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July 1, 2022

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Changes At The EPPD Prompt Reconsideration Of K9 Program By: Corey Pass, Interim Chief of Police

At the Estes Park Police Department (EPPD), we are committed to maintaining the trust of the community by providing the very best public safety services. Community members rate our services among the very highest year after year. Our commitment to you includes constantly evaluating our operations and services, striving to balance the needs of our community with the resources available to us. One of our highest priorities as a department is striving to match our staffing to the steadily increasing number of calls for law enforcement assistance of all types in our jurisdiction. The department has seen an increase of approximately 14 percent in calls for service since 2019, and a 16 percent increase in 911 calls since 2019. The Town and our elected board are committed to supporting our staffing needs. But it’s also our responsibility to maximize what we return on your investment in us. With that in mind, I’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the EPPD’s K9 program and redirect resources to other priorities. This will certainly be a disappointment to many in the community, as it is to us. So I’d like to share the thought process behind this decision. The K9 unit consists of a dog, “Diego,” and a single officer, who have trained extensively and continually since the partnership began in 2019. The program was established

through tremendous community support and donations. Since day one, the officer and K9 have been a highly valued part of the EPPD team and an important resource for Estes Park. However, the K9 Officer has chosen to relocate to a new agency later this summer – an agency that is not in need of a K9 unit. We’re disappointed to see our Officer go, but we’re pleased for his new opportunity.

In addition to saying farewell to our K9 Officer, we have seen fewer needs for Diego’s specialized skills here in Estes Park than we anticipated. While that’s a good sign for our community, it means his training and skillset is underutilized. Since 2019, Diego has been deployed 89 times in Estes Park and in partner jurisdictions. The majority of these deployments have been for community educational events and demonstrations, and simple traffic sniffs. A small portion of his deployments have been for tracking, criminal apprehension, or building, evi-

dence and narcotics searches – these high-level functions are his specialties by training. Of these deployments, many have taken Diego outside Estes Park to support partner agencies like Loveland and Greeley. You may wonder how this affects our staffing needs. Well, the K9 Officer’s time is divided between regular patrol and special K9 assignments. Plus, required training takes the Officer out of town with Diego, once or twice weekly. That means a lot less availability for dayto-day patrol here in Estes Park. Increasing coverage of patrol shifts is our highest priority. With that in mind, hiring a non-K9 Officer who can be dedicated to patrol will be a better use of our current resources. Estes Park will continue to be supported by neighboring partner agencies with any specialized resources we need, like K9s. EPPD can always consider resuming a K9 program in the future. In the meantime, I am dedicated in my search to find the right agency to fold Diego into its K9 programs, with a trained officer to complement his skills and personality. I want to thank all of you – our partners in community policing – for your continued support of our team. As your friends, neighbors and public servants, we simply couldn’t do it without you. For more information on the EPPD, please visit or contact me at

Independence Day Holiday Closure Christmas In July At The Estes Park Museum Friends Gift Shop 6,200 copies were printed this week, and distributed FREE to hundreds of Estes Valley locations including Allenspark, Glen Haven & Lyons.

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purchases and Friends members will receive 25% off. The Estes Park Museum Friends Gift Shop is a hidden gem for your gift buying needs. It’s not too early to start your holiday shopping! A copy of This was Estes Park: Historical Vignettes by Ruth Stauffer and a Museum Logo Mask are free with purchase. *The latest title from the Estes Park This year, the week of the Fourth of July Museum Friends & Foundation Press, A brings Christmas in July to the Estes Park History of the Southern Estes Valley with Museum Friends Gift Shop. Wednesday Special Emphasis on Carriage Hills by through Saturday, July 6-9, 2022, from Robert Leavitt is not eligible for these 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. discounts. The regular Friends members discount of 10% will still apply. All shoppers will receive 15% off their

Larimer County Offices, District Attorney, and the Landfill will be closed July 4, 2022, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.

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Town Seeks Community Input As It Prepares To Recruit The Next Chief Of Police The Town of Estes Park is conducting a nationwide search for Chief of Police at the Estes Park Police Department. The Town and the Police Department value the strong relationship with the community, and are therefore seeking public feedback as they prepare to begin this important recruitment process. The community is encouraged to join an open discussion on July 8 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Estes Park Museum meeting room, 200 Fourth Street. The meeting takes place in-person and no preregistration is required. The Town has engaged the services of KRW Associates, LLC, to conduct the Police Chief recruitment process. KRW will facilitate the July 8 listening session to collect valuable insight on the qualities, character traits and essential skills the Chief of Police should possess in order to be a successful member of the community and the Police Department team. The Town Police Department’s command structure consists of the Chief of Police, a Captain of Operations and a Captain of Support Services. The two Captains rotate between two divisions.

One Captain leads the Support Services division including restorative justice, records, investigations, auxiliary and emergency communications services. The other captain leads the Operations Division and the police response within the Town of Estes Park, which includes responding to emergency and nonemergency calls for service, proactive policing to prevent criminal activity, investigating crimes, and the safe flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic through enforcement of traffic laws. KRW Associates is recognized as an expert in all aspects of public safety and in recruiting public safety executives. KRW has decades of public sector executive experience and a history of successful executive placements around the country. The firm's years of experience are combined with the highest level of graduate public administration education of any search firm’s associates in the country. The vacant Chief of Police position will be posted for candidates to review at The Town expects to complete the hiring process in the fall of 2022.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On 6/24/2022 at 3:45 a.m. police were called to a motor vehicle accident in the 300 block of Riverside Drive. On scene they contacted the driver of the vehicle, a 22 year old male from Estes Park and found him to be under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with DUI, DUI per se and arrested and transported to

the Larimer County Jail. On 6/25/2022 at 1:48 a.m. police stopped a 25 year old male driver from Estes Park in the 1500 block of South Saint Vrain Avenue for speeding. The male was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was charged with DUI, DUI per se, speeding, failure to drive in a single lane and a driver’s license violation. He was arrested and released on a summons from the EPPD.

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment. During the week of June 19, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 16 calls for service. This

included: • Emergency Medical (assist Eph): 5 • Alarm Activation: 4 • Smoke Investigation: 3 • Wildland Fire: 1 • Hazmat: 1 • Motor Vehicle Crash (mvc): 2

Town Offices Closed In Observance Of Independence Day Town of Estes Park municipal offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Offices will resume normal operating hours Tuesday,

July 5. For more information, please call the Public Information Office at 970-5773701.

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Celebrating The 4th With Sparks Of Hope And Pride


S TA N L E Y H O M E M U S E U M If these walls could talk, they would tell you a compelling tale of mountain life in early Estes Park through the eyes of the influential Flora & Freelan ("F.O.") Stanley and the domestic help who maintained their house, property, and way of life. To enter the door of the Stanleys’ 1904 Colonial Revival home is to pass through a frame into a painting, one with a time and life of its own. Be inspired as you take a step back in time with a guided tour of the original mountain home of the Stanleys. Advance reservations are suggested and tickets can be puchased online at The full tour experience lasts two hours, with each tour beginning at the Estes Park Visitors Center. A well-marked shuttle will pickup guests from the east parking lot (near the electric vehicle charging stations), at the top of the hour.

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As a child growing up in Estes Park, drawing glowing pictures in the air with living in a house next to the fairgrounds sparklers while watching Roman canI had a perfect stage for enjoying the dles pump colored fire into the air from many events taking place there. My faour concrete patio. For a grand finale of vorite event was the 4th of July, and the fireworks launched over Lake Estes. During my girlhood, the sequence of events at our house on the 4th of July was quite predictable. The day would begin with a bumper-to-bumper cavalcade of cars progressing slowly down Pole Hill, across Lake Estes, and into downtown Estes Park. Soon after, town employees and volunteers began setting up the fireworks. And my family and I began preparing to host a late afternoon picnic in the backyard, where guests would subsequently watch fireworks first over the lake then from the patio. Preparation for the picnic and fireworks consisted of many discreet tasks. First up, Dad and my sisters would rope off a large section of the street in front of the house thus guaranteeing our picnickers a convenient place to park. While that was happening, Mom, who was responsible for all the food and beverages, hustled off to Brodie’s Grocery for some last minute, must have items. And me, you ask? Well, I guarded the private stash of fireworks that Dad had accumulated during the past year to set off later that night. Feeling quite empowered and wanting to remove any doubt about there being enough snap, crackle and pop to duly Thousands of people watch the fireworks impress our guests, I compulsively indisplay that is provided by the Town of Estes ventoried the stash throughout the day. Park on the 4th of July. In between inspections, I helped clean the lawn furniture, water down the sorts, Dad lined up pop bottle rockets. yard and put blankets outside so guests While he did that, to be safe, we went could stay warm after dark. When all into the house, where, as Dad simultatasks were completed, Mom declared, neously lit the line of fuses with a blow “We’re ready.” No sooner torch, we watched wide-eyed from than those words had left the kitchen windows and her lips, people miraccheered and laughed as ulously began apDad ducked and ran for pearing. Coming cover when dozens of from far and wide, rockets hissed skyward. they filled up the The day ended with us backyard. With kids sipping on cups of hot not an inch of chocolate to warm up, space to spare, they enthuwhile the adults had a sip siastically partook of barof something stronger. bequed meats, potato Looking back, I now unsalad, red Jell-O and strawderstand that the bumperberry-rhubarb pie. to-bumper string of cars When the feast began to subside, just that came to Estes Park on a 4th of before darkness fell, I asked Dad for July many years ago was about permission to go to the fairgrounds. much more than food, fun and fireOnce I got there, I laid down in the field, works. It was also about families, livelion the moist grass, with my dog Shasta hoods, traditions and the form of govat my side, waiting for the music in the ernment that make each possible. It’s Arabian horseshow arena to end, the also about taking time each year on the lights to go down, and fireworks display fourth day of July, to celebrate the libto begin. With canopy after canopy of erty and freedom, that started as a spark color falling earthward, I oohed and aawhen, in 1776, the founders of this nahed and hugged Shasta to keep warm. tion declared themselves to be indePublic fireworks complete, I ran home pendent. That memory now burns to enjoy the private fireworks planned in brightly in the hearts of all Americans. our backyard for the picnickers who’d In this spirit, I pray the fireworks been watching the town’s fireworks from launched over Lake Estes of this 4th of there. Confident my inventories were acJuly will serve as a spark of hope and curate and fireworks sufficient, I was pride for all who see them. able to enjoy writing my name and

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Estes Transit To Begin Daily Service July 1 Estes Transit began its 2022 summer season on Friday, May 27, with the Red Route serving the downtown corridor from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. daily. All other routes (Gold, Brown, Blue and Silver) will begin daily service on Friday, July 1. The Green (Express) Route will begin weekend-only service on Saturday, July 2. Red, Gold, Brown, Blue and Silver Routes will run daily beginning at 9 a. m., with the final trip each day beginning at 8:30 p. m. The Green/Express Route will offer weekend-only service (Saturday and Sunday) with continuous 15-minute loops from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Estes Transit is 100% fare-free and all routes are wheel-chair accessible. This year will mark Estes Transit’s 17th year in operation. In 2022, Estes Transit’s service will include the following routes and service areas: ● Red Route (Downtown Trolley): Travels west into downtown with a variety of stops along Elkhorn Avenue, including Bond Park/Town Hall, The Ore Cart Rock Shop, Tregent Park, West Park Center, and west of Maxwell Inn before turning around and stopping at Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, The Grubsteak Restaurant, and Moosely T’s, with a final stop at Thirty Below Leather. Served by the Town’s electric trolley, Red Route Service runs through Oct. 16. ● Gold Route: Travels along Wonderview Avenue and Fall River Road with stops at The Stanley Hotel, Timber Creek Chalets, McGregor Mountain Lodge and Rocky Mountain Gateway, before turning around and stopping at Estes Park Condos, Aspen Winds on Fall River, Homestead Lane on Fall River Road, and Stonebrook Resort, with a final stop at Nicky’s Resort. Gold Route service begins on July 1 and concludes on Sept. 11. ● Silver Route: Travels south along Highway 7, stopping at The Ridgeline Hotel before looping up to Estes Park Health and returning to Hwy. 7 on Stanley Avenue, stopping near the Dollar General and Ziggi’s Coffee. The route continues farther south on Highway 7 to The Pines before heading out to Fish Creek Road to Solitude Cabins, with the two final stops at Estes Valley Community Center and the Estes Park Events Complex. Silver Route service begins on July 1 and concludes on Sept. 11. ● Brown Route: Travels southwest with stops on Riverside Drive near the Open Air Adventure Park and Estes Park Brewery, then to Worldmark and the Manor RV Camp, followed by National Park Village, Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, and Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort. New in 2022, the Brown Route will continue

on to the YMCA of the Rockies with westbound stops at Eagle Cliff Road at Highway 66, Swiftcurrent Lodge, and the Administration Building at the YMCA. The Brown Route will then turn around with eastbound stops at Glacier Lodge, Rockmount Cottages, the Aerial Tramway, East Riverside at Rockwell Street, and a final stop at Thirty Below Leather. Brown Route service begins on July 1 and concludes on September 11. ● Blue Route: Travels east down U. S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue with stops at Estes Mountain Lodge, Best Western Plus Silver Saddle, Quality Inn, Antonio’s Pizza, and Lake Estes Marina, and Estes Park KOA. The Blue Route then turns around and goes north to Good Samaritan Estes Park Village, Talons Point and Falcon Ridge Apartments, Salud Family Medical Center, Crossroads Ministry, Raven Avenue and Lone Pine Drive, and Lake Front Street, with a final stop at the Lower Stanley Village shopping plaza. Blue Route service begins on July 1 and concludes on Sept. 11. ● Green Route: The Green (Express) Route will run on weekends only (Saturday and Sunday) from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. Designed to be a quick connection between the Town’s largest parking areas and downtown, this route stops at the Estes Park Visitor Center, Bond Park, and Estes Park Events Complex. This route will be served by the Town’s second electric trolley, which will be arriving in July. Green Route service begins on July 2 and concludes on Sept. 11. Estes Transit service is provided by the Town of Estes Park with the support of these generous sponsors: Anderson Realty, Awesome ShirtWorks & WinterWorks, Bank of Estes Park, The Barrel, Estes Park Health, Estes Park Museum, Estes Park News, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, Estes Park Rent All, Estes Park Trolleys, Explore Estes, First Colorado Realty, Good Samaritan Estes Park Village, Hunter’s Chophouse, The Maxwell Inn, Mountain Home Café, Quality Inn, REMAX – The Gomez Team, Rocky Mountain Channel App, Rocky Mountain Gateway, Snowy Peaks Winery, Stanley Underground, Visit Estes Park and YMCA of the Rockies. For those who need a little extra help (e. g., seniors and persons with disabilities), “door to door” service can be requested for stops within 0.75 miles of an existing Estes Transit stop. Rides can be requested 24 hours before the trip or scheduled up to seven days in advance by calling 970-577-3959. A complete guide to 2022 summer and special service information – available in both English and Spanish – is available at

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Rooftop Rodeo Tickets Available Online The Town of Estes Park and Estes Park Western Heritage, Inc. have announced that tickets for the 2022 Rooftop Rodeo are available at This year’s rodeo takes place nightly from Wednesday, July 6 through Monday, July 11 at the Estes Park Events Complex. Standard ticket prices are $20 for general admission and $15 for senior citizens, military personnel (I. D.s required), and children (ages 3-12). Admission is free for children age two and under. General admission discounts of 25 percent are available for groups of 15 or more and will apply automatically at checkout. The Rooftop Rodeo will be live streamed all six nights on the Cowboy Channel. Each night of the Rodeo features unique themes and/or promotions: Wednesday, July 6-Opening Night Thursday, July 7-Family Night: Tickets for children (ages 3-12) are just $5 each Friday, July 8-Fiesta at the Rodeo (live music with Los Cheesies) : Fiesta-themed music before the rodeo and during Pre-Show

Saturday, July 9-Wear Pink (live music with Sugar Britches) : We encourage you to proudly wear pink to show your support for breast cancer awareness and research. Sunday, July 10-Military Night: Military personnel and their families pay just $10 per person for general admission (I. D. required). Monday, July 11: First Responders and Locals Night: First Responders and their families pay just $10 per person for general admission. Locals receive a 25 percent discount on general admission with online coupon code "80517" (only when ordering tickets online or purchasing in advance at the Event Center office) Gates open each night at 5:00 p.m. The pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Rooftop Rodeo, visit Ticket purchasing inquiries may be made by contacting the Town of Estes Park Events Office at 970-970-586-6104, or

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Ron saluting the flag that Holly Sprietzer is carrying on his horse, Trigger. Photo by Phillip Kitts.

Rodeo To Honor Western Legend Ron Ball made his mark with people in Estes Park and at Rooftop Rodeo Ron Ball live a full life of being a servant to others. After graduation from South High School in Denver, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He wrapped up his stint while living in California, then served in the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring as a detective sergeant after 20 years. He promptly returned to Colorado and gathered with the people in and around Estes Park for 36 years before his death last summer. Whether he was a cowboy singer, a Western artist, a Rooftop Rodeo Rider or an organizer with the annual rodeo, he was always serving others and showing his passion for the Western lifestyle. “Ron did a lot for our rodeo,” said Holly Spreitzer, a former Miss Rooftop Rodeo and a member of Estes Park Western Heritage Inc., a group of volunteers that works with the town of Estes Park to produce the annual rodeo. “He was so into putting into the community and into our rodeo.” His life and legacy will be honored at this year’s Rooftop Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6-Monday, July 11, at Granny May Arena in Estes Park inside the Estes Park Fairgrounds. His memorial will take place during Military Night on Sunday, July 10. “I met Ron in 2015, and it was one of my first years I attended Rooftop Rodeo,” said Spreitzer, who helped plan his funeral last August and is organizing the memorial. “He definitely made an impression. He was a fan of Roy Rogers, and he reminded me a lot of Roy Rogers when I saw him dressed up in his outfits during the rodeo. “I was inspired by Dale Evans for my rodeo queen outfits. We had an immediate connection. That year I got to sing with him. He did a concert every year, and I got to meet him and his wife. I got to know them and spend a lot of time with them. I got to learn about his story and how he got involved with things, especially with our rodeo in Estes.” Whether he was serving in the Marine Corps or trying to solve crimes in L.A., Ball was always a cowboy singer and

Western artist at heart. As a youngster, his love of being a singer, artist and cowboy pointed him in that direction. He got his first wrangling job at age 13, but he’d attended the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo three years before that. The fire had been lit, and years of sharing his passions with others just continued to stoke the flames. Being friends with Roy Rogers and having sung with him and the Sons of the Pioneers was a highlight of his life, as was the extension of that when Rogers’ son, Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr., asked Ball to sing at the family’s museum and theater in Branson, Missouri. During his own Western shows, Ball paid tribute to Rogers with music and stories. He also dressed the part. “He’d been fascinated by the Western industry,” Spreitzer said. “His grandmother was an artist who did the exhibits in the Denver museum. When he was a kid, he would help her paint and design them. He was always interested in art and music. “When he was in California, he got to know a lot of people, and one of those was Roy Rogers. He was a big fan and became one of his personal friends. Throughout the years, he really wanted to portray the Western industry and all it stood for. Roy even gifted him a few items, and that really meant a lot to Ron. When he moved to Estes Park after his career with the LAPD, he wanted to keep the Western industry alive, and he always kept up with it.” He maintained contact with other Western artists and created a Western art show in Estes Park. He invited them to be part of the community. Spreitzer’s relationship with Ball and his wife, Janie, was strong. She considered him to be another grandfather in her life, and she adored their relationship. Celebrating him is an honor she won’t forget. “No matter how big Estes Park grew, he was one of the people who made sure we remembered our Western roots and how Estes Park was a big, wholesome community,” she said. “Everything that Ron did was with the idea of being a helping hand.”






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Edward Jones Financial Advisors Claims Title Sponsorship Of Chamber Cup For 2022 And 2023 The Estes Chamber of Commerce is entering the 3rd year of the Chamber Cup. The annual golf tournament is a significant fundraiser for the Chamber, supporting resource development and network events to connect member business and community. “As the Chamber Cup grows, it’s wonderful to see the Estes Park business community becoming increasingly engaged in the success and fun of the event. This year, we are thrilled to announce that Derek Vinge and his team at

Edward Jones Financial Advisors have stepped-up in an amazing way to support the Chamber as the title sponsors for both 2022 and 2023,” said Estes Chamber Executive Director Colleen DePasquale. “For business owners who want to give back in an environment that generates business relationships and opportunities, this golf tournament is a

great way to have fun, network, and grow your footprint in town while making some new friends along the way,” said title sponsor Derek Vinge of Edward Jones. The Chamber Cup is a 2 p.m. shotgun start, scramble-style tournament scheduled for August 12th at the 18- hole golf course in Estes Park. Registration is still open for players. Foursomes are $500 and indi-

viduals $150. https://esteschamberco.chambermaster.c om/eventregistration/register/4739 Hole sponsorships and logo placements are also available for $350 and $100, respectively. Contact the Chamber to sign your business up as a sponsor! The Chamber Cup is also in need of volunteers. If you enjoy golf and want to have a great day on the course helping to make this event a fun one, contact the Estes Chamber to sign-up as a volunteer 970- 480-7552.

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Something happened to the clothes in my closet since a new virus descended upon us almost two and a half years ago. They got dusty. A fine line of gray powder runs along the shoulder seams of blouses and dresses. Slacks, too, have a path of dust where they drape over the hanger. I could flap a skirt as if I were shaking out a rug and particles would fly. It was time for a purge. Last week I went through my closet from one end to the other, assessing each garment hanging within. How long have I had it? When was the last time I wore it? Does it have any holes in it? Will I ever wear it again? (The answer to the last question has nothing to do with the question right before it. I have shirts with frayed necklines that other people probably whisper about behind my back: "She dresses like a ragamuffin." Yet, some of those shirts are still perfectly functional. They're clean, they fit, they aren't falling apart, they just have a frayed neckline. Look at the holey jeans youngsters are wearing these days. If that tattered and torn look is desirable in a pair of jeans, it should be perfectly acceptable—even fashionable—for my shirts.) The result of my weeding: I got rid of one top—and it did not have a frayed collar. What's the deal, Lucille? Why am I hesitant to let go of a closet full of clothes I no longer wear? One reason is because someday— maybe—COVID will not be front and center in our lives. When that day comes, I'll have a wardrobe at the ready to look presentable in public, or at least I'll have a pair of pants or two without elastic in the waist. (Have faith; some of my shirts have collars that are intact.) But it's something more than that. I'm not so much worried about my appearance as I am deeply concerned about the environment. We are living in the era of "fast fashion." We buy the latest trends for cheap (and cheaply made) and then quickly discard them after only a few wearings. The trend changes, we acquire more new outfits and in no time we diss them like a a bad second date. It is estimated that, on average, a garment is worn seven times before getting tossed aside. Because I don't want to be like that, I hang onto my well-worn clothes. (I prefer to think of them as well-loved.) Many folks donate their discards to secondhand stores. But in the United States, demand in thrift shops is simply not as high as supply. (Two million tons of clothing are dropped off at thrift stores each year.) The racks are cram-packed with our cast-offs. We don't want those not-so-old rags but there aren't enough buyers to snatch them up. It's ok, we think. What doesn't sell gets shipped to developing countries, right? Well, yes. According to the Environ-

mental Protection Agency, halfway around the globe, 2.57 million tons of clothes were recycled by being worn or remade into other useful items in 2017. But the rest ended up in landfills. If I donated my frayedcollar shirt, it would sit for 50 years in a pile of rubbish, slowly decomposing, releasing methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and causing water sanitation, soil toxin and groundwater contamination. Plus, it took about 713 gallons of water to produce that one shirt in the first place. Gulp. Also, much of the donated clothing items that get shipped overseas are beyond their useful life. What's a person to do with a moth-infested sweater? Answer: burn it. Far across the globe, fields of secondhand clothes are set on fire as a way to get rid of our thoughtless discards. This contaminates the atmosphere and destroys the land. I thought about counting how many pieces of clothing hang in my closet so I could include the number in this column, but decided against it. It would be embarrassing. Despite the fact that the only new clothing item I've bought since March of 2020 is one pair of shorts, I have way too many clothes. Did I really need that pair of shorts when I already had five pair (including two hand-medowns from my sister and one pair I bought back in 1995. They have a very high waist and pleats, which are not in style these days, but if I don't tuck my shirt in, you'd never know), plus two pair of zip-offs (do those qualify as shorts?). What to do? We must wear clothes. (Or maybe not. But if people gossip about my frayed collar, imagine the talk if I wore nothing at all!) There isn't much we can do about the clothes already in our closet—except wear them until they disintegrate, like my shirts with frayed collars. But going forward, we can help our suffering planet. We can become discerning consumers- Let's care for our earth by buying fewer clothing items, trying not to give in to mindless online purchasing, wearing our clothes for longer periods of time, washing them less often (washing clothes releases half a million metric tons of microfibers into the ocean each year), and donating our has-beens to organizations that ensure items get reused or recycled instead of sent to decay in a landfill or burned in a field. Curb the urge. Then join me in setting a new trend with the frayed collar look. Sources: Wall Street Journal, Boston University's Emerald Review, Rotary magazine. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2022 Sarah Donohoe

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An Outlaw Approach To Rodeo Rooftop Rodeo was a Cinch rodeo before being one was cool. There was a time not long ago when another Western clothier had a stranglehold on ProRodeo marketing, and the Colorado-based manufacturer was left to its own devices. David Dean, the chairman and CEO of parent company Miller International, found brilliant avenues around the situation, and members of the Estes Park Western Heritage Inc. were right beside him. “Western Heritage was established in 2012 after the rodeo was produced by a town committee for the first 80 years of the rodeo’s existence,” said Mark Purdy, chairman of the group, which features volunteers that now work with the town of Estes Park to produce the annual event. “We wanted to establish a standalone non-profit; we’d do all the sponsorships and give every dime back to the town.” As the levels of organization grew, the founders realized they needed special people to be involved on Western Heritage’s board and asked Dean to be a director. Not only did he agree, but he also brought a powerful punch to the table: The Cinch brand. Alas, the Cinch Outlaws were born, and members of the committee wore the Cinch shirts with pride. They still do and will during this year’s Rooftop Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6Monday, July 11, at Granny May Arena

in Estes Park inside the Estes Park Fairgrounds. “It was a fun thing in our minds,” Purdy said with a laugh. “We called ourselves the Pirate Rodeo. We were a constant fly in the ointment for the PRCA, and David started supplying our entire committee with Cinch committee shirts. We never have paid a dime for those, and we have a bunch of committee members. We have six performances, so we have six different colored shirts to use each year, and David has never balked once about providing them for us.” While the PRCA’s primary clothing sponsor had naming rights of the National Finals Rodeo and had a monopoly on banners and placements at rodeos, the Cinch Outlaws continued Rick Life wears his Cinch shirt as he cleans banners before one of the performances of to make their ways across the rodeo the 2021 Rooftop Rodeo. Photo by Steve Gray circles. They wore their Cinch Rooftop Rodeo shirts all over Las Vegas each DeThat all changed a few years ago when None, though, were Cinch through and cember during the NFR and even had the PRCA opened its doors to more through like Rooftop Rodeo was a patches made with a skull and crosssponsorships and allowed the monopoly decade ago. In fact, the committee has bones to showcase their marauder to end. Since then, Cinch banners have gone a step further; when the makers of theme. been proudly displayed inside and out at Cinch started brewing Gold Buckle Beer, rodeo arenas across the country. Estes Park volunteers started selling it at “We actually had somebody stitch in a Cinch insignia, and we wore those “What a lot of people don’t know is that the rodeo. Both brands are important fixtures when the rodeo is in town. everywhere we could,” Purdy said. “We before the chains broke and allowed couldn’t have Cinch banners that were Cinch in the door, Cinch had been put“We’ve covered our arena in Cinch,” visible from the arena, but we had them ting a lot of money into the rodeo Purdy said. “It’s up on our scoreboard. up in the tent where we had our queens’ ecosystem – high school rodeo, college It’s going to be on our center gate. David luncheon. The PRCA balked at that, but rodeo and senior ProRodeo – and now Dean and Cinch have been fabulous we assured them the banners were not there are quite a few rodeos that are partners of Rooftop Rodeo, and I hope visible from the arena.” Cinch-based,” Purdy said. they will be for years to come.”

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From The Mountains: Estes Essence, Part One By: Robert Burkhardt

We are blessed to live where nature’s beauty seeps into our bone marrow. When visitors express delight at the splendor of Longs Peak, the rippling folds of Lumpy Ridge, an osprey soaring above the lake, or a slow-stepping herd of casually grazing elk, I smile and affirm, “This is why we live in Estes Park.” What makes a town, a place, an event or a person memorable? What makes Estes Park so special? Each day we shape our individual lives, meet family obligations, relate to neighbors, complete work responsibilities and collect shards of small-town life that capture the essence of Estes. While many communities across America similarly boast natural beauty and happy people, the focus here is Estes Park. For me, essential Estes elements include: a Brazilian food truck fueling the crowd at Avant Garde on a Saturday afternoon while Greg Miles belts out ballads; the rustic beauty of Our Lady of The Mountains; James Frank’s annual calendars; fish tacos and a margarita at Ed’s (back patio preferred); the first spring drive up Old Fall River; energetic and cute-beyond-cute Lumpy Circus kids; Sweet Basilico’s Frutti de mari and Raul’s welcoming smile; Village Band at

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Performance Park on the Fourth of July with an overflow crowd waving American flags; first Pasque flowers and Bluebirds of Spring; Bird & Jim’s kale salad; tai chi at Dao House; a slow early morning trot around Lake Estes or up Fish Creek; single malts at the Scotch/Irish festival; Riverside Ramblers entertaining at Nicky’s before the Duck Race; Presentations of Learning at Eagle Rock School; hiking up the Homer Rouse Trail with a friendly dog; Cowboy Brad at Bond Park on summer evenings; tasty arrachera from La Mexicana; our town’s wonderful spring flower planting team; Marsha Hobert’s photos capping the late news on Channel 4; Thursday Farmers Market, rich in aroma and produce; Li’s China Garden pot stickers; Wool Market weavings on the trees along Elkhorn; booming fireworks on July 4. And so much more. These gems adorn the diadem that is Estes Park. Singly, each delight stands alone; combined they affirm a tapestry of hardy, hale, happy small-town mountain life. Readers may identify other samples of local life that display the soul of Estes; they all contribute to a transcendent continuity of experience. To be continued….

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Proposed Ordinance Would Restrict Outdoor Fires At Vacation Home Rentals And B & Bs Ordinance would mitigate fire risk and align with Larimer County code The Estes Park Town Board will review a staff-proposed draft emergency ordinance that would support fire mitigation efforts in the Estes Valley and address the high percentage of fire calls within the Estes Valley for Vacation Home Rentals. The ordinance will be considered at the board’s July 12 meeting, at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, at 170 MacGregor Ave. Comments may be submitted by 12 p.m. July 12 using the Town Board Public Comment Form available via Complete meeting materials will be available by July 8 at Tourism is a major economy for Estes Park, and agencies are committed to working together to ensure those visiting this beautiful community are able to do so safely. According to the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, in the last five years approximately 60 percent of structure fires in the valley occur at Vacation Home Rentals. The ordinance would align with fire mitigation regulations already in place in the unincorporated Estes Valley, within Larimer County’s Land Use Code. The ordinance would apply to transient renters of short-term vacation rentals and Bed and Breakfasts. It would not apply to owners using their own properties. Fire Chief David Wolf submitted a letter of support for the proposed ordinance. He commented, “Estes Valley Fire strongly supports the proposed ordinance that would bring the Town of Estes Park into alignment with greater

Larimer County, and our local Fire District on this highly consequential fire safety issue.” The proposed language would amend section 5.20.110 of the Estes Park Municipal Code to add the following: Use of solid fuel burning appliances located outside the fully contained portion of the residential structure on vacation home and bed and breakfast inn properties, absent the presence and oversight of the property owner or designated local representative, is prohibited. Solid fuel burning appliances include but are not limited to fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, portable outdoor fireplaces, portable fire pits, briquette or pellet burning grills, or similar devices. Use of gas burning outdoor devices is not affected by this paragraph, but may be regulated by other state and local laws, such as the ordinances of the Town and the adopted fire code. If adopted, the ordinance would take effect immediately, and there would be zero tolerance for violations. The Code Enforcement Officer would issue a ticket on the spot for any violation. Further, a violation could impact the property owner’s ability to maintain a business license to operate a vacation home or bed and breakfast if the issue is not immediately addressed, such as by removing a fire pit or other prohibited appliance from the property. For more information on the Town Board’s upcoming meetings, visit For fire mitigation resources from Estes Valley Fire Protection District, please visit

Car-E To Perform This Friday At Greg Miles Gallery On Friday, July 1st, First Friday! Art Groove and kickoff to the July 4th weekend presents: "Car-E" performing live at Greg Miles Gallery in Peak to Peak Plaza from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Car-E is a lyrical wordsmith, vocalist, guitarist, and composer who stirs the soul with a rich & unique blend of so-

phisticated groove & feel good originality. Car-E considers herself an auditory visual artist and has been a "Come and Go Local" in the Estes Park arts community for 15 years. Come enjoy art, music, food and drink and come paint pictures with words!

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Vino on the Veranda + Margaritas FRIDAY, July 8th 5:00-8:00pm A Social Event at the Stanley Home Museum You are invited to take a step back in time for a most charming event at the original 1904 home of Flora and F.O. Stanley. Enjoy the spectacular view, refreshing margaritas, and a sampling of wines and local craft beer served on the home’s iconic veranda. Proceeds from this event support the museum’s educational initiatives and preservation of the historic Stanley home. Advance reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online for $35 per person. Visit Guests must be picked up and dropped off by our shuttle at the Estes Park Visitors Center. Shuttle service will run every 15 minutes throughout the evening.

Estes Park Museum Book Program: A History Of The Southern Estes Valley With Special Emphasis On Carriage Hills The book details the early settlement of the Southern Estes Valley and the growth of Carriage Hills and nearby areas. Over several years of research regarding the Southern Estes Valley, Leavitt discovered an early ranch (the second one in the Estes Valley) and identified the owner as a man named James McLaughlin. The land passed through several owners until it was developed as the Carriage Hills subdivision. As Carriage Hills grew to several hundred homes, a fierce battle erupted over the proposed annexation by the Town of Estes Park. Though annexation was ultimately rejected, it involved issues that still resonate today whenever annexaOn Saturday July 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. tion is discussed. join local author Bob Leavitt as he disBob and his wife Connie moved to cusses his new book, A History of the Carriage Hills in 2014, along with their Southern Estes Valley, with Special Emtwo golden retrievers. Bob has been a phasis on Carriage Hills. This program is history buff for many years. He discovfree and open to the public, no registraered that little had been written about tion is required. The book will be for the Southern Estes Valley and Carriage sale in the Museum Shop for $29.95, Hills. Thus, the idea for this book was Museum members will receive a 10% born. discount.

Larimer County Adopts Fire Restrictions On recommendation by the Larimer County Sheriff, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners voted 3-0 to adopt fire restrictions in unincorporated Larimer County since the danger of wildfire, forest and grass fires are great due to above-normal temperatures, lightning strikes, and windy, dry conditions. As of noon, June 29, 2022, restrictions on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County go into effect. These restrictions stay in effect until noon, July 29, 2022. Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, combustible devices, public firework displays and incendiary devices. This is not a fire ban. Restricted today: • Open fires, including camp or cooking fires • Smoking in the open is not allowed, including on trails, parks and open spaces. • Fireworks or firework displays. • Incendiary devices including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets, and tracer ammunition. • Welding Not Restricted: • Contained open fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion. • Gas or Liquid Fueled Fires fueled by bottled gas or pressurized liquid shall include but are not limited to portable heaters, cooking stoves, heat-

ing stoves, hiking/camping stoves, grills, fire pits, fireplaces, etc. • The use of an internal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order and meeting published standards. • Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures. • Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal-fired grills designed for cooking. • Charcoal-fired grills when used at a private residence and location on a non-combustible surface of at least ten feet in diameter. • Welding and other torch work within an enclosed building. • Outdoor welding and other torch work provided that: o The area where the welding or other torch work is to be performed is free of vegetation for at least thirty feet in all directions. o Wind speed is less than 10 mph. o There is sufficient fire suppressant immediately available to suppress any fire that may be started. • Fires in air curtain burners. • Public firework display approved by the appropriate Fire Department or Fire District. The Sheriff may give limited exemptions from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection. Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions can be fined.

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Remember the song that says, “The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye”? Well, my rhubarb is as high as a horse’s thigh. I have picked and frozen as much as I care to use. Friends have done the same and still it keeps producing. Any potluck I attend is an occasion for me to use my rhubarb. I am beginning to be called “The Rhubarb Lady.” So, guess what recipe y’all are getting today! A friend gave me two new rhubarb recipes that she had cut from the New York Times. One uses kale, I do not like kale. The other sounds delicious and I plan to try it soon. I guess I should give a celebratory recipe being the 4th of July is Monday. I am tired of those casseroles, hot dogs, grilled meats, potato salad, etc. Y’all are getting a different kind of chicken and rhubarb dish, as I said it’s from the New York Times.

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Rhubarb and Red Onion 3-4 servings 425 degree pre-heated oven 13 x 9 parchment (greased or alum. foil) lined pan 1-3/4 lbs. chicken thighs and legs 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. black pepper

1 large red onion 5 sprigs of fresh thyme or ½ tsp. dried 5 Tbs. olive oil 2 cups sliced ½ inch rhubarb 3 Tbs. honey, or more to taste ½ cup torn cilantro or mint Dry chicken with paper towels. Season with 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and coriander and place on prepared pan into oven. Season onion lightly with salt and pepper and add to pan. Add thyme to pan and pour 3 Tbs. oil overall. Make sure all are in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine rhubarb and honey in medium bowl. Light drizzle with a little oil and toss. Remove chicken from oven and place rhubarb around the chicken and onions. Bake for 25-30 minutes until rhubarb and onions are tender. Stir the onions and rhubarb well incorporating all the brown bits. (Not the chicken,) Taste rhubarb, add more honey to taste. Toss well. Serve with herb garnish. (Not the chicken). Sunshine and I wish all a Happy 4th. Please remember it is really Happy Birthday America! My email: Bon Appétit.

Estes Valley Library Announces Temporarily Reduced Hours Singer. Song Writer. Story Teller. “Damn Good Live Show!”



Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 pm - Tickets $20 Or Come For Our Texas BBQ Dinner Honoring Susan (Smoked Chicken, Ribs, Pork) $35 For A Great Dinner and Free Tickets To The Show!! Circle 119, home of American Legion Post 119 850 N. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO

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In order to ensure adequate staff levels, and thus provide exceptional library experiences, the Estes Valley Library announces temporarily reduced hours in July and August. Beginning Sunday, July 10, the library building will be closed on Sunday and Monday. The Estes Valley Library upholds five main values in delivery of exceptional benefits to the community, one of which is “Hospitality & Service Excellence: providing service excellence in a welcoming environment.” With adjustments to current staff levels and the introduction and training of new team members, these closures will assist the library in delivering on this promise. As part of its service commitment, Curbside Service will resume on Sundays and Mondays, starting July 10. Curbside check-out is as easy as remembering three basic steps. Step one: Search the library’s online catalog, available 24/7, and place Holds on any items you’d like to borrow— books, movies, audiobooks, magazines,

kits, or even Chromebooks. (Forgot your PIN number? Call us and we’ll reset it.) Step two: Watch for an email notice that your Hold is ready. Same-day processing will be a priority. Step three: Schedule your pick-up time. It’s fast and easy to book your appointment online through our quick calendar link. Patrons can learn more about Curbside Service at What about meeting room use? Organizations with previously-scheduled meetings can rest assured that their reservations will be honored on closure days. The same is true for library in-person and Zoom programs. We at the Estes Valley Library wish to express gratitude to all our patrons and community partners. Thank you for your understanding during this temporary service shift. Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

The Homes At Fish Hatchery-A Proposed Workforce Housing Development Join us for a community meeting to review and provide feedback for the proposed Fish Hatchery Workforce Housing development rezoning. July 14, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant, 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, CO. Go to for more information.

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Pictured are Esther and Ann after winning with a 71% game at the recent tournament in Fort Collins.

Local Bridge Club Member Achieves Life Master The Estes Park Bridge Club, a sanctioned club with the American Contract Bridge League, is proud to announce local member, Esther Cenac has completed the requirements for Life Master. Esther and her regular playing partner, Ann Dinsmoor, played in the recent Northern Colorado non-Life Master Regional Tournament where Esther earned her final Gold points (25 out of the total 300 masterpoints must be gold) to reach the required total for Life Master status. These points can only be acquired by

finishing in the top of a multiple session regional or national tournament. Esther has been a regular member of the Estes Park Bridge Club which began in February, 2006 and has had numerous partnerships over the years. She and Ann have been working together to get Esther her final required Gold points over the last couple of years. The local club played at the United Methodist Church on Fish Hatchery Road and welcomes all who wish to play duplicate bridge on Monday afternoons.

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Happy 75th Birthday Sue Buckner

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Sue McDuffie Buckner is celebrating her 75th birthday on July 7! Please drop by the Estes Park Senior Center on 7/11 from 3-6 p.m. for a birthday open house. Cake and birthday song at 5-ish. Please bring cards and memories (no gifts).

Estate Sale 411 Big Horn Dr. July 2nd (Saturday only) 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Weathered Pathfinder canoe, new pickle ball net, Victorian doll house, trunk and more!

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

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Ladies Tea At Cornerstone Church Estes Park Archives Program This Saturday On Saturday, July 2, the Estes Park Avenue between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 Archives will celebrate the 100th ana.m. this Saturday for free cake and niversary of a hand-drawn, three dicoffee and a look at this valuable map. mensional area Also, bemap that still cause we have holds its own arrived in the Prather's Aerial height of View. summer, the Ralph Carlyle Archives will Prather of Denbegin offerver issued his ing free six-color lithoevening lecgraphed map in tures around the summer of the 14-foot 1922, when Warconference ren G. Harding table at 240 A collage of various sections from Ralph was still presiMoraine AvPrather's 1922 aerial view map of Estes Park dent and Betty enue every and RMNP. Photo courtesy Estes Park Archives White and Judy weekday Garland were barely newborns. This from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The July giant (4 foot by 1-1/2 foot) fold-out schedule focuses on famous and notmap contained passable architectural so-famous Estes Park personalities, renderings of almost every downtown and is a great way to get visiting Estes Park structure, as well as what friends and family out of your hair for appear to be early views of Longs Peak an hour while we share Estes Park hisand the Snowy Range obtained from tory. Currently, the free programs will an airplane. The map sold at the time run as follows: Monday - F.O. Stanley. for 25 cents postpaid, with payment Tuesday - Isabella Bird. Wednesday also accepted in U.S. postage stamps. Harold Sanborn. Thursday - Margaret Depending on condition, it retails eas- Baldwin. Friday - Treasures from the ily for $100 to $500 today. EPA vault. Check the picture window at Ten Letters for any updates or visitStop by Ten Letters at 240 Moraine ing special speakers.

A cup of tea? Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley warmly invites you to our first annual Ladies Tea! Saturday, July 9 12:00 Noon Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley 2200 Mall Rd. Please join in the fun! Your afternoon will be filled with delicious food, fun and lots of surprises! Top this off with an inspirational message from our keynote speaker—Jenna Bolerjack, a professional singer from Oklahoma City who has a passion for sharing

about Christ and His faithfulness in all situations. This tea has no dress code and hats are optional! If you do have a hat you love— please wear it; if not and you’d like a hat, feel free to choose one from our private selection! The tea is free but seating is limited, so please contact Ardean at 720-840-6635 to reserve your seat soon. Visit us at

Free Tuesday Evening "Burning Issues" Lecture Program At The Y "Y" campers and the public are invited to the 46th Annual Robert M. Lawrence Burning Issues Lecture Series for 2022, conducted at the "Y", free of charge. The presentations will be every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., through August 9, in the Boone Family Mountain Center Presentation Room. These lectures/discussions are delivered by professors and other highly experienced specialists in their fields. Some also are lecturers in the Colorado State University (CSU) Osher Life-Long Learning Institute - a popular adult education program conducted in some 140 U.S. universities. For you who are interested in current domestic and international affairs, please join us in exploring: 7/5 "Social Media: Pervasive, Invasive, and Persuasive," Jim Isaak, President Emeritus of the IEEE Computer Society. July 5: Jim Isaak - MSEE degree Stanford University, 40 years with computer companies Intel, IBM, and Digital Equipment, then was an IT Professor at Southern New Hampshire University. A volunteer leader in IEEE, the world's largest society for technical professionals, he served on the Board of Directors

Photo by Robert Burns

and wrote the IEEE USA's position papers on privacy, and contributed to positions on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Abstract: The world's most profitable, and largest corporations compete to maximize their engagement and influence with consumers - each one of us. This involves tracking us with our electronic devices, analyzing our every interaction, and presenting us with content that is most likely to get our attention with advertising to influence our decisions. We will look at how this is being done, the technology being applied, and who is taking advantage of this to impact shoe sales, elections, civil discord, etc. 7/12 "The Greatest Good: Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters," Dr. David Wolf, EV Fire Dept. Chief. Directions: At YMCA entrance take Association Drive which passes the tennis courts and mini-golf course on the left. Across from them is the first stop sign. Turn right and follow signs to “Boone Family Mountain Center.” Park in the large parking lot and enter the front doors of the Mountain Center. The presentation room is on the lower level.

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News From The Art Center Of Estes Park On exhibit: “From the Creation – Natural Inspiration” featuring the fiber artwork by artist member Mary Blanche Morse and guest artist Cari Cook. In addition is the FACE of Fiber Show featuring fiber artists from across the country. Upcoming exhibit: “The Beauty of the Natural World Through My Lens” featuring the photography by artist member Scott Dorman. “I have lived in Estes Park for 56 years (almost a native), I consider myself fortunate to have raised a family here, operated a business here, and to have had a fulfilling 33 year career in the fire service, serving the Estes Park community as

Fire Chief for 20 years. After retiring as Fire Chief I have gradually expanded my photography skills. I have attended classes through Nikon, Scott Kelby Photography, Lighthaus Camera, Glenn Randel Photography, and National Geographic. I also had the privilege of studying under one of Colorado’s most renowned landscape photographers, John Fielder. I am also blessed to live in two areas that provide unending opportunities to develop my craft – Estes Park, Colorado and the Big Island of Hawaii. Many thanks to Pauline Bustamante and Karen Dick for sponsoring my show; I appreciate the opportunity display my varied photographs from Colorado and Hawaii.” Also on display in the gallery are the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. The Art Center is now open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art classes in July Fine Feathers - A Zentangle® Lesson in Drawing, Shading, and Color Layering with Annie Reiser July 9, 1– 4:00, Art Center members: $36.00, non-members: $40. This feather project will strengthen

both your drawing and coloring abilities. Guided by instructor, Annie Reiser, Certified Zentangle® Teacher, you will draw the feather one step at a time; then you’ll shade, color layer, and finish your piece with subtle highlights and embellishments. Annie will provide practice sheets for you to work with before starting on the final 6x8-inch plate that will be created on fine archival watercolor paper mounted on foam core with a protective veil of tracing paper. These materials are included in your class fee. Annie will have a few sets of all the supplies needed for the class available for out of town visitors, as they won’t be able to find these supplies in town. All

other class attendees need to bring: materials/supplies listed separately on the materials list. Introduction to Zentangle® with Annie Reiser July 12, 1-3 Art Center members: $31.50, nonmembers: $35. Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle, ® teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs. The beauty is that no drawing experience is required! If you can make a dot, a straight line, a curved line, and a circle – you have all the skills you need. All levels and kids welcome. Materials provided as part of class fee. Materials list provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies however, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class for $8.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need. The kit will include: muslim drawstring bag, a few Zentangle® tiles, micron pen, pencil, tortillion, bookmark with Zentangle® steps, Tangle Tags, piece of chocolate. “Painting the Summer Landscape in Pastel” with Lydia Pottoff July 16, 10- 4 Art Center members: $67.50, nonmembers: $75. This one-day workshop is designed for both beginners and intermediate pastel enthusiasts. Lydia is an award winning artist whose studio is located near Lyons. She received a BA in fine art and graphic communications at Metropolitan State University in Denver, and over the last twenty years, she has pursued pastel and

oil painting, both plein air and studio. She says, “I will guide you through I will guide you through my process of painting a summer landscape from sketch to completion. I’ll discuss the importance of creating a value ‘roadmap’ thumbnail sketch to help you in your planning stages. I’ll demo a summer sky and we’ll look at various techniques for making clouds ‘believable’ and creating atmosphere in your paintings. You are welcome to bring your own photos or work from the ones I supply. Materials list provided. “Plein Air on Location” with Cathy Goodale July 20, 10- 4 Art Center mem-

gallery. The annual Mentor/Student show in February is the highlight of the year, giving mentees the opportunity to see their own creations on display in the Art Center Gallery and to learn something about the “art biz” (appropriate framing, pricing, greeting the public, etc) along the way. Application forms may be picked up in the gallery or online at Estes Valley Plein Air: There are a number of participating artists from out of state and we are seeking anyone willing to host an artist be-

bers: $72, non members: $80. We’ll be doing Plein Air landscape painting on location. We will continue using the Notan thought processes while painting from life. “Whimsey Poles” with Sandy Fritz July 30, 2022 1-4 p.m. Art Center members: $54, non-members: $60. Join Sandy Fritz in painting charming garden poles. She will guide you through the process to bring your very own garden pole to life. Come with ideas or a theme… and you’ll create something fun using a variety of mediums. All materials are provided by the instructor. The only exception is if you’d like a solar cap to top off your project, they are available on the day of class from Sandy for $20 (paid directly to her.) Our leader into the exciting world of “Whimsey Poles” is popular Loveland mixed media/collage artist, Sandy Fritz, currently RV’ing around the country with her husband. Fortunately, she stops in Estes Park each summer to visit her Dad, the Art Center’s own Bill Fritz, and enjoys teaching at the Art Center. “My art expresses how I view the world; full of life, color and emotion,” says Sandy. And her motto is: “You are creative… you just don’t know it yet.” Seeking Students for the Art Center’s Mentor Program: This is an exciting and popular Art Center program and an important way for Art Center artists to share their passion for the arts directly with members of the community. Mentors are matched with mentees, of all ages, who want to learn a new medium, and have the chance to work with an experienced artist who shows their work in our lovely, professional

tween August 18-27. If you have space available, or have any questions please contact Lars at the Art Center. Celebrating 35 Years with a $35 for 35 Years Campaign! Join us in this effort by donating, $35 for 35 years to raise additional funds to continue the operation of the Art Center. Donations can be made through the Art Center website (link) or dropping off a donation at the front desk or mail your donation to 517 Big Thompson Ave, unit 245, Estes Park, CO 80517. Thank you for helping us continue for the next 35 years! Satellite Exhibits: The exhibit at the US Bank, features Art Center artist member Debbie Jansen. VERT has an updated display of artwork by a number of Art Center artist members. At Estes Park Health, Linda Palmer’s watercolors are on display. Social Media: The Art Center can be viewed not only on our website at but we are on Face Book at Art-Center-of-Estes-Park, Instagram at artcenterofep and Twitter at artcenterestes. 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

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The FUNDER-Dome: Challenges And Opportunities For Nonprofit Fundraising By Karen McPherson

You have been asked to donate, to go to a wine dinner, to attend an auction. You may have won the greatest prize of your life, or you may have put a guilt-laden bid on something you don’t really want. Doesn’t it seem like there might be another way to pay for the critical services in this community? Let’s step back and get a birds-eye view of funding in the Estes Valley: traditional funding, new ideas, and the challenges of finding funds. First, let’s address why nonprofits need funding. The nonprofits in Estes Park offer critical services—if there were no Crossroads, we wouldn’t have a food bank, if there was no Learning Place, we wouldn’t’ have a community tutoring center. Nonprofits are the only entity that is not benefiting from a percentage of sales tax, a mill levy, lodging taxes, ect. So let’s assume there is consensus that the nonprofit community is vital and necessary to keep the people and environment of our valley healthy…and they need funds to do so. Next, what’s the hurdle to finding funding outside those other sources? The answer to that is two-fold: the capacity of the organization and the competition. Capacity, or the ability of the nonprofit to have the staff and time to secure funding, is time-intensive and takes away from actually providing the service. Grants generally take two-20 hours to complete, in addition to follow-up communication about the impact (both to the grantor and your donor base). Cultivating donors could easily be a fulltime job. Cato Kraft, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Resource Center, offers some insight on this tug-of-war between executing the mission of the nonprofit vs the fundraising to support the mission: “Let me just jump onto a soapbox that I will die on: nonprofit board of directors—in this community in particular— hire directors that are super passionate about the missions they serve and have loads of experience in their sector. The average Executive Director search is three months. That is a long time to invest in finding the right candidate who is passionate about and experienced in the work they are doing. Yet, 95% of a director’s time is spent looking for the next dollar…NOT innovating how to execute the mission. That is unacceptable; there is too much power in the talent of the directors of this community to have them spend so much time on fundraising. ” In response to this situation, Kraft has initiated a collaborative fundraising opportunity to benefit all nonprofits: The

Giving Guest program. You know…”the rising tide raises all boats. ” The Nonprofit Resource Center is the one to take the lead on figuring out innovative ways to support, connect and inspire nonprofits. They believe one of the pillars of that is keeping directors working on their mission. Currently, nonprofits compete for private donor dollars, duck race dollars, and someone to purchase a ticket to their

Trust, which is working to preserve open spaces and put property into trusts, the Watershed Coalition which is working to mitigate damage to our watershed after floods and fires, or Trout Unlimited, which is working to educate youth on the ecosystems of water and fish. But they do like the views, the environment, they recreate in this space, make family memories, and take a deep breath. They take pride in coming here and they are part of our community. If they are out on the trails or fishing in the rivers, it is not unreasonable to think they are inclined to give $25 in support o Environment, Conservation and Recreation (one of the six sectors that guests can choose from). The Giving Guest program seeks to help make Estes “a healthy and vibrant community, one that is worth visiting over and over again. ” This is a broader ask that will appeal to guests who come here and want to give back, there is less competition for the same local donor dollars and regional grants. Everyone wins. Kraft projects that “If Giving Guest is successful, or some iteration of it, then nonprofits wouldn’t have to spend four months organizing and executing a sitdown dinner, trying to get people there, making invitations, running around collecting auction items, etc. What if the community at large could actually lean into one huge fundraiser? One that everyone knows about, is yearround, easy, is little to no overhead for the nonprofit (hello! then all donations COULD go to programs), doesn’t require another night at a fundraiser, and is accessible to locals and guests alike. The cost to fundraise is also relieved with this program. National data shows that it costs a nonprofit $. 35 on average

fundraiser. And, by way of reminder, we live in a valley of roughly 11,000 people and have 70 nonprofits registered in 80517. If we can do a collaborative program that leverages the five million guests that visit our town, the opportunity for funding increases dramatically. Giving Guest is an online mobile platform that allows guests (and locals) to give back to six different nonprofit sectors they find meaningful. A guest might not know of the Land



$ The Giving Guest is a collaborative, year-round opportunity for guests (and locals) to give back to a nonprofit sector they feel passionate about, including Arts and Culture; Conservation, Recreation, and Environment; Emergency and Human Services, Community and Education; Healthcare and Wellness; and Youth and Families. This program is the first of its kind and requires a broad base of community buy-in, business champions, and word-of-mouth to grow season over season. The collaborative program launched in May and currently benefits 38 different nonprofits.

for every dollar raised through events. So for that $100 ticket at the wine dinner, it cost $35 to pay for food, get the wine donated, find an auction item, put it up online and promote it, etc. In this model, the Nonprofit Resource Center does the heavy lifting and takes a 9% administration fee, 91% of all funds raised go directly to area nonprofits. At this point, Kraft suggests “It is not viable for us to all keep competing for the same local donor and grant dollar. We really need to embrace the notion of community over competition. ” There are currently 38 nonprofits benefiting from this program; they have selfidentified what category they go in and all benefit equally from any funds donated to that category. The greatest challenge to collaborative fundraising is that everyone has to participate. For example, Giving Guest relies on businesses to help spread the word to tourists. Guests love bringing their family to Estes and staying at their favorite lodge. They come back. So that Lodge, without donating money themselves, gives “in-kind” through their contact with guests. The program leverages their positive experiences in our town. The lodge can help visitors understand their opportunity to give back in a meaningful way to Estes Valley. No one nonprofit (including the Nonprofit Resource Center) has the network to make this program work. It will take a village to spread the word and create a culture of philanthropy that extends to our community of guests. More information about this program: ● The Giving Guest platform is a secure and easy-to-use online platform: ● Giving Guest launched in May. Funds will be collected through the end of September and then distributed. At that time, enrollment in this program will open for a winter cycle and nonprofits will once again be invited to participate. This program is a long game: it requires community buy-in, broad base marketing, and champions who help spread the word. Individuals and businesses who would like to support Giving Guest can contact karen@epnonprofit for promotional materials. More information about the program can be found at ● This program is one of the first of its kind. United Way is inspired by Giving Guest and sharing it with other tourismbased communities in which they operate. The partners and champions who already exist are excited to see the potential of this program. Get on board and join in! ● This launch and maintenance of this program is a collaboration. The Estes Chamber leverages its connection with businesses and guest services to get this program in front of guests and United Way of Larimer County provides the back-end mobile giving platform, bookkeeping, and reporting. The Foundation of Northern Colorado generously provided funds to launch the program.

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OUR DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE… “PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE…” Perhaps I needed a picture from God’s natural world to remind me of what I wanted to share this week. I didn’t expect it, but certainly was reminded of how important this ‘declaration’ is. I was enjoying an ice tea on my deck looking out across Carriage Drive to the lush, knee-high grass meadow across the road. Often we see adult elk and deer enjoying the fresh grass. That afternoon there were none. That’s why I was surprised to see a little head moving through the deep grass toward me. Because it stood less than two feet tall I was confused at first about what it was…a coyote, fox, domestic dog or ?? Suddenly the head of a small fawn emerged at the edge of the road…ready to cross the busy street. As a small car passed in the other lane the fawn staggered across the road. It was dragging a broken left hind leg, lurching from side to side, almost falling as it finished the crossing. It made it to the shade of a tree in my yard, where it collapsed. It lay there motionless for about five minutes, then two tiny ears perked up. Knowing the policies of our city about wild animals, I did not approach…although tempted to do so. But…one can’t do ‘nothing’…so I called animal control and reported an injured, abandoned fawn. Soon one of Estes Park’s ‘finest’, Officer Michael, showed up. I shared what I knew, he knelt down at the side of the injured fawn to take pictures to send on to wildlife officers who deal with such. Shortly after he left, the fawn staggered to its feet…difficult with one broken leg. He staggered past where we were sitting, so sad and concerned, but impressed with its courage and determination. It staggered across Larkspur Avenue and approached a house across the street. There its strength gave way again and it fell near some bushes beside the house. It rested there for about an hour, then, with another burst of energy, staggered to its feet again and lurched toward the back corner of the house. As it neared the back of the house, much to our surprise and joy, a doe appeared. Their noses touched and, after the fawn had gathered some strength, the doe patiently led the way with the injured fawn doing its best to keep up. Only God knows the ‘rest of the story’, but we can hope. I tell the story because it illustrates the spirits that abide in the hearts of our citizens during this time of the year. Next week we will hear much about the ‘Declaration of Independence’ that will be widely celebrated on the Fourth of July. It is not only the spirit that caused our forefathers to fight so hard to purchase our ‘freedom’. It is also a spirit that often fills the hearts of even God’s smallest creatures…like our little fawn, who was so determined to do what was necessary to survive. ‘Independence’ is a spirit that we should all relish and strive to achieve, as best we can. Many, however, in our society, are more accepting of and committed to reliance on a spirit of ‘dependence’. Our government seems committed to ‘helping them’ and they are content to ‘letting them’. So, many have signed a ‘declaration of dependence’. There are many Scriptures that remind us that we should do what we can to ‘help ourselves’. Paul wrote about some who had subscribed to this ‘dependent’ mindset. He wrote: “If a man will not work, neither let him eat.” (II Thess. 3:10) Wise Solomon spoke of those who find joy in their work as one of the blessings of God. There is a sense of satisfaction to be found in the heart of those who refuse to be ’dependent’ on others, when they can be ‘independent’ and succeeding on their own…even reaching out to help others. However, perhaps the greatest ‘declaration’ we in our society should determine to strive for is to encourage all in our society to be ‘interdependent’. That’s what my young fawn friend was seeking. It had done all that it could do on its own, (independent), and no doubt, had realized that it could not do everything on its own…(‘dependent’) , and needed help. That’s where the joy of seeing the doe came in. The doe, whether the fawn’s mother or not, came to help. The welcome sight of the doe was what the fawn needed to see, along with, perhaps, some protection, even nourishment. All would go a long way to seeing the fawn through. Neil Diamond once heralded this spirit in a song: “Lean on me, and I’m gonna lean on you. We’re headed for the future! And the future is now!” Let’s sign a ‘Declaration of Interdependence’ and live accordingly, helping all succeed! Bob Lewis

July 1 - July 7


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Estes Park Village Band To Present Patriotic Concert On July 4

The Estes Park Village Band will present its annual Fourth of July Concert at Performance Park, Estes Park’s beautiful outdoor performance facility located on west Elkhorn Avenue. The free concert, featuring patriotic music and marches, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs

win By George,” and Glenn Miller’s “A String Of Pearls.” Scott Anderson will be featured as a vocal soloist on “God Bless America,” “This Is My Country,” “Freedom Isn’t Free,” and “The Pledge Of Allegiance.” Charles Phares will featured vocal soloist on the “George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy,” featuring wellknown songs “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Michael J. Charles Phares Scott Anderson Michael J. Arnott Arnott will be featured as voor blankets. The cal soloist on “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” concert will be pera tribute to our first responders who put formed, rain or their lives on the line for us every day. shine, and will Michael J is a featured performer at the conclude by 8:15 Lazy B Chuckwagon and Show here in p.m. so audience Estes Park and the Barleens Dinner members can travel Show in Apache Junction, AZ. to their favorite Matt McDaniel will featured as bagfireworks-viewing pipe soloist as the Village Band pays area before the tribute to the lives lost on September 11, fireworks show be2001 with the performance of “Amazing gins at 9:30 p.m. Grace.” Matt is an Estes Park HS graduMatt McDaniel The band will be ate who also performs with the Celtic performing a variety of patriotic selecRock & Roll band, “Angus Mohr.” tions celebrating America’s history, culIn what has become an Estes Park trature and traditions through music. In dition, the Village Band will honor our what has become a Village Band tradimilitary in the performance of a special tion, American flags will be distributed to selection, “Armed Forces Salute.” Dithe audience before the concert begins. rected by Workman, this arrangement This is the band’s 40th year of performfeatures the theme songs of the Army, ing for the Estes Park community and its Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Air visitors. Sharing the conducting duties Force. Members of the audience who for Saturday’s program will be Melinda have served or are currently serving in Workman, Jeff Klintberg and Chuck the Armed Forces, and their family Varilek. members, will be asked to stand and be The concert will begin as it always recognized with applause during the does, with the “Star Spangled Banner” performance of their service theme song. followed by “God Bless America.” Other The band will conclude their concert patriotic songs the audience will hear inwith their traditional closing march, clude “This Is My Country,” “America “The Stars And Stripes Forever” by John The Beautiful,” and “The Pledge Of AllePhilip Sousa. giance.” The Estes Park Village Band is a comThere will be no shortage of marches munity band made up of musicians performed at this concert. You can exfrom the Estes Park area as well as from pect to hear Karl King’s “Fidelity March,” surrounding communities. New memHenry Fillmore’s “Noble Men March,” bers are always welcome to perform and John Williams’ “Midway March.” with the band. Rehearsals are on TuesMore music related to America inday evenings, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the cludes selections from the Broadway Estes Park High School bandroom musical, “Hamilton,” Estes Park resident For more information contact Chuck Jerry Brubaker’s arrangement of “GershVarilek at 970-227-8704.

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101st Army Band Concert On July 3 At Performance Park

Estes Park will be hosting the 101st Army Band in a free concert on July 3, 2:00 p.m., at Performance Park on West Elkhorn Ave. This concert is sponsored by the Estes Park Village Band. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. Last appearing in Estes Park in 2017, the band always entertains the audience with their masterful performances. The band’s setlist for this tour is mostly patriotic music including “American Overture,” “Rushmore,” “Hymn To The Fallen,” and, of course, “The Stars &

Estes Valley Quilt Guild Meeting

The Estes Valley Quilt Guild invites everyone to attend our Guild Meeting, Weds. July 13th. We meet at the Mountain Valley Bible Fellowship Church (1575 S. St. Vrain Ave., in Estes Park). We would love to have you join us! The guild programs for July and August will be Member (and guests) Show & Tell! The last half of the alphabet (N thru Z) will show their quilts in July and the first half of the alphabet (A-M) will show in August. Bring the first quilt you ever made (or the earliest one that you still have in your possession). No matter whether you are new to quilting or an “old pro,” we will celebrate the effort behind that first one and celebrate our early achievements! There is a $10 fee for guests to attend, which we will gladly apply to your membership fee if (when) you decide to join.

Stripes Forever.” These patriotic favorites and other rousing concert music will delight the whole family and will include a salute to veterans of each branch of America's Armed Forces! The 101st Army Band will be performing free concerts all across the Front Range of Colorado, beginning on June 27th. A complete listing of performances can be found here: The unit is part of the Colorado National Guard, and represents the state of Colorado and its citizens as musical ambassadors. For more information contact Chuck Varilek at 970-227-8704.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library SUMMER HOURS Mondays - Thursday, 9 a. m.- 8 p. m. Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a. m.-5 p. m. Sundays, 1-5 p. m. Holiday Closed July 4 for Independence Day Library 2-Hour Parking Library patrons may use any of the seven free parking spaces marked “Library Reserved” during open hours. The spaces offer a two-hour time limit, for use while inside the library. These are located along the library’s northeast perimeter. No payment or permit required. SUMMER READING PROGRAM Oceans of Possibilities Read for pleasure and earn prizes. Listening to a book, or being read to, counts as well. This year’s theme: “Oceans of Possibilities.” Visit for full details and log reading time. Made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation. NATURE TALKS Exploring Nature with Kevin Cook Monday, July 11, 4-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room and on Zoom A monthly series on how to engage with the wonders of Life on Earth. In “The Changing,” nature instructor Cook explores how life on Earth is forever changing, from Stegosaurus to the Lark Bunting. Sign up at

MAKERSPACE Learn the Laser Cutter Friday, July 1, 2 - 3:30 p.m. repeated Friday, July 15, 2-3:30 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at Learn the 3D Printer Friday, July 8, 2-3:30 p.m. Repeated Friday, July 22, 2-3:30 p.m. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at KIDS & FAMILIES Library Storytimes Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime: Thurs. and Fri. at 10 a.m. Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., July 5 and Tues., July 19 at 10 a.m. Pajama Storytime: Wed., July 6 and Wed., July 20 at 6 p.m. TEENS & KIDS Art Work Wednesday: Upcycled Jellyfish Wednesday, July 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hondius Room Repeated Wednesday, July 20, 4:305:30 p.m. Experiment with different art mediums and styles: create an upcycled jellyfish out of recycled materials. Sign up at Animal Tales Thursday, July 7, 1-3 p. m., Hondius

Room Explore animal adaptations, handle skulls, and play a camouflage game. Includes a take-home project about the food web. Sign up at Makerspace Saturday: Ocean Laser Cut Night Light Monday, July 12, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Makerspace This month’s Makerspace Saturday will use acrylic sheets and the laser to engrave and cut out designs for your lamp base. Sign up at Book & Fun Club: On the Ocean Floor: Magic School Bus Wednesday, July 13, 2-3:30 p.m., Hondius Room Read On the Ocean Floor: Magic School Bus before, then discuss and engage in ocean activities games & crafts. For children entering 1st-3rd grade. Sign up at Make Your Own Mermaid / Sea Dragon Egg Thursday, July 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Hondius Room Whether it’s the ocean egg of a sea dragon or mermaid, decorate your one-of-a-kind artwork, glitter and sparkles provided. Sign up at Game Day Free Play VR Under the Sea Saturday, July 16, 3-4 p.m., Hondius Room Use virtual reality to explore under the sea. Sign up at Passport Around the Globe Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20, 9-11 a.m., Hondius Room Enjoy crafts, food, stories, cultural information, and group activities themed around China and Tahiti. Two-day program for children ages 6-12. Sign up at Scratch Art Ocean Creatures Tuesday, July 19, 3-4 p.m., Makerspace

Repeated Thursday, July 21, 1-2 p.m. Create neon ocean creatures against a black background with a scratch art technique. Sign up at BOOKS & AUTHORS An Evening with Blake Crouch & Amor Towles Tuesday, July 12, 6-8 p.m., via Zoom Bestselling Colorado author Blake Crouch joins Amor Towles on Zoom to discuss Crouch’s new sci-fi thriller, Upgrade. In partnership with Macdonald Book Shop. Sign up at Book Club for Mortals: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Thursday, July 14, 1-2:30 p.m., Wasson Room & on Zoom Discuss books related to end-of-life, starting with Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by bestselling author & mortician Caitlin Doughty. Sign up at (attend in person or via Zoom). WORKSHOPS Ocean Poetry & Mindfulness Wednesday, July 13, 10-11 a.m., outdoors & on Zoom Instructor Diana Laughlin will lead guided meditation, silent contemplation of ocean-themed poetry, and a poetry writing exercise. All levels welcome. Sign up at (attend in person or via Zoom). Ethical Wills: When Nobody Wants Your Stuff Thursday, January 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Hondius Room Learn how to write an Ethical Will and create a meaningful ending for yourself that lives on for generations. Presented by Mindy Rickard, Program Coordinator for the Larimer Advance Care Planning Program. Sign up at FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Now open daily for summer hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Estes Valley Library & Macdonald Book Shop Present A Zoom Evening With Bestselling Authors

At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little… sharper. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep. But before long, he can’t deny it: Something is happening to his brain. To his body. The truth is, Logan’s genome has been hacked. Intimate in scale yet epic in scope, Upgrade by Blake Crouch is an intricately plotted, lightning-ast tale that charts one man’s thrilling transformation, even as it asks us to ponder the limits of our humanity – and our boundless potential. The Estes Valley Library and Macdonald Book Shop are proud to present “An

Evening with Blake Crouch and Amor Towles” on Tuesday, July 12 – the same day that Upgrade will be released. Crouch will be joined by fellow author Amor Towles for a conversation on Zoom beginning at 6 p.m. Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His works include Recursion, Dark Matter, and the Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. He currently lives in Colorado. Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway. The novels have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. “An Evening with Blake Crouch and Amor Towles” is a ticketed event and requires advance purchase of Upgrade through Macdonald Book Shop. The first 20 registrants will receive their copy of the book free. Details and registration available at

Travel To China & Tahiti With Passport Around The Globe On July 19 & 20 activities happening every week through July, the Summer Reading Program invites patrons of all ages to log their summer reading time and earn great prizes. “Passport” has been a favorite

Q: How can you travel from Estes Park to China, Tahiti, and back home in two days, all without travel delays or headaches? A: That’s the journey that kids will make next week as the Library hosts “Passport around the Globe.” Kids will explore different parts of the world through craft activities, sampling different foods, learning about cultures, and enjoying group activities. The two-day workshop is designed for students ages 6 to 12 (participants must have completed Kindergarten). The sessions take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Attendees should participate in both days of the workshop. “Passport Around the Globe” is a signature event of this year’s Summer Reading Program, with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.” In addition to

tradition over many years, often reaching attendance capacity with a waiting list. In years past, “Passport” has taken kids on adventurous travel journeys to Brazil, France, Thailand, Italy, Egypt, and Australia. Through this year’s themes, kids will learn about the world’s most populous country, China, along with one of the most popular destinations in the South Pacific, Tahiti. To sign up for the free two-day workshop and/or Summer Reading Program, visit the Events Calendar at Summer Reading activities are made possible by the Estes

July 4 – 8 Monday, July 4


Tuesday, July 5

Breakfast Burrito w/ green chili on the side

Wed., July 6

Stuffed Bell Pepper (w/ beef & rice), garlic bread & side salad

Thursday, July 7

Country Fried Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Friday, July 8

Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

July 11 – 15 Monday, July 11

Denver Omelette (ham, mushrooms, onions & green peppers) w/ hashbrowns & fruit

Tuesday, July 12

Swiss Mushroom Burger w/ Potato Salad

Wed., July 13

Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables FREE Live Music this Wednesday 11:30 – 2:30

Thursday, July 14 Cheese Ravioli w/ garlic bread & side salad Friday, July 15

Salmon (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup of the day

Meals are $7 for current 2022 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Tuesday, July 5th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, July 1st. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at

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

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Sunny, Ollie And Ash Need New, Loving Homes energy level. She will do best in an active home. She is used to other animals so we think it will be best for her to have some other animal friends.



Ash is three years old. He is loving and Sunny is about five years old. She is a affectionate and has lived with dogs and bit shy, but sweet and gentle. She has seems just fine with them. Ash is on a been around other cats and does well and special diet for bladder stones and does could live with a calm dog. great on it.

All of these sweet pets are currently living at the Pet Lodge. Call (970) 2861652 to meet any of these awesome animals. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit orOllie ganization that is your local humane sociOllie is about nine months old. She ety. lived on a farm but family health reasons You can make a tax-deductible donation have brought her to us. She is a nice dog to the Pet Association by sending your that is good with other dogs, cats and check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO even horses. Ollie has a moderate to high 80517.

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OPEN HOUSE Saturday, July 2 11am-1pm 399 Taylor Road, Lyons $725,000 Beautiful one acre + property just past Allenspark. Gorgeous blue pine woodwork. Custom kitchen with farmhouse sink. Beautiful inside and out with composite deck and amazing flagstone patio.

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Custom home, less than one year old, offers spectacular views of Long Peak and Meeker from the south facing wall of windows. Located on one acre with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, luxurious high-end finishes throughout. Efficient design with abundant storage, asphalt driveway.

647 Little Prospect Road

Mary Murphy

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$849,000 | 3 beds 2 baths www.Estes Park

320 East Elkhorn | Estes Park


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Judy Anderson GRI, MRE, ABR, Broker Associate

Eric Blackhurst Broker Associate

Fabulous established floral business in Estes Park in operation for 15 years. Custom wedding and funeral arrangements, fresh cut bouquets, and the most adorable live plants around! The Fairy Gardens are so special and unique. Located in one of the most desirable wedding and travel destinations in Colorado, this bright, cheery and creative shop can be yours. A wonderful book of business, rental supplies, and history in the community that would be a wonderful investment for you. Only 275k, plus inventory. Great location and a calendar full of events already! Showings by appointment only. Call listing office for details.


1250 S SAINT VRAIN AVE 7 $299,999 Location is key! This adorable, move in ready condo is located within walking NEW distance of the G L IS T IN Estes Park Golf Course, foot trails and biking, shops and dining. Not to mention the splendor of the EstesValley and Rocky Mountain National Park out your window. Warm and inviting this home has an atmosphere all its own. With low maintenance finishes and an HOA that includes EVERY THING, except cable/WIFI. No hassle living with a storage locker on site. Desirable 1 level living in the mountains.

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

Welcome to The Solstice House, a stunning mountain contemporary with inspiring views to Marys Lake and Twin Sisters. Abundant southern exposure and in‐floor heat makes for superior energy efficiency. Beautiful simplicity in an open floorplan, featuring a soaring greatroom with warm woodstove and expansive windows that capture the views. Three bedrooms & two baths, including a private master suite with walk‐in closet and oversized shower. New kitchen of granite & finer appliances, with huge island and lots of storage. Rich in architectural detail with finishes of wood, tile, bamboo, and concrete. Amazing outdoor living spaces, with wrap‐around patio, firepit and expansive new deck. Oversized 2‐car garage with workshop completes the package. A great getaway or ideal year‐round home... $849,000!



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Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

Office: 970-586-5324 New Price

1695 Brook Ct. $749,000 Call Kirk $289,999 Call Kirk

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Open House Sun., July 3 11am–2pm

New Price $1,025,000 $874,000

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212 Valley Rd. $1,395,000 Call Javier or Maria

1269 Chasm Dr. $1,229,000 Call Becky

1930 N. Sharon Ct $1,150,000 Call Gene

337 Virginia Dr. $455,000 Call Dave Lasota

311 Hemlock Dr., Lyons $640,000 Big Elk Meadows, 5 Stocked Lakes

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639 Park River Pl $799,000 3/3 Close to RMNP, Town and the River

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184 Cabin Creek $399,000 Call Kim

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

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Javier Gomez Broker 970 213-8692

Maria Gomez Broker

Mountain Brokers

970 213-9479

1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park

246 Picacho Place

Under Contract

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


212 Valley Rd

Find beauty, peace, solitude and privacy in this 8.9 acre property with a 3 bed 2 bath true log cabin. This heavenly parcel is mostly wooded with pines and aspens and has a pond and seasonal stream. It includes a heated 2 car garage with separate apartment above, a second garage for an RV with space for a shop or additional storage and a general purpose barn with hay loft and 2 stalls plus a loafing shed. Perfect for a farmlet or just a place to get away from it all. Wild life abounds or you can bring your horses, goats, chickens, llamas. Great views of Mount meeker and Taylor Mountain, Isolation Peak and others. 5 Minutes from Wild Basin area of RMNP. 20 minute drive to Estes Park or Lyons. 35 minute drive to Nederland and skiing at Eldora. A must see! Listed at $1,420,000

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There is something in us that cries out to have a deep connection with the natural world. For instance, rivers. I have always called the stately Hudson River, which originates high in the Adirondack Mountains and flows into the Atlantic Ocean in New York City, “my river.” Specifically, the area around the Tappan Zee Bridge which was built in 1955 when I was five years old along with the part of the Hudson that flows past New York City. The Tappan Zee Bridge served the northern suburbs of New York City and was driven over by an increasing number of vehicles until 2017-19 when it was demolished and a new bridge was built. Before the George Washington Bridge and the first Tappan Zee Bridge, there was only a winter express route across the Hudson River called the Ice Bridge. Today, it is hard for me to picture a fully frozen Hudson River because it’s over three-miles wide at that point. Cars, motorcycles, trucks, skaters, horses, sleighs, sledders, and walkers all crossed. It took walkers about an hour to go across, a skater 13 minutes, and a car hardly any time at all. The Ice Bridge was not only the quickest but the only major crossing in winter months between the ferries in Manhattan and Albany, except for the Poughkeepsie ferry where dynamite was used to keep the water open. Amazingly, in the winter of 1917-18, the Ice Bridge was passable for 43 consecutive days. (Nyack News and Views, January 20, 2022) In 1939, Life Magazine described the Hudson River as "America's Rhine,” comparing it to the 40-mile stretch of the Rhine in Central and Western Europe. (Wikipedia) My father told me as a little girl, I swam in the Hudson before the Tappan Zee Bridge was built but I don’t remember. I do know we made lots of trips to visit relatives on our side of the river and I remember these huge World War II military ships that were anchored on the Hudson. Those warships were part of our country’s reserve fleet ever ready to move out should the need arise. They were a very big and very impressive sight lined up in the wide and deep Hudson. The first time I drove up the New York Thruway and didn’t see them was shocking. Although the Hudson River Reserve Fleet once numbered 189 ships, the numbers slowly diminished until the last two ships were sold as scrap metal in 1971. I loved those impressive old battleships and missed seeing them lined up for what seemed like miles in the Hudson. When I was a teenager, I would go to New York City, about an hour away from my home, with my friend Diane for weekends. Age 16 but pretending to be 20, we stayed at her older sister’s apartment. I would take a bus into the city and when we came around a bend in the

highway, my first glimpse of the glittering skyline across the deep blue of the majestic Hudson would hit me and my heart would start beating excitedly. During the country’s bicentennial in 1976, when the “tall ships” sailed into New York City Harbor on July 4th I stood looking far down below at the harbor from a skyscraper in lower Manhattan where the tall ships glided by Lady Liberty. Later that evening I stood on an old, wooden pier with the Hudson lapping below us. The pier was packed with people holding flashlights in the dark, tuned in to the same radio station playing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” We all sang along softly shoulder to shoulder with fireworks exploding over our heads and the colors mirrored brightly in the rippling river. Another time and another pier, I saw two friends off on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2. My French friends were going home. To see them off, I wore a widebrimmed straw hat and a long gabardine red skirt. We waved and cried, “bon voyage” with the rest of the crowd on land. Every time I see “Titanic” I think of that day. A couple of years later my younger sister and her husband bought a sailboat to live on and one summer weekend sailed down the Hudson to pick me up. As we drifted up the Hudson to Cornwall-on-Hudson, I reflected that this was the first time I’d ever seen the shores of my river while being in the middle of her. So wide, so big, so deep. I laughed at my small but feisty terrier, Ada, who seemed to want to jump into the river. That day was one of those perfect, brilliant blue-sky days with the warm wind blowing in our faces as we traversed up the river. When I moved to coast-less Colorado in 1983, I was amazed at the rivers here. They seemed so small and narrow. How could one call them rivers? Of course, that impression changed during the 2013 flood and I witnessed firsthand the power of the Big Thompson. I lived for 10 years in Loveland when I first came out but the Big Thompson kept calling and I yearned to live in the canyon which I did when I moved to Waltonia 10 years later. In the winter I would walk my dogs by the river and in the summer, I would let them go into the river while I waded close by on the slippery rocks. Sometimes we’d watch the fisher-people catch and release the colorful river trout. And somewhere in those next 24 years, the Big Thompson became “my river.” Turns out, I’ve been blessed to live near a river for most of my life. Mary Mesropian has lived in the Estes Park area since 1994 and is a Celebrant, officiating weddings and other ceremonies. Her email is maryruthdancer@yahoo.

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Estes Park Special Olympics organizers are hosting bocce ball games on Saturdays at 9 a.m. at Baldwin Park, near the post office. All ages are welcome to participate.

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

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Sunrise Rotary Awards Community Grants

By: Steve Misch

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary would like to share with our community of incredible supporters, a photo of the recipients of our 2022 community grants. These grants are primarily funded by your generous support of our Rotary Club, Arts and Crafts Event and Autumn Gold Festival. The recipients are: Estes Park Educational Foundation Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club Community Café Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Estes Valley Watershed Coalition Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation

Save The Date For Rotary Golf Tourney

The Rotary Club of Estes Park Golf Tournament for Scholarships Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 16. This is an E.P. Rotary major fundraiser for scholarships. 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Please save the date!

Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County Estes Park Museum Friends And Foundation Estes Valley Crisis Advocates Ballet Renaissance Estes Park Partners EVICS Estes Valley Restorative Justice Stanley Home Museum & Education Center Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) Estes Park Learning Place Healing Waters Thanks Estes Park, for your incredible support. Please continue as there will be much more to come in the future.

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Men On Fire… A Cast Of “Characters”

Allenspark July 4 Events Come on over to Allenspark on Monday July 4, 2022 and plan on spending a nice morning and early afternoon. On your way, stop at The Old Gallery on Highway 7 to enjoy shopping many local artists' works. Check them out on line to get a lovely preview. The Gallery also sells weaving and quilted items from The Hilltop Guild and houses the only Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Store outside of the National Park. As you continue, make a right turn down Business Route 7 into greater Allenspark, do plan plenty of time to visit Distant Harbors Gift Shop and its' fine collection of antiques, clothing, jewelry, cards and other gift items. A gem of a shop! Outside, the owner, Christine Futro, hosts a wonderful flea market from 9 until 2. The numerous vendors have fresh breads, jellies, household items, more antiques, oils, lotions and teas. About 11:30 the Estes Park Village

Band will be setting up on the beautifully decorated porch of K & L Realty, next to the Post Office. Shortly before noon we will gather at the flagpole in front of the Post Office for the singing of The Star Bangled Banner. Our local deputy will step off the parade at 11 a.m. The Allenspark Fire Department will be polished along with the trucks and ready to toss candy and perhaps send a sprinkle or two into the crowd from one of the trucks. Many local merchants and small organizations participate in this parade. If you have a fine vehicle or an old tractor, you are welcome also. Remember to bring some small wrapped candies to toss to the eager kids along the route to Ferncliff. Come join this celebration in our small and loving town. If you have questions, done hesitate to call Judee Snell in Raymond 303-747-2652.

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.

In a world that seems obsessed with chasing money, fame, power, control and pleasure there appears to be a tragic absence of individual and corporate role models who pursue good character. At Men On Fire we understand how important it is to pursue character. We believe God is a whole lot more interested in our character than our comfort and if character is a big deal to God it needs to be a big deal to us. Upfront, we recognize our imperfections and character defects. We are far from perfect specimens of men. But we also know there is a loving God who desires to transform us—including our character. What is character? Character is a commitment to do what is wise, honest and right, regardless of the cost or circumstances. A person of good character will not steal or cheat even in times of great need. A person of good character is willing to stand for what’s right and speak the truth-in kindness-even when there may be a price to pay. A person of solid character is courageous even when the cause appears to be all but lost. Good character is “an equal opportunity personality trait.” People striving for character are rewarded with a life that encompasses integrity, humility, responsibility and compassion. Integrity Integrity can be defined as a pattern of consistency between our words and our actions. People of integrity strive to behave the same way, whether they are in public or private. A person of integrity will be just as honorable, ethical and moral when no one is watching as when he or she is being observed by others. You know integrity when you see it. Another good cowboy definition is “integrity is what folks are really thinking about you when someone is giving your eulogy.” Good cowboy wisdom for sure. Humility Humility is simply the ability to keep one’s ego in check. I have heard it said that “a humble person doesn’t think less of themselves, they simply think of themselves less.” This doesn’t mean that humble people are wimpy or passive. Humble people treat everyone as equals, because they genuinely don’t view anyone as inferior. As Mother Teresa observed, “If you are humble nothing can touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know who you truly are. ” A bit more cowboy wisdom—“don’t let your ego get in the way of your intelligence.” Responsibility

People of character are ready and willing to take responsibility for their own actions. They don’t make excuses for their mistakes or shift blame to others. They own up to their mistakes and make the necessary adjustments to correct them. It sure seems like we’re living in a world where nobody is responsible for anything and the buck is getting passed around more than ever. As Men On Fire we strive to fess up to what we are responsible for. Finger pointing ain’t our style. Compassion Kindness, mercy and benevolence to all people are the personality traits of people of compassion. Genuine compassion is not something one can just muster up from our emotions but must be an act of the will—a conscious and volitional decision to do good to other people. Compassionate people willingly sacrifice their own comfort and convenience in order to reach out and help other people. They are motivated by a genuine caring, not by a desire for self-promotion and public recognition. At Men On Fire, we understand that being compassionate doesn’t depend on our feelings. Instead, being men of compassion stems from our understanding that God is a loving, merciful and compassionate God. In the end, character matters in our daily lives now as well as to our legacy. Each one of us gets to leave a “mark” on this planet so the question of course is what kind of imprint we leave. As we continue to run the race and fight the good fight of faith, let’s recommit to making the kind of impact we can be proud of. Let’s pursue character. May it begin with us. Men On Fire meets every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. at the American Legion, 850 N. St. Vrain, for Breakfast with a Purpose. We are a non-denominational group of men representing many churches. We’re dedicated to equipping, preparing and inspiring men for a committed life of service to Jesus Christ, our families, work places, community and the world. Simply put, we are a bunch of “characters” with a desire to become better men by God’s amazing Grace. We are all on a journey of faith and all “characters” are welcome regardless where you’re at on your faith journey. Struggling with challenges of life? You’ll fit right in! From out of town? Join us! Good food, faith and fellowship is a great way to start your Saturday. See ‘ya at the Legion! Stay strong! Lead on! Larry Strong Team MOF

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Crossroads Updates By: Brian Schaffer

I recently accompanied our case manager to deliver a mobility scooter to one of our elderly clients. The scooter was actually donated to us in hopes that we could find someone that needed it. As it worked out we were able to find the right person within a couple of weeks. The connection came through a care giver who has been working closely with our case manager to provide the best care possible for a wonderful couple who is going through a challenging season in life. After arriving to their apartment, the husband came out to greet us. Within minutes, I quickly discovered a man who cares deeply for his wife. For more than 40 years he and his wife have made many special memories together. And now, in the midst of a stress-filled season in life, my heart was encouraged to see his commitment being lived out each day to love his wife “in sickness and in health.” While visiting with him He told us that his rent payment would be going up soon and that the costs associated with the Medicare plan they are on is requiring them to pay “out-of-pocket” more and this has put a pinch on their budget. They were already living pretty frugal in many respects, but now he said they’re beginning to cut out a few extras to make it all work out. He wasn’t complaining, but just sharing his current reality. From there he expressed how grateful he and his wife are for the hot meals they are now receiving every day,

because of generous donors who paid for them. We are so glad to have the relationship we do with this couple, because it gives us an opportunity to fulfill our mission of practicing Christian love by providing basic human services to Estes Valley residents in need. Giving a box of groceries, delivering hot meals and helping with a few other basic necessities is why we exist. At times we’re able to do above and beyond the normal by giving a scooter to enrich the lives of those we serve. In this specific case, we have a lady who has been homebound for quite some time and even though she has her own mobility scooter to get outside, she rarely does because she doesn’t want to leave her husband’s sight. So, we made a way for both of them to go on a double date scooter ride whenever they want by giving them an extra scooter. The husband was overjoyed like a kid at the go-cart track when he first took the scooter out for a ride. I’m sure he’s taken a few laps around the block by now and has convinced his wife to go along with him, so I look forward to hearing some of their stories. Our pancake breakfast will be on Monday, July 4th, from 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center. I hope you plan to join us. We realize there are many pancake breakfast events going on this summer, so if we don’t see you at ours we will see you at the next one.

Estes Park Men’s Golf Association Results For Week of June 27, 2022 CONGRATS TO ALL WINNERS – Net scores Pete Hogue 70 Tony Fink 70 Brian Kelly 71 Jim Dolan 71 Matt Quinn 71 Von Byrall 71 Pete Sinnott 71 Walt Coleman 71 Tom Washburn 72 Roger Galloway 73 Frank Bartholomew 73 George Smith 73 George Smith 73 Ray Leaycraft 73 Greg Fyfe 74 Jim Gallup 74

Tom McNeil 74 Paul Besson 74 Stan Gengler 74 Ken Czarnowski 74 Al Wagner 75 Dave Clifton 75 Mike Johnston 75 Russ Schneider 77 Don Saucier 77 Scott Logan 78 Jim Matthies 78 Pete Smith 78 Pete Johnson 78 Al Harms 78 Dave Van Wert 78 Tony Palmer 78 Sam Beeler 78 Steve Wirrig 78

Estes Park Women’s Golf Association Results For Week of June 28, 2022 Today was the 3rd and final round of the annual Presidents Cup Match Play competition. The Final Round Winners are: Flight 1 Carla Spreng Webb Flight 2 Claudia Irwin Flight 3 Laura Mulder The “follow the field” game was Net score competition. The winners are:

1st Place Carol Felner Tied for 2nd Place Kimberly Ames and Dot Dorman Tied for 3rd Place Jennifer Gergen and Marilyn Soby Tied for 4th Place Carolyn Bible and Calle Russell We invite any women golfers to join our Tuesday group at the 18 Hole Course. Contact President, Carla Spreng-Webb for more information.

Winners of the Presidents Cup; Claudia Irwin, Carla Spreng-Webb, Laura Mulder.

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EVICS In Our Community June at EVICS was active family month. We took our families outside for hikes at the YMCA, did self defense classes, Jazzercise and planted our community garden.











Happy 4th of July 10 Rodeo military appreciation night

EVICS Office hours 9 am to noon

Rodeo opening night

Active Mommas @ Stanley park at 10 am

Expectant moms @ EVICS at 2 pm

11 Rodeo local & first responders 12 Mommy & me at 10:30 am

FilmAnthropy "Princess Bride" @ Performance Park at 5:30 p.m


Mommy & me at 10:30 am


Mommy & me at 10:30 am

FilmAnthropy "Ice Age" @ Performance Park at 5:30 p.m ESL @ Presbyterian Community Chrch at 6pm

Active Mommas @ Stanley Park at 10 am Bilingual Storytime @Community Garden at 5pm

ESL @ Presbyterian Community Chrch at 6pm


Active Mommas @ Stanley Park at 10 am


Active Mommas @ Stanley Park at 10 am


EVICS Office hours 9am to noon

Expectant moms @ EVICS at 2 pm

20 Fishing Program @ Lake Estes at 5pm

Mrs. Walsh's Garden @ 10:30 am Happy birthday Harry potter @ EV Library at noon


Ice Cream Social @ Stanley Park at 6 p.m


Events highlighted are special one time events; please register by visiting

Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Thematic Story time @ EV Library at 10:30 am



Rodeo Family night

Rodeo Fiesta Theme

Rodeo Wear Pink

Nature basics @ Macdonald Book shop at 9 am

Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Thematic Story time @ EV Library at 10:30 am



Bilingual Storytime @Community Garden at 5pm

FilmAnthropy "Free Solo" @ Performance Park at 5:30 p.m


EVICS Office hours noon to 3 pm

Nature basics @ Macdonald Book shop at 9 am

ESL @ Presbyterian Community Chrch at 6pm




Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Mujeres en Conexión @Presbyterian Community Church at 5 pm


Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Junior Ranger @ Hidden Valley 9:00 am to 1pm.


Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Mujeres en Conexión @Presbyterian Community Church at 5 pm


15 Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am


Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Bird Walk @ Upper Beaver Meadows at 5pm

29 Story Time @ EV Library 10 am (Baby) and 10:30 am

Thematic Story time @ EV Library at 10:30 am

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John “Cowboy” Jaros

John was born in Saint Paul, MN on July 19, 1984 and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 18, 2022. He graduated high school in Wisconsin in 2002 and left home to make a life for himself shortly after. John moved from place to place until he made his permanent home in Estes Park, CO. In the 15 years John lived in Estes Park, he worked at SK Stables, ran his own carriage business, and was employed by many construction companies in town prior to owning his own his own construction business. Until the day of his death, John was the owner of Park Village Construction and plowed snow for many members of the community and local businesses. John was a 14-year volunteer with The Rooftop Rodeo and 9 year volunteer firefighter for the Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department where he served as the current Assistant Fire Chief. John would often help people in need. It didn’t matter whether it was a friend or a stranger, if John saw a need that he could meet, he would meet it. On the outside, John seem like a hard man. To those who managed to move past the wall he built around himself, he had a heart of gold. John met his wife, Katie, in Estes Park and a year later, they married on June 25, 2010. They made their home and built their family in the Estes Valley. They attended the Christian

Church of Estes Park the last few years of his life. In 2013, the family moved to the community of Glen Haven and immediately he became involved with the fire department. John and Katie were blessed with three beautiful children: Ryan, Saul, and Gretchen. John considered his children to be the greatest gifts God had ever given him. They were truly the joys of his life. John worked hard and sacrificed daily to ensure that his kids would have full and happy childhoods and that his wife was loved and supported. John was always instilling into his kids hard work, loyalty and honesty. He was determined to prepare his children for success in life, but most importantly John taught his children the love and goodness of Christ. John is survived by his wife, Katie Jaros of Glen Haven; his sons, Ryan (11) and Saul (9); his daughter, Gretchen (5); his father and stepmother, Robert and Joan Jaros of Hazelhurst, WI; mother, Julie Jaros of Saint Paul, MN; brother, Robert Jaros Jr. of Watertown, WI; sister, Bekki Jaros of Saint Paul, MN; and the many friends in his life he chose to be family. A service to celebrate his life will be held at the Estes Park Fairgrounds inside the Event Center on July 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. To leave a message for the family please visit

In Loving Memory Of Daniel (Danny) Nicholas Perugini

Danny Perugini was born in The Bronx on January 7, 1949 being the third of ten children of Ann and Daniel Perugini. He enjoyed his younger years palling around with his friends in the neighborhood before completing college and starting his sole 35-year career with Consolidated Edison of New York, serving in many aspects of electric and gas production and distribution. In his spare time, he enjoyed his motor cycles until becoming a dedicated a family man. He later bought a sailboat and developed a passion for sailing which he regularly enjoyed with friends and family on Long Island Sound. Always being involved in the community, he became Commodore of the Sea Anchors Yacht Club. Danny loved to share everything he learned in the hobbies he enjoyed. He donated his time to many, teaching people boating safety, engine maintenance, and navigation with the City Island Sail and Power Squadron, working his way up to the rank of Navigator and prestigious title of Commander, while also acquiring his Captain’s license. After retiring as Field Safety Inspector, he and his wife, Mary, took the leap of leaving the city and moving to rural Glen Haven, Colorado to be closer to their grandchildren. “Trees

make good neighbors,” he used to say. Danny loved exploring the Rocky Mountains with his friends and family, driving his Impala in the annual rodeo parade with his grandchildren in the back, taking in the wildlife and views from the top of Trail Ridge Road, and cinnamon buns from the Glen Haven General store. He would smile ear to ear pulling the kids on their sleds with the quad in the winter or tooling around Lake Estes with them in the boat in the summer. Between property improvements he also revived an old hobby; fixing and driving his 1961 Impala and 1949 GMC pickup, inevitably becoming involved in the community once again and enjoying the comradery of the Estes Park Car Club. Danny passed away on May 9, 2022 in his winter home in Venice, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary, his children April and Nicholas, and his grandchildren Alexis, Gabriel, and Isabella. He will be remembered in all the little things he loved: Jeopardy, playing guitar, and the fresh Rocky Mountain air. A celebration of life will be held in the Glen Haven Town Hall, County Rd. 43, Glen Haven, Colorado on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

In The News The Quaker/ Unitarian/ Other group meets each Sunday morning at the US Bank meeting room (363 East Elkhorn Ave.). Quaker silence is from 10-10:30. Social time is from 10:30-11. Presentation and discussion is from 11-noon.

Randy Maharry will lead a discussion related to current newsworthy topics; if there are any! All are welcome to attend. If questions; contact Randy Maharry at 515229-8299.

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Nancy K. Sweet September 14, 1940-June 23, 2022 Nancy Kaczmarek Sweet (81), following a long illness, died peacefully at home in Estes Park, Colorado with loving family at her side. The oldest of six children born to Leopold and Marie Kaczmarek in Bay City, Michigan, Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Peter and Tom, husband Norm Siratovich and daughter Susan Kingston. Nancy grew up in Bay City, Michigan earning a degree in Education from Michigan State University. After a short time in San Francisco, Nancy decided to explore the world by taking a teaching position in Tripoli, Libya at the American School. It was there that she met and married Norm Siratovich. They had three children, Mark, Scott and Susan. Norm’s work as a geologist provided them the opportunity to travel and live in a variety of foreign and exciting places. Widowed in 1982, Nancy became a marketing professional. She was responsible for successfully increasing membership at the Denver Athletic Club (DAC) by expanding minority membership. She did this by personally joining the Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Women’s Chambers of Commerce. Her work had significant impact on the diversification and inclusion of minorities in the DAC. In 1984, Nancy married William E. Sweet, III. During their marriage, she worked for a number of Fortune 500

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companies to prepare their employees for service abroad with regard to custom, culture, and assimilation. Nancy was a wonderful cook and enjoyed hosting dinner parties, could tell humorous stories about her life, a great reader and very interested in history. She was a wonderful companion with whom to go through life. Nancy is survived by her husband, Bill, two sons, Mark and Scott, sisters Kathleen (Kathy) McCollum (Osgood) and Marjorie (Peggy) Wilson (David), brother Robert Kaczmarek, sister-inlaw Diana Rumsey, grandchildren Michael, Marin, and Marcus Kingston, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Estes Valley for the care and end of life comfort provided to Nancy and the support given to the family. In addition, the family is extremely grateful to Vickie Lujan, who provided daily care for Nancy. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: Hospice of the Estes Valley or your personal choice of charity. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 11a.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park. The service will also be live streamed through the church’s YouTube website. Reception to follow at the church. To leave a message for the family please visit

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“Carol Holtgrewe is the most compassionate person I have ever known.” This statement was heard countless times in Carol’s life. She was always thinking about how she could be of help to other people and at the same time, not wanting recognition for her service. Carol grew up on a farm in southeast Nebraska and was proud of her agricultural heritage. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and soon married Virgil Holtgrewe on May 8, 1955. During their 67 years of marriage, they traveled to six continents and enjoyed every trip. This great compassionate person passed away June 22, 2022 because of respiratory problems. She was 91 years old and is survived by her husband, Virgil. Other survivors include two daughters, Claire Holtgrewe, Jan (Terry) Ostrom, grandsons Tyler and Lance Ostrom. Carol was an eager volunteer who was always ready to serve in the church knitting scarves and hats, cooking meals and completing administrative tasks. Working at the Jeffco Food Bank and driving for Meals on Wheels (for 35 years!) was a passion. The years volunteering at the National Western Stock Show allowed her to enjoy her artistic talents. She was the

“behind the scenes” person who would get the job completed. Working as a draftsperson with the United States Geological Service brought her great joy. These renowned geologists provided the ideas for many of the recreational trips around the world. She was dedicated to her family and making sure they were all having a good time, listening to a good story, and always positive to all the problems that might come. Carol Holtgrewe’s Celebration of Life will be held on July 30, 2022 at the Good Samaritan Society, 1901 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park, Colorado, 80517. This uplifting casual event with refreshments will be open to all from 3 to 5 p.m. in the dining room of the Senior Apartments. There will be a short service at 3:30 p.m. to recall how compassionate Carol was about the service she gave to other people. Masks are recommended. Memorial contributions can be made payable to Crossroad Ministry write Carol Holtgrewe on memo line) and send to the Allnutt Funeral Services, 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, Colorado 80517. To leave a message for the family please visit

The Estes Valley Cars And Coffee Event Is Shifting Into High Gear! By: Dale Bonza

The first ever Estes Valley Cars and Coffee events were a roaring success. More than 40 cars drove in on June 4 and about 35 cars joined the show on June 18, some from as far away as Denver. The Estes Park Car Club is proud to continue hosting the Estes Valley Cars and Coffee events on the first and third Saturdays each month from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Estes Park Community Center (the rec) located at the lower parking level, 660 Community Drive. This event is a great informal way for car enthusiasts to get together and talk about cars while enjoying coffee and donuts from The Daily Donut. All vehicles are welcome including electric vehi-

cles and motorcycles. You never know what will show up! Kevin Spooner, Estes Park Car Club President, says “We were overwhelmed with the support we received at our first two events of this kind in the Estes Valley. Given this success, we hope that even more car lovers will turn out for this informal get together.” The Estes Park Car Club membership gives a big “Thank You” to the Estes Park Community Center and the Daily Donut for making these events possible. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at Estes Park Car Club.

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Michael Martin Mike was born in Oklahoma City and raised in San Antonio. Mike married Eola and they raised three children here in Estes Park. He was an avid golfer and worked in sales for most of his career. He and his family moved to Estes in 1976 where he enjoyed his 17 years serving on the horse show and rodeo committees and being part of the

church family at Saint Bartholomew's. He loved the mountains he called home. He retired to Mission, Texas where he lived for 13 years. On May 7th, 2021 surrounded by family he passed on to be with his maker. A service will be held at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. on July 6th, 2022.

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that, we are in deep weeds. We are left without hope. But then, Ben led us to these comforting words of Jesus in John 16:33. ”I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you will have tribu-

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modate more people. Beginning this Sunday we will be showing live services at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Come and join us for some inspiring worship music, practical message from God’s Word and opportunities to serve others in our community. A couple weeks ago, Pastor Ben Foote delivered an emotionally relevant message where he shared his own personal struggle with depression. He has lived with it most of his life, and with it comes the devastating consequences to his sense of peace, stability, and harmony in his life. For many years he did it alone, acting out a life that was altogether. But the truth was, it was not the truth. It was only as he became increasingly transparent that he could see he was not alone. He could avail himself to the beauty of human compassion in seeing others who likewise suffered. He could also tap into medical resources without shame. I shed a tear and could feel empathy with him because I also have struggled with depression all my life. I knew something was wrong but feared revealing my angst, because I thought it would receive judgement. For me, it was sharing my struggle with others in a Christian twelve step program which led to medical relief and helped me gain insight and vision for a different life. This almost sounds like I then lived happily thereafter. But it is not that simple. Ben’s point was that life is difficult, it is unfair, and it is troubled. If we leave it at

lation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” When coupled with Ben’s transparency, I feel hope. I am not alone unless I choose to be. I close with this. I had a granddaughter that had severe mental health issues in her teenage years. It resulted in despair, attempted suicide, and cutting. We prayed diligently and seemed to hear silence for years. Fast forward a few years and my granddaughter is playing a significant role in the life of other teenagers. Her job takes all these horrible circumstances of her life, and molds passion and knowledge to help others. God did indeed seem silent when we wanted him to speak and heal. Instead, as with the Apostle Paul, His grace was sufficient for her. In her weakness she found strength to be a force for good. I am glad God did not answer my prayer as I wanted, but, rather, went far beyond my imagination. She learned to endure hardship with hope. In doing so, she became her grandpa’s mentor. I would like to invite you to church this Sunday at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. at the Reel Mountain Theater to experience fellowship that supports and encourages, songs that inspire, and a sermon which applies scripture to life in ways that impact how you perceive life and gives hope.


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Della Terra is seeking a WeDDing nighT Manager to assist Event Managers with execution of our amazing weddings. This position has responsibility for components of the wedding including onsite technology/sound systems and facility preparedness. This position helps ensure the safety and success of each wedding by monitoring process compliance related to the wedding/lodging guests, alcohol issues, staff and vendors. Assist set-up and end of night cleaning. Full time or part time available. Typical shift is 1:30pm-midnight. Starting rate is $25-27/hour. Send resumes to or apply in person at 3501 Fall River Road, Estes


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

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Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/ Housekeeping Department: $16-18/hour, plus tips, a summer bonus up to $1500, and benefits package for full time employees. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

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Perform tire related and light automotive services. $15 - $20/hr depending on experience. Flexible time off options, at cost vehicle repairs. Valid drivers license required. Apply in person at 1633 Raven Ave or call (970) 586-8085 or email

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Full details on open positions can be found at Full-time Civil Engineer I/II Emergency Services Dispatcher I/II/III Events Maintenance Worker I Grants Specialist Groundworker (Limited Term) IT Support Specialist I/II Line Equipment Specialist I Mechanic I/II Police Officer I/II/III Street Equipment Specialist I/II/III Water Project Supervisor Seasonal Positions Event Coordinator Assistant Community Service Officer The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Night Auditor Part Time, Year Round Front Desk Seasonal - thru October Contact Rhonda at 970-586-2358

Lifeguards/Head Lifeguards Year-round part-time up to 30 hours per week. Pay rate $13.00 to $18.00 per hour. We will provide lifeguard training and certification free of charge. Compensation includes: Employee discounts and free Recreation membership. Apply on-line: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is an equal opportunity employer.

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Rams Horn Village Resort has a year round full time position available in our Engineering/ Maintenance Department: $17-22/hour, plus a summer bonus up to $2000 and benefits package for full time employees. We are looking for an experienced, dependable person who is able to perform physical labor and who has strong customer service skills. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

is hiring Sales Associates for part and full time shifts. $16/hr The successful candidate will provide top quality customer service, help maintain the store, stock shelves, maintain cash drawer securing all funds in safe and register; conducts loss prevention observations, set priorities and meet deadlines, demonstrate safe work and risk management practices, complete all duties as assigned. Apply at Parkland USA or in person at the store.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VACANCY LUNCHROOM & PLAYGROUND SUPERVISOR DO YOU HAVE 2.5 HOURS A DAY TO DEDICATE TO KIDS? We are looking for part-time lunch/recess supervisors to engage with students as they eat and play. A great opportunity for a retiree or someone wanting to work a few hours a day. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: • High school diploma or GED required • Employee will work 2.5 hours per day on student contact days

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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Apply online at estesschools/onlineapp. Only online applications accepted. Salary range is $15.32 to $17.32, no benefits. Up to five years of similar work experience from may be granted. Position is open until filled Estes Park School District R-3 is an equal opportunity employer.


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now hiring non-cdl drivers Part-time starting at $17/hr plus tips, $2/hr shift differential pay for mornings and nights. office full time seasonal- $17-$18 an hour. Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave

Seeking dependable, energetic perSon for della terra'S loft bar. This position works independently to prepare and serve food and alcohol in a small pub setting for room service and in-person dining. 5 Shifts/week from 3:30pm-9:30pm. Starting rate is $17/hr. + tips. Send resumes to or apply in person at 3501 Fall River Road, Estes

Bartender (experienced), Dishwasher, and Prep Cook Contact Armando at 970-402-9963 or email to set up interview.

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$27.49/hr, A or B Lic. w/ Airbrakes and P endorsement. Also, Cleaner/Fuelers $17.38/hr. Pre-employment health screens and background checks. Seasonal work now through Oct 2022. Varied shifts, part-time or more, Rocky Mountain Transit Management of Estes Park for 22 years! Info call 970-577-7477

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

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Cute Tiny House 400 sq.ft. 1bed/1bath. Year Lease. SINGLE ADULT, 1 vehicle (no couples). NS/NP. Close to Estes Park. $875 mo. On well water & septic. Call 970-586-1942, leave voicemail. No text. Application required.

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Gutter cleaning, repairs and new 5” or 6” gutters. Regular cleaning is crucial to maintaining good gutters. Call or text 720-340-1720.

Apartments Large Studio Apartment downtown. Single adult, NS/NP. 1-year lease, Avail July 1. Call (970) 480-5458 and leave voicemail. No texts. For Rent. FURNISHED 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, walkout apartment. Living, kitchen, dining combined. Quite private. Quiet neighborhood. Close to schools and hospital. ALL utilities paid, including internet TV. $1600/mo. + Dep. Lease. References a must. Available for rent and viewing: 6 July 2022. No pets. No smoking anything. Text 970-214-5640

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Gutter Cleaning, Repairs & Replacement. OFFICE SPACE Book Now for Summer 6 Offices/Whole 2nd Floor (970) 830-3411 850 sf, Yr. Lease Min. Private Parking, Bathroom, Estes Park Garage Door Kitchenette, A/C. 14 point Tune Up & Reasonable Rates. Quality Finishes. Safety Inspection Located on River. Only $75 Call 586-8592 Call Bret Freedman 970-215-2494 OFFICE SPACE For Rent 970-290-4488


Remixed Custom Sewing Services Cushions, campers, Office Space for Rent outdoor furniture, 536 sq. ft., $1,350/mo., benches, leather and Suite 101, lower level 501 Industrial Repair. So. St. Vrain. The office Local - call Beth space is available 970-492-5446 07/06/22. Electrical, natural gas, water, trash removal included. Telephone and communiPiano Tuning cation service shall be at expense of Lessee. Susan Novy, local piano Inquiries, please contact tuner. Samantha Diedrich Bank Call for appt. of Estes Park, 577-1755 970-586-4485. www.estesparkpiano

SERVICES Three person professional Class A office. Located in Bank of Estes Park building on Saint Vrain. Previous attorney occupied for over 20 years. Two private offices with reception, onsite parking. Adjacent tenants are State Farm and Edward Jones. $1,600 per month plus utilities. Contact Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 303-589-1543

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Rocky Mountain High End Cleaning Residential-Vacation Hotels-VRBO We are locals, and we clean it all! 970.617.3967 www.rockymountainhigh

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

SALES 5’ Double Vanity w/sinks, Garage Sales faucets ($300); copper vent hood w/fan,lights Sat only, 7/2, 8am-? ($250); cast iron 33” choc Metal shelves, new wind brn drop-in dble sink station, framed prints, XL w/ORB faucet ($50); dog cuddle bed, men’s XL KraftMade kitchen cabs, shirts, Womenswear 2X, cherry ($25 ea.); GE many misc items Profile 30” dble oven ($50). 832.647.7234 2471 Larkspur Ave July 3 & 4 - Sun, Mon 10 am - 4 pm. Many treasures to choose from. Antiques, home & patio furniture, decoration items, sporting equipment, lots of misc, clothing. Blue’s 10097 County Rd 43, 2 mi east of Glenn Haven.

Get a BANG for your BUCK on our July Consignment Sale! 2012 Honda Civic LX, 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, Antiques, Arrowheads, Goose/Duck Decoys, Fishing/Hunting Gear, Hot Wheels, Log Splitter, Snow Blower, and More!! Bidding Starts to close July 7th at 7PM, GET YOUR BID IN! ESTATE/MOVING SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL JUDI 970-215-5548 Estate Sale 411 Big Horn Dr. July 2nd (Saturday only) 8am-12pm Weathered Pathfinder canoe, new pickle ball net, Victorian doll house, trunk and more!

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Dr. Amber Busche 970-586-4418 600 S Saint Vrain Ave - Suite 5 •equipped to evaluate macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts •same day appointments for eye pain and emergencies •referral access to specialized surgeons & advocacy for the best care •full service optical for specialized eyewear Comprehensive Eyecare Right Here in Estes Park!


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

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