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Grand Valley Days is Coming in August!

Don't Miss Grand Valley Days!
August 14th and 15th 
National Night Out - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4th, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office will join thousands of communities nationwide for the 32nd Annual National Night Out neighborhood crime and drug prevention gathering

The Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Battlement Mesa Company will be sponsoring a community event in the Battlement Mesa Town Plaza located a 73 Sipprelle Drive from 4 PM until 7:30 PM.

Enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs from 4 PM until 7 PM.  Tour the various booths sponsored by Youth Zone, C.A.R.E., the Parachute Library, Crime Stoppers and a host of others.  There will be free give-a-ways, face painting, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more.

Get a close and personal look at a Fire Engine, an Ambulance, the Sheriff Office's Bear Cat.  In addition you will not want to miss the presentations about animal safety, Search and rescue Programs, dog bite prevention, the Drug Free World Foundation, a K-9 demonstration and move.  Although we have not been able to confirm it, but we've heard that McGruff, the Crime Dog is expected to make an appearance.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District will bring out one or more of there trucks and CDOT is bringing their new state of the art truck for dealing with hazards in the Glenwood Canyon Tunnel.  The Colorado State Patrol will also attend the event and the Parachute Police Department will man a "bump and jump" venue.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with officers and first responders and learn abut what they do and why they do it.  
National Night Out is designed to: 
  • Bring neighbors and businesses together to create a friendly exchange
  • Increase public awareness of crime and drug prevention
  • Develop understanding and support for out local education and prevention programs.
  • Strengthen neighborhood Spirit and foster better police-community relations
  • Send a clear message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.
Tribute to Fallen Soldier

Participants in the Memorial Torch Ride NW and local officials held a tribute to Fallen Soldier Army Spc. Mitchell K Daehling on July 29th.

A traveling group of motorcyclists from Oregon stopped at the home of the Kirk and Brenda Daehling family in Battlement Mesa on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to pay tribute to Army Spc. Mitchell K Daehling as one of their 24 stops and fallen soldier tributes on their 2500 mile, 12 day journey through Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

As part of the Tribute, a Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service and a Memorial Portrait in memory of Army Spc. Mitchell K Daehling were presented to the family. 

Deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office escorted the group from the Mesa/Garfield County line to the family's home in Battlement Mesa.  The Garfield County Sheriff's Honor Guard as well as Parachute Mayor, Roy McClung, Parachute Police Department and numerous other local government representatives participated in the ceremony.       

Army Spc. Mitchel K Daehling died May 14, 2013 in Sanjaray, Afgahanistan of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat team, 1st Armored Division, in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Spc. Daehling was formally laid to rest with full military honors in 2013 beside his grandfather in Idaho.    He was 24 years and left behind a wife of less than one year, his parents, two siblings and a host of friends.  

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. 

The GVRC will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day!  
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.
Coming Soon to a Lawn Near You:

Don't miss the 2015 Movies Under the Stars.
FREE Movies
On the GVRC Lawn
 July 31st, August 21st @ Dusk

Tiger Kung Fu:

Build confidence, relieve stress, enhance overall fitness and learn self defense.

Youths Mondays, 7 PM
Adults, Thursdays, 7 PM
$25 to $35 per month
Evening Indoor Cycling:

A great cardio workout on stationary bikes. 
Class size limited to seven due to the number of bikes. 
$4 per class. 
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 5:45 PM

Fall Swimming Lessons:

Preschool, $42,    1:00 - 1:45 PM or                            5:30 - 6:15 PM
Parent Tot, $40,  11 -11:30 AM
Level II, $42,         5:30 - 6:15 PM

Mondays and Wednesdays
Sept 14th - Oct 7th

Call 970.285.9480 for more details.

Zumba Fitness:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 PM
$5 per class or 10 classes for $40
Great Dance Fitness Routine
Reiki, Reflexology & Facial Treatments:

August Special: Reiki, 50 Minutes for $49

Treatments, 50 Minutes, $57
Reflexology, Hands & Feet, 50 Minutes,  $57
Reflexology, Feet Only, 25 Minutes, $30
Herbal Facial, 50 Minutes, $60
Herbal Facial, 25 Minutes, $32
More Information, Georgiann McDaniel at 970.274.2849

Personal Training:  


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


Call for rates and more information.   


Tiffany Chapman - 970.234.6867

Tom Mohler - 970.319.1851

Tai Chi: 
Tai Chi I
Mondays, 6:30 PM, Sept. 21 - Nov 9
Fridays, 10:45 AM, Oct 2-Nov 20

Tai Chi II
Thursdays, 7 PM, Sept. 24 - Nov 12

8 Sessions for $39
'N Balance:

How is your balance?  'N Balance is a highly effective evidence-based program designed to reduce he risk of falls. 
Fall Session
Sept. 15 to Nov. 2, Tuesdays at 10:45 AM - $40

Water Power Sculpt:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 9 AM. 
$5 per class or 9 classes for $39

Evening Water Aerobics:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM. 
$5 per class or 9 classes for $39
Water Power Sculpt,
Deep Water:

Thursdays, (Trial) Aug 13 - Sept 18, 9 AM

$5 per class

Tennis Lessons:

Call Rob Bradshaw, 972.768.0106 for an appointment & prices

Weight Room Safety:
Mondays, 2 PM - $5 per class


Tuesdays at 9 AM
$7 per class or 8 classes for $39.
Canvas Creations:

Step-by-Step painting instructions by Willa Higuera.  $20 per person including all materials and refreshments.  Space Limited; Don't wait to sign up.

Friday,Sept 11, 5:30 - 8:30 PM


You can book YOUR
 Quinceanera, Wedding, Party, Reunion, etc.
at the GVRC.
GVRC Membership Options:

Activation fees for eligible in-district memberships as low as $15.
Residents outside Battlement can become members for as low as $25 or purchase a day pass for $5 and up.

Reoccurring Events at the GVRC
  • Party Bridge, Monday, 12:45 PM in the Battlement Room.  Free for GVRC active Members.  Guests $3.
  • Duplicate Bridge, Wednesday, 1:15 PM and Saturday, 10 AM in the Battlement Room.  Free for GVRC active Members.  Guests $3.
  • Happy Hookers needlework group, Thursday, 1:00 PM in the Lobby
  • Friendship Club. Meet others and share good times.
    Last Tuesday of each month, 5:30 PM.  For more information call the GVRC at 970.285.9480
  • Literary Guild, Last Thursday of the month at 7 PM.  New Members Welcome!

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

Dates to Remember
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August 3rd, 6 PM at the GVFPD
Ursa Operating Presentation "The Construction Phase"
August 3rd - 8th, at the GarCo Fairgrounds, Rifle
Garfield County Fair and Rodeo
August 4th, 1 - 2:30 PM
Community Conversations Meeting
August 4th, 4 - &:30 PM in the Town Plaza
National Night Out!
August 5th, 5 PM at the GVRC
KSUN Board of Directors Meeting
August 5th,, 3 PM at the GVRC
BMSA Architectural Review Committee Meeting
August 13th, at the Parachute Town Hall (2nd Thursdays)
Parachute Planning and Zoning Meeting, if needed
August 14th & 15th in Parachute
Grand Valley Days!
August 17th, 6 PM at the GVFPD
Ursa Operating Presentation on "Drilling and Completions"
August 18th, 9 AM at the GVRC
BMSA Board of Directors Meeting
August 18th, 6 PM at the GVFPD
Valley View Village HOA Board of Directors Meeting
August 19th, 9 AM at the GVFPD
Grand Valley Fire Board of Directors Meeting
August 19th, 3 PM at the GVRC
BMSA Architectural Review Committee Meeting
August 26th, 4 PM at the GVRC
Common Ground Meeting
August 27th, 9 AM at the BMMD
BMMD Board of Directors Meeting
August 27th, 11 AM at the Parachute Town Hall
Grand Valley Economic Development Committee
August 20th, 6:30 PM at the Parachute Town Hall (3rd Thursdays)
Parachute Board of Trustees Monthly 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    
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 (from August 2013). 


"The Westward Journey to the Grand Valley"


As a lifelong student of genealogy complimented by a bit of natural curiosity of history, I enjoy learning about the early settlers of the west; especially the history of individual families who migrated from the east coast to or toward the west coast. My family genealogy research reveals that my ancestors were among the many settlers that made the westward journey.


Recently I discovered the book, "Ida - Her Labor of Love," by Carol Crawford McManus which tells the four and decade long history of Ida Oyler Herwick and the Herwick family's journey from Phillips County, Kansas to the Grand Valley and, ultimately, to Battlement Mesa. Many long-time residents know that the Herwick family was among the first white settlers of the Grand Valley.


McManus, Ida Oyler Herwick's granddaughter, begins the story of the Herwick's westward journey in May 1873 when the family lived in Tekamah, Nebraska and traces the family's movement from Nebraska, to Kansas and, eventually to Battlement Mesa, Colorado and the Battlement Mesa Cemetery where Ida Oyler Herwick was laid to rest on March 10, 1919. For anyone seeking to understand the Grand and Eagle River Valley's early settlement history, "Ida - Her Labor of Love" is required reading.

Read the complete article.... 


Energy Advisory Board will host a presentation on Garfield County's Air Quality

Many Garfield County residents have questions about what's in our air.  Is the air healthy to breathe?  Are we seeing industrial and other impacts? 

Morgan Hill, Environmental Health Specialist, Garfield County Public Health, and Cassie Archuleta, Project Scientist, Air Resource Specialists,  will be discussing the County air monitoring results on Thursday, August 6th from 6 - 7:30 PM.  The presentation will be at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue.
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.  
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.  

In this issue, we'll explore the Eighth Amendment to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa. 


If you've never heard of the Eighth Amendment, you're probably not alone.  The Eighth Amendment is somewhat new.


On September 20, 2011 the Battlement Mesa Service Association adopted the Eight Amendment which repealed and restated Article VIII, Section 8.1(a)(i) as amended by the Fifth Amendment to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa.  In simpler terms, the Eighth Amendment rewrote portions of the covenants which regulate Vehicular Parking, Storage and Repairs. 


In essence, the Eighth Amended gives you the right to expand parking at your residence when certain provisions are met.  The original language in the section which describes what size and type of vehicles can be parked or stored in Battlement Mesa and how they must be parked or stored was basically unchanged.  The 8.16 provision that is most familiar to residents is the one that limits vehicle size to a maximum of one (1) ton and, to the disappointment of some, this limitation was not changed.  As part of this discussion it is important to note that Mesa Ridge Village limits vehicle size to 3/4 ton.


The new language added to 8.16 says, "Automobiles or trucks no larger than one ton may be parked on a concrete or gravel apron adjacent to driveways.  Such aprons must conform to the definition of parking aprons in the Battlement Mesa Service Association Architectural Standards."  Click HERE to read the entire Eighth Amendment.  (The last item listed under Covenants).


To fully understand the requirements associated with adding a parking apron you also must read the new section which was added to the Architectural Standards which says:


"3.06 Vehicle Parking Surfaces and Aprons


Parking in the front yard of properties shall be limited to concrete paved driveways plus an unpaved parking apron able to accommodate up to two (2) additional parking spaces.  Parking aprons shall cover an area of no more than three hundred and thirty (330) square feet or forty percent (40%) of the front yard area whichever is less.  All unpaved parking areas shall be located on the side of the driveway furthest from the front door of the dwelling on the property.


Parking aprons shall consist of a non-erodible water permeable surface, which provides complete soil stabilization to the soil beneath such surfacing material.  Water permeable materials include gravel or crushed stone materials applied to a minimum of four inches (4") in depth, paving blocks or pervious paving blocks specifically designed for driveways.


Parking aprons shall be fully contained without disruption within a permanent border and shall be segregated from any lawn, garden and/or shrubbery.


All off-street parking of vehicles in Battlement Creek Village I and Battlement Creek Village II shall be restricted to paved driveways as approved by the Architectural Standards Committee.  Parking of vehicles in Battlement Creek Village I and Battlement Creek Village II is disallowed on unpaved driveway extensions and/or parking aprons."


Click HERE to review the Architectural Review Standards.  (3.06 Vehicle Parking Surfaces and Parking Aprons can be found on pages 13 and 14).   In order to request approval to increase parking, the Architectural Review "Short Form" must be completed.  The "Short Form" can be found on page 53 of the Architectural Review Standards or by Clicking HERE.


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

In This Issue
Grand Valley Days
National Night Out
Tribute to Fallen Soldier
Grand Valley Rec Center News
Dates to Remember
News Worth Repeating
Energy Advisory Board Presentation
Covenant Corner
About Us
Little Known Facts
Movies Under the Stars
Hospice Volunteer Training
KSUN Community Radio
Ursa Developments
Parachute Comprehensive Plan
Library Happenings
Garfield County Fair and Rodeo
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 quiet, peaceful, healthy and active livestyle.

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

401 Arroyo Drive
Battlement Mesa, Co 81635

For additional information about Battlement Mesa visit us online at

Little Known Facts
  • The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to the age of eleven is $6,400.
  • Average number of people who are airborne over the United States at any given hour is 61,000.
  • 70% of all Americans have visited either Disneyland or Disney World.
Movies Under the Stars Round Two!
The third Movie in the 2015 Movies Under the Stars will be Friday, July 31st. 

Join your family, friends and neighbors.  The next 2015 FREE Movies Under the Stars will be "Big Hero 6"  and will be shown on the lawn at the Grand Valley Recreation Center.  The movie will start at dusk and will "go on" Rain or Shine! 

Remember to bring a lawn chair or something to sit on and a blanket will feel good after the sun disappears over Mt. Callahan and the night cools off.

Friday, July 31st

Big Hero 6

Sponsored by the Town of Parachute & the Parachute / Battlement Parks & Rec District 
 Friday, August 21st


Sponsored by the Battlement Mesa Service Association
Hospice Volunteer Training

A free Hospice Volunteer Training session will be presented at the Grand Valley Recreation Center on September 8th and 10th from 9 AM to 3 PM. 

Please contact Marti Barbour at if you have questions or wish to attend.
KSUN's News

The KSUN Annual Membership Drive is underway.  Have your joined?

August 2015 Community Conversations

 Friday Mornings; 9 AM


August 7, 2015: Community Thank You, Featured Business, WPX Energy, Susan Alvillar 


August 14, 2015:  Grand Valley Days, Dusty Richards 


August 21, 2015:  Shop Garfield County - It Makes Cents, Amelia Shelley, Garfield County Libraries, Executive Director 


August 28, 2015:  Grand Valley Hospital's Grand Wine Affair, Annick Pruett 


Mike's Morning Show
(KSUN's New Show)

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
10 - 11 AM

Playing your Favorite Classic Rock Selections

Don't Miss it!

Ursa Developments
On August 3, 2015, Ursa Resources will present the third of the five planned meetings regarding operations in the Battlement Mesa area.  The August 3rd's topic is "The Construction Phase" and will cover anything related to this phase including: health, safety, the environment, trucking, building locations and regulatory matters. 

The meeting will begin at 6 PM and will be held at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District's Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa.

Two additional meeting will be held at Grand Valley Fire on August 17th and September 2nd.  The August 17th meeting will cover "Drilling and Completions" and the September 2nd meeting will cover "The Production Phase."  Both meetings will start at 6 PM.  The meetings are open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

As part of the presentation and discussion, Ursa explained the changes that have been made to the planned PUD drilling.

Ursa Resources' July 13th presentation "Phase 1 Overview" was well attended.  If you missed the presentation you can view the video of the presentation by clicking on the link below. 


Parachute Comprehensive Plan
As previously reported by Battlement Mesa News, the Town of Parachute, with input from Battlement Mesa, is updating its Comprehensive Plan. 

The $125,000, plan which was funded by a DOLA grant ($62,500) and by the Town of Parachute ($62,500), is being developed with the help of consultants from Better City, Ogden, Utah.  Many local residents and the Town's Citizen's Advisory Committee recently reviewed and discussed the first draft of the plan.

Much more needs to be and will be done; however, if you would like to review the first draft of the Parachute Battlement Mesa Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy click on the link below.

The Library: Not Just Books

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

Upcoming  Special Events

Denver Zoo

Join us for another exciting presentation from the Denver Zoo!  This program will guide children through a variety of the world's ecosystems while exploring and identifying different animals and their adaptations to their habitats.

Wednesday, August 5th, 1:30 PM

Rocky Mountain Puppets

Discover "The Hero In You!" with Meghan Casey and Rocky Mountain puppets!  Don't miss out on this magical, educational, and inspirational presentation from an award-winning ventriloquist.  It's fun for all ages, so bring the whole family!

Wednesday, August 12th, 10 AM

Picture Walk
Everyone knows that the best part about books for kids are the pictures, which is why picture walks are a great way to get your child engaged!  Join us for a special Raising A Reader storytime event that encourages conversation abut pictures to help your child use their brain to feel more connected to the stories and extend those connections to the world around them.

Wednesday, August 26th, 10 AM

Don't Forget our regular programs

Tackle it Tuesday, Tuesday, August 11th, 10 AM - 4 PM

Tuesday@ Book Club, August 18th, 2 PM

Storytime, Every Tuesday at 10 AM

Did you know that the Parachute Branch Library was visited by nearly 50,000 people last year?

The Library is located at 244 Grand Valley Way
Can't Wait Until August 14th and 15th to see a rodeo?
What was that?  Did you say that you have your boots and spurs on already and you can't wait until Grand Valley Days to see a rodeo?

The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo will be held at the County Fair Grounds in Rifle, Colorado August 3rd - 8th. 

For more information, click here. 

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