Estes Park News, January 13, 2023

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January 13, 2023

Rodent Exterminator Bobcats are quiet hunters who pounce on their prey.

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Larimer County Elected Officials Sworn In

Go Behind The Scenes With Local Government The Town of Estes Park's Community Information Academy (CIA) will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library, beginning Feb. 15 and continuing through March 29. This seven-week series is designed to familiarize participants with Estes Park's town government and encourage active participation from community members. Visit to apply.

Larimer County officials that were elected or reelected on Nov. 8, 2022 took the oath of office today at a swearing-in ceremony in the Larimer County Administrative Services Building Hearing Room. Larimer County 8th Judicial District Chief Judge Susan Blanco administered the oath of office to each elected official. Larimer County Elected officials that were sworn in today: • Larimer County Commissioner-John Kefalas, District 1 • Larimer County Clerk and RecorderAngela Myers • Larimer County Assessor-Bob Overbeck • Larimer County Sheriff-John Feyen and Command Staff • Larimer County Coroner-Stephen Hanks • Larimer County Surveyor-Tom Donnelly • Recognized the swearing-in of Larimer County Treasurer and Public Trustee-Irene Josey [who was sworn in Town of Estes Park local government on Jan. 1, 2023 by Chief Judge Blanco ac- facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 cording to state law]. in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.

Applications are accepted through Jan. 23, 2023.

Town Offices Closed For Martin Luther King Jr. Day Day. Staff will resume normal operating hours Tuesday, Jan. 17.

1917 Book Club Returns

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On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the 1917 Book Club returns to the Estes Park Museum to explore local titles and authors. Discussions will take place every third Wednesday of the month from January through April, 2023. The program runs from 10-11:30 a.m. and is held in the Museum Meeting Room. Light snacks will be provided. This program is free and

open to the public. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each selection prior to the program to take part in the discussion. The January selection are three essays by Dr. James Pickering. The essays are all from the digi-

tal publication, Essays Old and New: Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Other Places, 1989 – 2020. The three essays that will be discussed are as follows: Tragedy on Longs Peak: Walter Kiener’s Own Story, If I Ever Grew Up and Became a Man, and Henry Cornwallis Rogers: A Brit in Colorado. The PDF and Kindle editions can be found on the Museum’s website, Author Dr. James Pickering will be in attendance to answer questions and contribute to a lively discussion facilitated by Museum staff.

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Wildfire Mitigation Around The Estes Valley: Past, Present, and Future The Estes Valley, including the Town of Estes Park and surrounding unincorporated Larimer County, is no stranger to wildfire. Work has been ongoing by our neighbors and partners Chief David Wolf to address this risk, with benefits to all of us who call the Estes Valley home. Since 2010, this area has been protected by the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD), a predominately volunteer agency supported by 8 full time employees. The region has been served by volunteer firefighters since 1907, before the creation of the National Park or Town. In 2002, the Big Elk Fire burned to our southeast consuming 4,800 acres and cost the lives of three fire aviator pilots – Rick Schwartz, Milt Stollak, and Gordon Knight. In 2012, while northern Larimer County faced the 88,000 acre High Park Fire, Estes experienced both the Woodland Heights Fire that burned 27 homes, and just to our east was the Fern Lake Fire that burned 3,500 acres late in the year. In 2020, the two largest fires in Colorado history came to our doorstep – the 208,000 acre Cameron Peak Fire and 194,000 acre East Troublesome Fire – the combination of which prompted our first evacuation of the entire Estes Valley. As recently as 2021, the Kruger Mountain Fire burned 147 acres adjacent to Little Valley and cost the life of another fire aviator – Mark Thor Olson. In 2022, EVFPD completed an update to our Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). This document includes guidance for individuals to take on their properties, for neighborhoods to take collectively, and to prioritize large-scale work that can benefit the entire community. Currently, EVFPD is pursuing grants to be able to build capacity and complete some of those priorities identified in the CWPP. Fortunately, we do have a number of neighboring agencies and organizations within our boundaries who have taken initiative to complete much needed mitigation work. We wanted to share some of this work to help all appreciate what is being done and the range of options available to help protect our forests and our community. For many years, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) has conducted work within their boundaries. The most significant efforts have been along the Bear Lake Corridor, Deer Mountain, and most recently south of Lily Lake. You have likely noticed this as multiple piles of green material is made as dead and downed fuels are gathered, and when conditions are safe in the winter, these piles are burned.

This removal of fuels accomplishes multiple goals, including increasing forest health by opening up the forest floor, and reduction of available fuels to carry a fire through the area. Work within RMNP has benefited our community multiple times, especially during Fern Lake (2012) and East Troublesome (2020). The Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests have also been active managing the forest to our north, east, and south. Most recently this has included work within their boundaries above Little Valley, off Highway 36 near Lions Gulch, on Pole Hill, and in areas to our north along the Big Thompson Canyon and Storm Mountain. Like the projects in RMNP, these treatments help to improve forest health and reduce risk of wildland fire spread through high-risk areas. Within the Estes Valley, there are examples of multiple projects undertaken to address forest health, wildfire risk, and watershed protection. The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition has been the lead on projects around Mary’s Lake, as wildfire can result in significant negative impacts to water quality, their treatments addressed multiple risks. The Larimer Conservation District (LCD) has conducted past work above Cheley Camps off Fish Creek Road as well as supported work within MacGregor Ranch. Both projects had wildfire risk reduction goals, striving to not just thin fuels but to reintroduce more fire-resistant species such as aspens in place of pines. Depending on where you live in the valley, you may not have realized this work was occurring until it was completed, but it is always going on. An upcoming project many will see will be LCD’s work with MacGregor Ranch on both sides of Devil’s Gulch Road north of Town. This work strives to return the forest to early 1900 densities to increase forest health and reduce wildland fire spread risk and is the next phase of a more than 5-year project completed by MacGregor Ranch. As any work to reduce wildland fuels upwind of our community benefits the greater good, EVFPD appreciates partners such as Cheley and MacGregor Ranch taking the initiative to treat their properties. As EVFPD continues our work to support our entire community and address the significant risk that wildfire poses, we hope to support and direct more fuels mitigation work across the valley. It’s helpful to understand the many tools available for projects, and the multiple benefits our community sees when these projects are completed. We hope you’ll take time to learn more about our Community Wildfire Protection Plan at and the steps you can take as a resident or guest of this valley to protect yourself from wildfire.

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Stay Warm, But Burn Wise Living in Estes Park, I’ve grown accus- and creosote release into tom to having blue skies and bright the air. And that creosote is flammable beams of sunshine greet me in the and not healthy to inhale. morning. I especially look forward to Searching further, I learned that the them warming my moisture level of body and soothing wood mattered. my soul during the That moist wood winter months. produces more That’s why the smoke, less heat other day, on a and releases more quite cold morncreosote. Using a ing, when neither moisture meter greeted me I felt can help in selectdisappointed at ing the best wood having to start up for the hottest fire the fireplace to and least creosote stay warm. release. And In front of the wood with a 20fireplace, with percent or lower flames just starting moisture level is to crawl across the the best to burn. logs, I grudgingly Using low-moissettled into my ture-level wood, easy chair. There, makes it easier for with warmth starta fire to burn the ing to flow from creosote and When the temperatures are cold, be wise the just-beginning send less pollutto burn logs, a per- when using a fireplace or wood burning ing, grey smoke stove to keep warm. sonal computer up a chimney. resting on my lap, I began scrolling Lessening the health risks for people and through recently received emails. the environment. Amidst the usual emails from Town Also, I learned that using a fire starter— staff, and the on-going ones about my pieces of newspaper or kindling—was a assorted projects and undertakings, and good way to get a fire going quickly. That emails from townspeople expressing placing dry split logs with spacing for air concerns about smoke emanating from flow allows a fire in a fireplace to breathe their neighbors’ chimneys. and burn hot. That high airflow when Alternating between reading the emails starting the fire is best. And after 10-15 and glancing at the now roaring fire, I minutes, when flames are strong, reducwondered about what smoke might ing air flow helps a fire burn at a comcoming out of our chimney. As I did, I fortable level and last longer. recalled hearing about Burn Wise. CuriWarmed and much better informed, I ous, I let Google take me to its website. went outside to see what, if anything was There I read about Burn Wise being a coming out the chimney. Out in the cold, program of the U.S. Environmental Pro- I could see no grey smoke. Relieved, I tection Agency. went back inside, to the easy chair, in Intrigued, I started searching the site. front of the fireplace and started reading As I did, I began encountering lots of in- about how to use wood burning stoves teresting information. I was surprised at properly. Trusting that tomorrow mornwhat I did not know about fires, wood ing the sky will be blue and the sunand fireplaces. How could I not know beams warm. And that all the townspeothat there’s an ideal way to build a fire in ple of Estes Park will be warm and every a fireplace? That grey smoke billowing fireplace will be burning hot and clean. from a chimney is a sign of wasted heat

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 January 1, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD)

responded to 5 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • Motor Vehicle Crash: 2 • Smoke Investigation: 1 • Rescue of Injured Party: 1

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Photo by Charlie Johnson

Estes Valley Land Trust Protects Another 161 Acres By: Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director Estes Valley Land Trust The Estes Valley Land Trust recently closed on an amended conservation easement in the Tahosa Valley, near the Longs Peak Trailhead. This conservation easement permanently protects extremely diverse and healthy wildlife habitat and shares a border with Rocky Mountain National Park. Critical wildlife habitat includes riparian areas around Alpine Brook, a variety of wetlands, forest and woodland types, rock outcrops and grasslands, all located at the foot of Longs Peak. The easement also helps preserve the scenic view along the Peak-toPeak Scenic Byway, Colorado’s first scenic byway, connecting Blackhawk/Central City to Estes Park, Colorado. “This is an absolutely stunning property and I want thank Mary and Sue Childers, the landowners, for being thoughtful stewards of the land for more than 50 years”, said Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director of the Estes Valley Land Trust. “It’s an honor to be able to work with them to ensure this land remains open and undeveloped forever.” The Estes Valley Land Trust originally worked with the Childers and Henning families in the 1990s to protect this land with a conservation easement. Recently the Childers sisters acquired full ownership of the property and approached the land trust about amending the original easement to make it more restrictive and better protective of wildlife habitat. This new agreement reflects a commitment to the land that Mary and Sue’s parents made when they purchased the property from Elizabeth Burnell Smith, Enos Mills’ sister-in-law, in 1954. Mary Childers tells the story like this: “Our mother happened to notice activity at the edge of the highway in front of our small cabin property in the Tahosa Valley. She

asked our dad to walk down the driveway to see if there was a problem. Still wearing his bathrobe, he hurried off. He found a survey crew, accompanied by Esther Burnell Mills (Enos Mills’ widow). Esther told him that her sister Elizabeth wanted to sell her property. Earnest money had already been received from a man who planned to develop the land. Our dad expressed his concern about this and asked Mrs. Mills if she would consider selling us the land instead. Our dad told her that if she would sell us the land, we would never develop it. She accepted his offer!” Nearly 70 years later, this promise was fulfilled by amending the conservation easement. The amended easement limits development to the existing small building envelope and cabin area, which is located out of public view. No development on the remainder of the property is permitted. “Personally, since that morning in 1954, I have carried with me the desire to do all I could to keep the land wild. The land trust has made it possible to fully keep our promise to Mrs. Mills and to the native creatures, plants, and features of the beautiful Tahosa Valley”, said Mary Childers. Note: This is the first article in a three-part series that covers the Childers Conservation Easement connection with the Mills family and the beaver colony that once thrived in the Tahosa Valley. About the Estes Valley Land Trust - Founded in 1987 by Estes Park residents, the Estes Valley Land Trust is a nationally recognized land conservation organization that has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of land and some of the most iconic landscapes in the Estes Valley. More than 400 members support the Estes Valley Land Trust annually and additional information is available at

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Update On The Estes Park Police Department At Next League Meeting At the next Learn With The League meeting on Wednesday, January 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 850 N. Saint Vrain Ave. Captain Jeremiah Polucha will present “An Update on the Estes Park Police Department.” In 2022, Jeremiah was appointed the Interim Operations Captain, where he currently serves. Jeremiah is passionate about leadership and has an uncommon interest in the topics of constitutional law, criminal procedure, and Colorado law. No registration necessary. This program is free and open to our community. For more information, check

Short-term Rental Regulations Draft Ready For Review, Comment An updated second draft of proposed short-term rental regulations is ready for public review and comment at two public open houses in late January 2023. The proposed regulations will better align the changes and growth in the home-sharing and rental industry to address the impacts and compatibility of these properties in the community. Short-term rentals can provide both advantages and challenges in communities. Starting in July 2022, Larimer County began to update its existing short-term rental regulations in the Larimer County Land Use Code. Public input was gathered through webinars, online questionnaires, and in-person community meetings from stakeholders and community members to help guide the update. The updated second draft, and revised Ordinance for Implementation and Enforcement of Short-Term Rental Regulations, are ready to be viewed by the public on Jan. 13, 2023, by visiting the Short-term Rentals Regulation Update page. Two community open houses are also planned by Larimer County Community

Development for the public to hear details about the draft and gather input from the public: Estes Valley Residents: 6 p.m., Jan. 25, 2023, Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Dr., Estes Park. This is an in-person meeting for Estes Valley participants and weather-permitting. The meeting will change to a Zoom webinar because of inclement weather. For updated information: Short-term Rentals Regulation Update Unincorporated Larimer County outside the Estes Valley: 6 p.m., Jan. 26, 2023, a Zoom webinar for participants in unincorporated Larimer County Outside of the Estes Valley to view proposed regulation changes that apply to short-term rentals in unincorporated Larimer County. Register here to participate in the webinar: wLR6PeT663VYSosAElkg Community members and stakeholders are encouraged to give input on the draft through Jan. 30, 2023.

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Quota members Lynn Stepaniak & Deyn Johnson, Terry Leija, EstesPak, Quotarian Susan Cordes and Jess Borries from Crossroads. Courtesy photo

Estes Park Quota Donates To EstesPak For Take Home Meals Members of the Estes Park Quota Club Service to Youth committee recently donated $3,000 to the EstesPak program at the elementary school. Thanks to a matching grant through Crossroads, the club’s $1,500 donation was doubled, allowing EstesPak to help even more students in need. The EstesPak program works to fight food insecurity and hunger in our com-

munity. Each Friday, bags of healthy food are sent home with students who need help. The Estes Park Education Association started the EstesPak program to help their students. If you would like to learn more about the EstesPak program or would like to donate, please contact teacher Terry Leija at 586-7406 extension 3284.

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Teresa Mueller, Sue Cooper, Rut Miller and Brad Anderson. Courtesy photo

Sunday Breakfast Buffet 8-Noon Every Sunday $18 per person, $8 under age 10 Skip the restaurant lines and enjoy great food at a great price! Coffee and juice included, Other drinks, mimosas, and bloody marys available.

At the Legion: 850 N St Vrain, Estes Park

Estes Park Health Foundation Welcomes 2023 Board Leadership Team The Estes Park Health Foundation welcomes new officers for 2023. Incoming Board Chair Teresa Mueller has been on the EPH Foundation Board of Directors since 2018 and retired as chief operating officer for Mueller Pye & Associates CPA LLC in 2021. She brings broad experience in business, finance, strategy, and nonprofit leadership to her role. Vice Chair Brad Anderson leads multiple committees and has been a board member since 2017. He is a retired bank president with expertise in business management and finance. Treasurer Rut Miller & Secretary Sue Cooper joined the board in 2021. Miller is Program Director at EVICS, a former midwife in Paraguay, and has vast experience with civic engagement in Estes Park. Cooper holds a Master of Science in Social and Administrative Pharmacy as well as a Master of Public Health. She was a licensed pharmacist in Minnesota for 39 years and retired from Health-

Partners as a Senior Director of Pharmacy Services in July of 2019. “These capable Officers will guide the work of the Foundation Board over the next year to drive awareness and raise funds,” said Kevin L. Mullin, President of Estes Park Health Foundation. “Serving as a Board Officer is a commitment to an organization’s mission and staff, and the volunteer board at Estes Park Health Foundation works hard each year to fulfill capital needs for the medical center. Thank you to Teresa, Brad, Rut, and Sue for taking their commitment to the next level.” The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages, and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about their initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at or 970577-4370.

Elizabeth Guild To Close For 10 Days The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Shop will be closed for maintenance Jan. 20 through Jan. 30. "We thank everyone who has supported the thrift shop over the past year," said Joe Payne, manager. "In fact, we have had the highest revenue ever over the past year with more than $85,000 going directly to support Estes Park Health." The store, located at 427 W. Elkhorn Ave. in Estes Park, is open for business Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted up to Jan. 20. If you have questions concerning your donations, please phone Joe at 970-586-7205 in advance of drop-off. Clean, seasonal, and gently used items are appreciated.

The thrift shop has several long term volunteers who have helped keep the store clean and inviting and running smoothly. More volunteers are needed, however, to help sort and display donations. If you are looking for a volunteer position in the new year, drop by the store for an application. "We could not accomplish all that we have done over the past year without the help of our hard-working volunteers," said Joe. "We are grateful to the volunteers and all the Estes Valley residents and non-residents who have and continue to support us." So if you have clothing, kitchen equipment or household goods to upcycle, please come to the thrift shop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. We'll see you then!

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As we stumble forward into an erratic year ahead, we pause, find our footing, and look over our shoulder at the past to see how we got where we are. While on solid ground, I’ve taken a minute to reflect on my 17 years as a columnist for the Estes Park News: Writing a weekly column has been a truly enriching experience for me. The Thunker has given me an opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas with a larger audience, and it's allowed me to reflect on my own beliefs and values in a more meaningful way. But it hasn't always been easy. Coming up with a new topic to write about every week can be a real challenge, especially when I'm feeling uninspired or busy with other commitments. Some weeks, the ideas just seem to flow and I can knock out a column in a few hours. Other weeks, it feels like I'm pulling teeth trying to come up with something worth reading. But I've learned that if I just start writing, the ideas usually will come. Sometimes, I'll start with a vague idea and let it take me wherever it wants to go. Other times, I'll have a clear direction in mind. Despite these struggles, I've found that the process of writing a weekly column has helped me to think more deeply about the world around me and to clarify my own thoughts on various issues. It's also been a great way to connect with readers and to engage in meaningful discussions with them through the comments section. One thing I've learned over the course of writing The Thunker is that it's important to keep an open mind and to be willing to change my opinion based on new information or perspectives. I've received a lot of feedback from readers over the past few months, and some of it has challenged my assumptions and forced me to reconsider my viewpoints. This has been a valuable learning experience for me, and I'm grateful to have such a diverse and engaged community of readers. In addition to the personal and intellectual benefits of writing a weekly column, I've also found it to be a great way to practice my writing skills and to challenge myself creatively. It's easy to fall into a rut and to write the same types of pieces over and over again, but The Thunker has forced me to think outside the box and to come up with fresh and interesting topics on a regular basis. Writing a weekly column has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. I'm really grateful to have the opportunity to write The Thunker and to share my thoughts and ideas with all of you. It's given me the opportunity to reflect on my life and the world around me, and to share those thoughts with others. I hope

that The Thunker continues to be a source of inspiration and insight for both myself and my readers. I look forward to continuing to write for the foreseeable future. Nice thoughts, aren’t they? But the comments above were not put together by me, myself and I. They were written by none other than AI. Artificial Intelligence. You just read a computer-generated column. The sentiment is real. I truly love to write The Thunker, sometimes I do poke around for a bit before I come up with a topic, and I am grateful to the EP News and to all Thunker readers near and far who appreciate what I write each week. But rather than express my sentiments myself, I asked a universal, invisible brain to do it. In in mere seconds, I had 450 words saying what would have taken me about an hour and a half to write. It was too easy. The hardest part was logging onto the Chat GPT website because it was overwhelmed by other internet users pushing to get in. (Probably college freshmen trying to get their first essays of the second semester turned out.) Finally at about 8:00 p. m. I was able to access the site. From there it was a cinch. The chat asked what I wanted to do. I typed, “Write a column of about 700 words. ” The chat provided a field for me to provide whatever information I wanted. I typed, “How writing a weekly column called The Thunker is fun and therapeutic. It is also difficult to come up with a new topic every week. ” The chat immediately started typing and within seconds, I had a column. It was simple, but it didn’t feel right. For one, I missed my time visiting with all of you. You’re my friends and it feels like I ditched you for a date with an empty shoe box. Plus, AI didn’t use any parentheses and if you haven’t noticed, I use them a lot. (Maybe AI doesn’t think they’re artificial enough.) And unlike AI, I would never say writing my column is like pulling teeth. It’s more like brushing my teeth with the most minty, frothy toothpaste there is. It’s refreshing, and usually ends with a smile. Don’t worry, The Thunker isn’t going to become artificially intelligent. Indubitably, the column on page 9 of the Estes Park News won’t become any more intelligent than it has been for the past 17 years. But it’s real. Your feedback assures me it gets a passing grade. And as the computer wrote, I hope that The Thunker continues to be a source of inspiration and insight for both myself and my readers for a long time to come. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2023 Sarah Donohoe

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Jazzercise Is For You! Top row: Debbie, Tracy, Deborah, Julie and Joanie. Front row: Patti, Sharol & Miranda.

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Oratorio Begins Rehearsals For February Concerts The Oratorio Society is beginning to prepare for the upcoming concerts February 24 (Friday evening) and February 25 (Saturday afternoon). The orchestra began rehearsals Sunday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. All strings are welcome. The chorus will begin rehearsals Sunday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. All will be at PCCR (Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies). We hope to see you there.

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Comedy Brewers: Improv This Saturday

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

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from the audience—since 2013. Although improv is obviously improvised, the date is set in stone. Mark this 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 at

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Imagine: While exercising your First Amendment right to peacefully protest against perceived injustice, you are summarily placed under arrest and tossed into solitary confinement. The small cell has no bed; you are denied access to phone calls. Your “crime” was demonstrating peacefully for civil rights. How do you respond? We imbue iconic locations and unforgettable events with historical significance, hallowing them as teachers and guides. They become foundational DNA in our personal value systems, evoking joy, tears and wonder. My touchstones include Ebenezer Baptist Church; Yosemite Valley; Wailing Wall; Persepolis; Cliffs of Moher; Edmund Pettus Bridge; Crazy Horse and Rushmore; Wonder Lake; Mother Emanuel; Barra de Navidad; and the Tallahatchie County Courthouse second floor, now restored exactly as it was 1955 during the Emmett Till trial. Specific individuals also help us see beyond horizons while lifting us toward light, people like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Cesar Chavez, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller, John Lewis and Rosa Parks. For the poet Stephen Spender they were“…those who in their lives fought for life,/ Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre./ Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun/ And left the vivid air signed with their honour.” Few Americans have earned more honors than the man we celebrate this weekend. On Good Friday in April 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr., was jailed for violating a judge’s order prohibiting civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama. One friendly guard gave King a newspaper containing a statement from eight white clergymen criticizing the marchers and calling for “law and order.” One paragraph said: “We are now confronted by a series of demonstrations by some of our Negro citizens, directed and led in part by outsiders. We recognize the natural impatience of people who feel that their hopes are slow in being realized. But we are convinced that these demonstrations are unwise and untimely.” In response King produced a transcendent masterpiece that has been called “the most important written document of the civil rights era,” “among the most powerful messages of social justice ever delivered from behind bars,” and “the manifesto of the civil right movement.” Begun on scraps of newspaper and smuggled out of jail

by his attorneys, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” immediately joined the pantheon of foundational American documents. “For years now, I have heard the word ‘Wait!’” King wrote. “This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never’. When you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’— then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our God-given and constitutional rights…. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” “When you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she cannot go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her little eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see the depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son asking in agonizing pathos, "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; -then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.” King’s words helped to center the moral compass of our country; today they serve as a stark reminder that the work of creating a “more perfect union” remains unfinished. His letter shames hypocritical “rule or ruin” politicians whose self-aggrandizement safari blinds them to the needs of workaday Americans. These “public servants” might benefit from re-reading their oath of office along with King’s letter, to better understand the Garment of Destiny that connects all Americans. Reader response welcome:

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting The next meeting of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, January 17 in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. Monthly meetings are always held on the third Tuesday of the month from 2-3:00 p.m. All affected by this progressive neurological disease are welcome to attend to bring their own experiences, strength and hope and come together for the good of the group. Questions, comments? Call Linda Hanak at 970-443-8146.

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Estes Valley Community Center Introduces New Cooking Series Instructor, Autumn Nelson

Born in Vietnam, Autumn Nelson entered the U.S. as a refugee in the late 1970s. Nelson began making Vietnamese dishes with her mother as a young girl. As she grew older, her passion for Vietnamese cuisine also grew and helped her to keep rooted in her heritage and cultural identity. In 2017, Nelson self published a book titled Our Story, which memorializes her family's history in

Vietnam, their harrowing escape during and after the fall of Saigon, and eventual settlement in the United States. A section of the book is also dedicated to her family's traditional recipes passed down through generations and how they were transformed by life in America. Nelson now lives in Estes Park, where she enjoys cooking Vietnamese-American fusion multi-course meals for family and friends, creating new recipes, and cooking on her patio with deer and elk as her audience. The Community Center is happy to announce VietYummies, specialty cooking classes taught by Nelson. The series includes how to make egg rolls on January 23, Pho Soup on February 16 and Spring Rolls on February 27. Nelson will also be teaching a Paella class on January 30. (She has a 21” paella pan and a tripod gas burner that lets her achieve the coveted socarrat!) To sign up for any or all of these new cooking classes, visit or call 970-586-8191.

Annamarana Roberts-Briggs 12th Grade Congratulations to Annamarana RobertsBriggs, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for January 13, 2023. Annamarana is the daughter of Melissa Roberts and Jeff Briggs and her stepdad is Bob VanNest. School activities Annamarana is involved with are Key Club (President), Student Council, TALK! About Social Justice CoFounder, Denver Party for Socialist Liberation and President of the A.P. Government and Politics class. Her favorite class is Women and Social Action at Front Range Community College and her favorite teacher is Jason Simmers (AP gov). Annamarana attended the ACLU National Advocacy Institute and received a full-ride scholarship. She also attended Youth Empowered Action Camp (YEA Camp) in Massachusetts and gained a full ride scholarship to that as well. She earned an Exemplary Youth Activist Award for both of these experiences and she founded a club for social justice based off of what she learned. She will be attending the Intensive Law and Trial program at Stanford University this summer.

Outside of school she enjoys hiking, reading, backpacking and volunteering. She works as a barista at Kind Coffee and has two brothers. When asked the place she’d love to visit, she said, “My ultimate bucket list trip would be to backpack through the monk trails in Southeast Asia to learn about the culture and landscape.” Her favorite quote is "The process of empowerment cannot be simplistically defined in accordance with our own particular class interests. We must learn to lift as we climb" by Angela Davis. Of it she said, “This is one of my favorite quotes because it focuses on intersectional activism and encourages people to lift others up rather than tearing them down in our fight for justice.” The best piece of advice she’s received is that what she’s fighting for is just as important as what she’s fighting against. After high school she will be attending Suffolk University in Boston, MA and will be majoring in political science with a concentration in public policy and law, with a minor in criminal justice. She said, “I intend to go into activism and advocacy work, with a dream to eventually work for the ACLU.”

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World Travel Opportunities That Benefit Local Nonprofits By: Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC)

The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) is sponsoring once-ina-lifetime international trips to be auctioned through the Queen's Ball, the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center’s annual gala costume fundraiser. This year, the event is on January 28 at the historic Stanley Hotel Concert Hall. AmFund is offering eight luxury adventures that all have a three-year travel window with no blackout dates. AmFund makes the reservations and organizes the details for you, AND most of them include airfare. Bam. Done. You basically show up at the airport. Destinations include Tropical Costa Rica, Scotland: Highlands and the Lake Country, Wild Wonders South African Photo Safari, Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany, Iceland: Adventures in Fire and Ice, Italy’s Romantic Amalfi Coast, Greece and Greek Island Odyssey, and The Wine Wonders and Romance of France. These trips give donors an opportunity to invest in the mission of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center by bidding on their next vacation. The question is

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not if you will travel, but where to? AmFund recognizes that our community relies on the services of nonprofits that are, more often than not, provided by government agencies in larger communities. They understand that EPNRC functions like a Chamber of Commerce for nonprofits: its mission is to support all nonprofits in the Estes Valley. The fact that EPNRC has been around for twenty years is evidence of the fact that the education, programming, and networking they do is needed. Most of these luxury vacations and additional auction items will be available through the online silent auction, bidding opens on January 25 and is only live for three days. This means you need to get with your travel buddy and decide which trips are for you and get in the game! Or, of course, you could make an executive (Valentine’s gift) decision. Tickets for the Queen’s Ball are on sale until January 21. Tickets ($75) and auction items are available through Party options: on-site babysitting, a special $99/night rate to stay at the Stanley Hotel, and $15 dance party tickets. Details on

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Bingo Night Success! One Book One Valley Engages The Community

By: Mikah Gay

During December, Estes Park High School’s Youth in Action hosted a bingo night at the high school. It made the perfect Friday night for people of all ages, as children, teens, and adults all won great local prizes. BAM, another organization at the high school, handled the conces-

sions. While YIA sold bingo cards and raffle tickets, they sold walking tacos, making them quite a profit of their own. Youth in Action (and the winners) are grateful to the following local businesses for donating prizes: BAM, YMCA of the Rockies, Ziggi’s, Today’s Nails, Twin Owls Steakhouse, Claire’s Restaurant, Sweet Basilico, Starbucks, Dunraven, Qi Lounge, Inn of Estes, Estes Park Golf Course, Ed’s Cantina, Kind Coffee, Donut Haus, Mary Jane’s, You Need Pie, Creativity Cabin, The Bull Pin, Sugar Shack, Estes Park Brewery, Burgers and Gyros, La Cocina de Mamá, Estes Valley Aesthetics, Estes Park Mountain Shop, Hands Down Best in Town & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory The biggest prizes of the night were a part of the raffle and included a stay at the YMCA, a gift card to Estes Park Aesthetics, a gift card to and goodie bag from Qi Lounge, a golf basket that included themed decor and a gift card to the golf course, and an Around Estes basket that included gift cards from local businesses and a stay at Hotel Estes. Bella Osmanova won the Around Estes basket while both Gloria Kamprath and Bob VanNest won two of the big-ticket items. Gloria’s name was drawn for both the Estes Park Aesthetics raffle and the golf basket. Bob won the Qi Lounge bag and the stay at the YMCA. Just about

every other participant also won one or more of the other smaller prizes that were provided by local businesses. But they weren’t the only ones going home successful, Youth in Action made close to $1,000 that night. Between donations and selling bingo cards, daubers, and raffle tickets, YIA has made a lot of progress toward its yearly fundraising goal, and all in one night. Up to $500 will be matched by Noon Rotary, bringing YIA even closer to its goal. Each year Youth in Action grants money to local nonprofits during their GiveNext Awards project (previously called the Shark Tank project). For the last two years, YIA has been partnered with GiveNext, a nonprofit that helps students work through grant applications and introduces them to a variety of nonprofits in the area. During their February meeting,

collect Indigenous artifacts. On Friday, January 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a film screening of “What Was Ours” in the Library’s Hondius Room. This documentary 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, documentarian and co-producer Jordan Dresser will join via Copies of Finders Keepers are flying off Zoom to discuss the film and answer authe shelves. Program registrations are dience questions. Join in this intimate filling up. The Makerspace is abuzz with opportunity to see how new contact with themed crafts. It must be One Book One lost artifacts risks opening old wounds, Valley month! but also offers the possibility for healing. Here at the Estes Valley Library, we love What do we see, and what might we be January. It’s a time for the community to missing, when we look at an object or a come together, read a book (chosen by place? What makes an object or place you last August), and learn about a new important to the people connected to it? facet of our shared experiences. And this Betsy Chapoose, Cultural Rights and year, it’s a time to showcase different per- Protection Director for the Ute Indian spectives about how we preserve and Tribe, will join the Library on Monday, protect stories from the past. January 23 at 6 p.m.via Zoom for “EveryYou won’t want to miss “Collectors: thing Has An Essence.” The conversation Thieves of Time or Stewards of the will place these questions in the context Past?” with Tom Westfall on Thursday, of her community’s traditional beliefs. January 19 at 6 p.m in the Hondius Chapoose will also talk about the culRoom and on Zoom. There are, of tural resource protection and repatriacourse, thieves of time: those collectors tion work she’s done over the past three who loot sites, dig burials, violate laws decades. And of course, there will be regarding collecting, and in general are a plenty of time for questions. bane to responsible collectors. But many We welcome you to take part in this opcollectors are stewards of the past who portunity to celebrate literacy, storywork alongside professional archaeolotelling, and civic dialogue through the gists in the field, and make their collecshared reading of a single title. To learn tions available for research purposes. more about Finders Keepers and One Avocational archaeologist Westfall will Book One Valley events, and to sign up trace his humble roots as a collector and for these programs, visit estesvalleylishare pieces from his own collection as he discusses why people search for and

Give The Gift Of Yourself!

YIA will begin reviewing these applications. At the end of the year, they will announce the grant amounts going to their chosen nonprofits based on which ones they believe best support the youth of Estes Valley. Youth in Action is looking forward to continuing this tradition next year because it was a great way to connect with the community and raise money for their yearly GiveNext Awards project. Overall, bingo night was quite a success and a great way to end the semester!

Do you enjoy spending time with youth? Do they keep you laughing? Do you like engaging in fun activities? Partners needs adult volunteers as mentors and activity volunteers. Several youth in Estes Park and the surrounding communities are patiently waiting for a positive adult to spend time with and have fun with. Give the gift of yourself! Youth Mentoring: What: Matched with one youth, build a trusting relationship How: Spend time weekly, do activities you both like, set and pursue goals Where: Out in the community, at your homes, and/or in schools Activity Volunteers: Help transport and engage Nexus Youth in our monthly activities to give them new opportunities For more information about Partners go to our website:, call 970-577-9348, or email

¡Sea usted el regalo! ¿Usted disfruta de pasar el tiempo con niños, niñas y adolescentes? ¿Se divierte con ellos? ¿Usted disfruta de involu-

crarse en actividades divertidas? Partners está en constante búsqueda de Mentores y Voluntarios de Actividades. Una gran cantidad de niños, niñas y adolescentes en Estes Park y sus alrededores están pacientemente esperando por Mentores para compartir y divertirse. ¡Sea usted el regalo! Ser un Mentor/a ¿Qué es?: Se le involucra con un niño, niña o adolescente para forjar una relación de confianza ¿Cómo?: A través de pasar tiempo juntos semanalmente en actividades que ambos disfruten ¿Dónde?: En la comunidad, en tu casa y/o en las escuelas. Ser un Voluntario de Actividades: ofrece tu tiempo para transportar y participar de las actividades mensuales que ofrecemos para los niños, niñas y adolescentes que están esperando por un mentor/a. Para más información, visita nuestro sitio web:, o llama al 970-577-9348, o escribe a

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library WINTER HOURS Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. ALL AGES Sign up at Heritage Scrapbooking 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. Young Chautauqua Club Tuesdays through April 4, 3:45-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room Research the life, words, and mannerisms of a historical character, culminating in a live, costumed performance. All ages welcome. Make a Magnifying Glass Wednesday, January 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Friday, January 20, 10-11:30 a.m., Makerspace Repeated Wednesday, January 25, 5:307 p.m., Makerspace Craft a handmade magnifying glass (and test your beginning sewing skills!). All supplies provided. The Magic of Masks Tuesday, January 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Makerspace In partnership with the Art Center of Estes Park, and sponsored by the Estes Arts District, up to ten patrons will have the opportunity to create a piece for the upcoming exhibition, “The Magic of Masks. ” Registration required; one entry per person/family, please. ADULTS Sign up at Classical Music with Dr. Derald DeYoung Tuesdays, January 17-February 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. OR 1-3 p.m., Hondius Room Learn about the life and music of influential composer Igor Stravinsky in this six week series. No prior 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. Everything Has An Essence: A Conversation with Betsy Chapoose

Monday, January 23, 6-7:30 p.m., online Betsy Chapoose, Cultural Rights & Protection Director for the Ute Indian Tribe, will discuss her three decades of cultural resource protection and repatriation work. Bridging the Gap: Indigenous Perspectives & Educational Tools with RMNP Wednesday, January 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room This two-part presentation from the Rocky Mountain National Park Education and Interpretation team

will deepen your understanding of Indigenous perspectives, and demonstrate how we can apply that knowledge in educating future generations. TEENS & KIDS Sign up at 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! Ute Knowledge & STEM Saturday, January 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Hondius Room Investigate how the Ute people used science, engineering, and math to survive and thrive in the Rocky Mountains. Robotics & Tech: Potato Science Saturday, January 21, 3-4 p.m., Wasson Room Repeated Tuesday, January 24, 5-6 p.m., Wasson Room Harness the power of food! We’ll use potatoes and lemons to illuminate a light bulb and turn on a mini fan. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses: Kids Book Adventure Thursday, January 26, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room Read the story, then craft an Indigenous structure using low temperature hot glue and fabric pastels. For ages 610. KIDS & FAMILIES Library Storytimes Baby Storytime: Thurs. & Fri. at 10 a.m. Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Storybook Explorers: Sat., January 14 at 11:15 a.m. Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., January 17 at 10 a.m. & Wed., January 25 at 6 p.m. Pajama Storytime with Nancy Bell:

Wed., January 18 at 6 p.m. BOOKS & AUTHORS Sign up at Finders Keepers Book Discussion Monday, January 16, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Hondius Room & online Discuss the 2023 One Book One Valley title. Copies of the book are available for checkout now, and a discussion guide will be sent 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. MAKERSPACE Sign up at Learn the Laser Cutter Saturday, January 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Learn the 3D Printer Saturday, January 21, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. For ages 15 and up. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION 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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MAKE 2023 ‘HIGHLY EFFECTIVE’, BY BEING ‘HIGHLY EFFECTIVE’ PEOPLE As I was contemplating this new year, getting older as I am, I am determined that, for me, this must be a ‘highly effective’ year. And, of course, where could I go for better insight into ways to make it such, than to Steven Covey’s best-selling book: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, written several years ago, but as relevant and practical as when first written. It’s always a good time to review these principles to take another look at ourselves, our families, and our country. Most of us want others to be ‘highly effective’ in the things they do…our president, community and political leaders, and in our families, our children. spouses…but, hopefully, most of all, ourselves. God intended for us to be ‘highly effective’ in the lives we live. He urged, “Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.” Let’s do a brief review of Covey’s wise principles, so we can be ‘effective’…in all we do. Principle One: ‘Be proactive’. This is uncharacteristic of many. Too often, people are ‘reactive’. That means the government does something…and they ‘react’. People hurt our feelings, and we ‘react’. ‘Being proactive’ means that we take responsibility for our actions and ourselves, instead of watching others make decisions and do things to which we then ‘react’, either negatively or positively, expecting them to meet our needs and make us happy. Some time ago, I wrote about ‘independence’, ‘dependence’ and ‘inter-dependence’. Which are you? ‘Proactive’ people show the spirit of independence, not wanting others to ‘decide’ or ‘determine’ which way we go or how we act! Principle Two: ‘Begin with the end in mind’. ‘Goal setting’ is crucial if we want to achieve much in life. ‘Vision’ is another name for it. If you’ve watched interviews with current Denver Nuggets basketball players, like Christian Braun, imagine having asked them years ago, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Of course, the answer would have been, “A professional basketball player!” As they grew older and developed, the answer would still be the same, and now they have achieved their goal. Someone observed: “Know where you are going or you will end up someplace else.”; and, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time!” What ‘ends’ are YOU ‘aiming for’? Principle Three: ‘Put first things first’. We all know that we need to prioritize our time, our money, and our efforts. What are the most important things in our lives…God? family? jobs? sports? Most everyone around us probably has a pretty good idea. How about us? What do we devote most of our conversation to, spend most of our money on? We see people driving nice cars, buying nice things, spending excessive time and money on ‘their’ interests, whose spouse and children are asking: ‘What about me? Us?’ Principle Four: ‘Think win-win’. Our society usually thinks in a ‘Win / Lose’ way. In our election, we have ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. The person / country that thinks in a ‘Win / Win’ way, will be considering how best to make decisions and act in ways that will enable all people to ‘Win’. We are praying that for our nation, our families, and ourselves! Principle Five: ‘Seek first to understand, then to be understood’. So often we hear people complainingly say: “He / she / they / don’t understand me!” Or, it’s often voiced: “What about me?” Jesus’ spirit was: “What about them?” We need to take more time and be more committed to seeking to understand THEM. Interact more…Listen more…talk less. And try to ‘get into’ their minds and hearts. This will help us in all our relationships. Principle Six: ‘Synergize’. This word captures the idea that rather than 2 + 2 = 4, it actually = 5 or more. It’s a proven fact that when two people work together, they can do more than twice what one person can do. We’ve heard it shared in many ways: ‘People who need people are the luckiest people in the world’. We encourage each other, spur and motivate one another on to better things. Harmony and unity and ‘togetherness’ have brought great good in the past…and will in this great new year also. Principle Seven: ‘Sharpen the saw’. This means that we need to, throughout this new 2023, do everything we can to improve our abilities, our effectiveness…read more, listen to wise people, try new things. All these help us to ‘move on’ in ‘an effective way’. Please join me as we try to make some adjustments and have a great year. Bob Lewis

January 13 – January 19

Free Tax Services Return To The Estes Valley Library This February By: Don Bryson, local volunteer for AARP Tax-Aide

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will once again provide tax return service at the Estes Valley Library. Starting February 2 and continuing through April 14, volunteers will be in the second-floor Wasson Room on most days each week. Scheduling is easy: sign up online at, call the library at 970-586-8116, or stop by the downtown branch. Please make an appointment only when you know you will have received all necessary documents; an intake form (available at the library) must be completed prior to your appointment. Read on for this year’s FAQs: Health & safety Although pandemic conditions have improved, Tax-Aide will continue COVID-safe practices to ensure our volunteers and taxpayers remain healthy. AARP requires that all volunteers confirm they are symptom-free and have not been exposed to COVID in the ten days prior to an appointment. Masking is optional but encouraged. Who is eligible? Great news: membership in AARP is not required! There are no age or income limitations in order to be eligible for this service. Federal and Colorado returns with most forms of income (including self-employment), itemized deductions if advantageous, and nearly all adjustments and credits can be completed and electronically filed. The exceptions: per IRS/AARP agreements, Tax-Aide is not permitted to assist with residential rental income, property depreciation, self-employment net losses, solar energy credits, estate or trust returns, or out-of-state returns. We also cannot assist with a return if you own or transact virtual currency. What’s new for 2022 tax law? Although several pandemic-related tax benefits have expired, taxpayers will benefit from higher standard deductions as well as more generous tax brackets and Earned Income Credit allowances. Colorado has created new tax benefits

regarding retirement earnings, enhanced earned income and child tax credits; a Senior Housing Tax Credit if not claiming the senior property tax exemption; and a tax credit for certain pre-kindergarten educators. What should you bring to the appointment? Prior to your appointment, we’ll provide an intake packet with a list of information and/or documents that you should bring. Most importantly: Bring photo identification and social security (or ITIN) number verification for everyone on your tax return. Also bring your prior year’s tax return for reference. Want direct deposit refunds, or to direct debit any due taxes? Make sure you have your bank routing and account numbers; a bank check is best. Note that for joint returns, both spouses must be present to sign electronic submission documents. What is the process? The IRS requires a two-step process: one counselor prepares your returns and another reviews it to ensure completeness and accuracy. The returns will be printed for your review and signatures to permit e-filing. The process can take from one to three hours depending on the complexity of your tax situation. Why file, & why electronically? There are many reasons to file your tax returns, one of which is that filing enables receipt of payments such as the Colorado sales tax rebate! This year that rebate is at least $153 for each full-year resident born before 2004. And filing electronically speeds up processing and receipt of your tax refunds, and assists with preventing identity theft. Don’t stress about staying current with changing tax laws; instead, use the free AARP Tax-Aide service! What an easy way to make sure you are filing accurate returns with the most advantageous outcome. The AARP Tax Aide program is made possible by a great team of volunteers, dedicated to serving our Estes Valley. Schedule your appointment, and we’ll see you at the library!

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Volunteers for Boy Scouts needed Jan. 29 Our Cub Scout Pack 8 needs three Legion volunteers to be judges at their annual Pinewood Derby which will take place on Sunday, January 29 at the YMCA of the Rockies. Our Legion volunteers would arrive at 12:30 for briefing on judging criteria, then judge the Cub's Pinewood Derby cars from

1-3. (Relatives are not allowed to be judges.) The races will take place from 2-5. Food and drinks will be served. If you are interested in being a judge, please email Bill Marshall at or text 847951-1090, and Bill will provide additional information on building location. Thank you for your support of our Cub Scout Pack and their families.

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Benny & Nebula Need New, Wonderful Homes 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. Nebula is about 13 years old. She is a sweet and loving kitty. She is declawed on her two front feet. She had a tumor on her leg for many years and we decided it would be best to take it off. She is doing really well. Nebula is currently living at the Pet Lodge and Benny is in foster care. Please call (970) 2861652 if you’d like to meet either of these wonderful pets. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a nonprofit 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.

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu 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

Jan 23 – 27 Monday, Jan 23

Taco Salad w/ Chicken

Tuesday, Jan 24

Blue Cheese Bacon Burger w/ Potato Salad

Wed., Jan 25

Country Fried Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Thursday, Jan 26

Stuffed Bell Pepper (w/ Beef & Rice), garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Jan 27

Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

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 16th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Jan 13th. 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 Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or EAT at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: or call for the latest information


Estes Park Chorale To Begin Spring Concert Rehearsals, Seeking New Singers The Estes Park Chorale, a mixed community singing group, begin rehearsals for the spring season begin on Wednesday, January 18th from 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m. at the Community Church of the Rockies. The Chorale is open to all singers who enjoy singing in harmony with others. The Chorale typically performs a wide variety of music selections, from classical songs to musicals and contemporary music. The May 6th concert theme is

“Unity in Harmony” and will feature a varied program. Interested singers are welcome to the first rehearsal on January 18th. For more information, go to the Estes Park Chorale website at

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Reverse Mortgage Presentation – The Myths and The Facts Worried about money in changing economic times? Imagine not having a mortgage payment each month. You can use that extra cash to travel, spend time with family, or do whatever you want! Plus, you may have access to a line of credit so you can use it when you need it. A Reverse Mortgage can help you stay in your home and have more money each month. Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (EPSCC), 1760 Olympian Lane. Our presenter is Rich Flanery of Mortgage Solutions Financial. Rich is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist and Financial Planner. He has been in the financial services for 27 years assisting thousands of homeowners. Rich states that people often look to mortgage planning as a way to achieve financial freedom and reach their personal financial goals. A Reverse Mortgage, once understood, can be a valuable tool in obtaining these goals. Developing an effective strategy for using your mortgage and the equity in your home can be key in gaining that financial stability. Whether you're looking to remove your mortgage payment sooner or taking advantage of accessing equity in your home, there may be opportunities that homeowners may not be aware of. It's important to consider all of your options

carefully so that you can come up with a plan tailored to reach both your shortterm and longterm goals. With proper mortgage planning, you can secure a solid foundation for your financial clarity and success. To learn more about how Reverse Mortgages work, what is myth versus fact and how you could benefit, please attend this informative presentation! If you cannot attend this presentation but are interested in learning more about Reverse Mortgages, please contact Rich Flanery at (970) 577-9200 or 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 Shepherd’s Pie (made with ground beef, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy) and a homemade biscuit . 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 16. 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

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Keep Crossroads In Your Giving By: Brian Schaffer

There's a lot going on in the new year and we're super excited to serve our neighbors in their time of need. For some of our neighbors the new year has found them with less hours at work and this has put them in a tough place. Groceries have gone up exponentially, utilities across the board are on the rise, fuel costs are putting a strain on the budget and then when there's incidentals that exceed the emergency fund, it's just all very stressful for many of our neighbors. We're prepared to meet each and every one of our neighbors at their point of need and help them get through their challenging season. If you know someone who could use a hand in getting out of a tough place, then send them our way. Last week I shared a little bit about an accident I had prior to Christmas. It wasn't the way I wanted to end the year, but it's my current reality and I'm making the best of it. One of the things that has brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion is the overwhelming feeling that comes with receiving the tangible demonstration of people loving on me in my time of need. Multiple people have said, "Let me know if you need anything or if I can do something for you and Deborah." These words were not hollow words with good intentions, but just the opposite. Their words were

solid to the core that overflowed with acts of love, kindness, grace, mercy and hospitality. We have received food, drink, supplies, equipment, gift cards, text messages, get well cards, and on top of this people have hauled off our trash bags, moved firewood inside our house, taken down our Christmas lights, finished projects that I had pending, purchased a recliner, helped with physical therapy, provided companionship when Deborah needed to run errands, and so much more. It's been such a blessing to experience the unity within our community! Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and thinking about us in our time of need. As I've been reflecting on my experience since the fall I have written down a few lessons I've learned. I'll leave you with one: I’ve fallen in love and now I’ve fallen off a ladder. I would choose love over the ladder any day. A letter of gratitude was sent to us last week from one of our clients that was on the verge of losing his house. This particular situation required us to collaborate with a handful of community partners to save his house and strengthen relationships to make sure this never happens again. Here's the letter: Foreclosure--that's a word none of us ever wants to hear or experience, especially if it applies to the house we live in! That's exactly what happened to me

Also, Brian had a part in this, as did Steve, a local pastor. One other man who deserves mention is Jim, who not only is a board member at Crossroads, but is also a member of my church. I'm thankful that Crossroads not only had the manpower to help me through this, but also the equipment that was necessary to accomplish my goal of keeping my house!!! Eva kept stressing the importance of "Curing" this situation before the end of the year. And it finally took place on 12-28-22, and for that I'm extremely grateful! The Christmas gift (from Crossroads) says it quite nicely--the mug says "There’s no place like home!" What God can do through His people is amazing. So keep Crossroads in your prayers and your giving!

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when I picked up my mail the day before Thanksgiving, 2022! In not one, but two envelopes, one addressed to me and one addressed to Occupant. "Why?" kept running through my mind. "There must be some mistake," I thought, not giving it much more thought. That is, until my youngest sister's friend saw it online. She, being a realtor, impressed on my youngest sister the critical nature of this news! So we began "Curing" it. Fortunately, I had sent in the "Intent to Cure" form to the County Treasurer. After making a couple of trips to Loveland and using a group text-chat, we decided it would be to my advantage to try to work locally, that is, in Estes Park. Enter Crossroads into the picture. I had several conversations with Eva, both by email and phone, not to mention seeing her in person.

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Can You Reduce The Medicare Surcharge? Before you turn 65, you’ll want to become familiar with Medicare’s rules and features. And if you’re a high earner, you’ll want to be especially aware of the Medicare premium surcharge — because, over time, it can add up to some significant dollars. The premium surcharge — known as the income related monthly adjustment amount, or IRMAA — is assessed on premiums for Medicare Parts B and D, and generally is based on an individual’s modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of two years ago. So, the IRMAA for 2023 would be based on one’s MAGI from 2021. For someone who’s married and files taxes jointly, and whose MAGI for 2021 was $194,000 or less, the Part B premium for 2023 will be $164.90 per month, and the Part D premium will be whatever amount is charged by their Medicare plan. But if their 2021 MAGI was between $194,000 and $246,000, they’ll pay $230.80 (a surcharge of $65.90) for Part B and an additional $12.20 for Part D. And the IRMAA rises at different income levels, reaching a maximum of $560.50 (a surcharge of $395.60) for Part B and an additional $76.40 for Part D for a MAGI of $750,000 or more. If you’re unprepared for the IRMAA, it can be an unpleasant surprise. So, if you’ve still got a few years until you enroll in Medicare, you may want to look for ways to control your MAGI and possibly limit the surcharge. Here are a few suggestions: • Contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA). If you have access to a Health Savings Account (HSA), your contributions will reduce your taxable income, helping you on the IRMAA issue. Furthermore, any investment growth within your HSA is tax free, as are withdrawals for qualified medical ex-

penses, which can include Medicare premiums, deductibles and copays. • Contribute to a Roth IRA. Roth IRA withdrawals are tax free, provided you don’t start taking them until you’re 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. These tax-free withdrawals can enable you to avoid taking taxable withdrawals from other accounts, which may help you avoid an increase in your IRMAA. • Consider a Roth IRA conversion. You could convert some, or perhaps all, the assets of a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA. But you’ll need to consider the impact of taxes — any deductible contributions to your traditional IRA and the earnings generated by these contributions will be fully taxable the year of the conversion, so you’ll want to have funds outside your IRA available to pay these taxes. Also, timing is important — to be on the safe side, you might want to complete the Roth conversion three or more years before you enroll in Medicare, so the conversion and the likely increase in your MAGI won’t increase the IRMAA. • Manage your withdrawal rate – Taking large withdrawals from your retirement accounts can bump up your MAGI bracket and your IRMAA. So, as you near retirement, you’ll want to establish a sustainable withdrawal rate — one that provides you the income you need but without going overboard. While these moves could potentially help you control the Medicare surcharge, they still must make sense for your overall financial strategy. It’s obviously desirable to keep the surcharge as low as you can — but it’s even more important to take the steps necessary to reach your financial goals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by our local Edward Jones Financial Advisors. Edward Jones, Member SIPC.


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National Pharmacist Day

SO LD This week National Pharmacist Day landed on Jan. 12. Estes Park Health thanks the friendly professionals who provide safe and accurate therapies to help people manage their health conditions and heal. Our hospital pharmacy staff supports inpatient care, emergency department patients and people who come for care to our infusion center. (Left to right) Mark DeGeldere (technician), Kate Stephens (pharmacy manager) and Monica Annicks (staff pharmacist). Team members not shown include Matt Makelky (pharmacy director), Jessica Smith (staff pharmacist) and Kara Steckline (technician).



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Life Is Hard. Then You Thrive! By: Larry Strong I can’t recall exactly where or when I first saw it. Nor do I remember whether it was on a tee-shirt or bumper sticker. But there it was, “Life hard. Then you die.” I’m not going to editorialize much on this statement because frankly it’s true. Life is hard and yep, all of us reach the end of our physical life. I reckon it’s what we do in between that matters and that’s where the “THRIVE” part comes in. Have you ever wondered what you would look like if everything in life was peaches and cream? Or nachos supreme with guacamole and queso? Or chocolate cake? Ever seen a two year old tantrum? We most likely would be spoiled rotten and pretty weak if we never experienced adversity, trials or hardship. We’re certainly under no threat of that happening are we? Bummer. Perseverance is vital to surviving this life. Prisoners of war who found a way to persevere had a much higher chance of living than those who lost hope and gave up. Perseverance is also vital to growing in our faith journey. Learning how to thrive in the middle of the storm only happens by hanging in there—sometimes by our fingernails—until the storm passes or we find the strength, hope and faith to persevere as the storm lasts longer than we wish. Our Heavenly Father promises to be our comfort and “ever present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). We are all a work in

progress and I want to encourage you that God will help you endure whatever storm you may be in if you let Him. That is a promise He will make good on. His Word says, “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts.” I’m all about getting more hope but I sometimes think I’ve got my quota of character. I’m sure you may feel the same. The guys at Men on Fire are doing what we can by God’s Grace to thrive while surviving. We have a desire to shy away from living a life of mediocrity and quiet desperation. We hang out together Saturday morning’s at the American Legion for some good food, inspiration and awesome fellowship. So far we’ve been blessed to navigate diversity in life and faith backgrounds with a strong commitment to unity, acceptance, and dare I say loving each other without condition. It’s not a concept we came up with—we’re just givin’ the best shot we can at doin’ what the Lord asks us to do. It’s a simple concept, challenging to execute but we’re suitin’ up, showin’ up and engaged in the good fight of faith. We’d love to have you join us and contribute to a pretty awesome adventure we find ourselves on. Regardless of where you’re at on your faith journey there’s a seat at a table for you. Saturday, 8:00 a.m., American Legion, 850 N. St. Vrain. Egos checked at the front door. Laughs guaran-

Jerry E. Knutson passed away peacefully December 24, 2022 in Loveland Colorado. Jerry was born in the small rural town of Hardy, Iowa in February of 1929. He grew up in Hardy with his mother, Carrie (Warren) Knutson, who managed the local café, his older brother Lane, and younger sister, Lila. His father, George Knutson, worked at a local grain elevator. Many of Jerry’s relatives emigrated from Norway. The summer after he finished high school, he met and fell in love with Audrey Pletcher who was working as a telephone operator in Clarion. A chance meeting of two voices on the telephone was the beginning of a marriage that spanned over 60 years. After they were married in February of 1948, the couple settled in Fort Dodge, Iowa where Jerry found a job at Montgomery Wards. After a few years, he worked his way up to manager of their tire department until finally opening his own tire business, Knutson Tire Co. in the late fifties. In 1967, after their oldest daughter graduated from high school, they moved the entire family including the tire business to Estes Park, Colorado. They had been vacationing in Estes for many years to visit Audrey’s mother and younger brother and enjoy the Rocky Mountains. Jerry re-opened Knutson Tire Co. in Estes Park selling Michelin and Dunlop tires on Dunraven St. until the early 1990s when he made the decision to close the tire business and retire to his home in west Loveland. He and Audrey started a small llama herd as a hobby, and enjoyed buying, selling and raising llamas for many years. They also loved travelling in their motorhome to visit family and friends mainly in Arizona. Jerry became a

dedicated caregiver to Audrey who battled Alzheimer’s and after she passed away in 2008, he spent his days caring for his llamas and his two little dogs, mowing his two acres, buzzing around his property in his golf cart, going for breakfast at various local haunts with his friends, neighbors and family, or playing on his iPad. He was unusually ”techy” for a member of his generation! He really enjoyed texting, and was very well traveled on Google Earth! Jerry was always optimistic, inquisitive, and eager to have friends and family drop in. He had more than a few close friends as well as his large loving family including many nieces and nephews. His failing eyesight and mobility issues eventually forced him to move into Assisted Living at Lakeview Commons and finally North Shore Nursing Facility in Loveland. The isolation during the pandemic was difficult, but, with the help of caring staff members, he was able to keep his spirits up cruising around in his mobilized wheelchair and enjoying frequent visits from his masked friends and family. He will be forever loved and remembered by his close friends and extended family, nieces and nephews, and by his five daughters: Deborah (Jim) Watson, Peggy Knutson, Shelley (Brad) Doggett, Jacqueline Lawrence, who all reside in Estes Park, and Jennifer (Mark) Heisler of Scottsdale, AZ. He is also survived by his 14 Grandchildren, and 26 (and counting), Great- Grandchildren. If you wish to honor Jerry’s memory, please consider a donation to your favorite pet/animal charity. Please leave condolences for the family at

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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.

Ellen Schroeder Ellen Jean Schroeder of Estes Park, Colorado, passed away on January 3, 2023 at Pathways Hospice in Ft. Collins, Colorado. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Estes Park United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ann Lantz officiating. Ellen was born on December 16, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to the Rev. Dr. Clinton and Elsie (Jeffers) Galatas. She graduated from high school in Fayette, Missouri, where she also attended Central Methodist College as an honors music student. She was a talented pianist. In 1950 she married the Rev. Ray Blanchard, Jr. and they would move to Chicago. They had three children: Paul, Evan, and Carol. Ray died in 1961. In 1967 she married the Rev. Dr. Hughes Morris, Sr. in Chicago. They moved to North Platte, Nebraska in 1968 and to Kearney, Nebraska in 1976. Hughes died in 1988. In December 1990, she married Dale Schroeder in Kearney. They lived part time in Estes Park, Colorado. Dale died in 2002. Ellen moved full-time to Estes Park in 2017. Ellen worked a variety of jobs to help provide for her family. These included six years in editorial work for the national offices of the [United] Methodist Church. In Kearney she became a licensed real estate agent and broker. Church and faith were important parts of her life. She was a pastor's daughter and was married to two pastors. She took active leadership roles, including heading the Mission Committee at her church. One special pas-

sion was the poor children of the world. She sponsored many through World Vision. A highlight of her life was a trip around the world working with the poor in Africa and Asia. Of particular significance to her on that trip was serving with the Sisters of Charity in Calcutta and meeting Mother Teresa. Ellen was able to travel extensively and visited many different countries. She also had a knack for meeting many famous celebrities. While at home she loved gardening. She was an active volunteer and served on the boards of directors for several organizations in Kearney. One special passion was for PEO, and she was an active member for many years up to her death. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Elsie Galatas, and her three husbands: Rev. Ray Blanchard, Jr., Rev. Dr. Hughes Morris, Sr., and Dale Schroeder. Survivors include her brother Paul Galatas of Kansas City, MO; sons Rev. Paul Blanchard (Mary Kay), Estes Park, CO and Dr. Evan Blanchard (Wendy), Madison, WI; daughter Carol Blanchard, Estes Park, CO; stepsons Rev. Hughes Morris, Jr. (Margaret), Lincoln, NE and Rev. Fred Morris (Argentina), Managua, Nicaragua; numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, step-greatgrandchildren, and step-great-great grandchildren along with many other family and friends. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park: PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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Shirley Ann Clark Chalmers Shirley Ann Clark Chalmers, formerly of Hutchinson, Kansas and Estes Park, Colorado, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023. She was 95 years old. She was born November 1, 1927 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest J. and Vernia Corey Clark. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1945 and attended Hutchinson Community College. Shirley was a Registered Nurse, having graduated from Grace Hospital School of Nursing in Hutchinson in 1949. She graduated from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas in 1978. She was a school nurse for USD308 for 22 years, before retiring in 1989 and moving to Estes Park, Colorado. Shirley was a Red Cross worker in Hutchinson and Estes Park. She loved

the Rocky Mountains and hiking there, and was a member of Rocky Mountain Nature Association (now Rocky Mountain Conservancy). Her daughter Sondra K. Shafer of Lakewood, Colorado survives her. Other survivors include a sister, Lynne Moore of Wichita, Kansas, one niece and one nephew. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and by a sister, Carol J. Wilson. Memorials may be sent to American Red Cross or Rocky Mountain Nature Association (Rocky Mountain Conservancy). In care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. A graveside service will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Chalmers family.

Clifford C. Stuart Clifford C. Stuart, of Estes Park Colorado, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on January 3, 2023. An informal celebration of his life will be held at the Allnutt Funeral Chapel at 1302 Graves Avenue in Estes Park on Tuesday, January 17th, at noon. Anyone who wishes to join the family for the following graveside service is more than welcome to attend. Cliff was born on November 6, 1935, to Clifford C. Stuart Sr. and Thelma Fattig Stuart in Horton, Kansas, but he later put down his roots in Wyoming and Colorado. He grew up in Evanston, Wyoming, and graduated in 1957 from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Pharmacy. Cliff began his career by working in retail pharmacies before moving to Colorado to accept hospital staff positions. He remained fond of his Wyoming upbringing as well as a devoted fan to the Wyoming Cowboys. He married the love of his life, Beverly Henn, also in 1957. Together they raised three children, Kevin C. Stuart, Kathleen S. Stuart, and Kristine Stuart Esterly in Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado, while Cliff worked as the Director of Pharmacy for Poudre Valley Hospital. After his 27-year career there, he worked as the only staff pharmacist at the Estes Park Medical

Center for 12 years before he retired. He and Beverly lived in Estes Park together for 30 years. Cliff will always be remembered as the family storyteller. No birthday or holiday meal ever went by without his telling vivid and often humorous tales of his youthful adventures. He never failed to keep everyone laughing. Cliff shared his love of archery by teaching his children about the sport. He also loved photography and was able to take and develop his own stills and movies. He also enjoyed putting together models. He was an enthusiastic model railroader who also assembled many ships and airplanes. One of his favorite activities was to gather the family for a scenic drive often up to Estes Park or in the countryside west of Loveland. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Beverly Stuart, his daughter Kristine Stuart Esterly, and his granddaughter Linsey Esterly. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Charles and Elsie Henn, son Kevin Stuart, daughter Kathleen Stuart, and son-in-law Dale Esterly. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Stuart family.


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Della Terra is seeking a qualified, energetic individual for a combination Guest Services/Front Desk Position. This position includes Guest Services Manager 3 days and Front Desk 2 days a week. Guest Services duties include monitoring and coordinating with the Breakfast, Housekeeping, Front Desk and Maintenance to ensure Guest satisfaction. Responsibilities include daily morning meetings, process compliance, quality control, and guest complaint resolution. Full time year round. Typical shift is 7:30am-5pm. Starting rate is $23-25/hour DOE. Send resumes to or apply in person at 3501 Fall River Road, Estes Park.

Full-time year-round benefited Custodian/Maintenance Apprentice Interested in learning about building maintenance at a state-of-the-art facility? We are looking for someone that will help us keep the Recreation Center clean and maintained while having the opportunity to learn about building maintenance. To learn more about the position and apply on-line go to Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is an equal opportunity employer.

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