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May 21, 2021

Feeling Foxy

Foxes are omnivores who hunt mainly small rodents, birds and rabbits. Photo by Paul J. Marcotte www.pauljmarcottephotography.com

Peaceful Get up early, walk by Lake Estes and you’ll likely see Jim Ward fishing and photographing wildlife. Photo by Robert Burkhardt

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Seasonal Paid Parking And Electric Trolley Service To Begin Friday, May 28

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The Town’s professional parking opera- W. Elkhorn Avenue. A 2021 parking Transit, will also begin part of its seator, The Car Park, will begin seasonal sonal service on Friday, May 28. The Red map is available at www.estes.org/parkmonitoring of all public parking areas on ing, www.estes.org/shuttles or by access- Route – which is served by the Town’s Friday, May 28. Seasonal paid parking new electric trolley – will run a continuing this link: will also begin on Friday, May 28. Active https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mHous 20-minute loop starting at the Estes monitoring of parking regulations and Park Visitor Center, traveling along SADWwMh8F2YY3ZbYO-k_ethGYseasonal paid parking will both conclude mQ7w/view. Elkhorn Avenue to just east of The on Sunday, Oct. 17. Maxwell Inn and then back to the Estes Park Visitor The following arCenter. Trolley service will eas will require paybe available from 9 a. m. to ment each day 9 p. m. daily (Monday (Monday through through Sunday). Sunday) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.: The remaining Estes Transit routes (Gold, Blue, · Town Hall lot Brown and Silver) will be· Bond Park (in gin daily service on July 1 front of Town Hall with the Green (Express) and in the on-street Route beginning weekendareas on Elkhorn only service on July 3. BusAvenue and Park tang will also be returning Lane) to Estes Park on July 3 and · East Riverside lot will provide weekend-only · Riverside lot service through Elk Fest. · Virginia lot Bustang will originate at The Town of Estes Park’s New Electric Trolley Courtesy photos · Wiest lot Denver Union Station with stops in Boulder and Lyons before reach· Post Office lot ing Estes Park. More details on the 2021 Daily parking fees will not apply to · Tregent lot Bustang to Estes service will be anthose displaying Americans with DisThe parking fee in all paid areas – nounced in the coming weeks and tickabilities (ADA) placards or Disabled which represent 30 percent of the total ets should be available on Bustang’s webVeterans (DV) license plates. A number public parking supply – will be $2 per site in early June hour. There are three, quick and contact- of spaces will be designated and available at no charge on a time limited basis (https://ridebustang.com/). less ways to pay: The complete 2021 Estes Transit schedfor those visiting Town Hall (on the Pay Station: Accepts cash and credit ule and map, including route times, Bond Park side, near the Police Departcard, as well as Google/Apple Pay. All service dates and stops, can be found at ment and public restroom entrance) and feature contactless card readers. Custhe Post Office. The tomers will need only their license plate spaces currently idennumber and preferred method of payment. There is no need to return to one’s tified for Library patrons will continue to car after payment or remember a specific parking space number. Pay stations be free. 2021 Parking Permits will be available in all lots except Treare still available for gent. purchase at Mobile App: Download the ParkMobile www.estes.org/parkapp to quickly pay using a smartphone. Payment can be completed without visit- ing. Individuals eligible for permits include ing a pay station. No smartphone? Simdowntown residential ply call 1-877-727-5951 to pay over the or rental property phone. owners, those who Text-to-Park: No app to download. work downtown, and Text “park” to 77223 on your mobile dethose with marked commercial vehicles. www.estes.org/shuttles or vice and pay by text using your license https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q5bizn Locals and residents (as defined by plate and credit card without visiting a 7EsV1v54DZteOQeXV4x5ZOVvK7/vie those who live in the Estes Park School pay station. District boundary) are eligible for a free w. The remaining 70 percent of public For more information about parking in Local 30 Minute permit that will proparking in Estes Park will remain free. vide the holder with 30 minutes of park- downtown Estes Park, please Time limits will be removed from all free ing each day in any of the paid parking www.estes.org/parking; transit informaand paid parking lots. Time limits will tion can be found at www.estes.org/shutareas. remain in some on-street areas including tles. The Town’s free shuttle system, Estes Moraine Avenue, W. Riverside Drive and


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Estacionamiento de Pago de Temporada y Servicio de Tranvía Eléctrico a Partir del Viernes 28 de Mayo The Town, el operador de estacionamiento profesional, The Car Park, comenzará el monitoreo estacional de todas las áreas de estacionamiento público el viernes 28 de mayo. El estacionamiento de pago de temporada también comenzará el viernes 28 de mayo. El monitoreo activo de las regulaciones de estacionamiento y el estacionamiento de pago de temporada concluirán el domingo 17 de octubre. Las siguientes áreas requerirán pago todos los días (de lunes a domingo) entre las 10 a.m. y las 6 p.m . : • Ayuntamiento • Parque Bond (frente al Ayuntamiento y en las áreas de la calle en Elkhorn Avenue y Park Ln) • East Riverside • Riverside • Virginia • Wiest • Oficina de correos • Tregent La tarifa de estacionamiento en todas las áreas pagas, que representan el 30 por ciento del suministro total de estacionamiento público, será de $ 2 por hora. Hay tres formas de pago rápidas y sin contacto: 1. Pay Station: acepta efectivo y tarjetas de crédito, así como Google / Apple Pay. Todos cuentan con lectores de tarjetas sin contacto. Los clientes solo necesitarán su número de placa y el método de pago preferido. No es necesario volver al coche después del pago ni recordar un número de plaza de aparcamiento específico. Las estaciones de pago estarán disponibles en todos los lotes excepto en Tregent. 2. Aplicación Móvil: descargue la aplicación ParkMobile para pagar rápidamente con un teléfono inteligente. El pago se puede completar sin visitar una estación de pago. ¿No tienes un teléfono inteligente? Simplemente llame al 1-877-727-5951 para pagar por teléfono. 3. Text-to-Park: No hay aplicación para descargar. Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra “park” al 77223 en su dispositivo móvil y pague por mensaje de texto con su placa de matrícula y tarjeta de crédito sin visitar una estación de pago. El 70 por ciento restante del estacionamiento público en Estes Park seguirá siendo gratuito. Los límites de tiempo se eliminarán de todos los estacionamientos gratuitos y de pago. Los límites de tiempo permanecerán en algunas áreas en la calle, incluidas Moraine Avenue, W. Riverside Drive y W. Elkhorn Avenue. Un mapa de estacionamiento de 2021 está disponible en www.estes.org/parking y

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mHSADWwMh8F2YY3ZbYO-k_ethGYmQ7w/view. Las tarifas de estacionamiento diarias no se aplicarán a quienes exhiban carteles de Americanos con Discapacidades (ADA) o placas de Veteranos Discapacitados (DV). Se designarán y estarán disponibles varios espacios sin cargo por tiempo limitado para quienes visiten el Ayuntamiento (en el lado de Bond Park, cerca del Departamento de Policía y la entrada de los baños públicos) y la Oficina de Correos. Los espacios actualmente identificados para los usuarios de la Biblioteca seguirán siendo gratuitos. Los permisos de estacionamiento 2021 todavía están disponibles para su compra en www.estes.org/parking. Las personas elegibles para permisos incluyen propietarios de propiedades residenciales o de alquiler en el centro de la ciudad, quienes trabajan en el centro y quienes tienen vehículos comerciales marcados. Los lugareños y los residentes (según lo definido por aquellos que viven en los límites del Distrito Escolar de Estes Park) son elegibles para un permiso local gratuito de 30 minutos que le proporcionará al titular 30 minutos de estacionamiento cada día en cualquiera de las áreas de estacionamiento de pago. El sistema de transporte gratuito de la ciudad, Estes Transit, también comenzará parte de su servicio de temporada el viernes 28 de mayo. La Ruta Roja, que es servida por el nuevo tranvía eléctrico de la ciudad, correrá un circuito continuo de 20 minutos comenzando en Estes Park. Visitor Center, viajando a lo largo de la Avenida Elkhorn hasta el este de The Maxwell Inn y luego de regreso al Estes Park Visitor Center. El servicio de tranvía estará disponible de 9 a. m. a 9 p. m. todos los días (de lunes a domingo). Las rutas restantes de Estes Transit (Oro, Azul, Marrón y Plata) comenzarán el servicio diario el 1 de julio y la ruta Verde (Express) comenzará el servicio solo el fin de semana el 3 de julio. Bustang también regresará a Estes Park el 3 de julio y Brindar servicio solo los fines de semana a través de Elk Fest. Bustang se originará en Denver Union Station con paradas en Boulder y Lyons antes de llegar a Estes Park. En las próximas semanas se anunciarán más detalles sobre el servicio de Bustang a Estes 2021 y los boletos deberían estar disponibles en el sitio web de Bustang a principios de junio (https://ridebustang.com/). El horario y el mapa completo de Transito EStes 2021, incluidos los horarios de las rutas, las fechas de servicio y las paradas, se pueden encontrar en https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q5bizn7Es V1v54DZteOQeXV4x5ZOVvK7/view. Para obtener más información sobre el estacionamiento en el centro de Estes Park, vaya a www.estes.org/parking; la información de tránsito se puede encontrar en www.estes.org/shuttles.

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. Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org During the week of May 9, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 12 calls for service. This included:

• Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • MVC: 1 • Odor Investigation: 1 • Alarm Activation: 6 • Phone Assist: 3 EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org

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Larimer County Health Department To End Local Public Health Orders As Community Gets Vaccinated The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE) expired local public health orders related to COVID-19 at 11:59 p.m. on May 16, 2021. Beginning 12:00 a.m. on May 17, Larimer County was required to follow Colorado Amended Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions. The state order may be modified. On April 16, 2021 Larimer County health officials issued a public health order intended to suppress transmission of the virus while supporting economic recovery efforts. The order eased restrictions on businesses and increased the allowable capacities for events. Since then, COVID19 conditions have improved locally, with cases having decreased over 40% since the order began; these are the most significant declines since early February 2021. Larimer County health officials are confident that COVID-19 vaccination is driving the drop in cases and that this trend will continue if residents continue to get vaccinated. Currently, Colorado Amended Public Health Order 20-38 requires Colorado residents to wear face coverings in Public Indoor Spaces, with some exceptions for vaccinated individuals, when a county’s 7-day case rate is above 35 cases per 100,000 residents. As of May 13, the seven-day case rate for Larimer County is 121 per 100,000. Expiring local orders and moving to the state order will allow for the local capacity restrictions on business to be lifted, while keeping this basic public health precaution in place. The CDC's new guidance does not overrule individual state mandates on mask-wearing.

“We’re starting to see the positive impact of COVID-19 vaccination in Larimer County. As vaccination increases, cases and hospitalizations decrease. We need everyone’s help to cross the finish line by getting vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Public Health Director Tom Gonzales. “COVID-19 is now a preventable disease and res we are grateful to our residents for the actions they continue to take to end the pandemic.” The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment has a webpage dedicated to helping residents find information about COVID-19 vaccination and register for an appointment at www.larimer.org/covidvaccine. The direct link to schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine is: https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/V accine/. Individuals may also call LCDHE at 970-498-5500 for assistance scheduling an appointment. Phone assistance is available in English and Spanish. Appointments are currently available for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at sites in Loveland and Fort Collins. Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/covid19 or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.

COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines Update Larimer County is now aligned with statewide Colorado public health orders and recommendations. There are currently no local public health orders related to COVID-19. Businesses may implement their own policies so long as they are meeting the minimum requirements set forth by the state of Colorado. We're asking all residents to be kind to others and respectful when visiting business establishments as everyone adapts to new requirements and recommendations. Resources: Statewide mask guidance: https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guid-

ance Resources for businesses: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid19/larimer-county-covid-19-guidancebusinesses Get vaccinated: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid19/covid-19-vaccine If you have any questions related to COVID-19 or regulations, please contact Larimer County Health at covidconcerns@larimer.org or call 970-4985500.


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Moments Make A Difference May is a favorite time of the year for me. Leaving me to wonder To help understand why this is the case, whether this May will be as read on. memorable as the one two years ago when a cow birthed her baby First, flowers come up in May...when there...with us watching awestruck. conditions allow. This May, the conditions have been challenging. That’s why Lastly, May is a month in which my every morning of every day for the first family celebrates six birthdays. The first two weeks—snow storm after snow on May 2, the last on the 28th. With my father and my daughter-in-law storm, I Ivana sharing May 2nd, Grandma would rituPearl and I sharing a birthdate at alistically the end of May. Daxton, the admonish youngest Gemini in our family the 14 dafconstellation, celebrating his third fodils pushbirthday later today. An event during through ing which I’ll play games with him the snow, to and cheer loudly as he blows out wait, not his candles. open up yet. I want Writing about my May moments, to believe is helping me see the way that such that they, moments juxtapose against the unlike some stresses and strains and challenges people I Daxton, Mayor Koenig’s grandson, joy- of my life. That they’re an antidote know, lisfully celebrates his third birthday. of sorts to the tolls that tragedies tened to me. A belief supported by the such as the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfact that last Friday, in the warm sunshine fires and floods exact on my life and the of spring, three of them brought forth lives of others. That a daffodil pushing their blooms. A glorious event prompting up through the snow, somehow, someme to tell the way offers hope other daffodils to a troubled to do likewise. world. A bouncing fawn enerSecond, I enjoy gizes a weary observing soul. A grandwildlife. Somechild’s birthday thing that’s easy can be a reason to to do because recall the joy of the backside of being three years our home has a old (a long, long deck that overtime ago). And looks a narrow A cow birthing her baby in gully beside Mayor each moment gully. Elk and Koenig’s home. that positively afdeer regularly fects my life has potential to positively stroll and graze there. Throughout May affect the lives of other people with during the breaks in my time as wife, whom I engage. mom, grandma and mayor, I enjoy watching them push aside the doldrums What memorable moments are you exof winter and regain their friskiness. periencing? How might they be sources Playfully bouncing about, chasing each of hope, energy, and joy in your life? The other in and out of trees in the gully. lives of others?

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On May 11 at 6:41 p.m. police stopped a

34 year old male driver in the 500 block of Big Thompson Ave. On scene he was arrested and transported to Larimer County Jail and charged with DUI and driving while license revoked.

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It Only Takes A Moment It can happen without warning, and life is needlessly lost. Teen suicide is the leading cause of death of young people in Colorado, and teenagers often don’t show warning signs at home. It only takes a moment for a teen to make an impulsive decision to take their lives when they find themselves in a dark place with nowhere to turn and access to firearms. "Too frequently, we see families experience the highest tragedy when they lose a child to suicide. A real, meaningful way to help protect your family is to properly secure your firearms when not in use. It only takes a moment. If you own it, respect it, and secure it,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. The Larimer County Juvenile Gun Safety Coalition has joined with many organizations to foster awareness of gun safety and teens struggling with mental health issues with the “It Only Takes a Moment” campaign covering gun safety tips and teen mental health awareness. “Everyone can help to save a life, and it’s easier than you think,” said Rachel Olsen, Imagine Zero Coordinator, Al-

liance for Suicide Prevention. “Lock up your guns so your children can’t access them in a moment of crisis.” It only takes a moment for a teen struggling with mental health issues to take their own life. Still, it also only takes a moment for a responsible gun owner to safely store and secure their

firearms to eliminate an impulsive, tragic, and life-changing decision. “Unfortunately, we do see a number of patients in our emergency departments every year who have attempted suicide by a number of methods. However, we don’t see suicide by gun when everything is locked up,” said Dr. Jamie Teumer, a longtime emergency physician in northern Colorado and Medical Director of UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. “The most dif-

ficult situation is when the attempt comes out of the blue and no one had any inkling that this could possibly happen. That’s why it’s important for anyone who owns a gun to make sure it is always stored responsibly. It’s a simple step that can save a life.” Adults can take several steps to prevent teen suicide: Responsibly store and secure all guns and firearms from children. Talk about gun safety with your kids. Pay attention to a child’s behavior more attentively and encourage students to report concerning behavior or guns in school using tools such as Safe2Tell. For more information about the It Only Takes a Moment campaign or to find available community resources, visit the Juvenile Gun Safety website at www.larimer.org/gun-safety. The Larimer County Gun Safety Coalition partner organizations include the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Probation Department, Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Big Waves, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, City of Fort Collins Restorative Justice, Colorado Division of Youth Services, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado State University Police Department, Colorado Youth Detention Continuum, Estes Park

Police Department, Estes Park School District, Fort Collins Police Services, Imagine Zero of Larimer County, Juvenile Legal Defense Representative, Larimer County Attorney’s Office, Larimer County Criminal Justice Services, Larimer County Department of Health & Environment, Larimer County Department of Human Services, Larimer County Sheriff ’s Office, Loveland Police Department, Poudre School District, The Center for Family Outreach, Thompson School District, Timnath Police Department, UCHealth, Windsor Police Department.

Where To Go For Help If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away Call your doctor’s office. Call 911 for emergency services. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-2738255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you. Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital.

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Estes Park EDC Investor Spotlight The Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (Estes Park EDC) Board of Directors is made up of stakeholders from organizations and businesses in the Estes Valley. Adam Crowe represents Larimer County and has served as a Board member for two years. He grew up in Estes Park and moved to Loveland in grade school. He went on to earn two degrees from Colorado State University in Amer- Adam Crowe ican History and Education. Upon graduation, he began working for Larimer County, where he helped people with disabilities find employment. From there, he shifted his focus to assisting young people and displaced workers find employment following the economic recession of 2008. These rewarding experiences provided him with an opportunity to get to know the business community and he played a strong role in connecting business owners to finding employees. He now assumes the role of Economic Development Manager within Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development. Larimer County’s recent focus has been placed on response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic and over the past year. It has launched programs to improve planning and communications with community partners. Adam helps businesses understand County regulations and guidelines around health and safety in addition to planning for the future. His work also involves assisting new and existing businesses understand the needs of the local community in relation to workforce housing, properties and more.

Adam’s relationship with the Estes Park EDC has given him a clearer understanding of the direction and needs of Estes Park as a rural community. He is eager to join in conversations around economic diversification, workforce housing, transportation, and development. He is passionate about long term sustainability and opportunities that contribute to the success of Estes Park. Adam is proud to serve as a community partner that helps to make meaningful change, especially in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. He sees these new collaborations not only as a response and recovery effort, but as a way to build lasting relationships and impacts beyond the pandemic. In many ways, this small mountain community has become a model in Larimer County, exhibiting resiliency in the face of not only the pandemic, but wildfires and floods. Adam sees economic development as an important factor in shaping the community as it moves forward.

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Town’s Annual Water Main Flushing Takes Place May 24 Through July 2 The Town of Estes Park Water Division will conduct the annual water main flushing program from Monday, May 24 through Friday, July 2. Flushing the water mains improves water quality and clarity by creating higher than normal flow through the distribution system. This flow helps to clear the pipes of the iron oxide buildup resulting from corrosion of older steel pipes. Water customers may notice discoloration of their water for a short period of time. The rusty-looking water can leave iron stains in clothing and is not aesthetically-pleasing, but it is safe to use. The best solution for customers is to avoid using water, particularly hot water, when crews are flushing in the area. If rusty water is drawn, cold water should be run for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the water clears. If the water does not clear in that time, water should be shut off for about 30 minutes before the process is repeated. Water main flushing will follow the schedule below: Day 1-Marys Lake Road to include Griffith Court, Strong Avenue, Little Prospect Mountain Road and Silver Tree Day 2-Highway 66 to Marys Lake Road to include Upper Broadview, Eagle Cliff Road Heinz Parkway, High Drive Area and Meadow Lane Day 3-Moraine Ave to Elm Road to include Old Ranger Road, Old Man Mountain and Fall River Lane Day 4-Moraine Ave. to Park River Place to include Moreau Lane, Cedar Ridge Circle and Rangeview Road Day 5-Fall River Road to Sierra Sage Lane to include Sleepy Hollow, Homestead lane and Summerset Court Day 6-Riverside Drive to Stanley Avenue to include Ouray Drive, Prospect Avenue, Moccasin Saddle, Driftwood, Columbine, Birch and High Streets, Meadow Lane, Hondius Circle and Cyteworth Day 7-West Riverside Drive to Prospect Village Drive to include Pine River Court, Pine River Lane and Audubon Drive Day 8-Moccasin Street to Stanley Avenue to include Highland Lane, Hospital area, Comanche and Dunraven Streets Day Fawn Lane, Ponderosa Drive, Morgan Street, Bailey, Landers, University, and Elk Ridge Court Day 10-Prospect Mountain Road to the West side of Highway 7 to include Lexington, Concord, Village Green, Elk Meadow, Elk Hollow, Pine Knoll, Woodland Court, Tranquil Lane, Pinewood Drive and Lane, Dekker Circle, Axminster, Twin and Longs Drives Day 11-Highway 7 East side to Scott Avenue to include Graves Avenue, Woodstock Drive, Stanley Park Fairgrounds and Manford Avenue Day 12- Stanley Park Fairgrounds,

Community Drive, Eagle and Par lanes, Mathew Circle, Halbach, Wapiti Circle and the Estes Park school area Day 13-Fish Creek Road, Mall Road, Avalon, Clover, Brook Court, Country Club, Holiday, Fairway Club, Acacia Day 14-Uplands, Scott Avenue, Larkspur Avenue, Carriage Drive, Longview and Whispering Pines Day 15-Moccasin Street, Moraine Avenue, Riverside and Rockwell Drives, Cleave Street, Fall River Village, Spruce Drive and Bighorn Day 16-Elkhorn, Valley Road, Marigold, and Wonderview to Highway 34 Day 17-Bighorn, Chapin, Evergreen, Granite, Chiquita, Virginia, West Elkhorn Far View, and James Street Day 18- MacGregor, Devils Gulch, and McCreery Day 19-Overlook, Stanley Hotel area, Steamer Drive, Black Canyon Drive, Prospector, Homesteader and Pioneer Lanes Day 20-Stanley Village area, Highway 34 to Olympus Lodge, Summit, Dry Gulch Road and Bellvue Day 21-North, South, East, and West Lanes, Panorama, Summit, Pine Lane, Grand Estates, Lake Front, Skyline, and the Lake Shore Lodge area Day 22-Elk Trail Court, Deer Path Court, Raven Circle and Lone Pine Day 23- Ptarmigan, Falcon Ridge, Red Tail hawk, Crabapple and Gray Hawk Day 24-Marys Lake Lodge area, Carriage Hills and the Rockwood area Day 25-Little Valley, South Fish Creek and Chalet Ridge Day 26-Arapahoe, Grey Fox, Ute, Shadow Mountain, Green Pine Court, Cherokee, Pawnee, Indian Trail and Bristlecone Day 27-Prospect Estates, Steele Court, Marcus, Curry, Darcy and Peak View Day 28-Fall River Estates, Fish Hatchery and David Drive Day 29-Thunder Mountain Day 30-Kiowa Pump House and Tank Area For more information about the water main flushing program, please call the Town of Estes Park Water Division at 970-577-3608.

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I grew up in the Midwest, where the prairie is celebrated for its unadulterated beauty, where a seed cap is as much a fashion statement as a farmer’s tan, and “jeez” is as close as most folks come to cussing. So when I saw this poem by Sally Fisher, sent this past week by Garrison Keillor in his Writer’s Almanac blog, I could relate. Yes, poetry month is over, but this poem is so true, I just had to share it. Give it a read, I cross-my-heart-and-hopeto-die promise you’ll like it. Where I Come From We didn’t say fireflies but lightning bugs. We didn’t say carousel but merry-go-round. Not seesaw, teeter-totter not lollipop, sucker. We didn’t say pasta, but spaghetti, macaroni, noodles: the three kinds. We didn’t get angry: we got mad. And we never felt depressed dismayed, disappointed disheartened, discouraged disillusioned or anything, even unhappy: just sad. I have some to add: • We drank pop, not soda. • Our tennies, or tennis shoes, weren’t just for playing tennis. They were all-purpose shoes others might have called sneakers. Gym shoes were a little less generic than tennis shoes but more allaround than running shoes. • Yeah-no. That meant no. But no by itself was too harsh. So Midwesterners softened it up with a yeah in front of the no. Listen for it. If you weren’t aware of it be-

fore you’ll start to hear it now, always at the beginning of a sentence. • It just wasn’t that difficult: if you were surprised or amazed, you said, “Well, I’ll be.” Nobody said what they’d be and if you were in the Midwest, you didn’t ask, for Pete’s sake. • Sweeping is what you did with a broom. Vacuuming was the chore you did with a vacuum. You didn’t sweep with a vacuum. At least in the Midwest you didn’t. • Summer’s coming—before we know it the youngsters who aren’t old enough to get “real” minimum wage jobs (and some that are) will be bussed into the corn fields to detassel—way before the sun comes up. In the heat of summer, many a Midwest teen (at least Nebraska teens, anyway) will go up and down row after row of corn, tearing the tassels off the tops of “female” corn plants. It is hot and humid, buggy, boring work and the kids who tough it out for the three weeks or so it takes to complete the job usually get a bonus. I am proud to say I grew up in the Midwest but I admit I’m not a purebred because I never spent a summer detasseling corn. My summer job involved an air-conditioned mall, a glass case and a black-and-white checkered floor, and a uniform consisting of a white wrap-around-dress and a little black tie around the neck. I sold Russell Stover chocolates and could eat as many of the samples as I wanted. It’s a good thing I ran track and burned off calories because I ate more than my fair share of chocolates! (Russell Stover was a Midwest company until it was bought out in 2014 by Lindt & Sprüngli, a Swiss chocolatier.) I wonder if the kids who detasseled were allowed to eat all the sweet corn they wanted. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. © 2021 Sarah Donohoe

FRIDAY, MAY 28th 5:00-8:00pm A Social Event at the Stanley Home Museum You are invited to take a step back in time, for a most charming event at the original 1904 home of Flora and FO Stanley. Enjoy the spectacular view, light conversation and a sampling of local wines and craft beer served on the home’s iconic veranda. Proceeds from this event support the museum’s educational initiatives and preservation of the historic Stanley home. Advance reservations are required and tickets can be puchased online for $25 per person. Visit www.StanleyHome.org/events Guests must be picked up and dropped off by our shuttle at the Estes Park Visitor Center. Shuttle service will run every 15 minutes throughout the evening.

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Last Week’s Disturbance In Lumpy Ridge Area Of RMNP On Thursday afternoon, May 13, park rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park responded to cell phone reports from park visitors who indicated there was a man running down the Gem Lake Trail, toward the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead parking area, yelling that he was being chased by someone with a rifle. While rangers were responding to the area, they received an additional report about a woman who had been knocked down on the Gem Lake Trail by a man running down the trail. Once on scene, park rangers began to search the area and approximately 400 yards from the trailhead, they located a male subject sitting on the trail who appeared to be injured. It was determined this person was the man who was reportedly running down the trail. He appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. Rangers detained this subject, who was combative. He was ultimately transported by ambulance to Estes Park Health for treatment. A short time later, the injured woman hiked to the parking area with help from Good Samaritan park visitors. She was treated for her injuries at the trailhead

and transported by ambulance to Estes Park Health. While additional information was being gathered, rangers, with assistance from the Estes Park Police Department K-9 Unit, continued to search the Gem Lake Trail for any indication of firearm use and/or any other persons of interest based on reported descriptions. It was determined a group of three males were together for a hike at Lumpy Ridge, including the subject. The remaining two males were subsequently contacted on the Gem Lake Trail and escorted to the parking area. The hospitalized male was determined to be under the influence of narcotics. No weapons were found in the area and there were no additional reports of a person carrying a rifle. Rangers contacted approximately 30 people on the trail who stated they did not hear any gunshots or see an armed individual during their visit to the area. The case is under investigation and park rangers are working with the United States Attorney’s Office on charges. No further information is available at this time.

Updated Information On Trail Closures And (Openings!) Related To Impacts From Cameron Peak And East Troublesome Fires

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We wanted to share the latest information regarding trail status in the park pertaining to impacts from last year's historic fires. The best source of information is on the park's website at: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fireinformation-and-regulations.htm Since this past November, we have posted an updated interactive map as well as an updated pdf map of the areas that are open and closed. Some changes that have occurred over the last week: East side: The North Fork Trail and North Boundary Trail reopened in the northeast section of the park. The USFS adjusted their closure order which opened the

North Fork, Stormy Peaks, Mummy Pass and the Emmaline Lake Trails. It also opened National Forest System land around Alexander Mountain and the CSU Mountain Campus. Some (not all) trails in the Upper Beaver Meadows area have reopened. (please refer to maps referenced above) The trail system in most of the Moraine Park area has reopened. However, the Cub Lake Trail remains closed as does the Fern Lake Road and Fern Lake Trail. Stay tuned for further details on the Cub Lake Trail's status. West side: The North Inlet Trail, which was open this winter to Cascade Falls, has closed back at the trailhead due to rock fall and potential additional hazards from snowmelt.

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Community Readiness For Wildfire Season Fire Prevention Events for the Estes Valley Community May 21-22 The Estes Chamber of Commerce and the Estes Valley Board of Realtors present a series of events for the whole community to prepare in advance of a busy summer for the inevitability of fire season. Everyone is welcome at both of these events: May 21 Wildfire Preparedness Forum via Zoom, 12-1 National Park Service on on fire and forest ecology Fire Insurance and Loss MitigationSusan Fereday with State Farm Insurance Resident stories from Harriette Woodard in Glen Haven and Lori

Smith in The Retreat Fire mitigation and landscaping services -Tony Mahon, Summit Forestry Mike Richardson, PIO for EVFPD Estes Park Middle School May 22. Fire Mitigation Walk & Talk at Bond Park, 10-12 Summit Forestry will provide a locals tour of downtown, pointing out examples and opportunities for loss mitigation. Estes Valley Fire District has supplied us with a local Fire Preparedness Guide and we’ll have some FireWise materials available too. Register for both events at esteschamber.org/wildfire.

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Save The Date - May 29, 2021 Post 119 101 Years Of Service Birthday Celebration Post 119 Auxiliary 100 Years Of Service Birthday Celebration Please join us as we cautiously emerge from COVID lockdown and celebrate our history! This event is a special party for our members and supporters that was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. It is sponsored by the Post 119 Charitable Foundation, and not only is it free and educational, but you will have a great BBQ meal and entertainment. Here’s the big picture: Celebration begins at 4 p.m., indoors and outdoors at Circle 119, with hors d’oeuvres Take time to look at displays featuring our current projects and history, and meet Legion leaders Get one free drink token upon arrival, then pay as you go Brief “Formal” ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m. and includes “Standard” Legion opening with Pledge of Allegiance, prayer from Post Chaplain

Welcoming remarks by Post and Foundation leadership Who is Joseph J. Duncan? Recognition of Post Volunteers and Supporters Memorial Day reminder and remembering WWII members who have recently passed away Presentation of Birthday Cake and complimentary champagne toast BBQ, featuring a ton of food with all the fixin’s Entertainment by The Mountain Town Rockers starts after 6 p.m. RSVP via email to ep119cf@gmail.com or call 970-232-8453 Note: Post 119 must observe all current COVID restrictions established by Larimer County. Please help us to be safe. Attendance may be limited, if needed, on a first come first served basis per COVID restrictions.

Quilts Of Valor Seeking Veterans The Estes Valley Quilt Guild will resume giving Quilts of Valor to veterans who have been touched by war. The presentation ceremony will be before the Village Band Concert at Performance Park on July 4, 2021. Please forward a deserving veteran's contact information to mvsecretary1575@mvbf.org. Thank you for helping!

Rare Grosbeak Sighting In Estes Park Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak visited Dick & Janet Coe’s yard last Wednesday and stayed two days, it then continued on its migration, possibly north. Dick said, “Rose-breasted Grosbeak’s are very rare visitors to Colorado and in the 28

years we have lived here, we have had them only twice before. They are more native to the East, Midwest and Canada. It was a colorful and joyful event for Janet and I after a dreary winter and spring.” Photo by Dick Coe

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National Poppy Day To Be Celebrated By American Legion Post 119

By: Laurie Button

National Poppy Day will be celebrated across the nation May 28th. Members of American Legion Auxiliary Post 119 will be at Safeway and the Estes Park Post Office from noon to 2 p.m. to hand out poppies, distribute copies of the poem “In Flanders Field,” and collect donations to support local veterans. There will also be a table at the Legion during the Friday night dinner. After World War I, poppies bloomed prolifically above the battlegrounds of Europe because the ground had been disturbed. That’s exactly what the dormant seeds beneath the surface needed

to grow. As soldiers returned from the war, they brought memories of barren landscapes transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on and the poppy became a symbol of the lives sacrificed in war, reflecting the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary poppy continues to bloom today, representing the casualties of four wars—its fragile petals of red paper bound together for veterans by veterans—reminding Americans that the men and women who died for their country deserve to be remembered. The origin of the poppy as a memorial flower honoring war dead can be traced to a single American woman: Moina Michael. She was so moved by Lt. Col. McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields,” that she wrote a response:

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. .. the blood of heroes never dies But lends a luster to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders’ Fields. Then, on impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies—all that New York City’s Wanamaker’s Department Store had— and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to those who had fallen. That was November 1918. Later she would spearhead a campaign that resulted in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice. National Poppy Day is a tradition dating back to the American Legion Auxiliary’s first National Convention in the early 1920s when the red poppy was adopted as The American Legion Family’s memorial flower. ALA members distribute millions of poppies annually across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities. The financial benefit realized by our nation’s veterans as a result is huge; almost four million American Legion Auxiliary poppies are distributed each year, raising more than $2 million. —Excerpted in part from www.alaforveterans.org. Some additional content has been added.


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Leaving A Legacy In Estes Park his childhood surroundings. “A lot of the flora and fauna are similar as well as the effects of the altitude and the mountains surrounding the town,” Bill said. “It’s easy for me to enjoy the atmosphere of living at this altitude and being in the snow. The fact that my wife is so happy here is important for this phase of our life.” For Bill, becoming a Legacy Society member was an easy choice. “This community supports us, and we are a part of this community. Leaving a Legacy here is the least we can do,” Bill Bill & Marianne Solms said. Bill and Marianne Solms have been When the Solms changed their resifulltime residents of Estes Park since dency in 2018, they took the time to up2018, and Marianne’s mother started visdate their estate documents with their iting Estes Park at age 16. local attorney, including their legacy “My mother came out with the Girls gifts. Reserve when she was 16 to attend camp “When we changed our residency from at the YMCA, and she fell in love with Florida to Colorado, it made sense for Estes,” Marianne said. “She and my dad us to update our legacy gifts to the noncame here on their honeymoon in my profits in the area aligned with our philgrandfather’s Model T. In 1971 they anthropic goals,” said Bill. “I’m serving bought the land where we live now, and my second term as a Director on the in 1973 built a vacation home on it.” Board of Estes Park Health Foundation, Marianne used to be a surgical orthope- and I’m confident in the staff and goverdic nurse manager at a pediatric hospital, nance. I’ve had a chance to review the and she believes this little town just can’t internal documents. The Foundation is survive without Estes Park Health. Along well-run, and we enjoy satisfying, to the with Bill and herself, their parents, extent that we can, the emergencies that daughter-in-law, and grandchildren have pop up at the hospital.” all used services at Estes Park Health. Leaving a legacy at a local non-profit, Marianne had a knee replacement with like Estes Park Health Foundation, is a Dr. Florence last year and was able to way to make a positive impact in the start hiking again. Her background in Estes Valley community for years to healthcare as well as the service her famcome. If you’d like to learn more about ily has received drove her decision to beleaving a legacy at Estes Park Health come a Legacy Society member at Estes Foundation, contact Executive Director Park Health Foundation. Legacy Society Kevin L. Mullin MNM, CFRE, at 970members are donors who have made a 577-4306 or kmullin@eph.org. gift to Estes Park Health Foundation as EPHF welcomes the opportunity to part of their estate plan. work directly with donors as well as Bill grew up in Mexico City, which is their attorneys, financial advisors, and close to 8,000 feet in altitude. After vacaother professionals to design effective tioning in Estes Park for years, the move gift strategies. to Estes Park brought him reminders of

Tennis Anyone? Residents and summer visitors are invited to join the Estes Park tennis community. We play at the courts in Stanley Park, near the high school. Men’s and women’s doubles on weekday mornings and mixed doubles on Sunday afternoons. We would love to see you out on the courts. For more information, call Sally at 970-577-9752.

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UCHealth Timberline Medical Center Launches Renovation To Improve Patient Experience And Work Spaces

A renovation project is underway at UCHealth Timberline Medical Center to update the facility and create a more inviting and comfortable experience for patients and staff. “We are excited to remodel the clinic where our providers have been caring

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for patients for over 20 years,” said Cindy Morgan, the manager of clinic operations at the medical center at 131 Stanley Ave, Suite 202. “And we are thrilled that we have planned this project carefully so we will remain open and caring for our

patients during construction. We even were able to extend our weekend hours.” The project will consist of three phases: The first phase will double the waiting room, move the receptionists, build two ADA compliant bathrooms, and create a room for the clinical staff. During this phase, which is expected to continue through August, patients will still park where they normally do outside the clinic, and signs will direct them to a temporary main entrance to the facility on the right (east) side of the building. The second phase will add two additional exam rooms, move the procedure room and lab. This part of the project is expected to happen from August through the end of December. The third phase will focus on creating private offices for the providers and back office staff. Along the way, we will be replacing the doors and windows, fixing roof leaks, replacing the ceiling tiles and ballasts, dealing with plumbing/electrical issues, new carpet and wall paint, etc. Providers at the clinic will continue to see patients at the medical center as well as through virtual visits. Clinic hours are now 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Sameday appointments are available. For more information, call 970-470-8361.

Community Yard Sale Saturday, May 29

The Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 29th, weather permitting. Setup will begin at 7 a.m. and then open to public from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Location of the sale will be at Estes Park Masonic Lodge, 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Outdoor spaces are for rent to sell your merchandise for just $20.00. Call 970-577-8585 or 970-658-0184 for more information or to reserve your selling space.

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Everyday Estes Podcast Moving To Live Format Starting June 1




The Everyday Estes podcast is part of an initiative of the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative to provide a platform for connection within the community. Originally imagined as a TED Talklike event held at Performance Park, a podcast format was implemented as a COVID-gap measure to start the storytelling process until a live format was safe. With COVID restrictions easing, Everyday Estes is set to go live with Everyday Estes – Riverside Chat this summer. The EVRC is planning five live events at Performance Park. Each event will focus on a theme and invite five community members to speak to the theme for five minutes then answer audience questions for five minutes. Speakers will be recruited by Estes-area nonprofit partners. The series will be family friendly. Chats are scheduled from 5-7 p.m. June 1, July 13, August 3, September 7, and October 5 at Performance Park. Topics include Stories around Memorial Day, Why I Love America, The Art of Living, It’s Why We Live Here and Estes Park Heroes. Details about the live events will be announced on the Everyday Estes podcast

Facebook page (www.facebook.com/everydayestes) and in local newspapers. Live events will not be recorded as podcasts to allow speakers of all experience levels to feel comfortable on stage. The EVRC hopes to continue to restart podcast interviews after this summer series, when an outdoor event is no longer feasible. Follow @everydayestes on Facebook to hear past podcasts, or search for them wherever you get your podcasts. About Everyday Estes Stories told by the people you pass by every day, on topics that will pique your curiosity and make you want to get to know them—and keep you coming back for more. This podcast series is part of a connecting community initiative of the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC). Hosted by EVRC volunteer and podcaster Donna Carlson. About the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC). The EVRC is a team of public, private and nonprofit partners who are working on economic resiliency and overall community health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more by visiting: https://estespark.colorado.gov/evrc.

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Summit Nutrition Celebrates Grand Opening This Saturday

Summit Nutrition announces its grand opening on Saturday, May 22, 1 p.m. in their new store at 165 Virginia Dr. The Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Wendy Koenig are bringing the big scissors to cut the ribbon on the new store at 1 p.m. Summit Nutrition will be celebrating the whole day with samples, energizing shots, and more! “We wanted to enrich the incredible community of Estes Park by bringing a business centered on wellness, healthy living, into a fun and inviting atmosphere,” says restaurant owner Randy Silkwood. “We are all on a journey to our very own summit, and we live that philosophy every day! Everyone in the community is invited to come out on our grand opening day! Bring a friend and come see what Summit Nutrition is all about!” This their seventh nutrition and smoothie bar, with other locations in Northeastern Kansas including FlyBy Nutrition, Anchor Nutrition, Willow Nutrition, Country Roads Nutrition, Nutrition Fanatics, and Nutrition on Campus. The name was inspired by the pristine views at Lily Lake as a reminder we are all on a journey to our own summit. About Summit Nutrition-Summit Nutrition is a locally owned smoothie shop at 165 Virginia Dr. that provides healthy meal replacement shakes, energizing teas, and a wide assortment of products to help promote a healthier and happier Estes Park! Don’t miss the grand opening!

About the Estes Chamber of CommerceThe Estes Chamber of Commerce was founded in May 2019 as the voice of the business community. The “new” chamber is member funded and directed by a member board of directors, working with the Town of Estes, Visit Estes Park, the Estes EDC and other organizations for a common goal to create a stronger business climate. Our mission is to make Estes Park a better place to live, work and play. www.esteschamber.org.

Let’s Get Crafty At The Estes Park Baptist Church Member of the Estes Park Baptist Church invite you to a morning of fun & fellowship doing your favorite craft! Bring your own craft materials or join a craft of the day, Friday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon. Reserve your spot today! RSVP to epbc@office.net or 970-586-2463. The church is located at 2200 Mall Road, join us in the lower level Fellowship Hall!

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Before-and-after views of the winter 1970-71 expansion of A&W on Moraine Drive (now Moraine Avenue). Photo courtesy Estes Park Archives

A & W Restaurant Featured At Next Estes Park Archives Program The first A&W fast food restaurant opened in Estes Park on East Elkhorn in 1956. Within three years, original owners Bob and Georgia Diers had expanded to a burnt orange carhop-serviced drive-in on Moraine Avenue, enlarged by subsequent owner Bob Copper (or Delmar Schroeder) in the winter of 1970-71. This second location was easily converted into a town parking lot after A&W went on local hiatus, finally reappearing further out on Moraine inside the Tiny Town Gas Station in the 1990s, where it continued serving up Mama Burgers and frosty mugs of root beer until a few years ago. Now, the closest A&W (its name derived from the last initials of founders Roy Allen and Frank Wright) to Estes Park is in Berthoud (or Longmont, de-

pending on traffic and how recklessly you drive). But this Saturday, May 22, A&W will reappear (at least their root beer floats will) for a few hours at “Ten Letters” on 240 Moraine Avenue, as the Estes Park Archives embarks on a month-long celebration of the history of fast food in Estes Park. Stop in anytime between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. for a free small float, and examine the A&W memorabilia on display. If you have a story or job reminiscence or A&W swag to share, bring it along. Reservations are not required, but a positive COVID-19 vaccination status is encouraged, and masks are mandatory when not consuming food or drink. Close parking is still available and, at least for now, free, but call 586-4889 if you are new to town, or for additional details.

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May 21 – May 27

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How well I remember a story told by a very relieved mother…a story that shares a very important message to all of us. I’m sure that she won’t mind if I share it with us to let us remember just how important we are Her precious words: “I spent the week before my daughter’s June wedding running last-minute trips to the caterer, florist, tuxedo shop, and the church about forty miles away. As happy as I was that she was marrying a good Christian man, I felt laden with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle. So many details, so many bills, and so little time. My son said he would love to walk his younger sister down the aisle, in the place of their dad who had died a few years before. He said, ‘I’ve wanted to give her away since she was three years old!’ In order to save money, I gathered magnolia blossoms from friends who had trees. The creamy-white blossoms and slick green leaves would be beautiful against the dark wood inside the church. After the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, we banked the podium area with magnolias. As we left just before midnight, I felt tired but satisfied that this would be the best wedding any bride had ever had! The memories of the music, the ceremony, the reception – especially the flowers – would be cherished for years. The big day arrived – the busiest day of my life – and while her bridesmaids helped my daughter dress, her fiancé, walked with me to the sanctuary to do a final check. As we opened the door we felt the rush of hot air. Then I saw them – the beautiful white flowers were black…funeral black. A storm during the night had knocked out the air conditioning system, and the flowers had wilted and died. What could I do? I didn’t have time to drive back to our hometown, gather flowers, and get back in time. Tim turned to me. ‘Can you get more flowers? I’ll throw these away and we’ll put fresh flowers in their place.’ I mumbled, ‘Sure,’ as he went down the hall to put on his cuff links. Alone in the sanctuary, I looked heavenward and prayed, ‘Lord, please help me. I don’t know anyone in this town. Help me find someone who would be willing to give me flowers – in a hurry!’ As I scurried out I prayed for four things: the sight of white magnolias, courage to find them in an unfamiliar yard, safety from any dog that might bite me, and a nice person who would not get out a shotgun when I asked to cut their tree to shreds. As I left the church, I saw magnolia trees in the distance. I approached the house – no dog in sight. I knocked on the door and an older man answered, without a shotgun. So far so good. When I shared my dilemma the man beamed, ‘I’d love to share my flowers!’ He climbed a stepladder, and cutting large boughs, handed them down to me. Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said, ‘Sir, you’ve made the mother of a bride so very happy today.’ ‘No, Ma’am,’ he said, ‘You don’t understand what’s happening here. You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died Monday. Tuesday I received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday’ – tears filled his eyes – ‘I buried her. By yesterday everyone had left. This morning I was sitting in my den crying. I miss her so much. For those last years, as her health got worse, she needed me. But, this morning I cried, ‘who needs an eighty-six-year old worn-out man? Nobody! About that time, you knocked and said, ‘Sir, I need you.’ He asked, ‘Are you an angel?’ I assured him I wasn’t. He smiled, ‘Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those magnolias?’ I shook my head. ‘I decided I’m needed. My flowers are needed. Why, I’m going to begin a flower ministry! I could give them to everyone. Some caskets at funeral homes have no flowers. They will now! I can give them to hospitals, rest homes, churches – all sorts of places. Because of today, I know that I’m needed and I’m going to meet that need until the Lord calls me home!’ I drove back to the church, filled with wonder. On this, now beautiful, wedding day, I thought, if anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have said, ‘Forget it! It’s my only daughter’s wedding day, for goodness sake! There’s no way I can minister today.’ But God found a way…through dead flowers.” May God help each of us to know how much we’re ‘needed’…and say ‘Yes, until the Lord calls us home’. Bob Lewis

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu May 24 – May 28 Monday, May 24 Chicken Salad Croissant w/ homemade chips Tuesday, May 25 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetable Wednesday, May 26 Carne Asada (skirt steak marinated & grilled) w/ tortilla, rice, refried beans, grilled onions, guacamole & sour cream Thursday, May 27 Buddha Bowl (mixed greens topped w/ rice, sweet potatoes, tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper & hummus) & soup of the day Friday, May 28 Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

May 31 – June 4 Monday, May 31 Tuesday, June 1 Wednesday, June 2 Thursday, June 3 Friday, June 4

Country Fried Steak w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Grilled Chicken & Swiss Croissant w/ tomato salad Patty Melt Sandwich w/ Homemade Chips Taco Salad w/ Chicken Trout (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & soup of the day

All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. 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 24th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 21st. 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 estesparkseniors.org The Center is OPEN (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-1; Tuesday 10-2) TriFit (MWF 10:30-11:15); Yoga/Balance (TT 10:15-11:00); Mahjong (Tuesdays 10-2) Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or eat at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org or call for the latest information

In was a pleasure to receive various comments about my last article on VE day. I even had a reader share his experience of the celebrations in Denver on VE day. As I returned his email to thank him, I wrote that I was glad there were some still alive to share memories of that day with me. Another person told me he had visited the WW II Museum in New Orleans and had read all about the Higgins landing crafts and New Orleans contributions to the landings. I hope y’all enjoyed my little bit of history telling. Since I am into telling of bits of history, I am going to give y’all a recipe dating back to the 1930s. No, I it is not one I would have made, I really was too young to cook or be allowed near a stove. Now that is almost telling my age but as a woman on a TV ad says: “Age is just a number and mine is unlisted.” This is my mothers’ cookbook put out by canned Pet Evaporated Milk. It is really an interesting book especially the foreword section. It touts the advantage of their product over fresh milk and explains that their product is milk. A side note, my daughter Marie, after three kids and the expensive or prepared formula, was raised on the Pet Milk formula for babies. Much cheaper and look at her today! A veterinarian and healthy as can be.

Spinach Puff

350 degrees oven, serves 6. 1 Tbs. melted butter.

Salt and pepper 1 cup Pet Milk (any evaporated canned milk, not condensed milk) 2 C fresh cooked and chopped spinach. (I bet one pkg. of chopped frozen spinach would do, but I like fresh.) 2 eggs, separated. Add butter, salt, pepper, and Pet Milk to spinach. Add well beaten egg yolks. Beat egg whites until they are stiff. Fold whites into mixture and turn into a greased baking dish. Bake in pre-heated oven in a pan of water until firm. This is just one of the fun recipes using canned milk, (we now call canned cream.) I think every now and then I will return to the 30s with other recipes. Even in my childhood, I remember grocery stores sold raw milk as well as pasteurized. I remember my mother sending my brother back to the grocery because he brought home raw milk. But, if you have ever had the pleasure of having raw milk you will long for it forever. My sister lived in the country and we would have it often from her in-law’s land. I even got to milk a cow once. And in Australia I was fortunate to have it again. My email is esther.enac@gmail.com Bon Appétit.

Early Childhood Experiences And Relationships Are Key For Future Learning, Behavior And Health Children develop in the context of relationship, so early childhood experiences and relationships matter. If you are in relationship with a very young child, you are shaping their foundation and future potential. While genetics may play a part, much of our social-emotional health (how we feel about ourselves and others) and “way of being” in the world grows out of our early childhood experiences. Those first few years of life are a time of rapid brain growth, when one million new neural connections are formed every second. It is also the time when we develop core beliefs—positive and negative— about ourselves, relationships, and the world! As one might guess, much of that development and learning happens in context of relationship with parents and primary caregivers. (For example, positive, nurturing responses and attunement can help to build a child’s optimistic outlook.) Every person needs connection and support—and finding the right kind of support is important. EVICS Family Re-

source Center has an early childhood mental health consultant who provides developmental screenings, parent and provider consultations, and helpful resources. Consultation can help to make a positive difference. EVICS early childhood mental health specialist is here to provide support to parents who are curious about their child’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and to listen to their thoughts, hopes, and concerns, so that they can find more joy and confidence in their parenting role, feel more attuned to their child, and trust that they are making the best decisions for themselves and their family. Consultation and developmental screenings are easy, free, and fun—and available to any parent or caregiver of children between the ages of 0-6. We always appreciate hearing from you. Please feel free to contact EVICS for more information at (970) 586-3055.

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Estes Park Woman’s Club Meets In Person-Installs New Officers

Debbie McMillion, Joyce Paxton, Diane Diester, Betty Harball and Laura Waller.

On Wednesday, May 12th the Estes Park Woman’s Club met at the Twin Owls at Tahara for their one and only in person meeting for 2020-2021. Forty seven members greeted each other in person with masks. No more Zoom meetings! Officers for 2020-2021 were installed as well as officers for 2021-2022. President Ann Dinsmoor was honored for her work in this very different year and meeting format. She became a Zoom Master! New Officers for 2021-2022 are: President-Judi Cunningham 1st Vice Presidents-Esther Cenac and Cherie Martin 2nd Vice Presidents-Stacey Harding and Kathy Littlejohn Recording Secretary-Sherry Unruh Assistant Recording Secretary- Nancy

Thomas Corresponding Secretary-Diane Palmer Assistant Corresponding Secretary-Judith Taphorn Treasurer-Patti Erbe Assistant Treasurer-Ann Dinsmoor The Estes Park Woman’s Club was organized in 1912. The purpose of the club is to bring together women who are interested in building a better community. By joining forces with others, the Estes Park Woman’s Club is able to make improvements within the community that could not be done by alone. The Estes Park Woman’s Club is well known for establishing trails and starting the Estes Valley Library. The Club is committed to helping Rocky Mountain National Park, the town of Estes Park, the Estes Valley Library and the Estes Park Schools. Many projects like a Garage Sale, Bake Sale and donations help the Club support different community needs. If you are interested in finding out more information about the club or to join please contact: Judi Cunningham at mjb44@tdsmail.com, or call 970-577-1221. Meetings are held September through May. Come be a part of the longest community serving Sylvia Adams-27 year member and Polly Ingold-28 partner in Estes Park. year member. Courtesy photos

Congratulations to Isabella Fanucchi, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for May 21, 2021. At EPHS, she is a member of Key Club and Youth In Action. She has participated in honor choir and varsity soccer and has earned her letter for both academics and soccer (two years for academics and one year for soccer). Outside of school she likes archery, painting watercolors, hiking and nature photography. Her favorite place to take pictures is in Flathead, Montana. She currently works for the Larimer County Health Department, working to improve resources and education for mental health and reproduction education. Her favorite uplifting quote is, “Go down the slide head front.” She stated, “This was something a teacher taught me about approaching situations that make us uncomfortable. I know this quote has helped me grow.” The best piece of advice she’s ever been given is to take on new chal-

Isabella Fanucchi

12th Grade

lenges and not to worry about them and to learn from the mistakes we may make in these challenges because they make us become better. After high school Isabella plans to attend the University of Minnesota this fall to study Economics.

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Five Fun Facts About… Bird Nests By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured subject is bird nests. From April to June, most birds in Estes Valley are building nests and raising their young in these little — or not so little — homes. Here are a few unique facts about nests for different birds that live in Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. 1. Bald eagles often use the same nest year after year. As a result of this repetitive use, and home improve-

ments the eagle pair makes each year on their nests made of sticks, the nests can weigh more than one ton. 2. American dippers always build their nests near water, a logical choice considering they are the only aquatic songbird in North America and their diet consists of insects, small fish and fish eggs they find underwater 3. Great horned owls do not build their own nests. Instead, they adopt abandoned hawk or crow nests or use a cav-

ity in a large tree, rock ledge, cliff or deserted building. On occasion, they are seen nesting in witches’ broom, also called mistletoe, in conifer trees. 4. The male mountain bluebird is responsible for providing the nest location for the female. The female selects her mate based on the quality of the nest location he presents to her, and after making her selection, will build it up with grass and other soft materials prior to laying her eggs. 5. House wrens will build their nests in

a tree cavity, crevice or nest box. Look for them in this region in the aspen trees, a favorite of cavity nesters because of its soft wood for drilling out the opening. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints and calendars at DawnWilsonPhotography.com or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

Bald eagles build large nests out of sticks at the tops of large trees or on rocky cliff ledges.

Great horned owls typically nest in a tree cavity or an abandoned nest but this owl picked a witches' broom several years back in Rocky Mountain National Park. American dippers build globe-shaped nests with side entrances near water, like this one under a bridge above a river.

Shortly after mountain bluebirds arrive in Estes Valley in March, they begin the process of identifying a nest location, often in one of the many nest boxes around town.

House wrens will use small tree cavities for their nest sites, like this one in an aspen tree on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Elk Calves Appearing In The Estes Valley–Caution Urged Around Protective Moms

By: Kris Hazelton With the new baby elk calves and the proximity of the elk population to the Estes Park residents and visitors, everyone is urged to be on alert and know that the mothers are not being aggressive when defending their young, just protective. It’s our responsibility to not get too close to the baby or the mother during calving season. In the event that you encounter a protective mother elk anywhere in the Estes Valley, here are some helpful tips. Be aware. The best thing to do at this time of year is to be very aware of your surroundings. The cows have calves all over town and you just never know when you’re going to happen to walk by a mother and calf. Back away. If you encounter a protective mother, the best thing to do is to back away quickly. Don’t turn your back on

her, as you won’t know if she is charging you. Make yourself look large. If you have a jacket, raise it above your head, and swing it around, make yourself look formidable. Chances are the mother will be glad you’re leaving their space. However, if she continues to pursue you, check around for a stick and if one is available, pick it up and throw the stick at her or if she approaches, give her a whack on her nose to drive her away. Protect your head. If she is an especially protective mother and charges you to the point of knocking you down, curl up in the fetal position and protect your head and neck with your arms and hands. She’ll most likely give you a couple of thumps with her legs and then leave you alone, not seeing you as a potential threat anymore. Advice for dog owners. If you happen to be walking or jogging with a dog, the elk

All photos by Kris Hazelton, Estes Park News, except as noted.

will be even more on alert and aggressive towards your dog. She will see your pet as a real threat, a predator, to her baby. The best thing to do in this case is turn around and go the other way. If you can’t do that, let your dog go for the time, and save yourself. The elk will most likely chase off your dog and you can retrieve the dog a bit further down the trail. Change your route. If the elk are on the trail you frequent, there are miles of other trails, less used by the elk and it is suggested you alter your route for a few weeks to avoid potential problems. Although the elk are used to seeing people, the elk are very much still wild animals. Adult elk, both male and female, are very large and can be dangerous, particularly if they think a person is threatening their territory or offspring. Another important note, if you find a

baby elk or mule deer, please never go near or touch it. Even though it could appear that its mother is absent, elk calves are seldom orphaned, and its mother is probably feeding only a short distance away. She’ll make herself known very quickly when you get too close! If you come across a protective female elk, and she is endangering people in a public area, the best thing to do is move away and call the Estes Park Police Department Dispatch Center at 586-4000. They will notify the proper authorities and the volunteers who will temporarily close off the area until the mother moves on with her calf. Educating ourselves and our visitors about wildlife issues is the right thing to do, especially around calving time and during the fall rut. Remember, there’s a reason it’s called wildlife.

Photo by Jim Ward

Never, ever get this close to an elk! This is a very dangerous situation!

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Colorado Rodeo Supports Local Charities

Would You Like To Be Estes Park’s 2021 Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo?

Bill Rossman, Tony Sigfrid, Peter Vranjes, Carly Hale and Gary McLaughlin.

Peter Vranjes and Tony Sigfrid of Prestige Dodge in Longmont presented members of the Colorado Senior Pro Charity Rodeo Association with a check to help kickoff their annual Charity Rodeos In Estes Park and Greeley. Representing one of the charities was Carly Hale from Longmont Meals on Wheels along with Senior Pro Charity Rodeo President Gary McLaughlin and

Vice President Bill Rossman. These organizations want to thank Prestige Dodge for its continued support of their annual rodeos held in August at the Estes Park Complex and Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. Through memberships, and sponsorships CSPCRA raises funds to host its charity rodeo. All 2020 proceeds were distributed to local charities such as Meals on Wheel” in Longmont and Crossroads Ministries of Estes Park to assist in bringing meals to those in need. CSPCRA is eternally grateful for the support of their sponsors, contestants, rodeo visitors and dedicated members. The 2021 rodeos will be held August 911, in Greeley, CO and August 13-15 in Estes Park, CO.

Paint Estes Pink Float 2019.

Yeehaw! The Rooftop Rodeo is back, and with it, Crowns for the Care is in full swing. Estes Park Health Foundation is seeking philanthropists to join their Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo Competition. Contestants raise funds to benefit Estes Park Health. In 2021, Crowns for the Care contestants will solicit donations to bring a new MRI machine to Estes Park Health. MRI is often used to diagnose certain types of cancer. The current machine is 14 years old, dated, and near the end of life. The new machine is $1.1 million, and EPHF needs help from generous donors like you to make this purchase a reality. 100% of the money raised during Paint Estes Pink goes directly toward the purchase of the new MRI machine. You can donate now at www.GivetoEPH.org/pink, or you can take undertake the Crowns for the Care challenge

of fundraising through July 9 to win the crown of Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo during Pink Night at the Rodeo on July 10. Every Crowns for the Care Contestant will receive oneon-one mentoring from a past Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo winner. A Kickoff Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 from 4-6 p.m. Contact Estes Park Health Foundation at 970-577-4370 or giving@eph.org for details and to reserve your spot. For more information on Paint Estes Pink, visit www.GivetoEPH.org/pink. The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at GiveToEPH.org or 970-577-4370.

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Save The Date For Creative Colorado Table Setting/Scaping November 12-14

The Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping 2021 is a tablesetting/tablescaping contest that provides entrants an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in designing and creating unique dining tables that reflect this year’s theme: Amazing Women, Then and Now. Each entry is reviewed by an independent panel of judges who determine prizewinners based on the creativity, design, and adherence to contest and category criteria. Once the judges have made their decisions and ribbons have been awarded, our venue, the Stanley Hotel, will open its doors to the public, with proceeds from ticket sales going to support the work of the Estes Park Museum. The event will be held November 1214, 2021. This year’s contest is a threeday event, with set up on Friday, the 12th, and public show held on Saturday, the

13th and Sunday, the 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Stanley Hotel on Wonderview Avenue in Estes Park, Colorado. Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping contest is open to individuals, pairs/teams and commercial organizations/businesses. All contestants must register in advance and pay an entry fee: $30.00 for individuals, pairs or teams. Registration opens on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the Tablesetting 101 event and closes November 1, 2021. To assist any prospective contestants, Tablesetting 101 will be presented Sunday, September 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum. Call (970) 577-0186 or email Tara Moenning: tara@aspenbrookinvestments.com for more information or with any questions regarding the contest.

Photo by Paul Marcotte www.pauljmarcottephotography.com

Harmony Foundation Adds Estes Park Native Marianne Dungan, Rn, Msn, As Director Of Nursing Harmony Foundation, an over 50year-old Coloradobased nonprofit addiction treatment center, today announced that Marianne Dungan will join the leadership team of the organization as its new director of nursing. In this role, Dungan will be responsible for overseeing the coordination of treatment efforts, policy and procedure development, and administration of the organization’s infection control program. “Marianne truly is a perfect find for Harmony,” said James Geckler, Harmony Foundation CEO. “To find someone with her experience, leadership qualities, and ability to connect with patients was critical for our continuing efforts to explore new ways to serve clients comprehensively.” Dungan has served multiple terms as president of the Central Illinois Psychiatric Nurses’ Association and is a published author. She has presented nationally on stigma within behavioral health, wellness, and through psychiatric nursing modalities. Her professional experience includes acute care, emergency care, out-patient care, liaison consultation in the community as well as a general hospital, professional mental health

counseling and interdisciplinary professional education. Dungan is a fixture in Estes Park and currently serves the community on the local board of the directors of the Salvation Army and the Larimer County Behavioral Health Policy Advisory Council. “I am excited to get back to my behavioral health and nursing roots with this interdisciplinary team,“Dungan added. “With the substantial need for treatment of substance use and behavioral health disorders in the healthcare arena, I am excited to begin a new position as the director of nursing at Harmony.” About Harmony Foundation-Harmony Foundation is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction recovery program that serves in a collaborative and respectful treatment environment. Harmony promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, empowering clients to embark upon a lifelong journey of recovery. Visit HarmonyFoundationInc.com to learn more.

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Adorable Little Floki Is Looking For A New, Loving Home Floki is about eight years old. He is good with cats, small dogs and horses, however, he doesn’t really like kids. This sweet dog is currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet him. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, please call 970-286-1652.

Week 15 Results Linda’s Boys Right on Cue

5 12

MOB Stray Cats

5 11

2021 Spring Session Standings Right on Cue 142 Linda’s Boys 130 Stray Cats 113 MOB 109 If interested in playing or starting a team contact Joyce Hughes at (970) 290-3516

Summer Classes/Camps At Center Stage Dance & Gymnastics

Registration is now open for all Center Stage Dance and Gymnastics Summer Camps! Center Stage is offering multiple dance and gymnastics camps for all age groups and experience levels! Register soon because class space is limited! All dance camps will be located at Center Stage School of Dance & Gymnastics at 162 S St Vrain Ave. For additional information or to register for any of the following summer programs, email centerstagedanceep@gmail.com, call at (970) 714-0755 or visit our website at www.centerstagedanceestespark.com *All summer dance programs perform a mini “showcase” on the last day of that program for parents and siblings to come in and observe the last portion of their class. Center Stage MINI (ages 5-9) June 21st25th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Is your student interested in learning and improving their technique and strength? This five-day summer dance camp will use different dance forms, including ballet, to enhance your child’s technical abilities! They will learn and perfect the basics such as turnout, pointed feet, proper body positioning, and more to excel in their future in all future dance forms! Make sure to come watch your dancer perform in their showcase at the end of the camp where they will display what they have learned! Classes will be held Monday June 21st through Friday June 25th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost $90 Dance Like A Princess (2 levels) (Level 1 open to ages 3-5, and Level 2 open to ages 6-8) July 6th-9th [4 days] (Princes are also welcome!) Frozen Fun! Jazz with Jasmine! Ariel’s Acro! Tapping with Tiana! Do you have a student that would love to try a dance, acro, and craft-filled mini camp this summer? This fun dance camp will be held Tues., July 6th through Fri., July 9th. Level 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Level 2 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.! Students will have a different dance and craft theme each day they attend, based on the Disney princess for that day! Dancers will leave camp with a free costume. Cost $80 Ballet Foundations (ages 7 and up) July 12th-16th *2 separate camp times for 2 different levels* Are you interested in obtaining a solid dance foundation through the art of ballet, with classes that improve technique not only in ballet but also in other dance forms; or do you simply love ballet? This pure ballet intensive program features classes in classical ballet, prepointe/pointe, and contemporary ballet! Classes will be held Mon. July 12th

through Fri. July 16th. Level 1 (ages 710) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily Cost $90 and Level 2 (ages 11 and up) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily Cost $110 So You Think You Can Dance Junior (ages 9-12) July 19th-23rd, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Is your student interested in expanding their repertoire and learning multiple dance forms? This five-day summer dance camp will introduce your child to multiple dance forms including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more! Cost $110 So You Think You Can Dance “Two Week Summer Intensive Camp” (ages 12 & up) July 26th-August 6th, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Would you like to try different dance forms each day for a two -week long dance camp? For two weeks; Monday through Friday, July 15th-26th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily (no classes on Saturday or Sunday), students will be taught a variety of dance forms including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, pom, acro, lyrical, modern, student choreography, and more! They will build up core muscles, memorize routines, strengthen their technique, and expand their repertoire. Cost $240 Competition Preparation (ages 9 and up) August 16th- August 20th, 5:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Are you looking to join the Center Stage School of Dance’s “Competitive Dance Team” in the upcoming 20212022 season? This is the perfect camp to get you back into prime dance shape and refresh your technique before the season starts! Get ready to dance in the spotlight and impress the judges! Dance forms including ballet technique, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary will be the main focus of this program as we learn to use counts, synchronize our movements with fellow team members, improve technique, and work on a great stage presence! Tryouts for the Center Stage Competitive Dance Team will be held on Friday August 20th on the last day of camp. Cost $120 Gymnastics Intensives Toddler Tumbling & Dance (Session 1) (ages 2-5) 5-days: July 12th-July 16th 9:00-9:45 a.m. Cost $40 Toddler Tumbling & Dance (Session 2) (ages 2-5) 5-days: July 26th- July 30th 9:00-9:45 a.m. Cost $40 Beginning Gymnastics (ages 5 & up) 5days: July 26th-July 30th, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Cost $50 Intermediate Gymnastics (must be able to do cartwheel & handstand) 5-days: July 26th-July 30th, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Cost $50.

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Summer Youth Programs

School’s out! What is there to do? Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center supports, connects, and inspires nonprofits. Many of our partner organizations offer youth programs and camps. Summer is a great time to explore opportunities outside of school. However, figuring out what opportunities exist can be time consuming and challenging. We have collated a list of programs offered by partner organizations. We hope this list is a good starting point for parent’s research and the awareness of how hard our nonprofits are working to enrich the lives of children in the Estes Valley. Reading and Storytime Programs Summer Reading Program For all ages. Beginning on May 21. Log reading time and win prizes. Preschool Storytime Ages 0 - 6 and their families. Thursdays, starting May 20 at 10:30 a.m., inperson and online estesvalleylibrary.org/programs Art Classes at Art Center of Estes Park School-aged children “Shake ‘n Roll – Cool Felt Beads” June 29, 1 p.m. “Make a Pretty Piece of Felt” July 6, 1 p.m. “Rock ‘n Roll Treasure Pouch” July 13, 1 p.m. “Fun Art Baskets” July 21, 1 p.m. artcenterofestes.com Bike Estes Day, June 23 Costume Bike Parade, 5:30 p.m. at Performance Park. Bike through town to fun, games, and food trucks at the Visitor Center. Learn about Safe Routes To School. Bike to Work Day Visitor Center from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Coffee and breakfast snacks provided. bikeestes.org Bible Camp Summit Kids Camp is a three day, free camp June 23-25, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Kids K-6th. jamkids.wufoo.com Theater Camps by Fine Arts Guild Performance Camp: 3rd-12 grade. Tech camp: Paint set, make props, change set pieces for the performances, etc.. 7th – 12th grade June 14-19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. fineartsguildep@gmail.com. Rec District Clubs and Camps Hiking Club: Ages 9-12, Fridays June 4-July16. Drop in accepted. Marina Recreation: Ages 8-12, Tuesdays, June 8-July 13. Drop in accepted. Youth Mountain Biking: Ages 9-12, Mondays and Wednesdays, June 21-July 30

Lumpy Circus: Acrobatics, music and dance, creative stage props, costumes, and more. Ages 7-14, June 7-17 T-ball and Coach Pitch: M, W, F, June 7 – July 16 Swim lessons: private, semi-private, and group, ongoing For a complete list, visit evrpd.colorado.gov YMCA of the Rockies Day Camp Traditional Day Camps and Specialty Themed Camps, Ages 5-17 Counselor in Training Program, Ages 15-17 June 1 – August 13 ymcarockies.org/summer-day-camp Family Activities at the YMCA of the Rockies Families who aren’t staying at the Y (like locals) can purchase a day pass or a membership to get access to those activities. Weekly guide: ymcarockies.org/ activity-guide Boy Scouts Mondays at the Legion, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Interested boys are always welcome to check it out. Cub Scouts have a recruiting event August 29. Girl Scouts Existing troup for 6-8th grade; forming a new troop in the fall for K-5, interested girls should be in touch via Facebook @EPGirlScouts Youth In Action High School students engaging in philanthropy Awarding grants in Shark Tank style event, May 21, 6 p.m. MacGregor Ranch Heritage Camp Camp was suspended in 2020, check their website for updates on 2021. Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute Classes remain suspended for 2021. Rodeo Princess Program New tryouts will not be held until 2022. Partners All programs intended for youth in their mentorship programs. Preschool Day Care in Estes Lifelong Learning of Estes Valley Private daycare, half days, preschool llevpreschool.com Mountain Top Childcare and Mountain Top at Bennett (YMCA campus) Half day and full day mountaintopchildcare.com FB Groups: Estes Park Little Explorers (@EPLittleExplorers); Estes Park Moms Connect; Volunteer Opportunities (@EstesVolunteers) This list was compiled through a nonprofit lens. If there are other programs that might be included in this list, please let us know: info@epnonprofit.org As COVID restrictions are lifted, some programs may resume or add participants. Some programs may charge a fee. Please be sure to call or check the individual websites for the most up-to-date information.

Kadynce Shotts Named American Chemical Society Student Of The Year

By: Pam Frey

Each year Estes Park High School gets to select the most outstanding Chemistry student to receive the American Chemical Society Student of the Year award. This year that honor goes to Ka-

dynce Shotts. Kadynce has an average of 99% for both semesters of Chemistry! She is a student that works incredibly hard and takes a lot of pride in her education. She thinks maybe she got a little bit of her strength in Chemistry from her grandfather, who was a high school Chemistry teacher. Kadynce has a perfect GPA and would like to be an author in the future. She is interested in writing fiction, science fiction, and maybe fantasy. In her free time she enjoys writing, playing with her dog Luna, archery, and hanging out with friends. She is not sure where she would like to go to college yet and has another year of high school to figure that out. Kadynce received a medal from the American Chemical Society to honor her achievement. She is an incredible student with a fantastic work ethic and truly has earned this award.

Mustang Mountain Coaster Grand Opening This Friday

Ribbon Cutting Friday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. Mustang Mountain Coaster announces its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., on the mountain at 1180 Dry Gulch Rd. Cody Walker will cut the ribbon along with Carissa Streib, owner of Simply Christmas and the Mustang Mountain Coaster Ticket Office at The Sugar Shack, which also opens Friday, May 21. “We have already sold thousands of tickets and we haven’t officially opened yet,” Streib said. “Our tickets are $5 cheaper that ticket prices on site.” Streib has been selling tickets out of her

129 W. Elkhorn Store, Simply Christmas, while finalizing the buildout of the ticket booth running adjacent to Estes Park Sugar Shack at 153 Virginia Dr. Discount tickets run $15 for a single ride and $30 for three, Buy 5 and get 1 free. About Mustang Mountain Coaster-Located in beautiful Estes Park Colorado, the Mustang Mountain Coaster is a scenic drive from Denver, Ft. Collins-Loveland, and Boulder. The Mustang Mountain Coaster brings a whole new level of exhilarating fun to your visit to Estes Park. Tickets are on sale now online or next to the Estes Park Sugar Shack.

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Mobile Vaccine Clinic In Estes Park May 30 The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPRNC) connects nonprofit partners via the monthly Partnership Network meetings. This gives our Estes Park nonprofits a chance to provide updates, identify opportunities to collaborate, and engage in focused problem solving. This meeting also connects Estes Park to our regional and state-wide partner agencies that have offices down the valley, but serve our community. In a recent meeting, EPNRC learned that the local hospital has completed its last vaccine clinic. This is not because our community is at an “all clear” for completing vaccinations, but because of seasonal capacity. It does take a (large) village to pull them off! In the same meeting, we learned that the Northern Colorado Health Alliance (NCHA, the same people that have been hosting special enrollment clinics for health care coverage this spring) are coming to Estes with a mobile vaccine clinic. We spoke with Tanya Trujillo, Director of Community Health Development for the NOCO Health Alliance about these mobile clinics. On May 30, the state’s Mobile Vaccination Bus will be at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church from 8 am 12 pm and the Community Recreation Center from 1 - 5 p.m. What vaccines are available at the mobile clinic? We will have two options for vaccines: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. The

Pfizer vaccine is available to all individuals 12 and older. The mobile clinic will come back one month later for the second shot, if required. What motivates NOCO Health to do this kind of clinic? The Northern Colorado Health Alliance has a dedication to providing equitable opportunities for a community to actively engage in their health, wellness, and access to care. We want to assist in helping communities thrive. Providing vaccination opportunities to all is an effort that we are fully engaged in. Our goal is to bring these opportunities to locations that are accessible and decrease barriers. With the Mobile Vaccine Bus, there is no need for an appointment, and individuals and families can be vaccinated without having to schedule it. Why does the state have a Mobile Vac-

cine Bus? NCHA has partnered with the Governor’s office of equity and Colorado Department of Public Health to provide mobile opportunities in effort to reduce barriers. The community health clinics

are doing a great job, however trying to access an appointment is often a limitation, especially when there is a digital platform that needs to be utilized for making the appointment. How did you find a partnership with the church? We have partnered with several churches in our region to provide vacci-

nation opportunities for their parishioners. We want to bring vaccination opportunities to locations that are convenient and comfortable. It also assists with vaccine hesitancy when trusted clergy is engaged with the event. Do people just show up? Yes, no appointment or documentation is required. Why outreach to Estes Park? Traditionally there are more services and resources in larger communities. Mobile clinics allow us to bring the same services to the small towns where people live, work, and play. Will there be translators available for Spanish speakers? Yes, we will have several bi-lingual staff members on-site at all of the clinics. We are trying to bridge gaps of service for Latinos and underserved populations. Are there other clinics scheduled? We would love to work with employers, organizations, or any partner agencies to set up future clinics. Is there other information about this program that is important to share? We would like to stress the fact that this is open to all, no appointment is needed. Stop by at your availability and do your part to protect yourself and others. To schedule a mobile clinic at your worksite or organization, contact Tanya Trujillo, Director of Community Health Development at 970.346.2505 or ttrujillo.alliance@nocoha.org.


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CPW Rehabiliates Young Bear Injured And Orphaned In The Cameron Peak Fire After a rough beginning to life, a yearling black bear injured during the Camreon Peak Fire is back roaming the Colorado Rocky Mountains with a new lease on life. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) treated and rehabilitated this young bear

vive the myriad of injuries they are exposed to, let alone be found, captured and treated successfully. He definitely would not have made it through much longer. It is the smallest bear cub I have ever seen at that time of the year, which helped us make the decision to try reha-

An examination of the burning to its paws while being treated on Dec. 18, 2020 at CPW's Frisco Creek rehabilitation facility, and one from May 5, 2021, right before its release back into the mountains (photo courtesy of Jason Clay/CPW).

for nearly five months before releasing it back into the mountains in Larimer County on May 5. Special circumstances and collaboration that spanned across landowners, wildlife officers, state wildlife health and wildlife rehabilitation officials allowed for the unique opportunity to treat this bear, but its natural survival instincts is really what kept it going. “This bear's drive to survive did most of the work and we just gave it a little boost,” said Kristin Cannon, Deputy Regional Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northeast region. “This bear went through an awful lot in its first year of life, let's hope humans can now help keep it wild by not rewarding it with our food sources and lowering its chances of survival.” Landowners on Buckhorn Road northwest of Masonville called CPW on Dec. 7 to report an injured bear cub seen on their parent’s porch. Wildlife officers responded that day, but were unable to locate the cub upon arrival and a search of the vicinity. Later that week, on Dec. 11, it was reported that the bear cub was once again sleeping on a porch on the same ranch. A wildlife officer successfully captured the cub that evening. The male cub was suffering from old burns on its feet sustained during the Cameron Peak Fire. Its ears were infected from frostbite, it was covered in cockleburs, was severely dehydrated, weak and starving. The bear cub weighed just 16.3 pounds. “This is an incredibly fortunate bear,” said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Jason Duetsch. “Most wild animals don’t sur-

with supportive care and nourishment his prognosis for recovery was very good,” Dr. Nol said. Because the cub was weak and struggling to stay warm, they used heating pads, monitored its temperature, breathing and heart rate closely, and gave it

Officials at CPW's wildlife health lab in Fort Collins treat and bandage this injured bear cub on Dec. 12, 2020 (photo courtesy Jason Duetsch/CPW)

bilitation.” Once captured, the bear cub was brought up to CPW’s health lab in Fort Collins. There it was examined by veterinarians Dr. Pauline Nol, Dr. Karen Fox and Duetsch at the health lab, and despite being lethargic, officials believed it had a chance to survive. “Since the foot injuries on this cub appeared to be healing well, and his other wounds were very treatable, we felt that

supplemental oxygen while under sedation. The cub fared well through the examination and sedation. The cockleburs were removed, its feet cleaned and bandaged, frostbitten ears treated, and fluids, pain medication and antibiotics were administered. The cub had lost portions of both ears due to the frostbite, which is not an uncommon area to freeze if exposed. Wildlife officials suspect the orphaned cub didn’t have the wherewithal to find adequate shelter and had been exposed to the elements. The Cameron Peak Fire - the largest wildfire in Colorado history - burned 208,913 acres in Larimer County from Aug. 13 when it started through Dec. 2 when containment finally reached 100 percent. The southeastern edge of that fire did travel all the way down to Buck-

horn Road near Green Ridge, which was where this bear cub was found by landowners. It cannot be determined how long the cub may have been orphaned or when the burns did occur, but evidence of new tissue growing on its feet when it was captured suggested that it had been quite some time. “We could already see really nice healing because it had an amount of fresh tissue that granulated in,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of CPW’s Frisco Creek rehab facility in southwest Colorado, where the bear cub was rehabbed at. “The most logical time is probably a month or more since it sustained the injuries to its feet.” Frisco Creek annually rehabilitates orphaned bear cubs with the goal of returning them to the wild while limiting interactions with humans at the facility. They typically come to Frisco Creek in the summer or early fall months and Sirochman strives to get a male bear up to 70 pounds by winter so that it can survive its first hibernation.

Given this bear cub weighed just over 16 pounds, Sirochman kept it awake all winter to allow it to eat and catch up to a normal body weight by springtime. That was a gradual progression, as the cub received a specialized diet starting with very easily digestible foods until he was able to get his digestive system back on track. “I’m normally pretty optimistic when it comes to starvation with bears because they are a little different,” Sirochman said. “The nature of bears losing so much weight every year in winter torpor, they seem to be able to come back from that more easily than some other species. When the cub arrived at our facility it was feisty in the trap, and that bodes well to have that spunk still in it.” By the time the bear was ready to be released back into the wild, the now oneyear-old weighed 93 pounds. “(It’s release location) has the benefit of being in likely the same drainage where this bear came from originally and still has some suitable habitat post-fire,” said Clayton Brossart, the wildlife officer who released the bear on May 5.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Current Open Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed on Memorial Day, May 31 Library collections are open, along with five Internet computers and printing on the first floor. Curbside pick-up service and 24/7 outdoor Wi-Fi are available. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Meeting Room Reservations The library’s Hondius and Wasson Rooms are expected to re-open for public meeting use starting June 1. The reservation-request process is now open, using a random lottery system based on requests received through this Saturday, May 22. After Saturday, requests may be made for available space. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2021 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 “Tails and Tales.” Visit estesvalleylibrary.org for full details on this

summer’s program, beginning on May 21. Made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation. ESTES GROWS READERS Library Storytime Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Hondius Room Children ages 0 to 6 and their families can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activities, all designed to stimulate a child’s cognitive development. Visit the Events Calendar at estesvalleylibrary.org for updates. No sign-up required (Thursdays only for now). 100 Free Books for a Preschooler Sign up to receive a packet of four picture books mailed to your child’s home each week, to build to a library of 100 books. The program is for local preschoolers entering Kindergarten this fall. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS America We Want: Founding Aspirations Monday, May 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., via Zoom Looking back and looking forward, what does the Declaration’s “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” aspiration mean for America? Join a dialogue in the Living Room Conversation format. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Library Book Talk: “Behold the Dreamers” Tuesday, May 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m., via Zoom “Behold the Dreamers” is a bestselling debut novel about “marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors of the American Dream.” It tells the story of a young Cameroonian couple making a life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org. THE TWIG MINI-BRANCH

The library mini-branch at the Estes Valley Community Center (EVCC) is open. Patrons are again able to request library materials to be sent to the Twig at EVCC, where they can be checked out using the self-serve kiosk on the building’s lower level. The location offers convenient parking and drive-up outdoor book returns.

SEASONAL PAID PARKING Parking Q&A: Virtual Office Hours Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon, via Zoom Do you have questions about summer parking in 2021? Visit with Matt Eisenberg, General Manager of The Car Park, who will explain how the payment and permit system will operate in eight of the downtown parking lots this summer. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. RESEARCH & PERFORMANCE Young Chautauqua Performances Online This year’s Young Chautauqua performances are now available to watch on YouTube. Last spring, dozens of local costumed student-performers presented live first-person monologues as historic characters and fielded audience questions. Look for the YouTube link at the webpage footer at estesvalleylibrary.org. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books: open daily Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offers gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Hours during May are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Fence Jumper

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Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness: Estes Is Talking From: Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership and the Estes Valley Library

The Living Room Conversation series is continuing this Monday, with an invitation for community members to learn and share with friends and neighbors through friendly dialogue. Next week’s topic welcomes participants to reflect on the American Dream—looking back through a historic lens and looking forward to our nation’s goals for the future. “America We Want: Founding Aspirations” is the topic for this Monday, May 24, in a conversation taking place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. The program is cohosted by Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership (EVRJP) and the Estes Valley Library. When the Declaration of Independence was written, not everyone was included in the famous reference to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” There are many views regarding the degree to which we have advanced these aspirations for everyone. Some focus more on the great strides we have made; others point to how far we still need to go. Some believe that focusing on the past prevents forward progress; others think we still need to come to terms with our

shadow side. In this conversation, we will share perspectives and explore areas of common ground. Monday’s interactive program is participatory in nature, and attendees will be asked to engage with and contribute to the conversation, with their computer microphones and video switched on. Staff and volunteers from EVRJP will facilitate the discussions. Visit

www.estes.org/community-conversations to learn about the series. Participants should sign up in advance through the Events Calendar at estesvalleylibrary.org, which also includes additional information and a link to the Conversation Guide that will be used.

Estes Park 18 Hole Men’s Golf Association Results May 17, 2021 Congratulations to the winners: Odd/Even, Two Man Team Event Team Net Score Glover/Brown 62 Logan/Logan 67 Johnston/Harms 68 Slicker/Wagner 68 Casey/Moore 69 Williams/Nagl 70

Library Storytimes Return To In-Person Format, Every Thursday

Tessler/Leaycraft 71 Unruh/Cooper 71 Yarbrough/Andersen 74 Gallup/Copenhaver 74 Butler/McPherson 74 Webb/Cunningham 76 Paglia/Clement 76 Strong/(blind draw) 76 Galloway/Saucier 76 Krueger/Griffin 76

Picture books, puppets, props, flannel storyboards, sing-along activities, and movement exercises. The magic is back—in person—in the library’s Hondius Room, as Preschool Storytime returns to a live on-site format. For now, storytimes will be happening on Thursdays only, weekly at 10:30 a.m. Library Storytimes are an excellent way to nurture a young child’s curiosity and early cognitive development. Storytimes help provide the groundwork for language development in a young child’s rapidly growing brain. In the process, kids often develop a lifelong love for reading and books. These programs help strengthen the bonds between children and their parents and caregivers. They are also popular with grandparents, who often bring visiting family to explore what the local library has to offer. After storytime, many families head over to the Children’s Room, where kids can choose the books and materials that stir their interests—not only storybooks, but also Discovery Packs. These are kits filled with hands-on activities to stimulate learning—including puppets to act out stories, and educational toys that

help with everything from wordplay to counting skills. In the process, parents often meet other parents of preschoolers, while learning about the network of community resources available to support young children. The staff is looking forward to welcoming storytime participants back into the in-person setting. Joining the library team for the first several weeks will be a special guest: Kerry Aiken. Kerry is a longtime librarian and professional storyteller-puppeteer who retired in 2015, after a career celebrated with many statewide awards and recognitions. She will assist the staff and help with the story-reading. While no sign-up is necessary, space may be limited, so plan to arrive and save a spot. In addition to Thursday in-person storytimes, families can also enjoy virtual storytimes anytime and from anywhere. Look for the YouTube link at the footer of the library website at estesvalleylibrary.org. Or simply type the word “Estes Valley Library Storytime” in YouTube to see the array of themes and stories.

Estes Park Women’s Golf Association Results For May 18, 2021 Tuesday May 18th, 2021 was our first "Ladies Day" we were able to play this season. It was a beautiful day with no rain or snow. The game today was “David and Goliath-5 longest holes and 4 shortest scored." Winners 1st flight-1st place Cindy Minier

2nd flight-1st place Carol Felner 3rd flight-1st place Claudi Erwin 2nd place Linda Bowie 4th flight-1st place tie Karyn Saucier 1st place tie Laura Mulder If any women are interested in joining EPWGA please contact our President Carla Spreng-Webb at carla.spreng@gmail.com

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Community Members Recognized During Older American’s Month The Larimer County Office on Aging recognized two outstanding community members at a small ceremony on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The awards, Outstanding Senior Volunteer and Outstanding Family Caregiver, are annual awards that are partnered with a Larimer County Proclamation for Older American’s Month, which is celebrated in the month of May. The Outstanding Senior Volunteer award was presented to Steve Robinson. In the last six years, Steve has been a Caring Companion volunteer with Volunteers of America, a driver for SAINT, a volunteer at the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Colorado The male award recipient is Steve Robinson, OutWelcome Center. Addition- standing Senior Volunteer. ally he is a volunteer ranger assistant with Larimer County and volunteers at the hospital through his church. RSVP/Americorp Seniors report that Steve has contributed more than 2,800 volunteer hours since 2014, which does not capture all the volunteering he has done. The estimated number of volunteer hours is closer to 3,000 hours. The Outstanding Family Caregiver was presented to Robin Tolbert. Robin is a loving caregiver to her husband, Don, who was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Robin’s joy and optimism were readily apparent when she joined the Dementia Together support Female award recipient was Robin Tolbert, Outstandgroups and Memory Cafes. She lights up the screen with ing Family Caregiver. She is also pictured with Cyndy her smile, encourages every- Luzinski from Dementia Together. one around her and actively participates in the program, lovingly en- bers with ease and recognizing them is a small token of appreciation,” said Katie couraging Don the whole time. Stieber, Office on Aging Program Man“This award ceremony is one of the ager. highlights of the year for me. OutstandFor more information about the Older ing citizens like Steve and Robin are the American’s Month awards, please conunsung heroes in our community. They tact Jill Maasch. advocate for our older community memBoth are also photographed with the Larimer County Commissioners.

All Things Metal By: Judi Smith

Metal, like glass, is interminably recyclable. Although separation may require tools or heat, and some knowledge, metal is rarely irretrievably combined with other materials. I believe we can rescue nearly all metal from the landfill. Until we have better solutions in Estes, we rely on Estes Recycles Day to recover scrap metal and electronics. This year’s date is August 7. But before we begin to list the various ways to save our metal resources, there are two addendums to last week’s glass article. Both Aspen Eyecare and Wendy’s Optical both collect old eye glasses for the Lion’s Club. Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Boulder) has just announced that they will now recycle drinking glassware, glass tableware (plates, bowls, etc.), and other household items made of glass such as glass awards and trophies, air fresheners, and candle holders. Naturally, if still useable, these items should be offered to the thrift shops first. However, chipped, even broken glass is acceptable in source separated recycling. Contributions to the single stream recycling in Estes, i.e. the Transfer Station [$] and the Residential Recycling Center [free], are transported and recycled by Larimer County. The single stream bins collect cans, including aerosols, plus single use pie pans and aluminum foil. ALL recyclables must be empty, clean, free of food residue, and dry. Note: Businesses are not permitted to use the RRC. While these items are also accepted at collection points along the Front Range (Hwy. 34 and 36), those locations may charge extra fees for non-residents who do not contribute to the taxes that support the service. Beyond that: Please offer still reusable items to the local thrift shops (Village Thrift and Elizabeth Guild) or take advantage of the free ads (for free items) in this newspaper and Facebook: Buy, Sell Trade, Give-away to extend the life of things you no longer want. … Locally in the Estes Valley, EPNRC will arrange to tow immovable vehicles donated to them – free of charge. … If you are a customer of Estes Park Power and Communication, you can recycle a working refrigerator and receive a $35 rebate. ... Reusable construction items (including, but not limited to, bolts and screws, tools, and appliances) can be delivered to Uncle Benny’s in Loveland. They pur-

chase new and used items to resell for reuse. Electronics: By State law, electronics may not be placed into landfill or single stream recycling bins, but must be source separated and recycled by certified recyclers. Timberline and Larimer County consider microwaves to be electronic. Larimer County has a separate recycling area on the Landfill campus. Timberline Recycling in Fort Collins, Loveland Recycling, and Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Boulder) handle electronics in their hard-to-recycle yards and there are several private electronic recyclers as well. (Just type “electronic recycling” into your search engine.) ALL electronic recyclers charge fees, and there is also variation in what they accept. Please contact the individual location for more information. Scrap Metal: Because metal recyclers pay for scrap metal, items that qualify are often (not always) exempt from facility fees. At Loveland Recycling and at Eco-Cycle, microwaves are designated as scrap metal. Eco-cycle will accept most items (except electronics) that are 50% or more metal as “scrap metal.” Items range from bolts and screws to dishwashers and water heaters. For small items there is a bin at the Allenspark collection yard, Loveland will recycle large and small non-electronic appliances, fencing, wire, and empty fire extinguishers, Timberline recycles wire, extension cords, holiday lights, and cables, small metal items (50% rule), plus empty lawn mowers, snow blowers and similar items with small engines. Larimer County will accept large appliances at the Resource Recovery Center (landfill campus). Down both Hwy. 34 and Hwy. 36, many private metal recyclers pay for metal discards. Just search for “metal recycler.” The one my household frequents pays six cents to $2 per pound depending upon exactly what and how much we take to them. This is a mere summary of metal options, and here the details are quite incomplete. Most websites for collection yards have an A to Z list where you can type in the exact item you wish to recycle. Many also offer phone and email for more detailed explanations. So, with this broad array of options, the question is not can we, it is will we. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments? RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com

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Community Members Recognized During Older American’s Month We are finally getting to the warmer weather that gets more people out into the beautiful surroundings of the Estes Valley. I’m looking forward to more hiking and very soon, more fishing. I’m not the best fisherman, but I do enjoy getting my line wet and reeling in whatever ends up on my hook. Since moving to the area I’ve practiced the catch and release method so I’ve not actually tasted any of the fish I’ve caught. Whereas in Alaska I could catch fish in the morning and have a fillet on the grill in the evening. And if I didn’t want to catch my own fish I could always go to the local market and purchase fresh fish and seafood to support the “real” fishermen who made a living catching fish. The longer I lived in Alaska the more I appreciated the subsistence lifestyle that many of the villages continued to operate under. They totally lived off the land for the most part so getting out to fish, hunt, and work in the garden was really important because they couldn’t survive if they didn’t put in the necessary work. It wasn’t an easy life, but a very fulfilling one knowing that everything you put on your table came from the sweat of your brow. In one particular village, Galena, I became friends with a few of the residents and would go visit them as part of my day job. It was amazing to hear how this small community took care of each other. The young would work with the older, more experienced residents to learn how to do what they needed to do to survive. It was as if there was an unofficial mentoring program going on. In addition to this happening, I observed how they helped residents that were disabled, sick, or at a place in life where they could no longer make it on their own without assistance from their neighbors. My heart swelled with joy to experience this type of compassionate

living and genuine concern for the condition of their neighbors. I’m glad for this experience because some of the lessons I’ve learned have poured over into the work I do now at Crossroads. We’re assisting as many people as we can with the immediate help they need for today while also giving them hope for the future. You’ve heard the adage of give a person a fish and you’ll feed him for a day, but teach him how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. That definitely sounds good on paper, but when applied in real time it doesn’t always work out so well. I’d like to take this adage a couple steps further. In addition to the training, I believe it’s important to equip the person with the proper gear to succeed and then he will have the means to catch fish. But wait, if he’s fishing in a pond with no fish, even an expert can’t reel anything in. So, let’s lead a person to where the fish are and he’ll have opportunity to catch the fish he’s been trained and equipped to catch. Is that enough?! At times it isn’t, so let’s wade out a little deeper in the relationship and become a mentor to this person to help them keep fishing every day and in this way they will catch more than they need and begin to contribute to others that are hungry. In fact, as the person becomes more confident in their abilities, they will teach others how to succeed in whatever they put their hands to do. That’s the goal we’re shooting for at Crossroads. We want to help meet the immediate needs of our neighbors while simultaneously offering ourselves as fishing guides until they no longer need our assistance. If you’d like to join our team of fishing guides and help people find the right jobs to feed their families, then let us know. I can be reached at brian.crossroadsep@gmail.com or 970-577-7377.

100 Years: A Celebration Of Women, Their Stories Book Available

The 100 Years: A Celebration of Women stories that ran weekly in the Estes Park News last year have been assembled into a book and is available at Macdonald Book Shop for $10.00 (plus tax). This collector book is a perfect gift for yourself, someone else or both. The net proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward the Women’s Monument Project currently underway.

Clifford Lee Abel Clifford Lee Abel was born March 8, 1930 in Eudora, Kansas, the oldest child of James and Josephine Abel. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 69 years Merilyn Abel (less than four months ago), and his two brothers James and Duane Abel. Cliff is survived by his sisters Colleen Trude and her husband John and Donna Brown and her husband Bob, and his sister-in-law Virginia King and her husband Merv. He also leaves behind his daughter LeAnne Trozan and her husband Peter, sons Merl Abel and his wife Dori, and Dwight Abel and his wife Kim. He had four grandchildren – Jennifer Youngs, Katrina Pound, Andy Trozan and Paul Trozan. He has four great grandchildren – Emery, Allison and Olivia Pound and Phoenix Youngs. His extended family includes many dearly loved nieces and nephews and their families. Cliff grew up during the days of the depression in rural eastern Kansas on farms near Newman and Oskaloosa and learned the value of hard work and responsibility from his parents. He flourished in that tight-knit community and discovered his unique athletic ability as a track athlete, winning the state championship in the mile as a high school senior. He was recruited to run track at Kansas University under Coach Bill Easton and achieved his personal best time of 4:17 in the mile his senior year. He also achieved All American honors in 1950 at the NCAA Championships with the KU Cross Country Team. While attending KU he met the love of his life Merilyn Jean Richards. They were married on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952, committing themselves to a lifetime together that only death separated. Although deeply involved in his coaching and business career, family was always his number one love and priority. He was very proud of his three children and gave them the stability and security and example of a good husband and father. As the family grew, Cliff successfully coached track and field at both Northeast High School & Shawnee Mission West High School. At the same time, he & Merilyn designed and built their own home in Overland Park. He was a

leader and active member of the United Methodist church and volunteered in numerous community activities throughout his entire life. Then in the 70s Cliff relocated his family to California to develop track programs at the college level. In 1975 he was voted NCAA Coach of the Year in Division II for his success at California State University at Northridge, leading the Matadors to the men’s national championship that year. While there, he founded the Northridge Relays, coached seven All Americans, and achieved more than 65 top performances in the CSUN record book. In 2014 he was inducted into the Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame. After three years coaching at Long Beach State at the Division I level, Cliff retired from coaching and concentrated on his investment properties and small business. With seemingly inexhaustible energy, many summers were spent traveling with the family in the Winnebago motorhome, creating little side businesses, or getting together with extended family. Then in 1997, Cliff and Merilyn designed and built their dream home in Estes Park. With some subcontracting, Cliff did much of the work himself. This has been the site for many celebrations and get-togethers with family. For many months he was able to stay at home with the support of loving caregivers and hospice support and passed away on May 12, 2021. He will be deeply missed by his family who intend to continue his legacy of love for family, love for adventure, and love for hard work. Please visit www.allnuttestespark.com to leave a message to the family.

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Burt Bowles

With his family by his side, Burt Bowles slipped the bounds of earth on May 3, 2021 at Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He was born to Galen and Kathy Bowles on March 11th, 1960 in Denver, Colorado. He attended school in Yuma, Colorado from the third grade until his Junior year of High School and then went on to graduate the following year from Summit High School in Dillon, Colorado. Burt received a Business degree from Western State College and later an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He retired from Eagle Rock School in Estes Park in 2020 where he had been employed for over 25 years. Burt married Valerie Young in 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky. They have a son and daughter, then welcomed a grandson in 2016. He was the ultimate family man and father, cherishing time with them. Burt enjoyed working on classic cars, snorkeling in the islands, searching for petroglyphs, fossil digs and a dip in the hot springs on the way to the next music festival. He loved taking his family on unique road trips in his

1963 convertible Thunderbird. His favorite 15 minutes of fame was appearing on the Antiques Road Show with an advertising gift from his dad. He was a sweet, fun and a terrific husband as well as best friend to his wife, Valerie. He always looked for an opportunity to help someone else and most of all he believed in the amazing power of prayer. We will miss Burt, the man with the biggest heart! Burt is survived by his wife, Valerie; son, Everett; daughter, Carly; grandson Maverick as well as his siblings, Lisa Bowles, Laura Miller, Brett Bowles and twin brother Brad Bowles. Should you wish to donate in Burt’s memory, options include: Christian Church of Estes Park at CCEPoffice@funchurch.com or to GoFundMe to support Maverick’s education at https: //gofund. me/f6767372 or Wildbrook for Whale Sharks at Whaleshark.org A recorded service will be available at 6 p.m. Mountain Time on June 2, 2021. Visit CCEPoffice@funchurch.com to view it. Tributes may be left at Northern Colorado Crematory at ncccremation.com.

Celebration Of Life For Jack Smith

There will be a celebration of life for Jack this Sunday, May 23 between 123 p.m. at Stanley Park's Bluebird shelter. There will be food and stories as we all share our memories of Jack.

Jack passed away in December, 2020. His full obituary can be seen in the Estes Park News December 11, 2020 edition online at estesparknews.com

McPherson (Mack) Williss Hunt McPherson (Mack) Williss Hunt, loving husband and father of five children, passed away in Huntsville, Alabama, on May 14, 2021, at the age of 87. He was born May 30, 1933, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Burt Williss Hunt and Elizabeth Julia McPherson Hunt. He graduated from Lincoln High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Masters of Organic Chemistry degree from the University of Nebraska (in 1957). He served as a reservist for eight years in the Naval Air Corps, including active duty on an aircraft carrier, with the rank of Electrician 3/C. Mack married Audrey Fae Alexander and they had five children: Mark Alan, Scott Williss, Julia Fae (John Hackbarth), Kevin Roy, and Eric Earl (Cristy). Mack worked as a research chemist in the petrochemical industry in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Petrolia, Pennsylvania, Natchez, Mississippi, and became Director of Research for Amoco Chemical Company in Naperville, Illinois. Upon his retirement, he held 51 U.S. patents and many foreign patents, ranging from motor oil detergents and rust inhibiters to rocket fuels. Mack coached Flag Football for the YMCA and was on the YMCA Board of Directors in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He was an Eagle Scout and served as an Explorer advisor. He loved to fish, hunt pheasant, quail and duck with his children and his Irish Setter, Duffy. Mack and Audrey enjoyed skiing in the U.S. and abroad and volunteered in the Ski Patrol. In 1970, they bought a cabin in the town of Allenspark, Colorado. Upon retirement, they purchased a house in Estes Park, Colorado, but retained their cabin in nearby Allenspark, where Mack served as Chairman of the Board for the Allenspark Community Church and sang in the choir for over twentyfive years. Mack’s special enjoyment was singing the solo song “Oh, Holy Night” for the annual Christmas Eve service. He and his wife Audrey also volunteered at the YMCA of the Rockies and directed the Water Exercise Class for over twenty years. Mack loved magic. He bought his first trick when he was only thirteen, using his summer job money. As “Mack the Magician,” he gave magic shows from the time he bought his first trick to the end of his life. Always willing to entertain all ages with his magic, his shows captivated audiences

from kindergarten classrooms to hotels in Germany. He was active in the Republican Party, serving as Party Chairman for Kay County, Oklahoma. He had the honor of meeting with two Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He became active in politics again in Estes Park in 2007 when he established and led the Estes Park Tea Party Patriots chapter. He was honored to receive the Young Alumni Service Award from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 1968-70, he was also listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, Personalities of the South, and Who’s Who in American Politics. Continuing a lifetime of learning, Mack and Audrey earned Associates Degrees in Travel and Tourism in their fifties and they enjoyed travelling. Mack consulted with clients all over the world including Brazil, Korea, and Germany. They studied the German language, and Mack learned to speak fluently so that he could give his “Mack the Magician” shows to the guests of the hotels that they visited in Germany and Austria while speaking and making jokes in their language. Mack and Audrey recently moved from Colorado to Huntsville, Alabama, where their youngest son, Eric, his wife Cristy, and three grandsons make their homes. Mack is survived by his wife, Audrey, a sister, Betty, five children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bill” Hunt, and a granddaughter, Alia Fae Hackbarth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Mack’s name to: Allenspark Community Church P.O. Box 45 Allenspark CO 80510 Or Allenspark Fire Department P.O. Box 153 Allenspark Colorado 80510.

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Partners Seeking Volunteers To Help Empower Our Youth We all deserve the opportunity to realize our potential! Partners’ mission is to empower youth and community members to achieve their full potential through mentoring, prevention education, and strategic partnership. Ways to be involved: • Partners is accepting referrals for both our School Based and Community Based programs. Third party providers working with youth can contact Partners about how you can make a referral to Partners. • Thinking about how you can volunteer? Please consider: • Mentoring a youth (age 7-17) in the Estes Valley in our Community Based or School Based Program • Becoming an Activity Volunteer to help youth waiting to be matched participate in our monthly activities • Becoming an Advisory Council Member and attend monthly meetings that help with programing, fundraising, and recruiting more volunteers • Currently a Partners volunteer? Special thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers for all they do for Partners and our youth. You are all priceless! • Call 970-577-9348 or email kwhitacre@poweredbypartners.org for more information.

¡Todos merecemos la oportunidad de realizar nuestro potencial! La misión de nuestra organización Partners, es capacitar a los jóvenes y los miembros de la comunidad para que alcancen su máximo potencial a través de la tutoría, la educación preventiva y la asociación estratégica. Formas de participar: • Partners está aceptando referencias para nuestros Programas Basados en la Escuela y en la Comunidad. Los proveedores externos que trabajan con jóvenes pueden comunicarse con Partners sobre cómo puede hacer una referencia a Partners. • ¿Está pensando en cómo puede ser voluntario? Por favor considere: o Ser mentor de un joven (de 7 a 17 años) en el Valle de Estes en nuestro Programa Basado en la Comunidad o en la Escuela o Convertirse en un Voluntario de Actividades para ayudar a los jóvenes que esperan ser emparejados a participar en nuestras actividades mensuales o Convertirse en un Miembro del Consejo Asesor y asistir a las reuniones mensuales que ayudan con la programación, la recaudación de fondos y el reclutamiento de más voluntarios • ¿Actualmente es voluntario de Partners? Un agradecimiento especial a todos nuestros dedicados voluntarios por todo lo que hacen por Partners y nuestra juventud. ¡Todos ustedes son invaluables! · Llame al 970-577-9348 o envíe un correo electrónico a kwhitacre@poweredbypartners.org<mailto:kwhitacre@p oweredbypartners.org> para obtener más información.

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Join our fast-paced, growing team! SMALL JOBS SPECIALIST - We are looking for a dependable person that can complete various odd jobs on our smaller projects: maintenance, trouble-shooting, repairs, assorted tasks, etc. Req's: vast construction knowledge and experience, own tools, reliable transportation, friendly and tidy, own pickup or trailer is a plus. FRAME CARPENTER and TRIM CARPENTER - We are building, and want you to be a part of our projects! Req's: min 5yrs experience, reliable transportation, own tools. GENERAL LABOR - Gain experience in the construction industry as you work under one of our talented carpenters. Req's: reliable transportation, ability to learn, own tools is a plus. All positions are year-round and full-time. Wages DOE. Call 970-586-5796 to discuss your future.

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

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Full-Time, Four 10 Hour Days 9 AM - 7 PM. Days vary, including weekends. Reservation inquiries, cancellations. Answer guest service phones, create WO's, answer texts and emails. Excellent customer service and computer skills required. On call availability. $17.00 per hour. https://app.joinhomebase.com/loc/ estes-park-skyrun-vacationarentals/job/reservationist

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seeking part-time or full-time sales associate. Days and hours negotiable. $13-$15 hour. Great opportunity for RETIRED OR SEMI-RETIRED to earn extra cash in a laid back business ! Call 970-586-1840 or drop by 126 E. Elkhorn Ave. Ask for Donnie!

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Rocky Mountain Conservancy

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Retail Clerks Seeking team players to work with the Conservancy’s sales department as retail clerks in Rocky Mountain NaƟonal Park • • •

Seasonal: May 23 - October 11, 2021 16-40 hours/week $14/hour, seasonal, with no opportunity for advancement

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YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center


Bank of Estes Park has an opening for a Full time/year-round Teller position. We are looking for a dedicated, motivated individual to join our team. Customer service and cash handling experience preferred but not required. On the job training will be provided. Benefits include health, dental & vision insurance, 401k & profit-sharing plans, and paid vacation. Starting pay $15/hr and bonus at the end of the year.

Year-Round Opportunities: • Grounds Maintenance Worker • Family Reservations Agent

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• Membership & Philanthropy Database Manager Year-Round • Housekeeping Crew Leader

Full Benefits YMCA Retirement Plan

Must apply online at www.workintherockies.org

Email resume to jmiles@bankofestespark.com

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Work with a wonderful team in our beautiful Christmas shops. Resume to Dianemuno@msn.com

part time, year-round cashier Tuesday through Saturday approx. 25 hours per week

Please call Mgr. David to apply or stop by the store to complete an application. (970) 586-7205 427 W. Elkhorn Avenue

Murphy’s Hiring! Front Desk Looking for a person with excellent customer service skills and flexible hours. We are offering sign on bonus! Housekeeping Staff Full and Part Time We are offering sign on bonus!

Housekeepers - seasonal Contact Rhonda at 586-2358

Apply at Murphy’s Resort 1650 Big Thompson Av or call Jenna 1-970-480-2955 for interview.


AM Deli Clerk AM Cashier Housing Available. Apply in Person at 900 Moraine Ave.

Now hiring: Front Desk Clerk

Evenings required Full time Excellent wages Must be non-smoker. Apply in person; 1260 Big Thompson Ave <or> email resume: cory@esteresort.com

Human Resources Coordinator Full and Part Time Positions Available Now

Our business has two very busy, year round locations! We are looking for dependable, energetic, and friendly staff to join us. Must be able to do physical work and have great customer relations. Weekends are required. All ages are welcome to apply. Apply in person: The Old Fashion Candy Store 102 W Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park General Store 184 E Elkhorn Ave. www.estesparkgeneralstore.com/jobs

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Hangar location Contact Armando at 970-402-9963 or email armando@smokindavesbbq.com to set up interview.


Work with a wonderful team in our beautiful women's apparel shop. Resume to Dianemuno@msn.com

Silver Saddle Inn

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Join Our Sweet Team!

Waiter and Host

Seeking a team player to develop, maintain and administer Conservancy personnel management programs.  Year-round, full-Ɵme, 40 hours with benefits  $20 – $25/hour with potenƟal for promoƟon  Strong oral/wriƩen communicataƟon skills  Demonstrated experience in HR and

processing payroll

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Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. Great working environment in Estes Park’s only Gold Crown Resort. Our business stays busy year round and 40 hours per week are available through the winter. 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

Circle 119-Home of The American Legion is now hiring bartenders and cooks Part-time or full-time with wages based upon previous experience Pick up an application after 3 p.m. at the Legion, call 970-586-6118 for more information, or email epal@esteslegion.org. Be part of the Legion team this summer!

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Housekeeping -vacation rental -Good part-time work/good pay !! 3 ground level units. Call Dana 970-646-5760.

Peak to Peak Lodge is hiring

Seasonal Positions Retail Pro Shop Attendants Golf/Parks Maintenance Workers Lake Estes Marina Workers

Housekeepers, full or part time, paid training, competitive pay $18.00/hr, end of season bonus apply in person 760 S Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park 970 586 4451

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.

Competitive wages, free Recreation Membership and employee discounts offered! Apply on-line: evrpd.colorado.gov

Full of Part Time Retail Position Starting right away. Responsible for sales; pricing & displaying merch; cleaning store; unpacking/entering items in comp. Need person who enjoys dealing w/ people, has decent comp skills & enjoys cleaning. Some wknds & eve's reqd (summer). Apply at 160 W Elkhorn Ave.

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systems and customer service preferred  An interest in RMNP

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Partime Front Desk Help Wanted

Tues & Thur 8-12 possible fill in on MWF 8-5:30. Spencer Family Chiropractic 15-18$/hr. 970-577-0007

Help Wanted Liquor Store Clerk & Cashier Full Time/Part Time available Starting wage $15 hour

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

Linecooks, Prep Cooks, Dishwashers, Servers, Hosts, and Bussers Apply in person at 225 Park Lane

At the Recreation Center Lifeguards - Offering FREE Lifeguard class! Part-time Front Desk Attendant

Rams Horn Village Resort has a year round full time position available in our Engineering/Maintenance Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. We are looking for an experienced, dependable person who is able to perform physical labor and who has strong customer service skills. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE


Waitstaff for Wedding Events in Estes Park! Amazing crew!

You choose the days you can work! We have mostly weekend work right up in Estes park! Greens Point Catering has been in business for over 30 years. We will teach you! Setting up events, Serving, Tearing down events. 17.00 per hour plus tips! Email resume! bridget@greenspointcatering.com

UPPER THOMPSON SANTIATION DISTRICT FULL-TIME TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR/TRAINEE Celebrating our 49th year of environmental stewardship, the Upper Thompson Sanitation District endeavors to attract and retain a competent, positive, energetic and highly motivated professional individual. Our organization is committed to delivering quality customer service with a mission to ensure preservation, protection, and enhancement of the environment and our community. We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our team who possesses a strong desire to contribute to the success and mission of the Upper Thompson Sanitation District. We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Trainee. All levels of certification will be considered. The successful candidate must be able to obtain a Wastewater Class D Certification within 1 year of hire and will perform operational and maintenance tasks pertaining to the treatment plant and support facilities. Required minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Mechanical aptitude and physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Must reside within 30 minutes of The Upper Thompson Sanitation District Treatment Facility and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License. UTSD is a drug and tobacco free work place. Prior to employment, the successful candidate is required to complete employment and substance screening, including a background investigation. Salary Range is $39K-$55K and includes an attractive and competitive employee benefit package. The complete job description and employment application are available online at UTSD.org, or at the District Administration Office, located at 2196 Mall Road, M-F 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Application and resume may be delivered, emailed, or mailed, to Upper Thompson Sanitation District; ATTN: Henry Newhouse, Plant Superintendent, P.O. Box 568, Estes Park, CO 80517. Email Henry@utsd.org Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Upper Thompson Sanitation District (UTSD) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity or gender expression, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, or sexual orientation in employment or in any program or activity conducted by the District. The District will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities. If any person has a disability and requires a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact District Manager, Mr. Chris Bieker, three days before the event via email at chris@utsd.org, or telephone at 970.586.4544, or dial 711 to connect with Relay Colorado.

Front Desk Service Agent Full time, Competitive Wage, Experienced Preferred Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln.

Counter Help/Prep Cook

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U.S. Bank is seeking a Client Relationship Consultant with customer service and sales experience in Estes Park, Colorado. The Client Relationship Consultant builds relationships with customers, addresses their banking needs and recommends financial solutions based on their unique goals. To apply, please visit www.usbank.com/careers and search for job number 2020-0001544. An equal opportunity employer/disability/veteran


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Youth Development Specialist

We are looking for high energy individuals to help foster a fun, safe and positive after school experience for kids ages 6-14 at the Estes Park Elementary School. You will assist in one or more of the following program areas: homework help, technology, sports, recreation and the arts. Must be 17 or older to apply. Paid and volunteer opportunities are available. Apply at www.begreatlarimer.org/careers.

Church Custodian Permanent, Part-time, mornings M-F. Email resume to: businessmanager@olmestes.org Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Please visit: dunravenepresort.com

We are a nationally recognized Fine Art and Craft group of galleries with 2 locations in Estes Park.

Full and Part Time Sales Positions Available. Retail sales experience preferred, but we will train the right person. Must be friendly and outgoing and willing to go the extra mile for our customers.

Part Time Retail Unpacking Position.

Very flexible 8 to 10 hours /per week. We offer: • Very competitive wages • Attractive employee discounts • Bonus potential • A great work environment surrounded by beautiful American art! Please drop off resume in person at: Earthwood Artisans 360 E. Elkhorn Ave. or, Email to info@earthwoodgalleries.com

We’re gearing up for the winter season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/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: www.albertsoncompanies.com/careers After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.


Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available for

• Front Desk • Housekeeping • Maintenance Some Evenings and Weekends

Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email: Jamie@RockyMtnResorts.com Needing housekeeper part and full time seasonal at Deer Crest Resort and Riverview Pines. Call 970-586-2324 or 970-586-3627. Feel free to stop by also. Full-Time, Part-Time, Seasonal & Year-Round Retail Associate Positions Available Now!


Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Full Time Visitor Center

Retail Clerks Seeking team players to work with the Conservancy’s sales department as retail clerks in Rocky Mountain NaƟonal Park • •

Year round, full-Ɵme with benefits $14.50/hour

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Please apply in person, by email, or on Facebook 124 E Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park mooseandmoose@outlook.com facebook.com/MooselyTees facebook.com/TheLazyMooseShop

Silver Saddle Inn Now hiring: Front Desk Clerk Breakfast Attendant Housekeepers General Laborers Laundry Attendant Must be non-smoker. Apply in person 1260 Big Thompson Avenue No calls


SPUR LIQUOR ~ Help Wanted ~ Seasonal Clerk/Stock Person Inquire within at 880 Moraine Ave.

Mountain Concrete is looking for Concrete Laborers & Form Setters. Call Scott at 970-586-3775. Check Out Our Current Openings... "This is not just a job....Its a mission! Be a part of something bigger.."

• Driver, PRN (as needed), starting wage $13.50. Please apply on line at www.good-sam.com

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Full details on employment opportunities and the application can be found at estes.org/jobs.

Administrative Clerk I/II Communications Center Manager Community Development Director Emergency Services Dispatcher IT Support Specialist I Streets Maintenance Worker (All Positions Full-Time)

Events Maintenance Worker (Seasonal)

The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Volunteer/Committee Board Positions (Volunteer) Full details on the positions and the application can be found at estes.org/volunteering. - Community & Family Advisory Board - Parks Advisory Board - Transportation Advisory Board

Help us Help Others Become a CAREGiver Starting at $16 per hour No Medical Background required Flexible Schedule Training and Local Support provided Rewarding & Meaningful Job! Apply online at HomeInstead.com/northerncolorado or call for more information 970‐494‐0289

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Housekeeping Positions 2 full time, 1 part time Strip & Prepper Position Pay based on experience Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln.


Shuttle Drivers $15-$17 hourly - Part time

Trolley CDL Drivers (Part-time, $17-22 hour)

Apply at: www.estesparktrolleys.com under the contact us page.

Now Hiring Lube & Tire Techs

Clean Driving Record No CDL required Call 970-586-5151 option # 1

Good starting wage & work

environment. No experience needed, will train! Contact Blaze Schubert at 970-682-5961 or email blazeschubert@gmail.com

Retail or Stock positions open.

Come and join our team!

Village Laundry is in need of Attendants. Competitive pay, starting at $14.00 per hour. Flexible hours. Year round job. Send your resume to: villagelaundry1@gmail.com or pick up application at 172 S. St. Vrain Ave.

Full or part time, 20-40+ hrs/week. Hiring bonus, discounts, flexible hours. Awesome end of season bonus for great work. $15-18 DOE; overtime hours available $22.50-$27/hour. Closing, stocking, cashiering, tagging new items. Friendly family owned retail shop. Send resume to: ephelpwanted@gmail.com

Rams Horn Village Resort is seeking a part time employee to work in our Hospitality/Activities department. Responsibilities include exceptional customer service, food prep, and assisting with socially distanced weekend events for our guests. Approx 10 hrs/wk. Can also work in Guest Services/Housekeeping department for full time year round employment. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

Kennel Assistant

Part-time - Receptionists Skills Call 970-586-4703 with any questions. Must be available weekends and able to lift at least 50 pounds. Animal Hospital of the Rockies LLC. 453 Pine River Ln








Home Repair/Service



Garage Sales

Estate Sales

Downtown Studio for 1 Adult. 1-Year Lease. NS/NP. Must have references and credit score. $800/month++ Call Mon Fri 10am to 3pm (970) 480-5458.

CAJUN Handyman Services We are back and ready to help you with all your small home projects! Brian and Nancy Thibodeaux 970-443-5613 or 970-586-2109

Sunday May 23rd 9 am - No Early Birds! 114 Timber Lane Furniture & Household Goods. All must go!

ONLINE AUCTIONS with Pineda Auction Service. 12 years of experience! Let us get the most for your items!

1BD 1BA APT, NS/NP, $950 a mo + 1 mo dep + elec. avlb 6/1. 2BD 1BA APT, NS/NP $1075 a mo + 1 mo dep + elec. avlb 7/1. 1 yr lease. Short walk to town. 970 586-4864


Commercial Rentals 253 W. Elkhorn overlooking water wheel. Available soon. About 800 sq. ft. + large deck. 970-586-2186

SERVICES Cleaning First Class Cleaning Service. $35/hr SPRING SPECIAL! Call for an appointment. Veteran’s Discount Available. 618-214-2124

Home Repair/Service Kevin Cooper Construction Licensed Specialty Trades Contractor: Decks, Garages, Siding and Repairs ** Will subcontract for Gen. Contractors. 303-882-6875, kevincooperconstruction@yahoo.com

Best Prices in Town! Raking, Mowing, Rock Work & Much More! 970-666-1351

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

Need Help Around The House? I do household chores, yard work, housekeeping, run errands, auto detailing & yes... I do windows! I am a long time resident having now lived in Estes Park for 38 yrs! Plenty of references! Call Janice at 970-215-6612. Let me help you!

ANTIQUES Wanted To Buy

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

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

Want to buy Coins and Coin Collection. 361-813-8990.

MISCELLANEOUS Household ALERT MOVIE LOVERS THE SALE IS ON Huge selection of 3,000 DVD/BR $1 ea. Buy 100+ price reduces to .75 ea. 970-480-5255

MOVING YARD SALE Unlike other services we May 28-29 9am-4pm target a larger group of BARGAINS GALORE buyers, bringing you a big541 & 521 PINEWOOD LN ger profit! We’ve had buyNo early lookers please ers from New York, all the Hold the Date! way to California! Our last INSTRUCTION St. Bartholomew’s Church auction had 1,000 bids! is holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, June 19th All you have to do is give 9:00 - 12:00 us a call, we do the rest! Weight Loss Contact Pineda Auction Decluttering Sale - 9 am Service TODAY at Chef Andre Tapia will 1 pm May 22nd 1047 present how to prepare (303)747-2806! Tranquil Ln. delicious, plant-based Household goods & decor, ESTATE/GARAGE SALE choices to lose weight, imNeed to have one, but prove your health, and still antiques, furniture, radial seems overwhelming. enjoy your food! Event will arm saw, arc welder, etc. A little bit of everything! We do the work, you make be held at the Estes Park No early birds please. SDA Church, Lower level, the $. Local, Affordable, 450 Valley Road, on References. CALL NOW Community YARD Sale Wednesday evening, May 970-215-5548 Saturday – May 29th – 26th. 5:30pm -7:30pm. No Weather permitting ESTATE SALE charge. All are welcome. Setup at 7 A.M. Saturday, May 29, 9 - 1, Open to public at 8 A.M. NEB until 12 Noon ELECTRONICS Location: Estes Park Moving - Antique ; Masonic Lodge – 1820 S. Christmas; HO model train St. Vrain Ave stuff; entire QUILTING Computers Outdoor Spaces for rent to STASH; patterns; decorasale your merchandise for tor items; yarn; household $20.00 items Call: 970 577-8585 or 970658-0184 for information 621 Pinewood Lane, Estes Park

Technically Millennial Support - Providing technical support and education to the Estes Valley for hardware, software and cyber security. Call 970235-1808 or email Wendi at technicallymillenial@gmail.com




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QuickBooks Support

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Dr. Amber Busche Providing Personalized Eyecare and Tailored Eyewear to the Estes Valley

970-586-4418 www.aspen-eyecare.com 600 S Saint Vrain Ave - Suite 5



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720.438.1088 jharris@sevenwest.build

SERVING ESTES PARK FOR 20 YEARS (970)-577-9855 parkflooring.com


• EXCAVATION AND SEPTIC INSTALLS • INTERIOR TRIM • STRUCTURAL FRAMING • COMPLETE HOME RENOVATIONS • WE PROVIDE SUB-CONTRACTING SERVICES TO GENERAL CONTRACTORS Licensed and insured. NAWT certified, Boulder County Public Health license number A-082-16. General Contractor License Number CON-16-0212





Cory D. Workman, Au.D. Phone: 970-586-5255


Design | Build | Remodel

General Contractors | Timber Frame & Log Homes Serving the Colorado Northwest Mountains since 1993

970-586-7711 | www.ldwatkins.com

• 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 drcory@estesparkaudiology.com www.estesparkaudiology.com


970-586-1685 Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave glaciercreekinc.com


Full service general contracting since 1998

Repair & Remodel, Electric, Plumbing Drywall, Painting, Doors & Windows, & More

Call or text Chuck @ 970.342.0183







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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: testolz@hotmail.com • www.bestway-painting.com



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