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The official blog by the law office team of KT Law in Steamboat Springs, CO. Insights and anectdotes on and off the subject of law.

Klauzuer's Pork Green Chili

Abbey Horn - Sunday, December 27, 2015

Winter evenings were made for enjoying great food with family and friends. Randy's Pork Green Chili is sure to be a favorite. It is here at KT Law!


2-3 pounds of country style pork ribs, cleaned, cut into bite sized pieces  (retain the trimmed pieces), can use pork shoulder roast, pork loin, etc.

1 medium yellow onion  diced

1 medium white onion, diced

15-20 Anaheim, Big Jim, or similar large green chiles, cut to size (one large can drained and cut will substitute)

Spicier chiles to taste (red Hungarian are great, can use jalapenos)

Several cloves of garlic, crushed and diced

About 1 teaspoon of ground Mexican oregano

One heaping tablespoon of Menudo seasoning

1/3rd bottle of Spice Islands chicken stock base (not boullion)

2 cans chicken stock

White pepper to taste [about ¼ teaspoon]

Approximately ¼ cup of flour for thickening

Salt to taste

Clean and cut the pork, put trimming pieces into heavy pot and render. Remove trimmings.

Sauté onions in the pork fat until almost translucent.  Add garlic and pork.   Sauté.

Add chopped chiles, 2 cans of chicken stock, oregano, menudo seasoning, chicken stock base, and pepper.  Heat over a medium burner until hot then turn down to low temperature and simmer for about an hour.

Make a roux of flour and water, using a tablespoon of flour.  Stir into chile mixture making sure that the flour mixture blends into the liquid until desired thickness is achieved.

Add salt to taste (be careful, there  is salt in the stock base. I usually use about a teaspoon, you should salt and taste in 10 minutes.)

Let the mixture simmer for 2 more hours.  Simmering for a long time will not hurt the mix.  Try not to let it boil.

Copyright 2002 Randall Klauzer

Cutting Down a Christmas Tree

Admin KTLaw - Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many people that means it's time to go find that perfect Christmas tree. Here is some information regarding how to get the perfect tree in a legal way. 

How to get a permit:
  • -US Forest Service selling permits for $10
  • -Can be Picked up at Steamboat Forest Service off at 925 Weiss Dr. or 300 Roselawn St.
  • -Offices open Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM
-Contact the Douglas Ranger District, or Yampa Ranger District to purchase permits by mail. 

  • Rules of the permit:
  • -Expires December 31st of the year purchased in
  • -For personal use only; can't be sold or distributed
  • -Must be displayed clearly around stem of the harvested tree before leaving site
  • -Can only be used on National Forest Property

  • Rules of cutting down tree:
  • -Cannot be within 200 ft of campgrounds
  • -Cannot be within 100 ft of roads
  • -Maximum tree heigh=20 ft
  • -Maximum tree diameter=6 in (whichever one is lowest)
  • -Suggested not to cut trees that are standing alone

  • Safety Suggestions:

    -Check with local Forest Service for recent site and road information

    -Park safely on highway or pullout

    -Check maps to be sure of your location

    -Stay out of forest when there are strong winds

    -Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back

    -There may not be cell phone service

    -Dress warmly

    -Bring extra food, water, a blanket, and first aid kit

    It is illegal to cut down a christmas tree on national forest without a permit, so get yourself a permit and start chopping!

    Kathleen O'Connell

The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

Admin KTLaw - Thursday, November 19, 2015

The first Thanksgiving eventually represented peace between the Indians and the Pilgrims, but these two groups had to go through a lot in order to achieve the peace. When the Pilgrims arrived in America on the Mayflower, they came with the intentions of a better life. In that day and age, the way for a family to have a successful life was to own land, and cultivate the land for use and hunt on it.  

One day, there was a group of Pilgrims hunting for turkey. They had followed their dogs, who followed their noses, all the way to Indian territory. The Pilgrims were unaware of their whereabouts, and when an Indian jumped out at them and told them to get off his land, they were very startled. Luckily one of the Pilgrims, Henry, was able to have a sign-language conversation with the Indian. Henry then told the other Pilgrims that they had crossed the boundary of the Indian's land. The Pilgrims disagreed and believed they were still on their land, and they all began to argue. Joe, another Pilgrim, saw how this argument was going badly, and interjected with the idea that they come up with an official way to end this dispute. And because the Pilgrims were such moral people, they felt it would be wrong if they fought over or gained the land in any way other than peaceful; they wrote down a set of rules they called Real Estate law.

In this document were regulations and rules regarding the ownership of property, how property can be transferred, who can own it, and what they can do with it. Once the Pilgrims had finished writing the book of Real Estate law, they presented it to the Indians, with the help of Henry the translator of course. The Indians were convinced that the Pilgrims had found and eaten a large patch of loco weed. They starred sharpening their hatchets to scalp all of the Pilgrims…Suddenly, Meg woke up. Her law school exam for property law was coming up in the late morning and she'd had a nightmare.

She knew, like the attorneys at Klauzer and Tremaine that the roots of Real Estate law are found in the English Common law and that the Pilgrims were only a harbinger of how Real Estate law would work out in North America. Come in and test out their skills.

The Ghost Without a Plan

Admin KTLaw - Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween is the perfect time to tell ghost stories, and perhaps the scariest of them all is the story of Samuel Allen Crane. Crane was a very wealthy man.  He enjoyed the riches of many friends, a fulfilling career, but most importantly, Old Man Crane was the sole proprietor of an enormous candy closet. Legend had it that Samuel Allen Crane had carefully collected and inventoried every piece of candy from all the Halloweens of his long life. But Crane was an old man, and he knew his time was coming…

"What will I do with all this candy? Who will get what? Maybe I should just eat it all," he thought, but eating all the candy himself was clearly not the best option. 

Now here is where the story gets scary. It was a dark and stormy night, and Old Man Crane was walking home alone. The path through the cemetery was darker than he remembered, and the gnarled black trees danced in the cold October wind.  Nobody knows what happened that night, and I’ll spare our readers the grisly details, but when Old Man Crane was was found, no life remained.

The entire community mourned the death of Samuel Allen Crane, but whispered rumors of his candy estate soon flew like bats in the night. 


“They say he has Snickers™ the size of cinderblocks”

”Mounds of Mounds™!”

“Daddy-O’s™ for days!”

”Gallons of gummi bears!”


“I heard Old Man Crane never designated a fiduciary to manage his fudge, nor a beneficiary of his bonbons!”


“Let’s get that candy!!!!”


Before long, the townspeople descended upon the Crane mansion armed with torches, pitchforks, each with a mighty sweet tooth.  What ensued was gruesomely gooey, spine-tinglingly sugary, monstrous marshmallow-y madness.  Before long, the candy was gone, and the townspeople were sprawled across the caramel-covered lawn groaning with tummy aches.  A gruesome sight, indeed.

All of the sudden, a ghostly voice belonging to none other than Samuel Allen Crane bellowed above the crowd.


“This behavior is not at all in accordance with my final wishes!  I spent my entire life collecting candy only to have it squandered?  Nooooooooooooooooo-ooooo!!”


And with this final ghastly wail, a spell was cast upon the town, and all of the people remained suspended in a sugar coma for all eternity.


Let this tale be a lesson to you!  Let the knowledgeable guardians of the pumpkin patch at Klauzer & Tremaine help prepare your affairs.  We have years of experience in preparing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills.  Come in to speak with an attorney, and sample our candy jar… if you dare!

Wine with Randy

Abbey Horn - Saturday, August 08, 2015

Summer in Steamboat always means that there is something to do outside, even if it is raining. With our amazing summer time comes come great events. A favorite event to locals and visitors alike is the Steamboat wine festival. Our own Randy Klauzer answered a few questions about wine and the wine festival.

            Randy’s favorite are a red wines, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Caernet being his top 3 favorites. When it comes to local wines Chardonnay from the Grand Valley Winery out of the Grand Junction area is a local favorite. However, an all time favorite local is a homemade wine. From 1974-1985 Mr. Russell and Randy would buy Colorado wine grapes, then they would make everything from Slovak la Blonk to Cabernet.

            When it comes to the Steamboat Wine and the Wine festival there are quite a few options. One of the local favorite wine festival events is the Stroll of Steamboat. Which is a tour that meanders through down town that offers tastings of food and beverages at local businesses. When it comes to ordering wine at local restaurant’s Randy says that L'apogee has the best selection. If a nice dinner at home is more your style Randy suggests shopping at Central Park because they have a large selection with knowledgeable staff and representatives. He would pair any heavy red meat, like a steak, with a cabernet.

            Before we know it the aspen leaves will be changing and the first snow will be hitting the ground. Many people will not mind that, however these beautiful Rocky Mountain summer evenings were made for good friends and good wine.  So enjoy all that the area has to offer with these suggestions!     

Office Dog of June

Abbey Horn - Friday, June 19, 2015
Gus is always hard at work here at KT Law.




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