New Castle finally gets a high school |

New Castle finally gets a high school

New Castle News

Soon after my daughter was born, I wished for a high school in New Castle. All the other moms were wishing for the same thing. Now, 24 years later, the collective wishes of all the New Castle and Silt moms are being granted. The first class at Coal Ridge High School will be Aug. 16 for grades nine and 10, with more grade levels added in future years.Months of anticipation and watching construction progress will be just a memory as residents get a tour of the new building at the Coal Ridge High School Open House, set for 5 p.m. Friday, July 29.

Speaking of the new high school, school personnel will be the grand marshals of this year’s Burning Mountain Festival Parade, which is July 16 in beautiful downtown New Castle. The theme of this year’s festival is “Back to the Future – with Coal Ridge High.”Glenn Wysocki won the art contest for the Burning Mountain T-shirts for the second year in a row. Congratulations, Glenn! The festival committee will be pre-selling the T-shirts to local businesses starting July 1. The cost is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Burning Mountain Fund. Burning Mountain Parade applications can be picked up at Town Hall, or visit, and click on “events.” The Hogback Hustle, another Burning Mountain event, is a 5K race set for 8:30 a.m. July 9. The race starts at the New Castle Family Fitness Center parking lot. For more information, visit the Web site listed above.

The town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber have come together to create “Color New Castle,” a pilot program for New Castle businesses to display flowers and personalize their business storefronts. “This is an opportunity to put on a happy face and to say something positive about the businesses,” said Patti Ringer. “We want people to discover how colorful and fun our downtown district is.”

The New Castle Recreation Department is hosting a Kids Pet Show from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Coal Ridge Park, located across the road from Mr. T’s Hardware. Kids ages 5 to 14 are invited to show their best friends’ skills in categories such as best dressed and best trick. Cost is $3 per pet.Sign up now for the Burning Mountain Softball Tournament, on July 8 and 9. Registration deadline is July 2.Skateboarding, BMX bikes and inline skating competitions will be held at the fourth annual Burning Mountain Skate competition. The competition is at 5 p.m. July 15, at the Hogback Skate Park, right off Castle Valley Boulevard. Levels of competition are 9 years and under, 10-13 years, 14-17 years, and 18 and older. Registration begins 4 p.m. at the park.For more information on the New Castle Recreation Department, call 984-3352.

Congratulations to Garfield Re-2 Director of Transportation Sanja Morgan, who was recently named the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association’s Administrator of the Year.The nomination was secretly submitted by her devoted staff, and the official announcement came at the transportation department’s end-of-year picnic.A formal presentation of the award will be made June 20 at the CSPTA banquet in Pueblo.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” runs every other Thursday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail

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