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January 29, 2021

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Abert’s squirrels, also known as the tassel-eared squirrel, are native to the Rocky Mountains. They love to feed on the seeds and cones of ponderosa pines. Photo by Paul J. Marcotte www.pauljmarcottephotography.com

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Let's Continue To Support Estes Park's Small Business Together First and foremost, COIVD-19 is a human tragedy and a public health disaster. In America alone, over 420,000 people have lost their lives to this disease, with many more impacted through long-term symptoms, the loss of family and friends, and social isolation and economic stressors. The pandemic is not over. Even though there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of approved vaccines, infection rates are higher locally than they have ever been with the exception of November and December of last year. Beyond the obvious impacts on human health, the public health interventions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 are incredibly hard on small businesses throughout the world. This is especially true for our local businesses. While some have managed to weather the storm up to this point, others have been driven perilously close to - or over - the edge by shutdowns, capacity restrictions, and the ever-evolving regulatory environment necessitated by the Coronavirus. The board and staff of your Town government have been proactive in our approach to assist the small businesses that are critical to our community's quality of life. We are in constant communication with our partners to identify needs and to help out where we are able. To date, the Town has provided assistance in three main forms: (1) direct financial aid, (2) the creation, facilitation, and promotion of support programs, and (3) administration of direct aid from other levels of government. The Town acted early on in the pandemic to assist our small business community by providing $300,000 in direct financial aid to small businesses in the Estes Valley in April and May of 2020.

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This money was rapidly distributed to businesses through a partnership with the Estes Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Additionally, the Town Board provided more direct financial aid earlier this month by approving the waiver of most Town liquor license renewal fees, keeping a collective $50,000 in the pockets of local business owners that have been heavily impacted by COVIDrelated capacity restrictions. Beyond direct financial assistance, the Town has continually supported small businesses through the creation and facilitation of a variety of support programs. The most visible of these efforts has been the establishment, facilitation, and ongoing staff support of the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC) in collaboration with community partners. The EVRC has, among other accomplishments, created the Safe and Strong Resiliency Plan, assisted with the "Keep NoCo Open" public information campaign, and recruited a new delivery service to the community (Warrior Xpress - more information coming soon). Learn more about EVRC initiatives at www.estes.org/evrc. Watch for a series of articles about the EVRC's work from its partners in the coming weeks. A more behind-the-scenes way that the Town supports local small businesses is by administering direct aid from other levels of government. The Winterizing Outdoor Spaces program was developed by EVRC partners to leverage State grant money to purchase equipment to winterize outdoor spaces for businesses with capacity restrictions. The Town is currently receiving equipment and distributing it to successful applicants.

Outside of the EVRC, Town staff has created and implemented the "Embrace the Views Outdoor Dining and Retail Program,” which is designed to aid restaurant and retail owners by increasing their outdoor capacity by utilizing the public right-of-way adjacent to their business location between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Another prominent example of the Town facilitating direct aid from other levels of government can be seen in the Town's participation in processing applications and distributing funds for the State Small Business Relief Program. Larimer County has selected the Town of Estes Park to be one of three hubs in Larimer County responsible for processing applications and distributing funds for this program. The Town is working with the Chamber and EDC to accept applications for this program, review them against established award criteria, coordinate with the two other hubs in Larimer County (Fort Collins and Loveland), and distribute checks to qualifying businesses. Learn more at www.estes.org/smallbusinessrelief. The Town is working with healthcare partners to support their work in providing vaccinations. As vaccines begin to be distributed and we embark on a new, more hopeful phase of the pandemic, it is important to recognize that our local businesses still need support. While the Town cannot provide complete relief for all of the economic hardships faced by our small businesses during this pandemic, we continue to evaluate options to help in these times where every dollar counts. Every community member can help by taking precautions to slow the spread of COVID19 and by safely patronizing and promoting our local businesses so we can all come through this together.

Free COVID-19 Testing On February 1 Free COVID-19 testing will be provided for Estes area residents on Feb. 1. This testing is for symptomatic individuals and those who have been identified as close contacts of positive COVID cases. Testing will be held at the Pavilion (1115 Rooftop Way at the Fairgrounds) from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and can

be completed here beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27: larimerhealth.force.com/ RegisterForTest. Those wanting to be tested can arrive by car, bike, or by walking up to the Pavilion entrance (behind the Event Center at the Fairgrounds). For questions about COVID-19 testing or for help registering, please call the Larimer County Health Depart-

ment at 970-498-5500 or text 970-999-1770.

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Access COVID-19 Recovery Resources On Visitestespark.com The Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC) is working with Visit Estes Park to host a comprehensive list of resources to support recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources listed attempt to address the dynamic areas of concern of the Estes Park community – residents, businesses and guests – including: ● COVID-19 Vaccine Information ● Colorado's Dial Framework & Resources ● Larimer County Level Up Program ● Business Grants and Funding ● Business Operation Resources ● COVID-19 Data: Federal, State, Municipal ● Food, Housing & Financial Relief ● Family Resources ● Volunteer ● Donate ● Health & Wellness ● Need Help? ● Centro de recursos familiares Find these resources by visiting www.visitestespark.com/transparency/co vid-19-business-recovery-resources/ . This page is updated as new information becomes available. Email Assistant Town Administrator and EVRC facilitator Jason Damweber at jdamweber@estes.org to request the addition of resources. Recursos en Español disponibles en la parte inferior de la página. About the EVRC The Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative is a team of public, private and nonprofit partners who are working on eco-

nomic resiliency and overall community health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EVRC is focused on sharing resources with each other and the community, and on strategizing specific, actionable ways to support a faster and more robust economic recovery. This collective of organizations and individuals has worked to produce or support a number of initiatives to help the Estes Valley weather the unknown and likely lasting impacts of the pandemic today, while also laying the groundwork for a more sustainable and connected community for years to come. Learn what the EVRC has achieved and is currently working on by visiting www.estes.org/evrc. The EVRC is a collective of volunteers who care deeply about the economic and social vitality of the Estes Valley. The group is administered by the Town of Estes Park using existing staff resources. EVRC partners include: ● Estes Area Lodging Association ● Estes Chamber of Commerce ● Estes Park Economic Development Corporation ● Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center ● Estes Park Housing Authority ● Estes Park Police Department ● Estes Park School District ● Estes Valley Public Library ● Rocky Mountain National Park ● Salud Family Health Center ● Town of Estes Park ● Visit Estes Park ● YMCA of the Rockies

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On January 20 at 8:01 p.m. police were called to the 400 block of Aspen Ave. where a 32 year old female from Estes Park was issued a summons by EPPD for

violation of a restraining order. On January 24 at 10:13 a.m. police were called to the 1600 block of Soaring Circle where they issued a summons to a 41 year old male from Estes Park for discharging a firearm in Town limits.

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 17, the

Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 4 calls for service. This included: • Alarm: 1 • MVC: 3 Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org

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The Fun Side Of Being Mayor Every day is a good day to be Mayor of saving a caterpillar from birds and later Estes Park. I know, because each day, having it appear as a some way or somehow, at least one ray of sunshine finds its way through the se- beautiful butterfly in his flower bed. What a treat to see their smiles, feel riousness of being mayor—fires, pantheir enthusiasm for learning, and exdemics, budgets and chaos— to perience the handiwork of their teacher. brighten my day. As our time spun down, students ofOne beam, in the form of teacher, Lisa fered up hand-shaped hearts and exuWahler, found its way to me on a cold morning last November. Wahler, a 1982 berant thanks for me reading to them. (Heart-shaped hands are nice, wonder graduate of Estes Park High School, exwhether hand-shaped hearts would plained she came out of retirement to work at the next meeting of the town’s teach in Estes Park school district’s Remote Learning Academy. According to Lisa, in RLA, there’s no moving of students from classroom learning to home-schooling and back during the pandemic. The approach is simple, a teacher appears on computer screens of Teacher Lisa Wahler and Estes Park kindergarten students. students at home trustees)? and teaches. Approximately 110 students, grades K through 12 are in RLA. On Friday, at 11:00, Mayor Jacki Marsh (Loveland), Larimer County Lisa, who had taught my grandkids in Commissioner Jody Shaddock-McNally elementary school, is one of the RLA and I met for lunch on the patio outside teachers. She requested that the Mayor of Estes Park to do a storytime with her Mountain Home Café. Jody is new to kindergarten students in January. Well, her position, being sworn in this Janulast Thursday morning turned out to be ary. We talked about what’s happening that day in January. in our towns and in the county. We have a lot of determination for moving Via Zoom, Lisa introduced me to her through the pandemic, engaging with seven squirming, smiling six-year old town and Larimer County residents, students. One was wearing a Batman and addressing the ever-changing chalcostume, another a Batman robe. All, lenges of the pandemic. After lunch, including their teacher Lisa, were eager Jody went on to another meeting and to hear me read. Jacki went shopping in downtown. My selection—The Very Hungry Friday evening found me at the CreCaterpillar by Eric Carle—was a much ativity Cabin, painting a wolf plate, used and loved 31-year old copy from my personal library. To my surprise, stu- while chatting with Donna Carlson and her Chamber members about the needs dents said the selection is a favorite of Estes’ businesses. book in their respective libraries too. Apparently, I’d unwittingly chosen a Afterwards, while driving home in the “classic”— ha. dark, my thoughts were about the many sunbeams I’d encountered the past two My reading done, students took turns days, and how, hopefully I’d repay the regaling me with stories of their advenfavor by bringing sunshine to someone tures finding caterpillars, worms and during the week ahead. snakes in Estes Park. One boy told of

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Comments Concerning The Importance Of Transparency In Town Government By: Wendy Koenig, Mayor Estes Park “A bit more than a year ago, I pledged to the Townspeople of Estes, that—among other things— I would be transparent and foster transparency of the Town. Toward that end, as mayor, I strive to represent all the people of Estes Park. I understand that the Town of Estes Park is your government, not mine. That the transparency of your government and the transparency of your representatives—including me--are essential aspects of achieving the common good we desire.” “As your mayor, I strive to be transparent and open. I keep ‘office’ hours. Post my schedule of events and meetings on the town website. My emails as mayor, are part of the public record. As are my words— trustee meetings, public speeches, and so on. I provide responses to media queries. Each week I write a report out that’s published in the local newspapers. I’ve initiated a training session about ethics and a transparency study session for trustees and staff. And, I’m just getting started...more to come.” “The roots of transparency for the Town of Estes Park, run deep. They spring from a covenant put in place by the townspeople with establishment of the town government in its current form as a statutory municipality.” “State laws, related codes and rules are the foundation of the covenant between the

townspeople and their town government. Any serious consideration of transparency must begin with a review of the laws, codes and rules that define the roles and responsibilities of trustees, staff, and townspeople. They set forth the nature, means and frequency of interactions among and between players—including emails. This includes insuring that meetings and records are open. Providing for meetings and communications when confidential matters must be taken up. Also, it’s the laws, codes and rules that empower engagement of the townspeople in development and oversight of the town’s plans, budgets, programs, and services. And laws, codes and rules provide the means for raising concerns about lack of transparency and openness.” “Transparency resulting from the covenant between the townspeople of Estes and their government is readily apparent in the processes of the Town. It’s visible during open meetings. In the consistent manner records of meetings are compiled, maintained and accessed. It’s seen in the ways people engage in the strategic and budget planning that guides the Town. The frequency they access information for monitoring the town staff ’s implementation of plans, programs and services. And the rarity of concerns about lack of transparency and openness speaks volumes.” “Transparency fosters accountability, and both contribute to the common good.”

Quota Announces Student Grant Recipients Quota Club of Estes Park is pleased to announce the recipients of the Quota Club of Estes Park Student Grant Program. Robbi Nadeem is enrolled in a program to become a Registered Nurse and hopes to graduate in December 2021. She cur-

rently works as a Pharmacy Technician at Estes Park Health. Joanne Tennant is attending school to become a paramedic and serve the Estes Park community. She currently works as an EMT in the ER and on the ambulance team at EPHealth.

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1917 Book Club To Take Place February 17, 2021 On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. (MT) the 1917 Book Club, virtually hosted by the Estes Park Museum will explore local title, Anna Wolfrom Dove & The Wigwam Tea Room by Nina Kunze. The book explores the life of local entrepreneur, Anna Wolfrom Dove and her Wigwam Tea Room. This program is free and open to the public and will take place over Zoom and will feature author Nina Kunze. Book Club attendees will have access to their camera and microphones during the program to better participate in the discussion. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. No registration is required. Use the following link to participate: zoom.us/j/95355831609. The link can also be found under the “Programs & Events” tab on the Museum's website. Joining 5-10 minutes early is encouraged to make sure participant audio and video is working correctly. Questions about Zoom? Visit the Zoom support page beforehand to better understand this platform as staff will not be able to troubleshoot technological questions during the program.

“In the Wigwam's heyday, up to 200 visitors a day enjoyed fancy cakes, candies and beverages while relaxing on Anna's porch and enjoying the magnificent mountain views. Anna eventually moved her business into downtown Estes Park and became one of the town's earliest and most successful single female entrepreneurs.” Museum staff along with author Nina Kunze will facilitate the discussion. The 1917 Book Club features publi-

cations that center on local topics and authors. Participants are encouraged to propose and vote on future books. The Club meets annually during the winter months of the year (January through April). For any questions regarding this event or other Museum programming, please email Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun, at mfundaun@estes.org. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-5866256 or visit the Museum's website at www.estes.org/museum.

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Now open for limited inside dining.

THE LEGION IS THE PLACE TO BE TO WATCH THE SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, FEB. 7TH! Enjoy great food and drink specials all day. VETERANS SERVICES Veterans Assistance For information, call Terry Rizzuti at 970‐599‐0850.


Every day but Friday The Legion offers free Heat‐and‐Eat meals Saturday through Thursday from 4‐6 p.m. Eat in or carryout. Help keep the program available by sending donations to AL Post 119, P.O. Box 127, Estes Park, CO 80517 or visit www.esteslegion.org. Select the donate button and reference the Nourishing Network.


Ducks To Swim At Community Center May 1 By: Rita DuChateau

It’s official! Thousands of little yellow ducks will swim again in 2021. After taking a year off for a virtual race in a television studio 2020, the ducks will again hit the water on Saturday, May 1 in Estes Park at the 33rd annual Rotary Duck Race Festival. The Duck Race will be modified due to COVID safety guidelines, but it is guaranteed to bring a much-needed morning of joy and fundraising. Details are still being “feathered out” but what we know is that the race will take place at the Estes Valley Community Center and utilize the Lazy River for the little yellow paddlers. Because no one can predict what level of state and county guidelines will be in place on May 1, the Rotary Duck Race Festival will be livestreamed and available on several platforms so that families can safely gather at home in front of their TV or computer screens to celebrate the progress toward the finish line. The 33rd Estes Park Rotary Duck Race

Festival will benefit 64 Participating Organizations. They will begin to sell Duck Adoptions in early March. The organizations are busy plotting online sales strategy, as all Duck Adoptions will be handled online. “Sixty-four local Participating Organization are ready and excited to launch the adoption season stating in early March,” said Larry Williams, Rotary Duck Race Festival organizations committee chairman. “This is a great way to support your favorite nonprofit and have fun watching the ducks in the Lazy River on May 1." By holding the event indoors without crowds and eliminating paper adoption sales and handling, the volunteers who power the race will be kept as safe as possible, according to Big Duck ‘21 Bill Solms. Fewer Rotarians and town employees and will be needed to support the race this year, so that health and safety can be enhanced until the full scope of activities can return, hopefully in 2022.

Served from 3 p.m. to close every night of the week Check out the complete menu on The Legion’s website at www.esteslegion.org.


Tuesday, Feb. 2 Tuesday Trivia & Tunes at 6 p.m. Test your knowledge with Estes Park’s favorite host Jenn Bass.


Tuesday, Feb. 2 Sunrise Rotary breakfast at 6 a.m. Onsite meetings and activities are now being scheduled. Limited seating. Call 970‐586‐6118 for information. For the health and safety of our patrons, masks and social distancing are required at the Legion, and all Larimer County Health Department COVID‐19 rules will be observed.

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Estes Park Health Vaccination Clinic For Community Members 70+ Years Of Age Estes Park Health, in conjunction with the Town of Estes Park, will have the first community COVID vaccine clinic on Sunday, January 31, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Estes Park Events Complex (1125 Rooftop Way). We will plan other community clinics after this one, as sufficient doses of the vaccine are made available by the state of Colorado. Anyone who receives the vaccine on January 31 must commit to returning to the Events Complex on Saturday, February 27, for their second dose. We are receiving a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine from the state each week. We’ve vaccinated our frontline healthcare providers, first responders, and other community healthcare providers, and now we will begin to vaccinate our 70+ residents, following the state's vaccine distribution plan. For the January 31 clinic, we have enough vaccinations for a first dose to about 300 people. (Estes Park has over 2000 residents 70+ years of age, per available statistics). There are many other classes of workers (teachers, grocers, journalists, and others) in the “1B” category, and the sequence of vaccination is defined by the state. We’ll get to all, contingent on the rules of order, availability of vaccine, and capacity of our clinics and mobile clinic. Additional clinics will be scheduled as EPH receives more doses to provide to our community. Colorado has expressed hope that all in the 1B category (including the 70+ citizens and many frontline workers in the community) can be vaccinated by the end of February, but it will continue to take multiple clinics and some time. You must complete the Larimer

County vaccine notification form that puts you on a list to be contacted by local COVID vaccine providers (including EPH), for a vaccine appointment as doses become available. After you have registered, a member of the Estes Park Health team will contact you as clinic space and vaccine doses become available, and they’ll book your appointment for you. You will only be called if you are on the Larimer County list. From January 23 to the timing of this note, our EPH team was able to initiate calls to 600 people in the community who are 70+ and are working to fill up that first clinic of 300. More clinics will follow. We call in the order you signed up (first registered, first called) to maintain fairness for all. Larimer County is working with us to make sure we receive the current and growing list so that we can eventually call all eligible people on the list. To complete the vaccine notification form, please visit the Larimer County website at www.larimer.org/covidvaccine. Anyone in need of assistance completing the form may call the Larimer County COVID-19 Information Center at 970498-5500 to complete the form over the phone. If you have already completed this form previously, you do not need to complete it again. If you have questions about your own personal health situation relating to the vaccine, you should consult your physician. Remember, it takes a month after your second vaccine to be at the maximum (95%+) protection, according to the CDPHE. So, continue to wear your mask, and continue to social distance, and follow all of the COVID safety practices.

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Oh, do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man? Oh, do you know the muffin man, who lives on Drury Lane?

know as English muffins today (as opposed to the cupcake-type muffins we produce in this country), were hawked by That’s one of the childhood nursery the muffin man. One bloke (probably rhymes we sang as bairns (British for named Mac) must have shown up late little ones), prompted by our mother quite often in the 1820s, leading to the calling us to the table. She most often creation of the English nursery rhyme sang “The Muffin Man” when we were “The Muffin Man.” Do you know him? having English muffins for breakfast, He’s the guy in London who lives on and more particularly Bays English Drury Lane, the thoroughfare that muffins. runs along the border of Covent GarBays, because we lived in the Chicago dens. Where is he anyway, that Mac area and the Bays brand was started in muffin man? We don’t have our Chicago in 1933 and sold in Jewel gro- muffins and the eggs are getting cold. cery stores, where Mom shopped. I asked my British friend Paul M. Bays, because their muffins split open what the English call English muffins. easily with a nudge from a fork, they Crumpets, he said. toasted up nice and crisp, and because Crumpets? I thought crumpets were they had big air pockets that held luslike pancakes. Paul said no. cious puddles of golden melted butter. But do they taste the same, I asked? Bays. Pretty much exactly the same. Since my childhood days of Bays, I’ve So much for the romantic image of lived in several places where it was the proper people of Great Britain sithard to find Bays English muffins. ting down to a set table of dainty china When I had a craving for a variation cups and saucers, sugar cubes, and on the toast theme, I had to try other lemon curd to enjoy their tea and brands, Thomas’ being the most crumpets. “Tea and English muffins” prevalent. Thomas’ brand English muffins have been around for 50 years just doesn’t have the same ring. One thing that makes our English longer than Bays (since 1880), and muffins distinctive—no matter what their “Muffin House” building still stands in New York City. Yet I am not a brand—is their packaging. English muffins come by the half-dozen, lined fan of Thomas’ English muffins. up by twos in a long, narrow lidless Not because the parent company is box inside a cellophane wrap. Imagine called Bimbo Bakeries. I can accept if they came in a square bag like hamth that (in the early 20 century bimbo burger buns or stacked like bagels. meant fellow or chap). But Thomas’ brand English muffins remain spongy That would be plain wrong. The differand don’t toast up crisp, no matter how ence between the two top brands in many times I push them back down in their identifiable packaging is this: the toaster and wait for the red coils to Thomas’ brand muffins are found in do their thing. Second, they have little the breakfast bread aisle while Bays are located in the refrigerated section. nooks and crannies for butter and I like pockets the size of Olympic pools That’s why, for the longest time, I couldn’t find them. The grocery stores for the butter I generously put on my hid them from me! Ever since I discovmuffins. On top of that, even though they claim to be pre-split, I can’t pry a ered my favorite English muffins were Thomas’ English muffin apart without kept in the coolers near the butter, I’ve getting out the chain saw and that usu- been eating like the queen of England. You may let The Thunker know what ally wakes the neighbors. you think at her e-mail address, donoth In the early 19 century much of a holdt@gmail.com. household’s fresh food was delivered © 2021 Sarah Donohoe door-to-door. Muffins, the bread we

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To protect wintering big-game animals Violating these regulations can be sure qualifies as one violation and posand sage grouse species, collection of costly, said Brandon Diamond, area session of each individual antler is a sepshed antlers on all public lands west of wildlife manager in the Gunnison area. arate violation. The fine for each offense I-25 is prohibited from Jan. 1 through The act of antler hunting during the clo- is $100 plus five license-suspension April 30. points. If an individual accumulates 20 points, his or her “The purpose of the closures is to rehunting privileges could be duce disturbance of wintering wildlife suspended. during the time of year they are most vulnerable,” said Scott Wait, senior ter“These regulations will be restrial biologist for the Southwest Remost effective and have the gion of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. greatest positive impact to our wintering wildlife when we Big game and sage grouse species live work together within our comin a basic survival mode during the munities to monitor and enwinter when food is scarce. If forced to force them. Don’t tolerate the move and burn calories unnecessarily, behavior of those that would wildlife can lose the energy they need to cheat,” Diamond advised. “Let’s make it through the winter. make sure we are all doing In addition to the statewide restricwhat’s best for wildlife and help tions, additional special regulations are give them a break during their also in place for the Gunnison Basin. In toughest time of year.” Game Management Units 54, 55, 66, 67 Anyone witnessing violations and 551, it is illegal to search for or posof the shed-antler hunting regsess antlers and horns on public lands ulations should call the nearest between legal sunset and 10 a.m. from CPW office or Operation May 1 through May 15. Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Collection of shed antlers on public lands west of IShed antler collecting has become very . 25 is prohibited through April 30 popular. The interest in personal and commercial collection has led to a substantial increase in the number of people searching for antlers across biggame winter range in western Colorado. The seasonal prohibition applies to both commercial and personal collectors.

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The board of the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies would like to extend our warmest greetings and wishes that you were able to navigate the past year and arrive in 2021 with hope, health, and some silver-linings. We continue to be incredibly thankful for your support of the arts and community connection in Estes. Because our 2020 season was postponed, all memberships from 2020 have been carried over into 2021. And we have high hopes for a wonderful, modified season. Despite challenges, some 2020 programs were a great success. Two scholarships were awarded to Estes Park High School seniors who have gone on to major in the arts in college. We sponsored two Broadway virtual meetings for the Youth Theatre Camp students, and the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival was a great success as a modified version of our usual festival. In the ever-evolving landscape of social gathering, we continue to evaluate the possibilities of performance in 2021. Our hope is to produce the offBroadway sensation, Disenchanted, in the summer at an outdoor venue. In this hilarious re-telling of classic heroines, Snow White and her crew of disenchanted princesses have come to the stage to set the story straight: and it’s not what you’ve been told. The show has been described as, “uproarious,

brilliant,” and “reducing the audience into fits of uncontrollable laughter.” Disenchanted will be directed by Spitfire Grill director, Denise Stookesberry. We will take care to perform and rehearse this musical safely, with a small cast of seven women which will be able to socially distance if necessary. More information about auditions, venue, and dates is on the way. A fall play is tentatively planned for November, and we are examining possibilities for the Youth Theatre Summer Camp. Once again in 2021 two scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to major in the arts, and the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held in September. Perhaps, now more than ever, the importance of human connection is palpable. The board of the Fine Arts Guild greets this year with the deepest hope that we may provide our community with opportunities to connect with one another; whether it is enjoying an outdoor concert, performing together, or in whatever way we engage in the arts we love, in the community we love. Thank you for your continued support of The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies. If you are not already a member, please consider joining by visiting our website at www.fineartsguild.org.

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I have been busy with family these days. The month has flown by and we are almost into February. February 4, I get my second vaccine. Seems like I just got my first one. With my birthday party, Cecelia helping me bake bread, and my grandchild, Bridgette getting married, my days have been full. It was a beautiful ceremony, but so sad. She is my son Christopher’s daughter. They live in Sparks, Nevada. Because of COVID19, none of us could attend. Only their family and the immediate family of the groom were in attendance. However, we all were there via Zoom. It was a lovely ceremony, and she was a beautiful bride. Her husband is in the service and they will move to Virginia. He is in submarines and expects deployment soon. I wish them all the happiness in the world. I look forward to seeing them someday when all the world is well and back to as normal as it can be. We have had quite a bit of really cold weather. Normally I would talk about a soup recipe, but I gave the broccoli cheese soup recipe last time. I was at my wits end as to what to write about this week, then Betty Crocker came to my rescue. The following is one of “her” recipes with a little added idea from me.

Slow Cooker Spinach Mushroom Tortellini

Serves 7-8 1 pkg. (8 oz.) sliced white button mushrooms 1 medium sliced sweet onion (or yellow if that is what you have) 4 Tbs. melted butter 3 green onions chopped, green and white parts separated 2 Tbs. low sodium soy sauce ½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper 2 cups chicken broth 1 pkg. refrigerated cheese filled tortellini 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese 1-2 cups cubes chicken breast Sprinkle of red pepper flakes 3 cups fresh spinach leaves, (packed) ½ cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese ¼ cup shredded basil (I think you could add a little parsley as well) Spray 4 ½-5- quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix mushroom, onions, melted butter, white bottoms of green onions, soy sauce, salt, and pepper and chicken in cooker. Pour broth over mixture. Cover and cook on low for 78 hours. Stir in cream cheese and mix well, add tortellini, and cook on low settings 15-17 minutes until tortellini is tender. Add spinach, let stand about five minutes until spinach is wilted. Top with parmesan, basil, and green onion tops. Maybe some parsley? If you want this as a vegetarian dish, omit chicken and use vegetable broth. That minus the chicken, chicken broth, green onions and red pepper flakes is essentially her recipe. Staying home so much, I have gotten the re-do and get rid-of bug. Sadly, it can be rather difficult donating here in town, so I have been making the trek down to Goodwill (and of course, perusing their facility). But I have remained strong. Why buy more when I am trying to slim down my possessions? I even turned away from a new toy for my dog, Sunshine! May we all remain healthy and soon have “herd immunity” from this awful pandemic. My email: esther.cenac@gmail.com Bon Appétit.

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“On Tyranny” Subject Of Next Zoom Quaker/Unitarian Meeting Every Sunday there is a Zoom meeting of intellectually curious people; many are either Quakers, Unitarians or unaffiliated. Currently, they are discussing a book by Timothy Snyder written in 2017 entitled “ On Tyranny.” Chapters 10 through 20 will be discussed. The discussion will be led by former Estes Park teacher, Robert Johnson. Dr. Snyder is a Yale professor who describes 20 characteristics of tyranny using the example of the Nazi regime un-

der Hitler. He has been a recent popular guest on news shows commenting on the activity at the US capital on January 6th. These meetings are open to all who are interested. The meeting starts with an informal chat from 10:30-11. The discussion begins at 11 and concludes at noon. For Zoom information contact Jim Linderholm at hwsceo@aol.com or Randy Maharry at (515) 229-8299.

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Those Pesky Houseplant Pests By: Mary Pat Aukema, CSU Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County

This is the time of year when I often spot pesky plant pests taking up residence in my office space. I have seen fungus gnats flying around where the majority of my houseplants call home. They love wet potting soil. I have overwatered again. Fungus gnats (Bradysia species) are the tiny little dark flies you see jumping and flying on top of the soil and around your treasured houseplants. They are the flies you swat at and can’t seem to grab or squish.  As I sit in a Zoom meeting, one flies in front of my computer screen, and I reach out to grab it. Missed! The good news is they will not injure your plants (or you) and they do not like dry soil.  The adults live for just a few days and lay their eggs in soil cracks around the base of the plant. When the eggs hatch, the maggots (larvae) feed on fungi and decaying organic matter that collects on the potting soil, as well as plant root hairs.  Keeping your soil dry between waterings will help with control. Sticky yellow cards sold at garden centers help attract and catch the adults, and sprays of pyrethrins and pyrethroid insecticides are effective, but you would have to spray frequently. It is more effective to control the larva. Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis is effective as a soil drench. These products are easily found online or check with your local garden center. Products are sold as Gnatrol or Mosquito Bits. Repeated applications will be necessary for long-term control. Another pest that can infect your houseplants is the greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum). Adults are a white winged insect that have a wax coating and lay eggs on leaves. The eggs hatch in three to seven days and produce nymphs. Most of the in-

jury to your plants is done from nymphs. They feed on the underside of leaves, so check the bottom of leaves every time you water. They feed for up to a month, then change to an inactive “pupal” stage that lasts one to two weeks, then the cycle repeats itself, with the new adults laying eggs for up to two months. This cycle will continue with ideal conditions. Insecticides containing pyrethrins are the most effective for controlling the adults. When you bring home a new plant, bring plants in from outdoors, or receive a gifted plant, keep it in another location from your other houseplants for about three weeks, so pests can’t migrate. Monitor the plant for signs of insects or disease.  As for my own fungus gnat infestation, I put yellow sticky cards on the plants and moved them into a guest room. I am making sure to dry out the potting media before watering. There are CSU Extension fact sheets that are a great resource for all kinds of pesky houseplant pests who may be visiting you. These fact sheets have more information on the pests in this article, as well as several other pesky pests. Visit extension.colostate.edu and read Fact Sheet #5.584 “Fungus Gnats are Houseplant and Indoor Pests”, #5.587 “Greenhouse Whitefly”, and #5.595 “Managing Houseplant Pests”. If you have gardening questions, indoors or out, the Master Gardeners are here to help. Email LarimerMG@gmail.com year-round for answers to your questions. Or call the CSU Extension Office in Larimer County at 970-498-6000. Estes Valley Community Garden Board thanks Mary Pat for sharing her gardening expertise with us. The CSU Extension website, extension.colostate.edu, is a treasure trove of garden and home resources. For information about the Estes Valley Community Garden, please visit our website at evcg.org. Bobcat photo by Jim Dolan

The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Store And Lizzie’s Boutique Back To Regular Donation Days

The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Store has returned to its regular donation days, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Due to COVID safety guidelines, donors are still urged to call ahead, (970) 586-7205, to ensure that we have storage space to quarantine items before placing them in the store. Please remember we cannot accept the following items: recalled or dangerous items including baby car seats,

walkers and bike helmets; broken, damaged or dirty items; tv’s, computers, printers, large appliances and large furniture. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have about our donation guidelines. We do have a special project and hope that you can once again help us help our community. We are in need of new or gently used children’s books. These books will be available at no cost to youngsters who visit the Elizabeth Guild. Again, thank you. We deeply appreciate your support of our efforts to keep you, our staff and volunteers safe during these very difficult and uncertain times. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2021. The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Store and Lizzie’s Boutique is located at 427 W. Elkhorn Avenue. Store hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Serving the community for over 40 years. All proceeds from the sales benefit Estes Park Health.

After School-Program For Students Served By The Estes Park School District

Madison Wrobley, a cultural anthropologist and story teller working with National Geographic, along with Weldon Lee of MISSION: New Earth, an Allenspark based non-profit working with children and youth, are putting together an after-school program for students served by the Estes Park School District. The mission of the program is to teach students about the natural world, inspiring them to work combating climate change. Through science, storytelling, art, and hands-on experience, the students will be engaged on multi-

ple levels in a program filled with fun and learning opportunities. In the beginning, the program will focus on students at the elementaryschool level. Learning will take place in the classroom and in the field. Ultimately, they will share their work with family and community during a science fair/art exhibition symposium. If you would like to get involved, now is the time. Contact Madison Wrobley at mwrobley131@gmail.com, or Weldon Lee at weldon@welodnlee.com. The children and our wild brothers and sisters need you.

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YMCA Of The Rockies Welcomes Dzidra Junior

Building The Perfect EP Library This Saturday, January 30 numbers may help determine rarity and thus intrinsic value of vintage postcards, information that has been previously unavailable to all but advanced postcard collectors. The booklet was printed in 1992, is unfamiliar to everyone and every institution queried, and should have arrived by this Saturday, January 30, in time to discuss and share in more detail. Programs are held in the meeting room at 240 Moraine Avenue, restricted during the pandemic to no more than three people with the same last name or occupying the same household in attendance at any given time. Masks are mandatory, and apThis Estes Park postcard checklist, not propriate answers to screening queslisted on WorldCat and previously untions must be provided. The program known, appeared recently on Ebay. repeats every half hour between 1:00 Photo courtesy Estes Park Archives p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and it is better to The Estes Park Archives concludes its arrive later if you don't want to reserve a time slot or risk waiting outside. January series of free programs on building the perfect Estes Park library All are welcome, and you don't need with a discussion of an unusual book- to know anything about Estes Park let recently listed for sale on Ebay. history to participate or learn some“Sanborn's Greatest Hits” is, from the thing useful. This booklet, in particudescription and photographs provided lar, may serve as a valuable “cheat in the listing, a guide to postcards pro- code,” similar to video game Easter duced by the Sanborn Souvenir Com- eggs, to unlock treasures and help find pany between 1933 and 1961 related to uncommon postcards likely to increase your net worth. Call 970-586Estes Park and Grand Lake. All of the 4889 for reservations, directions or titles and dates of production are apmore information. parently included, and production

YMCA of the Rockies is pleased to welcome Dzidra Junior as Vice President of Business Development, effective immediately. Dzidra Junior Junior will be based in Estes Park, Colorado, and will report to Julie Watkins, President and CEO. As Vice President of Business Development, Junior will be a valued member of the Executive Leadership Team. She is charged to create and execute a dynamic and sustainable strategy to advance our mission by increasing revenue across multiple channels as well as directing all activities of the marketing, communications, reservations and sales teams. She will also be responsible for ensuring appropriate and professional communications internally and externally in the event of a crisis or threat to the reputation of the Association. Junior has worked in the hospitality industry for 29 years. Prior to coming to

YMCA of the Rockies, she spent 15 years as Director of Global Sales for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, Nev., where she successfully developed and executed the strategy for the diversity business case. Additionally, Junior successfully worked to strengthen community partnerships that helped attract national conventions to MGM Resorts International’s Las Vegas and regional properties. Junior has also held leadership positions for Caesars Entertainment and Las Vegas Hilton, now known as Westgate Resorts. “Dzidra is an industry veteran whose significant depth of experience and knowledge will complement our mission impact to existing customers, while also helping expand our outreach and growth among new audiences who want the opportunity to experience rustic and inviting settings for vacations, retreats, meetings and conferences,’’ said Watkins. Junior is President of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, and she serves on the Diversity Task Force for Destinations International. Her additional board service includes The International School of Hospitality, Delta Education Foundation, and Association of Latino Professionals for America. She is a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI) and Professional Conference Management


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EVICS Art Gala February 5

The 5th Annual EVICS Art Gala Share the Love Silent Auction and Charcuterie to Go Party will be held on February 5th starting at 6:00 p.m., where the whole community is invited to the (Zoom) Art Gala. Currently the virtual, silent auction is taking place and will continue through February 5th! Go to efrc.betterworld.org to bid on adventures and art. The Gala features our local artists James Frank, Erik Stensland, Karen Barnett, Wade Johnston, Liz Zornes, Ann Finley, Dan Marshall, John Lynch, Hazel Yarrow and Dave Landers. Other Gala Virtual Auction items were graciously donated by Allen and Julie Jackson (Jackson Stables at the YMCA of the Rockies), Snowy Peaks Winery, Patti Aldridge (Creativity Cabin), Christy DeLorme (Mountain Top), Rock Cut Brew-

ery and many more! A delicious Charcuterie Box can be purchased—that means no cooking! Only 50 of these are available, so com-

plete your order by January 29th. Tickets for a chance at the prize basket are available for purchase. This basket is worth $1,200 and a ticket is $10! You can purchase more than one ticket. In fact, it in encouraged to purchase more as all the proceeds go toward the EVICS Scholarship Fund! So maybe, just maybe you want 10! You can do all these things very easily, simply go to efrc.betterworld.org. Let’s come together, united in love and hope for our community’s children and their families, to support and strengthen them through the children’s very important early years of life. Other upcoming activities at EVICS February-Developmental Screenings– available for all (ages one month to 72 months of age) children. February 4th-Parents Group-All parents welcome! February 11th-Family Night-Be My Valentine kits and more!

Jan 29 – Feb 1

Crossroads: Making A Difference By: Brian Schaffer

A few weeks ago I was rejoicing in the fact that Crossroads did more than survive the challenges of 2020, we thrived! We fully lived into our mission of providing basic human services to Estes Valley residents in need. Of course, we would not have thrived like we did if we didn’t have such an incredible support structure consisting of donors and volunteers. I like the word “thrivability” because it’s what we hope everyone that comes into a relationship with Crossroads will grow into as we work together. Being able to thrive in a challenging sea-

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son of life is hard to do, but not impossible. That’s why we have a case manager on staff to work with people on creating an action plan that will get them step-by-step to where they want to go. Here’s a vivid description of how I envision thrivability to be as its put into practice. “I contend that thrivability is sustainability+vision to flourish+ways of being. And by ways of being, I mean working in open distributed networks, heightened levels of collaboration, and certain quality of something that tends to fall into spirituality now. That last one has to do with how we compose ourselves

and our work with others. I also contend that thrivability goes beyond sustainability by including social justice. Real thrivability means no one gets left behind in poverty, exposed unfairly to disaster, or suffers at the hand of corrupt governments.” Due to the work I’ve been involved with over the last 30 years, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of how Americans have tried to help people in need. My hope is that Crossroads Ministry will be a place where we can act justly to make a difference in the lives of every neighbor in the Estes Valley who finds themselves in a season of need.


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Time For Girl Scout Cookies!!!

Girl Scout Cookies are coming! The Estes Park Girl Scout Cadettes would like to announce the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season. All of your favorites will be available starting January 31st, 2021. Prices are still $4.00 for Lemon-Ups, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. Girl Scout Smores, and Toffee-Tastic are $5.00. NEW THIS

YEAR: Contactless Delivery. This year, you can go online to order your favorite cookies and a smiling Girl Scout will drop off your cookies right at your front door. Find one of your local Girl Scouts to find their website, or go to digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/troop70455512 to order cookies (must pay for shipping at this website).

Jet And Buster Are Looking For New, Loving Homes Jet is a seven-eight month old black medi-length haired kitty who likes other cats and would probably be fine with dogs. He is a sweet boy who loves being loved! Cute Buster is about a year old. He enjoys playing with other cats and doesn't seem to mind dogs. He loves to play and enjoys his catnip. Both of these sweet cats are currently being cared for by members of the Pet Association of Estes Park. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet either of these sweet cats. 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. For more information, please call 970-286-1652.



Fish Creek from 10-12. This year, the girls are hoping to sell 6000 boxes of cookies for a big trip in the future. Last year, we had a fun adventure planned in Buena Vista, Colorado. We, unfortunately, were not able to use our cookie money last year for a big adventure, so we are very excited at the possibility of an even bigger adventure in the future. Even though we haven’t been able to meet in person, the Cadettes have persevered and we are still working hard on badges, community service, and short trips like skiing, hiking, and fun at Mountain Meadow Ranch, our local Girl Scout Camp. We have already worked on our Night Owl badge, watching and learning about the meteor shower and Christmas star; and the Outdoor Art badge, where we made art using fun items from the forest. We are going to work on our Cadette Girl Scout Way, Climb or Snow Adventure, Business Plan, and Marketing Badges. We are also going to earn our Silver Award, the highest award you can earn at the Cadette level. We are going to be offering new trees to residents and busiWe will also have drive-through cookie booths. You don’t even have to get out of nesses that have lost trees due to the fires your car. GO TO https://www.girlscout- or beetle kill. We will raise money to sofcolorado.org/en/cookies/find-cookies. plant new trees in Estes Park and Glen html, enter your zip code, and see all the Haven. locations of our booths. On Sunday Janu- The Girl Scouts of Estes Park want to ary 31, you can find cookies at Country thank the community of Estes Park for Market from 9-11, the Lumber Yard from being such huge supporters of Girl 1-4, and the entrance to Little Valley of Scouts over the years.

Estes Park Ensures A Bright Future For Nonprofits The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, like all other nonprofit organizations, adapted fundraising efforts this year. Usually there is a dress-up dance party and auction. This year, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center offered an online Menu of Fun complete with singing telegrams, booze baskets, headshots for the office, snowshoeing into Rocky, and so much more. The Menu of Fun was made possible by partners that provided generous discounts, donations, and razzle-dazzle to our baskets and packages: Booze Baskets were made boozy by Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co., Rock Cut Brewing Co, and Snowy Peaks Winery, BTC Design and Black Lantern provided new glassware, and John Marshall’s Jerky for a treat; Charcuterie Baskets were super delicious because of Snowy

Peaks Winery’s generous donation of meats and cheeses from various CO farmers, Tahosa Bread Co., Oma’s Butter Pecans, and BTC’s engraved cutting boards; adventures were provided by Kep Expeditions, Estes Valley Parks and Recreation, YMCA of the Rockies, Denali Lawson and Scot’s Sporting Goods; cleanings provided by Busy as a Bee Cleaning, Good Life Solutions, and Erika Metzler; artwork and creative services provided by Clint Lathinghouse, Mountain Vibes Media, Karen McPherson Clay, Wade Johnston, Beth Engle, and Laurie Dale Marshall. Thanks to all who shopped and contributed to the Menu of Fun. Your contribution ensures EPNRC can continue to support, connect, and inspire community nonprofits now… and into the future.

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Five Fun Facts About… Mallard Ducks By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the mallard. This ubiquitous bird makes the iconic quack of ducks used in television shows and as ringtones on cell phones. Here are five more fun facts about this duck that lives throughout Estes Valley. 1. Mallards are very adaptable birds, living in everything from large marshes along the Gulf Coast to ponds

in the largest cities to the alpine lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park. 2. Courtship for these familiar ducks starts in the fall. By midwinter, pairs have formed, and the male will migrate with the female to her home territory. There they will establish a nest, but the males leave during incubation and join up with other males, leaving the female to care for the ducklings.

A mallard drake swims through the reflection of fall colors, highlighting the shiny green head.

Mallards can be seen in Estes Park year-round. In the winter, look for them on open, unfrozen water, like ponds with aerators, in fast-moving rivers, and west end of Lake Estes.

3. A male mallard is called a drake. A female mallard is called a hen. 4. Mallards are thought to be the most abundant and widespread waterfowl on Earth, with population estimates of 5 million to 11 million in North America. 5. Mallards are in a group of ducks called dabbling, or puddle, ducks. This group of ducks feed along the water’s surface or dip their heads into shallow

pools of water rather than diving underwater. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints and calendars at DawnWilsonPhotography.com or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

Male mallards, called drakes, have vibrant green heads of iridescent feathers during the breeding season. These feathers molt in summer after mating season and become dullish in color.

Mallards are dabbling ducks, which means they dip rather than dive below the surface of the water for food.

The little mallard ducklings are yellow and brown bundles of fluff when they are first born in late spring through mid-summer.

Online Reservations For Wilderness Camping Begin March 1 In a typical year, beginning on March 1, visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park could make their wilderness campsite reservation request in person through a lottery system or online. Due to current public health guidance related to Covid-19, there will not be any inperson Wilderness Campsite Reservation requests taken at Wilderness Offices in Rocky Mountain National Park from March 1 through March 15, 2021. Wilderness Campsite Reservation requests will only be processed online during that period, starting March 1, at 8 a. m. Mountain Standard Time for a permit for the current calendar year. Phone, mail, email and fax reservations will not be accepted. On March 1 at 8 a. m., the link for reservations will be found at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/wilder

ness-camping. The link to the reservation system will not be available prior to that date and time. Park staff will continue to assess wilderness backcountry site availability this year due to fire impacts from 2020. There will be less campsite availability this year in areas that were burned or sites that are accessed through burn areas. Wilderness camping permits help provide a quality experience, minimize impacts to resources, and ensure that sites are available for those who plan ahead and reserve a permit in advance. An overnight permit is required for backcountry camping year-round, and from May through October demand typically exceeds availability in many areas of the park’s backcountry. Staff and volunteers

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in the park’s wilderness office provide trip planning advice and information for a safe and enjoyable trip into the wilderness. Requirements for food storage necessary to protect bears and other wildlife, mountain weather, hazards, and Leave

No Trace ethics are among the information received during the permitting process. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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Ours is a time of massive stresses from all directions: concerns about the pandemic, political unrest, the economy, the school-situation…the list seems endless. In the midst of all these, there is the uneasiness and uncertainty of our own health, aged condition, and other personal struggles. How does one cope with the stress of all these? As I was thinking about all the above, my wife read me an article that seemed to offer a good answer for some. The story was shared by the daughter of a very ‘grumpy old man’. She explained that his always negative, critical spirit, seemed to grow out of his past ‘excellence’ as a lumberjack, the winner of many competitions and awards, and, now, not able to wrestle with the logs the way he used to. He became angry when anyone teased him about his advancing age. Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday he had a heart attack. Rushed to the hospital and operated on, he survived. But, in his daughter’s words. “Something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone.” He refused to take doctors’ or others’ orders. Visits from his friends thinned, and then stopped altogether. His daughter and her husband invited him to come and live on their small farm. But, soon it was evident that that was a mistake, because his negative, critical spirit began to become evident in their spirits also. They went to a counselor who, among other things, told of reading about how a pet could sometimes be of help in cases like these. Ready to try anything, the daughter went to a nearby animal rescue shelter. As she walked past pen after pen, none of the animals seemed to be what might help. Finally, she came to the last pen. “A dog in the far corner struggled to its feet. Came to the front of the pen and sat down. It was a Pointer, but a very poor specimen. Years had etched his face and muzzle with gray. His hip bones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But, his eyes, calm and clear, beheld me unwaveringly.” She asked about the dog, and it was explained that within the next few days he would be euthanized, he had been there his allotted time. She signed the papers and took him home to her Dad, who, when he saw the dog was disgusted and turned away. But the dog crawled out of the car, went to him, sat down, and slowly raised his paw. The old man’s jaw trembled as he looked at the upraised paw, then he was on his knees hugging the dog. She wrote: “It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship. Together they explored the community, walking down dusty lanes. They went fishing together, even went to church together. Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable for the next three years. Dad’s bitterness faded, and together they made many friends.” Then the night came when Cheyenne came to into their bedroom. They rushed into the Dad’s room to find him lying in his bed, a serene look on his face. Two days later they found Cheyenne lying dead by the Dad’s bed. It’s a beautiful story…and certainly has relevance. The Denver Post wrote about the many people wanting to ‘adopt quarantine pets’…more than twice the number for the same period of time in past years. Airlines have had to recently cut-back on the many animals people wanted to take along as ‘service’ animals…when the pets, like Cheyenne, were merely ‘companion’ animals. So, perhaps the story shared by Anthony Salyers, will resonate with you. He was hoping that many would be impacted by this beautiful story. But, pets are certainly not the only way that people’s hearts can be softened and helped during these tough times. Many people have found increasing prayer to be of great help and comfort in these times. Others are spending more time in reading the Scriptures, listening to God speaking to them through the pages of the Bible. Others find church services…where allowed ‘in person’…to be of great help. Others find, talking on the phone with friends they trust, of great help in maintaining a gentle and quiet spirit. I would rush to remind you that our church group stands ready to help you in any of these ways…except the pets. I encourage you to call me (720-530-6446) or us, if we can be of any help during these difficult times.

A Great Village Deserves A Million (Books And More) Would you like to have the abundance of big-city library service, right at home in our quiet mountain village? Well then, have I got some good news for you: The public library, all three school libraries, and Eagle Rock School, have merged our collections into one giant search-catalog for everyone. And starting this Monday, library patrons of all ages can choose from any of those one-million items to be delivered to their library location or reading device. That’s right. One million. While this gives local students a learning and research foothold not possible before, and provides thrifty and nerdy efficiencies to all three organizations, the benefits are truly for everyone: all local library collections, in one glance, with just one search. How does it work? Browse the Village Catalog at catalog.estesvalleylibrary.org. No matter where those physical or digital books, audio, movies or magazines call home, simply reserve them with your library card, and we’ll route things your way. Anyone with a library card can pick up materials held at any of these locations, at either the downtown public library or at the Twig (mini-branch when the Rec Center opens its base floor again). Students can also pick up materials at their school library if they choose. Estes Valley Library patrons can have school-library items sent to

Bob Lewis

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu February 1 – 5 Monday, Feb 1

Chicken Quesadilla w/ soup of the day

Tuesday, Feb 2

BBQ Pork Ribs (4) w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw

Wednesday, Feb 3

Crispy Chicken BLT Sandwich w/ potato salad

Thursday, Feb 4

Vegetarian Pasta Primavera, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Feb 5

Trout (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & soup

February 8 – 12 Monday, Feb 8 Chicken Salad Croissant w/ homemade chips Tuesday, Feb 9 Beef Stroganoff w/ garlic bread & side salad Wednesday, Feb 10 Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich (topped w/ bacon, mushrooms & Swiss cheese) w/ cottage cheese & peaches Thursday, Feb 11 Mexican Platter (beef taco in corn shell, bean burrito topped w/ pork green chili & cheesy quesadilla) w/ refried beans Friday, Feb 12 Tuna Melt Sandwich on English Muffin (topped w/ Swiss cheese) w/ Baked Potato & soup of the day All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. 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, Feb 1st, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Jan 29th. For reservations call 970581-2195 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 and at estesparkseniors.org The Center is still closed; no activities. Now is the time to Join/Renew Membership for 2021! Meals-to-Go will be delivered to your vehicle at the Senior Citizens Center! Pick up times 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org

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the library kiosk at the Rec Center, or downtown for either inside or curbside pickup. Our Village Catalog also comes with another giant benefit: the convenience of searching both print and digital content in one place. Digital collections include hundreds of thousands of digital Books and Audiobooks, along with downloadable music, movies, TV shows, and comic books. Thanks to this new system, now there are many smart-search features designed to save you time. Example: the “Did you mean?” feature takes the pressure off spelling. Forgot that ‘a’ in bestselling author’s name “Michaelides”? No problem — it’ll know what you mean. The Village Catalog wouldn’t have been possible without dedicated partners at the Estes Park School District and Eagle Rock School. These organizations are working with us in the spirit of our guiding Mission: “To bring people, ideas and opportunities together for the enrichment of our community.” Got questions? Give the library a call because we’ve got answers. We’ll happily guide you through the new features. Because the Village Catalog comes with the best of both worlds: big-city convenience matched with friendly small-town assistance. Yeah, Estes. Truly our commonwealth.

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One Book One Valley 2021 Concludes With Author Night This Saturday On her latest novel, “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,” Richardson writes, “It’s a fascinating story, one I feel privileged to write—a tale of tribute to my Kentucky sisters, the fearsome librarians who traveled on horseback and mule to provide books to the poor and isolated communities in Kentucky.” “I love exploring my birthplace in my writings,” she says, “the beautiful, brutal and mysterious Kentucky land and its people. I have traveled to mostly every corner and nook of Kentucky and am always searching for another cranny to discover. I impart my novels with my fierce love for the land, showcase its intriguing people, history, and The grand-finale event of this year’s forgotten song of the region, exploring One Book One Valley celebration is historical social injustices and the unhappening this weekend. The public is usual and cherished traditions, myths invited to join bestselling author Kim and legends of Kentucky. More than Michele Richardson for a oneanything, I write human stories set in evening-only live-remote presentation a unique landscape. Knowing one to the Estes Valley on her acclaimed small piece of this world, the earth, novel, “The Book Woman of Trouble- the sky, the plants, the people and the some Creek.” The program takes place very air of it—helps us understand the via Zoom this Saturday, January 30 sufferings and joys of others—ourfrom 7 to 8 p.m. selves.” Kirkus Reviews calls the book a Make plans to register and attend, “unique story about Appalachia and even if you haven’t yet read the book, the healing power of the written word.” and the author’s talk will inspire your It was inspired by the real life, remark- reading later this season. Paperback able blue-skinned people of Kentucky, copies of the book are available for and the fierce, brave Packhorse Librar- check-out, along with eBook and eAuians, who used the power of literacy to diobook versions. overcome bigotry, and fear, during the Gratitude goes to the Library Lovers Great Depression. of the Estes Valley Friends & FoundaRichardson is a multiple-award-win- tion for making One Book One Valley ning author who has written four possible. works of historical fiction, as well as To sign up for this Saturday’s Author the bestselling memoir, “The UnbreakNight, visit estesvalleylibrary.org. able Child.” She lives with her family in her native Kentucky.

Happy 9th Birthday Yorlet! Seeing you grow up right in front of us, we couldn’t be any prouder. Our only wish is for you to be a better person each year as you have always been this past nine years and to continue being a light to all of us that

love you! May you have the best 9th birthday, our dear daughter Yorlet. Sister, Dad, and Mom and pet Chuchin love you! Let’s celebrate!

Congratulations to Joshelyn Portilly Guadarrama, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for January 29, 2021. At EPHS Joshelyn’s favorite class is art. She said, “Art is my favorite because I love to draw and do crafts and creative activities. I also enjoy math and am very proud because I am good at it.” Outside of school Joshelyn loves creating artwork, photography and taking photos, as well as hiking, swimming, biking and playing with her younger sister. She loves the fact that she was born in Colorado and enjoys growing up here. She is proud of her culture and her family, and loves to watch movies with them. Joshelyn’s favorite quote is “Never give up, keep it going.” She said, “This is my favorite quote because there have been times when I wanted to give up, but my family was there to help me. I believe God and my family can help me through anything.” After high school Joshelyn plans to

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study to become a teacher and work in Colorado. She desires to help her community whenever she can, just as they have helped her.

Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Current Open Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Library collections are open, with seating limited to a few public computers, due to current social-distancing guidelines. The second floor and all meeting and study rooms are closed for now. Curbside pick-up service and 24/7 outdoor Wi-Fi are available. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Curbside Service by Appointment Place holds in the catalog, then watch for an email notice, and schedule a convenient pick-up time. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” The 2021 One Book One Valley is “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson, as chosen by Estes Valley readers. Paperback copies are available for check-out. Other formats include large print, audiobook, and digital eBook. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Featured Event: an Evening with Kim Michele Richardson Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 to 8 p.m., via Zoom.

The grand-finale event features a talk and Q&A with the bestselling author. She will discuss her research into Kentucky’s “blue-skinned” people and the legacy of the Packhorse Librarian Project. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Journal Decorating: Grab & Go for Adults Now available to reserve. Decorate a keepsake journal, in celebration of One Book One Valley. Take-home kit includes a blank journal, a glue stick, envelopes, and scrapbooking paper. Reserve at estesvalleylibrary.org. BOOKS & AUTHORS Two-part Discussion: “Why Does He Do That?” Thursdays, February 4 and 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. In this groundbreaking bestseller, Lundy Bancroft, a counselor who spe-

cializes in working with abusive men—helps readers recognize when they are being controlled or devalued, and to find ways to get free of an abusive relationship. Held in partnership with Estes Valley Crisis Advocates. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org and receive a complimentary copy of the book. KIDS & FAMILY Preschool and Baby Storytimes Online New each week on YouTube. Children ages 0 to 6 and their families can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activities, online each week with new themes. See the upcoming roster at estesvalleylibrary.org and watch previous recordings on the library’s YouTube channel. DIY Grab-and-Go Kit: “My Book of Opposites” Now available, while supplies last. Take home an early-literacy readaloud kit that includes the children’s book “My Book of Opposites,” complete with an activity sheet and learning materials. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org/collections/kits to reserve a copy. Family Book Discussion: “Hilda and the Black Hound” Friday, January 29, 4:30 to 6 p.m., on Zoom. This graphic novel is the fourth in a popular series of magical adventures featuring the blue-haired heroine, Hilda. Ideal for readers ages 6 to 10. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org and receive a complimentary copy of the book.

BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Free Legal Self-Help Clinic

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2 - 5 p.m., by phone appointment. One-on-one legal advice. For library cardholders who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments are necessary, and can be scheduled by calling 970-586-8116. More information at estesvalleylibrary.org/legalclinic. College Planning One-on-One January & February appointments available. College planning—from choosing a school to financial aid—is made easier by a one-on-one telephone visit with Kaye Orten, retired Vice Chancellor for Student Financial Services at CUBoulder. Visit the “Book-a-Librarian” link at estesvalleylibrary.org to learn more and schedule an appointment. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, is open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). The store is located at 191 W. Riverside Drive. The Classics Section is on sale through Sunday: $2 hardcover; $1 paperback, plus tax.

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Eat-Love-Local Gift Card Program Stimulates February Restaurant Sales The Estes Chamber of Commerce and Bank of Colorado will launch the EatLove-Local gift card program on February 1. Every dining customer at participating restaurants who spends $50 or more can ask for the Eat-Love-Local gift card when they pay and get a $10 gift card back. “Bank of Colorado is invested in the future of Estes Park. We hope the community will join in supporting our local restaurants who have suffered greatly from recent closures due to the pandemic,” said Estes Park Branch President Christina Kraft. “We vote for the success of our community with every dollar we spend,” said Chamber Executive Director Donna Carlson. “This is also a great way to thank health care workers, teachers, and anyone in our community who can use a

little love right now. You can spend that gift card on yourself or you can give it away.” Every restaurant in town was invited to participate. The following restaurants signed up: Bird & Jim, Local’s Grill, Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ, Cafe de Pho Thai, Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company, Snowy Peaks Winery, Cascades, Mama Rose’s, Stella’s Place, Chelitos, Mountain Home Café, The Barrel, Claire’s, Notchtop Bakery & Cafe, The Rock Inn, Ed’s Cantina & Grill, Peppers, Twin Owls, Estes Park Brewery, Poppy’s Pizza & Grill, You Need Pie, Kind Coffee, Rock Cut Brewing Company, LaCabana and SeasonedAn American Bistro. The program launches February 1 and runs through February 28, or as long as the gift cards last.


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Now Is The Time To Speak Up, Residents Of Estes Park! To The Editor: After three months of negotiations, the Estes Park Health Board has determined that despite all the research and having organized a viable way for Estes Park Living Center to be successful the Board continues to not consider what is best for our EPHLC residents or the Estes Park community. Instead they criticize, and belittle the Taskforce efforts. I am appalled at their insensitivity, lack of transparency and certainly their inability to be open and honest. If the Special Taxing District is asked to pay for the costs through the mill levy, should they not be a part of this decision as well? Why has the Board not called for a vote from the Special Taxing District? Instead they plan to continue collecting from the Special Taxing District for their poor decisions, like the $2,500,000 urgent care renovation and signing a ten year escalating lease that starts at $5oo, ooo a year over the next ten years. Ultimately putting them in a

compromising financial situation and dismissing what would be beneficial to all the residents who will need care in the ongoing future. When asked what their agenda was if the Center is closed they say they have nothing planned. Well then, why the rush? If a Center is left vacant with no income to support it, does it make sense to close what has been a success in the past years. The Taskforce gave them a blueprint for success and even brought them a successful nursing home company to operate it. As paying tax payers do we not have a right to know where our money is going and if that is how we choose to spend it? Estes Park Health and Estes Park Health Living Center are all a part of the Special Taxing District. We need to join together as a community and stop this travesty that affects all of us. Now is the time for all of us to speak up and be heard if we disagree with the Board. Wendye Birch Sykes

Save Estes Park Health Nursing Home To the Editor, The nursing home is a godsend for so many of our elderly friends who have been long time residents. I couldn't have managed without it when my husband, Bob Ault, was in need of more care than I could give at home last year. I couldn't have driven to Loveland or Longmont every day to spend the day with him and then drive home at night! It meant so much to him that I could be with him every day!

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Timely topics and educational opportunities for trail race directors Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, announces a webinar series geared to trail race directors that will feature monthly presentations on key subject areas that are critical for race directors to manage successful, viable, and sustainable events. The first of nine webinars will be held January 21, 2021, with the final installment to present in September. The Conference has developed a reputation for providing high-quality content, networking and actionable practices to help race directors grow and develop successful trail races. Capitalizing on this outstanding reputation, the webinar series will cover safe racing in the COVID era, diversity, equity and inclusion, growing a trail running community, and empowering a community of climate action warriors. Each webinar is presented by industry leaders in their respective fields, and will offer information that can boost a race director’s knowledge and afford insight into innovative practices to implement at their events. Each participant will receive a toolkit document after every webinar that will detail key actionable items, while there will be an opportunity to follow up on deliverables through a forum on social media channels, and in-person or remotely at the 2021 US Trail Running Conference to be held October 27-30, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The webinar series is held in partnership with the American Trail Running Association and Trail Runner Magazine. Registration opens January 4, 2021, with the cost for each webinar set at $10, or the complete pricing at just $50 per participant. A discount is available for members of or referrals from, organiza-

tions and groups that support underrepresented categories in the sport to include Black Girls Run, Latinos Run, Black Men Run, Trail Sisters, OUTRUN, United in Stride, Achilles, military or veterans. This is a sample of organizations, and discounts are not limited to these groups.

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January Is National Mentoring Month Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Partners by joining staff, volunteers, and other potential volunteers in this virtual information session. Learn about the need and importance of mentors in our community, the positive impact mentoring has on local kids, and the ways YOU can get involved!

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Dale Plugge November 29, 1928 – January 20, 2021 Dale Plugge, 92, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus. The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Pastor Wayne Nestor officiating. Visitation was on Friday at Gass Haney Funeral Home and on Saturday at the church, with a family prayer service. Dale was born Nov. 29, 1928, in Columbus, Nebraska, to Alfred and Mathilda Ann (Korte) Plugge. He attended Columbus Public Schools and graduated from Kramer High School in 1946 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1950. Upon graduation, he was recruited by Walt Behlen to join Behlen Mfg. Co. as an engineer and was employed there for 20 years as engineering manager. He then pursued his own interests as partner in Evans-Plugge Co. and as partner and president of TranTec Corp. Along with Cliff Schroeder he was also co-owner of Westside Industrial Corporation. Dale married Betty White in 1952 and they were blessed with two children, Julie and Greg. Betty passed away in 2000. Dale then married Marilyn Ahlstrom in 2004. They loved to travel and visited many countries around the world and a lot of miles across the U.S. He had a lot of interests and loved studying different cultures and languages. His many business interests kept him busy and he didn't retire until he was 86 years old. His strong faith guided him in all aspects of his life. Dale was a member and active in National Society of Professional Engineers, Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a faithful member of Trinity

Lutheran Church and served as council member for 12 years. His passion was Trinity's radio station, KTLX, which he was instrumental in starting and broadcasting of Sunday Church services. He was actively involved for forty-six years and the radio studio was named, "The Dale Plugge Studios" in his honor upon his retirement. Dale is survived by his wife, Marilyn Plugge of Columbus, Nebraska; daughter, Julie (Charles) Phares of Estes Park, Colorado; son, Greg Plugge of Columbus, Nebraska; grandsons, Joey Plugge of Omaha, Nebraska, Jacob Plugge of Columbus, Nebraska, Justin Plugge of Rising City, Nebraska, Sean Prochaska of Estes Park, Colorado, and Marshall Phares of Estes Park, Colorado; granddaughters: Bridget (Jason) Butts of Gladston, Texas, and Brandymae Plugge of Lawton, Oklahoma; stepdaughter, Jan (Gene) Sengstacken of Bethpage, New York; stepsons, Kent Ahlstrom of Columbus, Nebraska, and Scot (Chris) Ahlstrom of Columbus, Nebraska; stepgrandchildren, Crystal Ahlstrom (Justin Petersen) of Columbus, Nebraska, Lisa (Brandon) Thomas of Columbus, Nebraska, Andrea (Kyler) Prochaska of Columbus, Nebraska, Sarah (Bobby) Bright of Columbus, Nebraska, Erik Sengstacken of Bethpage, New York, Andrew Sengstacken of Bethpage, New York; great-grandchildren, Zac Butts, Alex and Aiyanna Plugge; and step great-grandchildren, Rhett Prochaska, and Shelby, Mason, and Kaylee Bright. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Mathilda Plugge; first wife, Betty Plugge; sister, Alfreda Schroeder; grandson, George Michael Prochaska; and granddaughter, Katrina Jo Prochaska. Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

James Wallace Phares On Monday, January 25, 2021, James Wallace Phares, of Carrollton, Texas, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 86. Jim was born on November 14, 1934 in McAllen, Texas to Charles and Gladys (Trapp) Phares. Jim attended Southwestern University and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. He continued his education at Southern Methodist University, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth Ann Etchieson. The couple was married on July 4, 1957. Jim earned a Master of Divinity in 1959, after which Jim and Ann moved to Oklahoma. They raised four children, Charles, Dewey, Christy and James Roger. On April 25, 1999, Jim married Marilyn Kassanavoid. After working 42 years as a United Methodist minister, Jim retired in 2001 in Cyril, Oklahoma. Jim's real passion was people and his hobbies included painting and amateur ham radio, which he used to speak with his dad and others every

day. He enjoyed meeting and conversing with friends, old and new, over the airwaves and face-to-face. In his small town, if he didn't already know you, he would introduce himself, offering a genuine smile and a firm handshake. He was a volunteer in his community and continued helping at church when needed after his retirement. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gladys, his wife Elizabeth, his wife Marilyn, his son, James Roger, and his nephew, Dewey Etchieson. Left to honor Jim and cherish his memory are his three children, Charles (Julie), Dewey (Cathy), and Christy, his sister Annette Cornelius, three grandchildren, and three nieces. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Hughes Family Tribute Center, 9700 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, Texas at 12:00 p.m. Photo by Jim Ward

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Tough Priorities The fifty-fifty Senate, despite the tiebreaking power of Kamala Harris, means that the vote of every individual Senator counts. No member of that illustrious panel can tell themselves that his or her vote will make no difference because the result is preordained. A single vote will influence the result. Each must make his or he own decision. Meanwhile, across the nation, there is now an underlying optimism that, by necessity, because there is no clear party majority, congress must work together, employing compromise to find solutions for all. We elected reputable individuals to represent us. When working together, each following his/her own background, experience, and conscience, qualified people can accomplish exceptional things. However, there are many options for discussion. Some notable possibilities include: resolving the pandemic crises; rebuilding the economy; eliminating class inequities; addressing homelessness, hunger, and access to healthcare; building a solution to the immigration situation; rescuing our planet by controlling the warming climate and preserving endangered species; reinstating the world wide reputation of the United States; and revamping our education system to reward creativity and innovention (a Disney word encompassing not only designers, but those who follow through with production). I set out to list five most important issues, but I consider the entire collection to be preeminent. I am also certain that there are other imperative items that I did not think to include above, such as the efforts to “make America kind again,” difficult to legislate, but vital to civilization. I welcome comments on my choices. These items are also interconnected. Resolving the pandemic will automatically benefit the economy, but we must work to keep the economy and its segments from collapsing before this happens. All links in that economy must have equal access to sustenance for any efforts to succeed, without regard to race, creed, or gender. Whenever an issue like illegal immigration continues unabated through multiple generations, it becomes a fault of the system. An equitable solution is then prerequisite in order to establish a plateau to stimulate forward progression. Air pollution can be blamed for increased respiratory infection and even

for complicity in the more serious effects of COVID-19. We know that it is, at least in part, caused by human actions. We know it is complicated by substituting the convenient for the conservative and that this pollutes the water and land as well. We know that energy from fossil fuels contributes non breathable gases to the air we breathe. We know that the warming Earth is causing higher winds, and more violent hurricanes, floods and fires. We know the rising ocean is eating away at our coastal shores, gradually diminishing the size of the country. Some individuals choose not to believe these facts, preferring to believe that it is beyond our control. Some believe that our planet is so far gone that it is useless to attempt to combat the effects. But doing nothing ensures an undesirable end. So I believe it is worth a try to rescue the planet for use by our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren – without a respirator. Information is now available at a moment’s notice from any electronic device, even a phone. Our old education system, which concentrated on memorizing facts, must be replaced by learning skills like civil discourse and accurate cross-checking of information. We must replace obedience indoctrination with the disciplines of researching, thinking, speaking, and writing. And we must foster the values of honesty, confidence, and compassion in our educational structure. As our appointees, it is beneficial that our spokesmen in the Senate and in the House know what we want them to address first. Once you have created your own list of national necessities, please contribute your thoughts to Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, and Joe Neguse. If you have thoughts on a direction for Colorado, pass those on to Rob Woodward and Michael Lynch. All addresses are available on the web. Our nation is in a period of transition. Whether you as an individual are a member of a political party – or not; whether you follow the dictates of an individual – or not; whether, in prior years, you have been aware and participated in the political arena – or not; your voice is important to the democratic process – now more than ever. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments? RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com.

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SIGN ON BONUS AVAILABLE Apply online at: eph.org

Full-time salaried Operations & Maintenance employee needed by Windcliff HOA.

Diverse position requires basic knowledge in plumbing and electrical. Must be comfortable in operating road maintenance and snow plowing equipment. Great interpersonal communication skills are a must as well as an eagerness to learn and grow in the position. O&M staff of two requires being self motivated and independent. A set schedule of Wednesday through Saturday, but requires flexibility when weather or emergencies demand long hours. This is a salaried position with 2-weeks paid vacation. A vehicle will be provided to commute, so driving record will be evaluated. A 3% IRA match is provided. Health insurance is not available. Send resume to OPMGR1902@yahoo.com, or call 970-577-1402

555 Prospect Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517 970‐577‐4458

Silver Saddle Inn Now hiring: Housekeepers General Laborers

Must be non-smoker. Apply in person 1260 Big Thompson Avenue No calls

Full-time office/driver position Some benefits, $16-18 hour


Part-time, $15-17 hour To apply call Nick at 970-980-9023


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Program & Outreach Services Supervisor


Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available for

• Front Desk • Housekeeping • Maintenance

Some Evenings and Weekends

Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email: Jamie@RockyMtnResorts.com

Now hiring!

U.S. Bank is seeking a client relationship consultant with customer service and sales experience in Estes Park, Colorado. The client relationship consultant builds relationships with customers, addresses their banking needs and recommends financial solutions based on their unique goals. To apply, please visit www.usbank.com/careers and search for job number 2020-0001544.

Salary Range: $24 - $33 / hour Exempt; Full Time with Benefits. Includes vacation/sick time accrual. Closing Date: 5 pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 SUMMARY: As P&O Supervisor, you’ll guide a dynamic department responsible for literacy events, ELL, early literacy services, and civic engagement partnerships. You’ll also participate in the leadership team to fulfill community priorities. MLS or MLIS required. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION: Review full job description and apply at www.estesvalleylibrary.org. Only online applications with cover letter and resume will be accepted. EEO.

An equal opportunity employer/disability/veteran

Technical Services & Facility Supervisor

Salary Range: $24 - $33 / hour Exempt; Full Time with Benefits. Includes vacation/sick time accrual. Closing Date: 5 pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Office Manager

Wonderful opportunity to work with Darling Enterprise and grow your career, need to have an understanding/foundation of Excel, QuickBooks, and the ability to multitask. Please call 970-586-1047 to schedule interview

ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT R-3 WORK WHILE YOUR CHILD IS IN SCHOOL NUTRITION SERVICES STAFF QUALIFICATIONS: • High school diploma or GED • At least 18 years old and eligible to work in the U.S. • Able to pass post-offer/pre-work physical demands and lift test • Able to lift 50 pounds routinely • Willing to work hard and multi-task • Team work and reliability a must • Confidential and trustworthy SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Apply online at www.applitrack.com/estesschools/onlineapp. Only online applications accepted. Salary range is $12.60 to $14.26 with single benefits. Up to five years of similar work experience may be granted. Position is open until filled. Estes Park School District R-3 Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Do work that matters every day! Join the Harmony Foundation, an Estes Park drug & alcohol treatment facility, as a full-time Housekeeper. This year round position contributes directly to creating a clean and friendly environment for our clients & employees. If you are an early riser or get up a little later, we have a shift for you. Shifts are scheduled from 5:00 am to 1:30 pm or Noon to 8:30 pm. You will enjoy full-time benefits (medical, dental, & vision insurance), Paid Time Off, Paid Floating Holidays, & a 401k plan. Harmony is a tobacco free facility and pre-employment drug testing is required for candidates who are offered positions. Hourly rates begin at $15/hour. Send an email to hr@harmonyfoundationinc.com for an application.

Office Administrative Assistant Part-time February through May, 20 hours per week with potential for a long term position. Duties to include scanning, copying, filing, errands, etc. Starting pay is $18 per hour. Please email resume to Estesfinancialservices@gmail.com

SUMMARY: As TS & Facility Supervisor, you’ll lead a self-directed department who cares for the library’s infrastructure. You’ll also participate in the leadership team to fulfill library strategic priorities. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION: Review full job description and apply at www.estesvalleylibrary.org. Only online applications with cover letter and resume will be accepted. EEO.

Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. Great working environment in Estes Park’s only Gold Crown Resort. Our business stays busy year round and 40 hours per week are available through the winter. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE


Full details on open positions can be found at estes.org/jobs. The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for: Seasonal Positions Community Service Officer Close Date: March 8, 2021 Volunteer/Committee Board Positions Community & Family Advisory Board (4 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled

We’re gearing up for the winter season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter Get your application at: www.albertsoncompanies.com/careers After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.

Help us Help Others Become a CAREGiver Starting at $16 per hour No Medical Background required Flexible Schedule Training and Local Support provided Rewarding & Meaningful Job! Apply online at HomeInstead.com/northerncolorado or call for more information 970‐494‐0289

Estes Park Planning Commission Close Date: January 29, 2021 Local Marketing District Board Close Date: January 29, 2021 Parks Advisory Board (2 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled Transportation Advisory Board (3 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled (Committee application required) Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or www.estes.org/ jobs Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to HR@Estes.org or via Fax to (970) 577-4770. The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Now hiring for Cashier and Delivery Driver

Please stop by for an application

Assistant Manager Lake Estes Marina

Full-time benefitted position. Assist the Marina Manager the with daily operation of the Marina at Lake Estes from March through October, with the pay divided out over the year.

Aquatics Coordinator

Full-time benefitted year-round position. Assist the Aquatics Marina Manager in managing the pools at the Recreation Center. To apply for one of these positions to go the employment page at www.evrpd.com. EVRPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Join Our Team GREETER

Temporary Position

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555 Prospect Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517 970‐577‐4458

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Long Term rent 3BD 1 BA on River. 1400 sq ft. $1850 plus Utilities, Fully furnished W/D 1car grg. Includes Wifi, phone and basic cable. 3 mi Estes. 1 Dog w/dep 2 yrs rental hx 2,250/mo, 3BD/2BA, 2yrs emp verified. 600+ Spacious! W/D in unit, no credit 720 276-6830 smoking, 1 pet if approved by owner. Large lot, maStorage Units ture trees. South facing, large windows. Deck, Heated Storage Unit shed. Contact Joe at Downtown, 450 sq. ft. thepylefam@gmail.com 970-290-4488 1771 Olympian Lane 2 bed, 1 bath, 800 sq ft, garden level, duplex, TRANSPORTATION $1400, partial Furnished, dated conditioned, no smoking, pets ok with adMisc. ditional deposit. Call Pat 303-947-4569

Remixed Custom Sewing Services and Industrial Repair Cushions, benches, leather, campers and outdoor furniture. Local - call Beth 970-492-5446

GE White Washing Machine - Model# GTW465ASN-WW. Purchased on 5/20 for $680. Little used, vibration problem. $200. 970-586-4816


Piano Tuning Susan Novy, local piano tuner. Call for appt. 577-1755 www.estesparkpiano tuner.com

Need Help Around The House? I do household chores, yard work, housekeeping, run errands, auto detailing & yes... I do windows! I am a long time resident having now lived in Estes Park for 38 yrs! Plenty of references! Call Janice at 970-215-6612. Let me help you!

Cabins Sm 2 Bedroom Cabin 1 1/4 baths on 1/4 acre, gas fireplace, washer & dryer, No smoking, 1 pet negotiable. $1,500 month plus utilities. References and 1 year lease required. Call 970-685-2945.

White Mt. 6 qt. ice cream freezer, hand crank. Like new. $175.00 970-631-2668


Commercial Spaces for sale and lease. Call Eric. Anderson Realty. 586-2950 Land Lot for sale. 1790 Hallett Heights Drive, Estes Park, Co. $200,000. For more information call 970-815-6901.



Aura AG 50 Osprey back pack, blue. Perfect cond. $200 970-631-2668

Estate Sales ESTATE/GARAGE SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL NOW 970-215-5548

2016 Meyer Drive Pro Plow. Very good cond. $2,700. 970-692-4237




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Synergy Electrical Solutions LLC Quality Electrical work at an affordable price.

SERVING ESTES PARK FOR 20 YEARS (970)-577-9855 parkflooring.com

Call for free estimate today. Licensed and Insured (970) 652‐8450



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Phone: 970-586-5255

Design | Build | Remodel

General Contractors | Timber Frame & Log Homes Serving the Colorado Northwest Mountains since 1993

• Hearing Aids / New & Repair • Hearing Evaluations • Hearing Protection • Ear Care / Wax Removal • Dizziness / Balance

1186 Graves Ave., Ste. B Estes Park, CO 80517 Fax: 970-577-7260 drcory@estesparkaudiology.com www.estesparkaudiology.com

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970-586-1685 Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave glaciercreekinc.com Full service general contracting since 1998


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• EXCAVATION AND SEPTIC INSTALLS • INTERIOR TRIM • STRUCTURAL FRAMING • COMPLETE HOME RENOVATIONS • WE PROVIDE SUB-CONTRACTING SERVICES TO GENERAL CONTRACTORS Licensed and insured. NAWT certified, Boulder County Public Health license number A-082-16. General Contractor License Number CON-16-0212








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Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

• Residential/Commercial • Log Homes/Decks • Free Estimates • 4 Year Warranty

• Interior/Exterior • Power Washing • Local References • Licensed & Insured

Tim Stolz, Owner • 970-518-4001• 26 Years Experience e-mail: testolz@hotmail.com • www.bestway-painting.com








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