September 6, 2017 Association Meeting

The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, in the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  We will be brainstorming on how to SAVE THE POND and not have to restore it back into a creek.  State required deadline to present preliminary plan is November 1st.  Please come and bring your ideas, all possible options need to be considered.  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.
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Solar Eclipse – Monday, August 21st

A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. The moon will block the sun’s light and will cast a shadow on the earth making it look like it is twilight here on earth.  The sun is 400 times wider than the moon, but also 400 times farther away, so to our eyes, the two will appear to be the same size.  On Monday, August 21st people in the United States will have a chance to see a “total” solar eclipse, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the corona, or sun’s glow, can be seen.  However, you must be in just the right spot at the right time to see a total solar eclipse.  This eclipse will start on the west coast in Oregon and travel across 14 states to the east coast in South Carolina with about a 65 mile wide path.  For those of us not in this “path of totality” you will still get a chance to see a partial eclipse, where part of the sun is blocked by the moon.  The farther north you go, the greater percent of the sun will be blocked. Denver will see 92.3%, Boulder 93.1%, Fort Collins 95.4%, and Casper, Wyoming will be 100%.  To be able to see a total solar eclipse in the exact same spot is very rare, only about once every 375 years.  The next total solar eclipse that can be seen in the United States will not occur again until 2024. Colorado will not see one until 2046.  Remember not to look up at the sun because serious damage, even blindness, can happen to unprotected eyes.  Dark glasses made specially for looking at eclipses can be purchase through Amazon and some public libraries will have them available for free.  You can also make a pinhole in a piece of paper or cardboard, hold it above another piece of paper on the ground, and view the movement of the shadow looking down without looking up at the sun.  In Denver, the moon will begin to block the sun at 10:23 am and finish 2 hours and 51 minutes later at 1:14 pm.  However, the maximum blockage will be at 11:47 am and only last for about 2 minutes.  Here’s hoping for good weather and clear skies on August 21st!

To learn more, go to these websites:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/07/11/solar-eclipse-2017-heres-everything-you-need-know/464345001/

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/colorados-best-and-worst-2017-total-solar-eclipse-viewing-locations-based-on-totality

http://www.9news.com/news/eclipse/get-ready-were-less-than-a-month-from-the-solar-eclipse/461505308

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/Denver

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Water Tank Delivered

How do you deliver a new 275 gallon water tank to the horse corral without a pickup truck?


 

 

 

How do you get that same 130 pound tank down from the top of your Pathfinder?  Tie it up to a tree branch, drive away, and lower it down!  Paul Ellis, an amazing and crazy engineer!  Also, many thanks to Walt and Dale Wark for their help in not letting it hit him in the head!

Horse corral boarders have been hauling water from Bailey since October of last year to be in compliance with state water regulations.  Improvements to the water storage system continue to be made so that the whole process will become easier.  About 375 gallons have been hauled each week this summer.  Therefore, a second 275 gallon water tank was purchased to reduce the number of trips necessary to obtain enough water for the 8 horses currently being boarded.  It also allows for more than one person to do all the hauling.  To see more pictures of this water storage system, go to the Horses page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

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New Staff Gauge

The new Staff Gauge has been installed in the pond.  It will be used to measure water levels as mandated by the State Water Commissioner. 

Many thanks to Paul Ellis, Walt Wark, and Tim Bradley for making this happen!  We also want to thank Mike Felix for donating the metal beam!

To see more pictures, go to the Fishing Pond page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

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Guess what we found!

On Sunday, July 23rd, we discovered something very fresh that had been left on our driveway!  Guess what it was!   ……..Bear poop!  Unfortunately, it contained mostly items eaten out of a trash can.  See close up picture below.  Bears can smell food odors from miles away and will go into areas where human food is easy to obtain.  They will continue to return to an area where they had previously obtained food.  Do not put garbage cans out until the morning of a pickup.  Clean cans often and freeze food scraps before tossing to elimiate odors.  A 32 gallon bear-resistant trash can can be purcahsed for about $200.  For more information go to the article published on this blog called Time to be Bear Aware.

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August 2, 2017 Association Meeting

The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, in the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  We will discuss the Staff Gauge improvement in our pond, the status of beaver reintroduction to our wetland area, and begin scheduling horse shelter roof repairs.  Help with these repairs are greatly needed!  If you can participate, please come to this meeting and let us know!  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.
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There’s a New Artist in Town!

Click on the above graphic to go to Alan’s website.

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