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  Faces of Black Forest
  With goats — size matters
  By Bill Radford

   When Chris and Megan Archer moved to Black Forest nearly five years ago, Chris Archer thought it would be fun to have a couple of goats.
   So they started with three — "and it has exploded from there," Megan Archer said.
   Chris, who is in the U.S. Air Force, had "kind of dabbled with chickens and a couple of little pet goats" in the past, Archer said. "But I decided that if I was going to have a livestock animal, it would go to work for us. So I learned about dairy goats and about the breed that I wanted."
   The breed they decided on: mini Nubians. As the Archers explain on the website for their 5-acre Size Matters Microranch, mini Nubians "are a midsize dairy goat, both easy to keep and handle, but with the potential to produce a lot of high-butterfat milk."
   "I decided we really did like the milk," Archer said. "It's not goaty at all. It's very rich."
   They maintain a core herd of about 20, but that doesn't include all the babies running around. (Keeping goats "in milk" means having goat kids, the website notes.)
   Is it tough keeping everyone straight and remembering all their names? "I delivered most of them, so it's second nature for me,” Archer said. Helping deliver all those baby goats might be intimidating to a lot of people, but Archer is a labor and delivery nurse. "So I kind of understand breeding, birthing, lactation."
   Still, she said, "It took me a couple of years before I was really comfortable doing intervention and helping. As a nurse, I kind of kept waiting for the doctor to show up, and I realized that's not going to happen here."
   She does, though, have an experienced goat veterinarian to rely on. She is also "in a number of Facebook groups where we trade information." In July, she'll be helping put together a mini goat show in Brighton, Colorado. She also shares the stories of all the goat births on her blog, and has gotten "a pretty good following,” Archer said.
   In breeding, she said, "I try to look at milk production, udder attachment, body conformation, temperament, things like that." Another desired trait is the ease of kidding, or giving birth: "If you've got a goat that doesn't give birth easily, that's not a good trait to pass on."
   Archer provides the goat milk to customers through herd shares; it is illegal in Colorado to directly sell raw milk. In spring and summer, she also has kids available for new homes.
   "If you have a really nice bred dairy goat who is a girl, you can sell it pretty quickly," Archer said. "The boys are slower to go." Her goats are socialized at an early age. Her daughter, Bella, age 10, and son, Charlie, age 5, are happy to show the young goats some love -- and so they also make for "a good, laid-back pet."
   The young goats are disbudded so they won't grow up with horns, which reduces the risk of injury to other goats or to people, Archer said. Goats with horns also have a talent for getting their heads stuck in fences or elsewhere.
   "I had one goat that was just a genius for getting her head stuck in that hay feeder, and then she could never get it out," Archer said. "I can't imagine what she would have done with horns."
   Her advice for new goat owners? "Make friends with people who have goats; have a goat mentor. There is a learning curve with goats. They are hardy animals, but they can have some pretty unique health problems. When those happen, you need somebody who knows what they're doing."
   The biggest surprise for her in raising goats? "I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I do. I thought we'd get some goats and it would be like chickens, but I really enjoy it; and I've made a lot of friends through it."
   (For more about the Archers' goats and their homesteading experiences, go to
Something catches the attention of some of the goats at the Size Matters Microranch in Black Forest. Photos by Bill Radford
Megan Archer holds a baby goat at her Size Matters Microranch in Black Forest.
Megan Archer with daughter, Bella, son, Charlie, and a new addition to their goat herd.
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  Do you know the health of your well?
  By Donna Duncan and Monika Eckmann

   Black Forest residents: Are you concerned that the massive amount of development coming to Black Forest might adversely affect our groundwater supply? A recent water decree allows the Cherokee Metropolitan District to pump a total of 3,708 acre-feet of water per year; 1,246 acre-feet of that yearly total can come from the Dawson aquifer. One acre-foot is the volume of water equivalent to covering 1 acre of land to a depth of 1 foot; this equals 43,560 cubic feet or 325,851 gallons.There are about 13,116 Black Forest residents who use 0.5 acre-feet per year, per household. Consequently, Cherokee can pump 50 percent additional water than is used by the entire Black Forest community in a year.
   Should you be concerned how increased pumping from the Dawson aquifer may affect your well — you have some recourse. To begin, you must have a well permit in your name or from your HOA. You can view and print your permit from the Colorado Department of Water Resources website at If you are concerned about your well, you must keep records by measuring its water level (the distance between the top of the well and the water’s surface) twice a year for the first year and at least yearly thereafter. The owner may measure the water level on their own well, hire a professional or use the services of people trained in measuring well levels. Everyone needs to ensure that their wells are not contaminated with bacteria or other unwanted substances during the measurement process. Keep all records available for future use with date, level and equipment used. Ideally, your neighbors perform similar measurements on their wells. The more people who keep records, the better case Black Forest residents have. Effective claims require a lot of data collected by many people. Encourage neighbors and HOAs to monitor their wells.
   If you see a serious reduction in your well’s water level; and, for example, your well begins to pump water unreliably, then you may be able to claim “material injury” by taking your water level records to legislators or water courts. A decline in water levels does not constitute material injury. However, a significant drawdown after a nearby new development or commercial well begins pumping may be sufficient evidence to raise political alarm.
   Your records may be kept private, especially upon the sale of your home. Note that a real estate agent who is aware of the data would have to disclose the information, but only if asked.
   At, among many topics, is a map of wells in the Denver Basin — their water levels have been measured and graphed by the U.S. Geological Survey over many years. Also relevant, the Colorado Division of Water Resources provides the 2018 report “Groundwater Levels in the Denver Basin Bedrock Aquifers” on its website.
   The authors of this article are members of the Black Forest Water and Wells group, which is a subcommittee of Friends of the Black Forest Preservation Plan (FOBFPP). The groups are comprised of, but not limited to, Black Forest citizens. The mission of the wells subcommittee is to advocate for groundwater quality, quantity and promote sustainability for groundwater supply in the Denver Basin aquifers with a focus on Black Forest private wells. The Friends group needs many members to convince politicians that we speak on important issues such as development and water with many voices. Please consider joining the FOBFPP at and become a member.
   The FOBFPP and wells groups will have a booth at the Black Forest Festival on August 10. We are researching well monitoring equipment and several other topics. Come visit us for updates.
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  McNulty Jewelers comes to Black Forest
  Staff report

   Edward McNulty opened McNulty Jewelers in Briargate 10 years ago, and now he is expanding to Black Forest. He is taking over the spot where Black Forest Jewelers occupied. Linda and Don Spurr retired from their jewelry business, and it was a great opportunity for McNulty to move into the space, said Cassandra Carter, manager of both stores.
   Carter said she worked with the Spurrs over the last couple of years. “I got to know them very well,” which made for a smooth move, she said. “And we’ve spent time in Black Forest, getting to know the community.”
   McNulty Jewelers will offer the same services, from custom design jewelry to “gift-ready” jewelry to full-service repair. Edward McNulty has been designing and creating jewelry for more than 20 years. Carter said he is an excellent jeweler, and business at the Briargate store has been consistent, with a loyal clientele. McNulty works with all of the precious metals and a wide assortment of gemstones, from diamonds to pearls. Carter, who has been with McNulty Jewelers for more than six years, said, “There isn’t much we won’t or can’t do.”
   Although the services will be the same, the store will not. “We have remodeled quite a bit,” Carter said. “It looks completely different, with a different color scheme.”
   The grand opening was May 25. The Black Forest store at 11425 Black Forest Road is open Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 6 p.m.; and most Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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   Kinder Morgan provided Black Forest Together with a grant to purchase seedlings to plan for reforestation in celebration of Arbor Day. Kinder Morgan employees also volunteered for the May 16 event held at Black Forest Regional Park. A fire recovery slash piling project was also completed that day.   
Girl Scout troop 43893 and their leader, Shannon Morris, from the Briargate area, were present at the May 16 event to pass out a variety of seedlings donated by the Arbor Day Foundation, International Paper and FedEx to Black Forest residents: pictured here (from left to right) are Samantha Rudolph, Raeyln Vustoz, Abby Mullagh, Marisa Morris, Audrey Smith and Boy Scout Zach Morris. Photos by Cara Lord-Geiser
Residents of Black Forest were invited to use the pull-through system to receive seedlings to help with the restoration of the burn scar and erosion control following the June 2013 fire. Forest director Kennith Clark verified this driver’s residency.
(from left to right) Nancy Trosper, Jen Cowan and Linda Rowlans of Black Forest Together coordinated the annual seedling event, held this year at the Black Forest Fire Station No. 2
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  HORSES and HEROES annual round up

   The fifth annual Ranch Horse Round Up – Healing Our Military and their Families event will take place July 27 and July 28 at the Kit Carson Riding Club, 6775 Cowpoke Road, off Black Forest Road.
   Kit Carson, along with the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association, sponsors the weekend events, which include low-cost clinics and classes to introduce horse and rider pairs of all ages and skills to the traditions of the ranch horse.
   One-hundred percent of the net proceeds benefit two local nonprofits: Pikes Peak YMCA/Camp Shady Brook and the Remount Foundation (helping military members and their families through horses). More than $11,300 was distributed in 2018. Almost $40,000 has been distributed since its inception in 2015. A silent auction (with a “buy now” feature), a live auction and a Healing Our Military Benefit BBQ, are also planned.
   “It is a great feeling to know that because of this event, kids of fallen or injured soldiers will go to summer camp, and military and their families can receive equine assisted learning and therapy … at no cost to them,” said Dan Yopp, president of Kit Carson Riding Club.
   For more information, visit and click on 5th Annual Ranch Horse Round Up. Or visit the Facebook page: Ranch Horse Round Up 2019. The volunteer coordinator is Pam Cobb — 719-548-8075; the organizer is Jim Armstrong —719-439-7055. There is no charge to view the event, and concessions will be sold.
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  Monument gets a taste of Black Forest
  By Leslie Sheley

   Two Black Forest businesses have set up new shops in Monument. Pies and Grinders opened their new store Jan. 7. R&R Coffee Café is tentatively opening their new space in June.
   Dan Dreyfuss, owner of Pies and Grinders, said it made sense to purchase the property when Borriello Brothers closed; moving into a place already set up for pizza made for a smooth process. Dreyfuss said, unlike the Black Forest store, the Monument store will have slices of pizza until 3 p.m. as there are plenty of walk-in customers, and they will serve beer and wine. The hours are the same as the Black Forest store: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday.
   “We will have the same great food and sauce that is made daily, cheese that is grated daily, fresh ingredients — made to order and baked in a stone oven,” Dreyfuss said. Customers can dine in or take advantage of plenty of patio seating, he said. Of course, customers can order online as well.
   Dreyfuss said they will open a third store at the old Borriello Brothers site at Powers and Research in November.
   R&R Coffee Café owner Ryan Wanner said the opportunity to open a second store in Monument dropped in his lap, right as they were thinking of expanding. Their second store will be in a café space at the Tri-lakes YMCA at Jackson Creek Parkway in Monument. The hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. “The Monument cafe will offer salads, protein smoothies and other items, including gluten and dairy free baked goods,” Wanner said, adding that they will have the same great coffee. Because the new store is located in the YMCA, he wants to make sure there are plenty of healthy choices. Falcon residents might be happy to know that Wanner is eyeing Falcon. “I am still keenly interested in expanding to Falcon also.”
Pies and Grinders purchased the Boriello Brothers store when it closed. Moving into a building already set up for pizza, etc., made it an “easy as pie” transition. The Monument store pictured here opened in January. Photo by Leslie Sheley
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  AARP Black Forest
  Submitted by Stanley Beckner

   Free shredding was not the only subject of the May AARP Chapter 1100 meeting. The chapter also received honors for two of its members, listened to a program by Mountain View Electric and enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch.
   Erica Meyer and Keven Holbrlok from Mountain View Electric Association presented a comprehensive and informative program on how to efficiently use electric energy and lower individual electric service bills. They also answered numerous questions from the membership.
   Mountain View Electric is a power distribution company servicing El Paso County and areas of eastern Colorado. Incorporated in 1941, MVEA is a nonprofit electric cooperative owned by the members. Several online applications, including a Home Energy Calculator, are available on the Mountain View website:
   Chapter President Ray Rozak presented Herb and Pat Guild with the AARP Community Service Award and a commemorative pin from AARP. The award recognizes the good they have done in the community. A certificate and letter of congratulations signed by Catherine Alicia Georges, AARP volunteer president, and Jo Ann C. Jenkins, AARP chief executive officer, both in Washington D.C., accompanied the award. Herb accepted the award on behalf of his wife who was not available. Both are active Chapter 1100 members who have been involved with many chapter activities and projects, serving on several chapter committees.
   Rozak also updated the membership on several ongoing projects and activities.
   The annual free shredding event will be held June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. This is a safe and secure opportunity for individuals to bring up to three boxes or paper bags of personal and financial documents to be shredded by a professional document shredding company. Reservations are not required. Fight Fraud and ID Theft – Shred Instead!
   Black Forest Chapter 1100 meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month at Black Forest Lutheran Church. The July meeting will be a catered picnic. Persons interested in joining the chapter should call Ray at 719-495-6767 or Stan at 719-596-6787. Dues are $10 per year. All are welcome.
AARP Chapter 1100 members will assist individuals and the professional shredding company during the free shredding event June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 12455 Black Forest Road. This is the 11th year for the Black Forest AARP shredding event. Photos submitted
Erica Meyer from Mountain View Electric Association discussed ways individuals can optimize their electric usage at the May 8 meeting of the Black Forest AARP chapter.
Chapter 1100 President Ray Rozak presented the Community Service Award to Herb Guild on behalf of AARP in Washington D.C. The award was presented to Herb and his wife, Pat, who could not attend the meeting.
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  No fee senior social

   A monthly informal occasion for seniors is the no fee event. They meet in the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road in Black Forest.
   Seniors are welcome at the Black Forest AARP and Black Forest Lutheran Church monthly informal gathering, held at the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road. The social is from 1 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, and all are invited to socialize, play games, work on hobbies or to simply sit and talk about “whatever.” Light refreshments are available. For more information, contact Lavonne at 719-494-1276.
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  Black Forest Women’s Club

   The next meeting of the Black Forest Women’s Club is June 13 at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. The parking lot is in the back. Use the ramp and go in the first door on the right. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The June program is a potluck luncheon, beginning at 11 a.m. This will be the last meeting until September. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For information, call Carol at 719-495-3846.   
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