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REcolorado SOLDS and UNDER CONTRACT 30 days as of March 15, 2017 


Neighborhood

Style

Vista Ridge

Sold Date

Sold Price

Status

List Price

DOM

2 Story

UC

$1,095,000

Vista Ridge

2 Story

UC

$945,000

180

Vista Ridge

Ranch

UC

$662,500

187 2373 Hickory

Vista Ridge

2 Story

UC

$599,900

Vista Ridge

Condo

UC

$539,000

Vista Ridge

2 Story

UC

$525,000

3 2353 Dogwood

Vista Ridge

2 Story

UC

$514,995

5 1928 Kinnikinnick

Vista Ridge

2 Story

UC

$475,000

Vista Ridge

Condo

UC

$263,000

Vista Ridge

Condo

UC

$230,000

Vista Ridge

Condo

03/08

S

$255,000

$255,000

Vista Ridge

Condo

03/03

S

$234,900

$230,000

43 3100 Blue Sky 105

Vista Ridge

2 Story

03/10

S

$529,900

$530,000

26

Vista Ridge

Multi-Lvl 02/27

S

$460,000

$467,000

11 2274 Alpine

Vista Ridge

2 Story

02/28

S

$399,000

$416,950

Vista Ridge

2 Story

03/13

S

$450,000

$450,000

Vista Ridge

Condo

03/09

S

$399,999

Vista Ridge

2 Story

03/06

S

$367,500

Vista Ridge

2 Story

02/28

S

Above SF

Street Address

220 1027 Cessna

Basement SF & Type

Finish SF

Total SF

Garage

Ct

4485

2119 F/WO

6473

6604

3

Ct

3424

2430 U/WO

3424

5854

3

Pl

2203

1759 F/WO

3678

3962

3

7 2366 Hickory

Pl

3346

1735 U/Cellar

3346

5081

3

67 2057 Heritage

Pl

1628

1606 F/Garden

2999

3234

2

Cr

2403

1335 F/Cellar

3738

3738

2

Dr

2927

1341 F/Cellar

4268

4268

3

Dr

2362

1237 F/Cellar

3599

3599

2

Cr

1271

0 None

1271

1271

1

Cr

1002

0 None

1002

1002

1

4 3095 Blue Sky13-108 Cr

1199 Links

31 1288 Hickory 6 2955 Blue Sky 6-207 10 3000 Blue Sky 104

1271

0 None

1271

1271

Cr

1156

0 None

1156

1156

0

Ln

3233

1512 F/Cellar

3989

4745

3

Dr

1864

1020 F/WO

2914

2914

3

Dr

2034

1256 U/Cellar

2034

3290

2

14 2346 Dogwood

Dr

2079

737 F/Cellar

2816

2816

2

$397,500

23 2060 Cedarwood

Pl

1500

1500 F/Cellar

2605

3000

2

$357,000

51 1945 Windemere

Ln

1826

0 None

1826

1826

2

$365,000

$355,000

54 1943 Windemere

Ln

1876

0 None

1821

1876

2

$440,000

49 2709 Dundee

1711 Crestview

4 2160 Mountain Iris

Vista Ridge

Ranch

S

$449,900

Pl

1248

1065 U/Cellar

1248

2313

2

Vista Pointe

Ranch

UC

$582,500

20

913 Serene

Ct

2483

1500 F/Garden

3908

3983

3

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$694,859

96

252 Highlands

Cr

3655

1391 U/Garden

3655

5046

3

29

63 Pipit Lake

1

03/02

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$639,000

Erie Highlands

3+ Story

UC

$629,000

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$629,000

19 108 174

244 Painted Horse

Ct

3378

1279 U/Cellar

3378

4657

3

139 Summit

Way

4017

1040 U/Cellar

4017

5057

2

115 Summit

Way

3305

802 F/Cellar

4107

4107

3

142 Poppy View

Ln

1960

762 U/WO

1960

2722

3

Way

1960

762 U/Garden

1960

2722

3

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$468,655

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$463,739

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$487,814

64

162 Poppy View

Ln

2229

945 U/WO

2229

3174

2

112

152 Poppy View

Erie Highlands

2 Story

UC

$454,846

Ln

1960

762 U/WO

1960

2722

2

Erie Highlands

2 Story

03/07

S

$525,072

$516,622

108

143 Poppy View

Ln

2588

1418 U/Cellar

2588

4006

2

Erie Highlands

2 Story

02/24

S

$447,274

$447,274

124

172 Painted Horse

Way

2229

945 U/WO

2229

3174

3

12 3448 CR 4 21 1703 Peak

Erie

Ranch

UC

$599,900

Erie

Ranch

UC

$1,000,000

Erie

2 Story

UC

$475,000

UC

$435,000

Erie

Ranch

26

407 Maplewood

6 4085 CR 3

1871

1871 U/Cellar

1871

3742

2

Ln

2516

2496 F/Cellar

4980

5012

4

Dr

1836

726 U/Cellar

1836

2562

2

1512

0 None

1512

1512

2

If your home is currently listed by another agent, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing. The active, sold, and under contract listings shown are compiled with data from the Ires and REColorado MLS systems. These are the listings of all the agents working in the area. The David Hakimi 1 Team make no assertion to be the listing agent on all of the properties shown. The data shown is assumed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.


REcolorado SOLDS and UNDER CONTRACT 30 days as of March 15, 2017  

Neighborhood

Style

Erie

Ranch

Sold Date

Sold Price

DOM

Above SF

Street Address

Finish SF

Total SF

Garage

576 F/Cellar

1608

1728

1

1826

1286 U/Cellar

1826

3112

2

1271

0 None

1271

1271

Status

List Price

UC

$320,000

2

714 Main

St

1152

$420,000

4

1156 Petras

St

$254,000

4 2855 Blue Sky 208

Cr

Basement SF & Type

Erie

Ranch

02/15

S

$415,000

Erie

Condo

02/28

S

$259,700

Erie Air Park

2 Story

UC

$875,000

9 2385 Cessna

Dr

2911

1511 F/Cellar

4172

4422

2

Erie Village

Ranch

UC

$689,000

7 1347 Allen

Av

2115

2101 F/WO

2858

4818

2

Erie Village

Condo

UC

$425,000

Cr

1283

1282 F/Cellar

2316

2565

1

Erie Village

2 Story

UC

$665,000

Av

3533

1083 U/Cellar

2450

3533

4

Erie Commons

2 Story

02/28

S

$457,000

$447,000

33

Av

2580

1291 U/Cellar

2580

3871

2

Erie Commons

2 Story

03/06

S

$444,700

$439,700

83 1017 Mircos

St

2329

1364 U/Cellar

2329

3693

2

Flatiron Meadows

2 Story

UC

$630,450

98

842 Carbonate

Ln

3094

1201 U/Cellar

3094

4295

3

Flatiron Meadows

2 Story

UC

$545,500

113

783 Carbonate

Ln

2790

1132 U/Cellar

2790

3922

3

Flatiron Meadows

2 Story

UC

$509,900

116

813 Carbonate

Ln

2257

1060 U/Cellar

2257

3317

2

Flatiron Meadows

2 Story

UC

$574,400

8

706 Sundance

Cr

2790

1132 U/WO

2790

3922

3

Flatiron Meadows

2 Story

UC

$558,800

16

675 Dakota

Ct

2790

1132 U/Cellar

2790

3922

3

Flatiron Meadows

2 Story

UC

$478,300

8

695 Dakota

Ct

1834

846 U/Cellar

1834

2680

2

690 Smoky Hills

56

1155 Village

23 1471 Allen

S

$590,000

Ln

2306

2306 U/Cellar

2306

4612

2

NorthRidge

Ranch

UC

$575,000

2 1052 Northridge

Ct

2044

1573 F/WO

3792

3792

3

Scotts Acres

Ranch

UC

$549,900

4 2845 Bruce

Rd

1867

924 F/Cellar

2791

2791

2

Compass

Ranch

UC

$474,119

178 1894 Wright

Dr

1801

1592 U/Cellar

1801

3393

2

Compass

2 Story

UC

$622,103

120

Cr

3059

1576 U/Cellar

3059

4635

3

Canyon Creek

2 Story

UC

$599,900

Cr

3008

1432 U/WO

3008

4440

3

Canyon Creek

2 Story

UC

$479,500

9

781 Graham

Cr

2324

1106 U/Cellar

2324

3430

2

Canyon Creek

2 Story

UC

$425,000

1

940 Olin

Ct

1986

628 U/Cellar

1986

2614

2

Canyon Creek

2 Story

UC

$425,000

8 1541 French

Ct

2110

1165 U/Garden

2110

3275

2

Canyon Creek

2 Story

UC

$360,000

3

335 Tynan

Dr

1216

560 U/Cellar

1216

1776

2

Canyon Creek

Ranch

02/28

S

$499,500

$490,000

22

445 Graham

Cr

1548

1548 F/WO

2505

3096

2

Canyon Creek

2 Story

02/28

S

$434,000

$440,000

2

174 Kolar

Ct

1987

638 U/Cellar

1987

2625

2

Canyon Creek

2 Story

02/21

S

$469,000

$464,000

80

640 Mathews

Way

2639

1058 U/Cellar

2640

3697

3

Canyon Creek

2 Story

02/28

S

$434,000

$431,500

18 1316 Graham

Cr

1884

850 F/Garden

2634

2734

2

Canyon Creek

2 Story

03/10

S

$499,900

$499,900

44

Way

2598

1123 U/Cellar

2598

3721

2

Wyndham Hill

2 Story

UC

$475,950

38 6530 Telluride

St

3356

1501 U/Cellar

3356

4857

3

Wyndham Hill

Ranch

UC

$415,186

20 6515 Telluride

St

1900

1800 U/Cellar

1900

3700

2

Arapahoe Ridge

2 Story

UC

$535,000

Dr

1468

1368 F/Cellar

3745

3745

3

UC

$475,000

13 1676 Holeman

Dr

1901

688 U/Cellar

1901

2589

2

S

$590,000

38 3106 Stevens

Cr

2780

1203 U/Cellar

2780

3983

3

Flatiron Meadows

R Ranch 03/14

Arapahoe Ridge

2 Story

Arapahoe Ridge

Bi-Level

02/27

$590,000

35

140 Maxwell

745 Grenville

10 1278 Graham

605 Mathews

6 1729 Maccullen

$590,000

If your home is currently listed by another agent, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing. The active, sold, and under contract listings shown 2 are compiled with data from the Ires and REColorado MLS systems. These are the listings of all the agents working in the area. The David Hakimi Team make no assertion to be the listing agent on all of the properties shown. The data shown is assumed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.


REcolorado SOLDS and UNDER CONTRACT 30 days as of March 15, 2017  

Neighborhood

Style

Colliers Hill

2 Story

Sold Date

Sold Price

DOM

Above SF

Status

List Price

Street Address

UC

$470,000

5

793 Dawn

Av

2614

24

620 Sun Up

Basement SF & Type

Finish SF

Total SF

Garage

1203 U/Cellar

2604

3817

3

Colliers Hill

2 Story

UC

$460,000

Pl

2232

912 U/Cellar

2232

3144

2

Colliers Hill

2 Story

03/08

S

$589,900

$584,000

23

330 Dusk

Pl

3231

1715 F/Cellar

4260

4946

3

Colliers Hill

Ranch

02/15

S

$539,720

$530,000

91

401 Polaris

Cr

2456

2306 U/Garden

2488

4762

3

Colliers Hill

2 Story

02/24

S

$499,000

$494,000

30

641 Sun Up

Pl

2774

1335 U/WO

2774

4109

2

Kenosha Estates

2 Story

UC

$839,900

5 1636 Carlson

Av

2887

1310 F/Cellar

4197

4197

3

Kenosha Farm

2 Story

UC

$450,000

7 1379 Holden

Ct

2006

755 U/Cellar

2006

2761

3

Kenosha Farm

2 Story

S

$410,000

Way

1892

602 F/Cellar

2434

2494

3

Erie Commons

2 Story

UC

$437,900

St

2298

988 U/Cellar

2298

3286

3

Huntley Creek

Condo

UC

$245,000

3

109 Huntley Creek

Ct

1146

0 None

1146

1146

1

Meadow Sweet Farm

4 Level

UC

$449,000

17

377 Wheat Berry

Dr

1836

726 U/Cellar

1836

2562

2

Summit At Mtn. View

Ranch

UC

$575,000

16 5569 Summit

Way

1695

0 None

1695

1695

2

02/15

41 1412 James

$410,000

1126 Petras

28

Foothills East

Ranch

02/16

S

$535,000

$535,000

4 4523 NE County Line Rd

1691

840 U/Cellar

1691

2531

2

Grandview

2 Story

03/07

S

$425,000

$406,000

6

836 Donnelly

Pl

2418

1204 F/Cellar

3600

3622

3

Grandview

Twnhse

03/10

S

$255,000

$266,000

2

213 Montgomery

Dr

1240

0 None

1240

1240

1

Grandview

2 Story

02/16

S

$350,000

$360,000

63

867 Turpin

Way

2083

0 None

2083

2083

2

Grandview

2 Story

02/22

S

$395,000

$395,000

57

462 Bonanza

Dr

2238

0 None

2238

2238

2

Grandview

2 Story

02/17

S

$265,750

$265,750

43

330 Montgomery

Dr

1240

0 None

1240

1240

1

Sunwest

2 Story

02/17

$408,000

22

463 Woodson

Dr

2331

1202 U/Cellar

2331

3533

2

Erie Town

Ranch

15

675 Pierce

St

800

0 None

800

800

0

Erie Town

Ranch

02/28

Carmacar Ranch.

Ranch

03/13

East Add

Ranch

East Add

Ranch

02/28

S

$405,000

UC

$120,000

S

$310,000

$307,500

62

260 Briggs

St

1769

0 None

1769

1769

0

$486,000

70 1984 Pikes Peak

St

2296

0 None

2296

2296

4

185 Kattell

St

1276

1276 U/Cellar

1276

2552

2

105 Cheeseman

St

1888

1888 U/Cellar

1888

3776

0

S

$529,900

UC

$309,900

S

$415,000

3 $415,000

Colliers Hill

Old Town Erie

Orchard Glen

Erie Commons

Canyon Creek

Grandview

Sunwest North

Country Meadows

Cottonwood Vista

e

Meadow Sweet Farm

Candlelight Estates

Candlelight Ridge

Flatiron Meadows

Country Fields

g rid rth

Creekside

Baxter Farm

ERIE No

Erie Village

Mineral Road

East County Line Road

North 107th Street

Kenosha Estates

Kenosha Farms

51

Erie Highlands

Erie Parkway

Canyon Creek South

Vista Pointe Arapahoe Ridge

Compass Erie Airpark

Vista Ridge Blue Sky

3

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Although Spring traditionally conjures up images of rebirth and renewal, I’m looking at it a little differently this year. Figuratively speaking, I’m looking at it with reading glasses because, having recently turned 50, I noticed I’m squinting at menus and blaming dimly lit restaurants rather than admitting my vision might be going downhill. And I’m silently cursing my need for reading glasses as I struggle to decode the microfont on my iPhone.

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Literally speaking, I’m hoping for the rebirth and renewal of my back muscles. Rather than celebrating my 50th birthday by throwing a party, I celebrated by throwing my back out. This brought my fast-paced, deadline-oriented editor’s world to a snail’s pace, as I struggled to even stand up straight without wincing. Ah, middle age. Good times. Although Spring is not all sunshine and rainbows for me this year, I am thankful for the silver lining in the cloud of middle age that suddenly hovers over me. My sense of humor keeps me laughing about it every step of the way. (And yes, I’m calling those wrinkles around my eyes “laugh lines.”) I hope you enjoy this Summer/Spring issue! Cheers!

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Trisha Ventker is an author, photographic artist, branding and social media expert and retired elementary school teacher. She also finds promoting and bringing local businesses together very rewarding. She is best known for her first book Internet Dates From Hell which is self-published by Ventker through iUniverse. It has since had the movie rights to it optioned by Paula Wagner. Trisha is also one of the first Indie Books authors to have a book optioned for the big screen. Trisha is originally from New York City, presently residing in Erie, Colorado with her husband and son.

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DOWNTOWN FRAMEWORK PLAN PRESERVES & ENHANCES ERIE’S mayor note
 CHARACTER LETTER FROM MAYOR TINA HARRIS

The number one reason people love our Downtown events is because they are Downtown. Historic Downtown Erie has a unique character that exemplifies the “small town” feel so many of us need and enjoy. So before our summer season of special events kicks off, and before the crowds return, I wanted to share a few details of the recently approved Downtown Redevelopment Framework Plan designed to preserve and enhance Downtown Erie’s character. Over the past several years, we’ve taken several steps to cement our position as a unique, historic downtown that provides a variety of opportunities for new restaurants, retail, office, recreation and community events. (Just think redeveloping the old fire station into Echo Brewery and our Neighborhood Block Parties.) And whether you’ve lived here for years or have recently moved to one of our new residential neighborhoods, you are most likely seeking the experiences provided in a historic downtown with a contemporary small town atmosphere. The Downtown Redevelopment Framework Plan identifies specific components and suggests possible future physical improvements as well as planning and redevelopment strategies that will guide and inform redevelopment opportunities and future public improvements. In short, the Plan will: help manage Town assets in a thoughtful sustainable manner; contribute to a healthy, vibrant, welcoming and economically strong Downtown; and create and promote the Historic Downtown core as “The Place” to gather, live, work, and play, experiencing the very pedestrian scale town that once was typical of small rural communities in the west. 


The Board specifically asked our consultant to look at one of the chief concerns for Downtown businesses and visitors - parking and traffic circulation. Here’s how the Plan addresses our concerns: • There are several public off street parking areas that are proposed in Coal Creek Park and recently constructed at Town Hall that will provide over 200 new parking spaces. • The Downtown is surrounded by trail systems with both local and regional connectivity. Providing dedicated bike lanes into the Downtown Core from these trail networks is vital to any redevelopment scenario. • Access from Coal Creek Trail through Coal Creek Park will be provided as part of the future redevelopment of Coal Creek Park. • Locating bike parking areas throughout the Town is also important to not only encourage bike use but also reduce the impact of hit and miss bike parking on the pedestrian corridor. In keeping with the streetscape design already in place on the 500 block of Briggs Street, the improvements to the streetscape along Wells Street will create a consistent pedestrian corridor. There are several new infill development projects of privately owned properties within the Downtown and Neighborhood Districts in various stages of the Town’s review process. This Plan outlines the responsibilities of private developers to design projects in a manner that is sensitive to and reflects the character of the surrounding neighborhood. Important design elements such as building scale and building architectural compatibility must be considered. It’s no accident that Downtown Erie has grown in popularity over the past few years and we now have the Plan in place to build upon our success. It is an honor to serve as your Mayor. Sincerely, Mayor Tina Harris


 

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO ESCAPE? PRESENTING THE ERIE ESCAPE ROOM! Do you love challenging yourself? Have you always found brain teasers and puzzles fun but want something a bit more adventurous? It might just be time for you to try your hand at an Escape Room. Luckily for you, Erie has just opened its first one! First off, what is an Escape Room? Technically speaking, it is a set of rooms that participants are “locked” into. They must use elements and clues from around the room to solve different puzzles and escape or complete a mission within a certain amount of time. To be fair though, it feels a lot more like an action/adventure movie brought to life. All those adventure movies that you’ve imagined yourself a part of, Indiana Jones raiding a tomb, Harry Potter finding the Sorcerer’s Stone, figuring out the secret behind the Da Vinci Code, this is your chance! For example, you see a picture on the wall that has triangle within a circle within a square. Next to the picture is a box with a lock on it that needs three letters to open. What do you do? Normally, you have to try a few different things before you get the right answer. In this case, the code to the lock was SCT. Square. Circle. Triangle. Escape rooms force you to think in different ways than you’re used to. Puzzles similar to this one and ranging from easy to hard are scattered throughout the rooms. The good news is that the doors aren’t actually locked and the rooms that you are in are normal sized, so claustrophobia isn’t an issue. However, with the timer

counting down, the pressure to solve the puzzles is on! The owners of Erie Escape room are local residents and health professionals, Samantha Boldt and Lindsay Ramsey. Sam is an Escape Room Enthusiast (we’re pretty sure that’s a real thing) and has completed 8 in the past two years. They got the idea to open their own escape room after Sam b ro u g h t L i n d s a y t o o n e i n D e n v e r. Immediately afterwards, they set to work creating their own puzzle. Now that they have opened their puzzle to the public, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive! They hope to change the puzzle every 3-4 months to keep things new and exciting. “We wanted to bring a fun activity to Erie that family and friends could do together. We hope to see more businesses bringing fun activities like this to the town over the next few years so that people have something close to home to go to, high school kids have more activities on the weekends, and because they’re just plain fun! So, do you have what it takes to escape?” –Sam.


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ERIE’S RICH HISTORY HISTORY OF ERIE PART 6

Erie in the Post WWII Era: From Ghost Town to Great Town It's hard to say what if any one thing contributed more to Erie's possible demise after the Korean War Era or the 1950's through the early 80's. Since the closing of the mines at the middle to latent years of the 1950's due to the overwhelming natural gas exploitation of the area, Erie began to lose its most important resource and financial support system. In 1956,

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neighboring Lafayette closed its Black Diamond Mine beginning a "domino theory" of sorts ending in 1978 once and for all, when Erie's Eagle and Lincoln mines closed in conjunction with the coal industry along the front range. For nearly 20 years, between '56-78 did miners flock to Erie, the last bastion for mining as such! The Coal-producing "Golden" days were all but behind Erie. The "ghost town", that Erie was morphing into was at its height nearly ten years prior. This only pushed the envelope a bit further for the families around Coal Creek and other Erie locations. Not only were Erie's oldest mining families, who made the town what it was for the most part leaving the area, other founding families were as well!

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ERIE’S RICH HISTORY It may have taken 22 years, but in 2000, The Coal Miner Memorial Statue was erected outside Erie's Town Hall, commemorating all of The Northern Coalfields' Miners especially those from Erie town. Those, however were some lean years for Erie town, Colorado. For every apex there's a nadir, and Erie was about to experience the second. Although the area's population has rebounded nicely since the late 70's, due to various Large-scale Medical Centers, The Boulder Valley School Districts, Wal-Mart, Northrop Grumman, various Scientific Research Centers and other industries which attracted the citizens of Lafayette to Erie, and vice versa, the scenario was a veritable "touch and go". Mining coal was all but gone as the stationary economic force supporting these two, including many other front range towns and cities. Along with losing its identity as a "coal town", Erie was forced to enter and assume the late 20th century as a "different town" than it had been for over a century. Change is both necessary and difficult for any town. The residents of Erie patiently "waited-out" the change to their benefit. By 1970, there were more bars in Erie than churches. Even the Denver Post was concerned. An 83 year-old Erie resident, Daisy Bracegirdle Swallow, commented in the paper concerning the dwindling Erie outlets due to the mines shutting down. "So far as I can see, Our Main Street is our ghost street", she claimed as the article tried desperately to build the confidence of the town's lasting citizens under the dire circumstances. It pleaded with the Erie area to "stay put" for its close proximity to not only Denver, but also to Boulder made the town prime for a "future balanced business center again". Retired miner and Erie resident, Max McAfree, 85 conversely bemoaned the lost industry, when he claimed, "Things have gone to hell, here since the mines closed down", and they would continue to deteriorate further. Citizens who stayed continued lamenting the other multiple small businesses and services that all but disappeared through the infamous years of the seventies. The prosperous Egnew Hotel, on Briggs and Powell Streets, rather than close its doors became an apartment house the following year. By the end of the next decade, the CB&Q Railroad tracks were removed through the west quadrant of town. Along with them went the glorious history and need for a railway at the height of Erie's prosperity! The cycle of the town's life and death was well underway. Something had to break! ! (Or better yet-give!)

BY 1970, THERE WERE MORE BARS IN ERIE THAN CHURCHES. One of the noteworthy attempts of the town during the late 70's was the annexation of The Erie Air Park subdivision adjacent to The Tri-County Airport south of Erie. The 960 -acre airfield development hoped that in time, Erie could become the "fly-in" and "live-in" community for "wealthy-enough" people to own their own small planes who preferred to live between Boulder and Denver rather than reside in either. The plan worked, for in 1984, Erie's Historical Society emerged to preserve the town's historical importance and integrity. By 1999, all of Erie's streets were finally paved, and Erie was on the rebound. Town manager Leon Wuhrl, who passed away in 1998 and steadfastly voted annually for the paving project for over a dozen years was posthumously honored when his widow allowed for his cremains to be added into the paving mortar. The Denver Post wrote, "... It's not every municipality where a town manager can "become" Main Street". The following year saw a series of renewed interest in Erie. Erie renovated the old town hall on Wells Street with the aid of a generous grant from The Colorado Historical Society. Mark Wolfe, the State Historical Fund Director claimed, "This keystone project may inspire others to renovate their buildings". It has since held Erie's Chamber of Commerce. Things were certainly looking up for the strong town after nearly two decades of uncertainty. The dark cloud's silver lining was peeking through! Along Interstate #25 did commercial businesses spring as the annexation for a landfill punctuated the plans for a potential thriving community in the new decade/millennium. By 2003, a mile-long strip of small businesses was complete, as the census also indicated a population growth from 1,258 in 1990 to 6,291 a mere ten years later in 2000! By 2008, the population more than doubled, bringing the total to 14,958 within the 18 square-mile boundary including portions in both Weld and Boulder Counties. Today, Erie boasts not only a population of over 20,000 but the town is also listed on Colorado's state's best places to live list. Now that's progress! (Next Issue: "Erie's Bright Future for the 21st Century")


About the Author John J. K. Small was born in Manhattan, New York in 1954. Moving to Long Island from the south Bronx in 1963, John attended both public and private school straight through his college years. Taking an Associate Degree from SUNY Farmingdale and both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from St. John's University, John is a permanently certified English/Education instructor of high school and college classes, teaching English, History and Education on both levels for the past 32 years. As a writer, he has assisted published writers with copy editing and proofreading along with business owners in constructing business plans, operating agreements, power point narratives, advertising campaigns and business collaboration in general. John lives with his wife, Maureen and son, Jonathan in New York.

 Bibliography Dyni, Anne Quimby. Erie Colorado: A Coal Town Revisited. Erie Colorado: The Town of Erie, 2001. Print.  Lambrecht, Mona and The Boulder History Museum. Images of America: Boulder 1859-1919. Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia Publishing. 2008. Print. Michener, James A. Centennial. New York, NY: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1974. Print. Stull, James B. For The Historical Society. Erie. Images of America: Erie. Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia Publishing. 2011. Print. Simmons, R. Laurie and Thomas Simmons (preparers). "Erie, Colorado Historic Buildings Survey 2009-10 Final Survey Report". Front Range Research Assoc. Inc. Denver, Colorado 80211. Web.


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1. EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO BRING A BUYER’S AGENT You'll almost always benefit from an experienced professional in your corner. An experienced buyer's agent knows all the right questions to ask the builder, on topics like contingencies, crucial deadlines and warranty coverage. “Quality agents” are also adept at interpreting the provided engineering reports and soil surveys to help ensure that you pick a lot that is less likely to develop foundation problems, down the road. An agent will also make sure that you understand your contractual rights with the builder. The Colorado Real Estate Commission requires that all agents use an approved, standardized contract when selling “re-sale homes”. This approved contract is written by the State's attorneys to heavily favor the rights of the buyers. However, builders are not required to use this standardized contract. Instead, they have lobbied the legislature for the right to use their own contracts. These proprietary contracts are “skewed” to heavily favor the rights of the builder, with little regard for the buyer’s rights. Furthermore, most builder contracts are well over 50 pages in length. Most are loaded with "legalese" and seemingly endless pages of complex construction terminology. A good agent, will make sure you understand exactly what you're signing.

2. CONTRARY TO POPULAR MISCONCEPTION... YOU WON'T GET A BETTER DEAL BY ENGAGING THE BUILDERS DIRECTLY, WITHOUT AN AGENT. Builders include an additional 3% in the price of every home they sell, in the event that there's an agent to pay. In Erie (as well as other parts of Colorado) the builders simply can't build homes fast enough to keep up with the present demand.  Therefore, they currently have no need to discount their prices for anyone. They realize that if you won't pay full price, the next person through their door will. Of course there are some exceptions to every rule. There are certain circumstances where an agent can help you "work" the builder for better pricing, lot placement, landscaping or incentives. A good agent will recognize these instances making sure you're in a position to capitalize on them if they present themselves. Bottom line- the price you pay a builder entitles you to bring representation. You're essentially paying for an agent, whether you choose to bring one or not... so it’s foolish not to.


3. BUILDERS CAN BE SOMEWHAT RUTHLESS; THEY WON'T HESITATE TO KEEP YOUR “EARNEST MONEY”. Earnest money on a typical re-sale home in Colorado usually averages around 1% of the purchase price, or about $4,500 on a typical re-sale home in the Erie area. However, builders on the other hand, typically require a much larger deposit of around $10,000-$15,000. Additionally, some builders may require additional deposits of 50% of the cost of your upgrades in their design centers. So, many buyers end up with $30,000 to $50,000 of their hard earned savings being held by (and exposed to) the builder prior to closing. This is where the “builderslanted” language in their proprietary contracts really comes into play. Much of that language in their purchase contract revolves around their recourse, in the event that the buyer fails to close on the home. The majority of this “builder-slanted” language grants the builder the right to keep ones’ deposit money if the deal is derailed and fails to close for some reason. However, the contract will also contain a few clauses that grant the buyer the ability to back out of the deal with a full return of their earnest money. Of course the builder's salesperson won't always indicate these, because they are more likely to lose a sale if the buyer knows his/her rights. Once again, an agent “in your corner” will make sure you fully understand all of these rights.


4. BE CAREFUL ABOUT FILLING OUT THE BUILDER'S "INFO CARD" IF YOU VISIT THE MODEL HOMES. Even though builders pack an extra 3% into the price of every home, they'll still do everything in their power to avoid paying it, whenever they possibly can. This is why they push so hard for everyone visiting their models to fill out that pesky little white information card. Those info cards allow them to track the first time anyone visits their sales office. If you fill out that card, but don't check the box stating that you have an agent, they will never let you come back with an agent again. This is understandable, because they offer agents commission for bringing them buyers that otherwise might not have considered looking at new-construction. They don't want to pay an agent that didn't actually play a part in bringing them a customer. Several times a year we speak with buyers that toured a model home several months earlier in the year. They innocently filled out the builders card without declaring an agent, and now that they are serious to buy, the builder won't pay their agent because they didn't check the box declaring “agent”. So, the lesson here is that you should simply and politely decline to fill out their card, or check the Realtor/Agent box on the card if you do fill one out. Even if you are far from getting serious, checking the "represented by an agent" box on the card can save you a huge headache when you are finally ready to take the plunge on that new home!

ABOUT DAVID HAKIMI David Hakimi lives in Vista Ridge with his wife, son (12 years old) and daughter (6 years old) and loves all that is Erie. As a former licensed mortgage originator and a VP for a major mortgage company, David is as well versed in the finance aspect of the purchase process as the contractual aspect. Because of the volume of homes he sells and finds for his clients, his team, The Hakimi Team are the highest reviewed and one of the top producing realty groups in Colorado . Staging, pre-listing improvements, and room photography are also some of his strong points. David’s negotiation skills are second to none, as he has been in sales and finance for the last 25 years.


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5 MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS EVERY MOM WANTS BY LISA A. BEACH WITH MOTHER'S DAY RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, KIDS AND HUSBANDS EVERYWHERE ARE SCRAMBLING (OFTEN LAST-MINUTE) TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT GIFT FOR MOM, TRYING TO SHOW THEIR LOVE AND APPRECIATION FOR THE BEST WOMAN ON EARTH. I LAUGH WHEN I SEE THOSE JEWELRY COMMERCIALS PEDDLING GOLD CHARMS AND DIAMONDS FOR MOTHER'S DAY. BEAUTIFUL? YES. COVETED? NOT SO MUCH---AT LEAST NOT COMPARED TO A FEW OTHER PRACTICAL GIFTS MOST MOMS REALLY WANT.

The truth is, most moms I know don't want gifts that you can buy in a store. Instead, they want the simple things in life, like sleep, privacy, peace, cleanliness, harmony, and cooperation. The best part? These mostly no-cost gifts fit every budget.

Gift #1: Let Mom sleep in.

Seriously, this is not the day to cut the grass at 8 a.m., slam the bathroom door, blare the soccer game that you recorded on ESPN last night, practice your armpit farts, stand next to Mom and stare at her to see if she’s  really  sleeping, or loudly w h i s p e r o u t s i d e M o m ’s bedroom door, “SHHHHH! MOM IS SLEEPING!” No, Mom  was sleeping before you all woke her up.   

Gift #2: Buy breakfast and make lunch and dinner.

If you’re going to treat Mom to any meal today, feed her addiction to Panera Bread and make an early-morning coffee run. More importantly, do this  before  Mom wakes up because she’s a bit of a grouch if she’s got to wait 20 minutes for some caffeine. While you’re at Panera getting Mom an extralarge travel mug of hazelnut  coffee, grab bagels for the whole family and enjoy breakfast. (NOTE: Do NOT wake Mom to tell her that breakfast is ready. This is counter-productive to Gift #1.) For lunch, keep it simple and just make a big salad or some sandwiches. For dinner, skip the raucous restaurant filled with lots of other noisy families. Just work together and make dinner while you bring Mom a glass of wine and a good book to enjoy on the back porch. (It wouldn’t hurt to give her a fiveminute shoulder rub either.)  


“LET MOM SLEEP IN.”


“MAINTAIN A CONFLICT-FREE DAY” Gift #3: Adopt a WMW philosophy. 

Mom is bone-tired from making hundreds of family decisions every day, so don’t burden her with even one choice today other than “do you want another glass of wine?” (And of course, you already know the answer to this, so keep pouring.) Instead, adopt a “What Mom Wants” (WMW) philosophy when you stumble into a decision-making quandary. For example, not only does Mom not want to cook any meals on Mother’s Day, she doesn't even want to think about what to cook---even if you’re doing the cooking. (Frankly, after all these years, you should know a few of Mom's favorite foods. Dip into your memory bank, think of what Mom orders when the family goes out to eat, and BOOM, there's your answer. It's not rocketscience, people.)   

Gift #4: Maintain a conflict-free day.

No fighting over chores, video games, whose turn it is to do something, who put the six-inch scratch on the side of dad's car, who gets to eat the leftover Chinese food, who broke the sprinkler head again, who left the bag of pretzels open from last night, or who used the TV remote last because now no one can find it. If you absolutely cannot help yourself (which is very likely), know that Mom can still hear you if you try to whisperfight in the next room. Instead, retreat to the car with dad, lock yourselves inside, and let dad referee your verbal battles so Mom doesn’t even have to hear it. 


Note to kids: It doesn't make Mom feel good when you fight about whose turn it is to do something nice, as in, "I just got her a glass of water, so you take the newspaper to her." "No, it's your turn. I just ran upstairs for her reading glasses." "That's not fair, why do I have to do everything?" Mom now feels like a big fat burden, so let's not fight about not wanting to do more than your fair share of nice things. Kinda kills the moment.

AUTHOR’S BIO: LISA BEACH IS A FREELANCE WRITER, HUMOR BLOGGER, AND RECOVERING HOMESCHOOL MOM WHO LIVED TO WRITE ABOUT IT. CHECK OUT HER WRITER’S WEBSITE AT WWW.LISABEACHWRITES.COM AND VISIT HER HUMOR BLOG AT WWW.TWEENIORMOMENTS.COM.


Gift #5: Pick up the slack.

When Mom takes even one day off, the state of the house takes a quick nosedive. The sheer volume of daily messes that Mom needs to pick up, step over, or avert her eyes from overwhelms her. Would it kill you to throw in a load of laundry, hang up your towel, replace the toilet paper roll, unload the dishwasher, put away your soccer cleats, throw away the empty bag of tortilla chips, wipe up the milk you spilled on the counter, cap the toothpaste, or rinse out the sink after you spit? It’s all in the details, people. Bonus Gift Idea:  With all that being said, Mom wouldn’t refuse a Massage Envy gift card or an exquisitely good bar of sea-saltcaramel-filled dark chocolate that she doesn’t have to share. Just sayin’.   


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Now that the winter is over, we are all ready to enjoy those rays of sun more often and get that glow we were lacking the entire winter. However, as we all know, magic doesn’t happen when it comes to our appearance and some work is required to achieve our beauty goals. Yearly “spring-cleaning” is approaching, and I have gathered some tips on how to make your skin stand out this season.

1. Look through your entire array of cosmetics and check for expiration dates. Did you know that most skin care items have a shelf life of 6-12 months a"er opening? If you keep using expired skin care items, you wi# not see the results and may develop an a#ergic reaction or worse, irritation.

2. Do not switch to a lighter moisturizer. It may be tempting to throw away your heavy moisturizer that you have been using a# winter. The climate is extremely dry here in Colorado and winds are $equent. One never knows when winter season is actua#y over! Nonetheless, continue lathering your skin with heavy moisturizers twice a day.

3. Now is the perfect time for chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Your skin needs a $esh start, and now is the best time to do it! Chemical peels wi# help get rid of any old and dry skin accumulated during wintertime. Always remember to vigorously use sunscreen a"er any peel.

4. Use sunscreen spf 50. As much as we a# strive to have sun -kissed skin, longterm sun exposure does more damage than good. SPF 50 is a MUST in Colorado. It needs to be applied every hour for maximum protection. Sun is #1 cause of premature wrinkles and skin discoloration. Sun damage is extremely hard to reverse or correct, so why not prevent it?


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PRESERVING ERIE'S FABULOUS VISTAS IN PAINTINGS It's one thing to take out a canvas or unpack a camera and try to paint or photograph the Colorado mountain range or high plains. It's another thing to actually look at the mountain range and open high plains on a daily basis.  Not many towns or cities have this unique opportunity or what I call a gift.  Erie's vistas are breathtaking!  We take in such sights like Mt. Albert and Longs Peak to the west of town and tall grasses swaying in the wind on the plains to the east.   Not long ago, most of the front range and the high plains could be viewed from Erie.  Today, many of the views are becoming partially obscured due to rapid development.   In order to “see” the entirety of the front range, one must now go as far east as Dacono, Ft. Logan if not more eastward.  Even though the mountains are magnificent from a long distance away, they lose many of the beautiful details that can be seen at a closer range.   It is important to preserve the vistas Erie provides us.  The vistas are one of the many reasons folks move to Erie. Everyone should be able to enjoy them from any angle that the town offers.  Developers should keep in mind the importance of nature's visibility when they build.  “Corridors” or wide streets are not enough to view the mountain range or high plains.  It shouldn't be a "better than nothing" attitude.  Why not work within the community wherein future generations can view the magnificent Erie Vistas as artists scramble quickly to catch these in their paintings?

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of the views are becoming partially obscured due to rapid development.” Wira (Vera) Babiak, is a local Erie artist and a member of High Plains Artists, Louisville, Boulder and Longmont Art Associations. Her works can be currently seen at the Erie Animal Hospital, KCP Art Gallery in Longmont, Main Street Gallery in New York and was featured at the Louisville Arts Association art show and the Longmont Art Association art show. Wira holds a BA in Sociology from CU Boulder, and a Masters is Public Administration from CU Denver.  She worked at CU as an MBA Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Advisor and retired as an Art/Art History Advisor.  Wira has won several art show placement ribbons and judges in art shows all over the world.  For more information check out her website at: wirababiakartwork.weebly.com.  She moved from Boulder and has lived in Erie for the last eight years.


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Movies Made in Colorado by Sue Sundstrom

Movies Made in Colorado “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” 1964, starring Debbie Reynolds memorialized Molly (Margaret or Maggie in real life) Brown after she survived the sinking of the Titanic. It was loosely based on her life as a Denver socialite and philanthropist, and was partially filmed in The Black Canyon, Gunnison Co. You can tour the Molly Brown house in Denver. “The Glenn Miller Story” from 1954 starred James Stewart and June Alyson. This is the story of Glenn Miller’s life (a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder) from an unemployed trombone player who marries his college sweetheart in Boulder, to his great success as one of the most well recognized big band leaders of the 30’s and 40’s. Partially filmed in Boulder. The Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado campus is named after him. “The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox”from 1996 starring Goldie Hawn and George Segal was a tale about a female hustler chasing after rich men, filmed in Gilpin County, Co. “Snowball Express” was filmed in Crested Butte, Co in 1972. Starring Dean Jones, Nancy Olson and Keenan Wynn (of Cowardly Lion fame in the Wizard of Oz.) it’s the story of John Baxter (Dean Jones) who inherits a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, quits his job in New York and moves his family west to run it. What he discovers is that the place is a wreck and while trying to fix it up, he is stymied by someone who wants the property and does everything he can to cause it to fail.


Sue Sundstrom is a watercolor and pastel artist, living and creating in Erie. She has been painting, drawing, and teaching art classes for more than 35 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and Art Education. You can find more information about her and view her work at

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Durango seems to be a popular place for moviemaking. Some well-known movies that were partially filmed in Durango include: “National Lampoon’s Vacation”from 1983 with Chevy Chase “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” from 1969 with Robert Redford and Paul Newman “City Slickers”from 1991 starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance “How the West was Won”from 1962 starring a whole host of well-known actors including James Stewart, John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Debbie Reynolds “Around the World in 80 Days”from 1956 with David Niven and Shirley McLaine “Across the Wide Missouri” from1952 starring Clark Gable and Ricardo Montalban “The Naked Spur” from 1953 with James Stewart and Janet Leigh. While many people think “The Shining” was filmed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, the original theater version of “The Shining” was actually filmed mostly in the Elstree studios in Hertfordshire, England, and the exterior hotel scenes were of the Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon. Apparently the confusion arose because Stephen King stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in 1973, which inspired the original story. King, however, was not happy with Stanley Kubric’s adaptation of his story in the original movie, so he sanctioned a TV movie remake that in fact did use the Stanley Hotel. One fun movie that I definitely think would be worth seeing is “Cannibal! The Musical” from 1993, written by Trey Parker, a University of Colorado graduate, playwright and songwriter, probably better known for his wildly popular “South Park”. “Cannibal” is loosely based on the story of Alfred Packer, a Colorado mountain guide and the sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition, where his taste for gold was replaced by a taste for human flesh! For many, many more Colorado-based movies visit IMDb.com and happy viewing!


 

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Spring Into Retro Fashion by Georgez Dabit 
 It’s no shock that floral print is something you see in the spring and summer. The interesting thing about floral print is that it actually never went away. It went into hiding for years and years, but then it found its way to come back into the hands of millions of people. 2017 has more floral print than ever before it seems like. It’s on shirts, hats, shoes and even backpacks. Men and young teens are even embracing floral print these days. Stores like Forever21 and H&M have a surprisingly wide selection of floral print for not only women, but for men, too.

“Men and young teens are even embracing floral print these days.”


Many of the trends seen today for women consist of jumpsuits, short, tight dresses, maxi dresses and two-piece outfits made with floral print. Since florals has been worn predominantly by women over the years, these outfits don’t shock anyone, especially since they’re around every season. On the other hand, Men’s floral fashion is skyrocketing and seems to consist of blazers, hats, shoes, and ties (which are very popular), typically either in very bright colors or black and white roses, adding a “manly touch” to them. I think this style will be in for a while. Don’t believe me? Go into any department store or online and see what’s hot this year!

The Secret Life of Joggers: For years now, health and fitness have played an enormous role in fashion. Joggers are a mix of both fashion, fitness and street-style. These days, the younger generation has took it upon themselves to wear joggers for almost any occasion. They come in any color imaginable and they can be worn in any season, which in Colorado is much needed. Some joggers have thicker material than others, but you can always spot them on someone. For men, joggers have become the new “skinny jeans” trend that was popular a couple years back. For women, these pants have created a nice, loose-feel for a more casual day. A better way to look at joggers is to think of sweatpants, but fancier and more acceptable in everyday events. This style isn’t going away anytime soon because it’s only enhancing the “hipster look.”


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 seemed like he was deep in thought like somewhere in a trance reasons owned are reasons bought we all do the devil's dance no purpose here, a life inept existence lived in vain looked both ways and then he stepped in front of a moving train hard to tell from what we see the outside sometimes lies the makeup of a man can be right there behind his eyes either way we speculate all sadness must reveal what brings a life to its sudden fate what emotions do we feel really

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My husband, Mark, and I had the luxury of traveling all over the world and more intimately closer within the Colorado State lines. Specifically, we have visited the mountain town of Cripple Creek, sit of the 3rd largest US god rush, twice in the last seven years . . .2010 and 2013. Refreshing crisp air overlaid the glistening sparkle of snow covering the frozen ground us as we arrived late on a Friday night in Cripple Creek, CO Valentine’s Day weekend 2010. Various wrong turns and laughter encompassed our trek to the cabin two couples rented for the weekend to attend the ICE Festival. The four of us (Chris and Devon Newell, my husband Mark and I) finally pulled into the snow packed driveway of the cozy Aframe cabin about two and a half hours later than planned. The snow packed surroundings proved the perfect setting for an evening of cards and light spirits with the wood burning stove providing warmth throughout the main level open living space.

Awakening to the bright and sunny skies the next morning, breakfast was consumed in the quaint kitchen of the two bedroom pine covered cottage property. After a crisp hike on the cabin’s surrounding pristine grounds, the four of us huddled in a 4 x 4 SUV for the 8 minute drive into the town of Cripple Creek to attend the yearly ICE Festival. A winter wonderland awaited us when we arrived downtown Cripple Creek. Numerous ice sculptors from all over the United States were furiously finishing their works of art with chainsaws and chisels on Bennett Avenue. It was a winter celebration inclusive of ice carving contests, dueling chainsaws, an ice slide, ice maze, ice bar with an ice luge, vendors, food and live music. After participating in the fee activities, we concluded our day trip into town with a visit to the one of the quaint casinos, losing $10. Forward on to May 2013, my husband and I decided to stay in a haunted hotel in Cripple Creek. We opted for the historic St. Nicholas Hotel

established in 1898 as a hospital and is now renovated as a unique 15 room elegantly appointed boutique hotel. We reserved a Deluxe King room with a view of the town of Cripple Creek below. Upon checking in and having our luggage delivered to our traditional decorated room, we were informed of the haunted nature of the hotel. Legend states there are a couple spirits that reside in the renovated hotel on the hilltop. The first, being Petey, a young boy who is known for hiding items in the hotel’s Boiler Room Tavern. Second, is an old miner that either walks the back stairs or sits on the stool in the hotel office. To that point, upon waking up the next morning, my husband curiously asked me if I had tried to open the room door earlier in the evening as he was reading in bed. I told him, “No”. He stated, “Well, I heard footsteps and I thought it was you but you never tried the door handle to enter.” Our room was right around the corner from the top of the backstairs.


For further adventurer experiences in nearby surroundings, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is only a 12 mile distance from Cripple Creek.

In addition, fishing enthusiasts can head to

Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain Reservoirs. Also, less than an hour's drive away sits the artistic town of Manitou Springs which is the starting point for a drive up to Pikes Peak. All in all, venture out and explore Cripple Creek

this intriguing colorful state in which we live.

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Michaela Hatch-Drennon is a 12-year resident of Vista Ridge, living in the famed “Halloween House� on Pinon Circle with her husband Mark. She attained her BA in German and French from Eastern Washington University in 1994 and an International MBA w/ an IT specialization from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2001. She actively utilizes her degrees in her international role as a Senior Engineering Program Manager at Seagate in Longmont, CO and on her numerous travels abroad. You can contact Michaela at michaschatze@gmail.com

Michaela with her husband Mark

Bon Voyage!


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