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May 29, 2020

Time To Frolic! Spring weather brings out the playfulness in all of us. Fox family photos by Robert Burns

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The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On May 15 at 2:45 a.m. in the 1200 block of Acacia Drive, police arrested a 28 year old Estes Park male and charged him with harassment, violation of a restraining order and domestic violence. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail. On May 14 at 10:16 p.m. police were called to the 400 block of East Wonderview Ave. where they arrested a 45 year old male from Estes Park who was wanted on a felony warrant from the Denver Marshal's Office for dangerous drugs. He was transported to Larimer County Jail. On May 23 at 8:52 p.m., police were called to Wonderview Ave. at MacGregor Ave. where they arrested a 27 year old male from Thornton, CO and charged him with 2nd degree kidnapping, 2nd degree assault, child abuse, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and domestic violence. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail. On May 23 at 7:52 p.m., police were called to the 1500 block of Fall River Road where they arrested a 27 year old male from Denver, CO and charged him with a violation of a restraining order, times four and he was transported to the Larimer County Jail. Why we live here.

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Census 2020: A Few Minutes Of Your Time Makes A Difference No one was counting on a worldwide pandemic, but we were all expecting the decennial U. S. Census this year. COVID-19 can’t stop the Census! You can safely play your part in building a stronger, better future for our community by completing this simple questionnaire for your household. Just a few minutes of your time returns a significant benefit to our community -- approximately $2,300 per-person, per-year for the next 10 years (kids, too) in federal funds to support critical public services including education, health and human services, roads, economic development and emergency services. With the large and ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this is more critical than ever. The good news -- it’s never been easier to respond to the Census now that it’s online. “Social distancing" is built-in. The easiest ways to respond are to visit 2020CENSUS.GOV or call 844-3302020. The Census Bureau is resuming field operations in Colorado this month. Census employees will drop off invitation packets at front doors of households in areas that do not receive mail at their homes. If you have not yet responded, make sure to check your front door in the coming weeks to see if a Census form is waiting for you! Census staff will not knock on your door or interact with you. They wear official I. D,

a face mask and use hand sanitizer. About 44 percent of Estes Park households have already responded, compared to the county-wide 65 percent. Lots of factors contribute to this lower response rate in Estes Park, including a high percentage of Post Office box holders, and seasonal vacation homes. Our ultimate response rate was about 60 percent in 2010. The important thing is to get a complete count by October 31 when data collection ends, but sooner is better. Self-response is more accurate, saves tax dollars, and means that enumerators will not have to visit your home later this summer, when they follow up on non-respondents. ● The 2020 Census is a short questionnaire that asks about who lived in your household on April 1, 2020. ● The 2020 Census requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U. S. territories. ● The 2020 Census is important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U. S. House of Representatives, inform hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. ● Responding to the 2020 Census is safe and secure. Individual responses are confidential and protected by law.

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to responded to 9 calls for servmedical calls in their personal vehicles, al- ice. This included: lowing for a faster response. On other in• MVC: 1 cidents, firefighters respond to a fire sta• Detector Activation: 1 tion to respond in department apparatus • Gas Leak: 2 with specialized equipment. • Smoke Investigation: 4 During the week of May 17, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) • Assist: 1 Estes Valley Fire

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Courtesy photo Master Police Officer Curt Plassmeyer, Community Service Officers Marshall Phares, Maverick Sambrano, Carleigh Chrastil, Omar Mendoza, Audrey Ruda, Jessi Mogenson.

Community Service Officers Begin Summer Service In Downtown Estes Park The Estes Park Police Department’s community service officers (CSOs) are at their posts for the summer. These hardworking seasonal employees serve as ambassadors in the downtown corridor. This year the CSOs will be focused on the Elkhorn Avenue intersections, aiming to keep pedestrians out of intersections between walk cycles and cars out of intersections during walk cycles. During times of extremely heavy vehicle traffic, they will be seen directing traffic as necessary to ease congestion. In addition, CSOs will be on foot patrol assisting sworn officers. The CSOs are supervised by Officer Curt Plassmeyer. Estes Park Police Department’s downtown staffing for 2020: Officer Curt Plassmeyer moved from Idaho to Estes Park with his wife and two daughters in 2014. Curt has been a law enforcement officer for 11 years. He is currently the school resource officer during the school year and the CSO supervisor during the summer. Curt also conducts violent intruder (ALICE) trainings for the community, is a member of the Rooftop Rodeo committee, and coaches youth basketball and volleyball. Curt enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hunting, fishing and playing golf. Maverick Sambrano is originally from San Bernardino, California. He moved to Colorado with his family in 2016. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Criminal Justice Criminology and a minor in Psychology. Maverick is excited about a career in law enforcement. He loves the outdoors and likes to hunt, fish and off-road as much as possible. Marshall Phares grew up in Estes Park and was part of the Estes Park High School graduating class of 2018. He graduated from Front Range Community College this year with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He has a

passion for traveling and is very excited to work downtown and meet people from around the world as they visit Estes Park. Carleigh Chrastil grew up in Estes Park and graduated from Estes Park High School. She is currently majoring in Criminal Justice at New Hampshire University and hopes to continue a career in law enforcement. Carleigh loves to work out, hike, fish, and is very excited for the day the gyms open back up. Omar Mendoza grew up in the Denver North Metro area. He has spent the last six years working in construction engineering. Omar is excited about the opportunity to work in a place like Estes Park and a change in his life and career. Omar loves fly fishing, being in the outdoors, and playing guitar. Audrey Ruda grew up on the Space Coast of Florida. She moved to Laramie, Wyoming to attend the University of Wyoming. Audrey is majoring in Criminal Justice and wants to pursue a career in law enforcement. She is also a member of Detachment 940 in the Air Force ROTC program. Audrey enjoys exercising, soccer and photography. Jessi Mogensen is originally from Chicago and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. She is majoring in Sociology and Criminology with a minor in Russian. Jessi enjoys boxing, working out and spending time with her dogs. These officers will be visible throughout the downtown area seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend until mid-August and on weekends through September. Police Chief Wes Kufeld, who once served as a CSO himself, believes in the importance of this program. He stated, “We strive to provide a safe environment for all who enjoy Estes Park. Our CSOs are a great addition and they are ready to assist with public safety needs in our downtown area.”

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My Focus: Your Health And Safety And The Infrastructure Of Your Town By: Mayor Wendy Koenig It’s been four weeks since I raised my right hand to take the oath as your mayor. Since then I’ve fielded numerous queries about how things are going here. My response involves creating some context. Often, by offering up a few nots. Estes Park is not an agricultural community. It’s not a university town. And it’s not a bedroom community for people who commute to jobs in cities along the front range. In short, Estes is not a typical Northern Colorado town. Then my response, shifts to explaining that Estes Park has about 6,000 full-time residents. Whose average age is 56+ years. That their town is 100-plus year old tourist destination—the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. And that last year, approximately 4+ million tourists came through here to get there. After which, I describe how Covid-19 is disrupting townspeople’s lives. Depleting retiree’s nest eggs. Shutting down shops. Shuttering lodges. Curtailing businesses. Closing schools. Vacating vacation rentals. And that this is reducing tourism, increasing job losses, and lessening tax revenues. In response, the Town is making policy and budget adjustments. Exploring ways to minimize congestion and enable social distancing downtown. While staying laser focused on health and safety of its townspeople and tourists. For examples, the Town has charged the local Economic Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce with distributing $300,000 of relief funds to approved small businesses to help with employee retention and overhead. Local non-profits,

such as Cross Roads are distributing food and clothing to people in need. And, the Town Board, in anticipation of businesses opening and streets becoming more congested, passed an outdoor face-covering ordinance Further, the Public Works department, with the help of the Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee is developing a plan that would a) expandg downtown pedestrian sidewalks, b) enable better social distancing through altered travel flow, c) make hand washing/sanitizing stations readily available, and d) set aside outdoor areas for snack consumption. Since the Town doesn’t own the streets through its downtown corridor, consideration of the department’s plan must factor in approval by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Town Board, after its meeting on May 19, sent a letter in support of a proposed May 27 opening of Rocky Mountain National Park. The proposed opening includes a new reservation system for reducing congestion in park, as well as Estes’ downtown corridor. The opening of RMNP, with an anticipated arrival of millions of visitors, coincides with the State easing restrictions on the opening of restaurants, vacation rentals, and so on. Four weeks in as your mayor, a lot is happening now and a lot more will happen soon. As it does, my focus continues to be on your health and safety and the infrastructure of your town. Please plan to meet me here next week for another report out. In the meantime, let’s stay safe, remain healthy and keep howling as we move forward together.

Town's Mask Order Ends, Larimer County Order Still Applies

Poppy Specialty Foods/Pastamore

Estes Park is a special place. As a Colorado company, we have always been thankful by the amount of support the Estes Park community has shown us at the local farmers market and festivals, held throughout the summer. While the future of the markets and festivals are still unknown, we have decided to offer the community our Pasta, Oils, Balsamic Vinegars, Gourmet Dips, Crackle Corn and Cinnamon Glazed Almonds, Cashews and Pecans at a physical location in Estes Park this summer. You may now get your favorites at the Vintage Ladbug located at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. Thank you, Scott from Poppy Specialty Foods/Pastamore

At its May 26 meeting, the Estes Park Town Board directed staff to end the requirements of mask ordinance 07-20, which it enacted May 1. This ordinance established requirements for the use of masks/facial coverings by customers, employees and vendors of all Estes Park businesses, as well as by all people outdoors when downtown. View the order ending 07-20 at and via Please note, Larimer County mask regulations continue to apply to Estes Park: communicable-disease/coronaviruscovid-19/face-coverings-and-masks Guidance from Larimer County on when to Wear a Face Covering or Mask When out of your home in a setting where physical distancing is challenging, we strongly recommend wearing a face covering. Local businesses are required to make sure that everyone in their facility is wearing a face covering, including customers, unless they have implemented additional social distancing measures. May 3, 2020- Larimer County Face

Coverings in Businesses Order May 19, 2020- Larimer County Amended Face Coverings Order Alternative to Face Covering Checklist There is no need to wear a face-covering at your home or when you are doing something by yourself a minimum of 6 feet or more away from other people, such as walking your dog. This order does not apply to children under two (2) or to those people for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition. It also does not apply to those working in a location where they will not be within 6 feet of any other individuals or persons working in a professional office who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public. While the local ordinance has ended, the Town and community partners still strongly encourage the use of masks in accordance with the Larimer County guidelines above. Partners are working on a new, locally branded outreach campaign to encourage masks, distancing and hand-washing to guests with a friendly approach. Watch for this new information this week.

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Larimer County Receives State Approval To Re-Open Some Businesses Ahead Of State Orders As of May 23, 2020: Larimer County Public Health has received partial approval of the submitted variance request seeking state approval to slowly reopen businesses ahead of the statewide safer at home restrictions. This re-opening is done thoughtfully with the safety of the community as the priority. Businesses allowed to re-open or expand have additional protocols and requirements to meet in order to continue the re-opening process. If at any time it is determined that Larimer County hospitals are experiencing any type of capacity issues related to COVID-19, the county would need to tighten restrictions again. Larimer County residents have done a great job flattening the curve. Face coverings, social distancing, handwashing and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus in the community. Those precautions must continue in order to allow Larimer County to move forward with reopening businesses as safer at home restrictions are lifted. Specific details on what was approved and what the restrictions are can be found at Businesses are required to complete checklists to be allowed to re-open or submit plans for approval, depending on the industry or sector. “We are pleased that the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has approved these requests and

that our community can continue taking a measured approach to reopening. We've appreciated the opportunity to work with local businesses to find innovative and creative ways to resume services carefully,” says Tom Gonzales, Public Health Director for Larimer County. “The health department will continue to collaborate with our hospitals daily to monitor capacity triggers and are confident that we can slowly reopen business ahead of the statewide safer at home restrictions.” As part of this process, early warning indicators have been developed to help monitor the health of the hospital systems related to COVID-19. As restrictions continue to be lifted, early warning indicators will be closely monitored to make sure reopening businesses is not causing a strain on local hospital systems. Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at or Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.

Farmer’s Market To Open On June 4th With Some New And Important Changes Vickie Dennis, manager of the Estes Park Farmer’s Market is pleased to tell us that she’s received the final approval to have the Farmers Market here in Estes Park this summer! She said, “It was a long road to get this organized and put together with everyone’s utmost safety in mind, and now I’m ready to get the word out and get everyone prepared for this summer’s Farmers Market!” The first Farmer’s Market of 2020 will be held on Thursday, June 4th at their new location, the Estes Park Visitors Center. They will still have at least 30 vendors but these vendors will only be produce and food vendors at this time. Nothing else. All of the missing vendors’ information will be available from Vickie so customers may still contact them. Vickie’s business, Flowers for 3 Green-

house are not allowed to sell any plants at this time, however, they will be on hand to take orders to bring flowers to you the following week. Vickie said, “We are trying to do whatever we can to be the best we can for the most amazing community ever! Masks will be required to enter the market and foot traffic will be one way only. Signage will be present to remind customers to please stay six feet apart, following all social distancing regulations. All market rules are mandated by the town. These new rules and restrictions will be enforced for the safety of all concerned. Patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated, as we are all in this together. Let’s focus on making this summer’s Farmer’s Market a huge success and fun and delicious for all!

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Parking Downtown This Summer What You Need To Know In light of the unknown economic impact of COVID-19 on the Estes Park community, the implementation of seasonal paid parking has been postponed until the guest season of 2021. Meanwhile, downtown parking lots are beginning to fill up and there are several new and returning resources available for downtown employees, locals and guests who are looking for the best way to navigate downtown parking this summer: • Near real-time parking availability can be found on the Estes Parking app, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as online at A new feature this year is the ability to call or text for available parking, without having to download the app. Call or text FIND to 970-409-1255. Both the Estes Park app and text for information feature will be live June 1. A voice command option will be coming in mid-June. • 2020 parking permits are available for qualifying residents, rental/lodging owners, and downtown employees. Please visit for details. • There is no overnight parking allowed without a permit in the downtown area, however, new in 2020, short-term overnight parking is available in a designated zone at the Events Complex via the ParkMobile app. For more information about this option, visit and look for “Overnight Permit: General Use”. Beginning on Monday, June 1, downtown parking will be monitored by the Parking & Transit Division from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for both data collection

and compliance purposes. The Estes Park Police Department will continue to monitor parking areas during the overnight hours. Please observe and follow all posted signage, including posted time restrictions for the following public parking areas: • Town Hall/Library lot (3-hour and 30-minute restrictions) • East Riverside lot (3-hour restrictions) • Riverside lot (3-hour restrictions) • Post Office lot (3-hour and 30minute restrictions) • Moraine on-street (3-hour restrictions) • Virginia lot (3-hour restrictions) • Visitor Center lot (30-minute and 1hour restrictions) • On-street parking around Bond Park, on E. Riverside, W. Riverside and Elkhorn Avenue (1-hour and 3hour restrictions) All other Townowned parking facilities and marked on-street locations, nearly 70% of all available public parking, will continue to have no time limits and will remain available for all-day parking. Motorists are encouraged to refer to the Downtown Parking Map, available at, and parking lot signage for site-specific information. Parking enforcement will conclude on September 31. For more information, visit or contact Matt Eisenberg, General Manager of The Car Park, at 970-591-2577 or email

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Times, They Are A Changin' An end of year update from your Superintendent Sheldon Rosenkrance Spring brings change to our valley, the sun is a little warmer, the Sheldon sky a little Rosenkrance more blue and new growth and baby animals come to life. These bright spring days always bring a smile to my face and remind me of the hope and future that the changing seasons bring. As a Bob Dylan song says, “Times, They are Changin.” Change is inevitable and challenges all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic brought change unlike many of us have ever experienced. I am inspired and impressed how the Estes Park School District, our families, and our community have responded in this unprecedented time. In adversity, teachers, students and families found innovative new ways to collaborate and communicate and solve real world problems (such as 3 kids trying to use the same internet connection without spilling their Cheerios). They created amazing presentations, songs and activities. They found amazing ways to stay connected and provide empathy and support to each other when social contact

was limited. I stated to one colleague that “We are not teaching Global Outcomes, we are all living them!” I know that Google Meets can never be a substitute for in-person learning or hanging with a friend at lunch. I am awestruck by the way you all made it work with grace. I commend and thank all of you. To the class of 2020, Congratulations! I know this spring has been challenging and full of emotion and that loss. It is just hard. During my senior year, due to an earthquake, I was unable to graduate from the school I attended my whole life and have some understanding of loss. I also appreciated the different experience and I probably remember my graduation more than most. Our school community cares deeply about you and we know you have the perseverance and tenacity to be successful in all that you do. The community stands behind our graduates. We know you are prepared and we will always have your back. A true definition of Mountain Strong. Please know that we are working closely with Larimer County to pursue a variance to allow for a proper celebration for our graduations later in the summer, potentially at the end of June. What will school look like next year? Now we move to the next stage of change, or as some describe as the “new normal.” We know it will look different. There are many unanswered questions and one thing we did learn so far is that

things change daily, if not hourly, so multiple plans will have to be developed. Earlier today, we sent out a survey to gather input from our parents to better help us plan for next year. Please take a moment to fill this out to help us get better. We will need to be very flexible and adaptable at a time when budgets are limited and we are facing significant reduction of funding. To this end, our administrative team wants to have boots on the ground and be closest to the evolving changes. We will not be replacing the AP/AD position in the High School for next fall, and we will be reassigning our existing administrative staff to be able to best support students, teachers and families in multiple modalities and adapt to last minute changes. “Times, They are a Changin“ but we will be ready for whatever the fall looks like. Administration Team Our readjustments will be assigned as the following: Erin Miller, the Director of Innovation and Instruction, will be named as the Primary School Principal and will be the designated administrator for PK-2nd grade. John Bryant will remain as the principal of the intermediate level students grades 3-5 as the Intermediate School Principal. This is a similar structure that Estes Park Elementary has had in the past and we feel it allows us to focus our attention and adaptation to each grade ban without in-

creasing administration. The Middle School 6-8 grade band will continue to be directed by Janet Fanning. At the High School, we will follow a one year interim administration team model. Chuck Scott will be named as CTE Director and will serve alongside Assistant Superintendent, Ruby Bode, as the Co-Principal at the High School. Ms. Bode will remain as Assistant Superintendent with district responsibilities during the interim transitional year period. Lazlo Hunt will remain the Director of Students Services and Option School Principal. These changes will allow for more personalized and focused support to our teachers and students working in this new and evolving learning environment. We will reduce district staff by one administrator for the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to support our teachers and principals with instructional coaches, SEL and restorative practices support. “The Times They are a Changin” and I feel we have a united focused administration team in place to handle and thrive in the chaotic time we are in. We will be working throughout the summer with staff to continue to provide an Excellent Educational Experience to Every Student, Every Day, no matter what the challenges we face.

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Larimer County Natural Resources Opens Camping To Tents, SoftSided Units Beginning Monday, June 1 Larimer County Department of Natural Resources will open camping to tents and soft-sided units beginning Monday, June 1. Camping will be allowed based on the following criteria: All campgrounds are open. (Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood/Flatiron Reservoir, Hermit Park Open Space) All campground restrooms are open. All methods of camping are open (excluding cabins and tipis). Same day camping reservations allowed during regular business hours. Carter Lake Area/Horsetooth allow a maximum of 8 people per site. Hermit Park Open Space allows a maximum of 6 people per site. Until further notice, the following is not allowed or remains closed: Cabins and tipis remain closed. After-hours, walk-up camping is not allowed. All shower houses closed. Group picnic sites and pavilions remain closed. Swim beaches remain closed. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing, maintain at least six feet between other visitors, and wear face coverings when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. Other preparations include: Confirm the area you are intending to camp is open prior to planning a trip. Many agencies have not yet opened areas

or campsites. Camp only with members of your household in your local region. Do not invite visitors to your campsite. Group camping (camping with multiple households all in the same general area) is not allowed, in individual campsites or group campsites. Use personal equipment for

camping equipment (no rentals or “loaned” items). Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed camping supplies in your home community. You should not go to a host community grocery store, restaurant, supply store, or gas station except for emergency situations. Be prepared and plan for limited facilities, as some may have reduced access. Be prepared to pack out trash and waste. Bring needed supplies to perform frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Bring personal alcohol-based hand sanitizer for use during your stay. Do not camp if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath. Do not engage in risky activities. Follow any local county fire bans to not overextend first responders. Camping reservations can be made at More information, please visit

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We’re almost halfway through 2020 already. Can that be? Being homebound for more than two and a half months made that time simply vanish from the calendar. All I have to show for those days are a couple of homemade masks, a collection of recipes I tried, and a lot of steps recorded on my phone’s health app. This may be the reason it doesn’t seem like June should be right around the bend: we lost half of March plus all of April and May. *Poof* Lost may be the wrong word to use, however. My calendar pages for those months are as full as ever, but not with traditional appointments and work schedules. In place of those events are notes to myself, reminders of the little things I’ve discovered each day. Prior to the COVID interruption, I might have noticed that the gutters are full or how water pools in that one spot in the driveway. But with no time table to keep me on the go, no obligations to rush off to, no job, no gym, I’ve become aware of the details. I recognize that the clock chimes faster right after it’s been wound. I note with keen interest the new (and occupied) cardinal’s nest we discovered in the euonymus bush out front. I jotted down the unfamiliar word we recently looked up (pursy means short of breath when referring to a horse, or fat when describing a person). I pay attention to the plethora of songs one mockingbird calls, and jot down ideas I have for yard art, and try adding a whipped concoction of instant coffee/sugar/water to my coffee. My senses have been awakened (or, as e e cummings says, “now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened”). My “little things” calendar notations prove it. I’ve observed that there is a whole lot of bickering going on about the simple choice to wear a mask or not. It is disheartening, this way we can’t get along when we most need to pull together. But there is also an abundance of humor out there to offset the disturbing vitriol. I have taken liberty to share some with you here. I take no credit for any of them, nor do I give credit, except that I pulled them all from the Internet. • 2020 is a unique leap year. It has 29 days in February, 180 days in March, nine months in April and six years in May. • I’ve been making coffee at home instead of getting it at Starbucks for the last two months, which according to economists should’ve made me a billionaire by now. So where’s my newfound fortune? • Can I call you back in three hours? I’m cleaning my groceries. • I need to social distance myself from the refrigerator so I can flatten my curve. • There are multiple moods of the pandemic: One day you’re loving your bubble, doing workouts and baking sourdough. The next day you're crying, eating ice cream for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like. • If you see my kid on Zoom in the same clothes he’s been wearing for the past five days, mind your own business. Our homeschool has a uniform.

• I might sleep on the couch to cut down on my morning commute. • Of all the things I learned in grade school, trying to avoid getting cooties was the last one I expected to use. • Before you complain about your situation, remember, someone is quarantined with your ex. • Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d go up to a bank teller in a mask asking for money. • Marijuana is legal. Haircuts are not. It took 50 years but the hippies have finally won. • 2020 came out looking like a warm chocolate chip cookie. Then one bite and BAM! Oatmeal raisin. • If we’re going to have one-way grocery aisles then I’m going to need a passing lane. • Department of Health is looking to hire couples married for seven years or more to educate people on social distancing. • Parent: You have school tomorrow. 9-year-old: Real school or school with you? Parent: School with me is real school. 9-year-old: Real teachers know math. • The world is now Las Vegas. Everyone is losing money, it’s acceptable to drink at all hours, and no one has any idea what day it is. • Everything for summer is canceled. Might as well put up the Christmas tree and call it a year. • So, these murder hornets. Do I send them a list of names or what? How’s that work? • At the store there was an X on the floor for me to stand on. I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that routine. • When this is all over we’re throwing the biggest St. Patrick’s Easter de Mayo of July party anyone has ever seen. ~o0o~ My glass has been half full through this pandemic. I’m grateful that I have a yard that needs attention, windows that need cleaning and those gutters are full, because that means I have a home. I’m grateful for the parking spot I found at the far end of the lot because it means I’m capable of walking. I’m grateful for the taxes I pay because that means I am (well…was/will be) employed. I’m even grateful for the complaining I hear about our government and president (and bickering about wearing masks) because it means we have freedom of speech. And I’m grateful we get to vote in November. We have the freedom to choose who leads this country. Until then, and always, follow your bliss—as long as it doesn’t hurt others. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2020 Sarah Donohoe

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Contact Tracing Worries about the breach of individual privacy rights could undermine Louisiana’s ability to quickly pinpoint those who have encountered someone infected with COVID-19, a tracking plan that public health experts say is critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus disease. The Associated Press, May 18, 2020 No pandemic-related issue has generated more controversy than contact tracing. Contact tracing began during epidemics of plague and smallpox in the Middle Ages. Most towns were small, and even though they were close to each other, there was little travel between towns. Traveling farther than a person could walk in one day was unusual. The result of this was that some towns were nearly wiped out by disease and others saw none at all—until a traveler from another town arrived, carrying disease. Since no-one in the town had been sick before the traveler arrived, and many fell ill afterward, people concluded that the traveler carried a transmissible agent, which they called “the virus,” from the Latin word meaning “venom.” Having agreed that the disease arrived with the traveler, authorities began searching for everyone the traveler might have come in contact with. These people were placed in isolation, often for forty days (“quarantine” in Italian) to protect everyone else. Public health practices are much the same today. When a new case of Covid-19 shows up, public health authorities want to find all the people that person (the “index case”) had been in contact with during the past two or three weeks. The index case individual caught the virus from someone, and it is quite possible that that person was unaware of being infectious. Figuring out who else the index case individual was in close contact with allows authorities to warn those people about the potential for falling ill, and for continuing to pass the virus on to others. The problem is that revealing all those contacts could be considered a violation of their privacy, which is protected by the Constitution. In the current pandemic, tracing all the contacts of an index case individual is extremely difficult because of the nature of this virus: The virus is shed by infected people who have no symptoms, who are currently ill, and who are recovering. Infected individuals can pass the virus with relatively casual contact. Coughing, sneezing, talking—even singing—blasts tiny droplets of mucus and saliva into the air, each containing thousands of virus

particles. The virus remains viable in the air and on surfaces for hours to days, depending on the surface, the ambient temperature and humidity, and other factors. Because it is not a living thing, the virus is preserved by freezing, not inactivated by freezing. And in the opposite corner—the virus's weaknesses: Large droplets, in which the virus remains viable for several hours, are trapped by face coverings. Covid-19 is inactivated by a variety of common antiseptic agents: hydrogen peroxide, detergent, citric acid, bleach and alcohol. Not everyone exposed to the virus actually gets infected. For example: A 20 year old young man presents to the Emergency Department with a cough, fever and evidence of pneumonia on the chest X-ray. He is diagnosed with Covid19. The previous weekend, he used a fake ID to get into a night club, where he drank, talked, sang and danced with a dozen people. If you were at the bar, you would definitely want to be traced—unless you shouldn't have been there. If you own the bar, you do not want the authorities to check around, because you could lose your liquor license for not checking the young man's ID. However, if someone who was there gets sick and dies, your business would suffer, and you could be sued for not taking precautions. There are no easy answers to these dilemmas. We have all the tools we need to do very effective contact tracing. In addition to interviewing the index case, we could use credit card receipts to determine who was in the same room with him, and CCTV and smartphone location tracking to determine where he had been. What we do not have is agreement about how much information we ought to collect about people, and what we should do with that information. Now that restaurants, churches and beaches are opening, each infected individual can infect thousands of others. Contact tracing of one person is tedious but straightforward; contact tracing of hundreds of people is beyond our capabilities. What we need is a new method that would allow people to provide information without fear that their privacy will be compromised. Meanwhile, inadequate contact tracing is giving the virus a chance to spread more widely. Four weeks from now, look for a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.

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Great News Estes Park!!! The Elizabeth Guild Thrift Store is Reopening June 2, at 10 a.m.! Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday

We will be practicing social distancing and must limit the number of shoppers in the store at any given time. The Town of Estes Park has mandated all cusGiven the government guidelines covtomers and staff wear facial masks when ering the reopening of the Elizabeth inside local stores and businesses. If Guild Thrift Store, along with staffing you have any questions concerning concerns, make it necessary for “The these temporary changes, please call the Guild” to make procedural adjustments store (970) 586-7205 for clarification or to when and how we accept donations. to share your concerns. We will only be taking donations We are welcoming new volunteers to Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. help us in our charitable mission of supuntil 3 p.m. The reason for this tempoporting Estes Park Health, our local rary change is twofold; firstly, we are unhospital. Our donations make scholarsure of the number of volunteers returnships available for additional training ing right away, and, secondly, the new for employees and for purchases of new guidelines mandate donations be stored medical equipment. If you would like to for three days before the items can be make a positive impact on the Town of processed for sale. Our thrift store has Estes Park through a fun and rewarding limited storage space, so we request large volunteer experience, please call the donations be divided and brought in on number above or visit The Elizabeth multiple days. Clothing donations must Guild Thrift Store at 427 W. Elkhorn. be clean and in good condition. We The Guild family, the Board of Direcwould appreciate clothing being in bags or boxes to maximize our limited storage tors, staff and volunteers, thank you and space and the space needed for process- wish continued good health and safety to the entire Guild community. ing.

Community Hot Meals Report Last Friday, May 22, 315 meals were served on the final day of the Community Hot Meals program at the American Legion Post 119 for a total of nearly 7000 meals since March 31. It was made more special as the ladies auxiliary passed out vibrant, red poppies and Zach Fitzgerald provided live music. This collaborative program not only filled bellies with delicious food, it fueled spirits and kindness. Many who lined up each week were there to pick up meals to deliver to neighbors and friends. This program was created to provide a hot meal to anyone in need, whether laid off work or working harder than ever. It rounded out a robust Food Support Network in town. Gratitude shown bright each week with waves, shouts of appreciation, and generous donations that allowed the program to extend beyond April. This feeling of

goodness isn’t ending without a celebration of thanks to ALL the volunteers in the community, and most especially those who were committed to making this program a success. Big thanks to the willing partners that made this program happen: EPNRC, the American Legion, and the Town of Estes Park. When it is safe to do so, the American Legion will host a community wide thank you party. As Estes Park moves through the next phases of COVID-19, local nonprofits will continue to monitor needs and adapt to ensure essential services are in place. The Food Support Network is one facet of social services supported by the Estes Park Nonprofit Relief Fund. This fund is active; as money comes in, more grants may be awarded locally. Donate online and stay connected to Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) at

Estes Park Archives "Program" This Saturday The year 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of Estes Park's fourth attempt to start a newspaper, in this case the weekly Friday "Trail Talk", published by Archibald Taylor, a teacher from Longmont.

ing of the community and our visitors, we will not be hosting typical weekly Saturday history programs as in the past, but rather will allow individuals, couples, or small groups of no more than five related people to sit at one end

The plentiful Estes Park Trail Talk advertisements provide help with business starts or ownership changes occurring in (or shortly before) 1920.

The "Estes Park Trail Talk" was a shortlived summer newspaper, actually more of a booklet with a few pages of updated weekly social news sandwiched between many more pages of never-changing advertisements. As a source of useful insights into Estes Park's past, the "Trail Talk" leaves much to be desired, both because of its sparse "news" (more hotel register than true reporting) and its lifespan. But as the publication closest to the time of the town's incorporation and the subsequent boom in downtown business ventures, its advertising section alone is better examined than ignored. At the very least, the "Trail Talk" appears to settle the ongoing argument about whether the Estes Park Trail of 1912-1914 was related in any way to the Estes Park Trail that began in 1921: "A summer newspaper on this order is not an untried venture in Estes Park," the editor of the "Trail Talk" noted in his initial editorial. "Eight years ago [1912], John Yale Munson published the Estes Park Trail at a time when Estes Park was just becoming known as a summer resort, and needed publicity for its development...Even today, six years after its last publication [1914], former readers still inquire for it." The Estes Park Archives has reopened for business at its location in "Ten Letters" on 240 Moraine Avenue. Because of the concern for the health and well-be-

of the 14-foot conference table while speaker(s) sit at the other. Programs will be short, no more than 15 minutes total, with no scheduled start or end time. Instead interested parties are invited to attend any time between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with informality the rule, and flexibility in program length if another party happens to be waiting outside. Every speaker will be wearing a mask, relevent health questions will be answered prior to admission, and anyone with a temperature or cough will not be permitted entry. Throughout the summer, all attendees at Estes Park Archives programs will be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings of some type, even if or when the downtown ordinance is rescinded or modified, to keep our older volunteers safe. All printed information will be destroyed between visiting groups, with no passing of material or "show and tell" sharing around the table allowed. If you aren't completely confused or deterred by these restrictions, please put this Saturday, May 30, on your calendar for an afternoon discussion of the Estes Park Trail Talk. Plenty of free parking is available across the street, and all are invited, even if you are a first-time visitor. Please stop by "Ten Letters' during business hours, or call 586-4889, for additional help or information.

The banner from the first issue of Estes Park Trail Talk, which lasted from July 1920 to September 1920. Photos courtesy Estes Park Archives

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This list represents all Estes Park restaurants. It does not indicate which ones are open for inside or patio dining, take out service, curb side or delivery. Those listed above are regular advertisers in Estes Park News. Call or check each restauants’s individual information as needed for dining options, hours and restrictions. Restaurant Antonio’s NY Pizza Avant Garde Ale Baldpate Inn Big Horn Restaurant Bird and Jim Bob & Tony’s Pizza Boss Burgers Gyros Cafe de Pho-Thai Casa Grande Mex. Cascades at Stanley Chelitos Mexican China Garden Cinnamon’s Bakery Claire’s on the Park Coffee on the Rocks Cousin Pat’s Pub Dairy Queen Domino’s Pizza Dunraven Inn Ed’s Cantina Egg of Estes El Mex-Kal Elkins Whisky Estes Park Brewery Estes Park Pie Shop Fresh Burger Stop Grubsteak Rest. Himalayan Curry Hunters Chophouse Inkwell & Brew Kind Coffee Latitude 105 Ale La Cabana Mexican La Cocina De Mama Local’s Grill Lonigans Grill

Address 1560 Big Thompson 920 Dunraven St. 4900 S. CO-7 401 W Elkhorn Ave. 915 Moraine Ave. 124 W. Elkhorn Ave. 861 Moraine Ave. 225 W. Riverside Dr. 220 E. Elkhorn Ave. 333 Wonderview 145 E. Elkhorn Ave. 460 W. Riverside Dr. 920 W. Elkhorn Ave. 225 Park Lane 510 Moraine Ave. 451 S. St. Vrain Ave. 218 E. Elkhorn Ave. 457 E. Wonderview 1700 Big Thompson 390 E. Elkhorn Ave. 393 E. Elkhorn Ave. 160 First St. 1825 N. Lake Ave. 470 Prospect Village 509 Big Thompson 860 Moraine Ave. 134 W. elkhorn Ave. 101 W. Elkhorn Ave. 1690 Big Thompson 150 E. Elkhorn Ave. 470 E. Elkhorn Ave. 101 So. St. Vrain 165 Virginia Dr. 361 S. St. Vrain Ave. 153 E. Elkhorn Ave. 110 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Phone 970 586-7275 970 591-2700 970 586-5397 970 586-2792 970 586-9832 970 586-2044 970 586-3137 970 577-0682 970 577-0799 970 577-4001 970 586-0886 970 586-2488 970 480-1501 970 586-9564 970 586-5182 970 586-7287 970 586-4939 970 586-8181 970 586-6409 970 586-2919 970 586-1173 970 586-4377 970 480-1848 970 586-5421 970 577-7437 970 480-1492 970 586-8838 970 586-6226 970 586-6962 970 342-1297 970 586-5206 970 586-1156 970 586-9001 970 586-6900 970 586-4346

Website (reopening soon)

Lumpy Ridge Brew 531 S. St. Vrain Ave. McDonalds Rest. 501 Big Thompson Mama Rose’s Rest. 338 E. Elkhorn Ave. Mile High Coffee 356 E. Elkhorn Ave. MollyB Rest. 200 Moraine Ave. Mountain Home Cafe 457 E. Wonderview Napal’s Cafe 184 E. Elkhorn Ave. National Park Village 900 Moraine Ave. Nickys Steakhouse 1350 Fall River Rd. Notchtop Bakery 459 E. Wonderview Oppa Asian Bistro 183 W. Riverside Dr. Penelope’s Burgers 229 W. Elkhorn Ave. Pepper Mexican Grill 401 E. Elkhorn Ave. Poppy’s Pizza & Grill 338 E. Elkhorn Ave. Raven’s Roast Coffee 157 W. Elkhorn Ave. Rock Cut Brewery 390 W. Riverside Dr. Rock Inn Mtn. Tavern 1675 CO-66 Rocky Mtn. Deli 541 Big Thompson Scratch Deli 911 Moraine Ave. Seasoned Bistro 205 Park Ln. Shakes Alive 513 Big Thompson Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ 820 Moraine Ave. Snowy Peaks Winery 292 Moraine Ave. Starbucks Coffee 537 Big Thompson Subway 517 Big Thompson Sweet Basilico 430 Prospect Village Thai Kitchen 401 S. St. Vrain Ave. The Barrel 251 Moraine Ave. The Village Pizza 543 Big Thompson Trailhead Rest. 3450 Fall River Rd. Twin Owls Steak 800 MacGregor Ave. Vinu Giu 207 Park Ln. Wapiti Colorado Pub 247 W. Elkhorn Ave WayFinder 900 Moraine Ave. Wild Rose Est. 157 W. Elkhorn Ave Ziggi’s Coffee 519 S. St. Vrain Ave.

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970 586-3330 970 586-2222 970 586-2766 970 586-6624 970 577-7035 970 586-2776 970 586-5376 970 586-0272 970 577-8888 970 586-2277 970 577-0032 970 586-8282 970 586-4326 970 586-7300 970 586-4116 970 586-4791 970 586-8383 970 586-9000 970 577-7007 970 577-7427 970 586-2099 970 586-1600 970 577-7744 970 586-3899 970 577-7112 970 616-2090 970 577-1300 970 577-0043 970 586-9344 970 591-2528 970 586-5056 970 586-3098 970 586-2806 970 591-2532 rockymountain (reopening soon) the

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Town's Annual Water Main Flushing Takes Place June 1 Through July 13 The Town of Estes Park Water Division will conduct the annual water main flushing program from Monday, June 1 through Monday, July 13. The flush will be carried out over an extended period of time this year with the aim of reducing disruption to water users. The flushing improves water quality and clarity by creating a higher than normal flow through the distribution system. This flow helps to clear the pipes of the iron oxide buildup resulting from corrosion of older steel pipes. Water customers may notice discoloration of their water for a short period of time. The rusty-looking water can leave iron stains in clothing and is not aestheticallypleasing, but it is safe to use. The best solution for customers is to avoid using water, particularly hot water, when crews are flushing in the area. If rusty water is drawn, cold water should be run for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the water clears. If the water does not clear in that time, water should be shut off for about 30 minutes before the process is repeated.Water main flushing will follow the approximate schedule below: Mon. 6/1/2020 Marys Lake Road to include Griffith Court, Strong Avenue, Little Prospect Mountain Road and Silver Tree Lane Tues. 6/2/2020 Highway 66 to Marys lake Road to include Upper Broadview Road, Eagle Cliff Road, Heinz Parkway, High Drive area and Meadow Lane Weds. 6/3/2020 Moraine Avenue to Elm Road to include Old Ranger Road, Old Man Mountain Lane and Fall River Lane Thurss 6/4/2020

Moraine Avenue to Park River Place to include Moreau Lane, Cedar Ridge Circle and Range View Road Fri. 6/5/2020 Fall River Road to Sierra Sage Lane to include Sleepy Hollow Court, Homestead Lane and Summerset Court Mon. 6/8/2020 Riverside Drive to Stanley Avenue to include Ouray Drive, Prospect Avenue, Moccasin saddle Tues. 6/9/2020 West Riverside Drive to Prospect Village Drive to include Pine River Court, Pine River Lane and Audubon Drive Weds. 6/10/2020 Moccasin Street to Stanley Avenue to include Highland Lane, the hospital area, Comanche Street and Dunraven Street Thurs. 6/11/2020 Fawn Lane, Ponderosa Drive, Morgan Street, Bailey Lane, Landers Street, University Court and Elk Ridge Court Fri. 6/12/2020 Prospect Mountain Road to the west side of Highway 7 to include Lexington Lane, Concord Lane, Village Green Lane, Elk Meadow Court, Elk Hollow Court, Pine Knoll Drive, Woodland Court, Tranquil Lane, Pinewood Drive, Decker Circle, Axminster Lane, Twin Drive and Long Drive Mon. 6/15/2020 Highway 7 east side to Scott Avenue to include Graves Avenue, Woodstock Drive, Stanley Park Fairgrounds and Manford Avenue

Tues. 6/16/2020 Stanley Park Fairgrounds, Community Drive, Eagle Lane and Par Lane. Mathew Circle, Halbach Lane, Wapiti Circle and Estes Park school area Weds. 6/17/2020 Fish Creek Road, Mall Road, Avalon Drive, Clover Lane, Brook Court, Country Club Drive, Holiday Lane, Fairway Club Lane, Acacia Drive Thurs. 6/18/2020 Uplands Circle, Scott Avenue, Larkspur Avenue, Carriage Drive, Longview Drive and Whispering Pines Drive Fri. 6/19/2020 Moccasin Street, Moraine Avenue, Riverside Drive, Rockwell Drive, Fall River Village, Spruce Drive and Bighorn Drive Mon. 6/22/2020 Elkhorn Avenue, Valley Road, Marigold Lane, Wonderview Avnue to Highway 34 Tues. 6/23/2020 Bighorn Drive, Chapin Lane, Evergreen Lane, Granite Lane, Chiquita Lane, Virginia Drive, West Elkhorn Avenue, Far View Lane, James Street Weds. 6/24/2020 MacGregor Avenue, Devils Gulch Road, McCreery Lane Thurs. 6/25/2020 Overlook Court, Stanley Hotel area, Steamer Drive, Black Canyon Drive, Prospector Lane, Homesteader Lane and Pioneer Lane Fri. 6/26/2020 Stanley Village area, Highway 34 to Olympus Lodge, Summit Drive, and Dry Gulch Road, Bellevue Lane

Mon. 6/29/2020 North Lane, South Lane, East Lane, West Lane, Panorama Circle, Summit Lane, Pine Lane, Grand Estates Drive, Lake Front Street, Skyline Drive, Estes Park Resort area Tues. 6/30/2020 Elk Trail Court, Deer Path Court, Raven Circle, Lone Pine Drive Weds. 7/1/2020 Ptarmigan Lane, Falcon Ridge Apartments, Red Tail Hawk Drive, Crabapple Lane, Grey Hawk Court Thurs. 7/2/2020 Marys Lake Lodge area, Carriage Hills, Rockwood Estates Mon. 7/6/2020 Little Valley and South Fish Creek Road, Chalet Ridge Court Tues. 7/7/2020 Arapaho Road, Grey Fox Lane, Ute Lane, Shadow Mountain Court, Green Pine Court, Cherokee Court, Pawnee Lane, Indian Trail, Bristlecone Court Weds. 7/8/2020 Prospect Estates, Steele Court, Marcus Lane, Curry Drive, Darcy Drive, Peak View Drive Thurs. 7/9/2020 Fall River Estates, Fish Hatchery Road, David Drive Fri. 7/10/2020 Thunder Mountain Lane Mon. 7/13/2020 Kiowa Pump House and Tank Area For more information about the water main flushing program, please call the Town of Estes Park Water Division at 970577-3619.

Community Center Opening On A Limited Basis Beginning June 1 In response to the approval of Larimer County’s COVID-19 variance request to the state, the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) will re-open the Estes Valley Community on a limited basis June 1, 2020. Please understand that while EVRPD is excited to be able to re-open the facility, operations, offerings and hours will be restricted for an indefinite duration in accordance with current mandates. In addition, all aspects of operations upon re-opening will remain subject to the guidelines set forth by federal, state and local health professionals, as well as the EVRPD Board of Directors. In order to minimize the risk to our patrons and employees while also adhering to the requirements described in the variance, EVRPD plans to have the center open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. In addition, heightened sanitizing protocols will be in effect and include the use of hospital-grade disinfectants, ionizing misters and periodic closures of entire areas while disinfecting measures are performed. A general summary of the operating scenario, which is subject to change per health

orders and directives, is provided below: • Areas of the building that will be open: o Upper fitness area (cardio machines will be spaced according to requirements) o Lower fitness area (stations spaced accordingly) o Gymnasium (for fitness stations/classes only – no open gym/organized sports) o Locker Rooms (main locker rooms only) o Fitness area bathrooms • Areas to remain closed until restrictions are eased: o Senior Services/Adult Activities wing (higher-risk population) o Team locker rooms (lap pool area) o Walking track o Golf Simulator o Party room o *Pools* - closed to the general public for lap swim/open swim for now, but open for instructional classes and team training. EVRPD is working with the county to get clarification o Cubz Den o Lobby areas (furniture will be moved out of the lobbies to discourage congregating) • To avoid crowding and observe social-

distancing requirements, patrons will be required to make a reservation for workout times and classes, but there will be a firstcome, first-served option for both if reservations are not full • Personal training will be permitted during business hours via the usual registration/reservation process • Patrons will be encouraged to use online

registration/payment methods as much as possible For further updates regarding the status of the community center and all other EVRPD facilities, please visit: or

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Transforming The Journey Of Loss: Webinar Series This June Loving Spirit is a non-profit with local ties, committed to helping transform the journey of loss. As a free service available to anyone dealing with grief or loss, Loving Spirit is launching a webinar on June 1st. Comprised of six, approximately one-hour sessions, the webinar will be accessible on all devices (computers, notepads, cell phones) as well as on Apple TV. Locally, Loving Spirit is working on the project with its longtime partner, the Estes Valley Library. Dayle Spencer, President of the Board of Loving Spirit, said, “Covid-19 forced us to cancel our workshops, yet inspired us to find an alternative way to help those who are in pain and grieving. As much as we’re missing meeting in person, we’re thrilled to be able to extend our reach, especially during these days of so much loss.” In the past six years, Loving Spirit has held its free workshops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Ohio, Idaho, Illinois, and Utah. Participants have called these gatherings ‘transformative, ’ and ‘life changing.’ “We are excited that our new webinar which will be available to view anytime,

will also be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired,” said Spencer. “Later this summer our webinar in Spanish will be released,” she added. Spencer and her husband, Will, founded Loving Spirit following the death of their daughter, Allie, at age 28, from the flu. Spencer wrote two books on grief and loss, “Loving Allie, Transforming the Journey of Loss,” and “Loving Spirit, Self-help for the Journey of Loss.” The non-profit, Loving Spirit, provides its workshops and materials free to all attendees, thanks to tax-deductible donations. Anyone interested in attending the webinar can register at A workbook will be available online to download after registration. Loving Spirit, now headquartered in Sun Valley, Idaho has affiliate locations, including here in Colorado. The new Loving Spirit webinar is gratefully being offered in partnership with libraries, universities, hospitals, and hospices, among other organizations.

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

We are open as a virtual church without walls See for fellowship, prayer and worship schedules Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies Virtual Worship and Fellowship Schedule via Zoom E-mail for password Activity and Time

Zoom Meeting Number

Fellowship Hour every Sunday 11 AM

208 642 989

 Social Hour every Thursday at 4:30 PM


547 178 866


787 960 956

Midweek Worship every Wednesday at 6 PM


275 108 954

Midday Prayer every M-Th at noon

Call In Telephone Number

106 492 224

Worship every Sunday 6 PM 

Link to Meeting



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Masked Elk Run Amok Five Fun Facts About… Elk Calves

Artist Wade Johnston with his family, showing off different styles and sizes of our community’s irreverent masked elk shirt. All sales benefit the Nonprofit Relief Fund, which helps nonprofits amplify their services during COVID and beyond. By: Karen McPherson

It has been a loooong three months and it is high time for hope and humor. The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center brings you T-shirts with our town icon, an irreverent elk, wearing a mask and neighbors howling off their porches. The elk image and “We are all in this together” with “Estes Park 2020” is now on both men’s pocket t-shirts, crew necks, two women’s cuts, youth and baby onesies (grandmas: this is your time to shine, they are ADORABLE!). The light blue represents the scrubs of the nurses and doctors working overtime in hospitals, and the dark blue of police offers tirelessly serving communities. The first run was just 100 shirts, and sold out quickly. EPNRC has just received a second run that includes teeny tiny to 3XL in some styles. We are thrilled to be selling to our neighbors and friends; about 25% of sales are going

to supporters out of state. Thanks to everyone near and far. T-shirt sales, individual donations, and seed money from Village Thrift Store all combine to allow the Nonprofit Resource Center to say YES to the needs of our local community. The Nonprofit Relief Fund assures basic needs are met and essential services remain consistent now and beyond this crisis. The Nonprofit Relief Fund is disbursed within Estes Park only and has granted $23,000 to local nonprofits so far. We are indeed better together. Please jump online to support this nonprofit fundraiser. The Elk shirts and Aspen Tree shirts celebrating the nonprofit community are available online at EPNonprofit. square. site. The T-shirts inspired us to set up a Nonprofit Market Place and who knows what else we might add!

By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the elk calf. There are so many fun facts about elk so let’s narrow that down to just the little calves. They are making their entrance to the world this week with many more to come over the next few weeks. And with Rocky Mountain National Park now open, there is a greater opportunity to see elk calves. 1. Elk cows typically give birth to one calf, which can stand in about 20 minutes. 2. The rule of thumb for the beginning of calf birthing season is when the cows have completely shed their winter coat. This typically happens by Memorial Day weekend in the Estes Valley. 3. Elk calves are born scentless as a method to hide them from predators.

4. Elk calves are also born with white spots to help camouflage them in willows and other bushes from predators. 5. Elk calves are born after an eight to nine-month gestation period and weigh about 35 pounds. 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

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You may have noticed that there’s a lot happening at the corner of Highways 36 and 7 and that’s just on the outside of the building. With the help of generous donors and hardworking members, Estes Park’s Joseph J. Duncan Jr. American Legion Post 119 is moving into its second century with renewed energy and purpose. The American Legion has a long history both in our country and Estes Park. As a person who spends a great deal of time studying World War I, the organization’s roots are of particular interest to me. Because, you see, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary WW I veterans into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. The national organization was founded in March 1919 and was officially chartered by Congress on Sept. 16, 1919. It was designed to be a patriotic organization focusing on service to our nation’s veterans, as well as providing services to its members and their communities. It didn’t take long for membership to grow to more than one million with local Legion posts sprouting up all across the nation. Today, American Legion members number more than two million and there are thirteen thousand Posts worldwide—one for each of the fifty states, as well as the District of Co-

lumbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines. The first minutes of our local Post were dated May 10, 1920, which means it just recently celebrated one hundred years of service to veterans and the community. Sixteen veterans attended that initial meeting. Early gatherings were held in the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) hall in Estes Park and the Post received its charter on September 29th of that year. In 1954, Post 119 purchased the building it resides in from the Bureau of Reclamation. The formal dedication was held on Veterans Day, November 11th. In 2002 the membership voted to name the Post in honor of Estes Park native Capt. Joseph J. Duncan Jr., a member of the 10th Mountain Division who was killed on April 17, 1945 in Italy during World War II. In 1998, the building was placed on the Colorado List of State Historic Buildings. Constructed in 1939, the structure served as the administrative office for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project until 1953. Sitting in a prime location at the crossroads where people enter Estes Park, the building is the state’s best surviving example of Depression-era, Bureau of Reclamation Colonial Revival design.

Earlier this month, the local Post embarked upon its second century of service to veterans and the Estes Park community. But maintaining those vital services requires major restoration to preserve the Post’s 80-year-old building, which in recent decades has slipped somewhat into disrepair. The scope of the projects is enormous and includes (but isn’t limited to): kitchen compliance and appliance replacement; ADA-compliant bathroom renovations; parking, drainage, and grading re-design; ADA-compliant building entrance modifications; tavern redesign; and siding and window restoration. Thanks to generous contributions (both large and small) from local residents and businesses, many of the things on the Post’s wish list have come to fruition. The kitchen remodel is completed; the hardwood floors inside the

Post have been refinished; a new sound and video system is now available for groups; the newly licensed tavern (there’s no longer a need for membership to visit the Legion) has installed a POS (Point of Sale) system for ease of food and drink purchases; and new wainscoting and paint are on the interior walls. As you may have noticed, new siding is being installed and painted as I type this column. For fear of leaving someone out, I don’t want to list the names who have helped make this work possible—recognition and much-deserved appreciation will follow—just know that without the support of the Post’s membership, residents from both inside and outside the community, and area businesses—none of these changes would have been possible. But more contributions continue to be needed to preserve this meaningful landmark and the services this organization provides to our community. Under dynamic and dedicated leadership, Joseph J. Duncan Jr. American Legion Post 119 is entering a new era. It is now also being called “Circle 119, ” in reference to the indigenous people of the area who believed life and community only prosper when they work together in a circle. Those of us who are involved with the Post have hoped we could invite the community to join us at a grand reopening with free burgers and brats the weekend of June 5-7. At the newspaper goes to press we are still uncertain if the governor’s guidelines will allow us to do so. Please check the Legion’s website at or its Facebook page for updates. We want to open the doors and welcome you inside to one of the important anchors that serves our veterans and the community as a whole. Please, come join the Circle.

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‘MEMORIAL DAY’, EVERY DAY…DURING THE PANDEMIC…AND BEYOND! This week I dearly missed the normal (for me) activities of Memorial Day. For many years this day has been special and, again, for me, always involved activities in the Boulder area. When I lived in Longmont, before moving to Estes Park, it included (when I could get in shape) walking-jogging the Bolder Boulder with 50,000 others. My many tee shirts bring back the memories. When I couldn’t do the race, I would make my way to Folsom Field to cheer the runners on…usually including my son, Kirby, and his wife, Alma. When I couldn’t do that, we watched it on television. I enjoyed the race but, most of all, I was there to see the festivities that took place following the race: the fly-over, the skydivers descending with the flags representing the different Armed Forces branches, and the music and speeches honoring those who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom. I always wiped some tears from my cheeks as the jets flew over and the flags were presented, at the gun salute and the playing of ‘Taps’. I am one of the ‘many’ who owe so much to the ‘few’. As I write this article, a touching poem was sent by a member of our ‘grief group’ that ended with: “He was just a common veteran and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us we may need his likes again. For when countries are in conflict, we find the veteran’s part, is to clean up all the troubles that politicians start. If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise, then at least let’s give him honor at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that may say: ‘Our country is in mourning, a veteran died today!’ And ‘need his likes again’ we certainly do, don’t we? That’s the reason for our title. ‘Memorial Day’ remembrance is appropriate for all the military and non-military people who are risking and, often, giving their lives for us, during the current ‘battle’ that is being waged against the coronavirus. Many of those on the ‘front lines’ of our current ‘war’ are veterans who have been sent to serve in places no less dangerous than the battlefield many have served on before. We often hear the pandemic casualty numbers being compared to the numbers of soldiers who lost their lives in places like Iraq, Korea, and other sites. But from now on, the designation ‘Memorial Day’ is certainly appropriate every day as we see the ‘casualties’ resulting from the virus in the ranks of nurses, doctors, employees of all kinds of ‘essential services’ agencies, and other ‘battlefront’ personnel. But there are other such heroes to be honored every ‘memorial day’. As we know there are two holidays that can get mixed up. Often ‘Veterans’ Day’ and ‘Memorial Day’ are thought to be the same. However, there is a difference. ‘Veteran’s Day’ is to honor all veterans who have served our country, whether living or at rest. ‘Memorial Day’ was instituted to honor those who died during their assignment. That being true, we certainly have an army of ‘veterans’ who deserve to be recognized and honored: teachers who made drastic changes in teaching practices so their students could finish out the school year; parents who planned activities so ‘stay-at-home’ children could continue to learn and be challenged and safe; millions who prepared or gathered up foodstuffs, masks and protective gear to serve the needs of those lacking it; the police, fire personnel, and other ‘first-responders’; others who risked their well-being to encourage others to ‘wear their mask’ or ‘social-distance’; and, besides these, so many others that you can name. By the time you read this article it will be no less ‘Memorial Day’, be sure to honor and thank all you know, including yourself, who are serving faithfully and self-sacrificingly. All are among the millions of ‘veterans’ who deserve our Bob Lewis honor.

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June 8-12 Monday, Jun 8 Chicken Quesadilla w/ soup of the day Tuesday, Jun 9 Swiss Mushroom Burger w/ homemade chips Wednesday, Jun 10 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Thursday, Jun 11 Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, garlic bread & side salad Friday, Jun 12 Trout (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & vegetable soup All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, June 1st, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, May 29th. 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 still closed. No Activities. Meals to Go will be delivered to your vehicle at the Senior Citizens Center! Pick up times 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check out our website:

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What Can I Plant?

By: Janet Vetter, CSU Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County

What can I plant? That sounds like a fairly straight-forward question, but the answer is far more complicated. Gardening in the mountains can be challenging. The air is dry. The sun is harsh. The soil may be thin and rocky. But gardeners are optimists! By understanding the limiting factors of your site, you can make selections that will provide a show of color throughout your short-but glorious--growing season! The growing season in Estes Park is basically early June through mid-September; less than 100 frost-free days. The cool summer nights of mountain communities also affect plant growth. The USDA Hardiness Zone for Estes Park is shown on the map as Zone 5, but it might be safer to stick with plants that are Zone 4 or lower. Picking plants for hardiness zones 2-4 will be especially good selections for your area. Select flowering perennials that bloom early or mid-season; late-blooming flowers may never get the chance before frost. Pick cool-tolerant vegetables with short growing seasons, such as lettuces, arugula, spinach, turnips, radishes, beets, carrots, and snap peas. Your plant selections need to match the conditions of your site. Take note of the amount of sun you receive daily; a “full sun” perennial will struggle in a shady corner. You may need to amend your soil with organic material, especially if it is decomposed granite. A soil test would be a good first step to determine what you need to do to grow healthy plants. If you’re wondering what to plant, look at the local public garden spaces around town. Take pictures of plants you like and then look for them at a local garden center or on an online site. Many Colorado native plants are already adapted to your conditions and would provide a good backbone for a perennial border. Native plants can often be successfully

grown in unamended soils, and can support a wide variety of wildlife throughout the season. Native plants should not be collected from the wild. Transplanting from the wild to the garden is rarely successful because of root damage and transplant shock, and is likely illegal. Colorado natives are adapted to different habitats, so be sure to pick plants that are suited to your environment. Think about deer-resistant plant varieties. Frankly, a hungry animal will eat just about any plant, so nothing is 100% deer-proof. There are online publications that list plants, trees, and shrubs that are deer-resistant. A basic strategy is to plant a majority of strongly aromatic plants that create an invisible barrier to your garden, followed by plant selections that have a bitter taste, coarse texture, prickles or spines, or milky sap. Spray emerging and newly planted foliage with a deer repellant for at least three weeks. By confusing a deer’s sense of smell and taste, you have a better chance that they will leave your property for someone else’s. Containers and raised beds are also good choices, especially for vegetables and annual flowering plants. If you are constructing a raised bed with an open bottom, put hardware cloth over the base before filling with a planting medium to prevent damage from voles or pocket gophers. Containers can be moved to protect annual plants from an unexpected frost and can be used to fill a void in a flower border or bring season-long color to a porch or patio. If you’re looking for further inspiration, The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail and the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs are two high elevation public gardens worth visiting. Rock and crevice gardens, shady groves, and sunny perennial borders all display a wide diversity of plants that will work for you as well. High elevation gardening presents some challenges, including a short growing season. By observing the conditions of your specific site and selecting the right plants for the right place, you will be rewarded with beauty throughout the summer! Resources from CSU Extension: Trees and Shrubs for Mountain Areas: bs/garden/07423.pdf Flowers for Mountain Communities: bs/garden/07406.pdf Estes Valley Community Garden Board thanks Master Gardener Janet Vetter for providing these garden planning tips tailored to our gardening challenges.

Greg Needs A New, Forever Home! company of the other kitties at the kennel. Greg is currently living at the Pet Lodge at the Animal Medical Center. Call 970-286-1652 to set up a time to meet this special cat. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a nonprofit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your Gorgeous Grey Greg check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, Sweet Greg is about four years old. CO 80517. For more information, He is a lanky guy, very friendly and please call 970-286-1652. enjoys being loved on. He likes the

American Legion Grand Re-Opening As Circle 119

American Legion Post 119 will be having a Grand Re-opening as Circle 119 the first weekend of June. Circle 119 represents a new era for American Legion Post 119. Membership is no longer required to enter; their social hall (bar) and ballroom are open as a local watering hole and community event space. The Legion’s re-opening as Circle 119 is June 5-7 (yes, all three days) from 11 a.m. until closing. Burgers and brats will be served until 3 p.m, and tapas (small plates) will be offered in the evening. All

of the food is free. Beverages will be regular price. Tables will be set up inside and out in order to observe safe distancing and face coverings will be required until you are seated. The Grand Reopening will celebrate the Community Hot Meals Program, the kindness and joyful contributions of local volunteers, its donors, and all the people who enjoyed a meal. The event will showcase a new tapas menu that will be available ongoing at Circle 119, and while there will be no seating at the bar, it will kick off a new (but filled with history) public watering hole in town. Please come enjoy spring and celebrate a new beginning for the Legion.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Phased Reopening Began On May 27 In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Rocky Mountain National Park will begin a phased reopening on May 27, with limited services including basic park road and trail access. Visitor centers will remain closed. Many outlying areas will reopen, however the Wild Basin area will remain closed to all public access during this initial phase. Trail Ridge Road will be open to Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. Park snowplow operators continue to plow snow along the roadways and parking lots of Trail Ridge Road, and the full roadway will open as soon as that is completed, weather conditions permitting. Fall River Road will be not be open to motorized vehicles during this phase, but will open to bicyclists and pedestrians. While much of the park will be accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services will be limited. Park visitor’s actions will help determine if areas remain open. Rocky Mountain National Park is the third most visited national park in the country with over 4.6 million visitors last year. Visitors experience a high level of congestion in many areas of the park from late May through early

October. In 2019, visitation from June through September was over 3.2 million visitors. In July of last year alone, almost 1 million people visited the park. Park managers are seeking approval to implement a timed entry system, which would increase park access allowing visitors to plan ahead while providing the public a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines. When the park initially reopens, park staff will evaluate the level of visitation, crowding and congestion, and will meter access based on the level of visitation. This will be evaluated throughout the day. Visitors may be delayed entering or asked to return later if visitation and congestion warrants. Visitors should expect restricted vehicle access, particularly in the Bear Lake Road corridor, when parking areas fill and heavy congestion warrants. At this time, visitors can only purchase entrance passes at entrance stations with credit cards; no cash will be accepted. When recreating, park visitors should follow local area health orders, avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities. Please don’t visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Keep your distance. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering. Wear cloth face coverings while in park restrooms. Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles. Know your limits. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest search and rescue parks in the country. Many of these incidents could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. Winter-like conditions exist in high elevation areas of the park. Bear Lake currently has 14 inches of snow. During the ongoing health crisis, it is critical to make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way. Protect wildlife. Obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife. During the closure, due to lack of vehicular traffic, park rangers have observed more wildlife congregating adjacent to or on internal park roads. Other park operations: Road Construction: Road construction is ongoing on US 36 inside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The work is taking place on a 3-mile section of US 36, just west of Bear Lake Road junction to east of Deer Ridge Junction. This section of road will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings. There will be no nightly closures on Friday and Saturday nights. When the road reopens each morning at 7 a. m. to traffic, motorists should expect delays and a rough surface. Trail Construction: Major trail construction continues to take place in the Alluvial Fan area after a major flood in 2013, destroyed the exist-

Photo by Tim Nicholson

Photo by Tim Nicholson

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ing infrastructure. The park trail crew is staging a variety of material and equipment in the west Alluvial Fan parking lot and will continue construction of the accessible West Alluvial Fan Trail. Trail and boulder access to the Roaring River from the West Alluvial Fan Parking lot will be closed to park visitors from June 1 to July 31, in the Alluvial Fan area. Campgrounds: Only Moraine Park and Glacier Basin Campgrounds will be partially open on June 4, with approximately half of the campsites available for reservations. Aspenglen, Timber Creek and Longs Peak Campgrounds will remain closed for the foreseeable future and may be re-evaluated for partial opening later in the summer. Wilderness Backcountry Campsites: Wilderness camping permits will be issued beginning May 27 through the autumn. Shuttle Bus Operations: Shuttle bus operations within the Bear Lake Road corridor will begin on May 27. In order to practice proper social distancing to minimize community spread of COVID-19, the capacity of the shuttle buses in the Bear Lake Corridor will be limited to 15 passengers per trip. Wear cloth face coverings while riding in the bus. It is unknown at this time whether the Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center will be operating this summer. Rocky Mountain Conservancy continues to offer Rocky themed merchandise available on their website at Details and updates on park operations and services will continue to be posted on the park’s official website at or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206. For information on Trail Ridge Road, call the Trail Ridge Road status recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Will Enter Phase Two Of Reopening June 4 Today, in accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Rocky Mountain National Park has increased recreational access and services. In this first phase, from May 27 through June 3, the park has reopened many outlying areas and basic park road and trail access. Park staff are evaluating the level of visitation and may meter access based on the level of visitation. This will be evaluated throughout each day. During these dates, visitors can only purchase entrance passes at entrance stations with credit cards. Visitors may be delayed entering or asked to return later if visitation and congestion warrants. Phase Two - Timed Entry System Effective June 4 Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the country. To increase park access while providing the public a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines, the park will temporarily implement a timed entry system effective at the beginning of Phase Two on June 4. The park will cease using this system in later phases of the reopening. “We are eager to welcome visitors back to their national park,” said Superintendent Darla Sidles. “This system will more safely manage the pace and flow of visitor use, reduce crowding, and provide an improved visitor experience in alignment with the park’s safe operational capacity.”

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. Frequently asked questions on the timed entry permit system can be found at: When recreating, park visitors should follow local area health orders, maintain social distance and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to

COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Keep your distance. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. Cloth face coverings should also be worn while in park restrooms. Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles. Know your limits. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest search and rescue parks in the country. Many of these incidents could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. Winter-like conditions exist in high elevation areas of the park.

Photo by Tim Nicholson

Photo by Tim Nicholson

Photo by Tim Nicholson

For example, Bear Lake currently has 14 inches of snow. It is critical to make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way. Protect wildlife. Obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife. During the closure, due to lack of vehicular traffic, park rangers have observed more wildlife congregating adjacent to or on internal park roads. Rocky Mountain Conservancy continues to offer Rocky-themed merchandise available on their website at Details and updates on park operations and services will continue to be posted on the park’s official website at or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206. For information on Trail Ridge Road, call the Trail Ridge Road status recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222.

Photo by David Kempkes

Photo by Robert Burns

Photo by Kris Hazelton

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Ace Hardware Presents Scholarships To EPHS Graduates Last Saturday, members of our local Ace Hardware leadership team were pleased to present scholarships to some EPHS graduates. From left to right, Tom Housewright, Manager, Esabella Burkhardt, Arden Thompson, Matthew Turner, Paulina Tapia Bernal, Olivia Hamel, Kari Hamel, Manager, Lou Golitko, Manager. Congratulations to the recipients. Courtesy photo

EPHS Class Of 2020: Give thanks. Be grateful. Keep learning. By: Wendy Koenig, Mayor Town of Estes Park, Estes Park High School Class of 1973

Each May, when a school year draws to its close, a unique opportunity presents itself for us to ponder the annual rite of passage through which students in our local schools advance from one grade to the next. The way one lesson builds on a previous lesson, and each experience sets the stage for the ones that follow.

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Culminating with students, after advancing 12 times, graduating from Estes Park High School. Entering adulthood. And applying their learning in pursuit of desired futures. Now, on the auspicious occasion of the Class of 2020 getting on with their lives, three things are front of mind for me. First, and foremost I extend a very special congratulation to each and every one of the 66 students who stayed the course-despite the challenge of Covid19-to meet the educational requirements for graduating from Estes Park High School. Celebrating your accomplishment, you stood strong and true as you paraded through the campus last Friday. Good for you. I am a firm believer that opportunity resides in chaos. A belief born out of my life-experiences that is exemplified by

your parade. For that reason, my most fervent hope is that each of you will, amidst the craziness of these times, grab hold of the opportunity that is deservedly yours, run with it like the wind, and create your unique future. Second, I want to acknowledge that education, although involving much singular effort, is rarely a singular accomplishment. Graduation is an accomplishment most often shared by parents-earned with sleepless nights, extra shifts at work, countless sacrifice, and non-questioning love. An accomplishment that is enabled by the selfless dedication of teachers, principals, coaches, clergy and church leaders, scout leaders, and countless other people who commit their lives to helping students learn, develop and thrive. To each of you, I offer a grateful thanks and heartfelt job well done.

Third, while the light of accomplishment still shines brightly on the Class of 2020, let’s consider the role education plays in our respective lives. Think about fruits born from seeds planted during our days in school. Honor seed-planters. Recognize benefits we daily derive from knowing how to learn and achieve. Realize that the knowledge and experience of one person ripples through others. And such collective ripples form the foundation upon which our community rests. We— individually and collectively—are the sum total of our education. Now, with the addition of the Estes Park High School Class of 2020, the sum total of the Estes community increases. Let’s give thanks. Be grateful. Keep learning.

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EPHS Class of 2020 I am so very proud of you. I love you with all my heart! Mama

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Library Summer Services: New Formats And Familiar Favorites A new season has arrived, and summertime Library services offer a happy balance of traditional favorites and new conveniences alike. We’re working nimbly to adapt services in ways that support our community’s needs and interests. As Health Orders allow, the building will open soon. For now, though the building remains temporarily closed, our commitment to serve you remains as strong as ever. Curbside Library Service has been popular since its debut one month ago. We’ve filled hundreds of “to-go orders,” using a model innovated by our great local restaurants. As they bring delicious cuisine to our tables, we’re serving learning and culture from the library menu. Many of you have told us—in person and in writing—how enjoyable it’s been to access all the books, movies and audio from the library’s shelves once again. We invite you to try curbside service. Meanwhile, we’re working on ways to make it easier to schedule your pick-up times. And we’ll soon introduce Personalized Book Bundles, where you can simply tell us a favorite author or subject area, and we’ll pull items based on your interests. Watch for details coming soon. Curbside will expand to offer additional services this summer. That includes distribution of all the reading incentives (prizes) that are part of the 2020 Summer Reading Program, made possible by the literacy supporters of the Library Friends & Foundation. This annual celebration of reading and community is now underway. Readers of all ages are encouraged to register at the library’s website and log reading minutes—books, magazines, audiobooks, family read-alouds, and time reading

this newspaper all count. Your participation will also help us reach a shared goal: 250,000 total community-wide reading minutes. What a great way for reading to bring us all together! Another great library tradition will take a new form. What would summer be without Our Wonderful World, the ever-popular armchair travel series? This year, the show must go on … online, that is! Instead of a weekly in-person series, this summer will offer several signature programs. It starts with a Summer Road Trip on June 15 with Colorado author Allan Ferguson, discussing his book, “Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway.” Yep—that’s the same Highway 36, with Estes Park as its western terminus. You can watch Allan’s presentation that evening from a comfy chair at home, and ask questions in the Library’s Zoom Room format. We can look forward to more online library programs—and with improved technical quality. That includes “live and local” Storytimes giving our youngest people a connection to the friendly and familiar faces of our Children’s Librarians. Library programs can also help us mentally navigate these unique times. One example in the works: we’re partnering with beloved local author Dayle Spencer to deliver her acclaimed Transforming the Journey of Loss workshop, available in June through a virtual webinar series. We’re eager to share updates on these and other library services and programs. Watch this space, and visit

May Meeting Scheduled The Estes Park Patriots for Peace is a transpartisan, non-denominational organization dedicated to “building a culture of peace at all levels of society.” As part of our on-going outreach to youth, we are pleased to award $500 dollar scholarships to graduating seniors who are developing themselves as peacemakers in our community. Though we have temporarily suspended our in-person meetings, we are pleased to announce one of our favorite activities with these students in an on-line “Zoom” format this Sunday, 31 May, at 10:30 a.m. Our scholarship recipients have agreed to read their application essays to a

Zoom-hosted Quaker/Unitarian meeting. The Quaker/Unitarian group has been a donor organization to The Patriots for Peace, and the scholarships are made available through such donations. For the Zoom address and link, please contact the Patriots’ Secretary, Robert Johnson, at In the past, the students have provided a welcome ray of positivity into our often chaotic, sometimes too dark world. We hope you will be able to join us for a good conversation with some fine young people. However, for this meeting, the refreshments are up to you!

Summer Reading Program: Earn Prizes And Help Reach A Community Goal the fall feeling all the more ready to learn. Younger children can enjoy prizes like a build-your-own creature for Lego-lovers, shiny plush dragons and of course, free books to build your home libraries. Teens ages 11 to 18 who complete 20 reading hours The Summer Reading Program is now can take home a 3-Year Q&A Journal and underway at the Estes Valley Library, inbe entered into a grand prize drawing for spired by this year’s theme “Imagine Your Story.” Knowing that we’re never too young a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera or too old for stories, the program is for all Bundle. Adults can earn a 5-Year Q&A Journal plus gift certificates that include ages: adults, teens, kids, and even babies Cliffhanger Used Books. and toddlers. There’s also the excitement of being part Besides the natural allure of books, the of a community challenge. Last summer, Reading Program sweetens the deal with the Estes Valley reached an impressive great prizes available for everyone—officially known as ‘reading incentives’. Similar goal, logging 238,900 total reading minto last year, participants can enjoy the ease utes (the distance to the Moon in miles). This year, the challenge goal is 250,000 toand convenience of logging their reading tal reading minutes. time online, 24/7, from anywhere. Though the library building is temporarReading can include pages read from books, magazines and newspapers, as well ily closed, the library’s collections are available through the convenient new curbside as audiobooks and shared family readpick-up option. Visit the library website for alouds. It can include printed material as full details. Prize distribution will begin well as downloads read from a personal later in June via curbside services. device. Thank you to the Library Friends & Reading is a nurturing activity for all Foundation and donors for their sponsorages, and especially important for kids on ship of the 2020 Summer Reading Prosummer break. Studies have documented that kids who read for enjoyment avoid the gram. Register today at, and let reading be a “summer slide.” They return to school in part of your summer.

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The Story Of Kerry Aiken 2020 offers all of us the opportunity to celebrate not only the passage of the 19th Amendment but also the achievements of women over that last 100 years. Celebrations are planned nation-wide, in every state and in local communities. A number of local organizations and community leaders, under the leadership of Jean McGuire, have formed a committee to coordinate the local celebration under the title, “100 Years: A Celebration of Women.” As a part of the festivities, we plan to collect stories about Estes Valley women in the form of paragraphs. Submission period: now to August 26. Maximum length: 200 words, A story about any woman with a connection to Estes Park. These paragraphs will be collected by the Estes Valley Library. They will then appear in the local newspapers and 100 will be chosen to be published as a booklet for November release. Submit your paragraphs digitally (preferred) to chomanwendell@ or hard copy to the front desk. Here is the next of the submissions. By: Sybil Barnes

Kerry Aiken left Iowa with her husband Bob to pursue their dream of creating a puppet theater in Colorado. Their company was called Four Hands in a Cloud of Dust. Soon after arriving in Estes Park, they established themselves as actors in several Fine Arts Guild productions. 

Bob also designs scenery and worked for several years on creating floats for the Catch the Glow parade which traditionally starts the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving. Kerry is also sometimes known as the wife of Bruiser, the Rag Dog, one of Bob's many creations. He also designed and fabricated a costume for the  bobcat mascot of the Estes Park High School. Kerry’s creativity as head of the youth department at the Estes Valley Public Library has won many awards for summer reading programs and the development of innovative ideas for storytimes, involving puppetry, acting and the encouragement of creative play. These activities have been copied and used by librarians all across Colorado. If you're looking for one of the friendliest faces in the Estes valley, go out and find Kerry. You're sure to be entertained.

The Story Of Mary Ewing Scott 2020 offers all of us the opportunity to celebrate not only the passage of the 19th Amendment but also the achievements of women over that last 100 years. Celebrations are planned nation-wide, in every state and in local communities. A number of local organizations and community leaders, under the leadership of Jean McGuire, have formed a committee to coordinate the local celebration under the title, “100 Years: A Celebration of Women.” As a part of the festivities, we plan to collect stories about Estes Valley women in the form of paragraphs. Submission period: Now to May 15. Maximum length: 200 words, A story about any woman with a connection to Estes Park. These paragraphs will be collected by the Estes Valley Library. They will then appear in the local newspapers and 100 will be chosen to be published as a booklet for November release. Submit your paragraphs digitally (preferred) to or hard

copy to the front desk. Here is the next of the submissions. By: Dorothy S. Gibbs

There is an old cabin in Moraine Park, just south of the Moraine Visitor Center, where my grandmother May Ewing Scott came out from Kansas every summer to rest up. "Resting" in those days, for the wife of a four-term Congressional representative and mother of four children, included weekly laundry with water her husband brought up from the Big Thompson on shoulder yokes, flooding the wooden floor with soapy water and directing the boys in sweeping it out the back door. No linoleum, no rugs - she said she did enough housework at home in the winter. She did the cooking, on the wood stove that is still there in the kitchen, using food they had brought with them, and fresh food from Sam'l Service in town. She called him "Sam'l", as his sign said J. In Kansas Grandma May was active in the WCTU, which included support of women's suffrage and giving talks to units all over the state. Just this past February a Kansas lady left this tribute on May Scott's record: "Thank you for your work to get women the right to vote." That two-story wooden cabin, the Scottage, is now owned by by my cousins who take turns coming for a week or two in summer from all over the country.


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And Change is Not the Same As Failure I consider myself to be fairly successful in life. I've worked hard, I’ve been smart, and I’ve pushed through when the going got tough. I know that success is not always a straight road and that along the way, there can be unexpected changes. Three months ago, none of us would have guessed the extent to which all our lives have changed and reorganized. I still believe that success occurs when we learn something different and do something different. Sure, I know that sometimes there are detours... but we need to keep going towards our destination, rather than turning back or quitting. I believe that failing at something is merely a setback, and that failing is not the same as quitting! You might be familiar with the quote by Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, who said: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I think one of the greatest gifts we can give our friends and family members, including children, is the capacity to publicly endure difficult change. They witness our strength to persevere, so they are not allowed to quit... and they begin to recognize the capacity for resilience within themselves. As I look back on the first half of 2020, I am satisfied that I have succeeded overall, but recognize that I have also failed a few times. I have learned things I did not know before and am a better person – and a better resource for you. Scott Thompson is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, Estes Village Properties, and has been serving the Estes Valley for over 12 years.

Bearproofing Your Property Helps Keep Bears Wild Summer is almost here, and as visitors and Coloradans alike spend more time in bear country, it is critical to stay bear aware. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone that it is crucial to bearproof your property and cars when living in or Photo by Robert Burns traveling to bear Bearproof your property and cars to help keep Colorado's bears country this sumsafe this summer. mer. Black bears are curious and smart anivide access to upper-level decks and mals, always on the lookout for a meal windows. that requires the least amount of effort. Replace exterior lever-style door hanCars, garages, and houses unfortunately dles with good quality round door often provide the meal a bear is looking knobs that bears can’t pull or push open. for with easily accessible human food, Get Rid of Attractants garbage, pet food and other attractants Don’t leave trash out overnight unless available. When people allow bears access to these attractants, a bear's instinc- it’s in a bear-proof enclosure or contive drive to eat can overcome its fear of tainer. Be sure to research all local ordinances and regulations when vacationhumans. To help keep bears wild, it is important ing. Don’t store food of any kind in an unthat those living and recreating in bear locked garage, flimsy shed or on or uncountry are bear-proofing their home der your deck. and property, including cars and campers. Don’t make it easy and appealDon’t leave anything with an odor outing for bears to visit your property, and side, near open windows or in your veyou'll help prevent conflicts between hu- hicle, even if you’re home. That includes mans and bears. scented candles, air fresheners, lip balms “Bear-proofing your property is essen- and lotions. tial during the summer months as bears Only feed birds when bears are hiberare actively foraging for food, especially nating. Birds have plenty of natural as fall approaches. People can prevent foods this time of year. conflicts with bears and other wildlife, Teach Bears They’re Not Welcome and we really need everyone to follow If a bear comes close to your home, the proper precautions to help keep your scare it away. Loud noises like a firm property, your neighborhood, and our yell, clapping your hands, banging on bear population safe,” said J Wenum, pots and pans or blowing an air horn area wildlife manager for Colorado sends most bears running. Parks and Wildlife. “In the summer Utilize electric fencing, unwelcome bears typically forage for insects, leaves, mats and scent deterrents like ammonia and flowers of broad-leafed plants but all to teach bears that your property is not it takes is one careless person to encourbear-friendly. age a bear to get into a neighbor’s home, If a bear enters your home, open doors car or trash can.” and windows and ensure it can leave the Properly bearproofing your home may same way it got in. Don’t approach the mean taking several of the recombear or block escape routes. mended steps below: Never approach a bear. If a bear won’t Keep Bears Out leave your area, call your local CPW ofClose and lock all bear-accessible win- fice. If a bear presents an immediate dows and doors when you leave the threat to human safety, call 911. house, and at night before you go to bed. Adjusting your habits to living with Install sturdy grates or bars on winwildlife takes a little effort at first, but dows if you must leave them open. over time it becomes a better way to Keep car doors and windows closed live. When you keep your property and locked if you park outside. Make bear-proof, you're making your homes sure there’s nothing with an odor in your and neighborhoods a safer place for vehicle, including candy, gum, air fresh- yourself and for bears. These actions eners, trash, lotions and lip balms. will also help lessen conflicts with other Close and lock garage doors and winwildlife such as skunks, raccoons, and dows at night and when you’re not ravens. home; garage doors should be down if Colorado Parks and Wildlife has sevyou are home but not outside. eral resources available that can help Install extra-sturdy doors if you have a you find the right methods for protectfreezer, refrigerator, pet food, birdseed, ing your home and property while bears or other attractants stored in your are active. For additional information, garage. see our Living with Bears page or visit Remove any tree limbs that might pro-

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Ballet Renaissance Online For June Ballet Renaissance online classes provide students the opportunity to focus on developing classical technique from the comfort and safety of their homes. Many have found a healthy and rewarding outlet, during these challenging times, in the creative expression and

Blake, a committed Ballet Renaissance student in Michigan, received a marley floor from Glover.

physical challenges classical training affords. In line with national and international ballet communities, Ballet Renaissance classes will remain online in June. Founder, Brianna Furnish, high-lighted concerns relative to current regulations which would require all students and instructors to wear masks during indoor, in-person classes, and 6 feet social-distancing regulations that could pose significant challenges, particularly when working with younger children. “It’s a difficult time, full of difficult decisions. We are choosing to proceed slowly and carefully, particularly because we work with young children. Online classes are working well. We will re-evaluate in July,” Furnish said. Now in their 11th week, Ballet Renaissance online classes have been well-received and well-attended. Attending BR's online classes are Tuesday Ballet Renaissance @ Center Stage Estes Park students, Estes Park BR Protégé students, Loveland BR @ Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County students, Denver BR students, BR students in southeast Michigan, and BR alumni, friends and supporters, logging on from Arizona, New York, Florida, Iowa, Thailand and Ireland. Ballet Renaissance online classes are being offered at no charge to participants during the pandemic. Additionally, because Ballet Renaissance has transferred all of its in-person Estes Park, Loveland and Denver classes online, and has opened all of these classes to BR participants, many Ballet Renaissance students are training in two to three times as many weekly classes as they did prior to COVID regulations. Ballet Renaissance adult student Ms. Leslie Glover, shared she has never felt as strong as she does now. “I am taking five classes a week! It feels great,” said Glover. “These online classes are not what you would experience by watching YouTube. They are more like small-group, private, professional online intensives. During class, the instructors watch you, then show you how to make adjustments to improve your technique. Because of this encouragement, and the camaraderie with fellow students, we want to work

harder. During the past 11 weeks, my stamina has improved, and I have become so much stronger." Glover, a Ballet Renaissance supporter, recently purchased and donated a number of no-slip marley dance floor panels, for committed online students to use in their homes during the pandemic. Marley is a fairly costly floor covering used in dance studios and on stage to help keep floors safe for ballet training and performance, especially for dancers who are dancing en pointe. Together with the portable ballet barres Ballet Renaissance has loaned to committed students, the marley Glover has purchased and donated enables online students to participate safely from their homes. Particularly moving, Glover went as far as to have a panel of no-slip marley dance floor shipped to an especially committed Ballet Renaissance student in Michigan, who has been participating in the online classes. “The marley flooring keeps dancers safe, healthy and strong. It helps prevent injury, and it protects us from slipping. I was so encouraged by the commitment and dedication of these students that I

Leslie Glover takes an online BR pointe class from her home in Estes Park.

wanted to enhance their experience with the panels. Classical Ballet for kids fosters growth in so many ways. Ballet is both athletic and artistic, and nurtures and develops the whole person: body, mind and spirit, simultaneously. In this transcendent experience, these kids are evolving. They are developing skills, confidence, perseverance and much more,” said Glover. Ballet Renaissance online class curriculum includes ballet, pointe and repertoire, in a variety of weekly class levels geared toward students ranging in age from four years thru adult. “Online classes have been a great success. Students are working hard and improving dramatically,” shared Furnish, who donates her instructing and administrative time to the organization. “It is truly inspiring to see students working in such a committed way.” Ballet Renaissance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to educating and inspiring youth and the community through the art of classical ballet. Founded in southeast Michigan, in June of 1997, Ballet Renaissance developed a second branch in northern Colorado in the fall of 2011. To participate, support, or learn more, contact

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Four bedroom / 2 bath conveniently located to hospital, schools and downtown Estes Park. Kitchen and dining room open to deck and nice sized fenced backyard with storage shed. Living room main level plus 2 bedrooms and 3/4 bath. Spacious family room lower level with wood burning stove and laundry closet, 2 bedrooms and full bath. Call Mike to view, offered for $410,000.

2411 LARKSPUR AVENUE This 4 bedroom 3 bath home is located in Carriage Hills on .49 acre lot with wonderful southern exposure. The main level has an open kitchen and living room area with a large window to take in the view of Twin Sisters. Recently added to the main level is a master suite with walk-out to private deck and an efficiently designed handicap bath with large walk-in shower and walk-in jetted tub. 2 additional bedrooms and a full bath are upstairs with another bedroom suite downstairs with 3/4 bath. Completing the property is a detached oversized two car garage. Call Trisha for an appointment to view 2411 Larkspur, offered for $519,000.

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We Support Estes Park Car Rally We Support Estes Park rallied in town on Saturday, May 23, to demonstrate support for local businesses and visitors. The goal of the non-partisan group was to send the message to visitors that, despite what the Town Trustees and state and local ad campaigns are projecting, the town is open and welcomes visitors. Exercising their fundamental right to peaceably assemble, on Saturday, May 23, over 75 people took part in a car rally. They cruised from the fairgrounds to Mall Road, through town, out Moraine, back on Riverside and through town again. An antique fire truck and antique ladder truck, 38 vintage and specialty cars and trucks, and even a boat sent a positive message from We Support Estes Park that we support businesses. Cars in the rally included a 1965 Mustang, 1959 Cadillac, 1954 Power Wagon, new Ferrari, 1950 Chevy 3100 straight 6,

3 on the tree, and 1972 Monte Carlo. Many waved American flags and taped the “We Support Estes Park” logo onto their vehicles. The Farmhouse Market sent treats outside to the parade and others waved signs and flags, thanking the participants for their support. While the gathering was non-partisan, a few participants chose to exercise their first amendment right to freedom of speech and supported different political candidates. Longtime local Steve LaMont joined the rally because, “I’ve been here for a few decades and I’ve owned a couple of businesses. It’s tough enough to stay afloat in Estes, so I saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate some positive support for local business owners. They’re under incredible pressure, given current circumstances. Since Larimer County got most of the recent variance

application approved today, it was a ‘double-whammy of positivity’ for our business owners.” Another small business manager (who wishes to remain anonymous) sent out an email blast to customers before Memorial Day weekend, but many of those past customers responded by saying they wouldn’t come up, as the Town is sending the message they are not welcome. Estes Park relies on tourism, and Rocky Mountain National Park has been closed for over two months and many businesses are struggling. Top that off with the Town Trustees telling visitors and second home residents that they are not welcome, and the Colorado ad campaign telling people to post pictures instead of coming to our state and it is devastating to local businesses. Their stories are filled with passion, and they just want to be heard by the board.

One Estes Park ordinance that will be discussed at the town meeting on Tuesday, May 26 is the outdoor mask ordinance in the commercial business district. Besides limiting the breathing of fresh mountain air, this limits visitors eating ice cream, food and beverages while walking down the streets. The Larimer County variance approved on Saturday was also adopted by the Estes Park Town Administrator, allowing gyms and restaurants to open (with restrictions), but the outdoor mask ordinance is still in place for the commercial district in Estes Park. Currently, the We Support Estes Park FB page has reached over 3,000 people, with the post parade post garnering 1,700 views and over 350 engagements. We were also featured on Denver TV News Channels 2 & 31. Photos by Barb Davis

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Update From The Art Center Of Estes Park ON EXHIBIT: “The Back Roads” by photographer Curtis Ghent. On exhibit through June 21 is the inspiring photography by Curtis Ghent. The public is invited to join us on Facebook for a virtual tour of his works as well as an interview on First Friday, June 5. Curtis has also donated a photographic print, entitled “Lower Antelope Slot.” You are invited to come to the gallery to sign up for this door prize between 12-4 beginning on Friday, June 5th ending at closing on Monday June 8, when the winning name will be drawn and announced. If you are interested and cannot come to the gallery, please send an email with your name, email address and phone number to the Art Center and it will be included along with the rest of the entries. In addition, we have a number & variety of masks available for a $5 donation. Also on display in the gallery will be the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. The gallery is open 12 -4 Friday through Monday. UPDATE ON FUNDRAISING: Thanks to the generosity of so many friends and family members, fellow artists and community partners we have raised just under $16,000 so far. We wish to give recognition to those who have donated with the following list: Sarah MooreAdams, Cathy J. Alper, Susan & Gil Anderson, Anoymous, Mary Banken, Sybil Barnes, Peg Belshe, Mary Benke, Dot Bon, Mary Bopp, Kathryn Bowers, Bruce Boynton, Debra J. Brehm, Jim Bryan, Pauline Bustamante, Becky Byrd, Vi Carpenter, Juanita Caskey, Cecy Turner, Lisa Charles, Jenifer Cline, Sharon Coleman, Deb Combs, Jennifer

Reedy, Julie Riedel, Elizabeth Rogers, Jen Wade Rose, Connie Schmidt, Sid Scott, Patricia Sebern, John Shelton, Dr. Angela Shepherd, Rose Shuler, Jim and Anne Sneary, Wendy Sollod, Susan J. Steele, Denise Stookesberry, Chris Switzer, Marcia Tavel, The Fine Arts Guild, Guy and Leslie VanderWerf, Diana and Gary Wade, Annie Webster, Adrienne Wiseman, Emily and Paul Yates. Please consider helping us achieve our goal of $20,000. Donations can be sent by check to: Art Center of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Ave., Unit 245, Estes Park, CO 80517, or

Danvers, Karen Dick, Betty Dolman, Mary Doty, Dede and Roger Elsen, Roger Essman, Ingeborg Fasshauer, Mary Giacomini, Elizabeth Gollan-Hohenberger, Alice Goodland, Marie Kutcher Gordon, Sonja Greenway, Mark Hackmeier, Loren and Donna Hazelwood, Fred & Sharon Henkin, Linda and Del Hope, Nancy and Brian Houser, Mary Hughes, Debbie Jansen, Margaret Jensen, Marcia Kelly-Gerritz, Ryan Lauer, Alice and Larry League, Terry Leija, Jane Letsinger, Charlotte Lloyd, Kathy Long, Lisbeth Lord, Marie Massey, Ami Middleton, Gordon Middleton, Pat Houldsworth Nelson, Steve Nofsinger, Mike Oline, Astrid Paustian, Donna Mae Pierce, Margaret Poplawski, Lydia Pottoff, Keith Reed, Cynthia Price

you may contribute through our website, by emailing, or calling (970) 586-5882. You can donate on anytime, and can find more information about the Art Center on our website, Facebook, or Instagram

ART CENTER ART CLASSES: While we had planned an exciting line up of classes for the summer, with the advent of this virus crisis, we have had to do some rescheduling and arrangements in order to continue our art education programs. Out of necessity, class size will be limited and social distancing practiced. Rest assured, the safety of our participants is of primary concern and we will follow all regulations in force by the county and state. In some cases holding classes outdoors may be the way to go. Coming up the beginning of June: “Breakout Painting Day with Cathy Goodale,” Thursday June 4. 10 until... The subject for the day will be “The importance of the horizon line to perspective.” All Estes Park and Loveland students of Cathy’s are welcome to attend this outside paint-out in Loveland. Estes Park students and others who are interested, need to sign up via the Art Center website: or by contacting the Art Center directly. Students will meet River’s Edge Natural Area in Loveland, 900 West 1st Street. Head West on 1st Street in Loveland (west of 287). Turn into the very first entry by the sign that says River’s Edge Natural Area. Follow the curve to the parking lot. Everyone will meet in the parking lot at 10 a.m. For further information, please contact Cathy Goodale, 970-577-8677. Art Center members: $72, non-members: $80. Cathy recommends some supplies that you might need: mask, stool, paint gear, hat, umbrella for shade, bug repellant, sun screen, water for painting and drinking, sunglasses and “do not forget your happy free heart.” Cathy’s next class will be another outdoor venture on June 17th. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at

Farewell Pastor Tom And Sandy Towns! The Pastor of Estes Park United Methodist Church, Tom Towns and his wife, Sandy, are busy packing and preparing for life in Utah in retirement. Their time with us is rapidly coming to an end and we want to wish them a fond farewell! In this day of Covid-19, we cannot throw the kind of retirement party we would have liked, but we can still

celebrate! We are inviting everyone to a driveby celebration at the church, 1509 Fish Hatchery Road, Sunday, June Twenty three players enjoyed the Flag 7th from 2-4 p.m. More inforTournament. Scores were calculated mation is available on the church’s with par plus individual handicaps. website and Facebook page! Hope you First Flight can join the goodbye “socially distant Carrie Logan-First celebration!” Second Flight Hulda Bachman-First

EPWGA Results For May 26, 2020 Bonnie Rumsey-Second Pam Vendegna-Third Third Flight Linda Bowie-First Stacey Harding-Second Fourth Flight Laura Mulder-First Next week begins President’s Cup play.

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One Approach To A Circular Disposal By: Judi Smith

I have had a few requests to clarify my reference to the “Loop Store” in a previous column. This is an attempt to rid the world of wasteful packaging – by partnering with those that generate the products. It is a long story and deserves a dedicated article. Tom Szaky, while still a student at Princeton in 2001, developed a composted, liquid fertilizer made from (university cafeteria) food waste and worm excrement. This was the launch of Terracycle, dedicated to “eliminating the idea of waste.” In 2005, concerned about the disposal of the soda bottles they used as packaging, the company invented the “Bottle Brigade.” This was soon followed by brigades for drink pouches, yogurt cups, and energy bar wrappers as Terracycle developed relationships with major brands interested in the Brigade program. Truly entrepreneurial, they then added totes made from upcycled bags, in partnership with Target. As the program grew, they enlisted schools to collect the recyclables for companies like Arm & Hammer, BIC, Colgate, PepsiCo, and Rubbermaid. The program continued to grow. I counted 104 of these free brigades on the website last week. Estes Park Middle School participated in this program (about five years ago). The school received a small stipend for the material they collected and, for our young students, the program created an interest in developing a circular disposal system, which, for some, continued through high school and will follow them into college. More recently, Terracycle has opened the Brigade program to individuals who can earn coupons from participating companies. A more recent program, Zero Waste Boxes, offers collection

boxes for a fee. Rather than restricted by brand, these purchased boxes are generic, like “Candy and Snack Wrappers” or “Dining Disposables and Party Supplies.” But the latest Terracycle Program, The Loop Store, is even more unique. About three years ago, Tom Szaky and Terracycle began a dedicated campaign to truly eliminate disposable packaging – one brand at a time. Companies like Cascade, Clorox, Tide, Haagendazs, and Crest signed on to design refillable packaging for their products. This is a major commitment on the part of these, and other, companies. It works similarly to the bottle return of the 1970s. UPS designed a reusable tote to hold the products and instituted a program of circular delivery and pickup to the home. The pilot program was initiated in New York and Paris. Today, it is available in six east coast states and five foreign countries. Current customers, within the delivery area, order on-line. The esthetic and reusable containers require a refundable deposit. The product arrives by UPS and the large zipper tote, which holds eight products, remains until it is repacked for return. (One customer apparently used it as a footstool.) Returned containers are not required to be clean. Loop cleans and sterilizes the containers before reusing. The plan is to spread across the United States by the end of 2020 and add retail partners, Kroger (King Soopers) and Walgreens (USA), Carrefour (France), Tesco (U. K.), and Loblow’s (Canada) to carry product in-store. The in-store program will be more flexible, not requiring the eight-product tote and containers will be returned to the store in a unique reusable trash-bag. Both the home delivery, which will continue, and the instore version are an inroad into a truly circular system with no waste disposal.

Meeting Notices Estes Park Healing Rooms Tuesdays 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Park Fellowship Church, 340 South St. Vrain Avenue. Prayers for physical, spiritual and emotional healing. For more info, please call 515-490-3475.

Early Worms AA Meetings Early Worms AA meets at 7 a.m. every morning except Sunday in the basement of Saint Bartholomew’s Church at 880 MacGregor Ave. For more info, please call 970-586-1090 or 970-443-3538.

Women’s AA Group Tuesdays at 6 p.m. St. Bart’s Church. 880 MacGregor Avenue. 11 step prayer and meditation meeting, every last Tuesday of the month.

Estes Park Al-Anon Al-Anon Group in Estes Park meets from 7-8 p.m. every Friday via Zoom. Call 586-4268 for Zoom information/link/password for meeting.

Fall River Group of AA

The Fall River Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon. Also Sunday- 7:00 p.m.-open Monday-5:30 p.m.-Women’s Study & 7:00 p.m.-open Wednesday 7 p.m.-open Friday 7 p.m.-open Meeting location is 453 W. Elkhorn Ave. We welcome friends and visitors to attend these open meetings.

Park Al-Anon Park Al-Anon meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park.

AA Allenspark Monthly Meeting The 4th Thursday of every month is the AA Potluck Anniversary Meeting 5:30 p.m. Allenspark Fire Dept. Community Room Downstairs.

New Horizons Group of Narcotics Anonymous

Thursdays at 7 p.m. - Open meeting. 453 W. Elkhorn.

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Stephen Butler As you all know our beloved Papa (Stephen Butler) passed away on Dec. 1 2019. My beloved mother (Roberta Gordon) passed on Feb 17, 2017. The Memorial Motorcycle Ride will be held on Friday, June 5, his birthday. Itinerary for memorial is as follows... 11:00, meet at Nicky's restaurant 11:15 leave Nicky's Stop in town to leave some ashes at The Old Church Shops. 11:30-ish head through town to Hwy. 7 11:45-ish stop at Lily Lake-leave some ashes (not in the water!) Noon-12:15 head to Charlie Eagle Plumes Between Lily Lake and Eagle Plumes, open ashes and let them fly free in their beloved mountains.

12:30-ish arrive Eagle Plumes, where there will be a lunch waiting. We will scatter remaining ashes there. They were both motorcycle enthusiasts, so ride if you can, if not, follow in your car. Please come. Share stories of them, of how you met, what they meant in your life. It will be a difficult but beautiful day. My brother and I are looking forward to hearing all about them through your heart and eyes. I know it's a Friday, but it's an important day to them and us. Friday, June 5, 2020 beginning at 11:00 I will be bringing masks if you are in need. See you then, Jennifer Gordon Juneau and JR Gordon

Virtual & Online Church Services

The church is not a building - we may be physically separated, but we still connect. These Estes Park churches are livestreaming or making their services available on-line: Rocky Mountain Church 9:30 a.m. Sundays - Facebook: YouTube: Rocky Mountain Church Summit Church-you are invited online! Watch live Sundays at 10 a.m. The church being the church, not a building. Worship services online only until further notice. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. Sundays Service will also be re-posted on our website: Christian Church of Estes Park 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Sundays Allenspark Community Church Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, Michael A. Moore, Pastor We are offering: Zoom Morning Prayer at noon MonThurs. Zoom Midweek Worship at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays Zoom Evening Worship at 6 p.m. on Sundays

Please see the website for further details. Mountain View Bible Fellowship is on line Sunday morning at 10:30 at or YouTube: Mountain View Bible Fellowship. We are also making our Sunday Connection Bible Study available on line at Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find the latest study. Estes Park Baptist Church, 2200 Mall Rd. Join us online Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook or at Our calling is to keep the faithful engaged in preaching God's word. Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church visit EPIC Church Pastors Mark and Alice Wettengel invite you to EPIC (Estes Park International Church, a spirit filled church). Streaming services at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. EstesParkInternationalChurch Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church -Virtual service at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays on Facebook. Go to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church LCMS Services online until further notice. Divine Service Sunday 9 a.m. Bible study Thursday 10 a.m. Visit our website for ZOOM link to online services. If your church has upcoming services, virtual or otherwise, please email them to us at by any Tuesday at noon for that Friday’s publication.

Mary Sue Rohwer Mary Susan Rohwer, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away on May 19, 2020, surrounded by her adoring family. She will be remembered for her kindness, selfless compassion, pie crusts, and genuine love for others. She was born March 9, 1931, in Detroit, MI to the late Dr. Warren B. and Susan (Peeke) Cooksey. Mary Sue graduated from Kingswood School Cranbrook in 1949 and received a B.A. in Biology with departmental honors from Park College in 1953. In 1969-70 she attended Oberlin College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and later taught in Kalamazoo, MI. She met Brad Rohwer her first year in college and 4 years later in 1953, they married. Brad was by then a seminary student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Upon his graduation they embarked on the first of many adventures. They worked in Graz, Austria at a work camp under the auspices of the World Council of Churches. Upon returning they began their ministry serving four different churches in Ohio and Michigan before retiring to Estes Park, Colorado in 1992. After 23 years in Estes Park, she and Brad moved to Grand Rapids, MI to be closer to their children. Mary Sue's greatest passion was her family - three children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and two greatgranddaughters. She and Brad also had a passion for hiking, camping, and skiing. After retirement they climbed 13 of Colorado's 14'ers, including Longs Peak twice, and most of the peaks that surround Estes Park. They were avid members of the Trailmasters hiking group.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, was a past elder, deacon, and taught church school in every church they pastored. She was also a member and past president of Chapter HF P.E.O., a past treasurer of the EP League of Women Voters, a past board member of Crossroads Ministry and an active volunteer there for over 22 years. She was a faithful Meals-onWheels deliverer for over 40 years in Michigan and Colorado. Mary Sue is survived by her husband of 66 years, Brad; their children: Wendy Blanchard (Evan) of Madison, WI, Christopher Rohwer (Mary Lou) of Kalamazoo, MI, Debra Byl (John) of Grand Rapids, MI and grandchildren: Adam Blanchard (Libby), David Blanchard (Alex), Michael Rohwer (Jess), Katie Rohwer, Emily Johns (Danny), Andrea Baird (Carl), and Nicki Byl. She is also survived by her sister Barbara Bowers and was preceded in death by her brother Dr. Norton Cooksey. A private family memorial will take place this summer. At a later date her cremains will be taken to the Columbarium of the Community Presbyterian Church of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, where she and Brad retired and lived for 23 years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to either: Emmanuel Hospice: 401 Hall St. SW Suite 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park: PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Estes Park Healing Rooms Tuesdays 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Park Fellowship Church, 340 South St. Vrain Avenue. Prayers for physical,

spiritual and emotional healing. For more info, please call 515-490-3475.

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Housekeeping, Maintenance, Room Prep, and Landscaping. Part‐Time, Seasonal and Full‐Time. Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email:

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HELP WANTED: Looking for friendly team members to help in the retail, cashiering, or stock areas. Year-round, or summer only. Weekends/holidays important. PT or FT. Family owned for 40 years. Excellent pay with great bonuses. Perfect for anyone, any age. Email your information and wishes, or resume to:

Strip & Prepper/Housekeeping Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln.

All Positions! competitive pay, year around. Apply in person. 401 W. Elkhorn Ave.

Local’s Grill 153 E. Elkhorn Ave. - Downtown Estes

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PROPERTY CARETAKER We are looking for someone to help manage our large family vacation home and rental. Ideal candidate(s) would be an all around handyman living in town or surrounding area working average of 20-30 hours. They would oversee maintenance, repair, landscape, new projects and rental assistance. Please email inquiries to

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We’re gearing up for the summer season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter Get your application at: After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.

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Full details on open positions can be found at The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for: Emergency Services Dispatcher Close Date: Open until filled Journey Lineworker Close Date: Open until filled Groundworker Close Date: June 1, 2020 Volunteer/Committee Board Positions Estes Park Board of Appeals Plumbing Experience Close Date: Open until filled Parks Advisory Board Close Date: Open until filled (Committee application required)

Aldrich Builders is seeking full time drywallers. Must have reliable transportation and work well with others. Pay commensurate with experience. To schedule an interview, please call 970-586-5796.

Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or jobs Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to or via Fax to (970) 577-4770. The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. Great working environment in Estes Park’s only Gold Crown Resort. Our business stays busy year round and 40 hours per week are available through the winter. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE





Commercial Rentals

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2 bed/1 bath condo avail Proven Downtown Retail for rent June 1st. $1,550 / Location. Park Place Mall mo. + heat & elec. at 145 E. Elkhorn Ave. Recently remodeled, Available June 1st. Totally ground level, W/D in unit, redecorated 1 year ago in fireplace, private patio. NS/ all knotty pine. Call Mark NP. 1 year lease required. 214-616-9430 Contact 970-270-4970. Class A Office 2014 Construction, Full Apartments Service, Furnished or Unfurnished offices in Small efficiency walk~in Downtown location, Near downstairs apartment. All Town Hall. $450 to $550 utilities included plus per month. All internet opcable. No smoking or tions including Fiber availpets. Single person only. able. Includes Conference Completely furnished and Room, Handicap perfect for temporary workRestrooms, Copy and ers in Estes Park. $800 Scanning Facility, Coffee per month 970-586-5425 Room. GLEN HAVEN Call Thom at Verus 1 BD w/ all utilities thru Commercial, Inc. Sept. $700/mo. 970-586-2448 1-303-444-0104

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Need Help Around The House? I do household chores, yard work, housekeeping, run errands, auto detailing & yes... I do windows! I am a long time resident having now lived in Estes Park for 38 yrs! Plenty of references! Call Janice at 970-215-6612. Let me help you! ESTES PARK FREE TENNIS ANYONE? Free Tennis Clinics Saturday’s June 6th, 20th, July 11th. All ages 5-18 and Adults at Stanley Park. Call for times.

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

MASKS REQUIRED Because of social Distancing, only 4 people will be let in at a time. Please be patient and practice distancing outside as well. Collectibles, Antiques, Framed Art, Baskets, Soda Chair, Mirrors, Games, Surround System, Fostoria Glassware, Greenery, Marbles, Trunk, Ladders, Garden Tools, Pots, Wheel Barrel, Camping Equip. and MORE. ESTATE/GARAGE SALE; Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL NOW 970-215-5548

2020 Destruction of records notification In accordance with the State of Colorado and HIPAA privacy laws and Estes Park Health policy, Estes Park Health, also known as Estes Park Medical Center, located at 555 Prospect Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517 will destroy inactive medical NOTICES records. Records chosen for destruction will include those for patients age 18 Legal Notices and older at the time of visit occurring on or before NOTICE TO CREDITORS December 31, 2009. In adEstate of Susan T. dition, records for patients Mack, also known as under the age of 18 at the Susan Theresa Mack and time of service on or beSusan Teresa Mack, fore December 31, 2009 Deceased. Case Number and who are now age 28 20PR30245. or older will be destroyed. Destruction will occur on All persons having claims June 30, 2020. If records against the above named related to this destruction estate are required to pertain to you and you present them to the perwould like to obtain sonal representative or to records prior to destrucDistrict Court of Larimer, tion, please contact the County, Colorado on or beEPH Health Information fore October 1, 2020 Management Department (date)*, or the claims may Monday through Friday be forever barred. between the hours of 84:30. A signed authorizaName of Person Giving tion and photo Notice: identification will be reLisa Mack. quired to obtain records. 309 Ling St Hitchcock, TX 77563 Moving Sale Everything FREE! Ethan Allen Sofa, Reclining Chair, End Chair, Floor Lamp, Twin Bed Springs & Frame (like new), and 3 Drawer Bedroom Bureau. 816-888-0684

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