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New Castle has two new websites

Tamie Meck

There’s a new and very easy way to get around New Castle.

Just log on to http://www.newcastlecolorado.com or http://www.newcastlechamber.org.

The two sites work together, said New Castle resident Dennis Bradley, owner of the newcastlecolorado.com domain. Bradley, an antique dealer and owner of Antiques Etc. in New Castle, brought his site online within the past two weeks and recently completed a make-over of the chamber’s site.

“We were anxious to add a whole new look to it,” said Charlie Ringer, president of the New Castle Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors to newcastlecolorado.com will find themselves in the “New Castle Colorado Directory,” where they can access current information on the town’s history, recreational activities, businesses and more with the click of a mouse. They can also access the chamber’s site by clicking on “chamber.”

Between the two sites – and it’s very easy to travel from one site to the other – visitors can find a host of pertinent information. For example, the site currently has up-to-date news on the Spring Creek Fire, this weekend’s Burning Mountain Festival, and the town’s water restrictions.

“There are still some things to be put on there,” said Bradley. “These things take time.”

In addition to keeping his own site up to date, Bradley is also volunteering his time to keep the chamber site updated with current events, public meeting agendas and more.

“Whatever the chamber wants, I’ll do it,” he said.

Through the sites, the chamber seeks to keep the lines of communication open between the chamber, government and the citizens.

“It’s about bringing the community together,” said Ringer. “Communication is one of the hardest things to keep going.”

Businesses and organizations are welcome to list their events on the calendar, either by visiting the site or calling the chamber at 984-2897. Callers will get an answering machine, but their calls will be returned.

The site also provides links to local, regional, state and national governmental entities, ski areas, maps, entertainment information and other sites.

The two sites have a similar appearance, but there are some notable differences. For one, the chamber’s business guide lists current chamber members, while the directory lists advertisers.

Bradley is offering advertising space free of charge through the end of August, when costs will jump to between $25-$55 per year. Business owners who want to link their ads to additional sites can pay an annual fee of around $18 per year per site.

“I’m doing this all by the year,” said Bradley. “None of this `monthly’ stuff.”

While there are links to other towns in the area, these sites are for the benefit of New Castle’s people, visitors, businesses and chamber members, said Ringer. “It benefits members and the entire community. We’re making sure everyone knows what’s going on.”


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