Estes Park News July 2, 2021

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July 2, 2021

Deer Friend

A newborn fawn stands camouflaged in the tall grass. Photo by Robert Burns

July 4th Things To Do, See Page 23

Bully For Him A bull moose shows off his growing velvet antlers. Photo by Robert Burns

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Estes Transit (Free Shuttles) To Begin Daily Service July 1

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Estes Transit began its 2021 summer season on Friday, May 28 with the Red Route (trolley) serving the downtown corridor from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. All other routes will begin daily service on Thursday, July 1 (Gold, Brown, Blue and Silver). The Green (Express) Route will begin weekend-only service on Saturday, July 3. This year will mark Estes Transit’s sixteenth year in operation. Estes Transit is free, and in 2021 all routes will originate from the Estes Park Visitor Center (500 Big Thompson Ave.). Red, Gold, Brown, Blue and Silver will all begin service at 9 a.m. with a final trip beginning at 8:30 p.m. The Green/Express Route will run continuous 15-minute loops from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In 2021, Estes Transit’s service will include the following routes: ● 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 Moosley T’s, with a final stop at Thirty Below Leather. Trolley service will run through Oct. 17. This route is served by the Town’s new, grant-funded electric trolley. ● 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, Stonebrook Resort, and finally Nicky’s Resort. Gold Route service begins on July 1 and will conclude on September 12. ● Silver Route: Travels south along Hwy 7 stopping at The Ridgeline Hotel, before

looping up to Estes Park Health, returning to Hwy. 7 on Stanley Avenue, stopping near the Dollar General and Ziggi’s Coffee. The route continues further south on Hwy. 7 to The Pines, before heading out to Fish Creek Rd. to Solitude Cabins. The final two stops are at the Estes Valley Community Center and the Estes Park Events Complex. Silver Route service begins on July 1 and will conclude on September 12. ● 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. The Brown Route then turns around and stops at the Aerial Tramway and East Riverside and Rockwell Street, with a final connection to downtown by Thirty Below Leather. Brown Route service begins on July 1 and will conclude on September 12. ● 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, Lake Estes Marina, west of Olympus Lodge 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 will conclude on September 12. ● Green Route: The Green (Express) Route will run on weekends only (Saturday and Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Green Route starts service on July 3 and will conclude on September 12. Designed to be a quick connection between the Town’s largest parking areas and down-

town, this route stops at the Estes Park Visitor Center, Bond Park and Estes Park Events Complex. In an effort to ensure a safe and healthy experience while aboard an Estes Transit vehicle, staff have implemented a number of precautionary measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of both our patrons and drivers. The Town's contracted service provider (Rocky Mountain Transit Management, Inc.) has developed COVID19 Safety Protocols detailing the precautions that will be taken during the 2021 service season. Please note that facial coverings (masks) are required on all Estes Transit vehicles (per the Federal Transit Administration’s Security Directive 1582/84-21-01). Estes Transit service is provided by the Town of Estes Park with the support of generous sponsors, including: Good Samaritan Estes Park Village, American Legion Post 119, Estes Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Channel App, SereniTea, Cocina de Mama, Bank of Estes Park, First Colorado Realty, Visit Estes Park, Estes Park Trolleys, Hunter’s Chophouse, Pepper’s Mexican Grill, Quality Inn, REMAX - The Gomez Team, Rocky Mountain Gateway, The Barrell, The Maxwell Inn, WinterWorks & Awesome ShirtWorks, Hands Down Best in Town Massage, Estes Park Rent All, and Tour Estes Park. For those who need a little extra help (seniors and persons with disabilities), “door to door” service can be requested for stops within 3⁄4 mile of an existing Estes Transit stop. Rides can be requested 24 hours before the trip or scheduled up to seven (7) days in advance by calling 970-577-3959. A map of the shuttle routes, the full schedule, and special service information is available at

Independence Day Holiday Closure

Town Offices Closed July 5 In Observance Of Independence Day

Larimer County Offices, District Attorney, and Landfill will be closed July 5, 2021 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.

The Town of Estes Park will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. Staff will resume normal operating hours Tuesday, July 6.

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Fire Restrictions And Bans In The Estes Valley

Estes Valley engines supporting a burn out operation in Glen Haven on October 17th, 2020 during the Cameron Peak Fire. Photo credit: Estes Valley Fire By: David Wolf, Fire Chief Estes Valley Fire Protection District Wildfire risk is increasing each year. Thanks to climate change we are seeing warmer and drier summers, and a longer fire “season”. The last few years, we have seen an increase of smoke blowing into the Estes Valley from over the divide and impacting air quality through many summer months. This prompts an important discussion – how do we decide to have fire restrictions in the first place? Why don’t we have a fire ban all summer? Why not all year long? The authority to enter or exit restrictions varies by agency. For Fire Protection Districts that have adopted the International Fire Code, such as Estes Valley Fire Protection District, the authority rests in the Fire Chief. This authority is granted through the District’s Fire Code adoption which was then ratified by resolution by both the Board of the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County Board of County Commissioners. Restrictions in unincorporated Larimer County outside of a Fire Protection District are decided by the Board of County Commissioners. The Larimer County BCC meets every Tuesday, so fire restrictions are considered at these regularly scheduled meetings. This varies by County, as Boulder County grants this authority directly to the Sheriff. Within Larimer County, agencies have a risk matrix that we use to evaluate the risk of a large fire and the need for restrictions. This matrix, available on our website, evaluates factors such as the Energy Release Component (ERC), 1000 Hour Fuel Moisture, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), resource availability in the zone and the region, and weather outlooks and trends. The values used as the criteria are updated regularly to capture the evolving risk. These scientific parameters ensure we have guidance on when to enter and it’s consistent across the County. Fire Districts in Larimer County do their best to stay in alignment on the level of restrictions with Larimer County to reduce

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment. Estes Valley Fire During the week of June 20, the Estes

confusion. We also attempt to enter/exit restrictions as few times as possible per summer to aid residents and guests in keeping track of additional restrictions. As we have such a mix of federal, state, county, and private land around our community, this can still be difficult to track. The most current information on fire restrictions for the Estes Valley can always be found on our website at We post the day’s fire danger and a page dedicated to restrictions and bans, including links to other agencies that may be of interest. After an eventful fire year like 2020, there are typically discussions about extending fire restrictions to all summer or yearround. Rocky Mountain National Park and the Town of Vail have Stage 1 Restrictions year-round, regardless of weather conditions. The Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest has been spending more of the summer in restrictions as drought conditions are pervasive or other risk factors pop up. Estes Valley Fire and Larimer County continue to use the matrix to attempt to find a balance between restrictions during high hazard times and the ability to enjoy a campfire when the risk is lower. Ultimately, we all share a responsibility in being safe with fire. Regardless of restrictions, we hope you will use the resources on our website to enjoy fire safely when you choose to do so and opt to not have a fire when it would be an unnecessary risk. If you have frequent out-of-town guests or operate a short-term rental, consider eliminating the option for your guests to have campfires as they may not understand the wildfire risk of our area. If you see others being unsafe with fire, take the time to approach them and talk to them about the risk, for their safety and our community’s. Please visit our website at to learn more about how you can be FireWise, learn about our Ready, Set, Go! program for wildfire preparedness, and many other resources to help keep yourselves and our community safe. Feel free to contact us with any questions at

Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 17 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • Smoke Investigation: 2 • Alarm Activation: 5 • Motor Vehicle Crash: 7 • Structure Fire: 1 • Mutual Aid: 1

Food Trucks Schedule July 2 - July 8 Fri 7/2

Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Lumpy Ridge Brewing Stanley Park Dog Park

Roaming Rations La Cocina de Mama White Paper BBQ EP Bross Café Mess Coffee

12-7 12-8 12-7 12-7 6-1

Sat 7/3

Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Lumpy Ridge Brewing American Legion Stanley Park Dog Park

Roaming Rations Kitchen Eats Brazi Eats EP Bross WesTex BBQ Café Mess Coffee

12-7 12-8 12-7 12-7 3-10 6-1

Sun 7/4

Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Lumpy Ridge Brewing Stanley Park Dog Park

La Cocina de Mama Origins Pizza & EP Bross Umami Ninjas Roaming Rations Café Mess Coffee

12-7 12-8 12-7 1-8 6-1

Mon 7/5

Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Stanley Park Dog Park Fun City

La Cocina de Mama Rosa’s Tacos Chefrey’s Cheese Steaks Café Mess Coffee EP Bross

12-7 12-7 1-5 6-1 11:30-7pm

Tues 7/6

Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel The Marina Pavillion Stanley Park Dog Park

Rosa’s Tacos La Cocina de Mama La Cocina de Mama Café Mess Coffee

11-7 12-8 6:30-8:30 6-1

Wed 7/7

Rock Cut Brewing EP Bross The Barrel Kitchen Eats Stanley Park Dog Park Café Mess Coffee

11-7 12-8 6-1

Thur 7/8

Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Stanley Park Dog Park

12-7 12-7 1-7 6-1

La Cocina de Mama EP Bross Roaming Rations Café Mess Coffee

* Hours are subject to change. Send your update information to Check the food truck’s facebook pages or websites for their menus and information

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Bustang To Estes Service Resumes Travelers now have another option if they are heading to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park with the resumption of Bustang service over the Fourth of July weekend. Beginning on Saturday, July 3, and continuing each weekend through Sunday, Oct. 3, Bustang will make two roundtrips between Denver’s Union Station and the Estes Park Visitor Center. Once in Estes Park, visitors can catch the free trolley to access a variety of locations in town, or, with a valid RMNP pass, catch a free bus to the Bear Lake Park & Ride. Bustang passengers do NOT need to purchase a timed entry permit. “This is part of our continuing effort to provide service to recreational areas that have high visitation numbers but unmet transit needs,” said the Chief of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Mobility Kay Kelly. “Providing travel alternatives to a popular tourist area helps us to enhance safety, avoid congestion and lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of vehicles coming in and out of the Estes Park area.” A roundtrip ticket is $10 per person. The Bustang to Estes Park route began in August 2019. CDOT suspended the service for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. "Estes Park is thrilled to welcome Bustang back to town this summer," said Mayor Wendy Koenig. "The Bustang to

Estes service will provide an affordable public transportation connection to the Front Range and Denver Metro area for our community, and a reliable alternative to visitors who want to let someone else do the driving." See schedule below. To purchase tickets, please visit: Please visit: for additional information on the shuttle system to RMNP. Please note that although full capacity seating – 51 passengers - has returned to

Bustang, public safety measures remain, including: · Face masks required for drivers and passengers, per federal law · Additional personal protective equipment issued for drivers · Hand sanitizer wipes offered to passengers when boarding the bus · Coaches cleaned and disinfected upon completion of each route and after completion of each day’s routes, including all seats, safety belt buckles, head rests (front and back) and armrests Ace Express Coaches of Golden contracts with CDOT to operate Bustang to Estes.

Swift Water Incident In St. Vrain River At Rocky Mountain National Park Location where slip occurred St. Vrain River 6/28/2021. Photo courtesy RMNP

On Monday, a 45-yearold woman from Oklahoma fell into the St. Vrain River approximately one mile from the Wild Basin trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. She slipped on wet rocks and was swept about 100 feet downstream under some large logs before she was able to pull herself up on a variety of log debris. Rocky Mountain Na-

tional Park Search and Rescue members arrived on scene and assisted her from the log. She was on the south side of the river, so no rescuers or swift water teams had to deploy in the water. Members of Estes Valley Fire Protection District – Dive and Swiftwater Rescue Team, Boulder Emergency Squad and Allenspark Fire Protection arrived on scene to assist RMNP Search and Rescue Team members, if needed. The woman’s condition was assessed by park rangers and she walked out with team members. She was further evalu-

ated by Estes Park Health at the trailhead and declined transport by ambulance. Mountain streams can be dangerous. Visitors are reminded to remain back from the banks of streams and rivers. Rocks at streamside and in the stream are often slippery and water beneath them may be deep and will be extremely cold. Provide proper supervision for children at all times, who by nature, tend to be attracted to water. Powerful currents can quickly pull a person underwater.

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The Power Of Connections The way connections surprisingly surface and play out in ways that add quality to my life and the lives of others never cease to amaze me. Case in point involves Caprissa Frawley, branch manager at US Bank in Estes Park and a volunteer guide at the Stanley Home Museum. Caprissa and I first connected on June 27, 2020, via LinkedIn. Much to my surprise, at about 9:00 p.m. this past Satur-

table. Before much time had passed, Ted was playfully sneaking bunny ears onto Caprissa as her photo was snapped. Laughter erupted when Caprissa saw the photo and grasped what had happened. Although Ted pleaded innocence, the bunny ears Caprissa wore told otherwise. Seizing the moment, Sue deftly shared that the Stanley brothers were known to have quite a sense of hu-

Caprissa Frawley, Ted & Vickie Stanley, Sue Davis, JoAnn & David Batey.

mor. Ted nodded approvingly. The ensuing conversation was lively and informative. It touched on a variety of topics including FO’s history in Estes, the importance of the Stanley Home to the Estes community, and Ted’s architectural career. After hearing I was in Munich in 1972, Ted described the manner in which the city center of Munich had been restored after WWII. Talk about Stanley Steamers led to a discussion about the Frank Hicks Stanley Steamer tours. That talk yielded to Sue telling about her participation in Stanley Steamer tours. In turn, her recounting of the experience on tours sparked a plan for the Stanley Home to possibly arrange a tour of steamers someday through Estes. Each piece in the above chain of events—a connection made through LinkedIn, coupled with connections forged during a celebration that led to a breakfast, full of frivolity–contributed to the birth of an idea for an event with potential to benefit Estes Park and the people who live here. Thank you Caprissa for showing us the way to connect with each other. You are a powerful reminder of the importance of building on the connections to benefit the common good. Let’s keep it President JoAnn Batey, Ted Stanley, Mayor Koenig, Exec. Dir. going. Sue Davis.

day, almost a year after connecting, Caprissa sent me a message via LinkedIn inviting me to a breakfast the following morning. Attending would be F. E. Stanley’s grandson Ted, his wife Vicki, Sue Davis, Executive Director of the Stanley Museum in Kingfield, Maine and some Stanley Home Foundation members. Caprissa told me that a donor celebration at the Stanley Home on Friday evening had gone famously well. That Ted Stanley and Sue Davis had connected there with Foundation President JoAnn Batey and Executive Director RJ Lara. But, the nature of the celebration had precluded them from talking deeply about FO Stanley and his good works in Estes Park so they would be meeting for breakfast to continue their discussion and hoped I’d join them. I arrived at the Notchtop Restaurant early, eager to make new connections and reconnect with existing ones. As others arrived, they brought me up to speed about the celebration. We visited and posed for photos as we waited for a

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Applications Available For Environmental Sustainability Task Force Applications are currently being accepted for volunteer positions on the Environmental Sustainability Task Force. Individuals would be appointed to terms of approximately six months and the task force will dissolve upon providing recommendations to the Town Board no later than Jan. 31, 2022. The Environmental Sustainability Task Force is charged with the following tasks: (a) developing recommendations for the Town Board on strategies and tactics to advance environmental sustainability; and (b) providing a proposed

timeline for implementation of each recommended strategy and tactic. The Task Force application is available on the Town’s website at Submit Town of Estes Park Task Force Member Application and cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience in serving on the task force to Town of Estes Park; Attn: Town Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1200; Estes Park, CO 80517; via email to or in person, no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On May 29 at 9:26 p.m. police were called to 1100 Woodstock Drive where they contacted a 24 year old female from Conifer, Colorado and charged her with first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft. She was later arrested by Littleton, CO Police Dept. while she was in possession of the stolen car from Estes Park. Officers responded to Lonigan's at 110 West Elkhorn Ave at 11:42 p.m. June 26 after a man brandished a firearm at two staff members and attempted to hide the gun outside. Officers located the gun and arrested a 31 year old male suspect from Estes Park. He was transported to Larimer County Jail. He is expected to be charged with menacing with a firearm, criminal impersonation, tampering with evidence, and misdemeanors. The male also had two active warrants from the Larimer County Sheriff and Estes Park Police.

On June 27 at 8:11 a.m. police were called to a disturbance in the 100 block of S. St. Vrain Ave. where they issued a summons to a 53 year old male from Brighton, CO for vicious animal prohibited causing injury (dog bite). On June 27 at 6:48 p.m. police arrived in the 1400 block of Big Thompson Ave. where they arrested a 38 year old male from Ft Collins, CO for for two felony warrants out of Larimer County for possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a financial device and possession of a forged instrument. He also had warrants for two traffic citations out of Weld County and two warrants for traffic citations out of Garfield County. When arrested he was found in possession of presumptive positive drugs and paraphernalia so he was issued a summons by EPPD for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The male was transported to the Larimer County Jail.

“Coolest Car Show In Colorado” On The 4th Of July The year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Coolest Car Show in Colorado in Estes Park featuring classic and vintage cars, along with food on site. The event takes place on Sunday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Events Complex located at the Stanley Fairgrounds. We warmly thank our intrepid sponsors who help make the Coolest Car Show in Colorado such a success: Bank of Estes Park; Cheley Camps; Estes Park Dental (Daniel Rauk); Estes Park News; The Ore Cart (Bill and Tim Hull); The Thompson Group (Scott Thompson) and Tour Estes Park (Bruce Davies). This year, especially, has been a challenge to local businesses, and we know that these generous sponsors are making an extra effort. Admission to the Coolest Car Show in Colorado is free, but we are accepting donations ($5 suggestion) to add to the fundraising profits. You will also be able to vote for your favorite car(s) by purchasing “Cool Bucks” for $1 each and

dropping them in the ballot bags next to the car(s) of your choice. There is no limit to your number of votes! The Coolest Car Show in Colorado features everything from vintage cars to today’s state-of-the-art electrics. There will be local car owners from Estes Park and many more from throughout Colorado. The Estes Park free Shuttle is available to transport people to the Event Center, so leave your car parked and hop on a shuttle. Food and refreshments will be on sale at the show, and the parking is free at the Events Complex! Tickets for the Big Bang Concert “Tribute to the Eagles” nearby at the Estes Park Fairgrounds at 6:00 p.m. will be on sale at the food truck on site. Fireworks follow the concert. The Coolest Car Show in Colorado is sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. All proceeds from the event go to support the Estes Park Museum and its mission to preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of the Estes Park area.

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2020 Water Quality Report Shows Town Continues To Provide Excellent Drinking Water

Courtesy photo

What Is All The Commotion In Mrs. Walsh’s Garden? By: Merle Moore, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden Advisory Committee

In September 2013, a devastating flood raged from one end of the Town of Estes Park to the other, forever impacting parks, structures, personal property and people living in our community. Like many other community resources Mrs. Walsh’s Garden was not spared from the raging water and experienced considerable damage. At that time responsibility for the garden and its restoration rested with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado located in Fort Collins. It quickly became evident the foundation lacked personnel with the expertise to guide the restoration and continuing development and maintenance of our gem of a native plant demonstration garden. Consequently, on July 7, 2017, the Town adopted Resolution No. 22-17 affecting the “donation of Mrs. Walsh’s Garden from the Community Foundation Trust to the Town.” In 1996, when Judy Lamy purchased the land and created the trust that has resulted in the native plant-garden we enjoy today, she also gave a generous endowment that ensures its existence in perpetuity as a place of beauty, educational opportunity and respite. That endowment she created to support the original design, development and planting of the gardens is, today, allowing for a major restoration project to repair the total devastation of the waterfall at the east end of the garden and the pond into which it empties, then recirculates again. That is the work currently being done by AloTerra Restoration Services, the firm that was selected by competitive bid to make the extensive repairs and improvements. If you happen to visit the garden over the next month or so you will see that the east end of the garden is closed off to safely do the work. However, two thirds of the rest of the garden continues to be open for you to visit, enjoy the plants blooming and pick-up some information about those plants and their potential use in local, Estes Valley gardens and landscapes. Employees of the Town’s Parks Division can be found in the garden from time to time maintaining the plantings outside the construction zone and they are always eager and willing to answer questions you may have about the garden and its beautiful plants. You are welcome to visit from dawn to dusk.

The Town of Estes Park Water Division has produced the latest “Consumer Confidence Report” for water customers. The report, which is officially titled the “Annual Water Quality Report” includes information on the Town’s water source, treatment facilities, health information and sampling results from January through December 2020. The report illustrates that the Town of Estes Park continues to surpass strict federal and state standards and provide residents and visitors to the community the very best drinking water possible. The Water Quality Report is available

on the Town’s website at Copies are also available at the following locations: Town Hall at 170 MacGregor Avenue; Town of Estes Park Water Division at 1360 Brook Drive; EVRPD Community Center at 660 Community Drive; Estes Park Medical Center at 555 Prospect Avenue; Larimer County Health Department at 1601 Brodie Avenue; Salud Family Health Center at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive and The Estes Valley Library at 335 E Elkhorn Avenue and the Visitor Center at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. Mailed

copies may be requested by contacting Deb Callahan, Water Quality and Laboratory Supervisor at or 970-577-3624. The Town Water Division, which serves approximately 6,600 customers in the winter and more than 25,000 in the summer, operates with a capacity of 4 million gallons per day. With 13 employees, the division maintains two water treatment facilities, more than 110 miles of distribution lines and over 710 fire hydrants. For more information on water quality, contact Deb Callahan at 970577-3624.

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Volunteer Opportunities At The Stanley Home Museum & Education Center

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 and 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 a part of our volunteer community and help us bring Flora and F.O.’s story to life. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions: Interpretive Guides – Guides play an

important and integral role in helping to tell Flora and F.O.’s story. We are looking for enthusiastic story tellers to interact with our guests as they think about how the Stanleys’ lived experiences apply to their own lives and hometowns. Shuttle Drivers – All of our tours begin at the Estes Park Visitors Center. We are looking for shuttle drivers to transport museum guests to and from the museum. To volunteer, please visit or for further information, contact JoAnn Batey at 970235-0062.

Everyday Estes Riverside Chat July 13 On Why I Love America The Everyday Estes Riverside Chat, an initiative of the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative, invites the community to attend our free family event on July 13 featuring five storytellers on Why I Love America. • Kevin Mullen • Carlos & Elizabeth Perez • Ava Schnipkoweit • Mary Banken • a J1 visa student seeking citizenship Each speaker has five minutes to tell a story then a five-minute Q&A. Some of our speakers this month have chosen a 5-minute interview instead of a story. We had a lively Q&A last month, so this promises to be a good time. We'll start at 5 p.m. and be finished by 7 p.m. The series continues through the summer in partnership each month with a nonprofit organization: • July 13 (Why I Love America) with the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, • August 3 (The Art of Living) with the Art Center and Fine Arts Guild,

• September 7 (It’s Why We Live Here) with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, • October 5 (Estes Park Heroes) with

area fire districts, healthcare professionals and more. Details about the live events will be announced on the Everyday Estes podcast Facebook page ( and in local newspapers. You can also find them at Live events will not be recorded; we want speakers of all experience levels to feel comfortable on stage. And we want you to be there and experience the whole event, which was created to connect the community. About Everyday Estes Stories told by the people you pass by every day, on topics that will pique your curiosity and make you want to get to know them—and keep you coming back for more. This podcast series and summertime Riverside Chat is part of a connecting community initiative of the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC). Hosted by EVRC volunteer and podcaster Donna Carlson. Follow @everydayestes on Facebook. About the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC) The EVRC is a team of public, private and nonprofit partners who are working on economic resiliency and overall community health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more by visiting:

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Thank goodness for e-mail! After last week’s Thunker column, where I spent 650 words bloviating about the United States Postal Service (or lack thereof), I heard from a multitude of fellow mitherers, their notes delivered from computer to computer in an instant with one fell click on “send.” If they’d snail-mailed their thoughts to me, the likelihood I’d find them in my post box is about the same as my finding a real live snail—shell and all— in my mailbox. (In other words, to quote Princess Margaret in her royal British accent, “Not bloody likely.”) Here is what readers had to say: Gay Lee B: Julia (our older daughter) and her fiancé, Alex, mailed “Save the Date” letters from San Francisco about SIX weeks ago for their upcoming October wedding. We received ours about a MONTH later, while Alex’ brother in Washington DC received his TWO DAYS after being mailed. When it was discovered that others weren’t delivered for WEEKS after posting, the embarrassed and frustrated couple had to reach out to everyone via e-mail to make sure their guests would be aware to “save the date. ” This diminished performance by the USPS will only drive people more and more away from Snail Mail. So sad… Coleen S. : It took over two weeks for our granddaughter to receive her birthday card/money (Philly area to Seattle area). A letter I mailed to her in March took more than two months! Two cards I sent to our daughter Grace in San Antonio in the past couple of years never arrived at all. What's so frustrating is that there's no recourse— not a single thing one can do. Is my PO the problem, or is the sendee's PO the problem? Is it on the floor somewhere, or under the seat in a mail truck, or in an abandoned pile somewhere, or jammed in a machine? Trust is waning, for sure. Combine that with the onslaught of porch pirates and a whole new anxiety blossoms! Faith E.: Do you suppose in the next few years the US Post Office will become the US Amazon Post? I probably would not care if Amazon founder Jeff Bezos were the richest, richest, richest man in the world if he would just spend some of his riches to fix the post office!! [And find a panacea for porch pirates stealing Amazon deliveries.] Jean N. : I had a birthday card with a check taken out of the mail and the thief hacked my checking account. No more birthday checks! I avoid sending any check if I can. [Receiving birthday money via Venmo just isn’t the same as opening an envelope and finding a check with your name on it inside, is it?] Annie C. : I got two Christmas cards last month. [That’s bad, but it can be worse. Listen to this:] James W.: I’m sorry for your frustration concerning the letters you mailed. I can't say I've ever experienced it, except back in 1961 when I submitted a short story to a science fiction magazine, complete with a

self addressed stamped envelope (SASE). No reply. In 1964 the SASE with manuscript enclosed came back to me. No note; nothing to indicate where it had been. [That manuscript could have been the next great American novel!] James continued: One thought: in this age of micro electronics, it must be possible to put a "bug" in a letter and see where it ends up. I know people can trace their lost or stolen phones that way. [Sounds like an idea for a murder mystery, James. These days you get to e-mail the manuscript and save yourself the cost of an SASE!] Terri S. is looking out for me: I think you should still write your heartfelt letters because it is therapeutic and if they get into the hands of those to whom they were intended, they will be so appreciated! Also I think you should scan the letters before putting them in the envelop. That’s my two bits of advise! Here are two stories that may help revive faith in our postal system: Kevin G: Reading your column in Friday's EP News, it strikes me as funny that the town of Estes Park is renaming streets. The business where I work is on Wonderview Ave. A few weeks ago we were informed that…Wonderview, as a street, did not exist. In fact, the Estes Park parking pass we applied for was sent back as nondeliverable. To the letter carrier's credit, he recognized the name and hand delivered it, benefits of living in a small town. Judy R-S. : I read and enjoyed your post office story (although it is a sad state of affairs). I thought you might enjoy a positive post office story! Our eight-year-old granddaughter sent us a letter from camp. Instead of using the envelopes her mother had pre-addressed for her, she decided to write her own—in pencil (she is very independent!). She failed to put on the city and state and got the zip code wrong! Some kindly post office employee took the trouble to find out the correct city and state and ZIP code and wrote it in black ink. The letter came from St. Louis so it took some doing. It probably helped that the addressee was “Mimi and Papa”…. what postal employee would want to disappoint a kid!! Anyway it arrived quite promptly. In the 1750s, when Benjamin Franklin was postmaster of our burgeoning country’s postal service, his salary depended on the service making a profit. He pursued this goal not by cutting corners but by enhancing the service to make it more popular. More than 270 years later the USPS still exists, but barely. If the Postal Service would go back to providing more of the service and care Kevin and Judy received, it might be able to (paraphrasing Franklin) “rectify everything we find amiss.” You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2021 Sarah Donohoe

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Board Member Spotlight: Scott Applegate By: Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center

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the wonderful and amazing nonprofits in our area, in whatever ways they can— monetary donations, volunteering in Volunteer board members guide the any number of ways, or serving on important efforts of our local nonprofit boards or committees to help organize, organizations. direct, and accomplish the overall misScott Applegate is a father of two, hussion of the organization. Besides expeband, loan officer, Senriences with my wife and ior Vice President of my children, my experiBank of Estes Park, and ences serving with nonavid volunteer as board profits have proven to be and committee memthe most meaningful and ber across various ormoving ones of my life. ganizations. He is enApplegate and many gaged on all fronts! other dedicated nonA board always pulls profit board members on people’s expertise, guide over 70 nonprofits so it is no surprise that in service to Estes Park. Applegate serves as the EPNRC believes it is imTreasurer for Crossportant to support board roads Ministry of Estes members in understandPark. He notes, “I love ing their roles and rebeing a part of Crosssponsibilities to ensure roads—serving and Scott Applegate they are prepared to helping those who need knowledgeably guide nonprofits. Nonit most in the Estes Valley, whether their profit Governance Board Training is a needs are temporary or long-term. This six-part series that covers the nuts and is the best “safety net” organization in bolts of board service: How to Maintain our town, and it is extremely rewarding a Strategic Focus, How to Provide Fito volunteer and to serve on the board.” nancial Oversight, and How to Govern He is also a Bright Christmas Board Through Effective Policy are just a few Member. He enjoys “helping to provide of the topics. Christmas to families in the Estes Valley, EPNRC encourages you to join inamong other services as well, is incredivested community leaders by putting bly rewarding—the stories would bring your passion into action as a nonprofit tears to your eyes…” He and his wife coboard member. We are here to help confounded the Plant a Book, Grow a Child program, providing books to local elementary school students who need them the most, and who would not otherwise receive them. Finally, Applegate is a member of the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, serving on the Community Service and Youth Services committees. “The club makes an astronomical difference in our community. We all participate in helping to raise funds and then putting those funds to wonderful use in the Estes Valley and beyond.” Applegate notes, “Our community is beyond “special and unique.” There are so many ways anyone can serve—I would encourage people to listen to their hearts, find the ways they feel moved to serve others and then engage in any of

nect you to organizations seeking board members and we'll make sure you have all you need to lead with assurance. Learn more and register for the Board Governance series online: The Estes Park Learning Place is currently seeking board members who have experience in financial, legal, and/or educational (K-12). EPNRC continues to celebrate board members through the month of July. If you have a board member (or colleague) you would like to spotlight, please email



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Estes Park Museum Then & Now Fundraising Tours Join the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. as they host two different tours based on the acclaimed title, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National

Park: Then & Now, Revised Edition. Special, small group (15 people) tours will be led by author and Historian Laureate Dr. James Pickering and photographers Derek Fortini and Mic Clinger. Choose between the East End or West End (or attend both) to explore opposite ends of Elkhorn Avenue. East End sites include the Birch Ruins and Cabin, The Stanley Hotel, Bond Park, the former High School Football Field (now the Library and Town Hall parking lot), various businesses downtown and the site of the Riverside Amusement Complex. West End sites include various businesses downtown, historic sites along Cleave Street, the Lewiston Hotel that burned down in 1941 and views of the historic Elkhorn Lodge. Ticket prices are $100 per individual, per tour. All tour proceeds support im-

Patriotic SingAlong At St. Francis Of Assisi Anglican Church July 4th - bring your guitar, tambourine, spoons, or whatever and join us after worship for a fellowship of “shaking up” our independent spirits. Wear red, white and blue to express your patriotism as we sing along with familiar songs that make our country great. Choir Director Michelle will lead us with: The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, My Country ‘tis of Thee, God Bless America, Battle hymn of the Republic, Yankee Doodle Dandy, She’ll be Comin ‘Round the Mountain, etc. Worship starts at 9:30 a.m. and consists of the traditional catholic liturgy. The church building is a replica of Italy’s century old St. Francis of Assisi Church. While visiting, be sure to tour the “Via Dolorosa” path (named after the street Jesus last walked with the cross) leading to each station. It now includes “The Resurrection” as the 15th station. St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church is located at 3480 St. Francis Way (off Little Valley Rd.) Contact Rev. Fr. Dennis L. Ryan III at 577-0601 if you have questions. Please join us Sunday 9:00 a.m. for Morning Prayer and/or 9:30 for Mass. Check us out at www.stfrancisestes-

provements to the Estes Park Museum Annex. The facility preserves objects from the museum’s collection and will provide a public space for researchers. Each tour will take an estimated three hours and feature more than 12 historic locations. Refreshing artisan snacks will be provided in a picnic setting for participants to recharge. Participants will have the opportunity to socialize and request book signings with the author and photographers, and will receive a unique, digital, commemorative “Then & Now” group photograph from one of the historic sites. There will be a number of opportunities to reshoot “Then & Now” locations not included in the publication with provided historic images from the Museum collection for reference. Additionally, tickets include a 10% discount voucher for Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park: Then & Now, Revised Edition on the day of the tour. The voucher may be combined with

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the 10% Museum Members shop discount. Downtown East End tours take place Monday, July 12 or Wednesday, September 15 beginning 9:00 a.m. Downtown West End tours take place Wednesday, July 28 or Wednesday, September 29, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today! Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. For reservations or questions call 970-586-6256. Payment can be made by cash or check with “Then & Now Tour” in the memo line. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share, and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the museum's website. 215 West Elkhorn Avenue | 303-601-0797

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Fine Arts Guild Community Theatre Presents: Disenchanted! At EPHS Only one week until Disenchanted opens at a new indoor location at the Estes Park High School! In this hilarious re-telling of classic princess stories, Snow White, the Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and others set the record straight. July 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, our favorite Disney princesses will take to the stage like we’ve never seen them before. This week we will feature cast members CJ Jensen, Deborah Webb, and Bridget Rago. CJ Jensen first took to the stage at age three when she played a butterfly. She got bitten by the theatre bug and she’s been involved in theatre ever since! Jensen was a member of the Estes Park Repertoire Company, as well as having performed, directed, and costumed Fine Arts Guild productions. “It’s joyful to be back on stage and to be with incredibly talented women,” Jensen says. As Princess Badroulbadour, Jensen believes that Disenchanted will send a message to all women and girls about being strong, confident and beautiful women no matter who they are, where they come from, what they look like, or how

old they are. “It is not ok to be secondary!” Deborah Webb’s first musical experience was singing and dancing in the chorus at the Nomad Theatre in Boulder. She went on to sing in various choirs, including the Mountainaires. Webb has embodied such iconic roles as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Pierce in My Fair Lady. “I’m excited to be performing again now that COVID seems to be under control and restrictions are allowing more in person events,” Webb states. “Without the continuing support of Estes Park Fine Arts Guild, these wonderful productions would not be possible. And we need community donations to keep doing this!” Bridget Rago is thankful to be doing live theater again after such a crazy year, and she is particularly excited to be playing Cinderella in Disenchanted. She has a lot of experience in musical theatre, playing memorable characters in shows such as Cabaret and Lend Me a Tenor. But when not singing

and dancing, Rago says, “I am back to playing my most important role of all: mama to my two beautiful girls.” Rago believes community theater is a lovely way to make friends and hopefully make people smile. “It is so fun to be playing Cinderella because the character is so silly and can get away with so much. Also, we both share a cheesy sense of humor,” she says. Although this show features our favorite Disney princesses, we want to stress that this is not a children’s show! Disenchanted princesses have no filter and their comic wisdom is suitable for middle school age and above. Mark your calendars to attend one of five performances at EPHS, July 8th, 9th, 10th, at 6:30, and the 10th and 11th matinees at 2:00. Admission is free!

Donations are gratefully accepted at the time of performance. Check back next week to read about more cast members. For more information, please visit or our Facebook page!

The Estes Park Genealogical Society To Meet July 8 The Estes Park Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library with local resident and EPGS member, Bob Leavitt as he presents “Researching the Life of James McLaughlin and the Second Ranch in the Estes Valley: A Genealogist’s Perspective.” A few years ago Carriage Hills resident Bob Leavitt was wondering how the Carriage Hills subdivision got started. He began doing research and soon realized that he had to go back to the early history of the southern Estes Valley to fully understand the origin of Carriage Hills. One day Historian Laureate James Pickering told Bob, “I think there was a very early ranch in the southern Estes Valley.” Subsequent research identified James McLaughlin as the occupant of that ranch. But where was it located exactly and what became of the ranch and James McLaughlin? If you heard Bob’s presentation for the Estes Park Museum, this one will be tailored more for genealogists. Bob will emphasize the sources and methods used in his research and provide tips to use in your own research. Bob and his wife Connie moved from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Carriage Hills in

2014, along with their two golden retrievers. They have always loved the Colorado mountains and Estes Park, and decided to retire here. Bob has been a history and genealogy buff for many years. After reading several local history books, he discovered that little has been written about the southern Estes Valley and Carriage Hills area. Bob decided that if this story was going to be written he would have to do it himself. His book

on this subject is currently underway and the McLaughlin story will be one chapter. Come to the next EPGS meeting to hear Bob Leavitt’s story of the life of James McLaughlin and the second ranch in the Estes Valley. The Society meets the second Thursday of every month from January through November in the library, offering a wide variety of programs and workshops. Anyone interested in genealogy and family history research is welcome to attend these free public meetings.

Estes Park Archives Programs In July Isabella Lucy Bird's "A Lady's Life in the Life in the Rocky Mountains", utilizing Rocky Mountains", first published in book newspaper mentions from the time peform in 1879, can be appreciated on (at riod not previously available to releast) three levels. For those unfamiliar searchers and uncovered letters and diwith the individual or aries from other the area described, it "actors" included in serves as a wonderful her drama. The Saturintroduction to an inday, July 3 program trepid traveler and rewill serve as an introgions of the western duction for those who U.S. described in have yet to read the painterly detail. For book, but on subsethose first delving into quent Saturdays Estes Park history, it thereafter, a familiaroften serves as the lone ity with the text, source of material for a specifically with the particular period prior Estes Park and Colto its settlement and orado territory por"civilization" prompted tions of the manuby land surveys funded script, will be by the Fourth Earl of necessary to gain enIsabella Bird (1831-1904) and her Dunraven. trance. travel memoirs was often not all that For those with inAs with all Estes they seemed. creasing access to Park Archives activiPhoto courtesy Estes Park Archives other primary-source ties, programs are material, however, it serves as a cautionheld around the 14-foot conference table ary tale to not put too much faith into a at 240 Moraine Avenue, are free of document that percolated for five years charge, open to everyone, including from first writing (ostensibly as letters summer residents and first-time visitors sent to her sister back home in Scotland) to Estes Park, and at least through July, to eventual publication, and may suffer will be held when downtown parking refrom over-editing and an accidental or verts to free, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and purposeful misinterpretation of events as lasting until all scheduled topics are covthey actually happened on the ground in ered and all questions answered. Estes Park in the winter of 1873. Reservations are not required, but you Throughout the month of July, the Estes can call 586-4889 for directions or more Park Archives will take a deep dive into information. the purported history covered by "Lady's

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Three Stations At Estes Recycles Day: Shredding, Scrap Metal And Electronics Saturday August 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Events Complex Main Parking (enter from Manford Ave.) Three stations will be offered at Estes Recycles Day this year: Station 1: Document shredding (supports Rotary Club scholarships); Station 2: Scrap metal recycling; and Station 3: Electronics (fees apply). Please note: We will not be offering paint recycling on August 7. Please leave your paint and related products at home. We are planning a separate event for paint recycling in October. More information will be available shortly. Per state statute, electronic devices must be recycled and cannot be discarded in Colorado landfills. Electronics recycling will be a big part of the 2021 Estes Recycles Day in our new location, particularly since we were unable to offer this service at our mini-event in 2020. What electronics can we accept? Items collected will be brought to EcoCycle/CHaRM in Boulder and so we can accept what they accept. Please check their website at if you are unsure. Our prices may be slightly different; we need to cover the cost of hauling the electronics and hosting this event.

We can accept: Tablet, eReader ($5); computer tower, CPU, laptop ($10); VCR/DVD player, satellite/cable box, video console ($5); home printer, copier, scanner, fax machine, home stereo ($20); small video game, similar weight item ($5); cell phone, home phone, office phone, camera, router ($5); food preparation appliance: blender, mixer, food processor, plastic coffee maker, plastic kettle ($5); personal hygiene item: electric toothbrush, hair dryer, water pick/flosser ($2); flat screen monitor ($10); flat screen TV 19” or smaller ($15); flat screen TV 20-34” ($25); flat screen TV 35” or larger ($40); tube monitor or tube TV 19” or smaller ($30); tube monitor or tube TV 20-34” ($40); tube monitor or tube TV 35” or larger ($50); other e-waste such as cables, cords, mice, small computer speakers ($1 per pound). The organizers of Estes Recycles Day are seeking volunteers ages 16 and up for the 2021 event. Are you available on Saturday morning, August 7, to work a two- or four-hour shift at this popular event? Contact Kathy at for more information.

A Fourth Of July For The Whole Family ice cream spot, and you really can’t go wrong with which spot you choose. A nice big waffle cone with slowly melting ice cream is the definition of Estes Park summers. Get your treat and explore the many great spots along the Riverwalk where the kids can explore, play on playgrounds, and find a nice bench to watch the river. The entire downtown corridor is absolutely beautiful this time of year as flowers are in full bloom. We especially recommend stopping at the sensory garden near the Riverside Parking lot or Children’s Park near the East Riverside Parking lot. Our favorite child friendly shopping spots are Macdonalds Book Store and Toy Mountain! The free electric trolley is a charming addition to any downtown adEstes Park in the summer time is some- venture. You can jump on the trolley to thing really special for the entire family. ride from one end of downtown to the It’s easy to make memories of hot moun- other. On the West end of Elkhorn Ave, tain summer days with the yummy you can visit Mrs. Walsh’s Garden or Persmells of treats downtown, live music, formance Park where you might see great parks, and of course, good food and some climbers on the cliffs behind the beer. The Fourth of July is a celebration stage or families tubing down the river. for the entire community and all our visLots of shuttle information available at itors. EVICS Family Resource Center is here to share some of our very favorite 4. Nature and Great Views- Knoll Wilthings to do all summer, but especially lows on busy weekends like the Fourth of July! If you’re seeking a little nature, you can 1. Bike Estes! find a beautiful and accessible trail right First of all, we love getting around town in the middle of town! Located right on bikes during the summer, especially above downtown, the Knoll Willows is a around the Fourth of July when visitors protected open space with stunning from all around the world are visiting views of downtown, the Continental Diour little town making parking and driv- vide, and Longs Peak. A small parking ing a bit more difficult. Bike paths conlot is located off Hwy. 36 across from the nect all throughout town- down Fish Stanley Hotel where you can access a Creek Road where you can catch some small trail system. Wander along the elk grazing the golf course, through Stan- creek trail to reach the municipal buildley Park where we recommend checking ing, community library, and downtown out the pump track for your more adven- corridor, or head up the hill to see the turous riders, and of course around Lake view and old house ruins! Estes and connecting to downtown. 5. Kid Friendly Breweries! There are many small parks and playIt’s not a Colorado adventure without grounds you can catch off the bike trails, checking out the local craft breweries. too! If you’re headed downtown, riding Estes Park boasts many amazing brewyour bike along the riverwalk is not aleries, all are incredibly family friendly lowed. Looking for the right gear or with great outdoor seating options. Over trailer? Rentals are available at the Estes the Fourth of July weekend, keep an ear Park Mountain Shop where you can out for live music and great food trucks! jump right on the Lake Estes bike trail. We also have unique wineries and distill2. Lake Estes Marina eries. Bring your own snacks, some card On a hot summer day, we love going to games, and enjoy the day. Again, accessthe Lake Estes Marina to watch the boats ing these locations by bike is highly recand play on the beach. There’s a great lit- ommended. tle playground located near the marina, Of course, the good ol’ traditional mini as well! Bring some buckets and shovels golf, go-karts, shopping downtown, visitto dig along the beach, some lawn chairs, ing Rocky Mountain National Park, or and if you really want to have a full day taking the tram up to the top of Prospect experience, plan on staying until the fire Mountain are all must-do’s during any works that evening. People begin campEstes Park adventure whether you’re loing out early! There’s a great bike path cal or visiting. Remember, these are the that goes around the lake (approx 4 times children make lasting memories, miles) and accesses Stanley Park, as well so take it slow and enjoy every minute. as downtown and connects to the free EVICS Family Resource Center hopes parking garage. More info on the Lake you are able to enjoy Estes Park this sumEstes Marina and rentals at mer, and have a safe holiday weekend your entire family! marina. For more information,, 3. Downtown Ice Cream Treat 970-586-3055 or Everyone has their favorite downtown

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July Dance Camps Offered By Center Stage School Of Dance & Gymnastics

Estes Park's Center Stage School of Dance & Gymnastics will begin the July 2021 summer camps, next week. We still have a few spots left in select camps so please register as soon as possible to secure a spot for your student. All dance and gymnastics camps will be located at Center Stage School of Dance & Gymnastics at 162 S St Vrain Ave. To register: email Center Stage, call at (970)714-0755 or visit our website at Ages 2-8: Dance Like A Princess Camp: July 6th9th: Frozen Fun! Jazz with Jasmine! Ariel’s Acro! Tapping with Tiana! Do you have a student that would love to try a dance, acro, and craft-filled mini camp this summer? All children ages 3-8 are invited to register for one of our two

available sessions. This fun four-day mini dance camp will be held Tuesday through Friday, July 6th-9th; choose from two different sessions: Level 1 (ages 3-5) from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Level 2 (ages 6-8) from 12-2 p.m. Students will have a different music, dance and craft activity theme each day they attend, based on the Disney Princess for that day. A mini routine will be performed at the end of the week for parents to enjoy. Plus, all dancers will leave camp with a free costume. The total cost for the four-day camp is $80, which includes all dance instruction, arts and crafts, and princess costume. (Of course Princes are also more than welcome to attend.) Not quite ready for Princess Camp? All children ages 2-5 are welcome to attend one of our Toddler Tumble Mini Camps. Choose from two different

camp dates to participate: July 12th-July 16th, 9:00-9:45 a.m. or July 26th-30th 9:009:45 a.m. Tots will learn beginning gymnastics/tumbling with a splash of creative dance. The total cost is $40 for the five day mini camp. Ages 5 and up: Gymnastics Intensives Beginning Gymnastics (ages 5 & up) 5days: July 26th-July 30th, 9:45-10:45 a.m., $50 for the week. Intermediate Gymnastics (must be able to do cartwheel & handstand) five days: July 26th-July 30th, 10:45-11:45 a.m., $50 for the week. Ages 7 and up: Ballet Foundations (ages 7 and up) July 12th-16th *2 separate camp times for two different levels.* Are you interested in obtaining a solid dance foundation through the art of ballet, with classes that improve technique not only in ballet but also in other dance forms; or do you simply love ballet? This pure ballet intensive program features classes in classical ballet, prepointe/pointe, and contemporary ballet. Classes will be held Mon. July 12th through Fri., July 16th. Level 1 (ages 710) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily, $90 and Level 2 (ages 11 and up) from 5:308:00 p.m. daily, $110. Ages 9 and up: So You Think You Can Dance Junior "1-Week Summer Intensive Camp" (ages 9-12) July 19th-23rd, 5:30-8:00 p.m., $110 So You Think You Can Dance “2-Week Summer Intensive Camp” (ages 12 & up) July 26th-August 6th, 5-8 p.m., $240. Our fun, “So You Think You Can Dance” Intensive Dance Camps expose students to a wide variety of different types of dance and encourages students to empower themselves and build confidence through movement and expression. Each day we will explore different movement forms including Hip-Hop, lyrical, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, pom, contemporary and student choreography. We will also incorporate basic stage presence techniques, spacing and staging, dance terminology and other helpful performance skills. Students will also build up core muscles, memorize routines, strengthen their technique, and expand their repertoire.

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All For One And One For All: The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition And The Wandering Wildlife Society By: the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition

We are two entities, but exist under one umbrella. Many of us are the same people but wear different hats. We share the same mission, sort of. We agree--our relationship is confusing. But it’s all about our Watershed. The Estes Valley Watershed: If it could speak, here is what it might say: “I was devastated when the flood of 2013 tore apart my rivers and creeks. My lovely meandering waters became roaring, angry rages, gnawing away the foundations of roads, bridges, and homes of people and animals. In 2015, a handful of people in Estes decided something must be done to restore my soul, so they created the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition. With $4.5 million dollars in grants, people cleared fallen trees, rocks, debris, and sediment, so my waters could run clear again. They added boulders to build back my meanders to calm my currents so plants could grow and wildlife could settle down in safety.” The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition: We established the EVWC in 2015 with a set of by-laws, a mission statement, and registered as a 501(c) 3 non-profit with the State of Colorado. We have a Board of Directors with four officers, all of whom have term limits. For the first few years, we applied for and received grants from federal, state, and private foundations in order to continue the work of restoring and maintaining a healthy watershed. That work continues today. But in 2018, the Board realized that the public didn’t know much about what the EVWC did or why. We needed

volunteer help, but nobody knew us. We realized we had to reach out beyond ourselves to those who were interested in the same things we were--the health of our environment and the animals who make it home. It was then that we established a membership group called

the Wandering Wildlife Society, which fell under the EVWC’s wildlife focus. The Wandering Wildlife Society: The people who steer our group are several of us Board Members from the EVWC. Being a membership group, we knew we had to provide our members with something that would make membership meaningful, so we established monthly Wildlife Talks that focus on animals, forests, waters, and environmental issues. We also write quarterly newsletters that explain the ongoing work of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition. The Talks continued during Covid, albeit online, and continue today, virtual and live. Since 2018, the WWS

membership group has grown. Donations from members allow us to secure meeting venues for Talks and annual meetings and pay for equipment for volunteers. Volunteers who wear identifiable orange vests have become some of the invaluable workers on the EVWC grants. They pull invasive weeds and plant new plants to secure our riverbanks. Some are now volunteering at critical times like the elk calving season and fall rut to help educate people about how to stay safe during dangerous situations. Others are retrieving fishing line from the shores of Lake Estes that can tangle birds and other wildlife. Some members of our group work on social media, which help us reach wider audiences and even identify new objectives. All in support of our Estes Valley wildlife efforts. According to the Estes Valley Watershed: “So you see these two groups are really just one, caring for all the flora and fauna that make their homes in my watershed. They have brought me back from disarray and made me habitable again, and now they are educating people about how to care for me now and for the future. The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition and the Wandering Wildlife Society are a symbiotic relationship, much like many of the organisms in my watershed. Want to join them? Go to their joint website at and enjoy my natural world. ”

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Services of Boulder County & Special Disaster Relief. Come plant succulents in teacups with us! Each participant will make three “tiny gardens” in choices of: teacups, tea pots, gravy boats, creamers or soup cups/bowl. Each person will get to keep their favorite “tiny garden” and two will be donated to the Hilltop Guild to sell at our annual bazaar The Hilltop Guild is not a club, not a on Saturday August 7th. The annual society, not a commercial venture, but a bazaar features jewelry, cards, jams & productive and creative association of jellies, quilts, scarves & hats, plus beauresidents returning the fruits of their tiful creations from our weavers, and labors to areas of need in the greater Al- many more awesome, homemade crelenspark community. ations from local artists. Proceeds go toThe Hilltop Guild was started in the wards scholarships, and local non-profit early 1930s, and today the Hilltop Guild’s organizations. philanthropic activities include scholarSucculent Teacup ‘Tiny’ Gardens ships to graduates from Allenspark, Classes are: Thursday, July 8th 10:00Lyons & Estes Park, low interest loans to noon & Thursday, July 29th 5:30 p.m.students to further their education and 7:30 p.m. at the Kelley House 18720 donations to the Allenspark Fire ProtecHighway 7 Allenspark, CO. tion District; Native American Schools, Cost: $10 sign up fee includes succuCrossroads Center (Estes Park); Aging lents, dirt & a your choice of three: teacups, teapots, gravy boats, creamers or soup cups/bowl. Please RSVP to Emily Fouts Balduzzi at 303-956-6232 or

Rails In The Rockies Train Show Moves To September 25 & 26

The Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show will be held on September 25 & 26 at the Estes Park Event Center. There will be train layouts in all gauges, vendors, modeling clinics, demonstrations, family activities and more. Admission is $10 adults, kids 12 and under free

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Estes Park Village Band To Present Patriotic Concert On July 4


S TA N L E Y H O M E M U S E U M 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 or blankets. The concert will be performed, rain or shine, and will conclude by 8:15 p.m. so audience members can travel to their favorite fireworks-viewing area before the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. The band will be performing a variety of patriotic selections celebrating America’s history, culture and traditions through music. In what has become a Village Band tradition, American flags will be distributed to the audience before the concert begins. This is the band’s 39th year of performing for the Estes Park community and its visitors. Sharing the conducting duties for Saturday’s program will be Loren Johnson, Jeff Klintberg and Chuck Varilek. The concert will begin as it always does, with the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by “God Bless America.” Other patriotic songs the audience will hear include “This Is My Country,” and “The Pledge Of Allegiance.” There will be no shortage of marches performed at this concert. You can expect to hear Karl King’s “Circus Days,” Henry Fillmore’s “The Crosley March,” and John Philip Sousa’s “Salute To Kansas” and “The Stars And Stripes For-

ever.” Scott Anderson will be featured as a vocal soloist on “God Bless America,” “This Is My Country,” “The Last Full Measure Of Devotion,” and “The Pledge Of Allegiance.” Michael J. Arnott will be featured as vocal soloist on “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a tribute to our first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day. Michael J. is a performer at the Barleens Dinner Show in Apache Junction, AZ. Loren Johnson will featured vocalist on “Hello, Dolly!” In what has become an Estes Park tradition, Johnson will direct the Village Band in the performance of a special selection, “Armed Forces Medley.” This arrangement features the theme songs of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Air Force. Members of the audience who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their family members, will be asked to stand and be recognized with applause during the performance of their service theme song. The Estes Park Village Band is a community band made up of musicians from the Estes Park area as well as from surrounding communities. New members are always welcome to perform with the band. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Estes Park High School band room. For more information contact Chuck Varilek at 970-227-8704.

Old Time Spirit Playing At Coffee On The Rocks Come and join us for some old time, front porch music on July 7 at Coffee on the Rocks. Old Time Spirit will be playing from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Thanks to all who joined us last week.

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 Stanley's 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 purchased 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 electrical vehicle charge stations), at the top of the hour.

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TREASURE THOSE FREEDOMS! Several years ago my wife and I were privileged to be in Massachusetts for a meeting in a town near where Norman Rockwell, the famous artist, had his studio and museum. What a joy it was to visit his shop and view his famous ‘Freedom’ series of paintings, inspired by President F.D. Roosevelt’s famous speech of 1941, given to encourage a nation to ‘pull together’ in the World War effort! Perhaps you remember those four freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. As our Independence Day reminds us, it is a good time to reflect on the ‘freedoms’ we experience to remind ourselves of all the blessings we, in our nation, enjoy, as Sunday, July 4th approaches. When we think about it, 2020 - 2021 has been a devastating time for those ‘freedoms’ commemorated by FDR’s speech. “Freedom from Fear”? the midst of a pandemic that killed and sickened millions throughout our nation and the world? “Freedom of Worship”?...during a time when churches were mandatorily ‘shut down’ for months on end? “Freedom from Want”? a time when jobs were lost by the thousands and incomes plummeted? “Freedom of Speech”?...when we were not allowed to see our loved ones because of quarantines, restrictions of travel, and the like? Many of those ‘freedoms’ were deeply diminished or simply vanished during this time. Did you miss them when they were taken away? Silly question! If not, it’s because you didn’t treasure them when you had them. And sometimes we must admit that we don’t. So, now, as those ‘Freedoms’ are beginning to be restored: we can visit with our ‘special people’ again…even without masks and social distancing and travel restrictions; we can attend worship services again, without feeling worried or uncomfortable being back together; we can resume jobs or find replacements, that can supplement help that the government has provided; and the ‘fear’ that ran so rampant across our nation has greatly diminished with vaccinations and improved health care, let’s truly utilize them. What a good time to remind ourselves of those ‘freedoms’ that we ‘lost’ for awhile and now are blessing our lives again! But you can think of many more freedoms that are available in our time. Some of them we will cherish more than others. Many of them are freedoms that are ‘mixed’ in their outcomes. We hear a lot about the ‘freedom’ to bear arms, according to the Second Amendment. Many get ‘up in arms’ (no pun intended) when they think ‘that’ freedom will be taken away…but then grieve when some ‘bearers of arms’ take the lives of people like our friends in Boulder and Arvada, and the many other innocent lives that are ended due to the use of that freedom by evil doers. It’s the same with the ‘freedom’ to march and parade and protest to make a point to our society. These, sometimes, go beyond just ‘making a point’ and do much damage, causing even greater hard feelings in those who witness such things. We could always hope that greater understanding, unity and peace, would result from any such activity, rather than it having more negative effects. But we are grateful for the ‘freedom’ to do these things even if, sometimes, people misuse them. So, this Sunday, commemorate Independence Day by celebrating the many freedoms we enjoy in our nation. I would recommend that you celebrate your ‘freedom to worship’ by getting with your church group and praising God in a way that you were not able to several months ago. Then, get with loved ones and friends, with whom you had limited access for several months and enjoy that fellowship. Take some time to thank those in the military and others, who make it possible to be free of ‘fear’, and enjoy a good meal that shows you that ‘want’ is a thing of the past. God is so good to you and us. We are blessed to live in a wonderful nation. Let’s be thankful this Fourth of July. If you need a place to watch Estes Park fireworks from Sunday, you’re invited to our devotional and ‘s’mores’ at our church building (1470 Fish Creek Road) at 7:00 PM and watch the fireworks (9:15 PM) from our parking lot. Bring your chair and join us. Bob Lewis

Cliffhanger Used Books In a world where we now feel a daily overload of bad news, we focus on the good in life, even during tough times. Books have been my comfort and solace as well as my escape at different times of my life. After my parents divorced when I was four, my over-riding task was watching over my two-year-old brother, Johnny. Because I had a task, I could put away my grief and give all my attention to my brother who I kept close to me and pulled around everywhere. We lived with my Aunt Mary and Uncle Hank in upstate New York until my father remarried a couple of years later. With a new step-mother who took over the raising of Johnny, I was left with no pressing responsibilities and could look elsewhere to place my attention. I found books. The earliest books I remember that totally captured my attention and took me smack into a different reality were the Nancy Drew books. I can remember flying through them one summer at Kemah Lake in New Jersey where another Aunt and Uncle had a lake house. Barefoot and in my bathing suit, I would sit on the small dock over the water, that hot and humid summer totally swept away by Nancy’s escapades. I had found my escape where all of life’s troubles and confusions disappeared. My new Mom was also a voracious reader and I was allowed to read her books as I got older. I read some pretty weird things in my pre-teen years: Ambrose Bierce, Pygmalion and other plays, and I met Holden Caufield from Catcher in the Rye, who just knocked me out. Then I found the Moffatt Library in the middle of our small town. I could walk the mile from my house to town alone and spent uncounted hours in the library looking for reading material. It was a perfect weekend day: walk to the library, spend hours going through the stacks, learned about the systems for checking out books, bring the books home and start to read that first page. If I remember correctly, you signed your name on a card in the front of the book and the librarian stamped the due date on a little sheet of paper glued to the card pocket. The library kept the card you signed and filed it alphabetically under the due date. Or something like that. When I became a working adult and had a payday I would often gift myself with something non-essential and fun after all the bills had been paid. In the days before we got our music through Pandora, Apple or Spotify that item might have been a CD. (And before that, a cassette tape for my Walkman and before that an actual record that you played on a turn table.) Usually though, the number one item I would treat myself with would be a book. I haunted lots of small, independently owned books shops like our own Macdonald Book Shop as well as the larger chain book stores and even used book stores like Estes Park’s Cliffhanger Used Books which, by the way, has re-opened. Just before I moved into town from the Big Thompson Canyon at the end of 2016, I sold my house and had to down size, not yet knowing where I was going

to land. I did have my RV and worse come to worse I’d hit the road. One of the reasons I loved the house I had lived in for over 20 years was because of one considerable and beautiful, built-in book case. It was time to divest myself of most of those books, keeping only the ones purchased to guide me in my new ventures. I called another book-lover to help me and she carried away many of those books home with her. The rest I donated to the local thrift stores (preCliffhanger). But before they left my house, I had to lovingly look over every single book and remember why I kept that particular one; to ask myself, what was it that made me think I would need to refer to it or re-read it? All these wonderful books: novels to non-fiction, short stories to poetry, self-improvement to how-to’s, mysteries to biographies, multiple books by the same authors, new and previously unknown authors and five from my author-friend Tom Spanbauer. There were books about the 1976 flood and the 2013 flood. And books on death and dying and living while dying. Travel books for that Italy honeymoon trip Scott and I have yet to take. Lots of books on wedding ceremonies as well as memorial services along with books on journaling for that workshop I’ll get together someday and books on writing and spirituality. And don’t get me started on vegetarian cookbooks. Is it any surprise that as the world starts opening up because the pandemic is slowing down, I happily resume my volunteer work at a book store named Cliffhanger? You can now find me on Wednesdays at Cliffhanger Used Books from 10-12. Cliffhanger (don’t you love the name?) is over by the post office and is a non-profit that supports the Estes Valley Library. Remember when the library used to have those huge book sales twice a year? Now all those donated books are at one location and anyone can come over to purchase books at extremely reasonable prices instead of waiting for the sale days. In a way it has been difficult for me to work there – it’s like book heaven. Now instead of treating myself monthly, I treat myself once a week on Wednesdays. Besides being my volunteer day, it’s sale day! Right now, to support summer reading all the young adult books (also called chapter books for kids) are on sale every day – for a dollar! I love being there. Wandering the aisles and checking out the titles in any bookstore is one of my favorite things to do so now I do it weekly. And purchase weekly. Therein would lie the danger but I can easily afford it at Cliffhanger. Am I still an escapist reader? Yes and no. I am no longer hiding from the problems of my life but definitely enjoying escaping into some different, exciting new world. I think this past year we all probably needed some great escapist reading. And that’s perfectly okay. Especially in the summer, especially in a hammock. 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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CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN DREAM ON AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY. While we celebrate the American dream every day, at the Rich Flanery Team we go a little extra on July 4th. Happy Independence Day from your Rocky Mountain Lender.

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By: Dawn Wilson

Five Fun Facts About… The Great Blue Heron

trees near lakes, rivers or wetlands. Great blue herons have large wingspans that This week’s featured subject is the great Although Estes Valley and Rocky can extend up to six feet. Mountain National Park do not have Dawn Wilson is a professional blue heron. Although this bird has been any great blue heron and award-winning nature phorookeries, there are tographer who lives in Estes some very close by. Park year-round. You can see Look for the shallow, more of her work, join one of saucer-shaped nests her Rocky tours, and purchase made of sticks at the prints at DawnWilsonPhotogratops of trees along or follow her on Instathe Colorado River gram: A great blue outside of Granby, @dawnwilsonphoto. heron is a skillful along Interstate 25 in hunter, using its though great blue heron pairs Fort Collins, and along sharp bill to imthe St. Vrain River in St. do not mate for life, they do go pale prey. through an elaborate courtship Vrain State Park in process each spring. This behavLongmont. ior includes pair-bonding disrecorded in the Estes Valley over the 4. These birds mainly eat fish but are plays, ornate greetings, stick years, it seems they are making this area adaptable transfers, and nest relief more of a permanent home with sighteaters that where the adults will erect ings appearing throughout the year. will go after their plumes and clap their Here are five fun facts about this large nearly anybill tips. heron. thing they An adult great blue heron gets bombarded can impale 1. Great blue herons are the largest by the nestlings begging for food. with their heron in North America. Full grown long spearadults stand more than four feet tall yet like bill, inan adult great blue heron only weighs Great blue herons are cluding amabout eight pounds. one of the first birds to phibians, 2. Although often confused for cranes nest in the spring in Colin flight, the great blue heron can be eas- reptiles, orado. This rookery, set small mamily identified in the air by its six-foot up in some cottonwood wingspan and the neck tucked into an S- mals, inGreat blue herons live near trees along the Colorado sects, and shape. water where they search for River, got caught by a late other birds. 3. Most great blue herons nest in their preferred food of fish. spring storm. 5. Alcolonies called rookeries, usually in tall

Be Bear Aware; Stay Safe While Camping And Backpacking In Colorado Bear Country Colorado is home to a large population of black bears, with numbers estimated at 17,000-20,000 in the state. As humans venture into Colorado’s great outdoors to spend time in nature, it is important to remember to take proactive steps to avoid conflicts with bears. Most conflicts between people and bears can be traced to easily accessible human food, trash, or other attractants with strong odors as a bear’s natural drive to eat can overcome its fear of humans. When bears become too comfortable around humans, they can destroy property or even become a threat to human safety. “The majority of the time, bears are not after you, they are after food,” said Area Wildlife Manager Mark Lamb. “Understanding bear behaviors and being aware of what steps you can take to avoid bears from approaching you is an important part of recreating responsibly in bear country. Being smart about how you store your food, using bear boxes and bear-resistant canisters, and locking your property keeps you safe and can save a bear’s life.” Watch our videos on Camping in Bear Country and Bear Aware Webinar for Evergreen, Colorado. CPW recommends the following out-

door best practices to minimize encounters with bears: CAMPING When camping in bear country, the easiest way to avoid bears is to not have anything in your campsite that has a smell that will attract them. Safely store food, beverages and toiletries in campsite lockers called bear boxes (if provided), in bear-proof containers away from your tent or locked in the trunk of your vehicle. Stash your trash. Put all trash in bearproof trash receptacles or bear canisters. Keep a clean campsite. Scrape grill grates after use and clean used dishes. Never bring food or anything that smells like food - which includes toiletries, sunscreen and even the clothes you wear when cooking - into your tent. Lock cars and RVs whenever you leave your site and at night and close windows. What if a bear tries to enter a campsite? Try to haze it away with loud noises such as yelling, banging pots and pans together or use your car horn or an air

horn to scare the bear away. Notify CPW park staff if a bear enters a campsite. As an extra precaution, carry bear spray with you when you go camping. BACKPACKING & HIKING Understanding bear behaviors and your surroundings can help avoid unwanted encounters with wildlife on trails. Stay alert at all times. Avoid using headphones and be extra cautious at dawn and dusk. Keep dogs leashed at all times. NEVER feed or approach a bear. Double bag food and pack out all food waste (including apple cores or banana peels) to avoid encouraging bears to see trails as a food source. Respect forage areas. If your usual trail runs through berry patches, oak brush or other known food sources, be extra vigilant. Make extra noise by periodically clapping or calling out to alert bears to your presence. What if you surprise a bear on a trail? Stay calm, stand still and speak to it in a firm tone of voice. The bear will most likely identify you and leave. Never run from a bear. If the bear does not leave, slowly wave your arms

to make yourself look bigger. Continue facing the bear, slowly back away and keep slowly moving away until the bear is out of sight. If the bear gets within 40 feet, use bear spray. If a bear attacks, do not play dead - fight back with anything available, including trekking poles, small knives or even your bare hands. Sharing outdoor spaces with wildlife makes Colorado a wonderful place to live. Bear sightings from a safe distance can be a rare and wonderful experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Staying bear aware while on trails and camping helps keep bears wild and helps reduce human-bear conflicts. For more resources and information on how to be “bear aware”, visit

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News From The Art Center Of Estes Park On exhibit: “Becky’s Family and appreciation for nature is reflected in Friends” and “FACE of Fiber in the unique one-of-a-kind art jewelry. She Rockies” creates earrings, earring jackets, pendants, and rings. Very concerned about This duel exhibit features Becky protecting our environment, she uses Gilberto with her guest artists Brenda hand-built, recycled metals in abstract Nelson, Meredith Lockhart and Monte Michener along with feature fiber artists from across North America. Diana Wade, President of the Board of Directors states, “Becky’s Family and Friends” and the remarkable “Face of Fiber in the Rockies 2021” shows that are currently on exhibit in our gallery reflect an enormous range of emotions felt by a myriad of extremely talented artists, all of whom were moved by an eclectic assortment of elements. That’s a mouthful! But to boil it all down, this show is just plain crazy good! These exhibits are on display until July 17. Visitors are Becky’s Family and Friends invited to vote for their favorite and expressionistic designs. Her designs piece from the FACE show. A People’s Choice Award will be given out at the end compliment the stones she personally selects, making each piece truly unique. of the exhibit. The colorful, semi-precious stones in her Also on display in the gallery are the designs often draw from the vibrant coloutstanding works of the other Art Center artist members, including oil painting, ors of the Caribbean, where she once lived. Her elegance of style translates into watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, highly collectible jewelry that appeal to an upscale, sophisticated market. fiber, photography, printmaking and Opening Weekend Door Prizes: mixed media. Two door prizes will be offered for the Opening July 23 “The Joy of Diversity” opening weekend of “The Joy of Diverfeaturing mixed media by Cynthia Price sity.” “Cornucopia” a 6x6 framed waterReedy and jewelry by Eli Roehl. Cynthia was born and raised in Boulder. color and ink and a 6X7 handmade book with mixed media paper. Both donated Her mother and grandmother bought a by featured artist Cynthia Price Reedy. cabin in Estes Park in 1937, where her The public is invited to mother ran a livery enter beginning on July stable on the site 23 until 5 p.m. on July out Devil’s Gulch 26 by coming to the Road before World gallery or by sending an War II. Cynthia’s email address and phone family has always number to info@artcenbeen artistic, couraging creativFirst Friday Art ity and play. Now Groove: retired, which she describes as, “The The Art Center will be best job I’ve ever open 5-7 to participate had,” she paints in the First Friday Art primarily with wa- Cornucopia donated by Cynthia Groove. We will be oftermedia, creating Price Reedy fering a door prize of a both realistic and handmade scarf doabstract art. She nated by Chris Switzer. has been a member of the Art Center The public is invited to enter with the since 1999 and is a past president of the winner announced at the end of the board of directors. She currently serves as evening. You do not have to be present to Vice-President and Secretary to the win. Chris Switzer will do a weaving board. demonstration from 3-6:30. Eli works in the pristine beauty in the Art Center classes being offered in shadow of a 14,000 foot peak in the ColJuly: (kids are welcome at some classes, orado Rockies. In this remote studio, her

Fees: $20 payable to as noted.) Introduction to Zentangle® with Annie the Art Center in advance. (The 10% discount for AC memReiser (All levels and kids welcome.) If bers does not apply to this class.) Also, you can make a dot, straight line and a there is a $3 materials fee paid directly to circle you have the skills you need to reMary on the day of class. If you like lax and enjoy learning this meditative practice of mindful drawing from a certi- painting with colors and drawing pictures, you can have fun making a piece of fied teacher. felt with colored wools and yarns. Your July 1-Thursfelted creation can be pretty enough to day-1-3 p.m. hang on the wall, or to use as you would Art Center any piece of felt. members: “Rock ‘n Roll Treasure Pouch” with $31.50, nonMary Morse. July 13-Tuesday-1:00-2:30 members: $35. You can buy all p.m. Fees: $20 payable to the Art Center in advance. (Please note: the 10% disnecessary supplies in a kit for count for Art Center members does not apply to this class.) Also, there is a $3 ma$8.00 directly from Annie on terials fee paid directly to the instructor the day of class. on the day of class. We will make a small felted bag by wrapping up a smooth rock If you’d rather with wool and yarn, and applying the bring your magic of feltmaking. We’ll add a felt cord, own, there is a and your pouch can hold coins, precious materials list. stones, or whatever small treasures you Nature Journaling with Annie Reiser wish. (All levels and kids welcome.) Spend a To register contact the Art Center or day observing, recording, and capturing visit our website: impressions of the spectacular Estes Park Each class has beauty in a nature journal. Combined ina maximum number of participants so it door and outdoor class experience. July is suggested that if interested, sign up as 9-Friday-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Center soon as possible. members: $67.50 non-members: $75. Everyone, regardless of membership staSpecial Presentation: David Johnson’s tus, can buy a mini field art kit with all presentation “Color As Energy: Emothe art supplies you will need for $35 ditional, Physical and Spiritual”, cancelled rectly from Annie on the day of class. If due to COVID last year has now been you prefer to bring your own, a materials list is provided. “On Location” with Cathy Goodale (Oils or watercolor). We will paint on location, to be announced later. We will study composition on location. Bring any rule you have ever learned about composition to share. July 21, Wednesday-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Center members: $72, non-members: $80. Bring all of your own equipment/supplies. Laminated Nunofelt Flowers Earrings with Lapis by Eli Roehl with Mary Morse (previous experience not necessary.) Create a one-of-a-kind barrette, corsage, or what- rescheduled for July 16, 2-4 at the Art ever you like using the wet felt technique Center. Johnson is the former President of both the Boulder and Rocky Mountain with plenty of colored wools and silks to Weaver’s Guild Boards. This program is choose from. July 27-Tuesday, 1:30-4:30 sponsored by the Estes Park Weaver’s p.m. Art Center members: $31.50 nonGuild. The public is invited to attend this members: $35. Everyone, regardless of free event. membership status, needs to purchase Satellite Exhibit: Artist member, phosupplies for $5 directly from Mary on the tographer John Shelton is the featured day of class. artist on display. The public is invited to School Age Children’s Classes Offered visit US Bank and view the photos on exin July hibit. “Make a Pretty Piece of Felt” with Mary The Art Center is open daily 11-5. Morse. July 6-Tuesday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sunrise Rotary Donates To Eagle Scout Project Sunrise Rotary was pleased to help out local boy scout Alexander Hoskins from Boy Scouts of America Troop 8 in Estes Park for his Eagle Scout project. Alex has been very busy raising money to provide a gazebo and basketball hoop for the Estes Valley Crisis Advocates shelter for domestic violence victims. The shelter is a safe space for those who are fac-

ing abusive situations at home. The gazebo will provide a calm place for residents to sit outside and relax. The basketball hoop will provide teenagers at the shelter a way to have some fun. Members of Sunrise Rotary donated $1,000 for his Eagle Scout project to help bring his goal and dream to fruition.

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Bull Riding Bronc Riding barrel racing tie Down Roping steer wrestling Midway & More


Rodeo Estes Park, Colorado Estes Park Events Complex

Monday, July 5 - Saturday, July 10 Rodeo Start: 7pm; Pre-show: 6:30pm (Gates open at 5pm) Special Theme Nights! Monday July 5 Military

Friday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday saturday July 7 July 8 July 9 July 6 July 10 Locals First Fiesta at Wear Pink Family Responders The Rodeo


A Town of Estes Park Event

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The Rooftop Rodeo Is Back!

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The Rooftop Rodeo is on for 2021 and tickets are on sale now! The famous Rooftop Rodeo comes to the Estes Park Events Complex July 5-10. Bull and bronc riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, mutton bustin,’ midway, the Behind the Chutes tour and more. Experience traditional Western family fun! Tickets and information at There's non-stop, rip-roarin' cowboy action in store for rodeo fans at Estes Park's annual Rooftop Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned event. It has been recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation, along with being named the top medium-sized rodeo in the Midwest, and the #1 summer rodeo in Colorado by Real American Cowboy Magazine. Nightly professional rodeo performances, with world-class stock from PRCA Hall of Fame stock contractor Cervi Championship Rodeo. The Behind The Chutes Tours are your chance to venture out to where all the action happens! You’ll meet rodeo committee members, arena crew, and our bullfighter who will explain the sport of rodeo. Get an up close and personal tour of the arena equipment, see the livestock and walk through the actual chutes the cowboys use. You will be given explanations for the seven events in rodeo, to include Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and the ever popular Bull Riding! You will get to take pictures with our beautiful royalty and pet their horses, and maybe get an autograph. This tour is for all ages! Please note the tour will take you through thick areas of dirt (sometimes mud) so please wear appropriate shoes. Flip flops or expensive boots are not recommended. Sign up now before all the spots are gone! to book your tour for this one of a kind experience. Each night of the rodeo features unique themes and/or promotions: Monday, July 5-Military Appreciation Night: Military personnel and their families pay just $10 per person for general admission. Tuesday, July 6-Family Night: Tickets for children (ages 3-12) are just $5 each. Wednesday, July 7-Locals Night: 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). Thursday, July 8-First Responders Night: First Responders and their fami-

lies pay just $10 per person for general admission. Friday, July 9-Fiesta at the Rodeo: Fiesta-themed live music before the rodeo and during Pre-Show. Saturday, July 10: Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night. We encourage you to proudly wear pink to show your support for breast cancer awareness and research. Register your kids for mutton bustin.’ Registration is available at Space is very limited and does require a ticket for the night you sign up for. Don’t miss your chance for your kid to be on the Cowboy Channel this July 5-10! We missed the Rooftop Rodeo action in 2020, don’t miss your chance for some rip roarin’ rodeo fun at this year’s event! Get your tickets today and we’ll see you in the rodeo arena! Yee haw!

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Josephine Christenson And Blake Gephart Are Engaged ated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Journalism with a Minor in Government Policy. Recently Josephine graduated from Logistics Officer Training. She is now a Marine Logistics Officer stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Blake is a Real Estate Agent with aspirations to attend Law School. Josephine’s mother said, “I am very proud of both of them and happy for their engagement. We wish them all the best!” Congratulations to the happy couple!

Ms. Cynthia Reid of Estes Park, Colorado proudly announces the engagement of her daughter Josephine Violet Christenson to Blake Bradford Gephart. Blake is the son of Brad and Lisa Gephart from Tucson, Arizona. Josephine grew up in Estes Park and graduated from Estes Park High School. Blake was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where he attended St. Gregory High School. Josephine and Blake both graduated from University of Arizona. Josephine with a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Military Science & Leadership. Blake gradu-

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Rummage Sale At Allenspark Hilltop Guild

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m., you will be able to browse a rummage sale that features an old-fashioned pants press, a vintage sewing machine in cabinet, a pole saw for those pesky tree branches and a wide assortment of stemware, flatware, china, dishes, and small kitchen appliances. If you need an extra coffee maker, we have those, too! Allenspark's Hilltop Guild is housed in the historic Kelley House, at 18720 Highway 7 just three miles southeast of Allenspark proper. Join us for a picnic on the grounds. Hot dogs and cool drinks will be for sale at a combo price of just $2. There's plenty of parking and the gorgeous views are free. In August, the annual big blow-out bazaar takes place featuring homemade jellies (including dandelion jelly), haircuts from Hair on Wheels, a fabulous taco truck, five vendors selling jewelry and more, and the return of baked goods from our Country Kitchen. Boutique items from embroidered tea towels to dishwashing scrubbies make excellent gifts. Music by Loose Change will keep you humming. Hand-woven items also will be for sale and yet another excellent rummage sale will be part of the day's events. Mark Saturday, Aug. 7, on your calendar. The money raised by the Guild goes directly to scholarships for approximately six high school students from Allenspark, Lyons and Estes Park and other charities including the volunteer Allenspark Fire Department. The final rummage sale of the season will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Power Of Mindset: Join The Book Talk With Chamber And Library

Renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: mindset. In her book of that name, Dweck shows how success in school, work, business, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. “Mindset” is the featured title for July’s Chamber Book Club. The discussion will take place via Zoom on Friday, July 9 from 11 a. m. to noon. Sign up at and you’ll receive information on ways to acquire a copy of the book. In praising the book “Mindset,” author Robert Sternberg wrote, “A good book is one whose advice you can believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine.” Each month, the Estes Chamber of Commerce and the Estes Valley Library are partnering to bring insights and innovations from the business bookshelves into a monthly discussion series. These one-hour programs are open to all interested community members. Additional copies of the book are made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation. To sign up for the July 9 discussion, simply go to the Events Calendar at

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Current Hours through July 3: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Library collections are open, along with Internet computers and printing on the first floor. 24/7 outdoor Wi-Fi available. Full details at Closed July 4 & 5, Extended Hours begin July 6 The Library will be closed this Sunday and Monday, July 4 and 5. New hours and the re-opening of the Second Floor begin on Tuesday, July 6. Starting Tuesday, library hours will be: Mondays - Thursday, 9 a. m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a. m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Library Reserved Parking Spaces Library visitors may use any of the 7 free parking spaces marked “Library Reserved” during open hours. These are located along the Library’s northeast perimeter. The spaces have a 30-minute time limit. No payment or permit is required. Meeting Rooms are Open Groups may once again request meeting space in the Library’s Hondius Room (now open) and the Wasson Room (opening July 6). Reservation requests through December 2021 may be made at SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2021 Read and Listen to Earn Prizes

For all ages. Summer is an excellent time to read for pleasure and earn prizes. Listening to a book—whether it’s an audiobook or a family read-aloud— counts too. This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales.” Visit for full details on this summer’s program. Made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation. Improv Workshop for Teens & Tweens Saturday, July 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Hondius Room Flex your funny bone and practice improv games and scenes with the Improv Collaborative from Boulder. Especially designed for ages 10 to 17. Sign up at BOOKS & AUTHORS Chamber Book Club: “Mindset” Friday, July 9, 11 a.m. to noon, via Zoom In her book, renowned psychologist Carol Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. The discussion is facilitated by the Estes Chamber of Commerce and open to all community members. Sign up at ESTES GROWS READERS Library Storytimes: 3 Days a Week Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays, 10:30 a. m., Hondius Room Baby Storytimes on Thurs. and Fri. at

10 a.m. Children ages 0 to 6 and their families can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activities, all designed to stimulate a child’s cognitive development. Saturday storytimes make their return this weekend on June 26 at 10:30 a.m. No sign-up required. BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, July 14, 2 -5 p.m., by phone appointment One-on-one legal advice with an attorney is available for those who do not have their own personal attorney. Appointments are necessary, and can be scheduled by calling 970-586-8116. More information at FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books: summer hours Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offers gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Cliffhanger is open daily this summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. THE TWIG MINI-BRANCH The library mini-branch at the Estes Valley Community Center (EVCC) is open. Patrons are able to request library materials to be sent to the Twig at EVCC, where they can be checked out using the self-serve kiosk on the building’s lower level. The location offers convenient parking and drive-up outdoor book returns.

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Estes is a unique area for many reasons. As a buyer you may want to know if some areas are less windy than others, or “Buy Local,” is a familiar phrase these which areas are less impacted by tourist days, but did you know it can be applied traffic. What about water providers? to REALTORS®, too? You might think Does the broker know about the homes one REALTOR® is the same as the next, on Prospect Mountain that are impacted and in a metro area where neighborby the multi-decade payments required hoods have four floor plans to choose to have the Town take over the water sysfrom, that may be the case. But in Estes tem? Do they know about the new septic Park, working with a local expert can inspection requirements the county has make all the difference. In Colorado real estate professionals are implemented? Did they experience the licensed to conduct transactions through- 2013 flood and know about the effects in out the state of Colorado, but that doesn’t areas that weren’t in a flood zone? Many members of the Estes Valley Board of mean someone from Grand Junction is geographically competent to sell property REALTORS® have earned the Certified Mountain Area Specialist™ designation in Greeley, just like someone from Denver may not be geographically competent and have trained on the nuances that come with mountain property and the isin the Estes Valley.

sues owners face. For sellers, a local REALTOR® knows this market because they are in it 24/7, 365 days a year. They see firsthand which homes are selling and know why they sold for a particular price. A broker without firsthand knowledge of homes that have been on the market is only using numerical data and doesn’t understand how the level of quality, or a particular location or view, influenced the price a home sold for. Members of the Estes Valley Board of REALTORS® have the opportunity as a group to tour new listings weekly and have knowledge about other homes on the market. A local broker is better equipped to price your property to sell at the best price, making it more likely that you receive top dollar for your

property. Finally, locals have a vested interest in the community. They want to see their clients satisfied, build strong relationships and earn a reputation for excellent service. They will become people you live near, see at the grocery or restaurants, and might get to know attending church. By working with a local REALTOR® you are investing in the Estes community. Locals spend their money locally, volunteer in local organizations and raise money to support local charities. While you can buy or sell property with a REALTOR® from somewhere else, you give up the chance to work with one who has the expertise, experience, and personal touch that you’ll get with an Estes Valley Board of REALTORS® member.

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Library’s Second Floor Set To Reopen By: Allison Cavis, IT Specialist and Creative Technologist

The library’s 2nd Floor is set to reopen this Tuesday at 9 a.m. We can’t wait to welcome you back upstairs! Our goal, always, is to serve you better. The closure created an opportunity for maintenance and improvements, and now all those ladders, tools, and cardboard boxes are ready to give way to cozy spaces, refreshed with some new equipment and features. Here’s a snapshot of what the second floor will look like when it reopens on Tuesday, July 6th: Study Rooms, Quiet Room, and Wasson Board Room reopen Our second floor public spaces are back! The Quiet Room is a comfortable place to read and relax with a book or laptop, or choose one of our four Study Rooms, available on a first-come, first-served basis (2-hour time limit). The Wasson Room also reopens for scheduled library programs and community group meetings. Makerspace Reopens Our popular space for creativity and learning is back, with tools like a laser cutter, 3D printers, a craft cutter, sewing machines, and much more. Are you a first time user? See what’s available in the Makerspace and take your online orientation at Patrons who have already taken their additional training can book the 3D printers and laser cutter in advance. Public Computers, Copies, and Printing Head Back Upstairs Eight brand-new iMacs will be ready for

your web browsing, email and word processing needs in the second floor Computer Commons. Printing is 0.10 per page, and we accept cash or credit card at our new printing station. Copies are 0.10 per page (cashonly for now), but scanning to email from the copier is free. Reserve a computer from home Sign up for a public computer on the second floor, or reserve one from home up to 7 days in advance! See for more information. Print from anywhere with your own device We’re excited to offer Mobile Print from anywhere! From home or the library, go to and upload your document- that’s it! You can even forward an email to us and it will be ready to print when you get to the second floor- no need to log in to a public computer. Black & white prints are 10 cents a page, and you can pay with cash or credit card. Expanded Library Hours Library open hours are increasing from 40 to 60 each week. Starting Tuesday, July 6, the library will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. The second floor closes 15 minutes before closing time on the first floor. Questions? Stop in, give us a call, or find more information on our returning services at We look forward to welcoming you back to the library’s second floor starting this Tuesday.

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1155 BROADVIEW RD 1155 S Saint Vrain 2-1 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo at The Pines. Perfect for full time living or vacation home. Fully remodeled bathroom, new carpet, paint & window treatments. Handicap accessible with wide doors & support bars in the bathroom. Easy access to walking trails across the street & a shuttle stop right at the corner of the complex. Golf course across the street & easy 5 minute ride to Safeway & downtown. Additional storage closet upstairs. No restrictions on short term rentals but no license in place. $240,000

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13th Annual Weed Roundup July 17th

Noxious weeds are once again having a banner year, so keep removing and bagging these invaders. Removing and bagging flowers and seed heads will help curtail your weed population next year. Time and persistence will give native plants a better chance! After missing the 2020 event, the 13th Annual Weed Roundup will be held July 17th from 9:00 to noon located behind the recycling center at 666 Elm Road (follow the signs). Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) volunteers will be on hand to answer weed questions and unload your bags. Educational displays and information will be available from Larimer County Natural Resources and Master Gardeners. Bring in your weeds – no slash, pine needles, cones, dirt, trash – in paper yard bags for free disposal. Please remove/shake off dirt from plant roots. Unauthorized drop-offs at this location are considered theft of services. Weeds and trash can be disposed of yeararound at Waste Management for a fee. No bags of non-weed materials will be accepted at this event. Paper yard bags are available for purchase at local hardware stores. Despite the crazy cool spring weather that turned into instant summer, the June 19th Monitored Weed Drop-off was a great success with over 100 bags of weeds collected and 60 folks in attendance! Other Monitored Weed Dropoffs are scheduled for August 21st and September 18th. These events are being made possible with the support from Estes Land Stewardship Association, the Town of Estes Park, Larimer County Natural Resources, Estes Valley Land Trust, and donations. Twenty Ob-Noxious Weeds in the Estes Valley weed booklets are available year around at the Estes Valley Library, Ace Hardware, True Value and Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) meets the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Room at US Bank. The next meeting is August 5th. For more information about ELSA contact elsa.

Thank You To RMNP Rangers! To The Editor: Here is the letter I sent to RMNP Superintendent Darla Sidles praising the rangers who came to our aid. Dear Superintendent Sidles, A blowout of our camper tire on Trail Ridge Road when we were driving home on June 23rd after a beautiful camping trip was not the way we expected our adventure to end. However, my husband Wayne was able to keep control and steer the truck and camper to a small pull-out across the road. There, feeling somewhat shaken, we waited for help. Before long, thanks to the assistance of two experienced west-side park rangers (Sarah Hershfelt and Ryan Carpenter) and a Rocky police officer (Zach Crowl), Wayne changed the tire, only to find that the axle was severely bent. Officer Crowl radioed for a flatbed vehicle from Bob's Towing in Estes. Luckily, it was a beautiful day; we had water and snacks and a toilet in the camper. Several hours later, after some expert maneuvering of the big truck, traffic stopped both ways for half an hour, jump-starting our dead truck battery and the camper safely secured on the flatbed; we continued our journey home to Estes Park. Wayne and I are incredibly grateful to Sarah Hershfelt, Ryan Carpenter, and Zach Crowl for their excellent assistance. Not only did they keep us safe on a dangerous road, but they also reassured us, helped with the tire, and stayed with us for hours until we were safely on our way. Please thank them again for us. Every day will be Park Ranger Appreciation Day for us. Gratefully, Judy and Wayne Andersen

Be A Mentor Today is a great day to become a mentor. We need more volunteers to spend time with local youth who are eager for a positive role model. All it takes is your willingness to be a safe and consistent friend to your mentee--no special background or education required. Reach out for more info! Call 970-577-9348 or email

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Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu July 5 – July 9 Monday, July 5

Country Fried Steak w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetable

Tuesday, July 6

Chicken Salad Croissant w/ Homemade Chips

Wednesday, July 7 Vegetarian Burger (topped w/ mushrooms, swiss cheese & avocado) w/ 3-Bean Salad Thursday, July 8

Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, July 9

Trout (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & soup of the day

July 12 – July 16 Monday, July 12

Avocado Bacon Cheddar Burger w/ Pasta Salad

Tuesday, July 13

Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Wedn., July 14

Shrimp Platter (4 grilled & 4 fried) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup

Thursday, July 15 Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich (topped w/ guacamole & bacon) w/ Homemade Chips Friday, July 16

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

All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, July 5th you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, July 2nd. 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); Trivia Tuesdays (12-2) Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & every Thursday 1-4 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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The Old Gallery In Allenspark Launches Gallery Strong Campaign What’s a small nonprofit center for community to do about the financial shortfall, due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic? “We’ve chosen to cancel the 13th Annual Gala, our largest fundraiser of the year,” said The Old Gallery Board Chair Laurie Von Wald. “While we’re now open to daily visitors, the Board has chosen not to host large events yet. We still want to provide services to our community and visitors, all of which takes money.” Just a few of the services The Old Gallery provides include the twice-monthly Community Cupboard Food Bank, Community Closet, yoga and wellness classes, tourist information and providing a home to 28+ local and regional artists to display and sell their creations. The Old Gallery is also home to the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy Store between Memorial Day and mid October. In an effort to garner much-needed donations, The Old Gallery has launched a GALLERY STRONG 2021 Appeal from June 25-August 31. “We’re asking that local residents and supporters donate the $90 they normally would have spent to at-

Eleven New Artists Join The Old Gallery In Allenspark Allenspark may be a small mountain community, but it’s definitely big on art—especially at The Old Gallery, a nonprofit center for community, the arts and visitors. It’s home to 28 regional and nationally acclaimed artists who work in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, glass, wood, copper and more. On Sunday, July 4, photographer Lyn Ferguson will be at The Old Gallery from 9 a.m.-noon, sharing tips about capturing images of Colorado wildlife and nature.

“Any amount of support would be appreciated. We hope that nearby residents and visitors will remember that we offer one of the only restroom stops along Highway 7 between Estes Park and Lyons or Peaceful Valley,” Von Wald added. The Old Gallery is a center for community, arts and visitors and is located at 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark. It is home to 28+ accomplished artists and provides entertainment, educational and social services to the Peak to Peak mountain communities and the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy Store. It is only 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons.

Eleven of these have just recently joined the roster of artists: Kitty Burton, Darlene Bushue, Sheila Marie, Susan Krauth, Jennifer Nelson, Ann Barnsley, Patti Harrison, Mary Morse, Jennifer Nicholson, Lois Rentz and Julie Neri. Ann Barnsley is a clay artist who is inspired by nature. She creates functional ware with transparent, warm-colored glazes with Colorado scenes of aspens, Columbines, hummingbirds and more. Kitty Burton works in oils, watercolors and pastels with an impressionistic style. Her work reflects her love of the natural world and the Southwest. Photographer Darlene Bushue loves to shoot landscapes and wildlife. She and her husband relocated to Allenspark four years ago. Patti Harrison creates jewelry in silver and copper, often enhanced with cabochons and pearls.

Susan Krauth paints Colorado wildlife in acrylics. Her studio is in her home in downtown Estes Park. Sheila Marie is an award-winning painter, using oils to create painting that unite the brilliant and nuanced colors she finds in nature. Mary Morse is a fiber artist who creates Mother Nature-inspired and incorporated hand-crafted scarves, hats, bags and “fun” apparel. Lois Rentz creates art with fused glass and enjoys creating panels in the Mid Century Modern style. She is a member of the Glass Artists of Colorado and Boulder County Arts Alliance. Julie Neri creates ceramics and clay creating that celebrate nature. She is a member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild and the Eastern Boulder County Artists Association. Jennifer Nicholson creates whimsical wood burned paintings with acrylics and watercolors, inspired by walks in the wilderness. She lives and paints in her studio in Allenspark. The Old Gallery is a center for community, arts and visitors and is located at 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark. It is only 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons. The Old Gallery provides a wide range of services include the twice-monthly Community Cupboard Food Bank, Community Closet, yoga and wellness classes and tourist information. It is also home to a Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy store from June through mid-October. The Old Gallery is located at 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark, just 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons. Daily hours of operation are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. It is also available for private events, weddings, rehearsal dinners and celebrations.

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tend the dinner,” said Von Wald. “We know some people are facing financial challenges, but hopefully anyone who has enjoyed events, taken classes or benefitted from services provided at The Old Gallery can help us make up for the funds lost during COVID.” To make a donation, go to and click on the GALLERY STRONG link. You can also mail a check to P.O. Box 431, Allenspark CO 80510 or stop by The Old Gallery between 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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One early Colorado attempt at recycling law created a preemption that forbid local governments from participating in making laws governing plastics. Colorado State Statute 25-17-104 read, ”No unit of local government shall require or prohibit the use or sale of specific types of plastic materials or products or restrict or mandate containers, packaging, or labeling for any consumer products.” The recently passed “Management of Plastic Products” bill (Colo. HB21-1162) will reverse this “ban of bans”, reinstating the authority of Colorado communities to regulate what forms of plastic are acceptable in their jurisdiction by removing paragraph 104 and replacing with paragraph 508: “On or after July 1. 2024, a local government may enact, implement, or enforce any ordinance, resolution, rule, or charter provision that is as stringent as or more stringent than this part 5.” Individual towns, cities and counties may, once again, make their own decisions. Additionally, the bill gradually restricts the single use plastic bags that float down stream, decorate our hillsides, and get caught in the antlers of our wildlife. In the water or in the air, these flimsy forms of plastic break down into smaller and smaller pieces, becoming microplastics small enough to breath into our lungs, and that of our animal friends. If you have never seen it, watch the delightful tour of “The Majestic Plastic Bag,” narrated by Jeremy Irons, available free from many online venues. There are however, multiple exemptions from the prohibition and fee combination in 1162 – unless our local entities choose to get involved. Several Colorado cities already have plastic bag regulation, of various types. HB21-1162 also restricts the use of expanded polystyrene foam as a product for serving ready made food. Restaurants using such containers for take-out” may use up their pre-purchased stock and then must find a substitute material. Fort Collins recently passed a plastic bag ban by popular vote. Similar to the one proposed by the State, it bans distribution of plastic bags and requires a 12 cent fee for paper bags, split 50/50 be-

tween city and the store. The Colorado bill proposes 10 cents and a 60/40 split. The Fort Collins law only applies to grocery stores over 10,000 square feet and the Colorado law has its own exemptions, but it is a step in the right direction – assuming the Governor signs it into law. HB 21-1162 also bans extended polystyrene foam used as a container for ready made food. While this material is often referred to as “Styrofoam,” that is an incorrect use of the term. Styrofoam is an extruded polystyrene used, under a patent, as insulation. It was my overly ambitious goal to list all of the new laws in the environmental field in this article: national, state, perhaps other countries. That is not going to happen. There were far too many bills passed to fit into this article, even if just considering the Colorado bills that passed and were signed by the governor. This is a continuing trend. Cities and towns, counties, and countries around the world are banning flimsy plastic bags, expanded polystyrene foam (which swells and expands when eaten), straws, and other single use plastics. There are laws preventing certain things in the landfill, like electronics (CO) and cardboard (Fort Collins) or organics (MD). There are new bottle bills and other beverage container laws. There are resolutions aiming for zero waste by a specific date. The real news lies in the interest in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). This train of thought increases the fiscal responsibility for the disposal of the product created, particularly that designed for single use. Although the EPR bill at the national level was tabled for the next session, both Oregon and Maine passed versions that are awaiting Governor signature. This changes the economics of packaging, and may even led to a world where reusables are more cost effective than throw it “out.” Those of you who do not know about it, check out a program called “the Loop Store,” coming, gradually, to a city near you. Now on (some) Kroger shelves and available by UPS in some areas, the Loop Store offers reusable and returnable packaging. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments?

Marilyn Is Looking For A New, Loving Home Adorable Marilyn is about five years old. She is a sweet girl and loves to be loved. She is a little shy, but very loving. She is currently living at the Estes Park Pet Lodge. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet this great kitty. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, please call 970-286-1652.

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Plan To Attend The 4th Of July Pancake Breakfast To Help Crossroads I trust you’re having an enjoyable summer! It seems to be going by faster than I would like. There are so many fun things to do in our Rocky Mountain backyard and I’m hopeful to find space on my calendar to do some of them. I know many of our full-time residents who have moved here to retire did so because of the majestic views and the wonderful feeling you sense when you’re in our little mountain town. At Crossroads we are blessed to have a diverse staff of volunteers who come from all walks of life and stories to go along with it. Many of our folks who serve in our food pantry, deliver meals, pick up food donations, or perform other duties to support us are also serving at other organizations in volunteer roles. The Estes Valley is embedded with a rich heritage of volunteerism and philanthropy. The generosity of our neighbors have drawn people together to not only serve but to strengthen the relational thread within our tight-knit community. People gravitate to the things they are most passionate about and this is very evident among the volunteers who serve at Crossroads as well as in other organizations. Because of the work we do there are many opportunities for us to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. One of the groups that we’ve partnered with over the years on the Pancake Breakfast has been the Knights of Columbus. They will be cooking for us again on July 4th. There will be eggs, sausage, pancakes, and all the orange juice and coffee you can handle. It’s going to be a great way to bring people to-

gether for much needed fellowship and at the same time raise money for the work we do at Crossroads. As the Fire Chaplain, I was able to arrange a fire truck with a few firefighters to be at our event, so I hope you can come for this exciting time together. 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. I mentioned the Knights of Columbus earlier and some of you might not be real familiar with this group, so I’d like to give you a deeper look at what they’re all about. On the website for Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church there is a dedicated page that gives a good description, so here’s what it says. “The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.6 million members throughout the United States and around the world. Here in Estes Park, the Knights are active in a variety of projects that include scholarship programs, fund raising and assistance to the parish and in the community and spiritual growth in the parish. If you’re interested in joining the Knights, please contact Thomas Casey, Grand Knight at 970-227-7573.”

18 Hole Men’s Golf Association Results For June 28,2021 Congratulations to all this week’s winners 6/28/21 Results Blue/ White - 41 Name Net Score Austin Logan 70 Aaron Tulley 70 Pete Johnson 72 Rod Unruh 72 Dwight Stanford 72 Ray Leaycraft 72 Steve Nagl 73 Scott Logan 73 Mike Williams 73 Mike Johnson 73 Matt Quinn 73 Don Bryson 74 Virgil Yarbrough 74 Roger Erwin 75

Joel Moore 75 Larry Nosbish 75 John Gelhaus 75 Lanny McCartney 77 Tony Fink 77 Bill Harms 78 Red/Gold - 15 Name Net Score Pete Hogue 68 Steve Poznic 73 Brad Anderson 73 Wayne Anderson 77 Roger Galloway 77 Chip Sproul 78 Guy Tritico 80 Bill Sweet 81 Closest to the Pin #2 Henry Glover #10 Pete Hogue

Samuel Henry McCreery Samuel Henry McCreery was born January 14th, 1940, in Los Angeles, California and passed away at home on June 24th, 2021, in Estes Park, Colorado. Sam grew up in Fillmore, California with his parents Dr. Samuel and Dorothy and his younger sister Sandy. He spent summers in Estes Park and Loveland Colorado working on a family dairy farm. After high school, he attended Wheaton College in Illinois, then he moved back to California and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara in 1961. It was there that Sam met his wife, Karan Anderson. They were married in 1962. Sam worked at Youth for Christ as a club director and was a middle school math teacher before moving to Lake Arrowhead California in 1965 to start and co-own Smooth Move Concrete Pumping Business. He was a longtime attendee of the Community Baptist Church of Lake Arrowhead where he was a music director and Sunday School teacher. Sam was also a member of the Rim of the World Unified School District Board of Trustees from 1978-1986 and served on the board of Mastermedia International. After retiring from his business, Sam worked as a Class 1 DSA inspector for concrete and steel at the Santa Ana School district. He was also a securities broker and an orange rancher at Fillmore Orange Groves.

Estes Park Women’s Golf Association Results For June 29, 2021 Tuesday June 29th was a Red White and Blue game. A team of four can take the best net score per hole following the flag colors. Red- take 1 best score, Whitetake two best scores and Blue- take three best scores. The winning teams were: 1st Place: Carla Spreng-Webb, Bonnie Rumsey, Judi Cunningham and Karyn Saucier 2nd Place: Carolyn Bible, Jennifer Gergen, Johanna Gengler and Laura Mulder If any women are interested in joining EPWGA, please contact our president Carla Spreng-Webb at

Sam was a popular lecturer with Community Bible Study and an accomplished singer and musician with trombone and guitar. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf and pitching for his slow pitch softball team, working on his car Tilly, taking jacuzzis, eating pie and soaking up the sun. Sam read through his Bible every year and had a heart for evangelism and sharing Christ. He was an excellent Sunday morning waffle maker and enjoyed taking his grandchildren for a donut or ice cream. Sam will be remembered as generous and wise with a kind, genuine sense of humor. He was a steady presence and strong in his faith. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Karan, his daughter Liann of Riverside, California, son Steve (Anne) of Arvada, Colorado and son Paul (Cindy) of Austin, Texas, a sister Sandra Louise McCreery Huttar (David) of Nyack, New York, and eight grandchildren (Will, Ben, Sam, Sarah, Jake, Joe, Charlie and Finn.) A gravesite and memorial service will be held July 15th at 10 a.m. at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore, California followed directly by a reception at the Veterans Memorial Building in Fillmore. If you would like to make a donation, please consider Navigators International, one of the many missions organizations Sam supported. Sam might also suggest going to have an In-n-Out Burger, a piece of boysenberry pie and take a nap!

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Thora Sue Fahrenbruch June 13, 1954-May 25, 2021 Thora Sue Fahrenbruch left us on May 25, 2021 while visiting her son Tom Fahrenbruch, his wife Kate and granddaughter, Maggie for her high school graduation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She passed to her Lord due to a heart attack after years of dealing with M.S., leg, knee and back surgery. Thora Sue, a beautiful daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, spent her school years in Estes Park, Colorado, first grade through high school graduation. Gene and Mira (Brady) Steinbacher were the proud parents of Thora Sue and her brother, Tom Steinbacher. (her father, Gene passed to his Lord on July 28, 1994). Thora Sue was active in Girl Scouts, school choir and Pep Club and she loved riding her pony with her brother Tom in the rodeo parade. She enjoyed helping her Mom at the gift shop, dusting and stocking and making change for customers from a fishing tackle box. She loved gathering pine cones and tying them into a red nylon bag that her Grandma Thora Bell had made, sell-

ing a baker’s dozen to tourists for 25 cents. She married Lloyd Fahrenbruch of Fort Collins at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Estes Park, Colorado on December 11, 1982. The couple had three daughters, Mary Kate Fahrenbruch-Langford of Greeley, Colorado, and Rebekka and Elisabeth Fahrenbruch, both of Fort Collins, Colorado and one son, Thomas Fahrenbruch of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Thora was active at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and participated in Catechism and First Communion classes. She was a Girl Scout leader, taught horseback riding classes, was President of Legacy of Quilts for three years and did the walk for M.S. She made cakes and cookies with help from her twins, Rebekka and Elisabeth and they would deliver the goodies and balloons to nursing homes every Friday, dressed in hats, gloves and big smiles. A memorial service will be held on July 13 at Spring Creek Park, 2100 Mathews Street, (between Drake and College) in Fort Collins, CO, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bright Christmas Seeking School Supplies For Those In Need The new school year starts on August 24th and it’s time to start thinking of school supplies! Bright Christmas is ready to assist the families in our community who need help with the increasing expense of school supplies by taking donations of new supplies and, through the generosity of our donors, purchasing supplies. In partnership with Crossroads Ministry and the schools, qualified students can get their supplies at Crossroads (851 Dry Gulch Rd) starting on Wednesday, August 11th. If you are a family who needs help with supplies for your children, please contact Crossroads (970 577-0610) to register your child/children for school supplies. You do not have to be a Crossroads client to get assistance with this opportunity! We are asking for donations of the following items (please, no crayons) : Glue sticks Ziplock gallon and quart size bags 1” 3 ring binders Single subject spiral notebook/ college

ruled Wire bound sketch pads Single subject spiral notebook/ wide ruled You can drop off any new school supplies at MedX, 158 1st St. (just off Highway 7), or Ace Hardware, 561 Lone Pine Drive, during regular business hours. If you would like to donate funds to help us with the cost of purchasing school supplies, please send a check to Bright Christmas, P.O. Box 2981, Estes Park, CO, 80517. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible. You may contact Nancy at 970 481-4390 for more information. This is our 37th year of providing a “helping hand” to our community’s families in need. Thank you for your continuing support of the Bright Christmas program.

4G LTE and 5G Expansion in Estes Park Enhances Mobile Internet Access for AT&T Customers and FirstNet Subscribers What’s the news? AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers on America’s public safety network in Estes Park just got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell tower to enhance the area’s 4G LTE and 5G coverage and help give residents and first responders on FirstNet®, Built with AT&T, faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices this summer and beyond as Colorado’s national parks see an increase of tourists. This new site, located just west of the YMCA of the Rockies, extends wireless service in Western Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park and provides service throughout the YMCA of the Rockies premises. Why is this important? We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps Estes Park residents and visitors get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play. And it’s giving first responders on FirstNet – America’s public safety network – access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data. These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers,

AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity. Committed to our Networks: From 2018 to 2020, AT&T invested nearly $600 million in our wireless and wireline networks in Colorado. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses. What is FirstNet? FirstNet, built by AT&T, is the only nationwide, highspeed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement save lives and protect communities. What people are saying: “In these unprecedented times, visitors from all over are taking a moment to get out and enjoy Colorado’s national parks. Tourists and Coloradans alike need to be connected to their families and friends, and AT&T is continuing to invest in our network to make that connection easier. We consistently work to provide better coverage for Colorado communities, our national parks, and our first responders. And we’re investing in our wireless network in Estes Park and across the state to accomplish that,” said Roberta Robinette, President of AT&T Colorado. Where can I find more information? For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out

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

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

QuesƟons? Call 970-586-0108 Contact to apply:

Come and join our team! Village Laundry is in need of Attendants. Competitive pay, starting at $14.00 per hour. Flexible hours. Year round job. Send your resume to: or pick up application at 172 S. St. Vrain Ave.

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

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

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EMPLOYMENT » Place and View Ads at « EMPLOYMENT Bird & Jim is now hiring line cooks, hosting positions, and assistant baker. $18-$20 an hour. Request an application at --or come in and request an application.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS: Here at Estes Park Lumber we currently have two positions open to fill. The first position is an inside sales position at our front counter. This position includes learning paint sales and being trained to mix and custom match paint and stain colors for our customers. Handling retail sales for our walk in trade. Customer Service. As with any retail job, maintaining a clean store environment, stocking shelves, and contribute to merchandising and promotion ideas.


The second position is a Yard job. This job includes building loads for deliveries, training to operate a forklift, unload vendor delivery trucks. Stocking materials as they come in. Future training to drive our trucks for deliveries. Clean and maintain a safe yard to work in and for the safety of our customers. Great Customer service to the customers in our yard.

2515 Tunnel Road Estes Park, Colorado, 80511

DINING ROOM MANAGER Responsible for the overall day to day operations in all front of house food service common areas, banquet dining halls, and the training and supervising of food service staff. $14–15/hr with full benefits, retirement fund, YMCA membership, childcare assistance, discounts on lodge rooms & gear rentals, and more.

Trolley CDL Drivers (Part-time, $17-22 hour) Apply at: under the contact us page.

Kennel Assistant

Part-time - Receptionists Skills

Both of these positions are full time, year round jobs. Our stable 105 year old company offers competitive wages, starting $16 to $20 per hour depending on experience, Health, Dental, and Vision insurance plans. Paid Time Off (PTO) program that builds as you get time invested in the company. 7 paid Holidays per year. A matching 401K retirement plan. A good place to work. Please apply in person at Estes Park Lumber and start building a career, not just another job.

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











Garage Sales

Estate Sales

2002 Toyota Avalon XL 219000 miles very well maintained.$3,500.00 Call 970-215-6006

King mattress 10’ and metal 14’ frame. Like new. Only used for 1 month. Bought new for $400. 913-706-5020



Cleaning Wanted To Buy EP Clean Peace. Housekeeping Services specializing in caring for your VRBO. Taking new clients Aug ‘21. Trustworthy, detail oriented, dependable. 970-646-6714

Estes Park resident wants to buy coins, silver, or gold. 361-813-8990.


“Heaven on Earth” Mtn Top Dream Home now available! Lovely home in Estes Park, CO. Backs up to 800,000 acres of pristine U.S. Nat’l Forest. Offered @ $2.5M Shooting Star Enterprises. Proof of funds required. (970) 815-9607


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

Estate Sales


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

Summer Sale - New Custom Built on/off Grid 8’x24’ Tiny Home w/ loft. High quality through out, solid pine interior w/ low maintenance ext., hickory cabinets & floors, very custom home. $59,995. Call Bob at 970-586-4730 or 970-481-6452

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

4 Stops on University Dr. Follow Org & Grn Signs to Sat July 3rd, 8-2 363 Ute (Arapahoe & Bikes, Blk Powered Love Ute) Seat, Grill, Sew Machine, TV for RV, China, Sm Frig, Leather Furniture, Q Bed, Franciscan Ware, Bookcases, Desks, Dining Furniture, Exercise Equip, Set, Area Rugs, Dressers, Tools, Motorcycle Helmets Chairs, Lamps, 50” Smart & Clothing, Boating TV, Home Decor, Metal Wet/Dry Suits M&W, Wall Art, Framed Art, Patio Camping Items, Pet Items, Furniture, Ariens Snow XL Mens Clothing, Blower, Lawn Mowers, Coleman Propane Ceiling Fans, Light Latterns, Outdoor Gear Fixtures, Receiver Hitch and Misc Items for Van Plow, Fishing Gear, Pop Conversion. Lots of Misc! Can Machine, Tools, Tools, Tools.

Garage Sales Tools, air compressor, welder/helmet, jack stands, router, stains, paints, thinners, walnut wood. 9-12 Fri and Sat 1365 Deer Path Court Estes Park resident wants to buy coins, silver, or gold. 361-813-8990.

Living Estate Sale-ONLINE AUCTION! Featuring records, one of a kind glassware, tools, home décor, and so much more! GET YOUR BID IN NOW BY VISITING Auction starts to close Thursday 8, 2021 @ 6:30PM!

Piano Tuning


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


Pickup is in Estes Park, CO!

CAMP TRAILS quality backpacks-2 sizes- great camping capacity-$95 each- (970) 586-9310

Contact Pineda Auction Service at (303)747-2806 for any questions!

ESTATE/GARAGE SALE Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL NOW 970-215-5548

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QuickBooks Support

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

970-586-4418 600 S Saint Vrain Ave - Suite 5



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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


25 YEARS 1993-2018

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


Cajun Handyman Services

Design | Build | Remodel General Contractors | Timber Frame & Log Homes

No Job Too Small!

Serving the Colorado Northwest Mountains since 1993

970-586-7711 | Calls Returned Same Day!


Office: 970-586-2109 Cell: 970-443-5613 Brian Thibodeaux - owner

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

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave Full service general contracting since 1998


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



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720.438.1088 • EXCAVATION AND SEPTIC INSTALLS • INTERIOR TRIM • STRUCTURAL FRAMING • COMPLETE HOME RENOVATIONS • WE PROVIDE SUB-CONTRACTING SERVICES TO GENERAL CONTRACTORS Licensed and insured. NAWT certified, Boulder County Public Health license number A-082-16. General Contractor License Number CON-16-0212


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Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

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

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


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


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Polly Hawkins Expert with Paints and Stains


Business 303-747-2778 Cell 970-449-3513 email:



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$2,550,000 Thunderview Lot ~2.5 Acres

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$995,000 1489 Dry Gulch - 11.62 acres




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