Posted By: Tom : December 14, 2014 10:33 PM


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I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the RORA Board, Hartsel Fire Protection District, John Adams and all the volunteers who helped put on a really fun Christmas party for the ranch residents this year.

The decorations were special and the food was yummy.  The sweaters were ugly and the people were charming.  I certainly hope that everyone had as good a time, as I did.  I have to say that it was nice to see the “white”, but I’m happy it wasn’t a foot deep like it has been at a few of the past Christmas parties.

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Jeff did a great job of MCing the event and our Ranch Manager only messed up a few times drawing the tickets! 2014 12 13_0666

As I mentioned above, the food was great! 2014 12 13_0664  and anyone who left hungry, had only themselves to blame!!

Thanks again to all involved!!










Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : November 20, 2014 12:41 PM

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It’s winter on the Ranch and we’ve had some snow to prove it.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the blessings we have.  While there are ups and downs, we can take stock in our families and friends.  As you approach this Thanksgiving, take note of all the good things happening in your life.  Notice the family and friends who care about you and who you care about.  Take time to share a special memory or a special laugh.

The Ranch Christmas party is coming soon.  It is December 13th at 5:00 P.M.  It will be held again this year at Fire Station #5 located at Campfire and Ranch Road.  We will have another Ugly Sweater Contest and if you were there last year, they were UGLY!!! So I challenge you to wear your ugliest and give us all a good laugh.  There will also be a gift exchange with a limit of $15.00.  Don’t forget, there will be kids there also.  The branding Iron will be catering the smoked ham.  Everyone is requested to bring a side dish or dessert.

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New this year at the Christmas Part, will be a sign-up sheet for those of you who have wood to give away, either already cut or need cutting. A separate sign-up sheet will be for those who need wood.  John will keep the information at the office and give it out as requested.  The two parties will contact each other and make their own arrangements.  Our hope this will help with fire mitigation on the Ranch.

I hope to see everyone at the Christmas Party December 13th.  Have fun and have a safe winter.

Dick Chambers V.P. RORA

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : November 5, 2014 5:22 PM


Posting this article in lieu of an article from the President.

Five Winter Driving Tips



No one knows how to handle large vehicles in inclement weather better than snow plow operators. The safety precautions these drivers take are appropriate for drivers of any sized vehicle driving on snowy and icy roads. Regardless of the type or size of your fleet, consider these following five tips from Michigan County Road Commission snow plow operators:

  1. Aim high in steering. Hold the vehicle steering wheel at the 2- and 10-o’clock positions. This allows the driver to keep total control of the vehicle, especially during evasive maneuvering.
  2. Get the big picture. Look far enough down the road to see hazards before you arrive. This helps you spot problems ahead and on either side of you.
  3. Keep your eyes moving. Don’t lock onto any one item for too long. Keep scanning from side to side to identify changing conditions.
  4. Leave yourself an out. Don’t box yourself into a poor situation as you travel. Try to keep other drivers out of your blind spots.
  5. Make sure they see you. You can generally spot a large vehicle from a great distance. To help make sure they see you, keep your lights and beacons working at all times. Take extra precaution by lightly tapping on the horn to make eye contact with the driver.

In addition, drivers are encouraged to:

  • Use the three-point contact method when entering and exiting vehicle cabs.
  • Wear a seat belt at all times.
  • Walk around the vehicle to check side mirrors and lights.
  • Make the necessary vehicle adjustments before getting on the road.
  • Avoid unnecessary backing maneuvers whenever possible.


I am adding the following information, thanks to feedback from Roger Norris.   Roger noted that the advice in item 1, above, is outdated information and here is an update:

If you’re a conscientious motorist who still does everything the way your driver’s-ed instructor told you to, you’re doing it all wrong.

For decades, the standard instruction was that drivers should hold the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions, as envisioned on a clock. This, it turns out, is no longer the case. In fact, driving that way could cost you your arms or hands in particularly gruesome ways if your airbag deploys.

Instead AAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and many driving instructors now say you should grip the wheel at 9 and 3 o’clock. A few go even further, suggesting 8 and 4 to avoid the airbag mechanism as much as possible, but what formal research has been published on the varieties of hand positions suggests that this may lessen your control of the car.

Safer cars make old-school ways dangerous In its latest guidelines for effective steering, distributed by state and private driving instructors nationwide, the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association advises that “recommendations relative to hand position on the steering wheel have become more flexible.”

As cars have become safer over the years, “the steering wheel and associated mechanisms (have) changed dramatically,” it says, meaning the familiar driving maneuvers “needed to turn the wheel have all changed.” Principal among the changes is the incorporation of airbag modules in the steering column, which are designed to deploy upward to protect your head and chest.

That means the higher up the wheel your hands are, the more likely they are to be directly over the plastic cover when it opens — that is, when superhot nitrogen gas flashes and inflates the bag at 150 to 250 mph.

Among the injuries the NHTSA reports from improper placement of the hands when an airbag deploys are amputations of fingers or entire hands, traumatic fractures and a particularly stomach-churning injury called “degloving,” which — trust us — you definitely don’t want to look up.

AAA says the bags can also slam your hands directly into your head, causing broken noses and concussions.

Experts also say new research in ergonomics suggests that what’s called “parallel position” makes for safer driving in general.

Parallel position “improves stability by lowering the body’s center of gravity and reduces unintended and excessive steering wheel movement which is a primary cause of young driver fatalities,” the Texas Department of Public Safety says.

In plain English, that means “9 and 3,” said Dallas police Sgt. Paul Hinton, who teaches law enforcement officers how to drive safely in emergencies like highway chases or when facing a wrong-way driver.



Limestone Ridge Prescribed Burn Nov 10-14, 2014

Posted By: Tom : November 4, 2014 7:53 PM

For everyone’s information, there will be a prescribed burn next week, so you will likely see smoke west of RORA, about half way to Buena Vista.  For more details from the USFS please click on this link USFS Brochure.

Limestone Ridge Prescribed Fire Map

Limestone Ridge Prescribed Fire Map

Dish with the Commish

Posted By: Tom : October 29, 2014 7:11 PM

Hi Folks,  Here is a notice of an opportunity to get together in a very nice, informal manner with one of our current Park County Commissioners and go over any issues you might have concerning Park County.  I attended the last “Comish with a Dish” and found it to be very interesting and I strongly encourage any of our Ranch members who can make it, to attend. Mike Brazell is not running for office, he is just interested in meeting with folks all around the County.


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