“We closed out last year with a bang,” said Sheriff Jason Mikesell, before being sworn into office for his first official term.

“The coroner’s department is a very sensitive activity, one that requires a great deal of dignity and respect for a lot of people,” said Al Born, speaking before the swearing-in ceremony Jan. 8 when he would transfer the position to Kayla Daugherty, who was elected in November.

A time for farewells and initiations, the ceremony last week in Centennial Hall in Cripple Creek signaled a changing of the guard, one that pledged to uphold the county’s fiscal-conservative policies.

Through the Lens

Woodland Park Public Library
$15-$20

Drivers ages 50 and older who want to improve their driving skills and learn how to better avoid traffic violations are encouraged to register for this driving refresher course. Completion of this course may qualify drivers for lower insurance rates. Registration is required; please sign up …

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
$15-$35

Enjoy homemade chili (meat and vegetarian options) with seasonal hot drinks and sweets at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center! Prepay reservations are required. 

Woodland Park Public Library
Free

Part of the 2019 Homestead Series and the kick-off of the Harvest Center year, the annual seed swap event is back! Bring vegetable or flower seeds you have collected during the 2018 growing season and share them with others. Attendees will have the opportunity to commune with fellow gardener…

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
$10

Join an interpretive park ranger for a guided hike up to 2 miles to discover the clues left behind by the Monument’s wildlife. As a track detective, you might encounter tracks, scat, feathers, rubs, burrows, and much more left behind by birds, coyotes, elk, and badgers or perhaps even see so…