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End of the year successes shared

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With Gilpin County School Board By Curt Halsted To start the second Gilpin County School Board meeting in the month of May, Dr. David MacKenzie gave praise for the 2021 Gilpin Grads. The senior class graduated with a 100% graduation rate, and together earned o... More »

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CSU Drone Center helps students reach new heights

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Age of Drones By Don Ireland Attending college and working with drones is a reality for students enrolled at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. As the evolving, emerging field of drone technology continues to surge internationally, the CSU Drone Center... More »

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The adventures of Fred Dolley

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From the Gilpin Historical Society By David Forsyth, PhD In 1909 the Gilpin Observer referred to Russell Gulch resident Fred W. Dolley as a “gentleman of varied experience” and “one of the most versatile fellows in this section.” By then he had already been a ... More »

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Gilpin graduates ready to fly!

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Outdoor graduation ceremony By Curt Halsted Friends and family shared in a joyous celebration of the accomplishments of Gilpin Seniors. The event was staged outdoors with a majestic expanse of mountains cradled in rolling clouds, and for Gilpin County a warm d... More »

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Gilpin Schools offer competitive salaries

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School Board Meeting May 4th By Curt Halsted Teacher Appreciation Week The week of May 3rd was teacher appreciation week. At the Gilpin County School Board Meeting on May 4th, Superintendent Dr. David MacKenzie (Dr. Dave) shared that the teachers were provided... More »

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CPW finds human remains in stomachs of bears

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Caught near woman’s body in Durango by Jason Clay A Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) pathologist found human remains inside the stomachs of a sow and her yearling bear that CPW wildlife officers suspect of killing and eating a 39-year-old woman Friday north o... More »

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Teamwork keeps Gilpin Schools progressing

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Gilpin County School Board April 20th Meeting By Curt Halsted Praise Shared for Meet and Confer Process At the April 20th meeting of the Gilpin County School Board, board members honored Board Secretary, Joni Schmidt. Among other things, Joni takes the board m... More »

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Water habits of the wise and foolish

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Water and you: Part 4 of 5 By Don Ireland “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W.H. Auden, poet (1957) Most fifth graders know that about 71 percent of the Earth is covered by water and up to 60 percent of the human body also is water.... More »

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Fewer tests in Gilpin Schools this year

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Gilpin School Board extends mask mandate for final 30 days By Curt Halsted Superintendent Dr. David MacKenzie opened the April 6th Gilpin County School Board meeting by sharing that school has been in session 96 days. With 82% of students back for in-person le... More »