On September 25, 2020 the TCSS Board, in recognition of the seriousness and potential damage of fires in our area, unanimously approved and adopted a TCSS Fire Mitigation Policy. All members are expected to be aware of and to adhere to the stipulations set forth in the policy. Click here to see a copy of the policy.
In July TCSS began a series of monthly member shoot days as a way to recognize and provide even more membership benefit for our members. The member shoot days typically consist of a variety of informal shooting competitions as well as a complimentary BBQ lunch. This is a great way for all members to participate, meet fellow members and become more acquainted with the range facilities. Our goal is that activities such as this help us in becoming a true society as our name implies. Member shoot days are free to all current TCSS members.
Public Shooting Days
TCSS will be hosting a public day on many of the weekends from May through October (see specific dates below). On these dates, the public may use our shooting range at a cost of $15 per shooter (17 and under $10). We will have TCSS members onsite to answer questions and ensure range safety is maintained. Please bring your own eye and ear protection if you have them. We look forward to sharing our range! Dates are:
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- Minimum age 18 without parent or responsible adult. Expect to supervise those under 18 while they are shooting & only one at a time.
- Bring eye & ear protection if you have it or we will supply.
- Plan on signing a liability disclaimer and taking a safety briefing.
- Insure firearms are unloaded before arrival and keep them cased/holstered until cleared by the Range Officer & ready to shoot.
- Bring ammunition made for your firearms. Example: Don't bring 30-30 ammunition for your 300 Winchester or 30-06.
- No Pets
- No alcohol
- Please police your brass and trash.
Membership Meetings for 2020
2020 membership meeting schedule is being developed.
Meetings will be at the Pikes Peak Community Center in Divide, Colorado from 10 AM to Noon. All are welcome to attend, including prospective members who might wish to learn about the club.
Teller County Shooting Society (TCSS) now offers a single level of membership as explained on the membership application. Membership requires payment of a pro-rated portion of the standard annual dues. These dues must be paid upon submission of an application.
Membership in the National Rifle Association (NRA) is also required and must be kept current during TCSS Membership. Please submit a copy of your current NRA membership card or a label from your NRA magazine, along with your check and application. When you are accepted, you will be required to attend a Range Orientation (RO) briefing and sign a liability waiver. You then will receive a membership card, membership packet, and access to the range. Any associates that you have listed must take the RO briefing and then they will receive an associate member card. These RO briefings will be conducted by the Chief Range Safety Officer. Dates and times of RO briefings will be posted on this website, and emails will be sent to all who must attend a briefing.
The idea for a local gun range was introduced at a general, public meeting at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. The original founders had a vision for a gun club to be located in Teller County.
This gun club would be a safe place for experienced, novice and beginner gun enthusiasts to shoot in a local setting. Many people came to the first open meeting and pledged their support to continue working towards this vision. At first we had no name, no fund, no organization, just a vision. Many hours went into research, planning and getting the word out to the public. Meetings were held, Board members were elected, and Board members donated dozens of hours to get the process started. As a result, we were able to legally register the club name in February 2008.
The next step was to recruit members. A workshop was held giving members a voice in deciding the components of the range. Members also suggested organizations that might benefit from the range, and what the next steps would be to acquire land for the range. Many things had to be worked out and membership involvement was essential in these decisions. By-laws, membership rules and range rules were being prepared by the Board of Directors. These documents were presented to the membership for a vote and were put into place.
An Annual Membership meeting is held in March of each year to fill Board of Directors positions that are up for vote, for the coming year. We also vote on any issues that go before the General Membership. During the year, issues for vote are also presented at meetings set in the By-Laws of the club. Emails are sent out to the membership to keep them informed about our progress.
Our members are required to maintain an NRA membership along with the TCSS membership.
Hunter Sight-in Days Oct 3-4
On the weekend of October 4-6 before general hunting season in Colorado, TCSS will be conducting high-powered rifle sight-in days. There will be a $5 discount on these dates for high-powered rifle shooters.
We are a private, not-for-profit, Colorado shooting gun club; dedicated to promoting:
- Safe and responsible ownership and use of firearms as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Colorado.
- Shooting sports in general: rifle, handgun, shotgun, revolver, as well as self-discipline, good sportsmanship and good citizenship within our community.
We are working to offer the residents of Teller County and beyond a safe, environmentally esponsible, and community-oriented shooting facility in Colorado that can be used by novice and experienced shooters alike.
Current Board Members:
President: Alexander Paul
Vice-President: Asa Wilson
Recording Secretary: Bill Armstrong
Membership Secretary: Jerry Smith
Treasurer: Phil Chase
Director-at-Large: Don Sievers
Director-at-Large: Bruce Taylor
Shooting Position Structure/Cover
Size: 105’ by 14’
100 meter and 100 yard shooting distances
We are pleased to report that the Open Range Construction's work on the firing line enclosure is finished and now open.
Open Range Construction, Woodland Park will be in charge of the construction along with the able assistance of Rick Henderson.
TCSS Annual Meeting
The Board of Directors of the Teller County Shooting Society plans an annual meeting and elections each year.
Range Work Days
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Work Day information is posted here and an email will be sent out to all members.
Member meetings may be held at the GCSSC Range with training and shooting possibly included.
Periodically the TCSS has public meetings or the public can attend a member meeting. These are advertised in advance in local media outlets in the Woodland Park, Teller County areas and will be added to this website.
Company Leaders Mourn The Loss of Veteran Employee
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While the coronavirus may put a halt to some business activities, the gold boom of the Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Mine ( CC&V) is displaying no signs of a letdown, generating nearly a million dollars in COVID relief funds for impacted communities in Teller and Fremont counties.
Moreover, the company is proceeding full-speed ahead with its mining pursuits near Cripple Creek and south of Victor, coupled with ambitious underground explorations, aimed at eventually plying more high-grade gold that the old-timers may have left behind. Plus, company leaders say they plan to partner with local communities in efforts to preserve historic mining structures and vital cultural resources.
The ultimate goal is for CC&V to continue the life span of its Teller mining pursuits, scheduled to expire in 2027. “We want to be Teller County’s leading employer for a long time,” said CC&V General Manager Melissa Harmon.
These are some of the themes of recent presentations CC&V conducted during a virtual community forum and in briefing the Cripple Creek City Council. Other than a few technical questions, CC&V got the thumbs-up by those community members participating in their presentations and by elected leaders in Cripple Creek.
COVID Shock Waves
While CC&V’s mining pursuit are moving full-speed ahead, the company has gotten hit hard emotionally by the COVID epidemic. Harmon began both her presentation at both meetings with some somber news.
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One of CC&V’s veteran and dedicated employees, Allan Cancil, a heavy equipment operator, recently passed away due to complications from the coronavirus epidemic. Cancil developed the disease in early November, and was hospitalized for an extended period. “Allan was part of the CC&V family for 18 years and our team is heartbroken,” said Harmon.
He died in early December at the age of 40. A funeral service was held in Colorado Springs on Dec. 15.
Cancil grew up in the Pikes Peak area and was an avid motorcycle rider, and was quite popular among the CC&V staff. “CC&V and its employees are reaching out to Allan’s family to offer comfort and support. This sad loss reminds us that we must remain vigilant and continue with COVID-19 precautions at home as well at work,” added the general manager.
Besides the tragic death of a veteran equipment operator, CC&V has incurred more than 30 positive COVID cases, with its employees and contractors. On the upside, Harmon stated that CC&V, reported as part of the laundry list of outbreak locations in Teller County, is on the downhill side of the epidemic, with only five active cases. “Our operation lends itself to social distancing,” said the CC&V general manager.
Both she and other CC&V leaders emphasized that the company strictly adheres to state and local COVID-19 protection guidelines.
Financial Windfall and Mining Updates
On the financial side, the company, through a Newmont-driven COVID fund, has generated $750,000 for the communities of Teller and Fremont counties since the epidemic began. “We felt it was our duty to help those who were struggling,” said Harmon
This gesture was lauded by several community leaders, such as Debbie Miller, the president of the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, during the company’s virtual community forum.
With a workforce of nearly 600 employees, CC&V also reportedly pays millions in taxes in Colorado and to local communities. Altogether, the company employs 2,138 workers in Colorado.
The exact financial impacts for Teller haven’t quite been determined, but they are estimated in the millions annually. Every CC&V position leads to three other jobs, according to company estimates. About 40 percent of the CC&V employees live in the Woodland Park, northern Teller areas, while 20 percent reside in southern Teller.
On the mining front, the company plans to continue its Globe Hill and Schist Island mining pursuits, located to the east and north of Cripple Creek, through 2027. These operations can be viewed in closer detail from the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.
But for this year, Harmon indicated that more work would occur a little further away from the city limits.
Cripple Creek elected leaders didn’t express any reservations about the visual impacts, as these are part of previously approved permits.
Striking The Riches That Old-Timers Left Behind
Instead, more interest has hinged on CC&V’s active underground exploration pursuits. These could determine the feasibility of continuing to mine past the 2027 cut-off date. Millions are being invested into these exploratory spurts, consisting of 4,000-foot holes of specific directional drilling. “It is quite a feat,” said Harmon. “It has been very successful.”
The CC&V general manager said currently the exploratory mission is designed to search for key core samples. “It is not fracking,” stressed Harmon.
If the exploratory stage yields the results company officials are expecting, this could open the door for a major underground mine. But this operation will be much different than those that occurred during the initial gold rush.
The company is also evaluating “lay back” operations, giving it the ability to expand more into the existing Cresson pit.
“There is probably a good chance we will be able to extend that mining life span beyond 2027,” said Harmon, when addressing the Cripple Creek council.
As for other major mining developments, CC&V has begun the permitting process for a vast expansion of its valley leach field operation, so it can have the capability of handling 107 million tons of leach material. The expanded facility is slated for construction in April 20203, with a scheduled completion date of Nov. 2023.
This is a key feature of CC&V’s forthcoming Amendment 13, which will need the approval of state authorities and the Teller County commissioners. This permit, though, doesn’t involve any new structures or removal of historic artifacts or trees. Nor, does it call for any new mining efforts. “Everything is being proposed within existing boundaries,” said CC&V representative Katie Blake, who said the proposed amendment should be viewed by state officials shortly.
It will then go before the Teller planning commission and board of commissioners.
Brad Poulson, CC&V spokesman, emphasized that the company won’t experience a major development stage in the next few years, and that its current employee base of about 560 will remain the same.
CC&V is also boasting its track record in the area of historic preservation. During its virtual open house, some community members expressed an interest in the company’s commitment towards enhancing cultural resources, as part of telling the Cripple Creek/Victor mining story.
“I grew up in Colorado’s first gold camp,” said Poulson, in describing his roots in Idaho Springs. But on the downside, he admitted that he really couldn’t remember any historic structures there.
The Cripple Creek/Victor area, however, abounds with much history, and CC&V officials say they want to do what they can to preserve this story. That also includes working local groups, such as the Two Mile High Club and the Southern Teller County Focus organization. Dating central in forest park il. In addition, they want to work with the Heritage Center in possibly doing more exhibits, noted Poulson.
But with the coronavirus epidemic, the company is unsure about one of their most popular summer features: the daily mining tours.
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The company, though, plans to conduct more virtual community forums in 2021.