PSPOA and Community News


September 2015


Property Owners' Association and Community News




Pinewood Springs to Welcome New Residents - Some local volunteers have initiated a new resident-welcome program. We are inviting businesses and organizations to help sponsor this plan. This is a way to introduce new residents to your services and products. You are invited to be 1 of 12 sponsors to have your business name/logo printed prominently on a high-quality canvas bag that is great for shopping and other uses: $30 if you choose not to sponsor, please contribute items to put in the bags to introduce your neighbors to your products and services.

This could include coupons, discounts, business cards, and samples. Please respond by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The volunteers will assemble the bags and personally delivery these to new residents. We know that many of you have been asked to give a lot recently and we are grateful for your generous response. If you are unable to support this program now, please consider being a sponsor in the future, and contribute items for the bags. Thank you. For more information and to make your contribution as a welcome-bag sponsor or to contribute items for in the bags, please contact Christy at, 303-823-5991. Please share this message with others.


Please support Pinewood Springs Property Owners Association (not your ordinary POA)

It’s not too late! –Assessment for June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2016

 (Estes Park Residents and renters included but with non-voting rights)

Please drop a check for $25.00 (for the year), include your contact info with email addresses, in the water drop slot at the Firehouse or send it to PSPOA, 61 Kiowa Rd, Lyons, CO 80540. You must be a member to join the propane association.







The message below concerns the PSPOA Firewood Co-op. Please remember that to participate in the discount for both the propane, firewood, and Beetleblock CO-Ops, you must have paid your annual PSPOA membership fee of $25.00.   

Here's the deal with A & W Firewood for the 2015 season.  The wood is seasoned urban hardwood, split to order.  The price is $245/cord.  If anyone is interested, they can contact Wayne and April directly ASAP and place their order.  If they do not hear from them in a timely fashion, you should contact them again until they respond. Patience is a virtue here. Neither I nor Marcus has any magic in getting them to respond to our attempts at communication either.  Marcus has tried to secure other wood providers, but could not find any that were anywhere near as cheap, so we have to deal with the issues of communication. You must be a paid member of the PSPOA to participate in this co-op.  Contact info for firewood dealer, Wayne and April Mast, 970-541 7481 or 970-624-9853, or email him at:






ROAD Board News


Work around Pinewood continues; we will be finishing the area around the Seneca Bridge now that the major construction of both the bridge and water line has been completed. Upper Kiowa is on the list as well once the Kiowa Bridge to the Island is complete. As always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact us either through the Road Board email address –, or via voice mail at (303) 895-3848. Board meetings are held every other month on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Firehouse, and the next meeting will be held on October 6th. Visitors are welcome; please enter through the back door.




Pinewood Springs Community Church News

 From Linda Wisneski: Adult Bible study meets at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Join us as we work through our study of The Bible in 24 Hours. Service is at 10:00 a.m. with coffee and conversation afterwards in Fellowship Hall.







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.


The bears ARE OUT AND ABOUT so 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!


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.


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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