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Welcome To The Captain's Corner

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Greetings, fellow Estes Park community members! This is the second iteration of the Captain’s Corner, this time focusing on identity theft and internet protection. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information without your permission. Victims of identity theft often experience a ruined credit history, lost money, time, and patience to repair the damage done to your credit.

There are several ways to help protect your identity:

Keep your personal information secure, such as shielding your bank PIN numbers and shredding documents with personal information.

Know who you share your information with, especially when it involves your Social Security number. Many impersonation scams begin with a call about a routine problem, such as suspicious activity in one of your accounts. If you are not sure, hang up and call the merchant directly.

Challenge and ask questions to anyone who requests your personal information, especially those you do not know through all electronic media, email, text messages and phone calls. If you are not 100% certain, delete the email/text message or hang up.

Lock your computers when not in use, including cell phones, and please be sure there are no shoulder surfers standing behind you who can see your personal information. Create strong passwords and choose security questions only you

can answer. Change your password often.

One of the modern-day frauds involves callers who claim to be part of a law enforcement organization or a representative of a municipality. Often, these imposters claim that you owe money and if you do not pay, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Law enforcement will never, ever call you demanding payment over the phone. This is a scam! Also, be aware of other callers who claim to be from the Town of Estes Park Utilities Department or Utility Billing, threatening to shut off your service. My suggestion here is to ask for the name of the person calling and that you are going to call the utility department directly to verify. The phone number for Town of Estes Park Utility Billing is 970-5774800.

If you are a victim of identity theft, there are several steps you can take to help mitigate the impending credit damage:

Place a fraud alert with all three credit reporting organizations -- Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion

Order your Credit Reports -- federal law allows you to get a free copy of your credit report every twelve months from each reporting company at This is also a good opportunity to ensure your personal information is correct and up to date.

File a report with your local police department and through the Federal Trade Commission via, or at 1-877-438-4338. is also an option to report fraud, scams, or bad business practices.

Online Phishing scams involve receiving an email that appears to be from a

legitimate source, such as a bank, retail merchant or mortgage company, asking for the consumer to provide personal identifying information. Your personal identification is then used to open new bank accounts, make capital purchases, etc. My suggestion is to not respond to emails you do not recognize or click popup messages asking for personal or financial information. The same applies to your cellular devices; do not click on text message links from phone numbers you do not recognize.

Final reminders -- be sure your computer and mobile devices are operating with up-to-date software, including antivirus protection. Malware can comprise your credit card information and provide sensitive information to internet hackers. Update your mobile device apps to the latest versions, and do not use unsecured Wi-Fi networks. This includes the use of public computers to make online purchases or otherwise expose your personal information over public networks. At home, be sure your Wi-Fi password is strong and all encryption settings are enabled.

I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful.

I want to take a moment to thank our ultra-supportive community and Estes Park Board of Trustees, including the mayor, town administrator, deputy town administrator and legal counsel. EPPD is here to stay as we look ahead to delivering quality law enforcement services to our community for another 107 years! If you have any questions, please reach out by calling EPPD at 970-586-4000. This is the non-emergency line for dispatch. Stay tuned for the next Captain’s Corner!

April 2 Municipal Election and Town Hall 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box

Ballots were mailed to all active voters who live within town limits on Monday, March 11 and voters can anticipate receiving their ballots on Thursday, March 14.Voters who will not be home to receive a ballot may receive a ballot at a location other than the registered address by completing an application for an absent voter mail ballot, available at By law, ballots cannot be forwarded with other forwarded mail.

Voters can return voted ballots by mail (postage required), in person at the Clerk’s office, or through the 24-hour

ballot drop off box located at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave., adjacent to Bond Park. Voters are reminded to complete the self-affirmation on the ballot envelope including voter name, physical address (no P.O. Boxes) and signature. Town Hall will be the only 24-hour ballot drop off box used during the election.

Important dates:

March 11 – March 15: – Ballots mailed to all active registered voters.

March 11: Last day for eligible electors to establish residency in the State of Colorado. Register to vote at, County Clerk office or Town Clerk’s office up to the day of the election.

March 29: Last day to request an absentee mail ballot to be mailed.

April 2: Election Day – Town Hall polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. to be counted.

April 23: Swearing-in of newly elected Mayor and Trustees at the Town Board Meeting.

For more election information, please visit, or contact the Town Clerk’s office at 970-577-4777 or by email at

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EVFPD Board Encourages Residents To Vote To Renew 1% Sales Tax Measure 1A

In a unanimous decision on February 28, the Estes Valley Fire Protection Board passed a resolution in support of the renewal of sales tax measure, 1A. This is not a new tax; voters are being asked to renew the 1% sales tax on April 2 for another 10 years. If passed, 1A would generate, for the first time, an estimated $400,000 per year for the EVFPD’s Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program.

The EVFPD Board encourages Estes Park residents to vote to renew the 1% sales tax for another 10 years on April 2. “This department has never received 1A funds and it will make a huge difference to help enable wildfire risk reduction,” said Brian Tseng, VP of EVFPD Board.

The EVFPD Community Wildfire Protection Plan concluded that “the District is at high risk for large, high severity wildfires due to dense forest conditions, dry and hot weather, and strong, gusty winds, and increasing drought and warming temperatures exacerbate wildfire risk in the area. The Estes Valley Fire Protection District and residents in the EVFPD must prepare for large wildfire events. Proactive work is imperative."

“Those of us who own property in the Estes Valley should take this threat seriously and properly prepare their homes, businesses, and outbuildings to protect against future incidents,” said Tseng.

It was only three years ago that Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park were affected by the biggest wildfires in Colorado’s history. Anyone who has lived in the Estes Valley for at least three years remembers late October, 2020, and the mandatory evacuation of the entire valley, an unprecedented action in recorded history.

The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires consumed nearly 400,000 acres in Northern Colorado, 30,000 of which were within Rocky Mountain National Park’s boundaries. They were the largest and second-largest in Colorado’s history and joined several other fires actively burning in the state, fueled by dry conditions and fierce winds, which made fighting these fires head-on impossible.

All of these fires were human-caused, but not necessarily arson. Humans can start wildfires unintentionally by illegally having a campfire or bonfire during redflag days (high wind conditions), by having a loose chain on their trailer hitches which can cause sparks, by throwing lit smoking materials out the car window, and even by parking cars off the paved road on dry grass with hot tailpipes.

Windy days are a common occurrence in the Estes Valley, especially in the surrounding mountainous landscapes. As the climate becomes drier and warmer, these conditions become more and more dangerous especially as an increasing number of visitors from all over the country come to the area.

Nine percent of the renewed 1A sales

tax revenue is allocated to the Estes Valley Fire Protection District. How these funds would be used was explained by Jon Landkamer, EVFPD’s Division Chief of Support Services.

With current Fire Safety Assistant, Stacey Sutherland (a trained firefighter) and Wesley Keller, the departments Wildland Fire Program Specialist, EVFPD currently has only two full-time individuals dedicated to fire prevention in this valley, “this additional 1A sales tax revenue would provide for additional staff and logistics to bolster outreach of education and programs for wildfire prevention,” Landkamer said.

“The intent of 1A for us will be to build capacity to be able to assist homeowners with mitigation,” Landkamer said. “We worked with the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Ready, Set, Go grant program and developed a Estes Valley specific guide that is available through this link:

EVFPD_RSG+ActionGuide_V+1.pdf ( “

Landkamer was hired by EVFPD two years ago based on his varied experience in the area, including 29 years at the Estes Park Center YMCA of the Rockies in the Buildings & Grounds Department, six and half years as the Facilities Manager for the Town of Estes Park, and nearly 31 years volunteering with the EVFPD before he was brought on as division chief.

At the YMCA of the Rockies, he spent most of his time (23 years) as the Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds, responsible for the maintenance and care of the campus which included wildland fire mitigation and fire protection of the entire 860 acres.

“We worked closely with the CSFS and RMNP fire management to begin mitigation efforts on both sides of the Y’s boundary with RMNP,” he said. “This effort was recognized by a visit from then President of the United States, George W Bush, in August of 2001. The constant work of mitigation continues today with the current YMCA Buildings & Grounds staff.”

As the first Facilities Manager for the Town of Estes Park, “I worked to implement this division of Public Works,” he said. “My time there culminated with the delivery of a Facilities Master Plan for the Town of Estes Park.”

“Beginning in 1991, I joined Estes Valley Fire and was an active volunteer for almost 31 years, working my way up the ranks to Volunteer Assistant Chief from 2014 until I became the first Division Chief of Support Services in 2022. In this position I get to blend both of my careers and I am proud to assist the Estes Valley Fire Protection District in development of new programs and strategic planning.”

“With the renewal of 1A, we will be better prepared for the next incident,” Tseng said, “Please don’t forget to vote April 2 on renewal for sales tax measure 1A!”

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Cindy Younglund Seeking Re-Election To 2nd Term For Town Trustee

I would like to take a moment and tell you a little bit more about myself. I am an Estes Park native. However, I was born in Boulder as there was no hospital up here. “way back then.” I have seen this little town grow, change, evolve, not only for the good, but also for the “not so good.” The last four years on the town board, I feel that I have contributed a unique insight and experience to what is necessary to live, thrive, and survive in a resort/tourist town. I took a brief 16year hiatus in Nebraska when I was younger and worked in the family farming industry… as well as being a pioneer in the natural pork/meat industry. My heart has always been with Estes Park. After coming back in the early 90s, I again became involved with our family business, resort lodging. I have also raised our incredible blended family in our unique mountain town. I have “firsthand” experience with most of the challenges that face young families trying to not only survive but thrive while trying to raise a family in our mountain community. In the 30 years of being a business owner and operator of our family resort, I have significant experience working with both the seasonal and permanent workforce. As an employer, I have incredible insight as to the many issues that face them daily whether it concerns safe and affordable housing, fair treatment, living wage and childcare challenges. I am not only a huge advocate of their rights, but I have dedicated time to helping find solutions not only as an employer but as a Trustee.

On the other side of this is our senior community. The challenges that face them are very similar to those that the young families face but instead of childcare, their concern is selfcare. With the changes to our area’s healthcare providers and facilities, there are growing concerns for our aging citizens. In my past profession as a nurse, I specialized in caring for the aging population. This experience and passion are valuable when helping navigate and advocate for our retirement community. My understanding, expertise and empathy in this area are all valuable qualities that I bring to my seat as a Trustee. We live in such a beautiful area, and the world is getting smaller and smaller due to technology. Estes Park is no longer a “well kept secret.” That in itself presents many unique issues. Although we have made good progress, we need to continue moving forward in a methodical and efficient way as our community continues to face many challenges with environmental sustainability. I wholeheartedly support the many groups, organizations and individuals that continue to strive for a better Estes Park.

I would be honored to continue to represent you and our community if given the opportunity, my goals for the next four years are to find a healthy balance of business, family and assuring a wholesome community environment for ALL of us to grow and thrive in.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

On 3/04/2024 at 10:33 p.m. police stopped a 29 year old female driver from Westminster, CO at 2nd St. and S. Saint Vrain Ave. It was discovered the female had an active warrant out of Boulder County. The female was arrested for the warrant, booked at the PD, and later released on bond.

On 3/06/2024 at 1:12 p.m. police were called to a store in the 400 block of Stanley Ave. on a report of a theft. On scene

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment.

During the week of March 3rd, 2024, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 16 calls for service. This included:

they contacted a 29 year old female from Estes Park who was found to be wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a theft charge. The female was taken into custody, arrested and later released on bond.

On 3/06/2024 at 11:17 p.m. police contacted a 32 year old male from Estes Park in the100 block of Virginia Dr. who was wanted on a warrant after being tracked by EPPD. The warrant was for a felony1st degree assault and felony menacing. The male was arrested without incident and transported to Larimer County Jail.

• Emergency Medical (assist EPH): 5

• Alarm Activation: 4

• Assist: 1

• Motor Vehicle Crash (MVC): 2

• Gas Leak: 1

• Illegal Burn: 2

• Smoke Investigation: 1Estes Valley Fire

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Cindy Younglund

Bill Brown Running For Town Trustee

I am running for a seat on the Estes Park Town Board and I would like to ask for your support.

I have a long family history in Estes Park dating back to the early 1960s when my parents became a part of this community. My father helped form the Upper Thompson Sanitation District and he served on the hospital board. My mom was active in the Elizabeth Guild and was a volunteer at the library. As a teenager my first job was at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Moraine and in college I also worked for Ted James who owned the Rocky Mountain Park Company.

ness while recognizing that, as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park’s leading industry is tourism. Being a welcoming place for guests is important, but we must be a community that prioritizes those who call Estes home.

Bill Brown

I love Estes Park and I would like to serve on the Town Board. I believe we must strike the right balance between the needs of the residents and our local busi-

I am currently serving on the board of the Estes Park Housing Authority and was deeply involved in the community ballot initiative 6E that added 3.5% to our lodging tax devoted to workforce housing in the community.

I have a background in business law. I was the managing partner of a 60-member law firm. I have taught law as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa and Drake University.

I would appreciate your vote in April.

Frank Theis Vying For Town Trustee Position

Having lived in Estes Park for 25 years, I’ve gotten to know all types of people –workers, business owners, professionals, and retirees. All together, we make up a great community that shares a love of the natural world and the beautiful mountain valley we live in. I would be proud to represent you as a member of the Estes Park Board of Trustees.

My background is in planning and architecture, as well as development and construction. In the 1980s, I had an architecture & planning firm in Kansas City. In the 1990s, I transitioned into construction and development. First designing and overseeing the construction of the largest winery in Oregon (King Estate in Lorraine, Oregon), then developing two residential subdivisions in Oregon and Kansas City. In 1999 I moved to Estes Park when I bought Mary’s Lake Lodge. After designing and overseeing the historic renovation, I was the managing partner of the Lodge for three years, getting experience with running a hotel, restaurant, special events, and short-term rentals. I sold my interest in Lodge in 2005. Since then, I have designed and built over 100 residential units in Estes Park, as well as providing planning services for many others.

dent of the Fire District Board, a member of the Estes Valley Planning Commission, the County Planning Advisory Committee, and on the Comprehensive Plan committees.

If elected to the Town Board, my main areas of interest will be:

Workforce Housing

– Over the years in Estes, I have employed a lot of good, hard-working people, who, even though they loved it here, were forced to leave because they couldn’t find housing. We’ve made a lot of progress on this issue, but there is still a lot to do.

The Development Code – It is going to be updated over the next couple of years, and it desperately needs to be. This is the guiding document for all new development and many public works projects, and it hasn’t been properly updated in over twenty-five years.

Over the years I have been involved in the community in many ways, including as a founding member of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, president of the Estes Valley Contractors Association, a member of the Trails Committee, the Town’s Transportation Committee, presi-

The Town & County Inter-Governmental Agreement – This is the essential working agreement between the two governments in the Estes Valley, and we haven’t had one for over three years. It not only facilitates greater cooperation between the County and Town for better governance, but also includes the annexation policies for the Town and County. This process is supposed to begin in the coming year.

Other than my on-going work as a general contractor, my main interests include playing music, art & design, family, and my dog.

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Frank Theis

County Clerk Announces Restored Voting Hours At EV VSPC For November 2024 Election

County Clerk Tina Harris spoke at the Estes Park Town Board meeting on Tuesday night, March 12, to announce that her office was restoring a significant portion of accessible voting hours at the Estes Valley Voter Service & Polling Center for the November 5 General Election.

This announcement will result in our Estes Valley Voter Center being open for 8 days for the November 5 Gen eral Election, begin ning on October 28. This is increased from the currently anticipated 4 days.

This is a major de velopment for voters in Estes Valley since, beginning with the School Board election in November 2023, our local Voter Center was reduced from the usual 8 days to only 2 days.

for disabled voting; and providing the right to register and vote on the same day (under Colorado Statute).

Restoring hours at our Estes Valley Voter Center helps many of our locals and our commuters: (1) we are the only location to serve all rural communities in Estes Valley; (2) we serve a demographic that is one of the oldest resident populations in Colorado; (3) we are over 60 miles to the nearest alternative VSPC; and

That reduction in 2023 was followed by plans for the Estes Valley Voter Center to be open only 4 days for all 2024 elections, even though the statutory period for the November 2024 General Election would be 13 days.

According to this announcement by Clerk Harris, the upcoming June 25, 2024 statewide primary election will remain on the 4-day schedule, but will increase to the 8-day schedule at the local Voter Center for the November 5 General Election.

This is a significant improvement for Estes Valley voters as Voter Centers provide services that mail-in ballots alone cannot. This includes: replacement ballots for lost, ruined, or "never arrived" mail ballots; changes to voter information (e.g., name or address); assistance

(4) we serve commuting employees who cannot access their own voter centers during open hours.

Thank you to ALL persons who contacted the County Clerk’s Office to request restoration of our voting hours. Your efforts to contact our elected officials resulted in a positive change for this 2024 election year.

Thanks also to the Estes Park League of Women Voters who have supported and publicized the importance of restoring our voting access.

Thank you to the Larimer County Election Judges who joined in a letter to Clerk Harris after the November 2023 election to request restoration of voting hours in Estes Valley.

In addition, thank you to the Estes Park Mayor and Board of Trustees who strongly supported efforts by our local residents to restore voter access to all our citizens.

Thank you to County Clerk Harris for listening and for reassessing the needs of voters in Estes Valley for our November 2024 General Election.

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Bank Of Estes Park Supports Clint Clymer & Friends

Bank of Estes Park is proud to support Clint Clymer & Friends, a non-profit dedicated to the concept that “when someone in our community needs help you grab a proverbial shovel and go to it.” To that end, CC&F holds an annual event and fundraiser to offer compassion, support and comfort to our neighbors in need. This year’s CC&F recipient is Norma Estela Serrano. In her words, “I have been a resident of Estes Park for 26 years now. I have three sons, two are twins and they live in Mexico, my youngest lives in Ft. Collins. I have four grandkids. In June of 2023, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a hard and devastating moment, but I knew that with the love of God, my husband, and the people who cared about me, I was not alone. In August I had my surgery and since then I have been on treatment. This journey has been hard, but every day I have more faith, and with my husband by my side I know God is walking with us every step.”

Bank of Estes Park has an Employee Donation Matching Grant Program, and this grant was initiated by Jean Tasker, our Assistant Vice President of Operations—a cancer survivor herself, and a prior recipient of assistance from CC&F in 2022. There wasn’t a dry eye in the bank on the day Jean “graduated” from treatment, and rang the bell only two years ago—I still have a small commemorative pink bell on my desk from that day. And it is with tremendous gratitude for her recovery that we step up alongside her now in her support of CC&F and of our local neighbor in need, Norma Estela Serrano.

We invite you to find out more, and to support this year’s recipient by purchasing a ticket and attending the event at El MexKal Restaurant on March 23, 2024, from 2:00 to 5:00, including dinner, a live auction, and a silent auction. Simply go to, or come by the bank and talk to Jean Tasker.

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Clint Clymer, Kim Lankford Banker, and Jesus Apodaca, Norma Estela Serrano, 2024 CC&F Recipient, Jean Tasker, Bank of Estes Park.

Greg Danielson And Liza Grant Join The RMC Board Of Directors

Greg Danielson and Liza Grant are the newest members of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy board of directors, having started their terms at the organization’s board meeting Feb. 23rd in Estes Park.

The board is responsible for planning, fundraising, and the oversight of operations at the Conservancy, one of the nation’s oldest and most successful national park friends’ groups. Established in 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and provides millions of dollars annually in funding and in-kind support through flagship programs like the Conservation Corps and Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute, and through the Next Generation Fund supporting the Junior Ranger and other extensive environmental education programs for school children.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy and RMNP. Grant’s late father, William Peter Grant III, “Peter,” served 12 years on the board when the Conservancy was known as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. In 2018, Liza Grant completed an earlier term as a board member, serving for a time alongside her father.

“We’re very excited for Liza and Greg to join the board, not only for their leadership and specialized skills, but because they share our passion for protecting and enhancing Rocky Mountain National Park and public lands,” said Walt Borneman, who assumed responsibility as board president at the meeting from Brian Ross. Other board officers are Charles Cofas, vice president; Howdy Fry of Grand Lake, treasurer; and Rich Fedorchak, secretary.

Greg Danielson recently retired after 20 years as a partner at the Denver law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs and currently works on a limited basis as Senior of Counsel. He graduated from the University of Colorado and earned his law degree from the University of Denver. He has done pro bono work for and volunteered with environmental organizations in and around his home in Silverthorne, including the Rocky Mountain Land Library and the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, including tackling invasive weeds and other backcountry field work.

Danielson came by his love of Rocky Mountain National Park in part through regular visits to his grandparents’ home in Loveland. He and his wife, Peggy, raised their three children to share their love of the outdoors. Danielson says “hiking is life” for Peggy, but he also enjoys skiing and fly-fishing throughout Rocky. They look forward to welcoming their first grandchild in the coming year.

Borneman said Danielson’s experience working with the federal government and brokering complex land transactions will assist the Conservancy in efforts to acquire and protect key parcels of land in and near RMNP.

While Danielson is new to the board and brings a fresh perspective, Liza Grant has a long and deep association with the

Earlier generations of the Hendrie-Grant family acquired much of their land bordering the Big Thompson River from the Earl of Dunraven in the late 1800s as payment for debts-about 20 years before Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Since then, Grant family descendants have resided on and stewarded the land around what was the original park entrance and worked with RMNP through the years as good neighbors on issues of mutual concern.

The Grant family was instrumental in the Rocky Terrace workforce housing project which is on schedule for spring completion.

Grant brings this abiding connection to the land along with leadership skills honed in the world of competitive sports and education. Grant graduated with a degree in math and education from Colorado College where she also excelled in soccer, recognized as an AllAmerica player her senior year. She spent more than a decade in collegiate athletics and Olympic development programs, coaching at the University of Washington, the University of New Mexico, and establishing and coaching the Division 1 women’s soccer program at the University of Wyoming.

Feeling the pull to work with younger students, in 2001 Grant returned to the classroom to teach math at the high school and middle school levels. She completed a master’s degree in education from Regis University in 2011 and has since established a business providing private tutoring in math.

When not working with students, Liza enjoys hiking in the U.S. and Europe, nature photography, gardening, golf, and tennis, and spends as much time as she is able at her property adjoining RMNP.

“My grandfather and father taught me to love, appreciate and cherish Rocky Mountain National Park,” Grant said. “Our family has instilled in us the importance of open space, wildlife and all aspects of nature.”

One of Grant’s goals for her tenure on the board is to “continue to make Rocky accessible to all.” She also looks forward to helping young people have the kinds of positive experiences in nature that will inspire them to continue the work to preserve our public lands.

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Greg Danielson. Courtesy photo Liza Grant. Courtesy photo

It is no surprise to discover that my sisters and I were not the only ones listening to the compelling album Free to Be…You and Me in the 1970s. Lots of my friends and Thunker readers listened to it often enough that it became imbedded in their memory. Here’s what they said [my comments are in brackets]:

Kris: “My sister had the Free to Be album. My Mom bought it for her and we wore that thing out! I can still sing the songs on it—I know the words by heart!

‘A doll, a doll, William wants a doll.’

‘Don’t be a sissy’ said his best friend Ed.

‘Why should a boy want to play with a doll? Dolls are for girls,’ said his cousin Fred.

And Williams grandma bought him the doll! I loved it! It was a big part of my youth too!”

[The end of the song goes: “William wants a doll, in hopes that he will someday be a fahhh-therrr toooo.” What a great message! Alan Alda sings this with Marlo Thomas.]

Marylee: “Wonderful!! I played the songs in my classroom and used them for learning opportunities!!!” [Marylee went on to affirm our shared taste in Girl Scout cookies: “I love thin mints, too,” she said.]

Cindy: “We read skits from and sang songs at Jellison [youth building at YMCA of the Rockies] from Free to Be The staff all had T-shirts made saying Free to Be You and Me. Great trip down memory lane! [The Y Camp needs a street called “Memory Lane,” since so many people take a journey down it.]

Linda and her daughter Ginger, Susan and her daughter Jenny, and Rosemary and her daughter Karen listened to the record, Free to Be…You and Me. In fact, Karen said that it influenced her life choices. After she retired as an MD Radiologist, she went on to teach bioethics at Kansas City University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. [She obviously felt empowered to pursue her dreams, which is a message from the story and song Atalanta.]

June and her daughter Heather also enjoyed the album. June said, “We, too, raised our daughter on the recording, Free to Be. When we left North Dakota to go to graduate school at CU, all the fundamentalist belief systems had to be stripped off painfully one at a time. Our daughter was raised from year one at the CU day care with every color of human on the planet. When we went to San Francisco after I won the San Francisco opera auditions for the SF Opera summer apprentice program, more stripping occurred. I worked with LGBTQ for the first time in my life. Then again in Germany where I sang in opera houses. My unique friends and I would visit cathedrals and talk about God backstage between acts.

“My husband Elmer and I decided to have a Thanksgiving dinner at our home for the opera singers, many [who were] Americans. Before the event, I took our daughter, Heather, out for a walk to explain that the people who were coming had special relationships of love. [Years later] she told me as an adult, she had never forgotten that introduction. At her funeral in Greeley at age 26 (she was overtaken by cancer), all races and lifestyles of friends came. You can raise a child to be color blind and accepting of God's diverse human garden. Thank you for your article embracing love and acceptance for God's remarkable creations.”

Rosy: “Thank you, thank you for saying out loud what needs to be said now. I worry for anyone who is ‘different’ than us. I liked how Biden last night said we are America—a place where everyone should be accepted no matter what you believe in; what you look like; or who you love. The dream and hopefully the promise of America is that you can live here and be the best YOU. Let’s hope many people read your words and live by them.” [Listen to the song When We Grow Up, sung by Diana Ross.]

Ann is right there with Rosy, except she uses a lot more exclamation points: “Powerful !!!!! Powerful !!!!!!

Free to be is disappearing and I am terrified as so many don’t seem to get it !!!!!!!!!! I am so sad because in my pretty long life things were getting better, they really were, and there was so much hope. [We’re just in the middle of a little hiccup in history, Ann and Rosy. I feel confident we’ll get back on track.]

Nancy: “Today, I nearly stood and applauded. Every word; every opinion [in last week’s column] absolutely hit the mark! I’m so impressed that you took on such controversial subjects and even more pleased that you gave intelligent reasoning. The more doubters hear opposing views from respected speakers, the more they may give serious thought to their flawed thinking. Many thanks Sarah.” [Gosh, I’m blushing. Listen to Glad to Have a Friend Like You.]

But wait! What happened to Annie? She said, “I was and am a huge Marlo Thomas fan. I’ve never heard this music.” [Although she missed out on Free to Be in her childhood, Annie got the message anyway. She is a strong, smart, independent, woman.]

Ginny summed it all up: “As the Beatles sang in our youth, ‘Love is all there is.’”

You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address,

© 2024 Sarah Donohoe

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Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival Specials

Go full-on ice mummy mode and take advantage of these special offers from Estes Park businesses over the Frozen Dead Guy Days weekend.

Food & Beverage – Redeemable

Thursday, March 14, 2024 - Sunday, March 17, 2024

Frozen Dead Guy Days Shake

Kind Coffee

470 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Deadly Delicious Smoothies, Last Breath Lattes & More

The Bird’s Nest

1221 High Dr.

Free Pint with Frozen Dead Guy Days Ticket

Estes Park Brewery

470 Prospect Village Dr.

Zombie Bar Crawl Stops – Redeemable

Thursday, March

14, 2024

Enjoy frozen dead guy-themed specialty drinks and Zombie bites surrounded by icy decorations from local bars, restaurants and craft beverage makers. Find a bar crawl Google map here:

Twisted Griffin Irish Pub & Restaurant

247 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Dead Guy Beers & Bar Crawl Specials

The Barrel

251 Moraine Ave.

Smoking Dead Guy Margarita

Cascades Restaurant & Lounge

333 E Wonderview Ave.

Zombie Bar Crawl Happy Hour

Lonigans Saloon Nightclub & Grill, An Irish Pub

106 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

American Legion Post 119

850 N. St. Vrain Ave.

Brain Freeze Slushies

Avant Garde Aleworks

920 Dunraven St.

Cryonic Blue Frozen Margarita

Casa Colina at Trailborn Rocky Mountains

130 Stanley Ave.

Cryonic Cocktails

The Bull Pin

555 S. St. Vrain Ave.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Pale Ale

Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.

531 S. St. Vrain Ave.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Pale Ale

Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co. Publick House

203 Cleave St.

Frozen Dead Guy Flights

Rock Cut Brewing Company

390 W. Riverside Dr.

Grandpa Bredo’s Flight of Fancy & Frozen Sangria

Snowy Peaks Winery

292 Moraine Ave.

Nightmare on Bourbon Street

Hogback Distillery Store & Tasting Room

857 Moraine Ave.

Red Rum Cocktail

The Post Chicken and Beer

333 E. Wonderview Ave.

Rusty Nail Cocktail for Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Sweet Stroll Stops – Redeemable Friday, March 15, 2024

Indulge in a free sweet treat from local sweet shops with the Frozen Sweet Stroll!

Stop by the Frozen

Dead Guy Days Icebreaker on Friday, March 15, from 3-5 p.m., in Bond Park to pick up a Frozen Sweets Stroll punch card to participate.

Bredo Boba Asian Sweet


356 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Cryogenic Crunch

Ice Cream

Munchin House

130 E Elkhorn Ave.

Freeze Dried Candies

Rocky Mountain Majesty

215 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Freeze Dried Candy

The Old Fashion Candy Store

184 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Frostbite Taffy Twists

The Taffy Shop

121 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Grandpa Bredo’s Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

144 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Shivering Tiger Butter Squares

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

517 Big Thompson Ave.

Skull Ice Cream Cookie

Flavors of the Rockies

101 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Stanley Chocolate Gold Coin

The Stanley Chocolate Factory

157 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Things to Do

Frozen Dead Guy Fire and Ice Hot Rocks Massage

Elements of Touch Wellness Spa

477 Pine River Ln.

Redeemable Friday, March 1, 2024Sunday, March 31, 2024


Backbone Adventures

1851 N. Lake Ave.

Redeemable Monday, March 11, 2024Monday, March 18, 2024

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Redeemable Thursday, March 14, 2024 - Sunday, March 17, 2024

Royal Blue Ball Ticket & Room Packages

The Stanley Hotel

333 E. Wonderview Ave.

Thrill + Chill Frozen

Dead Guy Days Lodging & Dining Special

Taharaa Mountain Lodge

3110 S. St. Vrain Ave.

Chill & Thrill Fireplace

Retreat Lodging Package

Use Code “Frozen” for 15% Off

Murphy's River Lodge

481 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Use Code “Frozen” for 20% Off

Murphy's Resort

1650 Big Thompson Ave.

McGregor Mountain Lodge and Castle Mountain Lodge

Chill & Thrill Hot Tub Retreat Lodging


Castle Mountain Lodge 1520 Fall River Rd.

Chilling Thrills at Rocky Mountain Hotel

Rocky Mountain Hotel 1701 N. Lake Ave.

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Ticket Package

Quality Inn Estes Park 1450 Big Thompson Ave.

Frozen Dead Guy Days @ Trailborn Rocky Mountains

Lodging Package

Trailborn Rocky Mountains

130 Stanley Ave.

Frozen Dead Guy Days at Fall River Village

Fall River Village

200 Filbey Ct.

Warm Your Bones

During Frozen Dead Guy Days!

The Woolly Bugger Inn

37 Dripping Springs Ln.

Redeemable Thurs-

day, March 14, 2024 - Monday, March 18, 2024

Frozen Dead Guy Days Special

Colorado Cottages

1241 High Dr.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Special!

Estes Lake Lodge

1850 N. St. Vrain Ave.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Weekend Special at Aspen Winds

Aspen Winds on Fall River 1051 Fall River Ct.

Redeemable Thursday, March 14, 2024Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Sleep Like the Dead Three or Four Night Special

Cabins at Rams Horn Village Resort

1565 CO-66.

Don’t Wake the Dead Two Night Special

Rams Horn Village Resort

1565 CO-66.

Rest in Peace Special

The Inn on Fall River 1660 Fall River Rd.

Learn more about the festival, and find the schedule, music lineup, information about transportation and more at

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Bach St. Matthew Passion Presented On Palm Sunday

A musical setting of the passion story according to St. Matthew will be presented on Palm Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. in the Estes Valley Library Hondius Room. This presentation is a gift to the

community from St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church.

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is often referred to as “one of the greatest expressions of devotional feelings in the history of music” and was first performed in 1727.

The performance is by the Berlin Philharmonic via DVD and the story of the passion is acted out by the performing musicians.

The staging was done by Peter Sellars who stated, “It’s not theater. It is a prayer, it is a meditation.”

The singers and instrumentalist are all world class musicians and the performance is an extremely moving account of Christ’s passion story.

We invite the community to come; however seating is limited in the Hondius Room of the library.

Memory Cafe In Estes Park Rescheduled For Thursday March 21st

Due to the predicted snowstorm, we will be holding this month’s Memory Café on Thursday, March 21. Our theme will be Lucky Month of March which we will celebrate with songs, snacks, conversation, games, and activities. We welcome all in Estes Valley who want to enjoy fellowship while engaging in good memories. Whether you have come to Memory Café before or want to check this gathering out, we meet at St. Bartholomew’s from 10:00 – 11:30. We

look forward to seeing you!

Memory Café is a free, relaxed, social gathering for Estes Valley community members experiencing memory loss due to any form or stage of dementia, together with a caregiver, family member, or friend. If you are living and driving independently, feel free to come on your own. We stimulate engagement, attention, and memory by enjoying coffee/snacks, conversation, singing, and sharing remembrances through games and activities in a non-stressful atmosphere. Research and the medical community encourage fun, social activity for all of us but this can be especially helpful for those with memory loss and those who care for them. We meet at St. Bartholomew’s Church (880 MacGregor Ave.) from 10:00 – 11:30 (usually the second Thursday of every month).

Hard to encourage your loved one to try something new or to come out of the house? Memory Café can be referred to as a “meeting,” an “appointment” (doctor approved), or an invitation to have coffee / tea with friends. All are welcome!

For more information call the church 970-586-4504 or Jane at 970-430-8105.

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Ready, willing, and capable to be your voice in and for Estes Park
Photo of J S Bach 1685-1750
& Marti DeYoung
& Linda Leaming
Roger Truesdale
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Peg Belshe
& Corine Knudsen
Howard Pomranka
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by many 昀ne folks, including: Please vote in the April 2 municipal election, and thank you for your consideration!
by Gary Hall

It is a Monday afternoon and I watch the skies turning more and more gray. There is snow on the ground and not a thing is in bloom. So, what is around for me to have an allergy that has caused me to go hoarse and have a constant dripping nose? Does that mean spring is in the air? I do not think so! I went to Urgent Care as I was so miserable. That is where I got the news, it was an allergy. I do not dare say: “What next?” Who knows what else I can get? Oh well, I am still alive, breathing and smiling and my foot is on the mend.

Sunday was dinner at Marie’s. We had crab, shrimp and lobster, corn and potatoes. I “pigged out!” But I also had a fancy coffee from her new coffee machine. I was up most of the night. I can remember, yes, I still have a memory, when having caffeine at night did not affect my sleep. It sure does now. Enough of this chit chat. Y’all want a new recipe, not all my yacking. Everything was delicious. There were not a lot of leftovers. I was

hoping that there might be some corn left over but Jeff loves corn. Need I say more? I have a great new recipe for corn pudding that I wanted to try. I just went and bought frozen corn. The recipe called for six cups of fresh corn but the frozen worked just fine. I bet you could even use canned corn, but fresh corn cannot be beaten. The recipe is a Southern Living recipe.

Corn Pudding

13 x 9 greased pan, 350 degree oven ½ cup sugar (scant)

3 Tbs. flour

2 tsp. baking powder (I cut this for high altitude to 1 2/3 tsp.)

1 ½ tsp. salt

6 large eggs

2 cup whipping cream

½ cup unsalted butter, melted 6 cups fresh corn kernels (I used frozen, defrosted) Combine the first 4 ingredients.

Add one can of chopped chilies (My addition, it is optional.)

Whisk together eggs, cream, and butter in a large bowl. Slowly add sugar mix and then fold in corn. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

My email:

Bon Appétit

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Frozen Dead Guy Days: Bands & Bloodys Brunch & Polar Plunge

The Frozen Dead Guy Days fun doesn't end on Saturday. Six Estes Park locations will offer a live music brunch to cap off the festival weekend on Sunday, March 17. And don’t get cold feet! Raise money for a good cause by taking part in the Frozen Dead Guy Days Polar Plunge.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Polar Plunge

Take the plunge to support the Estes Nonprofit Network. Plunges are $10 if purchased in advance, and day-of registrations are $15. Viewing (and cheering!) is free. The plunge kicks off at 12 p.m. at Coffee on the Rocks. 100% of the proceeds benefit the network. Sign up here:

Bands & Bloodys Brunch

Relax after a fun-filled weekend with live music, food and drink at one of the Bands & Bloodys brunch locations around town. From food trucks to sitdown restaurants, there is something for every taste. Including musical tastes. Bands vary as much as the type of food offered, so take a look at who is playing where and make plans to finish out the “freeze”tival in Sunday Funday style.

The Barrel – featuring Say Uncle. 251 Moraine Ave.

Enjoy a Bloody Mary bar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., frozen creations from Creativity Cabin from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., whiskey tasting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and live music by Say Uncle from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Bull Pin – featuring Good Time Johnny. 555 S. St. Vrain Ave.

Close out the frigidly fun Frozen Dead Guy Days weekend with live music and a themed brunch menu. Live music by

Good Time Johnny from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co. – featuring Alex Thoele. 531 S. Saint Vrain Ave.

Live music from Alex Thoele and brunch from Mangia Mangia Pizzeria from 12 to 8 p.m.

The Post Chicken & Beer – featuring Chuck Sitero. 333 E. Wonderview Ave. Brunch available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Twisted Griffin Irish Pub & Restaurant – featuring Restless Spirit, Linay O’Sullivan and Wolf Loescher. 247 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Don’t miss the Irish breakfast starting at 8 a.m.! Live music all day.

American Legion Post 119 – featuring Black Canyon Back Beat. 850 N. St. Vrain

Unlimited breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and live music with The Black Canyon Back Beat from 9-11 a.m.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Festivities

Don’t miss out on the full four days of frigid fun! Check out the all-new Zombie Bar Crawl & Frozen Ball Drop on Thursday or FDGD’s very own Frozen Sweet Stroll on Friday. The Icebreaker Kickoff is back on Friday, along with the infamous Royal Blue Ball, plus all the events organized by Estes Park businesses throughout the weekend and the live music, coffin races and games happening on Saturday!

See the complete schedule here: For more information and to buy tickets, visit

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Polar Plunge from past FDGD photo by Andrew Wyatt.
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Everything You Need To Know About Frozen Dead Guy Days, March 14-16

Get ready for a "freeze"tival of fun! It’s almost time to get the chilly party started. Four days of frigidly fun happenings are planned across town, anchored by the infamous Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival on March 16.

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of the extended weekend, from how to get around to where to park to what to do and when.

A schedule that is to die for

The 2024 Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with an incredible music lineup featuring Yonder Mountain String Band, Andy Frasco and the U.N. and Spafford, plus 12 more bands and the world-famous coffin races. The fun starts on Thursday, March 14. Here’s the breakdown.

Thursday, March 14

Free entry. Come alive for the Zombie Bar Crawl with the winery’s resident make-up artists. Snacks and drinks for purchase.

Slushee Season Opener. Avant Garde Aleworks, 2–8 p.m.

Kick-off slushie season with Avant Garde’s zombie-themed Brain Freeze Slushee.

Friday, March 15

Zombie Bar Crawl. Around town. Enjoy dead guy specialty drinks and zombie bites surrounded by icy decorations at Estes Park’s restaurants and bars. Transportation will be available! Learn more at

Frozen Ball Drop. The Barrel, 6–8 p.m. Free entry. Celebrate the official start of the festival weekend with games of beer pong.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Face Painting. Snowy Peaks Winery, 1–6:30 p.m.

The Royal Blue Ball. The Stanley Hotel, 7–11 p.m.

$99. An iconic Frozen Dead Guy Days favorite returns to The Stanley Hotel. Featuring performances by Here Come the Mummies and Evanoff, and a Grandpa Bredo and Ice Queen lookalike contest. Buy tickets at

Icebreaker Kick-Off. Bond Park, 3–6 pm

Free. Join us to tap the official Frozen Dead Guy Days beer, “Bredo’s Brew,” and chill out to live music by A-Mac & The Height and the Living Room Band.

Frozen Sweets Stroll. Around town, 3–6 p.m.

Free. Pick up your free punch card at the Icebreaker Kick-Off to gain access to shops offering a complementary Frozen Dead Guy Day-themed treat. Reserve

your spot:

The Shining showings. Historic Park Theatre, 1:45 and 7:15 p.m.

Watch the iconic film in Estes Park’s historic theatre.

Brain Freeze Live Music. Lonigans, 6–8:30 p.m.

$10. Black Canyon Backbeat is ready to rock your world with their bone-chilling tunes.

Weekend at Bernie’s Beach Party. The Bull Pin, 6–11 p.m.

Free. Bernie Bowling Contest, Weekend at Bernie’s on the big screen and beach tunes on blast!

Tattoo Popup. Avant Garde, 12–8 p.m.

Free entry. Space Coyote Tattoo will be on-site with a selection of flash tattoos to choose from.

Iced Out Party. Trailborn Rocky Mountains/Casa Colina, 5–8 p.m.

Free entry. Hand-carved, ice cocktails by Drylands Distillers.

Electrick Flannel Live. Cousin Pat’s Pub & Grill, 7:30–10 p.m.

Free entry. Food and drinks for purchase.

Psychic Readings. Historic Park Theatre & Cafe, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Starting at $25. Get a reading in a haunted theatre!

Saturday, March 16

Frozen Dead Guy Days at Estes Park Event Complex

This event is ticketed. Prices increase to

$49 on March 8! Buy tickets at

Music Lineup*

Fire Stage

12 p.m. – Living Room Band

1 p.m. – Chain Station

2:15 p.m. – The Jauntee

3:45 p.m. – The Sweet Lillies

5:15 p.m. – Deadphish Orchestra

7 p.m. – Andy Frasco & The U.N. Ice Stage

12:15 p.m. – Gary Hall & The Occupants

1:15 p.m. – Eminence Ensemble

2:45 p.m. – A-Mac & the Height

4:30 p.m. – Spafford

6:30 p.m. – Yonder Mountain String Band

Outdoor Stage

12 p.m. – Float Like a Buffalo

2:30 p.m. – Future Joy

4:45 p.m. – Los Mocohettes

6:15 p.m. – Lucid Vision

World Famous Coffin Races

Outdoor Stage

1–2:30 pm and 3:30–4:45 p.m.

Frosty Fun Games*

Game Stage

Brain Freeze Contest

Pie Toss

Frozen T-shirt Contest

Dead Head Bowling

*Times and locations are subject to change.

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Place a reminder in your calendars! This month’s gathering will be on Thursday, March 21, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Other Events

The Shining showings. Historic Park Theatre, 1:45 and 7:15 p.m.

Watch the iconic film in Estes Park’s historic theatre.

Chilled Out Crafts. Bear & Bee, 2–4 p.m.

$32. Pick a Frozen Dead Guy Daysthemed project, chill out and have some fun!

Dead Leprechaun St. Paddy Party.

The Bull Pin, 7–11 p.m.

Free entry. Irish spirit, spirits, food and music! Costumes are encouraged!

Live Music by Tahosa. Cousin Pat’s Pub & Grill, 7–10 p.m.

Free entry. Celebrate Frozen Dead Guy Days with live music. Food and drink for purchase.

Thick & Thawed Burrr…lesque Show. Lonigans, 9 p.m.

$25. Enchanting performances that will dazzle you with their frosty flair.

Psychic Readings. Historic Park Theatre & Cafe, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Starting at $25. Get a reading in a haunted theatre!

Sunday, March 17

Bands & Bloodys Brunch. Various locations.

Free entry. Food and drinks for purchase. Close out the frigidly fun weekend with live music and themed brunch menus at restaurants around town.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Polar Plunge. Coffee on the Rocks, 12 pm

take the plunge to support the Estes Park Nonprofit Network. Buy tickets:

The Shining showings. Historic Park Theatre, 1:45 and 7:15 p.m.

Watch the iconic film in Estes Park’s historic theatre.

Eat, Drink & Be Irish. The Barrel, 2–4 p.m.

$30. The race will start and end at Avant Garde Aleworks, with a stop in the middle at Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company. Frosty Balls Drag Queen Bingo & Tahosa. Lonigans, 12–9 p.m. Music is free, bingo $20. Fierce and fabulous bingo like you've never experienced hosted by the incomparable Khloe Katz 12–2 p.m. Live music by Tahosa 6–9 p.m.

Free entry. Specialty St. Paddy's Day cocktails and Irish Whiskey available all day!

St. Patrick’s Day Party & Live Music. American Legion Post 119, 3–9 p.m. Free entry. Live music by Random & True from 6–9 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage dinner and dessert for a suggested donation of $18.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Irish Wake. Cousin Pat’s Pub & Grill, 11 am–11 p.m.

Free entry. Open 11 a.m.–2 p.m., live music by Tahosa from 7–10 p.m.

Psychic Readings. Historic Park Theatre & Cafe, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Starting at $25. Get a reading in a haunted theatre!

Parking & Transportation

Free parking at the Estes Park Riverwalk Parking Garage, 691 N. St. Vrain Ave. Thursday through Sunday.

Saturday Parking

Estes Park Event Center – $15 Estes Park High School – $10 100% of the proceeds go to the high school band program.

Offering “uber-like” transportation services. Book your ride ahead of time!


Shuttles will be available to take you to all the frosty festivities around town, Thursday and Saturday through Wildside 4x4 Tours.

● Thursday 3/14: 1:30-9 p.m.

● Saturday 3/16: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

● $8/day.

Special Offers

Go full-on ice mummy mode and take advantage of these special offers from Estes Park businesses over the Frozen Dead Guy Days weekend.

Browse all the fun offers here: Tickets

Make sure you have your tickets for these events. Here is where to buy them:

● The Royal Blue Ball –

● Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival at the Estes Park Events Complex –

● Frozen Dead Guy Days Polar Plunge –

The Frozen Sweets Stroll does not require a ticket, but registering will help make sure there is plenty of candy! Register here:

Starting at $10 to plunge, free to cheer! Dress up in your craziest costume and

Merry Marthas Meeting On March 22

Do you sew, knit, weave, or crochet and enjoy visiting with other ladies with similar interests? You’re invited to attend the next meeting of the Merry Marthas on Friday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies at 1700 Brodie Avenue. This group meets monthly to share what we have made, and then we donate our finished projects to local charities. New members are always welcome whether you’re a beginner or an expert. For more information, please call the church office at 970-586-4404.

Special Olympics

Tuesday Bowling

Estes Park Special Olympics organizers are hosting bowling fun at the Bull Pin, 555 S. St. Vrain Ave. on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Audri Smith at 970-451-3762 or email

St. Paddy’s Day Beer Mile(ish). Avant Garde. 3–7 p.m.

Free parking at the Estes Park Riverwalk Parking Garage. Shuttles available. Private Ride Services with Explore Estes,

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library

Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m.


Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit to sign up.


On Retelling Greek Classics: An Exploration of the Modern Epics with Madeline Miller Ⓡ

Thursday, March 21, 5 - 6 p.m., online

Join Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles and Circe, as she discusses her process of retelling Greek classics as modern epics in fiction. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.


Please note: open crafts are self-guided programs with instructions and supplies provided. Drop in and create something special!

Bath Bombs

Friday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Friday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Make your own fizzy bath bomb, perfect for turning your tub into an at-home spa experience.

Crystal Prisms

Monday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Thursday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Create a decorative prism that will refract light when placed in the sun.

Tree of Life

Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Wednesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Learn how to make wire jewelry, then fashion your own Tree of Life pendant or wall accessory.

Miniature Clock Towers

Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Assemble and paint a working HO scale clock tower.

Alcohol Ink Nature Cards

Thursday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Makerspace

Design abstract art and affix it to a nature-themed frame.


Have a dog, cat, or very ambitious hamster? Sew them an interactive snuffle mat: strips of fabric arranged to create pockets and folds where treats or kibble can be hidden.


Library Storytimes

Babies: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10 a.m.

Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog Bo: Thurs., March 21 at 11 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog Heidi: Thurs., March 28 at 11 a.m.

Music & Movement Ⓡ

Saturday, March 16, 11 - 11:30 a.m., Hondius Room

Buttons & Magnets

Friday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Bring in art or photos, cut out images from magazines, or use any of our pre-made templates to create buttons and magnets with Tecre 1.25” and 3” machines.

Scented Jar Candles

Monday, March 25, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Makerspace

Heat wax, add essential oils, and include a wick to make your own jarred candles.

Gnome Plushies

Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Makerspace

Use soft and fuzzy supplies to create a cozy, snuggly friend.


Make and Play Your Own Board Game Ⓡ

Saturday, March 16, 2 - 4:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Design a board game of your own with challenge cards, customized dice and spinners, and other crafty materials. All ages welcome.

Brainfuse Résumé Workshop Ⓡ

Wednesday, March 27, 3 - 4 p.m., online

Feeling frustrated with your résumé? Learn how to craft a document that gets noticed with this free workshop from Brainfuse Job Now, a resource provided by the Library. Recommended for adults and teens.


Artwork Wednesday:

Duct Tape Wallets & Roses Ⓡ

Wednesday, March 20, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Makerspace

Get crafty with duct tape! We’ll be making heavy duty wallets and beautiful rose pens.

Makerspace Crafternoon:

Sew a Snuffle Mat Ⓡ

Thursday, March 21, 4 - 5:30 p.m.,

Develop listening and motor skills in this lively, interactive program with music in both Spanish and English. Únete a nosotros en este programa interactivo en el que incluiremos bailes, canciones y crearemos ritmo. Incluiremos música tanto en Inglés como en Español, a medida de que desarrollemos nuestras habilidades auditivas y motoras.

Hora del Cuento Bilingüe Ⓡ

Friday, March 22, 4 - 5 p.m., Hondius Room

Ven a compartir en nuestra Hora del Cuento Bilingüe, en esta ocasión vamos a leer una hermosa historia, haremos una bonita manualidad, y aprenderemos un nuevo vocabulario en Español. Join us for Bilingual Storytime, where we will read a beautiful story, do a fun craft, and learn new vocabulary in Spanish.

Maker March: Program-Arte Ⓡ

Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29, Hondius Room

Spend Spring Break discovering new art skills and putting them into practice. Daily sessions scheduled with varying times throughout the week; visit to sign up.


3D Printer Training Class Ⓡ

Monday, March 18, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

For ages 10 and up (participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult).

Intro to 3D Modeling Ⓡ

Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 - 7 p.m. repeated Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Learn TinkerCAD and receive an introduction to parametric and mesh modeling basics.


Cliffhanger Used Books

Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Friends of the Library Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for Cliffhanger’s 5th birthday on April 3!


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How Can The Estes Valley Support Our Community’s Youth?

In the fall of 2021, the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey garnered responses from just over 400 Estes Park School District students. 42% of high school respondents and 32% of middle school respondents reported feeling sad or hopeless for over two weeks in a row. Even more concerning: over 25% of responding high school and middle school students reported that they had considered suicide in the past twelve months.

The Estes Valley Library, Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership, and the Estes Park School District are joining forces on Wednesday, April 3 to discuss youth mental health in our community. Students will gather for an open, honest conversation about the struggles they face, and local residents are invited to listen in, share experiences, and learn new perspectives. Whether you’re a teen, a parent, you

work for an organization that supports youth, or you are a neighbor who cares about this issue, you’re invited to join. Attendees will break out into small groups of 7-8 and use the Living Room Conversations model, with the addition of a facilitator, to consider questions like, “How are young people caring for their mental health, and what helps or gets in the way?” and, “How are mental health challenges impacting our community, and what changes would we make to help our young people thrive?”

Come to the table to share your perspective, learn about the experiences of others, and leave with strong connections and a shared sense of community. For more information about this process, and to check out the Conversation Guide, visit the event registration page online at, or check out


Puede Estes Valley Apoyar A Los Jóvenes De Nuestra Comunidad?

En el otoño de 2021, la Encuesta Healthy Kids Colorado obtuvo respuestas de poco más de 400 estudiantes del Distrito Escolar de Estes Park. El 42% de los encuestados de secundaria y el 32% de los encuestados de secundaria informaron sentirse tristes o desesperados durante más de dos semanas seguidas. Aún más preocupante: más del 25% de los estudiantes de secundaria y media que respondieron informaron que habían considerado el suicidio en los últimos doce meses.

La Biblioteca de Estes Valley, la Asociación de Justicia Restaurativa de Estes Valley, y el Distrito Escolar de Estes Park unirán fuerzas el miércoles 3 de abril para discutir la salud mental de los jóvenes en nuestra comunidad. Los estudiantes se reunirán para una conversación abierta y honesta sobre las luchas que enfrentan, y se invita a los residentes locales a escuchar, compartir experiencias, y aprender nuevas perspectivas.

Si eres adolescente, padre, trabajas para una organización que apoya a los jóvenes, o eres un vecino que se preocupa por este tema, estás invitado a unirte. Los asistentes se dividirán en pequeños grupos de 7 a 8 personas y utilizarán el modelo de Conversaciones en la sala de estar, con la incorporación de un facilitador, para considerar preguntas tales como: "¿Cómo cuidan los jóvenes su salud mental y qué ayuda u obstaculiza el camino?" y "¿Cómo están afectando los desafíos de salud mental a nuestra comunidad y qué cambios haríamos para ayudar a nuestros jóvenes a prosperar?"

Venga a la mesa para compartir su perspectiva, aprender sobre las experiencias de otros y salir con conexiones sólidas y un sentido compartido de comunidad. Para obtener más información sobre este proceso y consultar la Guía de Conversación, visite la página de registro del evento en línea en, o visite

The Peak Transit Service Seeks 2024 Sponsorships

The Town’s Parking & Transit Division of Public Works is excited to invite new sponsors for The Peak’s 2024 transit season. Transit sponsorship is a wonderful way for interested individuals, nonprofits and/or businesses to market their products or services in a highly visible manner while also supporting the Town’s free seasonal shuttle service.

The Peak’s sponsorship levels can accommodate budgets of all sizes, with ad options starting at $400 for the entire summer season. Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and some opportunities sell out quickly. Access the 2024 sponsorship application and instructions at, or request a copy via email by contacting Dana Klein, Parking & Transit Supervisor, at Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

The Peak’s vehicles are each equipped with a wheelchair lift and bicycle racks. Summer and fall routes for the 2024 transit season include:

● Red Route (Downtown Trolley): Continuous loop serving stops along Elkhorn Avenue

● Blue Route: Serving Big Thompson Avenue / U.S. 34, Dry Gulch Road and Lower Stanley Village

● Brown Route: Serving portions of downtown, including East Riverside Drive, Mary’s Lake Road, Spur 66 past

Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Park to the YMCA of the Rockies campus

● Gold Route: Serving The Stanley Hotel campus and Fall River Road corridor up to Rocky Mountain Gateway

● Silver Route: A loop serving the State Highway 7 corridor, a portion of Fish Creek Road near the Estes Park School District campus, and Lake Estes

The Red Route (Downtown Trolley) runs every day of the paid parking season, from May 24 through Oct. 20. With continued construction activity downtown this summer, the Red Route’s extended hours will accommodate use of the free parking structure for downtown employees, locals, and visitors. The trolley will run continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, with a second trolley added on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday only) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All other routes (Blue, Brown, Gold, and Silver) will run 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from July 1 through Sept. 2 (Labor Day), and then transition to weekend only service through Elk Fest (Oct. 20).

The Town’s free shuttle service is funded through federal grants, the Town’s paid parking program, and the Town general fund. Sponsorship investments will help fund the program’s annual operating costs and ensure continuation of this free service for Estes Valley guests and residents. For more information about The Peak transit program, visit

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I’ve been blessed to meet some wonderful people in the music industry during my long life. Pat Boone, at the height of his career many years ago, attended our worship services in Phoenix. Years later I boarded a plane in Lincoln, NE bound for Los Angeles, and found my seat, just as several young men wearing Metallica t-shirts came down the aisle, with one stowing his bags in the overhead before climbing into the seat next to mine. I wasn’t surprised. Knowing Metallica had had a concert the night before, I assumed this was a fan. After we got buckled in I asked if he enjoyed the concert. His response: “Yes, the audience was really good…and sold out!” That’s when I knew I was sitting next to one of ‘them’. Lars Ulrich, their drummer, was a great flight companion, between visiting about their plans to make a new album in Europe and their group, and him ‘drumming’ on the airplane info sheet, the flight went by swiftly, and pleasantly.

Members of our church in Longmont formed ‘Cross-Examined’- an acapella singing group - and, Laura, one of their members wrote a powerful song entitled: ‘Who am I?’, then answering, joyfully, “I’m a child of God”. Her song and others the group wrote and sang to honor several young Christian friends who had recently suffered untimely deaths, always brings tears to my eyes. (By the way, I have individual copies of their CD that I would love to send free to anyone who requests such, with their address to me: ‘Bob - 2151 Larkspur Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.’ or )

I’ve said all that to rejoice in another artist who has impacted my life and to use his song title, to remind us of blessings in Christ. Andrew DeCuir has recorded and marketed Christian-themed songs with his unique ‘rap’ style ( As I listened to one CD the title above shared one powerful truth that each Christian needs to remember. Coupled with Laura’s song: ‘Who am I? - a Child of God’, Andrew’s words remind us that, as ‘Children of God’, we will admit that we often ‘disappoint’ our Father. No matter who we are and how much we try to obey and please Him, we all will ‘disappoint Him’ at times. We’re currently studying great men and women of God listed in the ‘Hall of Faith’ recorded in Hebrews 11 in our Wednesday midweek service. As we study these wonderful Children of God, we realize that they all had one thing in common …they were all a ‘disappointment’ to God at some point in their lives. Men like Abraham (the ‘father of the faithful’), and Moses (the ‘friend of God’), and Job, (the man God called ‘blameless and upright’), among all others, ‘were a disappointment’ to their Father at some point in their lives. We will be also. We will all echo the words of the great servant of God, Paul, as he openly shared, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I do not carry it out…and, what I shouldn’t do, I do…” (Romans 7:18-20). Paul is simply saying, “I am a disappointment”, and we often can say the same. And each time we fail, it breaks God’s heart because He has such great hopes for us. So, like a dear preacher friend once said, “Instead of worrying so much about breaking God’s Laws, as his Children, we need to think more and regret more breaking God’s…our Father’s…heart.”

But the next part of Andrew’s song title, reminds us that “God doesn’t disappoint us!” But, someone quickly says, “Well, I prayed for…and it didn’t happen, and I was certainly disappointed!” And we’ve all experienced that feeling of disappointment. But, so often we realize later that His answer…or lack of it…was for our own good. God answers prayers in several ways: ‘Yes!’, ‘No!’, ‘Wait!’, and ‘I’ve got a better idea!’ But, to His Children He is not a disappointment. “All things work together for good to those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose!” (Romans 8:28) And, that includes providing forgiveness and love to us when we ‘break His heart’ and are sorry for it.

Farewell To A Local Icon: The Closing Of The Dunraven

Dear Community of Estes Park, With a very heavy heart, I must share news that will undoubtedly resonate deeply within our commu nity. My wife Cindy and I have had to make the very difficult decision to close our iconic establish ment that has been a cor nerstone of the Estes Park culinary landscape, The Dunraven.

For many, The Dunraven has been more than just a restaurant; it has been a gathering place, a source of many cherished memories, and a symbol of our town’s character. Its warm ambiance, delicious cuisine, and most importantly its welcoming staff have made it a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

Over the last several years, I have struggled to find passion for something I once loved. The numerous challenges that the town has faced with COVID, fires and floods has affected me deeply. On March 11, 2023, I chose to place myself into residential rehabilitation for alcohol and drug abuse. During my time, I learned many things about myself and the biggest realization was the damage that the Dunraven was placing on me emotionally and physically. Therefore, I made it my goal to part from Dunraven in 2024. Unfortunately, this happened earlier than expected. My goal now is to focus on myself, my beautiful wife and my three amazing daughters. I plan to obtain my alcohol and drug counseling certifications, and look forward to this new chapter in our lives.

I must also admit that we have been faced with the unfortunate reality that the economic challenges of recent times have taken their toll. Like many small

businesses in our town, and around the nation, The Dunraven has struggled to weather the storms of uncertainty, rising cost, and shifting consumer habits.

As you bid farewell to this cherished establishment, please take a moment to reflect on the countless moments of joy, celebration, tradition and camaraderie it has provided over the years. We would also like to express our gratitude to the pureness of the dedicated individuals who poured their passion and hard work into making The Dunraven a cherished part of our community over its many years. While the closure of The Dunraven marks the end of an era, let it also serve as a reminder of the importance of supporting our local businesses. In these challenging times, it is more vital than ever that we rally together to ensure the vibrancy and resilience of our town’s economy.

We ask that you please carry forward The Dunraven’s spirit of hospitality, community, and resilience. Though its physical presence may fade, the memories and connections forged within its walls will endure in all of our hearts for many years to come. We hope that it will continue to be a cherished part of our town’s story, and a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Thank you for the support that you have provided Dunraven through its 40 plus years. Never forget your family gettogethers and traditions that you have shared with us over this time. We will remember them always.


Peak To Peak Concert Series Presents Estes Valley Student Recitals

The Peak to Peak Concert Series spotlights musicians living in the Estes Valley. The Student Recitals concert this Saturday, March 16th features students of music teachers Annaka Hogelin, Denise Stookesberry, Rachel Wilke, and Melinda Workman. Students of many age groups and ability levels from beginner through advanced will be represented. They will be performing vocal, piano and flute pieces. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail Drive. A reception follows the concert to meet and greet the musicians. The recital will feature 25 students representing four teachers in Estes. Annaka Hogelin’s piano students are Zoe Horak, Gemma Kraft, Mary Maley, Gwen Pawson, Marlen Rojas, Casey Schmitt, Lin-

nea Schmitt, and Luna Youtz. Natalie Workman and Lela Fortini, vocal students of Denise Stookesberry, will perform. Rachel Wilke’s piano students are Grace Bergman, Isaiah Hoskins, Ellie Kostadinov, Lillian Layton, and Tobin Plummer. Melinda Workman’s students performing on piano include Maya Branewie, Lucy Franklin, Sam Franklin, Zelie Franklin, Aspyn Hartzog, Hadley Hartzog, Weston Hartzog, Ariel Kosch, Hera Wharton, and Natalie Workman. Amelia Watry will perform on both flute and piano. Please join us to enjoy an afternoon concert and support these fine musicians!

The Peak to Peak Concert series is sponsored by the Oratorio Society. Concerts are free, but donations are encouraged.

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Bank Of Estes Park Among Strongest Banks In The Nation

With many banks still reeling from the bank liquidity crisis from last year, and with the looming crisis in commercial real estate now beginning to impact banks across the state and the nation, Bank of Estes Park is proud to announce that it continues to be independently rated by Bauer Financial as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country.

In addition to the kinds of things that are reviewed for such a ranking, Bank of

munity—it’s our primary reason for existing at all! But the biggest difference, put simply, is the word “local.” We are not like the other banks in town, which are as local as an Estes Park Walmart might be—local location, and some local employees, but ultimately just a remote branch (or wholly owned subsidiary) of a large, distant, out of state, corporate “mothership.” Bank of Estes Park (and our holding company) is different—we were founded right here in

Estes Park is remarkably unique and different from the vast majority of banks across the nation, who have had to sell investments at a loss, borrow liquidity for the short- or even long-term, access relief programs put in place by the Fed, purchase brokered CD’s and/or other liquidity instruments, and curtail lending activities, all due to their limited liquidity, paying the price now for poor management decisions over the years. To the contrary, throughout the banking/liquidity crisis that began a year ago, Bank of Estes Park has maintained 40% “organic” (based on long-term, local deposits) liquidity, has remained well capitalized, and has continued to significantly grow its loan portfolio. Further, we do not have exposure to the types of commercial real estate loans that are now beginning to impact most banks across the state and the nation. This particular combination of positive factors is only true for a very small handful of banks, firmly placing Bank of Estes Park as one of the strongest banks in the country despite our small size. What is our secret sauce—what makes us so different from other banks? We stick to strong, long-term, fundamental management principles, even when our competition doesn’t. We place extreme focus on serving our clients and com-

Estes Park nearly six decades ago, so when you bank here your deposits stay here, funding loans that are made here, resulting in profits that stay here—increasing the economic prosperity of the entire community to the degree that only a truly local bank can. When we say that we support non-profits and invest in our community, we are talking about our (and your!) hometown of Estes Park—the same local non-profits and community that you care about and support too! That is the power of “local,” and there is no substitute for it (for our fellow economic nerds, this is due to the high “velocity of money” and “money multiplier” that result from the presence of a truly local bank in town).

So, whether you are looking for an unbeatable rate as you buy or refinance your home, a business, or commercial real estate; or even if you are just looking for a bank that charges you less and pays you more for your banking relationship, we hope you will come in and experience what “truly local” could mean for you. And, when you bank with us, you can rest assured that you are banking with one of the strongest banks in the country—the only truly local bank in town, small but mighty, Bank of Estes Park.

Chess Club Meets At Community Center Thursday Afternoons

The Chess Club is still here and still going strong! Nearly every week we have six to eight guys playing (three to four boards at a time). Most are pretty good players but beginners or learners are always welcome!

So drop in and join us, any Thursday afternoon in the lower level of the local Rec Center at 3:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome, just stop in and introduce yourself. No dues are required

though our meeting facilities are not totally free – just ask at the front desk and they will help. Many of us are older and get benefits from Silver Sneakers, although that is not a requirement either.

If you have an interest you may contact us via phone – John Gintert at (720) 217-6677 or Michael Sisk at (970) 227-5232.

Come on down and join us, new friends are always welcome!

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Mar 18 – 22

Monday, Mar 18 Corned Beef & Cabbage

Tuesday, Mar 19 BBQ Pork Ribs (4) w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw

Wednesday, Mar 20 Texas Cheesesteak (roast beef w/ onions, mushrooms & cheddar cheese on TX toast) w/ Pasta Salad

Thursday, Mar 21 Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Mar 22 Salmon (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup of the day

Mar 25 – 29

Monday, Mar 25 Chicken Cordon Bleu w/ Roasted Potatoes & vegetables

Tuesday, Mar 26 Shephard’s Pie (mashed potatoes, beef, gravy & vegetables) w/ Homemade Biscuit

Wednesday, Mar 27 Swiss Mushroom Burger w/ Potato Salad

Thursday, Mar 28 Chicken Primavera w/ Pasta, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Mar 29 Shrimp Basket (8 fried) w/ Homemade Chips & soup of the day

Meals are $7 for current 2024 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. 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 18th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Mar 15th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

The Center is OPEN Monday thru Friday 10 – 1

TriFit M-W-F 10:30-11:15 AM; Circuit Balance Class Mondays 1-1:45 PM

Fluid Movement & Balance Class Tuesdays 10:30-11:15 AM

Yoga Thursdays 10:15-11:15 AM

Mahjong Tuesdays 10 – 2; Board Games 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 11:30-1:30

Live Music & Presentations Tuesday @ 12:00 – 1:30 (TBA)

Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & Every Thursday 12:30 - 4 PM

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New Mural At Estes Park Health Brings Colorado Splendor Inside

When you think of healing, life-affirming colors, you think of rich greens and beautiful blue hues. That’s what muralist Michael Young thought when he looked at a plain wall on the second floor waiting room of Estes Park Health and dreamed of something more, something beautiful.

“A hospital is just like banks and pharmacies,” Young noted. “They’re all brown, which is fine. That’s what you have to do for a business. But I walked in

Mica Bertucci 10th Grade

Congratulations to Mica Bertucci, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for Friday, March 15, 2024.

Mica is the daughter of Jason Cushner and Sarah Bertucci.

At EPHS she is on the volleyball team, a member of the Superintendent’s Council, Student Council and Concert Choir. Her favorite class is AP Human Geography with Mrs. Weaver. She maintains a 4.1 GPA. She’s in her sophomore year and has already taken two college courses (Statistics 101 and American Sign Language), and she is currently taking Calculus. Mica mentors/tutors a third grader in Sign Language (ASL) once a week. Last year, she was a student participant in the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) conference, the only one attending from Estes Park. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking and backpacking. She said, “I went on my first overnight backpacking trip when I was two years old, with my dad. I think we hiked a total of a half mile because I kept stopping to throw rocks in the creek or look at the plants or ask for candy. I first attempted to climb Longs Peak when I was seven years old. I trained all summer by doing longer and higher hikes each weekend, but I had

and the first thing I noticed was there were no light greens or blues. We live where God created the greatest scenery, so I just like to bring it in. You need something to bring up the spirits.”

Estes Park Health loved Young’s idea and hired him to turn two walls in the lab and diagnostic imaging waiting area into a tribute to the fauna of Colorado.

“Aspen trees take you from the ground and they move you up,” Young said. “You have to have greenery and blue


Donna McCleary works right across the waiting room from the mural project. She’s been with Estes Park Health for 21 years. She loves the idea of public artwork.

“Oh, it is amazing how he does things,” McCleary remarked “He starts off with just a white background and it slowly comes together. It’s going to be remarkable once it’s done. He’s done quite a few murals in town. We are very lucky to have it done here. And you know, that’s part of Colorado is the aspen trees, the

meticulously painted 135 trees and 148 flowers.

“When people I don’t know walk by and say it looks wonderful, it’s like, ‘I’m doing something right,’” he said. “I just love to paint.”

Art has been used in hospitals since the 14th century. The integration of art into a healthcare facility not only provides a restorative and pleasant environment, but also reduces stress and provides opportunities for a positive mental escape in a clinical setting.

Young’s 27 painting sessions over a month’s time resulted in “Aspen Splendor.” The mural is replete with beautiful details, including some fun hidden Easter eggs for visitors to find, like a moose and an alien.

At Estes Park Health, we practice the art of medicine and embrace the power of healing.

To watch a video about the painting of the mural, go to

Michael Young’s other murals

You can find Michael Young’s other murals at the following locations:

• Redrum Tattoos

• Mocha Angelo’s Simply Christmas (3)

columbines. Very Estes Park.”

McCleary said patients will appreciate the beautiful addition.

• Poppy’s

“I think they’re going to love it,” she added. “It’s something that’s soothing and it’s very peaceful.”

As a professional freelance muralist, Young has already created 29 murals in 23 locations. He felt drawn to create an original piece for Estes Park Health. He credits EPH with helping him with two hernia surgeries, treatment for a broken wrist, and an emergency heart problem that earned him a helicopter ride from the ER to another hospital where he had an eight-hour surgery.

to turn around at the trough (only a couple hundred feet from the summit) because I was feeling sick from altitude.” Mica likes to read and eat avocado toast and she works as a barista at Coffee on the Rocks. She has a younger brother, Joseph, who is in seventh grade.

A place she’d love to visit is the Italian coast, driving in a convertible. She’d like to go there because it is so beautiful, and she is sure the food is amazing. (Also, she is 1/8th Italian).

Mica’s favorite quote is “Don’t kill it, don’t kill it, we are vegan!” About a spider.

The best piece of advice she’s ever received is “Living is the art of getting used to what we didn’t expect.”

After high school, she plans on going to college and hopefully being able to study abroad.

“The staff here is just incredible,” he stressed. “They’re all good people. You never know when you’re going to need a hospital, but when you do, this place is right here.”

Young followed his design and spent

his evenings creating his vision. One of the walls features 82 columbines, representing the year he graduated from Columbine High School. Overall, he

• Estes Valley Library children’s section

• Bart’s Liquor (4)

• Rocky Mountain Pharmacy (2)

• Bank of Colorado

• Sugar Shack

• Riverwalk electrical box behind Mama Rose’s

• Bond Park electrical box that looks like a cabin

• Raven’s Roast Coffee

• Christian Church of Estes Park

• Estes Park Museum

• Rail Museum in Golden

• Cliffhanger Books (2)

• KOA Campgrounds

• Ice boxes at Ferncliff Food and Fuel

• Quality Inn

• Faux woodwork in the Macgregor Dining Room at the Stanley Hotel

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As a professional freelance muralist, Young has already created 29 murals in 23 locations. Michael Young completed his mural for Estes Park Health on March 1, 2024. Photos by Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Health Young’s 27 painting sessions over a month’s time resulted in “Aspen Splendor.” The mural is replete with beautiful details, including some fun hidden Easter eggs for visitors to find, like a moose and an alien. Friday, March 15, 2024 « 25 Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park Office: 970-586-5324 TBD Marys Lake Rd $349,000 Call Javier or Maria $949,000 Call Kirk or Bianca $1,225,000 Call Kirk or Bianca $699,000 Call Kirk or Bianca 2 Parcels & Vacant Parcel is Buildable New On The Market! Kirk Fisher Broker Owner CRS, CMAS, CLHMS 970-586-1000 Javier Gomez Broker, CRS, CMAS 970-213-8692 Bianca Bismark Broker 970-586-1000 Maria Gomez Broker 970-213-9479 Renee Hodgden Broker, SRES, ABR 970-232-6231 Dave Kiser Broker 970-231-2989 Dave Lasota Broker 970-412-7283 Kim Lemirande Broker, SRS, CMAS, GRI 970-481-1880 Carla SprengWebb Broker 480-695-9293 Cindy Miller Broker, ASP, ABR, CDPE 970-888-1654 Ryan Leahy Broker 970-556-0205 Elizabeth Lanning Broker 719-985-1016 950 Big Thompson Ave #1162 $330,000 Call Javier or Maria Impressive Workshop Price Reduced 4 Units 1301 Strong Avenue $948,000 Call Dave Kiser 2619 Wildwood $700,000 • 3 bed, 2 bath on approx. .5 acre • Newly remodeled • Quiet neighborhood Call Javier or Maria 2222 Hwy 66 Unit 13 $760,000 Call Javier or Maria Under Contract

Out of more than 46,000 clubs worldwide, the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club recently achieved a remarkable charitable milestone that distinguishes them above most – a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.

This exceptional accomplishment signifies that all 46 members of the Club have been credited with a donation of $1,000 or more to become a Paul Harris Fellow, a society of The Rotary Foundation, which serves as the charitable arm of Rotary International.

Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International in Chicago in 1905 along with three other individuals. Today, Rotary boasts an international membership of more than 1.4 million men and women, each of whom is guided by the

principle of “Service Above Self.”

In celebration of this charitable milestone, Andy Smallwood, former RI Director for 2012-2014 from Houston, will represent Rotary International. Steve Sehnert from Steamboat Spring will represent the Rotary District 5440. Both will present a special recognition banner to the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club at their regular breakfast meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at the American Legion Post 119.

The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is well-known for hosting the Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival as well as the Autumn Gold Festival featuring Beers, Brats & Bands each September. Funds raised from both of these activities are reinvested in the community to support local students, nonprofits, and various community activities.

The Club meets each Tuesday for breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. at the American Legion Post 119. For those interested in discovering more about the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, check out their website at

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Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Achieves Charitable Milestone Mike Richardson Broker/Owner GRI, CNE, ABR, NAR Green Designation (970) 215-2722 Mindy Stone Broker Associate CMAS (970) 449-2645 Aaron Busche Broker Associate CMAS, SRS, ABR, CNE (970) 470-9962 • 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms • Separate living lower level • 1 acre with mature pines • Walk into Rocky Mountain National Park Won't last long at $882,500! 2645 Cumulus Drive • Riverfront living, grab your fly rod & kayak! • 2 bedrooms / 1.5 baths • 7.4 acres, hike on your own property • Nicely updated Call for your private tour today, $675,000 2117 West Highway 34 • Horse property on 2.74 acres • Separate studio building • 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms • Custom built home Rocky Mountain Retreat for just $675,000 8465 Highway 7 • 3 bedrooms / 2.5 baths • 2400 SF • 1.33 acres • Sweeping views of the Continental Divide Call Mike today for a tour. $779,000 1805 Windcliff Drive New Listing New Listing Under Contract in 2 Days! 970.586.2950 170 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park, CO 80517 Abbey Pontius Broker Eric Blackhurst Broker Associate Bruce Chalmers Broker Associate 405 MOCCASIN CIRCLE MOUNTAINSIDE HIDEAWAY $725,000 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ENHANCING BUSINESS IMAGE $142,500 2625 MARYS LAKE RD S2 INVESTMENT OR FULL TIME LIVING $799,000 Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. outside of the Lula W. Dorsey Museum. All are welcome - this event is free to the public! Easter Egg Hunt At The YMCA Of The Rockies

As a child, I was always frustrated by Robert’s Rules. However, once my parents explained the whys and wherefores, I began to accept them as sort-of playground monitor for grownups. Today, I am almost comfortable using them. However, today’s world is a labyrinth of other protocols – some useful and some intolerable.

All representation, and government in particular, is an intricate science, perhaps even an art. A good representative to any form of governance is the individual who absorbs the offerings of his or her compatriots: fellow officials, constituents, experts, and interested bystanders evaluates these morsels, weighs them against self-determined inclinations and the needs of those in the community who did not venture an opinion and then renders a decision. That verdict sometimes agrees and sometimes disagrees with those that spoke the loudest,

While we all like to know all that is happening, sometimes privacy laws forbid elected officials to share everything they must know in order to make responsible decisions. Despite our desire for transparency, there are laws, and protocols, about what officials can and cannot say. The easy examples, but not the only case, are contract negotiations, which could be damaged by disclosure, and personnel confidentiality, which is often left to the discretion of the individual concerned. That is why we have Executive Sessions. Occasionally circumstances decree that we must trust those we have chosen to represent us.

If I think I can do better, I must volunteer to fill the seat I criticize, place myself at the point of constant critique and, if successful, subject myself to the pursuant and necessary level of speech restraint while attempting to do my best for the community. Personally, I do not want to run for office and I am quite thankful for those willing to do it for me.

Also in the interest of transparency, The Colorado Sunshine Law requires public disclosure of all government meetings and records. This means that more than two members of any public body cannot attend the same community event without pre-disclosure to the public. So, if your organization invites the Town Trustees to an event and only two come – be understanding.

Sometimes, it appears that “everyone” says the same thing, but those speaking may not always be aware of all the points to be considered, or may, in fact, be a small segment of the community. And there may be extenuating circumstances

that have been overlooked. All too often the public is swayed by a magnetic argument that does not include the finer points of the question. It is the job of the public servant to collect all information available before rendering a decision.

For example: There has been considerable talk about defining a decibel level to control the question of what is “reasonable” noise. Many have championed using the 55-decibel level that the state of Colorado uses. However, their suggestion omits the inclusion of the State exemptions, notably for construction and for concerts among other pre-ordained options. While a decibel level (which we had before) could (or could not) be warranted, 55-decibels without the exemptions would open a can of worms destroying many parts of the Estes atmosphere – or maybe not, considering the protocol of grandfathering.

I am not promoting one side or the other here. Merely pointing out the conflicting needs of the community and the difficulty inherent in governing.

When no one can remember the reasoning behind long standing protocols, it often results in many feeling disenfranchised and powerless – which causes a lack of participation (including voting) which enables an archaic system that accomplishes nothing. The only answer to that circumstance is for each of us to vote, to participate, to pay attention and to make our voices heard. That is the essence of democracy. You cannot be considered if you do not speak.

Protocol has many definitions, those chosen here are from Merriam-Webster:

a) a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette and precedence, b) usage or custom; c) rule of conduct or behavior; and d) an established practice.

There are good reasons for protocols, aiding in the certainty that all are treated equally. Recently, there has been a lot of concern about the election boundaries, particularly for Town elections. There are annexation protocols. Interested parties should check the requirements.

Sometimes layered, complex protocols cause more problems than they solve, resting too much power in the hands of one individual. At the national level, bills often get stuck in committee. The Colorado General Assembly has conquered this trend. Some time ago, they voted that all bills must proceed in a timely manner. If a protocol works great! If it doesn’t – fix it!

Agree? Disagree? Comments?

Barbara MacAlpine For Mayor

As most of us know, having experience in a job usually leads to superior performance on the job. Barbara MacAlpine has four years experience as a Trustee on the Estes Park Town Board. This experience will give her great insight into how the Town works and how to get things done. Her work as liaison to the Plan-

ning Commission and to the Board of Adjustment will be especially useful in navigating town administration intricacies. We applaud her support of a climate action plan. We support Barbara MacAlpine for Mayor of Estes Park.

Don & Barbara Sellers

Estes Park Friday, March 15, 2024 « 27 Each Office is Independently Owned and Scott Thompson 970-590-9941 Office: 970-480-7820 320 E Elkhorn Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517 OPEN HOUSE Sunday, March 17 11am-1pm Hosted by Chris Davis • Gorgeous Condo • Furnishings Included • 3 bed/4 bath • Upper/Lower Decks • Hot Tub 2758 Kiowa Trail $985,000 Dream Team Making dreams come true for over 20 years! 147 Willowstone Drive $785,000 Transferable Short-Term Rental Permit Under Contract In 1 Week!

Sampson, Peaches, Max, Charlie Brown & Sweetie Pie Seeking New, Loving Families

Sampson is 107 pounds of sweetness. This guy loves people, is good with other dogs (but not cats). He is a Great Pyrenees mix and about six years old. He is a gorgeous boy.

Peaches is a special female puppy that is about five months old. She weighs about eight pounds, is a sweetheart and very lovable.

Max is about six years old. He was in a rural shelter for over a year. While he was there this guy was pretty neglected and he is now loving the TLC he gets from his foster family. They say he is an easy boy to have around and he is good with other dogs. Max is a big guy at 90 pounds and would benefit from losing some weight. He currently does one zoomie when he is really happy and excited. He would be a great couch potato friend.

Charlie Brown is a sweet nine month old male mix who weighs about 40 pounds. He loves other dogs and is hoping you want to meet him and see what a cutie pie he is with his adorable underbite. He is crate trained and very gentle to walk on a leash.

Sweetie Pie is about 13 years old. He will probably do best as an only child as he doesn't really seem to like other cats

or dogs. He has been through a lot but he’s finally settling in. He likes catnip, lounging in sunny spots and begging for treats. Sweetie Pie is declawed.

Please call (970) 286-1652 if you’d like to meet or foster any of these special pets.

All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517.

For more information about the Pet Association, please visit

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– $798,000
140 Willowstone
1884 Stonegate Drive
Each Office is Independently Owned and Scott Thompson 970-590-9941 Office: 970-480-7820 320 E Elkhorn Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517 Features include: • 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath • Completed in 2019 • Downtown Riverwalk Condo • STR License 356 E. Elkhorn Avenue, #9 $650,000
$1,695,000 NEW
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Bank Of Estes Park Supports Fine Arts Guild Of The Rockies

Bank of Estes Park is proud to support the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies. Its mission is to celebrate the arts through music, theater, visual arts and youth programs (since 1958!) in Estes Park. For more information on its mission, history, upcoming events, or on how to financially support them, please go to, or email them at

As the only truly local bank in town, Bank of Estes Park considers it an honor and a privilege to support this worthy cause in our hometown community, and encourages our neighbors to join us in this support if you are able to.

Partners Extends Thanks For Elevate Partners Fundraising Dinner

Partners would like to thank all our guests and donors for their support during our Elevate Partners Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, March 7 at Mama Rose's Restaurant. All donations from this fundraiser and any post event donations we may receive will be used to support our Estes Park office and our programing in the Estes Valley.

We had wonderful energy in the room, great guests, inspiring speakers, and delicious food and beverages provided by Rob and Julie Pieper and their wonderful staff at Mama Rose's Restaurant.

Special thanks for:

In-Kind donations from: Rob and Julie Pieper and their amazing staff at Mama Rose's for the wonderful dinners, beverages and service.

Mark Igel and staff at The Original Taffy Shop for 100 taffy packets for our table favors.

Aaron Smith of Estes Park Rent-All for use of their sound system.

Thanks to our wonderful speakers: Heather Vesgaard, Partners Executive


Dan and Sara Barwinski for sharing their mentoring experiences.

David Finkelstein, Bank of Colorado and BOD Chairperson for Partners.

Thanks also go out to our volunteers and staff who helped with set-up, checking-in guests, clean-up and documenting donations received. Thank you

Vanessa Lewis, Karlie DeBerad, Heather and Matt Vesgaard, Amanda Fulton, DeeDee Baze, Clay Schwartzkopf, Laura Trump, David Trump, Kathy Granas, Tony Hartwell and Tristan, Marty Grosjean and Damian and Mike from Mama Rose's.

If you were unable to attend the event and would still like to make a donation, you can send a check to Partners, 600 S. Saint Vrain Ave., Unit 2, Estes Park, CO 80517 and write “Elevate Partners” in the memo line. Or you can donate online at, click on Event Donation in drop down box, and write “Elevate Partners” in the notes section. Friday, March 15, 2024 « 29 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park Javier Gomez Broker 970 213-8692 Maria Gomez Broker 970 213-9479 THE GOMEZ TEAM Mountain Brokers 2619 Wildwood Dr. $700,000 2222 Hwy 66 Unit 13 $760,000 950 Big Thompson Ave #1162 $330,000 UNDER CONTRACT 0 Marys Lake Rd $349,000 NEW LISTING 970-646-6555 523 Saint Vrain Lane, Estes Park Breeyan Edwards $175,000 151 CURRY DRIVE
Tim Phillips and Kathy Littlejohn, Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies, Scott Applegate, President & CEO, Bank of Estes Park.

Focus On Open Government

An issue in this election cycle has been the Town Board’s lack of “transparency” or communication with the newspapers and the public. If I’m elected as your mayor, I will meet often with our local newspapers, I will meet directly with organizations and our businesses, and I will hold open office hours weekly to talk with members of the public. Communication is a major priority for me, and I have published a series of articles to keep everyone informed (see

However, whether someone works for the Police Department or the Parks Division, town employees have a right to know that their personnel files will be confidential to a reasonable extent. Personnel evaluations may be discussed by the Town Board in executive sessions involving the Town Administrator, who is responsible for supervision of town staff, and the Town Attorney. It is unusual to share specific feedback from an evaluation publicly. In the case of the former Police Chief, there was the possibility of his taking legal action against the town on the basis of age discrimination. While this was not threatened, to the best of my knowledge, it was still a potential factor to be considered. As a Town Board member, one of my roles relates to fiscal responsibility. I think the town’s budget is better spent paying part of a year’s salary to an employee who is leaving under unusual circumstances rather than a much larger sum for a legal challenge.

I can’t speak for the rest of the Town Board about why they didn’t communicate more about issues within the Police Department. Our only statement as a group, which was uniformly positive, was to support our police rather than considering an offer from the Larimer County Sheriff to provide policing from the county rather than locally. Those of you who attended or watched the Town Board meeting on February 27th saw each of us express that support.

I have always advocated for open government and the public’s right to know. You may have read some of the many criticisms of the Town Board regarding potential development on Peak View Drive and the fact that we were not responding to some questions or concerns. While we explained that legally we could not address the issue outside of a public meeting, our actions were labeled a lack of transparency. When we had the opportunity to speak—and vote--at a Town Board meeting, I think it was apparent that the public had been heard.

I understand your occasional frustration and certainly your right to ask questions. Please keep them coming. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll try to get it. My Town Board email address is .

Sunrise Rotary Invites Charitable Organizations To Apply For Funding

The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary (EVSR) invites proposals from charitable organi zations, in the Estes Valley, for grants to support programs and projects that ben efit the Estes Valley community.

To apply for funding, go to and locate the 2024 Community Grants application. Please print and fill out the application and then email the completed application, and all required backup documents, to no later than March 31, 2024. You will be notified in May if you are a grant recipient.

Free Tax Preparation Service At The Estes Valley Library

Now through April 13, volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program are once again offering free income tax preparation with electronic filing of federal and Colorado returns. Appointments can be made through the Library in person or by calling 970586-8116 or by visiting

Some restrictions apply, such as no residential rental property income or out of state returns. Filing your Colorado return is the way to claim your TABOR sales tax refund of $800 for full-year CO residents aged 18 and above.



Is Ill-Conceived, Decisive, Senseless And Overly Onerous

To The Editor:

In February 2000, an all new Development Code was adopted based on the goals of the 1996 Estes Valley Comprehensive Plan for future development in the community. The new Code and zoning map were drastically different with additional new residential zoning districts added, minimum lot size changes, tourist zoning districts eliminated, changes in previously allowed uses, different building setbacks and public service requirements. Property owners complained their property rights were infringed, myself included! Fast forward 24 years, those same property owners now benefit from both the new and redevelopment in the community which provided additional housing opportunities, employment, recreational, and commercial services for workers and retirees alike, attracting many newcomers to the community. Over the years, all property values soared as a result of this expansion and improvements and Estes Park became an even more desirable place to live and visit as a result of this master planning and development decisions made by various Estes Park Trustee Boards.

The community is again at a crossroads. With an updated comprehensive plan, Estes Forward 2022 lays out a future vision for much needed new and redevelopment to provide additional housing opportunities, employment, recreational, and commercial services in the community. The current Estes Park Development Code is being revised to provide an orderly process for that development in the various zoning districts. Public comments, concerns and input will remain a vital part of that process.

Citizens have always been invited to have a voice and participate in the Development Code revisions.

A recent residential re-zoning proposal was presented to the Estes Park Trustees for consideration, which triggered an overwhelming outcry from the sur-

rounding neighborhood, which organized a vigilance committee, “Preserve Estes Park,” opposing the proposal on the grounds that it infringed their property rights. The Trustees denied the proposal largely based on the applicant not proving a change in conditions in the area to justify a re-zoning at this time. Disgruntled yet with the Trustees decision and the planning review process, this same vigilance committee, is now asking Estes Park voters to consider Ordinance 01-24, a convoluted proposal intended to radically encumber any future development throughout all of Estes Park. The proposed Ordinance would require any applications for text or offical zoning map amendments (rezoning), new Planned Unit Developments, Special Review Uses, Variances, and new Subdivisions to first obtain written approval from 60% of the property owners of parcels within 500 feet of the property specified in the application before the applicant can even discuss the proposal with the Town Planning Staff, any Town Reviewing Boards, or private party.

Frankly, the proposed Ordinance is illconceived, devisive, senseless and overly onerous. It presumes that all neighbohoods would support the Ordinance. The Ordinance doesn't state the criteria for evaluating an application, doesn't state a purpose, doesn't address any specific concerns and issues that its intents to resolve, doesn't state how it will be administered or by whom, doesn't state any voting time frame, thus making it impossible to judge the merit of the Ordinance. It's nothing more than an overreaching attempt by a few people to place control of all public policy in the hands of the unelected.

Don't be duped by the proponents of this Ordinance that it protects neighborhood property rights, somebody rights will be deprived, most likely the other 40% and/or the applicant’s.

Hey Local Voters!

To The Editor:

I was asked by a couple candidates to submit a recommendation for the upcoming election which is pretty flattering as I don't fancy myself as being an influencer and the field is full of great candidates. So if you didn't make this list...don't sweat it! I see where every candidate has a valuable set of skills and experiences that can be applied to these positions. What matters the most to me is that everyone that has the privilege and right to vote in this election gets out there and exercises said privilege and right. You're a lucky few. Okay...the moment you've all been anxiously awaiting!

The greatly anticipated-Nick's Picks: Frank Theis-love or hate...he knows the ropes and loves his community. Frank Landcaster-cause duh! Bruce Darbypragmatic, horizon vision, tuned into the families. Mark Igel-solid member of the business community, tuned into the first responders. Gary Hall on the Mayor ballot-I'd just like to see and artist in the mix and the WILD CARD.....write in Patrick Martchink (gotta spell it correctly) MARTY FOR MAYOR!


Nick Smith, Model American

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Barbara MacAlpine

Voting No On Ordinance 01-24

To The Editor:

History repeats itself. The date was April 7, 1998. Many of our current residents were not here then. Another flawed citizens’ initiative on the ballot was to limit the growth in Estes Park to 1% annually. 1,707 votes were cast and the measure was defeated by 75% of the electorate. Estes Park voters clearly recognized a flawed concept when they saw it.

Now we have Ordinance 01-24, another flawed initiative, which seeks to put property owners in a position to control zoning amendments, maps, text in the development code, variances, and planned unit development applications prior to the submission to a reviewing Board, body or individual. This is in accordance with sections 3.3.A.1-3, or 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9 of the Development Code (do you really know what those mean?). Those are not the only sections of the

Development Code that are placed in the ordinance we are being asked to approve.

As Mayor pro tem Marie Cenac wrote in her February 23rd letter, state statute clearly places the responsibility with the Town Board to approve or disapprove changes in zoning, code amendments, additions, and changes. It is up to the elected officials to make those decisions.

How then does that work with property owners deciding what is in the best interest of the Town? How long will the decision process take? Do second property owners who live out of state get to vote? Who decides?

Once again, citizens are being asked to vote on an initiative that is vague, convoluted and, most likely violates state statute.

Vote NO on Ordinance 01-24.

In Support Of Barbara MacAlpine

To The Editor:

My husband and I cheered when Barbara told us she was running for mayor of Estes Park. We are neighbors and have known her for more than a decade. I have pulled invasives with Barbara and her husband and have appreciated all the work she did as Treasurer of our HOA. She listened to issues and offered quiet solutions without letting things fester. Everything was handled with dignity and professionalism.

Barbara has performed the same way as a Trustee of Estes Park. She listens intently, considers problems, and deliberately looks for practical steps toward so-

lutions. She helped move the Town forward on workforce housing but knows there is more work to do. She is eager to continue her work on the development code and strategic plan objectives, all with an eye toward keeping our community economically vibrant but also respectful of the natural environment that must be preserved for visitors and residents alike.

My husband and I appreciate the balanced vision and wisdom she brings to the table. We know her sound judgment would serve us well as Mayor of Estes Park.

Celeste & Brian Fraser

My Thoughts On 1% Sales Tax Renewal

To The Editor:

I am writing in support of the extension of the current Estes Park 1% sales tax. It is critical that residents vote to extend this tax at the municipal election to be held on April 2nd. This tax has been in effect for ten years and, therefore, approval of the extension will not increase taxes. Funding is needed for the following: Street Maintenance, Trail maintenance and Expansion, Stormwater Infrastructure Expansion, Wildfire Mitigation, and Powerline Wildfire Mitigation.

Existing paths along Highway 34 and Highway 7 for walking and biking are in need of reconstruction as they have been in disrepair for many years. In addition, we need to continue to expand trails in accordance with the Master Plan so that the Estes Valley is fully connected. For example, it is possible to take a protected path from the points east to get to East

Elkhorn but there is no connected and protected bike route through town or around town to get to either Moraine Avenue or the Fall River Trail.

Street repair and maintenance is an ongoing need and will not be adequate without continuing funding from the sales tax.

Wildfire is a continuing and future threat to the Estes Valley. We have already experienced recent wildfires and the continuing and projected increase in temperatures and dryness will increase the threat. We need continuing mitigation to protect our future. The Estes Valley Fire Protection District is at high risk for large, high-severity wildfires due to dense forest conditions, dry and hot weather, and strong, gusty winds. Increasing drought and warming temperatures exacerbate wildfire risk in the area.

Voting MacAlpine For Mayor

To The Editor:

I have been observing Barbara MacAlpine during her four year tenure as a Town Board Trustee. I have been impressed with her ability to comprehend many complex issues and express a thoughtful and often persuasive opin-

Supporting Mark Igel For Town Trustee

To The Editor:

Mark Igel is our choice for the Estes Park Town Council. We hope you will consider voting for a strong, hard working business owner that will honestly represent all Estes Park residents. As long time business owners and residents (over 40 years), we have faced COVID (which has hurt everyone) along with construction (which really hurts) and

paid parking etc., etc. Mark is a diligent listener, a thinker who doesn't make quick decisions, and a person who has a realization of what will make the town a better place for everyone! We are confident that all of us will benefit from his leadership.

Randy & Karen Martin

Plum Creek Shoe Station & Moose Creek Western

Appreciation For Estes Park Computer & Technology

To The Editor:

Sue Yowell and Kathy Granas at the Estes Park Learning Place wish to share our appreciation to Dan Wiedow at Estes Park Computer & Technology.

Dan was able to expertly bring our two GED testing laptops up to speed. We were impressed by Dan's professional

knowledge and his generous respect for our non-profit status. The Estes Park Learning Place has given over 160 GED exams to local GED candidates during the past seven years.

Thanks to Dan Wiedow, we are now able to efficiently continue to offer this service to the Estes Valley community.

Gary Hall For Mayor Estes Park

Dear Editor,

It is good to see so many people who have a concern for the welfare of the Estes Park community.

I have known Gary Hall for close to 20 years and I believe he would be a very good choice for the position of Mayor. My experience with Gary leads me to the conclusion that he has the energy, concern and experience to handle the many needs of the office.

In his former career, as CIO of Estes Park Health, Gary was a team player and developed strong friendships with the people he worked with. Decision-mak-

ing came with the job. He, especially, has the technical skills to lead the town in the face of an emergency.

Many decisions are normal with little or no dispute in behalf of the unanimous welfare of the Town.

However, there are issues that become contentious. Gary, above all, has the temperament and ability to listen to all sides and the diplomacy, work and dedication to resolve issues with respect to various views.

His interest, dedication and energy would benefit Estes Park.

Respectfully submitted

If You Love Freedom, Vote “No” On Ordinance 01-24

To The Editor:

A group of citizens has successfully brought an initiative that could effectively kill any chance Estes Park has of building workforce housing, something we overwhelmingly voted for when we decided to fund the Estes Park Housing Authority just a little over a year ago.

My wife and I have been through the “Estes Park Struggle” to raise our kids in this town. I would like for them to have the opportunity to live in this community. Ordinance 01-24 is a serious threat to this possibility.

Furthermore, I believe approval of this ordinance would be a direct assault on our constitutional rights. How so? The First Amendment gives us all the right to petition our government for redress of our grievances. This right would be abridged if you need written permission from 60% of surrounding property owners to even submit an application for

a simple variance request to build an addition to your house.

The Fifth Amendment gives us all the right to due process. This right would be abridged if you need written permission from 60% of surrounding property owners to even submit an application for development.

The Fourteenth Amendment gives us all the right to equal protection under the law. This right would be abridged if you need written permission from 60% of surrounding property owners to even submit an application to develop your property. This is a modern-day version of red-lining.

If you want Estes Park to continue to be a viable community for your kids to live in, or if you love the United States Constitution, vote no on ordinance 0124.

ions on each of them. Considering her background and abilities, I am supporting Barbara for Mayor and urge everyone to vote for her so that she will be able to continue her valuable contribution to our future. Friday, March 15, 2024 « 31
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Blinded By The Dark

Most of us can relate to being “blinded” by the light. Driving around Estes that time of day when the visor in your car isn’t cooperating with the angle of the late afternoon sun can make driving a bit tricky, especially with all the critters standing on or around the side of the roads. Gosh, the glare of the sun through the wind shield can be so bright even sun glasses seem ineffective. So, what do I mean by, “Blinded by the Dark?”

The Men on Fire guys are of the opinion that we are in a running battle with darkness. We know this isn’t anything new since the battle of good and evil, hate and love, right and wrong isn’t a recent news flash. But it sure seems to us that there is a whole lot of darkness doin’ its level best to snuff out the light. I take rest in the assurance this will never happen.

holding on to a ham sandwich. But, it’s a fact. It’s not only a spiritual truth, it’s a universal law of nature. Let’s say we were able to corral all the darkness in the universe into your living room. If you’ve ever been in one of those big caves and the tour guide has everyone shut off their flashlights you get the picture. Pitch black, total darkness, literally “blinded” by the dark. So while we’re standing in your living room surrounded by this seemingly overwhelming blanket of darkness, we pull out a teeny tiny little match. We light it. Shazam! The light of that small match overpowers, overwhelms, and conquers the dark. That’s the power of light!

Thank You For Giving

The first chapter of the book of John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” And here it is, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” If there’s anybody reading this who could stand a tad bit of encouragement with all the stuff pressing in against you coming from this tough ol’ world, I hope you’ll receive this great news. If light offers hope, receive it!

Truth is, it takes faith to accept and receive this truth with the grip of a hobo

Men on Fire is a non-denominational and diverse bunch of guys who meet at the American Legion every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. This Saturday, we’re meeting across the street at Summit Church to help the Legion accommodate another function, and man, we’d love to have you join us. We gather to encourage each other in this battle of life we’re experiencing on our journey of faith and take some comfort knowing we’re not fighting alone. We’re focused on equipping, preparing and inspiring men to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus, Who IS the light the Apostle John was writing about.

So, regardless of where you’re at on your life or faith journey, come join us this Saturday, 8:00 a.m. at Summit Church right across the street from the American Legion. We promise you won’t be blinded by the light. But bring your sunglasses just in case. See you Saturday!

Parkinson’s Support Group Switches To Thursdays

The next meeting of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be Thursday March 21 in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. Monthly meetings will now be held on the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. All affected by this progressive neurological disease are welcome to attend to bring their own experiences, strength and hope and come together for the good of the group. Questions, comments? Call Linda Hanak at 970-443-8146.

Gary Hall’s Final Pre-Election Thoughts

Thanks again to the local media for publishing these articles during the mayor's race. My prior article was a look to the future, 2028, and how we might get there. This will be shorter, I promise.

First, a couple items from the Monday, March 11, League of Women Voters forum for the candidates for mayor, on Monday, March 11. Kathy Long and Robin Converse and their team made this forum an excellent event. If you want to watch the recording, it's on the Town's YouTube site, at Thanks to the LWV!

My Board experience in my past careers positions me very well to manage the Town Board as mayor. I know the rules and methods setup of Town Board sessions, I've got that down.

My communication and management experience positions me very well to be the

“In the most difficult time of my life you and your staff were present with me and always with a big smile.” “El momento mas dificil de mi vida estuvieron presentes y siempre con una gran sonrisa.” This was a handwritten message from a neighbor we’ve been helping through a challenging season in life.

At times, what one person needs is not exactly what the person who came in before them needed. We’re not into the cookie cutter services where one size fits all. Our staff members assess the needs of each individual with their own unique set of circumstances and decide what strategic action steps should be taken. We provide what we can and then partner with others to fortify supportive wrap around services. It’s definitely a team effort!

While in Alaska for eight winters, I was afforded the privilege of traveling into several remote villages that were off the road

free goals, even if 2030 is missed. What are the barriers, what can be done to reduce those delays?

best voice for you in Town business and as we work with other governmental agencies, private entities, and all.

My even-tempered and always learning personality has really helped me prepare for becoming mayor, as I've built a broad understanding of the issues and history of Town management. I have more to learn, and that will go on forever, but I'm in a good place on Town issues, projects, people.

One of the first forum questions was my top three priorities if I become mayor. I’d like to squeeze in one more item. As mayor, I’d replace Mayor Koenig in the mayor’s seat on the PRPA (Platte River Power Authority) committee. I feel that I’d be the best and strongest to negotiate and work with those in power at Power, and that I'd be your strongest voice to keep working to reach the committed carbon-

One of the questions at the forum was in regard to the potential for fifty additional parking spaces at the Mustang Mountain Coaster. I know that the coaster was a contentious issue a few years ago. Now, the coaster is a done deal, it is what it is. After the forum, I heard some concern about the expansion from constituents. I understand that this is private property on Larimer County land, and completely out of our city jurisdiction, so any opposition may be moot. At a minimum, it's good for the owner to be aware that there are concerns about that expansion.

Another question was in regard to removing the ordinance against marijuana dispensaries in Estes Park. I'll answer that below. But I want to turn from marijuana to our really most significant local and national problems related to psychoactive substances. The growth of behavioral health issues stemming from alcohol and opioid use has been fearsome in recent years. That is where we need to continue to see more work in prevention, treatment, and education. In my time managing security (and many other things) at the hospi-

system. You could only get there by boat, plane, or dog sled. While in the northern villages I learned some history behind the Alaska Native Blanket Toss. In the village of Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), the whale hunters would prepare their boats, spears and other supplies to secure enough whales to feed their families for the winter. Instead of rowing out to sea looking for the whales, they would spread out their seal skin blanket and gather the hunters around the circular blanket to pick it up. Once there was a sufficient number of people around the blanket, one of the hunters would be in the middle of the blanket to be tossed up into the air to give them enough vertical lift to see far out into the sea. It’s similar to a human trampoline that would catapult the hunter up to 25 feet into the air.

Once a hunter would spot the whales, he would alert the others and they would get into their boats to hunt the whales. The methods for hunting have changed over the years, but the blanket toss is still very popular among Alaska Natives.

At Crossroads, we do our own version of the blanket toss when we invite staff, volunteers, and community partners to place their hands around the proverbial blanket where the “neighbor in need” is standing in the middle. In a coordinated effort, we begin to support the neighbor by helping them soar to new heights. Once they see things at a higher level and where their future could take them, their motivation seems to increase, and they go after the very resource that will sustain them for life. Many hands make this life-changing experience possible. We can’t do this alone, so we are very appreciative of everyone that has a hand in the work we’re doing. Giving comes in all shapes and sizes, so thank you for the way you have chosen to give.

tal, I became acutely aware of the crisis in behavioral health. (Special thanks to Trustee Cindy Younglund for her dedicated work on the Larimer County Regional Opioid Abatement Council.) So, marijuana: Many people use these products to gain relief from chronic pain and other ills. I'm supportive of that usage in Colorado and elsewhere. I don't think we need dispensaries in Estes, the familyfriendly tourist town, but if it came to the board, I'd certainly consider relaxing the ordinance. These products are readily available in many Front Range and mountain towns. Users buy them and bring them to Estes; there would be sales tax value to Estes; these dispensaries are tightly regulated. If Lyons, then Estes? Perhaps. As I write this, the ballots have been mailed, and you'll receive yours soon. If elected mayor, I will not take the responsibility lightly; I never have taken my duties lightly in any position in my life. I'll bring energy, communication, positivity, and wisdom to the position, and will be your elected representative to continue to move Estes forward, while respecting the beauty and quality of our valley. Thanks for your consideration on April 2.

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Easter Celebration At Mountain View Bible Fellowship

We invite you to join us for Easter activities at Mountain View. Pastor Andrew will continue preaching out of the gospel of Mark as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ! We hope to see you there.

Schedule of Events:

· Good Friday Service 03/29/24 at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary

· No Sunday School Easter morning

· Easter Celebration 03/31/24 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

· More to come!

About Mountain View Bible Fellow-


Ordinary People--Extraordinary God!

Mountain View Bible Fellowship is a Christ-centered, Bible-based Christian Church in Estes Park, a great place to belong. We are:

· God-Centered

· Word-Saturated

· Others-Oriented

· Strategically-Located

For additional information, visit MVBF's website at, 1575 South St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park CO.

Allenspark Community Church Holy Week Services

“Hallelujah! Christ the Lord is Risen! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 24th with a Palm Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. lead by Pastor Ralph Patrick.

Something new at the church this year will the addition of two services during Holy Week. Pastor Patrick will facilitate a Maundy Thursday communion service on March 28th at 6:00 p.m. and also a Good Friday service at noon on the 29th Easter Sunday, March 31st, begins with

a Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. followed by breakfast. The men of the church will prepare pancakes and we ask that if you attend the breakfast to please bring an egg or potato casserole to share. The Easter Festival Service will follow at 10:00 a.m.

The Allenspark Community Church, located at 16 Washington Street in Allenspark, extends a special invitation to everyone to join us in any or all of the services of this special time, and wishes everyone a very Blessed Holy Week.

Easter At The Christian Church Of Estes Park

Mark your calendars! Easter is approaching. We are excited to invite you to the Easter celebration at the Christian Church of Estes Park. Pastor Aaron Dorman will be starting a new teaching series on Easter Sunday called "It Doesn't Get Better Than This." The morning will be full of faith, family, and fun as we celebrate God giving us His best through Christ’s redemptive work. We hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events:

8 a.m. Service Option

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Easter Celebration

10:30 a.m. Service Option

Easter Celebration

Face painting, photos, and light refreshments between 9:30 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt Time and Age Breakdown (Rain or Shine)

2 - 4 years old: 9:40 a.m. onward at the playground

5 - 7 years old: 9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. on the field

8 - 11 years old: 10:05 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. on the field

Location: 4655 US Hwy. 36, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

About The Christian Church of Estes Park

The Christian Church of Estes Park (CCEP) is a non-denominational Christian church located in Estes Park, Colorado, that seeks to build generational, transformational disciples of Jesus. Through meaningful worship, community outreach, and enriching programs, the church invites all to join its mission of love and service rooted in Christ. For additional information, visit CCEP’s website at

Why Is Good Friday “Good” (Article 3 Of 4)

The first time I wrote about Good Friday I posited “for the intellectually adventurous, for those not confined by current social and ideologic constraints, indulge your curiosity for a brief time.” I ask this yet again.

In the past few years there has been a unique “entertainment” project known as “The Chosen.” This crowd funded endeavor is a synopsized portrayal of the life of Jesus. It is not a second-rate grade B effort. It is a high quality “cinematic” experience that recounts the life of Jesus, His family, and His followers. The producers of this series have taken some liberties to provide some back stories to the lives of the characters while remaining true to the overarching message depicted in the Bible.

been positively impacted by their interactions with Jesus. One party does good for the poor and outcast of society. The opposing side derides these actions as evil and contrary to the law even though people profoundly benefitted from them.

I bring this up as an example of the confusing times we are in and as to why Good Friday is good for a specific reason. (The 4th season was recently available for viewing in cinemas. It will soon be available online.) If one were to watch the four seasons (more seasons to come) even as an objective non-Christian who wants to watch an interesting story, the conflict between what is deemed to be good and what is considered evil is obvious. The existing power structure, in order to maintain control and influence, seeks to suppress and even destroy a movement with a different viewpoint. Some in the power structure have sincere motives believing their viewpoint is legitimately the only way to go. Others in the power structure are more concerned with power and control. They mock and persecute the ones who have

We see the same conflicts in our world today. Whether it be political, climate, economic or other issues, there are sincere believers and those who want power and control. Some are willing to force change on others who are not convinced of the merits and or methods of a given cause. Some are willing to upend an entire economic system and force radical changes that may or may not benefit their cause, society, or the global situation as it relates to their agenda. There is little room for honest and sincere debate. Few are willing to consider the concerns of others due to their biases or perceptions of those “on the other side.” We demonize others rather that have honest discourse where we seek to learn from each other and possibly come to a reasoned compromise or at least agree to disagree. We have forgotten how to peacefully coexist with people we disagree with.

The deteriorating social state of the world we live in shows we do not know the answer. We are mired in our dysfunction with no apparent way out. Which is why Good Friday is SO good.

Summation next week.

Join us for a “Good Friday” remembrance at the High School on Friday March 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come a respectfully recall the significance of this time.

Holy Season At Shepherd Of The Mountains Lutheran Church

All are welcome at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, across from Good Samaritan.

We would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Holy Season beginning on Palm Sunday, March 24 at 9 a.m. as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. On Thursday, March 28 at 5 p.m. we will have a Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion and you will witness a foot washing. This is the night that Jesus instituted what we now call the “Lord’s Supper” and where he showed he was a servant to all by washing the disciple’s feet. The next day Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. we will have a Service of Tenebrae

for Good Friday. Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’. This service is one of meditation and reflection with Scripture interspersed with music, for our reflection on what Christ has done for us. There will be seven candles and after each reading and music a candle will be extinguished until the service ends in darkness and silence. Then please join us for a celebratory Easter Service, Sunday, March 31 at 9 a.m. as we rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus the Christ!

In this place all are invited to join us during this time and every Sunday. There’s a reason doors open outwardly and not inwardly; they are always open to you! Friday, March 15, 2024 « 33

Beverly Anne Henderson

Beverly Anne Henderson passed away following a short illness, she was 90 years old. She was born on May 23, 1933 in Independence, Iowa and was the second child born to Donald Louis and Mildred (Graf) Borchers. Beverly is survived by her daughter Tracey (Scott) Randel, son Craig Duane Henderson, and daughter Susan (Todd) Fontenot. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, a brother Tom Borchers, and her husband of 50 years, Duane Edwin Henderson.

While Beverly did not want a long obituary, it should be noted that she had many interests during her life, most of which were collecting friends with her gentle kindness. She was always a caretaker and as the years came

Sidney John Brown

on, she still functioned in that role to the very end, finding ways to work around her physical difficulties. She had a kind and quiet faith and was a most loving individual to many, many people. Her physical presence will be deeply missed...and her cookies too, but her greatest gifts for all to remember, is the loving and caring memories that she shared and instilled in each and every person she knew.

The family would like to give special thanks to Stephani Kossuth, Tracey Hess and Ellie Bourke and the caring and loving staff and friends she made at Good Samaritan Assisted Living, for making this part of her journey so special. They would also like to thank the Estes Park Health Hospital staff who so kindly cared for their mother during this journey.

A service will be held on March 23, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Donations in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Denver Ronald McDonald House, or Estes Park Good Samaritan Assisted Living Facility in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit to leave messages for the family.

Going Deeper Into Lent

This Sunday, March 17th is a convergence of several traditions.

St. Patrick’s Day is the most familiar to most Americans, although its Green Beer and Irish ballads in celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland is a relatively modern event. This year, however, most of the celebrations are being observed on the 15th or 16th of March - because it’s more profitable to do so in the “secular world.”

Also on Sunday, March 17th, Saint Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, will retain an “older” tradition called Passiontide. We veil the statues, images and crucifixes to prepare for the events which lead up to the Crucifixion and then to Easter. In our personal and communal lives, we are challenged

April 4, 1949March 3, 2024

Sid Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 4, 1949. He was one of four children of Paul and Mildred Brown. He graduated from Wills High School and then went on to Kennesaw Junior College and the University of Georgia. After serving in the Air Force as an Avionic Comm Specialist in Viet Nam, he returned home. Finding his way to Florida for a time then back to Georgia and finally to Colorado on a ski vacation with friends, he met his future wife, Laura. She was a teacher at Estes Park High School. Deciding to stay in Colorado, he worked many jobs from bartending at the Mountain Man Restaurant to driving a bus and ultimately as a lineman for the Town of Estes Park’s Light and Power department. In 1984, Sid and Laura married, and two years later built a home in Glen Haven. They went on to raise two daughters as mountain girls, Jessica and Kara. In 1998, Sid and Laura purchased the Big Horn Restaurant and transitioned careers. It was a family business where both daughters, when not in school, worked alongside Sid and Laura, until 2013, when the restaurant was sold, and retirement was a reality.

helping to rebuild and raise funds for the Glen Haven town hall. He enjoyed entertaining and cooked and smoked food for the masses whether it was a fundraiser or a get together at home. He could tell a good joke, talk sports and music, could fix almost anything, and adored those Georgia Bulldogs. He cherished his family and was always there for “his girls.”

Sid was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Jan and Kay. He is survived by his wife, Laura, daughters, Jessica and Kara, and his brother Steve (Alisa). Sid was a true gentleman, kindhearted, deeply caring and witty. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

to see “Beyond the Veil” of this world and “imagine” the transcendent reality of Heaven.

You are welcome to join us in this annual journey as we contemplate the Incarnation, The revealing of God made man in Christ Jesus, and the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross for our redemption. Passion Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 17th (Morning Prayer begins at 9 a.m.)

If you would like to participate in the Stations of the Cross service, come to St. Francis at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15th and/or 22nd

St. Francis Traditional Anglican Church is located at 3480 St. Francis Way in Estes Park (Little Valley). Call (970) 577-0601 for more info.

Sid loved his dogs, traveling, scuba diving, and talking with people. He found joy in contributing to his community through chairing the Rotary golf tournament, serving on the Glen Haven Fire Board as president, and

A memorial service will be held on March 18th at 11:00 at the Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park with a reception to follow at the Glen Haven Town Hall, 7408 County Road 43, Glen Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sid would be appreciated: Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department (PO Box 53, Glen Haven Colorado 80532) or Homes for our Troops ( in memory of Sid Brown).

David J. Essex

David J. Essex, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2024. His full obituary can be found on the Estes Park News website at or in the February 24, 2024 edition.

Though he will be deeply missed, his memory will forever be cherished by those whose lives he touched. His spirit will live on. Services will be held on March 23 at 11 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Church, 451 Promontory Drive, Estes Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either Samaritan’s Purse or Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

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AA & Al-Anon Meetings

AA of Glen Haven

Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Early Worms

Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m.

(Monday through Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839

PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Early Worms Women's Meeting

12 p.m. Mondays

St. Bartholomew, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Mixed Nuts Al-Anon Group

We meet Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Church. The meeting is hybrid with Zoom #285 426 3644 PW: serenity.

One Day at a Time

Location: Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies 1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park

When: Tues and Thursday @ noon. Please park in back, Meetings are held downstairs in Room 6.

Alcoholics Anonymous Fall River Group, 453 West Elkhorn, Estes Park.

Current Schedule for 1/4/2024

Zoom ID 999 829166 for AA Meetings

Monday-12 p.m.-In Person-O, D

Monday-7 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, BB

Tuesday-12 p.m.-Zoom-O, D

Wednesday-12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

Wednesday-7 p.m.-In Person and Zoom- O, D

Thursday -12 p.m. Zoom-O, D

Friday-12 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, D

Saturday-12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

Sunday -12 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, D

Last Friday of each month is birthday night; 6 p.m. Potluck, 7 p.m. Speaker.

*** Contribute via VENMO @SamuelCherman

Other 12 Step Meetings Held at Fall River Group

Thursday-7 p.m.-Narcotics Anonymous “New Horizons” Group

O, D-In Person and Zoom 705 555 830

**O=open to all D=discussion

BB=Big Book

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon

Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed).

Monday Zoom Big Book study at 7 p.m. #654 598 884 (no password needed).

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829 166

Online AA and NA Meetings at

There are 70 AA Meetings and 30 NA Meetings a week.

El Agente de Reservas es el principal responsable de hacer reservas para individuos y familias tanto en Estes Park Center como en Snow Mountain Ranch. Esta es una posición de tiempo completo durante todo el año, con un pago de entre $19.90 y $22.25 por hora e incluye beneficios como descuentos en guardería para niños, una generosa cantidad de vacaciones y tiempo libre pago, seguro médico, dental y de vida, noches con descuento en las cabañas y habitaciones de la YMCA of the Rockies para familiares y amigos, y mucho más. Postúlate en nuestro sitio web,

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