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Man in Serious Condition After Fall at Rock Park

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue responded to an emergency call received at 7:24 p.m. last night regarding an adult male who had fallen while descending from the top of the rock.

“The patient received serious injuries as a result of the fall and had to be extricated from the location and carried to a fire apparatus at the base of the rock. He was then moved to a nearby ambulance. The patient was transported in serious condition to a local trauma center for treatment,” said Officer Joe Cybert of the Castle Rock Police Department.

“The initial call was received at 7:24. Fire had to bring in one of their special apparatus that was able to drive up to the base of the rock. At 7:58, the patient was extricated from the rock and ready for transport to the awaiting medic unit. At 8:13, the medic unit departed the scene responding to the hospital,” added Cybert.

While it’s not illegal to climb the rock, it’s discouraged to do so.

“The climb may appear to be easy but in reality, it’s actually very dangerous,” Cybert concluded.

No additional information is available at this time.

Who is Philip S. Miller?

Photo Credit: NickLucey.com

Who was the man whose name adorns not only our town library, but also the indoor/outdoor recreation complex?

Philip S. Miller started his humble beginnings in Peoria, Illinois in 1895. Shortly thereafter, his father, a butcher by trade, moved the family to Denver to open his own meat market. Following in his father’s footsteps, Philip worked as a butcher for several years and helped expand his family’s business with the assistance of some business partners. Eventually they were able to open shops in both Kiowa and Castle Rock.

Update: Stay at Home Order Effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. until April 17 at 11:59 p.m

# UPDATE #

The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has issued a stay-at-home order effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. through April 17th at 11:59 p.m.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ORDER ]

“There is a widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the Metro Denver area, and we must take bold actions to stop the spread of this virus,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, executive director of Tri-County Health Department. “With each passing day, we run a growing risk of greater transmission and illness and quickly overwhelming our hospitals, which are really a resource for our entire region and state. When this happens, not everyone may get the care they need. It’s a real possibility in Colorado — and a situation which has already occurred in countries such as Italy — and which is threatening to happen in major U.S. cities in other areas of our country. We understand the toll that measures to address the pandemic is having our communities, and we want to reassure residents that this step is temporary, and a critical one to get us closer to recovery.”

“Scientific evidence shows that we must act now, at this stage of the COVID-19 emergency, in order to save lives in the long-run. It will give us the time we need to test comprehensively slow the spread of the virus to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director.

What activities are permitted and not permitted?

To learn more about the orders you can read more on The Denver Channel
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/coronavirus/new-stay-at-home-orders-for-five-front-range-counties-announced

# END UPDATE

The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) is expected to issue a shelter-in-place order today which was still being drafted as of Tuesday evening. According to Aurora Mayor, Mike Coffman in a tweet said the TCHD was still preparing the stay-at-home order which was said to be very similar to the one Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued for the city of Denver.

“These orders are part of a larger front-range effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said a Tri-County Health spokesperson in a prepared statement late Tuesday night.

The final order is expected to be announced early Wednesday morning which could go into effect Thursday.

At 10:00 a.m. a remote press briefing will be held. CRJ will bring you more details as more information is available.

Details specific to the order will be published here when released.

Resolution Approving the Purchase Agreement for Property from Plum Creek Golf Club Finalized

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Plum Creek Golf Course

Many Plum Creek residents are celebrating the most recent resolution approving the purchase agreement of property from Plum Creek Golf Club which consists of the old Plum Creek Golf Club Pool and Tennis Courts.

The resolution allows the Town to purchase two parcels of land on the north side of Emerald Drive for about $525,000.

According to the Town press release, the removal of the existing pool, pump house, and tennis courts will occur later, and future improvements to the site would happen as budgeted funds become available in the coming years.

6 Tips for Your First Crawfish Boil

Crawfish Boil

~ some Spice Advice from a New Orleans lady ~ 

Tip #1 – Dress Down and No Rings

Peeling and eating crawfish is messy business, if you’re doing it right. You’ll be sucking heads and pinching tails and crawfish juice will drip down your arms, so save that super cute outfit or the Tommy Bahama for another day and wear something you don’t mind getting messy. Don’t wear any rings because they’re just gonna get gross and be difficult to clean. 

True story: A good friend of mine is STILL mad at her husband after all these years for using a crawfish boil as the “cover story” for her surprise baby shower. Can you imagine? She showed up wearing an old t-shirt and cutoff shorts, hair swept up in a ponytail, thinking she was about to get messy at a crawfish boil and then walks in the door to see all her friends and family dressed up for a baby shower. After the initial shock, she turns to her husband and says, “a CRAWFISH boil?!?! Why didn’t you tell me I was going to someone else’s shower so I’d at least be dressed properly?” 

Tip #2 – Do NOT Wear Contact Lenses

Classic rookie mistake. You’ll understand why when you take ‘em out tonight. 

Tip #3 – Peel Like a Pro

Like any skill, peeling crawfish takes a little practice to master. I’ve been peeling my own crawfish since I was three years old (what can I say? My parents valued “independence”), so here’s some simple guidance if you’re new to this: 

Step 1: Twist and pull off the head. It may seem barbaric at first, but trust me, you’ll quickly get used to it and tap into your more primal self. If the claws look pretty big – you can eat those just like you would crab claws. The meet inside is very tender and sweet, but be advised, the claws do take on a lot of water, so they will be extra spicy.

Step 2 (optional): Suck the head. If you love spice, you’ll love this step. 

Step 3 (optional): Stick your index finger into the head and scoop upward and out. This removes the delicious mustard-like “fat” from the crawfish, which you can then suck off of your finger. It doesn’t taste like mustard, but it has a similar color and consistency. I recommend you try this at least once, to see if you like the fat or not. It’s nothing like any animal fat you’ve eaten—the flavor is unique, so you just have to try it, okay? Be adventurous! You’re eating mudbugs, for cryin’ out loud!!  Go all the way with it, man! 

Step 4: Hold the tail in your non-dominant hand and with your dominant hand, grasp the underside between the small legs. In one motion, squeeze, twist, and pull off to remove. Ideally, you’re getting the first two or three segments of the crawfish’s shell off in this step. 

Step 5: Pinch the tail as you gently pull out the crawfish meat in one full piece.  

Step 6 (optional): Deveining crawfish is a lot easier than deveining shrimp because you don’t need a knife to do it. The meat layer (eat this!) over the vein usually separates from the crawfish once you remove it from the shell, so you can just peel that flap back and remove the vein with your fingers. If that flap is stuck in the shell, pull it out and eat it, that’s a good part so don’t waste it! 

It might sound like a lot of steps, but really you get the hang of it quickly. Not to brag, but I can peel a few crawfish in under a minute. And it’s not a competition! At a crawfish boil, everyone who eats is winning! 

Tip #4 – Mind Your Hands

Usually, it’s a good idea to wash your hands after every couple of pounds of crawfish you’ve picked. There’s quite a lot of cayenne pepper and other types of pepper, salt, and seasonings in “seafood boil” (that’s what we New Orleanians call the spices used in a crawfish, crab, or shrimp boil). In fact, a LOT of pepper and spice goes into each batch – it’s not because anyone wants your taste buds burned off, it’s because these yummy crawdads are encased in their own armor, and the water they’re boiled in must be very well-seasoned in order for those spices to get into the parts we actually eat! But it also means all those spices and peppers are on the outside of the shells, which is what your hands will be all over. 

There’s no need to be scared, just be aware of this. While eating crawfish, do not rub your eyes, your nose, or touch your newborn baby’s face. Cayenne burns, even if you’ve wiped off with paper towels! Now you know the reasoning behind tip #2… just because you’ve washed your hands, doesn’t mean there’s not still residual pepper on there. Don’t be paranoid, just be mindful. 

Tip #5 – Enjoy the Burn

New Orleanians know there’s a true sweet-spot when it comes to spice levels. I’m no chef, but I can tell you that properly seasoned crawfish make my lips start burning about halfway through the first pound, but I still want to keep eating ‘em. If my lips are on fire and no amount of beer or root beer will soothe them after the first crawfish, that’s too spicy. If I’m not feeling any burn after the first pound or two, that’s not spicy enough. 

Now, I know I have a higher tolerance for spice than most Coloradans, and that’s why this isn’t quite an exact science. If you’re from Thailand, you’d probably feed your infant some spicy crawfish and not think twice. If you’re from the Midwest, even the tamest boils are gonna set your hair on fire. It’s just in New Orleans, there’s sort of a “baseline” level of spice, so we’re all pretty used to it.  

My advice to you is to embrace the spice and enjoy the burn. It’s nothing another beer from Burly’s or Barq’s can’t calm. The corn, sausage, and potatoes are going to be spicy too, because they were cooked in the same seasoned water as the crawfish. And the later in the day it gets, the spicier the batches become. I can’t say whether this is because we’ve already consumed a fair amount of spice at that point, or if it’s because the ones cooking have had many more beers that much later in the day, so they’re more heavy-handed with the cayenne, but I know the last batch of crawfish is always quite a bit spicier than the first. 

So if you’re a lightweight when it comes to pepper, arrive early to the crawfish boil to partake of one of the first batches. And maybe pick up some Tums and a gallon of milk on the way home. 

Tip #6 – Don’t Be Shy

When you’re invited to a crawfish boil in New Orleans, it’s at a friend’s or family member’s house, not a restaurant, so it’s picnic-style. Long tables are put together end-to-end and covered with newspaper. Each person is given a huge tray and you take a seat. The host gets a strong friend or two to help pour out each steaming hot spicy batch – right down the center of the table. You pick your crawfish from the center and leave your shells on your tray. When your tray is full, you dump it in the designated trash can (there’s always a designated can for this… remember, it’s HOT and humid this time of year in New Orleans, so you’d NEVER throw away crawfish shells in an indoor trash can), wash your hands, get another beer and offer to grab another drink from the cooler for anyone who wants (because they’re all still eating, and your hands are now clean). Then you take your seat or stand or pick a new seat, and start all over. It’s an all-day event as you eat, drink, relax, talk, laugh, and as we say in New Orleans, “pass a good time.” At the end of the day, your shirt has some new splotches, you’ve eaten and drunk your fill, and you’ve likely made a few new friends. But of course you’re not SHY at a New Orleans crawfish boil – if you were invited, odds are you know most if not everyone who’s attending. So it’s a relaxed, easygoing time all-around.

Outside of New Orleans, crawfish boils are a real treat, but they often don’t work quite the same way. Usually a restaurant hosts the event, and things are a bit more civilized. Hot crawfish are portioned out per person, city folk laugh as they timidly try to get at the sweet, tender meat that awaits them inside those mysterious spicy and salty red shells, and beers a-plenty are enjoyed. For many people, this may be their first time trying this Cajun delicacy, it’s a paid event they’re attending, and it’s possible that they don’t know anyone else in attendance. 

But that’s no reason to be shy! So just for today, why not imagine you’ve been invited to this crawfish bowl by a good friend and you’re here to meet all their friends and talk it up and “pass a good time.” Start a conversation with someone you haven’t met yet, ask about their mama-n-dem, whether or not they’re dressing up for Mardi Gras this year, and where they went to school. Believe it or not, this common conversation starter in New Orleans, ALWAYS means high school. I have a master’s degree, but whenever I’m in New Orleans and someone asks me where I went to school, I always tell them my high school, because that is ALWAYS what they want to know. Then they start listing all the people they know who went to that school, and then I reciprocate, and usually within just a couple of minutes, there’s a connection with a no-longer-stranger, with just a couple of degrees of separation. And that’s why people feel like family when they’re in New Orleans.

See you at the Crawfish Boil!!! 

Join us @ Burly’s today for the First Annual Castle Rock Crawfish Boil!

Crawfish Lovers Won’t Want to Miss This Boil

On Saturday June 15th possibly the largest crawfish boil the Denver metro area has seen is coming to Castle Rock, Colorado.

Throw on your bib and get ready to enjoy the succulent flavor blast from the Louisiana style crawfish which will be served to the masses at the 1st Annual Castle Rock Music Fest & Crawfish Boil.

This family-friendly event will include local vendors, several food trucks (for those who want to experience the festival but have a different pallet), as well as music from three terrific bands including Jon E. Boothe & The Night Watch, Emma Mayes & The Hip and Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

The 1st Annual Castle Rock Crawfish Boil & Music Fest is a FREE family friendly event.

Buy discounted pre-order crawfish by clicking here. Pre Ordering your crawfish not only gives you a sizable discount but gives you access to the VIP/Priority line and more.

Can’t attend the event? No worries, pre-order your crawfish and when you arrive tell the servers you’d like yours to go!

Castle Rock’s Best Sledding Hills

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Castle Rock Sledding Hills

Castle Rock has no shortage of sledding hills and it seems that around every corner, you’ll find what appears to be the perfect hill. So what are Castle Rock’s best sledding hills? Here are some best hills in town according to the locals.

  • Bison Park
  • Butterfield Park
  • Metzler Ranch Community Park

We encourage you to join in the conversation by telling us what your favorite sledding hill is on our Facebook page.

CRJ Launches Free Job Board – Castle Rock Jobs

Castle Rock Jobs

Finding a job and top talent in Castle Rock just got easier. CRJ just announced the launch of its free online job board, CastleRockJobs.com.

“We first launched the Castle Rock Jobs Facebook Group roughly 4 years ago,” said Sean Hakes, CEO of CRJ.

“At that time, we didn’t have the staff or team available to manage a full-scale digital job board as we do now. We couldn’t be more thrilled to offer this service for free for both employers and job seekers,” Hakes added.

If you’re looking for a job all you need to do is visit www.castlerockjobs.com. If you’re looking to hire new talent, you can submit a free job posting here.

Castle Rock Resident Grayson Little Cut from American Idol

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Grayson Little’s road on American Idol has just been cut off in disappointing fashion. The beloved Castle Rock resident with an explosive voice has just been cut after a dramatic group performance where Little appears to have helped fellow performer, Wade Cota, who had trouble remembering his lyrics.

Cut from American Idol? No big deal, Little has a widely promising career ahead of him.

“I’m bummed out, but blessed to have this opportunity – it’s been a fun ride,” Little left with.

Follow Grayson Little on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Grayson-Little-Music-200066620012295/

Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine, Inaugural Edition Hits Mailboxes Friday

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Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine

Soon residents of Castle Rock, Castle Pines and Larkspur will enjoy the latest features on local cuisine, travel, events and much more. Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine will be landing locally in mailboxes on Friday, April 5th, 2019.

Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine (April)
Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine (April)

“Castle Rock Lifestyle is excited to put forth a magazine exclusively crafted for and about the residents of Castle Rock, Castle Pines and Larkspur. A celebration of everything that brings us together, we’ll highlight delicious cuisine, travel, great ideas and events, lively hot spots and the unparalleled state we live in. Foremost, we’ll feature the amazing people who make our community the marvelous place it is. We are delighted by the warm welcome we are receiving, and we truly look forward to serving the residents in the years to come,” wrote Jennifer Hollingsworth-Barry, Editor of Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine.

Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine is locally owned and operated. To learn more about Castle Rock Lifestyle Magazine visit www.lifestylepubs.com/castlerock/.