Alessandra Bullis’ clinic sits on a corner in Cripple Creek, a town of around 1,200 people about an hour drive west of Colorado Springs. A nurse practitioner, Bullis has been serving patients here for almost three years. “It’s primarily a casino town with an older population,” Bullis said. In nursing school, Bullis wasn’t taught about […]
Amendments 77 and C explained: Casinos bet big on local voter, bingo halls hoping for an update
Colorado’s biggest casinos are rolling the dice in November, hoping that the state’s roughly 4.1 million voters will approve an initiative that would give a little more than 2,000 residents control of casino bet limits and games. Amendment 77 would give voters in Colorado’s gaming hamlets — Cripple Creek, population 1,300, Central City, population 750, […]
Crowds flock to Black Hawk, Central City as Colorado casinos reopen after 93-day shutdown
BLACK HAWK — It’s been more than three months since Colorado’s casinos closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, and Colleen and Deb Campbell of Johnstown are jonesing for the penny slots. “We are going through withdrawals and we are ready to get back and play,” says Colleen, who joined her mom among dozens of […]
College students find $564 solution to the million-dollar problem with Gillette Flats spring in Teller County
Two sophomores at the Colorado School of Mines designed a $564 system to allow an unclaimed but locally beloved artesian spring in Teller County to remain open. Installation not included. That is mostly because getting permission to install the few feet of connecting pipes, a water meter and a self-closing valve is among the last […]
Colorado casinos are expecting high demand as they reopen next week with a host of coronavirus changes
Colorado’s casinos will start reopening next week, but the opening for gambling halls idled since mid-March won’t include big crowds or table games. Cripple Creek’s 12 casinos will open June 15 and the 23 casinos in Central City and Black Hawk will open June 17 after shutting down because of the coronavirus more than two […]
Colorado casinos went bust when coronavirus hit. Here’s why they see a lucky streak ahead.
BLACK HAWK — Sean Demeule leans over the railing and surveys a silent sea of slot machines in the state’s largest casino. The general manager of the 523-room, 1,250-slot Ameristar Casino Resort shakes his head and chuckles quietly. It’s the only sound in the cavernous gambling hall. “It would never be like this. Ever,” he […]
Colorado’s avalanche season claimed 8 lives. Experts say there’s much to learn from how they died.
Renowned avalanche researcher Dale Atkins wanted to see the carnage first-hand. He skied up Stevens Gulch Road below Grays and Torreys after the early March avalanches, crossing massive debris piles laced with splintered trees. As he climbed toward treeline below Kelso Mountain, the white snow turned dusty red. “Like we would see from a dust […]
Cripple Creek is poised for a casino building boom, but some worry that the town’s history will be sacrificed
CRIPPLE CREEK – The excitement about building plans they believe could jumpstart a stagnant economy and put the town on the map of “must-visit” destinations is palpable among shopkeepers, city officials and gaming managers here. The natural beauty of land formed by ancient volcanoes, the rich mining history, outdoor recreation and gambling are all part of […]