PSPOA and Community News


August 2014


Property Owners' Association and Community News




Signs alerting residents to the new dangers in the TUBS (shallower than before due to silt and hidden boulders) have been posted. Thank you to the Koby’s and Steve Fitzgerald for their work on that project.

The PSPOA is still waiting on the survey and the engineering study to start restoring Crescent Lake. More suggestions about what you would like to see happen at Crescent are most welcome.  Please email me at or come to the next meeting on August 20th, 7:00 P.M. at the Fire Station. Enter through back door.

Yes, I want to have a voice in our community by joining or renewing my PSPOA membership. Here is my membership form along with my $25 payment which I will slip through the Firehouse-payment slot. You may also mail your payment to: PSPOA, 61 Kiowa, Lyons, CO 80540.






Fire extinguisher information and training has been postponed to sometime in October (fire prevention week is October 5th thru the 11th). Watch for an announcement in upcoming newsletters.

The Brigade News

Dear Pinewood Springs residents, neighbors and friends: The Ignite! CirqueDuFire! event was a fabulous success. We had a perfect turnout of "vendors," and M Squared rocked the place with their jazz-fusion sets. Circus-Your-Way, LLC did two delightful performances and helped more than a few of our firefighters and friends learn to use the Hula Hoop, and the HOT Firefighter Dunk Tank may have been one of the more popular events. Everyone had a wonderful time, and we raised a sizeable amount of money and goodwill towards the new fire station and community center. In next month’s newsletter I will have a list of people to acknowledge, but for now, a warm heartfelt thanks to all who helped, contributed, and attended. This community is like no other...
 -Sue Painter and  the Brigade.

Fire Station and Community Center Project

Did you know that the volunteers on the project are actively seeking grants to subsidize the cost of the new building? Pursuing grants allows us to avoid financing the building, which can cost almost twice the amount in the long run when you consider the interest paid. In fact, we are not just pursuing one grant, but several. Some will likely come from private organizations and others from government entities. Commonly, grants require recipients to provide a matching amount. For every $1 awarded by the grant, we must raise $1 to match it. This means that the more money we raise from the community, the more grant funds we are eligible for. Please, make your donation today to help us build our new Fire Station and Community Center!


Upcoming Pinewood Events

September 13, 2014
the one year flood anniversary event
The Road Home;
A Celebration of Community Spirit,
will be held late afternoon at the Fire Station.
Watch for details in future newsletters, in emails, and on Facebook
and The 2013 Flood—Pinewood  Springs Rises Above the Water,
a commemorative book about Pinewood Springs, will be sold 
at the event.
Proceeds from the sale of the book go 
toward the new Fire Station and 
Community Center Project.
Hope to see you on September 13th, 2014.




ROAD Board News


Our road board crew did an extraordinary job immediately after the September flood to make our roads safe and functional. With 36 closed we salvaged whatever local material we could from the fields and ditches to make these repairs. Those repairs look good but are not durable. The county was restricted by FEMA on replacing these temporary repairs giving us less support than we expected. More will have to be paid for from the PWS Road Board budget. Please support the mill levy issue on the November ballot. The mill rate increase will put a higher cap on our budget, but the board has the power to set the actual rate assessed to a lower level. We have the best rural roads and we do it at the lowest cost per mile of any PID in Larimer County. We expect to continue that.

A rainy weather reminder to all homeowners: Please check your driveway culverts for blockages. Plugged culverts can divert water on to the roads causing damage.

As always, please report any road problems or requests to the Road Board message service, 303-895-3848. Board meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the odd numbered months of the year at 7:00 PM in the Firehouse. Please enter through the back door. September’s meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 2nd.



Thank you to the kids who joined us for Vacation Bible School!  It was great fun.  Parents we enjoyed our time with them and hope to see all of you again!

John Buechner, our pastor will continue his series on What kind of church do we want to be? through August.  Adult Bible study has been suspended for the month of August but will begin again on September 7th.  Service is at 10 A.M. followed by refreshments in Fellowship Hall. The Church is located at 260 Button Rock Rd. (old gate 6) Phone: 303-823-6272.





The PSPOA is working with the Fire District to get everyone’s home marked with reflective aluminum house-number signs. In the event of an emergency, it is extremely important for rescue personnel to be able to find your home quickly. For further information or questions, contact Gabi at: 823-5345 or e-mail her PSPOA members pay $8.00 per sign, and non-members $12.00. Sign prices are purposely kept low as this is not a fund-raising project, but is meant to help valley residents properly display their house numbers in order to assist emergency personnel. If you are ready to order, please download this  ORDER FORM  and drop the envelope through the water-payment slot at the Firehouse.


Summer is here and the bears are out and about so be sure to keep your trash safe from looting and don't put it out the night before PICK-UP unless you want to clean up! Also do not leave any food in your car unless you want your car destroyed because The bears will rip anything apart to get to food as they are BULKING UP FOR WINTER!


From Gary Clements and the Division of Wildlife:

HAVE A HEART, DO YOUR PART. BE “BEAR AWARE“ THIS SPRING DENVER, Colo. - Each year in Colorado dozens of bears must be relocated or euthanized because of conflicts with humans. Often times these conflicts can be avoided by following a few simple steps. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking people to do their part to keep bears out of trouble.

Bears have awakened from their winter naps and are searching for food. Bears are always looking for easy meals and are often drawn to towns, residences and campgrounds for a quick treat. Once a bear identifies a location as an easy food source they will return over and over again, which is why it's important to not attract them to the area in the first place. Colorado, generally, has a two-strike policy for bears. The first time a bear becomes persistent in its search for food near humans, it may be trapped, tagged and taken to a remote area to be released. If the bear gets in trouble again, it is destroyed. Sometimes, however, if a bear shows very aggressive behavior on a first encounter it can be euthanized.

"Destroying a bear is never an easy decision for a wildlife officer," said Abbie Walls, public information officer for CPW in southeast Colorado. "But human health and safety is always our number one priority. That being said, if humans take just a few minutes out of their day to do what is right, we could really cut down on the amount of conflicts we have every year."

Bears are not typically aggressive towards people, but may become so if food is present. Never approach a bear--If you see a bear encourage it to leave the area by yelling, throwing rocks, or spraying water at it from a safe distance. However, if food continues to be present, they will likely return.

Follow these tips to help keep bears out of trouble:
- Keep garbage in a well-secured location and only put out garbage

  on the morning of pickup.
- Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.
- If you don't have secure storage, put items that might become
  smelly into the freezer until trash day.
- Don't leave pet food or stock feed outside.
- Bird feeders should be brought in at this time of year—birds
  don’t need to be fed during the summer.
- If you have bird feeders clean up beneath them, bring them in

  at night and hang them high so they're completely inaccessible

  to bears.
- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of

  rotting food and they'll eat anything.
- Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to

  burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean the grill after

  each use.
- Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.

  Don't allow food odors to linger.
- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don't

  allow fruit to rot on the ground.
- Always close garage doors.
- Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when

  you're not at home.
- Do not keep food in your car and lock the doors.
- Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.

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  In addition, please refrain from feeding any other wildlife such as foxes and deer as you will draw large predators like cougars that will stalk your house if they think they will get free food. Also, what you think is "cute" (such as bear cubs) may end up being your undoing. Besides, it's against the law to feed wildlife!      




Beetle Block packets will be available next May

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     If you are interested in receiving Qwest high speed DSL service, please send an email to Terri Tomlin at  Please use the subject line of "Pinewood Springs request for more Qwest DSL access." Skybeam is another local high-speed (Wi-Fi) Internet service that can be reached at: 888-759-2326, or go to: They are now offering digital-phone service as well. 


     A cougar and her cub are parked in the gulley between Kiowa and Arapahoe, so be very careful when walking in that area!  If you see a big feline and feel that it may be stalking you or your pets, especially dogs, please report any event to our local Division of Wildlife Officer, Suzanne Kloster, at: 303-485-0593. If you're going to walk the trails alone, carry a firearm and a large walking stick just in case!! For more information, please go to:


            Nuisance Dog Issues  

Many residents have contacted the PSPOA concerning wandering dogs and nuisance barking. This is an ongoing problem. If you have inconsiderate neighbors who allow their dogs to bark and wander illegally in your neighborhood,  Larimer County Humane Society's Captain, Bill Porter, requests that in the event that any dogs-at-large bother you either with their howling, their physical presence on your property, if you see them chasing wildlife, or if you feel that the dogs' welfare may be at stake, please voice your concerns by calling the Larimer County Humane Society @ 970-226-3647 and report any incidents to the dispatch officers who are very familiar with the situation...It is illegal not to contain your dogs on your property and walk them without a leash unless they are under your strict voice command. Offenders can be fined and ultimately see jail time...Please click on this link to read the entire  statute. For a truncated version of the statutes, please click here.


     As always, business-card-size ads for the Breeze-E  are available. The cost is $15.00 for one issue or $50 for all six issues, and $70 a year for non-resident ads. Try it for one issue and your $15.00 will go toward a year’s insertion. The PSPOA Board can be reached via e-mail at:


The Pinewood Springs Fire Department would like to remind members of our community to CALL 911 FIRST in an emergency. Don't call your neighbor, even if she or he is a firefighter, nurse, or medic. Don't call your friend up the road and ask him or her to call 911. And don't call a friend or relative in a neighboring town and ask them to make the emergency call to dispatch. Even a short delay can make a difference in saving a life. When you call 911, the nearest available help is dispatched immediately. If you call a friend or relative in Longmont or Lyons or Estes Park and request that they make the emergency call to 911 for you, not only have you delayed the response by calling someone else first, but also the dispatcher will note the origin of the 911 call, and may dispatch units from that area (for example Lyons or Estes Park). This could result in a serious delay in response while an agency from another district searches in confusion for an address they can't find in their district! Meanwhile, the help that is urgently needed is unable to find you!

When you call 911, your call originates from the place where the help is needed, and dispatchers will send the help nearest to you immediately. So please remember: in an emergency, CALL 911 FIRST and get help coming fast and directly. Make any calls to friends, family, or neighbors after help is on the way, or even after help has arrived. This will ensure that you get the most rapid and direct response. It could save a life!

Who Ya 
Gonna Call?

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please go to this site's 
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For additional information regarding Larimer County
ordinances please go to
Governor, John Hickenlooper
200 E. COLFAX AVE. SUITE 136, DENVER, CO 80203

U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet
DC Phone: 202-224-5852
Senator Mark Udall
B40E Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
DC Phone: 202-224-5941
Phone: 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255)*
DC Fax: 202-224-6471
*Number is restricted to callers with Colorado area codes.

Senator Kevin Lundberg, 15th Dist.
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Phone: (303) 866-4853

Congressman Cory Gardener, 4th Dist.
123 N College Ave., Suite 220
Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 221-7110
Fax: (970) 221-7240


Fischer, Randy, House Rep., 53rd Dist.

200 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80203






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