Community Notice re: Annual SCLA Meeting

There will be NO REGULAR ANNUAL MEETING, AUCTION OR LUNCH/DINNER in August this year due to the Pandemic.  Please go to our Member only section (left side in Menu bar, you’ll need to log in) and click on “Meeting Minutes”. Check the June (06.28.20) Meeting minutes for the alternate plans.  You will be receiving additional information by email or mail within the next 2 weeks.  The SCLA Board of Directors would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these abnormal times.  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Sheep Creek Residents & COVID-19 Information for the San Luis Valley

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOW IN SHEEP CREEK OR ARE PLANNING TO COME SOON!

  • ALL TRASH must be in a bag before putting in the dumpster.  The Governor is requiring NO unbagged trash can be taken to the Landfill.  PLEASE do your part, and do not throw loose trash in our dumpster, BAGGED TRASH ONLY!
  • UPDATE ADDED 4/3- Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday that he’s asking Coloradans to start wearing cloth, non-medical masks for any essential trip outside the home, to the grocery store or for any other purpose, to further help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Combining face coverings with frequent hand washing reduces transmission of the virus, Polis said, donning a mask several times during his Friday news conference.  “Let’s make it cool! Show everyone what you’re doing to be clever and cool about wearing masks,” he said, and have fun with it. Joining him was musician Nathaniel Rateliff via video-conference to encourage people to wear masks and to launch a state partnership with the Colorado Mask Project
  • Excerpts from 4/2 daily briefing:
    1. SAN LUIS VALLEY – We want to start today with a message from Governor Polis: “I’m going to say this again and again: This is not a vacation; it’s a pandemic. Stay home unless absolutely necessary. There are still an alarming number of people traveling to our mountain and rural communities, putting themselves and others at risk. Whether you’re a second homeowner or weekend warrior, please stay home.” 
    2. In this troubled time, it is also important for those with more than they need to remember our local food banks.  The Food Bank Network of the SLV is accepting donations of food and household or personal supplies to be distributed across the valley. To make a cash donation, send a check to Food Bank Network SLV, 513 6th St. Alamosa CO 81101. Your donation can be designated for a particular food bank community (on your check)
    3. The statewide stay-at-home order is for everyone, all the time, except for brief essential activities like getting groceries or performing work that has been deemed as essential.
    4. If you have felt ill since March 1st, please complete our SLV Symptom Tracker Survey at www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19 to help us get a better understanding of what is happening in our community. The survey is anonymous. 

In order to keep you updated with the ever changing current status of the COVID-19 here in Conejos County and the San Luis Valley, go to  SLVEmergency.org  A complete count of known cases are listed on this site as well. 

April 2nd Daily Briefing 

SAN LUIS VALLEY – We want to start today with a message from Governor Polis: “I’m going to say this again and again: This is not a vacation; it’s a pandemic. Stay home unless absolutely necessary. There are still an alarming number of people traveling to our mountain and rural communities, putting themselves and others at risk. Whether you’re a second homeowner or weekend warrior, please stay home.” 

Testing supplies are extremely limited at this time, so not all who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested. For those who experience mild symptoms, testing does not change the treatment. Those experiencing mild symptoms can care for themselves at home as they would for a regular cold while following isolation instructions below.

The statewide stay-at-home order is for everyone, all the time, except for brief essential activities like getting groceries or performing work that has been deemed as essential. Isolation and quarantine go beyond that. 

Isolation can be done at home or, in the worst cases, in the hospital. It is important for those who experience mild symptoms to do the right thing and self-isolate at home until you are fever-free for 72 hours without medication and it’s been 7 days since the onset of symptoms and your symptoms have improved. During this self-isolation period, do not leave your home for any reason except to get emergency medical care. As much as possible, separate yourself from household members. Some patients will experience worsening symptoms, becoming sick enough to require hospitalization.

Quarantine is for those who have had close contact with someone who is sick. If you have been exposed, you may transmit the COVID-19 virus to others before you develop symptoms, which could take up to 14 days. If you have been exposed, you must stay home for 14 days while you see if symptoms develop. Do not leave your home except to receive medical care as instructed by your doctor. Arrange for someone else to deliver your groceries to your doorstep; do not go to work or out into the community for any reason during your quarantine period. 

If you have felt ill since March 1st, please complete our SLV Symptom Tracker Survey at www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19 to help us get a better understanding of what is happening in our community. The survey is anonymous. Though it will help us track the spread, it will not help us answer the question of how many people have recovered from COVID-19 here in the SLV. There have been no new positive cases of COVID-19 identified today. Local numbers are updated daily at www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19

The best thing everyone else can do is to follow the state and local public health orders to stay at home. Businesses and health care workers are making some serious sacrifices during this pandemic. Let us, as a community make sure that those sacrifices have not been in vain. Continue to stay at home as much as possible, without visitors, even if you feel fine. Because the truth is with this virus, sometimes people can transmit it to others before they even know they have it. 

In this troubled time, it is also important for those with more than they need to remember our local food banks.  The Food Bank Network of the SLV is accepting donations of food and household or personal supplies to be distributed across the valley. To make a cash donation, send a check to Food Bank Network SLV, 513 6th St. Alamosa CO 81101. Your donation can be designated for a particular food bank community (on your check). 

As always, we are working diligently to minimize the impact of COVID on our community! Stay home, Stay Safe, and we will get through this together, one step at a time!

SLV COVID general questions 719-480-8719 for English, or 719-315-5019 for Spanish. You may also email your questions to slvepr@alamosacounty.org

CO HELP line 1-877-462-2911 (English and Spanish) for Colorado general information.

Colorado updates and guidance: https://covid19.colorado.gov 

CDC updates and guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Small Business – www.choosecolorado.com

Volunteer or Donate – www.helpcoloradonow.org 

We would like to thank everyone who has participated so far in our SLV Symptom Tracker survey. So far the data shows that in the San Luis Valley, around 80% of those with symptoms have mild, not severe, symptoms. That is consistent with what other parts of the country are seeing. People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in person or tested for COVID-19.  Whether symptoms are mild or severe, do not wait for a test to self-isolate. The severity of your symptoms has nothing to do with your ability to transmit the virus to others. If you have symptoms, self-isolate, or in other words, stay at home and avoid contact with others until: 

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
  • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Anyone in your household who has had close contact with you (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.

Call your healthcare provider or a local nurse line if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. You can use telehealth or a nurseline to get medical guidance; find out more and access a  list of telehealth and nurseline resources here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-and-nurselines

If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the 911 dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to self-isolate or call 911.

Updated Information from Jade Communications and our President, Clint Crowe

Important  updates – Members, the June 20, BOD Meeting Minutes have been posted in the Members Only section now.  A “Water Leak Policy” was approved at the meeting. This policy is attached to the minutes. Please be sure to read and familiarize yourself with the policy.  Clint has an update below concerning fiber optic installation timing.  Also, remember the SCLA Annual meeting is less than a month away http://sheepcreek.org/scla-annual-meeting-aug-3/ 
 

If you are interested in optic fiber Hi-Speed Internet for your cabin, placing a pre-order with JADE will get you on their initial installation phase.  For connection contact JADE in Alamosa for info or pre-order registration: (719) 589-5140.

Clint

Hi Clint and Chris,
 
I just wanted to write you an update for people in Bear Creek / Sheep Creek.
Due to strange circumstances (such as flooding), we are progressing slower than we’d like. As a result, we have hired another contractor to help us out.  I hope to start in Bear Creek / Sheep Creek in August-ish. We will be staging a huge push later this summer to connect all who’ve signed up. 
Thank you guys for your patience!
 
Best,
 
Josh Wehe
Jade Communications, LLC
129 Santa Fe Avenue | P.O. Box 1138, Alamosa, CO 81101 
Voice: 719-206-8124 | Office: 719-589-5140 | Website: gojade.org 

joshwehe@gojade.org

    

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ANNOUNCEMENTS – SCLA Annual Meeting Aug. 3 & Labor Day Weekend Clean-up

Read on to hear about changes this year to the Fundraiser and Dinner

Sheep Creek 2019 Annual Meeting will once again be held at the Red Bear in Horca beginning at 10:00 a.m. Auction Items will be on display at the Red Bear before and after the meeting. The Potluck and Scholarship Silent Auction Fundraiser will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Thorne’s Residence,  49 River Run Drive in Sheep Creek. The Association will provide grilled brats with fixings, chips, cowboy beans and drinks.

Families with last names beginning with:

  • A-L are asked to bring a side or an appetizer
  • M-Z are asked to bring a dessert. 

Auction items will be on display and bids taken during the meal. The auction will be closed after the meal

Annual Labor Day Weekend Clean-Up – Have you noticed our beautiful view of Sheep Creek? Last year during our Annual Labor Day Weekend Clean-Up, we had our whole community involved and working. We were able to split into groups and get all debris and deadfall that was stacked by our roads mulched. We also have a much-improved view of Sheep Creek thanks to the time and dedication of our clean-up crews. A huge thank-you to everyone.

All Sheep Creek landowners are encouraged to take advantage of this year’s Labor Day Weekend Clean-Up by removing limbs, debris, and deadfall from your property and placing it beside Rivier Run Drive, or your side road, where it can be easily reached by the mulching machine.
 
This yearly property clean-up not only helps keep Sheep Creek the beautiful place that it is but also helps with fire prevention. We are a designated Firewise Community and our Labor Day weekend clean-up projects help us retain this status. Remember that being a Firewise Community may also help you receive a deduction on your home and property insurance.
 
So put our Labor Day Weekend Clean-Up on your calendar. Digital? Paper? Whichever you use, be sure to “save the date”. Have your property ready with debris by the road. And join us for this Sheep Creek community event! 
 
Oh, and did I mention that there is often a fun casual get-together afterward?! See you then!

 

Conejos Co. Willow Pit Open to County Residents – Schedule

DATES:

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

TIME: 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
LOCATION: EAST OF MANASSA ON HWY 142 – APPROXIMATELY 4.5 MILES–NORTH SIDE. WE ACCEPT YARD WASTE – TREE BRANCHES <5”, WILLOWS, LIMBS, LEAVES, SHRUBBERY, AND GRASSES. NO HOUSEHOLD TRASH, TIRES, FURNITURE, CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION DEBRIS, NO LARGE TREE STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
FEE: NON-PERISHIBLE FOOD ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE ENTRY. (Please no expired food!)
CALL JARRET 719-496-6615 OR THE LAND USE OFFICE 719-376-2014 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

SCLA Annual Meeting, Potluck and Fundraiser Aug. 4, 2018

As a reminder, the Annual meeting is just around the corner.  The first Saturday in August we will have the August 4th Annual Meeting starting at 10:00 am, Silent Auction (following annual meeting) and Potluck (12:00 pm) at the Red Bear in Horca!  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION!!! 

The planning committee is asking everyone to bring a dish to share: 

  • Last names starting with A-I, please bring a main dish
  • Last names starting with J-R, bring a side or salad
  • Last names starting with S-Z, head up the desserts
  • Lemonade and Water will be provided
  • RSVP to Sharon Eanes at 505-459-3933 or sharon_eanes@msn.com

Give yourself plenty of time to shop the Silent Auction with all proceeds benefiting the Sheep Creek Scholarship Fund.  We are asking Sheep Creek Landowners to donate an item or cash for the auction.  Vicki Bader is handling this and can be reached at v.bader@comcast.net.

Public Conference Call Board Meeting Monday 6/11 6:00 pm MDT

Message from Clint Crowe, SCLA Presdient –

We will hold a brief public conference call Board Meeting tomorrow
Please try hard to call in for as much of the meeting as possible.
Toll free number is 1 (866) 398-2885  access code 687701 …time 6 pm.
Thank you.

We have several new topics to get your input on. Here’s the overview:
1. Annual meeting is still Aug 4 at 10 am at THE RED BEAR followed by our auction and a potluck lunch. 
2. Southern Colorado fire danger is high. Labor Day weekend is our annual fire abatement chipping party hosted by Mr. Eanes. Help us keep Sheep Creek safe.
3. Our Community Water Plan has been submitted to CO State Dept Public Health by our Water Systems Manager, Rich Basinger. We are now a public utility.
Due to greatly increased water expenses, our water fees starting this next period go from $200 to $300.
4. Roads are currently being graveled and graded.
5. No significant beaver, aspen webworm, fir caterpillar or pine bark beetle sightings to-date.
6. Gate service completion is slow.
7. Healthy trout population in our pond is at an all time high. 
8. Get involved. Volunteer to be on a committee or the Board. We welcome your help. Suggest a nomination for the open positions on the ballot.

The annual letter to the membership will be signed by your SCLA Volunteer Board of Directors and will contain the ballot, the meeting schedule, and any of the above
topics you want to include and aims to be sent out next week.

The potluck lunch committee asks us to add to our letter the following information:

“Don’t miss the potluck lunch following the annual meeting at the Red Bear starting at 12:00pm. In lieu of paid admission, this is potluck. Last names starting with A-I, 
please bring a main dish. Last names with J-R, bring a side or salad and S-Z, head up the desserts!  We will provide lemonade and water and paper goods/plastic ware.  
Give yourself plenty of time to shop the silent auction with all proceeds benefitting the Sheep Creek Scholarship Fund.  Speaking of the silent auction, 
we are asking all residents to donate one item to auction, so be thinking about what you could donate. More information will be coming regarding the potluck
and auction this summer. “

Talk with you tomorrow,
Clint
(719) 376-2688