Important Information For Residents

Important Information for our Residents
Posted on 06/04/2021
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Finalist for Gilpin County Manager Position

Gilpin County is providing public notice of its finalist for the County Manager position, Ray Rears.  Ray is originally from Jefferson County, a 5th generation Coloradoan, who graduated from Arvada West High School.  He attended the University of Northern Colorado, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Geography with a minor in History.  In 2021, he received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, with honors, as part of the Executive Program with the University of Colorado Denver. 

From 2004 – 2015 he served in the Gilpin County Community Development Office in many roles until finally as the Gilpin County Planner and Historic Advisory Liaison.  From 2015 until today Ray has served as the Director of Community Development and Historic Preservation with the City of Central managing one of the largest departments with the city, various programs and community efforts, along with a combined staff of seven with a budget that has ranged from $1.5 to $4.1 Million.  Currently he also serves on The Belvidere Foundation Board of Directors, a local non-profit.  In his various civic roles, he has served the people of Gilpin County for close to 18 years.  

He and his wife, Janisse, have been married almost 20 years, and have been blessed with three children; Isabella, Alex, and Sophia.

Forest Health Projects Begin near Kelly Dahl, Pickle Gulch and Cold Springs Campgrounds

Boulder, Colo., February 12, 2021 – U.S. Forest Service contractors are expected to begin work on February 17 on two forest health projects improving forest resiliency on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in the following locations:

  • Misery Project – 288 acres on National Forest System lands located in areas between Pickle Gulch and Cold Springs Campgrounds, north of Peak to Peak Highway (Colo. Highway 119), with one of the units located near the intersection of Peak to Peak Highway and Gilpin Road
  • Manchester Project – 50 acres on National Forest System lands located east of Kelly Dahl Campground and north of Shoshoni Camp Road in northern Gilpin County

This type of work is designed to reduce existing fuel loading and increase the diversity of vegetation across the landscape, encouraging a healthier, more resilient forest. Diversity in the age, size, and species of trees across the landscape helps make forests more resilient to disease and insect infestations and helps reduce the spread and intensity of wildfires.

For this treatment, lodgepole pine trees have been selected to be removed in patchcuts/clearcuts to promote landscape diversity, forest health, and wildlife habitat. Lodgepole pine in both projects will be cut with mechanical equipment. Larger material will be temporarily decked and removed from the site. Smaller logs and slash material will be piled to burn and/or chip. Piled material intended to be burned will need to cure on site for at least one year. Once work begins, crews are expected to be on site for several weeks, working between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The treatments for the Misery Project were analyzed in the Yankee Hill Fuel Reduction Project Environmental Assessment (2005) and Lump Gulch Fuel Reduction Project Environmental Assessment (2009). Environmental effects of the Manchester Project were analyzed in the Forsythe II Project Environmental Assessment (2017).

Fire ban status updates  8/10/21:

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FAA Updates - Click HERE to read the updated documents

Axton Ranch Donation:
Meeting with Denver Parks and Rec on June 24th

Follow this link to register

Gilpin Neighborhood:
Drop of slash for FREE and chipping days:

July, 10 | August, 21

Follow this link for details

FAA Final Ruling - June 8, 2021 

Click here to view document


Find this news online:

Government Experience Award Press Release - September 23, 2020
(click here to read press release)

Table Games Variance Request - July 15, 2020
(click here to read request)

RIF and Community Center Press Release - June 30, 2020
(click here to read entire release)

Gilpin County - April 28th Press Release 
- Click Here for Full Press Release 

Gilpin County Library - COVID Related Updates 
- Click Here for Full Press Release 

Gilpin County Community Center - COVID Related Updates 
- Click Here for Full Press Release 


Senior and Veteran Exemptions Remain in Place in 2020!

The Colorado Assembly had been contemplating suspending the Senior and Veteran’s Exemptions in 2020 due to the pandemic. They were, and are, seeking ways to fill the huge losses in the state’s economy.

Our Gilpin County Commissioners, along with a substantial number of County Commissioners from across the state, wrote letters to their respective legislators, and the bill sponsors, expressing their opposition to suspending the exemptions.

Fortunately for all our Seniors and Veterans, the exemptions have not been suspended for 2020!

New Senior Exemption applications continue being accepted for those who turned 65 before January 1, 2020 and their Gilpin County home has been their primary residence for at least 10 years prior to January 1, 2020. The Senior Exemption application deadline is July 15, 2020. Once approved, the qualifying owner does not need to apply again Each year we receive a large number of applications and they have not slowed down in 2020! Please contact Anne Schafer for details about the Veteran Exemption.

Every year the details about the Senior & Veterans Exemptions are on the back of each property owners tax bill/invoice. Annually, we also put out a press release the first week of January; this year it was in the January 3, 2020 edition of the Weekly Register Call. The release, with all the details (minus the Veterans information, whose deadline is July 1, 2020) will also appear in the upcoming July 2, 2020 edition. 

Please reach out to me, at 303-582-5451, with any questions.
  ~ Anne Schafer, Gilpin County Assessor,

A message from DOLA: Emergency assistance now available

Emergency funding is now available for rent and mortgage assistance to low-income families facing financial hardship due to economic disruption associated with COVID-19.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) awarded funding from Colorado’s Disaster Emergency Fund allocated through Governor Polis’Executive Order D 2020 012to 18 partner agencies. Two agencies will provide assistance to eligible Coloradans in all 64 counties: Salvation Army and Brothers Redevelopment.

DOH established a newonline mapping toolto help Coloradans identify the entity providing emergency funding in their location. We are also encouraging applicants to go through 211 as additional or alternative resources may be available.

In order to qualify for assistance, households must have earned below 50% of the Area Median Income for their county prior to March 11, 2020. Income guidelines are availablehere.


State health department launches pilot version of symptom tracker survey as part of statewide COVID-19 tracking


(DENVER) April 17, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to get a test. Although the data collected using this survey cannot replace official case data confirmed by testing, it may help public health officials track early warning signs that an outbreak could be imminent in a given area or region. 

The symptom tracker will appear on the “do you have symptoms?” webpage on the COVID-19 website. Data from the tracker will provide local public health agencies with data for their coverage area. This could help public health officials understand when outbreaks are occurring in given locations and, in some cases, follow up with certain individuals who may need additional support. Knowing about potential outbreaks more immediately can help inform decisions to take action at the local level. 

Several local public health agencies had previously created their own symptom trackers over the last month. The results from their surveys will also be included in the aggregate data reports that CDPHE will eventually release publicly. 

“If Coloradans are feeling symptoms related to COVID-19, such as a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath, they can serve the public health response by isolating themselves and voluntarily reporting those symptoms using the symptom tracker,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE.

Future versions of the symptom tracker will route people with COVID-19 symptoms to the appropriate resources for them. People who report their symptoms will be able to opt in to receive automated help managing their symptoms via text message. The system will route them to various resources, from telemedicine to behavioral health support.

This survey will collect personal health information, which the department will safeguard, protect, and report only in aggregate. More information about how data will be collected, shared and protected is available on our FAQ page

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Gilpin County Public Health, in collaboration with JCPH and CDPHE, is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak that was first reported from Wuhan, China.  Learn more about COVID-19, what to look for and how to protect yourself here or call COHELP (303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911).



 AGMF is NOT accepting Grant Applications that are usually due by December 31st and funding given out in January. With the holidays and end of year obligations it can be difficult for organizations to apply by the deadline.  Therefore the AGMF Board of Directors has rescheduled the Grant funding to be given out the month of October each year.  The deadline for Grant applications will be September 30th.  There will be a reminder of this change  during the  year.  Good idea to put the date on your 2020 calendar! Check our website:    

Xcel Energy Tungsten to Bobtail Natural Gas Project

Project Updates from Xcel 

During construction, Xcel will provide regular updates. You can also call their hotline at 
833-638-9614 or email at

HWY 72 Project
CDOT is planning reconstruction of Hwy. 72 between Plainview Road (MM12.3) and Pinecliffe  The project is expected to run 195 days with completion sometime in 2020.  Construction will occur Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Construction will impact all motorized and non-motorized traffic. Travel restrictions are necessary through the entire work zone between Plainview Road, which is approximately 1.7 miles west of CO 93 in Jefferson County, and Pinecliffe in Boulder and Gilpin counties. At several locations, CO 72 will be reduced to a single-lane, with alternating traffic controlled by both automated signals and daily flagging operations. Bicyclists will not be allowed to travel through the work zone due to a limited road width under the single lane configuration and to prevent travel against the flow of traffic controlled by the temporary traffic signals. Uneven or gravel road surfaces may exist.

All traffic restriction schedules, updates, and lane closures will be posted on We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but this permanent repair project is critical to upgrading this section of the CO 72 corridor that is susceptible to floods. Additional project information is available at

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