May 2013 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 1st in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Members and those planning to join are encouraged to be at this meeting. Regular monthly reports will be given.  Also, plans will continue for a “Community Yard Sale” to be held later this spring or early summer.

If unable to be at the meeting, call Danny Colligan at 303-838-1004 or Ken Perdew at 303-838-7768 for additional information.

Bears are Out

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife CommissionColorado Parks & Wildlife - Bear are warning residents to take precautions now that the black bears are emerging from their winter dens.  Residents can help keep bears wild and reduce human-bear conflicts by eliminating the availability of human food such as pet food, bird feeders, and garbage cans.  Bears can smell food odors from miles away and will go into areas where human food is easy to obtain.  It is best when bears obtain their food in the wild, and will likely spend more time in the wilderness and away from homes if residents remove human food sources.  Here are a few suggestions:

–     Obtain a bear-resistant trash can and put garbage out on the morning of pickup.

–     Clean trash cans often and freeze food scraps before tossing to eliminate food odors.

–     Do not leave pet food or feeding bowls outside.

–     Suspend bird feeders high above the ground and bring them in at night.

The “Bears are Out; Be Bear Aware this Summer” article was published by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 3:59 pm.  To read the whole article, click on the underlined title above.

Spring Snow Helps Colorado Snowpack

Colorado Snowpack Map 4-19-2013

With all the wonderful spring snow fall we have had during the months of March and April we are finally better off now than we were this time last year!  As of Friday, April 19th,  our state-wide snowpack reached 87% of the average from where we had been at the end of February with only 76%.  Unfortunately, we are still “not out of the woods yet” as we would need many more feet of snow to reach the average.  Hopefully, this will delay the dry “fire season” a few more months compared to last year!

Colorado Snowpack Graph 4-19-2013