Colorado Snowpack Continues to Increase

Colorado Snowpack Map 2-26-2014

Colorado snowpack level statewide has increased 17% during the past month.  We are currently 111% of average compared to 94% at the end of January, 2014.  Levels this year are still better than both 2012 and 2013, and still not as high as 2011.  Normal peak date is in early April, and March is typically the “snowiest” month of the year for Colorado.  It will be interesting to see what happens during the next 4 weeks!

Colorado Snowpack Graph 2-26-2014

Sighting!

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At 8:43 am today Ken Perdew reported he had “Just received a telephone call that a “big” mountain lion was spotted this morning at about 4:20 AM, Wednesday the 26th by the pond on Elk Creek Drive.”

Oh my!  It is one thing to see their tracks, a whole different story to actually have a Sighting!  See my article call “Tracks in the Snow” posted December 18, 2012!

March 5, 2014 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 PM. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

New Board of Directors Officers have been named.  President, Charles Banks, Vice-President, Paul Ellis, Secretary/Treasurer, Ken Perdew.  Other members include Felix Beall and Jeff DeBerry.  Brad Burk will serve as an alternate.

Regular monthly reports will be given along with plans for 2014.

All members are encouraged to attend.  Those planning to place membership can do so by sending dues to ECHPOA, 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey, CO 80421 or do so at this meeting.

For additional information call Ken Perdew at 303-838-7768.

Sheriff warns of vehicle break-ins in Bailey

On February 21, 2014, THE FLUME published the following article:

“Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said in a press burglarrelease  Feb. 18 his office is investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins in the Bailey area.

Wegener warned residents to not leave valuable in vehicles.

Most items stolen from vehicle had been left in plain view.

“Please lock your vehicle and if able park you car in your garage during night-time hours,” Wegener said in the release.

“We would encourage all or our residents to lock their door and windows and ensure their garage doors are locked, especially if it is an attached garage.”

Wegener said residents should remember to leave porch lights on at night and to report any unusual activities in their neighborhoods to the sheriff’s office.

“We want to work with our residents to deter crime and make our communities safer,” he said.

Anyone who may have information about the crimes is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office Detectives at 719-836-4387.”

To see this article and more, go to THE FLUME at:  http://www.theflume.com/free_content/article_b5a168c4-9b37-11e3-8a2c-001a4bcf6878.html

Colorado Snowpack is Better this Year than Last

Colorado Snowpack Map 1-28-2014

With the amount of snow that we have received over the past few weeks, snowpack is now above normal levels in some areas of Colorado.  This time last year the snowpack level statewide was only about 70% of average compared to 94% at the end of January, 2014.  Levels this year are currently better than both 2012 and 2013, but not as high as they were in 2011.  The snow we receive now could really help us during the wildfire season.  So, let’s keep hoping for snow…but maybe not such low temperatures!

See also my Spring Snow Helps Colorado Snowpack article posted April 20, 2013.

Colorado Snowpack Graph 1-28-2014