Dog tests positive for plague following a probable exposure near Divide Trail Loop in Teller County


August 9, 2021 

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Teller County Public Health and Environment 


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Public Health Information Officer 

El Paso County Public Health 


Dog tests positive for plague following a probable exposure near Divide Trail Loop in Teller County 

Public Health urges residents to take precautions to prevent exposure 

Teller County, CO – After a dog tested positive for plague following a probable exposure near the Divide Trail Loop at Hayden Divide Park in Teller County, Public Health is urging residents to take precautions to prevent exposure to the plague. 

While plague is common in the summer months, taking simple precautions can lower the risk of transmission to pets and humans. 

Plague is caused by bacteria (Yersinia pestis) that can be spread to people and pets by the bites of infected fleas or by direct contact with infected animals. People or pets with direct exposure to fleas or wildlife in the affected areas may be at risk. People who think they have been exposed should contact a health care provider immediately. Symptoms may include sudden fever, headache, chills, weakness, and tender, painful lymph nodes. If caught early, plague is treatable with antibiotics in both people and pets. 

Plague is frequently detected in prairie dogs, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and other rodents. The use of veterinary-approved flea control products is strongly advised for pets. 

People should take the following precautions to protect themselves, their pets and stock animals: 

  • •Avoid fleas. Protect humans with insect/flea repellent and animals with a veterinary-approvedflea treatment.
  • •Do not directly handle any wildlife.
  • Keep pets on a leash—don’t allow them to roam freely.
  • •Keep pets away from wildlife, especially dead rodents and rabbits.
  • •Don’t let dogs or cats hunt prairie dogs, other rodents, or rabbits.
  • •Do not feed wildlife—this attracts them to your property, brings them in close contact, andincreases the risk of disease transmission.

Law Enforcement Activity in the Area

An inmate has escaped from Teller County Jail. There is no need to shelter in place at this time. Expect heavy Law Enforcement traffic in the area and please report anything suspicious to Teller County Sheriff’s Office. 719-687-9652

Booking Photo: Colwell, Chancey Ray

Renee T. Bunting | Deputy | Community Liaison
Teller County Sheriff’s Office
11400 US HWY 24, POB 27 | Divide, Colorado 80814
719-304-5815 (O) | 719-687-7927 (F) | (719) 661-5913 (C)

Governor Polis Announces Colorado Comeback Cash Gift Card Giveaway

Teller County residents (ages 12 and older) who receive a 1st or 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine now qualify to receive a $100 Walmart gift card (available while supplies last) if you get your COVID vaccine (1st or 2nd dose) at one of these nearby sites. The cards are being offered by the State of Colorado ahead of the back to school season to encourage individuals and families to get fully vaccinated by fall. These cards are available ONLY at participating state-operated vaccine sites (see below). Additional information and a full list of the participating sites can be found at 

Gift cards will be activated 24 hours after you receive your vaccination and can be redeemed at any Walmart store (or online) to purchase anything other than alcohol, tobacco, or firearms.

Scan the QR code or visit this website to find the Southwest Mobile Vaccine Bus Schedule and register for an appointment at one of the Teller County sites: 

Walk-ups also accepted.

Friday, July 23  – 8am-1pm
Teller County
Farmer’s Market
Corner of W South Ave & N Center St
Woodland Park, CO 80863

Saturday, July 24 – 10am-4pm
Teller County
Cripple Creek Medical Center
1101 County Rd 1
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Colorado Comeback Cash

A Word from Code Enforcement

Junk for you is treasure for me.  Treasure might also be a slippery slope to trash. The steady deterioration of a property tends to attract elements that are undesirable for everyone.  Our Ordinance is clear. You can have all the treasure you want as long as it is fenced out of public view.

If you feel that your property value, or ability to sell, is adversely affected by your neighbors’ treasure, contact the Building Department at 689-5640.

The Building Department Blog

You’re off and running with your DIY project, looking to become a home improvement hero and saving some cash in the process.

Zoning and Building Codes are those rules and regulations that govern everything from fence height to the clearance in front of a toilet. If you don’t comply with Building and Zoning Codes, you may be on the hook for fines and an expensive tear-out and redo of your project.

Heck, you say. Nobody is going to notice a little bathroom renovation going on in the back of your house. That may be true, but the real intent of Building Codes is to make sure your house is safe and healthy. Not conforming with codes could cost you when you decide to sell your home—a sharp-eyed home inspector undoubtedly will spot violations that shrink your asking price or tank a potential sale altogether.

Your Building Department is more than happy to answer your questions and assist you in making your remodeling dreams an affordable and safe reality.

City Council Workshop Meeting Notice


MARCH 4th, 2021 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A workshop meeting with the Victor City Council is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Victor City Hall, 500 Victor Ave.  This City Council Workshop Meeting will be held in person and remotely


To view the meeting, please go to home page, click on “Departments” tab located at the top of the home page, scroll down and click on “Mayor and City Council”, and follow pop-up window instructions. Please contact City Hall for assistance at 719-689-2284.

This 2021 City Council Retreat will include Clay Brown, DOLA Regional Manager, Council and Staff to discuss, plan and begin to set goals for 2021.

Agenda: City of Victor Special Council Meeting

FEBRUARY 25, 2021 – 5:00 P.M.

The Victor City Council encourages and appreciates the community’s interest in attending City Council meetings.  Members of the public who are called to speak on an agenda item will be limited to a three-minute presentation.



*To access this special meeting remotely, go to home page, click on “Departments” tab located at the top of the home page, scroll down and click on “Mayor and City Council”, and follow pop-up window instructions. Please contact City Hall for assistance at 719-689-2284. 

Note:  Any item on this agenda may be subject to a vote by City Council.  Assistance for the hearing, visually, or physically impaired may be provided upon request.  Please inquire at the office of the City Clerk, 1-719-689-2284, or to P. O. Box 86, Victor, CO  80860.

For persons with hearing impairments, please call RELAY COLORADO at 711 or 1-800-659-2656 and request “City of Victor at 719-689-2284.”

The City of Victor supports efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.


Posted 02/23/2021 at 11:30 a.m. by Glori Thurston, City Clerk/Treasurer

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