Estes Park News, September 3, 2021

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Suave “Smile” With the moose rut approaching, this handsome fellow was following a beautiful cow moose and appears to flash her a special smile. Photograph by Brad Manard

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Public Participation Really Does Matter... And Here’s Why phone and door to door outreach. We have read each individual comment proPublic participation or “community en- vided as part of the Town’s outreach effort and we have also sought out the regagement” has become somewhat of an empty phrase these days. Throughout my sults of outreach efforts conducted by career, I have seen many well-intentioned private citizens. We also look forward to reviewing the results of an additional public processes fall short because those outreach effort spearheaded by the Estes seeking input failed to let their stakeChamber’s newly-formed Downtown Alholders know how their feedback was liance group. All input - regardless of used to shape projects, programs and/or source - is welcomed and valued. policy decisions. Few things are more While outreach efforts are still underfrustrating than spending your valuable way for the seasonal paid parking protime attending a meeting or taking gram’s inaugural year, several key countless online surveys only to never themes have emerged: hear how your input was used. 1. Signage. We went light on signage to Opinions about how downtown parkbe mindful about the impact to the nating should be used - and who should have access to those spaces - vary widely ural environment. This led to some conand can shift depending on the purpose fusion about rates and times initially, however staff quickly added temporary of someone’s trip downtown. With a litsigns which were recently replaced with tle over 2,000 public parking spaces supplemental plaques and pedestrian (only about 1,200 of which are in the scale signs. Meter decals were updated downtown core) and millions of annual and messaging was placed on the pay visitors, the Town’s role (and challenge) is to equitably manage parking access for station screens to further address cusall - residents, employees and employers, tomer questions. visitors and delivery drivers. This is a tall 2. Mobile transaction times. Due to order and one that requires balancing poor cellular connectivity downtown and the often competing voices of a conthe volume of people on their phones stantly shifting parking customer. (for all activities, not just paying for parking), it can be difficult to connect to the For all of these reasons, it is extremely mobile payment app or process a payimportant to show a direct connection ment at peak times of day in certain locabetween the feedback that we are receiving and the changes that we are making to tions downtown. This is often reported to us as the app not working or being the parking program. We have gathered over a thousand different perspectives via hard to use; however, the real issue is poor wireless connectivity. Staff are online surveys, intercept surveys, email, By Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP, CCTM, Parking & Transit Manager

working to extend the Town’s (free) wifi network to the paid parking areas. 3. Increase time on the free Locals Permit. In a recent survey of 2021 permit holders, 47% of you told us that you would like more free time each day and that 60 minutes was the right amount of time. Staff are taking this recommendation to the Town Board on Sept. 14 and if approved, the change will be implemented immediately with no action required from permit holders. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to call, write, stop by our table at the Farmer’s Market, and/or take a survey. As we head into the final two months of this year’s paid parking season, we will be adding new opportunities for input to our efforts, including intercept surveys downtown and surveying business owners and employees. Please continue to let us know how we can improve your parking experience downtown. Your feedback is being used to directly improve the seasonal paid parking program, and where possible, those changes are being made this season. Your voice and your experience matter to us. However, we also understand that actions often speak louder than words and our commitment to you is to show you, not just tell you, that we hear you. For more information about seasonal paid parking or to sign up for a permit, visit or check out our Frequently Asked Questions resource page

Town Board Establishes Environmental Sustainability Task Force And Encourages Public Input

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The Town of Estes Park Board of Trustees recently established an Environmental Sustainability Task Force (ESTF) charged with developing recommendations for the Town regarding initiatives, strategies and tactics to advance environmental sustainability. The group’s recommendations are to be presented to the Town Board by January of 2022. Members of the public can review ESTF meeting materials and post public comment for consideration by the task force in the course of its work at During the Task Force’s organizational meeting, Gordon MacAlpine was selected by members to serve as Chairper-

son. MacAlpine conveyed that the Task Force intends to focus on the specific topics that, he noted, “will combat climate change while increasing sustainability and resilience.” These topics are buildings (existing and new) and energy efficiency, distributed clean energy generation and storage, solid waste disposal, transportation electrification, and institutional factors in the success/failure of sustainability initiatives. “I am pleased that this Task Force was established and look forward to working with the group to develop recommendations for the Town Board,” stated Chair MacAlpine. Task Force members from Estes Park

and the broader Estes Valley were selected through an application and interview process. Members also include Thomas Keck (Vice-Chair), Thomas Beck, David Diggs, Patricia Donahue, William Fryer, Lisa Hutchins, Douglas Sacarto, Barbara Werner, and Jason Damweber (Staff Liaison). The ESTF meets every other Tuesday afternoon, including Aug. 31. The group plans to hold at least two Town Hall-style listening sessions with the public, with dates, times, and meeting format to be determined. Updates will be provided as details become available. For more information, meeting agendas, and to provide comments, please visit

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45th Annual Longs Peak ScottishIrish Highland Festival September 10-12 Get your tickets today for the 45th annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado. After the challenges of 2020, the Festival is back in full swing. Join us to find out what keeps Coloradans coming back for more family fun every year. The festival has something for everyone – featuring, world class Scottish Highland Athletic competitions, hurling and jousting demonstrations, Irish and Highland dance performances, dog exhibitions, folk and rock musical performances, Scottish and Irish food, drinks and crafts. Attendees can participate in a whiskey tasting Friday through Sunday and enjoy North America's largest Celtic parade on Saturday morning that runs through the heart of Estes. The Estes Park International Tattoo – one of the largest and longest established military music displays in the United States – will take place during the Festival on Friday and Saturday evening. With all-new international production team and international cast drawn from

three continents of the globe, this year's tattoo will celebrate the international bond of friendship between nations and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The festival is a Colorado nonprofit and has been a top attraction and highlight in Estes Park for 45 website or via GoFundMe. Your donation is tax deductible. Schedule: Friday, September 10th to Sunday, September 12th, 2021 •Festival open: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily •Festival Parade: 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th •Estes Park International Tattoo: 7:30 p.m., September 10and 11 Estes Park Event Complex 1209 Manford Avenue Order tickets today. Call 1-800-90ESTES or visit Children nine and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Testing at EPH Estes Park Health is running 70-80 COVID-19 tests each day according to Stephen Tidd, Director of Laboratory Services at Estes Park Health. “Estes Park Health Foundation funded the purchase of two direct RT-PCR COVID-19 testing machines over the course of 2020,” said Tidd. “The additional machine approved in November of last year has made a world of difference, doubling our capacity to run tests during this peak time.” Estes Park Health gives COVID-19 tests to symptomatic community members and visitors. If you’d like to schedule, contact EPH’s COVID-19 Triage

Team at 970-577-2200. Estes Park Health Foundation is funding the cost of COVID-19 testing for uninsured community members. Contact Patient Financial Services at 970577-4530 if you have questions about billing or payment. The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages, and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at or 970-5774370.

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment. During the week of August 22, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 22 calls for serv-

ice. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 6 • MVC: 5 • Alarm Activation: 2 • Smoke Investigation: 4 • Gas Leak: 1 • HazMat: 1 • Assist: 1 • Elevator Rescue: 2

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Street Closures For Sept. 11 Festival Parade; Shuttle Routes Adjusted The annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival Parade will travel through downtown Estes Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. On-street parking spaces and loading zones on Elkhorn Avenue will be closed around midnight the night before the parade. At 8:30 a.m., the Estes Park Police Department will close the parade route along Elkhorn Avenue from Far View Drive east to U.S. 34/U.S. 36, where the parade will end. The U.S. 34/U.S. 36 intersection will close at 9:30 a.m. After the parade passes and pedestrians are clear of the roadway, the Estes Park Police Department will begin to reopen the parade route to vehicles. Side streets along the parade route remain open during the parade, but access to the parade route will be prohibited until the parade passes and pedestrians are clear of the roadway. Motorists will not be able to leave parking lots along the parade route until the parade has passed and pedestrians are clear. To avoid the parade route and bypass the downtown area, motorists may use alternate routes including the Moccasin bypass, Graves Avenue, Community Drive, Manford Avenue, U.S. 36 to Mall Road, U.S. 34 and Wonderview Avenue. Westbound traffic on U.S. 34 will be diverted onto Steamer Drive to Steamer Parkway and then onto Wonderview Avenue. All eastbound traffic on Wonderview Av-

enue will be diverted to Steamer Parkway, then to Steamer Drive and onto U.S. 34. Due to the parade and related street closures Sept. 11, shuttle service provided by both the Town of Estes Park (Estes Transit) will be impacted. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Estes Transit will provide express service from the Scot Fest Entrance Stop at Manford Avenue and Community Drive to West Park Center on West Elkhorn Avenue, with the last departure from the Events Complex at 9:15 a.m. Please look for “Scot Fest Express” signage near the Scot Fest Entrance and on the shuttle vehicles. Additionally, the Estes Transit Red Route (Trolley) will help shuttle parade attendees from the Visitor Center to West Elkhorn (West Park Center) from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. At 9:30 a.m., the trolley will join the parade procession with normal service resuming around 11 a.m. All other Estes Transit shuttle routes (Gold, Blue, Brown and Silver) will begin service at 9 a.m., however some routes will be adjusted to accommodate parade route closures. Visit for detailed information on Estes Transit impacts, as well as for an example of event-specific stop signage. All Town shuttles should be running regularly scheduled daily routes by 11 a.m. Sept. 11.

Annual Meadow Closures During Elk Rut Season In RMNP Beginning on September 1, park officials will put annual closures in place for travel on foot or horse off established roadways or designated trails from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. In 2020, the closure time extended from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. due to a significant increase in visitors approaching elk in previous years, when the morning meadow closures lifted. These closures last through October 31 and are effective in Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fishing in the Fall River, Thompson River or Colorado River within the posted areas remain the same as previous years and are closed from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. The purpose of the closures is to prevent disturbance and harassment of elk during their fall mating period and to enhance visitor elk viewing opportunities. As always, elk calling and the use of spotlights or vehicle headlights for spotting wildlife is prohibited in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On August 24 at 7:18 a.m. and again at 4:15 p.m., police were called to the 400 block of Wonderview Ave. where they arrested and later released a 38 year old male from Estes Park after issuing him a summons for criminal trespassing and theft/shoplifting. On August 25 at 12:31 a.m. police were called to the 400 block of Wonderview Ave. where they again arrested the same 38 year old male from Estes Park and removed him from the property after issuing him a summons for criminal trespassing.

On August 27 at 7:14 p.m. police were again called to the 400 block of Wonderview Ave. where they contacted the same 38 year old male from Estes Park, arrested him and charged him with burglary and theft and transported him to the Larimer County Jail. On August 28 at 10:22 p.m. police stopped a vehicle in the 300 block of South St. Vrain Ave. On scene they arrested the 34 year old male driver from Estes Park and booked him at the Estes Park Police Department with charges of DUI, DUI per se and failure to drive in a single lane. The male was later released.

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Bull Riding & Ranch Broc Riding for First Responders Mark it on your Labor Day weekend calendars, the 5th annual “Buck for the Badge” Benefit Rodeo presented by S and S Bucking Bulls will thunder into the Estes Park Fairgrounds, Estes Park Colorado, on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 to benefit Critically Injured and Fallen 1st Responder Families. This will be a unique evening of Ranch Broc. and Bull Riding, all to raise money for these Heros During the rodeo, a silent auction open to everyone will take place featuring one-of-a-kind autographed shirts, hats, pictures, and more donated by champion cowboys from both the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) organizations. Entertainment By Rodeo Clown and Funny Man Eric Myrick Special admission prices for 1st Responders 1st Responders with and ID Card or Badge will be $5.00, additional family member tickets will also be $5.00 Any 1st responder wearing their uniform

FREE. This is our salute and expression of gratitude to our 1st Responders Regular tickets available at the gate: $10 Adults , $10 Children – 7 and under– FREE. Box Seats $20.00 The Estes Park Fairgrounds is located at 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park About Buck for the Badge Our Mission started 5 years ago in February of 2016 when three deputies of the Park County Sheriff ’s Office were involved in a shooting. All three were injured. One with non-life, threatening injuries, one was critically injured, and one was fatally wounded. Buck for the Badge works diligently to help raise funds for our fallen hero’s families during tragedies like this. Buck for the Fallen is here to celebrate Colorado’s heroes that are still with us and honor those that we have lost. We are here to ensure our first responders and families know that their service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. Please visit for more Information

Town Now Accepting Applications For 2022 Community Initiative Funding The Town of Estes Park appropriates funds to support local organizations that help meet the needs of Estes Valley residents, subject to Town Board goals and availability of funds. Included in this program are Community Initiative Funds, for which the Town is currently accepting applications from organizations serving the Estes Valley. To apply for 2022 funding, organizations must complete and submit a Community Initiative Funding Application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Applications are available online at under the "Community Initiative Funding" dropdown. Completed applications should be emailed to Jason Damweber at The Town Board will prioritize funding requests at a budget study session in October. Funding is ultimately subject to Town Board approval of its budget in November. Organizations receiving

funds for 2022 will be required to submit a final project report, structured as an educational news article, by May 31, 2022. Additionally, nonprofits hosting an event for the Estes Valley may request Town sponsorship funding. These sponsorships shall not exceed $1,000 and an organization may receive only one sponsorship per year. For more information on the Town's policy on funding outside entities, please visit On a first-come, first-served basis, childcare providers also have an opportunity to apply for funding from the Town for both capital and non-capital projects. For more information on qualification and eligibility criteria, and to apply for funding, please refer to the Town's Childcare Funding Guidelines and Application at For more information, please contact Jason Damweber at 970-577-3707 or

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By Brian Schaffer

My wife and I drove up Old Fall River Road, spent time at the top, and then cruised over to Grand Lake to view the burn scar from the East Troublesome Fire. It was quite an experience to take in everything we saw during our 4 hour expedition. As we traveled up Old Fall River Road a sign let us know it was 9 miles to the top. On our way up we passed a few people on bicycles. I could tell it wasn't an easy ride considering most of it is uphill loaded with curves to maneuver. I've not ridden a bike in the mountains so I can only imagine it's a lot different than what I remembered as a child growing up in Kansas. All of this got the gears turning in my mind of how we understand, interpret, and relate to another person's journey. If someone invited me to go on a 9 mile

bike ride with them, I'd generally say, “Sure, why not”, because my memories of riding this distance in the Flint Hills of Kansas tells me it's an easy ride. However, my assumptions based on past experiences would not prove to be accurate and would most likely bring pain and suffering to my body if the ride was filled with curves, steep inclines, rain, wind, or other challenging elements unfamiliar to me. What's easy for one is not so easy for another. We're all on a journey and the path looks different for each one of us. At Crossroads we are helping people on their journey by providing them with basic human services and equipping them for the journey ahead. We are committed to listen attentively to each person's experience so we can better understand, interpret, and relate to where

they've been, what they've experienced, and where they'd like to go. Our hope is for everyone to finish life's journey surrounded by people who know them intimately and love them deeply. I know it's a lofty vision, but so worthwhile to pursue. We definitely can't do it on our own, so this is where we need your help. We're able to assist hundreds of people each year because of partnerships with businesses, churches, collaborative organizations, and generous donors. We really couldn't do what we do without you. It's where the “rubber meets the road”. Your giving fuels life change! Help us keep the wheels turning by making a significant donation today. Give securely online at or mail it to PO Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517

Voter Registration Drive Continues The League of Women Voters of Estes Park continues to hold Voter Registration Drives next to the Estes Valley Farmers Market. Seen here are LWV-EP members Marina Connors, Kathy Long, and Robin Converse on August 19th.

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Oshkosh Airshow Topic of Next Aviation Club Meeting The Oshkosh Airshow, which held its first show in 1953, was back this year. Over 3,000 aircraft participated in the show, and over 600,000 people attended. One such participant hailed from Estes Park. Longtime Aviation Club member, Graham Nelson, has been an aviation enthusiast ever since childhood; he loves all things aviation. Graham lives in Estes Park and works at Safeway, where he is a familiar face to many. On Wednesday, September 8, Graham will talk about his recent trip to Oshkosh Wisconsin for the annual Experimental

Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture. He goes to the airshow most years; and brings back photos, videos and stories which he loves to share. Graham enjoys the sounds of the B17 and B-25 overflying the airshow center; as well as the helicopters and the Ford TriMotor flying over the show. He hopes to bring the airshow to life for those who attend this presentation. Graham also hopes to someday become a pilot himself. The Aviation Club meeting will begin at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Building, 850 N St Vrain Ave. The public is invited to attend.

EPNRC Announces Shared Services for Nonprofits The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center connects, supports, and inspires nonprofits to execute their mission. One way we support nonprofits is to provide resources they may not otherwise be able to afford or want on hand all the time. A microphone for presentations, for example, tables for an outside event. Things you might otherwise have to rent or buy. A giant copier to collate and staple board packets or training materials. All services are listed online at A sample of those resources include: Lending Library • Speaker and microphones • Sandwich boards • Easels and podium for presentations • Projector • Round 6' outdoor tables Shared Events Calendar Partners often express interest in a shared calendar so that they can see what other nonprofits are fundraising or hosting programs on what date. EPNRC

has created a shared calendar to help with this! Shared Copy Machine • 8.5x11 handouts, fliers, packets for meetings ($.08 B/W, $.10 color) • 11x17 posters ($.60 B/W, $1 color) Leading an initiative for a Diversity Engagement Coordinator EPNRC has long recognized an overwhelming need for a Diversity Engagement Coordinator who can connect the over 70 Estes Valley nonprofits to the diverse and historically underserved populations of our community. EPNRC is beginning fundraising efforts to bring this position to our staff by June 2022 with a $7,000 goal at Colorado Gives Day. This position would, at the least, help translate information on services and programs for local nonprofits. Beyond this, the opportunities to build collaboration and engagement are endless. EPNRC is here to make “doing good in the neighborhood” easier and more efficient. We encourage anyone who might benefit from these resources to reach out to

September 18-19 10 - 5 pm FREE. Everyone welcome. 15 Artists, 10 Locations. Visit one studio or all 10. This event is founded and funded by working artists in Estes; additional support provided by businesses that value creative culture:

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We Focus On Healthy Land By: Vaughn Baker, Former President, Estes Valley Land Trust Board of Directors

servation a priority. This is the second article in an eight-part As a community that cares about the series that covers the Estes Valley Land environment, we need to work together Trust’s recently adopted Core Values. to preserve land with the highest conMore information about the land trust’s servation values. Large Core Values can be found natural areas with intact at wildlife habitat are some of the most threatened I was a member of the properties across the valEstes Valley Land Trust ley, because they have the Board of Directors for most development potenfive years and during my tial. These areas can also tenure we developed a be the most biodiverse. series of Core Values to help guide the organizaThe land trust has tion in the future. The worked with biologists and Core Value that resonates public agencies to locate personally with me is: these threatened areas and We Focus on Healthy supports financial incenLand. tives for landowners to I fell in love with nature at an early age. conserve their property. There’s no question that we all benefit from clean air and When I was just two years old, I began water, beautiful scenery, and abundant spending summers in Yellowstone Nawildlife. These are some of the reasons we tional Park, where my dad was a sumlive here. mer Ranger. That was over 50 years ago and I will never forget tagging along Unfortunately, our natural environwith my dad, playing a game and prement is experiencing unprecedented dicting when Yellowstone’s geysers threats, locally and globally. would erupt. That’s why conserving healthy land Those early years stuck with me and I across the valley is so important. I hope ended up working for the National Park our kids and grandkids, and their chilService for more than 30 years and with dren, will have the same opportunity I the Bureau of Land Management for anhad as a child, to spend long days outother 10 years. Preserving healthy land and side and fall in love with nature. sharing it with others is part of my DNA. About the Estes Valley Land Trust And that’s what led me to serve on the Founded in 1987 by Estes Park residents, Estes Valley Land Trust’s Board of Direc- the Estes Valley Land Trust is a nationtors. The land trust recently completed a ally recognized land conservation organistrategic Open Space Plan to increase zation that has preserved nearly 10,000 the pace of land conservation across the acres of land and some of the most iconic valley. There are more than 20,000 acres landscapes in the Estes Valley. More than of land in the land trust’s service area 400 members support the Estes Valley that are either undeveloped or have not Land Trust annually and additional inbeen conserved. Our valley could change formation can be found at dramatically if we don’t make land

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Day after day for at least three months, it’s classic summer. The next thing we know, the season has turned. Just like that. The change is subtle; nothing we can point at and say, “See, yesterday was summer and today it’s not quite.” Yet there it is—the hint of fall. One morning we awake and notice the sun isn’t up yet. Wasn’t the world up ’n at ‘em at 5:30 yesterday morning? What happened to the birds that were celebrating each new day with a raucous riot of song? The heat still penetrates the day yet it’s a different heat than the convincing burn of July. Evening no longer stretches out productively after dinner. We had been taking advantage of those afterdinner hours to work in the yard, go for a late-day walk and after that, relax on the deck and watch the sky fade from brilliant pinks and oranges to muted gray. But now we get the kitchen cleaned up after dinner and the sun is down. We missed the show. All the plants—in the wilderness and in the yard—need water. The flowers are faded; spent. Bees hover over seed heads, wondering where yesterday’s vibrant blossoms went. The trees are looking anemic; their deep greens grow pale. “I can’t tell,” I say to Joe. “Does that tree look like its leaves are just starting to turn yellow?” “Naw,” comes his reply. We study the tree. “Well…maybe.” Where there is one, there is more. Too soon entire hillsides and mountainsides will be luminous with brilliant gold. These ancestors marking the passage of time deep in their cores—they’re tired. The effort to be perky and lively throughout the summer has exhausted them. They need a nap. One day the wind will steal away their radiant leaves and that one windy day will be the true, noticeable marker for the end of summer. But there is no rest for the weary, some people would say. Even bare, the trees will stand tall and magnificent,

watching over us as we resist the unwelcome cold. Our world is turning crispy, as it should with the waning of summer. (Because of the season, not from wildfires!) In late September—and more tolerably in October—we delight in kicking through piles of leaves, hearing their crunch, smelling their toasty carpet underfoot. Woodsmoke curls from fireplaces, mingling with the unique autumn energy that fills the air. Hot cocoa replaces iced tea, chili replaces bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwiches. Autumn is my favorite season, with its invigorating cold against my rosy cheeks while the rest of me is warm, its woodsy aromas, heady spices wafting from the stew on the stove, and a football-Friday fervor in the atmosphere every day, not just on Fridays. I get out my thick wool sweaters, bury my nose in their hint of wild and musky animal scent, and pull one on over my head, imagining I look like a bonny Celt with a tweed skirt and a tartan tam, one foot propped up on a split rail fence—just like in the autumninspired catalogs I leaf through dreamily. But today is too early for all of that. It seems like summer just got here. I’m not ready for the feel of denim jeans rough against my legs. I don’t want to put away the cooler, or give up the sweet, juicy fruits from the farmers markets. I don’t want to wake up to darkness, put big orange pumpkins on my front porch (yet), and bake bread to chase away the chill in the house. You’ve heard it before if you’ve been reading The Thunker for the 15 years I’ve been writing the column. But I can’t let summer draw to a close without reciting my one-line poem at least once: I hate to see my favorite season come. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2021 Sarah Donohoe

New vegetation grows in the East Troublesome Fire burn area near Grand Lake. Photo by Marsha Hobert

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Graphic Design On The Studio Tour

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The Studio Tour is two weeks away. The event started as a grassroots invitation from artists to neighbors who might like to see work in progress, inspiring mistakes, and final pieces of art. The event has grown to be both a reunion of locals and a welcome way for guests to see into the places of mountain makers. This is the fifth year of the Tour. Each year includes a combination of returning artists and new discoveries. There are fourteen artists in total, three of which are returning artists who all work with graphic images. They scratch into clay, mark up a wall, or use a line drawing software. They all celebrate the recognizable regional icons of this area. They are as general as mountains, evergreen trees, and wildlife, and as specific as Great Horned Owls, Longs Peak, and Indian Paintbrush flowers.

but she also makes birds that fly on wires and other whimsical work. You might recognize her vases and small plates at local restaurant Bird & Jim ( of the proud Studio Tour sponsors). Leah will be a guest of Susan Anderson in Little Valley. Wade Johnston has a creative history in tattoo work and skateboard/surfboard graphics. He is part owner of Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.; understandably, some of his design sensibility has been applied to beer labels. He created a series of coloring books, first for Rocky and subsequently other national parks. In the last couple years, he has expanded off paper and products to murals. Wade will be a guest of John Lynch off Mary’s Lake Rd and Hwy 7. Karen McPherson has a lifelong love of clay. However, COVID forced her into another play space: graphic illustration. Most of her illustrations are from pictures she takes walking the trails and driving the byways of Estes Park. She uses a computer graphic illustration program to make a series of shapes, colors, and layers that sometimes end up exploding off the page, and other times call you into a quiet space in the field. McPherson is located in Little Valley and will have a guest metalsmith artist. In all, ten local artisans (some with guest artists) will open their studios to Leah Simmons DeCapio lives in Nederland and creates potdemonstrate their fine art tery with her husband, Scott. Scott shapes each piece on a and craft process. The potter’s wheel or by hand. Leah then paints the entire piece black and carves the designs, revealing the white clay. Each Estes Park Studio Tour is piece is an original, no stencils are used. Their studio is very Saturday and Sunday, Sep“green” too: electricity is powered by wind and water. tember 18 and 19. Visitors can choose the route that best serves them; visit one Wade Johnson is a studio or all ten. Some locations graphic artist that deare right off the highway; others signs beer labels, promotional poster art (did are up a windy dirt road. Printed maps will be available you see the Rodeo poster?), murals around two weeks before the event at town (have you seen the Kind Coffee, Lumpy Ridge Brewfirefighter mural by ing, and Bird & Jim Restaurant. Inkwell and Brew?). He Information on artists, examples returns to the Studio of their work, and an interactive Tour for his fourth year. map can be found on This event is founded and funded by artists. Realtor Heidi Riedesel, Aspen Brook Vacation Rentals, Leah Simmons DeCapio works in colDr. Daniel Rauk, the Estes Arts District, laboration with her husband; he makes Bird & Jim Restaurant and Kind Coffee the pots and she carves the designs. provide additional support. Viva CreMost of her work is functional pottery, ative Culture!

Saturday Is The Day Estes Park Woman’s Club Treasure Trunk Sale (Aka Garage Sale) The Estes Park Womans Club’s annual garage sale will be held in the parking lot of Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church on Saturday, September 4th from 8 a.m–1 p.m. Club members will be selling items from the trunks of their cars. There will be homemade craft items- wine

sacks, tote bags, candles, jewelry and more as well as a Bake Sale. This is a major fund raiser for the club which supports local organizations in Estes Park such as the library, schools, Crossroads and RMNP. Mark the date on your calendar – come early for the best bargains.

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Funny how things come in waves. I had all my daughter’s family visiting in the month of August, from daughter to granddaughter, grandson, in-laws, and great grandbabies. We had a lot of fun and the house is now very quiet. I was proud of how gentle my dog Sunshine was with the babies. She did accidently knock them down occasionally and that caused her to try and help by “kissing” them. That did not help at all, it just caused more crying. They included me in any and every thing. I rode that silly little train and the bumper boats, both of which I was afraid I could not get out, but I did. They got to visit Greg and Cecelia and Marie and Lexi as well. Benjamin, 3 ¾ years old, caught his first fish at the fishing pond. It will go out Monday in the trash but he was so excited catching that fish… guess how small it was. I love summer squash so decided I would try a new recipe while they were here. I then was told most did not care for that vegetable. I had the squash, so I fixed my new recipe anyway. Between the babies and adults there were no leftovers. That is enough about not liking squash!

Heavenly Squash

6-8 servings 400 degree oven (if it browns too quickly, turn down oven) grease a 12 x 9 baking dish.

3 medium yellow summer squashes, sliced into rings. 3 medium zucchini, sliced into rings 1 onion, cut in half then sliced chunked, I like to get bits of onion so do not chop 1 sweet, small, red pepper, diced (I did not use this) 2-4 Tbs. butter melted and divided 3/4 tsp. salt or more to taste ½ cup sour cream 1/3 cup mayonnaise ½ tsp. salt, plus salt for boiling. ¾ cup Ritz crackers crushed Plus, a sleeve of crushed crackers In pot of boiling water, par boil the two squashes with some salt until almost tender. Drain well. Mix ½ tsp. salt, onions, sour cream, mayonnaise, 1 Tbs. butter, and ¾ cup crackers in large bowl. Mix in slightly cooled squash. Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle the rest of crumbs over vegetables and top with remaining melted butter. Bake 55 minutes to one hour. I am saddened to report that my friends from New Orleans cancelled their visit because of Covid, and we have decided to put off Switzerland until next year. We had cancelled this trip once already. My email: Bon Appétit.

Learn With The League Join us for our first General Meeting for the 21-22 year. Wewill be in-person and outdoors for the meeting and learning event on September 22. It's open to all, and free. The meeting will take place at the large shelter house in Stanley Park (between

the basketball and tennis courts) from 10am -noon. Our guest speaker will be Eric Waples, presenting a talk on the Filibuster. Eric is a long-time teacher of history, government, and constitutional law, as well as Headmaster of Fountain Valley School from 1987 to 1995. He has visited privately with Supreme Court Justices, and has a vast knowledge of US politics and the US Supreme Court. Since retiring in Colorado, he often teaches and gives presentations. He isthe speaker for the 'Supreme Court Discussion' series at the Estes Valley Community Center.

Upcoming League of Women Voters Zoom Coffee Meeting Join us for our Zoom Coffee on Saturday, September 11, 10:00 - 11:00 am. We will go “behind the scenes” with Matt Eisenberg, General Manager of The Car Park. Bring your questions about the new downtown parking program that started this summer in Estes. We'll learn how and where to get

signed up, how to use our free 30 minutes, and how the parking program is working. We'll also have time to share updates and more about the Town's Comprehensive Plan. All are welcome and it's free. Register by visiting our website:

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The Estes Park Archives Meeting This Saturday, Sept. 4 Cushman's fish hatchery at Green Lake, two miles above Georgetown, was the former Estes Park resident Charles W. Dennison, who started out in Georgetown, moved to Estes Park no earlier than 1870, and then married and returned to Georgetown in 1873. None of this would be particularly significant or noteworGeorgetown in the late 1920s. Courtesy Sanborn thy, except for the visit of one Research Centre “Rocky Mountain Jim” to Georgetown in early May 1873, The Estes Park Archives kicks off the as noted by the Colorado (Georgetown) month of September with a new series Daily Miner on May 8, 1873. This was focused on Colorado towns you wouldthe same “Rocky Mountain Jim” as Estes n't think had much to do with Estes Park's own “desperado” James Nugent, Park's early history, yet actually played a and Mr. Nugent's visit to Georgetown pivotal role. was not for pleasure - As Larimer The first town profiled is Georgetown, County records later revealed, James which was a named mining settlement as Nugent was in Georgetown to sell his early as 1860, yet didn't become a real Muggins Gulch property to William H. town until a silver boom in 1865, made Cushman. official by incorporation in 1868. BankHow in God's green earth had a ing became a necessary evil for this Georgetown banker (who later turned thriving community, and William H. out to be a Georgetown bank embezCushman arrived from Central City zler) learned of or become interested in around the time of Georgetown's incorEstes Park property, and, more to the poration to take over the newly estabpoint, why was he interested in paying lished banking house of George T. Clark James Nugent $1000 for land he was and Company. squatting on, which had no hope of conOne of William Cushman's other intertaining precious metals and consisted of ests was aquaculture, and the person rea run-down slovenly shack? sponsible for overseeing the operations of We may not have all the answers, but

Parkinson’s Disease? The Lsvt-Big Program Can Help You! By Dr. Christina Mathew, PT, DPT Estes Park Physical Therapy

(bradykinesia) and postural instability. This results in difficulty walking, getting “THINK BIG!” This is one of the most in and out of chairs, and poor balance increasing the risk for falls. Fine motor commonly used phrases in the LSVTtasks are also impacted such as writing, Big program. buttoning a shirt or using utensils while What is LSVT all about? The Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) program eating. A wide range of non-motor was first developed in the speech therapy symptoms also persist such as depression, loss of sense of smell, gastric probcommunity to address vocal deficits lems, cognitive changes and many others. (LSVT-Loud). From there, it expanded What’s the solution? There are many to physical therapy (LSVT-Big) to adinterventions in place to manage the dress movement dysfunctions. The LSVT-Big program is an intensive reha- progressive pathology of PD. In the medicinal world there is Carbidopa and bilitation program structured for those in any stage of Parkinson's Disease (PD). Levodopa. In the physical therapy world, we have LSVT-Big! As the disThis rigorous protocol calls for 1 hour ease progresses and more neurons are sessions 4 times a week for optimum affected, smaller motor movements are gains. falsely accepted as “normal.” The Big What’s the problem? The loss of neuprogram focuses on “recalibrating” rons in the brain impairs the ability to movements of the body improving overregulate movement. Found in the midbrain, the substantia nigra “has a critical all motor control and function. So now what? Do you think LSVT-Big role in modulating motor is right for you? Find an LSVT-Big certipart of the basal ganglia circuitry.” When this area of the brain experiences fied physical therapist near you. neurodegeneration, motor deficits folAbout the author: Dr. Mathew is a physical low. See the following image of anatomi- therapist and has maintained her LSVT-Big certification since 2016. She recently joined cal changes in the brain. Estes Park Physical Therapy. She has worked What’s the result? As PD progresses, with many people who have Parkinson's Discommon symptoms include resting ease with positive outcomes. For more infortremors, stiffness, slow movements mation on the program visit

we encourage speculation, and if the weather is good enough on Saturday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m., we will sit outside 240 Moraine Avenue and share possibilities. All are welcome, including

first-time visitors to Estes Park, but COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged. At this time of night, free parking is available directly across the street. Call 586-4889 for more information.

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Ballet Renaissance Fall 2021 Season

Photo by Marsha Hobert

Nonprofit Ballet Renaissance is transitioning its open online adult classes, for both beginners and more experienced dancers, into an in-person format this fall. Classes are being offered at various lo-

cations. Mask requirements will follow rules of class location. Ballet Renaissance open in-person classes for children have not yet begun. BR's Fall 2021 Protégé program, a merit-based, tuition-free program for particularly talented and committed students, works hand-in-hand with BR's outreach program for Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. Protégé Level 2 classes have begun and will meet in-person as long as conditions allow. Class size is small, social distance and masks required. A new Protégé Level 1 class is in the works. For information, to participate or support, contact Ballet Renaissance via

Community Bible Study Is Ready For In-Person Bible Study After last years virtual Bible study on Zoom, Community Bible Study, the international, non-denominational Bible Study with two classes in Estes Park, is ready to meet in-person again when classes start the second week of September. “But,” explains Robbi Telfer, Evening class Teaching Director, “we're ready to pivot back to 'virtual' if we need to.” “Actually, we like to think of it as a pirouette,” laughs the new Day Class Teaching Director, Alyssa Bergman, “a leap of faith into planning on meeting in-person, but also prepared to do some fancy mid-air maneuvers if we have to go back to Zoom!” “Whatever format the classes take, the study this year is shaping up to be what people need to hear right now: the truth that even when the world seems to be coming apart, our lives are held together in the Lord Jesus Christ,” says Telfer. “We're studying nine different letters to believers in the first century, and I think we'll be amazed at how the times and issues they faced are so similar to ours, and how the message of hope to them speaks so clearly to us today.” “And it's not just a mashup of a bunch of different letters,” adds Bergman. “Each letter speaks to the same truth that God is always working in our lives, that He has called us to share His life with each other, and that He Himself is all we need to do all He asks us to do. This is going to be such an encouraging study for these times we're going through!”

“Yes!” agrees Telfer. “And each letter is going to open up new ways of seeing and doing life together. It's an amazingly timely study. We hope people will join us, whether we're in-person or on Zoom. And actually, our evening class is already offering both in-person and Zoom core groups, so people can sign up for the kind of class that meets their needs right now. And then we'll see what the Lord has in mind come September 13!” Community Bible Study is a 30-week study that runs from mid-September to the end of April, with a break at Christmas. There two CBS classes in Estes Park. The co-ed Evening Class, for men, women and teens, meets in-person Mondays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at their new location: Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail (next to Good Samaritan Village), beginning September 13. “Virtual” core groups are also available. The teen core meets Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:20 pm at the Christian Church on US Highway 36, starting September 14. The Day Class, for women and children, meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30 am, at Mountain View Bible Fellowship at Highway 7 and Peak View, beginning September 14. For more information on the classes and to learn whether they are pirouetting - please contact Nicole Cousineau ( for Day Class details, or Sallie Brackman, for the Evening Class.

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Fine Arts and Crafts Festival September 18 & 19 The 46th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is almost here. This fun and unique shopping experience showcases world class artists from Colorado and neighboring western states. Shoppers will discover hand woven garments, paintings, jewelry, metalwork, photography, sculpture, pottery, and more! The festival will take place September

18th and 19th in Bond Park; Saturday from 9:00 to 6:00 and Sunday from 9:00 to 4:00. Visit for more information.

Newcomers Club Enjoys Summer Picnic About 118 members, alumni and prospective members of the Estes Park

Newcomers Club enjoyed a sunny summer picnic on August 22 at the O’Connor Pavilion on Fish Hatchery Road. The event was the kickoff activity to the club’s 2021-2022 year. The beautiful weather was surpassed only by the bountiful and delicious food. Club members smoked and served BBQ brisket and ribs, pulled pork and veggie burgers. All shared their culinary skills, bringing and sharing an abundance of flavorful appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Friendly games of cornhole toss added to the fun. Everyone was delighted to get together after the long time apart due to the pandemic. The group’s camaraderie was a treat for all eager to reconnect. Alumna

and nonagenarian Jean Welch shared her pleasure with the opportunity to renew friendships. President Debbi Stalder and VP of Events, Jean Rissmiller, welcomed the group and previewed upcoming events, including the largest project, the Christmas time, “We Believe in Estes Park”. The out-of-season appearance of Santa and Ms. Claus (Al and Barbara Pren-

tiss) and elf Rod Stalder–dressed in appropriate costumes—injected merriment as they issued an early call for volunteers.

EPHS Boys Soccer Season Opener EPHS Boys Soccer team opened the 2021 season with a win at Bennett High School stadium with a score of 3-0. Jesus Giron scored all three goals with assists from Josh Landkamer and Simon Igel.

The defensive back 4 of Ezequiel Escorcia, Josh Landkamer, Jack Klipstein, and Mateo Eggen held their ground all night with a fine coordinated defensive effort.

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What is Tablesetting? What is Tablescaping?

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The answers will be revealed ting on the left sidebar for more details Sunday September 12. September 12 is also the opening day One of these tables is a contestant for for registration for individuals, pairs Tablesetting, the other is a contestant for and teams who would like to participate Tablescaping. Can you tell which is in the November 12-14 event. The regiswhich? Come to the Tablesetting 101 tration fee is $30 per table for all cateevent on Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 gories. PM at the Estes Park Museum and disThe Tablesetting/scaping event is a cover the answer plus much more. fundraiser for the Estes Park Museum We will be preparing potential contest- Friends & Foundation, Inc. which supants for our November 12-14 Fifth Taports the Estes Park Museum. blesetting/scaping Event, this year at the Dunraven at the Estes Park Resort. We welcome experienced old hands as well as people who would like to see something new they have never experienced. No reservations are necessary for this free event. Masks are encouraged for guests and required for volunteers and staff. Visit and click on Colorado Creative Tableset- E.T. the Extraterresrtial created by Julie Farnham, cre-



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Larimer County Outlines Updated COIVD Response Strategy By Tom Gonzales, Larimer County Public Health Director

spread as we have seen since July. In fact, our seven-day COVID-19 case rate has increased from 22 per 100,000 people to just over 225 per 100,000, and In late May, we all hospitalizations are currently the highbreathed a sigh of est they’ve been since January 6. Our relief. COVID-19 hospital systems are doing everything cases had dropped they can to maintain sufficient resources dramatically in to meet all of the serious health care Larimer County needs in our community, but COVIDand with that, there were fewer hospital- 19 is once again putting incredible presizations and deaths. As our community sure on their ability to provide care for got vaccinated, local businesses reevery urgent medical issue. bounded, kids returned to in-person What action needs to be taken? learning, participated in sports, went to Vaccines continue to be the way out of summer camp, musicians got back on the pandemic, and with the full FDA apstage, and we all finally felt safer visiting proval of Pfizer’s vaccine this week, we our friends and family. are even more assured of the vaccine’s What has changed and what is the cur- safety and efficacy. Most severe illnesses, rent situation? hospitalizations, and deaths due to Unfortunately, the arrival of the Delta COVID-19 are in those who are not variant in July changed the game. This vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. The variant is extremely contagious and is vaccines are working, even against the causing conditions to rapidly worsen in Delta variant, but there are simply not Larimer County and across the U.S. enough people vaccinated to contain the Studies demonstrate that the Delta vari- virus as well as we did before Delta. ant is at least twice as contagious as the Thus, we are reaching the same threshinitial strain. What this means is that olds that previously triggered mandates early in the pandemic someone who was and closures to prevent our hospitals contagious with the initial strain might from being overwhelmed. No one wants have spread the virus to 2 to 3 people, to go backward, and indeed, we could but now someone who has the Delta not even if we wanted to do so. Instead, variant may spread the virus to 3 to 6 we need to employ new approaches to people - leading to rapid community address a new situation. We need every-

one to pull together and ask their family, friends, co-workers, clients, and customers to get vaccinated and to mask up, at least temporarily. It’s clear that we must act now, as a community. The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful and challenging for everyone. However, we need to act based on the best science available. This includes the swift implementation of multiple prevention strategies, including vaccination, without imposing additional restrictions, if possible. I ask that you join me in acting on these so we can: •Keep children learning in-person at schools and childcares with minimal disruptions •Help our hospitals maintain sufficient resources to meet all critical health care needs in our community •Return to pre-pandemic conditions through near universal vaccination in Larimer County How do we do this? We need everyone who is eligible and has not yet been vaccinated to roll up your sleeve and get vaccinated. We need for everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask when you’re in public indoor spaces. To help those on the fence, we need getting vaccinated to be the easy choice. Getting vaccinated today is the tool to return to all normal activities and

protect others and our economy. Wearing a mask indoors reduces the spread of the virus while we work to achieve higher levels of community immunity. These are simple actions that, when taken by most of us, will keep kids learning in their classrooms, free up hospital beds, and prevent the needless loss of any more Larimer County residents to this now preventable disease. This work has already begun. Businesses are advertising that their employees are vaccinated. Others are requiring vaccination for entry into movies and concerts. Some organizations, such as Colorado State University, are requiring vaccination and mask-wearing indoors. Where groups are not yet universally eligible for vaccination, such as our school districts, organizations are requiring everyone to wear masks and doubling down on maximizing ventilation and air filtration. I have said this before and I will say it again, we are in a battle with a virus-and when we battle each other, the virus wins. We now have so many more tools available to us than we did at the beginning of this response. Coming together as a community, and implementing these steps now, will ensure that we can win this battle and eventually, win this war against COVID-19.


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Salud Family Health Centers September is National Cholesterol Education Month September is National Cholesterol Education Month. This is a great time to get your cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. High cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes and/or through medications. High cholesterol usually does not have any symptoms; so many people do not know that their cholesterol levels are too high. Your health provider can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Children, young adults, and older Americans can have high cholesterol. More than 93 million American adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dl, which is above healthy levels. More than 7% of U.S. children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 have high total cholesterol. The Salud Estes Park clinic, located at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive, is accepting new patients. For more information, please visit To schedule an appointment, call (970) 586-9230. At Salud Family Health Centers, we provide quality, affordable primary health care services to keep you and your family healthy. We serve all members of the community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Salud accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans. Salud Centros de Salud Familiar Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de Educación sobre el Colesterol Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de Educación sobre el Colesterol. Este es un

buen momento para controlar su colesterol y tomar medidas para reducirlo si es alto. El colesterol alto se puede controlar mediante cambios en el estilo de vida y / o medicamentos. El colesterol alto generalmente no presenta ningún síntoma; muchas personas no saben que sus niveles de colesterol son demasiado altos. Su proveedor de salud puede hacerle un simple análisis de sangre para controlar su colesterol. El colesterol alto es un factor de riesgo importante de enfermedad cardíaca, la principal causa de muerte en los Estados Unidos. Los niños, los adultos jóvenes y las personas mayores pueden tener el colesterol alto. Más de 93 millones de adultos estadounidenses (20 años o más) tienen niveles de colesterol total iguales o superiores a 200 mg / dl, que es superior a los niveles saludables. Más del 7% de los niños y adolescentes de 6 a 19 años en EE. UU tienen colesterol total alto. La clínica Salud Estes Park, ubicada en 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive, está aceptando nuevos pacientes. Para obtener más información, visite Para programar una cita, llame al (970) 586-9230. En Salud Family Health Centers, brindamos servicios de atención primaria de salud asequibles y de calidad para que usted y su familia se mantengan saludables. Servimos a todos los miembros de la comunidad sin importar el estado del seguro o la capacidad de pago. Salud acepta Medicaid, Medicare, CHP + y la mayoría de los planes de seguro privados.

Quaker Unitarian/Universalist Meeting Notice The QUU group in Estes Park is a group of intellectually curious individuals who meet on Sunday mornings to learn about and discuss a wide variety of issues. Our meeting has gone back to a Zoom format. This Sunday’s speaker will be local history teacher Jeff Arnold, beloved by generations of students. With his specialty being the Civil War, we have asked him to develop a presentation on The

Daughters of the Confederacy, which group emerged after the War, and held forth until roughly the beginning of World War One. To receive the Zoom address for our meeting, please contact our Zoom Administrator Jim Linderholm at the following edress: We will check in at 11:00 am Sunday, and the presentation will begin at 11:15.


Food Trucks Schedule Sep 3rd - Sep 9th Fri 9/3

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

Roaming Rations La Cocina de Mama Origins Wood Fired Pizza EP Bross Café Mess Coffee Kona Ice

11-7 12-8 12-7 12-7 6-1 12-5

Sat 9/4 Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Lumpy Ridge Brewing Stanley Park Dog Park Mustang Mtn Coaster

Roaming Rations La Cocina de Mama WesTex BBQ EP Bross Café Mess Coffee Kona Ice

11-7 12-8 12-7 12-7 6-1 12-5

Sun 9/5 Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Avant Garde Aleworks Lumpy Ridge Brewing Stanley Park Dog Park Fun City & Mtn Coaster

La Cocina de Mama Origins Pizza & EP Bross Rosa Tacos Roaming Rations Café Mess Coffee Kona Ice

12-7 12-6 12-7 1-7 6-1 12-5

Mon 9/6 Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Stanley Park Dog Park

La Cocina de Mama EP Bross Café Mess Coffee

12-7 12-8 6-1

Tues 9/7 Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Scots Sporting Goods

Rosa Tacos La Cocina de Mama Café Mess Coffee

12-7 12-8 6-1

Wed 9/8 Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Scots Sporting Goods

EP Bross WesTex BBQ Café Mess Coffee

Thur 9/9 Rock Cut Brewing The Barrel Lumpy Ridge Brewing Scots Sporting Goods Fun City & Mtn Coaster

La Cocina de Mama EP Bross WesTex BBQ Café Mess Coffee Kona Ice

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Thanks To All Who Participated In The Lake Estes Cleanup The Derek Vinge Edward Jones crew held a lake cleanup from 10 AM – 12 PM followed by an appreciation lunch

on Saturday, Aug. 28th. There were 25 people in attendance and managed to get around the entire lake.


S TA N L E Y H O M E M U S E U M If these walls could talk, they would tell you a compelling tale of mountain life in early Estes Park through the eyes of the influential Flora & Freelan ("F.O.") Stanley and the domestic help who maintained their house, property, and way of life. To enter the door of the 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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Five Fun Facts About… Wilson’s Warbler By: Dawn Wilson

Often all you will see of these vibrant little birds is a quick flash of yellow as it darts across a bush and into the safety of cover. And although the brilliant yellow of this bird’s feathers makes them quite attractive and they are comfortable being near humans, they still demonstrate shy tendencies when people are near, preferring to hide amongst the leaves. Here are five

facts about this little bird that will migrate from the Estes Valley in the next few weeks for warmer winter weather. 1. The Wilson’s warbler is named for Alexander Wilson, an American ornithologist who first described this bird in 1811. 2. A group of warblers may be called a “bouquet,” “confusion,” or “wrench” of warblers. 3. The male Wilson’s warbler has a dis-

tinct black cap, which makes it easy to identify from a similar looking bird, the yellow warbler, which appears all yellow. 4. Wilson’s warblers do not visit feeders so if you want to attract them to your yard, provide prime habitat for them, like thick cover of native trees and bushes near water. 5. Wilson’s warblers are one of the smallest warblers (weighing less than half an ounce) and one of the brightest, actually being a more vivid yellow in the

western part of their range compared to those in the eastern region. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints at or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

A yellow warbler looks very similar to a Wilson's warbler but lacks the distinct black cap.

A female Wilson's warbler looks very similar to the male but has a more subtle gray cap on the head.

Estes Park Women's Golf Association Today's Game was Lone Ranger. On each hole, 2 scores were taken from the team. The Lone Ranger score was used by rotating through each player then adding the lowest net from the other players on every hole. 1st Place Team

Margi Cantrell, Jennifer Gergen, Claudia Irwin 2nd Place Team Jan Alderman, Hulda Bachman, Kathy Bryson 3rd Place Team Carolyn Bible, Cindy Minier, Jan Tindall, Karen Saucier

A male Wilson's warbler flutters around on a pine tree branch.

A female Wilson's warbler stops in a willow bush with food to feed its nearby nestlings.

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Estes Valley Plein Air Featuring 31 Juried Artists Until September 26 Beginning August 14th, our juried selected visiting artists began their efforts to create artwork for the Art Center’s “Estes Valley Plein Air National Paint Out”, which is now on display. Awards were given out during a ceremony on August 28th with the following as winners: Quick Paint: 3rd - Richard Sneary $125 donated by Bank of Estes Park & McGregor Mountain Lodge 2nd - Richie Vios - $175 donated by Bank of Colorado, Chris Switzer & Dave and Michelle Hall 1st - Kathleen Lanzoni - $225 donated by Rock Cut Brewery Poster Contest - Jenifer Cline - $250 donated by Mary Murphy & Plein Air Magazine Subscription(value $36.97)

for the Board of Directors Award, Patrick Martchink, Mayor Pro Tem for the Mayor's Award and Jane Hunt for the Main Exhibit Awards During the run of this exhibit, the public is invited to select their favorite artwork as part of the People’s Choice Award. This will be presented at the conclusion of the show. In addition, we would like to give recognition to and expressions of appreciation for the following list of Sponsors: Anonymous Bank of Colorado Bank of Estes Park Fund of the Community Foundation Blick Art Supplies Chamber of Commerce

pencil drawing by Don Pearson, donated by Charlotte Lloyd, titled “Snow”. The Public is invited to enter for this prize from 5 – 7 Friday, September 3. The winning name will be notified after 7 pm. Adult Classes Offered in September Getting the Most From Your Digital Fall Landscape Photography with John Shelton September 11 & 18 - Saturday & Saturday - 10am to 4pm Art Center Members: $135 Non-Members: $150 Ever wonder how professional photographers get those great fall color shots? In this class we’ll explore the basics of solid landscape photography. We’ll touch on the mechanics of camera settings, and

September 21 & 22 - Tuesday & Wednesday - 10am to 4pm Art Center Members: $157.50 NonMembers: $175 Plus $50 per all students on day of class, paid directly to instructor, will include ALL supplies you will need for this workshop. Whether an experienced artist or a beginner you will enjoy this highly structured paint-along oil painting workshop where you will start and complete two realistic, detailed landscapes each day entitled “Boulder at Bear Lake” and “Aspen Splendor on the River.” Learn composition, perspective, color mixing, the 5 basic values, exploring simple time-saving brush techniques, and more with professional artist, Susan Garden, from

Artists Choice Award - Richie Vios $250 donated by Dr Guy and Leslie Van der Werf & $25 Blick Art Supply Gift Certificate Miniature Award of Excellence Richard Sneary - $250 donated by Estes Arts District & $25 Blick Art Supply Gift Certificate Nocturne Award - Lories Merfeld-Batson - $250 donated by Ron and Vivian Gordon & $25 Blick Art Supply Gift Certificate Mayor's Award - Richie Vios - $500 donated by Town of Estes Park & SouthWest Art Magazine Subscription(value $36.95) Art Center Board of Directors Award Richard Sneary - $700 donated by the Board of Directors & Plein air Magazine Subscription (value $36.97) 3rd Place Award of Excellence - James Biggers - $500 donated by Anonymous & Plein Air Magazine Subscription(value $36.97) & Southwest Art Magazine Subscription(value $36.95) 2nd Place Award of Excellence - Rita Pacheco - $750 donated by Earthwood Galleries and Denise Shank & Quarter Page Advertising Award with Plein Air Magazine(value $1200) Best of Show - Richie Vios - $1000 donated by Hurd Foundation $ Full Page Advertising Award with SouthWest Art Magazine(value $3380) We wish to thank the following individuals who were responsible to select their respective winners: Pat Seburn for the Quick Paint Awards, Diana Wade

Denise Shank Ron & Ann Wilcocks - Earthwood Galleries Estes Arts District Estes Park Museum David Garon/Hostmark Hospitality Group Dave & Michelle Hall/UPS Dale and Jill Hurd Amy Hamrick - Kind Coffee Chris Wood - McGregor Mtn Lodge/ Castle Mtn Lodge Chris Switzer Mayor Wendy Koenig Mary Murphy Plein Air Magazine Ron & Vivian Gordon Candice Mohr - Snowy Peaks Winery Sourcetek SouthWest Art Magazine St Bartholomew’s Episcopal ChurchSeth Richardson Town of Estes Park Dr. Guy & Leslie Van der Werf Also on display in the gallery are the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. The Art Center is Open Daily 11 – 5 First Friday Art Groove The Art Center will be open 5 – 7 for First Friday Art Groove. we are offering a Door Prize of a matted, original color

how to use those in the field for landscape. We will also discuss composition, location, lighting, and creativity in making your shots stand out from the ordinary. Day 1 will combine reviewing techniques with examples in the classroom, and if time permits, practice time as a group outside with a short walk/drive to nearby scenic locations. On Day 2, one week later, students will share their assignment work, including a supportive critique session of work provided to improve their eye and technique. If time allows, we will discuss post-processing efforts to enhance imagery. Students must have their own camera, preferably a digital SLR with charged batteries and data card. Film/phone cameras can work, but may be limited regarding some class content. A basic working knowledge of your camera functions is preferred. “Fall Color” and “Edges” with Cathy Goodale (Oils or watercolor) We will paint fall colors on location (weather permitting.) If weather keeps us inside, we’ll paint from photos with a fall color theme. We’ll paint the subject twice, one with all hard edges and one with predominantly soft edges September 15 – Wednesday – 10am to 4pm Art Center Members: $72 NonMembers: $80 Bring all of your own equipment/supplies. Cathy is teaching monthly thru’ December this year. “Painting Rocky Mountain National Park” with Susan Garden In oils. In the Classroom.

the Robert Garden School of Art in Irving, TX. All art supplies including oil paints arranged in aerial perspective on the Robert Garden Disposable Palette, brushes, two 12 X 16 stretched canvases and detailed printed lesson plans for each day will be provided. Bring paper towels and wear old t-shirt or apron. “Follow the Yellow Leaf Road” September 25 & 26 The Art Center has joined in a collaborative effort with three other galleries along the Peak to Peak Byway for this first time event. Plan a day of spectacular views of leaf-peeping and celebrate the kaleidoscope of fall colors and, visit the galleries, meet some artists and watch live demos. Jim Sneary will do a demo on Saturday the 25th and Jenifer cline will demo on the 26th. The Galleries participating along with the Art Center are The Old Gallery, Allenspark; The Glass TIPI, Ward; and Gilpin County Arts, Central City. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at

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WHEN ‘LABOR’ ISN’T HONORED “Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.” In these words Wikipedia describes why Labor Day is such an important day on our yearly calendar. It reminds us that we owe much to the workers of our nation. But what happens when ‘labor’ loses its appeal and people ‘quit’ the labor force? In the Bible we have the personal testimony of one who set a standard as a ‘high achiever’ when it came to laboring and accomplishing world renowned projects. His writing in Ecclesiastes shows a spirit that is so needed in these days of high unemployment despite the ‘sea’ of ‘Now Hiring’ signs that appear throughout our communities. It shows how far we have fallen from those days when the Labor Day holiday was established, celebrating a generation of committed workers. Let’s consider Solomon’s words. He begins by asking a question that many have repeated in this day of ‘unemployment benefits’. “What does a man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?” Sound familiar? Many have decided they don’t ‘gain’ from work…just file for unemployment, letting others ‘pick up the tab’, letting landlords struggle while they live in dwellings where ‘non-eviction’ rules apply, while job opportunities abound. Others use violent means to ‘take’ from others so that they can avoid legal ‘toiling’. And, of course, we are talking about those ‘able’ to work, but won’t. But, even if some get others to ‘pay their way’ there are so many other things they lose when they refuse to labor. Solomon tells us how much a man / woman gains from his / her labor. After describing some of his projects he says: “My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward of all my labor.” He continues: “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his labor.” And again, “I realized it is good to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his toilsome labor during the few days of life that God has given him under the sun.” These verses remind us of one of the great blessings from earning a living…a sense of self-value and self-esteem. To realize that we are making a positive contribution to others’…and society’s…well-being, is of great value. A great man once said: “If you are going to be a chimney-sweep in London, be the best chimney-sweep in London!” When a person determines to do what Solomon later advises he will be able to ‘find satisfaction’ in his work. Like the English wise man, Solomon wrote: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might!” Give every effort your very best. We remember the wise saying of old: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your ‘good’ is ‘better’, and your ‘better’ ‘best’!” One of the keys to this kind of work-ethic is a determination to see life in a very positive way. Listen to these words: “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of life God has given him under the sun.” Contrast this wonderful picture of life to that of one who refuses to take advantage of those opportunities that abound around him. “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle the house leaks.” And, if “the sleep if the laboring man is sweet”, what does that say about the person who has no such determination and fulfillment? Behind all labor, of course, should be the awareness that God is behind it. The writer says: “Such labor is beautiful!”, “It is the gift of God!” As such our life is one that ‘makes, or has made, a difference’ - whether as a waiter, a motel care person, a trolley driver, a Safeway check-out person, an Ace Hardware employee or dog or baby sitter. I hope that you find satisfaction in your work and truly enjoy your Labor Day, knowing that it is celebrating you and your wonderful contributions to the good of others.

Bob Lewis

Sept 3 – Sept 9



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Cheley Camp Landscape: Setting the Record Straight By Celeste Fraser, Estes Valley Watershed Coalition

If you viewed the forest clearing at Cheley Camp two years ago and were horrified, you are not alone. As a Board Member of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (EVWC) and one who cares deeply about our environment, I personally was shocked and dismayed. Last Saturday, August 21, I became better informed and enlightened. That’s when the public was invited to hear from Jeff Cheley and Matt Marshall of the Natural Resources Conservation Service about their environmental perspectives on forest health and fire prevention. About 40 of us, including board members of EVWC, attended the community outreach event organized by EVWC, a participant of the Northern Colorado Fireshed Collaborative. In a Cheley bus, we were taken into the forest near one of the cleared areas. Jeff Cheley, a fourth-generation family member, spoke about his fear of wildfires possibly decimating the Cheley Camp property and a century of family history. He enlisted the help of the Big Thompson Conservation District, a part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which helps private landowners with cost-sharing ways to reduce fire risk, improve wildlife habitats, and protect watersheds for future generations. Matt Marshall is a conservation forester at NRSC. As Matt has said previously, “Not everyone likes to see trees cut, and we are tree-huggers, but the right thing to do is manage the forest and that means some trees need to be removed.” The forest at Cheley Camp was overgrown and full of beetle-killed trees. Matt and his team analyzed the geography of Cheley, looking carefully at the kinds of trees at each elevation, their health, and the drainage and wind patterns of the slopes. He spoke about tree behavior, specifically that lodgepole pines do not fare well when they are thinned because they rely on each other for windbreaks and nutrient sharing. He also spoke about pine beetle behavior. To propagate, the beetles release airborne pheromones, so their populations increase when forests are crowded and already under stress

from climate change and drought. Clearing wider areas of forest rather than individual thinning discourages beetle propagation, and promotes forest health and diversity. There are synergistic effects of managing forests this way. Native grasses fill in cleared areas and provide sustenance for elk and deer. Although Cheley does not sell the felled trees for lumber, firewood salesmen collected the logs for their local businesses. Limbs and branches are left in place to provide habitat for small mammals that eventually decompose into fresh organic soils. An outcome affecting the local economy is that a local fine furniture gallery, Sticks-N-Stones, collected the fallen aspen wood and has transformed them into vases, jewelry boxes, and lamps that honor the Estes Park native species. Hearing Jeff Cheley and Matt Marshall for two hours, many of us came away understanding and appreciating the reasoning behind the clearing of forest areas in Cheley Camp. Two years later, the slope looks healthy and is healthier. As Matt explained, instead of cutting forests in a checkerboard pattern, the NRSC mimics the look of what an actual fire might do. In addition, it creates a defensible space should a wildfire threaten the area. The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition works with several federal, state, and local agencies to make our forests more resilient, our community safer, and our water supply reliable. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, just one of our partners, has the scientific expertise to accomplish these goals. For more information about EVWC visit or email to

Friends Of Folk Event Created Special Memories To The Editor: The Friends of Folk Celebration last Tuesday was a very special way to keep alive our memory of Dick Orleans. The scholarships given have been put to good use as shown by the performance of Erika Metzler. Her performance showed that she has a very good start on a career in her own style of music performance. And then, the audience was thoroughly charmed by her teacher, Karrin Allyson from New York City with her accompanying professional instruments. She sang

many pieces in her own charming persona and scat style. She has been nominated five times for Grammy awards. It was that class of performance that had the audience on their feet for standing ovations to which she did an encore or two. The Estes Arts District and their many sponsors can be very proud of acquiring such high caliber of performers to make this celebration the total success that it was. We all salute you, Dick Orleans, who we honored at the celebration. Sharon Struve, summer resident

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu Sept 6 – 10 Monday, Sept 6

Country Fried Steak w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetable

Tuesday, Sept 7

Chicken Salad Croissant w/ Tomato Salad

Wed., Sept 8

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

Thursday, Sept 9

Chili Cheeseburger w/ Pasta Salad

Friday, Sept 10

Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

Monday, Sept 13

Chicken Breast Sandwich (topped w/ cheddar cheese & bacon)

Sept 13 – 17 w/ Homemade Chips Tuesday, Sept 14

Patty Melt Sandwich w/ Pasta Salad

Wed., Sept 15

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

Thursday, Sept 16 Vegetarian Quesadilla (w/ spinach, mushrooms, onions) & soup Friday, Sept 17

Shrimp Alfredo w/ garlic bread & side 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, Sept 6th you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Sept 3rd. 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 PM Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or eat at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: or call for the latest information

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Monitored Weed Drop-Off September 18 Please read, heed, and weed responsibly! The Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) has been serving the Estes Valley for over 14 years in promoting good land stewardship, weed identification and education, and free educational materials including the most popular Twenty Ob-Noxious Weeds in the Estes

Valley Identification and Management Guide. Now is the time to remove mature noxious weeds that contain seeds that will be next year’s – and many more years – weeds. The fourth Monitored Weed Drop-off will be held Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 AM to noon located north of the Waste Management transfer station at 666 Elm Road. No early birds or illegal drop-offs; the gate will be closed until the 9:00 AM start. Do not block the driveway entrance shared with recycling. The line will form up-the-hill/north of the entrance on the east-side of Elm Road. Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) volunteers will be on hand


to answer weed questions at-a-distance and direct traffic flow. You will unload your paper yard bags into the dumpster or truck. We have limited dumpster capacity, so a maximum ten paper yard bag limit will be imposed – no plastic bags. When we are at full capacity, the dropoff will end. Noxious weeds only, not native plants! No slash, pine needles, pine cones, trash, yard waste or dirt! Please remove/shake off dirt from plant roots. Excessive weight of wet weeds and dirt is a safety hazard for our volunteers. Bag flowers and seed heads rather than entire plants. Read our weekly Estes Valley’s Weed Alert articles (published April through September) to help identify invasive plants and manage seed producing plant parts for disposal. Unauthorized dropoffs at this location (w/video surveillance) are considered theft of services. No bags of non-noxious weed materials and general yard waste will be accepted at

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this event. Paper yard bags are available for purchase at local hardware stores. If you want ELSA to continue to sponsor these events, please adhere to the guidelines. Owning property in the Estes Valley can be challenging and different! Bagging mature weeds this time of year is not ideal weed management and not how you want to spend your time. Be proactive – learn your native plants and manage the invasive plants in a timely manner with a weed management specialist if you don’t have the time, energy or expertise to manage your property. A list of weed management specialists who can

help is available at applicators. These events are being made possible with the support from Estes Land Stewardship Association, Town of Estes Park, Larimer County, and donations. Depending on participant adherence to regulations and funding sources, Monitor Weed Drop-offs will continue in 2022. Free Twenty Ob-Noxious Weeds in the Estes Valley Identification and Management Guide weed booklets are available year-round at the Estes Valley Library, Town Hall Public Works and Police offices, Ace Hardware, and True Value. Electronic versions are posted on the Town of Estes Park website: ELSA meets the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Room at US Bank. For more information about ELSA contact: Thanks for being good stewards of your property and surrounding areas!

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Mountain Brokers 1200 Graves Avenue, Estes Park New Listing

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Sponsors Support Sunrise Rotary’s Mission Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary extends its gratitude to this year's sponsors. Rotary’s mission is “Service Above Self;” and thanks to this year’s sponsors, Rotary can award thousands of dollars in scholarships and community grants. For 26 years, sponsors have supported Autumn Gold, a Festival of Beer, Brats and Bands. Each year, Sunrise Rotary recognizes those sponsors at both of its signature fundraising events: The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show (September 46) and the Autumn Gold Festival (September 25-26).

Javier Gomez Broker 970 213-8692

Sponsors enable Sunrise Rotary to annually award $15,000 in scholarships to promising graduates of Estes Park High School for college and vocational school and over $20,000 in community grants to our local nonprofits. COVID-19 took a toll on many families and organizations last year, but this year's sponsors will help our community to overcome the challenges is has faced. Our sponsors’ generosity is changing lives and making a difference in Estes Park. Thank you, Sponsors 2021!

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1480 Meadows Dr., Drake Find peace and tranquility with great views at this newly remodeled cabin on 5 mostly wooded acres. Most of the forest was untouched by the Cameron peak fire. National Forest a short walk away. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, fully remodeled inside. Solar power, cistern and full septic. Unfinished walkout basement. New propane refrigerator, dishwasher. Both baths completely redone, new laminate flooring, totally redone kitchen with hickory cabinets and custom countertops. Listed at $460,000


564 Copper Hill Stunning cabin home w/ wrap around deck. Floor to ceiling windows for stunning view. Open floor plan w/ huge loft. Views of rolling hills to snow cap mountains out every window. Oversized heated garage with built in workbenches, plus overhead storage. Garage has a finished space (23 ft x 25 ft) that can be used as an office, art or yoga studio & has it's own private deck. Black top circular driveway. Fire mitigated. Single owner that has kept home meticulous. Listed for $850,000

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Listen to the sounds of the river as you work on your project in the mountains. Borders Natl forest, plenty of wildlife. Wood fireplace. Nice size bath with room for laundry(electric hook up but no water for washer) Only appliance is an electric stove. 3/4 bath w/incinerating toilet. Shower & sink hooked up to gray water system. no water or septic, needs new roof, deck, windows, property sold "as is" with all furniture you see. Remodeled in 1984. Listed at $210,000



1352 Marys Lake Road

Join us this Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3pm for the Carolyn Fairbanks Dog Park dedication and dog walk fundraiser at the Estes Park Dog Park.

Extended Family Complex or Income Property • Year round house, guest cabin & mobile home • 1 acre lot with mature trees & lots of wildlife • RMNP is right up the road & Estes Park is just 2 miles away • All 3 units are currently rented w/ great rental history for an easy investment Call Mike today to take a look! $625,000

This charming 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin is conveniently situated between Estes Park and Allenspark. The open floor plan includes a wood burning rock fireplace and spacious eat-in kitchen. One bedroom is large with bay window with bench seat and access to a quaint little loft area. Second bedroom has small closet and easy access to the remodeled 3/4 bath. Mostly used for summer months but has been used during winter also. Call Trisha for an appointment to see 11563 St. Hwy 7, offered for $350,000.

FALL RIVER ESTATES Avoid the crowds and hike right into Rocky Mountain National Park from this beautiful piece of property located at the Top of the Rockies in the Fall River Estates West Subdivision. Fabulous rock outcroppings and two potential building sites, with views of Twin Sisters and beautiful Fall River from above. Sewer tap is paid and is at property. Custom building plans available. Take a walk for yourself and get a feel of the privacy and views from this property. Call Trisha with any questions. Offered for $289,900

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8-Ball Pool League Seeking New Players Welcome Our Newest EVICS Family Resource Center Team Member Angelina Kirkpatrick is our newest member to the EVICS Family Resource Center team coming on as a family advocate. Angelina is from southern California and moved to Estes Park in July when her husband accepted the opportunity to serve as the associate pastor at Christian Church of Estes Park. They have a sweet sevenmonth-old daughter named Reagan and they are excited to immerse into the friendly community of Estes and enjoy the national park.

Angelina is beginning her journey at the EVICS Family Resource Center as the Family Advocate. What this means is that she will be working supporting families in accessing early childhood services and connecting them to community resources. Angelina is a wonderful addition to the EVICS Family Resource Center as we continue to grow to meet the needs of the everchanging Estes Valley Community.

The Estes Park Team 8-Ball Pool League will kick-off its new session on September 15th. Teams rosters consist of five to eight players and all skill levels are welcome. Matches are played on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at multiple locations including Chipper’s Lanes, The Barrel, and Cousin Pat’s. Individuals from each team will face off in five headto-head matches which earn points for the players' team. Individual matches are scored according—to a handicap system, allowing players of all skill levels to compete head-tohead. APA is offering a $100 reward for any-

one organizing a new team with at least four new APA members. The Estes Park 8-Ball Pool League is an official league governed by the American Poolplayers Assocation (APA), which sponsors Regional and National tournaments with prize money. Estes Park teams have represented Northern Colorado in the National Team Pool 8-Ball Championships in Las Vegas for two of the past six years - join the fun and learn more about developing an interest in playing pool. Contact our League Operators Kevin Leivonen at 303-862-0466 or at or contact APA representative Joyce Hughes at 970-586-2281.




Fall Dog Training Classes Judy Anderson GRI, MRE, ABR, Broker Associate

Eric Blackhurst Broker Associate

This property has 2 dwellings for the price of 1. Totaling 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchens in both and plenty of room to move. Being sold "as is".


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

Fall has arrive, which means winter is right around the corner. Our puppies training seems to have gone out of the window during summer! Is your fourlegged friend paying more attention to elk duds than you? Are you wondering when he got so big? Did he always jump on every stranger and why won’t he listen when you beg him to stop? When did she start chewing on the remote control? Did they always have this much energy? And when did they forget everything they were ever taught? Will they ever learn to come when you call them? And most importantly, will they walk on leash with you on icy roads or pull you down the hill like an unwilling skier? If you are looking for a positive program to enroll your puppy or adult dog in, Wags Mountain Training Camp is offering a basic, five-week obedience course beginning Monday, September 13 at 5 p.m. for any dog or puppy of any age. Training classes will be held at Elena’s Barking Lot (formerly known as Linda’s Pet Care Services) at 950 Comanche Street, Unit C. The course includes all basic commands including sit, down, settle, off, stand, watch me, leave it and stay as well as recalling, loose leash walking and learning to how to be appropriate with other people and pets while on leash. You will learn both verbal and hand signal cues for each command. There are also weekly handouts, articles from positive reinforcement trainers and

weekly Q & A to discuss ongoing dog behaviors (wanted and unwanted). This class emphasizes teaching owners how to relate to their pets in a more positive and loving way while shaping positive, wanted behavior. More importantly, it teaches us, the humans, to have reasonable expectations and gives logical answers to why some things work better than others with our dogs. The course will focus on positive reinforcement training with food rewards and playtime for an all around good time for the owner as well as the dog. Give your dog (and yourself) the ultimate gift—enroll yourselves in a class today and come enrich your training experience with like-minded owners. Availability is extremely limited; please call Linda Wagner at 425-219-1754 to register now.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Labor Day Holiday This weekend, the Library is open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Library is closed on Monday. Fall hours begin Tuesday, September 7. Fall Hours: Mondays - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m. New fall hours offer more evening access for students and for groups using the public meeting rooms. Both floors of the Library are open with full access to collections, study rooms, meeting spaces, and the Makerspace. The second floor offers computer access, with printing available. Free Wi-Fi available both inside and outside the Library. Library One-Hour Parking Library visitors may use any of the 7 free parking spaces marked “Library Reserved” during open hours. The spaces have a one-hour time limit. These are located along the Library’s northeast perimeter. No payment or permit required. NEW LIBRARY CARDS Kids “Art on a Card” Contest This fall, the Library will begin issuing Library cards with a new numbering for-

mat to meet the tech needs of the future. Now through September 17, kids ages 15 and under are encouraged to submit original artwork for the “Your Art on a Card” contest. One winning entry will be chosen for an all-new Library Card design. Full details and design sheets available 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. No sign-up required. COLLEGE READINESS College: Selecting and Applying Sunday, Sept. 12, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Hondius Room Get the insights you and your family need to get your teen to college. With local college planning expert, Kaye Orten. Sign up at College Planning One-on-One Appointments available College planning—from choosing a school to financial aid—is made easier by a one-on-one telephone visit with Kaye Orten, retired Vice Chancellor for Student Financial Services at CU-Boulder. Visit the “College Readiness” link at to learn more and schedule an appointment. MAKERSPACE Learn the Laser Cutter Saturday, Sept. 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Makerspace repeated Tuesday, Sept. 7, 5:30 7 p.m. Learn how the Library’s laser cutter can make precision cuts to decorate all types of materials. For instance, the Library used the laser cutter to create customdesigned name tags for volunteers. After taking the class, participants may use the laser cutter on their own. For ages 15 and up. Sign up at LEGAL SELF-HELP Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2 - 5 p.m., by phone appointment One-on-one legal advice. For Library cardholders who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 970-586-8116. More information at BOOKS & AUTHORS Intentional Conversations: “To Kill a Mockingbird” Thursday, Sept. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wasson Room Discuss Harper Lee’s literary classic, which takes readers on a journey to the highs and lows of human behavior and

Plein Air Artist Combines Love Of Art And Nature Ask artist Sheila Marie how she became an artist and she laughs, “I had a school crush on a cute boy in 5th grade. He loved to draw and I thought if I could draw he would notice me,” she said. “While he didn’t take notice, I did find my love of drawing, and ultimately painting.” Sheila Marie is one of 28 artists at The Old Gallery in Allenspark, a nonprofit center for community, art and visitors just 20 minutes from Estes Park. She will be painting “live” there on Friday, September 3 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will happily share stories and talk about oil painting techniques during her demonstration. When she was young, she walked away from painting and didn’t “take up the brush” again for 41 years. “As happens to so many of us, our lives take us in different directions and our paints are stored away,” she said. Sheila Marie owned a stained glass studio for many years and taught stained glass art classes, as well. She also created commissions for custom home builders and indi-

viduals. Then, she became involved in a start-up company that made baby products, and became the Director of Operations. “I built relationships with manufacturers, developed processes for operation, designed fabrics and developed, designed and patented baby products.” Ten years ago, an abrupt change at the company changed her role. “It was sucking away the passion and the joy that drove me,” she said. A few years later, she found an old box of Grumbacher oil paints in her basement from when she was a teenager. “I pulled those oils out, took a class from the Art League and began to find my way,” she said. To her, painting is exciting, challenging, frustrating, joyful and peaceful. “It leaves me exhausted and fulfilled. I am continuously working on design, value, relationships, soft and hard edges and brush strokes,” she said. Her favorite subject is landscape, preferably plein air. “I love painting the outdoors. My goal is to simplify, and

capture the mood, essence and emotion of that moment in time,” she said. “I love creating a work that will bring a beautiful statement to the home of the admirer.” She joined The Old Gallery several months ago. “I was President of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild when Patty Dwyer, a friend and artist, encouraged me to call Sally Van Der Kamp, the CoChair of the artists at The Old Gallery,” she said. “I love being a part of The Old Gallery. The work by the artists and artisans there is exceptional. They have a high standard.” Van Der Kamp said, “Sheila’s passion for painting shows in her oil paintings of landscapes, but her passion for life and learning shows in her breadth of work and the challenges she takes with her brush and pencil. Her landscapes, still lifes, human and animal portraits are all

experience. Sign up at and receive information on how to acquire the book. Chamber Book Club: “Hug Your Haters” Friday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to noon, Wasson Room For businesses big or small, there will be “haters”. Author Jay Baer explains how to embrace complaints, and turn bad news into good outcomes. Cohosted by Estes Chamber of Commerce and open to all. The Chamber is also hosting a “Hug Your Haters” Happy Hour on Sept. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. Sign up at Being Awareness: “The Unfolding Now” Begins Saturday, Sept. 18, 10:30 am noon, Wasson Room Author A.H. Almaas guides readers to live in the relaxed condition of simply “being ourselves”, moving beyond unwanted feelings of inadequacy. A 3-part “Being Awareness” book discussion, continuing on October 9 and November 13. Sign up at and receive information on how to acquire the book. FRIENDS & FOUNDATIONCliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Cliffhanger is open daily this summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

truly amazing!” Her studio is in a loft in her home, but the majority of her work is done in the Great Outdoors. “I love what I do, and am so honored when somebody sees the beauty in what I am trying to communicate.” You can view more of Sheila Marie’s award-winning work at or on Instagram @sheilamarieart. The Old Gallery is located at 14863 Colorado Highway 7 in Allenspark and open from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. The nonprofit community center provides entertainment, educational and social services to the Peak to Peak mountain communities and the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy Store. It’s also home to the Community Cupboard Food Bank and Community Closet and is only 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons.

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Artist Creates Whimsical Ceramics Guaranteed To Make You Smile in the Eighties and I wanted to buy it. It didn’t work out, but I was thrilled to see it had become a gallery.” The Old Gallery Artists Co-Chair Kathy Banich said, “I'm delighted Judi accepted my invitation to join The Old Gallery. She is an amazing artist that puts insurmountable love into each fanciful sculpture she creates. Whether in-

When most visitors see Judi Mitchell’s work at The Old Gallery in Allenspark, it usually results in a smile or a laugh. “I want my patrons to enjoy seeing my art just as much as I enjoy creating it,” she said. Her whimsical creatures are made with primarily Raku ceramics which usually incorporate a “found object” from nature. “I’ll see a random piece of wood or metal or something else that captures my attention and I’ll pick it up,” Mitchell says. “Suddenly I see that piece of wood as a horse’s tail or acorns that might be perfect ears for bears. It gives these objects another life.” Mitchell will be doing art demonstrations at The Old Gallery in Allenspark on Sunday, Sept., Sept. 5 from 1-4 p.m. “I probably work on two different pieces and have clay for others to work with,” she said. Mitchell discovered a love for art as a small child. It started with Playdough and then her mother made salt and flour dough for her. She then discovered painting and macramé and printmaking and weaving and was involved in art through high school. But then came a husband and four kids and a career as a real estate appraiser. “When my youngest hit about 14, I started taking classes at the Arvada Center because I suddenly realized I felt lost without art,” she said. After exploring many different forms of art, she found her ultimate love in ceramics— particularly Raku— which gives her pieces the rich colors and organic elements essential to clay creatures. She’s now a fulltime artist, teaching ceramics at APEX, Arvada’s Rec Center and working in her “studio,” which is her dining room table. She has her own kiln in a shed in her backyard. She joined The Old Gallery in Allenspark earlier this year. “I was familiar with the building. In fact, it was for sale

tegrating elements of nature or adding red birds to her art in order to incorporate her maiden name (Burd), with the expressed intent of honoring the memory of her father, Judi’s art is superb. Each of her pieces tells a story and provokes lighthearted “FUN” contemplation.” Mitchell said, “I love The Old Gallery. It has such a great energy. And the quality of art there is impressive.” The Old Gallery is a center for community, arts and visitors. It’s home to 28 local and regional artists. When asked what advice she’d give to an aspiring artist, she said, “Live your dream while you’re young. I think I would have had a lot more success if I hadn’t given it up when I was young. I don’t regret giving it up to raise my kids, but I do wish I had continued to create.” She added, “Enjoy life! Don’t get stuck in ruts that can pull you down.” And don’t forget, you can find art in the strangest things. The Old Gallery is located at 14863 Colorado Highway 7 in Allenspark and open from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. The nonprofit community center provides entertainment, educational and social services to the Peak to Peak mountain communities and the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy Store. It’s also home to the Community Cupboard Food Bank and Community Closet and is only 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons.

Rotary Golf Tournament Gives All Golfers a Chance to Win Big on September 25 and longest putt. Separate prizes are offered for men and women in the most accurate drive and longest putt competiBoth amazing golfers and those who play occasionally have an opportunity to tion. Each member of the team with the share in the prizes at the Rotary Golf lowest net score will receive a $100 gift Tournament on Sept.25. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at certificate to the Estes Park Golf Course Pro Shop. Prizes will also be awarded to the 18-hole Estes Park Golf Course. the team with the lowest gross score and The $125 fee includes green fees, cart, to four winners of Closest to the Pin lunch from Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and a participation gift. In addition, $25 of the competition on Par 3 holes. To register for the tournament, downfee will benefit the scholarship fund for load forms posted on the Estes Park RoEstes Park High School Seniors. Rotary employs a scramble format, us- tary Club website at Golf ing the Peoria Handicap System. That Tournament Page. Registration and system is a type of one-day handicapping system in which most of the golfers sponsorship forms are also available at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course. are allowed a “handicap allowance” applied to each golfer’s score. That system, Golfers with questions should call Pete Sinnott at 970-577-7766. plus a little luck, means you have a real Ultimately, the real winners will be the chance to be a winner. high school seniors who receive scholarGolfers will vie for prizes in contests for ships next May thanks to funds raised most accurate drive, closest to the pin from the golf tournament. By Dale Bonza, Rotary Club of Estes Park

The Lake Estes Men’s Golf Club concluded another great year of golf and fellowship. Plans are already in place for our 2022 season with “Low Net” play plus “Special Events” categories each Monday. Play starts on May 16, 2022 with weekly tee times starting at 8:00 AM. Guests are allowed to play up to 2 times without paying the $30.00 annual membership fee. This allows potential members to know just how much fun it is to play and how they have a multitude of ways to win each Monday for only a $5.00 play entry fee. Our season highlight was our Club Championship held on August 16-17, 2021. Winners were:

LOW GROSS & LOT NET: 1st Low Gross (White Tees) 2nd Low Gross (White Tees) 3rd Low Gross (White Tees) 4th Low Gross (White Tees)

Robert Wilczek Curt Olthoff Colin Johnson Dave Eberhart

74 77 84 85

1st Low Net 2nd Low Net 3rd Low Net 4th Low Net

Terry Taylor Blake Dommert Ron Lukinovich Gib Dolezal

59.2 64.0 64.2 66.4

1st Low Gross (Red Tees) 1st Low Net (Red Tees)

Paul Halac Gary Shelley

73 56.0

Closest To The Flag #1 Longest Drive #5 Closest 3rd Shot #4 Closest Second Shot #7 Fewest Putts Closest To The Flag #3 Longest Drive #4 Closest Second Shot #5 Closest To The Flag #8 Longest Putt #9

Colin Johnson Gerry Johnson Travis Golden Robert Wilczek Paul Halac Gerry Johnson Blake Dommert Terry Taylor Travis Golden Paul Halac

$17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $17.00

(White Tees) (White Tees) (White Tees) (White Tees)

We are also excited to announce the President’s Cup (Match Play) Tournament dates for 2022. For only a $5.00 entry fee we will have a guaranteed $100.00 cash payout, if we have a minimum of 10 players sign up. The signup sheet will be on the Bulletin Board by May 23, 2022 and cutoff for signup will be July 4, 2022. Brackets will be up and play can begin on July 6, 2022. President’s Cup must be completed by August 14, 2022. We look forward to seeing you next year! Travis Golden President, Lake Estes Men’s Golf Club


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Fall Festival In Allenspark The Hilltop Guild's Fall Festival – the last event of an exciting season - will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kelley House off Highway 7. The Kelley House is located between Nederland and Estes Park at 18720 Highway 7 or Peak-to-Peak Highway. The Fall Festival will feature a rummage sale including glassware, china, antique plates, kitchenware and many handmade items crafted by our weavers and quilters. A chili lunch also will be sold. Stop in and see what this association of Allenspark area residents is all about. You will get a warm welcome! Additionally, the Guild is offering a selection of classes this September and October open to the public, led by Guild members.

A “plarn” workshop will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. What is plarn? It is plastic yarn that can be woven into bags, totes and purses. Bring clean plastic bags if you have them and Donna Squyres will show you how to make plarn. An embroidery class held over two Wednesdays on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 also will be held at the Kelley House at 10 a.m. An $8 materials fee will cover a tea towel, silks, a hoop and everything you will need to get started. Space is limited so sign up soon by phoning the Guild and leaving a message at (303) 747- 2001. Leading the classes will be Judee Snell and Diana Boulter. On Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. a class on how to make colorful woven shoe laces will be taught by Diane Turechek. Please join us!

“The Unfolding Now”: Book Club Begins Sept. 18 “The Being Awareness Book Club” is a recurring series co-hosted by the Estes Valley Library and Salud Family Health Centers. This fall’s featured book is “The Unfolding Now” by A.H. Almaas. The 3-part discussion takes place on Saturday mornings this season: September 18, October 9, and November 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Library. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions. In the book, author A.H. Almaas delves into the ideas around being present in our lives through contemplation and self-observation. The goal: to live in the relaxed condition of simply “being ourselves”, without interference from feelings of inadequacy or the constant struggle to “figure things out”. With this approach, Almaas invites readers to reject experiences they may not want or need. Facilitating the discussions will be Meemee Lahman, Behavior Health Clinician for Salud Family Health. To register for the program, visit the

Events Calendar at Participants will receive information on how to acquire the book.

Happy 14th Birthday Grace Aldridge

The COST of FREE Nothing in Life is FREE! Whatever we receive for “free” … someone (often ourselves) actually funds. Services, and sometimes material benefits, lauded as “free” are covered in numerous ways … by government or by organizations, nonprofit or for-profit. However, every entity, public or private, must cover the cost of “free”. One good example of a “free” provision is those flimsy single use plastic shopping bags. Businesses include the cost in overhead, which slightly raises the price of everything, but the real cost is the cleanup of our waterways and hillsides and the danger to our wildlife. However, this article is really about the economics of “free” governmental services. Many governmental services are provided by sales tax. Everyone who buys material goods (something you can touch) pays sales tax to the State. If received in the Estes Valley, sales tax is also paid to either Larimer or Boulder County. If delivery is in Estes Park, we also pay the Town sales tax. If we drive down the mountain to shop (roughly a $40-$50 expense for gasoline & oil, tires, repairs, and vehicle replacement), or if we order on line, we are avoiding payment for locally provided services, preferring to support services where we shop. Of course, if the desired purchase is not available locally, we must go elsewhere. Some governmental services are provided by property tax or by user fees. In Estes, property tax is a major form of funding for Hospital, Fire, Library, School, and Recreation Districts (an incomplete list.) This coverage is paid by people and businesses who own property – and, indirectly, by people and businesses who rent local property. Many individuals deem services to be “free” if covered by taxes but recognize the cost of user fees. However, in truth, many services require a mix of these funding methods to cover the expense. Town provided services (some “free” and some by fees) include, but are not limited to, our police, street services, parking lots, bus system, river walk, parks and beautification water, electricity, and Town facilities. This is a minimal list of only the most visible. To be aware of all the Town does, watch the bi-

monthly Trustee meetings. Waste disposal, and particularly redirection costs are handled differently by different entities. The value of source separated metal, glass, and white office paper contributes to the funding. Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) is a more volatile market. Currently, but not consistently, the value exceeds the costs of recycling. However, these contributions are rarely enough to cover the cost of recycling plastics and mixed paper products. Furthermore, the labor cost to separate single stream at the material recovery center (MRF) drives up those costs. Loveland, Timberline, and the Larimer County collection yards all source separate. Boulder County residents believe it is important to provide “free” recycling and composting by accessing the general fund (taxes). According to a 2019 news article, Fort Collins subsidized the Timberline Recycling Center to the tune of $300,000. Loveland charges an often unnoticed universal user fee on the sanitation bill. The Larimer County Solid Waste website used to say that the County expends no taxes on waste disposal. It no longer makes that claim. For Estes, the additional cost of hauling 40 miles further raises the expense. While Larimer County provides the waste disposal service, including transport from the Transfer Station (TS) and the “free” Residential Recycling Center (RRC), the cost is covered by user fees. The minimum fee for Landfill use is $10.45 (less than 1/2 cubic yard). Businesses pay $22 per cubic yard (minimum $22) for single stream recycling at the TS. These fees help to support the “free” RRC for residential recycling, including source separated OCC, which businesses cannot access. Under the current structure, the cost of solid waste disposal in Larimer must be covered by the user fees. So, the cost of “free” becomes limited services. If we want extended local disposal options (like composting or clamshell recycling), we must find a way to cover the cost. Suggestions? Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments?

Larry Carpenter Memorial Service

Love from Dripping Springs, Tx Grammy & Gramps

Memorial service will take place for Estes Park resident, Larry Carpenter, who died April 14, 2020. The service will be held at Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM. See

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Loren Johnson Lt. Col J.Loren Johnson was born to James and Signe Johnson of Letcher, South Dakota, June 20, 1935. He died on August 29, 2021, having lived in Estes Park, CO, since 1994. His love of music became evident at a very early age. In the summer of 1953, he lived and studied with famed trumpeter, Don Jacoby, in Chicago. After graduating from highschool at Huron, SD, he earned BA degrees in both Music and English at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He went on to earn an MS in Education, while serving as assistant conductor of the SDSU Band. During those six years, part of “The Big Band” era, he led and played trumpet in the Collegiates Orchestra, thus earning enough to pay for all of his college expenses. Beginning in 1956, he served in the United States Air Force (USAF) as the Commander and Conductor of Air Force Bands throughout the country for 28 very rewarding and enjoyable years. His first assignment was with the USAF Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, DC. Next came assignments at March AFB near Riverside, CA; and at Warner Robbins AFB in Georgia. His four-and-a-half years spent leading the USAF Southern Command Band, based in the Canal Zone, were the most interesting of his career. He took this 45-piece band, with its subsidiary performing groups, all over South and Central America, giving command performances for the regimes of every country, many of them repeatedly, as well as good-will tours arranged by the US State Department. Returning stateside in 1970, he commanded and conducted AF bands at Lowry AFB in Denver and WrightPatterson AFB near Dayton, OH, cul-

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minating in his 17 very fulfilling years with the 65-piece Strategic Air Command Band at Offutt AFB near Omaha. In addition to leading his Southern Command Bands playing before all of the presidents in South and Central America, his stateside bands played before all of the US Presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan; but more importantly, he treasured all of his relationships with the fine musicians with whom he served. Loren and his wife, Lynette, moved to Estes Park in 1994, where he was happy to be playing in the EP Chamber Orchestra, the Highland Brass, the Kings of Swing, the Estes Park Jazz Big Band and the Estes Park Village Band, where Chuck Varilek generously shared the podium with him. Loren also directed the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church choir, his home church. Loren and his wife, Lynette, were happily married for 63 years, having met at SDSU during Band rehearsals. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Lesli Marie Griffen, JD, AAS (Bruce); Neil Loren Johnson, JD (Michelle): and Noel David Johnson, DVM, MPH, DACLAM. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. All are invited to a celebration of Loren’s life at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park, CO at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 5th. For those who cannot attend, a recording of this celebration will be available after Tuesday, September 7th, at In lieu of flowers, please send checks to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park, CO 80517, indicating that it is for either world hunger or Crossroads Ministries.

Guenter was a beloved spouse and a wonderful, loving father. He was born on November 28, 1929. He was 91 years of age when he passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on August 26, 2021. Guenter, a remarkable man, was born in Germany. He was drafted into the Hitler army at 15 years of age. He was sent to Poland. He was wounded when shot off of a tank and became very ill. Guenter ended up in an American prison camp. After recovery in three plus months, he fell in love with America. The American soldiers were so good to him. A family from Rhode Island spon-

JoAnne Slizeski JoAnne Slizeski lived an incredibly full life. A long-time Estes Park resident, she cherished being surrounded by nature. Whether she was hiking along her favorite trail through the tundra, having a picnic lunch in Moraine Park, or just sitting in her Meditation chair looking out at Mt. Olympus with her morning coffee, JoAnne embraced mountain life. Born October 5th, 1931, in Bellevue, NE, JoAnne spent her early years on the family farm. In her high school years, she moved to Fort Collins, CO. After a year of college at CU in Boulder, she sought adventure in the skies attending Flight Attendant School in Cheyenne, WY. From 1953-1955 she worked as a stewardess for United Airlines, based in New York City. It was there that she met Lt. Robert Slizeski on a blind date. They married in 1955 and spent 53 wonderful years together. Joanne had a very full career as an Air Force wife and mother. They moved often, living in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO, Montgomery, AL, Bangkok, Thailand, Huntington Beach, CA, and Laramie, WY. Summers always included extended stays in Estes Park in the family cabin on Prospect Mountain. When they retired in 1976, Bob and JoAnne built their dream home looking out on Lake Estes. Throughout her life, JoAnne stayed busy with volunteer work. She was a docent at the McGregor Ranch, worked weekends as an Ambassador at the Visitor Center, and volunteered her time at Crossroads thrift store, the Estes Park public library, the Senior Center and Good Samaritan assisted living center. The rest of her days in Estes were filled with hikes with the Trailmasters and SilverSneakers, luncheons with the bridge groups, meeting with her

sisters in P.E.O., and hosting visiting families from foreign countries with The Friendship Force. She loved volunteering at the Estes Park Museum, where she got to greet new visitors and share her knowledge of Estes Park. Joanne was also a member of St Mark’s Episcopal Church and active with Centering Prayer and Small Community groups. JoAnne loved to travel, visiting new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. She was constantly on the move, visiting family across the US and exploring countries in Europe and Latin America. JoAnne’s smile was her most memorable feature. It shone with all with her kindness and hospitality. Her door was never closed. She cared deeply about the plights of those less fortunate than her. Above all, family came first. Family meant everything to her and she meant everything to us. JoAnne passed away on August 10th, 2021. She was preceded by her husband, Bob, and survived by her children, Bob (Daphne) Slizeski, Kim (Jim) Leli, Kay (Justin) Edwards, Carol (Steve) Dimas, Rich (Jeff) Slizeski, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She also leaves her Mountain Family, Warren (Mickie) Pedersen, Dean (Glenda) Pedersen, Lucia (Bill) Liley, Chris (Susan) Pedersen, and Sharon (Steve) Bradford. There will be an open-house Celebration Of Life at the Estes Park Museum, which Joanne treasured, on September 28th from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation (EPMF&F) 200 4th St Estes Park, CO 80517 Please note “Slizeski Memorial” in the memo.

sored Guenter to come to the US. At age 22 he arrived in the USA. He taught himself English in 6 months. The sponsors got him a job polishing watches for the Bulova watch company Before his 25th birthday he was drafted in the US army. Being bored not doing what he was trained for a friend from Wisconsin told him he would have a job there. Guenter worked in Wisconsin and then moved to Omaha, NE to work at another company. While there he met his best friend and they decided to start their own business. In 1961 Dimatic Die & Tool opened for business. It was difficult in the be-

ginning, but with hard work and perseverance it became very successful. Guenter was a gentle and kind man who tried to help everyone who needed a hand including physical labor and financial assistance. He will be terribly missed by his family and friends. Services will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at 10 a.m. 920 Big Thompson Ave. Hwy 34. Please visit to leave a message for the family.

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Jason D. Reetz June 25, 1969 – August 17, 2021 Jason Douglas Reetz was born on June 25th, 1969, in Omaha, NE. He was chosen and well loved by his parents, Raymond & Shirley Reetz and grew up in York, NE. He attended Emmanuel Lutheran School and was confirmed in his Christian faith at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York. Graduating in 1988 from York High School, he was a stand-out basketball player. He went on to attend Colorado State University, lived and worked in Fort Collins, CO, returning to York in the mid 90s to work in the wellknown family business – Chances “R” Restaurant and Lounge - where he met and worked with his future wife, Holly. They maintained a long-distance relationship when Jason later attended Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula, CA. Upon graduation in 1998, he returned to York to propose. Jason and Holly joined in marriage on September 14, 1999, in Estes Park, CO, making their home in York, NE. The couple joined his family in part ownership of the Chances “R” and continued to work at the restaurant, where Jason was a mentor and friend to countless people. They were blessed with two sons – Collin (8/25/03) and Ryland (1/8/06). Although he worked many hours at the restaurant, Jason always made time to play ball with his beloved sons. He quite literally cooked for and fed thousands of people over the years and was instrumental in catering countless events including eight NE Cattlemen’s Ball events. He was so proud of his “team” for each job well done. His physical limitations and chronic pain facilitated the decision to move the family to Estes Park, CO in 2012 to take over another family business – Rockmount Cottages, as owners /operators. The career change allowed him time to pursue coaching youth sports, in which their sons were heavily involved. Jason went on to coach Estes Park Middle School boys' basketball and then was recruited as head coach of the Estes Park High School men's basketball team. He enjoyed every moment and was so proud of each young man on every team. (Defense!!!) Because of his involvement in youth

sports, he recognized a need in our community and founded the nonprofit organization Estes Youth Level Up Athletics. He donated every one of his coaching paychecks to the charity, helping countless kids to further their athletic learning and opportunities for success – on and off the field / court / track. Jason was a very loving, generous, and loyal husband, father, and friend. His sons were his greatest source of joy and pride. He was an outstanding cook and loved to host parties for friends and family. Jason was an avid sports fan; especially all sports that Collin and Ryland were involved in, as well as Nebraska Husker and New England Patriot football. He loved many four-legged family members over the years including Golden Retrievers - Chance, Lexus, Bailey, & Lilly, and Newfoundland, Malibu. He enjoyed round-the-county drives, Chevy trucks, John Wayne westerns, playing golf, darts, and poker, music – from metal to country, a rare steak, fine whiskey, and late-night philosophical conversations. He was larger than life, with a big voice and big personality, but those who truly knew him could see his tender and kind heart beneath his tough exterior. Jason is survived by his loving wife, Holly (Nyberg) Reetz and sons, Collin and Ryland Reetz of Estes Park, CO; sisters Suzanne (Tom) Vanous of York, NE, Sondra (Jeff) Hermanson of Lincoln, NE; Mother-in-law Jane Nyberg of Stromsburg, NE; Brothers-in-law Matthew Nyberg of Hampton, NE, Tracy (Cindy) Nyberg of Stromsburg, NE, Stacy Nyberg of Norfolk, NE; Sister-in law April (Joel) Stevens of Stromsburg, NE; Aunt Joan Schultz of Huntington Beach, CA; Uncle Lee (Nancy) Blake of Kansas City, MO; Uncle Melvin & Aunt JoAnn Reetz of York, NE; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Jason was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond & Shirley Reetz, father-in-law, W. John Nyberg, Uncles Robert Schultz, Elvin Reetz, & Edsel Carlson; Aunts Joyce Blake, Delores Carlson, & Venitia Reetz. Per his wishes, Jason will be cremated. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for designation or to Estes Youth Level Up Athletics (501c3).

In loving memory of Randy A. Brown Born May 8, 1959 - Sept 4, 2018. We think of you everyday. Love and miss you, Mom & family

Youth Development Specialist We are looking for high energy individuals to help foster a fun, safe and positive after school experience for kids ages 6-14 at the Estes Park Elementary School. You will assist in one or more of the following program areas: homework help, technology, sports, recreation and the arts. Must be 17 or older to apply. Paid and volunteer opportunities are available. Apply at

Busy Surveying and Engineering Firm is seeking a full time office assistant. QuickBooks knowledge is a must along with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience in an administrative role is required. Job Description: Must complete the following tasks. Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Monthly invoicing preparation, payroll, employee vacations, PTO, employee timesheets, assisting with yearend tax prep, answering phones, assisting walk-in clients, and other administrative tasks. If interested please send resumes to

YMca OF the ROcKieS 2515 tunnel Road estes Park, colorado, 80511

Building Maintenance technician This position is for the maintenance and repair of all aspects of YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center facilities. The majority of the work will be repair or maintenance type as requested by guests and staff. Full benefits including health, dental, and life insurance, generous PTO, participation in YMCA Retirement fund, YMCA family membership, free and discounted gear rentals, hourly wage of $18.50-$20.85/hr, and a great work team.

Veterinary Receptionist A full-time receptionist with computer experience and outstanding client service skills is needed in our busy veterinary practice. Benefits Include: Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, Employee Discounts; $15-17 an hour to start. Email resume and cover letter to:

Join Our Team Start your career in Health Care at Estes Park Health with opportunities for growth! Be a part of the patient care team where you can make a positive difference to all we server.

Environmental Services Technician/Housekeeper

$15.00 to $18.75

Depending on Experience $500.00 SIGN‐0N BONUS (Half on first check and half after 12 month)

Full‐time year‐round employment with benefits • Eligible for Tuition Assistance to help with your career goals • Earn paid time off and sick leave. • Medical/Dental/Vision plans • Free Life Insurance • Money Purchase Pension Plan COME JOIN OUR TEAM AND DISCOVER A NEW ENVIRONMENT TO EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE

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Rocky Mountain Conservancy

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Full or Part-Time Year Round Positions Available! HOUSEKEEPING Varied, flexible shifts. Rate depends on experience: $17-$19 + tips BREAKFAST HOST/SERVER Unique Bed & Breakfast Setting Prep work, food service, clean up. Shift: 6am - end time varies Rate depends on experience: $17 + tips HOT TUB/GROUNDS MAINTENANCE Shift: 8:30am - 3:30pm Rate depends on experience: $15-$18 Apply in person at Della Terra 3501 Fall River Rd or email

Munchin House is hiring! Do you love a ton of variety? * greet customers and talk about our assortment of delicious treat * scoop ice cream, barista, make confections & package candies * gift item stocking and organizing, maintaining cleanliness * ensure food safety and health department regulations are met You must be able to lift 30-50 lbs. Weekends are required. Pay is $14-15 hr plus tips (avg $8-12hr). Non smoking. Apply in person or email

Help Wanted Liquor Store Clerk & Cashier Full Time/Part Time available Starting wage $15 hour Sign on bonus! Employee discounts! Please stop by for an application (970) 586-1930

Allnutt Funeral Service-Estes Park Chapel would like to hire a careerminded individual to join our team as an Intern/Apprentice. No experience necessary. We will train and educate. Many opportunities for advancement in Estes Park and Northern Colorado. This position requires confidentiality and detail oriented work, and some night and weekend on call shifts. Please call, email or send a resume to Bill Smith. 970-586-3101 or

Seeking team players to work with the Conservancy retail department in Rocky Mountain NaƟonal Park

Help us help others. Become a CAREGiverSM • Starting at $17 • NO Medical Background Required

 Cartographic Technician 

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Caramel Corn is hiring! Responsibilities include: * package and serve our delicious sweet treats * maintain store cleanliness & stocking * dip chocolates and make confections Pay is $12.32 - $13.50 hourly plus tips (avg. $8-12hr), part time or full time retail job. Weekends are required. Non smoking. Equal opportunity. Stop by in person at 144 E. Elkhorn Ave or email epcaramelcorn@yahoo.

 Retail Warehouse Manager 

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Seasonal through October 11 Full posiƟon descripƟons and pay rates listed on the Conservancy website. Please view this info prior to applying to ensure that all minimum qualificaƟons are met.

QuesƟons? Call 970-586-0108 To apply, send a resumé and cover leƩer to: Visit Estes Park is looking for a Sustainability & Policy Manager The Sustainability & Policy Manager will be a key leader in our local community and at Visit Estes Park. This person will be responsible for creating and implementing new sustainable tourism & destination management programs. For more information on this position please visit our website about-us/careers/

Join Our Team Patient Access Representative/Customer

Lazy Moose is hiring! We are looking for the perfect bumblebee! Do you love sales, assisting customers in selecting pajamas, merchandising, making sure the store is clean and stocked? Then this is the job for you! Stop in today or email

• Flexible Schedule • Training & Local Support Provided • Rewarding & Meaningful Job!

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Full Time Days – Year Round Benefits include: Pension Plan, Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, Medical and Dental Ins., plus more!

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555 Prospect Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517 970‐577‐4458 Patron Services Teen Shelver Salary Range: $12.32 / hour 6 - 9 hours/week Closing Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, or until filled. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION: Review full job description and apply at Only online applications with cover letter and resume will be accepted. EEO.

EOE Employer

Silver Saddle Inn Now hiring: Front Desk Clerk Evenings required Full time $17/hr - $20/hr DOE Benefits Must be non-smoker. Apply in person; 1260 Big Thompson Ave <or> email resume:

Estes Valley Board of Realtors is hiring a P.T. Association Executive to handle operations of the Board. You: can work 25-30 hrs/wk, independently & w/ all personalities, strong communicator, proficient in Microsoft Office, web mgmt, social media. Bonus: real estate background, event planning. Us: $20/hour, ongoing training, travel 1-4 x/year. Send resume and cover letter to

The Historic Crags Lodge Housekeeping, Front Desk & Supervisor Year Round Positions Part and Full time Available $16-$20 hr Benefits Available Apply online at Stop by and see us or call us at

970-586-6066 300 Riverside Drive Estes Park, CO 80517 Equal Opportunity Employer

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Do work that matters every day! Join the Harmony Foundation, an Estes Park drug & alcohol treatment center, in making a difference. We currently have openings in the following roles: • Counselor • Case Management • Accounting • Payroll • Nurse (RN or LPN) • Behavioral Health Tech • Front Desk Receptionist • Housekeeping • Philanthropy • Maintenance Visit our website at to apply or email your resume to You can also stop by our office at 1600 Fish Hatchery Road to fill out an application. We look forward to meeting you!

Now hiring: RESIDENT NIGHT MANAGER • Will work evening Front Desk shifts • Lives in on site apartment • Must be able to handle situations that arise when the Front Desk is closed overnight • Previous customer service experience desired • Non smoker • Year-round permanent position • Salary commensurate with experience Apply in person or email resume to Best Western Plus Silver Saddle Inn 1260 Big Thompson Avenue

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Pharmacy Clerk and Cashier Technician $15 per hour $17 to $21 per hour

Join the Rocky Mountain Pharmacy Team!

Full Time/Part Time Positions available. SIGN ON BONUS! EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS! Stop in for an application or call us a 970-586-5577 ext. 3

NOW HIRING! Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available for

• Front Desk • Housekeeping • Maintenance Some Evenings and Weekends

Apply at, mail or email resume to: Fawn Valley Inn, 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517 Email:

WE  ARE  HIRING! Host and Waitstaff Positions Available.

Please visit:

Apply in person between 12-4.

Now Hiring CDL Drivers Caramel Corn is hiring a Confectionery Cook! Are you an upbeat, friendly, responsible person? A full-time, year round position is available, pay is $14-$15 hr. plus tips (avg. $8-12hr). You must be able to lift 30 to 50lbs repeatedly, be on feet long periods, pay attention to detail and provide quality customer service. Non smoking. Equal opportunity employer. Stop in person 144 E. Elkhorn Ave or email

Join Our Team GREETER Full Time/Part Time Full Time Days – Year Round Benefits include: Pension Plan, Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, Medical and Dental Ins., plus more!

Starting at $22.00 an hour plus tips. Shift differential pay available. Part-time office staff starting at $16.00 an hour. Call Nick at 970-980-9023

Drug and alchohol free worksites. Own transport and local digs. Pay commensurate with experience. 970-577-9276

Now hiring non-CDL drivers Starting at $16.00 an hour plus tips. Shift differential pay available. Call 970-586-5151 ask for hiring manager.

EOE Employer

Everest Mechanical, Estes Park, 1201 Graves Ave, Unit C

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.

Experienced Heavy Equipment Operator Good Working Skills, Valid Drivers License Required Call Zach @ 970-214-5110 after 5pm

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

Plumbing Apprentice

Forestry Day Labor

Apply online at:

555 Prospect Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517 970‐577‐4458

Spencer Family Chiropractic is hiring for a part-time receptionist position. Applicant must be professional, friendly, reliable and capable of multitasking in a busy office environment. Wage/compensation will be based on front end medical office experience as well as back end insurance billing. Inquiries should be sent to attention Jennifer or by phone to (970) 577-0007.

Experience - 1 year preferred but willing to train the right candidate. Immediate opening for a motivated, energetic, dependable person wanting to learn and grow with our team. We are involved in every aspect of the plumbing trade from new construction to service. Send resume, if interested.

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Silver Saddle Inn

Join Our Team! $500 Hiring Bonus

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

Front Desk Service Agent Full time, Competitive Wage, Experience Needed Pick up application or call and ask for Kay. 970-577-7777 1885 Sketchbox Ln.

WorldMark Resorts invites you to apply for:

· Laundry Attendant - $16/hr · Housekeeper - $18/hr · Maintenance Technician - $18/hr Full & Part Time positions. We offer a fun and energetic team environment with great benefits. To apply for any of these great opportunities, please go to our company website at Search ‘Estes Park’. 970-577-7517

TELLER Full Time

Come and join our team!

Ideal candidates will have prior cash handling and customer service experience. Additional requirements include attention to detail, strong computer and problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced team oriented environment. Excellent benefits including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off.

Join Our Team

Please apply at :

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Member FDIC

Full Time Days – Year Round Benefits include: Pension Plan, Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, Medical and Dental Ins., plus more!

Cafe De Pho Thai Server - Line Cook Dishwasher - Bartender Apply at 225 West Riverside Dr. (next to the Post Office)

Front Desk Agent full time, year round Night Auditor year round, part time, Friday and Saturday nights.

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.

Apply online at: Cubs Den Attendant for the Recreation Center Watch children between the ages of 1-8 years old while their parent works out on-site. Schedule is Monday – Thursday 4pm-7pm. Competitive pay and free membership to the Recreation Center. Apply on-line:

555 Prospect Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517 970‐577‐4458 EOE Employer

Contact Rhonda at 586-2358







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Office Spaces for Rent 1191 Woodstock Dr. 1200 Sq. ft. and 460 sq. ft. w/ great parking. Near Hwy 7 & Fairgrounds. Call 970-420-4388

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

For Sale 36 ft. Motor Home w/ solar, 2 slides - 54,000 miles. Utility Trailer Gas Splitter Ceragem Massage Bed 970-586-5994

$40,000 Hair-Nail Salon 30-years in Business 3 Stations-1 Nail Table Call Bret Freedman Estes Park Home Finders 970-215-2494

Yard Sale - 1132 Griffith Court. Sat, Sun, Mon Sept 4,5,6 - 9am - 4pm. Vintage jewelry dealer retiring. Over 1000 pieces of jewelry. Costume, sterling & karat gold. furniture and Celtic gift wear.

Estes Park Woman’s Club annual Garage Sale on Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 8AM to 1PM. Location Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church parking lot - corner of HWY 7 & Peakview. Crafts, Candles & Jewelry as well as a Bake Sale.







2008 Honda FIT - Great Secretary’s Desk, condition, red w/black Loveseat Recliner, Sofa interior, Sport Hatch 4D, Desk made of solid manual transmission, 4 Poplar, well built, VG concylinder, VTEC 1.5 liter, Front wheel drive, 5-speed dition $200 obo w/overdrive, 116,500. Gray Recliner Loveseat 1 Everything works! 30-40 1/2 years old, VG condimpg depending on driving. tion $150 obo $6200 Call or text Free Brown Sofa, good 970-347-0131 condition. If interested call 303-475-6482 or SERVICES 970-215-8075

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

Estate Sales

ESTATE/MOVING SALE Need to have one, but HUGE storage unit sale. seems overwhelming. Tons of vintage and cool We do the work, you make stuff. It will be EPIC! the $. Local, Affordable, Multiple units. Sat, Sept. 4. References. CALL NOW 8:00 am. 517 Pine River 970-215-5548 Ln

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

SAT 8-2 One Stop - Three Sales! Follow Org & Grn Signs to Estes Valley Storage off Riverside

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

Huge Garage Sale! Sept. 3-4-5: 8 AM - 4PM Masks requested. Tools (power/hand), Camping, RV, Fishing, Household goods, Paperback books, 2 mens bikes (1 Specialized, 1 TREX), Power washer, Chest freezer, Good clothing, Holiday decorations.. SO MUCH MORE! (Sorry, no kids toys or clothes.) PLEASE, NO early birds. 641 Meeker Dr. (off Peakview, west of Hwy 7, between Twin and Longs.) Rain or shine!

NOTICES Public Notices Visit Estes Park is accepting proposals for paid media and creative services from agencies and consultants. Find the details and how to submit your proposal at

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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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Cajun Handyman Services No Job Too Small!

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


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

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

Call or text Chuck @ 970.342.0183

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