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Riva Reader | January 2016 Free online newsletter

8 FHMD Board Election

Consider volunteering for our Community


Feeding wildlife can kill them


Outdoor Spaces


Know how your good intentions are bad

What to know before you contract

Fire Mitigation

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My apologies for those of you who read my letter and found I hadn’t updated in this edition... Please take a moment to read about feeding the wildlife in the neighborhood so you fully understand the dangers. There’s also a couple of good articles from new contributors I’d like to point out like the one on Fire Mitigation by Lee Duhl and the other about outdoor living by Ben Wood. I always appreciate others contributing to this publication because it takes so much time to pull together. Every little bit helps! If you have an article or idea that you’d like to see in our Riva Reader, please send mea note. I am always up for new ideas!

Roz Birkelo Editor & Art Director

Our directory is finally done and we hope to have them printed and delivered soon. For those of you who sent in your information, Thank you!

Roz has lived in Riva Chase since 2011. She has served on the HOA as secretary and is currently serving a four year term as director of the FHMD. She began editing and compiling the Riva Reader in May 2013. She has a Bachelor in Arts and Art Education with an emphasis on Graphic Design. She is currently working as a Senior Engineering Technologist & Analyst for Bayswater Exploration & Development in downtown Denver.


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January 2016 // Issue No. 14 News 6

Directories are in!

Distribution coming soon


HOA Balance Sheet

Dues have increased


FHMD BOD Election 2016 How to get on the ballot


Feeding the Wildlife is Deadly

How one Cow was put down and why your good intentions are bad


Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo



Outdoor Spaces

Archadeck of Evergreen


Fire Mitigation

Denver West Insurance Brokers


Rustic Point - Interior Decorating


Foothills Fire & Rescue Chiefs Report


Real Estate Report


President’s Message - HOA Message


Bible Study - Womens’ Bible Study


Neighbor to Neighbor - Recommendations


Classified - Riva Chase ads

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What Fourth Annual

You’re Invited to Riva Chase’s Annual ”Oh What Fun” Celebration January 30, 2016 Mt. Vernon Country Club, 6:30 p.m. $20/person for the first two household members $40/person for Additional guests Mail payments to: (payable to) Riva Chase HOA c/o Joy Lawrance, 759 Kachina Circle, Golden CO 80401 Seating WILL be limited due to room size, so please sign up as early as possible!

Payment should be received no later than January 15. After January 15, payment is non-refundable.

Dinner Buffet / Cash Bar 4

For information, email:

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Riva Chase HOA


January not only brings us a new year, but also a large influx of new homeowners! Welcome! Riva Chase residents are a truly friendly bunch, and if you’ve not met too many neighbors yet, there are plenty of opportunities coming along.

Joy Lawrance President, Riva Chase HOA

Of course, you’ve probably already met the “wild” neighbors – the deer, elk, foxes and wide variety of birds that call Riva Chase home, too. It’s always good to remember that they were here first, and they deserve our respect. One huge advantage to our “no fences” policy gives these beautiful creatures room to roam the area freely. What wonderful sights they are! Even if, from time to time, they stop traffic, or decide to sample a plant or two. It’s all part of sharing our space with nature’s creations.

A list of scheduled events for the year are posted below, so be sure to mark your calendars. All residents are most welcome to attend our Board Meetings, held every other month. These offer the opportunity to get the low-down on what’s happening, and to voice your opinions, concerns or praises for those who volunteer their time and efforts to keep Riva Chase running smoothly. The Board is always open to homeowners’ suggestions. We are dedicated to helping our community stay attractive and SAFE. We look forward to seeing MANY of you at our annual “Oh What Fun!” Dinner at Mt. Vernon Country Club. This event has become one of the highlights of the winter season, and is always much enjoyed by all who attend. Come join us at Board Meetings, or social events through the year. Check the newsletter for information about our Book Club or Bible Study Group, too!

Joy Lawrance


Feb. 3; April 6; June 1; Aug. 3; Oct. 5; Dec. 7


June 22


Sept. 17

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fter many months of effort (most of it by Roz Birkelo!!!!!) Our directories are finally ready for distribution! Of course, we understand that many of our newest homeowners will not be listed, but there are pages for additional notes, so as you get new names, please just add them to your book. We allot one directory per household. If you want an extra, it will be $10. The information published about homeowners’ phones/emails is published ONLY with their consent. Some have elected to not have their information published. According to a new Colorado statute, it is mandatory that the HOA have a signed consent form from each homeowner either allowing or opting out of directory


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information. If you have any corrections/additions, please let us know. You can email the board at A huge benefit to the new directory is that it contains our Covenants, ACC Rules and Regulations, and HOA By-Laws‌all there for easy reference.

by Joy Lawrance

These directories are SOLELY for the use of Riva Chase Residents, and are not to be shared, distributed, or sold to any third parties. Please read the Confidentiality Notice in the front of the directory. We value the privacy of our residents, and trust that all homeowners will honor that as well.


submitted by John Carpenter

Riva Chase Homeowner’s Association Balance Sheet Summary As of January 7, 2016 ASSETS

TOTAL Current Assets Bank Accounts Accounts Receivable Other current assets Total Current Assets


47,200.58 0.00 784.00 $47,984.58 $47,984.58

LIABILITIES & EQUITY Liabilities Current Liabilities Accounts Payable Other current liabilities Total Current Liabilities TOTAL LIABILITIES

6,500.00 -6,000.00 500.00 500.00

Total Equity




HOA dues have increased to $100 per year for 2016 and the annual invoice will be mailed soon. Payment is due by February 15, 2016.

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CTORS ELECTIONS 2016 by Roz Birkelo


he Forest Hills Metro District is a Colorado Special District that is a local government created to fill the gaps that may exist in the services counties provide and the services our residents may desire.


As political subdivisions of the State of Colorado, special districts are required to submit a number of required filings to various state agencies throughout the year. These filings are primarily financial, but also include election results, lists of boards of directors, and others.

Write-in Deadline: February 29, 2016

As a Board of director, our primary responsibility to the district is to make sure we have safe drinking water and that our waste water treatment plant is in working order and in compliance. The BOD addresses a wide range of water and wastewater problems from deteriorating distribution lines and regulatory changes, to creating budgets and making sure our finances can handle infrastructure operation and maintenance. It is the BOD’s responsibility to analyze needs and develop goals, develop a capital improvement program, analyze rate structures for user and tap fees, as well as explore funding alternatives.

2016 Regular Election Date: May 3, 2016 Self-nomination Deadline: February 26, 2016

To qualify to serve on the Board of Directors you must be registered to vote in the State of Colorado and have been a resident of the District for not less than 30 days or own (or be the spouse of an owner of) taxable real or personal property within the District (Riva Chase). If you or someone you know would like to run for a director position in the May election, self-nomination forms to be a candidate for district board members may be obtained and should be returned to the Designated Election Official [per C.R.S. 1-13.5-303] and must be received by February 26, 2016. Our administrator, Ronda Zivalich, can assist you with this process and can be reached by calling 303-495-2330 or by email at Note, director positions are a four year term. Our remaining two directors’ terms are up in May of 2018. We encourage you to consider the time commitment this position requires, both in monthly

meetings and the four year term, as well as the time required for our shared responsibilities to the district outside of regular meetings. Currently we have 3 positions open for re-election in May. If no one runs against our current board of directors and our incumbents are willing to remain in office, the election will be canceled at the close of business on the sixty-third day prior to the election.

The FHMD Board of Directors currently are: Roz Birkelo (2018) Tom Napp, up for election Julie Noonan, up for election Roy Roux (2018) Brian Urtel, up for election More information regarding special districts can be found on the Colorado Department of Local Affairs website: https://www. You may also contact any current board member and ask questions regarding our experience and to get a better idea of expectations. At you will also find a great deal of information regarding the district, financial statements, FAQ, and the facilities.

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On January 9, 2016, I got a call from a resident telling me that there was an injured cow elk on one of our streets. She was still alive but dying. There was a little blood, but no real sign of injury and, thankfully, no one approached the elk. I called the Sheriff Department who connected me to the Highway Patrol who contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife and a Regional Officer was dispatched. Upon inspection, he had no choice but to put the elk down by shooting her in the head (twice). He used his truck to drag her to the hill by lift station one at the end of Forest Hills Drive so that he could gut her and examine her stomach, only to find an unusual amount of grain and corn in her system. He explained that this is what killed her and that they (The Colorado Parks and Wildlife) are getting more and more reports of dead elk with this being the cause.

Although I opted to leave out the picture of her insides in this article, I admit that the description above is graphic, but I am trying to make a point. I, like many of you, enjoy our wildlife, even come to think of them as pets. We all have good intentions and I know it’s tempting to feed them, but it is deadly. I offer you the following article to help better explain the dangers of feeding the wildlife and hope you will take the time to read it. I also encourage you to report anyone known to feed the deer and elk or any of the wild animals in our area immediately. Their life may depend on it. Sincerely, Roz Birkelo In the future, if you have a dead carcass on your property or on the districts property, please contact the FHMD by calling 303-495-2330. We have a company that we use to dispose of carcasses appropriately. It is illegal to throw away carcasses in your trash.


eeding big game is not only illegal in Colorado, it is deadly for wildlife.

“There’s no doubt that life’s tough for big game during the winter, but feeding these animals can make them sick and kill them,” said Scott Wait, southwest region senior terrestrial biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Every year at about this time, Colorado’s wildlife officers see evidence throughout the state that people are feeding big game animals. The problem is most common in rural, large-lot subdivisions. The digestive systems of deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep are specialized for natural food sources, not the common types of feed we give to livestock and pets -hay, corn, grains, alfalfa, birdseed and pet foods. When big game eat food not suited to their systems, especially during the winter, they can develop digestive problems that will kill them within a few days. Here’s what happens: As fall begins, the digestive systems of ungulates change so that they can efficiently digest vegetation that is naturally dried out and low in nutritional value-such as leaves,


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numerous dead deer that succumbed to digestive problems after eating food provided by people. Because feeding big game is illegal, Murdoch has issued one ticket and four other warnings during the last month. The fine is $70.50. “Some people think they’re helping wildlife, but it only causes serious problems for Colorado’s big game animals,” Murdoch said. Last year in Murdoch’s district, a bighorn ram died as a result of eating food provided by people.

twigs and grasses. When they eat nutrient-dense food such as corn or alfalfa, their digestive systems produce high amounts of acid which causes them to become dehydrated. “When that happens they’ll become sluggish but also drink lots of water; I will get reports from people who tell me a deer is barely moving and eating snow. That’s a sure sign people are putting out food,” said Conifer-area District Wildlife Manager Scott Murdoch.

Another problem with feeding is that it causes numerous animals to congregate in one area. That creates a perfect environment for disease transmission. Spreading hay, corn or putting out salt licks will attract animals to the food-and their deaths. Animals that bunch up can also be vulnerable to mountain lions or other predators.

animals are being fed is asked to call the nearest CPW office. Tips can also be called in to Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648. If you have questions about wildlife, please call any CPW office. For more information about living with Colorado’s wildlife responsibly, go to http://cpw. LivingwithWildlifeJunkFood.aspx.

See more at: http://www. dll/article?AID=/20160107/ PRT01/160109924#sthash. S8apkUfU.dpuf Colorado Parks & Wildlife Northeast Region Office 6060 Broadway, Denver 80216 CPW Dispatch: 303-291-7227 Operation Game Thief: 1-877-COLO-OGT

Anyone who suspects that big game

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Planning the Per fect Riva Chase Outdoor Liv ARCHADECK OF THE FOOTHILLS


ith vast vistas that calm and refresh the senses, Riva Chase outdoor living spaces should be well thought out for your must-have needs as well as your niceto-have wants. Planning your outdoor space should be as exciting as seeing the project come to life before your very eyes. Let your builder know if you have strong feelings (positive or negative) about specific materials. Clip pictures that reflect the look (or even specific features) you want. Ensure that your personality and lifestyle preferences shine through. Luckily today, as the outdoor living


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space market continues to grow, there are exciting new additions coming to market each season. As the number of building materials can be overwhelming, be sure to talk to your builder about the best options to suit your needs and landscape. Better designers and contractors will be intimately familiar with the most popular building materials and can provide advice and guidance regarding the major advantages and disadvantages associated with your preferred selections. Be sure to ask your contractor how the materials will change in appearance as they age, then decide what best suits your taste, your tolerance for ongoing maintenance,

and your budget. And be sure to ask about those little touches that make a huge functional and visual impact for a small cost. Decorative flooring patterns, lowvoltage outdoor lighting and built-in seating can often heighten style, while costing less than if purchased separately. A beautiful, quality deck can be well designed without being expensive. Give serious consideration about your space’s functionality. Take traffic flow into consideration for the best functional use of your outdoor living space. Pattern changes in the floorboards or structural elements such as pergolas are a great way to

ving Space by Ben Wood define separate “rooms.” Just as important as carefully thinking about and planning your space is selecting the right contractor for your outdoor living space project. If you’re like many homeowners, you often get calls from companies offering to do everything from painting to pressure washing to cleaning your gutters. Before you entrust your home, the center of your life, to any kind of contractor or service provider, you need to do some homework of your own. That’s especially true when choosing a contractor to design and build your outdoor living space. In addition to local building codes, factors such as the terrain, weather, and homeowner’s association guidelines come into play in the design and construction of structures outside. The following tips will give you peace of mind that you’ve chosen just the right contractor for your project.

1. THINK LOCAL Choose a company with an established reputation in our Foothills area. Only someone who has built decks, porches, and outdoor living spaces in your community will have the local knowledge necessary to ensure that your project is beautiful and functional. A local expert will current building codes and permit requirements, implement design features to complement the architecture within the community, and which products perform best in your particular climate.

2. MEET AT YOUR HOME Be sure to meet with the contractor at your home so they can see your property right from the start. This will help ensure that they have a good sense of familiarity with physical size possibilities and other dynamics that

may impact their design plan. It is extremely helpful to the design process if all decision makers can be present to ensure everyone has input in the design!

3. BE PREPARED TO TALK BUDGET Homeowners often make the mistake of “playing their cards close to the vest” by keeping their true budget comfort level a secret. This strategy is counterproductive, since a good designer needs to know your budget so he or she can design and size your outdoor space appropriately to maximize functionality and aesthetics within your stated investment comfort level.

4. VERIFY THEIR REPUTATION AND LEVEL OF EXPERTISE Especially in Riva Chase - with its uneven grade and steep terrain - you want to be sure your prospective contractor has considerable experience with multi-level decks, staircases, fire features, and the latest outdoor lighting systems. By looking at photo samples of their work, talking to several references and taking the time to personally visit several completed projects in your area you can see living examples of your contractor’s experience with the type of materials you’re thinking of using, from composite materials such as TimberTech® to a Brazilian hardwood material such as Ipe to stone walls, railings and other features. You can also see if they’ve thought about details such as which way grill smoke drifts, or for an elaborate design, whether you might need an engineer’s review.

5. GET A WRITTEN WARRANTY If you’ve chosen the right contractor, they should offer a written warranty to prove they stand behind their work. For example, when you work with a nationally recognized company, your deck, sunroom, porch or other structure is backed by a written guarantee for workmanship and structural integrity. Elite contractors may also offer a primary warranty backed by a second, third party guarantee that assures completion of your project, even in the unlikely event of any tragedy befalling the owner/ operator or their business.

Ben Wood is General Manager for Archadeck of the Foothills, where he champions outdoor living design plans that are as functional as they are affordable. For a free, no-obligation outdoor living space design consultation, contact a design consultant at 720-398-9179 or at

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ildfire is a growing threat in the Rockies, where the population is exploding in the foothills and mountain areas. As more people build homes, operate businesses and recreate in areas where wildlands border urban areas, wildfire threats to properties and lives increase. Those migrating to these spaces aren’t always fully aware of the dangers that living in areas susceptible to wildfires, also known as Red Zones, can present. More than two million Coloradans live in the WildlandUrban Interface (WUI) which encompasses any area where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation, and where high potential for wildland fire exists. Homeowners must be aware of the insurability of property before moving to or building in these high-risk areas, and prepared to take steps to prevent this hazard.


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In recent years, Colorado has seen a number of destructive wildfires break out throughout the state, which in many cases have destroyed or damaged homes and other property. Fire mitigation steps like clearing brush and trees from a perimeter around homes, or replacing wood shake roofs with tile or asphalt shingles, can help reduce the risk to property. Recent surveys conducted by the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association tell us that Coloradans overwhelmingly consider wildfire mitigation to be an important personal responsibility of homeowners who live in high risk areas. The majority feel there should be insurance consequences for those who refuse to take steps to protect their property from the threat of wildfire.

by Lee Duhl

properties implemented to reduce the threat of wildfire. These actions can take place before, during or after a wildfire has occurred. The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is the lead state agency in fuels mitigation expertise in Colorado and an excellent resource for residents who want to gain more information and take steps to decrease the threat of wildfire to their property. The organization develops and distributes educational materials and special programs to assist homeowners, landowners and communities in taking action to reduce their wildfire risk. Another resource is your local fire protection district. Most will come to your property to do an assessment free of charge.

How Comprehensive Is Your Insurance Coverage?

What is Wildfire Mitigation? Wildfire mitigation actions are onthe-ground treatments of forested

Damage to your home from a wildfire is generally covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance

policy, just as damage from any other type of fire would be. Homeowners living in areas at risk for wildfires should doublecheck their policies to ensure they have adequate coverage to rebuild their home if it is destroyed. One way to quickly calculate if you have sufficient coverage to rebuild your home is to divide the ‘dwelling’ policy limit by the home’s square footage. If the number is less than $200 per square foot, you’re probably underinsured and should consider purchasing more coverage. Another way to determine if you have enough insurance coverage to replace your home is to ask a local contractor what the current labor and material costs are for your area. It is critical to understand how much per square foot it would cost to replace your home. Insurance agents often recommend adding extended replacement coverage or replacement cost coverage to your homeowner policy. Extended replacement coverage provides homeowners with additional coverage to replace the home in case of surge demand. Surge demand is a dramatic increase in the cost of labor and materials in a fire zone at a time when many homeowners are in need of contractors and reconstruction services at the same time. This can present a significant problem. Case in point: Many homeowners in Colorado Springs and the Boulder canyons found themselves to be severely underinsured following the fires that devastated the areas in recent years. Replacement cost coverage

is harder to find for homes in fire zones, but it is definitely something to look into. This additional coverage will ensure replacement regardless of the dwelling limit on the policy. It is considered to be the best coverage for your home. Building Ordinance is also an important coverage, especially if your home is more than 15 years old. It provides additional coverage in the event that current updated building codes increase the cost to repair or replace your home. Most insurance policies will pay to replace or clean smoke and/ or water damaged furniture and personal belongings resulting from firefighting efforts. The amount a policyholder receives depends on the amount of coverage purchased. Most policies will pay small amounts to replace landscaping, and some will cover costs incurred from fire department response charges. Standard insurance policies will also cover additional living expenses in the event of a disaster. This will include the cost of living away from home in the event of a mandatory evacuation, or if the

home becomes uninhabitable. These costs include hotel bills, meals out, additional work commute expenses, etc. Coverage for additional living expenses will vary from insurer to insurer, but policies often provide coverage for 20 percent of the dwelling amount on the policy. Overall it is critical to remember that protecting a home, property and a community from wildfire is not a one-time effort. It is a process and requires ongoing participation, maintenance and shared responsibility. We at Denver West Insurance Brokers are wellversed on how to determine the most comprehensive and accurate coverage to protect your home, belongings and livelihood. Call us to review your insurance needs today!

Lee Duhl is a Licensed Customer Service Representative for Denver West Insurance Brokers. She can be reached by dialing 303-960-5290, or via email at:

At Denver West Insurance Brokers we research a broad variety of insurance carriers to determine which best suits the profile of the customer. We feel it is our responsibility to advise all on the ever-changing insurance landscape and how appropriate coverage can impact lives and businesses. We strive to educate and advocate for our customers, providing comprehensive insurance support and careful attention to detail.

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t’s not often that you can walk into just one store in the foothills and find everything you need for every room in your house. Rustic Point, a premiere home furnishing store nestled in Evergreen, is just that! Not only can we decorate all the rooms in your house, but also delight your taste buds with our culinary surprises! The creative combination of our charming accessories, stylish furniture and culinary collections will intrigue you as soon as you walk though the door! Rustic Point strives to be cutting edge in home furnishings and gourmet goods, constantly seeking new and unique offerings, and this year proves to be no different! We have several exciting new things on tap for 2016! We are pleased to offer inhome design consultations and the first hour is free, which is a $100.00 savings! We have an incredible interior designer on staff ready to help you with your decorating journey! Lisa Aharam, has a broad background in design. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from


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UW Stout and has gained invaluable experience working in prominent design companies in the twin cities. For her, success is having a client that is thrilled with the end result and will love every minute they spend in their newly designed rooms. Lisa has been the featured designer on HGTV shows such as Decorating Cents. She loves living in Evergreen and is excited to be part of the Rustic Point team. Together, we can help turn your space into a treasured getaway! We offer full selection of furnishings and accessories for every room. We can help create the perfect room, no matter your style! Call or visit the showroom to get started! Last year we expanded our showroom downstairs to offer gourmet goods. We are thrilled to announce the upcoming addition of the Rustic Point Spice & Oil Shop coming into our Gourmet Goods area. In addition to carrying the local sauces, salsas, dressings, jams, chocolates you’ve come to love, and continuing the wildly popular cooking classes, Chef Mark Pridgen is now teaming up with World Renown Spice Chef Tim Ziegler (Chef Zieg)! Chef Mark will be working with Chef Zieg to create his own proprietary blends and rubs! Look for this exciting new addition in the back room of Rustic Point Gourmet Goods. Check out Chef Zieg’s website to learn more about his work.

As this is quite an undertaking, we are hoping for a March launch with more details to come! Rustic Point will still have all the stylish furniture and home décor as always, in our showroom upstairs. Spring is our shopping season, come visit us soon to see our new fantastic finds for your home! If you haven’t been in for awhile, it’s like shopping a whole new store! We are located at 908 Nob Hill Road, in the log home building across from Jiffy Lube, next to the Smiling Moose Deli. We are open Monday-Friday 10:100 am – 6:00 pm. Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Visit us on the website

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The Women’s Bible Study group will continue our study on Randy Alcorn’s book, “Heaven” through the middle of March, then begin a 9 week study on the book of Ephesians. We meet on Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:30 at the home of Colleen Brisben. Anyone interested in learning more about our group can contact Colleen at cbrisben3@


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by Colleen Brisben or 303.993.7040.

Have you ever wondered… What is Heaven really going to be like? What will we look like? What will we do? Won’t Heaven get boring after a while? God has put eternity in our hearts. Now, Randy Alcorn brings eternity to light in a way that will surprise you, spark your imagination, and change how you live today.

Foothills Fire & Rescue FIRE DEPT UPDATE

Community Partnerships – we will strengthen relationships within our community as well as with nearby emergency response stakeholders via intergovernmental teaming agreements.

Team Motto

some highlights with you.

One Mission:

The LRP helps us focus on providing the best services to our constituents – allowing us to prioritize the things that are most important and make the tough, strategic choices so that we spend time on areas that generate benefits for our citizens as well as for our volunteer fire fighters.

To Protect and Serve

One Challenge: To Respond Quickly, Safely and Effectively

One Team: Dedicated to serve with Pride, Professionalism, Tradition and Courage

There are unique challenges to providing fire and rescue services with limited resources in a mountain community. As a lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain and a third generation firefighter, I have seen a lot of efforts succeed in our community and I have seen some fail too. One of the keys to success is having a clear vision and strategy for the fire and rescue services in our community. To that end, we recently developed our Long Range Plan (LRP) and I’d like to share

We took an iterative approach to develop our LRP, making sure to engage the Board of Directors, our officer corps, our volunteer firefighters, and of course, our community at large. We incorporated feedback from each constituent group along the way in order to make this a plan that we can all support. The Long Range Plan focuses on four core domains: Operational Excellence – we will maintain highly responsive fire, rescue, and emergency services for our community members; reduce response times and maximize responder coverage; and increase preparation for catastrophic events.

Financial Stewardship – we will continue our financially conservative, cash-based, debtfree approach to managing the department through ongoing overall economic uncertainty. Our People – we will foster a community-based, volunteerstaffed, professional department that is trained and prepared to deliver our core services. To read the entire Long Range Plan, go here.. PDFs/FFR%20Vision_Dec2014.pdf I encourage you to read our entire 2020 vision and the planned strategic initiatives for the next 12 months to help us achieve that vision. In the months to come, we’ll share more about our efforts in this section of our website. Other ways to stay informed about our progress include attending our monthly Board of Directors meetings, held on the third Tuesday of every month at the Mount Vernon Country Club at 6:30, so I hope to see you there as well. Thank you for your help as we strive to keep our community safe! Sincerely Yours, Brian J. Zoril Fire Chief January 2016 | Riva Reader


Let’s find your perfect REAL ESTATE AGENT KEVIN MCMILLIN AND HIS COMMITMENT TO YOU My promise to my clients is simply to provide the most professional, informative, loyal and dedicated service in the industry. The best interests of my clients will always come first and I will place the clients’ concerns ahead of my own in each and every transaction, as I am dedicated to the continued development of long-term client relationships! As a full-service Real Estate Broker, I will manage the complexities of your transaction and inform you promptly of all developments, respecting your wishes, so that you have peace of mind throughout the process.

WHY COLDWELL BANKER? When you list with Coldwell Banker you are working with the Leader in the Colorado Market by Dollar Volume, Units Sold, and Luxury Market Sales. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage provides Comprehensive Services for Buyers and Sellers Throughout the State of Colorado. The Company offers a High Level of Experience and Expertise in Every Type of Home Transaction. As Colorado`s Premier Real Estate Company we Provide Support in Luxury Homes, Mortgage, Title, and Relocation Services by Experienced Professionals.

The Coldwell Banker exclusive marketing system is designed for sellers who understand the power of effective property marketing, something which Coldwell Banker is famous for. Your Coldwell Banker real estate professional is backed by the finest team of marketing specialists trained to complete each step, ensuring your property receives the maximum exposure. Our Exclusive Marketing Tools Include; Professional Photography, Television Exposure, Advertising in Colorado Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, Announcement Cards, Property Brochures, Mobile Brochures, Website Exposure and a Global Network of Real Estate Professionals.

Kevin McMillin Broker Associate

Direct 303.679.5652 Office 3 03.674.6667 30810 Stagecoach Blvd., Ste. 101 Evergreen, CO 80439 Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker.


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Data provided by Kevin McMillin

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6 5

5953 $185


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6 5

6150 $162


22488 Springflower Drive Beesley Realty


4 4

6136 $151


840 Kachina Circle Liv Sotheby’s Realty


4 4

5793 $149


869 Hill and Dale Road, Apt D Cherry Creek Properties


2 3

1783 $222


750 Kachina Circle Homesmart Realty Group

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My apologies for not getting 869 Hill & Dale in the Riva Reader. It came up for sale after I had the layout completed and I did not have all the pictures I needed for it to make it in this edition!

869 Hill & Dale, Apt. D Beautiful private condominium located in a gated community. Next to Genesee Park and just 20 minutes from Denver, this well maintained home with stunning views from every window features a spacious, open floor plan for easy living and entertaining. Soaring ceilings and gorgeous tile and wood floors throughout. The kitchen features beautiful granite, newer appliances, and alder cabinetry. The sunken living room and sitting room share a cozy fireplace with access to a private deck with expansive views in all directions. Huge master suite with fireplace, large bath and walk in closet. The junior suite also features its own private deck. Plus, a second story “hidden” loft serves can serve as an office, or artist retreat. Tons of storage, and you’ll find even more in the 2 car garage. A quiet pond and play ground provide a peaceful get away. Plus, dogs are allowed! And since the condo is partially furnished - all you have to do is unpack! (Contact agent for list of inclusions).

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$1,099,000 — 6 Bed 5 Bath, 5953 sf This Incredible Home has been well updated and maintained. The entire house has been professionally decorated to include Plantation Shutters, Remote Blinds in Office/Study. On the deck enjoy City Views in the Hot Tub. There is also a built in BBQ and Outdoor Fireplace. Large Great Room adjacent to the Kitchen and Eating area. Viking Refrigerator in Kitchen, two dishwashers for entertaining and granite countertops with glass tile back splash. The main level Laundry features two washers and two dryers. New Double Entry Wrought Iron Front Door By Love that Door for a Grand Entrance! Custom Lighting, beautiful hardware, new paint and much more. Walk out the lower level to a flag stone patio. Three car garage with cabinets and workbench. Move in ready!


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$865,000 — 4 Bed 3.5 Bath, 5793 sf Great windows provide abundant natural light and a custom feel with several beveled panes that artfully showcase the exciting architectural lines of this open and bright home. Once a “Parade of Homes” home, special features include: remodeled kitchen with hardwood flooring, slab granite tops, Jenn-Air double ovens, Viking 6-burner cooktop and an adjoining family room with wet bar and fireplace plus a breakfast nook with access to city view deck; grand living room with floor-to-ceiling windows is full of views of the mountain setting and nearby pond and has a gas fireplace; formal dining room; upstairs are three bedrooms including the luxury master and two Jack ‘n Jill style bedrooms; walk-out level offers a large recreation room with wet bar; studio with city views; hot tub room; 4th bedroom with 3/4 bath and a roomy wine cellar down circular stairs. January 2016 | Riva Reader



$998,500 — 6 Bed 5 Bath, 5376 sf Gracious mountain living on 1.6-acres. State-of-the-art heating system w/instant hot water, and computer-controlled multiple HVAC zones & lighting. Large main-floor master suite. Gourmet kitchen with gas range, sub-zero fridge, granite counter tops and double convection ovens. Walkout lower level, built-in multi-media room with surround sound, large bar area includes kitchen, pool/ping pong table, and exercise room. Home office w/private entrance. Three-car garage.


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$929,000 — 4 Bed 4 Bath, 6136 sf City light views. 4-car garage. Extra large bay with 10 ft door 25 ft deep. Winding stone drive with wildlife statuary. Elevated lot on cul-de-sac. Open floor plan/sweeping interior views. Gleaming hardwood floors. Great room w vaulted ceilings, 2-story windows, stone inlay fireplace, Juliet balcony. Curving staircase to balcony/loft area. Center island gourmet kitchen. Granite counters/back-splash, stainless steel appliances, 5-burner gas cook-top, double oven, 2 dishwashers, pantry, paring station. Main level office, second-floor laundry room. Master suite w expansive sitting area. Master bath w black granite counters, tiered jetted tub. Massive lower-level walkout w large party room, bar w granite counter-tops, deck w over-size hot tub.

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or the last 90 years Mt. Vernon Country Club has overlooked Clear Creek Canyon and the City of Denver. And for nearly a third of this time, Mr. Peter Clampitt has led the club; for 27 of those years, he has been the Executive Manager. The end of an era is approaching, as Peter is planning his retirement for December 31. He leaves behind many very lasting

memories, and a legacy that is unmatched. Peter has never managed the club from behind a desk. He has stayed regularly and personally involved in the many club activities and events, always mingling amongst the members, and assuring their enjoyment. The men’s weekly tennis group has always

enjoyed Peter’s steaks on Tuesdays, and Peter is known for his personal assistance and oversight with weddings and other celebrations. Mount Vernon is well known for its entertainment, largely due to Peter’s interest in music, and his passion for jazz. His personally arranged and produced jazz concerts will bring back many special memories for years to come. Peter takes charge of finding and booking the artists, even driving them to the club. Once the sound and stage area is set, he relishes in the performances of international jazz artists such as saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary John Coltrane. Peter and the club hosted Grammy winning artist, Esperanza Spalding and Kyle Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s son. Mount Vernon is known for hosting successful fundraisers. Peter’s personal involvement and contributions to the success of fundraisers are reflected in his generous actions, such as donating vacation trips on his sailboat for auctions. Many events have been held for various community organizations, including Ralston Elementary School and Mt. Evans Hospice. He came into his position with 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Originally brought on board as the Executive Chef, he was quickly promoted to take on

the responsibilities of Executive Manager. Peter coordinated and managed a wide range of responsibilities. He actively participated in areas of food preparation, menu development and banquet and catering coordination through the years. This included off-site catering for occasions such as fundraisers and special events. Over the years, Peter has taken on responsibility for a variety of club design and expansion projects. Peter was raised on the east coast, and was instrumental in bringing hydroclay courts to the country club. He led the club through various capital improvement projects, including the renovation of the pool and exercise facilities, the outdoor grill, The Canyon room, and the replacement of the wastewater treatment facility. As a manager, Peter leaves a huge legacy, shown by the longevity of the many dedicated, quality staff members he brought to the club, developed and retained for years. His legacy is also seen in the many roles Peter plays in club operations. Peter manages multiple, diverse departments including General Services, Recreation, Accounting and Financial, Food and Beverage Operations, Membership and Marketing, Reporting and Budgeting. Peter is known as a caring and generous person to those who work at Mount Vernon, and staff loyalty to

the club is a direct result of his efforts. The shoes to be filled by his successor are many and diverse. What is next for Peter Clampitt, after all these years and all his hard work? He tells us he plans to spend more of his time sailing the Caribbean on his boat, which he keeps moored in St. Vincent, and spending time with his 15 year old son Jamie. For Mount Vernon, the staff and members inherit the result of his many efforts and his passion for the club. This is a country club with a community atmosphere, and it will continue to thrive. Congratulations and thank you Peter! We will miss you, but we wish you all the best in the future!

Article written by Linda McFarlin, Director of Marketing If you are interested in learning more about Mount Vernon Country Club, please contact Linda McFarlin, 303.526.3135,, or Beth McHugh, 303.526.3102, For extensive information and photos, please visit our website, Join us!

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Neighbor to Neighbor Contractor Recommendations Recommendations will remain in the RR for two issues.

Cabinetry / Remodeling

I hired Kevin McMillin, a Riva Chase Resident, to remodel my two upstairs bathrooms and install custom shelves in my kitchen. He’s professional, attentive, honest, and very talented. Call My Cabinet Guy: (970) 376-1970 or Roz Birkelo

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Greetings: My name is Gary Sohrweid and we live here at 730 Summerwood Drive. We just had a carpeted staircase converted into an oak staircase with black walnut inlay on the landing. The work is beautiful and of high quality. Two of my neighbors, also have had their floors refinished and new floors installed. We all have used ROONEY HARDWOOD FLOORS. We all endorse this Company whole heartedly and we all are Riva Chase property owners. Ph: 303-907-8604 Gary Sohrweid

General Contractors

Mile High Contractors | Contact MerriLou Flake 303.883.3866 They completely remodeled my master bathroom and did a great job. Quality workmanship, competitive prices, and great customer service. They are General Contractors and can perform all types of work at your home. Highly recommended. Brenda Shuler


We would like to recommend Caribou Contracting for your home remodel projects. We needed a lot of work done on the wood trim on our windows and framing around some doors all around our home and Josh, the owner of Caribou Contracting, did a great job replacing or fixing on the rotted/ broken wood trim and framing. Josh was a pleasure to work with - he was very responsive and reliable and got the job done when he promised. He took great pride in his workmanship and did a remarkable job. His company does all sorts of remodeling projects -- installation of basic trim to full additions and reconfigurations. Over the years his company has done a lot of kitchen and bath remodels and general home improvement, and they mainly work within a 20 mile radius of Golden. You can reach Josh at 800-452-0899 and his website is Patrick Green & Mashenka Lundberg


For any type of local moving (e.g. A Piece of Large Furniture). I had a good deal of success with Hediger Moving. The owner, Steven Hediger lives on Lookout Mountain, and he and his assistant did a careful job with a very large and heavy piece of furniture for me. His number is (303) 526-9105. John Carpenter


Jack Hopp Decorating (painter) - 303-478-2510 : He has worked for us since we built this home 20 years ago and recently painted the exterior of the house for the second time. He also did all of our interior painting and wall paper. Ann Nutt


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Superb, perfectionist, well-priced painter interior and exterior. Chris Horvath, Infinite Concepts Painting and Repair, infiniteconcepts.pandr@ 303-507-5779 Jane Makowka


You don’t need a roofer every day, but when you do, it’s nice to know who’s really good, can do the job probably sooner than most, and may even be cheaper at the same time! We had a roof leak with all the rains in April/May and some interior damage as a result. The restoration company roofer finally showed up, did some “emergency repairs” and the water still kept coming in. I was lucky enough to recall the name of another roofer that had done work for me ten years ago and called him. He diagnosed the problem correctly even without seeing the roof, had his people over in no time, they verified his remote diagnosis (I went up on the roof to see for myself) and the leak was fixed. The best part is that his cost was a fraction of what the first roofer estimated for the fix, AND his people spotted another area that needed attention on our central chimney. Had they not alerted us of that second problem the consequences would have been worse than the first leak, if unattended. I can heartily recommend Dave Evenson, the owner of Troost Roofing and his crew - 303-674-4667 – when you need a roofer, check out their website, they really over-deliver! Ron Kordof

House Keeping

Lucinda Griffin is very thorough and reliable. She cleans a few homes here in Riva Chase. Phone # - 303-487-6136. Cell: 720-841-3863 Joy Lawrence

Carpet & Upholstery

Academy Services Corp. 303-279-7214. We have been using their services for over 20 years and have always been happy with their services. In addition to carpet and upholstery care, they also clean wood floors, stone floors, grout, and power wash decks and garage floors. Please give them a try! Karen Carson


I would recommend RCM Lawn and Landscape (303-232-5755), owned by Robert McCullough, who just did our yard. With Winston out of commission, it was he who mowed our lawn. Ann Nutt

Window Cleaning

We just had our windows cleaned last week by a new company and are very happy with their work. The name of the company is Restoration Window Cleaning, the owner is Shawn Sibert and his number is 303-917-5274. Gary & Karen Carson

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Beautiful free standing home in condominium complex

overlooking golf course and a short walk to paved will both be attending D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School next  School next Fall as seventh and eighth graders (12 & 13 biking and jogging path along the Snake River along venth and eighth graders (12&13 years old). Each of us are Certified  years old). Each of us are Certified American Red Cross with cross country/snow shoe right out the door. Babysitters. We know CPR and choking procedures. Also, Red Cross Babysitters.We know CPR and choking procedures.  Enjoy the luxury of a three bedroom, 3 bath, we know how to care for scrapes, burns, injuries, etc. know how to care for scrapes, burns, injuries, etc. We  are hard  approximate 2000 sq. ft. home with a large family room/ We are hard working, caring, trustworthy, and helpful. living/dining room. All amenities available (washer/dryer, caring, trustworthy, and helpful. We are super fun and appeal to all  We are super fun and appeal to all types of children. subzero refrigerator, pool/sauna in condo complex and With us, your children will be in a safe environment, hildren.With us, your children will be in a safe environment, while  Keystone bus route). Lodge type front desk services while following your rules. We are the best candidates available. your rules. We are the best candidates for babysitting and  for babysitting and entertaining your child/children for ng your child/children for $8 per hour.   Contact Susan for rates and availability: 314.313.2072 $8 per hour.

Full T ime Nanny Needed Genesee-Riva Chase Family Looking for Full-Time Nanny to start the end of January Needed Monday-Friday from 8/8.30 to 4/4.30. Offering competitive hourly rate and paid time off. Before and after school care for our almost 5 year old son and all day care for our 12 month old daughter. Safe, reliable transportation required for school drop-off and pick-up some days and music class, story time and other outings with our daughter. Looking for mature, experienced caregiver. Willing to do a Genesee-based nanny share with one other child close in age to our daughter (12 months). If interested or if you have a recommendation, please email or call 305-984-5230 (cell).

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