NOREEN: Flying W will be back in the saddle again

January 10, 2013
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Reader Mary Carley asked, “Has a decision been reached regarding whether any portions of the Flying W will be rebuilt? If rebuilding will occur, what are the plans and tentative timeline?”

As many may recall, the Flying W Ranch was a total loss after the Waldo Canyon fire in June. Perhaps it will never be what it was just before the fire, but the good news is the Flying W will be back — and fairly soon.

Suzanne Soule, a Flying W spokeswoman, said “We are looking at being open this summer, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from June to September. We don’t know what facilities we will have.”

The Flying W has been known for years as a place to listen to western music and have a traditional chuckwagon meal. It began simply and developed into a collection of buildings.

It sounds as if the Flying W will be keeping it simple as it begins anew.

Already, though, the community has responded, as many small trees have been donated to Flying W to help reclaim the forest destroyed there.

Reader Evelyn Aikan wanted to know, “Who feeds the Canadian geese? They’re all over the place.”

It’s true that geese and geese droppings are all over the place, but very few of the geese are being fed directly by humans. Indirectly, we feed them by creating areas of Kentucky bluegrass.

According to a state agency, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, “Canada geese will feed on newly sprouted lawns and established grass in urban areas” and “are attracted to areas with open water and large expanses of grass, such as golf courses, parks and large apartment complexes. The problem is most noticeable during winter when large numbers of migrating geese join year-round residents.”

Judging from the hundreds of geese that congregated on a Springs Ranch Golf Course fairway recently, they even like dormant bluegrass.

Geese like open areas where they feel safer from predators. To discourage the geese, the state agency advises: “Fence your yard. Eliminate some of the large expanses of lawn by planting shrubs and other visual barriers. If there is a water feature near your property, change the landscaping to eliminate a smooth slope toward the water. Large rocks, shrubs and visual barriers between grass and water will discourage geese from choosing a property as their residence.”

Hear Barry Noreen on 
KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM at 6:35 a.m. Fridays. Contact him at 636-0363 or


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