Estes Park News, May 19, 2023

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Good Bye Winter, Hello Spring

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to stretch out and relax in the warm sun. Even though Estes Park can still receive snow, this marmot seems to be pretty happy peering out from his winter hiding place in the rocks.
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Join The Next Trustee Talk May 25 VELVETY

Chief Wolf Departure & Organizational Updates

Community members are invited to join Mayor Wendy Koenig and Trustee Patrick Martchink for a Trustee Talk on Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall Board Room, 170 MacGregor Ave. This is an opportunity for community members to discuss local issues with members of the board in an informal setting. The topics for this Trustee Talk session will be Stormwater Utility and open discussion on local issues.

The Board of Directors for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District and Chief David Wolf have agreed to a mutual separation agreement effective May 11, 2023. Under the agreement, Chief Wolf will continue to serve the District until June 2, using that time to provide support to the Board and Division Chiefs as they prepare for the transition. Our process to recruit and hire a new Fire Chief will begin immediately.

Chief Wolf has resided within and served our community for nearly seven years. During that time, we have seen significant changes that resulted in increased safety for our volunteers and community including the development of our training site on Elm Road, starting our own regional fire academy, the replacement, and improvement of our fleet including a long-term capital replacement plan, improvements in gear and training for our members, expansion of our prevention programs, update of our Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and more. The District also navigated a global pandemic and the first evacuation of our entire community under his tenure. We are fortunate for the work he has contributed to as it has made our community a safer place. He is a well-respected member of our community and the Colorado Fire Service, having contributed to many state- and national-level projects. He leaves the agency in a fantastic place

to be able to continue our service to the community.

As the District faces increasing call volumes, demand for services, and a growing population, we continue to evaluate how to best serve our community. Our dedicated volunteers and staff commit countless hours to the service of our homes/businesses and are invaluable as we plot the course for our future.

Chief Wolf’s management of the District has set us up well for the next stage in our agency’s future to deliver on our Mission.

The Board thanks Chief Wolf for his incredible service, passion, and stewardship - we wish him well.

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Camp Host Volunteer Opportunity

Estes Park’s Events Department is seeking applicants to serve as an RV Camp Host from the beginning of May until the beginning of September, with flexibility if needed. The Camp Host will enjoy a free RV space that includes access to water and electric hook ups and use of the dump station in exchange for helping monitor the Fairground RV sites.

The Camp Host has use of the host RV spot away from the main lot, free electricity, water and sewer hookup. There is a shower house on site available as well. The Camp Hosts job includes the following:

● Help keep the RV lot clean, light trash pick up

● Make sure guests don't leave trash

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

On 5/09/2023 at 12:40 p.m. police responded to a motor vehicle accident at Big Thompson Avenue at North Saint Vrain Avenue. On scene, the 53 year old male driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident, and then attempted to elude

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 May 7, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 16 calls for service. This included:

outside campers

● Make sure that the guests have their permits and they are displayed properly

● Help make sure our guests are following the RV camping rules

● In your spare time, explore Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains

To apply to be the Volunteer Camp Host, please complete the Volunteer Application at

For more information on the Camp Host position, please contact the Town of Estes Park Events Division at 970586-6104 or

officers by driving recklessly. The male was charged with vehicular eluding, failure to remain at scene of an accident, no proof of insurance, reckless driving, displaying altered number plate/validation sticker, driving while license under restraint and DUI. He was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail.

• Emergency Medical (assist EPH): 3

• Motor Vehicle Crash (MVC): 1

• Odor Investigation: 2

• Smoke Investigation: 1

• Possible Illegal Burn: 2

• Alarm Activation: 6

• Mutual Aid: 1

Estes Park Museum Temporary Closure

Due to staff professional development, the Estes Park Museum gallery will be closed Friday, May 19 through Saturday, May 20, 2023. The gallery will resume regular hours on Wednesday, May 24. The Museum’s gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share, and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website. Museum gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Community Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast

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There will be a Community Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast held on Saturday, May 27th – weather permitting. Setup will begin at 7
a.m., sale open to the public from 8 a.m. until 12 noon in
the Estes Park Masonic Lodge parking lot: 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Outdoor spaces are for rent to sell your merchandise for just $20.00. Call 970577-8585 for more information.

Lancaster To Take Oath As New Trustee May 23, 2023

At its regular meeting April 25, the Estes Park Town Board held interviews with individuals who submitted a letter of interest to fill a vacancy on the board, and voted to appoint Frank Lancaster. Frank Lancaster will fill the vacancy left by the passing of former Mayor Pro Tem Scott Webermeier, through the next regular Municipal Election on April 2, 2024. Mr. Lancaster will take the oath of office at the board’s next regular meeting Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

As a statutory community, the Town of Estes Park is required to follow the guidelines outlined in state statute when faced with the need to fill a vacant board position. The board must either appoint an individual or set an election within 60 days from the date of the vacancy to fill the position until the next election. If the Board does not take action within 60 days, an election must be set to fill the vacancy. The Board selected to fill the vacancy by appointment due to the limited term of the position and the cost of an election.

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

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Frank Lancaster

Memorial Day Service At EV Memorial Gardens

Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day Service to be held at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

The program will be in honor of those who have gone before. The service will include the presentation of colors, playing to the colors, and other music. The

Estes Valley Memorial Gardens is honored to pay tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

Service personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms to this meaningful tribute to our veterans who have served or are serving our nation.

The Parade Of The Years

On Saturday, May 20th, The Estes Park Car Club will host the annual Classic Auto Parade of the Years. This event celebrates the many varieties of cars that have brought visitors to Estes Park over the years. Anyone is welcome to come and view the cars when they are on display. There is no charge. The day will begin with the cars on display at the Community Center for Cars and Coffee from 9:00 until 11:00 Saturday morning. There will then be a tour down Highway

36 to Lyons, up Highway 7 thought Allenspark and back to Estes. Look for the cars at the Old Gallery in Allenspark sometime during the noon hour. There will then be a Car Show in Estes in the parking lot of the U.S. Bank on Elkhorn from 1:00 until 3:00 Saturday afternoon. The public is welcome to view the cars at no charge. If you have an old, interesting or unique automobile, and would like to join the displays and tour, please call either Will Rense (970-577-9919) or Craig Bigler (970-586-4839. There is a $20 registration fee.

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Long-eared Owl In Lake Estes Bird Sanctuary

This Long-eared Owl was seen at the bird sanctuary in Estes last week. These owls nest in Estes and RMNP, but are a bit rare to actually find.

From bird expert and CARRI Founder,

Scott Rashid, “This is only the third time one of these beautiful owls have been seen at the sanctuary since 1993 when I began keeping track of birds in that area.”

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Larimer County Officials Urge Caution If Heading Near Water This Spring

Together, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources (LCDNR) in partnership with Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), Larimer County Office of Emergency Management, Poudre Fire Authority, and City of Loveland encourage caution as boaters, paddlers, and anglers approach the water for recreation this spring. Colorado recorded nearly 40 fatal drownings in 2022, which was officially the deadliest year across the state’s lakes, rivers, and streams, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Snowmelt and flow of area rivers and streams increase during the spring runoff. The Bureau of Reclamation also anticipates allowing more water through Lake Estes this spring. This may lead to higher-than-average streamflow in the Big Thompson Canyon, in addition to swift currents and cold, deep water that normally occur during the snowmelt season.

Justin Whitesell, Emergency Operations Director at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, advises recreators to plan ahead before going out. “Our county has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor recreation,” he said. “We want our community members and visitors to get home safely with positive memories to share, and a little bit of preparation goes a long way.”

Larimer County officials offer safety guidelines for recreating on flat or moving water:

Wear it! Personal flotation devices (PFDs) save lives. Children 12 and under are required by law to wear a PFD at all times.

Take a boating safety class. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers a state-approved course to safely operate a motorized vessel in Colorado. Register at

Bring a whistle. State and federal regulations require vessels to have a soundproducing device onboard at all times. Have a float plan. Tell someone where

you are going and what time you expect to return.

Check the forecast and keep an eye on the weather.

Bring a cell phone. If you have an emergency but cannot call for help, try texting. Text-to-911 is available in Larimer County.

Be ready for sudden high winds and springtime weather changes. Bring extra layers of clothing and rain gear. Spring water is deceptively cold, increasing the risk of hypothermia. Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol or marijuana. Public consumption is against the law, and impairment can create serious safety risks while recreating on the water. Know and understand all the laws of any body of water where you plan to fish, boat, or paddle.

Be respectful of other vessels on the water.

Label your watercraft with your name and phone number. Lost tubes, kayaks, and paddles can cause concern if found without context. Including contact information can help first responders reach the owner and confirm your safety.

“We want everyone to have a great time while recreating in Larimer County, but we also want you to visit us again. Please wear your PFD and have the necessary equipment and preparation before you head out to the reservoir or river,” said Chris Fleming, Visitor Services Manager, Larimer County Natural Resources.

For more tips and information about recreating responsibly on land and water, please visit

This water safety message is supported by Larimer County public agencies working together to increase outdoor recreation safety for community members and visitors.

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Bunce School Open On Memorial Day Weekend

Bunce School is located within walking distance of the Hilltop Guild's Kelley House at 18720 Highway 7. The Guild owns and maintains the school and grounds. Bunce School holds county, state and National Historic designations.

"It is a great place to bring children to show them a bit of history and oldschool artifacts," said Mary Rushing, docent. There is no charge to visit the museum.

The school was built by V.H. (Dick) Rowley and is an excellent example of the early educational structures in the high mountain areas of Colorado in the late 19th and early 20th centuries It was named after J.H. Bunce, an early settler in the area and served the local communities of Riverside, Raymond, Heathermeade and Peaceful Valley.

Take a drive on May 27 and visit Bunce!

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The historic Bunce School Museum in Allenspark will be open for docent-led tours on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-room school house was built in 1888 and restored by Hilltop Guild members in 1996.
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Decades ago, when I read Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral, I was amazed at the details about gloves and glove making included in the story. I’d never before considered that the different parts of a glove had names, such as the palm, the fourchettes (the slender pieces of leather that form the sides of the fingers), and the quirks (diamond-shaped pieces inserted at the bottom between the fingers). To me a glove was a glove was a glove, and if the stitching came undone it was a glove with a hole in it.

At that time I began thinking about what other items existed in my everyday life that had names, such as the little piece of plastic wrapped around the end of a shoelace to keep it from fraying. Certainly someone who worked in a shoelace factory would know that word. (It’s called an aglet.)

It ends up there are a lot of things I know of but not the names to. Such as glabella. That’s the space between the eyebrows. My glabella is graced with my eleven. You know, the two parallel creases running vertically in my glabella. I earned every millimeter of my glabella frown lines and I’ve named the creases after the two people who caused them. I’ll end the story there.

• When you sit with one leg tucked underneath you and then you straighten it out because it starts to feel like pins and needles are crawling all over it, that tingling sensation is called paresthesia. We often say our foot has “fallen asleep.” People understand that. They will look at you funny and then turn and run if you say you have paresthesia.

• Illegible handwriting is called griffonage. Studies show penmanship is declining as we type more and write less, making griffonage more common in the 21st century. However, A.I. may eventually write in cursive for us, eliminating our illegible scribbles altogether.

• A palindrome is a word spelled the same forward and backward, such as level and kinnikinnik. We know that. A less familiar word is semordnilaps, which is a word that means one thing forward and another backward. Examples include stressed and desserts, diaper and repaid, parts and strap. Semordnilap itself read backward spells palindrome.

• Silent letters, as in knight, fight, or Django, are aphthongs. This might be something you already know. (Read that last sentence carefully…)

• When you mow the lawn and you don’t get one row lined up close enough to the next, you end up with a thin strip of longer, unmown grass. Yes, there’s a name for that strip. It’s called a lawn mullet and it’s as ugly now as it was in the’80s.

• Have you ever had someone say, “You look just like someone I know,” or, “You

remind me so much of my cousin Casey”? Someone who looks like your twin but isn’t even related to you is your doppelgänger. The person with your same name who shows up when you Google yourself is your Googlegänger. It’s amazing how many of you there are out there.

• The bit at the end of the pencil that holds the eraser in place is a ferrule. Chew on that for awhile.

• That thing you use to dot a lower case i is called a tittle. The curvy swoosh sometimes above the letter n is called a tilde, and the mark made by two dots above some vowels, such as above the a in doppelgänger, is called an umlaut.

• Kummerspeck is the excess weight you gain from overeating due to unhappiness, depression, or grief. Its literal translation is grief bacon. Too much of it and you won’t have your doppelgänger anymore.

• The uncomfortable feeling you get from over-imbibing is called crapulous. It may have been thought up by the guy who spent a night hanging his head over the porcelain throne—or crapper—back in the 1500s when the word was invented.

• The string of symbols comic strips use for profanity is called a grawlix. You often see it when someone is *#%* hung over.

• The five dot pattern found on dice is a quincunx (rhymes with swim trunks).

Thomas Edison had the five dots tattooed on his left forearm. Only history knows why and she ain’t tellin’.

• The indent on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt. This definition was dreamed up during a football game. It was the fourth down with 20 yards to go, which made it just the right time to get a big bottle of wine and kick it—I mean drink it.

• The cardboard sleeve around your coffee is a zarf. I always remove mine and give it back to the barista so it can be reused. This is not so easy to do with an agraffe.

• An agraffe is the wire cage that keeps a cork in a bottle of champagne. If anyone can think of a way to repurpose the agraffe once the cork has been popped, please let me know.

• The warmth of the sun on a cold day is apricity. It’s a tingly word for a pleasant sensation.

• A person known by one name is mononymous. Adele. Prince. Voltaire, Madonna, Cher. Some people (well, one person) call me Thunk. Does that count?

(Thanks to for helping me out with this column.)

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

© 2023 Sarah Donohoe

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USO Salute Celebrating Veterans And Armed Forces Day With Kings Of Swing And Friends

musicians like Nat King Cole, Marilyn Miller, and Glenn Miller. No one will blame you if your foot gets to tapping along with the music so much that you have to get up and dance in the aisles.

The Kings of Swing have been performing in Estes Park and the Front Range for more than 25 years. For this show, Dave Scott will play trumpet, Nick Frazee the sax, Chuck Varilek the trombone, Dawson O'Dowd the piano, Julie Varilek the bass, and Ward Durrett the drums. The friends include: Julie Phares, Charles Phares, Denise Stookesberry, Michelle Gergen-Wisner, Ruby Bode, Ivy Andersen and Cory Workman.

On May 20, 1950, the United States celebrated its first Armed Forces Day, and now 73 years later, May 20, 2923, the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies invites you to the Historic Park Theatre to celebrate our troops with a bash—a Big Band Bash!

The Kings of Swing will hit all the right big-band notes as they perform some classic World War II era music along with their friends. You will hear songs like, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Besame Mucho” and other classics from

Join us for a fun-filled evening honoring and celebrating our Armed Forces. If you are a current service member or a veteran, we would love for you to see you there—especially in uniform!

Tickets are:

$20 Adults

$17 FAGR members, veterans, current service members, and seniors

$15 Youth

Tickets can be purchased in person at Macdonald Book Shop, online at ts/sro-tribute-for-armed-forces-day-featuring-the-kings-of-swing, or the night of the event at the Historic Park Theatre.

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It’s been a few weeks since I last chatted with y’all. I have been rather busy with company, trips, and yes even doctor visits. Most of those activities were a lot of fun but not the doctor’s visits. Seems I have a few glitches in my health, but we will just skip that.

My son-in-law and daughter that live in Houston decided I needed a break. I was treated to a wonderful five-day trip to Las Vegas at the Bellagio, all expenses paid by him. It was a wonderful experience from my personal driver to the airport to my daughter Marie picking me up to ride home.

We had massages, saw a show, won at the “craps” table, went to the MOB museum, and ate extravagantly. Oh, I had a three room suit as well. I should get sick more often. Naturally, I felt great the whole time. Lower altitude. And the weather was lovely. Back to reality.

I left during snow showers and now it is rain showers. I am still wearing winter clothes. I figured we should have a nice warm recipe as I am still cold.

Marie fixed the best chili rellenos the other night. That is my favorite Mexican dish, especially covered in green chili. I love green chili. We never had it before we came to Colorado. The recipe makes a lot. I changed the amount of liquid in the recipe, originally it called for three liters of water.

Green Chili

2- 2 ½ lbs. pork (butt or shoulder with some fat). Cut into one inch pieces.

1-can Rotel tomatoes with chilies

4-7 oz. cans chopped green chilies

1-2 white onions, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped, (depending on size,

want more spice, add another. I would not)

3 chopped garlic cloves

2 tsp. olive oil

1 Tbs. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. beef bouillon

2 Tbs. flour (more later if needed. Mix any addition with water)

2 tsp. salt, to taste

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 ½ tsp. sugar

8 cups water (original recipe calls for three 3 liters of water)

Heat oil in large pot and add chopped onions and garlic and cook on medium heat and caramelize them. Add pork and brown it. Dust with the flour and cook a bit more before adding the tomatoes and green chilies. Mix well and cook for a few minutes. Add water and all the remaining ingredients. Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer. Salt to taste. Cook until pork is tender. If desired, thicken a little. This recipe, in my opinion, is the best green chili. Use it on anything or add potatoes and you have a stew. Poor Sunshine. I took her to a new groomer, and she looks like a poodle! Thank goodness her hair will grow back. I wanted it shorter for the summer but not this short!

Now my granddaughter wants me to go with her to Argentina, but that will be on my own dollar. We will make that decision another day. Like Scarlett, I will think about that tomorrow.

My email: Bon Appétit.


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Estes Park Archives This Saturday

appearing on these plaques. Many of the dates provided for a building’s construction or a business operation’s beginning were off by a number of years. One of the photographs claiming to have been taken at the location of the building it was affixed to was actually of a competing business across the street.

A number of the “offending” plaques are on East Elkhorn Avenue, and the worst of these is on the south side of E. Elkhorn, where dripping rain and melting snow has washed all the text and image off the surface of one of the plaques, so what remains is a memorial to nothing.

In 1992, the town of Estes Park commemorated the 75th anniversary of its incorporation with a set of plaques placed in various downtown locations.

Each plaque contained a historic photograph and explanatory text, and a map keyed to the locations to enable a walking tour was distributed by the museum. With the advent of widespread newspaper digitization the following decade, numerous factual errors were discovered in the text and photographic captions

For the past decade, the Estes Park Archives has drawn attention to the sad state of these commemorative markers. Because the bulk of them are on private property, both former and current town staff and town board members insist nothing can be done to correct or remove them.

On Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m., the Estes Park Archives will provide a free walking tour entitled “Plague of the Plaques,” with some of the errors pointed out, and suggestions and brainstorming opportunities for potential corrections. All are invited to meet at 240 Moraine Avenue with comfortable walking shoes for a thirty minute tour, followed by free refreshments back at Molly B restaurant at 200 Moraine Avenue.

No reservations are required, and you do not need to be a member of the Archives to attend. Free parking is still available across the street. Call 586-4889 with questions or for more information.

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While this plaque still contains its text, it has at least one glaring error – The Josephine Hotel was built in 1918, not 1915 Photo courtesy Estes Park Archives

Solo Cello Performance At The YMCA Memorial Day, May 29th

You are invited to enjoy an informal and informative evening of live solo cello performed by Alexandria McClinton of Eastern Kentucky University on Monday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Maude Jellison Library located on the grounds of the YMCA of the Rockies. Miss McClinton will be playing pieces by J. S. Bach, Jose Elizondo, and others. She will interact with the audience discussing the cello, the music, and her personal jour-

ney with the instrument. Directions to the YMCA library: Upon entering the YMCA off of Spur Highway 66, take the second left and then the first right into the parking lot of Hyde Memorial Chapel where you may park and access the Maude Jellison Library which is just behind the chapel, up the slope. Call Robert at 970-586-3341 extension 1133 with any questions. This event is free and open to the public.

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Estes Park Health Provides Needed Trauma Care To The Estes Valley

Brian Schaffer of Estes Park recalls what happened to him on a Saturday in December 2022. It is a day he’ll remember forever. He used a ladder to climb on the roof to change out the chimney cap on the fireplace, but on the way down, something went terribly wrong.

“The second rung down, the ladder started sliding,” Brian remembered. “My first response was, “Oh, I’m going to grab the gutter and just hang on and then drop.’ But I must have swung and I lost grip and I ended up falling about 10 to 12 feet.”

Brian landed on the cement stair and rolled to the bottom, hitting his head in the process.

“I woke up hearing my wife’s voice talking to 9-1-1,” he said. “I tried to get up but I felt like I had been hit by a 300 pound football player. I shouldn’t have been fiddlin’ on the roof.”

Brian, The Executive Director of Crossroads Ministry, also serves as the chaplain for Estes Park’s volunteer fire department. Division Chief Paul Capo was one of his friends on the scene at his house that afternoon.

“We saw Brian on the ground, altered level of consciousness, so immediately, anxiety,” Paul stressed.

He added that having a hospital in town equipped to handle trauma is crucial to the Estes Valley.

“It’s a huge benefit having immediate care to stabilize our patients,” Paul emphasized. “The hospital is centrally located in town with a staff that’s qualified to be able to treat trauma. It’s huge.”

Within minutes of his accident, Brian was on a stretcher. He was stabilized by Estes Park paramedics and was rushed to the emergency department where he was taken to a trauma room.

“In trauma, there’s a golden hour,” explained EPH Emergency Physician Dr. Christopher Daley. “We want to get the patient where they need to be at a higher level of care within one hour.”

Once it was determined Brian was breathing alright and was not exhibiting signs of internal bleeding, he taken to the CT scanner where technicians captured images of his head, his spine, his pelvis and abdomen and chest to make sure there were no internal injuries and to assess his bone trauma.

Brian remembers he was shaken up and scared.

“I was crying,” he said.

He also remembers the reassurance he got from one of the ER nurses.

“She said it’s going to be okay, and it was,” he recalled, tearfully. “I do remember that I felt very well cared for.”

Estes Park Health is certified every three years to provide care that is truly exceptional for this community.

“To be a level four, you have to have a blood bank, you have to have lab and

x-ray available 24 hours a day, CT scanning as well as a general surgeon that is able to come in. He’s on call 24/7, 365,” Dr. Daley stated.

Estes Park Health has maintained level 4 trauma certification since the late ‘90s -- a commitment Dr. Daley says has saved lives.

“Most everyone who has moved here, retired here, of even tourists that know they’re going to come here rely on this hospital as well as the emergency services,” he commented. “We have really stepped up our game in taking care of trauma patients here in Estes Park.

Dr. Daley said Brian benefited from timely, excellent trauma care.

Brian is very, very lucky,” Daley said.

Brian said he is very grateful for the care he received.: “So I’m very grateful.”

In the case of an emergency, think Estes Park Health, providing life-saving trauma care.

To watch a video on EPH trauma care, go to

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Brian Schaffer of Estes Park fell off of his roof in December 2022, suffering traumatic injuries. Photos by Wendy Rigby To be a level four trauma center, the hospital has to have a blood bank, lab and x-ray available 24 hours a day, CT scanning as well as a general surgeon on call 24/7, 365.

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women and 500 men die of the disease in the U.S. each year.

Estes Park Health is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine.

With the help of 3D mammography, more positive diagnoses are made and in earlier stages.

In mid-May 2023, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force put out new recommendations for mammograms. Women are now urged to get screened for breast cancer with mammograms every other year, starting at age 40.

Previously, women in their 40s were encouraged to consult with their physician about whether they needed the screenings at their age depending on risk factors.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 42,000

Pet Association Of Estes Park Celebrates 50th Anniversary At Carolyn’s Walk On June 17

Please join us for a leisurely walk or run, with or without your four-legged friends, around beautiful Lake Estes to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Estes Park Pet Association.

This is the 3rd annual walk which will be held in memory of Carolyn Patch Fairbanks who passed away in 2021 as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Pet Association. Carolyn dedicated her life to rescuing and aiding homeless animals, including 30 years at the helm of this non-profit organization.

The walk is a fundraiser for the animals.

We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Carolyn Fairbanks Memorial Dog Park where participants may make a donation and receive some free doggie gear donated by PetSmart then enjoy a fun-filled stroll around the lake.

An After Party will take place at the American Legion from 3-5 p.m. featuring presentations by a Freedom Service Dog, Grant Spencer, Chiropractic Care for Dogs & Horses will talk about chiropractic for canines followed by the band Tahosa. There will be free food, give aways, silent auction and a cash bar.

Don’t miss this special event!

Early-stage breast cancer is much more treatable than advanced stages. In fact, 90% of women whose breast cancer is detected in the earlier stages will survive. Women who need 3D mammograms can have one right here in Estes Park rather than spend half a day in the Front Range to get one.

The digital mammography unit in our imaging department uses x-rays to produce detailed images of the breast. Digital mammography technology produces better images and has a higher sensitivity to identify abnormalities allowing for more precise diagnoses compared to conventional film screen technology.

Call 970-235-3100 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

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Thanks to the EPH Foundation which raised several hundred thousand dollars, EPH purchased a new 3D mammography system in 2020. Photo by Wendy Rigby.

EPMS Broadway Review

“Raise Your Voice” May 23

This year Jordanne Bradley and Alan Denney started a musical theater class for the middle school. They are excited to be doing a Broadway review called “Raise Your Voice.” It features songs from “Mary Poppins,” “Oliver,” “High School Musical,” “Little Mermaid,” and many more! They will be performing next Tuesday, May 23rd at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. in the High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the door before the show.

Particpating students:

Shanyn Barnhouse

Quinn Battin

Gunni Berg

Maya Brandewie

Ella Brink

Cash Bucci

Karley Cox

Bryson Dewey

Hailey Downey

Ean Erie’s Trujillo

Johan Fernandez

Brooklyn Florence

Lela Fortini

Carter Gooch

Jacob Harger

Adyson Light

Yazmin Lopez

Zuyhel Luna

Evelyn McGuillicuddy

Casey Mieszala

Samantha Monge Cardona

Isla Pontius

Miranda Rangel Hernandez

Carlos Rodriguez Carrasco

Talisa Rushing

Kaitlyn Smith

Marissa Strough

Geneva Thomas

Abigail Watry

Amelia Watry

Natalie Workman

Carson Zehr

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Local Legend To Emcee Longs Peak Reunion Concert

A wide variety of donated items will be up for bid in the silent auction. Among the items will be autographed items from the late Tom Hornbein, plus some added surprises. The public is invited. Tickets available on Eventbrite website or at the door. Food and drink is available for purchase.

EPHS Girls Soccer Has A Successful Spring Season

Despite wintery weather, a few injuries, and some tough opponents, the Estes Park High School Girls Soccer team successfully completed their spring season earlier this month.

With five hard-fought wins and 19 goals scored, each player was an integral part of the team’s success. EPHS earned victories over Valley (twice), Wellington, Union Colony Prep, and Nederland.

“This team is full of heart and grit,” commented Head Coach Kirby Hazelton.

“They showed up on windy, rainy, and snowy days. They stuck with every game, even if they were outmatched. They dug deep every day to give it their all. I’m very proud of them and the growth they’ve exhibited, both on and off the field.”

On May 8, Hazelton attended the Patriot League post-season meeting, where league coaches discussed which players should be selected for first and second all-conference teams. This competitive process puts the best players of each team up against one another, with coaches advocating for both outstanding players within their program, and for outstanding players in programs around

the region.

League coaches agreed that two Estes Park players deserved recognition this year: Sadie Morgan was elected to second team all-conference, and Chloe Coop was elected first team all-conference. This is a significant accomplishment for the EPHS soccer program. Way to go, Sadie and Chloe!

Several other players were honorably mentioned at the meeting, and many coaches commented about noticeable improvement of the EPHS team’s performance.

Graduating seniors include Chloe Smith, Andrea Garcia, Natalia Schrag, Sadie Morgan, Isabella Putman and Cielo Acedo. The team will also say farewell to Julie Johnson, a foreign exchange student from Denmark. Several strong juniors and other underclassmen will return next season, in hopes of earning more wins and most importantly, continuing to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.

Incoming ninth graders and any other high schoolers interested in participating in girls soccer can email for more information about off-season conditioning and the Spring 2024 season.

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Mike Caldwell, internationally known fisherman and outdoors man will be the official Emcee for the Longs Peak Reunion Fund raising concert and silent auction Friday, May 19th, 2023 at the American Legion Hall, 850 North Saint Vrain Ave. in Estes Park. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Lost Penny Band will be the evening's entertainment at 7 p.m. Chloe Coop & Sadie Morgan. 2023 Seniors.

Members Of Estes Park Quota

Robert Ruesch-Guest Preacher At Ponder Chapel May 21

on Sunday May 21. Services start at 10:00. His sermon topic will be, What God Can and Can Not Do.

Estes Park Quota members gathered May 9 for an end of the year celebration and installation of the new board members for the coming year. Those gathered have a total of 268 years of service for Quota service to Estes Park. You can find out more about Quota from our

website: We welcome new members throughout our year- September-May. Current members are always ready to answer questions and invite you to visit one of our twice monthly meetings as well! Here’s to service and fun!

Robert was raised in Estes Park in the 1950s. He served at Associate Chaplain for several years during the summer and spring at Hyde Chapel. Robert brings an interesting perspective to his sermons. He is a multi-published author, speaker and former journalist. All are welcome to attend, communion will be held and a fellowship time after the service. Robert’s books will be available for purchase.

Bagpiper, John Bergquist Coming To Cornerstone Church For Memorial Day Service

including 9/11 tributes, memorial services, funerals and weddings.

Memorial Day honors service members who have died in military service to our country. Please join us on Sunday, May 28th at 10:30 a.m. as we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley is located at 2200 Mall Rd.

As part of the special music planned for Cornerstone's Memorial Day Service, John Bergquist will be playing the bagpipes!

John is a member of the Honor Guard for Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Estes Valley Fire Protection District. Playing bagpipes runs in the family—John has been playing for 12 years and his dad played for over 35 years! They were blessed to play together in a bagpipe band out of Denver for several years. John has also taught lessons and one of his youngest students now opens for stock shows and other events. John himself plays many local events

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Former resident of Estes Park, Robert N. Ruesch will be the guest preacher at the Y in Ponder Chapel

Bella, Caleb, Ginny And Sampson In Need Of New Loving Families

Bella is about eight months and Caleb is about a year old. The are very sweet and good with other dogs. Both weigh about 40 pounds. These cuties are both now available for adoption. Ginny is about 11 years old. Her family moved overseas and could not take

her with them. She takes a little time to warm up, but she is a sweet, good girl and would do great in a quieter home.

Sampson is a one year old lab/German Shepherd mix who weighs 70 lbs.

He is good with dogs and cats. He needs a little work on his manners but he is very sweet and kennel trained. Please call (970) 286-1652 if you’d like to meet any of these special pets. Don’t shop, please adopt!

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. Friday, May 19, 2023 « 19
Bella Caleb Ginny Sampson

New Business Guardians Of The Park Helps Us Be Better Stewards Of RMNP

There is a new mythos emerging in Rocky Mountain National Park- The Guardians of the Park! The Guardians are here to help visitors and locals alike become better stewards of the Park. They provide a creative and fun way for everyone to learn about and participate in wildland conservation.

The adventure begins with “A Visitor’s Guide to the Guardians of the Park Volume One,” a booklet which details ten popular areas of the Park and their ten corresponding Guardians. The Guardians are mythical creatures ranging from mountain trolls like Longs Peak Louie to imps, fairies, and sprites such as Harry of Horseshoe Park and Hiker Girl (Rocky’s hiking Guardian), only to name a few. There are four more Guardians of the Park Volumes coming including “The Wilderness Wanderers” and The Estes Park Guardians” with the possibility of more to come.

The book’s author, Melissa Pugh, states, “The concept of the Guardians began when the Park reopened after being closed due to COVID and our family spent the day in the park. We spent time picking up trash on a hiking trail, seeing people and their dogs (off leash) walking on the tundra and people getting too close to a group of elk in Horseshoe Park. I was feeling pretty sad at that point because I realized these visitors may not be aware that what they were doing was actually harmful to the Park and its wildlife. That’s when Horseshoe Harry first found his way into my creative mind’s eye. A small, impish nature sprite, Harry is the Guardian of Horseshoe Park. The rest of the Guardians evolved rather quickly after that and I knew that I had to share them and their mission in order to help people under-

stand how important it is to take care of this special wilderness. This was two years ago. As soon as I started talking about the Guardians, my whole family pitched in and now this creative endeavor belongs to all five of us! ”

Despite widespread availability, not all visitors read and follow the Official Rules and Regulations of the Park. While the majority of visitors love the Park and agree that Rocky is a very special place that is worth protecting, many do not know that seemingly harmless activities (such as walking on the tundra) are actually very detrimental to the ecosystem. The Guardians are here to help foster a new mind set- Everyone who visits the park has a responsibility to take care of it, not just the Park Rangers and staff!

If you love Rocky Mountain National Park, you are already a Guardian, too!

The Guardians Of The Park shop is located at 145 E. Elkhorn Suite 202 in the Park Place Mall in beautiful Downtown Estes Park. The Park Place Mall is full of

Beverly Henderson Is Turning 90 On May 23

Bev worked at the Family Medical Clinic beside Dr. Cooper in the Pediatrics practice for many years. She particularly loved all the new babies that came to the

clinic. Bev would walk her dog daily along the River Walk greeting city workers, the guys at Kind Coffee and any stranger passing by. You may have been a recipient of some of the many cookies she baked and shared with everyone. Bev is a kind and gentle soul and would love nothing more to than receive birthday cards and letters. If you were a patient, a neighbor, a former coworker or part of the Estes community, please send birthday wishes to her at Good Samaritan, 1902 Ptarmigan, Unit 2, Estes Park, CO 80517. I know she will be tickled to hear from all of you.

specialty shops with items that can’t be found anywhere else in Estes and is the perfect home for the Guardians. We opened three months ago and are the only T-shirt/Gift shop downtown that promotes awareness of the responsibility that everyone has who visits RMNP to take care of it. In this shop, you will find Guardians Of The Park/Rocky Mountain National Park solid color and tie-dye TShirts, Hoodies, Dog Bandanas, Hats, Greeting Cards, Rosemary Gnome’s Herbal Teas and Artisan Soaps, Hiker Girl’s Trail Mix, “A Visitor’s Guide To The Guardians of the Park/Rocky Mountain National Park Volume One”

booklet and so much more! All of the merchandise in this shop is their original design and only available in The Guardians’ shop. They plan to donate a portion of our sales to The Rocky Mountain Conservancy for the Junior Ranger Program. Melissa and David Pugh and family are dedicated to the Preservation and Protection of Rocky Mountain National Park and hope that they can count on everyone to accompany the Guardians Of The Park in being caretakers of Rocky while enjoying the beauty that is Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Melissa and David Pugh, owners of Guardians of the Park. Photo by Paul J. Marcotte Friday, May 19, 2023 « 21

Upcoming Presentation By Local Bird

Naturalist Dick Coe, May 23 At Noon

Park, working in the Interpretation Department. He presented programs on the peregrine falcon, big horn sheep, elk, and deer, and offered bird walks, hikes, and campfire programs at the East Side Campgrounds. As a seasonal ranger, he worked 13 years from May thru September from 1990 to 2002. He also served on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Dick and his wife, Janet, have lived in Estes Park 30 years and continue birding largely through their bird feeders.

If you cannot attend this program but are interested in learning more, please contact Dick Coe at

Event takes place 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All are invited to attend local naturalist Dick Coe’s presentation “From Hummingbirds to Eagles” this Tuesday, May 23 at noon at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center, 1760 Olympian Lane. Dick’s presentation will include personal pictures, colorful stories of experiences and adventures, and tips on successful birding. He will also tell us about his personal passion for the peregrine falcon.

While working in Chicago many years back, Dick Coe became involved in the Peregrine Falcon Release Program. Several cities had similar releases to bring the peregrines and other birds back from near extinction due to the ravages of the chemical DDT, then a common insecticide. In the Chicago area, forty-six young peregrines were released between 1986 and 1990.

After Dick retired from his career, he was fortunate to get a seasonal ranger position with Rocky Mountain National

Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to bring or buy lunch. If you would like to order lunch for the presentation, you must call the Senior Center before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22. Tuesday’s meal will be roasted herb chicken (1/2) with roasted potatoes and cottage cheese. The cost of a meal is $7 for EPSCC members and $10 for non-members. Become a member of the EPSCC for just $30 per year and take advantage of lunch discounts and all our great programs. To order a meal, or for more information about the EPSCC, please call the Coordinator, Tonya Martin, at (970) 581-2195.

This community presentation is organized and sponsored by Renee Hodgden of RE/MAX Mountain Brokers. Renee is certified as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist by the National Association of Realtors and can be reached at

The Big Thompson Canyon Association (BTCA) has been supporting the canyon community for over 80 years. Past activities have included support during disasters and fishery restocking. A current item under consideration is coordinating a river clean up project. We are also working to add new members as the 2013 flood, road construction, COVID and normal attrition have reduced our numbers. We are planning some fun programs for our monthly meetings, along with great food, good company and a chance to learn more about the canyon.

Now in its 53rd year, the Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast has become a tradition for many families. A Sunday trip up the Big Thompson Canyon and breakfast in the historic log building spells an enjoyable and inexpensive family outing. Advance tickets are only $9 for adults and $6 for children four to nine years of age; tickets are $1 more at the door. Little ones under four eat for free. The BTCA building is located about one mile east of Drake on US 34. Check our Facebook page for updates at

To inquire about advance tickets or with any other questions you can email

There are more activities than just the all you can eat breakfast (which includes eggs, breakfast meats, juice and coffee in addition to pancakes). BTCA members host a bake sale; proceeds from the pancake breakfast and bake sale will fund the BTCA during the year, helping maintain the building and provide a central gathering place for the local community year-round.

This year our charity raffle is back!

The Loveland High Band Boosters club is organizing the raffle and the proceeds will benefit the bank. Tickets will be available at the door. There will be a wide range of prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.

The Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (BTCVFD) hosts a craft show next door at the firehouse and assists with parking and logistics. Participants are local crafters whose table fees this year will go to the BTCA building maintenance fund. Our building, constructed in 1948, has loads of character. At 75 years old, however, a number of parts are wearing out. We’re working to ensure that the building stays around for use by the community for another 75 years!

We look forward to seeing many friends at the breakfast!

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Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast Sunday, June 4
Wood Ducks in Lake Estes Photo by Dick Coe

Oratorio Society Of Estes Park Spring Concert This Friday & Saturday

You are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring with the Oratorio Society of Estes Park this Friday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. or Saturday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. in Estes Park

Three works for chorus and orchestra will be presented in these concerts: A Song of the Rockies from OSEP conductor, Robert Howard’s Wilderness Reflections, How Lovely is thy Dwelling Place from Brahms’ Requiem and Part I of Haydn’s Creation.

Wilderness Reflections was commissioned in 2015 for the centennial of Rocky Mountain National Park by then conductor, the late and dear, Kathryn Bowers and the Oratorio Society to mark the centennial of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Both the text and music Song of the Rockies were written Robert Howard for and about Rocky Mountain National Park and the people who hold it dear to their hearts.

When Brahms composed his German Requiem in memory of his mother, he chose to set Biblical texts of his personal choosing rather than employ the text of

the traditional roman mass for the dead. How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, placed in the center of the work displays Brahms’ gift of lyrical beauty and grace, used to the fullest in this elegiac hymn of comfort.

Haydn composed his Oratorio, Creation in 1798 after hearing Handel’s Messiah and other oratorios during his two extended trips to London. This highly exciting and innovative work is based on the King James version of the creation account in the Book of Genesis and is intended to be sung in either English or German.

Creation abounds with rich natural images and colorful and dramatic interaction of orchestra, soloists and chorus.

The final chorus of Part I, The Heavens are Telling is one of Haydn’s most exuberant and positive works.

Many local vocal soloists will be featured in these concerts including sopranos, Miranda Bator Dillard, Robin Howard and Melissa Westover, alto Denise Stookesberry, tenor Scott Anderson and baritones, Nelson Burke and Robert Gunn.

Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations greatly appreciated.

Yoga And The Word Classes Offered By Alicia Cossota

Alicia Cossota owner of Zoomet Yoga LLC is proud to announce weekly Yoga and The Word classes in two locations. The gentle non-denominational, faith based yoga classes are scheduled on Mondays at 10:30 at St. Francis Angelican Church located at 3480 St. Francis Way and on Thursdays at 10:30 at 600 S. St. Vrain, Unit 1 in the Jazzercise location. Classes are donation based with no membership required. All experience levels are welcome. Come as you are and leave feeling rejuvenated; body, mind and spirit.

For more information, contact Alicia at or visit her website which you can find at Friday, May 19, 2023 « 23

As You Wish… The Princess Bride Is May’s Book Vs. Movie Selection

satire, the 1971 novel boasts layers of ingenious storytelling. A swashbuckling farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, takes a journey to rescue his true love, Princess Buttercup, from the repugnant Prince Humperdinck.

Kids and teens are invited to reserve a copy of the book, read it on their own (or have Grandpa read it to you), then meet at the Library on Saturday, May 27 to discuss the story and watch the 1987 film version on the big screen. Attendees will compare and contrast the book and movie, and examine the different relationships in the story. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

Serving As Your Community Health Library

Buttercup, Westley, giants, pirates, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts: The Princess Bride is a tale of quests for riches, revenge, and of course, true love. It’s also the feature of this month’s “Book vs. Movie Club” at the Estes Valley Library.

William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is often best known for its 1987 film adaptation starring Fred Savage and Robin Wright. But, rich in character and

The program takes place in the Hondius Community Room at the Library starting at 12:30 p.m. Registration is requested and can be done at The movie The Princess Bride is rated PG.

“Book vs. Movie Club” is hosted on the last Saturday of each month. Young adults are invited to explore popular books and movies of the same name and nurture a love of good stories. Sign up and learn more about all Library programs at

Making Great Decisions –Politics In Latin America

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

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

Each month the Forum meets to discuss a key social, economic, and security issue to gain a full understanding of how government policies and events affect us and are shaping our immediate future. Guest Moderators (a local Estes Park Citizen) walks the group through a short, professionally produced 15minute video on a specific topic. Each video features a recognized subject mat-

ter expert. Forum attendees then freely discuss the topic exchanging ideas and personal experiences. The Forum is apolitical and focuses together on building information we need to be educated voters and taxpayers. Diversity of ideas is heartily welcomed and embraced by all during out discussion.

Our next topic is Politics in Latin America

Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region? The subject matter expert and chapter author (see library copy: Great Decisions) is the honorable Mr. Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

Please join us for our next great session on Thursday, June 1st at 11:30 a.m. in the Wasson Room at our world class Estes Valley Library. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Have an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.

Libraries are dedicated to improving the overall health of their communities.

At the Estes Valley Library, we accomplish this in a variety of ways, most notably by increasing access to health literacy and creating opportunities for lifelong learning.

With a wealth of health information, knowledgeable staff, partnership, and programs, libraries are important partners in community-based health literacy efforts. Literacy is a core mission of libraries, and that includes health literacy: helping patrons find health information, and increasing their ability to be in charge of their own health.

This occurs by inspiring movement through programs and lending (including items in our Library of Things like state park passes and light therapy Happy Lights), addressing social drivers of health like employment needs and mental health resources, providing internet access and showing patrons how to find reliable information online, and much more.

Our robust collection (over one million items, including access to medical journals and databases) may be the clearest indication of how highly we value health and education. We also provide several other forums and environments for experiential, innovative learning.

We regularly host classes for folks to learn new skills and hobbies. Just this year, we’ve held sessions about bridge, meditation, creative writing, classical music, local government, wildlife and nature, among others.

In the Makerspace, patrons of all ages can tinker with textiles, 3D fabrication, art, digital content, and more – either

self-directed or in an instructor-led group. For example, this month, in honor of our “Mind, Body, May” theme, folks made their own Epsom salt bath bombs to take home.

The library hosts hundreds of in-person and online events throughout the year. For up-to-date information about classes, lectures, workshops, and other programs, visit our event calendar at

Libraries are key to longer, healthier, and more satisfying and productive lives. During “Mind, Body, May” we hope you’ll engage in one of the many ways the Estes Valley Library improves the overall health of our community.

Intellectual freedom is a person’s right to seek and receive information without interference or censorship. At the Estes Valley Library, intellectual freedom is at the core of our mission: to bring people, ideas, and opportunities together for the enrichment of our community.

In fact, intellectual freedom is our number one value. Offering unrestricted access to the world of ideas is one of our main roles as the community’s public library. Our Collection Development Policy guides us toward this goal, including criteria we use in purchasing popular titles, our commitment to providing diverse viewpoints, and parameters for removing little-used or worn items from our shelves.

Although we’re lucky to add hundreds of new items a month, we unfortunately can’t own every book representing every perspective. We broaden our reach by borrowing physical items from public libraries across Colorado and participating in digital collections like Libby, Hoopla, and our research databases.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library


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

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

Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Special Hours

Closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day KEY

Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit to sign up.


Sign up at

Summer Reading Program

Craft Kickoff Ⓡ

Friday, May 19, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Repeated Saturday, May 20, 11:15 a.m.12:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Join us to kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program! Our theme is “Wander the World” and we’ll be creating a kid-friendly, around-the-world themed craft. All ages welcome.

Easing Stress with Mindfulness Meditation Ⓡ

Monday, May 22, 1-2 p.m., Hondius Room

Tuesday, May 30, 1-2 p.m., Hondius Room

Join this meditation series with instructor Judy Ludwig-Keller. No experience

required; recommended for adults and teens.

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Ⓡ

Tuesday, May 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Makerspace

Turn your bathtub into a spa! Head to the Makerspace to make your own bath bombs for yourself or for a gift to a friend. Recommended for adults and teens.

Return to the Scene of the Climb:

Author Talk with Alison Jean Lester Ⓡ

Wednesday, May 24, 67:30 p.m., Fireside Theater & online Commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, and our community’s connection to it, with a unique author talk that celebrates the life and adventures of expedition member James T. Lester.

Crystal Prism Sunlight Catchers Ⓡ

Tuesday, May 30, 6-7:30 p.m., Makerspace

Add some sparkle to your windows

with these easy-to-create sunlight catchers. All ages welcome.

Make a Giant Lite Brite Map Ⓡ

Thursday, June 1, 4-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Create an oversized, light-up map using lights, acrylic pegs, and power tools. Recommended for ages 9 and up.


Sign up at

Parenting: Protecting & Empowering Children Ⓡ

Tuesday, May 23, 5:15-7 p.m., EVICS

Family Resource Center

Discuss the balance between protecting children and supporting their independence in this special Living Room Conversation. Dinner, childcare, and English/Spanish interpretation provided.

Estes Next Ⓡ

Thursday, May 25, 5-7 p.m., Wasson Room

Learn about Library resources, sign up for a library card, and create a name tag with the laser engraver at this Estes Chamber of Commerce event. Appetizers and drinks provided. Sponsored by Visit Estes Park.


Sign up at

I’m the Girl: Author Talk with Courtney Summers

Saturday, May 20, 12-1 p.m., online Hear from bestselling and critically acclaimed author Courtney Summers, whose novels for young adults include All the Rage, Sadie, and most recently, I’m the Girl. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.


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Robotics & Tech: Machine Mind Ⓡ

Saturday, May 20, 3-4 p.m., Wasson Room

Repeated Tuesday, May 23, 5-6 p.m., Wasson Room

Did you know that the CAPTCHA, “prove you aren’t a robot” tests are actually a teaching tool for computers? In this month’s Robotics & Tech, we’ll be teaching machines how to identify stuffed animals.

Last Day of School Party Ⓡ

Thursday, May 25, 1-2:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Celebrate the end of the school year and the start of Summer Reading Program! Get a free book, enjoy pizza and snacks, create art, and play Just Dance on the Wii.

Book vs. Movie Club: The Princess Bride Ⓡ

Saturday, May 27, 12:30-2:15 p.m., Hondius Room

Book or movie—which did you like best? We’ll discuss the book, then watch the movie adaptation. Snacks and drinks provided.

Lego Club

Saturday, May 27, 3-4 p.m., Hondius Room

Explore different building and engineering challenges each month with our new Lego Club. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Teen Advisory Council Ⓡ

Thursday, June 2, 6-7 p.m., Hondius Room

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


Learn more at

Library Storytimes

Baby Storytime: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10 a.m.

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

Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Wed., May 24 at 6 p.m.

Outdoor Storytime & Car Seat Safety

Wednesday, May 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Stanley Park

Join in for outdoor fun! Littles can enjoy storytime and giveaways from the Library at 10:30, then learn kid-friendly information about safety from the American Red Cross. Estes Valley Fire Protection District will be providing car seat checks. Presented in partnership with EVICS Family Resource Center.

Magic Wand Workshop Ⓡ

Wednesday, May 31, 6-6:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Children ages 6 and under, along with their parents/guardians, will create a magic wand while learning imagination games for peaceful transitions to bedtime. Presented by Susanne Benton, NCTMB.


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Learn the 3D Printer Ⓡ

Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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

Learn the Laser Cutter Ⓡ

Sunday, May 28, 1:30-3 p.m.

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


Cliffhanger Used Books

Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Friends of the Library Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 4 p.m.


Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit to sign up.

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A young boy lived with his grandfather on the top of the mountains in the Swiss Alps. Often, just to hear the sound of his own voice echoing back to him, he would go outside, cup his hands around his mouth, and shout, “HELLO!” Up the canyons the reply reverberated, “Hello…Hello…hello...hello” Then he would call out, “I LOVE YOU!” Back came the reply: “I LOVE you.” One day the boy behaved badly and his grandfather disciplined him. Reacting violently, the youth shook his fist and screamed: “I HATE YOU!” Immediately, the rocks and boulders across the mountainside responded in kind: “I HATE YOU!...hate you…hate you…”

And so it is in life. Call it one of the immutable laws of human nature. We get in return exactly what we give. It all comes back. Incredible echoes mirror our actions to an emphatic degree…sometimes even in greater measure than we give. The results are often embarrassing, or tragic.

What was it Jesus said? Luke tells us: “Treat men exactly as you like them to treat you…Don’t judge others and you will not be judged. Don’t condemn and you will not be condemned. Make allowances for others and they will make allowances for you. Give and it will be given unto you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured unto you.” One woman experienced this truth like this. She had just opened a letter from a friend. Out tumbled a crisp, new, ten-dollar bill. She was pleasantly surprised, but as she read the letter her eyes were distracted by a shabbily-dressed stranger on the street below. She couldn’t ignore his plight. He certainly needed the money more than she did. She slipped the bill into an envelope, scribbled ‘Don’t despair!’ on it, and dropped it from the window. The man picked it up, read it, smiled and tipped his hat as he went on his way. The next day, there was a knock on the door. When she opened it, the stranger stood there smiling as he handed her a wad of bills. When he saw her quizzical look, he replied, “That’s the sixty bucks you won, lady, ‘Don’t Despair!’ paid five to one.”

This certainly is not the way that we would expect to ‘receive’ when we ‘give’ things like: kindness, consideration, encouragement, friendship. However, Jesus promised…and we believe it…we will receive from others what we joyfully give to them. Tennyson wrote: Our echoes roll from soul to soul and forever and forever.”

The law applies to marriage. If we want our spouse to treat us a certain way, we should start with their spouse. Remember Jesus’ words: “Treat them as you want to be treated!” It applies to people at work. The rocky canyons within their lives are ready to echo back the identical attitudes and actions we initiate. Want your fellow workers to be cheery, unselfish, free from unkind remarks and ugly glares? The place to begin is with that person who glares back at you in the bathroom mirror each morning.

And the law is remarkably consistent and contagious. Children echo their parents. Students often echo their teachers, and on it goes. If we are negative, severe, blunt, demanding, others will soon reflect those qualities.

As some of you know, I spend a few days each week sitting in the (OGC) ‘Old Guy’s Chair’ at the Mustang Mountain Coaster, greeting people and punching their tickets as they arrive, and sending them on their way after their memorable experience. I love visiting with each one and assisting them any way that I can. I often tell a happy family group, “Would you like me to take your picture?” Many times, after I take their picture I hear: “Now, we want our picture taken with you.” (Can you imagine it? ‘a thorn among the roses’) and “What’s your name? We want to write a review!”

You will remember another saying of Jesus: “Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap.” And we will find that borne true as we send out our ‘echoes’ into our world. May God help us to be that ‘light that shines’, that ‘salt that influences’, in a very positive way, the lives of people around us.

Bear & Bee Makers’ Studio & Boutique Celebrates Red Ribbon Opening

Celebrating their grand opening Bear & Bee Makers’ Studio & Boutique is home to Colorado's one of a kind ''Art Bar'' where you can try out proj ects in many different media. Inspiration is always on tap at the Art Bar. Other options include dropping in to Bear & Bee for one of their unique “Make & Take” projects. They also offer Mindfulness & Therapeutic Art Sessions, utilizing therapeutic art techniques which can help children and adults relieve stress, promote relaxation, aid communication, and stave off cognitive decline. Mini Makers Monthly Subscriptions let your child’s creativity blossom with monthly creative kits perfect for ages 3-11. Each kit is custom curated to fit your child’s skill level and offers a unique and educational creative experience. These cre-

ations will be something you will cherish and enjoy for years to come.

The beneficial effects of creating aren't dependent on a person's skill or talents, it's the process, not product Quote from Victoria Endsley, owner "Bear & Bee is a woman-owned and operated business that exists to amplify the visibility of local artists and makers and is focused on making art accessible to everyone. We help promote other women artists and offer a place to teach or build."

Bear & Bee Inspired is located at 541 Big Thompson Ave., Suite 201, Estes Park. Call (970) 988-5763 for more information or visit for a list of these amazing classes and events.

Estes Park Special Olympics Tuesday Bowling Fun

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

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

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May 19 - May 25 SOMEWHERE IN QUEENS Sun 21: 7p Sat 20: 2:45p Mon 22 & Thur 25: 4:15p CHEVALIER Sun 21: 4:15p Mon 22 & Thur 25: 7p Sat 20: 10.55a

Hyk Celebrating Five Years Of Operation And Service

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

May 22 – 26

Monday, May 22 Hot Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Tuesday, May 23 Roasted Herb (1/2) Chicken w/ Roasted Potatoes & cottage cheese

Wed., May 24 Chicken Salad Croissant w/ Pasta Salad

Thursday, May 25 Homemade Meat Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad

Friday, May 26 Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

May 29 – June 2

Monday, May 29 CLOSED for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30 Country Fried Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wed., May 31 BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich w/ Mac ‘n Cheese & coleslaw

Thursday, June 1 Chicken Primavera w/ Pasta, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, June 2 Salmon (4 oz grilled) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup of the day

Hyk helps you explore the outdoors in style

Hyk was founded in 2018 by the Ferguson family to be a single source for high quality outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear. Their desire is to bring the mountain lifestyle culture to wherever you call home.

Owner and Director of Hyk

Ben Ferguson said, “We opened Hyk in the spring of 2018 with the intent of helping our customers ‘explore the outdoors in style.’ We proudly serve the residents of Estes and visitors from all over the world and we’ve now started our non-profit

Hyk the World to help people in other countries! We strive to be exemplary citizens of the Estes community and hope to leave things better than we found them!"

This week, Hyk celebrated five years in business and the Estes Chamber of Commerce helped them with their special celebration.

Congratulations to everyone at Hyk on this wonderful milestone.

Hyk is located at 149 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, (970) 586-3200.

Mentors Needed!

Do you enjoy spending time with a youth? Do you wish you had a mentor growing up? Do you love to laugh?

Learn about volunteer opportunities

with Partners at, call 970-577-9348 or email:

EPSD Staff End Of Year Reception

To wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, Estes Park School District (EPSD) celebrated with an end-of-year reception at the Ridgeline Hotel. As traditions have waned post-COVID, the District has been working to build special celebrations back into the busy school year. They feel it is important to come together to honor one another and have some fun. This year the District honored seven retirees: Bryan Thomas, Cindy Boyatt, Jeff Arnold, Teri Beaver, Nancy Alexander, Susan Ryder, and Jose Almeida. Additionally, EPSD honors

employees every five years with a service award. Awards for 5, 10, 15, 20, & 25 years of service were recognized.

Traditionally, the district has awarded volunteer, classified, and teacher of the year. A coach and substitute category was added this year. The awards went to: Aracely Thomas for Volunteer of the Year; Taylor Bodin for Coach of the Year; Trish Carda for Substitute of the Year; Rachelle Ruiz for Classified Employee of the Year; and Dan Copeland for Teacher of the Year.

Meals are $7 for current 2023 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 22nd, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 19th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

The Center is OPEN (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-1; Tuesday 10-2) TriFit (MWF 10:30-11:15); Yoga (TT 10:15-11:15); Mahjong (Tuesdays 10 – 2)

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

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

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

Chloe Smith 12th Grade

Congratulations to Chloe Smith, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for May 19, 2023.

Chloe is the daughter of Jon Smith and Wendy Adams.

At EPHS Chloe plays volleyball and soccer and managed the wrestling team. She is proud of building her relationship with God throughout high school and is proud of all her varsity letters (especially the one from soccer).

Outside of school she loves hanging out with her friends and family and going on runs and hikes. She works at Dairy Queen and her hobbies include, studying facts about capybaras, playing soccer, driving down to Eaton to hang out with her cousins and her best friend, binge watching shows, making Tik Toks, and drinking Dr. Pepper.

When asked a place she’d like to visit she said, “I would really like to travel the world in general, I think all of the different cultures would be so interesting to learn about and be around.”

Chloe’s favorite quote is “"I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness” by Kanye. She said, “I really like this quote because it talks about how everyone has their own definition of their happiness and to not base your happiness off of others.”

The best piece of advice she’s been given is, “Don’t be dumb” from her Dad.

After high school she will be going into the Navy and studying to be an Interior Communications Electrician. Friday, May 19, 2023 « 27
Ben, Owner & Director, Julie, Director Of Fun Stuff and Brooks Ferguson, Manager Of Whatnot celebrate their 5th Anniversary with a special ribbon cutting.

Congratulations To Rachelle Presher-Ruiz And Dan Copeland

Teacher Appreciation Campaign A Huge Success!

The Estes Park Education Foundation (EPEF) would like to express our heartfelt thanks to so many parents and community members for participating in our recent Teacher/Staff Appreciation campaign.

On Friday, May 12th, the last day of National Teacher Appreciation Week, EPEF delivered 110 Certificates Of Appreciation to 86 teachers and staff members of the Estes Park School District.

Parents and community members submitted notes of appreciation for some of Estes Park’s valued teachers and staff. Those comments were included on the certificates and were very special for the recipients. Donations to EPEF were made in the teachers’ and staff members’ names.

100% of all funds will be used for the “Teacher and Staff Support” pillar of EPEF. In 2022 the funds were used for a teacher and staff lunch.

The mission of the Estes Park Education Foundation is to inspire community investment in exemplary student learning experiences today to develop our citizens of tomorrow. EPEF strives to provide seamless unity between the community and the students and teachers of the Estes Park School District in supporting the journey of our students to graduate to be responsible and successful citizens. To learn more about EPEF please visit Additionally, EPEF is an all-volunteer working board that currently has an opening for a director on its board. If you are passionate about education and want to make a difference in a direct, tangible way, please contact EPEF at

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the incredible teachers and staff of the Estes Park School District.

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Congratulations to Estes Park School District Classified and Certified Staff of the Year, Rachelle Presher-Ruiz (left) and Dan Copeland with Dist. Supt. Ruby Bode. EPEF Board Members Peggy Mauerman and Alissa Anderson, High School Teacher Allie Hansen and EPHS principal Mary Baron and EPHS counselor Steph Mabry. EPEF Board Member Alissa Anderson, EPES Principal John Bryant, Elementary School Counselor Ashley Silva and EPEF Board Member Gayla Sullivan. Middle School Principal Sonia Greenway and District Superintendent Ruby Bode.

Celebrate Estes Park School District Retirees

Congratulations and best wishes to * Bryan * Cindy * Jeff * Jose * Nancy * Susan *

This year Estes Park School District honors seven amazing educators. Our retirees have been dedicated staff members and we want to thank them for their years of service, relentless perseverance, creativity, strong character, and camaraderie. We will miss your presence in our schools and hope to run into you at Safeway.


14,235 Days

341,640 Hours

20,498,400 Minutes


After teaching my students how to tell time it never failed someone would always remind me it was time for recess.

I was out for dinner at Smokin Dave’s and my waiter was a former student of mine. When I asked him what he was doing he said he was graduating from CSU and going to medical school to become a doctor.

Future Plans:

My husband and I are planning on moving to Fruita, Colorado for the warmer weather and to be closer to our grandchildren.

Mr. Thomas has been with the district for 23 of his 29 years in education.

Official Stats: started his EPSD career in 2000

0.23 of a Century

2.3 Decades

23 Years

276 Months

1,199 Weeks

8,395 Days

201,480 Hours

12,088,800 Minutes


Creating and participating in the 9th grade Olympic Games and the Capstone Project. We had so much fun! We danced and laughed our heads off.

I also feel so lucky to work with such a caring, dedicated staff and administration. They go above and beyond each and every day. I feel so blessed that I have made friends that will last forever.

Future Plans:

To spend lots of time with the love of my life, my kids and my grandkids. My grandkids have stolen my heart and I look forward to a billion hugs and watching them grow.


Mr. Arnold has worked all of his 39 years in education right here in Estes Park. He started here as a substitute teacher and coach in the fall of 1984, and continued to do that until he was hired into a permanent position in January 1990.

Official Stats:

0.39 of a Century

3.9 Decades

39 Years

486 Months

2,033 Weeks

14,235 Days

341,640 Hours

20,498,400 Minutes


No particular favorite moments or memories; in other words there are too many to name just a few.

Future Plans:

My retirement plan is to do nothing. That is what retirement means.

625 Weeks

4,380 Days

105,120 Hours

6,307,200 Minutes


I started working for the district as a Spanish teacher. In 2012 my position changed to Cultural and Family Liaison, a position I have enjoyed the last 11 years. Helping the Latino Community to integrate and be part of the community has been a privilege and I hope the process will continue.

Future Plans:

My future plans include time to read, write, study basic math, learn to play the guitar, study Japanese, travel, and volunteer at school.

8,395 Days

201,480 Hours

12,088,800 Minutes


Rock climbing with the 7th graders when I taught at the middle school and marching through the high school hallways with our 9th graders during the Olympic Games. Working with students on their writing is another - from AP classes to creative writing - our kiddos have inspired me.

My colleagues are family! I'll never forget their kindness and generosity, and am so grateful for their friendship.

Future Plans:

I look forward to traveling with Bryan and watching my grand-daughters grow up. I am so blessed!


Mrs. Boyatt has been with the district for 39 of her 43 years in education.

Official Stats: started her EPSD career in 1984

0.39 of a Century

3.9 Decades

39 Years

486 Months

2,033 Weeks

Señor Almeida has been with the district for 12 of his 55 years in education.

Official Stats: started his EPSD career in 2011

0.12 of a Century

1.2 Decades 12 Years

144 Months

Mrs. Alexander has been with the district for 23 of her 30 years as an audiologist.

Official Stats: started his EPSD career in 2000

0.23 of a Century

2.3 Decades 23 Years

276 Months

1,199 Weeks

8,395 Days

201,480 Hours

12,088,800 Minutes


Nancy has been a part of the Child Find team and served as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher.

Future Plans:

Traveling, fishing and spending time with family.

Mrs. Beaver has been with the district for 9 of her 55 years in education.

EPSD official stats: started her EPSD career in 2014

0.09 of a Century

0.9 Decades

9 Years

108 Months

469 Weeks

3,285 Days

78,840 Hours

4,730,400 Minutes


My first year of teaching was when I was a four-year-old girl teaching my dolls and stuffed animals in a screenedin patio equipped with chalkboards and desks. As a fourth-grader, I tutored students who were struggling with reading. In high school, I spent my summers teaching special needs children to swim, and in college, I tutored and worked at a Montessori preschool. I have helped write curriculum and have trained other teachers.

Future Plans:

I look forward to healing, traveling, spending time with family (including two beautiful granddaughters), and supporting my husband in his endeavors. I will continuing the friendships I have made here because although I'm retiring, I'm not going anywhere, and there is still a lot of life left to live.

Ms. Ryder has been with the district for 23 of her 29 years in education.

Official Stats: started her EPSD career in 2000

0.23 of a Century

2.3 Decades

23 Years

276 Months

1,199 Weeks

Well done! The time you all have put into the District is impressive. The students and staff are honored to have shared this journey with you. Go and make awesome new memories and spend time doing all the things you love. Friday, May 19, 2023 « 29

Bears Are Awake And Looking For Food; Do Your Part To Remain ‘Bear Aware’ In 2023

With spring upon us, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds citizens and visitors that bears have emerged from hibernation and are beginning their search for food.

CPW has already received 173 reports of bear activity in 25 Colorado counties this year. Wildlife officials are urging residents to secure any and all attractants. Bears should NOT be eating from trash receptacles, bird feeders or other human-provided food sources around homes or businesses.

“Every time a bear gets a treat, a bird feeder, a hummingbird feeder, or trash, it teaches the bear that people mean food,” said Matt Yamashita, CPW’s area wildlife manager for Area 8 covering Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Eagle and Pitkin

bears inhabiting municipalities across both valleys and a subsequently high number of human-black bear conflicts," Yamashita said. "Even with a lack of natural food sources, bears continue to have large litter sizes of three to four cubs, indicating they are receiving supplemental food from humans.”

Early season natural food sources for bears include grasses, aspen buds and other vegetative matter that is beginning to sprout. Those gentle food sources, which are the first crops available to them, help a bear’s digestive system and metabolism adjust back to normal after not consuming anything for months.

“Their bodies are needing to adjust to the fact that they haven’t consumed anything for sometimes six months,” said

weather could lead to localized natural food failures and a rise in conflicts. A lack of natural food availability pushes black bears to be more persistent in their search for human-food sources. Being bear aware not only protects your home and property, but it can save a bear’s life.

Starting with proper bear aware practices in the spring may help prevent bears from discovering your home or neighborhood as a food source that it will return to throughout the year.

Become Bear Aware

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers a reminder that by taking some simple precautions, you can avoid human/wildlife conflicts and help to keep bears wild.

fruit to rot on the ground.

Talk to your neighbors and kids about being Bear Aware.

Cars, traveling and campsites: Lock your doors when you’re away from home and at night.

Keep the bottom-floor windows of your house closed when you're not at home.

Do not keep food in your vehicle; roll up windows and lock the doors of your vehicles.

When car-camping, secure all food and coolers in a locked vehicle.

Keep a clean camp, whether you’re in a campground or in the backcountry.

When camping in the backcountry, hang food 100 feet or more from the

counties “People who think that it’s one time, no big deal, are totally wrong. It is a big deal when you compound that ‘one time’ with how many ‘one timers’ they get from your neighbors, too. It adds up.” The first bears to emerge from their winter dens are typically males (boars) followed by females (sows) that did not give birth to cubs over winter. The last bears to emerge from winter dens are the females who gave birth to this year’s cubs, usually in late April.

“Over the past several years, Area 8 in particular has seen a high number of


and Furbearer Program Manager for CPW. “So there is this phase that is referred to sometimes as walking hibernation, where they are out on the landscape moving slowly and eating what tends to be more vegetative material that starts to pass through their system to get their bodies ready for early summer food sources. That is when they will move back into the typical omnivore diet that we see bears eating the rest of the year.”

Over 90 percent of a bear’s natural diet is grasses, berries, fruits, nuts and plants - native crops all dependent on moisture. Wildlife officials monitor weather patterns in the spring and summer to help determine what natural forage will be available in the summer and fall.

In years where there is good moisture and natural food sources are abundant, human-bear conflicts and interactions are down.

Though most human-bear interactions occur in the late summer and fall months, a late frost or prolonged dry

Bear-proofing your home: Keep garbage in a well-secured location. Only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.

Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them free of food odors: ammonia is effective.

Keep garage doors closed. Do not leave pet food or stock feed outside. Use a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster.

Bird feeders are a major source of bear/human conflicts. Attract birds naturally with flowers and water baths. Do not hang bird feeders from April 15 to Nov. 15.

Don’t allow bears to become comfortable around your house. If you see one, haze it by yelling at it, throwing things at it and making loud noises to scare it off. Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food.

Clean the grill after each use, and clean up thoroughly after cookouts.

If you have fruit trees, don't allow the

campsite; don’t bring any food into your tent.

Cook food well away from your tent; wash dishes thoroughly.

Protecting your chickens, bees, livestock:

Keep chickens, bees and livestock in a fully covered enclosure, especially at night.

Construct electric fencing when possible.

Don’t store livestock feed outside. Keep enclosures clean to minimize animal odors.

Hang rags soaked in ammonia and/or Pine-Sol around the enclosure as a scent deterrent.

For more information about Living with Bears in Colorado, visit

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Gearing Up For Summer: Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Stores Support RMNP And Public Lands

Need a reason to shop at a Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Store this summer? How about the large selection of unique, RMNP-focused merchandise? Or the knowledge that purchases support RMNP’s official nonprofit partner and contribute to park protection and operations? Or the convenient location of retail outlets in the park, at The Old Gallery in Allenspark, and now at the recently added retail store located in the Estes Park Visitor Center?

“The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Store is a welcome addition to the Estes Park Visitor Center,” said Lori Bucci, Visitor Services Manager for the Town of Estes Park. “The products offered range from hiking necessities to publications showcasing the history of the area, and the offerings round out the visitor experience with purchases benefitting those who visit Estes Park.”

Visitors can purchase safety and educational products and interact with knowledgeable visitor center volunteers who can direct them to other local attractions and services. A portion of proceeds from the visitor center location are returned to the Town of Estes Park to enhance visitor services.

The EP Visitor Center is a transportation hub with free parking at the center and adjacent parking structure. During the summer, shuttle buses transport people to RMNP, downtown, and other attractions and lodging around town. The visitor center is also the meeting point for the Conservancy’s Field Institute educational workshops and tours, which leave from the parking garage located at 691 N. St Vrain Ave.

In addition to the new EP Visitor Center location, Conservancy retail outlets now open include RMNP’s Beaver Meadows and Fall River Visitor Centers, and the Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side of the park. There is also a small retail kiosk at the Bear Lake Ranger Station which begins limited operations May

27th, with increasing operating days and hours as the summer season ramps up. The Conservancy Nature Shops at the Moraine Park Discovery Center and The Old Gallery in Allenspark both open May 20th with daily hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A store at the Alpine Visitor Center will operate following the opening of Trail Ridge Road in late May or early June as snow removal operations permit.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy also operates nine retail outlets regionally to support partners at the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. “These sites are small but important, carrying sitespecific maps and guides that may not be otherwise available due to relatively smaller demand,” said Chris Wenzel, Director of Sales at the Conservancy. These sites include Florissant Fossil Beds in Florissant; South Park Ranger District in Fairplay; Leadville Ranger District in Leadville; Sopris Ranger District in Carbondale; Rifle Ranger District in Rifle; the White River National Forest office in Glenwood Springs; Grand Mesa Visitor Center in Cedaredge; the Brush Creek Ranger District in Saratoga, Wyoming; and even the National Historic Trails Interpretation Center in Casper, Wyoming.

And for visitors who need to gear up from afar, there is always the opportunity to shop online at

For more info, contact the Rocky Mountain Conservancy retail office at 970-586-0121, or

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy promotes stewardship of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar lands through education and philanthropy. Since 1931, the Conservancy has raised more than $35 million to enhance and protect the park’s trails, lands, youth education, historic structures, and more. Learn how to get involved at

EVICS Mother's Day Tea

EVICS took Saturday, May 13th to honor mothers in our community with a delightful tea and luncheon. Delicious food and games to allow our mamas to relax and share some time with each other. EVICS is honored to support all mothers, fathers, grandparents and all families in the Estes Valley. We offer programming such as Expectant Families Group, Parenting Classes, and Mom's Cafe. EVICS also delivers playgroups and family activities that not only teach and enrich our children and families, they also provide a place to make connections. EVICS loves our families! And we love to honor our mamas!


Té del Día de la Madre EVICS

EVICS tomó el sábado 13 de mayo para honrar a las madres de nuestra comunidad con un delicioso té y almuerzo. Deliciosa comida y juegos para que nuestras mamás se relajen y compartan un rato entre ellas. EVICS tiene el honor de apoyar a todas las madres, padres, abuelos y todas las familias en Estes Valley. Ofrecemos programación como Grupo de Familias Embarazadas, Clases para Padres y Café de Mamá. EVICS también ofrece grupos de juego y actividades familiares que no solo enseñan y enriquecen a nuestros niños y familias, sino que también brindan un lugar para hacer conexiones. ¡EVICS ama a nuestras familias! ¡Y nos encanta honrar a nuestras mamás!


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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Estes Valley Board Of REALTORS® Annual Scholarship Bowling Tournament

Mountain Meadow Café

Peak Capital Mortgage

PrimericaDebbie Holmes

PrimericaSabina McWhinney


Mountain Brokers

Smokin’ Dave’s


Snowy Peaks


State Farm Insurance- Susan Fereday

Sweet Basilico


The Estes Valley Board of REALTORS® (EVBOR) would like to send out a big thanks to all the folks out there that made our annual Bowling Scholarship Fundraiser possible. Once again, the outpouring of generosity that this town continues to provide is just overwhelming.

This year we gave away two $1,500 scholarships to two very deserving Estes Park seniors, Gael Rojas Santana and Reese Thompson. Our ability to give these scholarships is directly related to the amount of money that our Bowling Tournament brings in.

We had 26 lane sponsors who all donated $100 each toward the cause (please check with the EVBOR next year to be a lane sponsor). Special thank you to our title sponsor Ascent Escrow & Title and our wonderful host The Bull Pin. Along with the fun of bowling, pizza (Thank you! Poppy’s Pizza) and the camaraderie, we also had all sorts of super prizes donated by local businesses. We want to thank every sponsor and prize donator for making this event happen!


Aldrich Builders

Alpine Legacy brokered by eXp

Ascent Title (Title Sponsor)

Bank of Colorado

Bank of Estes Park

Barts Liquor

Bird & Jim’s Restaurant

Bull Pin

Burgers & Gyros

Caddell Appraisals

Coffee on the Rocks

Dan DermanKeller WilliamsThe Thompson Group

Dicks Rock Shop

Donut Haus

Estes Park Brewery

Estes Park Rentals

Estes Valley Community Center

Exodus Moving & Storage

First Colorado Realty

Glacier Lily Spa

Hunters Chop House

Jimmy John’s Sub Sandwich Shop

Judy Anderson Realty

Julia Daley- First Colorado Realty

Kind Coffee

Longhorn Liquor

Lori Smith- First Colorado Realty

Lumpy Ridge Brewery

Michelle York’s Cookies

Mike Richardson- Richardson Team


Mindy Stone- Richardson Team Realty

Modern Mortgage


The Gomez

Team- RE/MAX

Mountain Brokers

The Post

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Estes Park Men’s Golf Association Results for May 15, 2023

Congratulations to all winners

Special congrats to Rod Unruh for Hole-In-One on # 2 and Steve Nagl for shooting his age - 73

Net score of the winners:

Steve Nagl 62

Rod Unruh 66

Jerry Ballinghoff 68

Mike Johnston 69

Tom McNeil 69

Bob Waddell 70

Brian Kelly 70

Charlie Hanchett 70

Tony Fink 70

Dave McAfee 71

Jeff Lindberg 71

Aaron Tulley 71

Joel Moore 72

John Peterson 72

Virgil Yarborough 72

Drew Webb 72

Stan Gengler 73

Josh Tracy 74

Dave Atterburn 74

Dustin Brown 74

Jim Jameson 74

Don Bryson 75

Nelson Burke 75

Greg Shipman 75

Al Wagner 75

Dick Smith 75

Bill Cooper 75

Dwight Stanford 76

Guy Tritico 76

Bob Butler 76

Steve Wirrig 76

Chip Sproul 76

Kent Meyer 76

Paul Edens 76

Chris Haught 76

Don Saucier 76

George Smith 76

Meet The Artist Deborah Bouziden At The Estes Valley Community Center

Deborah Bouziden has been a creative soul all her life. As a child, she created with sticks, stones, glitter, and crayons. In high school, while other girls were in Home-Economics, she took an art class with the boys. Ten years later, Bouziden jumped into the publishing field, writing articles, press releases, books, and any other kind of print media she could find. While her children were little, she dabbled in paper arts again and after they were grown and left the nest, she found art could be a therapeutic form of healing and relaxation.

Bouziden’s discovery of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) was especially exciting. She could practice many different forms of art medium on a small scale, and not feel guilty if it didn’t turn out as she envisioned. Through the years, Bouziden has taken many art classes learning how to do board books, art journals, greeting cards with stamps, meditation tangles, charcoal, and oil painting. This has helped with her ATC journey allowing her to explore and create while relaxing through the art process. Today, her art

Estes Park Women’s Golf Association

Results for May 9, 2023

The game of the day was nine easiest holes.

The winners are:

1st Place

Cindy Minier

Tied for 2nd Place

Marianne Casey

Johanna Gengler

Tied for 4th Place

Judi Cunningham

Linda Bowie

6th Place

Kay Boyle

Tied for 7th Place

Hulda Bachman, Claudia Irwin, Stacey Harding, Carla Spreng-Webb, Laura Mulder

Results for May 16, 2023

The game of the day was # Pigs and a Poke. Your three worst holes are taken out of your score.

The winners are:

1st Place

Kathy Bryson

2nd Place

Twyla Moraczewski

3rd Place

Claudia Irwin

Tied for 4th Place

Jennifer Gergen

Marilyn Soby

Johanna Gengler

We invite any women golfers to join our great group of many levels on Tuesdays at the 18 Hole Golf Course.

Contact President, Carla Spreng-Webb for more information.

room is where she retreats to after hectic days.

Bouziden’s upcoming classes at the Estes Valley Community Center include a free “Meet the Artist” evening on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the EVCC Classroom, as well as an Intro to ATC class on Monday evenings, June 5-26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; $68/pp. Bouziden will also be leading “Write to get Published” class every other Saturday from June 10 to August 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the EVCC Classroom; $80/pp. Sign up for these events at's registration page! If you would like to know more about Deborah, visit

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The EPA, Congress, And The Clean Power Plan

In 1970, under the administration of Richard Nixon, the Clean Air Act (CAA) awarded the newly created Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution by setting regulations and levying fines to command compliance. Last year, specifically June of 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) questioned that authority, determining that the current EPA was overstepping the intent of Congress. SCOTUS made no determination

1: heat rate improvements (such as burning coal more cleanly) to “scrub” the emissions (making them cleaner). Block 2: replacing coal-fired electrical plants with electricity from natural gas. Block 3: replacing coal-fired and natural gas generation with that of renewables, solar and wind.

Save The Date For Estes Recycles

Save the date – and your recyclables –for our next annual Estes Recycles Day, Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Events Complex Main Parking (enter from Manford Ave).

The League of Women Voters Community Recycling Committee and the Rotary Club organize this entirely volun-

cabo el sábado 12 de agosto de las 9:00 a.m. a las 12:00 p.m. mediodía en el estacionamiento del complejo de eventos (entra desde la Avenida Manford).

El Comité Comunitario de Reciclaje de la Liga de Mujeres Votantes y el Club Rotario organizan este evento, lo que es totalmente dirigido por voluntarios. Es-

on the necessity or the validity of the regulation, but merely stated that, IF Congress wants the EPA to have such broad powers, they must be clearer in their aspiration – specifically granting permission to mandate cooperation despite the cost. However, to comprehend this change of heart, one must consider the history.

Today’s world changes rapidly. With changing guidelines and the broadening of scientific evidence, we gain knowledge every day. In an effort to allow laws to “keep up with the times” it was (and is) quite common to assign an administrative division to “stay abreast” and update regulation as they see fit, within the scope of the law.

In 2015, 45 years after the EPA was initiated, the Agency passed the Clean Power Plan. The building Blocks designated in this regulation require implementation of the “best system of emission reduction” (BSER) for each power plant by the use of three methods: Block

In 2016, SCOTUS stayed (not reversed) the Clean Power Plan after it was challenged in court. In 2019, under Donald Trump’s administration, the EPA decided that they had exceeded their authority. It was the Agency’s determination that the interpretation fell under the “major questions doctrine” and therefore needed a clear statement that Congress intended autonomy. However, the Clean Power Plan sets a reduction limit unattainable by instituting Block1 heat rate improvements alone.

The Clean Power Plan (still on the books) was replaced with the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, stressing only the Block 1 heat rate improvements to be “reasonable” (as opposed to exorbitantly costly). The progress toward controlling the upward trend of temperature has not been sufficient. In 2022, SCOTUS doubted that it was the intent of Congress, in 2015, to make the EPA the sole provider of “decisions of such economic and political significance.”

Today’s world changes rapidly. With changing guidelines and the broadening of scientific evidence, we gain knowledge every day. In ecological terms, every second counts. The question today, and tomorrow, is what we, as a nation, want to do now.

Agree? Disagree? Comments?

teer-run event. We are grateful that the town is again providing the location.

Volunteers will assist recyclers at three main stations: paper shredding, scrap metal and electronics.

NOTE: Significantly reduced fees will apply this year for electronics recycled, thanks to a grant from Village Thrift Store. The Sunrise Rotary Club also awarded a grant that will help with operating expenses.

Watch for additions to the items that will be accepted this year.

Organizers are seeking volunteers ages 16 and up. Are you available on Saturday morning, August 12, to work a two- or four-hour shift? Contact Yvonne at for more information about volunteering.

As we get closer to the event more information will be posted at

Guarde la fecha para el Día de Reciclaje de Estes

Reserve la fecha y guarde sus materiales reciclables para nuestro próximo Día anual de Reciclaje de Estes, que se llevará a

tamos agradecidos de que el municipio está proporcionando de nuevo el sitio. Los voluntarios ayudarán a los recicladores en tres estaciones principales: trituración de papel, chatarra metálica, y electrónicos.

NOTA: Este año se aplicarán tarifas

significativamente reducidas para los electrónicos reciclados, gracias a una subvención de Village Thrift Store. El Club Rotario "Sunrise" ha otorgado una subvención para ayudar con los gastos de maniobras.

Esté atento a las adiciones a la lista de los artículos que se aceptarán este año. Habrá más información más adelante. Los organizadores buscan a voluntarios mayores de 16 años. ¿Está usted disponible el sábado 12 de agosto por la mañana para trabajar en un turno de dos o cuatro horas? Póngase en contacto con Yvonne en para obtener más información sobre el voluntariado.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

AA of Glen Haven- Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Also Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Glen Haven Town Hall.

Early Worms-Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (Tues., Thurs. & Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Fall River Group

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 453 West Elkhorn: Mon., Weds., at Noon Fri. at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed).

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

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

Note: The AA Meeting website has over 6,000 members and there are 69 AA Meetings a week plus NA has 30 meetings a week.

Go to

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Photo by Michael Barringer

Neighbors In Need Challenge Beginning To Wrap Up

I am so blessed to work for an organization that aligns with my personal mission. We have wonderful board members who provide governance and financial oversight--we have outstanding volunteers who step up to do whatever is needed--our staff members are uniquely gifted and experienced in the areas they oversee, and our community supporters are always there to help us sustain the work we feel called to do. I couldn’t be more pleased with how the many hands work together to ensure our neighbors are taken care of.

One of our clients wrote a letter of gratitude that she asked us to share. I hope someday you’re able to meet her in person. She’s such a kindhearted person who loves everyone she meets.

Here’s what she had to say: “My association with Crossroads as a client started in September, 2019, through a friend who told me about your ministry. My first experience was meeting Eva and

then afterwards I shopped for groceries in your food pantry. Everyone I met that day treated me with respect. I was also given a voucher for the Village Thrift Shop and a list of apartment information. I was looking for housing and immediately filled out applications from

With the heaviest of hearts, we let our friends and family know that Shilo, my wife of almost 30 years and mother to our amazing daughters, passed away suddenly on the evening of Friday, May 12th, 2023, due to complications with a long-term medical condition. She passed on to the next adventure at home with us. She had a great day before she had to go; her last year with us was one of our best.

Shilo embodied the creative life journey of a true artist and writer. She and her family lived life fiercely and on their own terms. Shunning conventionality instead choosing to forge their loving bohemian path. Shilo was a life-long writer first in her poetry and stream-of-consciousness poetry and started her first full-length novel this past year. She was about halfway finished but shared all of the worldbuilding and story/character development with her husband (also an author.) Her husband and daughters intend to finish her novel and publish it someday. Much like Vincent Van Gogh, she never cared if she found recognition or success. She just wanted to share her beautiful, vivid thoughts.

We love and miss you already. And are so proud of being a part of your journey and the completely unique, kind, creative human you were.

We will see you again someday when we finish our own life stories.

Shilo Christine Van Tatenhove passed away the evening of Friday, May 12, 2023, in her home in Estes Park, Colorado.

A celebration will be held at The

the list. Shortly afterwards I had to go to Florida as my brother was gravely ill. When I returned I was in a state of needing help with medical supplies to which Crossroads came to my aid. I participated in the budget planning classes that were provided and then COVID

became a part of all our lives. I was fortunate to be able to come to get groceries as often as I needed to. During 2020, I kept hoping to find a permanent place of my own, but it was somewhat difficult due to being isolated. I was able to go to doctors and use Zoom for other medical needs during this time. Around February, 2021, I thought I had found an apartment but it didn’t become available. I continued to wait and then finally in March a call came from Eva about an apartment. I immediately contacted the manager and signed my lease on March 29. At this point Crossroads helped with my deposit and then the blessings began to flow. People who knew me from Crossroads helped me with so many of the big things that I

needed to furnish my apartment. Everything else came together with help from family and my Women’s Bible study group. I have thanked God so many times for Crossroads; the prayers and encouragement have been so wonderful. I’m not ashamed to say that during 2020 Crossroads and counseling at Summit Stone have taken me from the brink of being depressed and suicidal to a woman who has hope and faith in God’s miracles. I have suffered from mental and physical illness for a long time. Never once have I ever felt ashamed of sharing things with my friends at Crossroads. God bless the donors who enable Crossroads to help their clients. What you give helps so many people in need. Thank you for your generosity!” When you give to Crossroads you’re making an impact in the lives of people who live the Estes Valley. Our Neighbors in Need Challenge is wrapping up at the end of May, so we’re still matching dollar for dollar any donation that comes in for a couple more weeks. You can give securely online at or you can send us check to PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Shilo Cristine Van Tatenhove

Wheel on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 3 pm. We consider this an anti-funeral and ask those friends and family that wish to join us to come dressed to celebrate. Think of dressing up as if you were going out to your favorite dance club.

Shilo was born on May 1, 1974, to Debra and Clifford Schweizer in Johnson City, Kansas. Shilo graduated from Woodland Park High School and continued to receive a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University. She graduated on the Dean’s List even while struggling with daily chronic pain.

Shilo was married to Jason Van Tatenhove for the past 30 years.

Shilo is well known for her kind heart and willingness to help others. She was also actively involved in her girls’ lives, supporting them with their wrestling, theater, dance, music, and photography interests.

Shilo is survived by her three daughters, Lux, Wintyr, and Sierra, granddaughter AnaBelle, husband Jason Van Tatenhove, two sisters and brother onlaw Haylee Schweizer of Fort Collins, Colorado and Cory and Ryan Gorton of Divide, Colorado, Mother Debra Stocking of Syracuse, Kansas, two nieces, two nephews, and many more friends and family.

Shilo is preceded in death by her fathers, Clifford Schweizer and Jerry Stocking, and her grandparents, Ralph and Toots Schweizer and Archie and Marjorie Nairn. In place of flowers, memorial donations may be given at b4373f3a. The family wishes to thank the Estes community, who helped us navigate this difficult time.

Heaven under the black lights by Jason

I had a dream a few years back. Around that time, I realized that my wife’s condition had already taken away part of who she used to be. That parts of her mind, body, and heart had already passed. I thought we would not see them again. But I did during the past year.

We met at the age of 22 in the early 90s in a nightclub in northern Colorado. I had just moved back to Fort Collins that very day. My friends helped me move, and we had just finished unloading the beat-up, rusted U-Haul. Dirty, dusty, and sweating, I took them to the north side of town to say thanks. The Old Fort Ram was in the industrial district, and the building had once been a vast warehouse. Under the blue-white glow of black lights, I first saw her crooked half-smile as I walked into the club with my friends in tow as the base thundered across the

dance floor. As I walked past the bouncers, she was the first person I saw, the sweet scent of nightclub fog drifting in the air. Standing there, her white tank top framed by thin bracers, glowing under the blacklight, her brown eyes alive with sparks of youth, plaid miniskirt, and high-top vans. I’ll never forget that moment. She was a post-punk rock angel who had fallen to the earth, and I fell for her right then and there.

The dream I had hearkened back to that night. Again, it was at a club, but this one was at a bar a friend once owned, where we had our wedding reception, The Star Light. But the black lights were there. Old friends who were long dead, friends we used to meet every Saturday night, to all dance our youth away, were there. And Shilo was there greeting me just inside the nightclub door, half-crooked smile once more whole, eyes once again sparking, but this time wearing a golden dress with matching vans. She grabbed my hand and pulled me out to the dance floor, and we once again danced the night away with all our old friends.

I don’t know if I believe in gods, devils, angels, or demons. But I think I had a fleeting glimpse of what part of my heaven will be.

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Lucian (Bud) Q. Williams Jr.

Lucian (Bud) Q. Williams Jr. peacefully went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on May 2, 2023.

Bud was born to Lucian and Grace (Davis) Williams in Kansas City, KS in 1936.

Bud graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1954 and married Selma Sievering in Kansas City, KS that December. From 1955 to 1959, Bud honorably served on The USS Ranger Aircraft Carrier for the United States Navy. Upon completion of his military service, Bud returned to work for Hallmark Cards for 39 years in several roles including machinist and management. He also served the Kansas City and Estes Park communities as a volunteer Police officer.

Bud’s faith in Jesus Christ was very important to him as he regularly attended church, Bible study, and served as a deacon. Throughout his life in Kansas City and Estes Park, Bud was a member of Brenner Heights Baptist Church, 47th St. Southern Baptist Church, Estes Park Baptist Church, and Hyde Chapel YMCA in Estes Park.

Instantly recognizable by his signature brown leather cowboy hat, Bud enjoyed playing his guitar, outdoor water sports, riding his motorcycle, and traveling the world. His travels included Hawaii, Mexico, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan, Greece, Italy and

Switzerland. Bud was also known for his many unique collections which included ball caps, walking sticks and oil lamps. Later in life he most enjoyed going hiking with his grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, sister Florence Marie and great grandchild Tara Lake. He is survived by his wife Selma of Estes Park, CO, son Rod (Marilyn) of Estes Park, CO, and son Kip of Kansas City, MO.

Grandchildren Jessica Lake (Jeff), Cameron Williams, Caroline Williams, Katie (Jon) Gilbert. And great-grandchildren Cheyann Lake, Katelin Lake, Sara Lake, Ava Gilbert and Nolan Gilbert.

Service information will be available when scheduled. Bud requests in lieu of flowers to make a donation to either YMCA of the Rockies Chapel Ministries or Estes Park Senior Citizens Center. In care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit www.allnuttestespark.comto leave a message or memory for the family to see.

Gerald, “Jerry” Flood

Gerald, “Jerry” Flood, 73, of Estes Park, CO, passed away at his home on May 5, 2023 with his wife Jackie by his side. Jerry was born in Omaha, NE on January 1, 1950 to Vernon and Ione Jean (Jacobson). Jerry was a long-time resident of Omaha, and he and Jackie were married in August 28, 1971 there, and continued living there until 2005, when they moved to Estes Park, CO to retire.

Jerry graduated from Benson High School in Omaha in 1968, in addition to graduating from The University of Nebraska also in Omaha. Jerry worked for the City of Omaha for 33 years.

Jerry loved woodworking and traveling, and in his younger years he was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing softball in his spare time. In Estes Park, Jerry was an influential member and served as president of the Rotary Foundation for many years. Jackie would make sure he attended the Sunrise Rotary Chapter breakfast meet-

ings on Tuesdays.

Those surviving Jerry include his wife, Jackie (Kendall) Flood of Estes Park, CO, brother-in-laws: Kevin (Robin) Kendall, Kerry (Susie) Kendall, a sister-in-law Lanette Flood, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as many dear friends.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Ione, of Omaha, as well as a brother Tom Flood of Frisco, Texas.

There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Jerry at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at Lily Lake of Rocky Mountain National Park followed by a brunch at the American Legion in Estes Park. 970 St. Vrain Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517.

Charitable donations are to be made to the Rotary Foundation in Jerry’s honor. You may mail a check to The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Foundation. P. O. Box 4261 Estes Park, CO 80517.

Douglas Clark McPherson

November 14, 1939 – May 14, 2023

Douglas Clark

McPherson passed on from this life on Sunday, May 14 at the age of 83. He was an exceptionally honorable man, logical, witty, and smart-as-atack. Many considered him their great friend and confidante. Doug grew up in Topeka, Kansas with his parents, Janice and Clark, and his grandparents, Charlotte and Peter (Peter set the seeds for his lifelong love of calculated card playing). He migrated to Manitou Springs, Colorado. He was a pull-upyour-bootstraps boy that bagged groceries and played baseball. He made his way to the University of Colorado-Boulder, worked for the IRS, then put himself through night school at Georgetown Law. He was a tax lawyer working in the aerospace industry during the Cold War and Reagan era. Doug was as skilled at charming people as he was at balancing books. He loved his work; it was his area of genius.

Doug is survived by the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Jananne (Jaye) Sweet McPherson. They were introduced by Doug’s boyhood friends from Topeka, Tom and Nancy, who proposed, “We think you’ll like her, but we’re not sure you can afford her.”

Jaye’s dowry included 50 immediate relatives, most of whom were strongwilled women, and a family with deep roots in early Estes Park. He had been living, vacationing, and hosting family gatherings on the hill for the last 60

years. His sanity and social life included his poker group, bridge club, golf buddies, tax-prep friends, and the nonprofit boards that gleefully entrapped him into service. He leaves a legacy of philanthropic service and giving, a strong value for education, and an appreciation for Glennfidich.

As a father, he would enthusiastically take his kids to Busch stadium in St. Louis for a game, especially when the Dodgers were in town, “Grab your glove; we gotta go!” He bought peanuts outside the stadium because, for the record, “he was not cheap or frugal, but careful.”

Doug was known as Tata, Papa Doug, Pops, Dad, friend, confidante, and—lovingly, by Jaye—as Dougie. He is survived by his four kids, Michael, Julie, Karen, and Jeff. By extension, their spouses and five children.

Lloyd Lane Celebration Of Life

A Celebration of Lloyd Lane’s Life will be held at the home of Paul and Jane Suwalski in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP to 303-651-0209 if you plan to attend.

Lloyd will be placed to rest at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. Fond memories of Lloyd are welcome at

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Carolyn Sue Gottfried

Carolyn Sue

Smith Gottfried was born October 22, 1959, in Chanute, Kansas. She died peacefully in her sleep on May 5, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society in Loveland, Colorado. Her parents were Richard and Emmajean Smith. Richard was a State Trooper, and Emmajean was a nurse at the Neosho County Hospital where Carolyn was born.

She grew up in Chanute and later Wichita, Kansas, before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended grade school. In 1972 the family moved to Roselle, Illinois, where Carolyn attended Lake Park High School, graduating in 1978. She became a travel agent in the Chicago area until taking a job with Zurich American Insurance Company in Shamburg, Illinois.

Carolyn married Walter Gottfried in 1987. She was blessed with two sons, Grant and Scott, who were her life’s greatest joy. After her divorce, she spent time with her sister Barbara in Elgin, Illinois. She later moved back to Tipton, Kansas to be near her dad, brothers Fred and Curt, and sister Dorothy. She lived for a short time in Beloit, Kansas, where she was an Insurance Advisor at the Mitchell County Hospital. She spent her final years in Estes Park, Colorado, where she worked for Estes Park Health.

There she enjoyed the incredible beauty of the mountains and the ever-present wildlife, often sending family and friends photographs of elk, deer, and bears taken from her window.

Carolyn was a kind and gentle being who found great solace and joy in her Christian faith. She never wavered in her devotion as she fought cancer in her brain and underwent two surgeries. Yet, she was a stalwart in strength and piety, a trait she learned from her mother, who endured similar infirmity.

Carolyn was known for her warm, infectious, and sincere hugs. She was a joyful old soul with a zest for life. She was preceded in death by her mother, Emmajean, in 2016. She is survived by her two sons, Grant (fiancé Kaytlin) and Scott of Phoenix, Arizona; her father, Richard Smith of Tipton; brothers Alfred (Vali) and Curt (Delia) of Tipton, Kansas; sister Barbara Sexton (Greg) of Elgin Illinois; brother George (Terry) of Bellbrook, Ohio; and sister Dorothy Katsiyiannis of Estes Park, Colorado, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for May 21, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at The Rocky Mountain Church in Estes Park, Colorado, with a reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado.

John Edson Hale passed away at 12:10 p.m. May 8th, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ.

John was born on July, 8, 1935 in Dayton, Ohio. He was one of two children (Judith Louise Zimmerman, deceased), to John Flotron Hale and Virginia Ruth Riggin also of Dayton, Ohio.

As a young boy, he delivered newspapers and was so good at it, that he received a trophy for being the best delivery boy in Dayton. One of his great memories as a teenager, was to be a member of the Dayton Boys Choir, and for six years he traveled the country with about 100 members of the group.

He attended Fairview High School of Dayton, Ohio and continue his education at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Engineering. While in College, he married Nancy Oflesby of Dayton, Ohio, on September 8, 1956 and settled in Boulder, Colorado where they had three children: Jeffry Allan, Douglas Bryan and Bradley Kevin, all of Colorado. They divorced in 1982.

He started his professional career with State Farm Insurance, first in management and later on, started his own Agency in Boulder until his retirement in late 1999. His dream was to have a place in Phoenix, Arizona to spend winters and a place in Estes Park, Colorado to spend summers. To accomplish this, he decided to visit Phoenix, Arizona and on the first day of his arrival, January 1, 2000, he met Maribel J. Guglielmo. Four years later, they got married at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona and together, they build a house

in Estes Park, Colorado, so he was able to fulfill his dream.

He was a giver and ready to help anybody that needed help, had a strong Christian faith and was a Charter member of the Methodist Church of Boulder from the breaking ground ceremony until its comple-

tion. In 1982 he joined the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder. He was President of the Optimist Clubs of Boulder, Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Life Underwriters.

He also loved hiking, and became a volunteer Ranger at the Rocky Mountain National Park. During his retirement years, he enjoyed a quiet life, continued traveling and visited Maui many times which was one of his favorite places.

He is survived by his wife Maribel, his three sons and stepdaughter Gina Guglielmo of Phoenix, Arizona, daughters-in-law Julie (Graham) Hale, Karla (Orrell) Hale and stepson-inlaw Brendan Fogarty, 5 grandchildren (Mathew, Jennifer and husband Anthony, Carissa and husband Francisco, Cody and wife Michelle and Carlie, of Colorado and step granddaughter Roisin Fogarty of Phoenix, Arizona) and five great grandchildren (Lydia, Alexander, Gianna, Lucca and Emilia) of Colorado.

Celebration of Life will take place on May 30th at 11 a.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Friday, May 19, 2023 « 41
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Rocky Mountain Gateway

Now Hiring For Kitchen Staff and Servers


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Are organized, have retail experience, leadership qualities and want to work by Lake Estes? This position is a great opportunity to contribute to the Marina team and grow your leadership skills!

Part-time and Seasonal Positions

We are accepting applications for Part-Time Lifeguards and Seasonal

Full-Time and Part-Time positions for Golf Pro Shop, Golf Starters and Rangers, Golf Maintenance and Marina Attendants.

Seasonal Campgrounds Maintenance Supervisor

Do you enjoy working outdoors? This position will work with and supervise Campground Maintenance staff to maintain the Mary’s Lake and East Portal Campgrounds. Maintenance duties will include various landscaping tasks, building tent pads, and making minor repairs to facilities. The position will start in mid-April and end in mid-October.

Youth Tennis Instructor

Do you have experience working with youth and/or instructing tennis. This position will be responsible for developing age-appropriated group tennis lessons for youth, ages 4-12 years old. You need knowledge of tennis rules, terminology, and equipment, and safety protocols. This program will be offered at the Stanley Park Tennis Courts on June 6- July 20 on T/TH mornings 9-12pm (skipping July 4th week).

To learn more about these positions and apply on-line go to Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is an equal opportunity employer.



Are you looking for something that is a calling rather than a job? Good Samaritan offers many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. If you want more out of your work than just a paycheck…check out our employment opportunities at

All training provided, QMAP, CNA and RN - great benefits! 3 positions open! Sign on bonuses available.


Retail Clerks

2-3 days/week


More than 40 percent of seniors report regularly experiencing loneliness. Good Samaritan Estes Park Village senior living community offer socialization, meal programs and wellness/activity programs to combat loneliness, gently supporting our residents that nurture their body, mind and soul. One of the ways we want to enhance this is through our volunteer program. We will pair seniors with friends in the community who can share their interests and offer companionship.

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Wild Side 4x4 Tours is Hiring!

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• 5-star ranking on TripAdvisor for the past 10 years

• Awarded the Certificate of Excellence for the past 10 years

HIRING TODAY! DieSel MecHAnicS AnD cDl DriverS Pay Starting at $26/hr Shift : Monday – Friday, starting around 6/7 AM $5000 Sign on Bonus Apply at or send your resume to Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Parking Lot Attendants & Bus Washers/Cleaners $21.00 per hour. Seasonal work May-Oct. Varied shifts, part-time or more. Info 970-577-7477 Formerly Rocky Mountain Transit Management HIRING! YmCa oF THe RoCKieS 2515 Tunn e l R oa d est e s P a rk, C o l o r a d o , 80511 gRo un DS mai n Te n a n Ce CRe w LeaDeR Responsible for assisting the Grounds Maintenance Supervisor in supervising seasonal crews in the upkeep and projects of the Estes Park Center grounds and landscaping. $18 - $19.50/hour with full benefits, discounted childcare, generous PTO/vacation, and more perks. www.w o rk i nth

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Rams Horn Village Resort has a year round, part time position available in our Activities/Hospitality Department: $18-20/hour. Responsibilities include exceptional customer service, weekly shopping, food prep, and assisting with weekend events for guests. Approx 16-20 hrs/wk. Can also work in Guest Services/Housekeeping department for full time employment, which includes summer bonus and benefits package. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE 2515 Tunn e l R oa d est e s P a rk, C o l o r a d o ,
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Other Employment Opportunities
If you are looking to make a different in the lives of others, contact the Good Samaritan Estes Park Village. (970) 577-7700 ext 200 and ask for Irene.
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Responsible for the overall dayto-day operations of the Pine Room, the restaurant on-property at YMCA of the Rockies. $18.00$21.30/hour with full benefits, discounted childcare, membership, and more! www.w o rk i nth e r o ck ie s. o r g
Cook • Dishwasher • Host
Brewer’s Assistant
Full-time Seasonal Lake Estes Marina Supervisor

Historic Crags Lodge

Night Auditor

Full Time 11pm to 7am. $17/hr

Stop by and see us or call us at 970-586-6066

300 Riverside Drive Estes Park, CO 80517 Equal Opportunity Employer


Full details on employment opportunities and the application can be found at

Full-time Civil Engineer I - II (term limited)

Services Dispatcher I – III Events


Officer I - III Street

Specialist I - III

Water Plant Operator I - IV

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


2515 tunn e l ro a d e stes p ar k, Colo ra do, 80511

Master Carpe n ter

Responsible for repairing and replacing all aspects of building construction associated with operations, as well as maintenance and repair of facilities. The carpentry work will be new construction, upgrading construction, and repair construction. $26.93 - $31.98/hour with full benefits, discounted childcare, membership, and more perks.

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Guides, Manager & Office Staff - F/T & P/T

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Questions? Call 970-577-0034

Silver Saddle Inn

Now hiring: Front Desk Clerk Evenings required, Full time $17/hr - $22/hr DOE, Benefits Must be non-smoker. Apply in person: 1260 Big Thompson Ave. or email resume:

You've just found it! Fun family business

Outdoor World retail clothing and equipment year round stores needs you. Starting at $17.0030.00 per hour. Retail, managing, selling, merchandising and cleaning. You must be cheerful and like people. Choose your hours. Ages 15 to 80. Call Ernie 24 hours a day any day. 970 232 8290.

Harmony is Hiring

Belong to something that matters. See your value every day. Connect with your calling. We have full & part-time opportunities for:

• Licensed Counselors

• Nurses

• Cleaning Crew

• Maintenance

• Case Management

• Food Services

• Behavioral Health Tech

Check out our website for job duties & salary ranges history/careers.

Stop by our office at 1600 Fish Hatchery Road to apply or email your resume to We look forward to meeting you!

Harmony está contratando Pertenece a algo que importa. Vea su valor todos los días. Conéctate con tu vocación. Tenemos oportunidades a tiempo completo y parcial para:

• Consejeros Licenciados

• Enfermeras

• Equipo de limpieza

• Mantenimiento

• Gestión de casos

• Servicios de Alimentación

• Tecnología de salud conductual Visite nuestro sitio web para conocer los deberes laborales y los rangos salariales history/careers.

Pase por nuestra oficina en 1600 Fish Hatchery Road para solicitar o envíe su currículum vitae por correo electrónico a

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Now Hiring Part-time year-round employment for RMNP Tours and Weddings. Clean, Valid Colorado CDL Driver License, with Class B Pass. Endorse. Required. $28-30/hr plus tips.

Join Way Finder Cleaning!

No experience needed, we offer professional training. Start at $20/hour with potential to earn over $30 with tips and benefits. Enjoy a supportive team environment, opportunities for advancement, paid vacation/sick leave, and 401k. Apply now at or call 720-570-6944.

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Now hiring Shuttle Drivers

Part-time/Full-time year-round employment. Clean Valid Colorado Driver license (no special license needed). $18-20/hr plus tips with a $4 morning and night shift differential. Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave

Tire Technician

Perform tire related and light automotive services. $15 - $20/hr depending on experience. Flexible time off options, at cost vehicle repairs. Valid drivers license required. Apply in person at 1633 Raven Ave or call (970) 586-8085 or email

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Responsible for covering the days and nights when the regular Night Auditor and any of the Guest Registration Managers are off. Must be able to work between 11:00PM – 7:00AM. $18$21.30/hour with full benefits, discounted childcare, and more. www.wo r kin t h er ocki es .o r g

SereniTEA's tea room is hiring for Experience line cook, Prep and Server.

Flexible Hours. Morning and Afternoon. Hourly plus tips. Apply in store.

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

• Drive-up & Go Service Helpers

• Checker

• Courtesy Clerk

• Day-Stocker

• Overnight Stocker

• Bakery Clerk

• Deli Clerk

• Produce Clerk

• Seafood Clerk

• Cake Decorator

• Meat Cutter

Get your application at:

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

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Solitude Cabins and Lodge is now hiring for:

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$17-20/hr depending on experience.

Please call 970-577-7777 ask for Kay

Town of Estes Park, Events Department, has a job opportunity for an Events Operation Supervisor

For details please visit: careers/estespark?

The Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Inn of Glen Haven

Line Cook Wanted

Starting at $15/hr plus employee meal. Help prep veggies, sauces, sides, etc; making appetizers & plating during main service; and tear down after service.

Th, Fri & Sat in June 1-8 pm. Wed, Th, Fri, Sat & Sun in July & August 1-8 pm. Days and hours may vary in future. Call (970) 586-4696



For Rent: Two bedroom condo, one bath, nice deck and views. No pets, no smoking $2,150/month Call 970-699-6727



1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, walkout. ALL utilities paid, including internet TV. Private laundry. Close to hosp. & schools. $1,600mo. + Dep. & 1 yr. lease. Credit check & ref. NP/NS. Avail. soon. TEXT 970-214-5640

Downtown Studio for $950. Single Occ, NS/NP, 1-Year Lease. Credit and Ref Req. Call (970) 480-5458.


2 bedroom cabin great location. 1 bathroom, huge kitchen /living area 6 month or 12 month lease. $2,300 per month plus utilities. Please call 970-215-4016 and leave a message

Commercial Rentals



237 W. Elkhorn $3,000 per month. 12’ x 24’ with loft. Waterwheel Shops. Good location for artist, sculptor, tailor, yarn shop or craftsperson. 970-586-6308

Bird & Jim

Experience line cook / prep – both AM shifts. Line 8am – 4pm, Prep 6am – 2pm $16-$18 pending experience

Please stop by or email

The Bird’s Nest

Experience line cook / prep – this is a dual role. Hours from 8am to 4pm. $16-$18 pending experience. Baristas and lead baristas $14-$18 per hour. Please stop by or email info@thebirds–

Deer Crest Resort

Responsible for all catering and refreshment deliveries out of the Estes Park Center Food Service Department. $18.00$20.15/hour with full benefits, discounted childcare, membership, and more!

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P/T Front Desk Help Wanted through mid-October. 24-30 hours per week

Lodging experience is helpful, but not a must.

Salary based on experience. Call 970-586-2324



2015 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan

Basque Red pearl w/Ivory Leather int. Very Good Condition..147,000. Good Tires, new windshield, great gas mileage. $14,500.00. Call 970-227-0346. please no dealers/brokers.



Piano Tuning

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


FSBO $825,000 4 bd/3 bth 2200 sq ft single family home Owner/Agent 970-481-9151


Landscaping services


Raking, Tree & Shrub removal, Hauling Lawn services, Rock Work


Remixed Custom Sewing Services.


RV Cushions, outdoor furniture, benches, leather and Industrial Repair. Call for appointment


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


Garage Sales

Garage/Moving Sale

Garage Sales

2017 Heartland North Trailer. 27ft, bunkhouse floorplan, outdoor kitchen w/ mini fridge and outdoor shower, inside living spotless, sleeps 7-8, new batteries, power jack hitch, power stabilizer jacks, power awning, extendable rear cargo rack, blue Ox weight distribution hitch system, cover. It’s in perfect shape. Needs a new family to play with! Located in Estes Park. $26,500 Contact Ron @ 970-214-3421.


Garage Sales


Furniture, kitchen items, outdoor furnishings, and so much more!

Saturday May 20th 8am-12pm

1701 Prospect Estates Dr Estes Park Co

517 Pine River Ln. Sat 8am - 3pm. Like new, large gun safe, miscellaneous tools, large 7 foot water wheel with steel axle and bearings, ladders, stainless steel shelving on wheels, four sections, 72” x 48 x 24 deep. Miscellaneous steel real estate sign frames. Large number of real estate riders, Storage containers, large three piece craftsman toolbox on wheels full extension trays, miscellaneous wrenches, hammers & terms of miscellaneous woodworking tools I am material. For more info call or text


Garage Sale -One Day Only! Saturday, May 27, 8:00-2:00. Hand & Power Tools, Hardware, Shop Vac, Ladders, Garden Hoses, HD Extension Cords, Shelving, Fabrics, Sewing & Crafts items, Household & Kitchen items, 2 Bookcases, Pictures & Frames, Toys & Toy Box, Puzzles & Games, Men’s Snowshoes, Camping items, Commercial Mop Bucket & Mops, Christmas Decorations & More.


1265 Range View Road, EP 970.481.3516

Community YARD Sale & Pancake Breakfast May 27th - “Weather

Permitting” Sale -8 A.M. until Noon Masonic Lodge1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Spaces available for rent $20.00

For Details call: 577-8585

Antique glassware, wood working tools and furniture featured at our yard sale 6am-2pm Saturday May 27 & Sunday May 28. 653 Morgan St. Estes Park.


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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