Battlement Mesa, Colorado   

June 2012 
Battlement Mesa News

Coming Soon: The Insider's Guide   

Battlement Mesa and Parachute have partnered to produce the first ever, Insider's Guide

The (FREE) Insider's Guide to Battlement Mesa & Parachute is packed full of information that you won't find anywhere else and it is sure to be a valuable guide to locals and visitors alike. 

Besides telling the story of the area - its past, present and future - The Insider's Guide contains information on area retailers, restaurants, businesses, recreational opportunities, outdoor activities, and community events.  The guide looks at the area's position as a major energy hub, as well as provides profiles of a few of the "insider's" who call our community "home." 

Don't miss your opportunity to learn the inside scoop on Battlement Mesa and Parachute.

The Summer edition of the Insider's Guide will be distributed to your "door step" in mid-June.  Additional copies will be available at local businesses, the BMMD, BMSA, The Visitor's Cabin and at the Colorado Visitors Centers.  The Winter edition will be published around Thanksgiving.


The 35th Avenue Bar and Grill Returns

If you haven't already checked out the NEW and Improved 35th Avenue Bar and Grill, you should.


If you've visited Battlement Plaza in the last few days you may have noticed that the 35th Avenue Bar and Grill has returned with new management, new staff, new chef and a brand new menu.   


You'll be pleasantly surprised by how good it is.  In fact, local resident Jerry Mohrlang reported, "Mary Lee and I have eaten there twice and the food was excellent and the prices were extremely competitive.  Although the owner is the same as before, Sergio, the new manager and head chef assured us that he cooks from scratch using fresh ingredients."  Further, Jerry stated, "Sergio is a trained chef who attended culinary school for three years and has been a cruise ship chef as well as the chef at other restaurants."


The restaurant is open from 5 AM to 10 PM seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items anytime they are open.   


Please support our local businesses.      

Meet Your Delegate


Each Battlement Mesa Village is represented by an elected Delegate that serves on the Battlement Mesa Service Association Board of Directors.  Delegates are elected to a three year term.  Since there are no term limits for Delegates, frequently Delegates serve multiple terms.


This month, we are introducing John Shepherd, Canyon View's Delegate.


John, who grew up in Craig, Colorado, moved to Battlement Mesa from Aurora, Colorado in 1997.  In the five years prior to moving to Aurora, John and his wife, Elaine, lived in New York City.  John has also lived in Greeley, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, and Phoenix.


Following his graduation from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Accounting, John served in Korea.  During the Korean War, John advanced from a Private to a Sgt. First Class as a Battalion Operations NCO.  He served with a front line unit from February to June 1952.


John retired from AT&T Company in 1986 where he was a District Manager in charge of AT&T's technical training in the western US (from St Louis to the West Coast).  His work experience includes time with Mountain Bell (now CenturyLink) in various capacities including building and operating a 275,000 sq. ft. training facility in Lakewood, Colorado and managing the communications for NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs.  John helped design and implement the communications facilities for the Cheyenne Mountain operations.


In 1969, John transferred to the AT&T Headquarters in New York City where he was the initial and primary implementer of 911 service throughout the United States. 


After his retirement from AT&T in 1986, John started taking tax courses and was hired by H&R Block.  April 2012 marked John's 21st season as a tax preparer.


John has said that "Each person has an obligation to help serve his fellow man," and that he "has never been content to sit on the sidelines and let things just happen."  Further, John believes that "you have to make things happen and if you do not contribute, you have no right to complain."  


In addition to serving on the BMSA board of directors, John is on the Canyon View HOA board.  In the past John has served on the boards of two national training organizations, co-authored a text book on Training Competencies, was awarded a special commendation from a national Fraternity for his efforts as President of a house Corporation at CU and was awarded a Military Commendation medal for his activities while serving in the Army.


The BMSA Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.  All of the BMSA meetings are open to the public.


Watch future Newsletters for articles about each of the Delegates!
Don't Miss Movies Under The Stars!

The Battlement Mesa Movies Under the Stars series kicks off on June 8, 2012 with "The Muppets"  The second movie in this four movie series will be "The Dolphin Tale" on June 29th.   


The movies will be shown "under the stars" at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.


Join the FREE fun in a perfect setting!  Movies begin at dusk.  Popcorn and sodas will be available for purchase.      

Local Economic development group joins Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation

The recently formed Battlement/Parachute EDC has partnered with the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation.  As a sub-group of the RREDC, the local group will have access to and the support of many economic development tools and resources and can tap into the knowledge and experience of the RREDC.


The Battlement/Parachute EDC is exploring several economic development ideas and concepts.  If you are interested in participating in the group's efforts or just want to learn more, contact Mary Lee Mohrlang, Chair at 970.216.5058 or any of the other members.  


Local members consist of Mary Lee Mohrlang, Chair, Jonathan Lay, Keith Lammey, Judy Beasley, and Judi Hayward.     


Covenant Corner
Covenant Protected Community

In the spirit of educating more and enforcing less, Covenant Corner is a regular feature in the Battlement Mesa Newsletter. Experience has taught us that most people will comply with the covenants if they know what the covenant says.  


In this issue, we'll explore the Maintenance of Property rules.  These rules are covered in section 8.2, Maintenance of Property, in Article VIII in the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa.      

8.2  Maintenance of Property states, "No property within the Service Association Area shall be permitted to fall into disrepair, and all property within the Service Association Area, including any improvements and landscaping thereon, shall be kept and maintained in a clean, safe, attractive and sightly condition and in good repair.  Maintenance, repair and upkeep of each Privately Owned Site or Publicly Owned Site shall be the responsibility of the Owner of the Site.  Maintenance, repair and upkeep of Service Association Properties shall be the responsibility of the Service Association.  Violation of this provision by an Owner shall permit the Service Association, after Notice and Hearing, to enter on the property to cure the violation or cause compliance with this provision and to levy and collect a Reimbursement Assessment for the costs and expenses of the Service Association in so doing; provided, however, that there shall be no entry into the interior of an Improvement intended for human occupancy without the consent of the Owner thereof unless a clear emergency exists."


The Maintenance of Property covenant is very comprehensive and applies to both privately-owned as well as Service Association owned property including both improvements and landscaping thus, as owners we are expected to maintain all property in a clean, safe, attractive and sightly condition.  Unfortunately, clean, safe, attractive and sightly are not specifically defined in the covenants.  Although personal standards differ among or residents and owners, most Battlement Mesa owners make a good faith effort to comply.  Owners who fail to maintain their property should expect to hear from the Covenant Protection Officer and could face substantial fines.  


Please remember that sub-associations may have more restrictive covenants than the BMSA.  


More detail on these and other covenant regulation are AVAILABLE HERE or on  

Don't miss out on THE BIG YARD SALE!
The Battlement Mesa Activity Center has sponsored the Big Community Yard Sale (June 9th) for the past several years.  Increase traffic to your yard sale by participating in this event.  For more information or to receive a free e-catalog of yard sales with a listing of items for sale, please email

List your Yard Sale in our Classified's FOR FREE 

In This Issue
The Insider's Guide
35th Avenue Bar and Grill
Meet Your Delegate
Movies Under the Stars Returns!
Local Economic Development Group Formed
Covenant Corner
About Us
GVFPD Board of Director Election
BMMD Board of Director Election
Dates to Remember
Frequently Asked Questions
About Us
Battlement Mesa Water Fall
Nestled on a mesa in the picturesque Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, Battlement Mesa, Colorado is an unincorporated 3,200 acre, residential community with approximately 5,000 residents.  Situated on a mesa above the Colorado River with high desert mountain views of The Battlements and The Roan Plateau, Battlement Mesa offers a unique community with magnificent scenery and a quiet, peaceful, healthy lifestyle.

Battlement Mesa, Colorado....
A Great place to Visit, to Work, to Live or to Retire!




P. O. Box 6006
401 Arroyo Drive
Battlement Mesa, CO 81636

For additional information about Battlement Mesa visit us online at

Board of Director

Congratulations to Eric Edgerton for being appointed to the Grand Valley Fire Protection District board of directors.  Eric, who was appointed on May 16th, was sworn in at the GVFPD's May 30th Special Meeting of the Board.  Eric's term runs until May 2014.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District serves a 320 square mile area from I-70 mile marker 66.4 to mile marker 82.5 and from the Rio Blanco/Garfield  County line to the Garfield/Mesa County line plus 3/4 of a section in Mesa County.

The departments roster includes 40 staff members and three stations: Parachute, Battlement Mesa and Rulison.

BMMD Board of Director Election

Congratulations to Jason Fletcher and Lynn Shore on their election to the Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District board.  Jason and Lynn were selected from the six candidates for the two board positions in a mail in election in early May.  Their terms run until May 2016. 

The other three members of the BMMD Board of Directors are Michelle Foster, Sara McCurdy and Dr. Bruce Richardson.

In addition to administering water and sewer district matters, the BMMD board oversees the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.   

Dates to Remember
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk - June 3rd
  • Movies Under the Stars - June 8th, June 29th, July 20th & August 10th 
  • Annual Community Yard Sale - June 9th
  • Summer Reading begins at the Parachute Branch Library - June 11th
  • Out of the Mud Puppet Theater at the Parachute Branch Library - June 14th
  • Grand Valley Fire Protection District 50th Anniversary - July 21st
  • Grand Valley Days Parade and Rodeo - July 28th
  • National Night Out - August 6th
  • Community Classic Golf Tournament - September 29th
  • Oktoberfest and Fireworks - October 6th 

(Frequently Asked Questions) 
This month's Newsletter begins a new regular FAQ feature.  We hope that you'll find the information that we share informative and helpful.
Question: Who owns the Battlement Mesa Activity Center?

Answer: Contrary to popular belief, our spacious and beautiful Battlement Mesa Activity Center (The BMAC) is owned and operated by the Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District.  Some among us believe that it is owned by either the Battlement Mesa Service Association or Battlement Mesa Company.  Neither has ever owned the facility.  

Every owner within the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development (PUD) pays a $205 per year fee to help support this 53,000 sq.ft. facility. 

Anne Huber manages the BMAC. 

For more information about what services are available at the BMAC, go to