Road and Bridge Meeting Rescheduled!

Posted By: Tom : June 12, 2015 1:02 PM


Road and Bridge department meeting at Hartsel Fire station last month was cancelled because of the snow storm!

Welcome to Spring time in the Rockies!

Assuming we’re safe from any further weather on Weds. June 17th, Wednesday, Road and Bridge will be here at the Hartsel Fire Station at 6:00 P.M.

They will be here to answer concerns re: our roads in and about Hartsel. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : June 5, 2015 10:11 AM

The Winter That Would Not End!

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May 19, 2015 RORA

Actually it’s a mild winter when compared to last year and the winter of 2007, but we’re less than 30 days from the Summer Solstice and at the time of this writing, more snow is in the forecast for the high country!  The good news is all our reservoirs are nearly full, the risk of fire is relatively low, snow pack is up, and water-related recreation Chaffee and Park Counties should “boom” this summer.

The bad news is the Ranch has suffered much damage to its roads and trees due to the relentless heavy May snowfalls.  However, I found Park County’s Road and Bridge crews hard at work yesterday hauling in road materials and re-grading segments of our major roads that had washed out or turned into impassible quagmires.  [Pictures here show restoration of portion of Ranch Road between Tapadero and Forge Roads].   All of our roads (all 69 miles of them!) need attention, so please be patient until the County can get to them.  Vince Johnson, the County’s work supervisor for our district, is aware of our needs but, understandably, must attend to these on a “worst first” basis and on a finite budget.ROR Road Repair & Storm Damage 035

With respect to snow plowing and maintenance, we are actually blessed relative to other subdivisions in Park County.  Did you know we are the only subdivision in the County with a dedicated road grader, and a driver (Vann) who lives right here on the Ranch?  The County is also working toward constructing a storage/shop building for its grader and will submit its plans to our Architectural Review Committee when funding for the project is more eminent.ROR Road Repair & Storm Damage 040

Many of our trees have also been lost or badly damaged in certain areas of the Ranch.  [Picture here shows tree damage at the south end of Blacksmith].  John will discuss the extent of this damage in his column as well as the power outages many of us experienced on May 18-19th.   While the Ranch is one of the most scenic and wildlife-abundant areas of Colorado, we are often reminded that “livin in the mountains ain’t for sissies!”ROR Road Repair & Storm Damage 016



Jeff Deardorff, Member at Large

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Suzan : May 20, 2015 7:00 AM


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Well, it sure does not feel like we are coming up on the Memorial Day weekend! From what I have heard, this is the wettest May that we have had since 1935! The wildflowers will be spectacular.

As I am an avid hiker, it looks like my high peak hiking trips will be high peak snowshoe hikes for a while longer!

At our May meeting Dick Chambers shared information regarding a voucher program that the Park County Senior Coalitions has available to full-time residents. I have attached it to the site. Click this link for more information: Wildland Fire Mitigation Program

I realize that the board spent a lot of time sharing ideas and resources with everyone in the most recent newsletter but this was new information that we found and wanted to share with you.2015 05 19_1263

Many of our Summer residents will be returning to the Ranch and I hope you will attend one of our Board of Directors meetings on the 2nd Sat of the month so you can meet your representatives and other ROTR property owners.


Suzan Gebow
Secretary of the Board


Finally, we got some much needed snow. Like most of you, I am still digging out especially when it slid off the roof.  On Monday of last week, I set up the deck furniture and told my wife that now we would get snow. Sure enough, we did and it slid off the roof and covered everything.  I’ve lived here long enough to know, but evidently not long enough to learn.

Park County got at least a path plowed for us Friday afternoon.  Thank you.

Board elections are coming up in August. There will be two positions open.  If you are interested in running for the board. Please have your letter of interest to the board by June 1st. Include in your letter a short bio of yourself, why you wish to serve on the board, and what skills you bring to board.  I ran because I feel it is important to give back to the community.  Please think about what you can give.  The candidates’ information and ballots will be printed in the summer newsletter.  You will also be able to vote at the annual meeting and picnic on August 8, 2015. If you are unsure of who to vote for or can’t attend the annual meeting and picnic, you can sign the proxy on the ballot.2012 08 10_0035

The open top dumpsters were a huge success.  They will be here again in August.

Don’t forget the chili cook off on May 10th at the pavilion.  It is always a good time to see your neighbors and taste some great chili.  Call the ranch office for more details.Bobcat

Have you ever wanted to ask an elected official a question?  Well, here’s your chance,  Mike Brazell, Park County Commissioner, will bring his Dish with the Commish to the Hartsel Community Center on April 28th at 6:30 PM.  He will provide the entrée.  You are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

Dick Chambers



Posted By: Tom : April 18, 2015 8:41 AM

The burn pit will be closed today, Saturday, April 18th, 2015, due to snow.

Annual Chili Contest coming up May 16th

Posted By: Suzan : April 7, 2015 7:40 AM

Saturday May 16th-Ranch Pavilion- 1 pm – 3:30 pm                   

* Everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish
* Cost is $5 per entry and per person with a side dish
* Cost is $10 per person not having a side dish
*Electricity is provided as well as cups bowls and utensils.
*The Ranch will provide soda pop and water as well.
*Please bring about a Crock Pot Full

There will be a white elephant sale following the chili contest

For more information please call John Adams at 719-836-2079

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