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Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department Receives Generous Donation From North End Property Owners Association
Eileen Croissant, Chief Kevin Zagorda, Betty & Jim Hull, Mike Kennedy and Deb Dufty.
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The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department is a non-profit volunteer fire department serving the community of Glen Haven, Colorado. They, along with other firefighters from Estes Park and around the country, have been very busy fighting the Cameron Peak Fire and the East Troublesome Fire. The department recently lost one of their trucks and a water pump while trying to save homes from the raging Cameron Peak fire. Glen Haven Fire Chief Kevin Zagorda tells us that now that things have calmed down, they’ve discovered something is wrong with each and every one of their firefighting vehicles. Eileen Crossant, Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Dept. Board of Directors member said “Our firefighters have been amazing throughout this long fight. All of our firefighters are volunteers who gave up their family life and other things for this fire. They are all so very dedicated!” Betty Hull, Secretary/Treasurer of the North End Property Owners Association saw the EP News announcement telling of the loss of the fire truck and she brought the issue to her board to see if they wanted to donate to the GHAVFD.
The North End Property Owners Association, Inc. (NEPOA) were incorporated in 1972 and presently service approximately 285 property owners extending from the top of the switchbacks to the town line across the north end of the Estes Valley. They offer their members valuable information about wildfire mitigation, noxious weed control and wildlife issues. NEPOA gives annual financial support to the Estes Valley Land Trust, the Estes Land Stewardship (ELSA) and the Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department and they decided an addition donation to GHAVFD was in order in their time of great need. Betty Hull told Fire Chief Kevin Zagorda as she presented them checks totalling over $6,000, “You and your firefighters did an amazing job protecting us and our entire town! Particularly us North Enders are extremely grateful for all you’ve done, you’ve done a heck of a job and we can’t tell you how much we appreciate you!” The GHAVFD currently operates seven pieces of apparatus out of two fire house locations with approximately 24 active volunteers. This is accomplished
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with a total budget amounting to about what one career firefighter would earn in salary in one year. Funding opportunities are being sought after to help recoup expenses incurred by the fire as well as much needed repairs to their well-used equipment. The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department is a critical part of the emergency response community throughout southern Larimer County. The Department works closely with the Colorado State Patrol, Larimer County Sheriff 's Department, Larimer County Emergency Services, the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, Loveland Rural Fire Protection District, Estes Park Ambulance Service and other agencies to continue to provide emergency response to the Glen Haven community and the entire Estes Valley. A great big thank you goes out to the “Small but Mighty” Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department! Any other individuals or organizations wishing to donate to the GHAVFD can go to Ghavfd.org to donate and help!
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Cameron Peak Fire Damage Assessment Totals The Larimer County Damage Assessment Teams (DAT) have completed assessments of all known structure damage caused by the Cameron Peak Fire. The DAT includes personnel from the Larimer County Assessor’s Office and the Larimer County Building Department. The Larimer County Sheriff ’s Office Emergency Services Unit and Initial Attack Module accompanied the DAT to make sure they could access the properties safely. A total of 469 structures were impacted by the fire as follows: 461 structures destroyed (residential and outbuildings) 224 residential structures were destroyed and 4 sustained damage 220 outbuilding were destroyed and 4 sustained damage 17 business structures were impacted (Shambhala) 42 of the residential structures impacted were primary residences Dates and locations of damage: • September 7 – Poudre Canyon south of Highway 14 near Archer’s Poudre River Resort and the Monument Gulch area • September 25 and 26 – Poudre Canyon between the Fish Hatchery and Rustic, the Manhattan
Road area, and the Boy Scout Ranch Road area • October 14 – Upper and Lower Buckhorn areas, Crystal Mountain, Bobcat Ridge, Buckskin Heights, Redstone Canyon, Storm Mountain, The Retreat, and Pingree Park There may be impacted structures the assessor’s office was not aware of and therefore were not assessed. The DAT was also not able to find contact information for owners of all properties with confirmed damage. If you discover damage to your property and you were not officially notified, please email the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management at email@example.com with your name, address, and current telephone number. Justin E. Smith, Sheriff of Larimer County said, “As the community comes together to support those who suffered property loss, we stand with them. We feel the pain of being displaced and not having a home to go back to. In the midst of this hurt, I am so proud of the deputies, firefighters, and a variety of other officers from many law enforcement agencies who heroically evacuated thousands and thousands of people and made sure that no one felt the pain of losing a loved one to this fire. It was an amazing effort, and I am thankful.”
Estes Park Museum Continues Gallery Closure Until Further Notice With the growing number of COVID-19 cases both locally and nationally, and the continued closure of Town facilities, the Estes Park Museum will remain closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Museum gallery and cancellation of in-person events. For up-to-date information on virtual programming and to view past programs, please visit www.estes.org/museum or follow the
Estes Park Museum's Facebook page. The Town will regularly evaluate the status of its facilities and provide updates when the status can change. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For questions regarding the closure, please contact the Museum Director Derek Fortini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Customs, Traditions, And Ceremonies Move Estes Park Forward The day that I think Despite fires, evacuations and Covid-19 spikes, life moves forward. And the good- about next is November 5. That at 2:00 p.m.-evacuation over, undeterred by the disarray such events wildfires smoldering nearby, Covid-19 cause—shines through adversity. With cases spiking-I pass these thoughts in through the YMCA mind, please join entrance security. I’m me in reflecting headed to a meeting on the events of of the Estes Park Nonseveral recent profit Resource Cendays. ter. Where I’ll read a On the first day, proclamation honorThursday, Octoing the 11th National ber 22, wearing Philanthropy Day at Roger’s painting the YMCA and the filter mask, I townspeople of Estes hopped in the car for supporting nonat 11:00 a.m. Ten profit organizations. minutes later, car Kudos to Laura Dale parked downMarshall, EPNRC Extown, I switch to ecutive Director, for a simpler, cloth the part she plays in mask to meet this wonderful cereDonna Carlson, Paula Steige retires from Macdonald monial tradition. with whom I walk Bookshop October 2020 & Mayor Koenig. November 7 is the fito Macdonald nal day about which I reflect. That day, at Book Shop. Where, after greeting Paula Steige, I make comments about the family 6:00 p.m., from the safety of my home, I use Zoom to meet business started with the Estes Valley in 1928, run by Library Friends & Steige since 1971. Foundation. During My comments inwhich I read a proclaclude mention of mation honoring Dr. Paula receiving James Pickering as rethe Estes Park cipient of the 2020 PiMuseum Pioneer oneer Award. Jim’s Award in 2016, service to Estes is imserving as a town pressive, including trustee and being being historian laurea member of the ate here since 2006. EPURA board. Not so tongue-inReflecting on the cheek, I say days described above, Paula’s retirement four things become from running the apparent. One, caught shop affords her up in never-endingmore time to rush events-as was the work for the case for me on Octogood of Estes ber 22-it’s easy to miss Park and opporNew owners of Macdonald Bookshop seeing a bigger and tunities for me to Kevin and Anastasia Reed with their sons. possibly deadly realrecognize her efity. Two, customs such forts. as cutting ribbons and issuing proclamations are powerful ways to honor tradiNext, Kevin and Anastasia Reed are introduced as the new owners of MacDon- tions and recognize the people who ald Book Shop. The ribbon cutting that follows transitions the shop from Paula to Kevin and Anastasia. Their heartfelt, lifelong love of books and Kevin’s experience as an author, assures all people present that the warmth and glow of the shop continues. Returning to the car, National Philanthropy Day Proclamation Nov. 5, 2020 at I don the filtered paint YMCA of the Rockies. mask, then drive to Town Hall. There I head to a study sesmake such traditions possible. Three, sion about the town’s annual budget. But before the session starts, the blood orange when we acknowledge the good that people do, the likelihood that they and sky outside darkens. A decision is made other people will do additional good into immediately evacuate Estes Park due creases. And lastly, collectively reflecting to the imminent threat of the East Trouabout where Estes Park is, and where it’s blesome Wildfire. What happens next, is been enables us to move forward toa story for another time. gether to where we want to be.
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Toll-Free Phone Number For Town Meetings In order to facilitate public participation in Town meetings being held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town has obtained a toll-free number for call-in participation through the Zoom platform. To join a meeting dial 1-833548-0276 and follow the prompts. Additional information on how to participate during a meeting can be found on the agenda for the specific meeting. For more information, including meeting materials, participation instructions,
a call-in number and weblink, please visit www.estes.org/boardsandmeetings. For those who only want to watch the meetings, live-streaming and recorded videos will still be available via www.estes.org/videos. To provide advance public comment to the Town Board, please use the public comment form at dms.estes.org/forms/ TownBoardPublicComment (also available via www.estes.org/ boardsandmeetings.)
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 November 1, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to four calls for
service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • Possible Illegal Burn/Smoke Investigation: 1 • Alarm/Detector Activation: 1 • MVC: 1 Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org
The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On November 5 at 9:14 p.m. police stopped the driver of a vehicle at Fall
River Road and David Drive. On scene they arrested a 21 year old male driver and charged him with DUI, speeding and a driver’s license violation. He was later released on a summons.
Larimer County Health: COVID19 Prevention Starts At Home In order to get COVID-19 back under control, Coloradans are being asked to avoid social get-togethers with people outside their household. About 40% of recent COVID-19 cases in Larimer County can be linked back to a get-together in a friend's or family member's home. It's difficult not to see friends and family in person, but it's critically important to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19 that we're seeing right now.
For now, please keep it to just your household. Visit https://bit.ly/larimerdashboard for more COVID-19 data.
UCHealth’s Drive-Through Testing Site In Estes Park To Close Friday UCHealth will be closing its drivethrough specimen-collection center in Estes Park for the winter later this week. The collection center, which will close at 2 p.m. Friday, has been operating in the parking lot outside the UCHealth Timberline Medical Center since July. Patients who need to be tested locally for COVID-19 can look into the testing available at Estes Park Health. Another option is UCHealth’s new regional testing site at The Ranch in Loveland, which is now open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Patients should enter The Ranch via the
north entrance off of Fairgrounds Avenue (Larimer County Road 5) and follow signs to the testing area. This new collection center is ideal for wintertime testing operations because patients will be able to drive through the West Pavilion, where they and staff will be better protected from below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice in the upcoming months. To schedule an appointment at the UCHealth testing site at The Ranch, those with symptoms should go to uchealth.org or their My Health Connection app if they have an account.
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Some Areas In Rocky Mountain National Park Reopened Last Week On Friday, November 6, many areas in Rocky Mountain National Park reopened after being closed since October 22, due to the East Troublesome Fire. Areas that will reopen include roads, parking areas and trails in Wild Basin, Longs Peak, Lily Lake, Twin Sisters, Lumpy Ridge and US 34 through the Fall River Entrance to Many Parks Curve as well as the Endovalley Road. Old Fall River Road will be open to bicycles, leashed pets and walkers. The west side of Rocky Mountain National Park remains closed due to the level of fire impacts and ongoing safety assessments. Areas that remain temporarily closed to park visitors on the east side of the park include US 36 past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to Deer Ridge Junction, including the Beaver Meadows Entrance. Bear Lake Road remains closed. The North Boundary Trail, the North Fork Trail, and Mummy Pass, Stormy Pass, Commanche Peak and Mirror Lake Trails remain closed. Park staff will continue to assess these areas for fire activity, safety and downed trees, being mindful of high winds that occur this time of year causing more trees to fall. On Wednesday, October 21, the East Troublesome Fire ran approximately 18
miles before it moved into the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then spotted approximately 1.5 miles from the head of Tonahutu Creek on the west side of the Continental Divide to the head of Spruce Creek on the east side of the Continental Divide. Rapid evacuations took place in Grand Lake on October 21. Evacuations for the majority of the Estes Valley were implemented on October 22, as weather predictions forecast major winds on the night of October 23 through October 24 pushing the fire further to the east. Firefighting actions and favorable weather on October 24 and 25 helped halt the major movement of the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. Park visitors should be aware of smoke, wind, weather and fire conditions. For the most up-to-date information on the East Troublesome Fire visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242. For the most up-to-date information on the Cameron Peak Fire visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/romo or contact the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife To Plan Restoration Efforts For Gray Wolves On November 3, 2020, Coloradans voted “I know our wildlife experts encompass to pass Proposition #114 - The Restoration the professionalism, expertise, and scienof Gray Wolves, a measure directing the tific focus that is essential in developing a Colorado Parks and strategic species manWildlife Commission agement plan. CPW is to develop a plan to committed to developreintroduce gray ing a comprehensive wolves west of the plan and in order to do Continental Divide. that, we will need input With this decision, from Coloradans across the planning process our state. We are evalufor reintroduction ating the best path forwill begin. ward to ensure that all statewide interests are Colorado Parks and well represented.” Wildlife wildlife experts currently manFor over 120 years, the age 960 wildlife Colorado voters passed Proposition 114, people of Colorado have directing the Colorado Parks and Wildlife looked to Colorado species for the state Commission to develop a plan to restore Parks and Wildlife for and have restored gray wolves to Colorado, west of the several of Colorado’s leadership and expertise Continental Divide. most iconic species. to protect state lands, Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service CPW staff is fully secure a successful prepared to work with stakeholders, inwildlife legacy in Colorado, and provide cluding consultation with other state agen- quality outdoor recreation that evolves cies with specific experience with introwith generational trends and demoducing the species, to develop the plan to graphic population changes. reintroduce gray wolves over the coming Please see CPW’s Wolf Management months. webpage to read Frequently Asked Ques“Our agency consists of some of the best tions and find living with wolves reand brightest in the field of wildlife mansources. For more information on CPW’s agement and conservation,” said Colorado existing conservation programs, visit Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow. cpw.state.co.us/conservation.
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One Book One Valley: The 2021 Title To Be Announced Friday The winning title for the next “One Book One Valley” will be announced on Friday, November 13 at 12:00 noon through a video presentation on the Estes Valley Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. To watch live, follow the links from estesvalleylibrary.org. The winning title will also be featured on the library’s homepage later that afternoon. Beginning Friday afternoon, 100 copies of the book will be available for a three-week checkout with your library card. Digital downloads are also available as another convenient option. Last summer, Estes Valley readers were invited to rank their favorites from among four finalist titles. The votes were tallied to determine the winning book. One Book One Valley is an annual reading celebration hosted through the library. The project invites conversation and learning with fellow readersand the opportunity to make new friends and acquaintances in the process. Special thanks goes to the generous donors to the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation, who make One Book One Valley possible each year. Look for announcements in mid-December about the online program activities and discussions that will be happening in January 2021.
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Since returning home I have been busy putting things back in order. Things that I rushed to pack, things that I felt too precious to lose. It has been a huge undertaking. To jam stuff into bags and suitcases is no easy task, but to unpack and place them in their proper settings is an even harder job. What makes it so difficult is that much of what I packed were old papers, letters and pictures. Unloading them has been a journey down memory lane. I would come across a birth certificate of my mother or a marriage license, yellowed and fragile, of my grandparents, and must stop and imagine the occasion. So many occurrences that I have not ben a part of and many that I have. The most pleasant happening came when I was reunited with all the letters from my late husband, Caliste. We met at LSU, he graduated and left while I remained to finish and graduate. So, we corresponded by the old-fashioned method of the U.S. Postal Service (there were no emails in those days and long-distance calls were prohibitively expensive.) After graduation, I returned to New Orleans and he continued to travel in his job while writing more letters. When we finally decided to get married, there were more letters as he lived in Birmingham and I remained in New Orleans. Some might think that reading all those letters would make me sad, on the contrary, it really gave me such comfort and happiness and a feeling of closeness to my “honey.” I am content. None of this has anything to do with y ‘all or cooking. I just wanted to share my feel-
ings of happiness with you and maybe help someone who is lonely and sad. Recall your happy memories and thoughts of those you love and the ones that love you. Since I have just “talked your arm off,” I am giving you a silly and easy snack today. With the COVID-19, cold weather, and nothing on TV, we need a fun thing to make and eat.
Peanut Butter Crackers ½ cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter, room temperature 30 Ritz crackers 1 cup melted chocolate chips, milk, semi-sweet or dark, your choice 1 Tbs. solid shortening, Crisco. Spread peanut butter on half of crackers and cover with the rest of crackers. Melt the chocolate, adding the shortening. Dip crackers into melted chocolate and place them on a rack that is over a foil or wax paper covered cookie sheet. If you did not get them as covered with chocolate as you want, just dribble chocolate over them with a spoon. Allow to cool and set. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Yummy! What is not to like: peanut butter and chocolate! Back to my letters, there must be over a hundred. He wrote every day and complained I did not do the same. There is really something special about letters over emails. My email: email@example.com. Bon Appétit.
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By: Brian Schaffer We have no control over many things in life; especially the earth, wind, and fire. As the wildfires grew closer to where we live, many people bowed their head in prayer asking for divine intervention to save the lives of those in harm’s way, to protect houses from the flames, and keep our local businesses safe for another day of transactions. The Chaplain for the YMCA, Greg Bunton, went to Facebook asking people to join him in prayer for the YMCA and everyone else that was in danger of being completely destroyed from the wildfires. He had over 15,000 viewers join him in prayer. My wife and I prayed with some friends where we were staying and pleaded with God to show up and do what only he can do. Once the Amen was said, we chose to believe everything would be okay no matter what would happen. Now, that we’re on the other side of this experience, I can see clearly how God answered the prayers of everyone who be-
lieved enough to ask for help in their time of need. I’ve heard people say we “got lucky” that the snow came when it did, but I’m not one to gamble with the lives of hundreds of people, so I put my trust in the only one who has the power to move mountains and even extinguish fires that burn on mountains with a generous portion of snowflakes. My faith was definitely put to the test when I stood in front of a station full of firefighters asking God to intervene on our behalf and put an end to the fires. God chose to work through the efforts of our trained men and women to do a lot, but there were a few things that only He could do and He did it in a big way. The psalmist wrote about the Lord being an ever-present help in our time of need and that nothing is impossible to those who believe. I’m here to tell you I’m a believer and I’m so grateful that our town was saved. Thanksgiving Day is coming soon. Let’s begin now to thank the Lord for everything we have including the opportunity to live another day.
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This past Tuesday was a milestone birthday for me. I was born in 1960 and I turned 60 years old on the 10th. From ’60 to 60. Until the age of 31, we can each have our “golden birthday, ” which is when one’s age matches one’s birthdate. So my 10th birthday on the 10th of November was my golden birthday. A golden birthday is a once-in-a-lifetime event that is worth getting excited about. Being born in ’60 and turning 60 is six times better then golden! Even though I’m not particularly superstitious, in this case I believe the divine mind, or numen, is telling me something about this landmark year. Perhaps the message is that this year, beginning three days ago for me, is going to be a whole lot better than the one that just passed. From ’60 to 60 will be far superior than 2020. How could it not be! At this point there is more of life behind me than ahead of me. This could be a depressing thought. However, one of the benefits of being 60 (and older) for each of us is this: we have learned from six decades of experiences—ups and downs, successes and failures, gains and losses, friends and foes—and this wisdom has helped us come to an understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Life is precious and it’s getting short. At 60 we get it and we still have time to do something about it. (I speak in generalities, of course. None of us knows how much longer we have. My aunt, whom I wrote about in July, still had a curiosity and passion for lifelong learning when her flame was extinguished in late October from COVID. She had gained a lot of perspicacity over her 87 years on this planet. I use that word—perspicacity, which I had to look up (acuteness of understanding) —because my Aunt Bobbie was super smart and would have loved seeing it used to describe her. She wouldn’t have had to look it up. We tried to donate her body to science but she lived and died in Alaska and there were no places in Alaska accepting bodies for research. Too bad. Her brain would have been amazing to study; it was crammed full. On the days immediately prior to catching the virus, she spent her time reading books about the candidates, wanting to know as much as she could prior to voting. We thought for sure she’d make it long enough to see the election results, but woe, it wasn’t so. Because this
election was very important to her, I’m sure she voted early. She didn’t make it to election day but her vote did.) I was an election worker on November 3 because I was interested in how the system worked. I wanted to be confident every vote was counted, and I was willing to work from 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to assure myself this election was completely honest and fair. My poling place, and the entire precinct, was an impressive operation run by accomplished professionals who knew the answer to any question thrown at them. They knew how to evacuate the building when an unclaimed bag was discovered in the hallway—what was essential to lock up and take with us and what could be left behind. (Before we’d all left the room, the owner of the bag was located and the evacuation was called off.) The leaders of the election team knew what to do with a mutilated ballot that a voter brought to the polls in a USPS plastic bag—in the condition in which it was delivered by the U. S. Postal System. (The postal machine mangled it, but by golly, it was delivered!) The election commissioner and staff made sure we secured two witness signatures after someone helped a handicapped or elderly person with the voting machine (or paper ballot, for that matter). When a voter refused to allow me to escort him to a machine until I put on my election worker name tag, the chief judge was there to make sure there wasn’t a ruckus (the name tag was pinned to my vest and I had taken my vest off). We were masked up (mouth and nose coverage was required), we sanitized after every voter, we worked six feet apart, we ate our lunches alone, and we traded jobs every hour so no one person could dominate a station. After working two early voting days and 15 hours on election day, I am confident the election was handled honestly and fairly. It was the birthday present I gave myself. Good riddance 2020. Hello 60! You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2020 Sarah Donohoe
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Estes Park Archives Program This Saturday, November 14
Logos of Estes Park's KSIR and the current Colorado holder of the KSIR call letters.Courtesy KSIR tribute website and KSIR AM 1010
KSIR, now a farm radio station serving Fort Morgan and Brush, was Estes Park's second and longest-lived occupant of the AM 1470 kHz frequency, beginning in either 1973 or 1974. Stan Pratt purchased station KKEP from Morey DeVolt, and for a time, utilized KKEP's A-frame building, located on the grounds of the current Black Canyon Inn. KSIR, which stood for “New Sounds In the Rockies,” sported big-city professional DJs, a sunrise to sunset easy-listening format with live news, sports, and weather, and a mobile RV unit capable of remote broadcasts. The most well-known KSIR moment was a generally unflappable yet clearly distraught Dave Thomas, viewing Elkhorn Avenue from the intersection of Spruce and Big Horn (plus other employees in the studio referred to as “Jeremy" and "Gary”, the latter possibly Gary Hartley) reporting on water rising in different parts of town the morning of the Lawn Lake Flood, July 15, 1982. An eighteenminute segment of this broadcast can be heard on YouTube, which is easily “translated” by long-term residents into modern equivalents of homes and business locations mentioned as rapidly taking on water.
A KSIR tribute website and Facebook page have been created by former employees, so there is little danger of KSIR fading into oblivion, as prior and subsequent AM 1470 stations won't to do. Still, conflicting information circulates about exactly when KSIR went on the air, and when and why it transitioned to KRKI. Now is the time, with folks connected to KSIR still living in the area, to establish those facts that can be confirmed. The Estes Park Archives continues its series of free programs on the history of local commercial Estes Park radio this Saturday, November 14, at 240 Moraine Avenue. For those unfamiliar with the COVID-modified program format, individuals numbering four or less wearing masks and sharing a household or a family name are permitted entry at any one time, the same program repeating between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the top and bottom of every hour. At this time of year, reservations are not required, and everyone, including first-time visitors or school-age kids, are invited to attend. Call 586-4889 for additional questions.
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Holiday Thank You Sale At The Museum Gift Shop This Sunday & Monday This week, the Museum Friends are offering their annual 20% discount days for members of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation to say thank you for your support through membership contributions. Due to COVID restrictions, the sale will be by reservation only at the Museum Gift Shop (200 Fourth Street) on Sunday, November 15th, and Monday, November 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The Museum gallery remains closed. To be eligible for the savings, shoppers must be members of the Museum Friends & Foundation—and new members are welcome. Memberships will be available to purchase that day, starting at just $35 for individuals, with member benefits lasting for 12 months. The Museum Shop boasts a wide variety of one-of-a-kind items with a focus on Estes Park’s unique history and mountain heritage. Visitors will find jigsaw puzzles, postcards, apparel, keepsake souvenirs, and framed gallery-quality panorama reproductions of early Estes Park. We also have new merchandise for you this year! All COVID precautions will be in place. To schedule a personal 20-minute shop-
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ping reservation, contact Elaine at 970481-5242 or email@example.com. If you would like more than 20 minutes to shop, Elaine will work with you to schedule multiple shopping windows. You can also look at merchandise online at estespark-
museumfriends.org and click on “Museum Shop.” The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, special projects, and events. More information on the organization is available by visiting www.estesparkmuseumfriends.org.
Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Virtual Arts & Crafts Show December 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting a one-day, virtual Arts & Crafts Show on December 5, 2020 starting at 10 a.m. MST! We hope you will attend! This event is one of our primary annual fundraisers for 2020. Proceeds help to fund a robust community grant program, community service initiatives, and scholarships for local high school graduates. This virtual event is an online marketplace where hundreds of customers can shop and join vendors face-to-face in their virtual booth through video chat.
To pre-register for the event visit boothcentral.com and search on “Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Arts and Crafts Show.” You will get a reminder before the event. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in applying for a vendor booth, watch this tutorial bit.ly/3oTfR3X and then register at boothcentral.com. We hope you can attend our show! Sincerely, The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Arts & Crafts Show Team Artsandcrafts@evsr.org
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Thanksgiving Fire Walk Fundraiser NOURISHING NETWORK NEWS Additional meals to meet the community’s needs Be sure to check the websites of the Estes Park Non‐Profit Resource Center (www.epnonprofit.org) and the Legion (www.esteslegion.org) to learn about new opportunities to receive free meals for your family through the Nourishing Network. This community‐wide program is funded by a grant from the Safeway Corporation.
VETERANS SERVICES Veterans Assistance 9‐11 a.m. Tuesdays & Wednesdays Information for Veterans & their families regarding benefits & related topics.
LET’S HAVE SOME FUN! Sundae Sunday BINGO 6 p.m. Sundays Win cash! Enjoy a brownie sundae! Tuesday Trivia 6 p.m. Tuesdays Challenge your friends and test your knowledge. Queen of Hearts 7 p.m. Fridays Win cash!
FEELING HUNGRY? Nourishing Network Free Breakfast 8‐9 a.m. Saturdays Van at Falcon Ridge. Nourishing Network Free Lunch Noon‐1 p.m. Mondays Serving the community at the Legion. Nourishing Network Free Dinner 4:30‐6 p.m. Wednesdays Serving the community at the Legion. Bring the family, get some meals for your neigh‐ bors. Dine‐in or carryout. Tavern Menu 4‐7 p.m. Saturday—Thursday Appetizers & light foods. Steak Night 5:30‐7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 $20 per person
MEETINGS Sunrise Rotary 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 Operations Team 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
No task is too big when done together by all. -Hawaiian Proverb As we enter this season of giving, we ask you to join us Saturday, November 21 for the Thanks Giving Fire Walk Fundraiser, an untimed walk/run around Lake Estes to rally support and give thanks financially to the firefighters who responded to the historic Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires. Gather your own team, group or family members and take a lap of Lake Estes between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. after donating. (Social distancing with other groups and masks are highly recommended and encouraged) Everyone is encouraged to participate–walk, run or just donate! Participants will be able to choose whether they want their donation to benefit the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire De-
partment, Canyon Battalion of Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District, Allenspark Fire Department or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Suggested donation of $25 recommended, but any denomination welcome. Donations can either be dropped off at the Estes Park Mountain Shop or can be made online at: shop.estesparkmountainshop.com. Walk/run will take place on the Lake Estes Trail. Let's help fill the boot for the boots on the ground!
Masks are required at Circle 119 until you are seated at a table, social distancing required & all other Larimer County Health Department rules observed.
Larimer County Health: Covid-19 Cases Increasing We must work hard to Keep NoCo Open. Wear a face covering, maintain social distancing, and keep get-togeth-
ers small with only one other household. Visit bit.ly/larimerdashboard for more COVID-19 data.
Estes Transit To Launch Winter Service Pilot November 18, 2020 On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Estes Transit will begin providing weekly transportation service using the Town’s new fullyelectric trolley. This new “winter service pilot program” is completely free and available for passengers of all ages and abilities. Reservations are not required and the trolley is fully equipped with a wheelchair lift. The new service will run continuously from 2– 5 p.m. each Wednesday through May 26, 2021, serving the following fixed route of stops:
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Gaging Community Interest In Starting New Church Looking for a church committed to the Word of God? A church that preaches Reformed Theology? The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) might be the church you are looking for. Committed to Reformed Theology, the PCA believes in the tenets of John Calvin and Martin Luther; believes the Bible in its entirety; that the Bible is unchanging and infallible; and it is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago. THE FIVE SOLAS Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone; Sola Fide - Faith Alone; Sola Gratia - Grace Alone Solus Christus - Christ Alone Soli Deo Gloria - Glory to God Alone Names that you might be familiar with who are affiliated with or have impacted the PCA include Theologian Jonathan
Edwards (dec.) of the 18th Century, Francis Schaeffer (dec.) of Libre, and R. C. Sproul (dec.) of Ligonier Ministries. Both, Covenant College located on Lookout Mountain, GA and Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis, are PCA schools. Other notable names in the PCA include James Montgomery Boice (dec.) of Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia (dating back to 1829), and D. James Kennedy (dec.) of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. The PCA is looking at the possibility of planting a church in the Estes Valley, but needs to know how viable it is. In other words, it needs to know if there are enough people to support a church committed to the teaching of Reformed Theology. For more information or to express interest, call Jay Lykins at 970-481-3554.
Health Of Colorado’s Forests In Jeopardy, But Action Plan Delivers Path Forward
Plan maps Colorado’s priorities in forest stewardship. This year’s record-breaking wildfire season in Colorado is a stark reminder of the need to invest in the health of our forests. About 10 percent of Colorado’s 24 million acres of forest are in urgent need of action to address forest health, wildfire risk and threats to forested water supplies, at a cost of $4.2 billion, according to the 2020 Colorado Forest Action Plan, released today by the Colorado State Forest Service. The CSFS Forest Action Plan provides a road map for Colorado’s forests – and in many ways the future of our way of life in Colorado. The Action Plan contains an in-depth analysis of the trends affecting forests in Colorado, as well as solutions and guidance on how to improve forest health and resiliency. “Our forests are essential to our way of life, and they provide us with priceless benefits. However, we cannot take them for granted,” said Michael Lester, State Forester and Director of the Colorado State Forest Service. “This proactive Forest Action Plan lays the groundwork for critical investments that will enhance the health of Colorado’s forests for current and future generations.” Rooted in Science, Collaboration The Forest Action Plan provides a strategic framework, as well as goals and strategies, for improving the health of Colorado’s forests, organized into six themes: • Forest Conditions • Living with Wildfire • Watershed Protection • Forest Wildlife • Urban and Community Forestry
• Forest Products To determine these themes and conduct the analysis for the Forest Action Plan, the CSFS assembled experts and stakeholders from across the state in forestry, hydrology, government and other natural resource disciplines. During a series of meetings with the CSFS and its partners, they set mutual goals for forest stewardship moving forward, contained in the Action Plan. “To implement the Forest Action Plan and improve the health of our forests, we’ll continue to work with our many partners and members of our communities,” Lester said. “With this plan as a guide, we can make sure we’re focusing our limited resources to make the biggest impact we can in the areas of greatest need. Our forests help shape Colorado’s economic and social character, so we must invest in them in a strategic, collaborative way, to ensure the many benefits they provide persevere in ‘Colorful Colorado.’” Available Online Data and maps from the 2020 Colorado Forest Action Plan are available on the Colorado State Forest Service website. To view or download the plan, visit csfs.colostate.edu/forest-action-plan. The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides professional forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise, and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visit csfs.colostate.edu.
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Larimer County Moves To Safer At Home Level 2 (Yellow) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has ordered Larimer County to move from Safer at Home Level 1 (Blue) to Level 2 (Yellow) on Colorado’s Dial. The move is a result of rising COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates within Larimer County over the past several weeks. The Larimer County Health Department monitors case counts and positivity rates, along with hospitalization trends, to determine whether the spread of COVID-19 is rising. As of Thursday, November 5, Larimer County’s COVID19 incidence rate is 309 and the positivity rate is 6.9%; both numbers have increased significantly since early September. Hospitalizations of COVID19 patients, hospitalizations overall, and ICU usage continues to increase here in Larimer County. These changes went into effect November 6, 2020 at 5 p. m. Although Larimer County never wants to impose additional measures that restrict the movements and economic activity of the County’s residents, visitors, and businesses, the scientific data supporting the CDPHE’s order dictate that stricter protocols be enacted and enforced under these conditions. The majority of Larimer County businesses have implemented and are enforcing strict safety protocols as required. Local school districts are doing an excellent job minimizing risk for students and staff. “We are at a critical juncture with our community response and we are asking all our residents to increase their diligence and limit their interactions in the community, ” said Tom Gonzales, Larimer County Public Health Director. The recent increase in cases and hospitalizations in Larimer County mean that we all must redouble our efforts to slow the spread of the virus. “We need to wear our masks, maintain social distance, and hold off on in-home private get togethers right now. The next few weeks will be critical for us as a community, ” says Commissioner Johnson. “We need to do everything we can to keep our workers employed and our kids attending in person learning. ” Although some restrictions may vary de-
pending upon the industry or location, the main differences between Safer at Home Level 1 (Blue) and Level 2 (Yellow) : • Maximum attendees at indoor worship services are reduced from 175 to 50 people • Maximum attendees at gyms are reduced from 75 to 50 people • Maximum attendees at restaurants decreases from 175 to 50 (or up to 100 if the space has adequate social distancing) • Maximum participants for group sports are reduced from 50 to 25 per activity • Maximum attendees for indoor events are reduced from 175 to 100, and stays at 175 for outdoor events • Last call will remain at 11:00 pm. The Larimer County Health Department will be working with businesses to work through the new capacity limitations. Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/coronavirus or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.
Good Sam Estes Park Village
As you know Estes Park Village cannot accommodate guests during the pandemic. To reduce stress during the holiday season, flavorful goodness is served with the Estes Park Village Turkey Dinner To-Go. This feast features our signature roast turkey, and a number of delectable sides, including fresh-baked Parker House rolls and seasonal pies. These meals are available for of up to six folks.
Dinner for 2: $50 Dinner for 4: $100 Dinner for 6: $150
Hand-Carved Heritage Turkey Chive Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy Green Beans with Bacon & Caramelized Onions Home-Style Herb Stuffing Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes Fresh Baked & Buttered Rolls Homemade Cranberry Sauce Traditional Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, or Apple Pie
How to order your turkey dinner to-go: Please call (970) 577-7700 ext 207 by 3pm on Thursday, November 19th. We can’t wait to be the best part of your Thanksgiving Day celebration. *THIS IS FOR THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE ONLY*
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The Devil’s Punch Bowl Schofield pass is an old wagon route built in 1883. It is known as the mostdeadly pass in Colorado and we ended up there just by luck. Seventeen people have died on this pass at last count. On July 9, 1970 nine people lost their lives as their car fell into the punch bowl. The pass is closed for most of the year due to snow or mud, and is open only for one or two months in late summer. This early October, after an extremely dry year, my husband, Scott and I along with our two dogs, Brewster and Ziggy, ended up at the very top of Schofield Pass. We started out on a quick three-day road trip early in October and it was a pretty good trip except for the last day. Our first stop was Del Norte which was very dry and dusty. When I got out of the truck after a long morning of driving, I stepped out and it felt like four inches of dust swallowed my hiking boots. It was more than dry. Remember those photos of the astronauts walking on the moon? Kinda like that. But then I noticed the quiet, it was lovely. The total absence of sound. We sat in our low camp chairs and Scott had a beer and I had one of those tiny bottles of wine (I forgot to bring a cup.) We munched on grapes and crackers in the stillness of the afternoon and talked about making new memories. We meandered into towns I'd never been to before. Creede, with its old cemetery made for a delightful morning wandering about the grave stones. So many infant graves. We searched for 1917-18 influenza deaths and thought we found a few. Then there were the graves just marked with rusting iron crosses - miners? Outlaws? It was fun to contemplate. Another town to enjoy was
Crested Butte. We stayed in a dogfriendly hotel (they even gave us dog biscuits with our keys) and enjoyed a nice dinner on the main street sidewalk. The next day it was the long drive home but, looking back, we had no clue just how long that drive was going to be. On the way out of town we drove up Crested Butte Mountain. With construction going on we got turned around and only later realized we drove the wrong way. We had been heading for Kebler Pass into Paonia to see the famous 50 square acres of aspen, but always up for adventure, we figured rather than go back we'd take the road over Schofield Pass instead. Between Crested Butte and Marble, this forest service road is narrow and steep. After passing Gothic, an old ghost town, we came to a sign that said something like, “this route should only be attempted by very skilled and experienced four-wheel drivers, and only in jeeptype, small, high clearance 4WD vehicles.” We looked at each other, Scott driving his 4-wheel drive GMC truck. He smiled at me and said, “let's go!” and that's when I learned, to my chagrin, I was a “go-along” kind of person. The first few miles were dusty and not too bad. The higher we drove, the narrower the road. That's also when I learned about scree which is an accumulation of loose stones and rocky debris. Scree was what we were driving on, unstable, barely balanced, stones of various sizes. These were scattered thickly about the deeply embedded, large jagged rocks jutting up out of the dirt. Many of those large ones sat right in the middle of the road. Sometimes Scott could really skooch over to the side and he would gingerly and very carefully slide past.
Sometimes we had to cross our fingers and drive over. This slow, slow bouncing drive up the pass hearing the bang of the rocks hitting the undercarriage had the dogs whining and me closing my eyes and turning away from the steep, heartclenching drop-offs on my side. Even though I was out of the truck and guiding Scott with hand signals I heard the horrendous scrape-bang as the under-carriage finally hit the rock that was big enough to stop us in our tracks. We found ourselves high-centered on a very large, rough and uneven stone on a very steep, narrow road. On the right passenger-side, the back wheel was hanging in the air above a large, flat stone precariously leaning out over the edge overlooking a 300 ft. drop-off. Below us, the Devils Punch Bowl, a spectacular, aqua pool at the bottom of a set of waterfalls. Scott climbed out of the truck and moved cautiously around the vehicle, desperately clutching the bed of the truck to keep from plunging over the cliff. I could not watch him and took Brewster and Ziggy, our dogs, down the road to see if conditions got any better around a curve in the road. They didn’t and I was certain we’d end up walking out to find someone who could rescue us. When I returned, Scott told me he would need to jack up the truck on the right side in order to move forward off the rock. I honestly don’t think I understood him for a moment. And suddenly, I realized what he was saying. In this unbelievably, terrifying place he was going to create an even more unstable situation than we were already in. He told me my job would be to grab the jack when he was off the rock so he didn’t drive over it.
Of course, I had visions of him driving over my hand but that seemed a small price to pay to get off this mountain. He got in the truck, I put Brewster and Ziggy back in and got in my position outside near the jack ready to grab it. He let off the break and, holding his breath I’m sure, jerkily and deliberately, moved that truck forward and off the jack and the rock. Lots of clanking and knocking but no tearing sounds. He actually did what he said he was going to do and did not even run over my hand. I told him if we ever took a trip in a new Titanic, I wanted him with me. It was still many hours before we got to the bottom of Schofield Pass, four and a half hours to go eleven miles, and for much of it the dogs and I walked. We finally made it to Crystal City, another ghost town and the area started filling up with jeeps and hikers. At Marble, we were finally off dirt roads and sailing comfortably. That’s when I gave Scott a break and I took over the driving. Scott’s truck (which I now think needs a name after all this like “Old Trusty” or something), seems to be no worse for wear. The last time we traveled, in the middle of August, we saw the new Cameron Fire from Wyoming border. Two months later we came home from another adventure just in time to witness the swiftly moving Troublesome Fire getting much too close to Estes. And suddenly we’re evacuees. Life in 2020. And the good? We’re alive. Mary Mesropian has lived in the Estes Park area since 1994. In 2000 she became Executive Director of Estes Valley Crisis Advocates. After her retirement in late 2016 she became a Celebrant, officiating weddings and other ceremonies. Her email is maryruthdancer@yahoo.
Larimer County, Area Partners Receive Excellence In Economic Development Award Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development was recognized by the Board of Larimer County Commissioners for receiving a prestigious award for their participation in a regional partnership in economic development. Larimer County received the Silver Category Award from the International Economic Development Council [IEDC] for collaborating in the Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy. “Talent and workforce are an essential part of a healthy economy”, said Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Ann Hutchison. “As the region continues to grow, businesses and communities realize that the development, maintenance, and accessibility of a talented workforce is a top priority. Talent development is a team sport that required public, private,
and educational institutions to work collaboratively to be successful.” Talent 2.0 http://www.Nocotalent2.com is a regional effort in Northern Colorado to produce a strong talent pipeline that supports employer’s current and future needs while providing upwardly mobile career options and opportunities. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and the year’s most influential leaders. IEDC in 2020 received over 500 submissions from four countries for 35 award categories. “I think a lot of the success we have is due to the enthusiasm of the team members and Workforce Development Board that is very engaged and has outstanding members from so many sectors in Larimer County, and how you bring the board, the business commu-
nity and education community together,” said Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson. “The work you do in the community has made our county such a better place to live, work, and raise a family.” The plan links economic development, workforce development, and elements from human services to yield better jobs, invests in people to fill those jobs, and creates an inclusive system to support members of our community to fully participate in the economy. “This effort was critical to maintaining our regional competitiveness in the pr-pandemic economy and is even more critical in the COVID-19 environment,” said Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Director Jacob Castillo. “The Talent 2.0 Workforce Strategy is a shared vision to support and
strengthen our community. Even in trying times, the important work and focus of talent is one that cannot be forgotten. In Northern Colorado, our business education and nonprofit partners take a hands-on approach to work collaboratively to build our healthy economy,” said City of Fort Collins Senior Economic Development Manager, and member of the Board of Directors for the IEDC. The area partners who provide guidance and support to Talent 2.0 include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Fort Collins Economic Health Department, City of Loveland Economic Development, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, One NoCo, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development, and the United Way of Larimer County.
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Estes Park Health Reduction In Force November 9, 2020 Like other healthcare organizations across our country, Estes Park Health has had significantly reduced revenues since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. These reduced revenues are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Without significant expense reduction efforts, Estes Park Health is projected to lose $7.9 million in 2021. Estes Park Health has explored many options to improve efficiency and reduce expenses, including salary reductions for all employees, freezing vacation accumulation, eliminating contract labor, renegotiating contracts, and department-by-department cost reductions, among other actions. While these meas-
ures are expected to produce about one million dollars of expense reduction in 2020, we must also reduce our workforce to ensure our financial viability and ability to continue to serve our community’s health care needs into the future. On November 9, 2020, Estes Park Health eliminated several positions to help offset these losses, including changes in our Urgent Care hours and some staff positions there. The savings against the EPH budget is approximately $1.5 million annually. Employees whose positions are eliminated have access to post-employment resources. Estes Park Health values the contributions of all our employees, and we deeply regret the need for this action.
Estes Park Health Urgent Care Reopening November 12 & New Hours The Estes Park Health Urgent Care department will reopen on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Urgent Care Center at 420 Steamer Drive. Our Urgent Care has been closed since October 22 when all of Estes Park was evacuated by mandatory order due to the approaching wildfires on that day. The Urgent Care will have reduced hours for the EP off-season: We will be open Thursdays through Mondays from 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. each of those five days a week. During weekday hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) when the Urgent Care is not open, there are options to see a care provider in our EPH Physician Clinic without an advance appointment, primarily through our “doctor of the day” options. Also, of course, our Emergency Department is open 24/7 for emergent needs.
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SOUL-SEARCHING TIME. AM I ‘RACIST’? During the last few tumultuous months we have witnessed many things that called for change in our nation. Of course, the most recent was our election and the seeming results of the vote…a new president. But there have been many other things that have been no less impacting to our nation. One of those is the movement to cause us to examine ourselves and our attitudes toward others in our society. To those of us who respect the Bible we have to consider our hearts about this issue. In it God says: “If you show favoritism you sin and are convicted by the Law as lawbreakers…and are guilty of breaking all of God’s law.” (James 2:10) Benjamin Watson, an NFL player, after one untimely shooting, was livid, but later wrote: “I’m encouraged, because ultimately the problem is not a ‘skin’ problem, it’s a ‘sin’ problem. ‘Sin’ is the reason we rebel against authority. ‘Sin’ is the reason we abuse our ‘authority. ‘Sin’ is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and cover for our own. ‘Sin’ is the reason we riot, loot, and burn. But I’m encouraged because God has provided a solution for sin through his Son Jesus and with it a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being.” So, if this IS a ‘sin’ problem, it is vital that we take a look at ‘us’. In doing that, consider your past interactions with those who are different from you. One that I treasure and will never forget, was conducting a wedding for a couple in a hotel hall in Denver several years ago. I was the only white person among the crowd of two hundred or so. It was a delightful experience and I felt so welcome and appreciated… and learned several new things about their culture…’jumping the broom’, for example. Another joy I had was helping establish a multi-cultural church in the Los Angeles area when I was in college…a church that has since become a large minority congregation and that I pull up online from time to-totime to relish their exuberant singing and their sincere messages. When on vacation I usually attend churches that are culturally diverse and revel in their love for the Lord and each other. Such experiences have blessed my life…and I suspect that you have had some similar experiences where you have had close interactions with people of other races, experiences that would cause you to bristle if someone were to suggest that you were ‘racist’. However, it would behoove us to take a closer look at how we see other ‘people of color’, as they often refer to themselves. When you considered recent BLM protests and watched people in that movement, how did you feel? When you see some of them rising to heights that you might covet, how do you feel? When you hear reports of laws being broken, do you tend to immediately suspect that those responsible would be of a different race than yourself? When you meet a mixed race married couple, what are your initial reactions? All these can help you determine the level of ‘racism’ that might have crept into your heart. In order to combat those feelings and bring them under control one thing that can help is to put ourselves in their shoes. Someone put it like this. “When I walk into a bank to ask for a loan, I don’t consider that my skin color would make a difference…Hispanics do. When I drive by a police car I never consider that I might be pulled over because of my race… Blacks do. When I sit at a job interview, I never wonder if my credentials will be questioned because of nationality…Native Americans do.” Another thing to consider is the probability that in the next 25 years it is projected that WE will be the minority race and, as Jesus once stated, “As you would that men do to you, do you unto them.” I certainly hope, because racism IS a ‘sin’ problem, that we examine ourselves and prove that we are following that ‘Golden Rule’.
Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu November 16 – 20 Monday, Nov 16 Crispy Chicken BLT Sandwich & potato salad Tuesday, Nov 17 Swiss Mushroom Burger & 3-bean salad Wed., Nov 18
Hot Roast Beef Sandwich w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetable
Thurs., Nov 19
Vegetarian Lasagna w/ garlic bread & side salad
Friday, Nov 20
Salmon (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup
November 23 – 27 Monday, Nov 23
Beef Stroganoff w/ garlic bread & side salad
Tuesday, Nov 24
Chicken Cordon Bleu w/ Roasted Potatoes & vegetable
Wed., Nov 25
Turkey Dinner w/ stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetable
Thursday, Nov 26 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day Friday, Nov 27
Trout (4 oz) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup
All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Nov 16th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Nov 13th. 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 estesparkseniors.org The Center is still closed. No Activities. Meals to Go will be delivered to your vehicle at the Senior Citizens Center! Pick up times 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org
2020 offers all of us the opportunity to celebrate not only the passage of the 19th Amendment but also the achievements of women over that last 100 years. Celebrations are planned nation-wide, in every state and in local communities. A number of local organizations and community leaders, under the leadership of Jean McGuire, have formed a committee to coordinate the local celebration under the title, “100 Years: A Celebration of Women.” As a part of the festivities, we plan to collect stories about Estes Valley women in the form of paragraphs. Submission period: now through the end of November. Maximum length: 200 words, A story about any woman with a connection to Estes Park. These paragraphs will be collected by the Estes Valley Library. They will then appear in the local newspapers and 100 will be chosen to be published as a booklet for November release. Submit your paragraphs digitally (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to the front desk. Here are the next of the submissions.
The Story Of Katherine Garetson By: Nina Kunze
Katherine Garetson learned about the Rocky Mountains from Enos Mills. She homesteaded land in the Tahosa Valley near Mills’ Longs Peak Inn after having stayed at the inn on her first visit to the area in 1909. Her sister, Helen Dings, had a cabin about two miles south of Longs Peak Inn, which still stands along Highway 7. Katherine’s claim was near her sister’s, along what is now called Big Owl Road. Katherine opened a tea room in 1915 and called it Big Owl. Katherine was the only single woman homesteader in the Estes Park area to write extensively about her experiences in earning her homestead
patent. Her family kept the manuscript, and her memoir Homesteading Big Owl was published in 1989, updated in 2012. It gives us an important reference about the hardships and joys of earning a homestead claim in a mountain environment. Katherine’s account describes the misery of living through cold winters with no central heat, sleeping on a narrow cot buried in blankets, and waking to a house so cold the tea kettle would be frozen solid. Her learning curve was steep, and the chores were immense, but Katherine persevered and was awarded her homestead claim in 1919.
The Story Of Kathy Brazelton By: Marlene Borneman
Nature, outdoors, leadership, and education is the rhythm and pulse of Kathy Brazelton’s day. Kathy has been with the National Park Service for 34 years. Family vacations as a young girl were spent roaming national parks in the West. Those trips planted the seeds for a career as a Park Ranger. Kathy earned a degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management from CSU and a master’s degree in Outdoor Education/Plant Ecology from Southern Oregon State University. She has held positions at Great Sand Dunes, Timpanogos Cave, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument,
and Redwood National Park, but her dream was to serve as a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park and live in the Estes Valley. In 2000, her dream came true as a District Naturalist. In addition to presenting information to Park visitors, she has provided many educational hours on a variety of topics to Estes Park schools. She enjoys engaging the community, especially children, in Earth Day activities. It seems “sharing nature with park visitors is her niche.” Kathy says it best: “The most important thing is that being a ranger makes my heart sing – it is the best I can do to protect and preserve this beautiful planet of ours.”
The Story Of Kathy Littlejohn By: Lars Sage
To say that Kathy’s Littlejohn’s lifelong focus has been on kids could be an understatement in light of what she has actively engaged in since moving to Estes Park with her husband Jim in 1973. She taught for Estes Park School District (elementary school) from 1990-2000, was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1998. She also taught in the Adams 14 School district (middle school) 2001-2010. She has been a retired substitute from 2010-2020 in Estes Park and Adams 14. Kathy was part of a group that established the Estes Park Learning Exchange, serving as President in 1982. She worked with others to establish Project Outreach, later incorporated as
Kreative Kids in 1984, becoming the onsite director 1985-1990 and served on the Board until 2004. As a member of a subcommittee of the Estes Valley Community Services Coalition she worked to establish the summer lunch program providing free lunch for kids 3-18 becoming Kids Café in 2011. In addition to these activities, Kathy joined the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies Board in 1997, now serving as Treasurer. Since 2009 she has “produced” the Youth Theatre productions for the Guild. “Few people accomplish things by themselves, I certainly haven't. I've loved working on every project and treasure the people I've been able to work with.”
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Michael Young At The Helm For The Catch The Glow Festival Of Lights All New: Festival of Lights to be held at the Events Complex By: Kris Hazelton
Due to ongoing public health and safety precautions, the Town of Estes Park's Events Department recently announced changes to the 2020 Catch the Glow Parade. Instead of our traditional mobile parade, the Catch the Glow Festival of Lights will be stationary and hosted on the grounds of the Town's Events Complex, at 1125 Rooftop Way. It will be available for viewing for
multiple evenings over two weekends, starting the evening after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27. Plans are still evolving, but the Catch the Glow Festival of Lights will continue to feature whimsical new floats and displays all designed by the parade's Creative Director, local artist Michael Young. All of the displays and stationary floats at the events complex grounds will be brilliantly lighted. Spectators will be able to drive amongst the parade floats in the comfort, safety, and warmth of their own vehicles. Santa will greet everyone as they pass on this one-way drive through experience. As always, this event is free of charge. Michael is very excited about this new event. Heâ€™s been busy working on the displays
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since mid-September, having to change his mind-frame from doing his usual two-sided floats and focusing on onesided displays. "Current event restrictions made it impossible for us to hold a traditional parade, but we are looking forward to offering this family favorite event in a new, creative way that will be safe, convenient, and available to all," said Rob Hinkle, Director of Events and Visitor Services. Michael is ever so grateful for the vision and guidance Rob has provided on this new project. He said, “We’re breaking new ground here. Bless Rob’s heart... he realizes that we all need something this year to brighten our lives, some kind of holiday cheer and this is the best and safest way to do it in a year of Covid. This festival is going to be amazing and fun for the entire family.” Michael has a lot of space to fill this year on the one way drivethrough and he told us, “We’re really loading up on lights for the “boule-
vard” that will go through the event complex.” This is a whole new concept, but it will be nothing less than amazing, just as each and every one of his Catch the Glow parades have been. One of the displays Michael has created is one he’s wanted to do for years, the 12 Days of Christmas. He said, “I never designed this before since I would have had to build it on two sides, making it twice the project. This year, I can finally make the 12 Days of Christmas the way I’ve been dreaming of it all these years, I’m really excited about it!” Another amazing aspect of this new event is there will be six evenings for people to come out and enjoy these displays. Hundreds, maybe even thousands more people will be able to get out and see Michael’s wonderful creations, as opposed to just a one-night parade. And the best thing? You can do this all from the warmth of your vehicle. People who haven’t been to a downtown parade for years for whatever reason, are excited about this new opportunity to enjoy some holiday fun. As you drive through, festive music will be playing to help get you into the holiday spirit. Downtown businesses
will have the benefit of folks shopping and dining at their establishments throughout the day, not having to worry about parade parking or reserving the perfect perch for the parade. Instead, after the shops close, the Festival of Lights display will be available to drive through. Holiday revelers can enjoy dinner before or after their trek through the lighted layout. Other displays Michael is creating are a special tribute/thank you to the firefighters, visions of sugar plums, Christmas Story/Vacation home, a tribute to our veterans, snowflake storage, an amazing rocket ship, an adorable s’mores family, holiday candy shop/disco and many others. Michael said, “I am 110 percent excited about this new event, who knows...it may become what we do in the future years as well, if it’s successful! There’s still some more work to do but we’ll be ready by Friday, November 27. Things are com-
ing together nicely.” Michael is making history in Estes Park once again. There is no doubt that the love and artistic talent Michael puts into each and every one of his projects will shine through this year at the first ever, Catch the Glow Festival of Lights! Business sponsors are still needed to be able to offer this much-anticipated event. Due to the unusual circumstances this year, sponsorship fees have been reduced to encourage more businesses to participate. Sponsorship of Town-constructed floats, which include a highly-visible banner featuring the name of the business sponsor, start at $300. For more information please contact the Town of Estes Park Events Division at 970-586-6104, or email@example.com. The final schedule and times of the drive-through will be released soon and will be published in the Estes Park News.
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Congratulations to Gwendolyn Harrison, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for November 13, 2020. At EPHS Gwendolyn maintains a 4.0 GPA and enjoys being a member of the choir and in the Major13 choir. She plays volleyball and likes participating in theater and productions. Outside of school she likes singing and volleyball. She also enjoys creative outlets and likes to write and hopes to take that with her into the future. Gwendolynâ€™s favorite quote 10th Grade is, â€œIn the end, itâ€™s not the a long time.â€? years in your life that count. Itâ€™s the After high school Gwendolyn life in your years.â€? by Abraham Linplans to study astrophysics and ascoln. She said, â€œThis quote describes tronomy and hopes to work at the basics of quality over quantity, I NASA. mean I'm here for a good time, not
Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.
Looking for unique and original holiday gifts? Then head to the Holiday Shop at The Old Gallery in Allenspark going on every weekend until December 20. Original art created by a wide variety of artists and creations by local crafters can be found in all price ranges. The Old Gallery is one of the most unique galleries in all of Colorado, featuring fine arts created by local artists from Boulder and Larimer counties,â€? said artist Kathy Banich. â€œThe art ranges from oil paintings, watercolors and drawings to stained glass, jewelry, ceramics and gourds,â€? she said. Artists have created cards, calendars, coasters, ornaments and more for this special event. Local crafters are also participating in the show. â€œThis is the first year weâ€™ve invited crafters to participate in our Holiday Shop event,â€? said Banich. â€œIt expands our offerings for holiday gifts that are unique and distinctive.â€? Artists featured in the show and sale include Anne Curtis, Cheryl Pennington, Judi Mitchell, Kathy Banich, Leslie Emerson, Linda Toukan, Sally Van Der Kamp, Terry Kasprzak and Vicki Dyas. Guest artists and crafters participating
include Annie Meulener, Bruce Van Der Kamp, Celia Mills, Ellen Ehrhardt, The Hilltop Guild, Janine Elletire, Kim Kittle, Mary Morse, Patrick Sweangen, Susan Krauth and Tara Lynn Towers. Youâ€™ll find glass Christmas ornaments, vases, scarfs, blankets, ceramics, pine cone wreaths, silk and fiber arts, handmade soaps, tea towels, handbags and more. Located at 14863 Highway 7 at the entrance to Allenspark, The Old Gallery is 20 minutes south of Estes Park and 20 minutes from Lyons. Itâ€™s a beautifully renovated 1940s log structure that is home to 20 local artists. The Old Gallery is a non-profit that provides art, education, entertainment and social services to area residents and visitors, including the Community Cupboard Food Bank, Community Closet, art and yoga classes, concerts and even juggling classes. â€œThe Old Gallery really captures the spirit of this mountain community. Itâ€™s a place for our local artists to display and sell their work,â€? said Banich. Winter hours at The Old Gallery are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
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Five Fun Facts About... The Stellar’s Jay By: Dawn Wilson
Showtimes For Nov. 13 – Nov. 19 FREAKY (R) Daily at 4p and 7p Matinee: Sat and Sun at 1p Late Night: Fri and Sat at 9:30p
LET HIM GO (R) Daily at 4:15p and 7:15p Matinee: Sat and Sun at 1:15p Late Night: Fri and Sat at 9:45p
This week’s featured animal is the Stellar’s jay. As we move into winter, many of our summer birds have left the area for warmer temps—and less wind—but there are several birds that are year-round residents to grace our feeders. One of those birds is the beautiful and regal looking Stellar’s jay. 1. The Stellar’s jay and the blue jay are the only New World jays that use mud to build their nests. The nests, which are built near the trunk of a tree, are well hidden and can some-
times be as high as 30 feet in a tree. 2. A group of jays may be called a “band, ” “cast, ” “party,” or “scold” of jays. 3. This unmistakable bird both in stature and sound, can be differentiated from other birds by its striking dark blue and black feathers. It is also the only western jay with a crest, those black feathers rising from its head. 4. Stellar’s jays will eat a wide variety of foods. At feeders they like nuts, berries, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and suet. In the summer, they will also steal a lot of eggs from nests. These birds are also
COME PLAY (PG-13) A Stellar's jay checks for food after a fresh snowfall near Estes Park. Daily at 7:30p Late Night: Fri and Sat at 10p
great scavengers. One of the best spots to look for them is around the perimeter of campgrounds, picnic areas and other places where people may leave crumbs they can devour when the area gets a little quieter. 5. This vocal bird has a very distinct and piercing call made up of harsh shack-shack-shack sounds. 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 and calendars at DawnWilsonPhotography.com.
In addition to visiting feeders, Stellar's jays are also very skilled beggars for food.
THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (PG) Daily at 4:30p Matinees: Sat and Sun at 1:30p
These beautiful birds are quite stunning when at attention on a summer morning. Like many birds, Stellar's jays will fluff up their feathers to help them retain heat under their feathers to stay warm on cold days.
FLASH GORDON 40TH ANNIVERSARY (PG)
In the Estes Park area, Stellar's jays are frequent visitors to feeders, enjoying sunflower seeds and fruit and nut mixes.
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THE GOMEZ TEAM
Ideas For Thanking Your Family It’s almost Thanksgiving. And although 2020 may have been a difficult year for you, as it has been for many people, you can probably still find things for which you can be thankful – such as your family. How can you show your appreciation for your loved ones? Here are a few suggestions: • Invest in your children’s future. If you have young children – or even grandchildren – one of the greatest gifts you can give them is the gift of education. You may want to consider contributing to a higher education funding vehicle. • Be generous. Do you have older children, just starting out in life? If so, they could well use a financial gift to help pay off student loans, buy a car or even make a down payment on a home. You can give up to $15,000 per year, per recipient, without incurring gift taxes. Of course, you don’t have to give cash – you might want to consider presenting your children with shares of stock in companies they like. • Review your insurance coverage. If you weren’t around, it would leave some gaping holes – financial and otherwise – in the lives of your family members. That’s why it’s essential you maintain adequate life insurance. Your employer might offer a group plan, but it may not be sufficient to meet your needs. There’s no magic formula for determining the right amount of coverage, so you’ll have to consider a variety of factors: your age, spouse’s income, number of children and so on. Also, you may want to consider disability insurance – if you were unable to work for a while, it could cause a real
problem for your family’s finances. • Preserve your financial independence. When your children are young, you take care of them. But you certainly don’t want them to have to do the same for you – so it’s essential you maintain your financial independence throughout your life. You can do this in at least a couple of ways. First, consider investing regularly in your 401(k), IRA and other retirement accounts. The greater your resources during your retirement years, the less you may ever need to count on your family. And second, you may want to protect yourself from the devastating costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay. A financial professional can suggest a strategy to help you cope with these expenses. • Create an estate plan. To leave a legacy to your family, you don’t have to be wealthy – but you do need a comprehensive estate plan. You’ll have to think through a lot of questions, such as: Have I named beneficiaries for all my assets? How much do I want to leave to each person? Do I need to go beyond a simple will to establish an arrangement such as a living trust? For help in answering all these issues, you’ll want to work with an attorney. By making these moves, you can show your loved ones, in a tangible way, how much you value them – and that can help you keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year long. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by our local Edward Jones Financial Advisors. Edward Jones, Member SIPC
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Ent Credit Union Announces $50K Match For Larimer County Fire Recovery Fund
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United Way of Larimer County to Accept and Distribute All Donations Ent Credit Union, Colorado’s largest credit union, announces a $50,000 donation match campaign for the local United Way’s Larimer County Fire Recovery Fund through the end of November. Though recent snowfall has greatly aided the efforts of firefighters in the area, multiple fires continue to present a danger to structures, residents and firefighters alike throughout the impacted areas. The Recovery Fund will allow United Way of Larimer County to respond to emergency needs and prepare for future potential flooding in the area, both now and in the months ahead. “2020 has presented a unique set of challenges that has necessitated an unprecedented level of giving in our state,” said Chad Graves, CEO at Ent Credit Union. “Though Ent is relatively new in Northern Colorado, our commitment to the communities we serve is as strong as it has been for the past 63 years. Help us help fellow Coloradans and our beautiful state recover from two of the most devastating wildfires in Colorado’s history by giving, if you are able, through our matching donation program with the United Way of Larimer County. Any amount you give will make a difference and put us one step closer to maximizing Ent’s matching $50,000 pledge.” To qualify for the matching donation through Ent Credit Union, the United Way of Larimer County encourages you to visit impact.uwaylc.org/ EntFireRecoveryMatch to make your donation online. Donations are also
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By: Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center
The Nourishing Network connects community to food and social services. This program began in early October with the goal of three hot meals a week, and is set to end mid-December. Fires and COVID have forced adaptations along the way, and made it clear that most everyone is in need of some support. A delicious and free hot meal is a great way to take one more thing off our plates right now. It is so important to stay healthy and safe, nourish ourselves, and reach out to neighbors and friends. This Sunday, the Nourishing Network program expands to include carry out family meals. Starting November 15th, the American Legion will make free carry-out family meals available every day (except Fridays) from 4-6 p.m. Each of these meals is prepared by Chef Richard Beichner; they will feed roughly four people and can be heated up at home. Available options will be listed on a board at the American Legion; the first meal this Sunday is lasagna. Prepared family meals will also be available during regularly scheduled Nourishing Network distribution times: Saturday breakfast at Falcon Ridge from 8-9am (1629 Soaring Circle), Mondays Soup and Salad lunch at the American
Legion Circle 119 from noon-1 p.m, and Wednesday dinners prepared by various local restaurants at the American Legion Circle 119 from 4:30-6 p.m. Each meal is prepped to feed 300 people. This program is a gift from the Safeway Foundation. It is meant for the people of Estes Park. At each meal site, the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and other nonprofits will be on hand to refer community members to local services they—or someone they know—may need. This program is first come, first serve; masks and social distancing must be respected. Volunteers are also on hand to deliver boxes of food to groups, folks hard at work, volunteers doing good. Let us know if you know of a site that would benefit from a little home-made goodness. Please email Karen@epnonprofit.org or go to @EPNonprofit on Facebook for updates. This program is fully funded via a $100,000 Nourishing Neighbors grant from the Safeway Foundation. During this exceptionally challenging time, we were fortunate to receive such a generous gift on behalf of our community to help meet the increased (and ongoing) demand for food assistance and a helping hand at meal time.
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Sábados en la mañana de 8:00 a 9:00 BURRITOS de DESAYUNO en Falcon Ridge, 1629 Soaring Circle
Monday SOUP, noon-1pm at the American Legion
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Wednesday Dinner, 4:30-6pm LOCAL RESTAURANT MEAL Grab-n-Go or Dine In at the American Legion
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Saturday Morning, 8-9am BREAKFAST EGGS + More at Falcon Ridge, 1629 Soaring Circle
Family MEAls TO-GO ALL WEEk Pick up Chef Rich’s nourishing Family Meals for four. Take and heat at home. Available at the American Legion Post 119 every day (except Fridays) from 4-6pm.
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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library LIBRARY HOURS Current Open Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Library collections are open for browsing and check-out. Multiple computers are available, with printing, scanning and photocopying. The second floor and all meeting and study rooms are closed for now. Outdoor 24/7 Wi-Fi with charging outlets. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Closed Nov. 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving The library building will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and on Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Open hours will resume on Saturday, November 28. Curbside Service by Appointment Place holds in the catalog, then watch for an email notice, and schedule a convenient pick-up time. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. DIGITAL COLLECTIONS: BONUS BORROWS Library digital collections, including books, movies, audio, comic books and TV shows, can be dowloaded to your phone, tablet or laptop from anywhere 24/7 with your library card. In November, the library’s “hoopla” service offers “bonus borrows” that do not count against the normal limits. Full instructions at estesvalleylibrary.org. Email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY 2021 Title Reveal Friday, Nov. 13, 12 noon, on Facebook and YouTube. The 2021 title for the annual reading event, One Book One Valley, will be revealed on Friday, November 13 at 12 noon. The book was selected by local readers in an all-community vote this past summer. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org for more details. KIDS & FAMILY DIY Grab-and-Go Kit: “Bee Dance” Available while supplies last. Visit the library and take home an earlyliteracy read-aloud kit that includes the children’s book “Bee Dance,” an activity sheet, and craft materials. Pick up a kit
Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Tuesday Nov. 17, 1 - 2 p.m., by phone appointment. One-on-one legal advice. For library cardholders who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments are necessary, and can be scheduled by calling 970-586-8116. More information at estesvalleylibrary.org/legalclinic. BOOKS & AUTHORS Book Discussion: “Nothing to See Here” Monday, November 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m., on Zoom. Kevin Wilson’s bestselling novel has been called “an incredibly moving and surpriswhile visiting the library, or email ingly authentic portrait of parenthood.” email@example.com to have Register at one reserved. estesvalleylibrary.org and pick up a comFamily Book Club Discussion: plimentary copy of the book. “Wee Free Men” INTERLIBRARY LOAN Saturday, November 14, 1:30 - 3 p.m., on New Searching Site Zoom. InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that This installment of Terry Pratchett’s popular “Discworld” series tells the story of young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching, who must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org and receive a complimentary allows library patrons to request materials copy of the book. not available locally—including books, auPreschool and Baby Storytimes Online diobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. This New each week on YouTube. weekend, there may be a temporary interChildren ages 0 to 6 and their families ruption in the ability to place requests, as can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activ- the service transitions to a new easier-toities, online each week with new themes. use catalog. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org for See the upcoming roster at estesvalleyliupdates. brary.org and watch previous recordings FRIENDS & FOUNDATION on the library’s YouTube channel. Cliffhanger Used Books BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the College Planning One-on-One Library Friends & Foundation, is open November appointments available. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays College planning—from choosing a through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and school to financial aid—is made easier by a Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. (closed on one-on-one telephone visit with Kaye OrTuesdays). The store is located at 191 W. ten, retired Vice Chancellor for Student Fi- Riverside Drive. Featuring thousands of nancial Services at CU-Boulder. Visit the books, movies, and audio at bargain prices. “Book-a-Librarian” link at estesvalleyliThe military section is on sale during Nobrary.org to learn more and schedule an vember. appointment.
Snowbelle & Tiger Lily Need New, Loving Homes Snowbelle is about eight years old. Her family had to move away and they couldn’t take her with them. She loves being loved and would do best as an only pet. She is a great mouser. Tiger Lily is shy but sweet. She would do best in a quiet home as an only pet. These sweet pets are currently being cared for by members of the Pet Association of Estes Park. Please call 970-286-1652 to meet either of these special kitties. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, please call 970-286-1652.
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Sharon Lee Coleman Salud Family Health Centers: November Is American Diabetes Month Salud Family Health Centers is proudly participating in American Diabetes Month to raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it is not controlled. Type 1 Diabetes, also called insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease that causes insulin producing cells in the pancreas to be destroyed, preventing the body from being able to adequately regulate blood glucose (sugar) levels. Symptoms include above average thirst, tiredness during the day, needing to urinate frequently, unexplained weight loss, and itchiness. Type 2 Diabetes, also called non-insulin dependent diabetes, is a metabolic disorder that results in high blood glucose (sugar) levels. The body is unable to use the glucose in your blood. Some risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight/obese, eating an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, having a relative with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and smoking. Some symptoms are excessive thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, extreme tiredness, and sudden loss of mus-
cle mass. One in ten Americans have diabetes that is more than 30 million people. An additional 100 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and ask about your diabetes risk. The Estes Park Salud Family Health Center is located at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive. Call Salud today at 970-484-0999 or 303-MYSALUD (6972583). The website address is www.saludclinic.org. 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: Noviembre Es El Mes Estadounidense De La Diabetes Salud Family Health Centers se enorgullece de participar en el Mes Norte Americano de la Diabetes para crear conciencia sobre la diabetes y la vida sana. La diabetes es una de las principales causas de discapacidad y muerte en los Estados Unidos. Puede causar ceguera, daño a los nervios, enfermedad renal y otros problemas de salud si no se controla. La diabetes tipo 1, también llamada diabetes insulinodependiente o diabetes juvenil, es una enfermedad autoinmune que causa la destrucción de las células productoras de insulina en el páncreas, lo que impide que el cuerpo pueda regular adecuadamente los niveles de glucosa (azúcar) en sangre. Los síntomas incluyen sed por encima del promedio, cansancio durante el día, necesidad de orinar con frecuencia, pérdida de peso inexplicable y picazón. La diabetes tipo 2, también llamada diabetes no insulinodependiente, es un trastorno metabólico que produce niveles altos de glucosa (azúcar) en sangre. El cuerpo no puede utilizar la glucosa en su sangre. Algunos factores de riesgo de diabetes tipo 2 incluyen sobrepeso / obesidad, llevar una dieta poco saludable, inactividad física, tener un familiar con diabetes tipo 2, niveles altos de colesterol y presión arterial y fumar. Algunos síntomas son sed excesiva, micción frecuente, aumento del hambre, cansancio extremo
y pérdida repentina de masa muscular. Uno de cada diez estadounidenses tiene diabetes, es decir, más de 30 millones de personas. Otros 100 millones de adultos en los Estados Unidos tienen un alto riesgo de desarrollar diabetes tipo 2 según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades. ¿Las buenas noticias? Las personas que tienen un alto riesgo de desarrollar diabetes tipo 2 pueden reducir su riesgo en más de la mitad si realizan cambios saludables. Estos cambios incluyen comer sano, aumentar la actividad física y perder peso. Programe una cita con su proveedor de atención médica para que le controlen la presión arterial y el colesterol y pregunte sobre su riesgo de diabetes. El Centro de Salud Familiar Estes Park Salud está ubicado en 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive. Llame a Salud hoy al 970-484-0999 o al 303-MYSALUD (697-2583). La dirección del sitio web es www.saludclinic.org. 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.
Sharon Lee Coleman of Estes Park, Colorado, formerly from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, passed away at her home on November 4, 2020 after a gallant fight against a formidable foe, Multiple Myeloma. She was 78 years old. Sharon was born June 1, 1942, in Decatur, Illinois to William Franklin Carr and Norma Jane (Delaughter) Carr, the first of eight children. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Her passion was teaching and being a mentor. She obtained her PhD from Southern Illinois University in Chemical Education. She taught numerous medical and nursing students and helped launch their careers. She received numerous teaching awards during her tenure at Southeast Missouri University where she taught for 40 years. She published 22 articles, obtained three million dollars in grants, and gave
numerous presentations at professional meetings throughout the US. In 2007 she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Science Teachers of Missouri in recognition of her long leadership and service. Sharon and her partner relocated to Estes Park almost 11 years ago to enjoy the mountains. She volunteered at the YMCA, loved hiking, and just gathering and being with friends. When people met Sharon, they felt an instant connection and saw a spark that emitted from her that was rare. She never met a stranger. Survivors include longtime partner, Sandy Campbell; one daughter, Laura (Terry) Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau; son, David (Jerri) Coleman of Cape Girardeau; five grandchildren; a special friend, Matt Taylor of Estes Park; and former husband and friend, John Coleman. A memorial service will be announced at a future date. See www.allnuttestespark.com.
Joan Rogers Joan Maree Rogers, 88, passed peacefully into eternity in Hill City, Kansas on October 26, 2020. She was born on July 30, 1932 in Brush, Colorado to Willard and Marie Giauque. On April 27, 1952 she married Robert Lee Rogers. After his unexpected death on November 20, 1972, she continued to faithfully raise their five children. Joan was also preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Maxey, her five children, Mark (Marie) Rogers, Kim Rogers, Lance Rogers, Becky (Keith) Arnott and Sara (Dale) Deighton, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Joan’s life revolved around the church, people, and the mountains. Her devotion to a Christian life was evident in the way she lived each day. There was always an interest, a true concern in those around her, regardless. Volunteering and helping was the norm for her. The impact of these attributes will live on in the lives and organizations she touched. She was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church during her time in Fort Morgan. While a resident of Allenspark she was active in the Allenspark Community Church. Joan’s selfless, unassuming style drew people toward her and her positive, nonjudgmental attitude kept them near. As a secretary at the Presbyterian Church
and Columbine Elementary school, she influenced all ages in the Fort Morgan community for many years. Appreciating people and the joy of being together was apparent in her work with the Community Concert series, Beta Sigma Phi membership, attendance at countless theater and athletic events, hours spent playing cards and board games, and giving of abundant time and effort to the Allenspark Hilltop Guild. She became hooked on the mountains at a young age when her family went on mountain visits and fishing trips. In 1975 she purchased her own mountain property. From that day forward her special place was something she thoroughly enjoyed and never took for granted. A memorial service is being planned to celebrate her life of service on July 30, 2021 at Presbyterian Highlands Camp in Allenspark at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the United Presbyterian Church in Fort Morgan, 1300 East Riverview Avenue, Fort Morgan, CO 80701, Allenspark Community Church, 16 Washington Street, Allenspark, CO 80510, or Hilltop Guild, Joan Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 23, Allenspark, CO 80510. Cards can be sent to the family at 1161 Big Owl Road, Allenspark, CO 80510.
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Eco-Sense By: Judi Smith th
100 years ago, through the 19 Amendment to the Constitution, women earned the right of full citizenship which included the right to own property, the right to vote, and the right to hold elected office. Fast forward 100 years. While still subject to formal certification, the USA has ostensibly elected Kamala Harris as Vice President. Despite, or because of, the divisive and contentious nature of this election, voter turnout was extremely high. There are many aspects to care about and when people care, they vote. However, not everyone agrees about which issues hold the most importance. In no particular order: Make America Kind Again Not the most prevalent answer, but one I feel passionate about, is the recent spread of self-centered ideology. There is a prevalent trend to choosing a “side” and a willingness to exclude benefits to those who do not belong to one’s “team.” This seems to manifest itself in teams of family, school, athletics, race, location, social silos, and other facets of life. It has recently been most prevalent at the national level of politics, where many individuals appear to be more dedicated to preventing the success of the other political party than they are interested in benefiting the American Public. Pandemic Recovery Wearing masks and social distancing - plus cooperative and collaborative contact tracing - as well as quarantining when exposed are vital to the very existence of other individuals. It has been demonstrated that too many people choose to ignore the necessity of participating in these health measures. Therefore, more restrictive guidelines, such as mandating closures and setting numerical exposure limits for contact events become the only possible alternative. When it becomes necessary for foreign countries to refuse entry to those traveling from the USA, it is a good indication that we are not successful at protecting the lives of fellow humans. We must not only develop national guidelines and allow States the latitude to be more restrictive, but we must find a way to enforce those guidelines. International Diplomacy Partly due to our current lack of cooperation in the international coronavirus emergency … partly due to our official (and unpredictable) attitude toward other democracies … partly due to our position as the only major country not a part of the international efforts to save the planet … we have lost our position as a world leader.
Buildup of Greenhouse Gases With the significant increase in population over the last century, it has become apparent that the warming of the Earth and the changes in the atmosphere are, at least in part, due to human contributions of carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, and methane. The recent pandemic has shown that these greenhouse gases tend to collect more heavily in places with more people (cities). We have ignored this for far too long. If we transition away from using fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, natural gas) to cleaner sources of energy, the Earth may last long enough to run out of these valuable, but non-renewable, commodities. Methane production is more damaging than carbon monoxide and therefore one major contributor to the greenhouse effect is the garbage lying in landfills. While the above aspects are things to be resolved as a country, the modification of our waste system is something we can do as individuals. WE decide what to do with our castoffs. Hopefully, that means following the guidelines to reduce, reuse, recycle. Recycling is important, reclaiming the resource for reuse after disposal. Reusing is better, preventing waste on both the production and the disposal side. But the best solution, which also applies to energy use, is reducing the waste inherent in a society based on material consumption. Economic Recovery As long as we are subject to sequestering from coronavirus, employment will not be universal. When children cannot attend “in-person” school, at least one adult must be home with them, affecting family life in multiple ways (some good, some bad). We have many unemployed individuals, as well as businesses forced to close their doors. If we wish to prevent a collapse reminiscent of the 1930s, we must offer some immediate support in the form of creative employment and education as well as immediate access to direct economic support for those who find themselves unprepared. This will also require the availability of teachers and counselors at odd hours, allowing for staggered work schedules to accommodate child care until we have a solution to the pandemic interrupting our lives. Which of these issues should take priority? I am glad I do not need to decide. I do not envy our government officials as they design a way forward. Agree? Disagree? Do you see something I missed? I welcome all comments. RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com.
Steve Barlow Steve Barlow, 58, died after an extended battle with cancer on November 10, 2020. Steve passed in his home surrounded by family. Steve was raised in Salina, Kansas by his parents Ann and Dick Barlow. He spent his childhood and young adult life in Kansas. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kansas State University. Steve moved to Estes Park, Colorado in 1989 and quickly became a pillar in the community. Steve owned and operated Mama Roses, served members of the community as a realtor and worked for the Town of Estes Park. In his many roles Steve’s out-going and generous nature were evident. Steve married Deb in 1995. They shared twenty-five years of marriage together in Estes Park. He lived in the Estes Park Valley for more than 30 years. In his spare time Steve enjoyed off-roading and motorcycles.
At the heart of Steve’s life was his family. He sought tirelessly to support and show his love to his family. As his granddaughter said, “You taught me to appreciate what I have and to work for what I love.” Steve is survived by his wife, Deb Barlow of Estes Park, daughter, Rebecca Thorp and son-in- law Christopher of Loveland, CO, granddaughter, Adison and grandson Aidian of Loveland, CO, father, Dick Barlow of Loveland, CO, sister, Mondy Hegwood and brother-in-law Jeff of San Diego, CA, Richard Barlow, brother, and sister-in-law Nicki of Estes Park, along with his nieces, nephews and extended family. He is also remembered by his mother Ann Barlow, who has passed. A celebration of Steve Barlow’s life will be held in the spring. In remembrance of Steve’s large, loving heart, and in lieu of a memorial, share with Deb the kind gesture you have offered to others.
Special Announcement From St. Bart’s Episcopal Church
Dear Friends of Estes Park, Due to complications with Covid-19, It is with sadness that we are unable to host our Annual Holiday Bazaar for the first time since 1974. It is always our joy to see all our community friends and host a pastie luncheon along with all of the other opportunities to prepare for the holidays. Many of you have become long term connoisseurs of our Cornish pasties and we will miss our yearly conversations while you come by to pick up your orders. We will miss the bustle of our cooks and the phone ringing for orders. It is a stark reminder that we are having a very different, and often, frightening year. Please know that we have every intention of being back in “business” next
year, and our business is being a friend to the people of Estes Park in any way we can. Our own parish has experienced several losses this year and being able to minister to them in traditional ways has not always been possible. We know that this is true for everyone. So, for all of you we offer our sympathy and our prayers. If you find yourself in need during this Christmas season and would like to speak with someone, please do not hesitate to visit our website to find our contact information and worship opportunities: www.stbartsepiscopalchurch.org. Wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Your friends from St. Bart’s
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After Fires, Rocky Mountain National Park Assesses Impacts Looks To The Future The two largest wildfires in Colorado’s history continue to burn into early November. While the bulk of these fires are on lands surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park, nearly 30,000 acres have burned within the park’s boundary. “This has been a challenging fire year for us and for all Coloradoans,” said park superintendent Darla Sidles. “Our staff are part of these communities, and our hearts go out to all our friends, family, and neighbors who have suffered and lost as a result of these fires.” There have been impacts within the park as well. When the East Troublesome Fire grew over 100,000 acres in one day and swept through a portion of the park, a number of park structures were lost. Some of the structures that burned in the fire include the park’s Trails and Tack Barn and all its contents, the Grand Lake entrance station office, sparing the entrance kiosks themselves, the historic Onahu Lodge and Green Mountain cabins and the Harbison Meadows vault toilet facility. The four bay garage structure at Trail River Ranch and all its historic contents within were lost. The main park housing area, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, the Trail River Ranch main building and Buckaroo Barn were all spared. At this time, in some remote locations, the fires are still active, and a number of hazards persist. Park staff cannot get into all areas for a full structure assessment. As the fires are contained and hazards mitigated, staff will provide a more thorough assessment of all the structures that have sustained loss and damage. “It pains our hearts to see the loss of cherished structures like the Green Mountain cabins and Onahu Lodge, located along Trail Ridge Road in the Kawuneeche Valley, ” added Sidles. “Both were eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for their rustic design and association with early 20th century development of ranching and resort industries. But more importantly they represented an important part of our shared history and culture and were cherished landmarks. They were also where many of our seasonal staff were housed.” On the east side of the park, the historic Fern Lake Backcountry Patrol Cabin was lost. “The Fern Lake Backcountry cabin was constructed in 1925. It’s the oldest structure that burned. In 95 years, countless rangers, wilderness crews, trails crews, biologists, and search and rescue operations have been based and supported out of this cabin,” said Sidles. One success the park has seen in the wake of these large wildfires lies in the fire mitigation and fuels management efforts over the last two decades. “It was recognized over 20 years ago that Estes Park and other communities adjacent to the park were at risk from wildfire,” said Fire Management Officer Mike Lewelling. “Over that time, there was a realization that wildfires are getting larger nationwide, fire seasons are
getting longer and to make matters While fire is a natural process, natural “We will continue to asworse, the mountain pine beetle outrecovery could be hampered by changed sess additional areas in the park that we break created a fuels profile that is very environmental conditions and the encan reopen when it is safe to do so,” said volatile.” hanced spread of exotic plants. In addiSidles. “The natural resources will retion, before plant cover re-establishes, cover with new life sprouting up in the The park’s fire program has engaged in fuels management practices for a while and over the last five years have put together a more comprehensive fuels program with the goal of creating a "catcher’s mitt" around Estes Park and other areas of the park boundary near Allenspark and Lily Lake. More aggressive fuels reduction projects including thinning and prescribed fire have been implemented along the park boundary; along roads and trails; and Grand Lake Entrance Station Office East Troublesome Fire. Courtesy National Park Service. around park buildings, housing, and other infrastructure. “It was widely accepted that these fuels treatments on their own would probably not stop a fire, but they give firefighters a chance, ” added Lewelling. “On the west side of the park, fuels treatments were instrumental to protect the Kawuneechee housing and visitor center. On the east side, fuels treatments slowed fire spread, reduced tree torching which causes spot fires, and fire’s footprint, and we will move forreduced the intensity allowing firefight- more water runoff is anticipated, which could affect downstream ecosystems, inward and continue to do our best to ers to be more aggressive and go direct.” frastructure, and water systems. manage Rocky Mountain National Park The fires burned in spruce-fir and to preserve the natural and cultural reRocky Mountain National Park will lodgepole pine forests with a high-desources for the enjoyment, education, prepare a Burned Area Emergency Regree of beetle-killed trees, ponderosa and inspiration of this and future genersponse (BAER) Plan which will assess pine woodlands, and upland meadows. ations.” the burned area and potential for postDue to the extreme dry conditions, the fire disturbance and recommend activiFor the most up-to-date information fire also burned through ecosystems ties to mitigate these impacts when poson the East Troublesome Fire visit that would otherwise be expected to sible. The park also will pursue research inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242. For the buffer fire effects such as some of the and monitoring opportunities to track most up-to-date information on the wetlands, riparian areas, and aspen and understand post-fire effects and reCameron Peak Fire visit groves. covery. inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964.
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Rams Horn Village Resort is seeking a full time year round employee to work in our Reservations department and assist in multiple office projects to help coordinate outstanding customer experiences for our homeowners and guests at Estes Park's highest rated resort. Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package. We are looking for a detail-oriented individual who has outstanding customer service skills and is able to learn new software and systems quickly. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE
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Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or www.estes.org/ jobs Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to HR@Estes.org or via Fax to (970) 577-4770. The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Join our Growing Team! Good Samaritan Society – Estes Park is accepting applications for full time, part time and evening QMAP positions as well as a full time, day shift Senior Living Housekeeping Assistant. QMAP positions offer paid training! To apply, visit good-sam.jobs, search “Estes Park, CO”.
QUALIFICATIONS: • High school diploma or GED • At least 18 years old and eligible to work in the U.S. • Able to pass post-offer/pre-work physical demands and lift test • Able to lift 50 pounds routinely • Willing to work hard and multi-task • Team work and reliability a must • Confidential and trustworthy
Join Our Team! PERSONAL BANKER Full time, year round position
Ideal candidates will have prior cash handling, customer service and banking 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. Please apply at : www.bankofcolorado.com
Painters full and part time positions available. 970-518-4001
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Estes Park School District R-3 Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
Get your application at: www.careersatsafeway.com. After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.
Journey Lineworker Close Date: Open until filled
QMAP & Housekeeping Assistant
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Apply online at www.applitrack.com/estesschools/onlineapp. Only online applications accepted. Salary range is $12.60 to $14.26 with single benefits. Up to five years of similar work experience may be granted. Position is open until filled
We’re gearing up for the summer season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter
The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for:
Join Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) Support and Strengthen Families in Beautiful Estes Park! Family Navigator Help families connect with resources. *
Wanted Experienced Fishing Guides Familiar with the area - Excellent pay Some hiking required Stop by or call Brian at 720-988-4212 870 Moraine Ave.
Full-time Service Tech Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply at 854 Dunraven Street.
Parent Educator Provide parent education, child developmental screenings, and community outreach. Bachelor’s degree preferred. * *Bi-lingual preferred. Requires great communication, computer skills, and experience with families with children. Submit cover letter and resume to EVICS, PO Box 3373, Estes Park CO 80517, or email to email@example.com. For more information, call 970-586-3055.
Aldrich Builders is seeking Interior Trimmer, Carpenter’s Apprentice, Framers please call 970-586-5796.
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SHORT TERM RENTAL Furnished house 2bd 1 ba, eat-tin kitchen, deck, til June 15 NP/NS $775 +util+dep. 303-985-2854, 303-906-1554
Remixed Custom Sewing Services and Industrial Repair Cushions, benches, leather, campers and outdoor furniture. Local - call Beth 970-492-5446
3BR 1BA River Cabin F/ FOR RENT: frnishd+ garage, Wifi, Two bedroom condo, 1 Cable, Phone. Excludes bath, 1 car garage, washer Propane, Electric, Vault. & dryer, no pets, no smok3+mo lease. Only single ing. $2,150/month family tenants. Mature Dog Two bedroom condo, 2 w/dep. VRBO #688528 baths, very roomy, washer photos. Fish off deck. & dryer, very nice, no pets, 720 276-6830 $2150.00 no smoking, $1,900/month Mo Call 970-699-6727
Deer Crest Resort Rooms & Suites with kitchenettes. Available for extended stays and monthly Apartments rental. November 1, 2020 thru April 30, 2021. 2 BDRM 1 BA, ex cond. Adults only, non-smoking, $1,100 mo + elec. 1st & no pets. Call Cherokee @ last month + $600 sec 970-586-2324 or 1300 sqft 2BD+bonus rm dep. Basic cable, W/D incl. 816-888-9320 1.5BA house for rent. In quiet area. NO W/D included. Max 2 cars, Smoking, NO Pets. ref req Storage Units no garage. Rent $1600/mo 720-838-5724. + utilities. N/S, small pets Commercial Rentals SKYVIEW STORAGE lonegotiable. Contact cated at 930 Juniper firstname.lastname@example.org for Lane(off Elm Rd) has 1-40 Private office with its consideration ft. Container and 2-26’ own entrance, front door Storage boxes for rent. parking, includes all utiliAvailable now. Call Jim at ties, high speed internet, 970-215-6006 use of a conference room for information. and kitchen, handicapped bathrooms. $650 a month Heated Storage Unit all inclusive. Call Peggy at Downtown, 450 sq. ft. 970-232-5588. 970-290-4488
Commercial Spaces for sale and lease. Call Eric. Anderson Realty. 586-2950
ESTATE/GARAGE SALE; Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL NOW 970-215-5548
Susan Novy, local piano tuner. Call for appt. 577-1755 www.estesparkpiano tuner.com
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