Estes Park News, May 20, 2022

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Cuckoo At The Lake Estes Bird Sanctuary On Monday morning, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo showed up at the bird sanctuary at Lake Estes. Local bird expert Scott Rashid said, “I have been keeping track of birds at the lake since 1993 and this is the first time this species has ever been seen there. It is species #302 for the lake and the sanctuary.” Photo by Scott Rashid

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Power Lines And Wildfire Mitigation By: Power and Communications Superintendent Joe Lockhart, Advanced Metering Infrastructure Coordinator Clerk Sarah Clark and Town Administrator Travis Machalek

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roughly 2010 and it now makes up nearly 30% of the line on our system (94.74 miles/331.97 miles). The team has continued to leverage GIS resources to understand where the highest-risk lines are and to prioritize the installation of Wildfire risk is top of mind for many tree cable in those areas. residents as the season changes, snow melts, and warm weather returns. The Beyond tree cable, the Town has also last two years have illustrated in a drainvested heavily in automatic re-energizmatic and tragic way the destructive ing hardware. While initially intended to power of wildfire when it meets the improve power reliability, this hardware wildland-urban interface across a signif- has become essential in mitigating the icant portion of the state. risk of wildfire start from the electrical Throughout the country, customers of system by enabling operational adjustelectric utilities are developing a height- ments during times of high wildfire risk. One of the most impactful adjustments ened awareness of the wildfire risks posed by electric distribution infrastruc- that this hardware enables is the ability for the Town to activate the “one-shot ture. Locally, this trend of increasing setting” on high-risk lines across the sysawareness was amplified by the 2021 Kruger Rock Fire, which sparked when a tree located outside of the Town’s power easement snapped and landed on a power line. The Town is committed to lowering the wildfire risk posed by community electrical infrastructure by making targeted capital investments, refining operational adjustments in times of high fire danger, and engaging wholeheartedly with community partners for long-term planning and risk reduction. tem when the fire danger is elevated. The one-shot setting programs the autoEach year, the Town spends approximatic re-energizing hardware to cut off mately $900,000 in addition to signifiimmediately once it senses a specified cant staff time on fire mitigation projload (amount of current), reducing the ects. Beyond ongoing maintenance of likelihood of starting a fire. While this is distribution assets (power lines, transformers, fuses, etc.), the Town has an an- a huge advantage from a fire-prevention standpoint, this setting also increases the nual contract for tree trimming within chance of causing a power outage bepower easements. While burying all of cause the line and equipment need to be the distribution lines on the system would be extremely effective at lowering checked, cleared, and reset before power can be turned back on. During a Red the wildfire risk, it is cost prohibitive at Flag Warning, there can be over 100 dethe moment (rough estimates are that vices across the system on one-shot with this would cost nearly $500 million). Fortunately, there are other investments extra crews on call to respond to any possible power outages. we can make in the system that signifiWhile the Town is working hard to recantly reduce the risk of a wildfire start. duce the risk of wildfire caused by our Tree cable is an insulated power line electric distribution system, we are althat can withstand falling branches and ways striving to do better. To that end, trees without sparking like uninsulated the Power and Communications Divipower line. Power and Communications sion is closely connected to the ongoing has been replacing traditional, uninsuupdate to the Estes Valley’s Community lated power line with tree cable since

Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The CWPP update is led by a team that includes the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, Larimer County, the Town, and partners at the state and national level. The updated CWPP will identify areas of high-risk for wildfire and will help the Power and Communications team prioritize system-improvement work like tree cable by highlighting the highest-risk areas for a fire-start in the system. The Power and Communications team has also provided the CWPP update team with data on the highest-risk lines to help inform the update team’s assessment of highest-risk areas in the valley for a wildfire start. There is an inherent risk in providing

electricity in the mountains. While we cannot completely eliminate that risk, the Town is fully committed to working with our partners to limit and reduce the risk of a wildfire starting from our electric distribution infrastructure. You can help us in reducing risk by supporting tree-trimming efforts in our power easements. Please call us at 970-577-3607 or email if you have concerns about a tree located outside of the power easement that is threatening power lines and you would be willing to grant us permission to trim or remove the threat. Learn more at It is also a good idea to review the resources offered by the Fire District about living in the wildland urban interface at

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

Partners Busca Aprender Sobre Equidad E Inclusión En La Comunidad

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

Ride A Kart Celebrates 3rd Generation Of Family Ownership

Ribbon Cutting Saturday May 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Ride-A-Kart announces the celebration of 3rd generation family ownership and its opening for the summer season on Saturday, May 21st. The Estes Chamber of Commerce will cut the red ribbon with owners Kelly and Andrew Kessler at 1:00 p.m. with members of the community welcome to enjoy special discounts on May 21st and 22nd. “We feel very excited and ready for the responsibility of taking over the family business as the 3rd generation,” says co-

owner Kelly Kessler. “We plan to continue bringing smiles and joy to locals and visitors of Estes Park.” Ride-A-Kart will be offering Buy One Get One mini golf games and $1.00 train rides to kick off the start of summer. Enjoy these special offers and other activities including Grand Prix Go-Karts, two highly acclaimed 18 hole Mini Golf Courses, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Casey’s Miniature Train, Xtreme Bungee Trampolines, an Arcade and more. About Ride A Kart-Opening for the summer season on May 21, Ride-A-Kart has been Estes Park’s Premiere Family Entertainment Center for over 60 years. They are situated just east of Lake Estes along the Big Thompson River. No matter the day, Ride A Kart is sure to be a memorable experience for the entire family. For more information, contact Kelly,

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 8, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD)

responded to 8 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • Alarm Activation: 3 • MVC: 1 • Gas Leak: 2 • Smoke Investigation: 1

May 20, This Day In History 1993-274th and final "Cheers" on NBC. 1989-Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on Saturday Night Live. 1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family and Mary Tyler Moore. 1959 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon."

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Work To Do And Pledges To Keep Two years ago, upon announcing my candidacy to become your mayor, I made a nine-point pledge to the townspeople of Estes Park. In addition to pledging to represent all residents in all matters, actively listening to opinions, explaining positions, and fostering a respectful and productive work culture among trustees and staff, I promised to schedule instruction for trustees and me about ethical practices. I met that promise for instruction about ethical practices shortly after becoming mayor in May 2020. And I met it again, on the Tuesday before last, when Sam Light, General Counsel of the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) met with the trustees and me during a regularly scheduled

without commenting—must result in recusing ourselves from that particular hearing. So, when a trustee says, “I cannot discuss or listen to your concerns on this topic at this

Trustees and mayor of Estes Park receive instruction from administrator Travis Machalek about this role and the respective roles and responsibilities of town board members and staff.

Sam Light, General Counsel for CIRSA, instructs the Estes Park trustees and mayor about ethics, liability and best practices for elected officials.

study session of the Town Board. Light used the opportunity to brief us about various provisions of the 2019 CIRSA Handbook: Ethics, Liability & Best Practices For Elected Officials. Light gave considerable attention to the ethical issues associated with the quasijudicial role board members sometimes fulfill. For instance, when, during meetings, if we hear reports and facts in a hearing format then the board is a quasijudicial body. In such situations the law requires that the trustees and I are impartial. We cannot discuss the matter under consideration with anyone prior to the hearing. Light used the example of a grocery store to make obvious the seriousness of this point. It’s one common place where trustees and I often encounter townspeople eager talk about board happenings. According to Light, engaging with any person there, about any issue the board will consider—whether the engagement is a friendly cart-to-cart discussion or simply listening to opinions

time” please understand the trustee is seeking to stay eligible to participate in a hearing. However, even though listening and talking are responsibilities of being a trustee, in some instances trustees must meet their responsibilities during hearings. A presentation by Town Administrator Travis Machalek—Town Board Orientation 101—followed Light’s section of the study session. Machalek, described that his role is to translate between politics and administration and align board goals with staff priorities while managing expectations with data. He explained that trustees and the mayor constitute a policy board. We do not direct staff and staff do not make policy. One of three employees that report to the board (town attorney Dan Kramer and municipal judge David J. Thrower are the others), Machalek is the sole interface between trustees and the staff. He provides information to the trustees and me, so we can fulfill our fiduciary and policymaking responsibilities. And the policies and funds we provide enable Machalek and the staff he manages to effectively meet the common good. Thanks to Light and Machalek, the trustees and I have a better understanding of our roles vis-a-vis staff and vice versa, and the carrying out of the roles in an ethical and transparent manner. Rest assured, despite the second half of my term as mayor being off to a well-informed start, I fully understand that I still have much work to do and pledges to keep.

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Seasonal Paid Parking And Electric Trolley Service To Begin Friday, May 27 Paid Parking The 2022 paid parking season will begin on Friday, May 27. Similar to 2021, a variety of free and paid options will be available this summer for visitors, locals, and employees, along with the free and frequent trolley service connecting the parking structure with the heart of downtown. Eight parking areas will require payment this summer between 10 a. m. and 5 p.m. daily (Monday – Sunday) : ● Town Hall lot ● Bond Park (in front of Town Hall and in the on-street areas on Elkhorn Avenue and Park Lane) ● East Riverside lot ● Riverside lot ● Virginia lot ● Wiest lot ● Post Office lot ● Tregent lot The remaining public parking in Estes Park will continue to be free, including 11 parking areas downtown and the parking structure located at 691 N. St. Vrain Ave / US 36. The parking fee in all paid areas will remain at $2 per hour. The 2022 Downtown Parking handout, which includes a map of all free and paid parking areas, payment options, and electric vehicle charging information, can be found at Daily parking for those with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) placards, Disabled Veterans (DV) or Purple Heart license plates is always free, for any length of time, in any public parking space. Free, time-limited spaces are also available for those visiting Town Hall (on the Bond Park side, near the Police Department and public restroom entrance), and the number of free, time-limited customer spaces at the Post Office has doubled. Spaces identified for Estes Valley Library patrons will continue to be free, and the time-limit for those spaces has increased from one hour to two hours to better accommodate library programming. A number of improvements to the paid parking program are planned for this summer, in response to data collected during the 2021 summer season and feedback provided by locals, visitors, and the business community. Improvements include: ● Reducing the daily hours of operation for paid parking to 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (versus 10 a.m. – 6 p. m. in 2021) ● Improved in-lot signage, including refined messaging for payment options, more pedestrian-level signs, enhanced motorcycle parking signage, and Post Office customer parking signage.

● Extension of free Wapiti Wi-Fi into all paid parking areas, to assist with the mobile payment experience and as an investment in the downtown experience. ● Five new pay stations placed in strategic locations to reduce transaction and wait times. ● The Parking vehicle (“Peep”), which collects parking data and informs the Estes Parking app, will be vinyl-wrapped white (instead of yellow) and the exterior warning light bar will only be used for safety purposes. ● Adjusting field staff uniforms to add personal touches and an “information” versus “enforcement” look. ● New features have been added to the Estes Parking mobile app, which is available for free download on both Apple and Android devices. Mobile app users can view nearby real-time parking availability; link directly to their preferred mapping app to access the desired lot; and connect directly to mobile payment options and more. 2022 Parking Permits are still available for purchase or registration at Individuals eligible for permits include downtown residential or rental property owners, downtown employees, and those with marked commercial vehicles. Locals and residents (as defined by those who live in the Estes Park School District boundary) are eligible for a free Local 60-Minute permit that will provide the holder with 60 minutes of parking each day in any public parking space. Free Shuttles The Town’s free shuttle system, Estes Transit, will also begin part of its seasonal service on Friday, May 27. The Red Route, served by the Town’s electric trolley, will serve 10 stops along Elkhorn Avenue: from the Estes Park Visitor Center to just east of The Maxwell Inn and then back to the Estes Park Visitor Center. Trolley service will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The remaining Estes Transit routes (Gold, Blue, Brown, and Silver) will begin daily service on July 1, with the Green (Express) Route beginning weekend-only service on July 2. The complete 2022 Estes Transit schedule and map, including route times, service dates and stops, can be found at For more information about parking in downtown Estes Park, please visit; transit information can be found at Questions may also be directed to the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587 or

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Estes Valley Memorial Gardens Memorial Day Service Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day Service to be held at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens 1672 Fish Hatchery Rd., Estes Park, Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. The program will begin with the presentation of colors performed by the Joseph J. Duncan Jr. American Legion Post 119 Color Guard, commanded by Sgt. at Arms, Donna Weber. Playing to the colors will be performed by Dave Scott and Chuck Varilek followed by “My Country T’is of Thee” sung by Charles Phares. Welcome will be given by Eric Scott, Manager of Estes Valley

Memorial Gardens followed by the Pledge of Allegiance with Invocation by Pastor Bruce Finger of Cornerstone Church of the Estes Valley Remarks and Reflections will then be given by Lt. Col. John H Shirley US Army (Ret.) “God Bless America” will be sung by Charles Phares and then, Benediction by Pastor Bruce Finger. Service will be concluded with Taps played by Dave Scott and Chuck Varilek. Service personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms to this meaningful tribute to our veterans who have served or are serving our nation.

Please come and join Estes Park Car Club (EPCC) for an informal get together to look at and talk about cars. No registration, no judging. Bring whatever you have – old, new, foreign, domestic, truck, motorcycle, shiny or rusty, or just come to look. Bring the kids or grandkids. There will be coffee and (probably) donuts.

• First and third Saturdays beginning in June at the Rec Center’s back (lower) lot (660 Community Drive, EP). • Starts at 8:00 a.m. – come and go whenever. Please connect with us online: Email: Web Site: Facebook Group: Estes Park Car


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Honoring Chief Kufeld This Sunday

Impressive new antlers

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

Contact Karen Shea at or call 970-577-3956 Please submit your interest by May 27, 2022 EPNEWS The community is invited to an open house in honor of Chief Wes Kufeld's retirement. Please join us to share stories and wish him well on his next adventure! Sunday, May 22 12 - 3 p.m. Latitude 105 at the Ridgeline Hotel 101 S. St. Vrain Ave. in Estes Park Light appetizers served.

Larimer County Lifts Fire Restrictions On recommendation from the Larimer County Sheriff, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners at their regular Administrative Matters meeting on May 10 let the current fire restrictions in unincorporated Larimer County that were put in place on April 27 and ended on May 11, 2022, at 6 p.m. The restrictions were originally put in place because of above-normal temperatures, and windy dry conditions. Larimer County Sheriff ’s Office Emergency Operations Director Justin Whitesell felt comfortable lifting the restrictions for now. In the meantime, the Larimer County Sheriff ’s Emergency Operations Office will be keeping a close watch on conditions and return with an update. Larimer County residents and visitors are still urged to exercise caution with all combustible materials.

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Feeling Overwhelmed And Powerless About Climate Change And The Environment? The League of Women Voters of Estes Park invites the public to ReduceReuse-Recycle: You Can Make a Difference on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The topic is presented by the League’s Community Recycling Committee from 10-11 a.m. at American Legion Post 119, 850 North Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park. The presentation will be immediately followed by the Annual Member Meeting of the League of Women Voters Estes Park. Many people have expressed that while deeply concerned about the environment, they feel overwhelmed and powerless to help. This presentation is about hope. Learn some simple steps that each of us can take every day. Ask questions,

and find out about alternatives, resources, organizations and easy ways that you can personally help to make a positive impact. After a brief introduction attendees will be invited to visit five stations to find and photograph information, learn actionable steps they can take and can get their questions answered: • Earth-friendly alternatives • Where can I recycle this? • You have junk mail • Legislative action – easy ways to make a difference • Food waste: stop throwing your money in the landfill Door prizes will be awarded. More information is available at

Luke J. Hoffman obtained images of Estes Park landmarks his competitor Harold Sanborn would have never dared to attempt. Photo courtesy Sanborn Research Centre

Estes Park Archives Program This Saturday, May 21 Longmont photographer Luke J. Hoffman visited Estes Park frequently in the 1930s and 1940s, turning his images of the area into photo-postcards. While he took the standard panoramic photos of downtown Estes Park like everyone else, Hoffman appeared to be more interested in oddball stops along the Big Thompson Canyon, along with practically every structure or geographic feature on the road between Allenspark and the Baldpate Inn. While the mission of the Sanborn Research Centre does not include collecting Hoffman postcards, as Harold Sanborn and Luke Hoffman were competitors, they often end up combined in mixed Colorado lots sold online, so it is impossible not to acquire some Hoffman postcards in the pursuit of Sanborn material. Hoffman should probably be considered the poor-man's Sanborn, as he produced fewer Estes Park images, and appeared to directly copy the Sanborn style of labeling and marketing black and white photo-postcards. Hoffman was a bit more adventurous than Sanborn,

however, producing more “live-action shots” of things like rodeos and trick riders, and traveling further than a few feet from his car to obtain an image, as this shot of Longs Peak from an airplane attests. A list of more than 400 Hoffman postcards has been assembled, but it is far from complete, and the question arises, as with Sanborn postcards, if every consecutive inventory number was assigned to a postcard, and if every Hoffman postcard was assigned its own unique number. Join the Estes Park Archives at Ten Letters on 240 Moraine Avenue this Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. for a free 50minute program on Hoffman postcards. This is the perfect opportunity for beginning postcard collectors to learn about the field, or for advanced collectors to bring along a Hoffman or two, as you likely have examples we have never seen, which will help fill in the gaps on the master list. Parking is also free, and no reservations are required. Call 586-4889 for questions or more information.

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It started with my sister Alice in Sacramento. She’d recently flown to and from Hawaii and, despite wearing a mask while in an airport or on a plane, she caught it. She told me all about her trip when she got home and the next thing I knew, it was my turn to have it, and what a doozy it was! In Longmont, Jane in my book group joked that I gave it to her. Scott in Utah said he came down with it within a week after talking to me. Kris, Frank, and then my affiliate Joe got socked with it too. We’re not talking about COVID, thank goodness. What’s going around—in my circles anyway—is simply the common cold. The odd thing is, I have only been in contact with all these people via Zoom. None of us (except Joe and me) live in the same city or town. Are we passing our germs through our computer screens? Hey, if They can inject tracer chips into my arm by way of a vaccination needle, I wouldn’t be surprised if we can spread a cold via Zoom. I started to feel a scratchy throat a week ago last Wednesday. But I could explain it: I often spend my workday cooking over a fire as I teach grade school students that flour and water “pancakes” could keep people alive as they traveled with a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in the 1860s. I figured my throat felt raw from breathing in smoke all day long. But the tenderness in my throat didn’t go away. When I woke up Friday feeling like it was time to go to bed rather than time to get up, it was obvious I was sick. My thoughts immediately turned to COVID. Neighbor Charley had cold symptoms and he tested positive for COVID, putting a temporary halt to his renewed social life as a dancer (Charley is 86). But other people get COVID, not me! I dug out the tests we received in the mail from the United States government several months ago, and Joe and I both tickled our brains via our nostrils with cotton on the end of a stick. Fifteen min-

utes later the test strips showed negative. Whew! I breathed a sigh of relief and went back to bed. Still, a nagging hunch stirred mistrust in my results so I repeated the test the next day. Negative again. I sat on the edge of the tub in the bathroom and thought, if I didn’t have the dreaded Coronavirus, why was I so tired? I made an appointment the next day and had another test done at CVS. Negative. I was finally convinced I was COVID-free. (The CDC’s website says, “Multiple negative tests increases the confidence that you are not infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.” They’re right.) The common cold hasn’t been very common since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. We put our masks on, washed our hands, kept our distance, stayed home, and most folks I know didn’t get sick—COVID or otherwise—until we started taking our masks off. But the common cold beasties lurked just below the surface, like weed seeds that wait until we till the soil and then sprout, sometimes a hundred years after they’d fallen to earth. Those germ gremlins cursed our diligence while they waited for their opportunity. Then, <<WHAM! >> when they attacked, they came at us with might! It’s been years since I’ve had a cold. Those germies have been saving up and released their sniffling, sore, sleepinducing symptoms all at once. But they’re not going to win—this time. However, the White House is sending more tests to have on hand, just in case. If you haven’t had to use yours, count your blessings. I hope your home tests stay in your medicine cabinet, unopened, forever. They are convenient when the need arises, although I hope I won’t need another one for a long time. And when I do, I’ll expect it to be negative. I’m positive about that. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2022 Sarah Donohoe

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Selfie Or Selflessly? Recently I heard a powerful message that included the nature of “self-preservation.” Self-preservation isn’t something we think about under normal circumstances but make no mistake, it is embedded deep within us. Self-preservation is defined as, “the protection of oneself from harm or death, especially regarded as a basic instinct in human beings and animals.” Rescue swimmers require specialized training techniques to deal with victims while attempting to rescue them in order to prevent the victim from instinctively harming the one trying to save them. That is the power of self-preservation! On the other hand, cops, firefighters, medical personnel and all other first responders have a “sheep dog” mentality. When everyone is running from danger first responders are running toward it. Being a first responder requires a selfless mindset and character. We are extremely thankful for these men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect, serve and save us when called upon. At Men on Fire we understand the value of “sheep dog mentality.” Frankly, we believe we are engaged in a great spiritual battle coming against our families, workplaces, communities, culture and our minds. We are men with a desire to become better men, husbands, dads and brothers. Becoming less “selfie and more selfless” is one objective. The Bible says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for

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us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters” (1 John 3:16). Men gathering to encourage, support and sharpen other men is good practice toward developing the willingness to serve one another and help another brother in need. This is a big part of what Men on Fire is all about. Men on Fire is a non-denominational community based men’s movement. We strive to engage and apply God’s Word to our lives finding courage and strength standing alongside other men. We are extremely normal guys who believe God can accomplish the extraordinary through every day “Joe’s” like ourselves. The magic formula isn’t magic. It’s miraculous. It’s God’s Word living in us and through us. Remember, God comes to each of us disguised as our life. So if you could stand a little more of what seems to be in short supply come hang out with us. All men are welcome. No magic, just guys having some laughs, real conversation, inspirational messages, encouragement and growing in our faith journey. Come join us for, “Breakfast With A Purpose” every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the American Legion, 850 S. St. Vrain. Great food, faith and fellowship is an awesome way to start your weekend! Stay Strong! Lead On! Larry Strong Men on Fire

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Estes Park Walk For The Hungry, July 17, 2022 Partners Thank You To All Who Are Changing Lives, Shaping Futures Partners would like to thank every individual and business who supports our Partners mission and the youth, families, and volunteers we serve. These include: 1) Grants received from Village Thrift Shop and the Town of Estes Park for 2022 mentoring programs. 2) Our 2022 Mission Partner Sponsors: Bank of Colorado, Bank of Estes Park, and the Estes Park Mountain Shop 3) Businesses and individuals who have donated to our Elevate Partners 2022 fundraising campaign. We are almost at our goal of $7500.

4) Individuals who adopted ducks in the EP Duck Race Festival 2022 to benefit Partners. 5) All who donate financially throughout the year or volunteer their time to help us match youth one to one with a positive adult role model in both our Community-based and Schoolbased Mentoring Programs. It takes a village, and Partners is so grateful for the Estes Valley Community's support of our youth programs. Visit to learn more about how you can be a part of changing lives and shaping futures!

The Estes Park Walk for the Hungry will be Sunday, July 17, and go around Lake Estes. It will start from the Estes Park Visitors Center at 1:00 p.m., gathering at the Southeast corner of the Visitors Center. The need for food aid around the world today is greater than any time since World War II. The director of the World Food Bank of the United Nations has said, “We are having to take food from the hungry to give it to the starving. ” The situation in Ukraine is just the most recent manifestation of the problem, but probably the most publicized in the news. The Russian intrusion into Ukraine has resulted in the bombing of the two largest grocery warehouses in the country, destroying millions of dollars of food resources for the country’s grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools and other institutions. Then a soup kitchen that provided meals for refugees was bombed. Prices for food, of course, have skyrock-

eted. In the Middle eastern nation of Yemen, a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran made the distribution of food aid by the United Nations World Food aid almost impossible; as a result thousands of children are starving. These are just the most glaring situations of need in the world today. Cyclones which hit Southeast Asia and East Africa, as well as drought and famines in large portions of Africa have caused destruction of crops and food insecurity. We hope you will mark your calendars for the Estes Park Walk for the Hungry on July 17. Sponsor sheets for walkers to sign up sponsors will be available soon from churches and other organizations. Contact me by phone at 970-586-0578 if you or an organization you are a part of would like to be part of the effort. My address is 3816 Dollar Lake Drive, Estes Park, 80517.

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Hallett Peak over Sprague Lake, RMNP Kris Hazelton

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The Return Of Music In The Glen At The Nicest Venue Around After a long hiatus, Music In The Glen Open Mic Night returns to the Glen Haven Town Hall. The ChildsPlay Band will host the event on Friday, May 27th starting at 5:00 p.m. The Open Mic portion of the evening will run until 7:30. The host band will then play a one-hour set for those who would like to stay and enjoy. This popular Open Mic has been very successful in the past and we've seen some great talent perform. Bring your

instrument and any backline gear (amp, cords, stands), get signed up and show us your stuff. We supply the microphones, sound system and an engineer to run it all. Calling all the excellent musicians in the area who have hosted and played many of the great open mic nights over the winter in Estes Park. Here’s your chance to come shine in the nicest venue anywhere around. There is usually a full house, so get here on time. Bring your own snacks/drinks, come enjoy the talent and have a great time!

Now Accepting Donations For Pet Association Yard Sale On June 25 It’s time to get ready for the Pet Associ- ets and donate your extra “stuff ” to the ation Yard Sale! Donations are now bePet Association’s Yard Sale! ing accepted for this year’s sale to be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Animal Medical Center of Estes Park. Items in good condition may be dropped off Monday thru Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Medical Center. Donations of large furniture, fixtures, appliances, clothing, computers, or TVs will not be accepted. If you have questions about donations, please contact James at 970-586-6898. All proceeds from the yard sale will be used to support the Pet Association of Estes Park, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, in providing healthcare and safe housing for homeless pets. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25. In the meantime, clean out your clos-

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Jackson Emmer To Perform At American Legion Post 119

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

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

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Light Up The Legion The American Legion Post 119 at Circle 119 is a long-standing leader in our community – providing services to veterans, children, and other residents of the greater Estes Valley. It will now also be a leader in the advanced energy technology transition – a transition that includes the use of innovative technologies to produce energy from solar, wind, geothermal, or other renewable sources. Circle 119 is planning to offset 100% of its energy consumption with the installation of photovoltaic panels. This project will allow Circle 119 to give back more resources to the community, to set an example for sustainable building design, and to support veterans who are employed in this industry (9% of solar workers in the US are veterans).

Join the American Legion Post 119 on Tuesday, May 24th at 6 p.m. to learn more about sustainability and advanced energy technologies through informative talks by Post 119 Commander Steve Irish, Don Darling, Thomas Beck, and Ernie Petrocine. The event is open to the public. Drinks and appetizers will be provided to all participants; however, donations to the initiative are appreciated ( The event is sponsored by the Atlantic Council’s Veterans Advanced Energy Fellowship. For more information, or to support the photovoltaic initiative at Circle 119, please contact VAEF fellow CDR Kendra Ryan, USN, retired at

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Yard Sale Save The Date The Episcopal Church Women of St. Bartholomew's Parish on MacGregor Avenue are once again preparing for a yard sale to be held on June 18th from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. As well as treasures "you never knew you needed," a bake sale will also be a feature of the day. For further information, contact the church office at: (970) 586-4504. Please plan to join us for great fun and fellowship!

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Estes Park Housing Authority Announces New Director didates. Moulton has served as the Authority’s Housing Supervisor since 2018, has provided leadership for diverse community volunteer organizations and continually demonstrates his passion for supporting housing issues. Moulton has held management and accounting positions for 15 years in the private sector with Deloitte and Touche, Sage Hospitality, Stonebridge Companies, and MGM Resorts International in the Las Vegas and Denver hospitality markets. Scott Moulton He will begin transiEstes Park resident Scott Moulton has tioning into his new role with the assisbeen selected as the new Executive Ditance of the current Director, Naomi rector of the Estes Park Housing Author- Hawf, on June 20, 2022. This transition ity after the Board of Directors voted to period will help solidify his understandoffer Moulton the position at its meeting ing of the roles and responsibilities of on May 11, 2022. the position of Executive Director until Before making its decision, the Estes Ms. Hawf ’s early August departure, Park Housing Authority, which currently which she announced in December, owns and manages 210 units of work2021. force and low-to-moderate income While the Board regrets the loss of Ms. housing throughout the community, Hawf, it is pleased to have Scott and his conducted a national search and two knowledge of the organization and comrounds of interviews with potential can- munity to replace her.

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Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast June 5

Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, June 5, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. We’re back! 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. For the past two years we have been unable to hold our major fundraiser, the pancake breakfast, due to covid. Now in its 52nd 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 lo-

cated about one mile east of Drake on US 34. Check our Facebook page for updates: or to inquire about advance tickets. You can also email or call Mark or Linda Svoboda at (970) 962-9964. 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 and provide contributions to local charities. Funds for the BTCA help maintain the building and provide a central gathering place for the local community yearround. We are unable to host a charity raffle this year, but there will be a drawing for a door prize; your breakfast ticket is your entry. The Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (BTCVFD) hosts a craft show next door at the firehouse. Participants are local crafters whose table fees assist the fire department with various needs. The fire department also assists with traffic and cooking. This year we look forward to seeing many old friends!

Daddy Long Legs To Be Presented In June By EP Community Theatre

Sean Johnson

Estes Park Community Theatre, in association with Music Theatre International, is excited to present the musical Daddy Long Legs, June 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25th at the Estes Park High School Theatre. The two-person cast stars Sean Johnson, an Estes Park native and musical theatre major at the University of Northern Colorado, and Lily Schmoker, also a theater major at UNC. Daddy Long Legs is an award-winning off-Broadway hit musical with book by John Caird (director of Les Miserables) and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (East of Eden). It is based on the 1912 novel of the same name by Jean Webster. Set in turn-of-the-century New England, the musical follows Jerusha Ab-

Lily Schmoker

bott, who has grown up in an orphanage but is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor so she may learn to be a writer. She can never know who he is, so dubs him "Daddy Long Legs" after seeing his elongated shadow. The musical’s soaring melodies and heartwarming story make it wildly popular with all who see it. Denise Stookesberry, who recently directed Disenchanted and Spitfire Grill for the Fine Arts Guild, will direct the musical with pianist Cynthia Hunt, stage manager Kathy Littlejohn, and with a set designed by the legendary Greig Steiner. Mark your calendars now for the opening of this very special musical. You don’t want to miss it! Tickets and more information at

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Estes Park Special Olympics Bowling At Chipper’s Lanes Estes Park Special Olympics organizers are hosting bowling fun on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Chipper’s Lanes. All ages are welcome to participate. Cost is $5 for the first game including shoes and $3.85 for each additional game.

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

Vallyn Weber Wins At Special Olympics Local Special Olympics athlete Vallyn Weber won blue ribbons for first place in the 15 M water walk and 15 M swim at the Special Olympics competition held recently in Littleton, CO. This amazing ten year old also earned third place in the 100M and 50 M and

second place in the shot put competition. Vallyn’s brother Westin also competed and earned first place in the 100, second place in the 50 and first place in the long jump as a unified athlete. Congratulations to Vallyn and Westin!

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Benjamin Anderson

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Estes Park High School Swim Team Finishes Season Strong Ben Anderson Takes 4th At State Meet Estes Park High School Swim Team finished their season last week at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. Coach Di Webster did another great job qualifying all team members in four individual events and three relays. In addition, all Estes swimmers attained their personal best times of the year. Senior Benjamin Anderson took 4th place in the 50 Freestyle in 21.56, achieving the 3rd fastest time in Estes Park history. Senior Bailey Lemirande also placed 18th in the 50 Free with a 23.17 and 18th in the 100 Free in 51.99. Junior Michael Capo placed 11th in a field of over 20 divers. Photos by Riley Walker

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As a widow living in a rather large home, I certainly keep busy. I do all my own housework (I am sure Martha Stewart could find fault in my work) and now in the spring and summer there is the pond and garden. I have been able to employ a very nice and conscientious man to help me…. praise the Lord! This past weekend we got the pond and waterfall going and watering system started. I love my garden but each year it becomes more of a chore then I can handle alone. Sunday, I spent time spraying and killing the baby aspen seedlings. I felt like Lizzie Borden. Aspen are beautiful trees but they are messy and a constant chore of clean up work. In the fall its the falling leaves, in the spring, the seedlings that look like caterpillars. Now the seedlings have sprouted, and I have the baby aspens to contend with. Besides all the above, as you know, I love to cook, especially desserts and sweets. I often like to bake something and freeze it for another day. I did just that yesterday. I had made a cake that used only egg whites and I did not waste those yolks. I had a recipe tucked into my “will make some day” file so I decided this is the time to try it. It was certainly easy enough, even though it was a little involved. I did not put the whipped cream on as I wanted to freeze it. When I defrost the pie, I wil finish it with the whipped cream.

4 tsp. butter, cut into small pieces 1 cup sour cream 1 tbs. lemon For whipped cream topping 1 cup whipping cream 3 Tbs. powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla In a pot, whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the lemon juice, and milk. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring 1/2 cup of hot mix into egg yolks, whisking constantly. Add another ½ cup of lemon mixture and then add egg mix to hot lemon mix, whisking. Place on heat and cook until thick and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and add butter, mixing thoroughly. Cool 15 minutes and add sour cream and lemon zest. Whisk until completely incorporated. Pour into crust and chill thoroughly. Prepare whipping cream by pouring cream into a bowl with sugar and vanilla, whip until stiff peaks appear. Spread on top of pie or you can do dollops around the edge of pie by placing cream into a piping bag (or a plastic bag with a small hole cut at corner of bottom of bag.). Before it is too late, I must get my garbage ready for tomorrow morning. The trash man insists it be out by 7:30 Sour Cream Lemon Pie a.m. He never gets here before nine, but my luck would be, the first time I did (You could also use limes ) not put it out by 7:30 he would be here. 8 servings, 9 inch pie dish One of my chores on Sunday is to be 1 graham cracker crust sure I clean up after my dog Sunshine 1 ½ cups cracker cookie crumbs for the weekly garbage collection. I do 3 Tbs. light brown sugar that more than once a week, but Sun5 Tbs. melted butter day is always a final check. Do you You can chill in freezer for 15 minutes know that there is a town ordinance or bake for 5-6 minute at 350...I baked it that one must clean up their own yard Pie filling at least once a week from animal waste? That is a hoot, when there are people Scant cup sugar that do not even pick up after their dog 3 ½ tsp. corn starch on town property or other people’s 1/8 tsp. salt yards. ½ cup fresh lemon juice My email: 1 cup milk Bon Appétit. 3 egg yolks

Community Yard Sale May 28

There will be a community yard sale on Saturday, May 28th – weather permitting. Setup will be at 7 a.m., open to public at 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The sale will take place at the Estes Park Masonic Lodge parking lot: 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Outdoor spaces are for rent to sell your merchandise for $20.00. Call: 970-577-8585 or 970-658-0184 for information.

Shepherd Of The Mountains Lutheran Church Of Estes Park Celebration

All are welcome to join in the celebration of 25 years as an official congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Worship will be at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 22 in the sanctuary at 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, just off Dry Gulch Road. A reception will follow in the dining hall including light finger foods,

cake, coffee and punch. There will be opportunity to enjoy fellowship and share history and memories. Follow the “time line” of development beginning 40 years ago when a few individuals gathered together in homes for worship. For more information, call 970-586-3900.

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Estes Valley Chamber Singers In Concert This Saturday

The Estes Valley Chamber Singers invite everyone to their annual spring concert to be held on Saturday, May 21st at Rinn United Methodist Church in Fredrick at 2:00 p.m., and Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Estes Park at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22nd, and will be part of Shepherd of the Mountains’ “25th year Anniversary Celebration.” The Estes Valley Chamber Singers will be joined by Harmonia, the women’s group from Fredrick, Colorado, on both these afternoon concerts. The Chamber Singers, now in their eighteenth year under the direction of Richard Dixon, will be singing a program entitled, “Faith, Love And Courage.” The program opens with three pieces that speak of faith in the time of loss. Who can forget the absolute stunning music that was sung as Princess Diana’s body was being taken from Westminster Cathedral on September 6th, 1997? John Tavener’s, Song For Athena, featuring soloist Scott Anderson, will begin the program. This piece was not written for the funeral of Princess Diana, but was actually written in 1993 as a tribute of Athena Hariades, a dear friend of Tavener’s who was killed in a cycling accident. However, no one can hear it without visualizing the final moments of Diana’s funeral. Ola Gjeilo’s, The Ground, from his “Sunrise Mass” follows the Song For Athena. This beautiful movement has become the most performed section from this mass. The first part of the program ends with a new

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work by Ryan Murphy, A Lullaby. The second section of the program, “Love, ” opens with an old favorite, Autumn Leaves, arranged by the Singers conductor, Rich Dixon. The men are next featured with Robert Shaw and Alice Parker’s arrangement of Gentle Annie. Staying with the theme, but making a stylistic jump, the Singers will sing a 16th century French chanson Il est Bel et Bon (He is handsome and nice, my husband) by Passereau. It is a song about two women talking over a fence about their husbands, saying that “He doesn’t beat me, he cleans the house and he feed the chickens.” Yes, it is a love song (of sorts). The Chamber Singers women bring this section to a close with Send Me a Song. It is a tail about a young lass as she shares her emotions while standing on the shore saying goodbye to her lover who is sailing off to another land. The final section of the program, “Courage,” is dedicated to the people of Ukraine, and opens with a song that has become the entire world’s statement of courage, You’ll Never Walk Alone. What more fitting way to end this program than performing three numbers from “Les Miserables.” This musical speaks to the very heart of a people fighting for their existence. The Singers will be doing I Dreamed a Dream featuring Brad and Kelley Anderson, Bring Him Home, sung by Scott Anderson, and closes with, Do You Hear The People Sing. The entire program will then end with a surprise tag that we think everyone will enjoy. What is it? Come find out.

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Five Fun Facts About…The Black-necked Stilt By: Dawn Wilson

The featured animal for this week is the black-necked stilt. Although I have yet to see one during a spring migration in Estes Valley, I have seen this slender, long-legged bird in North Park and in Greeley during the summer nesting season so a stopover in shallow bodies of water in Estes Park is quite

feasible. Here are five more facts about this elegant shorebird. 1. Black-necked stilts have the secondlongest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird. The longest are flamingos. 2. The term “stilt” refers to the long legs of this large shorebird, similar to the wooden stilts used by people to reach a higher elevation.

3. The long, pink or red legs of the stilt allows the bird to wade in shallow water to search for food. 4. Black-necked stilts have partially webbed toes to help them swim into deeper water to hunt for aquatic invertebrates and insects. 5. This tall black and white bird builds shallow nests on the ground near water.

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A portrait of a blacknecked stilt showing its black and white plumage and red eye.

Courting black-neck stilts perform an elaborate courtship display where they cross bills and appear to dance together.

A black-necked stilt in golden afternoon light hunting for aquatic insects and invertebrates.

These tall, elegant shorebirds look for food by slowly walking through shallow bodies of water and swinging their bill from side to side in the water.

Black-necked stilts can be found in mud flats, shallow pools or grassy marshes of salt or fresh water.

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Calling All Cars-Be Bear Aware! By: Kris Hazelton

The bears are out and it’s time to take some precautions in and around our homes and vehicles. We have recently learned of several reports of a bear(s) getting into vehicles in the Estes Valley. One car in particular was parked in a driveway and was completely totalled after a bear spent five to six hours (overnight) in the vehicle. The bear panicked trying to escape all night long and the entire interior was totaled from the bear trying to claw and/or chew his way out. In the morning, they discovered the bear in the vehicle and they managed to open the door and the frightened bear ran away. CPW recommends taking anything with a scent out of your car. Even nonfood items you might have in your car such as chapstick, gum or gum wrappers, soaps, lotions and air fresheners can attract a bear. It is extremely important to keep your car interior clean to prevent bear break-

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ins. Look under seats, vacuum, and make sure there are no leftover foods or food containers in your car. CPW also asks that you ensure your car is locked. (The vehicle doors in the damaged car had been left unlocked overnight). This is a good reminder for us all to always lock your vehicle (though some bears have even learned to open locked doors). All windows and sunroofs should be rolled up tight, with no open gaps so a bear cannot put his claws/paw into the opening and shatter your window to gain entry. This is also a good time to remind everyone that it is time to take down the birdfeeders. A meal of tasty, nutritious seeds — a natural food for bears — is often the first reward a bear gets for exploring human places. Letting your bird feeders turn into bear feeders teaches bears that it’s safe to come close to people and homes looking for food. For bears, that can end up being a deadly lesson. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends

not feeding birds during the months when bears are active. Instead, use water features, plantings, nest boxes and flowers to attract birds. Use bird feeders only when bears are hibernating. Let’s all get into the habit of being bearresponsible. It’s not that difficult, it may take a little extra effort, but saving the life

of a bear is worth it. If you live or visit in bear country, please double check every evening that your home and car doors/windows are locked and completely closed. Please do your part to prevent bears learning this behavior and help keep them wild!

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DON’T MESS WITH GOD’S PERFECT TIMING! “It’s time, Bob!” No, this wasn’t a call to make a quick trip to the hospital to welcome a child into our family. We’ve made all those trips in the distant past. My wife was just telling me that it was time to view the lunar eclipse that was just beginning last Sunday night. It was time! A time that we knew was coming because we serve a Creator Who is so perfectly ‘timed’ in all that He does. As I watched the gradual ‘darkening’ of the moon, I marveled at the precision with which our God operates. When the solar system has been placed so perfectly in place that our scientists can forecast exactly when the earth will darken that orb in the night sky, we know that ‘this didn’t happen by chance’…as some would like us to believe. Our God is an awesome God, and, as always, His timing is perfect. So, I recommend that we don’t ‘mess with’ His perfect timing. Of course, we can’t do anything to ‘mess with’ His timing on the lunar location, however, there are many other things where we want to ‘change the timing’ that He has set in place. Consider these words of a very wise man of ages ago: “There is an appointed time for everything. And a time for every event under the sun. There is a time to be born, and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing. A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) With many of these things, we can say ‘Amen’ (‘so be it!’) because we are totally in support of and in agreement with them. We usually totally endorse: ‘love’, ‘building up’, ‘healing’, ‘laughing’, ‘dancing’, ‘speaking’, ‘peace’. At the same time, there are many things that we would rather not see: ‘dying’, ‘killing’, ‘weeping’, ‘mourning’, ‘giving up as lost’, ‘throwing away’, ‘being silent’, ‘hating’, and ‘war’. However, each of these is a very real part of almost every life. And all are there, as they should be. Solomon continues: “He has made everything appropriate in its time.” And for this purpose: “I know that there is nothing better for man than to rejoice and do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that everyone who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor, it is the gift of God.” With many of the things on this list, we would not even dream of tampering. Every farmer knows that the time of planting is pretty well set, as is the time of harvesting. The time of ‘gathering’ and the time of ‘scattering’ is recognized by most…We all need to ‘downsize’ probably. In order for there to be ‘building up’…especially in Estes Park… there must be some ‘tearing down’. Social rules are usually respected about ‘embracing’ or ‘refraining from embracing’, and ‘remaining silent’ or ‘speaking’. However, there are all too many other things that we sometimes seem to want to tamper with. “A time to be born” is under consideration right now, and the right of people or organizations to dictate when a ‘birth’ is to be allowed. “A time to die” is often under consideration by individuals, some of whom decide that it is within their right to end their own life prematurely. Suicides are on the rise in our nation, as people decide to challenge God’s right to determine when one’s life should end. This is true, also, of course, in the minds of many others in our society who decide that they are the ones who can choose ‘the time to die’ for those around them. As a result, their violent ways usurp God’s authority, opting to decide who will live or die. This is true, also, with those who currently have decided to ‘wage war’ and destroy the lives of thousands in the nation of Ukraine. Such arrogance, witnessed in the lives of any who presume to ’play God’ in determining the right of life or death will answer to Him Who does everything perfectly. ‘Don’t mess’ with God’s timing!’ Is the message for all in our society who might be tempted to do so. Let me close by just reminding us that our God’s ‘timing’ is perfect and beautiful and we need to sit back, as Martha and I did Sunday night, and ‘marvel’ at His sovereignty and timing. One of these days, that, “It’s Time, Bob!” will invite me…and you…to go where God’s perfect ‘timing’ and justice, will appear to each. Let’s be ready! Bob Lewis

Neighbors In Need Challenge Coming To An End, Donate Today! By: Brian Schaffer

A neighbor pulled into our parking lot with an older model Suburban asking if we knew anyone that he could give it to. With the current economic climate and the rising prices of fuel I was doubtful we would find someone wanting a large vehicle like this. But, that was just my opinion, because later in the day a staff member shared with me that one of our clients was looking to start a business installing satellite dishes, but was waiting until he could afford a truck, van or large vehicle to haul all of his equipment. Ding-ding-ding! I called the client and asked him if he would be interested in a Suburban and he said “That would be incredible!” I called the donor to share the good news that “We found someone for your vehicle!” The two individuals made arrangements to get together. I was there when it all went down! The two individuals talked quite a bit and then exchanged the paperwork. Our entrepreneurial client drove away with a big smile on his face. I later spoke with him and he proudly said that he already had insurance on the vehicle and getting ready to begin his business within a few days. I also spoke with the donor and he shared how happy he was in his heart that his vehicle could go to a worthy cause. The two conversations came from different perspectives, but with a similar sentiment of joyful satisfaction. As a representative of Crossroads, I was just the connector of a resource that one person made available to meet the need of another. Last week was filled with other memorable moments as we engaged with the Neighbors in Need who live in the Estes Valley. We’ve been working with a lady who is caring for an elderly mother. In recent weeks she has been taking her to

Loveland and other locations for medical appointments so she was in need of fuel assistance due to the rising price of gasoline. In addition to this she told me about an oil leak she had on her car that was requiring her to add up to two quarts a week. I examined the basic issues that could be causing this, but knew right away that it was beyond my mechanical abilities. We asked her to work with Estes Park Tire & Auto to get a diagnostic checkup to see if it was something minor that we could partner with her on. As of yet, she has not completed this, but as soon as she does we will determine how we can keep her on the road. Another encounter that took place was a discussion with a neighbor who is now housing relatives who have moved here from Ukraine. Of course, immigration is not our specialty but we will do what we can and refer them to specialized services to get current on paperwork, immunizations and become work ready for the summer rush. Our mission is targeted to invest heavily within the Estes Valley so up until now we’ve not been able to help with those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. However, since the Ukrainians are living within our geographical service area we are excited for the opportunity to love our newfound neighbors and help them transition into the community. We are closing in on the end of the Neighbors in Need Challenge, so if you’ve not given towards our $100,000 matching grant, then make plans to do it today. It’s as easy as donating online at or mailing in a check to PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517. We appreciate any amount you can give to help us take good care of our neighbors.

May 20 - May 26

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings AA of Glen Haven- Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Early Worms-Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (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: Sunday 6:00 p.m. Mon., Weds., Sat. Noon Fri. Noon and 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 neeeded). Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829 166 West Side Estes Park AA, meets at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park and it takes place Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Dannen Library - located on the lower level of the Legett Christian Center.

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Invitation To The 2022 Free Tuesday Evening Annual "Burning Issues" Lecture Program At The Y For you who are interested in current domestic and international affairs, please join us in exploring: 6/7 "Perspectives on the Conflict in Ukraine," Dr. John Olienik, CSU Prof, Ret 6/14 "Drones and Statecraft - The New World Order," Robert "Church" Churchill, a Drone, Artificial Intelligence and Techno-Terrorism Specialist 6/21 "Search and Rescue in Rocky Mountain National Park. How to avoid needing to be rescued," Climbing Ranger Mike Lukens 6/28 "What Became of the Last Child in the Woods?" Dr. Del Benson, CSU Prof, Ret, 7/5 "Social Media: Pervasive, Invasive, and Persuasive," Jim Isaak, President Emeritus of the IEEE Computer Society 7/12 "The Greatest Good: Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters," Dr. David Wolf, EV Fire Dept Chief 7/19 "Dr. Suess and the Consequences of the Military Competition between the US and the Russian Federation," Dr. Robert Meroney, CSU Prof, Ret 7/26 "Deploying the Hubble Space Telescope from Space Shuttle Discovery," Col. Loren Schriver, USAF, Ret, Astronaut 8/2 "Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park: Then & Now, revised edition," Dr. James Pickering, Ret, and Derek Fortini, Director, EP Museum. 8/9 "Report on the U.S. Economy," Dr. John Olienik, CSU Prof, Ret "Y" campers and the public are invited to the 46th Annual Robert M. Lawrence Burning Issues Lecture Series for 2022, conducted at the "Y", free of charge. The presentations will be every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., June 7 - August 9, in the Boone Family Mountain Center Presentation Room. Note the change of venue directions are provided below. These lectures/discussions are delivered by professors and other highly experienced specialists in their fields. Some also are lecturers in the Colorado State University (CSU) Osher Life-Long Learning Institute - a popular adult education program conducted in some 140 U.S. universities. Biographies and Abstracts: June 7: Emeritus Professor of Finance, Colorado State University, John Olienyk earned his Ph.D. from CSU. Prior to his teaching career, he was a stockbroker in Denver. He retired as the Associate Dean, College of Business at CSU. Up to five years ago Dr. Olienyk spent his summers in Ukraine introducing economists and government officials to the Western economic system. He was sponsored by the US Department of State. Abstract: He will discuss his personal experience with Ukrainians and provide insights into the current war with Russia. June 14: Robert "Church" Churchill, holds an MBA in Global Finance from Case-Western Reserve University and is a Senior Fellow at the Global Institute for Civilian Drones. He worked 35 years

in diverse computer science fields with national defense contractors, aerospace, automotive, and global financial service businesses. His expertise includes developing artificial intelligence systems, business intelligence management, and international regulatory affairs. It includes work in Britain, France, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, plus a half-dozen US states. Recent work includes drafting civilian drone legislation for parliaments in Britain, France, Spain, Belgium, and the U.S. Congress. His latest book is On Dark and Silent Wings dealing with drone-based techno-terrorism. Abstract: Military, commercial, and recreational drone technology is rapidly developing. Highly advanced drone technology is now in the hands of billions worldwide. It has forced a change in America’s foreign policies and civilian governance in the same way locomotives changed the 19th century and airplanes changed 20th-century American society. This presentation defines in fact-based terms the current military and civilian drone technology impacting U.S.foreign policy and domestic affairs. Over 2.3 million civilian drones are operating in the skies over the U.S. The buzz you hear in the air might just not be your local honey bee. June 21: Mike Lukens is the climbing and wilderness program supervisor at Rocky Mountain National Park. Mike has been involved with the search and rescue program and in preventative search and rescue (PSAR) outreach since starting with the park in 2011. Mike is originally from Port Angeles WA. He currently lives in Estes Park full time with his family. Mike will be joined by additional National Park Service employees who will share their experiences in SAR and tips for being safe in the park. Abstract: The presentation will cover search and rescue in Rocky Mountain National Park, lessons learned from past SAR incidents, and will give audience members an overview on how to plan for success for backcountry travel in the park. June 28: Professor Meroney is retired from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University. His Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley. Abstract: He will discuss the similarities between the cartoon book authored by Dr. Suess and the weapons escalation ladder that first developed between the US and the Soviet Union (Russia). July 5: Jim Isaak - MSEE degree Stanford University, 40 years with computer companies Intel, IBM, and Digital Equipment, then was an IT Professor at Southern New Hampshire University. A volunteer leader in IEEE, the world's largest society for technical professionals, he served on the Board of Directors and wrote the IEEE USA's position papers on privacy, and contributed to po-

sitions on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Abstract: The world's most profitable, and largest corporations compete to maximize their engagement and influence with consumers - each one of us. This involves tracking us with our electronic devices, analyzing our every interaction, and presenting us with content that is most likely to get our attention with advertising to influence our decisions. We will look at how this is being done, the technology being applied, and who is taking advantage of this to impact shoe sales, elections, civil discord, etc. July 12: Dr. David Wolf has served as the Fire Chief for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District since 2016. He served 16 years as a volunteer firefighter in PA, NY, and TX, all while earning a Ph.D. in geology and working as a research scientist for an international oil company. Chief Wolf is active with the Colorado State Fire Chiefs and is a technical panel member for UL’s study on Fire Service Search & Rescue. He spends a lot of time thinking about how to plan for emergencies, having been part of flooding in Houston and managing the Emergency Operations Center during the 2020 evacuation of Estes Park. Abstract: Wherever we live, our communities are prone to potential natural disasters: wildfire, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more. Accepting that we cannot control Mother Nature, how do we go about planning for these types of potential emergencies? What priorities do we have to balance between safety, environmental considerations, costs, and public engagement? It requires some science, risk management, human factors, and a lot of conversations. The presentation will talk about the factors that go into planning and the actions each of us can take to make ourselves and our communities safer. July 19: Retired Emeritus Professor Del Benson, retired from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University. He earned his Ph.D. from CSU. Abstract: His presentation will explain the relationship between children and their wildlife experiences. July 26: Astronaut Loren J. Shriver USAF, Col., Ret., U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1967 and Purdue University M.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. F-4 fighter pilot in Vietnam, then Test Pilot followed by Space Shuttle Astronaut 1978 – 1993 (Missions: 1985 STS 51-C Pilot, 1990 STS 31 Commander,1992 STS 46 Commander). Retired from USAF 1993 (27 years of service).1993 – 2011 Deputy Program Manager, Launch Integration for Space Shuttles at Kennedy Space Center; Deputy Center Director, Launch and Payload Processing, Kennedy Space Center; Vice President and Deputy Program Manager for Space Shuttles then Vice President, Engi-

neering and Integration, Chief Technology Officer, both at Clear Lake, TX. Abstract: We are all astronauts on Planet Earth. August 2: Dr. Jim Pickering, grew up in New York, received his B.A. at Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Northwestern University. He began a teaching and administrative career at Michigan State University, where he served as Director of The Honors College, and at the University of Houston where he was dean, provost, and president. The author-editor of more than 30 books on the history of Colorado and the West, since 2006 he has served as Historian Laureate of the Town of Estes Park. Estes Park Museum Director Derek Fortini is a Colorado native who grew up primarily in north Denver and has visited Estes Park since childhood. Derek majored in art history and received his MA degree from the University of Denver, with a focus on museum studies. He has worked at the Estes Park Museum since the end of 2006 and as the Director since 2009. Abstract: Join Historian Laureate/author Dr. James Pickering and Estes Park Museum Director Derek Fortini as they highlight some of the historic sites covered in the 2019 publication Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park: Then & Now, revised edition. Over 140 historic sites are explored throughout the publication each provided with a historical background provided by Dr. Pickering and a visual comparison, many re-photographed by Director Fortini. Enjoy learning local history and hearing the stories behind revisiting and re-photographing the historic sites of Estes Park. August 9: Emeritus Professor of Finance, Colorado State University, John Olienyk earned his Ph.D. from CSU. Before beginning his teaching career he was a stockbroker in Denver. He retired from CSU as the Associate Dean, College of Business. Abstract: He will enlighten us on interest rates, the stock market, and provide current employment data. In the Q and A many of your questions should be answered. Directions: In Estes Park, US 34 from Loveland intersects US 36 at MacDonald's and turns right. However, US 36 from Lyons turns left onto Elkhorn St. Follow "US 36" and "RMNP" signs to Moraine Ave and turn left. In ~ 2 mi, cross the intersection at Mary's Lake Rd, and move to the left lane for ~1/4 mi. County "66", plus "YMCA" signs take you left onto Tunnel Rd/66. (US 36 continues west into Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park.) In 2.5 mi the YMCA entrance is on the right. From Tunnel Rd/66 to the "Y campus" is Association Drive which passes the tennis courts and mini-golf course on the left. Across from them is the first stop sign. Turn right and follow signs to “Boone Family Mountain Center.” Park in the large parking lot and enter the front doors of the Mountain Center. The presentation room is on the lower level.

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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 6th, the last day of National Teacher Appreciation Week, EPEF delivered 120 Certificates of Appreciation to 75 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. The board of EPEF is currently investigating how best to use these funds to enhance the work-life of all our teach-

ers and staff. 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. High school: left to right: Ms. Mary Baron, EP High School Principal, Bev Bachman, President of EPEF Ms. Pam Frey (and students) EP High School science teacher.

Elementary School: left to right: Bev Bachman, President of EPEF, Ms. Caitlin Rugaber, 3rd Grade teacher with one of her students.

Middle School: Left to right: Bev Bachman, President of EPEF Ms. Jessie Mader, EP Middle School science teacher Peggy Mauerman, EPEF Director.

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

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

Casting Lessons At Scott Ponds

Andrew Limmiatis will be offering free casting lessons at Scott Ponds from MayAugust on the last Friday of each month from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Dates will be May 27, June 24, July, 29 and Aug 26. These lessons are put on by Trout Unlimited and Andrew will have Trout Unlimited

brochures for anyone that is looking to join. A limited number of rods will be available for use or those interested may bring their own. For any questions please call Andrew Limmiatis at 970-473-4555.

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From Colorado Parks And Wildlife We guarantee a shark will never break into your home in Colorado in search of food but a bear could. Don’t allow bears to become comfortable around your house. If you see one,

yell at them, throw things at them, and make noise to scare them off. Bears are gonna bear - people are the solution change your habits and be #bearaware. Learn more:

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu May 23 – 27 Monday, May 23

Chicken Salad Croissant w/ Homemade Chips

Tuesday, May 24

Country Fried Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetable

Wed., May 25

Vegetarian Burger (topped w/ mushrooms, swiss cheese & avocado) w/ Pasta Salad

Thursday, May 26 Meat Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad Friday, May 27

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

May 30 – June 3 Monday, May 30

Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31

Country Fried Chicken w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wednesday, Jun 1 Avocado Bacon Cheddar Burger w/ Potato Salad Thursday, Jun 2

Chicken Alfredo w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Jun 3

Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

Meals are $7 for current 2022 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, May 23rd, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 20th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at

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

Ella Santagati 12th Grade Congratulations to Ella Santagati, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for May 20, 2022. At EPHS, Ella is on the girl’s swim team and she is a member of the National Honor Society. She said, “I am proud of my 4.0 GPA, getting into seven colleges, going to state for swimming and researching and getting bees to keep in my backyard. Her favorite class is ceramics. Outside of school, she likes hiking, skiing, painting, beekeeping and spending time with friends. She has one brother, a dog, two cats and a bearded dragon. She bakes desserts at the Rock Inn restaurant in Estes.

When asked her favorite place to visit she said she loves Oregon and Washington and wants to go back to Europe. Ella’s favorite quote is,“Everything looks really small from a plane but when you’re on the ground it’s actually pretty big.” The best piece of advice she’s ever received is to appreciate the moments in between the highlights. She said, “We’re always looking forward to Fridays or a big event coming up but we sometimes forget to enjoy the Wednesdays and other things in between that aren’t as exciting.” After high school she plans to attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

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OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND! Where the Estes Valley has been coming for real estate solutions since 1985!

1052 Streamside $550,000

• Private location on 1.47 acres • Open floor plan with vaulted & coffered ceilings • Beautiful five-piece master bath • Meets all Boulder County fire mitigation requirements • Short drive from Estes Park. Hwy 7 from Lyons to Hwy 72 is temporarily closed. • Alternate routes through Estes, Jamestown, Nederland







1925 Homestead Ln $1,200,000

232 Saint Vrain Road $695,000 # 964557 Open House Saturday, May 21 11am–1pm

0 Fox Creek Rd $525,000

640 MacGregor #8 $599,000

3490 Saint Francis Way $1,200,000 MLS # 965326


Open House Saturday, May 21 2pm–4pm

514 Grand Estates D5 $430,000

• Gorgeous home in exclusive Little Valley. • Beautifully remodeled in 2015 • 3000 SF, 3 bedroom, 3 bath

225 Curry Dr $1,055,000

• Attached greenhouse • Garage for your RV


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

Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park New Listing

Office: 970-586-5324 New Listing

1695 Brook Ct. $765,000

TBD High Dr Lot 3 $475,000

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TBD Hummingbird Dr. $325,000 $1,150,000 $340,000

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212 Valley Rd. $1,440,000 Call Javier or Maria

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

Under Contract

447 Skyline Dr. $840,000 Call Renee

New Listing

663 Aspen $639,000 Call Gene

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3 bed 2 bath • 2 decks with Mountain Views

Call Carla

337 Virginia Dr. $445,000 Call Dave Lasota

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1555 Raven Circle Unit D $599,000

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Art On Display At The Community Center

The Estes Valley Community Center is displaying a beautiful series of paintings by Estes Park artist Mary Nelson. The Interstellar Series is a collection of seven large-scale paintings (66” x 96”) inspired by the music of Cirque Du Soleil. Come to the lower lobby of the Community Center to enjoy them! Nelson created The Interstellar Series with the assistance of students and community members for use in Estes Park High School marching band performances and competitions. The experimental paintings were created in 2015 using latex and acrylic on polyester to be durable and outdoor-friendly. They were used on football fields to set the stage for the band as they performed music from two Cirque Du Soleil shows, Quidam and Ka. The Colorado Band Masters Association named our marching band 1A State Champions in music performance,

visual effect, and general effect that year. The paintings supported the storyline, which began mysteriously and had a great amount of energy and interest, ending with a lot of strength. The Interstellar Series also displays energy, interest, movement, and strength! After being rolled-up in storage for several years, these paintings have been rejuvenated and need a new home. If you are interested in a painting and have space to display it, artist contact information is available at the lower lobby desk. A portion of each sale will be used to purchase art supplies for Community Center visitors. The Interstellar Series will be on display in the lower lobby of the Estes Valley Community Center through July 31, 2022. A second series of paintings titled Phoenix Rising will be on display August 1 through October 31, 2022. Enjoy a free cup of coffee while you view the paintings in the lower lobby on Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9-11:30 a.m., or visit them anytime the Community Center is open.


114 Timber Lane 4,832 square feet | 4 beds 4.5 baths | $1,095,000 A special place in Meadowdale Hills, offering outstanding privacy among the trees across a 1.25/acre site with views to the snow‐capped peaks of RMNP. Expansive mountain home of 4832sf with lots of room for today's live/work lifestyle, as well as all the company you enjoy. Kitchen of granite and new appliances, lots of storage and dedicated dining for 10+. Hardwood flooring through the soaring greatroom, with huge wall of windows and efficient woodstove. Main level primary suite with spacious 5pc bath and walk‐in closet plus 3 additional guest rooms and 4 additional baths. Lower level rec room with wet bar and loads of storage throughout. Two‐level deck, fenced pet yard and oversized garage complete the package. Move‐in ready and an outstanding value!





Estes Park Men’s Golf Association Results For Week Of May 16 Congratulations to all winners! Tandy Brown 67 Mike Johnston 67 Pete Smith 67-Closest to the Hole #2 Tom Keyworth 69 Steve Wirrig 69-Closest to the Hole #10 Rod Unruh 69 Tony Fink 70 Bill Sweet 70 Drew Webb 70 Pete Johnson 70 Larry Nosbish 70 Ray Leaycraft 71 Jim Mathies 71 Guy Tritico 71 Chris Layton 71 Austin Logan 72 Tom Washburn 72

Ron Thomas 72 Brian Kelley 72 George Smith 72 Ron Little 73 Tony Paglia 74 Stan Osborne 74 Jeff Lindberg 74 Wayne Anderson 74 Jim Gallup 75 Roger Erwin 75 Gary Siler 75 Robin Harding 75 Dave MCafee 76 Josh Tracy 76 Kirk Miller 76 John Tessler 76 Rex Schultze 76 John Krueger 76 Tony Palmer 76


Judy Anderson GRI, MRE, ABR, Broker Associate

Eric Blackhurst

Fabulous established floral business in Estes Park in operation for 15 years. Custom wedding and funeral arrangements, fresh cut bouquets, and the most adorable live plants around! The Fairy Gardens are so special and unique. Located in one of the most desirable wedding and travel destinations in Colorado, this bright, cheery and creative shop can be yours. A wonderful book of business, rental supplies, and history in the community that would be a wonderful investment for you. Only 275k, plus inventory. Great location and a calendar full of events already! Showings by appointment only. Call listing office for details. 970-586-2950 FOR LEASE: commercial, street front 164 S. Saint Vrain Ave. Approx 900s/f $1000/mo with a 3 year lease.


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

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

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Javier Gomez Broker 970 213-8692

Maria Gomez Broker

Estes Park Middle School Team Takes First Place In Statewide Natural Hazards Competition

Mountain Brokers

970 213-9479

1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

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

212 Valley Rd


Find beauty, peace, solitude and privacy in this 8.9 acre property with a 3 bed 2 bath true log cabin. This heavenly parcel is mostly wooded with pines and aspens and has a pond and seasonal stream. It includes a heated 2 car garage with separate apartment above, a second garage for an RV with space for a shop or additional storage and a general purpose barn with hay loft and 2 stalls plus a loafing shed. Perfect for a farmlet or just a place to get away from it all. Wild life abounds or you can bring your horses, goats, chickens, llamas. Great views of Mount meeker and Taylor Mountain, Isolation Peak and others. 5 Minutes from Wild Basin area of RMNP. 20 minute drive to Estes Park or Lyons. 35 minute drive to Nederland and skiing at Eldora. A must see! Listed at $1,440,000

The EPMS Resilience Team handing out evacuation Go Bags at the Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 14th. From left: Eric Vega, Zia Velani, Kylle McCown, Clara Hocker, Abbi Scott, Eva Carosello. Not pictured: Talisa Rushing.

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Real Estate Broker Owner O (970) 586-7283 | C (970) 481-2152

On Thursday, May 12th, a team of Estes Park Middle School students was awarded 1st place in the 2022 RISE Challenge Colorado and won $1,000 in prize money. Eva Carosello, Clara Hocker, Kylle McCown, Talisa Rushing, Abbi Scott, Eric Vega, and Zia Velani presented their project - “Plan, Prepare, Persevere - Wildfire Readiness” - to a panel of expert judges and other schools. The RISE Challenge gives students across Colorado the opportunity to share their projects that address issues associated with natural hazards and propose ideas to build a more resilient community. The challenge is hosted by HEART Force (a program funded by

NOAA and run by the CIRES Education & Outreach Group at CU Boulder) and Earth Force. Prize money was provided by the Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation. The student team, who call themselves the EPMS Resilience Team, handed out evacuation Go Bags at the Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 14th. This was one part of their community resilience plan, an idea inspired by the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition. The next step for this team is to support local wildfire mitigation work, partnering with the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, to fulfill the mission of their project.


1292 Miller Fork Road, Glen Haven $1,100,000 Custom-built home in The Retreat on 3 acres. Exquisite wood and stone artisanship throughout this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Reclaimed barn wood floors from Vermont. Comfortable radiant in-floor heat. Open floor plan and T&G wood vaulted ceilings. Gas fireplace, huge windows with views of Crosier Mtn. Kitchen features island w/prep sink, SS appliances, knotty Alder cabinetry & pantry. Staircase and beams are skip-peeled logs from Canada. Close to Roosevelt Nat'l Forest, trails & wildlife viewing. Convenient access to Estes Park & Loveland. 2 car garage & paved driveway.


in the Rockies!

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SnowyGrass Music Festival In Estes Park on the circuit today, the five-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. “Everybody says it. We’d be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we’ve been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it’s hard to describe. It's everything, really. There’s a whole lot of love there.”

The 7th Annual SnowyGrass Music Festival will be held August 5-7, 2022 at 271 Ivy St. (Baldwin Park) in Estes Park, presented by Upstream Concerts--in partnership with Visit Estes Park, Snowy Peaks Winery, Estes Park Condos, Ziggi’s Coffee, and Richardson Team Realty, Estes Park News, and Rocky Mountain Chanel. It features performances by: Lindsay Lou, Seldom Scene, Way Down Wanderers, Pete & Joan Wernick, Blue Canyon Boys, Sweet Lillies, Wood Belly, David Lawrence & the Spoonful, Jake Leg, Jason Hicks & KC Groves, Hunker Down, Orchard Creek, and Lost Penny. On Saturday morning, a bluegrass jam workshop hosted by Colorado Bluegrass Music Society will be followed by a harmony workshop with Blue Canyon Boys. Visit for tickets and more information. Lindsay Lou Lindsay Lou has been making soulful, poignant music for the last decade. An undeniable powerhouse, Lou’s remarkable gifts as a singer, songwriter, musician and performer demand the listener’s attention. Her singing floats over the masterful playing and deep groove of her band with both a fierce intensity and a tender intimacy. Today, touring nationally and internationally year round, Lindsay Lou and her band continue to collect a mass of friends and fans along the way. Notable U.S. festival plays include Telluride Bluegrass festival, Merlefest, Stagecoach,

Redwing, ROMP, GreyFox, and a slew of others. Abroad, they have appeared at Scotland’s Shetland Island Folk Fest and the Celtic Connections tour, Australia’s National Folk Festival, and others. Of the live show, fRoots Magazine reviewed "...(Lindsay Lou is) the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.” The Boot, who featured Lindsay Lou Band as a “Can’t Miss Act" at AmericanaFest 2018, says “...Lou brings introspection and masterful vocal work to her live show.” Seldom Scene Since forming nearly 50 years ago, The Seldom Scene has brought both freewheeling joy and immaculate musicianship to their inventive take on bluegrass, offering up spirited interpretations of songs from limitless genres. On their new album Changes, the band sharpens their focus to a highly specific body of work: songs first recorded in the 1960s and very early ’70s, rooted in the archetypal storytelling of classic singer-songwriters. And in taking on the music of iconic artists like Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, The Seldom Scene perform a sort of subtle magic: transforming the most stripped-bare songs into harmony-rich and elaborately arranged compositions, while wholly sustaining the charmed simplicity of each piece. Way Down Wanderers Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS Mondays - Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Holiday and Summer Hours Closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day Summer hours begin May 31: 9 a.m. opening Mondays through Saturdays EARLY READERS Launch Celebration: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Friday, May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p. m The world’s most renowned book-gifting program comes to the Estes Valley. We’ll sign up all local kids under 5. Enjoy live music and activities. For all ages. No sign-up required. Library Storytimes Preschoolerers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime: Thurs. and Fri. at 10 a.m. Read to Therapy Dog “Bo:” Wed., May 25 at 6 p.m. SUMMER READING PROGRAM Log Reading Time and Earn Prizes

For all ages. Summer is a great time to read for pleasure and earn prizes. This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Visit for details on this summer’s program. Made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation. Paint an Ocean: for ages 2 to 5 Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, 11 a.m.-noon Kids’ make-and-take artwork will be in the Makerspace, as we sign up all ages for the Summer Reading Program. Last Day of School Party Thursday, May 26, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room

Enjoy pizza, snacks and refreshments as we celebrate the start of summer. Get a free book and help decorate the teentween banner. Sign up at MAKERSPACE Beginner Soldering Friday, May 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Save money by making your own repairs, or discover a new hobby working with electronics—and perhaps computers and robotics. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Learn the Laser Cutter Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-7 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Knitting for Beginners Friday, May 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Learn to make a simple project that will keep you warm or protect your kitchen surfaces from hot or cold items. All materials provided. Sign up at Learn the 3D Printer Wednesday, June 1, 5:30-7 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at TEENS & KIDS Game Day Free Play: Robotics Saturday, May 21, 3-4 p.m., Hondius Room Repeated Tues., May 24, 4:305:30 p.m. Along with video games and board games, try out the Library’s mini-robots. Sign up at Book vs. Movie Club: “The Fault in our Stars” Saturday, May 28, 12:30-3 p.m., Hondius Room Book or movie—which do you like best? We’ll discuss the book, then watch the movie adaptation.

Snacks and refreshments provided. Sign up at Stone Laser Engraving Tuesday, May 31, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Makerspace Engrave a slate of stone to take home. For teens and tweens. Sign up at Watercolor Bubble Art Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Hondius Room Repeated Wed., June 15, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. We’ll provide all the supplies for unique and colorful makeand-take artwork. Sign up at CURRENT AFFAIRS The War in Ukraine, with Dr. Sarah Wilson Sokhey Thursday, May 26, 6 - 8 p.m., in-person or Zoom Dr. Sarah Wilson Sokhey, political science professor at CU-Boulder, discusses the war’s origins. Attend in-person or by Zoom. Sign up at


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Opioid Addiction: a Living Room Conversation Wednesday, May 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room Discuss and share ideas on what we can do to prevent or resolve the issue of opioid addiction. Sign up at BOOKS & AUTHORS Edge of the Map: the Mountain Life Friday, June 3, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius

Room or Zoom Author Johanna Garton recounts the life of world-class mountaineer Christine Boskoff, who embarked on increasingly bigger peaks until her death in an avalanche in 2006. The first 15 people to register receive a free copy of the book. Sign up at WORKSHOPS Consumer Reports Thursday, May 26, 5-6 p.m., Makerspace Learn how to access the library’s online subscription with expert reviews on health and food products as well as cars and appliances. Sign up at AARP Smart Driver Course Friday, June 3, 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Hondius Room Learn safe driving strategies that will help keep you driving for as long as possible. Upon course completion, participants may be eligible for a reduction in car insurance premiums. Sign up at FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the post office, is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offering gentlyused books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The War In Ukraine: Tracing The Historic Roots Of A Modern-Day Struggle

The war in Ukraine has dominated world headlines since February, when Russia embarked on a large-scale invasion of its western neighbor. Since then, more than six million Ukrainians have fled their country in the largest refugee movement since World War II. These events of the past three months—filled with moments of triumph and tragedy for Ukraine—have recent and historic roots, part of an active war over the past eight years, and tracing further back into history and decades of geopolitical maneuvering. To provide insights and context, the library has invited Dr. Sarah Wilson Sokhey, political science professor from the University of Colorado, for a special presentation and discussion on “The War in Ukraine.” The program takes place on Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants may attend in person at the library or watch via Zoom. To reserve a physical or virtual seat, visit the calendar at

Dr. Sokhey will help frame the events leading up to the war in Ukraine, including Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and the resulting unrest, the politics in Ukraine since its independence in 1991, and analysis of the Russian public’s support for the war. There will be time for Dr. Sokhey to take questions from the audience. Sarah Wilson Sokhey earned her Ph. D. from The Ohio State University in 2010, and a year later joined the faculty at the University of Colorado. She specializes in comparative politics and political economy with a regional focus on the post-communist countries of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. She has been studying and researching in Russia since 2002. To sign up for this month’s program, visit the library events calendar at, where you can choose the in-person or Zoom sign-up option.

Book vs. Movie Club On May 28: “The Fault In Our Stars” “The Fault in Our Stars” is the international young-adult bestseller by John Green that tells the story of 16-year-old Hazel, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and attends a cancer support group. There she meets 17-year-old Augustus Walters, charming and witty, afflicted with a rare form of bone cancer, but recently in the clear. The two embark on a roller coaster of emotions, including love, sadness and romance while traveling across Europe in search of the author of their favorite book, in a story at once humorous and heartbreaking. Teens are invited to this month’s “Book vs. Movie Club” at the library to discuss the book, then watch the 2014 feature film, “The Fault in our Stars, on the big screen (the movie is rated PG-13). The program takes place at the library on Saturday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. Sign-up is now open. A limited number of books are available for attendees, which can be reserved and picked up in advance. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, offering prizes all summer long.

Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available during the movie. The “Book vs. Movie Club” is a monthly program, exploring the differences and similarities shared by popular

books and movies of the same name. Look for more “Book vs. Movie” events on the last Saturday of each month. Participants may register now at, and sign for an advance copy of the book.

Never Give Up! To The Editor: During the months of January and February I was very depressed and what helped a lot was the purpose of work at the YMCA and the support from the people of Estes Park. Thanks to Greg Button and Susan Fereday, owner of State Farm, for their support. If you are struggling with mental health issues there is help out there so reach out. You are not alone and don’t give up. Maria Medina

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An Ecological Calendar, Part 1 By: Judi Smith

currently pending the Governor’s signature. Anything done by a government takes time and, it seems, the larger the governBy June 1, 2023 CO HB21-1355 The ment the longer it takes. This makes first measure of the regulation is the resense because citizens need time to hear quirement that the Executive Director about and adjust to new laws, but it can (EXEC) of the Colorado Department of be stressful for those awaiting activation. Public Health and Environment This article contains a calendar for laws (DPHE) choose a non-profit organizapassed and awaiting activation, many of tion (NPO) to create and manage a state wide Producer Responsibility Program for Recycling (PRPR) subject to approval from the EXEC. The NPO must create a minimal recycling program available state wide at no cost to the end-user as well as create a statewide education and outreach stressing reuse and recycling of covered materials, subject to annual audit and review. Initially this prowhich become effective one segment at a gram will be limited to residential servtime. ices. The law also creates an Advisory Board on recycling practices (ABRP), 2021 Despite the fact that the Federal consisting of individuals with recycling Congress did not pass “Build Back Betexpertise and knowledge of existing reter” there are ways that the Infrastructure Law can fund ecological projects for cycling programs throughout the State, to support the NPO and offer recomcommunities. Looking beyond the network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers, mendations to the EXEC. nearly every section calls for clean en2023 In an effort to attract all segments ergy, particularly in public transit and of the recycling circle, CO HB23-1159 electrical grid modernization. the Waste Diversion and Circular Economy Center creates a Circular Economy May 1, 2022 Proposed by the Fort Center (CEC) within the DPHE. Passed Collins Council (Feb. 2021) and conMay 5, this Bill is currently awaiting firmed by voters (Apr. 2021), the Dissigning. The CEC is intended to develop posable Bag Ordinance took effect this month (May 2022). It eliminates the use markets for recycled commodities. This law loosens the restrictions on Recyof disposable plastic carry-out bags at cling Resources Economic Opportunity large (10,000 sq. ft.) grocery stores, in(RREO) grants by eliminating the fivecluding “Drive Up and Go” programs. year hiatus for winners, waiving the inBoth the funds remitted to the City and frastructure limitation, and raising the those retained by the retailer must be maximum award. It is funded by the spent on enhancing the use of reusable solid waste user fee and the RREO bags. Fund. Jan. 1, 2023 CO HB21-1162 A similar, By July 1, 2023 CO HB22-1159 The but more encompassing, law begins to take effect throughout Colorado. All re- DPHE will contract a 3rd party admintail stores (not just groceries) that have 4 istrator for the CEC. or more Colorado locations or any locaBy Aug. 1, 2023 CO HB22-1159 CEC tions outside of Colorado, or who share must file an analysis and assessment of marketing recognition nationally (as in progress with DPHE. franchises) must charge a 10-cent bag fee Beginning Sept. 1, 2023 CO HB22for disposable plastic or paper carryout 1159 CEC must submit annual assessbags. Passed by Colorado Legislature 6ment of progress. 22-21 and signed into law 7-6-21 it inBy Sept. 1, 2023 CO HB22-1355 NPO cludes an exemption for certain prodmust delegate an assessment of current ucts, such as produce bags. Many recycling services and needs to an indesmaller stores will, hopefully, recognize pendent 3rd party. the advantages, economic as well as ecoColorado has been busy! The material logical, of compliance. Complete ordicovering bills passed and pending actinance available at vation more than filled the usual space for my articles. So, this calendar will be 2023 CO HB21-1355 Following the continued in next week’s offering. lead of Maine and Oregon, Colorado Agree? Disagree? Comments? passed an extended producer bility law, covering recycling of packaging and paper products -- on the last possible day of the recent session. It is

Bustang To Estes Set For Summer New stop added in Rocky Mountain National Park Travelers will have another option to get to and from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park this summer with the resumption of Bustang to Estes over Memorial Day Weekend. Beginning on Saturday, May 28, and continuing each weekend through Sunday, Oct. 2, Bustang will make two roundtrips between Denver’s Union Station, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Passengers disembarking in Estes Park can catch the town’s free trolley to access a variety of locations in town. Passengers riding Bustang into Rocky Mountain National Park will travel to the Park & Ride transit hub on Bear Lake Road. From there, they can transfer to the in-park shuttles with stops on the Bear Lake Road corridor. PLEASE NOTE: Bustang’s only stop in RMNP is the Park & Ride transit hub. Passengers headed to RMNP are reminded to be prepared with food and water prior to arriving in Estes Park. No food services are available at the Estes Park Visitors Center OR at the Park & Ride. In addition, a valid RMNP Entrance Pass is required to enter the park ($15 for an individual pass/ $30 for two or more riders). However, Bustang passengers do NOT need to purchase a Timed Entry Reservation Permit. “Bustang to Estes is part of our continuing efforts to provide transit services to recreational areas with high visitation numbers,” said Amber Blake, the director of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Transit and Rail. “Providing transit service to a popular tourist destination helps us mitigate congestion and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by providing an alternative to driving personal vehicles in and out of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park area.” A roundtrip ticket is $10 per person. Children 11 years old and younger ride free with a paying adult. To purchase tickets for Bustang to Estes and a RMNP pass, please visit:

SCHEDULE (may vary depending on weather and road conditions)

"We're excited to welcome Bustang back to Estes Park this summer," said Mayor Wendy Koenig. "Whether you're a local heading to the Denver area, or a guest visiting Estes, using Bustang is a great way to beat the stress of traffic, avoid buying more gas, and enjoy a smooth trip." Bustang to Estes service began in August 2019. It was suspended for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and resumed in summer 2021. Although COVID-19 restrictions have been removed, some public safety measures remain, including: · Face masks required for drivers; strongly recommended for passengers but not mandatory · Additional personal protective equipment issued for drivers · Hand sanitizer wipes offered to passengers when boarding the bus · Coaches cleaned and disinfected upon completion of each route and after completion of each day’s routes, including all seats, safety belt buckles, head rests (front and back) and armrests Ace Express Coaches in Golden contracts with CDOT to operate Bustang to Estes.

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Glenda Jane Pedersen Glenda Jane Pedersen passed away on May 6th, 2022 at the age of 74 in the comfort of her home and surrounded by family in Estes Park, Colorado. Glenda was born to Dale and Alberta Conn in Beloit, Kansas on December 17, 1947. Her family, including her two sisters Gloria Miller and Greta Irvin, moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado on August, 1961. After the move to Colorado, Glenda met her beloved husband Dean. She was able to spend 57 years being cherished and loved by him. She and Dean created a wonderful family together and is survived by daughters Tammy and Jill, grandchildren Tony, Alexa, Marcellus, and her great-grandchild Elias. Glenda had a joy for life that was infectious to those around her. She worked hard and built a successful career with Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Senior Sales Director. Her dedication to her career led her to have numerous consultants and customers throughout the United States. Glenda loved her family fiercely. She was an affectionate, gracious, and compassionate wife mother, and grandmother. Glenda’s smile and

laugh made anyone around her feel safe and joyful. Glenda had a blessed and active life filled with hiking, traveling, reading books, and Bible studies. Glenda loved her home in Estes Park, Colorado where she spent time in the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. Glenda and her husband Dean shared a passion for Colorado Buffaloes' football. Glenda’s love for the team led her to become a member of the Buffalo Belles support organization. Glenda had a strong faith and was a devoted member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Estes Park, Colorado. During her time at the church, she was a choir director and handbell choir member. Her deep faith in God and Jesus Christ as her Savior was evident in her life. A memorial service for Glenda is on May 26, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 N. Saint Vrain Ave. in Estes Park, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, a grateful contribution to Estes Park Health Hospice (c/o Allnutt Funeral Services) would be deeply appreciated. Please visit to leave a message to the family.

John Austin Heron John Austin Heron, 76, died peacefully at home in Estes Park, Colorado, on May 10, 2022. Never one for drama, calling attention to himself, or long goodbyes, he passed away shortly following a recent cancer diagnosis. His intelligence, sensitivity, wry sense of humor and love will be missed by his wife Marna Jane Heron, her extensive family, his sister Nancy Elsinger, daughters Laely Heron, Aimee Lorenzen, and his grandson Evan Lorenzen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Nell, and brothers Mike and Steve. John grew up in both Denver and Estes Park, Colorado. He was a ski racer, then a young father who attended the Colorado School of Mines,

before embarking upon an illustrious mining career that spanned the globe. Thirty-seven years ago Marna and John’s story began. They married and moved to Estes Park, where John could enjoy nature, hike his family’s beloved Prospect Mountain, and mentor the Estes Park Aerial Tramway team. He was known to end many a conversation with the phrase “Live it up." Those who loved him shall carry that on in his honor. John will be sorely missed, and a celebration of his life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Colorado School of Mines Foundation.

Randy Skeie

Randy Skeie, from Estes Park, Colorado, passed away in Loveland, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the age of 92. Randoph Alvin Skeie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 11, 1928. His parents were Maurice and Sigfrid (Ljones) Skeie. Randy, also known to some as "Sky", graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. He earned his Bachelor's Degree, in Forestry Management, from the University of Minnesota. He married Verjean A. Jacobs on December 8, 1951, in Anaheim, California. Randy was a manufacturer's representative for Curtis Millworks, in Clinton, Iowa, from 1953 to 1966. He was then employed by Windows Incorporated, in Denver, Colorado, until his retirement at the age of 58. To know Randy was to know his passion for trout fishing. In fact, in 1972, he developed and patented a successful fly pattern, known as the "Universal Fly." The fly is still being marketed today by his son and grandson, Craig and Erik Skeie. Randy and Verjean lived in Hays, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; Thornton, Colorado, and Boulder, Colorado, before retiring to Estes Park, Colorado, a place they had visited since 1958.

In Estes Park, Randy was active in The Rotary Club of Estes Park, KBB, Trout Unlimited, and was a volunteer and board member of The Salvation Army. Randy is survived by his children, Laurel Skeie (Edward) Huesers of Lyons, Colorado; Craig (Rhonda) Skeie of Pinetop, Arizona; and Susan Skeie (Loren) Melvin of Estes Park, Colorado. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Wade (Blanca) O'Connor; Brad (Amber) Melvin; Darin (Katie) Melvin; Crystal (Ken) Beecken; Erik Skeie; and great grandchildren Aden, Grace and Colton Melvin; Samson O'Connor; and Lily and Bear Melvin. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verjean; daughter Cindy Martinson; three brothers, Maurice, Paul and John; and two sisters, Helen Schutte and Lois Hiller. Randy will be deeply missed by his family and friends; the trout, not so much. Memorial Services will be held on May 21, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 119 in Estes Park, CO. In lieu of Flowers the family askes donations be made to The Salvation Army, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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WorldMark Estes Park Now Hiring Front Desk Associates $17/hr!! Offering a diverse range of comprehensive health and welfare benefits to meet your needs and support you throughout your career with us. Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision and Resort Discounts!

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Member & Donor Services Associate Seeking an experienced team player to assist the Conservancy’s philanthropy team in database operaƟon and giŌ processing.  Year-round, full-Ɵme, 40 hours with benefits  $16 – $19/hour with potenƟal for promoƟon  Strong oral/wriƩen communicaƟon skills  Experience with Raiser’s Edge, data entry

systems and customer service preferred

See full posiƟon descripƟon on our website before applying

Email cover leƩer and resumé, and any quesƟons to:

Now Hiring. Cooks, Bartenders, Tasters, Bussers & Retail Associates. Part Time & Full Time. Year Round & Seasonal. Stop by Estes Park Distillery at 124. W Elkhorn Ave or email

Now hiring Non-CDL drivers Part-time starting at $17/hr plus tips, $2/hr shift differential pay for mornings and nights. Office Full time seasonal- $17-$18 an hour. Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave

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

ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT R-3 VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Elementary School Bookkeeper/Secretary And Middle School Bookkeeper/Secretary to the Principal Full-time with benefits. Apply online at Salary range is $17.21 – $19.46/hr., depending on experience. Position open until filled.

Village Goldsmith, Inc.


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

From the Branch to the Backcountry

Assist our staff in jewelry repair, polishing, casting, sizing, and design. Prior experience is preferred.


Fine jewelry retail sales Training provided, no prior jewelry knowledge necessary. Open every day; summer hours are into the evening. We offer competitive pay, summer bonus potential, flexible scheduling. 235 West Elkhorn Avenue (970)586-5659

We’re Redefining How Careers in Banking Look Center Operations Director Salud Family Health Centers Salud is looking for a Center Operations Director in Estes Park • Bachelor’s degree in health-related field strongly preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience • Supervisory experience working in Healthcare Salud Offers: • Starting Annual Salary Range $59,357 - $68,261 • Comprehensive Benefits Package Apply at


Diversity Engagement Coordinator.

Join our team! Hiring Full-Time Teller Ideal candidates will have prior cash handling and customer service experience. Additional requirements include attention to detail, strong computer and problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment. $17-19/Hour. Excellent benefits including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off. $500 hiring bonus after 90 days. Please apply at: ESTES PARK 533 Big Thompson Ave. 970.586.8185 MEMBER FDIC

DEI outreach work in the nonprofit sector. Must be bilingual and live in Estes Valley. App deadline May 27. $18.50-$19.50, 12-20 hours per week, visit

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

Tire Technician

Ranch Meadow HOA

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 at 1633 Raven Ave.

needs an independent inspector-supervisor

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Trailhead Restaurant is looking for Kitchen Staff

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

with a construction background to monitor roofing & paint projects beginning in early June. Detailed job description:

Housing Available $16+/hour Apply in person. 3450 Fall River Rd 970-577-0043

Visitor Center Retail Clerk

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

Full Time Housekeeper for Solitude Cabins Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln.

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

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

Help us help others. Become a CAREGiverSM • Starting at $19 • NO Medical Background Required

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

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

Call 970-586-5376 to apply.

• Flexible Schedule • Training & Local Support Provided • Rewarding & Meaningful Job!

Now Hiring CDL Drivers Seasonal/ part-time starting at $23/hr plus tips $5/hr shift differential pay for evening and nights. Call Nick at 970-980-9023

Apply online at or call for more information


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

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CaTering Manager


Responsible day to day operations of the catering depart that operates within the Food Service Dept. $19 - $20/hour with full benefits, childcare assistance, YMCA membership, and more.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

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

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

Competitive Pay, Great Benefits & Opportunities for Growth!


Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran


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

Retail Warehouse


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

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

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

pricing, delivery, and computer help.

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

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

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ConferenCe Coordinator

Banquet Event Staff Front of House Manager Apply online at YMCa of tHe roCKieS 2515 tunnel road estes Park, Colorado, 80511

Building & groundS teCHniCian – Staff HouSing SPeCialiSt This position focuses on the maintenance and repair of staff housing with special emphasis on Glacier Lodge, the year-round staff housing neighborhood. Hourly pay, full benefits, childcare assistance, and family membership.

Responsible for assisting conference and family reunion groups by providing information, knowledge and support to all Conference services. $18.50 $19.25/hour with full benefits, childcare assistance, YMCA membership, and more.

Join Our Ore Cart Team!

Entry Level Dental Assistant (no experience required) full-time or part-time. Email or call 720-220-1161 for more information.

Full Time - Part Time Good Pay, Summer Bonus, Paid Vacation Apply in Person

The Ore Cart Rock Shop 119 W. Elkhorn • 970-586-3577

ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT R-3 TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT Vacancy Announcement Small Vehicle Operator Estes Park School District R-3 is accepting applications for a Small Vehicle Operator. Salary range $15.32 - $17.32 with single benefits. Training will be provided. Questions, please call Dave Coleson at 970-577-0211 ext. 3401 Apply online at estesschools/onlineapp. Only online applications accepted. Position open until filled.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS: Estes Park Lumber is taking applications for an inside Contractor retail sales associate. Duties include retail sales to all our customers with an emphasis on our Contractor customers. We will train this new associate in all steps of our business. This is a full-time position with a solid and stable company with over 100 years in operation, Sterling Lumber and Investment. Physical ability to lift 50 lbs on occasion when stocking inventory. We offer $18 per hour to start with a full benefit package of Health, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance. 401K retirement plan. Paid Time Off (PTO) program. Seven paid Holidays per year. A good work environment with good people that encourage a career approach to this work life we all do. Please apply in person, ask for Jim or Melanie

Estes Park School District R-3 is an equal opportunity employer.








Commercial Rentals

Piano Tuning


Garage Sales

Estate Sales

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

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

Multi-family moving & garage sales Estes Park. North Sharon Ct cul-desac (Carriage Hills). Friday/Saturday, May 20/21, 9 am – 3 pm. Furniture, kids’ stuff, good variety. Cash only

Follow Grn & Org Signs to 1509 Ranch Cr. Fri 8-1 Sat 8-2

TRANSPORTATION Don’t want to live in a condo? Want a meadow full of wildlife and a view of the front range? Access to Big Thompson River approx 50 ft from Master Bedroom window FOR RENT: 385 Riverside Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517 $2199/mo with year lease

Duplexes A must see! Small and cute 1 bedroom apartment duplex, great for 1 person or a couple. Sits in the Olympus Heights area, near Highway 34... $900 per month, Utilities are not included.... Call at 303.720.1211



BUSINESS Business For Sale

For sale cargo trailer 5’ x 8’ $1500 (970) 593-2707

SERVICES Landscaping

Antique Sherrill Loveseat. 56” x 32” x 35”. Good condition. Upholstery needs cleaning - so it’s yours for $40. 970-586-3600.


Commercial Rentals Office Spaces for Rent 1191 Woodstock Dr. Newly Remodeled 1200 Sq. ft w/ great parking. Near Hwy 7 & Fairgrounds. Call 970-420-4388

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

Music Rock Point Landscape Mowing, Shrub removal, power wash, rock work, flagstone,& More! 970-308-0049

OFFICE SPACE 6 Offices/Whole 2nd Floor Sewing/Alterations 850 sf, Yr. Lease Min. Private Parking, Bathroom, Remixed Custom Sewing Kitchenette, A/C. Services and Industrial Reasonable Rates. Quality Repair Finishes. Cushions, benches, Located on River. leather, campers and Call Bret Freedman outdoor furniture. 970-215-2494 Local - call Beth 970-492-5446

AB Chase grand piano with bench/pad $995. Ivory keys. Mahogany finish; 60” W x 66” L. Buyer must move. 970-480-5072

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

May 28 YARD Sale -8 A.M. until Noon Masonic Lodge 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Spaces available for rent $20.00 For Details call: 577-8585

Framed Art, Lamps, Dishes, Flatware, Pottery, Baskets, Jewelry, Tools, Books, Smoker, Ladder, Leather Art, Golf Clubs, Ukulele, Microscope, Shells, Microwave, Typewriter. ESTATE/MOVING SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL JUDI 970-215-5548

LEGAL NOTICE Estes Park Housing Authority (EPHA) will close the waiting list for all EPHA properties from May 16, 2022 to June 27, 2022. During this time, we will not accept new applications for housing. We will use this time to update our waitlists. You may submit a new application to Estes Park Housing Authority as of Tuesday, June 28, 2022. You may contact Estes Park Housing Authority at 970 591 2535 or via email at with questions. Equal Housing Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity. Additionally, the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 waitlist will be open with Loveland Housing Authority only from June 28, 2022 to June 30, 2022. Information and Applications can be obtained from Completed applications should be submitted to Loveland Housing Authority via, in person at 375 West 37th St., Suite 200, Loveland CO, 80538, or faxed to 970 667 2860. These applications will not be accepted at Estes Park Housing Authority. Contact Loveland Housing Authority at 970 667 3232 with questions. Equal Housing Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity. La Autoridad de la Vivienda de Estes Park (EPHA) cerrará la lista de espera para todas las propiedades de EPHA del 16 de mayo de 2022 al 27 de junio de 2022. Durante este tiempo, no aceptaremos nuevas solicitudes de vivienda. Usaremos éste tiempo para actualizar nuestra lista de espera. Puede enviar una nueva solicitud a la Autoridad de la Vivienda de Estes Park a partir del martes 28 de junio de 2022. Puede comunicarse con la Autoridad de la Vivienda de Estes Park al 970 591 2535 o por correo electrónico a si tiene preguntas. Igualdad de oportunidades de vivienda e igualdad de oportunidades de empleo. Además, la lista de espera del Vale de Elección de Vivienda/Sección 8 estará abierta con la Autoridad de la Vivienda de Loveland solo a partir del 28 de junio de 2022 al 30 de junio de 2022. Se puede obtener información y solicitudes en Las solicitudes completas deben enviarse a la Autoridad de la Vivienda de Loveland a través de, en persona en 375 West 37th St., Suite 200, Loveland CO, 80538, o por fax al 970 667 2860. Estas solicitudes no se aceptarán en La Autoridad de la Vivienda de Estes Park. Comuníquese con la Autoridad de la Vivienda de Loveland al 970 667 3232 si tiene preguntas. Igualdad de Oportunidades de Vivienda e Igualdad de Oportunidades de Empleo.

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


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


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

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


D Licensed & Insured

DIAMOND D HANDYMAN SERVICE Home Maintenance & Repairs Yardwork & Mowing

“Consider It Done!” Dave 303-877-2007





Cajun Handyman Services


No Job Too Small!

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

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave Full service general contracting since 1998


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

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

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




Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

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

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

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


Alpenglow Custom Blinds and Shades


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

REAL ESTATE Simply. Elevated. Real Estate.

Aaron L. Busche, CNE Broker Associate Cell: (970) 470-9962 255 Park Lane, Ste 203 Estes Park, CO 80517

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1720 Moss Rock Drive

Listed by Brad Barnett



114 Timber Lane

1400 David Drive #1 Listed by Tom Thomas



647 Little Prospect Road

Listed by Christian Collinet

Listed by Christian Collinet

$1,095,000 Thunder View Lot 4

2. 5A CR ES



2115 Ridge Road

Listed by Christian Collinet



$1,100,000 Listed by Christian Collinet



Listed by Christian Collinet

Peak to Peak Lodge

Listed by Christian Collinet


363 Prospect Mountain Court

Listed by Lori Smith

285 Alpine Drive

Listed by Christian Collinet

$899,500 1292 Miller Fork

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1706 Marys Lake Road


1300 Meadow Lane

Listed by Tom Thomas


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