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Riva Reader | April 2015 Free online newsletter

14 Calendar Girls to Cowboys The Art of Selling Coors


Mountain Lion Sighting Too Close for Comfort



Smart Meters

Real Estate Report


and why they’re a good investment

Foothills Fire & Rescue Chief’s Message

Voles & Moles ACC Report April 2015 | Riva Reader



Spring has sprung and it’s time to start thinking about fire mitigation again. As we all know, we had a relatively dry winter compared to the past two years. Because of that, we can expect water rationing (again) and fire danger as warmer weather combined with high winds blow into our community. Please make sure to take advantage of our annual “Clean up Day” (June 13) and continue to mitigate your property. You will find information about the Foothills Fire Department, their annual fund raiser, and fire mitigation beginning on page 18. Every little bit helps and fire mitigation is an ongoing effort within Riva Chase. I’ve also written an article about smart meters since the FHMD has begun the process of installing smart water meters in all our homes (page 14). I hope this will help you better understand why this is a good idea. Be sure to check out the Golden History Museum for the Coors exhibit going on now through October 11 (page 8). What a great way to spend the afternoon with family—at the museum! The picture to the right comes with a fascinating story from one of our residents which you can find on page 29. As always, thank you for all your support!

For those of you who haven’t filled out the permission forms to publish contact information in our HOA Directory, please fill out and sign & return the form so that we can get our directory distributed. Thank you for your cooperation in this (exhausting) matter.

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


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Roz Birkelo Editor & Art Director

April 2015 // Issue No. 11 News 8

Calendar Girls to Cowboys The Art of Selling Coors


FHMD - Bi Monthly report including new Operations Team.


Smart Meters - Understand smart water

meters and the FHMD policy on adjusting your water bill


Foothills Fire and Rescue - Annual

pancake breakfast, chief message, 2020 report, and fire mitigation information


April Showers Bring May Flowers - What

can you do to keep your skin moisturized during the summer months?


Real Estate - Current homes for sale or sold in Riva Chase.


Mt. Vernon report - The pool and tennis

courts are about to open. Check out the latest specials.


Photo Courtesy of Brian Murray



President’s Message - HOA Message


ACC - Architectural Control Committee


Neighbor to Neighbor - Recommendations


Classified - Riva Chase ads

Mail 48

Letter to the Editor - Padlocked gates and road gravel

51 Cover Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo

Voles & Moles - Do you need an exterminator?

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Join us for the Annual Clean Up Day Where all of your trimmings will be picked up by volunteers and transferred to a chipper and made into mulch. Just have your yard cleaned up before JUNE 13, 2015. Volunteers meet at the gazebo by 8:00 a.m. 6/13/15.


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Riva Chase HOA


Joy Lawrance President, Riva Chase HOA



lways so welcome after months of bare trees and shrubs. When we venture to lower elevations, we see the flowering bulbs already making their colorful appearance midst brown and grey ground covers still recovering from months of freezing temps. Soon, our bulbs will be blooming (maybe you’ve got some already) – and we can look forward to the coming blooms of lilac, iris and daffodils. If you’re new to Riva Chase and mountain living, it’s good to remember that deer and elk LOVE tulips – but stay away from iris and daffodils! And as we think about NEW BEGINNINGS….I’d encourage you to think about infusing your HOA Board of Directors with some fresh voices! Your current board has served for a number of years, filling in all the necessary jobs – big and small – to keep our community running. Of course, we don’t do the “heavy lifting” that Forest Hills Metro District does…but we do take care of organizing Clean-Up Day, Chili Cook-Off, Guard-house decorating and our annual dinner at Mt. Vernon Country Club. The amount of time needed is not great, and while we are all very happy to serve, we all think it’s time for others to come along for the ride! Our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will be in June – and we’d love to hear from some of you who would like to contribute a bit of time and energy to this wonderful community. Joy Lawrance

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What Third Annual

Riva Chase Third Annual ”Oh What Fun” Celebration January 31, 2015 Mt. Vernon Country Club, 6:30 p.m.

Dinner Buffet / Cash Bar For information, email: 6

Payment was due by Friday, January 23.

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Photos Courtesy of Joy Lawrance

Mark your calendar’s for the next event, January 30, 2016. April 2015 | Riva Reader


923 10th St Golden, CO 80401 303-278-3557

Through October 11, 2015 Coors released its first illustrated ads in 1893 in the form of calendars that featured, you guessed it, female figures. Some things haven’t changed, and the one displayed is a beauty. You’ll also meet Coors’ first and second ad men, go behind the ubiquitous waterfall campaign, and find the inspiration for the Coors Cowboy Collector’s Series of Western American Art by Gordon Snidow. The gallery is designed to evoke a tavern, complete with pool table and a special nod to one of Golden’s favorite watering holes, the Goosetown Tavern which graced the corner of 10th and Vasquez Streets from 1873 until 1998.

Once upon a time, word of mouth was the only way to sell beer. Today’s advertising professionals have many tools at their disposal, some of which will be presented in this newest exhibit, Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors. Despite an aversion to advertising or a degree in marketing, Adolph Coors, Sr., 8

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founder of Golden’s famous brewery, knew how to sell his beer. He worked hard to make the best beer in the world with the belief that the quality of his product would speak for itself. Even though demand exceeded supply, the Coors Brewing Company still put its name out there—on everything from newspaper ads to beer trays, matchbooks, and signs.

While there’s no beer on tap, guests are free to get reacquainted with “America’s Fine Light Beer” and shoot some eight-ball. Don’t miss this opportunity to see 50 rare and classic Coors signs on loan from 10 private and corporate collections—many of which have never been publicly seen. - See more at: www.

Images: Golden History Museums, City of Golden Collection

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New Operator: Our District has recently contracted with ORC Water Professionals of Wheat Ridge to operate our water and wastewater systems. ORC has been in business for many years and operates water and wastewater systems of all sizes. ORC also advises many operations in Colorado and Wyoming on technical issues. FHMD’s new Operator is Ernie Espinosa who has been operating systems since 2006. ORC is owned by Tom Schubert and their senior facilities operator is Gabby Begeman, who holds a BS from University of Denver in Environmental Sciences and is a member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Operators Certification Board which determines regulations for all licensed operators in Colorado. Selection of ORC Water Professionals resulted from a thorough Request for Proposal process.

Bollards: New safety posts were installed in January along Anasazi, Springflower and Sleepy Hollow with the goal of reducing traffic dangers in our community. Unfortunately, some of these posts were installed unevenly but the

vendor has agreed to reinstall them when the ground thaws.

Water Meters: The District is commencing installing 30 so-called “smart” water meters as part of a five year process to upgrade our water systems. Existing meters in Riva Chase are starting to fail and the new meters will also soon be able to notify us when there is a water leak in our homes. Smart meters transmit meter readings to the District over cellular which eliminates the cost of meter reading. The District has a list of homes for the initial deployment and expects to begin installation in the near future.

Sewer Jetting: A third round of jetting and videoing of our sewer pipes will begin in early summer. When done, we will have completed cleaning and inspecting all our entire sewer pipe system. Starting in 2016, we expect to systematically re-jet and video 20% of our pipes each year on a five year rotating cycle. Jetting in 2013 and 2014 discovered four breaks in the sewer lines which were promptly repaired. Regular jetting of sewer pipes is recommended and is important in support of insurance protection for a sewer line failure.

Landscaping: The Board has approved continuing 2015 landscaping services with TerraCare 10

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Landscaping Services, which landscaped our public spaces in 2014. The cost will be essentially the same as in 2014.

Billing: As previously mentioned, FHMD is now using American Conservation and Billing Solutions (AmCoBi) for water and sewer billing. Using AmCoBi saves your District significant costs and provides you with new features such as credit or debit card payments and usage charting. Payments now need to be sent to AmCoBi and any checks sent to FHMD will be returned to the sender. It is therefore important that you notify your bank or other check payment service of our new payment address.

Street Sweeping: We are aware that there is much sand and gravel from snow plowing accumulated along our roads and in spring we will again hire a street sweeping truck to cleanup the mess. Typically this is done in the week after the HOA’s cleanup day in June. For new residents, Riva Chase typically has its last snowstorm in mid May.

Trails: Some of our trails are still in bad shape from the September 2013 storms and the District plans to get those repaired this summer. We appreciate your patience.

Capital Spending in 2015: As in previous years, the District should have some funds to spend

on maintenance and improvement projects in 2015 and the Board will soon begin discussing priorities. Last summer the Board held a long range planning session to prioritize how to spend the District’s limited available funds and the two top items on the list were forest fire mitigation on the steep north slope below Anasazi and Chippewa and rebuilding the deteriorated section of roadway along Eastwood between the electric gate and Genesee Ridge Road.

Who Ya Going to Call: Two separate bodies serve and manage Riva Chase: the Forest Hills Metropolitan District, your local governmental body, and the Riva Chase Home Owners

Association which is a non-profit corporation. Despite its name, Forest Hills Metro only serves the Riva Chase community including the Panoramic View area at the east end of Anasazi. Both bodies have different responsibilities and are run by elected volunteer Boards. FHMD owns, operates and maintains the community’s infrastructure, including roads, gates, public buildings, open space, ponds and the water & wastewater systems. The HOA is responsible for architectural compliance and community events. Below is a list of whom you should call when you have needs or problems. And, of course, you should feel free to call any of your elected Board members as needed.

On behalf of the Forest Hills Metro Board, thank you for your support and assistance as we work to maintain and improve our lovely community. Sincerely, Ted Laves Board President

(See more information on Smart Meters, page 14 and the FHMD “Adjustment Policy” for water bills on page 16)

FHMD Contact Information FHMD


AmCoBi HOA ACC Riva Reader

Business Hours After hours Water & Sewer Gate Problems Gate Clickers Roads & Signs Ponds Open Space Gazebo Snow Plowing Landscaping Utility Easement Irrigation Permits Property Grading & Drainage

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303-526-9043 303-526-5846 303-506-3713

Address 14405 West Colfax, #165 Golden, CO 80401

P.O. Box 51356 Colorado Springs, CO 80949 Joy Lawrance Ann Nutt Roz Birkelo

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District Contacts - District Board Roz Birkelo



Harold Lacy



Ted Laves



Tom Napp



Roy Roux



District Office


Ronda Zivalich

District website


Will Raatz

District Management

Who Ya Gonna Call? HOA Covenant Rules, Permissions & Enforcement Property grading and drainage Community Forum Cleanup Day & Spring Picnic Holiday Decorations Autumn Chili Cook-off / Fundraiser "Oh What Fun" Annual Dinner Annual Garage Sale Water and Sewer Tap Fee and Irrigation Permit Water Bill Water and Sewer Problems Roads and Signs Borders along Forest Hills and Eastwood Utility Easements Drainage Ditches Gate House, Front Signs & Gates Clickers Trails and Open Space Ponds Gazebo and Play Area Snow Plowing Public Landscaping Web Sites Riva Reader


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Comments See covenants received with home purchase or go to this link to download them from the Riva Chase Website.

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Any change that affects road stability or community drainage

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See District Rules and Regulations See District Rules and Regulations Only up to beginning of service lines See title documents Can be purchased through the HOA, but falls under FHMD

There are two different websites. One for the HOA & one for FHMD. The Riva Reader is provided as long as a volunteer is willing to take time to do it. It provides information for both the HOA and FHMD.

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As spring approaches, it is time for residents to begin considering the repairs, maintenance and improvements that are needed on their property. The following are a few reminders of some of the 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 prior ACC approval before being brought into the community. • Contractors: Homeowners are requested to alert their contractors and subs of community regulations and speed limits. Smoking and/or pets 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 bring 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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Smar t Meters

AND PRESSURE REDUCING VALVES a lot of bad news for your home’s internal plumbing. Water with pressure that is too high is not only detrimental to your water bill, but to your pipes, fixtures, and appliances as well. High water pressure can cause your fixtures and appliances to leak and wear prematurely.

Why use Smart Meters? I have a smart meter installed in my home, but prior to having that installed, I had a pressure reducing valve installed.

What is a Water Pressure Reducing Valve? A water pressure reducing valve automatically reduces the pressure from the water supply main to a lower, more sensible pressure. Even if the supply water pressure fluctuates, the pressure reducing valve ensures a constant flow of water at a functional pressure, as long as the supply pressure does not drop below the valve’s pre-set pressure. I installed a water pressure reducing valve because I noticed standing water in my basement near my hot water heater. The plumber I hired did a pressure test and determined the problem.

Benefits of a Water Pressure Reducing Valve While some people might assume high water pressure means great pressurized showers, it also means 14

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Water meters are meant to last about 10 years (at least that’s what an article I found in Forbes said). Most of our homes were built in the 1990s, so it’s reasonable to assume our meters will need to be replaced to be more efficient. The smart meter takes care of the need to better manage supply, find waste points more quickly, and get a better handle on accurate billing.

Benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure Switching to smart technology delivers benefits for both the utility company (FHMD) and their customers (the residents). The key to unlocking these benefits lies in the data advanced metering infrastructure delivers. Thus, the ability to analyze and identify patterns in the data is an important piece of the overall investment. In the future, the FHMD hopes to use this data to manage many critical challenges and decrease operating costs, identify performance issues, improve customer service and

by Roz Birkelo better prioritize infrastructure investments. The smart meters help streamline the billing process in many ways. These include reducing the labor necessary to read traditional water meters, as well as streamlined bill generation. Furthermore, the data gathered by the smart meters can reveal problematic areas within the system and better manage the production, storage and distribution of water. It can also help substantially decrease non-revenue water by detecting water loss both in the distribution network and at customer end-points – which many residents know can mean a huge cost. Smart meter’s two-way communication gives real-time data to better serve customers. It also gives customers the information they need to conserve water, thereby lowering their water bills. More accurate billing and reduced water losses can become a reality, along with cost-effective, targeted maintenance. All of these benefits lead to one bottom line: better water resource management. What FHMD is doing is looking at water resource management holistically by making the investments that will payout in the long run for our residents.

Picture of the Smart meter with pressure reducing valve beneath it installed in my house.

Pressure Reducing Valve

Leaking Toilets & Fixtures

Water Hammer

Did you know that when you’re toilet is “running” or constantly making the “post-flush sound” that it’s actually leaking? Most of the time that leak is caused by the water pressure being too high. Not only does this cost money but can lead to breaking down your trusty toilet long before his time.

Having too much water flowing through your pipes at too high of a pressure can cause the pipes to shake, rattle, and roll. One particular form of this obtrusive side affect, is called water hammer. Properly installed plumbing pipes are insulated. This basically means they each have a little air chambers installed within them so that

The toilet is made to stop water from flowing after it has been flushed and filled. If the water pressure in your plumbing is too high, the toilet may not be able to stop the water from pushing itself in, doors open or not. The result being that water pushes through into the bowl, and goes right down the drain.

whenever running water suddenly stops, those chambers can cushion the halt of water and keep things quiet. Water that’s under a huge amount of pressure however will work to absorb those air chambers, rendering their noble cause a lost one. This is not only an extremely annoying plumbing problem to have, but a pretty detrimental one as well. Pipes are not installed with the intention of them being banged around. Some types of pipe may not be sturdy enough to withstand the banging, especially if every time the water is halted and the pipe moves, it hits something within close vicinity. This will ultimately cause premature wear and tear on any pipe material and could cause pipes to deform or break.

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FOREST HILLS METROPOLITAN DISTRICT POLICY FOR CONSIDERATION OF ADJUSTMENT TO WATER BILLING Should a Homeowner experience an extraordinary water usage due to leaks in their system, and wants a one-time adjustment for water usage and billing, the following procedures will apply: 1. A written request must be sent to the FHMD Board via the District Manager to arrive not less than three days before the FHMD Board Meeting. 2. Please include a specific description of the adjustment requested, as well as the basis for the adjustment, e.g., broken irrigation valve while away on vacation which has since been repaired. Please provide any and all applicable correspondence, receipts, or other documentation in support of you request 3. In cases of extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the homeowner, the Board of Directors may consider an adjustment to the homeowner’s cumulative water usage for the watering year, i.e., November 1 through October 31, and the billing for water actually used. In these cases, the following adjustments may be made: a. Cumulative water usage would be adjusted to reflect the average for the month during which the extraordinary circumstances occurred over the proceeding two years. This would help the homeowner from possibly exceeding the 100,000 gallon per year threshold where the most expensive rate is charged. (See table 2 below) b. Billing for water actually used would be adjusted as follows 1) For water used up to the adjusted average usage for the month (see above), the District’s currently applicable water rates will apply; 2) For water used above the adjusted average usage for the month, homeowner will be billed for all water actually used at a rate equal to the per thousand gallon rate applicable for water used at the adjusted average. See EXAMPLE below. EXAMPLE: A homeowner uses 50,000 gallons of water in May 2013 due to substantial leak. The water bill prior to adjustment is $1414.75. Monthly average usage for May 2011 and 2012 was 15,000 gallons. Water usage for May 2013 could then be adjusted to 15,000 gallons for the purpose of the annual cumulative totals for 2013


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Water Billing may be adjusted as follows: 1) $48.00 Base Fee 2) $1.00 per thousand for 1,000-5,000 gallons; 3) $4.55 per thousand for gallons 5,001-10,000 4) $14.30 per thousand for gallons 10,001 – 50,000, $14.30 being the rate for the usage from 10,001 to 15,000 gallons with 15,000 gallons the monthly usage. (See Table 1 below). Total adjusted water bill will thus be $647.75 as follows: $48.00 Base rate $5.00 for the first 5,000 gallons $22.75 for gallons 5,001 to 10,000 @ $4.55 per thousand gallons $572.00 for gallons 10,001 to 50,000 @ $14.30 per thousand gallons HOMEOWNERS WILL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR ONE ADJUSTMENT EVERY 5 YEARS

Forest Hills Metro District Water Rates TABLE 1 0-5,000 gallons gallons gal 0-5,000 gallons $48.00 base rate + $1.00/1,000 $50.21 - 1.05/1000 5,001 – 10,000 gallons 5,001-10,000 gallons Preceding + $4.55/1,000 Precedinggallons + $4.76/1,000 gal 10,001 – 15,000 gallons Preceding + $14.30/1,000 gallons 10,001-15,000 gallons Preceding + $14.30/1,000 gal 15,001 – 20,000 gallons Preceding + $23.40/1,000 gallons Preceding + $23.40/1,000 gal 20,001 – 25,000 gallons15,001-20,000 gallons Preceding + $35.10/1,000 gallons 20,001-25,000 gallons Preceding + $35.10/1,000 gal 25,001 gallons and above Preceding + $39.00/1,000 gallons 25,001-gallons & above Preceding + $39.00/1,000 gal Households using over 20,000 gallons petr month are subject to disconnection. The District board will apply this policy a fair, and consistent manner for all Sew Fee is billed at ainflat rate equitable of 61.16 per month. Reovery is billed at a flat rate to of the $13.60 month. of the residents of theCost District. Any Fee adjustments are subject soleper discretion see rate tables with totales, please see Rate Schedules. District’s Board To of Directors.

Forest Hillsboard Boardwill of Directors The District apply this policy in a fair, equitable and consistent manner for all residents of the District. Any adjustments are subject to the sole discretion of the District’s Board of Directors. Forest HIlls Board of Directors.

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The annual Pancake Breakfast is always held on the first Sunday of June. The auxiliary coordinates and runs the breakfast with assistance from the firefighters and various community members. If you would like to volunteer to help or to donate auction items for next year’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, please contact Chief Zoril at (303) 526-0707 or Each year the auxiliary donates proceeds to the department members or the general fund for necessary equipment, personal gear,or other items deemed appropriate by auxiliary leadership. The auxiliary is instrumental in supporting the fire department as it also helps with rehab at fires for long scenes by providing food and support to firefighters.

Join the Foothills Fire and Rescue Auxiliary You can help Foothills without becoming a firefighter. Sure, we need new firefighters too, but for those of you who would like to volunteer in another way, now you can! The Auxiliary is designed to assist the volunteer fire fighters of Foothills Fire and Rescue before, during and after calls, through a variety of ways from delivering refreshments to leave at either the emergency staging scene and/or the fire house after a lengthy day of calls, organizing social events and fund-raisers, providing support to families of fire fighters, and assisting with other related duties as they arise. If you are interested in helping the Foothills Fire and Rescue volunteer team in this unique way, give us a call! It’s a great way to get involved, have some fun, and show your support of the Foothills Fire and Rescue Team!

For more information, contact: Ronda Cameron, President (303) 374-1077 or (303) 601-5596

Message from the Chief There are unique challenges to providing fire and rescue services with limited resources in a mountain community. As a lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain and a third generation firefighter, I have seen a lot of efforts succeed in our community and I have seen some fail too. One of the keys to success is having a clear vision and strategy for the fire and rescue services in our community. To that end, we recently developed our Long Range Plan (LRP) and I’d like to share some highlights with you. The LRP helps us focus on providing the best services to our constituents – allowing us to prioritize the things that are most important and make the tough, strategic choices so that we spend time on areas that generate benefits for our citizens as well as for our volunteer fire fighters. We took an iterative approach to develop our LRP, making sure to engage the Board of Directors, our officer corps, our volunteer firefighters, and of course, our community at large. We incorporated feedback from each constituent group along the way in order to make this a plan that we can all support.

The Long Range Plan focuses on four core domains: 1. Operational Excellence – we will maintain highly responsive fire, rescue, and emergency services for our community members; reduce response times and maximize responder coverage; and increase preparation for catastrophic events. 2. Community Partnerships – we will strengthen relationships within our community as well as with nearby emergency response stakeholders via intergovernmental teaming agreements. 3. Financial Stewardship – we will continue our financially conservative, cash-based, debtfree approach to managing the department through ongoing overall economic uncertainty. 4. Our People – we will foster a community-based, volunteerstaffed, professional department that is trained and prepared to deliver our core services. I encourage you to read our entire 2020 vision and the planned strategic initiatives for the next 12 months to help us achieve that vision. In the months to come, we’ll share more about our efforts in this section of our website. Other ways to stay informed about our progress include attending our monthly Board of Directors meetings, held on the third Tuesday of every month at the Mount Vernon Country Club at 6:30, so I hope to see you there as well. Thank you for your help as we strive to keep our community safe! Brian Zoril, Fire Chief Office: (303) 526-0707 Mobile: (303) 900-8675 April 2015 | Riva Reader


Foothills Fire and Rescue Long Range Plan

Our 2020 Vision and Strateg Foothills Fire and Rescue: 2020 Vision Operational Excellence Maintain highly responsive fire, rescue, and emergency services for our community members

• Wildland, structure, and motor vehicle fire suppression

• Emergency medical services

• Vehicle and mountain/low-angle rescue

• Hazardous materials responses

• Provide a safe and timely response

• Maximize responder coverage

• Increase preparation for catastrophic events

Community Partnerships Strengthen relationships within our community Strengthen relationships with other emergency response stakeholders via intergovernmental agreements

• Highland Rescue Team Ambulance District

• Alpine Rescue Team

• Evergreen Dispatch

• Other neighboring fire and rescue organizations, both inside and outside Jefferson County

• Continue to strengthen our partnership with the Colorado State Patrol and Jefferson County Sheriffʼs Department

Financial Stewardship Continue our financially conservative, cash-based, debt-free approach to managing the department through ongoing overall economic uncertainty

• Deliver services and operate within existing budgets, without raising taxes

• Carefully monitor fleet useful life, balanced with agile decision-making to retire and replace equipment

• Leverage Federal and State grants and alternative funding sources, such as instate deployments, to supplement revenue streams

• Sensibly manage our property portfolio, including fire stations and equipment; maintain adequate cash reserves

Our People Foster a community-based, volunteer-staffed, professional department that is trained and prepared to deliver our core services

• Encourage a stable volunteer membership with low turnover

• Build from within and invest in volunteer preparedness, including a focus on responder safety and health

• Develop our officers and volunteers; promote advanced certifications commensurate with their organizational position

• Leverage in-state deployments to improve wildland fire preparedness

• Provide oversight via an actively engaged Board of Directors that supports strategic decision-making, financial stewardship, community engagement, and overall health of the organization

• Enable the FFR Auxiliary to continue to supporting fire fighters, both on and off of emergency scenes

• Provide adequate funding and oversight of the volunteer firefighter pension to ensure long-term viability 1


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gy - December 2014 One Year Horizon: Key Strategic Initiatives Operational Excellence • Migrate communications network to conventional VHF system co-operated and maintained with other local fire departments

• Rewrite intergovernmental agreements with Evergreen department for dual response areas

• Complete regular review and update of governance documents and operational policies

• Maintain, and where possible, improve response times, based on type of call

• Minimize workerʼs compensation claims through an ongoing culture of safety

• Meet statutory requirements for fire investigation

Community Partnerships

• Set scope and standards for all operational services in our portfolio (both emergency and non-emergency services)

• Engage Clear Creek and Central City departments in new intergovernmental agreements

• Conduct ongoing community outreach via individualized mitigation assessments

• Assist community based organizations with fire-related grant development and implementation

• Ensure uniform application of adopted fire codes

• Meet with home owners/neighborhood associations regularly

• Host an annual wildfire preparation forum

Financial Stewardship • Maximize the useful life of every district asset through regular and thorough maintenance

• Enable truck committee to continuously evaluate fleet status and plan replacements

• Seek grants for communications infrastructure build-out, upgrades and ongoing maintenance

• Continue ongoing facilities rehabilitation and upgrade (completion of Rainbow Hills mezzanine in 2015; Idledale rehabilitation in 2016; Grapevine rehabilitation in 2018; Lookout Mountain Rehabilitation in 2020)

• Ensure proper financial safeguards are in place in all areas of district business

Our People – Professional Volunteers • Continue delivery of joint fire fighter training academy with Genesee and Golden Gate; provide new interagency training opportunities with our other neighbors (Evergreen, Indian Hills, Clear Creek, State Patrol, Jeffco Sheriff)

• Maintain basic minimum standards of training in all core mission areas (Firefighter 1, Hazmat, Wildland, EMS, Rope, Highway Safety.)

• Focus on increasing firefighter certification levels (Fire Fighter II, Fire Officer, Squad Boss, Engine Boss) • Invest in rewards and recognition programs for volunteer fire fighters who exceed expectations

• Identify and implement opportunities for officer core leadership training

• Continue to develop our community outreach recruiting program

• Encourage the overall health and wellness of our members through safety and voluntary fitness initiatives

• Assess our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges; use these to help guide the evolution of the organization 2

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Fire-safe Landscaping Can Save Your Home


A Factsheet on Rural Fire Safety and Prevention

ildland fires destroy hundreds of homes and acres of land every year across the country. Fire-safe landscaping is an effective tool that creates an area of defensible space between your home and flammable vegetation that protects against devastating fires.

The U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to keep fire safety at the forefront by learning how to landscape and maintain your property to minimize possible fire damage and slow fires if they start. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility… Fire Stops With You!

Defensible space Works During the 2003 raging California fires, a number of homes were saved as a result of the owners’ careful pruning and landscaping techniques that protected their homes. In a fire situation, the dead trees and shrubs surrounding your home act as fuel for fire. Removing flammable vegetation reduces the threat of fire. Follow these basic rules to create defensible space that works. • Remove all dead plants, trees and shrubs from the site. • Reduce excess leaves, plant parts and low-hanging branches. • Replace dense flammable plants with fire-resistant plants. • The choice of plants, spacing and maintenance are crucial elements in any defensible space landscaping plan.

Tips for a fire-safe lanDscape • Create a defensible space perimeter by thinning trees and brush within 30 feet around your home. • Beyond 30 feet, remove dead wood, debris and low tree branches. • Eliminate small trees and plants growing under trees. They allow ground fires to jump into tree crowns. • Space trees 30 feet apart and prune to a height of 8 to 10 feet. • Place shrubs at least 20 feet from any structures and prune regularly.

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• Plant the most drought-tolerant vegetation within three feet of your home and adjacent to structures to prevent ignition. • Provide at least a 10 to 15 foot separation between islands of shrubs and plant groups to effectively breakup continuity of vegetation. • Landscape your property with fireresistant plants and vegetation to prevent fire from spreading quickly.

choose fire resisTanT MaTerials • Check your local nursery or county extension service for advice on fire resistant plants that are suited for your environment. • Create fire-safe zones with stone walls, patios, swimming pools, decks and roadways. • Use rock, mulch, flower beds and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks. • There are no “fire-proof” plants. Select high moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content. • Choose plant species that resist ignition such as rockrose, iceplant and aloe. • Fire-resistant shrubs include hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples. • Plant hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.

MainTain Your hoMe anD surrounDing properTY • Maintain a well-pruned and watered landscape to serve as a green belt and protection against fire. • Keep plants green during the dry season and use supplemental irrigation, if necessary. • Trim grass on a regular basis up to 100 feet surrounding your home. • Stack firewood at least 30 feet from your home. • Store flammable materials, liquids and solvents in metal containers outside the home at least 30 feet away from structures and wooden fences. • No matter where you live, always install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long-life smoke alarms.

For more information contact: The U. S. Fire Administration 16825 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or Visit the USFA Web site:

Homeland Security

Fire Mitigation Fighting the Unpredictable: A Wildland Fire by Adam Goldman Republished from May 2013

What you as a homeowner can do to create a defensible space.


very year, residents in the foothills and rural Colorado face the risk of wildland fires. They are unpredictable in nature (how, where and why they start), intensity (from minor to major incidents), and outcome. Most of us never think about them until we see or hear about one on the news. Much like a structure fire, they are not your everyday occurrence. Hence, we don’t see it as a risk. As residents in Riva Chase, that is the furthest from the truth. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death, not to mention significant loss of property. So what can you do? First, develop a plan ahead of time for what you and your family will do when a wildland fire is reported; where will you meet, what will you take, how will you exit, and most importantly, how will you account for everyone to ensure their safety. This is critical. It addresses what is most important: personal life safety. Next, how can you protect your property, giving it the best possible chance of surviving a potentially catastrophic event? Create a defensible space around your home, starting now. The following is an excerpt from the Colorado State Forest Service for creating a defensible space on your property. Wildfire hazards exist on most forested home sites. Many hazards can be reduced to acceptable levels by following these fire safety guidelines:

1. Thin out continuous tree and brush cover within 30 feet of your house and structures. Adequate thinning is reached in the 30-foot defensible space when the outer edges of tree crowns are at least 10 to 12 feet apart. If your home is on a slope, enlarge the defensible space, especially on the downhill side. 2. Dispose of all slash and debris left from the thinning—lop and scatter (cut debris into small pieces and disperse over area to accelerate decomposition); chip or haul to a disposal site. 3. Remove dead limbs, leaves and other ground litter within the defensible space. 4. Stack firewood uphill and at least 15 feet from your home. 5. Maintain a greenbelt immediately around your home using grass, flower gardens or ornamental shrubbery. An alternative is rock or other non-combustible material. 6. Mow dry grasses/forbs to a height of 2” or less. 7. Prune branches from trees within the defensible space to a height of 10’ above the ground. 8. Also remove other potential “ladder fuels” such as shrubs and small trees from beneath large trees plus higher combustible trees such as cedar & juniper. 9. Trim branches that extend over your roof and that are within 15’ of a chimney. 10. Clean roof and gutters of pine needles to eliminate ignition source. 11. Reduce density of forest at least 100 feet out from home site (entire lot is preferable).

Adam Goldman Riva Chase Resident Foothills Fire & Rescue

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April Showers Bring May Flowers Get Skin Glowing for Spring by Catherine Zoe

s we enter the new seasons our weather prepares our environment just as we should prepare our skin for the upcoming changes. Here are a few suggestions easy to follow with phenomenal results. Clean hydrated skin, rosy cheeks and a natural looking hydrated lip is this seasons popular look. At Zoe Skin Care & Boutique we have taken many years and experimenting to bring you the most active and enjoyable product to produce these results. Spring is the time to exfoliate the dull, dry skin cells of the dry winter months. We suggest Zo Medical Vitascrub and Skin Brightener. Also the Eminence Organic Skin Care line has lovely manual exfoliants such as the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant and Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser. A monthly facial is key in exposing healthy glowing skin and is remarkably relaxing. Spring is also the time to do peels, exposing fresh, healthy 24

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skin cells, your esthetician can recommend the peel best suited to your skin care needs. Hydrated skin is the cornerstone to a healthy appearance. Moisture keeps environmental stressers out and will keep the skin hydrate from within. (A little trick of the trade: After cleansing the skin leave your face a little damp before applying you moisturizer). Your product will last longer and this will hold more moisture in. We highly recommend the Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream For Face and Neck or one of the numerous serums we offer which can be worn under your moisturizer or sunscreen or as a treatment alone. Plump the skin with a number of different modalities to help produce more collagen this Spring. This time of year is the prime time to cause the skin to produce collagen production . Ask your esthetician about modalities such as microneedling and microdermabration to target deeper layers of skin leaving you with firmer, more taught appearance.

This is the time change you color palate. Once your skin is in tip top condition, add some color that’s appropriate for the season. Soften your look with light pinks and peach tones. Please come in and experience the Jane Iredale The Skin Care Make Up. There are numerous choices for all skin types and choices for your look and preferences. Please visit us at Zoe Skin Care & Boutique in the Genesee Town Center and get a head start on fabulous glowing skin. We offer free skin care consultations and makeup suggestions. Enjoy the April showers as the moisture will enhance the appearance of your skin like fresh, Spring flowers. Please stop in, call 303-838-0499 or go online to to make an appointment to talk to one of our skin care specialists and fall I love with your skin. We also offer beautiful gift items in our unique boutique and look forward to seeing you soon.

Conveniently located in the Genesee Town Center.

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Frack or Fiction? PROTECT COLORADO

Anti-Fracking Groups Have Been Making Lots of Claims Lately. THE TRUTH



Fracking has been around since 1947. Over 1.2 million wells have been fracked, and more than 90% of all oil and natural gas wells in the U.S. are fracked at some point during their lifespans.1

Colorado was the first state in the nation to clamp down on methane released from oil and natural gas development.2

Fracking uses only 0.1% of total water consumed in Colorado.

The fundamentals of fracking — creating small cracks in rock formations typically more than a mile below the earth’s surface to free oil and natural gas — is the same today as it was over 60 years ago. Thanks to advanced technology, the average well site today is 30% smaller than it was in 1970, yet oil and natural gas companies can access about 10 times more energy from one-tenth the space. Fracking minimizes land-surface disturbances, which reduces the energy development footprint.


The new law went into effect in 2014. Colorado’s environmental regulations are often referred to as a model for the nation. Fracking is regulated by dozens of federal, state and local laws whose goal is to minimize the environmental impact and protect health and safety. And thanks to fracking, U.S. carbon emissions are at 20year lows.3

That is a fraction of the amount of water used by recreation, agriculture, manufacturing and other industries.4 99.5% of fracking is made up of water and sand. Once deep formation rocks have been fracked, sand is used to keep those small cracks open, allowing the water, oil and natural gas to flow back to the surface. Then the water is treated and often reused for future operations to reduce overall water consumption.




Fracking, using slickwater horizontal drilling, is a new technology that has only been around for about seven years.

Natural gas has no role in a clean energy future, regardless of tough methane regulations. Fossil fuels should be eliminated as an energy source.

Fracking is draining Colorado’s freshwater sources and could potentially dry up rivers and streams.

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The oil and natural gas industry supports more than 110,000 Colorado jobs.5

Colorado has some of the strictest water regulations in the country and was the first state to require preand post-drilling sampling.

Weld County, CO – home to 85% of Colorado’s oil production and the heart of responsible energy development – is thriving and had the largest percentage increase in employment in the U.S. in 2013.6 In 2012 alone, the oil and natural gas industry generated $29.6 billion for the Colorado economy. A statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing would cost Colorado 68,000 jobs and $8 billion in economic activity in the first five years.7 About 25% of all commercial office space in downtown Denver is leased by the oil and natural gas industry.8


are encountered from its operating environment, and oil and gas companies use sophisticated monitoring tools on every well, 24 hours a day.9

Neither the Environmental Protect Agency nor the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ever found a connection to chemicals entering our groundwater as a result of the fracking process.

Fracking is not responsible for a spike in birth defects in infants born in Colorado.10

Fracking fluid is 99.5% water and sand with only 0.5% chemical additives, some of which you find in everyday items like makeup remover, hand soap, and even your toothpaste. The additives are available for anyone to review at any time at

Every health, safety and economic consideration is factored into the energy development process, and Colorado places a premium on environmental protection while ensuring our state’s vital energy industry can continue to operate.


Drilled wells, which pass through our water table, must be encased in multiple layers of industrialgrade steel casing and surrounded by cement to ensure separation and protection. Wells are engineered to withstand the internal and external forces that THEIR CLAIM



Fracking jobs are transitory and often filled with non-local or out-ofstate workers. Positive economic benefits are either short-lived or an illusion perpetuated by the industry.

Fracking is never safe and dumps chemicals into the earth. The process should be banned across the country. Thousands of spills have contaminated groundwater and surface water around the state.

Fracking is inherently unsafe. The closer a pregnant woman lives to a well, the higher the chances are that she will have a baby with a birth defect. April 2015 | Riva Reader





Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have found no reason to interrupt fracking while they further study potential links between injection wells and earthquakes.

Because of abundant supplies of natural gas, Coloradans enjoy energy prices 23% below the U.S. average.12

Local communities are an important part of the permitting and planning process for Colorado oil and natural gas activity.

Thanks to fracking, the average U.S. household will save more than $900 in energy prices per year from 2012 to 2015 and more than $2000 per year by 2035.

To ensure the concerns and needs of each community is adequately addressed up front, cites and counties are allowed and encouraged to appoint a Local Government Designee (LGD) to work directly with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). LGDs have many opportunities to weigh in on behalf of their residents while development is being planned and implemented and may apply for a hearing on potential significant adverse impacts that have not been adequately addressed by an application or COGCC rules.13




High-pressure reinjection storage wells used for fracking flow-back cause earthquakes and what are now termed “earthquake swarms.”

Lower energy costs do not justify fracking because natural gas is a finite resource. Additionally, if the U.S. begins exporting natural gas, it will not only increase the use of fracking, but will lead to a rise in American energy prices.

Fracking is inherently unsafe. The closer a pregnant woman lives to a well, the higher the chances are that she will have a baby with a birth defect.

Most forms of energy production – and just about every kind of construction – have the potential to shake the ground. But when it comes to the fracking process, the nation’s leading scientists have closely studied the potential earthquake risk and concluded it’s extremely low. Mark Zoback, a geophysicist at Stanford University, explains: “The average microseismic activity caused by hydraulic fracturing releases about the same amount of energy as a gallon of milk falling off a kitchen counter—a minuscule vibration that cannot be felt.11”


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Mountain Lion Sighting


Photos taken at night

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact commission


Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Press Release


U.S. Energy Information Administration


Colorado Division of Water Resources


University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business


Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc.


Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment April 2014


Induced Seismicity Potential Energy Technologies, 2012; National Research Council, U.S. Senate Testimony of Stanford University Geophysics Professor Mark Zoback, 2012


U.S. Energy Information Administration

by Brian Murray 809 Kachina Circle

Just a typical night in the hot tub with a MOUNTAIN LION! Wednesday night I stepped out of my hot tub and saw something move 6” away from my foot. Was it a mouse? Raccoon? Nope, both too small. I jumped back into the hot tub when I realized I had narrowly missed stepping on a mountain lions tail! It had stealthily crawled next to the hot tub stalking 4 deer that were hanging out in our yard while I was in the hot tub completely oblivious to what was going on. I sent a text to Laura Sobon Murray​to NOT come outside and to grab her camera. She was able to capture the image of the mountain lion and me in the hot tub. The 2nd image is the view I had of the lion. (It took me 45 minutes to have the courage to capture this image because I had to use a flash since it was so dark). After an hour I was ready to get inside so I tried to sneak away but I made a noise, the mountain lion lifted and turned his head and stared at me. You can’t get any more primal than a mountain lion staring at you, 4 feet away, at night. He turned around and then sprinted at the deer. The spooked deer bolted away out of sight with the mountain lion in pursuit. It was over in two seconds. The lion moved with such speed and grace, a truly magnificent creature that I was fortunate to spend an hour with! In 31 years I have hiked 1,000’s of miles, climbed 100’s of mountains, and visited dozens of National Parks and Wilderness Areas and all I had to do to see my first mountain lion was sit in my hot tub! A night I will never forget! April 2015 | Riva Reader



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April 2015 Sobon | Riva Reader Photo Courtesy of Laura Murray - taken31at night

Foothills Fire & Rescue VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Foothills Fire & Rescue is a combination department comprised of full-time and volunteer firefighters. It is our philosophy that whether you are a volunteer firefighter or career firefighter, the tasks to be completed are the same; as the department takes its responsibility toward public safety and providing professional services very seriously.

Recruitment Information can be found on the Foothills Fire and Rescue website:

The department accepts applications year-round. Fire fighter I Training Academy for Volunteers begins ever y Januar y, with graduation typically the first week of June. Full-time positions are typically filled from within our Volunteer firefighter ranks. To download a sample Fire Academy training schedule go to the Foothills Fire and Rescue website:

Foothills Fire & Rescue has been in existence since January 1, 1997. The district was formed by the combination of the Lookout Mountain, Ideldale and Mount Vernon Fire Departments. The current department operates out of five stations: • Lookout Mountain • Rainbow Hills • Mount Vernon • Grapevine • Ideldale

As a volunteer member of the Foothills Fire & Rescue department, you will have the honor of serving your community in emergency situations. Additionally, all members have the opportunity to meet and work with other highly trained, motivated and enthusiastic volunteers, and interact with numerous local, state and national fire and rescue organizations. For additional information, contact Recruitment Coordinator, Pati Stajcar, at

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While vising the website, you can also view a brief slideshow about the nature of volunteer firefighting with Foothills Fire.

Department Overview

We provide Fire Suppression, Vehicle rescue, Technical Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (in conjunction with Highland Rescue Team Ambulance Service) to residential, commercial, wildland and highway exposures to a roughly 25 square mile area in Central-Western Jefferson County. In addition, we provide assistance to neighboring fire departments such as Pleasant View, Genesee, Golden and Evergreen. On average, we have approximately 40 volunteer firefighters in our membership.

Benefits to Our Volunteers

• Participation in department and community functions held annually. • Fire and rescue related training opportunities provided at no cost to the membership. • Pension benefits upon reaching age 62 and after completing 10 years of active service. • Worker’s compensation coverage while training and performing fire fighting duties. • Medical, disability and life insurance coverage if injuries or death occurs while training or performing fire fighting duties.

Criteria for Membership • You need to be at least 18 years of age. • In good health and good physical condition. • Have no felony convictions. • Have a valid Driver’s License and automobile insurance. • Reside within the boundaries of the Foothills Fire Protection District. lf you are accepted as a volunteer member of the department, you are a probationary member until you meet the following requirements: • Successful completion of a 72 hour, state certified, Firefighter I academy. • Successful completion of an 8 your cardiopulmonary resuscitation course (CPR). • Successful completion of a 1st Responder or Emergency Medical Technician medial certification course. • Approval for active membership

by the Foothills Fire & Rescue Chiefs after a thorough background check. Once you have attained active membership status, you must maintain it by: • Participating in a minimum of 36 hours of training annually. • Complete all assigned shifts as a firefighter. • Carry a department provided pager in order to receive emergency alarms. • Respond to emergency calls as required by the Department (minimum of 36 shift hours per month). • Keep certifications and CPR up-to-date by attending required training.

education and employment history in order to properly evaluate your application for volunteer membership.

Office: (303) 526-0707 28812 Rainbow Hill Road, Evergreen, CO 80439

A response to your application for membership will be made to you verbally prior to the beginning of the next Firefighter Academy.

Equipment Upon acceptance as a volunteer member you will be provided a pager and personal protective equipment (PPE), for responding to calls. Pagers and PPE are the property of the department and must be returned should you no longer be an active member of Foothills Fire & Rescue. Standard PPE includes a structural helmet, bunker pants, coat and boots, a nomex hood and gloves. Additional PPE may be provided as necessary.

Application Process Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the Foothills Fire & Rescue Chief for approval. Additionally, a background investigation and a physical exam will be required. When you sign and submit this application, you are authorizing Foothills Fire & Rescue to obtain a consumer report about your criminal, driving, credit, April 2015 | Riva Reader


Is Denver Getting Too Expensive? Denver home prices have hit record levels for 23 consecutive months. This is mainly because of an extreme high-demand/lowinventory imbalance. Buyers are finding it hard to purchase homes under $400,000 due to multiple offers and few homes available. Consequently, according to the Metro Denver Association of Realtors, from February of 2014 to this February, the average sold price has risen 13.2%. In the case of luxury homes, sales volumes have jumped a whopping 43.8%. So why is demand so high? Patty Silverstein, Chief Economist for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation expects a net migration of at least 31,000 people in 2015. That’s approximately 2,500 new people every month. The home sales inventory is running at all-time lows of about 4,200 active listings each month. A more balanced inventory would be about 16,000 active listings. The rental market has also skyrocketed making the rent payments equivalent or higher to a mortgage Case-Shiller released a report on April 1, 2015 showing that Denver home prices have enjoyed greater appreciation than 19 other metropolitan areas across the U.S. In fact, Denver was ranked number one!


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Here are some good tips on how to be a smart buyer or seller in this intense market: Buyers: • Come prepared - You should to be pre-qualified and ready to compete head-to-head with cash offers. • Be flexible - You may need to expand your search parameters to find the kind of home you are looking for at the price you are willing to pay. • Be committed - Write a letter to the seller explaining why you want to purchase the home and your intention to care for it properly. • Have an inspection – Be prepared to only ask for major system defects or health and safety issues to be repaired. • Be negotiable – Work with the seller on closing costs and time of possession. • Sellers: • Prepare your home for sale -

Clear the clutter and “stage” the home so it will look it’s best. Consider professional help with this important factor. • Have a pre-inspection – Make sure to eliminate any possible objections. • Price the home appropriately Many sellers want to take part in the fury to reap the highest price, but an over-priced home will become stagnant and will have to go through price reductions, ultimately netting less. • Plan your exit strategy - If you need to find another home, make your sale contingent on finding a suitable replacement property. Once under contract, many buyers will allow the seller to rent-back until they have located a home to purchase. If you would like a complimentary market analysis to evaluate your current home’s value and sales potential, please give me a call. I’d be happy to help


869 HILL & DALE #B $383,950 — 2 Bed 3 Bath, 1618 sf Private, gated community with easy access to I-70 and Highway 40. A spacious, open floorplan for easy living and entertaining. Two master bedrooms each with its own bath. Tuck under garage with elevator access. April 2015 | Riva Reader



$869,900 — 5 Bed 6 Bath, 5299 sf Stunning custom home in exclusive gated community of Riva Chase*Just 20 minutes from Denver but secluded and mountain living*Incredible flrpln w MnFlr master suite w sitting area & fireplace*Gourmet kitchen w top of the line appliances, granite slab, designer tile, island*MnFlr study w fireplace*Gorgeous great room w soaring ceilings*MnFlr Laundry*Fantastic HUGE upper bedrm suites, ALL w their own baths & walkins*Fantastic walkout basement w expansive rec room, bedrm, full bath, custom wet bar and built in cabinetry*High efficiency boiler system & water heater*Stucco & concrete tile roof*RARE 1.79 acre lot overlooking ponderosa pines and private spaces in the back w multiple decks for outdoor living spaces*Rare quality and location*Tucked back in Riva Chase for wonderful seclusion*


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$1,649,000 — 6 Bed 8 Bath, 9798 sf Combining classic sophistication with modern mountain luxury, this residence is located on a private, 2+ acre wooded lot with sweeping city and mountain views. The spacious main rooms flow effortlessly for large-scale entertaining, yet provide a cozy sense of intimacy for small gatherings. Main-level living with generously sized master suite, office, formal dining, and state-of-the-art kitchen provide an ease to everyday living. The lower level is complete with the ideal areas for gaming, relaxing and playing. Connecting and open, gracious interior living, and a beautiful outdoor setting including manicured landscaping, infinity pool with Swim Jet, water feature, zip-line and generous decks create a relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere.

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$889,500 — 4 Bed 6 Bath, 5841 sf Entertain against treed & mountain views in a dream kitchen w/ granite tile counters, an eat-at island, 180 degree view breakfast nook + formal dining w/butler pantry. Retreat to formal living room w/ fireplace or to library w/ floor to ceiling shelves & 2 sided fireplace to great room. This exquisite home’s high ceilings throughout & in floor hot water heat, 4 fireplaces & 6 baths add comfort, luxury & style. The central curved staircase rises to a private master suite w/ view balcony, wet-bar & fireplace; add 2 bedrooms each w/ full bath. The walkout level boast an open media room, cozy double sided fireplace, game nook, dining area, granite topped wet-bar and prep-counter plus seating area. A guest room or his and hers offices plus a convertible gym or wine room & well appointed bath & the outdoor hot tub make for an incredibly relaxing experience. Come decorate & make this home your castle. 38

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$1,275,000 — 5 Bed 5 Bath, 7486 sf Perched atop prime elevated acreage, enjoy beautiful views from every window in this exquisite home. The over 7,000 square foot retreat is an entertainers dream. Huge great room with a wall of windows inviting in the stunning mountain & city views below. The chef’s kitchen offers the finest of appliances, functionality and beauty. Take the elevator to large master suite with retreat and six-piece bath. Second floor bedrooms share jack & jill bath with a unique flex and functional design. Walkout basement offers first-class interior relaxation combined with immediate access to a covered patio, BBQ island, dry sauna and a fabulous pool with panoramic views of it’s own.

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FOR SALE Listed By

List Price

Beds Baths

Finished SqFt $/SqFt

DOM Built

List Date

22554 Treetop Ln Liv Sotheby’s Realty


6 8

9798 $168.30

5 1996


849 Eastwood Dr Cherry Creek Properties


5 5

7486 $170.32

53 1983


22886 Solitude Ln Evergreen Real Estate


4 6

5841 $162.64

216 1995


1052 Sleepy Hollow Rd Re/Max 100 Inc.


5 6

5299 $164.16

149 1994


869 Hill and Dale Rd, #B Re/Max Alliance


2 3

1618 $237.30

121* 1984


List Price Sale Price

Beds Baths

Finished SqFt $Sold/SqFt

DOM Built

List Date Sale Date

$689,000 $680,000

4 4

4069 $167.11

167 1996

06/03/2014 01/23/2015

SOLD 22108 Red Hawk Fuller Sotheby’s

*Under contract for 23 days and not considered active, so no change to DOM.

Sales Statistics – Foothill Communities Homes/Townhomes Sold Riva Chase Genesee Lookout Mountain Spring Ranch



10 75 17 8

5 79 17 5

2015 YTD 1 14 2 1

222 80 113 170

83 57 64 220

167 51 5 48

$741K $583K $511K $1,093K

$696K $564K $508K $938K

$680K $522K $584K $1,125K

Average Days on Market Riva Chase Genesee Lookout Mountain Spring Ranch

Average Net Price (All Sales) Riva Chase Genesee Lookout Mountain Spring Ranch

Complied by Pam Bent using data taken from Metrolist, Inc. ® All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. If you currently have your home listed, this is not a solicitation for your listing.


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Design doesn’t have to be complicated Or expensive... Let Deena show you how you can give your room a face lift with simple design tips that don’t have to break the bank!

Interiors by Linda Deena Green, RID Registered Interior Designer


Phone: 720.746.0311 April 2015 | Riva Reader Fax: 303.275.8036



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t’s that time of year again! Mount Vernon Country Club’s Olympic sized pool opens at 4 pm May 22 on Memorial Weekend. Sunny days, with a mild spring have brought an early start to the tennis season on three hard and three clay courts. Join your neighborhood club and enjoy both this year! Affordable one-time initiation fees and dues make the club an easy choice. Don’t miss out, as there are a limited number

restaurant and bar. Adults can relax with table service on the deck especially designed for 21 years and over. Love to do laps? There are always two lanes, as well as a slide, diving board and toddler pool. Top flight tennis instruction is offered through Lili Bell Shelton, club Tennis Director for 22 years. She and her three tennis pros offer a variety of adult and children’s tennis camps and drills. Children’s camps are offered

Members also enjoy affordable dining, wine tasting, jazz concerts, cooking classes, shows and more. Call Linda today to schedule your tour including a complimentary cocktail or dessert. 303-526-3135, or Linda@ Spring special - $150 OFF a Social and Tennis Membership Initiation Fee. Discount applies to a new Social plus Tennis membership only. Initiation fees are onetime, per family. Pool initiation fee is additional. If interested in a Social Only membership, (no pool or tennis), the initiation fee discount is $100 off. There are never food minimums to meet.

of pool memberships available each year and there is typically a wait list by May. Families enjoy pool side movies and games. Pool parties with live music are fun for adults, accompanied by a full service


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to non-members at a higher fee. Pickle Ball, a fast growing sport for all ages, will be offered beginning in May. Tennispro@ The club is your nearby casual destination for an active lifestyle!

Offer expires 4/30/15. Mount Vernon Country Club, Genesee exit/I-70, Golden Stay Connected to MVCC! LIKE us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

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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 unparallelled, he did the work himself (not just managing a team), he works very hard, and his rate is reasonable. John Carpenter

Cabinetry / Remodeling

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

New Creations In Tile & Stone Al Thibodeaux | Cell: 303-704-6716 | Office: 720-287-0236

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 46

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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


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


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

Window Cleaning

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

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My Contractor

General Construction General Constructor specializing in residential interior construction and remodel. We offer honest and reliable estimates, and we like to think we do it right. But, don’t just take our word for it—our customers give us rave reviews! Whether it’s our quick, quality, friendly service or the honesty and value we bring to every interaction, our customers love us. We’re famous for: • Timely, quality construction • Friendly service • Honest & accurate cost estimates • Beautiful designs Give us a call for your free estimate. Kevin McMillin Riva Chase resident (303) 993-3323 April 2015 | Riva Reader


Combo locks on gates at Star Ridge and Forest Hills


here was an email exchange between our management team and one of our residents about the combination to the pad locked gates, because he/ she wanted to use the back gates for general access to our neighborhood. It should be mentioned that the gates are for emergency evacuations only. These gates will be opened during these times and remain open until which time any such danger is over.


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Occasionally the FHMD will allow them to be used for snow plowing, construction, or large moving vans when requested. Please contact the management team for access.

3. The annual tree thinning exercise along Eastwood which ends before cleanup day also leaves some chips and debris on the roads.

Gravel on the Roads

Of course, FHMD could regularly hire a sweeper but the Board has not viewed that as a good use of our very limited resources. With more revenues (higher fees and taxes) we could do many things including regularly street sweeping throughout the spring and summer but the impression is that many or most residents do not want to our taxes increased or be assessed additional funds.

FHMD has for many years hired the street sweeper in June after the HOA’s clean up day and every year some residents complain before that time. The reason for waiting until June are: 1. We almost always have a big snow in May which requires more sanding 2. The HOA’s clean up day always leaves a bunch of debris on the roads

Owners: Tami & Lisa

What Really is Core Training? -Dana Inman

Located in the Genesee Towne Center 25938 Genesee Trail Rd #160 Golden, CO 80401 303-526-5997

April 2015 You have heard the term “Core Training” just about everywhere you go and if you’re like most people you assume this is the way to a good-looking mid-section. The core DOES include those good-looking “6-Pack” muscles (the rectus abdominis), but it is comprised mainly of muscles you cannot see (like the transverse abdominals, multifidis, diaphragm and pelvic floor). So, are you “crunching” away in hopes of a strong core? That would be using your core as the prime mover only working that outermost layer. The core MOST often acts as a stabilizer (those hidden muscles must fire to stabilize), not a prime mover. Stabilizing the core first should initiate ALL movement. The ability to do this reduces the risk of injury. So really, Core Training is ANY kind of exercise since you should be stabilizing your core before all movement! Monday 6:00am





Genesee Mountain Fitness is such a convenient way to Core Train! We would love to have you be a part of our Genesee Mountain Fitness family!

Mention this article to receive 10% off any Pilates Training package (this

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Ski Conditioning


Ski Conditioning

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How do you know when you need new replacement windows or patio doors? et’s face it: when you see the recurring water stains on your ceilings or the dampness in your attic, it’s very easy to know when you need a new roof. If someone steps through a board on your deck, you know it’s time to replace it, but how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows or patio doors? Sometimes, even when your windows look perfectly fine, it could be well past the time to have them replaced. Mike Clancy, the local general manager of Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, is an expert in the field. “I would say the most common issue that people have is that their windows are not efficient, and that means no matter how high you turn up your heat or AC, you’re just never going to be comfortable in your house,” said Clancy. Drafts are a big problem in the colder months, but windows that need to be replaced can wreak havoc in the warmer months, too. 50

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“I can’t tell you how many homes I’ve visited where there’s a room or two that the homeowner literally can’t use in the summer—they were just way too hot.” Fortunately for Colorado homeowners, there is a replacement window that’s custom-built to stand up to our temperature swings and UV ray exposure. Renewal by Andersen’s window is made of their very own Fibrex® composite material that is two times stronger than vinyl, and their windows SmartSun™ glass blocks out 95% of UV rays. Clancy explained, “Not only is our glass up to 70% more energy-efficient, but because it blocks out most of the UV rays, you’ll likely no longer have those rooms that are too hot or too cold.*” Renewal by Andersen’s SmartSun™ glass helps keep the warm air inside in the winter and helps to block the warm air from getting inside in the summer. There is no additional charge for this glass; it comes standard on all their windows.

“If I could give Colorado homeowners one piece of advice, this is what I would say: if you are considering replacing your windows, I would strongly caution you against choosing a low-end vinyl window,” said, Clancy. “We won’t even sell vinyl window at Renewal by Andersen because with our temperature swings and UV rays, vinyl can literally melt.” Renewal by Andersen replaces thousands of vinyl windows each year. *Summer values are based on comparison of Renewal by Andersen Insert double-hung window SHGC to the SHCG for clear dual pane glass non-metal frame default values from the 2006, 2009, and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code “Glazed Fenestration” Default Tables. Free upgrade to SmartSun™ Glass applies to windows only.

For more information on how Renewal by Andersen can help solve your window and patio door problems, call 866-513-9767 or visit

Voles & Moles, & Gophers.... OH MY!

Maybe you’ve noticed it—once the deep snow melted— the lawn looked pretty chewed up. Well, it was. And maybe you’ve seen those squiggly tracks of mounded dirt? Those are tunnels. And what the voles underneath ate was the roots of your grass….or shrubs….or junipers. Pocket gophers (think “Caddy Shack” and Bill Murphy!) leave nice mounds of dirt, making room underneath the grass for their homes. May I suggest a pest control service? We had all of the above revealed after the melt – and decided that our front lawn (which was looking pretty nice last year!)

PEST CONTROL needed to be saved from total destruction. Enter Edge Pest Control with a plan, and traps, and all-together very professional guys. (I consulted Home Advisor online – and they were one of two recommended in this area.) If you are plagued by these destructive rodents, do give them a call.

Edge Pest Control 1550 Larimer St #501 Denver, CO 80202 (303) 935-3343

Recommended by Joy Lawrance

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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:

20% 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 November or December.

16910 South Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80403 52

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Phone: 720-210-7643 | Fax: 303-421-4299 Email:

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EDITORIAL Managing Editor Creative Director Roz Birkelo

CONTRIBUTORS Pam Bent Roz Birkelo Ronda Cameron Adam Goldman Dana Inman Ted Laves Joy Lawrance Linda McFarlin Brian Murray Ann Nutt Catherine Zoe Plant Brian Zoril

HOME SERVICES Lawn work | Snow Shoveling

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Two ‘Local’ Boys Ages 10 and 8

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.

• 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

Contact Karen Buelter for questions or comments regarding the website. |

Bryan and Adam Shuler 303-526-0817

Please register your phone with CodeRed in Jefferson County to receive timely alerts and emergency information.

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For Sale: 22554 Treetop Lane

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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