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Minutes of the January 8, 2017 Special Town Meeting

January 15th, 2018

SPECIAL GOLD HILL TOWN MEETING

Minutes of the January 8, 2017 Town Meeting

 The meeting was called to order by Chair Tony Vrba. Nineteen people were in attendance: Member at Large Dan Maedke, Julie Rouse, Tony, Rick Sinner, Norman Skarstad, Dina Elder, Bob Walter, Maggie Simms, Rick Sheingold, Amy Fortunato, Kort McCumber, Peter Swift, Karen Simmons, Leslie Finn, Steffi Wilson, Elisabeth Caspari, Marcus Moench, Virginia Schultz and Secretary Gretchen Diefenderfer.

MINING – Tony began with the Mining/milling issue as a number of people were there principally for that. She reported speaking with Amy Eschberger at Colorado Division of Mining Reclamation and Safety (P 303.866.3567 x8129 | F 303.832.8106 | C 303.945.9014   1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, CO 80203

Amy.Eschberger@state.co.us  | http://www.mining.state.co.us), who is the person handling Mark Steen’s permits for the mining (M1983-141) and milling (M1994-117) and his application for an amendment to the milling permit, which was posted on a tree in Lefthand and got the attention of Kort and Amy. http://drmsweblink.state.co.us/drmsweblink/DocView.aspx?id=1230723&page=1&dbid=0) . This involves the Mill’s plan to pump water up from Lefthand for the mill, and is an amendment to the original permit issued approximately five years ago.  She added that Michael Cunningham (michaela.cunningham@state.co.us) will be taking over for her.

Tony’s understanding is that comments can be submitted to the above address starting now and up to 10 days after public notice (presumably in the Boulder Daily Camera) has been given. Amy Eschberger had come up on August 1 and cited the mill for several violations of the original permits in 83 and 84 and operations are temporarily suspended until the violations are addressed. They have until sometime in June to address the violations and get the Mill operable (there is a five year limit to the milling permit, although extensions may be granted) or the area will have to be reclaimed.

Notices will have to be delivered to the affected neighbors of any permits, and those who send in comments will also be notified as well as being asked to come to a hearing.

February is supposed to be a decision date, but there may be extensions. The Times Mine has been approved for water storage, which is possible to be in the millions of gallons.

A lot of general discussion ensued at this point. Maggie thanked Tony for dong all this research and finding out so much for us. Rick Sheinhold stated the he has concerns re hikers and their dogs on the trail in the area of the old pipeline because the debris was never cleaned up and there are shards of pipe down there. No stewardship was shown in the past.

Tony also read an email from Max Yeager:

I’m writing this to share my thoughts regarding the current proposals and requests referencing the reopening of the Gold Hill Mill.

I have read the description of processes outlined by the public note statement.  I have worked with all of the operators of the “mill”, including the builders, excluding the current operators. 

I do not think they are asking for anything different than what has been permitted and monitored since the mills inception in the mid to late 1980s. The permit has been dormant since Mt. Royale Ventures shut down in 2011 or 2012.  There is a period of time that the permit can sit dormant with little effort to reactivate it.  I think that period has passed so the new operators are required to jump through more hoops.

 The consensus in Gold Hill during the initial permitting process in 1987 was this:

  • We live in the Gold Hill Mining District, Boulder County, CO
  • Mining is a use by right  in forestry zoned areas
  • Periodic operation of the Gold Hill Mill and Cash Mine properties would be less impacting on Gold Hill than residential or recreational development of the property.
  • MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) and DMG (Colorado State Department of Minerals and Geology) are, with a few exceptions, effective watchdogs.  They can both be called with comments or concerns.

The waterline following Old Lickskillet to the Times Mine Portal was included in the original permit process.  Mark Steen acquired share(s) in Left Hand Water in the early 1980’s.  The first, maybe only, attempt was unsuccessful not because of the PVC pipe but rather the solvent weld (glued) joints were not up to the task.  The multiple stage piston pump was correctly sized for the task.  The second line was upgraded to schedule 80 PVC but the one inch diameter did not take into account friction loss for the linear distance of the run.  This was during the Wayne Tatman era and I don’t think it was ever used.  These thoughts on waterlines I can’t guarantee due to time lapse but I believe are pretty close.  The bottom line is that the head requirement to lift water from Left Hand Creek to the Times portal is not unreasonable. I was never present when the pump was running so I can not address the  noise or abatement thereof.

Bob Mason’s comment about the Left hand water being make up water is spot on.  The water collection of the Times Mine has the potential to be in the millions of gallons.  The strike of the Times Mine is North or into the Left Hand drainage.  The Left Hand water rights should apply to this water also.

 The permit for the Mill to process ore is exclusive.  It applies only to ore that has been generated on the Cash Mine group of properties.  Importing ore onto the property is strictly prohibited.  This refers to the original 1980’s permit.  I have not seen any request to change this.

 Sorry I couldn’t attend the meeting.  Maybe my two cents worth will help. I am certainly happy to further discuss this with interested parties.

Max

 Amy Fortunato mentioned that if a larger pipe is planned above ground, what about flooding and access issues in emergencies? They also have concerns about the noise and size of the pumps, and any accessory buildings and storage areas, since they live right down there.

Julie Rouse, who also has property down near Lickskillet, expressed that it’s an eyesore now – will there be cleanup required and overseen?

Peter Swift is an engineer and will look over the technical documents.

            Maggie made a motion for Tony, as Chair of the Town Meeting, to write a letter saying that the Gold Hill Town Meeting has met in a Special Meeting and listing the members concerns and stating that other members will also be writing. Rick seconded the motion and it passed with no objections.

            Kort reported that Steen has posted a no trespassing sign and welded a chain across the trail down there and it is not on his property. Amy has filed a no trespassing affidavit on their property.

            Marcus asked about the Mill’s water rights. Rick Sheingold replied that it’s in the document – the flow rates, etc. It’s thought that he has 5-6 shares of the Lefthand ditch company.

BYLAWS – Tony reports that Gretchen had suggested that the new council members read the bylaws to know more about our duties and requirements. Tony looked them over and sent out some track changes to the council members for discussion and comments. Tony heard from Bear, who responded that his opinion is that, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Gretchen suggested a bylaws committee to look at the suggested changes. Tony said that some people have suggested that the TM meet every month, which generated some discussion, but most people did not want additional meetings unless they were needed, like this one.

Tony also thought we should address spending protocols for the various committees as she had wanted to put together a volunteer appreciation event and spend town funds upon approval of council members. Martha and Gretchen responded that this would need approval of the Town Meeting and suggested a potluck. Tony also wanted to suggest two-year terms for council members.

            Rick Sheingold moved that we form a bylaws committee. Leslie seconded and the motion was approved. Tony, Peter, Gretchen, and Rick Sheingold volunteered to serve. We could use another member.

            Other issues to look at are a communication policy (for instance, when the bylaws were written, we stuffed mailboxes with newsletters and now we principally email them with some mailing to people without email), and the residency requirement for voting. The residency requirement is somewhat convoluted- must have lived in Gold Hill for sixty days during the twelve months prior to the meeting or for sixty days during the previous five years with no less than five days in any one year. Bob pointed out that there is a reason for this and it developed to find the balance between some property owners, old bluebirds and others, who were only here in the summer and full time residents, many of whom at that time were renters. And now we have people like Bear and Poppy, John and Cherry Sand, the Sinners, Karen Simmons and others who have been here for years, and might not be here for 60 days before a meeting, but should still be eligible voters.

            Maggie added, as far as meeting more often, it seems to her that in the time she’s been here there haven’t been problems so urgent that they couldn’t wait, or if it couldn’t wait, we can call a Special Meeting or plan ahead, i.e. for the annual bake/rummage sale.

            Another issue is budgeting. Tony learned that we used to have a general budget meeting in October, after our fundraising bake and rummage sale, and thinks we need to do this. Steffi agreed. Maggie made a motion to move budgeting into a Strategic Planning Meeting on a yearly basis, maybe in October. It was decided that the bylaws committee could look at including in in Article I, Section 2, as Item 8.

STRATEGIC VISION – Tony asked committees for reports and visions for the next year.

Community Planning – Dan reported that he thinks we can run the bake/rummage sale event more efficiently and bring more people in. He will need more people on sub-committees to do this. Maybe hire a band to attract people, and make sure we don’t run out of food.

 Community Spaces – Tony reports that Jojo Morrison isn’t able to be here tonight, but she has been working hard on Rancho Fazoo.

 Historic Gold Hill – Gretchen reports that Deb Yeager is the new Chair of the Museum Committee and is a go-getter – there is lots going on. There will be another community outreach event – this one on the Switzerland Trail, with speakers and displays.

Forest Management – Virginia will be double-checking with the County, but is pretty sure the chipping grants will be available again this year. Last year the TM spent $648.88 (1/4 of the total), the County provided 1/2 and the residents paid ¼. She hopes to get more interest this year and will begin publicizing it sooner. She would like to ask for $1000 during the budgeting process. She suggested we could maybe do more – Saws and Slaws, or maybe become a Fire Safe City. Tony added that the CSFS has a list of mitigation projects and she and Virginia will check to see if anything in our area is on the list. There is concern about the North side of town over growth and regrowth since the mitigation efforts in the past.

Weed Management – Tony reported that there is no representative at this time – is anyone interested?

Mining – Amy Fortunato added that she had some examples of letters to the MLRB from Bob Mason and passed them out for people to look at who might be writing about the Mill. She added that the notice that was on the tree is not there anymore and they did not think that was sufficient as a good example of public notice – that there should be more. Tony asked if we should have a Mining Committee.

 AirLink – Dina reports that their latest grant was from United Way and they still have a couple of thousand to spend, mainly getting Jamestown included in the network. They have had a couple of equipment failures and are working on improving the robustness. They are getting a generator. Jamestown has gotten a bunch of simple walkie-talkies and another new radio. They have created pods, like our NeighborLink system and distributed walkie-talkies to each. We still have $1800 for Gold Hill communications and could get walkie-talkies as well, but they don’t work out west of town past the Ranch. Some better ones could, but are a little more complex. She thinks someone in town should facilitate and organize this and see if people support it. She added that it would be good to get the Fire Department involved to work together and practice radio communications.

            Virginia added that we would need to put together a plan four levels deep, written down and practiced to make it work for any emergency. Leslie said the Fire Department would be involved in some cases. If the power goes out in town, she sends out an email for people to check on their neighbors, but in general the community will need to deal with the Ham Radio system – contact Communications and then the Fire Department will be notified. Dina said Motorola also has a program that gives grants for community communications.

Cemetery Committee – Bob reports that you have to pick up the phone to contact him (303) 444-4768. They buried four people this year – big year. The committee will be seeing some changes. He thinks 48 years is probably enough and Maggie and David have agreed to transition into chairing the committee. Chellee Courtney is always the records keeper and back up – and is also writing a book, Kris Gibson has also been part of the committee. He said that he and Maggie will probably be meeting people who call together  for some time.

            Tony thanked Bob so much for his 48 years and all his work.

Resiliancy/Strategic Vision/Sustainability – Tony has made efforts in the past year to bring in speakers – EFAA and the Area Agency on Aging, who are coming to the GH Store monthly to meet with people and have been able to help some people. Also the water guy, Erik Wardle of Colorado State, as well as someone to speak about the medical reserve came up. She would like someone to take this on, as well as the Community Center idea. This would need to be a good communicator – form a committee?

            Dina would like the Town Meeting to focus on particular issues related to strategic planning. Virginia added that they did a survey a couple of years ago after she, Dina, and Jessie took the BoCoStrong training, which would provide some information. BoCoStrong is being folded into United Way now for grants, etc. Maybe Strategic Planning should be worked into the bylaws?

            Peter added that a couple of years ago County Transportation did a traffic study because of speeding in town and offered to work with us on that. His work involves sustainable development work including traffic calming. Speed bumps, etc. aren’t the best solution, better to look at horizontal changes like chicanes.

Maggie moved that we adjourn and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted, Gretchen Diefenderfer, Secretary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

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Pie Party, January 21st 4 pm

January 15th, 2018

From Tony Vrba – tonyvrba@gmail.com

Get Your Pie on!

Gold Hill January Pie Party!  Sunday January 21st at 4pm at the Fire Barn Community Room

Bring a pie (or 2,3…) to share and enjoy the sampling-bring your spatula for cutting the pie. 

Sweet or savory- please identify your pie with a note; gluten free, sugar free, and the kind, etc.

I heard that there will be Cajun Shrimp Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Key Lime and more!!!! Did you know there are over 231 varieties of apple pie!

We will have plates, forks and cups, though bring your own beverage;

If you are not the baking type, enjoy sampling for a $5 donation. 

Everyone in the GHTM area is encouraged to participate.

Hope to see you there!
Debra, Joan and Tony

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Update on the Mill Permit Amendment

January 13th, 2018

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all the people that attended the Special GHTMeeting that was held Monday, January 8th.  I appreciate the conversations, especially for those who stayed for the strategy planning and those that did extensive research on the topics, volunteering their time to help the community. 

One very noteworthy volunteer who needs to be recognized is Bob Walter who has served GHTMeeting for decades! Bob has taken care of the Gold Hill Cemetery preserving its history for our community and the future. He has been seen doing mitigation work, fixing fences, and he has a passion for doing what is right for the community where he led the cemetery committee for many years.  THANKS Bob for all that you have done for us!

Monday’s meeting started with concerns about milling and mining.  Below you will find links for you to explore information from the state.  There are other documents there with updates, etc. 

Here is a link to M0-1994-117

http://mining.state.co.us/Pages/Home.aspx

http://drmsweblink.state.co.us/drmsweblink/DocView.aspx?id=1227439&page=1&dbid=0

And here is the link to the application to amend the Mill Permit

http://drmsweblink.state.co.us/drmsweblink/DocView.aspx?id=1230723&page=1&dbid=0

Please know that you can forward comments to:

Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology
Mined Land Reclamation Division
1313 Sherman Street – Room 215
Denver CO 80203

When you submit comments, my understanding is that you will be added to the mailing list and be able to make comments at the pre-hearing. Please include your own name, address and phone number in any letter you send.

I hope to see you at our next GHTMeeting on Monday, February 12th where we will continue with updates and our strategy of community, communication and mitigation.

Sincerely,

Tony Vrba, GHTM Chair

More info…
The Mined Land Reclamation Board found a violation for offside damage related to the Times Mine subsidence that occurred under Sunshine Canyon Drive due to the operator’s attempt to rehabilitate the mine to install a fresh water pipeline to the mill . The Board required the operator to submit an amendment or conversion application to include the Times Mine area and all other areas where water acquisition, conveyance, or storage for the mill will occur. This would include the area where he intends to pump fresh water from Left Hand Creek, the pipeline from the creek to the mill, and any mine workings that will be utilized for water conveyance or storage. The purpose of the amendment is to have all disturbance related to the mill included in the permit so that we can regulate those activities, and have a reclamation plan and appropriate financial warranty in place for these disturbances.

 
You may submit your comment or objection to our office via email to michaela.cunningham@state.co.us or by mail at 1313 Sherman St., Room 215, Denver, CO 80203. Please be sure to include the permit no. M-1994-117 (Gold Hill Mill) in your letter, and specify the Amendment No. 1 (Revision AM-1) which you are objecting to. In order for you to be considered a party to the matter, your comment/objection must also include your name, mailing address, and a phone number.
 
Hope this helps!

 

Thanks,
 
Amy Eschberger
Environmental Protection Specialist

 

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM, Joanne Cole <jocole420@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Tony,

I read your note in the Next Door thingy..I hope your comments will also go out in the minutes of the Town Meeting.
Aside, I have been making some calls regarding public comment and please read below. It seems that comment can be made via email to Michael Cunningham, with Boulder County. You might want to add that as an option for folks.
Best,

Joanne

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Eschberger – DNR, Amy <amy.eschberger@state.co.us>
Date: 12 January 2018 at 14:08
Subject: Re: Permit #M1994117
To: Joanne Cole <jocole420@gmail.com>
Cc: “Cunningham – DNR, Michael” <michaela.cunningham@state.co.us>


Hi Joanne,

 
I am the lead specialist for Boulder County, but Michael Cunningham is reviewing the amendment application recently submitted for Gold Hill Mill. I would recommend you contact him for information regarding the application. However, I can go ahead and provide a few details that may be helpful. Our Mined Land Reclamation Board found a violation for offside damage related to the Times Mine subsidence that occurred under Sunshine Canyon Drive due to the operator’s attempt to rehabilitate the mine to install a fresh water pipeline to the mill (see enclosed Board Order). The Board required the operator to submit an amendment or conversion application to include the Times Mine area and all other areas where water acquisition, conveyance, or storage for the mill will occur. This would include the area where he intends to pump fresh water from Left Hand Creek, the pipeline from the creek to the mill, and any mine workings that will be utilized for water conveyance or storage. The purpose of the amendment is to have all disturbance related to the mill included in the permit so that we can regulate those activities, and have a reclamation plan and appropriate financial warranty in place for these disturbances.
 
You may submit your comment or objection to our office via email to michaela.cunningham@state.co.us or by mail at 1313 Sherman St., Room 215, Denver, CO 80203. Please be sure to include the permit no. M-1994-117 (Gold Hill Mill) in your letter, and specify the Amendment No. 1 (Revision AM-1) which you are objecting to. In order for you to be considered a party to the matter, your comment/objection must also include your name, mailing address, and a phone number.
 
Hope this helps!

 

Thanks,
 
Amy Eschberger
Environmental Protection Specialist

1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, CO 80203

Amy.Eschberger@state.co.us  | http://www.mining.state.co.us

 

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Joanne Cole <jocole420@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Amy,

My name is Joanne Cole and I live in Gold Hill CO. I am trying to submit public comment on the above permit, pulled by the Colorado Milling Company.
My question is: can I submit public comment via this email? If not, please tell me deadlines and where to send snail mail.
 

 

 

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Music at the Gold Hill Store and Pub this week

January 9th, 2018

Wednesday evening 1/10: Beth McCumber Wilberger (violin) and Ali Grayson (guitar), with sweet vocal harmonies. Doors 6:30, Music 7:00. $10.

Saturday 1/13, 1-3pm: Mike & Bonnie Coats return for a rousing Bluegrass & Americana show, with lunch and beers. No cover.

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Breakfast & Votes THIS Week, Dinner Theatre, and More!

January 9th, 2018

Mountain MidLife Friends:
Sign up now for Mountain MidLife Breakfast THIS Saturday, January 13!  Optional hike follows. Details in calendar listings below. Sign up by replying to this email or call 303-258-0799. (Meetup recently redesigned the site and no longer shows the “+1” signup to the host, so if you signed up there, please contact us if you are registering more than one.)

 URGENT Special Opportunity! Easy money for NAS! We need less than one minute of your time and your vote to bring dollars to our host nonprofit.

Lucky’s Market in north Boulder has nominated Nederland Area Seniors to be included in their new Bags for Change Program! In Bags for Change, every time a customer brings in a reusable bag they receive a 10¢ credit. They can choose to keep the credit or donate it to one of three local nonprofit organizations. It adds up quickly to a significant donation!

Winning nonprofits are decided by community vote and we need YOUR help to secure this substantial community donation. The voting has already begun and runs ONLY THROUGH MONDAY, JANUARY 15.  At the end of the voting period the three nonprofits with the most votes will be the next Bags for Change recipients. We are currently in 3rd place and we need your votes to stay there!

Let’s make this happen! To vote, go to Lucky’s Market-North Boulder’s Facebook page, or just click here: http://woobox.com/vskh2j  We only have this week to do this, so please post this on your own Facebook pages and email your friends, family, and co-workers to ask them to vote for us, too!

 It is not too soon to sign up for Mountain MidLife Dinner & Games Night on Friday, January 26, only two weeks away!  See details in calendar listings below.

 Invite a friend to a meal (lunches every Monday and Wednesday or monthly dinners or breakfasts) and offer to pick them up and drop them home afterwards. With a “requested contribution” of $5 (over age 60), we offer a fun and affordable get-together with friends. We need and appreciate your anonymous meal contributions, but please ensure people know that we welcome anyone over age 60 even if they cannot pay.

 

All ages of adults are welcome at all events, attended mostly by folks over age 50.

Sign up for all Mountain MidLife events at 303-258-0799 or Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group or by replying to this email.

 

New Opportunity!  Create Our Events

 

Our new board is reconfiguring some of the ways our organization can operate most effectively. We invite all of the folks who have enjoyed an event or outing in the past few years—or would like to in the future—to help us sustain our vibrant activity levels. Your input about what specific outings you would like our organization to plan and a small amount of your energy to help make them happen for everyone is needed. We are reducing hours for our tiny overburdened staff and need YOU, our friends we love to get together with, to help keep our group lively. If we don’t step up to make them happen, our wonderful array of activities and outings could become a distant memory. Let’s get together regularly to plan all the fun times we can share! Please call us at 303-258-0799to volunteer with our fun programs and activities planning group.

 

Open Enrollment Insurance Help

 

For our MidLife Friends under age 65 not yet eligible for Medicare and needing to sign up for health insurance, open enrollment began November 1. Assistance in navigating the Connect for Health Colorado financially assisted Marketplace is available free at the Nederland Community Center from 9am to 3pm on Tuesday, January 9. No need for an appointment – just drop by. To obtain a list of materials to bring if applying for financial assistance (tax credits) or for more general information: whymebouldercounty.org,whyme@bouldercounty.org, or 303-441-1000.

 

Luncheon Program – AirMedCare Network

 

Helicopter flights for life threatening emergencies are not covered by many insurance companies and can cost over $40,000. Learn about a program to reduce costs from Amy Scott of the AirMedCare Network at lunch THIS Wednesday, January 10.

 

 Book Group

 

The Book Group will meet at a private home on second Thursdays; the next meeting is THIS Thursday, January 11, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for the location or other info. January’s book is The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.

 

Featured Event!  Social Saturday Breakfast & Hike

 

Come join us for breakfast and optional hike following at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, January 13. Doors open at 8:30am, with the meal served at 9:00am. Menu is at end of email. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799 or reply to this email or www.Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group. (Please note that the newly designed site is not showing us the “+1” on signups, so we need to hear from you on email or voicemail for such registrations…) An optional hike follows at 10:15am.

Please VOLUNTEER to help at these events. If you enjoy cooking and would like to assist our friendly new chef Cher Rainbolt the evening prior or early in the morning, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you can help at the door with greeting/check-in and welcoming/orienting our newest guests, we really appreciate it. We need 2-3 people to handle this each time and need to know several days in advance that we have these positions covered.

New Date! Annie at BDT Stage (Boulder’s Dinner Theater)

 

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score features some of the most well-known musical theatre hits, including Tomorrow.

 

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. After escaping, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

 

Join us for an evening of dinner and show on Thursday, February 15, 6:15pm. NOTE: We have moved this date due to a schedule conflict with the Art at the Center Opening Reception, discovered after our print newsletter’s press time.Ticket price is $45 for angle seats if we have a group of 12 or more. We need to lock in the tickets immediately, so please call as soon as you read this to let us know if you are planning to attend. We need to receive payments by NEXT Monday, January 15.

New Snowshoe and X-C Ski Interest Groups

 

The BIGfoot Snowshoe hike tradition resumes with our volunteer leader Gunda Starkey. These hikes meet on third Fridays at 10:00am at the lower east entrance of the Nederland Community Center to carpool to a nearby trailhead. Our first snowshoe hike of the season will be on Friday, January 19. Please sign up at 303-258-0799. If you have no snowshoes but would like to learn and participate, let us know.

 

Join us for classic cross-country skiing on the groomed trails at Eldora Mountain Resort. We will meet inside the Nordic center, just left of the downhill beginners’ slope, on Sunday, January 28, at Noon. Single day trail passes on weekends are $32, or $22 over age 65, and equipment rentals are $27, or $22 over age 65. Our volunteer leader (not a certified ski instructor) can help beginners; otherwise please consider scheduling a lesson in advance with a professional instructor ($80) from Eldora Nordic Center prior to our outing. Plan to arrive early if requiring rental equipment.

 

With varying skill levels in our group and snow/trail conditions being fickle, we will need to communicate prior to the event. Please call Gunda at 303-459-0412 with questions/reservations and indicate what type of cross country skiing you have done and your skill level so we can plan groups. This event presents inherent risk of injury and all participants must sign a liability waiver.

Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

 

Swing Dance to a live dance band at the Avalon Ballroom at 63rd and Arapahoe in Boulder on Saturday, January 20. Dance lesson 7pm-8pm included with the price of admission. Dancing 8-11pm. DJ dance music during intermissions. Light snacks provided. All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required. Please wear non-marking shoes. Dress to express yourself. Casual is fine. Admission: $15 per person general; $10 students; $5 children accompanied by adult; volunteers free. Cash or check.

Foot Care

 

 Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Monday, January 22. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799.

 

Open Stage with Danny Shafer

 

The new Boulder Oskar Blues on Pearl Street near 9th proudly hosts Danny Shafer’s Open Mic, which is one of the longest-running in Boulder. Recently featured in the Daily Camera, this jam session features an eclectic mix of some of Boulder’s most talented locals. Come jam with Danny Shafer and friends from 7:30-9:30pm—or enjoy listening while we snack, drink, and visit on Tuesday, January 23. No admission charge. Call our office at 303-258-0799 if attending so we can be sure someone brings the Mountain MidLife table tent sign and everyone can find each other.

 

Featured Event!  Mountain MidLife Dinner & Games

 

In all the fun of our Holiday Singalong, we missed our Games Night last month, so we have added it to the next Mountain MidLife Dinner on Friday, January 26 – 5:00pm doors open for social, 5:30pm meal served. Please reserve as far in advance as possible at Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group, by replying to this email, or by phone at 303-258-0799.  If you have special dietary needs not already registered with us, please inform us several days in advance. $10 Adults under age 60 or $5 requested contribution over age 60.

Please VOLUNTEER to help at these events. If you enjoy cooking and would like to assist our friendly new chef Cher Rainbolt in the afternoon, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you can help at the door with greeting/check-in and welcoming/orienting our newest guests, we really appreciate it. We need 3-4 people to handle this each time and need to know several days in advance that we have these positions covered.

 

Art at the Center Opening Reception

 

Art at the Center hosts a wonderful wine-and-appetizers event at the Nederland Community Center to launch its new art show of local talent on Thursday, February 1, 5:00pm–7:00pm. Live music by talented young guitarist Desmond Blake. The requested donation of $5 provides two free beverage tickets.

 

Wine/Beverage Tasters!

 

This evening is more about the social than any formal tasting. Just bring a bottle of something you’d enjoy sharing and an appetizer. Held in a private home Saturday, February 3, 6:30pm. Call, email, or sign up on Meetup for reservations and we will email the location.

Luncheon Program – TRU PACE

 

TRU PACE is a unique program of multiple levels of services available to help mountain seniors who need nursing-home-level care so they may age in place at home while benefiting from these services in Lafayette. They even come pick us up at home to take us to their center for everything from PT and medical to counseling, social, meals, and more. Learn about the variety of services offered from Leslie Mader at lunch Wednesday, February 7.

 

Open-Caption Films at Monday Matinees

 

Our friendly Backdoor Theatre crew at the Nederland Community Center has added a special matinee showing every Monday at 1:30pm of the prior weekend’s film. Please help spread the word to friends whose jobs or busy schedules prevents them from attending movies on Friday and Saturday evenings. The matinee includes “open captioning”, which shows the words at the bottom of the screen. This is most helpful to those of us who stopped attending movies because we have trouble understanding what the actors are saying. Enjoy this new, enhanced feature and show your support to the BDT so they can continue to offer this new service!

 

Other Events of Interest

 

Plan an outing or interest group and we can post it at Meetup. Email details to Serene at serenekarplus (at) gmail.com. Adults of all ages are welcome at all events.

 

 

  WEEKLY CALENDAR

 

Lunch at Nederland Community Center — RSVP 2 days ahead

   Every Monday & Wednesday, Noon

 

Mtn MidLife Breakfast/Brunch, Nederland Community Center —RSVP one week ahead if possible

   Second Sat Odd # Mos, 8:30am/9:00am

   Second Sun Even # Months, 11:00am/11:30am

    

Mtn MidLife Dinner at Nederland Community Center —RSVP one week ahead if possible

   Fourth Fridays, 5:00pm/5:30pm

 

Exercise at St. Rita’s Catholic Church; free

   Every Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am

 

Pickleball at Nederland Community Center; Ned CC fees

   Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10:00am

 

Writing Skills at Ned Community Library; free

   Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:00pm

 

Writing Life Stories at Ned Community Library; free

   Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 1:00pm

 

NedKnits at Ned Community Library; free

   Second Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Ned Comm Library

 

BIGfoot Memorial Hike Meet at Nederland Community Center; free

   Every 3rd Friday, 9:00am, Call NAS to Confirm

   

 January Menu

 

Please RSVP two days ahead for lunches, a week ahead for breakfasts and dinners to 303-258-0799.

 

M     1  HOLIDAY—No Lunch

W    3  Ham and Bean Soup, Cornbread, Greek Salad, Orange/Pineapple/Grape

M    8   Herb Baked Tilapia, Quinoa, Spring Mix Salad w Chickpeas, Berries         

W  10  Chicken Pot Pie w Carrot/Peas/Potatoes, Spinach Salad w Egg/Onion/Mushroom, Pear

Sa  13  Vegetable Frittata, Turkey Sausage, Berry Oatmeal, WW Toast, Melon

M  15  Vegetarian Chili, Cornbread, Spinach Salad w Feta, Apple

W  17  Roast Pork, Broccoli/Carrot, Baked Potato, Mixed Berries

M  22  Chef’s Salad, Vegetable Soup, WW Bread. Pear

W  24  Fish Taco, Roasted Vegetables, Pinto Beans/Rice, Lettuce/Salsa, Peach

Fr  26   Beef Pot Roast w Carrot/Celery/Potato, WW Roll, Caesar Salad, Banana

M  29   Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant, Italian Salad, Pear

W  31   Grilled Cheese Baguette, Cauliflower Dill Soup, Spring Mix Salad, Strawberries

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Serene Karplus

serenekarplus@gmail.com
303-

​258-0799

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GHTM 12-11-17

December 25th, 2017

GOLD HILL TOWN MEETING NEWSLETTER

Minutes of the December 11, 2017 Town Meeting

 The next regular Town Meeting is Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center.   However, a Special Town Meeting has been called for Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. See Agenda attached

 The December meeting was called to order by Chair Tony Vrba. Ten people attended: Tony, Debra Yeager, Member at Large Dan Maedke, Vice Chair Jojo Morrison, Bobby Vrba, Mark and Dina Elder, Secretary Gretchen Diefenderfer, Michael Albes, and Rick Sinner.

Minutes of the October 9 meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report was submitted by email as Treasurer Martha Knapp could not attend:

At the previous regular Town Meeting in OCTOBER our bank balance was $13,703.75. Our current total cash assets are $15,361.75.

Revenue since the October meeting includes donations to the cemetery fund, pint glass sales and the Gold Rush fundraiser. Expenses include advertising for the Gold Rush event.

Earmarked fund totals are as follows:
General Fund $1779.09; Cemetery $6,507.78; Community Relief $3,326.95; Forest Management 0

(zero); Safe Link (funds for SafeSite, AirLink, NeighborLink projects) $3,785.25; Community Planning $232.68.

Notes: As seen in the spreadsheet below, the Forest Management beginning negative balance reflects the Town Meeting share of the Chipping Project expenses after reimbursements. $552.75 was transferred to Forest Management from the General Fund to balance it out.

Respectfully submitted, Martha Knapp, Treasurer Gold Hill Town Meeting, Inc. 12/11/17

 COMMITTEE REPORTS – Tony reported that since some committees do not report regularly, she would just request anyone with a report to speak.

IMA- Tony reported that the IMA has been working on communication plans for all the communities to prepare in case of emergencies. Dina added that, speaking of communications, AirLink has almost finished the work from their grant and have installed most of the equipment in Jamestown to link them up to us – hopefully it will be complete by the end of the week. They also have another $1800 in the Community Communication grant to spend. Jamestown bought and distributed Walkie-Talkies, but she isn’t sure this is the best use of the money for Gold Hill. They are also looking at a back up generator as well as possible replacing an old radio in Jamestown. Deb added that she has met some people on the Peak to Peak who have 3 ham radio towers they are not using and would give them away. Dina will follow up.

Gold Hill School – Jojo reported that the Fall Fiesta was a great success. They made around $17,000. Thanks to all who participated and contributed. There is still honey available – just stop by the school.   Also t-shirts and hats can be ordered online at the school website (goldhillschool.com).

Mining – Gretchen reports that it’s gone very quiet at the Mill – no cars and the Porta-pottie is gone. Deb asked if we know about progress on the permitting process, but no one did.

ADDENDUM: A small sign on a tree down on Lefthand has been posted stating:

            This site is the location of a proposed mining operation. The Colorado Milling Company, LLC, whose address and phone number is 50 West 100 South, Moab, Utah 80342, (303) 588-1119, has applied for an Amendment to Reclamation Permit No. M-1994-117 with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board. Anyone wishing to comment on the application may view the application at the Boulder Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder Colorado 80301, and should send comments prior to the end of the public comment period to the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety, 1313 Sherman Street,Room 215, Denver, Colorado 80203.

Certification

I, Mark A. Steen, hereby certify that I posted a sign containing the above notice for the proposed permit area known as the Gold Hill Mill on December 19, 2017.

Apparently it involves pumping water up from Lefthand Creek to the Mill. Several people are looking into this as it affects our community, and it will be added to the agenda for the Special Town Meeting on January 8.

Historic Gold Hill – Deb reports that there are very few Gold Hill calendars left – contact Marie Brookhart. Next year the museum’s community outreach program will be on the Switzerland Trail in June. They will have some Forrest Crossen books from the Elks Club for sale.

Fire Department – Bobby reports that they’ve had some great trainings – burned a car and practiced putting it out. There have been a couple of medical calls.   The Forest Service has been cleaning up an abandoned campsite on FS 453.

Community Planning –no update on Rancho Fazoo

OLD BUSINESS

GHFPD Cisterns in the Town Meadow- Tony has signed a letter for the Fire Department stating that the GHTM supports this project to improve water supply for fire fighting in Gold Hill.

Support for survey on paving part of Sunshine? – Tony asked George Gerstle from the County about projected costs or plans, and there is apparently no plan at present for paving another 1.6miles of Sunshine. Gretchen said that in the past it seemed that paving costs are so huge up front and the potential impact on Gold Hill so great, that the CCs haven’t supported paving. Jojo added that we should look into the best technology taking into account safety as well as preserving the historic character of the area – maybe some third approach rather than just dirt vs. pavement. The feeling seemed to be to let sleeping dogs lie, at this point. Rick added that when our roads deteriorate, calling Ted Plank of the Road District seems to get a response pretty quickly.

GH Hazard Mitigation Plan – Tony reported that Peter Swift had filled out the original report a few years ago and Mike Chard of the Office of Emergency Management requested an update. All Peter had really requested was support for a Community Center and Safe Site in emergencies. Tony got some input from the Fire Board, as well as Dina’s communication plans and Virginia Schultz’s forestry ideas to include.

NEW BUSINESS

 Volunteer Appreciation, possible Bylaw ammendments, Strategic vision for 2018/19 – Tony reports that Council members have been talking about these issues, and decided to have a Special Town Meeting to look at ideas. It was decided to schedule it for Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. here at the Community Center. And, as the Colorado Milling Company and their Amendment to Reclamation Permit No. M-1994-117 has also come up, that will be added to the agenda as well.

Guidelines for posting on the town website – Tony asked about the guidelines. Gretchen reported that Jennie Rice put some together when she set up the town website, and she will send them to the council. This will be added to the agenda for Special Town Meeting agenda, also.

Town Noise – Rick wanted to express disappointment in the letter attached to the last minutes from Joanne Cole. It’s not accurate to say that there is only music at the Inn on Friday and Sunday – many times it’s also Saturday. Also, the advice at the end seemed mean spirited – to live and let live no matter the increasing noise and crowds, most of the impact coming from people heading outside during breaks between sets to smoke and drink, etc..   Realistically, no one is going to approach a group of 30-40 people on the front porch who have been drinking and partying and ask them to please take it off Main Street.

Deb reported that she has spoken with Brian Finn and she feels like they are aware of the impact on the community. The standard big night is Friday and seems to be becoming more and more popular. There maybe something to be done that would be good for all. Jojo stated that there needs to be mutual respect on both sides. She thinks that it seems to be getting a little much and they may be looking at solutions, too. There needs to be some brainstorming . Deb added it is about starting a conversation, everyone agrees that we want the Inn to be successful.   Is this a one on one issue? Rick is not going to say anything against the Inn, but he does think there is a problem and he is not the only one. He did want to clarify that he is the one who said at the August meeting that, yes, he knew he was buying a house near an airport, but didn’t expect jumbo jets to start landing here. Tony thinks that Rick should talk to the Finns. Gretchen added that there is an old norm that individuals should approach neighbors first to see what they can work out.

Respectfully submitted, Gretchen Diefenderfer, Secretary

 

SPECIAL GH TOWN MEETING SET FOR JANUARY 8, 2018 at 7:00p.m., Community Center

Agenda

  1. Amend Bylaws discussion – GHTM Schedule change, Length of office, Map, etc.,
  2. Strategic Vision for 2018/9 
  3. Guidelines for website postings
  4. Committee Spending Policy/Volunteer appreciation
  5. Colorado Milling application for an Amendment to Reclamation Permit No. M-1994-117 with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board to pipe water up from Lefthand to the Mill.

 

For the bylaws, go to the town website (goldhilltown.com), on the left side select Gold Hill Town Meeting and then go down to “What is the Gold Hill Town Meeting”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Special GHTM 1-8-18

December 25th, 2017

SPECIAL GH TOWN MEETING SET FOR JANUARY 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m., at the Community Center

Agenda

  1. Amend Bylaws discussion – GHTM Schedule change, Length of office, Map, etc.,
  2. Strategic Vision for 2018/9 
  3. Guidelines for website postings
  4. Committee Spending Policy/Volunteer appreciation
  5. Colorado Milling application for an Amendment to Reclamation Permit No. M-1994-117 with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board to pipe water up from Lefthand to the Mill.

 

For the bylaws, go to the town website (goldhilltown.com), on the left side select Gold Hill Town Meeting and then go down to “What is the Gold Hill Town Meeting”

 

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Cabin Fever Concerts – new season

December 16th, 2017

REED FOEHL will open the new season of Cabin Fever Concerts next Wednesday,   December 20th at the Gold Hill Store & Pub. Doors 6:30, Music 7-9, hosted by Kort & Amy of Lickskillet Studios.  Seating is limited — reservations at kortmccumber@gmail.com. This is a $10 show.

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Special GH Town Meeting Set for January 8 at 7pm

December 13th, 2017

I have reserved the community room for Jan 8th at 7pm for the special GHTMeeting to discuss:

  1. Amend Bylaws discussion – GHTM Schedule change, Length of office, etc.
  2. Strategic Vision for 2018/9 
  3. Guidelines for website postings
  4. Committee Spending Policy/Volunteer appreciation
  5. Colorado Milling application for an Amendment to Reclamation Permit No. M-1994-117 with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board to pipe water up from Lefthand to the Mill. 

Tony Vrba, Chair, GHTM

tonyvrba@gmail.com

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Gold Hill Town Meeting, Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:30 at the Community Center

December 9th, 2017
Call to Order

Approval of previous Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Reports

 

Old Business
  1. Partner with GHFPD on installation of Cisterns in meadow. 
  2. Support a survey for paving of Sunshine
  3.  GH Communication Plan
  4.  GH Hazard Mitigation Plan
 
New Business/Announcements
  1. Volunteer Appreciation 
  2. Amend By Laws discussion -GHTM Schedule change, Length of office, etc.
  3. Strategic Vision for 2018/9 
  4. Guideline for website postings
  5. Town noise
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Fourmile Canyon Flood Recovery Project Updates

December 2nd, 2017

 

 

Fourmile Canyon Flood Recovery Project Updates

Hello –

Activity in Fourmile Canyon continues at a fast pace and will only intensify over the coming months. If you’ve traveled west of Salina Junction or up through Gold Run, you’ve seen trucks, heavy machinery, and numerous workers up and down both corridors. 

This means that the already limited amount of available space, both on and off the road, is getting even scarcer. Loads of material and trucks carrying heavy equipment are being moved in and out of the canyon each day. This mean lots and lots of big trucks moving up and down between Boulder Canyon and the work sites. 

With the added roadway activity, it is of the utmost importance that everyone keeps their eyes on the road and stays acutely aware of their surroundings. When large semi trucks are brought up or down the road, crews have been using pilot cars like the one below to alert oncoming travelers that an oversized vehicle is coming in order provide warning so that people can give them room around the many tight corners.

 

 

Our crews have been informed that speeding will not be tolerated, and to avoid using engine brakes unless they are equipped with engine mufflers. We’re also asking residents and visitors to please drive the speed limit. If you witness a truck from either construction site speeding or using their engine (Jake) brake, please contact me so I can address the issue immediately. Look out for pilot trucks and please pay attention to flaggers. Both methods are used to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Have a good day.

Sincerely,

Andrew

Andrew Barth
Boulder County Transportation
303-441-1032
abarth@bouldercounty.org 

 

 
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Pile burning near Ward and Gold Hill

December 2nd, 2017

Pile burning could begin near Ward and Gold Hill on Monday

BOULDER, Colo – (Dec. 2, 2017) If conditions allow, U.S. Forest Service firefighters may begin slash pile burning near Ward and Gold Hill Monday, including the following areas:

  • Gold Lake Road: 1 mile north of Ward on County Roads 100 and 103 
  • Gold Hill: 1 mile west of Gold Hill and 3 miles east of Colo. Highway 119 on County Road 52

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs.

Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This is one way that we can help reduce the buildup of fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions.

 If you know anyone else who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area, have them email krarmstrong@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to our email updates. To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/

 

 

 

 
K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

p: 303-541-2532
c: 970-222-7607
krarmstrong@fs.fed.us
2150 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
www.fs.usda.gov/arp
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Jamestown Holiday Fair

November 26th, 2017

Jamestown Holiday Fair, locally-made crafts and bake sale.

Saturday, Dec 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall., 118 Main St., Jamestown,. CO  80455
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NAS Newsletter

November 25th, 2017

NAS Newsletter Subscribers –

 
Attached is the December newsletter and flyers for upcoming events:
 
“Shop Local” and support mountain crafters and artisans at the Holiday Mountain Market next weekend, December 2 & 3. Set aside some time to sit and watch/listen to our awesome lineup of performers all day, both days. Flyers with times and schedules attached.
 
Please plan to join us for our Holiday Celebration meals this month: 
* Lunch (Salmon) on Wednesday, December 13 (followed by brief annual meeting to vote in new board officers listed in newsletter) and 
* Dinner (Cornish Hen) on Friday, December 15 (followed by a singalong and games night). 
Please RSVP to 303-258-0799.
 

 

Serene Karplus, Director

Nederland Area Seniors

NederlandAreaSeniors@gmail.com

www.NederlandAreaSeniors.org

303-258-0799 Office Message Line

P O Box 188

Nederland CO 80466

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – December, 2017

President’s Podium By Jim Guertin

As we approach the end of 2017, I want to thank all of you for the support that you have given to

me, the NAS board, Serene and our staff during the past year. I also want to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. Please take time to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Elections for the NAS Board are coming up on Wednesday, December 13th. Please try to join us for lunch that day and participate in electing several members to the board that will guide our organization for the next year.

Remember to attend the Holiday Mountain Market on December 2nd and 3rd. If you can spare a few hours, we are still in need of some additional volunteers to help with this fun event for the mountain community. The Holiday Mountain Market helps to support our local artists and crafters. The funds raised from this event are essential to support the continuation of the Senior and Mountain Midlife programs.

Silent Auction at Holiday Mountain Market

Thanks to many generous donors, our Silent Auction offers great deals on restaurants, services, and awesome gifts. Enjoy the convenience of shopping dozens of locations in one quick stop with 100% of the proceeds supporting your local nonprofit serving mountain seniors. Our “Buy It Now” feature allows you to buy your item immediately and take it with you. For those whose fun is bidding on items, we will host evening and weekend pickup hours the week after. The action begins at 10am Saturday, December 2.

Holiday Mountain Market

Don’t miss the biggest mountain community event of the year! Save up your holiday shopping to support local talent. We’ve squeezed every inch of the Nederland Community Center’s second floor to provide space for 60 Artisans and Crafters, our Silent Auction, Live Music and Dance Performances all day both days, Festive Hot Foods in our Café, and Photos with Santa Noon to 3pm both days. Market hours are Saturday, December 2, 10am-5pm and Sunday, December 3, 10am to 4pm. We welcome volunteer help, especially during setup on Friday, early Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon. Please call us at 303-258-0799 if you can sign up to help, even for an hour or two. We also need to bring in lots of shoppers for our vendors and auction—and an audience for our volunteer performers. Please help spread the word through social media, email, and at all meetings and events. We can provide flyers and email announcements to make forwarding to friends easy. Please invite everyone you know!

Colorado Gives—and Other Easy Ways to Support NAS

We encourage shopping locally, but also recognize that many of us shop online for items we cannot
find in our local stores. Our families post their wish lists and we enjoy giving what we know they will like. This holiday season, and throughout the year, please consider us while shopping online at Amazon by
using https://smile.amazon.com and select Nederland Area Seniors as the charitable organization that will receive a donation from them valued at 1/2% of your purchase—at no cost to you. It’s that easy. Just start with a “smile” and add smiles to the faces of our local seniors!

For our donors and members who prefer to use credit cards, please mark your calendar for Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5. Donors may set up their contributions any time beginning November 1 at www.ColoradoGives.org and set them to launch on 12/5, when a bonus helps us cover the 2% fees. If you prefer to use checks, please mail to us at NAS, PO Box 188, Nederland CO 80466. Thank you for supporting

Luncheon Program

Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet: Registered Dietitian Patti Murphy shares why we may want to shift to certain foods that help us maintain our best health – Monday, December 18.

Holiday Lunch, Annual Meeting, Board Elections

Join us for our annual Holiday Lunch on Wednesday, December 13, featuring a menu of Salmon, Peas, Sweet Potato, and Apple Dessert. Immediately after the meal, we meet for our annual meeting and board election, typically a brief and efficient process. All members ($20/year) are encouraged to attend and vote.

We thank the board members who have served us during the past year: Linnea Grovom’s 2-year term has ended; Terry Goyer and Roland Siebold have other obligations requiring them to leave mid-term; Jim Guertin and Marty Cheshes have agreed to renew for another two-year term. Margaret Freeman, Annemarie Fruth, and Past President Jim Elder continue to serve. Stepping up to fill vacancies at our annual election, the fol- lowing five candidates present these answers to our questions:

1) The most important function of Nederland Area Seniors is:
Jim Guertin: To provide seniors in the Nederland area with nutritious meals, with opportunities to socialize and make friends, and with activities that include physical exercise, cultural events, and learning.
Marty Cheshes: To enhance the lifestyle of seniors in the mountain area.
Debbie Gager: To reach out to local seniors as a respectful, welcoming and active community of peers. Michele Hurliman: To provide an opportunity for older adults to come together and find a measure of life satisfaction in community.
Rebecca Lundberg: To care for the members of our community and to help grow and build our community to be a supportive, active, caring place to be.

2) ThetopprioritiesfortheBoardduringthenextyearshouldbe:
Jim Guertin: Reach out to more residents of the Mountain communities and encourage them to participate in NAS and MML events. Raise awareness of NAS/Mountain Midlife within the mountain communities. Continue to evolve NAS and Mountain Midlife to meet the changing needs of current and future seniors. Encourage more involvement of our members in the planning and coordinating of our activities.
Marty Cheshes: To find activities that appeal to our members.
Debbie Gager: Increasing volunteer participation and identifying event coordinators.
Michele Hurliman: To create and manage the lunches, dinners and other venues that enable #1 .
Rebecca Lundberg: Continue to help build and grow relationships among our group and to help overcome the idea that only Seniors attend.

3) The skills and services I feel I can contribute to the NAS Board are:
Jim Guertin: I have been president of the NAS Board for the past two years. I have a good understanding of how the organization functions and of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I have recently retired from a career that required both project management skills and the ability to communicate and interact with customers on a daily basis. These skills are important in helping to lead an organization.
Marty Cheshes: My long experience with the organization.
Debbie Gager: Contribute general office skills such as data entry; offer organizational services as a volunteer. Michele Hurliman: The Board needs interested community members to participate in managing the services provided by the NAS. I would like to do this.
Rebecca Lundberg: I am an energetic, enthusiastic, adventurous person. I enjoy a variety of activities and can definitely help encourage more “MidLifers” to join us.

4) The reasons I would like to serve on this Board are:
Jim Guertin: I want to use the skills that I developed during my career to help the community. Serving on the NAS board will enable me to contribute to a very valuable community organization and also give me an opportunity to make new friends and work with a great group of volunteers.
Marty Cheshes: I have been asked to continue serving.
Debbie Gager: I have felt very welcomed, and so I would like to actively participate by serving on the Board. Michele Hurliman: To give back to the community.
Rebecca Lundberg: This group has been a real benefit to my family and I have met some great friends here. Serving on the board is one way I could help extend this benefit to others.

Gift Ideas for Caregivers

Colleen Sinclair, Mountain Area Options Counselor, 303-258-3068

It’s hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner! Does your holiday shopping list include someone who cares for an older adult at home? If you ask the typical caregiver what he or she needs most, three items tend to top the list: money, time, and stress relief. Here are a few ideas to consider for gift giving.

Flowers, care baskets, and massages. Research at Rutgers University has shown that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory. One way to say “thanks” or “hang in there” is to send flowers. Unless a person is allergic to certain flowers that shouldn’t be chosen, flowers are a welcome gift for a caregiver who may not take time to think of his or her own needs.

Another option is a personalized care basket. You can include items based on what you know about your special caregiver. Gift certificates, a book or video, music, comfort items such as candles, soap, lotion, teas, chocolate, heart-healthy snacks or gourmet cookies are just a few of the possibilities.

Caregivers may enjoy massages for stress reduction, promoting relaxation, or pain relief. A gift certificate from a licensed massage therapist makes a wonderful gift.

Time. Time is probably the most welcome gift. Offer to run errands, stay with the person needing care for a few hours, provide transportation, do grocery shopping, or cook a meal. A few hours of your time can mean so much to a caregiver, who may be overwhelmed with chores and unable to leave the care recipient to do them.

Visit in person or by telephone regularly. Ask about how the caregiver is doing, not just about how the care receiver is doing. The caregiver needs love, attention, and prayers, also. Let the caregiver share how he or she feels. Listen without being judgmental. Don’t tell the caregiver what you think he or she should have done. Keep visiting even if the care receiver no longer recognizes you or is unable to communicate. This will mean a lot to the caregiver, and it is a way to honor the care receiver.

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging caregiver programs are available throughout the year and can provide a variety of services for family caregivers, including respite care, special events, training, and information & referral/assistance.

Best wishes to all for a joyful holiday season!

If you would like more information about respite services for caregiving, emergency preparedness, fire mitigation, or any other resources related to aging, caregiving, and disabilities, please call me at 303-258-3068 to schedule an appointment. My office hours are generally from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Monday and Wednesday at the Nederland Community Center.

Welcome Cher—Mtn MidLife Volunteer Opportunity

Our new Head Chef Cher Rainbolt offers us an opportunity for a fun afternoon working alongside her in the Nederland Community Center kitchen, assisting as she prepares our delicious Mountain MidLife dinners. Cooking for 70 people is a huge job that needs lots of help. We also love volunteers who help with preparing breakfast/brunches, serving the meal, greeting/check-in at the door, and more. Call us when you can join our fun kitchen crew—a week ahead is most helpful! 303-258-0799

December Menu

Please RSVP two days ahead for lunches, a week ahead for breakfasts and dinners to 303-258-0799.

M 4 Spaghetti w Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Romaine Salad, Banana
W 6 Roast Turkey, Asparagus, Baked Potato/WW Roll, Pineapple w Coconut
M 11 Szechwan Chicken, Stir Fry Vegetables, Brown Rice, Orange
W 13 Salmon w Dill Sauce, Green Peas, Sweet Potato, Apple
Fr 15 Cornish Hen, Brussels Sprouts, Brown/Wild Rice, Cucumber Yogurt, Pineapple/Cherry M 18 Tuna Noodle Casserole, Cole Slaw, Apple
W 21 Roast Beef, Carrots/Brussels Sprouts, Oven Browned Potato, Pear
M 25 HOLIDAY—No Lunch
W 27 Zucchini Parmesan, Pasta, Garlic Bread, Mixed Greens Salad, Apple

Nederland Area Seniors PO Box 188
Nederland CO 80466 303-258-0799

NederlandAreaSeniors@gmail.com

www.NederlandAreaSeniors.org

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Director: Serene Karplus Board of Trustees:

  1. 3  Richard Henrichs
  2. 4  Linnea Grovom
  3. 5  David Evans

5 Sheila Evans

  1. 5  Deborah Simmons
  2. 6  Christopher Blake

6 Doug Cosper 6 Roger Smith

6 Atashnaa Werner 8 Michael Ryan

9 Timi Dillon
10 Cheryl Fanelli
10 Michael O’Neill 12 Gaylynn Long
12 Joe Stepanek
13 Jeanne Arsenault 13 Stephanie Roff 14 Anna Motz
15 Betty Stransky 15 Jerald Ward
19 Bonnie Sundance 21 Jerry Donahue 21 Gary Owen
21 Sally Rings

22 George Blevins 22 Claudia O’Neill 26 Charlie Dillon
26 Marianne Hill
27 Aurelian Bukatko 28 Ann Gillis

28 Carol Kozlowski 29 Bob Ellis
29 Sharon Ferguson 29 John Gonzalez 30 Sue Evans

30 Bobby Wooten
31 Marilyn Fagerstrom 31 Jim Hubbard

Jim Guertin
Jim Elder
Martin Cheshes Roland Siebold Margaret Freeman Annemarie Fruth Terry Goyer Linnea Grovom

President Past President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Member Member Member

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Lunch at Ned Community Center—see p.3 RSVP Every Monday & Wednesday, Noon

Mtn MidLife Breakfast/Brunch, Ned CC—RSVP Second Sat Bkfst Odd # Mos, 8:30am/9:00am Second Sun Even # Months, 11:00am/11:30am

Mtn MidLife Dinner at Ned Comm Ctr—RSVP Third Friday (4th in Qtrs 1,2,3),5:00pm/5:30pm

Exercise at St. Rita’s Catholic Church; free Every Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am

Pickleball at Nederland Community Center; fee Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10:00am

Writing Skills at Ned Community Library; free Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:00pm

Writing Life Stories at Ned Comm Library; free Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 1:00pm

 

EVENTS CALENDAR

Sat/Sun, 12/2,3 – Holiday Mtn Market/Silent Auction Tue, 12/5 – Colorado Gives Day
Thu, 12/7 – Medicare Basics Class in Boulder
Fri, 12/8 – BIGfoot Memorial Hike, 10am

Mon, 12/11 – Lunch Program – Conversation Café Wed, 12/13 – Holiday Lunch & NAS Board Election Thu, 12/14 – Mountain MidLife Book Group
Fri, 12/15 – Mtn MidLife Dinner, Singalong, Games Sat, 12/16 – Swing Dance at The Avalon, Boulder Mon, 12/18 – Lunch Program – Mediterranean Diet Wed, 12/20 – NAS Board Mtg, NAS Ofc, 1:15pm Wed, 12/25 – Holiday—No Lunch

Wed, 12/27 – Foot Care – call NAS office for appt Fri, 12/28 – Senior Hike BCPOS, Rabbit Mtn, 10am Wed, 1/1 – Holiday—No Lunch

Additional Info re Events: 303-258-0799

Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. PO Box 188
Nederland CO 80466

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December, 2017

 
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Newsletter corrections

November 18th, 2017

Newsletter clarifications, corrections and additions – I will amend the minutes as posted on the website, goldhilltown.com

Under Rancho Fazoo, during the discussion on Bear’s motion to form the Friends of Rancho Fazoo committee and before the part that says John seconded the motion, it should say:

            “We still need to know what our liability will be. Rancho Fazoo is County Open Space land and part of the adoption agreement that Jojo will be moving forward on involves signing a liability waiver for any of the proposed work we do. The TM does have liability insurance and we need to know if we will be liable, and if so whether our present liability coverage is sufficient.

Under Paving Sunshine, it should say:

            Tony reports that she had a Sunshine person and a Gold Hill person bring this to her attention – then she went about gathering info from the county.  From what she has heard from several GH folks there are a wide variety of ideas on what should happen.  Jojo said that we need to “consider the best technology” – if dirt works best, leave it dirt, or if not we should look at that. Tony, from her research, is not sure there is any data that clearly supports either side. Labor costs are continuously increasing and will make an impact on any future plans/decisions for the road.   Here is the information she gathered:

            PAVING NOTES Regarding the paving of 1.6 miles along Sunshine Canyon

Our most recent counts from 2015 for Sunshine Canyon are: 

Just east of Poorman: 1100 annual average daily traffic

End of Pavement: 620 annual average daily traffic

The past 5 years, between $40,000 and $60,000 spent annually on gravel-road maintenance activities (grading, dust control, spot resurfacing) on this section of Sunshine, with an additional $180,000 spent on gravel resurfacing in 2012 (gravel resurfacing occurs as required, generally every 8 to 12 years) – new technique this year – do not have these costs

Cost of maintaining the gravel road is often similar to or less than the cost of paving when calculated over the life of the pavement

Funding for such paving is not currently available

Targeted groups: Local commuters, those who drive trucks, deliveries, school buses, emergency vehicles, road maintenance vehicles.

1.6 miles only through the switchbacks or Shelf Road Only – or everything through GH?

 In support:

Continual maintenance (and costs) required for dust, mud and washboards

Dust affects air, trees, humans and animals

Traffic from mountain communities

In emergency situations, SCD is the main thoroughfare between Boulder and mountain communities. (ie. 2013 Flood)

The unpaved portion of Sunshine Canyon Drive is not a housing development; it is part of a highly-traveled county road.

In opposition:

Concern over slippery, icy conditions on switchbacks

Concern that the paving will extend into Gold Hill

Increased traffic

Other:

Shared values – mountain community interests & issues

Support for preservation of Gold Hill as a historic landmark

Is there support for a survey?

 

 

 

 

 

           

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Regulating Recreational Shooting in National Forests

November 18th, 2017

From Joanne Cole

Please urge people to weigh in at sportshootingpartners.org.by the end of November – Ruby Gulch and West Magnolia are being considered sites for “dispersed shooting”

Regulating Recreational Shooting in National Forests

Posted: November 13, 2017 at 10:07 am by , in Breaking News, Featured, Morning Magazine

Boulder County, Gilpin County, Clear Creek County and Larimer County are all grappling with how to regulate recreational shooting in National Forests in their jurisdictions.

The counties joined together 3 years ago, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the US Forest Service in a collaborative effort, Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership, with a view to managing recreational shooting while addressing conflicts near residential areas and with other recreation users across the northern Colorado Front Range. The current forest plan which was developed in the 1990s does not have guidelines for shooting. Garry Sanfacon with Boulder County says that with an increase in people living near National Forests and more people recreating in the area, there is a need to figure out a strategy to manage this issue. “The bottom line is there are more of us living and recreating in the mountains now and in the forests so the conflicts are just increasing.”

Currently it is legal for people to go into the National Forests and recreationally shoot as long as they are doing it responsibly and respectfully at a safe distance from structures, however Sanfacon says that there are many complaints being made in Boulder County as a result of recreational shooting.

“The Boulder County sheriff’s office between an 18 month period in 2015 and 2016 fielded over 900 calls related to recreational sports shooting issues from various parties.”

Complaints range from safety concerns to noise complaints. In 2015 a 60 year old Colorado man who was camping in Pike National Forest was killed by a stray bullet from a recreational shooter. A recreational shooter in Larimer County was recently injured by a stray bullet from another recreational shooter.

Sanfacon says that no injuries have been reported in Boulder County but they’ve heard reports about stray bullets being found in people’s driveways, leading to concerns about safety. There are also concerns being raised about the possibility of recreational shooting starting forest fires.

One of the ideas being considered is to close off part of Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests to shooting and create a designated shooting range. Legal hunting would not be impacted by any changes made to the forest management plan.

“We’re not trying to eliminate all shooting, that’s not the goal of the partnership, we know that the vast majority of shooters are responsible, safe and respectful, so it’s not about eliminating all opportunities, but it’s really trying to do a better job of managing this activity and providing opportunities for them to shoot in a safe manner.”

There will be an open house to get public input on the Forest Service Recreational Sport Shooting Project on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St in Boulder.

Public comments can also be submitted on line at sportshootingpartners.org. The Forest Service says it would be most useful to have public comments submitted by the end of November.

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GHTM Newsletter

November 14th, 2017

GOLD HILL TOWN MEETING NEWSLETTER

Minutes of the October 9, 2017 Town Meeting

 Next Town Meeting is Monday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center

 The meeting was preceded by a social gathering at 7:00 with Erik Wardle, Research Associate, CSU Water Quality Program. (erik.wardle@colostate.edu)

The meeting was called to order by Chair Tony Vrba. Twelve people attended: Bear Carlson, John Sand, Mark and Dina Elder, Chrissy and Member at Large Dan Maedke, Bobby and Chair Tony Vrba, Treasurer Martha Knapp, Secretary Gretchen Diefenderfer, Vice Chair Jojo Morrison, and Erik Wardle of CSU.

Erik was moved to the beginning of the agenda and gave us a great deal of information on water wells and septic systems. He advises people to test their water yearly, and to get a full suite if it’s been awhile, including heavy metals. If you test frequently, you can test for only those contaminants that have shown up unless something has changed. Boulder County Health Department no longer tests well water, but they do have a list of testing labs. He is an agronomist with CSU and works a lot with farmers on how to keep fertilizers out of water supplies. He can also direct people to information and resources – he can be contacted at 970-491-0447, erik.wardle@colostate.edu. He gave us lots of handouts, which I will put at the Gold Hill Store. You can find most of them at www.csuwater.info.

Minutes of the August Town Meeting were approved as published.

Treasurer’s Report – Martha reports GHTM Treasurer’s Report October 9, 2017      

                                 At the previous regular Town Meeting in AUGUST our bank balance was $12,062.64.

Our current total cash assets are $13,703.75.Revenue since the August meeting includes donations to the cemetery fund and chipping grant co-pays. Expenses include web hosting and ads for the Gold Rush fundraiser.

Earmarked fund totals are as follows:                                    

General Fund1 $603.84; Cemetery $6,307.78; Community Relief $3,326.95; Forest Management2 ($552.75); Safe Link (funds for SafeSite, AirLink, NeighborLink projects) $3,785.25; Community Planning $232.68.

      1. General Fund balance does not include funds raised during the Gold Rush event as they have not been received or deposited.

      2.Forest Management negative balance reflects the Town Meeting share of the Chipping Project expenses after reimbursements.

 Gretchen asked Dina about the funds in the SafeLink account for AirLink and she thinks they will need some in the future, but that grants have mostly supported their needs.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Gold Hill School – Chrissy reports that everything is going great. It’s great to have three employees. Environmental studies are a big focus. They have 3 gallons of honey and it is available at the School – drop by. Some of the hives in Boulder didn’t do well and they will be refurbishing them. Archery and greenhouse projects are going well. They have visited several agricultural sites in the County. Jojo added that they have received an Audubon Pollinator award and there will be an article published in the CU Newspaper soon. Amy Hardy led the team to put up the Teepee in Kirby Field and it survived the wind! Last week they got a 7 ft. buffalo rug with donation.    

            The Fourmile Fire Department is coming for a presentation for October Fire Prevention Month.

            The Fall Fiesta will be Wednesday evening, November 15th at the Gold Hill Inn.

Jojo has been doing online fundraising – preselling tickets, etc. They will have new school t-shirts for sale, too, and on the school website – goldhillschool.com

            Chrissy then brought up that she thinks there is a PR issue with the Town Meeting – that so few attend – and wonders what can be done. This generated a discussion and many different opinions.   Dina replied that she has heard that some people didn’t come because the meetings can go late, although we have been ending pretty reliably around 9, and sometimes people argue. Tony reported that she has been scheduling different speakers to address issues that will be interesting to people. John said that, in his experience, people show up when there is an issue that affects them, and otherwise just rely on the newsletter. Jojo added that the bigger issue is how is the community is working. Martha said that she disagrees that there is a TM problem, and that the meeting is a vehicle for town communication. People come if they are interested, or they can read the newsletter later. Jojo interjected that she thinks Chrissy is concerned about community engagement. Gretchen added that people have their own issues and show up for them. Tony thinks we should continue to address issues like our goals for the future regarding housing, open space, etc. and what is our vision, what do we want to improve.

            Back to the school, John asked Chrissy what are the financial goals for the Fall Festival.  She said the goal in the past has been $9-15,000, and they’re shooting for 20,000 this year. This is what they run the school on. The School District pays the salaries, utilities and maintenance, about half of the computers, and some discretionary funds. We pay for library books, the other half of the computers and all the extra projects. They have been successful at getting grants – Impact on Education comes through every year, and the grants help with the garden, butterfly pavilion, hunting club, Native American studies, and fly-fishing. They are trying to build some padding for the future years. 2018 will be the 145th anniversary.

Community Planning – Dan reports that for the Gold Rush (fall bake/rummage/crafts sale), they did some things differently this year and he has more ideas for next year. They cut costs in some areas, but paid the band this year (which raised some eyebrows). They cleared $1,698 this year (and he then handed the money to Martha), so it was a very good year. The food sold out, so we probably want to increase that. Again, a big THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED.

Community Spaces – no report

Historic Zoning – Bear reports that Joyce Robinson plans a small house at 360 Boulder Street (between Petrillo’s and Laughlin’s). HZ has approved it and she will proceed with the County. John Sand added that there is another historical group – Historical Preservation Advisory Board – and he has attended some interesting meetings.

Forest Management – Tony reports that the chipping grant is all finished and several people benefited.

Fire Department – Bobby reports that the recent powerful winds resulted in wires sparking some fires. In the last weeks, the campers have used 10 containers of water that the Fire Department leaves out by the camping areas out west. He added that about half the FD has been subpoenaed to appear at the trial for the fatal accident in July 2016 out west. (Addendum – the case was settled out of court so no trial was held). There will be a medical training on the 14th, volunteers are needed. We’re staging an accident out west of town.

Weed Management – no report. Tony asked if anyone is willing to head up this committee, but no one volunteered. Gretchen said that Susan Fernalld still sends along information periodically and she will send out emails.

Historic Gold Hill – John reports that they had their last board meeting of the year. It was a successful year – lots of visitors and income exceeded expenses. There will be new exhibits next year. They have scheduled another town social event – this one on the Switzerland Trail – and Michael O’Neil and others will make presentations. Norm Skarstad was welcomed as a new member of the board.

Mining – Gretchen reports that she emailed the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety to inquire about the status of the permits for the Mill and the Cash and Who Do mines and heard back from Amy Eschberger, Environmental Protection Specialist. “The Gold Hill Mill operates under permit no. M-1994-117, and is currently in temporary cessation (meaning the mill is not active at this time). However, the operator is currently working to get the mill online, and is working with the BLM to revise their plan of operations. The Gold Hill Mill permit area is 8.4 acres, and includes a mill, a tailings impoundment, and an ore stockpile.

We actually just had an enforcement hearing for this permit yesterday based on my inspection of the site on August 1st. The Mined Land Reclamation Board found the operator to be in violation for offsite damage, related to the collapsed mine adit adjacent to Sunshine Canyon Drive, just west of the mill site. This was considered offsite damage as the subsidence occurred while the operator was attempting to rehabilitate this historic mine in order to install a water pipeline to the mill. The operator will be required to work closely with the county over the next few months to properly repair and stabilize the subsidence area. The operator will also be required to submit an application to us within 60 days of the Board Order to incorporate all aspects of the water conveyance plan (including the historic mine near Sunshine Canyon Drive) into the mine permit. The Board Order for yesterday’s hearing may not be available for another few weeks or so.

The Cash and Who Do Mines operate under permit no. M-1983-141. This site is located south and downhill from the Gold Hill Mill, and includes three areas totaling 9.83 acres. These are underground gold/silver mines, and only the surface disturbance is included in the permit area. These mines feed the Gold Hill Mill. This site is also in temporary cessation at this time, meaning no extracting, processing, or hauling off from stockpiles is occurring. The operator may however have personnel on site and conduct maintenance and/or monitoring activities.

All permit files can be accessed from our website at: http://mining.state.co.us via our imaged document system called Laserfiche. I’m attaching a pdf document that provides instructions on how to access and use Laserfiche. Helpful hint: whenever you enter the permit number into the search field, type it without dashes like this “M1994117”. I must warn you these are old permits and therefore, their permit files are fairly extensive. You might find it easier to sort the files by Doc Date with most recent files listed at the top. If you do this, you should find my recent inspection report for Gold Hill Mill, and related enforcement action documents.

Thanks,

Amy Eschberger

Environmental Protection Specialist

 P 303.866.3567 x8129 | F 303.832.8106 | C 303.945.9014

1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, CO 80203

Amy.Eschberger@state.co.us  | http://www.mining.state.co.us

 

SafeLink and AirLink – no report, but Tony encouraged everyone to revisit their NeighborLink Pods and make sure everyone is linked up. It’s important to connect with our neighbors and have emergency plans.

IMA (InterMountain Alliance) and NAS/MML (Nederland Area Seniors/Mountain Midlife group) – no report on the IMA. Gretchen sends out emails on the NAS/MML news and gatherings. Jojo has met with Rebrecca Lawrence about community needs. Rebecca has been appointed by the County Commissioners to conduct outreach and find out how to support our mountain communities around the issues of housing, health, education, and other community issues

OLD BUSINESS

Book exchange mailbox – no report

 Rancho Fazoo Update – Jojo asks, “What are we going to do?” Open Space is giving us the go ahead to clean up and create a usable space. They seem to be open to almost anything. Bear asked for how the Adopt a Trail would work. Jojo said that they are open to our ideas and it seems like we can create our own project. She thinks the best approach is a small committee, Friends of Rancho Fazoo, partnering with the GHTM, thinks they can work with the County and make reports to the TM. She thinks it’s best to separate the Cemetery from the RF project.

            Martha reports that she has talked to Bob Walter about the Cemetery and he wants to give the County the $1,000 as the simplest way to get the deed to the piece of the Cemetery on Open Space land, since we have the money in the Cemetery Committee Fund, without having to try to figure out how many hours we’ve put in on it.

            Someone asked about the defined area for Rancho Fazoo and it is the old home site.   Bear made a motion that the Town Meeting form a standing committee, Friends of Rancho Fazoo with Jojo as the designated Chair, to work with the county, move forward to adopt Rancho Fazoo, and report to the GHTM.   John seconded the motion. This generated much discussion about the autonomy of the committee as Jojo was concerned that every decision would need to come to the Town Meeting.   It was pointed out that TM committees have a lot of autonomy, like the Cemetery Committee and Airlink, and since the Rancho Fazoo committee has been formed for the benefit of the community, it should all work out.

We still need to know what our liability will be. Rancho Fazoo is County Open Space land and part of the adoption agreement that Jojo will be moving forward on involves signing a liability waiver for any of the proposed work we do. The TM does have liability insurance and we need to know if we will be liable, and if so whether our present liability coverage is sufficient.

The motion was unanimously approved.

It was also the sense of the meeting to back Bob Walter’s suggestion and support Jojo relaying the information to Open Space that we will write a check to them for $1,000 for the piece of the Cemetery on their land in exchange for the title.

Road Conditions –Regarding the collapse up Horsfal, Mike Thomas from the County as well as the Mined Land Reclamation Board (cited above) have indicated it is all being remedied.

Town Noise – Joanne Cole emailed her opinions that there is really not a problem with noise from music at the Inn and asked that they be included in the newsletter:

            My name is Joanne Cole and I have lived in Gold Hill since 1998. I live on Hill St above the Inn and the music and voices rise directly to my front door and inside my windows. I also travel back from town on Friday nights and traverse the many cars lining Main St.

I welcome the activity of the Gold Hill Inn as it nurtures our community and is the center of what makes living in Gold Hill great. I too echo the sentiments voiced at last months meeting of how important the Inn and the Finn family have been to Gold Hill for over HALF a century. I hold the Finn family very dear to my heart and respect them immensely.

I would like to point out that when I first moved to Gold Hill, the Inn hosted live music on BOTH Friday and Saturday nights. Now, it is only one night a week.

I FIRMLY believe that the music and activity has NOT become greater over the years, but exactly the OPPOSITE- contained and managed properly and with concern for the residents of Gold Hill.

If there is a problem with noise and activity AFTER the Inn has closed, I suggest those agitated by the noise speak to whoever is making the noise and ask them to keep it quiet or to move it away from Main St. I would also ask those “un-named” folks who have issue with noise to take these simple remedies:

Remember you were once young

Close your windows and go to bed early

Have a drink, smoke a joint or take a sleeping pill if you have trouble sleeping

Live and let live!!

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Cole

October 2017

NEW BUSINESS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Paving Sunshine –Tony reports that she had a Sunshine person and a Gold Hill person bring this to her attention – then she went about gathering info from the county.  From what she has heard from several GH folks there are a wide variety of ideas on what should happen.  Jojo said that we need to “consider the best technology” – if dirt works best, leave it dirt, or if not we should look at that. Tony, from her research, is not sure there is any data that clearly supports either side. Labor costs are continuously increasing and will make an impact on any future plans/decisions for the road.   Here is the information she gathered:

            PAVING NOTES regarding the paving of 1.6 miles along Sunshine Canyon

Our most recent counts from 2015 for Sunshine Canyon are: 

            Just east of Poorman: 1100 annual average daily traffic

            End of Pavement: 620 annual average daily traffic

The past 5 years, between $40,000 and $60,000 spent annually on gravel-road maintenance activities (grading, dust control, spot resurfacing) on this section of Sunshine, with an additional $180,000 spent on gravel resurfacing in 2012 (gravel resurfacing occurs as required, generally every 8 to 12 years) – new technique this year – do not have these costs

Cost of maintaining the gravel road is often similar to or less than the cost of paving when calculated over the life of the pavement

Funding for such paving is not currently available

Targeted groups: Local commuters, those who drive trucks, deliveries, school buses, emergency vehicles, road maintenance vehicles.

1.6 miles only through the switchbacks or Shelf Road Only – or everything through GH?

 In support:

Continual maintenance (and costs) required for dust, mud and washboards

Dust affects air, trees, humans and animals

Traffic from mountain communities

In emergency situations, SCD is the main thoroughfare between Boulder and mountain communities. (ie. 2013 Flood)

The unpaved portion of Sunshine Canyon Drive is not a housing development; it is part of a highly-traveled county road.

In opposition:

Concern over slippery, icy conditions on switchbacks

Concern that the paving will extend into Gold Hill

Increased traffic

Other:

Shared values – mountain community interests & issues

Support for preservation of Gold Hill as a historic landmark

Is there support for a survey? 

No action was taken.

Respectfully submitted, Gretchen Diefenderfer, Secretary

 

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Forest Service Recreational Sport Shooting Project

November 11th, 2017
Open House – Forest Service Recreational Sport Shooting Project
Monday, November 13, 2017
6:30 pm
 
1325 Pearl St
Boulder, CO
Price: Free

This is your chance to voice your opinion about where recreational shooting in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will be allowed. Lawful hunting will not be impacted by the final regulations. The Northern Front Range Recreational Shooting Management Partnership – a collaboration between county governments, the U.S. Forest Service, and CO Parks & Wildlife – will take comments on four alternative maps developed since the last public hearings in 2015. The four maps and descriptions can be viewed at www.SportshootingPartners.org.

If you are unable to attend, you can submit your comments online at www.SportShootingPartners.org/commentform.

 
Contact Info

Garry Sanfacon

info@sportshootingpartners.org

(720) 564-2642

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Gold Hill School’s Fall Fiesta

November 10th, 2017
Gold Hill School Fundraiser – Fall Fiesta
Wednesday, November 15th,  5-9pm
At The Gold Hill Inn
 
Taco Buffet Dinner- Suggested donation Adult- $15, Kids- $10
 
Huge Silent Auction
 
Raffle- Tix $10, Do Not have to be present to win. 
 
For more details call the school 720.561.5940. 
Please check out our new website! 
 

Jojo Morrison                                               

Mountain Schools Principal’s Assistant 
Gold Hill Elementary
School Ph: 720.561.5940
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Last call for breakfast

November 1st, 2017

Mountain MidLife Friends:

Last call for breakfast this week – sign up today! Our Mountain MidLife Breakfast is a week earlier than usual on Saturday, November 4, and is the last one this year (we have no brunch in December). Please sign up no later than this Thursday, 5pm, by replying here, at Meetup, or at 303-258-0799.

Please volunteer NOW and eat for free at our fun and easy opportunity to raise funds, thanks to the kind owners at Very Nice Brewery in Nederland. Please see the event listing below for the Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 5, for details about volunteering to be a tasting judge or server at the event!

Our next Mountain MidLife Dinner is also a week earlier than usual to avoid the holidays. Join us as we learn about Cybersecurity from our Boulder Deputy District Attorney Tim Johnson and enjoy a great meal together on Friday, November 17. We shop on Thursday, so your reservations by Wednesday evening help ensure we have enough food for everyone! Please mark your calendars and don’t wait for us to remind you…

REMINDER: We receive a small amount of donations quarterly from the charitable arm at Amazon, thanks to those who shop there via the site smile.Amazon.com. It costs you nothing to use this link to get to your shopping site and when you name our host nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors as your charity of choice, we receive a tiny percentage of your total purchase amount, just as a gift from the big giant to our little nonprofit at no cost to you! When you can’t buy local, this is a great way to support the little local nonprofit that supports your community!

See listings of our many great upcoming events below – more are added each week… If you are not receiving our monthly NAS Newsletter and would like to receive it so you can see birthday listings and articles from our Mountain Options Counselor of our local Area Agency on Aging, please reply to this email and let us know whether we should email a PDF or send via US Mail.

Invite a friend to a meal (lunches every Monday and Wednesday or monthly dinners or breakfasts) and offer to pick them up and drop them home afterwards. With a “requested contribution” of $5 (over age 60), we offer a fun and affordable get-together with friends. We need and appreciate your anonymous meal contributions, but please ensure people know that we do not turn away anyone over age 60 who cannot pay.

All ages of adults are welcome at all events, attended mostly by folks over age 50.

Sign up for all Mountain MidLife events at 303-258-0799 or Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group or by replying to this email.

Luncheon Program – Intuition & Self Defense

Intuitive Safety & Self Defense: Mountain MidLife friend Rodger Ruge, former law officer, addresses using our intuition to remain safe and shares some simple self-defense techniques for any situation — Wednesday, Nov 1. Serving vegetable pizza made with Crosscut Pizza’s dough, salad, and fresh pineapple coconut milk sorbet. Call NOW to join us – 303-258-0799. If choosing not lunching with us, please feel free to join us at 12:30 for the presentation only…

CU Volleyball Game

We will get together for the CU Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Washington State at CU’s Coors Events Center in Boulder on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00pm. The cost is $9.50 (after the $1.50 CU fee). These are reserved seats with chair backs, closer to the action, and are located near mid-court. (General Admission seats are also available for $5 plus fee.) Al Meyer tells us they sell dollar hot dogs at the event, too. Trip Co-Leaders for this outing are Jim Elder and Al Meyer – thank you!

Carpools depart Nederland Community Center at 6:00pm – and we will meet you there only if we know in advance you will be there looking for us. All will park in the Regent Auto Park, free, north of the event center. Sign up at Meetup, email a reply here, or call 303-258-0799 and pay for tickets by Monday, October 30, Noon, either in person at the NAS office in the Nederland Community Center (slide under door is fine) or by mail a few days earlier. Make checks payable to NAS, P O Box 188, Nederland CO 80466.

Featured Event! Social Saturday Breakfast & Hike

Come join us for breakfast and optional hike following it at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, November 4. Doors open at 8:30am, with the meal served at 9:00am. Our buffet includes: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Mixed Vegetables, Breakfast Potatoes, Fruit. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799 or at www.Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group. An optional hike follows at 10:15am.

“Spare Parts” Film Fundraiser

The Nederland Middle/Senior High School robotics team is showing “Spare Parts” (PG-13 for Drama), a 2013 film starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis. George Lopez leads a winning cast in this inspiring movie based on an amazing true story. When four wildly different Hispanic high schoolers team up to enter a robotics competition against the nation’s top universities, no one believes they have a chance—no one but Fredi (Lopez), their new substitute teacher. As Fredi challenges his students to be the best they can be, they show him the power of never giving up, in this unforgettable tale that shines with heart, humor, and hope.

Saturday November 4, 11:30am, at the Back Door Theater – $5 donation, at the door, to benefit our school robotics team’s build, competition and scholarship fund.

“SEED: The Untold Story” Film & Panel Discussion

This documentary film and discussion on Saturday, November 4, 3:00pm, are offered FREE at the Nederland Community Center. The film will be shown at the Backdoor Theatre and the discussion will follow upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room (where we dine) – hosted by Nederland Community Library.

The film has won 13 top film awards. The Village Voice calls it a “Rare documentary…a wonder.” The L.A. Times says it’s a “Gorgeously made film.” NYC Movie Guru advises it’s the “most essential, illuminating and enraging film since Food, Inc.” Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Treasured since the dawn of humans, in the last century 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. “SEED: The Untold Story” follows farmers, scientists, lawyers, gardeners, and indigenous seed keepers as they defend the future of our food, our most treasured resource, and revive a culture connected to seeds.

The executive director of Seeds Trust, a local high altitude seed company, other Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance-affiliated folks and seed savers who live locally will be on hand for the conversation afterwards. Please come, share, and be a part of the new mountain seed movement!

Featured Event! Chili Cook-Off Benefit for NAS

We are the chosen ones! The Very Nice Brewing Company has selected our nonprofit sponsor Nederland Area Seniors as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off competition on Sunday, November 5.

We need your help to provide the volunteers who judge the chilis (3:00pm-3:15pm) and to serve all competing chilis to the donating public attendees (3:15pm – 5:00pm), who pay $5 per person for three sample cups. We need to plan now who will be judging and who will be serving, so if you’d like to help with this fun event, please sign up now to volunteer by calling 303-258-0799 or emailing us with a reply here or at NederlandAreaSeniors@gmail.com. Please indicate whether you would like to be one of the few judges (MUST like spicy foods!). If selected as a judge, we ask that you also stay to help serve the chili.

Open-Caption Films at Monday Matinees

Our friendly Backdoor Theatre crew at the Nederland Community Center has added a special matinee showing every Monday at 1:30pm of the prior weekend’s film. It includes “open captioning”, which shows the words at the bottom of the screen. This is most helpful to those of us who stopped attending movies because we have trouble understanding what the actors are saying. Enjoy this new, enhanced feature and show your support to the BDT so they can continue to offer this new service!

The next matinee is Monday, November 6, (showing “Goodbye Christopher Robin”) and continuing with the weekend’s films each Monday (but we won’t list it here each time). Sign up for the BDT email list for weekly updates. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Genre: Biography, Family, History, Drama; Director: Simon Curtis; Written By: Simon Vaughan, Frank Cottrell Boyce; Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston (age 8), Alex Lawther (age 18), Vicki Pepperdine, Geraldine Somerville; Rated: PG; Runtime: 1 h 47 min

Open Enrollment Insurance Help

For our MidLifer Friends under age 65 not yet eligible for Medicare and needing to sign up for health insurance, open enrollment begins November 1. Assistance in navigating the Connect for Health Colorado financially assisted Marketplace is available free at the Nederland Community Center from 9am to 3pm on the following dates: November 7, November 28, December 12, and January 9. No need for an appointment – just drop by. To obtain a list of materials to bring if applying for financial assistance (tax credits) or for more general information: whymebouldercounty.org, whyme@bouldercounty.org, or 303-441-1000.

Book Group

The Book Group will meet at a private home on Thursday, November 9, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for more info. The book for November is Love Wins by Debbie Cinziper and Jim Obergefell.

9 Health Fair & Human Services Fair

The Nederland Community Center hosts the annual 9 Health Fair and the annual Human Services Fair at the same time on Saturday, November 11, from 9am until Noon. Blood labs are very affordable there and multiple free screenings help us stay healthy. [If you know someone who needs basic blood labs and can’t afford them, please contact event coordinator Mary Coan at 303-258-0799 regarding a handful of vouchers available.]

Volunteer Opportunities! We would love to have someone volunteer to man our table at the Human Services Fair who knows even a little about our many programs (lunches, breakfasts, dinners, fitness, writing, etc…) that can answer any questions, sign interested folks up for our newsletter or emails, and refer those in need to our AAA Options Counselor Colleen Sinclair – a very easy, sociable event.

OR Sign up to help at a station of the 9 Health Fair. Please call us to volunteer for either position – 303-258-0799.

Community Thanksgiving Potluck

The entire Peak to Peak region converges on Sunday, November 12, to enjoy a feast together at the Nederland Community Center, Noon–3pm. Bring your own reusable plate/mug/cutlery (no plastic disposables) and a side dish to share – or volunteer to set up or serve or cook one of the turkeys in advance by calling Jennifer Pund 720-443-8606 or email her at barefoot303@gmail.com. To help decorate our NAS table, call 303-258-0799. To help decorate our NAS table, call 303-258-0799.

Luncheon Program – Conversation Café

Conversation Café: This monthly circle meets 12:45pm-2:00pm to share wisdom and experience on a

variety of topics—a great opportunity to get to know each other in new ways – Monday, November 13, see menu listed at bottom of email. Call by Friday, 10/6, (303-258-0799) to join us for lunch at Noon – be there by 12:45 for only the Conversation Café (no reservation required).

Thanksgiving Harvest Feast – Gift to Youth

Our local students are learning how to interview older adults for historical perspectives. Help them bridge the generation gap by meeting with sixth-graders for a half hour on Friday, November 17, 10:10am, at Nederland Middle/Senior Highs School to participate in Story Corps (https://storycorps.org/participate/the-great-thanksgiving-listen), then join all the middle school students for the Harvest Feast (a potluck provided by their parents) at 10:30am for appetizers, 10:45am meal. High School Seniors remember the Harvest Feast as a highlight of their student experiences. Let’s all show up so they know how much we care! Email heather.politi@bvsd.org or call the school at 720-561-4900 to make a reservation for this free event.

Featured Event! Mountain MidLife Dinner & Cybersecurity

Please note that for the final three months of the year, the Mountain MidLife Dinner occurs on the third Friday instead of the fourth, due to holidays.

Learn ways to prevent being victim to a cyberscam. Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Tim Johnson, prosecutor of cybercrimes and stalking, teaches us cybersecurity tips after our Mountain MidLife Dinner on

Friday, November 17, 5:00pm doors open for social, 5:30pm meal served. Menu listed at bottom of email.

Please reserve as far in advance as possible at Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group, by replying to this email, or by phone at 303-258-0799. If you have special dietary needs not already registered with us, please inform us several days in advance. $10 Adults under age 60 or $5 requested contribution over age 60. We shop on Thursday, so your reservations by the Wednesday afternoon prior help ensure we have enough food for everyone!

Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

Swing Dance to a live dance band at the Avalon Ballroom at 63rd and Arapahoe in Boulder on Saturday, November 18. Dance lesson 7pm-8pm included with the price of admission. Dancing 8-11pm. DJ dance music during intermissions. Light snacks provided. All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required. Please wear non-marking shoes. Dress to express yourself. Casual is fine. Admission: $15 per person general; $10 students; $5 children accompanied by adult; volunteers free. Cash or check.

 

Nutcracker Ballet

We have eight free tickets to the Dress Rehearsal of Boulder Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at Macky Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus Wednesday, November 22, 7:00pm (arrive by 6:30pm). All mountain seniors are welcome to request these tickets; priority is given to those who cannot afford to purchase tickets to the show that follows that weekend. Call 303-258-0799.

Foot Care

Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Wednesday, November 29. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799.

Auction Items

Our annual Silent Auction at the Holiday Mountain Market December 2 & 3 is our largest fundraiser of the year. We appreciate everyone’s support as shoppers and buyers at the event to help turn all the lovely donations into funds for us. We also appreciate your donations of gift certificates, services, and new/like new items you think people will buy as holiday gifts. Ask everywhere you shop or obtain services—your hairdresser, doctor, nail polisher, shoe repair, etc. Our newest staff member Gunda Starkey is out soliciting as you read this—thank you! If you would like to donate a massage, a vacation at your timeshare condo, a ride, a lesson, your home cooking/baking, your new Porsche, or whatever seems suitable, we will be most grateful. Call 303-258-0799.

Holiday Mountain Market

Our volunteer musicians/performers have signed up for every hour of the market on Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3. Artisans and crafters applied for more 10X10 booths than we can provide. To ensure longevity of this event, we need volunteers to shadow Serene’s work now. We are not asking our volunteers to take full responsibility for anything, just learn how the planning works. Thank you, Annemarie Fruth, for volunteering to manage our Santa area, to our new Santa Al Meyer, to Jim Elder for managing the Café kitchen, and to Margaret Freeman for media assistance.

Volunteering can be more than just two hours at the event. Please contact us right away to join our volunteer production team to learn about: Vendor Coordinator, Market Layout, Entertainment Manager, Promotion/Publicity, Santa Photos, Silent Auction Manager or Solicitations or Data Management or Display. Many hands make light work and your contribution to the success of this big event is both essential and much appreciated.

Easy Ways to Contribute

We always recommend shopping locally, but also recognize that many of us shop online for items we cannot find in our local stores. Our families post their wish lists and we enjoy giving what we know they will like. This holiday season, and throughout the year, please consider us while shopping online at Amazon by using their https://smile.amazon.com and select Nederland Area Seniors as the charitable organization that will receive a donation from them valued at 1/2% of your purchase. It’s that easy. Just start with a “smile.”

For our donors and members who prefer to use credit cards, please mark your calendar for Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5. Donors may set up their contributions any time beginning November 1 at www.COGives.org and set them to launch on 12/5, when a bonus helps us cover the 2% fees. If you prefer to use checks, please mail to us at NAS, PO Box 188, Nederland CO 80466. Thank you for supporting NAS!

Even easier—ask your favorite businesses to donate to our Silent Auction (see article above).

Or if cash contributions are impossible on your budget, please volunteer time to help at our events – see articles above for opportunities on November 5, 11, December 1-3, or a couple hours a month on our board. 303-258-0799.

 

November Menu

Please RSVP two days ahead for lunches, four days ahead for breakfasts and dinners to 303-258-0799.

W 1 Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Mixed Greens Salad, Pineapple

Sa 4 Egg, Sausage, Mixed Vegetables, Potatoes, Yogurt, Granola, Banana

M 6 BBQ Beef on WW Bun, Oven Fries, Mixed Greens Salad, Apple

W 8 Breaded Fish, Green Beans, Potato / WW Roll, Orange

M 13 Pasta Primavera w Chicken, Garlic Bread, Mixed Greens Salad, Pear

W 15 Roast Pork Loin, Broccoli / Carrot, Sweet Potatoes / WW Roll, Mixed Berries

Fr 17 Herbed Fish, Kale/Chard, Quinoa, Peach Cobbler

M 20 Vegetarian Lasagna, WW Roll, Caesar Salad, Apple

W 22 Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Greens Salad, Strawberries

M 27 Baked Fish, Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf, WW Roll, Orange

W 29 Chicken Enchilada, Spanish Rice, Greens Salad, Pear

​We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

 

Serene Karplus
serenekarplus@gmail.com
303-​258-0799

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Mail theft issue in Gold Hill

October 28th, 2017

A handful of folks in Gold Hill have told me their mail has been rifled with some reporting theft.   This is a serious issue.

If you have been a victim of mail theft or rifling, please contact the postal inspection service via their website: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/
The Mail Theft reporting link can be found here: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/MailFraud/fraudschemes/mailtheft/MailTheft.aspx
If you prefer to file your complaint over the phone, please call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
The Postal Inspectors take mail theft very seriously and it’s very important to let them know. When you report, a paper trail begins.

If you don’t want the mail carrier to leave parcels on your mailbox, you can contact the Carrier Supervisor at the Boulder Post Office to request that any parcels be retrieved directly at the Post Office. The carrier will leave a pink slip in your box. I have several copies of the official form to let the carrier know your preference. Give me a call if you need one at 3/442-five-two-five-four.

Thanks!
Martha Kn app

Second Report

  We have had 3 packages opened within the last three weeks, two being our new passports.  I called the Sheriffs Office and found out that there is an investigation going on.  The person in charge is Misty Praeger    303-435-4683 — this is her direct line.   If you have had any mail tampering, theft or suspicious activity – please call her.  She needs all the information about what is happening she can get.  

Joan Few, Gold Hill

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Open houses for recreational sport shooting management project announced

October 27th, 2017

Open Houses Scheduled for Forest Service Recreational Sport Shooting Management Project

Attendees can view alternative maps and talk with Partnership representatives

The Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership (Partnership) is hosting open houses in four counties (Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Larimer) to present alternative maps for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Recreational Sport Shooting Management Project (RSSMP).

The RSSMP will provide direction on how recreational sport shooting will be managed on National Forest System lands, as the current Forest Plan does not provide direction for recreational sport shooting. A map depicting the initial proposal was released to the public in August 2015. New maps have been created that depict options for future management that were based on input from the public and other entities. The proposed RSSMP only changes where recreational sport shooting may or may not take place and direction with regard to developed shooting opportunities. It does not include any change to the management of lawful hunting activities.

The Partnership has been an integral part of this project and the alternative map development. Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Larimer counties, along with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, are cooperating agencies in this planning process. The Partnership will gather public input on these alternative maps as an extension of the project’s scoping process and provide summaries to the Forest Service.

The open houses will be held at the following locations and times:

Members of the Partnership, including the Forest Service, will be in attendance at each open house to answer questions related to the four alternative maps. There will be no formal presentation – just a brief project introduction. These open houses are an informal opportunity to look closely at the maps and provide input. Information gathered during this process will be incorporated into finalizing the environmental assessment and draft decision, expected in 2018.

Project introductions at each open house will be live streamed on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SportShootingPartners and links to high quality PDFs of the maps will be available for viewing later this week at www.SportShootingPartners.org.

For any members of the public who cannot attend an open house but would like to comment on the alternative maps online, there is a short comment form available at www.SportShootingPartners.org/commentform.

For more information about the open houses or the Sport Shooting Partnership in general, contact Garry Sanfacon at 720-564-2642or info@sportshootingpartners.org

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Nederland Thanksgiving

October 27th, 2017

October 25, 2017

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Nederland Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner returns, Nov. 12

NEDERLAND

            The annual Nederland Community Thanksgiving Dinner will once again bring together the mountain community, Nov. 12, from noon-3 p.m., for a free, potluck feast at the Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Hwy. 72. Everyone is welcome and invited. The event traditionally attracts more than 1,000 neighbors and friends from Nederland, Gilpin County, Ward, Gold Hill and surrounding areas.

            Patrons can enjoy the provided turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, roll and a beverage as well as numerous potluck-style sides and deserts from community members. Bring a favorite Thanksgiving side dish to share, if you can, or just come and enjoy a dinner.

            Everyone is encouraged to plan ahead to “bring your own and take it home.” Bring a non-disposable plate, cup and utensils to help the community meet its zero waste goals. No plastic or paper plates and utensils will be provided. This year, the ability to wash or rinse dishes will not be possible in the kitchen, and is not allowed in restrooms, so plan to bring home dirty plates.

            All of the food and drink provided at this popular, community-oriented event is donated by local business owners and all of its organization and preparation is provided by community volunteers. More than 40 donated turkeys are cooked by volunteers each year.

            Anyone interested in making a donation, cooking a turkey or helping the day of the event to set up, clean up or serve, is welcome to sign up online at tinyurl.com/NCTDSaturdayvolunteer, tinyurl.com/NCTDTurkeycooker or tinyurl.com/NCTDSundayVolunteer. You may also send an e-mail to barefoot303@gmail.com or call/text 720-560-6249. Current information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NederlandCommunityThanksgivingDinner.

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Nederland News

October 22nd, 2017

9 Health Fair and Health and Human Services Fairs in Nederland, November 11, 2017

 

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Gold Hill Store News

October 22nd, 2017

 

 
Danielle will host a special Shindigs Events Italian Night dinner with music by Black Dog on Wednesday October 25 from 5:30pm to 8pm.  There will be a selection of three dishes, set price of $14.50, and part of proceeds will benefit United for Puerto Rico.  

On Saturday afternoon October 28 from 1pm to 3pm, join us for Bluegrass & Americana with Mike and Bonnie Coats.  Kitchen and bar will be open, no cover. 

 

 
 

 

 

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