Estes Park News, May 27, 2022

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Velvet In The Snow Wildlife photographer and author Brad Manard captured this beautiful image of a bull elk in the wet spring snow. His antlers are growing rapidly under the lush velvet. Photo by Brad Manard

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Plan Ahead For Spring Runoff And Post-Wildfire Landscape Changes In the Estes Valley, spring runoff often starts in May and peaks in June. Each spring, warmer temperatures and melting snow mean higher flows and rising water levels along streams and rivers throughout the Estes Valley. Prolonged warm spells combined with intense rains increase the chances of localized flooding. The Town’s Public Works Department has an action plan for minor and major flood events to protect public safety. If necessary, staff are prepared for mitigation using sand bags, equipment, and concrete barriers for short-notice deployment to protect public areas such as roads, bridges, and utilities that could be flooded. Owners of property along rivers and streams are encouraged to clear debris and excess sediment where needed to preserve maximum channel capacity. It is ultimately every citizen’s responsibility to protect their own private property and to consider how risks on his or her property affect neighbors upstream and downstream. The Town of Estes Park encourages residents to reach out to their neighbors and work together to address potential problems. Some maintenance actions private property owners can take to protect property are: 1. Stabilize scoured river banks and reduce blockage potential. a. Cut down unstable trees (leave stump and roots in place) that could fall and block water flow along the channel or at downstream bridges and culverts. b. Leave existing roots and cultivate riparian vegetation, such as willows, along banks to reduce 6,000 copies were printed this week, and distributed FREE to hundreds of Estes Valley locations including Allenspark, Glen Haven & Lyons.

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Memorial Day Holiday Closure Larimer County Offices, District Attorney, and Landfill will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on May 30, 2022. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.

flow velocities and resist bank erosion. c. Selectively remove problematic debris from the river. d. No diversions or dams are allowed in river channels or on banks as this can interfere with stream flow.

2. Prevent or reduce potential flood damage to structures. a. Sand bags or hydro barriers may be placed to divert water around buildings. Look for supplies at local hardware stores. b. Consider using flood-resistant construction materials when making improvements. For work more substantial than maintenance or seasonal mitigation, a Floodplain Development Permit may be required. The Town’s floodplain regulations are in

Chapter 18.04 of the Estes Park Municipal Code, located at s/municipal_code. More information is also available at For answers to specific questions about floodplain management, contact the Town’s Floodplain Administrator at 970-577-3740 or Consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The best source of information about insurance coverage is All Town and County properties are eligible for flood insurance coverage, not just those that are required to hold flood insurance by lenders. New policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect, so the time to purchase is now. Recent wildfires will have lasting effects on the landscape and create a heightened risk of flooding for years to come. Locations downhill and downstream from burned areas may be susceptible to flash flooding and debris flows, especially in and near steep and narrow terrain. Rainfall that would normally be absorbed by the forest canopy and loose tree litter and duff on the ground may instead quickly run off. Because of this, much less rainfall is required to produce a flash flood, and the potential for debris flows increases with the loss of plant material that holds the soil in place. Finally, the Town of Estes Park requests residents notify the Police Department at 970-586-4000 if they observe water leaving the banks of any river in Estes Park during spring runoff. For more resources related to runoff and river flows, please visit

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Town Offices Closed Memorial Day Town of Estes Park municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will resume normal operating hours Tuesday, May 31. For more information, please call the Public Information Office at 970-577-3701.

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Fatality At Adams Falls In Rocky Mountain National Park Last Thursday afternoon May 19, a 21year-old female from Virginia, Illinois, died after falling into Adams Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Her body was recovered last evening. Adams Falls is located on the East Inlet Trail on the west side of the park. Grand County Sheriff ’s Office, Grand County EMS, Grand County Search and Rescue, and Grand Lake Fire assisted the park. Her body was transferred to the Grand County Coroner. The woman’s

name will be released after next of kin are notified. Park visitors are reminded to remain back from the banks of streams, rivers and waterfalls, especially during spring runoff. Rocks at streamside are often slippery. Water is extremely cold and can be deceivingly deep and swift. Always provide proper supervision for children, who by nature, tend to be attracted to water. Powerful currents can quickly pull a person underwater.

Fire Restrictions Expire Our partners at Estes Valley Fire Protection District have announced that current Fire Restrictions will expire at 8 a.m. May 20. Please be prepared for re-

strictions to return when necessary, with warmer and drier weather. For more information, please visit

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 15, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD)

responded to 10 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 2 • Alarm Activation: 3 • MVC: 3 • Gas Leak: 1 • Helicopter Standby: 1

Elk Baby First Steps

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Message From The Mayor: I-Beam.. You Beam... We All Beam For Good Mental Health In addition to overseeing the strategy and budget of the Town of Estes Park, my duties as mayor include representing the townspeople on a few related boards. One such board serves the Larimer County Behavioral Health Policy Council that focuses on behavioral health services provided throughout the Larimer County.

Workers watch as local officials sign Ibeam for Larimer County Behavior Health Building being built at Trilby Road and Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins.

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has gone to the EVICS Family Resource Center for the work of an early childhood mental health consultant. And Estes R-3 School District received a grant for training key staff and students about Social Emotional Learning. Larimer County authorized the building of the Larimer County Behavioral Health Facility at Trilby Road and Taft Hill Road. Upon its completion, coordination of a variety of services for county residents will occur at the site. Last Friday, May 13 I joined other officials for an I-beam signing ceremony. Unfortunately the wind was blowing so much the crane used to build the structure could not install the I-beam while we were there so I would know what direction it faces. Hopefully, when the winds eased up the crane put the I-beam facing toward Estes Park. On that day, in that place, like most days and places I find myself, it was an honor to do my part in helping meet the needs of the people of Estes Park and elsewhere in Larimer County. I am confident my fellow trustees have similar feelings about the boards, committees, and councils on which they serve. To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, we do what we can, where we are, with what we have for the people of Estes Park.

The council’s 14-member board meets each month. At meetings, members focus on behavioral health services in the county and seek to use a multifaceted approach for meeting the needs of residents. In 2021, $2.5 million went to county-based organizations via grants. The grants supported work in six high- priority areas a) behavioral health care coordination across services, b) moderate/intensive care coordination for those with complex needs, c) behavioral health workforce deAn up-close picture of the signatures that offivelopment and retention, d) encials from throughout Larimer County, including hancing first responder and beMayor Koenig of Estes Park, added to an I-beam havioral health crisis-to-care to be included in the Behavior Health Building becollaboration efforts, e) increasing built to meet the mental health needs of ing access to behavioral healthLarimer County residents. care in non-traditional settings, and f) prevention education and early intervention for vulnerable youth. Of the 39 grants awarded by the Council, Estes Park directly benefitted from four grants. One grant went to the Estes Valley Fire Protection District for hiring a mental health clinician to provide services to peer support team members and their families. Another grant went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Estes Mayor Wendy Koenig, Larimer Commissioner Jody Larimer County to cover Shadduck-McNally and Loveland Mayor Jackie Marsh the cost of a having a so- stand ready to add their signatures to an I-beam that will cial worker provide coun- be an integral part of the new Larimer County Behavior seling services to youth Health Building. Courtesy photos and families. Yet another

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Proposed Floodplain Insurance Study And Maps Moving Forward In The FEMA Adoption Process As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) floodplain map adoption process for Estes Park, a 90-day appeal period is scheduled to begin on May 18. This period provides an opportunity for community officials and people who own or lease property to submit scientific or technical information if they believe the flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect. Such information should be submitted to the Town of Estes Park Floodplain Administrator at The appeal period concludes in mid-August 2022, after which FEMA will make any final changes to the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS). Final maps are expected to be adopted and effective in spring 2023. After the 2013 Northern Colorado flood, the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) was established by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to rework the region’s floodplain data and maps. In 2019, draft results for Estes Park were released by CWCB, and FEMA referenced this work to produce FIRMs and an updated FIS in early 2021. A virtual public meeting about the Estes Park maps and the

FEMA map adoption process was held on April 1, 2021. During the summer and fall of 2021, some complex multijurisdictional flood hazard issues in other areas of Larimer County were resolved, resulting in reissuance of the FEMA maps in December 2021. However, the Estes Park FIRMs required only some label corrections. To view the preliminary FIRMs and FIS during the 90-day appeal period, visit the FEMA Map Service Center. To research any Colorado property’s location on the CWCB floodplain map, visit the Colorado Hazard Mapping & Risk MAP Portal and select “Flood Hazard” to enter an address and generate a report. Maps and information are also available in the Public Works Department, Room 100, at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. Following the appeal period, each community will be informed that their floodplain maps become effective in six months. For more information, residents of Estes Park may contact the Floodplain Administrator at 970-577-3740 or; residents of unincorporated Larimer County may call 970-498-5732 or email

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Historic Fall River Hydroplant Opens For The 2022 Season The Historic Fall River Hydroplant will open its doors for the summer season on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road in Estes Park, this plant was constructed in 1909 to produce electricity for the Stanley Hotel and surrounding areas. Later, F.O. Stanley sold the plant to the Public Service Company of Colorado. In 1945, the Town of Estes Park purchased and maintained the Hydroplant until it was se-

verely damaged in 1982 by the Lawn Lake Flood. Operating as an interpretive site since 2002, the Historic Fall River Hydroplant will be open Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00 -4:00 p.m., through September 30, 2022. Guided tours of the Hydroplant will be given at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m., no reservations are required and admission is free.

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The Problem of Opioid Addiction: A Living Room Conversation From: Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership and the Estes Valley Library



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tion is necessary to help facilitators organize the conversation. The opioid epidemic is in the news and Online registration for the program on in our communities. Addiction to opi“Opioid Addiction” includes a link to oids seems different from others and has the Conversation Guide pamphlet, destroyed many lives and families. At the which participants may read through same time, opioids are also an important beforehand. Facilitation is available for tool for alleviating human suffering and English-topromoting healSpanish and ing. Our ability to Spanish-toaddress addiction English conis often not as sucversation durcessful as we ing the session. would like. Is adThe program diction a compulis co-hosted by sion and/or a the Estes Valchoice? As a sociley Library and ety we see addicthe Estes Valtion as leading to ley Restorative Justice Partnership, with criminal acts, which leads to punishthe additional partnership of North Colment where treatment may or may not orado Health Alliance (NCHA) and be available. Is this the most helpful reColorado Opioid Synergy Larimer & sponse? What can we do to prevent or Weld (CO-SLAW). resolve the issue of opioid addiction? The 2022 Community Conversation May is Mental Health Awareness series invites locals to come together, Month, and the community is invited to share perspectives, and enjoy the learngather for a dialogue about “Opioid Ading opportunities that emerge through diction”. This Living Room Conversation facilitated dialogue in a small group settakes place Wednesday, May 25 from 6 ting, drawing upon the Living Room to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Hondius Conversation model. Visit Room. out more about the May 25 contions to learn about the series and its versation and sign up at background. Advance registra-

El Problema de Adicción a los Opioides: una Conversación de Sala de Justicia Restaurativa del Valle de Estes, y la Biblioteca de Estes Valley

Descubre más sobre la conversación en el 25 de mayo y regístrese para asistir en La epidemia de opioides está en las Reserva anticinoticias y en nuestras comunidades. La pada es necesaria para ayudar a los faciladicción a los opiáceos parece diferente a itadores a organizar la conversación. las demás y ha destruido muchas vidas y El registro en línea para el programa familias. Al mismo tiempo, los opioides “Adicción a los Opioides” incluye un entambién son una herramienta imporlace a la Guía de la Conversación, que tante para aliviar el sufrimiento humano los participantes pueden leer antes del y promover la curación. Nuestra capaci- programa. La facilitación está dad para abordar la adicción a menudo disponible para conversación traducida no es tan exitosa como nos gustaría. ¿Es de inglés-a-español y español-a-inglés. la adicción una compulsión y/o una Este programa se ofrece en colaboelección? Como sociedad, vemos que la ración con Justicia Restaurativa del Valle adicción conduce a actos delictivos, lo de Estes y la Biblioteca de Estes Valley, y que conduce al castigo donde el la colaboración adicional de North Coltratamiento puede o no estar disponible. orado Health Alliance (NCHA) y Col¿Es esta la respuesta más útil? ¿Qué orado Opioid Synergy Larimer & Weld podemos hacer para prevenir o resolver (CO-SLAW). el problema de la adicción a los opiLa serie “Conversaciones Comunioides? tarias de 2022” invita a la gente local de Mayo es el Mes de Concientización soreunirse, compartir sus puntos de vista, bre Salud Mental, y invitamos a la comuy disfrutar de las oportunidades para nidad de reunirse para un diálogo sobre aprender que salen del diálogo facilitado “Adicción a los Opioides”. Esta Living en un marco de grupos pequeños, haRoom Conversación (diálogo en la sala) ciendo el uso del modelo Conversación tiene lugar en el miércoles, 25 de mayo, en el Salón. Visite 6 hasta 7:30 p.m. en el Salón Hondius munity-conversations para aprender sode la Biblioteca. bre la serie y su contexto.

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The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On 5/12/2022 at 2:23 p.m. police were called to High Street & Driftwood Avenue where they contacted a 32 year old male from Estes Park who was violating a protection order. Police charged him with violation of protection order. He was found to be wanted on a warrant for a felony and failure to comply. He was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail. On 5/14/2022 at 4:48 a.m. police were called about a vehicle stuck on a retaining wall in the 200 block of Moraine Avenue. On scene they contacted the driver, a 51 year old male from Cheyenne, WY and charged him with DUI (3+ priors), DUI per se, driving while license under restraint, a parking violation. He was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail. On 5/18/2022 at 3:44 p.m police contacted a 42 year old male driver from Estes Park in the 400 block E. Elkhorn Avenue for a traffic violation. On scene, the male was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with DUI, DUI per se and a lane use violation. The male was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail. On 5/16/2022 at 8:30 a.m. police responded to North Saint Vrain Avenue & Third Street for a motor vehicle accident. On scene they contacted the 27 year old male driver from Berthoud, CO and charged him with following too closely and violating restrictions of driver’s permit. He was later released. On 5/16/2022 at 5:06 p.m. police contacted a 38 year old female from Fort Collins, CO in the 800 block of Big Thompson Avenue regarding suspicious circumstances. The female was found to be wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for failure to comply. She was arrested and later released on bond by EPPD. On 5/16/2022 at 5:06 p.m. police contacted a 36 year old male from Fort Collins, CO in the 800 block of Big Thompson Avenue regarding suspicious circumstances. The male was found to be wanted on a misdemeanor traffic warrant for failure to comply. He was ar-

rested and transported to the Larimer County Jail. On 5/13/2022 at 12:26 p.m. police contacted an 18 year old male from Larimer County in the 1600 block of Manford Avenue regarding suspicious circumstances. The male was cited for failure to yield right of way and later released. On 5/18/2022 at 12:09 a.m. police contacted a 20 year old male suspect from Estes Park in the 500 block Big Thompson Avenue for a traffic violation. The male was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged with DUI, unlawful possession of schedule II-controlled substance, criminal possession of second degree forged instrument, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and a lane use violation. The male was arrested and later released on a summons from EPPD. On 5/20/2022 12:06 a.m. police were called to the 300 block of Wonderview Avenue regarding a disturbance and trespass. On scene, a 47 year old female from Estes Park was arrested for second degree criminal trespass. She also had a misdemeanor warrant for first degree criminal trespass and theft. She was later released on summons and bond from EPPD. On 5/20/2022 8:27 p.m. police were called to the 400 block of Elm Avenue on a report of a dog bite. On scene a 33 year old male from Glen Haven, CO was charged with unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog. On 5/22/202 12:49 a.m. police contacted a 60 year old female from Estes Park in the 400 block of Fir Avenue who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The female was found to be under the influence of alcohol and she was charged with DUI, DUI per se, careless driving and failure to present evidence of insurance. Shee was arrested and released on summons from EPPD. On 5/07/2022 at 5:29 p.m. police contacted a 21 year old male from Estes Park for a traffic violation at Prospect Estates Drive & Peakview Drive. He was found to be in violation of a protection order and was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail.



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Community Involvement Guides The Estes Forward Comprehensive Planning Process • Health and Social choices, including Town priorities, inclusiveness, childcare provisions and programs for schoolThe Estes Forward Comprehensive aged youth Planning process is moving right along • Transportation and Infrastructure, after a year of effort, and staff and consultants completed another opportunity including preferences for active transportation and transit, innovative transto connect with the community in May. portation strategies, water supplies in The current (1996) Plan, which has guided policies on land use, community the future and energy delivery systems design, growth management, circulation, Stakeholders were also presented with housing, and environmental quality is the draft Vision and Guiding Principles, being updated with the goal to finalize shown below: the draft and seek adoption at the end of The Estes Valley community works to2022. gether as responsible stewards of our The Comprehensive Plan belongs to iconic mountain home to welcome resiour community, with a broad range of dents and visitors of all backgrounds by needs, so the public engagement process investing in our quality of life, sense of is critical to striking a balance in our community, economic vitality, and Plan for the future. The consultants and health of the natural environment Town and County staff are working with Guiding Principles: the Trustee-appointed, resident-led • Responsible access to wild spaces, Comprehensive Plan Advisory Commit- scenic vistas, outdoor recreation, and tee (CompPAC), the Estes Valley PlanRocky Mountain National Park ning Advisory Committee (EVPAC, es• A unified, proactive response to clitablished in Larimer County), and many mate change through resilient inframore community members and stakestructure, ecosystem management, proholders to craft a vision and set of guidtection of biodiversity, and reduced ing principles that inform the overarchcarbon emissions ing policies and actions for the next • Balanced growth that enhances qualtwenty years within the Town and a pority of life, preserves local character, and tion of the Valley. Through a broad enconserves natural resources gagement strategy to connect with as • Cooperative governance through many people as possible, the team has strong partnerships made significant strides to listen to the needs and concerns of residents, visitors, • Year-round, diversified economy and businesses, youth, and families, despite a social services for visitors and residents pandemic that largely prevented meeting of all ages and income levels in person. • Accessible and affordable housing for The most recent step in the process all brought the community together for a • Pathways to health, prosperity, and series of questions related to choices and equity for all options to consider within each of the • Connected community linked locally themes of the Plan: and regionally by multi-modal trans• The Natural Environment, including portation options conservation, resource protection, flood • Recognition and respect for all culand wildfire mitigation, wildlife habitat tures and protection of sacred lands and protection, and ecosystem management indigenous ceremonial practices to address the impacts of climate change Since the process began in 2021, hun• The Built Environment, including dreds of community members have growth management strategies, infrahelped provide direction for the new structure management and planning, Plan. If you have not already, please take land use, and design and architectural time to join this important process. Let guidelines us know your thoughts and ideas mov• Housing, including types and densiing forward by registering at www.enties, criteria for development, design, and watch for future comconsiderations, funding sources, and lo- munity conversations later this summer cations as the team develops policies and action • Economy, including what’s needed to steps for the Plan. Learn more at support a year-round workforce, the role or email planthe Town plays and how to engage We look forward to hearing from you! By: Jessica Garner, Community Development Director


THE WORD OF FAITH “But what does it say? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:8-10 Something miraculous happens when we choose to believe and confess God’s Word! Apostle Paul calls it “the Word of faith.” Many people hope God will do something in their lives, health, finances, family, etc. But just hoping without believing and confessing His Word, is like throwing a dart at a bullseye blind folded. Many don’t believe in God and they put their hope in the universe or in fate or in some false god. But God and His Pastors Mark and Alice Wettengel Promises are real and you can find them in the Bible. He says Pastors Mark and Alice Wettengel 720-561-9491 that He is not a man that He should lie — and His Word is Truth.


Though God is always working in our lives to bring us to Himself, picking up the Bible and starting to quote scriptures will not get God to move in your life. He’s looking for a relationship not a religion. But as you get to know Him, faith will begin to build in your heart and pretty soon you’ll be believing and speaking that belief. In other words, you’ll be speaking the “word of faith.” We encourage you to come to EPIC church and get to know God more. He loves you too much to leave you where you are. Will you take the first step? We’re here to help you. Love you.

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First an important note from a reader, Judy L., a retired RN: “I too got knocked for a loop with a ‘common cold, ’ which my immune system has apparently forgotten how to fight. After reading your column from the May 20, 2022 issue of the Estes Park News, I felt I should mention something that people are not always aware of about the Covid Rapid self-test kits. “When you say ‘I hope your home test kits stay in your medicine cabinet, unopened, forever,’ this may mislead people into thinking that they have an unlimited shelf life. They do not. All of these rapid tests have Expiration Dates, and they should NOT be used after those dates, as they may give false results. “The kits I received from the Federal government, and the state of Colorado, have Expiration dates in June 2022 or July 2022, and one set of tests I got from the Estes Park Library expire in December 2022. To find the Expiration date, look for ‘Exp: month-day-year, ’ or ‘Use By: yearmonth-day, ’ or one kit I received (Clinitest by the Siemens company) shows a little symbol that looks like the old-fashioned glass sand hourglass timer (with all the sand at the bottom) with the year-month. ” Now, to this week’s Thunking: “If only everyone were just like us,” my dad would sometimes say, usually when he was tolerating another’s divergent behavior. Of course he said it tongue-incheek, because our family appreciated all sorts of people who weren’t like us at all. People-watching was a favorite pastime—at the airport especially. (I can’t hardly be in an airport without getting choked up watching humans greet—or part—with hugs, kisses and/or tears. Every single person has a story. As I observe, I wonder what those stories are.) My family also paid attention to people at the band shell park, the grocery store, downtown, on campus, in our hometown, in other states and across the seas. We observed. We noted. We nodded.

Opportunities to interact personally with folks from unfamiliar cultures were not ample in the white-bread-basket of the Midwest (Lincoln, Nebraska). Nonetheless, I was taught to be openminded and not to fear those different from me. What’s to be afraid of? That is the question I can’t get out of my head. Those who discriminate, who violate, who hate—what are they afraid of? What do they fear? Why do humans feel we have to beat each other up and keep each other down? Or shoot each other dead. Why? Some would say it’s about having power, one over another. But what’s so great about power? I’m not being simple but simply honest. I sincerely don’t understand why one would want dominion over another. Helping each other—yes. I get that. But what pleasure is there in hurting another? (I heard something recently that is as close to an answer as I’ll ever get: “Hurt people hurt people.”) So what if someone is lesbian or gay or bisexual or transgender or questioning or straight? Why does that matter to you and to me? Just be. (In other words, we each need to mind our own business. Or, to quote Joseph Campbell, follow your bliss, and I add, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone.) Live and let live. Curls or waves or straight-as-a-hat-pin. Tall or short, big-boned or thin. Piercings or tattoos or brown eyes and skin. What’s to be afraid of? Live and let live. Observe. Note. Nod. Learn and love. Which is exactly what my mother was suggesting when she would say, “Think how boring the world would be if everyone were just like us.” She said it in a nicer way than Dad, but they meant the same thing. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2022 Sarah Donohoe

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

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

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Vote The Colorado Primary June 28 All Eligible Voters - Republican, Democrat, Unaffiliated. Detailed information can be found on the Secretary of State website: Qs/primaryElectionsFAQ.html Highlights: All eligible voters may vote in the primaries, even unaffiliated voters for all major and some minor parties. You may select a preference for a particular party’s ballot at any time by visiting or by making the selection on any paper voter registration form (before June 6 if you want your ballot mailed to you). June 6, 2022 County Clerks may begin mailing ballots. Ballots must be received by the County Clerk’s office by Election Day June 28th. Completed ballot can be returned by mail, ballot box, or at a Voter Service and Polling Center location.

Vote Por Las Primarias De Colorado El 28 De Junio Son Votantes Elegibles- Republicanos, Demócratas, No afiliados.

Información detallada puede ser encontrada en el sitio web de la Secretaria de Estado: s/primaryElectionsFAQ.html Destacado: Todos los votadores elegibles pueden votar en las primarias, también los votadores NO AFILIADOS de todos los partidos mayores y de algunos partidos menores. Puede seleccionar la boleta del partido particular de su preferencia visitando o seleccionándolo en cualquiera boletade formulario de registro de votantes (antes del 6 de junio si desea que le envíen su boleta por correo). El 6 de Junio de 2022 los Secretarios del Condado podrán comenzar a distribuir las papeletas. Las papeletas deberán ser recibidas por la oficina del Condado antes o el día de las elecciones, el 28 de junio de 2022. Las papeletas completes pueden ser devueltas por correo, urnas o en el Centro de Servicio de Votantes y Centro de Votación.

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Town Volunteers Support The Community By: Travis Machalek, Town Administrator

Last year, 188 volunteers donated 8,972 hours of their time serving the Town of Estes Park. The total economic value of this contribution is estimated at over $250,000. Many of the services supported by these dedicated and capable volunteers simply would not happen without them. We truly appreciate the efforts of this committed corps of volunteers; they make the town a better place with their service. The Town has two primary categories of volunteer opportunities: appointed positions and non-appointed positions. Appointed positions are volunteer opportunities that are subject to appointment by the Town Board (think Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Family Advisory Board, etc.). These positions are for a specific term or duration and assist and advise the Town Board. Non-appointed positions are more traditional volunteer opportunities where a volunteer is selected by staff and performs specific duties and responsibilities that can be found in the “Job Description” of each opportunity (think Campground Host, Visitor Center Ambassador, and Museum Gallery Host). Both types of volunteers are critical to Town operations, and we usually have openings in each category. Many of our volunteers shy away from public recognition, preferring instead to quietly contribute to their community without much fuss. That is part of the reason it is so important to take time each year to recognize and celebrate the

significant amount of time our volunteers commit to bettering the community. You’ve likely had an interaction with a Town volunteer and you may not even have known it. They greet you at our Police Department’s front window, assist our Restorative Justice program, greet you at the Museum, engage with you at Town events, provide quality information at the Visitor Center, and support the Police Department with the Auxiliary program. Please join me in recognizing and thanking these individuals who give selflessly of their time and talents! Current volunteer openings include: • Estes Park Board of Appeals – one position to be appointed • Parks Advisory Board – one position to be appointed • Transportation Advisory Board – three positions to be appointed • Campground Host • Historic Fall River Hydroplant Docent • Museum Gallery Host • Museum Downtown Walking Tour Docent • Museum Collections Volunteer • Event Volunteers (multiple events) • Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership Volunteer • Visitor Center Ambassador If you are interested in serving your community by volunteering, please visit for details..

New Life

Elk calving season has begun in Moraine Park/Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley. This day-old calf ’s spotted coat provided nice camouflage this week during our spring snowstorm. Be on the lookout now in the Estes Valley....the elk are very protective of their young and it can be very dangerous if you get too close! See page 25 for more tips. Photo by Alan Lipkin

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Land Trust’s Film Festival Showcases Young Filmmakers, Awards $8,000 In Scholarships The Estes Valley Land Trust (EVLT) pressive to see the thoughtfulness, dedi- Throne (grand prize of $5,000); Sydney partnered with the Estes Park School cation, and passion of high school stuLewelling, Kadynce Shoots, and Lucy District to host a Student Nature Film dents. I hope everyone takes a few min- Scott (2nd place prize of $2,000); and Ella Festival event on April 19th. Eligible jun- utes to view the award-winning films Santagati and Bella Walker (3rd place iors and seniors were asked to produce created by Estes Park seniors,” shared prize of $1,000). The decision to award films related to nature and the outdoors, Melissa Strong. Alec the grand prize was unanimous which would then be judged and among the judges. “Alec’s film displays a Films were judged on several criteria screened at the festival. Filmmakers high degree of professional environmenincluding complexity, originality, cinecompeted for three scholarship awards, tal filmmaking on every level of this critmatography, as well as the students’ rewith a grand prize of $5,000. Scholarsponses during the panel discussion. Af- ically necessary message for today’s ships were funded by Bird & Jim and the ter some deliberation, the judges world. Alec glides us through an enterLand Trust. taining and pleasurable educational exselected the three winning films, which perience,” said Nick Molle. Seven films were submitted for consid- were produced by six students: Alec eration, and each one highlighted the students’ passion and concern for environmental issues. Filmmakers shared compelling imagery and stories related to wildfires, climate change, sustainability, and more. The films were judged and screened in front of a private audience, and all filmmakers participated in an engaging panel discussion with the judges after the screening. The panel of judges included local nature filmmaker Nick Molle, youth educator Steve Johnson, EVLT board member Amy Plummer, and Bird & Jim co-owner and EVLT board member Melissa Strong. “The student films Grand prize winner Alec Throne responds to the judges during the filmmaker panel discussion. were outstanding. It was so imPhoto by Zach Bunch.

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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. “The festival was an opportunity for students to be creative and tell us about their excitement and fears for the future of our planet,” said Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director. “Conserving land forever requires working with every generation and I was really impressed with all the films.” The land trust also awarded an annual scholarship through an essay contest. This year’s essay scholarship ($1,000) was awarded to Joshua Landkamer. The winning films, and all of the film festival submissions, can now be viewed on the Land Trust’s website at About the Estes Valley Land Trust - Founded in 1987 by Estes Park residents, the Estes Valley Land Trust is a nationally recognized land conservation organization that has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of land and some of the most iconic landscapes in the Estes Valley. More than 400 members support the Estes Valley Land Trust annually and additional information can be found at

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High Elevation Gardening 101 – Getting Started

Individual plot under hail cloth. Photo by Claire Hanson By: Alison O’Connor, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent in Larimer County

It’s not easy to garden in the Estes Valley. Cold winters, low humidity, fluctuating temperatures, alkaline and gravelly soils, wind, animals, intense sunlight, a short growing season and lack of water can make gardening difficult and frustrating. You will have failures… and successes! Focus on what you can grow, not what you can’t. Keep an open mind and don’t give up. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to use local information. This can save you a lot of headaches (and heartache), especially if you seek out information that is research-based and verified. The experts include Colorado State University Extension (, or you can email questions directly to me at, Master Gardeners (, local garden center staff, and your fellow gardeners. Check out PlantTalk Colorado (, CO-Horts Blog (, and Garden Notes ( for local and university-based information. Estes Valley Community Garden has collected a variety of pertinent articles and information sheets. Click on the Resources tab at their website, Grow your veggies in raised beds because soil warms more quickly so you can plant earlier and harvest sooner. Also, there is better drainage, less soil compaction, and it is easier to improve the soil and to plant, tend and harvest your crops. You can protect from frost more easily, and will have a greater yield from a smaller area. All currently available treated wood is safe for raised bed gardens. Creosotetreated lumber (“railroad ties”) are safe to use after the creosote has stopped leaking from the wood. Other options include untreated pine, juniper, redwood, cedar, plastic “lumber”, cement/cinder blocks, or raised bed kits. Or try containers to extend the growing season, make use of small spaces, make gardening easier for those with

physical limitations or to introduce children to gardening. There is no digging or tilling needed, smaller and fewer tools are needed, weeding is minimized, plants can be located where they will grow best, and it is easier to protect containers from wildlife such as deer and rabbits. Also, it may be easier to practice organic gardening by starting with just a container or two to learn what works for your crops. The most successful vegetables for our conditions are the cool season crops that grow and mature early. Best choices are peas, cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale, spinach and lettuce. Look at the seed packet or plant info tag for “days to harvest” and choose those under about 85 days; spinach could be 40 days, peas up to 85. Herbs do well in containers, which lets you move them inside in the fall. Good performers at high elevation are parsley, sage, basil, thyme, rosemary, chives and dill. Drip irrigation, also known as microirrigation, provides targeted water application, is more than 90% efficient for lower total water use, and leads to decreased weed and disease pressure. Check out to learn how to plan and install a simple system in your landscape or garden areas. Coping with wildlife is another big challenge, as Estes Park is in the middle of a perfect wildlife habitat. There are some strategies that can help, which I will address in next month’s column. For more high elevation gardening tips, check out the CSU Extension Fact Sheet 7.248, “Vegetable Gardening in the Mountains.” You can find it at, or just click on “Search the Site”. CSU Extension provides a wealth of information and programs that safeguard health, increase livelihood and enhance well-being. Learn more at To learn more about Estes Valley Community Garden, visit

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

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

Now Accepting Donations For Pet Association 2022 Yard Sale On June 25 It’s time to get ready for the Pet Association Yard Sale! Donations are now being accepted for this year’s sale to be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Animal Medical Center of Estes Park. Items in good condition may be dropped off Monday thru Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Medical Center. Donations of large furniture, fixtures, appliances, clothing, computers, or TVs will not be accepted. If you have questions about donations, please contact James at 970-586-6898. All proceeds from the yard sale will be used to support the Pet Association of Estes Park, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, in providing healthcare and safe housing for homeless pets. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25. In the meantime, clean out your closets and donate your extra “stuff ” to the Pet Association’s Yard Sale!

Community Yard Sale Sat. May 28

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

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


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

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

Casting Lessons At Scott Ponds

Andrew Limmiatis will be offering free casting lessons at Scott Ponds from MayAugust on the last Friday of each month from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Dates will be May 27, June 24, July, 29 and Aug 26. These lessons are put on by Trout Unlimited and Andrew will have Trout Unlimited brochures for anyone that is looking to join. A limited number of rods will be available for use or those interested may bring their own. For any questions please call Andrew Limmiatis at 970-473-4555.

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This Weeks' Estes Park Archives “Program” The Estes Park Archives will be setting up this weekend at the Denver Postcard and Paper Show, so the free, regularly scheduled programs will resume next Saturday, June 4. Anyone interested in acquiring examples of or learning more about Estes Park history should consider attending this premier Colorado show in its new location, the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

A number of national postcard and vintage photography dealers will have tables with enough Colorado inventory to justify separate Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park sections, so searching is both easy and fun. Prices range from 25 cents to $500, depending on the item's age, size, or perceived rarity. Admission good for both days is $5, with a $1 discount if you search “Denver Postcard Show” online. Call 586-4889 if you need directions or more information.

It is fascinating to compare downtown Estes Park from the same vantage point in 1935 (inset) and 1945. Printed linen postcards courtesy Sanborn Research Centre

Programa Infantil en Español en YMCA

Image by Scott Pope

Nos vemos en el edifcio del Sweet Memorial, el primer Sábado de cada mes en YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center de 9:00 – 9:30 de la mañana. Este mes, el sábado 4 de junio, hablaremos sobre los ríos y arroyos. Este programa es para niños de 0 a 8 años de edad. Después de la sesión, los niños podrán compartir con otros niños en nuestra área de juego en la planta baja. Esta clase es en Español, pero todos los niños están invitados para aprender y hacer nuevos amigos!

Join us at the Sweet Memorial Building at YMCA of the Rockies, the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the morning for a fun children’s program. This month, on Saturday, June 4, the theme of the program will be about rivers and streams! This program is for children from 0 to 8 years old. After the session, you are invited to spend time with other children in our downstairs play area. This class is in Spanish, but all children are invited to learn and make new friends.

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Shannon Knight Returning To Estes For Free Concert This Saturday Evening

Shannon Knight travels all over the county preaching and singing about Jesus. Shannon has been on Gaither Videos, TBN, and many other television networks as well as on the Opry in Nashville, TN. He is also the lead singer of The Music City Quartet and a regular on The Music City Show. Shannon was awarded the gospel singer of the year award in 2019 for the state of Alabama. Shannon Knight

has been in full time ministry for 27 years. Shannon is married to his wife Haley, and they have four children. Shannon lives in Guin, AL. Two of his recent songs on his CD “Clear” can be found on “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “What If.” Shannon will also be doing one song from a new CD scheduled for release around September 2022. Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley is bringing him into town for a free concert Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., 2200 Mall Road. CDs will be available for purchase. Shannon will be first in a lineup of monthly concerts this summer including Blake & Jenna Bolerjack, New Legacy Project and Orchard Creek Bluegrass.

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Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast June 5

Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, June 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. We’re back! The Big Thompson Canyon Association (BTCA) has been supporting the canyon community for over 80 years. Past activities have included support during disasters and fishery restocking. A current item under consideration is coordinating a river clean up project. We are also working to add new members as the 2013 flood, road construction, covid and normal attrition have reduced our numbers. We are planning some fun programs for our monthly meetings, along with great food, good company and a chance to learn more about the canyon. For the past two years we have been unable to hold our major fundraiser, the pancake breakfast, due to covid. Now in its 52nd year, the Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast has become a tradition for many families. A Sunday trip up the Big Thompson Canyon and breakfast in the historic log building spells an enjoyable and inexpensive family outing. Advance tickets are only $9 for adults and $6 for children

four to nine years of age; tickets are $1 more at the door. Little ones under four eat for free. The BTCA building is located about 1 mile east of Drake on US 34. Check our Facebook page for updates: or to inquire about advance tickets. You can also email or call Mark or Linda Svoboda at (970) 962-9964. There are more activities than just the all you can eat breakfast (which includes eggs, breakfast meats, juice and coffee in addition to pancakes). BTCA members host a bake sale; proceeds from the pancake breakfast and bake sale will fund the BTCA during the year and provide contributions to local charities. Funds for the BTCA help maintain the building and provide a central gathering place for the local community yearround. We are unable to host a charity raffle this year, but there will be a drawing for a door prize; your breakfast ticket is your entry. The Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (BTCVFD) hosts a craft show next door at the firehouse. Participants are local crafters whose table fees assist the fire department with various needs. The fire department also assists with traffic and cooking.

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Newcomers Get Behind Fire Mitigation Project

Fire Chief David Wolf and Newcomers Treasurer Steve Neilson.

On a snowy morning walk to his mailbox, Steve Neilson noticed that the snowplow had covered the fire hydrant near his home. As he walked along, he noticed a few other hydrants hidden by plowed snow. “Everyone who lives in the Estes Valley is concerned about the risks of fire,” said Neilson who moved to town with his wife, Pat, in April 2020. “We were here for the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Creek fires. We know how important fire mitigation is,” said Neilson. After a bit of research about how other communities deal with keeping fire hydrants visible during snowplow season of if hidden by grasses or other vegetation, Neilson ordered a hydrant marker from Hy-Viz. The 4-foot-long white fiberglass pole is striped with red and lime green reflective tape and attaches to a fire hydrant so firefighters can locate a hydrant without having to dig in the snow. Neilson, a retired CPA who had worked for an electric and gas utility company in Pennsylvania, brought the

idea of attaching a pole to every fire hydrant in the Estes Valley to both Chief David Wolf of the Estes Valley Fire District and the Estes Park Newcomers Club to gauge their interest. Chief Wolf was quick to endorse the idea of getting hydrant markers attached to as many hydrants as possible. “All fire mitigation efforts are important in protecting life and property in our community, and these markers save time and make a difference in saving someone’s life, home or business,” said Wolf. Neilson, who is also the newly elected treasurer of the Newcomers, received an endorsement from the organization which bought one hundred poles to launch the project. There are some seven hundred hydrants in the Estes Valley Fire District. The cost of the poles is $30 each which includes shipping. The Newcomers will do some community fundraising over the summer to help put a marker on every hydrant.

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Daniel Escorcia 12th Grade Congratulations to Daniel Escorcia, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for May 27, 2022. School activities Daniel enjoys are being on the soccer team and his construction geometry class. He is already working on his college credits. Outside of school he likes to workout and he works construction with his uncle. His favorite vacation destination is Las Vegas, NV. Daniel’s favorite positive quote is “Never give up.” After high school Daniel plans to attend Front Range Community College to become a mechanic.

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Visitors To Public Lands Strongly Encouraged To #KnowBeforeYouGo This Summer Federal, state and county agencies remind everyone to plan ahead when visiting public lands, know the specific conditions and regulations, and bring what’s necessary for a safe experience. With visitation to northern Colorado Front Range trails expected to increase over the holiday weekend and beyond, a group of eight federal, state, and county land managers remind visitors to plan ahead before heading to public lands. Visitors are encouraged to have safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences while helping to preserve natural areas for future generations. Public land agencies with lands along northern Colorado’s Front Range remind visitors to “Know Before You Go” and prepare for your visit over Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, including: Anticipate what you will need for your activity and know your limits. Local public land agencies continue to see sustained high numbers of rescues. Don’t

take unnecessary risks. Wear appropriate clothing for cold, wet, or changing weather conditions and look at the weather forecast and trail information for your specific destination. Tell people where you’re going and when you plan to return. Make sure to bring food and water. Know which public lands allow dogs on trails, and which don’t. Know when leashes are required, and always pack out waste. Pack extra water for your pup; dogs can suffer from heat stroke just as humans do. Dog waste does not biodegrade and negatively impacts water quality. Be prepared to pack out all dog waste when receptacles aren’t available. Know how to handle wildlife encounters. Understanding how to coexist with wildlife is an important part of a safe recreation experience. Be aware if you will be visiting areas with wildlife and

learn ahead of time how to safely manage encounters for you and the animal. Always keep your distance. Plan for where you will park and have alternatives. Be flexible and have an alternate plan in case the parking lot is full. Look at park information ahead of time to see whether a reservation is required. Take shuttles to popular recreation areas and check parking lot cameras if available. Be aware that illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed. Stay on the trail. Walk through mud to avoid widening the trail and damaging resources. If you need to step off trail to let others pass, avoid stepping on vegetation. Help protect sensitive wildlife habitats by staying on trail and out of wildlife closure areas. Be careful with fire. Know that a fire can start from the smallest spark or prolonged heat on dry tinder. Remember to check local fire bans or restrictions.

Know and follow all rules and regulations. Review agency rules and regulations before heading to the trailhead as individual areas may have special restrictions or guidelines. Note that higher elevations can still have snow this time of year, and some roads may still be closed. For areas or activities requiring reservations, check far in advance. The group of public land agencies who participated in this joint release remind visitors to view critical advisories and trail maps before planning visits to public lands: Boulder County Parks & Open Space Clear Creek County Gilpin County Jefferson County Open Space Larimer County Natural Resources Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Northeast Region National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park U.S. Forest Service, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland

Artist Betsy Popp Coming To Estes Park For Special Showing

Famous woodcarver and painter, Betsy Popp is coming to Estes Park for a special showing and demonstration over

Memorial Day weekend. Betsy will be available on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at Earthwood Artisans to meet members of the public from noon through 4 p.m. both days. There will be an extensive array of her work for all to experience. This is a free event. Betsy has been working as an artist and educator for more than 25 years. She works in 2-D, painting in oils, acrylics and pastels and in 3-D in wood creating lifelike sculptures of

birds and wildlife. Her original work is part of the permanent collections of numerous National Parks, Conservation organizations and private collections throughout the world. For example, a wood sculpture of a Great Grey Owl was purchased by the National Forest Foundation and given to John Hendricks,

CEO of the Discovery Channel Network as a Conservation Award at the University Club in New York. Her show awards are impressive and span over her entire career. She also has been Artist in Residence over a dozen times in many places including Grand Canyon National Park, Everglades National Park, Idaho Art Lab, and Costa Rica – Odyssey, Costa Rica. The event takes place at Earthwood Artisans, 360 E. Elkhorn Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments will be served. Experience the beauty of her art, meet the artist and see her work during this event. See you there.

Photo by Jim Ward

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Memorial Set in Motion For Iconic Rocky Mountain Elk, Kahuna

Photo by Benjamin Missey

Art Center of Estes Park to partner with Kahuna Memorial Project The Kahuna Memorial Project Steering Committee announced today that it will partner with the Art Center of Estes Park in its effort to raise $150,000 to commission and build a memorial to the well-known bull elk Kahuna, who died in March 2022 after a long life as one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s most notable elk. “Kahuna was a magnificent elk that captured the imagination of nature lovers and photographers from around the world,” John Coombs, chair of the Kahuna Memorial Project Steering Committee said. “We want to preserve Kahuna’s legacy by dedicating a memorial that will tell his story and inspire future generations to visit and watch for his many descendants. “We are proud of our partnership with the Kahuna Memorial Project,” said Alice League, Art Center of Estes Park board member. “When admirers see the public art memorial, we want them to know he was a legendary elk while also promoting wildlife education and

preservation. The project team anticipates having the memorial created and installed in time for the 2023 tourist peak season. Tax-deductible contributions to the Kahuna Memorial Project can be made through the organization’s GoFundMe site at or send donations to the Kahuna Memorial Project c/o the Art Center of Estes Park at 517 Big Thompson Ave. Unit 245, Estes Park, Colo. Supporters are encouraged to follow the Kahuna the Elk of Rocky Mountain National Park Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on the memorial project experiences. Kahuna, who spent most of his time in Moraine Park during the rut, was the most photographed elk in Rocky Mountain National Park history. It is believed Kahuna – also known by the nicknames Bruno, Incredibull and Big Thirds – was one of the largest elk in North America, with an estimated weight of one thousand pounds and one of the largest antler rankings recorded.

According to award-winning wildlife photographer Dawn Wilson, Kahuna’s massive antler rack had seven points on each side during his prime years. “What was so impressive was the length, mass and spread of his antlers. In particular, he had an exceptionally long third tine on each side,” said Wilson. “Kahuna sported a huge rack with long, wide main beams but his third points made him most recognizable each year,” said Fred McClanahan, Jr., a photographer from Fort Collins who followed the iconic elk for more than five years. “His bugle was sharp and crisp which along with his huge antlers and massive body attracted many cows to his harem during the rut while other bulls kept their distance,” said McClanahan who is credited with naming Kahuna. The Kahuna Memorial Project and supporting committee grew out of social media posts initiated by John Coombs. He gathered a group of photographers, writers, artists, businesspeople, and fellow elk lovers across the nation who wanted to see Kahuna’s story live on through a public art installation. This

grassroots, all-volunteer team will solicit proposals from sculpture artists for commissioning of the life-sized memorial, and work with the Town of Estes to determine the memorial location. In addition to Coombs and Wilson, members of the Kahuna Memorial Project Steering Committee include Bill and Patti Brown, Elizabeth Edwards Clark, Barb PrentissDavis, Sherrie Fuller, Dawn Hatch, Andrea Hauger, Brad Manard, Steve Neilson, and Kimberly Youngerman. The Art Center of Estes Park, a 501c3 organization, brings working knowledge on projects of this scale; most recently partnering with the volunteer committee that created the Estes Park Women’s Monument which consists of twelve statues along the river walk in downtown Estes Park that honor female leaders whose service shaped the community. The Art Center of Estes Park was established in 1987 and offers an extensive collection of fine art from local Colorado artists, including painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber and woodworking, and hosts a variety of art classes and mentorship opportunities.

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Five Fun Facts About… The Barn Swallow By: Dawn Wilson

The featured animal for this week is the barn swallow. Similar in size and shape of other swallows in Estes Park but different in color, the barn swallow is a tough bird to catch a photo of in flight — but I am still trying. Here are five facts about this quick bird, and five photos of the bird in a stationary position.

1. Barn swallows build nests made of mud pellets in locations sheltered from the rain, such as in the corners of manmade structures (like inside barns and sheds), in the eaves of houses and buildings, or under bridges. This is to protect the susceptible mud from softening and potentially losing its structure in rain. 2. The barn swallow is the most common of the eight swallow species found in North America.

3. Both the male and female will make up to 1000 trips collecting mud for the nest. 4. A group of swallows is called a “kettle” of swallows. 5. The term “aerial insectivores” refers to the barn swallow’s preference to hunt for insects in midair, cruising close to the surface of water or meadows in search of small insects, like bees, beetles, wasps,

grasshoppers and moths. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints at or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

The barn swallow carefully places hundreds of pieces of grass and mud pellets to build a nest.

A pair of barn swallow nestlings peak out from their mud nest in Estes Park.

The vivid colors of the barn swallow feathers appear to glisten in the sun and intensify the cobalt blue and rust hues.

A barn swallow watches for insects from a perch along the Big Thompson River.

A barn swallow holds a piece of grass and some mud in its beak in preparation for using it as building supplies on its new nest in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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

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

Jim Ward photo

will be even more on alert and aggressive towards your dog. She will see your pet as a real threat, a predator, to her baby. The best thing to do in this case is turn around and go the other way. If you can’t do that, let your dog go for the time, and save yourself. The elk will most likely chase off your dog and you can retrieve the dog a bit further down the trail. Change your route. If the elk are on the trail you frequent, there are miles of other trails, less used by the elk and it is suggested you alter your route for a few weeks to avoid potential problems. Although the elk are used to seeing people, the elk are very much still wild animals. Adult elk, both male and female, are very large and can be dangerous, particularly if they think a person is threatening their territory or offspring. Another important note, if you find a baby elk or mule deer, please never go near

Jim Ward photo

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. Photos by EP NEWS

Jim Ward photo

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‘SILVER MEDALS AND SWEET MEMORIES’ I was getting my mind centered on the activities of one of my favorite holidays of the year when my ears heard a song by a favorite Country Music group, the Statler Brothers. Although I have several of their CDs, I had never heard this song before, but it was so appropriate for the thoughts I wanted to share in this article. These are the touching lyrics that will speak to the hearts of many in the next few days as they reflect on a similar experience…loss. “Just a picture on a table, just some letters Mama saved and a costume brooch from England that has on the back engraved: ‘To Eileen, I love you, London, 1943’. But she never heard from him again, and he never heard of me. (Chorus) And the war still ain’t over for Mama. Every night in her dreams she still sees the young face of someone who brought her - silver medals and sweet memories. In Mama’s bedroom closet, to this day on her top shelf, there’s a flag folded 3-cornered, layin’ by itself. The sergeant would surely be honored to know how pretty she still is. And, after all these lonely years, his Eileen still lives. (Chorus) And the war still ain’t over for Mama and her silver medals and sweet memories.” (Written by Donald Reid) (Why not pull up the song and listen to it yourself, this special weekend?…have tissues handy.) As I mentioned Memorial Day weekend has been a favorite weekend of mine for years, ever since I moved to Colorado. Years ago…younger years…as Memorial Day approached, I would practice walking and jogging the required 10K distance, so that I could catch the bus to Boulder and ‘run’ the race…with 50,000 other participants and spectators. I loved the race, the professional races to follow, the lunch…and then, the really important part. The jets from Buckley Air Base did their ‘fly-by’, the skydivers, each bearing a flag representing a branch of our Armed Forces slid to a stop, and the program would commence. We were there to honor the thousands who have laid down their lives for our freedom and liberties. As I listened to the speeches…shared by different military men and women; wept as TAPS echoed through the air, followed by the gun salute, I was thrilled by the feelings Lee Greenwood described: “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget those who died, who gave that right to me.” Truly, as someone has shared: ‘All gave some! Some gave all!” And so we have Memorial Day…a holiday set aside to remember those who ‘gave all’. And all the ‘Eileens’ and other family members that ‘gave their all’ as well. This holiday is honoring a different group of people from those honored on ‘Veterans Day’ (November) or ‘Armed Forces Day’, or ‘Purple Heart Day’…to commemorate those who ‘survived. ‘Memorial Day’ is for those who didn’t. So, how will you spend this most important of all holidays? For some people, Memorial Day is just another three-day weekend, the beginning of grilling season, the opening of community swimming pools. It has become a day of great joy for many people. Most, however, realize that the day has something to do with honoring military, so veterans are often ‘thanked’ for their service or even told ‘Happy Memorial Day’. And that is always appropriate. But, what ‘can’ we do ‘now’ to honor our ‘fallen comrades’? Here are some suggestions given by organizations and family members of such. Tammy Bolton wrote: “This is the way we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home…a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.” Here is a list you might consider while planning your day: (1) Attend a Memorial Day service; (2) Pay your respects at a Veterans cemetery…(Fort Logan is one of my favorites…and one of the closest); (3) Volunteer at a Veteran’s hospital or ‘assisted-living’ center; (4) Visit a military hospital; (5) Attend a Memorial Day parade; (6) Pause at exactly 3:00 PM, the time when…across the nation…during a National Moment of Remembrance a prayer will be offered for the families and soldiers who have been traumatized by loss. (7) Display the flag; (8) Buy a poppy, or make a donation to a ‘fallen soldiers’ organization or fund; (9) Personally pray for a family you know that has gone through such loss; or (10) Check the TV listing for the Boulder Bolder memorial service on a local channel, and join me in experiencing all those emotions again. Someone has rightly said: “This land will remain the land of the free…only as long as it is the home of the brave.” Let’s spend special time Monday, honoring such. God bless America! Bob Lewis

May 27 - June 2

Dakota And Ash Need New, Loving Homes Dakota is a beautiful Russian Blue mix who is about two years old. She is loving and quiet while she is still adjusting to her new surroundings. Ash is very outgoing male tiger cat who likes dogs and he loves to curl up under his bed. He will need a special diet. Both of these sweet cats are currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 2861652 to meet either of these awesome kitties. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517.



First Cars And Coffee June 4 & June 18 Please come and join Estes Park Car Club (EPCC) for an informal get together to look at and talk about cars. No registration, no judging. Bring whatever you have – old, new, foreign, domestic, truck, motorcycle, shiny or rusty, or just come to look. Bring the kids or grandkids. There will be coffee and (probably)

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

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The Old Gallery In Allenspark Celebrates Art, Music And Memorial Day The Old Gallery in Allenspark is celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in style this year. “This is the weekend that so many summer-only residents arrive, and we always try to welcome them as we celebrate the beginning of our summer season,” said The Old Gallery Board President Laurie Von Wald. There will be a Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., as well as the annual Flower Basket Sale. Flower baskets are $48, with proceeds benefiting The Old Gallery and its’ mission. The 25 regional and local artists who display and sell their creations at The Old Gallery have been busy painting, woodworking, weaving and making ceramics in preparation for the summer season. Artists will be on hand this weekend to discuss their work. There are four new artists joining The Old Gallery this year. They are Eli Roehl, jewelry; Andrew Treaster, photography; Julie Zuniga, ceramics and David Duey, woodworking. “We’re very excited to have these four talented artists displaying their work at The Old Gallery,” said Stained Glass Artist and The Old Gallery

Artists Chair Sally Van Der Kamp. “There’s something for everyone here!” Other featured artists include Ann Barnsley, Kitty Burton, Darlene Bushue, Patty Dwyer, Leslie Emerson, George Epp, Lyn Ferguson, Elizabeth Hake, Patti Harrison, Susan Krauth, Sheila Marie, Mary Morse, Juli Neri, Jennifer Nicholson, Cheryl Pennington, Lois Rentz, MaryLynn Schumacher, Linda Toukan, Merrie Wicks and Dawn Wilson. The Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy Store will also celebrate its Grand

Julia Zuniga

Opening at The Old Gallery on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s the only Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Store outside of Rocky Mountain National Park on the west side of the park. You’ll find t-shirts, mugs, children’s plush toys, guide books and more that celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park, Wild Basin and other favorite trails. “Be sure to bring the kids,” added Von Wald. “Thanks to a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, The Old Gallery has the only children’s playground in the

Andrew Treaster

Eli Roehl artwork

Duey boxes

Treaster bison

area.” The Old Gallery provides a wide range of services include the twice-monthly Community Cupboard Food Bank, Community Closet, concerts, yoga and wellness classes, tourist information and providing a home to 25 local and regional artists to display and sell their creations. The Old Gallery is a center for community, arts and visitors and is located at 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark. It is only 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons.

Eli Roehl

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Be Bear Safe This Summer-Help Keep Our Bears Alive!

Photo by Robert Burns

• Keep the bottom floor windows of your house, front and back doors and garage doors closed and locked when you're not at home. Always lock your car doors. • Stop a bear from getting a food/trash reward - set off your car alarm, let loose with an air horn, yell, bang pots and pans together, ect. to haze bears away from any human conflicts. • Never intentionally feed bears or other wildlife. It's illegal and dangerous. • When backcountry camping, use bear containers at campgrounds and when possible, lock food and trash in vehicles. Fact: bears that get into continual trouble (because of us humans) cannot be relocated, they are killed. Your actions can save a bear’s life. For more information, go to the Living with Wildlife section on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website: tLivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.

Photo by Robert Burns

By: Kris Hazelton

There have been a few reports of bears getting into homes and vehicles in the Estes Valley in the last several weeks. Human-bear conflicts are a fact of life in Colorado, but with some simple actions, residents of bear country can help to significantly reduce those conflicts. The biggest issue in conflict situations is the availability of human sources of food -- garbage, pet food, livestock food, compost piles, bird feeders, chicken pens, etc. Bears have a phenomenal sense of smell and can pick up odors of food sources from miles away. Bears receive a big calorie reward if they get into something like pet food, or bird seed or leftover pizza, and once they get a taste they quickly become habituated to human food and conflicts start. When that happens, things usually don't go well for the bear. Once black bears have discovered a food source they may defend it and can become dangerous. Those types of situations can be dangerous and it is undesirable to have wild, unpredictable animals in close proximity to people.

Bears will go to the areas with the best food availability, and it's best that they find their food in the wild. If food sources in town are limited, bears will likely spend more time in wild lands in their quest for food. Estes Valley residents play a major role in keeping bears wild, we can help by being conscientious and not leaving any types of food available to bears. Without the public's diligence in reducing human sources of food, we have limited success in avoiding and reducing conflicts. Please, follow these tips to keep bears out of trouble and to reduce conflicts: • Obtain a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster. Keep garbage in a well-secured location; and only put out garbage on the morning of pickup, never the night before! • Clean garbage cans regularly to eliminate food odors. If you don't have secure storage, put food scraps and items that might become smelly into the freezer. Then put them in the trash on pick-up day. • Don't leave pet food or feeding bowls outside.

• After you barbeque, make sure to clean your grill, each and every time. • Attract birds naturally to your yard or garden with flowers and water features. Birds don’t need to be fed over the summer months. • Tightly secure any compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food. • Clean-up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck. Don't allow food odors to linger. • If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don't allow fruit to fall and rot on the ground. • If you keep chickens or other small livestock, build a secure enclosure and bring the animals inside at night. Clean up pens regularly to reduce Photo by EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton odors.

Invitation To The 2022 Free Tuesday Evening Annual "Burning Issues" Lecture Program At The Y "Y" campers and the public are invited to the 46th Annual Robert M. Lawrence Burning Issues Lecture Series for 2022, conducted at the "Y", free of charge. The presentations will be every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., June 7-August 9, in the Boone Family Mountain Center Presentation Room. Note the change of venue - directions are provided below. These lectures/discussions are delivered by professors and other highly experienced specialists in their fields. Some also are lecturers in the Colorado State University (CSU) Osher Life-Long Learning Institute - a popular adult education program conducted in some 140 U.S. universities. For you who are interested in current domestic and international affairs, please join us in exploring: 6/7 "Perspectives on the Conflict in Ukraine," Dr. John Olienik, CSU Prof, Ret.

6/14 "Drones and Statecraft - The New World Order," Robert "Church" Churchill, a Drone, Artificial Intelligence and Techno-Terrorism Specialist. 6/21 "Search and Rescue in Rocky Mountain National Park. How to avoid needing to be rescued," Climbing Ranger Mike Lukens. 6/28 "What Became of the Last Child in the Woods?" Dr. Del Benson, CSU Prof, Ret. 7/5 "Social Media: Pervasive, Invasive, and Persuasive," Jim Isaak, President Emeritus of the IEEE Computer Society. 7/12 "The Greatest Good: Emergency

Planning for Natural Disasters," Dr. David Wolf, EV Fire Dept. Chief. 7/19 "Dr. Suess and the Consequences of the Military Competition between the US and the Russian Federation," Dr. Robert Meroney, CSU Prof, Ret. 7/26 "Deploying the Hubble Space Telescope from Space Shuttle Discovery," Col. Loren Schriver, USAF, Ret, Astronaut. 8/2 "Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park: Then & Now, revised edition," Dr. James Pickering, Ret, and Derek Fortini, Director, EP Museum. 8/9 "Report on the U.S. Economy," Dr.

John Olienik, CSU Prof, Ret. Directions: In Estes Park, US 34 from Loveland intersects US 36 at MacDonald's and turns right. However, US 36 from Lyons turns left onto Elkhorn St. Follow "US 36" and "RMNP" signs to Moraine Ave. and turn left. In ~ 2 miles, cross the intersection at Mary's Lake Rd, and move to the left lane for ~1/4 mi. County "66", plus "YMCA" signs take you left onto Tunnel Rd/66. (US 36 continues west into Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park.) In 2.5 mi the YMCA entrance is on the right. From Tunnel Rd/66 to the "Y campus" is Association Drive which passes the tennis courts and mini-golf course on the left. Across from them is the first stop sign. Turn right and follow signs to “Boone Family Mountain Center.” Park in the large parking lot and enter the front doors of the Mountain Center. The presentation room is on the lower level.

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Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Jess Borries-New Client Advocate At Crossroads By: Brian Schaffer

Since 2011, Eva Bañuelos has served as our only staff member dedicated to performing intakes, needs assessment, service planning as well as monitoring and evaluation of hundreds of clients each year. Because our client needs have increased and become more specialized, we feel there is a great opportunity before us to provide more individualized services to our clients and this is why we have hired Jess Borries to serve as our Client Advocate. Her primary focus will be in areas of our community where some of the greatest unmet needs exist that previously we have not had the capacity to meet until now. And as you can guess, she will be advocating for our neighbors in a variety of ways to make sure they are not alone on their journey. Our mission is centered on meeting the basic needs of our neighbors and this is definitely where we begin. And, as we become aware of greater needs we connect our clients with professionals who are trained to serve the specific need. For example: if a person shows up for a bag of groceries and presents mental health concerns, we immediately share resource services with them to pursue. Locally, this would include, but not lim-

May 30 – June 3 ited to: SummitStone Health Partners, local licensed counselors as well as behavioral health specialists. We also believe strongly in collaborations so if we’re providing support for a family that could benefit from child care services, we will instantly get them connected to EVICS Family Resource Center. We realized a long time ago that we can’t meet all the needs, but we can guide people

in the right direction. Crossroads is so blessed to welcome Jess Borries to our staff. She grew up right here in Estes Park in the home of Mark and Melissa Westover. She has two sisters and one brother who live in the area. After graduating from high school she attended Greenville University where she earned a degree in Social Work. From there she gained valuable knowledge and experience as a Direct Care Coordinator at an eating disorder treatment center, Clinical Case Manager at Harmony Foundation and Lead Parent Educator at EVICS Family Resource Center. She is married to Brandon Borries who owns Brandon J. Borries Carpentry. Together they have two boys and one girl. We are grateful to have Jess on our team! To get better acquainted with her, feel free to send her an email at

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings AA of Glen Haven- Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Early Worms-Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (Tues., Thurs. & Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave. Fall River Group Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 453 West Elkhorn: Sunday 6:00 p.m. Mon., Weds., Sat. Noon Fri. Noon and 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed). Monday Zoom Big Book study at 7 p.m. #654 598 884 (no password needed). Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829 166 West Side Estes Park AA, meets at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park and it takes place Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Dannen Library - located on the lower level of the Legett Christian Center.

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

Monday, May 30

Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31

Country Fried Chicken w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

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

Chicken Alfredo w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Jun 3

Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

June 6 – 10 Monday, Jun 6

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

Tuesday, Jun 7

Crispy Chicken BLT Sandwich w/ Tomato Salad

Wed., Jun 8

Hot Roast Beef Sandwich w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Thursday, Jun 9

BBQ Pork Ribs (4) w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw

Friday, Jun 10

Trio Signature Salad (topped w/ Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad & 3-Bean Salad) w/ ranch dressing

Meals are $7 for current 2022 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Tuesday, May 31st, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 27th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at

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

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Javier Gomez Broker 970 213-8692

Maria Gomez Broker

970 213-9479

Mountain Brokers

Under Contract

212 Valley Rd

1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

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


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

647 Little Prospect Road $899,500 | 3 beds 2 baths Welcome to The Solstice House, a stunning mountain contemporary with inspiring views to Marys Lake and Twin Sisters. Abundant southern exposure and in‐floor heat makes for superior energy efficiency. Beautiful simplicity in an open floorplan, featuring a soaring greatroom with warm woodstove and expansive windows that capture the views. Three bedrooms & two baths, including a private master suite with walk‐in closet and oversized shower. New kitchen of granite & finer appliances, with huge island and lots of storage. Rich in architectural detail with finishes of wood, tile, bamboo, and concrete. Amazing outdoor living spaces, with wrap‐around patio, firepit and expansive new deck. Oversized 2‐car garage with workshop completes the package. A great getaway or ideal year‐round home... $899,500!




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Judy Anderson GRI, MRE, ABR, Broker Associate

Eric Blackhurst Broker Associate

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


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

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Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

Office: 970-586-5324

1695 Brook Ct. $765,000

TBD Hummingbird Dr. $325,000

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Registration Now Open For Center Stage Dance & Gymnastics 2022 Summer Camps Center Stage is offering multiple dance and gymnastics camps for all age groups and experience levels! Register soon because class space is limited! All dance camps will be located at Center Stage School of Dance & Gymnastics at 162 S. St. Vrain Ave. For additional information or to register for any of the following summer programs, email, call at (970) 714-0755 or visit our website at *All summer dance programs perform a mini “showcase” on the last day of that program for parents and siblings to come in and observe the last portion of their class. Gymnastics Camps: Toddler Tumbling & Creative Dance (ages 3-5) 5-days: We are offering three different sessions this summer to choose from: June 20th-June 24th at 9:00-9:45

Ballet Foundations (ages 7 and up) June 20th-24th *two separate camp times for two different levels* Are you interested in obtaining a solid dance foundation through the art of ballet, with classes that improve technique not only in ballet but also in other dance forms; or do you simply love ballet? This pure ballet intensive program features classes in classical ballet, prepointe/pointe, and contemporary ballet! Classes will be held Mon. June 20th through Fri. June 24th. Level 1 (ages 710) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. Cost $100 and Level 2 (ages 11 and up) from 5:30-8:00 p.m. daily. Cost $120. Center Stage Junior (ages 9-12) July 11th-15th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Is your student interested in expanding their repertoire and learning multiple dance forms? This five-day summer dance camp will introduce your child to

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 28 12-2pm 530 Hondius Circle $800,000 • Join Dan for a light lunch and tour this beautiful home. • One lucky person will win a $100 Amazon gift card! • You'll love the privacy of this neighborhood

Scott Thompson 970-590-9941 1692 Big Thompson Avenue, Ste 201 Estes Park, CO 80517

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated

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multiple dance forms including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more! Cost $120. So You Think You Can Dance “2Week Summer Intensive Camp” (ages 12 & up) July 25th-August 5th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Would you like to try different dance forms each day for a two-week long dance camp? For two weeks; Monday through Friday, July 25th-August 5th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily (no classes on Saturday or Sunday), students will be taught a variety of dance forms including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, pom, acro, lyrical, modern, student choreography, and more! They will build up core muscles, memorize routines, strengthen their technique, and expand their repertoire. Cost $250. Competition Preparation (ages 9 and up) August 15th through August 19th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Are you looking to join the Center Stage School of Dance’s “Competitive Dance Team” in the upcoming 20222023 season? This is the perfect camp to get you back into prime dance shape and refresh your technique before the season starts! Get ready to dance in the spotlight and impress the judges! Dance forms including ballet technique, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary will be the main focus of this program as we learn to use counts, synchronize our movements with fellow team members, improve technique, and work on a great stage presence! Tryouts for the Center Stage Competitive Dance Team will be held on Friday, August 19th on the last day of camp. Cost $125.


a.m. or July 11th-July 15th at 9:00-9:45 a.m. or August 1st-5th at 9:00-9:45 a.m. Cost $40. Beginning Gymnastics (ages 5 & up) five-days: August 1st-August 5th, 9:4510:45 a.m. Cost $50. Intermediate Gymnastics (must be able to do cartwheel & handstands) 5days: August 1st-August 5th, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Cost $50. Dance Camps: Dance Like A Princess (two levels) (Level 1 ages 3-5, Level 2 ages 6-8) July 18th-21st (Princes are also welcome!). Frozen Fun! Jazz with Jasmine! Ariel’s Acro! Tapping with Tiana! Do you have a student that would love to try a dance, acro, and craft-filled mini camp this summer? This fun dance camp will be held Mon., July 18th through Thurs., July 21st. Level 1 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., and Level 2 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.! Students will have a different dance and craft theme each day they attend, based on the Disney princess for that day! Dancers will leave camp with a free costume. Cost $80. Center Stage Mini (ages 5-9) July 11th15th, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Is your student interested in learning and improving their technique and strength? This five-day summer dance camp will use different dance forms, including ballet, to enhance your child’s technical abilities! They will learn and perfect the basics such as turnout, pointed feet, proper body positioning, and more to excel in their future in all future dance forms! Classes will be held Monday July 11th through Friday July 15th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Cost $80.














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Meet The Author Of “Uranium Warrior” May 31 At The Library


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The Estes Park Couple's Book Club is hosting a "Meet the Author" event on Tuesday, May 31 in the Hondius Room in the library from 4:30 p.m. until about 6:00. The book is "Uranium Warrior" and the author is Robin M. Davis. Robin’s mother lives in Estes Park, so we feel like she’s a local. Robin lives in Weld County and writes about the challenges of ranching and training with horses here on the Front Range. Uranium Warrior is a story of one woman’s recent heroic journey as she faces down a powerful international corporation who threatened her home, her land, her horses, and her community’s health, all for the sake of money. Robin shares the dream of what was possible when she and her husband bought a beautiful piece of Colorado prairie in Weld County. Their dreams were threatened by the presence of Uranium mining on their property and all around them, leaching heavy metals into the water they all needed to support their ranches and their lives. This story of this Front Range community’s success protecting their land and water will offer inspiration as well as a nuts and bolts blueprint

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Solo Cello Performance At The YMCA Sunday, May 29

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for how to stand up for what is right, no matter what the odds, and how to engage in your own hero’s journey. Robin is an activist, a writer, and an intuitive guide. Her Colorado ranch, Mustang Hollow, includes many furry and feathered family members, as well as wild visitors. Robin specializes in human/horse partnerships to help find deep and authentic relationships. Please join us and help support a local activist and author. Robin's journey illustrates how we must fight for the beauty and health of our Colorado homes. Come and learn about her journey, ask questions about the legal intricacies of Colorado mining regulations and learn more about her coaching with horses. If you need any further information, please contact: Ed Ellingson, or 414-559-8521.

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You are invited to enjoy an informal and informative evening of live solo cello performed by Alexandria McClinton of Eastern Kentucky University on Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Maude Jellison Library located on the grounds of the YMCA of the Rockies. Miss McClinton will be playing pieces by J.S. Bach and Jose Elizondo, and she will interact with the audience as she discusses the cello, the music, and her personal journey with the instrument. Directions to the YMCA library: upon entering the YMCA off of Spur Highway 66, take the second left and

then the first right into the parking lot of Hyde Memorial Chapel where you may park and access the Maude Jellison Library. Call Robert at 970-586-3341 extension 1133 with any questions. This event is free and open to the public.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS Hours through May 29 Mondays - Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Holiday and Summer Hours Closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day Summer hours begin May 31: 9 a.m. opening Mondays through Saturdays SUMMER READING PROGRAM Log Reading Time and Earn Prizes For all ages. Summer is a great time to read for pleasure and earn prizes. This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Visit for details on this summer’s program. Made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation. KIDS & FAMILIES Library Storytimes Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime: Thurs. and Fri. at 10 a.m. Pajama Storytime: Wed., June 1 at 6 p.m. Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., June 7 at 10 a.m. Passport Around the Globe Tuesday & Wednesday, June 7 & 8, 9 a.m.noon Students ages 6 to 12 are invited to a 2-day program to learn about the world through crafts, food, stories and activities. Sign up at

TEENS & KIDS Book vs. Movie Club: “The Fault in our Stars” Saturday, May 28, 12:30-3 p.m., Hondius Room Book or movie—which do you like best? We’ll discuss the book, then watch the movie adaptation. Snacks and refreshments provided. Sign up at Stone Laser Engraving Tuesday, May 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Makerspace Engrave a slate of stone to take home. For teens and tweens. Sign up at Watercolor Bubble Art Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Hondius Room repeated Wed., June 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. We’ll provide all the supplies for unique and colorful make-and-take artwork. Sign up at

Button Making Ocean Animals Saturday, June 4, 2-3 p.m., Hondius Room Repeated Tuesday, June 7, 1-2 p.m. We’ll provide the supplies to create one-of-a-kind buttons. Sign up at MAKERSPACE Learn the Laser Cutter Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-7 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Learn the 3D Printer Wednesday, June 1, 5:30-7 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at BOOKS & AUTHORS Edge of the Map: the Mountain Life Friday, June 3, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room or Zoom Author Johanna Garton recounts the life of world-class mountaineer Christine Boskoff, who embarked on increasingly bigger peaks until her death in an avalanche in 2006. The first 15 people to register receive a free copy of the book. Sign up at

WORKSHOPS AARP Smart Driver Course Friday, June 3, 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Hondius Room Learn safety strategies that will help keep you driving for as long as possible. Upon course completion, participants may be eligible for a reduction in car insurance premiums. Sign up at

NATURE TALKS Exploring nature with Kevin Cook Monday, June 13, 4-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room A monthly series on how to engage with the wonders of Life on Earth. In “The Facts,” nature instructor Cook explains how “knowing the facts” is essential to a harmonious interaction with wild plants and animals. Sign up at FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the post office, is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Return Of Music In The Glen At The Nicest Venue Around! Hey everyone! After a long hiatus, Music In The Glen Open Mic Night returns to the Glen Haven Town Hall! The ChildsPlay Band will host the event this Friday, May 27th starting at 5:00 p.m. The Open Mic portion of the evening will run till 7:30. The host band will then play a one-hour set for those who would like to stay and enjoy. This popular Open Mic has been very successful in the past and we've seen some great talent perform. Bring your instrument and any backline gear (amp, cords, stands), get signed up and show us your stuff! We supply the microphones, sound system and an engineer

to run it all! Calling all the excellent musicians in the area who have hosted and played many of the great open mic nights over the winter in Estes Park. Here's your chance to come shine in the nicest venue anywhere around! There is usually a full house, so get here on time. Bring your own snacks/drinks, come enjoy the talent and have a great time!


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Summer Is Sweet, And Summer Reading Sweetens The Deal Summertime. It’s picnics, wildflowers, stargazing, road trips, hiking, camping, barbecues, farmer’s markets and garden harvests. Add to that list: the satisfaction of reading for personal joy and taking part in library programs. The Library’s Summer Reading Program is here, with rewards for all ages: adults, teens, kids, toddlers and babies. For students, summer reading is essential to avoid the “summer slide.” Studies show that kids who read for summer enjoyment return to school in the fall primed and ready to learn (for others, it can take weeks to catch up). For adults, summer reading stimulates lifelong learning and connects us with a community of fellow readers. Multiple studies show the benefits of reading: it’s relaxing, reduces stress, promotes good health, and keeps our creativity and memory skills sharp. If that weren’t enough, we’re here to sweeten the deal — with prizes! We call them reading rewards. Log your time online, anywhere, 24/7. You’ll soon find yourself eagerly anticipating your next reward. Before long, you’re finding time for reading you didn’t know you had (another great benefit of participating). “Oceans of Possibilities” is this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, reflected in our prizes and programs. Kids: earn wooden sailboat kits, shark gliders, plus free books. For teens: how about a jellyfish lamp, a shark hoodie, or a fourpack of Denver Aquarium tickets? Adults: gift certificates to your favorite local businesses, and a chance to win a Kindle Fire tablet. Then there are the activities! For adults—journaling and ocean poetry in the great local outdoors. Teens: glow-in-

the-dark ocean painting, ocean games, and squid dissection. Kids: take-home science projects and the “Little Dolphin Rescue” Book Club. Something’s happening nearly every day this summer! New this year: we know summer is a busy season for many adults. Besides reading, you can earn points by attending summer reading events at the library. Log your attendance just like you would your reading time. Once you start, you’ll find it’s easy to weave reading into your daily routines: Read in your favorite outdoor spaces. Listen to books while on your favorite walking trail, or while cleaning house or washing the car. Use FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom to read aloud with grandkids across the miles. Or read aloud or discuss books with adult friends who are close or far away. Create a Book Club of Two: challenge a friend, near or far, to read a shared book. Set a weekly page goal, then discuss together. Have kids and grandkids read recipes while you’re in the kitchen making meals. Browse the library shelves and you’ll find plenty to keep you reading all summer long. Plus, our extensive Digital Collections offer the convenience of downloading books, audiobooks, graphic novels and comic books 24/7 from anywhere. New to digital? Just ask and we’ll get you started. Look for full details about the 2022 Summer Reading Program at Sign up, read, and relax all summer long. Thank you to the Library Friends & Foundation and donors for making the Summer Reading Program possible.

“Edge Of The Map”: Author Discusses Life Of Mountaineer Christine Boskoff One of America’s greatest high altitude mountaineers, Christine Boskoff was at the top of her career when she and her partner died in an avalanche in 2006. Charismatic, principled, and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model to her climbing partners and the Sherpa community. In her book, “Edge of the Map: the Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff,” author Johanna Garton traces the sharp twists and turns in Boskoff ’s life, from her early years as a Lockheed engineer,

through her first successes in the climbing world, to her purchase of Seattlebased Mountain Madness after owner and climber Scott Fischer died in the 1996 Everest disaster. Her life was one of constant achievement mixed with personal tragedy. The story follows Boskoff as she perseveres and moves on to even bigger peaks, earning acclaim as a world-class mountaineer, then later as she finds an alpine partnership with legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler.

Library Celebrates A “Dolly” Good Time For Local Childhood Literacy Locals of all ages visited the library last Friday to celebrate the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the Estes Valley. This program is now available for all local children under age five to receive a free monthly age-appropriate book mailed to their home. Attendees were able to sign up kids, while enjoying festivities that included face painting, balloons, and kids’ make-and-take art. Local band Lost Penny performed as part of the celebration, including their original song, “Dolly Do.” Anyone with local kids under who has not yet signed up is encouraged to contact the library for information, or visit the sign-up link at The program is made possible by combined support: 50% through Imagination Library Colorado and the State of Colorado, and the other 50% matched by a generous anonymous local donor to the Library Friends & Foundation.

Author Johanna Garton will discuss “Edge of the Map” in a presentation on Friday, June 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. Registration is open and you can save yourself a seat by signing up at Attendees also have the option to watch the live presentation via Zoom. The first 15 people to register for the program will receive a free copy of the book. Johanna Garton interviewed more than 75 friends and family of Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler, including notable climbers such as Peter Habeler, Nazir Sabir, Willie Benegas, Phil Powers, and Mark Gunlogson (current owner of Mountain Madness). Garton also spent several weeks conducting research and interviews near the site of Boskoff ’s death in China. Garton is a journalist,

attorney, and non-profit consultant who lives in Denver. After the program, Garton will take audience questions. Sign up now at to save a seat, either in person or via Zoom.

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An Ecological Calendar, Part 2 By: Judi Smith

bursing service providers and a list of After review by the Advisory Board on minimal recyclables required for reimbursement; must set convenience stanRecycling Practices (ABRP), the Non dards, and target recycling rates for 2030 Profit Organization (NPO) in charge of Producer Responsibility must submit the and 2035; as well as a timeline to effecneeds assessment to the Executive Direc- tively expand the recycling to non resitor (EXEC) of the Department of Public dential entities (businesses, governments, hospitality locations, government Health and Environment (DPHE) by buildings, and public places) no later April 1, 2024. than 2028. January 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 CovFurthermore, this program is selfered retail establishments may not disfunding by requiring producers (manutribute plastic bags purchased after this facturers ad users) of covered products date. … Colorado food establishments to join a Producer Responsibility Organare forbidden to use polystyrene foam ization (PRO) with annual dues colcontainers (often misnamed “Styrolected in a State-wide Recycling Adminfoam”) for ready to eat food. However, istration Fund (SRAF). Penalties shall they may continue to use up stock pursupplement the Recycling Resources chased prior to effective date. By April 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 Retail- Economic Opportunity Fund. July 1, 2025 CO HB21-1355 A noners must start submitting collected bag participating producer may not sell or fees (60/40 split) to the municipality or distribute any covered material within county enforcing the law (for us, Estes State limits. park or Larimer County). The same entity also collects the penalties for nonBeginning June 30 2026 CO HB21compliance ($500 2nd offense, $1000 1355 EXEC must annually notify NPO thereafter). These funds must be used to of the Department costs to be covered enforce, publicize, and encourage disby the SRAF. posal diversion. Jan. 1, 2029 A final plan shall be apJune 1 2024 CO HB21-1162 All single- proved by the EXEC. use carryout bags must be made of recySept. 30, 2030 CO HB22-1159 The Circled paper and they are subject to the cular Economy Center is to be closed, 10-cent bag fee. No disposable carryout based upon the expectation that it will bags may be sold or given away (by cov- have completed its assignment. ered entities) regardless of the purchase There are other Bills with ecological efdate. fects passed during the recent session July 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 The Man- and some of these will, most likely, be agement of Plastic Products law reverses included in the Bill Signing Tour Goverthe old “ban of bans” law that forbids lo- nor Polis is currently conducting. But cal governments to restrict use of plasjust these three (five if you count Fort tics. Colorado communities (including Collins and the Infrastructure Law) give Estes Park and Larimer County) may us an idea of the immense interest in thereafter enact such restrictions, proprotecting our environment. I assume viding they are as strict or stricter than this is a bi-product of the clear skies State law. during the early sequestering for CovidBeginning Jan. 1, 2025 CO HB21-1355 19. Estes Park is currently beginning Individual producers may annually sub- their review of the Strategic Plan. Here is mit an individual plan to the ABRP and an opportunity to join the rest of the then to the EXEC. This replaces the State in pursuing solutions to less birds, PRPR for that coop any. wild life migration, fires and floods, and other calamities caused by the greenBy Feb. 1, 2025 CO HB22-1355 The house gases that plaque our world today. NPO must submit the recycling plan Together we can do something about proposal (RPP) to the EXEC to approve this. Will we? or reject. The RPP must explain the specifics of funding sufficient to cover Agree? Disagree? Comments? all expenses of the program; must vide an objective formula for fully reim-

Estes Park Women’s Golf Association Results for May 17th and May 24th May 17th The game was low net. The net score is calculated using the players gross score, less their handicap. The Winners: 1st Johanna Gengler Tied for 2nd Kathy Bryson Karyn Saucier 4th Laura Mulder May 24th The game was Random 9. After 18 holes only 9 holes were used to calculate the winners.

The Winners: 1st Pamela Vendegna 2nd Marianne Casey Tied for 3rd Claudia Irwin Dorothy Dorman We invite any women golfers to join our Tuesday group at the 18 Hole Course for some fun and a little competition. Contact Carla Spreng-Webb for more information. Carla.

Flatirons Community Church By Dr. Larry Yarrington

My friend and fellow worshipper at Flatirons Community Church in Estes Park, coined an expression that fits with my passion and the message we heard from Jim Bergen. We often think of church as having two segments: songs and a message. But Brian Schaffer, before service noted there are three segments--Songs, Message, and Service. We called it the SMS of church life. I, at least, had no clue that within a few minutes of this conversation that Jim Bergen would be delivering a message that would focus on the third element of church life. Service is necessary as revealed in the letter of James where he declares, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:14-18. A natural start is the building of relationships. Jim used the idea of a Paul and a Timothy, to illustrate how we do service within the church body. He noted that most of us came to faith because of a friend who led us to Jesus. We continue to grow in our faith because we connect ourselves as did Timothy to Paul, in mentoring relationships. I can be a Paul to a Timothy. And I can become a Timothy to my Paul. Some 30 years ago at a Promise Keepers weekend at CU in Boulder, CO, Howard Hendricks, a noted author, gave a talk about this “Paul and Timothy” relationship that changed the direction of my life including my ministry in Prisons. I became less a didactic Bible teacher and more of a modeler of being a Paul to the Timothies. I encouraged them to

start the mentoring process with their sons and daughters if they had them. One story was amazing as an inmate began to write his children faithfully each week. He had two sons. They were not particularly receptive at first but after some time began writing back. As their relationships were restored, he was able to become more than just a parent, but a mentor. Even as a prisoner, he became a force for good in his sons’ lives. As he shared some of their letters, there was weeping with great joy. All too often, Dads in prison will result in sons following them to prison. Mentoring made a difference in these two sons. Parenting carries with it an assumed authority whereas mentoring does not. Instead, a mentor and mentee exchange life stories which are beneficial to both. The mentor (a Paul) may have a bit more maturity than the mentee (a Timothy), but his approach is not that of a teacher with authority, but as a fellow sojourner with a bit more of life experience. It looks like one with a few more stories of living the faith than an expert in following Jesus. I am looking forward to the rest of the series called, “If You Know, You Know.” Yet, this is just a start to you finding your sweet spot in service through your church. A full-bodied church experience requires much more than just singing a few songs of praise and listening to a message. It means learning what your passion is and how it blends with your giftedness, experience, and time availability. Suddenly, I began to see a vitality of my being a member of a church body and helping it to be a powerful influence in the community. I begin to see Jesus’ message through the eyes of James as I join the SMS club, and my experience of church expands beyond the Sunday morning hour. I invite you to join me this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. to experience songs, message and service. I’ll be in the lobby at the Reel Mountain theater with my friends to welcome you. I hope to see you there!

Estes Park Men’s Golf Association Results For Week Of May 23, 2022 Congratulations to all winners!!! Score Josh Tracy 68 Ray Leaycraft 69 Curt Collar 69 Pete Johnson 72 Steve Nagl 72 Roger Erwin 73 Dwight Stanford 73 Jim Mathies 74 Brian Kelley 74 John Tessler 74 Tom Keyworth 74 Mike Riley 74

Kirk Miller 75 Bill Sweet 76 Chris Layton 76 Bob Butler 76 Stan Osborne 77 Jeff Lindberg 77 Roger Galloway 77 Tony Paglia 78 Gary Siler 78 Tony Palmer 78 Matt Quinn 78 Don Bryson 78 Adam Strong 79

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Janet McKeen Janet McKeen, aka Janet Burt was born in 1936. at family home in Dalscott, England. She lived on a large farm with her sister, Barbara and parents Victoria and Sydney. They lived thru World War II and watched it happen all around them. Janet attended Derngate High School, where her mother also attended in the 1920s. Janet played field hockey, net ball and tennis at school. You know the phrase that you tell youth, "Well, when I went to school we had to walk/ride for miles and uphill all the way home, it was actually true for Janet and Barbara. She had the priviledge to go to Althorpe to work with Princess Diana's father, Lord Spencer with agriculture and the estates cattle. Janet attended Moulton College and received a degree in Agriculture/farming. She would show bulls at competitions and would also judge bulls. Janet soon realized she needed to leave England and off to New Zealand she went at age 20. She spent two years as a milk inspector going to local farms assessing the cows and milk. She returned home and worked for a farmer who had a popular race horse. She decided America was her next stop. In 1962 a New York mafia family paid her fare on the Queen Mary and off she went to her dream. She worked as their chauffeur and other jobs. Janet then married and had daughter Julie Wynkoop. In 1965, it was back to England for a few and the America itch was still there so off to Colorado in 1966, she joined a fellow Brit who also worked in New York. Janet worked as a waitress at the Ramada Inn across from the old Stapleton Airport. In 1970 she remarried, moved to Texas and quickly realized Dallas was not her thing, no mountains. So back to Colorado, she lived in Arvada had her 2nd daughter Denise McKeen. Janet became a US Citizen in 1972. She was so proud. Janet still had an itch. She loved to hike, especially with her hiking partner Jane Princehorn,

who was an Arvada neighbor. In 1980 she moved to Estes Park to live and cut the driving time for hiking by 1.5 hours. She ran a business-bed and bath, but her passion was hiking. Her other passion was volunteering. She volunteered as a victim advocate for 20 years. Janet worked with victims of domestic violence and fatalities that were non-health related, supporting the families. She also volunteered for the Estes Park Police for many years. She did fingerprinting, front desk, traffic and crowd control, and even took people down to jail. She absolutely was so proud to wear the uniform and her Estes Park Police volunteer jacket. She said if she had to do it all over again, she would have become a police officer. To the men and women in blue, she loved you as her family, each and everyone of you. Thank you for your service. Janet received numerous community awards throughout the years for her contribution to Estes Park and its citizens. Janet had an incredible amount of friends. Her friends meant the world to her. She looked forward to her hikes with Jane of course, who moved to Estes also, and her hiking group members. She made it to the summit of Longs Peak and said "never again." She hiked in the summer and snowshoed in the winter. Janet was the happiest up on the mountains, and I suspect that is where her spirit is at this moment. She asked me to ask everyone to "smile more and try to be kinder." She was very kind, generous and full of determination. If Janet wanted something, it happened. To all of her friends along the way, thank you for making her life bright and full, you all are truly amazing and very dear to our mom. Janet was a mother-Julie and Denise, grandmotherAshley and Zachary and a great grand-

Ed Saunier Ed Wilfred Saunier, age 67, passed away at his home in Florida on Friday, May 13, 2022. Ed was born on June 20, 1954 in Erath, Louisiana. Ed was a resident of Lake Worth Beach, FL., New Iberia, LA and Pinewood Springs, CO. Ed is survived by his life partner and spouse Frank M. Ivoska, his sister Anita Jones and brother Van Landry, eight nieces and 11 nephews. He was an incredible interior and exterior designer, an avid gardener, traveler/hiker and passionate animal rights defender. Ed died at home among family and friends after a brief illness. In remembrance of Ed, his wishes would be for all to help in any way they could to support animal rescue efforts at shelters and care operations. A celebration of life for Ed was held Monday, May 23, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at Allnutt Funeral Chapel, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO. Internment took place at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. To leave a message for the family please visit

mother- Haylie, Bryson, Brylie and Halsey. The grandchildren always thought she talked funny with the English accent. There will be a celebration of Janet in early fall. She was very clear she didn't want a funeral and no "boo-hooing." So a happy event it shall be. If you want to do something in Janet's honor she would love if people donated to Blue Santa, one of her favorite things to or-

ganize, or an just an random act of kindness, "Kindness is free, but priceless to receive." On her fridge to see daily was "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" by Maya Angelou. To leave a message for the family please visit

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

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Frances McGraw Grooters

Frances McGraw Grooters, 73, was born in Longmont, CO on August 4, 1948, and died Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO in the presence of her husband of 51 years, Jay, and her sister Anne, and Anne's husband Tom from complications due to ALS.

Fran was very active with community organizations and clubs: Quota Club, PEO, served on the McGraw Ranch Road Association as president for many years and also served on the MacGregor Ranch Board.

One summer she met her future husband, Jay, at the ranch when she was taking her mother's place in operating the ranch for several days. He had been packed into the North Fork Ranger Station by her father, Frank McGraw, who invited him for dinner some time. He showed up one evening and ended up at the family table next to Fran, and the attraction was immediate.

Frank Roberts with his wife Jenny and their three children Frankie, Hailey and Sydney, nephew Tony Blandin and his wife Rachel and their daughter Leah, niece Terri and her children Matthew and Ashley, plus many cousins and their families.

Fran was a schoolteacher, ski instructor, worked for an earthquake lab in San Francisco, and together with Jay, operated a 48 unit motel in Estes Park, Alpine Trail Ridge Inn for the Hoerner family for 40 years. Together, they built a home on McGraw Ranch Road and lived there for 47 years. After she was diagnosed with ALS, they sold it in 2021 and moved to the Good Samaritan Campus in Estes Park.

A Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday June 2, 2022 at our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 920 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. There will be a gathering with light food in the downstairs meeting room after the service. To leave a message for the family please visit

She was a devout Catholic and was the first baby baptized in Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. Over Fran was an extraordinary person, the years, she served in many capaciwith an outgoing, adventurous perties at the church and was a fountain sonality developed from growing up of knowledge about the church. She on McGraw Guest Ranch. She was helped Jay with design and color riding a horse before she could walk choices as he worked on two separate and was the youngest person ever to stained glass window projects of mulreceive a lifetime Guide License from tiple windows for the Church. She was Rocky Mountain National Park. She a lady with a profound love for life loved skiing and with her young peers, and was admired and loved by all who "terrorized" the slopes of Hidden Val- were fortunate enough to know her. ley, considering themselves unofficial She is survived by her husband, Jay, ski patrollers. Later she taught skiing of Estes Park, her sister, Anne Adams at Hidden Valley to help pay her coland husband Tom, Jay's brother, Ron lege expenses at Loretto Heights ColGrooters and his children, nephew lege in Denver. Dave Roberts and wife Nancy, nephew

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capital Campaign at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Frank Faiella Jr. A bright light of wisdom, laughter, and light extinguished on April 6, 2022 when Frank Faiella Jr. of Glen Haven passed peacefully in Loveland, CO. Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Frank learned to cook at the family's restaurant. Before school, he would stop at the restaurant and do tasks for his dad. Then after school, he would return to help his dad. By age 11, he had knife skills and basic knowledge to make red gravy (sauce). At 13 years old, his restaurant skills improved as he learned how to make Italian dishes served. Frank joined the US Navy in 1952 and after four years then transferred to US Air Force for eight years. He was assigned to the engine room on a supply ship that delivered supplies to Greenland four times a year during the Korean War. After each delivery, the ship would return to the Mediterranean port while Frank and his friends would ski in the Alpines, or visit other European countries. A group of 21 sailors, including Frank, were blessed by Pope John XXIII in 1953 at the Vatican. This event, considered very important and a highlight for Frank, that he enjoyed talking about for many years. Shortly after he transferred to the USA Air Force, he was an Instructor at Sheppard AFB in Texas. Later he was transferred to Lowry AFB in Denver. During his service at Lowry AFB, he and friends would hunt in the Big Thompson Canyon. In the evenings, they would enjoy time at the Canyon Inn restaurant and bar where patrons would gather around the piano player and sing-along to the music. One evening, he was introduced to Mary Lou Green and sparks flew. Frank and Mary Lou were married on December 21, 1963; a total of 59 years. After he served his country, he went on to UNC and received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Industrial Technology; and was a member of Epsilon Pi Tau Honorary Fraternity. Frank taught in the Estes Park School District for 20 years and retired in 1993. As he began his teaching career in 1973 at the Estes Park High School, he brought back the Industrial Arts programs in metal shop and wood shop. Later, he designed courses in computer technology that evolved into Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). This course brought accolades every spring when the students competed in state-wide competitions as they won 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the categories entered. Whenever he and Mary Lou would go to local restaurants; Frank would be recog-

nized by at least one, or two, of his former students. These interactions brought out huge smiles and laughter as stories were told by everyone. Frank loved being an educator. Frank was an active member of the Glen Haven Volunteer Firefighters. He and his wife, Mary Lou Faiella started the Glen Haven Chapel with services from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day by contacting clergy to preach every Sunday during the summer, and maintain the Glen Haven Chapel over 14 years. Frank was active in the Estes Park American Legion Post 119 as the chaplain for over 20+ years. He was a member and elder at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Estes Park, CO and a past member of Elks Lodge 809 (Greeley, CO) and sang with the Elk’s Chorus for several years, After retiring from the Estes Park School District, he and Mary Lou volunteered nearly 25+ years for the Estes Park Senior Center and the Estes Park Chamber Ambassadors. Frank is preceded in death by parents Frank Faiella Sr. and Minnie Marandino-Faiella, his brother Michael, and his sister Arcangela (Arkie) Berlangiere. He is survived by his beautiful wife Mary Lou, daughters Linda Brown and Sherry GreenFrederickson, brother Robert Faiella, and sister Dolores Rogatis. Additionally, two grandchildren, Zachary Brown (Julie Nelson Brown, Ostego, MN) and Tyson Green-Frederickson (Ivana, Estes Park, CO). Church services will be held on May 28, 2022 at the YMCA of the Rockies Ponder Chapel at 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.; followed by a reception at the Estes Park American Legion Post 119 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers to donate to the YMCA of the Rockies Hyde Chapel (contact Rev. Greg Bunton, 970-586-3341, ext. 1077) or the building fund for the Estes Park American Legion Post 119, (970/5866118). To leave a message for the family please visit

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Business Manager FT, non-exempt, flex schedule $52,000-60,000 annually Oversee Club activities and supervise Club employees at American Legion, Post 119 Drives sustainable development & acts as community liaison. Ideal candidate will be experienced with and capable of: Event scheduling & management, publicity, vendor relations, resource management, financial analysis, and more. Full job description found at Send cover letter and resume to EEO

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Is Hiring Come Join Our Estes Park Team Fast Paced Fun Staff Great Location Knowledge of Knitting, Quilting, Crocheting and Needlework a plus Three to four days per week (Negotiable) Open Wednesday through Saturday

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Silver Saddle Inn

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

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

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

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Tire Technician Perform tire related and light automotive services. $15 - $20/hr depending on experience. Flexible time off options, at cost vehicle repairs. Valid drivers license required. Apply at 1633 Raven Ave.

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

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


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Big Thompson Canyon Assoc. Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser! Sunday June 5, 8 AM-1 PM; all you can eat pancakes, eggs, meats, coffee, juice. Bake sale & craft sale also; crafts at Fire House next door, local artisans. 1479 W US 34, 1 mi E of Drake

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May 28 YARD Sale -8 A.M. until Noon Masonic Lodge 1820 S. St. Vrain Ave. Spaces available for rent $20.00 For Details call: 577-8585 Garage Sale, May 28th Saturday Only! 8:00 am Far View Lane Bikes, Tools, Furniture, a few things for the man cave, Patio Furniture and much more!

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

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

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*Clean, honest and guaranteed service * commercial cleaning *Residential Cleaning *Vacation rentals *deep & construction cleaning

* call or text for a free estimate! * (970)-430-7678


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

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


D Licensed & Insured

DIAMOND D HANDYMAN SERVICE Home Maintenance & Repairs Yardwork & Mowing

“Consider It Done!” Dave 303-877-2007





Cajun Handyman Services


No Job Too Small!

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

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave Full service general contracting since 1998


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

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REAL ESTATE Simply. Elevated. Real Estate.

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






Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

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

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

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

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


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



Alpenglow Custom Blinds and Shades

Local Sales, Installation, Service, and Repair

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ESTES PARK ELK VIEW PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND CLEANING SERVICE • Long Term Properties • Vacation Rentals • Construction Clean • Residential • Cabins • Carpet Cleaning Call 970-646-8234 or 970-685-7740 Mark Matson and Elvira Matson - 970-235-1133

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1720 Moss Rock Drive

Listed by Brad Barnett

647 Little Prospect Road

Listed by Christian Collinet



Thunder View Lot 4

Listed by Christian Collinet

2. 5A CR ES

Aspen & Evergreen Gallery

2115 Ridge Road

114 Timber Lane

Listed by Tom Thomas

Listed by Christian Collinet

Listed by Christian Collinet



Call us to use our FREE Moving Truck.