Community Alert Sender

The County has said that their contractor will the taking next week off because of the holiday & the high traffic volume expected in the canyon. They will start paving on July 10th & expect that to take 20+ working days which puts the completion in mid to late August.

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
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Friday, 30 June 2017 10:32

Solving your bear problem

We're hearing about a lot of bear problems this year.
Once they have found food on your property, they will be back.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a whole section on their website about dealing with bears.
Check it out at :
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 10:54

Lots of Bear Problems this Year

We returned home last night to find a bear had broken out a ground-floor window and proceeded to ransack the kitchen while we were gone. We had no food, trash, or hummingbird feeders outside, and no windows open. Of additional concern is that he tried to come in our front door first, so it appears he views houses in general as food sources, since he attempted entry there before coming to back of the house where the kitchen is located. He also seemed to know exactly how to get in, and where to go and what to do once inside.

He may have cut a paw on the broken glass, since we found dried blood in and outside the house. Be on the lookout for a wounded bear who has no qualms of breaking and entering, and likes beef, sugar, chocolate, Crisco, honey, and Doritos.

Seriously, though, it sounds like this bear (and possibly more) are making the rounds and have no fear.

Mike and Sharon Guli
Paradise Park
Monday, 26 June 2017 14:05

Looking for a Few Good & Strong Men

I am the book tent coordinator. Station 1 is full again and I need to move book boxes out of the fire house and into a storage area near the intersection of Prospect and Overland Trail. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find storage on the mountain. A company I do contract work for is allowing me to store the book boxes until the festival. I need guys and gals who can help move the books on to trailers and trucks and then drive down to the storage building and unload.
Since the fire house is already full and we are sorting on Friday, I need to move these boxes sooner than ASAP. I would like to move them this coming Saturday, July 1, 2017around 9 AM. Yes, I know it is the 4th of July weekend and some people are going on vacation or have plans but this needs to be done and I just found the storage building on Thursday.
If you can help, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 221-2024 .
Thank you for your help,
Carolyn Stanley
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Monday, 26 June 2017 08:20

More About Bears

Probably the largest black bear I've seen was on my neighbors deck this morning.
It wasn't afraid of the dogs or her yelling at it.
She was trapped inside as he wouldn't leave so she called me and I responded.
When I drove up to the house it walked off the deck and then returned.
I approached the deck and it stood there staring at me and finally wandered off.
I would consider it dangerous as usually noise will send them scurrying
This occurred at 12000 Rist Canyon Rd. just across from station 1 RCVFD
Norm Miller
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Friday, 23 June 2017 19:48

Puppies and Bears

I used the rcvfd web site for this puppy we found, but saw no way to add the pictures I took of her.
I heard her crying and found her by the flatbed truck we park in the upper driveway. (Buckhorn Road)
She had covered herself in cockleburs, to the point of misery. We've gotten most of them out.

(view photo here - )

Karen England
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A bear was photographed breaking into a cabin in the Moody Park Ranch Subdivision. This is an occasional issue which most of us know how to handle as long as we're not home. In this case, however, it appears that the bear appeared to be injured. Its left rear leg was bent at a strange angle and it appeared that something may have happened to it on its rear right quarter section. Bottom line, treat it as a wounded animal and keep your distance.

Hal Braden
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:22

Bear in Trash

Hello Neighbors and friends,

At approximately 7:15 AM, today, I saw a brown bear digging in the trash bin, at 13075 Rist Canyon Road. Be careful. Another wonderful neighbor gave my dog and I a ride well past the bear.

Take good care,
Michele Yarberry, LPC, NCC, RPT
Saturday, 03 June 2017 18:41

Gone Again

Our two male German Shepherds Czar and Kaiser have escaped again. They got out around 7:00a Saturday 6/3/17. Both are chipped but have no collars.

Please call 970.472.1972 or

Call or text 970.232.5655 if you see them and we will come to get them right away.

Our address is 228 Stratton Park (first driveway on the right off Rist Canyon.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:25

Mail Theft

Someone is rifling through the mail boxes dumping mail on the side of the road or putting it in someone else’s box. If this has happened to you, please report it to the Postal Inspection Service 1-877-876-2455 or USPS.COM under “other USPS sites” at the bottom of the page. Contact the sheriff’s department also at (970) 498-5100. The inspection service told Tracy Saturday that no one had reported any problems to them….please, please do. Customers have brought in mail and we have returned what we could; however, there were two empty envelopes from the Colorado Department of Revenue and a mother’s day card. If you have grandkids named James, Taylor, Kaylee, and Elijah; I have your card (no envelope). Locking mail boxes can be purchased at Home Depot for about $100.00 put one up if you can. If this option isn’t available to you, pick up your mail as soon as you can. The post office also has PO boxes that are available to rent. These people are hard to catch so if you see something report it and let me know (970) 482-5200.

Thanks everyone for your help!

Patti Halderman
(970) 482-5200
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:18

Smudge is Missing

Our black and white barn cat, Smudge, has been missing since Monday morning. He is a very friendly, 1-year-old neutered male (no collar). If you have seen him, please call (970) 206-0810 (home) or text (970) 691-1893 (cell).

Terry and Raina Clingan

Kokopelli Mountain Ranch, 295 Deer Path
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