Battlement Mesa, Colorado   

December 2014   
Battlement Mesa News

Here's hoping that 2014 has been a wonderful year for you and that 2014 will be even better.

Our New Years toast for you:  
May the very best day that you've had in 2014 be equal to your worst day in 2015!   Happy New Year

2014 KSUN Christmas Gala: Food, Fun and Dancing!   
The 2014 KSUN 101.1 FM Christmas Gala will be held at the Grand Valley Rec Center on December 6, 2014.  Tickets are available at the Grand Valley Rec Center, Alpine Bank and Old Mountain Gift and Jewelry.  Don't miss this opportunity to socialize with friends, enjoy a great meal and nice music and dancing.   Tickets are $35 per person and the event begin at 6:30 PM. 

Again this year, the dinner will be a collaboration of Alain Senac's (Easy Cuisine) and Margaret Cooke's (The White Buffalo) culinary talents...and is certain to be delicious!

More Information ... 


Upcoming Community Connections Programs, Fridays, 9 AM
December 5th - Don Chaney, Ute Theater, Rifle
December 12th - Becky Mall and the Rifle Museum.
December 19th - Patti Daniels, RSVP, Services for Seniors.
December 26th - No Program, Christmas Holiday

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Don't Miss the Children's Christmas at the Grand Valley Rec Center, Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1 to 3 PM

The Annual Children's Christmas will be held at the Rec Center on December 6th from 9 AM to Noon.  The event, which is free is sponsored by the Chamber, Grand River Health, the GVRC and the Town of Parachute will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, and gifts for children. 

(Photos from the 2013 event)

Winterfest Returns to Battlement Mesa and Parachute

If you enjoyed the 2013 and 2014 Winterfests, you'll love what we're planning for the 2015 edition.  Watch this and other news sources for more information SOON! 

Although final details are still be worked out, we're told that Battlement Mesa Company's Grand Finale featuring music, food, carriage rides, the now infamous outdoor warming fire and S'Mores will be held on Saturday, January 31st from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. 

In addition to the Grand Finale, the event will include a Parade of Lights, a Snowman Building contest, the Kiwanis Club's, Stars of Tomorrow preliminary competition, and, of course, many school related activities including a Winterfest Dance. 

You won't want to miss it! 
The Battlement Mesa Service Association Approves the 2015 Budget
On November 18th, the Battlement Mesa Service Association's Board of Directors approved the 2015 budget and established the Common and Reserve Assessment amounts.

The 2015 assessment rate is unchanged from the current year which is $296 per year for owners in Villages without a sub-association and $148 per year for residents of Canyon View, Fairway Villas, First Eagles Point, Mesa Ridge and Valley View Village which all have a sub-association. (Residents of the sub-associations only pay a 1/2 assessment because the sub-associations provide much of the services that the other Villages receive from the BMSA. 

The annual assessment amount can be paid in one payment or four equal installments on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st.




Grand Valley High School 

School News

"Home of the Cardinals!" 


 Sports And Events News: 

  • December 5th & 6th, Grand Valley VB, Girls and Boys at Jefferson Academy, Broomfield
  • December 6th, Grand Valley Wrestling at CMU Duals
  • December 11th, Grand Valley JV Boys Basketball at Meeker vs. Vail Mountain
  • December 12th, Grand Valley JV Boys Basketball at Meeker vs. Meeker C Team
  • December 12th, Grand Valley V, Girls & Boys at Buena Vista vs. St. Mary's (Girls) & Pagosa Springs (Boys)
  • December 13th, Grand Valley JV Boys Basketball at Meeker vs. Mancos JV
  • December 13th, Grand Valley Girls and Boys Basketball at Buena Vista vs. Peak to Peak
  • December 13th,  Grand Valley Wrestling at Delta
  • December 15th, Grand Valley Volleyball Awards Night,7 PM
  • December 16th, Grand Valley Band/Choir Concert, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Other News: 

  • Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Due, December 5th
  • Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship Due, December 8th
  • NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Scholarship Due, December 18th
  • The Fire Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarship Due January 1, 2015
  • White Rose Scholarship Foundation Due, January 12, 2015
  • CMU Ambassador Scholarship Due, January 15, 2015
  • RMHC US Scholarship Due, January 20, 2015
  • Leonard Hedberg 4-H/FFA Memorial Scholarship Due, March 1, 2015
  • Emily Johnson Valley Wide Soccer Scholarship 2014 Due, March 10, 2015
  • GarCo School District #16, School Board Meeting, December 9th, 7 PM, St. John Center

GarCo School District #16 and KSUN Radio Partnership:


Don't miss "Education Matters": A weekly radio show on KSUN Radio 101.1 FM every Wednesday morning at 9 AM,  (Rebroadcast at 5:30 PM, Wednesdays).  This program brings you educational topics of interest, celebrates education's role in our community and the community's commitment to the students of GarCO School District #16. 

Kyra Chenoweth Honored:

Grand Valley High School Volley Ball is proud to announce that Senior, Kyra Chenoweth has been named to the 3A Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Volleyball Team.  She is one of 12 athletes selected for this honor and she will compete in the All-State Games festival at Adams State in June 2015.  This is Kyra's second All-State recognition.
Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District News


32nd Annual Craft Fair

The Park and Rec District would like to thank the 130 plus vendors and 2,800 visitors/customers who participated in and supported the 32nd Annual Craft Fair that was held at the Grand Valley High School on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

The Craft Fair is the Western Slope's largest and best Christmas Art & Crafts fair.   (No dealers or flea market items are allowed).   Want to reserve space for the 2015 Craft Fair: call 970.285.0388.

Upcoming Activities
2015 Boys Basketball League: Plan ahead for Winter Activities!  The Colorado River Youth Basketball League (Rifle) has teams for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys.  The league begins early January 2015 and runs through mid-March 2015.  The participation fee is only $45 plus a $35 refundable uniform deposit.  The registration deadline is Friday, December 19th.  Beat the rush-sign up now!

Youth Spring Soccer: Please register by February 4th if you plant to participate in Spring Soccer.  The program is for youth ages 8 through 13, either girls or boys.  Cost: $45 to play plus a $35 refundable uniform fee.

Youth Wrestling: Youth wrestling is for 4th through 6th grade boys and girls.  The program runs from late March to the first weekend in May.  Cost: $75 plus a $35 refundable uniform fee.

Tee Ball: Tee ball is for ages 4 to 7 years, and will learn the fundamentals of the game and get a tee shirt.  Cost: $30 and there is no uniform deposit.  Tee ball is held twice weekly during May at the Callahan Ball Field Complex.

Youth Baseball and Softball: Youth baseball and softball for 2015 begins in late May with league games during June and July.  Practices and games will be held at the Callahan Ball field Complex.  Cost: $45 plus a $35 uniform deposit.

Adult Coed Softball: This recreational league, adult coed softball will be held in June and July 2015.  Games are held one to two nights per week depending on how many teams register.  Cost: $275 per team.

Annual Health Fair: Watch this and other media for the date of the Annual Health Fair that will be held in late March or early April 2015 at the Grand Valley Rec Center.  The Health Fair is brought to you by the Park and Rec District, the Grand Valley Rec Center and Grand River Health.

For more information contact the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District at 970.285.0388 or visit  
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 Service Association Properties -5.1-5.4 and General Restrictions Applicable to Property-8.5. 


One of the least known and understood provisions of the Battlement Mesa covenants is the section regarding Service Association property.


a. General Use.  The Community Open Space within the Service Association Area shall be available to the Members of the Service Association and their guests for their general use and benefit involving activities such as walking, hiking, jogging, bicycling, sight-seeing, nature watching, photography, etc. which do not adversely impact the Community Open Space environment.  It is the intent of the Service Association that the Community Open Space be preserved in its natural, native condition absent of human disturbance, with the noted exceptions of the developed landscaped areas and utility systems facilities.


b. No Offensive or Hazardous Activities.  No Member shall commit, or cause to be committed, any activity on the Community Open Space which is or may cause an embarrassment, or unreasonable disturbance or annoyance to others.  No activity shall be conducted on the Community Open Space, which is or may cause there to be an unsafe or hazardous condition to any person or property, such as, but not limited to, hunting and the discharge of firearms, archery equipment and other weapons.


c. Restriction on Occupancy.  No Member shall occupy, nor cause to be occupied, any portion of the Community Open space by construction of a fence, or other means, nor otherwise limit access to the Community Open Space by other Members, nor construct any improvements of facilities upon the Community Open Space.


d. Restriction on Removal of Native material. No Member shall remove, nor cause to be removed, any native material, such as, but not limited to, live trees, dead trees, cactus, wild flowers, other vegetative material, rock, soil or water from the Community Open Space.


e. Restriction on Planting.  No gardens, flower beds, trees, shrubs or other planting of an kind of vegetation shall be permitted in the Community Open Space, with the noted exception of developed landscape improvements initiated by or approved by the Service Association.


f. Restrictions on Dumping and Storage.  The Community Open Spaces shall not be used for the purpose of dumping or storing any material, such as, but not limited to, grass clippings, wood, rock, mulch, garbage, pet litter or other debris, nor shall the Community Open Space be used for the parking or storage of any vehicle, boat, trailer of other personal possessions.


g. Restriction on Motorized Vehicles.  No motorized vehicles, such as, but not limited to, cars, trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, are allowed on the Community Open Space at any time, with the noted exception of motorized wheelchairs and in the performance of their duties, authorized Service Association contractor and utility service vehicles and related equipment.


h. Restrictions on Mechanical Devices.  personal mechanical devices, such as, but not limited to, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and other similar non-motorized mechanical devices are permitted on the Community Open Space, provided, however, that their operation shall be confined to paved surfaces and operated in a safe manner yielding to pedestrian use.


i. Restriction on Fires.  No man-made open fires of any sort are permitted on the Community Open Space, including, but not limited to, barbecue grills, campfires, debris burning or fireworks.


j. Restriction on Camping.  No camping, nor the erection of any tent, camper or other portable structure, shall be permitted on the Community Open Space.


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  

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
In This Issue
KSUN Community Radio News
Children's Christmas
Winterfest Returns
BMSA Approves 2015 Budget
Grand Valley High School News
Park and Rec District News
Covenant Corner
About Us
Library Happenings
Grand Valley Rec Center News
Little Known Facts
Dates to Remember
  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
The Library: Not Just Books!

Sure the Parachute Branch Library has books but it also has much more.

Upcoming Events

Did you know that the Parachute Branch Library is visited by nearly 50,000 people per year!
 CLICK HERE to Visit the Library's Calendar for more programs for all ages.

The Library is located at 244 Grand Valley Way in Parachute
Grand Valley Recreation Center

The Grand Valley Recreation Center, located at 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa is your resource for many activities ranging from social gatherings to a vast assortment of physical activities.

December 2014 Swim Special
Mondays, 2 to 7 PM, 1/2 price admission.
Fridays, 2 to 6:30 PM, 1/2 price admission.
Winter Swimming Lessons
Mondays and Wednesdays, January 12 through February 4, 2015.  $42 for 8 classes.  Levels: Preschool, Level 2, Level 3 and Parent-Tot Classes.  Space is limited.  
N'Balance is Coming in March 2015
N'Balance is a highly effective evidence-based program designed to reduce the risk of falls.  The GVRC's Jennifer Holton, a certified Consortium of Older Adults Wellness, will teach the classes.   
Fitness Classes
Evening Cardio Sculpt, Evening Indoor Cycling, Evening Tiger Kung Fu, Morning Water Power Sculpt, Evening Water Aerobics, Yoga, and Zumba.  Call the GVRC for details regarding times and costs.  
Reoccurring Events at the GVRC

Party Bridge, Monday, 12:45 PM  in the Battlement Room. 
Duplicate Bridge, Wednesday, 1:15 PM and Saturday, 10 AM in the Battlement Room. 
Literary Guild, Thursday, December 4th, 7 PM.   
"Happy Hookers" needlework group, Thursday, 1:00 PM in the Lobby.  
 Friendship Club.  Meet others and share good times.   Meetings vary.  Activities have included coffee, pot luck and no host lunch.  For more information, call the GVRC at 970.285.9480. 
Pickleball, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 12 Noon 

Holiday Hours

Friday, December 12th - Close at 5 PM 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - Close at 3 PM (Building); 1 PM (Pool) 
Thursday, December 25th - Closed 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - Close at 3 PM (Building); 1 PM (Pool)  
Thursday, January 1, 2015, Closed

For more information call the Rec Center at 970.285.9480 or visit www.battlementmesacolorado/grand-valley-recreation-center

The GVRC is looking for more fitness instructors.  Are you a certified instructor?  Call Anne at the center to inquire about teaching at the GVRC 
Little Known Facts
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  • McDonalds calls frequent buyers of their food "heavy users."
  • The USA has more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District News

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District's (GVFPD) staff recently journeyed to Appleton, WI to conduct the final inspection on the District's new Remote Area Pumper which should arrive in Battlement Mesa by mid-December 2015. 

The new all-wheel drive pumper is specifically designed for the off road areas that the District serves which includes many steep roads and moderately challenging road conditions.
Although the new pumper costs nearly $450,000 it is partially funded by a grant.  The new unit will replace an existing pumper that is much less equipped to handle some of the off road conditions in the District's 351 square mile service area.

The District has prepaid the purchase of the new truck.

...More information regarding the Truck

Grand Valley Fire is responsible for 351 square miles and has three fire stations: Battlement Mesa, Parachute and Ruilson.  The Battlement Mesa and Parachute stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
Dates to Remember
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December 6th, 1 PM to 3 PM at the GVRC
Children's Christmas with Santa
December 6th, 6:30 PM at GVRC
KSUN Christmas Gala
December 9th, 7 PM at GVFPD
Valley View Village Annual Meeting
December 16th, 9 AM at GVRC
BMSA Board of Directors Meeting
December 17th, 9 AM at GVFPD
Grand Valley Fire Board of Directors Meeting
December 18th, 9 AM at the BMMD Office
BMMD Board of Directors Meeting
December 23rd, 4 PM at GVRC
KSUN Board of Directors Meeting
No December Meeting
Grand Valley Economic Dev Committee Meeting
No December Meeting
Grand Valley Common Ground
Every Tuesday, 7 AM, except 2nd Tuesday
Kiwanis Club Meeting at the Library
2nd Tuesday of each Month, 7 PM
Kiwanis Club Meeting at the Library
4th Monday of each Month, 9:30 AM
Grand Valley Sew and Sew Quilters at the Battlement Schoolhouse
  • 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
  • GVHS - Grand Valley High School
  • GVRC - Grand Valley Rec Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa
  • Parachute Library - Parachute Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, Parachute