Estes Park News, March 29, 2024

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Crossroads Helps Clients Get Back On Their Feet

61-year-old Reba Brewington is a former schoolteacher who describes herself as “a strong, self-sufficient woman now. But back in 2018, I was a mess. I was in a financial disaster, and I was suicidal,” she recalled.

She didn’t have a permanent home and didn’t know how to manage the limited income of disability and retirement she receives each month.

She started going to SummitStone for her mental health. A friend in Estes Park told her about Crossroads Ministry.

“Crossroads has helped me in so many ways,” Reba stressed. “They helped buy some medical supplies. They got me a set of allweather tires to help me get around better. I took a Money Management class.”

Crossroads helped her find a one-bedroom apartment in an income-based complex for seniors and people who are disabled.

“They helped me with a deposit and some furnishings for my apartment. It’s been so great,” Reba said. “It’s plenty for me and my cat.”

To help make ends meet, Reba still comes once a week to the Crossroads food pantry, The Market.

“It’s wonderful,” she commented. “They have so much good, healthy food and other things like paper products and pet food. The community donates well. There’s just so much selection. Everybody treats us with such dignity.”

Reba pointed out that Crossroads is not only a place for people to find basic necessities. Clients also receive encouragement and Christian fellowship.

“Not once have I ever been made to feel ashamed of the position that I was in,” she said. “All through these five years, Crossroads has been by my side. If they are in need, people should feel confident and assured they will be treated with respect.”

Reba has made so much progress that she plans on stopping her use of The Market at the end of 2024. In the future, she plans to

work as a volunteer at Crossroads, helping her neighbors in need.

She is a great example of the way we all

experience seasons. Sometimes we are the ones giving help. Sometimes we need to receive help.

Town Of Estes Park Seeks Potential Lessee, Development Partner, Or Buyer For The TownOwned Parcel at Elm Road And Moraine Avenue

The Town of Estes Park owns a 1.99 acre parcel located at the southwest intersection of Elm Road and Moraine Avenue (Parcel #3526411901), pictured below. The parcel is a portion of a larger piece of property deeded to the Town by F.O. Stanley in 1936. While the Town has been approached several times over the years by entities or individuals wishing to purchase the property, it has remained unused and in the Town’s possession.

In light of other strategic priorities and needs, the Town is considering how it might best put this parcel to use for the Town, whether through a sale that would enable proceeds to be spent addressing other needs, a long-term lease, or development agreement with a

partner to develop the site.

If you are an individual or entity interested in this property, please complete the Request for Expressions of Interest form by 12 p.m. Mountain Time May 1, 2024.

The form is also available at under Hot Topics.


Reserve space: Monday by 4:00 pm

Final submissions: Tuesday by Noon


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Ready. Set. Grow Grant Opens For 2024 Nominations

There is an adage that says “when we lift each other up, there's no limit to what we can achieve.” Two local business leaders and philanthropists have taken those words to heart sponsoring a grant program designed to empower other female entrepreneurs.

Harriette Woodard and Julie Abel are passionate about empowering women to succeed, and that's why they have decided, for the second consecutive year, to offer the "Ready Set Grow" Grant to a female-focused business in the Estes Valley.

"With so many talented and ambitious women in our community, we believe in lending a helping hand to those with fantastic ideas while also providing a muchneeded leg-up in this competitive world," Woodard said. Abel added, "We are determined to be a resource, offer guidance, to help these women flourish."

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

On 3/17/2024 at 8:02 p.m. police contacted a 29 year old female from Estes Park in the 300 block of South Saint Vrain Avenue who was known to be wanted on two active arrest warrants. The female was wanted on warrants for robbery and a traffic offense. She was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail.

On 3/18/2024 at 10:36 a.m. police responded to a traffic accident in the 700 block of Black Canyon Drive. On scene, the 20 year old male driver from Estes Park was found to be wanted on a warrant for a traffic offense. The male was arrested and later released on bond from the Estes Park PD.

On 3/22/2024 at 10:27 p.m. police were called to 1700 block of Wildfire Road on a complaint about loitering/suspicious circumstances in the area. On scene, police contacted a 39 year old male from Lakewood, CO who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, and drugs were found on his person. The male was arrested and charged with domestic violence, third de-

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 17th, 2024, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to

“Harriette and Julie understand the power of mentorship and philanthropy and how it can change lives, as does the Estes Chamber of Commerce. That’s why we are excited to join together and celebrate the resilience and creativity of the incredible female entrepreneurs in Estes Park,” commented Estes Chamber Executive Director Colleen DePasquale.

Applications for the “Ready Set Grow” grant, sponsored by Woodard and Abel are now open through the Estes Chamber of Commerce. Submissions are due May 24th. Finalists will be chosen to pitch their business case and recipients will be announced following the pitch presentations.

For more details and the application criteria, please log-on to or email the Executive Director at

gree assault, violation of a protection order x 2, unlawful possession of fentanyl, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of cocaine. His outstanding warrants he was wanted on were for smuggling contraband into prison, warrant arrest x 2 for failure to appear for dangerous drugs and a warrant arrest for failure to comply for imitation controlled substances. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail.

On 3/23/2024 at 7:49 p.m. police were called to the 1400 block of Big Thompson Avenue on a report of a violation of a protection order. On scene, police contacted a 29 year old male from Estes Park who was charged with domestic violence, third degree assault and a violation of a protection order x 2. He was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail.

On 3/24/2024 at 12:41 a.m. police received a complaint of harassment in the 100 block of MacGregor Avenue. On scene, they arrested a 37 year old female from Estes Park and charged her with domestic violence and harassment and transported her to the Larimer County Jail.

10 calls for service. This included:

• Emergency Medical (assist EPH): 1

• Alarm Activation: 3

• Assist: 3

• Motor Vehicle Crash (MVC): 1

• Smoke Investigation: 1

• Water Rescue: 1

Estes Valley Fire

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Focus On Gratitude

As we near the end of another Estes Park election cycle, I ‘d like to focus on gratitude for the people and institutions involved. Whether or not I am your next mayor, my gratitude extends to all the candidates who put themselves on the ballot to serve this community. It takes time, effort, and occasionally a bit of armor to prepare for meetings, keep up to date on town issues, and accept the criticism of those who feel we may be doing things wrong. I sincerely appreciate every candidate who made the decision to run for office.

have generously taken the time to meet with candidates to explain issues and procedures within their departments.

Barbara MacAlpine

Gratitude also goes to the local newspapers. Space has been given to all candidates for self-introductions and explanations of her/his stance on issues of current interest in Estes Park. Equally helpful have been the candidate forums organized by the League of Women Voters, which community members could view onsite or stream via the town’s YouTube page.

I offer special gratitude to the staff of the Estes Park Clerk’s Office, those unsung heroes who enable the election by establishing its schedule, educating candidates to follow protocol, setting up the ballot contents and mailings, and helping voters with questions or problems ranging from registration to the lost ballot eaten by one’s dog. Other town staff

Still more thanks go to the election judges whose volunteer activity is essential for keeping the results reliable.

My personal gratitude extends to the people who supported my campaign by organizing meet and greet events, writing letters to the newspaper editors, hosting yard signs, developing mailing lists, and offering a friendly email message or phone call when I needed a boost. In this election, as in every other one that is specific to Estes Park, there are people outside town limits who lend their support to candidates even though they can’t vote. They deserve our thanks too.

Finally, we all feel gratitude for the privilege of living in our beautiful natural surroundings, which attracted us here in the first place and keep us involved with the preservation of our land, wildlife, and environment. I would suggest that one aspect of that involvement is the opportunity to vote. The deadline for submitting a ballot is 7 p.m. on April 2nd; you may turn it in at the Town Hall drop box or the Town Clerk’s Office. Thank you for voting.

Join The Estes Valley Fire Protection District And Make A Real Difference!

Are you looking for a rewarding way to serve your community? We're seeking passionate individuals to join our firefighting family! Join our ranks as a Firefighter or serve as an Auxiliary Member of the Fire Department!

As a Firefighter, you'll receive comprehensive training and hands-on experience in firefighting, emergency response, and life-saving techniques. As an Auxiliary Member, you will be a part of the team in a needed support role. You'll work alongside seasoned professionals, learning from the best in the field while gaining invaluable skills.

Come and meet us for an exciting evening filled with interactive skill stations and discover what it takes to be

part of our dedicated team. Learn about the rewarding opportunities and essential roles within the Estes Valley Fire Protection District.

Recruitment Dinner: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Station 71 - 901 North Saint Vrain, Estes Park

Whether you're passionate about helping others, crave excitement, or seek a meaningful way to give back, becoming a firefighter or an Auxiliary Member is your chance to make a real difference in people's lives. Join us today and be part of a team dedicated to protecting and serving our community in times of need.

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Gary Hall: Mayoral Qualifications

The election for mayor is April 2. Please vote! If you still need information to help you decide who to vote for in the mayor’s race, here it is. Prior positions in city government are not a prerequisite to being a good mayor, if the candidate has the right career experience, skills, education, personality. At this time, there have been calls for fresh perspectives in Town leadership. As mayor, I’d bring all of that.

Twenty years of living in Estes, eighteen years at the hospital, forty+ years in business management, years of work with Estes and Larimer and Colorado governments, through good times and crises, I’m well-grounded in Estes Park. In recent months, I’ve had comprehensive exposure to the issues, projects, futures, and history of Estes. I’ve received great help and information from trustees, Town directors and managers,

constituents, and others. My knowledge and views are broad and deep; I’m very well-positioned to step into the position of mayor.

Gary Hall & wife Linda

Critical skills for the position of mayor include fluency in board procedures & regulations, business, communication skills, collaborative skills, and clarity of vision. It also takes someone who is able to create trust in all of their dealings, someone who is naturally a leader. I’ve got the right stuff there. I inspire, support, and help shape futures from the tools available.

It will not take me years to learn the ropes -- I’m holding many of the reins already. My lifetime of preparation recommends me. I’ll be a strong, good leader for Estes Park.

Special Program On Loren Shriver's Space Shuttle Mission

Discover the fascinating space missions world with Loren Shriver’s enthralling educational event, “Space Shuttle Mission.” On April 24, 2024, join us at Hempel Auditorium for an immersive experience where you will learn about the intricacies of space missions.

During the presentation, you will get an insider’s view of the challenges and strategies involved in embarking on a Space Shuttle Mission, specifically deploying the Hubble Space Telescope. The discussion will also cover various opera-

tions performed in space, including a detailed explanation of how re-entry is performed.

Loren Shiver will be your guide as you explore the depths of space and unravel the mysteries of its operations. Don’t miss this opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about the captivating world beyond our planet. We are excited to welcome you to this enlightening and interactive event.

Get ready to blast off into a realm of knowledge and awe!

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Aviation Club Meeting Features Stewart Bailey, Exhibits & Collections Manager At Wings Over The Rockies Museum

The Estes Park Aviation Club's speaker for the Wednesday, April 10th meeting is Stewart Bailey, the Exhibits & Collections Manager at Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver. Mr. Bailey was scheduled to speak at the March 13th meeting but the meeting was cancelled because of the snowstorm. Mr. Bailey has graciously offered to speak at the April meeting. The Wings Over the Rockies is an outstanding air and space museum with two locations in the Denver area at the former

Lowery Air Force Base and at Centennial Airport.

The Aviation Club meeting is at 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Post 119 Hall, located at 850 No. St. Vrain Ave. As always, the Legion is open to the public with food and drink for purchase at 5:30. Our gathering is open to all interested, so if you like flying, planes, space, or just talking to aviation enthusiasts, come join us!

Garden Plots Available At Estes Valley Community Garden

You can enjoy planting, cultivating, and eating fresh vegetables this summer! Join neighbors with your own personal plot at the Estes Valley Community Garden located near the Fairgrounds. Several garden plots are still available for the 2024 growing season including some with raised beds (no bending!) for eligible seniors 65-years old and over. The cost is $80 for the season and fi-

nancial aid is available. Participants enjoy a fenced-in garden area with a 4 ft. by 10 ft. individual plot filled with rich growing soil and fertilizer and an automatic watering system. Benefits include access to hand tools, advice from experienced gardeners, and optional EVCG extra activities. Don’t delay. Secure your garden plot today by completing an application at:

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Photo by Jan Pauley

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, and we at American Legion Post 119 honor this day with sacred dignity and respect, paying tribute to Vietnam veterans and their families for their sacrifice. March 29, 1973 was when the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam.

Vietnam veterans represent nearly 10% of their generation. They fought under challenging conditions, and, unfortunately, often returned home to conditions nearly as challenging. They received no parades or accolades. It is estimated that six million Vietnam veterans live in America and abroad today. While most are productive, key members of society, many still struggle in one form or another due to their service for our country. It is estimated that we lose nearly 500 Vietnam veterans each day in hospice and long term care facilities.

Those who served in Vietnam did not start the war; it was not their failure that led to an ignominious ending. These veterans lived up to their code: DutyHonor - Country. No belated apology can erase the treatment these veterans experienced. Thus we offer none. But we can offer our heartfelt "Thank You," and, standing proudly, salute each and every one of them. Over 58,000 young men and women never returned from Viet-

Honoring Vietnam War Veterans At American Legion Post 119

nam to any type of reception. They did not go to Vietnam to die for their country. But they went none-the-less. And when duty called, they answered with their all. As we remember and honor the returning veterans on this day, say a prayer for these lost souls as well. They will hear it. And while their souls may be at ease, saying a prayer for them may help to ease our own.

In honoring these veterans and lost service members, we do not honor war. We honor the peace they sought, and the freedoms they fought to preserve. We cannot and should not pretend that this war never happened. Only by looking it square in the eye can we fully come to grips with the savagery and tragedy that exists to this day in a world that is still struggling to learn how to settle differences among people and among nations without resorting to violence.

Never again should the citizens of our country abandon a generation of veterans. These veterans are not asking for our praise and gratitude, but we give it none-the-less. Yes, perhaps late, but loudly and proudly. I hope you will add your voice to this proclamation of gratitude, and join us in thanking veterans of every generation. And while you're at it, say a little prayer to God that such men and women exist.

If you are a Vietnam era veteran, come by the Legion this Friday for a free beer or soft drink on us. You’ll also receive a coupon for one of our Sunday morning

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breakfasts. It's not much, but it's offered with a healthy dose of gratitude. John Minier, Commander American Legion Post 119 Three Soldiers is a bronze statue by Frederick Hart. Unveiled on Veterans Day, November 11, 1984, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorating the Vietnam War. Kris Hazelton/ Estes Park News photos

Gary Hall Gary Hall for Mayor for Mayor

Well-versed in Estes issues

Broad skills & deep experience

Knows what it takes to be a good mayor

Excellent, open communicator

Endorsed by many good folks, including:

Alia Al Bahry

Buster Jesik

Craig & Peg Belshe

Derald & Marti DeYoung

Howard Pomranka

Jane & Roger Truesdale

Kris & Corine Knudsen

Larry & Linda Leaming

Mary Banken & Terry Rizzuti

Matt Quinn

Robb Austin

Scott D Rashid

Scott Woodard

Steve Tice

Board-experienced Natural leader Builds trust Inspirational

The right type of leader needed for Estes now!

Go Bobcats!

Taste Of Estes Is Coming! Get Your Tickets Now

It’s time to get your taste buds ready for a delicious evening at Quota Club of Estes Park’s 37th annual Taste of Estes event.

This fun community tradition features some of the area's best restaurants offering savory samples of their menu offerings. At the event, you’ll enjoy an endless array of delicious food and beverages from:

Avant Garde Aleworks

Bird & Jim

Cinnamon’s Bakery

Claire’s Restaurant & Bar

Cousin Pat’s Pub and Grill

Ed’s Cantina

Estes Park Distillery, Home to Bob & Tony’s

Himalayan Curry & Kabob

Lonigan’s Nightclub & Grill

Mangia Mangia Pizzaria

Oskar Blues Fooderies

Rock Cut Brewing

Rocky Mountain Deli

SereniTEA Tea Room

Snowy Peaks Winery


The Egg of Estes

The Post

The Taffy Shop

The Wild Rose Restaurant

YMCA of the Rockies

You Need Pie

The Taste of Estes will be held on

Thursday, April 18th, in the Assembly Hall at the YMCA of the Rockies, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Parking will be available in the administration parking lot and the parking lot behind Wind River Lodge area.

A big shout out to the generous Taste sponsors: Bank of Estes Park, State Farm - Susan Fereday, Investment Center of Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies, Edward Jones - Derek Vinge, First Colorado Realty, Bank of Colorado, Richardson Team Realty, Estes Park News and Kind Coffee.

The support for this event from these businesses is crucial to this event's success.

Taste of Estes is a fun springtime event where one cannot only enjoy great food and drinks, but also venture out and reconnect with friends and neighbors who may not have been seen during these long winter months.

The Estes Park Quota Club is a women’s service club which seeks to serve the community through supporting a variety of charitable purposes. Proceeds from the Taste of Estes tickets go to support the various projects that Quota adopts, such as the Medical Equipment Loan Closet, student grants, hearing and speech needs, service to youth and elderly, helping disadvantaged women and children, and supporting community needs such as providing AED devices for Estes Park Police Department and ambulances!

Tickets are now on sale at $25 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 and under.

The tickets can be purchased at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center, MacDonald Book Shop, from any Quota member or new this year, you can scan the QR code shown here. Get your tickets today, as this event is often a sell-out!

Don’t miss the Taste of Estes, a delicious Estes Park tradition. It’s the place to be on April 18th!

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There are so many good things about Easter. Dressing up—including wearing a hat (or bonnet) without looking out of place, singing celebration hymns like “Crown Him with Many Crowns” and “He Lives” instead of numbers such as “Are You Washed in the Blood?” and “Silence, Frenzied, Unclean Spirit.” Also, coconut bunny cake, sweet-smelling and creamy-pure Easter lilies, dyed eggs, empty Easter baskets waiting to be filled, singing “Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail,” either hiding or seeking out treasures of the Easter egg hunt, sweet treats inside the colorful plastic eggs…these are all reasons to be happy.

I hate to break the spell, but there is something essential to the Easter holiday that brings me not one iota of joy. I’ve tried and tried but have never learned to like eggs. Turns out I’m not alone—I found out recently that others have an aversion to eggs too. It’s called “egg ick” and I have a serious case of it.

I wish I could find some redeeming value in the ovum of a chicken. A leaning toward egg-appeal would make life so much easier, especially when I’m affiliated with a man who adores them. He scrambles them for breakfast, boils them for lunch, and gobbles them up when I make creamed eggs on toast for supper. (My mom called it “eggs a la goldenrod.”) When he makes French toast on Sunday mornings he serves me mine, then adds extra dipping stuff to the pan just so he can have more eggs.

More eggs? Those two words go together like a fish on a bicycle.

I enjoy a fluffy soufflé, I’m quite fond of meringue, angel food cake is truly angelic, and I’ll eat crepes any day. But there’s enough sugar in each of these delectables to hide the fact that eggs are involved.

Growing up we had “bacon and eggs” nearly every weekend. I could manage to wash down the yellow yolk if I had a piece of heavily buttered toast to go with it but

the slimy egg white reminded me too much of the jelly-stuff inside a petri dish. So I traded my fried egg white for my sister’s yolk. (The bacon on my plate, however…all mine!)

Although they got a bad rap for awhile, the reputation of eggs has been elevated, like that of most scorned foods. (Whole milk, anyone? A glass of red wine, maybe?) Today, I know eggs are good for me (they’re rich in vitamins A, B, D, E and K), so I do what I can to tolerate them. I’ll eat them scrambled if there’s more cheese than egg melted onto and over them. An omelette? If there’s sausage, onion, pepper, mushrooms, and cheese folded in, I can eat half of one. With all those add-ins though, I’m consuming enough cholesterol to give me oleoporosis.

When someone brings deviled eggs to a party, I let everybody else have them. That makes me look generous, when really I’m being generously kind to my testy taste buds and suspicious stomach.

Fortunately there are no eggs on our Easter dinner menu this Sunday. We will have a yummy ham loaf, which is Joe’s family tradition, made with a special mix of ground veal, pork and ham. I guess there is some egg too, but it won’t be noticeable. No egg ick, thank goodness.

There will be nine of us, gathering at 3:00 p.m. with general movement toward the table at around 4:00 p.m. We won’t have deviled eggs or any other appetizer because we need to approach the bountiful table with hunger, not satiety. We will celebrate renewal, the awakening of spring, and the deepening roots of friendship. That, to me, is the spirit of Easter. No yolk.

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

© 2024 Sarah Donohoe

Sunrise Rotary Invites Charitable Organizations To Apply For Funding

The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary (EVSR) invites proposals from charitable organizations, in the Estes Valley, for grants to support programs and projects that benefit 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.

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Charley Hewes: Remembering A

Longs Peak Poet And Dreamer

In celebration of April’s National Poetry Month, local performer Kurtis Kelly will lead a storytelling re-enactment of Charles Edwin Hewes (1870-1947), the innkeeper, poet and chronicler of the early days of Estes Park. Along today’s Highway 7, the historic Hewes-Kirkwood Inn is home of today’s Rocky Ridge Music Center.

In 1907, a Denver clairvoyant advised Charley to get himself to Estes Park immediately: there, his future awaited. Within days, an exhausted Hewes was “doing the work of five men” alongside Joe Mills at the Longs Peak Inn. Charley's twice-widowed mother later joined him to become proprietors of the newly-built Hewes-Kirkwood Inn. At the end of the 1918 season, Charley counted $1.50 profit in the cash register. And that was a good year. But his love for mountain life and his ambitions as a poet and novelist kept his inspiration alive, and he chronicled a transforma-

tion of the valley from dusty horse trails and cattle battles to automobile roads busy with tourists.

Attendees are invited to gather on Friday, April 5 at Raven’s Roast Coffee Lounge to hear stories and poems from Charley’s adventurous life. The program takes place at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Drop in for either session and relax in the comfortable space, located at 164 East Elkhorn Avenue in Riverside Plaza.

The event is free for everyone, and listeners are welcome to enjoy the many Raven’s Roast specialties available for purchase, including coffees, teas, hot cocoa and bakery treats.

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 970-586-8116 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.

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Science Across Borders: To

Share Or Not To Hoard

Staying well informed and up-to-date on the prevailing American issues of our time has never been more difficult or complicated than it is right now. Understanding real facts and unbiased information that directly affect you, your children, and your grandchildren has never been more important. Where else can you find that kind of critical knowledge in Estes Park? The New York Times? The BBC? CNN or Fox?

The Answer: The Great Decisions Forum hosted at the friendly confines of the Estes Valley Library.

Each month the Forum meets to dis-

cuss a key social, economic, and security issue to gain a full understanding of how government policies and events affect us and shape our immediate future. Forum moderators (a local Estes Park neighbor of yours) leads the group through a short, high quality video lecture. Each video features a nationally recognized subject matter expert. Forum attendees then freely discuss the topic exchanging ideas and personal experiences. The Forum is apolitical and focuses on building understanding that we need to be educated voters and wise taxpayers. Diversity of ideas is heartily welcomed and embraced by all during our discussion.

Our April topic is “Science Across Borders”

Scientific advances benefit from collaboration between researchers, but what happens when material, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is controversial and important to a nation’s national security? Is there a middle ground between sharing information and denying access? How can we regulate cooperation? This month’s subject matter expert is Mila Rosenthal, Executive Director International Science Reserve.

Please join us for our next great session on Thursday, April 4th at 11 a.m. in the Wasson Room at the renowned Estes Valley Library. Attendance is free and open to the public. Have an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.

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Mila Rosenthal

Next Park Hospital District Board Meeting is April 3

The Park Hospital District Board of Directors will meet at Estes Park Town Hall on Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the opportunity to attend the in-person meeting, those interested in joining online can register at 150925598053724.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

May 4 Declared Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Day, Duck Adoptions Open

Duck adoptions are open! Adopt your ducks and mark your calendars for May 4: Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Day.

The Town of Estes Park passed an official proclamation recognizing the Rotary Club of Estes Park’s Duck Race Festival as an opportunity for 63 charitable and nonprofit organizations in the Estes Valley to raise funds for their programs through duck adoptions by declaring Saturday, May 4, 2024 as Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Day.

Members of the Ro tary Club’s Duck Race committee gratefully accepted the Proclamation presented by Mayor Wendy Koenig and expressed appreciation for the Town of Estes Park’s support of the 36th annual Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival. The Town is a Major Sponsor of the event.

through duck adoptions; and

WHEREAS, the generous support of local sponsors provides fabulous prizes and makes it possible to return $23 of every duck adoption to the participating organizations; and

WHEREAS, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 the 36th annual Duck Race Festival will take place, with approximately 10,000 yellow rubber ducks entering Fall River at Nicky's Restaurant and paddling to the finish line at George Hix Memorial Riverside Plaza; and

Mayor Koenig adopted the first duck for the 2024 Duck Race. Duck adoptions are now available to all participating organizations, merchants, and the general public on the Duck Race website at Duck adoptions for the 2024 Duck Race are available online only.

And now for the official Proclamation:

WHEREAS, the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival is an annual community service project of the Rotary Club of Estes Park; and

WHEREAS, the 2024 Rotary Duck Race Festival will give 63 participating organizations an opportunity to raise funds

WHEREAS, there will be hundreds of prizes, live entertainment, and fun activities for adults and children;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Town of Estes Park, proclaim May 4, 2024, as ESTES PARK ROTARY DUCK RACE DAY in the Town of Estes Park, and urge all citizens along the Front Range to join the festivities and fun and celebrate the 36th annual Estes Park Rotary Duck Race.

The Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in May. The annual Duck Race continues a tradition started in 1989, which has returned over $3 million to local Estes Park charities and groups. 2024 marks the 36th annual Duck Race.

For more information or to adopt your duck, go to

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Estes Park Health Celebrates National Physicians Week

At Estes Park Health, we appreciate our physicians! Dedicated doctors like Jennifer McLellan, MD, (pictured above), provide quality, life-saving care 24 hours a day.

National Physicians Week sets aside March 25 -31 to honor the healers dedicated to the art of medicine. Doctors deal with years of school, grueling shifts, and emotionally difficult decisions, and still manage to care for us with focus and kindness.

Happy National Physician Week to all the incredible doctors out there! Your dedication, compassion, and expertise make a world of difference every day. Thank you for your tireless efforts in healing, comforting, and caring for patients. Your commitment to improving lives is truly inspiring. We celebrate you and all that you do!

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The Estes Valley Welcomes New Photo Club

The Estes Valley now has its own photo club, the Estes Valley Photo Club (EVPC).

“A group of local photographers felt there was need to bring the community together,” said Deena Sveinsson, Founding Member. “We decided it was time for the Estes Valley to have its own photo club.”

“The best way to become a better photographer is to learn from other members,” said Dean Cobbs, another Founding Member. “The club will allow members to enjoy the fellowship with others that have a similar passion.”

The Estes Valley Photo Club will initially be on social media as a private Facebook Page. Look under the Group Section and enter Estes Valley Photo Club. You will receive an approval after answering a few questions.

Membership is open to anyone interested in photography or video regard-

less of experience. It doesn’t matter what the sophistication or simplicity of your camera equipment is. All are welcome. Invitation to join is extended to residents and visitors to the Estes Valley and beyond. There will be monthly photo contests in which members can post their best work and be awarded the “Rachel Reward.” The award is named after a local photographer that recently passed away. In addition, there will also be posted information about photography events and meet-ups.

At this time, there will be no annual dues. Once established, there may be a dedicated website.

“We look forward to being a part of this community,” said Deena. “After all, the Estes Valley is the reason most of us started taking photos in the first place.”

Coming In April: High Octane Colorado Bluegrass At The American Legion

The Blue Canyon Boys, known for their innovative original music and pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, will soon perform at Estes Park's American Legion Post 119 (850 North Saint Vrain Avenue). The concert will take place on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at

After winning first place in the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, the Blue Canyon Boys went off at

full tilt, taking the bluegrass circuit by storm, performing in illustrious venues across the country plus the occasional international festival.

This event is part of "Listening at the Legion," a budget minded concert series that brings nationally acclaimed music creators and performers to our little town.

Please visit to learn more.

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Bluebird on the shores of Lake Estes. Photo by Sasha Richmond

Collector’s Edition Of

Beginning Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m., those who pre-ordered the collector’s edition of Dr. Pickering’s latest publication, He Came & Stayed: Pieter Hondius, The Estes Park Years, can pick up their books at the Estes Park Museum. The collector’s edition features a hardback cloth cover, stamped title, author autographed, and numbered book plate. This book will be featured in a Museum program presented by Dr. Pickering on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum. More details regarding

the program to follow. This biographical history provides a detailed account of the life and accomplishments of one of Estes Park's most important, yet largely overlooked, early residents. By 1915, Pieter Hondius Sr. had become the largest single landowner within the new Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1904, he

married Eleanor Estes James, the only daughter of the pioneer family which established Elkhorn Lodge. In the years that followed, Pieter Hondius Sr. went on to initiate a series of successful and far-sighted business ventures, which made him one of the wealthiest, well-respected, and most civically engaged citizens in the Estes Valley. The richly detailed text is illustrated by

nearly 100 period photographs, some of which have never been seen locally. With a limited run of only 100 copies, 20 collector’s editions remain for purchase, retailing for $59.95 (+tax). All proceeds from the publication benefit the Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc., with a mission to support the Estes Park Museum through fundraising and advocacy. Orders can be placed by calling 970-5773766 or emailing

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Upcoming Speaker At The Next Estes Land Stewardship Association Meeting

The public is invited to the Estes Land Stewardship Association meeting (ELSA) on Thursday, April 4th at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Meeting Room at US Bank, 363 E. Elkhorn. Larimer County Land Stewardship Manager, Casey Cisneros will be presenting information regarding noxious weed management in unincorporated Estes Valley, 2023 noxious weed compliance, and 2024 priorities. He will also be answering questions from the audience. Take this opportunity to learn more about how you can be good land stewards and the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.

More information about ELSA sponsored weed disposal events, the Estes Park weed ordinance, ELSA’s weed booklet, Weed of the Week articles, etc. can be found at You can contact the Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) at ELSA meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Meeting Room at US Bank during March and April. Monitored Weed Drop-offs are held the third Saturday in July, August and September. Articles will

be posted in the EP News prior to these drop-off events. ELSA is a 501 (c) (3) unincorporated nonprofit organization. Our primary objective is to address the noxious weeds invading the region by promoting awareness of invasive plants and their impacts, through education and outreach efforts.

Owning property in the Estes Valley can be challenging and different! Bagging mature weeds during the summer months is not how you want to spend your time. Be proactive – learn your native plants and manage the invasive plants in a timely manner with a weed management specialist if you don’t have the time, energy or expertise to manage your property. A list of weed management specialists who can help is available at applicators. Management strategies and information can be found under at under the Helpful Documents page. Twenty Ob-Noxious Weeds in the Estes Valley Identification and Management Guide booklets are available at Ace Hardware, Park Supply, and Estes Valley Library.

Easter Egg Hunt At The YMCA Of The Rockies

Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. outside of the Lula W. Dorsey Museum. All are welcome - this event is free to the public!

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Knitting & Crochet Get-Together

Everyone is welcome to our free knitting get-togethers!

We meet in the Hondius Community Room at the Estes Park Library.

Our 2024 meeting dates are:

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 7, 2024, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (Wool Market!)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 5:007:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12, 2024, 5:007:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2024, 5:007:30 p.m.

Bring your woolly project, and let’s craft together.

If you’d like to learn to knit, we can teach you! It’s free.

Just show up! We’ll provide yarn and knitting needles for you to use during the meeting.

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Shaping Our Future: Introducing EPSD's New Leadership Structure For 2024-2025

As part of ongoing efforts to best serve students and community, the Estes Park School District is excited to announce an evolution in our administrative team's structure for the upcoming school year. In response to changing enrollment patterns, Superintendent Bode has carefully considered resources and decided to introduce a more streamlined leadership team. This new configuration will consist of two principals and three assistant principals, designed to optimize our resources and focus on providing the best possible educational environment. This is a change from the current composition of four principals and one assistant principal for a student population of approximately 950 students.

Erin Miller, currently serving as the Principal for grades PK-2, will transition to the role of Elementary Principal, expanding her leadership to encompass grades PK-5 and focusing on the education of our younger learners. Concur-

rently, Sonja Greenway, our Middle School Principal, will assume the responsibilities of Secondary Principal for grades 6-12, guiding the academic journey of our older students.

We are also pleased to share that Mary Barron, presently the High School Principal, will bring her expertise and passion to the role of Assistant Principal for grades 6-8. As we look to complete our leadership team, we are in the process of selecting Assistant Principals for grades PK-5 and 9-12, with the goal of finding dedicated individuals who will contribute significantly to our community.

This new leadership model is tailored to more effectively support our current student body, enhancing educational outcomes and providing more opportunities for staff development and leadership. Set to be implemented in the 20242025 school year, we are confident this change will usher in a period of renewed focus and invigorated support for all our students and staff.

Davyd Dudnyk 9th Grade

Congratulations to Davyd Dudnyk, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for Friday, March 29, 2024.

David is the son of Olha Dudnyk. His favorite class is English with Ms. Perugini.

Outside of school, he works at Dairy

Fine Arts Guild Announces Plans For Youth Student Theater Summer Camp

Calling all thespians who will have completed 3rd through 12th grades in 2024! Join us to be a part of Youth Theater Camp and Disney’s Newsies, Jr. We’re going to have a blast bringing this musical to the stage!

Youth Theater camp is a tuition based two-week camp meeting Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 1021, with public performances scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Camp meets at the High School auditorium. Production camp is for students who have completed 3rd through 12th grades and who want to learn or perfect their acting skills. No cut auditions are held, and the cast chosen before camp so that students can learn lines and music before camp starts. For vocal auditions, students should prepare two minutes of a musical theater selection, bring sheet music or a backing tract, theater resume, and current photograph. They will also need to select and memorize a monologue from a list provided and deliver it following the vocal audition. A group dance audition will follow the conclusion of vocal auditions, so students need to wear comfortable

clothes and closed toe shoes. Auditions for Production Camp are Saturday, April 13 at Estes Park High School, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up on Sign Up Genius, These are no cut auditions. Everyone will be cast.

Don’t want to sing and dance? If you’ve completed 6th-12th grade, you can join the tech camp and help build and paint the set and props, help with light and sound, and move set pieces on stage during the production. It’s fun, and when everyone works together the results are pretty amazing! No audition is necessary to participate in Tech Camp, but students need to sign up.

Additional information including a list of characters can be found on the Fine Arts Guild website Tuition for the Production camp is $250 and $175 for tech camp. Scholarships are available for students in the Estes Park School District. Application forms are available on the website.

Questions? Email

A Cultural Diversity Show Needs You!

¡Un Show de Diversidad

Queen. He likes to spend time with friends and create maps for games. Davyd tells us he came from Ukraine to the United States “for a happy life.”

A place he’d love to visit is the ocean in Florida.

Davyd’s favorite quote is “Do what you can to recover.”

The best piece of advice he’s ever been given is to “be attentive.”

After high school, Davyd wants to go to college to be an auto mechanic.

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is hosting a celebration of the diversity of the Estes Valley on October 12, 2024. The Estes Valley has vibrant communities and cultures, and we want to celebrate them. We have some exciting performers lined up for the show, but we are also looking for other local artists who want to participate in honoring their heritage through the arts.

We are looking for local artists who want to participate in song, dance, storytelling, poetry, drama, or other forms of artistic expression that reflect your cultural heritage. This can include poetry or music in other languages spoken by our community, either original or potentially published by others. Parts of the show will be bilingual in Spanish and English.

If you would like to learn more about participating in the event, please reach out to Rachel Cunning ( She speaks Spanish. If you speak Ukrainian or Nepali or another language, she definitely wants to hear from you too—she’ll just need to communicate in English (unless you happen to also know Latin).

Spanglish and Other Culturas: A Celebración of the Diversity of Estes Park will be October 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes Park High School. If you do not want to participate, we would still love for you to attend the show!

Cultural Necesita Usted!

La Junta de Bellas Artes presenta la celebración de la diversidad de Estes Valley el 12 de octubre de 2024. Estes Valley tiene comunidades y culturas vibrantes, y queremos celebrarlas. Tenemos algunos artistas estimulantes preparados para el show, pero también buscamos otros artistas locales que quieran participar en honrando su herencia por medio de las artes.

Buscamos artistas locales que quieran participar a través de canciones, bailes, narración de cuentos, poesía, teatro, u otras formas de expresión artística que reflejen su herencia cultural. Se puede incluir poesía o música en otros idiomas hablados en nuestra comunidad, ya sea originales o potencialmente publicados por otros. Partes del show serán bilingües en español e inglés.

Si quiere más información sobre cómo participar en el evento, por favor contacte a Rachel Cunning ( Ella habla español. Si habla ucraniano o nepalí u otro idioma, definitivamente ella quiere hablar con usted también—solamente necesitará comunicarse en inglés (a menos que usted hable latín también).

Spanglish and Other Culturas: A Celebración of the Diversity of Estes Park será el 12 de octubre a las 7:00

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Principal Sonja Greenway and parent volunteer Kristen Moiser Hill team up to paint the school.

Answer The Call Of The Wild At Story Slam

Have you ever been inextricably drawn to the wild? Or did you have a moment where you just couldn’t resist something? What calls out to some wild part of your soul, and how did you rise up to answer that call? As part of Earth Week, come prepared to answer the call of the wild, live on stage—or come to listen.

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies (FAGR) is inviting you to a Story Slam at 2 p.m. on April 28th at the Historic Park Theatre. A Story Slam needs no introduction if you are already an avid aficionado of The Moth, but if not, you are in for an extra special treat. Story Slams are live story-telling competitions where storytellers share personal vignettes— without notes—connected to a theme. Be prepared to be at the edge of your seats as story tellers share personal stories about their own brushes with the wild.

Come to share your own story or to discover how riveting live storytelling can be. Stories must be true, told without notes, and connected to the night’s theme. Volunteer audience members will help crown the night’s winner of the Story Slam. Besides bragging rights, the winner earns a gift certificate to Macdonald Book Shop and second-place earns a gift certificate to Inkwell and Brew—the perfect gifts for any lover of stories. Come wow us with your words and wit on this incredible night of storytelling—or just come to listen to a good yarn.

We are delighted to welcome back our host for the evening, Nick Ross. Ross has hosted story slams for The Moth for the last nine years in Denver. Ross is himself a passionate storyteller with a background in theatre and film; he performs

regularly at Chaos Bloom Theatre and Rise Comedy—and for one memorable night, he’ll be right here in Estes Park for our own Story Slam sponsored by Visit Estes Park.

The Story Slam tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for youth under the age of 18 for advance tickets. You can buy your tickets at: Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth the night of the Story Slam. The Historic Park Theatre opens its doors for this event at 1:30, and the program starts promptly at 2:00.

The Fine Arts Guild is pleased to announce dates for auditions for the musical, Quilters, Sunday, April 14, 2-3 p.m. and Monday, April 15, 7-8 p.m. at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. Cold readings from the script will follow vocal auditions at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. Sign up for an audition time at

Quilters is the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. It blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, and the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories depict the life of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood,

twisters, fire, illness and death. In the end, the various patches presented throughout are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt.

There are 7-8 roles for women. Sarah, the mother, and her six daughters are the primary roles. There are additional parts that can be played by the 8th actor or taken on by the original six daughters. There are also parts for musicians who can play bass, hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, cello and flute.

Rehearsals will begin the week of June 10 through July 18, with performances set for July 19-21, 26-27. The rehearsal schedule will be determined based on availability of the cast members.

Those auditioning will need to prepare 32 bars of a musical theater selection that will showcase your vocal abilities and range, bring sheet music or a backing track, resume, headshot and audition form which will be emailed.

Virtual auditions are possible for people with schedules that won’t allow an in-person audition and will include a Zoom interview in addition to the submission of the vocal audition and reading from emailed sides.

Quilters Artistic Director is Jim Valone and Musical Director, Cynthia Hunt.

Questions? Email

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Are You Ready? 5th Annual EVWC Community Fuel Reduction Event

The Estes Valley and surrounding communities are no strangers to the threat of wildfires. Fire is a natural and necessary ecological process, but when we choose to live in that ecosystem, we need to do the best we can to prevent harm. It is hard to imagine, after all the snow that we received last week, that peak wildfire season is right around the corner: looking around your home, are you ready?

EVWC is now accepting applications for FREE dumpsters to collect and remove your slash, bagged pinecones, and pine needles. This will be our fifth year in assisting our community with fuel reduction efforts in collaboration with

WM (Waste Management). Whether you are a group of homeowners, POA, COA, or HOA, we invite you to apply. We have a limited number of containers that can be distributed, therefore applications will be reviewed and awarded based on how well they address current risk and overall impact on our community.

Two rounds of applications will be open to the Estes Valley. The first round will be open from April 1st and closing on May 15th. The second round will be open on June 1st and will close on June 30th. To view the application guidelines and restrictions, please click on the following link or scan the QR code in this article. You can also contact us via email at:

Creating defensible space around your home may not stop wildfires, but it will help to slow the fire down, giving you time to retreat from the threat, and giving firefighters a chance to act. So, what can you do to be ready? Observe your surroundings and remove or relocate potential fuels near your home (especially within a 10-foot perimeter) including trees, pine needles, pinecones, leaves, woodpiles, etc. Checklists and other information about how you can improve your “Wildland-Urban Interface “(WUI) can be found at living-in-the-wui.

Coming April 20: High Energy Americana At The American Legion

Lady Psychiatrist's Booth, San Diego’s singer-songwriter/guitarist Ashley E. Norton and violinist/mandolinist/singer Stephanie Groot, will soon perform at Estes Park's American Legion Post 119 (850 North Saint Vrain Avenue).

The concert will take place on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at

After five years on non-stop tours with their band Whitherward, the duo has paired off for

multiple dates throughout the southwest alongside their first studio project featuring Laura Hall from the hit TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" There is also a new album on the way with music that ranges from comedy, creepiness and all heart.

This event is part of "Listening at the Legion, a budget minded concert series that brings nationally acclaimed music creators and performers to our little town. Please visit to learn more.

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Sampson, Max And Sweetie Pie Are 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.

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

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.


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.

Sweetie Pie

Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner

April 27th At The Legion

Scouting has been in the Estes Valley since the 1920s, when the first local troop of the Boy Scouts of America was chartered. Today, the scouts of Estes Park Troop 8 continue this prestigious legacy. Through scouting, the youth of Estes Park gain access to unrivaled experiences and invaluable skills that stay with them throughout their lives. Estes Park Troop 8 is lucky enough to have one of the best scouting programs in the country, which can mainly be attributed to two things: nearly unlimited access to the most pristine wilderness in the country and, of course, living in one of the most generous communities in the country.

Estes Park Troop 8 is an entirely volunteer organization. The leadership, equipment, meeting space, time, everything is 100% donated by parents and community members. As an example, Troop 8 has proudly had a partnership with the American Legion for years, which generously provides the troop with a full-time office and meetings space. As another example, Troop 8 was recently able to purchase much-needed replacement tents for its aging inventory. This was only made possible through the donations made by this community at its inaugural Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in October of 2023.

On Saturday, April 27th, 2024, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Estes Park’s Troop 8 will be hosting its second annual Spaghetti

Dinner Fundraiser at the American Legion. Thanks to the amazing staff, leadership, and members at the Legion, 100% of ticket proceeds and other donations will go directly to your local scouts. We are once again asking for the community’s support and generosity as we work to build this fundraiser as a core annual event in the Estes Valley, and something kids in scouting can depend on for generations to come. Join us as we serve a delicious dinner and learn about your local scouts.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and $50 for our family special (2 adults and 2 children). Takeout options are available, just specify online or in your mail!

RSVP tickets can be purchased with a credit card online at Cash or check payments can be made by mail, made out to Estes Park Troop 8, to the following address: Estes Park Troop 8 PO Box 3364

Estes Park, CO 80517

If you are interested in supporting Estes Park Troop 8, but are unable to join us for dinner, please consider making a general donation online or by sending your generosity in the mail. Questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to Thank you and we hope you say hello when you see your scouts out in the community! Friday, March 29, 2024 « 21

9th Annual SnowyGrass Music Festival Returns To The Original Location Of The First Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

On July 12-14, SnowyGrass Music Festival, in partnership with Snowy Peaks Winery, Tandem CPAs, Visit Estes Park, and Estes Park Condos, will celebrate nine years in Estes Park, Colorado. It will be held at Stanley Park, 380 Community Drive–the first location of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in August of 1991 (now held in Lyons, Colorado). Music workshops, bluegrass jam circles, onsite camping, food and art vendors, craft beverages, and local and regional nonprofits will be present.

SnowyGrass was founded by Candice Mohr of Snowy Peaks Winery in 2016. For the first seven years, SnowyGrass was located at Baldwin Park just behind the winery. She wanted to celebrate 11 years in business in Estes Park and thank the community for its support. The winery had already been supporting live

music every Friday by featuring music in its tasting room. In 2017, UpStream Enterprises, LLC took over managing the festival. It grew from a one-day festival into a three-day festival with camping and workshops, featuring Colorado bands and National acts such as Lindsay Lou, Becky Buller, Seldom Scene, Jeremy Garrett, Special Consensus and more.

This year’s festival will feature Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky, Fireside Collective, Travis McNamara (Trout Steak Revival), Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, Jake Leg, Slay, Foggy Mountain Spaceship, David Lawrence & The Spoonful, Lost Penny, Friendly Reminders, Timber, Charlie Stevens Band and Mighty Holler.

For more information on tickets, schedule or to donate, visit

Estes Valley Astronomical Club Meeting And Open House

Saturday, March 30th

We're excited to announce the return of the monthly Estes Valley Astronomical Club Meeting, along with updates on celestial events in the Estes skies. This month's session will be a general meeting where we'll discuss the status of the club and upcoming activities.

Scott Wilseck will be talking about the “Star of the Month” and additional guest speakers for the evening include Deborah Price, board member for DarkSky Colorado, along with Dana Paiement from Visit Estes Park. They'll be shedding light on a new dark sky initiative for the Town of Estes Park.

Additionally, our own EVAS member, Dawn Wilson, will be sharing details about her upcoming night sky photo workshops and she might even showcase some of her photographs from a recent trip to the Southern Hemisphere.

The meeting will be held at the observatory located just north of the high school at 1600 Manford Ave. Parking is available in the teacher’s parking lot adjacent to the observatory. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., with the meeting and lecture beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. The presentation, including a questionand-answer session, will last about an hour. Weather permitting, we'll also have the opportunity to observe various celestial objects through the 16-inch dome telescope after the presentation. For any inquiries, please visit the EPMO website at The lecture is open to the public, and no reservations are necessary. Just come and join the party, and feel free to ask questions. For more information, you can also contact the observatory directly at 970-5865668.

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Estes Park Special Olympics

Tuesday Bowling Fun

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

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As we get ready for the celebration commemorating the resurrection of Christ this weekend, it’s a good time to assess what a difference that event makes. A favorite hymn highlights this truth. The chorus rejoices: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone; because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living, just because He lives.” “But, how do you know He lives?” a skeptic might ask. What answer would you give? It might be a good time to review what you know about that wonderful event that took place long ago. This gives you the ability to, as Peter urged so long ago, “Be ready to give an answer to everyone for the hope that is within you, yet with meekness and fear.” (I Peter 3:15)

It’s always refreshing to read the testimony of valid sources who are not a part of Christ’s followers, yet ‘tell it like it is’. Josephus, a Jewish historian from the first century, who wrote objectively: “Now there was, about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure…This man was the Christ. And when Pilate had condemned him to the cross…those who had loved from the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive on the third day, the divine prophets having spoken these and thousands of other wonderful things about him.” Since Josephus wrote that, millions have loved Him and celebrate His life, death, burial and resurrection. Scores of others have tried to put doubts in believers’ minds about the event we celebrate this weekend.

Since that is true, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about that event, what we read happened, and how we can prove to ourselves and others that it took place. Notice these truths: 1) Jesus Christ lived on the earth. There’s ample evidence of that truth, so we move on; 2) Christ died on a cross, at the hands of Pilate and religious leaders of the time. It was a horrible death, attested to by any who have watched movies like: ‘The Passion of the Christ’, or read about it in Scripture. 3) He was prepared for burial by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea, wrapped in burial cloths and ointments weighing 100 pounds. 4) He was placed in Joseph’s new rock-hewn tomb, watched carefully by two women who saw where he was placed so they could return later. 5) A huge stone was rolled across the entrance and the Roman seal applied. 6) A Roman guard team was stationed at the entrance. Two days later, the tomb was empty, grave clothes were left…as if a body had evaporated out of them, without disturbing them, the stone was rolled away from the door, the guards were perplexed and scared, and Jesus was gone, risen from the grave. In following days he appeared to hundreds of people, most of whom never expected to see Him again, before ascending into heaven.

Ever since, some have tried to ‘prove’ that it never happened. (Others simply live as if it never happened.) Either, skeptics say, ‘He never died. Regaining consciousness, He moved the huge stone, passed by His guards and escaped’, or ‘His body was stolen’. Even lawyers have tried to prove such, only to admit the evidence is too strong, like Josh McDowell shares so well in his book, ‘Evidence that Demands a Verdict’. I hope you, too, will joyfully accept that evidence and pronounce the proper ‘verdict’.

Our song shares: “He came to love, heal and forgive; He lived and died to buy my pardon. An empty grave is there proves my Savior lives”. Then, triumphantly, “And, one day, I’ll cross that river. I’ll fight life’s final war with pain; and then, as death gives way to vict’ry, I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns.”

How about you? Can you say with others: “I can face tomorrow – All fear is gone – He holds the future and life is worth the living…just because He lives.” I hope so.

Crowns For The Care: Fundraising For Cancer Care At Estes Park Health

The Estes Park Health Foundation’s Crowns for the Care initiative has embarked on a mission to raise funds to support cancer di agnosis and treat ment right here in Estes Park.

The Foundation is seeking enthusiastic candidates to vie for the title of Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo 2024 by competing in Crowns for the Care. The contestant who raises the most funds will be crowned during Pink Night at the Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo on July 6th. This event has been instrumental in gathering support for cancer treatment and oncology services at Estes Park Health, having raised over $300,000 since 2017.

sionals can collaborate with patients to implement preventive measures and treat cancer effectively.

Women are urged to step forward as Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo contestants, rallying community support and fundraising efforts for this project. By joining forces, we can ensure Estes Park Health possesses the latest tools to deliver top-tier cancer detection, prevention, and treatment services to our community.

Cancer remains a formidable health concern, underscoring the importance of early detection and effective treatment. Funds raised through Crowns for the Care will help EPH healthcare professionals to provide better care to the residents of the Estes Valley. Armed with accurate information, medical profes-

Those interested in participating or contributing to this noble cause are encouraged to reach out to the Estes Park Health Foundation at (970) 577-4370 or Every ounce of support is invaluable in our collective battle against cancer. Together, let's equip Estes Park Health with the resources needed to safeguard the well-being of our community members. Join us in making a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by this disease.

Rooftop Rodeo Parade Entries Open

The Rooftop Rodeo Parade will take place Monday, July 8, 2024 in downtown Estes Park. The theme will be “Salute to the American Cowboy.” The annual tradition returned in 2023 and was better than ever with over 60 entries.

The Rooftop Rodeo invites equestrian groups, service clubs, local businesses, youth groups, rodeo queens and others to join in the fun. To enter the 2024 Rooftop Rodeo Parade, visit, there is no entry fee. The parade colors are red, white and blue.

The parade is a big part of rodeo week activities in Estes Park with the Rooftop Rodeo kicking off on July 5, 2024 and continuing through July 10, 2024. Rodeo performances begin at 7 p.m. each night with a 6:45 p.m. preshow. Tickets for the 2024 Rooftop Rodeo go on sale online at on April 1, 2024 at 10 a.m.

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Concert With The Moraine Belles

Woodwind Quintet On April 2

Join us at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (EPSCC) for a free musical experience that is set to captivate the hearts of Estes Park residents and visitors alike. The EPSCC is proud to present the extraordinary talents of the Moraine Belles on Tuesday, April 2, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1760 Olympian Lane. Light refreshments will be available.

The Moraine Belles have been delighting Estes Park audiences for the past ten years. They are a Woodwind Quintet comprised of five local women, all of whom have performed on their chosen instruments purely for pleasure since childhood.

You may recognize the Moraine Belles as members of the Estes Park Village Band and the Orchestra of the Oratorio Society of Estes Park. Three are currently performing in the Foothills Symphonic Band as well. The group is comprised of Karen Crislip (oboe), Susan McNeil (flute), Susan Novy (bassoon), Bobbie Chambers (French horn), and

The Moraine Belles will be debuting three classical-style pieces written by Charles F. Novy, a relative of the bassoonist, Susan Novy. They will also be performing pieces by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Koepke, Josef Strauss, Haydn, and Mozart. In addition, they will play some popular tunes, including selections from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

For the performance, you are welcome to bring your own lunch or pre-purchase a hot meal. Place your order before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1. For this event, the Senior Center will be serving a variety Mexican platter with refried beans. The cost is $7 for EPSCC members and $10 for non-members. If you become an EPSCC member for just $35 per year, you will not only enjoy meal discounts but also gain access to all the amazing activities. For more information about the EPSCC or to order a meal for the presentation, please call the Senior Center at (970) 581-2195.

Estes Park Woman's Club To Meet April 10th

The next meeting of the EPWC will be on Wednesday, April 10 at Mother's Cafe located in the 18 Hole Golf Course 1480 Golf Course Rd. The program will be about happenings at the YMCA presented by Julie Watkins, CEO of YMCA of the Rockies. This should be an interesting presentation in a historic location. Also save the date for the final meeting of the year on May 8, 2024 for the Installation of Officers and honoring past

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Apr 1 – 5

Monday, Apr 1 Breakfast Croissant (scrambled eggs w/ cheese topped with ham), Hashbrowns & fruit

Tuesday, Apr 2 Mexican Platter (beef taco in corn shell, bean burrito topped w/ pork green chili & cheesy quesadilla) w/ refried beans

Wednesday, Apr 3 Monte Cristo Sandwich (ham, turkey, swiss & cheddar cheese on TX toast) w/ Potato Salad

Thursday, Apr 4 Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Apr 5 Tilapia (4 oz) w/ Loaded Baked Potato Casserole & soup of the day

Apr 8 – 12

Monday, Apr 8 Denver Omelet (ham, mushrooms, onions & green peppers) w/ Hashbrowns & fruit

Tuesday, Apr 9 Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wednesday, Apr 10 Taco Salad w/ Chicken

Thursday, Apr 11 Baked Mac ‘n Cheese w/ Chicken & Mixed Vegetables, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Apr 12 Trout (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & 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, Apr 1st, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Mar 29th. 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

Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or EAT at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: or call for the latest information

Presidents at Twin Owls Steak House.

We certainly hope you will join us for these two events. Remember advance reservations are needed to attend the luncheon and meeting at

Continue to check our website for upcoming small group events that would interest you.

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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.


The Foods, People, & Innovations

That Feed Us: Smithsonian Curator Paula J. Johnson Ⓡ

Tuesday, April 2, 12 - 1 p.m., online

Smithsonian American Table is a sweeping history of food and culture. In this virtual program, Paula J. Johnson, curator and project director of the American Food History Project, will discuss several stories featured in the volume. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium and Smithsonian Institution Collaboration.

From Murder to Atonement:

Author Talk with Colum McCann & Diane Foley Ⓡ

Tuesday, April 9, 12 - 1 p.m., online

Don’t miss this unique conversation between National Book Award winner

Colum McCann and Diane Foley, the inspiration behind American Mother: the story of a mother who confronts her son’s killer and in doing so, arrives at the heart of forgiveness. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.

Book Club for Mortals: The Art of Dying Well Ⓡ

Thursday, April 11, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Wasson Room & online

Discuss end-of-life issues and our shared mortality. April’s feature, The Art of Dying Well, considers how we might live as well as possible for as long as possible, and adapt successfully to change.


Please note: Open crafts are selfguided programs with instructions and supplies provided. Drop in and create something special!

Bath Bombs

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


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


Mental Health & Our Youth: A Living Room Conversation Ⓡ Salud Mental y Los Jóvenes: Conversación de Sala Ⓡ

Wednesday, April 3, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Estes Park High School

Miércoles, 3 de abril, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Escuela Secundaria de Estes Park

From opportunities to barriers, let’s discuss how we can support mental health and our community’s youth. De

desafíos a oportunidades, discutamos cómo podemos apoyar la salud mental y los jóvenes. Presented with Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership.

Tech Help with Digital Navigators of Larimer County

Wednesday, April 3, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Thursday, April 4, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Wednesday, April 10, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Thursday, April 11, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Schedule an appointment and build your digital skills, including using your smartphone, accessing websites and accounts online, improving online communications, and more. Presented by AmeriCorps service members.

Spread Wing Butterfly Mounting Ⓡ

Thursday, April 4, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Makerspace

repeated Thursday, April 11, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Makerspace

Join Little Caterpillar Butterfly Art & Conservation to learn how to preserve a butterfly (and other winged insects) for display. Recommended for adults and teens.

Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Estes Park Memorial Observatory

Estes Park is projected to see 60% coverage of the upcoming solar eclipse! We’ll have viewing glasses, four filtered telescopes, the NASA livestream, crafts, snacks, and even tours of the radio room with the Estes Park Radio Club. All ages welcome.

Explore different building and engineering challenges with Legos. This month we’ll be building robots.

Artwork Wednesday:

Color a Plant Pot Ⓡ

Wednesday, April 3, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Makerspace

Use sharpies and markers to decorate a small terracotta pot, then choose a plant to take home and nurture!

Teen Advisory Council Ⓡ

Thursday, April 4, 6 - 7 p.m., Hondius Room

Monthly meeting for tweens and teens (ages 11-18) who would like to recommend ideas for library programming, designs for future teen space, and collection purchases for their age group.


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., April 4 at 11 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog Annie: Sat., April 6 at 11 a.m.

Storybook Explorers: Sat., April 13 at 11:15 a.m.

Wagon Parade & Animal Crafts

Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Hondius Room


Voter Registration Drive

Thursday, April 4, 12 - 2 p.m., Library Atrium

The League of Women Voters of Estes Park will be on hand to help with voter registration, important election dates, and other information about voting in Estes Park and Colorado.

Social Security:

What You Need To Know Ⓡ

Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Hondius Room

For many, Social Security plays a crucial role in retirement. In this session, get answers to questions like, “Can I live off of Social Security?” and “Will Social Security run out?” Bring questions of your own, too.


Book vs. Movie Club: The Lorax Ⓡ

Saturday, March 30, 1 - 3 p.m., Hondius Room

Book or movie—which did you like best? We’ll discuss the book, then watch the movie adaptation. Snacks and drinks provided. Lego Club: Make a Robot Ⓡ

Saturday, March 30, 3 - 4 p.m., Hondius Room

Kick off Estes Grows Readers and Month of the Young Child! Come for Baby Storytime at 10 a.m. and Storytime at 10:30 a.m., then stick around for a wagon parade, crafts, and reading to a therapy dog. Presented in partnership with EVICS (Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success); full details at


Learn the Laser Cutter Ⓡ

Monday, April 8, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

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


Next delivery: Thursday, April 4

Unable to travel to the library due to a permanent or temporary condition, caregiver duties (including new parents), non-driver status, or another reason? We can bring library materials to you! Learn about our House Calls program by emailing Gretel Bock at, or by calling 970-5868116, ext. 827.


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 on April 3 in celebration of Cliffhanger’s 5th birthday!


Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit to sign up.

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Cliffhanger Books Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

Can you believe it’s been five years since the Friends of the Estes Valley Library Foundation opened the doors of Cliffhanger Used Books for the first time? To celebrate that milestone, the public is invited to attend a birthday celebration at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3rd. Sweet treats will be served.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Library Giving Day. Library Giving Day is a one-day fundraising event with the goal of encouraging people who depend on and enjoy public libraries to donate to their local library system. In turn, that support helps fund the incredible programs, services, and materials provided to our community by the Estes Valley Library.

Hear About History And Science From Smithsonian Museum Curators

This spring, take a virtual visit to the Smithsonian Institution, courtesy of the Estes Valley Library. Mark your calendars for two intimate presentations from curators at the National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum.

as he introduces historical figures across eras and from around the world who have made sense of one mysterious planet: Mars.

Cliffhanger is a non-profit entity staffed entirely by volunteers. It is located at 191 W. Riverside Drive, next to the Estes Park Post Office in the building once home to Master Graphics Printing and Shipping. The two-story structure was purchased by the Library Foundation in 2018 to provide a permanent sales location for books donated to the library by area residents. Previously, the library’s highly anticipated book sales were held at the Estes Park Conference Center. Then unfortunately, rising facility rental and storage rates, as well as logistics made holding sales that way unfeasible. At that point, the innovative idea of purchasing the Master Graphics building evolved. Working with the building’s owners Dan and Sue Doylen, the purchase became a reality. Helping to make it plausible, the building has three apartments on the second floor that fund the cost of the mortgage. As a result, all book sales directly benefit the library, its programs, and operations.

In 2023 sales at Cliffhanger amounted to more than $100,000 with 105 individuals volunteering their time to operate the store. The shop is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. During the summer months the closing time is extended to 6 p.m. It’s interesting to note that in 2023, the total amount spent by the Program & Outreach and Technical Services teams at the Estes Valley Library (not including salaries and benefits) amounted to $411,237. Through memberships, book sales, and other sources, the Foundation was able to contribute $286,344 during

the year, which funds 70 percent of the library’s services including collection materials, programs, databases, subscription services, and more. These contributions truly make a difference in the community’s literacy and development.

“Wacky Wednesday” is one of the most popular days of the week at Cliffhanger. Before the store opens that morning several categories of books are selected, and those books are sold for a dollar each. In addition to the special Wednesday sales, specific categories of books are designated each month and priced at $3 for hardcovers and $1.50 for paperbacks. Books not on sale are normally priced about 30 percent of the original retail cost. Cliffhanger accepts book, CD, and DVD donations. However, there are a few exceptions. Among the unacceptable items are textbooks, maps, pamphlets, outdated travel books, and VHS tapes.

This winter Cliffhanger inaugurated a new room in the store filled exclusively with hardcover mysteries. And of course, for readers on a quest to discover hidden treasures, books in the “Bargain Room” continue to be four for a dollar.

Estes Park is a wonderful place to explore if you love books. Along with Estes Park’s historic independent bookseller, Macdonald Book Shop, and our public library, Cliffhanger is yet another piece of a wonderful mosaic offering many opportunities to learn and experience the world around us in many different ways.

So—come visit and celebrate with Cliffhanger’s volunteers and Friends of the Library Foundation board members on April 3rd. We’d love to see you.

First, whet your appetite for a discussion on April 2 with Paula Johnson, curator and project director of the American Food History Project. Johnson will share stories featured in Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us. Learn about the people, ingredients, events, and movements that have shaped how and what we eat.

Discover the connections between food and American history, including how food companies have influenced home cooks through advertising, how immigration and migration has shaped (and continues to shape) American tables, and how uniting in the kitchen can change the shape of our collective futures.

After this enlightening, enriching, and entertaining webinar, you can cook your way through featured recipes that reflect American history and culture.

On June 3, join Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator,

Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Shindell’s book, For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet, surveys the planet’s place in human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present movement of exploration and virtual engagement.

These Smithsonian Institution programs are brought to you by the Library Speakers Consortium (LSC), which grants the Estes Valley Library, other member libraries, and their patrons access to acclaimed authors via virtual visits. All events are streamed live, free to attend, and include audience participation through an interactive Q&A session. If you’re unable to attend the live presentations, past recordings are easily accessible and available to watch anytime.

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The new mystery room just added a few months ago. Just a few of the volunteers.

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Achieves Charitable Milestone

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. They are only one of two Clubs in District 5440 to achieve this distinction.

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 indi viduals. Today, Rotary boasts an international mem bership of more than 1.4 million members, 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 was

sent to represent Rotary International. Steve Sehnert from Steamboat Spring represented the Rotary District 5440. Both were present to give 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 Show 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

Adopt A Duck To Benefit Youth In Partners!

Partners is a participating organization in the 2024 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 4th

The theme is We are Family, and the hope is it will bring some peace, tranquility, and togetherness to life in the Rockies.

Choose your quantity of single Duck Adoptions or Quack Packs. Quack Pack

includes five Duck Adoptions all to benefit one organization of your choice plus get a 6th adoption (one more chance to win) free! Partners will receive $23 for every $25 duck adoption made when you chose Partners as the beneficiary. Partners Duck Adoptions for 2024 can be found at or by using our QR code attached.

Spring Splash At The Community Center Leisure Pool

The 2024 Spring Splash event on Sunday was a great success with more people registered than ever before. There was open swim time in the Leisure Pool, an egg hunt, face-painting and crafts for the kids.

Aquatics Manager Nani Couwenberg remarked, “Spring Splash is one of our

favorite special events of the year! Our Aquatics team at the Rec is happy to provide quality, year-round recreational programming at the leisure and lap pools for our community.”

We would like to congratulate this year’s Golden Egg winners Tegan Rushing and Holly Bailey!

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Grant applications for 2024 from the Village Thrift Shop (VTS) are now available for charitable organizations providing services to the Estes Valley community. Non-profits determined by the Internal Revenue Service to operate as a 501(c)(3) and registered in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of

Village Thrift Shop Grant Applications

State are encouraged to complete and submit a request to the Village Thrift Shop for funding by March 31, 2024. After review by the VTS Board of Directors, funding will be distributed in early May.

Grant applications and guidelines are posted for download at the VTS website, Alternatively, copies will be available for pickup Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the

Village Thrift Shop located at 1138 Manford Avenue in Estes Park. The completed application package should be returned via mail, e-mail or hand delivered by the end of March.

The Village Thrift Shop is a non-profit corporation that generates revenue through the resale of donated goods. Generous donors, considerate business partners, a dedicated all-volunteer staff, and loyal patrons support VTS profit sharing. Over the past seven years, nearly

$1,007,000 has been distributed to qualified nonprofits providing critical services in the Estes Valley.

Last year, the volunteer staff at Village Thrift Shop freely gave over 9,600 hours of their time in order to process a bounty of donated, sellable goods subsequently purchased by first time and regular customers from near and far. This year’s grant cycle is anticipated to be the largest payout to non-profit partners in the Estes Valley community to date. Friday, March 29, 2024 « 31 Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park Office: 970-586-5324 1301 Strong Avenue $948,000 Call Dave Kiser $1,225,000 Call Kirk or Bianca $1,300,000 Call Kirk or Bianca $575,000 Call Kirk or Bianca The Retreat, Glen Haven Impressive Workshop 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 2222 Hwy 66 Unit 13 $760,000 Call Javier or Maria Custom-built Log Home New Listing Sold 4 Units 2101 Ridge Rd $1,245,000 • Big Views • North End • 3 Bed 2 Bath Call Dave Lasota Under Contract


Three Local Nonprofits Win $500 From Bank Of Colorado And FHLB

If you had $500 to help our community, how would you use it?

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka asked that very question as part of their $500 for Good Campaign. Here at the Bank of Colorado, we had some ideas and submitted the names of nonprofits in our community who are doing good. This year, the FHLB of Topeka awarded $500 for Good to the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies, the Estes Nonprofit Network and the Friends of the Library Foundation.

Loan Operations Manager at Bank of Colorado, serves on the FAGR board as Secretary. Ryan Bross, Senior Vice President at Bank of Colorado, nominated the Estes Nonprofit Network (formerly Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center) for an award. The Estes Nonprofit Network provides advocacy, education, and resource sharing to the 100+ nonprofits in the Estes Valley. This

organization is invaluable in connecting volunteers and nonprofits and providing networking opportunities to increase collaboration. Bross serves as the Board President of the Network.

Bank of Colorado is delighted to see these non-profit organizations receive recognition from the FHLB of Topeka. The FHLB of Topeka received more than 100 submissions, and 52 organizations received $500. Of those 52 winners, nine different organizations in Colorado received awards—three of them right here in Estes Park.

Christina Kraft, Market President at Bank of Colorado, nominated the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies for an award.

Kraft focused on the good the FAGR does for our community’s youth by offering a summer youth theater program for children in grades 3-12. The FHLB of Topeka will further feature the FAGR with a video highlighting their contributions to Estes Park. Rachel Cunning,

Bross also nominated the Friends of the Library Foundation for an award.

The Foundation provides advocacy and support for the Estes Valley Library, which offers numerous educational resources and opportunities for discussion and contemplation of larger community issues. Bross serves as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors.

We know we have a special community here in the Rockies, and we are thrilled when our community nonprofits receive national recognition. Last year, Bank of Colorado also nominated the Estes Valley Land Trust and Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success, which the FHLB of Topeka also recognized with an award of $500 each for the good they do right here in Estes Park.

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Estes Valley Welcomes Esteemed Financial Advisor, Tyler Boling Of Gateway Financial Partners, To Foster Community Wealth Empowerment

In a significant addition to its financial landscape, Estes Valley proudly announces the arrival of Tyler Boling, an independent financial advisor from Gateway Financial Partners. Boling’s inclusion in the community marks a notable enhancement in comprehensive investment management services available to local residents.

With over a decade of experience, Boling is committed to delivering personalized financial guidance, focusing on multi-generational wealth management, service excellence, and lasting partnerships. “My mission extends beyond individual clients; it encompasses a dedication to nurturing the financial legacies of families for generations,” he stated, underscoring his holistic approach to financial planning.

Originally from Central Connecticut, Boling has seamlessly integrated into the Estes Valley Community, sharing its residents’ passion for outdoor activities, wildlife, and civic involvement. His dedi-

cation to family and community service, including active participation in local church activities, highlights his commitment to contributing positively to the community’s wellbeing.

As part of Gateway Financial Partners’ strategic expansion west, Boling’s role is pivotal in addressing the unique financial planning services of communities like the Estes Valley. His practice is built on the principles of independence and personalized client service, emblematic of Gateway’s philosophy of empowering families through informed financial decision making.

Boling benefits from Gateway Financial Partners’ supportive environment, which combines professional autonomy with comprehensive national resources. This model allows him to offer bespoke financial strategies tailored to the distinct goals and dreams of each family, distinguishing his practice from the conventional financial advisory models currently available to residents of Estes Valley.

His new office, located at 363 E. Elkhorn Ave, Suite 308, is designed to be a welcoming space for clients.

Adorned with works from local artists and craftsmen, it reflects a perfect balance between modern professionalism and the area’s rustic charm, fostering a warm and comfortable environment for client consultations.

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Peak To Peak Concerts In April

The Peak to Peak concert series is pleased to present two concerts in April: A Singing Potpourri: Quartets, Duets, and Solos on April 13th and The Composer’s Craft: Original Compositions from Rich Dixon, Robert Howard and Chase Jordan on April 20th. Both concerts will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail in Estes Park. The Peak to Peak concert series is sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Estes Park. There will be receptions following the performances to meet the musicians. The concerts are free but donations are gratefully accepted. The Peak to Peak Concert Series is sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Estes Park and showcases local musicians.

of Estes. They are available to hire for private events.

The Nada Quartet is actually “not a quartet,” as there are six singers: Nelson Burke, Don Bryson, Bob Gunn, Dave Stookesberry, Steve Tice and Randy Welch.

Named after Patricia’s daughter, the Luciana Quartet was created after Robert Gunn, Patricia Arias, Nelson Burke and Miranda Dillard met while

A Singing Potpourri on April 13th will feature Simpática Quartet, Nada Quartet, and Luciana Quartet. Simpática Quartet is comprised of Miranda Dillard, Denise Stookesberry, Steve Tice and Nelson Burke. The group organized last spring and rehearses weekly as a premier acapella quartet in Estes Park. They have performed at the EP Chorale Concert, for the Woman’s Club, the Rotary Club and at the tree lighting for the town

singing in the Estes Park Chorale. What began as a rehearsal for “The Parting Glass” transformed into a group that enjoys singing a range of styles of music. Steve Tice and Don Bryson joined the group to sing some selections for this concert.

In addition to the quartets, Patricia Arias, Nelson Burke, Miranda Dillard, and Denise Stookesberry will perform as soloists. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Cynthia Hunt.

Estes Park is home to several talented and prolific composers. Mark your calendars for April 20th, when three of these composers will present a recital of their original works, The Composer’s Craft: Original Compositions from Rich Dixon, Robert Howard and Chase Jordan. The program will contain both instrumental and vocal works.

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Nourish Your Mind, Body And Soul At Estes Park Spinal Flow

Nannette Chisholm, owner of Spinal Flow Practitioner is pleased to announce the opening of her new business, Estes Park Spinal Flow, 1230 Big Thompson in the Vert Co-Working building, lower level offices.

When asked where the concept of her new business came from Nannette said, “I have enjoyed an 18-year career in private practice in Estes Park offering massage, reiki, energy work and sound healing. In 2021 both my husband and I retired and were enjoying our various hobbies and interests. Then, I became aware of Spinal Flow Technique, developed by Dr. Carli Axford, and I was super motivated to learn this modality. I had been receiving Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic care for the past two years with amazing results and Spinal Flow has some inherent similarities to Network Chiropractic. Although it is different in many ways from Network Chiropractic, the basic philosophy of trusting the innate ability of the body to heal itself, combined with specific, informed, non-invasive touch is what drew me in. So, in February of 2023 I enrolled in the Spinal Flow Training, became certified in June and opened my new office in town on July 1, 2023. I guess I failed at retirement, but I am absolutely loving this work and am in awe of the effectiveness it offers.”

Spinal Flow Technique is a non-invasive, gentle approach to working directly with the nervous system. Through a series of intentional contacts along the spine and on the cranium, the practitioner assists the client in increasing their spinal flow, or available life force

receiving healing in the company of others. Nannette said, “When we heal together in the same space, the healing is amplified. It is also comforting to know that we are with like-minded individuals, each doing our own healing and each connecting more deeply to our own innate wisdom.”

Nannette is extremely happy in her Vert office space and loves the camaraderie and warm, friendly energy that the Vert community exudes. She said, “In time, as my client base grows, I may consider adding another table to my group setting and would consider expanding my office space at that time. I would love to share my workspace with another certified Spinal Flow Practitioner so we could offer Estes Park increased hours and more practitioners! Also, I envision offering Spinal Flow retreats at some point in the future. The healing potential is magnified exponentially in a retreat setting, where you receive three to four sessions per day, combined with time to be immersed in a natural setting to journal, reflect, meditate, practice yoga and receive sound healing. I am in the process now of dreaming these local retreats into being, so stay tuned!”

pain, increasing health, and releasing stored emotional layers. I’d love to see Estes grow in offering cutting edge holistic modalities that make a difference in our quality of life. I know we all drive to the valley for many things that are hard to find up here. I want to be part of the solution to offering more varieties of local holistic health care.”

She continued, “I am also passionate about providing this work to those who are in positions of high-stress at work or at home. Spinal Flow as a regular selfcare commitment is truly amazing at releasing layers of stress from the nervous system. I am committed to working with you to bring you the most incredible results, as we work together to support your health, inner connection and quality of life.”

Her office hours are Monday -Thursday each week, by appointment. Feel free to contact her by email at or call 970-232-4729 to set up an appointment.

energy, that moves along the spinal cord and into the brain. The results are that both physical and energetic blockages are released from the spine, thereby allowing increased nerve function in areas that have been blocked for days, months, or even years. This translates into increased health as muscles, organs and connective tissues receive the blood supply and nerve signals needed to function at a higher level. Additionally, messages of well-being are sent to the brain via the nervous system, which leads to changes in perception and increased mental/emotional resilience and health. Other benefits include improved postural changes, reduced pain, better sleep, improved digestion and reduced anxiety.

The beauty of this modality is the simplicity of receiving a 30-minute session, lying face down on a massage table, fully clothed. It is so accessible to give yourself the gift of deep self-care with a 30minute session during your day. Clients report feelings of deep relaxation, increased feelings of positivity and wellbeing, increased energy throughout the day, reduction or elimination of body aches, pains and headaches, and a shift in overall awareness after their sessions.

One other aspect that makes Spinal Flow unique is that it is designed to be given in a small group or clinic setting. This means that up to four or five clients at a time can be receiving the work during the same session. Nannette currently has three tables in her treatment room and offers these clinic/group sessions as the norm. This helps keep the cost affordable and also benefits each client by

Nannette added, “My main passion is serving my Estes Park community with an amazing, affordable, and gentle technique that is truly effective in reducing

For the entire month of April she is running a Springtime Special. Book your Initial Intake and Spinal Assessment appointment during April and receive 50% off the regular price, (a value of $57.50). Nannette said, “I look forward to working with you and assisting you with this amazing technique!” Friday, March 29, 2024 « 35
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Teaching Around The District What Is P-Teach?

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"Pathways to Teaching (PTeach) is a program designed to actively recruit, inspire, and launch the next generation of teachers. High school students engage in rigorous course work and field experiences, at no cost, while earning college credit toward a bachelor's degree in education."Rachel Graham P-Teach in classrooms-What it’s all about:

April Martinez-"To me, P-Teach is an opportunity to get early access to the teaching/ education environment. It’s a good way of getting dual credit where it’s more hands-on then work-based. PTeach is a good way of building relationships with your peers if you’re in field experience. I think that’s my favorite part about P-Teach, I’ve gotten the chance to build relationships and friendships with Mr. Rische's 2nd-grade classroom. Throughout the year I’ve gotten to not only build those relationships but I’ve gotten the chance to give a lesson which was a bit scary at first but it gave me the opportunity to learn from that experience and realize what i could improve moving forward. P-teach is a great opportunity for

hands-on learning."

Quincey Pauls-"P-Teach is an amazing opportunity for future teachers. This has helped me learn what age of teaching I liked. I think class is something that allows me to be able to explore opportunities. This can give students an insight into what being a teacher is like. This is

one of my favorite classes as I am building relationships with the elementary students. I am learning many things from communication and how to work as a team. This class has become one of my favorites and hope to take this class again next year to further learn about teaching."

tad-"Pathways to Teaching (P-teach) has taught me to open my mind to the diversity within classrooms and every child. I’ve really enjoyed my Intro to Special Education class which has taught me how every child has the ability to learn and that it’s up to the teachers to figure out what the best way to teach a child is. I have been taught that the best lessons are the ones that are created specifically for the child which can be hard in general classrooms but are used in the special education classrooms. My early field experience has got me into a classroom

and I’m really enjoying it, I learned to be creative with lessons to teach a small group. I also learned how to better to keep students on tasks with gentle reminders and connect with the students themselves. Whether or not you want to become a teacher, P-teach gives you a greater respect for your teachers and teaches you to open your mind to others and their diversity which is why I’m going to continue to do P-teach next year."

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CJ Juarez-Tostado and Grace Thamert -Grace and others had an amazing experience at the University of Northern Colorado. Learning about teaching and to better understand the world of education. Future Teachers-We see many students pursuing teaching opportunities. The PTeach program allows them to explore different areas of teaching.

Presbyterian Community Church Of The Rockies Presents…Creation Care: A Series On Stewardship And Spirituality

One of the ways that we are called to action is to care for our environment. Caring for our environment means not only taking steps to use our resources wisely but also to learn about the world around us. The more we learn about nature, how we rely on it for our sustainability and how we both impact and are impacted by it, the more we can understand our role in protecting it. In response to this mission focus of our denomination, the PCUSA, we are dedicating six weekends to creation care. On Saturday mornings at 10:00, we will feature environmental experts and enthusiasts to share their knowledge and experience about all matters concerning the environment, and on Sunday mornings at worship, we will look specifically on how caring for creation can make a difference in our call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and help the suffering. These talks are open to the community. Please join us for a learning hour, question and answer, and fellowship.

Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.: Scott Rashid, “Small Mountain Owls”

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.: Meredith Ishida, “The Poetry of Wild Sacred Spaces”

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.: Robert Hancock, “Bugology 101: Why Insects Matter”

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.: Kent Dannen, "Developing A Meditation Trail"

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.: Pat Waltermire, “How Should Humans and Plants Interact?”

Adopt A Duck To Support The Estes Park Salud Foundation

Adoptions are $25 per duck, with $23 going directly to Estes Park Salud Foundation to help support the patient financial assistance programs at the Salud Estes Park clinic.

You do not need to be present at the Duck Race on May 4 to win, winners will be notified by email. The 2024 Duck Race will feature three major cash prizes of $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000, a two-night vacation stay in an Explorer cabin at Camp Hale near Vail, Colorado, and many other prizes donated by local merchants.

Keeping Estes “Quaint”

ipation is the key to everything!

The Salud Estes Park clinic, located at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive, is accepting new patients. For more information, please visit To schedule an appointment, call (970) 586-9230.

Most locals want to keep Estes “quaint.”

In dictionary, the definitions include: “pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar;”

“marked by beauty or elegance;”

“marked by skillful design;” or, my favorite, “unusual or different in character or appearance.” Originally, in the 13th century, quaint meant, “expert” or “skilled,” but language, like everything else, changes over time. Synonyms today include odd, eccentric, quirky.

Many people think we must, “Keep Estes the same.” That same, however, varies, by when they arrived. Yes, we still have mountain landscapes, large rocks, abundant trees, and, thank goodness, natural vegetation, largely devoid of water-hungry Kentucky Bluegrass. In today’s world this is old-fashioned, unusual, and different. But we no longer require hitching posts on main street (which would be quaint) or a gigantic Christmas tree in the intersection of Elkhorn and Moraine. The stoplights work all year now and even the elk have learned to pay attention – sometimes. That is a real part of the character that keeps Estes quaint. Elk and other wildlife roam the vicinity, welcome everywhere. Elk go shopping. Bears take a cookie break. Estes is unique.

Recently, several workforce development projects have been repeatedly challenged, resulting in prolonged delays. As an example, one project was a mountain architecture apartment complex with a childcare center but the challengers wanted the developer to cease and desist, leaving open space – for the elk-but the elk could not afford the property. Property held by a developer is an investment he cannot afford to donate. Project cost by then had risen sharply, so, the original developer sold the property. To trim costs, the new developer added height, increased density, discarded expensive trimmings and raised the rent – all perfectly legal, but not the project the original developer wanted to build. And no daycare center. Many people, including myself, are unhappy with the final result, but, by then, the options were limited. That often happens when delays affect the cost of development. It couldn’t be helped.

So, what is quaint? And what is the culture of Estes?

First of all, Estes accepts newcomers into the fold. Some communities do not allow memberships short of multiple generations. Here in Estes, all that is required of locals is to get involved. Partic-

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At Salud Family Health, we provide quality, affordable primary health care services to keep you and your family healthy. We serve all members of the community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Salud accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans.

Another unique characteristic of Estes Park is the custom for each Town Trustee to state his or her individual position and reasons before the vote. This tradition offers amazing insight. We have been very lucky the last two years to have a very balanced Trustee Board with fairly even representation of conservative / progressive approaches. While they do not always agree, there is value in disagreement. I enjoy watching them discuss their way to a compromise at Town Hall.

Another invaluable trait about the Estes government is that they allow public comment from anyone at Town Board meetings. This is not restricted to town residents. Locals who live in the county speak regularly and even comments from interested parties who live “down the mountain” are welcome.

Perhaps due to the retiree population, we have oodles of volunteers for our local projects. Many non-profits are active in pursuit of a myriad of community goals, expanding what the town itself can accomplish.

However, perhaps our most cherished asset is our support of each other. In many places disaster results in withdrawal. Here, we come out of the woodwork to help out. After the flood, neighbors checked on neighbors, employers contacted employees, teachers contacted students, non-profits contacted members, until everyone was located, airlifted out when necessary, domiciled, safe and sound. Frank Lancaster (Town Administrator then) held daily town meetings, open to anyone and everyone. We felt safe. We have proved we are Mountain Strong time and again.

Some people confuse quaint with small, but I think the real concern is to preserve the “culture” without destroying individuality. Restricting someone else’s eccentricity is a modern trend, not a contributor to an old-fashioned lifestyle. At the same time, unadorned walls whether made of glass or cement, are not, generally, considered quaint. There are ways to keep Estes quaint and still allow for growth. If we continue to encourage vintage architecture, care for our wildlife and our water and air, and stay the close-knit community we are today, working together for the betterment of everyone, and ensuring a sustainable future: socially, economically, and ecologically – there are many Estes attributes I do not want to lose. Agree? Disagree? Comments?

Cindy Youngland For Trustee

To The Editor:

We are voting for Cindy Youngland and are asking for you to vote for her as well. She has been an essential asset on the Trustee Board for the past 4 years. We often attend the Town Trustee meetings and find her questions and comments to reveal a thought provoking and well considered approach to each issue. As a local, growing up and attending school in Estes Park, she has a depth of commu-

nity history that is quite valuable, with a broad interest in family, workforce, business owners and retirees. In addition Cindy’s medical background and knowledge places her as a valuable representative and voting member of the Regional Opioid Abatement Council. Please join us in returning Cindy Youngland to her position as a Town Trustee.

Kent and Judi

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Boreal owl photo by Scott Rashid.

Love Hurts (An Easter Reflection)

Love hurts. Love also produces hope, joy, and comfort. Love breaks hearts and heals the broken hearted. Love is arguably the best thing we can receive and the best thing we can give. And one thing is certain—we all need to be loved.

There are multiple problems with love though. Love often requires surrendering or giving something up. Selflessness is required for love to survive and our willingness to sacrifice can tend to go against our grain. Sacrifice requires… uh…sacrifice. And sacrifice is the other problem with love. “I’m for any good cause as long as it doesn’t inconvenience me,” kind of sums up our challenge with sacrifice.

Of course, the biggest problem with love is that it hurts. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say anyone who has ever loved anybody or anything has been hurt. The loss of anyone or anything we love deeply translates to hurt and that’s the rub. We love to love and be loved but hate the hurt. Pain comes along with hurt and pain is not our friend. The lyrics to “Love Hurts” put it well. “Love hurts, love scars, love wounds and marks any heart not tough enough to take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain.”

THE sacrifice for our sins. His life, so that we could be given the opportunity to be willing to accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior. His pain, His sacrifice, His love and His hurt in exchange for our opportunity for eternal life. Last time I looked, that’s a pretty sweet deal.

For followers of Jesus, Sunday is the day we celebrate the Father not leaving us hanging (I’m so sorry for the pun) about the outcome of Jesus sacrifice on the cross. On the third day after Jesus’ burial, God’s resurrection power rose Jesus from the dead and rolled the stone away from the tomb. The crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus gives way to these words of hope, joy and comfort— “Where O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” He is risen!

The little band of brothers who attend Men on Fire Saturday’s at the American Legion stand shoulder to shoulder in the truth of the cross and the power of resurrection life through Jesus. It is what unites us stronger together than any doctrinal differences that will ever divide us.

All this brings me to Jesus, the One who demonstrates the greatest example of love that ever was or ever will be. As I said last week, it wasn’t the three nails that kept Jesus hanging in excruciating agony on the cross. It was his love for you and me. It was His willingness to take on the hurt, scars and wounds as

Men, join us Saturday, 8:00 a.m. at the American Legion. The Men on Fire brothers know how much love hurts. We extend the invitation to receive the hope, joy and comfort afforded through accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. We also extend our invitation to share in our encouragement and support with other men on their journey of faith. See you Saturday.

To The Editor:

Elect Bill Brown Trustee

I have been involved on multiple boards, committees and have been friends with Bill Brown for a number of years. Before he supports something he becomes a student of the issue. He thoroughly researches policies, proposals, bills, and any other issue before he makes comment or commits to a position. What you will get when you choose Bill Brown as your representative on our Town Board is someone who will find out the facts and do the analysis necessary to make sound decisions. Bill is a thoughtful, mild mannered,

soft spoken and educated gentleman. That being said, he doesn’t back down from addressing hard issues or from saying what may be unpopular when he believes in it. I have seen him do as much at several Town Hall meetings. Bill will make an excellent Trustee. He is patient, he listens and is just what we need on our Town Board. I wholeheartedly endorse Bill as Town Trustee and encourage everyone to vote for him. He is definitely someone that you want to represent you.

Crossroads-Our Neighborhood Security Blanket

“Crossroads Ministry has been a lifesaver. After receiving treatment for colon cancer in Arizona, I relocated to Colorado and was at one of the lowest and most difficult times in my life. Crossroads was there for me at the very beginning. They provided food assistance, as well as guided me to affordable, living

work we do. How many of you like to wrap up in a warm blanket on a chilly night? Especially the ones that are soft, comfy and cuddly. Remember one of the Charlie Brown characters named Linus? He carried his blanket with him everywhere he went, and it seemed to bring a sense of comfort. I can only imagine that the term “security blanket” may have

options. After finding employment and getting settled in Estes Park, I was still struggling. Crossroads gave me rental assistance at a time when I needed it the most. They allowed me the opportunity to get back on my feet. I don’t know what I would have done without Crossroads Ministry. They are so caring and empathetic, and I can’t thank them enough for all that they have done.” This was an email that a neighbor sent us as a personalized endorsement of what she experienced at Crossroads. This is just one person who decided to put her feelings into words, and sent it to us. I know there are others who have verbally shared with us the impact that Crossroads has made in their life, and we’re thankful for these little affirmations that confirm we’re fulfilling our mission.

Over the last couple months I have shared about the wraparound services that we provide our neighbors in need. We want to make sure that in our assessment process that we’re providing a holistic approach to meeting the basic needs of every person who walks through our doors. It’s truly a team effort! A couple weeks ago I tried to illustrate this with the Alaska Native blanket toss and how it takes many hands working together to help a neighbor reach new heights. I’d like to carry on this analogy of the blanket as it relates to the

come from this 1950s cartoon. Either way, blankets have been around for many years, because they serve a purpose in our life. At Crossroads, our blanket serves an important purpose in that it brings a sense of security to a person’s situation when they know we’re on the journey with them and that we’re prepared to step into their struggles to make sure they don’t feel alone. The services we provide and refer people to are intended to wrap around a person to make sure the necessities of life are covered. Have you ever been in a situation where your blanket was covering most of your body, but your feet were left out in the cold? Well, that’s kinda what I’m talking about when we help a neighbor in need with most of their needs, but leave them out in the cold to figure out of the rest. We don’t as an organization cover everything for our neighbors, but we do ensure that they have the support and resources to take care of their most pressing needs and that they can get everything covered as they put in the effort to do so. It’s downright comforting to see this take place week after week as we’re taking good care of our Estes Valley residents in need.

Our Neighbors in Need Challenge is coming up! Get ready to send in your donation that will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Thank you for your generous support!

Voting No On Ballot Issue

To: The Editor

A flawed Ballot Question asks citizens to interpret sections 3.3A

Code. Do you know what those sections say?

Neither do I. That is why I am voting NO on this Ballot Question. I urge you to do the same. Friday, March 29, 2024 « 39
1-3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3-9; 3.2; 3.3A1 or 2, as they apply to zoning variances and Planned Unit Developments in the Town’s Development

Holy Week And Easter Church Services

Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church

Holy Thursday, March 28th, 7:00 p.m. Mass with Eucharistic Adoration until 9:30 p.m.

Good Friday, March 29th

6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service

Saturday, March 30th

Easter Vigil 8:00 p.m. Mass.

Reception for all to follow Mass Easter Sunday, March 31st

8:00 a.m. Mass

10:00 a.m. Mass

11:15 a.m. Reconciliation in Spanish

12:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish

Located at 920 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park. 970-586-8111

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center Easter worship at 10:00 a.m. in Hyde Chapel. Rev. Greg Bunton, Chaplain. Call 970-586-3341 ext. 1012 for more information.

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church invites everyone to join us as we celebrate the Easter Season. Please feel free to come to any or all of our services during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.

We are located at 880 MacGregor Avenue, please come join us!

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

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 3/29 at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary

· No Sunday School Easter morning

· Easter Celebration 3/31 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

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to you!

Holy Week at St. Francis of Assisi

Traditional Anglican Church

Maundy Thursday-Thursday, March 28th

Holy Communion Service 4:00 p.m.

† Followed by the Procession to the Altar of Repose

† The Sanctuary is laid bare

† Washing of the Feet (The Maundy)

† Watch at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday-March 29th

Stations of the Cross-12 Noon

† Followed by “The Mass of the PreSanctified”

• Maundy Thursday – March 28th –Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. followed by Eucharistic Vigil from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The service will include foot washing and stripping the altar in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday, March 29th – good Friday liturgy at Noon.

The Great Easter Vigil, March 30th –Lighting of the Paschal Candle at 5:30 p.m. with Holy Eucharist service.

Easter Sunday, March 31st – Festival Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, then a special Easter Coffee Hour!

Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley, 2200 Mall Road. We invite you to join us: A reverent remembrance of Good Friday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. (The Lord’s Supper will be observed). A joyous celebratory service of Jesus’ resurrection, Easter Sunday, March 31st at 10:30 a.m.

Park Fellowship Church Good Friday Service and Communion March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Estes Park High School Auditorium.

Allenspark Community Church Holy Week Services

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

everyone a very Blessed Holy Week.

Easter at the Christian Church of Estes Park

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

For additional information, visit CCEP’s website at

ship: 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.

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. 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

Inter-Denominational Remembrance Service at EP High School Auditorium-7 p.m.

Easter Day-March 31st

Lighting of the New Fire9:00 a.m. (Prayer booklets will be available)

The Easter Service of Holy Communion- 9:30 a.m.

The Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. Maundy Thursday service on March 28 at 5:30 will include communion by intinction, remembering the Last Supper. Good Friday on March 29 will be a Tenebrae service at noon reminding us of the sorrow on the day of Christ’s death. On Easter Sunday, we gather together in the Sanctuary to celebrate the Risen Lord. Please comebring a friend!

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

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!

Please join us during this time and every Sunday. There’s a reason door opens outwardly and not inwardly; they are always open to you!

We published several requests for Easter church services and the above churches responded with their offerings.

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Flatirons Church Is Open To All

Often a sermon hits a chord because it is a new thought or idea. If you are at all like me, you interpret scripture very literally with the very narrow perspective of your experience. Today Jim Bergen taught about how to love others as Jesus loves us. We often think of blessings as physical things that we have in our lives. At 84, I can still hike mountains. I have a loving wife that I cherish. I am not wealthy but all my needs plus a few extras are supplied.

Jesus loved more broadly because He understood that we are more than a physical body with physical needs.

When asked by a lawyer which is the greatest law, Jesus answered, “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

And a second that is like it, love your neighbor as you want to be loved. If we could capture that, no other law would be necessary. The two laws are one. We see this in 1 John 4:20. “If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

What does it mean to be in prison? I can be imprisoned by substances, emotional concerns, or tied up in philosophy without having love to give it meaning and purpose in another’s life. When I was young, I was captured by my own anger which I found solace from smoking cigarettes. I was addicted because I did not know how to visit or accept visits from friends.

Gary Hall-Our Choice For Mayor

To The Editor:

We would like to endorse Gary Hall for the position of mayor in the upcoming April 2 Estes Park Town elections.

We worked with Gary at Estes Park Health for many years. He is a man of very good character.

But how are we to love one another and love God. Jesus provides some practical examples.

I have read that scripture hundreds of times and only saw the physical commands. But is hunger more than for food? It also includes a hunger and thirst for emotional and mental needs. An old country song captured this with lyrics that said, “I got the hungries for your touch.” How many times have I needed a hug more than a meal?

I can be a stranger even though we have an acquaintance. We become friends when we share the deeper things of our lives. But there is a danger if we share deeply if love is not there. Love will keep your confession in confidence. I have a few young men I mentor. What we share stays in confidence unless the other gives me permission to share. Then the sharing is still not casual gossip but is shared only for the purpose of inviting someone else into the confidence for prayer or further friendship. Sickness can be more than a physical ailment. Much of my sickness can be from disappointment or loss. Do I pay enough attention to pick up on a person’s sadness or loneliness? Do I take the time to visit with them? Often just to listen and cry with them, to let them know they are not alone. It takes time and effort. Without love for my neighbor, other things will distract from the command.

Often money can be a solution to a physical need. But more often, the cost is in loving enough to take time and energy to be in another’s life. Jim showed a video which captured one of the places the Christmas offerings went this year. They were emotional because it was my church and the money from the congregation that supported organizations in their efforts to reach out personally to make a difference in people’s lives. For some it was food and educational opportunity. For others, it was to rescue children caught in child sex trafficking. Millions of dollars went to various organization that have feet on the ground in areas where people most need help and love. What an inspiration to know I am a small part of that.

But it was more. Every time I take time to reach out, I am reminded of the gratitude I feel for all Jesus has done for me. Without Him and loving brothers and sisters in Christ, my life would have been one of hunger, illness, and imprisonment. But someone reached out to give me a life that is full. I cannot find words to express my gratitude for their love and kindness. I know it cost them something to invite me into relationship and to be involved in my life. If I were to tell all the stories, it would fill volumes. And it is not over. As long as I breath, I will need those special relationships which feed me with hope and encouragement. They will never cease to be a source of closeness when I am felling lonely or overwhelmed. They visit me in my time of need and bring the only thing they have, to give. It is love that shows up in so many forms and all in the moment I need them most.

Flatirons believes in a church that is open to all who are broken to offer relationship, not just in a large body but in personal relationships which keep me growing in my ability to function as Jesus. If you are looking for a church that has a passion for lost and broken people, please join us Sundays, 11 a.m. at the Reel Mountain theater. I promise you will be loved no matter how broken you are because we are all broken and in the process of healing.

He has a personality that is able to work with all different types of people and he has an honest and loving heart.

He helped so many people in his business career and was always supportive of us in good times and in difficult times.

Gary is a natural leader and people come to him to help solve problems or just to have him listen to the challenges and accomplishments in life. He supported me (Diana) and cheered me on during my work to achieve citizenship in the USA. He is a great listener, always

willing to open his ears and eyes to what you need to tell him, and he helps you think through the issues and find solutions, when there are solutions. Whether there’s a solution or not, Gary brings compassion and humanity to the interaction, always.

Gary was always a great communicator to the staff while we worked together. He always kept us aware of changes that were happening (good or not good) in a timely and helpful way.

We think that Gary would bring his leadership qualities to the position of mayor and would help Estes Park be a better place for all of its citizens. We ask you to vote for Gary Hall for mayor on April 2.

Thank you.

Diana and Servando Talamantes

Mark Igel For Town Council

To The Editor:

Mark Igel turned around the Original Taffy Shop and he will bring new ideas and programs to the Town Council.

Vote Mark Igel for Estes Park Town Council.

Bill Melton

Estes Park and Cedar Hill, TX

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


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. Friday, March 29, 2024 « 41

Louise Ann Smith

Louise Ann Smith, 76, passed away in Estes Park on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Louise was born on February 1, 1948, in Englewood, Colorado to parents Harvey and Doris Zickrick. She grew up in Englewood with her siblings Joyce and Dennis and graduated from Englewood High School in 1966. She married her first husband, Michael, in 1967 and gave birth to three daughters, Michelle, Deanne and Stephanie during their 18 years of marriage. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught preschool before working for State Farm Insurance, but she truly excelled at her favorite job of Mom. After meeting Dan Smith, she made Estes Park her home and she and Dan were married on November 3, 1995. After they were married, Dan’s daughter, Valerie Thompson [Rick Thompson] and son, Dan Jr. became cherished members of her family. Louise’s administrative and bookkeeping skills were an asset to Dan Smith Construction until she retired in 2014.

Louise loved to surround herself with family, especially her grandchildren, who were the light of her life. She rarely missed a basketball, football or volleyball game and attended every dance recital and concert by her talented brood. Grandchildren Dalton Spitale [Mikayla Spitale], Logan Whitney, Claire Whitney, Kelsey Whitney-Mullins [Aaron Mullins], Gage Smith, Sophie Schwartz, Haddi Thompson, Grace Adrian and Taylor Adrian filled Dan and Louise’s home for all of the holidays and birthdays. She also enjoyed traveling with Dan and his sister Sandra, and brother-inlaw, Max. She was an enthusiastic scrapbooker and applied her creativity to scrapbooks documenting their journeys to Hawaii, London and New Orleans as well as the many activities of the grandkids. Anyone who visited Dan and Louise’s beloved home is familiar with Louise’s kindness, cheerfulness, and loving nature.

Services will be held April 5, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Summit Church, 156 1st Street, Estes Park, CO 80517. Flowers may be sent to the church. Alternatively, donations can be made in Louise’s name to Crossroads Ministry PO Box 3616, Estes Park, Colorado 80517,

Robert William Gallagher, Jr. Service Reminder

Long-time Estes Park resident, Robert William Gallagher, Jr., passed away the morning of January 30, 2024. He was 56 years old.

An open-house Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, March 30th, at the American Legion Post 119, located at 850 N. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517, for any who would like to join and share in celebrating him. Doors will open at 3 p.m., with a Memorial Ceremony and Service to begin around 4 p.m., followed immediately by an Irish wake-style gathering for the remainder of the evening.

In-lieu-of flowers, please give to the local charities and organizations that Bob believed strongly in, such as: the American Legion Post 119, Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park, and the

Franklin “ Toby” Farrel

A Celebration of Life for Toby Farrel will be held Friday, May 3rd at the American Legion, Estes Park from 123 p.m.

Toby died on February 8, 2024 and you can read his full obituary in the February 16, 2024 edition of the Estes Park News at His friends from the community are welcome to join his family in celebrating his amazing life.

local pet association or rescue of your choosing.

See the full obituary for Mr. Gallagher in the March 22, 2024 edition of the Estes Park News at

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Events Maintenance Worker I Internal Services Director

Journey Lineworker

Police Chief

Police Officer I/II/III

Water Operator I/II/III/IIII

Limited Term

Museum Visitor Coordinator


Community Service Officer

Parks Maintenance Worker Utilities Ground Worker

The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Maintenance & Hot Tub Tech

FT Seasonal, PT Off-Season

Possible $18 - $20/Hr

1885 Sketch Box Ln #7 Estes Park Basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, drywall and painting Work orders, troubleshoot, vendor comm, snow shoveling, mowing Daily hot tub service, drain, fill, keep records, will train Computer skills, lift 50+ lbs, English, Spanish a plus, valid DL Weekends, holidays, rotating on call a must

Apply online with resume skyrun-rm/job/maintenance-amphot-tub-service-tech

Help Wanted

Liquor Store Sales Associate

Full Time/Part Time available

Starting wage $19 hour

Sign on bonus! Employee Benefits & discounts at Bart's Liquor and our sister store Rocky Mountain Pharmacy

Stop by for an application and become a Spirit Guide today!

(970) 586-1930

We’re hiring for the following positions starting at $21.01/hr.:

• Drive-up & Go Service Helpers

• Checker

• Courtesy Clerk

• Day-Stocker

• Overnight Stocker

• Bakery Clerk

• Deli Clerk

• Produce Clerk

• Seafood Clerk

• Cake Decorator

• Meat Cutter

Get your application at:

After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.


Silver Saddle Inn

Now hiring:

Front Desk Agent

Flexible Hours, Full time $18/hr - $22/hr DOE

Must be non-smoker.

Apply in person: 1260 Big Thompson Ave. or email resume:

time summer, possible part-time winter.

required. Flexible days. $19 - $20/hr.

Apply online with resume skyrun-rm/job/guest-services-rep


An American Bistro

Immediate opening for SOUS CHEF, HOST and DISHWASHER

at SEASONED Bistro. Call us at 970.586.9000 or send resume to

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$2,150/month pets negotiable. Call 970-699-6727


Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath single family with attached garage home in Estes Park.

Washer & Dryer. Great quiet neighborhood, close to town, school, restaurants and shopping. Close to the bike path system. 1033 Tranquil Ln. $3200/ month plus utilities.

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Commercial Rentals

Office Space for Rent 1377 Sq. Ft., Conference Room, 3 Private Offices, High Traffic Area with Great Exposure, Open Lobby Area, Printer Room. 351 Moraine Ave. Suite B 970-227-4865

Storage Units

Manford Plaza storage unit for rent. 970-586-3828



1 BD, 3/4 BA, left unit of duplex. Common area has W/D. Tenant pays elec., water & gas. Avail. 3/25. First, last & security dep. $1500/mo., 970-481-5188


4 used BigO Premium Touring tires, 185/60R15. Fits Yaris. 1 yr tread. $20 ea.



4 Used Sumitomo all weather. 175/65R15 Fits 2013 Prius, good for aprox 12K miles, $25 ea.

Neighborhood Meeting for Elkhorn Plaza for the purpose of combining the lots to allow decks and stairs to cross existing property lines at 540 and 550 West Elkhorn Avenue. The neighborhood meeting will be held in the Hix Room, Friday, April 12th at 5:30PM at US Bank, 363 East Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park to provide information about the development proposal from Property Owners, Elkhorn Plaza Association.


Remixed Custom Sewing Services. NEW LOCATION!

Small Furniture, Restoration, Cushions and Industrial Repair. Call for appointment 970-492-5446

Piano Tuning

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




We buy: Authentic Native American Baskets. Pottery. Rugs. Beadwork Turquoise Jewelry. Paintings and prints by well listed artists. 32 Years of experience. One piece or an entire collection. Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art. email : 970-301-0248

Property Owner: Charles Santagati

Applicant: Charles Santagati


Industrial condo.

Commercial Spaces for sale and lease. Call Eric.

Anderson Realty. 586-2950


Estate Sales

At the neighborhood meeting the applicant will present an overview of the development proposal for the location stated above. The applicant will be available to answer any questions and respond to comments.

Per the Estes Valley Development Code (EVDC), Section 3.2, a neighborhood meeting is mandatory for zoning and planning projects that require a public hearing. Public hearings, including Planning Commission and/or Town Board or Board of County Commissioners, will be required as part of the Town of Estes Park’s review of this application.

EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at « EMPLOYMENT 44 » Friday, March 29, 2024 NOW HIRING Development and Communication Manager Shift: Part Time, Monday-Friday, 25 hours/week Pay Range: $30.00-$35.00 Please Apply at: Part-time/Full-time year round employment. Clean Valid Colorado Driver license (no special license needed). $18-20 an hour. Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave Now hiring Shuttle Drivers HIRING TODAY! DIESEL MECHANICS Pay Starting at $30/hr CDL DRIVERS Pay Starting at $26/hr Apply at or send your resume to Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Maintenance Person Wanted 40 Hours per week. Hot Tub Experience. 818-388-0206 Homes House for Rent 1895 Fall River Rd. 3,089 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, sun room, full kitchen, office. 970-308-4457 ndkpropertiesep@ 3 bd, 2 bath house for rent in Little Valley. Beautiful views, everything is included except garbage pick up and Internet. New washer dryer, recently painted, new floors. Available April 1, Long Term Lease, Pet Friendly. $2800/mo.
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46 » Friday, March 29, 2024 HOT TUBS & POOL SERVICES LOG RAILINGS & ACCENTS LANDSCAPING SERVICES PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS BUILDER Cory D. Workman, Au.D. Phone: 970-586-5255 1186 Graves Ave., Ste. B Estes Park, CO 80517 Fax: 970-577-7260 • Hearing Aids / New & Repair • Hearing Evaluations • Hearing Protection • Ear Care / Wax Removal • Dizziness / Balance HEARING & TINNITUS CARE 970-586-1685 Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work Full service general contracting since 1998 Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave GENERAL CONTRACTOR JR Services, LLC • Landscaping • Fencing • Lawn Maintenance • Retaining Walls • Flagstone • Raking • Sidewalk & Deck Cleanup Call 970-590-8015 or 970-689-1393 Elkins Construction Custom Homes • Remodels Decks • Drawings 40+ Years Experience Tim Elkins 970.310.1683 Estes Park, Colorado Licensed and Insured New Construction & Remodeling 970-581-2670 • Long time local serving the Estes area. Specializing in Decks, Windows, Siding, Kitchen/Bath Remodels, and Exterior Painting MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY PAINTING MAINTENANCE/REPAIR SERVICES MAINTENANCE/REPAIR SERVICES PEST CONTROL PILATES D DIAMOND D HANDYMAN SERVICE Home Maintenance & Repairs Snow Removal & Hauling • Painting “Consider It Done!” Licensed & Insured Dave 303-877-2007 COWLES CUSTOM CARPENTRY Electric, Plumbing, Drywall, Roofing, Siding, Doors, Floors, Windows, Tile, Fencing, Decks, Honey Do List & Much More Locally owned and operated in Estes Park 303-532-6775 OUTDOOR PROPERTY SERVICES Matt Kroger - Call or text: 970-412-0981 Irrigation Repairs • Weatherization Mowing • Edging • Shrub Pruning Tree Trimming • Fencing Repairs Fencing • Gardening • Honeybee Swarm Removal Fire Mitigation • Winter Handyman Services No Job Too Small!
Friday, March 29, 2024 « 47 PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS BUILDER TREE SERVICE REAL ESTATE PROPANE PLUMBING PRINTING PRE-PLANNING ADVISOR WINDOW CLEANING Aaron L. Busche CMAS, SRS, ABR, CNE Realtor Cell: (970) 470-9962 Certified Mountain Area Specialist Seller Representative Specialist Accredited Buyer's Representative Certified Negotiation Expert Call, Text or E-mail Today! Simply. Elevated. Real Estate. ® Dawn Shields 970-909-4789 DAWN.SHIELDS@DIGNITYMEMORIAL.COM We at Allnutt-Estes Park Chapel have been serving families for over 35 years. As part of Dignity Memorial, we are committed to the highest standards at your time of need. We can also put a plan in place to emotionally and financially relieve your loved ones of burden. This can be the greatest gift that you can offer them. Show them how much you care by protecting them now! STORAGE ROOFING NOW AVAILABLE! • Unit Sizes: 800-1600 sq. ft. • Boat & RV Storage • Fire Suppression System • Utilities Available 970.481.9807 TAROT READING
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