Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : May 20, 2016 6:00 AM


When elected to the board in 2013, I stated that I did not have an “agenda” for my tenure on the board, and expressed appreciation to our board and Manager for their commendable management efforts. I still stand by that statement.  However, those who attended that Annual Meeting also may remember I expressed concern about the rising number of abandoned (unregistered) vehicles and the growing amount of derelict machinery that have found their way to the Ranch. I’m sorry to report this situation has only become worse.





As Association members, we should respect the investments our neighbors have made in their homes and property here on the Ranch. The Ranch of the Rockies’s covenants – the rules and regulations we agreed to live by when we purchased property and signed the Declarations – were designed to insure there would be mutual respect for one another’s property.  Indeed, many of the sizeable residential investments made here on the Ranch were predicated on those covenants and their enforcement.

It is my hope that the board, together with our Rules Enforcement Committee (REC) and Manager, can better address the growing problem of abandoned vehicles and machinery. Those who are in violation of the Ranch’s policies are asked to comply with the rules before enforcement becomes necessary. If there is intent of reusing derelict items on your property, the respectful thing to do is to relocate them to where they cannot easily be seen by your neighbors.








The residential character of the Ranch is changing rapidly with more and more full-time and seasonal homes being built each year. These represent significant investments by our Association members that should be protected.  While many of our members do not have homes here, it will not serve any of the Association’s membership if the Ranch becomes known as the “Junk Yard of the Rockies.”

Jeff Deardorff


Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : May 5, 2016 10:32 AM

May 5th 2016

Managers Input

April 2016 RIP Joe Julia, I shall cherish the memories of a great friend and mentor.

Pretty May Morning

Pretty May Morning

Here we are waiting for warmer weather but I for one am glad we have this moisture to help keep the fire danger down.  There is a lot of fire mitigation to get done here on the ranch and I need some folks to sign up for the Burn Pit. If you are looking for fire wood for next year, why not help a neighbor out and sign up for the wood removal crew Please Remember that you must remove the slash as well. I will make the burn pit available to those crews on off days.

Reservoir: I would like to thank the folks that have helped me clear out some of the willows on the Dam your work is gratefully appreciated.

Horses: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE HORSES some of them are on a special diet.  I have room on the Pastures for 5 more horses. We will be moving them to the summer pasture (Pasture A) this year so I can get some much needed work done on the loafing shed and some drainage as well.


Restrooms at the Pavilion: The water will be turned on soon and the RV Dump Station is already open. I would like to remind folks that the water there IS NOT POTABLE.

Camp Fires: If you build a Fire pit on your property here are the rules for size CAMPFIRE SPECIFICATIONS: All belowground fire pits shall be at least four inches in depth and shall be surrounded on the outside, aboveground, by a non-combustible material such as steel, brick, or masonry. The fire pit cannot exceed three feet in diameter, nor may the fire pile exceed two feet in height.

Fire pits may be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and these regulations:

  • Only natural firewood/commercial logs may be burned. o Burning of lumber, pallets, scrap wood, tree trimmings, leaves, yard waste, paper, cardboard, garbage and similar items is not permitted.
  • All fire pits must be located away from any structure or combustible material.
  • Belowground fire pits and freestanding fireplaces must be located a minimum of 25 feet away from any structure or combustible material. o Portable fire pits must be located a minimum of 15 feet away from any structure or combustible material.
  • The fire must be constantly attended and supervised until the fire has been completely extinguished. A portable fire extinguisher or other approved extinguishing equipment, such as a garden hose, must be readily available

Rules Enforcement: If you have more than two Out Buildings on your lot and this includes Green houses then you may be in violations of Park County LURs The County Enforcement guys will be out looking this Summer.

Please be safe this Summer and watch out for children when you are driving Ranch Roads.

John Adams, RM

John Adams, RM









Passing of a friend

Posted By: Tom : April 27, 2016 2:23 PM

Hi Everyone, it is with much sorrow and sympathy for Linda, and to Joe’s family, that I am posting this message. Last Monday, Joe Julia, a longtime member of our community, a former President of the Ranch of the Rockies Association and a dear friend to many of us, lost his battle with cancer.  Some of his family’s fondest memories include time spent at their cabin here on the Ranch, that Joe built from the ground up.

Joe, 64, of Arvada, Colorado passed April 25, 2016.


Joe Julia







A Memorial Service honoring Joe will be Saturday, April 30, 2016, beginning at 11:00 AM, with a reception immediately following from 12:00 – 2:30 PM, both at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made in Joe’s name to either of the following organizations.

The Sarcoma Alliance775 East Blithedale, #334

Mill Valley, California 94941




275 Seventh Avenue

New York, New York 10001

cancercare.org –

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Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : April 20, 2016 12:35 PM

April 20, 2016

We have an opening on the board of directors coming up this August, as well as openings on the Rule Enforcement Committee, and the Architectural Committee. These positions are 3 yVolunteerear terms, and offer great opportunities for getting involved in the community.   I am happy to go over the time commitment that could be expected.  I hope you will consider it.

The board has started discussing the idea of building a facility to house our office, and a larger meeting room. We plan to do research on design, costs, and what that may look like.  If you have input or would like to help, please let one of us know.

The board recently completed an update to the Policies and Procedures, for the Ranch of the Rockies.  Please review this document from time to time, so that you are up to date on rules, regulations, policies etc.  You can see the revised document by following this link;  Policies and Procedures

We have had a lot of wet snow recently, but as you read in John’s (our Ranch Manager) article in the newsletter, we have been dry.  Fire danger is high.  Please plan to work on your properties this year, or hire someone to help, to mitigate the dead standing or fallen trees.  We are so fortunate to have access to a place to dispose of this debris.  Other communities have to haul them a long ways to dispose of them.  If you need help, please call our office to ask for referrals to companies, and individuals that can assist you.

As a reminder, be sure to bring in your bird feeders at night. Bears, and other critters like to get into them, and you don’t want that kind of surprise visitor.  Also, please don’t feed the other animals.  If you do feed them, become too comfortable with humans, and many times have to be put down due to not so pleasant encounters.

Remember that you are always invited to come to our Board of Directors meetings. They are the 2nd Sat of every month, starting at 9 am. at our ranch office.


Suzan Gebow-Secretary of the Board

April 05, 2016


Commnet Tower

As we welcome the Springtime to Ranch of the Rockies you may notice some changes around the Ranch like the new Tower up on Adobe and a lot of construction going on with Houses and garages going up. There will be more construction traffic on the roads so please slow down and watch out for big trucks.

The Board of Directors has purchased a new work truck and here are a few Pictures. It is a little smaller than the last one but more economical to drive.


New Ranch Truck

If you have not had the chance to go over to the Reservoir next time you are up this way get your permit, grab a fishing pole and spend the day fishing.

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Burn Pit

The Burn pit is open for business and from the looks of things, there is still a lot of fire mitigation to get done. If you are not sure what you need to do on your property, please Call Hartsel Fire 719-836-3500 and ask them to come out and give you a free Inspection and they can assist you with what needs to be done.

Park Site “C” (Dog Park) is now Open. If you and your pet use this facility, please remember to clean up after them. There are small bags provided and a bucket to dispose of the pet waist.

RV Dump Station is open how ever there may not be water available until the night temperatures are above freezing.

RV’s May go back on Vacant lots.

As Springtime begins to warm up you may start to notice the Bears are coming out of Hibernation and Very Hungry so please remember to bring in Pet food and Bird food at night.

The Trash Compactor door is fixed and if you cannot access the door please come to the office for assistance. If it happens to be on Monday or Tuesday, please wait until Wednesday Morning. You can call the office and leave a message 719-836-2079 or call my cell Phone 719-502-1688.  I only answer it during work Hours.

John Photo





John Adams, RM

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : March 20, 2016 6:00 AM

Cell Tower

Cell Tower

It is Spring time again and time for some warmer weather here on the Ranch.

As many of you know, Commnet has purchased a lot on the ranch and obtained a Special Use
Permit from Park County to construct a cellphone tower. The location of this tower is in the
central area of the ranch on Adobe Road and should provide additional coverage to much of
the ranch that does not have cell coverage today.

Construction of the new tower started in early March and is expected to be online sometime in
April if there are no major issues. At the time of this writing, it looks like they are working on
the base and the tower sections are on site waiting for the base to be completed before being
constructed. I expect we all will see it up in the air sometime over the next week or two.

The tower is owned and operated by Commnet who also owns many other cell phone towers in
the area. They provide roaming service for all of the major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon,
Sprint, and T-Mobile. It will be a home tower for Commnet’s own cell phone division called
Choice Wireless. (https://www.choice-wireless.com).
The Choice Wireless representative has told us they have hardware (mobile phones, house
phones and internet MiFI cards) that will be available for ranch members to borrow for free to
test and trial their service once the tower is activated. If you are interested in this, contact Mark
Ray at (719) 839-8200.

I have started a thread in the RORA Forum and will continue updating it as I learn more on
construction and activation of the tower. Use this link to go directly to that thread.
Cell Phone Tower Updates


Ron Rose







RORA Treasurer




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