Estes Park News, May 24, 2024

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Watchful Eyes

The newly fledged owlet stays close to his/her mother. Crows, ravens, and hawks pose a threat to the young owlet. The male owl also perches in a nearby tree. The parents will teach the offspring to hunt and survive in the Ponderosa forest during the summer and fall.

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Seasonal Paid Parking And The Peak Trolley Service Begin This Friday, May 24

The 2024 paid parking season will begin on Friday, May 24, with a variety of free and paid parking options for visitors, locals, and employees. For those choosing free and convenient parking at the parking structure (691 N. St. Vrain Ave/US 36), The Peak’s trolley service (Red Route) will continue to offer frequent transport between the Estes Park Visitor Center and the heart of downtown.

Eight parking areas will require payment this summer between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily from Friday, May 24, through Sunday, Oct. 20:

Town Hall lot

Bond Park (spaces in front of Town Hall and the on-street spaces on Elkhorn Avenue and Park Lane)

Virginia lot

Wiest lot

Tregent lot

Paid lots that are temporarily free while under construction: East Riverside, Riverside, Post Office

The remaining public parking in downtown Estes Park will continue to be free, including 11 parking areas downtown and the parking structure. The parking fee in all paid areas is $2 per hour. Daily parking is always free for those with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) placards or Disabled Veterans (DV) or Purple Heart license plates—for any length of time, in any public parking space. Free, time-limited spaces are also avail-

able for those visiting Town Hall (on the Bond Park side, near the Police Department and public restroom entrances), the Post Office, and the Estes Valley Library.

2024 Parking Permits are available for purchase or registration at Individuals eligible for permits include downtown residential or rental property owners, downtown employees, and those with marked commercial vehicles. Locals and residents (defined as those living within the Estes Park School District R-3) are eligible for a free Local Permit.

The Peak (the Town’s free transit program) will also begin part of its seasonal service on Friday, May 24. The Red Route (downtown trolley) will provide daily service to 11 stops along Elkhorn Avenue: from the Estes Park Visitor Center to just east of The Maxwell Inn,

and then back to the Estes Park Visitor Center.

The remaining transit routes (Gold, Blue, Brown, and Silver) will begin daily service on July 1. The Peak’s complete 2024 transit schedule and map will be available soon at

The Bustang to Estes transit service, operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is also available on weekends and some holidays between May 25 and Sept. 29 for transportation between Denver Union Station and Rocky Mountain National Park. Route details and the reservation link can be found at

With continued construction in and around downtown this summer, the Town will continue to release timely communications about issues that could impact parking, such as detours and temporary closures. Travel and parking information related to the Downtown Estes Loop is available on the Downtown Estes Loop project website at Beginning May 24, the most accurate source for finding real-time parking availability will be

For comprehensive information about parking in downtown Estes Park, please visit; shuttle/transit information can be found at For additional information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970577-3587 or

Town Offices Closed In Observance Of Memorial Day

Town of Estes Park municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in obser-

vance of Memorial Day. Offices will resume normal operating hours Tuesday,

May 28. For more information, please call the Public Information Office at 970-577-3701.

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Bustang To Estes Returning For Year Five

Seasonal route resumes Memorial Day Weekend; adds weekday Juneteenth service

Visitors to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park have another option to travel from the Denver/Boulder area this summer with the resumption of Bustang to Estes service, beginning on Saturday, May 25 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 29.

Bustang to Estes will make two roundtrips on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays (Memorial Day and Labor Day) between Denver Union Station, Estes Park, and RMNP.

Bustang to Estes will also offer a special weekday service on Wednesday, June 19, in honor of Juneteenth National Independence Day, which is also a free entrance day in the National Parks. This year, Bustang to Estes service corresponds with two additional National Parks free days: Saturday, August 4 (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act) and Saturday, September 28 (National Public Lands Day).

"Summer is the perfect time to explore Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, two of the most popular areas for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts in our state,” said Paul DesRocher, director of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Transit and Rail. “Our successful partnership with the surrounding communities—entering its fifth year—helps improve access to the town and the park, helps alleviate

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment.

During the week of May 12th, 2024, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 13 calls for service. This included:

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

On 5/13/2024 at 10:47 a.m. police were called to a complaint of a 32 year old male from Estes Park violating a protection order in the 1000 block of S. St. Vrain Ave. On scene, the male was arrested and charged with violation of a protection order and domestic violence. He was trans-

congestion, parking concerns and lower emissions, and provides support for a positive visitor experience.”

Each Bustang to Estes coach is equipped with a restroom, bike racks, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and USB ports, as well as storage under the coach for gear—perfect for cyclists, climbers, and day hikers.

Passengers disembarking in Estes Park can catch the town’s free trolley to access a variety of locations in town. Those using the service for access into RMNP will travel to the Park & Ride Transit Hub on Bear Lake Road via the Bustang bus. From there, they can transfer to the in-park shuttles with stops on the Bear Lake Road corridor.

Please Note: Bustang’s only stop in RMNP is the Park & Ride transit hub. Passengers headed there are reminded to be prepared with food and water prior to arriving in Estes Park. No food services are available at the Estes Park Visitor Center OR at the Park & Ride. In addition, a valid RMNP Entrance Pass is required to enter the park ($15 for an individual pass/$30 for two or more riders). However, passengers do NOT need to purchase a Timed Entry Reservation Permit.

A roundtrip ticket is $15 per person with (discounts available for children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and students). To purchase tickets for Bustang to Estes and a RMNP pass, please visit

• Emergency Medical (assist EPH): 2

• Alarm Activation: 3

• Odor Investigation: 2

• Illegal Burn: 1

• Assist: 2

• Gas Leak: 1

• Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA): 2 Estes Valley Fire

ported to the Larimer County Jail.

On 5/16/2024 at 11:51 a.m. police contacted a 19 year old male from Estes Park in the 600 block of Big Horn Drive regarding an unrelated incident and found he had an active warrant for his arrest for a misdemeanor. The male was arrested and later released on bond from the EPPD.

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Thumb Open Space Trailhead Restrictions And Peak View Drive Lane Closures

The Thumb Open Space parking area and trailhead will have limited access on May 28, 29 and 30. The Prospect Mountain Water Project contractor (Wagner Construction) will install electric service across Peak View Drive. Only limited parking will be open at the west side of the parking area and trail access may be impacted. Traffic will be restricted to single lane directed by flaggers and alternating traffic direction between approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The road will be

fully reopened each evening.

The Thumb Open Space parking area and trailhead will be fully closed on June 3, 4, and 5 to allow delivery and placement of the Prospect Mountain Water pump station building. The trailhead and parking will be opened as quickly as possible once the area is safe for public access.

To learn more about the Prospect Mountain Water project, please visit

Trail Ridge Road Status For The Memorial Day Weekend

Due to ongoing and forecasted winter weather conditions at higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road will not be opening this holiday weekend. Park snowplow operators have been plowing Trail Ridge Road since mid-April. May storms with significant winds at higher elevations have hampered snow plowing operations. Plow operators this week have encountered additional snow accumulation, significant wind resulting in deep snow drifts, freezing cold temperatures and ice.

Current vehicle closure points on Trail Ridge Road are at Many Parks Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. Pedestrians and bicyclists should prepare for high wind gusts, snow accumulation, deep drifted snow and ice above tree line. Access points for these

users will vary based on weather and road conditions. Visitors parked in traffic lanes or blocking access gates will be cited and towed. Visitors traveling past pedestrian and bicycle closures will be cited. It's springtime in the Rockies!

May 29

The next meeting of the Park Hospital District Board is Wednesday, May 28. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., both in person at Town Hall and online.

If you wish to join online, please regis-

ter at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Recovery Efforts Completed For Man Missing On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

On Thursday, May 16, the body of Lucas Macaj, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colorado was recovered on Mills Glacier, near the base of Lamb’s Slide. Initial investigations indicate he took a significant fall. Rocky Mountain National Park rangers completed an on-scene investigation and recovery operations took place by helicopter. His body was flown to a landing zone in Rocky Mountain National Park and transferred to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.

Macaj was reported overdue late Sunday night, May 12, after attempting to summit Longs Peak. Macaj started from the Longs Peak Trailhead early Sunday, to summit Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route. Macaj was last heard from at approximately 1 p.m. that day, when he texted a friend indicating that he was on the summit of Longs Peak. Significant storms moved through high elevations in the park that afternoon.

Search efforts began on Monday, May 13 and included air reconnaissance, ground teams and dog teams searching

the Longs Peak Trail and along the Keyhole Route, glassing areas above Black Lake, areas above Sandbeach Lake, the Hunter’s Creek Drainage to the base of Keplinger’s Coulier, and areas near Chasm Lake to the Loft.

Several agencies and organizations assisted Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members with search and recovery efforts. Flight for Life Air Ambulance, the State of Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), and Colorado Army National Guard assisted with air reconnaissance operations. Also assisting were the Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR), Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States, Larimer County SAR Dog Team, assisted by Boulder County Sheriff Dog Team, as well as Park County SAR Dog Team and El Paso County SAR Dog Team.

The Boulder County Coroner’s office will release the cause of death.

Memorial Day Holiday Closure

Larimer County Administrative Services, District Attorney, and Landfill will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on May 27, 2024.

Critical county services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.

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Longs Peak Cirque. Photo courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

Memorial Day Service

At Estes Valley Memorial Gardens

Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day Service to be held at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. The program will be in honor of those who have gone before. The service will include the presentation of colors, playing to the colors, and other

music. The Estes Valley Memorial Gardens is honored to pay tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Service personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms to this meaningful tribute to our veterans who have served or are serving our nation.

Community Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast This Saturday

Don’t miss the Community Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast this Saturday –May 25th – weather permitting.

Vender’s Setup start at 7 a.m. Open to public at 8 a.m. until 12 noon


Estes Park Masonic Lodge parking lot: 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave.

Outdoor spaces for rent to sell your merchandise for $20.00. Call: 970 577-8585 for information.






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Merry Marthas Meeting On May 24

Do you sew, knit, weave, or crochet and enjoy visiting with other ladies with similar interests? You’re invited to attend the next meeting of the Merry Marthas on Friday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies at 1700 Brodie Avenue. This group meets monthly to share what we have made, and then we donate our finished projects to local charities. New members are always welcome whether you’re a beginner or an expert. For more information, please call the church office at 970-586-4404.

KREV-LP Schedule

Monday-Friday Schedule

6am-10am Morning Music

10am-11am Folk Music

11am-1pm Midday Music

1pm-3pm Afternoon Classical

3pm-5pm Popular Music by Years

5pm-7pm Dinner Music

Community Invited to May 28 Talk On Mitigating Hearing Problems

On Tuesday, May 28, Dr. Cory Workman, Audiologist and owner of the Community Hearing Center, will speak at the Senior Center about the many ways hearing is important to those of us in later life. Dr. Workman's talk will begin at 1:00 p.m. and it is without charge to those of us in the Estes Valley community. The Senior Center is located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

Dr. Workman plans to discuss the gradual onset of age-related hearing loss and its significant impact on communication, social interactions, and overall quality of life. In his presentation, Dr. Workman will emphasize the connection between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline,

including an increased risk of dementia. Highlighting recent research, he will explain how appropriately fitted hearing aids can mitigate cognitive decline risks by reducing listening effort and improving social communication. The talk will also cover practical steps for those suspecting hearing loss. Such as scheduling comprehensive hearing evaluations and exploring modern hearing aids and other assistive devices. Dr. Workman's insights aim to encourage early interventions and regular hearing check-ups, advocating for a proactive approach to maintaining cognitive health and emotional well-being.

7pm-8pm Grass Fed (Eclectic Rock)

8pm-11pm Jazz Time

11pm-6am Night Music

Pop Music 3pm-5pm Mon-Fri

Monday: 1950-1963

Tuesday: 1964-1975

Wednesday: 1976-1983

Thursday: 1984-1999

Friday: 2000-Current

Saturday Schedule

6am-10am Saturday Morning Chores

10am-Info Hour AWWW

11am-Noon British Rock

Noon-1pm World Music

1pm-2pm World Music

2pm-4pm Estes Park Spanish Radio

4pm-7pm Dinner Music

7pm-8pm Grass Fed (Eclectic Rock)

8pm-11pm Jazz Time

11pm-6am Night Music

Sunday Schedule

6am-8am Praise

8am-10am Sunday Morning Hymns

10am-11am Gospel

11am-1pm Instrumental Music

1pm-2pm German Hour

2pm-3pm World Music

3pm-5pm Afternoon Classical

5pm-7pm Dinner Music

7pm-9pm Jazz Time

9pm-11pm Evening Classical

11pm-6am Night Music

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Save The Date For Estes Recycles Day, Saturday, August 10

Save the date – and your recyclables – for the next annual Estes Recycles Day, Saturday August 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Events Complex Main Parking.

The League of Women Voters Community Recycling Committee and the Rotary Club organize this entirely volunteerrun event with broad support and participation from across the community. We are grateful that the Town is again providing the location.

Household recyclers and local small businesses can bring their hard to recycle items for proper disposal. There will be limits on the number of large items we can accept; details will be posted at in the coming weeks.

The three main stations will be paper shredding, scrap metal and electronics. Other items accepted will include bike tires and tubes, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and smoke detectors. Financial support for operations and for electronics recycling at reduced fees is made possible through the generosity of the following: Town of Estes Park (Community Initiative Grant), Premier Members Credit Union, Sunrise Rotary Club and the Village Thrift Shop.

We are seeking volunteers ages 18 and older to assist on Saturday morning.

Please contact Yvonne at for further information.

cionamiento del complejo de eventos. El Comité Comunitario de Reciclaje de la Liga de Mujeres Votantes y el Club Rotario organizan este evento, lo que es totalmente dirigido por voluntarios. Estamos agradecidos de que el municipio está proporcionando de nuevo el sitio. Los recicladores domésticos y las pequeñas empresas locales pueden llevar sus artículos difíciles de reciclar para su eliminación adecuada. Habrá límites en la cantidad de artículos grandes que podemos aceptar; los detalles se publicarán en en las proximas semanas.

Las tres estaciones principales serán las de trituración de papel, chatarra metálica y electrónica. Otros artículos aceptados incluyen neumáticos y tubos de bicicleta, bombillas fluorescentes compactas (CFL) y detectores de humo.

Reserve la fecha para el Día de Reciclaje en Estes, sábado 10 de agosto

Reserve la fecha y guarde sus materiales reciclables para nuestro próximo Día anual de Reciclaje en Estes, que se llevará a cabo el sábado 10 de agosto de las 9:00 a.m. a las 12:00 p.m. mediodía en el esta-

El apoyo financiero para las operaciones y el reciclaje de productos electrónicos a tarifas reducidas es posible gracias a la generosidad de los siguientes donadores: Town of Estes Park (Community Initiative Grant), Premier Members Credit Union, Club Rotario “Sunrise” del Valle de Estes y Village Thrift Shop.

Estamos buscando voluntarios mayores de 18 años para ayudar el sábado, 10 de agosto, por la mañana. Comuníquese con Yvonne en para obtener más información.

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For my birthday last year my sister gave me a sweet little cookbook inspired by the beloved children’s classic, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Every recipe calls for blueberries so this time of year, when the blue superfood is plentiful, I thumb through its pages often. Tomorrow I’ll be baking Blueberry Skillet Cornbread.

I love this special cookbook because the recipes are yummy. But there’s something more to it; something that whispers to me from my childhood, back when I sat with my brothers and sisters and listened as our mother read to us about a little girl named Sal picking blueberries, dropping them in the bucket—kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk eating more than she saved, encountering a mama bear and her cub…you know the story.

The illustrations from the book grace the pages of my cookbook and when I see them, that memory stirs deep within. Those drawings of little Sal invoke a sense of childhood contentment, just like other books from my youth: All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor; Betsy, Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace; The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright; The Moffats by Eleanor Estes; Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling; Stuart Little; Heidi; Homer Price and that donut machine; Charlotte and her web; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; Anne of Green Gables; Understood Betsy; Pippi Longstockings; Laura Ingalls; Little Women; The Borrowers, and I’m just getting started! Each one of these books—their familiar covers, the art on their illustrated pages—feel like friends from long ago. We spent our summers together out under the elm tree and our evenings snuggled up next to Mom. These books were integral to the happiness I felt as a child.

My Aunt Bobbie was a librarian and her gifts to the family each Christmas were the Newberys and Caldecotts, the classics and the classics-to-be. There was no better gift she could have given us. I ended up with two shelves full of the children’s books Aunt Bobbie gave us over the years. Some day, I thought, I will read them all again. But I didn’t. Still, they waited for me, holding their stories between their pages for when I returned to them.

When I went through a divorce and needed to clear out my life to start over, I gave the books away. Every last one of them. For the life of me, I cannot remember who became the new owner of my beloved books. I’ve checked with family and they all shrug. “Not here,” they say. I’ve wrung the memories from my brain, trying to replay the day I took those boxes of books somewhere. But I cannot recall where. They’re gone. If I were able to live wholly in the present, I could let them go. Non-attachment is what we’re supposed to strive for during our short time on this planet. New book, new chapter, new page. And anyway, if I still had them in my possession, they would likely still be in boxes in my basement. But maybe not.

Those book were an extension of who

I am. They connected me to Aunt Bobbie, to my siblings, and to my mom. I should have at least taken pictures of their covers and spines but we didn’t use our cameras ten years ago like we do today. It never crossed my mind. There is a second part to this story: I can’t find my record albums. I had two of those wooden crates like we all used to keep our albums in—each album in a clear plastic sleeve—plus a disc preener, and I don’t know what happened to them.

As a teen in the ’70s, I wasn’t reading books as much and had started spending my free time sitting cross-legged in front of my record player, listening to albums over and over while studying their covers and reading their lyrics. I won’t start naming albums because I wouldn’t be able to stop. (Except one. The first album I ever bought was America’s Holiday). I can picture most of my album covers, hear their music in my head, remember how my heart flickered at love songs and my eyes teared up at break-up songs. The music became imbedded in my emotional storage unit; the physical albums did not. They’re somewhere else now, but I don’t know where.

I kind of, vaguely, maybe remember selling them when we sold my dad’s albums when downsizing my parents’ lifelong belongings before they moved into independent living. (What a heartbreaking, traumatic time. Those albums were to my dad as my books are to me. He spent hours sitting in the living room, looking out the front window while listening to his albums. He lived for music!)

I shoulda/coulda taken pictures of each cover so at least I’d have a record of all my records, but moving one’s parents when they don’t really want to go is a distressing time. My albums and all the memories they carried got neglected, ignored—sold? I don’t know what else could have happened to them.

If I still had those albums, they’d be next to my boxed books in the basement and I would rarely notice them.

But if I got the yearning to listen to Christopher Cross’ Sailing, Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, or Michael Murphey’s Wildfire, I could find the albums and play the songs, admire the covers, hum along while reading the lyrics, and remember what life was like when I was in love with those tunes.

Sure, I could listen to them online, but there is nothing tactile in that. A flat, lit-up screen does not replace the feel, the scent, the visual experience, the emotional investment that comes from touching the square album cover.

My books and albums have seen me through the innocence of my youth, the challenges of my teen years, the evolution of my likes and dislikes. They are old friends and I miss having them near.

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

© 2024 Sarah Donohoe

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Ready To Grow? It's Time For Gardening In The Estes Valley!

You can claim your very own spot at the Estes Valley Community Garden located at 380 Community Drive next to the new tennis courts.

Each gardener has a 4 ft. by 10 ft. plot, fenced-in to protect from elk and deer, with access to a supply of good soil, mulch, compost, water, and hand tools. All plots are automatically watered. Enjoy fresh lettuce, kale, cucumbers, celery, carrots, zucchini, and many other vegetables that can be successfully grown

at high elevation. Or plant flowers and come by often to meet fellow gardeners. Join with others in cultivating plots set aside to grow fresh produce for use by Crossroads Ministries.

Come grow with us this year!

Planting starts in early June. The cost is $80 for the season and financial aid is available. For more information contact us by email at Or to secure your plot today, complete an application at

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Lake Estes Fishing Derby June 1

Join us for the annual Lake Estes Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Estes Marina! This beloved event brings residents and visitors together for a day of friendly competition and fun. Prizes are available for various age groups and categories, including $200 from the Bank of Estes Park for the biggest fish, a $100 Scheels gift card, as well as rod and reel combos. This is a free fishing day - no license is required!

Bert Chrastil, the Assistant Marina Manager, shared his excitement: “I’ve been part of the fishing derby for five

years, and this is my first opportunity to oversee this annual event. It means so much to me to bring families and friends together for a great day of fishing. Every year, our staff and patrons enjoy swapping stories, laughing about the ones that got away, and appreciating one of the best hobbies in the world."

This year, the first 50 people to sign up will receive an event t-shirt. Registration fees are $15 for ages 16 and over, and $10 for ages 15 and under. Don't miss out— visit

Go to to sign up for the Lake Estes Fishing Derby today!

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Memorial Weekend: Field Of Honor & Civil War Living History Camp

The Field Of Honor—500 American flags fly in formation—and a Civil War Living History Camp will be open to the public at no cost this Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, at the south entrance of Spring Canyon Community Park, Fort Collins.

“Field Of Honor is a com munity celebration that honors our heroes— veterans, active military, first responders, medical workers, community leaders, teachers and personal heroes,” states Michele Marquitz, president of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary that sponsors this event. “Field Of Honor is specifically designed so you can walk among the flags and read the medallions attached to the flags. Each medallion recognizes a specific hero and shares information about that hero.

“Field Of Honor provides an ideal place where we can educate future generations regarding the role real-life heroes play— or have played—in our lives.”

The Rotary-sponsored Civil War Living History Camp will bring the past to life, with knowledgeable Civil War historians demonstrating the tools, tactics and dayto-day camp life of Civil War soldiers.

“The Civil War was filled with heroes—

the known and the unknown,” states Jared Maddox with the C. CO. 6th U.S. Infantry Regiment Civil War, Sixth Infantry Reenactors Association. “Only a small fraction of any soldier’s time was spent in front line combat. Instead, the vast majority of his existence revolved around the routines of camp life, which presented its own set of struggles and hardships, and the public will get a firsthand look at that daily life during this re-enactment.”

The public is also encouraged to read the short essays Poudre School District third and fourth graders penned about their heroes. The winning three essays will be highlighted near the Rotary booth, with all essays available to be read in binders.

Individuals wishing to acknowledge a hero with a medallion on a flag in the Field Of Honor can do so at Funds raised through medallion sales, community supporters and donations go to Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Foundation to support local non-profits that provide services to veterans and first responders and benefit local and international service projects undertaken by Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Foundation.

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The Future Of NATO At Next Estes Valley Foreign Policy Meet Up

Has the Time Come to Disband NATO

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

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

Each month the Forum meets to discuss a key social, economic, and security issue to gain a full understanding of

how government policies and events affect us and shape our immediate future. Forum moderators (a local Estes Park neighbor of yours) leads the group through a short, high quality video lecture. Each video features a nationally recognized subject matter expert. Forum attendees then freely discuss the topic exchanging ideas and personal experiences. The Forum is apolitical and focuses on building understanding that we need to be educated voters and wise taxpayers. Diversity of ideas is heartily welcomed and embraced by all during our discussion.

Our topic for the month of June is The Future of NATO

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has come under increased scrutiny, not because NATO troops are involved in the conflict, but because of its role in relations between Russia and its neighbors. Will expanding membership in NATO protect countries, or will it further provoke Russia? This month’s subject matter expert is Sarwar Kashmeri, Professor of International Relationships.

Please join us for our next great session on Thursday, June 6th at 11 a.m. in the Wasson Room at the renowned Estes Valley Library. Attendance is free and open to the public. Have an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.

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Sanwar Kashmeri, Professor International Relationships.

Serengeti Of North America

The Serengeti of North America is what it’s been called. In the National Geographic article on October 6, 2015, Avery Stonich described the Yellowstone Ecosystem as a Safari in North America that “packs in more wildlife than anywhere else in the lower 48 states.”

Rocky Mountain National Park highlights the elk rut along with moose, bighorn sheep, and deer as the predominant large wild animals. It’s incredible, but Yellowstone and the Tetons offer a significantly more diverse wildlife photography opportunity including the famous mother grizzly bear 399 and her yearling cub, Spirit.

With a five am departure from Gardiner, we headed for sunrise at Lamar Valley. Arriving, we immediately saw two different grizzly bears feeding off in the distance. When one began running toward the road, from our SUV our cameras went into action.

Just down the road, a herd of seventy-

five bison moved along the meadow. “Red dog” bison calves were tucked in close to their mother’s side, a vision of what once must have been the wild west of a century before. Moving among them was a stray antelope, like a good neighbor passing by.

Just past Pebble Creek, a cow moose

This past weekend, RMNPhotographer

was in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons on a wildlife photography quest. Of course, we wanted to capture grizzly bear images, but it turned out to be so much more than that. Let me describe one day in Yellowstone.

grazed on the side of a hill, a special moment on one traveler's wish list during his Yellowstone adventure. This is where we also saw a red fox. Scurrying along the hillside, he would stop and look our way, posing for a photo as he did.

Returning through the splendor of Lamar Valley, we passed deer and elk grazing on the hillside.

Three bighorn ewes laid under a pine tree watching tourists pass by. We stopped to look for the mysterious and elusive Junction Butte gray wolf pack. A kind man let us look through his spotting scope at a den 1.1 miles across the valley, but no wolves were present.

Near Tower/Roosevelt intersection, a mother coyote was moving her four pups from their current den to a new one. One at a time, she would clutch them in her mouth. As she did, the pup would go limp, and the coyote would prance up and over the hill to their new home.

Just before Dunraven Pass, a black bear grazed at the base of a pine tree. As she did, her COY (Cub of the Year) played, scurrying up and down the trees like a kid on a jungle gym.

Driving on through Hayden Valley, we saw a bald eagle in flight, the sun striking, lighting it’s feathers as it turned in the breeze. Sandhill cranes fed in small marshes, trumpeter swans floated gently on blue waters, and ravens searched for food to scavenge.

Driving through the afternoon, all was quiet until we saw the gaggle of cars, one on top of the other. Near Swan Lake Flats, it was a sure sign of a bear. We squeezed into a spot off the shoulder, and headed for the group of photographers, their zoom and prime lenses all pointed in the same direction. There we

ran into photographer friends, some old, some new, and a few from the Estes Park area.

Moments later, there was movement from across the meadow where our friends pointed toward a small cluster of trees. Our cameras up, we watched a grizzly bear sow, large chested, round faced, and bulky in the biceps appeared from behind the tree. Following were two yearling cubs.

The magic of Yellowstone was happening before me. I had my prime 600 lens with a 1.4 extender pointed in their direction. The large lens pulled the bears in tight and clear. The grizzly bears scraped the ground for food. It was a two hour feast for the bears, and a magnificent experience verifying Yellowstone as the Serengeti of North America.

The excitement was even greater that evening as I scrolled through the 1,338 images I had captured that day. Most exciting were the grizzly images, and the bold yet gentle mothering of a magnificent creature that represents the Safari in North America. Like the lion of the Serengeti, the grizzly bear is king of the Yellowstone jungle.

And I thought about traveling on to Teton National Park, the southern edge of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. There we hoped to highlight our safari and see the most famous grizzly of all. The excitement of that possibility rushed through me. Would 399 and her yearling cub, Spirit, grace us with their presence?

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Bald Eagle

Seven Nonprofit Life Cycles:

Develop Strategies For Your Organization’s Stage

Where is your organization in its development and what do you need to attain (or revisit) vitality? This workshop series helps nonprofits assess their organizational capacity and stage in the nonprofit life cycle. Participants learn about the seven stages of nonprofit capacity and apply a framework to diagnose their organization's strengths, weaknesses, and growth barriers. Strategies and plans are developed to align organizational categories with the current life cycle stage. This workshop is presented by Jana Sanchez, owner of Alchemy With Words. She is an “ecosystem builder”

who specializes in corporate training and executive coaching as a speaker, keynote, and coach. Join other key leaders, executive directors, and board presidents; multiple participants from the same organization are encouraged. This series takes place on Wednesdays, June 5, June 26, and July 17 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies Fellowship Hall. This three-part series builds on itself, these are not stand-alone workshops: June 5 focuses on identifying where your organization sits within the seven stages, June 26 takes organizations through a programmatic assessment, and July 17 helps leaders develop a plan to move from where the organization is to where it wants to be.

Nonprofit Life Cycles continues the Estes Nonprofit Network's commitment to high-quality educational programs. All programs are free for Estes Valley Nonprofit Staff and Volunteers, $50 for community members, government agencies, nonprofits not serving in Estes Park, and for-profits.

Registration is now open via

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Governor Polis Signs Wolverine Reintroduction Bill At Loveland Pass

Governor Polis signs the wolverine reintroduction bill at Loveland Pass. Pictured left to right: Representative Tisha Mauro, Representative Barbara McLachlan, CPW Director Jeff Davis, Governor Jared Polis, Senator Dylan Roberts, CPW Terrestrial Section Manager Brian Dreher, Colorado Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Dan Gibbs, DNR Director of Legislative Affairs Daphne Gervais, CPW Legislative Analyst Sarah Hamming.

Governor Jared Polis joined staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Loveland Pass today to sign SB24-171, which gives CPW the authority to reintroduce the North American wolverine to Colorado.

Thanks to bill sponsors Senator Perry Will, Senator Dylan Roberts, Representative Barbara McLachlan, and Representative Tisha Mauro, SB24-171 contains key assurances for Colorado industries by requiring that wolverines in Colorado are designated as a nonessential experimental population (known as a 10(j) rule) before reintro-

duction begins. This is now possible because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in November 2023.

“I am thrilled to welcome Wolverines back to Colorado! A diverse and healthy environment strengthens Colorado’s booming eco-tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. Today, we begin to add Wolverines to the list of animals reintroduced to Colorado, ensuring Colorado remains the best state in the nation for ecodiversity and outdoor en-

thusiasts,” said Governor Polis.

“This legislation represents a significant commitment to restoring a native species back to Colorado’s landscape,” said Colorado Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Dan Gibbs. “Colorado has some of the best remaining unoccupied habitat for wolverines and we have the opportunity to bolster the population significantly with a sciencebased restoration.”

"Colorado’s high elevation habitats are expected to resist the effects of climate change as well or better than other parts of wolverine range, and play a critical role in the wolverine conservation story," said CPW Director Jeff Davis. "I want to thank the CPW staff and partners that set the groundwork for these efforts. CPW will continue to work together with partners across the state on wolverine restoration."

Background on


With a solitary nature and a strong survival instinct, the wolverine is an icon of arctic, boreal, and alpine environments. The wolverine, (scientifically known as the Gulo gulo) is the largest terrestrial member of the weasel family, with adults typically weighing 15-40 lbs. Wolverines are a native species to Colorado, and their range once spanned down the Sierra Nevada in California and the Rocky Mountains to Colorado, but the species was extirpated in Colorado in the early 1900s due to unregulated harvest, and broad-scale carnivore poisoning.

Wolverines, which number in the thousands in Canada and Alaska, have since reestablished populations in Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, but have not returned to stay in Colorado.

Key components of the new law

As long as the North American wolverine remains on the list of threatened or endangered species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, CPW will not reintroduce the species in the state until the effective date of a final rule designating the wolverine in Colorado as a nonessential experimental population.

CPW will work cooperatively with federal land management agencies with jurisdiction over federal public lands where North American wolverines may be released in Colorado.

Although conflicts between wolverines and livestock are extremely rare, the legislation includes the provision that the Parks and Wildlife Commission will adopt rules providing for payment of fair compensation to owners of livestock for losses of livestock caused by the North American wolverine.

Before the reintroduction effort occurs, CPW will prepare and deliver a report on the North American wolverine in the state. CPW will also prepare a report for each of the five years after the reintroduction of the North American wolverine occurs. CPW must also develop a communications plan, which includes a description of how the division will communicate with stakeholders and boards of county commissioners in the locations of proposed releases, prior to reintroduction.

CPW may not use funds generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses or from associated federal grants to implement the reintroduction.

The bill authorizes the CPW Director to use $750,000 from the Species Conservation Trust Fund for the reintroduction effort. The funds would become available in the state fiscal year 2024-25.

It is estimated that there are fewer than 400 wolverines in the contiguous United States, and the most significant stressor on wolverines in the coming years will be climate change, according to an analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Climate change is likely to present new and growing challenges to the species, mostly in the form of a reduction in the cold, snowy habitat that wolverines prefer. Colorado’s high snowy mountains are the species’ largest unoccupied territory in the lower 48, and will only become more important as a warming climate shrinks the snowpack the wolverines need for dens.

Colorado’s mountains, which are at high elevation, are predicted to retain their snowpack as well, if not better than, the lower-elevation mountains in the Northern Rockies and Cascades.

CPW biologists estimate that the state may have enough suitable terrain to support approximately 100 - 180 animals at full carrying capacity, if wolverines in Colorado use the landscape similarly to the way they have in other northern states. If they do, this would significantly bolster the species’ longterm viability with a potential to increase the population in the Western U.S. by 20% or more.

Wolverines are primarily scavengers and opportunistic feeders that eat a variety of foods available in their harsh alpine/subalpine environment, with a large proportion of their diet being scavenged carrion. They will also prey on small rodents, rabbits, porcupines, ground squirrels, marmots, birds and eggs, fish, and plants. Wolverines will occasionally eat deer and other large ungulates.

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Estes Valley Land Trust Announces Environmental Film Festival Awards

The Estes Valley Land Trust held the third annual Student Environmental Film Festival on Thursday, April 25, at the Estes Park High School Auditorium.

This year, 18 Estes Park High School students showcased their original short films on an environmental issue that was important to them. The Film Festival was co-sponsored by the Estes Valley Land Trust, Estes Park School District and Bird & Jim and was made possible by restricted donations from land trust members and Bird & Jim.

Ten local student films were screened for the first time in front of a live audience. Following the screening, the students participated in a panel discussion on stage about their films. It was a lively conversation that revealed the joys and challenges of producing a film and students made personal comments about their education and career aspirations.

“The students really impressed me during the panel discussion, you could tell they were excited to talk about their films and thought deeply about how their actions effect the natural environment, outdoor recreation and their community,” said Alicia Rochambeau, Community Engagement Coordinator with the Estes Valley Land Trust. “Some students suggested that this experience helped them decide to pursue a career in American Indian Law or backcountry search and rescue.”

First place was awarded to Seniors

Kimberly Bernal and Joanne Kim for their film entitled Food Waste. This film explained the ramifications of food waste to the environment and economy. The first-place award is $4,000 and will be split between the two students. The second-place film, Inclusivity in Climbing by Ben Bryant, explains the barriers to entering the sport of rock climbing and provides examples of both local and national efforts to break down those barriers and introduce climbing to more people. Ben who is in 9th grade, received a $2,500 scholarship. The third-place film for a $1,500 scholarship award is entitled Wildfire Documentary. This film captured the impact of recent wildfires in and around Estes Park. Congratulations to Seniors Oliver Tapia, Emilee Moore, and Anna Anderson for their third-place film. They each receive a $500 scholarship.

Special thanks to the judges Nick Molle, Steve Johnson, Melissa Strong and Rut Miller. The land trust would also like to thank Bird & Jim and the Estes Park School District, especially the teachers at Estes Park High School who helped encourage and guide students throughout the year on this project.

Each film is approximately five minutes long and can be viewed on the Estes Valley Land Trust’s YouTube channel ( Through this film festival, and other youth-oriented programs, the land trust

aims to foster the next generation of environmental stewards in the Estes Park community.

About the Estes Valley Land TrustFounded in 1987 by Estes Park residents,

the Estes Valley Land Trust is a nationally recognized land conservation organization that has preserved over 10,000 acres of land in the Estes Valley. Please consider becoming a member of the land trust at Friday, May 24, 2024 « 17
The 2024 Student Environmental Film Festival. Students field questions about filmmaking and environmental stewardship. Joanne Kim, first place winner discusses filmmaking to a live audience. Photos courtesy Visit Estes Park.

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend At The Old Gallery in Allenspark!

When you’re in the mountains, Memorial Day heralds the beginning of summer! Fulltime residents celebrate the end of long, cold winters and summer-only residents arrive from around the country.

Plus, thousands of visitors arrive for the holiday weekend! It’s also time for celebration at The Old Gallery in Allenspark, a nonprofit center for community, art and visitors.

The three-day celebration begins with a concert featuring “Cowboy Brad” Fitch on Friday, May 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“Brad Fitch is an all-time favorite at The Old Gallery and will be performing an evening of music from his broad range of

styles,” said Brittni Hamilton, Operations Manager of The Old Gallery.

The concert takes place from 6:308:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $35 can be purchased at The Old Gallery in Allenspark or at

Proceeds benefit The Old Gallery, a nonprofit that provides art, education, entertainment and social services to area residents and visitors, including the Community Cupboard Food Bank, Community Closet, yoga classes, concerts, art exhibitions and more.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors to The Old Gallery can enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers and on Monday.

They can also take advantage of The Old Gallery’s Annual Hanging Flower Basket Sale. “Our mountain neighbors love to purchase these beautiful, healthy flower baskets to bring color to their patios and decks, and nourishment to our population of hummingbirds,” added Hamilton.

On Monday, visitors can enjoy free donuts from the Donut House in Estes Park while they last.

The work of 25+ talented local and regional artists are featured at The Old Gallery, offering original creations in ceramics, oils, acrylics, sculpture, jewelry, woodturning, photography, illustration, textiles and more. There is also a Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy store located in the east wing of The Old Gallery, featuring information maps and gifts, educational games, books about nature and the Rocky Mountains, plush

toys and more. Located at 14863 Highway 7 at the entrance to Allenspark, The Old Gallery is 20 minutes south of Estes Park and 20 minutes from Lyons.

Upcoming summer activities at The Old Gallery include

Hogabluesa Blues, BBQ and Brews featuring Black Canyon Back Beat on Saturday, August, Shanna In A Dress on Saturday, August 10 and Chain Station on Friday, September 6. The Run Like The Wind 5K and Fun Run returns on Saturday, August 31. For a complete list of classes, concerts and activities, visit

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Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, June 2

Sunday, June 2, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Big Thompson Canyon Association (BTCA) has been supporting the canyon community for over 80 years. Past activities have included support during disasters and fishery restocking. Currently under consideration is coordinating a river cleanup project or other possible collaborations with then Big Thompson Watershed Coalition. We are also working to add new members as the 2013 flood, road construction, covid and normal attrition have reduced our numbers. We are planning some fun programs for our monthly meetings, along with great food, good company and a chance to learn more about the canyon. Now in its 54th year, the BTCA Pancake Breakfast has become a tradition for many families. A Sunday trip up the Big Thompson Canyon and breakfast in the historic log building spells an enjoyable

and inexpensive family outing. Advance tickets remain at only $9 for adults and $6 for children 4 to 9 years of age; tickets are $1 more at the door. Little ones under 4 eat for free. The BTCA building is located about one mile east of Drake on US 34. Check our Facebook page for updates at To inquire about advance tickets or with any other questions you can email

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

In addition to the breakfast, we will have drawings for prizes with tickets available at the door. There will be a

wide range of prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.

The Loveland Rural Fire Authority,

Canyon Battalion Volunteer Fire Department hosts a craft show next door at the firehouse and assists with parking and logistics. Participants are local crafters whose table fees this year will go to the BTCA building maintenance fund. Our building, constructed in 1948, has loads of character. At 75 years old, however, a number of parts are wearing out. We just got our roof replaced and are now working to get new efficient storm windows. We want to ensure that the building stays around for use by the community for another 75 years.

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Chorale Broadway Concert Rescheduled

The snow is gone, the skies are blue, and the Estes Park Chorale is ready to treat the Estes Park community to its spring concert of Broadway favorites and special musical treats. Rescheduled, we hope you can join us on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Rockies. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door. Any tickets sold previously will be honored. Returning summer residents will find this musical collection a great way to kick start their warmweather activities.

scores the vocal music in concert. Instruments always add a special sparkle, and Kristi Fjare, clarinet soloist, will accompany “Sunrise, Sunset,” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“Lullaby of Broadway/42nd Street and “Ain’t Misbehavin” kick off the concert by swingin’ and swayin’ through the 1920s and 1930s. Artistic Director, Denise Stookesberry, reports that the Chorale group has grown steadily over the past few years, and the wide range of singers of all ages and walks of life are “really enjoying the music of Broadway.” She hopes the audience will join the delight the singers feel with the variety of vocal selections as well as the soloists and ensembles.

Chris Wood, singing his favorite song, “Old Man River” from “Showboat” by Richard Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, will give the audience goosebumps. Bob Gunn will swing the audience to the contemporary time with “Dear Theodosia” from “Hamilton.”

Also featured are the Luciana Quartet and the Simpatica Quartet, both relatively new four-part gatherings of singers. A sextet of ladies in the Chorale will sing “She Used to be Mine” from “Waitress,” another relatively recent production composed by Sarah Barielles. Supporting the Chorale’s musical performances for more years than most of us can count, Michelle Gergen-Wisner accompanies all rehearsals and under-

One of the Chorale’s favorite pieces this spring is “A Musical,” from “Something Rotten,” with words and music by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, arranged by Roger Emerson. Set in Shakespeare’s time, it features Nick, a contemporary popstar who is trying to get a play produced that can compete with Shakespeare’s popularity. Nostradamus, of course, can see the future, and he tells Nick, “If you wanna be great then you gotta create a musical.” Rancy Welch and Nelson Burke bring those characters to life, with song and dance that will ultimately be created in all the musicals in the future. So, “Oohs and aahs, and applause, with a standing ovation!” We hope.

“The Rhythm of Life,” “Somewhere,” and “The Impossible Dream,” will span the decades of musical theater. It will please the singers to watch audience members mouthing the words to their favorite pieces.

At the time of this publication, about half of the Chorale members have returned from New York City, having performed in Carnegie Hall with composer John Rutter the “Magnificat.” A report of their trip will follow a little later in June. The Village Thrift Store, the Town of Estes Park, and John Cullen, among other donors contributed funds to support this adventure.

If you would like more information on the Chorale or to make a donation, visit our website: New members are always welcome, and our next season will begin shortly after Labor Day.

Maya, Griffin, Tula, Rocco And Bailey Seeking New, Loving Families

Maya is about a year old, good-natured and weighs 46 pounds. She is great with other dogs.

Griffin is a really cool cat, he loves everyone. He is very chill, loves to be loved on and is very quiet. He is seven years old and a very big guy. He is good with dogs and cats. He’s a really great all around kitty.

Tula is looking for a family that will love her forever. She was surrendered and adopted last year and now her family moved away again and couldn't take her with. She is a gorgeous girl, and about 6 years old. She isn't a fan of other kitties but she can be quite sweet.

Rocco is about three years old and weighs 50 pounds. He is a sweetheart who is good with other dogs.

Bailey is a seven month old Bouvier /Komondor/ Great Pyrenees mix who loves other dogs, kids and cats.

Please call (970) 286-1652 if you’d like to meet or foster any of these special pets.

All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is the Estes Valley’s only humane society.

Save the date! The Pet Association’s annual yard sale will be held on June 22. Watch this space for more details as the date approaches.

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 about the Pet Association, please visit

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The Historic Stanley Home Foundation’s Board Member

Accomplishments Celebrated

On Monday evening May 13, The Historic Stanley Home Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of past and current Board members in establishing and developing the Stanley Home Museum and Education Center.

Tom Shamburg’s vision of purchasing the Historic Stanley Home and turning it into a museum and education center experienced a major step forward when the Historic Stanley Home Foundation purchased the Stanley Home in January of 2020. The Stanley Home Museum and Education Center then opened for its first tours on May 1, of 2021.

The Foundation’s past and current Board members have accomplished a great deal in the past four years with plans for additional inspiring educational programs and further home restoration and preservation activities to come.

We honored and thanked past board members Kelley Anderson, Andrea Anthony, JoAnn Batey, Tom Bryant, Karen Daughtery, John Forster, Bob Fulton, Lisa Fulton, Peggy Lynch, Dan Scace, Russ Schneider, Kendra Wallis, and Liz Zornes. We also recognized current Board members Danny Gigax, President; Randy Kampfe, Vice President; Tom Shamburg, Treasurer, Mary Ann Franke, Secretary, and At Large Board members David Batey, Laura Hutton, Anne Rogers, and Bill Solms. JoAnn Batey’s key contributions as Director of the Museum and Education Center were also recognized.

The evening celebration was held in our Museum Gift Shop, generously donated by Michael and Catherine Moon. Michael Moon’s skillful and beautiful accomplishments in converting the garage into a gift shop were enjoyed and appreciated by all attendees.

CPR/AED & First Aid Classes Offered June 7 & 8

Have you thought about taking a CPR/AED or First Aid class, but just weren’t sure if you would ever need these skills or where you might take these classes? Or, maybe, it has been quite a long time since you have taken these classes, and would like to refresh your skills, including learning how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) to help save a life.

For the first time, these classes will be offered by the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center. The First Aid course will be offered on Fri., June 7 from 1 to 3 p.m., and the CPR/AED class will be offered on Sat., June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. And, if enough people register for the CPR/AED class, it will also be offered that Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. These classes are open to everyone.

The classes will be taught by Debbie Holmes, an American Heart Association certified instructor. Debbie has taught CPR, AED, and First Aid classes for many years. Her career as an EMT with the Estes Park Health Ambulance Serv-

ice has provided many opportunities to practice these skills in real life events, which gives her classes an added benefit for understanding and learning these basic lifesaving skills. The classes will be offered separately, so you can take either or both of them. The cost of these classes will be $40 for one class or $60 for both. The deadline for registration for these classes is June 1st. To register, please send a check to the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center, Attn: FA-CPR, 1760 Olympian Ln., Estes Park, CO 80517. Checks should be made out to the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (or EPSCC). If you want to drop off your check at the Senior Center, please place it in an envelope with “First Aid/CPR” on the front.

The Senior Center staff will not be able to answer any questions you may have or provide additional information about the classes. Instead, please email any questions or requests for more information to or call 202-236-5413.

Knitting & Crochet Get-Together

Everyone is welcome to our free knitting get-togethers!

We meet in the Hondius Community Room at the Estes Park Library.

Our 2024 meeting dates are:

Friday, June 7, 2024, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (Wool Market!)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2024, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Bring your woolly project, and let’s craft together.

If you’d like to learn to knit, we can teach you! It’s free.

Just show up! We’ll provide yarn and knitting needles for you to use during the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Daley at email

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(through Sunday, May 26)

What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library

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

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

Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m.

Special Hours

Closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day


(beginning Tuesday, May 28)

Mondays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m.


Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit to sign up.


For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet with Smithsonian Curator Matt Shindell Ⓡ

Monday, June 3, 12 - 1 p.m., online

Learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator, as he introduces historical figures across eras and around the world who have made sense of the mysterious planet of Mars. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.

BYOAB (Bring Your Own Adventure Book)! Ⓡ

Monday, June 3, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Wasson Room

Know of a must-read adventure book? Bring it to this community show-andtell, share what you love about it, and leave with a fresh TBR (To Be Read) list full of recommendations from other readers. Refreshments provided. An “Adventure Begins At Your Library” Summer Reading Program event. Book Club for Mortals: When My Time Comes Ⓡ

Thursday, June 13, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Wasson Room & online

Discuss end-of-life issues and our shared mortality. June’s featured title, When My Time Comes, written by renowned radio host Diane Rehm, candidly and compassionately addresses end-of-life care and the right-to-die movement.


Learn to Solve a Rubik's Cube Ⓡ

Tuesday, May 28, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Makerspace

Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik, the Rubik’s Cube is a 3D combination puzzle that takes just a little knowledge and practice to solve. We’ll provide the cube and the know-how! Recommended for adults & teens.

Tech Help with Dig-

ital Navigators of Larimer County

Wednesday, May 29, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Thursday, May 30, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Wednesday, June 5, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Thursday, June 6, 1 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Study Room

Build your digital skills, including using your smartphone, accessing websites and accounts online, improving online communications, and more. Service offered in Spanish on Thursdays. Appointments and drop-ins available. Presented by AmeriCorps service members.

Library of Things 101

Thursday, June 6, 3 - 5 p.m., Hondius Room

Drop in and learn about our special “Library of Things” collection! We’ll have items on display and staff experts available to show you how it all works.


Looking Forward to the Singularity: AI, Robotics, & Bio-Engineering Ⓡ

Thursday, May 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Hondius Room

Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing pace. At some point, no human will be able to keep up, and this is called the “Singularity.” Join us to discuss what modern tech trends predict will be possible, what game theory predicts will be plausible, and what we can start doing now to navigate the future.

Election Information with the League of Women Voters of Estes Park Thursday, June 6, 12 - 2 p.m., Library Atrium

The League of Women Voters of Estes Park will be on hand to help with voter registration, important election dates, and other information about voting in local, regional, and national elections.


Book vs. Movie Club: A Series of Unfortunate Events Ⓡ

Saturday, May 25, 1 - 3 p.m., Hondius Room

minating glow-in-the-dark paintings. An “Adventure Begins At Your Library” Summer Reading Program event.

Adventure Begins with A Message in a Bottle Ⓡ

Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Makerspace

repeated Wednesday, June 12, 1:302:30 p.m., Makerspace

Decorate glass bottles with glass etch cream and stencils, then craft a message for your bottle by using glass quills and wax seals. An “Adventure Begins At Your Library” Summer Reading Program event.

Teen Advisory Council Ⓡ

Thursday, June 6, 6 - 7 p.m., Makerspace

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

Adventure Begins with Dungeons & Dragons Ⓡ Saturday, June 8, 1 - 4:45 p.m., Wasson Room

Join us for a D&D 5e One Shot Adventure, with premade characters and a predesigned dungeon crawl challenge. Refreshments provided. An “Adventure Begins At Your Library” Summer Reading Program event.


Library Storytimes

Babies: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10 a.m.

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

Read to Therapy Dog Annie: Sat., June 1 at 11 a.m.

Storybook Explorers: Sat., June 8 at 11:15 a.m.

Outdoor Storytime Adventures: Community Garden Ⓡ Wednesday, May 29, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Estes Valley Community Garden

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

Lego Club: Spark Joy Ⓡ

Saturday, May 25, 3 - 4 p.m., Hondius Room

Explore different building and engineering challenges with Legos. This month, create structures and scenes that spark personal joy.

Adventure Begins in the Dark:

Glow-in-the-Dark Painting Ⓡ

Saturday, June 1, 2 - 3 p.m., Hondius Room repeated Tuesday, June 11, 1 - 2 p.m., Hondius Room

Use black lights, UV tape, and UV paint to create illu-

Join us at the Community Garden for a seeds-and-shoots-themed story, rhymes, songs, and an activity geared for littles ages 2-5 and their caregivers. An “Adventure Begins At Your Library” Summer Reading Program event.

Outdoor Storytime Adventures: MacGregor Ranch Museum Ⓡ Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., MacGregor Ranch Museum

Let’s learn all about trees! Join us for books, songs, rhymes, and a learning activity designed for littles ages 5 and under and their caregivers. An “Adventure Begins At Your Library” Summer Reading Program event.


Cliffhanger Used Books

Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Friends of the Library Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Ⓡ: Registration required. Visit to sign up.

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BYOAB: Lead Your Community To Their Next (Armchair) Adventure

Is your TBR (To Be Read) list getting a little short? Need some tried-and-true recommendations from your fellow readers? Head over to the Estes Valley Library on Monday, June 3 at 5:30 p.m. for a good, old fashioned book discussion about your – the community’s – favorite adventurethemed books.

At this “BYOAB” (Bring Your Own Adventure Book) program, all attendees will be asked to do a brief show-and-tell about their respective books, sharing a quick synopsis (no spoilers allowed!) and why it’s a favorite. At the end of the program, you’ll leave with a list of inspiring reads, perfect for this year’s Summer Reading Program theme: Adventure Begins At Your Library. Refreshments will be provided.

What constitutes an adventure book? Anything that revolves around a journey

or a new experience, a trial, caper, or escapade! Some examples include: Endurance by Alfred Lansing, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad.

Ready to join in? Visit to reserve your seat, then start prepping your book pitch. Be warned: Anyone who shows up without a book recommendation will be immediately dispatched to the depths of the stacks, sent on your own hero’s quest to find a book to share with the group.

The Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is a community-wide celebration of the joy and benefits of reading, and is made possible by the Friends of the Library Foundation. Visit for information about tracking your reading, activities, prizes, and more.

Travel To France

And Support Your

Public Library – During “An Evening With Aimie K. Runyan”

On Friday, June 14, you’re invited to join us for a special Friends of the Library Foundation fundraising event with international bestselling author – and Estes Park local – Aimie K. Runyan.

In this intimate program, Runyan will read from her new book, The Memory of Lavender and Sage, the story of a young woman’s adventure moving to a small village in Provence. Attendees will enjoy generous refreshments, audience Q&A, and a silent auction with local artwork.

Tickets for An Evening with Aimie Runyan are $100 per person and can be purchased at Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Estes Valley Library. The Foundation provides advocacy and private financial support, allowing the Library to deliver exceptional programs, services, and re-

sources that benefit the Estes Valley.

“We hope all community readers join us for An Evening with Aimie Runyan,” commented Sarah Walsh, Executive Director of the Friends of the Library Foundation. “By attending fun, signature events like these, you can support the good work of our public library.” An Evening with Aimie Runyan is generously sponsored by many library lovers – thank you! A special thanks goes to the event’s $1000 sponsors: Farmers Bank, Twin Owls Steakhouse; and to our $500 sponsors: Bank of Colorado, Bird’s Nest, Kathye and Stan Osborne, and Macdonald Book Shop/Inkwell & Brew.

Learn more and purchase your Friends membership and tickets at, or by visiting

Cyclists, Families, Everyone! Bike Estes Day Is Fast Approaching On June 26

Come join the fun of all things cycling with “Bike Estes Day” on June 26, Colorado’s Bike to Work Day.

Bike Estes Day combines Bike To Work activities with the Annual “Costume Bike Parade” and after party in the evening. With the success of 10 plus years of Bike to Work Day and the Costume Bike Parade, the Estes Park Cycling Coalition (EPCC) is hoping to provide a full day of cycling fun.

Bike To Work, 6-9 a.m.- Visitors Center- The day starts at 6 am at the Estes Park Visitors Center to celebrate Bike to Work Day. Kind Coffee and Village Bagel will be providing coffee and bagels plus there will be other snacks and activ-

ities. There will be a bike mechanic and the infamous “Blender Bike” where you need to pedal to blend your smoothie! We know not everyone can ride their bike to the festivities, so come in any mode of transportation and help support the cycling community!

Costume Bike Parade and Live Music Afterparty: Find your craziest fun costume and come to the Estes Park Visitors Center to decorate your bike at 5:30 p.m., deco-

rations will be provided. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up! Bike Parade starts promptly at 6 p.m. and goes from the Visitors Center to Performance Park where the party awaits. The parade route will have traffic control and we will ride as a group to Performance Park. Parents will need to help their kiddos to keep up so we can go through town as a group, but it will be a slow roll. Pizza and sodas will

be provided for donations to EPCC and Beer will be for sale from Lumpy Ridge Brewery. We will have live music that will go until 9 p.m.

The Estes Park Cycling Coalition is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose Mission is to promote and increase cycling of all kinds in the Estes Valley, through advocacy, education, partnerships and community building. The Coalition strives to cultivate a biking culture in the community and make the Estes area a destination for cyclists. For more information on any of the events or the Estes Park Cycling Coalition, please contact Chair Mike Lewelling at

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Perhaps you remember these words from the agonizing cry of David when he learned of the death of his dear military friend, Jonathan, in battle. David’s mourning has been experienced by countless, as they learned of the deaths of their dear friends and family members in the many wars. “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan, very pleasant have you been to me, your love to me was wonderful. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”

However, as we are all so mindful, especially on Memorial Day, so sadly, the weapons of war continue on, and so do those heart-rending losses. Several television commercials show graphically the sacrifices that are made by those who serve our country. One shows a mother in her military uniform as she hands her small child to another who will enjoy all those special moments that a mother would ordinarily expect to enjoy, but she won’t, because she has to report for duty and months of absence. Such sacrifices are made by many who serve our country.

One of the most touching such commercials on TV in recent days shows a young girl confiding to her mother, “Mom, I met a new friend at school today. He seems real nice, and Mom, he lost his Dad recently…” As the camera scans down to show the Fort Logan-type military cemetery gravestone at her feet with her mother’s date of death in Afghanistan recorded, she says: “I sure miss you, Mom”. The T.A.P.S. appeal touches my heart, as do those from Wounded Warriors, VFW, DAV, and other such from agencies that raise funds to help those who have sacrificed so much for us…not only on the battlefield, but, often, if they survive that, coming back home to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), homelessness, physical disabilities, and many other challenges. Godforbid that any of them should experience another tragedy… being forgotten.

For that reason, for me, one of the greatest events of our areas is the Memorial Day Boulder Bolder, the 10K race and events accompanying it. In my younger years I ‘ran’ (ie. ‘walked’ / ‘jogged’)…the race. This year my son, Kirby, and his daughter, Lindsey, will be involved. So, they will be, like I was, inspired by reading the names of the service men and women, past and present, whose names will be displayed on bibs of the runners, as they honor their loved ones who have served our nation. They will be blessed, like I was, during lunch that follows the Citizen’s Race, by the ‘missing man’ jet fly-over from Buckley airbase, sky-divers as they deliver flags representing each military branch, speeches honoring our heroes, patriotic music, ‘taps’ and the ‘gun salute’ and other activi ties before and after the race. As I watch, in person and now on TV, I’m always ‘Proud to be an American’ (thanks, Lee Greenwood) as I leave the stadium or turn off the television, and am so eternally grateful to all who have sacrificed so much for wonderful liberties that I enjoy and often take for granted. I am so blessed, and so are you.

So, this coming Monday, I hope you will set aside time from your busy schedule of honoring your own loved ones at the local cemetery, enjoying a delicious meal with family members, taking a deserved break from your draining work schedule, and enjoying your children and grandchildren, to spend some time reminding yourself, either by view ing the Boulder Bolder festivities or just personal reflection on those that you know who have ‘made the ultimate sacrifice’ so that you and I can enjoy all those wonderful blessing we enjoy here in the ‘Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’. Although life here in the U.S. is certainly not perfect, we are so tremendously blessed compared to most others elsewhere. So, this Memorial Day, let’s give thanks. Bob Lewis

EPUMC Donates Handmade Bears To Estes Park Health ER

On Monday, May 20, the Estes Park United Methodist Church delivered two dozen handmade stuffed bears to the Emergency Department at Estes Park Health. Agnes Lantz (left) is a member of the Friendly Stitchers group at EPUMC which created these toys to give to young patients in a health crisis. EPH Chief Nursing Officer Pat Samples accepted the bears on behalf of the hospital. EPH is grateful for the many years members of this church have lovingly made these

EPH Hires Muralist For Second Painting

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bears for members of the Estes Valley community in crisis. Photo by Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Health Local muralist Michael Young created a beautiful piece of art in Estes Park Health’s upstairs waiting room earlier this year. The hospital was so pleased with this work that EPH has commissioned Young to paint a matching mural in the downstairs Physician Clinic waiting area. We cannot wait to see how the beautiful aspen trees enliven this space. Stay tuned! Photo by Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Health

Empowering Seniors: Ensuring Safety

And Preventing Falls With Haley Harrison Of Covell Care

Join us at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center (EPSCC) for an enlightening presentation by Haley Harrison, Director of Business Development and HR at Covell Care and Rehabilitation. Haley will delve into essential topics of safety in the home and community, with a special focus on fall prevention. This informative session is open to all, promising valuable insights to enhance well-being. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 21, from 12:00 to 1:30, and be part of the conversation at the EPSCC, 1760 Olympian Lane.

According to the CDC, falls are serious and costly. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Don't be a part of those statistics. Learn what hazards may exist in your home, fall prevention tips, what home safety assessments are, and resources to make sure you are doing everything you can do to prevent a fall. Bring your questions and walk away feeling more knowledgeable and confident.

Covell Care & Rehabilitation is a locally owned mobile outpatient practice, originally founded in Fort Collins over 16 years ago. Therapy services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and fitness training. Covell Care has recently started offering in-person physical therapy throughout Estes Park and is currently offering all other services via telehealth. Their practice functions the same as an outpatient

clinic, but they come to you! Their oneon-one care in the comfort of your home offers convenient, personalized rehabilitation. This provides faster goal achievement, a patient-centered treatment plan, and improves the carry-over of interventions. They serve people of all ages from birth to seniors and accept Medicaid, Medicare, VA, most private insurance plans, and self-pay. Interested in a free balance screen? Join Covell Care, partnering with UCHealth's Aspen Club and Good Samaritan Society, at Good Sam on the first Monday of every month for a 15minute screen to check your stability and receive resources. Registration is required by calling 970-204-4331 or going to

For this presentation on May 21 at the EPSCC, you are welcome to bring or pre-purchase a lunch. Place your order before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20. For this event, the Senior Center will be serving fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetables. The cost of the meal is $7 for EPSCC members and $10 for non-members. If you become an EPSCC member for just $35 per year, you will not only enjoy meal discounts but also gain access to all the amazing activities. For more information about the EPSCC or to order a meal for the presentation, please call the Senior Center at (970) 581-2195.

“Shred Of Hope” At Bank Of Estes Park

Do you have boxes of sensitive documents (e.g. old tax returns) or old computers that you need to dispose of, but you are not sure how to do so in a safe and secure manner? The only local bank in Estes Park can help!

Bring your sensitive documents and old computer equipment to the “Shred of Hope” event at Bank of Estes Park headquarters (255 Park Ln.) on June 20-22, during normal bank hours (Thurs. & Fri. 8:30-4:30, Sat. 912). We will destroy and dispose of them in a secure manner, using Green Girl Recycling.

The following charges apply:

and to anyone who attended our recent “Be Prepared Not Scared” event (let us know, and we will verify with the attendee list).

• Normal/Letter box of documents, $10;

• Large/Legal box of documents, $15;

• Small electronics (printers, phones, or other smart devices), $10;

• Desktop computer set (usually PC and monitor), $25.

• No TV’s, or other large electronics/appliances will be accepted.

• Up to a $50 value will be free to any Bank of Estes Park client (just show your debit/ATM card when dropping off),

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

May 27 – 31

Monday, May 27 CLOSED for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28 Mexican Platter (beef taco in corn shell, bean burrito topped w/ pork green chili & cheesy quesadilla) w/ Refried Beans

Wednesday, May 29

Thursday, May 30

But bring your checkbook to the event, whether it’s free to you or not! All proceeds from this event will be donated to The Bridge of Estes—a new non-profit initiative to provide support (massages, acupuncture, fuel cost, house cleaning, pet care, coordinating rides, meals, shopping, etc.) to our local neighbors who are currently battling any type of cancer. When we heard of their incredible mission, Bank of Estes Park immediately offered to be their first major donor, pledging a $1,000 donation as soon as they were able to accept it. So, as you drop off your sensitive documents and old computers, please consider leaving a donation for them as well, and the Bridge of Estes will put it to great use caring for our local neighbors during their time of extreme need. So come in, dispose of your sensitive information in a safe and secure way, and offer “A Shred of Hope” to our local neighbors who are fighting cancer.

Smothered Chicken (6 oz) (topped w/ mushrooms, green peppers & onions) w/ Loaded Baked Potato (topped w/ cheese, bacon & onions)

Meat Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad

Friday, May 31 Shrimp Basket (8 fried) w/ Homemade Chips & soup of the day

June 3 – 7

Monday, June 3 Breakfast Burrito (eggs, cheese, refried beans & potatoes in floured tortilla) w/ green chili on the side

Tuesday, June 4 Chicken Cordon Bleu w/ Roasted Potatoes & vegetables

Wednesday, June 5 Stuffed Meatloaf (w/ broccoli, bacon & cheese) w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Thursday, June 6

Chicken Alfredo w/ Pasta, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, June 7 Tilapia (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & soup of the day

Meals are $7 for current 2024 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Tuesday, May 28th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 24th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

The Center is OPEN Monday thru Friday 10 – 1 TriFit M-W-F 10:30 – 11:15 AM Circuit Balance Class Mondays 1 – 1:45 PM Yoga Thursdays 10:15 – 11:15 AM

Mahjong Tuesdays 10 – 2; Board Games 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 11:30 – 1:30

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

Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & every Thursday 12:30 – 4 PM

Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or EAT at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: or call for the latest information Friday, May 24, 2024 « 27

Looking For Connectivity In All The Right Places

Welcome to the epicenter of connectivity and community vibes –Estes Park!

As summer ramps up and activities abound, Trailblazer Broadband is connecting our community in ways you may not have thought about. And when high season hits and everyone and their aunt is scrambling for internet access, Trailblazer’s extra bandwidth swoops in at the speed of light, ensuring smooth sailing for all our online endeavors!

Where in the world is Trailblazer Broadband, you ask? Weaving its digital magic around town like a modern-day wizard to over 3,500 homes across the valley. But wait, there’s more! Trailblazer doesn’t just power those lucky users; it’s the reliable heartbeat behind over 300 businesses, sprinkling broadband joy like confetti at a party!

Picture this: you’re lounging in Bond Park, soaking up the sun, and suddenly realize you’re not just basking in nature’s glory but also in the glow of #WapitiWiFi! That’s right, courtesy of Trailblazer Broadband, you’re surfing the digital waves without a care in the world for free with this full time WiFi access in and around Town Hall whenever you need it. No login, no password, just pure, unadulterated internet freedom! Let’s groove into the heart of town where the Farmer’s Market sizzles, Elk Fest bugles, and local music fills the air with harmony. Cast your eyes around the park to the enticing shops and

mouth watering food choices, many of which are part of the Trailblazer connected community.

But hey, if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic and want to take a journey through time, why not swing by the Museum? It’s like a time machine with 30,000 treasures waiting to transport you through Estes Park’s rich history! And fear not, even if you’re couch-bound, dive into their digital treasure trove – from vintage newspapers back 1912 to oral history gems, it’s all just a click away!

Last but definitely not least, behold the heart of the Estes Valley – the Estes Valley Library! It’s not just a place for books; it’s a playground for the mind! From captivating Storytimes for the little ones to enriching workshops for adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Our library is also a hub of services designed to make your life easier and more convenient. Need internet access? Printing services? A quiet space to let your creativity flow? The library’s got you covered, with support from Trailblazer!

In the coming months, whether you’re streaming your favorite summer jams, sharing snapshots of your outdoor adventures, or simply staying connected with loved ones near and far, rest assured that Trailblazer Broadband has got your back, keeping our community plugged in and thriving every step of the way!

Let the summer fun begin!

Michelle Walker Joins Salon Margaux

Gail Girón and Lisa Devine are pleased to welcome Michelle Walker to Salon Margaux. With over 14 years of experience in the hair industry, Michelle has cultivated a deep passion for making people feel beautiful. After a successful period of entrepreneurship, where she owned and operated multiple businesses, Michelle decided to return to her first love—the beauty industry. During her time away, she also obtained her esthetician license, broadening her expertise in the beauty field.

Now, Michelle is back behind the chair at Salon Margaux, bringing her wealth of experience and newfound skills to her clients. Every day, she relishes the oppor-

tunity to create stunning transformations and boost the confidence of those she serves. Her return to hair styling is not just a career move; it's a heartfelt homecoming to her roots, driven by a genuine love for her craft.

Salon owner, Gail said, “We’re excited to have Michelle join us at Salon Margaux. In addition to other salon services, Michelle loves doing Balayage, the technique of free-hand painting highlights onto the hair, creating a soft and natural gradation of lightness towards the ends. We look forward to working together and being able to offer our clients a well rounded menu of services and appointment times.

Michelle is currently taking new clients and is excited to be working alongside Gail and Lisa.

Call Salon Margaux at 970-231-1401 or to contact Michelle directly, call 970-5541120. Salon Margaux is located at 600 S. St. Vrain Ave.

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Silent Film Festival In Estes Park

and other attractions.

Let’s go back in time to the year 1917.

On April 17, 1917, the town of Estes Park was incorporated, so the little settlement was officially a town.

Worldwide, there were lots of things

In 1917 this building served as Rocky Mountain National Park headquarter on Elkhorn Avenue. It was later moved to the Estes Park Museum where it houses exhibits.

mean it isn’t used. I’m 76 and I hope I can be useful for at least a part of every day. There are many old buildings that were around at the time of incorporation that are still serving a useful pur-


happening. The world was having its first “world war.” Also, the Russian Revolution placed the Bolsheviks in power. The US declared war on Germany. Congress passed the Selective Service Act so

young men started to register for the draft.

On a lighter note, the toggle switch was invented. (No pun intended).

What was Estes Park like at the time of incorporation? That year, Enos Mills published “Your National Parks,” perhaps luring some people to RMNP which had already been established two years earlier. So the love affair between tourists and our local national park had already begun.

Of course there are a lot of things in the national park that are unchanged over the past 107 years. There are also a few things around town that were present in 1917 that still exist. I love seeing remnants of the past, and Estes Park has several gems that are still standing today. Just because something is old doesn’t

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Stanley Hotel opened in 1909. By 1917 it was an official municipality with its own water works, power plant and civic organizations. One of the most famous visitors was Stephen King, who later wrote the novel “The Shining” after staying one night in 1973.

three silent films, two created in 1917 and one from the year 1922 at a special Memorial Day silent film festival.

“Butcher Boy” is a 1917 film starring

Currently under renovation, the Elkhorn Lodge was built in the early 1900s. The lodge provided the first school, the first church and the first golf course in Estes Park

pose. Do you want to experience a little of 1917?

Visit some of the buildings. I you live in town, you probably know where each of these is. If you don’t know, ask a

neighbor; maybe an old neighbor would be better. If possible, walk inside some of the buildings and feel the slanted or irregular ‘floor that has changed shape over time.

Even if you can’t get inside some buildings, take a moment to view and reflect what the building would have been like over 100 years ago.

Perhaps the most memorable building from 1917 is the Park Theatre, the oldest operating movie theatre west of the Mississippi River. It’s Estes Park’s own time machine. The theatre was operating in 1917, but the tower wasn’t built until 1922. While the Park Theatre shows modern films, it also shows silent films from days gone by. In a few days, you will have the opportunity to see


ness of Chaplin deals with all the problems that arise.

Preceding the films will be a half hour of lively piano music on the “pre-1917”

This log cabin was National Forest Service Headquarters in 1907. It is now home to the

Fatty Arbuckle about a general store worker so distraught when his girlfriend leaves the store to attend an all girls school that he disguises himself as a female to visit the girlfriend.

Seeing the 300 pound Arbuckle in full

woman’s dress prancing around in dance scenes is something to behold.

“The Boat” is a Buster Keaton film. Although it was produced four years later in 1921, it’s still over 100 years old.

Keaton encounters various difficult situations building and sailing a boat that he deals with in very humorous ways.

“The Immigrant” is a 1917 Charlie Chaplin film about the “little tramp” as he was known coming to America penniless. Of course he falls in love and the film shows once again how the clever-

piano sitting at the front of the theatre. The films will also be accompanied by live piano music as they were in 1917.

So attend the silent film festival and not only will you see the old building, you’ll

see old films on the big screen and hear old tunes on the piano.

Another thing that will be the same as it was in 1917 will be the laughter as you watch masters of silent films entertain the audience. Yes, there is some slapstick, but there are also humorous subtleties that the artists on the screen masterfully relate without any spoken words. It is truly a great way to experience what people in Estes Park experienced in 1917. It’s Estes Park’s own time machine! The times and dates of the films are the following: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2 p.m., and Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults. Children under 12 are free if they are accompanied by an adult. Friday, May 24, 2024 « 29
The McGraw Ranch was bought in 1909. This barn was built in 1884 and is adjacent to the trail leading to Bridal Veil Falls The The MacGregor Ranch was established in 1873. This residence is now a museum tours of the ranch begin. The MacGregor Ranch is still a working cattle ranch and their grass-fed beef is very popular in Estes Park. The Hallett family residence along Mary’s Lake Road was built in the 1880s. A ranch house at that time, it is now the dental office of Dr. Gene Oja. Sitting in the waiting room makes you feel like you should have horse tied up to a hitching rail outside. Mary’s Lake Lodge, built in 1913, has survived two fires and is now a condominium development. The Baldpate Inn opened in 1917. It is now called the Seven Keys Lodge. Macdonald Book Shop in Downtown Estes Park. This building at Elkhorn and Big Horn was home to a bank in 1917. The Historic Crags Lodge opened in 1914 and is still in operation. Park Theatre...perhaps the most memorable
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Solo Cello Concert at YMCA Maude Jellison Library

Enjoy an evening of live cello music from classics to pops performed for you by Alexandria McClinton on Monday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the Maude Jellison Library on the YMCA campus.

Alexandria is a cellist based in both Kentucky and Colorado. McClinton started playing professionally at the age of fifteen and has continued performing across the United States for both entertainment and educational performance related recitals. McClinton is also a member of the Avalonian String Quartet, which has since played at the American String Teachers Association, won the

Macauley Chamber Music Competition, and has performed in multiple schools in Kentucky. McClinton currently studies cello performance at Eastern Kentucky University with Dr. Nathan Jasinski. Directions to the YMCA library: Upon entering the YMCA off of Spur highway 66, take the second left and then the first right into the parking lot of Hyde Memorial Chapel where you may park and easily access the Maude Jellison Library which is directly behind the chapel. Call Robert at the library at 970-586-3341 extension 1133 with any questions.

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

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 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 fe-

male, 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.

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Gather Your Foursome And Spotlight Your Business At The 5th Annual Chamber Cup On August 9th

The Estes Chamber of Commerce is entering the 5th year of the Chamber Cup. The annual golf tournament is an ideal time for the community to join business leaders for a day of fun in the sun at the 18-hole golf course.

“As the Chamber Cup grows, it’s wonderful to see the Estes Park businesses and community members becoming increasingly engaged in the success and fun of the event. Derek Vinge at Edward Jones Financial Advisors has stepped-up in an amazing way to support the Chamber as the title sponsors once again this year, and through their support and that of other sponsors, it’s going to be the best year yet” said Estes Chamber President Colleen DePasquale.

with new friends on the day of the event.

“This year, we’re expanding the tournament to include a putting contest at 12:30 p.m. and providing extras to make the play a bit more exciting, like having a pro take a shot for you and mulligans to give players doovers. Mother’s Café will also be barbecuing a great lunch for our players, before the ball drops,” DePasquale said.

Players will also be able to explore offerings from local business sponsors stationed along the course.

“We have secured some really exciting hole sponsors, who will be showcasing their businesses along the course. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available to join other business leaders in this exciting event,” DePasquale added.

“For business owners who want to give back in an environment that generates business relationships and opportunities, this golf tournament is a great way to have fun, network, and grow your footprint in town while making some new friends along the way,” said title sponsor Derek Vinge of Edward Jones.

The Chamber Cup is a 1:45 p.m. shotgun start, scramble-style tournament scheduled for August 9th at the 18-hole golf course in Estes Park. Registration is still open for players. Foursomes are $550 for members, $600 for non-members, and individuals are $150.

The Chamber Cup is open to anyone to join – either by registering a foursome or as a single play who will be matched

Registration is available on the website

Estes Park Women’s Golf Association

Results of Play May 14th & May 21st, 2024

May 21st, the winners were:

1st place – Amy Klein

2nd place – Diane Butler

The winners were: 1st place – Twyla Moraczewski 2nd place – Jennifer Gergen

Tied for 3rd place – Carla Spreng, Amy Klein and Marilyn Soby. Braving the cold to play “Better 9” on

Tied for 3rd place - Calle Russell, Karen Hall and Johanna Gengler

If you would like more information about the Estes Park Women’s Golf Association, please contact Diane Butler at New members are welcome!

34 » Friday, May 24, 2024 970-646-6555 523 Saint Vrain Lane, Estes Park Breeyan Edwards 1751 HIGH DRIVE - $440,000 SALE PENDING Congratulations to Steve Nagl and Tom Keyworth for topping the leader board in our Low Net One-Man Scramble. Player Net Score T1 Steve Nagl 64 Tom Keyworth 64 T3 Chris Layton 65 Larry Nosbish 65 Dustin Brown 65 T6 Al Wagner 66 Frank Bartholomew 66 T8 Michael Johnston 67 Bill Cooper 67 Austin Logan 67 T11 Nelson Burke 68 John Kreuger 68 Chris Haught 68 T14 Tandy Brown 69 Tom McNeil 69 Rod Unruh 69 Greg Shipman 69 Robert Wilczek 69 T19 Brian Kelly 70 Josh Tracy 70 Brad Anderson 70 Kevin McEachern 70 Paul Edens 70 Robert Waddell 70 John Peterson 70 T26 Roger Galloway 71 Kevin Wegman 71 Steve Wirrig 71 Al Arms 71 Roger Erwin 71 T31 Bill Brown 72 Ron Little 72 Stan Osborne 72 T34 Donny Davison 73 Dwight Stanford 73 Scott Logan 73 Estes Park Men’s Golf Association Results For May 20, 2024 The 2024 season has begun for the Estes Park Women’s Golf Association. Play began on May 14th with a round of “Low Net.”

NASA’s Osiris-REx Mission is the subject of this month’s Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) meeting. EVAS in conjunction with The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/star night on Saturday, May 25th. The goal of EVAS is to promote amateur astronomy and education in the Estes valley.

The primary objective of NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is to explore and return a pristine sample from the asteroid Bennu to help scientists un derstand the origin and evolution of our solar system and, ultimately, how life began. After arriving at Bennu in 2018, the spacecraft gathered data to understand the asteroid and select a sampling site. A sample was collected successfully in October 2020 and OSIRIS-REx began its return to Earth in May 2021. In September of 2023, the sample was successfully returned to Earth -- the mission science team has begun analysis of this incredible sample and this presentation will describe early results.

Our returning speaker this month is Dr. Vicky Hamilton. She is an Institute Scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and her A.B. from Occidental College. She is a geologist specializing in laboratory spectroscopy of minerals, me-

teorites, and returned samples, numerical modeling of infrared spectra, and infrared remote sensing of planetary surfaces to determine composition and physical properties. She has been a science team Co-Investigator and Deputy Instrument Scientist/Principal Investigator on NASA planetary science flight missions to Mars and asteroids, including Mars Global Surveyor, 2001 Mars Odyssey, Mars Science Laboratory, OSIRIS-REx, and Lucy. She is also the Chair of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), a research community-based, interdisciplinary forum providing the science input needed to plan and prioritize NASA’s Mars exploration activities.

The observatory is just north of the high school at 1600 Manford Ave. Park in the teacher’s parking lot between the high school and the observatory.

The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. The presentation, including a question and answer period, lasts about an hour. After the presentation, weather permitting, we will look through our new 16 inch dome telescope at various celestial objects.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission: Early Results From Asteroid Sample Analysis
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That’s A Wrap!

As the 2023-2024 EPHS year comes to a close, here are some of the highlights of our last semester.

Link Crew

The photos are an example of games that help us understand the ways of high school, from coping with stress to completing your assignments on time. These games were a great way for link crew leaders to understand the importance of teaching freshmen these skills coming into high school. Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior classes to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

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Scholarship Night! Oliver Tapia receiving the first Dan Copeland Memorial Scholarship. Sophie Kamprath received the Fine Arts Guild Scholarship. All of our scholarship recipients. A Night to Remember Prom King Mateo Eggen Huerta and Prom Queen Gabriela Acedo. The Stanley provided us with a beautiful venue to host our Prom. A girl's night out.

Estes Park Youth Conference

May 29-June 1

The “busy season.” Aside from the winter holidays, is there a busier time than May? So much happens right now—the end of the school year, graduation, first family BBQs of the summer (if it doesn’t snow), planning vacations, the beginning of seasonal jobs, and so much more!

How time flies! The “busy season” is upon us. It is already nearing the end of May. In a brief couple of weeks, Estes Park will be catapulted into summer,

though most of us already feel like our busy season started a long time ago in preparation for the rush of visitors. Our young people also feel this shift into the busy season. Most of them can’t wait until they are finally free from school. Then, many of them rush into the workforce to secure much needed income for gas and fun money! Younger ones might follow mom & dad around on the job, or head off for much needed vacation. Others attend youth, church, or sports camps. Or, for students who aren’t particularly connected, the summer might look dull with most of their time being spent on their phone or hanging out in the McDonald’s parking lot.

The times are especially changing for our youth. They face challenges many of us have never experienced. The rise of social media, technology, and new ideologies are staring them in the face as they step into different realms of society. Eventually, they are going to have to confront the questions we all grapple with. Who am I? What do I believe and why?

The world appears to give countless options for them to choose. But, if they are not prepared and made aware, they will be swept into a million opinions and ideas which do not always contain truth. It is sad to think about how many young lives have been wrecked by depression, anxiety, drugs, alcohol, suicide, bullying, physical and mental illness, etc. Life, at times, can be brutal. This is not meant to impart “doom and gloom”, but sometimes it is helpful to voice the real-

ity of struggles we face -- even the typical “good” student who makes A’s and is loving life. We all face challenges and we all have deep questions we ask about our identity, purpose, and destiny. We are so fortunate here in the Estes Valley to have young people around us! Students have a way of making us “older” folks feel young. Youth aren’t an accident, and they most definitely are not a burden. Our young people carry a destiny beyond our comprehension, a legacy of our own lives.

Once students finish their schooling, most cannot wait to go off and explore the world. They want to test their wings and fly, and of course we wish them the best with success at every level. Yet let us remember – it is our responsibility to set them up for such success. It is our job to help them flourish, overcome, and live life to the fullest. We must teach them who they are and the value their life holds. They are meant for so much more than they currently think. They are meant to thrive. Before the craziness of summer overwhelms us all, please take a moment to remember the importance of caring for our youth. They are the next generation and need our nurturing. Thankfully, there is something is coming to Estes Park which will do just that.

Middle school through college age students are invited to the Estes Park Youth Conference from May 29th – June 1st at the YMCA of the Rockies. We want to see transformation and hope in this young generation, starting a movement among youth in Estes Park and the state of Colorado. Multiple generations are coming from Mississippi, Florida, and Colorado to pour into these students. It is time for the next generation to encounter the Lord, understand their identity in Christ, and live out their God-given destiny. There is hope for young people as they navigate the challenges this world presents. Are you a middle schooler, high schooler, or college student? Join us! Do you have a young person visiting you during this time? Send them! There are multiple guest speakers, powerful worship times, and fun activities planned. If attending during the day doesn’t work, attend the evening sessions which start at 7 p.m. each night. Registration is still open:

TDS Student Appreciation Program Awards EPHS Student Winners

TDS Student Appreciation Program (TSAP) had its last lucky winners award ceremony on May 17th, for the current school year. T-SAP has successfully completed previous school years since 20202021 and honored 80 students every year with $25 gift cards to Inkwell & Brew Coffee Shop & $10 gift card to Macdonald Book Shop.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to the Estes Park High School staff in helping to make this program successful.

TDS Telecom appreciates all the students who applied for these gift cards and won them through the Lucky Drawing held by the school.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024 and we wish them the very best! Friday, May 24, 2024 « 37

Travel Nudges Action

We traveled -- to Cincinnati. It shows the difference between our Colorado mountain town and the Eastern cities of the USA. As we started home, I looked for the signs of ecological progress that I usually find as we travel: large, graceful windmills, solar gardens, green fields

with ample irrigation. For the 10 days we were there, the skies in Ohio and northern Indiana were a uniform blue-gray that showed no variance, no light, no sun, no clouds, even during the afternoon thunderstorms. The air was heavy, thick, and consistently damp. Papers reflected this, accumulating moisture just lying on the table.

Two hours later, in western Indiana, the sky was full of clouds, each sitting on a shelf of deep gray smog, with patches of blue poking through fluffy white clouds. Although the sun was still hidden, there were a few rays of sunshine as we reached Illinois. Gradually, the gray evaporated except for the distant rain. The air was clearer, more breathable, and I no longer needed my inhaler. That long drive makes me appreciate living in the Estes Valley where the air is still reasonably clear, and the water is pure.

much of Estes Park, my household income was down this year and these projects have been delayed. However, we do everything we can to avoid putting trash into the landfill. At our house: organics have been redirected, both kitchen and plant-life. Metal is never sent to the landfill. Electronics are held for Estes Recycles Day, (Aug. 10 this year.) Batteries go to the Town/County biennial collection.

While glass bottles (clear, brown, and amber) can be single streamed at the Residential Recycling Center, we tend to take ours to the Ecocycle CHaRM glass only bin, which minimizes both breakage and contamination.

The bin at CHaRM accepts bottles, jugs, vases, dinnerware, trophies and awards, candlesticks, and other glass objects – as long as they are 100% glass. CHaRM cannot process glass with additives including mirrors/mirrored glass, lightbulbs, laboratory glass, microwave dishes, Pyrex, or oven-safe glass cookware. At our house, chipped

However, it also makes me conscious of the future in store for us, eventually, if we do not learn from our predecessors in the cities. It is difficult to admit that throwing a few things into the landfill or burning coal to create cost efficient electricity can lead to that gray hue contaminating the environment. Granted, it will take time to reach Estes. Our landfill is 50 miles down-valley and that coal generating electrical plant is out of state. Does this mean I can just proceed as if they do not exist? Is there something I can do to make life better for my granddaughter in Fort Collins? Or the people in Wyoming? Is there something I should do – more than I am doing now? Probably! I do not yet have an electric vehicle. I have not yet purchased solar panels and batteries, nor converted from gas-fired furnace to heat-pump. Like

porcelain cups and bowls or damaged, discarded Corning ware do quite well as homes for our never-ending supply of houseplants. (Plants breathe in air, use carbon monoxide, and breathe out oxygen, improving the quality of air in the home.) Timberline in Fort Collins also has a source separated bin but is apparently limited to bottles. Contact them first if you have non-bottle material.

Of course, it should go without saying … anything discarded, but still viable for use by someone else, should be donated to a thrift shop, advertised in the want ads, or offered on Estes Buy Sell Trade Donate. This includes unwanted glass.

Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments?

Voting For Ben Aste For Larimer County Commissioner

To Th Editor:

I feel very privileged to once again support Ben Aste for Larimer County Commissioner-District 3.

I first met Ben and his wife Sandy in 2020 and was pleased to be able to cast my vote for him. I was thrilled when I learned that Ben was stepping up again and running for that position in 2024. Our country, the once beautiful state that I chose as my home 55 years ago, and Larimer County have been changed in varying degrees by unimaginable events over the past few years. It will take people of strong faith, integrity, and

perseverance, as well as an applicable skill set and experience, to work towards setting things right. I believe Ben Aste possesses those qualities. He has a proven record of 40 years, and his roots run deep.

Ben Aste’s heart has been, and continues to be, with Larimer County. I believe Ben will work tirelessly to find the best answers to the challenges that face Larimer County now and in the future. Please vote for Ben Aste in the June primary election.

Marcia Logan Estes Park, CO

Be Careful On Our Roads And Highways

To The Editor:

What was your last experience like in the Hwy. 34 canyon? Slow cars? Cars riding your “tail”? Maybe even you passing over the double yellow line? Oops! Yes, what about The Law? I was on Hwy. 34 last week, and there were three accidents that day. One was a car in Drake off the road, almost upside down. There were already Sheriff’s there, but as I continued down the road, a huge fire truck, with his siren and blaring lights on too was coming up 34 towards me. I was in a long line of cars… so, I pulled off the road and stopped! I was the only one who did… The Law

The car behind me almost hit me and did not seem to know why I had pulled over and stopped. Then, also coming up Hwy. 34 about two minutes later was an ambulance, which also had their lights and siren on. Again, I pulled over and stopped. And again, the car behind me almost hit me! He threw up his hands, as if I had done something wrong. So, just to say…breaking The Law has consequences!

Please be careful and let the fire, sheriff’s, police, ambulances, and all emergency vehicles - and The Law, take priority over your thoughts and desires!

Joanne Baldwin, daughter of a firefighter

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

N.T. Wright says “Justice is what love looks like when it faces the problems its neighbors are facing.”

I’m continually thinking about practical ways that I can live into the scripture found in Micah 6:8 that tells me what the good Lord requires of men and women everywhere; it’s to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. I wake up each morning with a willingness to be used in whatever way possible to make an eternal difference on this earth. N.T. Wright’s quote has given me a meaningful perspective on Justice and it requires me to put “feet to my faith.” I need to let my feet do the talking so that what I’m saying is driving the direction I’m going. Another thing that’s been

speaking into my life is the last three words found in our Pledge of Allegiance. Do you know what they are? Justice for all. Can we really ever fully accomplish justice for all? I’m not sure it’s a work that has an expiration date on it, so we must continually work at it until we cross the finish line of this earthly life. As Randy Travis so eloquently penned it in his song “Three Wooden Crosses,” it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you live behind you when you go. I invite you to join me in this endeavor to be attentive to the opportunities we have in life to seek justice for all--everyone we have the privilege of meeting on life’s journey.

All Are Welcome And Invited To Shepherd Of The Mountains Lutheran Church

May 26th Nicodemus will be at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. We are located across from Good Samaritan Village. Come hear what he has to say about his conversation with Jesus (John 3:1-17).

Also, at 10:15 a.m. there will be a presentation by Aleta Kazadi. Aleta will share her life experiences of living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Altea lives in Estes Park but before coming here she lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo for ten years. She plans to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo next month.

While she was there she integrated into the life of the Congo and feels that it taught her so much. Her immersion into the life of Congo started when she arrived and spent her first year living with relatives of her recently deceased Congolese husband who taught her what she needed. She taught at three different schools, built a house in an unincorpo-

rated part of Kinshasa. From there after recovering from cancer she with the members of her community formed an NGO to help develop the Valley of Lukunga. There she built her house and lived with an adopted son and her animals. With the NGO they built a clinic and later a school.

Since leaving the Congo she has written a book that drops the reader deep within the country so they can see the landscape, and learn some of the culture and customs. They will see the Congolese people in a positive light. The book, "Songs of Discovery " is available on Amazon.

If you ever wanted to visit Africa but wanted more information, or just don’t have the opportunity, this program is for you. It’s an interesting and cultural opportunity.

Please make plans to join us! All are welcome in this place!

Cornerstone Expands Worship Opportunities With A New Saturday Evening Service

With the busy summer season kicking into high gear, Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley has added a Saturday evening service at 6 p.m., featuring a more contemporary music style, that complements its traditional Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.

“Many people have expressed the need for a Saturday night service, and several musicians have volunteered to help with the music and the service,” said Pastor Bruce Finger. “I felt like this was a strong indicator from God that the timing was right.”

While the message for both services will remain the same, the music on Saturday nights will showcase a range of genres, primarily contemporary worship, with a mix of folk and even a little bluegrass. The goal is to use rotating local talent, including Gayle and Tab Livingston, Drew and Darlene Armstrong, Chris Moody, Isaac Davis, and Jan Springer.

Organizers said while the Sunday service will continue to feature many hymns and other traditional offerings, both times will be solidly oriented towards praising and worshiping God, digging deeply into the Bible, and a great time of fellowship. Our entire service is focused on worship and of course, music helps to set the tone for that worship.

Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26, will be a fun and worshipful time at Cornerstone. Jan Springer, an experienced worship leader

and lead singer for the Orchard Creek Bluegrass Band will lead worship for both services. Immediately following Sunday’s service, the church will host a free luncheon with grilled pork chops and lots of homemade sides and desserts.

Finger said church leadership is hoping the two service times will offer busy seasonal workers, residents and tourists more opportunities to gather together as a body of believers. Both services will also be live-streamed on Cornerstone’s YouTube Channel.

There are a group of people looking for a solid, Bible-based church, and no matter what service people choose, Finger said visitors to Cornerstone, located at 2200 Mall Rd., can expect a welcoming, family-like atmosphere focused on God’s Word. That’s just part of the culture at Cornerstone.

For more information, go to

Estes Park Special Olympics Tuesday Bowling Fun

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


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AA & Al-Anon Meetings

AA of Glen Haven

Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Early Worms

Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m.

(Monday through Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Early Worms Women's Meeting

12 p.m. Mondays

St. Bartholomew, 880 MacGregor Ave. Mixed Nuts Al-Anon Group

We meet Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Church. The meeting is hybrid with Zoom #285 426 3644 PW: serenity.

One Day at a Time

Location: Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies 1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park

When: Tues and Thursday @ noon. Please park in back, Meetings are held downstairs in Room 6.

Alcoholics Anonymous Fall River Group, 453 West Elkhorn, Estes Park.

Current Schedule for 2024

Zoom ID 999 829166 for AA Meetings

Monday-12 p.m.-In Person-O, D

Monday-7 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, BB

Tuesday-12 p.m.-Zoom-O, D

Wednesday-12 p.m.-In Person and


Zoom-O, D

Wednesday-7 p.m.-In Person and Zoom- O, D

Thursday -12 p.m. Zoom-O, D

Friday-12 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, D

Saturday-12 p.m.-In Person and Zoom-O, D

Sunday -12 p.m.-In Person and ZoomO, D

Last Friday of each month is birthday night; 6 p.m. Potluck, 7 p.m. Speaker.

*** Contribute via VENMO @ EstesCowboy

Other 12 Step Meetings Held at Fall River Group

Thursday-7 p.m.-Narcotics Anonymous “New Horizons” Group O, D-In Person and Zoom 705 555 830

**O=open to all D=discussion

BB=Big Book

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon

Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed).

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

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

Online AA and NA Meetings at

There are 70 AA Meetings and 30 NA Meetings a week.

Anniversary of the

New Horizons Group

Meets every Thursday at 7PM in person and zoom. Meeting ID 705 555 830 - Contributions VENMO@EstesCowboy Barbecue

Saturday, May 25th at 2PM

Burgers, Hotdogs, Bratwurst from the grill and potato salad.

Please Join Us At Flatirons Church

Today Pastor Jim Burgen asked two critical questions. As Christians, why are we doing this? And what difference does it make? Answers to these questions come to us in broad strokes from Scripture. Following Satan leads to death and destruction, but Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10. Jesus also said this, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. That offers comfort and courage when facing challenging times in our lives.

metaphor of fruit. Jesus says that if we want a fig, do not look for it on a thistle, or if we want grapes, do not look for them on thorn bushes. “Likewise, a good tree produces fruit that is good. Bad trees produce bad fruit. Thus, by their fruit you shall know them.”

Matthew 7:15-20.

The questions can be asked in a slightly separate way. What are you hoping to see happen in your life? What difference do you hope that it makes that you follow Jesus instead of living your life apart from Him? Now that Jesus has removed sin, condemnation, and separation from God, what is possible for me? As Christians our highest desire is to be like Jesus. But is it possible for ordinary people like you and me to actually become the same kind of person as Jesus? If history teaches me anything, it is that humankind is incapable of running their own lives or governments or nature. We have been trying for thousands of years without accomplishment. So where does our hope come from? “For in this hope we (you and me) were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we (you and I) hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We (you and I) do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

“And we (you and I) know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called (you and me); those he called (you and me), he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified (exalted, raised to a higher status).”

Romans 8:24-30

This comes with a warning. Since shortly after God created the heavens and the earth, false prophets came to deceive. So, the key in recognizing how to determine if we are dealing with false prophets or good ones, is to recognize the output of their life. Jesus uses the

Jim went on to say, “Just because you nail an apple to a fence post does not make the fence post an apple tree.” I find that in my life I have often struggled with identity. Who am I and for what was I made? I envied those who had a sharp vision of themselves. Truth be told, I am now eightyfour and still have no idea about my purpose except in broadly defined categories. The only time I was able to catch a glimpse was in education. I loved Mathematics and Physics. But even so, there was no clarity when it came to what I would do with the education. I have finally reconciled myself to roaming and that all who roam, are not lost. I fully believe that God is guiding my footsteps.

When it comes to Paul’s description of the fruits of evil and the fruit of the Spirit (of Christ) as listed Galatians 5:19-24, I find that spiritually, I have a guide. What fruit of the flesh is still occupying a place in my life? What fruit of the Spirit can be enhanced in my life? I do not believe this is an exercise that can be accomplished alone. Yes, I have the Holy Spirit guiding me, but He seems to show up in the form of trusted friends in my life. My evaluation is never quite true because I can deceive myself far too easily.

This sermon gave me motivation to examine my self-perspective even more closely, then run it by trusted friends to give me feedback. I realize that each one is no more than a perspective, but it has proven worth the time to listen because it can broaden my extremely limited view of my life. A “Jesus tree” produces the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus.

Jim’s last point is an important one. Physical ailments can be cured in a moment. Character faults are never cured instantly. I am old but I have the enthusiasm of youth. The reason is that I know that the good work God began in me, He will continue to do until the day of Jesus Christ. So, Jim’s challenge today was to look at one of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit and, with the help of Jesus, begin the spiritual transformation process to make me a bit more like Jesus than I was yesterday. Please join us for church at Reel Mountain Theater, 11 a.m. on Sundays, if you are not already connected to a church. You will be challenged in a comfortable way but in a way that will make you want to grow in your faith.

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Located at 453 West Elkhorn Estes Park, CO ALL ARE WELCOME HERE

Oleta M. Reed

Oleta M. Reed age 93, died May 11, 2024. She was born on April 8, 1931 in Berthoud, CO to Gale and Georgia (Hawkins) Marshall.

Oleta went to school in Estes Park, CO in 1947. She married Byron Tedder in Estes Park, CO on January 1, 1948. After his death in 1989 she married Everett Reed of Berthoud, CO on November 16, 1994. Everett died on February 6, 2001. She then became the companion to Harry Bernhardt from 2002-2007.

Oleta, is beloved member of the Berthoud Family Church, where she loved and adored her church family. Oleta lived most of her life in Estes Park, CO were she had a cleaning business for many years. Oleta began her love for Christ by attending the First Baptist Church in Estes Park and then moved onto the Church of Christ. She belonged to the American Legion Ancillary for 33 years in Estes Park and then in John Day Oregon, and was a past president of th organization.

and nephews. She is also survived by her sister Opal Bell of Texas.

Kathy Schaps

She is survived by three children Sharon Sprague of Loveland CO, Doris Valdez and husband Tony of Akron, and Cliff Tedder and his wife Susan of Estes Park, CO. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Brian, Clint, Virgene, Bobby, Brett, Brenda, Jimmy, Ryan, Dustin and Trevor who all meant the world to her as well as multiple great grandchildren and nieces

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, daughter Carolyn Walker and son-in-law Dilles Walker of Akron, CO, sister Shirley Wright and brothers Donald Marshall, Elven Marshall and Harold Marshall. Any donations can be made to Berthoud Family Church in Oleta Reed's memory for a tree to be planted on the church property. There will be a graveside service on May 24, 2024 at 10 a.m. located at Foothills Garden of Memory followed by a potluck celebration of life at thee Berthoud Family Church.

Kathryn Marie Schaps (Hanson) of Estes Park, CO, passed away at The Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, WY on May 8th, 2024. She was born on 2/05/1948 in Holdrege, NE to Philip and Helen Hanson. John and Kathryn were married at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO on March 13, 1982. They lived in Boulder for several years, remodeling a historic home on Spruce St., before moving to Estes Park. Kathryn always knew that she wanted to teach, she loved being around children. Her own children were her pride and joy. Her first teaching job after college was in Eads, CO. She went on to get her master’s degree in library science. She spent most of her career teaching in the Estes Park School district. She taught at the elementary level, then was the librarian for many years and ended her teaching career helping students improve their reading skills. She and her husband John owned stores in Estes Park including the Homespun Shop and a Hologram store. Her favorite hobbies were reading and knit-

ting. After her retirement from teaching, she took a part time job at The Stitchin’ Den (local yarn shop). She worked there for several years. She knitted everything from wash cloths and blankets to clothing and hats. One year she knitted 52 hats, one per week, and let her family choose their favorite one at Christmas. She is survived by her husband John J. Schaps of 42 years, her children Emily Schaps (Estes Park) and Jeremiah Schaps (Denver), grandson Jackson Schaps, brother Steve Hanson (Ann Hanson), sister Trisha Bussell (Mark Bussell), stepmother Patricia Hanson, and brother-in-law Roger Kleen, along with many nieces and nephews.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Philip Hanson and sister Janice Kleen. Services will be planned for a later date.

In honor of Kathy, please donate to the American Diabetes Association.

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Peggy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to the parents of George and Virginia Price.

She is survived by her loving husband, Vernon Burch, former husband Michael Adams, two sons David Adams and James Adams, her brother Steven Price, five grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

She died at Aspens Memory Care with family after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

She attended The University of Utah and CSU Master Gardeners extension. Peggy retired from Travelers Insurance Co. after a long tenure.

Being an avid hiker of the Wasatch

Mountains of Utah and the Colorado Rockies, she saw the beauty of nature and was very creative with landscaping and made a side gig out of it! She could never have enough rocks! Everything she touched was beautiful, her front yard would tell the story. She became a master gardener and volunteered with the Master Gardeners Association of CSU.

Just like landscaping, she was an accomplished artist. The attention to detail is amazing! She painted landscapes and plant scenery. I think everyone she knew has a piece of her artwork that they can cherish forever on! She will be remembered and missed by everyone that crossed her path. Service will be private. Friday, May 24, 2024 « 41
Peggy Ann Burch 3/19/1941-5/5/2024
Photo by Dick Coe

Now hiring

(Must live in Estes Park)

Airport Drivers • Tour Drivers • Office Reservationist

Non CDL Drivers

$18-20 an hour Plus tips, Fulltime/Partime

$4/hr shift differential pay for morning and nights.

Tour Guides/drivers for small groups.

Office Reservationist I

$18-20 an hour, One Fulltime Seasonal /One Partime Year-round

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


Are you friendly, computer -savvy people person? Then Streamside is looking for YOU! IMMEDIATE HIRE for an incredible Front Desk Executive.

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Please send an Email of Interest to:

Or call us today at: 818.388.0206.

Sky Run RMNP is hiring a FT or PT Accounting Clerk. Assist Accounting Manager with various accounting and Owner Statement processes. Weekday hours available, $19 - $20 per hour. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Hiring House Cleaners

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Opening for SEASONAL FRONT DESK AGENT May through October weekend work is necessary. $18 to $22 hour depending on experience.

Please apply in person 1450 Big Thompson Ave.

Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: $17-19/hour, plus tips, a summer bonus up to $1500, and benefits package for full time employees. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

SEASONED An American Bistro

SEASONED is seeking Dishwasher E-mail to or call 970.586.9000

Maintenance Tech FT Seasonal, PT Off-Season Possible $19 - $20/Hr 1885 Sketch Box Ln #7 Estes Park Basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, drywall and painting Work orders, troubleshoot, vendor comm, snow shoveling, mowing Computer skills, lift 50+ lbs, English, Spanish a plus, valid DL Weekends, holidays, rotating on call a must

Please send resume and cover letter to:

3450 Fall River Rd. Trailhead Restaurant

Is looking for Server Housing available Apply in person.

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Full or 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. EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at « EMPLOYMENT Now Hiring CDL Drivers and Tour Office Reservationists Year round Part-time CDL drivers with passenger endorsment starting at $29.00 an hour plus tips. Office reservationists full-time/part-time seasonal May - October $18-20 an hour. Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave Now hiring: Breakfast Attendant Housekeepers Apply in person: 1260 Big Thompson Ave. or email resume: Silver Saddle Inn NOW HIRING! Warehouse & Warehouse-Driver Rocky Mountain Conservancy Retail Warehouse $20-20.50/hr Seasonal: May-October Full-time or Part-time Weekends & some holidays required in Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking team players to work at See full position description on our website | (970)586-0121 HIRING TODAY! CDL DRIVERS Pay Starting at $26/hr Apply at or send your resume to Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Rams Horn Village Resort has a year round, part time position available in our Activities/Hospitality Department: Responsibilities include great customer service, weekly shopping, food prep, and assisting with weekend events for guests. Approx 8 hrs/wk. Can also work in Guest Services/Housekeeping department for full time employment, which includes summer bonus and benefits package. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE


Donor Services Manager


Tennis Instructor

This part-time seasonal position implements tennis programming and activities and provides tennis instruction to participants. Position will instruct youth and adults programs including clinics and tournaments. The 2024 Tennis Program schedule for youth will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm from June 11 through July 16, 2024. The adult program will be held on Thursday nights from 4pm-5:30pm from June 12, through July 25, 2024. We are looking for an experienced Tennis player or a someone that has taught Tennis lessons. For more information and to apply online, go to


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

Regular Full-time

Journey Lineworker

Police Officer I - III

Special Events Coordinator

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

Rocky Mountain Transit Management is now hiring for seasonal employment. We are looking for bus drivers, parking lot attendants, cleaners, and mechanics. Paid CDL training available. Give us a call 970-577-7477

Good Samaritan Society – Estes Park, CO is currently hiring for the following full-time and part-time positions. Benefits include: daily pay access, education assistance, yearly salary increases, PTO and more!

• Lead Cook

• Food Service Assistant

• Environment Services Technician

• Medication Aide / QMAP*

*paid training provided, if not certified

• Maintenance Mechanic

• Volunteer Opportunities

JOIN OUR TEAM TODAY! search “Estes Park, CO” or scan the QR code:

Receptionist- Bilingual (Spanish)

30 hours a week

$20-$24 an hour DOE

Please send an email of interest along with a resume to Brian Schaffer,

Once received, a full job description will be sent. Applications will be accepted until June 14th at 5pm

Looking For A Summer Job Or A Year Round Postion? Join Our Team!

Flexible Schedule, Paid Time Off. 970-586-8656 561 Lone Pine Dr

Cook Wanted $20/hr. Inquires can be sent to

Guest Services Rep/Guest Reservationist/Special Projects/ Computer Skills/Answering phones/emails/Texts. Customer Service/Telephone skills/problem solving skills

Written/oral communications skills required - Full Time Year Round Weekends required $20/$21 hr DOE

Apply on line with resume skyrun-rm/job/guestservices.rep

o rg B u i ld i ng Mai n te n a n ce tech n icia n – Staff ho u Si ng Specia l iSt This is a full-time, year-round position at YMCA of the Rockies –Estes Park Center that is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all aspects of staff housing with a special emphasis on Glacier Lodge, the year-round staff housing neighborhood in Estes Park. A minimum of two years’ experience in a facility maintenance position and must possess a valid, USA state issued driver's license. $21 - $23/hour includes Medical benefits, YMCA of the Rockies family membership, generous PTO/vacation, participation in YMCA Retirement Fund, ski passes, discounted childcare, and employee discounts.

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Pay $21 - $23

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EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at « EMPLOYMENT Friday, May 24, 2024 « 43 Skilled Maintenance Full Time/Part Time $18.00 to $24.00 per hour DOE plus bonus* • General Maintenance and/or • Hot Tub Service • Landscaping/Snow Removal • Guest Services *Bonus is $1.00 per hour May through October Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email: NOW HIRING! We’re hiring for the following positions starting at $21.01/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter Get your application at: After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447. See full position description on our website | (970)586-0108
Mountain Conservancy
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Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Stores

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Come and join our team! Village Laundry is in need of Attendants. Competitive pay, starting at $15.00 per hour. Flexible hours. Year round job. Send your resume to: or pick up application at 172 S. St. Vrain Ave.

1 BD, 3/4 BA, left unit of duplex. Common area has W/D. Tenant pays elec., water & gas. Avail. 3/25. First, last & security dep. $1500/mo., 970-481-5188


Ponderosa Realty & Management has year around rental properties available for immediate move in! We have bedrooms for rent, apartments, a condo, 2 cabins and a house open right now. 1 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms available. Our rentals run from $800 per month to $2600 per month. Utilities depended on property. Call 970-586-6500 or stop by our office to inquire and to setup a showing.

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2 bedroom cabin great location, 1 bathroom, huge kitchen /living area. 6 month or 12 month lease, $2,000 per month plus gas in the winter. Please call 970-215-4016 and leave a message


2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Duplex for rent. Would prefer Year lease. Rent is $1500 per month. Call Susan at 801 230 9595 or email at

Office Space for Rent 1377 Sq. Ft., Conference Room, 3 Private Offices, High Traffic Area with Great Exposure, Open Lobby Area, Printer Room. 351 Moraine Ave. Suite B 970-227-4865

Storage Units

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Now hiring: Front Desk Agent

Flexible Hours, Full time $18/hr - $22/hr DOE Must be non-smoker. Apply in person: 1260 Big Thompson Ave. or email resume: Silver Saddle Inn


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Home Repair/Service

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Wanted. Pine needle and Pine cone clean up. Rakes and bags supplied. $20 per hour per person. 4 people max. Please text Thomas. 970-219-1866


Remixed Custom Sewing Services.

NEW LOCATION! Small Furniture, Restoration, Cushions and Industrial Repair. Call for appointment 970-492-5446

Piano Tuning

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New Bed Sheets

Queen fitted - $110 / doz.

Queen flat - $100 / doz. King fitted - $160 / doz. Ergonomic Task Chairs $50 each Stop by Silver Saddle Inn 1260 Big Thompson Ave.



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1255 Juniper Dr., Gorgeous Home, fully renovated. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car garage, on 1 acre. It is a must-see, with views from every room, all stainless steel appliances, and so much more. FSBO - offering a buyer agent incentive. 602-819-2918

Community YARD Sale & Pancake Breakfast May 25th - 8am until Noon. “Weather Permitting” Masonic Lodge Parking Lot at 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Spaces available for rent $20.00 For Details call: 577-8585

Antique quilts, jewelry, household, small furniture, gardening, linens, tools. MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY MAY 27TH, 9 a.m. to NOON! 1316 Kinnikinnic CT

Estate Sales

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

Brunswick Gold Crown 9 foot pool table, complete with cue rack, 3 triangles, brass bridge, brush & cover. $4500. please send a text message to 970-443-5613 if interested.

ESTATE/MOVING SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL JUDI 970-215-5548 Fundraisers Big Thompson Canyon Assoc Pancake Breakfast; All you can eat pancakes, eggs, meat, juice, coffee. Bake sale, prize drawings, craft sale! Tickets $9, $6 4-9 yrs, $1 more at door: Info at BTCA1479;

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