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Thank You to Our...Oktoberfest Sponsors & Volunteers
Activities at Fossil Beds
Elk Bugling Tours
Big O Tires
Minister's Conference at Charis
Have Your Event at Shining Mountain
UPHS Annual Potato Soup Supper
Shining Mountain Has it All
Country Lodge Burrito Special
Woodland Professional Building
Ute Country News
Vectra Bank
Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center Receives Grant
What's Happening at DNR
National Public Lands Day
Water Damage and Insurance
Live Entertainment at Country Lodge
National Voter Registration Day
BodyWorks Chiropractic and Acupuncture
Highway 67 Updates
Grapevine Deadline
Thank You to Our 2017
Leadership Council


PBS Trust

Schommer Logo

Black Hills 
Charis Logo
Thank You to Our
Oktoberfest Sponsors & Volunteers

Event Sponsor - Newmont Mine CC & V
Entertainment Sponsor - Park State Bank & Trust
Token Sponsor - Pikes Peak Regional Hospital
Beer Sponsors - Schommer Construction, Bristol Brewing and Ute Pass Brewing
Wine Sponsor - Bryan Construction
Food Sponsor - Ent Credit Union
Bus Sponsor - Durham Bus Company
Games Sponsor - IREA
Media Sponsors - KRDO Newschannel 13, KRDO Radio & The Mountain Jackpot

Thank You - To our hundreds of volunteers who assisted us with setup, teardown and the actual operations of the two day festival.  Your donation of time is what makes this event so successful for the Chamber and Community!

Chamber Staff & Board of Directors
Activities Planned for Florissant Fossil Beds
fossil beds Daily, 11:00 am, Ranger-Guided Hike are you ready to meet the "Big Stump"
Daily, 1:30- 3:30 pm, Fossil Learning Lab (Yurt) Get "up-close and personal" with fossils!
Mondays, Yoga Hikes, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Be prepared for doing yoga poses and also hiking. Bring water, sun protection, and dress in layers. Meet at the visitor center.
Wednesdays, 10:00 an - Noon, Demonstration Excavation Site
Saturday/Sunday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Hornbek Homestead Tours
Saturday/Sunday, 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, Ranger Talk
Special Activities

September 22 and September 30, Aspen Leaf Hike, 9:00 am - 11:00 am.  Join a ranger for a 2 hour, 3 mile hike to view hidden pockets of golden aspen leaves in the Monument. Meet at the visitor center.

For additional information, please call 719.748.3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS.
Elk Bugling Tours at Fossil Beds

elk Join a ranger for a RESERVATION ONLY hike, after hours to listen to the magical sounds of elk bugling. These are 1 - 2 mile hikes are off trail over rugged terrain.  Times and Dates vary (see below).   

Reservations can be made by calling Ranger Jeff at 719.748.3253 ext. 202.
     September 22 - 24, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
      September 29-30, October 1, 4:45 pm - 7:15 pm

For additional information, please call 719.748.3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS.
Big O Tire
Shining Mountain
UPHS Supper
Shining Mountain
Country Lodge
Woodland Professional Building
Ute Country News

Autumn begins this week and October is right around the corner, bringing harvests, Halloween, and Indian Summer. What's happening for you that you want our readers to know about in October? Let the Ute Country News help get your word out. It's easy; just email your info to us by Monday, September 25 (we'll approval on all ads by Wednesday, September 27).  Feel free to give us a call to see if your piece of interest fits 719.686.7393.
Vectra Bank
AZA Grants Certification to Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center
Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) recently announced the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center was granted certification by AZA's independent Accreditation Commission.
"The Association of Zoos and Aquariums certifies only those facilities that meet our demanding certification standards, which are universally recognized as the highest in the profession," said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. "By achieving AZA-certification, the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center demonstrates that it is committed to exemplary animal care and welfare, and to AZA's mission of conserving our world's wild animals and wild places."
To be certified, the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center underwent a thorough investigation to make certain it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center has been an AZA Certified facility since 2007.
"We are proud to share and support The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' mission to conserve the wild animals and wild places of the world. Certification by AZA validates the tireless and dedicated efforts of our staff, management, and volunteers preserving endangered and threatened species," said Darlene Kobobel, founder and executive director of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.
What's Happening at the Dinosaur Resource Center
Dino Catapult Mini Catapult Workshop 
Saturday, September 23
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
at the Dinosaur Resource Center
Join Cool Science to learn about one of the earliest weapons of warfare by engineering your own solid wood mini-catapult. All materials will be provided. They will also provide plenty of marshmallow ammunition for you to test out before taking it home so you can continue customizing your project. This is a "drop-in" workshop, but the longer you are here the more you can learn and have fun!
National Public Lands Day
with CUSP & The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Join us for a day of stewardship in a uniquely gorgeous area! We'll be working on important tasks to protect our watershed - trails & weeds mitigation! Volunteers will be able to explore the Fossil Beds for FREE. Click HERE for more information and to register.
1-800 Water

Live Entertainment by Local Entertainers at Country Lodge
Friday, September 22 - Howie, 7-10pm
Saturday, September 23 - Karaoke, 7-11pm, Be a part of "Star in the Bar"
Wednesday, September 27 - Mike Sunjka, 7-10pm
Thursday, September 28 - 6 String Dave, 7-10pm
  Country Lodge
Join us in the Pub for our "We Appreciate You" special this weekend, starting on Friday at 4:00 pm. Bring the family and let us cook for you!

The Pub Special is a Burrito with Green Chili for $13.95! To complete the meal, try our Margarita for $8.00!
The Woodland Country Lodge, 723 US Hwy 24 W, Woodland Park, Colorado, 80863. For more info please call 719.687.6277. We hope to see you there!
Community Partnership
Site A: CO 67 - Cripple Creek to Divide
Traffic Impacts
Daylight Hours, Monday Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 28

Traffic Impacts: Travel lanes reduced to one lane in both direction for Cold In Place Recycling (CIPR) and paving.
  • (MP) 71 to 68 Southbound and MP 56 to 58 Northbound
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, MP 67 to 63 Southbound and MP 60 to 62 Northbound
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, MP 65 to 61 Southbound AND MP 60 to 62 Northbound
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, MP 60 to 54 Southbound
Measurements are approximate and will vary from day to day depending on production. 
  • Flaggers and pilot car present.
  • Speed limit reductions in place.
Additional Project Site Information:
  • 12 foot wide load restriction during construction hours.
  • Paving will begin approx two weeks after the CIPR operation.
Site B: CO 67 - Woodland Park to Westcreek 
Traffic Impacts
Daylight Hours, Monday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 29

Lane restrictions - Travel reduced to one lane in both directions for shouldering operations sign/delineator installation .
  • Monday, Sept. 25, Mile Post (MP) 77 to 88 Northbound
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, MP to 81 to 90 Northbound
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, MP 90 to 92 Northbound and MP 92 to 88 Southbound
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, MP 89 to 86 Southbound
  • Friday, Sept. 29, MP 85 to 77 Southbound
  • Measurements are approximate and will vary from day to day depending on production. 
  • Flaggers and pilot car present
  • Speed limit reductions in place
Additional Project Site Information:
  • 12 foot wide load restriction during construction hours.
Walking/Biking Information:
  • Bikers and pedestrians will be stopped by flaggers and instructed to follow construction rules of the road.
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