Important Information For Residents

Important Information for our Residents
Posted on 06/29/2020
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RIF and Community Center Press Release - June 30, 2020
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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,


Please CLICK HERE for more information about
our soft opening on Monday, May 11th! 


Healthier Colorado, the Colorado Health Foundation, and Magellan Strategies asked 1,000 adults (including over-sampling African Americans (100)) in Colorado 64 survey questions about the novel coronavirus. Top results and the link to full report are below.


·         A majority of Coloradans support staying at home over reopening the economy;

·         Young Coloradans and those living on low-incomes share greater burden of pandemic impact;

·         Coloradans have high confidence in the response of local and state government; and

·         Coloradans are both hopeful that the future will be better, but fear the worst has yet to come.

·         A majority of Coloradans say the stress and worry from the coronavirus outbreak has impacted their mental health;

·         More Coloradans are worried about paying for necessities of daily living like housing, food, utilities and prescription drugs;

·         Coloradans overwhelmingly feel the government should do more to make health care more affordable, support individuals who cannot afford food and housing, and provide paid sick and family leave; and

·         Most people feel there are significant changes ahead to the way we live, socialize and work, even after the coronavirus outbreak is under control.



Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH

Executive Director


Gilpin County - April 28th Press Release 
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Gilpin County Library - COVID Related Updates 
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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.




Gilpin County Community Center - COVID Related Updates 
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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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ATTENTION GILPIN COUNTY RESIDIENTS:  Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Clear Creek County Board of Health issued Order R-20-02 on April 9, 2020 closing all Clear Creek County roads to non-residents other than for Necessary Travel

Order R-20-02 applies only to Clear Creek County roads, not town roads located in Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Empire.  Be advised, however, that some portions of Clear Creek County roads extend into Idaho Springs and Georgetown. Order R-20-02 and its attached map showing the extent of the Clear Creek County road closures is posted below.  
Necessary Travel is essentially travel from your home to places you need to go to in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of yourself and those in your care.  This includes without limitation travel for food or other groceries, medical treatment, transporting children for shared parenting, or for your work if your job involves a Critical Business or Government Function.  If you are not absolutely sure you need to travel for these reasons, you probably do not need to do it.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Order 20-24 defining Necessary Travel, Critical Business or Government Function and providing more information on these and related issues is posted below and should be reviewed for specific requirements.  Please be advised that if you travel to Clear Creek County for Necessary Travel using Clear Creek County roads, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office is authorized to stop you in order to confirm your travel is Necessary.  If it is not, you could be subject to a fine of up to five thousand ($5,000) dollars and imprisonment in the county jail for up to eighteen (18) months.  In order to avoid possible delay in your Necessary Travel, it may be advisable to take alternate routes that do not involve Clear Creek County roads.  Please stay safe and healthy and respect our county neighbors in doing the same.  Thank you.   

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CDOT and DNR remind people to avoid heading to the mountains this weekend


STATEWIDE — As the weekend approaches the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.  

"The Governor has said it best, our mountains, rivers, forests, and trails will be there when this pandemic is over and Coloradans are recommended to avoid travel for recreational purposes," said Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources. "Although we encourage people to get outside for their own well-being, Coloradans need to keep their recreational activity to local trails and parks, maintain social distancing guidance, and avoid dangerous activities to reduce the strain on our search and rescue and emergency teams." 

As defined under Governor Polis’ statewide Stay-At-Home order, travel is limited to what is absolutely critical, such as obtaining food or medicine.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on hospitals and first responders everywhere -- especially in smaller mountain communities where people often visit for recreation,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “One of the easiest ways people can help is by staying off the road. This reduces the potential for crashes and the resulting stress on our health care system and local emergency responders. Staying closer to home this weekend will be a safer choice for multiple reasons.”

Car crashes are consistently among the leading injury-related reasons for emergency room admissions in Colorado. Avoiding travel between cities and regions is an important part of limiting the spread of COVID-19 between different communities.


Chris Arend

Communications Director

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2020 Census - Action Items

 Residents –  

 Here are some suggestions for actions to can take on self response for the 2020 Census this week. This Wednesday is April 1, 2020, Census Day!  We hope that you will help share how important it is to participate in the Census, and that it has never been easier to self-respond from home, either online or over the phone.

- It has never been easier to self respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone, from the comfort of your home. 

- GO TO -

- English: 844-330-3030

- Spanish: 844-468-2020


Spread the word Gilpin County!



Residents –  


Here are some suggestions for actions to can take on self response for the 2020 Census this week. This Wednesday is April 1, 2020, Census Day!  We hope that you will help share how important it is to participate in the Census, and that it has never been easier to self-respond from home, either online or over the phone.


- It has never been easier to self respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone, from the comfort of your home. 

- GO TO -

- English: 844-330-3030

- Spanish: 844-468-2020


Spread the word Gilpin County!



Residents –

The Board of County approved a two week precautionary closure of the County offices. The closure will start March 13th at midnight and run through  May 1st.  The BoCC will evaluate the closure before it expires and make adjustments as necessary.  Please note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Gilpin County at this time. In addition, the Board approved an emergency declaration that opens up the possibility for reimbursement from the State/Federal Government due to potential costs associated with COVID-19.  

Additional information about the state of emergency and closures will be posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and on the following web sites when more information is available.: and

If you have questions about COVID-19,  please call the State’s hotline by dialing  303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or visit

Please remember to stay safe by washing your hands, keeping a safe distance from others and refrain from touching your face.

Thank you for your patience and resilience throughout our counties closure.


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).

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland to Close Developed Recreation Sites

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP) will begin the orderly closure of certain developed recreation sites and campgrounds as early as March 26, 2020, to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Closures will be in place through April 30, 2020, at which point they will be reevaluated. 

The ARP takes the safety of our personnel, contractors, volunteers, and visitors seriously. COVID-19 poses unique and unprecedented risks to our workforce, visitors, and the communities we live in and support. Crowded conditions in recent days in parking areas, trailheads, and at popular forest and grassland destinations are undermining the country’s critical efforts to contain the spread.

At this time, all restrooms, including those at trailheads, on the Forests and Grassland will be closed. Picnic areas and day use areas that are typically open this time of year will also be closing. The warming huts at both Berthoud Pass and Brainard Lake are already closed. The East Shore Trailhead is also closing.

Campgrounds currently open, Dowdy Lake and Ansel Watrous Campgrounds, will close and those scheduled to open before April 30 will be delayed in opening. The Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout is also closed. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text message of any changes affecting their reservation and they will receive a full refund.

This is a fluid situation and a full up-to-date list of closed areas is available online at

The ARP will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance. Everyone is urged to take the precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Their most recent guidelines are available at Additional information is also available at

Given the demonstrated risk of exposure to COVID-19 from large, concentrated gatherings of people, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region officials are temporarily discouraging continued recreational use on the national forests and grasslands. Safe and responsible use of forests and grasslands will reduce impacts to local communities who may be at risk from COVID-19.

The ARP has moved to virtual services. Please visit us at and access our forest maps at If you need immediate assistance, please call 970-295-6700.



 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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