National Western Stock Show

Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza

by Dave Gibson

Colorado’s Front Range has been home to the National Western Stock Show for the last 112 years, where seldom is heard as discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day. Held in Denver every January, it draws almost 700,000 people and boasts one of the biggest indoor rodeos in the country. Continue reading

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Gilpin County Youth Wrestling Tournament

Metro Junior Wrestling League

by Aaron Storms

On Saturday, January 6, the Gilpin County Youth Wrestling team hosted a Metro Junior Wrestling League Tournament at the Gilpin School. The admission was only $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and children, and was well worth the admission price for all the action that ensued. Continue reading

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Lady Eagles brush off Longmont Christian Warriors 40-35

Basketball teams back in action after winter break

by Patty Unruh

Girls’ Clash v. Warriors

In a tightly-played match, the Gilpin H.S. girls’ varsity squad scored another victory to add to their overall season record of 4-2, when they met the Longmont Christian Warriors away on January 5. The Lady Eagles achieved a 40-35 victory over their rivals, who possess a 5-2 record. It was the first league game for the season for the two teams. Continue reading

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Gilpin Commissioners make 2018 appointments

Jail Capacity Analysis Study Approved

By Jaclyn Schrock

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in the borrowed Central City Hall court room, Gilpin County Commissioners met at 9:00 am. The old Courthouse, currently a construction site to remodel and maintain useful durability of the building, at 203 Eureka Street, Central City, Colorado, is the normal meeting place for Gilpin County’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Continue reading

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Today’s DAR – preservation, patriotism, education

Daughters of the American Revolution keep history alive while they serve

by Patty Unruh

Family roots. Patriotism. Love of history. Community service. Education.

Combine all these, and you have the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), an organization that exists to make a difference in communities across the country and honor family heritage while being relevant for today. Continue reading

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Debra Krause remembered

December 19, 1957 – December 29, 2017

Debra Krause, 60, passed away on December 29, 2017 at her home in Lake Montezuma, Arizona. She was born Debra Jean Soucy to Marilyn and William Soucy on December 19, 1957. She is survived by three sons, Duncan, Justin and Josh, and one daughter, Emma. Continue reading

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Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – January 15, 1988

Volunteers of the Colorado Sierra Fire Department resounded within minutes to a fire at the home of Michael and Cathy Carrithers on Wednesday night. Approximately five members of the department quickly contained a chimney fire at the residence in Bun Gun Subdivision, located in mid-Gilpin County, off of Highway 119. Continue reading

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An evening with Hazel Miller

A Special Moment at the Monarch

by Dave Gibson

When blues giant John Lee Hooker slapped my outreached hand during ChicagoFest at Navy Pier in 1978, it was one of those moments that stays with you. A devoted fan of the genre ever since, the blues and blues influenced rock would come to represent most of my record collection. I would see Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, and Johnny Winter live. Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Katie Webster, and Lou Ann Barton were and are my favorite female blues singers. To my ear, the pleasant tone of their voices smooths the pure rawness and add a satisfying dimension to the music. Continue reading

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Accident in Central City closes Eureka Street temporarily

Residents see lots of first responders on New Year’s Day

by Barbara Thielemann

Someone ran under a giant construction backhoe parked at the intersection of Eureka and Prosser Street in Central City. They had to be cut out of the severely damaged car. From the cemeteries above, a helicopter lifted him to a Denver Hospital in very serious condition. The front of the car was flat as a pancake. Eureka Street was closed temporarily before Black Hawk Police and Sheriff’s Office and Gilpin Ambulance personnel diverted and directed traffic down and up the “up” side of Eureka. It took several hours to clear the scene and restore standard traffic patterns. Continue reading

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Monarch Casino Black Hawk releases year-long construction time lapse video

Construction progress on 23-story hotel and spa

By Diane Mulligan

Things are changing fast at Monarch Casino Black Hawk, and the casino is releasing the video to prove it! Monarch Casino just released a 30-second video time lapse showing a year’s worth of the building boom that will result in a new, 23-story hotel and spa. Continue reading

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