The Ranch House Restaurant was purchased by the BCCDC in 2011 and restored by volunteers.
MONTEZUMA - An emergency meeting of the Beaver Creek Community
Development Corporation turned into a drive to oust two directors
With staff of the Ranch House Restaurant
being told that morning that the struggling restaurant was closing
immediately, half of the Board of Directors called a 5 p.m. meeting.
About 30 shareholders attended, many complaining of decisions made by
interim President Maggie Holt and Secretary Janet Aniol.
Board member Bill Smith opened the meeting by calling it a "serious emergency situation."
the end of the meeting, they had passed around a petition calling for
the removal of Holt and Aniol as directors. Neither attended the
meeting. Aniol was out of town dealing with family issues.
Contacted after the meeting, Holt would not comment. Aniol read the minutes and disputed many claims made at the meeting.
president Kala Pearson gave attendees her summation of the financial
condition of the restaurant. Two years ago, the BCCDC bought the Ranch
House Restaurant and the golf course, which includes attached water
rights. The corporation owes $770,000, plus interest, according to
Pearson said in its peak month (last September), the
restaurant took in $35,000, but expenses have been $30,000 to $35,000
monthly. She said winter months are hard on every restaurant, but
"March, April and June should have been very good.
"The last five months of management has been negligent," Pearson said.
pointed out that board member Gary Hilbers and Chef Chrissie Hathor
have been managing the restaurant since Kala was voted off the board.
Aniol has not managed the restaurant part of the BCCDC's business.
restaurant has a large kitchen staff for so few customers," she said.
"I have been a minority begging for downsizing the cooking staff,
shrinking the menu, and getting some professional advice in order to
start small and less costly and work from there."
Chef Chrissie works with two cooks at the Ranch House. They were the first ones told that the restaurant was closing its doors.
Thursday payroll was $5,700 for two weeks," Aniol explained. "During
that same two weeks we had $4,000 in sales. This did not cover payroll
or anything toward food and beverage costs. The best decision seemed to
be to quit digging a hole and to hunker down -- pay the mortgage and
insurance and see if we couldn't sell the property."
Pearson said the restaurant's slide started after she stepped down because of legal issues.
has been under indictment for allegedly taking money unlawfully from a
property owners association and giving it to the restaurant. Attorneys
are in the last stages of working out a settlement.
"I'm sorry. I
apologize. What I did was wrong," Pearson said, adding that her
dealings - which she did not describe in detail - were well intentioned.
"I apologize that my actions caused a division in the community."
She said her husband Frank Greene made immediate financial restitution.
said the upscale, large-scale nature of the restaurant as managed by
Pearson started the financial problems. "Soon she was writing NSF
checks, not paying all employees, not paying payroll taxes, not paying
the mortgage and not paying tradesmen," she said.
and I started in January to make bad checks good and proceed on a cash
basis. We are proud that we have bounced zero checks, paid employees and
completed the catch up on payroll taxes. With the help of some
community donors we were able get W-2's released from the payroll
company in time for employees to file taxes. Unfortunately in April the
payroll company found that they had left off our two highest-paid
employees in figuring what we owed, so they billed us again. The IRS
billed us the same week for penalties, interest and late fees on the
back W-2 taxes. We paid that."
But there was more. The BCCDC
wrote a $20,000 check to the property owners association whose money had
ended up in the Ranch House Coalition without authorization.
month the bank informed us that we are $9,000 in the red in that
account and will close it at the end of this month," Aniol said. "We add
funds every two weeks in order to make the paychecks good and Maggie
purchases the food and beverages for the restaurant."
those attending Thursday's meeting, including restaurant staff,
applauded Pearson and were more concerned with the way they said Holt
and Aniol were managing the properties.
They complained about
closed board meetings, getting no access to financial papers, committees
not being allowed to fulfill their tasks, unilateral decisions that did
not involve the shareholders as well as general service at the
restaurant. They were blamed for committee members resigning and
ignoring employee ideas.
"Christie Hathor requested and received
monthly statements from the bookkeeper and these were prepared for board
members at the start of each month," Aniol countered. "The basic
situation did not change since the time of Maggie's very honest public
meeting at the end of March. I've heard rumors that $20,000 is
available to keep the restaurant open. If that is true, I don't know
why that information wasn't shared with the board. That would have
changed the decision about closing."
Hathor said she is hoping
everyone will come back to the restaurant and give them another try.
Among proposed changes are bigger promotion of the Ranch House pizza, a
shortened menu and improved quality.
The 100-acre golf course
that is the center of the community is currently offering a driving
range and "pasture" golf. Three pumps have been repaired and other work
completed. The course has 2,600 acre feet of water rights.
water rights have brought interest and one letter of intent - but no
offer - from at least three potential buyers for the golf course and
restaurant. The board listed them as the Agape Aqua & Harmony Group,
Ken Stephens group and the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Aniol said that, so
far, all of the potential buys intend to use at least some of the water
The water rights, Pearson said, "are the
biggest asset Beaver Creek has. We have to be very careful and vet
whoever will be owning this."
Aniol suggested that the board keep
all necessary water rights for the 110 acres and that any sold-off
excess water rights not be removed from the creek until after passing
the downstream boundary of the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District below
Montezuma Castle. She also wants to see stipulations that cart paths
stay open for pedestrian use before and after golf play on the course,
and that the lake stay filled to meet permitting requirements of the
Arizona Game & Fish Department.
She also wants to see that new owners keep the Ranch House Restaurant intact.
also plan to request if I am involved that RH members have their
10-percent discount honored for at least the first year of operation by
new owners and that the restoration golf members be recognized with the
offer of discounted play for the first year after the course is
renovated," Aniol stated. "We continue to lose potential offers due to
Kala's involvement and problems that a community rift could cause."
the BCCDC is trying to re-staff the Board of Directors and find ways to
keep the restaurant open. Pearson said that could mean asking employees
to take a pay deferment and asking note-holder Seth Williams to take a
three-month deferment on payment, as well, until they are back on their
"It was three years in the making," Pearson said. "Let's not let those three years go down the drain."
Beaver Creek Development Corporation, the community-owned organization
that recently reopened the Ranch House Restaurant in Lake Montezuma, is
now raising money to reopen the Beaver Creek Golf Course.
MONTEZUMA - With the Ranch House Restaurant now up and running, the
attention of the Beaver Creek Development Corporation is now turning
toward reopening their beloved golf course.
This month the
community-owned corporation is launching its Adopt-a-Hole program,
designed to raise enough money to fix at least nine green, which will be
enough to get the storied course up and running.
"Right now our
biggest challenge is getting the greens back in shape," says Dave
Niehuis, chairman of the Beaver Creek Golf Course Development Committee.
"The tee boxes and the fairways are pretty much ready to go. If we had
the greens finished we could be playing golf now."
golf course up and running by next spring is paramount to the keeping
the entire rebuilding project moving forward, says BCDC President Kala
"The golf course has always been the economic driver. And the restaurant depends on it being up and running," says Pearson.
The group is exploring several options, each designed to bring money to the project.
off we are hoping to engage the entire region in the golf course
project. So far we haven't seen the participation we had envisioned from
the area outside of Beaver Creek.
"And without that support
it's going to be tough. When it was open, Beaver Creek attracted gofers
from all over, and now that we want to reopen it we are asking for help
on a regional basis," says Niehuis.
The Adopt-a-Hole program
offers corporate or private investors, advertising and club membership
for three years in exchange for a $12,000 donation. Hole number three
(the old number 12) is available for a $16,000 donation.
Niehuis says the corporation is also looking at fixing up some of the holes for "disc golf," also known as Frisbee golf.
golf is becoming increasingly popular. It even has a pro tour, with
professional golfers like Bubba Watson on board. We are looking into
equipping nine golf holes with 18 Frisbee golf holes -- anything to
raise some money and get folks interested in helping out," he says.
Creek Golf Course has also been partnering with Forest Highlands Golf
Course in Flagstaff and has benefited from equipment donations as well
as professional advice.
"They are a great partner, but in the end we need cash to get it up and running and cash to keep it going," says Pearson.
interested in helping with the golf course rebuilding program is ask to
call Niehuis at (602) 502-7850 or Pearson at (928) 301-9317.
THE RANCH HOUSE RESTAURANT IS OPEN!!
Remarkable Ranch House Restaurant reopens
John Hoelting will be recreating the tradition steakhouse menu with a
all-natural beef twist, some seasonal local produce infused offerings
and creations of his own.
The famous bar at the Ranch House has reopened as the Rusty Spur Lounge, featuring its own menu specialty drinks and a list of Arizona wines.
The doors to the Beaver Creek community's beloved Ranch House Restaurant are open once again.
building, which has seen its share of movie stars and starlets,
business moguls and cowboys, is once again a part of the community that
grew up around its storied past.
It is a welcome sight for so
many who have worked for so long. For the rest of us, it is worthy of a
pilgrimage, not only to celebrate its singularly unique revival, but
also to enjoy some damn good food.
Three years ago, the restaurant and its adjoining golf course, the epicenter of the Beaver Creek universe, collapsed, the victim of a sour economy.
unlike some communities that have chosen to accept their fate, the
residents of lake Montezuma, McGuireville and Rimrock chose to take
matters into their own hands.
They raised $300,000, most of it from amongst themselves, then purchased the restaurant,
the clubhouse and the surrounding golf course. Then, over the course of
the last year or so, they donated thousands of hours to ensure its
It is the kind of stuff from which movies are made.
This Saturday, Sept. 1, the Ranch House Restaurant
officially opens its doors to the world. The owner, which in this case
is the Beaver Creek Development Corporation, a company owned by the
citizens of Beaver Creek, is now ready to show off this remarkable
There will be a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., followed
by a barbecue and music all day. In the evening, the Dina Preston Band
will perform as the restaurant serves up its steakhouse-style menu.
In its heyday, the Ranch House Restaurant was famous for generously portioned meals at reasonable prices. That philosophy will carry over to Ranch House II.
"It is an old-time style restaurant
with a modern-day approach. We will keep many of the traditions, but we
now offer all natural beef, no hormones, no antibiotics, and we will
take advantage of the valley's fresh produce market by serving seasonal
dishes also," says manager Kala Pearson.
There are plenty of
meals in the $10 range; the most expensive is a 12-ounce filet mignon
for $25. Tuesdays are taco night, Thursdays fried chicken, Friday fish
and Saturday prime rib.
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday is chef's
choice, an opportunity to revel in the creations of Chef John Hoelting.
All natural beef hamburgers, quarter or half pound, are available
everyday, along with the menu of chicken and chops, seafood, sandwiches,
salads and steaks.
The restaurant's famous bar has also reopened, this time as the Rusty Spur Lounge. Hoelting and his staff are still working to recreate the Ranch House's famous Bloody Mary, and promise that once perfected it will be, like everything else connected with the storied restaurant, worth coming back for.
GOLF COURSE UPDATE VIDEO
Ranch House opening delayed until July 25 Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter Thursday, July 05, 2012
Crews of volunteers and professionals are putting the final cosmetic
touches on the Ranch House Restaurant in Beaver Creek. The structural
work is completed. The kitchen equipment will be installed next week
and the final cosmetic finishes thereafter.
Ranch House Coalition plans to have the historic Ranch House Restaurant
ready for a members-only reception on July 22 and a soft opening for
the residents of Beaver Creek on Wednesday, July 25. A grand opening is
planed for Sept. 1.
BEAVER CREEK - "Every wall we opened up had problems, and behind every problem was another one."
Pearson's quote should be etched in bronze and placed on a plaque
outside the entrance to the Ranch House Restaurant so all who enter can
fully appreciate what has taken place over the last year.
on July 5, 2011, with beaming smiles, brimming optimism and the sweep of
a pen, Pearson and the members of the Ranch House Coalition took
possession of the historic, albeit dilapidated, building.
first four months were spent exploring -- poking holes in places that
hadn't seen the light of day in decades and uncovering things long
hidden from public view.
The next four months was spent planning the fix and, all too often, uncovering more problems.
since spring, volunteers and professionals alike have spent every day
of every week putting the community landmark back together again, and
doing so in a fashion they are proud of.
The plan, which has
changed several times over the last year, was to open to the public this
Saturday, July 7. But the plan has changed again. The new opening date,
at least as far as the public is concerned, is July 25
And, not wanting to leave anything to chance, the official grand opening has been scheduled for Sept. 1.
who has carried on the role of project manager and purser since the
beginning, says she has learned to take it in stride, choosing to stick
to her principles and not to a fixed schedule.
"I have told
people all along, in spite of the setbacks we have come across, that
there are two ways to do this -- the right way and the wrong way. I --
we -- have chosen to do it the right way," she says.
As of this
week, the structural work has been completed, the electrical, plumbing,
roof, exterior walls and the dry wall. What's left is cosmetic.
says they will begin moving the equipment back into the kitchen this
Sunday, hooking it up with the assistance of some eager and capable
volunteers from Northern Arizona University next week, and begin putting everything through its paces soon thereafter.
"We have hired a chef, our wait staff and almost all other personnel. That side of the equation is done," she says.
has the same smile she had a year ago. And, beneath the paint and
plaster coating her hands and face and clothes, the same optimism is
still brimming, knowing the project she has given more than a year of
her life for is about to clear the goal line.
When it's done, she says she is going to take a few days off to do her laundry. Then, she says, she has a golf course to fix up.
Pro-Shop & Driving Range for BC Golf Course Opened!
The Pro-Shop officially opened for business at 8 AM Thursday and was checked out enthusiastically by coalition volunteers who will be offering friendly assistance Thursday through Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Manager Ken Stephens shares that he & the crew (Lee Weller, Joann Niehuis, Mikki Weissinger, Don Loucks, Sandy Newell, Max Clements, Gary Hilbers, and Maggie Holt) are looking forward to selling Tee and polo shirts, new golf balls, drinks, snacks, and artwork to old and new friends. Golf instruction from visiting pro, Mike Bishop, can be scheduled at the Pro-shop. 25% of those fees will go to help restore the Beaver Creek Golf Course.
The driving range is also open during those same hours. A small bucket of range balls is $3.00 and a large bucket (60+) of range balls is $5.00. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card are accepted. Please call 567-4487 during shop hours for further information or contact Ken Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to volunteer to work at the Pro-Shop/driving range, please leave your contact information at the shop or email Ken.
Thursday, October 06, 2011 Ranch House fund-raiser nets $20,000 plus Steve Ayers Staff Reporter
VVN/Steve Ayers Last weekend’s Round-Up fund-raiser for the Ranch House Coalition in Beaver Creek netted nearly $20,000 plus a couple yet-to-be-sold vintage vehicles. The event raised enough money to begin roof and structural repairs. The plan is to have the restaurant open by the end of the year.
BEAVER CREEK - The Ranch House Coalition's Round-Up fund-raiser raised nearly $20,000 in cash. According to event organizer Kala Pearson, it is enough to get the project started immediately.
Held on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the golf course and restaurant the group plans to bring back to life, the all-day affair included a silent auction, games, music and food.
About 1,200 area residents, along with a few outsiders, came to show their support.
And sometime during the party, one of those supporters offered up a couple of items, which, once they are turned to cash, should give the coalition all of the money it needs to finish rebuilding the Ranch House Restaurant, their most immediate goal.
"We received a 1970, all original, all prime condition, Mustang and a 1970 Chevy pick-up, also prime condition and all original. We are hoping they will get us all we need," Pearson says.
Prior to the fund-raiser, Pearson said the group needed around $30,000 to put a roof on the building, fix the hole in the dancehall wall where a cottonwood fell through a few years ago and rebuild the kitchen from the ground up.
"We've got enough for our roof, provided we can fix it barn-raising style with a lot of community volunteers, and will also get the hole fixed, right away. The rainy season is coming," Pearson says.
With the dream nudging ever so close to reality, Pearson thinks the coalition can have the restaurant open by the end of the year.
"We are moving ahead with the renovation plans," she says. "We will see how far it all goes, if we can cover it. We think we can cover it right after we sell the vehicles.
"The event was 1,000 percent worth all the effort of the over 25 people on the committee who put it together."
9/25/2011 Polishing the Gem Fund-raiser kicks off Ranch House project at golf course
Dina Preston Band will headline a line up of all-day music that
includes Toucan Eddy Band, the Outlaws, The Switchbacks and Hired Hands.
Ranch House Round-Up’s silent auction and raffle will includes art,
jewelry, collectables, antiques and even a 50 pound amethyst geode. The
kitchen of the Ranch House Restaurant has been gutted to bare walls and
CREEK - A few months ago, while hosting the annual Beaver Creek Garden
Tour, Verna Shafer got a call from two out-of-town visitors.
visitors, two ladies from Beverly Hills, were full of questions. "Tell
me about the tour." "What can I expect?" "Where on earth is Beaver
Well acquainted with the affluent side of society from
her years as an interior designer, Shafer wasn't expecting the two
gracious women who eventually made their way to the banks of Beaver
Nor will she forget what they said when their visit was over.
though the golf course was knee high in weeds and tall grass, they told
me we had a hidden gem of a community. All it needed was a little
polish," Shafer says.
Ever since the community stepped up in a
big way and purchased the center of their universe, specifically the
dilapidated Ranch House Restaurant and the overgrown 100-acre Beaver
Creek Golf Course, a lot of polishing has been going on.
have gutted the kitchen to the rafters. The irrigation system is
running once again. And parts of the golf course look remarkably like a
golf course, once again.
But it didn't take much money to gut the restaurant, clean out the irrigation ditches or cut the grass.
part of the project that will cost the big bucks, however, the
installation of a commercial kitchen for the restaurant, will.
are concentrating our efforts on the restaurant first. It is our
revenue generator for everything else we plan to do," says RHC President
With that in mind, the Ranch House Coalition, the
non-profit behind the resurrection, will host its inaugural
community-wide/valley-wide fund-raiser, known as the Ranch House
Round-Up on Saturday, Oct 1.
They hope to be well on their way to raising the $30,000 needed for the kitchen by day's end.
raise that kind of money, the coalition has planned a full day of
musical entertainment, an old west barbecue and beer bar, games like
Frisbee golf and horseshoes and slew of other activities.
lineup of bands includes the headliner, Dina Preston Band, along with
local groups Toucan Eddy Band, The Outlaws, The Switchbacks and Hired
Hands. Verde Valley Sounds will also be spinning some dance music.
will also be a silent auction and a raffle for art, jewelry, dinners,
golf stuff, antiques, collectables, even a 50-pound amethyst geode.
party runs from noon to 8 p.m., at the Beaver Creek Golf Course
Clubhouse, 4250 N. Montezuma Ave., in beautiful downtown Lake Montezuma.
Take I-17 to exit 293 and follow the signs.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for kids 5 to 12 and free for those under 5.
Beaver Creek Golf Course/Ranch House Update - September 15, 2011
During September a major focus of the Coalition has been getting ready for the first annual Ranch House Round-Up fundraiser. Volunteer roofers are ready to put a new roof on the Ranch House and fix the hole in the wall, however funds are needed for the materials and supplies required to get that done. Information about the event follows in the last paragraph of this section.
Through mid-September volunteers have cleared the main ditch and filled the lake; irrigation repairs have been completed to the front 9 fairways (previously, back 9) and watering to them begun. Maintenance equipment and some mowers have been acquired and full tune-ups are underway. MR-FD did a controlled burn of the slash pile as a wild-land training exercise. The restaurant kitchen demolition (non-load bearing walls) has been completed for the redesign for safer, more efficient usage. The pro-shop has been cleaned and stocking begun. Logos were designed and selected. The planning and ad campaign is underway for the Ranch House Round-Up.
Special thanks to:
·The Man Cave Shop Gang: Mike-Randy-Paul-Tom-Ron of Lake Montezuma & Rimrock
·The Kitchen Krewe: Chris-Patrick & the Shop Gang of Lake Montezuma & Rimrock
·The Field Bosses: Frank & Dave of McGuireville & Rimrock
·Sons of Ditches and Ladies of the Lake: too many to mention throughout Beaver Creek
·Volunteer Special Thanks: Richard Reece, architect with Reece-Angell-Rowe Architects of Flagstaff & Phoenix
The pro-shop will be open soon, the restaurant in the December/January time frame, and the first nine holes on temporary greens will be ready for play in the spring. (Dates are subject to change.) If you are interested in donating to the RHR-U silent auction, please call Verna at 928-567-3269 or email Sandy at email@example.com. To register your business or non-profit organization as a Round-Up vendor, please call Richard Casmier at 928-592-0232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ranch House Round-Up. The first annual Ranch House Round-Up will be Saturday, October 1, on the Beaver Creek Golf Course driving range at 4250 Montezuma Avenue, Lake Montezuma, from High Noon until 8 PM. RHR-U is a community fundraiser to help restore the Ranch House Restaurant and the golf course. Fun for the whole family is planned which includes: live music, Verde Valley's largest line dance, horses, Ranch House BBQ, an Old West Beer Bar, birdie and disc golf, a silent auction and raffle, commercial and non-profit vendors and much more. Adults $2, children 5 - 12 $1 and free under age 5. Sponsored by the Ranch House Coalition, Beaver Creek Community Development Corp and Beaver Creek Kiwanis with additional information at www.ranchhousecoalition.com.
Beaver Creek eNews
August 12, 2011
Catching Up with the Ranch House Coalition at Work on the Beaver Creek Golf Course
Mid-August is here with the usual monsoon evening thunder storm and lightening shows with sometimes a little rain.The clouds and rainbows are especially beautiful, too.Students have started back to school, so now it seems like a good to catch up with the Ranch House Coalition.
The community non-profit has owned the Ranch House Restaurant and Beaver Creek Golf Course (110+ acres) for about 5 weeks. There are no paid employees.Some volunteers are working at their trades or learning new ones, while new volunteers come by almost daily.As President Kala Pearson often says, "we don't have a shoestring budget, we have a barefoot budget".This means that much of the time the Coalition is paying only for materials and parts.Somehow it's all working out so that every aspect of the project is moving forward.
The proshop has been cleaned and is in the process of being stocked.After the restrooms have had an ADA upgrade; it will open September 1, Thursdays through Sundays, times yet to be scheduled.Range balls will be available for the driving range, and Mike Bishop, the course pro, will begin to schedule lessons.
The Sons of Ditches and Ladies of the Lake have worked hard to restore water to Lake Montezuma.There is a strong water flow and the sprinkler system was operated for the first time today.Currently nine holes are planned to be ready for golfing by late spring.These holes will return to their original numbers, meaning that holes 3 and 4 will now be off of 3rd Fairway Drive.
The Ranch House Restaurant is still on target to reopen on December 1.To
aid in that effort, an activity and concert day on the driving range
(The Ranch House Round-Up) is planned for Saturday, October 1, as a
fundraiser.The Coalition website at www.RanchHouseCoalition.com has lots of current and historical information as well as being the place to donate or pledge.Please don't forget that this is a community effort that puts a donation of any size to good use.
Thank you to all who have volunteered time or donated funds or equipment.Too many to name here, but the Ranch House will need the largest thank you name plaque ever made!
See you out & about
. . . . . . . . the calendar crew
That Historic Moment--36 Days Ago
July 6, 2011, the Beaver Creek Community Development Corporation bought
the Ranch House Restaurant and Beaver Creek Golf Club.The non-profit was formed
Treasurer Walt Miller and President Kala Pearson check over the wire transfer documents
by the Ranch House Coalition to accomplish that assignment.Now
RHC members have lots of work ahead to finance, repair, clean, meet
safety and health standards, mow, water, decorate, paint and advertise
our dining and recreation facilities.
President Kala Pearson meets later today with the seller's manager, Seth Williams, for the official passing of the keys.The transfer of title was held up from the original July 1 date in order for the seller to receive the release of an IRS lien.The clear title has been recorded with Yavapai County as of this date.The first work party is scheduled for the weekend of July 16/17 as it will take several days to finish the priorities list.
Lake Montezuma is on its way back!!!
It has been a journey for the past several months as Chris Bosman, partner in 3 Family Tree Landscaping, has volunteered time, equipment, and expertise to help his community namesake begin to refill.By
regulating the overflow from the main pond down the connecting ditch to
Lake Montezuma, Chris has kept the refilling of the lake going at a slow, steady pace in order to reduce ground absorption of the water.And now Lake Montezuma has returned!
To celebrate this event, Chris and son, Trevor, recently planted an Arizona Ash on the point jutting out into the lake.Their donated tree will provide nesting for the popular blue herons which feed in Lake Montezuma.
Lake Montezuma provides an opportunity for us to fish, bird watch, and enjoy the view.Please use it with respect and report those who don't share well with the rest of us to the Ranch House Coalition at 567-4722.
More Sons of Ditches step up to increase water flow
For the past two months members of the community have taken turns as Sons of Ditches.They have cleaned out about a mile of ditches, cut down fallen trees, and removed bee hives.These efforts were successful and resulted in a low flow of water which slowly began to refill Lake Montezuma.
However, the Coalition and everyone else has always know that there was a blockage in the buried pipe at Chipmunk Hollow.It would have to be cleared out in order to increase the flow sufficiently to turn on the sprinklers and pump.In bygone days a person was sent into the pipe to attack the roots of those historic cottonwood trees.This dangerous task was not considered an option by the Coalition.Bids ranging from $3000 to $6000 were submitted by several sewage companies.Since that size of payment was not in keeping with the RHC philosophy or barefoot budget, the only course was to wait.
Assistant Chief Dave Niehuis of the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Division met
Gareld Hardy Sr of CARS Auto Salvage of Rimrock and the community
spirit was ignited again.Dan Pentico brought his scope and located the blockage.Then the Hardy family held a party at the pipe with family members Gareld Sr, Gareld Jr, Russell, and Tim all working together.The pipe was cut open, the root ball lifted, and a new cap welded in place.Suddenly water roared through the pipe and thrust forward with height at the top of the ditch rather than just trickling along.
Meanwhile, another tree had fallen into the 3rd Fairway ditch.Maury of Northern Arizona Saw Cutting and Coring came to the rescue this time with the timely removal of this obstruction before a dam was formed.
These volunteers donated their time, labor, materials, and equipment to perform and complete these tasks.
Thank you to all the Sons of Ditches!!!
Thursday, July 07, 2011 Ranch House Coalition coalition closes deal on golf course, restaurant in Lake Montezuma Steve Ayers
LAKE MONTEZUMA - There are two great powers in the universe -- irresistible forces and immovable objects.
Whenever they meet, one must give way to the other, be it through brute force or a little give and take. click here for Bugle article
RHC Progress Report as of July 6, 2011
BCCDC Executive Board Members Janet Aniol, Kala Pearson, Walter Miller sign pre-closing financial docs with Frank Vocca at National Bank of Arizona
RHC CLOSES ESCROW...
NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS
Fundraising & Membership Drive continues! -
Calls to Volunteer cashing in
work pledges to begin according to clean up and construction schedule.
More to come soon.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Ranch House Coalition nears goal Close of escrow set for July 5 Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Creek residents are keeping their eyes on the marquee in front of the
Ranch House Restaurant, monitoring fund-raising progress and awaiting
the close of escrow.
CREEK - Although its is being described as two steps forward and one
and a half steps back, the effort to purchase the Ranch House Restaurant
and Beaver Creek Golf Course is getting close to its goal.
the last month and a half, members of the Ranch House Coalition, along
with their devoted volunteers and supporters, have continued to raise
money while attempting to stabilize the property -- all in hopes of
closing escrow and taking possession on or about July 5.
at $180,000. We need $190,000 for our down payment, but our goal
remains $300,000. We will need more than the down payment to finish the
job," says coalition President Kala Pearson.
Pearson says she is
confident the coalition will have the money it needs to close escrow
but making the close date will depend on when the current owners
satisfying an outstanding IRS lien.
"The lien is expected to be
taken care of sometime this week. We won't sign anything until we have a
clear title. We do not want to inherit anything else," Pearson says.
money appears to be coming in slightly easier than cooperation from the
neighbors when it comes to restoring the irrigation system.
more than 200 bass, catfish and crappie were rescued from Lake
Montezuma, more than 1,000 pounds of carp had to be hauled off to the
Flagstaff landfill after two separate and unrelated incidents caused the
lake to go dry.
In one incident a neighbor tapped into the ditch
with a pump and caused the water level to fall. In another someone
absconded with the equipment being used to regulate water levels.
"We've had some setbacks, but stuff happens," says coalition organizer Janet Aniol.
Aniol says the volunteers have had their share of difficulties rebuilding the system after it was left abandoned for two years.
two miles of ditch has been cleaned, but there are still some leaks
that need repair," Aniol says. "And we have a stretch of pipe that will
require another interruption to the water flow so it can be cleaned by
specialized equipment. The bad news is that the condition of the lake
won't get any better for a while."
The coalition is asking any
neighbors to contact them at (928) 567-4083 before doing any work that
could affect the irrigation system.
As for mowing the grass, Aniol says that will take place after the escrow closes.
RHC PROGRESS REPORT as of 6/26/11
The RHC Community
Development LLC has collected 60% of its $300,000 pledge goal towards
the acquisition and capital expenditure budget. Call (928) 567-4083 to arrange unit payment today.
The Ranch House Coalition
volunteers have continued to do what they can on a property not yet owned by
the community non-profit organization. As we reported last time, two
steps forward then one & a half backward.
But the good news is that the
paperwork has been signed and approved by the title company. The purchase
and title transfer is scheduled for July 5. (This could slip a little
later unless the seller settles one more lien on the property.) So no
work party this holiday week end.
200 living crappie, catfish and
bass were rescued by Danny Lane and Lee VanDrome and relocated to the
pond. Last Sunday the Ladies of the Lake and the Sons of
Ditches removed 1000 pounds of dead carp from Lake Montezuma. These were
respectfully relocated for burial at the Flagstaff Landfill. Chris
and Simon Bosman donated their time, expertise, and equipment to jump start and
regulate the water flow from the pond to the lake which began to refill.
However their equipment was removed by person(s) unknown overnight.
In addition a resident chose to pump water from the system. These two actions dropped the level of the pond by a foot. This again dried up the
water flow to the lake. Please don't do anything that affects the
irrigation system without calling 567-4083 for a clearance to complete that
action. The consequences of tinkering with the ditches or ponds can be
unexpected and harmful.
An irrigation system left untended
for two years needs lots of cleaning and repairs. About two miles of
ditches have been cleaned by volunteers and some paid professionals.
There are still leaks to be fixed. There is a stretch of
pipe that needs cleaning by specialized equipment. For this, the water
flow will have to be cut off for several days. The bad news is that the
condition of the lake won't get better for a while, but when it can be
refilled, the water will remain. Meanwhile the diversion lakes
have been mowed and cleared as a monsoon safety precaution. Much
additional mowing needs to be done and is scheduled to begin when the Coalition
takes ownership of the property.
volunteers, and supporters, please watch the marquis in front of the Ranch
House for the date and time of Transfer of Title Celebration and
ground breaking ceremony on the Ranch House patio.
RHC Progress Report as of June 16, 2011
The RHC Community
Development LLC has reached 55% of its fund raising goal of $300,000 towards
the acquisition and capital expenditure budget. Call (928) 567-4083for investment
information and reserve your unit today.
drive is continuing. RHC will be featured as "Business of the Week" Monday June 20 - Friday June 24 at National Bank of Arizona - Camp Verde Branch. Pick up a membership sign-up brochure and JOIN TODAY. Click here andsign up today to help preserve and restore
this historic landmark.
Creek area volunteers worked to clean out the ditches, clear away fallen trees and invasive plants and repair breaches. Kudos to the Sons of Ditches / Lake Montezuma Young Backs / Brothers Family Tree Landscape / area residents ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO GET WATER TO THE LAKE. Over 200 fish were transplanted from the lake to the holding pond. Rock dams at the ditch headwaters were altered to allow more flow. Weirs at the ditch head water were patched and secured. Water leakage from the pump house to broken fairways lines was cut off. Major obstructions and diversions in the ditch running from the pond to the lake was removed. Water is now flowing from the holding pond to the lake. Crews are monitoring this flow daily. There is a blockage in the irrigation pipes at Beaver Hollow. Crews are evaluating the safest, most cost efficient way of removing tree roots growing in the pipe. Removal of the tree roots will increase the water flow through the system and fill the lake more efficiently and quickly. Beaver Creek levels are dropping due to less snow melt and up stream irrigation withdrawals. These patches are temporary in nature and will require revisiting with more permanent solutions in the near future.
Montezuma Rimrock Water Company provided 35,000 gallons of water from the clean out of its new well scheduled to serve the Montezuma Estates community. Kudos to MR Water Co. The Montezuma Rimrock Fire District transported the water releasing it on the trees along the Ranch House Restaurant, the driving range and a fairway. The department also cut 2 of the dead trees on the fairway during a training exercise. More to come as their schedule permits. Kudos to the Men and women of your local fire district!
The RHC Community
Development LLC has reached 33% of its fund raising goal of $300,000 towards
the acquisition and capital expenditure budget. Additional pledges are expected
to be deposited this week bringing the raised funds to $150,000.The deadline to raise the balance is rapidly
approaching. The Ranch House Coalition Core Action Team is working feverishly to
reach its goal by June 30th.Call (928) 567-4083 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(928) 567-4083end_of_the_skype_highlighting for investment
information and reserve your unit today.
drive is on.The goal is to recruit 400
members for the Ranch House Coalition responsible for the initial support and restoration
of the Ranch House Restaurant and 100 members for the Beaver Creek Golf Course
Coalition responsible for the initial support and restoration of the golf
course.The present membership stands at
150.The Coalition’s membership drive
will be targeting residents of the Verde Valley and Flagstaff in addition to
residents of the Beaver Creek area. Membership is open to individuals,
families, businesses and area non-profit organizations. Click here andsign up today to help preserve and restore
this historic landmark.
Creek area volunteers were out in force, before Memorial Day weekend, armed with
personal weed whackers, lawn mowers and various other implements of weed
destruction, motivated to help spruce up the Beaver Creek Golf Course
andRanch House Restaurant grounds. TheRanch House
Coalition received permission from the owners to make the grounds fire
safe while also trimming trees and brush and weeding areas around the
course. LMPOA provided the heavy equipment rental, fuel and operators and safety gear for the weekend event. The property has been dormant and neglected for the past two
years. Kudos to LMPOA and RHC Volunteers!
Rimrock Fire District will be coordinating a series of training exercises with
neighboring fire districts watering the trees around the Ranch House and
Fairways in an attempt to keep them alive until we can get the irrigation
system up and running.Additionally,
they will be cutting the dead trees around the property to prevent the
spreading of disease affecting them from lack of water.Kudos
to the men and women of your local fire district!
‘Sons of a Ditch’
Volunteer crews have been cleaning and making minor repairs of the irrigation
ditches running from Chipmunk Hollow to the holding pond over the past several
days.This ditch system is the method by
which the lake of Lake Montezuma is filled. The ditches are in need of major repair
and continuous monitoring.A ditch
management team is being assembled who will be responsible for keeping the
trails along the ditch cleared and the water flowing without breach or
obstructions.Free ‘Sons of a Ditch’ tee shirts are available to all volunteers
working on the project.Click here for volunteer sign up.
5/15/2011 7:53:00 AM Saving the Beaver Creek golf course and financing a community business venture
the purchase in escrow the work of raising money and restoring the
Ranch House Restaurant and Beaver Creek Golf Course to their former
glory begins. Over the next few weeks, organizers will be fundraising
and coordinating volunteers to ensure the projects success.
CREEK - The purchase and restoration of the Beaver Creek Golf Course
and Ranch House Restaurant is arguably the largest community-financed
business venture ever attempted in the Verde Valley.
several months of intense and often adversarial negotiations with the
current owners, the Ranch House Coalition, a loosely knit group of
residents best described as a movement, signed a deal two weeks ago to
purchase both properties on 120 acres for $970,000.
take a long and costly commitment. But those behind the effort are
deeply committed. None of them consider failure an option.
are more opportunities for success than there are for failure. There
isn't anything we can't do working together," says Janet Anoil,
president of the Lake Montezuma Homeowner's Association and the person
heading up the financial side of the project.
The group's first
challenge will be raising the $200,000 needed as a down payment, most of
which will go toward back taxes and other encumbrances that have piled
up since the last owners filed bankruptcy. The rest will cover other
ancillary expenses including the $20,000 already expended in attorney
To accomplish their goal the group has formed two
corporations, Beaver Creek Community Development Corporation (BCCDC), a
nonprofit corporation that will coordinate the restoration of the
restaurant and the golf course, and RHC Community Development LLC to
finance the purchase of the properties.
Within the BCCDC are two
separate membership funds, one to pay for the restoration of the
restaurant and one to pay for the restoration of the golf course.
Restaurant memberships run $100 to $3,000, golf course memberships $500 to $5,000. They are now being actively sold.
LLC is an investment fund, initially being sold in 60, $5,000 units.
The money will be placed in CDs as collateral to secure a bank loan for
the purchase. Of the 60 units, 15 units are committed with five pending.
The remaining 40 units are seeking investors.
Once the down
payment is made there will be no payments due for six months. Then there
will be a $1,500 a month payment for the next 18 months, followed by
two years at $3,000 a month and the fifth year at $5,000 a month. A
balloon payment will be due at the end of five years.
we are going to need at least $200,000 to refurbish the restaurant. The
golf course will take additional planning and community input before we
know how much we will need," says Kala Pearson, chairperson for the
Anyone interested in investing or helping with the financial side of the project is asked to contact Janet Aniol at (928) 592-2839.
Ranch House Coalition unveils restoration plans for property
By Steve Ayers
BEAVER CREEK - A deal has been struck. Escrow is open. Now the hard part begins.
movement that began almost two years ago to rebuild and restore the
landmark Ranch House Restaurant and Beaver Creek Golf Course is at last
To their credit, the Ranch House Coalition, the
group behind the project, is pragmatic, persistent and methodical. They
understand the costs, the challenges and the realities of the project.
And they realize its success will depend in large part on attracting
others to the cause.
"We can do this. I have no doubt," says RHC
chairperson Kala Pearson, "These properties are the community's past and
future. The Beaver Creek community has always come together when they
needed to. And we need to once again."
The group has a plan that will begin unfolding immediately.
It starts with the restaurant.
we get the restaurant up and running we will have a revenue generator
that will help carry the rest of the project. That's why we will be
concentrating our initial effort there," says RHC Chairperson Kala
"We have to address the health and safety issues first.
We will need ADA compliant bathrooms, we will need to rewire the entire
building, redo much of the plumbing and the fire suppression system. And
we know we need to replace the roof. "
Pearson says the rebuilding of the restaurant will depend on volunteers.
can pay for some of the work, but we will try to limit that to those
areas of expertise we can't find. We hope the volunteers will cut our
renovation costs in half," she says.
Regarding the golf course,
Pearson says that project will take some time. However, the group has
enlisted a team of course designers and others familiar with the old
course that have agreed to assist, at no cost.
"We are planning a
golf and open space general meeting for May 26. At that meeting we will
bring in Forest Richardson, a golf course architect with long standing
ties to the course, along with David Snyder, nephew of the original
course designer Jack Snyder, and Jack's brother Carl.
help us assess what we can do with the property the way it is, and what
the costs will be to bring it back to a nine-hole, or an 18-hole, or an
executive course, and what other types of open space recreational uses
we might consider," Pearson says.
She says the discussion may include the incorporation of amenities such as tennis courts or a dog park.
we decide to do, it has to be of interest to a wider group of people in
our community than just the golfers, yet it has to be something that
can generate revenue. That is why the course is important and why it has
to be of a caliber that will sustain itself,' Pearson says.
Simultaneous to the fundraising and planning efforts, volunteers will begin work on the golf course grounds immediately.
Volunteers are being sought for a work weekend, May 21-22.
first goal will be to knock down all the weeds and rebuild the
irrigation system so we can once again fill the lake," Pearson says.
"Right now we have a need for many volunteers for many jobs, but the
first is for an army of weed whackers and riding mowers."
For additional questions, to volunteer or help with the fundraising, contact Pearson at (928) 567-4788.
4/29/2011 1:26:00 PM Beaver Creek Ranch House Coalition reaches agreement for takeover
Photo courtesy Janet Aniol
After nearly a year of negotiations and many delays, members of the Ranch House Coalition announced Thursday that an agreement has been reached to take over the Ranch House Restaurant and golf course.
not-for-profit group, Beaver Creek Community Development Corporation,
will enter escrow with owners, Beaver Creek Golf Resort LLC, within the
next few days. They intend to finalize the deal by July 1, just in time
to have a work party before celebrating Independence Day at Sycamore
"There are several Beaver Creek residents and investors
that have pledged monies toward the purchase of the property," said Kala
Pearson, president of the non-profit group, "and the time has come for
everyone to make good on those pledges.
"We've had a lot of
interest in the project from state and local officials and government
agencies, and will be relying on them to help us obtain long term
financing and grants to help develop the recreational facilities and
irrigation systems," said Pearson.
Janet Aniol, president of the
Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association and a director with the
group, said, "Our first priority will be to get the weeds cut to avoid
fire hazards in the area. We're putting a call out to the many
volunteers to start work on the restaurant and course as soon as we get
the keys. This includes cleaning and repairing the irrigation system
that feeds Lake Montezuma, which is very important to residents," said
In regards to previously heated negotiations, Pearson
said, "Everyone had to take a step back and let things cool off. During
that cooling-off period, a private party had offered to buy just the
restaurant, which was later withdrawn. After nearly a month of due
diligence, they discovered that the conditions and zoning were not
conducive with their plans.
"We've said all along that this
project was too cumbersome for any one private individual unless they
are purely altruistic with deep pockets," said Pearson. "It will take
the whole village to raise this child and make a go of it. Beaver Creek
is the community to do just that."
Members of the Coalition can be reached at 928 592-2839 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting928 592-2839end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 928 301-9317 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting928 301-9317end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and at the Beaver Creek Adult Center at Rollins Square.
Ranch House Coalition Votes
After last Monday's Coalition
Membership Emergency Meeting, the advisory board (Core Action Team)
met to develop and review a course of action. It was decided that the
best approach was to go ahead with the initial plans for the restaurant, albeit
broadening the fund raising efforts through the development of a CD secured
loan fund with the local bank (National Bank of Rimrock) to handle the advance
Also decided was to
develop a special golf task force whose job it would be to
come up with a plan for the golf course (use and financing). A separate membership
program will be established for those people interested in just the golf course
as a golf course - separate and apart from the Ranch House Restaurant.
Although under the same Coalition umbrella, for now, it is geared towards
golfers and corporations.
lack of maintenance of the golf course and the lake is a big problem for the
people owning property in Lake Montezuma. Suggested was a
voluntary assessment of $50.00 per year instituted by LMPOA to its members
under a Lake Montezuma Beautification Program. This fund can contribute
to the maintenance of the golf course and the lake as people in the area will
need to take a little responsibility for keeping it maintained to a level of
safety. LMPOA will be working on this over the next few weeks.
The CAT team voted to immediately engage legal counsel,
Tony Cullum, to complete the
negotiations and commence the necessary paper work to solidify the lease
purchase. A new membership brochure outlining the membership level is
being published for general distribution.
Thursday, September 23, 2010 Setting a course: Ranch House Coalition presses on with acquisition By Steve Ayers
The county has mandated that the Beaver creek Golf Course be kept
trimmed, even though the owners have otherwise abandoned it. In the
meantime the Ranch House Coalition, a group wanting to purchase the
104-acre property, is trying to gather community support and exploring
CREEK - The Ranch House Coalition, a group of Beaver Creek residents
wanting to rescue the former Ranch House Restaurant and golf course, has
set a clear course for accomplishing their goal.
mulling over a list of options last week, the group met again on
Wednesday evening and began assigning responsibilities to the members.
One group will be visiting with those who made financial pledges of support of almost $30,000 to begin collecting those pledges.
second group will begin gathering information so an educated estimate
can be made of how much it will cost to resurrect and maintain the golf
course, should the group successfully acquire the property.
third group will begin sending out letters to all 5,000-plus homes in
the Beaver Creek community to give everyone an update on the status of
the golf course, explain the options for purchasing and maintaining the
property, to solicit support and get a feel for how the community feels.
voted a long time ago to support the Ranch House Coalition," says Janet
Aniol, president of the Lake Montezuma Property Association, "but this
can't be one of those things that a few people of a few organizations
will support. The community needs to be informed and show they are
willing to help."
Ranch House Collation
organizer Kala Pearson says the finance options being considered include
the creation of a special improvement district, private financing, bank
loans and/or the issuance of a private bond.
have had discussions with the owners' attorney and he has let us know
that whatever it is we come up with, they are not going to carry the
paper. It will have to be a cash deal," Pearson says.
says representatives of the coalition met last week with county
officials, and they are awaiting an opinion from Deputy County Attorney
Randy Schurr on the feasibility of forming a special improvement
"The advantage of a district is that
it can fund both the purchase and maintenance of the property. But they
didn't quite know if it would work for us. So we are waiting to see if
what we are proposing to do would be legal and, if so, how it would
work," Pearson says.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ranch House Coalition explores options
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ranch House Coalition, a group of residents from the Beaver Creek
community interested in buying the shuttered Ranch House Restaurant and
golf course, is faced with many obstacles, not the least of which is the
current owners’ insistence in asking more that the property’s fair
MONTEZUMA - No matter how they go about it, the citizen group
attempting to rescue the Beaver Creek golf course and Ranch House
Restaurant has its work cut out.
At a Wednesday
meeting of members and supporters of the Ranch House Coalition,
organizer Kala Pearson laid out a list of options, in hopes of getting
some sense of the community's wishes.
options being explored is the creation of a Special Improvement
District, which would pay for the property and its operations through a
property tax, a low-interest loan underwritten by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and the sale of private bonds.
There is also the option of waiting to see if a private party comes along and purchases the properties.
date, the Ranch House Coalition has received $30,000 in pledges from
the community. They have also made the owners, Rob Shabatka and Seth
Williams, an offer of $500,000 for both the golf course and the
Williams and Shabatka rejected the offer, according to Pearson, countering with a figure of $1.2 to $1.7 million.
far as the community is concerned, we have had a great response. As far
as the owners are concerned, it has been a challenge," Pearson said.
presenting several ads for golf courses across the country that are
currently on the market, which indicated the price sought by the owners
is considerably more than its current market value, Pearson gave those
in attendance a breakdown of their financial options.
have the their advantages and drawbacks, but perhaps the biggest
obstacle, according to Pearson, is the inflated price being sought by
the owners. Private lending institutions and the government require
appraisals and neither will lend or permit borrowing in excess of fair
"No one wants to pay more than it's worth. That's the crux of the whole thing," Pearson said.
those attending the meeting unanimously agreed that they want to save
the focal point of the Lake Montezuma community and that they need to do
What they ultimately do, however, will have to wait until they get a broader consensus of the community.
have decided to get a letter out to every property owner in the Beaver
Creek community, explaining the situation and our options and trying to
get a feel for where people are at," Pearson said.
the meantime we will be taking a look at creating the special
improvement district. We have a meeting with the county to find out what
we need to do, step by step."