Mark McCracken

Friday, 06 December 2019 10:19

Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives day is Tuesday, December 10, 2019! This great tradition is a dramatic way to show how much Coloradoans care, and I would encourage you to remember Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department when you are supporting your favorite non-profits. It's easy: go to the Colorado Gives website enter your donation. As you know, RCVFD is not a tax-based fire department, and we rely on the generosity of our community to provide emergency services to Rist Canyon, Stove Prairie, and Buckhorn Canyon.

Also, just a quick reminder that if you use instead of the normal "www" address when you shop at Amazon, you can direct Amazon to donate 0.5% of your purchases to RCVFD. This is a great no-cost way to help out, too!

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 2
Bellvue, CO 80512
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Friday, 22 November 2019 14:22

Prairie School Festival

The RCVFD Book Bees will be selling books and gift baskets at the Stove Prairie School Festival, Saturday, December 7. This is a small sampling of the baskets we have put together. Most of the gift baskets are priced under $20. We have also sorted out our nicest books for some fireside reading or a little gift. As always, our hardbacks are $2, and paperbacks are $1. Look for us outside!

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:42

A Note From the Book Bees


The book bees found the book box at Station 1 stuffed and we thank you for your donations. The box is now empty and you may drop off your donations.

Also, we need some help getting the stairs enforced and the railing put back on at the upstairs door. Some of the banisters are still there and the railing is leaning against the wall to the left of the steps. We book bees would appreciate this being repaired. The steps are pulling away from the porch on the left side.

Thank you!
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 06:27

2019 Annual Meeting

Please join your neighbors at the 2019 RCVFD Community Potluck and Annual Meeting at 6:00 pm Saturday, Nov. 2, at Stove Prairie School. All are invited for a community meal, Festival slideshow, and brief reports from the RCVFD President, Fire Chief, and Treasurer. The 2020 Board of Directors will also be elected. Please bring a dish to share (main dish, side, salad, bread or dessert). Also, please note that the 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes are now posted on the website for review.

Leisa Taylor
Secretary, RCVFD
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:03

Prescribed Burns In the Area

The Nature Conservancy is doing a prescribed burn at the Boy Scout Ranch on Elkhorn today, and the Forest Service is doing a prescribed burn off of CR73C northwest of Redfeather Lakes. Either or both of these burns may cause visible smoke plumes or the smell of smoke in our area.

As always, if you see fire, call 911 immediately.

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 17:54

New Ristwatch

Hot off the presses, the new Ristwatch is available on the RCVFD website!
Monday, 07 October 2019 11:38

Cooler and goose decoy heads

To the owner of the white pick up whose large blue and white Coleman cooler and black mesh bag of goose decoy heads that flew out of your bed last week 2 houses down from Fire Station 1 on Rist Canyon Rd: I have them. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to retrieve them.

Tim Hollaman
Thursday, 05 September 2019 12:18

Bake Sale: Items Still Needed


The Festival is this Saturday Sep 7, and we would LOVE to make this the Best Bake Sale in the history of R.C.V.F.D. We need all the baked goodies you can make! As always Pies are the most requested item and we can never have too many. Cookies, Bars, Brownies, Cupcakes, Fudge and Loaves of Bread are always in demand too. Anything you are inspired to bake will be a hit! Please package items in sellable amounts, for example a dozen cookies in a bag. It is very helpful if allergen ingredients are listed, nuts, dairy etc. I will be at the Bake Sale Tent at 7:30 Am the day of the festival. Drop off your baked items any time. If you need to make other arrangements to get your baked items to the festival please give me a call at 970-472-8426. Just leave a message and I will return your call. Thanks to all in advance for helping our INCREDIBLE Fire Department.

See you at the festival!

Lisa Diederich
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 14:10

Silent Auction Items at the Festival

Dear Neighbors -

The Silent Auction at the RCVFD Festival this Saturday, September 7, has collected some truly awesome donations from some truly awesome donors! There are too many items to list here, but most ARE on the Festival website Here are just a few of the wonderful, useful, and unusual items that you REALLY should know about (and buy)!
  • Ruben’s Rides: Ruben Arrieta has donated two off-roading tours in his vehicle ‘The Animal’. One is a half day for four people, and the other is a full day for four with food. He REALLY takes you out into the wilds! The half day trip is worth $300 with a minimum bid of $150; the full day is worth $600 with a minimum bid of $300.

  • An engine-driven drafting pump for firefighting, irrigation, draining, or anything that requires a good flow of water over distance or height. It’s on its own trailer (with title) with a large DeeZee utility box, and lots of hose. Jon Stephens donated it to us (thank you, Jon!). Its value is $2,500, minimum bid $1,900.

  • A wine-blending experience: Blendings Winery, a new place on Bingham Hill Road, has donated a two hour blending experience with three bottles of wine! Valued at $120. Thank you, Blendings and Trisha Johnston!

  • A fly rod from Elkhorn, value $259 (thank you, Jon McQuillan!)

  • A new 3500W gas powered generator donated by Jan Schmid, valued at $385

  • Really good bike stuff. We have $200 in merchandise from Parkside Cyclery, and $250 in merchandise from Trek Cycles.

  • A fun-filled weekend in Cheyenne. Tickets to see and feed the bison at Terry Bison Ranch (I tried it - they have long black sandpapery tongues!), lunch at their really good restaurant (feed the bison, eat the bison), a night at the Plains Hotel (it is beautiful), dinner at THEIR really good restaurant, passes to three GREAT Cheyenne museums, beer at Accomplice Beer Company (self-serve!) and lunch at the Rib and Chop House. Value $340.

  • Beautiful handmade goods: Awesome table runners made by Juana Jackson, hand-knit baby sweater and kid’s sweater by Pat Carey, a queen-sized quilt valued at $600+ beautifully made by Kathy Macke (thanks, Lana), a patriotic yard sign by Alteration Boutique, Carolyn Stanley’s indestructible totes (4!), Gretchen Long’s awesome pottery, and many others will adorn our tent this Saturday!

  • Rent a farmhouse at the Rist Canyon Inn for a night. You could have your dream event (wedding, reunion, birthday) at their beautiful venue and stash all your out of town guests here! Wedding not included, of course! Value: $695

  • We have over 85 gift cards and certificates, for items ranging from meals and haircuts to escape rooms, tattoos, pizzas, dentistry, massages, and sewing machine repairs. There are others for classes and lessons in everything from fly fishing to weaving. Come check them out!

  • There are some REALLY GOOD goodie bags from Ace Downtown Hardware, Trader Joes, Joy Organics, Kriser’s Pet Supply, Verns, and Copoco Honey.

  • There will be a few rare books from the book tent: one a 1918 history of Larimer County, the other a 1923 book about restaurant layouts, including that of Denver Union Station (a window back into the 20s: hiring old men instead of young ones, waitresses starting their own childcare co-op, etc.)

  • I’m sure I missed some good ones, so you’ll have to come to the Festival to see the rest!

    The hours for the Silent Auction are 10:00 am to 3:15 pm. Items can be collected starting at 4:15 at the auction tent. If you will not be there between 4:15 and 5:15, we will contact you to make other arrangements.

    Janet Siegel, Silent Auction Chair

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:04

Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers poster
RCVFD Mountain Festival is Only 3 days away!

We need volunteers! You can help set-up on the 5th, 6th, 7th, or help work at the Festival in the Book Tent, Silent Auction, Plant Tent, help with clean-up, tear-down, or in any capacity, we need you! There are 135 slots still available to contribute and support our firefighters and community. Please go to Sign Up Genius at the link below. Sign-up for an hour, two or all day if possible.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up or helped with the Festival so far!!

Sign-up Sheet
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