Estes Park News, May 6, 2022

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Next Meet At The Flagpole Event May 9th

Join together as a community to recite The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag & sing our National Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner at the flagpole at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. on Monday, May 9th at 12:00 noon. Let’s stand together as a community to uphold and support our Constitution of the United States in facing today’s and future challenges. The United States of America, one nation under God. See you at the pole! God bless you!

Estes Forward Asks Community To Provide Guidance On Choices And Priorities To Define The Direction Of The Comprehensive Plan The Town of Estes Park and Larimer County are working with the community on the Estes Forward Comprehensive Plan, which began last spring and will carry through the end of 2022. The Estes community is invited to review the draft Vision and Guiding Principles that emerged from the input received through previous engagement in late 2021. The public is also invited to discuss and respond to specific questions to help identify and prioritize future policy and implementation opportunities that support and work toward the Vision and Guiding Principles in the Comprehensive Plan. The Choices Workshop will be held in English and in Spanish on May 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Estes Park Elementary School’s gym and cafeteria, 1505 Brodie Ave. Free food and childcare will be provided. For community members who are unable to attend the event in person, there is an online Choices Questionnaire and Interactive Mapping Activity that mirrors the in-person workshop activities on the project website,, through May 22. The choices workshops and online activities will result in community-supported strategies and direction that can be translated into goals, policies, and implementation actions for the Comprehensive Plan during the project’s next phase. For more information about the Estes Forward process, visit

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Comunidad Orientación Sobre Preferencias Y Prioridades Para Definir La Dirección Del Plan Integral El Pueblo de Estes Park y el Condado de Larimer están trabajando con la comunidad en el Plan Integral de Estes Hacia Adelante que comenzó en la primavera del 2021 y continuará hasta finales de 2022. Se invita a la comunidad de Estes a revisar el borrador de la Visión y los Principios Fundamentales que surgieron de aportes anteriores del público. La comunidad también tendrá la oportunidad de discutir y responder a preguntas específicas para ayudar a identificar y priorizar oportunidades de implementación que respalden la Visión y los Principios Fundamentales del Plan Integral. El Taller será en inglés y en español, y se llevará a cabo el 12 de mayo de 5:30 p.m. a 8 p.m. en el Escuela Primaria de Estes Park, ubicado en 1505 Brodie Way, Estes Park. Se proporcionará comida y cuidado de niños gratuitamente. Para quienes no puedan asistir al evento en persona, tendrán hasta el 22 de mayo para participar en un cuestionario en línea y una actividad de mapeo interactiva que refleja las actividades del taller. Los talleres de preferencias y las actividades en línea darán como resultado estrategias y direcciones que se traducirán en objetivos, políticas, y acciones de implementación para el Plan Integral durante la próxima fase del proyecto. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso, visite

Pass To Serve As Interim Police Chief Beginning May 6 At 5 p.m. Police Chief Wes Kufeld will retire this Friday, May 6 after nearly 35 years of dedicated service to the Town of Estes Park Police Department. Captain Corey Pass will serve as Interim Police Chief beginning May 6 at 5 p.m. The Town is currently soliciting proposals for a re-

cruitment firm to conduct a nationwide, competitive search for a new Police Chief. The process will include opportunities for community members to engage. The Town will provide more information when details of the process are confirmed.

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Larimer County Adopts Fire Restrictions The Board of Larimer County Commissioners recently voted 2-0 to adopt fire restrictions in unincorporated Larimer County due to above normal temperatures, and windy, dry conditions. As of 6 p.m., April 27, 2022, restrictions on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County go into effect. These restrictions stay in effect until 6 p.m., May 11, 2022. Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, public firework displays and incendiary devices. This is not a fire ban. Restricted today: No open fires, including camp or cooking fires Smoking in the open is not allowed, including on trails, and parks and open spaces. No fireworks or firework displays. No incendiary devices including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets, and tracer ammunition. No welding Not Restricted: Contained open fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion. The use of internal or external combustion engines with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order and meeting published standards.

Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures. Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for cooking. Charcoal fired grills when used at a private residence and located on a noncombustible surface of at least 10 feet in diameter. Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid. Welding and other torch work within an enclosed building Outdoor welding and other torch work provided that: The area where the welding or other torch work is to be performed is free of vegetation for at least 30 feet in all directions Wind speed is less than 10 mph. There is sufficient amount of fire suppressant immediately available to suppress any fire that may be started. Fires in air curtain burners The Sheriff may give limited exemptions from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection. Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions can be fined. The Ordinance for the Regulation of Open Burning in Unincorporated Larimer County can be found here:

Honoring Chief Wes Kufeld The community is invited to an open house in honor of Chief Wes Kufeld's retirement. Please join us to share stories and wish him well on his next adventure! Sunday, May 22 12 - 3 p.m. Latitude 105 at the Ridgeline Hotel 101 S. St. Vrain Ave. in Estes Park Light appetizers served.

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 April 24, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 18 calls for service. This included:

• Emergency medical (assist EPH): 2 • Alarm Activation: 4 • MVC: 2 • Assist: 1 • Smoke Investigation: 3 • Possible Illegal Burn: 2 • Gas Leak: 1 • Odor Investigation: 2 • Helicopter Standby: 1

The Town of Estes Park is currently seeking local businesses to serve the Events Complex venues, including O'Connor Pavilion: • Rental Companies • Caterers • Restaurants • Food trucks • Security for events

Contact Karen Shea at or call 970-577-3956 Please submit your interest by May 27, 2022

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Ready, Set, Go...To Work For Estes Park Since the municipal election on April 5, the trustees, staff and I have been busily getting ready to work on behalf of the townspeople of Estes Park. Newly elected trustees—Marie Cenac, Scott Webermeier and Kirby Nelson-Hazelton— have taken the oath of office. A new mayor pro tem, Scott Webermeier, is in place. And the trustees and I have our committee, commissions and board assignments. It became apparent, after meeting with each trustee to discuss their respective preferred posts for the next two years that several shifts in assignments would be necessary. This made the process a bit more complicated than simply having new trustee Nelson-Hazelton stepping into the positions vacated by outgoing trustee Carlie Bangs. The ensuing chainreaction-like shifts now have Trustee Cindy Younglund serving on the Parks Advisory Board, Trustee Cenac replacing me on the board of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, Trustee Patrick Martchink replacing Bangs on the Transportation Advisory Board and Trustee Nelson-Hazelton replacing trustee Barbara MacAlpine on the Board of Appeals. Also included in NelsonHazelton’s portfolio are positions with the Audit Committee, Estes Valley Restorative Justice and Estes Park Economic Development Corporation. Mayor Pro Tem Webermeier adds the Audit Committee to his previous assignments. [Note: For a full list of the

trustee’s assignments, see article by Tim Mosier in the April 29, 2022 edition of the Trail Gazette.] With assignments to committees, commissions, and boards set, the trustees and I will now go to work developing the 2023 Strategic Plan and the 2023 Budget for the Town. During the week of May 16, we’ll hold, one of two 3-hour long sessions during which goals for the Town will be set that will guide the budget discussions between staff and trustees occurring from June through September. With trustees making final decisions prior to end of the year. As is annually the case, the strategic and budget planning processes are a busy time for staff and trustees. Staff will be reviewing carry-over projects from 2022, identifying new needs and prioritizing the funding needed for both in 2023. The trustees and I will exercise our representative and fiduciary responsibilities via participation in the strategic and budgetary processes and the decisions we must make during each. You can help us do our job of representing the townspeople of Estes Park by sharing your thoughts with us. An easy way to do so is to contact us via the Town’s website. Each of us has a designated email address (first initial, plus last name at Mine is Your team is ready. Each member has their assignments. The processes are set. It’s time we go to work for Estes Park.

Election Results 2022 EVRPD Board Of Directors Election Unofficial Vote Count Scott Dorman - 249 Eric Throne - 163 David Boon - 144 Candy Sulzbach - 142


The annual Spring Sidewalk Sale is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday throughout town. Select items will be set out on tables and racks. Don’t miss it!

Park Hospital District Board Election Drew Web - 1214 David Batey - 1012 Eric Owen - 690 John Meissner - 488

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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Hiker Shuttle Will Operate May 27 Through October 10 Rocky Mountain National Park will be operating the Hiker Shuttle from May 27 through October 10, from the Estes Park Visitor Center to the Park & Ride Transit Hub located on Bear Lake Road. There are no other stops in the park. At the Park & Ride, riders will transfer to the Bear Lake or Moraine Park shuttles to get to their trailhead destinations. As part of the park’s overall pilot timed entry system, two things will be needed to ride the Hiker Shuttle: reservation tickets for all passengers plus a valid park entrance pass. One person may reserve up to 4 tickets per $2 reservation. At 5 p.m. the night before, a limited number of tickets will be available for seven specific time slots at RMNP Hiker Shuttle Reservations For example, if you want to reserve a spot on the Hiker Shuttle for May 27, tickets will be available on May 26 at 5 p.m. Space is limited, please only reserve the number of seats needed. Park entrance passes are also required. Riders can use an existing annual or lifetime pass, such as a senior pass, or purchase a day pass on Private vehicle access is not permitted with a Hiker Shuttle ticket. The Hiker Shuttle will depart from the Estes Park Visitor Center to the Bear Lake Road Park & Ride at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., May 27 through October 10. Passengers are required to depart from the Estes Park Visitor Center using the specific time slot reserved. The Hiker Shuttle will return from the Park & Ride to the Estes Park Visitor Center roughly every 45 minutes beginning at 9:45 am through 5:15 pm. Passengers can return using any Hiker Shuttle throughout the day. The last shuttle will depart from the Bear Lake Road Park & Ride at 5:15 pm. There are no other buses back to the Estes Park Visitor Center after this time. For further details on the Hiker Shuttle and the Bear Lake and Moraine Park routes please visit RMNP Shuttle Buses The Hiker Shuttle route has been in

place since 2006, however it was not operational in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, there were over 45,000 park visitors who utilized the Hiker Shuttle. Park visitors can park at the Estes Park Visitor Center parking garage or utilize the existing town of Estes Park transit system to ride from their lodging or other locations to the Estes Park Visitor Center. Since 2017, wait times for the Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center were often between one to two hours. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest national parks; third in the country in 2019 with over 4.6 million visitors. This represents a 42 percent increase in visitation in seven years. Visitor crowding and congestion at the park have led to increased negative impacts to visitor and staff safety, resource protection, visitor experience and operational capacity. The park has piloted various visitor use management strategies over the last six years, including managing vehicle access to first-come, first serve (2016-2019) in highly congested areas. These first-come, firstserve restrictions had some limited success initially, but over time began to lose effectiveness; the length of time they were necessary kept expanding and impacts were pushed elsewhere. The park piloted park wide timed entry permit reservation systems (2020-2021) and will be piloting a similar system again in 2022. Park staff are learning from these various strategies since 2016, including piloting timed entry reservations on the Hiker Shuttle, to help inform long-range day use visitor access strategies. For more detailed information on how to book a private vehicle timed entry and details about the times of day they are required as well as Frequently Asked Questions, please visit -entry-permit-system. htm For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit, follow the park on social media @RockyNPS or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 5861206.

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Town Of Estes Park Offers Food Tax Refunds To Qualified Residents During May 2022 Each year, the Town of Estes Park offers refunds of sales tax paid on food items to qualified residents. Applicants must have lived within the boundaries of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District during the entire 12 months of 2021. Applicants should be resident families with dependent children under the age of 18 in 2021; residents who are disabled and received disability income in 2021; or, residents who were at least 65 years of age in 2021. Income qualifications and complete details are available at Food tax refund applications are available in the vestibule outside the Police Department entrance at Town Hall, 170

Estes Forward Asks The Community To Provide Guidance On Choices And Priorities To Define The Direction Of The Comprehensive Plan.

Estes Forward Solicita A La Comunidad Orientación Sobre Preferencias Y Prioridades Para Definir La Dirección Del Plan Integral.

MacGregor Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2022. Along with the completed application, certain applicants must provide copies of proof of residency and income, and any other required documents. The requirements are explained in the application. Notice of Process Change. The streamlined application process used in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic has been rescinded. The application process for 2022 has reverted to the standard process as explained in the 2022 application.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Will Increase One-Day Vehicle Pass Beginning May 27 Camping Fees Will Increase October 12 Beginning, May 27, Rocky Mountain National Park will increase the one-day vehicle pass from $25 to $30. The fee increase is necessary for Rocky Mountain National Park to improve and maintain high-quality visitor services. While basic park operations are funded by direct appropriations from Congress, the recreation use fees collected by the park are used to support new projects and the ongoing maintenance of park facilities that directly enhance the visitor experience. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of a few national parks that has a one-day vehicle entrance pass. This day pass was implemented in October 2015. All other park entrance fees including the RMNP sevenday pass ($35 per week), the RMNP annual pass ($70 per year) and any of the interagency America the Beautiful passes will remain the same. Winter campground fees will increase from $20 to $30 per night beginning on October 12, 2022. Summer campground fees will increase from $30 to $35 per night beginning the summer of 2023. In addition, group site campground fees will raise $10 for each tier in group size to $50/$60/$70. Increased campground fees will address cost increases related to trash removal, vault toilet and custodial servicing, general site maintenance and snowplow operations in the winter. The Longs Peak Campground, open summers for tents only, will remain $30 per night because there are no flushable toilets and campers need to bring their own drinkable water. In the fall of 2021, Rocky Mountain National Park staff solicited public input on the proposed fee increases. During the public comment period, the park received 264 formal comments that were related to the park’s proposed fee changes. Most commenters expressed support for the proposed changes to the one-day vehicle entrance pass and front-country campground overnight fees, often highlighting the importance of funding for park maintenance, operation, and resource protection. Commenters who opposed fee increases often cited socioeconomic concerns and affordability for all visitors. Park staff are committed to keeping Rocky Mountain National Park affordable and providing all visitors with the best possible experience. This fee increase is still an incredible value when considering other comparable family and recreational experiences. These campground fee increases are based on comparable fees for similar services in nearby campgrounds. In addition, 80 percent of those funds stay right here in Rocky to benefit visitors. The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) is the legislation under which the park currently collects entrance and amenity fees. This law allows parks to

retain 80 percent of the fees collected for use on projects that directly benefit visitors. The remaining 20 percent is distributed throughout the National Park System. Some of the projects funded through the collection of entrance station and campground fees at Rocky Mountain National Park include: Hazard Tree Mitigation: The park is among many areas along the Rocky Mountains where trees have been dying from a beetle epidemic. Recreation fee monies have funded extensive mitigation of hazard trees in or near developed areas and other popular park facilities, such as campgrounds, parking lots, road corridors, housing areas and visitor centers. Hiking Trail Repairs and Improvements: Many hiking trail repair projects have been funded by recreation fee monies, such as repairing washed out sections of trail, the installation of bridges, and the installation of vault toilets at heavily used trailheads. Wilderness Campsites Improvements: Rocky Mountain National Parks wilderness campsites are used by thousands of backcountry campers each year. Recreation fee monies help fund the maintenance of these cherished campsites. Bear Management: Park entrance and campground fees help keep bears wild at Rocky Mountain National Park. Thanks in part to fee dollars collected over the past 20 years, 100% of the park’s garbage cans, recycling bins, and dumpsters are now bear-resistant. The park has also gone from zero food storage lockers to 352. Your recreation fees also help support visitor education programs focused on black bears. Restoration of Historic Rock Walls along Trail Ridge Road: The historic rock walls along Trail Ridge Road provide for visitor safety and a visually pleasant drive. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, recreation fee program funding allows for damaged sections of these rock walls to be restored by Rocky Mountain National Park staff who specialize in rock work. In 2020, 3.3 million park visitors spent an estimated $224 million in local gateway regions while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, despite the global Covid pandemic, historic wildfires, and the park’s first piloted timed entry permit reservation system. These expenditures supported a total of 3,190 jobs, $121 million in labor income, $208 million in value added, and $342 million in economic output in local gateway economies surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park. 2021 visitor spending data, tied to visitation of 4.4 million park visitors, will be available later this year.

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Last Chance! Adopt A Duck For The Chance To Win Big Prizes

YOU ARE INVITED! We are pleased to announce we are hosting a meet and greet with Jeff Fisher, candidate for Larimer County Sheriff.

When: Where:

Saturday May 7, 2022 4pm – 6pm Estes Park Resort 1700 Colorado Peaks Drive Estes Park, CO Paid for by Fisher 4 Larimer Sheriff Marge Klein registered agent

Purchasers of duck adoptions for this year’s Estes Park Rotary Duck Race may do more than help local charities when they adopt ducks for the race coming up on May 7, 2022. Duck adopters have the chance to walk away with one of this year’s top Duck Race prizes: • the owner of the first yellow rubber duck to cross the finish line will win $8,000 cash, • the second duck wins $5,000, • the third duck wins $2,000, • the next two ducks to finish the race will win three-night vacation stay packages for two people, one in a suite with access to all amenities at The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River, and a guided trip to Glacier National Park, and one in a one bedroom/one bath Old Faithful Cabin with an all-day guided bus or snow coach tour (depending on season) to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park including a box lunch, and dinner for two at The Branch Restaurant & Bar. The vacation packages have been generously donated by Delaware North, which also owns and operates The Ridgeline Hotel and its onsite restaurant, Latitude 105 Alehouse in Estes Park. And that’s not all! Over 320 additional prizes have been donated by local merchants and businesses, ranging in value from $20 to $500. These prizes include everything from jewelry to a guided ascent of a local via ferrata for two, rustic to elegant lodging at properties both in and outside of Estes Park, fine and casual dining, bowling packages, chocolate covered strawberries from a catering company, and hundreds of gift certificates at local shops and businesses. All for the cost of a duck adoption. All duck adoptions are online this year. It’s as simple as going to the Estes Park Duck Race website ( and clicking on the big yellow Adopt Ducks button, and then choosing which of the 66 listed local charities and non-profits will receive $19 of that $22 duck adoption. An alternative way to adopt one or more ducks is to simply scan the QR code on any of the colorful Duck Race posters that have been popping up all around Estes Park

this week, and following the same process on a cell phone. The more ducks adopted, the more chance to win, and the more support goes to the adopter’s selected charity. The race starts with the dropping of approximately 7,000 yellow rubber duckies from a cage suspended over Fall River at 1:00 p.m. outside of Nicky’s Steakhouse and Nicky’s Resort. The ducks then travel about two miles down the river to the finish line at George Hix Memorial Riverside Plaza. Winners will be posted on huge wheel boards outside of the Wheel Bar as the ducks cross the finish line. Winners will also be posted on the Duck Race website by approximately 5:00 p.m. on race day, and emails will be sent notifying winners of their prizes as well. It is not necessary to be present to win. Since its inception in 1989, the Estes Park Duck Race has returned $2,932,802 to Estes Valley nonprofit and charitable organizations. This year’s 34th annual Duck Race promises to raise that total return to the community to over $3 million. And the prizes this year are better than ever! For more information about race day 2022 and the schedule of activities, live entertainment, and fun for all ages lasting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., see the Estes Park Duck Race Facebook page ( or the Duck Race website ( The Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in May. The Annual Duck Race continues a tradition started in 1989, which has returned nearly $3 million to local Estes Park charities and groups. 2022 marks the 34th annual Duck Race.

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Poetry’s not for everybody. But I know a lot of readers look forward to spending one month out of the year focusing on all things poetic. So, I ask those who think of poetry as the “curse of verse” to bear with us poetry lovers for one more week. Thank you. As I mentioned last week, as part of National Poetry Month each year I host a small poetry salon. I shared some of the poems from the salon last week. Due to space limitations I can’t include them all but there are a few more that will fit in this space—and squeeze into your heart. The first is a poem written by my friend Lauren M.’s grandmother, Caroline Cain Durkee, who—in my imagination anyway—worked her fingers to the bone in a garment factory before fair labor laws were enacted 100 years ago: The Garment Worker I stitch and I stitch as the days go by And ever and always I wonder why: Why must I sew, that others may wear? Why create what I may not share? I sit at my work til my body grows numb And plod home at night stupid and dumb. I rob of its sheen my womanhood’s crown That some one may dance in a garment of brown. From eyes that grow dim I plunder their hue To make a creation of loveliest blue. I draw through my heart a deeply stained thread And fashion a frock of shimmering red. Into the gathers and into the seams I weave the shroud of my girlhood dreams. Outside are the days, as often I’m told, But I know only the heat or the cold. They say that a sky is over me I’m too tired to lift up my eyes to see. One time on a gown I stitched a bird’s wing, But into my ears never yet did bird sing. So much never heard, so much never seen, I sit with my needle, a human machine. I stitch and I stitch as the days go by, And ever and always I wonder why. Just as Americans depend on factory production in the cities, so too do we bank on farming and agriculture to sustain life. This is depicted in the simple and familiar poem that says it all with very few words: The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens What would a poetry gathering be without at least one Mary Oliver poem? Here is the one my affiliate Joe recited. It sinks deeper into your soul if you read it aloud—to yourself if there is no one is nearby to listen. (This is true of all poetry, in my opinion.) Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to crawl on your knees for one hundred miles in the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile, the world goes on. Meanwhile, the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes; over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile, the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting, over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Finally, Richard N. read this timely poem by Brian Bilston, written in 2016. This poetic palindrome invokes fear and suspicion as people flee from war and persecution. Then when the poem is read the opposite way, we are warmed by a different, welcom-

ing voice. This was the first time I’d ever heard a “reverse poem” and I was astonished by its impact. *Refugees by Brian Bilston They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or me Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and scroungers Layabouts and loungers With bombs up their sleeves Cut-throats and thieves They are not Welcome here We should make them Go back to where they came from They cannot Share our food Share our homes Share our countries Instead let us Build a wall to keep them out It is not okay to say These are people just like us A place should only belong to those who are born there Do not be so stupid to think that The world can be looked at another way (now read from bottom to top) You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2022 Sarah Donohoe

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Partners Seek To Learn About Equity And Inclusion In The Community Take the Estes Park Community Equity and Inclusion survey by May 30, 2022 The Town of Estes Park and community partners are conducting a non-scientific survey about equity and inclusion experiences in the community. The purpose of the exploratory survey is to gather information from all community members to identify strengths and challenges related to equity and inclusion in Estes Park. The survey is available at (Hot Topics) and directly at through May 30. The appropriate community organizations can then consider this information in their planning efforts. The survey may be taken anonymously and results will be reported in group form, only. The Town’s partners in this effort are Crossroads Ministry, Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, Estes Park Housing Authority, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success, Visit Estes Park and YMCA of the Rockies.

Partners busca aprender sobre equidad e inclusión en la comunidad Realice la encuesta de equidad e inclusión comunitaria de Estes Park antes del 30 de mayo El Pueblo de Estes Park y los socios comunitarios están realizando una en-

cuesta no científica sobre las experiencias de equidad e inclusión en la comunidad. El propósito de la encuesta exploratoria es recopilar información de todos los miembros de la comunidad para identificar fortalezas y desafíos relacionados con la equidad y la inclusión en Estes Park. La encuesta está disponible en (Temas de actualidad) y directamente en hasta el 30 de mayo. Las organizaciones comunitarias apropiadas pueden considerar esta información en sus esfuerzos de planificación. La encuesta se puede realizar de forma anónima y los resultados se informarán en forma grupal, únicamente. Los socios del pueblo en este esfuerzo son Crossroads Ministry, Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, Estes Park Housing Authority, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success, Visit Estes Park y YMCA of the Rockies.

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Space Missions To Watch In 2022 At The Next Aviation Club Meeting 2022 is turning out to the many varied and exciting be a very exciting year space projects planned for for space exploration. this year. Barry spent over More civilian and comtwenty years in the space promercial astronauts are gram working on manned taking flight. The missions as well as unmoon regains promimanned flights to Venus, nence with unmanned Mars and Jupiter. missions to search for Join us at the American Lewater ice, and a lunar gion Building, 850 N. St. test flight of the spaceVrain Ave. to learn what lies craft that will take ahead in space exploration. mankind back there. The meeting will begin at Barry Power We will get our first 6:30 p.m. The public is inimages from NASA’s big new James vited to attend. Webb space telescope, and NASA will send a spacecraft to deflect an asteroid. All of this, and much more in 2022. Originally scheduled for March, but canceled due to weather, join Barry Power on Wednesday, May 11, at the Estes Park Aviation Club meeting as he provides insight into

Jackson Emmer To Perform At American Legion Post 119 American Legion Post 119 is excited to welcome singer, songwriter, and producer Jackson Emmer to Circle 119 on Friday, June 3 for a night of music as part of their new “Listening at the Legion” series. Jackson Emmer is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer from Carbondale, Colorado. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. Emmer’s writing is often compared to that of John Prine and Guy Clark. He has toured the US since 2009, collaborated with Grammy-winners, and received grants & awards for his music in Texas and Colorado. Emmer’s third studio album, Alpine Coda, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim. He has opened for Robert Earl Keen,

Sierra Ferrell, and Leon Bridges. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, 1200+ Spotify playlists, and 200+ radio stations worldwide. Listening at the Legion is the brainchild of John Minier in partnership with the Estes Arts District, and will showcase a variety of musical artists throughout the summer. Guests can expect to enjoy regular live music alongside their favorite beverages and delicious food, all while enjoying the hospitality of our local American Legion Post. Tickets will be $10 each, available on beginning Monday, May 9. Sponsorships are also available, email for more information.

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Estes Park Archives Program Saturday, May 7 The Estes Park Archives starts off the Park between 1898 and 1918 clearly lies May 2022 “Hidden Estes” program block in the gaps between newspaper menwith a two-part series on Rev. Edward L. tions, and even in 1918, very little is Baldwin. straightforward about what exactly hapAlthough not technically an Estes Park pened to his family, especially as relates pioneer, E.L. Baldwin homesteaded 160 to the death of his teenage daughter. acres in the late 1800s on land now more The community is invited to explore familiar as the Beaver Point/High Drive this mystery beginning on Saturday, area. He came to Colorado from Kansas May 7 at 1:00 p.m. at “Ten Letters” on in 1895 to take the reins of the United 240 Moraine Avenue. Between this week Brethren Church in Loveland, but some unmentioned unpleasantness led to his abrupt departure from Loveland prior to 1897, whereupon he reinvented himself as a “rancher” in Estes Park, Elkhorn Lodge was located at one far corner of Section 26, with preaching occa- Rev. Baldwin's “Pine Rift” located 1.4 miles diagonally opposite in sionally at the the other. Figure courtesy Estes Park Archives combination school-church-town hall across from the and next week, participants can use post office when needed. their free time to piece together more of Rev. Baldwin proved up on his High this puzzle, with hints about potential Drive homestead by 1902, built a places to explore provided at the first dwelling known as “Pine Rift” (which free program. may or may not have been the same as a Everyone with access to a computer cottage on his property blown to bits in a and an active imagination is invited to 1903 windstorm), adopted two children, attend. Parking is available at no charge and stayed out of the limelight until across the street. No reservations are re1918, when his adopted daughter and quired, but for directions or more inforwife died within a month of each other. mation, please call 586-4889. Much of Rev. Baldwin's story in Estes

Second Annual American Flag Display To Honor Heroes Near Veterans Plaza Over Memorial Day Weekend On Memorial Day weekend, May 27 – 30, 2022, Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club will present its second annual Field of Honor® American Flag Display in Fort Collins, CO. The Field of Honor® is a spectacular display of 500 American flags, each with a medallion honoring a special hero. Heroes are veterans, living or deceased, active military, first responders, medical workers, teachers and personal heroes. The field of red, white and blue is a powerful experience and provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to remember and honor their many heroes. Medallions can be purchased for $50.00 each at Each medallion has a label on one side with the hero’s name and dedication on it. Individuals, organizations and businesses can also become Event Sponsors for $250.00 at Event

Sponsors will receive media and event exposure and three medallions to honor their heroes. The Field of Honor® with 500 flags can be found north of Veteran’s Plaza at Spring Canyon Park in west Fort Collins. Our hope is to unite the community and help raise money for Health4Heroes (, a local nonprofit that empowers Veterans and First Responders to take command of their health, reduce the impact of service, and increase longevity through community, connection and education. Proceeds will also benefit the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Foundation, to be used for local and international projects. The public is invited to stroll through the impressive field of 500 American flags from Friday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend. The display is open to all with no charge.

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Monthly Wildlife Talk Features David Neils On Mountain Lions

Having grown up in northwest Montana, David Neils became fascinated with elusive wildlife as a child. He was fortunate to be surrounded by wolves, grizzlies and mountain lions in his backyard, the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. Sixteen years ago, he was face-bumped by a mountain lion in Colorado’s Never Summer Wilderness. He has studied and

filmed mountain lions weekly ever since. David provides workshops and wildlife education for all ages. He will also tell us how mountain lions have been affected by climate change. David Neils, is a Lifelong Naturalist and this talk will take place on May 12 in the Community Center, Lower Level from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Free Climate Change Symposium To Be Held In Estes Park

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Come meet our special guests: ● U. S. Congressman Joe Neguse, Colorado’s 2nd District ● Jody Shadduck-McNally, Larimer County Commissioner ● Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science, CSU ● Mike Nelson, Chief Meteorologist, Denver 7 News ● Koren Nydick, Chief of Resource Stewardship, RMNP ● Jason Damweber, Estes Park Assistant Town Administrator On Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (EVWC) will host a climate change symposium at the Ridgeline Hotel Conference Center. Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park are co-sponsoring this event. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Scott Denning, who will discuss “The 3 S’s of Climate Change: Simple, Serious, Solvable.” Following his presentation, he and the other special guests will engage in a




















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Winter, spring, summer, fall – every season is worth a stroll through Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, located on West Elkhorn Avenue, across from Performance Park. Native plants will soon bud for spring, and the abundance of color will burst forth throughout the coming months; but even in winter or lingering winter weather the plantings have a beauty of their own. The garden also showcases spring events like Art in the Garden, created by Estes Park High School art students; and a variety of summer events for children and adults. Meanwhile, save the date of July 28 for

“Open Garden Day,” which will feature refreshments and a complimentary native plant to take home. Details for each event will be featured, when available, on the In 2017, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden was donated to Town of Estes Park with funding provided by the Lamy Endowment Fund. The wheelchair-accessible garden is open daily throughout the year, from dawn to dusk, and admission is free. The front, west gate is never locked. The Mrs. Walsh’s Garden committee, comprised of local residents, helps maintain the garden and provide educational programs. For more information about Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, please visit or contact Brian Berg, Public Works Parks Division Supervisor, at 970-577-3783 or


panel discussion, and the audience is invited to participate. Listen and learn how climate change is affecting our forests, waters, and wildlife in Estes Valley–and what can be done about it. The symposium is a free event, but EVWC asks that those who are interested in attending register by sending an email to The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, which restored the rivers and banks of the valley’s waterways after the 2013 flood, now fosters the health of our waters, forests, and wildlife. For more information, please visit:

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings • Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at noon on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 453 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. Or... • West Side Estes Park AA, meets at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park and it takes place Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Dannen Library - located on the lower level of the Legett Christian Center.

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Retirement Open House For Dr. Amanda Luchsinger

There will be a retirement open house for Dr. Luchsinger on Saturday, May 14th at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, 880 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park. Please drop in any time between 2 p.m.

and 5 p.m. to wish her well in her retirement. Cards sharing your memories and wishes would be treasured. Light refreshments will be served.

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

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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.

Junior Election Results Facts: 102 EPHS students voted. (Seniors and sophomores from Marsha Weaver’s classes). Eric Throne-88 votes (87%) Scott Dorman-56 votes (55%) David Boon-19 votes (18%) Candy Sulzbach-19 votes (18%)

102 students in Marsha Weaver’s classes (practice) voted in the May 3rd, District Elections. They chose Eric Throne (88%) and Scott Dorman (55%) to lead the Estes Valley Recreation and Parks District. The Park Hospital District was not included on their ballot.

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Local Author to Present Slide Show On Wigwam Tea Room

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ages from Anna’s covered porch with a view of the Mummy Range. Anna operated the Wigwam for about 16 years before eventually moving her business to downtown Estes Park and opening several others, becoming one of the town’s earliest and most successful single female entrepreneurs. After years of research, part-time Estes Park resident Nina Kunze wrote Anna Wolfrom Dove and the Wigwam Tea Room. Over a hundred years ago, there was a She will share a lecture and slide show thriving business just outside of Estes on this fascinating woman and the legPark called the Wigwam Tea Room, endary Wigwam Tea Room’s history on owned and operated by Miss Anna Wol- Wednesday, May 11 from 4-5 p. m. at the from, who singlehandedly earned the American Legion in Estes Park. The homestead patent for her land, now part presentation is free and open to the pubof Rocky Mountain National Park. The lic. Donations will be accepted for the cabins that housed the Wigwam, Anna Rocky Mountain Conservancy toward and her staff are still standing. preservation of the Wigwam Buildings. The Wigwam was once frequented by as For more information, visit www.Nimany as 200 patrons on a summer’s day. Guests enjoyed baked goods and bever-

May Specials In The Estes Park Museum Friends Gift Shop

Energy advising, assessments and rebates for efficiency products and upgrades Learn more at Efficiency Works, in partnership with Estes Park Power and Communications, offers free and low-cost energy assessments and rebates on efficiency products to improve the efficiency of your home or business.

In May, the Estes Park Museum Friends Shop will offer pallet-style Home Décor Signs at 15% off the original price to all shoppers. Of course, Friends members will receive an additional 10% off with their Friends Membership Discount benefit. These beautiful pictures hang by a piece of rustic rope and depict: Bear Lake Downtown Estes Park The Estes Valley Old Trail Ridge Road

The cost of each will be discounted 15% at the register. Originally $49.95, now $42.45 for all shoppers. Additional Member Discount applies, making these lovely wall hangings $38.20 for Museum Friends members. The Estes Park Museum Friends Shop is a great place for gifts! The mission of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. is to support the mission of the Estes Park Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, outreach, and special projects and events.

Estes Park Women's Golf Results May 3rd was opening day for the Estes 2nd-Claudia Irwin-Net 73 Park Women’s Golf Association at the 18 3rd-Laura Mulder-Net 76 hole Golf Course. We warmed up our We invite any women golfers to join our games on a beautiful, crisp morning. Tuesday group for some fun and a little Low Net was the game of the day, play- competition. ing to our own handicaps to compete Contact: Carla Spreng-Webb for more with the field for the best net scores. information. The Winners: 1st-Jane McAfee-Net 68

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Estes Chamber Retail Alliance Announces The 2022 Duck Race Scavenger Hunt

The Estes Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race to solicit prizes from local merchants and restaurants. To say thanks to prize donors, the Chamber Retail Alliance organized a scavenger hunt that will bring duck race enthusiasts into stores and restaurants all over town on Saturday, May 7. Local artist Wade Johnston created a coloring page in honor of the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race. On the reverse side

are the simple instructions for the Scavenger Hunt: find ten ducks in local retail stores, submit your form via text and watch for hourly prize drawings from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Prizes donated by The Post Chicken & Beer, The Simply Christmas Ticket Office and Omnibus will be available for pick up on May 7 only. Coloring pages will be available on Saturday at these sponsor locations: Aspen & Evergreen Avant Garde Aleworks Best Western Silver Saddle Inn Big Horn Restaurant Bristlecone Inn Brunch & Co. Brynwood on the River Café do Pho Thai Chelito’s Mexican Restaurant Claire’s Coffee on the Rocks Cousin Pat’s Pub & Grill Himalayan Curry & Kabob Hunter’s Chophouse Inspired Artisan Market Kind Coffee La Cocina de Mama La Mexicana

Lonigan’s Saloon Nightclub & Grill Lumpy Ridge Brewing Mama Rose’s McDonald’s Misty Mountain Lodge Mountain Home Cafe Murphy’s Resort Murphy’s River Lodge Nepal’s Cafe Penelope’s Old Time Hamburgers Poppy’s Pizza & Grill The Post Chicken & Beer Rock Cut Brewing Rocky Mountain Deli Seasoned Bistro/Stella’s Place Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse

Snowy Peaks Winery Solitude Cabins Subway Sandwiches The Barrel The Egg of Estes The Wheel Bar The Wild Rose Quality Inn You Need Pie Estes Park Pet Supply

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Sharon Wehner dances “Leaves are Fading.”

Professionals And Protégé Perform Ballet Renaissance At The Duck Race – Saturday May 7 At Performance Park Estes Park’s Ballet Renaissance’s, a participating organization and Major Sponsor of the 34th annual Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival, will perform on stage this Saturday, May 7 at Performance Park, 1:30-2:00 p.m., during the race. Featured guest artist, Sharon Wehner, former principal dancer with Colorado Ballet, will perform the renowned Act 2 pas de deux from Swan Lake, with Ballet Renaissance’s Radoslaw Kokoszka. Enjoy this opportunity to see professional dancers up close in our community, during this admission-free performance in celebration and support of this year’s race. The performance will also feature aspiring adult ballet student Leslie Glover (performing with Kokoszka) and the first annual yearround group of Protégé students in Estes Park. Protégé is BR’s tuition-free meritbased afterschool program that rewards commitment and excellent work ethic in students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study classical ballet.

This year’s 2021-2022 year-round Protégé pilot is generously supported by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado’s Estes Valley Community Fund Committee, the Charmayne Gooch Endowment Fund, the FentressBrown Foundation Fund, several local philanthropists, and BR’s 2022 Duck Adoptions. Consider enjoying the Opening Ceremonies at Nicky’s where the ducks drop at 1 p.m., following the ducks along the river to Performance Park for the ballet performance 1:302:00 p.m., and then meeting the ducks at the Finish Line at George Hix Memorial Riverside Plaza. This year’s Grand Prize is $8,000 cash. If you have not yet adopted a duck or Quack Pack, visit to support one or more of the many Estes Park community-serving, participating organizations, and get in the race. For more information about Ballet Renaissance visit

Some of the 2021-2022 BR Protégé students who will be performing.

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

On This Day In History May 6th 2013 - Wal-Mart revenue exceeds that of Exxon Mobil, becoming the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list. 1997 - Michael Jackson and Bee Gees inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1987 - Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH. 1979 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament. 1966 - Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7. 1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV.

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Jett And Leroy Need New, Loving Homes Jett is waiting for her forever home. She has a mild case of Cerebellar Hypoplasia and is just a little wobbly sometimes on her back end. She gets around fine and uses her litterbox perfectly. She is a tiny little girl, eight years old, who will need a home without ledges or lofts that she may fall off of. LJ (Leroy) is about six years old. He is an outgoing and friendly cat. He is a large kitty at 15 pounds so he probably could use a diet. He enjoys the other kitties at the Pet Lodge and has also lived with dogs and kids. Both of these sweet cats are currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet either of these awesome kitties. 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.



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Thomson Eccles Riding In The Iron Horse Bike Event For Parkinson’s Disease I am riding the 50th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango with the Davis Phinney Foundation team on Saturday, May 28th, 2022. This will be my last ride from Durango to Silverton however it won’t be my last ride for the Davis Phinney Foundation, whose mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well. I plan many more rides with this tremendously important organization. Please support me and DPF with any donations, pledges or just good healthy thoughts for anyone with Parkinson’s disease. A dollar a mile would be awesome, fifty cents a mile would be great and a five-dollar donation would be so kind. I will keep fundraising up to Memorial Day weekend and beyond. Thank you, Thomson Eccles, Estes Park Go to for more information.

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Five Fun Facts About… Black-Crowned Night Heron By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the black-crowned night heron. Have you visited the bird sanctuary on the west end of Lake Estes recently? You may have felt this shy bird watching you from the thick cover. Although not a year-round resident of Estes Valley, these birds do travel through the area during the spring migration. Here are five more fun facts about this mediumsized stocky heron.

1. Herons are wading birds and therefore prefer to live near water, like lakes, swamps, streams, rivers, mud flats and marshes. 2. There are six species of herons that live in the U. S. (from largest to smallest): great blue heron, little blue heron, yellow-crowned night heron, tricolored heron, black-crowned night heron and green heron. No birds in this group nest in Estes Valley but we frequently see great blue herons and occasionally see

black-crowned night herons, which do nest in rookeries in lower elevations in Colorado. 3. Black-crowned night herons are most active from dusk to dawn when they hunt for a wide variety of prey, including crayfish, insects, earthworms, lizards, snakes, frogs and carrion. 4. This stocky heron has a unique look with red eyes, dark grey plumage on their backs and a long white crest plume that stretches down their back.

A black-crowned night heron comes in for a landing at a rookery.

A black-crowned night heron pulls small branches it will take back to add to its nest.

Night herons are true to their name and mostly hunt from dusk to dawn but can sometimes be seen during the day patiently stalking prey.

Meeting Of The Estes Park Woman’s Club May 11 EPWC Celebrating 110 Years Of Community Work The Estes Park Woman’s Club will meet on Wednesday, May 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Twin Owls Steakhouse located in the Taharaa Mountain Lodge on Highway 7. Members will receive a separate email invitation. This will be a plated luncheon choice of house sirloin steak salad with fresh vegetables and balsamic vinaigrette or vegetarian roasted beet salad, fresh rolls and olive oil on tables, chef ’s vegetarian soup du jour (GF) & drinks. There will be a cash bar- $6.00 for a glass of wine, dessert will be a sheet cake celebrating EPWC’s 110th year. At the luncheon the past presidents will be honored and the officers for 20222023 will be installed. Mem-

bers are encouraged to wear period outfits in celebration of our 110th year. If you do not receive an invitation or want more information about the club please contact us at

5. Adult black-crowned night herons do not differentiate their chicks from chicks of other nests, brooding any chicks that show up in their nest. 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.

Black-crowned night herons are shy birds that often spend daylight hours hidden in thick branches.

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“Cinco de Mayo” Fiesta This Friday Food, Music And Dance

The sponsors of this year’s Cinco de Mayo are dedicating the fiesta to all of Estes Park. It’s an invitation to come together in harmony and enjoy a well-deserved evening of new and renewed friendships, conversation, activities, and civic pride. Every toast will be a toast to everyone—for the hard work, determination, and endurance of these recent years. Cinco de Mayo is one of Estes Park’s favorite annual traditions. The 2022 celebration happens this Friday, May 6 (one day after the official “Cinco”), from 6 to 11 p.m at the Estes Park Event Center, at Stanley Fairgrounds. The event is free and open to all. The Friday date (instead of Thursday) was chosen to make it more convenient for families on what would otherwise be a school night. Food will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring a complimentary Mexican dinner. Attendees will also be treated

to a performance of Mexican-themed dance, with performers of all ages in traditional costume, performed by Grupo Folklorico Mexico Lindo from Longmont. The evening will include live music by the band Los 7 de la Cumbia. Kids’ activities will be on hand as well, with several community organizations participating. Cinco de Mayo is made possible by the major sponsorship of Mountain Home Cafe, whose staff will again be serving this year’s food. The event would also not be possible without the assistance of several major partners: Crossroads Ministry, Visit Estes Park, and the Town of Estes Park. Special thanks goes to the supportive staff of all these organizations. The public is encouraged to attend this Friday and join in the community spirit at Cinco de Mayo.

20 Years of Unlocking Dreams

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022 5:30 pm @ Mama Rose's Join us as we Celebrate and support Student Learning and Success at The Estes Park Learning Place RSVP by May 6th. or call Sue @ The Learning Place at 970-577-0020

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY…EVERY DAY! For most people the words from an old country song … “‘M.O.T.H.E.R.’ THE WORD THAT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME” by Eddie Arnold … herald their feelings. That’s why ‘Mother’s Day’ is the third most celebrated holiday, after only Christmas and Easter. It’s a day that more phone calls are made and more cards are sent than any other, except, perhaps, Christmas. And that is as it should be since mothers have had such an impact on each of our lives. It’s a difficult holiday for many people to celebrate, since mothers vary in commitment. Also, many women do not want attention focused on themselves, their sacrifice and service, although all did sacrifice and serve, from the time the baby was conceived in the womb, through the first eighteen years of their lives. So, while we will say ‘Thanks, Mom’ in this article we can take a ‘light-hearted’ approach to their contributions. You’ve enjoyed a list about ‘What I learned from my Mom’. While somewhat humorous, it certainly shares a lot of truth. Let’s review some things on the ‘list’. ‘My mom taught foresight: “Be sure you wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.” She taught logic: “If you fall out of that tree and break your neck, don’t come crawling to me!” My mom taught me maturity: “Eat your vegetables, or you’ll never grow up.” She taught me religion: “You’d better pray that that comes out of the carpet!” My mom taught me about time travel: “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” She clearly taught me about contradictions: “Shut your mouth and eat your dinner!” My mom taught me about contortionism: “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck.” She taught me about perseverance: “You’re going to sit there until you eat your spinach!” Mothers teach us about genetics: “You’re just like your father!” My mother taught me about the ‘circle of life’: “I brought you into this world and I can take you out!” These, and a myriad of other things…mostly good, our mothers taught us. I recently came across a list I will pass on, that captures many of the things that mothers sacrifice to make our lives more blessed. I’ll give you the list, and you can make the application to the mother who blessed your life. “A mother: ‘Conceives’; ‘Cooks’; ‘Clothes’; ‘Coaches’; ‘Covers’; ‘Consecrates’; ‘Converts’; ‘Considers’; ‘Comforts’; ‘Cares’.” Most mothers do all of these things, in showing their love to their children. Mine did, and I suppose that yours did, too, as you stop to think about and appreciate it. Let me close with the meaningful, mother-honoring, ‘vision’, shared years ago by humorist writer Erma Bombeck. Here are her oft-quoted words. “When the good Lord created mothers, He was into His sixth day of overtime, when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” The Lord replied, “Have you seen the specs for this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that disappears when she stands up; a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointing love affair; and the three pair of eyes that mothers have to have. One pair sees through closed doors, another in the back of her head when she sees what she shouldn’t, but what she needs to know, and the one in front that looks at a child when he goofs up and says, ‘I understand and I love you!’, without uttering a word. “I’m so close to creating something like Myself…not only can she think, she can reason and lovingly compromise.” Finally, the angel bent over and ran his finger across the cheek of the mother. “There’s a leak,” she announced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much in this model.” “That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.” “What’s it for?” asked the angel. The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride!” You’re a genius!” shouted the angel. With a somber look on His face, the Lord said, “I didn’t put it there!”…But we all know that He did! I hope that this week is a time of giving thanks, cards, well-wishes, phone calls, and gifts, to one of God’s crowing jewels, our mothers! God bless them all. Bob Lewis

Estes Park Chorale Presents Live Concert “Made In America” foy is the centerpiece of the concert, and is a beautiful tribute to the trials and divisions our country has faced and overcome. Other selections include an acappella rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Make Them Hear You” from the musical “Ragtime,” a rousing version of “God Bless America,” and “Walking in Memphis” among others. Pianist and expert acWith joyful hearts, after a two-year hiatus, the Estes Park Chorale will present the live concert that was originally planned in 2020, “Made In America.” This concert celebrates music written by, for, and about America. The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies.

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The concert will not require tickets, will be totally free, but donations are always appreciated. The concert will begin with a remembrance and memorial selection to those we have lost and to those who have suffered in the past two years. A song of hope written by Dan Forrest, “Lord of the Small,” reminds us that we are not alone. “Words of Lincoln” by John Puri-

May 6 - May 12

companist, Michelle GergenWisner will jazz up the concert with several featured rags by Scott Joplin. Musical director, Denise Stookesberry, noted, “I added the Shaker hymn, ‘How Can I Keep From Singing?’ into the program because it exactly describes all of us coming out of Covid. It is so important to sing with others and we all have missed making music with each other and harmonizing.” Special featured selections are “California Dreamin’,” a duet by Donna and Don Bryson and a harmonic rendition of “Isle of Innisfree,” presented by a select women’s chorus. The “Isle of Innisfree” is a popular piece sung by The Celtic Women and tells of the experience of our immigrant ancestors coming to Ellis Island. The Estes Park Chorale has been in existence for 52 years and consists of community members from Estes Park and beyond who love to gather and sing together.

Peak To Peak Presents Local Vocals


The Peak to Peak Concert Series wraps up its 2021-22 season with the popular “Local Vocals” concert, spotlighting singers living in the Estes Valley. Featured singers this year include Scott Anderson, Valerie Dascoli, Bob Gunn, Bridget Rago, Denise Stookesberry, Melinda Workman and Samantha Workman and pianists Michael Brown, Michelle Gergen-Wisner and Melinda Workman. There will be musical selec-

tions from the classical, musical theater, and popular styles, so there is something for everyone on this concert! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th at 2 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail Drive. The “Local Vocals” concert is free, although donations are accepted and benefit the Estes Park Oratorio Society. For more information, go to:

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Concordia Handbells In Concert At Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church May 12

Please join us for a night of exciting handbell music! Concordia University Irvine’s handbell ensembles are touring Colorado, and they’re coming to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Led by award winning composer Alex Guebert, they will perform a wide variety of music- sacred to classical to modern to popular - using over 127 handbells and handchimes as well as other instruments. Come join us for this free concert! The Concert Handbells and Spirit Handbells of Concordia University

Estes Park Genealogical Society Meeting May 12 The Estes Park Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library. Our guest speaker this month is Professor Ted Bainbridge, who will be talking about The Fair Play Society in colonial America. The Fair Play Society was a group of self-governing settlers who lived just outside the borders of colonial Pennsylvania, and who also declared their independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. Dr. Bainbridge has been researching, teaching, speaking, and writing on genealogical topics since 1969. He has taught many beginner and advanced genealogy classes, and has published articles in the United States and in several foreign countries. Dr. Bainbridge is the past President of Longmont Genealogical Society. We are happy to welcome him back to speak again in Estes Park. The EPGS meets the second Thursday of every month from January through November in the library, offering a wide variety of programs and workshops. All are welcome to attend the free public programs. More information about the Society can be found on its website

Irvine are the touring ensembles of Concordia, representing a program that has become highly respected internationally for its performances and for its preparation of handbell musicians and directors. They have performed in 12 nations of Asia, Europe, and Australia as well as 38 states and provinces of North America. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 950 N. St. Vrain Ave. Estes Park. We hope you can join us….invite a friend or neighbor too!

Rotary Club Of Estes Park Sends Funds To Assist With Humanitarian Relief For Ukraine The Rotary Club of Estes Park is pleased to announce they have sent close to $19,000 in relief funds for Ukraine to the Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund. Rotary members, Estes Park Community members and the club’s Rotary Foundation all donated to make this contribution possible. Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, Rotary has raised more than $10.4 million in contributions that are already helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing. So far, 64 disaster response grants totaling $1.8 million have been awarded to support people affected by the war. The Rotary Foundation will continue to use the donations for humanitarian aid in

and around Ukraine. Rotary members and The Rotary Foundation play a unique role in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. Working closely with our partner ShelterBox and other organizations that specialize in disaster relief, Rotary members lead projects to support every phase of a community's recovery. To find out how Rotary clubs around the world are helping refugees from Ukraine, visit Learn more about the Rotary Club of Estes Park at: Like us on Facebook:

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Three Women How would you feel if your grandmother didn’t feel safe in her home and had to run away with just a few things and the clothes on her back? Iryna Irkliienko knows what that’s like because her grandmother had to do just that. Last Wednesday evening I attended a presentation at the Estes Valley Library unlike anything I had ever attended. Three local, Ukrainian women, Natasha, Iryna, and Iryna presented their very personal stories with passion and eloquence. They started by giving us a brief description of their background and why they were willing to speak out about what was happening in their homeland. All three women had come to the United States long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and made a life here. They had left family and friends to come to the United States. The thing that really made me sit up and listen was when Iryna Irkliienko from Kharkiv spoke of her homesickness. She said that she is more homesick now than she has ever been but feels powerless because her family and neighbors are still in Ukraine. When she told the story of her grandmother who was displaced by the bombing and then the occupation of her town I thought of my own grandmother, Esther. Although alive during both world wars, my grandmother never had to run from her home in New Jersey. She never had to stay with people she didn’t know, eat someone else’s food, sleep in someone else’s bed, or wear someone else’s clothing. I simply cannot imagine my grandmother in that situation. It made my heart ache to think of Iryna’s grandmother having to run for her life. Iryna made the situation in Ukraine very real for me when she spoke of her “babu’sya”. Natasha Pleshkova always had a huge smile on her face when I ran into her around town. When Natasha first came to the United States she worked at the YMCA of the Rockies and fell in love with Estes Park. She came from the Kirovograd region in central Ukraine and was raised in a small village. That village has swollen in population due to displaced persons like Iryna’s grandmother seeking refuge since the day Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th. You could feel Natasha’s need to talk, to help people understand on a visceral level what the people of Ukraine are going through. Her mother, a retired school teacher, chose to stay in Ukraine to help the refugees fleeing from other parts of the country. The money all three women raise locally is sent directly to Natasha’s mother so she can purchase vegetables. These vegetables are then dried, seasonings added and made into small blocks that can be placed into boiling water to make soup for the refugees. It made me feel good to think about someone thousands of miles away filling their stomachs and warming themselves with soup from the generosity of our Estes Park community. Hot soup. What could be simpler and yet so humane? The last woman to arrive came in in a rush straight from her job in town. Iryna Lekhno came to the United States from the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv. She will tell you her immediate mission is to bring

The Positive Role Of Fitness In Mental Health

her family to the United States from Poland, where they are currently living as refugees. We’ve all seen on television how generous the Polish people have been in opening their borders to the Ukrainian people. Millions of Ukrainians have been able to flow through the borders receiving food, a bed, and safety from the Russian bombing. But now, Poland is a country stretched to the limit. Many of those refugees are looking to ease the crowded conditions by moving on to other safe locations like Romania, Hungary, Moldova, and Slovakia. Iryna wants her family members to come here to the United States where they can live without fear. These three women, because of their ages, represent different periods in the turbulent relationship between Russia and Ukraine which stretches back to the Sophia Valeriano 10th century. While the Russian and Ukrainian people share the same culBy: Lisa VonBargen, Marketing and tural roots, over the years both counCommunications Manager, EVRPD tries developed different cultural and Two years of pandemic living have crepolitical identities. In the 19th century, ated increased stress, isolation and unthe Russian Empire started to suppress certainty. That can take its toll on mental Ukrainian culture and language with the health. The National Mental Health goal of assimilation into Russian culture. Awareness Week was created to reduce The Ukrainian Bolsheviks defeated the the stigma of mental illness; making it national government in Kyiv in the Soviet-Ukrainian War (1917-1921) and es- easier to talk about issues and ask for help. tablished the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Ukraine SSR then joined with Sophia Valeriano, a member at the Russia to become a founding member of Estes Valley Community Center, wanted the Soviet Union in 1922. In the 1980s, to share her story about mental health the years when Ukraine was part of the challenges and how fitness is a key comSoviet Union, Natasha was a schoolgirl. ponent in overcoming them. She stated, During her years as a student, her “Mental health has always been so imclasses were taught in Russian and peoportant to me, yet it’s uncomfortable to ple were bilingual in Ukrainian and speak about because of the stigma surRussian. Ukraine was part of the Union rounding it.” of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1922 Valeriano did not have a “safe space” till the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Iryna Irkliienko was in school when Ukraine became an independent nation on August 24, 1991. Her classes were taught in both Russian and Ukrainian and most people were bilingual. And finally, in this century, Iryna If you are looking for a new social and Lekhno only spoke Ukrainian in school, competitive activity, the Estes Park Table and no longer are all or even most peoTennis Club is back! We will now meet ple bilingual. on Mondays from 4-7 p.m., at Mountain All three women are working with View Bible Fellowship in the gymnaNatasha’s mother on the soup project as sium, access through the north side well as raising funds that go towards the door. All skill levels and ages are welpurchase of medicine, gasoline for amcome. Lessons available, show up or call bulances, and other needs that pop up. If the Ukrainian soldiers are to continue Joe at 970-232-8505. Check out our Estes Park Table Tennis defending their country their immediate Club Facebook page at need is for armored vests. The three women have been able to broaden their 12738 fund-raising efforts to Loveland and Denver. We are fortunate to have such courageous and spirited women in our community. As Iryna Irkliienko said to me in the Rocky Mountain Deli where much of the fundraising takes place and borsch is served on Wednesdays, “There are big rocks and small rocks. We are raising money for the sand - ” those millions of ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives in a time of war. 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

growing up. She was surrounded by addiction and the mental illness struggles of family members. From the time she was 17 until she was 22, Valeriano found herself getting involved in abusive relationships. She recalls, “The cycle of abuse caused me to feel that I had lost control and power over my life and choices. It caused me to feel disoriented and helpless. I ended up being diagnosed with PTSD.” Last year was, according to Valeriano, the hardest year of her life and she finally sought help for the anxiety she was experiencing. She was fortunate to find a wonderful therapist who asked her a question, “What is something you do that makes you feel powerful?” That resonated with Valeriano. Her emphatic response: fitness. Valeriano explained that she got into fitness because it made her feel strong and in control of her body. Fitness regulated her emotions. She comments, “The gym is like therapy and has given me a safe space. Being a part of the fitness community here in Estes Park has helped me tremendously. I love walking into the Rec and seeing familiar faces! I always leave feeling better than I did before. I hope others can find mental solace in their fitness journey as much as I did.” Exercise, positive relationships, healthy food choices, and stress management are a few of the ways that you can support your mental well-being. The Estes Valley Community Center is here to support you in that journey with fitness options, social opportunities and lifelong learning classes. We are proud to have Sophia Valeriano as one of our members! Explore for all the info. We’re here for you.

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Got A Six Pack Bro? Not that kind of six pack. The kind of six pack you get if you want to look like a real man. You know, rock hard abs, chiseled chest, preferably waxed to maximize the six pack abs representing the alpha male, ultra-aggressive toxic masculinity us men are supposed to have oozing from our pours. That is if we want to look like a real man. These days I’m thankful for the dimmer switch in my bathroom! By the way, if you’ve got a six pack abdomen good on ya’ mate and no offense meant. Frankly, I’m a tad envious. The pressures women face from our culture are absurd. But men are not exempt. Honestly, one has to wonder who comes up with these so called “standards” regarding what a real man should look like? Evidently beauty IS only skin deep. But is it? The bible says all people are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Because of this, each person is of great

worth and value. It goes on to say that all people are greatly loved by God. God’s love for us also gives us worth and value that are far above the worth and value we get from this life. At Men on Fire, we don’t have any tips on helping you manage your physical image. Frankly, some of us are at a point in life where our abs are extending a bit over our belts. Our time together is focused on getting and staying in spiritual shape and navigating all the challenges in a man’s life from a deeper perspective. So come join Men on Fire for an awesome spiritual work-out over great food, faith and fellowship. “Breakfast with a Purpose” happens every Saturday at the American Legion, 850 N. St. Vrain from 8:00-9:30 a.m. And don’t worry. The only sweat you’ll break is chowing down on the awesome food. See ya’ there! Stay Strong! Lead On! Larry Strong, Men on Fire

Sammy Miller Is The American Chemical Society Student Of The Year

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu May 9 – 13 Monday, May 9

Moco Loco – Meatloaf (topped w/ two eggs & brown gravy) w/ hashbrowns & fruit

Tuesday, May 10

Crispy Chicken Burrito w/ rice, beans & green chili on the side

Wed., May 11

Vegetarian Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad

Thursday, May 12 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables Friday, May 13

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

May 16 – 20 Monday, May 16

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

Tuesday, May 17

Chicken Quesadilla w/ soup of the day

Wed., May 18

Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, garlic bread & side salad

Thursday, May 19 Chicken Cordon Bleu w/ Roasted Potatoes & vegetables Friday, May 20

Grilled Salmon (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup of the day

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, May 9th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 6th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at

The Center is OPEN (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-1; Tuesday 10-2) TriFit (MWF 10:30-11:15); Yoga/Balance (TT 10:15-11:15) Mahjong (Tuesdays 10-2); Crafts (Tuesdays 11:30-1) Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & Every Thurs 12:30-4 PM Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or EAT at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: or call for the latest information

Creed Shotts 10th Grade

By: Pam Frey – Estes Park High School Chemistry Teacher

Each year Estes Park High School gets to select the most outstanding Chemistry student to be recognized for their outstanding achievement by the American Chemical Society. This year the award goes to Sammy Miller. Sammy has shown incredible strength and aptitude in Chemistry. He has had multiple perfect test scores for different units and has exceeded a 98% average for both semesters. Sammy is often helping classmates around him understand what they are struggling with as well. Sammy will be recognized in a ceremony at the School of Mines on May 15th. Sammy is currently a junior at Estes

Park High School. He has been a student in our district since the third grade when he moved here from Utah. Sammy described his move to Estes as memorable, since he came about a month before the 2013 flood. Sammy is a hard worker and currently works at Trout Haven and the Blue Door Inn as well as being a full- time student. He is interested in many different things including Chemistry, History, Linguistics, and Physics. In the future he is not sure of what he would like to do, but is considering being a teacher, scientist, linguist, or archaeologist. Sammy loves to learn and based on his willingness to work hard and do his best, the world is wide open to possibilities for him.

Congratulations to Creed Shotts, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for May 6, 2022. At EPHS, Creed is a member of the track (800, 400, 1600, 3200) and cross country teams. His favorite class is Anatomy and Physiology. He has earned his varsity letter twice for track and cross country. Creed maintains a 4.0 GPA. In 2021 he competed in the Track and Field State Meet, placing 4th in the individual 800 and 5th in the 4 x 800. Outside of school, he said he likes to run and play disc golf and he has been invited to the junior world championships. He also loves to hike and his favorite hike is Crystal Lake. He works at Brownfields and has an older sister. When asked his favorite place to visit he said he loves to go to the Florida Keys. Creed’s favorite quote is,“Work until your idols become your rivals.”

The best piece of advice he’s ever received is, “Whatever you do, give it 100%.” After high school he tells us, “I don’t have a set in place plan after high school but I would hope to continue something athletic, I’d love to be a coach for cross country or track.”

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Economic Development: The Big Picture And The Boots On The Ground By: Karen McPherson, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center

ing on the local, state, and federal levels. For example, they advocate for raising The Town has grown from a dirt street the height and density allowances for with stables and a bar to current day workforce housing through zoning Elkhorn Ave. Businesses will continue to changes. come and go (whatever happened to Adam Shake, President/CEO of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) based on who EDC, is personally invested in focusing runs the store, what they care about, and on the missing middle. He says, “Right if the customer is willing to buy. now, everything revolves around workNobody can argue against the forces of force housing. I’m talking about the growth or change. We will always grow, missing middle. Middle income: police, adapt, and change. But how do we grow fire, town, hospital, teachers. We are los(or stay) smart, one business at a time? ing 25-45 year-old workforce at doubleOne of the business community’s greatdigit rates, about 40% in the last 15 est allies is the Economic Development years. If you look at the commute of the Corporation (EDC), which plans for and workforce, about 1/3 of people here promotes economic development in the commute down valley for higher-paying Estes Valley. jobs. About 1/3 of our workforce commutes to Estes because they can find afThe EDC primarily works to support fordable housing and/or child care down the growth and retention of businesses valley.” that already exist in Estes. They offer 6month business training courses, oneThat is a lot of dislocated workforce. on-one consultations, and annual coachOne might consider the 1/3 of people ing around expansion and retention. commuting down valley potential workThey also advocate for the things busiforce in Estes. If they had paychecks or nesses need, including workforce houshousing that afforded them to live here, ing and childcare. Cause, you know that they would. Shake says the average lifesold saying…”A business won’t exist in pan retention of an employee who comEstes unless it has employees. Employees mutes (up or down) is 18 months. That is a lot of employee (and residential) turnover, which is a cost to businesses, efficiency, and a cost to the commu!"#$#%&'()*&+, nity—social relationships, retaining teachers in school, ,-./0/1-)23/11-4-5)670089/1-5)6/05:7/05 etc. Studies indicate that to have !"#$%&#'(')*$+%',&&-+./#0%'.&01,.&0%./%/"#%2#3*0#$/*.)%2#'(')*$+% the workforce that we need 4#$/#&%52246%,$%7)8%2,.0%*$%73/#3%9.&:%1#%3-&#%/,%3#;.&./#%*/%<&,8% (in order to be waited on, get (,-&%=3*$+)#%3/&#.8#0>%58*?#0%/,+#/"#&6%&#'(').1)#3%@ ;.;#&A%'.$3A% fruit at the store, buy a can of paint…), this town needs ;).3/*'%.$0%+).33B%%C).//#$%',&&-+./#0%'.&01,.&0%.$0%;-/%*/%*$%/"#% 1500 more housing units*. 3#;.&./#%1*$%/"./%*3%0#3*+$./#0%<,&%'.&01,.&0%,$)(B% Shake lays out the reality of the situation, though: “There is no inventory here. A month ago, the average median price for a single-family home in Estes Park was over $600k. The EDC has four employees. None of us live in town.” Tangible Assets: the BEAR and BASE programs The business environment in Estes Park is dissimilar to #3/#3&#'(')#3B,&+ ).&*8#&B,&+D3,)*0E.3/#D&#'(')*$+8.0##.3( much of what surrounds us. We are not tech or biotechoriented; Estes businesses tend to be more lifestyle-fo!"#$#%&'()*&+, cused: retail, lodging, restau!-./.0-)/123)45678)67)"98-9)+53: rant, brewery, outdoor industry, etc. The EDC supports local businesses !"#$"%&$'(')$"%*+,-"%*.#/%#/$% through two different pro"#0#$*.1$%20.3#40,$ 5,+6,07%#+% grams that allow businesses "08$)(%,$'(')$%0,'/.#$'#9,0)%50.3#% to self-assess and re-train 5,+19'#"%:/+9"$%50.3#";%"#0.3";% themselves towards growth: <0,3."/$"=%0#%3+%'/0,6$%0#%1,+5% introducing BEAR and +88%".#$"%,.6/#%/$,$%.3%!"#$"%20,-> F+,%1$#0.)"%+3%*/0#%."%0''$5#$1;%"$$ BASE. $'()*,'"+0#"/1$"#23,*41 The BEAR program ad!"#$%#&&%$'()*%&#"%"+,-,.()/%'*% dresses core economic devel!"#$%&!"#$%&'()&*+$*+,(*#(+-(.-+,"/( !"#$"%20,-%?97@$, opment fundamentals, Busi&00"1$*+,(1&*+$(2-/(/"0'0.*+,3 ABB%C>%C#>%D,0.3 E<$;%!"#$"%20,-> ness Expansion and Retention (BEAR). Shake explains, “BEAR is about help$"#$",$'(')$">+,6 50.3#'0,$>+,6G5,+19'#"G ing businesses already here don’t exist unless they can afford to live here and pay for childcare.” In order to support businesses and their needs, the EDC collaborates with entities such as the Town of Estes Park, the Housing Authority, and various committees in commerce, overall sustainability, and infrastructure. They are a major player in helping to resolve Broadband, high-speed internet that is affordable, redundant, and will withstand natural disasters. They have their fingers in big picture stuff, but they also have boots on the ground, offering programs to support existing businesses dive into their P&L sheets. The Big (Business) Picture The EDC is not a membership or feefor-service organization. They do get grant funding, but they also have investors. People are eager to support economic development, to create and sustain a healthy, sustainable, and diverse Estes Valley. Many people want middleincome housing. They want employees. The EDC works with the Housing Authority, Town of Estes Park, Larimer County, and real estate developers to advocate for and support workforce hous-

to grow…or at least not shrink. One issue we help businesses address is customer retention; in Estes they have historically relied on the open and closed sign on the door. We are in a world where customer loyalty is more and more important as consumers have more choices.” The BEAR program invites businesses to fill out a 13-page long survey about the state of their affairs. This self-assessment and data deep-dive raises flags that need attention (or should just be waived in glory). The national standard for gross net profit is typically 8%. Estes businesses have been seeing exponential, doubledigit growth for many years now. Any stagnant growth shown through the BEAR survey indicates the business is not doing something right, possibly its cash flow management or not marketing. The EDC currently sees about 30-50 businesses participate in this evaluation per year, and many are repeat businesses. This is a free service; their goal is to do 100 of these a year. The BEAR program has an even more thorough friend, the BASE program, “Business Accelerator Service of Estes.” A federal grant allows the EDC to run a six-month high-level business training course, free of charge, for local business owners. Almost 20 businesses are currently committed to one to two full days of classroom time every month for six months, plus approximately ten hours of homework and outside assignments per month. More information about the Economic Development Corporation can be found online at The EDC is currently hiring a Part-Time Financial Manager. Investors and business owners looking for consultation are encouraged to engage, and the public is welcome to join them at Vert Coworking every third Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm for Sips-n-Tips. Sips-n-Tips is a place for anyone interested in business to come and have tea, coffee, or adult beverage while networking and getting a business tip from BASE Program Manager Jana Sanchez. Adam Shake is not only President of the EDC, he is also involved in Flinch Forward, an organization for Military Veterans and First Responders who are ready, willing, and able to flinch forward in times of need. *The most recent Housing Needs Assessment was done in early 2016. That report showed a housing need of roughly 1500 housing options (doors or units) to support the economic environment six years ago. The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center connects and supports nonprofit organizations via networking, programming, and partnerships. EPNRC connects nonprofits directly to the community by shining a light on the good work being done in our community by the over 100 nonprofits in and in-service to Estes Park. A list of organizations, their mission, and contact information can be found on

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Javier Gomez Broker

OPEN HOUSE Sat., May 7 1pm –3pm 663 Aspen Avenue • $639,000 • 4 Bedroom • 3 Bath

970 213-8692

Maria Gomez Broker

970 213-9479

Mountain Brokers

New Listing

1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

246 Picacho Place 3 Bed/2 bath cabin on aprox 9 acres. End of Road privacy. Quiet neighborhood with great views. Wildlife galore!! Rare combination of meadow & trees plus it borders national forest. 30x50 garage for car enthusiasts or for a multi use shop. Separate detached 1 car garage. Main floor remodeled within the last 2 years; new paint throughout, new appliances & counter tops installed. Hot tub included. well & septic. Listed at $620,000

Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

Gene Whannel - Broker


212 Valley Rd Find beauty, peace, solitude and privacy in this 8.9 acre property with a 3 bed 2 bath true log cabin. This heavenly parcel is mostly wooded with pines and aspens and has a pond and seasonal stream. It includes a heated 2 car garage with separate apartment above, a second garage for an RV with space for a shop or additional storage and a general purpose barn with hay loft and 2 stalls plus a loafing shed. Perfect for a farmlet or just a place to get away from it all. Wild life abounds or you can bring your horses, goats, chickens, llamas. Great views of Mount meeker and Taylor Mountain, Isolation Peak and others. 5 Minutes from Wild Basin area of RMNP. 20 minute drive to Estes Park or Lyons. 35 minute drive to Nederland and skiing at Eldora. A must see! Listed at $1,490,000

Under Contract

561 Columbine Avenue ing New List

• 1940s vintage cabin • 3 bedrooms / 1.5 baths • Detached 2 car garage • Close to schools and downtown Estes Park Won't last long at $624,900

0 Bulwark Ridge One of a kind lot in Glen Haven's The Retreat. Sitting on top of a ridge with flat access and views in every direction. Private setting with abundant rock outcroppings that accentuate the views. Plentiful wildlife visits the area. One mile to the Dunraven trailhead with access to RMNPs northern most trails and Signal Mountain on the natl forest. 1.5 mi to the world famous cinnamon rolls at the Glen Haven General Store. 10 mi to Estes Park. Electricity at the road. Needs septic & well. Listed at $189,000

OPEN HOUSE Saturday 10am–12pm

Mike Richardson

Mindy Stone

Aaron Busche


Broker Associate CMAS

Broker Associate CMAS, CNE

GRI, CNE, ABR, NAR Green Designation

(970) 215-2722

(970) 449-2645

(970) 470-9962

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY! Fabulous established floral business in Estes Park in operation for 15 years. Custom wedding and funeral arrangements, fresh cut bouquets, and the most adorable live plants around! The Fairy Gardens are so special and unique. Located in one of the most desirable wedding and travel destinations in Colorado, this bright, cheery and creative shop can be yours. A wonderful book of business, rental supplies, and history in the community that would be a wonderful investment for you. Only 275k, plus inventory. Great location and a calendar full of events already! Showings by appointment only. Call listing office for details. GREAT NT E INVESTM

AbbeyPontius Broker

Judy Anderson GRI, MRE, ABR, Broker Associate


Eric Blackhurst

$59,500 PLUS INVENTORY For 15 years the Estes Park Vitamin Store has been serving Estes Park and surrounding areas.Contact the listing office to see this successful business.

170 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park, CO 80517

Broker Associate

The Mountains Are Calling... We'll Guide You Home – RE/MAX

Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

Office: 970-586-5324

Under Contract

920 Ramshorn Dr $885,000 Call Kirk $340,000 Call Kirk $700,000 Call Kirk

Open House Saturday, May 7 1–3pm

212 Valley Rd. $1,490,000 Call Javier or Maria

663 Aspen • $639,000 • 4 Bed/3Bath • 2525 Sq Ft Call Gene New Listing

Price Reduced

246 Picacho Place, Drake $620,000 Call Javier or Maria

Kirk Fisher

April Allen



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and now it’s just around the corner. The corner is about two months away. As we prepare for the transition we realize it’s going to be an uphill climb in more than one way. Get a load of this! We will literally be climbing up 40 feet of elevation from where we’re at now. We will be on higher ground! I think it’s pretty cool to consider the fact that we will celebrate our 40th anniversary as an organization in a place that’s 40 feet higher. We’ve

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What are you afraid of? Joshua was getting ready to cross the Jordan River into the “Promised Land” and he knew some of the Israelites were fearful of what was on the other side. Fear was running rampant throughout the community. As the chosen leader of almost two million people, Joshua told them to “Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will

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be with you wherever you go.” The next day every person entered into the promised land flowing with milk and honey. It was the best life ever and God took good care of them. I can attest to you today that fear is a real thing and can keep us from pursuing the best life ever. My challenge for you in this season of life is: Don’t allow fear to inter-fear with the plans God has for you. I don’t know who needs to hear this message, but I felt it was something worth sharing today. Here is my “go-to” verse when I’m feeling the weight of fear in my life. “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 I know you’ve heard us talk about our upcoming move for the past year or so,

come a long way baby! It’s not always been easy and it wasn’t without numerous leaders, volunteers and dedicated staff who have kept the ministry going from year to year. Perseverance, commitment and loyalty has sustained the loving work we do for neighbors. The community has gotten behind the mission of Crossroads and we are so blessed to be here. One generation has been faithful and we’re believing the next generation will carry on the legacy of Crossroads Ministry. Will you consider giving to support the next generation? During April and May we have a dollar for dollar matching program going on, so it’s a great time to double your investment in our community. You can donate securely online at or send in a check to PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517. Thank you!






If you have questions about donations, please contact James at 970-586-6898. All proceeds from the yard sale will be used to support the Pet Association of Estes Park, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, in providing healthcare and safe housing for homeless pets. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25. In the meantime, clean out your closets and donate your extra “stuff ” to the Pet Association’s Yard Sale!


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Coloradans Encouraged To Prepare For Wildfire As Risk Increases Colorado is experiencing a new normal for wildfire with several destructive, record-setting fires occurring over the past two years driven by extreme weather and drought. With ongoing drought and warming temperatures across the state continuing to elevate wildfire risk for many Coloradans, state and federal agencies that manage wildfires and forests are urging residents to join in efforts to reduce that risk. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, an annual observance to encourage residents to better prepare their homes and communities for wildfires. With more than half of all Coloradans living in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), susceptible to wildfire, it’s important for people to take action to reduce the risk fire poses to their homes and create more fire-adapted communities. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control anticipates above average temperatures and below average precipitation from now into June. That will result in the persistence and expansion of drought conditions across the state and the emergence of above average, significant fire potential over the eastern portions of Colorado this spring. Continuation of the warm and dry conditions is expected to result in drought intensification and earlier than average spring snowpack runoff, leading to above normal large fire potential expanding across southern Colorado in May and throughout most of Colorado by June. “Wildfire season is a thing of the past – it is a year-round battle. Colorado’s core fire season is now an average of 78 days longer than it was in the ’70s,” said DFPC Director Mike Morgan. “We are calling on those that live, work and play in Colorado to help reduce the impact of wildfires by being vigilant, respecting fire restrictions when they are in place and doing your part to protect your property from wildfire.” Practical Steps to Lower Wildfire Risk During Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7, many communities across Colorado will take steps to reduce their risk of fire. Colorado is home to 186 official Firewise USA® sites, places where neighbors are working together to reduce their risk to inevitable wildfires. Whether they live in a Firewise USA® site or not, homeowners living in the WUI can do a number of practical activities to protect their home and property from wildfire. The Colorado State Forest Service recommends the following wildfire preparation activities: Rake and remove pine needles and dry

leaves 5 feet from the home, as well as under decks, porches, sheds and play structures. Remove leaves and needles from roofs and gutters. Sweep porches and decks clear of any burnable plant material. Move firewood piles at least 30 feet from the house, preferably uphill. Transfer items under decks or porches to a storage area. Cover any exposed eave or attic vents with 1/8-inch metal mesh screening. Ensure home address signs are clearly visible from the street. Contact your local Office of Emergency Management to register for emergency notifications and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Confirm at least one alternate path out of your neighborhood other than the one most commonly used and be pre-

pared for potential evacuation requiring the alternative route. “Taking care of these simple, but critically important, tasks will better prepare you and your family for a wildfire,” said Matt McCombs, State Forester and Director of the CSFS. “These are actions anyone living adjacent to wildlands should put into practice. Last December’s Marshall Fire was a tragic, eye-opening reminder that the wildland-urban interface includes grasslands, not just forests. Homeowners have a responsibility to themselves and their families, as well as their community, to prepare their home and property for wildfire, and these activities are the perfect place to start.” Prevention When Outdoors Please keep wildfire prevention in mind when visiting your public lands. Simple measures can reduce the fire risk and provide for a much safer outing.

Know before you go by checking for closures or restrictions during periods of high fire danger. When traveling to and from your public lands, ensure that the chains to your trailer are not dragging since these can spark wildfires. Your vehicle should also be equipped with a spark arrester. Do not park in tall, dry grass because the heat from your car can start a wildfire. If you smoke, smoke in your vehicle, and dispose of your cigarette properly. If campfires or grills are allowed, clear vegetation away from the area and use a preexisting campfire ring when possible. Have the proper tools to extinguish the campfire nearby before you light it, including a bucket, water and shovel. Keep your fire small and never leave it unattended. Flood your fire with plenty of water and be certain that the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area. Learn more at “Our need to respond to wildfires continues to increase as the intensity and duration of fire activity escalates across the state. Now, more than ever, we are pleased to stand together with our interagency partners as we approach Wildfire Awareness Month and the new fire year. Collectively, we will focus on fire prevention,” said Frank Beum, Regional Forester of the USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region. “When there is fire activity, our goal will be rapid initial attack and fast containment to minimize the number of large fires. We will respond to every wildfire with public and firefighter safety as our highest priority,” he added. Wildland fire management in Colorado is an interagency partnership among local, state and federal agencies. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region work with other local, state and federal agencies to coordinate wildland fire management on a statewide basis. The Colorado State Forest Service works with the National Fire Protection Association to implement the Firewise USA® program in the state and provides technical assistance to homeowners and communities to help them take action and ownership in preparing their homes against the threat of wildfire. By working together in these efforts, the ultimate goals of these agencies are resilient, fire-adapted landscapes and communities that best provide for firefighter and public safety and protection of natural resources. For more information about reducing wildfire risk, search for the hashtag #COWildfireAware during May on Twitter and Facebook, or visit

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Journeys Into Nature: Lessons From Colorado’s Fishes And Streams “Learning about fishes so enriched my understanding of other wildlife that I wanted to find all of Colorado’s 52 native fishes, ” says nature instructor and writer Kevin Cook. “Other wildlife may interest you more, but the intent is the same. Knowing what interests you focuses the intent that drives the ambition to accomplish something meaningful.” Kevin Cook will be the guest at the library this Monday for the next in a series of monthly nature talks. “A Naturalist’s Desiderata: the Intent” takes place Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Participants can choose to attend in-person or to watch live via Zoom. Cook says that many of Colorado’s fishes are well hidden and found only by deliberate effort, like the common but rarely seen Brook Stickleback. The male builds a nest in which half a dozen fe-

males each lay a few eggs, and then the male guards and protects the hatchlings. “Desideratum” is a term referring to something needed, wanted or desired,

and more fully as the ideals by which a person guides passage through life. During 2022, Cook is applying 12 monthly desiderata to the journey of the nature enthusiast. This month’s talk is focused on “the intent.” Since earning his degrees in biology and wildlife biology from Western State College and Colorado State University, Kevin Cook has worked full-time as a writernaturalist. He has explored Colorado to experience its wildlife firsthand, with a special focus on addressing the issues that arise between people and the natural world. For 37 years, Cook served as a nature columnist for the “Fort Collins Coloradoan” newspaper. He writes natural history columns for many other publications and leads wildlife observation tours. He teaches wildlife classes and presents regular lectures at several Colorado venues.

To sign up for this month’s program, visit the Library Events Calendar at, where you can choose the in-person or Zoom sign-up option.

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

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes To The Estes Valley Just last week, it became official. Our library is now an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. Dolly’s amazing vision is ready to bring books, joy and learning into the homes, hands, and hearts of every child under five in our mountain valley. Join us for a Launch Celebration at the library on Friday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—for all the community and all ages. Enjoy activities and live music (featuring the original song “Dolly Do” by local band Lost Penny). We’ll be signing

By 2000, the program was so successful it was being replicated nationwide. Today, it has mailed well over a million books to kids in the U. S., Canada, Australia, Ireland and the U. K. Thanks to this inspiring program, we’re ready to sign up every local child under five—including newborns. Those are vital years: 90% of all brain structure development takes place before age five. Kids who aren’t read to hear only around 4,600 words. Kids who are read to daily have heard almost 300,000. Once kids are signed up, they’ll start getting high-quality books matched to

up kids for the Imagination Library: picture a child’s delight in discovering a brand-new high-quality book—with their name—mailed to them each month. We all know Dolly as a renowned singer, songwriter, actress, producer, businesswoman, humorist, and humanitarian. Our newest generation might know Dolly as perhaps the world’s most famous librarian. Growing up, Dolly Parton remembers being “dirt poor.” Her father was hardworking, but life’s hardships never gave him the opportunity to learn to read or write. Many years later, Dolly was motivated to make sure kids have access to books in the way she wished her father could have had. In 1995, she started the Imagination Library in Sevier County, Tennessee. “We just started this in my home county, ” she remembers. “We thought, ‘Well, maybe if we’re lucky it might go a couple counties over.’”

their age level. The books are carefully chosen by a panel of learning experts. And the first book they receive is always “The Little Engine that Could.” It’s a perfect fit for the library’s mission and Operating Plan, with its strong focus on local childhood literacy. There is no cost to families. The local program is made possible by two sources: 50% from Imagination Library Colorado, which has provided us tremendous guidance and encouragement. Another 50% is from a generous anonymous local donor, who worked with our Library Friends & Foundation to pursue this passion. “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this is one of the most precious things,” says Dolly Parton. “If you’re lucky and fortunate enough to be in a position to help, you should help.” We are so honored to expand the footprint of Dolly’s vision to our special corner of the world. Next week, we’ll spotlight more details on the May 20 launch celebration.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS Mondays - Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. MAY: HEALTH HAPPENS AT THE LIBRARY Mental Health: a Living Room Conversation Wednesday, May 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Wasson Room How can we reduce the stigma around mental health so families and individuals seek out help? Join a conversation to share ideas. Sign up at Aging Wisely, Loving Well Thursday, May 12, 3-4:30 p.m., live on Zoom Aging can become a pathway to spiritual maturity, peace and joy. What do

the world’s traditions teach us about how to age wisely? Join a presentation with life-coach David Chernikoff, author of “Life, Part Two.” Sign up at QPR Training Wednesday, May 18, noon - 1:00 p.m., via Zoom QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is the three-step process on the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Trainees receive a QPR booklet

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and wallet card. Sign up at Opioid Addiction: a Living Room Conversation Wednesday, May 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room Discuss and share ideas on what we can do to prevent or resolve the issue of opioid addiction. Sign up at ESTES GROWS READERS Launch Celebration: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Friday, May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p. m The world’s preeminent childhood book gifting program comes to the Estes Valley. We’ll sign up kids under 5 and enjoy live music and activities. For all ages. No sign-up required. Library Storytimes (no sign-up required) Preschoolerers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime: Thurs. and Fri. at 10 a.m. Music Storytime with Nancy Bell: Wed., May 11 at 6 p.m. Storybook Explorers: Sat., May 14 at 11:15 a.m. Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., May 17, 10 - 11 a.m. Pajama Storytime: Wed., May 18 at 6 p.m. TEENS & KIDS Embossing Journals Saturday, May 7, 2-3 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Tues., May 10, 11 a.m.-noon Emboss and create oneof-a-kind designs. We’ll provide all the supplies. Sign up at Stone Laser Engraving Thursday, May 12, 4:305:30 p.m., Makerspace Engrave a slate of stone to take home. For teens and tweens. Sign up at Artwork Wednesday: Inkblot Art Wednesday, May 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Create original artwork with construction paper and dots of paint. All skill levels welcome. Sign up at Magic School Bus Event Saturday, May 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hondius Room Join a Magic School Bus adventure with books, fun activities, and episodes on the big screen. Sign up at MAKERSPACE Maker Skill Friday: Stickers and Buttons Friday, May 6, 2-3 p.m. Whether making promotional items for a business or nonprofit—or just for fun and self-expression, the Makerspace has tools to make gifts or swag. Sign up at Learn the 3D Printer Tuesday, May 10, 3-4:30 p.m. Repeated Wed., May 18, 5:30-7 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Maker Skill Friday: Scrapbooking Friday, May 13, 2 - 3 p.m. Bring a few photos and mementos and learn the art of scrapbooking, with Makerspace supplies at hand. Sign up at Learn the Laser Cutter Saturday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. - noon For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Tech Talk: Adobe Photoshop Thursday, May 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Learn and share ideas on using this industry-standard software for editing photos and creating digital art. Sign up

at WORKSHOPS Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, May 11, 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

Colorado Grants Guide Thursday, May 12, 5 - 6 p.m., Makerspace Learn about this free service to connect nonprofits with funding opportunities. Sign up at FRIENDS & FOUNDATION An Evening with Craig Johnson Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. at The Stanley Hotel Pavilion Craig Johnson, bestselling author of the Longmire series, is the guest speaker for an event supporting the Library Friends & Foundation. A limited number of tickets are available for those who join at the $100 Library Lover membership level. Sign-up information at 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. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Generations Of Improvements By: Judi Smith

I, despite being baby boomers, now compost, no longer paying to landfill Ecological sustainability is on the upswing. Each generation makes improve- our kitchen waste, nor adding it to the water stream through the kitchen disments and teaches their parents and grandparents. With discoveries from the posal. We use reusable napkins, kitchen towels, “travel” cups, silicone “baggies,” lasts two years, there are many changes occurring. My generation, commonly re- shopping bags, and straws to avoid buy-

ferred to as baby boomers, grew up in the consumption oriented world of Madison Avenue ads for the latest form of entertainment, called television. Suggestions now followed us into our own homes. We learned and sang the jingles. “Howdy Doody” sold Curad Bandaids and Ovaltine. We, and our parents, were encouraged to buy, use, and throw “out” to “keep up with the Joneses.” But, as adults, we began to discover that the world was on an unsustainable path. We thought shopping for used “stuff ” and having less children would fix this. It was insufficient. We raised Gen X children who collected cans an discovered the benefits of reusing glass bottles by returning them to the store. The Millennials and Generation Z expanded the concept of recycling, creating an industry that collects useless stuff, originally intended for single, short term use, and rehabilitates it into raw materials for remanufactured goods. They spread composting, a staple of the farm, to urban back yards and began recycling “hard to recycle” items. But, perhaps, the answer lies in altered buying habits. Older generations volunteer and donate to improve our ecological status. We often invest in ecological endeavors and companies. We buy electric cars and solar systems. We work hard to get rid of discards ecologically, but, until recently, we continued to purchase items that are bad for the environment or that make use of poor packaging choices. Our younger counterparts allow such choices to affect their decisions at the purchasing end. And these adult children vote! So maybe, there will be changes! Each generation, however, learns from those that follow them. My husband and

ing (over and over) something designed to be thrown out (even if it is recyclable). By the way, an assortment of Earth Friendly Alternatives will be available at the League of Women Voters -- Community Recycling Committee booth for Duck Race on May 7th. At our house, we not only recycle the disposables accepted at the Residential Recycling Center (RRC), we also donate other discards to Planet Partners, listed on the website, and take some things (like shredded paper, clam shells, electronics, and polystyrene foam blocks (often misnamed Styrofoam) down to Eco-cycle in Boulder. … We frequent a variety of secondhand stores, especially those in Estes, both for purchasing and for disposal. We have a particular affinity for Cliffhanger’s used books. Unwanted metal, we take to Andersen’s in Greeley, but there are recyclers in Loveland and Fort Collins who also buy metal. … Likewise, Uncle Benny’s in Loveland will purchase leftover building, remodeling supplies and many Uncle Benny’s items, from windows to appliances, adorn our house. Many others in the Estes Valley do the same. I would like to hear from you. It would be an immense help if you would tell me where you take or send things for disposal, where you shop for second hand goods, what you have substituted for the “use and throw” items like paper towels, what laws you think would improve our sustainability, and other ways that you save the environment, day by day. Agree? Disagree? Additions?

Sally Shepherd Sally Shepherd was called home by the Lord on April 26, 2022. She was born on October 31, 1953 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Sally leaves behind her husband, Ron Shepherd, of 42 years, as well as four children and eight grandchildren (9th grandchild due in August). Sally was a loving and caring woman who placed her family above all else. Sally retired from the Nebraska Department of Education and, after 30 years of planning and saving, she and Ron made their dream of retiring and living in Estes Park, Colorado a reality. Up until the COVID pandemic, Sally and Ron had made over 300 visits to Rocky Mountain National Park. Family was everything to Sally and she built a strong one. She taught them Christian values and to appreciate what God has provided. Sally reminded everyone to be grateful and kind. She never met anyone she didn’t like and it wasn’t uncommon for her

to greet you with “Hi Sweetie!” The void left with the loss of Sally will be filled with new memories, however she will always be the family’s rock. A memorial service will be held on May 29th at 1:30 p.m. at Lily Lake near Estes Park, CO. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been created in Sally’s honor at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Donations can be made online at please check the box that states “This gift is in honor or memory of someone” and include Sally’s name. Donations may also be received via phone 970-586-0108 ext. 105 or by mailing in a check made out to Rocky Mountain Conservancy or cash to P.O. Box 3100, Estes Park, CO 80517 (please include Sally Shepherd fund in the memo line). To leave a message for the family visit




Join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of bicycling and walking. Walk and Bike to School Day are annual events that promote walking and bicycling for several reasons: •

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Diane Virginia (Hornfeck) Cote Diane Virginia (Hornfeck) Cote’s soul left her physical body on April 19th, 2022 in Leesburg, Florida. Her spirit lives on in her two children, five grandchildren, two surviving sisters, numerous nieces and nephews, and her friends and extended family who knew her and loved her. Fiercely independent and resilient, Diane lived her life on her terms. Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Leonard and Virginia Hornfeck in November of 1947, Diane grew up in the McKeesport neighborhood of 10th Ward and graduated from McKeesport Senior Highschool. She was adventurous, unafraid, and able to put down roots wherever her path in life took her. She could pack her life in her car and make it anywhere. She was kindhearted and welcoming. She made everyone feel included and loved. She was generous with what she had, even when it was very little. She was a hardworking, selfless, single mom with an eternal spring of unconditional love. She found joy in music, and for some time she was the lead vocalist of the jazz band, the Billy Phillips Quintet. She could never pass up a stray dog or cat on the side of the road, she came to be an unabashed advocate for the protection of

animals and the environment. She wasn’t afraid to use her voice for good. She gave to nearly every charity that asked and signed every petition for causes she felt strongly about. She was a compassionate and patient caregiver who provided end-of-life care for her father and older sister. She loved her career as a realtor and felt so proud of her work in that field, especially of the help she provided military families in the Pensacola area. Diane is survived by her daughter, Amy Sadeghzadeh (Steve Steinmetz), her son, Mark Spaeder (Dawn), her grandchildren, Oliver and Mara Steinmetz, and Matthew, Dylan, and Jack Spaeder, and her sisters, Joan and Linda Hornfeck. She is preceded in death by her brother Leonard "Rizzo" Hornfeck and her sister, Barbara (Hornfeck) Reilly. In Diane’s memory, please do something kind for someone in your life, hug your mother, use your voice to do good in this world, rescue a stray, have tiramisu for dessert, volunteer at the humane society, choose a product that is better for the environment over one that is not, or donate an organization that protects the earth or animals.

Richard J. Prendergast Richard J. Prendergast passed away peacefully in his home on December 29. Richard, known as Dick, was 92 years old. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only child of Joseph and Catherine (Sheeran) Prendergast. He grew up with a closeknit Irish family nearby with grandparents who were Irish immigrants. Dick was a very hard worker who put himself through college. He graduated from LaSalle University with a degree in Business and married Lenore Lutz in 1955. Shortly after the wedding he was drafted into the Army and was sent to Korea during the Korean War. Mr. Prendergast earned a master’s degree from NYU after leaving the army. He had a long career with IBM, where he was part of the team that worked on the first word processor. His job with IBM took him and his family to various places throughout the country ending up in Boulder. He retired and moved to Estes Park in 1990 where he was active in the Estes community working with the Multi-cultural Alliance, Cross-

roads, and Our Lady of the Mountains Church. Dick was generous, kind and always had a clever remark. He cared deeply about the state of the world, and tried to think and act for the good of others. He was very proud of his Irish roots. To call him a voracious reader would be an understatement. He appreciated the written word and built an extensive library of over 4,000 books covering an array of topics including history, philosophy, religion, and literature. He will be missed by his children Mary, Paul and Robert Prendergast, their spouses, and his six grandchildren, as well as those ladies who cared for him in his home. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Lee. There will be a Memorial Mass on May 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. Donations to Crossroads are requested in lieu of flowers. To leave a message for the family please visit

Memorial Service For Walter Richards In Loving Memory Burt Bowles March 11, 1960 - May 3, 2021

There will be a memorial service for Walter Richards on May 15 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. The service will be held at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park.

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Fly like an eagle Burt, we know you are in the shelter of God’s wings. Loved & missed everyday! Your life was a blessing and never forgotten.

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Looking for Bartenders, Sous Chef, Dishwashers & Cooks for SEASONED Bistro & STELLA’S PLACE Contact Chef Rob Corey at 970-586-9000

is hiring Sales Associates for part and full time shifts. The successful candidate will provide top quality customer service, help maintain the store, stock shelves and maintain the food prep area according to health code regulations; maintain cash draw securing all funds in safe and register; conducts loss prevention observations; set priorities and meet deadlines; demonstrate safe work and risk management practices and complete all duties as assigned. to apply to go Parkland USA

Guides & Office Staff F/T & P/T Please email resume to reservations@ Questions? Call 970-577-0034

YMcA oF tHe RocKies 2515 tunnel Road estes park, colorado, 80511

Audio VisuAl speciAlist Responsible for ensuring the delivery and operation of audio-visual equipment in all auditoriums and meeting spaces. $15.38 - $18.25/hour with full benefits and employee perks.

2515 tunnel Road estes park, colorado, 80511

Pre-guest arrival inspections. Weekends required - flexible schedule. Willing to work hard and multi-task. Light lifting, light maintenance, touch-up cleaning. TV/WIFI knowledge. Teamwork, honesty and reliability a must. $17.00 per hour. Apply: estes-park-skyrun-vacationarentals/job/cleaning-inspectors

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Assist our staff in jewelry repair, polishing, casting, sizing, and design. Prior experience is preferred. Fine jewelry retail sales Training provided, no prior jewelry knowledge necessary.

Part-Time Housekeeping Inspectors

An American Bistro

Shift: Days, 36hr weeks, 7am7pm

We currently have job openings for jewelry art lovers in our workshop/gallery

Starting at $15.00 per hour

Shift Supervisor Starting Rate $19.05 + tips

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

This position is for the maintenance and repair of all aspects of the Estes Park Center facilities. Includes on-site housing, hourly pay, full benefits, childcare assistance, and family membership.

Now hiring: Front Desk Clerk Evenings required, Full time $17/hr - $20/hr DOE, Benefits Must be non-smoker.

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

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EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at « EMPLOYMENT Now hiring Non-CDL drivers Part-time starting at $17/hr plus tips, $2/hr shift differential pay for evening and nights.

Insurance Team Position- State Farm Agent Team Member Local State Farm Agent is hiring either part time or full time with great pay and 401 K plan, with paid days off. Are you looking for a stable career working in a team environment. We are looking an for energetic person to work in customer service with the most amazing customers. Will provide training Please call for an interview 970-586-9547 or email resume to This position is with a State Farm Independent contactor agent, not with State Farm Insurance Companies.

Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave

 Strong oral/wriƩen communicaƟon skills

estes park, Colorado, 80511

 Experience with Raiser’s Edge, data entry

systems and customer service preferred

LaundrY Manager

Silver Saddle Inn

See full posiƟon descripƟon on our website before applying

Email cover leƩer and resumé, and any quesƟons to:

HIRING – CDL Bus Drivers $27.49/hr after training. Covid Foggers or Cust Service Dispatchers $23.81/hr. Cleaner/Fuelers $17.38/hr. Pre-employment health screens, background checks. Will train for CDL. Seasonal work May-Oct. Training starts April. Varied shifts, part-time or more. Estes Park. Info 970-577-7477

Now hiring: Experienced Best Western General Manager Send resume to:

Front Desk Agent

Seeking an experienced team player to assist the Conservancy’s philanthropy team in database operaƟon and giŌ processing.  $16 – $19/hour with potenƟal for promoƟon

2515 tunnel road

Member & Donor Services Associate

 Year-round, full-Ɵme, 40 hours with benefits

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Responsible for operating the Industrial Laundry by efficiently and effectively scheduling, motivating, and training staff. $16.58 $19.80/hour with full benefits, childcare assistance, YMCA membership, and more.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Full Time Housekeeper for Solitude Cabins Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln. YMCa oF the roCKIes 2515 tunnel road estes park, Colorado, 80511

houseKeepIng Crew Leader Responsible for leading a housekeeping crew with an emphasis on quality, accountability, efficiency and timeliness. $18/hr. with full benefits, childcare assistance, and employee perks.

Full Time Year-Round Fill out application at: Streamside on Fall River 1260 Fall River Rd, Estes Park Or send resume to

Banquet Event Staff Front of House Manager Apply online at ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT R-3

YMCa oF the roCKIes 2515 tunnel road estes park, Colorado, 80511

InternshIp CoordInator Responsible for developing, managing, and supporting a seasonal internship program across the Association. The Internship Coordinator offers practical, administrative, and procedural support for managers and interns. $20.44 - $23/hour with full benefits and employee perks.

Looking for a summer job? Like working outdoors? Great working atmosphere!

Belleau Masonry of Estes Park. Please contact by text only. 970-215-4124

Retail Associate/Art Class Teacher PT/FT $16 per hour Contact Natalie at Inspired (970)685-8818

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT Vacancy Announcement Small Vehicle Operator

Part Time, Year Round

Estes Park School District R-3 is accepting applications for a Small Vehicle Operator. Salary range $15.32 - $17.32 with single benefits. Training will be provided.

Seasonal - May thru October

Questions, please call Dave Coleson at 970-577-0211 ext. 3401

Night Auditor Front Desk Contact Rhonda at 970-586-2358

Apply online at estesschools/onlineapp. Only online applications accepted. Position open until filled. Estes Park School District R-3 is an equal opportunity employer.

Estes Park Health is


Administrative Assistant (Clinical)


Full-time and part-time positions available. Handle reservations, inquiries, cancellations. Answer phones, emails, texts, asst guests w/questions. Strong telephone, customer service and computer skills. Learn SkyRun software. $16 - $17 per hour. FT employees eligible for health ins.premium reimb Apply: estes-park-skyrun-vacationa-

Enrollment Specialist Salud Family Health Centers Salud is looking for a Enrollment Specialist in Estes Park. • High school diploma or GED required • Bilingual English/Spanish required Salud Offers: • $17.90 to $19.40 per hour • Monday to Friday – 8 am to 5 pm • Comprehensive Benefits Package Apply at

Full Time, Mon-Fri, 8 hour shifts Pay Range: $17.24-$22.99, depending on experience

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Help Wanted Liquor Store Clerk & Cashier Full Time/Part Time available Starting wage $17 hour

Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: $15-16/hour, plus a summer bonus program and benefits package for full time employees. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

Sign on bonus! Employee discounts! Please stop by for an application (970) 586-1930

Rocky Mountain Conservancy HIRING FUN & ENERGETIC


HELP WANTED Now hiring PM Deli and Floor Manager Apply in Person 900 Moraine Ave.

1480 Golf Course Rd

DOE $18/hr

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner shifts available

yMCa oF THe roCKieS 2515 Tunnel road estes park, Colorado, 80511

CaTering Manager This position supports the work of the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, which operates a mission-based family and group conference and retreat center, serving more than 150,000 annually. The Catering Manager is primarily responsible day to day operations of the catering depart that operates within the Food Service Dept. $18 - $19/hour with full benefits, family membership, view all work perks on our Career Site.

Help us help others. Become a CAREGiverSM

Visitor Center Retail Clerk

Seeking an experienced team player to assist the Conservancy’s sales department as a retail clerk in RMNP visitor centers.  Year-round, FT/PT & seasonal posiƟons available  $16.50 – $17.00/hr with potenƟal for promoƟon

Primary responsibiliƟes: ConducƟng retail transacƟons, and maintaining a clean and inviƟng sales area.  Fun and social working environment  Some weekends and holidays may be required

See full posiƟon descripƟon on our website before applying Call 970-586-0121 for applicaƟon informaƟon, quesƟons or to apply, or e-mail:

• Starting at $19 • NO Medical Background Required • Flexible Schedule • Training & Local Support Provided • Rewarding & Meaningful Job!

Apply online at or call for more information


Each Home Instead® franchise is independently owned and operated. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc.

REQUIREMENTS 18 years or older to apply $4,000 sign on bonus for all driver positions in Estes Park Class A or B CDL required Knowledge of Service area is a plus

Competitive Pay, Great Benefits & Opportunities for Growth!


Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

yMCa oF THe roCKieS 2515 Tunnel road estes park, Colorado, 80511

Laundry SuperviSor (pM) Responsible for assisting with operations in the industrial laundry by efficiently and effectively motivating and training staff. $16.58 - $18.47/hr. with full benefits, childcare assistance, and employee perks.

Seasonal/ part-time starting at $23/hr plus tips $5/hr shift differential pay for evening and nights. Call Nick at 970-980-9023 Looking for an experienced Prep/line cook for our busy kitchen. Must have ability to follow recipes, hand cut steaks, and availability to work all days of the week. Overtime possible but not mandatory, morning hours required.

Call 303-918-6035 to apply.

• Full-time with benefits. Apply online at Salary range is $48,024 – $54,335 depending on experience. Position open until filled.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

$22/hr in Estes Park, CO Shift: Monday - Friday 5-6am start with Rotational Saturday Combo Commercial & Residential routes

to work with the Board of Directors to lead the full range of Chamber activities including but not limited to administration, membership development and retention, fundraising, recruiting and motivating volunteer and paid staff, managing income and expenses, and marketing the Chamber to local businesses. The Executive Director acts as chief executive and administrative officer of the Chamber. Full job description and application instructions can be found online at jobs/info/non-profit-and-socialservices-executive-director-29

Now Hiring CDL Drivers

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Accounts Payable & Payroll Coordinator 2022-2023


seeking an Executive Director



Estes Chamber of Commerce

Retail Warehouse


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

Warehouse - Non-driver posiƟon  FT/PT and seasonal posiƟons available  $16.50 – $17.00/hr with potenƟal for promoƟon  Receiving, pricing and warehouse storage  Weekends and some holidays required

Warehouse  FT/PT and seasonal posiƟons available  $16.50 – $17.00/hr with potenƟal for promoƟon  AssisƟng manager with merchandise flow,

pricing, delivery, and computer help.

See full posiƟon descripƟon on our website before applying Call 970-586-0121 for applicaƟon informaƟon, quesƟons, or to apply, or e-mail:

We’re hiring for the following positions starting at $18.00/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter Get your application at: After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.

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The Town of Estes Park JOIN OUR TEAM!

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Delivery Jobs in Estes Park (FT/PT)

The Bird’s Nest

Hiring Immediately

Job openings can be found at Volunteer options can be found at

Opening June 2022 Coffeeshop, Bakery, Pizzeria, Event Space. Hiring baristas, front of the house staff, event servers, all kitchen staff, and coffee shop assistant manager.

Competitive pay. Must be able to lift up to 70 lbs. Clean driving record. Vehicle supplied. Email contact information to

Please email info@thebirds–

Historic Crags Lodge Front Desk Supervisor

We are looking for dependable and hardworking individuals to serve as Part-Time/ Full-Time Seasonal Parking Ambassadors and Lot Monitors. If you are looking for a job that has a flexible schedule and one that puts you in the middle of all the excitement; you have found the right place! APPLY TODAY! 970.591.2577

$20/hr. Benefits start Day 1 $1000 Hiring bonus.

Housekeeper Part Time, $16 an hour Stop by and see us or call us at

970-586-6066 300 Riverside Drive Estes Park, CO 80517 Equal Opportunity Employer

Join Our Ore Cart Team! Full Time - Part Time Good Pay, Summer Bonus, Paid Vacation Apply in Person

Join Our Team!

ATV / Jeep Customer Service Year-round full-time. $20 hour. 4 days on with 3 days off in a row. Apply in person at Backbone Adventures 1851 N. Lake Ave Estes Park. Also looking for seasonal help starting at $18 hour.

NOW HIRING Cook - Full Time

Pay range: $18.00 - $23.00 depending on experience

The Ore Cart Rock Shop

TELLER Full Time

119 W. Elkhorn • 970-586-3577

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

Member FDIC

Seeking a friendly, professional Office Assistant. Full / Part time positions available. Starting wages $18-$20 / hr. Paid vacation & bonus opportunity for full time positions. No experience necessary. On the job training available. Please send resumes to: DARNOL4@AMFAM.COM or drop off at the office, 601 Community Drive

yMCa OF THe rOCKieS 2515 Tunnel road estes Park, Colorado, 80511

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.

Be part of our team at Wildwood Inn. Seasonal positions Variety of shifts - Shared housing at reduced rent for the right applicants. $17.00 per hour, tips & end of season bonus. Email or apply at 2801 Fall River Road.

Please apply at








Commercial Rentals

Piano Tuning



Garage Sales

Condo w/ 13 month lease available now. 3 BR, 2.5 Baths, 2 car garage, patio, fireplace, desirable neighborhood, river access, no pets, no smoking $2500/month 707-706-3781

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

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



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


Commercial Rentals Office Spaces for Rent 1191 Woodstock Dr. Newly Remodeled 1200 Sq. ft w/ great parking. Near Hwy 7 & Fairgrounds. Call 970-420-4388 OFFICE SPACE For Rent 600 s.f., $1150/mo. + util. Year lease min. 970-290-4488

Sewing/Alterations Remixed Custom Sewing Services and Industrial Repair Cushions, benches, leather, campers and outdoor furniture. Local - call Beth 970-492-5446

Moving Sale! Mountain decor, dvds, some furnishings, collectible Longaberger priced to sell. Good variety of items. Cash only. 5/13 - 5/14 10:00-4:00. 71 Pinyon Trail, Estes Park

Estate Sales Local resident wants to buy coins, gold, and silver. 361-813-8990.

BUSINESS Jeep CJ 7-1978, runs good with cloth top, automatic, $6,000. 970-370-3448.

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

ESTATE/MOVING SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL JUDI 970-215-5548

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Dr. Amber Busche 970-586-4418 600 S Saint Vrain Ave - Suite 5


•equipped to evaluate macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts •same day appointments for eye pain and emergencies •referral access to specialized surgeons & advocacy for the best care •full service optical for specialized eyewear Comprehensive Eyecare Right Here in Estes Park!


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HEARING & TINNITUS CARE Cory D. Workman, Au.D. Phone: 970-586-5255 • Hearing Aids / New & Repair • Hearing Evaluations • Hearing Protection • Ear Care / Wax Removal • Dizziness / Balance

1186 Graves Ave., Ste. B Estes Park, CO 80517 Fax: 970-577-7260


D Licensed & Insured

DIAMOND D HANDYMAN SERVICE Home Maintenance & Repairs Yardwork & Mowing

“Consider It Done!” Dave 303-877-2007





Cajun Handyman Services


No Job Too Small!

Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave Full service general contracting since 1998


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Office: 970-586-2109 Cell: 970-443-5613 Calls Returned Same Day! Brian Thibodeaux - owner

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• Free Estimates / 24 Hour Emergency • Tree Trimming & Removal • Fire Mitigation / Year Round Service

• Pine Beetle / Mistletoe Management • Scenic View Enhancement • Fully Insured • 30 Years Experience 10% Senior Or Military Discounts Business........................................................ 970-586-4046 Cell.............................................................. 970-568-6685




Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

• Residential/Commercial • Log Homes/Decks • Free Estimates • 4 Year Warranty

• Interior/Exterior • Power Washing • Local References • Licensed & Insured

Tim Stolz, Owner • 970-518-4001• 26 Years Experience e-mail: •


Alpenglow Custom Blinds and Shades

Local Sales, Installation, Service, and Repair - 970-235-1133

REAL ESTATE Simply. Elevated. Real Estate.

Aaron L. Busche, CNE Broker Associate Cell: (970) 470-9962

PEST CONTROL 255 Park Lane, Ste 203 Estes Park, CO 80517

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