Announcements/Events

June 2021

June 19, 2021, Annual Garage Sale, 8am-12, Sign-up in the mailroom beginning June 1

June, 13, Annual Meeting, 2:pm, Animas Grange, 7271 CR 203

May, 2021

May 10/11, 2021 Spring Curbside Clean-up

January, 2021

Reserve Water Usage and Rehabilitation Study 1-10-2021

September, 2020 

Gardens.  Based on the feedback from the annual meeting about poor maintenance and lack of esthetic quality, we created a garden committee (Linda Philp and Len Schmeltzer) to work on resolving these issues.  They toured all the gardens and created a specific report on each garden, as well as a summary of recommended actions.  When the Board meets to create next year’s budget, we will create a budget, plan and timetable for implementing their recommendations, starting next spring.

July 19, 2020, tentative date for Annual Meeting rescheduled from early June due to COVID-19. 

January 29, 2020: CodeRED – Sign up for Emergency Notifications for La Plata County

www. co.laplata.co.us
CodeRED Alert System – The Community Emergency System
is used by the Emergency Communications Center to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions. With this system  
a geographic area can be selected to send messages to those within that area.
This system was very valuable to residents of The Ranch during the 416 Fire in 2018.

Warning  

We have discovered Water Hemlock plants growing along several water ways in the Ranch.   These plants are extremely poisonous.     Also known as Beaver Poison, Brook-Tongue, Carotte a’ Moreau, Children’s Bane, etc…

Waterhemlockis considered to be the most poisonous plant growing in North America.  All parts of the water hemlock are toxic and can cause death in as little as 15 minutes.

Water hemlockgrows in marshy, swampy areas of meadows; and along banks of streams, pools and rivers.  Accidental poisonings usually occur when water hemlock is mistaken for edible plants such as artichokes, celery, sweet potatoes, sweet anise, or wild parsnip.

Identifying Water Hemlock:  A perennial plant that grows to a height of 3 to 7 feet tall.  The leaves are up to 15 inches long, alternately-arranged, and tri-pinnately-compound with numerous 2 to 5 inch ovate leaflets. They are also sharply tooth.  The leaf veins terminate at the bottom of leaf serrations and not at the tips, which helps to identify this plant.

Flowers are white and tiny, have 5 petals and 5 stamens that grow in umbrella like clusters 2 to 8 inches across.  The plant flowers in spring or early summer.  The stem is branching, smooth, hollow and often with purplish-green striations. It has a tuberous root with rootstalks that are multi-chambered and contain a yellowish oily liquid.  This poisonous liquid is said to smell like raw parsnip.

              Please tell your children not to pick or play with the flowers.

More Information:Online, search for WATER HEMLOCK.  There are numerous sources from which information can be obtained. Also, see water hemlockvideos on youtube.

Note:  We are seeking professionals to remove these plants from the Ranch.