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February 28, 2020

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Parking Downtown This Summer: What You Need To Know Changes are coming to downtown Estes Park this summer, so Vanessa Solesbee, the Town's Parking & Transit Manager, has provided answers to the most commonly asked questions to help locals and visitors learn what they can expect. Paid parking is coming to Estes Park this summer. What will that look like? Beginning June 1, seven parking areas (60 percent of the parking in downtown) will have a fee of $2 per hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The remaining 40 percent of downtown parking will be free or will be transitioned into employee-only parking through October 18. Even with the introduction of seasonal paid parking in 2020, nearly 70 percent of all public parking will remain free. Additionally, parking between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. will remain free in all parking areas. Seasonal paid areas (June 1 - Oct. 18, 2020) Town Hall parking lot (portion) East Riverside parking lot Riverside parking lot Weist parking lot (portion) Post Office parking lot Tregent parking lot Bond Park public parking areas Free areas (year-round) MacGregor Avenue Big Horn parking lot

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W. Riverside parking lot Davis parking lot Performance Park parking lot Spruce parking lot On-street parking located along W. Elkhorn, E. Riverside, Big Horn, Moraine, and W. Riverside Parking structure Events Complex park-n-ride Employee-only parking areas (June 1 - Oct. 18, 2020) Virginia parking lot Brownfield's parking lot Weist parking lot (portion) Town Hall (portion) What options will be available to pay for daily parking? While the Town is still finalizing the specific technologies, four payment options will be provided: Kiosks located in or near paid parking areas that accept cash and credit/debit card Mobile payment via app Pay by phone (toll-free number) Pay by text (no account needed) In-person by talking to a Parking Ambassador, located in each paid parking area (credit card only) Will there still be time limits? Time limits will be removed in all offstreet parking areas where seasonal paid parking will be introduced. Time limits will remain in spaces designated for those conducting business at, or visiting, the post office, Town Hall and library. Time limits will remain in some onstreet areas to allow access for quick trips into adjacent businesses like coffee shops. Are there any discounts for locals? Local residents (defined as residing within the Estes Park R3 School District) are eligible for up to 30 minutes of free parking daily in any of the paid parking areas. Locals will be able to register in person or online in late April/early May. Residents (and visitors) can also continue to park in any of the remaining, free spaces (1,569 total). Where are downtown employees going to park? A new Employee Parking Permit is being developed in partnership with the downtown business owners and employees. Anyone who owns a business,

property and/or works downtown will have the option to purchase a permit for a dedicated employee-only parking area. Those not wishing to purchase a permit can park in any of the remaining, free spaces on a first come, first-served basis (similar to previous years). The Town also plans to extend the service hours for the free trolley later into the evening to

Spending of this revenue will be limited to administration, operation, and enhancement of the Town's public parking and complementary transit services like the Town's free shuttle program. Where do I go with questions? The Town is kicking off a "Let's Talk Parking" series Thursday, March 5 at

accommodate employees who may want to park in the parking structure. Will I have to pay to do basic things downtown this summer like go to the library, Town Hall to pay my utility bill or to the post office? Convenient spaces will be provided at both Town Hall and at the Post Office free of charge. Those spaces will have time limits (e.g., 30-minute and 1-hour) and will be actively monitored by Parking Ambassadors. The library will also have spaces marked "Library Reserved," located on the north side of the library. Five of those spaces will have no time limits; two of those spaces (opposite the concrete walkway) will be marked with a time-limit (e.g. 30-minute) for quicker trips. The spaces will all be free to charge. The Town is also working with library staff to identify the best way to maintain access to the library for all patrons. Where will the parking fees go? Fees collected from daily paid parking, permits, enforcement and special events will be kept in a special revenue fund.

the Estes Valley Library. This bi-weekly series takes place 10 a.m. to Noon. There is no need to register in advance and there will not be a formal program - just drop by and share your thoughts about parking (and/or transit!) with me, Vanessa Solesbee, Town Parking & Transit Manager. Let's Talk Parking series 10 a.m. to Noon Estes Valley Library March 5 March 19 April 2 April 16 April 30 Questions and comments can be submitted via the online feedback form at www.estes.org/parking. If you have a group and would like to schedule a presentation from the Town about parking downtown this summer, please contact the Town Parking & Transit Manager, Vanessa Solesbee, at vsolesbee@estes.org or 970-577-3957.

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Celebrating Kindness In Estes Park February has been an inspiring month for me as I have watched the community come together around the Estes Park Kindness Project. Nearly 1,000 people have participated in the Kindness Project in one way or another and the Estes Valley Library has made hundreds of free copies of The Kindness Diaries by Leon Logothetis available to residents. From attendance at the three author presentations with Leon to the Walk for Kindness, resident participation has highlighted the importance of this value to our town. The Kindness Project has also motivated me to reflect on the role that kindness plays in Estes Park. I believe that kindness is a fundamental value in a close-knit valley like ours. It does not mean that we always agree with each other, nor does it mean that we even share the same exact value systems or beliefs. Instead, kindness is a manner of interacting with our fellow residents that reinforces their value as a part of the social and cultural fabric of our town. It shows up most visibly when we are responding to a disaster, whether personal or community-wide, but is also present in everyday actions. People in this town genuinely care about each other. Nowhere has this been more apparent to me lately than in the conduct of our Town employees. In conjunction with the Kindness Project, the Town Philanthropy Committee began a program to recognize acts of kindness between coworkers and residents. The stories that

have come across as nominations for recognition have been powerful and are a testament. Examples range from helping some visitors get to their hotel after being stranded downtown to assisting an elderly community member with an uncompleted project and striking up a lasting friendship. While examples of kindness in our community abound, no one (and no town) is perfect. We have all been recipients of unkind behavior and most of us have probably been less than kind to someone at some point in our lives. Kindness is not an absolute trait that you either have or do not. It is an ideal to strive for, a goal for how we treat our neighbors and guests, and its presence in a community can be felt by residents and visitors alike. Looking forward to the remainder of this year, there is a significant project that will involve numerous value-laden conversations about the character of our town. The Town intends to begin work on the Comprehensive Plan this year, with a targeted completion date in 2021. A legitimate Comprehensive Planning process requires significant public engagement and robust discussion about issues that are core to our community identity (land use, transportation, economic opportunities, etc.). Remembering the lessons and reflections from the Estes Park Kindness Project will serve us all well as we undertake the hard-butimportant conversations about the future of our community.

Next Mayor's Chat Is Thursday, March 5 Estes Park Mayor Todd Jirsa invites community members to join him and his guest, Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly, for a Mayor's ChatThursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. at The

Egg of Estes, 393 E. Elkhorn Ave. Mayor Jirsa holds regular Mayor's Chats, generally during the first week of each month, with varied dates, times and locations throughout Estes Park.

Estes Park Planning Commission & Estes Park Board Of Adjustment Seek Members The Town of Estes Park is seeking board members for the newly established Estes Park Planning Commission and Estes Park Board of Adjustment. The creation of these boards is occurring in preparation for the expiration of the Estes Valley Planning Area Intergovernmental Agreement on March 31, 2020. The Estes Park Planning Commission will be comprised of five members that will review development proposals and subdivision proposals within Estes Park town limits. The commissioners must reside within Town limits for the duration of their term.

The Estes Park Board of Adjustment will be comprised of three members that will review and have the final decisionmaking authority over variance requests within Estes Park town limits. The board members must reside within town limits for the duration of their term. Additional information and applications for both the Estes Park Planning Commission and the Estes Park Board of Adjustment are available at www.estes.org/jobs. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. To learn more about planning services in Estes Park, visit www.estes.org/planningandzoning.

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Town Board To Consider Electric Rates Changes; Customer Participation Encouraged To ensure continued high-quality utility services and plan for future upgrades through capital improvement projects, the Town of Estes Park periodically reviews the cost of providing services as well as projected revenue - the rates paid by customers. The Town's public electric utility is a cost-based entity that relies solely on user fees to operate. Costs and revenues must be balanced in order to maintain operations and keep utilities in line with ever-increasing federal standards and customer expectations. Rate studies also ensure equitable rates among customer classes, so that one customer class does not subsidize another. Customers are encouraged to review the rate study report and the proposed rates and determine how the rates will affect their future bills and overall expenses. The report and proposed rates can be viewed at www.estes.org/electricrates. Customers can also review this information at the Utilities Department in Town Hall, Room 100, and at the Estes Valley Library. To reduce the immediate impact on customers, the current rate study recommends rate gradual increases to occur beginning with usage in June of 2020, in January of 2021 and again in January of 2022. Several upcoming public meetings will include electric rate discussions. Visit www.estes.org/boardsandmeetings for date confirmation and complete meeting details: March 10: Town Board meeting to review draft rate plan April 14 (tentative): Final public hearing and potential adoption of new rates Customers are encouraged to attend or watch the live stream or recordings of these meeting and submit comments in advance to the Town Clerk at townclerk@estes.org or Room 130 of Town Hall. The last electric rate studies were conducted in 2016 and 2010-2011. Another rate study was postponed due to the 2013 flood, when the Town opted to

maintain its rates through the first phases of flood recovery. Municipal electric utilities like the Town of Estes Park involve two major operations - the distribution of electricity and capital improvements to the system. Power and Communications maintains a list of capital improvement projects which will improve service reliability and quality. Many of the projects replace old infrastructure with our current standards to meet today's higher demand for electric power using more robust products. a) Power and Communications will construct smart grid infrastructure in parallel with the broadband installation. Smart grid modernizes our electric grid to enable increased renewable energy resources. b) Older power poles and overhead lines are being upgraded with insulated tree cable to increase wildlife protection, increase power quality, reduce power outages and wildfire risk. c) Power and Communications will continue the deployment of smart meters. More smart fuses will be installed across the electric system to increase reliability and reduce the number of power outages. Electric rates do not support Trailblazer broadband, although our smart grid system (smart fuses and smart meters) requires a fiber network. Electric rates will fund only the smart fiber portion needed for the electric system. d) Power lines in the Allenspark area of Skinner and Ski Roads will be replaced with insulated tree cable to increase wildlife protection, increase power quality, and reduce power outages and wildfire risk. For more information on the electric rate study, please contact the Utilities Department at 970-577-3588. For information on how the changes could affect specific properties, please contact Utility Billing at 970-577-4800. Updates on this study will be posted to www.estes.org/electricrates.

Neighborhood Meeting For High Pines Subdivision March 16th Please be advised there is a subdivision proposal for Lot 1, High Pines Subdivision. A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 16th from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library

Hondius Room. If you cannot attend, please send your questions/concerns to info@vanhornengineering.com and we can address those and send relevant information.

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Larimer County Boards And Commissions Openings Become involved in your county, apply by April 19 Larimer County Boards and Commissions serve an important role in making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on a variety of important matters. Currently there are vacancies on several boards with an April 19, 2020 deadline to apply. Apply online at www.larimer.org/boards. If you do not have internet access, you may pick up an application at the Larimer County Commissioners' Office, 200 West Oak St., Second Floor, Fort Collins, Colorado. New members begin their term on July 1, 2020. The following Boards and Commissions have openings: • Board of Adjustment • Board of Appeals • Board of Health • Citizen Review Panel • Community Corrections Advisory Board

• Environmental & Science Advisory Board • Estes Valley Board of Adjustment • Estes Valley Planning Commission • Extension Advisory Committee • Flood Review Board • Juvenile Community Review Board • Land Stewardship Advisory Board • LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee • Larimer County Interagency Oversight Group • Office on Aging Advisory Council • Open Lands Advisory Board • Parks Advisory Board • Planning Commission • Rural Land Use Board • Weld/Larimer Revolving Loan Fund • Workforce Development Board If you would like to receive a email notification of boards and commissions openings, please subscribe at www.larimer.org/subscriptions.cfm

Larimer County Department Of Health And Environment Adopts New Mission, Vision, And Strategic Plan Priorities The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment announced that the Larimer County Board of Health has approved new mission and vision statements for the department. The mission and vision statements align with the direction of the new 2020 - 2025 strategic plan. These new mission and vision statements focus on helping the community have access to healthy choices and a healthy environment. The new mission for the department is “working to provide everyone in Larimer County the opportunity for a healthy life.” The new vision statement is "Larimer County is a thriving, health-aware community where everyone has access to healthy choices and a healthy environment." Feedback for the strategic plan was initially gathered from the Board of Health in a visioning workshop in early 2019. Much of last year was spent in the discovery phase, gathering information from employees and community partners. Supervisors brainstormed potential new mission and vision statements. An all-day retreat with department

wide representation helped establish the following four priority areas: The four priority areas are: • Be Prepared for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Threats • Be Health Strategists • Invest in our People • Invest in our Internal Processes & Systems Goals and measurable time specific objectives have been established for each of the four priority areas. These goals and objectives are not easy, nor are they simple. They will require teamwork and innovation to move the department forward. "I am pleased to have a strategic plan for the department as we move into my second year as your public health director. Strategic planning is such an important part of our prioritization process. It drives our focus areas and helps us understand where we need to allocate resources and efforts," says Tom Gonzales, Public Health Director for the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. You can learn more about the strategic plan at larimer.org/health.

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Rocky Mountain National Park’s 2020 Biennial Research Conference “Continual Change, Collaborative Stewardship” will be held on March 10-11 in the multi-purpose room at the Estes Valley Community Center. The park hosts one of the largest research programs in the National Park System, with nearly 100 research permits active each year. Park research partners come from other federal agencies, the State of Colorado, and universities around the world. Last year, citizen scientists volunteered thousands of hours to research projects. In addition, hundreds of students participated in field data collections and lab analysis. More than one-hundred scientists are expected to attend this two-day meeting to discuss a variety of research projects. The conference is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. It is free and open to all interested members of the community. No registration is required. The conference begins on Tuesday, March 10, at 8:00 a.m. Sessions will end by 5:00 p.m. each day. A complete schedule is available at: http://www.nps.gov/rlc/continentaldivide/research-conference. htm Researchers will present for 20 minutes each. Talks are organized into sessions covering related subjects. Tuesday sessions will focus on wildlife challenges, forest and wetland change, and

cultural connections to the park. The day will end with a poster session highlighting 26 research and public engagement activities in and around the park. Wednesday sessions will include monitoring change and collaborating for resource management. In addition to presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in small discussion groups exploring a variety of park issues during the mid-morning Conversation Café. The 2020 Research Conference celebrates research at Rocky Mountain National Park, promotes collaboration between the park and its partners, provides a forum for researchers and park staff to share discoveries, highlights the current issues relevant to park management, creates opportunities for young professionals and scientists to engage with park staff and the public and encourages dialogue between the park, the public, students and scientists. The multi-purpose room is in the lower level of the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive, Estes Park, CO. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206. Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park will be closed during the conference dates. Highways 7 and 34 will be open.

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Next Drug Collection Scheduled For April 25, 2020 Police encourage safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-thecounter drugs On Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Town of Estes Park Police Department will offer Estes Park’s Drug Take Back Day to collect unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal — no questions asked. “Now is a good time to mark your calendar and start collecting everything you want to get out of the medicine cabinet,” commented Officer Gregg Filsinger, who manages this free service for the community. The collection will be held in front of Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, located at 455 East Wonderview Ave. in Upper Stanley Village. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated. Estes Park’s Drug Take Back Day is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national campaign to provide a safe way for people to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted and potentially harmful prescription drugs. To find participating collection sites in

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 February 16, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 13 calls for service. This included:

other communities, visit www.dea.gov. Misused and abused prescription drugs containing controlled substances can lead to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that prescription medicines are the most abused drugs by Americans, next to marijuana. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are prescription medicines and three quarters of teen prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family and friends — often from a home medicine cabinet. Ridding homes of these substances greatly reduces the potential for abuse and accidental poisoning. Items which cannot be accepted at the Drug Take Back Day collection sites are needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, marijuana and illicit drugs. For more information, please contact Officer Gregg Filsinger of the Estes Park Police Department at 970577-3868 or at 970-586-4000.

• Emergency medical (assist EPH): 5 • MVC: 2 • Odor Investigation: 2 • Smoke Investigation: 1 • Detector/Alarm Activation: 1 • Mutual Aid: 2 Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org

Downtown Estes Loop Contract Amendment In Development During an executive session on Feb. 25, the Town Board was made aware by the Town Attorney of a missing element in the 2014 Reimbursable Agreement with Central Federal Lands, a division of the Federal Highway Administration, for the Downtown Estes Loop. Under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights section of the Colorado Constitution, the agreement should have contained a clause making the Town's ongoing financial obligations

to the Loop project subject to annual appropriation. The Town is now pursuing the addition of this clause to the agreement as part of an amendment the Town is developing with Central Federal Lands. The Town Board views this as a legal and ethical issue to be corrected as soon as possible and waived attorney-client privilege with regard to this statement in the interest of transparency.

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Adam Shake Named President / CEO Of Estes Park EDC The Board of Directors of the Estes awarded Estes Park EDC a five-year Park Economic Development Corporagrant to support the effort. Shake spoke tion (Estes Park EDC) announced today to the need for enhanced communicathat Adam Shake has been named Presi- tion from the Estes Park EDC to the dent/CEO of the organization. Shake has Estes Park Community, been Interim Presiand the need for greater dent/CEO since Septemoutreach to the existing ber 2019, when former businesses and organizaPresident/CEO Jon tions in the Estes Valley, Nicholas stepped down. including the Estes Park The President/CEO Seschool system which prolection Committee of duces our future citizens the Estes Park EDC and leaders." Board of Directors, led “I am profoundly honby current Chair Jim ored for the confidence McGibney and former and support of our Board Chair Dr. James Pickerof Directors and the Estes ing, identified seven fiPark community,” Shake nalists from a field of 44 said. "Both are critical to Adam Shake applicants. After conEstes Park EDC's success." ducting two rounds of interviews, they Shake was a member of the Task Force determined that Shake was the best can- which founded the Estes Park EDC in didate, by skill-set and experience, to 2013. He joined the organization in lead the Estes Park EDC forward. March 2016 as the Director of CommuMcGibney, noted "We were particularly nications and Business Development, impressed by Adam's knowledge and and was named Vice President in 2018. understanding of the scope of work of According to Shake, “The Estes Park the new E-Center and what it must acEDC is a valuable asset to this commucomplish in partnership with the nity, its residents and business owners, Larimer County Small Business Develand I’m honored to continue the tradiopment Center (SBDC), Innosphere of tion of bringing economic sustainability Fort Collins, and the Colorado Office of to our beautiful mountain town while Economic Development and Internaproviding leadership and vision for futional Trade (OEDIT), which has ture endeavors.”

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My high school sponsored a Sadie Hawkins dance every year. I spent months prior to that night imagining which boy I wanted to invite (I had a crush on so many!) and wondering how I would ever get up the nerve to actually ask him to the dance. I recall going to only one of these girl-ask-boy dances so either: a) I got turned down the other years when I asked a boy to the dance or b) I did go to more than one Sadie Hawkins dance but the date was so uneventful my mind filed it far in the back drawer, in the same memory bank as my first home permanent wave (more aptly called a frizz bomb), and my first of two attempts to smoke a cigarette (behind the bushes at the grade school. Six junior high girls sat in a circle with a pile of cigarettes we’d bummed off the “bad” girls in the “smokers’” restroom. “This one’s a Kool,” Kathy said as she lit one, took a puff, and passed it around. “Now this one’s a Winston,” she said after the first went full-circle. “I like the Winston better,” I said with all the sophistication of a frog catching bugs. And then I coughed my throat raw, sounding a lot like that same croaking frog.) That one Sadie Hawkins dance though— -oh, what a thrill! I asked Marty, a coronet player in the band, if he would go with me and he said yes! I was a sophomore and he was a junior so he had to drive because I wasn’t old enough. When he took me home, he walked me to the door (do kids still do this today?). We faced each other under the porch light and my heart beat so loud the neighbors turned on their light to see what the racket was about. When our small talk finally faded away, he gave me a quick kiss that lasted a second but lingered for weeks in my memory. Maybe we went out once more, maybe not—I can’t remember. In most cases those youthful dates aren’t meant to become long-term relationships anyway— they’re more like experiential learning events—similar to lab days in biology class, and that’s what Sadie Hawkins was for me. I learned to appreciate how difficult it was for a boy to ask a girl to go out back then. (I don’t think it’s an issue these days because kids don’t go on dates. They text.) I discovered how wonderful it was to dance close during the slow dances, to close my eyes and absorb the heat of his

shoulder against my cheek. And I figured out how to make small talk last a long time when I didn’t want the evening to end. The old-fashioned Sadie Hawkins tradition began with the comic strip Li’l Abner in 1937. In that strip, a father in Dogpatch, Kentucky was worried about marrying off his rather unattractive spinsterish daughter, Sadie Hawkins, so he declared a Sadie Hawkins Day. A footrace was arranged, the chase ensued, and the man caught by Sadie Hawkins was obliged to marry her. This girl-asks-boy theme has become a tradition for Leap Day as well. Tomorrow is the day when a woman “has permission” to ask a man to marry her rather than to demurely wait for him to propose (oh, we demure women!). Of course in the 21st century, the Sadie Hawkins precept can be construed as demeaning to women, but it can also be viewed as an opportunity for a woman to grab the reigns and assert herself in advancing a relationship. With the growing acceptance of non-traditional couples, Sadie Hawkins isn’t to be taken seriously anyway. Do what you want. Chase whom you please. Leap Day is tomorrow: ask someone of interest on a date, or text them, or stay home with the dog or go to the gym for a good workout. Anything goes and it is all ok. (Note: 1) A person born on Leap Day is called a leapling. There are currently approximately 187,000 leaplings in the U. S. 2) If you are on the payroll as a salaried employee, you don’t make any additional pay for working that extra Leap Day in February. If you’re in prison and are supposed to get out on March 1, you have to serve that extra day in February if it’s a leap year. 3) Couples in some European countries believe it is bad luck to get married during a leap year. 4) All summer Olympics and presidential elections are held on leap years. 5) Smoking cigarettes is bad for your heart, leap year or not. On the other hand, first kisses are an aerobic workout any day of the year.) You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. © 2020 Sarah Donohoe

Knitting Support Group And Healing Arts Knitting is proven to be meditative and helps to reduce stress. If you know how to knit, or would like to learn how to knit while having a safe space to discuss life’s stressors, come join us every Monday at 11 a.m. at the EVCA offices. The support group is open to anyone who is interested. If you have your own yarn, needles, and/or project please bring

them, otherwise yarn and needles provided for newbies. We will be making a cowl or scarf. A $10.00 donation is suggested for yarn and needles. Please RSVP to 970-577-9781 as space is limited. Class is taught by Deb Coombs, current Crisis Advocate at Estes Valley Crisis Advocates and former owner of Neota Designs Weaving and Yarn Studio.

February 28th in History 1995 - Denver International Airport opens. 1990 - U.S. 65th manned space mission STS-36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit. 1983 - Final episode of M*A*S*H; 125,000,000 viewers. 1976 - 18th Grammy Awards: 'Love Will Keep Us Together' Record of the Year, Natalie Cole wins as best New Artist.

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Growing Services To Accommodate Our Growing Community Needs In 2019, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) experienced 4,670,054 visitors. That is up 1.7% from 2018 and up 44% since 2012. At Estes Park Health we hope that all of the visitors enjoy an injury and illness-free visit to Estes Park and RMNP. Unfortunately, that is not the case and many of our visitors end up meeting our physicians for a “Same-Day Appointment,” or our Emergency Room physicians for something more serious. Oftentimes our visitors need something in between and we are proud to be able to offer our 2020 visitors a true Urgent Care experience. The Estes Park Health Urgent Care Center will open in May 2020 at 420 Steamer Drive and provide an urgent care experience that more closely resembles urgent care in our visitors home community. The Estes Park Health Urgent Care Center will be open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week. The Urgent Care Center will help people experiencing non-life threatening illness and injury like altitude sickness, minor broken bones, minor cuts, minor burns, fevers, flu, coughs and colds. The goal of the Urgent Care Center is to provide immediate, non-emergency and after Physician Clinic hours care to our full-time, part-time and visiting public. Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place Having multiple channels to receive care might be a bit confusing, so we’ve

put together this “cheat sheet” to provide some filters when you’re deciding where to go for care. Estes Park Health Physician Clinic – Provides Preventive and Routine Care • Weekday same-day (no Saturday) and scheduled appointments • Comprehensive Primary and Specialty Care • Physicians, Surgeons, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant and Nurses • Appointment and Information: 970586-2200 Estes Park Health Community Paramedics – Addresses Patient Needs at Home – Coming Soon • 7 days a week, no appointment needed • In-home care in conjunction with Primary Care provider • Proactive care • Payment or Insurance at time of service Estes Park Health Urgent Care Center – Treats Non-life Threatening Illness and Injury – May 2020 • 7 days a week, no appointment needed • Immediate, non-emergency and after Physician Clinic hours care • Fevers, flu, coughs and colds, ear infections minor broken bones, minor cuts and burns and altitude sickness.

• 970-577-4500 Estes Park Health Emergency Department – Delivers Care for Life-threatening Illness and Injury • 24/7/365 patient access • Life-threatening illness and injuries including chest pain, signs of stroke, signs of heart attack, uncontrolled bleeding, major broken bones and difficulty breathing. • Level IV Trauma Center • Dial 911 for emergencies Eph.org now available in eight languages In an additional effort to meet the needs of our diverse community, Estes Park Health has added a translation widget to eph.org. The website can now be translated into eight different languages including Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, German, French, Chinese and Nepali. This is a translation service and not a transcreation service, so all words may not translate perfectly, but our visitors will have a much easier time deciphering information on eph.org than when we just offered English. Estes Park Health is dedicated to being Here for You, and that includes everyone who lives in or is visiting the Estes Valley.

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Larimer County Land Stewardship Manager Is Guest Speaker The public is invited to the next Estes Land Stewardship Association meeting (ELSA) on Thursday, March 5th, at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Meeting Room at US Bank, 363 E. Elkhorn. Land Stewardship Manager Casey Cisneros will be presenting information regarding land stewardship and noxious weeds. He will also be answering questions from the audience. Take this opportunity to learn more about how you can be good land stewards and be in compliance with state, county, and municipal codes. More information about ELSA sponsored weed disposal events, the Estes Park weed ordinance, ELSA’s weed

booklet, Weed of the Week articles, etc. can be found at estes.org/weeds. You can contact the Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) at ELSA.weeds@gmail.com ELSA meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Meeting Room at US Bank. ELSA is a 501 (c) (3) unincorporated nonprofit organization. Our primary objective is to address the noxious weeds invading the region by promoting awareness of invasive plants and their impacts, through education and outreach efforts. Refreshments will be served.

1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park pccrusa.org Sunday Ser vices at 10am

RSVP Now! Red Envelope Dinner Benefits Partners Mentoring Youth On March 5 Can you think back and remember someone in your life that made an impact on your life? Maybe it was a coach, a relative or a close friend. Hanging out with them could have been anything from throwing a baseball around to sitting down and talking over a soda. Whatever the case may be, we all know how it feels to have someone invest a little bit of time in us. Partners Mentoring Youth aims to help more kids in the Estes Valley area experience the benefits of mentorship. Partners matches positive adult role models with youth, ages 7-17, who could use a little extra support; the same type of support we have all had at some point in our lives. Please RSVP by February 27, 2020 to attend the Red Envelope Dinner on Thursday, March 5, 2020 to support Partners Mentoring Youth. The social hour starts

at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. It's a fun-filled fundraising event where you can connect with others in the community who care about kids and learn more about the power of mentoring. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Mama Rose's Restaurant at no cost and make a generous contribution to Partners in a red envelope. Gifts to Partners will help Estes Valley kids gain confidence, life skills, and hope for the future. This event is possible thanks to the generosity of Rob and Julie Pieper. To RSVP for this event or learn more about getting involved with Partners, contact Partners at 970-577-9348 or kathyw@partnersmentoringyouth.org Be the difference in the life of a child. Be a mentor!

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Patriots For Peace Meeting March 4th You are invited to participate in a lively conversation. The Estes Park Patriots for Peace is an inclusive, transpartisan organization committed to “building a culture of peace at all levels of society.” Our March meeting will be a presentation based on Yale history professor Timothy Snyder’s 2017 book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” The ancient Greeks warned of the vulnerability of democracy, and the

book’s lessons from the twentieth century are quite pertinent today. Scheduling constraints have presented us with the opportunity to meet in a member’s residence, at 169 ½ Stanley Circle Drive from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Light refreshments will be served, and we sincerely hope you can join us for a lively, interesting discussion.

Next Woman’s Club Meeting On March 11 The next Woman’s Club monthly luncheon will be held on March 11, at The Landing At Estes Park at 11:30 a.m. The Landing is located at 1774 State Hwy 66, across from The Rock Inn. There will be a buffet lunch catered by the Big Horn Restaurant. Cost is $20 per person, Jen Johnston will be the speaker. Reservations must be made by March 6. Call Sallie Brackman at 816-225-9130 to make your reservation. Jennifer Johnston, co-owner and operator of The Landing at Estes Park, grew

up on a wheat farm in Washington State and later accepted an ROTC scholarship to James Madison University in Virginia. Following graduation, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and was selected to fly for the Aviation branch. Jennifer spent a decade as an Army Officer assigned to locations throughout the world. As a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, she led Soldiers and coordinated critical air missions in combat. Jennifer deployed to both Afghanistan (for one year), and Iraq (for 15 months), flying and organizing aerial missions to include, Air Assault, humanitarian, intelligence gathering, Special Forces, troop movement, VIP transport, and reconnaissance. She has been awarded the Air Medal twice for her actions in both theaters of combat, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal and the Order of Saint Michael for her career contributions to Army Aviation. Her final assignment was to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she worked directly for the Chief of Staff and the Superintendent, a Four Star General. She separated from the Army after 10 years in order to start and raise a family. She is a wife, mother to three daughters, and a recent graduate of Duke University earning an MBA. In 2015, alongside her husband Jay, she founded and built The Landing at Estes Park, a year-round riverside retreat and event venue.

Wildlife Responder Available To Help

Knowledge, experience, skills to assist and educate individuals with and about wildlife encounters/situations. Specialty is elk, deer, bears, mountain lions. Part of Rocky Mtn. Cat Conservancy Research. If you see a kill site, call asap, or if you want more information or help with a wildlife situation, call Jayne the “Bear Lady” at 970-685-8756.

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League Of Women Voters To Host Candidate Forums For Town Mayor And Town Trustees The Town of Estes Park Board of Trustees consists of seven elected members; the Mayor and six Trustees. All are elected for four-year terms, with three Trustees elected at each regular municipal election. Regular municipal elections are held the first Tuesday of April in even-numbered years. The next regular Municipal Election is on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 as a mail ballot-only election. Ballots will be mailed to all active voters who live within Town limits the week of March 16, 2020. For more information on municipal elections and voting see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/towno festespark/estesparkelections. The League of Women Voters of Estes Park (LWVEP) is sponsoring two Candidate Forums to introduce candidates for Mayor and three Trustee positions. (The League of Women Voters is non-partisan and does not support or oppose candidates.) Voters will determine who will occupy seats currently held by Mayor Todd Jirsa, Mayor Pro Tem Ron Norris and Trustees Eric Blackhurst and Patrick Martchink. Mayor Pro Tem Norris is

term-limited as a trustee. The two candidates for Mayor are Charley Dickey and Wendy Koenig. The forum for mayoral candidates will be held on Thursday, March 5th, 6-8 p.m. in the Trustee Board Room of the Estes Park Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. The five candidates for Trustee are Barbara MacAlpine, Patrick Martchink, Ward Nelson, J. Scott Webermeier, and Cindy Younglund. The forum for trustee candidates will be held on Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8 p.m. in the Trustee Board Room of the Estes Park Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. During each forum, written questions may be submitted by the audience. No candidate information can be brought into the Town Hall Trustee Board Room, but may be placed outside of the Board Room, in the foyer. If you have additional questions, please contact Robin Converse, Chair, Voter Service Committee of LWVEP at robconverse56@gmail.com.

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

special attention on those 50 and older but there are no age or income thresholds. Tax returns are completed based on the tax law scope of the AARP/IRS program. Appointments can be made by calling the library at 970-586-8116, ext 3.

I’m Raising Money & Shaving My Head To End Childhood Cancer!

My name is Kylie Romig and I’m raising money to help wipe out childhood cancer by shaving my head at this year’s St. Baldrick’s Day event. Kylie said, “I am a childhood cancer survivor and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) when I was 18 months old. I went through five years of chemotherapy, bone marrow tests, spinal taps, multiple surgeries, blood transfusions and radiation treatments. Now, I’m a wife to a loving, and supportive husband and a mom of four young children and I can’t imagine having to go through that with my children

or for any other child to have to endure all of that! That is why I signed up to shave my head. I learned that every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and 1 in 5 of those in the U.S. will not survive. I refuse to accept this reality, so I’ve decided to fundraise for lifesaving research to find cures and better treatments for kids. The event will take place on March 14th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the The Estes Park Mountain Shop, 2050 Big Thompson Ave. Anyone can donate to my cause in a variety of ways. • They can go online to my personal page at www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1054891/2020 and make a donation directly there (You can also search for my name (Kylie Romig) if you just go to www.stbaldricks.org) • OR you can give cash/check that I will turn in (make sure checks are made out to St. Baldrick’s Foundation and have your name in the memo line) • OR you can call 888-899-BALD (2253) and process a credit card payment over the phone to your fundraising efforts. Thank you so much for helping me out, I greatly appreciate your love and support of this important fundraiser.

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Trustee Candidate Barbara MacAlpine’s Spotlight On Estes Park

Letter From Trustee Candidate Cindy Younglund

As a candidate for Trustee, I hope to fa- won’t find another community in the cilitate better communication within the country that has a better record for resicommunity. Today’s Spotlight focuses on dents’ generosity and contributions of nonprofit organizations, of which there time and efforts. are approximately 70 in Estes Park. One of the largest nonprofits in Estes Last week I attended the Park is the school system. Estes Park Nonprofit ReWe all want our schools source Center’s (EPNRC) to succeed but may not be Lunch and Learn proaware of some of their gram, where representaneeds. In a recent visit tives from 20 organizawith School Superintendtions shared their past ent Sheldon Rosenkrance, successes and plans for I asked how we could 2020. Here are a few samhelp. Financial assistance ple items to celebrate and is always appreciated and to support. EPNRC Direccan be offered through tor Laurie Dale Marshall’s the new Estes Park Eduenthusiasm was contacation Foundation, which gious as she described is currently supporting a their new volunteer datavery exciting robotics base and community calprogram and the CTE Barbara MacAlpine endar for nonprofit (Career Technical Educaevents. The Fine Arts Guild of the Rocktion) building now under construction. ies needs more male actors! The Rocky You can visit the facility on April 20th, as Mountain Conservancy is co-sponsoring part of an open house during the schools’ the Backcountry Film Festival in March. Discover Days week. Crossroads distributed 178,000 pounds of If you have foreign language expertise, food last year. Did you know that EVICS please consider becoming a bilingual tu(Estes Valley Investment in Childhood tor. If your business or organization Success) has a diaper bank for families could provide an internship to a high with limited resources? school student, don’t be shy about disMy own nonprofit experience with the cussing it with school personnel. Finally, Estes Valley Community Garden has I want to give a shout-out to seniors been very enjoyable and rewarding. Hav- Sarah Tarczali and Alex Leija, two meming served as President twice and as the bers of the Environmental Club who are Volunteer Coordinator since 2015, I’m coordinating their recycling program continually amazed at the support from and initiating a composting project this residents and organizations. All of us are year. As zero-waste interns, they are a touched by nonprofits, either as volungreat example of students giving back to teers/supporters or as recipients. You their community!

My week has been busy meeting with Visit Estes Park CEO Eric Lund to hear citizens of the Estes valley hearing their what Visit Estes is doing for their stakeconcerns which almost always included holders in 2020 and also discussed their the IGA. Being asked if I would support part, and the role of the new chamber revisiting the “old” IGA if elected. I am and how Mr. Lund saw the two working only one person, one vote however, if together. It was a very inthere was support for reformative meeting and I visiting it with some polbelieve the stakeholders ished revisions to adwill be happy with the didress the archaic parts I rection of Visit Estes Park. believe we would be able On Sunday afternoon to achieve a good workthe Park Theater graing IGA and I would be ciously opened their in favor of that. Another doors providing us all a topic that was brought warm and comfortable up often was the Loop. environment to come toEven though it appears gether meet new and old at the time of the elecfriends, to share our tion the loop will be thoughts and concerns moving forward 100% it and to hear my approach is still a hot topic at the on different topics of conpresent time. Do I supCindy Younglund cern. There were many port the loop? My angood questions like “what swer is multi-faceted just as the traffic is- do I feel will be the most difficult chalsue is. I believe the new signage around lenge if I get elected” as well as “how I town redirecting traffic out Fall River feel about recusing myself if needed.” Road has been a success as we are seeing The most difficult challenge will be increased traffic out this way. Having the learning all the ins and outs of the positransportation shuttles, parking garage, tion and getting comfortable with the as well as introducing paid parking will process. As far as recusing myself this is continue to play a role in helping with a no brainer, of course I would if necesthe ongoing traffic issue. I hope the loop sary. We can’t forget the great snacks project will be a positive much needed and wonderfully freshly baked cookies. piece to this complicated puzzle. I am Thanks to the MacGregor family you hearing more and more visitors tell me went over and above. they are not returning to the beloved Cindy Younglund town they love due to the traffic so more For Town Trustee changes are needed. I also reached out to


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Transparency was removed by the Town and County from the commission for breaking My name is Charley the Sunshine Laws. Dickey and I am running for My next adventure was Mayor of Estes Park. I was the Town Board appointconsidering running for ment to the Visit Estes Trustee again but after Park Board. If you read speaking with many people, the Trail Gazette several I was encouraged to run for years back, there was Mayor instead. I am lucky quite an issue with the enough to know many peoBoard Members and Exple in town, so most know Charley Dickey ecutive Director. There where I stand on issues and were a multitude of issues with the orwhat I have done to make improvements ganization that were uncovered with my to the community. I am really an open presence on the Board as Treasure. We book and have no hidden agenda or sehad a weak leadership at the Board, a crets. I ran for Trustee in 2012 after being strong Executive Director, a lack of here a short 2.5 years. I believed that the transparency, a good ole boy network business community needed a voice on and again rules were not adhered to, the Town Board. I received 575 votes. In and a lack of Board Governance. Upon 2016, I ran for Trustee again but with a intense criticism from questioning how wider view of the communities needs and the organization was run, I was voted issues. I received 849 votes and lost to out of the Treasurer position. Had it not Trustee Martchink, something I don’t feel been for the support of the Town Board, bad about what-so-ever. We needed I would have left that situation to be the young representation which we are now secret it was. Because of the Town getting from both him and Trustee Bangs. Boards new (at that time) policy on It has made the Board much better. transparent emails – Visit Estes Park That did not stop me from working on was exposed. When I was told the Town bettering our community though. My and the County were going to remove passion has always been transparency, the entire Board but one (new apcommunication and forward progress pointee). I resigned. An audit was perimproving situations. I have volunteered formed with a new board in place which on numerous Boards, Committees and found thousands of dollars’ worth of unCommissions. substantiated expenses by the CEO. I was vindicated for my concerns of corUnfortunately, not all my experiences ruption. Today we have a better VEP bewere pleasant, and some may have handled them differently. I had two such ex- cause of those actions. periences back to back – the first was the I will continue to be transparent in my Town Board appointment to the Plandealings with the public and my colning Commission where I served a little leagues as a public elected servant, I bemore than a year until, I could not toler- lieve we owe it to the people. If you want ate the organizations procedures (not to have a “off the record” conversation, I following their own rules). Upon reguess it will have to be a phone call or search of the bylaws I discovered the an old-style form of communication – Town was not fairly represented by the face to face. position of the Chair. Bringing that up If any of you have any questions or and trying to right a wrong caused major concerns regarding any of these inciconsternation. After I rewrote the bylaws dents that I mention, please feel free to as directed, they were immediately discall me. I am open, transparent and am carded, and a new set written up by the happy to discuss these in an open transChair so the Chair could continue and parent manner. It is my hope that you be voted in again. At that point, I rewill also listen to my ideas and plans for signed rather than beat my head against the future of Estes Park as well! the wall. I regret not pushing harder to Charley Dickey – (970) 217-6004, correct the situation. The rules continCharley.Dickey@outlook.com, ued to be broken until finally the Chair CharleyDickey.com By: Mayoral Candidate, Charley Dickey




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Colorado Republican Caucus March 7th Even though you will have voted on Super Tuesday by mail-in ballot for your choice of Presidential candidate, you still should attend your respective Caucus on Saturday, March 7th, to select delegates for County Assembly who will support your candidate for County Commissioner and District Attorney. The Republican Caucus will be held at the Estes Park High School Cafeteria at 10 a.m. on March 7th. Estes Park has six precincts: 2154935411 to 2154935416. If you do not know which Republican precinct you are in, go to “Larimergop.org,” press “Caucus 2020,” then press “Register Here.” You will be pre-registering for the Caucus and can

learn your precinct if you are not sure. Be sure to bring your pre-registration form to the Caucus. Only registered Republican voters can cast a vote at Caucus. Unaffiliated voters may attend a Caucus but they may not vote. Young people who are 17 years of age now but will be 18 by the November election, may vote in the Caucus. Please do come out and support your Caucus. It is our privilege of self government to determine whom we want to represent us in county, state and national positions. For additional questions please contact anne72@protonmail.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS "The Savannah Sipping Society", the 35th and Final production of the Estes Park Repertoire Theatre, will run March 6-8 and 14-15, 2020 at American Legion Post 119. It features their finest comediennes, Christann Higley, CJ Jensen, Elizabeth Potter, Cassie Weber and Nancy Thomas. Plan Now to laugh your assets off with them one last time.


Tuesday & Thursday Mar 3 & 5 @9-11 am Benefits assistance for Veterans and families. Thursday, Mar 5 @noon-5 pm Veteran readjustment counseling. Call 970-586-6118 for an appointment.

MEETINGS Tuesday, Mar 3 @ 6:30 am Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting Wednesday, Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm Operations Committee meeting

HAVE FUN! Fridays Feb 28 & Mar 6 @ 7 pm Queen of Hearts is back! Win $$!! Sunday, Mar 15 @ 6 pm is our next scheduled Bingo. No Bingo March 1 or 8 due to scheduling conflicts.

Colorado Caucuses On March 7 We already received our Presidential Primary mailin ballots to be returned to the Larimer County Clerk no later than March 3. So, many voters are surprised to learn that Colorado has not only the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary on March 3, but also has Precinct Caucuses on March 7, 2020. For registered Democrats in Estes Park and Valley, Precinct Caucuses will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, with doors open at 1:30 p.m. (Note: You must be in line by 2:00 p.m. to participate.) Caucus attendees will vote in person for their preferred candidates for U. S. Senate – the seat currently held by Senator Cory Gardner. There are two Caucus locations, depending on the voter’s Precinct number. Precincts 410 through 416 will Caucus at the Estes Park Middle School. This covers registered Democrats in Estes Park, Pole Hill, Glen Haven, Drake, parts of the canyons of Highways 34 and 36, and Big Elk Meadows. Precinct 417, covering Pinewood

Springs, will Caucus at the Fire Hall Meeting Room in Pinewood Springs. To determine your specific Precinct, link to “GoVoteColorado.com”, “Find My Registration”, enter your personal information, then look at the tab “County and District Information”. The last three digits of the Precinct number are your identifying numbers for our Caucuses. Democratic Caucuses will decide support among Democratic Senate candidates, currently including (in alphabetical order) Diana Bray, Lorena Garcia, David Goldfischer, John Hickenlooper, Christopher Milton, Andrew Romanoff, Stephany Spaulding, Erik Underwood, Michelle Warren, Trish Zornio. (Note: Be aware that this list has had frequent changes.) If you have a favorite among these U. S. Senate candidates, they need your vote at your Precinct’s Caucus to advance to County and State Assemblies to compete for a slot on the November 2020 ballot. For questions, please email EstesValleyDemocrats@gmail.com.

Quaker/Unitarian Meeting The Quaker/Unitarian Group meets each Sunday morning at the US Bank meeting room (363 East Elkhorn Ave.). Quaker silence is from 10-10:30. Social time is from 10:30-11. Presentation time is from 11-noon. On Sunday, March 1st, the discussion will be facilitated by Linda Bensey and Robert Johnson on the topic of “Our Changing World under the leadership of a New Generation Of Peacemakers.” We welcome anyone interested in this topic. If you have questions, call Randy Maharry 515-229-8299.

Tuesday, Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm Karaoke with Mountain Man MC! We all sound like pros! Wednesday, Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm Pool League Friday & Saturday Mar 6-7 @ 7 pm Come and enjoy The Savannah

Sipping Society, the 35th and final production of the Estes Park Repertoire Theatre.

WE WANT TO FEED YOU! Friday, Feb 28 5:30-7 pm Fried Chicken $15 Friday, Mar 6 5:30-7 pm Taco Bar $12

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The ‘if onlys’ set in on me recently. I had returned from several weeks of cancer treatments and, upon returning, saw many things I had fallen behind in. My response? “If only I hadn’t been diagnosed with cancer, or if only I hadn’t opted for the full medical plan to heal my disease, I wouldn’t have fallen so far behind on these things now!” But both these decisions resulted in healing, so I am very grateful. So, what do you do when the ‘cancer-free’ diagnosis is given by the medical professionals? You celebrate! My wife and I went out for a nice meal and returned home after dusk. As my wife made her way past the car she slipped on a sheet of ice and fell, breaking her hip. Naturally I felt terrible and said: “If only I had parked differently that sheet of ice would not have needed to be crossed and you wouldn’t have fallen and broken your hip!” My wife gave her own ‘if only’ responses to ease my guilt. We continued to ‘if only’ for several days as we dealt with her surgery and painful recovery. ‘If only’ is a common reaction to unpleasant things. Perhaps you have dealt with the ‘if only’ disease reflected in these statements: “If only I had more money!” “If only I had made better grades!” “If only we owned a nicer home!” “If only we hadn’t made that investment!” “If only we didn’t have children!” “If only she had stayed married to me!” “If only we could have children!” “If only my folks hadn’t gotten divorced!” “If only my child wasn’t disabled!” “If only our business had succeeded!” “If only I had said ‘No’ to drugs!” “If only my spouse hadn’t died so young!” ”If only I hadn’t had that accident!” “If only we could only get back on our feet!” “If only I had more friends!” “If only people would accept me as I am!” The ‘if only’ responses that we hear or make so often, are inappropriate for a number of reasons. First of all, they are usually pointing a finger of blame at ourselves or others. We can even find ourselves feeing very critical of God because He didn’t give us something that we wanted: a child, a job, longevity for a loved one, health. At other times we cast blame on our partner, our parents, our business or other associates, the economy, All too often we harbor personal guilt and shame for our own failure to act exactly as we should, with negative outcomes the result. A second reason why the ‘if only’ response is not good is that it reflects a spirit of discontent. “If only’ suggests that we are not content with things we have: our job, our family, our health, our success, our relationships with others. The Bible has a lot to say about being content with what we have and are. Paul wrote, “Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world and we shall take nothing out.” If we fail to be content we may find bitterness creeping into our hearts, taking away our joy. Thirdly, when we strive to gain…gain…gain, there are usually negative things that accompany that gain. I heard about a party being attended by a girl trying very hard to look happy. Someone complimented her on a huge diamond on her hand and asked her about it. The woman said: “It’s a Callahan diamond. It comes with a Callahan curse.” “A Callahan curse? What’s that?” The woman looked sad. “Mr. Callahan!” she said. Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu once said: “There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed,” Let’s kick the ‘if only’ habit and be content with what we have and are. Bob Lewis

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu March 2 - March 6 Monday, Mar 2 Tuesday, Mar 3 Wednesday, Mar 4 Thursday, Mar 5 Friday, Mar 6

Taco Salad w/ Chicken Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger w/ homemade chips Country Fried Chicken w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Meat Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad Baked Cod w/ Rice Pilaf & clam chowder soup

March 9 - March 13 Monday, Mar 9 Chicken Quesadilla w/ soup of the day Tuesday, Mar 10 Beef Pot Roast w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Wednesday, Mar 11 Philly Chicken Sandwich (topped w/ mozzarella cheese, green peppers & onions) & Homemade Chips Thursday, Mar 12 BBQ Platter – Pulled Chicken & Pork w/ baked beans & coleslaw Friday, Mar 13 Fish & Homemade Chips w/ clam chowder soup All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Mar 2nd, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Feb 28th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 (Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 pm). Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center at our NEW location 1760 Olympian Lane. Eat at the Senior Citizens Center or take Meals to Go! Regular hours of operation 9:00 am -- 1:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Join or renew membership for 2020 to receive free activities & reduced meals! Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org TriFit, Balance, Mah Jongg, crafts, games, and other activities.

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

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The Artistry Of Charcuterie At Vino Giù

For those of you who love great wines from around the world and wish to elevate your experience and tantalize your palate, try marrying the flavors of artisan cheeses and charcuterie all together for one amazing wow factor. Separately, both wine and cheese are undoubtedly delicious. Together their flavors marry to resemble the lightest cheesecake you've ever had- light, flavorful fruit, decadent creaminess, with a hint of sweetness. To balance the sweetness, serve it with a few slices of prosciutto and you'll have the perfect symphony. Balance is the name of the game, there are some general rules to follow when pairing wine, cheese, charcuterie, and even chocolate. For example, harder aged cheeses pair better with red wines,

and creamier, younger cheeses tend to be better with sparkling and white wines. Either way, add some salty charcuterie and it ties the flavors together remarkably. End the evening with a sweet treat combination like Tawny Port and a delicious truffle and you've just elevated the evening. Join us at Vino Giù on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. for a wonderful evening and pairing opportunity of some of our best wines, cheeses, and charcuterie from around the world. Learn the artistry of pairing, tasting, and informational backdrop of these different combinations and flavor profiles we have to offer. Call Vino Giù at 970-591-2528 to purchase tickets, $45 per person.

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12:00-1:00 PM, THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH

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forests, wildlife & waters of the Estes Valley.


The Story Of Margaret Fuller Boos Margaret Fuller Boos was born on June 17, 1892, in Beatrice, Nebraska, and died April 20, 1978, in Denver, Colorado. She married her husband C. Maynard Boos on September 3, 1927 in Estes Park. Before coming to Estes, Margaret earned her PhD in geology and done research for a comprehensive geology guide for the Front Range. Margaret had a great impact on Estes since she was the first female ranger-naturalist. During the summers of 1926 and 1927, she was 2020 offers all of us the opportunity to Acting Park Naturalist at Rocky Mouncelebrate not only the passage of the 19th tain National Park. Superintendent Amendment but also the achievements of Roger Toll hired because of her speakwomen over that last 100 years. Celebraing and teaching experience. He also tions are planned nation-wide, in every hoped she would add to the park’s colstate and in local communities. A number lection of lantern slides for interpretive of local organizations and community programs. Peggy ended up leading leaders, under the leadership of Jean dozens of hikes and teaching evening McGuire, have formed a committee to coprograms dressed in the same uniform ordinate the local celebration under the ti- as the men. She also wrote over twenty tle, “100 Years: A Celebration of Women.” articles for Nature Notes, a park publiAs a part of the festivities, we plan to colcation that discussed many natural scilect stories about Estes Valley women in the ence topics and created a geology guide form of paragraphs. Submission period: for the RMNP. In 1919, Peggy was ofNow to May 15. Maximum length: 200 fered a permanent position, but she words, A story about any woman with a ended up turning it down so she could connection to Estes Park. These paragraphs live and work with her husband elsewill be collected by the Estes Valley Library. where. Later in her life, Peggy helped esThey will then appear in the local newspa- tablish the Geology Department at the pers and 100 will be chosen to be published The University of Denver. Even though as a booklet for November release. Submit she was a ranger in Estes Park, there is a your paragraphs digitally (preferred) to mountain/peak called Peggy’s Peak, afchoymanwendell@estesvalleylibrary.org or ter her. hard copy to the front desk. Here is the by: Jillian Maxwell next of the submissions.

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Common Mullein: A Pesky Invasive That Can Be Managed

Photo by Nancy Klasky

By: Nancy Klasky, Broomfield County Extension

Here in Estes Park nearly everyone has seen common mullein growing happily, and it has been featured as “Weed of the Week” in the local press. Here is a reasonably easy (or at least simple) no-chemical method of control. When spring finally arrives and the new mullein plants emerge in your yard, you’ll be ready to

attack them. Estes Valley Community Garden Board thanks the author for permission to reprint her article from CoHorts, csuhort.blogspot.com, September 19, 2019. You may have seen common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) scattered along roadways, mountain canyons, rangelands, or in forests. The tall stalky plant

has yellow blooms gathered at the top and large sage-colored leaves at the base. It grows profusely after major disturbances like fire, construction, or flooding. It is an introduced species present in all 50 states and Canada. Originally brought to North America for medicinal purposes, it has been designated a “C List Noxious Weed” by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which means it is up to private and public entities to manage. I got to learn a lot about mullein after the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins. This lightning-ignited fire started in June of 2012, burning over 87,000 acres and destroying 259 homes before being contained a month later. The land I worked on is a mixed forest just over 8,000 feet in elevation. It’s primarily ponderosa pine, with some Douglas fir and aspen. Much of the surrounding land was turned into a moonscape by the High Park Fire, with 100% mortality of trees and other plants. On the managed land, many ponderosa survived, but most other vegetation was destroyed. This created the ideal environment for common mullein to grow, and boy did it grow. Where once there was an abundance of wildflowers, kinnik-

kinnik, and common juniper shrubs, there was now a forest of mullein. Mullein seeds will survive a fire and can remain viable for 100 years! They may have been in the area for decades, unable to germinate until this disturbance. Worse yet, each of these plants can produce 100,000 to 250,000 seeds per spike. I had my work cut out for me, but I was determined to see this beautiful property restored to its natural state. Common mullein is a biennial, taking two years to grow to its mature height and bloom. The first-year plant is a basal rosette that stays low to the ground and does not flower. If the plant lives to the next year it will bolt up and bloom. Management techniques that work with this lifecycle are important to stopping the spread of this invasive plant and not exacerbating the problem. As I mentioned mullein likes disturbed ground, so how do you get a plant out of the ground without creating more disturbance? First, you only remove the plant if it is a first year rosette. The roots are shallow and usually easy to pull up. Second, it’s important to try and press down the soil as you pull the plant out. Yanking the plant out will give the seeds you know are there a better chance. Third, If the plant has made it to the second year, you want to cut the bloom off before it starts to dry and drop its seeds. With the help of great groups of volunteers we made many trips to the property, each year seeing less of the plant come back, and each year we worked to remove what did pop up. With persistence and determination, we saw the native wildflowers, kinnickkinnick, and juniper shrubs take back what was theirs! The beauty of the restoration is that when the native vegetation grows back, it is enough to keep the mullein from growing. There are other management options to consider, but I found mechanical removal of this plant the best one for this area. For the Colorado Department of Conservation Fact Sheet, go to www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/common-mullein. Nancy Klasky is currently the Master Gardener Coordinator at the Broomfield CSU Extension Office. Previously she worked for the Colorado State Forest Service where she coordinated and led hundreds of volunteer events focused on restoration and management of Colorado’s forests.

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2020 BBB Charity Accreditation Cohort Kick-off Workshop

Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) will host the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado & Wyoming as they kick-off the first session of 2020 with an overview of your local BBB, the 20 Standards for Charity Accreditation, the Charity Evaluation process, and tips to get you started. The first five standards pertain to an organization’s governing board as they have the ultimate oversight authority for any charitable organization. These standards seek to ensure that the volunteer board is active, independent and free of self-dealing. We will present tips for building an effective and competent board and the tools you need to do so. Throughout 2020, four additional sessions will be held to provide all the information, guidance, and templates for achieving Charity Accreditation. The BBB offers expertise and local presenters to reinforce and support organizations in putting in place the vital best practices for a smooth running nonprofit. This session and the 2020 BBB Cohort is open to any organization that is inter-

ested in achieving Charity Accreditation, those that might need a refresher on BBB standards, or are curious to learn more. After a nonprofit becomes BBB Accredited, BBB helps them convey their commitment to best practices, transparency, and donor trust while also elevating their brand and mission. The BBB, in turn, markets Accredited Charities to donors who are seeking trustworthy nonprofits to support. This achievement is a value to donors and funders, including the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado who underwrites this program, making it free for local nonprofits. Volunteer board members, staff who work with boards, and Executive Directors are welcome and encouraged to participate in the 2020 BBB Cohort. Learn more by emailing director@epnonprofit.org and plan to attend this kickoff workshop on March 3, 11:30-1 p.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, Lower Level. Advanced registration must be made via epnonprofit.org.

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Acting And Improv Class March 4-April 22 The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is excited to offer a new acting and improvisation class to the community: Ensemble, Improvisation, Creating Something out of Nothing! This class will offer a fun and active approach to acting that unifies the actors and gets students thinking on their feet! Taught by veteran director, Lars Sage, the class will take place Wednesdays, from 7-9 p.m., March 4th through April 22nd. Lars Sage is the Gallery Manager for the Arts Center, a founding board member of Estes Arts District, and Vice-President of the Fine Arts Guild. He has worked for the Cultural Arts Council over a number of years and his extensive

experience as director spans decades and multiple states, including New York City. Lars has a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre and has directed more than

twenty plays, though his true love in theatre is improvisation. He looks forward to teaching a class that values the success of the whole group, rather than emphasizing individual performances. By the end of the course, students will know how to create something out of nothing, and develop an improvisational performance without a set written script. Students who are interested will have performance opportunities in the summer. The class is open to high school age and above. The cost is $80 per adult and $40 for 18 and under and will be held at the Art Center of Estes Park: 517 Big Thompson Ave. To sign up, please visit www.fineartsguild.org.

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Clue On Stage At Estes Park Don’t miss the EPHS Thespian Troupe 7284’s production of Clue on Stage this weekend only! The students have been working hard to bring you this fantastic production and this is a show you won’t want to miss. Based on the popular board game and adapted from the cult classic film, Clue is a comedy whodunit. It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Ms. Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Col. Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor be-

fore the body count stacks up. Clue on Stage is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist. This play was adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn with additional materials by Hunter Foster, Eric Price and Sandy Rustin. Adapted from the Paramount Pictures film written by Jonathan Lynn and the board game from Hasbro, Inc. The play will be presented two nights, this Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th at 7 p.m. in the Estes Park High School Auditorium. Tickets are just $12 for adults, $8 for students and will be available at the door prior to performance or visit www.estesschools.org

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k High School This Weekend! Cast & Crew: Wadsworth-Brayden Bojan Mr. Green-Gunnar Friesen Col. Mustard-Noel Villanueva Prof. Plum-Shawn Mytling Mr. Boddy & Ensemble-Skye Hester Cop & Ensemble-Obi Jones Mrs. Peacock-Bella Walker Mrs. White-Molly Larson Ms. Scarlet-Sydney Lewelling Yvette-Sam Workman Cook & Ensemble-Kyra MacGregor Singing Telegram Girl & Ensemble-Amelia Fichera Motorist & Ensemble-Halley Moak Student Director-Cassidy Grandmaison Stage Managers-James Atha & Korben Davis The show is directed by Jordanne Bradley and Jordan Hazelton

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Congratulations to Paulina Tapia Bernal, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for February 28, 2019. At EPHS, Paulina is the secretary and a member of the Student Council, a member of Youth in Action, Spanish Club and the National Honor Society with a 4.12 GPA. When she’s not at school she loves to go hiking, do some weightlifting, sip on iced coffee, volunteer with the Estes Park Pet Association and serving as an intern with the Larimer County Health Department (where she learns all about health things!) Paulina’s favorite quote is: “You never regret being kind.” She loves this quote because she says, “I’ve 12th Grade used this quote before, but it will always be applicable. We share this After she graduates high school, Paulina Earth with so many others and plans to attend a university, probably Coldon’t always know what is going on, orado State University and pursue a Nutriso it’s best to try to do good!” tion and Food Sciences degree.

Girl Scout Cookies For Sale At Local Booths There’s still lots of time to purchase Girl Scout cookies. Estes Park Girl Scouts will be conducting booth sales at Safeway on the following schedule: Friday, 2/28 from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 2/28 from 8 a.m.-8 p. m. Also Monday through Friday, March 2-6 from 4-8 p.m. and all day on both March 7th and March 8th. The cookie sale ends for 2020 on Sunday, March 8th. The cost of a box of Girl Scout cookies is divided among the costs to pay the bakery, proceeds for Girl Scouts of Colorado programs and pro-

girl learn how to solve problems. Helps them learn that their decisions matter to the whole group. Skill #3-Money Management: “I can make change happen.” Be careful making change, be accurate in accounting for money and realize that each package sold helps the whole group get one step closer to their goa. Skill #4-People Skills: “I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every package.” Girls meet a lot of new people with cookie booth sales. They gain skills in

ceeds and rewards going directly to the girls who sell and the local troops they represent. The Girl Scout cookies are on a mission: to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success and to life. Skill #1-Goal Setting: “I know I can do it! ” Trying new things and having fun in the process, allowing girls work together to set goals for the season and deciding what they would like to do with the proceeds from the sale. Skill #2-Decision Making: “I make smarter decisions.” Girls work together to make decisions on their own and agree on what they want to do with their success. Sometimes they have to talk it out and in the end be OK with not always getting their own way. Helps each

talking with people and telling them how earning money to achieve their season’s goals helps them do great things and have great adventures. Skill #5-Business Ethics: “Selling cookies more than just business.” Helping keep a positive sense of humor helps go a long way to keep the group together, support one another and keep the longrange goals of troop success and individual girl success become a reality. For further information, contact cookie manager, Breeyan Edwards at 970 646 6555 or breeyan.edwards@gmail.com or Service Unit Manager, Penny Roberts, at 970 586 1775. Help everyone reach their goals this cookie season. Only great things will result.

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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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Mark your calendars to join us in Estes Park every Thursday night in March for a townwide dine around event! Dozens of restaurants all throughout The Village will offer a $5 tasting plate from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a different menu each week. Stop by two or three restaurants each week to see friends, join in the fun, and taste great food from all different restaurants! Participating restaurants are: Grubsteak, EP Brewery, El Mex Kal, Pepper’s, Smokin’ Dave’s, Sweet Basilico,

You Need Pie, La Cabana, Pho Thai, Big Horn, Cinnamon’s, Cousin Pat’s, Himalayan Curry & Kebob, Wild Rose, Lonigan’s, La Cocina de Mama, Rocky Mountain Deli, Burgers & Gyros on Moraine, Way Finder, Nicky’s, Rock Cut, Dairy Queen, Waterfront Grille at EP Resort and Latitude 105 @ The Ridgeline. Please contact val@youneedpie.com or Val at 970577-7437 with questions. Watch The Dine Around page on Facebook for menus!

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Estes Park High School

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

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

For tickets and info visit www.estesschools.org

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

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Coyote Class With RMC

Star Needs A New, Forever Home!

Adorable Star is about two years old. She is petite and super friendly and is good with other cats and dogs. She is also polydactyl (born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.) Perfect cat? Possibly. Star is currently living at the Estes Park Pet Lodge, stop by or give them a call to meet this sweet cat!

All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, please call 970286-1652.

Join the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute at the “Coyotes: The Song Dogs of the West” class on March 21, 2020. This full day course, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., is for those who want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the coyote, as well as their anatomy, biology, and social interactions. In this field class, participants will visit meadows within Rocky Mountain National Park taking short walks on mostly even terrain in order to observe coyote habitat. The class is taught by instructor Jared Gricoskie who describes the course saying, “Coyotes are some of the country’s most successful and resourceful predators. Often misunderstood and maligned, coyotes have a profound impact on our everyday life. Explore the country’s second largest canine’s natural history, Native American stories, discovery by Lewis and Clark, and expansion to the East. We will look at the coyote’s anatomy and biology to examine why it’s one of the most common predators in the United States. We will go into Rocky Mountain

National Park to study coyote habitat, social structure, and interactions with the ecosystem, prey, and mankind. We will also learn how wolves could impact our coyotes in the future.” For more information about Coyotes: Song Dogs of the West class or questions on other Rocky Mountain Conservancy educational adventures please call 970-586-3262. Participants can also register online at www.rmconservancy.org; advance registration is required.

More About The Estes Valley Bluebird Project The bluebirds will be returning to the Estes Valley any day now! There are two species of bluebirds we are likely to see—Mountain Bluebirds and Western Bluebirds. You can recognize the Mountain Bluebirds easily; adult males are bright turquoiseblue on their backs and lighter blue on their breasts. The females are duller blue with gray on their breasts, heads, and throats. The Western Bluebird male is bright blue on its back, head, and throat, and has a rust-colored breast. The female is dull gray with a pale orange spot on its breast and bluish tints on its wings. Both species of bluebirds like higher altitudes, which makes Estes Valley a perfect place to raise bluebird families. Mountain Bluebirds prefer open grasslands like those around Eagle Rock and MacGregor Ranch; Western Bluebirds prefer ponderosa pines throughout our community. They are secondary cavity nesting species, which means they seek out either empty birdhouses or cavities in trees that other birds have created. But they will not nest in either if they are not free of debris. They insist on building fresh nests each year. Come build your own birdhouses on

March 14 at the Community Recreation Center or March 22 at the library. We will host a presentation about Bluebirds, and will have materials and directions for you to build your own birdhouse that day. Some completed nest boxes will be available for a small donation. If you would like to participate in the Bluebird Project, please let us know by visiting our website at bluebirdsofestes.com. This project is sponsored by the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute and by the Wandering Wildlife Society which works to protect wildlife and their habitat.

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Time To Sign Up For Beer Bound 5K Run Artists Encouraged To Apply For Space Scheduled For March 28, 2020 At Monday Artisans Market Join us for the second annual Rock Cut Beer Bound 5k! This fun run will be all about enjoying spring in the mountains, hanging out with good friends, and of course, a beer at the end! The race will take place starting and ending at Rock Cut Brewing Company. We'll have staggered starts for runners and walkers, with the first at 11 a.m. and the second just a few minutes later. The beginning of the course follows Moraine Avenue and will feature gorgeous views of the Continental Divide as you run west toward Rocky Mountain National Park. At Marys Lake Road, you'll turn south and head up a moderately-steepbut-short hill to Riverside Drive (keep an eye out for wild turkeys!). Take another left to go east on Riverside Drive and run near the Big Thompson River

on your downhill descent back to the brewery. Pre-registration is $18/person; race day registration is available at $25/person. Race fees include your choice of race swag (beanie, fanny pack, or neck gaiter, all embroidered with the race logo), a free beer at the finish (21+, please), and other fun goodies including stickers, coupons, and more! Let's get outside, get some exercise, then enjoy a brew together afterwards! Start time is 11:00 a.m. Price: $18.00 race fee + $2.50 sign-up fee. Registration price increases to $25.00 after March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Go to tinyurl.com/r4c2sbq or check out the Beer Bound 5K FB page to signup today!

The Monday Artisans Market invites all artisans to submit art for consideration for the 2020 season of the Monday Artisans Market at Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park, Colorado. Join our outdoor weekly Artisans Market at the beautiful George Hix Riverside Plaza in downtown Estes Park. The market encompasses a carefully curated, handmade-only market place. The 2020 season opens on the first Monday in June and continues every Monday until the last Monday in August. The Monday Artisans Market offers artisans an affordable, open-air marketplace to build a local following, network with a community of artisans, and benefit from group marketing and publicity. You may sign up for each week through-

out the summer, or you may choose to participate as a drop-in vendor, filling in your schedule between shows and fairs. We offer two types/sizes of vending space this year: 10 x 10 tent space and 10 x 5 space. All quality artists and crafters are encouraged to apply. Early Bird by March 15, 2020, for a 5% discount off event fee. Application Deadline: April 15, 2020 Contact Mary & Frank Crone at FrankCrone@aol.com for any questions regarding the process and application. We look forward to a creative, fun and vibrant summer at the plaza. Mary & Franklin Crone The Monday Artisans Market. Buy Local. Buy Art.

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News From The Art Center Of Estes Park educator with a BFA from Boston University and MLA from the University of Denver. This is free to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. ON EXHIBIT: “Mentor/Student Show” This exhibit celebrates Art Education and Students Mentored by Art Center Artists. In addition, Art Center artists and members who took an Art Center class during 2019 are showing their class creations, and the work of Susan AnderAlbert Bierstadt (b. 1830-d. 1902) first son’s ceramics students are on display. visited Estes Park in the winter of 1876The show is open until March 15. 1877 as a guest of the Earl of Dunraven The donated works by Charlotte Lloyd to paint the Estes Park. His major work, remain on exhibit in the Sun Room. “Longs Peak, the Rocky Mountains” is ac- While the items are priced, the Art Cenknowledged by critics to be among Bier- ter is open to consider offers. Also on stadt’s best. Exhibited in Europe and the display in the gallery will be the outUnited States, it advertises the remarkstanding work of the other Art Center able beauty of the Estes Valley to artist members, including other works prospective visitors and creating the in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewEstes Valley as a destination for the exelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, perience of wilderness. After years of ob- wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, scurity, Albert Bierstadt is once more be- printmaking and mixed media ing recognized, this time as an “PAINTING WITH CATHY environmental advocate. Spend an GOODALE” – Wednesday, March 11 evening with Albert getting to know the from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. plein air side of this great artist and adTake time to Smell the Flowers is next venturer. Diane Watson is a long time in the series of classes Cathy is teaching Estes Valley resident, a painter and art

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Albert Bierstadt by Diane Watson-Saturday, February 29, 7-9 p.m.


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By: Judi Smith As with anything difficult to do, and lifestyle changes certainly are, it is easy to put off the initiative for one more day ... one more week ... one more month ... and then, suddenly, it has been another year. Now Colorado, like the rest of the world, is becoming increasingly aware of the imminent dangers of ignoring our current ecological circumstances. Initially passed in 1989 (HB89-1300) and revised in 1993, HB93-1318 forbids local governments from restricting or mandating plastics, including requirements related to packaging and labeling. This prevents local entities from writing their own laws to curb production and sales of plastics. Recently, SB20-0010 to overturn this ban of bans failed in committee, not because no one sees the necessity of preventing the proliferation of single use plastics, but due to a preference for a state law putting the issue to rest and ensuring even application statewide. Now, such a universal law is pending in the Energy and Environment Committee. The disintegration estimate for plastic ranges from centuries (if exposed to wind and water) to thousands of years (if buried in a landfill). Too much of this material lies buried in the landfills or integrated into the natural world. Personally, I am concerned about the plastic in our rainwater (samples collected over Rocky Mountain National Park); the plastic bags residing on our hillsides and in the antlers of our elk; the plastic cups, clamshells, microwavable trays, and other “throw-aways” filling up the Colorado landfills; the expanded polystyrene foam breaking down in our rivers, etc. etc. However, whether you agree with me or not -those responsible for making these decisions need to know your opinion. Actually two very similar, but different, bills are pending. Using the numbers designated, it is easy to locate them with Google or other search engines. SB20-1162 restricts food service establishments from using take-out boxes, cups, plates, containers, etc. made of ex-

panded polystyrene (commonly called “Styrofoam” TM) for serving ready-to-eat food. It is shorter and easier to read than SB20-1163, but does not encompass single-use plastic carryout bags, Styrofoam egg cartons, nor establishments (such as stores), not specializing in the service of prepared food. There is also a difference in enforcement. SB20-1162 allows for the pursuit (in court) of an injunction. Penalties for SB20-1163 are fee based. SB20-1163 prohibits the sale or giveaway of single-use plastic bags and stirrers. It also eliminates the common practice of serving straws without a request and it curtails use of expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers. The proposed law encompasses retail stores and food service establishments. It is long and complex, including several exemptions (such as hospital kitchens -- exempt from straw restriction) but would be a statewide step in the right direction. It also forbids local governments from writing less stringent laws, implying that communities may create their own more restrictive regulations. The complexity itself shows the detail considered in writing this bill. Please contact Committee Chair Dominique Jackson, plus Perry Buck and Rob Woodward (Larimer County Estes Valley), Stephen Fenberg and Johnathan Singer (Boulder County Estes Valley) and any other Colorado State Senators and Representatives you may know personally to tell them your opinion of these bills. It will be interesting to see what comes out of committee. The convenience of single-use plastics is as effective a marketing plan as (or perhaps more so than) “Rinse and repeat.” on the shampoo bottle -- which doubled use of that product in the 1960s and beyond. A UC Santa Barbara research project found that plastic production has grown from two million tonnes (European measurement: 1000 mg. or 2205 lb.) annually in the 1950s to today's 400 million tonnes per year. That is a growth of 20,000%.

Public Service Announcement *If you notice that an elderly person, especially one alone who has been diagnosed with dementia, is suddenly being isolated from friends. *If you are aware that the power of attorney has suddenly been changed. *If someone is paying an extra amount of time - "grooming" that person. *If the executor of the will has been

changed. Ask questions! Even if you are rebuffed by your elderly friend. This information is so very important. If you see something and say something. *Call Senior Adult Protective Services. The number for the Elder Abuse Hotline is 970 498-7770.

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Eastep 40 Year Anniversary Center Stage School Of Dance Brings Home Top Place Finishes From Regional Competition art to represent Center Stage and Estes Park in all their Colorado Regional Competitions! We are so proud of all these students, their dedication, and their respectful representation of their mountain town, as they go against studios (many of them over four-times the size of ours) from all over the state of Colorado! The dance teams have four more regional competitions The Senior Contemporary Competitive Dance Team: Maggie left in 2020 and then Lewis, Makana Land, Alexandra Poppitz, Rebeca Leon-Erives, will take to the stage Kaitlynn Perez, Shelby Wright. at the Center Stage The Center Stage School of Dance’s Gala Recital at the Estes Park Center Competitive Dance Teams, under the di- YMCA of the Rockies over Mother’s rection of Director Mrs. Courtney Day weekend. Please be sure to congratStrong, have started an amazing 2020 ulate these dancers if you see them! Competition Season with many top

Quinton and Catherine March 2, 1980-March 2, 2020 God brought us together by His divine plan-as husband and wife. Jesus Christ is the head of our home, our lives, our marriage. We met on a blind date, married 56 days later, never have had an argument of any kind-absolute truth! It’s been an absolute, wonderful, awesome journey and will continue as long as God plans. Our marriage is a real example and testimony of: “When God does it, He does it right.” Brought together by His love, Blessed by God-Favored by God-”To God be the Glory!” Ephesians 5:22-23

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awards already under their belt! The dancers competed at their first of five 2020 Regional Competitions this past weekend at KAR and brought home multiple awards including overall high point awards in the division, Elite Top 1st place finishes, sought-after judges choice awards, Top 1st adjudications, and multiple all-star invitations for the dancers to compete at the all-star convention in NYC or LA. Our competitive solo's and duet routines also took home amazing high scores from the weekend! The competitive team dancers not only commit to spending many hours each week in technique classes within their chosen dance forms, but on top of that, also commit to The Senior Hip-Hop Competitive Dance Team: extra additional hours every week Rebeca Leon-Erives, Kaitlynn Perez, Serena Wenin the studio learning competition dell, Zach Lewis, Shelby Wright, Makana Land, choreography and perfecting their Alexandra Poppitz, Raeanna Sherman.

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Benefits Of Community College: Information For Students And Parents Students who attend a community college for the first two years of their studies can often save money over the costs of a four-year college, with less debt to pay back after graduation. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees typically are easy to transfer to any university for those who choose to complete a Bachelor’s degree. Those two-year degrees can also lead to immediate employment opportunities. For many students, a community college can be a great option for their first two years, taking the same classes for the same credits as a four-year college. Community colleges also offer the benefits of smaller class sizes and more individual attention from instructors. If you’re a young person exploring op-

tions for college—or a parent or grandparent assisting someone with that process—you’re encouraged to register for the “Benefits of a Community Col-

lege” workshop taking place at the Estes Valley Library on Thursday, March 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be provided. The program is co-sponsored by the Estes Valley Library and Estes Park Schools. Participants should register in advance at estesvalleylibrary.org. The session will be facilitated by representatives from Aims Community College, which is one of several community colleges in the region. The presentation will help students and parents explore the options and opportunities available. College planning can— and should—be exciting, as young people find their pathways to success and happiness. Find registration details and more information at estesvalleylibrary.org.

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

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

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

Fall River Group of AA The Fall River Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon. Also

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

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

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

New Horizons Group of Narcotics Anonymous Thursdays at 7 p.m. - Open meeting. 453 W. Elkhorn.

Free Tax Preparation At The Library: The Who, What, And When Since 2005, the Estes Valley Library has hosted the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide services. The program is staffed by local volunteers who train in tax law and certify with the IRS. Those volunteers are currently helping people, by appointment, to complete their Federal and Colorado returns. The library partners by dedicating space, scheduling appointments and providing information to those using the service. New in 2020: we now have a few early evening appointments available, in addition to the regular weekday and Saturday time slots. What can the Tax-Aide Service do for you? The program’s foremost objective is to serve the elderly and low income; however, no one is turned away unless their return requires elements that fall outside the scope defined by both the IRS the AARP Foundation. Returns with most basic forms of income are permitted. We are also able to do itemized deductions and most all credits. Clearly, this is a comprehensive service for most people in our community. However, returns not allowed include residential rental income, any personal depreciation, self-employment losses, estate or trust returns, and any out-of-state returns. How can you get this service? Call the library at 970-586-8116, extension 3. You’ll receive an intake packet to complete beforehand. On appointment day, you’ll also need to bring your photo IDs, all Social Security or ITIN cards (no Medicare cards are necessary), all

tax forms you’ve received, and documentation to support deductions. Even if you don’t normally itemize deductions, bring evidence of contributions if they exceed $500 because of a Colorado tax benefit. An organized compilation and totaling of such expenses beforehand will facilitate the preparation of your return. What’s new in taxes this year? 1) The 1040 form is similar to last year. A new larger-print 1040SR has been introduced for seniors. And last year’s six new schedules have been reduced to three. 2) Standard Deductions have been increased by $200 per person for individual or joint filers, and $350 for Head of Household, so fewer people will need to itemize deductions. 3) Graduated tax brackets have gone up slightly, resulting in a a possible lower rate for similar income as last year if you’re at the edge of the bracket. 4) While the Affordable Care Act is still in effect, the penalty for not having any healthcare insurance has been reduced to $0 for tax-year 2019. Those buying insurance through Connect for Colorado will still need to have their Premium Tax Credit reconciled. Last year, nearly 400 local returns were completed. The Tax-Aide volunteers donate a large amount of their time in preparing for tax season, not because they love taxes, but because it’s a service so appreciated by the kind members of our mountain community. Give the library a call if you qualify for this service, or are interested in joining our spirited team of volunteers yourself.

Great Decisions Meeting March 3 At The Estes Valley Library Come to the first of eight discussions on Foreign Policy at the Great Decisions Meeting to be held on March 3rd at 12:30 p.m. in the Wasson Room of the Estes Valley Library. Topic for this meeting will be Climate Change.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library WORKSHOPS

get questions answered by the Town of Estes Park’s Parking & Transit Manager, Vanessa Solesbee. Coffee and snacks provided. No registration necessary. Soldiers in Petticoats: the Suffrage Movement Friday, March 6, 1-2 p.m., High School Auditorium It’s hard to imagine a time when women did not have voting rights, but it was not that long ago. Heather Pressman of the Molly Djembe Drumming for Beginners Brown Museum recounts the Suffrage Monday, March 2 & Tuesday, March 10, Movement in Colorado and the U. S. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Stimulate your brain and heart for both Young Chautauqua Performances wellness and creativity. Two-part class Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2:30led by Nancy Bell of Life Rhythms Music 4:30 p.m. Therapy. Drums provided. Register at esCostumed performers present firsttesvalleylibrary.org. person monologues as historic characSelf-Care for Caregivers ters and answer questions. Each date is a weekly beginning Thursday, March 12, different roster. No sign-up necessary. 10 a.m.-noon, Makerspace More dates at estesvalleylibrary.org. A six-week workshop to help family Teens & Screens: caregivers caring for a parent, spouse, or Creating Healthy Boundaries friend, whether living at home or in a Wednesday, March 11, 5-8 p.m., High care facility. Led by the Larimer County School Commons Office on Aging, and based on the naA community conversation open to all. tionally-recognized Powerful Tools for Resource fair and potluck from 5 to 6 Caregivers program. Register at estesvalp.m., followed by the documentary leylibrary.org. “Screenagers” at 6 p.m. and discussion COLLEGE READINESS at 7 p.m. Attend any portion. Register at Benefits of a Community College estesvalleylibrary.org. Thursday, March 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Census Launch Party Hondius Room Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 - 6 p.m. Get more individual attention, enjoy Drop in to celebrate the kickoff of smaller class sizes, save money, and earn Census season and get questions antransferrable college credits. These can swered. Guests include Adam Bickford be a few benefits of a two-year college. of the State Demography Office and Learn more with guest presenters from Maureen Reilly of the regional U. S. Aims Community College. Register at Census Bureau. Includes food and reestesvalleylibrary.org. freshments. Register at estesvalleyliCIVIC LIFE brary.org. Coffee with the Parking Lady BOOKS & AUTHORS Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m. - noon, “The Untethered Soul” Book Club Stairwell area Begins Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. Let’s talk parking. Bring your ideas and noon, Makerspace

Estes Fly Tyers Group The Estes Fly Tyers group meets at the Estes Valley Library in the Makerspace Room on the second floor. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 Tuesday, April 7 Tuesday, May 5 What to bring: your own vise, tools and materials The idea of the group is to get together and tie flies, share ideas and techniques.

You tie the flies you want, restock your box and find out what is working in the Estes area. All skill levels are welcome, if you are not a fly tyer, you are welcome to come and observe. No fees, its free! Questions, please contact Frank Drummond at 303-810-4538 or email frank@brushcreekcane.com or Susan Underwood at underwoodsusan54@gmail.com

Kids in grades K5 are invited to celebrate the achievements of remarkable women through do-ityourself science and craft activities. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. Meet Author-Illustrator Derek Anderson Wednesday, March 11, 8:30 a.m., 10:10 a.m., & 2:20 p.m., Elementary School Anderson is the author-illustrator of more than 25 books for kids, including his newest: “Benny McGee and the Shark: The Shark Report.” Homeschool families welcome. Grades K-2 Book Club: “Toys Go Out” Saturday, March 14, 2-3:30 p.m., Hondius Room Participants may pick up a complimentary copy to read beforehand. Craft activity and snacks provided. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Author Michael Singer explains how to thrive in the present moment. A threepart “Being Awareness” series continuing on April 11 and May 9. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org and pick up a complimentary copy of the book. MAKERSPACE Map-Covered Frames Tuesday, March 10, 11 a.m. - noon; offered again Thursday, March 19, 6- 7 p.m. Retired world atlas maps will be up-cycled to cover picture frames. Bring an old frame or use ones the library will have on hand. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org. LIBRARY OF THINGS Butterfly Pavilion Adventure Pass The Library of Things is a collection of useful and whimsical items available for checkout. With your library card, you can now borrow a complimentary ticket for yourself and a guest to the 30,000 square-foot Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. Visit the library for information and to see available dates. KIDS Meet Author Laura Resau Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., & 1:45 p.m., Middle School Award-winning kids’ author Laura Resau writes books about journeys of magic and adventure, described as “vibrant” and “entrancing.” Homeschool families welcome. Try-It! Tuesday: Women’s History STEM Stations Tuesday, March 10, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Author Laura Resau Room

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Things To Do With Estes Valley Recreation And Park District All programs are at the Estes Valley Community Center unless otherwise noted. This list is just a small portion of the wide variety of EVRPD programming! Visit evrpd.com for additional information as well as complete class, program, event and activity listings. To register, call 970-586-8191 or visit evrpd.com. Free Aqua Zumba® Demo Class with Patricia G! Thursday, March 5; 10:15 a.m. in the EVCC Lap Pool TRAVEL DAY TRIP: KUNC Public Radio and Colorado Sound in Greeley, Colorado. Wednesday, March 11; Van leaves EVCC at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 3 p.m. $25 per person includes round-trip. Lunch is on your own at Cables Restaurant in Greeley. Pre-registration required. LIFELONG LEARNING The Great Courses® Lecture Series Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Weekly on Mondays, now through March 23; 10-11:30 a.m. Free; drop-in. The Great Courses® Lecture Series Albert Einstein; Physicist, Philosopher

and Humanitarian Weekly on Thursdays, January 16 through April 2; 10-11:30 a.m. Free; drop-in. The Supreme Court and American Society Weekly on Tuesdays, January 16 through April 2; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free; drop-in. SPORTS Drop-in Ping Pong - New Hours Wednesday: 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday and Sunday: 2-4 p.m. Lower Fitness; included with daily admission or membership; drop-in. Pickleball Open Gym Hours Monday thru Saturday: 8-10 a.m., Thursday: 6-9 p.m. (1 court), Sunday: 24 p.m. (1 court) Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. Pickup Basketball Open Gym Hours Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND RECREATION Night In at “The Rec”; This Week’s Theme: SuperHeroes! Friday, February 28, 6-9:30 p.m.; 1st-7th

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

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

grades. $10 per student. Pre-registration required at EVRPD.com. Creative Corner – Limit 16 Students. Pre-register to reserve your child’s spot! Wednesdays, after school; (All school ages and grades welcome) $5 per artist; Pre-registration required. . Visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8191. Family Playgroup Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. (ages 0-5) Free and open to the public; drop-in. SENIOR AND ADULT ACTIVITIES Palette Pals Open Art Studio Mondays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Bring your own materials and projects. Rocky Rollers Wii Bowling Mondays, 10-11 a.m. (ages 18+) Lower level; free; drop-in. Drop-in Mahjong Mondays and Fridays; 12:30-4 p.m. Lower level; free; drop-in. Community Bridge Thursdays, Lessons: 11:15 a.m.; Games: 12:30-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Call Lloyd Parker for info or to play; 970-581-3505. Free and open to the public; drop-in. Drop-in Cribbage Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Drop-in Chess Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (all ages) Free and open to the public; drop-in. AQUATICS Expanded Lap Pool Hours; visit evrpd.com for the updated

lap and leisure pool schedule. NEW! Aqua Zumba® with Patricia G. FREE Demo Class: Thursday, March 5; 10:15 a.m. in the Lap Pool Regular Class Schedule: Thursdays, March 5-April 30; 10:15 a.m. in the Lap Pool $5 drop-in. Join the EVRPD Aquatics Team– NOW HIRING LIFEGUARDS! Flexible schedule - Help us keep swimmers safe while they’re having fun! For more info, call our Aquatics Manager, Pamela Bross, at 970-480-1308. GOLF Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course Closed for the season. Driving range is open, but range tokens must be purchased at the Lake Estes 9-Hole course. 9-Hole and Disc Golf Course: $5 Fridays now through April 10! $5 green fee for unlimited play; weather permitting. Open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., weather permitting, and 3-4 p.m. on nice days. $8 green fee for 9 holes, $7 for residents. $5 disc golf green fee for unlimited holes per day. Motorized carts available for disc golf or ball golf at $10 per person. MARINA Lake Estes Marina Store and Docks: Boat rentals closed for the season. REGISTRATION To register for these programs or for more information about the district happenings, visit evrpd.com or call 970-5868191. You can also register in person by visiting the Estes Valley Recreation Center at 660 Community Drive. Patricia is ready to teach Aqua Zumba!

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US Trail Running Conference Earns Certification From The Council For Responsible Sport Conference Recognized for Commitment to Sustainable Practices The US Trail Running Conference has earned official certification of its annual conference by the Council for Responsible Sport (Council). Until now, only competitive sporting events have become certified, making this a firstof-its-kind certification. The Council is an Oregon-based nonprofit that provides independent verification of the socially and environ-mentally responsible work that event organizers do to make a difference in their communities. The US Trail Running Conference, an educational and networking gathering for the growing sport of trail running, has been hosted annually since 2013, and is organized by Active at Altitude in partnership with the American Trail Running Association. The conference earned 30 credits based on best practice standards for producing events responsibly, as evaluated by a third party during the 2018 event, and continued engagement throughout 2019. Basic certification requires evidence and verification of at least 27 credits. The gathering earned credit in each of the program’s five categories, including planning and communications, procure-

brewer, providing fertilizer for the golf course. “One key to the successful completion of Council certification at a new venue, is stating your intentions and expectations in the RFP sent to potential event hosts. Terry did that, and found a great partner in the Dairy Creek Golf Club as a result,” said Keith Peters, who served as evaluator at the 2018 event. “I’m so very proud of Terry’s commitment to the environment as evidenced through this certification,” ment, resource management, access and path to certification with the Council said Nancy Hobbs, American Trail Runwas made possible by an initial sponsorequity and community legacy. ning Association executive director. “He ship provided by Ragnar Events, an or“I am excited that the Conference has has worked with his team and alongside ganization with longstanding dedication gained official certification from the the hosting venues to ensure that expecCouncil for Responsible Sport. The cer- to responsibility in its own right.” tations are met for a more sustainable tification process has been incredibly re- The 2018 the Conference moved for warding and enlightening and will help the first time outside of Colorado to San event. I hope more race directors and event planners will learn from this exLuis Obispo, California and hosted guide future developments for this inample and work toward certifying their guests at the Dairy Creek Golf Club. dustry leading event,” said Terry conferences and events – whether inDairy Creek Golf Club was in part seChiplin, Event Director of the US Trail doors, or outdoors –through the Council Running Conference and Owner of Ac- lected for having earned awards for its for Responsible Sport.” zero waste efforts on the golf course. tive at Altitude. Registration is open for race directors, Chiplin added, “This process has been Those initiatives are focused on recytrail runners, sponsors and exhibitors. cling on-site resources and nutrients key in helping us focus on creating a Contact Event Director, Terry Chiplin for more inclusive and diverse event that is from the various operations of the site; further information, food waste from the kitchens and plant welcoming to as many participants as possible, while taking leadership as a re- matter from the grounds gets composted terry@ustrailrunningconference.com, or 303-304-9159. sponsible event. We are grateful that the with worm bins and a compost tea

Village Thrift Shop Accepting Grant Applications Through March 31 The Village Thrift Shop is a nonprofit organization that began in May of 2016. All Board members and staff are volunteers. In 2019 volunteers amassed a grand total of 12,481 hours worked!!! Volunteers work very hard to bring the Estes Valley Community a clean, neat, well run thrift store with the highest quality goods. By-laws of the organization state that after paying the direct costs of running the thrift shop, any profits will be used to fund grants to 501 C-3 organizations that serve the Estes Valley. Staff is excited to announce that they will accept grant applications beginning February 1, 2020 through 4 p.m. on March 31, 2020. Any 501 C-3 organization that serves the Estes Valley is eligible to apply for monies what will assist with projects/programs or purchasing items that will enhance the Estes Valley Community. In 2018 The thrift shop awarded 53 grants for a total of $180,000. And in 2019 the amount awarded was $230,802.00 !! We expect the total amount available for grants tin 2020 will at least match last year’s amount. A note of caution, however, if your organization was a recipient of a Vil-

lage Thrift Shop Grant in 2019 and you have not submitted your “Grant Follow-up Form (due by February 28, 2020) you will not be eligible for a grant in 2020. Items that will not be funded include organizational start-up expenses, wages or stipends, something that benefits only one individual, monies to retire an existing debt, mileage reimbursement, regular monthly business expenses, large capital projects (except for a very identifiable portion of that project,) any nationally recognized service organizations, or anything that would be an attempt to influence a legislation or political campaign. A grant committee will review and evaluate all application and make awards accordingly. Grant awards will be announced by the end of April. Applications may be picked up at the Village Thrift Shop 1138 Manford Avenue from 12 noon - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An application may also be printed from our website online at epvillagethrift.org. For questions, email the committee at epvillagethrift@gmail.com

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Some Of The “Classics” In Classical Music On Tap By: Doug Fox

The Oratorio Society Estes Park Orchestra will perform a pair of concerts Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 Margie Patterson p.m. and Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. “It's familiar classics-classics you know,” explains OSEP Music Director Robert Howard. “The idea of familiar classics is classical music that you've heard somewhere or heard about, and now here is your chance to get up close and personal with it.” One of those familiar pieces is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. “It's one of about ten piano concertos he wrote while living in what's called the Mozart House in Vienna,” says Howard. “He lived there from 1784 to 1787 and is one of the very most productive times of his life. He would write the concerto, hire an or-

chestra, hire a hall, sell tickets and hope to end up with a profit, which he generally did. He was very well known at the time and he was on a roll.” Margie Patterson is the guest piano soloist on the piece. “She plays so well,” says Howard. “It's a beautiful composition and it's so full of optimism. It's a combination of three entirely engaging movements.”

first symphony at age eight. He was a composing machine-scoring over 600 works before his death at the age of 35. Piano soloist Margie Patterson has over 25 years teaching experience and is on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Academy. She received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a prize winner in the Si-

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Piano Concerto No. 21 this same month 235 years ago. It is scored for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings. Mozart began composing by the age of five and wrote his

mone Belsky Competition and is in demand as a soloist and collaborative pianist. March 15th is recognized as the Ides of March, a day for settling debts. In 44 BC, it became the worst day of his life for Julius Caesar. In fact, it was his last day. Caesar was stabbed to death in the Ro-

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


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

EVENT Sat. March 14, 2020 | 4-7 PM Estes Park Mountain Shop FOOD • DRINK • FUN! For more information call 970.586.6548, or email jenny@ estesparkmountainshop.com


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man21 Senate. To mark that historical event, the Oratorio Society orchestra will perform George Frideric Handel's Overture to Julius Caesar. It was written in 1724 several years after Handel moved from his native home in Germany and settled in England where he later became a British citizen. Handle was a celebrated composer of 42 operas, 25 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets,

numerous arias, chamber music, a large number of ecumenical pieces, odes and other compositions. His Zadok the Priest was composed for the coronation of King George II in 1727 and has been performed at every English coronation since then. His most famous work, the oratorio Messiah with its “Hallelujah” chorus, is among the most popular works in choral music and has become a favorite musical work at Christmas time. He died at the age of 74 and more than three thousand people attended his funeral service. He's buried in Westminster Abbey in London. Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 (often called Schubert's Unfinished Symphony), was written in 1822, six years before his death. “I consider this a very prophetic work,” says Howard. “It's almost like Brahms and Mendelssohn in terms of its vision and it's unique. That may possibly be the reason it's unfinished because he wrote these monumental movements and couldn't figure out where to go next. All sorts of people have written endings to it. I choose not to. I just let it be as it is. I love it.” Schubert wrote the symphony for the Graz Musical Society and gave his manuscript to Anselm Hüttenbrenner in his capacity as its representative. But Hüttenbrenner never turned the score in. He kept it a secret for 37-years, and finally gave the two movement composition to a conductor who performed it in Vienna in 1865. Unfinished or not, It became one of Schubert's most popular compositions. This all-orchestral Estes Park Oratorio Society concert is free of charge. Baskets seeking donations will be passed at intermission and all contributions are tax deductible. If you enjoy singing master choral works and/or play a musical instrument with some proficiency, please become a performing member of the Oratorio Society. The orchestra is always in need of violinists and the chorus could use singers in all parts. Please contact the Society's music director and conductor Robert Charles Howard at 972-480-1132.

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Regarding Our Endorsement For Cindy Youngland For Town Trustee To The Editor: We may not live in Estes Park but we consider it our second home. My wife spent many of her childhood summers in Estes Park and the surrounding area. Whenever we visit, she is transported back to those wonderful memories she had as a child and our daughter and grandson visit Estes with us on a frequent basis. Change is inevitable but it does not need to occur with potentially compromising what made Estes Park what it is today. We always hope the individuals in our government, whether local, statewide or nationally, will have altruistic intentions, honesty, be trustworthy, compassionate, truthful as well as transparent. What better way than to have a person who not only grew up in Estes Park but whose family had an impact on the wonderful personality that Estes was known for. The vision for the future of this very special place should be

guided by those who have committed themselves to the people and town of Estes Park. Cindy is not only a local townsperson but a business owner as well. She sees the beauty of Estes Park with the same excitement she had as a child. She loves Estes Park and only wants the best for the town and its citizens. With all that is happening in this country, doesn’t it only make sense to not have that pervasive attitude effect such a gem as Estes Park? We firmly believe that because of her love for her hometown, Cindy will maintain the integrity and beauty to not only what Estes Park once was but also for many years to come. We strongly endorse Cindy Youngland for the position of town trustee! Sincerely, Shauna and Mike Kloberdanz Aurora, CO

Thoughts For All Trustees To Keep In Mind To The Editor: Trustee Travis Martchink asks, “What is in the best interest of the future of Estes Park?” He then states, “I have tried my best to act in ways to benefit our young families, children and workforce to promote a healthy, sustainable community.” The median age in Estes Park is 59 years, yet there is no mention of this large contingent of residents, or the immeasurable volunteer hours this group donates to the community, or how they too contribute to the economy. What data is used to make decisions in the best interest of the future? How is the vision of a healthy future defined? Is not the future informed by the past and present? Anyone who has read the history of the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park knows that for over 100 years the majority of visitors and resi-

dents alike have been coming to the area to escape the madding crowds and traffic – to have a more rustic experience and commune with nature – and I believe they still do. Trustees, please be mindful of all residents and visitors as projects and ideas come before you – especially in the case of more commercial interests and activities as they encroach more and more on open space, often in residential neighborhoods, forever changing the charm, beauty and the very skyline that everyone loves about Estes Park. I agree with Trustee Martchink’s statement, “…ensure our Town Board represents all of our constituents and not just a portion…” I hope in coming months and years to see this in action. I recognize that the job is challenging, and your service is appreciated. Donna Pierce

Barbara Ann Hiney She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Estes, where she served faithfully at various times as President of the Relief Society (the Church’s women’s organization), as an adult Sunday School teacher, as a nursery teacher, and as a ministering sister. Many individuals and families were blessed by her love and service. Barb had many interests and hobbies including quilting, sewing, and playing bridge. Barb taught an Aquanastics class at the Community Center where she made many friends. She loved to watch all sports. Barbara is survived Barbara Ann Hiney, 74, passed away by her husband Gregory Hiney of February 20, 2020 in Estes Park, CO Estes Park, CO; nephew Jon Shaw with her husband Gregg by her side. (Angie) Omaha, NE; stepsister Carol Barbara was born October 27, 1945 in Smid, Estes Park, CO; niece Teri Bader Lakewood, OH to Wilbur and Eleanor (Tim) Omaha, NE; grand nieces Abbi (Fenner) Shaw. She graduated from Bader, Shelby Bader and Eleanor Shaw Benson High School in Omaha, NE in of Omaha, NE; and a grand nephew 1963, then attended and graduated from Ansel Shaw of Omaha, NE. She was the University of Omaha in 1967. preceded in death by both parents, Barbara married Gregory Hiney April brother Richard Shaw and stepfather 15, 1989 in South Kensington, MD. She Ned Linegar. had a robust career including AccountA Memorial Service will be held at ing, Dean of Education at Georgia Medthe Estes Valley Community Center ical Institute, and a Teacher at Lincoln on Saturday February 29, 2020 at School of Commerce, Stayer Business 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contribuCollege, Aurora University, Denver tions can be made to Estes Valley LiBusiness College and Remington Colbrary Friends & Foundation in care of lege. Barb and Gregg lived all along the Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves front range of northern Colorado before Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit going to Astell, GA then settling in www.allnuttestespaek.com to leave a Estes Park, CO in 2007. message to the family.

Charles Manspeaker

Barbara MacAlpine For Trustee To The Editor: Barbara MacAlpine should be on the Estes Park Board of Trustees. In these days of divisive politics and issues we need someone who can reach out to others and encourage communications. Barbara, with her background as a librarian and educator, has the qualifications to do this. She has the ability to understand both sides of an issue, bring parties together, and encourage

communication in a non-confrontational way that will lead to solutions. Barbara’s calm demeanor and intelligence will foster logical, calm discussion and negotiation of town issues that will lead to acceptable conclusions and move the town forward. She has my support without reservation. Don Sellers Estes Park

Charles Manspeaker of Estes Park died January 27, 2020 at his home. He was 70 years old. Charles Benton Manspeaker was born

March 1, 1949 in Kansas. His parents were Frank and Julia (Ashber) Manspeaker. After high school, he attended airplane mechanic school in Arizona, achieving a 4.0 grade point average and making the Dean’s List. While in Arizona, he met and married Sherry Hodges on November 24, 2008. Charles was a veteran, having served his country in Vietnam and Desert Storm. Charles went on to become an inspector of aviation, which is the highest status of an aircraft mechanic, signing off on the safety of an aircraft. Sherry died in 2018. Charles is survived by his daughters Samantha Gramberg and Rachel Manspeaker. He was also preceded in death by his parents. See www.allnuttestespark.com to send a message to the family.

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CC Enterprises Traffic Control (970) 242-0669 Hiring Certified Flaggers Project in Estes Park and Nederland area

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Part-time Bilingual Family Support worker needed to work with dynamic team at EVICS, a local non-profit supporting families and children in the Estes Valley. Ability to communicate in Spanish and English needed. Experience in working with children and families is helpful. Good communication and computer skills needed. Training will be provided. Submit letter of interest to EVICS, PO Box 3373, Estes Park CO 80517, or email to jborries@evics.org. For more information, call 586-3055.

COME JOIN OUR ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESORTS TEAM! FRONT DESK CLERK Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend positions available. MAINTENANCE Full-time and part-time positions available. Experience in electrical, plumbing, drywall, and hot tubs preferred. HOUSEKEEPING Full-time and part-time positions available. Experience preferred. Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email: patrickt@rockymtnresorts.com

The Ridgeline Hotel is looking to add a motivated and committed Facilities Supervisor to our team. This position is full time, year round, with bene‐ fits and PTO. Must be able to work nights and weekends and have a valid driver’s license. Position is responsible for assisting the planning, implementation and supervision of all day to day Maintenance Department activities for the operation of The Ridgeline Hotel and Trendz. Essential Functions: • Responsible for the daily operation and performance of general maintenance of commercial systems, including: electrical, refrigeration, plumbing, building repair and winter-keeping, for the facilities. • Supervise and/or coordinate the activities of Maintenance associates. • Oversee major and minor repairs to all Delaware North facilities • Assist in developing capital budget for Maintenance Department. • Assist in overseeing contract/sub-contract repairs at Delaware North facilities. • Assist in planning of new construction, remodeling, and alteration projects. • Direct all activities for the start-up and shut-down of all facilities, with respect to security, water, sewer, electricity, propane, equipment, and snow removal. • Oversee departmental compliance with all GreenPath initiatives, applicable codes and regulations including but not limited to Life Safety, NFPA, OSHA, NEC, and UPC. • Other related duties at the direction of the general manager. Education, Experience and Skills: • Minimum of five years’ experience in general maintenance, general electric electrical, general plumbing and refrigeration. • Proven ability to supervise others. • Valid driver’s license. • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. • Excellent customer service skills and problem solving ability. • Ability to adhere to GuestPath’s Universal Service Standards Please apply online at www.delawarenorth.com

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Full details on open positions can be found at estes.org/jobs. The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for: Emergency Services Dispatcher Close Date: Open until filled Equipment Operator Close Date: Open until filled

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Planning Technician Close Date: Open until filled Seasonal Position Community Service Officer Close Date: March 9, 2020 Events Maintenance Worker Close Date: July 31, 2020 Volunteer/Committee Board Positions


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Chief Operating Officer Group Sales Representative Hiring for Part-Time and Seasonal Positions

Year-Round Full Benefits YMCA Retirement Plan

Family Reservations Agent Front Desk Attendants

Outdoor Education Instructors (March 30 – June 5, 2020) Resident Assistant Office Driver (Volunteer)

Estes Park Planning Commission Close Date: March 6, 2020 Family Advisory Board Close Date: February 28, 2020 Parks Advisory Board Close Date: Open until filled Transportation Advisory Board Close Date: February 28, 2020 (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

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

Work Monday-Friday, 32-40 hours/week. Great benefits and PTO offered! • Assist in counting physical inventory. • Assist with loading and unloading trucks. • Receiving and distribution of merchandise • Follow safety procedures at all times. • Maintain the cleanliness of the warehouse • Correctly and safely use a variety of tools and equipment items: picking and marking tools, knives, box cutters, carts, hand-trucks, ladders, unloading ramps, brooms and calculators. Physical Requirements: • Ability to load and unload merchandise on trucks and stock ware house shelves for prolonged periods of time. • Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time. • Ability to work extended periods of time in varying temperatures, including some outside work. • Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, and climb stairs frequently while carrying up to 50 pounds. • Requires lifting and carrying 50 pounds frequently and moving large cartons of merchandise. **MUST have a valid driver’s license **MUST have computer knowledge

Planner I Close Date: Open until filled

Estes Park Board of Appeals Plumbing Experience Close Date: Open until filled

We’re gearing up for end of summer and the fall season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter

We’re looking for a highly motivated WAREHOUSE associate!

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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.


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Immediate fulltime position in Estes Park. Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. Duties include processing applications and responding to customer complaints, issue titles, input appropriate information into the system, cash handling, inventory. Training will be in Fort Collins for 46 weeks, then work will continue in Estes. Skills required are the ability to follow process, attention to detail, ability to work with a variety of citizen and diffuse potential impatience, cash drawer experience, good computer experience, quick learner, dedicated and able to work without supervision, team player. $15 hourly. Express Employment Professionals 970.226.4300

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COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE High Quality Finishes. Private Setting Located On River. Reasonable Rates. 6 Offices Available. Call Bret Freedman 970-215-2494

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Estate Sale at Lavona Slack’s home 850 S. St Vrain Ave. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 28, 29 and March 1 - 9AM Shoes, clothes, purses, vintage and newer costume jewelry, accessories, books, other items as space allows. Proceeds benefit Lavona’s charities See you there!

FOR RENT: 2 bedroom condo, 1 bath, washer & dryer, newly remodeled, $2,150/mo plus utilities 1 bedroom loft condo, 1.5 baths, fireplace, $1,450/mo plus utilities 2 bedroom condo, 1.5 baths, washer & dryer, one car garage, $2,150/mo plus utilities. Call: Home Sweet Home Property Services, LLC 970-699-6727 2 BR, 1 BA condo, gas FP, lg. deck, W/D in bldg. close to by-pass. Avail. 3/15, 1 yr. lease, $1500 + util. NSNP 617-620-2274

Apartments Downtown 1 Bedroom, furnished for 1 adult. 1Year Lease, NS/NP. Must have 2 work/residential references, $1,000/mo +. (970) 480-5458

Commercial 1100 Sq. Ft. business space. Great parking, awesome visibility from Hwy 7 - reasonable rate. Call Mark @ 214-616-9430 Class A Office 2014 Construction, Full Service, Furnished or Unfurnished offices in Downtown location, Near Town Hall. $450 to $550 per month. All internet options including Fiber available. Includes Conference Room, Handicap Restrooms, Copy and Scanning Facility, Coffee Room. Call Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 970-586-2448

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

Moving Sale Sat - Feb 29th 144 Alpine Circle RMNP Housing Area Early American Oak Desk Propane Wood Smoker 100 Gal. Water Trough Smaller Rubber Tire Feeder Water Trough Heater Queen Futon Entertainment Center Southwest Style. Camping Equipment Propane Bottles Dog Kennel - larger dog Crock Pot Steam Canner Skis Call 970-480-5707



Riverwalk Retail Space MISCELLANEOUS for lease, 121 West Drive (former location of Sewing/Alterations Riverspointe Spa). Misc. Completely repainted. Remixed Custom Sewing Ready for immediate occu- Services and Industrial Wanted: Dead trees for pancy. Come for a walkRepair my fireplace. thru during OPEN Cushions, benches, 970-577-0557 HOUSES, 11 AM to 2 PM leather, campers and outon Tuesday and Saturday. door furniture. For more info, call or text Local - call Beth 970-492-5446 720-474-9408.

Check out this move-In Ready ranch style home on full acre lot. Call Deb Youngbluth with Keller Williams 1st Realty Partners/Mike Nelson Team at 303-517-2283

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

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Artists & Crafters For Sale - Box of tanned Estate Sales deer leather, jars of agates (polished and not), Lake ESTATE/GARAGE SALE; Superior beach shards, Need to have one, but high quality woodcarving seems overwhelming. tools & books, fly tying We do the work, you make feathers and hackles, and the $. Local, Affordable, much more. Call for apReferences. CALL NOW pointment. 715-410-8633 970-215-5548 Estate Sale Fri & Sat - Feb 28/29 8:00 am Follow the Grn & Org Signs 1770 Grey Hawk Ct. Furniture, Costume Jewelry, Kitchenware, Snow Blower, Wheelchair, Tools, Down Jackets, Bookcases, Framed Art, Shelving, Chest Freezer, Lamps.



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