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April 8, 2022

I’m Owl Ears

Learn about Eastern and Western Screech-Owls. See the article on page 20 by professional photographer Dawn Wilson. Photo by Dawn Wilson

See complete election results on page 3

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Easter Sunday April 17th

Community Input Invited April 21 For Downtown Wayfinding Project The Town of Estes Park Public Works Department will host a public meeting Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. to reintroduce the Downtown Wayfinding Plan (DWP) project. The meeting will take place in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave., with an option to attend virtually. The goal of the meeting is to gather community input on the needs related to pedestrian wayfinding signage in downtown Estes Park. This will be the first of several opportunities in 2022 for the community to provide input on this project. Meeting information and the Zoom link for virtual attendance is available at In 2018, the Downtown Plan (DP) was adopted by the Town. Included in the DP were recommendations for improving wayfinding signage. In September 2018, Town staff initiated community discussions regarding the design and location concepts for a future wayfinding signage program. This effort was paused until 2020 when the Town of Estes Park hired a consultant to de-

Daisy Needs A New Loving Home 6,000 copies were printed this week, and distributed FREE to hundreds of Estes Valley locations including Allenspark, Glen Haven & Lyons.

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Daisy is a three year old cattle mix. She is 37 pounds and walks great on a leash. She gets along with dogs and doesn't mind cats too much. Daisy is currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet this sweet pup. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517.

sign the parking-related signs and assist the Town through the construction bid process. In 2021, the first phase of new wayfinding signs was completed to guide motorists to the downtown parking lots. Now, in 2022, the Town's DWP is focused on expanding pedestrian-scale signage throughout downtown. The primary goal of a wayfinding program is to draw and direct residents and visitors to explore businesses, attractions, and amenities within the community. Creating a thematic signage program serves to connect pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to shopping areas, parks, trailheads and community attractions. For more information on this project, please visit The DWP is a project of the Public Works Department with assistance from the project consultant. Questions may be directed to the Town’s Engineering Manager, David Hook, at 970-577-3586 or; or Public Works Director Greg Muhonen at 970-577-3581 or

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Town Clerk Releases Preliminary Unofficial Municipal Election Results

Preliminary, unofficial results of the Town of Estes Park’s Municipal Election are as follows: Trustee: Kirby Nelson-Hazelton Trustee: Marie J. Cenac Trustee: Scott Webermeier Yes on Ballot Question 1 (Whether to permit the newspaper publication of ordinances by title only) Yes on Ballot Question 2 (Whether to eliminate the requirement that payments of bills and statements concerning contracts and rebates be published in the newspaper) Yes on Ballot Issue 3A (Whether the Town shall be authorized to collect, retain and spend or reserve all revenues it receives from all lawful sources, without raising taxes) Complete unofficial elections results are available at Approximately 46 percent of active voters registered in the Estes Park town limits cast ballots in the April 5 election.

Average voter turnout for previous mail ballot Municipal Elections is 50 - 60 percent. The State Election Law requires the Town to send ballots to registered overseas voters per the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). The law allows ballots from UOCAVA voters to be postmarked on Election Day and be received by the eighth day after the election to be counted. The final canvassing of the election results will be held on the tenth day after the election, with final official results available April 15, 2022. The approved ballot questions take effect upon certification of the election results. The newly elected trustees will be sworn in at the Town Board meeting scheduled for April 26 at 7 p. m. For more information on the Municipal Election, please visit or contact the Town Clerk’s office at 970-577-4777.

On March 30 at 9:57 p.m. police stopped a 47 year old female driver from Fort Collins, CO at E. Elkhorn Ave. / East Riverside Dr. for failing to stop at a stop sign and for stopping in the middle of the road. Upon investigation officers obtained probable cause to believe that she was driving under the influence. The female was arrested and transported to Estes Park Health for a blood draw. She was issued a summons for driving under the influence of drugs and failure to stop at a traffic control device. On March 31 at 5:47 a.m. a 27 year old male from Loveland, Colorado who was wanted on a warrant arrived at EPPD at 170 MacGregor Ave. Officers were dispatched to contact the male. A records check revealed that he had an active, no bond warrant issued by the Larimer County Courts for failure to appear in court on the original charge of forgery and theft. The male was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail without incident. On March 31 at, 4:38 p.m. officers were dispatched to 1260 Fall River Rd. on a report of a domestic disturbance. While enroute, officers located the suspected vehicle and made contact with a 37 year old male

from Wyoming, who was deemed to be DUI and driving under restraint. Investigation of the incident yielded the following charges for the male: DUI with three or more priors Driving while under suspension Child abuse Obstructing of telephone or telegraph service x 2 Menacing 1st Degree Assault – non family – strangulation with serious bodily injury x 2 The male was transported and booked into the Larimer County Jail. On April 1 at 12:26 a.m. officers were dispatched on a report of a domestic disturbance. Investigation determined that probable cause existed to arrest both the 34 year old female and 37 year old male at the residence. The female was charged with harassment / domestic violence, and the male was charged with theft / domestic violence. Both were transported to the Larimer County Jail. 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 27, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) re-

sponded to 11 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 3 • MVC: 2 • Alarm Activation: 2 • Wildfire: 1 • Assist: 2 • Gas Leak: 1

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Jordan & Kirby Hazelton

Bigfoot Days heralds the arrival of spring to Estes Park.

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Spring Musings About The Present And Future Of Estes Park Spring is a time to look forward with a hopeful eye and backward with a perspective eye. In this spirit, as I begin my third year as your mayor, I’ve been taking time to look at the 89 report outs I’ve penned. They document the Town’s processes, chronicle major challenges— COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and evacuations it faced and the voice they afford its townspeople and their life events. So, what do I see? Well, I see Estes Park is still dealing with COVID-19 and its variants, and the situation is improving greatly. After two years of being on the pandemic rollercoaster, thanks to people behaving responsibly—by social distancing, wearing facemasks and getting vaccinated—case counts, hospitalization rates, and outbreaks for Larimer County are at points where face masks are no longer mandatory. A heartfelt thanks to Town Administrator Travis Machalek for keeping track of COVID-19 statistics. I bet he is looking forward to taking his finger off the daily pulse of the pandemic. Further, l see wildfires continuing to be a concern of the Estes valley. A concern made evident last week when, upon hearing about the Soul Shine Fire between here and Drake on Highway 34, the townspeople of Estes collectively held their breath, while recalling the damage and disruption caused by recent fires here and throughout Colorado. The work the many firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency responders and others who collaborate to keep us safe do, provides relief from our breath-holdingconcerns. Later this month, many of them will be in Estes for the annual

meeting of the Colorado Risk Reduction Network. I’m looking forward to welcoming them, as well as leaders from American Red Cross, hospital systems, and non-profits to Estes Park and the Ridgeline Hotel where they’ll be meeting. When you see them around town, be sure to thank them for their past service and current preparations for a possibility of a dry summer and fall, during which conditions might be high risk for fire. Now, as spring turns the corner on winter, I can’t help but see the snow that’s stubbornly fighting to remain in yards. These remnants of winter, are reminders that for first time in local memory, Rocky Mountain National Park temporarily shut down due to ice and drifting snow. Roads were so bad, the massive, rotary snowplows, normally only used for clearing Trail Ridge Road in the spring, had to come out of storage to grind through the drifts. In the hopefulness of spring, I’m viewing the heavy wet snows of the past winter as blessings heaven-sent to keep fire risks low during months ahead. And in the same hopefulness, I ask that you do me a favor. As you spy a bluebird darting about, or gaze upon a Pasque flower bloom, or look in wonderment at a newborn fawn wobbling toward its mother, please pause for a moment to give thanks for the good fortune we have to live here in Estes Park. Then, remind yourself that it is by supporting each other in this beautiful place we call home, that this spring and the seasons that follow will truly be the best ever. Thank you.

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New Opportunities For 529 Plan Owners If you want to provide educational opportunities for your children or grandchildren, you may want to consider investing in a 529 plan. In recent years, this plan has gotten more flexible, and potentially more powerful, than ever. A key benefit of a 529 plan is that earnings are generally tax free, provided the money is used for qualified educational expenses. As the owner of the plan, you can essentially name any beneficiary you want, and you’re free to change the beneficiary as needed. Contribution limits are quite high, so you can put away considerable sums in a 529 plan – and you may want to, because college costs have risen steadily over the years. In fact, for the 2021-22 academic year, the College Board reports that the average cost (tuition, fees, room and board) of a public, four-year college or university is more than $27,000 for in-state students and nearly $56,000 for students at private schools. But 529 plans are no longer just for higher education. Over the past few years, the rules governing 529 plans have changed, so they can now be used for: • K-12 tuition expenses (up to $10,000 per student, per year), • Apprenticeship programs registered with the U. S. Department of Labor, and • Student loans ($10,000 lifetime limit for student loan repayments per each 529 plan beneficiary and another $10,000 for each of the beneficiary’s siblings.) And soon, a major change will affect the relationship between grandparent-owned 529 plans and the financial aid packages awarded to their grandchildren. Families applying for aid have not been required to report grandparent-owned 529 account assets on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, under previous rules, you had to report withdrawals from the grandparent-owned

plans as untaxed student income, which could reduce aid eligibility by up to 50% of the amount of cash received. But that’s changing for the 2024-25 FAFSA, which won’t require students to report cash support, including money taken from a grandparent-owned 529 plan. Instead, a student’s total income amount will be reported directly from federal income tax returns. This means that a grandparent-owned 529 plan won’t have any effect on need-based financial aid eligibility. This benefit to families is already here, because 2022 will be used as the base year for the 2024-25 FAFSA, so any withdrawals taken in 2022, and also going forward, won’t need to be reported as student income. With this change, families will now have more options on using 529 plans without jeopardizing financial aid. You can generally withdraw any amount from the aggregate of all 529 plans for higher education costs, but only the qualified withdrawals – the ones used for typical education-related expenses – will be tax-free. The earnings portion of non-qualified withdrawals are taxable and could also incur a 10% penalty. Given the new rules affecting a grandparent-owned 529 plan, you should consult with a financial professional to determine how this plan can work with other strategies to help meet educational expenses while, at the same time, not detracting from the progress you’d like to make on other important goals, such as a comfortable retirement. In any case, consider looking into a 529 plan – it was already a great tool for education funding, and it can now offer your family even more options. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by our local Edward Jones Financial Advisors. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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Attorney General Phil Weiser In Estes Park On April 14 Calling all Allenspark and Meeker Park residents!



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.





Colorado’s Attorney General, Phil treatment. Weiser, will be in Estes Park on Thursday, In addition, Phil has taken on polluters April 14, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to meet in Colorado to protect our land, air, and with voters, listen to your concerns, and water to make sure that Colorado’s envianswer questions about his ronmental laws are enforced campaign for re-election. - keeping our outdoors beauThis event will be held at tiful and accessible for all of The Stanley Hotel, 333 East us. He also is a strong deWonderview Avenue. fender of equal rights and rePlease take this opportuproductive rights, and an adnity to meet Phil and learn vocate for affordable health why he has been described care for all Coloradans. as the “People’s Lawyer” for Phil’s background was exColorado. This event is cellent preparation for him to sponsored by supporters of understand the importance Phil. While donations to of protecting our rights and his campaign are appreciPhil Weiser our democracy as Colorado’s ated, they are not required Attorney General. He began in order to attend and meet Phil in perworking in Denver for the 10th Circuit son. An RSVP link is provided later in Court of Appeals, and later served as law this article. clerk for U. S. Supreme Court Justices ByDuring Phil’s tenure as our Attorney ron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He General, Colorado has become a leader later worked at the U. S. Department of for strengthening voting rights to protect Justice under President Clinton, and was democracy for all Coloradans, regardless U. S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General of political affiliation. As Phil stated in under President Obama. earning various endorsements for his rePhil remains dedicated to serving the election: “We in Colorado are poised to be people of Colorado, and is eager to meet leaders in defending our democratic insti- residents of Estes Valley. For more infortutions.” mation on Phil, see his website at Under Phil’s leadership, the Attorney General’s office has been on the front lines RSVP link for this event is https://seto obtain justice for Coloradans. This cludes recoveries of: Remember donations are appreciated but • $400 million from pharmaceutical not required, just use the “Free!” Listen companies for their illegal conduct in the and Learn RSVP box. We hope to see you opioid crisis -- money to be used for Col- there! 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 COVID• $35 million in student debt relief for 19 for everyone’s safety. those who were subject to unfair loan

Supporting Drew Webb For EPH Board To The Editor: I am happy to support Drew Webb in his candidacy for Estes Park Health (EPH) Board of Directors. As a current Board member I think it is important to have a deep caring for the future of the community and demonstrate this caring with efforts that support this. Drew has been very involved in the community being a member of the Estes Valley Planning and Advisory Committee and

Board Member of the Estes Park Hospital Foundation. He has a long history of holding senior management positions in financial organizations with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. He also is a great guy with a calm temperament who is very thoughtful and respectful in his decision making. I believe Drew will be a great asset to the EPH Board. Steve Alper

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Estes Chamber Announces The Winners Of The 2nd Annual Coolest Dog Contest You are invited to celebrate at all of three “reveal” parties The Estes Chamber Foundation and The Pet Association of Estes Park announce the winner of the 2nd Annual Coolest Dog Contest. Every entry in the Coolest Dog In the Barky Mountain Majesty category, getting their face on the label with Avant Garde Aleworks, we have:

The Coolest Dogs in the Barkstadt category getting their face on the label with Lumpy Ridge Brewing are:

Every contest winner gets a special gift package from our sponsor this year, Estes Park Pet Supply. Just for fun this year we had two team contests! These faces are going to the printer today with Hobart Office Supply and we will award your cool dog at these parties to unveil the new cool dog labels:

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Contest is posted to, where friends and family can go to vote on their favorite dog for $1 a vote. The winning dog gets featured on the front of a special-edition label from our craft beverage community.

The Coolest Dogs in the Pawsh Wines category getting their face on the label with Snowy Peaks Winery are:

Monday, April 18 at Snowy Peaks Winery, 292 Moraine Ave., 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Avant Garde Aleworks, 920 Dunraven St., 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Lumpy Ridge Brewing, 531 S. St. Vrain Ave., 4 p.m.

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World War II Hero Revealed At The Upcoming Aviation Club Meeting At this month’s Estes Park Internationale Aviation Club meeting on Wednesday, April 13, aviation historian Neal Standard will give a presentation on the little known and unsung World War II hero Paul “Pappy” Gunn. Mr. Standard was inspired to do the presentation by the book “Indestructible – One Man’s Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WW II.” The book is the true story with something for everyone – love, war, treachery, adventure and aviation. Above all it is an intimate portrait of the made-for-Hollywood life (this book cries to be made into a movie!) of a man who broke all the rules and remade them to his liking. “Pappy” Gunn was a big-hearted man determined to save his family from a Japanese concentration camp and a brilliant scientistpilot who was determined to win the war

along the way. Mr. Standard is retired from 24 years as a Labor Relations Specialist with the Federal Government and 15 years with the Gilpin County School District. He is a member of both the Denver Rob Wolf and Longmont International Plastic Modelers Society clubs. He has previously made three presentations to the Aviation Club – the 2015 Reno Air Races, A Brief History of the Strategic Air Command and the Book I Will Run Wild – a description of some of the myths and misinformation about WW II in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway. Join us at the American Legion Building, 850 N. St. Vrain Ave. to hear Neal’s interesting presentation. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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While my affiliate Joe and I were walking our dog Chance recently, we talked about how atrocious the situation is in Ukraine. How can humans treat fellow living beings with such base cruelty? It is incomprehensible. Yet such evil has befallen us since humans have existed. “It is sad, ” Joe said, disheartened. “Sadder than sad, ” he said. We walked in silence. “Is there a word that means sadder than sad? ” I asked. (I don’t take my thesaurus when I go on walks so I couldn’t look it up.) We contemplated, and eventually decided that all the synonyms for sadder than sad mean something slightly different. Tragic, wretched, grievous. The best word we could come up with was heartrending, but even that doesn’t go deep enough to describe the heartache we are feeling. What is wrong with the human race? Why can’t we all just live and let live? Poet Dmitri Kropotkin characterizes this horror in a beautiful way in his poem, “Cold and Far” A frigid raindrop born miles away Slams into an innocent flower The petals shiver and shake in its wake Gasping, speechless and sputtering Now swaying, steadying, absorbing Dreading the sky, bracing for the next blow

And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth… What first world privileges we have, where we can spend time with a group, pondering the puzzle of God and love, rather than praying to attain the next morsel of food for our family, or worse yet, to be spared death at the ruthless hands of another. The last poem today, submitted by Paul Greenberg, expresses the gratitude we should all feel for being so fortunate to live in this beautiful, generous and free county. (Note: Some Indigenous peoples use “Turtle Island” as a name for earth or North America.)

“For All” by Gary Snyder (1930 - ) Recently in a Sunday morning Journeys session, Vince Brady led a meaningful Ah to be alive discussion on evil, suffering, and a lovon a mid-September morn ing God. The Journeys group had been probing the questions around the sensefording a stream lessness of human savagery. In response, barefoot, pants rolled up, Scott Robbins read a portion of a poem holding boots, pack on, by Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) from the sunshine, ice in the shallows, book, The Prophet. I mentioned to Scott northern rockies. that I used to have a copy of The Prophet but it was given to me when I was too Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters young to appreciate it so I didn’t keep it. stones turn underfoot, small and hard Scott replied, “I laughed at your referas toes ence to getting a copy of The Prophet when you were too young to appreciate cold nose dripping it. I just pulled mine out and saw that my singing inside sister gave it to me when I was 14 and creek music, heart music, she was just graduating from High smell of sun on gravel. School!” (The Prophet sold only 1,200 copies in its first year (1923), yet it beI pledge allegiance came a sensation in the ’60s and has sold more than ten million copies today, making Gibran one of the best-selling I pledge allegiance to the soil poets in the world.) of Turtle Island, The portion of the poem Scott shared and to the beings who thereon dwell was this: one ecosystem in diversity “On Love” under the sun …When love beckons to you, follow With joyful interpenetration for all. him, Though his ways are hard and steep. You may let The Thunker know what And when his wings enfold you yield to you think at her e-mail address, donohim, Though the sword hidden among his © 2022 Sarah Donohoe pinions may wound you.

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Our Young Citizens Vote Too By: Judi Smith

The students of the Estes Valley have studied the candidates for Estes Park Trustee and have made their choices and voiced their collective opinions. Estes Park Middle School (EPMS) and Estes Park High School (EPHS) Precincts “practice vote” electronically at school, designating one day as Election Day. The open precincts, located at Estes Valley Library, Estes Valley Community Center, and The Learning Place, use paper ballots and a two-week voting period, similar to adults. Katherine Dumont’s fifth grade class interviewed five of the six candidates for Town Trustee, encompassing environmental sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint, affordable workforce housing and childcare. Then, the 15 students designed a ballot, held an election, and counted the votes. They chose Kevin Benes (100%), Kirby Nelson-Hazelton (80%), and John Meissner (67%) to lead Estes Park for the next four years. All of our EPMS social studies classes have practice voted in every election since the fall of 2016. November, April (Town), and May (District). Their teachers (Jeff Arnold, Anastasia Sunday, and Jason Bradley) conduct non-partisan educational reviews of selected candidate races and the occasional ballot issue. EPMS choices for Town Trustee were: Kevin Benes (62%), Kirby Nelson-Hazelton (62%) and Scott Webemeier (52%). EPHS Seniors, enrolled in Marsha Weaver’s Civics Classes, devoted some class time to contacting candidates with their individual concerns. Our Town Trustee candidates were quite complimentary in reference to the depth of their questions. During advisory period, the EPHS Youth in Action class proctored the elections in each classroom. Overall,

EPHS choices were Kirby Nelson-Hazelton (60%), Kevin Benes (45%) and Marie Cenec (42%). Young school age citizens of the Estes Valley (grades K-12) who, for any reason, do not vote at school, are encouraged to vote at the open precincts in each election. Paper ballots can be requested from the desk. Elementary and middle school ballots reflect those used by the school, but the high school paper ballot contains all ballot questions, reflecting the adult ballot they will soon be voting. Students are encouraged to take these ballots home to discuss them with parents. Then, completed ballots are deposited in the ballot box no later than 7 p.m. on election day. (For District Elections, this would be May 2.) Scott Webemeier, Karen Randinitis, John Meissner, and Marie Cenac each received 25% of the open precinct vote. We would like to see more participation from alternative education students. Any interested parent please contact for detailed information. The more local the election, the more accessible the candidate, and students tend to be more cognizant of local affairs. With the advent of Zoom, most candidates and officials (Town, District, County, and National) are willing to participate in Junior Election events and welcome the opportunity to interest the young in governmental participation. Some high school students are 18 and already qualified to vote as adults. Most HS Seniors will be eligible to vote “for real” in the upcoming November election. Nearly every current high school student will be of voting age by 2026 when the 2022 winners will be up for re-election. Agree? Disagree? Comments?

Comment By Mayor Wendy Koenig Regarding The April 5, 2022 Municipal Election Of Estes Park, Colorado Elections are the primary way through which the townspeople of Estes Park deliver general feedback to their town government and give specific instructions to their individual representatives. A heartfelt thanks to all candidates who stepped up to serve. Although each of the six

candidates was well qualified, the people have spoken, and victory has been awarded to three. I look forward to working with them to provide for the common good of our townspeople, and encourage the others to seek ways to contribute to that good as well.

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Woman’s Club Update The Woman’s Club was chartered as a women’s auxiliary, meant to raise funds for a men’s organization. Once they started fundraising, they took to their own projects and politics by forming the Woman’s Club in 1912. At that time, the town consisted of dirt streets and wooden storefronts, the Stanley Hotel was just built, and Enos Mills was lobbying to establish Rocky Mountain National Park. The Woman’s Club was active in steering the early development of Estes Park.

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Quilters Selling Ukranian Themed Pot Holders/Trivets For Emergency Relief Quilters from Trail Ridge Quilters and EP Quilt Guild are making and selling potholders/trivets 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/trivet is 9 x 9 inches and sells for $15. All proceeds go to the Ro-

tary International Emergency Relief Fund- Ukraine. Deadline to order is May 15. Please contact Joanie Jonell to order at or 720-350-8080. Designs are shown below so customers may order their preferred pattern.






The back of all items will feature the blue and yellow colors of the Ukraine flag.

Quilters Julie Boles and Joanie Jonell show us their amazing handiwork.

Courtesy photos

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Giving Guest Launch: Business Summit April 11

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. They love to stay and play in Estes Park. They can engage in a meaningful way by giving to a nonprofit sector they feel most passionate about, such as Arts and Culture, Families and Youth, and more. By: Karen McPherson, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center

Healthcare and Wellness; and Youth and Families. Many visitors of Estes have deep, inGuests can easily access the secure Givvested roots in their vacations here; some ing Guest website by scanning a QR visiting summer after summer through code, texting EPGuestsGive to 41444, or multiple generations. Any way you look visiting At the end of at it, the guests of the Estes Valley are every summer, the EPNRC will equally proud of visiting Estes Park. Now, distribute the Giving Guest monies colthrough a collaborative partnership of lected to all nonprofits who have signed the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Cenup under the aforementioned categories. ter (EPNRC), the Estes Chamber, and Our collective goal with the Giving United Way of Larimer County (UWLC), Guest program is to connect tourism, guests can show their pride in a new way: businesses, and nonprofits. Strong Noncontributing toward a sustainable future profits = Strong Community. in the Estes Valley. The EPNRC is working with the Estes Businesses are the primary point of Chamber to have these QR codes and contact for guests. They go to restauinformation about the Giving Guest prorants, retail stores, rely on lodging, and gram in businesses and all lodging acaccess recreation through businesses. commodations across the Estes Valley. Business owners and managers are inThe first informational Giving Guest vited to attend a summit on April 11 to business and nonprofit summit will be learn more about how they can be an on Monday, April 11 from 8:00 to 9:45 ambassador for this program. They are am at VERT Coworking (1230 Big poised to answer guests’ questions about Thompson Ave). If your business is inhow to engage in our community in a terested in being a part of this revolumeaningful way. This summit will review tionary way for Estes guests to give back, the how/when/where of this program so RSVP for this event at businesses—and their patrons—are ingguest empowered to give back. The Giving Guest program launches Guests can choose a local nonprofit sec- with generous support from the Comtor that is meaningful to them and makes munity Foundation of Northern Colan impactful connection with the comorado. EPNRC will offer tools to support munity. Local nonprofit sectors Giving Giving Guest and share the results of Guests can support include: Arts and this program on, on Culture; Conservation, Recreation, and Facebook @epnonprofit, and on InstaEnvironment; Emergency and Human gram @epnrc. Services, Community and Education;

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Old MRI Machine Removed From Estes Park Health

Crane removes MRI machine.

On Wednesday, March 30th, a crane and specialized construction crew removed the MRI machine from Estes Park Health. The new unit will be installed April 25th and go live on May 16th. In the interim, a mobile MRI unit is in place to serve the imaging needs of EPH patients. “The new MRI machine is state-of-theart, the best technology out there,” said Brigitte Foust, Director of Diagnostic Imaging. “In addition to starting the process of replacing the MRI machine, I’m also excited to welcome fulltime radiologist Dr. Knudtson to the Diagnostic Imaging Team.” The MRI suite will be under construction for the next few weeks to prepare for

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the arrival of the new machine on April 25th. After the machine arrives, installation and training of staff will take place until the first MRI appointments with the new machine begin on May 16th. Estes Park Health Foundation raised over $545k of the $1.1 million needed to fund this equipment. Thank you to every donor that participated in this campaign. The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at or 970-577-4370.

MRI machine docked.

EPH Diagnostic Imaging Director Brigitte Foust.

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Volunteers Donate Thousands Of Hours To The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Store

Gail Albers Member for 25 years Why I love being a member of Quota: That’s an easy one, it’s the people, those in the club and the amazing members of this community that we have the honor of helping through our various fund raising projects! Quota does great things in the community for all ages, and for me that is important! Quota allows me to give back to the community it’s in so many different ways! Favorite memorable moment: That one is a little more difficult because there are so many! It would include the look in a person’s eyes as they either check out equipment or bring it back to the loan closet, as they are so appreciative of the services we offer. Or perhaps

the look on a child’s face when they put a couple of tickets in a holiday tree and their name is drawn as the winner! Or maybe the restaurant owners, who gladly give of their time and delicious food to feed so many at the Taste of Estes each year. All these are memorable and speak to why I love being a Quotarian!

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.

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

For more than 45 years, Estes Park residents have supported the work of the The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Store by donating and purchasing product. The funds would not have been raised without the hours and hours of donated time and talents given by The Elizabeth Guild volunteers. Did you know that the Do Good Institute, which calculates the value of volunteer hours, has determined the 2021 value of a volunteer hour is $28.54. On a monthly average, 15 volunteers donate approximately 290 hours! April is National Volunteer month. The Elizabeth Guild board would like to thank the Guild volunteers for all of their time and hard work. Your generous donation of hours spent and expertise is truly priceless! Three years ago, with the efforts of a large group of volunteers, the Elizabeth Guild moved to its new home at 427 W.

Elkhorn Avenue placing The Guild and Lizzie’s Boutique under one roof. The new location affords a bright, welcoming, open space for residents and Estes Park visitors. We encourage residents and visitors to make The Guild a destination site to browse the shelves and racks for clothing for all sizes, home goods, shoes, books, outdoor equipment and antiques at affordable prices. Remember, every purchase supports the Estes Park hospital. If you have some time to help our community, we would love to meet you and explore volunteer opportunities. Our Mission Statement: Elizabeth Guild promotes spiritual and monetary support to advance the welfare and environmental contributions to Estes Park Health, the Estes Valley and to all who come and go from this special place.


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Archives Program This Saturday, April 9

Portions of Hollywood movies like “Dumb and Dumber” have been filmed in Estes Park, but could Estes Park handle a full-scare blockbuster production? Photo courtesy

Colorado has an office of film, television and media, but Estes Park apparently no longer has a town department dedicated to handling film requests, if they ever did. This would not be an issue save for a recent historical documentary filmed in Estes Park, where permission needed to be obtained for filming in a variety of locations. While everything eventually came into focus, the time and energy spent in chasing down parties who could grant this permission was something that, had the hours been billable instead of voluntary, would have run into the thousands of dollars. Is Estes Park ready for its close-up? Is our community even interested in attracting or facilitating future production studios' plans, knowing they could po-

tentially stall traffic or inconvenience or possibly jeopardize the predictable quantity of summer tourists and their disposable income? As the Estes Park Archives recently gained useful firsthand knowledge of the pleasures and perils of working with an outside production team, we will share our experience this Saturday, April 9 at “Ten Letters” located at 240 Moraine Avenue. As with all Archives events, lectures are free and open to the general public. This particular talk will begin at 1:00 p.m. and be repeated at 2:00 p.m. if the room fills up on the first go. Reservations are not required, and nearby parking is abundant this time of year. Mask wearing is optional but encouraged if local cases begin ticking up. Call 586-4889 for directions or more in-

Neighbors In Need Challenge For Crossroads By: Brian Schaffer

At Crossroads we are actively involved in three areas of focus related to Prevention, Intervention and Advocacy. We intervene during times of emergencies to ensure people are taken care of whether it be supplying groceries, paying rent, providing temporary lodging, assisting with a car repair, or some other basic need that requires immediate attention. We advocate for people in areas where they are unable to perform a task on their own due to circumstances beyond their control. We try to never do anything for people that they can do for themselves. Instead we take steps to do things with people as a way of coaching them in the most appropriate way possible. We stand up for people who can’t stand for themselves. We speak for those who have no voice. We lend a hand for those who need an extra one. And then we do as much as we can to prevent personal hardships through the efforts of case management.

We take a hands-on approach with our clients. We spend individualized sessions with people to help them visualize where they are and where they could be if certain safeguards are put in place and specific actions are taken to accomplish personal goals. Of course, every person comes with unique circumstances so we begin with a clean slate and help each person develop a “path forward” that seems best to them and to our professional staff. Part of loving our neighbors involves speaking the truth and extending grace to help them in their time of need. Over the next two months we have our Neighbors in Need Challenge going on where we have the opportunity to raise over $200,000 if we can get everyone to give a little towards the matching dollars that we have available. Give $50 and it will turn into $100! We appreciate any amount you can give. Just give sometime during the months of April and May. Give securely online at or mail in a gift to PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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Calligraphy & Watercolor Class

YMCA of the Rockies is excited to host guest artist Margot Griffin of Inky Fingers Calligraphy for two beginner friendly workshops on brush lettering and watercolor on Saturday, May 7th! The calligraphy class is hosted on Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of modern calligraphy in a low key, hands-on environment. Good handwriting is not nec-

essary to make pretty letters! This class is perfect for anyone who likes to write snail mail, make signs, scrapbook, or just doodle for fun. The Watercolor Class is hosted on Saturday, May 7 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Students in this workshop will learn the basic principles of pointed pen calligraphy and how they can be applied to using a paintbrush or brush pen. Participants will also learn water color floral techniques, which can pair beautifully with hand lettering to make unique designs to add a touch of elegance and flair to your art. Register online soon at, as space is limited! For questions, call the YMCA at 970-5863341 ext. 1104. Each class is $20 and includes materials. No calligraphy or painting experience necessary!

YMCA Hosts Easter Egg Hunt Join YMCA of the Rockies on Saturday, April 16th at 9:30 a.m. for a free Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt will be located at the Lula Dorsey Museum at YMCA of the Rockies. The Easter Bunny will make a special visit during the egg hunt so make sure to bring your camera and your Easter basket! For more information, call 970-586-3341 ext. 1104.

Estes Park Table Tennis Club New Spring/Summer Hours

Meeting Of The Estes Park Woman’s Club April 13 The April Woman’s Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 13 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 on line and we are also

encouraging members to donate to our scholarship fund. Members are reminded to pay their dues for 20222023. 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 at EPWC Celebrating 110 Years Of Community Work

If you are looking for a new social and competitive activity, the Estes Park Table Tennis Club is back! We will now meet on Mondays from 4-7 p.m., at Mountain View Bible Fellowship in the gymnasium, access through the north side door. All skill levels and ages are welcome. Lessons available, show up or call

Joe at 970232-8505. Check out our Estes Park Table Tennis Club Facebook page at 12738

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Five Fun Facts About… The Screech Owl By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the screech owl. There are actually two species of screech owls that live in Colorado — the eastern and the western. Colorado is one of the few U. S. states where both species live with the eastern screech owl living east of the Rocky Mountains and the western screech owl found mostly in open woods and mixed pine and oak habitat of western and southern Colorado. Neither have been reported in Rocky Mountain National Park or Estes Valley. The eastern screech owl lives closer to Estes Park in wooded areas like riparian corridors

with abundant cottonwoods along rivers such as the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins. Here are five additional facts about these cute little owls. 1. The two screech owls are very similar in appearance so the best way to differentiate the two birds where their habitat overlaps is by their call. The eastern screech owl has a whinny-like or long trill call while the western has shorter whistle-like calls. The color of their bills is also different with the eastern having a yellow bill and the western a gray bill. 2. Both owls nest in cavities with tree cavities and nest boxes being popular op-

tions. Look for the eastern screech owl in cavities of old cottonwood trees and westerns may choose cavities in large cactus in parts of their range. 3. Both birds have exceptional camouflage with the western screech owl primarily mottled gray while the eastern may be found in gray or red (rufous) morph, a color variation found in about one third of eastern screech owls. 4. Screech owls regurgitate small pellets of undigestible parts of meals, like bones, feathers and fur. 5. Eastern and western screech owls are excellent hunters and will eat just about

anything they catch, sometimes taking prey larger than their own body. Remnants in nest boxes and examination of pellets have shown a wide variety of prey, including worms, crayfish, robins, voles, rabbits and even other small owls. 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.

This captive western screech owl demonstrates its small stature when compared to the size of the person's hand.

Both eastern and western screen owls are masters of disguise with feathers that blend in perfectly to their wooded surroundings.

A young eastern screech owl perches on a low branch. In this photo you can see the lighter color of the eastern screech owl bill; the western is darker gray.

Both screech owl species, like many owls, cough up pellets to remove undigested parts of their prey from their digestive system.

Western and eastern screech owls nest in cavities, like this eastern screech owl sitting in a perfectly shaped hole of a cottonwood tree

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Rocky Mountain Conservancy Welcomes Two New Directors RMC board now has fifteen members. Claudine Perrault is the Director of the Estes Valley Public Library, a position she has held since 2005. The Florida native has served Colorado public libraries for over 20 years and prior to that Claudine Perrault Rich Fedorchak worked as a rural high school media specialThe board of directors of the Rocky ist and as a Colorado Outward Bound Mountain Conservancy (RMC), the Instructor. nonprofit partner of Rocky Mountain Rich Fedorchak spent 34 years with the National Park (RMNP) has voted to apNational Park Service (NPS) before reprove two new directors. Joining the tiring in 2020. He served in some of RMC board are Claudine Perrault and Rich Fedorchak. With their addition, the America’s most iconic national parks including Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton and Zion. He worked in many capacities in these parks and developed into a national expert in furthering relationships between the parks and the nonprofit organizations that support them. Both Perrault and Fedorchak will serve on the Education Committee. RMC is in As Colorado’s mu- the process of re-launching its many education programs after COVID forced sic scene has exploded over the the curtailment of these programs in the past few years, one past two years. of its mainstays has “Offering exceptional education probeen Wendy Woo. grams that help inform the public about Her energetic perthe magic of Rocky Mountain National sonality, musical Park and its ecology, wildlife and history skills, and spirited has been a core mission of RMC songwriting have throughout its 91-year history. Claudine made her a media and Rich are incredibly talented individand fan favorite. uals. Having the ability to call upon The Wendy Woo Band is a Colorado favorite. Woo has performed at top venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. On May 14, Woo takes the stage at The Stanley Concert Hall as part of the 1st Annual Estes Park Jazz & Blues Festival. Proceeds from this event benefit Estes Park Health Foundation. "As an EMT, I've seen the lifesaving impacts of access to state-of-the-art technology and highly trained staff firsthand. As an innovative performer and Colorado native, I look forward to taking the stage to benefit Estes Park Health Foundation at the 1st Annual Estes Park Jazz & Blues Festival. I'm excited to share my unique style with you and the stage with Chris Daniels & the Kings and Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore. I promise you will be glad you ventured to The Stanley Concert Hall on May 14 to witness this performance and support Estes Park Health, a rural, critical-access hospital serving the residents and visitors to the Estes Valley." Tickets || GA (Standing Room) –$50 || VIP (Reserved Seat in Mezzanine)– $75 Doors open: 3:00 p.m. || Music starts: 4:00 p.m. Tickets available at The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at or 970577-4370.

Wendy Woo Takes The Stage To Benefit EPH Foundation

their expertise as we redesign and implement new educational programs is incredibly valuable to RMC and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are thrilled they have agreed to join our team” said Brian Ross, president of the RMC board of directors. Estee Rivera Murdock, RMC’s Executive Director said, “Both Claudine and Rich have spent decades serving the educational needs of both visiting tourists, seasonal residents, and full-time members of the gateway communities of national parks and bring a unique perspective to our organization during this exciting time of growth and visioning. I am excited to have them join our organization, alongside the other remarkable Coloradans on our board, who are all deeply passionate about our mission to steward RMNP and similar lands.” About the Rocky Mountain Conservancy ( RMC was established in 1931. It has funded hundreds of projects in the park designed to protect and preserve the park’s natural environment and to help ensure park visitors enjoy their experiences and learn about the many important aspects of Rocky Mountain National Park. In the past few years, despite park closures and challenges related to the pandemic and the two largest wildfires in the history of the Colorado, RMC has funded over 120 projects, providing over $3.1 million in philanthropic support for the RMNP. Additionally, through one of its signature programs, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy-Conservation Corps, RMC has supported trail, fire fu-

els management, and historic preservation crews in the park and nearby public lands since 2003, with 2022 being the largest year in the program’s history. Examples of current major RMC-supported projects underway in Rocky Mountain National Park include: • Search and Rescue programs, including specialized training for staff and the purchase of a new SAR mobile command unit replacing an aging and unreliable vehicle • Several fire restoration, mitigation and healthy forest projects, including controlled burns in the Deer • Restoration of the historic Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout tower. • Forthcoming redesign and construction of new exhibits at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center • Funding the redesign of the Green Mountain Trail, completely destroyed in 2020 by wildfire, and will provide a Conservation Corps to help build the new trail this summer • Multi-year work segments on the Longs Peak Trail • Moraine Park Discovery Center and Discovery Days support • Boreal toad reintroduction and breeding site research • Livestock purchases for backcountry rangers, SAR and Trails crews • The Junior Ranger program; staff support, books and badges • Purchase of additional park radios for park volunteers in areas with limited or no cell service for volunteer and visitor safety

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OUR TEACHERS’ IMPACT One of the things that has troubled our nation in the past few years, is the huge challenge presented to those who teach our children. With the uncertainty and challenges presented by the pandemic, no wonder so many of our nation’s teachers have re-examined their career choices, with many choosing to leave the teaching profession. That is such a sad thing, due to the tremendous impact and influence they have on our children, at a time when our children, themselves, are so challenged. How they need good teachers! I hope they will reconsider and re-commit themselves to being the ‘Mrs. Thompsons’ among us…as many of them already are. We honor and thank each of you. Jean Thompson stood in front of her fifth-grade class on the very first day of school. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them and would treat all of them alike. This became impossible, however, because of one of her students was Teddy Stoddard. She had seen him previously, noticed that he didn’t play well with others. His clothes were always unkempt and had an odor. From the outset, he acted unpleasant to her and others and, as a result, had few friends. As a result, she found a certain delight in marking his papers with the low grades he deserved. At her school, she was required to review each student’s record from past years. She put Teddy’s off until the last. When she opened his, much to her surprise, his first grade teacher wrote: “Teddy is a bright, inquisitive child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners. He is a joy to be around.” His second-grade teacher wrote: “Teddy is an excellent student well-liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness. Life at home is a struggle.” His third-grade teacher wrote: “Teddy continues to work hard but his mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries his best but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will present a problem, it seems.” His fourthgrade teacher wrote: “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He has few friends and pays little attention in class. He is often tardy and could become a problem.” By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem, but Christmas was coming up fast and she couldn’t focus on Teddy like she now wanted to. At the Christmas party, all the students brought her presents, beautifully wrapped, except for Teddy. His was clumsily wrapped in heavy brown paper thrust into a grocery bag. When she opened his present she found a rhinestone bracelet with some stone missing, and a partially filled bottle of perfume. She stifled the children’s laughter when she put the bracelet on and dabbed some perfume behind her ear. Teddy stayed behind long enough to say: “Mrs. Thompson, today you smell just like my mom used to.” After he left, she wept for a long time. From that day on, she stopped teaching: reading, writing and speaking…she started teaching children. And, they all responded, especially Teddy. His mind seemed to come alive. By the end of the year he was one of her highest achievers. Teddy’s father took a different job in another town, so, Mrs. Thompson didn’t hear from him for awhile. She got a note from him when he finished eighth grade, then another when he finished high school…‘third in his class’. He reminded her that she was his favorite teacher of all time. Four years later, another letter, he stated that it had been tough, but he was to graduate from college…with ‘highest honors’…and had been accepted at Med school. Four years later, another letter, thanking her for being his inspiration, and signed: ‘Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.’ “One other thing”, he wrote, “I’ve met a woman that I want to spend my life with and we are getting married soon. I would like to send you a plane ticket and have you sit in the seat where my mother would have sat.” She did… wearing the rhinestone bracelet and the perfume she had been given at Christmas. As they parted, Teddy hugged her and said: “Thank you for believing on me, making me feel important, and showing me I could make a difference.” She wept as she hugged him even tighter and said: “Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.” (‘The rest of the story’: Today, Dr. Terry Stoddard is the Doctor at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines, who heads up the Stoddard Cancer Wing.) What a difference our teachers make! We thank you! Bob Lewis

Peak To Peak Concert Series Presents Vocal Concert

Scott Anderson, Rich Dixon, Michelle Gergen-Wisner and Annette DeChant

The Peak to Peak Concert Series continues its season this Saturday with a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Denise Stookesberry and tenor, Scott Anderson. Both singers are frequent soloists in Estes Park and the surrounding areas. Scott Anderson will be premiering a set of three songs written by local Estes resident James Dixon, titled “Time Cycle,” scored for tenor, piano, and clarinet. Scott will be assisted by Michelle Gergen-Wisner, piano, and Annette DeChant, clarinet. The three atonal selections are based on poetry written by different authors but connected by the theme of time.

Denise Stookesberry will present a collection of lullabies and songs to be sung at the cradle by familiar classical composers including Brahms, Donizetti, Faure, Tosti, Britten, and Copland, with traditional and popular songs mixed in. Denise will be assisted by Michelle Gergen-Wisner, piano, Geoff Clark, baritone and guitar and Melinda Workman, flute. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 9th at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail Drive. Peak to Peak concerts highlight local area artists and are free, but donations are graciously accepted. Denise Stookesberry

Geoff Clark

Estes Park Special Olympics Bowling At Chipper’s Lanes

April 8 - April 14

Estes Park Special Olympics has started up once again. Organizers are hosting bowling fun on Wednesdays from 3:305:00 p.m. at Chipper’s Lanes. All ages are welcome to participate. Cost is $5 for the

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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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Upcoming Presentation To Help You Become Social Security Savvy Do you or your loved ones know what you need to help maximize your retirement income? This free presentation will help you to understand your Social Security choices, decide when to start, strategize to maximize your retirement income, and factor in Medicare. Whether you are already collecting social security benefits or getting close to starting, you will get the facts and let them work for you! This informative presentation takes place Tuesday, April 12 at noon at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center. The speaker for this event is Sabina McWhinney, Regional Vice President of Primerica. In that capacity, she assists clients with financial needs analysis, life insurance, and mortgage loans, among other services. McWhinney has been with Primerica for over nine years. Working to help families become financially independent, Primerica is a Main Street company for Main Street families. McWhinney says, "It is my passion to help people optimize their well-deserved retirement. Understanding how Social Security fits into that picture and how to optimize it is key."

If you are interested in learning more, join us in-person at 12:00 p.m. on April 12, or call Sabina McWhinney at (720) 454-2740 or email for more information. The Estes Park Senior Citizens Center is located at 1760 Olympian Ln. Please consider pre-purchasing lunch for the presentation. Meals are available to eatin or take home. The cost of a meal is $7 for EPSCC members and $10 for nonmembers. Please order your meal before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11. For more information about the EPSCC or to order a meal for the presentation, please call the Coordinator, Tonya Martin, at (970) 599-4671. Purchasing lunch

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu 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

April 18 – 22 Monday, Apr 18

Denver Omelette (ham, mushrooms, onions & green peppers) w/ hashbrowns & fruit

Tuesday, Apr 19

Avocado Bacon Cheddar Burger w/ 3-Bean Salad

Wed., Apr 20

Country Fried Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Thursday, Apr 21

Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Apr 22

Shrimp Basket (8 fried) w/ Homemade Chips & soup

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 11th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Apr 8th. 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

is not a requirement for attending this free presentation. This community presentation is sponsored by Renee Hodgden of RE/MAX Mountain Brokers. Renee is certified as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist by the National Association of Realtors.

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

Joshua Landkamer 12th Grade Congratulations to Joshua Landkamer, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for April 8, 2022. At EPHS, Joshua participates in track and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Youth in Action, National Honor Society and the Environmental Club. His favorite class is AP Biology. He is proud of his grades and lettering in soccer this season while making it to the playoffs. He currently maintains a 4.24 GPA. Outside of school, he likes to hang out with his friends, snowboard and hike. He also likes to scuba dive, play soccer and chill with his pugs. He has six siblings, including a twin brother. When asked his favorite place to visit he said he loves to visit Hawaii because he loves tropical places. Joshua’s favorite quote is, “In nature, nothing is perfect and every-

thing is perfect” by Alice Walker. He said, “I like this quote because I like the message that everything is perfect in its own way.” The best piece of advice he’s ever received is to think positively. After high school, he plans on attending college and pursuing a degree in ecology but he’s not quite sure where yet.

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No One Ever Told Me Our older population is really active here in Estes Park. Seniors hike, bicycle, kayak, dance, camp, and travel. But I have to say, none of these people told me getting older would be as wonderful as I’m finding it to be. I’m not alone in discovering this new way of living. There’s an exciting movement afoot that is turning up-side-down up the idea that as you age, you only decline. A new way of being in our 70s, 80s and beyond is showing up and folks are enjoying, not just a physically active lifestyle, but a creative lifestyle as well. I knew retirement would be terrific, simply because I would no longer work every day. No longer would I have to wake up at 7:00 a.m. to be at work before 9:00 a.m. and stay past 5:00 p.m. There would be no more working lunches, endless meetings, budgets and grants. I didn’t think I’d miss anything but when I finally retired, I found I missed seeing my people. The ones I shared my life with day in and day out for years. I looked forward to sharing something I saw on TV the night before or listening to their stories. I missed our staff meetings punctuated by peals of laughter when someone said something funny to break the seriousness of our work. Some days, I’d stand in the doorway of the common area before work started and just listened to the early morning con-

versations, not needing to interject my two cents. The talk would wander from the different diets we were trying to whose children made the honor roll or got a part in the play or made the team. These were the conversations of life. Not having my tribe was tough at first. But I powered through and was pleasantly delighted to find out there was a whole other world outside of work. When I hit five years out to retirement, I started thinking of what my next act could be. What was I going to do when I wasn’t bringing in a pay check? Most of my working life was in non-profits which meant not getting paid a lot and not having much of a retirement fund. I started looking around for a second, part-time career which would keep me out of the poor house. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my work but I was also exhausted and I knew I needed something very different in my later years. I don’t know what led me in the direction of becoming a Celebrant but I’m pretty sure it was something I read about. A Celebrant is a person who officiates a ceremony or rite. Think of weddings. That sounded pretty good to me. I would go from working with people who were in crisis to working with people who were extremely happy. I think that’s what’s called ‘doing a 360’. I was already ordained when I offici-

ated my first wedding in 2013. Unfortunately, there was this big flood two months later that put my new career on hold for a couple of years. During those years I kept working at my day job, officiated a couple of weddings, did a ton of research, and started writing ceremonies. By the end of 2015, I hung out my shingle. I even had a little, one room office where I could write and meet couples. I knew that paper-cutter weddings would not be my style so I started creating my own ceremonies. Everything that was needed legally would be there but it would be in my own words, not someone else’s. I interviewed the couples, asked them about their romance, how they met, what caused them to fall in love, what made them laugh until they cried, how the proposal went and then I wrote their love story as a wedding address. I wrote welcomes, vows, blessings, prayers, and ceremonies within ceremonies. Then the opportunity to write these monthly columns for the Estes Park News came along. I owe Kris and Gary Hazelton a debt of gratitude for giving me space to unwind these wings that have been folded up for many years. Suddenly I was in my 70s. A couple of friends and I started meeting monthly to create art. We started with collage, a creative form that lets you bring together contrasting elements like paper, newsprint, cloth, photographs along with paint, pencil drawings, ink to create something new. I love it. I love going

through magazines and cutting out pictures that appeal to me. I love putting words down over paint. I love pulling out old black and white photographs and adding them to the project. No one told me getting old was going to be so much fun. It feels like there are no more barriers or restrictions. I can get up, have my coffee, go upstairs to my computer and write an article. I can design and personalize the ceremonies coming up in 2022. I can get up from my desk and turn towards my work table, pull out a fresh page of card stock and begin a new collage using images that speak to me. I can combine inspiring quotes and collage techniques in my Art Journal. Or, I can do all of these things or do nothing at all. I do not want to minimize the downsides of getting older. Certainly, there are difficulties to get through in aging. In Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, Louise Aronson writes, “Clearly, being old has real challenges, but those challenges are only part of what makes old age difficult. The critical ingredient is our response to it.” For me, in spite of my own health challenges, growing older has turned out to be awesome. Two other two books also show us the possibilities different way of being in our 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. These are The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older by Kathleen Dowling Singh, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul by Connie Zweig. I wish someone had told me how my creativity would spark again as I got older. I wasted a whole lot of time worrying for nothing. As Van Gogh said, “If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint…and that voice will be silenced.” Mary Mesropian has lived in the Estes Park area since 1994 and is a Celebrant, officiating weddings and other ceremonies and an Oral History Writer. Her email is maryruthdancer@yahoo.

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Love Playing Chess? Join The 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 participate in this adult group.

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Rocky Mountain Channel Updates This year the Rocky Mountain Channel has seen some big changes. In October, we launched our own streaming service so that guests and residents alike can enjoy the sights and sounds of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park from the comfort of their own homes anywhere in the world. With this expansion, we have increased the rate at which we are releasing new content. In addition to our award-winning PBS series, A Walk in the Park with Nick Mollé, we also produce a diverse collection of other content including virtual hikes, live music, short documentaries, and podcasts. Our streaming service now hosts over 25 hikes in and around Estes Park and Rocky with beautiful cin-

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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 2-5 p.m. at the Community Center. You may also submit a video audition. Please prepare two musical theatre songs, no more

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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.































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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 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

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Bilingual Story Time/La Hora del Cuento Bilingüe EVICS Family Resource Center works diligently throughout the community to support families with young children. Social emotional development is how children start to understand who they are, what they are feeling and what to expect when interacting with others. It is foundational in early childhood development and essential to school readiness. Managing emotions, controlling attention, and impulse control are all examples of these social emotional skills developed in early childhood that prepares

children to be successful adults. At EVICS family Resource Center we believe that it takes a village to raise a child, therefore we want to support and provide families with resources to help them thrive. Through community partnerships, EVICS Family Resource Center, led by Family Development Coordinator Rut Miller, we created Bilingual Story Time kits to support children and their families in developing these vital social emotional skills. The program began in January and so

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far, we have been able to distribute over 300 books and kits to children throughout the community of Estes Park! Each month, a number of volunteers support the creation of these kits by spending time putting together 100 kits, 75 go to the elementary school and 25 are distributed from the EVICS Family Resource Center location. This month’s book is called The Feelings Book/El libro de los sentimientos by Todd Parr and will be distributed to Estes Park Elementary School kindergarteners on Monday, April 11. The Feelings Book explores different emotions and identifying them and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Each book was carefully chosen to ensure that the Spanish translation was accurate, while each activity and craft kit was meticulously crafted to support the message of the book. In addition to our monthly kits, we also have social emotional backpacks available to check out at the elementary school, Estes Valley Library, and at

EVICS Family Resource Center. These social emotional backpacks have five themes: Temper, Anxiety, Difference, Worry, Thankfulness and Saying Sorry. Each backpack has bilinguals books, a stress/anxiety release toy, a puppet and more activities, tips, and information about child development. These kits are a great resource for families, childcare providers, or preschools with children pre-K to 7 to encourage social-emotional development, bilingual literacy, and build familial relationships. Again, a huge thank you to our sponsors and collaborators for their support and effort. Bilingual Story Time/La Hora del Cuento Bilingüe is the product of a partnership effort between The Noon Rotary, MacDonald Book Shop and EVICS Family Resource Center, in collaboration with the Elementary School and the Estes Valley Library. It takes a village and the collaboration with partnering organizations is essential to successful programs like this!

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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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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library CURRENT HOURS Open Hours: Mondays-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Closed on April 20 The library will be closed all day Wednesday, April 20 for a Staff Development day. ESTES GROWS READERS Library Storytimes (no sign-up required)

Preschoolerers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat., at 10:30 a.m. For babies: Fri. and Sat. at 10 a.m. Music Storytime with Nancy Bell: Wed., Apr. 13 at 6 p.m. Books for Bo: Read to a Therapy Dog Tuesday, April 19, 10-1 a.m. Also on Wednesday, April 27, 6-6:30 p.m. Kids are invited to read aloud while relaxing in the Children’s Room alongside Bo, a licensed therapy dog. No sign-up required. TAX SEASON RESOURCES AARP Tax Prep: Final week Through April 14, volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program are offering free local assistance with income tax preparation. To schedule an appointment, call the library or visit

BOOKS & AUTHORS “The Last Professional:” Road Stories with Ed Davis Saturday, Apr. 9, 1-2:30 p.m., Hondius Room Author and rail-rider 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 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

Young Chautauqua: Final Performances This Saturday Students in the local Young Chautauqua program have been busy researching characters from history. Since last November, they have studied and carefully read about their selected character to create an original first-person monologue, complete with costumes and props. Now they are ready for one final ingredient: an audience. The public is invited to attend live Young Chautauqua performances at the library this Saturday, April 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. This is the third and final session of this year’s student groups (two other groups performed in March). No advance sign-up is necessary to attend. During their performances, each participant will appear in character to deliver a monologue about their life. Afterward, they will take questions from the

audience in character, then step out of character to take questions from their perspective as the student-performer. Katherine Dumont from Estes Park Schools has been mentoring students in the process. This program is made possible through the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation, and specifically through a Memorial Fund from longtime Estes Park resident and Young Chautauqua enthusiast, the late Katie Speer. Here is the roster for this weekend: Saturday, April 9 Performers • Mya as Mother Jones • Marcus as Nicola Tesla • Sophia as Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Bethy as Eliza Hamilton • Vittoria as Kurt Cobain • Clara as Lise Meitner

Money Talk: Tools for Investing Thursday, Apr. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace 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 NATURE TALKS The Excelling: an owl lesson with Kevin Cook

Monday, Apr. 11, 4 -5:30 p.m., Hondius Room Nature instructor Kevin Cook leads a monthly series on how to engage with the wonders of Life on Earth. In “The Excelling,” Cook recounts a three-year pursuit to correctly identify a small owl (photographed by Judith Edgar), which led to a lifelong standard for identifying wildlife. Sign up at TEENS & KIDS Make a Laser Book Box Tuesday, Apr. 12, 11 a.m.-noon Design and assemble a wood book box, as we use the laser engraver together. Sign up at Game Day Free Play: Crosswords and Jeopardy Saturday, Apr. 16, 3-4 p.m., Hondius Room Repeated Tuesday, Apr. 26, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Enjoy crossword puzzles with family and friends, and play Jeopardy on the library’s Wii module. Sign up at Artwork Wednesday: Blackout Poetry

Wednesday, April 27, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Hondius Room We’ll transform old damaged books into works of art, creating original poems in the process. 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 COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Status and Privilege: a Living Room Conversation Thursday, April 14, 5-6:30 p.m., Hondius Room Consciously or unconsciously, society’s definitions of status and privilege are affected by wealth, education, gender and race. What privileges do each of us enjoy? How do those correspond with status? Join a conversation to share perspectives. Sign up at MAKERSPACE Beginner Soldering Friday, Apr. 22, 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. 29, 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 FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the post office, is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices.

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Author And Rail-Rider Ed Davis: In Person Saturday And On Zoom vagabonded across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including “New English Review” and “The Penman Review,” and his collection “Road Stories” has been an Amazon bestseller. He and his wife Jan live in Northern California, not far from Jack London’s Beauty Ranch. “The Last Professional” tells the tale of two men linked by a yearning to wander and experience a simpler way of life. Lynden Hoover returns to the rails fifteen years after a childhood trauma that still haunts him. He gets help from The Duke, an old hobo who adheres to a time-honored code. The Duke mentors Lynden on life on the tracks, told in the vibrant language of the boxcar life gleaned from years of crossing the countryside. The story reaches a harrowing Ed Davis, author and rail-rider emeritus, will be in Estes Park this Saturday as part of a whistle-stop cross-country book tour via Amtrak. In a program spotlighting his newest book, “The Last Professional,” Davis will explore our fascination with stories of the road and great journeys, tracing the tradition back to Homer’s “Odyssey” and to American classics like John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley” and Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” Davis will then give a reading from “The Last Professional,” a gripping road tale set amid the world of thundering freight trains and the vagabonds who ride them—explaining how it fits into the “road stories” tradition. “‘The Last Professional’ and Other Stories of the Road” takes place this Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the library. From the library events calendar, participants can sign up to attend in person, or sign up to attend remotely via Zoom. Ed Davis began his writing career over forty years ago, pausing in boxcars, under streetlamps, and in hobo jungles to capture the beats and rhythms of the road as he caught freight trains and

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The Stations Of The Cross Good Friday At St. Francis Of Assisi Anglican Church – 12:00 Noon If you haven’t visited the Stations of the Cross in Little Valley – you’re missing out! Named after the street Jesus last walked in Jerusalem, the “Via Dolorosa” path leads around a slight hill to each station stop, which describes the sequence of His challenging trip to the cross. Last year the Stations of the Cross received a face lift, and the area is refurbished and clean. Join us to commemorate the last journey that Jesus walked centuries ago. Everyone is invited. There are guidebooks with relevant prayers to help follow the station stops in this short hike. This is truly a spiritually unique gem of Estes Valley. Angels watch over the beautiful columbarium dispersed among the natural landscape. The views from this peaceful path are impressive, sighting nearby mountain peaks, Dollar Lake, and the surrounding meadows. This short hike ends above the “Wall of Perpetual Memory” and now includes the

15th station, His Resurrection. The church building is inspired by the chapel in which St. Francis of Assisi worshiped. It was designed by Father Bill Wells, the first priest of St. Francis. This quaint chapel is open at any time to allow visitors the opportunity to pray and feel the presence of God. There is also a CD available focusing on the Stations of the Cross and showing “God in Nature” here in the Rockies. If you would like to participate, please meet us in the lower parking lot of St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church at 11:50 Friday, April 15th, located at 3480 St. Francis Way (in Little Valley). Contact Rev. Fr. Dennis L. Ryan III at 970577-0601 if you have questions. Also join us Easter Sunday 9:00 a.m. for morning prayer and/or 9:30 for Easter Holy Communion. Check us out at our website at

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climax when The Duke confronts his relentless nemesis, Short Arm, as generations collide and lives hang in the balance. After the presentation, Davis will take audience questions and sign copies of his books, available for purchase that afternoon thanks to Macdonald Book Shop. Sign up now at to save a seat—in person or via Zoom.

Holy Week Schedule for St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church 880 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park 970-586-4504 Palm Sunday, April 10th – Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. This service will also be available on YouTube. Please go to our website to receive YouTube link. Wednesday, April 13th – Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. Maundy Thursday, April 14th – Holy Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday, April 15th – Stations of the Cross at 8:00 a.m. Good Friday Liturgy at 12:10 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 16th – Lighting of

the Paschal Candle at Sunset (around 7:30 p.m.) and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. This will be an abbreviated service and will last about 35 minutes. Please note there will be no Eucharist celebrated at this service. The first Eucharist of Easter will be on Easter Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 17th– Easter Sunday at 9:00 a.m. followed by Special Easter Coffee Hour. This service will also be available on YouTube. If you have an Easter church service you’d like to publish, please email to by Tuesday at noon for that Friday’s publication. Thank you.

Alden “Al” L Chrysler, 82, departed his earthly, temporary home for his heavenly, forever home on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Al was born in Flint, Michigan to LaVern and Helen Good Chrysler. He lived in Swartz Creek, Michigan, graduated from Swartz Creek High School in 1957, and later attended Ferris State College. He was drawn to the Colorado mountains after attending a conference at the YMCA campus. He moved to Longmont with his wife and children in 1968 where he lived until he moved to Estes Park in 1997. Al was employed for many years at Golden Companies and was also self-employed. Al spent many happy hours fishing, hunting, camping, 4-wheeling and traveling with his wife to over 20 countries and every state. He loved helping people. As a

young man and after retiring, he spent several years at long- and short-term projects, volunteering with food banks, mental health facilities, low-income resource centers, disaster relief and Heifer International. He especially enjoyed an international workcamp in Nigeria. He will be remembered for his kindness, positivity, sense of humor, and his embracing spirit of acceptance and love for everyone he met. Al attended Calvary Church in Longmont and Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park, where he served in different ways, but felt especially privileged to serve as a layman visitation minister. Al loved his family and leaves behind his wife Susanne whom he married in 1960; daughter Marilyn (Tim) Runyon; sons James (Leslie) Chrysler and Alden

Andrew “Andy” (Kara) Chrysler; eight grandchildren Andrew (Reena), Joshua, Benjamin (Alice), Torrey James “TJ”, and Justine Chrysler; Suzette, Bethany and Isaac (Sarah) Runyon, as well as a beloved greatgranddaughter Freya Runyon. Al longed to see the expected arrival of his great-grandson Lee Anderson Chrysler. He also leaves his sister Sharon (Arvid) Warstler; niece Jennifer (Mike) Kryvicky; and cousin Linda (Henry) Jennings. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mountain View Bible Fellowship on April 23 at 2 p.m. Memorial remembrances can be made to Estes Park Crossroads Ministry. To leave a message for the family please visit

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Wesley Hoffman Wesley Emerson Hoffman died March 28, 2022, at the home he designed in Estes Park, Colorado, surrounded by his greatest loves, his wife and partner in life, Barbara and the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. He lived a remarkable 90 years, a life of joy and discovery that took him from his city upbringing to distant corners of the earth to hike and explore the natural world. Wesley was a U.S. Marine veteran, an engineer, an avid outdoorsman and dedicated volunteer. But most of all, he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather to a sprawling and diverse family that he guided with love, logic, humor and wisdom. Wesley Emerson Hoffman was born February 10, 1932 in Chicago to Herman Wesley and Anne Ida Hohman Hoffman. He excelled in school, especially in math and science. He placed third in a Chicago citywide mathematics contest. Wesley was also the editor of the Calumet High School newspaper. His intellectual prowess earned him a full scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he studied engineering. Wesley left school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in California and did a tour in Japan. He returned to Chicago in the winter of 1954 following his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant. That spring he went to the Holiday Ballroom in Chicago, where Tommy

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Estes Park resident, Albert Velthoen, passed away Sunday morning, March 27, 2022, at Estes Park Health. He was 94. A service will be held on April 12th, 2:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies outdoor Columbarium. Enter at the lower entrance to the parking lot. To leave a message for the family visit

Dorsey's band was playing. Barbara Johnson, oldest of the five Johnson sisters, was there as well. Captivated by her long blond hair under the lights of the dance floor, Wesley asked her to dance. “I’d love to” was her reply. That was the beginning of the courtship that led to their remarkable marriage of nearly 64 years, a true partnership in life and love and an example to all who knew them. While they were dating, Wesley got to know her large family and was introduced to the great outdoors. Wesley and Barbara married on May 31, 1958, in Chicago. They lived in an apartment in Chicago and welcomed four children. Wesley worked as an engineer at Material Service Corporation. The family moved in 1969 to Downers Grove, a Chicago suburb, and Wesley joined Western Electric where he worked until retirement. The family thrived. Everyone would pile into the car for the long drive of the family’s annual Western summer vacations to places such as, Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon or some other national park or national forest. Together, Wes and Barb led the family in long treks and backpacking expeditions, like a 50-mile rim-to-rim-to-rim hike in Grand Canyon. Both Wesley and Barbara became skilled photographers. They trekked to far-flung destinations and scaled the highest peaks to get the perfect shot. Their travels took them to Longs Peak

in Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park, and Mount Fuji in Japan, among countless other peaks and passes. They forded rivers, crossed glaciers and camped in high altitudes. They climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked in the Himalayas — twice. Later, sea kayaking around southern Alaska became a favored activity. Once, after driving to the Arctic Circle and back, they hiked the Chilkoot Trail on the hundredth anniversary of the famous gold rush trail. They took photos at every stop and camped as often as they could. Wesley felt strongly that pitching a tent was the most authentic way to experience nature. He even started to write a book about his travels. They visited and hiked on every continent save Antarctica. Wesley retired in 1989 and Barbara in 1993 and the couple moved to a home in Estes Park that he carefully designed to showcase views of nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, host the entire family and feature photographs of their travels. Wesley and Barbara rarely missed a grandchild’s birthday or other special event, no matter the distance. They made the 22-hour drive from Colorado to Seattle over 20 times and made many similar drives to Northern Virginia — all to take part in family events. When Wesley wasn’t traveling, he was volunteering. For more than 25 years, both Wes and Barb volunteered for the National Park Service in many capacities including being members of the Road Hogs, an organization that helps with maintenance and fire management in Rocky Mountain National Park, volunteer rangers and working in the Park museum — each logging more than 5,000 hours. Wesley was one of the last living members of a wide circle of friends known as “The Club.” In increasingly polarized times, he would try to keep friends grounded by painstakingly debunking

Jock Campbell Jock Peyfamily joke is ton Russell that if he went Campbell, somewhere he of Estes didn't know Park, Colanyone he orado made sure to passed away make a friend Monday, so he'd have March 28, someone to 2022 after a meet up with short illnext time he ness. Jock was in the was a citiarea. Born in zen of the Dallas, Texas world who in 1932, Jock settled in spent most of Estes Park his youth in after a life Washington of working D.C. returning and travelto Texas for ing all over college and the world for business and pleasure. then back to Washington to take a job Gregarious to a fault, he seemed to with the U.S. Government Services. An know someone wherever he went - the avid golfer, he made sure to find a good

conspiracy theories. His logical approach and strong devotion to his country made him adept at discerning fact from fiction. Wesley remained active until just a few years ago, when slowed by his body not keeping pace with his still sharp mind and wit. During his last days, he repeatedly expressed his gratitude and happiness for the wonderful life he lived with his beloved wife, Barbara. He asked his family to celebrate his life rather than mourn his death — a wish they will honor. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Estes Park; three sons, Thomas Hoffman and his wife, Robin, of Denver, Robert Hoffman and his wife, Kazuko of Kenmore, Washington and Michael Hoffman of Thornton, Colorado and his former wife, Dawn Hoffman, of Denver, and a daughter, Sandra Richard and her husband James Richard of Estes Park. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Allison Hoffman and Julia Hoffman, both of Denver, Gene Hoffman of Seattle, Natalie Hoffman of Kenmore, Phillip Richard of Colorado Springs, Michael Richard and his wife, Bekah, Paul Richard and his wife, Sarah Jane, Thomas Richard and his wife, Sadie, all of Westminster, Colorado, Justin Hoffman of Colorado Springs, Steven Hoffman, Jesseca Hoffman and Marissa Hoffman, all of Thornton. His brother, Donald Hoffman, and sister, Linda Hoffman, died earlier. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., April 8, 2022, at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Estes Park. A Committal Ceremony and U.S. Marine Honors will take place at 11:30 a.m., April 11, 2022, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Allnutt Funeral Service in Estes Park is handling arrangements. Please visit our website to leave a message for the family

golf course wherever he was stationed and especially enjoyed relaxing at the 19th hole after a good round. Jock is survived by his longtime friend and partner, Margaret Fenn, son Peyton Campbell, of Chesapeake, Virginia, daughter Claire Campbell of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, grandchildren Peyton Shipman, Kathryn Campbell, Mairead Campbell, and Ailsa Campbell. Jock also leaves behind his sister, Suzanne Ressler as well as many other family members and friends who remember him fondly as 'a character', valued his advice, and appreciated his generosity in spirit and practice. Gifts of remembrance can be made to The Boy Scouts of America, which played an important part in Jock's youth, supported him through college work, and had a special place in the heart of the man he was to become. To leave messages for the family please visit

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Timothy Shea Jones 1957-2022 Timothy Shea Jones, 64, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family on Friday, April 1st, 2022. He fought a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Tim was born on December 26, 1957, in Yokohama, Japan, to John Roberts Jones and Barbara Holm Jones. He graduated from Palatka South High School in 1976 and later graduated from Florida State University where he studied hotel and restaurant management and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Upon graduation he began his lifelong career in the food service industry, becoming District Sales Manager of the year in 2018 and after 15 years with Performance Food Services holding a position as Vice President of Procurement. He spent his years after college in Estes Park and Aspen, CO and returned to Ocala, FL eventually finding his way to DeBary, FL. It was here, in 2000, he met the love of his life Gayla Sansoucie. They were married on November 30th, 2002, and it was at this time he took on his proudest role, father to Eric and Jenna, which brought much joy and happiness to his life. God blessed Tim with a quick wit and incredible sense of humor. He was deeply involved in his Catholic community, contributing as a parishioner with St. Anne’s Life Teen Ministry and the Men’s Group in Richmond Hill, GA. He had a passion for mentoring others and was named Big Brother of the Year in

2010 with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Georgia. His other great loves and passions were his faithful companion, Harley, tennis, participating in the Richmond Hill Area Tennis Association (RATA), The Dolphin Project, and adventures with his wife on his Harley Davidson, listening to great music. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, stepfather James W. Collins and his niece Lindsay E. Jones. He is survived by his wife Gayla, children, and spouses Eric Fuller (Erica) and Jenna Escobar (Joaquin), and grandchildren Mila Fuller and Julian Escobar; his siblings John R. Jones Jr. (Teresa, fiancé), Kathleen J. Webermeier (Scott), Christopher B. Jones (Liz), Laura J. Little (Scott), and Peter H. Collins (Jennifer); his 21 nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends. There will be a Rosary held from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, April 8th, 2022 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080. A funeral mass, officiated by Father Joseph Smith of Richmond Hill, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Rd. Elkton, FL 32033 with burial and reception to follow. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The St. Ambrose Catholic Church at st6070161 please select “Cemetery” fund.

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Delivery Manager Responsible for all catering and refreshment deliveries, while also training and supervising relevant staff. $17-$19/hour with full benefits, childcare assistance, family membership, retirement fund, and more.

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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

OFFICE SPACE 6 Offices/Whole 2nd Floor 850 sf, Yr. Lease Min. Private Parking, Bathroom, Kitchenette, A/C. Reasonable Rates. Quality Finishes. Located on River. Call Bret Freedman 970-215-2494


OFFICE SPACE For Rent 600 s.f., $1150/mo. + util. Year lease min. 970-290-4488

Piano Tuning Susan Novy, local piano tuner. Call for appt. 577-1755 www.estesparkpiano

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

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR INCLUSION OF ADDITIONAL REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE UPPER THOMPSON SANITATION DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons that a Petition for Inclusion of additional real property has been filed with the Board of Directors of the Upper Thompson Sanitation District. The Board of Directors has fixed Tuesday, the 19th day of April 2022, at the hour of 4:00 p.m., at 2196 Mall Road, Estes Park, Colorado 80517, as the date, time, and place of an open meeting at which such Petition shall be heard. The name and address of the Petitioner is: Jennifer Marie Morrow and Kerri Kathleen Reinsch 2417 Long View Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517 The property to be included into the District is generally described as follows: Lot 30, Block 8, Amended Plat of Carriage Hills Fourth Filing, County of Larimer, State of Colorado All interested parties may appear at such hearing to show cause in writing why such Petition should not be granted. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE UPPER THOMPSON SANITATION DISTRICT. UPPER THOMPSON SANITATION DISTRICT By: Jack E. Reed, Chairman of the Board Published in: Estes Park News, Published on: April 8, 2022

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