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6 Baby Fox

Check out the pictures


Clean-up day June 7, 2014


Income 65


Only 2 Houses for sale


Fracking’s Water Use:

Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction

in Riva Chase

fueling shortage or long-term saver?

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From the Editor

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times — I love living in Riva Chase. I especially like the wildlife and the highlight of this addition in my opinion, are the photos of the baby fox (kits) that Colleen Brisben took. They are unbelievably cute and we are so lucky to live in a place where nature is right in our backyard. Roz Birkelo

Another interesting bit of news is that we only have two houses for sale in the neighborhood as of this edition. I think that’s great news because low inventory means a sellers market and the demand and value of our properties rise. That is a good sign for our economy! As a reminder, Clean-up day is here again and you can read all about it on page 13. Don’t miss out on the neighborhood social at the end of clean-up day and take the opportunity to visit with your neighbors and welcome our new residents. On a different note, I’m sure by now some of you may have noticed that I have included articles on frac’ing in the last few editions. Since my husband and I are both in the oil industry, I am taking it upon myself to address some of the misinformation out there regarding this technique. I sincerely believe that any kind of major hit on the energy industry would be devastating for our economy. My goal with these articles is to simply provide the truth about frac’ing. I hope that you will read every article and if you have questions, I encourage you to write me for clarification. As always, thank you for your support and keep sending me pictures! Roz ison the FHMD. 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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Warm regards,



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in every issue

Cover Photo Courtesy of Colleen Brisben


hoa president’s message


fhmd report


real estate report


financial report


acc reminder


decorating tips


Water Pressure Regulations


book club


Clean-up Day


adopt a place


Income 65


neighbor to neighbor


Mt. Vernon Country Club




Fracking’s water use


Become a better, more informed homeowner, landlord or tenant

in this issue


Baby Fox in the hood

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Clean-up Day, June, 2013 Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo


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President’s Message by Joy Lawrance

While Spring has sprung at lower elevations, it won’t be long before we’ll be blooming in Riva Chase! The hummingbirds have already shown up, so the lilacs and iris can’t be far behind. If you want to encourage hummers to your yard, just hang a feeder filled with a mixture of sugar and water – 1 part sugar, 4 parts water (heated to dissolve sugar). That’s it! Then sit back and enjoy the aerial displays. Joy Lawrance President, Riva Chase HOA

If you’re new to the community, WELCOME! We know you’ll love it here, as we all do. And we hope you’ll take part in our June 7 CleanUp Day activities. You’ll see the details about that in this newsletter. Basically, it’s sorta like bears coming out of hibernation….we’ve all been indoors so much, and this event gets us out to greet neighbors as well as spend a little time sprucing-up Riva Chase. And after all that wind this winter (sheesh!!!), there’s plenty of debris out there that needs to be cleaned up. This is a great opportunity to get out, pick-up stuff, and then enjoy a wonderful BBQ with all the fixins, supplied by your HOA! Please remember that residents are always welcome at our board meetings (next one on May 7). And DO mark June 25 on your calendar for our Annual HOA Meeting and Election of Officers! If you are interested in helping to serve the community, let us know! We always welcome new voices and talents…and would appreciate seeing you get involved. Joy Lawrance

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Photos Courtesy of Colleen Brisben Taken on Treetop Lane

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Forest Hills Metropolitan District Report by Ted Laves

Water Restrictions With warmer weather, your District is once again imposing summer time watering restrictions. As in the past, we ask that you only water outside two days per week (even numbered houses – Sunday & Tuesday / odd numbered houses – Wednesday & Saturday) and that you not water outside between 9 AM and 6 PM. Thank you for your cooperation.

Board Election Results This year’s Board election was cancelled because there were not more candidates than open seats. Members on your new Board will be (in alphabetical order) Roz Birkelo, Harold Lacy, Ted Laves, Tom Napp and Roy Roux. The new Board will take office on May 14th and at that time will choose its officers. The FHMD would like to thank Judy Bertrand for her service and dedication to our neighborhood.

Landscaping The District issued a Request for Proposal for this year’s landscaping and received five bids. After comparing the bids, the Board chose TerraCare which provides landscaping services to such locations as the University of Denver and the Bronco’s training center. Landscaping services will begin on May 15th and continue until October 15th. Street Sweeping

Streets will be swept after the HOA’s cleanup day, which this year is scheduled for June 7th. Snow can fall in Riva Chase until mid May and cleanup day typically generates a lot of wood chips and other debris on our


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roads. Thank you for your patience with the gravel on our roads.

Fire Mitigation and Safety Once again a group of residents has volunteered to thin trees on District land near the water tank and along Eastwood Drive. This effort is important because should we have a forest fire, overgrown tree stands could destroy our water tank and block resident evacuation along Eastwood. If you are interested in helping please contact Dick Shaw at 303-526-9471. This year’s effort will not be connected to the HOA’s cleanup day. Chipping and removal of slash will be done weekly and funded by the District. In addition, the District is investigating building a dirt skid road along the base of the north slope that on the top borders Chippewa and Anasazi. Because of the steepness of this slope and the density of trees, a forest fire there could quickly reach homes at the top and even block evacuation along Forest Hills Drive. A skid road will facilitate mitigation on the slope and help our fire fighters do their work. The back-gates on Eastwood and Forest Hills that lead onto Shingle Creek are both equipped with combination locks with a combination of “0-1-2-3”. These gates are only to be used during an evacuation. If the locks fail to open during an evacuation please use whatever means are necessary to exit through the gates. But only in an emergency please!

Sewer Jetting


In May and June you may observe trucks and crews jetting our sewer pipes. This process involves inserting temporary mesh catch baskets into manholes, cleaning the sewers with a high pressure water jet, removing the accumulated muck and then videoing the inside of the clean pipes for breaks and intrusions. Last year we cleaned a third of our sewer pipes and discovered two breaks and one tree root intrusion. This year we will jet another third of the pipes and we plan in 2015 to complete this round of sewer maintenance. Jetting has never been done since Riva Chase was built almost 30 years ago and cleaning the pipes reduces the risk of emergency blockages and unpleasant sewer smells.

We will soon issue a request for proposal to rebuild the eroded paths leading to the main pond and the hiking trail that leads up from the main pond to Eastwood. Hopefully that work will be completed by July at the latest.

Storm Damage Repairs Most of the repair work on last September’s deluge has been completed. We still must get cleaned out the system that pumps water from Mt Vernon Creek to keep our ponds full and we need to get the embankment on the edge of the Willobe pond re-seeded.

Miscellaneous Work Spring and Summer are always the busy season for the District and this year is no exception. Among many projects, we will be: • Installing new heaters at the water purification plant which is located at the end of Whispering Woods • Adding failure alarms and monitoring equipment at the main lift station and the wastewater treatment plant. • Filling cracks and pot holes on our roads • Repairing sign posts • Adding new gauges to our wells • Reinstalling the bubblers in our ponds. • Upgrading electrics Most of these maintenance projects and improvements will not be visible to you but they are important to protect our infrastructure and support property values in Riva Chase.

District Contacts District Board Judy Bertrand



Harold Lacy



Ted Laves



Tom Napp



Roy Roux




District Manager

District Management Christina Shea

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Household Water Pressure Regulators Questions and Answers This document addresses frequently asked questions about household water pressure regulators. For more information, contact the Southern Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Water Commission Distribution Department, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at 277-0660. Q1: What is the function of a water pressure regulator? A1: A household water pressure regulator reduces the water pressure from the public water main to a pressure that is usable by the customer and compatible with normal household plumbing and fixtures. It also helps prevent pressure surges from entering the household plumbing from the public main. High water pressure can result in dripping faucets and water pipes, and it can damage appliances. Q2: How does a pressure regulator work? A2: A pressure regulator is a spring-loaded valve that regulates pressure on the downstream (house) side of the valve. Altering the degree of spring compression changes the downstream pressure. Q3: Where should the pressure regulator be installed? A3: On new installations, the pressure regulator is usually installed just downstream, (on the house side) of the water meter. On some older installations, the pressure regulator might be found on the street side of the water meter. Distribution Department staff can help with determining the location of new regulators and helping to find existing regulators. Q4: How do I know if the pressure regulator is working? A4: The best way to know if the pressure regulator is working is to install a pressure gage on each side of the regulator. If the upstream gage reads higher than the downstream gage, then the regulator is probably working. If there are no gages, you might notice symptoms of pressure regulator malfunction. These include sustained or initial bursts of unusually high pressure at faucets and showerheads and water being discharged from the relief valve on your domestic water heater. Q5: Can I adjust and repair my pressure regulator? A5: Yes. A homeowner or a plumber can use manufacturer's instructions for adjustment. The adjustment mechanism is usually a screw on top of the regulator. Turning this screw changes the degree of spring compression. Generally, turning the screw clockwise increases house water pressure and turning the screw counter-clockwise reduces house pressure. Repair kits for rebuilding pressure regulators are usually available from the manufacturer. 10

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Q6: To what pressure should I adjust my pressure regulator? A6: This is partly a matter of owner preference. Most homeowners set their pressure at approximately 50 pounds per square inch (psi). Lower settings will help conserve water and prolong plumbing and fitting life while higher settings will have the opposite effects. Q7: Are pressure regulators required? A7: Yes. The Commission and its member municipalities require that pressure regulators be installed to prevent high pressure-related damage to household plumbing, fixtures and equipment. Q8: Why must I have a pressure regulator if the water pressure at the public main is low or moderate? A8: There are two reasons: 1.) Most public water mains are supplied by pumps or pressure reducing valves. This equipment may produce temporary high pressure surges, which can be transmitted to household plumbing. A properly operating household pressure regulator will help prevent these surges from entering your plumbing. 2.) Your municipality might increase the pressure in the main that supplies your house. Q9: Who is responsible for installing and maintaining the pressure regulator? A9: The property owner is responsible for installing and maintaining the pressure regulator.

Rev. 04/03

Note: All houses in Riva Chase are required to have a functioning Pressure Regulating Valve (usually called a PRV). Your PRV should be installed where your water service line enters your home near the water meter. March / April 2014 | Riva Reader


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As summer approaches, it is time for residents to begin repairs, maintenance and improvements that may be needed on their property. A lot and all improvements shall be maintained at all times by the owner in good condition and repairs. The following are a few reminders of requirements stipulated in the Covenants and ACC Rules and Regulations. Dumpsters and Storage Containers: Trash containers/dumpsters/storage containers needed for repairs and constructions require ACC approval prior to being brought into the community. Contractors: Homeowners are responsible for alerting their contractors and their subs of community regulations and speed limits. Smoking and pets of sub-contractors are not allowed outside of a homeowner’s home. Trash Containers: Trash must not be put out prior to Wednesday mornings. Trash pickup is between 7:00am and 5:00pm.

Garbage cans and other trash containers must be kept covered to avoid trash being strewed through the community by wildlife, birds and wind. Landscaping: Prior ACC approval is required for planting of new trees and other landscaping projects. Pets: Jefferson County requires that all dogs be kept on a leash whenever they are off of their owner’s property. When dogs are walked, owners should take a bag to clean up after their pet. Cars: Cars are not allowed on the street overnight. Only one car is allowed on the driveway of a home overnight. Mailboxes: Metal mailboxes have been allowed in the community. They should be kept painted and the post kept in an upright position. Decks: Decks visible from the street should be kept in neat appearance. Decks shall not be use for storage. Contact the ACC if requesting approval or have questions concerning the Covenants and ACC Rules and Regulations.

for the ACC: Ann Nutt


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Clean-up Day The Tradition Continues by Winston Nutt

Everyone’s Invited Saturday, June 7th – 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Meet at the Trout Pond parking lot. Picnic following clean-up – 1:00 p.m. at the gazebo. Bring the whole family! Mark your calendar . . Saturday, June 7th . . the umpteenth annual edition of Riva Chase’s Cleanup Day, followed by our annual picnic. For those who are new to the community, Cleanup was born of necessity and a desire to improve the community’s appearance, following years of extensive home construction that left trash scattered throughout the area. A group of volunteers gathered one evening, 16 years ago, and gave birth to the first Cleanup Day, which has since been an annual tradition. Evolution: What began as a cooperative cleanup endeavor has evolved into community beautification and lately, and more importantly, fire mitigation. Community-wide, homeowners trim and thin trees,

and remove brush from their property to create clear space around their homes. On Cleanup Day, this trash/slash is collected by volunteers and chipped into roll-off containers. Meanwhile, the guard-house crew beautifies our community entrance. Begin early: Start now by clearing your property and placing the trash/slash by the roadside for pickup on June 7th. Come out and join your neighbors the morning of June 7th to help collect and dispose of the slash, and then meet us at the picnic following. A final thought: Cleanup transcends merely improving your property and the community. Cleanup is a fun happening, associating with friends old and new. Every year camaraderie is apparent as neighbors work together and often someone says, “This is fun”. Winston Nutt

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Low Inventory Only Two Houses for Sale in Riva Chase. For Sale 849 Eastwood Dr Golden 80401

Listed By: RE/MAX 100 Inc.

List Sold $1,375,000 0

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 5.00

4716 291.56

DOM Built

List Sold

206 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 ...

For Sale 22473 Anasazi Way Golden 80401

List Sold $635,000 0

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 4.00

2212 287.07

DOM Built

List Sold

10 2004


Fantastic Ranch, Light, Bright, Gated Riva Chase, Amazing Attention To Detail. Great Views. Privacy. Beautiful Front Door, Huge Foyer, Study/Bedroom, Private Powder Room and Huge Master Suite, A Spacious Dining Room, A Fabulous Great Room With A Gorgeous Kitchen To Your Right. Custom Cabinets, Sparkling Granite Counter Tops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Breakfast Bar For Easy Entertaining. A Dream Home For Someone Who Likes To Cook and Entertain. Kitchen Features A Large Nook With Amazing View That Will Never Be Blocked, A Pantry and A ...


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Recently Sold 22374 Anasazi Way Golden 80401

List Sold $525,000 $507,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 4 3.00

3060 165.69

DOM Built

List Sold

181 1993

08/22/13 04/11/14

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 ...

Recently Sold 809 Kachina Cir Golden 80401

List Sold $639,000 $639,000

Beds SqFt Baths $/SqFt 5 6.00

2518 253.77

DOM Built

List Sold

4 1990

02/12/14 04/17/14

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.

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As you know, Riva Chase is located in the wildlife - urban interface and is susceptible to forest fires. The three elements needed for a fire are - fuel, a spark and wind. We can’t do anything about the last two items but we can reduce fuel levels around our homes by responsible fire mitigation. We should not clear cut as that destroys the ambiance of Riva Chase and increases erosion risks. But we should all aim for well spaced trees with limbs removed to about 6 feet from the ground. And we should trim back tall grasses and remove pine needles, grass clippings and pine cones lying on the ground. Fortunately, the State of Colorado provides an income tax credit to help with the cost of mitigation. Information on that credit is below. Colorado Department of Revenue Taxpayer Service Division 12/13

Forest Hills Metropolitan District Board Riva Chase’s Local Government Income 65 Phone: 303-526-4266

Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction

GENERAL INFORMATION Individuals, estates and trusts may subtract from their federal taxable income certain costs incurred while performing wildfire mitigation measures on their property. LIMITATIONS  The taxpayer must own the property upon which the wildfire mitigation measures are performed.  The property must be located in Colorado and within a wild land-urban interface area.  For tax years 2009 through 2012 only, the wildfire mitigation measures must be authorized by a community wildfire protection plan adopted by a local government within the interface area.  The total amount of the subtraction cannot exceed $2,500 or the ownerʼs federal taxable income, whichever is less.  The deduction is available for tax years 2009 through 2024. Jointly Filed Returns In the case of two individuals filing a joint return, the amount subtracted from federal taxable income shall not exceed $2,500 in any taxable year. In the case of a married individual who files a separate return, only one individual in the marriage may claim the deduction. Tenants in Common In the case of real property owned by tenants in common, the subtraction can be taken only by one of the individuals in the ownership group. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION The department may request documentation to support the claim. Correspondence from the department should specify what is required; however, the examples are as follows:  Proof of property ownership,  Receipts of costs incurred,  Approved Wildfire Protection Plan (tax years 2009 through 2012 only). See DEFINITIONS Community Wildfire Protection Plan Community wildfire protection plan must meet the following requirements: Riva Reader | March / April 2014 16  It must be approved by a local government entity, local fire department and the Colorado State Forest Service in accordance with guidance established by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council.

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Receipts of costs incurred, Approved Wildfire Protection Plan (tax years 2009 through 2012 only). See

DEFINITIONS Community Wildfire Protection Plan Community Landownerwildfire protection plan must meet the following requirements:  It must be any approved a localofgovernment and any the Colorado Forest Landowner means owner by of record private land entity, locatedlocal withinfire thedepartment state, including easement,State right-of-way Service in accordance with guidance established by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council. or estate in the land and includes the heirs, successors and assignees of such land and shall not include any  It must identify andorprioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments partnership, S-corporation other similar entity that owns private land as an entity. and recommend the types and methods of treatments.  ItMitigation must recommend measures to reduce structural ignitability. Wildfire Measures Wildfire mitigation measures mean the following activities to the extent that they meet or exceed any Colorado State Additional information regarding wildfire protection Forest Service standards or any community other applicable state rules: plans can be found online at  Creating and maintaining a defensible space around structures; Costs  Establishing fuel breaks; Costs meansofany actual out-of-pocket paid byrisk the to landowner documented  Thinning woody vegetation for theexpense primary incurred purpose and of reducing structuresand from wildland fire;by receipt for performing wildfire mitigation measures. The following expenses are specifically excluded within statute and do not  Secondary treatment of woody fuels by lopping and scattering, piling, chipping, removing from the site or qualify for this subtraction: prescribed burning.  Inspection or certification fees;  In-kind contributions; Additional information regarding wildfire mitigation measures can be found online at  Donations;  Incentives; COMMON QUESTIONS  the Cost sharing; wildfire protection plan (CWPP) have to be approved before the fire mitigation activities take Does community  (For Expenses paidlandowner by the landowner from anyingrants awarded to the but landowner for performing wildfire mitigation place? example: performed work the summer of 2011, the CWPP was not approved until Dec. 2011.) measures. Yes, the CWPP must be approved before the mitigation measures are performed. The mitigation measures Page must1 ofbe2 performed Landownerin a wild urban interface area and authorized by an existing CWPP. [§39-22-104(4)(n)(II), C.R.S.] If the measures performed on the land before it was designated and the approved, then the expenses would the CWPP state, including any easement, right-of-way Landownerwere means any owner of record of private land located within notestate qualifyin forthe theland subtraction. or and includes the heirs, successors and assignees of such land and shall not include any partnership, S-corporation or other similar entity that owns private land as an entity. Can a person who leases real property claim the credit if the lessee performs wildfire mitigation measures? Wildfire Mitigation Measures No. The credit is limited to themean owner the property. However, the owner/lessor reimburses theany lessee for theState cost that they meet or exceed Colorado Wildfire mitigation measures theoffollowing activities to theifextent of the mitigation effort, then can state claimrules: the credit. Forest Service standards or the anyowner/lessor other applicable  Creating and maintaining a defensible space around structures;  Establishing fuel breaks;  Thinning of woody vegetation for the primary purpose of reducing risk to structures from wildland fire;  Secondary treatment of woody fuels by lopping and scattering, piling, chipping, removing from the site or prescribed burning. Additional information regarding wildfire mitigation measures can be found online at COMMON QUESTIONS Does the community wildfire protection plan (CWPP) have to be approved before the fire mitigation activities take place? (For example: landowner performed work in the summer of 2011, but the CWPP was not approved until Dec. 2011.) Yes, the CWPP must be approved before the mitigation measures are performed. The mitigation measures must be performed in a wild urban interface area and authorized by an existing CWPP. [§39-22-104(4)(n)(II), C.R.S.] If the measures were performed on the land before it was designated and the CWPP approved, then the expenses would not qualify for the subtraction. Can a person who leases real property claim the credit if the lessee performs wildfire mitigation measures? No. The credit is limited to the owner of the property. However, if the owner/lessor reimburses the lessee for the cost of the mitigation effort, then the owner/lessor can claim the credit.

FYIs provide general information concerning a variety of Colorado tax topics in simple and straightforward language. Although the FYIs represent a good faith effort to provide accurate and complete tax information, the information is not binding on the Colorado Department of Revenue, nor does it replace, alter, or supersede Colorado law and regulations. The Executive Director, who by statute is the only person having the authority to bind the Department, has not formally reviewed and/or approved these FYIs.

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will see a drop down for Junior Tennis. The MVCC tennis program is open to the community, however, there is a higher fee for nonmembers to register for children’s camps and adult tennis drills. The tennis house is open for limited hours until May 23, then daily. For information, contact tennispro@, 303.526.4173.

Are you searching for a new outdoor deck where you can welcome your friends this summer? Would you like a deck that overlooks spectacular mountain views and Denver city lights? A neighborhood gathering place that is affordable and friendly? Mount Vernon Country Club’s summer season officially begins on Friday, May 23, Memorial Weekend. Members will enjoy a summer cocktail or dinner with friends on their brand new deck, while watching an inspiring mountain sunset. Pool members love the recent addition of an adult, 21 and over pool side deck with table service. The tennis center offers children’s half and full day tennis/swim camps. Register now - visit www.mountvernoncc. com and click on Tennis. You 18

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The addition of a pool membership onto a family’s Social membership, can offer swim lessons, pool side games and movies, swim team, happy hour and FUN! Since the club caps the number of pool memberships each year, a pool wait list typically begins at some point in May. On August 14, the club will host a special evening to benefit “Into Your Hands Africa”, an Evergreen based non-profit. This unique night will include an African drumming band with dancing, African art and bazaar, and a themed buffet. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go directly to this local organization. Non-members may reserve their table for this special event beginning on August 8, based on availability by calling 303.526.0616. IYH works diligently to help poverty stricken, rural families in Uganda create a better life. Into Your Hands-Africa unlocks the potential of youth and families in rural Uganda through education and enterprise development empowering children and families through education and enterprise development. Your passion and involvement together with their hands, can create a better world,, 720.491-1901

offers a wide variety of affordable choices, all in addition to their daily menu:

Peter Clampitt, Executive Manager for 28 years, has overseen many large construction projects for the club. Two years ago, the renovation of the Canyon Room was met with high praise from members, as guests appreciated the new indoor/outdoor fireplace and bar overlooking Clear Creek Canyon. This May, Clampitt will complete the renovation of the Main Dining Room, their largest space, holding up to 300 guests. The remodel will feature a new, expanded deck including a fire pit. In Colorado, some people enjoy the option of a small dinner or appetizer, rather than a full dinner. Members may order burgers, salads, or small plate appetizers, or a dessert and never feel obligated to order more. The club does not impose monthly food minimums, as many clubs require.

• $10 Tuesdays, including $10 entrees and half carafe house wine. • Wednesday Shrimp and Fresh Fish Co. – six different fresh fish and shrimp entrees • Thursday Deal Night, $22.50 per person - Three courses, including wine or a cocktail! • Friday “All You Care to Eat” King Crab buffet, featuring a dance trio in the Fireside Lounge • Saturday Steakhouse offering Prime aged Steaks, including a pianist or guitarist to set the mood • Sunday Brunch buffet with omelet, waffle and carving stations, salad and dessert bar Your neighborhood club offers so much more than delicious, affordable menus and live music. Members invite friends and family to events such as wine tasting, cooking classes, business networking, and annual parties such as their Caribbean party with steel drums. The club offers adult and family activities year round. If you are interested in membership, or would like more information about Club events, contact: Linda McFarlin Beth McHugh 303.526.3135 303.526.3102

However, if dining is what you are looking for, the club

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Fracking’s water use:

fueling shortage or long-term saver? by By Sarah Tanksalvala - Freelance Journalist Republished with permission from Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development | Posted March 17, 2014

Opponents of fracking say the enormous amount of water required for the process may strain local water sources, but a recent study released by the University of Texas estimates that the water used in fracking is offset by the water eventually saved at the power plant. Water plays a key role in fracking. After an oil and gas well is drilled, a high-pressure mixture of fracking fluid, which is typically 99.5 percent water, sand, and chemical additives are directed at the shale, or underground rock, to guarantee the release of natural gas or oil from areas that would otherwise not easily produces these fuels. Drilling one well takes hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, and the water needed for hydraulically fracturing the well ranges from 1 to 8 million gallons. In Colorado, an initial exploratory well requires 387,000 gallons of water, according to a study conducted by Colorado State University. In northern Texas, fracking the Barnett Shale uses an average of 2.8 million gallons of water per well. Although it’s a significant amount, Bridget R. Scanlon, senior research scientist at University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology, says water used for fracking is small by comparison. A drop in the bucket Scanlon is the lead author of a study released in December showing that, in the state of Texas, using natural gas for electricity generation saves water and makes the state less vulnerable to drought. Scanlon says the water used for fracking in Texas amounts to less than 1 percent of the state’s total water consumption.


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In Colorado, according to a report released by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, water used for fracking amounts to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the total water used. By 2015, this number is projected to increase to slightly more than one-tenth of one percent of the state’s total water usage. The research Scanlon and her colleagues conducted indicates that the amount of water used in fracking for natural gas is offset by the water savings when a plant shifts to natural gas as its energy source. “When we compared water use for extracting the natural gas in the Barnett [Shale] versus the water use in the natural gas combined-cycle plants and compared that with coal steam turbine plants, we say you would save 25 to 50 times the amount of water by using a natural gas combined cycle plant versus a coal steam turbine plant,” Scanlon says. Likely the same thing would be true a natural gas steam turbine plant or a nuclear steam turbine plant converted to a natural gas combined cycle plant, she adds. The study also found that power plants running on natural gas don’t need as much water and are more drought-resistant in the long run. “About 7 percent of our power generation in Texas is from wind, and natural gas combustion turbines help with that because they can have serve as peaking plants [switching on and off to deal with the intermittency of wind],” Scanlon explains. Scanlon believes fracking-derived natural gas may be more cost effective as well; she and colleagues are currently

looking into the question of its economics. As for the more water-thirsty plants still prominent in the region, Scanlon says they will be addressed as each plant reaches the end of its lifespan. “You can’t shift a fleet overnight with infrastructure [but] it’s happening gradually...we need to consider our existing infrastructure.”

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Become a better, more informed

by Taylor Swesey

homeowner, landlord, or tenant.

Chances are if you are reading this column you are one of the brave and bright landlords of Colorado. Let me be the first to congratulate you on being an owner of residential rental property. Whether you came by your decision through planning, inheritance, lottery, or just plain luck, it does not matter….you are a Real Estate investor. Acquiring the property is just the first of many steps along the path of ownership. If not managed properly the acquisition of real estate may be the easiest step in the process and the path may become more of a technical assent. Real Estate is and always will be a great investment. True, there are good times and bad. Show me another investment that you can leverage at your local bank and then get someone else to make your payments (in part or in full). In addition can you leverage this asset using today’s dollars and you get to repay it with tomorrow’s dollars, a significant factor as inflation creeps up. With enough equity in your real Estate investment you may even have a positive cash flow; ah it’s a wonderful thing. Then look at the utilitarian value of this investment, it provides shelter, it’s tangible, you can even drive by it and see it, and no one is going to put it in a suitcase and take it to South America. Managing this investment is a major concern for many, and should be in the thoughts of all. Do it yourself or hire it out. You can manage the property yourself, If you have the time, energy, resources, and desire. For many though, there is a better way.


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The use of a property management professional, to oversee your investment, is a low cost option. Whether you decide to go it alone or enlist the services of a property management professional, you must be diligent in your day to day operation. Putting any investment on autopilot will eventually fall short of your goals at best and deteriorate into a series of nightmares at worst. There are endless streams of data which affect the residential rental market. Flow charts, vacancy rates, absorption rates, new builds, economic trends, state codes, habitability rules and regulations, the list goes on and on. Each month we will try to disassemble some of this information and put it in perspective for you and your Real Estate investment. It has never been more important to keep abreast of the market as it trends up and down. Predicting the future is almost as difficult as predicting the past. With good information and translation of this information, we all make better decisions as landlords and property managers. For more information call Taylor Swesey Executive Home Rentals (303)988-9999

We will RENT your home within 30 days or it’s FREE. ?


Specializing in full service property management, we can rent and manage your single family or multi family rental homes. Call us today!

Let our team earn your trust.

(303) 988-9999



Design a Painted Rug Get creative with floor paint. The floor is increasingly seen as the ‘fifth wall’, a space to display artwork and do something different. Farrow & Ball Floor Paint can be used to transform wood or concrete floors with colour. Paint a stair runner, rug or stripes to create bespoke, eye-catching designs, or revive a space by simply painting the floor in a single colour. Floor Paint is available in all 132 unmatched paint colours in the Farrow & Ball palette, from bright Charlotte’s Locks and Arsenic, to strong Black Blue and Down Pipe, and all the neutrals too. Created using only the finest ingredients, Floor Paint has an immersive depth of colour while also being robust and durable.

Republished with permission by Farrow & Ball Photography by James Merrell

Floor Paint is hard-wearing with a classic eggshell finish that can be used on any interior wood or concrete floor, including garages and workshops. Like all Farrow & Ball paints, Floor Paint is water based with zero VOC content making it kind to the environment too. In this pack you’ll find an inspirational guide full of tips and ideas about how to use Floor Paint in your own home, as well as everything you need to have a go yourself!

Interiors by Linda Deena Green, RID Registered Interior Designer



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Phone: 720.746.0311 Fax: 303.275.8036

Book Club Look at all the books we’ve read! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Life of Pi Plain Song Secret Life of Bees Cut Out Lucky Human Stain Ice Bound Peace Like a River DaVinci Code Under the Banner of Heaven Dogs of Babel Atonement Three Junes The Kite Runner The Sparrow The Interpretor of Maladies The Time Traveler's Wife The Jane Austin Book Club Getting Mother's Body News From Pauaguay Distant Land of My Father's The Other Boleyn A Mother and Two Daughters Those Who Save Us Smilas Sense of Snow The Memory Keeper's Daughter Snowflower and the Secret Fan The Thirteenth Tale Passage Water For Elephants Glass Castle Book Thief Double Bind The Art of Racing in the Rain Eat, Pray, Love While Europe Slept Sarah's Key Daughter of Fortune The Road The Shack Loving Frank Monster of Florence The Jungle Atlas Shrugged 19th Wife Still Alice The Art Thief Mister Pip South of Broad White Teeth

list provided by Mindy Kemple

Yann Martel 51 Shanatram Ken Harumf 52 Ice Storm Sue Mott Kidd 53 The Red Tent Francine Matthews 54 Pope Joan Alice Seebold 55 Cleopatra Phillip Roth 56 Cutting for Stone Jerri Nielson 57 Hunger Games Leif Enger 58 One Thousand White Women Dan Brown 59 State of Wonder Jon Krakauer 60 Lost in Shagri-la Carolyn Park Hurst 61 The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Ian McEwan 62 Rules of Civility Julia Glass 63 Night Road Khalid Hosseini 64 Caleb's Crossing Mary Dora Russel 65 Any book of Geraldine Brooks Jhumpa Lahiri 66 Wild Audrey Niffenegger 67 Devil in the White City Karen Joy Fowler 68 In the Garden of the Beast Suzan Lori Parks 69 Killing Lincoln Lily Tuck 70 Killing Kennedy Bo Caldwell 71 The Greater Journey Phillipa Gregory 72 The Dovekeepers Gail Godwin 73 Make Me Alive Again Jenna Bloom 74 Proof of Heaven Peter Hoag 75 Valley of the Moon Kim Edwards 76 Gone Girl Lisa See 77 Slave Masters Son Diane Setterfield 78 Any book Connie Willis 79 The Gold Finch Sara Gruen 80 The Boys in the Boat Jeanette Wells Markus Zusak Chris Bohjalian Garth Stein Elizabeth Gilbert Bruce Bawer Tatiana de Rosnay Isabel Alende Cormac McCarthy William P. Young Nancy Horan Douglas Preston w/ Mario Spezi Upton Sinclair Ayn Rand David Ebershoff Lisa Genova Noah Charney Lloyd Jones Pat Conroy Zadie Smith

Gregory David Roberts Rick Moody Anita Diamante Donna Wookfolk Cross Stacy Schiff Abraham Verghese Suzanne Collins Jim Fergus Ann Patchett Mitchell Zuckoff Maggie Ofarrell Amor Towles Kristen Hannah Geraldine Brooks Cheryl Strayed Eric Larson Eric Larson Bill O'Reilly Bill O'Reilly David McCollugh Alice Hoffman Kay Zadanieski, Marie Segovia Eban Alexander Jack London Gillian Flynn Tina Laveen Paul Theroux Donna Tartt Daniel James Brown

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Adopt a place in Riva Chase by Dale & Cheri Kinzler

Spring has sprung in Riva Chase, and it’s time to spruce up our beautiful neighborhood. Your “adoptees” have been anxiously awaiting your attention. Please take a trash bag with you on your daily walk and pick up any trash that remains from our winter months. If any of you need a reminder about what street you have adopted or if you would like to sign up for a particular street or area, please let me know. Happy Spring!!!! Cheri Kinzler 948 Eastwood Drive (303) 526-2700


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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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:

Free Gutter Cleaning

• 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.

with Exterior Painting Project, so call today! 720-210-7643 For the discount to apply, work must be scheduled during the month of May or June.

16910 South Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80403

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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

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

Tile Work / Remodel

My husband and I recently had our master bathroom remodeled and had extensive tile work done. We are very pleased with the work done by Al Thibodeaux with New Creations In Tile & Stone out of Evergreen. He was very meticulous and worked hard to exceed our expectations on our floor and shower of our bathroom. We will definitely be using him again for future tile work. Maureen and Erich Kirsch New Creations In Tile & Stone Al Thibodeaux | Cell: 303-704-6716 | Office: 720-287-0236


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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

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

Balance Sheet provided by John Carpenter HOA Treasurer

Riva Chase  HOA     Balance  Sheet  Summary   April  18,  2014  

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

LIABILITIES AND  EQUITY   Liabilities   Current  Liabilities   Accounts  Payable   Builder  Deposit   Total  Current  Liabilities   Total  Liabilities   Equity   Total  Liabilities  &  Equity    

Total   $51,744.94   -­‐88.00   14,855.00   $65,541.94   $65,686.94         6,500.00   -­‐6,500.00   $0.00   $0.00   $65,541.94   $65,541.94  

Full Steam Ahead Looks can be deceiving. If you haven’t checked out this local coffee shop, I suggest you do. One of the best cup of joes I’ve had, and it’s extremely cute on the inside. Locally owned and operated. Full Steam Ahead Coffee Co. 18561 US HWY 40 (next to the Conoco) Golden, CO 80401 (720) 863-1212

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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 Deena Green Mindy Kemple Dale & Cheri Kinzler Ted Laves Joy Lawrance Linda McFarlin Ann Nutt Winston Nutt Taylor Sweeny Sarah Tanksalvala

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

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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 Martin Pyykkonen

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. |


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