PVREA Plans Tree Trimming Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District
in Crystal Lakes Board Member Election
By Glen Livengood for 2012
Operations Manager, PVREA By Ardyce Yowell, DEO
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association will be The Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District has
doing beetle kill remediation in your area during cancelled the Board of Directors Election scheduled
the next 2-3 months. We will be doing remediation for May 8, 2012.
along the following roads; Piute, Choctaw,
Because there were not more candidates for
Shawnee, Chetco, Mohegan, Seminole, Pontiac,
Director than offices to be filled, the following
Modoc, Ada, Comanche, Beartrap, Delaware, Santa
candidates have been declared elected for the
Clara, Lone Pine, and any other roads that have
following terms of office:
PVREA power lines alongside.
PVREA will be clearing the right of way along Raymond Williams
our lines of potentially dangerous or hazardous 4 year term
beetle kill pines. The trees will be dropped along the
right of way, blocked, and the slash left in US Forest Donald Hass
Service specifications. If there is any hardship from 2 year term
the trees we take down, please contact PVREA and
we will work to remedy the situation. Janet Sawyer
If you have any questions or concerns, 4 year term
please contact the following Poudre Valley REA
Operations Managers: Glen Livengood, 970-282-
6435 or Steve Murrow, 970-282-6440.
Thank you for your patience and consideration
while we do this project. The Restaurant at Crystal Lakes
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Recreation Committee Report
By Sue Gessert
Spring greetings from the Recreation Committee
as our Crystal Lakes snow is pretty much melting
away. This year, we combined our Valentine dessert
treats with the regular February potluck luncheon.
There was a nice crowd in attendance for the
potluck and good food and companionship for all. Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials
We are now planning our annual Breakfast at the 300 Tami Rd, Red Feather Lakes, CO
Lake for Sunday, June 10th from 9 - 10:30 a.m. It
will be held at Lakeview Park on Crystal Lake. The Friday Ð 8:00am - 8:00pm
menu will include breakfast burritos, fruit, juice and Saturday Ð 8:00am Ð 8:00pm
coffee. Cost will be the same at $4.00 for adults and Sunday Ð 8:00am Ð 7;00pm
$2.00 for children 8 and under.
Think WARM and come join us. Sign up in the
office by May 27th. See you there.
Cover and colored pages designed by Kathy DeMint.
Office Reminders Hiking for fun
By Marian Kelly By Helain Steele
• Invoices for 2012-2013 Associations dues will The hiking club will begin the season on May
be sent out the first week of June. Road & Rec. 29 with a hike on Panhandle Creek Trail and plan
dues are payable by July 1st. Car & fishing to hike every Tuesday through August plus some
badge stickers can be picked up two weeks after in September. We meet at 8:45 a.m. at the mail box
receipt of your dues payment. You must bring area. Bring a lunch to eat on the trail. Our hikes in
in the fishing badges for your property to get June will all meet at 8:45.
the new year stickers on them. Water & Sewer
Later in the summer we will do some earlier
dues are payable by August 30th.
hikes in Poudre Canyon. Posters will be up at the
• Permits are required for ALL outdoor fires mail boxes and office announcing upcoming hikes
except those in BBQ grills. Permits may not be and meeting times. I send weekly emails. If you
requested when the office is closed, so please would like to be included on my email list, send
plan ahead. Fires are permitted in approved pits your email address to: email@example.com.
only; specifications are available in the office.
• Fire permits will not be available while the
office is closed. Please note that the office will
be closed for the annual meetings (W & S on Special Trash Days
May 26, 11:30 a.m. and R & R on June 9, 12:30
p.m.). June 16 and August 18
• A new owners’ orientation will be on Saturday,
No household trash
May 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Wapiti Room. Fees charged per cubic yard
Anyone interested in learning more about
Crystal Lakes is invited to attend.
• The bears are out and hungry. Please make
every effort not to attract them and be aware that
it is illegal to feed them. Wapiti Bugle:
• Gasoline-powered engines are not allowed on A Property Owner’s Communication
the lakes. Published by Crystal Lakes
• Horses and ATVs are not permitted on the Road and Recreation Association
hiking trails. Newsletter Committee: Sharon Cooper,
Kathy DeMint, Kay Hunter, John Sprackling,
• The new fiscal year begins June 1, 2012 – now Ann Watson, Editor
is the time to renew your ATV stickers ($20 for
the year, payable in the office). Large Volume DEADLINE for the next issue:
Water Fill users may pay for the 12-13 fiscal Monday, June 4, 2012
year before or immediately after May 31st. You _________________
may request to be invoiced for the charge.
The Wapiti Bugle Committee will consider art work
For the convenience of property for publication in the newsletter. To submit art work,
owners and their guests . . . contact the committee members or the office.
We now accept credit cards in the Disclaimer: The Wapiti Bugle neither recommends
office for over the counter sales. nor endorses its advertisers. Property owners
We can take MasterCard, Visa are encouraged to seek references and meet with
and Discover Card
with a $10 minimum charge. contractors prior to engaging their services.
Crystal Lakes Calendar of Events
By Kay Hunter
Sat. 5/19 *Water & Sewer Board Meeting NOTE: The office will be closed during
8:00 a.m. Wapiti Center Registration and Annual Meeting
10:00 a.m. *Joint Boards Meeting 2:00 p.m. *R&R Annual Meeting
1:00 p.m. *Road and Rec. Board Meeting Water & Sewer Building
Sun. 5/20 *Fishing Board Sun. 6/10 *Breakfast by the Lake
9:00 a.m. Wapiti Center 9:00 a.m. - Lakeview Park
Mon. 5/24 *Game Night
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center Mon. 6/11 *Game Night
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Thu. 5/26 *CLVFD Training
6:00 p.m. Fire Station Tue. 6/12 *Hiking Group
8:45 a.m. Basecamp Mailboxes
Sat. 5/26 *Water & Sewer Annual Meeting
Noon Registration for W&S Meeting Wed. 6/13 *Mountain Gals Annual Tea
NOTE: The office will be closed during Noon Chapel in the Pines
Registration and Annual Meeting
1:00 p.m. *Water & Sewer Annual Meeting Thu. 6/14 *CLVFD Training
Water & Sewer Building 6:00 p.m. Fire Station
5:00 p.m. *W&S Annual Wine & Cheese Party
Wapiti Center Fri. 6/15 *Quilting Group
9:00 a.m. Wapiti Room
Sun. 5/27 *CLVFD Barn Sale
9:00 a.m. - Fire Station Sat. 6/16 *Water & Sewer Board Meeting
4:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Wapiti Center
9:00 a.m. - *Sign-Up for Breakfast by the Lake 10:00 a.m. *Joint Boards Meeting
4:00 p.m. CL Office 1:00 p.m. *Road and Rec. Board Meeting
10:00 a.m. *Bear Aware 9:00 a.m. - *Special Trash Day (Fee Charged)
Wapiti Center 2:00 p.m. or until container is full
10:00 a.m. *Firewise Seminar
Water and Sewer Building Sat. 6/17 *Fishing Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. Chain Saw 101 Seminar 9:00 a.m. Wapiti Center
Mon. 5/28 *CLVFD Bag Sale Mon. 6/18 *Game Night
9:00 a.m. - Fire Station 6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
1:00 p.m. (or everything is gone)
6:00 p.m. *Game Night Tue. 6/19 *Hiking Group
Wapiti Center 8:45 a.m. Basecamp Mailboxes
Tue. 5/29 *Hiking Group – Panhandle Creek Trail Wed. 6/20 *Crystal Lakes Community Potluck
8:45 a.m. Basecamp Mailboxes Noon Wapiti Center. Bring a dish to share
and your own table service.
Sat. 6/2 *ACC Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. Wapiti Center Thu. 6/21 *Crystal Lakes Book Club
1:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Mon. 6/4 *Game Night 7:00 p.m. *CL Fire Protection District Meeting
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center Wapiti Center
Tue. 6/5 *Hiking Group Sun. 6/24 *Bear Aware
8:45 a.m. Basecamp Mailboxes 10:00 a.m. Wapiti Center
Wed. 6/6 *Crystal Belles Mon. 6/25 *Game Night
10:00 a.m. Call Peggy Reffel 881-2727 6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Tue. 6/26 *Hiking Group
Thu. 6/7 *CLVFD Business Meeting 8:45 a.m. Basecamp Mailboxes
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Thu. 6/28 *CLVFD Training
Sat. 6/9 *Road and Recreation Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m Fire Station
1:00 p.m. Registration for R&R Annual Meeting
Continued on next page
Crystal Lakes Calendar, continued
Mon. 7/2 *Game Night
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Tue. 7/3 *Hiking Group
Check time Basecamp Mailboxes
Wed. 7/4 Independence Day
10:00 a.m. *Crystal Belles
call Peggy Reffel 881-2727 for information
Thu. 7/5 *CLVFD Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Sat. 7/7 *CL Annual Fishing Derby-Beaver Lake
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - Ages 5-8
10:30 a.m. - Ages 9-16
1:00 p.m. - Women (17+) Seniors
3:00 p.m. and physically challenged
1:00 p.m. *ACC Board Meeting
Sun. 7/8 *CL FIRES Family Fun Day
9:00 a.m. - Lower Basecamp Parking Lot
12:00 p.m. Parade line up starts at Fire Station
1:00 p.m. *CL Parade
Mon. 7/9 *Game Night
6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
Tue. 7/10 *Hiking Group
Check time Basecamp Mailboxes
Wed. 7/11 *Mountain Gals
LONE PINE REALTY 1:30 p.m. Rock Around the World
P.O. Box 173 RFL POA Building
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
Thu. 7/12 *CLVFD Training
6:00 p.m. Fire Station
• Serving Crystal Lakes since 1983
Sat. 7/15 *Fishing Board Meeting
• Worldwide marketing by experienced professionals 9:00 a.m. Wapiti Center
with local knowledge
Mon. 7/16 *Game Night
• Your support has made it possible for us to participate 6:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
in 1,658 closed Crystal Lakes sales since 1983,
including 28 transactions in 2011 (based upon sales Tue. 7/17 *Hiking Group
reported through 12/2/11) Check time Basecamp Mailboxes
• 2011 Average Home Price: $188,397 Wed. 7/18 *Crystal Lakes Community Potluck
Noon Wapiti Center. Bring a dish to share
• 2011 Average Lot Price: $28,430 and your own table service.
• Visit our website for current Crystal Lakes sales data, Thu. 7/19 *Crystal Lakes Book Club
information on available properties and our great 1:00 p.m. Wapiti Center
selection of vacation rentals 7:00 p.m. *CL Fire Protection District Meeting
• THANK YOU AND BEST WISHES IN 2012!
Fri. 7/20 *Quilting Group
www.lonepinerealty.com. 9:00 a.m. Wapiti Center
*Meetings open to all Crystal Lakes Members
Coexisting with Wildland Fire Threat
By Patti Watkins
As a Crystal Lakes landowner, I want to continue
to enjoy the benefits of living near nature while
ensuring our quality of life and personal safety are Gary Wiegel
not at risk. As we look around us and see the dead
trees multiplying, not only is the quality of our lives
changing, our personal safety is at a higher risk.
We all need to learn what responsibilities we have
when living in a wildfire prone area and understand
what solutions have been discovered from others
who have had the misfortune of a wildland fire
destroying their communities.
CLVFD and Services Improvement Committee
will host two free seminars on May 27th starting at
10:00 am at the Water and Sewer Building. Crystal Lakes Resident (970) 881 3536
Cell Phone NEW (970) 214 7564
10:00 a.m. “Fire Wise – Creating a Fire S N O W PL O W I N G – WE LD I N G
Adaptive Community” seminar LI GH T TR AC T OR W O RK - C ULV ER TS
• Learn about creating defensible space – the re- C US T O M M ETAL FA B RI C AT O N
quired space between a building structure and the I n su r ed – R ef e r e nc e s A va il ab l e
wildland area that surrounds it
• Design of structures, construction, retrofits and
maintenance that are ignition resistant
• Hardening your home-introduce you to the
composition of building materials such as roofs,
eaves, gutters, vents and windows
• Become acquainted with the Home Ignition zone
- know your hazards and learn techniques for
controlling the vegetation and home prepared-
ness in this zone
1:00 p.m. “Chain Saw 101 and Felling Trees”
– Bring saws; field demonstrations included. Wear
proper protective attire, i.e., jeans, long sleeve
shirts, work boots, etc.
• Learn what basic safety gear to wear (PPE)
• Learn basic saw maintenance and inspections
• Proper tree felling techniques
• Learn how to map out safety escape routes for
• Proper technique for limbing and bucking of the
By Jeanette Williams
The next Crystal Lakes Community Fund
Association (CLCFA) Board meeting will be on
Saturday May 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Our meetings
are open to everyone; please consider attending.
The Annual Meeting date will be Saturday July
28, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Wapiti Room. If you are
COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN ACTION!
interested in becoming a board member please let
Funding and Operating a Safe and
Environmentally Friendly Solution and Ray Williams know at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Disposal by Using an Air Curtain Burner 881-3612.
Please accept our invitation to be included on
WE ARE OPEN!! our email membership list and just send Jeanette
Accepting Slash, Logs, & Stumps Williams an email to email@example.com
Non Brood Trees Offered as Firewood with your request to be included.
For Days – Hours – Pricing – Other Information The Community Fund will be conducting its
Vi si t: w w w.S la shS o lut io nsL L C.c om annual membership drive at the CLW&SA Annual
Check for Seasonal Operations Updates Meeting May 26, 2012 and at the CLR&RA Annual
(970) 881 3737 1337 County Road 73C Meeting June 16, 2012. You may also obtain a
membership form on the Crystal Lakes Website
crystal-lakes.org under the Community Fund tab.
Forms can be printed and then returned to the
We are excited about the volunteer activities we
SKYREALM, LLC will be completing this year. The handicap parking
Satellite, Sales, Service & Installation signs have been purchased and will be installed
- Home/business pre-wires & Additional outlets
at Beaver Pond when the weather allows. This
- Custom wiring for Home Theatres will complete the CLCFA Beaver Pond project to
- TV mounting/connections
- Phone, Cable & CATV Wiring
create a parking area that is handicap accessible.
Bryan Fessler from the Fishing Board, Association
970-224-5748 1304 ½ N College Ave. employees and CLVFD volunteers have installed
Fax 970-224-5748 Ft. Collins, CO 80524
HCurtis326@aol.com www.Skyrealm.com two dry hydrants. The CLCFA will help with the
Please see our project sheet on the Community
Fund webpage. If there is anything you would be
willing to help with, please let any CLCFA Board
member know. We appreciate all volunteer help.
The Wapiti Bugle committee
needs volunteers to take pictures
for the newsletter at Crystal Lakes events.
Contact a committee member or leave your
name at the office if interested.
Keeping Crystal Lakes Dark
By Barbara Grove
Too much light may be harming the animals of
Crystal Lakes. According to the International Dark
Skies Association, all living things benefit from
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natural darkness. 23340 County Road 74E
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and towns can cause mammals and amphibians better. “PONDEROSA” offers you over 40 years LOCAL
to reproduce less, and also can cause problems expertise. To sell mountain property, you need more than
in foraging for food. In light, prey is much more a for sale sign. With our United Country affiliation, we
expose your property locally, regionally, nationally and
exposed to the predator. Crystal Lakes is home to even internationally from the first day.
many species of birds that migrate or hunt at night.
Birds can be drawn to light becoming fixated on Give us a call or send us an email to receive our Mountain
the beam. Artificial light confuses birds causing Property Listing and Marketing Presentation and a free
migrating birds to wander off course and never Comparative Market Analysis. Let us show you what we
can do to get your property SOLD!
reach their natural destination. (970) 881-2195
Moths and other insects are attracted to artificial Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
lights and may stay near light all night. This activity Visit our websites—
expends too much energy and interferes with www.redfeatherlakes.com and
mating and migration. It also makes easy prey for www.mountainproperty.info
bats and other nocturnal predators, further reducing
their numbers. This has an impact on species that
rely on insects for food or pollination. Therefore,
artificial light can have negative influences on the
entire food web, and the ecosystem.
Light pollution is an increasing problem, and at
Crystal Lakes we maintain low usage. To continue
to protect our natural beauty, enjoying wildlife, the
stars, and quality of life we must keep several things
• Use light only when and where you need it
• Use timers and dimmers. Avoid using dusk
to dawn lights
• Shield your outdoor lighting ( a non
flammable shade directing light where
• Use a light with a red or yellow tint to
• Avoid using solar lights lining driveways or
Let’s continue to be proactive in protecting and
preserving the nighttime environment.
Doug Race Martha Gillespie
CLWSA Board CLWSA Board
Position Resume Position Resume
I have served on the Crystal Lakes Water and After 25 years of looking for the perfect setting
Sewer Board for the past two years. During that for our weekend cabin, my husband Skip and I
time I have actively participated in Board activities discovered Crystal Lakes. We are now permanent
including: residents and look forward to many wonderful years
on the mountain. I was appointed to serve on the
• Insuring that Crystal Lakes fulfills its obligations
CLWSA Board last summer and since that time
to comply with our required Water Augmentation
have learned much by listening to property owners,
committee members and Board members.
• Vigilant monitoring of expenses
• Establishment of a facilities replacement reserve The CLWSA has made great strides in many
fund areas this year and with the outstanding leadership
and progressive board, will continue to provide for
• Continued interaction and cooperation with our community’s future. I believe my education,
CLR&R Board experience and positive approach can be of benefit
to the CLWSA.
My goals for the coming two years include:
• Completion of the Lower Lone Pine Lake Early in my career I specialized in establishing
expansion project office management, structure and systems for
new businesses. I am adept at: hiring, managing,
• Continued monitoring of expenses and efficient promoting and mentoring personnel; organization;
use of funds developing processes to improve efficiencies; team
• Creation and development of viable projects building; and leading. My 15 years of experience
addressing Filing 6 and Filing 11 water and in the commercial and government construction
sewer issues industry has included positions as Federal
Contracting Division Proposal Manager for two
• Managing the association’s newly established
multi-billion dollar corporations. The reputation I
120 acre Jenny Creek area land acquisition have built for team building, strategy development,
focus on detail and dedication to getting the job, is
Statement: allowing me to undertake consulting from my home
I have 30 years experience in public leisure in CL.
services and human resources. I hold a Bachelor’s
Degree from California State University, Chico, and My diverse education includes: South Texas
have served the City of Sacramento, CA; the City College of Law; Univ. of Denver - BA Cum
of Las Vegas, NV; and Clark County, NV. I have Laude Political Science (minors Economics/
also served as a contractor to the Department of Anthropology); Texas Tech University-Art/Interior
Energy and the Department of Defense. My wife, Design.
Shirla, and I have been property owners since 2004
and full-time Crystal Lakes residents since 2009. As more property owners retire to CL the burden
I am active in the Crystal Lakes Community and on our office, personnel, equipment and other
thoroughly enjoy “life on the mountain.” The issues services will increase. It is imperative that our
facing the Water and Sewer Board have a direct abilities to service the community increase with
effect on the quality of life offered at Crystal Lakes. the needs of the community. Positive discussion
I wish to continue serving on the Water and Sewer and innovative solutions are needed to meet
Board to see to completion several important, long- these challenges. I offer these qualifications and
term projects, and to help set the course for future respectfully ask for your vote at our annual meeting.
Water and Sewer projects and programs.
Notes from the to the Association, and acquisition of the Jenny
Water and Sewer Association Creek property is an important step in the process
of perfecting them. The purchase also secures a
By Steve Koeckeritz, President
location for the installation of a gauging station
required by the Water Court decree approving
Jenny Creek Purchase the enlargement of Lower Lone Pine Lake and
guarantees long term control of a unique and
CLWSA has purchased 84 acres of land beautiful natural resource to preserve open space,
surrounding 33.6 acres already owned by the protect wildlife habitat and potentially enhance our
Association known as the Upper Lone Pine fishing program.
Lake site. This acquisition gives the Association
ownership of approximately 118 acres fully A more detailed explanation of the purchase
surrounded by National Forest between Filings can be found on the Association website at
7 and 9. The property, known as the Jenny Creek www.crystal-lakes.org.
parcel, was acquired from North Fork, LLC
following negotiations with the Weixelman family
which began in 2010.
The total purchase price for the property was
$330,000, which included a cash payment of Mountain Security
$271,700, a $50,000 property exchange and a Steve and Connie Robinson • Insured
credit of $8,300 for dues owed to the Association. Owners and Operators • 881-2024
The purchase also addressed other issues related
to the Upper Lone Pine Lake site including the
relinquishment by North Fork, LLC of all rights
to re-acquire the site under a 1992 agreement with
the Association. The purchase agreement also
requires the Association to cooperate with the
USFS and 9th Filing property owners to resolve
the current boundary dispute upon terms no less
favorable to the affected owners than have been
previously agreed to by North Fork, LLC and
designate a portion of the property as permanent
open space in memory of Don Weixelman, the
developer of Crystal Lakes.
The decision to purchase the Jenny
Creek property was based upon a number of
considerations. Foremost was the desire to
reduce the Association’s obligation to provide
augmentation water for up to 120 residential
units based upon current zoning of the parcel.
Restricting future development of the property
will also afford the opportunity to recover part of
the acquisition cost by utilizing federal and state
tax benefits associated with placing a conservation
easement on the property. The property may
also provide a suitable location for the future
construction of an additional reservoir to store
water under conditional rights owned by the
Association. These rights are extremely valuable
Notes from the Fire Station
By Marian Kelly
The Lower North Fork Fire in late March
destroyed dozens of homes and cost several lives.
If there is only one lesson learned from this tragedy
by residents of Crystal Lakes, it should be: do not
wait to evacuate.
Crystal Lakes residents may be notified that an
evacuation has been ordered in a variety of ways.
Properties with local phone numbers (970-881-
XXXX) may receive reverse 911 calls. All property
owners, especially those without local numbers,
should register with Larimer Emergency Telephone
Authority (www.leta911.org). The process is free
and private, and you can register multiple phone
numbers and email addresses. The Crystal Lakes
emergency sirens will also be sounded in the event
of an evacuation. Audio clips of the siren are on
both the Association and Fire Department websites
and the sirens are sounded every June on the
afternoon of the Road & Recreation Association
annual meeting .
Property owners should not rely on these
resources to tell them when to leave. There is
one main road out of the Crystal Lakes area and
law enforcement can only do so much to speed a
large number of vehicles along this road. Wildfires
can change speed and direction quickly and
without warning. If you wait to receive an official
evacuation notice, it may be too late for you to
safely escape the area.
In addition to evacuating upon receipt of an
order to leave or after hearing the sirens, please
evacuate the area immediately if:
you have received a notice to prepare for
a large fire is burning within five miles of
Crystal Lakes is in the path of a fire
While the instinct to remain at your home
is understandable, nothing in your house is as
important as your and your family’s lives. Please
do not delay your evacuation.
President’s Report to Beetle Busters.
By Steve Smalley The first stocking of the lakes and ponds
has been completed, so get those poles out.
Annual meeting time is upon us, June 9, 2012, Our Fishing Board volunteers spend hour after
at 2 p.m. You will be receiving official notice the hour stocking and patrolling the waters for the
later part of May. This is a great time for members association. When you see them out, thank them
to come voice their opinions and vision for Crystal for a job well done.
Lakes. Positive input from all the members is We want to remind everyone that the speed
greatly appreciated and assists the board in the limit in the association is 20 miles per hour except
direction the Association should be following. We in front of Basecamp. Please, for not only your
will be having a BBQ after the meeting, another safety, but your neighbors’ safety and the wildlife
great opportunity to meet your neighbors and have as well, slow down and enjoy all the beauty the
a good time. mountain has.
Want to get involved?? We have several Crystal Lakes operates on many, many
committees that are looking for help; you can volunteers. I don’t have room to list everyone, but
make a difference and your help is greatly you know who you are, so thanks so much for your
appreciated. time and dedication.
The first Road Improvement Project of the Looking forward to seeing all of you this
season will start soon. This project improves the summer. Be safe and enjoy.
drainage in Basecamp parking lot by installing
a concrete pan replacing the ditch and installing
some new culverts. We also plan to do major
work to raise the road along the airstrip which
we hope will improve drainage and help with the
washboard. 6th Filing culvert projects will also
continue this summer.
The office this year will be open 7 days a week
from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Slash pile restoration is well along the way
to completion. We are pleased to see this project
come to a close. At the same time we want to
encourage property owners to remove slash from
their property. Many private contractors are
available for treatment of trees, removal of trees
The Greenbelt Committee and Beetle Busters
are ready for a busy summer with the beetles. The
committee will be working on several cleanup
projects this summer and can use all the volunteers
possible to help with clean-up issues. Please
contact the office for additional information.
Beetle Busters volunteers are available to
come inspect your lot for beetle infestation. A
form is available on the Association’s web site
www.crystal-lakes.org, on the Beetle Buster’s
page. Please coordinate your inspection using that
form and submitting the form as instructed directly
Mountain Pine Beetle
Recent Information Clarification
Bark Beetle Control By Dave Lenz,
Larimer County Forester
“Don’t Lose Your Trees!”
As the snow melts and more of you are able to
Terry Brown Ph.D.
enjoy your properties, I want to encourage you to
continue to battle the mountain pine beetle, MPB,
“Property Owner in Crystal Lakes since 2005” in your community. Crystal Lakes is a beautiful
area and it will continue to be a beautiful area with
We offer bark beetle control services to prevent further infestation
including: a little work. In other areas of northern Larimer
• Sensible solutions using affordable mitigation plans County where community wide efforts to address
• Tree preservation using state of the art spraying the MPB epidemic has occurred, a marked decrease
equipment in new MPB hits has been noted.
• Equipped to treat a large number of trees in a single
As most of you know, the Larimer County’s
wood collection yard has transferred the operations
• Tree and Slash Removal – small projects and/or
referrals to a private group of your neighbors, Slash
Bark beetle control has a small window for effective treatment.
Solutions LLC. I will miss the personal contact
Book now and be ensured that you are scheduled at the most that I had with many of you. Two quick notes that I
effective time for treatment. would like to pass on to you:
Call today at 970-663-9389 (office) or 970-217-1024 (cell). • First, fire and standing dead MPB trees.
Research has shown that the standing dead will
be up to 10 times dryer than green trees and will
ignite 3 times faster. The standing dead needs
to be removed first from around your cabin and
then move out towards your boundaries. You do
• Second, recent articles in several newspapers
indicate that the MPB flight time may move up
by 6 weeks and there may be 2 generations per
year. Though I will not dispute the finding of
HandyMan & Construction Services
To-Do Lists to Custom Log Homes… this research, I do question it and will defer to
And Everything in Between! what I am seeing and to other studies by Jenny
HONESTY, QUALITY & RELIABILITY, Always! Briggs, USGS and Dan West from CSU. They
Craig Palmer www.RockyTopEnt.com (970) 219-6286 do have many test plots up and down the Front
Range including the Red Feather Lakes area.
They have not seen any change in flight time or
multiple generations, with one exception being
a very small number of beetles in October. This
occurred in Lory State Park and with numbers
so small it is believed to be a non-issue. This
is something we are seeing in communities
along I-25. Flight time is still mid-July through
For more information feel free to contact me,
Dave Lentz, Larimer County Forester at 970 498-
5765 or email@example.com.
Fishing Derby – Changes Planned
By Lou Phillippe
The annual Crystal Lakes Fishing Derby will
be held on Saturday, July 7th, at Beaver Lake. Due
to the rapid growth in participants in the child and
youth derbies, some changes are planned to help
with crowding and conflicts. PROTECT YOUR TREES AND PROPERTY VALUE NOW
If your trees are going to survive the upcoming
DERBY FORMAT CHANGES – IMPORTANT! beetle flight, you need an effective and affordable
method to fight the swarm. With a greater than 95%
• This year, all participants will be required to success rate of preventing beetle attacks in Larimer
either wear a member badge, or provide the County, our team is your best choice. If you’ve never
hosting property owner’s name, lot and filing sprayed before, this is the year to trust the experts at
to be eligible. The security entrance station Timberline Tree Spraying.
will strictly enforce the requirement that non- Don’t wait. For scheduling information, call today at
members have a valid letter from a property 866-687-6811 or visit www.TimberlineSpraying.com
owner authorizing entrance into Crystal Lakes CALL TODAY FOR A FREE PROPERTY SURVEY
on that day.
• Fishing for the 5-8 year old class will be from
9:00-10:00 a.m. Registration begins at 8:00
a.m. Awards for those anglers will be handed The Mountain Pine Beetle Experts
out immediately following that session. We ask
that parents of these youngsters please ensure
that children know how to cast and fish before
entering, as parents WILL NOT be permitted to
assist during the derby.
• 9-12 and 13-16 year old classes will begin at
10:30 a.m., and will fish until noon. Those
anglers may register at any time up until
• Women and seniors will fish from 1:00-3:00
p.m. as in previous years. SLASH HAULING • CHIPPING
A specially tagged fish will be released,
carrying a $50 cash prize. As in the past, we ask
that people PLEASE leave dogs at home to avoid
conflicts, and to please cooperate with derby
volunteers when asked to refrain from assisting
beyond the yellow tape line. Parents who are
uncooperative and rude may be asked to leave the
area by Anlance Security.
We appreciate all those volunteers who
contribute time, effort and donations to make the
fishing derby a special event each year, and look
forward to 2012 as the best derby ever.
It’s That Time!!
CLVFD 2012 Barn Sale
By Jeanette Williams
2012 4th of July Family Fun Day Please mark your calendar for the Crystal Lakes
Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Barn Sale to be
held Sunday, May 27, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
By Sherry Alexander and Ardie Yowell p.m. at the fire station, 237 Blackfoot Road. There
will also be a book sale to support all CL FIRES
The Crystal Lakes F.I.R.E.S. will be sponsoring activities at the same time.
a FAMILY FUN DAY and Parade on July 8, 2012.
Come help us celebrate our nation’s birthday and The Bag Sale will be Monday, May 28, 2012
honor our Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or everything is
Our volunteer fire department works very hard for gone.
every one of us. Volunteers are needed; please let
Donations are needed and greatly appreciated.
us know if you can help by contacting Sherry at
Please contact Ray or Jeanette Williams at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 970 881-3836.
881-3612 or by email email@example.com for
For a good time with food, games for all ages, questions. We will not be able to accept donations
pictures with the fire truck, crafts and a silent of clothing, computers-printers, large appliances,
auction, be sure to be at the back parking lot TVs and other computer or TV accessories. These
between 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Information from the items are costly for the CLVFD to dispose of
Crystal Lakes Bear Aware Team, CL FIRES, Fire because of possible pollution or contamination
and Police safety information and the Greenbelt concerns.
Management Committee will also be available.
During May, donations may be dropped off
The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. with prizes for
on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
the best of show. Come outdo your neighbors with
Your generous donations have assisted the CLVFD
for many years. We appreciate our friends and
An open house at the Crystal Lakes Fire Station neighbors who support this effort. Thank you very
will include fire and safety information. Bring your much!
family and friends for a great day of fun.
The CLVFD will again sell great food, drinks
and snacks for everyone to enjoy. The CLVFD
Please Volunteer! LOGO items will be available and there will be
Volunteers are needed for the great bargains on some items for purchase.
Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. Come browse, find a new treasure in all the stuff
Please call Marian at 881-2049. and enjoy lunch with CLVFD members and all our
Your community needs you. Crystal Lakes’ friends and neighbors.
Red Feather Lakes Community Library Wed., July 4, CLOSED for the holiday
Calendar of Events Thur., to Sun., July 5-8: Friends of the Library Book
By Karen Horner, Assistant Librarian,
firstname.lastname@example.org Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 11:20 am -12 noon:
PO Box 123, 71 Firehouse LN Preschool Story Hour.
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545 Fridays, July 6, 13, 20, 10:30-10:50 am: Baby Time.
Sat., July 14, 8:15 am-2 pm: Search & Rescue Dogs
Library Website: www.redfeatherlibrary.org
(please check for programming updates)
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm, Sat., July 14, 1:30-3:30 pm: Digital Photography
May 22 - September 8 Interest Group
Sat., July 14, 3:30-5 pm: Colorado Diamonds
Wed., May. 15, 9-10 am: Nature Walk-RFL
Community Park. Library Openings: Circulation Desk; Preschool
Wed., May 15, 3-4 pm: Craft & Snack for K-5th Story Hour presenters; Baby Time leaders; Program &
grade children. Book Selection Committee members; Teen & Children
program assistants, Computer class instructors, Board of
Thursdays, May 17, 24, 31, 11:20-12 pm: Preschool
Trustee members, Grant Writing Committee, and others.
Fridays, May. 18, 25, 10:30-10:50 am: Baby Time. Ongoing Events (Open to the Public):
Thurs., - Sun., May 24 - 27, Friends of the Library • Bear Paw Quilters meet every Monday from 10 am-3
Book Sale pm
• RFL Watercolor Society meets every Tuesday from
Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30-10:50 am: Baby 9-11 am
Time. • RFL Writer’s Groups meet the 2nd Tuesdays from
Sat., June 2, Summer Reading Program Begins 3-5:00 pm
Sun., June 3, 4-7 pm: Music Circle • Knit & Stitch meets the 1st Friday monthly from
Thurs., June 7, 8-11am: Nature Walk – Mount • RFL Community Library Board of Trustees meets
Margaret every 4th Wednesday monthly at 9 am
Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 11:20 am-12 noon: • Commissioner’s Citizen’s Meetings are the 1st
Preschool Story Hour. Thurs., monthly, 12 noon
• Library Book Selection Committee, every 4th
June 8, 2-3:30 pm: Antarctica Photo Journey
Wednesday, 3-4 pm
Sat., June 9, 1:30-3:30 pm: Digital Photography • Preschool Story Hour every Thursday, 11:20 am-12
Interest Group noon
Tues., June 12, 1-2:30 pm: Cloverbud Program for • RFL Men’s and Women’s Book Groups meet the 2nd
Kids Friday monthly from 9-11am
• Baby Time every Friday, 10:30-10:50 am
June 15, 2-3 pm: Community Collaborative
Rain, Hail and Snow Network program
Ruth’s Art Gallery features a new artist every month.
Sat., June 16, 2:30-4 pm: The Boots of Fort Laramie Stop by and take a look. Let us know if you would like
Thurs., June 21, Friends of the Library Annual to display artwork.
Dinner May: Sally Dixon, Flower & wildlife photography
Sat., June 23, 9-11am: Intro to GPS presented by
June: Library Summer Reading Program
Larimer Search & Rescue
July: Melody Perez, Photography
Thurs., June 28, 1-2 pm: Beginning Picasa
Thurs., June 28, 2:30 pm: Fairytales Bad Villains by Library Services Available: computers, 24x7 wireless
Margie Caswell access, printer, photocopier, fax, Stenzel Community
Room, interlibrary loan service, magazine exchange,
June 29, 1-3 pm: Author Talk and Book Signing
Fri., classes & workshops year-round, programs for children,
– Mary Ellen Weiland teen and adults, full service lending library (books, audio
Mon., July 2, 8-11 am: Nature Walk – Lady Moon books, DVDs, VHS, children’s materials, toy lending
Trailhead and more)!
What is the Mountain Lions Club?
By Kay Hunter
Our Mountain Lions are volunteers from Glacier
View, Livermore, Red Feather and Crystal Lakes
who are trying to meet the needs of our area-wide
community. We all share a common belief that
community is what we make it.
We have four major fundraisers a year: our
pancake breakfasts on the Sunday of Memorial
Day, 4th of July and Labor Day and our community
calendar sale. Most of the money we collect and our
labor is returned to our area-wide community in such
Cell #: (970) 302-8680 ways as helping the local 9-Health Fair, the local
community library, our local elementary school, and
our community-wide Veterans lunch. We also sponsor
the Community Park in RFL and the Veterans
Memorial. Everyone in the area is encouraged to add
the name of a family member who has served or is
Consultation currently serving our country in the military.
Mountain Pine Beetle Prevention Your Mountain Lions also serve a greater
community by collecting used eyeglasses and helping
(970) 686-0965 1-(888) 686-0965 Toll Free (970) 686-0955 * Fax to pay for vision screening for those who may need
extra support. We give to our state camp for the
handicapped and for Hearing Dogs and Leader Dogs.
Who are the Mountain Lions? We are volunteers
who serve your/our community and its needs. We
meet from April through September. If you are
interested in volunteering, networking and having
FUN please join us. Contact Eunice Michalka at
970-690-5007 or 970-881-3960.
A Blast from the Past – It’s Crystal Clear
By Kay Hunter
The following article was in the September 1980
Crystal Lakes Observer:
The economy depends about as much on economists as
the weather does on weather forecasters.
Time is a versatile performer. It flies, marches on, heals
all wounds, and runs out and will tell.
It’s hard to say who brags more, the reformed smoker or
the guy whose car gets 30 miles to the gallon.
Politics isn’t too bad a profession. If you succeed, there
are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself, you can
always write a book.
If you had your life to live over again – you’d need more
Crystal Lakes Road & Recreation Association
300 Tami Road
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
“ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED”
• Summer Office Hours: 8:00 to 4:00 daily
May 1st to October 1st.
• Pine Beetle spray requests are due May 15.
Order forms available in the office. White is
the tape color for marking trees this year.
• Seedling Order Forms are available in the
office and on the website – deadline May 31.
Dates to remember:
Sat. 5/26 Water & Sewer Annual Meeting
Sun. 5/27 CLVFD Yard Sale
Sat. 6/9 Road & Recreation Annual Meeting
Sat. 7/7 Annual Fishing Derby
by John Sprackling
Yellow-bellied Marmot, Marmota flaviventris
The next time you’re traveling past Marmot Rock (the curve on Creedemore
Lakes Rd. at junction with Choctaw Dr.), check the large boulders for marmots.
Their first annual appearance, usually in May, indicates that summer is officially
underway at Crystal Lakes. Rocks on the east side of the Crystal Lake Dam are
also good marmot sites.
Marmots are herbivorous rodents that are members of the ground squirrel
family. They eat grasses, flowers, forbs, and seeds and are gregarious critters
that live in colonies of a dozen or more. Also called rock chucks and whistle
pigs, marmots give a shrill whistle when startled to alert family members of
danger. Adults weigh seven to eight pounds and live up to 20 years. They
are found throughout the western U. S. from deserts to mountains and are closely related to groundhogs
(woodchucks) of the Midwest and Eastern U. S.
Highly educated marmot researchers (“Marmatologists”) have some surprising facts concerning global
warming and its effects on marmots. While polar bears in the Arctic are suffering, Rocky Mt. marmots seem
to be thriving. Winters are shorter so they don’t hibernate for the usual seven months a year but are awake and
spend more time “carousing” and mingling with members of the opposite sex. Summers are longer so more food
is available and consequently they are eating more. Bottom line is that since 2001 the increase in “munching
and mating” has increased Rocky Mt. marmot populations significantly and they are now 10% heavier than
10 years ago. Marmot experts are very concerned about overweight marmots and hope global warming is only
temporary so that a potential “marmot obesity” crisis will be averted. ohn Sprackling Photo by Ann Watson