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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.

Where to Get the Cheapest Pumpkins in Castle Rock

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If you thought shopping small might be more expensive then shopping small – you’d be surprised to hear that’s rarely the case.

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co is selling generous size pumpkins for only $3.00. That’s right – $3.00. Our recent visit to King Soopers tallied up to $4/pumpkin (2 for $8) for medium size pumpkins.

Drop into Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co at 404 Perry Street. Each customer is limited to 3 pumpkins.

Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Company Receives 2019 Downtown Design Award

Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Company
Image Copyright: Wild Blue Yonder, Facebook

Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Company located in downtown Castle Rock just received the 2019 Downtown Design Award.

Wild Blue Yonder Owner (pictured on left), Andrew Wasson receiving the Design Award from Castle Rock Mayor, Jason Gray.

Nominations are submitted to Town staff by a nomination team comprised of members of Board and Commission members and representatives of the building community according to the Town of Castle Rock.

Thank you Castle Rock! We are honored to announce we received the 2019 Downtown Design Award. The committee noted how we combined new and old structures, our use of windows and natural light, and integrated indoor and outdoor spaces setting a new design standard for town re-use projects. A big thank you to our design team Clutch Design Studio and construction crew Faurot Construction. Hope you enjoy our space too! Downtown Castle Rock#GetOutThere“, wrote Wildblue Yonder Brewing Company in a Facebook post.

To learn more about the Town of Castle Rock Design Awards click here.

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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.

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.

CRJ LBA Files Official Request for 15 Min Parking Spot on 4th and Perry

The CRJ Local Business Alliance (LBA) has filed official paperwork requesting a temporary 15 min parking spot be added at to the front steps of Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co on the corner of 4th and Perry.

“More often then not, the parking lot located to the south of Mountain Man is packed,” said Spencer Young, Owner of Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co.

“We’ve had customers tell us that they plan on coming in to purchase items, but they can’t find a spot to park, so they just drive by,” Young added.

There are 4 parking spots located at the main entrance of Mountain Man Nut & Fruit that do not have time limits. CRJ noticed at least one vehicle that was parked there for 3 consecutive days.

“I personally like this idea because when I need to run into Jack of All Macs or Lost Coffee, it would be nice to have a quick parking spot instead of people that are parking there all day taking up space,” said Castle Rock resident, Courtney Morrow.

The CRJ Local Business Alliance is a group of likeminded business owners with a passion for furthering the success and improved livelyhood of small business in Castle Rock.

Spencer Young, a member of the CRJ – Local Business Alliance reached out to the LBA for assistance regarding the petition process.

Neighboring business agrees that parking can be “tricky”. Additional concerns include a lack of parking for area business owners and the retirement community.

Currently, there is one 15 min parking space located between Jack Be Click and Castle Rock Bike and Ski.

According to a recent article published by the Castle Rock News-Press, the proposed Encore project could bring an additional 300 public parking spaces to downtown Castle Rock.

Assistant Town Manager, Kristin Zagurski said the request will be discussed on September 25th.

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CRJ Partners with LivLux Real Estate to Offer Enhanced Home Search Tools, Listing & Showing Services

CRJ now offers one of the most accurate, up-to-date home search engines thanks to their newly formed partnership with locally owned, LivLux Real Estate.

Now, visitors to CastleRockCO.com can research homes for sale in not only Castle Rock but throughout the Denver metro area. The new listing service includes not only accurate sales data but includes information regarding local schools, community information, historical sales data, market snapshot, listing activity and more.

“Partnering with CRJ made perfect sense for us. We both have an undeniable drive to provide value to the community and to support neighbors in finding the perfect home for their families. Being in the right home truly changes lives and our ability to provide the key information and guidance to make that happen is what it’s all about,” said Sean Savitt, Broker, and Owner of LivLux Real Estate.

CRJ extends additional benefits to sellers who choose to list their home through CRJ’s partnership with LivLux including additional enhanced marketing, complimentary video features and much more.

“I’m really excited about this partnership,” said Sean Hakes, CEO of CRJ.

“This is something I’ve been trying to do for years and nothing has really aligned perfectly, until now,” Hakes added.

Since its inception, CRJ has collected ample data that can be a true asset to buyers looking to buy in Castle Rock. Additionally, CRJ has extended free and low-cost marketing services to for sale by owner sellers as well.

To browse the latest homes for sale in Castle Rock visit www.castlerockrealestate.net.

To request a showing, or to list your home please contact Sean Savitt at 303-900-7192.

Can Foster Parents Work Full-Time?

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Can Foster Parents Work Full Time?
Can Foster Parents Work Full Time?

If you have ever visited Steve and Emily Kloter at Neighborhood Auto Care, you know that at first glance their front office looks like it could be a daycare.  “We’ve had parts delivery guys come in the front door and they think they’re in the wrong place because of all the kid gear,” says Emily, Office Manager of the business.  “I just laugh and say, ‘No, but we really are a family-friendly business!’” 

How do Steve and Emily juggle running an automotive repair business while raising their own daughter and two foster children? 

It isn’t easy. 

Steve with Atleigh Kloter, their biological daughter who is 2.5 years old.

While Steve is in the 3-bay garage in the back, fixing customers’ vehicles, Emily is upfront running the office and tending to their three little ones.  The Kloter’s currently have two foster children – a 6-month-old baby and a 23-month-old toddler – and their own biological daughter, Atleigh, who is 2.5 years old. 

As foster parents, the Kloter’s are responsible for providing a safe and loving home for children whose parents are not currently able to care for them appropriately, until they can be reunified safely with their biological parents, placed with suitable kin, or adopted into a forever home.

Their days are busy.  Steve goes to the gym or for a run in the mornings to help keep his mental health in check while Emily gets the kids up and dressed and feeds them breakfast.  Steve joins them back at home to help with load-up and they arrive at the shop by 8:15. Once at the shop, Steve gets the business opened up while Emily gets the kids engaged in activities and prints the repair orders for the day’s work.  Throughout the day many people are coming and going from the business, including caseworkers, visitation supervisors, and a CASA or GAL here and there.  The business is like their home away from home, so everything that needs to happen with the kids during the day happens from the “home base” of their business on Park Street.  Occasionally, Emily will need to come in late or leave early to accommodate home visits, court hearings, doctor’s appointments, sick kiddos, or a trip to the gym.  When she’s gone Steve takes over as both master technician and receptionist. 

“One of the ways we keep our sanity is by drawing a pretty firm boundary between work and home life outside of work hours,” says Steve.  “We have a business cell phone that gets turned off and stays at the shop when we head home for the evening.  That helps us stay focused on the kids and each other outside of work hours.  The same thing applies to the weekends.  Weekends are family time and we try really hard to keep it that way.” 

They also rely heavily on the support they receive from their church family at Front Range Christian Church and being part of CRAFF (Castle Rock Adoptive and Foster Families), a local support group for families who are currently fostering children, have completed adoptions, or are preparing for or discerning whether to foster or adopt.  In fact, Neighborhood Auto Care houses the CRAFF Resource Closet, full of donated items available for use by any foster or adoptive family in the community.  They have everything from car seats and strollers to clothes and diapers to pack n plays and cribs.  Many times, foster parents will not know what age or gender child they could be called to take in, and some emergency placements can happen in a matter of hours.  The CRAFF Resource Closet provides a source for last-minute needed items so foster families don’t have to rush out to Walmart to get items they may need.

Though life can be hectic at times, the Kloter’s wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“We have many people ask us, ‘How you do you do it?  How do you not get attached to your foster kids? How do you run a business with three little ones?’” says Emily. 

Steve responds, “I’ve been a gearhead since I started going to monster truck shows with my dad and working on my own car as a teenager.  I love being a dad and I love running our shop.  So it’s a win-win getting to see the kids during the day and have them be a part of our business.”

And how to they not get attached to their foster kids?  Emily says, “You do.  You get attached.  You love them as if they were your own kids, even though they’re not.  And if and when they leave, you’re devastated.  But it’s worth it.  For them to have had a secure and stable home with parents who loved them when they needed it most.’”

For more information about foster care and adoption or to schedule an appointment with Neighborhood Auto Care, call (303) 946-4090.

Going to the Castle Rock ArtFest?

Castle Rock Art Fest

Every year, the Castle Rock ArtFest draws artists from all across the west, including a number of local artists here and throughout Colorado. If you’re like most residents of Castle Rock, you look forward to the annual ArtFest every September. Last year’s attendance was estimated at around 20,000 people and this year, admission is free, so the numbers could climb even higher. The ArtFest is located in and around Festival Park this Saturday, September 7 from 9am-6pm and Sunday, September 8 from 10am-5pm. Here are a few quick tips to help you maximize your enjoyment at this beloved tradition.

  1. What to bring. If you plan to make a day of it, bring sunscreen and your shades. While many artists accept credit and debit cards for transactions, many have a minimum purchase for card payments, so we recommend bringing some cash. Food and drink booths are available onsite, and there’s live music scheduled throughout the day.
  2. Bring the whole family. There’s a whole section for kids to enjoy with hands-on art projects and fun, plus strolling performers, music, food, art demonstrations, and more. Some artists feature small, inexpensive items (art postcards, stationery, hair accessories, kids’ jewelry, etc.) that kids can enjoy as they spend their own money without breaking your budget.
  3. Support local artists. You will find exhibits from far and wide, but you’ll also see plenty of Colorado art. Our rule is: if you like it, buy it on the spot (or at least put down a deposit while you’re walking around thinking about it.). Many artists only feature one-of-a-kind originals, so if you think you’ll swing back later and pick up the piece you admired, there’s a good chance it will have been sold. Plus, the venue is large, and it’s easy to forget where you once noticed that remarkable work of art. Best to stake your claim early so you don’t miss out.
  4. Start exploring! We love to meet local artists at ArtFest every year, and to watch in awe as they perform their craft onsite. Artists love to share their process and if you start chatting, you’re sure to learn something new. Plus, this year’s event features hands-on art classes at Emporium throughout the weekend and paint-and-sip classes under the Pavilion.

So grab some cash, pack up the kiddos, slather on some sunscreen and we’ll see you this weekend at ArtFest!

Ordering From Popcorn Bliss Online is Easier Than Ever

Popcorn Bliss Castle Rock, CO

Who doesn’t love our favorite local go-to for gourmet treats, Popcorn Bliss?

Now, it’s easier than ever to order online for local pickup or to ship to loved ones. Colorado Gourmet Treats, a Castle Rock-based online store has teamed up with Popcorn Bliss to provide a simple ordering experience to enable a national reach for a hometown favorite. Customers can configure made to order gift baskets for family, friends or client appreciation, and Front Range locals can arrange for local pick up. 

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Cotreats.com was launched in June with ambitions to become a one-stop-shop for Colorado-based, artisanal treats to provide national exposure for local companies. “The vision for Colorado Gourmet Treats is to make online selling as easy as possible for local companies,” said owner Caleb McNary. “With changes to the tax laws, rising costs to build an online store, and intense national competition, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to join forces with small businesses and provide exposure to a larger market.”

Whether you are looking for a perfect weekend snack, or want to send a gift, visit cotreats.com to order your favorite treats today!