Battlement Mesa, Colorado   

September 2013 
Battlement Mesa News
Community Golf Classic 

The Third Annual Community Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2013.  


If you like to golf and you also want to help our community build the new Community Park, then you should sign up now, before it is too late.

This year's Community Classic begins at 10 AM with a shotgun start.  Arrive early and enjoy a light snack, then enjoy a great day of golf at a beautiful course.

The format is a 4-Person Scramble.  Act now.  Round up three friends and get registered.  Fees are only $75 per Player and include a golf cart, lunch following play and a lots of prizes.

Email entries to: or fax it to 970.285.7822.

Remember, 100% of the net proceeds will be contributed to the Community Park Project.

Please make your checks payable to the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks & Rec. District.

The 3rd Annual Battlement Mesa / Parachute Community Classic is a fund raiser for the new 6.2 acre Community Park and is hosted by Common Ground and made possible by the generous support of the Battlement Mesa Golf Club.

Join your friends and help the Park!

Click here to view a video taken at the 2012 Community Golf Classic.
Grand Valley Quilt Show

Don't miss the 2013 Grand Valley Quilt Show.  Two days only: Saturday, September 28th from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, September 29th from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Click Here to view a video of the 2012 Quilt Show.

The Grand Valley Quilt show is an annual event which is sponsored by the Grand Valley Historical Society and the Grand Valley Sew & Sew Quilters. 

The show is held at the Battlement School, 7235 Road 300, Battlement Mesa, Colorado.  
It is nearly impossible to really imagine the hours that it must take to produce even a single quilt, let alone the vast collection of quilts that fill up the Battlement School and compete for the top prizes in this event.

Admission: $3 Suggested Donation 
 While you are at the Quilt Show, do yourself a favor and take a few extra minutes to see and enjoy the fully restored Battlement School, and the Glover Cabin.  You will be glad that you did!

The Historical Battlement School is on the National Register of Historical places.  It was built in two parts; the original school in 1897 and an addition in 1907.  It is constructed of native stone from a quarry two miles from the school's location.
The Tom Glover cabin was among the first cabins built up Parachute Creek and was moved several miles to its' present location in 2009 and completely restored.  Today, it is furnished as if it was a schoolmarm's residence.  Check it out!

Click here for more information on the Battlement SchoolClick here for more information on the Glover Cabin.
Fireworks, Food, Music and Fun!  It is all at Oktoberfest

The Grand Valley's famous Oktoberfest is coming to Cottonwood Park in Parachute on Saturday, October 5th.  The event kicks off at 5 PM and lasts until, well, the last fireworks goes up with big a roar and lights the sky.

There is a small fee for the food but everything else is FREE!
There is something for everyone!

Food, Face Painting, Music, Dancing, Bump and Jump, or just Letting off a little steam with your friends. 

Bring a coat.  It is October, after all! 

Oktoberfest is an annual event in the Parachute / Battlement Mesa community and is hosted by the Parachute  / Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce and is made possible by the support from a number of businesses, organizations and many, many volunteers. 
You may come for the food, music and dancing but your children will be far more interested in the bump and jump, and the face painting.

Everyone will be there for the FIREWORKS! 
Oktoberfest is held in Cottonwood Park, in Parachute.  To get there, take Cardinal Way to Colorado Avenue, turn South and follow the crowd.  You can't miss it!  And, you certainly don't want to! 

Click here to view a video taken at the 2012 Oktoberfest

Fireworks photos courtesy of Karen Klink.

Waterfall Intersection Improvements


Last month we wrote about the new improved Waterfall intersection but expressed concern about the lack of striping to indicate that the westbound left lane is a must turn lane.  We reported that the BMSA had asked Garfield County to complete the striping as soon as possible.

 We are pleased to report that the striping has been done. See below.   


Before (left); Now (right)     





View looking past the front of the Waterfall.  





 Thanks Garfield County!  

Don't Forget: Ursa Operating Company will provide their Semi-Annual Community Update on September 27th  
Simpson, Don, 2013.03.05
Ursa's semi-annual community update is scheduled for 7 p.m., September 27, 2013.  The meeting will be held at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District's Station #1 located at 124 Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa.  (URSA'S Don Simpson pictured).

Mark your calendars. 

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 Plant Protection Rule which is part of Article VIII, 8.19 in the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa and further clarified in paragraph 9 of a Resolution adopted on December 20, 2005. 


Plant Protection 


"(a) Plant protection is defined as barriers used for the protection of plants, shrubs, and trees from deer, elk, and other animals that may cause damage to plants.  The potential for damage to plants is greater during the colder months, but some plants many be damaged at other times during the year.


(b) Therefore there are two types of protection that are recommended for use to protect plants:


i. Temporary Plant Protection:


1. Temporary plant protection may not be erected prior to October 1, of each year.

2. 'Invisible' black plastic up to six feet high, supported with posts that are strong enough to keep the material from visible sagging may be used.

3. Welded wire up to six feet high, either supported with posts or secured at ground level, may be used.

4. Monofilament line supported with posts up to six feet high may be used.

5. Single plants or small groupings of plants may be surrounded,.  Entire yards are not to be enclosed with any of these materials.

6. Temporary plant protection must be removed and stored by May 1 of each year.


ii. Extended Plant Protection:  


Some newly planted items and some specific plants may need more extended protection.


1. Using the material in 9.b.i. above, individual plants may be surrounded keeping posts at a minimum.

2. This plant protection must be removed as the new plants mature.


Please remember that sub-associations may have more restrictive covenants than the BMSA.  Also, residents of Canyon View, Mesa Ridge and Valley View Townhomes and Condos must remember that their property is generally limited to the outside of the foundation walls of their home.  Everything else is common area.  


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

Do You Know Where This Was Taken? 


How well do you know our community?  Test yourself against others. 



If you think that you know what the photo on the right is and where it was taken email us at  Correct replies will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Bodacious Bites in Saddleback Center. 


(What, you haven't eaten at Bodacious Bite yet?  You should!)    

Last months photo, shown on the left, was correctly identified by Ann Chance, Floyd McDaniel, and Kristina Seidlitz.  Congratulations!

 The winner of the $25 gift certificate from Bodacious Bites will be drawn at the September 2013 BMSA Board of Directors meeting.

This is a photo of the old Grand Valley High School bell that is now on display in front of the Center for Family Learning in Parachute.
Fall Craft Show at Grand Valley High School

The 30th Annual Grand Valley Craft Fair will be held on November 23, 2013 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  As usual, the craft fair will be at the Grand Valley High School, 800 Cardinal Way, Parachute.

130 plus booths, a concession stand and huge amounts of handcrafted holiday gift items are expected. 
As the accompanying photo from the 2010 event shows, the craft fair always draws a huge crowd so plan to arrive early!  This event is sponsored by the Parachute Battlement Mesa Park and Rec District.  For more information contact Mary Anderson at 970.285.0388.
Winter Fest is Returning

Last week your Battlement Mesa News Investigative Reporter learned that the Winter Fest will return in 2014 as the 2nd Annual Winter Fest.

The 2013 event was entirely hosted and funded by Battlement Mesa Company as a way to "give back" to the community.  Anyone who attended, and hundreds did despite some damp and chilly weather, will tell you that it was a fun-filled afternoon/evening. 

The tentative dates set for the expanded 2014 event are January 24th & 25th.  Battlement Mesa Company has agreed to again take the lead role in the 2nd Annual Winter Fest but other organizations will assist with the planning and funding assuring even more fun. 

Save the date: January 24th and 25th.
In This Issue
Community Golf Classic
Oktoberfest Coming Soon
Waterfall Intersection
Reminder -Ursa Operating Announces Semi-Annual Community Update
Do You Know?
30th Annual Craft Fair
Winter Fest is Back
About Us
Be Bear Aware
Grand River Health Building
BMSA Trail Improvements
Little Known Facts
Dates to Remember
Volunteers Needed
  About Us
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!


401 Arroyo Drive
Battlement Mesa, CO 81636
For additional information about Battlement Mesa visit us online at
Be Bear Aware
If you have lived here very long, you already know that it is bear season, especially in the fall when the bears are preparing for the long winter.  Nevertheless, a reminder from the Grand Valley Fire Protection District doesn't hurt!

Grand River Health's New Center in Battlement Mesa
Have you noticed the wonderful progress that FCI is making on the new Grand River Health project?  First we just had a sign.

Then, in due course, we attended a ground breaking ceremony.
GR Health, Ground Breaking Set up & Roan, 2013.03.05
But now, it is really starting to look like the multimillion dollar facility that will open in the spring of 2014.    The facility is being built at the corner of Spencer and Sipprelle.

BMSA Trail Improvements
We are pleased to report to our active residents that the BMSA has invested in additional trail improvements. 

In 2012 the BMSA spent $154,000 to resurface 2.39 miles of the trail system.  In July 2013, the BMSA Board of Directors voted to spend $213,805 to complete a 2 inch overlay of the remaining approximately 2.9 miles of trails. 

All together, including the Library Trail that connects the Battlement Mesa trail system to the Town of Parachute, our community has about 5.7 miles of hard surfaced trails.  The work was done by Frontier Paving.

Little Known Facts
It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times.
Dates to Remember
Click to View full Community Calendar
Sept. 17th, 9 AM at GVRC
BMSA Board of Directors Meeting
Sept. 24th, 3 PM at GVRC
KSUN Board of Directors Meeting
Sept. 25th, 9 AM at GVFPD, Station #1
Grand Valley Fire Board of Directors Meeting
Sept. 25th, 4 PM at GVRC
Common Ground Meeting
Sept. 26th, 9 AM at BMMD office
BMMD Board of Directors Meeting
Sept. 27th, 7 PM at GVFPD, Station #1
URSA Operating Community Meeting
Sept. 28th, 10 AM at Golf Course
Community Golf Classic
Sept. 28th/29th at Battlement School
Annual Quilt Show
Oct. 1st 1 PM at Parachute Library
Community Conversations Meeting
Oct. 5th, 5 PM at Cottonwood Park
  • Cottonwood Park - Cottonwood Park, turn South off of Cardinal Way on Colorado Avenue
  • BMMD Office - Battlement Mesa Metro District, 401 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa
  • GVFPD, Station #1 - Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road, Battlement Mesa
  • GVRC - Grand Valley Rec Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa
  • Parachute Library - Parachute Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, Parachute  
Volunteers Needed

Local resident and Common Ground President, Jerry Mohrlang recently partnered with Jory Sorensen, Grand Middle School Principal in an effort to recruit volunteers for after school activity classes which are held from 4:30 - 5:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday's during the school year.

Volunteers will serve as mentors.

Here's basically how it works:   


Mentors determine what activity they want to teach, what day or days of the week and for how many weeks.  For instance, you might be interested in teaching students a beginning jewelry making class that you will offer each Wednesday for six weeks.  You might also decide to limit the number of students that can take the class to 4, 6, 8 or whatever you feel comfortable with.  A school bus arrives at 5:30 to take all of the students home who have attended these activity classes.  Simple.


What interests, skills, hobbies, talents are the students interested in? 


Suggestions for possible topics include: Scrapbooking, jewelry making, crafts, art, drawing, painting, holiday crafts, stamp collecting, coin collecting, etc.  or activities including hiking/survival, fishing, dance, exercising, sewing, knitting, croqueting, quilting, cooking, baking, candy making, canning, book reading, make-up, manners & civility, first aid, photography, simple finance, resume' writing, short story writing, singing, model building, astronomy or whatever else your talents, skills, hobbies or interests you think would be of interest and benefit to the students.  


For more information or to volunteer contact 

Teressa or Jory at the Middle School (285-5707).  For security reasons, all mentors must register with the school district office in Parachute and have their fingerprints taken.  


This program helps students, many that have working parents, learn something new that interests them while being supervised in a safe school environment.  Jerry suggests that sharing a few of your talents with these appreciative students means they will be better for it and so will you.  

Battlement Mesa News is written and distributed by the Battlement Mesa Service Association.  
 All Newsletter photos have been provided by Elk Peaks Photography unless otherwise noted.  Copies of photos used herein are available upon request.  970.285.7482