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April 1, 2022

Do You Believe? This Friday and Saturday are Bigfoot Days in your favorite mountain town. Music, education, entertainment, food vendors and FREE admission to the fest on Saturday! See pages 11 and 18. Photo by Kris Hazelton/EP News (really!)

Wary Prowler A handsome bobcat glides through the fresh spring snow. Photo by Nathan Wood

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Fire Is Coming: What Shall We Do? By: Chiara Forrester, on behalf of the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership

How do we co-exist with fire on our lands? Members of the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership, led by the Left Hand Watershed Center, contemplate this question in everything we do. This partnership is a shared stewardship effort in the St. Vrain Watershed that works across boundaries to achieve a healthy and resilient watershed that can sustain wildfire and other natural disturbances while reducing risk to communities, keeping water supplies clean and reliable, and supporting diverse native flora and fauna. Fortunately, the partnership is formed by more than 100 community and stakeholder representatives from state and local governments, national land management agencies, water and conservation districts, fire departments, and community members from across the St. Vrain area. With the desire for collaboration as a

top priority, one of the most important ingredients for success is the voice of the land owner and community resident: you! If you are interested in contributing to the conversation, please join the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership for a community meeting on April 13th for

Allenspark and Meeker Park area residents, property managers, and land owners. Bring your neighbors and arrive early for snacks and conversation. The doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Highlands Camp and Retreat Center, located at 1306 Business Highway 7 in Allenspark, and the facilitated community

engagement is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Together, participants will discuss options for forest management, risk mitigation, and community engagement. A priority area map focused on Allenspark and Meeker Park that was created with a team of fire, ecology, and management experts to incorporate community goals and values will be shared. Participants will be asked to interact with the map in order to make recommendations for prioritization and identify potential areas for increased collaboration. Through engagement, opportunities for meaningful contribution and shared decision making are enhanced. Register to attend at or via the QR code. A discussion guide will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Childcare is available to attendees who register before April 5th. Interpretación en español está disponible. Walk-ins are also welcome. For questions or additional information, contact Chiara Forrester, the Watershed Center’s Forest Program Manager, at Learn more about the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership at:

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Town Announces 2022 Shuttle Sponsorship Program

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The Town’s Parking & Transit Division is excited to announce that the 2022 Estes Transit (Free Shuttle) Sponsorship Program is now open to new sponsors. The sponsorship program offers interested individuals, nonprofits and/or

sponsorships starting at $350 for the entire summer season. Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and opportunities will sell out quickly. Interested sponsors can access the 2022 sponsorship application online by visiting, or request a copy via email by contacting Vanessa Solesbee, Parking & Transit Manager, at Applications must be received no later than Friday, April 8. Sponsorship investEstes Park News ments will fund operational costs related to businesses a way to market their busiservices offered by the Town’s free shutness or organizational offerings in a tles, supporting the continuation of free highly visible manner, while also supshuttle rides for guests and residents anporting the Town’s seasonal shuttle serv- nually in the Estes Valley. ice. 2022 summer and special event service There is a variety of sponsorship levels information for Estes Transit can be to meet budgets of all sizes, with some found at

On March 21 at 3:23 p.m. a 26 year old male from Arkansas arrived at EPPD at 170 MacGregor Ave. to resolve some outstanding warrants that he had. Original charges were for criminal possession of a financial device and driving under the in-

fluence. The male was booked in at EPPD and released on a cash bond with a new court date. The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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 20, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD)

responded to 13 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 2 • MVC: 1 • Alarm Activation: 5 • Smoke Investigation: 1 • Assist: 3 • Gas Leak: 1

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Vote In The April 5 Municipal Election


BLAMING GOD FOR BAD THINGS Over the next several articles, I‘ll pose some questions about why people aren’t interested in God or going to church. I pray that you have patience with me as we unravel these mysteries. This will help us understand things in a right perspective, and help us renew our faith in God or get to know God in a new light. Have you blamed God for bad things that happen in your life? Have you suffered the loss of a loved one through sickness, disease, suicide, murder, or betrayal? What kind of a God would let that happen? First, we must know that God is not in control of everything happening in our lives or on the earth. Psalms 115:16 says, “The heaven, even the heavens are the Lord’s, but the earth He has given to the children of men.” In Gen. 1:26-28, God gave Adam and Eve dominion over all the earth. They were to subdue it. However, they yielded that dominion to the serpent (the devil) in the garden of Eden, and their disobedience caused that dominion to be used in a wicked way instead of a Godly way. The devil became their spiritual father. Pastors Mark and Alice Wettengel Pastors Mark and Alice Wettengel 720-561-9491 From then on, the outcrop of the devil’s influence was wicked and Sunday Service at 10 am bad things happened on the earth and in people's lives.


God sent Jesus to become a human being like us, only without sin, so He could reinstate that dominion back to us and destroy the devil’s works. John 10:10 says, “The thief (devil) comes to steal, kill and destroy but I (Jesus) have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Anything that is stealing, killing or destroying in your life is not from God, it’s from the devil. The remedy is to ask God to forgive you for blaming Him and ask Jesus to come into your heart. If you do this, You’ll find that God given dominion and power will begin to work in your life. It might take a little time, but God will heal the hurt and wounds of loss. Then I want to invite you to church. Come learn of the power of this new life in Christ, and the victory and joy you can have again and be able to share with others. Love you.

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New Town Hall 24-Hour ballot drop off box available Ballots were mailed to all active voters who live within town limits the week of March 14. Voters who will not be home to receive a ballot may receive a ballot at a location other than the registered address by completing an application for an absent voter mail ballot, available at By law, ballots cannot be forwarded with other forwarded mail. Friday, April 1 is the last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 to be counted. Citizens can return voted ballots by mail (postage required), in person at the Clerk’s office or through the new 24-hour ballot drop off box located at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave., adjacent to Bond Park. Voters are reminded to complete the selfaffirmation on the ballot envelope including voter name, physical address (no P.O. boxes) and signature. Town Hall will be the only 24-hour ballot drop off box used

during the election. Important dates: March 14 – March 18: – Ballots mailed to all active registered voters. March 14: Last day for eligible electors to establish residency in the State of Colorado. Register to vote at, County Clerk office or Town Clerk’s office up to the day of the election. April 1: Last day to request an absentee mail ballot to be mailed. April 5: Election Day – Town Hall polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. to be counted. April 5: Election night results will be posted at April 26: Swearing-in of newly elected Town Trustees at the Town Board Meeting. For more election information, please visit, or contact the Town Clerk’s office at 970-577-4777 or by email at

Openings Still Available For The 2022 Citizen’s Police Academy Anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the Estes Park Police Department can find out by attending the 2022 Citizen’s Police Academy. This informative series of classes, sponsored by the Town’s Police Department and offered free of charge, will take place April 11-May 12. Sessions take place Monday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Class size is limited to 20. Applications are available at the front desk of the Police Department at Town Hall, and at Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 6 and should be returned to Captain Rick Life at the Estes Park Police Department or via email at Applicants will

be required to pass a limited criminal background check prior to acceptance. Citizen’s Police Academy familiarizes participants with everything from constitutional law to crime scene investigation. The classes will include topics that are common among law enforcement agencies, as well as issues that are unique to Estes Park, including patrol operations, investigations, the Estes Park Emergency Communication Center, the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership, SWAT and the Auxiliary Police unit. Following graduation many academy graduates choose to continue involvement with the Police Department through its volunteer programs. However, a commitment to future volunteering is not required.

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We encourage you to participate in your right to vote. You can read each of these candidate’s biographies and statements on the Town of Estes Park website: Estes Park News published all six candidate’s press releases in our March 11, 2022 edition. You can see that online at

Quilters Selling Ukranian Themed Pot Holders For Emergency Relief Quilters from the Trail Ridge Quilters and the EP Quilt Guild are making and selling potholders for Ukrainian Relief. Potholders have a sunflower fabric on one side and the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag on the reverse side.

Each potholder is 9 x 9 inches and sells for $15. All proceeds will go to the Rotary International Emergency Relief Fund-Ukraine. Please contact Joanie Jonell to order. or 720-350-8080.

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Estes Park EDC Supports The Passage Of Upcoming Ballot Issue 3a Which Allows The Collection, Retention And Expenditure Of All Revenues Without Increasing Any Tax Rate Or Imposing Any New Tax Estes Park EDC Supports the passage of upcoming Ballot Issue 3A which allows the collection, retention and expenditure of all revenues without increasing any tax rate or imposing any new tax The Town Board of Trustees is referring Ballot Issue 3A to the voters of Estes Park for the April 5, 2022 Municipal Election. This is a complex issue, and the ballot language can be difficult to understand, but the following summarizes the impact on our community. Voting YES on ballot issue 3A will allow the Town Board to prioritize allocation of Town revenues to respond to changing demands for service delivery instead of being limited to spending a portion of retained revenue on acquiring new capital assets, maintaining capital assets, and/or replacing capital assets. If “Yes” votes prevail, no new taxes will be imposed and there will not be any tax rate increase. The Town’s General Fund is where sales and property tax revenues fund core community services. 70% of General Fund operations are currently ineligible for use of the excess revenues. If “No” votes prevail, the funding for these essential town services and organizations will be limited, and the services and support to organizations will need to be reduced or eventually eliminated. Voting NO on ballot issue 3A will prevent the Town from using retained revenue to fund critical activities like:

• The operations of police services • Emergency management • 911 emergency communications • Public information • Transit • Fire District support funding • Funding for community organizations • Workforce housing Initiatives • Childcare initiatives • Land-use planning • Building safety The Estes Park EDC advocates a “Yes” vote on Ballot Issue 3A because Town services that are essential for our safety and quality of life as well as local organization funding, are at risk for reduction if “No” votes prevail. Adam Shake President / CEO Estes Park EDC Informational Resources can be found at: Removing use restrictions on Town revenue TABOR Fact Sheet Tabor Frequently Asked Questions

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Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park PO Box 3616 Estes Park, CO 80517 We appreciate your generous support of the work we’re doing in the community!

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1917 Book Club To Take Place April 20, 2022 On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., the 1917 Book Club virtually hosted by the Estes Park Museum will explore local title, 100 Years: A Celebration of Women, the 19th Amendment and the Extraordinary Women of the Estes Valley. This program is free and open to the public and will take place over Zoom. Book Club attendees will have access to their camera and microphones during the program to better participate in the discussion. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. No registration is required. Use the following link to participate: The link can also be found under the “Programs & Events” tab on the Museum’s website. Joining 5-10 minutes early is encour-

aged to make sure participant audio and video is working correctly. Questions about Zoom? Visit the Zoom support page beforehand to better understand this platform as staff will not be able to troubleshoot technological questions during the program. This collection of local essays was assembled in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage. The essays celebrate the notable achievements of women of the Estes Valley. Estes Park Historian Laureate James H. Pickering writes, "Collectively and individually, it is women who have given Estes Park much of its character, identity, and his-

tory -- achievements which we have all benefitted and of which we now, with fuller, richer knowledge and understanding, can better celebrate." Museum staff will facilitate the discussion. The 1917 Book Club features publications that center on local topics and authors. Participants are encouraged to propose and vote on future books. The Club meets annually during the winter months of the year (January through April). For any questions regarding this event or other Museum programming, please email Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun, at The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share, and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website. Museum gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Endorsing Kirby Nelson-Hazelton And Scott Webermeier For Town Board To The Editor: Having watched the Estes Park League of Women Voters candidate forum via zoom, it was good to see six competent local citizens willing to serve the town as a trustee. I am happy to endorse Kirby NelsonHazelton and Scott Webermeier for two of the available seats. Kirby Nelson-Hazelton has demonstrated her commitment to this community with her service on many boards and committees, including the all-important Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. Kirby will be an excellent trustee who will listen to her constituents and will cast her votes based on facts. She will also provide a needed youthful perspective for the board. Scott Webermier has served the town admirably since being appointed to the board in July 2020. Scott has served in leadership roles on several local boards and committees including the school board and the local marketing district. That, coupled with being a business owner since 1986, allows Scott to serve the needs of the town from every angle. Please return Scott Webermeir to the town board and elect Kirby NelsonHazelton as its newest member. Ken Zornes Round Rock, Texas

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Estes Chamber Committee Seeks Local Candidates Executive Director position open to be filled in April The Estes Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee has been working hard to find a replacement for the Chamber’s first Executive Director, Donna Carlson, who will be moving home to Colorado Springs May 8. In the two years the Chamber has been in existence, Donna has created a firm foundation, tripling membership in two years and establishing the strategy and governance that will take the Chamber into its next level of growth. After reviewing several applications, the Executive Committee would like to invite more local candidates to consider the role. “We don’t expect to find someone with the same qualifications and skills as Donna Carlson, but we do want someone in this role who knows the community,” said Board and Executive Committee member Bob Fixter. “In our next phase of growth, there are many ways the new Executive Director can build the right team, but the most important skills to the Chamber are local relationships and ability to advocate for business.” With 345 members and growing daily, the Chamber recognizes that the value

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members need to see is in the political savvy to rally the collective voice of business to get decisions at the local, county and state levels in favor of our business community. To do that effectively, this candidate needs to be someone willing to cultivate relationships face to face with members and advocates. The Chamber Board feels we have too few applications from local candidates. Access the full job description by going to and you will find a link on our home page. You can talk to or any member of the executive committee: Carissa Streib, Bob Fixter, Robert Armstrong, Keith Pearson, Kent Smith, Derek Vinge or Teresa Mueller. The Estes Chamber of Commerce is the “new” chamber in Estes Park, 100% founded and funded by members, in May 2019. The Chamber is the voice of business with the Town of Estes Park, Estes Park EDC, Visit Estes Park and other organizations collaborating for a stronger business climate and tourism economy. The success of the Chamber is measured in making Estes Park a better place to live, work and play.

Statement From The Estes Chamber Concerning Political Advocacy For A 501c6 On Friday, March 25, a member of one of our industry councils sent a message to that industry group of members endorsing candidates for Town Trustee. When a nonprofit member alerted the Chamber that we might be in violation of IRS code, we prematurely issued a retraction. Here is the truth concerning nonprofits and political advocacy. states: "Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade and professional football leagues, which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. An organization that otherwise qualifies for exemption under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6) will not be disqualified merely because it engages in some political activity. In addition, the organization may engage in lobbying that is germane to accomplishing its exempt purpose without jeopardizing its exemption." Any political activity that protects the voice of business is germane to the charter of a Chamber of Commerce, which is founded to represent and protect business interests. While it's true that "in return for its favored tax-status, a charitable nonprofit [501(c)(3)] promises the federal government that it will not engage in “political campaign activity” and if it does, IRS regulations mandate that the charitable nonprofit will lose its tax-exempt status," according to the National Council of Nonprofits, "charitable nonprofits MAY engage in voter registration and voter engagement activities." There is nothing stating that a 501(c)(3) is in violation of its nonprofit status by holding membership in

a 501(c)(6). Further evidence can be found in this document from the IRS stating, "IRS 501(c)(4), (c)(5), and (c)(6) organizations may engage in political campaigns, lobbying, influencing on behalf of or in opposition to candidates and ballot measures for public office provided that such intervention does not constitute the organization's primary activity." The Estes Chamber is primarily concerned that we maintain our independence as a member-funded, member-led organization. The Board unanimously agreed to urge the business community to vote yes on the Tabor ballot issue principally in protection of our nonprofit members. We are not as an organization endorsing any of the Candidates for Trustee because three of them (Benes, Hazelton and Webermeier) are members of the Chamber and at contributors to our mission to create a strong voice for business in Estes Park. To that end, the Executive Director clarifies, "We did not make a mistake in sharing the voice of one of our industry councils with its members, but I personally take responsibility for not running this endorsement through our governance process and for not immediately correcting misinformation about our nonprofit status," said Executive Director Donna Carlson. "We are strong as a new chamber, but still in growth stages concerning governance and executive function. All the more reason why the Executive Director who assumes the seat that I will vacate in May will have substantial proficiency in political advocacy." Anyone who has specific questions for the Chamber Board of Directors may submit them to

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Today is April Fools’ Day and the first day of National Poetry Month. What a combo! To honor this double-delight day, let’s have some silly poetic fun. Today’s poems come from one book: “The Funny Side; 101 Humorous Poems, ” assembled by Wendy Cope. My copy is from a boxful of poetry books I inherited from my Aunt Bobbie when she died in 2020 from COVID. I am now armed with enough poetry books to keep me entertained til death do us part. The question is: who will inherit Aunt Bobbie’s poetry books once I am gone? I think I’ll stick around to find out! First, a lesson on limericks: When a poem “scans, ” it means the poem’s meter follows the rules. For example, a limerick has five lines. The first, second and fifth lines have three beats while the third and fourth lines have two beats. A limerick that meets those rules “scans. ” Edward Lear (1812–1888) wrote what is considered the most famous limerick: There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, 'It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard! ’ A productive poet named Anonymous penned this limerick called There Was a Young Bard of Japan: There was a young bard of Japan, Whose limericks never would scan; When told it was so, He said: ‘Yes, I know, But I always try and get as many words into the last line as I possibly can. ’ Ogden Nash (1902–1971) was also a prolific limerick-writer, but the Nash poem I’m including here is something other than a limerick—although I can’t tell you what form it follows. It’s called “We Don’t Need To Leave Yet, Do We? or Yes, We Do One kind of person when catching a train always wants to allow an hour to cover the ten-block trip to the terminus. And the other kind looks at them as if they were verminous, And the second kind says that five minutes is plenty and will even leave one minute over for buying the tickets, And the first kind looks at them as if they had cerebral rickets. One kind when theater-bound sups lightly at six and hastens off to the play. And indeed I know one such person who is so such that it frequently arrives in time for the last act of the matinée.

And the other kind sits down at eight to a meal that is positively sumptuous, Observing cynically that an eightthirty curtain never rises till eight-forty, an observation which is less cynical than bumptuous. And what the first kind, sitting uncomfortably in the waiting room while the train is made up in the yards, can never understand, Is the injustice of the second kind’s reaching their seat just as the train moves out, just as they had planned, And what the second kind cannot understand as they stumble over the first kind’s feet just as the footlights flash on at last Is that the first kind doesn’t feel the least bit foolish at having entered the theater before the cast. Oh, the first kind always wants to start now and the second kind always wants to tarry, Which wouldn’t make any difference except that each other is what they always marry. Here’s a ditty I find quite witty, called Scintillate by Roger McGough (1937– ), who presents the BBC Radio 4 program "Poetry Please. ” I have outlived my youthfulness so a quiet life for me Where once I used to scintillate now I sin till ten past three. I have two more poems for you today. One is rather short and the other is quite lengthy. The short poem is by Gavin Ewart (1916–1995), whose poetry is noted for its irreverent eroticism. The Lover Writes a One-Word Poem You! And lastly, we have a poem that follows a form all its own. At a public reading, Don Paterson (1963–) announced that this poem was called On Going to the Kyushu Mountains to Meet a Zen Master but Not Finding Him. A few moments of uncomfortable silence followed and then he announce that, “the next poem has words.” Spend some time with this one and see what surfaces. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2022 Sarah Donohoe

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Attorney General Phil Weiser In Estes Park On April 14 Colorado’s Attorney General, Phil those who were subject to unfair loan Weiser, will be in Estes Park on Thursday, treatment. April 14, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to meet In addition, Phil has taken on polluters with voters, listen to your concerns, and in Colorado to protect our land, air, and answer questions about water to make sure that Colhis campaign for re-elecorado’s environmental laws tion. This event will be are enforced -- keeping our held at The Stanley Hotel, outdoors beautiful and ac333 East Wonderview Avcessible for all of us. He also enue, and is a fundraising is a strong defender of equal event sponsored by suprights and reproductive porters of Phil. Contriburights, and an advocate for tions of any size are welaffordable health care for all come. An RSVP link is Coloradans. provided below. Phil’s background was exPlease take this opportucellent preparation for him nity to meet Phil and to understand the imporPhil Weiser learn why he has been detance of protecting our rights scribed as the “People’s Lawyer” for Coland our democracy as Colorado’s Attororado since first elected in 2018. ney General. He began working in DenDuring Phil’s tenure, Colorado has bever for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, come a leader for strengthening voting and later served as law clerk for U. S. rights to protect democracy for all ColSupreme Court Justices Byron White and oradans, regardless of political affiliation. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He later worked at As Phil stated in earning various endorse- the U. S. Department of Justice under ments for his re-election: “We in ColPresident Clinton, and was U. S. Deputy orado are poised to be leaders in defendAssistant Attorney General under Presiing our democratic institutions. ” dent Obama. Under Phil’s leadership, the Attorney Phil remains dedicated to serving the General’s office has been on the front lines people of Colorado, and is eager to meet in obtaining justice for Coloradans. This residents of Estes Valley. For more inforincludes recoveries of: mation on Phil, see his website at • $400 million from pharmaceutical companies for their illegal conduct in the RSVP link for this event is opioid crisis -- money to be used for Col- orado’s drug treatment programs, Please be aware that this event is in-per• $28 million for Coloradans who sufson and will be CDC compliant. We ask fered from consumer fraud, and that guests be vaccinated against COVID19 for everyone’s safety. • $35 million in student debt relief for

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Come participate in a community conversation on forest health and fire mitigation! This meeting will be hosted by the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership, coordinated by the Left Hand Watershed Center, which is a diverse collaborative with more than 100 community and stakeholder representatives working to restore landscape-scale forest health and resilience throughout the St. Vrain Watershed. Participation from land owners, managers, and community residents is vital to this work, and we want to hear about what you envision for the forests that surround Allenspark and Meeker Park.





Estes Park Genealogical Society Meeting The Estes Park Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library. Guest speaker Dina Carson will be presenting Blitzkrieg Genealogy: How Throwing Out Your Research Plan Can Yield Exciting Results. Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than three decades, and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than 90 annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing

the Stories of Your Ancestors, and two recent books, Map Your US Research: A Workbook for Genealogists and Colorado's Historical Assets: A Research Guide for Genealogists, Local Historians and History Buffs. Dina is particularly interested in helping first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories. When she's not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado or deep in the bowels of an archive researching something. The EPGS meets the second Thursday of every month from January through November in the library, offering a wide variety of programs and workshops. All are welcome to attend the free public programs. More information about the Society can be found on its website at

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Bigfoot Days This Weekend! Estes Park Bigfoot Days presented by The Highland Bard returns this weekend, celebrating all things Squatchy. This event features a ticketed dinner (tickets no longer available) with television Bigfoot celebrities, and a free festival in Bond Park with talks from TV Bigfoot celebrities, live music, axe throwing, inflatable games, craft and food vendors, a Bigfoot calling contest, area Bigfoot tours, outdoor themed activities for the entire family, a special appearance from Bigfoot “The Original Monster Truck,” and much more!

Joe "Huckleberry" Lott and "Wild" Bill Neff are core members of the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings Team (AIMS). For generations alleged sightings of Bigfoot have occurred in the Appalachian Mountains and this band of hardcore hunters and trap-

pers have made it their life’s work to investigate them. You can currently watch Huckleberry and Wild Bill and the rest of the AIMS team on the Travel Channel’s hit series, Mountain Monsters. Cliff Barackman has been a dedicated Sasquatch field researcher for decades, and is a starring cast member of Animal Planet’s hit series Finding Bigfoot. Both on- and off-camera, he has managed to gather data supporting the hypothesis that Sasquatches are an undiscovered species that lives in North America. Cliff is also the owner and curator of the North American Bigfoot Center in Oregon. Bigfoot Days kicks off on Friday, April 1, 2022 with the Bigfoot BBQ (tickets no longer available for this event). In addition to the free Bigfoot Days Festival on Saturday, April 2, 2022, there will be the “World Premier” of the new documentary Alien Contact in the Rockies. This screening will be held at the Historic Park Theater at 3 p.m., and there will commentary by the Filmmakers before the screening. Admission is free.

Cliff Barackman

Joe "Huckleberry" Lott

Movie description: The Rocky Mountains of Colorado are well known for their mysterious and unexplained occurrences. More and more of these experiences cluster around paranormal hotspots or as they are now called places where the Skinwalker Ranch phenomena are occurring. A team of paranormal investigators set out to explore one of these hotspots and create another. What occurred was dramatic and unexpected: Interactions with playful supernatural beings… Bigfoot …ghosts… orbs …mutilations… And, finally, capturing on film strange creatures that emerged from a portal. All this and more in “Alien contact in the Rockies.”

“Wild” Bill Neff


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Easter Egg Hunt At YMCA Easter Egg Hunt at YMCA, Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny will make a special visit during the egg hunt so make sure to bring your camera and your Easter basket!

Giving Guests is a collaborative program between the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, Estes Chamber and United Way of Larimer County, launching May 1, 2022.

Be A Giving Guest By: Cato Kraft

The Estes Valley welcomes upwards of 4.6 million guests per summer to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, outdoor activities, and the great businesses that exist in our community. Many visitors of Estes have deep, invested roots in their vacations here; some visiting summer after summer through multiple generations, others turning their beloved vacation spot into a permanent place of respite for retirement. Any way you look at it, the guests of the Estes Valley are proud of visiting Estes Park. Now, through a collaborative partnership of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC), the Estes Chamber, and United Way of Larimer County (UWLC), guests can show their pride in a new way: contributing toward a sustainable future in the Estes Valley. Introducing: the Giving Guest program. Launching through generous grant funding from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the Giving Guest program gives visitors a way to meaningfully connect with our local community. Supporting the place guests love to stay and play, the Giving Guest program gives visitors an opportunity to support the services and nonprofit organizations that make this town – and its residents – healthy and strong. Guests can choose a local nonprofit sector that is meaningful to them and makes an impactful connection with the community. Local nonprofit sectors Giving Guests can support include: Arts and

Culture; Conservation, Recreation, and Environment; Emergency and Human Services, Community and Education; Healthcare and Wellness. Guests can easily access the secure Giving Guest website by scanning a QR code, texting EPGuestsGive to 41444, or visiting At the end of every summer, the EPNRC will equally distribute the Giving Guest monies collected to all nonprofits who have signed up under the aforementioned categories. The Giving Guest program allows visitors to invest in Estes Park beyond their time on vacation. By contributing to the Giving Guest program, guests will help nonprofits succeed at their missions. Our collective goal with Giving Guests is to connect tourism, businesses, and nonprofits, in order to succeed in the EPNRC vision of Strong Nonprofits = Strong Community. The EPNRC is working with the Estes Chamber to have these QR codes and information about the Giving Guest program in businesses and all lodging accommodations across Estes Valley. The first informational Giving Guest business and nonprofit workshop will be on Monday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at VERT Coworking (1230 Big Thompson Ave). If your business or nonprofit is interested in being a part of this revolutionary way for Estes Guests to give back to our nonprofit sector, or just want to learn more, RSVP for this first informational workshop at

Estes Park Special Olympics Bowling At Chipper’s Lanes Estes Park Special Olympics is starting up once again. Organizers will be hosting bowling fun on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Chipper’s Lanes. All ages are welcome to participate. Cost is $5 for the first game including shoes and $3.85 for each additional game. For more information, contact Audri Smith at 970-451-3762 or email

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Weed Management Specialist Is Guest Speaker The public is invited to the next Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) meeting on Thursday, April 7th, at 9:30 a. m. in the George Hix Meeting Room at US Bank, 363 E. Elkhorn. ELSA member, Brian Kolokowsky will be presenting information about common noxious weeds in the Estes Valley and the different management strategies that are used to fight them. Brian is a local business owner that has over a decade of weed management experience in the Estes Valley, starting in RMNP before branching off on his own. He will also be answering questions from the audience. Take this opportunity to learn more about how you can be good land stewards and be in compliance with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, and Larimer County and Town of Estes Park weed ordinances. 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 February, March, April and November. Monitored Weed Drop-offs are held the third Saturday in June, 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. ELSA’s primary objective is to address the noxious weeds invading the Estes Valley 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 Management strategies and information can be found under at under the Helpful Documents page.

Spring Clean Up Day It’s Spring Clean Up time again. Over the winter a lot of trash and debris collects along our roads, in trees and bushes, around our lakes, and along the river. Many volunteers are needed to assist in the annual clean up of our Town in preparation for the Duck Race, to create a safer environment, and to beautify our community for residents and visitors. Mark your calendars for the morning of Saturday, April 30th, 9 a.m. to noon to help with this effort, a collaboration of

the Town of Estes Park, the Rotary Club of Estes Park, the Estes Valley Recreation and Parks Department, and Atlas Disposal. Groups and volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the east side of the Visitor’s Center for instructions, route assignments, and distribution of orange bags. Watch for another article with more information to follow. You may contact Tara Moenning at if you have questions.

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Land Trust Hosts Virtual Breakfast: “Downwind Of The Flames: Living With Fire And Smoke In The Mountain West”

Exposure to wildfire smoke has known health risks, but are distant fires impacting our health differently than local fires? Join the Estes Valley Land Trust for an engaging discussion on how wildfire smoke affects the health of our communities at our virtual spring breakfast. Dr. Sheryl Magzamen, an Epidemiologist with the Colorado School of Public Health, and Dr. Jeffrey Pierce, a Professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, will discuss health risks related to wildfires that burn locally as well as “upwind” from the West Coast. The guest speakers will share information and trends related to wildfires and smoke that impact our Estes community, and the ways researchers are attempting to better understand and communicate health risks from smoke. Hotter and drier conditions across the West have led to longer and more in-

tense wildfire seasons. “Our local wildfires have obviously affected our community, leading to evacuations, threats to structures and even loss of life. Dr. Magzamen and Dr. Pierce will discuss how fires outside our region can also harm local residents and visitors” said Jeffrey Boring, Estes Valley Land Trust Executive Director. This virtual event will be hosted via Zoom on Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made at: This event is for EVLT members only. Not a member? Please join here: There is no charge for the online breakfast and attendees receive two free Cinnamon’s Bakery cinnamon rolls, if registered by April 15th. Quantities are limited and details on where to pick up the cinnamon rolls will be emailed to those who register.

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Mark Your Calendars For The Fine Arts Guild Youth Theatre Summer Camp

This year the two-week intensive theatre camp will present A Year With Frog And Toad. This Broadway hit musical was nominated for three Tony awards, including Best Musical. Based on the beloved Frog and Toad books, which have won both Caldecott and Newbery Honors, this musical follows the adventures of best friends, Frog and Toad, as their endearing friendship travels through the four seasons. With musical numbers that are exuberant and witty, A Year With Frog And Toad is fun for the whole family! This musical has an ensemble cast with characters for kids who have completed 2nd grade through 12th grade. Everyone who auditions will be cast! The summer camp will take place July 11th-July 24th, with performances on the 23rd and 24th. The camp is five days a week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and costs $250 for performers and $175 for students learning set design and tech. Tech camp is available for kids who have completed 5th grade through 12th grade. Scholarships are available; please contact finearts- for scholarship information. Student favorite director, Kerry Aiken, returns as director this summer, as well as master set-designer Grieg Steiner on the technical side. The camp will take place at the High School Theatre. Auditions are taking place either online or in person on April 23rd! Students need to prepare 32-50 measures of a song from a musical, not to exceed one minute, and with a karaoke track. They will also learn a short dance beforehand and dance with a group at the audition and choose a short monologue from a list to read or recite. Online auditionees will video their audition and send it in. Again, everyone who auditions will be cast! The in-person audition will take place Saturday, April 23rd at the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Public Library from 11:15-3:30. To sign up for a 30minute time slot, find more information, descriptions of characters, as well as links to videos of the musical, please visit

In the Old Church Shops, Estes Park, CO

Crystals Books Charms Tarot Lotions & Potions

Be A Part Of The Annual Community Musical This Summer The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is excited to present the charming and delightful musical, Daddy Long Legs as our annual musical! Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 film starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs tells the story of orphan, Jerusha Abbott, who is sent to college to be educated as a writer by a mysterious benefactor. The story, told through soaring melodies by the Tony Award winning librettist of Les Mis, chronicles Jerusha’s exploration into the world of literature, travel, and adventure, as she becomes an independent “New American Woman.” Auditions for this small cast of two will take place on Sunday, April 10th from 25 p.m. at the Community Center. You may also submit a video audition. Please prepare two musical theatre songs, no

more than 32 measures, one upbeat and one ballad. You may sing a cappella or bring recorded accompaniment. You may be asked to read from the script or sing additional vocal lines from the score. Please visit to sign up for auditions and submit a resume and headshot. To submit a video audition, please record your songs, plus a short monologue on YouTube, and send a link to, no later than April 8th. Performances will take place June 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, and 25th at the Estes Park High School Theatre. Rehearsals begin May 9th. Cast members are required to be vaccinated.

Susan Landers Member for 5 years

Why I love being a member of Quota: I enjoy being a member of Estes Park Quota because it focuses its philanthropic work on supporting people in the Estes Valley community. My husband and I moved here 5 1/2 years ago, and I wanted to support our new community and make new friends. Now I am fortunate to be part of a group of friends supporting Estes! Favorite or memorable moment:

My favorite moments include watching our community support the Taste of Estes fundraiser over multiple years, and spending a day at the Reliance Fire Museum, when it was featured as a stop on our Christmas Home Tour.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Estes Park Quota or finding out more about it, please contact President Gail Albers at 970-481-2372 or Vice President Kris Hazelton at 970-231-2635.

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Estes Valley Model Railroaders Meeting April 6

The Estes Valley Model Railroaders will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. All are welcome to join us. The short business meeting will be from 6:00 – 7:00. We will then carpool to the fascinating, amazing layout our club members have built. All interested folks are welcome to attend one of our meetings just to see what

we are about. We have variety of interests in the membership from operating trains, to modeling buildings and scenery, to history and train travel. Our members like to share their expertise or budding expertise with others so if you are thinking about knowing more or need help with a project, come join us. For more information or to be put on our email list for future events, email

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at noon on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 453 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park.

April 2022 Meeting Of The Estes Park Woman’s Club

The April meeting of the Estes Park Woman’s Club will be held at The Landing- 1774 State Hwy. 66 (across from the Rock Inn). Parking is limited so please park in the Skyview Lodge lot which is just before The Landing. A buffet lunch will be provided by the Big Horn Restaurant with gluten free and vegetarian selections. The business meeting will include election of the officers for 2022-2023. A reminder that we will continue our

support of the 2022 Duck Race. Tickets can be purchased online and we are also encouraging members to donate to our scholarship fund. The April program titled “History through Young Voices” will feature the Young Chautauquan’s directed by Katherine Dumont. Any woman interested in joining the club or for more information, may contact the club by emailing

EPWC Celebrating 110 Years Of Community Work

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Peak To Peak Concert Series

Scott Anderson, Richard Dixon, Michelle Gergen Wisner and Annette Dechant.

The Peak to Peak Concert series will present its fourth concert of the season, a vocal concert featuring Scott Anderson, tenor and Denise Stookesberry, mezzo-soprano. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 9th at 2 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. This diverse program will begin with a performance by Scott, Annette Dechant,

the United States and thirteen countries around the world, and includes works for band, orchestra, choir, brass ensembles, as well as solo pieces for voice and instruments.


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clarinet, and Michelle Gergen Wisner, pianist, of a new work by local composer Richard Dixon titled “Time Cycle”, a song cycle based on the poems High Noon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Candle by John Frederick Freeman, and Time Mocks Thy Opening Music by Anonymous. Richard Dixon’s compositions span a wide range of musical genres. His music is performed throughout

The second half of the program will feature Denise, Michelle Gergen Wisner, pianist, Melinda Workman, flute, and Geoff Clark, guitar in a performance of an eclectic collection of lullabies from different countries and cultures, including composers as diverse as Copland, Donizetti, Britten, Faure, Brahms, and a traditional Lakota Indian melody. As always, the concert is free of any admission charge, but donations will be deeply appreciated. The concert will be followed by a reception so that everyone can meet the musicians.

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Five Fun Facts About… The Big Kahuna By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is one in particular, Big Kahuna. This bull elk passed away in early March 2022. He represented a class of his own when it came to a following with photographers and wildlife viewers, but he also seemed to command a level of respect with other elk. He would typically show up in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, his general range during the rut, in late August, stay three to four weeks and then head back to wherever he spent the remainder of the year. And when he arrived, other bull elk gave him space. Here are some

facts, observations and estimations about this impressive bull who will live on in the hearts and photographs of many. Please note that all of these pieces of information are not official documentation but rather from my own observations and discussions with other photographers who also spent a lot of time with him in the field. 1. Kahuna was estimated to be at least 12 years old when he died. The average age for Rocky Mountain bull elk is 10 to 13 years in the wild with the prime years being 6 to 9 years of age. Unfortunately, we will never know for sure as his head

disappeared the night of March 21. Age in elk is determined by looking at various features of the teeth. 2. This impressive bull elk spent much of the rut season each year in Moraine Park, which is also his final resting place. 3. With a massive rack that counted seven points on each side in two of the last three years of his life, it was the length, mass and spread of the antlers that made him unique. In particular, he had an exceptionally long third tine on each side. 4. I last saw Kahuna alive on March 7. Another photographer saw him alive on

March 8. His body was discovered on March 15. 5. Kahuna was so unmistakable that wildlife viewers and photographers gave him several nicknames, including Big Thirds (for that unique long third tine), Bruno and Incredibull. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints at or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

Kahuna made an appearance during the fall rut each year in late August.

This photo was taken August 28, 2021 when Kahuna was at least 12 years old. Even at that advanced age for a bull elk, his antlers had impressive mass, length and spread.

Kahuna, and many elk, spend the fall rut season in Moraine Park of Rocky Mountain National Park.

One of the most photographed bulls in Rocky Mountain National Park, it was hard to find something a little different but this sly look from Kahuna from behind a tree caught my eye as soon as I saw it.

This was the last photo I took of Kahuna. In the day prior to this photo, Kahuna was injured in a fight with another bull. Although he survived the bulk of the winter, the injuries from the fight may have been part of his ultimate fate this year.

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News From The Art Center Of Estes Park On exhibit: “Our Town” featuring the oils of artist member Sally Richmond and the photography of son Sasha Richmond This exhibit features a mother/son collaboration. Sally Richmond was born in Montreal, Quebec. She has a strong faith and feels that her faith has deepened her appreciation of the people, places and things around her. The beauty of the places she has lived in have made a strong impact on her work. Her work is influenced and representative of the Impressionist school. Sasha is a Junior at Estes Park High School. He has enjoyed computers, photography and filmmaking since an early age, always opting for classes on those subjects in school. He likes to take photographs of nature, cars and his friends. He hopes to be able to help with the high school yearbook next year. Also on exhibit: Founding Artist Leo Weber

A few thoughts…. When Chris Switzer first ask me to be a founding member of the Art Center, I was both thrilled and scared. Chris and Lynda Vogel had a vision for the visual arts in Estes and I was honored to be invited to be part of that adventure. I look back and I am so grateful for the inspiration, encouragement, and the friendships that the Art Center offered over the years. As early president of the board I got to work with many amazing folks who cared deeply about the arts. An early memory was working with Dan Wheeler (landlord) when we took on the large back gallery. He was kind enough to go with my suggestion of installing plywood before drywalling the space so we had better anchoring possibilities for hanging art. Dan was great to work with and a great supporter of our dream. Looking back over the years I am so grateful to all the wonderfully dedicated folks who still make the Art Center what it is…fantastic. Every time I go in the Art Center I come out inspired and wanting to get back in my studio and create some magic. Opening April 29: “Travel Beyond Colorado” featuring the photography of artist member John Shelton. Also on display in the gallery are the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photogra-

phy, printmaking and mixed media. Art Classes in April: “Friendship Zendala” with Annie Reiser April 9, 2022 13:30 p.m.

for $6.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need. “Animals/Birds/Insects in Groups” with Cathy Goodale April 13, 10 - 4 Art Center members: $72, non members: $80. We will paint groups of animals, birds or insects. This lesson will dwell on design. How do we group these shapes together to have a successful composition? Color harmony, shapes, and value will be a big part of this study. “Plein Air Painting in Layers” with

Art Center members: $32.40, nonmembers: $36. Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle® (CZT) teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs. Get back to Zentangle® basics with this beautiful black and white “friendship” Zendala; dubbed so because you will each have a hand in every Zendala drawn in class. Beginning with a prestrung design, Annie will lead you through several original Zentangle® patterns. You will draw one, then pass the Zendala to a neighbor. Annie will demonstrate another pattern that you will draw now on the “shared” tile. Then you will again pass it to your neighbor before drawing the next pattern. This continues until all spaces in the “string” are filled. You each receive a finished tile that all class participants have participated in drawing. This memorable shared experience is great as a community-building activity that you can share in your workplace, church, or with friends and family. Class fee includes one prestrung Zendala. Materials provided by teacher as part of class fee, handout, kneaded erasers, pencil sharpener to share. Materials list: provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies. However, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class

Marie Massey April 22, 10-4:30, April 23, 9-5. Art Center members: $162, nonmembers: $180. Award-winning artist, Marie Massey, has been painting professionally for 20 years and teaching the “Painting in Layers” method adults working in oil and acrylic for 10 years. She’s an avid plein air painter and does five to seven plein air painting events annually. Come and plein air paint the astounding beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in the spring of 2022 with Marie in this two day workshop. We’ll begin on Friday morning, April 22 at 10 a.m. in the Art Center classroom with a demonstration of the painting in layers method and explain the materials used and the steps necessary to paint outdoors using oil and/or acrylic paints. There will be a break for lunch and then the class will meet to paint at a location within Rocky Mountain National Park from 1 to 4:30 p.m. During the painting period, Marie will facilitate and coach students through their painting, giving individual instruction at the students’ easels, critiques and helpful tips. On Saturday, April 23 we will again paint in Rocky Mountain National Park beginning at 9 a.m. We will do one painting in the morning and one in the afternoon. Then, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Marie will provide a critique of all the student paintings. During the painting process, students will learn how use the painting in layers method to quickly design and build a

composition with depth through perspective, values and color. Finally they will fine-tune their work by pushing and pulling values, softening and sharpening edges and adding details. Celebrating 35 Years with a $35 for 35 Years Campaign! The Art Center opened its doors 35 years ago and we want to continue for another 35 years. We are seeking your help by asking you to donate $35 for 35 years, a dollar for each year, to raise additional funds to continue to support the operation of the Art Center! Donate on our website, drop off donation at front desk or mail to 517 Big Thompson Ave, Unit 245, Estes Park, CO 80517. Join us in this effort by donating. Estes Valley Plain Air: The Art Center is seeking plein air artists to enter our Estes Valley Plein Air 2022 event. Go to to enter. This is a national juried program. The deadline is April 3. Upcoming Silent Auction: The Art Center is hosting the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies’ Silent Auction during the First Friday Art Groove on April 1. This auction is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies’ scholarship fund, which is awarded to a graduating senior from Estes Park High School every spring. The auction will take place 5 – 7. Satellite Exhibits: The Exhibit at the US Bank, features Art Center Artist Member Debbie Jansen. VERT has a display of artwork by a number of Art Center Artist Members. At Estes Park Health, Anne Sneary’s watercolors are on display. Social Media: The Art Center can be viewed not only on our website ( but we are on Face Book (Art-Center-of-EstesPark), Instagram (artcenterofep) and Twitter (artcenterestes). Follow this link for a preview on “Our Town: Follow this link for a preview on Leo Weber: The Art Center is now open winter hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at

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THANATOPHOBIA – THE CHALLENGE COMMONLY FACED This past weekend was difficult for me. On we learned that my son’s father-in-law has passed away in Iowa after a valiant fight with Parkinson’s Disease. Our hearts are heavy for his widow, Iva, and two daughters, including our daughter-in-law, Glenda. Our son, Kevin, her husband, will officiate. On Sunday night, we received a phone call from a dear Canadian couple, long-time friends, who took a week to be our ‘caregivers’ a couple of years ago when I as recovering from cancer and Martha, from a broken hip. Terry, the husband, is losing a battle to lung cancer and will soon make his ‘transition’. We’d love to be there for them but, at this point, can only talk on the phone and assure him that “I’ll see him on the other side!” As Christians we can be confident of that, in a place where there is no cancer, broken hips, heart disease…! The ‘fear of dying’ – ‘thanatophobia’ – is experienced by most people, however, despite their confidence in what is beyond. And this fear has been faced by so many millions during the recent pandemic, and, now, with the invasion of the Ukraine, and the artillery discharging their loads on innocent children and families. We tend to breathe a sigh of relief when someone we love ‘goes to sleep’, without any seeming struggle. In his book, Jesus, Hero of thy soul, a friend, author Jim Mcquiggen, shares the story of Benjamin. Young Benjamin, having been diagnosed with a terminal disease, was ‘awfully afraid of dying.’ Understandably, then, he entertained many worrisome thoughts about his upcoming ‘transition’. One day as he walked across his yard he thought he heard a voice ask: ‘What’s wrong with you, Benjamin?’ When he looked up to see who had spoken, he saw a flower. When he recovered from the shock of what seemed to be a flower talking, he admitted that he was afraid of dying. At this the flower laughed and said, ‘You’re silly. I love to die. I get to feeling droopy and weary, and then I die…and wake up all refreshed and new.’ How Benjamin wished he could share the flower’s view, but the only thing he could come up with was, ‘Well, that’s all right for you, you’re a flower…but I’m a boy.’ On another day, as he lay under a tree feeling poorly and worrying about what would happen, a tiny voice asked him what was bothering him. This time he saw a caterpillar. By now Benjamin had sensed that all kinds of things have a message for you, if you’re willing to listen. ‘I’m awfully afraid of dying,’ he said. The caterpillar rolled over in laughter. ‘You’re afraid of dying?’, he asked, as he hung upside down from a small branch. ‘I love to die. I just wrap up in my covering and when I wake up I’m all changed and beautiful. I can fly and everything. Dying is nothing to be afraid of.’ Once again, all Benjamin could say was, ‘It’s different with little boys,’ and walked into the house still worrying. One day he was feeling very tired. The sun was hurting his eyes and he felt he just had to lie down; and he did. He fell into a deep sleep and when he awoke he felt better, but still a little worried. He walked into the yard and there he met an angel. The angel asked, ‘What’s wrong, Benjamin?’ The boy said, ‘I’m just a little afraid of dying.’ The angel laughed and said, ‘Benjamin, no more worrying, you already have passed through it. Now, you are now truly alive.’ As we all know, this ‘transition’ can come at any time. A pedestrian darts out in front of a car and his ‘transition’ occurs. A young, professional athlete dies of natural causes. A healthy police officer dies entering a Boulder super-market. We never know, do we? Others make the ‘transition’ after long battles with some disease. The Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die…” and that each of us is “going the way of all living”, unless the Lord returns first. Right now, I can call to mind people near and far, who are wrestling with, or have come to accept, their humanity and are continuing on with their lives in the most meaningful and impacting ways that they can, as they deal with their challenge. They are the ‘Benjamins’ among us as they accept their life as it is and touch and bless others as long as they can. I pray for every one of you that I know, every night So, it is good time to review our own feelings about this upcoming experience for all of us. Perhaps the ‘advice’ of a flower or caterpillar can be helpful. (Or feel free to call on me. I’m no ‘flower’ or ‘caterpillar’ but together, we can find some answers that will help both of us live the best life we can…because I, too, am a Benjamin.) There are many things we can come up with that can set our minds at rest. (Bob Lewis)

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Join The Adult Chess Club Do you like to play chess? Did you enjoy “Queen’s Gambit” on tv last year? Have you ever wondered how a mere pawn can be as powerful as a queen? If any of these pique your interest, then we have a great activity for you! There is an adult chess club that meets weekly at the Estes Park Community Center, and in addition to having a great time, meeting new folks, and enjoying both brain work and friendly banter it is free to join. That’s right, no dues or membership requirements (other than a sensible approach to staying healthy in these times) to partici-

pate in this adult group. We meet in the lower level of the building every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and once you have met the local requirements to get in there is nothing but fun (and maybe some learning) ahead! And if you are one that thinks chess is boring to watch or play then we will be happy to endeavor to change your mind. Along with competitive games we often work through problems and exercises as a group and have lots of fun doing it. Just drop in and introduce yourself…and be ready! For more information, contact John Gintert at 720-217-6677.

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Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

We Are Born, Then What? Looking Back We all got here due to Mom and Dad’s union, without our consent! They determined our nationality, sex and race. All of us down through the ages came into existence without instruction books or directions for our lives. To my knowledge, none of us chose to come here, so what we have become has been influenced by our parents, the environment we have lived in, and the influence of others. I know if I’d had a choice, I would have chosen parents with a lot more resources such as money or prestigious positions in life. I did luck out and was born to two very fine, nice, average folks who dedicated themselves to raising their only child with love and attention. If I had my way, I would have chosen a less aggressive mother and a more assertive father, but not a couple with less love, attention and guidance. I got the luck of the draw when it comes to intelligence. I have average intellect, which I have maintained through my lifetime. Self improvement has helped, but Einstein I will never be. I am thankful for my parents and rearing. No one has had a perfect life whether they were poor, wealthy, average or superior in intelligence, good athlete or smart bookworm. We all have had bouts of medical problems, disappointing relationships, money mishaps, misguidance and love adventures. Once I realized I was here and should be a good citizen and contribute to society, I followed the crowd born in the 1940s. I attended school with minimal interest. My best classes were history, math and lunch. I got through with average grades, then got a job with a newspaper publishing company. I clumsily worked in the hot metal printing plant until the manager realized I would be better off outside selling newspaper advertising. I fell into what I was doing and enjoyed it for the next 22 years. Once I was there, I planned to move through the ranks and become a sales manager, which I did. I then moved into the position of Classified Advertising Manager of the Orlando Sentinel in Florida. What a challenge to be responsible for 52 people and a multi-million dollar department.

I set my goals in the industry I had stumbled into and proceeded to mature and become a leader. Some people I have known wanted to be a doctor, lawyer or some other notable position from the get-go. Some were pointed by parents to what they thought was best for their offspring. I fumbled into my future, got married young, had babies, bought my first house, got a station wagon for the wife and kids and a sharp car to ferry me around selling advertising. Two years of Advertising Journalism College helped me progress. I really didn’t plan any of it. It came my way and I exploited it. I was after the money. I helped me and mine and some others along the way. Looking back on the past 60 years, maybe I should have helped others more, I should have been more concerned about other people, the country and our planet. I have had successes and disappointments. The first wife and I raised three fine adults who have made their way through life with their heads held high, with good principals and awareness of others. All three are nice people and contribute to this world positively. Two chose not to see eye-to-eye with the old man and haven’t communicated for years. Fortunately, I have one daughter who takes after her father, who has always been Daddy’s girl and has been there for me. My thoughts are always with her as she lives her life to the fullest, traveling to see the world and experience all there is to experience in this realm. She is now a woman of 58, and I learn from her. I tell myself that she is the best thing that came out of my first marriage. You are born, you live, you learn, and hopefully you depart with a smile on your face. Looking back helps you identify your successes and opportunities you overlooked. I don’t believe in failures, only learning experiences. I have a few regrets. One would be that I didn’t do more for my fellow man and voice more support for my country and this planet. We are all in this together, do what you can to help one another.

April 4 – 8 Monday, Apr 4

Country Fried Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Tuesday, Apr 5

BBQ Chicken Breast w/ Grits, Corn Bread & green beans

Wed., Apr 6

Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger w/ Pasta Salad

Thursday, Apr 7

Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Apr 8

Trout (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & soup of the day

April 11 – 15 Monday, Apr 11

Chicken Pot Pie w/ soup of the day

Tuesday, Apr 12

Hot Roast Beef Sandwich w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wed., Apr 13

Vegetarian Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad

Thursday, Apr 14

BBQ Pork Ribs (4) w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw

Friday, Apr 15

Signature Salad w/ Grilled Shrimp (8) (greens topped w/ tomatoes, corn, cheese, craisins, pecans & croutons) w/ ranch dressing

Meals are $7 for current 2022 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 4th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Apr 1st. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at

The Center is OPEN (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-1; Tuesday 10-2) TriFit (MWF 10:30-11:15); Yoga/Balance (TT 10:15-11:15) Mahjong (Tuesdays 10-2); Crafts (Tuesdays 11:30-1) Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & Every Thurs 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

Mateo Eggen Huerta 10th Grade Congratulations to Mateo Eggen Huerta, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for April 1, 2022. At EPHS, Mateo plays soccer and he is currently in track. He is a member of the marching and concert bands and his favorite class is biology. He lettered in soccer his freshman and sophomore years and he is very close to earning his Eagle Scout award. Outside of school, he likes to ski and snowboard (yes, he can do both!) He likes to mountain bike and in the past couple of years he has gotten into weight lifting. He added, “It’s hard to answer the question of what I do for work, it’s really whatever my parents need me to do at Taharaa Mountain Lodge or Twin Owls Steakhouse (our family businesses). One night I’m a food runner, the next I’m a dishwasher, the next morning I could be a landscaper or a general maintenance guy. It depends on what needs to get done. I am an only child. When asked his favorite place to visit he said he loves to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Matteo’s favorite quote is, “What do you get when you don’t get what you want, charter” by his dad, Thad Eggen. He said, “This quote used to make me super upset because he’d always tell that to me when I

wanted a toy or something. But now that I’ve grown up a bit I’ve realized that it’s true. No matter the little things in life everything builds you as a person and life shapes you into who you are now.” The best piece of advice he’s ever received is “Don’t grip the handles too hard, kinda just flow with it.” from Rich Sickler. After high school, Mateo has ideas of what he’d like to do, but he has no set plans as yet. He does know that he wants to take a year or two in between college and high school and maybe work at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Silent Auction On First Friday Art Groove, April 1st At The Art Center!

The Art Center of Estes Park is hosting a silent auction during the Art Groove on First Friday, April 1st. This fun and unique shopping experience showcases world class artists from Colorado and neighboring Western states. Come discover hand woven garments, paintings, jewelry, metalwork, photography, sculpture, pottery, and more! This auction is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies’ scholarship fund, which is rewarded to a graduating senior from Estes Park High School every spring. The auction will take place April 1st from 5:00-7:00.

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5 años en adelante. Boosters (Moderna & Pfizer) are available to anyone 12 years and older Los refuerzos (Moderna y Pfizer) están disponibles para cualquier persona de 12 años en adelante. Call to schedule today! ¡llame Para Programar Una Cita Hoy! (303) 697-2583.


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Saturday, April 2- Spanish Language Nature Program @ YMCA of the Rockies 9am, Story Time @ EV Library 10:30, Wagon Parade and Kick Off Celebration @ EV Library 11 Monday, April 4- Larimer Child Care Fund Application OPEN Tuesday, April 5- Playgroup at the Park, @ Downtown Children's Park 3:30, Election Day Wednesday, April 6- Story Time @ Macdonald Book Shop 10:30, Playgroup at the River @ Riverside Park 11, Pajama Story Time @ EV Library 6:00 pm, Summer YMCA Day Camp Registration OPEN Thursday, April 7- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30, FREE Developmental Screenings at EVICS Family Resource Center 11-3 Friday, April 8- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30 Saturday, April 9- Story Time @ EV Library 10:30, Vaccine Clinic @ EVICS 9-noon Monday, April 11- Bilingual Story Time kits sent home with Kindergarteners at EPES, Provider Night @ EVICS 6-7:30 Tuesday, April 12- Playgroup at the Park, @ Downtown Children's Park 3:30, Special Bilingual Story Time @ Macdonald Book Shop 4pm Wednesday, April 13- Special Bilingual Story Time @ Macdonald Book Shop 10:30, Playgroup at the River @ Riverside Park 11, Early Childhood Music Workshop @ EV Library 6:00 pm Thursday, April 14- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30 Friday, April 15- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30 Saturday, April 16- Story Time @ EV Library 10:30, Easter Egg Hunt @ YMCA of the Rockies 9am, Easter Egg Hunt @ Stanley Park 10 Sunday, April 17- Easter Sunday Monday, April 18- Preschool Circle Time & Craft @ Presbyterian Community Church 1:30-2:30 Tuesday, April 19- Playgroup at the Park, @ Downtown Children's Park 3:30, Licensed Child Care Orientation @ EVICS 5:30-6:30 pm Wednesday, April 20- Story Time @ Macdonald Book Shop 10:30, Playgroup at the River @ Riverside Park 11 Thursday, April 21- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30 Friday, April 22- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30, Earth Day Playgroup @ Lake Estes Marina Park 3-4pm Saturday, April 23- Story Time @ EV Library 10:30 Monday, April 25- Larimer Child Care Fund Application CLOSED Tuesday, April 26- Playgroup at the Park, @ Downtown Children's Park 3:30 Wednesday, April 27- Story Time @ Macdonald Book Shop 10:30, Playgroup at the River @ Riverside Park 11 Thursday, April 28- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30, Early Bird Kickball Team Registration OPEN Friday, April 29- Story Time @ EV Library 10 (Baby) and 10:30 Saturday, April 30- Story Time @ EV Library 10:30, Family Feud @ Circle 119 American Legion 6-9pm

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EVICS Celebrates The Year Of The Young Child Throughout the entire month of April, EVICS Family Resource Center will be highlighting and celebrating our young children and families. First established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1971, the Week of the Young Child was an opportunity to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. EVICS Family Resource Center has designated the entire month of April as the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). MOYC is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community— that will promote their early learning. Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. The stress of the pandemic experience on families especially impacts young children. Educators report increased needs for mental health support for even our youngest citizens. Academic and social-emotional experiences enhance learning and en-

sure a positive and strong start for all children. The MOYC is a time when the dedicated work of early educators shall be recognized and appreciated for the essential role that it plays in our society. Every sector of our community relies on childcare being affordable, accessible, and highquality. EVICS Family Resource Center will launch a monthly Educator Recognition program this month to thank the teachers, caregivers, and childcare providers in our community. The events of the last few years have demonstrated just how important it is to fund, support, and elevate the work of child care. Throughout the month, EVICS Family Resource Center will shine a light on the vital programs, events, services, and partnerships in our community that contribute to ensuring all children and families have what they need to thrive. It takes a village to raise a family and EVICS Family Resource Center believes we all have a place in that Village. MOYC is a time to plan how we will better meet the needs of all young children, families, caregivers, and early care and education professionals. Take your place in the Village! Watch for EVICS at events all around town the month of April, illuminating the needs and celebrating the successes of our youngest citizens.

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An Interview With Big Duck Beth Weisberg Every year, the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race has a new leader, ‘Big Duck’ to the Duck Race Committee. This year’s Big Duck is Beth Weisberg of Estes Park. We asked Weisberg to reflect on this year’s Duck Race and its impact on the community. Q. What strikes you as the most amazing thing about the Estes Park Duck Race? A. I think the most amazing thing about the Estes Park Duck Race is that it has continued, uninterrupted, as the largest single fundraising event benefiting multiple Estes Valley charities and nonprofit Organizations since 1989. This is the 34th consecutive year of the Estes Park Duck Race! For some of our Organizations, the Duck Race is the difference between being able to continue to carry on their mission, or not. This year, we are delighted that the ducks will be racing back in the river again, with a full Festival including live music and other entertainment, face painting, a scavenger hunt, balloon art and the annual 5K Duck Waddle. Q. What is the Race Day highlight, in your opinion? A. One of the most exciting highlights of Race Day is that incredible moment when more than 7,000 little yellow rubber duckies are dropped into Fall River at Nicky’s Steakhouse from the duck cage that is suspended high in the air. Suddenly, the river turns bright yellow with a big splash, and away go the ducks down the river! It is a Duck Race moment that should not be missed. Another highlight is finding out how much the charities and nonprofits have managed to raise for their annual budgets from duck adoption sales and knowing all the good it will do for people in the Estes Valley. Q. Many local residents and groups participate in the Race volunteering, entertaining, selling adoptions, serving as sponsors, walking the river, etc. Does that make a Big Duck honk with happiness? A. The success of the Duck Race in Estes Park is only possible due to all of these collaborations. The Duck Race has grown over the years to the point that our Rotary club could not sustain this event without the help of our volunteers and partnerships. Q. Here’s your chance to send some thankful quacks before the ducks drop. A. There are so many people to thank. We are especially grateful to Claire’s Restaurant and Bar for being our firstever Named Sponsor this year, which has enabled us to have the Rocky Mountain Channel and Nick Molle promote duck adoptions and live-stream the Duck Race with no net cost to the Duck Race. Visit Estes Park has done an incredible job managing our Facebook page and promoting the Duck Race through press releases and other publicity outreach. The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center is organizing and running River Security this year, which is a major undertaking involving almost 100 volunteers and is crucial to the safe operation of the

Lucky Duck, Ryan Banker & Beth Weisberg

Duck Race. The Estes Chamber of Commerce is helping to raise merchant prizes, and they have also created a new-this-year scavenger hunt on Race Day to add to the fun. The generous donations from our many Major and Associate Sponsors are helping to underwrite the event expenses so that the return to the charities can continue to be so great. Delaware North has donated the vacation package prizes at Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks again this year, as they have done for many years. We deeply appreciate all of these wonderful folks, without whose help we might not have been able to keep the Duck Race tradition going. We appreciate our town’s supportive merchants who have donated hundreds of wonderful prizes for duck adopters to win. We continue to be impressed by the 66 Participating Organizations and their enduring commitment to selling duck adoptions to benefit their causes, and their providing at least one volunteer per Organization to help with the Duck Race this year. Some Organizations have provided up to six volunteers! The Estes Park Police Department Auxiliary is donating their services for crowd and parking control. We also have volunteers from the general public who have signed up to help out. The Rotary Club of Estes Park’s Tech Team has volunteered their services for nearly a year to create a much-needed new Duck Race software system, and they have developed new ways to make online duck adoptions simpler for the Organizations to promote and easy enough for even the least tech-savvy to adopt ducks from our website. We thank all of these peo-

ple. Without their many contributions, the Duck Race Festival as we know it could not go on. And of course, the Duck Race couldn’t happen without the dedication of the Duck Race Committee and the Rotary Club of Estes Park, dozens of whom have spent months organizing the Duck Race so far and will continue to devote countless hours between now and May 7, to make this event a success for our charities and nonprofits and a really fun day for our whole community. Q: Can you describe the experience of leading a fundraiser that is expected to raise over $100,000 for Estes Valley Participating Organizations? A: The Duck Race is an Estes Valley institution, and it truly is a privilege to help carry on such a revered tradition. I have heard from adults and even seniors who grew up going to the Duck Race every year. There is a feeling of responsibility to maintain the charm and personal feel of the event and the community involvement of our merchants and our Organizations, at the same time we adopt modern technology to make recordkeeping and promotion of duck adoptions more efficient. It is absolutely a lot of work, and as a fundraising event for so many Organizations, it is actually quite complicated and involves a lot of moving parts. It’s worth the hard work, though, the best part is all the people you work with who also love what they are doing for the Duck Race. It is a labor of love all the way around. Connecting with sponsors, merchants, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and forming lifelong relationships with committee members is a huge reward that I will al-

ways remember and cherish. Something new and interesting has happened nearly every day while I have been the Big Duck. I have loved interacting with so many people in different departments of the Town, including Mayor Koenig – all of whom are supportive of the mission of the Duck Race and have been so helpful. – and hearing the stories about Duck Races in prior years, that took place in all sorts of weather. And I deeply admire and respect all the Big Ducks who have served before me. It’s a privilege to join that group and do my part to give back to this beautiful community. Q: Do you have advice for future Big Ducks? A: I highly recommend to anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to be the Big Duck to just step up and try it. It will involve many months of work, and lots of creativity, flexibility and a sense of humor, not to mention the need to keep many moving parts organized -- and lots of late nights! But it’s easy when you keep in mind why we are doing this, and the good that can be accomplished. Bring in people to help who are as enthusiastic about fun and service as you are, and with everyone working together, the Duck Race can go on for another 34 years or more! And when the Duck Race is over, go get a cookie or ice cream or taffy in town, and walk around Lake Estes wearing your Duck Race vest with some of the other volunteers, reminiscing about how much fun it was. Q: What do we need to know about this year’s Race Day? A: Race Day will start off 9:00 a.m. with the 5K Duck Waddle. We expect to sell over 7,000 duck adoptions this year, with $19 of every $22 adoption going to whatever charity or nonprofit Organization the purchaser selects. This year all duck adoptions will be made online only, and it’s fast and simple to do by going to our website, Anyone can adopt a duck from their cell phone, iPad, computer, or other device in just a couple of minutes. And with every duck adoption, the purchaser is doing so much good! Not to mention that there are hundreds of prizes donated by our local merchants, as well as a grand prize of $8,000 cash, and other major prizes of $5,000 cash, $2,000 cash, a three-night vacation package at Yellowstone, and a three-night vacation package at Glacier National Park. So it’s a community festival and a major fundraiser for 66 charitable organizations, a day full of fun and hundreds of chances to win prizes, all in one! Q: Do you need volunteers on Race Day? Yes! Please email me at to help make Race Day a success. 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 nearly $3 million to local Estes Park charities and groups. 2022 marks the 34th annual Duck Race.

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Six Week Bible Study Class

Estes Grows Readers: Building A Bright Future For All Local Kids

What can you grow in the next six weeks? Grow ¾ inch of hair Grow baby carrots or radishes Grow increasingly anxious about the future Or you can grow in your relationship with Jesus

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stimulate their fullest cognitive development. We all want kids to be happy and Drop in for Library Storytimes. Each healthy. We want them to thrive in week, kids enjoy stories, songs, puppets, school—get good grades. Twenty years and playtime to stimulate their minds. from now, we want to live in a world Along with Thursday/Friday/Saturday with high graduation rates, low crime, morning sessions, check out Pajama and young people poised to achieve their Storytimes on Wednesday evenings, indreams. cluding a monthly sing-along with local music therapist Nancy What we do today can Bell. secure that future. Studies show that supporting Show a kid to their the learning and literacy room: the Children’s of our youngest kids toRoom! Kids love picking day is one of the surest out their own books to paths to that tomorrow. take home. We make it After all: consider the easy and fun. There are amazing fact that 90% of “board books”—for readall human brain structure ing aloud to infants— development takes place before the age durable enough for babies to touch and of five! grab. Next, “early readers,” with lots of pictures and very simple words. For new April is the Month of the Young readers, we have rows of picture books, Child—our chance to celebrate and at eye-level for kids to browse. spotlight the local resources to ensure that brighter future. Early childhood litDiscovery Packs: play-time for the eracy is key. brain. We make it convenient to take exciting new activities home: puppets to Parents and caregivers, we know your days are busy—downright hectic. That’s act out stories, memory games for wordwhy we’ve got programs and resources to play, sensory activities for counting and color recognition. Hours of kid-friendly save you time, reduce stress, and keep those kiddos happy. Here are a few ways stimulation—the kind that keeps them the library is making it easy to bring the learning and growing. magic of reading into a kid’s life—and “How-To Manuals” for Parents. Being

a parent doesn’t come with printed instructions, but we make it easy to access the best research. Browse the Parenting Section for ideas, inspiration, and innovation from trusted experts. Build a Kid’s Home Library. Studies show that having books inside a child’s home is a likely indicator of lifelong success. Parents, we’ve got you covered here too! That includes: • Free bilingual board books for babies • Storybook Explorer kits with crafts and activities • 100 free books mailed to every fouryear-old (English and español) • Coming later this year: our partnership launch with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library We thank the generous donors of the Library Friends & Foundation for making these visionary projects possible. Come join the kick-off to this special month at this Saturday’s 11 a.m. Wagon Parade for all ages. Full details at What we do today can make all the difference for our kids.

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Starting April 5th, the Estes Valley Day Community Bible Study class will be finishing up the year with a six week study on Colossians- Paul's encouraging letter to the Colossian church. His purpose in this letter was to encourage them to hold firmly to the word of truth they had received and to inspire them to live lives consistent with their faith. April is also visitor's month! Come once to get a feel for what CBS is all about or register and join us for the entire six week study! The class meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at Mountain View Bible Fellowship, 1575 S. Saint Vrain Avenue. Small groups for women and children from infants to 6th grade are available. (For legal reasons and space limitations, we cannot accept children as visitors. However, if you would like to register for all 6 weeks, please reach out to check availability in the children's department.) Feel free to just show up as a visitor or if you would like to register for the six week study, please email Nicole at Community Bible Study is an interdenominational study of the Bible, God's Word to us. This class includes an opening, small group discussion, and a teaching on the Bible reading for the week. The goal of Community Bible Study is to help people grow in the knowledge of God, so that they will become comfortable and confident in their faith. Come check us out as a one time visitor or all six weeks. We would love to have you join us! So, got six weeks? Why not grow in your relationship with Him? Then keep growing as we start a new study in September on the book of Daniel followed by a study on Revelation. Six weeks could be the beginning of a beautiful growth spurt!

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Open Hours: Mondays-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. The library will be closed all day Wednesday, April 20 for Staff Development training. ESTES GROWS READERS Wagon Parade and Town Proclamation Saturday, Apr. 2, 11 a.m. (after 10:30 storytime) For all ages. Walk, ride wagons, or tricycle/bicycle from the Library to Town Hall, where local leaders will read a Proclamation for April as Month of the Young Child (festivities will move indoors if weather is an issue). In partnership with EVICS. Sign up at Books for Bo: Read to a Therapy Dog Tuesdays, Apr. 5 and 19, 10-11 a.m. Kids are invited to bring or a choose a book to read while relaxing in the Children’s Room with Bo, a licensed therapy dog. No sign-up required.

Library Storytimes (no sign-up required) For preschoolerers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat., at 10:30 a.m. For babies: Fri. and Sat. at 10 a.m. Pajama Storytime: Wed., Apr., 6 at 6

p.m. Music Storytime with Nancy Bell: Wed., Apr. 13 at 6 p.m. TEENS & KIDS Make a Laser Book Box Saturday, Apr. 2, 2-3 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Tuesday, Apr. 12, 11 a.m.noon Design and assemble a wood book box, as we use the Laser Engraver together. Sign up at BOOKS & AUTHORS Estes Valley Crisis Advocates Book Club Begins Tuesday, Apr. 5, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room A discussion of the award-winning memoir “Know My Name,” recounting a case that gained global attention and inspired new laws to protect the rights of assault victims. Sign up at “The Last Professional:” Stories of the Road with Ed Davis Sat., Apr. 9, 1 2:30 p.m., Hondius Room Author and railrider emeritus Ed Davis discusses American road stories. He will read from his latest book, “The Last Professional,” a gripping novel set amid the world of thundering freight trains and the vagabonds who ride them. Davis’s books will be available, courtesy of Macdonald Book Shop. Sign up at

WORKSHOPS Money Talk: Tools for Investing Thursday, Apr. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Thurs., Apr. 21, 5:30-7 p.m. Learn to make money work for you with advanced tools available free of charge. A hands-on overview of the library’s two powerful online resources: Value Line and Morningstar Investment Research Center. Sign up at Wildlife First Aid Sunday, Apr. 10, 2 - 4 p.m., Wasson Room Learn about bird, mammal, reptile and other forms of animal rescue-and how to safely intervene if you see an animal needing help. Presented by Tallon Nightwalker, licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for Northern Colorado Wildlife Center. Sign up at Getting Started with Genealogy Thursday, Apr. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Makerspace Searching for family records is easier than ever with online access. Learn how to access the library’s subscription service to, along with other valuable resources. Sign up at MAKERSPACE Beginner Soldering Friday, Apr. 8, 2-3:30 p.m. Save money by making your own repairs, or discover a new hobby working with electronics-and perhaps computers and robotics. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Knitting for Beginners Friday, Apr. 15, 2-3:30 p.m. Learn to make a simple project that will keep you warm or protect your kitchen surfaces from hot or cold items. All materials provided. Sign up at

NATURE TALKS The Excelling: with Naturalist Kevin Cook Monday, Apr. 11, 4-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room Nature instructor Kevin Cook continues a monthly series on how we can best engage with the wonders of Life on Earth. This month: “The Excelling”-a guiding principle by which to maintain enthusiasm for resolving uncertainties and recognizing accomplishment. Sign up at LEGAL SELF-HELP Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2-5 p.m., Library Study Room One-on-one legal advice, for library patrons who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments are necessary, and can be scheduled by calling 970-5868116. More information at TAX SEASON RESOURCES AARP Tax Prep: Appointments Available Now through Apr. 14 Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program are offering free local assistance with income tax preparation. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call the library or visit FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Dollar Day at Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, celebrates its 3rd Birthday on Tuesday, April 5. That day only, all books will be priced at just $1 each, plus tax. The store is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Pet Association Seeking Foster And Adoptive Families For Three Kitties Olivia is about nine months old. She came in as a stray. She does not like other kitties. She likes kids and is playful. Annie and Henry are siblings that are about five years old. They are both up to date on shots and fixed. Annie is friendly and enjoys being Henry loved and likes to be brushed. Henry is a bit shy but he is coming around nicely and is beginning to love and trust. These two will do best in a quiet home without dogs. A foster to

Annie adopt situation would be ideal for them for anyone interested in that. Sweet Jett is about eight years old. She had a few teeth pulled recently and is now feeling better. She is a small kitty who is super cute and everyone at the Pet Lodge really likes her.

All of these Olivia sweet cats are currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet any of these awesome kitties. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit or-

Jett ganization 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.

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Girl Scouts Celebrate Record Cookie Sale There could hardly have been very many folks in Estes Park who did not stock their cupboards and pantries with Girl Scouts cookies in 2022, as the 2 troops in town sold over 13,000 boxes in this year’s sale! 23 girls participated in the sale with several girls individually selling over 1,000 boxes. Daisy/Brownie Troop #77784 sold a total of 5338 boxes, with troop profits totaling $4697.44. They made 200 “Porch Pixie” style deliveries, had eight 90minute Sale Booths as well as an additional nine, two-hour-long booth sales at Safeway. These girls could be called “Cookie Rookies, ” because their troop is brand new this year and all girls and leaders have successfully pulled off a monumental feat, and learned a lot and had fun in the process. The Junior/Cadette Troop #70455 sold

sponders with the Estes Park Fire Department and the Estes Park Police Department received donations. To celebrate the completion of this record-breaking year, the Daisy/Brownie troop had a joint family swimming party at the EP Rec Center and the Junior/Cadette troop took their friends and families to a roller skating party at the YMCA Camp. The Daisy/Brownie troop plans to spend some of their cookie profits on an overnight campout at Meadow Mountain Ranch this summer. They also hope to go horseback riding as well as take some day trip adventures to various new places in Colorado. The Junior/Cadette troop will pre-register all the girls for next year’s registration year as well as pay for badges, awards and other activities. A camping

a total of 8383 boxes, with troop profits totaling $7377.04. Cookies were also ordered on line and shipped to other locations and cookies were also purchased as direct donations. 114 “Gifts of Caring” packages were purchased to be distributed directly by Girl Scouts of Colorado to the military both at home and abroad as well as at a Marshall Fire event later this summer. Hometown Heroes are nonprofit groups selected by the girls to receive donations in our local area as well. Crossroads, EPES teachers and fire departments in Estes Park, Allenspark, Big Elk Meadows, Glen Haven and Pinewood Springs will receive a varied supply of cookies. In addition, First Re-

trip to the Grand Tetons and an overnight Girl Scout event at the Cave of the Winds near Colorado Springs will highlight their summer. There are several service projects also planned for which troop cookie profits will be used. Girl Scouts who sell cookies personally receive “cookie credits, ” which can be used individually to help pay for resident camp and other Girl Scout sponsored events. There is a trip to Europe in the offing for the summer 2023, and cookie credits can be used to help pay those expenses. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. All proceeds from the cookie sale remain locally within the

Girl Scouts of Colorado organization. Every purchase guarantees that Girl Scouts capture the experience of life and leadership. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps Girl Scouts learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life. These 5 skills are: #1) Goal Setting; #2) Decision Making; #3) Money Management; #4) People Skills and #5) Busi-

ness Ethics. Estes Park Girl Scouts want to thank all the businesses who supported their booth sales, as well as all the customers who helped support our Girl Scout program in Estes Park. Keep an eye out for the Fall Product Sales, i.e., magazines, candy and nuts and of course, by early 2023 we will be back to help re-stock your cupboards and pantries.

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Status And Privilege: A Living Room Conversation

From Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership and the Estes Valley Library

de Justicia Restaurativa del Valle de Estes, y la Biblioteca de Estes Valley

We often joke about “keeping up with the Joneses” — but there’s real competition in our society for status and the accompanying privilege. How do we decide what we most value that bestows this status? While our country seems to favor wealth, there are other forms of status and privilege—such as education, gender, and race. What privilege do each of us enjoy? And how does that correspond with our status? The community is invited to gather for a dialogue about “Status and Privilege”. This Living Room Conversation takes place Thursday, April 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Hondius Room. The program is co-hosted by the Estes Valley Library and the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership. Spanning a wide spectrum of topics and themes, the 2022 Community Con-

Bromeamos sobre "mantenerse al día con los Joneses", pero existe una competencia real en nuestra sociedad por el estatus y el privilegio que lo acompaña. ¿Cómo decidimos qué es lo que más valoramos que otorga este estatus? Si bien nuestro país parece favorecer la riqueza, existen otras formas de estatus y privilegio—tales como la educación, el género, y la raza. ¿De qué privilegio disfrutamos cada uno de nosotros? ¿Y cómo se corresponde eso con nuestro estatus? Invitamos a la comunidad de reunirse para un diálogo sobre “Estado y Privilegio”. Esta Living Room Conversación (diálogo en el salón) tiene lugar en el jueves, 14 de abril, de 5 hasta 6:30 p. m. en el Salón Hondius de la Biblioteca. Este programa se ofrece en colaboración con Justicia Restaurativa del Valle de Estes y la Biblioteca de Estes Valley.

Albert Velthoen Estes Park resident, Albert Velthoen, passed away Sunday morning, March 27, 2022, at Estes Park Health. He was 94. He was born and raised on his family’s farm in Modesto, California, the youngest son of Gerhard and Marie (Weertman) Velthoen. Albert was preceded in death by two older brothers, Gerritt and John. He is cherished and loved by his wife of 73 years, Frances, his daughters, Susan (Jeff) Mahaffey and Becky Velthoen, grandsons Kris and Cullen Mahaffey, and two great-grandchildren. Albert began a career in the U. S. Postal Service in 1952. In 1956, he was promoted to Postal Inspector, working in mail fraud investigation. He and his family were domiciled in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona, and finally in Denver, where he retired in 1978. After retiring that year he joined the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Major Crime Division, as an investigator. In 1981, he and Frances moved to Estes Park, building their dream, energy-efficient, home on Fish Creek Road. He and Frances have made many wonderful friends while living in Estes Park. They are original members of the Estes Park Trailmaster’s Hiking Club, going on hiking and camping trips in the beau-

tiful Rocky Mountains. During the winter, they enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Albert also enjoyed downhill skiing. Albert played the trumpet in the high school band and renewed his love of playing the trumpet by joining the Estes Park Village Band, Jazz Band, and Dixieland band. He was a member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies and Masonic Lodge #183. He volunteered as an Ambassador for the Estes Park Visitor’s Center, sharing his love for the Estes Park area. He was a volunteer with the Estes Valley Land Trust because of his belief in their mission of conserving land. Albert was a kind, hard-working man, always willing to help out where needed, and one who was devoted to his family. He did have a sweet tooth and made the best caramel popcorn and toffee. Memorial gifts may be made to Estes Valley Land Trust or Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, c/o Allnutt Funeral service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See to send a message to Frances and family. Plans for a memorial service to celebrate Albert’s life are pending.

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versation series invites locals to come together, share perspectives, and enjoy the learning opportunities that emerge through facilitated dialogue in a small group setting, drawing upon the Living Room Conversation model. Online registration for this month’s program on “Status and Privilege” includes a link to the Conversation Guide pamphlet, which participants may read through beforehand. Facilitation is available for English-to-Spanish and Spanishto-English conversation during the session. Visit to learn about the series and its background. Find out more about the April 14 “Status and Privilege” conversation and sign up at Advance registration is necessary to help facilitators organize the conversation. ______

Estado y Privilegio: una Conversación “Living Room”

Abarcando un espectro ancho de conceptos y temas, la serie “Conversaciones Comunitarias de 2022” invita a la gente local de reunirse, compartir sus puntos de vista, y disfrutar de las oportunidades para aprender que salen del diálogo facilitado en un marco de grupos pequeños, haciendo el uso del modelo Conversación en el Salón. El registro en línea para el programa de este mes sobre “Estado y Privilegio” incluye un enlace a la Guía de la Conversación, que los participantes pueden leer antes del programa. La facilitación está disponible para conversación traducida de inglés-a-español y español-ainglés. Visite para aprender sobre la serie y su contexto. Descubre más sobre la conversación de “Estado y Privilegio” en el 14 de abril y regístrese para asistir en Reserva anticipada es necesaria para ayudar a los facilitadores a organizar la conversación.

The Estes Fly Tyer Group is wrapping up the season. A big thank you to Seth Richmond, Rector, St. Bartholomew’s Church for providing us a large well lit room to have our fly tying sessions. We will meet the first Tuesday of every month. We started in October and will go through May. Where we meet: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Avenue When: Tuesday, Apr. 5-6:00-8:30 Tuesday, May 3-6:00-8:30

What to bring: Bring your own vise, tools, materials. The idea of this group is to get together and tie flies, share ideas and techniques. You tie the flies that are of interest to you. Restock your box, get ready for next summer and find out what is working in the Estes area. All skill levels are welcome. If you are not a fly tyer you are welcome to come and observe. No fees, it’s free! If you have questions, please contact Susan Underwood at 972-375-1984 or Frank Drummond at 303-810-4538.

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Are there more fires or are we simply more aware of them now that we have experienced evacuation first hand? With that knowledge behind us, and the more recent experience in Superior (and Kruger Rock and ???), each small flareup causes consideration (however brief) of what to pack and when to flee. In less than 10 years, Estes has faced, besides fire, a massive flood and an evacuation during a pandemic. We are Mountain Strong. However, resiliency, while a lifesaving asset in response to a crisis, simply isn’t enough. We must do something about the cause if we wish to survive, and the cause is global warming, which causes the drought, and the resulting storms, and the melting glaciers and rising seas. We are, gradually and much too slowly, changing the energy resources we use, foregoing coal and oil and natural gas to increase dependence on electricity from renewable sources, like solar, water, and wind. Thanks to encouragement from Vladimir Putin, Europe is now in high gear, pursuing this conversion. Here at home, new laws are pushing both governments and individuals to adopt “greener” guidelines, but the real motivation is the reduced household cost. “Green” grants and tax credits are assist on initial costs of conversion, allowing more and more families to access the reduced cost of renewable energy – month after month. But it will take time. Colorado’s recycling rate is currently 15%, far below the national rate of 32%. Each city or county in Colorado establishes a different system of redirection. Ideally, this program encompasses reuse, recycling, and composting, but, as we well know, this is not universal. Some locations sponsor “Pay As You Throw” curbside collection: others require individuals to bring waste to a collection site. Some rural areas are a long way from these sites. Some collection sites use single stream recycling, others source separate the recyclables. (Single stream increases the overall collection, but also increases contamination and decreases

value of the paper and glass collected.) Some sites are “free” (for example: covered by taxes); others charge a use fee. Most importantly: Each site sets its own standards for recyclable items (which must often meet profitability standards) and for acceptable items (collected but landfilled). This proves to be confusing and often indiscernible to the individual user of the service. The Extended Producer Responsibility laws will place the cost of proper disposal at the onset, making it a part of the purchase. The fees collected from manufacturers and shippers will mean there is no charge for disposal of used product. Maine passed the first EPR law to cover packaging, but the effects are still unknown. It will not go into use until 2027. Oregon’s new EPR law (The Plastic and Recycling Modernization Act went into effect in January 2021.) covers packaging, food serviceware, and paper intended for writing or printing. Colorado, along with Oregon, Maine, and 8 other states, already has an EPR law for architectural paint which went into effect in 2015. For those who have not heard, the Paint Care disposal program is again accessible at Estes Park Lumber. Reference for more information. These laws will, by making responsible disposal less expensive, improve our recycling rates. But this too will take time. Two further possibilities for inclusion in EPR laws will be 1) unifying disposal options for packaging by setting minimum standards for recycling programs, and (2) banning landfills from accepting recyclable materials. Colorado landfills cannot accept hazardous materials, paint, or electronics. Fort Collins limits the amount of cardboard sent to the landfill. A well structured EPR law, and effective evaluation of the results, could drive our circular economy here to keep up with those in Europe (47% overall, 66% for packaging.) But again, this will take time. Agree? Disagree? Additions? Deletions? Comments?

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Barista Starting Rate $15 Shift Supervisor Starting Rate $19.05 + tips

Historic Crags Lodge Front Desk Supervisor Della Terra is seeking a positive, responsible couple for Innkeeper and Wedding Night Management/Property Night Management. Includes accommodations in a private modern cabin with kitchen and bathroom, utilities paid by employer. Must live on property. This position would include 4pm to midnight-front desk shifts, 1:30pm to midnight-wedding night manager shifts, and night property maintenance including snow plowing. Same two days off each week. This position begins Monday, April 25th. Pay based on experience. Please email resumes to or apply in person at 3501 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517

$20 an hour with benefits. Potential for $1000 Hiring bonus. Stop by and see us or call us at

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We offer world-class benefits personalized for you, including health coverage, 401K program, and 100% tuition at ASU online. In addition, we give our partners flexible hours, mental health benefits, free coffee and a future filled with opportunity and growth. Apply at

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Ideal candidates will have prior cash handling and customer service experience. Additional requirements include attention to detail, strong computer and problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment. $15-$17/Hour. Excellent benefits including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off. Please apply at :

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 Weekends and some holidays required

Seeking an experienced team player to assist the Conservancy’s philanthropy team in database operaƟon and giŌ processing.

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Seasonal Warehouse

 Seasonal, 30 hours/week  $16.50 – $17.00/hr with potenƟal for promoƟon  Receiving, pricing and warehouse storage

Member & Donor Services Associate

$10,000 sign on bonus after first 90 days of employment with 12-month commitment, $5,000 after 2 years, and $5,000 after 3 years.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Warehouse - Non-driver posiƟon

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

 Strong oral/wriƩen communicaƟon skills

Please drop off resume in person at: Earthwood Artisans 360 E. Elkhorn Ave. or, Email to

Seeking team players to assist the Conservancy’s retail department as warehouse workers in RMNP.

Looking for an experienced Prep/line cook for our busy kitchen. Must have ability to follow recipes, hand cut steaks, and availability to work all days of the week. Overtime possible but not mandatory, morning hours required.

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Remixed Custom Sewing Services and Industrial Repair OFFICE SPACE Cushions, benches, 6 Offices/Whole 2nd Floor leather, campers and 850 sf, Yr. Lease Min. outdoor furniture. Private Parking, Bathroom, Local - call Beth Kitchenette, A/C. 970-492-5446 Reasonable Rates. Quality Finishes. Piano Tuning Located on River. Call Bret Freedman Susan Novy, local piano 970-215-2494 tuner. Call for appt. 577-1755 OFFICE SPACE For Rent www.estesparkpiano 700 s.f., 3 rooms plus bathroom. Good location/ good parking. $1250/mo. + util. Year lease min. REAL ESTATE 970-290-4488

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

BUSINESS Business For Sale $40,000 Hair-Nail Salon 30-years in Business 3 Stations-1 Nail Table Call Bret Freedman Estes Park Home Finders 970-215-2494

SALES Estate Sales SALE Fri 4/1 8-1 pm. Follow Grn & Org Signs 451 Prospectors Ln. Household items, Fabric, Treadmill, Wheel Barrel, Luggage, Ladders, Yard Tools, Misc. ESTATE/MOVING SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL JUDI 970-215-5548

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF MAIL BALLOT ELECTION PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT LARIMER COUNTY, COLORADO TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, particularly, to the electors of the PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT, of LARIMER County, Colorado. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a mail ballot election will be held on the 3rd day of May, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Mail ballots are required to be mailed to eligible electors between 22 and 15 days prior to Election Day (between April 11 and April 18). At said election, the electors of the District shall vote for two (2) Directors who will each serve a three (3)-year term. The names of persons nominated as Director for a Three (3)-Year Term are: Eric Owen John Meissner David Batey Drew Webb NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that an eligible elector of said district, for the purpose of said election, is a person registered to vote and who has been a resident of the District, or who, or whose spouse or civil union partner, owns taxable real or personal property within the District, whether said person resides within the District or not, or a person who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within the District shall be con-sidered an owner of taxable property for the purpose of qualifying as an eligible elector. Eligible electors of the PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT may apply for a mail ballot, drop off a voted ballot, beginning April 11, or request a replacement ballot at the following location or by contacting: Sarah Shepherd, the District Designated Election Official (DEO) Mailing address: P.O. Box 359, Littleton, Colorado 80160 Telephone: 303-482-1002; Email: The Office of the Designated Election Official is 1100 W. Littleton Blvd, #101, Littleton, CO. This drop off location is open on the following days: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from April 11-May 2, 2022, and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday May 3, 2022. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Please call ahead and be aware of ongoing health considerations to make sure staff is prepared to accommodate your needs and to keep voters and election workers are safe as possible. The local drop off location within the District is located at Estes Park Health, 555 Prospect Avenue, Estes Park, CO. The May 2022 election for director of the Park Hospital District is a mail ballot election. However, Estes Park Health is committed to providing a ballot box for those who may prefer to personally drop off a ballot rather than mailing it. The ballot box will be located in the entry way to the main lobby entrance, Monday through Friday, April 11 through May 2, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, and on May 3 between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm. Voters delivering ballots to Estes Park Health are asked to drop-off ballots in the ballot deposit box as quickly as possible due to ongoing health considerations and to avoid hospital staff and those seeking care. Please note that due to the ongoing health consideration in the State, drop off locations will be available as posted, and if any changes occur to the drop off hours and locations, those changes will be posted on the district’s website: under the Election 2022 header. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that an application for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with the Designated Election Official or county election offices no later than the close of business on April 26, 2022. PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT By: ___/s/, Sarah Shepherd, Designated Election Official

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