May 2010

Message from the President

Chamber Members:

Bailey Day preparations are charging forward. There will be the traditional booths on Main Street with the addition of booths at Rustic Square as well as an events area for kids. We are currently working with a Circus and hope to have them be a main attraction on Main Street.

The last Chamber meeting was busy and exciting! We had a request by Gary Nichols to have area businesses fill out a survey of business needs in Park County. If you haven’t completed a survey it is on the web site under the Surveys tab, please take the time to respond if you can.

The Chamber was contacted by some of our state senators seeking support for a Mountain Bike race to be centered on Bailey. A group of mountain biking enthusiasts were at the meeting to give us some details on this event and ask for the business community’s support. The race will be off road mountain biking, by invitation only, and utilizing local area trails. If you know someone who is interested in riding the 100 mile course, please have them contact the Chamber. There was also a presentation by the local Disc Golf Club, Foothills Flyers Disc Golf Club. On July 10-11 they will be hosting the Colorado Disc Golf Championship at Beaver Creek Ranch and at the Disc Golf Course off of Rosalie Road in Bailey. It is an honor for the Club to be chosen to host the State Championships for Colorado.

There is additional detailed information for all of these upcoming events in the content of the newsletter.

These two events, along with Bailey Day will bring many visitors to our area and our hope is that the residents and local businesses support all three events in any way that they can. If anyone would like to participate in the Bike Race, Disc Golf or Bailey Day, either by sponsorship, helping in the organization or any other way please call me at 303-838-4243.

The two businesses currently scheduled for the May meeting are: New Custom Auto Painting, and Aspen Peak Cellars. We are asking Platte Canyon businesses to provide a short presentation of the services they provide at the chamber meeting. If you would like to participate please, contact Lyn Kulenburg at 303-838-4243.

A last item! Our web site is

Bill Kulenburg
President Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce

Highlighting Local Businesses

Aspen Peak Cellars at Clifton House Inn

"Celebrating the Art of Food and Wine" is the motto at our combination Micro-Winery, Bistro and B&B in Conifer, CO. Located on 5.3 acres of rolling hills, the historic property offers wonderful views of the valley, trees, and Pikes Peak.

Our guests can enjoy a tour and tasting of the winery, where we are producing a full line of award winning dry white and red, a sparkling and dessert wines. Whether you like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Conifer Red (Super-Tuscan style), Bailey Barberian (Barbera), Cabin Fever Red (Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz blend), Pomegranate Rouge (sweet with a touch of tang) or Blanc de Blancs (sparkling wine), we have the wine to please your palate. If you really enjoy the lineup you are welcome to join our Wine Club, where we host quarterly members only events.

We will satisfy your hunger with homemade appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts from our exciting bistro style lunch menu, and on Sundays even some mouthwatering brunch items from 10AM-1PM. Enjoy seating in one of our three inside dining areas, front porch or spectacular setting of the side patio. We host frequent multi course wine dinners, open to the public by reservation only. Please sign up for our newsletter to be first in line learning about our upcoming events.

We also offer four nicely decorated rooms for the tired traveler, weekend getaways, visitors for family events. The old barn, with seating up to 150 people, as well as the winery building, seating up to 40 people, are available for rent for your private party function, including weddings, family reunions, birthdays, meetings, corporate retreats, etc.

Marcel and Julie Flukiger, both trained chefs, winemakers and proprietors of Aspen Peak Cellars, as well as their friendly staff are looking forward meeting you soon, and will do their best, to make your visit most memorable.

For additional information please call (303)816-5505, email or visit our website at

We are located at 12414 S US Hwy 285, Conifer, CO 80433 (Across the Hwy from Kings Valley Drive)

Business hours are: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat Sun 10am-5pm - Closed Tuesdays

New Custom Auto Painting

Custom Auto Painting, Inc is located at 13800 Hwy 126 in Pine Junction 1/8 of a mile South on Hwy 126. We have been established in the area for 30 yrs. Harry and Melinda first opened our company as Harrison’s Auto Painting in 1980 on the 285 corridor near Long Brothers Garage. Our idea was to own a small home-town custom oriented shop. We soon found out that Hwy 285 was a hotbed for collision work and we quickly grew to a larger shop with 6 employees and a full time office man-ager. At this point we decided that our passion for a hometown shop with a personal touch was becoming lost with time. Quality has always been a priority, but our goal of personal service and customer attention was bei overshadowed by production work with a commercial attitude. In 2002 we decided to downsize the business back to 2 man shop. Custom Auto Painting still does Collision and Insurance work with a per-sonal touch and quality, but our business focus is Restoration and Specialty Work. Harry’s passion is building beautiful high quality cars. You can hide a lot of sin under a coat of paint, but our dedication to excellence in the base preparation of all of our cars has allowed us to remain suc-cessful in this business and our mountain community for 30 years. Our clients bring us the vehicles that are special to them like their favorite motorcycles, daily drivers, or the car of their dreams. Custom to us doesn’t always mean flames or candy colors. Custom means a personal touch on service and quality whether it be collision repair or specialty work. We have seen a lot of shops come and go, but our staying power and personal referrals speak for itself.

Please recommend your clients, customers, and family members to Custom Auto Painting for all their collision repairs or specialty work.

Thanks and God Bless!

Harry Harrison
13800 Hwy 126 Pine, CO 80470
303-838-6796 c.303-875-2403 Fax: 303-838-9589

May Business of the Month

Accurate Printers 2

Our Member of the Month for May is Accurate Printers 2. Accurate Printers 2 is owned by Jim Emme and has been in Bailey since October 1978. They are primarily a mail-order printing company, soliciting a specialty item they call fishing and hunting license holders, nationwide. Most of their business comes from out of state, but Colorado still ranks 4th or 5th in volume. Their order volume has dropped some from the ―hay days of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but, they still do between 1.5 and 2.0 million holders a year. Accurate Printers 2 has been part of the Chamber since the beginning. At one time, Jim served as President, Vice- President for 4 years and a director for 6. They strongly support Chamber involvement in the scholarship program, Bailey Day, Disc golf and most activities. Jim even chaired the Comm-Faire for a couple of years and assisted on the Golf Tournament for the scholarships, and the Chamber did all of that on $25.00 a year dues. One year they even printed the Bailey day ―book‖ on their old dot-matrix printer and their ―new copier the next. The Chamber would like to recognize Jim Emme for his constant support and personal service to the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce.

Accurate Printers 2 is located at 237 Homestead Road Bailey, CO 80421-1822, 303-838-7664 Fax: 303-838-5153

Energy Rebates for Rural Communities

On April 19, 75,000 rebates from the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) will be launched for an estimated 22 million dollars in savings, a portion of which is earmarked for rural communities including Park County.

The launch will include a comprehensive GEO website and call center, as well as a local helpdesk sponsored by the High Country Conservation Center (HCCC), which is working with the GEO to advise communities on incentives.

Rebates for Energy Star appliances include clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, gas condensing furnaces, hot water heaters and gas boilers.

Residential energy efficiency rebates include insulation and air sealing, duct sealing, whole-house energy monitoring and whole-house energy audits.

Renewable energy rebates require an energy audit (conducted after December 31, 2006). Rebates will be available for solar photo-voltaic, solar domestic hot water, solar thermal hot water and small wind.
Rebates can be reserved online or by phone on a first-come, first-served basis. Work performed or purchases made before April 19 will not be eligible. The rebate check will be issued to the homeowner.

More information is available at the GEO website,, or by calling the High Coun-try Conservation Center at 970-668-5703, or HCCC’s Park County Community Energy Coordinator at 303 332 9757

Business Tip of the Month

5 Tips for Developing Policies for Your Business

Think ahead. Establish policies before you need them. Doing so helps avert crises and awkward situations, and helps solve problems before they arise.

Determine what policies you need. Some you’ll want early in your business include a mission statement, as well as compensa-tion performance evaluation and employee policies.

Get input from key employees, as well as from members of your advisory board, your board of directors, and/ or your professional advisors and consultants.

Communicate policies to everyone in your business.

Review policies on a regular basis—once a year, for example—and revise them as necessary.

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Colorado State Disk Golf Tournament

Foothill Flyers Disc Golf Club (FFDGC) is proud to present the 2010 Colorado State Disc Golf Championships (CSDGC). This year's event will take place on Satur-day and Sunday, July 10-11.

Two courses will be utilized for the event: Conifer Com-munity Park DGC (Beaver Ranch) is an outstanding mountain disc golf experience and is currently ranked 5th best disc golf course in the world according to Bailey DGC is a little known gem that is highly coveted as it is only available to the public for special events and provides epic mountain disc golf with spectacular views and disc golf play.

The CSDGC is the longest running disc golf tournament in state history. This year's event will attract amateurs and professionals alike from all over the front range and the USA. A PDGA sanctioned A-Tier event, the CSDGC equates to a Major Disc Golf event and promises to have a fantastic players pack, big cash purses, and phenomenal prizes. With an anticipated 200 participants, this year's CSDGC may also break records for the largest state event ever!

Come and experience the best that disc golf has to offer at this year's Colorado State Disc Golf Championships. Specta-tor admission is free and highly encouraged. Additional details for the event are available at or search "Foothill Flyers Disc Golf Club" on Facebook.


Bailey Hundo, June 19th
2010 Colorado State Disc Golf Championships, July 10-11
Bailey Day, July 31st
Bailey Day 2010 July 31st

BAILEY DAY is only a few months away. Come be a part of the planning to make this another great, fun celebration to remember! Vendor applications for Bailey Main Street can be found on-line at click on "Bailey Day". Sign up today to reserve your spot. There will be vendor spaces available over at Rustic Square as well. To reserve a spot at Rustic Square call Michelle @ 720-339-0674. Come join us at our next planning meeting with any suggestions or questions on May 6th at the Bailey Public Library in the lower meeting room at 6:30 p.m. Please park only in the lower lot. We look forward to seeing you there. Questions?Call Carrie Marsh @ 303-838-0554 or Lynn Griffin @ 303-838-8437.

May Day Hey Day

Deer Creek Elementary School PTA will be hosting A community Activity Bazaar including bake sale, community yard sale, craft booths, silent auction and activity booths on May 15th.

BOOTH SPACES: $30.00 + auction item standard 10 x 10 $40.00 + auction item 10 x 10 W/ electricity $20.00 yard sale space Booth space is still available by calling DCES PTA at 303 838 7666 ext.1212 ADMISSION: $1.00 or FREE with 2010 -2011 PTA Membership available at the gates.

Chances Scholarship Fund

For many years PCACC has sponsored a scholarship program for Platte Canyon High School, but recently decided to combine with Chances Scholarship. The draw was having a dedicated committee that has grown the scholarship from $1000 to over $7000 a year. Either due to the economy or Chances becoming better known, there are 18 applicants this year, as opposed to the usual 11-12. The committee is running a little short, about $300, and could use some financial help. The committee does not hold money over from one year to the next, so the more donations received; the larger the scholarships are for each individual. Every applicant receives some funding. The Cultural Council of Park County, a 501©3 entity, also sponsors Chances, making your donation tax deductible. If you are able to donate, please send a check to Chances, PO Box 834, Bailey, Co. 80421. Thanks for your support.

Mothers Day Brunch At Sweet Fanny Adams

Take mom to a spectacular Sunday Brunch buffet from 10am–2pm on Mothers Day May 9th. There will be many delectable buffet items to chose from. Be sure to make your reservations early. Call Tom or Kevin at 303-816-9464

5th Annual Mountain Home and Garden Show

5'th Annual Mountain Home & Garden Show will be held Saturday, May 22 from 9:oo AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, May 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Evergreen High School. If you have any questions please contact Robert Portykus at 720-261-0860. For additional information please visit the website at

Local History Archives Open House

The Park County Local History Archives will host an Open House in observance of Historic Preservation Friday, May 7th at the Bailey Library from 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM For more information please contact Jim Sapp at 303.816.0944 or visit their website at The Park County Local History Archives is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Park County's heritage.

Senior Citizens Luncheon

Please join us for a luncheon honoring Park County’s Senior Citizens hosted by the 7th Graders of Fitzsimmons Middle School on Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00pm at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey Colorado. Please RSVP to 303-838-2054 Ext 1400.

A Taste of Italy

The 7th Annual Benefit for Mountain Peace Shelter on Thursday evening May 13 from 6pm-9pm at Platte Canyon High School. Tickets are available to pre buy at a discount or may be purchased that evening at the door. Adults—$25 or 2 for $40 Students—$10. The cost at the door Adult—$30.00 Students—$15.00. Come enjoy Homemade Italian Food, Entertainment and Auction. For more information please visit

Chuck Wagon Cookout

On Saturday May 15 Camp Id Ra Ha Je will be hosting its Annual Fundraiser to help the support the Campership Program. The Chuck Wagon Cookout will run from 10am—3pm at Camp Id Ra Ha Je. Activities include FREE BBQ Lunch and Live Music, Kids Carnival, Silent Auction, Horseback Rides ($15.00), Arena Rides, Craft & Bake Sale, Climbing Tower, The Big Zip and much more. For more information please contact us at 303-838-5668 or visit our website at

Cycling History in Platte Canyon

On April 17, 1899 officers and members of the Denver Wheel Club, under its president, Harry Insley, gathered to organize the Denver Wheel Club Country Club on a site in the Platte Canyon comprising 80 acres straddling the river. A month later they selected a name for the sylvan retreat near Estabrook, on the South Park branch of the Colorado & Southern. It will hereafter be known as Cycle Park. By August there were three cottages and a score of tents on the property now known as Insmont. In 1899 they built their clubhouse on the hillside above the river. A crude nine-hole golf course was built and tennis courts were planned. Bicycling paths were formed. A railroad stop was established. In time, there were numerous cabins and houses built, a post office established, and a lake was formed alongside the river. A small wait station was built by the tracks. Today there is a large meadow by the river, surrounded by 80-100 foot spruce trees, that is locally referred to as the velodrome. There is no evidence of a racing track, but there may have been one there. An early account refers to the Meadow, where tennis courts, golf links, croquet grounds and other outdoor games will be played.

In December 1901 the Denver Wheel Club was renamed The Centennial and its emphasis shifted to boxing, wrestling, baseball, football and golf. This evidently was a trend of the time as, where cycling had been the sport of wealthy young men, bicycles became more affordable and common. Harry Insley continued to operate the resort, now renamed Insmont, as a private resort until 1910, when he sold the property, with the exception of his cottage. There are mentions in the society pages of the Denver newspapers of the season at Insmont starting, with prominent people arriving from all over the country. One story tells of a couple who took the first automobile trip to Bailey on wagon roads, taking many hours.

The Denver Wheel club started as the Denver Bicycle Club in 1882. At that time, some of its members were arrested for riding bicycles on public streets, reflecting popular feelings against the bicycle. In 1894 the Wheel Club hosted a national racing meet that led to a huge increase in membership, making it the largest in the nation, growing from under 100 to a peak of 800! They moved from a small clubhouse on Evans Street to a larger one on Glenarm Street that included a gymnasium and a billiard room. In 1897 they built a still-larger club on California Street. For the national meet, they built a three lap track at Broadway Park. The track established more world’s records than any other in the country and gave the Denver Wheel Club a renown which has never been eclipsed by any similar organization in the country.
Paul A. Hood, Insmont, Colorado

Quotes and much of the information are from The Denver Times, The Denver Republican and The Daily News: Denver.

Bailey HUNDO - The Senator's Underground Invitational

June 19, 2010
Bailey, Colorado

The Bailey HUNDO: The Senators’ Underground Invitational will be the premiere 100-mile endurance mountain bike race of Colorado, based out of Front Range mountain biking destination Bailey, Colorado. Sponsored by four Colorado State Senators, the proceeds of the race will not only enhance the singletrack trail system around Bailey, but also promote mountain biking to at-risk youth, and high schoolers around the state by supporting Trips For Kids Denver/Boulder and the newly-founded Colorado High School Cycling League (CHSCL).

In our inaugural year, we will be inviting 150 of the finest mountain bikers from around the state, country and world, to experience our course, which will favor the all-around mountain biker—featuring over 40 miles of singletrack through the Buffalo Creek Trail System and along the Colorado Trail—as well as some challenging climbs on dirt roads and jeep trails! The beta ride will be organized in a self-supported format, and may the best racer win! The winners of each age bracket will receive one-of-a-kind trophies, made in Bailey, and will not be revealed until the morning of the race!

The Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce will be pulling out the stops to make this an unforgettable event, providing entertainment in Bailey both the night before the HUNDO, as well as during the dinner and celebration after the race! The entertainment will be open to the public, not just the lucky 150 HUNDO racers. This will be the perfect opportunity to rediscover Bailey, which has historically been a favorite close-to-home destination for folks looking to get out of the city!

This year’s beta ride is organized as a partnership between four of Colorado’s finest State Senators— Senator Chris Romer, Senator Mark Scheffel, Senator Mike Kopp, and Senator Greg Brophy—as well as the Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Mountain Biking Association (COMBA). The race will be sponsored, in part, by the Platte Canyon Cycling Club, Outpost Wilderness Adventures, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Team Evergreen Cycling Club and Racing Team, and many other generous folks!

Invitations will be available by lottery, and applications will be available at, as of April 26th and will be accepted until May 19th, at which time invitations will be sent out. For 2010, The Bailey HUNDO will be a suggested-donation and pledge-based event, and is run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds go to sponsoring getting at-risk kids on bikes through Trips for Kids and the Colorado High School Cycling league and enhancing recreation opportunities in Bailey.

The Bailey HUNDO Planning Board is an all-volunteer group formed of stakeholders from Denver, Boulder, Bailey, Tarryall, and Evergreen For more information, visit or contact Senator Chris Romer at (303)807-4595 or HUNDO race director Noah Aptekar at (303) 877-8314.

New Local Businesses

Bailey Plaza
Della Powell and Mike Rutledge
River Canyon Gallery
Artist Co-Operative Gallery