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The story of one MALT landowner

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In 1927, a visit to Bob Ostertag's family ranch in Bailey, Colorado was an all-day affair. After church on Sunday, Bob's great-grandparents and their two children would load up the car and make the long drive up the hill from Denver to Park County to visit their property. Dressed in their Sunday best, the family would enjoy a picnic in the meadow next to the rippling sounds of the South Platte River while enjoying the sweeping views of Mt. Bierstadt and the Chicago Peaks.

Fast forward 90 years and four generations, and Bob's family tradition of weekend visits to the 290-acre ranch continues.

As a young boy, Bob recalls spending his weekends learning how to milk a cow, bale hay and mend fences by working alongside his parents and grandparents. He remembers many days spent along the river having stick races and learning how to fish. He vividly recounts his mother's insistence that every structure on the ranch have "red roofs and red trim" and the toil involved in painting all of them.

When Bob had a family of his own, weekend trips to the ranch with his two daughters continued, as did the tradition of "red roofs and red trim," and many humorous family bonding experiences with OSHA approved safety red oil based paint. Bob's girls spent their weekends with family learning about ranching, playing along the river, participating in 4-H and gaining an appreciation for their grandparent's passion for the land.

In 2001 Bob's mother's passed away, but her vision of "keeping the view forever" lives on. In 2013 Bob and his family worked with the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) to put a Conservation Easement on the family ranch that honors his mother and her vision and traditions. "The decision to place the land in conservation was an easy one. It was important to us to honor my family's wishes to forever maintain the 'purity of the meadow' and mountain views, and to protect the wildlife habitat of the elk, deer, bear, mountain lions and all of the creatures that live in Mother Nature's neighborhood."

Bob's story is quintessentially Colorado – the story of a family legacy, working ranch and a love of the land passed from generation to generation. Bob and his family are passionate about honoring the stewardship of this land by conserving a mile long stretch of mountain views, meadow and river for generations to come.

In 2016 Bob joined MALT's Board of Directors. "I am a huge supporter of non-profits, and MALT is an example of a great community organization that conserves the beauty and 'wow' factors in our state. As a Conservation Easement landowner, a board member and a MALT donor, I feel like I can give back and help create a legacy of land and water conservation, and honor Mom's tradition."

For 25 years MALT has worked to ensure that our mountain views, pristine rivers and streams, wildlife habitat and historic lands are conserved forever. But we can only do it with the help of those who share our love for Colorado. 

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Shredding event slated for May 13th

Written by Vicki Pinder on .

On Saturday, May 13th, Women of Evergreen Businesses, a 501c3 organization, will be hosting a Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling Fundraising Event to raise money for the Angel Fund, which donates funds, supplies and service efforts to many charitable organizations and families in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding mountain communities.

The event will take place between 8-11 am at Evergreen High School Parking Lot

For more information, contact Vicki: 303.679.0656   https://www.facebook.com/WomenofEvergreenBusinesses/posts/1619101944767427:0  

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Drive Smart needing volunteers for Revel Rockies event in June

Written by Marie Lynch on .

Drive Smart is gearing up for the 4th Annual Revel Rockies Half and Full Marathons on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Volunteers are needed along the race course to monitor intersections; at the start and finish lines; and at water stations to help runners have a safe, fun and successful race along the route from Echo Mountain Ski Area through Evergreen and on to Morrison.

Staggered shifts available from 4:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please reply to this email or contact Marie Lynch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303.250.3133 with any questions or to volunteer!

Use the online option to volunteer for the REVEL ROCKIES:

For more information about the Revel Rockies race, please visit https://www.runrevel.com/rdv.

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Mountain Area Home & Garden Show this weekend

Written by Tim Grace on .

The 12th Annual Mountain Area Home and Garden Show returns to Conifer High School this spring, bringing an impressive line-up of local and regional home improvement vendors face-to-face with our community. The Show is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Conifer and Evergreen each year, with strong support from local sponsors. 

This year’s dates are Saturday April 22nd (9.00 am - 5.00 pm) and Sunday April 23rd (10.00 am – 3.00 pm) at Conifer High School.

Entry is $5.00 at the door (or online), or a donation of two tins of food for the Mountain Resource Center’s food pantry. (Last year, 500 pounds of food was collected for EChO’s food bank).

The event was last held in Conifer in 2015 when over 2,200 people attended. Not only were they able to meet with vendors and learn about their products and services, they also enjoyed various free professional educational seminars about how to improve your ‘Home & Garden’.

The show accommodates approximately 100 vendors and usually sells out. There were still a few exhibitor booths available at press-time; log on to www.homeshowcolorado.com for details. It's a great opportunity for companies to display their products and services to our mountain community. Vendors represent almost everything you can think of that’s related to “Home & Garden.” You can check out last year’s exhibitors on www.homeshowcolorado.com.

Local artists and artisans are also encouraged to participate in the show, with special pricing for their booths; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last year, nearly 300 show visitors took the time to complete a survey about event. Results show 60% bought something at the show (other than food) and 42% said they intended to buy something from a vendor at the show within the next three months. When asked how they rated the show, 65% rated it 5 out of a highest rating of 5, with a total of 94% rating the show either a 4 or 5.

Proceeds from last year’s show were re-distributed to local area non-profits and charitable causes across the foothills. Last year was a record year with many local non-profits benefiting from the show’s success, such as Road Warriors (CDOT's Adopt a Highway Program), RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Mountain Reads (adult literacy), Mountain Backpacks (food for local families), Imagination Library (books for children), the seniors’ Thanksgiving Luncheon, Diversity Day at Evergreen High School and funding for college scholarships. These are just some of the local programs that the Evergreen and Conifer Rotary Clubs will be investing the funds they will receive from the proceeds of this year’s Mountain Area Home and Garden Show.

The Rotary Clubs of Evergreen and Conifer look forward to seeing you at this family-fun occasion at Conifer High School on April 22 and 23rd.

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"The Cody Magic Returns"

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Cody Ray Slaughter, the 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, will be back by popular demand. After sold-out crowds for the past two years, Cody will once again appear at the Lakewood Cultural Center with all proceeds going to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

He will be singing a number of new songs, with a few "twists" as well as the Elvis classics which have endured over the years. "The Cody Magic Returns" will be held on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 pm. If tickets sell as quickly as expected, a third show will be added on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 pm. And this year, Cody will be backed by The David Fontana Band. David is the son of D.J. Fontana, Elvis's very first drummer!

After the performance, Cody will be available at the "Meet and Greet" for pictures, autographs and merchandise.

This year, a new feature: VIP tickets will be available for patrons. These tickets provide seating in the first 3 rows of the theatre and the opportunity to meet Cody and the band members at a one-hour reception two hours before curtain time!

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale on Monday, May 15 at 10:00 am. They can be purchased online at www.lakewood.org/tickets, by phone at 303-987-7845 or to avoid handling fees, tickets will be available at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood.

He will be singing a number of new songs, with a few "twists", as well as the Elvis classics which have endured over the years. "The Cody Magic Returns"will be held on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 and on Sunday October 1 at 3:00. If tickets sell as quickly as expected, a third show will be added on Friday, September 29 at 7:30. And this year, Cody will be backed by The David Fontana Band. David is the son of D.J. Fontana, Elvis's very first drummer!

Tickets start at $35, same as last year. We promise a performance that you will not soon forget! If you should have any questions, please call Nancy Hiester at 303-674-6400.