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February 7, 2020

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2019 Blue Santa Program Results A huge Thank You goes to all who donated food and/or money to the Blue Santa program. Without your donation the Blue Santa program would not have been the success that it was this year. This program was also made possible by the help of the businesses/organizations listed below that let us place boxes or jars at their establishments, or donated products and/or items, or advertising services in no particular order. Estes Park Schools, Crossroads Ministry, US Bank, Ace Hardware, Estes Park News, Merry Martha’s, Good Samaritan of EP, Bank of Colorado, Rocky Mtn Discount Liquor, Daniel Rauk, DDS, Rocky Mtn. Transit Mgmt., Rocky Mtn. Pharmacy, Mtn View Bible Fellowship, Antonio’s Pizza, Bank of Estes-Hwy. 7, Visitor Center, Safeway,

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True Value, Bank of EP McGregor, Community Center, Bart’s Liquor, MedX, Country Market, RMNP, Egg of Estes Restaurant, Mountain Home Café, Park Supply, Animal Medical Center, Mountain Dew Liquor, Rambo’s Liquor, New Premiere Members CU, Rocky Mtn. Discount Liquor. Our biggest thank you of all goes to all the residents of Estes Park and surrounding areas. Without your donation of food and/or money, the Blue Santa program would not have been the success that it was this year. Again, Thank You to all individuals and businesses who helped us bring cheer to those residents who needed a little extra during the holiday season. Sincerely, The Estes Park Police Auxiliary

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 26, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 5 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • Alarm Activations: 1 • Fire: 1 • Gas Leak: 1 • Smoke/Odor investigation: 1 Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org

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Public Invited To Land Trust Event Focusing On The Future Of Land Conservation On February 13 at 5 p.m., the Estes Valley Land Trust will host the Love Our Land Social at the Estes Valley Community Center. Drop-ins are welcome, refreshments will be provided and this event is free and open to the public. Since 1987, the Estes Valley Land Trust, along with its partners, has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of land in and around Estes Park. “Our first 30 years were defined by major conservation successes, such as working with landowners to help them preserve Hermit Park Open Space, Meadowdale Ranch, and the Eagle Rock School,” said Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director of the Estes Valley Land Trust. “We want to continue to engage our partners and the broader community to plan the future of land conservation across the region.” While many acres of land in the valley have already been preserved, there are more than 28,000 acres still available for development. The land trust is hosting a social event to receive public feedback on the types of land that are most important to preserve in the future. “There is a tremendous amount of support for land conservation around Estes, but we want to know what types of land the community considers the most important to conserve,” Boring said. Lands that protect the most iconic views, lands that are critical for wildlife habitat, new outdoor recreation opportunities, or lands of historic significance are all potential conservation opportunities. The public will be invited to complete a survey to help prioritize these conservation opportunities.

Results from the survey will be used to develop a regional Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan. The plan will highlight land conservation goals and include partnerships that could be formed to preserve key areas. “The Estes Valley Land Trust Board of Directors will consider the Open Space and Outdoor Plan our strategic plan and will guide our future conservation efforts,” said Boring. The plan may also help guide the Town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and identify where growth and development is appropriate and where it is not. “Consideration of open space and outdoor recreation opportunities is a critical part of developing a good Comprehensive Plan,” said Travis Machalek, Town Administrator, Town of Estes Park. “The Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan will be a valuable source document as the community works to create an updated Comprehensive Plan for Estes Park.” The communities of Estes Park, Allenspark, Glen Haven, Drake, and residents of unincorporated Larimer County have a long legacy of preserving land and protecting habitat. The Love Our Land Social is an opportunity to continue this legacy and chart the future of land conservation. The Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan is funded by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and matching funds from the Town of Estes Park, Larimer County, Estes Park Economic Development Corporation and the Estes Valley Board of Realtors.

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Environmental Stewardship Awards Nominations Are On Now Our environment is fragile, and we need to take care of it. If you know someone or an organization that has been a great steward of our environment, here is your chance to nominate them for recognition. The Board of County Commissioners and the Environmental and Science Advisory Board [ESAB] are taking nominations for the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Awards. Both individuals and organizations are invited to participate. The nomination deadline for this year’s awards is March 22, 2020. It’s easy to nominate online, just visit https://www.larimer.org/boards/environmental-and-science-advisoryboard/awards/nominate. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that engage in activities that exemplify outstanding

stewardship of our environment. These activities can be large or small, complex or simple and span a wide range of activities. They can also be ongoing events or one-time activities. Projects can be self-nominated or nominated by others, and anyone is eligible to nominate a deserving individual, organization, business or public agency for an award. View previous award recipients by visiting https://www.larimer.org/boards/environmental-and-science-advisoryboard/awards The ESAB reviews each of the nominations and makes recommendations to the Board of Larimer County Commissioners, who make final selections. Winners are recognized by the Commissioners at a regularly scheduled public meeting.

Learn How Your County Works, Apply For LC101 Applications open Feb. 1st Where do my property taxes go? Where does my trash go? Who built the bridge I drive over every day? Find answers to how these and other vital services are provided to all Larimer County residents in our free 10-week class, Larimer County 101 (LC101). LC101 introduces class members to how Larimer County services are provided to residents by the people who provide them. Class members get an inside look at how Larimer County operates and interact with elected officials and staff. The class meets Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 19, 2020, to May 28, 2020, at county locations in Fort Collins and Loveland. Class size is limited to 35 and fills up quickly. Apply online at the LC101 webpage:

https://www.larimer.org/LC101/lc101class-2020-application. Registration opens February 1, 2020 and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. LC101 is an interactive class, and members tour county facilities like The Ranch Events Complex, Horsetooth Area Information Center, Alternative Sentencing, Community Corrections, and the Larimer County Landfill. Class members learn about the county budget, elections, Sheriff, land use, building roads and bridges, human services, public health, solid waste, economic development, property taxes, the District Attorney’s Office, Coroner, and much more. For more information, contact Amanda Maier, Public Affairs Coordinator [970] 498-7150, maierab@larimer.org, or Tom Clayton, Communication Specialist, [970] 4987005, tclayton@larimer.org.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On January 28 at 2:18 p.m. police stopped the driver of a vehicle at Lakefront Street and Big Thompson Ave. Upon investigation, the 26 year old male driver, (transient) was found to be in violation of a protection order against a 24 year old victim. The male was arrested and transported to the Larimer County

Jail. On January 28 at 11:38 p.m. police contacted a 41 year old male (transient) at 691 N. St. Vrain Ave. who was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Denver Marshall’s Office for failure to appear on a kidnapping charge. This was a no bond warrant. He was arrested and transported to Larimer County Jail and was extradited from there back to Denver.

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New Regulations For Short-Term Rentals New regulations from Larimer County will help ensure that dwellings used as short-term rentals are safe for occupancy and compatible in their neighborhoods. A dwelling is considered a short-term rental if it is rented by its owner for less than 31 days. The new regulations became effective Sept. 1, 2019 and include short-term rental dwellings in Larimer County outside of city and town limits, and outside the Estes Park Planning Area. Larimer County short-term rental property owners will receive notification of the new rules beginning Feb. 5, 2020. The notification will advise short-term rental property owners to comply with standards in the Larimer County Land Use and Building Codes and obtain necessary land use and building code permits. Short-term property owners who haven’t received notifications are still required to adhere to the new regulations. Information on short-term rental regulations can be found at www.larimer.org/planning/ short-term-rentals-str. Property owners can choose the following options for their short-term rental: • Get the necessary approvals and permits for compliance by registering at

www.larimer.org/Planning/ STR-Options • Discontinue using the property as a short-term rental by signing an acknowledgment form to confirm the property is no longer being used as a short-term rental and wish not to obtain the necessary approvals and permits. Obtain the acknowledgment form by visiting www.larimer.org/Planning/ STR-Options. Return the completed form to citizenresources@co.larimer.co.us. • Notifying Larimer County if there is an error in our records. As an incentive to comply with the new short-term rental rules, Larimer County is offering an application fee discount through 2020. Volunteer compliance is encouraged, however, Larimer County will further action with approvals if approvals have not been obtained for short-term rental properties. Questions? Contact Larimer County Community Development or need help in the compliance process. Website link: www.larimer.org/ planning/short-term-rentals-str Planner on call: [970] 498-7679 or by email: planningoncall@larimer.org Building staff on call: [970] 498-7660

Estes Park Health CEO Larry Leaming Retires On February 14, 2020 SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, Feb 25 @6 pm - Get ready for the Mountain Mardi

Gras! Music by the Mountain Town Rockers, Costume Contest, Gumbo-Cook-off with cash prizes, Hurricanes, Red beans & rice, King Cake, and lots of Revelry! $5 cover, unless you are entering the Gumbo Cook-off then you get in FREE! Watch esteslegion.org for details!


Tuesday & Thursday Feb 11 & 13 @9-11 am Benefits assistance for Veterans and families. Thursday Feb 20 @noon-5 pm Veteran readjustment counseling. Call 970-586-6118 for an appointment.

MEETINGS Tuesday, Feb 11 @6:30 am Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting Wednesday, Feb 12 @1:00 pm Operations Committee meeting Wednesday, Feb 12 @6:30 pm Aviation Club meeting

HAVE FUN! Sunday, Feb 9 @ 6 pm Bingo! Fun and cash prizes for all ages! Tuesday, Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm Karaoke with Mountain Man MC! We all sound like pros! Wednesday, Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm Pool League Fridays Feb 7 & 14 @ 7 pm Queen of Hearts is back! Win $$!! Fridays Feb 14 @ 6 pm Friday Nite Dance Club is a Valentine's Special Dream!! Sunday, Feb 16 @ 6 pm Bingo! Fun and cash prizes for all ages!

WE WANT TO FEED YOU! Friday, Feb 7 5:30-7 pm Taco Bar dinner $10 Friday, Feb 14 5:30-7 pm Bring your sweetie to Steak Nite! $20

It’s been a successful three years! Estes Valley. I will continue teaching Estes Park Health will say “Bon Voyand consulting in what spare time we age” to CEO Dr. Larry Leaming on Feb- may have. We would like to thank all the ruary 14 with a reception from 3:00 p.m. good people of the Estes to 5:00 p.m. in the Estes Valley for your friendship Park Health Lobby. and support. We won’t be Please make some time to far away, and we will be stop by and wish Dr. watching and cheering Leaming well on his next Estes Park Health’s continlife chapter called retireued progress. We will alment. ways be Estes Park Health proud,” added Dr. Leaming. Dr. Leaming shares, “I’ve been working in Dr. Leaming’s leadership healthcare for more than has guided Estes Park 40 years. It has been my Health through some challife and my passion to lenging times. His accommake a difference in this plishments include achievworld. I am honored to ing DNV accreditation, the have been allowed to help Larry Leaming migration of electronic guide Estes Park Health health information to the on a new course for the future. Now it’s new Epic platform, developing a stratetime to declare victory and let someone gic plan and facility master plan for the else take it to the next level. Estes Park future, recruiting three new Internal Health is in good hands. Confidence in Medicine Physicians, establishing both a our leadership team and the Board of Hospitalist and Surgicalist program, Directors is high and we can rest in the launching a new brand and marketing knowledge that they will continue to en- program, and facilitating the developsure the success of this organization for ment of an Estes Park Urgent Care Centhe future. I also have a tremendous ter to be opened in May 2020. amount of respect and admiration for Dr. David Batey, EPH Board Chair, the Medical Staff and the entire Estes stated, “The Board is proud to have Park Health team. The quality of our been able to work with Dr. Leaming medical care and service is second to over these past three years. He has made none. ” a lasting contribution to the future of “Linda and I want to spend more time Estes Park Health and we wish him the with our family and enjoying life in the very best in retirement. ”

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Foundation Purchases Historic Stanley Home Three years after the founding of The Historic Stanley Home Foundation, the 1904 home of F. O. and Flora Stanley was recently purchased on January 31, 2020. This is the first of the four mission objectives, which are to purchase, renovate, operate and preserve the iconic home. The Foundation Board of Directors would like to thank the over 500 supporters of this this mission who initially gave their vocal endorsement to the project, but have later provided the needed financial resources to purchase the home. The organization is immediately turning its attention to prepare for the first season of operations in the summer of 2020. The operating plan to open the

home to public tours was unanimously approved in August 2018 by the Town Trustees. Recently, History Colorado approved the application of the Foundation to be placed on the Colorado Register of Historic Places. This designation is mandatory for state funds to be granted to aid in restoring the property. The Board of Directors would like to thank each and everyone who did things both small and large to form a citizen team to accomplish this. The community can now take rightful pride in doing something significant to ensure the continuing effort to be sure that the Stanley legacy in Estes Park lives on.

Harmony Foundation Opens Outpatient Treatment For Estes Park Residents Harmony Foundation, the Coloradobased addiction treatment center in Estes Park, launched a new intensive outpatient program (IOP) for the Estes Park community. This program is appropriate for individuals who are working toward continued sobriety in a less structured treatment environment. The Harmony IOP will be held as a weekend retreat-style program averaging (average is probably 8-12). It is designed as an ideal program for those individuals with busy weekly work and family schedules. As a local resource in the Estes Park community for 50 years, we believe we are a part of the solution for residents needing relief from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. This expansion is the next right step in our commitment to helping sup-

port the health and wellness of Estes Park residents. Annie Peters, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer Led by a Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Addiction Counselor, new outpatient program for Estes Park residents will receive mental health support, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine and naltrexone as indicated, weekly recovery coach sessions, and group therapy based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. For more information about this program or to inquire about a screening, please contact us 970.591.4097 or visit us at www.harmonyfoundationinc.com

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Introducing Barbara MacAlpine, Candidate For The Estes Park Board Of Trustees My educational background includes a ents and try to make a difference. As a BA in Psychology and an MA in Library librarian and educator, I developed orScience. My husband and I raised our ganizational skills and gained extensive two children on a farm outside Ann Ar- experience researching issues. As a bor, Michigan. They attended school in trustee, I would bring a thorough, the nearest town (Dexthoughtful approach to ter, population 3,000+), problem solving, with and we appreciated the decisions that take into closeness of that comaccount different needs munity along with the of the community. advantages of a small As your Trustee, I town. pledge to: I was a professional li• Bring members of brarian at the Univerthe Community tosity of Michigan, gether. Various issues Washtenaw Commuhave divided people, nity College (Ann Arbut in the long run we bor), and Trinity Unihave many similar versity (San Antonio). goals. I am known as a At Trinity, I was a Progood listener, have Barbara MacAlpine fessor and the Science worked with a wide Librarian, taught classes on information range of people over the years, and literacy and on environmental issues, would actively solicit input from all our and served on the Faculty Senate. My citizens to find common ground for distime and efforts spent as the Honor cussion and cooperation. Code faculty advisor and as co-coordi• Help to facilitate updating of the nator of a new campus center for learnComprehensive Plan, taking into acing and teaching were recognized with count pressures for land use, economic the Trinity Faculty Distinguished Service vitality, residents’ concerns for quality of Award. I was also elected and served na- life, wildlife, and the future of our extionally as Chair of the American Litraordinary natural environment. brary Association’s Science and Technol• Contribute to solutions for Estes ogy Section, a 1500+ member Park’s pressing problems, including aforganization of science librarians in the fordable housing, essential childcare, U.S. and Canada. workforce needs, downtown planning, After visiting Estes Park on numerous recognition and involvement of disenoccasions, we moved here full-time six franchised groups, and the accommodayears ago, following the birth of our first tion of growth and development. I grandchild in Boulder. At that time, I would encourage sustainable solutions, joined the Estes Valley Community Gar- while making sure everyone’s needs are den Board and have served three terms taken into account in our evolving ciras its president or vice-president. I am cumstances. starting my sixth year as Volunteer Co• Work toward more inclusive means ordinator for the garden and continue to of communication between the Board be amazed at the level of generosity and and the community. Everyone has the volunteerism in this community. I am right to be heard and respected. I would also the treasurer of my HOA Board. promote more accessible options for all We are enjoying the advantages of livour citizens to voice their concerns easing in a close-knit town again; it offers ily, in public or private, in person or onus the opportunity to contribute our tal- line.

Give The Gift Of Daffodils-Order Your Bouquet Of Sunshine Today As the first flower of spring, the daffodil is a symbol of hope. The Daffodil Sales, “Hope By the Bunch” campaign coincides with the arrival of spring and provides support in the fight against cancer. The fundraiser provides not only cheer and hope to the recipients of the flowers, but will also serve as a reminder of the power of early detection when combating preventable cancers such as colorectal or breast cancer. The proceeds from daffodil sales will support the American Can-

cer Society’s effort to finish the fight against cancer through life-saving research. Cost of flowers is just $10 a bunch. Daffodils must be ordered by February 18 and paid in advance by cash or check payable to the American Cancer Society. Flower delivery will be approximately March 24, 2020. To order your flowers, contact Lois Ellingwood at 970-586-3064, Ann Jacobs at 620-252-0627, Kathy Semerad, 970-586-7367 or Loretta DeWitt at 970-586-3464.

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Cindy Younglund-Candidate For Town Trustee Name: Cindy Younglund the nursing field while actively raising How long in Estes Park: Total of 46 my three children. My parents asked me years to join them in starting a new lodging venture adjacent to a lodge we used to Career Information: 1995- Present General Manager - Wildwood Inn, Estes own. The new venture, Wildwood Inn, began welcoming guests in 1995 and is Park CO considered as one of 1991- 1995 Licensed the premier family Practical Nurse - worked owned and operated and licensed in both NeInn’s in the valley. I braska and Colorado with became very active in current license in Colthe lodging commuorado; nity serving on the fi1983-1989 Home Daynal Chamber of Comcare provider, Nebraska; merce board and 1983-1990 Stapelman being instrumental in Natural Meats - involved the startup of Estes directly with animal care Area Lodging Associas well as extensive clerical ation, that passion led work with the family busiCindy Younglund me to serve several ness; years as a board memPrevious Participation ber as well as presion Committees: One term on board of dent. During this time, I sat on different Estes Park Chamber of Commerce; One committees of the wedding association. of Four Founders of Estes Area Lodging I have seen many changes in the Estes Association, board member for numervalley throughout my life here and I unous terms, and served as president for derstand the delicate balances between two terms; one term on Estes Park Wedthe needs of retirees, local businesses, as ding Association sub-committee. well as the young work force, giving me Education: Estes Park High School; the unique ability to work together for 1979 common goals. My experience, both in LPN - Northeast Community College, family and in business as well as being Norfolk NE, 1991 open minded without many conflicts, I was born and raised in Estes Park makes me a strong candidate for the and attended K-12 in the Estes Park town board position. I am an active lisschool district. My parents, Quentin and tener and not afraid to ask questions to Lucille Younglund, owned and operated learn the facts and different points of a couple of lodges and a successful genview before making decisions. I pride eral construction company in Estes Park myself in thinking out of the box, looksince the late 1950s. Younglund Coning for different and creative solutions struction was known for quality custom or approaches to issues as I feel there is homes as well as a prominent downtown usually more than one creative and fair icon, the beautiful Estes Park Bank solution to issues. Although I do not across from Bond Park. After graduahave experience in town politics, I betion, I left to attend college in Nebraska. lieve I have established a reputation as a During this time, I married into a farm- hard worker, a go-getter, and willing to ing family, started a family, and was dedicate my time and effort to the posiheavily involved in establishing the tion. I believe given a chance to reprecountry’s first organic pork production sent the people of Estes Park as your facility in Nebraska. Wanting to further trustee, you will find I will be fair and my education, I returned to school and transparent and always willing to give graduated from nursing school in Nemy reasons for decisions I make. braska. In 1992, I returned to Estes Park Please mark my name, Cindy - the town I always felt was home and a Younglund, as your choice as one of wonderful environment to raise my kids. your trustees on the April 7th ballot. Here I continued to work full-time in

AARP Tax Preparation At Library Free tax preparation assistance is being offered by AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers from February 4th through April 13th at the Estes Valley Public Library. This program provides quality tax services for taxpayers with low to moderate income with special attention on those 50 and

older - but there are no age or income thresholds. Tax returns are completed based on the tax law scope of the AARP/IRS program. Appointments can be made by calling the library at 970586-8116, ext 3.

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Join us in the Waterfront Grill at the Estes Park Resort for a Valentine’s Day dinner! $75.00 per person (Chef’s Prix Fixe Menu), plus tax and gratuity (*alcohol not included) 5 PM to 9 PM Please call the Waterfront Grille to make reservations 970-577-6400

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Trustee Candidate Ward A. Nelson To Host Young Residents And Families “Listening Session” Event to be Held at Estes Valley Community Center Estes Park Trustee candidate Ward A. Nelson will host a “Listening Session” for all young residents and families from 5:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Estes Valley Community Center Chiquita Room. Kids are welcome; and, complimentary Cubz Den passes are available. “I’d like to hear ideas from younger voters for Estes Park’s future,” said Nelson. “This forum will be geared to gathering thoughts directly from younger residents; I want to know the plans they

propose for problems they experience affecting Estes Park’s viability as a great place to live. I’m also hoping voters who haven’t met me will attend and speak with me informally.” Nelson’s community work includes service on the Estes Valley Land Trust Board, the Larimer County Open Space Board, the Estes Park Town Board, and as Noon Rotary Youth Director. Ward and his wife Pat are permanent residents of Estes Park. Their grown children (Graham and Kirby) also live and work in the Town.

Ward Nelson

“Listening Session” at EV Community Center Tuesday, Feb 11, 5-6 pm

We Love Our Bobcats Night Friday, February 14 is "We Love our Bobcats" night at Estes Park High School. Please join us - yes, it is Valentine's Day! - and share your Bobcat Spirit. All Basketball games in the Estes Park High School Gym. Game Times are: JV Boys 4 p.m. Varsity Girls 5:30 p.m. Varsity Boys 7 p.m.

FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Winter Speaker Series Estes Park Health and Estes Valley Community Center present a monthly series of healthy educational tips from our top healthcare providers.


When should you seek palliative care help? The answer might surprise you! Dr. Nicholas Mize, D.O., Estes Park Health Internal Medicine Physician with a specialty in palliative care, will unpack how he can help the patient and family through a chronic diagnosis. Free and open to the public Held at the Estes Valley Community Center For questions, call 970-586-2317 Sponsored by:

Standard admission rates: $6 for adults, $5 for students and Senior Citizens are free. Please join us - there will be Giveaways too! As of today, Girls Basketball is making a run to qualify for Regionals, a first in many years. Come on out and celebrate these young athletes with us. ROAR! The Bobcat Boosters

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A universal heartstring resonated last week when I talked about dealing with my parents’ belongings. There was an overwhelming response from readers and I am sorry there isn’t room to share all of the stories I received. Here is a random sampling: (Nancy H.) For 26 years, my husband taught a popular graduate course called Creativity in Education. A unit of the course was "Teaching new things using old things" and he used everything from quilts to crank-up record players to glass pop bottles where the top really popped off (hence the name.) Rich had a really old wooden cheese box and on the side, written in pencil in childish writing, was "Hazel's box." He used that box to show how to teach everything from economics (wooden boxes were expensive) to food processing. But also he taught about Hazel, about children and their treasures kept in wooden boxes, maybe on a trip across the prairies, maybe kept under the bed to hide from prying eyes. Most everyone recognized Hazel, usually in themselves. That someone who bought your grandmother’s iron pot is probably aware that it kept a family fed long before the days of microwaves. Very often those things, like Hazel's box, carry lives from one family to another. I watched people love Hazel. I'll bet someone loves the cooking pot too. (Rita U.) When my husband and I downsized I put together totes for our children for Christmas. The totes held their pictures growing up, baby items including baby blankets their Grandma made, medals and awards they received from school, plus many other mementos. I got to see them open them and watched their memories come back to them. It was the best gifts we could have given them. (Carol C.) I have a table that was in the lobby of the six-room "Hornecker Hospital" in Sheldon, MO, where my aunt and uncle, both long deceased, were born. My mother purchased it from her great aunt's estate sale, and I inherited it after my mother passed away. There is a note in my mother's handwriting taped to the underside of the table, explaining its provenance. I hope whoever has it down the road finds the note and appreciates the history. (Beth C.) When I received a box from my brother of my mother's belongings and cherished possessions it was like Christmas. My little home is filled with mementos of my childhood now and I cherish them all. (Joe A.) I remember when Dad moved into assisted living I took his winter coat and boots to the thrift store knowing he’d never go out in winter again. And now three years later I am taking the final artifacts of Mom and Dad’s lives and consolidating (for each of them) into one archival box, one photo album, and one trunk of family heirlooms. Their generation will be lost to time at some point, just as their grandparents are largely unknown to me. Such is life. We embrace it and grieve and rejoice in lives well lived and can only strive to do the same with our own lives. It’s not always an easy path if you are awake and aware

on this journey. (Janet G.) One thing you learn is that nobody can take away memories nor change the happy times. What you have in your heart will always be there, and when the memories fade the knowledge remains that the person led a life doing the best they could. So smile and cherish all while you still can. (Gloria L.) Moving your parents and seeing things leave the house where they had lived for such a long time had to be very difficult. I am not quite at the point yet where the girls are taking things to thrift shops and sorting out the things each of them want, but time goes so fast and I know that time will be coming sooner than I think. (John R.) I have my maternal greatgrandmother's dresser. As a child, visiting her in Iowa with my maternal grandparents, I watched her brush out her long white hair in the dresser's mirror. I have her kerosene lantern with a note handwritten in my grandmother's cursive to my mother, "Grandpa and Grandma King took this lamp to their housewarming in 1896." My greatgrandfather King worked in the coal mines and broke his back several times in accidents in the mines. His back healed twisted, and he walked with a cane. I have his cane. When my father grew old and became unwell himself at an age younger than I am now, he walked with the aid of my great-grandfather's cane too. So the cane has a double meaning. As time passes and relatives and friends do as well, those of us who know the stories, who knew the people who lived the stories, who have the images and objects, become fewer and fewer. We must tell these stories as best we can, as they deserve to be told. (Dona C.) Some things you must keep. Let someone else give them away some other day. (Frank H.) Before my mom moved into assisted living she asked me if there was anything I wanted. I looked around and told her I wanted the old dining room light which now hangs in my office kitchen. Mom, 86, died in 2010. Every day I see the light I remember the sweetest woman I have ever known. The best thing she taught me was compassion. Mom was 84 when we went to lunch one winter day. She looked out the window, then said, “I’ll be back in a minute.” I watched as she gave a homeless guy her coat then came back to the restaurant booth and said, “I have more at home.” That memory and the light fixture will remain with me always. (Elise R.) The older I get, the more I accept that all the things I’ve strived for aren’t going to matter, such that I appreciate every second I spend with someone else, some fellow human. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. © 2020 Sarah Donohoe


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The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts Awards “Your Start In The Arts” Grant To Estes Park High School

Estes Park High School announced it has been named one of the recipients of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts’ “Your Start in the Arts” grant award. The New York Conservatory’s grant program honors and supports secondary high school educators in drama and theater who have inspired students to follow their passion for the art of storytelling through acting. Estes Park High School is one of 10 schools selected to receive the grant across the U.S. “The New York Conservatory created the ‘Your Start in the Arts’ grant to honor outstanding high school teachers and drama departments,” said Richard Omar, president and artistic director at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Estes Park High School demonstrated a deep commitment to making a difference for students pursuing their passion for the dramatic arts. We are proud to help Estes Park High School continue to grow and nurture its drama students, as well as further department goals in their continued journey in the dramatic arts.” Mrs. Jordanne Bradley, EPHS drama director, states, “As a director our main goal is to teach students how to produce a successful show. With that we want them to learn professionalism as well. Yes, they are high schoolers but we hold them to a high standard. We will be able to produce more professional productions and teach students what perform-

ing arts can look like outside of high school.” Dr. Alan Denney, EPHS choir director and director of the high school musical, states, “Gaining national recognition is not something I was expecting at all. Thanks to our students, we were nominated for this grant. That shows how dedicated our students are to our program. We strive to use drama and music as a vehicle to teach them not only about the performing arts but also about life. This is why we were honored to receive this grant.” The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts enables students to define their unique brand as an actor by discovering who they are as a person. We practice a personalized approach to training that places acting and storytelling at the core--offering immersive, disciplined, and focused professional training programs designed to give students the tools and techniques they need for successful careers in today’s industry. Our living curriculum is writing itself every day, created and shaped by NYCDA’s working actor instructors and student community to deliver a dynamic learning experience. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Learn more about NYCDA at www.nycda.edu.

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Estes Park High School

February 28th & 29th 7:00pm High School Auditorium $12 for Adults $8 for Students

Presented by Thespian Troupe 7284 Directed by Jordanne Bradley & Jordan Hazelton

For tickets and info visit www.estesschools.org

Presented through special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by Broadway Licensing (broadwaylicensing.com).

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Aviation Internationale Meeting February 12 Estes Park Internationale Aviation Club Meeting will be held next Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion, 850 N. St. Vrain Ave. The

a small village in northeastern France during that same period of history in what has been called “The Great War.” Louppy-sur-Loison was occupied by the German army from 19141918. Only thirty-five of the three-hundred residents were allowed to stay in their homes for the duration of the war. The guide for the evening will be Estes Park resident Laurie Button who returned to the village last November with her friend, Peni Barnes. Button, her husband Joel, and another local resident Bob Higley, ventured to Louppy a year ago to take part in events commemorating the Centenary of the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting. The residents of Louppy-sur-Loison organized an unforgettable ceremony on Nov. 10, 2019—one hundred years to the day after the village Kronprinz leaving the castle in Louppy sur-Loison. was liberated from the Germans by American troops speaker will be Laurie Button. during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The recent release of the film “1917” Since that trip, Button and French hishas brought stories surrounding World torian Antoine Collot have continued to War I back to the forefront. On Wednes- collaborate to document the history of day, February 12, Aviation Club memLouppy during WWI. The program Feb. bers will find themselves transported to 12th will feature a PowerPoint presenta-

tion created by Collot to share with his visit captured the interest of a French telfellow historians and colleagues. The evision station and was featured in a segoriginal text has been translated from ment on one of the network’s news French into English for American view- broadcasts. ers. Those in attendance will discover Aviation Club meetings are open to the how and why the German military sepublic and are held at the American Lelected the village due to of its proximity gion located at 850 North Saint Vrain to the Montmédy-Verdun railway, as Avenue. well as because of the ample resources available there. In addition, Louppy was close enough to be a strategic center for military operations centered around the battle of Verdun, but far enough away that French artillery could not reach the village. German generals Erich Ludendorff and Paul Von Hindenburg were frequent visitors to the village’s castle, as were Kaiser Wilhelm himself and his son, the Kronprinz. Kronprinz Wilhelm was commander of German forces in the Western Front. Following Collot’s slide show, Button will share with attendees the special events she and Barnes particiAntoine Collot and presenter, Laurie Button pated in during their in Louppy-sur-Loison. five-day stay the week of Photos courtesy Laurie Button Armistice Day. Their

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ReFUND What Matters Through the new Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit program, taxpayers can choose to support any eligible Coloradoregistered charity with a simple designation on their state income tax return. Previously, taxpayers could choose only from one of 18 causes approved by the Colorado Legislature. Now, the doors are open to hundreds of nonprofits across the state. The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center has compiled a list of 38 local nonprofits that are eligible to receive donations through this new program. Nonprofits must be in good standing as a registered charity with the Secretary of State for five years (starting September 1, 2014). Visit epnonprofit.org to choose a local nonprofit that might benefit from your CO tax refund. If you are due a Colorado income tax

refund, taking action is simple: • Decide how much of your state income tax refund to donate (all or a portion of it). • Enter the name and registration number in the Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund line on your state tax return or tax software – or give this info to your tax preparer when you share your tax documents. The Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit program, which takes effect starting this tax season, is being promoted through an educational campaign called ReFUND CO. More information is available at RefundWhatMatters.org. If taxpayers choose to donate just a portion of their refunds this tax season, the surge of support will give muchneeded funding to community nonprofits.

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1917 Book Club to Take Place February 19th On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, the 1917 Book Club hosted by the Estes Park Museum will explore local title, Then the Women Took Over: A Hundred Years of the Estes Park Woman's Club. The book explores the founding, projects, and influence of the Estes Park Woman's Club. Light snacks will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. Book Club will take place at the Estes Park Museum meeting room from 10 - 11:30 a.m. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. No registration is required. Then the Women Took Over chronicles the first hundred years of the Club. The Estes Park Woman's Club was founded in 1912 and undertook projects that shaped the Estes Park community we know today. Notably, the Woman's Club was instrumental in the establishment of a public library, creating hiking trails, and beautification projects around Estes Park. Museum staff will facilitate a lively discussion about the title. 1917 Book Club titles can be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop or Macdonald

Bookshop. Additionally, the Estes Valley Library will circulate a limited number of copies, holds can be placed on circulating copies if all are currently checked out. For any questions regarding the event, please call or email Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun, at mfundaun@estes.org or 970-577-3762. 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 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website at www.estes.org/museum.

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Museum Friends Membership Includes New Benefits in 2020

Have you considered becoming a member of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation? You’ll be part of a community of hundreds of supporters, and it’s one of the simplest ways to support the museum, while offering benefits that include discounts and invitations to special activities. To join the Museum Friends, stop by the museum for a membership form or click the “Be a Friendâ€? link at estesparkmuseumfriends.org. New for 2020, several local businesses are offering discounts for Museum Friends members, who need only show their membership card. Here, alphabetically, are currently-participating businesses: • The Bears Den, 857 Moraine Avenue and 201 Park Lane; rustic gifts, home decor and accessories (10% discount) • The Country Supermarket, 900 Moraine Avenue; full-service grocery store, deli, and easy parking (10% discount on purchases over $30) • Dairy Queen/Orange Julius of Estes Park, 218 E. Elkhorn Avenue; food and desserts (10% discount) • H&R Block of Estes Park, 1140 Manford Avenue, Bldg. B; tax returns and accounting, locally-owned and operated (discount of $20 per tax return) • Rocket Fizz, 356 E. Elkhorn Avenue; over 450 types of soda and old-fashioned candy (10% discount) • You Need Pie, 509 Big Thompson Avenue; full-course meals, fresh baked goods, and catering (10% off dine-in meals)

In addition to these discounts, members always receive 10% off purchases in the Estes Park Museum Shop, open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shop features a full panorama of gifts, collectibles and decor items, many of which are exclusively available only at the museum, as well as a tremendous collection of local history books. Friends members also receive invitations to special activities and tours. In 2019, members enjoyed attending museum previews, including the museum’s grand re-opening after renovation and the new 1920s-themed exhibit, along with meeting the staff at half-day Museum Information Academies. Members receive email alerts to upcoming activities as well as a quarterly newsletter. As an added incentive, members receive their choice of a commemorative museum cap or Museum Friends tote bag. Anyone who has not visited the museum since it was newly-renovated last May is encouraged to see the new exhibits and floor plan — as well as the all-new 8-minute Welcome Video, an inspiring and professionally-made film that was made possible by Friends donors. Admission to the familyfriendly museum is always free for residents and visitors alike, and Friends members help make that possible. The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, special projects and events.



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Angela Myers, Larimer County Clerk, To Speak In Estes Park On February 9 Ballots will soon be in your mail so coming a voter in Colorado is also made what could be more timely than finding easy by the use of electronic links such out how our votes are protected and as “VoteLarimer.org” and “GoVoteColcounted in Larimer County. Angela My- orado.com.” Colorado also allows perers, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder, sons to register as voters at age 16, will be in Estes Park on Sunday, Februpreparing them to start voting when ary 9, from 2:00 to they reach age 18. 4:00 p.m., to cover All of these provisions these topics in detail make voting in Colorado and to answer your accessible and convenient, voting questions. Anand it may also improve gela’s presentation voter turnout. For the Nowill be in the Library’s vember 2018 mid-term Hondius Room. This election, Colorado as a presentation is open State ranked number two in to the public and is voter turnout, with an overhosted by the Estes all voter participation rate Valley Democrats. of 63%, just slightly behind As County Clerk, Minnesota at 64.2%. Angela oversees the Larimer County’s turnout election process in Angela Myers in 2018 was even higher at our County – from 71%. These turnout numidentifying voters to receive ballots by bers flew past previous mid-term elecmail, the security and chain of possestion figures. sion of the voted ballots from drop box Colorado’s voting rules continue to to Clerk’s office, and of course, the evolve, with the addition of opening counting, verifying, and final reporting major party primaries to unaffiliated processes. These are all steps we must voters starting in 2018. That change was take to protect our sacred right to vote. passed by the voters in 2016, along with Voting in Colorado is regulated by the opening Colorado to participating in a State, but the Clerks oversee the process Presidential Primary. in their specific Counties. Colorado is Angela’s office has already been busy – one of only three states in the country to as the first ballots to be mailed in 2020 utilize a vote-by-mail system for all its will be sent the next day-Monday, Febelections. ruary 10. These ballots will be for ColColorado’s system was adopted in 2013 orado’s first participation in the Super by legislation allowing a ballot by mail Tuesday Presidential Primary on March for every state voter, providing voter 3. Other County and State elections in polling and service centers for any voters 2020 will be the June 30 Primary (for all not wanting or not able to vote by mail, non-Presidential candidates) and the and allowing “same-day” registration November 3 General Election. and voting at voter service centers. In So 2020 is a busy voting year – but addition, Colorado opens its voter what could be more important? Please polling and service centers the week be- come hear the facts on voting in fore elections to allow early in-person Larimer County. For more information, voting. email EstesValleyDemocrats Besides “same-day” registration, be-

Civil War Class Taught By Jeff Arnold Though the Civil War ended nearly 155 years ago, its impact is still felt in the United States today. In the South, especially, people still seem to be fighting over the causes of the war, the experiences of the soldiers and civilians, and the legacy of approximately 700,000 soldier deaths. This class will start with the causes of the war, the first shots at Ft. Sumter, and the battle summer of 1861. Special emphasis is placed on the motivations and personalities of the major figures of the war. The classes will be held on Thursdays

for four weeks beginning on Feb. 20. Each class will be held at Estes Park Middle School from 4-5 p.m. and will be taught by Jeff Arnold, 8th grade history teacher. The cost will be $40. Email him at jeffarn@aol.com to sign up.

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Cougar Attack - Live, Online Safety Class

The latest cougar attack on a three-year old boy in California has highlighted a need for more awareness when in cougar habitat. Fortunately there is no need to be fearful when hiking or doing anything outdoors. If you know how animals typically behave and react your outdoor experience becomes that much more enjoyable. Given the seriousness of the recent event and the benefits this class has to offer, we would like to provide it for free, but past experience shows that only about one in five people who sign up for a free class actually show up. Since seats are limited this can prevent others from

attending. On Sunday, Feb. 9th at 3:00 p.m. we are offering our Cougar Country: Trail Safety class at half price. The live, online class will be $8.00 and the recording will be $5.00. The best part of the live class is there will be multiple cougar specialists joining in to answer your questions. Visit: wildlifeforyou.com/RTJCZK/ cougarsafety.html to register for Cougar Country: Trail Safety. If you choose any WFY Multiclass Package we will throw in the cougar safety class for free. Stay safe out there and enjoy the outdoors!

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‘YOU ARE WORTH IT: BUILD A LIFE WORTH FIGHTING FOR’ Sitting in a friend’s living room in Fort Collins waiting for my next day’s chemo treatment I met him. Not in person, of course, but he came on the TV screen and humbly shared his story in an interview on a major network. Dressed in his military uniform Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was an impressive sight to see, despite his prosthetic right eye and his scarred arms, reconstructed jaw and other body parts that showed the results of many hours of surgery during a three-year stint at Walter Reed army hospital. For his heroism Carpenter received the Medal of Honor in 2014, the youngest person ever to receive that honor. What’s his story? From the back cover of his book titled with the title above, we get a picture. On November 21, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was stationed in a sandbagged post on a rooftop with fellow marine Nick Eufrazio in a violent part of Afghanistan. During an early morning Taliban attack a grenade landed in their ‘bunker’. Without hesitation Carpenter threw himself on the grenade to protect Eufrazio. He saved his friend by sacrificing himself. His heart flatlined three time during his evacuation. Severely wounded from head-to-toe, he lost his right eye as well as most of his jaw. It would take dozens of surgeries over three years to re-construct his body. In Carpenter’s words, the doctors ‘put Humpty Dumpty back together again’. Besides those physical things he told of nightmares and hallucinations from pain medications. From there he set about his gravest challenge: to forge a life of joyful purpose. One of his plans was to write his book, ‘You are worth it’, providing words of encouragement to others like him…albeit not just military…who have gone through difficult times and might be tempted to quit, He said that whenever he told his story people would come up to him and say. ”Well, I’ve never been in the military, but I…” and then tell him about some experience they’ve had that, like his, caused them to really struggle. He said, that’s why I wrote the book, because ‘everyone knows struggle’. As my article about Kyle was on my mind, The Denver Post newspaper reminded its readers about some people’s struggles and choices that some make that are so unlike Kyle’s. Entitled ‘You Promised Me’ it contained poems written by two Arvada middle-school students who were grieving another student, a dear friend who had committed suicide. They were searching for answers to what could have been done to help their friend realize what Kyle shares in his book. “You are worth it, build a life worth fighting for”. Kyle shares some of his own agonizing moments. He said after his surgeries, “between sobs, I managed to choke out one devastating question: ‘Look at me! Who is ever going to love me again?’” This not much different from so many of our youth…and others…who feel unloved or overwhelmed by struggles that cause them to doubt their worth and fail to, increasingly, build a life worth fighting for. Kyle has. He’s run marathons, sky-dived, and recently launched a nation-wide tour to promote his book, after nearly dying three times and undergoing more than forty surgeries to reconstruct his face, his right arm and other body parts torn apart by the explosion. He’s pain-free now, but he realizes that as he gets older, his injuries will cause other problems. But, he says, “that’s for another day”. As I sat in that living room, dreading the ongoing discomforts of my treatments, I remembered the lyrics of an old song: “Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I’m blessed indeed. The world is mine.” How about you? Let’s build lives worth fighting for,” Bob Lewis

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu February 10 - February 14 Monday, Feb 10 Shepherd’s Pie (mashed potatoes, beef, gravy & vegetables) w/ biscuit & soup of the day Tuesday, Feb 11 BBQ Chicken Breast w/ corn bread, grits & green beans Wednesday, Feb 12 Swiss Mushroom Burger w/ homemade chips Thursday, Feb 13 Chicken Alfredo w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad Friday, Feb 14 Signature Salad w/ Grilled Shrimp -- Valentine’s Day Celebration

February 17 - February 21 Monday, Feb 17 Breakfast Burrito (eggs, cheese, refried beans, & potatoes in a floured tortilla) w/ green chili on the side Tuesday, Feb 18 BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich w/ baked beans & coleslaw Wednesday, Feb 19 Salisbury Steak w/ mashed potatoes & gravy Thursday, Feb 20 Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad Friday, Feb 21 Salmon (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & clam clowder soup 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 10th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Feb 7th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 (Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 pm). Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center at our NEW location 1760 Olympian Lane. Eat at the Senior Citizens Center or take Meals to Go! Regular hours of operation 9:00 am -- 1:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Join or renew membership for 2020 to receive free activities & reduced meals! Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org TriFit, Balance, Mah Jongg, crafts, games, and other activities.

Valentine’s Day Celebration – Bring Dessert & Valentine’s Card Live Music

Take The Plunge With The Estes Park Education Foundation The 2nd annual Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser at Trout Haven Resorts will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 7th at the Trout Haven Fishing Pond at 810 Moraine Avenue. This year, Trout Haven has partnered with the Estes Park Education Foundation for this event as a means to support students, programs, and staff across the Estes Park School District. Adults, students and five-person teams will take the plunge in support of the Estes Park Education Foundation. Pledges start at $50 for adults and $25 for students and District Staff (K-12). Teams of five can receive the benefit of 20% discount on their minimum pledge depending on the composition of their team. Individuals and especially teams are encouraged to dress in costumes! Want to make the plunge in support of EPEF but can’t hit the icy water yourself? No problem! You can also support EPEF by sponsoring a plunge (individual, student or team) and someone else will jump for you. Just visit www.epeducationfoundation.org for more information. The new Estes Park Education Founda-

tion is a 501c3 charitable entity working to unify community support for the Park R3 school district by inspiring community investment in exemplary student learning experiences today, to develop our citizens of tomorrow. Proceeds of this fundraiser will be used by the Estes Park Education Foundation to support our pillars (values): Experiential Learning Opportunities, Innovations, Building Community, Support of District Teachers and Staff, Student Support, and Wellness. With your support teachers, students and district staff can apply directly to the Foundation when they need funding in specific support of their ambitions. To register, sponsor or for more information visit www.epeducationfoundation.org. Questions about the event or participating? Email EPEF Board Member Amber Johnson, Fundraising/Polar Plunge chair at amberjohnson. epef@gmail.com Day of event registration is possible but pre-registration is strongly encouraged! We hope to see you come down and join us! Start freezin’ for a reason!

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T N E EV OUT D L O S Saturday, February 8 Noon to 5 PM

WHAT IS IT? A national event hosted by venues around the country where “shavees” raise money to have their heads shaved in support of children’s cancer research. Since its establishment, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than $282 million for life-saving research, and we are so excited to have you join us in reaching our 2020 goals.


EVENT Sat. March 14, 2020 | 4-7 PM Estes Park Mountain Shop FOOD • DRINK • FUN!

Sponsor a shavee by donating to their shave! Visit the Estes Park Mountain Shop and make a general donation.

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COME JOIN US at our event and enjoy food, drink, and head shaving!


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VISIT ESTES PARK September through December Metrics We track lots of metrics to gauge our performance. Lots. Below is a snapshot at what we accomplished at the end of 2019.

WEBSITE Visitestespark.com is the hub for inspiration and information for our guests and a key funnel for referrals for our stakeholders. Because of it’s importance, we launched a redesigned site in August. A redesign means a temporary dip in traffic, but should lead to a better long term experience for guests and stakeholders alike.

VISITATION Naturally, we track visitation numbers. We currently log RMNP and Estes Park Visitor Center entrances, CDOT metrics on highway traffic, and tax revenue.




1. Estes Inspired Tommy 2. Does Estes Park Close in the Winter? 3. 10 Unique Places to Stay in Estes Park

4. 5 Best Trails to Hike with your Dog in Estes Park 5. 9 Reasons to Come to Estes Park This Winter

9.4% decrease from 2018




SOCIAL MEDIA VEP’s social media efforts are used to engage with consumers wanting to share and relive their Estes Park experiences. Additionally, as our audiences grow, we used social media to expand and target campaign messages to support year-round awareness. Facebook is visitestespark.com’s biggest single biggest source of referral traffic.




Our visitors’ guide is an important visitor resource used to inspire travel to Estes Park. Print distribution is the number of guides VEP distributes and requests fulfilled from consumer inquiries. We also track usage of our the digital version on our website.


We track so much stuff we can’t fit it all here. Head to VisitEstesPark.com/transparency for an even fuller picture – and regular updates.



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The Estes Arts District Presents… FIRST FRIDAY! Art Groove & Hospitality Stops

Join us on Friday, February 7th starting at 5 p.m. to enjoy gallery socials thru the village. Winter is the perfect time to explore your local galleries. Starting at 5pm there will be a variety of happenings such as live music, tasty snacks, refreshments, show openings plus artists to chat with about their work. Bring a friend or come and meet some new friends and perhaps find a delightful piece of art to take home with you. Ride the free Estes

Park Trolley from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. to help keep you warm between stops. Collect gallery marks on a Groovy Gallery Travel Card for a chance to win a gift certificate for Nicky’s Steakhouse. How to enter drawing: 1. Get a Groovy Gallery travel card. 2. Get a minimum of 4 different gallery signatures. 3. Add your contact information. 4. Turn in your signed travel card. 5. Done! More event details at www.estesartsdistrict.org February Participating Galleries Alan Shadduck's Images of Estes Park, 181(B) W. Riverside Drive Meet photographers Alan and Leanne. Enjoy complimentary fresh hot coffee and a 10% discount on all in-store purchases during the event. 5-8 p.m. The Art Center of Estes Park 517 Big Thompson Ave. - 970-586-5882. Come see the "Meet the New Artists" exhibit from 5-8 in conjunction with the First Friday Art Groove. The featured new artists are Marie Massey-oil, Mary Morse-felt/fiber, Sally Richmond-oil and Doreen Vroman-acrylic. A door prize will be available to sign up to win. You do not have to be present to win.

Light refreshments served. 5-8 p.m. Earthwood Artisans 360 E. Elkhorn Ave. - 970-586-2151 Featuring great American-made art and jewelry, you're sure to find something to love. Tasty snacks and beverages await you during this town wide event. 5-8 p.m. Aspen and Evergreen Gallery 356 E. Elkhorn Ave. - 970-586-4355 We welcome you to our newly renovated space for local art and great atmosphere. February showcases the Crimson and Blush exhibit. This show features original art inspired by the shades of the season. Our Meet the Artist event runs from 5-7 p.m. Earthwood Collections 141 E. Elkhorn Ave. - 970-577-8100. Live jazz with Max Wagner (sax) and Stu MacAskie (piano). We will also have complementary wine, food and refreshments. 5-8 p.m. Inspired -Artisan Market & Studio 157 W. Elkhorn Avenue Unit 8 970-685-8818 (2nd Floor in the Old Church Shops). Experience an art demonstration of the art medium alcohol inks, to see how they can be used to create landscape paintings and they will have the opportunity to try them out by making their own

bookmark for free. 5-8 p.m. Ride the free trolley between event locations from 5:00 through 8:00. Come enjoy the FIRST FRIDAY! Art Groove in town, enjoy some socializing and perhaps find that new great piece of art. Enjoy a true taste of Colorado along the FIRST FRIDAY! Art Groove route. Try a tasting or a flight at these recommended local craft beverage establishments. • Rock Cut Brewing Co. - Groovy Specials plus Zac Bunch photography & Local cartography by Cartology, Derek Brooks. • Snowy Peaks Winery -Tasting room open until 7 p.m., 4-6 live music: Skip Neilson & Karen Nicholson. • Elkins Tasting Room - Colorado style Whisky. • Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co. - Art displayed. •Vino Giú - Chocolate, wine, cheese, charcuterie and VitaJuwel - ½ Off flights. •Avant Garde Aleworks - ½ off tasting flights. Come out and see beautiful artwork plus enjoy a true taste of Colorado.

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Rails In The Rockies President’s Day Weekend All aboard! Here come the trains! Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16 the annual Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show will be in Estes Park. This event is provided by the Estes Valley Model Railroaders. The show will be at the Estes Park Event Center with ample free parking. The cost of the show is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free with a $20 maximum for families. The hobby of model railroading has many facets and this show highlights nearly all of them. There will be running train yards, switching puzzles, wooden trains, HO and N scale, Lionel and American Flyer along with the popular LEGO layout. There will be photography, fabulous scenic landscapes, scratch built buildings, trestles, mines wagons and train cars, art work and painting, woodworking and sculpture. There will even be a display of all hand built model circus wagons. We have children built layouts and layouts made especially for little children. The history of railroading is fascinating, especially in Colorado. This year we have museum and historical societies joining us. The Rocky Mountain Railroad Historical Society and the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver. Come enjoy the show! All aboard!

Fun And Educational Summer Camp At MacGregor Ranch

MacGregor Ranch would like to announce that registration is now open for our 2020 Heritage Camp. Children ages 8-12 are encourage to sign up and spend four days on the ranch learning about agriculture and the heritage of our land. This interactive camp allows kids to be around live animals, learn about the natural environment that surrounds them while getting their hands dirty! Space is limited and spots fill fast. Camps run July 13th-16th, July 20th-23rd and July 27th30th 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. For more information visit our website at www.macgregorranch.org or call Katherine at 970-231-7374. Don’t miss out on the best summer camp in Estes Park!

Celebrating Women May 16th Features Kyle Dyer- Save The Date The Estes Park Woman’s Club will hold an event on May 16, 2020 featuring keynote speaker Kyle Dyer. Her program will be: The Power of Storytelling: Sharing, Listening & Connecting. How do we connect? Not through casual conversation-it’s through stories from the heart. Exchanging stories with one another is the way we relate on a much more profound level. Former Denver 9News anchor Kyle Dyer, is a storyteller and wordsmith who thrives on listening deeply to others & bringing forth their story. After a successful 20 years as a broadcast journalist in Denver, Kyle Dyer now refers to herself as a generative journalist. Kyle generates news to build community. Kyle is passionate about bringing people together, engaging and educating them though compelling video stories and when speaking before live audiences. With Kyle Dyer Storytelling, Kyle partners with local businesses and individuals, groups and foundations to share video stories that capture their profound programs as well as the story behind "their why." Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves to be heard. Through deeply listening to people, Kyle is able to share stories that connect and unite us. Join Estes Park Woman’s Club May 16, 2020 for lunch and to hear this remark-

able presentation. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. at the Estes Park High School auditorium Tickets are now available and seating is limited. Price is $25.00 for lunch and speaker. Contact any Woman’s Club member or email CelebratingWomen2020@gmail.com

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Sports Medicine Class Spends Day Touring/Learing At EP Health

By: Arden Thompson

On Friday, January 31st, the Estes Park High School sports medicine class embarked on an all-day, hands on tour of each part of the Estes Park hospital. This day was made possible by many different hospital employees as well as our teacher Pam Frey and Aaron Florence, the local orthopedic surgeon. The purpose of this class is to allow a select hand full of students to explore the medical field and jobs that involve the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This particular field trip started off with two of our very own classmates imitating lifethreatening injuries. Through teamwork and collaboration with the local EMT’s and paramedics, we were able to learn how to transport the injured patients

and follow them all the way to the emergency room. Our class was then led on an educational, detailed and exciting tour of the hospital. We traveled through the emergency room, helicopter pad, operating room, imaging, hospital rooms and physical and occupational therapy sections of the building. Through the kindness of all the people involved in making this day happen for us, our class was allowed time with professionals in each career of the health services time to ask questions and further dive into daily lives and education paths they took. As a student interested in the medical field, I couldn’t find any other opportunity that would benefit students and give specific knowledge on medical paths as this day.

High School Girls Swim Team Heads To Conference Meet This Weekend

Tracey Filsinger, Lydia Pita, Anna Roberts-Briggs, Jade Olivas, Eva Stein, Coach Sherry, Maya Kiser, Gabbi Fisher, Ellie Bersten, Ella Santagati; Managers John Ferree & Steel Wolf, diver Sadie Morgan. Courtesy photos

The Bobcat swimmers along with eight competing teams head to the Conference meet this weekend at Thompson Valley. In her second season, Coach Sherry Flanery is looking forward to the girls doing well. Though the team is young (no seniors) and small with only 10 including one diver, Coach Flanery is confident they will get their best times and place in their events. In the individual events, several girls could even qualify for the state meet that follows the next weekend. Both Maya Kiser & Ellie Berg-

sten are close to making the state qualifying time in the 500 freestyle. Jade Olivas is also within a few seconds in the 100 Fly. In addition, Ella Santagati is a few seconds in the 100 backstroke and Lydia Pita is within a few seconds in the 100 breastroke for state quals. The season is nearly over but Sherry has been impressed with the girls overall hard work and feels confident the team will succeed in reaching their individual goals. Both the 200 Medley and the 200 Freestyle relays are within a reachable

goal to qualify as well. Diving Coach Bill Kanter reflects on freshman sensation Sadie Morgan, who is the first new addition to the Bobcat diving team in three years. Sadie has enjoyed a remarkable first season by being undefeated in all of her dual meets. In addition, Sadie was

also a finalist in one of the toughest meets of the year for varsity divers, the Mountain View Invite where Sadie placed 15th out of 28. What’s next for Sadie, Conference of course and the goal of winning it and qualifying for the State meet. Good luck!

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Congratulations to Alex Leija, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for February 7, 2019. At EPHS, Alex is Vice President of the Environmental Club, a Zero Waste Intern, a member of the Ski Club and Head Brainstorm for Tea Club. He was selected as a member of the Colorado All-State Jazz Band (pianist) and was a two time participant in solo and ensemble competitions. He is Section Leader in the Marching Band who went to State three out of his four high school years. He’s earned two academic letters and one varsity letter in track and has a cumulative GPA of 3.84. When he’s not at school he loves hiking Alex Leija and spending time outside. He summited 12th Grade Longs Peak in the summer of 2019 and also loves to ski and backcountry ski. Alex sometimes you might miss it.” He likes this really enjoys playing music and plays his quote because he says “I’ve learned to take keyboard at various locations around town. things in and move slow.” After he graduates, Alex has been accepted to His favorite foods are sushi, fried chicken or any Mexican food. He hasn’t cut his hair work for the Trail Crew in the National Park next summer and next winter he plans to play music in five years! around town. He then hopes to attend either CU, Alex’s favorite quote is: “Life moves CSU or Fort Lewis College. He really wants to pretty fast, if you don’t stop to take it in, travel to New Zealand to fly fish. 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.

Synergy Electrical Solutions LLC Now Serving Estes Park And Surrounding Areas Bill Roach opened his new business, Synergy Electrical Solutions in November of 2019. Bill is a third generation Master Electrician with 20+ years of experience. His father taught electrical school in Florida and he learned the trade from him between the ages of 14-18. From there, he began working for different contractors doing commercial and residential work. It was always in Bill’s plans to someday own his own business and his desire is to create a business model that will give homeowners a more dependable and affordable choice for all of their electrical needs. At Synergy they specialize in all types of electrical installations and repairs including: • Residential Service • Commercial Service • Service/ Panel Upgrades • New Construction • Remodels • Basement finishes • Yearly Inspections plus 10% discount on work available for only $89 year. • 15% discount for Retired/ Active military* • 15% discount for Firefighters, Officers, and Paramedics* *(15% discounts cannot be combined) Synergy is bonded and insured and

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Community Invited To Climbers’ Tommy Caldwell & Quinn Brett Presentations At YMCA Of The Rockies YMCA of the Rockies is pleased to present two special guest speakers during the upcoming Mountaineering Weekend that are free and open to the community. We invite you join us on two nights Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 for intriguing, thought-provoking and adventurous storytelling. Both presentations will be located in Hempel Auditorium at YMCA of the Rockies. Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. Tommy Caldwell presents, “Climbing and Climate Change” Tommy Caldwell is a father, husband, professional rock climber and environmental activist from Estes Park, Colorado. Tommy is widely recognized for his cutting-edge and record-breaking ascents on the seemingly impossible granite walls of Yosemite Valley. In 2015, for 19 days Tommy and Kevin Jorgeson climbed 3,000 feet up the Dawn Wall, a blank face on Yosemite’s monolithic El Capitan and the hardest big-wall rock climb in the world. Their story was covered by every major news outlet, including The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, ABC, CNN and ESPN. A 2018 award-winning film, The Dawn Wall, was based on their accomplishment, and the feat even caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who remarked, “You remind us that anything is possible.” Tommy has also established the most free climbing routes on El Capitan. Most recently, Tommy and climbing partner Alex Honnold broke the two-hour speed barrier on the 3,000foot Nose route of El Capitan. From his childhood in the mountains of Colorado to a professional life spent climbing in wild places around the world, Tommy’s connection to nature has always been deeply personal and offered him an upclose and unique view of the threats facing our wild places. He has been published in multiple media outlets, and his memoir, The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits, is a New York Times best seller. He is currently a Global Sport Activist® ambassador for the outdoor clothing company Patagonia, inspiring climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts to fight to protect the one and only planet we call home. Sunday, February 16 at 7 p.m. Quinn Brett presents, “Moving in a New Way” Alpine Climber Quinn Brett sought to travel and climb mountains throughout the world, reveling in the freedom of movement but also advocating for safe keeping of these special places. She worked as a climbing ranger Rocky Mountain National Park, technical rescuer and first responder. This intimate work within public lands also opened opportunities to spread a need for stewardship within the recreational community. October 2017 she took a big fall while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, causing paralysis below the navel. Her drive to cover long distances

over technically complex terrain continues, so does her advocacy and adventure love for wild spaces. For more information about the presentations and Mountaineering Weekend visit, ymcarockies.org/mountaineeringweekend or call 970-586-3341 ext. 1104.

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Woman’s Club Meeting February 12th At The Dunraven Inn The next Women's Club Meeting will held at the Dunraven Inn, 2470 Highway 66 on Wednesday, February 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $20.00. The program this month will be by Hulda Bachman and Nick Zelinger. Please RSVP by calling 816225-9130 Speakers for February: Hulda Bachman-Neeb is Dutch and in 2006 acquired American citizenship. She is married to an American, James Bachman, a historian. Today she will talk to us about the book she wrote of the war experiences of her family and herself in the Dutch East Indies. She will outline the process of the writing, the time it took, the editing. How the thought ended up on Amazon. She was born in Indonesia two years

before Pearl Harbor. Her family was part of the Dutch colonial community in that area and her father was a physician in the Netherlands East Indies Army. Immediately upon the attack on Pearl HarHar bor on DecemDecem ber 7, 1941, the Japanese occuoccu pied most of South-East Asia, rounding up all the EuEu ropeans in the controlled terter ritories and imprisoned them in concon centration camps until August of 1945, the end of WWII, inin cluding Hulda and her family. After the war her famfam ily traveled back and forth between The Netherlands and Indonesia and finally settled in the Netherlands. She went to language schools in Munich and Geneva and joined the Dutch foreign service from 1963 till 1996. She had different assignments in 25 Dutch Embassies all over

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the world and when she retired in 1996 she and her husband came to the USA. They restored a pre-civil war house in Virginia and moved to Estes Park in 2002. Nick Zelinger is a musician (with the local band Amplified Souls), an author, and book designer with more than 100 national and international awards to his credit. Working as NZ Graphics for 30 years, his clients have included the Denver Broncos, Denver Rapid Transit, the Colorado Rockies, KOA Radio, and Clear Channel, and hundreds of authors worldwide. He has co-authored “Another Night-

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Random Acts Of Kindness “There are three ways to ultimate success - the first way is to be kind; the second way is to be kind; the third way is to be kind.” - Fred Rogers To be kind when an unexpected opportunity presents itself; to create a situation for someone else that can change the course of their distress or difficult situation; to go out of one’s way just to ease the burden of someone, especially if they are a stranger. These are random acts of kindness. Random acts of kindness are delicious to commit and delightful to observe. Thought I’d take this opportunity to share just a few of my favorites with you, in recognition of February’s Kindness Project. 1. A warm smile and words of encouragement to a tired parent struggling with a fussy little one. Words of understanding and encouragement can make all the difference to a mom or dad who may mistakenly feel like a failure because of a toddler meltdown. 2. The too-many-to-mention acts of kindness committed by school age kids here in Estes Park after the flood of September 2013. With no school and with unexpected free time, many teenagers and middle schoolers chose to use the time to help overwhelmed shopkeepers and homeowners shovel out mud from their stores and homes, mopping, wet vacuuming and righting furniture, etc. 3. The man on American Airlines flight 588, from Orlando to Philadelphia, who offered his first class seat to a young mother who was traveling to take her young daughter to a hospital visit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As she pre-boarded the plane, carrying her baby, diaper bag and lugging an oxygen machine, the flight attendant approached to let her know that a gentleman in seat 2D was waiting to change seats with her. (That gentleman really was “First Class,” no matter where he sat.) 4. The customer in line for the cashier at the supermarket who offers and pays when the person in front of them realizes they are a few dollars short. Without

hesitation, just handing the payment to the cashier. 5. The shoppers who collect grocery store coupons and then place them throughout the market, on top of the corresponding items. 6. The drivers who pull over to assist after an accident; to assist victims, to call for help, to hold a frightened hand. 7. The neighbor who spreads ice melt in front of the outdoor mailbox banks, so that no one slips and falls while collecting their mail. 8. The walker who takes the time to stop and pick up a stray wrapper on the sidewalk. 9. The stranger who takes the time to comment “That sweater looks lovely on you! ” or “What a lovely smile, you just made my day!” 10. Holding the door and waiting for slower-moving person to enter the building, then offering words of kindness and encouragement. 11. Writing a letter to the manager/owner of a business to recognize a hard-working employee. 12. The local baker who donates her gorgeous cupcakes to the staff at the local assisted/memory care residence, emergency room and library to “honor our unsung heroes.” A random act of kindness can be monumental and save a life, or it can be small and save someone’s day. It can take less than a moment or take hours; and is done with the sole purpose of lightening the load of another. Acting with kindness leads us to success, as individuals and as a community. What a lovely goal to achieve. Maggie Cotreau is an executive/life coach and facilitates leadership development workshops for VDG Global. She is also a licensed Celebrant for weddings and funerals in Estes Park. She has been a private volunteer hospice worker and sits on the board of Estes Park Quota Club. Her email address is maggie. cotreau@gmail.com

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February Activity Spotlight February Newcomer Meeting Learn About The History Of Our Great Town

The Estes Park Newcomers Club is a social organization that hosts a wide range of events and activities to help new residents make friends and learn about our amazing mountain community. Club meetings are held throughout the year, providing an opportunity to hear from community leaders and organizations, while sampling the cuisine of local restaurants and enjoying the company of fellow Newcomers. Newcomers offers many Special Events and Activities, as well as smaller gatherings of a wide variety of Interest Groups that include lectures, dinners, book clubs, hiking groups, card games, women’s and men’s lunches and breakfasts, photography, and birdwatching, just to name a few! Feel free to explore the website, www.EstesParkNewcomers.org and consider contacting or joining us. This Month Newcomers Club is Spotlighting Trail Ridge Quilters Interest Group If you enjoy sewing, think about joining Trail Ridge Quilters from 1-4 p.m. each Tuesday at Estes Park Health in the Longs Peak Room. Members share a love of quilting and meet weekly to create

hand-crafted items chosen from a variety of patterns in our inventory or work on their own projects. Trail Ridge Quilters has been a part of Estes Park Newcomers Club for more than 30 years and hosts several sales to the public during the year. All proceeds are donated to Estes Park Health Foundation to enable the purchase of essential equipment. As of January 2020, the Trail Ridge Quilters have donated more than $260,000 since its inception. The group’s monies have purchased a variety of items directly benefiting patient health care, such as Home Care, Rehab Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Department and the new 3D Mammography equipment. Donna Bryson, co-leader of Trail Ridge Quilters has been crafting quilts and other items for more than 47 years. She and co-leader Donna Pierce are proud of the work of the members who are honored to share their talents in serving the community. For more information, contact Donna Bryson (816-674-6642) or Donna Pierce (303-880-9151) or by email at Quilters@estesparknewcomers.org.

Guest Day At MountainAires

Do you love to sing? Studies have proven that singing with a group is good for your mental and physical health. The MountainAires is a women’s chorus that has been singing in Estes Park since 1978! The group rehearses on Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Commu-

nity Church of the Rockies located at 1700 Brodie Avenue. On Thursday, February 13 The MountainAires invites all women who might like to sing with us to a Guest Rehearsal. Come at 12:00 noon to meet the group, sing with us, and enjoy some refreshments!

The February Newcomers General Meeting will be held at Hunter’s Chophouse on February 20th from 5-8 p.m. We are excited to announce the local history re-enactor and librarian Kurtis Kelly will step into the role of Joe Mills and take us back to an early period in Estes Valley when our town was new. Pat Washburn, the granddaughter of Joe Mills and longtime Estes Park resident, will help with the dialogue for this special presentation. The cost is $25 per person which includes dinner. When you register, please choose from the following menu items: BBQ Chicken (gluten free), Stir Fry Quinoa (vegetarian, gluten free), mashed potatoes (gluten free), salad, roast vegetable medley (gluten free) and assorted desserts. Please specify your menu preference

when registering. If you have dietary restrictions, email registration@estesparknewcomers.org. If you have other questions about the event, please contact venues@estesparknewcomers.org. The Estes Park Newcomers Club is a social, non-profit and non-discriminatory organization. Its purpose is to help Estes Park residents learn about the community and develop new friendships. We invite interested residents to come and enjoy the Newcomers Club, where you will meet new friends and discover all that is unique about our mountain community. To learn about the Club, and for membership information, please visit our website at www.EstesParkNewcomers.org. See you there!

Trail Ridge Quilters Donate To Estes Park Health Foundation

Donna Pierce, Kathy Bryson, Kevin Mullin (EPH Foundation CEO), Donna Bryson, Jeanne Allen and Lisa Spring. Donna Pierce and Donna Bryson are currently the coleaders of Trail Ridge Quilters.

At a ceremony held Thursday, January 29, the Trail Ridge Quilters presented a check for $11,000 to the Estes Park Health Foundation. As an Interest Group sponsored by the Estes Park Newcomers Club, this tireless group of quilters creates and sells items each year to raise funds in support of the hospital Foundation. The Trail Ridge Quilters and Estes Park Newcomers are pleased to help our friends and neighbors in the community. This year’s donation will be used to

purchase essential equipment for the Diagnostic Imaging and Home Health Care Departments, and a new weight machine for the Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy Department. Additionally, the Quilters made $6,420 available to help fund the 3-D Mammogram equipment that will soon arrive at Estes Park Health. All of the items these funds purchase will directly impact improved patient care at Estes Park Health.

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Quarterly Economic Summary And Forecast By: Dr. John W. Green, Economist Provided by Bank of Estes Park

The U.S. economy continues to grow, pumped up by massive Federal government spending, significantly lower interest rates and more quantitative easing by the Fed. The Federal budget deficit hit $1.02 trillion in 2019, the highest level since just after WWII. Jobs were plentiful as unemployment rates at all levels of government hit recent historic lows. Rates are lower in Colorado and Larimer County than in the U.S. because our economies are growing faster. The labor market is very tight in local economies. In spite of this, there is not much pressure on wages, although data for recent months suggest there is now some upward pressure on employers to raise wages. Rising wages cause inflation which could prompt the Fed to raise interest rates. The Trump Administration will do everything within their power to keep the U.S. economy growing through the election; it is critical to their reelection prospects. Forecasts of GDP growth are in the one to two percent range, slowing slightly from 2019. The Larimer County economy is HOT! Employment growth is in the four percent range each month, the highest rates I’ve seen since 1987. New apartments, houses, commercial buildings, roads and other infrastructure building seem to be everywhere. Visitation to Rocky Mountain National Park hit 974,000 in July, extending the July 2018 number by 42,000 visitors. The million-visitor month is fast approaching and may occur in 2020. Retail sales in Estes Park peaked at $58 million in July, a new record. The trend line measuring historic growth slopes

steeply upward and summer peaks and winter troughs are regularly higher than in previous years. The dollar value of real estate transactions in Estes Park in 2019 did not quite match 2018 levels, but the difference was not great. Both years were very robust. In spite of these positive observations, the combined growth rate in Larimer County and Estes Park is slowing and has been since 2012. The decline has been very gradual and is more evident in the rest of Larimer County than in Estes Park. It shows up primarily in the residential construction sector. The health of the Colorado and local economies in 2020 and 2021 will depend on the health of the U.S. economy. The health of the U.S. economy will depend heavily on the outcome of the elections in November. The U.S. economy is likely to slow in 2021 no matter which party perseveres in November. Large deficits such as the U.S. experienced in 2019 cannot be maintained indefinitely. If subsequent policies are pursued to lessen the deficit and address income inequality, the slowdown in 2021 may be more severe. Please Note: This is a very brief summary of a comprehensive, specialized, quarterly economic summary and forecast report that Bank of Estes Park utilizes internally, addressing the national, state, county, and local economies. The complete version is available upon request to bank clients of Bank of Estes Park, for private, individual use, without reproduction or distribution. This brief summary is being made available as a service to the local Estes Park community. For questions or comments, please call Scott Applegate, Chief Credit Officer, at 970-235-7027.

EPGS February Program Notice The Estes Park Genealogical Society (EPGS) will meet on Thursday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library with a program entitled “Charlie's Company: A Personal Journey into the Life and Order of Charlemagne." Long time EPGS member and past president, speaker Judy Emmett relates her genealogical journey into the prestigious lineage society of the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne through an unexpected source; a Colorado ancestor. Judy, born in Arizona to a military family, grew up living in Japan and the Azores as well as numerous states. However, for the past 38 years, she and her husband have been settled in Estes Park. Judy earned undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Social Sciences from Southern Colorado State College, and is passionate about history and genealogical research. One of her special interests is lineage societies. She has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Colonial Dames

of the 17th Century, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and now the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the USA. Judy's published history writings have won National and State

awards. The Society meets the second Thursday of every month from January through November in the library, offering a wide variety of programs and workshops. Anyone interested in genealogy and family history research is welcome to attend the meetings. Becoming an EPGS member at $20 annually for an individual/couple/family supports bringing professional genealogists to Estes Park for engaging presentations.

Attention Estes Music Instructors Several music instructors in the Estes area recently met to discuss forming a coalition of private teachers in Estes. We envision this organization to promote our services on a website, meet regularly for social, educational, and instructional enrichment, and sponsor concerts, scholarships, etc. for our students.

p.m. at the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. If you have a student you would like to have participate, please contact Margie Patterson (scampi12@gmail.com) for details.

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February 12th Quilt Guild Presentation "A Quilter’s Paradise” Fabric manufacturing has been an Indonesian tradition for centuries, and Bali is a hub for fabric printing! Guild Members, Catherine and Lisa, will take us through the batik-making process, as they share highlights from their 2019 trip to Bali, Indonesia. Highlights of their travels include:

where they experienced first hand the batik-making process. Catherine and Lisa came away with a whole new appreciation for the skill behind creating these incredible handmade prints and hope you will as well! The Guild meets on the second Wednesday of the month at The Good

· Learning about the batik process in Tophati were they created their own wax drawings and motifs using tjanting pens to apply wax in fine lines. · Exploring a privately-owned contemporary batik factory where they learned about the stamping process of batik. · Touring the Hoffman batik factory

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Salud: What’s In A Name? “Cheers,” “Skål,” “Slainte,”“Cin Perhaps less appreciated is the role Cin,”“Salud.” Each of these phrases is Salud plays in the economic wellbeing traditionally accompanied by the celeof the entire Estes Valley. Salud supports bratory clinking of glasses. the backbone of our community’s economy: families who work for hotels, For many Estes Valley families, the restaurants, retail stores, cleaning servword “Salud” has a deeper meaning: “Salud” is shorthand for their health care ices, as well as owners of small businesses. provider. Most small businesses are not able to Prior to the arrival of Salud, local provide health insurance for their yearphysicians volunteered their time to see round employees let alone the many uninsured community members. These part-time summer workers who help efforts proved inadequate to stem the flow of the sick seeking care in the emer- feed and house the millions of summer visitors. Salud provides these workers gency room, often the most expensive access to affordable primary medical option for treating conditions better adcare based on a sliding fee scale tied to dressed in a primary care setting. As a family size and income. This access result, hospital administrators and local helps businesses maintain a healthy health officials asked Salud Family workforce. And good health is critical to Health Centers (Salud), a community working families who can ill-afford a health center based in Fort Lupton, to smaller paycheck due to missed days at establish a medical clinic in Estes Park. work. Salud Family Health Centers’ legal name is Plan de Salud del Valle, Inc. – “the health plan of the valley” referring to the Platte River Valley, located in and around Fort Lupton. This area was a rich, agricultural area in 1970, when Salud was Estes Park Salud Family Health Center. founded to By reducing health care costs, Salud serve the health care needs of migrant contributes to the financial stability of and seasonal farm workers. Over time, Estes families so they can better pay for Salud adopted “Salud Family Health housing, childcare and groceries. Centers” and is most commonly known as “Salud”. Finally, Salud contributes directly to the local economy by providing yearSalud has been an integral part of the round, benefited employment for its Estes community for over 25 years. employees whose families live and work Since 1992, from its first clinic with a in the community. single exam room, to its current state-ofthe art, 11,000 sq. ft. clinic on Dry Gulch “We can be proud that health care in Road, Salud has provided quality, afford- the Estes community is not just a priviable health care to those in our commulege, accessible only to those fortunate nity who can least afford it: working enough to afford it,” said Doug Frisbie, families and small business owners. One Estes Park Salud Foundation president. indicator of the level of economic dis“Salud patients have equal access to high tress within our community is the 27 quality, primary care irrespective of percent of local students who qualify for their insurance status or income. No the “free or reduced lunch” program. one is denied health care due to an inability to pay”, emphasized Marianne Today it is commonly understood that access to primary health care is essential Dungan, Center Manager. to prevent small or unseen medical Salud! problems from escalating into more The Estes Park Salud Family Health complicated and dangerous health conCenter is located at 1950 Redtail Hawk ditions that so often incur crushing exDrive. To schedule an appointment, call penses. 970-484-0999 or 303-MYSALUD (6972583). The website address is www.saludclinic.org. At Salud Family Health Centers, we provide quality, affordable primary health care services to keep you and your family healthy. We serve all members of the community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Salud accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans.

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Upcoming Exhibit And Events At The Art Center Of Estes Park Four young artist students and their mentors will be featured in the Art Center’s next exhibit “Mentor/Student Show” on February 22. The student/mentors are: Lucy Leija & Pauline Bustamante, Lena McIntyre & Dan Marshall, Anna Staats & Linda Palmer and Jade Olivas Zamarron & Debbie Jansen. All Art Center artists working with students are asked to Works by Charlotte Lloyd utilize this opportunity not only to share their talent as her works of art to the Art Center, an artist with others, but also to teach which are on display in the Sun Room. these students something about the busi- We are open to offers for any of her ness of being a professional artist showpieces, the sales of which benefit the Art ing work in a gallery setting and getting Center. the public at a show opening. Framing, Also on display in the gallery will be pricing, labeling, filling out inventory the outstanding work of the other Art forms, following “gallery rules,” dressing Center artist members, including other up and acting right! It’s all part of the works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, Mentor/Student Show curriculum. The jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, public is invited to attend the Opening glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photograReception on Saturday, February 22 phy, printmaking and mixed media. from 2-4 p.m. The present exhibit, “Meet Satellite Exhibit the New Artists” will close on February Art Center artist member photogra16. pher, Mark Hackmeir is on display at US Bank until the second week in March. He has nine photographs on exhibit. All pieces are for sale and if interested, contact the Art Center. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the “Winter” by Linda Plamer visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and conFirst Friday Art Groove tribute to the Art Center’s education and The Art Center will be offering an opcommunity outreach. The Art Center is portunity for the public to sign up for a located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in door prize during the evening. “Winter,” Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway an original watercolor, was donated by and above Subway. For more informaArt Center artist, Linda Palmer for this tion, please call the Art Center at 970event. You do not have to be present to 586-5882 or visit our website at win. The prize winner will be drawn and www.artcenterofestes.com contacted at the end of the evening. Winter gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 Works by Charlotte Lloyd p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and MonOne of the founding members of the day. The gallery is closed Tuesdays, Art Center, long time Estes Park artist Wednesdays and Thursdays through Charlotte Lloyd donated a number of mid-May.

Be Our Valentine At Senior Citizen’s Center Party Anyone with a heart is welcome to attend our Valentine's Day Party, 11:30 a.m., Friday, February 14th. The community is invited to come and have lunch, enjoy live music featuring hits from the 60s and 70s performed by Roy Dearen, and partake in a dazzling array of tantalizing desserts. Everyone attending will receive a treat bag filled with Valentine's goodies. Lunch, catered by Big Horn

Restaurant, will be their signature salad with grilled shrimp, a Senior Citizens Center favorite. We are taking lunch reservations up until 1 p.m. Thursday, February 13th, or until we run out of space, so call 970-581-2195 to rsvp. Lunch is $5 for members, $8 for guests. Please bring a dessert to share, and a Valentine's card to exchange.

Book Club Social To Feature Reading Ideas And Book Nook Unveiling Whether you are a member of a local book club, thinking about starting one, or a reader interested in hearing recommended titles from fellow bibliophiles, you’re invited to this Monday’s Book Club Social at the Estes Valley Library. This festive and informal event—including the sharing of potluck refreshments and desserts—will offer an opportunity for avid and occasional readers alike to share ideas and get inspiration for their next literary adventures. The Book Club Social will take place this Monday, February 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants may register to attend at estesvalleylibrary.org. The evening will also feature a tour to the Library’s newest resource to support local book discussion: the Book Club Nook. This recent installation will make it easier than ever for book club members to browse the Library’s selection of Book Club Kits, which offer a conven-


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through a sharing program with the Colorado State Library, as well as the process for acquiring multiple copies of a title when you’re not in a hurry. Following the tour, attendees will gather in the Hondius Room for a round-robin conversation about books their clubs have been reading. Participants are invited to give a short synopsis of a title they have read in the last year that piqued their imagination or created great conversation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share with the group. For more information about the Library’s continuing support of local book discussion, visit the “We ♥ Book Clubs” link at estesvalleylibrary.org.

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Fresh Air, Friendly Conversation, And A Walk For Kindness All through February, the Estes Valley Library is participating in a village-wide collaboration: The Kindness Project. The Kindness Project offers opportunities to celebrate community and civic spirit on all levels. It encourages us to spark good conversations with longtime friends, while making new friends along the way. It reminds us to reflect upon important acts of kindness in our lives. It recognizes the satisfaction that comes from generosity, recon-

are welcome. To sign up, visit estesvalleylibrary.org. While enjoying the fresh air, participants will have opportunities to share conversations, spark connections, and generate kindness. It’s a chance to meet your neighbors, turn a stranger into a friend, and to interact with local nonprofits and businesses while fostering new relationships. From Performance Park, the

necting us with our shared humanity. As part of this celebration, community members are invited to take part in a friendly neighborhood walk through downtown along a route between Performance Park and the library. The Walk for Kindness will take place on Friday, February 14 beginning at 4 p.m. at Performance Park, with activities concluding by 5:30 p.m. All ages

path will follow the Big Thompson River-Walk path, concluding in the library’s Hondius Room where hot chocolate and refreshments will be served. There, books and hand-crafted greeting cards will be shared with participants. To sign up for the Kindness Walk and to see the roster of other Kindness Project activities at the library, visit estesvalleylibrary.org.

Meet Ten Local Authors In One Comfortable Setting This weekend, we’re keeping it local. It’s a festive occasion when we can invite a local author to the Estes Valley Library, connecting a hometown or regional writer with readers eager to discover new books. It becomes a true festival when we can bring together ten — count ‘em, ten — authors all in one event. Now in its fifth year, the Love Your Local Authors Festival is happening at the library this Saturday, February 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This event is special for many reasons. First is the “keeping it local” theme. These writers are all from Estes Park or one of our nearby communities. Some are names you know and count among your neighbors and friends. A second attraction is the opportunity to hear so many different authors, speaking on a vast variety of topics and from different genres, all in one sitting. Many big cities have an annual book festival. Our event is village-sized for the Estes Valley. A third element is the chance to visit personally with each author. It’s a true ‘mix and mingle’ atmosphere, where you can discuss each author’s inspiration for their book and gain a deeper understanding of the creative process. Think of it as speed-dating for book lovers. The “Love Your Local Authors Festival” is a great fit for one of our key strategic goals: to enable a greater sense of community by bringing readers together in

shared literary experiences. Here’s what you can expect by attending: Beginning at 1 p.m. in the comfort of the Library’s Fireside Theater (a versatile new setting near the first floor fireplace corner), our ten featured authors will each give a very brief talk about their book. Afterward, attendees have the option to visit with one, or two, or all ten authors of their choosing. Saturday’s featured books range from Estes-area history, the stark beauty of ghost towns, and a harrowing tale of alpine survival. And much much more. Authors in attendance include (alphabetically): Hulda Bachman-Neeb, Deborah Bouziden, Deborah Bruce, Robert Howard, Carol Kirkstadt, Ethan Knightchilde, Jean Muenchrath, Jesse Williams, Dawn Wilson, and Nick Zellinger. In addition to the festival, be sure to visit our current Love Your Local Authors display. You’ll find some great books by these and other local authors to check out. Most of Saturday’s authors will have copies of their books available for sale. It’s an excellent opportunity to get an autographed copy for yourself or as a gift. Register to attend at estesvalleylibrary.org. We hope to see you on Saturday. In this month of the Kindness Project, what fun to show our support and appreciation for the writers, researchers and creative people right in our midst.

Estes Park Quota Donates To Crossroads Ministry Members of Estes Park Quota Club’s Service to Seniors Committee – PJ O’Connor, Carol Smid and Laura Trump met up with Crossroads staff, Brian Schaffer, Exec. Director and Michelle Purdy, Meals on Wheels Coordinator to present them with a $1,000 donation to use for the Meals on Wheels program.

A bit more about the Meals on Wheels program: $64,000 is needed to fund the program this year. Over 8,000 meals/yr. are delivered. Over 70% of the meals delivered go to neighbors born before 1940.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library BOOKS & AUTHORS

Love Your Local Authors Festival Saturday, February 8, 1-3 p.m., Hondius Room Meet local authors and learn insights into the creative process and publishing avenues. Each author will give a brief presentation, and books will be available for sale and autographing. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Book Club Social Monday, February 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Hondius Room Bring a dessert to share, along with a book recommendation that got your club talking. Take a tour to the library’s new Book Club Nook. All readers welcome. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. FEBRUARY: KINDNESS PROJECT Relationship Repair Clinic Wednesday, February 12, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace Meet one-on-one with staff and volunteers from the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership to brainstorm ideas on how to repair a relationship and spread kindness. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Walk for Kindness Friday, February 14, 4-5:30 p.m., Performance Park Join a friendly neighborhood walk from Performance Park to the Library. Share conversations, spread acts of kindness, and spark conversations. Hot chocolate and refreshments await at the library. For all ages. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Book Discussion: “The Kindness Diaries” Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Hondius Room

Readers will discuss the story of Leon Logothetis, who leaves behind his stockbroker job to travel the globe, seeking and offering kindness. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. COLLEGE READINESS SAT Test Preparation Tuesday, February 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wasson Room Ready for the SAT? Join the Learning Place to practice tests and skills, both online and offline. Dinner provided. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. WORKSHOPS Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, February 12, 2-5 p.m. One-on-one legal advice for Library cardholders without a personal attorney. More information at estesvalleylibrary.org/legalclinic. Call 970-586-8116, ext. 3, to schedule an appointment. Selling Your Stuff Online Monday, February 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hondius Room Learn how to hold an Internet yard sale, earn cash while de-cluttering, or start a home micro-business selling crafts or goods. The workshop explores Facebook, Craigslist, Amazon, eBay and Etsy. Bring your device or borrow a library laptop. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org.

First Time Homebuyers Wednesday, February 26, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room An in-depth discussion of what first-

time homebuyers should expect, plus programs and services available locally to help purchase the home of your dreams. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. CIVIC LIFE Watch the Democrats Debate Wednesday, February 19, 7-9 p.m., Hondius Room Nonpartisan open-house viewing open to everyone, whatever your political affiliation or leaning. Especially for those who may not have TV at home or who may enjoy watching on the big screen. Popcorn included. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org.

KIDS Try-It! Tuesday: Kindness Cards Tuesday, February 11, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room Kids in grades K- 2 will draw and color greeting cards to gift our community with good will. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Weekly Homework Helper for Tweens & Teens Thursday, February 13, 45:30 p.m., Wasson Room Teens and tweens are invited for assistance with homework assignments, research, and with using library resources. Snacks provided. No registration required. Grades K-2 Book Club: “Enemy Pie”

Saturday, February 15, 2-3:30 pm, Hondius Room Participants may pick up a complimentary copy to read beforehand. Craft activity and snacks provided. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Grades 3-5 Book Club: “Sugar” Saturday, February 22, 2-3:30 p.m., Hondius Room Participants may pick up a complimentary copy to read beforehand. Craft activity and snacks provided. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Storybook Explorers: “Spoon” Saturday, February 22, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., Hondius Room This book club is for kids ages 0 to 6 and their parents and caregivers. Families will join in a thematic activity and take home a copy of the book. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Tie-Dye Socks for Kindness Month Monday, February 24, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room For grades 3 to 5. All brightly-colored creations will be donated to Larimer County homeless shelters. Materials provided. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Specials at Cliffhanger Used Bookstore Cliffhanger Used Books, located at 191 W. Riverside Drive, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrating Valentine’s Day, all books in the Romance category will be on sale February 10 through 16: $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks, plus tax. HOLIDAY CLOSURE The library will be closed all day on Monday, February 17 for Presidents’ Day.

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Things To Do With Estes Valley Recreation And Park District All programs are at the Estes Valley Community Center unless otherwise noted. This list is just a small portion of the wide variety of EVRPD programming! Visit evrpd.com for additional information as well as complete class, program, event and activity listings. To register, call 970-586-8191 or visit evrpd.com. SPECIAL EVENT Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Social Friday, February 14; 1-3 p.m., EVCC Lower Level $5 per person; Please pre-register! Call 970-586-8191 to sign up today. Golf and disc golf: Denver Golf Expo Special! Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course and Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course will be represented at the Denver Golf Expo, February 7-9. Visit our booth (#1200) and purchase the best possible golf package we offer all year. The package is transferable, sharable, and gives you the freedom to play our great golf courses all season for a great price. This special offer is only available at the golf expo. Stop by the Lake Estes 9-Hole for a coupon that will save you $2 off the expo admission! Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course Closed for the season. Driving range is open, but range tokens must be purchased at the Lake Estes 9-Hole course. 9-Hole and Disc Golf Course Open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., weather permitting, and 3-4 p.m. on nice days. $8 green fee for 9 holes, $7 for residents. $5 disc golf green fee for unlimited holes per day. Motorized carts available for disc golf or ball golf at $10 per person. HEALTH AND WELLNESS For The Health of It – When to Seek Palliative Care with Dr. Nicholas Mize, D.O. Wednesday, February 19; 1-2 p.m. Free; drop-in. Medicare Counseling with Chris Grubb: 45-minute individual appointments Wednesday, February 19; 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; pre-registration required! Call 970-586-8191 to sign up. Paddleboard Yoga with Stacy Fisher Tuesdays, February 11-March 17; 66:50 p.m.; EVCC Lap Pool. $55 per person for six-week series. Sign up at evrpd.com today! TRAVEL DAY TRIP: KUNC Public Radio and Colorado Sound in Greeley, Colorado. Wednesday, March 11; Van leaves EVCC at 9 a.m. and returns at approxi-

mately 3 p.m. $25 per person includes round-trip. Lunch is on your own at Cables Restaurant in Greeley. Pre-registration required! EVRPD and Collette Tours present a free informational presentation about two upcoming international trips: Tuesday, February 18; Discover Scotland: 12-1 p.m., Sunny Portugal: 1-2 p.m. Free; drop-in. For more information, call 970-586-8191. LIFELONG LEARNING Guitar Lessons with Elia King Individual 30-minute lessons: Wednesdays; February 5-March 11 between 3 and 5 p.m. Group 45-minute lesson: Wednesdays; February 5-March 11 from 5-5:45 p.m. Individual lessons: $150 per student, open to ages 6 and older. Group lesson: $120 per student, open to ages 14 and older. Registration required. Call 970-5868191 or visit evrpd.com to sign up today! The Great Courses® Lecture Series Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Weekly on Mondays, now through March 23; 10-11:30 a.m. Free; drop-in. The Great Courses® Lecture Series Albert Einstein; Physicist, Philosopher and Humanitarian Weekly on Thursdays, January 16 through April 2; 10-11:30 a.m. Free; drop-in. MacBeth with Robert Burkhardt Weekly on Tuesdays, February 11March 10; 9-10:30 a.m. $48 per student; register before February 4. The Supreme Court and American Society Weekly on Tuesdays, January 16 through April 2; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free; drop-in. AARP® Driver Safety Training Thursday, February 27; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. AARP Members: $15; Non-Members: $20. Bring a sack lunch (1-hour lunch break) Please pre-register! Call 970-586-8191 to sign up today! DANCE Intro to Line Dancing and Line Dance Party with Jan Tenzer Weekly on Sundays; 1-1:50 p.m. EVCC Lower Level. $5 per person; drop-in. SPORTS

Drop-in Ping Pong - New Hours Wednesday: 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday and Sunday: 2-4 p.m. Lower Fitness; included with daily admission or membership; drop-in. Adult Pickleball Tournament; Upper and Lower Brackets, RoundRobin Style. Prize for 1st Place! Saturday, February 22; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 per player registration fee includes a t-shirt. Pre-registration required! Visit evrpd.com to sign up. Pickleball Open Gym Hours Monday thru Saturday: 8-10 a.m., Thursday: 6-9 p.m. (1 court), Sunday: 24 p.m. (1 court) Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. Pickup Basketball Open Gym Hours Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND RECREATION Night In at “The Rec” This Week’s Theme: NERF WARS! Friday, February 7, 6-9:30 p.m.; 1st-7th grades. $10 per student. Please pre-register! at EVRPD.com. Tumbling Classes with Megan Hartzog Mondays, February 10-March 16; 4-5 p.m. in the EVCC gym. $55 per tumbler for six-week series or $10 drop-in. Open to ages 5-10. Creative Corner Wednesdays, after school; (All school ages and grades welcome) $5 per artist; drop-in. Gamer’s Corner Fridays, after school; (All school ages and grades welcome) $5 per gamer; drop-in. Family Playgroup Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. (ages 0-5) Free and open to the public; drop-in. SENIOR AND ADULT ACTIVITIES Community Movie: Romancing the Stone starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner Wednesday, February 26, EVCC Lower Level. Doors open at noon, movie starts at 12:30 p.m. Free; concessions available for purchase.

BINGO by Thrive with free donuts from The Donut Haus! Friday, February 28; 10-11:30 a.m., EVCC Lower Level. Free; please pre-register! Call 970-5868191 to sign up today. Celebrate February Birthdays! Sponsored by Safeway Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. Free; drop-in. Palette Pals Open Art Studio Mondays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Bring your own materials and projects. Rocky Rollers Wii Bowling Mondays, 10-11 a.m. (ages 18+) Lower level; free; drop-in. Drop-in Mahjong Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m.; Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Community Bridge Thursdays, Lessons: 11:15 a.m.; Games: 12:30-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Call Lloyd Parker for info or to play; 970-581-3505. Free and open to the public; drop-in. Drop-in Cribbage Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Drop-in Chess Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (all ages) Free and open to the public; drop-in. AQUATICS Join the EVRPD Aquatics Team– Now hiring lifeguards! Flexible schedule - Help us keep swimmers safe while they’re having fun! For more info, call our Aquatics Manager, Pamela Bross, at 970-480-1308. Parents and Tots: Learn to Swim at The Rec with instructor Merrily Stewart Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 11March 19, 11:30 a.m.-Noon. Open to children ages 6 months-3 years. $85 per child for the 6-week 12-class series. Contact Pamela Bross for more info: pamelab@evrpd.com MARINA Lake Estes Marina Store and Docks: Boat rentals closed for the season. REGISTRATION To register for these programs or for more information about the district happenings, visit evrpd.com or call 970-5868191. You can also register in person by visiting the Estes Valley Recreation Center at 660 Community Drive.

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Rachel Margaret Williams Rachel Margaret Williams departed this life on January 28th in the presence of her husband, children and grandchildren. At only 64 years old, she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier in the month. Rachel loved deeply and is loved dearly: she loves Jesus, her family and friends. She loved the mountains, working with her fellow volunteers and the professionals at Rocky and especially loved helping visitors discover the majesty of the Park. Rachel also volunteered at the Library’s Cliffhanger used bookstore. Rachel’s passions extended to being a stay at home mom, a pediatric nurse, a hiker, reader, needle-pointer, traveler, and welcoming family and friends into her home. She was a never wavering optimist, always looking for the best in everyone she met. Moments after receiving the devasting diagnosis, she decreed that the remainder of her life must be filled with joy.

We think to honor her best will be to live the rest of our lives in faith and joy as well. We miss her so very much, we love her dearly, we were so blessed to have had her as our helpmate, mommy/mother, and nana. Rachel is survived by her husband Tom, daughter Elizabeth, son John and his wife Liz and two beloved grandchildren, Lillian and Hayden. She is also survived by her brother Paul Anderson and his wife Sandy, her sister Betsey Klyber and her husband Mike, her sister-inlaw Cheryl Gross and her husband Mike and loved nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration is planned for Monday, June 8th at 9:30 at the Moraine Park Discovery Center Amphitheater in Rocky Mountain National Park. Donations in Rachel’s honor can be sent to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, P.O. Box 3100, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Charles B. Machado Jr. Charles B. Machado Jr passed away suddenly after a short illness. He passed away peacefully at home in Estes Park with his beloved wife and daughter by his side. Charles was born to Charles B. and Amelia (LaSalvia) Machado on May 10, 1931. He was proud to share the same birthday as his mother and later with his grandson Brian. He grew up in Los Banos, CA where he helped his father on his ranch. He met the love of his life in his hometown and they married in 1954. Charles was a US Army veteran and served in the Korean War where he earned a Purple Heart. In approximately 1963 they moved to the Pacific Coast and settled in Watsonville, California. He was a truck driver by trade, where he made many good friends. He was a member of St Patrick's church for many years. He also lived in Estes Park since 2004. He loved going to karaoke at Lonigan's Pub. He was well known and loved by the community. Anyone who knew him knows he lived to sing. He began singing at the age of two. Throughout the years he entertained the troops, sang at weddings and other events, churches and also sang at restaurants in Gilroy, CA and San Juan

Bautista, CA. Dean Martin was his idol. They are surely crooning together now. Another passion he had was cooking, specializing in jerky and Italian food. He enjoyed camping, gardening (he loved his fruit trees), bowling, spending time with his family and was a fan of the SF 49ers, Denver Broncos and the SF Giants. He is survived by his adoring wife of 65 years, Sylvia (DeGregori) Machado, a son Stephen Machado, of San Jose, CA, son Charles Craig Machado of Pacific Grove, CA, son Kris (Debbie) Machado of Salinas, CA, daughter Lisa (Richard) Gonzales of Estes Park, CO, a sister Beverly Orr of Los Banos, CA and grandchildren Kate (Roseville, CA), Brian (San Jose, CA), Bradley (Roseville, CA), Charles (Sacramento,CA), Thomas (Estes Park, CO), Caleb (Estes Park, CO), Aaron (Estes Park, CO) and Crimson (Estes Park,CO), also 4 great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles B Machado and Amelia E. Machado and also a brother George. He will be missed by many. He was loved by all. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please visit www.allnuttestespark.com to leave a message to the family.

Nicholas Ryan Lowry Nick Lowry of Estes Park died on January 24, 2020. He was born May 21, 1985. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Christian Church - Niwot Campus, 9447 Niwot Rd., Niwot, CO. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Best Friends Animal Society.

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Doris Jean (Jeanie) Mertz September 4, 1923 – January 30, 2020 Jeanie Mertz returned to her heavenly home on January 30, 2020. Her loving husband, Laverne, was by her side. She was a resident of Avoca Specialty Care in Avoca, Iowa. Jeanie was the youngest of seven children born to Charles and Amanda (Hochuli) Schneider on September 4, 1923 in Anaheim, California. Her father died when she was only 18 months old, leaving her mother to raise and care for the children. Jeanie loved to tell the stories of how she and her siblings helped their mother care for their orange groves which provided the resources for the family. She always said she got her strength from her mother as she took on the role of sole parent, provider and nurturer of her Christian faith. Jeanie attended Lincoln Elementary, Fremont Junior High and Anaheim High schools. She graduated from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, California, earning her degree in Fine Arts. On August 31, 1946, Jeanie married Clifford Beckler in Anaheim, California and three children were born to this marriage. Jeanie and Clifford moved to Masonville, Colorado during their retirement years, spending 55 years of marriage together before Clifford died in 2001. Jeanie married Laverne Mertz on De-

cember 7, 2001, in Estes Park, Colorado. She and Laverne shared 19 years of love, memories and many travels, always coming back to their home in Estes Park. While living in Estes Park, Jeanie was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Estes Park and a volunteer at the Estes Park Senior Center. Due to health concerns, they moved to Walnut, Iowa in 2017 to live at sea level and be near to Laverne’s family. Jeanie is survived by her husband, Laverne, of Avoca, Iowa and his wonderful family; her son, Ron (Michele) Beckler, of Santa Ana, California; her daughter, Susan (Jerry) Pelis of La Salle, Colorado; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, her daughter, Nancy and her husband, Clifford. A very special thank you is given to all the wonderful and caring staff at Avoca Specialty Care who provided Jeanie with love, respect and dignity in her final years. It was a great comfort to her loved ones. In her memory, may we go to the one true source of comfort and peace…. the Holy Word of God…….. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Dorothy H. Scott Dorothy H. Scott, 94, passed away at home on January 26th in Estes Park. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Estes Park on Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 a.m. Dorothy was born May 4th, 1925 in Fairbury, IL to Mona and Walter Henning. Dorothy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver. It was there that Dorothy met her husband William Scott (Bill) who proceeded her in death (2008). They were married on June 27, 1954. Together they owned and operated many businesses in Estes Park including Manor RV Park, Highlander Laundry, Century 21 Real Estate and more.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Lancaster, son Sid, daughter-in-law Lois, granddaughter Lucy, sister-in-law Marion Henning, many nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Dorothy was a member of the United Methodist Church of Estes Park and the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center. She loved the Silver Sneakers exercise program, Wii bowling, and socializing. Dorothy was known for her sense of humor, quick wit, optimism, sweet tooth, and loving nature. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave Estes Park, CO 80517.

Ramona Ann Cameron Worley July 15, 1933 – January 29, 2020 Ramona Cameron Worley was born in Greeley on July 15, 1933. She was the daughter of Tracy and Agnes (Barta) Cameron. She spent her first 12 years in Greeley. After World War II, the family moved to Cheyenne where she graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1951. Mona moved to Denver and worked in the dental clinic at Lowry Air Force Base where she met her future husband, Donald L. Worley. They were married September 6, 1953 in Cheyenne. They then moved to St. Louis where Donald enrolled in dental school at St. Louis University. She earned her National Dental Assistant certification in 1954. The family then moved to Belleville, IL in 1957 where Donald opened his dental practice. Mona graduated from Southwestern Illinois College in 1969. Mona became very active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and was very active in the Belleville Chapter. She was the Bicentennial Regent and the chapter gave 102 patriotic programs during the Bicentennial. The chapter received a Freedoms Foundation award in 1976. She went on to hold four State Chairmanships in Illinois DAR, was State Registrar, and Division Director. Her husband was forced to retire in 1985 for health reasons and passed away in 1986. Two years later, Mona sold their home and fulfilled her childhood dream to live in Estes Park. She authored several books: "Look Behind Your Mirror,” the history of her father's family; "Valley Forge…In Search of That Winter Patriot," published by the Sons of the American Revolution; and a book for her grandchildren called "Nan's Book... Lessons on Living." Her most recent project was a book on Sacajawea and her long life on the Wind River Reservation in

Wyoming, published in 2011. Mona was an avid hiker and crosscountry skier. She climbed Longs Peak at age eleven in 1944 while a camper at Cheley Trails End in Glen Haven. Mona was a letter artist and a silhouette cutter in her later years. She coordinated an Estes Park widows and divorcees’ group for seven years and was a founding fellow in the Christian Church in Estes Park. She served that church two terms as church clerk and was the general chairman when the church bought the Frank Lane Dance Ranch in 1999. She has attended Mountain View Bible Fellowship since 2003. She worked for the Estes Park Health Center for a time after arriving in town. Mona served one term as Vice Regent of Namaqua Chapter DAR in Loveland, CO and gave many living history programs through that chapter. She was formerly a member of the St. Louis and Colorado Calligraphy Guilds and she was a Founding Fellow in the American College of Genealogists. She is survived by one son in Chicago, David Keith Worley (Stephen Benner), three grandchildren Rebecca Tressler, Christopher Worley, and Olivia Decocq of Arizona, and several great-grandchildren, and many friends and extended family. Burial took place at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The funeral service was held at Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park, CO on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Bible Fellowship in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit www.allnuttestespark.com to leave a message to the family.

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Participation Is Key By: Judi Smith

As more of us ask ourselves what we, as individuals, can do to limit pollution effects here in the Estes Valley, we must also consider what we, as a community, could accomplish if we tried. Currently the Town provides space for both landfill and recycling collection. We, the Town of Estes Park, also approved a grant to support the glass recycling bin at the Residential Recycling Center. This grant will supplement the start-up funds from 15 original private donors and should allow us to complete the 2020 year. Larimer County has a contract with Waste Management, until Dec. 31, 2021, to maintain the Transfer Station and provide trash hauling to the landfill. Waste Management also hauls some single stream recycling. I often encourage readers to contact me with questions and answers about our current waste disposal system, including our 22 Planet Partners who accept and reuse or recycle items not acceptable in the county collection. RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com These comments guide my research. I often share what I hear with elected officials as well. But I am only one person and I am obviously biased in favor of solutions to the continued contamination of our world. Those who make decisions need to hear directly from you, the reader. Yes – Our Town Trustees and County Commissioners do listen. We know that one commissioner recently changed his vote due to input at a particular meeting. Town Board not only encourages citizens (town, county, and visitor) to speak on agenda items, but also accepts public comment on non-agenda items at every Town Board meeting. In addition, both trustees and commissioners are available

by email. Find the email addresses at www.Estes.org or www.Larimer.org Estes Park has a problem with wasteshed contamination and much of the trouble is man-made. People put plastic in the glass bin, or food waste into the single stream recycling. Some dump electronics by the side of the road, or allow plastic bags (sometimes still full of food scraps) to reside on the mountainside. All the vivid scenery in the world does not compensate for that blot on the landscape. What do we do to solve the issue? Maybe curbside collection for all would be the answer. (Boulder, Fort Collins, and Loveland have found this to be more enforceable.) Maybe, as someone mentioned last week, we need cameras at the containers and a hefty fine for those that ignore or circumvent the rules. Perhaps Fort Collins is correct and we need laws that isolate cardboard and other recyclables from landfill. Maybe Boulder’s tax supported waste disposal system is a better idea, or maybe a universal fee applied to all improved property (like Loveland) is more equivalently and more easily applied. Maybe not. So, if you have an opinion, whether you agree or disagree with my fairly well known position, please speak up. Make a list of questions (and answers), not only about pollution, but about all things effecting the town, the county, the state, and the nation. Communicate with your elected officials and with the candidates that are running for office in the April, May, and November elections. Share your ideas and elicit their thoughts. Consider the options and select your representation. Participation is key.

Meeting Notices Early Worms AA Meetings Early Worms AA meets at 7 a.m. every morning except Sunday in the basement of Saint Bartholomew’s Church at 880 MacGregor Ave. For more info, please call 970-586-1090 or 970-443-3538.

Monday-5:30 p.m.-Women’s Study & 7:00 p.m.-open Wednesday 7 p.m.-open Friday 7 p.m.-open Meeting location is 453 W. Elkhorn Ave. We welcome friends and visitors to attend these open meetings.

Women’s AA Group

Park Al-Anon

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. St. Bart’s Church. 880 MacGregor Avenue. 11 step prayer and meditation meeting, every last Tuesday of the month.

Park Al-Anon meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park.

Estes Park Al-Anon

AA Allenspark Monthly Meeting

Al-Anon Group in Estes Park meets from 7-8 p.m. every Friday at U.S. Bank. 363 E. Elkhorn Ave. Call (970) 481-3367 for more info.

Fall River Group of AA The Fall River Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon. Also Sunday- 7:00 p.m.-open

The 4th Thursday of every month is the AA Potluck Anniversary Meeting 5:30 p.m. Allenspark Fire Dept. Community Room Downstairs.

New Horizons Group of Narcotics Anonymous

Thursdays at 7 p.m. - Open meeting. 453 W. Elkhorn.


The Town of Estes Park is accepting sealed bids for

Estes Park Water Division Offices and Shop Renovation and Relocation located at 1360 Brook Drive, Estes Park

Sealed Bids will be received until Monday, March 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM MDT for the complete accomplishment of an 8,098 square foot interior and exterior remodel of an existing building including site work. Sealed Bids will be opened and read aloud at the above stated time in Room 203 of the Estes Park Town Hall at 170 MacGregor Ave.

A Mandatory Pre-Bid Site Inspection will be held at the Job-site at 1:00 PM MST on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Only those General Contractors represented at this meeting will be eligible to submit bids.

Complete sets of bid documents including drawings and instructions are available from Interstice Architectural Studio, LLC. Documents may be downloaded electronically at…

www.intersticearch.com/estes-parkwater-division/ or for a $250.00 nonrefundable fee plus shipping costs from the offices of the Architect. Contact Robin Calvin at (970) 420-8265.

The Project will be performed under a single General Contract. The Town of Estes Park reserves the right to cancel this Invitation to Bid; reject any Bid, in whole or in part; to adjust the quantity of Work to be done as mandated by budgetary requirements; and to waive informalities or irregularities in the Bids received; when it is in the Town's best interest to do so.

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Salary Range: $12.50 - $14.00 / hour 24 - 28 Hours/week. Includes vacation/sick time accrual. Closing Date: 5 pm, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 SUMMARY: You’re the essence of a patron’s library experience, greeting people with a smile and welcoming them to the library. You enrich people’s lives through meaningful dialogue about our products and services. You help people connect to unlimited ideas and opportunities that enrich our community. Spanish-bilingual a plus. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends. 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.



Part Time, Flexible Hours $20-25/hr plus gratuity Call Nick at 970-980-9023

$300 Retention Bonus paid out twice each year! WorldMark Resorts invites you to apply for: Guest Services (Front Desk)

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Seeking reliable, motivated, craft-beer-loving team player to handle sales & distribution for, and build authentic relationships with, local bar and restaurant accounts. May include beertending shifts. Part-time position is year-round with some benefits (including free beer!). Please send resume and cover letter to email@rockcutbrewing.com.

To apply for any of these great opportunities, please go to our company website at

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YEAR-ROUND OPPORTUNITIES Group Sales Representative Executive Steward Night Security Officer Laundry Crew Leader Painter

Hiring for Part-Time and Seasonal Positions Lifeguards

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MAINTENANCE Full-time and part-time positions available. Experience in electrical, plumbing, drywall, and hot tubs preferred. HOUSEKEEPING Full-time and part-time positions available. Experience preferred. Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email: patrickt@rockymtnresorts.com


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Join Our Team Maintenance Tech at the Recreation Center Full-time, yearround benefited This position will perform the various skills associated with the routine maintenance of the Recreation Center, including minor mechanical and electrical maintenance and overall aesthetic care of the building. To apply go-online to evrpd.com and apply under the Home/Employment Opportunities tab. EVRPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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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

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Temporary accompanist organist or piano needed for 10:00 AM Sunday Mass until June 2020, this is a paid position at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. If interested please call 970.586.8111 for more information.

Check Out Our Current Openings... • Senior Living Housekeeping Assistant $13.50 per hour

• Senior Living Medication Aide (Resident Care Specialist) Starting wage 13.50 per hour + Differential Please apply on line at www.good-sam.com

CC Enterprises Traffic Control (970) 242-0669 Hiring Certified Flaggers Project in Estes Park and Nederland area Please contact Chris or Jackie for details M-F 8 TO 5

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


Year Round. Full-Time positions qualify for benefits which include health, dental, vision, life, short-term disability and paid time off.

Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Full and Part Time positions available. Experienced Preferred.


Full details on open positions can be found at estes.org/jobs.

Help us Help Others Become a CAREGiver Starting at $15 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

The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for: Administrative Assistant I Limited Term

Close Date: Open until filled Emergency Services Dispatcher Close Date: Open until filled


Equipment Operator Close Date: Open until filled

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, particularly, to the electors of the PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT, of LARIMER County, Colorado.

Fiber Technician Close Date: February 28, 2020 Journey Lineworker Close Date: Open until filled Mechanic II/III Close Date: February 14, 2020 Planner I Close Date: Open until filled with First review February 10, 2020 Planning Technician Close Date: Open until filled Seasonal Position Community Service Officer

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


Police Department

Close Date: March 9, 2020 Volunteer/Committee Board Positions Estes Park Board of Appeals Plumbing Experience

Close Date: Open until Filled Parks Advisory Board 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.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a mail ballot election will be held on the 5th day of May 2020, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Mail ballots are required to be mailed to eligible electors between 22 and 15 days prior to Election Day (between April 13 and April 20). At said election, the electors of the District shall vote for three (3) Directors, who will each serve a three-year (3) term. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that an eligible elector of said district, for the purpose of said election, is a person registered to vote and who has been a resident of the District, or who, or whose spouse or civil union partner, owns taxable real or personal property within the District, whether said person resides within the District or not, or a person who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within the District shall be considered an owner of taxable property for the purpose of qualifying as an eligible elector. Eligible electors of the PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT may apply for a mail ballot, drop off a voted ballot, beginning April 13, or request a replacement ballot at the following location or by contacting: Sarah Shepherd, the District Designated Election Official (DEO) Mailing address: P.O. Box 359, Littleton, Colorado 80160 Telephone: 303-482-1002; Email: sees@ccrider.us The Office of the Designated Election Official is open on the following days: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, May 5, 2020. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that an application for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with the Designated Election Official or county election offices no later than the close of business on April 27, 2020. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that independent of the county voter lists, applications for permanent absentee voter status in special district elections must be filed with the Designated Election Official of the special district(s) from which you wish to receive mail-in ballots. An application form, for Permanent Mail-in voting in all future Park Hospital District elections, may be obtained at the district office or found at the district website, https://www.epg.org/board-ofdirectors.php. PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT By: /s/. Sarah Shepherd. Designated Election Official

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Home Repair/Service




Free rocker recliner. Burgundy color, good condition. Call 586-0514

Sm. house, close to town, single person, non smoker, no pets, year lease, references. $850/mo. + utilities. 970-646-6324


Temporary Monthly 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Home Rentals now until end of in Carriage Hills. 2 car April only at Estes Lake garage and large fenced in Lodge, N/S. $850 per backyard. No pets, no smoking. $1400/mo. + utili- month basic, big house for $1700. Call/Text ties. 970-215-4445 970-999-2293. 2 Bed /2 Bath, w/d, in town, n/s, no pets, $1,550 month/deposit, cable, trash, water included, Yr lease, (928) 715-0897 Avail. March 1st.

Commercial Rentals

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE High Quality Finishes. Private Setting Located On River. Reasonable Rates. Condos 6 Offices Available. Call Bret Freedman 2 BD, 1 BA, Garage, W/D, 970-215-2494 1 yr. lease. Updated kitchen. N/S, N/P, Class A Office $1400/mo plus utilities. 2014 Construction, Full 970-324-7692. Service, Furnished or Unfurnished offices in Downtown location, Near Town Hall. $450 to $550 per month. All internet options including Fiber available. Includes Conference Room, Handicap Restrooms, Copy and Scanning Facility, Coffee Room. Call Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 970-586-2448

HOLMES LOG WORKS 970-586-9168 Log & Metal Railing, Deck Additions, Log Benches, Gates Mantels & Stairs www.lograils.com

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

Commercial 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!

Commercial Spaces for sale and lease. Call Eric. Anderson Realty. 586-2950

New Art Classes Intro to Zentangle Feb 9 12:30pm–4:00pm Zen Buttons Feb 22 12:30pm–4:00pm Botangle.net home studio classroom in Estes Park Each class costs $75 (all supplies and snacks included) Register at Botangle.net or call 720-841-6296

SALES 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



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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


25 YEARS 1993-2018

Design | Build | Remodel

General Contractors | Timber Frame & Log Homes


Serving the Colorado Northwest Mountains since 1993

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â&#x20AC;¢ EXCAVATION AND SEPTIC INSTALLS â&#x20AC;¢ INTERIOR TRIM â&#x20AC;¢ STRUCTURAL FRAMING â&#x20AC;¢ COMPLETE HOME RENOVATIONS â&#x20AC;¢ 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


Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

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GLASS - NEW / REPLACEMENT HEARING & TINNITUS CARE Cory D. Workman, Au.D. Phone: 970-586-5255 â&#x20AC;¢ Hearing Aids / New & Repair â&#x20AC;¢ Hearing Evaluations â&#x20AC;¢ Hearing Protection â&#x20AC;¢ Ear Care / Wax Removal â&#x20AC;¢ Dizziness / Balance

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

â&#x20AC;¢ Interior/Exterior â&#x20AC;¢ Power Washing â&#x20AC;¢ Local References â&#x20AC;¢ Licensed & Insured

Tim Stolz, Owner â&#x20AC;¢ 970-518-4001â&#x20AC;¢ 26 Years Experience e-mail: testolz@hotmail.com â&#x20AC;¢ www.bestway-painting.com






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Property Pruners Full Tree Service, Landscaping and Fire Mitigation. Snow Removal and Yard Cleaning


343 S. St. Vrain Ave. #6 Estes Park, CO 80517 Steven@EPPruners.com Office: (970) 966-5113 propertypruners.com

Licensed & Insured





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