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In This Issue
Mueller State Park
Big O Tires Sale
Save the Date for Sweetheart Ball
Season's Greetings from PPRH
Update Printing
Happy Holidays from Kellie Case
Super Spas Sale
Ute Country News - January Specials
AARP Smart Driver Program
The Healing Spot Physical Therapy
Better Bird Watching
Weekend Special at Woodland Country Lodge
Dinosaur Resource Center Free Kids Day
Woodland Professional Building
Live Local Entertainment at Country Lodge
Fee Changes at Florissant Fossil Beds
Free Legal Self Help Program
Ute Pass Historical Society Gift Shop
Community Partnership
CW's Plumbing
Highway 67 Update
Grapevine Deadline
Thank You to Our 2017
Leadership Council


PBS Trust

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Black Hills 
Charis Logo
Enjoy the Holidays Outdoors at Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park is open every day for hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors!  The Visitor Center is open 9:00 am until 4:00 pm during the winter months. The Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Day.  It will be open New Year's Day for our First Day Hikes!  Start out 2018 on the right foot with a hike in a state park!
Weather in the mountains this time of year is variable. The trails may be dry or have snow.  Snow shoes are recommended with deep snow.  Check the website HERE or call for conditions or call 719.687.2366.
Saturday, December 23
Hike: Stoner Mill Trail
9:15 am Meet at School Pond Trailhead
Enjoy peace and quiet in the forest before the holiday chaos begins! Join Naturalist Penny on this 2 mile hike.
Monday, December 25
Christmas Day
The Visitor Center will be closed today, but the park is open.
January 1, 2018
First Day Hikes - Colorado State Parks have taken on the tradition of hosting hikes on New Year's Day - to start the New Year out right!  Join in First Day Hikes at Mueller! Bring water, snacks, (snowshoes?) and dress for snow!
9:30 am Elk Meadow Trail
Meet Rose at Elk Meadow Trailhead
10:30 am Stoner Mill Trail
Meet Nancy at School Pond Trailhead
11:30 am Outlook Ridge Trail
Meet Craig at Outlook Ridge Trailhead
1:30 pm Homestead Trail
Meet Penny at Homestead Trailhead
Big O Tires
Sweatheard Ball
Update Printing
Keller Williams
Arctic Spas
Ute Country News  
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
What new happenings, events or specials do you have going on in January 2018?  Let the Ute Country News help get your word out. It's easy; just email your info to us by Friday, December 22 (we'll need final approval on all ads by Wednesday 27).

Feel free to give us a call to see if your piece of interest fits.  Call 719.686.7393 or click HERE to email.
Healing Spot
Bird Watching
Country Lodge
Kids FREE Day at the Dinosaur Resource Center
Thursday, December 28
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dinosaur Resource Center
Click HERE to visit our website 

Two children, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE admission with one paid regular priced adult admission. Have fun learning from these great booths:
Natures Educators: 10:00 am-4:00 pm - Live birds of prey and reptiles
Flash & Thelma Memorial Hedgehog Rescue: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Live hedgehogs
The Money Museum: 10:00 am-4:0 0pm - Money exhibit
John Patterson: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Dinosaur, astronomy and landscape art
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Variety of live animals for you to meet and greet .
Call for museum admission pricing.
Professional Building
Enjoy Live Local Entertainment at Woodland Country Lodge
Friday, December 22 - Tricia Parish, 6-9 pm
Saturday, December 23 - Karaoke, 7-11 pm, Be a part of "Star in the Bar"
Wednesday, December 27 - Archtop Eddy, 6-9 pm
Thursday, December 28 - 6 String Dave, 6-9 pm
Country Lodge We appreciate you! Join us in the Woodland Country Lodge Pub for our weekend dinner special starting at 4:30pm on Friday. The Pub Special is Shrimp Scampi or Beef Stroganoff for just $15.95! Enjoy Beringer Pinot Grigio in a glass for $6.00 or a bottle for $18.00! This is your weekend so let us cook for you!
We have a new address at the same great location! The Woodland Country Lodge, 730 Country Drive, Woodland Park, Colorado, 80863. For more info click HERE or call 719.687.6277. We hope to see you there!
Fee Changes at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

fossil beds January 2, 2018, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument's weekly fee will increase from $5.00 to $7.00 per person and the annual park pass will increase from $20.00 to $30.00.  Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, Annual Pass (for frequent park visitors), Senior Pass (age 62 or older), Active Duty Military Pass (free annually), Access Pass (permanently disabled), and Volunteer Pass. These passes are available at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

"We are committed to keeping Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument affordable, and we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience" said Superintendent Michelle Wheatley. "While basic operations of the park are funded by direct appropriations from Congress, the fee program is intended to provide for various enhancements to facilities and visitor services. We feel that our fee changes are appropriate and necessary, as they will supply a critical source of funding for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument as we move forward into the future."

There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.  For additional information, please call 719.748.3253 or visit our website  or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS.
Legal Self Help
Come and Visit The Ute Pass Historical Society Gift Shop
Gift Shop Have you checked out the Old Curiosity Gift Shop lately?  The Gift Shop is located in the Museum Center building, 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, Woodland Park, next to the Woodland Park Library. The shop offers an extensive selection of books and unique gift items.  Most jewelry and art are handmade locally.

All patrons receive a 10% discount in the Gift Shop.  The Gift Shop is open year-round, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come check us out for those last minute gifts!  Call 719.686.7512 for more information.
Community Partnership
CW Plumbing
Site A: CO 67 - Cripple Creek to Divide
Site B: CO 67 - Woodland Park to Westcreek 
Traffic Impacts
Daylight Hours, Monday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 29
**Important Note: In observation of the Christmas and New Year's holiday there will be no work beginning December 21 through January 07.
The entire CO 67 Overlay Project team wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during construction this past year.
Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared.
  • Have tires with good tread.
  • Use a designated driver when attending holiday parties.
  • Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled.
  • Be sure your cell phone is fully charged (or you have a charging cable) but, during the drive, put that cell phone away. There are many distractions while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit.
  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly snow.Be sure to have a sturdy windshield scraper and gloves.
  • Know the chain laws.
  • Drive for the conditions. In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to chain reaction accidents. 
Be sure your tires have good tread. How to tell? Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington's head going in first; if the top of George's head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK (do this test in multiple points around each tire.) If the top of his head is visible at any point, you need new tires.
Keep your gas tank full. It gives you better traction and a bigger margin of error if you get stuck. If you are stuck in a serious storm do not leave your car and instead, run the engine periodically to keep warm and wait for help.
What should be in your vehicle's winter safety kit? Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some nutrition bars. Sand or cat litter is handy to help gain traction in the event you become stuck on ice or snow, and carry jumper cables, an ice scraper and de-icer for locks.
Remember to drive for the conditions. In poor visibility or whiteout conditions, don't drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to large chain reaction accidents. 4 - wheel drive does not mean 4 - wheel stop. A 4 - wheel drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions, especially if you have inadequate tires.
In addition to these winter driving tips, CDOT reminds all motorists to respect winter weather, conduct a pre - trip inspection of your vehicle, and leave extra space between your automobile and others on the road (especially those snowplow trucks). And of course, always buckle up!
Enjoy your time with family and friends, and please travel safely.
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