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					         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
                                                                   COUPON FOR 10% OFF ONE ENTREE

       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
                                                                            (970) 881-2106
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: helain.steele@colostate.edu.
   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
                                                                10:30 a.m.
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
               for information
                                                                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
                                                                                Wapiti Center

                                                                Sun. 7/8        *CL FIRES Family Fun Day
                                                                 9:00 a.m. -    Lower Basecamp Parking Lot
                                                                 1:00 p.m.
                                                                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
                    (800) 419-2500
                                                                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
                                                                                Wapiti Center
                                                                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
     tree felling
•	   Proper technique for limbing and bucking of the
     downed trees

                                                                                  Crystal Lakes
                                                                                 Community Fund
                                                                                 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
                                                                  interested in becoming a board member please let
         Funding and Operating a Safe and
      Environmentally Friendly Solution and                       Ray Williams know at rayjenwil@peoplepc.com 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 rayjenwil@peoplepc.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
                                                                  address provided.
                                                                     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
                                                                         Ponderosa Realty Assoc.
natural darkness.                                                            23340 County Road 74E
                                                                             Red Feather Lakes, CO
    Did you know that all living things benefit from          Choose the unique and proven marketing program that
natural darkness? The bright lights from cities               helps MAKE THE SALE. No one can locate buyers
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: info@redfeatherlakes.com
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
in mind.
   •	   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
        minimize impact
   •	   Avoid using solar lights lining driveways or
        other areas
   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
        	 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
and slash.
   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.
                             PVES, Inc
                                                                            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
                                                                                 have neighbors.
                                                                            •	   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 dlentz@larimer.org.

     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
   10:30 a.m.
                                                               BEETLEKILL REMOVAL
•	 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
                 and Parade
                                                             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
sherry@alexandher.com, 970 881-3836.
                                                             881-3612 or by email rayjenwil@peoplepc.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
parade entries.
                                                             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,
          assistant@redfeatherlibrary.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.
                Phone: 970-881-2664
                                                              	Sat., July 14, 8:15 am-2 pm: Search & Rescue Dogs
    Library Website: www.redfeatherlibrary.org
                                                                Find YOU!
       (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.
  Story Hour.
	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
                                                                 9:30-11 am.
	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
                                                                       and knitting
	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

• 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

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