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March 8, 2019

Air Supremacy

Paul Marcotte captured this amazing photograph of a bald eagle flying amongst the rock walls of the Highway 34 canyon. Photo by Paul J Marcotte

Boys Club John and Wini Spahnle spotted this gorgeous scene after the 18 inches of snow we received last weekend. These bulls are already shedding their winter coats and are just about to shed their antlers. Photo by John Spahnle

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Search Efforts For Man In The Glacier Gorge Area

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mately 40 people were involved in On Sunday, Monday’s operations including 29 March 3, Rocky in the field. Mountain National Park Wednesday marked the fourth day rangers began of search efforts and searchers consearch efforts for centrated their efforts in the Lake James Pruitt, 70, Haiyaha area, the Chaos Creek area of Etowah, TN. and in heavily forested areas near James Pruitt After a vehicle Bear Lake and the Glacier Gorge parked at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead Trailhead. Tuesday’s search efforts was determined to belong to Pruitt, were focused in the Nymph Lake rangers contacted Pruitt’s family in area, Mario’s Gully east of Lake Photo of James Tennessee. His family confirmed he Haiyaha and the Alberta Falls area. Pruitt taken on was in the area and hadn’t been heard A dog team assisted in the search in February 24, 2019 from since Thursday morning, Februthe Alberta Falls area. A multi-mison winter trail bePruitt Leaving Estes Park ary 28. sion aircraft (MMA) from the State Safeway Thursday morning, tween Nymph and Dream Lake. Members of Rocky Mountain National of Colorado assisted efforts on February 28 at 948 a.m. Park’s Search and Rescue team searched Tuesday with fixed-wing aerial reThe overall search area encompasses connaissance over Sky Pond, Lake the Glacier Gorge drainage, the Loch approximately 15 square miles and inHaiyaha, Flattop Mountain and BierVale drainage and the Glacier Creek cludes the Glacier Gorge drainage, the stadt Lake. drainage. Assisting Rocky Mountain Loch Vale drainage and the Glacier National Park Creek drainage. Approximately 30 peoSearch and Resple were involved in Wednesday’s opercue Team memations including 16 in the field, and on bers included Tuesday approximately 35 people were Larimer County in the field. Resource needs change Search and Resdaily based on search areas to be covcue Dog Teams, ered and availability of searchers. Off Diamond Peaks snow packed trails, searchers are enSki Patrol and countering chest deep snow in numerRocky Mounous areas. Wind gusts up to 40 miles tain Rescue per hour were predicated for WednesGroup. There day as well as additional snowfall. has been almost Pruitt may be wearing a blue jacket, Morning Briefing Break Out Team March 5 2019 two feet of snow red or orange hat and microspikes on Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park. accumulation in hiking boots. Park the Glacier Gorge area since rangers would like to Thursday, February 28 and this hear from anyone who makes finding clues to Pruitt’s has been in the Glacier whereabouts even more difficult. Gorge and Bear Lake Search efforts continued this areas since Thursday, week and searchers focused their February 28, or who efforts in the Glacier Gorge may have had contact drainage, the Loch Vale drainage with Pruitt during his and the Glacier Creek drainage. other hikes leading up The search area included sections to February 28. Please of the Glacier Gorge Trail, the call Rocky Mountain North Longs Peak Trail, the National Park at (970) Boulder Brook Trail to the Storm 586-1204. Search efforts for James Pruitt March 5 2019 Pass Trailhead as well as the Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park. drainage east of the Alberta Falls Trail. Teams also searched extensively in the Bear Lake area including the Nymph Lake area, the Dream Lake area and further to Lake Haiyaha and the Loch/Mills Junction. The Glacier Creek Trail was also searched from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and included terSearch efforts for James Pruitt March 5 2019 Morning Briefing March 5 2019 rain to Bear Lake Road. ApproxiCourtesy Rocky Mountain National Park. Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Town Considers Launching New Broadband Service Across Light & Power Service Area Town Board to review business plan and vote on utility establishment March 12 The Town Board will review the details of a business plan and consider the establishment of a new broadband (highspeed internet) service during its regular meeting March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. Community members and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend and comment. Meeting materials will be posted at by Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. The business plan is available at Written comments may be provided in advance to the Town Clerk's office, Room 130 of Town Hall, or emailed to The meeting will be streamed live and recorded for viewing later via The broadband business plan presentation will include a historical recap of the Town's research since Estes Park's electorate voted to reclaim local authority to provide advanced telecommunications services in 2015 with a 92 percent majority. Town Administrator Frank Lancaster commented, "Staff have been diligently working to gather the information needed for the board to make a major business decision on a project that our customers have consistently identified as a high priority." Private companies are unlikely to build a modern fiber to the premise system in Estes Park and the surrounding area due to a low return on a large investment to build in a rural area with extreme terrain and dispersed customer base. The Town's commissioned technical assistance reports and business proforma identified the only feasible option is for the community to invest in itself by establishing a municipally-owned service. The business plan proposes adding broadband as a service within the Light

& Power Division, offering 1-Gigabit service (1000 megabits), which is significantly faster than most residents and businesses have across the nation. In the Estes Valley, many residents currently receive 2- to 60-megabit service, with a few paying for 100-megabit service or greater. The infrastructure would also provide redundancy for emergency communications in the Estes Valley. At the March 12 meeting, staff will seek guidance from the Town Board on the next step -- whether to amend the municipal code to add broadband as a service of the Town's Utilities Department. If the board votes to proceed, it will next consider a funding proposal for the startup phase of the service, borrowing from the fund balance of the Light & Power utility, at its March 26 meeting. The initial startup phase will take advantage of Light and Power's smart grid fiber optics, which already exists in specific neighborhoods and is currently under construction in others (Raven Circle and Carriage Hills). In the fall, the board would vote to issue up to $37 million in bonds to fund the four-year build out of the utility and associated operations -- across the entire Light & Power service area in Estes Park, Glen Haven, Allenspark and portions of the U.S. 34 and U.S. 36 corridors to the east. To ensure the business is funding itself, the order of service additions will be based on the construction cost and revenue potential. If the board votes to proceed, a complete construction and rollout schedule would be developed during the startup phase. Lancaster summarized, "If the Town Board votes to establish this service, staff will quickly begin communicating to our customer base so they know what to expect, and when." For additional information, please call 970-577-3588 or visit the project website at

Short-Term Rental Draft Regulations Open House Opportunity for public input Larimer County Community Development will host an open house to hear public input on a draft of standards and procedures to be used for reviewing Short-Term Rental properties, also known as Vacation Rentals by Owner, or VRBOs. The standards and procedures will apply to the unincorporated areas of Larimer County, excluding the unincorporated areas within the Estes Valley Planning Area.

The open house will be held March 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, First Floor Hearing Room, 200 West Oak St., Fort Collins, Colorado. The open house will help Larimer County determine if the information gathered in previous VRBO public workshops concerning short-term rentals adequately represent the draft code amendments being considered for mid-year adoption.

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Community Invited To Learn About The Fall River Trail Extension March 28 Residents of Fall River Road and Fish Hatchery Road corridors encouraged to attend The Town of Estes Park will host an open house on the Fall River Trail Extension project Thursday, March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1509 Fish Hatchery Rd. The meeting will include an overview presentation at 4:15 p.m. followed by breakout sessions for the various segments of the trail, which are in various stages of planning and pre-construction. Residents, property owners and businesses along Fall River and Fish Hatchery Road, and anyone interested in receiving information on the status of this project is encouraged to attend. The 4:15 p.m. presentation will cover construction grant awards, schedule of upcoming construction for at least one segment of the trail, design updates, and proposed longrange schedule to complete the project. Trail design is complete with the exception of a few specific alternative alignment

areas, and the Town has made significant efforts to identify funding sources for construction. Partners helping to complete this project include Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, the business community, outdoor recreation groups, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and many others. The Town of Estes Park intends to construct a ten-foot wide 2.5-mile concrete extension that will connect the existing trail that ends west of Sleepy Hollow Court along Fall River and Fish Hatchery Roads to Rocky Mountain National Park at the Aspenglen Campground. This would be the first multimodal trail that connects downtown Estes Park with Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information on the project, visit or call the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587 or

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On February 8 at 12:24 p.m. police were informed of a theft at 517 Big Thompson Ave. Currently there is a warrant out for the arrest of a 23 year old Estes Park male who is believed to be involved, if you have any information on this theft, please contact the Estes Park Police Dept. Crimestoppers Line at 970586-4000. Callers can remain anonymous. On February 20 police were called to a disturbance at 1120 Big Thompson Ave. Upon arrival they charged a 41 year old male from Allenspark, CO with theft, domestic violence against a 39 year old victim, driving under a suspended license and having an uninsured and unregistered vehicle. The male was transported to the Larimer County Jail. On February 26 at 3:22 p.m. police arrested a 29 year old male from Fort Collins, CO who was charged with identity theft and

unauthorized use of a financial transaction device against a 66 year old victim. The male was transported to the Larimer County Jail. On February 26 at 7:45 p.m. police were called to 333 E. Wonderview Ave. on a report of a theft. Upon arrival they issued a summons for theft to a 22 year old male from Northglenn, CO. He was later released on that summons. On March 1 at 5:18 p.m. police received a report of an attempt to enter a residence in the 600 block of Aspen Ave. Upon arrival police arrested a 21 year old transient male and charged him with attempted first degree criminal trespass and criminal mischief. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail. On March 2 at 8:09 a.m. police were called to a trespassing at 1050 N. St. Vrain. Upon arrival they arrested a 44 year old male from Lyons, CO and charged him with criminal trespass of a vehicle. He was issued a summons and later released.

EVFPD firefighters gener- Estes Valley Fire Protection District ally respond to medical (EVFPD) responded to 7 calls for servcalls in their personal vehi- ice. This included: cles, allowing for a faster re• Motor vehicle crashes: 1 sponse. On other incidents, firefighters re- • Emergency medical (assist EPMC): 1 spond to a fire station to respond in • Smoke/odor investigation: 1 department apparatus with specialized • Fire: 2 equipment. • Alarm: 2 During the week of February 24, the

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Rooftop Rodeo Tickets Available April 1 The Town of Estes Park and Estes Park Western Heritage, Inc. are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2019 Rooftop Rodeo will be available for purchase beginning Sunday, April 1, at noon. Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at the Estes Park Event Center, which is located at 1125 Rooftop Way and open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This year’s rodeo takes place nightly from Monday, July 8, through Saturday, July 13. Standard ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $30 for box seats, and $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and children (ages 3-12). Admission is free for children age two and under. General admission discounts of 25 percent are also offered for groups of 15 or more and will apply automatically at checkout. Each night of the rodeo will feature the following unique themes and/or promotions: • Monday, July 8: Opening Night • Tuesday, July 9: Parade Day and Family Night • Children ages 3-12 receive $5 general admission • Wednesday, July 10: First Responder Night & Locals Night

• Locals can receive a 50% discount on general admission with online coupon code “80517” (only when ordering tickets online or purchasing in advance at the Event Center office) • Thursday, July 11: Military Appreciation Night • Military personnel and their families pay only $10 per person for general admission • Friday, July 12: Fiesta at the Rodeo (with live music after the event) • Saturday, July 13: Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night (with live music after the event) Once again, a “VIP” experience is also being offered this year. VIP guests will receive food, drinks, access to the hospitality tent, special seating and more. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are available for each night of the rodeo. Online Mutton Bustin’ applications will also be available at beginning on April 1, 2019. For more information about the Rooftop Rodeo, please visit Ticket purchasing inquiries may be made by contacting the Town of Estes Park Events Office at 970970-586-6104 or


Hermit Park Open Space Reopened On March 1 Hermit Park Open Space, located two miles southeast of Estes Park, reopened to the public last Friday, March 1, following a seasonal winter closure. This will be a limited opening with portions of the campgrounds and cabin loop opening for the season. The road through Hermit Park Open Space will be open to vehicles up to the new Kruger Rock Trailhead. Visitors may still access the Moose Meadow Trail via foot, bike or horse. Access to trails and the open space itself is weather dependent. Roads and trails may be closed due to muddy or

other adverse conditions. Before heading to Hermit Park, check current conditions by calling (970) 619-4570 or visiting or For camping information and reservations, please call (800) 397-7795 or visit Hermit Park opens in its entirety May 1. It closes each year from mid-December through February due to winter weather conditions and the protection of winter range habitat for big game animals.

Friday, March 8 @6:30pm Friday Niters Dance Club. Sunday, March 10 @ 4-6pm Auxiliary Social. Just come and visit for a while…. Sunday, March 17 @3-10pm St Patrick’s Day festivities will include Corned Beef and cabbage, Trivia, and Irish shenanigans. Tuesday, March 19@6:30pm Bingo! Fun and cash prizes for all ages! Every Friday @7pm Queen of Hearts drawing is back! Your chance to win some cash!


Friday, March 8 @5:30-7pm Steak Night by the Sons of the American Legion $18. Wednesday, March 13 @11:30-1:00pm Legion Lunch. Your choice of 2 soups and 3 sandwiches for $8. Friday, March 15 @5:30-7pm Fried Chicken $12.


Monday, March 11 @5:30pm Auxiliary monthly meeting. Tuesday, March 12 @5:30pm House Committee meeting. Wednesday, March 13 @6pm Aviation Club.


Get ready to dance! Dance to the Mountain Town Trio on Saturday, March

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Estes Valley Land Trust Earns Recognition, Thanks Estes Park Community The Estes Valley Land Trust has been nationally recognized for its commitment to professional excellence and for conserving land in Colorado. The Estes Valley Land Trust was one of just three land trusts recognized for its third accreditation, of 1,363 land trusts across the United States. “One thing that unites the Estes Park community is land. Since 1987, the Estes Valley Land Trust has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of land for the people and wildlife of Estes Park, Larimer and Bounder counties. We’re very proud to be nationally recognized, once again, for our work,” said Robin Harding, President, Board of Directors. The Estes Valley Land Trust went through a rigorous nine-month process with the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), a national organization, to evaluate its business practices related to governance, financial records, recordkeeping, conservation easement drafting and other critical practices. In the end, LTA recognized the Estes Valley Land Trust as an accredited land trust without any areas of improvement. LTA also requested the Estes Valley Land Trust share some of their business documents, to be used as a template for other land trusts across the nation. “It

was a real complement to our Finance Committee and another example of the incredible leadership the Board of Directors provides the land trust,” said Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director. “This recognition is really a testament to all our members and they deserve a big thank you. We are a communitybased organization and our members volunteer thousands of hours to help us conserve land. Without the support of the community, the Estes Valley Land Trust would not have been nationally recognized,” Boring continued. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process can be found at About the Estes Valley Land TrustFounded in 1987 by Estes Park residents, the Estes Valley Land Trust is a nationally recognized land conservation organization that has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of land. The land trust preserves many of the most iconic landscapes in the Estes Valley and connects people to nature by providing access to the outdoors. Nearly 400 members support the Estes Valley Land Trust annually and more information can be found at Photo by James Frank

Canada Geese In Flight Over Lake Estes

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Aviation Club Meeting To Feature Retired NASA Astronaut, Loren Shriver

Col. Loren Shriver The next meeting of the Estes Park Internationale Aviation Club will be on March 13, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the American Legion Post 119 Hall, 850 N. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park. This meeting is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Our speaker for this meeting will be Col. (Retired) Loren Shriver, a resident of Estes Park for seven years since retiring from over 45 years in the Air Force (pilot, test pilot), NASA (Astronaut, Space Shuttle Program Management, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director), and corporate work (United Space Alliance: Space Shuttle Program Deputy Manager; Vice President, Engineering and Integration; Chief Technology Officer). Loren will be speaking about how the Space Shuttle accomplished its re-entry and landing, from the deorbit burn maneuver to start the descent and ending with landing on runways in Florida or California. The focus of the presentation will be on how the guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems on the Space Shuttle combined to perform successful re-entry and landings of a vehicle that started this process as a pure spacecraft orbiting the Earth, and transitioned to a hybrid spacecraft/aircraft, and finished the final phase as a large, gliding aircraft. The entire process took about an hour, covered

some 8,000 nautical miles, began above the atmosphere and went through the atmosphere without burning up, and started at about Mach 26 and ended at zero velocity at "wheels stop." The GNC systems used some very sophisticated sensors, computations, cockpit displays, and pre-loaded data tables to accomplish the entire process, and Commanders, Pilots, and Mission Specialist flight engineers spent countless hours in several different simulators, using displays to monitor progress or see diversions from expected performance, practicing emergency procedures to respond to anomalies, and developing effective crew coordination to perform all required actions. Col. Shriver will keep the presentation as non-technical as possible, but still highlight the essential actions and processes necessary for success. Come join us for this educational experience--"space cadets" welcome!

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Waterfowl Deaths Being Reported In Denver Metro Area A few ducks and several geese have recently been reported dead in the Denver metro area. Colorado Parks and Wildlife veterinary staff have conducted necropsies of several of the dead geese and found that the most significant factor to their deaths is a bacterial infection with Riemerella anatipestifer, also known as “new duck disease.” This disease affects primarily waterfowl, but it can cause disease in poultry and other birds. All of the dead birds examined from the Denver metro die-off have tested negative for avian influenza viruses and avian paramyxoviruses (newcastle disease). The Denver metro area is home to large

populations of resident Canada Geese year round. In addition, large migratory flocks of geese make temporary residence in the Denver area during the winter months. These large, congregated flocks create ideal conditions for various illnesses to travel among their populations. If the public observes dead waterfowl, you can report it to the local park/managing entity for removal. Do not make contact with dead or sick waterfowl and do not allow your pets to have interactions with them. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the CPW Northeast region service center at 303-291-7227.

March Genealogy Meeting Attention genealogical beginners, this class is for you...“How to Begin, A First Introduction Class for Absolute Beginners.” The Estes Park Genealogical Society will meet Friday, March 15 at 1-2:30 in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library, located at 335 E. Elkhorn Ave. Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D. past President of the Longmont Genealogical Society and Staff member of Longmont Family History Center will be our speaker. Dr. Bainbridge is a researcher, teacher, speaker, writer and has taught many beginner and advanced genealogy classes. Ted last spoke to EPGS in April 2018, with an excellent presentation entitled, “I Can’t Find It on a Map.” Anyone inter-

ested in genealogy and family history research is welcome to attend the meetings. The Society will meet in April-November on the second Thursday of every month, 4:30-6 (except June 56:30). All meetings will be held in the library, offering a wide variety of speakers and programing. Annual dues of only $20 for your family, goes to bring quality speakers to Estes Park. Upcoming programs include: AprilPublic Libraries, May-DNA, JuneWriter’s Workshop, July-Civil War, August-Irish History, September-Census and Maps, Oct-TBD, Nov-Scottish Records. Check this newspaper for additional monthly details.

Volunteers Needed For Bigfoot Days Event April 12-13 Volunteers are needed to help out with Bigfoot Days which will be held April 12-13. Volunteers are especially need for race morning, they will need a person or two to help on the course directing runners. They also need multiple people helping with the Bigfoot dance contest in the afternoon and multiple volunteers to help with the Bigfoot obstacle course. Schedule of Events Friday, April 12th 6-9 p.m.- Bigfoot Celebrity Dinner at

The Estes Park Resort Tickets are $80 each and can be purchased through the EP Resort at 970577-6400 Saturday, April 13th 8 a.m.- Bigfoot 5 Mile Race Starting at Town Hall Register to run at: 10 a.m.- Bigfoot Festival Begins at Bond Park 11 a.m.- Bigfoot of Estes Park; Presen-

tation in Town Hall Boardroom 12 p.m.- Bigfoot calling lesson and contest 2 p.m.- Bigfoot of Estes Park; Presentation in Town Hall Boardroom 3 p.m.- Bigfoot Dance-off Musical Acts on the 13th10 a.m.-Noon- Sol Pride 130 p.m.-4 p.m.- That Damn Sasquatch All Day Events Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.- Big Wheel Races 10 a.m.-4 p.m.- Meet and Learn from

James "Bobo" Fey and Dr. Jeff Meldrum 10 a.m.-4 p.m.- Bigfoot Obstacle course 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.Wildside 4 x 4 tours- Ticketing information coming soon 10 a.m.-4 p.m.- Beer Garden sponsored by Western Heritage Bigfoot Map of Estes Park (self guided tours) Contact Don at to volunteer or for more information.

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Emily Dickinson welcomed this inlike-a-lion-out-like-a-lamb month (yeah, right!) with a poem. Here is the first stanza: DEAR March, come in! How glad I am! I looked for you before. Put down your hat— You must have walked— How out of breath you are! Dear March, how are you? And the rest? Did you leave Nature well? Oh, March, come right upstairs with me, I have so much to tell!

room. There, and in the shower. Could it be the physical act of washing cleanses the mind as well? During the winter when I can’t hang laundry outside, I have a wagon wheelshaped contraption to which I clip socks and skivvies and a drying rack that looks like it could give way from the weight of all the garments I arrange over it. If I have more clothes than rack space, I embrace the challenge of finding other places to drape things—from windowsills, over boxes of craft supplies, from doorknobs. When I’ve finished dispersing a load, the laundry room appears to be in a state of complete chaos. But it is not. It is intentional and it is saMarch. It’s cold and snowy and blustery cred space. The multitude of colors danand blowy. When that cold air whips gling here and there look like prayer around my neck and sends chills down flags. They comfort me. my spine (and that’s when I’m inside my But what about wrinkles? People have house!), I just want to cuddle up to been known to ask, looking me over as if something warm and fuzzy What to do? they want to drag me to Safeway to buy The laundry. me a can of spray starch. My answer: Throwing a load of dirties into the wrinkled clothes are my badge of honor. washing machine doesn’t warm me up, Here’s why: the two most energy-conbut when I get to pull the items out of suming home appliances are the refrigerthe dryer, I’m in snuggletopia. Folding ator and the clothes dryer. There’s not toasty, just-dried sheets, towels and much I can do to cut back on refrigeraclothes makes laundry my favorite chore. tor use unless I want to drink my ice There’s more to it than the physical cream, but the less I use my dryer, the warmth of the job. Doing laundry, like more I’m saving our earth. Wrinkles so many household duties, is a meditacome with that territory, and I’ll happily tive practice that equally warms my have them. However, it’s surprising how body and soul. I throw towels in the many creases disappear as clothes dry, so dryer so I can give myself that glorious my wrinkles really aren’t that bad. We’re heat treat when I take them out, but oth- talking clothes here, not crow’s feet. erwise hanging laundry is a punctilious Those wrinkles are a subject for another practice that brings a calm to my being. column. There’s a method I follow when it’s You may let The Thunker know what laundry day and the mindless routine you think at her e-mail address, donosends me inward where I spend time in deep contemplation. Some of my best © 2019 Sarah Donohoe thoughts come when I’m in the laundry

Join The Estes Park Cycling Coalition For The March 13 Meeting Please join the Estes Park Cycling Coalition for our March meeting. The meeting will be held at the Twin Owls Steakhouse on March 13 at 7 p.m. Our featured guest will be Dave Kemp, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder Public Works. Mr Kemp has a long career improving cycling and multi-modal transportation infrastructure starting in 2006 as the Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins. In 2012 he became the Active Transportation Planner for the City of Davis CA until he moved back to Boulder for his current job. Mr. Kemp will provide insight to his career of planning and development of bike friendly communities. In addition to our guest speaker, we will provide updates on on-going projects and coming events such as the new

proposed “Jump Line” at the Bike Park, and planning efforts for “Bike Estes Day” which includes the Bike to Work and Bike Parade festivities. The Estes Park Cycling Coalition is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose Mission is to promote and increase cycling of all kinds in the Estes Valley, through advocacy, education, partnerships and community building. Now in its fourth year, the Coalition strives to cultivate a biking culture in the community and make the Estes area a destination for cyclists. Please join us on Wednesday evening and be a part of the Estes Valley Biking culture. For more information on the Estes Park Cycling Coalition, please contact president Mike Lewelling at

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1917 Book Club To Take Place March 20 On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the 1917 Book Club, hosted by the Estes Park Museum, will explore local title, The History of Lodges of Estes Park and the Irrepressible Women and Their Lodging Establishments by Jenny Sommer, Elizabeth Crowley, and Karen Griep and edited by Warren Clinton. Due to construction work at the Museum, the program will be held in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Light snacks will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. The History of the Lodges explores the early settlers of the Estes Park area and the growth of the tourism industry. From the Earl of Dunraven, The Stanley Hotel, and through the post WWII era, the lodges and those who operated them, left an indelible mark on Estes Park. The authors researched both private and public collections and interviewed descendants of those involved with the local lodges. Warren Clinton will be in attendance to contribute to a lively discussion facilitated by Museum staff. In the summer of 1962, Clinton worked at Steads Ranch, which was the last season the lodge was open. He went on to have careers as a lawyer, home builder, banker, and college professor but never lost the love for

the hospitality business and Estes Park. While he and his wife, Ruthie, were living in Fort Collins, they purchased McGregor Mountain Lodge and eventually purchased Castle Mountain Lodge as well. As the years passed, Ruthie persuaded him put his lodging stories into a book. The final book club meeting for 2019 will take place on April 17 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. The book will be the new edition of the Memoirs of Eleanor E. Hondius of Elkhorn Lodge edited by Nancy Thomas. 1917 Book Club titles can be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop during the closure by contacting Elaine Hunt-Downey at (970) 577-3766 or or Macdonald Bookshop. Additionally, the Estes Valley Library will circulate a limited number of copies (holds can be placed on circulating copies if all are currently checked out). For any questions regarding the event, please call or email Curator of Interpretation Mikaela Fundaun at 970-5773762 or The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website at

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Organizations Launch Duck Adoption Sales Campaigns The sales campaign for Duck Adoptions for the 2019 Estes Park Duck Race Festival is officially underway. Following a Feb. 28 meeting of representatives of 67 participating organizations, sales began March 1 in person and online at Sharing of sales tips, adoptions forms and encouragement headlined the Feb. 28 meeting, presided over by Organizations Chairman Larry Williams and Big Duck ‘19 Kathy Groesbeck. The session also featured Lee Lasson’s instructions on online sales and the use of a ticket sales interface for Race Day sales and Cassie Lasson’s explanation of Duck Central guidelines. Lucky made an appearance to remind the participating organizations that the big yellow duck mascot is available for club and event appearances. The cost to adopt a duck remains $20. Online adoptions will incur a $2 handling fee per adoption. This year’s target is to raise $135,000 for the 67 participating organizations. Organizations will begin turning in completed adoption forms at Duck Central (race headquarters) on Friday, March 29. The complete schedule of Duck Central hours can be found on: Questions? Email or call 970-4805002. The Estes Park Duck Race Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, with activities continuing until 4:30 p.m. The full schedule is available at

Lee and Sandy Lasson

Larry Williams and Kathy Groesbeck welcomed participating organizations to Distribution Night.

Lucky Duck made an appearance.

Duck themed accessories highlighted the evening.

Representatives of participating organizations picked up sales packets. The Ridgeline Hotel provided meeting space and will be the site of Duck Central beginning March 29. Courtesy photos

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Brian Schaffer, Executive Director of Crossroads Ministry with EVICS Executive Director, Nancy Almond. Courtesy photo

EVICS Receives Grant From Crossroads Ministry 1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park Across from High School football field Sunday Worship Service at 10:00am Communion served first Sunday of each month - open to all Join us for fellowship and refreshments before and after service each Sunday Children always welcome

MARCH 23 FROM 6-11PM Bring the whole family and dive into the fun! MORE INFO: 101 South Saint Vrain Ave. Estes Park, CO | (970) 586-2332

Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) recently received a generous $5,000 grant from Crossroads Ministry, to apply toward the EVICS Childcare Scholarship Fund. The scholarship program has operated since 2006, providing access to licensed childcare for families who struggle to afford the cost of care. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded over $251,000 in childcare assistance to 395 children and 270 families. The average cost of fulltime care for a family with two young children is $1,600/month, and is simply out of reach for many working families. EVICS Executive Director, Nancy Almond states, “Meeting the on-going demand for scholarships is a tremendous challenge for our small organization.” In an average year, EVICS awards about $25,000 in scholarships. In 2018, the demand increased dramatically due to a freeze in funding of the Larimer County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Almond explains, “The EVICS program was originally intended to provide temporary support to families who made just a little too much for CCAP, no longer qualified for that program, but still couldn’t afford the full cost of care. Since the freeze took effect in September of 2017, we have had a steady increase in families coming to us for help. In 2018, we awarded a record high $38,000 in scholarships to qualifying families.” In the first two months of 2019, EVICS has already awarded $8000 in scholarships to 22 young children. “Keeping up with the demand will be a challenge,” says Al-

mond. When Almond explained the situation to Brian Schaffer, Executive Director of Crossroads Ministry, Brian took it to the Crossroads Board who immediately sprung to action and wanted to help. Schaffer presented Almond with a check for $5,000 on February 28. “Part of our mission is to help families and children, and we are happy to have the opportunity to partner with EVICS to make life a little less stressful for working families with young children.” The outcomes of the scholarship program are: Children have access to reliable, consistent, licensed childcare; parents are able to be present at work, with fewer absences due to uncertainty of childcare; child care providers have more consistent attendance from families and receive fair compensation for their services; employers can rely on employees to show up for work. The EVICS Scholarship Program is solely dependent upon private donors, restricted grants, and fundraisers. Unique to Estes Park, the program offers a wonderful example of a community coming together to help solve a problem that affects many. All donations to the EVICS Scholarship Program are utilized 100% for direct services to families. Donations are 100% tax deductible and eligible for the 50% Colorado Childcare Tax Credit. For more information, or to make a donation to the program, please contact EVICS at 970-586-3055;;

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Meet The Buyers For The Trail Ridge Store And Café Xanterra Travel Collection is the concessioner for the Trail Ridge Store and Café, at the top the Rocky Mountain National Park. Xanterra is always trying to find the best product for the many guests that visit Rocky Mountain National Park and locally made product is something they are always looking for. That unique something that will remind them of their special time at Rocky! If you have that unique craft that you want to see in a National Park, now is the time to talk with the corporate buyers and learn what needs to be done to bring your product to millions of visitors that come to Rocky Mountain National Park. Xanterra Travel Collection is planning the first of two events this year for April 24, 2019. Appointments are being reserved now to talk with the corporate buyers and showcase the unique crafts that Xanterra is looking to include at the Trail Ridge Gift Shop. Buyers will be available from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at 945 Moraine Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado. Categories of interest include: Locally made tee-shirts, mugs, and Rocky Mountain souvenirs Handcrafted pottery, jewelry, carvings,

paintings, books Handcrafted local candies, jams, jellies, and snacks “There has been an increase in the request for local product from our guests and Xanterra is always looking for unique items that our guests will enjoy for a lifetime,” stated Nancy Strong, General Manager for Rocky Mountain National Park. Xanterra will be scheduling 30 minute interviews to talk with each artisan, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Please bring a selection of products with details about the product, wholesale pricing, and information on the business or an artist bio to present to a buyer. If this date is not conducive to attend, there will be another opportunity to meet with a buyer during the summer. This will be scheduled at a later date. To schedule an appointment for April 24th, please contact Nancy Strong at the information below. Xanterra Travel Collection Rocky Mountain National Park 945 Moraine Avenue Estes Park, Colorado 80517 970-586-2133

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Scouting Food Drive To Benefit Crossroads Ministry Food Bank On Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Estes Park Boy Scout Units will conduct a “Scouting for Food” collection at Safeway to benefit the Estes Park Crossroads Ministry food bank. Steve Lambert, Scouting’s volunteer Commissioner for Estes Park commented, “This is the 7th year of the annual Scouting for Food community service partnership between Estes Scouts and Crossroads Ministry. Boys and girls in BSA units donate time and Scouting’s

name to collect food and increase awareness of local food bank needs. It also strengthens individual Scout’s understanding of Scouting’s dedication to the high ideals of service expressed in the Scout Oath: ‘On my honor, I will do my best… to help other people at all times…’, the Scout Law, ‘A Scout is helpful’, and the Scout Slogan, ‘Do a Good Turn Daily.’” Crossroads Food Pantry Manager, Debra Avezzano, expressed appreciation to the Scouts for this planned effort saying, “We have a big Easter Distribution coming up on April 12th and we need a lot more food than we have now to adequately provide a good Easter dinner for our clients. We rely heavily on the generosity of our community, and it's wonderful to see everyone helping out. We encourage everyone to find the Scouts at Safeway on March 16th and to make your food donations to help our neighbors.”


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Local Scout units participating in the March 16 event are Pack 8 (sponsored by the Estes Park Lions Club), and Troop 8 (sponsored by American Legion Post 119). On Saturday, March 16, Scouts at the entrance to Safeway will provide a flyer listing the most needed foods, and they will collect and deliver the food to the Crossroads Ministry food bank in Estes. All contributions are tax deductible. In 2018, the Scouts collected 2,041 pounds of food for Crossroads. This year with Easter needs in sight, please help the Scouts beat last year and let’s deliver 2,250 pounds of food to Crossroads. Crossroads Ministry may be contacted at: 970-577-0610 or via their website: for food or donations. On Saturday, March 16 (9 to 4) please stop by Safeway and help the Scouts help our neighbors.


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Think Spring! Come Garden With Us! By: Barbara MacAlpine

As this article is being written, 10-12 inches of snow cover the ground in Estes Park. Our Community Garden, located at the corner of Manford Avenue and Community Drive, is enjoying a well-deserved long winter’s nap before it springs into action again in April. Meanwhile, local gardeners are scanning seed catalogs and dreaming of getting their hands in the dirt again. Can you see yourself in this picture? If so, we have good news! As of March 4th, Estes Valley Community Garden plots are still available to rent for the 2019 season. Just take a quick trip to and follow the “Get a Plot” link. An application form is available that may be emailed directly to us. You too could be renting one of our 4’ x 10’ plots and enjoying a harvest of vegetables, small fruits, or flowers in the coming summer. 2018 was an especially good year at the

Garden. Rain was plentiful at times, and when it took a vacation, our drip irrigation system plus individual watering filled in to keep the plants happy. Four areas designated “Pollinator Gardens” were planted with locally native flora to attract and nourish the butterfly and bee population. Out of our 90 plots, three were designated for the Elementary School Garden Club and another three were planted by volunteers whose harvest of potatoes, onions, beans, peas, and radishes went to the Crossroads Ministry’s Food Bank. We emphasize “Community” in our name and welcome a multigenerational crop of gardeners. We would also welcome new members to our Board of Directors. Whether you garden with us, or at another location, or not at all, your input and dedication to the Community Garden would be appreciated. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact Board President Barbara MacAlpine at

Creating Connections-Annual Estes Park Early Childhood Conference EVICS, in partnership with the YMCA of the Rockies, invites all who work in the early childhood field to enjoy a breath of fresh mountain spring air, along with some learning, networking, and renewal at the 10th Annual Early Childhood Conference. Keynote speaker, Kelly Burns (back by popular demand!), and workshop leaders will focus on the power of connections in today’s high tech world. Attendees will leave with new knowledge and strategies to use in their personal life, as well as in their everyday work with young chil-

dren. Previous conferences have received rave reviews from a broad spectrum of early childhood professionals. When: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m Where: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Cost: $50 ($25 for Estes Park attendees); $60 for anyone who registers after April 6. Fee includes all sessions, keynotes, materials, door prizes, snacks and lunch. Special overnight rates are offered by the YMCA of the Rockies. Learn more and register at: or contact EVICS at 970586-3055.

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The Melodrama Is A “Punanza” "Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted." - Fred Allen It doesn't take long for the first pun to pop up in Rich Mitchell's latest pun-filled melodrama. It's right there on page one of the script: "I am just like that navigator that went looking for a passage between Alaska and Russia. I just have to get my Bearing Strait." Puns and plays-on-words are staples of the melodramas Mitchell has written for Back Photos by Peter Plaut Pew Creations at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rock"I've told people that puns have to ies. That's certainly true for this year's make perfect sense whether you catch it play as well: “The Great Estes Park or not," says Mitchell. Sometimes they Growth Spurt or What Do We Want to go right by and you never notice it. "I Be When We Grow Up?” try to teach people how to deliver puns Tickets are on sale now at Macdonald so that you can sort of alert people Book Shop and in the church office. they're coming." Mitchell admits, "Some Adults are $10 in advance or $12 at the of the puns are pretty vague; others are a door. Children 12 and under $5.00. The little more obvious." For example, Estes melodrama will be performed March 15, Park High School senior Bailey Burke rd 16, 22, & 23 at 7:00 p.m. and at 3:00 plays a character who gets a lot of her th p.m. on March 24 . words mixed up. She cuts her arm in You might call the melodrama a one scene and says, "I think I might "punanza." One year there were more need a blood translation." than 120 puns in one script. To be sure, Mitchell adds, "She is going to end up they generate groans from the audience taking care of the horses but she's afraid but also loads of laughter. And that's they're going to leave them tied up at why people come to the melodrama -night outside her room and she's afraid it's a fun event that's all family friendly. that will give her nightmares."

One of the characters in the play manages to drop six puns in just two sentences. "Like I say," says Mitchell, "It's pretty bad." Even the names of some of the characters are plays-on-words: County Commissioner Jerry Mander, cafe owner Betty Cooker, Jim Khanna, and a wagon driving couple named Wheeler. All the proceeds from the play will be divided among three charities in town: Lifelong Learning of Estes Valley, Crossroads Ministry, and Estes Park Crisis Advocates. People should buy their tickets early. You don't want to miss out on this punfilled extravaganza.

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I sit at the computer on this beautiful snowy Saturday afternoon pecking my column with two fingers. I look forward to Thursday when my cast will be removed. Quite a bit of therapy will then be involved to regain strength in my right hand. I still have pain so I wonder how it will be without the protection of my cast. I have managed to play Mahjong with my left hand, Bridge with a card holder and I can drive carefully using only one hand. Determination is my middle name. I will not try to drive in this weather so y’all are safe. There was notification in the paper that the Marison Project and staff are leaving town for awhile to help in another area of Colorado. Before Becky departed, she sent me the following email and recipe. The squash is tasty prepared this way. I can vouch that it is because I have the exact same recipe and have served it many times.

“Marison ProjectAngela’s Elegant Squash” This recipe was brought to us by our amazing volunteer, Angela Kasmeier Howard. Ingredients 2 lb. yellow squash 1 small onion 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 sm. jar of diced pimentos, drained 1 C. sour cream

1 box Stovetop cornbread dressing: 1 ½ - 2 C. water 4 T. butter or margarine Instructions Heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cut squash crosswise. Place squash in salted water and boil for 20 minutes and drain. Prepare Stovetop cornbread dressing as directed on package. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, placed the drained, cook squash. Add the chopped onion, pimentos, sour cream, cream of chicken soup and ½ of prepared dressing. Gently fold together all ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Add the remainder of the dressing by spoonsful onto the top of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, or until top is brown and bubbly. Tip-This recipe makes 1- 9 x 13 baking dish full of yummy! I hope all of you enjoy this as much as I have. I heard from a lovely lady about the Mexican cheesecake. She raved on about how good it was. As soon as I can, I plan on making it for myself. My email: Bon Appétit.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors The same man who led a movement and delivered a speech about his Dream was also the one who wrote this message to those who claimed to be followers of the way, the truth, and the life. “The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only his soul but his body, not only his spiritual well-being, but his material well-being. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.” M. L. King, Jr. I have a dream for our town where people are so concerned about the condition of their neighbors who don’t have sufficient housing, food, or employment that they step up to make sure these necessities are taken care of. The practical aspects of loving our neighbors begins with an introduction that says “I care about you and want to help you get to a better place.” Meeting the basic needs is

the quick and easy fix to a temporary resolution, but the greater work is done over time through a relationship that says “I am committed to be there for you and will help you grow into everything God has created you to be.” People who are experiencing a season of need will be able to overcome it and reach their highest potential as each one of us steps up to be a Good Neighbor. I know you can’t help everyone, but you can help one. One person committed to do their part makes a big difference. I would like to invite you to join us for our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 2:45 p.m. to find out more about the life-changing work Crossroads Ministry is doing. We will have a hard copy of our Annual Report for everyone in attendance. You can meet staff and board members as well as find out details on what’s next for Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park. We will meet in the Margaret Clark conference room located at 851 Dry Gulch Rd, Estes Park, CO.

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Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff In Estes Park March 10

U.S. Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff will be in Estes Park on Sunday afternoon, March 10, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Library’s Hondius Room. This meeting is open to the public and is hosted by the Estes Valley Democrats. (Please also remember that this is the first day of Daylight Savings Time!) Andrew formally announced his run for the U. S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Cory Gardner on February 2, with the comments that his decision to run for the Senate “... is grounded in the people of Colorado. I know firsthand what women and men of goodwill can achieve when united by a common purpose.” Andrew has been involved in the Colorado political scene for many years – having served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2000 through 2008 and being re-elected three times before being term-limited. From 2005 through 2008, Andrew served as

Speaker of the Colorado House, and at that time was the youngest person elected to serve as Speaker. Andrew’s background as a progressive in the Democratic party was emphasized in his Senate announcement where he voiced support for positions such as Medicare for all, immigration reform and renewable energy policies, including interest in the Green New Deal proposal. For the past four years, Andrew has led Mental Health Colorado, an influential advocacy group for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. In that position, his past experience in the Colorado government helped his work toward improving access to mental health services for all Coloradans. After his recent decision to run for the U. S. Senate, Andrew left that position to avoid any conflict of interest. His focus now is on traveling the state of Colorado to meet residents in all areas to discuss their concerns for their communities, their state and their country. Andrew’s education background includes an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Law Degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Please meet this impressive candidate in person. For more information, you may email Vicky Henry, Democratic PCP Coordinator, at

Hearing Loss Is Not Uncommon

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu ——Week of March 11 thru March 15 —— Monday, Mar 11 Scrambled eggs (2) w/ham, french toast (1pc), hash browns & fruit Tuesday, Mar 12 Chicken Fried Chicken w/mashed potatoes, gravy & side salad Wednesday, Mar 13 Baby Back Ribs (1/4 rack) w/homemade chips & coleslaw Thursday, Mar 14 Chicken Cordon Bleu w/baked potato & vegetables Friday, Mar 15 Teriyaki Salmon w/fried rice & vegetable

——Week of March 18 thru March 22 —— Monday, Mar 18 Corned Beef & Cabbage & vegetable Tuesday, Mar 19 Chicken Parmesan w/spaghetti, garlic bread & Caesar salad Wednesday, Mar 20 BBQ Chicken Breast w/corn bread, grits & green beans Thursday, Mar 21 Swedish Meatballs with egg noodles & side salad Friday, Mar 22 Shrimp Platter – 2 shrimp skewers (5 grilled & 6 batter fried shrimp) w/mashed potatoes, gravy & 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 11th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Mar 8th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 (Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm). Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1820 S. St. Vrain (Masonic Lodge). Eat at the Senior Citizens Center or take Meals to Go! Regular hours of operation 9:00 am -- 2:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Join or renew membership for 2019! Check out our website: TriFit, Balance, Mahjong, games, movies, and other activities. EPSCC, Inc. wants to serve YOU and YOU can enjoy serving others!

Silence isn’t golden, it is lonely! Listening is not just about hearing, it is about communication! Dr. Workman from Community Hearing Center talks about hearing, hearing loss, communication strategies, and the latest in hearing health technology.” Dr. Workman will speak at the Senior Center in the Masonic Lodge, 1820 S. St. Vrain (Hwy. 7), at 12:30 p.m., March 14. There is no charge. Please come join us.

Estes Park Garden Club March Meeting Bruce Kane is an avid gardener who has been honing his plant selection and garden design skills since 1972. Bruce graduated from CSU with a Wildlife Biology degree and worked at the Denver Zoo until his retirement. Melding his love for animals with gardening, Bruce developed a lush and colorful oasis for the birds exhibited in the Denver Zoo’s Bird World and the adjacent duck area. . In retirement Bruce has continued his passion for wildlife and plants. In his extensive garden he studies and meticulously keeps records on plants that thrive in our challenging gardening environment. In 2013, Kane’s property and garden were heavily damaged in the September

flood, with much of it being completely washed downstream. Last year his painstakingly re-built and re-planted garden was awarded the first ever Estes Park “Neighborhood Bright Spot” award. Today his garden boasts 170 varieties of perennials representing 68 different genera. In addition it features another 38 varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines. Please join the members of the Estes Park Garden Club on Monday morning, March 11th, at 10:30 a.m., in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Public Library, when Bruce will share his gardening tips and the story of how he and his garden recovered from the 2013 flood that devastated his property.

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Free Loving Spirit Grief Recovery Workshop Coming In March

Loving Spirit, a local non-profit, now in its fifth year of offering free workshops to help adults who are grieving a major loss in their lives, announced today that it is offering another workshop in Estes Park in March. According to Dayle Spencer, President of Loving Spirit, the workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 16th and 17th at the YMCA of the Rockies, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Spencer said, “We are very grateful to the YMCA of the Rockies for their continued generous support of our mission. This workshop marks the third time that they have provided their meeting facilities to our participants. Every workshop we hold at the YMCA allows folks who are suffering greatly to utilize the beauty of nature in their healing process. The tranquility and safety that the YMCA provides is a powerful addition to the thoughtful learning experience provided by Loving Spirit team of trained facilitators.” Spencer added, “Anyone who wants to attend the free workshop must register online at:” Registration is limited to 30 partici-

pants per workshop. The March workshop will have the added element of being another opportunity for training additional folks who have attended workshops previously to learn how to lead them in other communities as Loving Spirit conducts its third facilitator training class concurrent with the workshop. The training class is based on the medical model of first teaching the principles of how the workshop is designed and implemented and then having the trainee class observe a live workshop in progress, just as medical students observe surgeries and grand rounds as part of their training and education. Spencer acknowledged special appreciation to Board Member and Director of Training, Sally Park, and former Board Member Gail Albers, who will be co-leading the facilitator training class during the weekend. She also thanked Brenda Dixon, of the YMCA of the Rockies for her efforts to support the success of the event.“Sally, Gail and Brenda, have all been instrumental in making this event possible. I am deeply thankful to each of them,” she added.

Nathan Zurfluh 12th Grade Marison Project Had a great time c a t e r i n g t h e E s t e s Va l l e y Quilt Guild Retreat held at the YMCA of the Rockies last week. Because of their generocity, over 1000 meals will be provided to Pantries, Shelters, families and individuals in need across the Estes valley and beyond. Thank you Estes Valley Quilt Guild!! Marison Project’s mission is to provide, nutritious, high quality food & clean, easily accesible water to communities, families & individuals in need. For more infor mation about M ar ison Projec t please visit our web page:

Congratulations to Nathan Zurfluh, the Estes Park News Student of the Week for March 8, 2019. At EPHS, Nathan is on the varsity swimming and cross-country teams. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Student Council, and a member of Thespian Troupe 7284 who loves playing loud roles in plays and musicals. He is President of the Environmental Club and a member of the Major 13 Choir. He has won three (soon to be 4) state swimming competitions and earned four varsity letters in swimming. He has traveled to state competitions twice for cross-country and earned two varsity letters in the process. Nathan maintains a 3.85 GPA and was a third place finisher in the state poetry competition. Outside of school he loves skiing, biking, getting lost in the woods with the boys, playing Xbox, wakeboarding, competitive bird watching, inventing new colors incomprehensible to the hu-

man mind and reading and writing poetry. Nathan’s favorite quote is “It’s never pressure, it’s always work.” This quote is just a reminder to him to not stress about life and know it will take effort to achieve his goals. After high school Nathan plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder to study Biological Physiology with an emphasis on pre-medical. Then he plans to go off to dental school!

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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HOW TO HELP WHEN OTHERS ARE HURTING? That’s the question many ask as hearts are opened to the families whose lives were shattered by the suicide death of a friend mentioned last week. I’ve just returned from the Resthaven Gardens cemetery where we laid to rest the body of our deceased friend. We arrived there to face his grieving parents, his grieving wife and her parents, and some extended family. Each pondered the ‘why’ question. For all of us that question list should include ‘how’? How can we be of the most help at such a time? Let’s go to an ‘expert’ for an answer, a father who went through the experience of loss. Listen carefully. “When real difficulties come, well-meaning friends want to help. Sometimes their response is of great help, but sometimes it compounds the hurt. Recently I had to stand by helplessly as my precious 22-year-old son, Danny, died. In the intensive care unit for almost a week, lingering between life and death, struggling with ‘cystinosis’. Many caring friends came by, each wanting to help. Some helped, and some didn’t. Let me share with you what did and what didn’t help. (1) We were blessed by ‘brief’ visits. This showed care and helped share the pain. When the visits were prolonged, they became a burden. (2) I didn’t appreciate people asking for more details of Danny’s condition than I offered. If I gave a general answer, it was because I wanted to give a ‘general’ answer. I was made uncomfortable by those who pressed for more details. (3) ‘Cards, flowers, and phone calls’ helped. (4) It was particularly helpful for visitors to offer to ‘pray’ with us. (5) One thing that not only didn’t help but brought much pain were visitors who wanted to talk about their friend who had been in a coma, like Danny was. That ‘never helped’! (6) We were comforted when visitors shared their special memories of Danny. We enjoyed talking about him and remembering his bright, spicy personality. We still do. Basically we needed loving support. We didn’t need advice. All those who later came to his funeral and sent cards were very helpful, even though we didn’t get to speak to them personally. In the months since his death, we have readjusted to life—life without him. It has been painful and difficult. It’s supposed to be. Life has its painful times. But there has been a normal, healthy grief process, and we are doing it very well.” (Rusty Bolton) Rusty sometimes speaks to groups who want to be better ‘helpers’. He warns against: ‘Misusing Hindsight’…believing that ‘if only I’d’ done differently’, I could have changed the outcome. We are not usually in control. He warns us against ‘Blaming ourselves’ (i.e. “Where did I go wrong?”) Parents excel at this. And don’t ‘Blame others’. Look for solutions, not someone to blame. Lastly, many people tend to ‘strike out in anger’ at whatever or whomever (even God) they think might be responsible. Look for positive solutions, deal appropriately with grief and move forward. Incidentally, while we are on this subject of loss and grief, let me remind you that we have some very good ‘grief’ and other ‘support’ groups meeting in Estes Park. Give me a call: 720-5306446, or call the hospital and they can connect you to people who are caring…mostly because they, like Rusty Bolton, have been there and, while moving on themselves, want to help others do the same. Let get ‘healthy’ together. At the memorial Service for my friend Jeff this Saturday in Longmont, I’m going to close with Robert Fulghum’s wise advice: “And it’s always true, no matter how old you are, when you have to face the world, it’s always best to join hands…and stick together.” Let’s do it! Bob

Duck Race Seeks Volunteers To Help On Race Day

The Estes Park Duck Race needs volunteers to carry a big stick, push little ducks around, and keep people out of Fall River. “We need about 30 to 40 people to help corral the ducks as they float down Fall River, as well as making sure people don’t fall into the river,” said Gene Oja, the official “sheriff ” of the duck race. Oja said volunteers should contact him at as soon as possible. On race day, Saturday, May 4th, volunteers should check in at the Big Horn Restaurant at 401 W. Elkhorn in the rear Deli Room at 12:00-12:30 p.m. where they will sign in,

get a security hat and vest, a long pole to push ducks back into the running water, and instructions on what part of Fall River they are assigned to work. Corralling more than 5,000 ducks floating down Fall River from Nicky’s Resort to the Wheel Bar in Riverside Plaza in downtown Estes Park is a large undertaking that requires volunteer manpower. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old. Anyone interested in being a duck patrol volunteer should sign up in advance by contacting Gene Oja at

Lions Donate To Cub Scout Troop 8

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Lions Mike Hentosh, Terry Davis and Darlene Homme attended the Scout Troop 8 Blue and Gold banquet. The Lions presented a check to the troop for $500 and judged cake decorations made by the scouts. Courtesy photo

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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Thanks To Our American Legion Hall For Sponsoring The Woman’s Club Bingo Night

Historic Park Theatre

7pm Bingo team: Nan Abbiatti, Diane Palmer, Gail Henrichs, Gini Wiseman, Barbara Poweleit and Susan Robertson, President.

The Estes Park American Legion Post 119 Auxillary recently sponsored the Woman's Club Bingo Night on Friday, February 22nd. A delicious pasta bar dinner was served before the Bingo game. Lots of baskets filled with goodies, donated by local merchants were available for those

to win through "chance tickets" purchased by anyone who hoped to win a prize when their number was called. There were several Bingo winners of cash, as well. Thanks to the Woman's Club Planning Committee, along with their American Legion friends, who helped to make that fun event possible.

Nancy Thomas To Present Another Amazing Woman Of Estes Park

The Estes Park Woman's Club monthly noon luncheon will be held

Wednesday, March 13th at Nicky's Restaurant. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. The noon luncheon will be followed by a business meeting and program presented by Nancy Thomas, Editor in Chief, Friends Press, Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation. She will present, Eleanor Hondius, the first amazing woman of Estes Park who made an outstanding contribution to our town, library, schools and national park. For needed information about attending the luncheon, call Sallie Brackman at (816) 25-9130.

Is that Bigfoot hiding amongst the rocks? The EP Bigfoot Festival will be held April 12-13. Don’t miss it! Photo by Bubbatech



Sun 3/17 @1 pm Mon 3/18 @ 6pm

3/26 & 3/28 @7pm

3/24 @1pm 3/27 @7pm


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ESTES PARK HAPPENINGS For additional information call 800-443-7837 • 970-577-9900



Mar. 17: Eat, Drink & Be Irish. Featuring Sugar Britches. The Barrel. Event, 12-9pm. Band, 5-8pm Mar. 17: St. Patrick’s Day Bash. American Legion Post 119. 3pm Mar. 17: Geoff Clark. Irish acoustic. Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 5-8pm

WINTER ACTIVITIES Mar. 8-10: Photographing Winter Landscapes. Rocky Mountain Conservancy. 5:30-8:30pm Mar. 9: Winter Ecology Snowshoe Trek. Rocky Mountain Conservancy. 9am-1pm

ENTERTAINMENT Mar. 8-9: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm Mar. 8 & 15: $5 Friday 9-Hole Golf. 9Hole Golf Course. 8am-12pm Mar. 9: The Spitfire Grill. Musical. YMCA. 2-4pm & 7:30-9:30pm Mar. 10 & 17: Bingo Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 6-7:30pm Mar. 12 & 19: Euchre Game Night. The Barrel. 6-10pm Mar. 12 & 19: Trivia Night. Rock Cut Brewing. 7-8:30pm Mar. 13: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm Mar. 13 & 20: Cribbage Night. The Barrel. 6-10pm Mar. 14 & 21: Geeks Who Drink. Trivia. Latitude 105 Alehouse. 6-10pm Mar. 14 & 21: Poker & Texas Hold’em. The Barrel. 6-11pm Mar. 15: The Spitfire Grill. Musical. YMCA. 2-4pm & 7:30-9:30pm Mar. 15-16 & 20: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm Mar. 22: $5 Friday 9-Hole Golf. 9-Hole Golf Course. 8am-12pm

Mar. 8: Dahlby & Nadine. Folk Rock. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Mar. 8: Jay Stott. Acoustic. Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 5-8pm Mar. 8-9: The Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Other Side Rest. 5-8pm Mar. 8-9: James Davis. Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-9pm Mar. 8-9: Tim McLemore. Jazz & Blues. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm Mar. 9: Sean Flynn. Acoustic. The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 5-8pm Mar. 10: Jon Pickett. Acoustic. Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 5-8pm Mar. 10 & 17: Joseph Lingenfelter. Acoustic. Other Side Rest. 10am-1pm Mar. 13: Just Jill. Acoustic. The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 5-9pm Mar. 14 & 21: Bluegrass Jam. The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 6-9pm Mar. 15: Geoff Clark. Acoustic. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Mar. 15: Alex Thoele. Acoustic. The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 6-9pm Mar. 15-16: The Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Other Side Restaurant. 5-8pm Mar. 15-16: James Davis. Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-9pm Mar. 15-16: Tim McLemore. Jazz & Blues. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm Mar. 16: Local Vocals Concert. Shepherd of the Mtns. 3-4:15pm Mar. 22: Neilson Project. Acoustic. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Mar. 22: The Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Other Side Restaurant. 5-8pm Mar. 22: Cass Vendengna. Acoustic. Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. 6-8pm Mar. 22: James Davis. Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-9pm Mar. 22: Tim McLemore. Jazz & Blues. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm

Mar. 22: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm

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SEMINARS, CLASSES & LECTURES Wed., Sat., Sun.: Weaving Demos. Old Church Shops. 1-3pm Mar. 8-9, 15-16 & 22: Sip & Paint. Murphy’s Resort. 7-9pm Mar. 11: Rules of Golf Seminar. 18Hole Golf Course. 1-3pm Mar. 11 & 18: History & Nature Talk. Rams Horn Village Resort. 5-6pm Mar. 12 & 19: Free 5k Group Fun Run. The Stanley Hotel. 5:30pm Mar. 16: Break Dance Workshop. Community Center. 10:30am-12:30pm Mar. 16: Dances of Universal Peace. Estes Park Yoga. 2-4pm

DINNER PAIRINGS Mar. 14: Dinner w/ the Brewers. Bird & Jim. 6:30-9:30pm Mar. 22: Elevation Oil Man & CO Big Bite Catering. The Barrel. 5:30-10pm

FUNDRAISERS Mar. 16: St. Baldricks. Estes Park Mountain Shop. 4-7pm

COMMUNITY Mar. 9 & 16: Kids’ Nite Out. Estes Valley Community Center. 7-10:30pm

UPCOMING Apr. 13: Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast w/ the Easter Bunny. Community Center. 8:30-11am Apr. 13: Bigfoot Days. 5-mile run, Bigfoot-themed activities. Bond Park. 10am-4pm May 4: Duck Race Festival. Fundraiser, 5K, Live Music, Family Fun. George Hix Riverside Plaza. 10am-4pm

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6am - 10am Morning Music 10am - 1pm Easy Listening 1 pm-3pm Afternoon Classical 3pm - 5pm Upbeat Monday: 1950-1963 Tuesday: 1964-1975 Wednesday: 1976-1983 Thursday: 1984-1999 Friday: 2000 - Current 5pm-7pm Dinner Music 7pm-9pm Grass Fed (Eclectic Rock Bands) 9pm - 11pm Jazz 11pm-6am Night Music


6am-11am Saturday Morning Chores 11am - Noon British Rock Noon - 2pm Old Time Radio 2pm - 4pm Estes Park Spanish Radio 4pm-7pm Dinner Music 7pm-9pm Grass Fed 9pm-11pm Jazz 11 pm - 6am Night Music


6am-8am Praise 8am-9am Sunday Morning Hymns 9am-10:00am Gospel 10am-11am Sunday Morning Hymns 11am-1pm Instrumental Music 1pm - 2pm German Hour 2pm-5pm Afternoon Classical 5pm-7pm Dinner Music 7pm-9pm Jazz 9pm - 11pm Evening Classical 11pm-6am Night Music

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Fine Arts Guild’s Production Of “The Spitfire Grill” Opens This Weekend Come check out local Estes Park talent show their stuff in the Fine Arts Guild’s annual musical! The Spitfire Grill is a charming tale of forgiveness and second chances. Based on a page from an old travel book, a feisty parolee follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow-full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. This musical is full of small town charm, and catchy, Appalachian style music. Director Denise Stookesberry says the talented cast will have you humming the tunes and feeling good about the story of redemption.

Performances are March 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Hempel Auditorium, YMCA of the Rockies. For opening night only, tickets are offered at a special, buy one—get one free rate! Tickets are available at Macdonald Book Shop and online at and will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $15, seniors $12, under 18 $10. Fine Arts Guild Members are free.

FAGR Courtesy Photos

We Added “Health” To Our Name Because It’s Our Mission Estes Park Health provides compassionate care, by local healthcare professionals, in an era of impersonal managed care. Estes Park Health offers healthcare services from the start of life to the end of like, and everything between. “Providing excellent, compassionate health care to the Estes Park Valley is our privilege,” states Larry Leaming, Chief Executive Officer of Estes Park Health. “Our mission states that ‘We exist to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of all we serve. ’ Since 1975, when we began to serve this vibrant community as the Elizabeth Knutsson Memorial Hospital, we’ve evolved so that we can continue to provide the services our community needs in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Therefore, we strategically moved to the name Estes Park Health to show a cohesive healthcare organization with a united message of creating a healthy community.” Moving to include “Health” in our name reflects our mission to help our community remain healthy and active, provide health resources when needed and share in the Estes Valley’s goal to achieve total health and well-being.

Defining the right health services for our community sets us up for the future, and helps us compete and maintain our independence. It is our goal to remain

Strong, Independent and Community Owned. In the last year Estes Park Health has: • Moved forward to convert our health information systems to Epic (Go Live November 2019) and Lawson (Go Live October 2019) to better connect health resources for our community and the

visiting public • Responded to our employee survey, started a new Merit Pay Performance Evaluation System and introduced other strategies to recruit new employees and retain our current ones to serve our community’s healthcare needs • Completed a Strategic Planning process and are moving forward with execution of those strategies • Enhanced our Quality Management and Accreditation Preparation • Experienced back-to-back surveys from the State of Colorado and DNV-GL with great success on both • Passed our Level IV Trauma Center Survey • Grown our Inpatient days by 21% with the Hospitalist program • Implemented a new Surgicalist program to keep community members requiring surgery close to home and close to their primary care physician • Launched a website ( with enhanced educational health information and revamped our advertising strategy to include a far-reaching digital presence to create awareness of the services we provide to our community and

to our visiting public • Contracted with Good Samaritan Society for the management of the Living Center • Recruited a part-time Pediatrician (Dr. Patricia Aldridge) and three Internal Medicine Physicians (Dr. Joseph Lee, Dr. Juli Schneider and Dr. Nicholaus Mize) to the Physician Clinic. Call 970586-2200 to schedule an appointment • Helped Alarado Business Park developer gain approval for a building to house our new Urgent Care Center anticipated to open in February 2020 • Completed numerous facility projects and life safety improvements “Serving this community’s diverse population of residents and visitors, while demonstrating an unwavering work ethic that meets every standard of excellence, will always be Estes Park Health’s central goal, ” states Leaming. “We recognize a critical value in our local medical center, a need for quality care close to home and a convenient, one-stop facility that provides integrated healthcare.” More information on Estes Park Health is found at

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Two Concert Bands; One Double Header

Kaylin Brennan

men and women lost in the war with Vietnam. Then Ms. Brennan and the high-school musicians will take the stage. First they will play Gadget by Randall Standridge. This will be followed by a perennial favorite entitled the Second Suite by Gustav Holst, arranged by Colin Matthews. Once the EPHS Concert Band has concluded its portion of the concert and the musicians from both bands have merged together on the EPHS stage, they will perform two numbers led by Miss Brennan. First, they will perform The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitaker with a haunting piano solo by one of the students, Alex Leija. Then, in Lightning Field, by John Mackey, the enlarged percussion section will help the rest of the instrumentalists represent the kind of weather all residents in this area try to avoid in the summer. This is supercharged music written to raise the hair on the back of one’s neck. Whether wearing long hair or

Loren Johnson

The decades-long tradition of combining the Estes Park High School (EPHS} Concert Band with the Estes Park Village Band for one, single hourlong concert continues in spite of whatever changes in conductors have occurred over the years. This year the leadership has changed for the high school band. Ms. Kaylin Brennan, Director of Estes Park School Bands, ably takes over the podium on behalf of the younger musicians on Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the EPHS auditorium. All of the musicians, of whatever age, hope to see their friends and neighbors there to hear their well-rehearsed selections, which is the reason why they offer this concert free of charge. As in past years, the Village Band, under the direction of Loren Johnson, will open the concert. The first number Johnson has chosen will be a medley of tunes by Richard and Robert Sherman from the original musical, Mary Poppins, well arranged by Ted Ricketts. The bandsmen and Jeff Klintberg women still prefer the original movie music over the re-make. hearsing in January. Now they go home With that as a warm-up, the band will from rehearsals unable to get the interlaunch into Leonard Bernstein’s Overwoven melodies out of their heads. Auture to Candide, arranged by Claire dience beware! Grundman. The Village Band was hopWith so many old James Bond movies ing to perform this demanding arrangebeing shown recently on the TV, conment last year for Bernstein’s 100th birthductor Jeff Klintberg is leading the Vilday, but did not have enough time to lage Band in a medley of 007 tunes entirehearse it. This year they started re-

Alex Leija

tled Bond…James Bond, arranged by Stephen Bulla. The original themes were written by a surprising variety of wellknown composers, from John Barry and Marvin Hamlisch to Paul McCartney. But in order t keep the musicians humble, Klintberg has also challenged them, this time with Hosay’s march entitled Black Granite, in memory of those brave

no hair, the participants in this annual concert enjoy the opportunity to blend together, working on same fingerings, pitches, tempos, and dynamics to produce beautiful and unforgettable music together, truly a bonding experience for all generations.

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School Readiness Fair April 13 School starts August 21, 2019! Do you have a child that will be going to kindergarten? EVICS has begun passing out Be Ready backpacks to local preschools for all children heading to kindergarten. These Be Ready backpacks include information about school readiness, as well as some essentials for kindergarten. Be Ready is a program available through EVICS that believes that all children in Larimer County should be prepared to enter school because through their program they will increase the community’s understanding that school readiness starts at birth, will provide consistent and reliable information to help parents of young children, and engage the broader community with its effort. Be Ready provides a “Ready Set Kindergarten” guide for each four-year old entering school that provides fun activities for making friends and getting

7th Grade Girls Are Basketball Champs

along in the classroom, tips to get ready for reading, writing, and math, as well as a month by month guide to keep your family on track with kindergarten registration, vaccinations, and more! This guide is available at EVICS, online at and is in each Be Ready backpack provided to your preschooler. If your child does not attend a local preschool, but is preparing for going to school, please contact EVICS at or stop by the office to receive a backpack and other school readiness information. EVICS is partnering with Estes Park School District and the Estes Valley Library Front row (left to right): Jimena Escorcia, Xitlalyth Ruela, Naomi McDonald, Gaby for a Be Ready Acedo. Second row: Rylee Nelson-Koob, Elizabeth Miles, Lexi Richardson, Paloma School ReadiTalavera, Seneca Kittler. ness Fair on Saturday, April 13 In the first game, Seneca Kittler sank a The Estes Park Middle School girls 7th that will include grade basketball team captured the free throw with five seconds left to play, children’s activi- championship at the Northern Plains lifting the Lady Cats to a 16-15 win over ties, profesMiddle Level Association B Tournament Liberty Common then Estes Park delast Saturday at Liberty Common School feated Platte Valley 34-11 to earn the sional “ask” the championship. The team finished the in Fort Collins. experts, comseason with a 7-3 record. munity resources, developmental screening information, and more! This event is for children 0-8 and their family and free! We hope to see you there!

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Estes Park Youth, Mark Your Calendars For Bye Bye Birdie Auditions Estes Park youth, mark your calendars! Auditions for the Fine Arts Guild Youth Theatre Camp are only one month away! This summer the Youth Theatre will perform Bye Bye Birdie: Young Performers Edition. Bye Bye Birdie takes the audience to 1960s small town America and the era of early Rock n’Roll. Conrad Birdie, a teenage rock and roll idol, has been inducted into the army and his managers concoct a publicity stunt to send him off. Birdie will bid a typical teenage girl goodbye with a public goodbye kiss. The lucky girl, randomly chosen, is Kim McAfee of Sweet Valley, Ohio, a member of Conrad Birdie’s fan club. Birdie travels to Sweet Valley and the fun begins! This is an upbeat, funny musical with energetic dance and musical numbers for the entire cast. Everyone who auditions will be cast. This summer’s camp will be directed by Danielle Hermon Wood, the Music Director of the Bixby School in Boulder and a nominee for the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Award for Outstanding Actress in a musical. Choreographer Becca Greer is the teaching assistant at Parker Performing Arts and instructor, performer and choreographer for Inspire Theater Company at the PACE Center. The Technical Director, Greig Steiner, has been a force in the arts com-

munity in Estes Park for over 60 years. His talents span all of the visual arts and include sets designed in California, Estes Park and Ft. Collins. The two week Theatre Camp takes place weekdays, June 17June 28 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Production camp is open to students entering grade 4 through grade 12. Technical camp is open to students entering grade 6 through grade 12. Technical students will learn to build sets and props and work with sound and lighting. Performances are June 29th and 30th. Tuition is $225 for the production camp and $175 for the technical camp. Scholarships are available to Estes Park School District students. Auditions will be held April 13th from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. Students need to prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater selection with sheet music or a backing track. A cappella auditions are not permitted. Please bring a headshot or current photo and resume. Technical Camp students are not required to audition; simply sign up! Visit to sign up for auditions or technical camp. Everyone who auditions will be cast! A script for the show is available at the library if you would like to read it before the audition. For more information please visit the Fine Arts Guild website at:

It’s Book Fair Time At EPMS

Support literacy in our schools! Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shap-

ing your child's reading. Remember every purchase from the book fair earns rewards for our school, so please stop by and support us. Book fair hours Monday, March 18, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Family night Thursday, March 21, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 22, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. All middle school students will be visiting the book fair during the week. Ask your student which day they will be there!

YMCA Offers American Red Cross Swim Lessons

Swimming is a necessary life skill, and knowing how to swim makes it possible to enjoy pools, water parks and the outdoors. The YMCA of the Rockies is proud to offer American Red Cross (ARC) swimming lessons in the safe, caring environment of the YMCA that fosters a love of the water. YMCA of the Rockies ARC swimming lessons are a fun and confidence-building program that teaches swimming skills, stroke technique and water safety skills such as floating, treading water and safety entering and exiting a pool. Our swim lessons have a low child-to-instructor ratio to ensure plenty of time in the water. Our swimming programs are led by ARC Certified Water Safety Instructors are also Certified Lifeguards proficient

in CPR/AED & First-Aid Parents are welcome to watch lessons from the pool deck and ask questions after each class to check progress and ask questions. Swim lesson sessions are available every Sunday, April 7th – May 12th, 2019 and are $30 per child. Sessions are available for both preschool and school age children ages 3 -12. Classes include Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills and Stroke Development. Preschool age classes have a 1:4 instructor to child ratio and school age classes have a 1:5 Instructor to child ratio. Class times, descriptions and more information can be found at or call the YMCA of the Rockies Aquatics Director at 970-586-3341 ext. 1076.

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Update From Families For Estes To the Estes Valley Community from Families for Estes, Families for Estes has been a community 501(c)3 non-profit supporting families for nearly 12 years, growing and thriving in the Estes Valley. The goal of the organization initially was to give young families of Estes Park a voice in the community through positive communication and interaction. This has been a success through the years. Thanks to the founding member’s efforts, the playground equipment at Stanley Park and the Marina were replaced in 2008, along with the renovation and winterization of the restrooms at Stanley Park in 2009. This was a monumental undertaking to accomplish within a few short years of being newly established! Much has changed during those 12 years ~ as a board we have enjoyed creating and offering amazing educational and recreational opportunities for those who call the Estes Valley their home. Some of most impactful contributions include: Babies with Altitude bags given out to new parents at EPMC, the Teddy

Bear Clinic in partnership with EPMC/Estes Park Health, 80s themed family roller skating parties and movie nights, F.A.S.T (families and seniors together) events, and various other free family events. In addition to supporting events with coordination and volunteer time, there are several annual projects FFE has supported through monetary sponsorships such as: the community wide Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos celebrations, youth library programming, Elementary School puppet shows and the Plant a Book Grow a Child Program. In 2014, Families for Estes board members determined there was a need to create a signature fundraising event in order to secure increased funding to broaden our community outreach. In October 2014 the first annual Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival was established and was a huge success! Each year Pumpkins

& Pilsners has brought in approximately $10,000 which goes directly back into the community through our annual grant process to support programming that meets our mission. A total of 35 organizations have benefited from over $50,000 to support their organization’s mission of meeting the needs of children and families in the Estes Valley! With all of the great successes we celebrate, we unfortunately have been unsuccessful in our continued recruiting efforts for board members. Without

are funded. As we close this chapter for FFE, we are excited to leave a legacy project for our community that gives back in a way our mission reflects. Our last $12,000 raised at the 2018 Pumpkins & Pilsners event will go towards purchasing a zipline to be installed at Stanley Park. This zipline will be very similar to the one installed at La Vern M. Johnson Park in Lyons, CO. Conversations with EVRPD have occurred and the plans for a timeline for installation are being determined. We feel excited to

new board members we are unable to continue the work we have been so passionate about. Our current board has decided it is time to focus their energies in other areas going forward. Unless further communicated, Families for Estes will dissolve within the first several months of 2019, after all final projects

know that our first and final projects as Families for Estes will reach the entire community through improvements made to Stanley Park. With all of this news, there is another

silver lining! FFE has been in communication with the newly formed Estes Park Education Foundation (EPEF). They are a newly formed 501(c)3 and have a designation within their mission & vision that is dedicated to community outreach. They have agreed to support select projects moving forward so those community programs that FFE has supported in the past do not lose critical funding or volunteers. In addition to passing the torch on specific projects, Pumpkins & Pilsners will now serve as a fundraising event for the EPEF! This fun family day will continue on with new energy and a focus of supporting the Estes Park School District. If you would like more information about the Estes Park Education Foundation, please reach out to: If you would like to discuss the Families for Estes transition plan please reach out to: A huge thank you to the entire Estes Park community for your continued support of Families for Estes, and the work we’ve been able to complete over

the past 12 years! Sincerely, The Board of Families for Estes Kristen Berg, Heather Gooch, Alissa Anderson and Garrett Faillaci

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By nature of its variety, plastic is a much more complicated subject than paper, glass or metal. Unlike natural resources that are capable of decomposition, plastic is a synthetic popularized in the 1940s and 50s, is waterproof, unbreakable and capable of sealing tightly. It has since permeated every aspect of our lives. There are, however, downsides: Some plastics emit toxic gases when burned (or heated). And, our oceans have been showing us that plastic does not decompose, although it can disintegrate into smaller and smaller, still plastic, pieces. Because plastic cannot decompose, it should not be buried as it has not existed long enough to know the eventual effects. So far, it is impossible to rid the world of plastic. Once created, the only avenue is to recycle it. The number in a triangle designates the resin used for the plastic – it does not guarantee recyclability. Because there is no uniformity in plastic, recycling lacks adequate participation. Often products of the same resin must be recycled differently. According to research by the EPA and National Geographic, less than 9% of plastics are actually recycled. Currently, here in Estes Park, Doering and Waste Management accept #1 to #7 in the recycling containers. (They do not accept plastics with no number.) However, #3, #6, and #7 are currently not recycled (see below) and #1, #2, #4, and #5 are subject to size, shape, and color restrictions. Nevertheless, #1, #2, #4, and #5 are recyclable. In its rigid form (RPVC), #3 polyvinyl chloride (patented 1913) is nearly indestructible and becomes lead free plumbing pipes, siding and wire jacketing in construction, all uses with limited alternatives available. Today, it can also be used with a 3-D printer, opening innumerable creative and practical outlets. The addition of plasticizers (phthalates) makes polyvinyl chloride into vinyl, a

waterproof fabric flexible enough to become such products as banners, tents and shower curtains. This is a good example of a non-burnable, non-heatable material that is largely unrecyclable. The #6 polystyrene category is very light weight, which makes it advantageous for shipping. There are places in town (UPS Store and BTEC) that will accept the non-recyclable styrofoam shipping supplies for reuse. Reuse reduces new manufacture! Polystyrene is also used for cups, plates, take-home boxes and other “use it and toss it” items. And, in this case, it does not always look like “styrofoam.” No one will recycle polystyrene “kitchenware.” There are viable alternatives available. Many countries, states and municipalities have, or are considering, bans. Colorado has a preemption law, forbidding municipalities from banning plastics but there is also a statewide ban under current consideration. The #7 selection is a catchall for everything that does not fit in #1-6, largely non recyclabole. #7 PLA is compostable, but only if you have access to the high heat of industrial composting. (Our closest is currently out of the county). What to do about plastic? Find other, more ecological solutions. Avoid all one-time use purchases. If you must have it, look for a used item that needs a new home. Check for triangle-numbers before you buy plastic and forego #3, #6, #7, and unidentified plastics. Even with #1, #2, #4, and #5, consider other alternatives. If you buy plastic, plan on keeping it forever. Upcoming events for LWVEP include “Balanced Journalism” (6 p.m, March 13, Estes Valley Library) and the annual Recycling Meeting (7 p.m., March 28, Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies). Estes Recycles Day is June 8. Reference to learn more about recycling and to reach me directly.


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970-586-2345 ANGE EALTY, LTD. 300 E. Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park The Oldest Real Estate Company In Estes Park 200 MORAINE AVE

The famous MOLLY B RESTAURANT business. Well-established business since 1985 in downtown Estes Park. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Molly B is a favorite. It's location provides for indoor or patio dining and there's lots of free public parking. In addition to the regular menu items, it offers homemade pies, wedding cakes and catering. It has recently installed a new hood and electrical.


0 CHAR DEL LN Very nice 1 ac Lot surrounded by the National Park and Subdivision Open Space. Lot'sa room to roam. Nicely treed with many different species, and the SEWER TAP FEE IS ALREADY PAID! That saves you about $8000. The west 200' lot line is the common boundary with the Rocky Mountain National Park.


11 RIVERSIDE DR Dream Riverfront Estate Lot for your home and guest house in Estes Park. With great views, being nicely treed, but with lots of sun, it’s the perfect spot for your Retirement or Second home, and/or Vacation Rental. The lot is large and level, the road is paved, and since the city will be providing utilities service, there will be no need for expensive wells and septics. The zoning is very flexible. Enough so that you could choose to build up to two units for yourself, or for the lucrative short-term rental market, or both. You’re gonna love livin’ here. Oh, did I mention it’s on the river? $399,000

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LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as any others who have been excluded or shunned from the Church based on any facet of identity that has been demeaned or discounted by the institution. Estes Park UMC welcomes any and all to the table. We will stand firm in our commitment to pursue the love of all created beings, as Christ commanded in Mark 12:30-31: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” To the LGBTQ+ community: We see you. We love you. God sees you. God loves you. Tom Towns, Pastor Polly Ingold, Lay Leader Nancy Elgin, Administrative Council Chair


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2321 Bellevue Drive Classic , year round, 1920’s bungalow in Estes Park, on a ½ lot with a Longs Peak view. Quaint 2-bedroom home with a Great room that features a fireplace, hardwood floors, bonus room with closet that is being used as a family/bunk room. Very well maintained. Sold furnished. $410,000

A Message From The United Methodist Church At this crossroads in the history of the United Methodist Church, Estes Park UMC would like to share our mission statement of FULL inclusion and welcome in the church: “We welcome and affirm all persons regardless of faith, age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical limitations, or economic status - all means all.” As our western leadership states, “We know from experience we are stronger when we live together as progressives, traditionalists and centrists in our Church. Many times we have sung or prayed or blessed each other with the reminder that we need each other.” As a Reconciling Ministries Congregation, we are concerned about the decision made by the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of the global United Methodist Church. Estes Park UMC stands with and welcomes

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2100 Fall River Road, #2 Bear Paw, riverfront condominium, nestled in the trees along Fall Rive, is this furnished 2bedroom 2 bath condominium. Enjoy the local wildlife and fishing in the river, while you relax on your private patio. Sold furnished, used as an income/investment property. $354,900

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1001 Rambling Drive

Rustic A-frame nestled among tall pines & rock outcroppings in south end of carriage Hills. Enjoy peace, quiet & privacy. Watch wild life from wraparound deck. Huge master bedroom with wood fire place & private balcony. Fully remodeled full bath. Efficient galley kitchen. Gas fire place in living room. Single level living. Great permanent or vacation home or use as rental property(short/long term) washer & dryer included. Some furniture available. Voluntary HOA.

214 Bobcat Drive, Drake The mountains are calling....Gently sloping lot with lots of evergreen trees and aspen. Small meadow and rock outcroppings on the east side of the property. Plenty of Aspen and mature pine trees for shade. Great views to the east and north. Borders Sylvan Dale Ranch to the east. Build a vacation cabin or a full time residence. Sleepy tight knit community. County maintained roads. Horses OK. Access to national forest within 5 miles. Easy commute to Loveland and/or Estes Park.


477 Peak View Drive

Enjoy amazing views of Longs peak & Twin Sisters. Attached town home w/ lots of recent upgrades & renovations. 3 spacious bedrooms & 3 baths all recently redone. spacious eat in kitchen with quartz counters. Single shared wall with neighbor's garage. Single level living with plenty of room for guest & family in the completely finished basement. Gather for the football game in the ample family room w/wet bar. Close to shopping/dining/RMNP/EP medical center.

Come see SkyView at Fall River Village’s breathtaking Rocky Mountain ceremony and reception views firsthand at our next Open House Event this Sunday, March 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our ballroom, ceremony and cocktail decks will be staged and decorated for a wedding. Enjoy a complimentary drink and heavy appetizers as you imagine your SkyView wedding day and meet several local vendors including: Jubilations Catering, Floral Designs of Europe, Colorado Rose Cake Company, Gotta

Dance DJs, Shutter & Stone Photography, Joe Pyle Photography and Peak Beverage. Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: SkyView at Fall River Village, 278 Sunny Acres Court, Estes Park 2019 dates still available! For more information about SkyView at Fall River Village, visit, email or call 970-325-6864.


82 Rocky River, Drake Private getaway on the river. Vacation or full time residence on quiet cul-de-sac with only 4 houses. 100+ ft of river frontage with natl forest in the back. Easy access to town, 5 mi. to Safeway & Estes amenities. Private patio & great deck overlooking the river. Renovated within the last 10 yrs with new siding/roof/kitchen/baths. No flood danger/sits high above the river. 2 septic vaults & great well. 2 parcels (.32 & .10)

2222 Hwy 66 Unit 12, Blue Spruce Village Fall asleep to the sound of the river without the cost of flood insurance. Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath Victorian Condo on corner lot set in cozy woods. Enjoy the abundant wildlife right outside your door from patio, deck or master bed balcony. 2 miles from YMCA & RMNP. Close to shopping/dinning/medical center. Great fishing within steps. Granite counter tops. Room for another bedroom & plumbed for a full bath in basement. Most furniture included. HOA allows short term rentals(not currently licensed)

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2511 Cirrus Lane Ex Exquisite cedar home in tranquil Thunder Mountain. Relaxing great room with stone M & breathtaking mountain views. ffireplace fi r Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen & conical O ceiling in dining area. Main floor master with ce spa-like bath, office, laundry & mud room, 3 sp upper level bedrooms & loft. Huge 3+ car garage, storage & multiple decks. Adjacent to National Forest. $1,525,000 Visit the 3D Tour at: Text 848760 to 970-237-4137

Newcomers Meeting March 21 The next Newcomers Club General Meeting will be held Thursday, March 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Ridgeline Hotel & Conference Center, 101 S. St. Vrain Ave. Newcomers brings you a unique program this month! The venue is being set up as an "expo" where you can mingle and enjoy the company of your friends, and also visit with representatives from local nonprofit organizations to find out what they offer to the community and about how you might wish to serve as a volunteer. The following organizations will be participating: ● Estes Valley Land Trust ● Estes Valley Library ● Estes Valley Restorative Justice ● MacGregor Ranch ● Partners Mentoring Youth ● American Legion Post 119 ● Health District of Northern Larimer County

● Estes Park Learning Place ● Estes Park Museum ● Crossroads Ministry ● Rocky Mountain Conservancy The event includes a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails available at the Latitude Bar, along with a buffet featuring small plate treats. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Water, coffee, and tea are provided. The Estes Park Newcomers Club is a social, non-profit, and non-discriminatory organization. Its purpose is to help Estes Park residents learn about the community and develop new friendships. We invite interested residents to come and enjoy the Newcomers Club, where you will meet new friends and learn about this unique mountain community. To learn about the club, and for membership information, visit our website at

“Through The Eyes Of An Artist” Show Featuring Oil Painter Eileen Van Baren The Art Center of Estes Park is pleased to announce “Through the Eyes of an Artist,” March 15-April 21, 2019. This exhibition features the oil paintings of Loveland artist Eileen Van Baren. We invite you to the opening reception on Fri-

Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. Winter gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


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Nicely updated 3 bedroom / 1.5 bath home. Main level living & open floor plan. Hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen, wood burning fireplace & dining area with bay window. Walk out lower level offers family room, laundry, 1/2 bath and lots of storage. Rests on almost 1/2 an acre surrounded by trees. Views of Lumpy Ridge. Enjoy the outdoor space from the deck or patio. Private setting borders open space just out your back door! Don't miss out on this charming property. 642 Aspen Avenue, $425K

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“End of Summer” by Eileen Van Baren day, March 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This show is sponsored by Alice and Larry League. Eileen Van Baren has been painting for more than 40 years in Loveland, Colorado. She graduated from the Famous Artists School in Connecticut and has studied with Robert Bateman, Dee Toscano, David Leffel, and Charles Cross. Working primarily in oils, she paints portraits, landscapes, and still life. A love of the mountains and the outdoors inspire her art. Intrinsic details in scenery along with personal reflections and artistic observations characterize her painting. Also on display in the gallery will be the outstanding work of the other Art

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The gallery is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through mid-May. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at

4 In 40 By: Scott Thompson

Did you know, according to FHFA, prices in Larmier County have dropped more than 1% only four times in the last 40 years? FHFA stands for the Federal Housing Finance Authority. We are one of 261 markets that they track. Since 1978 they have been measuring home price appreciation here. If you look at the appreciation numbers for each individual year, you will notice that most years the prices go up and some years the prices go down.

But there have only been 4 times in those 40 years where prices decreased more than 1%. Here's what happened those 4 times: • 1982 = -3.99% • 1987 = -1.86% • 2008 = -2.29% • 2010 = -1.12% Sometimes we hear buyers say that they would like to wait for "prices to come crashing down." The reality is that price drops don't happen all that often and when they do, they don't drop by all that much.

Real Estate Sales V Property Management V Vacation Accommodations Build Your Dream Home 6 lots available in Grey Fox Estates a quality subdivision. Secluded and wooded lots with a view. Building envelope for increased privacy. Covenants to ensure quality construction of primary residence & guest house. All utilities in the area. Lots range from $149,000-$195,000. Lots located on Grey Fox Drive and Green Pine Court.

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4 bedrooms in the main portion and a "maid's quarters" giving an additional bedroom and bath. A vacation rental in the A-1 zoning this popular location has been a great getaway when seeking a true rustic cabin feel. Complete with great views from the sun room, dining room and patio this property provides lots of variety for the owner and a good opportunity for those interested in vacation rental location. Most furnishing can be purchased separately. $599,900. Judy Anderson

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B Beautifully finished poolside condo at Marys LLake Lodge. This clean, sun-filled 2-story home i right above the pool and hot tub with great is v views across the Valley. Downstairs welcomes y with spacious living-dining-kitchen, 3/4 you b bath. Upstairs beckons with Master suite, jetted t HOA includes all utilities and exterior maintub. t tenance. This condo, a successful vacation r rental, could be a perfect weekend getaaway, year round home or income propeerty. Turnkey investment includes all f furnishings. 2625 Marys Lake Rd 18-C $239,000

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Chuck Benson’s Final Presentation At The Art Center March 23 The Art Center of Estes Park is proud to welcome back Chuck Benson, Art and Architectural Historian, Architectural Designer and Principal, and traveler in search of beauty and wonder, for an evening presentation at the Art Center Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public. After 25 years of informative and engaging presentations, we’d like to extend a special invitation for you to join us for Chuck Benson’s final presentation at the Art Center, “Master Woodworkers…in both Architecture, Cabinetry, & Design…. ” This presentation will start with Greene & Greene of Pasadena, California, and their uncanny ability to design houses that ended up being custom and masterful cabinetry on an architectural scale. From them, we will explore Master Woodworkers & Ceramics Designers of the United States such as Gustav Stickley, Ernest Batchelder, Artus Van Briggle, James Krenov, Sam Maloof,

George Nakashima and a few more that will delight and surprise! Don’t miss your last chance to be educated and entertained by this incredible art historian and speaker. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882. Visit our website at Winter Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through midMay.

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Policies Keep Things Fair For Everyone In recent weeks, we’ve answered a few questions regarding the library’s policy on petition gathering. Those who asked were simply seeking clarification on how it works—and why. We are always happy to respond, and thought to take this opportunity to share the answers with everyone. First, context. The library is a place where everyone is welcome. It’s the place to learn, connect, and collaborate. Our spaces have been used for decades by many different groups to discuss topics of all shapes and sizes. On almost any day, a glance at our meeting room calendar shows this busy and wonderful variety. This is our contribution to the thriving democracy that is Estes Park. The library belongs to everybody. Our challenge in this setting is to achieve the balance between public and private that patrons seek in the library. On one hand, people come to the library to practice democracy: to discuss issues, exercise freedom of speech, and learn about the politics of our time. On the other hand, people also come to the library for undisturbed quiet: to read, study and reflect. Policies are the principles that guide library decisions, and they are adopted to keep things fair and consistent for all. The policy addressing petitions goes back to 2010. Petitioning is a form of solicitation and refers to the active gathering of signatures for a cause or political issue. To understand today’s policy on petitions, we might hop aboard a time ma-

chine and travel to 2009. It wouldn’t be uncommon for an individual to comb through the library, seeking signatures, raising funds or handing out leaflets for a variety of for-or-non-profits. Whether it was for a worthy cause or not wasn’t the issue. Some library users felt accosted. They couldn’t enjoy their library experience like they wanted to. And that wasn’t fair for them. So the board adopted policy that says, ‘no soliciting in the building - for funds, signatures, or anything else. Inside the library people can discuss anything, but actual solicitation activity is limited to outside the building.' This has been our standard for many years now, and applied equally to all groups, regardless of viewpoint. This is not to say solicitors aren’t courteous of others. Most of them certainly are. But having a policy removes us from making subjective value judgments. It keeps the rules fair and consistent for everyone. In this sense, the policy is not unlike our approach to audible conversation in the library: some noise and hubbub does occur in a library that hosts programs and storytimes; but there is also a value toward keeping quiet spaces. Both are appropriate uses, so we work towards a harmony to achieve that. If people would like to know more about library policies or offer input, they are always invited to monthly board meetings, where the trustees welcome comment. You can find the policy on petitions—and all other library policies—online at

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Springtime Opportunity Truth breaks through the complexities of the mind like flowers in Spring. Join us as we gather to review and master the thoughts of a fellow traveler who left this earth about 75 years ago. We will use a book, composed of many short essays by the Jesuit priest and paleontologist, Perrier Teilhard de Chardin. The title of the book is Christianity and Evolution. The book is available in several forms at Amazon. The goal of the group is to share the reading and the discussion of ideas presented by Teilhard. The procedure, at

least at present, indicates a meeting twice a month. The place on loan for the group is Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church on Dry Gulch Road, adjacent to the Good Samaritan facilities. The first meeting will be March 16th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Meetings will utilize, and be limited to two hours. It is recommended that you purchase a book and begin reading before Saturday the 16th. All are welcome. Share the Springtime Opportunity with others who might not see this announcement.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library CURRENT AFFAIRS Balanced Journalism: a Panel Discussion Wednesday, March 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Hondius Room Zachary Clemens from the “Estes Park TrailGazette” will join library staff in a discussion of how to examine multiple viewpoints while providing hands-on news literacy practice. Bring your own device. Register at WORKSHOPS Djembe Drumming for Beginners Monday, March 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hondius Room African drumming promotes health and wellness, stimulating the brain and heart. Nancy Bell of Life Rhythms Music Therapy leads adult participants through techniques and rhythms. Djembe drums

are provided, or bring your own. An intermediate-level session is offered March 12. Register at

Financial Independence with Author Scott Trench Monday, March 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hondius Room The CEO of and author of “Set for Life: Dominate Life, Money and the American Dream” discusses what financial freedom means to him, and what the quest for it can look like in your own journey. Register at Rocky Mountain Gardening: Seed Exchange

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Thursday, March 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hondius Room Are you a gardener or have a green thumb? Do you have extra vegetable seeds or plant cuttings to share? Bring them to the Seed Exchange and we’ll learn how to start seeds at home in preparation for planting the soil. Register at College Planning One-on-One Students and parents can ease the anxiety of preparing for college by making a plan. One-on-one appointments are available with college admissions expert Kaye Orten, who can answer questions about the admissions process, FAFSA, and financial aid. Look for the College Planning 1:1 appointment times on the Calendar of Events link at BOOKS & AUTHORS Being Awareness Book Club Begins Sunday, March 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wasson Room Living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. That’s the enthusiastic message behind Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now.” Three-part discussion led by MeeMee Lahman, Behavior Health Clinician at SummitStone Health Partners. Register at, then pick up a copy of the book. Reading is Doctor Recommended: “Clean” Tuesday, March 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Wasson Room This month’s featured book is “Clean: the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself.” Advance copies are available to those who register. Discussion led by Chazz Glaze from Salud Family Health Center. Register at

tance Program are now being taken by visiting the library or calling (970) 5868116, ext. 3. For full information, visit Citizenship Exam Preparation Tuesday, March 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wasson Room Weekly classes continue for those seeking to complete the necessary forms and pass the U. S. Citizenship Exam. Participants are invited to this supportive class, whether or not they are currently ready to apply. Class materials are provided. No advance registration is necessary. KIDS Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytime Wednesday, March 13, 3:30 to 4 p.m., Estes Valley Community Center Once Upon a Cuento moves to a new location in the CUBZ Den at the Community Center (No Community Center pass is required to attend). Children ages 0 to 6 and their parents and caregivers will participate in English and Spanish learning activities, with books, puppets, music and movement. Young Chautauqua History Performances Fridays and Saturdays, March 15, 16, 22, and April 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Fireplace Corner The public is invited to attend live performances by students in the Young Chautauqua program. Building on their own personal research, costumed performers will present a first-person monologue in character, then take audience questions. Each evening offers a different roster of presentations. No registration necessary. Kids’ Book Club: “The Wild Robot” Saturday, March 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Hondius Room

MAKERSPACE Craft Jam: Cat Castles Wednesday, March 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. offered again Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon Tools and supplies will be provided to build a fun-themed castle for your cat or other small pet to enjoy. For adults, as well as children escorted by family (sharp tools will be used). Register at CITIZENSHIP AARP Tax-Aide: Tax Preparation Assistance Appointments for the AARP Tax Assis-

Children in grades K through 5 are encouraged to sign up for this month’s book club event, spotlighting “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown. Participants may pick up a complimentary copy of the book and packet to read beforehand, then attend on March 16 and build a cardboard robot craft. Register at Try-It Tuesday: Dragon Eggs Tuesday, March 19, 4 to 5 p.m., Hondius Room Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade will form, cover, bejewel and decorate their own one-of-a-kind dragon egg. Register at

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Local Young Chautauqua Performers Bring History Alive

Artists, scientists, musicians, movie stars, a U. S. President, a Supreme Court justice, and British royalty will all be appearing at the library in the coming weeks. This gathering of fame will be made possible by the 28 performers in this year’s Young Chautauqua project, a tradition that has been going strong in Estes Park for more than a decade. This year, the performances will span four different evenings, and the public is invited. Mark your calendars for the first two evenings of performances on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 begin-

ning at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Fireplace Corner. Since last November, students have been studying figures from history that they have chosen to research. For their performances, each participant will appear in character to delivery a monologue about their life. Afterward, they will take questions from the audience in character, then step out of character to take questions from their perspective as the performer. A great amount of research goes into each monologue, as well as time spent

creating the costume and developing the persona for their chosen figure of history. Katherine Dumont from Estes Park Schools has again been mentoring students in the process. This program is possible through the Library Friends & Foundation, and specifically through a Memorial Fund from longtime Estes Park Resident and Young Chautauqua enthusiast, Katie Speer. Here is the roster for the first two programs, with ages of the students: Friday, March 15 Lydia Pita, age 14, as Eliza Hamilton Amelia Bryant, age, 13, as Ella Fitzgerald Ben Bryant, age 10, as Robert Bryant Annie Lewelling, age 13, as Marlene Dietrich Drew Collinet, age 13, as Odette Hallowes Addy Bien, age 11, as Anne Frank Cora Cousineau, age, 9, as Queen Elizabeth

Hanna Cousineau, age 11 as Jane Goodall Saturday, March 16: Laurel Williamson, age 13, as Joan Baez Rose Murdock, age 7, as Ruth Bader Ginsberg Kysa Marske, age 13, as Hedy Lamarr Quinn Reynar, age 10, as Walt Disney Annalise Anderson, age 13, as Claudette Colvin Naomi Basel, age 15, as the Statue of Liberty Selah Basel, age 11, as Annie Moore Lexi Richardson, age 13, as Freddie Mercury Watch for more details with a roster of the third and fourth evenings of performances happening on March 22 and April 5. These programs are open to the public and take place at the Estes Valley Library at 7 p.m. by the Fireplace Corner. No advance sign-up is necessary. Visit for more information.

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Live Music Tons of Food and Vendors Bigfoot 4x4 Tours Bigfoot Map of Estes Park Fun for Kids of all Ages Bigfoot Calling Contest

Free tax preparation assistance is being offered by AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers from February 4th through April 13th at the Estes Valley Public Library. This program is primarily for taxpay-

ers with low- to middle-income with special attention given to persons age 60 and older. Appointments can be made by calling 586-8116.

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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 only covers a small portion of the wide variety of EVRPD programming. For a complete list of classes, programs, events and activities, visit DANCE Adult Jazz Dance Level 2 Thursdays, March 7-April 25, 12-1 p.m. (ages 18+) $72 for the series; advanced registration required. Adult Tap Dance Fridays, March 8April 26, 12-1 p.m. (ages 18+) $72 for the series; advanced registration required. School of Breaking Workshop Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ages 8-16) $30; advanced registration required. Intro to Line Dancing and Line Dance Party Weekly on Sundays, 1-1:50 p.m. (Intro to Line Dance), 2-2:50 p.m. (Line Dance Party) $5 drop-in or $7 for Intro to Line Dance and Party taken together. TRAVEL Downtown Denver Aquarium

Wednesday, March 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ages 16+) $40 includes aquarium exhibit ticket, round-trip transportation, and parking; advanced registration required. HEALTH AND WELLNESS Wellness Workshop: Affirmations and Mala Bead Workshop Monday, March 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ages 12+)

$10 for the workshop; advanced registration required. Dementia Conversations with the Alzheimer’s Association Thursday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. (ages 18+) Free; advanced registration required. What’s Your Plan? Part 1 Friday, March 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 18+) Free; advanced registration required. Blood Pressure Clinic Monday, March 18, 9:30-10 a.m. (ages 18+) Free; drop-in. AARP Life Reimagined Thursday, March 28, 1:30-3 p.m. (ages 50+) Free; advanced registration required.

LIFELONG LEARNING A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursdays, March 7-April 11 (no class 3/28), 9:30-11 a.m. (ages 18+) $48 for the series; advanced registration required. Jump Start Your Garden: Learn the Basics of Seed Starting Tuesday, March 12, 1-2 p.m. and repeated 7-8 p.m. (ages 18+) Free; advanced registration required.

Photo by Don Stewart

The Great Courses® Lecture Series Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Tuesdays, January 8-May 7, 1:30-2:45 p.m. (ages 18+) Free and open to the public; drop-in. RECREATION Adult Volleyball Mondays, April 1-May 20, (ages 16+) $200 per team, $25 per free agent; advanced registration required.

NFL® Flag Football Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2-May 16 (3rd to 6th grades) $50 per player; advanced registration required. Junior Bobcat Volleyball Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2-May 16 (3rd to 6th grades) $40 per player; advanced registration required. Family Playgroup Wednesdays, March 13 to May 22, 1011 a.m. (ages 0-5) Free and open to the public; drop-in. Drop-in Ping Pong

Thursdays, NOW 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (all ages) Free with daily admission or included with membership; drop-in. Drop-in Cribbage Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. (ages 18+) Free with daily admission or included with membership; drop-in. Drop-in Chess Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ages 18+) Free with daily admission or included with membership; drop-in. Kids’ Nite Out Saturdays, March 9 to May 18, 7-10:30 p.m. (ages 7-14) $12 per child; drop-in. GOLF $5 Fridays Fridays, March 8-April 12, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course; tee times not required. AQUATICS Dive into Diving Saturdays, March 9-April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $54 for the series; advanced registration required. REGISTRATION To register for these programs or for more information about the new community center, visit or call 970-586-8191. You can also register in person by visiting the community center at 660 Community Drive.

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Love Was In The Air At The Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Dance Estes Valley Recreation and Park District would like to send out a warm thank you to all of the people and businesses that helped to make this year’s Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Dance a huge success. Raul Perez and Sweet Basilico donated a fabulous lunch of lasagna and salad. You Need Pie brought in perfect little red velvet cupcakes. The Sunrise Rotary Club of Estes Park served lunch to the more than 60 guests. Jan Tanzer and Joe and Diane Lavaux got everyone up from their chairs for a few rounds of dancing. And finally, additional help in the kitchen, with decorations and greeting guests was provided by our Senior Advisory CommitteeJoAnn Batey, Dorothy Corman and Jeff Handcock-as well as Jean McLaren, Russ Waring, Lynn Waring and Beth Headley. Thank you again to everyone.

Kelly Claypool and several friends move to the music.

Jan Tanzer leads a group in line dancing.

Beth Headley and JoAnn Batey serve tasty red velvet cupcakes provided by You Need Pie. More than 60 people joined in on the fun at the annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Dance at the Estes Valley Community Center.

Jan Tanzer and Kelly Claypool announce the winners of the Valentine’s Day prizes.

First Annual Trout Haven Polar Plunge Had Everyone Freezin’ For A Reason!

Photos courtesy Trout Haven.

At the first annual Trout Haven Polar Plunge held last Saturday, over 100 spectators came to watch the approx. 60 plungers as they had fun, “Freezin’ for a Reason.” According to event coordinator Damien Boynton it was a great success! He said, “Just over $3,200 was collected through individuals and businesses. Contributions came in from the Estes Valley Crisis Center, Inkwell & Brew, The Country Supermarket, Estes Valley Fire Protection, Park Flooring, B&E

Builders, Rambo’s Liquor, Big O Tires, Claire’s on the Park, Park Supply, New Roots Real Estate, Estes Park Mountain Shop, Estes Valley Recreation District and the Estes Park Scottish Festival.” Damien added, “The first annual Trout Haven Resorts Polar Bear Plunge had plungers from age seven years old to 65! Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the freezing experience. The snow provided the perfect backdrop for the event. We hope that by partnering with Trout Unlimited

and The Estes Park Elementary School we will be able to provide two trout aquariums for the 3rd Grade Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program that is scheduled to kick-off this week. We look forward to hosting this event for many years to come! Thank you all!”

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes And Recall Petitions To The Editor: I am a Denver native and now live as a full time resident/retiree just outside the Estes Park town limits. I have listened to David Bowie’s classic song “Changes” while following the controversy surrounding the proposed Mountain Coaster project and the subsequent recall of Mayor Jirsa and Trustee Walker. I view the recall petition as a symptom of the problems and conflicts caused by the explosive growth, i.e., ch-ch-ch-chchanges the front range of Denver and the Estes Valley have experienced in the last five years and will likely continue to experience. If this town has major issues because of the Mountain Coaster project the future will be tumultuous. Population growth in Larimer County is predicted to double in the next 15 to 20 years. I have not seen predictions for what that means for the town of Estes Park or the Estes Valley. I am waiting for the Town Trustees and the Larimer County Commissioners to decide whether they will be continuing their joint planning efforts. After that decision is made, I will know how to get involved and have my concerns heard. Until then I commend Mayor Jirsa for starting the dialogue at his next Mayor’s Chat with his guest Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly. (Thursday, March 7 at 9

a.m. at Kind Coffee.) As a Denver native, I can empathize with the frustration some citizens are experiencing. I have visited the website established by those individuals initiating the recall. After that review, I do not think a recall petition that calls into question the integrity, character and reputation of two elected officials is the answer. I do not know Mayor Jirsa but have visited with Trustee Walker in the past. From all I know they are two honorable men who have served their community well in various capacities for I believe a decade or more. Elected leaders particularly during difficult times deserve our respect. An earlier commentator on this topic lamented the level of mistrust and what it will mean if it continues. I can only add that mistrust combined with the continued growth for Estes Park and the Estes Valley will likely result in a lot of turmoil, turn over and recall elections. Perhaps those that are so distrusting of the current elected leaders will throw their hat in the ring. They can then begin to reckon like David Bowie with how they will react when they are on the maligned side of the community schism. Anne Nichting Estes Valley

Supporting The Recall To The Editor: We, the undersigned, are residents and property owners in the county and are therefore unable to participate in the recall of the mayor and mayor pro tem. It’s important for Town officials and County Commissioners to understand that we support the recall effort due to the many decisions made which adversely affect our lives, as well. Cynthia Price Reedy, K. Hornbein, Cindy Minier, George C. Young, Gail V. Young, T. Hornbein, Karen Vogel, Nancy Giles, Daylene Bennett, J. Phil Edwards, Deborah K. Edwards, Anne Morris, Ricqua Johnston, Teresa Thaxton, Ann Everitt, Scott Schneider, Sylvia Schneider, Judy Schaffer, Stan Schaffer, Jim Jonell, Joanie Jonell, Jean McLaren, Eleanor Roehl, Calvin James, Gail James, Mike Edwards, Mike Kennedy, Rev. Bruce Brackman, Sallie Brackman, Nancy Leavitt, Bill Willcutts, Tricia Willcutts, Fred Johnston, Bob Sweeney, Lyda Sweeney, Jil-

liane Myers Clark, Gary W. Clark, Carol Bissel, Jan Bloom, Ed Degan, Gary H. Williams, Robin Lee Kittel Williams, Betsy Bayer, Susan Robertson, Blake Robertson, Philip Nicholson, Beth Nicholson, Thomas Taylor, Ann Taylor, Rev. R. Kenneth Wills, Rev. Dr. E. Carolyn Wills, Tim Stout, Jan Stout, Diana Van Der Ploeg, Nancy Hills, Anne Hulbert, Ben Swinger, Barbara Swinger, Robert Sherrod, Kathy Sherrod, Sharon L. Coleman, Rhonda Mickelson, Arthur Goodall, Carol Goodall, Virginia Dee Hampton, Vicky Henry, Dennis Sohocki, Donna Pierce, David Pierce, Deb Dufty, Maureen Vetter, Jay Vetter, John Lacey, Nelson Mark Richards, Paula Edwards, Suzanne Miller, Alan Miller, Robert Guthrie, Pamela Guthrie, Gene Jackson, Julie Jackson, William Reed, Rebecca Reed, Tom Miller, Judy Miller, Jan Gehlhausen, John Gehlhausen, Libby Rehm, Sharon Letchworth and Geoffrey Letchworth

Thank You To MedX To The Editor: Thank you so much MedX for your wonderful therapy department and staff. January 30, 2018, I had to have my hip replaced. I did this at the Orthopedic Center of the Rockies. Your therapy department worked closely with the doctor that performed my surgery in Fort Collins, so I could rehab in Estes and not in Loveland or Fort Collins. I am happy

to say that I skied in January of 2019 and it was a great feeling. We are blessed to have caring therapists at MedX. If you need therapy my suggestion would for anyone to look into MedX. Everyone there was great to work with. Thank you again for all you did for me to regain my ability to hike and ski. Rhonda Jurgens

Good Neighbors To The Editor: What a town we live in! My recycling can lid came home yesterday! Thanks

EP! Love it! Kay Rosenthal

What Is The Point Of The Recall? Dear Citizens of Estes Park, Elections have winners and losers. Typically, about half of the people are disappointed. However, most reasonable people move on from an election, win or lose. When someone is elected, they serve their term. If the people in their community are unhappy with their performance, they can vote them out. Recalls are to be used only if there is gross negligence or criminal behavior. There is currently a recall petition circulating to remove Mayor Todd Jirsa and Trustee Cody Walker from office. The information on the petition and the website reveal no basis of wrong doing. The matter has been researched by a news agency in Estes Park and no corrupt activity has been found.

A small group of people in Estes Park want the town (you, the voter) to spend over $20,000 for a recall of two good men who are up for re-election in approximately one year. Those two men are voted against on nearly every issue on the table, so they truly have little power on the board. What is the point of this recall? It’s nothing more than a group of angry people who want to show those they don’t agree with that they have the power to ruin their lives. We respect people putting themselves out there and running for office and refuse to persecute them for no reason. Sincerely, Mary Duryea, Bud Duryea, Michelle Hurni, Ron Duell, John Davis

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Lorna Jo Lorenz Lorna Jo Lorenz, the beloved wife of the Rev. Jonathan T. Ford, Sr., on Sunday, March 3, 2019, entered the eternal safekeeping of a merciful and loving God. Her death was the result of a long struggle with the ravages of an Interstitial Lung Disease. Lorna was born on February 1, 1953 in Greeley, Colorado and grew up on a family farm near Gilcrest. After graduating from Valley High School she worked in numerous retail jobs during the seventies, developing her skills in sales at various retail stores of Greeley; Woolworths, Duke Rauh Jeweler's, and H & P Surplus. Her brother, Scott chose to locate Lorna in Estes Park to open a second gallery for Max'ims of Greeley as its 'sister' gallery in Estes Park, in 1981. Lorna managed Max'ims Mountain Gallery until it closed at the end of 2013. She loved her dogs (many rescued Afghan Hounds over four decades), people, nature, birdwatching, hiking, reading, container flower gardening, art, jewelry, and endless shopping without often buying anything! She loved all things beautiful and interesting! Her contagious and memorable laugh made

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 $230 million for life-saving research, and we are so excited to have you join us in reaching our 2019 goals. COME JOIN US at our event and enjoy food, drink, and head shaving!

Thomas R. Danton

many of her customers, friends and family smile! Her two Silken Windhounds, Sancy and Elektra, will continue living with her husband, Jack, in Estes Park. She is survived in her immediate family by her mother Betty Oster Lorenz of Windsor, CO, her brother D. Scott Lorenz and his wife Sally of Greeley, CO, and her stepsons Lance Herman and his wife Tracey, and Eric Herman, his wife Jane and their son Reid, from Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her father Donald and by Lee Herman, her love of 25 years. A celebration of her life will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, 3480 St. Francis Way, off Little Valley Road in Estes Park, on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory are suggested to the University of Colorado School of Medicine for Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Research, or to the helping organization of your choice, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit to send a message to the family.


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

EVENT Sat. March 16, 2019 | 4-7 PM Estes Park Mountain Shop FOOD • DRINK • FUN! For more information call 970.586.6548, or email jenny@


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In 1968, Tom Danton, a longtime resident of Miami, Florida, decided to travel west and visit many national parks. When he dropped over the ridge of Pole Hill and into the overwhelming view of Estes Park and its magnificent surrounding mountains, he thought “This is my place on earth.” He knew then that here was where he was meant to live and work for the rest of his life, and he would never regret that decision. Tom was born in Miami, October 5, 1946, to Thomas William and Elizabeth Jane Danton, and he would grow up in south Florida. His Catholic Faith was always very important to him and to the rest of the family. In his early teens, Tom believed he might have a calling to be a priest, and for the next ten years he dedicated himself to studying for the Priesthood. Finally convinced that the Priesthood was not his calling, he left the seminary just before ordination. Years later he served as sacristan, lector, and Eucharistic minister in various parishes and became a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1970 his draft number came up and he enlisted in the Air Force. Soon he was sent to Vietnam to teach English to Vietnamese military personnel (an interesting job!). Upon returning to the states, he began working as a volunteer in Rocky Mountain National Park, a task and park he loved. His goal was to become a Park Ranger, and in 1973 he was hired by RMNP and began his 30 years career as a Park Ranger in a variety of parks. His career found him working in several natural parks such as Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, and Saguaro National Parks. However most of his assignments involved the presidential homes of Washington, Lincoln, Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and other presidents, and Tom really enjoyed studying and sharing the lives of historical figures. While working in Grand Teton Na-

Leslie Foiles Leslie Foiles died March 4, 2019 in his home in Estes Park, CO. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date. See to leave a message to the family.

tional Park, Tom met his future wife, Vickie Landis, in the Catholic Church of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They were married a year later in January, 1983. Tom and Vickie adopted two children, a boy, David, and a girl, Katherine, who have further enlarged the family with five grandchildren. In 2003, Tom retired from being a park ranger to provide time for assisting his aging parents. Tom’s Dad was 92 with blindness and a broken hip and femur; his Mom needed help caring for her beloved husband of 63 years. Tom moved in with his parents in Estes Park, where he always hoped to retire eventually. He landed part time work at the Stanley Hotel giving tours and operating the Stanley Museum gift shop. He also drove for the Estes Park Shuttle occasionally. Always on his mind was the search for a home in Estes Park where his family would be together again. Finally in 2008, Vickie retired from teaching and moved permanently to Estes. The family was getting together again. Despite numerous illnesses, Tom experienced a wonderful retirement. With Vickie, he travelled to Rome to see Pope Benedict XVI and the splendors of Roman and Church history and of Vatican City. They also took tours to Alaska, Disney World, New England, and Canada. Some things can never be finished. Tom died March 1, 2019. A Funeral Mass Celebration will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church on Saturday, March 9th, 2019. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow in the gathering room below the Church. All are welcome. A final service will then take place at the cemetery off Fall River Road. In lieu of flowers, Tom suggested that donations be made to Partners Mentoring Youth of Estes Park, P.O. Box 484, Estes Park, CO 80538. Please visit to leave a message to the family.

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• Chaplain needed 14.21 per hour, 10 hours a week including church service.

• Senior Living Medication Aide (Resident Care Specialist) 2 Full-Time Positions Starting wage 13.50 per hour + Differential Please apply on line at

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

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

NOW HIRING! We are a seasonal coffee shop located at the top of the Aerial Tramway seeking Reliable & enthusiastic Cashiers / Baristas Part-time & Full-time positions available Must be 16 year of age Email Resume:

The Estes Park Resort is looking for the following positions: Housekeeping Cooks Restaurant Server AM/PM Front Desk Agent Event Coordinator

Pick up an application at the front desk or go online to and fill one out. For info please contact

Dental Hygienist

Our office is looking for an experienced dental hygienist for a parttime position in Estes Park. Must be proficient at presenting perio treatment, srp's, injections and talking to patients about presented treatment. We would like someone who is outgoing, friendly and likes working together as a team. Familiarity with Dexis and Softdent a real plus. If you are interested, please respond with your resume and cover letter to Or drop by our office Mon-Wed from 8AM-5PM and Thurs. from 8AM3PM. 600 S. Saint Vrain Ave., Ste. 6, Estes Park.

Apply at Murphy’s Resort 1650 Big Thompson Av or call Loretta 1-970-480-2955 Looking for a full time as well as a part time employee for dog daycare/boarding business.

Prior work experience with dogs in some capacity required to qualify for position. Flexible hours plus bonus package and partial benefits included for full time position. Job includes supervising dogs during play, cleaning and customer service skills. Please call Linda at 586-0340 to set up an interview.

TELLER Full time, year round position

Ideal candidates will have prior cash handling and customer service experience. Additional requirements include attention to detail, strong computer skills and ability to work in a fast-paced and team oriented environment.

Excellent benefits including medical, dental, 401 (k) and paid time off. Please apply at : Member FDIC

Estes Valley Community Center Openings Year-round Part-Time Evenings – Custodial Maintenance This position will help keep the facility clean, orderly and in safe condition.

Year-round Part-time and Full-time Summer Lifeguards. Free Classes available to get you certified. Year-round Part-Time, Seasonal and As-needed for Guest Services and Child Watch Attendants.

Seasonal Part-Time and Full-Time Openings starting as early as March 1

Seasonal Maintenance and Groundskeepers for the golf course. If you like to see the sunrise over the mountains this position is for you! HELP WANTED Year round attendant position. Must be self motivated, customer oriented and organized. Computer skills a must. Some weekend and evening shifts will be required. Send your resume today to: 172-174 S. St. Vrain Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517

Seasonal Maintenance/Landscaping positions for Parks and Trails and Campgrounds. Enjoy the outdoors this summer while getting paid to help us maintain and improve the District’s outdoor areas.

Pro Shop, Rangers, Starters and Cart Attendants for the 9-hole and 18 -hole golf course. If you love golf, come work at the golf course this summer and golf for free if you work at least 20 hours per week! Youth Program Instructor for Track and Field to oversee our CARA Youth Track program this summer. Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and meets are on Saturday mornings (from June 4 – July 20, 2019). Applicants should have experience coaching youth (ages 5-16).

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We are looking for a Hair Stylist 1 day a week for our residents. We have a nice space for you to work in and the rent is very reasonable. We ask you to bring your own tools and have no outside clients, this will be for our residents only. Please call Michelle Billups at 970-577-7700.

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

Pay will be dependent on experience. District-wide perks and discounts are included! Apply on-line at: EVRPDjobs

We are gearing up for a busy spring and summer season and hiring for the following positions: Checker Courtesy Clerk Day-Stocker Overnight Stocker Bakery Clerk Deli Clerk Produce Clerk Seafood Clerk Bakery Manager Assistant Bakery Manager Cake Decorator Assistant Meat Manager Meat Cutter Pharmacy Technician Please call Ann at 970-586-4447 to schedule an interview - walkins are also welcome.

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ADMITTING Patient Registration Specialist – PRN (as needed) Patient Registration Specialist ED – Seasonal Temp. BIRTH CENTER RN - FT **Sign on Bonus Available** RN - Per Diem DIETARY SERVICES Food Service Worker – Part Time Food Service Worker – Per Diem (as needed) EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT RN – Per Diem


ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Environmental Services Technician – Full Time Environmental Services Technician – Per Diem (as needed) FACILITIES DEPARTMENT Facilities Maintenance Technician - FT

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Health Information Management Director - FT

HOME HEALTH/HOSPICE Clinical Administrative Assistant – Full Time Clinical Secretary – Full Time RN – Part Time RN - PRN (as needed) Personal Care Provider/Homemaker - Per Diem INFECTION CONTROL Director of Infection Control / Employee Health LABORATORY Medical Laboratory Technician - FT

LIVING CENTER Activities Coordinator – Full time Nursing Assistant – FT - Days **Sign on Bonus Available** Nursing Assistant – FT - Nights **Sign on Bonus Available** Nursing Assistant – PRN (as needed) RN - FT Nights **Sign on Bonus Available** LPN – FT Nights**Sign on Bonus Available** RN-PRN (as needed) MED/SURG Nursing Assistant – PRN (as needed) RN – PRN (as needed) OUTPATIENT INFUSION RN – PRN (as needed)

PATIENT FINANCIAL SERVICES Patient Account Representative - PT QUALITY DEPARTMENT Case Manager – PRN (as needed)

REHABILITATION SERVICES Physical Therapist – PRN (as needed) Occupational Therapist - PRN (as needed) Speech Language Pathologist - PRN (as needed)

The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for Civil Engineer II Public Works Dept. Hiring Range $68,412 – 91,501 Exempt Position Close Date: Open until filled Planning Technician Planning Division Hiring Range $21.36 - $25.09/hour (DOE) Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open until filled Police Officer Police Department Hiring Range $27.92 – $30.71/hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open until filled (first review 02/25/2019) Town Attorney Town Attorney’s Office Salary Range $120,000-$150,000 Exempt Position Close Date: March 11, 2019 Seasonal Positions

Events Maintenance Worker Community Services Dept./Special Events Division Hiring Range $13.00-$16.00/hour (DOE) Seasonal Position (Summer 2019) Closing Date: July 15, 2019

Community Service Officer Police Department Hiring Range $15.50 - $17.00/hour (DOE) Seasonal Position (Summer 2019) Close Date: March 11, 2019 Parks Maintenance Worker Public Works Dept./Parks Division Hiring Range $13.00-$16.00/hour (DOE) Seasonal Position (Summer 2019) Closing Date: Open Until Filled Volunteer/Committee Board Positions Estes Valley Planning Commission Close Date: Open Until Filled Family Advisory Board (4 positions open) Close Date: February 28, 2019

Transportation Advisory Board (3 positions open) Close Date: March 7, 2019

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Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or jobs

Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to 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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Murphy's Resort is looking for a full time maintenance worker. Pay rate negotiable based on experience. Call 1-970-480-2955 ask for Bruce.

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Kennel Assistant Part-time

Call 970-586-4703 with any questions. Must be available weekends and able to lift at least 50 pounds. Receptionists Skills.

Part time - $20/hr Ask for Nick - 970-481-8531

Animal Hospital of the Rockies LLC. 453 Pine River Ln

Handyman wanted. Year-round work. Experienced only need apply. References. Must be bondable. Willing to help the right person relocate to Estes Park. Bestway Painting Handyman Services 970-518-4001

Experienced Housekeeper Needed. River Spruce cabins. Housing offered to right candidate. Contract Labor. $15.00 per hour

RENTALS Homes Long time Estes Park residents looking to rent a 2 bdrm pet friendly house. Call 720 272 7255

Condos 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Condo. 1624 sq ft. Fireplace, 2 car garage, N/S, N/P, Washer/Dryer, A/C. 3 people maximum. $2000/mo + util + dep. 1 yr lease. Email: or 586-4476

Room/Roommate Avail 4/1 sep bed bath 575/mo share elec,cable,big kitchen-live area built 2012 n/s n/p amaz view 402-321-7805

Commercial Rentals EXECUTIVE OFFICE available for $350.00 a month at Graves Ave. Plaza. Includes all utilities (including internet),trash, taxes and insurance. Access to kitchen and conference room. Call Peggy 970-232-5588 Commercial space for lease. Please call or text 303-888-0759

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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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SERVICES Home Repair/Service

Short Term Short-term Efficiency $650/month, N/S, N/P Includes Utilities & Cable Call Todd @ 970-5868141 Deer Crest Resort Rooms to suites with kitchenettes for short term rental. Monthly min thru 4/30/19. Adults only, no smoking, no pets. Call Ken @ 970215-3066

Storage Units Skyview Storage at 930 Juniper Ln has large storage units for rent. 24’ and 40 ft units available now. Call 970-215-6006 for info.

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

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RIVER ESTATE PROPERTY $1545000 890 W. Elkhorn Ave. Equipment For Sale Ideal mountain retreat! Future short-term/longterm vacation rental possibilities. A-1 Zoning. Beautifully custom designed home with 3 decks and 3 levels overlooking Fall River. Walking distance to downtown and 5 2008 DEERE CT322 miles to RMNP entrance. Track Skid Steer — 462 Amazing investment ophours. Roll over protection, portunity. 6 bed 4 baths enclosed cab, heat and plus bonus room and findefrost, foot controls, 2 ished walkout basement. speed, auxiliary hyContact Donna Ehnert 8z draulics, Quick tatch, 66” Golden Retriever pupReal Estate for your LUX bucket, forks, heavy duty pies for sale! They will be private showing today. Maxey trailer with all ready for their new homes 303-995-4063 chains and tighteners on March 14th. There is a ready for transport. male and female available. $32,000.00 —— OBO Please call/text (970)-227Estes Park, Colorado 3155 for inquires. 970-281-2193


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NOTICE OF SALE Notice is given pursuant to Title 38 Article 21.5 of the NOTICE TO CREDITORS Colorado Revised Case Number 19PR30094 Statutes, as amended, a public sale to be held on Estate of George A. March 16, 2019 at 10am at Fisher, Jr., a/k/a George Alpine Self Storage, 801 Adelbert Fisher, Jr., a/k/a Dunraven St., for the sale George Fisher, Jr., a/k/a George Fisher, Deceased of items in storage unit #22 belonging to John Clark Jr. of Estes Park, CO. Items All persons having claims consist of misc. household against the above named items. For information estate are required to please call 586-8988. present them to the personal representative or to District Court of Larimer County, Colorado on or before June 24, 2019, or the claims may be forever barred.

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Contact: Personal Representative, c/o Estes Legal Services, LLC, 212 Virginia Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 586-2874 Published: Estes Park News, Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 8, 2019




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