PSPOA and Community News


October 2014


Property Owners' Association and Community News




On Wednesday October 15th, Peggy Baily from TetraTech will be at the PSPOA meeting at 7:00 pm to discuss her findings on the Little Thompson and Crescent Lake Restoration Project. This is an important meeting for all residents, especially those of you who live along the Little Thompson and users of Crescent Lake. Please come and see the proposed plans. We welcome your input.


 Kids' Halloween Party and Haunted House

Sunday, Oct 26th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station. Admission: one bag of unopened candy. Feel free to bring a potluck dish. We need a few volunteers who can decorate/set up party room or haunted house, starting the day of the party at noon.  We are looking for 4 volunteers to help us run the party-games, crafts and kitchen-from 4-7pm.  We also need a few people to help clean up at 7pm. Pinewood kids who want to do some scaring in the haunted house should show up in costume by 2:00 p.m. to claim your spot.  

Questions? Call Andrew and Kate Hart 303-823-6308



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 prevention week is October 5 thru the 12th. Please see the link below for more information.

Next Fire Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th, 7:00 pm at the Fire Station Community meeting room.



Fire Station and Community Center Project

FUNDING UPDATE: To date, about $130,000 has been raised toward the Fire Station and Community Center Project. Your continued contributions and support are greatly appreciated!

THE DOLA GRANT: The Project’s Capital Campaign and Marketing Committee is preparing to submit an application for a Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Grant. If we are selected, this matching dollar grant would double the size of our Fund. We’ll keep you posted!

 FLOOD BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE: Copies of "The Road Home - The 2013 Flood - Pinewood Springs Rises Above the Water" book will be available for purchase online by October 15 at The book costs $34.95 plus tax and shipping, and can be purchased using all major credit cards. All proceeds go toward the Fire Station and Community Center Project Fund.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Capital Campaign and Marketing Committee is currently seeking volunteers to assist with its on-going efforts to reach our Community’s funding goal. Anyone interested in lending a hand should email John Bologna at




Fire Brigade News

The Road Home, A Celebration of Community Spirit was indeed just that! Thank you for coming and enjoying the company of other Pinewoodians.  We had an abundance of great food and conversation. Thanks again to PSPOA for providing the pig and US Foods for the yard birds.  Thanks to our chef, Larry Davis, his assistants, many firefighters and volunteer meat pullers.  Thanks to our kitchen manager Gabi and all her helpers.  We also thank Barb and Troy of M Squared for the fabulous music.  We so appreciated the set up and clean up help especially from our firefighters.  It was a grand event. Thank you for the donations that we received.

Also, several of you left dishes and/or utensils. If you wish to reclaim your items, please contact Gabi and arrange for pickup.

The Road Home; The 2013 Flood - Pinewood Springs Rises Above the Water
 book was a complete sellout!  Thank you for your support.  A reorder is in process. Please check the for an update as to when more books will be available. Watch for upcoming announcements about our holiday fundraiser.


ROAD Board News

By now all of you should have received the official notification of the ballot issue to increase the maximum mil levy for the Pinewood Springs roads. Please, don't be alarmed by the budgetary data for 2013 and especially 2014. Those numbers include actual and anticipated expenditures, paid for through the county with funds above and beyond for flood repairs. The overall percentage change in the real estate taxes from 2010 through 2014 is actually negative when the flood related extra funds are removed from the calculation. Our mil levy income has been reduced over that time period.

Our own Pinewood Springs road crew is doing what we can to protect what we have and to minimize hazards on our roads until the larger repair projects can be bid and implemented. That process seems to be dragging on but understand the magnitude of the task our county engineers face throughout Larimer County. We continue to work closely with the county engineering office to coordinate and inform them of our needs.

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 p.m. in the Firehouse. Next scheduled meeting is tentatively planned for November 4th. Please enter through the back door.



Adult Bible Study continues at 9:00 a.m.  The topic of study is the Gospel of John.  Please join us for worship and prayer at 10:00 a.m. followed by refreshments in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. The Church is located at 260 Button Rock Rd. (old gate 6) Phone 303-823-6272.

The Church is located at 260 Button Rock Rd. (old gate 6) Phone 303-823-6272.



Estes Park Estates News

The Estes Park Estates Road Association recently voted for a one-year tax levy increase to provide for a road base surge to rebuild the road base of Estes Park Estates Drive lost to wear and tear and the flood.  Otherwise all is quiet as folks are busy getting ready for winter.





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 ARE BULKING UP FOR HIBERNATION, 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!


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?

For a list of Larimer County and Colorado Government officials and departments,
please go to this site's 
“LINKS” bar.


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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