2 important reminders!

New Year's Eve 2013Reminder #1:  Monday, December 31, 2012 – New Year’s Eve Game Night.  Join neighbors and friends for a safe New Year’s Eve celebration in the neighborhood.  Bring an appetizer or snack to share and your favorite table game.  7:00 PM to Midnight.

NewsReminder #2:  Wednesday, January 2, 2013, Association meeting at 7:00 PM, in the Association Building, 86 Elk Creek Drive.  After the business meeting, work will be completed on the Annual Newsletter.

Nominees for the 2013 Board of Directors are Brad Burk, Dan Colligan, Jeff DeBerry, Paul Ellis, Ken Perdew, Tracie Schaefer and Ted Stein.  Five of these will be elected with terms beginning February 6, 2013.  Voting will take place via printed ballots in the Annual Newsletter.

Ken Perdew, Secretary Treasure, 303-838-7768

Tracks in the snow!

On Sunday, December 9th at around 3:30-4:00 pm we were driving up our driveway and were enjoying the beauty of about 2-3 inches of freshly fallen snow.  We also noticed interesting tracks all the way up with circling in the switchback, parking area, and around our deck steps.  These tracks had a single continuous track about 2 inches wide with paw prints on either side.  At first we thought it was a cross country skier with ski poles, but their tracks have 2 continuous tracks between the pole marks.  Then we thought maybe a small rodent shorter than the depth of the snow being chased by another animal.  However, when the track took a turn, the corners had swishing marks, so then we thought it might be a dog dragging a leash.  On closer examination, the single continuous track did not have smaller paw prints as a rodent’s track would and the “pole” prints were definitely paw prints about 3-4 inches wide.  We did not see “claw” marks with the paw prints, but were convinced it was a large dog with short toe nails dragging a leash!  Driving back down the driveway we then noticed that there were 2 different sizes of paw prints, what are the chances of 2 different dogs dragging their leashes in our driveway?

LiontrackswdragmarksHave you ever slapped your forehead and rolled your eyes and asked “why didn’t I take a picture of that?”  Well, that is us!  The picture on the left is one we found on the internet and not one we took.  It isn’t exactly what we saw, but is the closest one we could find.  According to our internet research it was mountain lion tracks and the smaller tracks were from a cub!  Did you know mountain lions drag their tails when they walk?  Also, the tracks we saw followed the driveway, according to the internet, if it had been a dog, the tracks would have gone from one side of the driveway to the other as dogs like to investigate both sides.  Also, no claw marks, makes it more likely to be a lion than a dog.  In this picture it shows the paw marks on one side of the tail drag, this is because the tracks are crossing a hill and the paw prints are on the downside.  The tracks we saw were going up a hill, not across, and the tail drag was in the middle of the paw prints.

Meanwhile we have been anxiously awaiting more snow!  Not only for the so needed moisture, but to pay better attention to the tracks on our property and this time you can bet we will be taking pictures!

New Year’s Eve Game Night

New Year's Eve 2013 Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association has scheduled
a Game Night for Monday, December 31st starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Association Building, 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  Hot chocolate, coffee and cider will be provided.

Bring your favorite table game to play, snacks to eat, and help ring in the New Year with friends and neighbors!

Important reminder to drive carefully especially during the Holidays

There was an article published in The Flume on December 14, 2012 that gave the details of a two-vehicle crash on Park County Road 43 on December 10th.  Corporal Jeff DeBerry was on routine patrol, eastbound on CR 43, when the Park County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle he was driving was hit by a Dodge Durango going westbound.  Jeff’s patrol vehicle slid down the embankment after the collision.

Accidents can happen so quickly!  A combination of icy spots on the road, following too closely, and not traveling at the posted speed, is a disaster just waiting to happen!  Please drive carefully especially during the Holidays!

Corporal Jeff DeBerry is a great asset to our community and we are so grateful that there were no injuries reported!

Burn Ban in Effect for Park County

The Burn Ban for Park County was updated December 4th.      fireban

The following acts are PROHIBITED on private property and all public property until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, including charcoal.
  • Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads or trails.
  • Blasting, welding or other activities, which generate flame or flammable material.
  • Fireworks and model rocketry.
  • Using explosive targets and metal jacketed bullets.
  • Operating a chain saw without a 10lb ABC or 2.5 gallon pressurized or equivalent fire extinguisher, and large size pointed shovel readily available for quick use.


  • Persons with a written permit from the Sheriff.
  • Persons using a fire solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels.
  • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  • Any Federal, State or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  • May use lead bullets only for target practice.
  • Approved outdoor wood burning and enclosed heater.

Please pass this on.  Thanks, Jeff DeBerry

To learn more information, go to the Park County website at http://www.parkco.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=32