The Mountain News - September 2012


September 2012 –

Wolf Creek Makes Forbes Top 10 List

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
December 13, 2012. Wolf Creek Ski Area was recently ranked number 10 in Forbes' "Pure Awesomeness Factor (PAF)" in "The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States for 2013," published online Dec. 3. Christopher Steiner created the list as a contributor to Forbes and writes that the PAF, limited to the western U.S., is useful "If you want the hard facts on what ski mountain gives you the best possibility of a soul-moving experience on and off the snow..." The local ski area faced competition like the number one hill, at Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Alta and Snowbird in Utah.

Creede Repertory Receives NEA Grant

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
December 6, 2012. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. CRT is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 2013 Young Audience Outreach Tour. The 2013 tour will bring excellent theatre to over 19,000 children from rural and underserved schools throughout the Southwest.

Chocolate Lovers Unite in Creede

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
November 29, 2012. The Creede/Mineral County Chamber of Commerce hosted their 23rd Annual Chocolate Festival to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Chocolate lovers flocked to town Nov. 23 and 24 to taste and judge entries from local businesses, 18 participating Friday and 14 on Saturday. The Chamber sponsored fireworks after dark Saturday, entertaining everyone in town and the surrounding area. Friday winners: 1st place: Ooh La Spa and Boutique, 2nd place: Holy Moses Gift Shop, 3rd place: Creede Gifts and Gas. Saturday winners: 1st place: Café Ole, 2nd place: Ooh La Spa and Boutique, 3rd place: Kip's Grill.

Turkey Unites Creede Community

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
November 22, 2012. A large crowd came out to the Creede Community Center on Saturday evening to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner offered by the Creede Community Church and the Creede Baptist Church. Everyone was able to enjoy the dinner for free, but each person was asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. As always, the center was decorated in the spirit of Thanksgiving and there were compliments on the main dishes provided by the hosts. The dinner provides a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others in the community, and a donation jar was available to help support the community center.

Veterans Celebrated in Creede

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
November 15, 2012. The Creede Elks Lodge #506 hosted a Veterans Day service honoring all veterans on Monday, Nov. 12. Keith Cartwright began the service with a prayer and the Creede Community Choir sang the Star Spangled Banner before Elks members performed a presentation of colors including the POW flag. The choir continued to sing as veterans of each branch of the military were asked to come forward.

CRT Names Augur Executive Director

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
November 8, 2012. Catherine "Cat" Augur has been appointed as the Creede Repertory Theatre's new executive director. She has been serving as interim executive director since August 2012 and will succeed Maurice LaMee, CRT's former executive/artistic director. Cat will work closely with CRT's new artistic director, Jessica Jackson. Augur was hired after an extensive national search by CRT's Board of Trustees.

Classic Cars Line Main Street for Annual Show

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner 
September 20, 2012. The fourth annual Cruisin' the Canyon Car Show brought in a record number of participants to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and a show, rod run and fly in breakfast. Participants started their weekend with the car show in downtown Creede starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Car owners displayed bright paint jobs and powerful engines during the event. Awards were handed out at 3 p.m. Then the rod run took drivers along Highway 149 from Creede to the North Clear Creek Falls overlook. A fly in breakfast was held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 16 at the Mineral County Airport. Local businesses purchased awards to present to their choice cars during the event and 20 winners were chosen.

Quilts on Display at Mining for Treasures

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
September 20, 2012. The 5th biennial Silver Threads Quilt Guild show and competition held Sept. 14 to 16 at the Creede Community Center was an amazing success. Forty-one quilters presented 171 quilts at the show where they were professionally judged over the weekend. The "Mining for Treasures" show benefits local charities and the Quilts of Valor program. Quilters from all over the state, and some from out of Colorado, came together to present their work at the show. There were approximately 1,200 visitors from 29 states and five countries. Fran Switzer designed the raffle quilt "Colorado View" appraised at $1,800 won by Lori Noffsinger from Monte Vista. Best in show went to Kathy Jennings for "My Mourning Star" as well as the first choice viewers choice award.

Artists Welcome Public During Tour

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
September 13, 2012. The Creede Arts Council presented the 9th annual Silver Thread Studio Tour on September 8 in Creede and South Fork. Twenty artists took part in the tour, bringing the public into their studios for a first hand look at how the artists create a variety of works. The art featured on the tour included jewelry, paintings, pastel, frames, mixed media, photography and wood works. Each artist was located at some point near the Silver Thread Scenic Byway that the tour is named after.

Creede Celebrates Labor Day with Salsa, Balloons, Gravity and More

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
September 6, 2012. Creede celebrated Labor Day weekend with a number of fun events welcoming people from around the Valley and farther to join them. The Creede Mountain Runs challenged racers. Participants were able to compete in the two-mile walk, two-mile run, 12 mile run or 22 mile run. The second annual Gravity Derby featured unique vehicles flashing down Main Street in Creede on Sunday. ATV Rodeo events held at the Mineral County Fairgrounds attracted crowds to watch young and old show off their ATV skills over a day of competition. Local businesses brought out their best salsa recipes for the annual Salsa Fiesta with Kip's Grill taking the overall title with a fruit salsa.

Annual Balloon Festival a Success!

The 2nd Annual Balloon Festival kicked off Creede's Labor Day weekend! Spectators and passengers gathered at 7am Thursday, Friday and Saturday to watch or participate in the launching of more than 15 colorful balloons at the Creede Airport. As the balloons floated over Mountain Views, everyone was ready with camera in hand! The festivities included tailgate parties, an evening "balloon glow", music and more! The balloon festival, held by Creede Mining Heritage, raises funds for the restoration of the historic Sunnyside Chapel.

Volunteers Honored at Dinner

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 30, 2012. The Friends of Mineral County Emergency Services held their second annual dinner to honor volunteer EMTs, search and rescue and fire personnel on Aug. 26 at the Creede Community Center. Organizer Carl Hill said that the dinner and auction raised approximately $22,000. They anticipate being able to give about $18,000 to the volunteer groups after paying for the expenses related to the dinner. The donations will be divided evenly between the three agencies to be used for training and equipment. Hill said that the Friends would like to thank "all of the businesses that participated by donating items for the auction and all of the people that attended (the dinner), because they're the ones that made it work. One hundred thirty people attended the dinner.

A representative from each organization spoke to the crowd saying what they had done with the funds they received last year. Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus spoke for the search and rescue. Jim Pomeroy spoke for the EMTs and thanked everyone for last year's donation. That money was used to help update the Lifepacs. The fire department was able to use some of the ends to send firefighters to a structure fire academy. Jim Adelman said that three were able to go to wild land fire training also. The fire department has also started a scholarship fund for the school.

Funds for the groups were collected through ticket sales and auctions held during the dinner. Others chose to donate funds directly. See our Facebook page for photos.

chs#1307-d-2Creede Historical Society presents... 'From the photo files' 

This is the big flood in town before the Big Fire of 1892. Note all the men standing around, a few of whom seem to be fishing (some had a sense of humor). Note the mannequin and boot on the left, the boardwalks keeping spectators' feet dry, men standing at the end of the block from one side of the street to the other behind what looks like a barrier to stop the water. Some of the signs read Hot Baths, San Juan Lunch Counter Big Dinner 15 cents and Albany Restaurant. The banner may read Gainer Morse (?). At the end business on the right one sign reads Livery Feed and Turkish Bath. Creede was a busy place in 1892. Creede Historical Society Archives, Catalog #1307-D-2.

The Creede Historical Society has thousands of photos in its photo files. Unfortunately, most are not identified in any way. Often we do not know the people, the locations in the pictures, the photographer, or the date that the photo was taken. We need your help! If you can identify anything in this week’s photo, please call or write: Jan Jacobs, Creede Historical Society, P.O. Box 608, Creede, CO 81130. Telephone: 719-658-2394. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copies of our photographs are available for a small fee.