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Riva Reader | Jan – Feb 2014 Free online newsletter

16 Golden History Gateway to the West!


Sides Gear Up for Fracking Battle


Golden Community Center


Supply is in High Demand


Colorado School of Mines

Summer Camp Registration Info

for Real Estate Market

a Golden option

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From the Editor

Well here we are again with another edition of our Riva Reader. In it you will find many articles about Golden, Colorado and how amazing it is to live in this part of the metropolitan area. You might be interested in reading about the current housing market and how it’s becoming a sellers market. In fact, we only have one house for sale in our neighborhood right now! Roz Birkelo

Some of you might have seen the email I sent out asking for landscaping tips. I got many responses from your neighbors excited about the article topic, but unfortunately, no submissions. I will delve into this topic more in the future and see if I can come up with some information for you. The HOA sponsored Oh What Fun! event kicked off the new year right and Oh What Fun it was! I was very pleased with the turnout and am looking forward to the event next year. Our next community event, Clean-up Day, is in June. I hope everyone will participate this year as it is an important endeavor towards fire mitigation. Speaking of which, the Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan is uploaded on the website and on Issuu for those of you interested in reading that. You’ll also notice that there are some unfamiliar names of authors in this edition. Since I have several Riva Readers under my belt, I took out hard copies to different businesses and asked if they would be willing to submit an article. I’m pleased that everyone I spoke to agreed. Several of them want to become regular contributors.

Roz is currently the Secretary for the HOA. She has a Bachelor in Arts and Art Education with an emphasis on Graphic Design. She is currently working as a Sr. Engineering Technician for the Bill Barrett Corporation in downtown Denver.


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Finally, as a reminder, March 14-23 is the second annual “Buy Golden Week” where patrons are encouraged to buy local. I don’t have to tell you how important it is to support our local economy and what a worthwhile promotion this is. Look for the next Riva Reader at the end of April!

Warm regards,



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in every issue

Cover Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo


hoa president’s message


fhmd report


real estate report


board meeting minutes


financial report


acc reminder


decorating tips


Golden History


adopt a place



Engineering the Way: Colorado School of Mines

neighbor to neighbor


Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan




Watering Instructions Native Nursery


Mt. Vernon Country Club


Summer Camps Golden Community Center


Sides gear up for fracking battle


Buy Golden Week

in this issue


Oh What Fun! pictures

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Oh What Fun! event, January 31, 2014 Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo


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President’s Message by Joy Lawrance

COMMUNITY: A group of people who live in the same area; a group of people with shared interests within society. I’d say that our COMMUNITY was in full force last month at the dinner party at Mt. Vernon Country Club! What a wonderful time reconnecting with friends and neighbors and meeting NEW residents of Riva Chase. It was great to see so many of you enjoying a lively evening!

Joy Lawrance President, Riva Chase HOA

It is events such as this that bring us together as a real community, and it is my hope that we will continue to see strong turnout and support for our upcoming functions! One of our biggest events of the year is Clean-Up day…scheduled for June 7 (Mark your calendars). This year we will concentrate on our own yards…cleaning up the debris that has blown in from who-knows-where during the winter. As always, we rely on volunteers to help collect branches and limbs, and get them to the shredder. A big family BBQ follows in the afternoon and is always a big hit. Let us know how you might be able to help in arranging this event – new faces are more than welcome! Another way you can participate in our COMMUNITY is to volunteer for a position on the HOA Board. We will have our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers on June 25, so start thinking about ways in which you might want to take part in our HOA Community! Remember that homeowners are always welcome to attend any HOA Board meeting. The next one is on March 5…check signs at the gates for details. Joy Lawrance

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Photos Courtesy of Roz Birkelo

Your Riva Chase HOA Board of Directors, L to R: John Carpenter, Ron Kordof, Joy Lawrance, Ann Nutt, and Gary Sohrweild


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Forest Hills Metropolitan District Report by Ted Laves

Safety First

Children have been seen playing out on the ice of our main pond and we ask parents to tell their kids that this is incredibly dangerous. The main pond, for example, is almost 30 feet deep at the center, the ice is thin in places and the water in winter is very cold. Falling through the ice can endanger both the victim and any rescuers. In case of an emergency be sure to call 911. Life buoy rings were installed about 5 years ago by the main pond but have deteriorated. New buoy rings have been ordered and should be installed in the next few weeks. Other Safety Measures: NEW BACK GATE EVACUATION LOCKS


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The emergency evacuation padlocks on the back gates to Shingle Creek on Eastwood Drive and Forest Hills Drive have been upgraded (see photo). The combination remains “0-1-2-3-4”. Please remember that these locks are only for use in the event of an emergency evacuation.

New Stop Signs Many stop signs in Riva Chase are badly faded and will be replaced in the near future.

New District Board Member John Klinowski has resigned from the Board and the remaining Board members have appointed Harold Lacy who lives on Springflower as his replacement. Harold is well versed on District matters having served as a Board member from 1998 to 2006. He has also attended almost every Board meeting since January 2013 and helped the Board on a number of issues. Harold’s Board seat along with those of Judy Bertrand and Roy Roux are up for election this year and the newly elected Directors will be sworn in at the District’s May 2014 Board meeting. Tom Napp’s and Ted Laves’ seats will be up for election in 2016.

Landscaping Spring is just around the corner and Forest Hills Metro is starting the hiring process for a vendor to perform landscaping of public areas in our community. A formal “request for proposal” is being prepared and will soon be sent out to interested vendors.

Smart Water Meters Forest Hills Metro is testing “smart water meters” for use in Riva Chase’s homes. These meters have

a cellular radio link that make possible alarming residential water leaks from faulty sprinklers, worn toilet valves and other problems in your home. The new meters are also much more accurate and eliminate the need for a meter reader to trek through rain and snow each month. Residents will also be able to monitor on the web their household water usage on a five minute interval basis. One meter has been installed in a Riva Chase home and several more will likely be installed in the near future. The Board has not yet decided on wider scale deployment.

District Contacts District Board Judy Bertrand



Harold Lacy



Ted Laves



Tom Napp



Roy Roux




District Manager

District Management Christina Shea

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Supply is in high demand for Real Estate market by Amy Woodward

Home purchases and mortgage rates to rise in 2014 according to experts Housing market experts seem to be in agreement that real estate is booming and healthy in Colorado. For Jeffco, single family homes averaged 48 days on the market which is a 32 percent decrease from 2012 where single family homes averaged 71 days, according to a market report from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. “It’s showing a healthy market, it’s leaning a little bit to the buyer’s side and that’s just a lack of inventory,” Mike Welk, metrolist director of DMAR said. “That lack of inventory is going to be one of the obstacles consumers will face as demand surpasses supply. New listings are down 35 percent which is drastically under where the county is normally at,” Welk said. “When we have an increase in price and a decrease on days on market we’re just getting a competitive situation where supply is not there but the demand is very high which is driving the price up and lowering the days on the market,” he said. “We just need more inventory on the market for it to be more of a balanced market.” Still, buyers are purchasing homes over the asking price and cities like Golden are seeing homes being gobbled up by eager homebuyers.


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Today, the city of Golden has only six active listings and homes that hit the market can disappear in five days or less but no more than 26 days, according to Golden Real Estate. ...... “Mortgage rates will probably continue to increase this year, into the five (percent) maybe,” Welk said. He projects that demand from buyers will increase and for homeowners who were considered a distressed property, they may see a comeback this year. Republished from the Foothills Transcript February 13, 2014 edition See page 1 for the full story.

Riva Chase 2013 Home Sales Market Data - Foothills Communities Homes/Townhomes Sold





Total 2013


2012 -2013

Riva Chase Genesee Paradise Hills/Lookout Mtn Spring Ranch TOTAL

1 7 1 0 9

1 33 0 4 38

2 25 7 2 36

6 10 9 2 27

10 75 17 8 110

5 45 13 3 66

+ 100% + 67% + 31% + 167% + 67%

Average Days on Market




Riva Chase Genesee Paradise Hills/Lookout Mtn Spring Ranch

304 108 152 145

222 80 113 170

- 27% - 26% - 74% + 17%




$775,000 $584,103 $616,000 $914,377

$740,953 $583,198 $510,864 $1,092,562

- 4% + .2% - 17% + 20%

Average Net Price (ALL SALES) Riva Chase Genesee Paradise Hills/Lookout Mtn Spring Ranch

Compiled by Ballard Professionals. All data taken from METROLIST, INC.速 Denver, Colorado

Riva Chase Sales, 2013 No. Homes Sold

Avg. Sales Price


900 865



800 712






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Under Contract 22374 Anasazi Way Golden 80401

Listed By: Intero Real Estate Services

List Sold $525,000 0

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 4 3.00

3060 171.57

DOM Built

List Sold

182 1993


Built For Wheelchair Accessibility. Gated Community. Open Kitchen With Stainless Appliances, Tile, Wine Bar. Great Room With Fireplace and Cathedral Ceilngs. Main Floor Master With New Paint. 3 Car, Oversized Garage - Room For 1 Van and 2 Cars. Main Floor Second Bedroom (With Closet) Or Office/Den/Craftroom (See Picture Of Built In Craft Area). Upper Level Has Loft Plus Jack/Jill Bath and 2 Bedrooms. New Composite Roof In 2010. Wrap Around Trex Deck With Gas Line For Gas Grill. Hot Tub. Basement Concrete Floor Sealed and Plumbed ...

Under Contract 809 Kachina Cir Golden 80401

List Sold $639,000 0

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 6.00

2518 253.77

DOM Built

List Sold

5 1990


Situated On One Of The Best Lots In Riva Chase. Stunning Lake and Mountain Views. Two Story Great Room With Wall Of Windows Overlooking The Lake. WalkOut Lower Level With Mother-In-Law Apt. Family Room With Wet Bar and Fireplace. Tons Of Wildlife. Only 20 Minutes To Downtown Denver. Listed By: Kentwood City Properties Llc

For Sale 849 Eastwood Dr Golden 80401

Listed By: RE/MAX 100 Inc.

22184 Forest Hills Dr Golden 80401


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$1,375,000 0

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 5.00

4716 291.56

DOM Built

List Sold

147 1983


Entertain In Style Against The Backdrop Of The City Lights.Hosts Dream,True Gourmet Kit W/Viking Gas Range,Prep Sink,2 Dswshr,Sub-Zero,Conservatory Nook+,4 Frpl,Central Air,In-Ground Pool,Elevator,Elegance,Class and Luxury.Enter This Gracious Home,Formal Living Rm and Formal Dining Rm Thru Exceptionally Crafted Beveled Leaded Glass Drs.The Great Rm Features Soaring Views,Extensive Russian Ash Millwork Double-Sided Marble Frpl,Travertine and Marble Flrs and A Adjacent Study.The True Gourmet Kit.Features Extensive Granite Counter-Tops,Custom ...

Recently Sold

Listed By: Ballard Professionals

List Sold

List Sold $899,000 $890,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 4.00

3517 253.06

DOM Built

List Sold

14 1996

10/23/13 12/18/13

Beautifully Updated Riva Chase Estates Home Features Bright Living Spaces With Expansive Vaulted Ceilings Situated On One Acre With Lots Of Ponderosa Pines and Privacy From The Decks. Ss Appliances, Cherry Cabinets and Premium Slab Granite and Stone Throughout The Home. Walls Of Windows In Family Room To View The Plentiful Wildlife. Large Formal Dining Right Off Kitchen As Well As Breakfast Nook Next To Family Room. Huge Master Bedroom and Five Piece Bath. Open and Bright Flex-Use Family Room In Lower Level With Fireplace and 1080p Theater ...

Recently Sold 803 Willobe Way Golden 80401

Listed By: RE/MAX Alliance

$874,900 $850,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 5.00

4458 190.67

DOM Built

List Sold

570 1995

06/18/11 02/21/13

Imagine Celebrating Christmas In This Gorgeous Home! Stunning 2+Acre Mtn Retreat Only 20mins To Lodo +Coors Field+40mins To Dia+10mins To LightrailPaved All Way! Perfect For The Busy Mtn Lifestyle With Easy Access To Hwy`s+Trails While Having City Convenience Close By! City+Mtn Views, Surrounded By Wild Life+ Located In Exclusive Gated Community. 10+ Schools. Grand New Custom Curved Staircase With Iron Railings+Wood Stairs. New Designer Paint Colors+Hardwood Floors! Incredible Views From Master Bed Designed With A 2 Way Fireplace+Seating ...

Recently Sold 22294 Anasazi Way Golden 80401

Listed By: Ballard Professionals

List Sold

List Sold $699,000 $677,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 4.00

3387 199.88

DOM Built

List Sold

152 1990

12/07/12 06/14/13

Http://Www.Obeo.Com/U.Aspx?id=759326 *** Fabulous Home Located In Prestigious Riva Chase, An Exclusive Gated Community. Enjoy The Rare Combination Of Mountain Living With The Convenience Of A 20 Minute Drive To Denver Or A Great Head Start To Mountain Recreation! This 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Executive Home Is Very Open, Sunny and Bright With Lots Of Windows and Expansive Vaulted Ceilings Throughout and Mountainside Views. Updated Kitchen Has Quartzite Countertops, Ss Appliances and Opens To The Huge Family Room. The Formal Living and Dining Room As ...

Recently Sold 21910 Anasazi Way Golden 80401 308 C

List Sold $894,000 $865,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 4 6

6385 $135

DOM Built

List Sold

516 2004

02/18/13 01/31/14

Custom Home Built For Approximately $1.2 Million. Stunning Value For Pristine Home With Exceptional Open Floor Plan and Sparkling City Light Plus Spectacular Sunrise Views! Main Level Living Features A Wood Study With Built-In Book Shelves, Two-Story Living Room With A Wall Of Glass and Central Gas Fireplace, Master With Private View Balcony and Luxury 5-Piece Bath With Views, Seamless Shower Door and Claw Foot Tub. The Beautiful Chefs Kitchen Has Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Dacor Stainless Steel Double Ovens, Wolf 5-Burner Cook Top and Adjoins A ...

Recently Sold 22304 Anasazi Way Golden 80401

Listed By: Fuller Sotheby`s Int`l Realty

List Sold $499,000 $495,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 3 3.00

1723 287.29

DOM Built

List Sold

63 1990

09/17/13 12/13/13

Contract Fell!!! Wonderful Home With A Quiet, Private Location In A Gated Community Just Minutes To I-70. Open Floor Plan With Vaulted Ceilings and Loads Of Windows To Welcome Natural Light and Treed Surroundings. This Home Is A Rare Find In The Foothills Area Offering Manageable Square Footage and True Main Level Living. The Garage Entrance, Front Door, Kitchen, Dining, Great Room, Master Suite, Laundry and Second Bedroom Suite Are All On The Main Level. The Walk-Out Houses A Family Room, Study With Double Door Entry and A Private Third ... January / February 2014 | Riva Reader


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The ACC is the committee delegated to enforce the Covenants. It is homeowner’s responsibility to read and comply with the standards of the Covenants to prevent violations that may affect property values and the ambiance of the community. If you do not have a copy of the By-Laws, Covenants and ACC Rules and Regulations, please call Ann Nutt at (303) 526-5846. As spring approaches, so follows landscaping and home repairs. The ACC reminds homeowners that landscaping, exterior home improvements (changes and/or additions), playground equipment, dog runs, etc. must be approved by the ACC. Refer to the Covenants and ACC Rules and Regulations for additional issues that must have approval. Dogs must be kept on a leash while being walked by their owners. The ACC will call a homeowner if there is a complaint concerning a continuous barking dog, one that bites or a dog that is allowed to run loose in your

neighborhood. If the homeowner does not correct the violation, the dog will be reported to the Jefferson County Animal Control Department. Garbage cans, wood piles, boats, campers, trailers and non-operating vehicles must be kept screened from the view of neighbors and the street. Construction or planting used to conceal the above must be approved by the ACC. PODs, dumpsters, placement of antennas and solar paneling must also be approved. Be a good neighbor‌.Do not put your garbage out in front of your home before Wednesday morning. With the winds and wild animals that we have in our area, garbage put out earlier than pick-up day can be a problem. Garbage containers should be covered and bags should be tightly tied. The ACC appreciates your help in keeping Riva Chase a beautiful community.

for the ACC: Ann Nutt (303) 526-5846


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Welcome to the Neighborhood! Roy and Janna Aune Kai, Elias, Neve 23055 Whispering Woods

On-ramp Revisions? Revisions to the on-ramp at Genesee Rd and Interstate 70 in the works? Stay tuned......

Welcome to the Neighborhood! Tami Chuang and Robert Peterson Hailey 901 Mt Rose Way

Welcome to the Neighborhood! Joe & Mary Middelburg 22184 Forest Hills Dr.

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Golden History

Gateway to the West! Golden, Colorado is today rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the city’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly become an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming.


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republished with permission

A Center of Industry and Science Golden came to be known as the “Lowell of the West” for its vigorous industrial growth. In the 1870s, Golden boasted five smelters running at once, four flour mills, and the Colorado Central Railroad was built, becoming the first railway to access the mountains to the west. Golden Paper Mill opened in 1867 producing paper from discarded rags and straw, and held the distinction of being the only paper mill west of Missouri. Coal mining continued to be an important industry in the region through the 1930s, and clay quarries fueled the production of pottery, porcelain, bricks and tile in the region. Golden’s brick making industry thrived for nearly a century, exporting product as far as China. In 1873, Adolph Coors opened a brewery in an old tannery building, taking advantage of the mountain spring waters of Clear Creek. Today the Coors plant in Golden is the largest single brewery facility in the world, and remains a vital part of Golden’s business landscape. From beer to confections, Golden also holds the distinction of being home to Jolly Rancher candies, which were first created in 1949 by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen who owned a chocolate and ice cream shop at 1113 Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.

infrastructure was modernized, including new public buildings, and the downtown corridor proliferated with grocery stores, department stores, and churches. Golden continued to thrive until the 1980s, when it fell on hard times due to a decline in the price of petroleum and the almost simultaneous failure of several downtown anchors. The Golden Urban Renweal Authority was created at that time and tasked with stimulating business and undertaking new downtown revitalization initiatives. The 1990s saw the benefits of those new initiatives, and Golden again began to thrive.

While industry was booming in Golden, the city was also becoming an important center of intellectual development. Golden became home to three institutions of higher learning in the 1870s. Of the three original schools, Jarvis Hall, Matthews Hall, and Colorado School of Mines, only the latter survived, and today operates as an important public teaching and research institution in Golden. Specializing in engineering and applied science, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) was ranked 29th in the nation among national public universities and top in terms of salary potential for graduates. CSM serves as the home base of the National Earthquake Information Center, which is part of the United State Geological Survey, and tracks seismic data around the globe. While not directly affiliated with CSM, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is also located in Golden and contributes to the city’s renown in the applied sciences. Founded in 1974 by the Carter administration under a different name, the NREL now serves as the country’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

Golden Today and Tomorrow! Golden continues to grow and prosper into the 21st century. In 2009, the City of Golden was awarded a $100,000 Heart & Soul Community Planning grant through the Orton Family Foundation. The Golden Vision 2030 project and document was developed with extensive community input in response to the grant as a roadmap forward in guiding Golden’s growth. Through the Golden Vision 2030 project, key community values were identified, including all the things that make the city such a special place to live and visit. Golden is a unique community featuring easy access to Denver to the east, and the mountains to the west, while maintaining its own identity as a close-knit community with historic roots. Today Golden boasts a population of more than 18,000 people and growing. Please visit the to see more historic photos.

Golden in the 20th Century The 1920s brought downtown revitalization projects to Golden with streetscaping, an ornamental lighting project, urban renewal to the north and east, and new senior high and grade school buildings. The years following World War II saw a major boom in Golden, which almost tripled in geographic size in 1959 with the annexation of large properties to the south. New subdivisions went up, public

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Engineering the way: Colorado School of Mines Since it’s founding in 1874, Colorado School of Mines has been a leader in critical areas of education and industrial development. In Colorado’s earliest days, Mines played a major role in establishing the gold and silver mining and refining industries. Today, the public research university with a student population of around 5,600 is known worldwide for innovation and excellence in engineering education and the applied sciences. Whether through continued research on improving exploration, extraction and processing methods of petroleum, gas and coal, or developing renewable energy solutions including solar, wind, fuel cells and biofuels, Mines’ research portfolio is focused on responsible development and stewardship of the earth’s resources. As Mines continues to educate students and create knowledge to address the needs and aspirations for the world’s growing population, it remains a studentcentered university promoting collaboration, integrity and responsibility for contributing to a better world. In September, Mines announced the launch of a $350 million campaign for private philanthropic and nongovernmental research support. The campaign will invest in student scholarships, faculty chairs, academic programs, upgraded facilities and research. “Our vision has been to transform Mines into a toptier research university, and we’re well on the way to achieving that goal,” said Mines President Bill Scoggins. “Private support is critical to our success, and there are many examples of the impact donors and corporate partners are having on the university. You can see that in terms of the diversity of the students we are attracting, in the growth and stature of our faculty 18

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expertise, and in the press we are getting from around the country.” When Scoggins came to Mines in 2006, he had a vision to develop a residential campus in Golden. Over the years, efforts have been made to enhance the student experience both inside and outside the classroom. More than $110 million (including more than $30 million in private funding) has been invested in significant campus construction and building updates including an addition to Brown Hall, construction of Maple Hall (the first new residence hall on campus since the 1970s), improvements to Weaver Towers, construction of Marquez Hall, the Wright Student Wellness Center and the pedestrian-friendly Maple Plaza. This fall, Mines broke ground on Elm Hall, a new 200bed residence hall and 600-seat dining facility that has been financed through bonds that will be paid back over time through room rental and food plan revenue. Future capital construction projects include the privately funded Clear Creek Athletics Complex featuring new training facilities for all student athletes, a new football stadium and improvements to the soccer pitch and track and field complex. A new academic and research facility that will house departments including chemistry and geochemistry, chemical and biological engineering, metallurgical and materials engineering and physics, is also planned. Plans for a new Mines Welcome Center, meant to serve as a gateway to campus at 19th and Illinois streets, are currently under development. The university and the Colorado School of Mines Foundation are jointly funding that project.

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Additional efforts have been made to add campus programming, improve student engagement, and enhance the culture and living environment through “Weekends at Mines,” themed housing, the Center for Academic Services and Advising, Leadership Weekend, and visiting speakers. Investing in the student experience aligns with the university’s mission to educate the best and the brightest – those outstanding students who are heavily recruited by top-tier universities base their choice on the total student experience. All first-year students are now required to live on campus and the university aims to have two-thirds of the undergraduate population in on-campus housing. Studies show living on campus improves retention and persistence toward graduation as well as the overall educational experience. Having more students

on campus also improves the social climate by encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities, promoting interpersonal relationships and greater faculty interactions. In addition to educating future scientists and engineers, Mines is preparing students to become critical thinkers and civically engaged leaders. More than 85 percent of Mines students participate in athletics, club sports, intramurals or organized recreation activities. Campus boasts more than 170 recognized student groups providing students with the opportunity to participate and lead. Submitted by Karen Gilbert Director of Public Relations

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Riva Chase Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan Now available to download

The Strategic Fire Mitigation Assessment has been prepared by professional foresters at the request of the landowners for implementing forest stewardship activities on this property. The Forest Hills Metropolitan District has requested Dahl Environmental Services, LLC to prepare a FMA and develop wildfire mitigation treatment priorities. ...... This plan represents a ten-year land management strategy that includes completing specific activities on an annual basis. An annual work plan is provided to assist the landowners in planning and documenting all forest management activities. The plan covers only the Open Space acres owned by The Riva Chase Community and does not extend to the individual private home lots. ...... The Riva Chase subdivision is located within the boundaries of the Genesee Fire Protection District (GFPD) which has an existing Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). A CWPP is a document prepared based on established federal guidelines that addresses wildfire protection by providing specific analysis of current conditions of both the landscape and community resources. The document provides guidance and recommendations to reduce wildfire risk using a combination of forestry-based solutions driven by fuels reduction and infrastructure-based needs through installation and maintenance of fire fighting equipment and water storage.

The landowner’s goals for this property are to: • Decrease the risk of wildfire, • Promote healthy forest conditions, • Maintain and enhance the natural beauty and aesthetics of the property. Forest management objectives represent activities that a landowner needs to implement in order to achieve the stated goals. They are concise statements of measurable and planned results that correspond to pre-established forest management goals. The landowner’s objectives for this property are: • Conduct active forest management in critical locations to reduce wildfires, • Thin stands to reduce densities and the threat of Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus • ponderosae) and Ips beetle (Ips pini) infestation, • Remove dead and dying insect and disease affected trees from operable terrain except • those specifically reserved for wildlife habitat, • Encourage stand regeneration by creating openings in the forest canopy, • Follow Colorado Best Management Practices in all management activities to protect soil and water quality.

To view the full report, please visit: draft_050713.d

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Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo

Mark your calendars! Clean-up Day is June 7th. Prior to Clean-up day, residents work in their yards and remove or cut down fire hazardous debris. Debris is piled on the edge of your property and on Clean-up day, volunteers come around and collect the debris and dispose of it via chippers. It’s a great community event, finished off with a neighborhood picnic.

Other dates to remember: June 25th Annual HOA Elections September 20th Chili cook off, benefiting the Foothills Fire Dept. Fundraiser November 29th Decorating the Guardhouse

Watering Instructions by Tom Gillan An individual plant can tell if it requires water. Unfortunately, by the time a plant tells you it needs water it may be too late! Because the driest months in Colorado are during the winter, it is necessar y to water plants during the winter. Snowmelt is not enough moisture for evergreens, deciduous shrubs or trees. Water only thoroughly before a hard freeze. During winter, water only when the temperature is above freezing and the ground is not frozen. Depriving plants of essential water at any time of the year results in stress to the plant. A plant under stress is more susceptible to disease and insect infestation. So remember, keeping you plants healthy is no harder than learning how to water properly. Tom Gillan is the owner of Native Nursery in Golden, CO. Native Nursery Nursery & Landscaping 17025 S. Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80401 303-278-3750

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Mount Vernon Country Club offers Riva Chase residents an affordable gathering place for dining, wine tasting, jazz concerts, cooking classes, complimentary room rentals, and much more. Our popular pool complex includes a grill, adult only deck, lap lanes, swim lessons, and a swim team. Six outdoor tennis courts, (three clay), provide family fun with adult drills and junior camps. Sip your cocktail overlooking spectacular mountain vistas and twinkling city lights. Dine at your candlelit table while savoring entrees such as filet mignon, fresh fish, rack of lamb or shrimp. Dinner may be served on our deck in the summer, overlooking breathtaking canyon and mountain

views. Our popular all you care to eat King Crab buffet is offered every Friday. Bring your dancing shoes and dance to a trio every Friday evening.

Membership benefits include: • Complimentary meeting, event and celebration room use • Exceptional gourmet buffets and á la Carte Dining • Special adult and family events • Jazz dinner concerts • Live entertainment and dancing in the Fireside Lounge

Our recreational membership facilities include: • Pool - beautiful pool complex including an adults only deck as well as toddler pool and casual dining at our poolside cabana bar • Tennis - three luxurious clay hydro-courts and three resurfaced hard courts • Platform Tennis - two platform tennis courts • Exercise - a workout/exercise facility with spectacular mountain views on the lower level

Social Membership Benefits Include:

• Complimentary use of the Club’s view rooms for private use at no charge with food and beverage purchase • Exceptional gourmet buffets, including Friday King Crab and á la Carte dining • Special events with dancing to live music every Friday and last Saturday night of the month, wine tastings, holiday dining, family fun evenings, Kids Klub, cooking classes and so much more • No monthly food and beverage minimum requirement

Tennis Program Open to Riva Chase Residents

MVCC Tennis Season Kicks Off! Popular Weekly Adult Drills and Junior Tennis Camps 24

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Open to the Community - Register now! Team Excellence (Teen) and Junior Tennis Memberships Available MVCC’s Junior Program has earned an excellent reputation for building solid and successful young players. We are the proud home of many district, state and regional championship teams! Non members are welcome to participate in Tennis Programs for a slightly higher fee. Please contact:

Initiation Fees

$600 Social Membership Riva Chase Membership Discount $500 for Social Membership - Save $100 $500 Pool Membership Add-on $300 Tennis Membership Add-on

For more information contact: Linda McFarlin, 303.526.3135 or Beth McHugh, 303.526.3102 Golden, Colorado

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Community Center

Summer Camp Information

Submitted by Tracy Hagelund Recreation Supervisor Education & Dance Golden Community Center

The Golden Community Center offers a range of programs for children including swimming, climbing, sports, Jump Bunch, jump rope classes, sign language, engineering classes, music classes and lesson, art and clay classes, science programs, baby sitting certifications, safe kid classes, hunting certifications. If your child has an interest, we can direct you to the information. The center also offer camps for all ages through 15 years old. The Golden Sun Preschool registration for 3-5 year olds opens online on Monday, March 24th, first-come, first-served. Go to https://rec.cityofgolden. net to register and browse our catalogue and sign up

for our e-newsletter. If you have any questions, contact The Golden Community Center also provides drop-in child care for ages 6 months to 7 years for up to 2 hours for those parents wanting to get in a good workout or take a class or program. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 1 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am - noon and Sundays closed. Evening hours are Monday through Thursday 5-7 pm. No evening hours available in the summer months.

Summer Camps The Golden Community Center offers a Jr. Summer Day Camp (Ages 5-8 years) and Adventure Summer Day Camp (Ages 9-12 years). Our state licensed summer camp programs are full days with drop off between 8 to 9:30 a.m. and pick up between 4 to 6 p.m. The Jr. Summer Day Camp is located in the Red & Green Preschool Rooms and the Adventure Summer Day Camp is located in the Windy Saddle Room. Both programs offer one field trip per week for an additional $8 fee on odd weeks. Field trip days are as follows: Tuesdays 5-6 years, Wednesdays 7-8 years and Thursdays 9-12 years. Splash Water Park field trips will start week two and rotate every other week. There is no additional fee for Splash field trips. A lottery will be conducted in May for the odd week field trips with 20 spots available. Indoor swim days will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays for Jr. Summer Day Camp and on Wednesdays for Adventure Summer Day Camp. We also offer a Teen Adventure Friday field trip program (fees vary) for ages 13-16 years from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Friday during the summer. Check out the field trips online. Camp dates: June 2nd through August 15th. Fee: $30 per day residents / $35 per day non-residents - Splash field trips free, other field trips have an $8 additional fees. Lottery registration for field trips will be in May. When is the online lottery registration? • The initial lottery for incorporated City of Golden residents is Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11, 2014. • The initial lottery for un-incorporated Golden & non-Golden residents is Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18, 2014. How to Register? First, submit your child’s emergency packet (form available online) and immunization record. Addresses and phone numbers must be provided or the child’s registration will be on hold. Com26

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plete the lottery registration online within the two days noted above for your residency status at under Day Camps. Click the shopping cart wheel for each individual day you would like, as well as the $25 registration fee activity number 54320-99 (you may pay this fee early along with the sunscreen fee if you chose), and then click submit. Upon completion, your registration is now waiting for the lottery on Wednesday. The Emergency Packet and immunization record must be submitted by Monday, March 10 for residents and March 17 for non-residents in order for your registration to be approved. Field Trip Fee/Registration: A fee based field trip will be offered starting week one and rotating every other week. The fee is $8 and the field trip destination will be determined by May. Parents will receive an email indicating when and where to register for the field trip lottery in May. Field trip fees are due when registering in the lottery and will be held if a child is waitlisted in case a spot opens up. If a spot does not open up, the fee will be refunded or utilized for future payments. Splash water park field trips are free and will start week two and rotate every other week. All 5-6 year olds will go to Splash on Tuesday, 7-8 years on Wednesdays and 9-12 years on Thursdays. The paid field trips are on the same days, but start week one and rotate. When will I know if my child got in? All registrations input online Monday and Tuesday each week will be put into a lottery system and parents will know their child’s status via email on Wednesday. Returning campers will have priority over new campers. Your child’s Emergency Packet and immunization record must be submitted by the first day of the lottery or your registration will be on hold. No exceptions. How much is due? The month of June is due at registration time along with the $25 registration fee. Please pay for the registration fee by selecting the activity number 54320-99 when registering in the lottery. If this fee is not paid, the registration will be on hold. You must provide a credit or debit card during the registration process to be set up for the monthly payment plan. July is due on June 15 and August is due on July 15 and will be automatically charged. You will be charged for June at registration time even though you do not know your child’s status in the lottery. If your child is waitlisted for any June dates, the fee will be utilized if the spot opens up. If the spot does not open up, the fee will be applied toward July or August fees. If you register after the initial lottery, all fees may be due. Full pay is always an option. Just contact Tracy at 303-384-8124. What if my child is waitlisted for some days? If/when a cancellation is received, the first child on the waitlist will be automatically registered and an email notification will be sent. If the fee is due (based on monthly due dates above), it must be paid within 24 hours or it will be given to the next child on the waitlist. Waitlisted days usually open up after the cancellation deadline (Wednesday, April 30, 2014) or after the program starts, so don’t be discouraged if your child is waitlisted for a few days. It is the parent’s responsibility to remove their child from the waitlist if they no longer need the spot. Cancellation or changes? All cancellations and changes must be submitted via email or in writing only by Wednesday, April 30, 2014 and will be subject to a $5 cancel fee per child, per separate cancellation (per time you provide a change), so please turn in all of your changes at once. Email thagelund@cityofgolden. net. Do not call with cancellations. No refund will be offered for cancellations after the deadline and future monthly payments will be expected. Registering after the lottery: If you are interested in registering after the initial lottery, please turn in your child’s emergency packet and immunization record and register online. Those registering after the initial lottery may be required to pay all fees at registration time. Late registrants are encouraged to register for the waitlist, as spots still may open up later in the summer. There is no fee to register for the waitlist after the initial lottery. Don’t forget to select and pay the registration fee (activity number 54320-99) or your registration will be on hold. Call Tracy with questions at 303-384-8124.

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Decorating Tips

by Deena Green

Spring is right around the corner! Just thinking about it makes me excited to update my window coverings to allow the maximum amount of sunshine into my house & get the maximum views I can get from each window. I have had the 2� wood blinds on several windows for many years. By replacing them with solar screen shades, I will create more light into the area and best of all, be able to see the views while they are protecting my furniture & floors from the sun. I can hardly wait for them to arrive because I will finally have motorized shades that will raise & lower easily with the push of a button. I went to the International Window Covering Expo recently in Las Vegas & motorization is the latest in window coverings. There are many window coverings that can be ordered with motors. The motors are small & quiet & can be hidden 99% of the time. There are battery operated shades available for areas where getting electrical power is impossible. If you are ready to update your window coverings & need my help - call me ! I look forward to helping you with any of your interior needs.

Interiors by Linda Deena Green, RID Registered Interior Designer



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Phone: 720.746.0311 Fax: 303.275.8036

Dry Hair, Dry Skin by Shelly Addison Labac


ou see the headlines every December, “Dry Hair, Dry Skin”. In Colorado, we get it daily and battle it every season. Sun, wind, elevation, dry climate and our hard water. Yes, the winter is worse—why you ask? Well for starters, we heat our homes, we have the heat on in our cars, and we take hot showers, all of which drys out our skin and hair. The drier air in the winter also adds to the effect.

Let’s talk about daily shampooing, which I hope you are not doing! I recommend every third day; however, if you have an oily scalp, every other day is acceptable. I can hear all the buts now. Let me share with you the beauty and the benefits of a dry shampoo. A dry shampoo will neutralize perspiration, oil, and hairsprays. This leaves your hair and scalp refreshed without a full cleansing and blow dry. This saves not only time but also promotes a more hydrating situation for your hair. I use Theory by Surface, mainly because it is talc free, but it also has a delicate fresh scent. While we are talking shampoos, I’d like you to consider using a shampoo free of the following ingredients. Paraben, Sulfates, and Gluten. These chemicals are known to be harmful to our health and drying to our hair and scalp. Our hair is like fabric and needs special attention. Think about your favorite silk dress and how you care for it. Hydrating conditioners are a must for us Coloradans. Leaving your hydrating conditioner on for twenty to twenty five minutes is a must once a week without heat. Simply using a shower cap, the heat from your head is sufficient to open the cuticle for the product to work further into the hair. Every time you cleanse your hair, I would recommend using a “leave in” conditioner. A conditioner with a sunscreen is beneficial to protect our scalps and color treated hair. These

“leave in” conditioners also reduce annoying static electricity that can occur in the winter months. Other benefits include detangling, defrizzing, adds shine, seals cuticles for silky hair, restores hydration, and increases styling manageability. Last but not least, “leave in” conditioners also provide protection against heat styling. Hot irons and blow driers also play a part in dry hair. If your hot iron or flat iron has temperature control, try using a medium heat setting. Most people can get a good result from a lower temperature setting, and if you color your hair, you should consider using the lower temperature. When blow drying your hair, try using the heat setting on medium for eighty percent of the drying time and the last twenty percent on the high setting, then finish with a cool button if you have one. This will set your style and help reduce static. Regular haircuts are also important even if it’s a simple trim. You should not wait any longer than eight weeks for a hair cut. With our dry climate, shampooing and heat styling, frequent haircuts are a must for good hair days! I hope this helps and best of luck with your locks!

Shelly is an American Board Certified Hair colorist and owner of Addison’s Hair Design, Inc. Addison’s Hair Design, Inc. 299 Detroit Street Ste. 102 Denver, CO 80206 303-915-6475

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February 13, 2014 Free Jefferson County, Colorado

Sides gear up for fracking battle

by Vic Vela

Fight expected over possible November ballot measure With a ballot measure looming that could determine the future of hydraulic fracking in Colorado, oil and gas industry leaders are preparing for a battle. “We’ve got a serious fight on our hands in 2014,” Tim Wrigley, president of the Western Energy Alliance said. Wrigley’s comments came during a Jan. 31 forum in downtown Denver, where leaders from the oil and gas industry and other business groups converged. The hour-long discussion focused on developing proindustry voter outreach strategies in anticipation of a potential November ballot initiative that is being driven by anti-fracking advocates. Fracking is the mixing of water, sand and chemicals that are blasted deep into the surface to crack porous rock to free up blocked oil and gas. So far, five Colorado cities and more than 100 municipalities across the nation have either placed bans or other limits on the practice. The group behind the ballot proposal, the Colorado Community Rights Network, is the same organization that spearheaded last year’s successful ballot measure in Lafayette that banned any new oil and gas drilling there. If it makes it on to the ballot, the proposal — which was


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filed as a potential state constitutional amendment last month — would allow cities to block oil and gas development, as well as any other kind of business practice that could have harmful impacts on residents’ well-being. ......

No easy answers Debate over fracking proves that there are no easy answers when it comes to this highly polarizing issue. Anti-fracking activists argue that it can have long-term effects on the environment and can cause drinking water contamination. ...... But supporters of the industry insist that the practice is a safe one and one that creates jobs. They also point to statistics that show that fracking has made the U.S. less reliant upon foreign oil. “The facts are totally on our side,” Tisha Schuller, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association said. Schuller also told the forum that oil and gas money is so important to the state that 8 percent of Colorado’s economy would be at risk if the ballot measure proves successful. “It would be devastating,” she said. “It would take out Colorado’s economy immediately.”


The politics of fracking

Making the issue even more difficult are the complicated politics that surround it.

In the meantime, the fight over fracking continues and both sides are in the process of mapping out their strategies.

Yes, polls show that most fracking supporters are Republicans and most who oppose the practice are Democrats. However, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and a geologist by trade, is a supporter of fracking. Schuller of COGA is a Democrat as well.

Schuller urged fracking supporters to be sympathetic to the concerns of those who have doubts about the practice.

...... “Sometimes what’s popular or unpopular with the public isn’t the same as what’s popular or unpopular with elected officials in the building,” she said. “I think this is a case where there is pent-up frustration for failing to see enough movement (at the Legislature) and I think it’s totally the prerogative of people at the local level to take issues into their own hands.”

“My overwhelming message is not about necessarily getting the facts out alone, this is about an empathetic connection, building trust for decades to come,” she said after last month’s forum. “Oil and gas has been here for 100 years and we’re going to be here for decades to come. How do we let people know that this has been done safely and effectively for communities for a very long time? That’s what we’re working on.” See for the full story.

Republished: See page 5 for full story

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For the second year, Buy Golden is mobilizing Golden Residents to shop at Golden businesses first. It has been proven that small shifts in consumer habits can have BIG impacts on local economies. Although Golden’s economy is strong during the summer months, it needs a boost in the Spring to keep vital, so we've proclaimed March 14 - 23 to be Buy Golden Week.

Adopt a place in Riva Chase by Dale & Cheri Kinzler

We still have orphan streets and areas that need “parents” so please let us know if you can help tidy up our beautiful community.


1. Sign up for at least one place; you may sign up for more than one. 2. Several families can sign up for the same place.


1. Trash pickup 2. Keep fire hydrants free of ice and snow in the winter months. 3. Report other concerns (such as maintenance issues, water leaks, dangerous conditions, etc.) to Christina Shea Blacklock Integrated Services, Inc. 1202 Bergen Parkway, Suite 314 Evergreen, CO 80439 303.526.4266 or Email:

Streets marked in white still need “parents.” In addition, the park & playground needs a volunteer.

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


For kitchen or any other cabinetry, I had tremendous success with Pete Dumanovsky (303) 669-3940. His attention to detail was unparalleled, he did the work himself (not just managing a team), he works very hard, and his rate is reasonable. John Carpenter


I highly recommend Joel Ebersole with EES electrical (303) 819-5488. I have used him several times now, and he is very affordable, trustworthy and easy to do business with. Latifa Rothrock

Plumbing, Heating, Electrical

Comes highly recommended by Joy Lawrance. She can’t say enough good things about their service and their rates. Applewood, Ryan Ziehr | 303-328-3000


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

Landscape & Snow Removal

We have employed Robert McCullough for the past five years. He and his crew are reliable, communicative and reasonable. RCM Lawn & Landscaping | (303) 232-5755 Kay Talley


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This one is a must! In home massage. Jamie gives one of the best massages I have had and she brings her salon quality table with. Amazingly reasonable for this kind of service too. Jamie Schadel (303) 732-4223 / (303) 618-8691 Kay Talley


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


I can’t recommend John highly enough – he has done two of our homes, a rental property and many friend’s homes. He is not the least expensive but they do what they say and are top notch. John Williams | Ph: 303-864-9247 | Cell: 720-849-3921 Roy Roux We just had interior painting done at our house at 858 Eastwood Drive. We had three contractors bid the job and we actually chose the highest, because of the impressions we had from the interview/bidding process. The contract was given to Colorado Commercial & Residential Painting (303.574.1740) and their sub was a Mexican family that did an excellent job. The owner, Wayne Wright, is the one we negotiated the entire transaction with and he went out of his way to please us. Ron Kordof


I’d like to add the name of our roofer of 17 years to the list of contractors used by a HOA. His name is Kent Eckhardt, company name: CRAFTECH Roofing, Inc. Cell: 720-313-0046. Ann Nutt

Window Cleaning

We have used several different window cleaners over the years and from our experience these folks are clearly (no pun intended) the best quality and fair price. Guys with Squeegees | 303-284-7373 Jerry Ballard

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

Experienced Professional Painting Professional House Painters for Discerning Homeowners We’re Tall Pines Painting, a professional house painting company that specializes in interior painting, exterior painting, and other services for discerning homeowners from Evergreen, to Denver, to Arvada. Since 2005, Tall Pines Painting has been a good fit for homeowners who are looking for meticulous house painters who treat a house with care. Our homeowners have high standards. They value our attention to detail, our use of premium materials, and the respect that our professional painters show for their homes and yards.

Tall Pines Painting Promise We Will: • • • • •

Treat your home like it’s our own Communicate with you every step of the way Stick to a schedule Help you find the perfect color Deliver the best painting results for your home

Our team focuses on providing a worry-free experience and consistently high quality.

We’re proud to have earned:

30% off Interior Painting

• A+ rating with Denver BBB 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 • Angie’s List Super Service Award • Denver BBB Gold Star Award • Many great reviews from our customers.

Hurry, discount applies to the first 5 customers, so call today! 720-210-7643 For the discount to apply, work must be scheduled during the month of February or March.

16910 South Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80403

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Bi-monthly Minutes Riva Chase  HOA  Annual  Meeting   January  8,  2014,  4:00  p.m.  

22876 Solitude  Lane,  Golden,  CO  80401  

Officers Present:             Called  to  order  4:00  p.m.   Joy  Lawrance,  President   John  Carpenter,  Treasurer   Gary  Sohrweid,  3rd  Vice  President   Ron  Kordof,  2nd  Vice  President   Ann  Nutt,  1st  Vice  President     1. Prior  Minutes  will  be  reviewed  next  meeting.   2. Treasurer  Report:     Invoices  for  dues  for  the  year  2014  will  be  sent  out  and  payment  due  by   February  15.  Late  charges  of  $5.00  a  month  will  start  on  February  25th  and   continue  to  March  15th.    The  annual  dues  is  $95  for  the  year  2014.   3. ACC:  Some  homeowners  are  putting  garbage  out  prior  to  pick  up  day  on   Wednesday  mornings.  There  has  been  no  new  development  for  the  property   on  Sleepy  Hollow.     4. Welcome  Committee:  New  homeowners  had  been  called  on.  One  new   homeowner  left  to  call.   5. Forest  Hills  Metro  District:  Ted  Laves  was  not  present;  John  Klinoski   reported  that  the  pipeline  between  Genesee  and  Riva  Chase  was  the  main   issue  with  FHMD.  There  was  no  discussion  of  the  issue.  

New Business     1. Community  Dinner  –  Gary  Sohrweid  discussed  the  decorations  for  the  Oh   What  Fun!  dinner  and  the  number  of  homeowners  that  were  currently  signed   up.  Deadline  for  signing  up  for  the  dinner  was  January  24th.  It  was  decided   that  there  would  be  a  sign-­‐in  book  in  order  to  know  who  attended  the  dinner   and  nametags  would  be  available  at  the  front  entrance.  Charging  for  next   year’s  dinner  was  discussed  and  tabled  until  the  next  Board  meeting  in   March.       2. Dates:  March  12th  Board  Meeting;  May  14th  Board  Meeting;  June  7th  Clean  Up   Day;  June  25th  Annual  HOA  Elections;  September  20th  Chili  Cook  Off  &  Fund   raiser;  November  29th  Guard  House  Decorating.     Meeting  Adjourned  


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Balance Sheet provided by John Carpenter HOA Treasurer

Riva Chase  HOA     Balance  Sheet  Summary   February  23,  2014  

ASSETS   Current  Assets   Bank  of  the  West   Bank  of  the  West  Savings   U.S.  Bank   Total  Bank  Accounts   Accounts  Receivable   Total  Accounts  Receivable   Current  assets   Undeposited  Funds   Total  Current  Assets   Total  Current  Assets   TOTAL  ASSETS   LIABILITIES  AND  EQUITY   Liabilities   Current  Liabilities   Accounts  Payable   Total  Accounts  Payable   Other  Liabilities   Builder  Deposit   Total  Other  Liabilities   Total  Current  Liabilities   Total  Liabilities   Equity   Opening  Balance  Equity   Unrestricted  Net  Assets   Net  Income   Total  Equity   Total  Liabilities  &  Equity    

Total   25,733.71   26,011.23   0.00   $51,744.94   -­‐88.00   $-­‐88.00     14,030.00   $14,030.00   $65,686.94   $65,686.94         6,500.00   $6,500.00     -­‐6,500.00   $-­‐6,500.00   $0.00   $0.00   51,162.80   26,663.76   27,725.18   11,298.00   $65,686.94   $65,686.94  

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Classified The Big Pet Watch My name is Brock Schram, I am 8 years old, and I would love to watch your pets (with some help from my parents) when you’re not able to watch them. I will do a very good job to keep your pets safe and healthy.

Contact Brock Schram at: 303-918-7425

CHILD CARE / NANNY Riva Chase Baby sitter Available Mature, reliable, responsible high school freshman available to baby sit. Great with kids, Red Cross certified, lots of experience. Riva Chase resident. References available. Call Sarah - 303-526-2391

HOUSE SIT / PET SIT / CHILD CARE Mature 18 year old, college student available to house sit, pet sit, and baby sit. Have local references from Genesee and Riva Chase. Drew Pyykkonen - 303-324-9145

HOME SERVICES Lawn work | Snow Shoveling Two ‘Local’ Boys Ages 10 and 8

Classified Ads are free for our residents. Please Email your ad to Ads can include services or items for sale.

• Lawn work - picking up pine cones, raking needles/leaves • Light snow shoveling - walkways • Pet sitting - walking dogs, feeding pets • House sitting - water plants indoor/outdoor, checking on house Bryan and Adam Shuler 303-526-0817


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Credits EDITORIAL Managing Editor Creative Director Roz Birkelo

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jerry Ballard John Carpenter Karen Gilbert Tom Gillan Deena Green Tracy Hagelund Dale & Cheri Kinzler Shelly Addison Labac Ted Laves Joy Lawrance Linda McFarlin Ann Nutt

If you have an article you’d like to write for our Riva Reader, please submit your article by Emailing To purchase ad space, the rates below apply to the digital output of the Riva Reader which will remain online indefinitely. Prices are per publication. Business Card $25 1/4 page $50 — 1/2 page $75 Full page $100 For information on advertising, please Email

We’d love to hear from you! Send us comments, questions, or letters to the editor or submissions for consideration. EMail to: Roz Birkelo (303) 506-713

For classified, please contact To add your name to our mailing list, please contact the Riva Reader at

If you haven’t registered for Riva Chase’s new website, you are missing out on valuable information! Please go here to register: then verify your email address and log on. Click the “Secure Site” tab for things like our Neighborhood Directory and Neighborhood Pictures. Contact Karen Buelter if you have any questions or comments regarding the website. |

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Photo Courtesy of Steve Barnes

Riva Chase is the best of all worlds.

You can easily access all that the greater Denver area has to offer. Yet still enjoy all the natural beauty, wildlife and tranquility found only in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Live at Riva Chase. And make your dreams come true.

Exit #256, I-70 - south access Road heading West, on Genesee Ridge, and south on Forest Hills Drive. |


Riva Reader February 2014  

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