Community Digest

This is a digest of selected posts from the Gold Hill website.

Miscellaneous Mountain Misfits

April 24th, 2017

Its Misfit Time!

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 at Brandt’s on Sawmill

Reading, writing, alchemy

Jumping through hoops

Doing loopdee dewps

Yet such a mellow group

Missing Chuck Berry

But his spirit is planning to attend



Dine for the Gold Hill School at the Kitchen Next Door

April 21st, 2017
Come dine for the Gold Hill School at the Kitchen Next Door.  Great food to support a great school.  
Monday May 1st from 5-9pm at the Kitchen Next Door in Boulder
How it works:  Tell your server you are dining for Gold Hill and 50% of your bill will be donated to the Gold Hill School- it’s that easy! 
Hope to see you there! 

Jojo Morrison                                               

Gold Hill Elementary
SPED Para- Registrar- Principal’s Assistant- Everything Gal
School Ph: 720.561.5940

Chainsaw Safety and Skills Training

April 21st, 2017

Forest Health Management Educational Opportunity

Chainsaw Safety and Skills Training


Saturday, May 6th

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coal Creek Canyon Fire Station #2,

32895 Highway 72


           Sunday, May 7th

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Field work

Day 1 required to participate in Day 2


This quality, hands-on training will give you the skills you need to effectively and safely use a chainsaw for forest health and property maintenance.


Training will be presented in three parts:

  • Chainsaw Maintenance – cutting safely requires a well running saw.
  • Chainsaw Safety & Personal Protective Equipment – including things to watch out for while cutting.
  • Tree Felling & Cutting Skills – classroom review followed by field exercises.


Presented by: Eric Philips, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Rocky Mountain Resource Protection

and Eric Folwell, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Rocky Mountain Resource Protection NWCG ENGB and Forestry Consultant to Boulder County


Participants, please bring:

– your lunch and plenty of water

– your own gear, chain saw, helmet, gloves, ear and eye protection, chaps.  Wear long sleeves, pants, and boots.


Space is limited. Sign up & pay online at or contact Jody Dickson at 303-588-6639 or if you would like to participate in this training.


Cost is $90 per person

Work off the classroom fee with labor in our regular Saws & Slaws events! Ask Jody for more details.


Brought to you by:  


Wildfire in the Wildland/Urban Interface

April 21st, 2017

Saws & Slaws Forest & Fire Ecology Education Series

Part 2: Wildfire in the WUI*


Sunday, April 23rd

12:00 – 1:30 pm (Brown Bag)

Nederland Community Center


Saws & Slaws is excited to host a three part educational series about forest health and fire ecology in the Front Range. This series will help participants better understand the condition of our forests, how that affects wildfires, and the various treatments we apply to address the needs of both forest health and fire preparedness.    


In Part 2, we will learn about fire ecology, including:

  • Different types of wildfires
  • Wildfire’s role in forest health
  • How wildfires behave within specific forest conditions
  • The effects of different forest treatments on wildfire behavior


We’ll be ending our 2017 series in May when we’ll build on what we learned in Part One Two by going on a field trip to apply what we learned and see what all of this looks like in the real world!


Presented by:

Ashley Garrison, Certified Forester, Forestry / Fire-Resource Technician, Boulder County Parks & Open Space

Kelsey Lesniak, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service – Boulder & Gilpin Counties


Bring your lunch while we learn about the ecology of forest and fire in the Front Range.


This event brought to you by:

                                                                                               *Wildland-Urban Interface



April 21st, 2017
May 13/14th 10am – 4pm
550 Pine Street
After 3 wonderful years in Gold Hill we are moving back to London at the end of May.
We are having a house sale and open house on the 13/14th May 10am – 4pm (both days).

Furniture, crockery, clothes, books, plants, toys and more…..

Come share a cup of tea, wish us farewell and take something away with you!
Laurie, Emiliano, Alba & Lina

National prescription drug take-back day

April 21st, 2017

On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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For Immediate Release

April 21, 2017

Media Contact

Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500

National prescription drug take-back day

Boulder County residents can drop off unwanted prescription medication at drug collection events

Boulder County, Colo. – On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder and at the Lyons Substation, located at 432 5th Street, Lyons.

Items not accepted at this collection:

  • Liquids
  • Syringes
  • Inhalers        
  • Chemotherapy drugs

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, disposing of unwanted medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, poses potential safety and health hazards. 

For more information about safely disposing unwanted medication in Boulder County, including what to do with liquid medication and syringes, go to the Boulder County Public Health website. Additional safe disposal locations are available throughout Boulder County and regularly accept unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  

For more information about the April 29 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website.


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Town Clean up

April 19th, 2017

The annual town clean up is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th – save the date!  Details to follow.  I will be looking for volunteers – it’s fun!



Our own local realtor in town

April 19th, 2017
We have a nice local Realtor of our own in town now.  Mike Fulton and his wife CJ live in the Gold Run Subdivision and Mike has been in and around Gold Hill since the early 80s.   For those of us who would like to deal with someone local, I thought you’d like to know that we have a full time Real Estate Broker.  He’s going to advertise in the Gold Hill Calendar, and his information is also under the business listing on the town website  (  Check out his flyers and business cards at the Gold Hill General Store and his website  or call him at 303-842-7555 for more information.  

Consult Needed for Technical support to Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Task Force

April 19th, 2017

Announcement of consultant services:
Technical support to Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Task Force


The Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Task Force is dedicated to improving access to housing, transportation, health care, and human services for residents of the mountain communities of western Boulder County. The Task Force works collaboratively with human service providers, community leaders, and government and related agencies to improve the quality of life for all those living across the Peak to Peak Region.


The Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Task Force (P2P) is seeking a consultant to support the backbone functions of the Task Force and its strategic planning and advocacy efforts. The Consultant will:

  • Support the planning and coordination for the monthly Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Task Force meetings;
  • Prepare recommendations for governance structures, including recommendations on how to plug into larger, county-wide Human Service governance structures, including but not limited to the HHSAC and Homeless Management Board (formerly known as the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Board).
  • Help develop strategic priorities for the Task Force by working with key stakeholders, P2P members and community representatives;
  • Identify financing opportunities, follow through with those opportunities where appropriate, and seek ways to establish long term sustainable funding for the Task Force; 
  • Facilitate subcommittees when needed to address service gaps;
  • Assist local community leaders in tailoring action plans;
  • Collect added data to clarify community demographics and identify service gaps;
  • Represent the Task Force at various community and county meetings; and
  • Prepare and disseminate communications from the Task Force. 

Qualifications and desired characteristics of the Consultant:

  • Has a detailed working knowledge of community dynamics and stakeholders in the mountain communities, and, by strong preference, be a mountain resident;
  • Has an awareness of the local non-profit and government services available;
  • Is a high energy, self-starter who is motivated to improve the quality of life for all those living in the Peak to Peak region;
  • Has an educational and professional background in strategic planning, community development, housing and human services, or other relevant fields;
  • Is able to work independently and on a team, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Demonstrates an ability to write strategic planning and action plan type documentation and prepare general communications materials;
  • Has strong interpersonal skills, and be detailed oriented and comfortable working with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Has excellent organizational, planning, communication and computer skills; and
  • Must provide their own transportation as no travel cost reimbursement will be provided.

The Consultant would be contracted for one year by the fiscal agent, the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) under terms and conditions specified by EFAA. The consultant will report directly to the Chair of the P2P and Executive Director of EFAA and make periodic progress reports to the P2P membership and the Mountain Human Service Collaborative, a sub-committee to the P2P. The consultant will submit requests for payment on a monthly basis to the fiscal agent.

The consulting assignment requires an estimated 24 hours (3 days) per week, based on asset of deliverables to be agreed upon in the contract for a period of twelve months. Consulting fee range $22-$25/hour depending on level of experience. The contract is funded through a grant from Boulder County.

Please send cover letter and resume to


Meeting with the Climb

April 19th, 2017
Supporting and improving the Climb
Bob D’Alessandro from VIA will be in Gold Hill on Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm at the Community Center to meet with and hear from everyone up here who has ideas about the Climb. He is open to making changes in the schedule and indicates we could begin any new routes this summer. 
This will be a potluck, so please bring a little something to share. 
The goal is to have the discussion last no more than an hour, so we will
– hear from people about their interest in the Climb
– have a short brainstorm of ideas of what we’d like to see change 
– gather final ideas in order of priority
Please join us and let him know that we do want to support the Climb and be involved in continuing to make it a form of transportation that really works for us.
Dina Elder

Agenda Gold Hill Town Meeting

April 7th, 2017

Gold Hill Town Meeting

Second Monday of even months, Community Center  

Agenda April 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center

Pre-Meeting Social 7:00 – 7:30 pm

Kristi Vanditti from Emergency Family Assistance Association will be here for the social and will have a short presentation on resources to start this month’s meeting.


Call to Order

Emergency Family Assistance Association Presentation

Approval of previous Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Reports

  1. Community Planning – Dan
  2. Historic Zoning:
  3. Forest Mgmt/CWPP – Virginia – Chipping Grant application
  4. Fire Department 
  5. Weed Mgmt
  6. Historic Gold Hill (museum)
  7. Mining
  8. Gold Hill School – Chrissy
  9. Safelink (Pam)
  10. Airlink (Dina)
  11. IMA (Inter Mountain Alliance report and NAS/MML (Nederland Area Seniors/Mountain Midlife group).
  12. Community Spaces

 Old Business

  1. Book exchange mailbox
  2. PermaCulture update


New Business/Announcements


Taco Shack Tuesdays

April 3rd, 2017

Here is a sample of the menu for Taco Shack Tuesdays starting April 11th every Tuesday 4-9 at the Gold Hill Store, Also, there will be a special locals happy hour 4-6 with dollar off margaritas and Pacificos. Taco Tuesdays are cash only as Shindigs is hosting food and does not take credit cards, also store accounts cannot be used.

Thanks so much Danielle Knollenberg


March 31st, 2017
Dear Friends,

Passing along information about this up-coming opportunity for the community to talk with our Representative.
Serene Karplus, Director

303-258-0799 Office Message Line

P O Box 188

Nederland CO 80466


Community Forestry Sort Yards

March 30th, 2017

Community Forestry Sort Yards

·        Call 303-678-6368 for operational status of either sort yard.


Income-Qualified Services

March 30th, 2017

Income-Qualified Services

Residents in Boulder County can access resources that help them save energy and water. Here are some of the offerings available to income-qualifying residents in Boulder County.

  • EnergySmart Income-Qualified pathway – home energy efficiency upgrades at 50 percent off when they participate in EnergySmart. CLICK HEREto see the qualifying income levels based on household size. This program assists public servants, teachers, and other moderate wage earners to become energy efficient. To learn more, call 720-864-6401.
  • High Efficiency Toilet Upgrade program – income-qualifying households are eligible for this service at no cost, including the new toilet, installation costs and recycling of the old toilet.  To learn more, call 720-564-2724.

All services are first-come, first-serve, so please take action today to spread the word about these great resources!


Wildfire Partners and Community Chipping ReimbursementProgram

March 30th, 2017

Wildfire Partners

Boulder County has launched the 2017 wildfire mitigation assistance program for residents in unincorporated Boulder County, and the incorporated mountain towns of Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, and Ward.  More than 1,100 homeowners have joined this unique partnership since 2014. Participants are eligible to receive a home assessment, a customized report identifying the weak links in home defenses, ongoing support, and up to $2,500 in funding to hire a Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor. Learn more and apply at

Wildfire Partners is an award-winning mitigation program supported by 35 partner organizations. More than 1,100 homeowners have joined this unique partnership since 2014. Participants receive an individual home assessment, a customize report identifying the weak links in home defenses, follow-up inspections, on-going support, and up to $2,500 in funding to hire a Wildfire Partners Forestry Contractor. Wildfire Partners Mitigation Specialists provide valuable help and guidance to homeowners so they are truly prepared for the next wildfire.

Interested residents of unincorporated Boulder County or the mountain towns of Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, or Ward can learn more and apply at City of Boulder residents and areas outside Boulder County are not eligible at this time.

Community Chipping Reimbursement Program

Boulder County is also accepting applications for its Community Chipping Reimbursement Program. Community chipping events are an easy way to dispose of slash and an opportunity to connect neighbors.

In 2016, 245 homeowners in 10 communities participated in the Community Chipping program and every application received by the county was funded. Boulder County has supported homeowner associations, community groups, and fire districts in the mountains to set up chipping programs since 1993. Communities that have not organized chipping events in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications for chipping funding are due April 5. For more information or to apply, visit   


Ham Radio Technician Class

March 30th, 2017

Ham Radio Technician Class
 Ham Radio Technician Class available From George Weber, Boulder And Broomfield County Emergency Coordinator – Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Group – George is teaching a Technician Class Licensing Class for the Boulder Emergency Squad. Anyone can attend. The class will run three weeks, Thursday, April 6th, 13th, and 20th, from 6pm to 8:30pm. The locations is 3532 Diagonal Highway in Boulder. Please contact George Weber KA0BSA directly if you want to attend to get the information on the book needed.



March 20th, 2017


Minutes of the February 13, 2017 Town Meeting


Next Town Meeting is Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center, preceded by a potluck/gathering at 6:30.   Strike that – we’ll meet at 7:00 for coffee, tea, and snacks with EFAA (VIA can’t make it this meeting)

We had a pre-meeting social with coffee, tea and cookies from 7:00 to 7:30 to meet Coleen Sinclair, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (AAA).


The Meeting was called to order by Chair Tony Vrba. Eight people attended: Bobby Vrba, Colleen Sinclair, Mary Ryan, Julie Carpenter, Chair Tony Vrba, Member at Large Dan Maedke, Treasurer Martha Knapp, and Secretary Gretchen Diefenderfer.


The agenda was juggled so that Colleen Sinclair of AAA could give her presentation first. She reported that she has been with the County since mid-summer and came from Mental Health Partners. She is also a certified Medicare Counselor. She lives in a yurt in Jamestown and is getting to know the mountain communities. She has office hours in Nederland on Mondays and Wednesdays and in Lyons on Thursdays and Fridays. The aim of AAA is to uphold the mandate of the 1965 Older Americans Act – to provide information and assistance to those in need. The third Wednesday of the month, Nederland Human Services works with several senior groups to provide short term assistance funding (up to $500) for those 60 and older as well as 18-59 with disabilities.

            A new group providing services is PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) through TRU. They provide “The care you need to stay in the community you love” for participants who are eligible for Medicaid or both Medicaid and Medicare. People can also enroll and pay privately for much less than a nursing home. See for more information.

            Colleen is willing to come as often as we want to provide information on the many county services available.


Minutes –The minutes were approved as published.


Treasurer’s Report – Martha reported that at the previous Town Meeting in DECEMBER our bank balance was $14,839.88.


Revenue since the December meeting includes funds from pint glass sales and a pass-through donation to Airlink from United Way.


Expenses include annual insurance, postage stamps for newsletter mailings, and the United Way grant pass-through.


A motion at the December meeting was approved to transfer $450 from the General Fund to Community Planning.


Our current bank balance, total cash assets, is $14,704.88. Current individual fund totals are as follows:

General Fund $1605.10; Cemetery $5,007.78; Community Relief $3,576.95; Forest Management $94.12;

Fire Department – Bobby reports that training continues on the fourth Saturday of each month and the Thursday before that. Contact Donal Maloney for information about volunteering or training – (303) 443-3928. They are getting a replacement for our medical truck. Also working on a Firefighter Retirement Fund, which will require a number of years service with 36 hours of training per year to qualify. The Board is meeting with the department lawyer in March to figure out the details and will provide more information after that.

Weed Management – inactive at this time

Historic Gold Hill – Gretchen reports that the Museum is closed for the winter although the Board is working on the exhibits and projects for next year. The Calendar Committee met on February 6 to begin work on the 2018 Calendar. We came up with lots of ideas, but we always need more!   We need more members as well as photos, drawings, poems – anything pertaining to life in Gold Hill will be considered. In particular, we are looking for pictures of wild animals. We will meet again monthly – contact me if you have any contributions/suggestion or would like to join us on the committee – it’s fun.

Mining – Gretchen reports no news- just status quo – there are a couple of familiar cars up there most days and occasionally more.

Gold Hill School – Dan gave the report for Chrissy – The kids have completed their four ski lessons at Eldora. Actors from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be coming up and doing a skit from Comedy of Errors. They have visited the planetarium and observatory at C.U and they will soon be presenting the school play written by Chrissy, Jojo, and Mishie on Thursday, March 23rd at 10 am and 6 pm. They will be doing a fundraiser through to fund the third full-time position at the school fully. There is still honey for sale – stop by the school!

Safelink/Neighborlink – Tony reports that those of us with Neighborlink are trying to get all our neighbors’ information updated and find out if there are more or different leaders in neighborhoods who want to be involved. As most know, Neighborlink is a glorified phone-tree that evolved after the Fourmile Fire to enable us to notify everyone of emergencies (fires, floods, etc.), to help each other and to keep in touch if we are evacuated. We need to know the best way to contact you: phone, email, text, etc. I will attach the form we have used. Fill our as much or as little as you want. Pod leaders are Debra Yeager (303-449-0454, for old-town Gold Hill, Tony Vrba (303-499-1154, in the Gold Run Subdivision, Dina Elder (303-459-3530, West of Gold Hill, and Gretchen Diefenderfer (303-442-3847, for East Gold Hill. Contact any one of us for information or with questions. Debra is our fearless leader and also delivers welcome buckets for new residents of greater Gold Hill (includes the Gold Hill Town Meeting area: west of town, the subdivision, etc.).

Airlink – Dina sent an email: The AirLink group is working hard on our grant-funded project to connect Jamestown to the AirLink radio network. Here are some highlights:

  • We received the first of 6 checks from Foothills United Way in January. So far, our one purchase is a new backup repeater. 
  • We have selected a location for the radio equipment to reside in Jamestown. A very nice couple has agreed to allow us to use their land which sits on a ridge over the town. We are blessed with nice, generous people willing to support AirLink. We have performed initial testing between the JT site and the repeater at Gretchen’s and Michael’s, and, so far, the technique we want to use looks promising. 
  • I attended the JT council meeting last Monday night to share with them what we are doing with the grant since they haven’t been in the loop. There were about a dozen people there in addition to the council. (They have a nice, accessible town hall if you haven’t been there.)
  • At the AirLink meeting in January, we identified several sub-projects and have assigned people to work on them. There will be updates on some of these other projects at the next town meeting in April.


IMA – Tony went to the January meeting at the Poorman Fire Station. The Boulder Housing Authority was there. They are looking at 30 affordable housing units in Nederland! EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance) was there and will be coming to our town meeting in April. Ward has a new Community greenhouse, Fourmile Fire Chief Bret Gibson is asking the IMA for a letter of support for generators at the telephone power stations/junction boxes to provide electricity when our power goes out, and the IMA will be sending that letter. Allenspark is getting a new Fire Station – a neighbor is donating the land.


Community Center – Tony reports that there are four people on the Committee, Dina, Tony, Mary Claire Mulligan, and Jan Eaton, and we need more – Gretchen volunteered. They will be brainstorming – what do we need, etc. and researching options.

Book Exchange Mailbox – Dan reported that they are presently building a greenhouse at the school and will have lumber left over – he will build it then.


Permaculture – We are having a Resilient by Design Workshop on February 25 at the School – I will send out the information again.

Change Town Meeting Time to 7:00 p.m? We discussed this, but the consensus is that meeting earlier can be hard for people who work in Boulder.

Potluck before the April Town Meeting – The EFAA person and a VIA person are coming to the meeting. Everyone is invited! Come at 6:30 and bring a small dish to share. Only the EFAA person can attend, so we will meet at 7:00 for coffee, tea, and snacks instead of 6:30.


Respectfully submitted, Gretchen Diefenderfer, Secretary



Remember our Community Assistance Fund?   We haven’t mentioned it in awhile, and it’s an important resource for people in our community who might need it. We have money in the fund for people with emergencies they are having difficulty with. Here is the form:



Gold Hill Town Meeting Community Relief Fund Application Effective 6/2014

Please use back of form or additional sheets as needed.



Mail completed form to:

We need to know the best way to contact you: phone, email, text, etc.
Gold Hill Town Meeting, Inc.

Attn: CRF

1011 Main Street – Gold Hill

Boulder CO 80302




Criteria: (1) Applicants must be a resident of Gold Hill Town Meeting, Inc., defined area, (2) Application signed and dated and (3) meet criteria A or B below:

  1. Disaster, such as flood, fire, etc. Maximum $1000 per event, per household – committee approval needed
  2. Family emergency such as lost job, hospitalization, car accident, etc. Maximum $250 per household annually– committee approval needed




Name _____________________________________________________________________________________________


Home Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________


Mailing Address if different: ____________________________________________________________________________


Phone/Contact Information: ___________________________________________________________________________


Please explain your circumstances and what assistance is requested.  Specifically itemize/estimate amount to be used to replace losses (such as income, house repair, clothing, food)   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Please list other organizations from which you have received/or plan to receive financial help:




Signature ________________________________________________________________Date___________________________






GHTM use only:


Date Received: ___________________                          Applicant number:___________________________


Applicant Qualifies for Criteria A   or   B  (circle one) Amount disbursed$__________________


Approved by: 1. _________________________2__________________________3. _____________________________


St. Patrick’s Day

March 15th, 2017

Very sad News – Donal is sorry, but he will not be having his St. Patrick’s Day Party. His work schedule doesn’t work! We will all have to figure out our own Irish Celebration.   Here is my Mom’s recipe for Irish Soda Bread – pretty fool proof:

Irish Soda Bread from Suzette Diefenderfer

 Sift together

4 C flour

2 tsp baking powder

¾ tsp baking soda

½ C sugar

1 tsp salt

Add     1 Tb Caraway seeds

            ½ C+ raisins

            ½ C nuts

Mix in

            1 ½ pints sour cream (maybe 2 pints)


Mixture will be sticky. Dampen hands to handle dough. Put on floured board and knead until smooth.   Cut in two, form 2 round loaves. Place on greased cookie sheet.


Bake at 450º for 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 350º and bake 20 – 30 minutes longer until brown on top.


Roger Garnett

March 12th, 2017

Roger Garnett of Gold Hill, Colorado and Bisbee, Arizona passed away at home in Bisbee on Dec. 16, 2016.  He was born on August 21, 1932 at the family ranch on the Colorado/Kansas border.  He grew up in Holly, Colorado and received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado.  He was a kind man who enjoyed travel, cooking, wine and music.  He worked as a ranch hand, butcher, Porsche mechanic, middle school music teacher, voice teacher, choir director, restaurant manager at the Gold Hill Inn and in the wine business.   He lived for 30 years on the side of a mountain and off the grid, snowmobiling in and out in the winter.  A man of many skills.  Carol, his wife and friend of 43 years misses him everyday.


Boulder Mountain Marathon and 10 mile ascent

March 12th, 2017
The Boulder Mountain Marathon and 10 mile ascent, a benefit for the Fourmile Fire Department, will take place on Sunday, May 21 starting at 7am from the Gold Hill Inn for the marathon (the 10 mile ascent starts at the A-Lodge at 9am and finishes at the Inn). 
Here is a link to all the info about the race:
Please mark the date. We will limit parking in front of the Inn to event staff only. We are also encouraging people to carpool as much as possible to limit congestion in town as best we can. 
Thank you, 

Pancake breakfast in Nederland this weekend

March 9th, 2017

   We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend! 

  Come anytime 8am-11am both days (busiest 9:30-11 Saturday).
  Please come support our nonprofit organization!
  If you meant to sign up to help, please reply to this email now or call 303-258-0799.
  Thank you!

Meals on Wheels

March 6th, 2017
Hello neighbors. Several of us have been following up on an effort to make sure Gold Hill has the sort of services that everyone else in Boulder County assumes is their right. One of these services is “Meals on Wheels”. It turns out that the Boulder Meals on Wheels does not accept government funding so is not limited by government rules. They do not have an age requirement, for instance. Anyone can request meals who, perhaps, is going through a time when it’s difficult for you to shop and cook – broken ankle, chronic illness, can’t drive and don’t want to impose on friends and neighbors, etc. The meals are offered on a sliding scale with a max per meal of $6. 
Their meals have been sampled by our little group and are actually good. They can cater to special diets. We have talked with VIA about having the Climb pick up meals for us, and then have volunteers make the local deliveries. In addition to having meals delivered, anyone, whether you “need” it or not, can drop by their facility and get take out meals (lunch time pickup) for $6.
However, before we move ahead on this, we would like to have some other people in the community do a taste test and talk with the people there to be sure this is a service the community wants and will support. Meals on Wheels has offered to serve a free lunch for up to 20 people at their cafe at the senior center in Boulder. If enough people are interested in going, we will see if VIA will make the Climb available to us for this special trip.
Please let me or JoJo know if you would like to go with us.

Gold Hill Calendar for 2018

March 6th, 2017

Hello Gold Hill,

Three of us are working on the calendar for 2018, and we need of help! We need people and ideas- our next Meeting is Monday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. at Marilyn Soby’s house. We need material for pages – photos (new and old), drawings, poems, etc., that relate to living in Gold Hill.

            We do have several page ideas: Wildlife in Gold Hill (need pictures), Local artists (need examples, names, etc.), of course a school page with kids art, etc., Old stoves (need pictures), local parties – like Max’s, Maggie and David’s Wassail party, Larry’s on the Saturday before July 4th, Donal’s St. Patrick’s (need pictures).   So, you can see that we need help – coming up with ideas, contacting people for information/photos, also soliciting ads.

          Please, if you want a Gold Hill calendar for 2018, contact Marilyn (303-444-9247 or or me (303-442-3847 or or show up at Marilyn’s on Monday, March 13th at 10 a.m.

Thanks, Gretchen


Town emails

March 6th, 2017

Just a reminder – please contact me if you have news for the town that you want to go out for everyone. Rarely will I put out info on my own – I would like people to send me written out news to post.  It’s a somewhat complicated process to post in the website, which then sends out a digest, which I can then copy and paste into an email.  I do usually proof them for typos, etc., but I don’t want to have compose them as well.  I would not send out something personal or that may be private like an obituary unless requested to by a family member.  

There are some protocols that Jenny Rice gave me when the town website and emails became my job a number of years ago, which I generally follow. If there is a consensus that these need to be changed or amended, we can discuss it at a Town Meeting.

Here are the types of messages she thought were appropriate to send out

Town/school events (cleanup, town meetings, Fall Fiesta, etc.).  I recommend sending an initial email a couple of weeks before the event and then a reminder a few days before.  Sometimes you’ll need to be the forward -looking one to make sure the info gets out on time.  For example, you know the school will probably have a fall fiesta, and you know it’s typically in late October, so you should contact someone at the school to get the details a few weeks before then.    (P.S. I can’t always be relied on to do this!  Please contact me!)
  1. Other, non-profit, non-partisan events put on in our community (e.g., silent auction to support someone’s medical expenses).
  2. Information about county meetings or initiatives of potential general interest (e.g., county sort yards, Climate Smart Loan program, etc.).
  3. Information about GHTM committee projects (e.g., CWPP, beetles, weeds, calendar, etc.)
  4. Community issues that have come up that 1) are or should be of broad concern or interest (e.g., bears breaking into cars, mountain lions eating pets and 2) are issues that people can take action on and you can help provide them with the resources/links to get more information.  Make sure that if there are multiple sides to a community issue that you present all sides in the email (e.g., county purchase of land near Snowbound created two camps of opposing property owners).
Messages that she didn’t think are appropriate to send out:
  1. Anything of a political/partisan nature.  Telling people where to go to register to vote or how to find out their polling place is not political or partisan and is OK to send out.
  2. Anything promoting someone’s for-profit business (this can go in the business listings on the website).
  3. Anything that is the type of email that people send around to their friends (jokes, weird photos, etc.)
  4. Information that may be interesting but really is not necessary or that anyone can find  if they want it and that does not help us address any current issue in the town.  If we start sending non-essential info, the town list quickly becomes its own mild form of spam. 
  5. Sometimes people will try to send email directly to the list.  You will get an email notifying you that a message awaits authorization.  Typically these emails are not appropriate to send out, but you should read them and contact the sender to discuss.

Check out the website  There is lots of information there of general interest.