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Arthur von Boennighausen: Research Engineer, Author, Poet, Inventor, Alpinist, Storyteller, Scholar of Comparative Religion and Philosophy. Arthur has over 30 years experience in Residential and Commercial real estate development in the $200,000 to $10 Billion (nuclear power plant) range, in addition to both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering.

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Even the greatest civilizations turn to Dust….

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on September 14, 2018

Friends:

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* While Jim Little is a personal Friend and has stayed at our Guest Haus several times during his divorce, wildfires, and floods for over 20 years; I have spent less than 10 minutes talking to Jordy Hedberg in person in my entire life.  What Jordy tells us is just “ Hearsay “ from a Newspaper reporter and possible “ Defamation of Character ” in the least.  As some of us know, “ The Map Is Not the Territory “.

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What Jordy tells us in writing is that he has no personal knowledge of Arthur and his family while Jim Little had personal contact with many members of our Community like the von Boennighausen family for so many, many years.  Jim Little knew the name of my Dog, Horse, Cat, and Mule.  He reminded me of my Birthday every year for 20 years. Jim Little knew the history of our family; if we had health problems and so many other things. He knew if someone in our Family died and what their names were. Jim trusted me to watch his Newfoundland dogs like the latest one called “ Moses “. I stopped by and visited with Jim Little several times a month at the Tribune for 20 years while I will not take the time to do this with Jordy.

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Jordy will never be a Jim Little and we all know this is true…..

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Thinking allowed…..

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Arthur Gerard Michael von Boennighausen – BSIE, MSCS, MRE, Independent Broker, *www.WestcliffeColorado81252.com

 

Piping Natural Streams and Ditches

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on April 11, 2018


“ Piping Natural Streams and Ditches “


This is the continuation of the January 27th, 2018 Sangre de Cristo Newspaper cautionary analysis of the hydrology of Custer County: “ Cool Clear Water “.  Last Summer our 1640 acre Sierra Mojada Ranch enjoyed rain every afternoon which brought the water table to the surface, topping off our underground supply of surface water.  This will help our sub-irrigated pastures Survive the current drought in 2018.  These Summer rains seem to be quite localized.  A Ranch less than a mile from our place might not have enjoyed a drop of rain all Summer.

About 16,000 years ago the glaciers that formed our mountain ranges and beautiful high mountain valley melted.  Mountain streams started running from the reservoir of water [ snow and rain ] in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness into the valley supporting the current ecosystem of Plants, Birds, Wildlife and Fish.  In the last few years I talked to Dick Wolfe who was the Chief Engineer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Scott Miller who is an Attorney at a Aspen, Colorado Water Law firm [ www.waterlaw.com ] specializing in legal rights associated with streams and ditches as well as putting in many hours of coursework and literature research on this subject.

Piping the natural streams and creeks in the Wet Mountain Valley will destroy the current ecosystem established 16,000 years ago in an attempt to achieve a very small increase in agricultural production. The long runs of streams and creeks from the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness into our valley will be eliminated that provide in stream diversions of water to the Wildlife, Birds and Fish.  Big and small game will disappear from most of our valley without water to drink near to their food sources.  The amount of leakage and evaporation into the surrounding land from a natural stream is small as the stream bed is capped with a deposit of clay if it is left undisturbed.

Owning the water rights to a natural stream or man made diversion ditch does not automatically give you the Ethical or Legal right to pipe the water course especially if it crosses land owned by another.  According to Dick Wolfe, the local water commissioner [ currently Jerry Livengood ] has absolutely no say in whether you can pipe a stream or man made ditch and Dick Wolfe has given written clarification to the Custer County Water Commissioner’s role in piping issues. Here is a legal opinion from Attorney Scott Miller that I had Scott verify via email.

Scott Miller, at this time I am mostly concerned with piping natural Mountain Creeks and Streams that originate in the 266,000 acre Sangre de Cristo Wilderness and pass through our 1640 acre Sierra Mojada Ranch that people other than ourselves own the water rights to.  This cut n paste from a March 14th, 2014 document from your Aspen, Colorado Law firm clearly tells us to that someone can not just show up on ANY Ranch including ours and pipe Henniquinn and Dry Creeks without our written permission….  Look here:

ii) Upgrades Within the Bounds of the Easement
There is no Colorado binding precedent that the author is aware of that directly addresses whether upgrades or improvements ( above and beyond reasonably necessary maintenance and repairs as discussed above ) are included within the rights of the easement holder.   This is likely determined on a case by case basis and hinges on the Court’s determination of whether the upgrade or improvement (e.g. piping an open ditch } expands the scope of the easement when compared to historic manner and character of use.

Even a stream open to the air needs a minimal stream flow to support the ecosystem.  Exercising your upstream water rights to the extent that the stream dries up for most of it’s length harms the ecosystem.  In other words, in a drought the water in a stream originating in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness that is two miles long may not reach the party who controls the senior water rights near the end of the stream.  A “ Futile Call “ can be approved by the local water commissioner that allows someone to divert most or all of the remaining water close to the source of the stream which dries up most the stream. If the stream dries up for even a brief period of time all the Fish all die.

Since 1970 about 50% of all Wild Animal populations on Earth have been wiped out and 76% of all Fish because of the effects of Human overpopulation.  In my opinion, the maximum Human population that Custer County can support without effecting the Wild Animals and Fish is about 12,000.  About 20% of these people will live in the Village of Westcliffe/SilverCliffe.

Thinking allowed…..

Arthur Gerard Michael von Boennighausen – BSIE, MSCS, MRE, Independent Broker, *

Satellite Broadband now available in Westcllife, Colorado and all of Custer County

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on February 25, 2018

 

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Maiden Voyage – The Prequel to The Adventure of a Lifetime

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on December 14, 2017

Customer Review

By… ..  Arthur von Boennighausenon December 9, 2017
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Friends: 

I actually liked this book more than “ Jupiter’s Travels “, ” The Long Way Round ” and several other long distance motorcycle journeys as it documented a reasonable and mostly Fun trip in the western United States.

Tim Notier gives the reader permission to trailer the bike though some of the long stretches of un-appealing terrain then only ride through Beauty. There is a noticeable lack of border guards, police and hassles associated with motorcycling outside the United States and Canada.

Google Tim Notier or the title of the book in the subject field to Learn more….. The book is available on www.amazon.com

Arthur Gerard Michael Baron von Boennighausen

 

Political Humor by Arthur von Boennighausen

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on October 24, 2017

 

WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING BUILDING CODES !!!

WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING BUILDING CODES !!!!!

International Building Code – ” The Devil is in the details…. “

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on October 10, 2017

Letter to the Editor:
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* I can not pass along 42 years of education and experience as a Engineer and Real Estate developer to a person who is not an Architect, Engineer, Constructor or Realtor through Letters to the Editor.  Sometimes being Smart is not enough.
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* If the IBC [ International Building Code ] is made mandatory, everyone will need to hire an Architect or Professional Engineer to create the construction drawings that honor the IBC.  Our Architects and Engineers from past projects charge $10,000 – $90,000 to create a IBC compliant set of construction drawings for residential homes in the $200,000 – $2 million dollar range.  This is just one part of the UP TO 24% increase in design and construction costs focusing on the design side.
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* Every residential home that has changed hands in Custer County has had a professional building inspector scrutinize the construction for the 16 years I have been a Colorado real estate agent.  Not a single home would have turned out better if the IBC would be mandatory according to the building inspectors. These are written reports with pictures that I am sent electronically.  We have sold residential homes that are over 100 years old during the last 16 years that have stood the test of time and the building inspection.
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* I  am afraid that the voters will think that making the IBC mandatory will somehow make every Architect, Engineer and Constructor ethical, schedule conscious, budget conscious and able to successfully apply labor and materials to the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Completing the project on schedule and within the budget has nothing to do with the IBC.  Being able to accurately project the cost of construction has nothing to do with the IBC.
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While some of the local Constructors claim they already follow the IBC, many in fact do not.
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Thinking allowed…..
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Arthur Gerard Michael von Boennighausen – BSIE, MSCS, MRE, Independent Broker, *

Zen and the Art of Total Recall…..

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on July 11, 2017

Good Day:
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* I have just signed the petition to recall all three Custer County Commissioners.  Here are twelve failures that I am aware of in just the first six months of office:
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* Failure to take action concerning six major SDEC electrical outages beginning with Christmas Day 2016.
* Failure to take action when all of Custer County was put under a moratorium where no homeowners insurance could be issued because of the Junkins Wildfire.  This severely affected real estate sales.
* Failure to take action about the poor wireless service from AT&T after several public meetings were held.  This is a public danger and suppresses the local economy.
* Attempting to suppress the already weak economy in Custer County by starting the process to make the Uniform Building Code mandatory. This action will suppress real estate sales and residential construction and increase the cost of construction by up to 24%.
* Causing the firing of our popular Colorado State University extension agent without the due process of any negative entries or warnings in her personal file.  This situation is still not resolved when it comes to county weed control.
* Lack of Communication on important matters with the people of Custer County, Colorado.  With Internet technologies like email and Blogs there is no excuse for lack of Communication.
* Failure to set an example when it comes to a voluntary “ Pride Ordinance “ in Custer County.
*  Failure to honor campaign promises of giving up all or part of the salary of a Custer County Commissioner.
* Hiring away the Westcliffe “ Main Street Manager “ for personal monetary advantage at the Painted View Ranch. This will suppress the Westcliffe business community while increasing revenues at the Painted View Ranch.
* Failure to create and deploy a economic development plan even though this was a major campaign promise.  A picture of the County Commissioners on the cover of the Tribune ended the effort.
* Failure to accomplish much of anything except get your picture in the paper with state and local politicians claiming you are behind this project or that…
* Demonstrating childish and rude behavior to the local media during official Custer County Commissioners meetings.
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Thinking allowed…..
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Arthur Gerard Michael von Boennighausen – BSIE, MSCS, MRE, Independent Broker, *

2008 BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycle for sale

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on March 13, 2017

Friends:

* After talking to the BMW motorcycle dealers in Colorado Springs and Denver I have reduced the asking price on my 2008 BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycle to $10,000 as they insisted all I could get was the Kelly Blue Book value.  Includes BMW GS tank bag shown in the image but not the aluminum panniers.  The image will enlarge if you mouse click on it.
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* I carefully followed the BMW break in procedures then changed all the lubricants then followed the break in procedures a second time then changed all the lubricants,  This bike will last a long time.
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* Here is the maintenance I performed myself on my 2008 BMW R1200 GSA motorcycle with 34,000 miles on the odometer.  This was the Spring of year 2016 maintenance.
- New front and rear tires
- New air filter
- New Battery
- New Headlight bulb
- New Spark Plugs
- Valves adjusted with new valve cover gaskets
- I balanced the throttle bodies
- New rear drive lubricant
- New Engine oil and filter
- New Transmission lubricant
- New Front and Rear Brakes
- Fresh gas with BMW fuel additive [ Techron ].

BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycle

Where do you put your ” Stuff “…..

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on March 5, 2017

Letter to the Editor:

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* In the last 5 years my wife Marty and Arthur have seen close to a zero demand for “ Tiny Homes “.  The one we have listed in Junkin’s Park is 364 square feet and has been on the market for years.  The Buyers tell us “ It’s just too tiny “ even though Arthur likens it to a “ Walden Pond “ lifestyle advocated by Thoreau.  I really like this place as it is in a beautiful Pine and Aspen forest on 35 acres.  I  have gone to the property on my BMW motorcycle  just to read many times.  It really does have a Pond!
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* Introduction of Tiny Homes in the quaint Village of Westcliffe, Colorado will devalue all the existing residential homes as they are nothing but glorified travel trailers.  Most HOAs do not allow tiny homes in Custer County.  To paraphrase the comedian George Carlin: “ Where do you put your stuff in something this small? “.
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* Many of us who are Real Estate Developers and Land Planners know of the ramifications of encouraging low income housing into Custer County when we moved here in 1996.  If you can only afford a tiny home you probably don’t have the financial resources, education and skill set to survive in Custer County.  And where do you put your stuff in something this small?
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Thinking allowed…..
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Arthur Gerard Michael von Boennighausen – BSIE, MSCS, MRE, Independent Broker, *

The ” Broom of God ” sweeps Christmas Day 2016

Posted By Arthur von Boennighausen on January 1, 2017

Friends:

Katabotic winds sweeping down from the Sangre de Cristo mountain range left 2000 people without electrical service on Christmas Day 2016 in Custer County, Colorado.  This is the third time in the last 5 years that the same power lines have gone down causing outages.

Underground electric lines and surface mounted transformers installed 20 years ago are never affected by these strong winds and will continue to be maintenance free for their design life of at least 50 years.  Ironically the strongest winds are in this coveted ” West Side ” of the valley where residential homes in the $500,000 – $2 million dollar range prevail.  Level terrain, spectacular mountain views,  lush pastures, the proximity of the 266,000 acre Sangre de Cristo Wilderness and an abundance of underground water for water wells make this area most desirable.

Using the Imagination I invented a chair to motivate the CEO of Sangre de Cristo Electric to begin work on a design driven and cost effective approach to begin ruggedizing the electrical distribution system to withstand winds of 150 – 180 mph in Custer County, Colorado…. Look  here:

 

Invented on Christmas Day 2016