The View from Crystal Lakes

General Manager

manager@crystal-lakes.org

 

September 6, 2014

 

Greetings!    

 

Good afternoon!

 

To bring together a couple of recent emails about upcoming activities:

 

-- Little Lone Pine Lake dredging will take place September 10-12 and 15-17. There will be increased truck traffic on several roads and some routes may be blocked.  (More detail in yesterday's View.)

 

-- The Road & Recreation Board's September meeting will be Sunday, September 14th at 1:00 in the Wapiti Room.

 

-- The Water & Sewer and Joint Boards September meetings will be Saturday, September 20th in the Wapiti Room. Water & Sewer begins at 8:00 am and Joint at 10:00 am.

 

-- The End of Summer Picnic Potluck will be Saturday, September 20th at 6:00 pm in the Community Center.

 

Fire department email - The Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District is trying to build membership in their email list to increase communication with the community. Please sign up to keep informed about department activities, fire conditions, fire bans, and other useful information. The sign-up link is on the department website at: http://www.clvfd.org

 

Finally, on a personal note - after six years as an employee of the Crystal Lakes Associations, I have decided it is time for me to move on to new opportunities. I have given notice to the Association Boards and my final day will be October 1st. Working here has been a pleasure, and I will miss the wonderful people I work with and the lovely people I see every day across the counter. I look forward to continuing to see you all at community and fire department activities. Thank you all for an excellent six years.

 

Thank you and enjoy your day! 

Marian 

September 5, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

Little Lone Pine Lake Dredging Update

 

Property owners and guests are advised to be extra cautious and attentive for trucks entering CR 73C from Ada Court on September 10-12 and 15-17 from 8 am to 4 pm.  These trucks will be hauling sediment from Little Lone Pine Lake onto CR 73C and then onto Tami Road, Ottawa Way North, and then the access road to Snoopy Pond, where they will drop the sediment below the dam.  For your information and planning, the truck route is highlighted on the below map.

 

For the safety of all property owners and guests, the access road and Snoopy Pond will be closed from September 10-12 and 15-17.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to dredge the sediment from Little Lone Pine Lake.

September 4, 2014

 

Greetings!    

 

Monthly Board Meeting of the Crystal Lakes Road & Recreation Association

 

The September monthly Board Meeting of the Crystal Lakes Road & Recreation Association Board has been moved to Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Wapiti Room at Base Camp.  This date of the regular monthly Board Meeting is being changed from the previously scheduled date of September 20 due to commitments that will keep the Board from having a quorum present and therefore unable to take action on any Board business.  Any property owner or committee having business requiring action from the Board please be present or submit your request with adequate substantiation to the Secretary at secretary@crystal-lakes.org by Wednesday, September 10, 2014 for inclusion in the Board meeting materials.  All interested property owners are welcome and encouraged to attend.   Thank you for your understanding as your Board works to conduct the Association business.

 

Jim Narva

CLRRA President

August 29, 2014

 

Greetings!    

 

Welcome to the holiday weekend! The weatherman's predicting we'll have more rain during the weekend, so plan to stay dry while you're enjoying the many events scheduled for the weekend (details in previous group emails and available on the Association website calendar).

 

Mark your calendars - in two weeks, Beaver Meadows will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Forum: "Come Hell or High Water." This forum will take place on Thursday, Sept 11th from 9 am to 5 pm. See the Beaver Meadows website (http://www.beavermeadows.com) for more information.

 

For our 6th Filing water system users: the current plan is to start shutting down the water on September 19th as long as don't start seeing freezing temperatures before then. Please plan to fill your cisterns prior to that date.

 

Meter reading cards are due by August 31st. If you have a well and haven't turned in your card yet, please plan to do so as soon as possible. The office has spare cards, if you've lost yours or forgotten to bring it up. The collection of this data is important for the maintenance of our water augmentation plan, so please make sure you get your card in.

 

Finally, maintenance staff have asked that I remind everyone to let staff know when the trash compactor is full. As always, we'll be running it regularly to keep up with the trash this holiday weekend, but even with close monitoring, it will at times be too full to add any further garbage (especially on Sunday and Monday, when people start leaving). If the compactor is full when you go to dispose of your trash, please do not leave your bags on the ground in front of the compactor. This requires staff to move the bags multiple times (to get them out of the way so they can reach the compactor door, then again to move them into the compactor). Please do not just dump your trash by the compactor. Please call or come to the office to let us know that the compactor is full, so we can address the problem.   If you'd like to be able to run the compactor yourself if it's full when you get there, you can pick up a compactor key in the office. Thank you.

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

 

Marian 

 

August 25, 2014

 

Greetings! 

 

Hope everyone is staying dry through our recent rain.

 

We have a busy holiday weekend coming up, including the following events:

 

Saturday:

 

Photo Contest Awards Ceremony - 12:00 pm in the Community Center - 36th Annual CL Photo Contest - See photos submitted by your friends and neighbors and come congratulate the winners!

 

Annual Chili Cookoff - 5:00 pm in the Community Center - details about this event were sent out in yesterday's View from Crystal Lakes - come enjoy your neighbors' chili recipes and vote on the best one! Please bring a side dish or desert to share and bring your own beverage.

 

Family card and game night - 7:30 pm in the Community Center - Stay after the Chili Cookoff for game night. We have a variety of cards and games to play: Euchre, 31, dice game Golf, Yahtzee, Twister, Monopoly, and so forth.

 

Sunday:

 

Arts & Crafts Sale - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Crystal Lakes Water & Sewer Building and Crystal Lakes Fire Station - Come browse jewelry, pottery, photography, embroidery, woodworking, watercolors and greeting cards, and may other wonderful local arts. We have approximately twenty artists/craftsmen this year.

 

Additional offerings during the Arts & Crafts Sale include:

 

The Crystal Lakes Community Fund Association will have its annual morning fare from 8:00 am until 11:00 am.  We will be offering burritos with green pork chili, breakfast muffins and rolls, coffee and juice.  This is our only fund raising event.  Please join us for a great breakfast.

 

And:

 

The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department will be busy at the Annual Crystal Lakes Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Please support our Fire Department through the silent auction, logo sales, new this year coffee sales, and a great hamburger, brat and hot dog lunch with chips and soda. 

 

Monday:

 

Recreation Committee Breakfast Potluck - 9:00 am in the Community Center - Come and enjoy a great breakfast at the Community Center! Please RSVP at www.crystal-lakes.org and let us know what you are bringing to share. Coffee and tea will be available.

 

Looks like it will be a full and fun weekend.  Enjoy! 

 

Marian 

August 24, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

From the Recreation Committee:  The Crystal Lakes 37th Annual Chili Cook Off will take place on Saturday, August 30th, at 5:00 pm in the Community Center.  The event is free for both the competitors and the tasters/judges. 

 

Chili Competitors:  There is no cost to participate in the event; however, you must register (send an email to chili@crystal-lakes.org with your name and the name of your chili).  Bring a crock-pot full of chili by 4:45 pm.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  

 

We have received 12 entries thus far, as follows: 

  • Martin Gockeler's "Fussballweltmeisterchili 2014"
  • Joanne Liss' "Angry Bird Chili"
  • Ann Sterling's "Green Pork Chili"
  • Bobbi Weber's "Red Lentil Thai Chili"
  • Rick Webb's "Ricky's Chili"
  • Valerie Mathews' "Aunti Val's Country Chili"
  • Sue Gessert's "Princess Red Feather Chili"
  • Cindy Goodell's "Not for Sissys Chili"
  • Jenny Schiel's "Mean Green Chili"
  • Rosemary Davenport's "27 Ingredient Chili"
  • Donna Davis Haddon's "Turkey Black Bean Chili"
  • Crissy Opperman's "Crissy's Turkey Chili"  

There is still time to enter but you must register (see above). 

 

Chili Tasters/Judges:  Everyone in Crystal Lakes can be a taster/judge and we need as many people as possible.  Please arrive at 5:00 pm to sample all of the entries and then cast your vote.  Please bring a side dish/dessert to share with everyone and your own beverages (BYOB). 

 

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From the Fishing Board:  We want to thank the team of 19 volunteers (listed below) who showed up on Saturday, 8/23, to bring the five stems of Lone Pine Creek into a single creek again in preparation for dredging.  It is so refreshing to put out a call for volunteers and have 19 people show up ready to work.  Thank you so much!  We also want to thank Staff members Matt Serviss and Mike Schrodt.  Matt arranged for the equipment and materials to be on hand and Mike operated the Association's back hoe.  We couldn't have done it without you guys.  Thank you!  

 

Volunteers:

Jack Watson

Brian & Renee Wilkes

Bob Chesnut

Jason, Erin, & Jacob Kress

Albert Fink

Larry & Becky Hults

Jon & Sue Gessert

Doug Beavers

Rich Rowe

Steve King

Tom Finley, Fishing Board

Doug Durica, Fishing Board

Josh Cook, Fishing Board

Bryon Fessler, Fishing Board 

 

Stay tuned for more information about events over the holiday weekend, which will be sent out via this email tomorrow.

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian 

August 22, 2014

 

Greetings! 

 

Logs free for pickup

 

The Association has logs left over from the mitigation project done around the Basecamp and shop buildings that are available to whoever wants them.   The logs are stacked near the Wapiti mailsheds. There is also firewood in some of the greenbelts surrounding the Association buildings, which is available for the taking. Please come to the office to fill out a waiver before collecting firewood from any of the greenbelts. No waiver is necessary for picking up logs from the mailshed.

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian 

August 21, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

Fill Dirt for Sale.  The Crystal Lakes Fishing Board, CLWSA, and CLRRA have fill dirt available for sale for $6.00 per cubic yard.  You must contact the Office to pay for the dirt.  The Office also has a listing of contractors that you can hire for delivery/application.  The fill dirt is located on North Ottawa Way between Catawba Pond and Beaver Lake.  The dirt is a mixture of nutrient rich sediment, rocks, etc. from the dredging of the lakes.  The fill dirt has been used by many property owners to raise their driveways, among other things.  There is only a limited amount of fill dirt available on a first come, first served basis.  Please contact the Office if you have any questions.   

  

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

August 17, 2014

 

Greetings!    

 

Good morning -- I hope you are having a truly wonderful weekend!

 

From the Fishing Board:  Volunteers are needed to help bring the five stems of Lone Pine Creek into a single creek again in preparation for dredging.  Please meet at Little Lone Pine Lake on Saturday, August 23rd, at 9:00 am and bring your waders, shovels, buckets, etc.  Please RSVP to Bryon Fessler at 970-420-8044, so we can confirm we've got the help we need. This is an opportunity to spend a couple hours giving back to the Crystal Lakes community.  

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

August 15, 2014

 

 

Dear Crystal Lakes Property Owners:

 

I wanted to take a few moments and provide an update on the CLRRA Board and to let you know what is happening and some key items we are working to address right now.  There is a lot of information that will be coming in the next edition of the Wapiti Bugle from myself and other Board members but due to timing and limited space we'll be communicating electronically via "The View From Crystal Lakes" to help keep you all better informed between issues of the printed newsletter.

 

First of all three new Board members were sworn in for three year terms at the Annual Meeting in June; the three new Board members are Casey Meadows, Doug Durica and Jim Narva; these three will be joining two existing Board members; Cheryl Poage and Shirley Pfankuch.  Jim Narva was elected President, Cheryl Poage was elected as Vice President, Casey Meadows was elected Secretary, and Shirley Pfankuch was elected as Treasurer for a second term, and Doug Durica will serve as an At-Large Director.  At this time the Board has not moved to fill two vacant Board seats but is moving through the process as allowed in our governing documents, to reduce the number of Board seats from seven to five, which is what our sister board the Crystal Lakes Water and Sewer Board has.   This will be discussed again at the CLRRA Board meeting on August 16.

 

Some of the items the new Board is discussing and trying to work through initially are as follows and listed in no particular order:

  • Accurate and transparent financials
  • Hiring a management company to manage Crystal Lakes on a day to day basis
  • Slash disposal for Crystal Lakes and Crystal Lakes property owners
  • ATV, vehicle and security issues
  • Ensuring an adequate reserve funding for capital equipment and facility replacement/update and unexpected  capital costs that arise
  • Prioritization of reserve funding expenditures
  • Secure grant funding for cleanup and fire mitigation on community greenbelts
  • Efficient, effective and orderly Board meetings

 

We have been busy working as your elected Board and providing guidance to the staff who carry out the day to day work.  I know we all want immediate action and results and please know we are working as quickly as possible to address concerns to ensure we are working effectively with the resources allocated to CLRRA.  A huge priority is getting a management firm in place to lead our day to day efforts so the Board can focus on setting policy and strategically planning for our future.  This will take some time yet as we don't expect a management firm in place before October 1. 

 

We always try and provide an update on our work at each Board meeting and will continue to do so.  To find out more about anything we are doing please join us at the regularly scheduled CLRRA Board meeting the third Saturday of each month. 

 

Best Regards,

 

Jim Narva

CLRRA President

 

August 8, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

The Crystal Lakes 37th Annual Chili Cook Off will take place on Saturday, August 30th, at 5:00 pm in the Community Center.  The event is free for both the competitors and the tasters/judges. 

 

Chili Competitors:  There is no cost to participate in the event; however, you must register (send an email to chili@crystal-lakes.org with your name and the name of your chili).  Bring a crock-pot full of chili by 4:45 pm.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

 

Chili Tasters/Judges:  Everyone in Crystal Lakes can be a taster/judge and we need as many people as possible.  Please arrive at 5:00 pm to sample all of the entries and then cast your vote.  Please bring a side dish/dessert to share with everyone and your own beverages (BYOB). 

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

August 2, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

We have several updates & announcements to share today:


 

Community Center Committee

By Bryon Fessler


The Community Center Committee was created by the R&R Board of Directors on January 18, 2014 and at the time consisted of 14 property owners and two Board liaisons.  The mission of the committee is to afford an opportunity for Crystal Lakes' property owners to provide meaningful input and assistance to the Board on all matters relating to the Community Center.  The committee's charter can be found on the Crystal Lakes website.   
 

Since January, committee members and other volunteers have donated over 400 hours to the Community Center.  Over 150 of these hours were spent cleaning and securing the facility so that it could be opened on a daily basis.  The Community Center is currently open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The center can be reserved by property owners for special events.  Committee chairs can also reserve the center for community events such as potlucks, breakfasts, the Annual Christmas Party, etc.  There is a small vending area based on the honor system.  Items for sale (donation) include coffee, hot chocolate, tea, chips, candy bars, popcorn, and honey buns.  Feel free to come in and "work" on a puzzle, use the free wireless, play a game, read a book, meet new friends, watch TV, get out of the weather, etc.      
 

One of the responsibilities of the committee is gather information and opinions from property owners for the purpose of sustaining and enhancing the programs and operation of the Community Center.  The committee meets on a monthly basis (please check the Crystal Lakes Calendar for dates/times) and property owners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  If you wish to provide suggestions to the committee, you may do so by sending an email to communitycentercommittee@crystal-lakes.org.  
 


 

Crystal Lakes Dredging Project

By Bryon Fessler


 

The Joint Board and the Fishing Board have partnered with an independent contractor to dredge Little Lone Pine Lake starting in September.  We need to remove an estimated 2,000 cubic yards of sediment from the lake using an excavator and several dump trucks.  The lake will be drained in June shortly after the spring runoff.  Please do not walk in the lake after it is drained as the drying sediment is similar to quicksand and can be very dangerous.


 

The sediment is a mixture of clay, silt, sand, soil, and small rocks. Excessive sedimentation causes elevated levels of algae and aquatic plants which can lead to the reduction of the availability of dissolved oxygen resulting in harm to fish and aquatic habitat. Broad, shallow zones in lakes and ponds cause warming, which then increase temperatures outside of preferred ranges resulting in the mortality of aquatic organisms and fish.     


 

We are currently in the coordination phase to secure a Regional General Permit (RGP).  The coordinating agencies include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US ACE); Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA - NPDES); Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB); and the Larimer County Departments of Engineering, Planning, and Transportation.  The permit will be posted near the dredging location and copies will be available for review in the Office. 


 

Please contact a member of the Fishing Board if you have any questions.


 


 

Recreation Committee Events

by Marilyn David


 

4x4 Poker Run and Steak Fry Potluck

Aug 9th---2-5 p.m. for the 4x4 Poker Run

(start at CL Community Center)

Steak Fry starts at 5:00 - Cost $5 ea.

Must RSVP by Aug. 4th at crystal-lakes.org or Nextdoor Crystal Lakes.

Send $5 ea. to CL office by Aug 4th or ASAP

Bring dish to pass and BYOB

All members are welcome to each event.

 

Euchre Card Night event:

Aug 9th--7:00 p.m. at CL Community Center

Bring a snack to share and BYOB

 

  

Reminder:  Special Trash Day is Saturday, August 16.  The dumpster will be available from 8:00 to 3:00 for property owners to drop off items not permitted in the compactor.  Fees are set to cover our expenses in taking this debris to the landfill.  Please do not put items in the Special Trash dumpster outside the drop-off hours. 


 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

July 27, 2014

 

Greetings! 

 

Good afternoon!

 

The ongoing actions of the Sheriff's Department seem to be keeping the Rainbow Family invasion down to a dull roar. However, we do still have a lot of strangers in the area. There have been a few incidents of trespassing and theft, and property owners are reminded to secure their belongings and lock their homes and cars. We're used to being able to leave things unlocked around here, but for now it would be better to be safe.

 

Upcoming meetings and events:

 

Tonight - card night in the Community Center at 6:00.

 

Saturday, August 2

-- Recreation Committee meeting at 11:00 am in the Wapiti Room

-- Community Center Committee meeting at 11:00 in the Community Center (work day in the Community Center to follow, so the Center will be closed all day)

-- Architectural Control Committee meeting at 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room

 

Monday, August 4

-- Security Committee meeting at 10:00 am in the Wapiti Room

-- card night in the Community Center at 6:00

 

You can view the calendar on the website ( http://www.crystal-lakes.org/calendar-of-events/ ) at any time to keep informed about neighborhood events.

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

July 21, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

 

Good afternoon, and I hope you had a great weekend!

 

 

Rainbow Family update

 

The sheriff's department and the law enforcement arm of the forest service have had a very strong presence here for the last several days. They have done several sweeps of the camps and arrested those who were in violation of the law. Word is getting out to the Rainbow Family and others that this is not a fun place to hang out. So far, we have experienced no difficulties in Crystal Lakes - we know that we have had a few trespassers on our roads and near our facilities, but have received no reports of aggressive interactions, theft or vandalism. Staff and Anlance will continue to keep an eye on things. Property owners are encouraged to keep cars, trailers and houses locked, to watch out for themselves and their neighbors, to notice when something doesn't seem right, and to contact the sheriff's department with any concerns. Property crimes and trespassing violations fall under criminal statutes and can best be handled by law enforcement. You can reach the sheriff's department either by calling 911 or by calling 970-416-1985. We are told that, for the duration of the Rainbow Family's presence in our area, deputies will be closer than the usual hour away.

 

 

Roads reminder

 

Property owners are asked to inform all contractors and visitors that the speed limit on Crystal Lakes roads is 20 mph and 10 mph in front of the office area. All drivers should be obeying the speed limit, driving carefully, and watching out for other drivers and animals. Several property owners have reported on a growing tendency for drivers to take their "half" out of the middle of the road. Please stay to the right and drive safely.

 

 

Announcement from the Fishing Board

 

The Crystal Lakes Fishing Board has partnered with the Healing Waters Project to host a one-day fly fishing event for wounded veterans which will take place on Sunday, July 27th. The Fishing Board and volunteers will serve as one-on-one guides for these heroes, and we will host them for a breakfast in the Community Center prior to fishing.

 

Some of these veterans have physical disabilities that limit their mobility.  As a result, the Crystal Lakes Road & Recreation Association has authorized the Fishing Board to close Crystal Park (the peninsula on the west end of Crystal Lake) so that this area can be used by the wounded veterans on the day of the event.  Signs will be posted to that effect.  We will reopen Crystal Park late in the afternoon on Sunday, July 27th.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

 

Sincerely,

Crystal Lakes Fishing Board   

 

         

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

July 17, 2014

 

 

Dear Crystal Lakes Property Owners;

 

We have recently become aware of a gathering near our community that is of concern.  Please see the below link to a "Coloradoan" article involving an incident that occurred on July 16 near Beaver Meadows.  It is important we are all cognizant of the concerns expressed by law enforcement.  If at any time you have any concerns or see suspicious or illegal activity, do not hesitate to contact the Larimer County Sheriffs Office at (970) 498-5100 or at 911 if an emergency.  We aren't trying to cause excessive concern or emotion but wanted to be sure all community members are aware and looking out for our neighbors.

 

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2014/07/16/red-feather-lakes-stabbings-send-three-hospital/12732155/ 

  

Jim Narva - CLRRA President 

July 17, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

We have some announcements and meeting reminders to pass on today:

  

Employment Opportunity

  

MOTOR GRADER OPERATOR NEEDED:Experienced and skilled operator familiar with a late model CAT.143H articulating motor grader for hire or contract hire.Working directly with the road maintenance manager to maintain 86 miles of graveled private mountain roads,plus general maintenance.C.D.L. preferred.  Contact the Crystal Lakes office for an application or to submit your resume at 970-881-2250 or admin@crystal-lakes.org 

  

  

Community Fund Meeting

  

Community Fund Annual Meeting Saturday, July 26, 2014 1pm in the Wapiti Room.

 The CLCFA Annual Meeting is open to all Crystal Lakes property owners and visitors.  Property owners are welcome to provide the Community Fund Board with suggestions for Crystal Lakes projects to be considered.  We will have project forms that can be filled out at the meeting or the form is available on the Crystal Lakes website under Community Fund.    

 The Community Fund will be electing new Board members; Ray and Jeanette Williams' terms end this year. They will be running again for another three years. We encourage interested parties to consider joining the Community Fund Board. We have one vacancy. The person elected will fill an unexpired term of one year, 2014 through 2015.  We have accepted Winnie Hanson's resignation with regret and sincere appreciation. She has been a very valuable member of our Board.

There will be coffee, ice tea and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.


Ray Williams, President CLCFA

         

  

Fire Evacuation Workshop

  

Don't hesitate because you don't know what to do.  Come and learn how to be prepared for an evacuation, how to know when it's time to go, and what to do when the time comes.  This workshop will be held Saturday, July 26 at 3:00 pm at the CLVFD Fire Station.

 

 

Fire Department Email List

 

Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department has a new email list for communicating with our community.  Sign up to be contacted with news about fire department activities and local events, including fire conditions, fire ban notices, and news about fire activity in the area.  Stay informed to stay safe.   Sign up from the department website at:  http://www.clvfd.org

 

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

July 14, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

 

Good afternoon!   I hope this email finds you well, and dry. We've been having rain, with some thunder and lightning to spice things up a bit, every afternoon for the last couple of days. The trees and grasses are loving it.

 

The next Community Center Potluck will be this Saturday, July 19th at 6:00 pm in the Community Center. The theme this month is BBQ, and the Recreation Committee will be providing the meat, so please just bring a side to share. This event is BYOB (bring your own beverage). Everyone is welcome.

 

 

The Crystal Lakes road crew is asking that all drivers please be aware that they are at work on the roads. Although the crew does their best to watch for vehicles in all directions, they are sometimes concentrating hard on the task at hand and may not notice vehicles coming up behind or alongside them. For everyone's safety, make sure that you have made eye contact with the operator of any piece of road equipment before approaching in a vehicle or on foot. Thank you.

 

 

This is the time of year we have the largest number of visitors in the National Forest around us, and we all need to be more vigilant to keep our community safe. Fort Collins police officer and Crystal Lakes resident, Susan Vance, has shared with us the following advice:

                                                                                                                                                     

Crime Prevention in Crystal Lakes

 

Crime can be a problem in rural/mountain areas across the nation. Property crimes are climbing at alarming rates in rural areas and smaller communities, not just cities.

 

Remote and isolated areas have always faced a special vulnerability to crime - combined with relatively unprotected high-value equipment and infrequent law enforcement patrols in many areas. The growing problem signals the need for positive crime prevention measures in mountain communities such as Crystal Lakes.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

 

Criminals look for easy targets - where the risk of detection is slight and the profits are high. But some simple, common sense crime prevention practices can make your home and property less attractive and less available to the criminal.

 

You can take steps to:

* Avoid some risks like removing some items to a safer location, such as a safe deposit box or locked up out of sight.

* Carefully select locks, dusk-to-dawn lights or motion lights, and lights on a timer. This will sometimes cause the criminal to take more time, make more noise, and be more visible as he/she acts. You may prevent the completion of a crime, and perhaps even discourage a contemplated attempt. Here are some steps to lessen the chances of becoming the target of a theft or burglary:

 

1. Keep expensive machinery and vehicles near the residence in a visible, well-lighted area. Lock all vehicles (this also helps to keep the bears from entering as well).

2. Keep valuable tools, chemicals, and portable machinery in sturdy outbuildings or garages and secure them with strong doors and deadbolt locks, or with casehardened steel padlocks and hasps.

3. Get a few solar powered motion-sensor lights in dark areas that have no electric power.

4. Keep all doors (sheds, garages, etc.) closed and locked when not in use. Close your garage doors when leaving - don't advertise your absence.

5. Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors of your residence; secure sliding glass doors with at least a "Charley/Katie Bar" and install good locks on all windows.

6. Don't leave keys to your house or buildings hidden outside (under the mat, phone rocks or "fake droppings"), and don't leave messages for visitors tacked on your door ("I'll be back at 2PM").

 

Keep a list of emergency numbers easily available in your house or trailer:

 

ALL EMERGENCIES --- 911

NON-EMERGENCIES --- 970-416-1985

LCSO INFORMATION --- 970-498-5100

DIVISION OF PARKS & WILDLIFE --- 970-472-4300

ANIMAL CONTROL --- 970-226-3647

LCSO WEBSITE --- www.co.larimer.co.us/sheriff

WILDLIFE WEBSITE --- www.wildlife.state.co.us

HUMANE SOCIETY WEB --- www.larimerhumane.org

CRYSTAL LAKES OFFICE --- 970-881-2250

CRYSTAL LAKES WEBSITE --- www.crystal-lakes.org    

CRYSTAL LAKES FIRE DEPT WEBSITE --- www.clvfd.org

 

AND DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR L.E.T.A. TO GET REVERSE-911 NOTIFICATIONS ON ANY PHONE NUMBER YOU SELECT !! www.leta911.org or 970-962-2170

         

 

Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

July 7, 2014
 
Greetings,

  

  

Another holiday weekend is behind us - complete with parades, fishing derbies, and much fun had by all. Thank you for sharing your holiday cheer with your Crystal Lakes community!

  

We have been asked to pass on several announcements to you:

  

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CLRRA Board Meeting Notice:

  

The CLRRA Board of Directors will be meeting on July 13, 2014 at the Beaver Meadows Resort restaurant for a brief Board Orientation session and luncheon.  Among the topics to be discussed in this luncheon meeting are CLRRA committee liaisons from the Board, a full Board retreat at a time and date TBD, Board communication, and Board research and working assignments for pressing CLRRA issues.  CLRRA Members are welcome to sit in and listen but we will not be taking questions or comments as this is a Board work session.  No formal decisions by the Board are expected to be made during the working lunch but should something arise it will be presented again during the regularly scheduled meeting on July 19, 2014 for ratification and a formal, recorded vote. 

  

Sincerely,

  

Jim Narva

CLRRA President

 

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From the Red Feather Library:
 

You're encouraged to attend an open house sponsored by Red Feather Lakes Community Library Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7pm, held within the Wapiti Room at Crystal Lakes. Light refreshments will be served.

 

The issue is an important one. The Library Board of Trustees has recently unanimously voted to ask for a mill levy increase. This concerns you, your wallet, your community and the level of service you receive and expect from your library.

 

The ballot measure that you'll be receiving by mail this coming November -- separate from the general election ballot - asks your support in increasing the current mill levy rate of 2.5 mills - established with the founding of the District in 2000 to 4.75. This means that for $100,000 of residential property your currently assessed rate of just under $20 would increase to about $38. That's about the cost of a couple of DVD movies or the discounted price of two bestselling fiction titles.

 

In perspective, with your free Red Feather Lakes Community library card you may - any number of times through the year - checkout any number of items to an overall one-time limit of 20 - and enjoy them (with renewals) for up to 9 weeks. Through the year you can - as many do - checkout and use hundreds of items. By any standard that's a bargain.

 

The decision to ask for a mill levy increase was a difficult one with careful deliberation by your Library Board for well over a year.  The inevitable fact is that income that has served you and the District well for many years now fails to provide you with what we consider to be a minimum level of acceptable service. This year reserve library funds are being utilized to maintain basic levels of operation and service.

 

The meeting will be hosted by Library Board members as well as Library staff. After a short presentation we'll address your questions and comments.

 

If you're unable to attend there's several alternatives to both gain information as well as express an opinion.  Contact the independent Citizen's Committee through their website at http://movingourlibraryforward.org   Contact Board President David Christopher at president@redfeatherlibrary.org   Contact the library directly by calling 970-881-2664 (ask for Creed) or email director@redfeatherlibrary.org 

 

It's your library. We work for you.

 
Creed Kidd
Library Director 
  

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We've been asked to remind everyone that the speed limit in Crystal Lakes is 20 mph (10 mph in the Office/Community Center area), that turn signals are important even in the mountains, and that drivers should pull over when they see emergency vehicles. Thank you and be safe!

  

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Thank you and enjoy your day!

Marian

July 2, 2014
 
Greetings!   

 

The fire department has requested that we pass on the following community announcements:

 

-- At the request of members of the community, the fire department apparatus parade beginning at 10:00 am will be expanded to include any member of the community who wishes to come along. The route of this parade, which will cover the entire length of North and South Ottawa, is not suitable for some vehicles, so had originally been slated for fire department and special duty responder vehicles only. Since there has been some community interest, those who wish to join this part of the parade may now do so by assembling at the fire station at 9:45. Be aware that vehicles with commercial advertising signs will not be permitted, and that there will be no prizes awarded for vehicles in this part of the parade. The traditional community parade will assemble at the fire station at 11:30 and travel around the Tami-Blackfoot loop, with prizes awarded immediately after the end of the parade.

 

-- The next Fire Mitigation seminar will be held on Saturday, July 12th at 3:00 pm at the fire station. Come learn what you can do to give your property the best chance to survive a wildfire.

 

 

Thank you and hope to see you there! 

 

June 30, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

The Fishing Board has the following announcement :

 

 

The Crystal Lakes Fishing Board has partnered with the Healing Waters Project to host a one-day fly fishing event for wounded veterans.  The Fishing Board and volunteers will serve as one-on-one guides for these heroes, and we will host them for a breakfast in the Community Center prior to fishing.   We are offering Crystal Lakes members the opportunity to "sponsor" a veteran, either by donating a day fishing pass, or donating the cost of a  breakfast or lunch snack for one of the men and women.

 

This event is tentatively planned for sometime around the third or fourth week of July.   Those who are interested in sponsoring a veteran for this important event are asked to contact Lou Phillippe, Fishing Board President, at elklou1244@gmail.com to coordinate the donation.

 

The Fishing Board and these brave veterans thank you for your support.

June 28, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

 

My apologies -- in the previous View, the paragraph about Little Lone Pine Lake (copied below) contained an error.  The lake will be drained beginning the week of July 14th.

 

 

Little Lone Pine Lake update

 

The process of dredging Little Lone Pine Lake will begin the week of June 14th with the draining of the lake. A pump will be used to drain the lake down to the point that the gates can be opened to release the rest of the water down the river. The lake will be left to drain and dry out to make the dredging which will be undertaken in September easier. DO NOT attempt to walk into or across the lake bed while it is drained - the mud is deceptively deep and acts like quicksand, making it very dangerous. At this time, there is no bag limit on Little Lone Pine Lake to get as many fish out as possible before the lake is drained.

 

 

Have a great day,

Marian

June 28, 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

 

Little Lone Pine Lake update

 

The process of dredging Little Lone Pine Lake will begin the week of June 14th with the draining of the lake. A pump will be used to drain the lake down to the point that the gates can be opened to release the rest of the water down the river. The lake will be left to drain and dry out to make the dredging which will be undertaken in September easier. DO NOT attempt to walk into or across the lake bed while it is drained - the mud is deceptively deep and acts like quicksand, making it very dangerous. At this time, there is no bag limit on Little Lone Pine Lake to get as many fish out as possible before the lake is drained.

 

 

Photo Contest

 

It's July - it is summertime in the mountains...time for celebrating the 4th of July, family, friends, fishing, hiking and...it's time for the Annual Crystal Lakes Photo Contest!

 

Get your camera ready to capture the beauty of Crystal Lakes and share it with your neighbors in one of four categories:

  1. Wildlife (in natural settings only)
  2. Nature & Landscapes
  3. Seasons, and
  4. the Faces of Crystal Lakes

Prizes include bragging rights, gift certificates generously provided by local businesses AmaDoodles Coffee & Gifts, Red Feathers Supermarket, Red Feathers Trading Post and Beaver Meadows Resort for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the amount of $50, $20, and $10 for each category; recognition on the Crystal Lakes website and in the Wapiti Bugle; and the winning photos displayed in 8x10 frames in Base Camp for everyone to admire.

 

Photos must be of Crystal Lakes and the surrounding area and must have been taken within the last year (July 2013 to July 2014) to be included in this year's contest. Photos must be submitted by email (deadline no later than July 31) by registered property owners who can also submit photos on behalf of family members. Property owners can submit up to 8 photos (a maximum of 2 per category).  

 

The awards ceremony will be held at The Community Center on Saturday, August 9th at 1:00 PM. Submission guidelines and other contest information are available on the Crystal Lakes website - http://crystal-lakes.org/community-information/annual-photo-contest/

 

Good luck!

 

 

Fourth of July Events

 

We have many things going on for the holiday weekend in our community, which include:

 

FRIDAY:

 

The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department's annual FAMILY FUN DAY and PARADE has been changed to Friday July 4, 2014, 11am until 4:30pm.

            - 10:00 am - Fire department equipment parade along North and South Ottawa Way around Panhandle Lake

            - 11:00 - 4:30 pm - Fun and food near the Community Center. Food for sale will include hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, chips, potato salad, candy, soda and water. Food will be available between 11am and 3:30pm.

            - 12:00 pm - CLVFD and Community Parade with prizes for the best of show. Parade line up will be at 11:30 am at the Fire Station.

            - 1:00 pm - Family Fun Day games begin. There will be games for all ages, crafts, a Cake Walk and community and safety information. There will be mountain golfing, bean bag toss, Frisbee and water games.

            - 3:30 pm - Crystal Lakes Fire Department fire equipment demonstration. Everyone will enjoy this informative and entertaining demonstration.

 

Bring your family and friends for a great day of fun. Volunteers are always appreciated; please let Jeanette Williams know if you can help at 881-3612 or see the volunteer signup sheet in the office starting June 14, 2014.

 

 

SATURDAY:

 

The Crystal Lakes Fishing Derby at Beaver Lake.

            - 8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration

            - 9:00 - 10:00 am - Kids 5-8

            - 10:30 - 12:00 pm - Kids 9-16

            - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Women & seniors

            - Hot dogs, brats, soda and water will be available for sale during the derby.

 

The Fishing Board asks property owners to please leave their dogs at home.

 

 

Red Feather Lakes events:

            - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Arts & Crafts Sale at the fire station and POA Building

            - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Library Book Sale

            - 2:00 pm - Parade

            FIREWORKS AT DUSK OVER HIAWATHA LAKE

 

 

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,

Marian

 

June 23 2014

 

Greetings! 

   

As previously reported in the group email, there is a section of Mobile Way that was damaged by the recent flooding which we will be unable to repair until later in the summer. We will have to wait for the water level to drop to the point that we can manage the flow while replacing the road culverts. This is a dangerous area with an unstable edge - it is unsafe to approach or attempt to cross this gap. For your own safety, please keep yourselves, children and pets away from the hole.

 

 

The Road & Recreation Board wishes to make property owners aware of their options for disposing of slash.   Slash may be chipped on-property, chipped and hauled away from the property, or hauled to the Larimer County Landfill at 5887 S. Taft Hill Road in south Fort Collins. Slash Solutions is no longer accepting slash. Please be aware that there has been a change to the policy regarding illegal dumping of slash.   The fine for dumping slash on greenbelt areas or private properties not owned by the person dumping the slash is $5,000 per occurrence.

 

 

There will be a Special Meeting of the Joint Board on Sunday, July 13th at 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room. The Joint Boards will be meeting with members of the Manager Search Committee to discuss the search results and to finalize the process for hiring new management.

 

 

The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring the following workshop this Saturday (June 28th) at 1:00 pm in the fire station: Get Wildfire Smart About Insurance -- How does insurance really work in a major disaster, what will you have to do to collect and what can you do now to make sure you have the resources you'll need to start over with no regrets?  Don't miss this hard to come by information every homeowner in the WUI needs.  Speaker: State Farm Agent Chip Beake. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be provided by the department.

 

 

Have a great day!

 

Marian

June 14, 2014

 

Greetings! 

  

Please see below for an announcement from CL F.I.R.E.S.:

 

 

2014 4th of July Family Fun Day and Parade Friday July 4

 

New Date and New Times!!

 

The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department's annual FAMILY FUN DAY and PARADE has been changed to Friday July 4, 2014.

 

Come help us celebrate our nation's birthday and honor our Fire Department, who work very hard for us all year long.

 

This year the Fire Department will have a new Equipment Pride parade along North and South Ottawa Way around Panhandle Lake to celebrate the 4th of July, beginning at 10am.

 

All the fun will be at and near the Crystal Lakes Community Center between 11am-4:30pm. There will be games for all ages, crafts, a Cake Walk and community and safety information. Food for sale will include hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, condiments, chips, potato salad, candy, soda and water. Food will be available between 11am and 3:30pm.

 

The CLVFD and Community Parade will start at 12:00 p.m. with prizes for the best of show. Parade line up will be at 11:30 am at the Fire Station. Family Fun Day games will begin at 1pm. At 3:30pm, the Crystal Lakes Fire Department will have a fire equipment demonstration. Everyone will enjoy this informative and entertaining demonstration.

 

Bring your family and friends for a great day of fun. Volunteers are always appreciated; please let Jeanette Williams know if you can help at 881-3612 or see the volunteer signup sheet in the office starting June 14, 2014.

 

  

Thank you and enjoy your day,

Marian 

June 13, 2014

Greetings! 

Correction:   In the last View, I stated the sirens would be tested at 9:00 am on Sunday.  The correct time is 11:00 am (to give our beloved fathers the chance to sleep in a bit).

 

Annual Siren Test Sunday

 

The evacuation sirens will be tested Sunday, June 15th at 11:00 am, during which the sirens will run for three minutes. This is the yearly audible test of the siren system (which is tested silently every week). If you hear the sirens at any time other than June 15th at 11:00, please evacuate immediately.

  

Thank you and enjoy your day,

Marian 

June 9, 2014

 

Greetings! 

  

 

Road and Recreation Annual Meeting

 

The annual meeting is this Saturday, June 14th. The Road & Recreation Board will meet to share updates on the progress and projects undertaken this last year and respond to property owners' concerns and questions. Registration begins at 1:00, with the meeting starting at 2:00.

 

Please be aware that the office will be closed from 12:30 until the end of the annual meeting to allow staff to register attendees and assist during the meeting. While the office is closed, fishing passes are available in the After Hours box in the hallway outside the office. Please call in advance, during the hours the office is open, for a fire permit if you will be wanting one for that evening.

 

 

Road & Recreation Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and BBQ

 

The annual barbeque will be this Saturday, June 14th, after the annual meeting. Everyone is invited! Come enjoy barbeque and all the fixings with your fellow property owners. We will be taking this opportunity to celebrate our volunteers and the many hours they donate to the community. There is no charge for this event, which begins at 5:00 pm at the Community Center. It is not necessary to RSVP for this event, but doing so is encouraged, so we can be sure we've ordered enough food. Stop in or call the office before Thursday to RSVP.

 

 

Annual Siren Test Sunday

 

The evacuation sirens will be tested Sunday, June 15th at 9:00 am, during which the sirens will run for three minutes. This is the yearly audible test of the siren system (which is tested silently every week). If you hear the sirens at any time other than June 15th at 9:00, please evacuate immediately.

 

 

Need Ice?

 

For the convenience of Crystal Lakes property owners, the Community Center now has bagged ice available.  A $2.00 donation is requested for each bag and can be placed in the donation box in the center.

 

  

Thank you and enjoy your day,

Marian 

 

June 6, 2014

Greetings! 

In the last week, three flags have been stolen from the Crystal Lakes flagpoles next to Basecamp. One Colorado and two Crystal Lakes flags have been taken, the second Crystal Lakes flag within a day of being replaced after the first theft. These flags belong to all members of the community; whoever is stealing them is stealing from us all. We have done what we can to lock down the flags and post cameras to record any future thefts and are also asking the members of this community to report to the office or sheriff's department any suspicious activity around Basecamp. Please keep an eye out for our stolen flags and report them if you see them.  Crystal Lakes flags can be purchased in the office - the flags for sale are 2' x 3' and anyone who has that size has purchased it legitimately. The ones that were stolen are 3' x 5'.

 

Thank you for your help in this matter.

 

Marian

June 2, 2014

Greetings! 

Road update:  After much work, the field staff have succeeded in reopening Ottawa at Panhandle.  The water level is a few inches below the top of the culvert and will hopefully not overtop the road again.  You are asked to drive slowly and carefully through the area -- it is muddy and may be a bit rocky still.

 

Reminder:  The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is holding a workshop on Evacuation this Saturday (the 7th) at 3:00 pm in the fire station. Don't hesitate because you don't know what to do. Come and learn how to be prepared for an evacuation, how to know when it's time to go, and what to do when the time comes. Refreshments provided.

  

Thanks & have a great evening,

Marian 

June 1, 2014

Greetings! 

As you know, yesterday marked Jody Sandquist's last day with the Crystal Lakes Associations. She leaves us after seventeen years, ten of them as manager. We cannot overstate how much we will miss her knowledge, her patience, her dedication to and concern for our community and its members, her smile, and her wisdom born of many years' experience in the operation of these Associations. We wish her all the best in her retirement.

 

The Joint Boards have established a Management Search Committee, which is working diligently to fill the vacant position. While the committee does its work, Matt Serviss and Marian Kelly have agreed to undertake additional management duties - Matt for the field and Marian in the office -- to keep everything running smoothly until new management is hired. In the interim, the Association office and field staff will continue to operate as usual, working to provide all property owners friendly and efficient customer service.

 

The Staff 

Special Notice - June 1, 2014 

 

Dear CL Group Email Member:

 

Recent flooding in Crystal Lakes made it necessary to close some areas along Ottawa Road and several roads between North and South Ottawa.   All closed roads are now reopened, except Mobile Way and the area near Panhandle Creek where North and South Ottawa meet.  A map of these locations is posted on the website. We are working on repairing the damaged roads.  Ottawa near Panhandle will need new road base and to be regraded - that work will be done once the water level has dropped enough that we can be reasonably sure the new work won't be washed out again during the next rainfall.  The gap in Mobile Way will take more work to fix and will have to wait until the water level has dropped significantly.  In the meantime, we ask property owners to be safe and not walk up to the edge of the gap, which is still breaking off in places.  We will notify all property owners when these roads are reopened via the group email and on the website. 

 

Thank you,

Marian