Battlement Mesa, Colorado   

February 2015    
Battlement Mesa News
Winterfest: It Came and It Went but, not to worry, it will return!
In many ways, it didn't exactly seem like winter.  Although the weather was a little bit chilly at times, without snow it just didn't quite feel like it was winter.  Ah, but the lack of snow didn't seem to matter.  In fact, Winterfest 2015 went on as scheduled.  Sure the competitors in the Common Ground Snowman Contest had to get creative, and they did.

 We sure hope that you didn't miss Winterfest 2015!


The third annual Winterfest was exceptionally well attended and judging from the many happy faces, the event was bigger and better than ever before.


Thanks to all that attended and a special thanks to the people and the organizations who made it possible.


Winterfest Parade of Lights, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, January 31, 2015
Winterfest Parade of Lights, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, January 31, 2015
2015 Winterfest, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, Face Painting, January 31, 2015
2015 Winterfest, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, Face Painting, January 31, 2015
Winterfest, 2015, Grand Finale, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, January 31, 2015
Winterfest, 2015, Grand Finale, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, January 31, 2015
And the winner is...?  So who won the Common Ground Winterfest Snow Man contest?  The competition was tough, but the judges narrowed it down to fine winners.  (Originally it was going to be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, but when they couldn't decide, they added two honorable mention positions.  Congratulations to All!


Cybil Gonzales, 1st Place

Chuck Curtis, 2nd Place

Christina/Grand Valley Fire,

3rd Place

Grace Bible Youth,

Honorable Mention

Michelle Adamson,

Honorable Mention



Thanks Saddleback Storage for contributing the Prize Money!
Battlement Mesa / Parachute Community Health Fair: Same Wonderful Event in a New Place
It's that time of year again - time for the Battlement Mesa / Parachute Community Health Fair. 
Grand River Health has announced that their Annual Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, March 7th at the new Grand River Health Clinic West  
Remember, if you plan to have blood work done, please fast before you visit the health fair.
For more information, call Grand River Health
The Battlement Mesa Service Association Announces Annual Meeting Date
This year's Annual Community Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM with an evening meal followed by a BMSA presentation of interest to members and residents.    Additional meeting details will be shared when they become available.

The BMSA's Annual Community Meeting is open to the public and you are invited to attend.  The meal is free. 
Mark your calendar so you don't miss this important meeting.


Grand Valley High School 

School News

"Home of the Cardinals!" 


 Awards and Recognition: 

  • Cardinal Claw Recognition Award: Sophomore, Hailey Rivera
  • GVHS Junior/Senior of the Month Award for January was Senior, Katelynn Alvarado
  • GVHS Freshman/Sophomore of the Month Award for January was Sophomore, Diana Antillon
  • GVHS Most Improved Student for January was Junior, Codi Clark
  • GVHS Alternative School Student for January was Senior Billy Cordova

 Sports And Events News:   

  • February 24th, GVHS G/B V Basketball at District Tournament at The Nest
  • February 27th, GVHS G/B V Basketball at District Tournament at GJ Central High School
  • February 28th, GVHS G/B V Basketball at District Tournament at GJ Central High School
  • February /Boys Basketball at Roaring Fork

Other News: 

  • Congratulations to the Math Club  GVHS Math students competed at the Annual CMU Math Extravaganza.  Junior Jon Smith tied for first.  Juniors Josh Carpenter and Gabriell Coleman tied for second.  Junior Delcia Orona tied for third.  Great results considering that they were competing against a field of 150 students.
  • Congratulations to the GVHS Band  The GVHS was represented very well at the CHSAA Solo & Ensemble in Rifle.  Several Cardinals received 1's, 2's and 3's on a five point scale.  Excellent ranking especially considering that they were all underclassmen.
  • Congratulations to the GVHS Girls' Basketball team who defeated Aspen 63 to 13 then defeated Basalt 48 to 23.  The Cardinals are 11 and 6 overall and 8 and 4 in Conference.  The JV Team lost to Aspen but defeated Basalt.  The JV Cardinals are 2 and 11 overall and 2 and 10 in Conference.
  • The Cardinals defeated Aspen 76 to 60 and Basalt 65 to 46 and are 15 and 2 overall and 11 and 1 in Conference.  The Cardinals are back into the CHSAANOW rankings at #9!  The JV team lost to Aspen and to Basalt and are 6 and 11 overall and 3 and 9 in Conference.  The C-Team defeated Roaring Fork and is 11 and 3 overall and 8 and 2 in Conference. 

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. 

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. 

Take a Look at What the GVRC has to offer!  
GVRC Lobby:
Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, cold beverages and tasty snacks from the vending area, while playing pool, foosball, air hockey, ping pong, Wii, or simply taking in the panoramic view.
Cardio Sculpt:
An excellent and energetic workout that will have you moving.  Varying routines; fantastic music; lots of movement and education.  $4 per class.  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 PM.
Tiger Kung Fu:
Build confidence, relieve stress, enhance overall fitness and learn self defense.  Ages 15 years and under - $25 per month.  Ages 16 years and up - $35 per month.  Mondays and Thursdays at 7 PM.
Evening Indoor Cycling:
A great cardio workout on stationary bikes.  Class size limited
ted to seven due to the number of bikes.  $4 per person.  Mondays and Wednesdays
A Parachute / Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation Program.  The Winter League is now underway.  For more information call 970.285.0388
Zumba Fitness:
Shake it; Tone it; Rock it; serious body sculpting for party animals.  Lose weight with a mix of international dance and cardio fitness.  $7 per class.  $40 for 10 classes or $60 per month-Unlimited
Water Power Sculpt:
Come in and try this low impact, total body workout in the water.  $5 for Walk-In or $39 for 9 classes.  First class is FREE!  Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9 AM.  Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 PM

Personal Training: 

Instructors Tiffany Chapman and Tom Mohler are available to help you reach your fitness goal.

Call for rates and more information.

Tiffany - 970.234.6867

Tom - 970.319.1851

Spring Into Motion: 

Spring Break Dance Clinic at the GVRC.  Explore multiple styles of dance with Randi Lenard.  Ages 4 years to adult.  March 23-27, 2015.

Register now $50 per person

'N Balance:
How is your balance?  'N Balance is a highly effective evidence-based program designed to reduce he risk of falls.  Pre-Assessment - Friday, March 20th at 1:30 PM & 2:30 PM.  (Must be signed up and take the Pre-Assessment)  9 classes beginning March 24th.  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 PM

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
  • Happy Hookers needlework group, Thursday, 1:00 PM in the Lobby
  • Friendship Club. Meet others and share good times. Meeting vary. Activities have included coffee, pot luck and no host lunch. For more information call the GVRC at 970.285.9480
  • Pickleball, Monday though Saturday, 10 AM to Noon

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 

Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District News

The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District 

259 Cardinal Way(Next to the Wasson - McKay Park) 
Parachute, CO 

Community Park, Battlement Mesa Update 

Remember this?  If so you most likely know that all of the dirt work that was required to contour the land for the new Community Park in Battlement Mesa (next to the Grand Valley Middle School) was completed months ago.  You may have also noticed that the road to the Park is still blocked off.

 We are pleased to report that is soon going to change.  Yes, phase 1, the dirt work has been completed and now phase 2 will begin this spring as soon as the weather allows.  Johnson Construction , Rifle, Colorado was awarded the civil bid and Baker and Associates and G H Daniels Landscaping have been hired to complete the  landscaping.  Four Seasons will install the irrigation system.  Grass is soon going to appear.


The District is reapplying to Greater Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for the playground portion of the park.  In addition, an application will be made to the Federal Mineral Lease District for a mini grant.  It has been a long time coming but the Community Park will be "open for your enjoyment" as soon as phase 2 is complete.  Of course, there will be additional phases but we'll soon have a park that you are going to love!


  Current/Upcoming Activities

Card Making Class
February 23, 2015, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive.  $15 fee.    Instructor - Pamela Jarrett

2015 Boys Basketball League
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. 

Youth Spring Soccer For those that have already registered, remember 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 Saturday, March 7, 2015, Grand River Health West.  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  

URSA Operating Announces Semi-Annual Community Meeting Date
URSA Staff, 2013.03.05

On February 4th, URSA Operating Company, LLC announced that it will hold their semi-annual Battlement Mesa Community meeting at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District's Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road on Tuesday, March 10th.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM and refreshments will be provided.  URSA will provide 1) an educational presentation on the geology of the Williams Fork Formation, 2) an update on their operational plans for the coming six months and 3) provide an update on their continuing talks with Battlement Mesa Company on efforts to lessen community impact during the planned operations in the community.  All residents are invited to attend. 
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 subassociations 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  

Circling Around: News Worth Repeating 
News Worth Repeating
News Worth Repeating


Regular readers of Battlement Mesa News and its related media may recall this information from yesteryear. 


 We think that it is News Worth Repeating. 



Civics 101: Your City Government and Your City Services


Yes it is true.  Battlement Mesa doesn't have a "city Government" thus; it also doesn't have any city departments which provide "city services."  Battlement Mesa, a planned unit development, is an unincorporated area within Garfield County, Colorado.  Nevertheless, residents of Battlement Mesa have a type of city government and that government provides an assortment of services.


So who is this government?  Officially, the Battlement Mesa Service Association is our community's governing body.  If you own property within the Battlement Mesa PUD, then you are a BMSA member.  That means that you are the government.  Well, perhaps not you specifically but all owners collectively.  As the name suggests, we are  a self-governing homeowners association.


The BMSA is a Colorado non-profit corporation.  Like all corporations, the BMSA has Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.  And we have an assortment of Architectural and Covenant documents.


As a group, these documents are similar to a typical city municipal code.  These BMSA documents not only specify how your governments works but who that government is.  Each Village within the Battlement Mesa PUD has the right to elect a delegate to the Battlement Mesa Service Association and these elected delegates are automatically elected to the BMSA board of directors.  Village delegates/board members are elected by their villages to a three year term.  Since there are no term limits, delegates/board members frequently serve more than one term.


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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
Winterfest - 2015
Community Health Fair
BMSA's Community Meeting
Grand Valley High School News
Grand Valley Rec Center News
Park and Rec District News
URSA's Community Meeting
Covenant Corner
News Worth Repeating
About Us
Library Happenings
KSUN Community Radio
Get Crafty
School District #16 Communication Audit
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
KSUN Makes the Front Page

Congratulations to KSUN Community Radio, KDBN 101.1 FM, for being featured in a recent Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Rifle Citizen's Telegram article.
Community Connections Schedule
March 5, 2015 - Thank you to Grand River Hospital District, Annick Pruett
March 13, 2015 - Welcome to new Pastors; Dustin Hawkins, Light House Assembly of God and Doug Pasket, Mormon Church
March 20, 2015 - Why do women do the thing they do?  Chuck Hall and Mary Lee Mohrlang
March 27, 2015 - Project Radius, Mike and Cindy Berstell, (directors of a recreation program for the physically challenged)

Community Connections can be heard each Friday at 9 - 9:30 AM on KSUN Community Radio, 101.1 FM.  Serving the Grand Valley from Debeque to New Castle.

Card Making Class

 Let's Get Crafty


When: February 23rd, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Where: Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive

Cost: $15

More Info: Call the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District.

Garfield County School District No. 16 Wants Your Input!


The Staff, Parents, and Community Members of Garfield County School District No. 16 are invited to participate in the District's Communication Audit.


How? Click on the Links Below 


Little Known Facts
  • The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th - John Hancock and Charles Thomson.  Most of the rest signed on August 2nd, but the last signature wasn't added until five years later.
Dates to Remember
Click to View full Community Calendar
February 25th, 4:00 PM at the GVRC
Common Ground Meeting
February 26th, 9 AM at the BMMD
BMMD Board of Directors Meeting
February 26th, 11 AM at the GVRC
Grand Valley Economic Development Committee
February 26th, Noon at the GVRC
Parachute Battlement Mesa Chamber Meeting
March 3rd, 6:30 PM at the GVFPD
Valley View Board of Directors Meeting
March 3rd, 1:30 PM at the GVRC
Community Conversations Meeting
March 4th, 4 PM at the GVRC
KSUN Board of Directors Meeting
March 10th, 6:30 PM at the GVFPD
URSA Operating Community Meeting
March 12th, 6:30 PM, at the Library
Canyon View Annual Meeting
March 17th, 9 AM at the GVRC
BMSA Board of Directors Meeting
March 18th, 9 AM at the GVFPD
Grand Valley Fire Board of Directors Meeting
March 19th, 7 PM at the Library
Mesa Ridge Annual Meeting
April 23rd, 6:30 PM at the GVRC
BMSA Annual Community Meeting
Every Tuesday, 7 AM, except 2nd Tuesday
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