Estes Park News, January 6, 2023

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Curious Bobcat

The bobcat is crepuscular, being most active at dawn and dusk. Bobcats hunt small mammals like rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and voles but are able to kill prey much larger than themselves. They are stealthy, ambush predators and will stalk their prey until they are close enough to strike. Once they are close enough, they can jump nearly 10 feet onto their prey to deliver a fatal blow, usually a bite to the neck.

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Member Spotlight: Ryan Bross

Originally from Missouri, Bross visited Estes Park on a day trip about 12 years ago. He and his wife Pamela purchased property here in 2015 with the goal of relocating, and after several years of effort, was able to join Bank of Colorado in September of 2019, where he is currently Senior Vice President. Bross stated, “Exercise and physical activity have always been important to me, and the quality of recreation opportunities available through the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District are outstanding. I exercised on my own at home for many years, so using a public weight room has been a big change for me. Luckily, the Rec Center facilities are top notch for a community of our size. While I am focused on my fitness routine, I’ve also come to enjoy the camaraderie of the group I work out with in the morning. The Rec Center is an important component of my active lifestyle in Estes Park!”

In addition to his day job with Bank of Colorado, Ryan is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Board President for the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, a Board member of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, a member of the finance committee for the Estes Valley Land Trust, and a member of the 2022 EVICS Kickball Tournament Championship team.

New Statewide Law: Single-Use Bag Fee

Did you know Coloradans use an estimated 4.6 million single-use plastic bags every day? Plastic bags are produced from non-renewable resources and are very difficult to recycle. A new statewide law in Colorado, the “Plastic Pollution Reduction Act,” will impose a 10-cent fee for each single-use bag on Jan. 1, 2023. Customers can avoid the fee by bringing their own reusable bags to the store.

Colorado Law - Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

Jan. 1, 2023: This Colorado law requires businesses with more than three locations in Colorado to collect a 10cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags at:

Grocery stores and supermarkets

Convenience stores

Liquor stores


Other stores that provide plastic bags Including any self-checkout and delivery services

Jan. 1, 2024: Colorado law will ban single-use plastic bags at most stores and expanded polystyrene foam takeout containers (more commonly known as Styrofoam) at restaurants.

Per a Colorado law passed in 2021, stores and retail food establishments, with more than three locations in Colorado, will be required to charge customers a $0.10 fee for each single-use plastic and paper bag used at the point of sale starting on January 1, 2023. Businesses will retain four cents of the fee to cover the costs of administration and compliance while six cents is to be remitted to the local government on a quarterly basis.

For applicable businesses within town limits, the returns will be submitted to the Town of Estes Park at least on a quarterly basis. A monthly option is also provided for businesses who wish to submit on a more frequent basis, such as for businesses that file monthly sales tax returns. Learn more at

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

On 12/29/2022 at 2:29 p.m. police were called to the 400 block of Columbine Avenue on a report of a disturbance. On

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scene police arrested a 52 year old female from Estes Park and charged her with third degree assault and domestic violence. She was transported to the Larimer County Jail.

Making The Estes Valley A Safer Place

As you may know, our volunteer-based fire department in Estes Park was formed in 1907. The recognition of the need for fire protection in our valley predates both Rocky Mountain National Park and the formation of the Town of Estes Park, and our dependency on the willingness of volunteers to protect the lives and property of the residents and visitors to our District continues today.

On behalf of the Board, staff, and volunteers of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, I want to thank the community for participating in our recent survey. In November, we sent 4,876 households within the boundaries of the District a survey discussing our strategic planning priorities and asking for your input as someone that depends on us for emergency and fire response.

The survey asked for community feedback on a continuum of options, from hiring staff for fuel mitigation efforts, a grant specialist to seek out other funding sources, up to a potential additional station. The strategic plan priorities have been developed over a number of years, and the goal of the survey was twofold: to make the public that depends on the district for protection aware of perceived threats and potential mitigants, and to determine current levels of support for various aspects of the plan. These potential changes do come with

a cost, and we wanted to hear from you what level of service you think is appropriate. Grant funding is being explored, as well as additional funding from sales taxes and other sources. Currently, thanks to our volunteer structure, the District operates on an approximate $2,500,000 budget, of which 54% is provided from the Town of Estes Park via sales tax revenues.

Based on your feedback, priorities are being identified. The survey results showed strong agreement that fuel mitigation is important, less support for additional facilities, with other options somewhere in between. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to updating you on progress on the needs you identified as most important, on plans to implement them, and funding sources identified to support them. As part of this ongoing discussion, please mark January 18th and January 30th on your calendars. We are planning these open-house events at Daniel’s Fire Station at 901 N. Saint Vrain Avenue to provide education on how priorities have been identified.

Thank you again for your participation and feedback. We are lucky to have an excellent staff and a highly trained and dedicated group of volunteers that stand ready. Your support for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District makes us all safer and is very much appreciated.

Go thank a firefighter.

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EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment.

During the week of December 25, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 11 calls for serv-

ice. This included:

• Emergency medical (assist EPH): 2

• Motor Vehicle Crash: 2

• Alarm Activation: 3

• Smoke Investigation: 2

• Gas Leak: 2
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The Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Continues To Move Forward

After a series of challenges over the past five years – the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (EPSCC) continues to move forward with new and renewed activities. New and old members alike are flocking in to participate and socialize. We welcome you to join or rejoin us in 2023 and enjoy what we have to offer!

“Though the loss of our building and support, and the Covid shutdown slowed our momentum for several years, our long-term vision for a vibrant Senior Citizens Center remained steadfast,” commented one Board Member. “If anything, COVID strengthened our resolve to keep going forward and serve our community after experiencing many years of adversities. Since reopening we have been ‘full speed ahead’ seizing every opportunity to increase and improve on the services we provide to the Senior Citizens in the Estes Park area. Our members have enjoyed our new dedicated space at 1760 Olympian Lane since May 2019.”

Among the first renewed services provided ‘post-shutdown’ were expanded meal options; members are now able to come inside to eat and socialize or pick up reserved meals-to-go. Curbside delivery to vehicles, a service begun during the shutdown for safety reasons in May 2020, will still be offered going forward as many have come to enjoy the convenience. Prepared by Big Horn Restaurant, the meals are available to members at a great discounted price and have been one of EPSCC’s most popular offerings for over five years. We appreciate the quality and quantity of our meals, and working with Daniela at Big Horn Restaurant. We are very thankful for generous grant support from the Village Thrift Shop in helping subsidize our meal program and keeping costs affordable for our members. Our menus are published each week in the EP News and on our website Thanks to EP News for publishing our menus and activities, and special presentation articles.

Other activities reinstated in early February 2021 were the exercise and fitness classes, now held every weekday morning: TriFit (M, W, F 10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Elements of Balance / Yoga (Tu & Th 10:1511:15 a.m.). The classes are conducted by certified professional instructors Deborah Holmes and Linda Hanak, respectively. “More people have been coming to these classes as word gets around about how great they are,” says EPSCC Coordinator, Tonya Martin. Her mother, longtime Estes Park resident Kathy Irons, has become one of the “regulars” who works out at EPSCC almost every day. “She’s positively ad-

dicted,” says Martin.

Other “positively addictive” activities for members at EPSCC include Mahjong (Tu 10-2), two Bridge groups -- one every Thursday and one the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of the month -- both 12:30-4 p.m. Piles of puzzles and board games are available for impromptu pick-up entertainment. Members can enjoy refreshments, snacks, and Wi-Fi during business hours. New this past year are presentations and musical performances on Tuesdays (TBA) from noon to 1:00 organized by Renee Hodgden.

“It’s great to see so many new and familiar faces coming in all the time,” says member Teri Hart, whose mother, Virginia Taylor was a longtime and very active member before passing away two years ago. “Mom would be so happy to see ‘Her Place’ coming back to life. It gave her so much joy over the years to come for a meal, stay and visit with friends, and play a few hands of cards over coffee and have a good conversation.”

“Everyone remembers Virginia fondly and loves to see her daughter here ‘paying it forward’ by volunteering and participating in activities several times a week,” says Martin. “That kind of legacy embodies the whole spirit of our Senior Citizens Center.”

Members, volunteers, and the all-active Board of Directors, agree -- that’s where we shine brightest! It may have taken us a little longer due to the challenges to re-establish over the years, but more members are coming in to eat, participate in many activities, and socialize on a regular basis.

The Estes Park Senior Citizens Center has been serving our active adults in the Estes Valley and beyond since 1975 thanks to our amazing community.

We are sincerely thankful to our sponsors who have helped us thru the past several years: MedX of Estes, Big Horn Restaurant, EP News, Village Thrift Shop, Reel Mountain Theater, Estes ProActive Fitness, and our members and donors. Your support is greatly appreciated!

The Estes Park Senior Citizens Center is located at 1760 Olympian Lane (a block north and east of Ace Hardware). Members and visitors are welcome during open hours: Monday through Friday from 10 to 1, with extended hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for members organized activities. Membership is $30 per calendar year per person. More detailed info, menus, member sign-up information, etc. can be found at or by calling 970-581-2195.

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Mountain Music Makers performing at the EP Senior Citizens Center in December.

Please Join The Estes Park Cycling Coalition For Our Next General Meeting January 11

The Estes Park Cycling Coalition is excited to be meeting in person again after a two-year pause. There is renewed energy in working toward our long-term goals of advocating for cycling of all kinds, increasing mountain biking trail opportunities, and improving cycling connectivity in and around the Estes Valley.

This meeting is for everyone who enjoys cycling and wants to be involved or just wants to hear what is happening in the Estes Valley for cycling. For current EPCC members, we will have 2023 membership cards available. If you are not a member and want to join, we can sign you up at the meeting or visit our website at

Please join us Wednesday, January 11 at

7 p.m. at Vert CoWorking: 1230 Big Thompson Ave. in Estes Park.

The Estes Park Cycling Coalition is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote and increase cycling of all kinds in the Estes Valley, through advocacy, education, partnerships and community building. The Coalition strives to cultivate a biking culture in the community and make the Estes area a destination for cyclists.

For more information on the Estes Park Cycling Coalition, please contact Chair Mike Lewelling at

Drop-Off Christmas Trees

Through Jan. 20 At The Fairgrounds

The Town of Estes Park's free Christmas tree drop-off site is open to local residents 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan uary 20.

The drop-off is located at the east entrance of the Fairgrounds off Community Drive; follow the signs to the fenced drop-off location. Trees must be stripped of ornaments, tinsel and other decora tions. No wreaths, gar land, artificial trees or tree stands will be accepted. Trees must be dropped during

the specified hours in the identified area. Dropping trees after hours or grounds will be considered illegal dumping and may be

charge to local resi-

For more information, contact the Town of Estes Park Public577-3587.

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were the best. Our experience has been that most

are interested in swelling their portfolio and maximizing their turnover. We always got the feeling that our house was just one for buyers to consider. Bret and Melanie are what seems to be a boutique agency, they don't have or want a large portfolio. They focused intently on our house and found a buyer in a matter of days and an excellent deal for both parties was struck. Bret represented both sides of the deal. I liked this arrangement because I felt we had more idea what was going on than we did when multiple agents were involved. From our experience in selling our property in November 2022, we can highly recommend the Estes Park Home Finders if you find it necessary to sell your home in this beautiful valley. ~ Peter

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Penny And Benny Need New, Wonderful Homes

Penny is about 4-5 months old. She is great with a dogs, cats and horses. She’s doing very well with her housetraining. She is a very happy and friendly girl who currently weighs 32 lbs. Please call (970) 286-1652 if you’d like to meet either of these wonderful dogs who are both currently living in foster homes.

All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Benny is about 4-5 years old. He is a nice dog and enjoys doggie friends, he doesn't seem to mind cats either. He is friendly and loves to go for car rides. Benny could stand to put on a little weight, we believe he was homeless for a while.

I’ve retired… If someone is interested in taking over this volunteer position of collecting aluminum can tabs into 2023, I will be glad to show you what I have done so you can add to the project. Contact me at: for more info.

A big thank you to these businesses and individual donors, for your eight years of support!

Tabs for Tough Times Locations: • Summit Church Kids (&Parents) • NAPA Auto Supply •

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Members Credit Union
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School District Office
Larimer County Office
public schools: teacher lounges
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Tim Van Ryn, Associate Director at Crossroads Ministry of Estes Valley receives a check from recycled aluminum tabs from Susan Yarrington, Glen Haven, aka ‘The Tab Lady’. At the end of 2022, 41 pounds of tabs and other metals, netted $53.50 for needy families and individuals in the Estes Valley.

Noon Concert January 10 With Tequila Mockin’byrd

Everyone is invited to attend a free concert with Tequila Mockin’byrd from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10 at the Estes Park Senior Center (EPSCC), 1760 Olympian Lane.

Enjoy songs ranging from Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby Stills & Nash to the Rolling Stones and beyond. Tequila Mockin’byrd is a local trio with Dena Bohn on keyboard and lead vocals, Barbara Shell on lead guitar and harmony vocals and Anne Morris on rhythm guitar and vocals. Together, they cover classic songs with an emphasis on fun and beautiful harmonies.

Dena was an original member of The Marvelous Marmots, a member of the duo Quartermoon, and is owner of Pandora Entertainment Karaoke & DJ. You may also know Dena as the former manager of The Ore Cart for 36 years in downtown Estes Park. Barbara is an accomplished singer/songwriter originally from Tennessee. Her CD, Shell and Williams, One Blue Pony can be found on Apple music, YouTube, Deezer and iHeart radio. Anne is a 26-year veteran of the Air Force who never moved or deployed without a guitar.

Tequila Mockin’byrd has performed locally at Performance Park, the American Legion, and the Slab, along with private house parties and concerts. If you are in-

terested in having them perform at your upcoming event, private or public, contact Dena Bohn at

Attendees are welcome to eat lunch while attending the presentation. Bring your own lunch, or pre-purchase a hot lunch by ordering the day before. The meal on Tuesday will be a Chicken Salad Croissant with a side of pasta. The cost of a meal is $7 for EPSCC members and $10 for non-members. You must order your meal before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9. For more information about the EPSCC or to order a meal for the concert, please call the Coordinator, Tonya Martin, at (970) 599-4671.

This community presentation is organized and sponsored by Renee Hodgden of RE/MAX Mountain Brokers. Renee is certified as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist by the National Association of Realtors and can be reached at

Estes Park Genealogical Society Family History Workshop

Have you ever wanted to find out more about your ancestors? The Estes Park Genealogical Society can show you how to fill in the missing pieces of your family history. Come to the EPGS Family History Workshop on Thursday, January 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the library’s Hondius Room. Our experienced genealogists will answer your questions. Are you are interested in doing your own research? We will show you how to use the library’s free subscription. Other helpful genealogy tips and websites will be discussed. Our members will discuss some of their own research challenges, which will give you an idea of how to approach your own difficult family history questions. If you would like to get started on your family history and pick up genealogy research tips, this is the workshop for you!

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There are museum people and nonmuseum people. Museum people don’t mind hanging out in rather chilly buildings with low lighting, standing for hours at a time while reading a lot of detailed information. Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it? I’m one of those types. I like museums. Art museums. History museums. A telephone museum in Lincoln, NE, a funeral museum in Houston (I heard people are dying to get in), a SPAM museum in Austin, Minnesota, a shoe museum in St. Louis, a UFO museum in Roswell, New Mexico. There’s a museum for everything, it seems. More than 35,000 in the U. S. alone.

January is the perfect time of year to visit a museum. When it’s cold and dark outside it’s easier to spend long stretches of time indoors; a museum adventure fills the gap between the long holiday season and settling back into our daily routine; and a museum can provide some intellectual stimulation after a month of eating sugar until our tongues grew fuzz.

Today I took advantage of the January lull and went to a small history museum. There were four of us who went together after lunch and we stayed long enough to hear the announcement that the museum would be closing in half an hour. The exhibit was text-heavy and there were no benches upon which to rest when we needed a break. Like museum soldiers, we pushed on. But when we got home, I was exhausted.

What is it about a museum that drains us of energy? Even those of us who are museum fans get wiped out from the experience. When we are strolling through exhibits we aren’t expending much energy, we aren’t logging an abundance of steps, and we aren’t socializing, so why does it make us so weary?

I’ll tell you why: Museum Fatigue. It’s a real-life indisposition. The symptoms were first identified in 1916. Originally some scientists thought it occurred because of how museum displays were placed—like if the text was too small or too far away. Later they determined it also had to do with information over-

load, object competition (this information panel vs. that display of unearthed vessels vs. a witness speaking on a video), and decision-making challenges, such as which exhibits to stop for and which to pass over. These are symptoms that cause stress. I know how a museum full of boisterous students running rampant causes stress, but deciding to skip the panel about Windex at the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho? Not so much.

The good news for museum lovers is that museums are doing something to waylay exhibit fatigue. They’re adding benches (the museum I went to today missed the “add benches” memo) ; they’re providing shopping and dining opportunities (here I was, thinking they did that to separate us from our money), and they’re arranging their exhibits to be sequential to relieve cognitive demands. (In other words, we are directed to follow the yellow brick road.) Tour guides help too, but they’re hard to come by in smaller museums like I was in today.

This is valuable information for museum administrators, but it’s hard to believe somebody gets paid to study this stuff. (Indeed, these experts could serve as tour guides at a museum about museum fatigue.) One of the facts museum surveyors have discovered is that museum attendance has dropped considerably since the pandemic. To counter the decline, some things are changing. Museums are becoming less stuffy, more welcoming and more flexible. There is a shift underway to add active space while keeping a balance with the traditional, quieter museum experience many visitors appreciate.

Case in point: I’m going to a pancake breakfast at a traditional art museum Saturday. I’m hoping the pancakes will be made to look like Monet’s water lilies. There’s nothing tiring about that.

You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address,

© 2023 Sarah Donohoe

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Need Something To Do This Winter?

community mask challenge, The Magic Of Masks.

Any media is fine, 2D painting, collage, or 3D as long as it fits on the canvas and can be hung on the wall. Just be certain that any dangling ribbons, feathers etc. do not extend more than 1” off the canvas. Go wild, let your creative talents flow! All you need to do is pick-up your 8” x 10” canvas and create a mask that will fit on the canvas.

Entry fee $20.

Only one canvas per person. Limited number of canvases are available.

• Any age 5 to 105 can enter.

• All masks must be for sale. Prices will range $20 to $150. You’ll receive 60% of

with wire and hooks for hanging, you can choose your preference horizontal or vertical orientation. Title card/price form taped to back of canvas.

• Exhibit: Saturday, February 18 to March 13, 2023

• Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 2-4 p.m.

• Completed masks delivered by February 11, 12, 13, 2023 (Sat.-Mon.)

• With completed title card/price form.

• Prizes will be awarded!

The Art Center is located in Stanley Village above the Subway shop on the stairs.

Winter hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FridayMonday.

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Kings Day, the day of the three Kings visiting Jesus and offering Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Not to be sacrilegious but I think although these were symbolic gifts of his life to come, a good warm blanket would have been nice. Now do not send me notes on this, even Jesus had a sense of humor. It is also the traditional day of the end of the 12 days of Christmas and time to start the “fun” of taking down the decorations that were such a pleasure to put up. Look at the bright side…you can have the delight of decorating again next December.

I have had my sugar fix for the next six months. That is an outright fib. I will never have enough sugar. People know that and I received jelly beans, chocolate, Hershey bars, cookies, a pie, cinnamon rolls, etc. To top it off I made pralines and homemade eggnog. Wonder why I keep my dentist in business.

Marie and family took me to the Candlelight Dinner Theater the other night to enjoy the play, White Christmas. I have to rave as it was the best performance I have been for a very long time.

About a month ago I was with friends at someone’s home for lunch. They are so kind and have a bunch of us widows for a monthly lunch. Stan and Johanna have the main entrée and the rest of us

usually bring something. I enjoyed their pork loin and asked to share the recipe with y’all.

Slow Cooker Pork Loin 5 lb. pork loin

1 can golden mushroom soup

1 can French onion soup

1 large can cream mushroom soup

Place all soups in slow cooker. Put loin on top. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, turning every two hours. Serve over rice.

It is so easy I am ashamed to give the recipe, but it is so good. I brought deviled quail eggs as an appetizer. They were so cute and pretty on a plate. Yes, I stuffed quail eggs, the peeling was difficult.

I have been remiss in writing of late, but I am back. My dog Sunshine has been missing her walks due to my lack of enthusiasm about walking on the freezing, snow-covered street. Now a neighbor has decided that she needs to walk. He comes and takes her all the way to town and back. She really is having a good time. All my good wishes and blessing to you and yours in the New Year.

You may email me at

Bon Appétit.

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Comedy Brewers: Improv Comedy Jan. 14

No one, except the Comedy Brewers, knows just whose line it will be, but this troupe of improv performers will light up the night with laughter and fun. This evening of family-friendly improv could have you (or the actors) rolling in the aisles.

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is thrilled to present the Comedy Brewers. This comedy troupe based out of Fort Collins has been playing games and acting out scenes—taken from suggestions from the audience—since 2013.

Although improv is obviously improvised, the date is set in stone. Write Saturday, January 14th, at 7 p.m., on the calendar, and join us for who knows what kind of shenanigans at the Historic Park Theatre.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $15 for children and are complimentary for members of the Fine Arts Guild.

Tickets may be purchased on the website at

Estes Valley Quilt Guild Meeting January 11

The Estes Valley Quilt Guild will meet on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:45 p.m. Guests are welcome for a $10 fee.

The program this month will be three experienced members sharing tips and methods.

Come at 6:30 to catch up with friends, and bring your show and tell.

The meeting will be held at Mountain Bible Fellowship Church located at 1575 So. St. Vrain.

Natalia Bernal 12th Grade

Congratulations to Natalia Bernal, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for January 6, 2023.

Natalia is the daughter of Estala Bernal and Oscar Vazquez.

At EPHS her favorite class is Chemistry. She is proud that as a member of the marching band in 2019, they placed third at the Colorado State competition.

Outside of school she enjoys listening to music, drawing/sketching and taking walks or hikes. She has two younger siblings, one in first grade and the other in 7th grade. She loves spending time with friends and family and going to concerts.

A place she’d love to visit is Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. She said, “I’d really like to visit there because of its pretty beaches and weather, plus I have family that lives there so it would be fun to explore the city and enjoy the views.”

Her favorite quote is a song lyric, "When life gets hard, keep on marching on, even if the finish line is far or you have to push the car, keep on marching on.” She loves this lyric and said, “This is my favorite quote because it comes from an artist whose songs have helped me get through hard times and specifically that line.”

The best piece of advice she’s been given is to never take for granted what or who you have in your life and always cherish it because you never know when it can suddenly be taken from you.

After high school she said, “I plan to work for a while, then go to college. I’m not sure what I want to study yet, but I have thought about psychology. I would also like to travel.”

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Free YMCA Day Passes In January

Calling all Estes Park area residents! YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center is offering free day passes for community members of the Estes Park area throughout the month of January. Local residents must bring their ID to the Sweet Memorial Program Building front desk in order to receive their day pass wristbands.

A day pass at YMCA of the Rockies –Estes Park Center includes ice skating and rental, snowshoeing, sledding, roller skating, mini golf, entry to the museum, hiking and library programs, disc golf,

The Estes Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes 2023 Board Of Directors

growth of Estes Park. We could not do it without them and we are grateful for their vision and hard work,” said Colleen DePasquale, Executive Director of the Estes Chamber.

In 2023,

Vinge and Member-at-Large

Tyson Budler, The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park and Latitude 105 and Member-atLarge

Board of Directors: Tariq Bhatti, TDS Telecom

Ingrid Bush, The Barrel

Pep Dekker,

Esther Friesen, Glacier Lily Spa

Brian Hauser, The BullPin

Glenn D. Malpiede, Estes Legal Services LLC

and all family programs. Some activities including climbing wall, escape room and Craft and Design Center, will still have their normal additional fees. Please visit to inquire about booking adventure activity sessions.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity for free family fun this winter! This is our way of saying thank you to the residents of Estes Park for their continued support over the past 100 years. We appreciate you and hope you join us in celebrating the Estes Park community this January!

Questions can be directed to 970-5863341 ext. 1104.

The mission of the Chamber is to be the champion for business, dedicated to promoting a strong business climate in the Estes Valley trade area and enhancing the quality of life for our members, making Estes Park a better place to live, work, and play. To accomplish our goals, the Chamber requires strong leadership from local business owners. We are proud to announce the Board of Directors who will lead the Chamber into 2023 and drive our mission of connecting business and community.

“We are fortunate to have amazing business men and women in this community who truly care about its longterm success. These folks are stepping-up to guide our businesses, to help them thrive, and to support the ongoing

Robert Armstrong (Bank of Estes Park) will become the Chair of the Estes Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, bringing his previous board experience and wealth of knowledge to leading the Chamber into the next year of success.

Executive Committee:

Robert Armstrong, Bank of Estes Park and Board Chair

Carissa Streib, Simply Christmas and Board Vice-Chair

Keith Pearson, Upslope Ventures Ltd and Board Secretary

Teresa Mueller, Mueller Pye & Associates CPA and Board Treasurer

Kent Smith, Signs & Wishes and Member-at-Large

Derek Vinge, Edward Jones - Derek

Nick Mollè, Nick Mollè Productions/Rocky Mountain Channel Kevin L. Mullin, Estes Park Health Foundation

Mark Purdy, Edward Jones - Mark Purdy

Carl Robicheaux, Elkhorn Law Office, LLC

Lars Sage, Art Center of Estes Park

Val Thompson, You Need Pie!

Harriette Woodard, Bank of Colorado

Ex-Official Members: Rebecca D. Gelsinger, Estes Park Local Marketing District

Jason Damweber, Town of Estes Park

Cato Kraft, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center

Adam Shake, Estes Park Economic Development Corporation

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How The Sausage Gets Made: One Book One Valley

Welcome to 2023! And welcome to One Book One Valley at the Estes Valley Library. As we launch into a month of events designed around the themes of this year’s title, Finders Keepers by Craig Childs, I’d like to share the behind-thescenes of One Book One Valley programming.

I joined the library team in January of last year, just as our 2022 One Book One Valley, The Mountains Sing, was wrapping up. Soon after that series ended, the One Book One Valley Committee, consisting of community members and Library staff, began work on the next iteration: brainstorming titles, and reading, discussing, and ultimately whittling the field down to three candidates, including Finders Keepers.

In August, the community’s votes were tallied and Estes Park had chosen Finders Keepers. My task was to create programming that would enrich our understanding of the book and its themes, as well as bring the community together in conversation around those topics. I started with the question, “What issues, voices, and perspectives should be included?” I sought out Derek Fortini, Director of the Estes Park Museum, to help me begin. Derek was generous with his time, knowledge, and connections, providing basic information on local archaeological finds and issues facing museum professionals, and pointing me to an initial circle of contacts.

I focused on two goals: connect the

book’s themes to the local area and to communities with roots in the area, and incorporate as many perspectives as possible into our speaker lineup. Over the next few months, my outreach expanded to a group of more than twenty professors, museum curators, professional archaeologists, National Park staff, tribal representatives, local nonprofit staff, avocational archaeologists, and others. In the process, I did some supplementary research and museumvisiting; several of those resources are cataloged at

By mid-December, our calendar was near complete. While there are still many speakers I wish I could have included, I believe the slate of presentations can bring valuable insight into how we understand and appreciate “artifacts,” and preserve and protect stories from the past. You can access the full program list from – I hope you’ll take a moment to read about our offerings and sign up to attend a few!

As always, I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to reach out to me with any feedback or questions at or 970-586-8116 x832. Finally, my gratitude goes to those who make this series possible: Committee members, the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation, Library staff, and all those who have shared their knowledge and time with me over the past few months. Cheers to One Book One Valley, a celebration of community and literacy.

Enrich Your New Year With The Music Of Igor Stravinsky, Taught By Derald DeYoung

“In order to create, there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love? ” These are the words of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), one of the great and most influential composers of the 20th century.

Stravinsky is known as a pivotal figure in modernist music, and was particularly noted for his stylistic diversity, which pushed the boundaries of musical design. Although Stravinsky composed important works for every musical genre, he is especially recognized for ballet music he composed for Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes Company.

a.m. - 12 p.m.) or afternoon (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) session.

Space is limited so students must register in advance. All classes will take place at the Estes Valley Library, and there is no cost to participate. No previous musical experience is required but attendees should be ready to learn. As Stravinsky once said, “To listen is an effort, and to just hear is no merit. A duck hears also.”

Over the past 16 years, music professor Dr. Derald DeYoung has been leading this popular music study course in Estes Park.

Beginning this January, Dr. DeYoung will be teaching a six-week course about Stravinsky. Classes will focus on Igor Stravinsky’s life as a composer, pianist, and conductor. This series is sponsored by the Estes Valley Library and will be offered on Tuesdays from January 17 through February 21, 2023. Participants may choose to register for a morning (10

Previous courses include the music of Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Bach, and many more. Dr. DeYoung is Professor of Music Emeritus from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he taught for 27 years before moving to Estes Park full time in 2005.

Bring some enrichment to your new year with this popular course: classical music has been proven to improve mood, cognitive function, and memory. Workshop registration is now open at the Events Calendar at

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library


Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m.


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Young Chautauqua Club

Tuesdays through April 4, 3:45-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Inhabit a historical character, researching their life, words, and mannerisms, culminating in a live, costumed performance. All ages welcome.

Heritage Scrapbooking

Wednesday, January 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace

Repeated Saturday, January 14, 2-3:30 p.m., Makerspace

Bring family photos and memorabilia to create your own heritage scrapbook. Paper, scrapbook, and other supplies provided.

Make a Magnifying Glass

Wednesday, January 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace

Repeated Friday, January 20, 10-11:30 a.m., Makerspace

Craft a handmade magnifying glass (and test your beginning sewing skills!). All supplies provided.


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Beginner’s Bridge

Fridays through February 17, 1-3 p.m., Hondius Room

Learn the basics of modern bridge, including bidding, declarer play, and defensive signals. At the end of class, bid and play additional pre-dealt hands for practice. Hosted by John Krueger.

How Artifact Collectors Shaped Archaeology During the 20th Century Friday, January 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room & online

CSU Professor Jason LaBelle presents how archaeologists have painstakingly reconstructed the ancient Native American history of northern Colorado over the past 100 years.

Artifacts, Repatriation, & Cultural Protection with Fred Mosqueda Tuesday, January 10, 6-7:30 p.m., online

Southern Arapaho tribal historian and elder Fred Mosqueda will discuss how archaeologists, museums, and other organizations can work productively with Indigenous communities.

Archaeology & Artifacts: Perspective of a Federal Archaeologist

Learn about the life and music influential composer Igor Stravinsky in this six week series. No musical training necessary.

Collectors: Thieves of Time or Stewards of the Past?

Thursday, January 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room & online

Join avocational archaeologist Tom Westfall in a discussion about why (and how) people search for and collect Indigenous artifacts.

What Was Ours: Film Screening & Q&A with Co-Producer Jordan Dresser

Friday, January 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room

What Was Ours follows a young journalist and a teenage powwow princess, both of the Arapaho tribe, as they travel with a Shoshone elder in search of missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago’s Field Museum. After the screening, documentary co-producer Dresser will join via Zoom for audience Q&A.


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Digging for Fossils Saturday, January 7, 2-3 p.m., Makerspace

Baby Storytime: Thurs. & Fri. at 10 a.m. Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime with Nancy Bell: Wed., January 11 at 6 p.m. & Wed., January 18 at 6 p.m.

Storybook Explorers: Sat., January 14 at 11:15 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., January 17 at 10 a.m.


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The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna

Thursday, January 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Kelly Dick, Cultural Resources Program Manager at Rocky Mountain National Park, will discuss the challenges and opportunities that federal archaeologists encounter in the stewardship of artifacts.

Classical Music with Dr. Derald DeYoung Tuesdays, January 17-February 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. OR 1-3 p.m., Hondius Room

Repeated Tuesday, January 10, 5-6 p.m., Makerspace

Use a kit to excavate fossils. Take home what you uncover!

Artwork Wednesday: Handprint Mural Petroglyphs Wednesday, January 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Use paint and butcher paper to make petroglyphs that will be displayed in the Children’s Room. Warning: attendees may get messy!

KIDS & FAMILIES Library Storytimes

Saturday, January 7, 12-1 p.m., online

Join a virtual conversation with the New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones series. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.

Finders Keepers Book Discussion

Monday, January 16, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Hondius Room & online

Discuss the 2023 One Book One Valley selection. Copies of the book are available for checkout now, and a discussion guide will be sent the week prior to the meeting.

Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White Tuesday, January 17, 12-1 p.m., online

Begin 2023 by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with the creator of the popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.


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Learn the 3D Printer

Saturday, January 7, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. For ages 15 and up.

Learn the Laser Cutter Saturday, January 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

For ages 15 and up.


Free Legal Self-Help Clinic

Wednesday, January 11, 2-5 p.m.

One-on-one legal advice for library patrons who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling 970-5868116. More information at


Cliffhanger Used Books

Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the post office, is operated by the Friends of the Library Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Perhaps one of the hardest articles for me to write each year is this article as we begin the New Year. We’ve just focused on the arrival of our Lord on earth, as a small child, and thought of God’s great love in giving Him to us as our Savior, Example, Teacher, and Friend. “Unto us a child is born…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6) We followed that up with welcoming in a New Year with its tremendous potential for growth and achievements, if only we will accept that challenge and determine to ‘make a difference.’ So, I decided to share some words of wisdom and encouragement from a couple of sources that challenged me to do better…and try to be my best in this New Year. I hope they will speak to your heart as well.

First of all are the words of hymn writer, Frances Ridley Havergal, over a century ago. They seem so appropriate as we enter this new 2023. Her words are these. I hope they are your sentiments as well. They are truly mine.

“Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be, in working or in waiting, another year with Thee. Another year of progress, another year of praise, another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and of grace, another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face; another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; another year of trusting, of quiet, happy, rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love, another year of training for holier work above; another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be, on earth or in heaven, another year for Thee.”

Secondly, are some thoughts about some resolutions of an anonymous person on the Internet. They contain things that, if we would all commit to let them be our determinations as well, would make this world a better place. The unknown author entitled his / her thoughts: “I will do more!” 1) “I will do more than belong – I will participate!” And then begins to elaborate on some areas in which this commitment will be evident: 2) “I will do more than care – I will help!” We live in a world that is filled with people who claim to care…but who do little to actually let that ‘care’ be proven by action. 3) “I will do more than believe – I will practice!” How many people do we know that claim to have a faith…in God, in His Son, in the Bible as His word, but fail to live out that faith by the way that they live…shown by their language (‘OMG’) or their treatment of others. 4) “I will do more than be fair – I will be kind!” Many people ‘wouldn’t hurt a flea’, but won’t raise a finger to help meet the endless needs of others they meet from day-to-day. 5) “I will do more than forgive – I will encourage!” Jesus reminded us that if we fail to forgive others, God will not forgive us, but there is more needed. Let’s encourage them to act in ways that do not ‘require’ forgiveness. 6) “I will do more than earn – I will enrich!” Each of us should not only earn the respect and admiration of others, we should enrich their lives so that they find that easy. 7) “I will do more than teach – I will inspire!” So often we are ‘informed’ about things in life…given information…but rarely are we truly inspired to apply that wisdom or knowledge in practical ways in life. As we listen to our politicians or other ‘would-be’ leaders, how many truly inspire? Let’s seek to personally do a better job of that. 8) “I will do more than give – I will serve!” Giving is a great action …and so needed, (as I touched on in a recent article), but how blessing it is when we get involved in the actual service of meeting those needs…visiting and helping the less fortunate, volunteering to help meet needs. Jesus said: “The greatest are the servants of all!” 9) “I will do more than live – I will grow!” Some people tend to ‘exist’, to simply live. We need to use our new year as a time of growth and development…mentally, relationally, and spiritually. 10) “I will do more than being friendly – I will be a friend!” We know the difference, don’t we? How many ‘real friends’ can you count? And, of course, the Bible… and life…tell us that ‘to have friends, we must be a friend.’

May this New Year be a year of a ‘better you’, and thus, a ‘better year’. Happy New Year!

Step By Step Progress

I have, during the last year, often discussed three major waste diversion bills which were recently passed by the Colorado legislature (HB21-1162, HB221355, and HB22-1159), but are only now beginning to show some effect due to delayed effective dates. Forty percent of our greenhouse gas production results from our consumption habits. Once fully enforced, these laws should make considerable difference in our approach to handling waste. The USA average rate is 32% waste diversion. For 2021: Loveland maintains a 58% rate and Fort Collins reached 51.5% while Boulder County announced 35% diversion. The State of Colorado and Larimer County both run about 16%. Numbers for 2022 should be calculated soon, but, based upon past performance, change may not be evident until the new laws have had some time to effect our habits.

Strides in electrification (of vehicles, of building energy, and of the grid itself) have, in many cases, been moving faster and will continue to do so as long as we as individuals, as organizations, and as governments, continue to pursue a substitution of renewable sources for oil and natural gas.

We hear only about selected accomplishments of Congressional bodies. A total 17,806 Federal Bills were considered by the USA Congress in 2022, the 2nd session of the 117th Congress. Of those, only 308 were passed by both houses and became law. What is really impressive is that Joe Neguse missed only one vote in two years and John Hickenlooper was present for all but two. (This last information came from a Colorado Sun article.)

Perhaps the most important 2022 Law enacted federally (signed into law, August 16) was the Inflation Reduction Act which will (economically) impose a 1% excise tax on stock buy-backs; establish a 15% alternative minimum tax for many corporations with over $1 billion in income (determined by financial statement); modernize IRS technology, capability, and enforcement; reduce the

national deficit, continue the health insurance subsidies for three years; improve the cost of prescription medicine under Medicare; expand subsidy qualifications as a tax credit for 2022; and will (ecologically) establish (or, in some cases, extend) clean energy tax credits (for generation and storage) of renewable energy for electrical generation plants, for private businesses, and for residences; protect coastal habitats; incentivize home energy audits, solar installation, and windmills; and encourage research and development of energy sources from nuclear and clean hydrogen sources as well as the development of sustainable aviation fuel.

There is also a significant credit for electric vehicles, new or used, purchased in the next 10 years; and for the infrastructure and production of biofuels. There are grants for methane reduction and decarbonization. The law also includes funding to the USDA for conservation and renewable energy projects that support farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in rural areas. The funding is available to use in public or private forests engaged in forest reforestation, wildfire mitigation, or forest resilience projects and other actions to combat the drought caused by climate warming.

There are three ways that government modifies behavior: by educating, by incentivizing, and by mandating. While the Colorado laws mentioned here are primarily concerned with the reduction of landfill waste, the Inflation Reduction Act concentrates on a broad range of options which will reduce greenhouse gas (ghg) from all sources. While Colorado has progressed to using mandates to encourage collaboration in resolving waste divergence issues (in collaboration with incentives and education), the meat of the Inflation Reduction Act is in the grants and loans that will incentivize changes at all levels and, perhaps, assist the United States in meeting its ecological goals and promises.

Agree? Disagree? Comments.

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Steel Sports 8th Grader Honored At Bob Feller Act Of Valor Award Ceremony

Steel Sports athlete Cole Ingram, an 8th grader from Estes Park, Colorado, was honored at the annual Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Ceremony in Washington, DC as a representative of the 2022 Lasorda Legacy Team. Steel Sports, a company of Steel Partners Holdings L. P.

him to take what he learns here in D. C. back to Team Steel Colorado."

Haehnel and Steve Jones, the Senior VP of the Coaching System - The Lasorda Way at Steel Sports, recently appeared on the American Valor podcast to talk about the partnership between

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Jan 9 – 13

Monday, Jan 9 Moco Loco – Pulled Pork (topped w/ 2 scrambled eggs) w/ Rice, brown gravy & fruit

Tuesday, Jan 10 Chicken Salad Croissant w/ Pasta Salad

Wednesday, Jan 11 Hot Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Thursday, Jan 12 Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Jan 13 Shrimp Quesadilla w/ soup of the day

Jan 16 – 20

Monday, Jan 16 Mexican Platter (beef taco in corn shell, bean burrito topped w/ pork green chili & cheesy quesadilla)

Tuesday, Jan 17 Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef, vegetables, mashed potatoes & gravy) w/ Homemade Biscuit

Wed., Jan 18 Smothered Chicken (6 oz) (topped w/ mushrooms, green peppers & onions) w/ Rice Pilaf

Thursday, Jan 19 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Friday, Jan 20 Signature Salad w/ (grilled) Salmon (greens topped w/ tomatoes, corn, cheese, craisins, pecans & croutons) w/ ranch dressing

"This new partnership with Act of Valor stems from our shared core values," said Warren Lichtenstein.

Cole was named to the first-annual Lasorda Legacy Team and was given the Act of Valor Lasorda Legacy Award to commemorate his commitment to the Steel Sports core values. He was honored onstage at the US Navy Memorial and was joined by his parents, Allison and Jonathan Ingram. He was also awarded a $500 scholarship and a challenge coin from Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black of the U. S. Marine Corps.

Together with the other award recipients including MLB standouts Trevor Hoffman (National Baseball Hall of Fame Award winner) and Byron Buxton (Major League Baseball Award), Cole enjoyed a tour of the Pentagon and the U. S. Capitol Building. Cole was chosen to represent the Lasorda Legacy team based on an essay he wrote about Hoyt Wilhelm, a Major League Baseball player who served in WWII. Wilhelm received a Purple Heart for his service, and would go on to pitch his entire career with shrapnel in his throwing hand, demonstrating his commitment to country and baseball.

"We're so proud to have Cole representing Steel Sports in Washington, D.C.," said Alison Haehnel, SVP of Social Impact at Steel Sports. "Steel Sports' mission as an organization is to inspire youth to reach their potential both on and off the field while Act of Valor aims to inspire the youth of today by teaching them about citizenship, service to one's country, and sacrifice in times of great national need. Cole is a shining example of the intersection between sports, leadership, and service. Cole's essay showed his understanding of both service and leadership–including how sports can be about building character as much as having a great time–and we're eager for

the two organizations. Steel Sports will expand the annual Lasorda Legacy Series Championship to a 4-month series beginning in April at Lasorda Legacy Park in Yaphank, New York, with dozens of teams from across the country participating. Act of Valor will run free civics courses, including how to handle the American flag, and honor veterans at each of the four monthly events. At the conclusion of the series championship in July, they will announce their selection for the next year's Lasorda Legacy Team which will surely include exemplary athletes who demonstrated their Core Values on and off the field.

In 2014, legendary baseball Hall of Famer and Steel Sports co-founder Tommy Lasorda was inducted into the Act of Valor Hall of Fame. Steel Sports Foundation Board Member and former Advisory Board member, famed MLB Manager Bobby Valentine, has carried on his legacy by spearheading this partnership.

"This new partnership with Act of Valor stems from our shared core values," said Warren Lichtenstein, Steel Partners Executive Chairman. "At Steel Sports, we're forging the next generation of leaders by instilling Steel Sports' core values–Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, and Commitment. Our work with Act of Valor helps us to inspire them with the legacy of the greatest generation."

About Steel Sports-Headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, Steel Sports is a social impact business with the mission of inspiring youth to reach their potential, on and off the field, by developing them as athletes and people through the Steel Sports Coaching System - The Lasorda Way. Through its "kids first" approach, Steel Sports is establishing a new standard in youth sports and coaching, forging the next generation of leaders by instilling Steel Spor ts' core values: Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, and Commitment. Steel Sports creates a positive youth sports experience for over 100,000 athletes each year. For more information, visit

Meals are $7 for current 2023 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Jan 9th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Jan 6th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

The Center is OPEN (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-1; Tuesday 10-2)

TriFit (MWF 10:30-11:15); Yoga/Balance (TT 10:15-11:15)

Mahjong (Tuesdays 10-2); Special Presentation (3rd Tuesday @ noon) Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & Every Thursday 12:30 - 4 PM

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(NYSE: SPLP), partners with Act of Valor to teach young athletes about the importance of honoring our service members and to encourage athletes' service in their communities.

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m sitting in a KOA laundry room between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park writing my column. We pulled in late last night after driving eight hours from Saint George, Utah. Right now I’m trying to “Find the Good” about this trip and thinking about what the new year will bring after the tough years. 2023. A brand spanking, yet to be determined, new year. A new beginning and new pages to write in my gratitude journal. Yes, I do have one of those. A long time ago, towards the end of 2011, someone gave it to me. I don’t remember who or why. Had I been complaining too much? I don’t know but I appreciated the gift knowing that writing daily about the good things in a journal is, at its simplest, nothing more than appreciating what is good in life. Hopefully, a path to living a happier and healthier life. I started writing in that small, red journal on October 10, 2011 and today, as much as I wrote, there are still many pages waiting to be written on. I’m not very good at filling up journals of any kind. I start them all the time and love purchasing them or getting them for gifts. But as the days ware on, my enthusiasm lags and I drop off the daily writing. A case in point, I have a brand-new journal but forgot to bring it so cannot start writing on January 1st as planned. My 2011 grati-

Gratitude In The New Year

tude journal had a prompt at the bottom of the page that said, “Pick three things in your day that went well.” Of course, that first day was a crazy, insane day. I’d been told that my water heater wouldn’t last for much longer and sure enough, on October 10th I woke to no hot water.

I was afraid I’d have to purchase a new one but fortunately, I was able to get someone in fast and he was able to get it running. I wrote: I am grateful that my water heater could be fixed. That was number one. Having to stay at home for much of the morning to wait for the plumber, I had to rush to get to work. Going around a tight curve on the way in, I ran over a curb blowing both the front and back tires on the right side. I wrote the second thing that went well: “I am grateful that I only blew two tires –not 4.” And for the 3rd thing I wrote, “I am grateful for the people I met today: Brett the plumber, Nate the tow truck driver, and Judy’s son-in-law at the tire store.” That is gratitude. Finding the good in the painful. Would I have been able to appreciate some of those things that day if that journal hadn’t been given to me and spurred me on to find the good? Probably not. In 2011 I wrote 43 pages which isn’t bad since I didn’t start until October. Writing sporadically, I kept it going off and on until 2022, skipping all of 2013 and 2020, the flood year and the first pandemic year. Between

2011 and today, I wrote about the banal and the sublime. Surprise shoe sales at Jax, weddings I officiated, losing my first husband to cancer, selling my home in the Big Thompson Canyon and moving into town, meeting Scott and getting married for the second time. I did write about my brief and underwhelming bout with COVID but other than that, surprisingly very little on the pandemic, politics or the social upheavals of the last seven years. And now it’s the eve of 2023. Scott and I left Estes on December 27th to head down to Arizona to visit my mother-in-law from my first marriage. She and I have stayed close over the years and I try to see her as much as possible. For years I have made this trip alone until Scott joined me and we started driving down in our 17 ft. Escape trailer. We decided winter was the best time to go for some much-needed warm weather. Because we have gone down through New Mexico in the past we decided this year to go across Colorado, staying in Grand Junction the first night. First came the ski traffic out of Denver. Christmas week and we didn’t even think about holiday traffic. Stop and go for hours and hours. I’m not sure where we were when we stopped to buy the kind of snacks I only buy on road trips: dehydrated bananas, rice crackers, trail mix, and chocolate covered pretzels. When we went to put some of these

sweet and salty goodies in the trailer, we couldn’t open the door. No problem, use the key. Unfortunately, when we left, we accidentally picked up the extra set of keys without the door key. I got on my cell and start Googling locksmiths. It started raining and the locksmith gets to us in about an hour. The rain wasn’t so bad until it turned to snow. By that time, we’re driving on a winding road in the dark next to the Colorado River. We finally pull into the park just before 8:00 p.m. We walk the dogs and fall into bed. The next day, another long day as we headed to Saint George, Utah. We have two days in Saint George and are looking forward to spending some time outside. It’s still cool and cloudy. During the first night the heat goes off in the trailer and we wake to below freezing temps. We talk to the people at the park asking if it could be the hookup we’re plugged into. They check it and say their outlet is fine so must be in the trailer itself. Back on Google to find someone who knows how to work on the Escape. Brent answers our call and tries this and that. The problem is the converter – electricity is not getting from the outside to the inside. Cost: $480. It’s a small price to pay for heat and sanity. Then it’s on to this KOA between Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. A perfect dichotomy of interesting places. Gratitude: Today, I’m able to do laundry, nothing has broken so far and eight hours until 2023.

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Friday, January 6, 2023 « 21 BRAD BARNETT Broker Assoc. 970-212-6780 FIRSTCOLORADOREALTY COM 523 SAINT VRAIN LANE, ESTES PARK 1870 Moon Trailway ~ $1,198,900 • 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,624sf • 1.57 acres 2645 Grey Fox Drive Peaceful Estes Park living, custom built log style house on 3.4 acres 4000+ sq level living, 3 car attached heated Chef's kitchen with high-end appliances 2 story Great Room, dining area, coffee room with wet Main floor bedroom suite with fireplace, bath with steam shower, walk in closet, private deck Upper level bedroom suite Office/study 4 fireplaces, tile and wood floors Multiple patios and decks with hot tub, fireplace and waterfall $1,875,000 Linda Schneider Brokoker Assococ.,GR,GRI, I, CRS 970 970-227227-0998 Calall/Te/Text xt PO Box 3183 Estes Park CO 80517 LSchn L S c h n e i d e r 0 0 @ g m a i l c o m www.Resid w w w R e s i d entrealt e n t r e a l t y c o m Estes Park Mountain Luxury house, one level living 4419 sq ft., 3.42 acres Gourmet kitchen 2 story Great Room opens to expansive patio Main floor bedroom suite with fireplace, sauna, bath with steam shower, walk in closet, private deck Upper level bedroom suite Office/study 4 fireplaces, tile and wood floors 3 car attached heated garage Multiple patios and decks with hot tub, fireplace and waterfall $1,875,000 2645 Grey Fox Drive NEWLISTING Ready for your next chapter? Call Eric. He Knows The Market Proven Approach Targeted Audience Nationwide Resources Sold - Elkhorn Lodge Sold - Village Square Sold - Tiny Town Sold - Estes Mini Mart Sold - Park Place Mall Sold - 101 E. Elkhorn Sold - Barlow Plaza Sold - 358 E. Elkhorn Sold - The Malt Shop Sold - Taco Baja Sold - RMD Liquor Sold - 215 Park Lane Sold - 430 E. Elkhorn Sold - Locals Restraunt Sold - 820 Moraine Sold - Lazy T Lodge Find the sweet spot for a successful business or commercial real estate sale! Eric W. Blackhurst (970) 586-2950, Anderson Realty & Management 170 South Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
22 » Friday, January 6, 2023 Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park Office: 970-586-5324 Kirk Fisher Broker Owner CRS, CMAS, CLHMS Peggy Lynch CRS, GRI, CDPE, ABR, SRES, QSC, CLHMS 970-586-1000 Javier Gomez Broker, CRS, CMAS 970-213-8692 970-586-1000 Maria Gomez Broker 970-213-9479 Renee Hodgden Broker, SRES, ABR 970-232-6231 Dave Kiser Broker 970-231-2989 Dave Lasota Broker 970-412-7283 Kim Lemirande Broker, SRS, CMAS, GRI 970-481-1880 Carla SprengWebb Broker 480-695-9293 Gene Whannel Broker 970-481-7002 Cindy Miller Broker, ASP, ABR, CDPE 970-888-1654 Ryan Leahy Broker 970-556-0205 2045 Windcliff Dr. $995,000 Sauna Room and Indoor Heated Lap Pool Call Renee 260 Steamer Ct $797,000 Call Javier or Maria Workforce Condos 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms Call Gene $249,000 TBD Giant Track Road • 1.02 acres Call Kirk $695,000 315 Big Horn Dr I • Breathtaking views of RMNP 2 bed, 2 bath, 1390 sq ft Call Kirk $1,189,000 Nestled in the rocks & trees - Bordering RMNP 4 bed, 3 bath, 3242 sq ft, 1.51 acres Call Kirk 153 Willowstone Dr $859,000 Immaculate 2017 Custom Home Walking Distance to Downtown Call Ryan and Debbie 2719 Sunset Lane $833,000 Call Javier or Maria Under Contract Custom Built Home Ready To Build Main Level Living

Ryan Leahy Joins RE/MAX Mountain Brokers

Ryan joins RE/MAX with years of experience in residential real estate and investments.

Ryan has called the Estes Valley his home for over 37 years, (minus a stint in the U.S. Navy which took him around the world).

He and his wife Ania have a seven year old son, Shane who is the light of their lives. They are both active in their son’s education. Ryan and Ania own and operate The Egg of Estes, a favorite local restaurant.

He wears many hats in our community from firefighter, American Legion officer and he sits on many various boards.

His passion is Real Estate!

Ryan can be reached at 970-556-0205 or

Estes Park Woman's Club Meeting January 11, 2023

The January EPWC meeting will be held at the American Legion, 850 N. St. Vrain Ave. on Wednesday, January 11th at 11:30 a.m. The buffet luncheon will include chicken & dumplings, wild rice, citrus salad (vegan and GF), vegetable soup (vegan & GF), cornbread, and a tasty dessert selection.

Our program will feature Mary Barrons, Estes Park High School Principal. Her topic will be about "High School Education Today."

Please remember if you wish to attend the luncheon and program, advance reservations are required by Friday, January 6th at We hope to see you there. If you are interested in joining the club, contact us at EstesPark WomansClub@

Estes Park Woman's Club making a difference in Estes Valley for over 110 years !


Estes Park Special Olympics organizers are hosting bowling fun at the Bull Pin, 555 S. St. Vrain Ave. on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Audri Smith at 970-451-3762 or email Friday, January 6, 2023 « 23 Cell: 970-481-7150 Judy Anderson – Broker GRI, MRI, ABR, EcoBroker, CMAS
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Tuesday Bowling Fun Each Office is Independently Owned and Scott Thompson 970-590-9941 Office: 970-480-7820 1692 Big Thompson Avenue, Ste 201 Estes Park, CO 80517 • Awesome views • Main-level living • Open floor plan • Southern exposure • Central air conditioning Listed by Scott Thompson 1442 Raven Circle, Unit C – $550,000 3 bedroom/2 bath/2 car garage New Price
Estes Park

The fog was dense, covering Estes Park like a blanket. Mid cup of coffee I glanced across the valley and couldn't believe my eyes. The thick fog and cloud bank had opened up small slit in the curtain just enough to let the shining peaks of Mt. Chiquita and Ypsilon show through with all their radiant glory. The spectacular little window lasted less than two minutes but I felt like it was a kiss from heaven. I was reminded when the stuff of life comes pressing in our vision may be come cloudy making it diffi cult to see, be lieve or remem ber the sun is still shining brightly.

This new year holds promise, hopes and dreams. Love will be found and lost. We will experience victories, and yes, we will be tested with challenges. As with last year, all of our good and not so good experiences in 2023 can be meaningful and not wasted. But one concept will remain. Any amount of our time, effort or energy dwelling on the past or fearing the future will cloud our vision. As the old saying goes, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called “The Present."

The Word of God offers sound and comforting truth regarding our past regrets and fears of the future. Releasing our past into God's hands makes renewal, birth and beauty possible. Choosing faith over fear of the future offers us a greater sense of grace, gratitude and joy in the midst of our circumstances. May we not deny ourselves the gift of the present in 2023.

The guys at Men on Fire are excited about this new year. But ultimately our excitement lies in our unwavering trust and faith in the Lord. While we're still learning how to put into practice what the Word of God teaches, we've said "yes" to striving to live in God's will and plan for us rather than our own. Better put, we've learned our own best thinking can get us into some not so great places. It's a daily deal but we wake up doing our best to let Him take the pilot seat. We've found out the hard way that surrender is liberating.

Men on Fire meets Saturday's at the American Legion at 8:00 a.m. We call it "Breakfast with a Purpose" and a big part of the "purpose" is to encourage, support and sharpen each other on our faith journey as believers in Christ. We're a non denominational bunch of guys, diverse in ages and life experiences but unified at the same time. We believe we're stronger together and committed to deepening our understanding of God's Word and our relationship with Jesus. We strive for progress not perfection and forgiveness over judgement or condemnation. None of this is easy but we're suited up and in the fight. Will you join us?

Come enjoy good food, faith and fellowship Saturday at Men on Fire. American Legion, 850 S. St. Vrain at 8:00 a.m. You'll be welcomed, encouraged and accepted wherever you're at on your faith walk. Ego's left at the door. Laughs guaranteed.

Alcoholics Anonymous & Other Recovery Meetings

AA of Glen Haven- Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Also Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Glen Haven Town Hall. Book study meeting. Early Worms-Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (Tues., Thurs. & Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave. Fall River Group

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 453 West Elkhorn: Mon., Weds., at Noon Fri. at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed).

Monday Zoom Big Book study at 7 p.m. #654 598 884 (no password needed).

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829 166

West Side Estes Park AA, meets at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park and it takes place Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Dannen Library - located on the lower level of the Legett Christian Center.

Celebrate Recovery -If you are one of these people who struggle with addiction, compulsions, and destructive behaviors as well as the lies which drive them, please consider coming to Celebrate Recovery and discover the joy of being set free. We meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for snacks and fellowship, being honest with ourselves and others, at the Christian Church of Estes Park, 4655 US Hwy. 36, Estes Park, CO. There is a seat for you.

Note: The AA Meeting website has over 6,000 members and there are 69 AA Meetings a week plus NA has 30 meetings a week. Go to

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The Gift Of The Present Mike Richardson Broker/Owner GRI, CNE, ABR, NAR Green Designation (970) 215-2722 Mindy Stone Broker Associate CMAS (970) 449-2645 Aaron Busche Broker Associate CMAS, SRS, ABR, CNE (970) 470-9962 • Mountain retreat on 7.8 acres • 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, includes 3 suites • Private apartment lower level • Currently operates as a Bed & Breakfast Don't miss out on seeing this amazing property, call Mike for a tour today! $2,200,000 650 Lakewood Court • Beautifully remodeled by Westover Construction • 4 bedrooms / 2.5 baths • Outstanding mountain views • Walk to the golf course, Lake Estes & downtown Estes Park Come take a look to enjoy some modern mountain living! $849K 455 Skyline Drive 1481 Bluebell Drive • Classic 1940s Estes Park cabin • 3 bedrooms / 1 bath • Nicely updated...brand new bathroom & kitchen • Amazing mountain views of The Continental Divide Take a look at this little gem today! $595K 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park Javier Gomez Broker 970 213-8692 Maria Gomez Broker 970 213-9479 THE GOMEZ TEAM Mountain Brokers 2719 Sunset Lane Listed at $833,000 260 Steamer Ct Listed at $797,000 UNDER CONTRACT 970.586.2950 170 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park, CO 80517 Abbey Pontius Broker Eric Blackhurst Broker Associate BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY! Fabulous established floral business in Estes Park in operation for 15 years. Custom wedding and funeral arrangements, fresh cut bouquets, and the most adorable live plants around! The Fairy Gardens are so special and unique. Located in one of the most desirable wedding and travel destinations in Colorado, this bright, cheery and creative shop can be yours. A wonderful book of business, rental supplies, and history in the community that would be a wonderful investment for you. Only 200k, plus inventory. Great location and a calendar full of events already! Showings by appointment only. Call listing office for details.

All was stirring outside of the house! The lights were twinkling, the room swirled with busy little elves who worked feverishly putting final touched on their booths, jazzy holiday cocktail music cooed in the background and just like that…POOF! The lower lounge of The Wheel Bar had been completely transformed into the third annual Rebel Pop! artisan bazaar. The first guest arrived the moment the market opened and it was packed throughout the wee hours. The evening was quite a success!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals who made this such a memorable event. First, a huge thank you to Ty Nagl, Laura English and the rest of the incredible staff of The Wheel Bar. We all lifted a glass of cheer to take a moment to remember Kim Carlson who made this a new Estes Park, holiday tradition.

Each artist had such unique work and individual style, it was difficult to even know where to begin browsing.

The lovely Ashley Goedken offered a new spark in your life with her Windy Cabin Candles for a warm, cozy winter glow. Laurie Emmer’s personalized fortune wheels brought clarity and direction. Sophie Williams added some beautiful eye candy with her fun and flirty pin-up calendars.

Buffy Ayers had unique handmade gifts for all ages, both naughty and nice; unique stocking stuffers, quilts, corsets; even presents for your four-legged family members.

Bekah Blackburn of Distracted Raven returned with metaphysical items, oils, lip balm and few creepy plushies. Bekah also did quite a few psychic readings. Hmmm...what does 2023 hold for you? She is still available for readings.

Local artist Timothy Buck gave away his first Local Herd book while selling his newer one, along with some of his original artwork and prints.

Coming from the Twin Cities, Phil Ryman has captured the heart and soul of the inner city through his graffiti, architecture, ruins and industrial backbone photography. Our poster gal, Kate Crosby, sold remarkable, handcrafted jewelry for your special someone, or for yourself!

Izzy Libby’s unique art form that pushes the boundaries of art was a true hit. Izzy uses pen, acrylic paint, skulls

and wire, creating edgy, dark, manic, academia-style pieces. His art will be taking over Denver galleries soon, mark my words!

Our beloved Nadine Sekerez began her art as a child, drawing cartoons with her brother, but discovered she loved drawing portraits. She studied illustration in college and eventually discovered that she loved working with watercolor.

Since 2016 she has focused on commis-

sioned work with portraits of people, houses, and pets, plus some landscape painting and poster art with mixed media. She killed it!

Local Beth Engle, owner of Remixed brought her killer hand drawn bleach pen clothing, tapestry, bags, guitar straps and other unique repurposed items.

Rachel Hutchens had stunning, unique, one-of-akind ornament wreaths, perfect for lastminute

holiday décor. Holding a BA in music from University of Northern Colorado, Rachel treated us to some festive tunes on her saxophone this year at Rebel Pop! Psssst… there is still time to get one of her wreaths.

Matthew Oliver, who has an associate’s degree in musical studies from Blinn College in Texas, played joyous music on his trusty trumpet. Our head music coordinator is local roots/rock regular, Nick Wagner, back for year three of Rebel Pop! Nick will begin teaching music lessons in the new year. He let the swaying jazz and soft blues put us all in the holiday spirit.

Estes Park local Marshall, an incredible musician with an impressive, worldwide reputation was an absolute gift to our ears! He showed off his skills with flamenco and classic guitar licks.

Special recognition to Barb Boyer Buck of B3 Creative Services for creating a spectacular poster for our Rebel Pop! 2022. She is available for all of your multimedia needs. Barb was there in person, giving away free copies of the book Rocky Mountain Day Hikes, with purchased subscriptions to her incredible, local Hike Rocky magazine.

Again, thank you to our spectacular artist, musicians, and, of course, our spectacular community for making this event such a success. Friday, January 6, 2023 « 25
Photo by Jim Ward

Carol Graham

Carol Litwin Graham (74) of Estes Park, CO passed away peacefully to go home to her Heavenly Father on December 20, 2022 in Loveland, CO. She was surrounded by love and her family and friends.

Born December 25, 1947, in Brookline, MA, Carol was a true gift to anyone who met her. As a resident of Estes Park for more than 40 years, she gladly gave her time, energy, food, and prayers to anyone in need. Carol’s delicious and one-of-a-kind cakes graced many birthdays, weddings, and holiday tables.

Carol was a phenomenal mother who treasured her daughter and sonin-law dearly and was grateful for every moment they spent together. She loved her church, her Bible studies, her (endless amount of) friends, family, many “grandchildren,” and her daughter’s friends who all fondly called her “Mama Carol.” She looked forward to her beach trips home to Massachusetts to be with her family

every summer.

Carol approached life with faith, love, gratitude, and optimism. She made the most of every challenge that came her way with grace and an unshakable faith. There are no words to express how deeply she will be missed by so many!

Carol is survived by her daughter, MacKenzie Metz (Graham) and her husband, Martin Metz, as well as her brothers, William and John Litwin of Massachusetts, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Carol is preceded in death by her parents, William and Helen Litwin, and her sister, Donna MacIsaac (Litwin).

A celebration of life will be held for Carol on February 4th, 2023 at noon at Cornerstone Church (2200 Mall Road, Estes Park, CO 80517). A time of food, fellowship, and sharing memories will follow the service.

If you feel so inclined, Carol would be delighted if you donated to Cornerstone Church in her name.

Next Fly Tyer Meeting Feb. 7

The Estes Fly Tying Group meets the first Tuesday of each month continuing through May from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Ave. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Bring your vise, tools, materials. The idea of the group is to get together and tie flies, share ideas and techniques. It’s a good time to restock your fly boxes and see what works in Estes Park and other favorite fishing towns.

All skill levels welcome. No fees, it is free.

For questions contact: Frank Drummond at or Susan Underwood at

Margaret Katherine Featherston McDuff

Margaret Katherine Featherston McDuff was born on October 24, 1924 in Trinidad, Colorado to Ernest E. and Margaret C. (Stromberg) Featherston. She entered into her Saviors arms on December 16, 2022.

She lived in a few towns in Colorado before her family settled down in Colorado Springs. Margaret (Peg) attended Seton nursing school after graduating high school through the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps program. After graduating she was assigned to Fitzsimmons Army hospital in Denver where she met her husband John W. McDuff. They married in the chapel on the base and were married for 68 years.

With a brief move to Springfield, Illinois John and Peg moved back to Colorado where they raised six children in Westminster, Colorado. Karen, Pam, Laurie, Steve, Chris and Janet.

Peg worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for over 30 years at St. Joseph

Hospital until her retirement then she and John did some traveling and joined a square dance group. They moved to Estes Park in 1996 and enjoyed mountain living.

Peg and John were members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westminster until their move to Estes, then became very involved with Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Survivors include, Karen (Dennis) Bartolo, Pam (Dan) Mathys, Laurie (Les) Herrman, Steve (Cathy) McDuff, Chris McDuff, Jan Polzin. 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters.

Preceding her in death, her parents, husband John, brother Joe, sisters Jeanne and Karen, brother-in-law Gene, grandchild Steven Jeremy, sonin-law Lonnie.

Services for Peg will be scheduled at a later date.

To leave a message to the family please visit

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church Announces New Service Times

We have changed our service times once again.

In person Holy Eucharist service every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. This service is also available via YouTube (

Compline every Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom invitation is sent out on a weekly basis. If you would like to receive the invitation, please email the church office ( 26 » Friday, January 6, 2023
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The Good Samaritan Estes Park Village has an opening for a beautician / barber. A hair salon on-site with 2 styling chairs, hairdryers and sinks. $200 month space rent, and you can bring in outside clients. Preferably 2-3 days a week, flexible as you set your own schedule and your own rates.


More than 40 percent of seniors report regularly experiencing loneliness. Good Samaritan Estes Park Village senior living community offer socialization, meal programs and wellness/activity programs to combat loneliness, gently supporting our residents that nurture their body, mind and soul. One of the ways we want to enhance this is through our volunteer program. We will pair seniors with friends in the community who can share their interests and offer companionship.

If you are looking to make a different in the lives of others, contact the Good Samaritan Estes Park Village. (970)577-7700 ext 200 and ask for Irene.

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Part-time/Full-time year round employment. Clean Valid Colorado Driver license (no special license needed). $17-20 an hour Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave
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Large furnished studio in downtown available February 1. King Bed, 3/4 kitchen, full bath, on-site laundry. NS/NP, single occ. $1,000/mo+. 1-year lease, work ref and credit req. Call M-F 10 - 4 to (970) 480-5458, pls leave message.


Ideal candidates will have prior banking experience. Additional requirements include attention to detail, strong computer and problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced team oriented environment. Excellent benefits including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off.

Commercial Rentals

One person professional office located downtown on north side of Bond Park. Completely remodeled recently. Conference room, coffee bar, copy machine are available. $600.00 per month, all utilities included. Contact Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 303-589-1543


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Classic Colorado CABIN is a beautiful fully restored 2 bedroom. It is now available to rent on a monthly or longer basis but you can stay for a shorter period of time. Easy access and just 5 minutes from Estes. Fully furnished with all linens, and everything you need to just move in. Minimum monthly or longer rental. $2,400 per month plus utilities for the Winter months Call 720-352-1445 for more info.

Commercial Rentals

OFFICE SPACE For Rent 970-290-4488

Three person Professional Class A Office. Located in Bank of Estes Park building on Saint Vrain. Previous tenant occupied for over 20 years. Two private offices with reception, onsite parking. Adjacent tenants are State Farm and Edward Jones. Contact Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 303-589-1543





Services Dispatcher I/II/III

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Systems Administrator I Town Engineer Water Superintendent The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Hair & Nail Salon 30-years in Business Private Entrance$40,000 Estes Park Home Finders Bret/ 970-215-2494

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