Mark McCracken

Mark Morgan from Morgan Tree Products is setting up a safety training next Monday September 11 at Front Range Community College. He is having John Ball, Forestry Professor from South Dakota State University give a presentation from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. John conducts research on tree worker/logger safety and has given workshops for the Colorado Timber Industry Association, as well as many other states across the west. His chainsaw safety training is one of the best.

For more information or to attend, contact:

Michael Hughes
Fort Collins District, Colorado State Forest Service
(970) 491-8453
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Sunday, 03 September 2017 20:41

Lost at the Festival

Ingi, a 10-year-old, 15-lb Chihuahua/Terrier mix that looks like a small fox, managed to get away from his (her?) owners at the Festival today. If you see him (her?), please contact Bob Anderson via phone or text at 970-407-0805. He lives in Stratton Park at 1254 Mt Ethel.
Monday, 28 August 2017 20:30

Festival Bake Sale: Baked Goods Needed

The Bake Sale Tent needs PIES and any other baked goods you would like to donate. Every year our hope is to exceed the number of pies donated the prior year. Last year we had over 50 pies donated. Baking is an easy way to get your entire family involved in helping our fabulous RCVFD. Pies are always the favorite but we get lots of requests for cookies, cakes, breads, brownies etc. It is best to package items in sellable amounts ie: 1/2 dozen cookies. It is also very helpful if ingredients such as nuts, dairy or gluten free are listed.

Thank you in advance for helping making this year's festival a great success. I will be at the fair grounds by 7:30 the morning of the festival. Please drop off your yummy bake sale items any time.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Lisa Diederich
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See you at the festival!
Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:15

Missing Steers - Update

We are still missing 11 head – 10 blacks and 1 red who has a white ear tag. Picture attached of some of the blacks with blue ear tags. At this point some have been found as far down the Buckhorn as mile marker 26.
Any sightings or suspicions please call #970-881-2147.

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Thank you!
Amy Williams

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:30

Found Puppy and Celebration of Life

From Jesse Ceplecha:
We found a puppy yesterday by MM7-MM8 on Rist Canyon Road. 4-6 month old Fixed male German Shepard mix mostly black with brown legs, the tail is also cropped and he is not chipped. He is super friendly and smelled a bit like a skunk so we don't know how long he was been out. If you're looking for him, give me a call or text at 970-576-4477.

From Carolyn Stanley:
I am sending this note to everyone to make sure you know about the Celebration of Life for Bob Cunningham. I am asking if you plan to attend to please let us know. The meat will be provided and we need a head count to make sure we have enough for everyone. You can RSVP by viewing his obituary on the Coloradoan. Click on "Read More" the evite info will be there for you to RSVP. There is a phone # for info or you can call or email me and I will try to answer any questions.
Hope to see you there.
Friday, 18 August 2017 20:59

Smokey Correction

Correction to our previous message about needing volunteers: we need volunteers to wear the Smokey costume for 30 minutes each during the festival. You will be the star of the festival for 30 short minutes, and a firefighter will escort you.

Thanks again!
Friday, 18 August 2017 05:51

Festival Volunteers Needed

The Rist Canyon Mountain Festival is coming up on Sep 3, 2017! Would you be willing to help volunteer for an hour that day to help to make our community event successful?

We need 6 volunteers to walk around with Smokey Bear (1 hour shifts), 5 volunteers for 1 hour shifts for the kids calf (not a real one) roping station, and 2 volunteers to help with book tent (last year someone walked out with an $85 donated book), and then 2 volunteers to help with guiding crafters to their booth and then directing them where to park.

Email Jennifer Nolte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested, we would love to have you!
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:17

Mountain Festival

The 2017 Rist Canyon Mountain Festival is full speed ahead! Mark your calendar to join your neighbors and community on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 am to 4 pm. Held on a beautiful meadow cradled by our beloved Rocky Mountains, the annual RCVFD Mountain Festival will include a gigantic book sale, live music, gift basket auction, bake sale, arts and crafts booths, free ice cream, plant sale, and food and drink vendors. Both admission and parking are free for the event across from RCVFD Fire Station 1, 11835 Rist Canyon Road. Featured attractions for children are the climbing wall, bouncy house, pony rides, and barrel train. Youth will also be delighted with education and demonstrations provided by Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Larimer County Search & Rescue, Lifeline Helicopter, and the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Live entertainment starts at 11 am with four bands and the ever-popular belly dancers. Organizations providing recreation and community information will include Rocky Mountain Flycasters, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Colorado State Forest Service, CSU Forestry Club, and Fort Collins Conservation District. For more information, visit
Friday, 16 June 2017 20:22

Meet Your Area Rep

Attention Rist Canyon residents and landowners:

In the next few days you will be receiving a letter from your Area Representative introducing him/herself, and providing information on how to contact him/her with any questions you might have about RCVFD or the Rist Canyon community. There is also a small informative gift enclosed with the letter, so keep an eye open for it.

Dale Snyder
RCVFD Board President
Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:57

Summer Canyon Traffic Reminder

Welcome to summer - the season for increased traffic in the canyon. Some of the increase is due to sanctioned bike or motorcycle events but many are just out for a ride to appreciate the beautiful scenery we get to appreciate every day. The extra traffic increases the risk of accidents. Please remember to drive and pass safely and be a little extra patient. Have a safe summer.

Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
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