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by admin | November, 21 2023

The following recipe submitted by Laurie Nielsen (includes her adjustments) was a big hit at Game  Night that takes place every Monday at the MOC on Mountain View Road starting at 4:30 PM. It's a great way to use up those ripe bananas.


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 3…
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by Ernest Parker | September, 16 2023


On October 14th, there will be an annular eclipse of the Sun that will be visible from Santa Fe Trail Ranch.  The Ranch is outside of the "Path of Annularity", meaning the moon would pass directly over the Sun but, still, approximately 85% of the Sun will be obscured at SFTR:

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by admin | September, 15 2023

Dear SFTR Community,

As the crisp, cool air of autumn sets in, it's time for us to start preparing our homes and land acreage for the upcoming winter season. While winter brings its own set of challenges, it's also an excellent opportunity to take steps to mitigate wildfire risks to our homes and property. In this article, we'll discuss essential actions to safeguard our beloved community.

1. Create Defensible Space:

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by Deb Johnson | September, 15 2023

As I move forward with new volunteer opportunities, I am excited to introduce John Gerald as the new Chairperson for the Communications Committee. John and his wife, Jean, moved to SFTR a year ago from Houston Texas and are so happy to be here in this wonderful area of Colorado.

In asking John a bit about his history, he shared the following:

  • As a seasoned IT professional with over 40 years of experience in the industry. I…
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by admin | September, 15 2023

This yummy delight was submitted by Karla Gorrell who graciously made them for the folks that come to every Monday nite “Games” gatherings at the MOC which start at  4:30. All ranchers are invited to join the festivities of this weekly social event.

Affectionately known as Maureen‘s Pumpkin 🎃 Bars (our dear neighbor and dessert caterer from San Antonio, Texas)
Preheat Oven to…

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by Sharon Sorenson | July, 15 2023

Periodically, residents on SFTR are visited by pesky miller moths. In some years, the infestation is not severe, while in others, it is extremely annoying. That has been the case in 2023. At night, if we opened our garage doors, moths would swarm around the lights in the garage and house. We had to start parking our cars in the garage but not entering the house from the garage to avoid a swarm of these critters from entering our home. During…

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by Deb Johnson | July, 8 2023


I commend you and your SFTR partners on the excellent work you are doing to reduce the wildfire risk at Santa Fe Trail ranch, while improving the overall forest health as well, within your forested neighborhood. I encourage you to continue your endeavors not just to accomplish your own wildfire mitigation objectives but also because your endeavors at SFTR are a very powerful example of forest and community stewardship in the…

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by Claudia Henning | May, 13 2023

First, where did the name come from? Well, four dads on Bainbridge Island, Washington, decided to come up with a game to keep their kids busy on yet another drizzly day back in the 70’s. It evolved very quickly to being more than just a kid activity because the dads really enjoyed hitting the plastic ball with holes. A net (36" because it was waist high) and plywood paddles (ping pong paddles didn’t work well) and a “court” that was 20’ by 40…

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by Michael Hughes | March, 10 2023

Over the past 20-some years there have been many potentially catastrophic events on the SFTR, most of them similar to the event of June 7, 2018. Way back in 2001, the ranch experienced it’s first…

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by Kenneth Dixon | January, 12 2023

Your Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation (FHWM) Committee is developing our plans for 2023.  Our mitigation efforts place emphasis on clearing areas heavy in fuel while also providing safety corridors along our roads, especially on those intersections which have limited visibility.

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