Hike the Storm King Trail

image001 copy Photos courtesy of: Ashely Smith, MagicValley.com

2014 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Storm King fire.

On July 2, 1994, a lightning strike sparked a fire which grew to create one of the most disastrous wildfires in Colorado history. On July 6th, twenty Hotshots from Prineville, Oregon, joined the attempt to control the fire. In the late afternoon, flames rushed uphill toward firefighters, eventually overtaking and killing fourteen.

The trail can be reached from New Castle by driving east on Colorado Route 6 (Main Street in town) past Canyon Creek to the trailhead at the termination of the road (about five miles from New Castle).

The trail follows the firefighters’ route and is considered strenuous. About a mile in there is an observation point that overlooks the scene of the fire. About a mile further on you can find the memorials on the sites where the firefighters died. More information about the trail is available at the trailhead.

In Memory of those who died

Prineville Hotshots
Kathi Beck, Tamera Bickett, Scott Blecha, Levi Brinkley, Douglas Dunbar, Terri Hagen, Bonnie Holtby, Rob Johnson, Jon Kelso

Missoula Smokejumper
Don Mackey

McCall Smokejumpers
Roger Roth, Jim Thrash

Robert Browning, Jr., Richard Tyler

Photos courtesy of: Ashely Smith, MagicValley.com

New Castle Recreation 2014 Summer Program is Available!

Youth and Adult Golf programs at Lakota Canyon Ranch
Youth Baseball and Softball
Gypsy Disc Golf Youth program

Programs that are still available:
Adult Pickleball drop-in each Wednesday night 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Adult Volleyball Challenge League

Just to name a few, if you need more information or need to register, please call (970) 984-3352 or online at www.newcastlerec.com

Walk the C Avenue Trail

Do you know that you can walk from Castle Valley to downtown without going around Medaris Mountain?  Just take the ‘C’ Ave. trail, and cruise right on into town for dinner, shopping or the Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings.  The public works department recently resurfaced the trail and although there is a small steep section returning to Castle Valley, it is a convenient and pleasant alternative to driving.


March 2014: Town of New Castle Municipal Election

In This Issue:

Town of New Castle Municipal Election

New Castle’s next mayor and three councilors will be elected on April 8, 2014. The mayor and councilors all serve four-year terms; the terms of Mayor Frank Breslin and Councilors Bruce Leland, Art Riddile and Greg Russi expire this spring.

Business Licenses for All Businesses

New Restaurants Coming to Town

New Castle Recreation

Is Pickleball in Your Future?

Did You Know?

Cub Scouts Snow Derby Winners

Town Council Highlights

Community Center Improvements


September 2013: 125th Anniversary Burning Mountain Festival

In This Issue:

125th Anniversary Burning Mountain Festival

New Castle will continue the celebration of our 125th anniversary with the Burning Mountain Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, 2013. The festival has been a premier New Castle event since 1972.

Community Days in New Castle

Business News

New Castle’s Water Utility

New Castle Recreation Fall 2013 Activity Guide

Town Council Highlights for June, July, and August 2013

Summer Water Restrictions

Upcoming Events at Town Hall 

June 2013: Community Days Coming to VIX Park

In This Issue:

Community Days Coming to VIX Park

Don’t miss the Cowboy Ball on June 14th!!!! In the 1890’s, New Castle residents gathered on the second floor of the Trimble Building for dances. As we continue our celebration of New Castle’s 125th Anniversary, the next event is a recreation of those old-time dances.

Vintage Baseball at VIX Park

Community Announcements

New Castle Recreation Summer Fun for all Ages

Town Council Highlights

Upcoming at Town Hall

March 2013: New Castle Celebrates 125th Anniversary

In This Issue:

New Castle Celebrates 125th Anniversary

The Town of New Castle was incorporated on February 2, 1888, which makes 2013 the town’s 125th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, a year-long celebration has been planned. The initial event was the Anniversary Council meeting, which was held on February 2. Major events are scheduled for May 10-11, June 14-16 and September 7-8. Other commemorative events are scheduled throughout the year.

New Castle Celebrates 125

Pioneer Days

Year Long Celebration Begins with a Bang

Pioneer Days Scheduled for May

Call for Volunteers

Community Days to be Held in VIX Park

Wooden Nickels Save Big Bucks

Town Council Highlight: Nov 2012- January 2013

December 2012: Administrator Takes the Helm

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Administrator Takes the Helm

On Tuesday, August 14th, the New Castle Town Council appointed Tom Baker as the Town Administrator. Baker assumed his new position on September 14th, and has been a familiar figure in Town Hall and around New Castle ever since. Baker brings a wealth of civic experience with him to New Castle. Most recently he has been a consultant to several local initiatives, including Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, Aspen Valley Land Trust, and West Slope Compressed Natural Gas Collaborative.

I-70 Intersection Improvements Planned

New Castle Celebrates 125 Years

Support New Castle – Shop Locally

Message from the Utilities Department

Message from the Colorado River Fire District

Town Council Highlights: August – October 2012

Winter 2012 Activity Guide for December 2012 – April 2013

Upcoming at Town Hall

August 2012: New Castle Community Market a Success

In This Issue:

New Castle Community Market a Success

On Thursday, July 12, the New Castle Community Market opened in Burning Mountain Park with mariachi music, 21 vendors and an enthusiastic crowd. The market will continue every Thursday, from 4:30-7:30 pm, through September 17.

40th Annual Burning Mountain Festival

Town Makes Commitment to Vehicle Efficiency

New Businesses Open in New Castle

Local Authors’ Books Available

Fall Recreation Activities for Everyone

Campaign to Attract Outdoor Recreation Retailer