It was not long before the real discoveries were made. At the same time a few prospectors panned the streams of the area. Tales were told that there was a spring up near timberline on Pikes Peak that literally bubbled with gold. It seems that after a night in the saloon at Midland, a couple eager lads worked their way to the stream draining down into town. They walked upstream to a spring. Indeed, they had seen sparkles in the water along the way, but according to the story, they were looking for a bubbling spring. Finally they saw it. Flakes by the thousand floated in the bubbling water. The two fellows stirred up the loose sands in the area and it was wonderful. Gold was so thick, they could barely see anything else. Taking their pans, they loaded them up and started to work. They would be rich! Soon they found the secret! As their panning proceeded, the gold went away. Within a minute or two, both threw their find and abandoned their search, leaving the pans unfinished. What they had found was an element of the mountain’s granite. Lovely golden flakes of Mica! Indeed, the streams running off the mountain are often filled with these flakes. Even when on a dry hillside, the golden flakes tempt the uneducated. There are a few tales of unlocated mines in the area, but Horsethief Park is best known for the rustlers who raided area ranches for the horses, stashing them in the isolated canyon.

skiers and objects and to refrain from conduct which may cause injury to others.” Criminal liability for reckless skiing that results in bodily injury ranges from a class 3 misdemeanor carrying a $50 to $75 fine and possible imprisonment up to six month to a class 1 misdemeanor with a fine of $500 to $5,000 and imprisonment from 6 to 24 months. In the case of manslaughter, the penalty can run on the lenient side from $1,000 fine and a year in prison to the maximum sentence of $500,000 and six years in prison. Included in the Act is the “Responsibility Code.” It is incumbent on each skier/snowboarder to know and adhere to the Code. 1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. 2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. 3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above. 4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. 5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. 6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. 7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. Here’s a novel goal for this ski season … stay out of jail. Cord Prettyman is a certified Master Personal Trainer and owner of Absolute Workout Fitness and Post-Re-hab Studio in Woodland Park. He can be reached at 687-7437, by email at cordprettyman@msn.com or through his website at www.cordprettyman.com.

Letters to the Editor Vote for Prop BB and let schools keep pot tax revenue

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On Nov. 3, please vote yes on proposition BB. If for no other reason, to ensure that the tax money raised by marijuana growth and sales goes where we were told it would go when we voted to legalize recreational marijuana. In a nutshell, if passed, proposition BB will allow the state to release $40 million for school construction. If it fails, the money will be refunded to marijuana cultivators, retail purchasers and to taxpayers at a rate averaging $8 per person. I voted to legalize marijuana sales in the state for one reason. I saw my vote as a means to realize badly needed funding for our schools. Now it appears this may not happen. When do we get to revote on the legalization issue? I will never use recreational marijuana. I will, however, realize the benefit of highly educated students. This potential loss of school funding is small compared with Amendment 23 losses. On Sept. 22, by a 4-3 vote, the Colorado Supreme Court sided with the state, concluding Amendment 23 promises only that “base” funding will be protected from budget slashing. Effectively this upholds the elimination of $3.7 billion from school budgets over the last four years, declaring these cuts constitutional. School funding in Colorado is under attack. Be wary of any campaign issue that promises that the money “will go to the children.” It’s just not true. Again, please vote yes Proposition BB. Mark Downing

My name is Cody Stroup. I am currently a senior at Woodland Park High School. Your recent article “Pointing out issues facing school district is not criticism of good people there” really caught my attention because I have gone to school in the Woodland Park School District my whole life. First off, I would like to tell you that I really enjoyed your article. It was so interesting because I have seen everything you discuss firsthand. All of the recent stories you have published are extremely accurate and I almost feel embarrassed that someone with that high of a position in the district would question them even if they do have a negative connotation. It’s unfortunate because people like this are the ones

Keep up the good work, Courier staff To the editor, The Pikes Peak Courier is showing great improvement. I am glad I subscribe and I am learning and enjoying. You should be proud. Holly Bond

Past decisions coming back to haunt us To the editor, I read with some disgust about the aquatic center controversy becauseunmentioned relevant unwise past decisions have resulted in expensive consequences for today’s taxpayers. I was told about 15 years ago that a swimming pool had been proposed for the Woodland Park High School at the time of its construction for an additional cost of $50,000. The proposal was rejected with the consequence that today’s taxpayers are now faced with paying $10 million in bond principal plus additional interest for the proposed

aquatic center. Of even more inexcusable consequence was the fact that the Woodland Park High School’s swim team students then had to be transported by van down and back up Ute Pass to and from high school pools in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years. The cost of that transportation plus the attendant risk of harm to our most precious citizens was obviously either not considered or deliberately ignored by those responsible for that despicable decision. Locating the proposed aquatic center at the high school makes abundant sense because the swim team would not have to be transported to the other proposed locations and the pool would be used by the team dur-

making major decisions that affect us all. If they want to turn their head to the real problems, I am afraid their decisions will not be the best for us. I understand that the stories do not necessarily make the district look amazing which doesn’t help with the shrinking enrollment, but stories like this need to be run. You said in the article that it is your hope that people involved in the district will talk about the threats and risks and get things in the open. So I actually would like to request that the paper continue reporting on the school. Adding to these stories will only have a positive outcome in the long run and I would love to see more stories that go in depth on this issue. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing future stories on our district. Sincerely, Cody Stroup Woodland Park

ing the weekday hours when non-student usage would be minimal. The public could then use the pool during the times and days when it otherwise would be available. In exchange for that benefit, the school system should donate the land for the aquatic center and have free use for its swim team. Furthermore, a limited number of free swim periods during otherwise low patronage usage should be made available every week to bona fide residents of the city of Woodland Park since they will be required to repay the borrowed funds plus interest for that facility for years to come. George English Woodland Park


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Letters to the Editor Resort a great site for Aquatic Center To the editor, Has the city considered building the Aquatic Center at the site of the old Paradise resort? Apparently there is a lot of water available there from the the commercial water tap. Perhaps a land swap could be worked out. This location would be great way to showcase this community asset! David Elwonger Woodland Park

Petition CDOT for U.S. Highway 24 bypass To the editor, I also attended the traffic circulation study meeting. Everything presented was about the city spending taxpayers money. Sally Riley sat next to me and during the meeting I asked her if federal funds were available for any of the proposals. Her answer was: “Only for U.S. 24 or 67.” So why don’t the city officials circulate a peti-

tion and get signatures from all the water users in the city and present that petition requesting immediate construction of the bypass to CDOT? Also include Teller County officials in the petition. In fact, why not include all voters in Teller County? CDOT will give us the same (story) they have for the past 20 years. So our representatives need to make constant requests for funding and the noisy wheel will get funded. It is time we start raising (protests) with

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CDOT. As far as the downtown businesses are concerned, they will not lose any customers, but in all likelihood will gain more, because the city will be able to reduce the speed limit through town. And it will be much safer for pedestrians. The city will also be able to look for something else to spend those extra surplus tax dollars on, maybe even eliminate the tax on food and groceries. Bob Morin Woodland Park

New FEMA floodplain maps available online The Courier staff The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a public meeting Oct. 6 at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department in Colorado Springs to allow residents to review the preliminary 2017 El Paso County floodplain maps. These maps make important changes from past maps that may result in some properties having to acquire flood insurance. Changes may also mean some properties that have been required to have flood insurance may no longer have that requirement. The maps are preliminary but give residents and property owners a good chance to see proposed changes that could affect their insurance requirements. Both the current floodplain map and the preliminary maps are available online. To see the current map: http://www.pprbd.org//flood_map_ disclaimer4.pdf To see the preliminary map: http://rbdgis.pprbd.org/public/DFIRM_Prelim/ To see FEMAs Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate map: http://arcg.is/1KuTOVt To see all the floodplain information provided by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department: http://www.pprbd.org/ floodplain/FloodplainManagement.aspx

Sheriff to address county GOP Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger is the featured speaker at an open forum hosted by the Teller County Republicans. Ensminger will address the current pattern of attacks on law enforcement, which has resulted in the killings of a number of police officers around the country. The forum is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 7, in the meeting room at Denny’s restaurant in Woodland Park.

50 Years Ago 50 Years Ago Ute Pass Courier Oct. 7, 1965 Miss Beth Cocking, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Cocking of Colorado Springs, was wed to Roger Hathaway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hathaway of Woodland Park, on Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony took place at Southside Bible Chapel in Colorado Springs. The office at Woodland Park Jr. and Sr. High School was broken into on Sept. 27 when $300 and the wall safe were taken. The Park Hardware Store was broken into earlier that evening. It was believed that a sledge hammer and chisel

were used to remove the safe from the cinder block wall. Mrs. Marjorie Solsvig was hostess to parents of kindergarten pupils on Sept. 28. She showed the movie “The Frustrating 4’s and the Fascinating 5’s”. The parents were fascinated and entertained. Mrs. Solsvig was glad that the parents showed an interest in their youngsters. Ladies of the Manitou Park Grange won prizes at the state meeting. Mrs. Edith Atwell won first place for her original historical sampler which showed the history of the grange. This quilt will be sent to compete at the National Grange. She also took second place for her pillowcases. Mrs. Christine Eichhorst took third on a knitted baby set. Mrs. Bess Inman took second place on a delicious sponge cake. The Safety Club for Woodland Park High School met for their first meeting. Mrs. Tom Bonifield, school board member and Mr. Hild, high school principal attended the meeting. Officers were elected. There was a discussion on the one way signs to be put up on the high school road, traffic

direction at ball games and the hope to grow. Please help to make the community safer. Miss Janice Kay Berendt, daughter of Lt. Col and Mrs. Herbert W. Berendt, Cascade, became bride of Morgan Lee Brooks, son of Lt. Col. And Mrs. John Brooks, Air Force Academy on Sept. 20. The candlelight ceremony took place at the Church of the Wildwood, Green Mountain Falls. Paint Pony Ranch Club hosted a buffet for Teller County Democratic Central Committee Thursday evening. Hosts were Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mills. There were 32 democratic officials and members in attendance. Mr. Mills is Teller County chairman of the Democratic Party. The Ute Pass Drive Inn is now preparing take home foods. Treat your busy wife. Call ahead and pick up your order on the way home. The choir of the Church of the Wildwood had a surprise party Thursday to welcome back their new director, Mr. Harold Stumbough and his wife, Virginia. They had been on a vacation to the World’s Fair and then Ireland and England. The third grade class from Cascade elementary visited and toured Glen Erie last Wednesday.

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Before you hammer, better get a permit for home project By Terry Brunette Guest Columnist Imagine trying to buy a home only to learn, too late, that the rec room in the basement was built without a permit and will have to be removed before the sale Terry Brunette can be completed. That’s exactly the TALKING risk to homeownBUILDINGS ers who embark on home improvement projects without getting the proper Teller County building permits - and the inspections that go along with them to ensure the work is done safely and up to code. And don’t bother pleading ignorance or blaming a contractor.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard the excuses: “I didn’t realize a permit was required to do that” or “My handyman told me we didn’t need a permit to do this job.” The goal of the Teller County Building Department is not to sell as many permits as possible. We simply want to provide expertise by reviewing plans and conducting field inspections, if applicable, to help you complete work in a manner that is safe for your family and for any future owners of the property. Sometimes, non-permitted work is discovered by real estate agents trying to buy or sell properties. Sometimes it’s found by a Certified Home Inspector hired by a prospective buyer to verify the safety of a home. If a homebuyer is lucky, a permit can be issued and an inspection done after-the-fact. However, more often than not, the only solution is to remove the work or rebuild. There are projects that don’t require per-

mits, and they are listed in the Teller County Building Code, available online at www. co.teller.co.us. Here’s the section on exemptions that you might want to study: “R105.2 Work exempt from permit.” Pay particular attention to sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12. For example: Section 1. One-story detached unheated accessory buildings used as: tool and storage sheds, playhouses, provided the outside dimension area does not exceed 120 square feet and overhang projections shall not exceed 24 inches beyond the exterior wall. Such structures shall not be used for habitable or sleeping rooms, or contain upper storage areas greater than four feet in height and used for light storage only. Although no permit for such buildings is required, all construction is required to follow all current building codes in place. Permits and inspections will be required for

any applicable electrical, mechanical, or plumbing installations. Section 2. Fences not over 6 feet high. Section 3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing or base to top of the wall, and not supporting a surcharge. There’s much more. It’s detailed and technical. And we’re happy to walk you through it. So please be smart when doing work or having work performed on your property. You can always call our office if you are not sure the work requires permits or to check whether the contractor you are considering is licensed to perform work in Teller County. Our phone number is 719-687-3048 You can also send questions to brunettet@co.teller.co.us Terry Brunette is the building official for the Teller County Building Department.

Scare up something fun to read at the library in October By Anne Knowles For The Courier October is the perfect time to visit the library either in person or online at rampartlibrarydistrict.org, check out some good books, ebooks, audiobooks or movies, use a computer, come to a program, take a computer class, do some research or homework, meet friends or get help from a friendly librarian. You won’t want to miss the next Local Authors Showcase at Woodland Park Public Library at 2 p.m., Oct. 15. It features six local authors talking about their books, sharing personal stories and why they started writing. This is the third showcase we have had and they have all been very popular, informative and fun. The AARP Driver Safety course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Woodland Park library. The course is designed especially for drivers aged 50 and older and may qualify you for an insurance discount. Preregistration is required at the Library or by calling 719-687-9281 ext. 113. Renowned fishing guide and author Landon Mayer will be at Woodland Park Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 to talk about his new book “101 Trout Tips” and present a program on fly fishing. A special Spooky After Hours Storytime will be held in the

Children’s Area at Woodland Park at 6:15 p.m., Oct. 30, after the library has closed. There will be spooky stories, snacks and costumes are encouraged. New this fall is the Paws to Read program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Florissant Library. This gives children an opportunity to boost their confidence and improve their reading abilities by reading out loud to a trained therapy dog. Preregistration is required by calling 748-3939. If you are in grades 6-12, the library is the place for you this fall! There is a new Teen Advisory Board that meets at 4 p.m. every-other Thursday in Woodland Park. The next meetings will be Oct. 8 and 22. Applications are available in the Teen Room. Whether you are into fandoms already or want to know what all the fuss is about, come to our new club Intro to Fandoms that meets at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. On Oct. 13, the television show “Supernatural” will be featured in a lively discussion. Check out the rotating quilt display from the Quilters Above the Clouds, the painted bench on the main floor at Woodland Park Library, the display from the Ute Pass Historical Society, or art from Mountain Artists and other local artists in the Galleria by the Midland Avenue entrance. Beginning Oct. 20, there will be decorated pumpkins on display at Woodland Park that staff members have created.

The Book Worms Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Florissant library to discuss Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings.” There is a new book discussion group from 3-4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Florissant library. The goal of Lit Chat is personal enrichment through an informal discussion of classical literature and literary works of great and enduring beauty and power. It is led by Dr. Michael McCleary, a retired English professor from the University of Haifa in Israel. Call 719-748-3939 for more information. Have you heard about “the cloud” or apps but don’t really understand what they are? Have you wondered about what is involved in setting up a Facebook account and how it all works? Do you have some questions about your new iPad or other mobile device? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the library has just the class for you! Introduction to Facebook will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 9, in Woodland Park. Mobile Devices class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 15, in Florissant and from 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 13, in Woodland Park. Google Apps will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 12, in Florissant. Preregistration for all computer classes is required by calling Woodland Park Library at 687-9281 ext. 102 or Florissant Library at 748-3939. The District will be closed on Oct. 12 for Columbus Day.

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Glamour returning to former home of working women By Pat Hill pathill@yourpeaknews.com Pearl DeVere would no doubt be pleased at seeing her old home restored to its original splendor 120 years after she provided entertainment and a good time as the area’s most famous madam. In an age when the Old West bred hardworking people who earned a bare subsistence, along with a few millionaires, DeVere served a variety of desires back in the early 20th century. According to information from the website, DeVere charged up to $250 a night in a time when miners earned $3 a day. As the Gilded Age drew to a close, the Homestead House was no longer the sign of glamorous decadence and opulence and the home was neglected and run down. In 1998, a group of Cripple Creek residents, led by Charlotte Bumgarner, formed a nonprofit organization whose directors fought long and hard between 1999 and 2013 to keep from losing the historic building. When the owners of the Wild Horse Casino next door bought the house on Myers Street, Bumgarner and her crew went into overdrive.

Galvanized by the owners’ designs on selling everything in the house, furniture, artifacts, to pay the city’s gaming fees, in 2013, the board succeeded in purchasing the Old Homestead House with grants as well as a donation from the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Co. First on the list was restoring the dining area whose charm and character were lost when the casino owners destroyed the room for office space, Bumgarner said. “We had some pictures from prior years, so the room was redone with the same type of wallpaper and wood floors to match what was used in 1896 in the rest of the house,” Bumgarner said. “We restored the area around the fireplace where we found the chimney.” For the past several years, the organization has maintained the museum with funds earned from the annual Pearl’s Follies. With the dining room a showpiece, Bumgarner and the board of directors threw a grand-opening party Oct. 1 to show off the restoration project and perhaps shed some educational light on the city’s famous red-light district.

The Old Homestead House Museum nonprofit organization celebrated the restoration of the dining room in a reception Oct. 1. //Courtesy photo

The Old Homestead House Museum is a visible reminder of the good ol’ days when Pearl DeVere was among Cripple Creek’s most famous citizens and Madam of the brother on Myers Street. //Courtesy photo

Thanks to the efforts of Charlotte Bumgarner and the nonprofit organization she helped inaugurate in 1998, the Old Homestead House has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor. //Courtesy photo

‘Goose lady’ on vigil to protect Roy and friends as lake drained By Pat Hill pathill@yourpeaknews.com As the water slowly drains from Gazebo Lake, Ann Pinell keeps a constant watch over Roy, Fred and Ethel, the domesticated Canada geese. Known around these parts as “The Goose Lady,” for her advocacy of the lake wildlife, Pinell is about over the edge with worry. The lake is being drained so it can be dredged of accumulated silt. Pinell had a plan to protect the three while the lake remains empty. But the plan didn’t work – as Roy squawked at being captured and held at Pinell’s home.

Consequently, she released Roy from captivity and returned him to the lake to join his friends. Because the three cannot fly, Pinell worries that predators such as fox and coyotes will have easy access to all the fowl in the shallow water. So now she is keeping a vigil, arriving at the lake every morning by 5 a.m. to protect them. Often Pinell is seen there later in the day. Her emotions seesaw from devastation to hope. “I get a lot of wisdom from people who just reach out to me,” she said. Not everyone appreciates her dedication to the wildlife. At one point last week,

Chase Lambert, left, and Hunter Gilpin, are part of the informal team trying to get Roy, the Canadian goose, into the crate Sept. 26 while Green Mountain Falls’ public works’ director, Michael Cullinane, was beginning to drain the lake.// Photo by Pat Hill

a resident of the town lambasted her efforts, insulting and excoriating her for trying to save the geese. “I’m so upset right now,” said Pinell, who is on the park’s committee. “Roy is important. We do have to consider the wildlife; we must love and protect our creatures.” By Friday, Pinell was feeling a little better, as rain the previous evening provided a little water cushion for Roy and his friends. “It’s all okay so far; there’s a little spot of water that, at least, is a little protection from the foxes,” she said. “I’m just praying for them.” On the other hand, the rain hasn’t helped the carp left waterless in the lake.

Roy, the domesticated Canadian goose, and his friends in Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls are gradually having their refuge removed, as the town is draining the lake, beginning Sept. 26. //Photo by Pat Hill

“They’re all gone,” she said. But as the water flows out, Pinell and her friends are on an unplanned treasure hunt. “Somebody threw a gravestone in the lake,” she said. “It’s real nice; the person lived from 1948-to 1998.” According to former mayor pro tem Jane Newberry, the lake is only being partially dredged, a project funded by gifts to the town, $20,00 from the Historic Green Mountain Falls Fund, whose chairman is Chris Keesee, and $10,000 each from Trustee Tyler Stevens and former mayor Dick Bratton. The lake is expected to be filled by Nov. 1.

Caught! Roy, the domesticated Canadian goose, only left Gazebo Lake for a short time. Ann Pinell was told by a local veterinarian to return Roy to Gazebo Lake, even though the water won’t be there, as the lake is being drained. //Photo by Pat Hill


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Chipmunks preparing for a long winter’s nap By Mark J. Platten This month I thought I’d step away from the things in nature that can hurt you or your animals and explore the least chipmunk, Tamias minimus. They are found throughout North America, occupying much of the Rocky Mountain region and the western Great Plains. The term Mark J. Platten “least” has nothing to do with their THE NATURE importance and everything to do with their size. Of the four chipOF TELLER munk species in Colorado (including the cliff, Uinta, and Colorado chipmunks) the least chipmunk is by far the smallest, averaging only 2.2 ounces, or about a quarter cup! One of the first things to clear up is what differentiates chipmunks from other species in the squirrel, or Sciuridae family, which includes: tree squirrels, chipmunks, ground squirrels, marmots, and prairie dogs. The easiest way to tell a chipmunk from a ground squirrel is that chipmunks have stripes on their faces, while ground squirrels don’t. The least chipmunk can generally be distinguished from other chipmunk species by its small size, relatively long tail that sticks straight up when running, and five dark brown, or black, stripes on its back with the middle

one reaching from the crown of its head to the base of the tail. The sides of its body have an orange-brown tone, its belly is grayish white, and its tail is light brown with blacktipped hairs. Least chipmunks prefer areas such as forest edges and openings. They are commonly found near rock cliffs and river bluffs. If you’ve been on the trails outside Lion’s Camp recently, you’ve likely experienced this highly energetic chipmunk scurrying amongst the rocks near the streambed. They are most active between April and October. During the summer they make their nests from leaves and bark in rotting logs and tree cavities. They are quite adept climbers and I’ve seen them foraging on the very tips of shrubs and trees. When it starts to get cold, the least chipmunks will climb trees in search of a sunny spot for warmth. As winter moves in, they abandon their summer nests and establish new nests in underground burrows up to three feet deep where they line the nesting chamber with dried grass, bark, fur, feathers and soft vegetation. Least chipmunks are diurnal (active during daylight) and spend most of their time gathering food in their cheek pouches, allowing them to carry multiple food items back to their burrows, where they are eaten or stored for future use. They are not social and prefer to spend their time alone, unless mating, or when at campsites where they have no fear of humans and will gladly scavenge your

Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com More than 500 high school student leaders from around the state are expected to converge on Discovery Canyon Campus Oct. 16-17 for the Colorado High School Activities Association, or CHSAA, Fall Leadership Conference. The Student Senate at Discovery Canyon will host the event. CHSAA is the governing body for all high school activities throughout the state of Colorado. “Our summer leadership camp was a huge success,” said CHSAA assistant commissioner Harry Waterman. “This year’s fall conference is heading for the same level of energy, education, and networking that helps build an enriching environment for every school. “The workshops and sessions are tailored to give students and sponsors great ideas to bring back to their schools so they can make a difference.” CHSAA activities include all sports, music, speech and debate, and student leadership. The students that attend the Student Leadership Conference will participate in general and small group session focused on the overall theme of “Amplitude.” Students will explore ideas about voice, character, and community and how those themes take place in their individual schools. The conference will begin with an interactive opening activity called PlayFair.

Mark J. Platten is the Colorado State University Extension Director for Teller County. Mark can be reached at 686-7961 or emailed at mark.platten@ colostate.edu

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Discovery Canyon will host CHSAA Fall Leadership Conference More than 500 student leaders from around the state will be on hand for the two-day event Oct. 16-17

food! During winter, they go into a state known as torpor, which is similar to a short, light hibernation; awakening frequently to snack on stored food supplies. The males emerge in April, a couple weeks before the females, to prepare for mating. Females choose nursery nests while they are pregnant, which are often located in protected stumps, under logs, or in brush/rock piles, which are generally connected to chambers filled with cached food supplies. Two to six offspring are born after a gestation period of about 30 days. The young are cared for by the mother and weaned at 60 days, becoming independent six weeks later. Tactile communication is important between mothers and their offspring, as well as between mates and rivals. In addition, visual and auditory signals are used to communicate. They use calls to advertize their ownership of a territory, to find mates, and when they feel threatened. These chipmunks are “least” in size only and will provide a lot of entertainment if you take the time to observe their frenetic behaviors and feeding habits this time of year.

PlayFair is a team-building experience that will open the conference. The activity emphasizes making connections, multicultural awareness, and teambuilding. The conference will include a keynote by Houston Kraft; a professional speaker and leadership trainer specializing in working with middle school through-college-aged students. “I think the expectations we hold for students in our schools are really low,” Kraft wrote in a recent blog. “I’ve read through countless student codes of conducts and have found that, almost without exception, all the rules, guidelines, and expectations for students in our schools are negative. Don’t do this, you can’t say this, if you try this, you’ll be expelled forever. “What if, in addition to the basic ‘rules’ of school, we held our students to positive expectations?” The conference will also include a trip to the Air Force Academy. The small group sessions will be facilitated and led by the CHSAA student state representatives and members of the Discovery Canyon Student Senate. All delegates are expected to attend all conference activities at the designated times and places; always display the appropriate mode of attire and behavior that is representative of any student council/ leadership position; respect the rights and safety of others; inform an adult if a problem arises; be transported by District 20 transportation only; understand that the use, sale, or possession of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs as well as the possession of any type of weapon is strictly prohibited; and respect the property of others.

By Pat Hill pathill@yourpeaknews.com A one-stop shop for zeroing in on things that matter as far as health is concerned, the 3rd annual Community Health Fair features 30 vendors that offer screenings for a variety of health issues There are screenings and tests for hearing, cholesterol, blood pressure, sleep apnea and vertigo, in addition to mammography screenings with Teller County Public Health. ‘There is no charge for a majority of the screenings,” said Eric Riggle, marketing director for Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, which hosts the fair with the Woodland Medical Center Oct. 10. “And it’s a good way for the public to get specifics, if they’re interested.”

The idea behind the fair is to shine a light on achieving and maintaining good health. “This is a good opportunity to look after your health – it’s important,” Riggle said. “The fair is all about better health.” For the reluctant, or the procrastinator, the fair is a nudge. “We all want to be healthy but sometimes folks don’t do that and this is a way to remind them to take care of themselves,” Riggle said. “We are offering ways to come in and check some of those things.” The Community Health Fair is from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 10, at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital. The fair is sponsored by Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co., Teller County Public Health, Prospect Home Care & Hospice, Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club and the Pikes Peak Courier.

The Community Health Fair offers health screenings of all types. In the third year, the fair is more popular every year, attracting 300 last year. //Courtesy photo

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Is football too violent? The game was almost outlawed more than a century ago for its brutality

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When the sad news broke in New Jersey last week that a third high school football player died in September as a result of injuries suffered on the field, many voiced concerns that the game has become too violent. Football is a collision sport. It always has been. And as long as youth, high school, college players and grown men are willing to suit up, injuries will continue to occur. “I just don’t think about the injury factor,” said Lewis-Palmer senior cornerback Noah Sathre. “My heart and mind is always in the game. “Of course, being injured is always a risk. I’ve dealt with concussions in football before. But it’s not really a major concern of mine on the football field.” Sathre, in fact, suffered a concussion in the second quarter of last year’s regular season finale. “I didn’t tell anybody about it and just played through the game with it and then I was out for nine days or two weeks.” But for those who think football is getting too violent, consider this: A century ago, football was a much more brutal sport than it is today. The Chicago Tribune reported that in 1904 alone, there were 18 football deaths and 159 serious injuries, mostly among prep school players. I don’t know if that was just the Chicago area or the entire nation. Obituaries of young football players ran on a nearly weekly basis during the fall season. Newspaper editorials called on colleges and high schools to banish football outright. “The once athletic sport has degenerated into a contest that for brutality is little better than the gladiatorial combats in the arena in ancient Rome,” wrote the Beaumont (Texas) Express. The very existence of the sport was in jeopardy. That’s when President Theodore Roosevelt entered the fray and urged radi-

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cal reforms that ultimately saved the sport and gave birth to the modern game. “In a football game you don’t hope for injuries on either side of the ball,” said Lewis-Palmer senior defensive lineman Adley Piccolo, who has been nicknamed “Diesel Tech” by his Rangers’ teammates. “When the game is on, the last thing you’re thinking about are injuries. Doing your assignment is what’s going through your head. “Football is a game of risks, and it’s not usually a concern when you’re playing.” The forward pass was illegal 100 years ago and brute strength was required to move the ball. Players locked arms in mass formations and used their heads, covered by just a thin layer of leather, as battering rams. Gang tackles routinely mangled ball carriers. With little protective equipment, players sustained gruesome injuries, like wrenched spinal cords, crushed skulls and broken ribs that pierced their hearts. Those types of injuries still occur, but they seem to be on a much smaller scale in recent decades. “Those kinds of injuries don’t occur if you are going 100 percent all of the time,” said Lewis-Palmer junior middle linebacker Jared Pope. “Those kinds of injuries occur if you are walking around the pile and someone comes by and cheap shots you. “I’m safe with how I play. You just have to go in there and know you’re doing it right. Sometimes you do get hurt, but you have to push through it.” Lewis-Palmer coach Dustin Tupper said that all District 38 football equipment is tested under guidelines set by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). “Every single helmet and piece of equipment we have in our district is new or reconditioned with a NOCSAE sticker on it that says it’s certified,” Tupper said. “We have the best helmets money can buy.” Tupper said the helmets District 38 players use cost about $250, if they are purchased in bulk. “We try to protect our players the best we can, but it’s like driving in a car,” Tupper said. “You can have all the safety equipment you want, and rules, but it won’t prevent every single bad thing that can happen.” As late as 1976 head slapping was legal in the NFL. Pro Football Hall of Famer Deacon Jones was said to have caused many players to have permanent hearing loss as a result of his vicious blows to an opponent’s helmet.

Football has been a collision sport since it was invented more than 100 years ago. Many say the players are safer today that they were even 20 years ago. Pictured here is Woodland Park quarterback Matt Cox, being tackled. //Photo courtesy of Paul Magnuson There is no way to make football safe. Players like Jones knew and accepted it and, in some ways, reveled in the reality that they played an often deadly, violent game. Jones chased quarterbacks with a passion, slapped offensive lineman silly and was probably responsible for more concussions than anyone will ever know. “The game is safer now than it was even 10 years ago,” Tupper said. “The reason we have more data now on things like concussions is because more people are coming forward.” Woodland Park coach Joe Roskam has a collection of old football helmets dating back nearly 100 years. “I have an old leather helmet and I look at that thing and I can’t believe somebody would play a game wearing that,” Roskam said with a grin. “The head has been taken out of tackling and pretty much the head has been taken out of the game. Helmet to helmet is out. Blind side hits are out. “I don’t think the game is nearly as violent as it used to be. The technology is getting better. Helmets are better than they’ve ever been.” Part of the nature of football is to inflict the most pain possible upon your opponent. Pain equals gain in terms of yardage on the field and points in the scoreboard. But what is being done to curtail injuries caused on the field? Many of us played high school football. I guarantee you in the 1970s and ‘80s – when I played high school football – much of the equipment we used could be found in a museum today. I remember hitting – or getting hit –

and having my helmet spin around on my head. The chin strap came loose and my head was hardly secure in the helmet, which was made out of a thin plastic with very little protective padding inside. Recently, I spoke with former NFL offensive lineman Dan Audick. The 1972 Wasson graduate played eight years in the NFL. He started for San Francisco right guard in 1981 when the 49ers won the first of its five Super Bowls. Audick was responsible for making sure Joe Montana stayed as safe as possible. Audick, now 61, is part of the classaction suit by former players against the NFL over injuries suffered while he played. He remembers going against Hall of Fame defensive end Fred Dean during training camp with the San Diego Chargers. “Fred Dean was built out of titanium,” Audick said. “At the first moment of contact with him, I remember an explosion of stars in my head. I recall thinking ‘I should take myself out of the lineup.’ But I didn’t want to lose my spot. If I was going to survive through training camp and make it in the NFL, I was going to have to play through the white, bright lights in my head. “I look back now and it probably wasn’t the best decision I ever made, but I had a nice NFL career.” As violent as the game is, Audick doesn’t see it ever going away. “Twenty years from now football will be around bigger and better,” he said. “It’s a tremendous game. It’s a hard game. But Americans love their football and it will be around for a long time to come.”

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Homecoming game provides first conference opponent Who: Woodland Park (3-2) vs. Harrison (4-1) When: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 Where: Woodland Park High School What you need to know: Woodland Park (3-2) lost to Conifer (41), 49-23. . . Woodland Park quarterback Matt Cox, a four-year starter, broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle and is done for the season. This is bad news for WP. . . The four-year starter has more than 500 yards passing to go along with six touchdowns, and more than 200 yards rushing and a team-high five touchdowns … This is Woodland Park’s homecoming game and the Class 3A Southern Conference opener for both teams … Woodland Park and Harrison are both nicknamed the Panthers … Woodland park won last year’s game, 34-20, for its only league victory of the season … Harrison senior quarterback Sam Garcia has completed 19 of 27 passes for 405 yards and four TDs … Harrison senior receiver Markus Boykin has 10 catches for 238 yards and three TDs … Harrison senior running back Nicholas Jacquez has 331 yards and four TDs … Harrison’s loss came in Week 4 against Aurora Central, 52-6.

Pioneers have a chance depending which Fowler team shows up Who: Cripple Creek-Victor (0-5) vs. Fowler (2-3) When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 Where: Dial Field What you need to know: The Pioneers are hoping to win their first game on the field since the 2010 season … CC-V scored three total touchdowns in its first three games this season ... CC-V (0-5) lost to Custer County (1-4), 44-14 . . . Fowler has been a tale of teams through its first four games, defeating Las Animas (46-8) and Custer County (426), and losing to Akron (40-0) and Hoehne (42-6) … Fowler junior quarterback Dean Reed has thrown for 229 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 134 yards and a pair of TDs … Fowler sophomore running back Brandon Sharp has a team-leading 474 yards and four TDs … Fowler senior receiver Kai Geringer has 8 receptions for 193 yards (24.1 average) and two TDs .. Fowler defeated CC-V in last year’s game by a score of 58-8.


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Panthers have already exceeded last year’s win total on gridiron Open league play this week against Harrison Danny Summers dannysummers@ yourpeaknews.com

Joe Roskam returned to the site of his former glory on Sept. 26 and led his Woodland Park High School football team to a victory over his former club. Roskam’s Panthers defeated the Sierra Stallions, 34-12, in a game played at Harrison School District 2 Stadium in front of a mostly non-partisan crowd. “I still have a lot of friends here,” said Roskam, who coached at Sierra through the 2010 season before moving up to Woodland Park and taking over a winless Panthers’ program. “I don’t know many of the (Sierra) kids. The guys I coached have all graduated. But it’s still nice to come back here and see a lot of my old friends. These are good people. It’s a lot of fun and I’m still in fantasy football with a lot of the staff here.” Roskam’s Woodland Park’s teams improved to 3-2 against Sierra since his departure. More importantly, the victory was Woodland Park’s third in a row after starting this season with a 48-0 loss to Rampart. The Panthers’ three victories are already one more than they won in t all of 2014. “I feel we’re playing well and working as a team,” said Woodland Park junior free safety Damon Sarmiento, who also handles the team’s

punting chores. “Gotta keep our offense going and our defense has to play together.” Since laying a goose egg against Class 4A Rampart, Woodland Park’s offense has been on a roll, scoring 35, 34 and 34 points in successive games leading into the final non-league matchup at Conifer on Oct. 2. “It’s really nice, but we’re not even at full power right now,” said Woodland Park senior wide receiver Joey Ereon, who has a team-leading 12 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns. “I feel like we can do more. We leave so many plays on the field. We just have to keep executing. Keep going and keep pounding it.” Prior to the Sierra game, Roskam didn’t deliver any Knute Rockne-type speeches, but he did remind his players that Sierra won last year’s game in convincing fashion, 24-6. “Coach told us to take the field back from them,” Sarmiento said. “That’s what we did.” Woodland Park opens the 3A Southern Conference portion of its schedule at home on Oct. 9 against Harrison. It will be homecoming for the Panthers, who are looking to win their first league title since 2001. That was the same year Woodland Park finished state runner-up under head coach Greg Holley. “We have good teams in our league and we’re going to have to execute and do everything right,” said Woodland Park senior cornerback Jason Kekich.

“We’re going to get down and dirty and work hard in practice.” Woodland Park went 1-4 in league in 2014. Discovery Canyon won the conference title for a third consecutive season. There appears to be no clear-cut favorite this fall. Through Week 4, Discovery Canyon and traditional state contender Canon City were winless. Woodland Park, Harrison, Mitchell and Lewis-Palmer were all 3-1. “Ultimately we have to come out every week like it’s do-or-die,” said Woodland Park senior quarterback Matt Cox, who has more than 700 combined passing and rushing yards and a teamleading 11 combined touchdowns. “You gotta do what it takes to be successful and do what it takes to make your team successful.” Almost to a player, Woodland Park insists the team needs to improve in two key areas. “Discipline and fundamentals,” Cox said. “We’ll work on ‘em and we’ll come out stronger.” Roskam insists that winning the league title is not even on his mind right now. “Right now I’m thinking about (Harrison),” he said. “After that it will be whoever we play next. “Once we get into our league I don’t care what everybody’s record is. We’re not even sniffing the playoffs right now. We’re not even thinking about that.”

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Woodland Park Middle School football team goes undefeated Seventh grade squad went 6-0, while eighth grade team posted 2-4 record Danny Summers dannysummers@ yourpeaknews.com For the first time in 14 years, a football team in Woodland Park School District Re-2 has finished the season undefeated and untied. That honor goes to the middle school’s seventh grade team, which went 6-0. “We are proud of the kids and how hard their previous coaches worked with them to get them to this point,” said defensive coordinator Stephanie Rucker. “The ability of this team to work unselfishly has made it an easy-tocoach season. “Both academically and on the football field, the seventh grade team worked hard all season.” The seventh grade team went 5-0 during the regular season and was seeded fifth in the six-team post-season tournament. The other five schools were eighth grade teams, including the Woodland Park Middle School eight grade club, which finished with a 2-4

record. The eighth-grade team was under the direction of offensive coordinator Ryan Christian and defensive coordinator Mark Rucker. Marc Manriquez was the offensive coordinator for the seventh grade team. Scott Richards was the quarterbacks coach. The seventh grade team included several younger brothers of players on the high school’s varsity team. Among them are Braden Roskam and Bryson Cox. “This group has been together for four years,” said Woodland Park High School head coach Joe Roskam, whose son, Dominic, is a starting running back for the varsity. “This seventh grade team is the reason we started Panther Football Club.” The rest of the seventh grade team consists of Tyler Baldus, Allen Diamond, Curtis Doty, Hunter Drummond, Darren Genger, Brody Hurley, Colin Kucera, Kamton Kumpe, Alex McEnany, Caleb Mowbray, DJ Moots, Austin Patterson, Gilbert Ramirez, Mikael Romero, Travis Sander, Colton Simonis, Jacob Simpson and Jake Wilkinson. Players on the eighth grade team were Brenden

Alberts, Zach Bunge, Hudson Campbell, Austin Cole, Cole Dana, Tristan Dimery, Mason Fay, Tristen Gross, Garrett Hackney, Nick Hale, Dylan Ham, Spencer Hancock, Kyle Kelley, James MadridWarner, Harley Marcengill, Colin McCormack, Devin McLaughlin, Dylan Mikesell, Dillon Miller, Wyatt Netherton, Cameron Rook, David Schoenberger, Jackson Schubloom, JT Shull, Logan Webb and Steven Willier. Team managers were Aurora Betley, Shaima Dehibi and Lexus Ramirez. Stephanie Rucker has been coaching football at the middle school for seven seasons. “I’m a different gender (than the other coaches), but I don’t let that sway me,” Rucker said. “I’m a good coach. I know what I’m doing. I go to clinics, and every year I learn more and more from Coach Roskam.” Stephanie Rucker wears many hats. She teaches eighth grade American history, seventh grade world history, is head of the student council, head track coach and president of the high school’s athletic booster club.

Seventh grade team (names do not necessarily correspond with the way they are pictured in photos): Tyler Baldus, Bryson Cox, Allen Diamond, Curtis Doty, Hunter Drummond, Darren Genger, Brody Hurley, Colin Kucera, Kamton Kumpe, Alex McEnany, Caleb Mowbray, DJ Moots, Austin Patterson, Gilbert Ramirez, Mikael Romero, Braden Roskam, Travis Sander, Colton Simonis, Jacob Simpson, Jake Wilkinson.

Eighth grade team (names do not necessarily correspond with the way they are pictured in photos): Brenden Alberts, Zach Bunge, Hudson Campbell, Austin Cole, Cole Dana, Tristan Dimery, Mason Fay, Tristen Gross, Garrett Hackney, Nick Hale, Dylan Ham, Spencer Hancock, Kyle Kelley, James Madrid-Warner, Harley Marcengill, Colin McCormack, Devin McLaughlin, Dylan Mikesell, Dillon Miller, Wyatt Netherton, Cameron Rook, David Schoenberger, Jackson Schubloom, JT Shull, Logan Webb, Steven WillierManagers: Aurora Betley, Shaima Dehibi, Lexus Ramirez Coaches: Mark Manriquez, Stephanie Rucker, Ryan Christian, Marc Rucker, Scott Richards

Kasha Cox: Woodland Park High’s Super Mom Divide woman ramrods football, volleyball clubs Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com Kasha Cox sounds like she’d have a pretty busy life without any additional outside demands. The Divide resident is the mother of four children spread between Woodland Park High School and Woodland Park Middle School. Her three boys play football – Matt and Christian for the high school, and Bryson for the middle school – while daughter Kourtney is a volleyball player at the middle school. So just imagine how much time she spends driving kids to school, practices and elsewhere. Still, Cox is the kind of person who likes to be in the mix when it comes to organizing activities and events, as well as overseeing projects related to the school and club athletics. She is president of the Panther Football Club, and most recently has been named president of the Woodland Park Volleyball Club. She also oversees the football “team-moms” at the high school and middle school, and helped coordinate the massive football uniform fund-raising project. “She does a lot of good stuff for us,” Woodland Park High School football coach Joe Roskam said of Kasha. “She does a lot of stuff I don’t have time for and organizes it. She’s really nice to have around.” Roskam didn’t look very far to find a president when he spearheaded a drive to start the Panther Football Club four years ago. “Joe pretty much told me he wanted me to be president,” Cox said with a smile. “It’s been a lot of fun.” The Panther Football Club seems to be having a positive impact in the community on and off the field, coordinating such events as a golf tournament in June and a “Labor Sale” over the summer in which high school football players and coaches performed daily chores in the community in order to raise funds for much needed new uniforms. The golf tournament – which was spearheaded by Amy Ereon (her son Joey is a wide receiver for the varsity football team) – brought in $5,600. The Labor Sale netted $8,995. Those funds helped offset the snazzy new uniforms, which came in at $13,945. The Panther Football Club also received a $3,000 grant for new helmets. The project was spearheaded by varsity assistant coach Dean Palmer. “Our Labor Sale was such a success we had to turn

people away,” Cox said. “People are still calling us to this day.” As a team mom, Cox organizes the pregame/ day before game meals. She is so thorough, she has her team moms in place through the middle of the next decade: Class of 2016 Amy Ereon,; Class of 2017 and 2021 Kasha; Class of 2018 Heather Troutman; Class of 2019 and 2020 Michelle Ham; Class of 2022 Jennifer Gutierrez; and Class of 2023 Susie Bradley and Lori McMasters. “If it wasn’t for these wonderful ladies I couldn’t do what I do,” Cox said. “They make my job fun.” She also gets help from her husband of 24 years, Wade, who is the compliance officer for Panther Football Club in addition to owning his own asphalt company. “Kasha can multiKasha Cox, center, is flanked by two of her sons that play football for Woodland task very well,” Wade Park High School; Matt (far left) and Christian. Kasha wears a variety of hats. She is said. “She’s a very the team mother coordinator and president of Panther Football Club, among other disciplined person.” things. //Photo courtesy of Paul Magnuson Cox recently took over as president of the Woodland Park “The club never really had a board so that was one of Volleyball Club. The club is dedicated to developing highly the first things we formed,” Cox said. skilled volleyball players in the Woodland Park area from She is reaching out to other team sports in Woodland middle school through high school. The club is committed Park that might like to form clubs and operate under to developing self-confidence, stressing personal a similar umbrella as the Panther Football Club and development as a volleyball player and as an individual, Woodland Park Volleyball Club. and educating each athlete and parent about the sport of “If someone is already doing a club we don’t want to volleyball. interfere,” Cox said. “But if they would like our help we’re Cox and varsity volleyball coach Stacy Roshek took over more than willing to see how we might be able to help. the head duties from Howard Lau, who was the director “We don’t want to start any club without first asking the for six years and is staying on as an advisor. Howard’s head coach. You want to follow the program that the head daughter, Jenny, is the setter for the varsity team. coach is doing.”


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Netco firefighters honored by California incident command Rob Carrigan robcarrigan@yourpeaknews.com Not only did area firefighters go help fight wildfires in California, some of them came back acclaimed as heroes. Local firefighters attached to Northeast Engine 182 were honored by Great Basin Incident Commander Chris Ourada for life-saving actions performed while serving at the Willow Springs, Calif., fire several weeks ago. “These heroes participated in a dramatic river rescue,” said a message from Ourada, to Northeast Teller County Fire District. “A private vehicle with two individuals travelled off the highway, rolled about 70 feet down a steep embankment, and landed in the Trinity River. Respondents combined their skills as rescuers and medics to pull the individuals from the river rapids to shore and up the hill with over 70 percent slope. “They assessed the victims, treated them, and took care of them until the Incident ambulance arrived. Without their quick response, the victims may have succumbed to hypothermia or drowned before off-incident resources could arrive to the scene.” The note ended with sincere thanks from Ourada. “Thank you and congratulations, Chief Lambert. NE Engine E182 performed admirably, and this Incident Management Team is deeply grateful.” Capt. Brian Stimits, Firefighter David Prutsman and Firefighter/Paramedic Dalton Lane were the three firefighters honored as team connected with Engine 182. The Teller County firefighters recently returned from a two-week stint helping fight fires in California and said they happened to be in the right place at the right time. After the morning briefing the first day

of their assignment, with two other structure firefighting departments, the local team actually witnessed the accident and were able to render assistance almost immediately. The other two departments involved in the rescue of a Mother and her son, included department from Castle Rock, and Arizona firefighters from Verde Valley. In another instance, Paramedic Dalton Lane, assisted a Klamath Hot Shot crew member that had been injured in the steep terrain while fighting fire. “That was a pretty intense situation,” recalls Stimits. “We were assigned a road on the downhill side of the fire, and rollParamedic/firefighter Dalton Lane, Capt. Brian Stimits, and Firefighter David Prutsman in front of out (rolling log) went Engine 180 in California. //Courtesy photo across the road and into the “green” side knocked his chew out.” The local firefighters all called the below us.” Lane helped evacuate him to experience very valuable and said their He said the activity involved, made it ambulance and thought maybe he had 20 days out, and back, gave them a intense, with strike teams from the Forest torn a rotator cuff when the volleyballnew broader view of what firefighting Service, the three structure departments, sized boulder hit him. techniques and experience is available. Hot Shot crews, helicopters, and all “He was a tough guy. He had a lot of “We learned some new tricks,” says support functions, all engaging the fire at muscle tissue to hold him together.” Stimits. once on the same road. Paramedic Lane helped with the Hot Shot crew member’s injury for about 45 minutes. “He was in very steep terrain and another Hot Shot above him yelled ‘Rock’ and he said he only had time to turn his head. It hit him hard in the shoulder and

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Continued from page 1 their way to the site. The historic mine was once owned by Winfield Scott Stratton.” But she said it was important to remember all the mine does for the community. “There are discussions underway to relocate moveable structures, memorial benches, signage and provide another overlook for the active mine,” Zalewski said. “As always, I appreciate the mine’s efforts to preserve what they can and make donations to the community.” CC &V kept the road opened for 20 years, the result of an agreement

between previous owner, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., with Teller County. But that agreement sunsets this month and the new CC&V owners, Newmont Mining Co., weren’t interested in renewing it. “With the transition to the new ownership, this was a time for that particular safety issue to be looked at again,” Poulson said. “Because that access cannot be controlled by CC&V for public-safety considerations, CC&V is going to close that access road at the end of the October.” Mine officials, under the direction of Jack Henris, the mine’s general manager, will hire archaeologists to study the site, Poulson said.

To date, CC &V has invested $40,000 in the preservation and stabilization of the American Eagles headframe, Poulson said, adding that the mine was awarded a reclamation award last year by the state of Colorado. “Those are the parameters that will be applied to moving the American Eagles site, including the hoist, the blacksmith shop and possibly the shifter’s house.” It is the intention of CC &V to work towards establishing a potential site for an overlook of CC&V mining operations that is accessible to the public on a routine basis, Poulson said.

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tragic, terrible story. “All I know is he did not go down that chimney. He got in the fireplace and went up. But why? I think it will remain a mystery. One of those sad stories.” Born acknowledged the questions are compelling. But he concluded late Friday the proper cause of death ruling remained accidental caused by sliding down the chimney and becoming trapped. Born said he likely died of hypothermia. Temperatures May 8-10 in 2008 dipped into the high 20s according to historic data at Weather Underground. “We’ve come up with the most plausible explanation and it will remain an accident,” Born said. “He did come down the chimney. That’s our conclusion.” But what about the clothes inside the cabin? And the breakfast bar blocking the fireplace? And the heavy steel grate blocking the chimney? “We looked at photos and we talked to Chuck Murphy about his memory of the chimney’s construction and we took everything into consideration,” Born said. “And we still have no evidence of a homicide.” Still, Born said there were not good explanations for all the questions raised. “The furniture in front of the fireplace . . . we can’t answer that question,” he said. “It would have trapped him in the firebox. But there’s no evidence he was ever in the firebox or went up the chimney.” As for the steel grate at the top of the chimney, Born said

it could have disintegrated over the years due to rust and corrosion from creosote building up on it and the effects of rain and snow. Or a chimney sweep may have removed it. “Nobody saw the metal mesh,” Born said. “We didn’t see it in any of our photos. It may have disappeared.” And there is no explanation for why Maddux may have stripped to just a shirt, climbed the roof and dropped down a chimney he knew was blocked. “This one really taxed our brains,” Born said. “We found his clothes just outside the firebox. He only had on a thermal T-shirt. We don’t know why he took his clothes off, took his shoes and socks off, and why he went outside, climbed on the roof and went down the chimney. It was not linear thinking. “It’s a real puzzler.” The coroner said the autopsy found no evidence of illegal drugs, although testing was made difficult by the advanced state of decomposition. “We found no indication of drugs and according to the family, he was not into using drugs,” Born said. To suspect a crime, Born said investigators needed to find evidence like duct tape or ropes that may have bound him or signs in the soot of the firebox showing footprints or other marks of a body being stuffed up it. “It would take at least two people to move him into the position he was in, as neatly packaged as he was inside the chamber,” Born said. “If there were more people involved we

have absolutely no clues.” “Unless something else comes forward that would change the whole situation, that’s where we’re at.” Others have come forward with names of suspects, including long-circulating rumors of a man who bragged he killed Maddux. Born said police detectives confirmed the man had a history of violence and a long criminal record. In fact, he is in prison in Texas and spent time in jail in Portland, Ore., and Seattle and was in trouble in New Mexico. But authorities can’t positively place him in Woodland Park when Maddux disappeared. The same is true for at least one other suspect, who Born said would be too small to C have killed Maddux and disposed of his body in the chimney alone. “There’s a lot of hearsay that ‘this person was the last one M to see him’ and that kind of thing,” Born said. “But they can’t M give me times and specifics. And we can’t generate stuff that goes back seven years. These theories could only make sense t o if it was multiple men involved.” Born said all the theories and speculation are meaning- p less without evidence and facts to support them, leaving him o l with few choices. “I know it’s not a natural death and I’m confident it’s not s suicide,” he said. “My other options are an accidental death, S homicide and undetermined cause of death. t “It is frustrating we can’t pin it down.” u f p a P

Kate Maddux doesn’t want the memory of her brother lost amid sensational headlines By Bill Vogrin billvogrin@yourpeaknews. com Kate Maddux fears the warm memories of her youngest brother, Joshua Maddux, are getting lost amid the sensational headlines and breathless reports about the discovery of his remains in the chimney of a vacant cabin. Kate, 31, like any loving, protective older sister, wants everyone to focus on the bright, funny, gifted 18-yearold brother she and her family lost in 2008 when he disappeared. “Josh was absolutely wonderful,” Kate said last week. “Growing up, we adored him. He was the youngest in our family of four. I was oldest. He was the most adorable little kid. Cuter than all of us.” But he was much more than cute. Josh was intelligent. A musician. An artist. Even a writer.

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grieves the double tragedy, part of them knows they are lucky. “We feel like this is a miracle Josh has been found, although under more tragic circumstances than we could have imagined,” Kate said. “We know we’re lucky to be able to have a service for Josh and have closure. “And our hearts are still praying for every family that has a missing loved one. The last seven years have been hell, so we know what they are going through. Soon Josh will be buried next to my brother. He has come home and we can start to deal with it.” Although he wasn’t with them nearly long enough, Josh certainly made a huge impact and left the family with amazing memories that they want everyone to share. “There’s nobody like Josh,” Kate said. “I don’t think I’ll ever meet another person like him.”

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reservoirs above the town. “He was out running around in the woods all night, meditating and enjoying the outdoors.” Had he lived, Josh would have become famous, Kate is convinced. And this is not just a case of someone anointing a lost loved one with sainthood. “He would have been amazing,” she said. “Between his music and his literature. He had such a creative mind. He touched a lot of people really deeply.” Though she feared the worst, Kate always held out hope Josh was alive. “I’ve been expecting him to come home any day and tell us about his grand adventure,” she said. Of course, the family now knows Josh will not be coming home. Instead, he’ll be buried next to his beloved brother, Zach, who took his own life in 2006 at age 18. And while the family

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Citizens Invited to Weigh-in on Pikes Peak Summit Complex Design Concepts Courier Staff Call it Extreme Makeover: America’s Mountain. Efforts are underway to redesign the summit of Pikes Peak and the public is invited to offer opinions on how it should look and the features it should include. The city of Colorado Springs and the design team, RTA Architects, are unveiling initial concepts for the Summit Complex project that will result in a new visitor center atop Pikes Peak. All interested parties are invited to attend a presentation and open house and provide feedback from 4:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, 80929. An estimated 90 people attended a similar open house Aug. 25 in Colorado Springs as the project launched the Environmental Assessment phase of the project. Before construction of a new summit complex can proceed, a detailed assessment must be made of potential environmental and cultural impacts on the summit, which is designated a National Historic Landmark. The idea of replacing the Summit House has been kicking around almost since the concrete-and-steel building was completed in December 1963. From the time of its grand opening on April 28, 1964, it was in trouble. Instead of floating

on a six-foot-deep bed of crushed rock, it started sinking into the mountain’s permafrost. As it settled, the steel frame became distorted and stressed. In fact, the building was condemned as unsafe for several months in 1987 until emergency work could shore up structure. About two dozen huge jacks installed underneath keep the building level and stop walls from collapsing. The Band-aid has held ever since. Besides the structural deficiencies, critics have long complained the squat building was simply ugly and not befitting a major tourist attraction that welcomes upwards of 600,000 motorists and hikers each year. Plans unveiled at earlier public meetings show a 28,000-squarefoot building dominated by a large lobby, dining and retail areas. An existing Army research building is to be removed along with a radio building, utility building, observation deck and the old Summit House. See the plans at https://parks. coloradosprings.gov/ sites/default/files/ parks_recreation_ and_cultural_services/ Pikes_Peak_Americas_ Mountain/15042-ppscea_open_house-exhibit. pdf To learn about the Pikes Peak Summit Complex design process, go to: www. PikesPeakColorado.com and select topic button, “Summit Complex Project.”

Aspen Gold Rush: Colorado Quakies showing great color

Rob Carrigan robcarrigan@yourpeaknews.com Local leaf peepers experienced some of the best shows — so far to date— this past week in Teller County, but it is still possible, the best is yet to come. Color changes in Colorado’s Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) start

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first in the higher altitudes of subalpine zones, between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, usually in early September, and drop progressively to 8,000 to 9,500 feet in three to four weeks. Variations in temperature, moisture and light cause the chemical changes to begin. Diminished light and fall temperatures trigger the breakdown of chlorophyll.

As green colors fade, yellow, orange and red pigments — carotenoids and xanthophylls — are left and become more obvious. Cool, dry weather promotes the longest and best color show and wet weather, especially snow, usually shortens the viewing period.

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Pikes Peak Help Wanted Santa’s Workshop is scheduling interviews for full-time and weekend positions that are available now thru Christmas Eve. We need people who can work weekends and holidays. We are scheduling interviews for the following positions: Ride Operators, Shop Sales, Food Service and Cashiers. These positions are 6 ½ hrs per day. You must be able to pass a drug test and background check. Call 719-684-9432, 9 am – 4 pm, Thurs - Mon to schedule an interview. Prospect Home Care & Hospice Part-time Hospice Nurse Experience required Applications: www.prospecthch.org

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Teller County seeks a person to fill the position of Data Collection Specialist for the Assessor’s Office in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Starting salary: $2,561 per month plus a complete benefit package. Completed applications plus resume accepted through 12:00 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015.

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October 7, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICES

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PUBLIC TRUSTEE

Courtney Wright #45482

PT_45_101415*5 COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 2015-0048 CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 2015-0048

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To Whom It May Concern: This Notice is given with regard to the following described Deed of Trust: To Whom It May Concern: This Notice is given with regard to the following described Deed of Trust: On August 4, 2015, the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in On County August of 4, Teller 2015, the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in the records. the County of Teller records. Original Grantor(s) KIM S HERRMANN Original Beneficiary(ies) Grantor(s) KIM S HERRMANN Original WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Original Beneficiary(ies) WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR DEUTSCHE Current Holder of Evidence of Debt HSBC BANK, USA, NATIONAL Current Holder of Evidence of Debt HSBC BANK, USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, TRUSTEE FOR DEUTSCHE ALT-B SECURITIES MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST,AS SERIES 2006-AB1 ALT-B SECURITIES MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006-AB1 Date of Deed of Trust October 18, 2005 Date of Deed of Trust October 18, 2005 County of Recording Teller County of Date Recording Teller 20, 2005 Recording of Deed of Trust October Recording Date of Deed of Trust October 20, 2005 Recording Information (Reception No. and/or Book/Page No.) 586571 Recording Information (Reception No. and/or Book/Page No.) 586571 Original Principal Amount $121,500.00 Original Principal Amount $121,500.00 Outstanding Principal Balance $109,050.30 Outstanding Principal Balance $109,050.30 Pursuant to CRS §38-38-101(4)(i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of trust have been violated as follows: failure to pay principal Pursuant CRS §38-38-101(4)(i), are hereby that the covenants of theof deed ofsecured trust have beendeed violated as and follows: to pay principal and interest when due together withasyou all other payments in the evidence debt by the of trust other violations thereof. Failure totomake timely payments required undernotified theprovided Deed offor Trust; and therefore, elects to accelerate the Debt; declares thefailure Debit immediately due and payable in full; elects and interest when due together all other payments in and the evidence of debt secured by Debt the deed trust andofother thereof. to foreclose; and demands that with the Public Trustee give provided notice offor sale; sell the property to pay the andofexpenses saleviolations as provided by law and the terms of the debt. THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A FIRST LIEN. THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A FIRST LIEN. LOT 18, PARADISE PINES TOWNHOMES FILING NO. 1, COUNTY OF TELLER, STATE OF COLORADO. LOT 18, PARADISE PINES TOWNHOMES FILING NO. 1, COUNTY OF TELLER, STATE OF COLORADO. Also known by street and number as: 580 MANOR COURT UNIT B, WOODLAND PARK, CO 80863. Also known by street and number as: 580 MANOR COURT UNIT B, WOODLAND PARK, CO 80863. THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED HEREIN IS ALL OF THE PROPERTY CURRENTLY ENCUMBERED BY THE LIEN OF THE DEED OF TRUST. THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED HEREIN IS ALL OF THE PROPERTY CURRENTLY ENCUMBERED BY THE LIEN OF THE DEED OF TRUST. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, described herein, has filed Notice of Election and Demand for sale as provided by The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, described herein, has filed Notice of Election and Demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust. law and in said Deed of Trust. THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that I will at public auction, at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, 12/02/2015, at Teller County Courthouse, 101 W. THEREFORE, NoticeCreek, Is Hereby public and auction, at 10:00 Wednesday, 12/02/2015, at interest Teller County Courthouse, 101Grantor(s)' W. Bennett Ave., Cripple CO Given 80813,that sellItowill theathighest best bidder forA.M. cash,onthe said real property and all of the said Grantor(s), Bennett Cripple Creek, COpurpose 80813,of sell to thethe highest and best provided bidder forincash, said real and all ofof theTrust said, Grantor(s), Grantor(s)' heirs andAve., assigns therein, for the paying indebtedness said the Evidence of property Debt secured by interest the Deed plus attorneys' fees, heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying in said Evidence ofofDebt secured Deed of the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law,the andindebtedness will issue toprovided the purchaser a Certificate Purchase, all by as the provided by Trust law. , plus attorneys' fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will issue to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. First Publication 10/7/2015 FirstPublication Publication 10/7/2015 Last 11/4/2015 Last Publication 11/4/2015 Name of Publication PIKES PEAK COURIER Name of Publication PIKES PEAK COURIER IF THE SALE DATE IS CONTINUED TO A LATER DATE, THE DEADLINE TO FILE A NOTICE OF INTENT TO CURE BY THOSE PARTIES IF THE SALE DATE ISALSO CONTINUED TO A LATER DATE, THE DEADLINE TO FILE A NOTICE OF INTENT TO CURE BY THOSE PARTIES ENTITLED TO CURE MAY BE EXTENDED; ENTITLED TO CURE MAY ALSO BE EXTENDED; IF THE BORROWER BELIEVES THAT A LENDER OR SERVICER HAS VIOLATED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A SINGLE POINT OF IF THE BORROWER BELIEVES THAT A LENDER OR SERVICER VIOLATED REQUIREMENTS FOR BORROWER A SINGLE MAY POINTFILE OF CONTACT IN SECTION 38-38-103.1 OR THE PROHIBITION ON DUALHAS TRACKING IN THE SECTION 38-38-103.2, THE IN SECTION 38-38-103.1 OR THE PROHIBITION ON DUAL TRACKING CONSUMER IN SECTION 38-38-103.2,PROTECTION THE BORROWER MAY(CFPB), FILE CONTACT A COMPLAINT WITH THE COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE FEDERAL FINANCIAL BUREAU A BOTH. COMPLAINT WITH THE COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE PROCESS. FEDERAL CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB), OR THE FILING OF A COMPLAINT WILL NOT STOP THE FORECLOSURE OR BOTH. THE FILING OF A COMPLAINT WILL NOT STOP THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. Colorado Attorney General Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Colorado Attorney General Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 1300 Broadway, 10th Floor P.O. Box 4503 1300 Broadway, Floor P.O. Box Denver, Colorado10th 80203 Iowa City,4503 Iowa 52244 Denver, Colorado 80203 Iowa City, Iowa 52244 (800) 222-4444 (855) 411-2372 (800) 222-4444 (855) 411-2372 www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov www.consumerfinance.gov www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov www.consumerfinance.gov

DATE: 08/04/2015 DATE: 8/12/15 08/04/2015 Robert W. Campbell, Public Trustee in and for the County of Teller, State of Colorado Robert W. Campbell, Public Trustee in and for the County of Teller, State of Colorado

By: Shirley A. Kint, Deputy Public Trustee By: Shirley A. Kint, Deputy Public Trustee The name, address, business telephone number and bar registration number of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: The name, address, business telephone NICHOLAS H SANTARELLI #46592 number and bar registration number of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: NICHOLAS H SANTARELLI #46592 JANEWAY LAW FIRM, P.C. 9800 S. MERIDIAN BLVD., SUITE 400, ENGLEWOOD, CO 80112 (720) 590-4160 JANEWAY FIRM, P.C. 9800 S. MERIDIAN BLVD., SUITE 400, ENGLEWOOD, CO 80112 (720) 590-4160 Attorney FileLAW # 15-008207 Attorney Fileabove # 15-008207 The Attorney is acting as a debt collector and is attempting to collect a debt. Any information provided may be used for that purpose. The Attorney above is acting as a debt collector and is attempting to collect a debt. Any information provided may be used for that purpose.

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PUBLIC NOTICES ORDINANCE NO. 1244, SERIES 2015 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 12, CHAPTER 12.04 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS FOR WORK WITHIN THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY. SUMMARY: This ordinance establishes regulations for work within the public rights of way. PENALTY: None. This Ordinance was passed on second and final reading on October 1, 2015 after notice and public hearing and is hereby published by title only as required by Charter Section 7.6 to be effective seven days after this publication. Jessica Memmer, Deputy City Clerk City of Woodland Park Published in the Pikes Peak Courier View First Publication 10-7-15 Last Publication 10-7-15

©Public Trustees' Association of Colorado Revised 1/2015 ©Public Trustees' Association of Colorado Revised 1/2015

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ORDINANCE NO. 1251, SERIES 2015 AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS FOR WORK WITHIN THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY. SUMMARY: This ordinance adopts administrative regulations for work within the public rights-of-way. PENALTY: None. This Ordinance was passed on second and final reading on October 1, 2015 after notice and public hearing and is hereby published by title only as required by Charter Section 7.6 to be effective seven days after this publication.

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Jessica Memmer, Deputy City Clerk City of Woodland Park Published in the Pikes Peak Courier View First Publication 10-7-15 Last Publication 10-7-15

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Pikes Peak Courier 18

October 7, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICES

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Company discovers that there has been an error in the calculation of the franchise fee payment to the City, it shall provide written notice to the other party of the error. If the party receiving written notice of error does not agree with the written notice of error, that party may challenge the written notice of error pursuant to Section 3.6 of this franchise; otherwise, to the extent reasonably possible and surcharged to the affected Customers, the error should be corrected in the next monthly payment or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter. However, if the error results in an overpayment of the franchise fee to the City, and said overpayment is in excess of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), credit for the overpayment shall be spread over the same period the error was undiscovered and thereafter refunded to affected Customers. All franchise fee underpayments shall be corrected in the next monthly payment, together with interest computed at the rate set by the PUC for customer security deposits held by the Company, from the date when due until the date paid. In no event shall either party be required to fund or refund any overpayment or underpayment made as a result of a Company error which occurred more than one (1) year prior to the discovery of the Company error.

PUBLIC NOTICES

CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VICTOR, COLORADO ORDINANCE NO. 494 AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A FRANCHISE BY THE CITY OF VICTOR, COUNTY OF TELLER, COLORADO, TO BLACK HILLS/COLORADO ELECTRIC UTILITY COMPANY, LP, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, THE RIGHT TO FURNISH, SELL AND DISTRIBUTE ELECTRICITY TO THE CITY AND TO ALL PERSONS, BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE CITY AND THE RIGHT TO ACQUIRE, CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, LOCATE, MAINTAIN, OPERATE AND EXTEND INTO, WITHIN AND THROUGH SAID CITY ALL FACILITIES REASONABLY NECESSARY TO FURNISH, SELL AND DISTRIBUTE ELECTRICITY TO THE CITY AND THE RIGHT TO MAKE REASONABLE USE OF ALL STREETS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES AS MAY BE NECESSARY, AND FIXING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THEREOF. WHEREAS, the City of Victor desires to grant Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP a fifteen (15) year electricity franchise pursuant to the terms of the agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Franchise Agreement”). NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF Published: October 7, 2015 and October 14, 2015 VICTOR, COLORADO: Agreement The City Council hereby finds and determines that 1. ​Approval of Agreement. entering into the Franchise Agreement is in WILL the best interest the public22, health, FINAL APPROVAL OF THIS ORDINANCE OCCUR ONofOCTOBER 2015,safety AT and THE REGULAR MEETING OF the THE VICTOR CITY COUNCIL, 500 isVICTOR AVE., welfare, and therefore, approves Franchise Agreement. The Mayor hereby authorized to ND AT 6:00PM. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE VICTOR, COLORADO, 2 FLOOR execute such Franchise Agreement on behalf of the City. URGED TO ATTEND.

Severability. 2. ​S everability If any section, subsection, clause, phrase, or portion of this ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional in a court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct, and independent provision and shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof. Repealer. 3. ​R epealer All other ordinances or portions thereof inconsistent or conflicting with this ordinance or any portion hereof are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency or conflict.​ INTRODUCED, APPROVED FOR POSTING AND ORDERED PUBLISHED THIS 24th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2015. _______________________________ ​ATTEST:

Byron L. Hakes, Mayor

___________________________________ Sandy Honeycutt, City Clerk

Published: October 7, 2015 and October 14, 2015

Published: October 7, 2015 and October 14, 2015 FINAL APPROVAL OF THIS ORDINANCE WILL OCCUR ON OCTOBER 22, 2015, AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE VICTOR CITY COUNCIL, 500 VICTOR AVE., VICTOR, COLORADO, 2ND FLOOR AT 6:00PM. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE URGED TO ATTEND. FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF VICTOR, COLORADO AND BLACK HILLS/COLORADO ELECTRIC UTILITY COMPANY, LP THIS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT is made and entered into this 22nd day of October, 2015, by and between the City of Victor, a Colorado municipal corporation having an address of P.O. Box 86, Victor, Colorado 80860, and Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP d/b/a Black Hills Energy, a Delaware limited partnership, having an address of 625 Ninth Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 (collectively the "Parties"). ARTICLE I Definitions For the purpose of this franchise, the following words and phrases shall have the meaning given in this Article. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future tense, words in the plural number include the singular number and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is mandatory and "may" is permissive. Words not defined in this Article shall be given their common and ordinary meaning. 1.1 ​"City" refers to and is the City of Victor, Teller County, Colorado, and includes the territory as currently is or may in the future be included within the boundaries of the City of Victor, Colorado. 1.2 ​"​"Council" 1.2 Council" or or "City "City Council" Council" refers refers to to and and is is the the legislative legislative body body of of the the City City Council Council of of the the City City of of Victor. Victor. 1.3 ​"​"Company" 1.3 Company" refers refers to to and and is is Black Black Hills/Colorado Hills/Colorado Electric Electric Utility Utility Company, Company, LP, LP, aa Delaware limited partnership, and its successors and assigns. 1.4 ​“Company Facilities” refer to all facilities of the Company reasonably necessary to provide electric service into, within and through the City, including but not limited to plants, works, systems, substations, transmission and distribution structures, lines, equipment, pipes, conduit, transformers, underground lines, meters, meter reading devices, communication and dataFRANCHISE transfer equipment, control equipment, street cables andCOLORADO poles. AGREEMENT BETWEEN THElights, CITYwire, OF VICTOR, AND 1.5 BLACK ​“Customer” means a Resident who receives electric service LP pursuant to this HILLS/COLORADO ELECTRIC UTILITY COMPANY, Agreement. THIS andonly entered this 22nd day of necessary October, 1.6 FRANCHISE ​"DistributionAGREEMENT Facilities" referistomade and are thoseinto facilities reasonably 2015, by and betweenwithin the City Victor, a Colorado municipal corporation having an address of to provide electricity theofCity. P.O. Box1.786, Victor, Colorado 80860, andrefers BlacktoHills/Colorado LP ​"Electric Gross Revenues" those amounts Electric of moneyUtility whichCompany, the Company d/b/a Black Hills Delaware limited partnership, having an addressfor ofrefunds, 625 Ninth receives from theEnergy, sale or adelivery of electricity in the City, after adjusting netStreet, writeRapid South Dakota 57701corrections, (collectivelyortheregulatory "Parties").adjustments. Regulatory adjustments offs ofCity, uncollectible accounts, include, but are not limited to, credits, surcharges, refunds, and pro-forma adjustments pursuant ARTICLE I to federal or state regulation. “Electric Gross Revenues” shall exclude any revenue for the sale Definitions or delivery of electricity to the City. For franchise, following and phrases shall have the meaning 1.8 the purpose ​"Streets"oforthis “City Streets”the refers to andwords is streets, alleys, viaducts, bridges, roads, given this Article. When any not inconsistent with the of context, in the the use present tense lanes, in easements (excluding easements the terms which words do not used permit thereof by include the future words in the plural number include the singular number words in the Company), andtense, public rights-of-way within the City. Streets shall also includeand other public the singular include the suitable plural number. "shall" is of mandatory "may" is places withinnumber the City that are locationsThe for word the placement Companyand Facilities as permissive. Words not definedbyinthethis Article shall be given their common and ordinary specifically approved in writing City. meaning.1.9 ​"PUC" refers to and is the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Colorado 1.1 " ​ City" refers to and is the City of Victor, Teller County, Colorado, and includes or other authority succeeding the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Colorado. the territory or may in the future be included of the of 1.10 as currently ​“Tariffs” is refer to those tariffs of the Companywithin on filethe andboundaries in effect with theCity PUC. Victor, Colorado. 1.11 ​“Utility Service” refers to the sale of electricity by the Company under rates 1.2by the ​"Council" approved PUC. or "City Council" refers to and is the legislative body of the City Council of the City of Victor. 1.3 ​"Company" refers to and is ARTICLE Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP, a II Grant of Franchise 2.1 ​Grant of Franchise. ​The City hereby grants to the Company, subject to the A. ​Grant. conditions, terms and provisions contained in this Agreement, the non-exclusive right to make reasonable use of the Streets: (1) ​to provide Utility Service to the City and to its residents under Tariffs on file with the PUC; and (2) ​to acquire, purchase, construct, install, locate, maintain, operate, and extend into, within and through the City all Company Facilities reasonably necessary to furnish, sell, transmit, transport and distribute for the generation, production, manufacture, sale, purchase, exchange, transmission, and distribution of Utility Service within and through the City. Street B. ​Street Lighting and Traffic Signal Lighting Service. Service The rights granted by this franchise encompass the nonexclusive right to provide street lighting service and traffic signal lighting service as directed by the City, and the provisions of this franchise shall apply with full and equal force to street lighting service and traffic signal lighting service provided by the Company. Wherever reference is made in this franchise to the sale or provision of Utility Service, these references shall be deemed to include the provision of street lighting service and traffic signal lighting service. Street lighting service and traffic signal lighting service within the City shall be governed by Tariffs on file with the Colorado PUC. ​The term of this franchise shall be for fifteen (15) 2.2 ​Terms of Franchise. years, beginning from July 18, 2015, and expiring July 17, 2030. 2.3 ​Conditions and Limitations. Scope Franchise. The grant of this franchise shall extend to all areas of A. ​S cope of Franchise the City as it is now or hereafter constituted; however, nothing contained in this franchise shall be construed to authorize the Company to engage in activities other than the provision of Utility Service. Subject Usage. The right to make reasonable use of the Streets B. ​S ubject to City Usage under this Agreement is subject to and subordinate to any City usage of said Streets. Except as otherwise specifically set forth herein, the City retains the right through the exercise of its police power to use, control, and regulate the use of the Streets. The City retains the right to impose such other regulations as may be determined by the City to be necessary in the reasonable exercise of its police power to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. C. ​Franchise Not Exclusive. The rights granted by this franchise are not, and shall not be deemed to be, granted exclusively to the Company, and the City reserves the right to make or grant a franchise to any other person, firm, or corporation. Regulation Property. The Company expressly D. ​R egulation of Streets or Other City Property acknowledges the City’s right to enforce regulations concerning the Company’s access to or use of the Streets, including requirements for permits. The Company shall not be required to pay for such permits, however. The Company expressly acknowledges the City’s right to adopt, from time to time, in addition to the provisions contained herein, such laws, including ordinances and regulations, as it may deem necessary in the exercise of its governmental powers. Compliance E. ​Compliance with Laws. Laws The Company and its contractors shall promptly and fully comply with all laws, regulations, permits, and orders enacted by the City that are applicable to the Company’s activities within the City provided that such regulations are not destructive of the rights granted herein. ARTICLE III Franchise Fee 3.1 ​F Franchise ranchise Fee Fee. In consideration for the grant of this franchise, the Company shall collect from its Customers and remit to the City a sum equal to three percent (3%) of all Electric Gross Revenues. Franchise Fee payments shall be made in quarterly installments not more than thirty days following the close of the month for which payment is to be made. Quarters shall end on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Payments at the beginning and end of the franchise shall be prorated. Franchise Fees. Collection of the Franchise Fee 3.2 ​F ranchise Fee Payment in Lieu of Other Fees from Company Customer’s and payment of the franchise fee by the Company is accepted by the City in lieu of any occupancy tax, license tax, permit charge, inspection fee or similar tax, assessment or excise upon the pipes, mains, meters or other personal property of the Company or on the privilege of doing business or in connection with the physical operation thereof, but does not exempt the Company from any lawful taxation upon its real property or any other lawful tax not related to the franchise or the physical operation thereof. Change 3.3 ​Change of Franchise Fee. Fee Once during each calendar year of the franchise, the City Council, upon giving 30 days notice to the Company, may review and change the franchise fee that the City may be entitled to receive from the Company’s Customers as a part of the franchise; provided, however, that the City Council may only change the franchise fee amount such as to cause the City to receive a franchise fee under this franchise equivalent to the lawful franchise fee that the Company may pay to any other city or town in any other franchise under which the Company renders Utility Service in Colorado. Obligation Fee. In the event that the franchise fee specified herein is 3.4 ​O bligation in Lieu of Fee declared void for any reason by a court of competent jurisdiction, unless prohibited by law by the PUC, the Company shall be obligated to collect from its Customers and to pay the City, at the same times and in the same manner as provided in the franchise, an aggregate amount equal to the amount which the Company and its Customers located within the City would have been required to pay as a franchise fee as consideration for use of the City Streets so long as the Company maintains the rights provided in this Agreement. The Company shall collect the amounts agreed upon through a surcharge on its Customers located within the City from the provision of Utility Service within the City. Correction Payments. In the event that either the City or the 3.5 ​C orrection of Franchise Fee Payments Company discovers that there has been an error in the calculation of the franchise fee payment to the City, it shall provide written notice to the other party of the error. If the party receiving written notice of error does not agree with the written notice of error, that party may challenge the written notice of error pursuant to Section 3.6 of this franchise; otherwise, to the extent reasonably possible and surcharged to the affected Customers, the error should be corrected in the next monthly payment or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter. However, if the error results in an overpayment of the franchise fee to the City, and said overpayment is in excess of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), credit for the overpayment shall be spread over the same period the error was undiscovered and thereafter refunded to affected Customers. All franchise fee underpayments shall be corrected in the next monthly payment, together with interest computed at the rate set by the PUC for customer security deposits held by the Company, from the date when due until the date paid. In no event shall either party be required to fund or refund any overpayment or underpayment made as a result of a Company error which occurred more than one (1) year prior to the discovery of the Company error. 3.6 ​Fee Disputes. Either party may challenge any written notification of error as provided for in Section 3.5 of this franchise by filing a written notice to the other party within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written notification of error. The written notice shall contain a summary of the facts and reasons for the party’s notice. The parties shall make good faith efforts to resolve any such notice of error before initiating any formal legal proceedings for the resolution of such error. 3.7 ​Reports. Upon written request by the City, but not more than three times per year, the Company shall supply the City with reports, in such formats and providing such details as reasonably requested by the City, of all suppliers of utility service that utilize Company Facilities to sell or distribute utility service to residents and the names and addresses of each such supplier. 3.8 ​Changes in Utility Service Industries. The City and the Company recognize that utility service industries are the subject of restructuring initiatives by legislative and regulatory authorities, and are also experiencing other changes as a result of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations. Some of such initiatives and changes have or may have an adverse impact upon the franchise fee revenues provided for herein. In recognition of the length of the term of this

​6.4 ​City Requirement to Underground. In addition to the provisions of this Article, the City may require any above ground Company Facilities to be moved underground at the City’s expense. Performance. Upon receipt of a written request from the City, 6.5 Undergrounding Performance the Company shall underground Company Facilities in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Section. The Company shall complete each A. Performance. undergrounding project requested by the City within a reasonable time, not to exceed one hundred eighty (180) days from the later of the date upon which the City makes a written request and the date the City provides to the Company the necessary documentation. The Company shall be entitled to an extension of time to complete each undergrounding project where the Company's performance was delayed due to a cause that could not be reasonably anticipated by the Company or is beyond its reasonable control, after exercise of best efforts to perform, including but not limited to, fire, strike, war, riots, acts of governmental authority, acts of God, forces of nature, judicial action, unavailability or shortages of materials or equipment and failures or delays in delivery of materials. Upon request of the Company, the City may also grant the Company reasonable extensions of time for good cause shown and the City shall not unreasonably withhold any such extension. B. City Revision of Documentation. Any revision by the City of necessary documentation provided to the Company that causes the Company to substantially redesign and/or change its plans regarding an undergrounding project shall be deemed good cause for a reasonable extension of time to complete the undergrounding project under the franchise. Completion/Restoration. Each such undergrounding project C. Completion/Restoration shall be deemed complete only when the Company actually undergrounds the designated Company Facilities, restores the undergrounding site in accordance with Section 5.4 of this franchise or as otherwise agreed with the City and removes from the site or properly abandons on site any unused facilities, equipment, material and other impediments. D. Estimates. Promptly upon receipt of an undergrounding request from the City and the necessary documentation for the Company to design the undergrounding project, the Company shall prepare a detailed, good faith cost estimate of the anticipated actual cost of the requested project for the City to review and, if acceptable, issue a project authorization. The Company will not proceed with any requested project until the City has provided a written acceptance of the Company estimate. Costs. Upon completion of each E. Report of Actual Costs undergrounding project, the Company shall submit to the City a detailed report of the Company’s actual cost to complete the project and the Company shall reconcile this total actual cost with the accepted cost estimate.

Fee Disputes. Either party may challenge any written notification of error as 3.6 ​F ee Disputes provided for in Section 3.5 of this franchise by filing a written notice to the other party within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written notification of error. The written notice shall contain a summary of the facts and reasons for the party’s notice. The parties shall make good faith efforts to resolve any such notice of error before initiating any formal legal proceedings for the resolution of such error. Reports. 3.7 ​R eports Upon written request by the City, but not more than three times per year, the Company shall supply the City with reports, in such formats and providing such details as reasonably requested by the City, of all suppliers of utility service that utilize Company Facilities to sell or distribute utility service to residents and the names and addresses of each such supplier. Changes Industries. The City and the Company recognize that 3.8 ​C hanges in Utility Service Industries utility service industries are the subject of restructuring initiatives by legislative and regulatory authorities, and are also experiencing other changes as a result of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations. Some of such initiatives and changes have or may have an adverse impact upon the franchise fee revenues provided for herein. In recognition of the length of the term of this franchise, the Company agrees that in the event of any such initiatives or changes and to the extent permitted by law, upon receiving a written request from the City, the Company will cooperate with and assist the City in modifying this franchise to assure that the City receives an amount in franchise fees or some other form of compensation that is the same amount of franchise fees that may be lawfully collected from Company’s Customers and then paid to the City as of the date that such initiatives and changes adversely impact franchise fee revenues, provided, however, that the Company shall be entitled to collect such amounts required from City from Company’s Customers located within the City in conjunction with the provision of Utility Service. Utility 3.9 ​Utility Service Provided to the City. City No franchise fee shall be charged to the City for Utility Service provided to the City for its own consumption, including street lighting service and traffic signal lighting service. ​ARTICLE IV Conduct of Business 4.1 ​Conduct of Business. The Company may establish, from time to time, such rules, regulations, terms and conditions governing the conduct of its business as shall be reasonably necessary to enable the Company to exercise its rights and perform its obligations under this franchise; provided, however, that such rules, regulations, terms and conditions are approved by the PUC and shall not be in conflict with the laws of the State of Colorado or applicable City ordinances and regulations. 4.2 ​Tariffs on File. The Company shall keep on file in its nearest office copies of all its tariffs currently in effect and on file with the PUC. Said tariffs shall be available for inspection by the public. Compliance Regulations. The Company shall comply with all rules 4.3 ​C ompliance with PUC Regulations and regulations adopted by the PUC. Compliance Tariffs. The The Company Company shall shall furnish furnish Utility Utility Service Service 4.4 ​C ompliance with with Company Company Tariffs. Tariffs 4.4 ​C ompliance within the the City City to to the the City City and and to to all all persons, persons, businesses businesses and and industries industries within within the the City City at at the the within rates and and under under the the terms terms and and conditions conditions set set forth forth in in its its tariffs tariffs on on file file with with the the PUC. PUC. rates 4.5 ​Applicability pplicability of of Company Company Tariffs Tariffs. The The City City and and the the Company Company recognize recognize that that the the Applicability Tariffs. 4.5 ​A lawful provisions of the Company's tariffs on file and in effect with the PUC are controlling over any inconsistent provision in this franchise dealing with the same subject matter. ARTICLE V Construction, Installation & Operation of Company Facilities 4.1 Location of Facilities. Company Facilities shall not interfere with any City facilities, including water facilities, sanitary or storm sewer facilities, communications facilities, or other City uses of the Streets. Company Facilities shall be installed and maintained in City Streets so as to minimize interference with other property, trees, and other improvements and natural features in and adjoining the Streets. 4.2 Excavation and Construction. All construction, excavation, maintenance and repair work done by the Company shall be done in a timely and expeditious manner that minimizes the inconvenience to the public and individuals. All Company Facilities within City Streets shall be maintained in good repair and condition. All such construction, excavation, maintenance and repair work done by the Company shall comply with all applicable City ordinances, state and federal codes. All public and private property whose use conforms to restrictions in easements disturbed by Company construction or excavation activities shall be restored as soon as practicable by the Company at its expense to substantially its former condition. The Company shall comply with the City's requests for reasonable and prompt action to remedy all damage to private property adjacent to streets or dedicated easements where the Company is performing construction, excavation, maintenance or repair work. The City reserves the right to restore property and remedy damages caused by Company activities at the expense of the Company in the event the Company fails to perform such work within a reasonable time (not to exceed 90 days) after notice from the City. Facilities. If at any time 4.3 Relocation of Company Facilities the City requests the Company to relocate any Company Facility installed or maintained in Streets in order to permit the City to change street grades, pavements, sewers, water mains or other City works, such relocation shall be made by the Company at its expense. Following relocation from public right-of-way for a public purpose, the Company, at its expense, shall restore all property to substantially its former condition. The Company is not obligated hereunder to relocate any facilities at its expense, which were installed in private easements obtained by the Company. In addition, if City orders or requests Company to relocate its facilities or equipment for the primary benefit of a commercial or private project, or as a result of the initial request of a commercial or private developer or other non-public entity, and such removal is necessary to prevent interference, then Company shall receive payment for the cost of such relocation as a precondition to relocating its facilities or equipment. . 4.4 Restoration of City Streets. Streets When the Company does any work in or affecting the City Streets, it shall, at its own expense, promptly remove any obstructions therefrom and restore such City Streets to a condition that meets applicable City standards. If weather or other conditions do not permit the complete restoration required by this Section, the Company may with the approval of the City, temporarily restore the affected City Streets, provided that such temporary restoration is at the Company’s sole expense and provided further that the Company promptly undertakes and completes the required permanent restoration when the weather or or other other conditions conditions no no longer longer prevent prevent such such permanent permanent restoration. restoration. weather If the the Company Company fails fails to to promptly promptly restore restore the the City City Streets Streets as as required required by by If this Section, Section, the the City City may, may, upon upon giving giving fourteen fourteen (14) (14) days’ days’ written written notice notice this to the Company, restore such City Streets or remove the obstruction therefrom; provided that the City uses reasonable efforts to avoid interference with Company facilities that do not pose a danger to public safety and interfere with public convenience. The Company shall be responsible for the actual cost incurred by the City to restore such City Streets or to remove any obstructions therefrom. The City shall not perform work on Company Facilities. 4.5 Map and Service to New Areas. Areas The City shall provide the Company with a map of its corporate limits which shall contain sufficient detail to assist the Company in determining whether its customers reside within the City’s corporate limits. If the corporate boundaries of the City are expanded during the term of this franchise, the Company shall, to the extent permitted by law, extend service to residents in the expanded area at the earliest practicable time. Service to the expanded area shall be in accordance with the terms of the Company’s PUC tariffs and this franchise, including the payment of franchise fees. The City shall supply an updated map and a copy of the annexation ordinance if its corporate boundaries are extended. The Map along with Company’s Geographic Information System (“GIS”) mapping information shall serve as the sole basis for determining the Company’s obligation hereunder to collect and pay the Franchise Fee from its Customers; provided, however, that if the City’s corporate limits are changed by annexation or otherwise, it shall be City’s sole responsibility to (a) update the Map so that such changes are included therein, and (b) provide the updated Map to the Company. Company’s obligation to collect and pay the franchise fee from Customers within an annexed area shall not commence until the later: (a) of sixty (60) days after the Company’s receipt from the City of an updated Map including such annexed area, or (b) such time after the Company’s receipt from the City of an updated Map including such annexed area as is reasonably necessary for the Company to identify the Customers in the annexed area obligated to pay the Franchise Fee established in Article III of this Agreement. In the event the 4.6 Restoration of Service. Service Company's electric system, or any part thereof, is partially or wholly destroyed or incapacitated, the Company shall use due diligence to restore such systems to satisfactory service within the shortest practicable time, or provide a reasonable alternative to such system if the Company elects not to restore such system. Service. The Company 4.7 Supply and Quality of Service shall make available an adequate supply of electricity to provide service in the City. The Company Facilities shall be of sufficient quality, durability and redundancy to provide adequate and efficient electric service to the City. Control. The City 4.8 Inspection, Audit and Quality Control shall have the right to inspect, at all reasonable times, any portion of the Company's system used to serve the City and its residents. The City also shall have the right to inspect and conduct an audit of Company records relevant to compliance with any terms of this Agreement at all reasonable times. The Company agrees to cooperate with the City in conducting the inspection and/or audit and to correct any discrepancies affecting the City's interest in a prompt and efficient manner. 4.9 Coordination of Work. The Company agrees to coordinate its activities in City Streets with the City. The City and the Company will meet annually upon the written request of the City to exchange their respective short-term and long-term forecasts and/or work plans for construction and other similar work which may affect City Streets. The City and Company shall hold such meetings as either deems necessary to exchange additional information with a view towards coordinating their respective activities in those areas where such coordination may prove beneficial and so that the City will be assured that all provisions of this franchise, building and zoning codes, and air and water pollution regulations are complied with, and that aesthetic and other relevant planning principles have been given due consideration. Inspection. The installation, 4.10 Permit and Inspection renovation, and replacement of any Company Facilities in the City Streets by or on behalf of the Company shall be subject to permit, inspection, and approval by the City. Such inspection and approval may include, but not be limited to, the following matters: location of Company Facilities, cutting and trimming of trees and shrubs and, disturbance of pavement, sidewalks, and surfaces of City Streets. The Company agrees to cooperate with the City in conducting inspections and shall promptly perform any remedial action lawfully required by the City pursuant to any such inspection. The Company and all of its 4.11 Compliance. Compliance contractors shall comply with the requirements of all municipal laws, ordinances, regulations, permits, and standards, including but not limited to requirements of all building and zoning codes, and requirements regarding curb and pavement cuts, excavating, digging, and other construction activities. The Company shall assure that its contractors working in City Streets hold the necessary licenses and permits required by law, but in no case shall the Company or its contractors be required to pay for such licenses or permits when necessary for the provision of electric service pursuant to this Agreement. Drawings. Upon reasonable written 4.12 As-Built Drawings request of the City, the Company shall provide, on a project by project basis, as-built drawings of any Company Facility installed within the City Streets or contiguous to the City Streets. As used in this section, as-built drawings refers to the facility drawings as maintained in the Company’s geographical information system or any equivalent system. The Company shall not be required to create drawings that do not exist at the time of the request. ARTICLE VI Undergrounding of Overhead Facilities 6.1 ​U Underground nderground Relocation Relocation. Underground facilities shall be relocated underground. Above ground facilities may, at Company’s discretion, be placed above ground unless the Company is paid for the incremental amount by which the underground cost would exceed the above ground cost of relocation, or the City requests that such additional incremental cost be paid out of available funds under this Article. Underground 6.2 ​Underground Electrical Lines in New Areas. Areas The Company shall, upon payment to the Company of the charges provided in its tariffs or their equivalent, place all newly constructed electrical distribution lines in newly developed areas underground in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and orders. Systemwide ​6.3 ​Systemwide Undergrounding. Undergrounding If, during the term of this franchise, the Company should receive authority from the PUC to undertake a systemwide program or programs of undergrounding its electric distribution facilities, then the Company will budget and allocate to the program of undergrounding in the City such amount as may be determined and approved by the PUC. Company will not be required to undertake any undergrounding project without PUC approval of a mechanism for recovery of the cost from Customers and/or the City for the undergrounding of Company’s electric distribution facilities. City Underground. In addition to the provisions of this Article, ​6.4 ​C ity Requirement to Underground the City may require any above ground Company Facilities to be moved underground at the City’s expense. 6.5 Undergrounding Performance. Upon receipt of a written request from the City,

Cooperation 6.6 ​Cooperation with Other Utilities. Utilities When undertaking an undergrounding project the City and the Company shall coordinate with other utilities or companies that have their facilities above ground to attempt to have all facilities undergrounded as part of the same project. When other utilities or companies are placing their facilities underground, the City shall provide the Company written notice of the specific undergrounding project. The Company shall cooperate with these utilities and companies and undertake to underground Company facilities as part of the same project where financially, technically and operationally feasible. The Company shall not be required to pay for the cost of undergrounding the facilities of other companies or the City. Planning Projects. The City and the 6.7 ​P lanning and Coordination of Undergrounding Projects Company shall mutually plan in advance the scheduling of undergrounding projects to be undertaken according to this Article as a part of the review and planning for other City and Company construction projects. In addition, the City and the Company agree to meet, as required, to review the progress of then-current undergrounding projects and to review planned future undergrounding projects. The purpose of such meetings shall be to further cooperation between the City and the Company to achieve the orderly undergrounding of Company Facilities. At such meetings, the parties shall review: A. Undergrounding, including conversions, public projects and replacements which have been accomplished or are underway, together with the Company's plans for additional undergrounding; and B. public projects anticipated by the City. ARTICLE VII Force Majeure Neither the City nor the Company shall be in breach of this franchise if a failure to perform any of the duties under this franchise is due to uncontrollable forces, which shall include, but not be limited to: accidents, breakdown of equipment, shortage of materials, shortage of labor, acts of God, floods, storms, fires, sabotage, terrorist attack, strikes, riots, war, labor disputes, forces of nature, the authority and orders of government, and other causes or contingencies of whatever nature beyond the reasonable control of the party affected, which could not reasonably have been anticipated and avoided. ARTICLE VIII Indemnification and Immunity 8.1 ​C City ity Held Harmless Harmless. The Company shall indemnify, defend and hold the City harmless from and against claims, demands, liens and all liability or damage of whatsoever kind on account of or arising from the grant of this Agreement, the exercise by the Company of the related rights, or from the operations of the Company within the City, and shall pay the costs of defense plus reasonable attorneys’ fees. The City shall (a) give prompt written notice to the Company of any claim, demand or lien with respect to which the City seeks indemnification hereunder and (b) unless in the City’s judgment a conflict of interest may exist between the City and the Company with respect to such claim, demand or lien, shall permit the Company to assume the defense of such claim, demand, or lien with counsel satisfactory to the City. If such defense is assumed by the Company, the Company shall not be subject to any liability for any settlement made without its consent. If such defense is not assumed by the Company or if the City determines that a conflict of interest exists, the parties reserve all rights to seek all remedies available in this franchise against each other. Notwithstanding any provision hereof to the contrary, the Company shall not be obligated to indemnify, defend or hold the City harmless to the extent any claim, demand or lien arises out of or in connection with any negligent or intentional act or failure to act of the City or any of its officers, employees, contractors, agents or vendors, including, but not limited to, any defect in the design, manufacture or maintenance of any City-owned traffic signal device. 8.2 ​IImmunity. mmunity Nothing in this Section or any other provision of this Agreement shall be construed as a waiver of the notice requirements, defenses, immunities and limitations the City may have under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (C.R. S. §24-10-101, et. seq.) or of any other defenses, immunities, or limitations of liability available to the City by law. Payment Expenses. The Company shall reimburse the City for 8.3 ​P ayment of Ordinance Expenses actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred in publishing notices and ordinances related to this Agreement. ARTICLE IX Breach 9​ .1 ​N Notice/Cure/Remedies. otice/Cure/Remedies Except as otherwise provided in this franchise, if a party (the “breaching party”) to this Agreement fails or refuses to perform any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement (a “breach”), the other party (the “non-breaching party”) may provide written notice to the breaching party of such breach. Upon receipt of such notice, the breaching party shall be given a reasonable time, not to exceed thirty (30) days, in which to remedy the breach. If the breaching party does not remedy the breach within the time allowed in the notice, the non-breaching party may exercise the following remedies for such breach: ​(1) ​specific performance of the applicable term or condition; and ​(2) ​recovery of actual damages from the date of such breach incurred by the non-breaching party party in in connection connection with with the the breach, breach, but but excluding excluding any any consequential consequential non-breaching damages. damages. Termination City. In In addition addition to to the the foregoing foregoing remedies, remedies, ifif the the ​​99.2 .2 ​​TT ermination of Franchise Franchise By By City. City ermination of Company fails or refuses to perform any material term or condition of this Agreement (a “material breach”), the City may provide written notice to the Company of such material breach. Upon receipt of such notice, the Company shall be given a reasonable time, not to exceed ninety (90) days, in which to remedy the material breach. If the Company does not remedy the material breach within the time allowed in the notice, the City may, at its sole option, terminate this franchise. This remedy shall be in addition to the City’s right to exercise any of the remedies provided for elsewhere in this franchise. Upon such termination, the Company shall continue to provide Utility Service to the City and its residents until the City makes alternative arrangements for such service and until otherwise ordered by the PUC and the Company shall be entitled to collect from residents and shall be obligated to pay the City, at the same times and in the same manner as provided in the franchise, an aggregate amount equal to the amount which the Company would have paid as a franchise fee as consideration for use of the City Streets. ​9.3 ​No Limitation. Except as provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall limit or restrict any legal rights or remedies that either party may possess arising from any alleged breach of this franchise. ARTICLE X Miscellaneous 10.1 Assignment. ​Assignment Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the Company from assigning its rights under this franchise upon written approval of the City, which shall not be unreasonably delayed or withheld. Saving Clause. If a court of competent jurisdiction declares any portion of this 10.2 ​S aving Clause Agreement to be illegal or void, the remainder of the Agreement shall survive and not be affected thereby. This Agreement shall constitute the only ​10.3 Earlier ​Earlier Franchises Superseded. Superseded franchise between the City and the Company for the furnishing of Utility Service within the City, and it supersedes and cancels all former franchises or agreements between the parties hereto. ​10.4 Titles ​Titles Not Controlling. Controlling Titles of the paragraphs herein are for reference only, and shall not be used to construe the language of this Agreement. ​10.5 Applicable ​Applicable Law. Colorado law shall apply to the construction and enforcement of this Agreement. CITY OF VICTOR: ​____________________________________ ​Byron L. Hakes, Jr., Mayor ATTEST: ​

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_______________________________ Sandy Honeycutt, City Clerk APPROVED AS TO FORM: ________________________________ Jefferson H. Parker, City Attorney ​ ​BLACK HILLS/COLORADO ELECTRIC UTILITY COMPANY, LP.

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(719) 686-7920

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STATE OF COLORADO

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20 and October 21st, Please publish the following in your October 7, 2015 ,October 14,, 2015 2015 issues as legal notices, and bill to the Teller County Finance Office: Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget for Teller County, for the ensuing year of 2016, will be submitted to the Teller County Board of County Commissioners in a regular meeting to be held Thursday, 10/8/15, at the County’s Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. Copies of such proposed budget will be made available for inspection by the public in the County Finance Department in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek, and on the County’s web site, at www.co.teller.co.us. The Board of County Commissioners will take public comments on the proposed budget at the advertised budget hearing at the County’s Centennial Building in Cripple Creek, Colorado, on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Any interested elector within such Teller County may inspect the proposed budget, direct any questions and file or register any objections thereto, to the County Budget Officer, at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget. The 2016 budget will be considered for adoption at a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners at the County Centennial Building in Cripple Creek on Thursday, 12/10/15 at 9:15 a.m. Thank you, Violet Watt Staff Accountant Teller County Finance and Budget wattv@co.teller.co.us

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WOODLAND PARK PLANNING COMMISSION WOODLAND PARK CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS 220 W. SOUTH AVENUE, WOODLAND PARK, CO REGULAR MEETING AGENDA AND PUBLIC NOTICE OCTOBER 22, 2015 –7:00 PM I.

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II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – October 8, 2015 (A) IIII. REQUESTS AND/OR PUBLIC HEARINGS A. PUD15-001 Best Western Hotel at Gold Hill Square South: (Continued from the August 27, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting) Request for approval of a Planned Unit Development/Planned Business Development (PUD/PBD) amendment and establish dimensional standards for Gold Hill Square South PUD to construct a fourstory hotel with a parking level including 80 guest rooms, lobby, breakfast room, indoor pool and support services. The proposed project is located at 703, 717 and 719 Gold Hill Place with a legal description of Lots 2 and 3, Page’s Subdivision and Lot 8 Block 27 Highland Addition. The applicant is William L. Page of Page Properties Corporation, P.O. Drawer 9012 Gold Hill Place, Woodland Park, CO. (QJ) To be continued to November 12, 2015. B. SUB15-005 Valley View Subdivision: Request for approval of a minor subdivision, a Replat of Parcel 1R, a Vacation and Replat of Tract A, Jamestown Square create two lots for the purpose of constructing a 25-unit apartment building on Lot 1 located in the NW1/4 of Sec. 13, T. 12 S., R69 W. of the 6th P.M. and general located on the northeast corner of State Highway 67 and Valley View Drive containing 3.33 acres in the Multi-Family Urban (MFU) Zone District as requested by Keith Meier, Project Manager of AmericaWest Housing Solutions. V. WORK SESSION A. Discussion regarding Traffic Circulation Plan B. Discussion regarding Zoning Code Amendments VI. REPORTS A. Chairman’s Report B. Commissioners’ Reports C. Planning Director’s Report VII. DISCUSSION AND COMMENT VIII. ADJOURNMENT Please contact the Woodland Park Planning Department at (719)687-5202 if you have any questions regarding the above cases.

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July 2015 Victor Payments Payee or Description US Postal Service Mountain State Pipe US Postal Service Canon City Daily Record Payroll Orchard Trust Company, Llc Daniel Halbrook Masonry Adams, Tom Allen, Erin Big Opposable Thumb Inc. Blue Tarp Financial Carquest Caselle City of Cripple Creek Conley Construction Cripple Creek Hrdware & Supply Davis, Bruce EVOQUA GCR Tires & Service GolfEnviro Systems Inc. Grainger Hakes, Byron L Hoffman Parker Wilson & Carberry P.C. ICMA Konica Minolta Premier Finance Macdougall & Woldridge PC McCandless International Mountain State Pipe Mr. Pots Inc Nathan Quist National Meter & Automation Parham, Becky Pattlen Ent. Perdew, Tarla Petri, Veldean Pioneer Sand Co. Inc. Prairie Mtn. Publishing Corp. Quill Solar Bee Inc TCRAS The Lapel Pins Plus Network LL The Mountain Jackpot Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp Titan Machinery T-Mobile Total Business Technologies Utility Notification Center of Colorado Wallace, Michael Zee Medical City of Cripple Creek Colorado State Treasurer Aspen Leaf Companies Bourgal, Conor Century Link Colorado Community Media Colorado Springs Independent Gold Canyon Gun Fighters Halsey, Gary Haynie & Company Interstate Chemical Ivan's Engineering Johnson, Byron Joseph Long Branch Construction Mullineaux, Alan O'Neal, Connor P. Parham, Becky Petty Cash Rocky Mtn Tractor Pullers Asso Sabin, Grant Teller County Waste Terry, James R. Wilson, Kimberly R. Southern Teller Co.Focus Grp Family Feeds Red Dog Radios LLC OCPO OCPO Payroll Aflac Colorado Department Of Revenue Delta Dental of Colorado Orchard Trust Company, Llc United Healthcare 4Rivers Equipment Accutest Mountain States Acorn Petroleum CDPHE - Watr Qual Ctl Div Center for Priority Based Budgeting City of Cripple Creek Colorado Correctional Industries Colorado Natural Gas Conley Construction Daniel Halbrook Masonry Debra Downs Dewberry-Goodkind Inc Digitcom Electronics Executech Utah Inc. Konica Minolta Business Motherlode Liquors Mountain State Pipe Obering Wurth & Associates LLP Powell Mechanical Quill SGS North America Inc. Petty Cash Colorado Dept of Public Health Dan Mullet Estate Fortune Club Teller County Treasurer United States Treasury United States Treasury

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Peak Continued from page 2 With the new regulations, the fees are the same for everybody, Alspach said. “We have one set of rules for everybody.” According to Alspach, the proposed regulations are the result of Baker’s request for the city to initiate a permit system for Internet providers. But the proposed resolution states that the right-of-way program is nondiscriminatory. The city staff said the city’s old regulations were inadequate to protect the city’s investments in its 110-lane-miles of streets and public rights-of-way. “Competition for space is growing,” Alspach said. One of the biggest changes made by the new rules is that the permit holder would be held responsible for damages done to other services and streets and damages not remedied could result in both fines and jail time. For example, City Attorney Erin Smith explained that property owners are responsible for sanitary sewer service lines once they leave the city’s sewer

main. “Homeowners can buy insurance to cover cleanup when a line is damaged, but typically that insurance doesn’t cover finding the break,” she said. “This new ordinance does hold the permit holder responsible, adding protection for homeowners.” Several city residents and business owners voiced concerns about the new regulations shutting down their Internet access but one comment from Brad Spivey, representing Park State Bank & Trust, gave a different perspective on those fears. “We know things change, but when return on capital becomes uncertain creditors get nervous,” he said. “I don’t know how these ordinances will affect (Peak Internet’s) work. I’m a banker. But I do know risk.” He added that high risk makes creditors withdraw funding. Then he asked that the discussion be tabled. Scott also asked for tabling after she went through the ordinances and its new “red-line” amendments, which she didn’t see until just before the meeting

began. Some changes she agreed with and even applauded but she said others were problematic for her client, including making the permit holder responsible for damages to private sewer lines. She also said the addition of jail time as a penalty was scary. She suggested instead that the city impose bonding and warranties. “The issue here is the cost of compliance,” she said. Smith said no Colorado laws make cities responsible for locating private sewer service lines and that state insurance doesn’t cover damages if a city makes a locating mistake and the lines are damaged. She added that bonding is not a remedy when things go wrong because they typically require cities to take permit holders to court and warranties are great but if a problem needs fixing the city might have to ask and ask and ask before something is done. “Before you drill, find out the depths,” she said. “If you don’t then (the city should) impose severe penalties. We could eliminate jail time and increase fines.” After more than three hours

This row of electrical, cable and fiber optics pedestals and an electrical pole for overhead power delivery on North Colo. 67 in Woodland Park illustrate how many services are provided in public rights of way. Woodland Park City Council is working on updating the city’s regulations governing how work in its rights of way is conducted. //Photo by Norma Engelberg/the Courier of deliberations, council decided to table the decision to its Oct. 15 meeting, adding more time to vet the changes made to the ordinances. Scott then agreed for Peak Internet to voluntarily withdraw seven new permits that it recently submitted to the city. “We’re trying to work with you and you agree to work with us,”

Levy said. “Please be reasonable when you bring these permits back.” The entire meeting, including all comments and points of deliberation, is available on Woodland Park’s YouTube channel. The link is available on the city website: www.citywoodlandpark.org.

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Mountain Falls is going to suffer,” Pitrone said. “I wonder how long the staff is going to stay on after missing their paychecks.” Pitrone is still steamed about what he views as Duval’s reluctance to accept help from the former clerk, Chris Frandina. “It’s interesting to me that when former clerk left, she had just completed an audit that took a week with Hoelting and Company,” Pitrone said. “Granted, she had been doing audits for a number of years. But she just completed training on a relatively complicated computer program recommended by CIRSA, the town’s insurance company.” A number of small towns use that program, Pitrone added. “Chris and her assistant took a course to master the program,” Pitrone said. “Chris provided a manual to make is easier for the next clerk to master the system. The new clerk rejected it and made lots of disparaging remarks about the system.” Dedicated to his self-appointed role as a watch dog, Pitrone is keeping track of what’s going on with the audit. “In a little over a year, the clerk managed to put the system in such a mess that it has taken five months to produce an audit for an annual budget of around $460,000 that the previous clerk did in one week,” he said. On the other hand, Butts is hoping the town won’t be censured by the state for missing the deadline. “We are working just as quickly as possible to do our part but, most importantly, we are trying to make sure everything is correct,” he said. Newberry, too, believes there might be a caveat in the worst-case scenario. “If the audit isn’t turned in by Sept. 30, the state will send a delinquent letter no later than Oct. 30,” she said. “So I guess you can’t turn in the audit if you don’t mind being delinquent and risking either a state audit or having your tax income frozen.”

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By Pat Hill pathill@yourpeaknews. com Gaming pioneer Marc Murphy celebrated 25 years as the co-owner of Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek on Oct. 1 by making a stunning announcement. Murphy said he and his partners had sold the casino and hotel for $30 million to the Las Vegasheadquartered Full House Resorts. The sale comes after Murphy’s privately-held company, Pioneer Group, expanded the casino into the adjacent building, the former location of the Gold Rush Casino. “There will be very little change,” he said. “Full House Resorts has asked me to stay on for the foreseeable future, probably another three or four years.” For a business whose owner is well-known, who participates in community events and is a board member of the nonprofit organization, Community of Caring, Murphy gives the casino a strong local connection. “I’m kind of the face of the brand; the Bronco Billy brand will remain intact,” he said. “For all intents and purposes, the transition is pretty seamless.” Bronco Billy’s grew along with the gaming industry in Cripple Creek, the result of a ballot measure approved by Colorado voters in 1990. In those early days, the casino offered 100 slot machines, had 50 employees and a small café. Today, Bronco Billy’s has 830 slot machines, five food-beverage venues, 24 hotel rooms and 330 employees.

“We survived the threat of the expansion of gaming through video lottery terminals, the banning of smoking, the Great Recession, floods and fires,” Murphy said. The challenges were monumental for an industry dependent upon providing comfort and favorable conditions for gamers. “Fortunately, we had a successful business and great employees - that’s what makes my company, the great employees,” Murphy said. “They are phenomenal; a lot of them have stuck with me for 1520 years and reaped the benefits of growing with the company.” Murphy’s business has thrived as many competitors have come and gone on Bennett Avenue. Murphy attributes his success to customer service. “My employees have established fabulous relationships with my customers and vice versa,” he said. “I think that’s the secret to our success - the relationships, between the employees and our customers.” The milestone gave Murphy a chance to reflect on the past 25 years. “I never thought of myself as being somebody in the gaming industry. I kind of jumped around a little bit but I was always in the hospitality business,” he said. “My family owned a resort in northern California so I spent summers there.” Expecting to stay in California, Murphy started his career as the owner of a bed and breakfast inn and then bought an historic hotel. “Just like the buildings in Cripple Creek. So it was through those connections that I found the casino,” he said. “I sold everything.” He opened the casino

Marc Murphy announced last week that his privately-held company, Pioneer Group, had sold Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel for $30 million. //Photo by Pat Hill and established the brand. “We’re a true Colorado casino – it’s all about being in the mountains in buildings that are 125-150 years old, about being casual in a Colorado-style casino,” Murphy said. “And it’s worked. It’s fun. We enjoy being different than the competition.” Now, Murphy, 62, feels the timing is right to change roles. “I have started to look at the end of my career; as well, the partners have grown older – we recently had one of our partners pass away – so you begin to look at an exit strategy for a privately-owned company like this,” he said. “We needed to begin looking at transitioning out.” The partners took two years to analyze the next move for the company. “We were thinking

about going through the summers of 20132014 while having the opportunity this year to expand the business to the Gold Rush which we all felt would add value to the company,” he said. “The economy’s stabilized a little bit and customers seem to be coming into Cripple Creek more, so we decided to give it a shot.” Full House has properties in Lake Tahoe, Fallon, Nev., southern Indiana and southern Mississippi. “They like our model, thought we’d be a nice addition to their portfolio,” Murphy said. While the $30 million sale is a go, the new owners won’t take over for four to six months – the approximate length of time it takes to obtain a gaming license in Colorado.

Oct. 7, 2015 Courier  
Oct. 7, 2015 Courier  
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