Winter Fest Potluck Cancelled

Due to the weather and Super Bowl functions plannedCancelled for this weekend…the Winter Fest Potluck and Skating Party for Saturday, February 1st, has been CANCELLED!

Reminder:  Next meeting is at 7 pm, Wednesday, February 5th in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  Be sure to bring your ballots and dues payment!

Ken Perdew, 303-838-7768

Go Broncos!  superbowl

February 5, 2014 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 PM, Wednesday, February 5th in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Counting of ballots will take place to elect the Board of Directors for 2014.  Those on the ballot are Charles Banks, Felix Beall, Brad Burk, Jeff DeBerry, Paul Ellis and Ken Perdew.  Ballots need to be in along with dues payment by the meeting time.

Regular monthly reports will be given along with plans for activities for this new year.

Those residing, owners and renters alike, or having property in the Highlands and Meadows are encouraged to attend.  

For additional information, call 303-838-7768.

Make your vote count!

Your Vote CountsThe election for the new Board of Directors will be held at the next ECHPOA meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 7PM, in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  All ballots received will be counted during this meeting.  Blank ballots were mailed out with the ECHPOA 2014 Newsletters on Tuesday, January 6th.  If you did not receive your newsletter, you can view and print a copy of the PDF by clicking on the January 2014 link on the Annual Newsletter page under the Meeting Minutes and Newsletter menu option above.  In order for your ballot to be counted, BOTH 2014 Membership Dues and Ballots must be received by this meeting.

Annual family membership dues are only $35.00 with an additional $25.00 for an option annual fishing permit, 4 badges per family.  Make your check or money order out to ECHPOA, 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey, CO 80421.  Cash will also be accepted at the meeting.  ECHPOA owns approximately 18-20 acres of land including the POA building, stocked fishing pond, horse corral, horse pasture, stream, wet lands and beaver ponds area.  This community property is available for use by ECHPOA Members Only.  Join today and help keep these wonderful acres of land in our community!

If you have any questions about the meeting, ballots, or dues, contact Ken Perdew, Secretary/Treasurer, 303-838-7768.

Make your opinion count and be sure to vote!  Hope to see you at the meeting!

Thin Ice or Not?

Fishing or skating on the frozenThin-Ice-630x418 surface of a pond is part of winter.  Knowing how to do so safely can be a matter of life or death.  Always inspect the ice before going out onto it.  Look for signs that the ice is unsafe, is the ice sloping down from the bank due to the water level dropping, are there wet areas on the snow or ice caused from the water coming up through the cracks?  The condition, strength, and thickness of ice can quickly change from day to day depending on temperature, snow, rain, wind, wave action, natural springs, water depth, sunshine, and obstacles protruding through the ice.  Snow covered ice can either insulate ice and keep it strong or keep it from freezing.  Snow can also cover up cracks and weakened areas of the ice.  Ice doesn’t form evenly and can range from 12 inches to 1 inch thick within a 10 foot area.  New ice is usually stronger than old ice.  As ice gets older the crystal bond decays making it weaker.  Light winds speed up the formation of ice, making for weaker ice, and stronger winds force water from beneath the ice and can weaken the edges of the ice.  We can see by our recent high winds and the fact that Church Creek is still flowing has cause the ice to be very thin at the west end of the pond.  There is an old fishermen saying “Thick and blue, tried and true; thin and crispy, way to risky.”

There are four things to consider when planning on going out on the ice should you break through and fall into the water; your physical condition, your clothing, your equipment, and your procedures.  Your physical condition-would you be able to save yourself?  Being able to swim and stay afloat can reduce the chance of panic and help save your life.  Your clothing-would you be able to swim and stay afloat?  Wear loose and layered clothing that would protect you from the cold and also allow mobility for swimming.  Hip boots or waders should not be worn as they can fill with water adding weight.  Your equipment-would you be able to pull yourself out?  Wear a vest or jacket that can either be inflated or is buoyant.  Have ice claws that are threaded through your jacket sleeves like children’s mittens that can be immediately available and used to pull yourself out of the water and onto the ice.  Bring a rope that floats so that others might be able to grab it and pull you out.  Your procedures-use the buddy system and let someone know where you will be and when you will be returning when planning to go out on the ice.

It is normal to hear the ice cracking under your feet; however, there are 2 types of cracks: wet cracks and dry cracks.  There is no need to be concerned about the dry cracks, this is a result of the ice expanding on the upper layers due to increasing buildup of ice underneath and is a sign that the ice is getting stronger.  Wet cracks are a sign of danger; this indicates that the crack goes all the way through the ice and to the water level.

Below is a guideline table for ice thickness and safe activities:

Inches Activity Maximum Weight
0-3 No Activities – Stay Off None
4-5 Skating or Fishing 250 lbs
6-7 Snowmobile or ATV 1,100 lbs
8-11 Light Truck or Car 3,527 lbs
12-14 Medium Truck 7,937 lbs

Minimum Ice ThicknessTo learn more about ice safety, equipment, and what to do if you or someone else falls into the water go to the following websites:

Local Bronco Fan is Featured on Channel 9News

Bronco GlideDave Lutter proudly had his Harley motorcycle custom painted with the Bronco colors and logo.  He and his bike were featured on Channel 9News on January 14th, just before the Broncos won the AFC Championship.  Dave’s “Bronco Glide” is currently on display at Rocky Mountain Harley in Littleton.

To see the full 9News article and more pictures go to:

Baking at 9000 feet

I’m sure most of you reading this grew up in this area…    muffins2

As for my husband and I – we did not….

When we lived near Milwaukee, WI (600′ above sea level), I loved to bake and cook the day away! Now I fail miserably at anything that is supposed to rise or bake evenly.

We did not purchase a new oven with the house, which may be part of the issue with even baking (now I just rotate my pans half way through), but the largest culprit to my baking is the altitude!

The cookbook I usually use notes general rule changes to recipes above 3000′, but says to call the USDA office or write to the Colorado State University Department of Food and Science… Both of which I will not be doing…

muffins1So what to do? To the Internet of course!  Well that’s pretty much a fail there too… As I found out Saturday, there are about 30 different ways people posted to hard boil an egg above 6000’…

Today I tried my hand at mini muffins… Some weren’t baked all the way through and some rose and fell…

Try try again seems like a good idea… I’m going to have to work out more!

Any help??? – please post a reply here or speak to me, Jana, at the HOA meeting- it would be much appreciated!


Pond Ice!

ice skatingIt has been reported that the pond ice is very thin at the west end of the pond near where Churchfork Creek runs in.  Skate carefully and away from near the creek!  Those who are fishing through the ice are reminded to fish away from the area cleared for skating.

Help is needed through the season with snow removal off the ice at the pond for skating and to make sure the ice is thick enough for skating.  Duane Thompson along with some others have taken care of this for years!  THANKS!!!!  Duane has moved from the area and is no longer available to head up this program.  ATVs with snow blades have been used and even snow shovels by hand at times.  (NO TRUCKS.)  Also need to make sure ice is thick enough for that.  If able to do this on a regular basis or as needed, please call Charles Banks at 303-838-4070.


7 PM, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  The current Board of Directors will continue to serve until after the meeting of February 5, 2014 counting of ballots and election of a new Board.  Ballots were mailed out with the ECHPOA 2014 Newsletters on Tuesday, January 6th.  Make your opinion count and be sure to vote!  Hope to see you at the meeting!

Ken Perdew, Secretary/Treasurer, 303-838-7768