Fire Ban and 4th of July

4th of JulyDue to the 4th of July holiday, the July 3rd Association Meeting has been canceled.  The Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association will meet next at 7 PM, Wednesday, August 7th in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy 4th of July!

There is a Burn Ban for Park County,Fire Ban, July 2012 effective June 12, 2013

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.

To view the official Burn Ban document signed by Sheriff Fred Wegener, go to http://parkco.us/DocumentCenter/View/1434

Moose seen in Elk Creek Meadows

moose side1 06-06-2013A HUGE thanks to Allen Ellerbrock for sending this picture for us to share!  It is especially exciting to see these pictures after reading the article I posted below on June 7th called “Moose Incident – No one wins!”  Allen said he was working outside when he saw this moose wandering through the Elk Creek Meadows neighborhood on June 6th.  Moose are known to have poor vision, however their excellent hearing and sense of smell more than make up for it, and can run up to 50 mph.  Allen said he was glad that he was at the other end of the property and was able to see the moose before he saw him.  He kept his distance and took these pictures with a telephoto lens.  Moose graze on grasses, bushes, willow and aspen trees, and as Allen realized, a person does not need to be near a stream to come close to a moose.  Gregg and Kathy Pearson also sent us pictures last year of a moose grazing on aspen trees.  To see more pictures, go to the Moose page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.  You may click on any of the photos to view a larger image.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 – Summer BBQ, Potluck, and Kids Fishing Derby

Second reminder to mark your calendars for ouBBQr annual summer barbeque on Saturday, June 22nd, starting at 12:00 noon.  ECHPOA will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, coffee, lemonade, and iced tea.  Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share and invite your friends and family to join us at the Association Building, 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Kids Fishing Derby will be held at the pond, on the west side of the Association Building, during the BBQ between 12:00 noon and 3:00 PM.  Children under the age of 13 years may participate AND must be accompanied by an adult.  For this Derby ONLY, barbed hooks and worms may be used to catch fish.  Limit of 1 fish per child.  Prizes will be awarded while they last, so come early!

Volunteers are needed for both grilling at the BBQ and helping with the Kids Fishing Derby.  Please contact Paul Ellis at 720-903-0502 if you are available to help or have “prizes” such as fishing tackle to donate to the Derby.

Moose Incident – No one wins!

Colorado Parks & Wildlife - MooseThe Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission are warning residents to take precautions after a cow moose recently injured a 60 year-old woman as she walked her dog near Grand Lake.  It was reported that the woman was as close as 10 feet to the cow and her calf before the moose charged and knocked her down.  Everyone needs to be reminded that approaching wildlife can be dangerous and often puts the animal at risk as well.  Wildlife officials were forced to euthanize both the cow and the calf for human health and safety concerns.

The wolf is a natural predator of the moose and a moose will attempt to stomp a wolf in self-defense.  Moose do not differentiate dogs from wolves and if a dog runs back to its owner for safety, it may bring a large, angry, moose with it.

Wildlife officials are advising people to watch wildlife from a distance with binoculars or a telescope, use the zoom lens on cameras, and keep dogs on leashes at all times.  Give wildlife plenty of space so that it will not feel threatened and attack.  Cow moose will aggressively protect their young and late spring is calving season.

The “Moose incidents in Grand Lake Prompt CPW Warnings” article was published by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 5:48 pm.  To read the whole article, click on the underlined title above.