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February 12, 2021

Love Is In The Air

With Valentine’s Day this weekend, it’s fun to see the love shared between two wild raccoons. Photo by Paul J. Marcotte www.pauljmarcottephotography.com

Magnificent Buck Photo by Jim Ward

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Temporary Closures In Lumpy Ridge And Loch Vale Areas Begin February 15 To Protect Nesting Raptors In Rocky Mountain National Park Each year to protect raptor nesting sites, Rocky Mountain National Park officials initiate temporary closures in areas of the park. To ensure that these birds of prey can nest undisturbed, specific areas within the park are closed temporarily to public use during nesting season and monitored by wildlife managers. Due to high nesting activity last year closures will begin earlier this year on February 15 rather than March 1. These closures will continue through July 31, if appropriate. These closures may be extended longer or rescinded at an earlier date depending on nesting activity. A new closure is being implemented in the Loch Vale area which includes Cathedral Wall. The areas above the Loch Vale-Sky Pond Trail are closed to off trail travel. In the Lumpy Ridge area closures include Checkerboard Rock, Lightning Rock, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Sundance, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, The Book, and Twin Owls, Rock One. These closures include the named formations. Closures include all climb-

ing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber access trails to the named rock formations. Check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/area_c losures.htm for updated information on raptor closures. The National Park Service is committed to preserving birds of prey. If nest sites are located or territorial behaviors such as aggressive divebombing/vocalizing or birds fleeing nest sites due to human disturbance are observed, please report the general location to ROMO_Information@nps.gov. The same cliffs that are critical for raptors also appeal to climbers. The cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals continues to be essential to the successful nesting of raptors in the park. For further information on Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Bald Eagle photograph by Jim Ward

Incident Near Emerald Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park OnTuesday, February 9, park rangers were notified that a 21-year-old female from Texas had suffered serious injuries near Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The woman slid down a snow-covered slope approximately 70 to 100 feet into a talus slope on the south side of Emerald Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members provided ad-

vanced medical care. Team members used a Rescue Toboggan to transport the patient from Emerald Lake to the Bear Lake Trailhead where she was transported by ambulance to Estes Park Health and then taken to a nearby trauma center. No further information will be released at this time.

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EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment. During the week of January 31, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 7 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 2 • Alarm: 1 • Fire: 2 • Gas Leak: 1 • Smoke Investigation: 1 Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org

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EPH COVID Vaccine Status Update Estes Park Health and other Estes Park providers continue to ramp up the COVID vaccinations as the state offers higher volumes of the Moderna vaccine. As of Friday, February 5, EPH has given 1026 doses of vaccine. This includes some second doses given for some healthcare workers, fire department, and police department groups. We’ve also heard the great news that Salud has given at least 600 doses. Wherever you can get vaccinated, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible, with consideration to your own medical conditions. (Please contact your physician as needed to discuss any of your specific medical conditions.) EPH is continuing to call from the Larimer County list, which is the required prerequisite for us to schedule appointments with community members and essential workers. You MUST be signed up on the county list in order for us (or other vaccine providers) to call you for an appointment. To complete the vaccine notification form, please visit the Larimer County website at www.larimer.org/covidvaccine. We are very pleased to now begin to offer weekday on-campus vaccination clinics, at EPH at 555 Prospect Avenue in Estes. Many of you have now been called and are scheduled for those first and subsequent clinics. We have quite a few of you booked

for this next week and will continue to book as vaccine supply and the Larimer list are available. We are continuing to vaccinate our 70+ population at this time. We will begin to schedule our 65-69 population along with our educators and childcare workers once we have covered the 70+ demographic. You must be signed up on the county list in order for us to call you for an appointment. To complete the vaccine notification form, please visit the Larimer County website at www.larimer.org/covidvaccine. If you are having challenges getting signed up on the county list, and you are in the eligible age range, please call our physician clinic 970-586-2200 during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), and we’ll assist you with getting registered on the Larimer County portal. This is a prerequisite to getting on the EPH list. Our continued vaccination clinics depend on getting vaccine from the state. In addition to great work on the part of our vaccine task force at EPH, we want to give a special shout-out to Mayor Wendy Koenig Schuett, who helped reinforce our need for more doses to the state in recent days. Thanks, Wendy! The “good” problem of coordinating all of the vaccinations continues, and we’ll continue to provide updates.

Community Members Invited To Trustee Talk Feb. 17 The Estes Park Town Board of Trustees invites community members to join two Town Board members for a Trustee Talk Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom Meetings at https://zoom.us/j/93365555826 or by calling 877-853-5257 (toll-free) Meeting

ID: 933 6555 5826. This is an opportunity for community members to discuss local issues with members of the board in an informal setting. For more information about this Trustee Talk, please view the Official Meetings Calendar at estes.org/events/trustee-talk-0.

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Small Acts Make A Big Difference Holidays can be a mixed bag. A special day during which some people experience the intent and hope of the day, while others do not. With Valentine’s Day approaching, my mind returns to school days long ago. Back when, what’s now the Town Hall, was the building in which the children of Estes Park attended school. I think about how the run up to Valentine’s Day brought a hustle-and-bustle of activity to classrooms throughout the school. The way classmates would whisper to each other about prospective recipients of their special valentines. The

At lunch, Mr. and Mrs. Roby, always had a homemade sweet treat to help us celebrate Valentine’s Day, but only if we delivered a clean plate back to the school kitchen. For the life of me, I can’t recall what I ate for lunch on those Valentine’s Days, but do know there were no unclean plates. Later, after dashing through the back door of the school for afternoon recess, classmates and I formed small groups. In some, kids laughed, showing off their Valentines. In others, too shy to share their gift, kids stood quietly. A few kids were head down, eyes looking to the

Kindness matters. time we put into designing and making paper hearts—replete with glitter, words of love, white lace around the edges and, of course, Cupid’s arrow. Then, per tradition each special Valentine would receive a card on Valentine’s Day. Either anonymously (hand delivered by a friendly go-between), or heaven forbid, bravely presented by the sender. I remember, while in the lower grades, during morning recess, that classmates and I would sneak back into the school and put our handmade Valentines on the teacher’s desk. Then, when morning recess ended and we were in the classroom again, anxiously anticipating an exclamation of surprise by our not-so-likelyfooled teacher.

ground, no Valentine in hand. We all knew which kid would be in what group.. That’s why as I grew older, I made a point of having extra cards, pieces of candy, little somethings for classmates, whom I expected would not otherwise be smiling on Valentine’s Day. Now, as Mayor of Estes Park, it is not lost on me that I am penning this report out at a desk, in an office in the Town Hall that was once the school in which teachers, classmates and I celebrated Valentine’s Day. From this vantage point, I clearly see the unanticipated ways small acts of kindness led to lifelong friendships. In this sprit, I respectfully ask you to join me in making certain everyone in Estes Park has a reason to be heads up, eyes forward and smiling this Valentine’s Day.

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Paul J Marcotte

Wild Animal Sanctuary Is Asking For Our Help blankets! These get used quite a lot in our veterinary hospital to help provide bedding, cleaning, washing, and general comfort to the animals at a time when they Calling all loving and compassionate need extra special care.” If you, your people that would like to help the lions, friends, relatives, or neighbors happen to tigers and other animals living at The have new or good condition, clean towWildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colels or blankets and want them to go to a orado. really great cause – please feel free to The Wild Animal Sanctuary currently drop them off at the Estes Park News ofoperates three facilities within the United States. Two of the sanctuaries are fice at 1191 Woodstock Drive. We have a no contact bin in our foyer to collect dolocated in Colorado - and one is in nations. After February 20, we will deTexas. Combined, they encompass a 10,500-acre network of non-profit sanc- liver the donations to the sanctuary. On behalf of the sanctuary staff and the anituaries with more than 600 rescued lions, tigers bears, wolves and other large mals, thank you for your help! For those interested in visiting the carnivores. Sanctuary staff regularly sanctuary, it is located at 1946 County travel across America and into foreign countries around the world to rescue an- Road 53, Keenesburg, CO. Go to www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/ for more imals that are suffering. information on visiting this very special Lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other place. captive wildlife are rescued from illegal or abusive situations and then rehabilitated so they can then be released into large acreage natural habitats where they live, roam and play with others of their kind for the rest of their lives. At the EP News, we love the sanctuary and all they do for these animals in need and recently learned of a specific way we can help these beautiful beasts. From the Keenesburg sanctuary, “We currently are in need of towels and blankets to be donated for use in our animal care and medical/veterinary departments. Whether they are new or gently used, we need lots and lots of towels and Paul J Marcotte

Meet At The Flagpole – The Pledge Of Allegiance Meet at the flagpole at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park on Monday, February 15th (President’s Day) at 4:00 p.m. As a community, let’s recite The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, sing our National Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. Let’s stand together as a community in a show of support and gratitude for our great country - The United States of America. See you at the flagpole. Be sure to social distance. God bless you!

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

during the program. "In the Wigwam's heyday, up to 200 visitors a day enjoyed fancy cakes, candies and beverages while relaxing on Anna's porch and enjoying the magnificent mountain views. Anna eventually moved her business into downtown Estes Park and became one of the town's earliest and most successful single female entrepreneurs." Museum staff along with author Nina Kunze will facilitate the discussion. The 1917 Book Club features publications that center on local topics and authors. Participants are encouraged to propose and vote on future books. The Club meets annually during the winter months of the year (January through April). For any questions regarding this event or other Museum programming, please email Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun, at mfundaun@estes.org. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website at www.estes.org/museum.

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Two Rotary Grants Will Help Latino Community By: Rita DuChateau

The Rotary Club of Estes Park has a longstanding commitment to address areas of need in the local community and has recently awarded two grants to do just that. Community Service Committee Director Elizabeth Weisberg recently delivered a $400 grant check from the club to Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) for purchase of bilingual English/Spanishlanguage books for EVICS clients. The Estes Park nonprofit, supported entirely through donations and grants, provides family support programs and resources, training and events for childcare providers, and scholarships to families so that they can afford childcare. EVICS’ goal is to provide services that will strengthen and support Estes Valley children and families, especially in the early years of life. Estes Park’s Crossroads Ministry was the recipient of an $1,100 second grant, earmarked for a Mountain Home Café program that provides free meals to needy community members. The club

donated $500 and an anonymous Rotary club member added an additional $600 for the total grant of $1,100. Crossroads is a Christian service agency helping Estes Valley residents in need. Among other help, Crossroads provides shortterm financial, food and other assistance to the temporarily unemployed, working poor and individuals with low fixed incomes. “When it is safe to have closer physical contact again, our Rotary members are looking forward to working on more in-person projects with EVICS and Crossroads,” said Weisberg. “Until then, we are delighted to be able to help support the Latino community in Estes Park with these grants.” Founded in 1926, The Rotary Club of Estes Park is a service organization open to all. The club currently meets both on Zoom and at Nicky’s on Fall River Road on first four Thursdays of every month. Meetings begin at noon, with an optional lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Interested in joining? Contact Anne Slack, membership chairperson at anneslack@aol.com.

Paid Parking Presentation The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will host Parking and Transit Manager Vanessa Solesbee and Matt Eisenberg of The Car Park on Tuesday, February 16th, for a presentation on the new paid parking program for Estes Park that will be implemented this summer in downtown Estes Park. Everyone is invited to attend either in person or by Zoom. If you attend in person, you are invited to join Rotarians for breakfast at the American

Legion Circle 119. Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. and costs $12. Tables at the Legion are widely spaced and masks are required unless you are seated at a table. You may attend without eating breakfast and our program starts at 7:00 a.m. To attend via Zoom, please join the meeting before 7:00 a.m. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89616964434

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Ducks Need Sponsors To Propel Them On May 1

By: Rita DuChateau

weekly ads, and on the Duck Race Facebook page and website. In addiEveryone knows that the Estes Park Duck Race Festival is fun, exciting, and tion, Major Sponsors will be featured in a short video that they can share. is a major fundraiser for Estes Valley Participating Organizations. Did you “We are again planning a virtual know that generous sponsors make the event, due to the unknown status of Estes Park Duck Race Festival possible? Sponsors ensure that 95 percent of every Duck Adoption goes to the organization selected by Duck Adopters. Rotary Club of Estes Park’s Scott Thompson is again leading the effort to recruit sponsors, and he hopes to enlist support from both old and new sponsors. Two levels of sponsorship are available. Major Sponsors donate $500 or more. Associate Sponsors donate $100$499. Sponsors are recognized according to sponsorship level in Duck Race promotions, on the event website, and in local newspapers. Major Sponsors have extra benefits, including a large plastic duck personally decorated with Sponsor Ducks their name that will “swim” on race day. Those sponsor ducks are then pandemic restrictions that may be in displayed at supporting businesses in town, where they showcase the donors’ place on May 1. Plans are already in place for the race to be held at the Estes community spirit. Major sponsors will be recognized on Valley Community Recreation Center, where the ducks will be swimming in the Race Day broadcast on the Rocky Mountain Channel, and their logos will the warm water of the Lazy River,” Thompson said. be displayed on the event poster, in


The May 1 Duck Race will be livestreamed on the Rocky Mountain Channel and YouTube. Thompson stresses the important reason for the race, which has a 32-year history and has returned $2.5 million to community groups. “Because of the generosity of our Major and Associate sponsors, we will be

able to return an impressive 95 percent of Duck Adoption proceeds to 64 Participating Organizations this year,” he said. “We deeply appreciate our sponsors. They make it possible for our Participating Organizations to carry out their missions of making our town a

better place to live.” In an environment of uncertainty for many non-profits, the Duck Race planners are proud to be able to move forward with a safe, virtual event so that Estes Valley organizations will receive much-needed funds, Thompson said. To sign on as a sponsor of the 2021 Estes Park Duck Race Festive, contact Thompson at Scott@EstesParkHome.com or at (970) 590-9941. “The sooner you make your sponsorship payment, the sooner you will be recognized in the paper,” Thompson added with encouragement.

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As I was contemplating this week’s column, I sat with a piece of paper and a pen, doodling aimlessly to see what would surface. If you’re like me, when you scribble arbitrarily you often end up drawing the same thing over and over. I draw random patterns with straight lines, curvy lines and loop-de-loops, and either 1) daisies or 2) hearts. My subconscious must have been zeroed in on Valentine’s Day coming up on Sunday because today, I created a page full of hearts. Big fat hearts, tall skinny hearts. Bunches of tiny hearts, lopsided hearts, hearts with tails, hearts with scallops. Hearts, hearts, hearts. I’ve been doodling hearts for years. Hearts are my go-to. They’re happy, feel-good doodles. However, they don’t get me very far when I’m trying to come up with a column. Today, after I’d drawn numerous frilly hearts, I started to sketch hearts with faces; laughing hearts with teethy grins and goofy mouths with tongues hanging out. Laughing hearts led me to remember a round I learned when I was a Girl Scout that has stuck with me for 50 years. It’s simple, as most rounds are, and still fun to sing after all these years, especially when in an echo chamber such as a pedestrian tunnel, a cavernous train station or in a light house. It goes: Laugh, ha! ha! Hear the merry jest! And if you laugh last You laugh best. That reminded me of an email my Aunt Susan sent recently that invoked laughs worthy of several doodle hearts holding their guts and shaking like bowlfuls of jelly. Here is that email: • During the middle ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies. Does anyone know if there is anything planned when this one ends? • The devil whispered to me, “I’m coming for you! ” I whispered back, “Bring pizza. ” • Me: (sobbing, eyes swollen, nose red) “I can’t see you anymore. I am not going to let you hurt me like this again! ” Trainer: “It was a sit up. You did one sit up. ” • Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on pants with a zipper and leave the house. • It’s weird being the same age as old people. • Chocolate is God’s way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby. • It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult. • Marriage Counselor to husband: “Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?” Husband: “To be hon-

est, I never knew she sold flowers.” • Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. • My wife asked me to take her to one of those restaurants where they make the food right in front of you. So I took her to Subway and that’s how the fight started. • I see people about my age climbing

Kilimanjaro; I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance. • We can all agree that in 2015 not a single person got the answer correct to, “Where do you see yourself five years from now? ” • If a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a milk dud or an udder failure? • When I was a kid I wanted to be older…this is not what I expected. • If you can’t think of a word, say “I forgot the English word for it. ” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of simply forgetful. • Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you. Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years. • I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event. • I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit. • At what point can we just start using 2020 as profanity? As in: “That’s a load of 2020.” or “What in the 2020!” or “Abso-2020-lutely.” • This is the day dogs have been waiting for. They realize their owners can’t leave the house and they get them 24/7. Dogs are rejoicing everywhere. Cats are contemplating suicide. • If you are trying to impress me with your vehicle, make it a food truck! Laugh, ha, ha! Hear the merry jest! And if you laugh last You laugh best. Happy Heart Day this Sunday! You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. © 2021 Sarah Donohoe

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Visit Estes Park Partners With Local Organizations To Bring Exciting New Family-Friendly Attractions To Estes Park

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For the benefit of locals and visitors alike, Visit Estes Park (VEP) has partnered with the Town of Estes Park (Town) and the Estes Arts District (EAD), respectively, to bring a community climbing boulder, a mural—dedicated to the wildland firefighters who defended the Estes Valley last October— and (hopefully) a snow machine, to Estes Park. These attractions will encourage yearround visitation, contributing to economic growth in the area, and offer positive and memorable experiences to all who visit and live in our community; all of which are key components of VEP’s mission, vision and goals. Community climbing boulder VEP is contributing a community climbing boulder to the Town’s Big Thompson Recreational Area improvement project, located west of the parking structure along the Big Thompson River. The boulder will complement the addition of picnic shelters, irrigation, and landscaping making it another pleasant outdoor area where guests and locals can spend time. The Town estimates this project will be completed and open to the public by winter 2021-2022. Firefighter mural The idea for a mural to thank the firefighters who defended our town last fall came from the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center during an Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (estes.org/evrc) discussion. VEP, in support of this recognition, partnered with the EAD to see the idea to fruition. VEP is funding the creation of a mural by EAD artist Wade Johnston. The mural’s location is being determined, but will be located along Elkhorn Avenue in a prominent location. “You never know who is a wildland firefighter when you pass by someone in their street clothes. Generations of firefighters on vacation will pass by the mural and be touched by the gesture, whether they fought the fires or not,” says Rachel Ward Oppermann, Public Information & Communications Specialist at VEP, who is also a volunteer firefighter in Allenspark. “And it will add beauty and character to our town, which we are thrilled about,” she added. Snow machine This project is still in the works and we’re very hopeful it works out. Here’s our vision: free winter attractions, made

from snow, that change every year. Think snow and ice sculpture park created by local artists, a sledding hill, or a snow park dedicated to snow sports, available to locals and guests throughout the winter. The attractions will provide opportunity for new and enhanced signature events to be held in conjunction with them, such as outdoor music, vendors and food trucks stationed nearby. And these are only the initial ideas the EAD has, which would be in charge of annual programming and work with the Town to execute creation of the attractions. VEP would help to fund the project through a grant to the EAD. Nick Smith, Treasurer of the EAD (formerly the Chairperson) commented, “We are honored to receive this grant to help create a winter art exhibition and snow play event for our community and visitors. We believe this program will add elements of winter culture and sport that will make Estes Park a better place to live, work and play.” Currently, the EAD has submitted their operating plan and Covid 19 compliance plan to Larimer County for approval and direction to help facilitate a safe and sustainable program. If the team is able to move forward, a test phase will be executed this winter utilizing a rented snow machine. Data collected will be analyzed in consideration of a future snow machine purchase. VEP will promote each attraction across owned, earned and paid media to keep Estes Park top of mind with guests planning vacations or looking for inspiration for a future trip. VEP has already secured a stop for the mural on Colorado.com’s mural trail (currently under development) which is an itinerary of must-see murals in towns throughout Colorado targeted to roadtrippers. The trail will be promoted by the Colorado Tourism Office and destination partners included in the itinerary. “We’re very excited to contribute to the community by adding value to the Estes Park experience for guests and locals, while fulfilling our mission and vision,” says Abi Huebner, Interim CEO and Director of Stakeholder Services at VEP. “We look forward to more partnerships that benefit our community and visitors in the future.” Learn more about VEP by visiting www.visitestespark.com/transparency.

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Estes Park Archives This Saturday, February 13 The plantationstyle remodel (still visible today) in 1942 was supposedly borrowed from the home of Robert E. Lee, and the menu gained the approval of self-made restaurant critic Duncan Hines. More early history of “The Plantation,” as well as Thelma Burgess married C. Warren Chapman in 1932, and the some of the faChapmans were the longest proprietors of this family-owned busivorite memories ness. Photo courtesy 1951 Vacationland sent by email to The overwhelming top vote-getter for Estes Park's favorite downtown restaurant that turned into an “institution” was the “Old Plantation,” which opened as simply “The Plantation” just prior to Christmas 1931. Thelma Porter Burgess, and her brother Carl Porter, were the first owners, and the initial setbacks upon opening included a fire that completely gutted the interior, followed by a rather unceremonious ouster of Carl Porter by his sister, who subsequently started a competing downtown restaurant out of spite.

EPfavplace@usa.com, will be shared at the weekly Estes Park Archives program this Saturday, February 13, at 240 Moraine Avenue. The lecture is free, and no reservations are required. Pandemic restrictions remain in place, and attendance is limited to one couple or group sharing the same residence, wearing masks. The programs repeat every half hour between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Call 970-586-4889 for directions or more information.


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GSS Estes Park Village Community Lasagna Dinner For Curbside Pickup

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Made from Scratch Meat Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Grilled Vegetables & Caesar Salad 2#'s of lasagna, 4 pieces of garlic bread, 1# of grilled vegetables, 4 servings of caesar salad. Total price per meal is $45. Interested? Call 970-577-7700 ext 206. Leave a voicemail slowly stating your name, your number, and how many dinners you'd like to order for $45. Orders must be received by 4:00pm February 24th to secure a meal.

YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE OUR LASAGNA!! We are located at 1901 Ptarmigan Trail. Pickup your order in the cul-de-sac between 4:00pm & 5:30pm Friday, February 26th.

Photos and story by: Scott Rashid, Director of CARRI, www.carriep.org

As spring approaches, we will begin seeing the colorful bluebirds returning to the Estes Valley. Historically, these beautiful thrushes begin arriving in the area the last week in February. They have been wintering from Southern Colorado into New Mexico and Arizona. To help celebrate the return of the bluebirds, members of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute (CARRI) will be presenting a webinar on February 24th at 6:00 p.m. discussing the wonders of these colorful thrushes. You can sign up for the webinar at www.carriep.org. Many of you remember the nest boxes that we constructed and distributed last spring. That project was in conjunction with the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (EVWC). The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition will partner with CARRI in promoting the Bluebird Project throughout this year, 2022, and beyond. In supporting our mission to care for the waters, forests and wildlife of our valley, our volunteers will work with members of CARRI to set up and monitor bluebird boxes in the areas where we have worked to restore and improve our watershed since 2015. Check out our website to volunteer and learn about the steps we're taking: www.evwatershed.org. This spring we will be placing about 20 nest boxes in the valley on properties that the EVWC has access to, as last year there were several boxes placed on both golf courses in town and many private properties. Throughout the valley, we have Mountain Bluebirds, Western Bluebirds, and occasionally even the Eastern Bluebirds. The most commonly seen bluebird is the Mountain Bluebird; as they prefer the

open grassy areas throughout the valley. Adult males are sky-blue and their mates are gray with shades of blue on their wings and tails. Adult male Western Bluebirds are cobalt-blue with rust on their chests and backs. The females are similar in color, but not as vibrant. These birds prefer nesting in Ponderosa Pine forests. The rare Eastern Bluebird is found in a similar habitat as the Western Bluebird, but are rarely seen nesting in the area. They are normally found nesting from Nebraska east. During the webinar, you will learn how to construct a nest box for the birds and where the best location is to place one. You will also see the nesting preferences of each species, including what their eggs and young look like, along with what they feed upon. See you on the 24th. If you are interested in attending the webinar simply go to www.carriep.org

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale Proceeding On Track

Estes Park is almost mid-way through the 2021 Cookie Sale, and the initial supply of 6,000 boxes is over half way sold! This means that the Estes Park community is urgently in need of our annual cookie fix. Whether you buy them in person at drivethrough cookie booths, on-line, via QR codes and emails, there are more than enough avenues for making your support of Girl Scouts in Estes Park known. Estes Park’s Cadette troop #70455 is making sure that almost anywhere you go in town you can find a mobile booth sale with brightly-colored posters and smiling girls in uniform ready and waiting to take your order. During the week of Feb. 14 through 20, cookies can be found at Country Market, the Lumber Yard, the Mountain Shop, and the Reel Mountain Theater. Cash, checks or credit/debit cards are all acceptable forms of payment. There may be additional booths set up at the Rec Center, Bart’s Liquor, the Park Theater and more. The support of these businesses for our Estes Park Girl Scouts is much appreciated. According to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s web site (see them under “Cookies” then “Create Moments of Joy This Cookie Season”) “There are smiles, purpose and YUM in every bite!” It says “When you make a Girl Scout Cookie purchase, you’re helping the next generation of entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful: teamwork, planning, and a positive outlook. Because proceeds from your purchase stay local, you also help create positive change in your community by powering life-changing experiences for Girl Scouts all year long.” I couldn’t say it better myself. If you would like to supplement your own personal supply and purchase additional boxes to help and support others, the Gift of Caring and Hometown Heroes programs will help you do this. In the Gift of Caring program, folks can purchase packages of cookies that GSCO

will deliver to the military, both local and overseas. Girls collect the money, earn the “cookie credits” and the cookies are shipped automatically. The Hometown Heroes program was created so girls would have the opportunity to learn philanthropy and community service through the cookie program. Customers can purchase packages to give to others while supporting the Girl Scout program, the troop and the girls at the same time. This year, Troop 70455 has selected five local fire departments to support through HTH (Hometown Heroes) donations. The Estes Valley Fire Protection, Pinewood Springs Fire Protection, Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire, Allenspark Fire Protection and the Big Thompson Fire Department will all receive cookies to stock their pantries near the end of the sale. Another easy way to find cookies is to check with the GSCO’s web site under “Cookies,” locate one of many links that say “Find Cookies,” plug in your zip code and it will give you the most current information of sales in our area. The link digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/troop70455512 will also take your order and ship to whatever address you choose. Oh, maybe you could even send cookies to your Grandma in St. Louis! These Cadette Girl Scouts in Estes Park have big dreams for using their proceeds as well as cookie credits following the sale. Since their 2020 cookie money is still stored safely away, an even bigger trip could be planned, additional adventures arranged and community service projects created and accomplished. Preliminary plans are underway for a potential trip to Pax Lodge (the World Center in London) as well as Scotland and maybe even Wales. Thanks for keeping an eye out for our busy cookie sellers and for helping to keep Girl Scouting alive and well in Estes Park.

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Estes Park Health Living Center Closing: Next Steps On Monday, February 1, 2021, the Estes Park Health Board of Directors voted to submit a “Prospect Park Skilled Nursing Facility Proposed Facility Closure and Resident Transfer Plan” to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). The plan was submitted on February 3, 2021 and was accepted by CDPHE on the same date. Estes Park Health Living Center has identified Friday April 9, 2021 as the target date to close the facility while acknowledging that the actual closing date will depend upon the status of the coronavirus pandemic, having sufficient time to ensure residents’ choice in their transfer plan, and protecting residents’ health and safety. All 13 residents and their legal representatives have been notified of the targeted closure date for the facility, and that Estes Park Health Living Center will assist the residents in an orderly transfer to the location of their choice that can meet their needs. Each resident will be transferred to the most appropriate facility or other setting in terms of quality, services, and location, taking into consideration

the needs, personal choices and best interest of each resident determined through each resident’s evaluation and discharge planning process. Estes Park Health Living Center will be conducting recurring individual and virtual group informational meetings for the residents and their representatives and families to keep everyone informed of the process for relocation on an every-other-week basis throughout the closure process, or more frequently as needed or requested. Estes Park Health Living Center will not cease operations until all residents are appropriately placed, even if placement activities extend beyond the target closure date. Resident care and services will continue to be provided, monitored, and supervised until each resident is discharged. Estes Park Health Living Center will take such measures as are reasonably necessary to retain appropriate staffing levels at the facility during the resident relocation and facility closure process. Every reasonable effort will be made

to find positions within the Estes Park Health organization for Estes Park Health Living Center employees. While the Estes Park Living Center has been operating at a deficit for years, the deficit has more recently dramatically increased due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and consequent significant census decrease. Our census has fallen from the low 30s in 2018 to the current 13 residents on February 8, 2021. An assessment by Stroudwater Associates identified that to break even financially we would need to fill 45 beds. In addition to decreasing census, as with many organizations nationwide, we have had challenges hiring and retaining skilled personnel, and have had to hire more contractors with associated increased personnel costs and an impact on the quality of care. The “Prospect Park Skilled Nursing Facility Proposed Facility Closure and Resident Transfer Plan” is available at eph.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2021/02/EPH-Living-Center-ClosurePlan-2021-02Feb-03.pdf

LWV Of Estes Park Meeting February 17th

The League of Women Voters of Estes Park February 17th meeting will be a virtual meeting starting at 10:00 a.m. The speaker for this meeting will be David Wolf, Fire Chief of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, who will be speaking on “Wildfire and the Estes Valley – Living in the Wildland Urban Interface.” The meeting is open to all members of the League as well as the public. To participate in this meeting, you must register for the event at www.lwv-estespark.org Once registered, a link to the event will be emailed to you a few days before the meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the League or joining the League, please visit our website at www.lwv-estespark.org or contact us at contactus@lwv-estespark.org

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting The next meeting of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, February 16th via a Zoom meeting format. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 2-3:30 p.m. All affected by this progressive neurological disease and their caregivers, are welcome to attend to bring their own experiences, strength and hope and come together for the good of the group. For more information and the Zoom link and password, please call Linda Hanak at 970-443-8146.

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ReFUND What Matters

By: Karen McPherson

Taxpayers can choose to support any eligible Colorado-registered 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 local nonprofits 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). Reference the list below to choose a local nonprofit (or nonprofit that serves Estes Park). This list is also published on www.epnonprofit.org. 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 Secretary of State 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. Angels Above Foundation,inc, 20113032053 Art Center Of Estes Park, 20083005861 Ballet Renaissance, 20123009517 Boys & Girls Clubs Of Larimer County, 20023003484 Crossroads Ministry Of Estes Park Endowment Foundation, Inc., 20083008855 Crossroads Ministry Of Estes Park, Inc., 20033000539 Elizabeth Guild Thrift Shop, 20083005841 Estes Park Learning Place, Inc, 20063008400 Estes Park Medical Center Foundation, 20033003081 Estes Park Museum Friends & Founda-

tion, Inc., 20063006487 Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center Inc, 20143031058 Estes Park Quota Club Foundation, Inc., 20033003949 Estes Park Salud Foundation, 20023009080 Estes Park Senior Citizens Center, Inc., 20043010156 Estes Park Thanksgiving Community Gathering, 20153026384 Estes Valley Community Garden, Inc., 20153006513 Estes Valley Crisis Advocates, 20023003401 Estes Valley Investment In Childhood Success, 20083008340 Estes Valley Land Trust, 20083002762 Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation, 20043003587 Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership, 20063002201 Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, 20153002512 Fiber Arts Council Of Estes, 20143030610 Fine Arts Guild Of The Rockies, 20103030291 Food Bank For Larimer County, 20043002719 Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Dept., 20083004130 Habitat For Humanity Of The St. Vrain Valley, 20033002288 Harmony Foundation, Inc., 20083001965 Larimer County Search And Rescue, Inc., 20033002763 Lifelong Learning Of Estes Valley, 20073004063 Longs Peak Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., 20113032625 Muriel L Macgregor Charitable Trust, 20143030632 Oratorio Society Of Estes Park, 20093007915 Our Lady Of Tenderness, Inc.,

20083005196 Partners Mentoring Youth, 20023005421 Pet Association Of Estes Park Inc, 20083005875 Presbyterian Community Church Of The Rockies Foundation, 20103005946 Ravencrest Chalet, 20033001708 Rocky Mountain Conservancy, 20063004207 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Inc., 20033003228 Rotary Club Of Estes Park Foundation Inc., 20093002354 Russian Christian Radio, Inc., 20083005380 Torchbearers Of The Capernwray Missionary Fellowship, 20023005794 United Way Of Larimer County, Inc., 20023003467 Volunteer Fire Department Of Big Elk, 20083009040 Wind River Ranch & Ministries, 20103025341

Ymca Of The Rockies, 20023003536 Young Artists And Scholars Group, 20143035308 This list is important to keep for your records. Two things to keep in mind: if you wanted to support the Observatory in town, for example, you would need to know their actual registered nonprofit name is Angels Above Foundation. Another example, if you put Estes Park Rotary, which one is it? The actual name and its corresponding number are important for accuracy. Also, remember this is a state tax program, not a federal tax program, therefore, the identifying number for each organization is their CO Secretary of State registration number, not federal EIN number. 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. ReFUND What Matters is in its second year; this program was implemented by the state of Colorado and passed after much advocacy on behalf of all CO nonprofits by the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Read more about the program and search for other organizations within the state of CO at RefundWhatMatters.org or visit their Facebook page, @ReFUNDCO.

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Q&A On Bear Conflicts With Area Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita

July 7, 2020 - a bear up a tree in a Littleton, Colorado backyard. Photo by Jason Clay/CPW.

Area Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita who supervises the Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Vail area (Area 8) for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, addressed some frequently asked questions on bear conflicts in the Centennial State. Q: In analyzing the data from bear interactions in Colorado, how would you classify the 2020 bear season (normal, below average, above average)? A: Unfortunately I would classify 2020 as a fairly “normal” year for bear activity. “Unfortunate” is in reference to the still substantial number of conflict bear calls across the state. Compared to 2019 statistics it appears that human bear conflict numbers have decreased and the situation is improving. However, wildlife managers are hesitant to draw conclusions from a comparison between two years. As with many aspects of wildlife management, managers look to identify trends in data over several years to ensure that change is persistent and meaningful. Q: What do wildlife managers do with this data from the bear reports? A: As previously mentioned, these data sets are used to assess worsening or improving trends which can help wildlife managers identify specific areas that need to be addressed. Often wildlife managers use these numbers to articulate to municipalities, counties or land management agencies need for regulations or restrictions aimed at reducing conflicts such as trash ordinances. Q: Seeing that trash was an attractant involved in one-third of the bear reports for each of the past two years, should more trash ordinances be enacted across Colorado? For the places they already exist, should they be enforced more strictly? A: Trash continues to be the number one cause for human-bear conflict in

Colorado. Ordinances can be effective when properly exercised and enforced. Many communities that have standing ordinances have reaped the benefits they can bring when accompanied by sound public messaging and strict enforcement. We have shown that it is beneficial when trash ordinances are consistent between nearby municipalities and the counties they lie within. Q: What is the penalty for people who do not remove the attractants that lead to bear conflicts? Should those be more stringent? A: Penalties for not removing attractants can vary by location and ordinance (if applicable). CPW has a statewide regulation which makes it unlawful for somebody to fail to avoid conflict with black bears. Wildlife officers can issue a citation which results in a $100 fine (plus surcharges) and suspension points toward hunting and fishing privileges. Many local municipal or county ordinances have stricter penalties which can escalate with subsequent violations. The effectiveness of fines is often tied to the consistency of enforcement and the community's perception of the problem. Q: 2020 was a hard year with drought and fire. What effects did that have on Colorado's black bears? A: Drought has been a part of black bear management in Colorado for decades. Typically drought equates to failed natural food production and increased conflicts. 2020 saw unprecedented wildfires across the state. How drought and fire affect black bear behavior is heavily dependent on the geographic location where these hardships occur and pre-existing human-bear conflict in that area. Both drought and wildfire are natural phenomena. In settings with minimal human development or influence there are stronger biologi-

cal impacts to bears such as abandonment of cubs or sows not becoming pregnant due to delayed implantation. In areas where human-bear conflict already exists, loss of natural food sources often lures bears into seeking human-related food sources (trash, bird feeders, fruit trees), which can offset food shortages and mitigate the natural biological checks that control bear populations. Q: There is a high number of bears entering homes and dwellings. Is this a product of diminishing habitat, bears losing their natural fear of humans, or both? A: The number of bears entering homes and dwellings is a result of many factors. As listed, decreasing habitat and a loss of fear of humans likely both contribute to this increasing number. Additionally, human perception of what is “conflict” also plays a role in what humans are willing to tolerate and allow. In many places, humans choose to not recognize nor mitigate mild conflicts, which result in both humans and bears establishing an increased tolerance. This perpetuates conflict in various forms and over time increases the frequency and severity of conflict to where the behaviors pose a higher risk of injury or death to both bears and humans. Q: What would you say to people who are afraid to report bear issues to wildlife officials because they think that all CPW will do is kill the bear? A: Every year CPW receives calls from people that are hesitant to report bear conflicts because they are afraid that it will lead to the euthanization of the animal. CPW does have a policy that guides response to bear conflicts, but much of the policy is aimed at preventing or mitigating conflict before it becomes severe enough to warrant euthanization. The goal of every Wildlife Officer in Col-

orado is to perpetuate the wildlife resource, not eliminate it. Mitigating conflict or changing bear behavior is easiest when it first begins. When conflicts first start, the number of tools available to both the public and Wildlife Officers is significantly higher and much more successful. After conflicts have persisted and gone unchecked, it is more difficult to change the behavior or untrain the bear. If people want to see a happy ending for bears, it is crucial for them to play an active role in addressing the nuisance bear behaviors early, when conflict starts and isn't serious. By reporting bear conflict early on, CPW staff can provide suggestions on how to curb issues and can recognize areas of conflict that need more assistance. Q: Does Colorado have a stable bear population? A: Most locations in Colorado are seeing an increasing number of bears. As previously mentioned, bears have learned how to use humans and humanrelated food sources as a crutch that helps them thrive in even poor natural food years. As the number of bears in Colorado increases so has the number of people. With a finite amount of room and increasing numbers of both humans and bears it is inevitable that there will be more conflicts. Q: If I'm a resident and want to get involved to help Colorado's bears, what can I do? A: The best way to learn how to get involved is to contact your local CPW office. There are various opportunities across the state from Bear Aware programs to citizen advocacy groups and grassroots coalitions that retrofit trashcans to make them bear proof. Find what works for you and benefits your neighborhood and help to be a part of the solution.

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Human-Bear Conflicts In Colorado Continue To Be Dominantly Linked To Trash One-third of all bear reports in Colorado last year have been traced back to having trash involved as an attractant. Colorado Parks and Wildlife received 4,943 bear reports in 2020 and 1,661 (33.6 percent) had trash documented. Trash is not the only problem leading to human-bear conflicts. Bird feeders (411 reports), unsecured chicken coops (254) and livestock (391), among others, are all pieces of the puzzle wildlife officials document when tracing conflicts. Overall, the 4,943 reports filed on bears was down slightly from the 5,369 in 2019. Reports were up in the southeast (up 23.6 percent) and northeast (up 6.3 percent) regions of the state, but down in the northwest (23.5 percent) and southwest (18.6 percent). “Unfortunately I would classify 2020 as a fairly ‘normal’ year for bear activity,” said Area 8 Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita. “‘Unfortunate’ is in reference to the still substantial number of conflict bear calls across the state. Compared to

2019 statistics it appears that humanbear conflict numbers have decreased and the situation is improving. However, wildlife managers are hesitant to draw conclusions from a comparison

between two years. “As with many aspects of wildlife management, managers look to identify trends in data over several years to ensure that change is persistent and mean-

or losing their natural fear of humans. After learning this house or neighborhood has easy calories available to them in those forms, the next place they may look to for more is in an open garage, or pet food on your deck, or even break into your car for a treat it can smell. Being rewarded with food over time makes a bear willing to take greater risks to get the calories it needs. The next and most dangerous step they may take is to break into a home. In 2020, CPW documented 362 reports that had bears breaking into homes, cabins, dwellings and garages (forcible entry into a garage, not walking into one left open). Breaking into a home is the leading cause of bears being put down. If residents want to take action to keep Colorado’s bears safe, securing their trash and not having a birdfeeder out from March until after Thanksgiving is the most important step that should be made. They should also ask their neighbors to do the same, because it takes a

ingful.” CPW euthanized 120 bears in 2020 and relocated 89. The number of bears put down and relocated in the previous five years: 2019: 92 euthanized, 44 relocated; 2018: 63 euthanized, 24 relocated; 2017: 216 euthanized, 109 relocated; 2016: 36 euthanized, 16 relocated; 2015: 65 euthanized, 40 relocated. Trash and bird feeders are typically a bear’s first association with people. It is their first step that leads them to becoming habituated,

community-wide effort to remove attractants and reduce bear conflicts. CPW listed 687 reports associated with other attractants. Those can be pet food, BBQ grills, coolers or attractants in tents while people are out camping, fruit trees in your backyard, compost and others. Bear conflicts with livestock were documented 391 times in 2020 with most of those associated with sheep, goats or unsecured livestock feed. In addition to those numbers, there were 254 reports of bears getting into chicken coops and 74 beehives. For information on what you can do to reduce human-bear conflicts, please visit our website. Communities are encouraged to work with their local wildlife officers to identify the source(s) of conflicts where they live and proactively work together to mitigate the problems which lead to negative interactions with our bruins.

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Recently I was scanning some articles on the computer, when I came across one that was exploring famous people who ‘never lived’. An illustration with it showed an artist’s conception of Jesus. So, since He is my Lord, I thought I would explore that list and see who would be in the list, and why. The rather long list included: King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Sir Lancelot, Robin Hood, William Penn, Muhammed, Confucius, Moses, and, sure enough, Jesus. The reason given for most of these on the list was the ‘lack of secular historical writers that included them in their annals’. You might want to do your own research on the others in the list, however, I’ll just talk about Jesus. I thought that my finding of this list and the doubt that was cast on Jesus being a real person was interesting since we had just celebrated a holiday commemorating His life on earth. Had it not been for the pandemic, millions of people would have filled churches throughout the world. So, I wondered, ‘all those people deluded?’ I did learn that most of this disbelief existed in Russia, where 40% claim He never lived, or other parts of Europe. These people call themselves ‘Mythicists’… claiming that the targeted people were simply ‘Myths’. So I thought I would remind us of some truths they ignored. The discussion about Jesus said that their ‘reason’ for not believing He ever really lived, was that most of what people knew was from the Bible…and that secular non-believing historians of the time never mentioned Him. They failed to note the report of a noted Jewish historian, Josephus, who lived during the time of the early church, being born in 37 AD, four years after Jesus was crucified, and toward the end of the century, probably before the Apostle John died, wrote the ‘Antiquities of the Jews’, a highly respected history of his people. He wrote: “About this time, there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and Greeks. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused,,,had condemned him to be crucified…on the third day he appeared to them restored to life. The tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has not disappeared.” A few years later, one of the most respected Roman historians, Tacitus, in his Annals (115 AD) described Nero’s scapegoating of the Christians following the fires in Rome. He writes that the founder of the ‘sect’ was named Christus (the Christian title for Christ); that he was executed under Pontus Pilate; and that the movement, initially checked, broke out in Judea and Rome itself. Other, lesser known, writers referred to Him in their writings as well. Jesus was real! People may or may not believe that He was God’s Son, but don’t deny His reality. Let me close with a well-known testimony to Him. “He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then, for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never went to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled 200 miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things usually accompanying greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away, one of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched; all the navies that ever sailed; all the Parliaments that ever sat; all the kings that have ever reigned - put together - have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as this one solitary life.” (Dr. James Allen – 1926) What is your ‘verdict’ about Him? Do you live like it? I hope we all do!

Bob Lewis

Financial Gifts For Your Valentine For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic may be putting a hold on dinner at the charming local bistro, but the spirit of Valentine’s Day cannot be extinguished. This year, perhaps more so than in the past, you may want to make your Valentine’s Day gifts even more meaningful. So, for example, what can you give your loved ones to help them along on the road to financial security? Here are a few possibilities: • Contribute (indirectly) to an IRA. Virtually anyone with earned income can contribute to an IRA, which offers tax benefits and an almost unlimited array of investment options. Yet, most people never contribute the maximum amount allowable each year, which, in 2021, is $6,000, or $7,000 for those 50 and older. You can’t contribute to another person’s IRA, but you can give that person the money for that purpose. However, an individual can’t contribute more to an IRA than he or she earned during that year. So, if you were to give someone $1,000 to be placed in an IRA, that individual must have at least $1,000 in earnings. Be aware, though, that the recipient can use the money for any purpose. • Give shares of stock. You probably are already familiar with the products your loved ones use – so why not give them shares of stock in the companies that make those goods or services? Most people enjoy being “owners” of businesses whose products they use. Furthermore, owning stocks for the long term can be a valuable component of anyone’s financial strategy. If you are unsure of how to give stocks, you may want to consult with a fi-

nancial professional. • Stay protected. If your valentine also happens to be your spouse, you can give a gift of tremendous value by simply working to protect what you have. For example, if something happened to you, would your spouse be able to maintain the household, educate children, pay the mortgage and so on? A financial professional can help you find the protection you need, as well as suggest ways to defend yourself against the devasting costs of long-term care. A private room in a nursing home can cost $100,000 or more each year, according to the insurance company Genworth, and Medicare typically pays few of these expenses, so you’ll want to be prepared. • Create (or revise) your estate plans. It doesn’t sound very romantic but making sure your estate plans are in order is one of the best gifts you can give to all your loved ones. If you haven’t created your plan yet, contact an attorney who specializes in estate planning. You may also want to involve your tax and financial advisors. And if it’s been a while since you looked at your existing plan, take the time to review it – this is especially important if you’ve had changes in your family situation. On Valentine’s Day, the chocolate hearts and flowers are certainly always appreciated. But financial gifts can help you make a truly lasting impact on your loved ones’ lives. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by our local Edward Jones Financial Advisors. Edward Jones, Member SIPC.

Platte River Offers Scholarship Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu February 15 – 19 Monday, Feb 15 Tuesday, Feb 16

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw Smothered Chicken (6 oz) (topped w/ mushrooms, green peppers & onions) w/ Roasted Potatoes Wednesday, Feb 17 Eggplant Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad Thursday, Feb 18 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & garlic bread Friday, Feb 19 Signature Salad w/ Grilled Shrimp (8) (greens topped w/ tomatoes, corn, cheese, craisins, pecans & croutons) w/ ranch dressing

February 22 – 26 Monday, Feb 22

Bacon, Egg, Cheddar Burger w/ 3-bean salad

Tuesday, Feb 23

Country Fried Chicken w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wednesday, Feb 24 Pork Loin w/ applesauce, Baked Potato & vegetables Thursday, Feb 25

Philly Chicken Sandwich (topped w/ mozzarella cheese, green peppers & onions) w/ pasta salad

Friday, Feb 26

Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Feb 15th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Feb 12th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at estesparkseniors.org The Center is still closed; no activities. Now is the time to Join/Renew Membership for 2021! Meals-to-Go will be delivered to your vehicle at the Senior Citizens Center! Pick up times 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org

Students in electrical energy studies encouraged to apply Students interested in pursuing careers in the electric energy industry are encouraged to apply for Platte River Power Authority’s Roy J. Rohla Memorial Scholarship. The annual $3,000 scholarship is offered through the RMEL Foundation and applications are due by Feb. 26, 2021. “We constantly look for ways to support the electric industry and improve our organization, and this scholarship helps support the next generation of energy professionals,” said Jason Frisbie, general manager and CEO of Platte River. Applicants must be either a current high school senior, attending a four-year university or working toward an associate degree. Applicants must also have a permanent home address within Platte River’s four owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont or Loveland. Students who apply for the Roy J. Rohla

scholarship will also be added to the National Electric Energy Career Jump Start Directory. Every applicant’s listing will be shared (with his/her permission) with hundreds of RMEL member companies, which could lead to internship or employment opportunities within the industry. For more information and to apply for the Roy J. Rohla scholarship, visit rmelfoundation.org/scholarships. The Platte River Power Authority/RMEL Foundation scholarship is named after Roy J. Rohla who was an electrical engineer and plant manager at Platte River’s Rawhide Energy Station for 20 years. Platte River Power Authority is a notfor-profit, community-owned public power utility that generates and delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colo., for delivery to their utility customers. For more information, visit prpa.org.

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Braden Moore Signs To Attend/Play At Nebraska Wesleyan University

Braden Moore has attended Estes Park schools from kindergarten through the present. He fell in love with the game of football at an early age, and began playing full contact football in the 3rd grade after some parents and coaches forged a path to participation for EP students in the Loveland Youth Athletic Association. Many of the seniors on the football team this year have been playing together for many years thanks to this connection. EPHS Head Football Coach Aaron Carlson was hired last August and has been impressed by Braden’s dedication to the game. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Coach Carlson said, “Braden is one of the most passionate people about football that I have ever met. He is a hard worker, a great athlete, and pretty fast... getting faster. I’ve had nothing but great experiences with Braden and I’m really glad he is part of the program... I think this team is going to surprise some

people this season.” Braden’s hard work and passion for the sport he loves paid off on Wednesday, as he signed a commitment to attend and play for D-III Nebraska Wesleyan University for the next four years. “It feels really good. I’ve worked really hard to get here.” he says. Braden chose to accept the offer from NWU over several other schools. “I’ve had it narrowed down to NWU and Ripon College for a while now. The offer from Ripon was actually a little better, financially. It was a tough decision, but I think Nebraska is a really good fit for me.” Holly explained that as his parents, they would have been happy with either college. “They were both great academically, and both have excellent football programs. Frankly, we are thrilled that he had such a difficult decision to make!”

Congratulations to Kyra MacGregor, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for February 12, 2021. At EPHS Kyra is a member of EPHS Thespian troupe #7284 and on the girls soccer team, playing the position of the varsity goalkeeper. She is also a member of Major 13 (vocal jazz group) and said, “My favorite class is choir/acting. Choir is a community thing and there is no competition to be the best. Your grades are based on how you respond and interact with others in a positive manner.” She has played two major roles in musicals (Paulette in Legally Blonde and Rose in Bye Bye Birdie). She has earned three varsity letters and has participated in three years of soccer, one year of basketball, and four years of choir. Outside of school Kyra enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and friends, watching movies and playing games. She loves to horseback ride, write and dance. She is a professional Highland Scottish Dancer and performs at the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival where she won the Festival Champion Dancer Award. She works as the Kitchen Manager at the Park Theater and Café. Kyra’s favorite quote is from Dear Evan

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Hansen, “There’s a place where we don’t have to feel unknown and every time that you call out, you’re a little less alone.” She said, “I love this quote as it tells us that no matter what you are going through, you are never alone.” After high school Kyra plans to attend either CU Boulder or the University of Northern Colorado to major in musical theater.

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

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Five Fun Facts About… River Otters By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the North American river otter. Although I have never been lucky enough to spot one in Estes Valley or Rocky Mountain National Park, I have heard reports of people seeing them in the park’s rivers and in St. Vrain Creek. River otters are threatened in Colorado and are a rare sighting. For all of my own searching, I have only spotted a few throughout the state. Check out these additional fun facts about this playful mammal.

1. River otters are a member of the Mustelidae family, carnivorous mammals that have long bodies, short legs and a musky scent gland under the tail. The family also includes wolverines, badgers, ferrets, minks, martens and weasels. 2. After being wiped out in Colorado due to habitat loss, trapping for their fur, and poor-quality ecosystems, Colorado Parks and Wildlife started a river otter reintroduction program in 1976 on Colorado’s Western Slope, including in

Rocky Mountain National Park. About 120 river otters were reintroduced to Colorado through this program. 3. River otters have several unique features that make them well adapted for their semi-aquatic living. These include: thick fur for staying warm in cold water; a long, narrow body for ease of movement in water; a long, strong tail that acts like a rudder; ability to stay under water for up to eight minutes; and webbed feet. 4. Although river otters are designed for

life in the water, they can run up to 15 miles per hour on land. 5. River otters are a “sentinel species, ” meaning their presence, or lack of, indicate the health of an ecosystem. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints and calendars at DawnWilsonPhotography.com or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

A river otter swims through a Colorado river reflecting the fall colors along its banks.

A river otter rests in a river after searching for his favorite meal of fish.

River otters are playful animals, particularly in winter when they can be seen sliding along the frozen water of rivers and lakes.

A river otter got curious about people along the bank while swimming through a river on a gray, cloudy day.

A river otter gives a big stretch, which shows the webbed feet, after a long nap near a mountain lake.

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Crossroads Updates From Brian Schaffer A few weeks ago I had our van in the shop to discover why it was so difficult to fill the fuel tank. Nathan at Alpine Automotive quickly diagnosed it and

made the repair. He said the filler hose was crimped and wasn’t allowing fuel to flow freely. Prior to the repair it was quite an exercise of patience to fill the tank because it clicked off every half gallon. I had to do this or I’d be stranded on the side of road with an empty tank. Mechanically everything can be in tip-top shape, but without fuel in the tank the vehicle is inoperable. That’s how it is in life at times when your emotional fuel tank is running low—it’s as though your life is running on vapors and you begin to sputter and eventually come to a complete stop. I’m sure you’ve been there at least once in your life. You know, the feeling when you’ve run out of steam even though you’ve fueled up with caffeine. Coffee is a great way to kick-start the day, but when your tank is empty, the go-go juice isn’t enough to fill it up. It’s important to know what fuels your tank and when you need to pull over for refueling. Don’t allow the circumstances of life to keep you from living the abun-

Democracy Of Spirit Featured At Quaker/Unitarian Zoom Meeting Every Sunday there is a Zoom meeting of intellectually curious people; many are either Quakers, Unitarians or unaffiliated. This Sunday our speaker will be Leif Andersen. Leif is a world traveler and a student of multiple spiritual theories. His topic will deal with who we are, where we’ve come from, and what we are doing here. These meetings are open to all who are interested. The meeting starts with an informal chat from 10:30-11. The discussion begins at 11 and concludes at noon. For Zoom information, contact Jim Linderholm at hwsceo@aol.com or Randy Maharry at (515) 229-8299.

dant life that we’ve been created for. Set aside time to get into the Word and allow it to fill you up with exactly what you need for each day. It’s also good to hang with individuals who know you and are willing to help you refuel when you’re running low. They might even help you diagnose some issues that are keeping you from living life filled with the fullness of God’s Holy Spirit. I’m glad there are people in my life to help me, because I desire to live life to the fullest. I’m sure you do, too. Let me know if you’d like to talk more on this topic. Speaking of tanks, we have been able to assist a couple neighbors in our community who were running low on propane. One of them was a single mother who lost her job as a waitress. She asked for help because she wanted desperately to keep her daughter warm during the cold days of winter. The other neighbor was an elderly lady who was very concerned of running out of propane and asked if we could help her with just a little to get through the winter. On both of these requests, we didn’t hesitate to fill their tanks. In fact, we made sure they were filled to the brim or whatever they call full in propane language. We were able to warm the homes where these neighbors live because of the partnership we have with you and many others in our community. Tanks a lot for helping us share the warmth this winter!

The Speed of Love Do you ever wonder what happened to the lost art of writing love letters? Or what about 'mixtapes' that were the equivalents of musical love letters, painstakingly compiled and delivered with adoration? As Valentine's Day approaches, I started thinking about these things. Technology has changed the way we communicate and express love. For hundreds of years, the speed of communication stayed fairly constant. From smoke signals to the Pony Express, our ability to improve communication was based on speeding up the delivery of our message. But then in 1988, the internet was bom and in the early 90s, it changed the way we communicate distinctly and significantly... forever! Why write a love letter when we can tell someone 1 Love You," and share that sentiment anywhere in the world, in milliseconds? What used to take a sailor at sea, weeks or months to send or receive a message, can now be blasted through Facebook, Instagram or TikTok at the speed of light. But speed will never replace heart-felt sentiments. And maybe that's why we get excited when we get a handwritten, stamped card in the mail. Someone took the time - to select or make the card, write a note, put a stamp on it, and finally mail it - to tell you how they feel. And maybe we need more of that these days. Happy Valentine's Day and remember to tell the people you care that you love them, even with the simplest technology – your words.

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The first webinar in a nine-webinar series introduced by the US Trail Running Conference was hosted on Thursday, January 21. The content focused on and explored the future of safe trail races during the COVID pandemic. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference and the webinar series, reported that participation for the first webinar exceeded expectations. More than 70 participants registered, with a live attendance rate of 72 percent. Race Directors, organizers and trail runners from 25 states, as well as Canada, Peru, Macedonia, The Azores and Romania were represented among the attendees. Race Directors attending represented 128,000 runners. Speakers during the first webinar included Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD, a Sports Medicine physician with a PhD in Epidemiology, and Associate Researcher at UC Davis, and Andy Pasternak, Western States 100 medical team, MD, MPH. Høeg covered the exposure and risks outdoors for races, the efficacy of masks, what other races have been doing during the pandemic, the implications of a Belgian-Dutch study, protocols, benefits, guidelines, and her personal research. Pasternak covered updates on the current status of vaccine rollout in the US, a comparison of available vaccines, vaccine distribution, and criteria for returning to racing. The webinar was completed by information on an innovative new format for safe trail races, Open Course racing, delivered by Greg Lanctot, from

Pacific Coast Trail Runs, and Adam Stepanovic, from PWRLab. Each webinar is presented by industry leaders in their respective fields, and offers information that can boost a race director’s knowledge and afford insight into innovative practices to implement at their events. Every participant receives a toolkit document after each webinar that details key actionable items, while there will be an opportunity to follow up on deliverables through an online forum, and in-person or remotely at the 2021 US Trail Running Conference to be held October 27-30, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The second in the webinar series is scheduled for February 25, at 11 a.m. MST, presented by Salomon and the Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC), and is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion with a spotlight on Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Details on speakers for this session will be released soon. Race directors, event organizers and anyone interested in attending can register for the session as a standalone, or for the complete series at a discounted rate. The recording of the first webinar session will also be available for anyone that registers for the complete series. For details on the webinar series and to register, go to ustrailrunningconference.com/ webinar-series. Contact Event Director, Terry Chiplin for further information, terry@ustrailrunningconference.com or 303-304-9159.

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Generosity Shines Bright: Library Love Makes the Difference By: Kurtis Kelly, Communications Specialist

It’s February: the perfect month to celebrate the expression, “Love your local library.” More than ever, we’re grateful for the abundant ways our mountain village

shares Library Love, whether through financial gifts, time spent volunteering, or materials donated to Cliffhanger Used Books. What does Library Love do? It brings a smile to a child, taking home his or her own Storybook Kit. It welcomes a bestselling author into the homes of hundreds of local readers for a fascinating community conversation. It funds Makerspace equipment that created face-shield components for healthcare workers. It couldn’t happen without a mechanism to receive and process that generosity. That pathway is the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works in harmony with our tax-supported library, elevating the good to great. Sarah Walsh has been working with our library for nearly two decades, from serving on the Board of Trustees, to fundraising work, to her current role as Development Director. This week, Sarah answers some of our questions about the power and process of library giving. What is the “friends” part of the Library Friends & Foundation? “If you become a “library friend,” you’re in great company. We are kindred spirits, joining together because we love our local library and the great work it does. Big gifts and small gifts both make a big difference.” What’s special about becoming a library friend? “We thank all our members at

Cliffhanger with a 10% discount. And we thank them at our annual membership reception—we look forward to gathering later this year, once it’s safe to do so.” Tell us about the “foundation” part of Friends & Foundation?

“Over the years, donors have built an endowment to support the library. Combined with special gifts, endowment earnings help fund bigger-scale library projects, like—in recent years—the creation of the library’s Quiet Room, Makerspace, the Twig outpost at the Rec Center, and other renovations. We work with donors, whether they’re making a small onetime gift or considering the library in their estate planning.” How do you decide which projects to fund? “Each year, the library develops an operating plan, which is woven in their three-year Strategic Plan. It’s developed from lots of community listening, monitoring trends, and working with local partners. For instance, the library is working collaboratively to make sure more kids are benefitting from early literacy to become Kindergarten-ready. Out of all that planning, the library develops clear objectives that outline each year’s funding needs. We raise funds to meet those targets, whether it’s for One Book One Valley, the Summer Reading Program, or staff development needs. The library listens to the community, and we raise funds to help those goals succeed.” Later this month, we’ll explore more—including Cliffhanger Used Books, and many ways that Library Love is making a difference.

Lily Is Looking For A New, Loving Home Beautiful Lily is about 6 1/2 years old. She is a shy girl and will do best in a quiet home. She enjoys napping during the day and visiting with her people at night. She likes to snuggle and be talked to. Lily is currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet this sweet cat. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a nonprofit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, please call 970-2861652.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Closed on Presidents’ Day The library will be closed all day Monday, February 15 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Current Open Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Library collections are open, along with several computers on the first floor. The second floor and all meeting and study rooms are closed for now. Curbside pick-up service and 24/7 outdoor Wi-Fi are available. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Curbside Service by Appointment Place holds in the catalog, then watch for an email notice, and schedule a convenient pick-up time. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. VILLAGE CATALOG A Million Items in one Catalog Thanks to a partnership among the library, the Estes Park School District, and Eagle Rock School, library patrons and local students can search one unified catalog and request materials from the public library or from any of the school libraries. Materials will be delivered to the library location you regularly use. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. KIDS & FAMILY Preschool Storytimes Online New each week on YouTube. Children ages 0 to 6 and their families can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activities, online each week with new themes. See the upcoming roster at estesvalleylibrary.org and watch previous recordings on the library’s YouTube channel. (Look for the YouTube icon at the bottom of the homepage at estesvalleylibrary.org). Spanish Read-Aloud with Gretel Weekly on Library’s YouTube channel. Enjoy Spanish-language storybooks

read aloud by Outreach Librarian Gretel Bock. Early Childhood Music Workshops On the library’s YouTube channel. Music is a great stimulus for children’s cognitive development. Join local music therapist Nancy Bell for learning inspired through songs, especially for kids ages 0 to 6. Now online. BOOKS & AUTHORS Book Discussion: “The Grace of Silence” Monday, November 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m., on Zoom. Michele Norris’s family memoir boldly examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org and pick up a complimentary copy of the book. COMMUNITY PARTNERS Seasonal Paid Parking: Virtual Office Hours Thursdays in February, 11 a.m. to noon, via Zoom. Do you have questions about paid parking in 2021? Visit with Matt

Eisenberg, General Manager of The Car Park, who will explain how the payment and permit system will work in eight of the downtown parking lots this summer. Register at

estesvalleylibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. TAX ASSISTANCE AARP Tax Aide Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program are assisting with tax preparation. The service is especially for seniors and low-income tax filers with basic filing status. Appointments are required, along with Intake Forms to be completed and signed in advance. To make an appointment, call the library or online at estesvalleylibrary.org.

“The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm”- February Book Club And Read-Along Readers are invited to a shared listening and discussion opportunity through the Estes Valley Library’s next Family Book Club and Read-Along, hosted on Zoom. This month’s featured book is “The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm,” a Newbery-Award honor book by Nancy Farmer. The year is 2194, and Tendai, Rita, and Kuda are the children of Zimbabwe’s wealthy and powerful chief of security. They’ve escaped from their father’s estate to explore the dangerous city of Harare—and promptly disappear. Their parents call in the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, detectives whose exposure to nuclear waste has given them special powers. Together they must save the children from the

evils of the past, the technology of the future, and criminals with plans much more sinister than anyone could have imagined. “This tale overflows with wise insights, lessons and observations about the ties between heritage and family,” said “Publishers Weekly.” Children’s Librarian Chase Chauffe will present a live three-part Read-Along of the book on February 23, 24 and 26 at 4:30 p.m. Participants are then invited to discuss the book on Saturday, February 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All events are online via Zoom. Participants may register now at estesvalleylibrary.org, and stop by the library for a complimentary copy of the book.

BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN College Planning One-on-One February appointments available. College planning—from choosing a school to financial aid—is made easier by a one-on-one telephone visit with Kaye Orten, retired Vice Chancellor for Student Financial Services at CU-Boulder. Visit the “Book-aLibrarian” link at

estesvalleylibrary.org to learn more and schedule an appointment. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, is open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). The store is located at 191 W. Riverside Drive. Coffee table books and romance books are on sale in February: $2 hardcover; $1 paperback, plus tax.

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Plastic Waste By: Judi Smith

If the April election is an ecological success, Fort Collins will join Boulder and other Colorado communities in addressing plastic waste. Plastic is lightweight, waterproof, and indestructible – which makes it invaluable for certain uses – like water pipes. But it is the indestructible quality that is the problem. Landfilled plastic can last 450 years or more before decomposing. Landfills world-wide are filling up with used plastic, partly because single stream collection often limits acceptance to what can be easily sorted by machine (Larimer County: currently bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs – no clamshells or bakery/deli boxes), partly because only #1-5 are consistently and easily recyclable and Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) limit those to what is currently profitable (Larimer County: #1 and 2 / 4 and 5 – no #3), partly because businesses, organizations, and people do not consistently recycle all that they can, which is partly due to the mysterious nature of recycling. Nothing can be done about indestructibility. The clear, unbreakable nature of, for example, the water bottle, is inherent in its popularity. If you are forced to use such a “temporary” vessel, remember what you do has a permanent effect, Part of the unspoken contract initiated by the

first swallow is to be personally responsible that that bottle gets to recycling – not landfill. In the long run, we, the human race, must reset our minds to purchase for use – and reuse. Even a reusable plastic bottle is advantageous, but our family’s ceramic lined metal ones keep water cold and ice crisp – overnight. We used real dishes at potlucks when I was a little girl. (Everyone brought their own.) When my kids were little, my picnic basket contained washable plates, bowls, and cups plus the stainless steel “silverware” my grandmother gave me for college. When they became active teenagers, we began using “free” plastic boxes, then plastic coated paper and “plastic ware,” like everyone else. Convenient. We have reverted. Our “travel bag” holds new dishes (plastic, but washable), the remnants of the “silverware,” two heat-retaining ceramic coffee cups, washable “take-home” boxes, reusable shopping and Ziploc bags, terrycloth towels and a dishpan. Economical! Consider the expense of buying to throw away. Each time you reach for something to throw away: paper towels, tissues, paper and plastic kitchenware, water bottles, etc. – multiply the cost times your purchases over 10 years (estimate). Consider those dollars flying out

of your annual income. Then add to that, the cost of disposal for all of all that refuse. Kent and I, by far, underestimated our savings. Plastic shopping bags can be dropped in the plastic bag bin at the Transfer Station to be landfilled, where they will take 10-20 years to disintegrate into little tiny pieces. Worse, bags that blow away before attaining burial will end up in the antlers of our deer and elk and in our rivers. Some will wash downstream all the way to the coast and reappear, perceived as jellyfish by passing plankton, sea turtles, and octopuses. We are lucky that we, in the Estes Valley, have a choice. Safeway and County Market accept them for recycling. People continually fill the bag with recyclables and then throw it, bag and all, into the recycling bin. Plastic film (including shopping bags) cannot go through the Larimer County single stream system. Imagine having to remove all those bags! Imagine the cost of labor to do that! Imagine the cost of missing one bag that stops sorting, damages equipment, and sometimes injures personnel! The subject of the Fort Collins election is a city-wide ban on these dangerous plastic shopping bags. If the Fort Collins proposal passes it would be a step toward a circular future. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments? RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com

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The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American longrange, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War. This digital illustration is by Gary Hazelton from a photograph Kris Hazelton shot at the Rocky Mountain Air Show, August 2012.

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Gerry Hickson Edward (Vee) O’Farrell Edward Gary O’Farrell, better known as Vee or Viernes, passed away at age 73 in his Estes Park home on February 3 surrounded by his family. Vee was born and raised on Long Island in New York. He was extremely athletic and participated in many of his schools athletic programs. When he was 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a sergeant in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged, and when he returned to the states he decided to travel out west. He eventually settled in Estes Park and called this valley home for over 50 years. Vee worked construction on countless landmarks in Estes including the Stanley Hotel and the Historic Park Theater. He also worked for the Park Service in the Rocky Mountain National Park and for the Estes Park Bureau of Reclamation. Vee was best known for riding his

Harley Davidson all around the area, even up to his last few months of life. He also enjoyed playing golf, working on his home, and of course walking his dogs. Vee was an avid animal lover and would often be seen around town with his beloved dog Bandit. However his greatest joy was spending time with his daughters, Desiree and Olivia, and most recently with his grandchild, Desiree‘s daughter Zina. Vee is survived by his daughters Desiree and Olivia, and his granddaughter Zina who all live in Denver; as well as his brother Jim who lives in North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his mother who died while he was serving in the military. Vee chose not to have a funeral or memorial service; his family will spread his ashes in his favorite mountain area. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the local Humane Society.

A huge elk jam at Hwy. 36 and Mall Road. Photo by Nan Ryan

Gerry Hickson passed away peacefully in Kennewick, WA on Monday, February 8, 2021. Gerry was born in Boston, MA on February 29, 1952. A leap year baby, he celebrated 17 “real” birthdays in his 68 years. Gerry is survived by his wife, Tehea and daughters Cassie and Tara of Kennewick, WA, his daughter Becky Hickson and grandsons Jack and Ben Dawson of Longmont, CO, and his son Jeff Hickson, daughter in law Jeanne and grandsons Abe and Warren of Austin, CO. He is also survived by his brother Sandy Barnard of NC, cousin Dawnelle Donovan-Copeman of WA and a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Helen Reynolds and Louis Hickson and his brothers Steve Barnard and Louis Hickson. Gerry was a first responder who worked as a medical technician, EMT and Paramedic at the Estes Park Medical Center from 1981 to 1991. He moved from Estes Park to Yakima, WA where he worked as a paramedic before

becoming a firefighter at the Hanford power plant in Benton County, WA. Gerry loved his work and the many great people he met along the way. Gerry was a lifelong learner who loved photography and the outdoors. During his years in Estes Park his favorite activities included attending Trail Ridge Riders camp at Camp Cheley with his family and skiing at Hidden Valley and hiking in RMNP. He enjoyed working the ambulance crew at the Rooftop Rodeo every year. He enjoyed science fiction books and anything that involved dragons. He took two medical mission trips to Shanghai, China, which allowed him to visit the site where his father was held as a POW during World War II. Services will not be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the First Responders Children’s Foundation (1strcrf.org) or the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department.

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EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at EPNews.com « In Home Care Givers Needed Experience preferred. Call or text 303-517-2330 or 303-775-0778

The Stitchin’ Den is a dynamic knitting, quilting & needle arts destination shop nestled in Estes Park. We are looking for a part time Website & Communication Assistant who loves fiber arts. We need a person who is skilled with website design, email marketing and social media strategies, and has an eye for graphic design. This position can be performed remotely, but occasional access to the shop is necessary. Email resume to: paula@thestitchinden.com

The Historic Crags Lodge Housekeeping - Full Time

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Long Term Care Facility in Gunnison, CO seeks Staff Nurses for our 52,000 square ft., state-of-the-art facility. We offer competitive wages, transitional housing options and Sign N Stay Bonus of up to $10,000! Please go to our website - jobs.gunnisonvalleyhealth.org to apply!

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

Year Round, $14/hr w/ Benefits Apply online at Diamondresorts.com Stop by and see us or call us at

970-586-6066 300 Riverside Drive Estes Park, CO 80517 Equal Opportunity Employer

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Rock Cut Brewing is in search of a relationship management coordinator who handles sales & distribution for local accounts and more importantly, builds and maintains authentic and genuine relationships with community restaurants, bars, and liquor stores. PT & FT available; $15-18/hour DOE. Full job description & how to apply at www.rockcutbrewing.com/careeropportunities.

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Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available for

• Front Desk • Housekeeping • Maintenance

Some Evenings and Weekends

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

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


Downtown Estes Looking for cooks, cashier, manager, busser. Call 970-308-8991 or 970-634-9519 or email aplication to esgalex2@gmail.com


Work with a wonderful team in our beautiful Christmas shops. Resume to Dianemuno@msn.com

Silver Saddle Inn Now hiring: Breakfast Attendant Housekeepers General Laborers

Must be non-smoker. Apply in person 1260 Big Thompson Avenue

Local’s Grill

Please stop by for an application

Full and Part time positions

Minimum 2 years experience. Send resume to localelk@gmail.com

Transportation Office Coordinator

(Full-Time $16-18hr) High volume transportation company seeking an individual who can lead the sales of products and services offered. Including, but not limited to: shuttles services, private charter services, tour services, and wedding transportation services in and around the Estes Valley region.

Get your application at: www.albertsoncompanies.com/careers After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.

Now hiring for Cashier and Delivery Driver

Tour Guides

Sous Chef and Line Cook

We’re gearing up for the winter season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter

The Estes Park Sanitation District is accepting applications for a Wastewater Treatment Collections Operator. The position is entry level/ trainee. The job involves the performance of skills relating to lines construction, maintenance and repair. It will also include learning skills associated with a plant operator. Starting hourly wage for the entry-level position is $19.70 per hour. The approximate annual salary is $45,000. The position includes health benefits and retirement eligibility. The starting wage may be adjusted for individuals who possess current collection classifications or other applicable skills. Applicant must be at least 18 years old, be in good physical condition, be able to lift comfortably and work with weights of at least 50 pounds, have a minimum high school education, possess a valid Colorado driver’s license and be able to obtain a commercial driver’s license within six months of hiring date. Applicant must have dependable transportation, reside within 2030 minutes of our facility and be willing to work overtime, weekends and holidays when required. An application package can be picked up and returned to the District Office at 1201 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. Contact the office at (970) 586-2866 or email the District Manager at jduell@estesparksanitation.org to make arrangements for an alternative method of receiving or returning the employment package. All applications will be kept confidential. The position will be open until filled. Estes Park Sanitation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Shuttle Drivers

(Part-time, $15-17 hour) Apply at: www.estesparktrolleys.com under the contact us page.

Day and Evening shifts, $15.50 an hour, enthusiast about local History, as well as, Paranormal folklore. Must be outgoing, friendly, and able to speak well in front of 10 or more people. To apply online at the Stanley Hotel website. Or come to the Tours desk in the basement of the Hotel to apply.

Front Desk Murphy's Hotels are looking for a person with excellent customer service skills and flexible hours.

Call Jenna 1-970-480-2955 for interview.

C.N.A. - Bonus Eligible!

Long term care facility in Gunnison, CO seeks C.N.A.'s for our brand new, stateof-the-art facility. We offer wages starting at $16.50 and up depending on experience. We offer transitional housing options and a Sign N Stay bonus of up to $3000! Please apply directly to our website, jobs.gunnisonvalleyhealth.org


Full details on open positions can be found at estes.org/jobs. The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for: Seasonal Positions Community Service Officer Close Date: March 8, 2021


Work with a wonderful team in our beautiful women's apparel shop. Resume to Dianemuno@msn.com

Volunteer/Committee Board Positions Community & Family Advisory Board (4 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled Estes Park Planning Commission Close Date: February 23, 2021 Parks Advisory Board (2 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled

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

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

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

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Garage Sales

Estate Sales

2 bed, 1 and 1/4 bath cabin for rent. Available March 1st. Close to RMNP. Year lease required. Gas fireplace, washer/dryer. Pet OK upon approval. $1500/month plus deposit. References required. Please call 970-685-2945.

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

Glen Haven - older year Sat 8 am ESTATE/GARAGE SALE round cabin w/ river acFollow Judi’s Signs to Need to have one, but cess. $329,900. 2.5 acres, 1000 Whispering Pines seems overwhelming. 2 bedroom 1 bath. We do the work, you make 440-423-3833 Home Deco Items, Linens, the $. Local, Affordable, Telescope, Grill, Art, Patio References. CALL NOW Commercial Set, Fireplace, Firepit & 970-215-5548 More.


Storage Units Heated Storage Unit Downtown, 450 sq. ft. 970-290-4488


Need Help Around The House? I do household chores, yard work, houseSewing/Alterations keeping, run errands, auto detailing & yes... I do windows! I am a long time Remixed Custom Sewing resident having now lived Services and Industrial in Estes Park for 38 yrs! Repair Plenty of references! Cushions, benches, Call Janice at leather, campers and out970-215-6612. door furniture. Let me help you! Local - call Beth 970-492-5446

Futon w/ full mattress, very good cond, just don’t need. 586-1935 $20

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

Lot for sale. 1790 Hallett Heights Drive, Estes Park, Co. $200,000. For more information call 970-815-6901.




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

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

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








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