Estes Park News, November 18, 2022

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November 18, 2022

Bighorn Ram Jam With mating season in full swing, these rams gather together to figure out their plan. Photo by Jim Ward

Quota’s Festival Of Trees Estes Park Quota Club has their beautifully decorated holiday trees on display in the lobby of The Estes Park Resort and Dunraven Restaurant. See page 5. Photo by Estes Park News

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Healing Waters Closing Doors

Town Board Recognizes Town Administrator Machalek During its Nov. 7 regular meeting, the Estes Park Town Board presented Town Administrator Travis Machalek with a Dear friends and family of the Healing plaque honoring his dedication to the safety and welfare of the community. Waters Foundation, The plaque reads "A Grateful Mayor and It is with a heavy heart I must announce that we will be closing our doors Board of Trustees Honor Travis on December 16th. We are unable to keep Machalek for his steadfast oversight for the safety and welfare of the Estes Park up with maintenance and repairs as the pool ages. It has been delaminating at an increasing rate and has been the cause of one of the treadmill issues. The cost of a new pool would be an insurmountable obstacle. The Healing Waters therapy pool has By: Peni Barnes, Executive Assistant been an incredible resource for the Estes The Estes Park Police Department’s Valley. It has supported many people on Blue Santa program is organized by the their road to recovery and made rehabilEstes Park Police Auxiliary. Each Deitation and general fitness an attainable cember, non-perishable food and hygoal! I will miss seeing all of your smilgiene products are ing faces and hearing your stories of purchased and deprogress! As the Executive Director for livered through the the last five years I am eternally grateful program for disfor all of our clients, past and present. abled, shut-in, and Our staff and volunteers have made the elderly community pool a warm and safe place for our members that need clients. Our Board now and past Board a little extra holiday members have made tremendous effort cheer. There are and commitment to the Healing Waters over 90 Blue Santa Foundation and therapy pool as we have recipients in Estes strived to remain viable. We owe a debt Park each year. of gratitude to founder Annie Slack and Nominations for her husband Gordon. Even after retiring, community members to receive a delivthey have been an invaluable resource. ery should be submitted to Captain Rick Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if Life at the Estes Park Police Department, you have any questions or thoughts. 970-577-3872 or by Hope to see you all soon, Nov. 30, 2022. Anna Leigh Jars with the Blue Santa logo have been Executive Director placed at various locations throughout Estes Park. The last date for monetary Healing Waters Foundation

Community, Businesses, Visitors and Town Employees and Volunteers during the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration March 19, 2020 - October 31, 2022, as well as the October 2020 wildfire evacuation of the Town of Estes Park. His dedication and commitment will not soon be forgotten. Mayor Koenig and Board of Trustees, November, 8, 2022."

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donations at these locations will be Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. If you would like to help with this worthwhile and needed project you can either: send your monetary donation to, Blue Santa Program, c/o Estes Park Police Auxiliary, PO Box 1287, Estes Park, CO 80517; or leave a donation in one of the Blue Santa jars. Every penny donated is used to fund items for Blue Santa recipients; and the Blue Santa program is only possible through your compassion for those in need and your generous donations. Questions should be directed to Captain Rick Life at the Estes Park Police Department, 970-577-3872 or

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12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony This Saturday The Town of Estes Park will kick off the holiday season with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this Saturday, Nov. 19 at George Hix Riverside Plaza in downtown Estes Park. Festivities start at 3:30 p.m. with the official tree lighting taking place at 5:30 p.m. Festive holiday music will be sung by carolers and Mayor Wendy Koenig will flip the tree lighting switch at 5:30 p.m. All activities are free of charge. Attendees at this family-friendly event can meet Santa and take photos with Holiday Characters. Kids can enjoy take home holiday craft kits, llamas, carriage

rides, and free hot chocolate and cookies. For more information on the Tree Lighting festivities, please contact Kevin McDonald in the Town’s Events Department at 970-577-3905 or Monetary donations will be accepted for the Blue Santa program by Police Department Auxiliary members. These donations are delivered to disabled, shutin, and elderly community residents in mid-December. For more information on Blue Santa, please visit


Town Offices Closed For Thanksgiving Town of Estes Park local government facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov.

24 in observance of Thanksgiving. Staff will resume normal operating hours Friday, Nov. 25.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On 11/11/2022 at 11:19 p.m. police responded to the 1200 block of Community Drive on a complaint of an assault. On scene, they arrested a 29 year old male

from Aurora, CO and charged him with 2 x warrant arrest for a misdemeanor/traffic violation, second degree assault, menacing and third degree assault. The male was transported to the Larimer County Jail.

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 6, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 10 calls for serv-

ice. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1 • Odor Investigation: 2 • Motor Vehicle Crash: 2 • Alarm Activation: 3 • Smoke Investigation: 1 • Standby for Law: 1

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District manager Chris Bieker with Senior Associate Alana Plaus, describe the process through which UTSD turns wastewater from throughout the Estes Valley into safe water that’s released into the Thompson River.

Infrastructure Matters: Turning Wastewater Into Clean Water





The Estes Valley is comprised of several tax districts. Each has its own board of directors, budget and taxing authority. Each has a unique focus and specific responsibility. Of the districts in the valley, the Upper Thompson Sanitation District (UTSD) is the one primarily responsible for the valley’s wastewater sanitation system. The system processes sewage and releases safe water into the Thompson River. UTSD’s processing plant is located east of town, on Mall Road. Opened in the mid- 1970s, it services a 44-square mile area, with a collection length of 96 miles. Over the years, steady population growth in the valley, coupled with stringent water quality regulations have put the plant at near capacity. Last week, I represented the townspeople of Estes Park at a meeting of the UTSD Stakeholder Advisory Working Group. The meeting began with a tour of the current plant. After navigating cramped areas with narrow walkways, advisory group members and I saw huge vats of solid and liquid waste and heard about their separation and processing. We heard about how, due to mountain terrain, not all sewage flows downhill to the plant. Two lift stations help with that. Next, in the lab, we learned about the role microorganisms play in purifying the waste. I, always curious about anything to do with science, was delighted

to look through a microscope to watch the tiny organisms doing their thing. After the tour, we received a presentation about the new treatment plant UTSD is building in 2023-2025. We learned that it’ll be located on nine acres of land, next to Mall Road, across from the Ride-A-Kart miniature golf course, and will cost between $48 to $60 million dollars depending on its design. Loans from the State of Colorado and US Department of Agriculture, funds from the capital reserves of UTSD and rate increases for usage will finance the debt. State and federal grants might help with the costs of design and construction. We also saw plans for a lift station along Fish Creek Road. A blend of rock and wood, its thoughtful design fit in with the surrounding area and backdrop of Lumpy Ridge. Leaving the meeting, looking out across the beautiful Estes Valley, I thought of Estes Park being 105 years of age. As I did, I readily saw the important role infrastructure has played during that time in keeping the people here safe, the environment pristine and the valley viable. Realizing these connections, I came to understand that the step UTSD is taking to update its plant and is giant step for the well-being of the people who visit, work and live here. And for that I am quite grateful, and hope you are too.

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Kris Hazelton EPNEWS

Quota Festival Of Trees On Now Display Through December 18 Members of Estes Park Quota invite you to their 2022 Festival of Trees in the lobbies of The Estes Park Resort and Dunraven Restaurant. Forty-three wonderful creations decorated by many local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are now set up for you to see. Browse the tables full of these beautifully decorated, themed trees, many with gift certificates and goodies attached. Chances for winning these trees will be sold at the hotel front desk. Ticket prices are: 1 ticket for $1.00 6 tickets for $5.00 13 tickets for $10.00. Purchase your tickets and write your full name and phone number on the back of the ticket. Drop your tickets in the box next to your favorite tree for a chance to win it! The drawing for winners of the trees will be held on December 18 in the lobby of the Estes Park Resort at 3:00 p.m.

Please note, if you win a tree, you will be responsible for picking it up. If you are not present, you will receive a phone call to arrange for pick-up of your tree. Quota Club would like the thank The Estes Park Resort and Dunraven Restaurant for displaying all of the trees in their lobbies and helping with this fund-raising project. The trees will be available to view from now through December 18. Why not plan an outing to see these special trees and afterwards, have a meal or a beverage at Dunraven Restaurant, or make a weekend of it and book a stay at the Estes Park Resort! Proceeds from the Festival of Trees go to the many community projects of Quota such as the Loan Closet, student grants, service to seniors, service to youth, help for disadvantaged women and children and much more! The Festival of Trees is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and get into the Christmas spirit.


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Catch The Glow Parade Brightens Downtown Estes Park Street closures in effect and special trolley service will be available Join the Town of Estes Park and kick off the holiday season with the dazzling Catch the Glow Parade. The brightest event of the year travels downtown on Elkhorn Avenue and starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. The Catch the Glow Parade will feature whimsical new float designs by the parade’s Creative Director, Michael Young, along with musical acts and much more. As always, the stars of the evening are Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dress warmly and festively, grab some warm beverages downtown, and enjoy Estes Park’s small-town, familyfriendly extravaganza. Parade Route The parade will begin in the 400block of West Elkhorn Avenue (West Park Center) and continue east on Elkhorn Avenue. The parade will end at the US 34/US 36 intersection. Road Closures Access to Elkhorn Avenue will be closed between the areas from Farview Drive at Elkhorn Avenue, eastbound to the US 34/US 36 intersection at approximately 4:45 p.m. The following roads will be closed for access onto Elkhorn Avenue: Farview Drive at Elkhorn Avenue Filbey Court at Elkhorn Avenue Spruce Drive at Cleave Street Big Horn Drive at Cleave Street Wiest Parking Lot Moraine Avenue at Crags Drive. Riverside Drive at Rockwell Street Virginia Drive at Park Lane East Wonderview Avenue (US 34) west to Elkhorn Avenue. Big Thompson Avenue (US 36) westbound at Elkhorn Avenue. Public Property Parking Lots/Private Property Parking lots along the parade route will also be closed to Elkhorn Avenue. Additional Road Closures No through traffic between South St. Vrain Avenue (CO 7) at North St. Vrain Avenue (US 36) to the US 36/US 34 intersection. Stanley Avenue at North St. Vrain Avenue South St. Vrain Avenue at North St. Vrain Avenue and eastbound on North St. Vrain Avenue to 4th Street. Parade Detour Routes Moraine Avenue will connect to South St. Vrain Avenue, using the Moccasin bypass, from Moraine Avenue to Crags Drive over Moccassin Circle Drive to Stanley Avenue to South St. Vrain Avenue. Wonderview Avenue traffic eastbound may travel eastbound on Big Thompson Avenue. Big Thompson Avenue westbound traffic may travel onto westbound

Wonderview Avenue. North St. Vrain Avenue westbound may travel southbound on South St. Vrain Avenue. South St. Vrain Avenue northbound may travel onto eastbound North St. Vrain Avenue. Mall Road is a connecting road (east/west) between Big Thompson Avenue and North St. Vrain Avenue. Parade Parking Residents and guests are encouraged to use the free parking structure near the Visitor Center (691 N. St. Vrain Ave.) and use the walking paths on the Riverwalk or ride the trolley to access activities in downtown Estes Park. Downtown loading zones will be closed the night of Nov. 24 in preparation for the parade. Additional parking spaces in the municipal parking lot adjacent to Elkhorn Avenue and the library will be designated Accessible Parking only for parade day. Parking Lot Closure The Performance Park public parking lot will be closed to public use on Nov. 24. The parking lot will remain closed through the parade duration on the evening of Nov. 25, reopening at approximately 7 p.m. Trolley Service Estes Transit will provide free “Jolly Trolley” service from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. starting at the Estes Park Visitor Center (500 Big Thompson Ave.) with stops along Elkhorn Avenue (Bond Park's southwest corner, The Ore Cart Rock Shop, Tregent Park, West Park Center, The Maxwell Inn, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, The Grubsteak Restaurant, Moosely T’s,Cousin Pat’s and Thirty Below Leather). The trolley will be decked out in its holiday finest thanks to the creative minds of Simply Christmas and Visit Estes Park. This loop takes about 20 minutes with normal traffic. The trolley will suspend service at 5 p.m. to join the floats until the end of the parade. A second shuttle will operate from the Events Complex Park-n-Ride at 1209 Manford Ave. to stops at the Estes Park Visitor Center and Bond Park at Virginia Drive to accommodate overflow parking. The second shuttle will operate from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900 or visit The Town of Estes Park appreciates the generous support of the following sponsors: Estes Park News, Visit Estes Park, The Bull Pin, L&B Services Inc., Trailblazer Broadband, Backbone Adventures and Penelope’s Old Time Burgers. This free, holiday-themed event is open to the public. Learn more at

Estes Valley AARP Tax-Aide Service Seeking Volunteers The Estes Park Tax-Aide team is always recruiting additional volunteers to assist the free tax-preparation service offered at the Estes Valley Library. Although most volunteers prepare tax returns, other roles are available. Everyone receives training annually for their chosen duties. All ages of volunteers are accepted; you do not have to be a senior citizen or an AARP member. In addition to tax preparers, Tax-Aide needs people who can provide technical expertise, client facilitation, administrative, and leadership support. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and experience; some tax experience is helpful but a CPA not required. The most important attributes are being attentive to detail plus having reasonably good computer skills. Bilingual volunteers would help promote the service to the Spanish speakers of our community. There will be a new volunteer orientation on December 7th. Formal tax training for new volunteers will occur at the library January 11-13 and 16-18. Note that the IRS restricts volunteer tax services such as TaxAide to less complicated cases. The training will provide sufficient guidance for completion of any IRS certification required before service begins in February. The reward is helping grateful people from our valley of all ages and income levels. If curious as to whether this service may be right for you, contact Don Bryson by calling (303) 887-1106 for more information.

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Estes Park Museum Friends Creative Colorado TablesettingTablescaping This Weekend Join the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. November 19 through

Farm Insurance Company Generous Sponsors: The Antiquarians, Cheryl Pennington, Colorado Homestead, Dunraven Restaurant at Estes Park Resort, The Enchanted Florist, Estes Park News, Kind Coffee, Macdonald Book Shop, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Smith Sign Studio, Wishes Fulfilled, and the YMCA of the Rockies.

An Angel Story - Becky Finger 20 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for the annual Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping. With the 2022 theme: Celebrations, Then & Now, the event, located at the Dunraven at Estes Park Resort, will now feature a silent auction to add to your experience. Numerous displays will be related to unique decorating ideas just in time for family holiday celebrations. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come to browse and be inspired! Proceeds received from this event, created by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., will support the

ET, extraterrestrial - Julie Farnham

Grinch Stole Christmas- B. Finger

ET, extraterrestrial - Julie Farnham mission of the Estes Park Museum. With gratitude, event sponsors to date include: Major Sponsor: Susan Fereday State

Dark Stormy Night - J & B Floyd

Happy THANKSGIVING May Your Day Be Full of Happiness, Craft Beer & Football

Little House on the Prairie - VanDrie Photos of entries from previous years.


Gone with the Wind- Henderson

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Because it had been awhile since I’d seen a doctor, I’d collected a lengthy list of minor curiosities about my body— a snapping ankle, a crackling elbow, a popping knee; a tender place here, a little spot there. It was time to schedule a physical. The first available time slot was six months out. I took it. But six months later, only days away from my appointment, I watched the liquid from a dropper make two dark lines on a COVID test kit so I had to reschedule—another six months in the future. That meant it was one full year after I first called to make an appointment that I finally got a physical exam. I was ready! I was going to take full advantage of every poke, palpate, prod, and percuss the doctor would give out. On the day of, after proving that this long-awaited appointment would be paid for, I was told to slip off my shoes and step on the scale. I had planned for this. I’d worn the lightest clothes in my closet so that I wouldn’t weight more than I did the last time I had been on the doctor’s scale. (I don’t think the doctor ever looks at my weight on the chart. Still, I do it. Does anyone else do this?) Then I was ushered into the exam room and told to fully undress. As instructed, I put on a faded “gown” the size of a California king sheet—open to the back. I sat on the crunchy-paper-covered exam table and draped my lap with a giant paper napkin. (If this was provided to keep me warm in my open-air get-up, it failed.) I was tempted to get off the exam table to retrieve my phone from my jeans pocket so I could do Wordle while I waited. But I resisted, mostly because I would have to figure out how to sit down again in a way to keep the California king sheet covering my bare backside. I left the phone where it was. Soon enough I heard a single knock and in came my physician. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a physical. My oh my, things have changed. The doctor didn’t place a wood depressor on my stuck-out tongue and ask me to say, “aaaahhhh.” She didn’t shine a beam of light in my eyes, flick it away, then flash it back again. She didn’t stick a light in my ears and angle it first this way, then that. Nor did she have me push my foot against her palm to the right, to the left, toward the wall, toward my head. Here’s the thing I missed the most: she didn’t tap my knee with her rubber mallet

to watch my lower leg swiftly swing out involuntarily. In the past I always laughed out loud at the sensation that mallet induced and I had looked forward to the little tickle from my past. Instead we talked about diet, exercise and sleep. The fickle tickle of a mallet-produced kick didn’t show up during this less than invigorating conversation. According to Wired magazine, the routine health checkup like I just had has “virtually no impact on overall health or longevity. ” People are opting for remote checkups—taking pulse and blood pressure at home—while addressing their health concerns through education and lifestyle modifications. Why wait six months or more to have a doctor do routine tests when you and I can do them at home—without having to undress and don an air-conditioned tent? (Paps, mammograms and colonoscopies excluded.) Annual physicals are time-consuming and expensive. What was I doing, seeing a physician when I had no major health complaints? The answer goes back more than a hundred years, when physical exams became routine. Humans need touch. There is something healing about the laying on of hands. Especially after we all spent the deprived COVID-19 years avoiding the handshake, hugging nobody and kissing the air, the smallest touch does so much for our mental and physical health. The doctor didn’t test my reflexes but she rubbed my neck (detecting glands), gently pressed into the small of my back (“There? ” she asked when I told her of a nagging ache), and kneaded my belly like bread dough. She sat on her little stoolon-wheels while we chatted like old friends, sharing grievances about growing older and agreeing that getting older beats the alternative. I’d guess she was assessing my mettle and fettle throughout the conversation. She gave me a clean bill of health. My doctor’s simple touch, direct eye contact and undivided attention made me feel confident I am taking good care of myself and getting quality care from her. That in-person touch was worth the wait. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2022 Sarah Donohoe



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To The Editor: Congratulations Estes Park for the passage of 6E. This summer I sold my business, The Ore Cart Rock shop. In my 50 years of ownership I was always concerned that my employees had a decent place to live. It is good to see that our community is stepping forward to address this issue. The good folks that serve us as clerks, cooks. cleaners etc. deserve a safe, clean comfortable place to live. Now it looks like this will happen. I would only ask the administrators to remember two things. These units are for our workers only, not a place to stash "Aunt Martha" from Iowa in an inexpensive apartment. Secondly, keep it affordable by making it simple, clean and safe. Since I no longer own my business, I will no longer have a direct interest in 6E, however, I will certainly have an indirect benefit. My wife Betty and I will continue to be a part of this wonderful community for many years. A well housed, stable work force will benefit us all. Jim Hull

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The “Magic Dude” Will Astonish And Dazzle Estes Park Prepare to be charmed, mesmerized, and even a little spellbound as the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies presents Shawn Preston, the Magic Dude. He may be Denver’s “Best Kept Secret,” but it is no secret that he will entertain Estes Park with his comedic persona and magical skills. Preston’s magic performances are the complete package of music, comedy, and audience participation. That participation could be delighted laughter or even volunteering yourself—or more mischievously, a loved one—to participate. Preston is an awardwinning entertainer with his comedic presence, sleights of hand, and feats of mind reading. Join us for a live family-friendly night of

magical fun on Friday, November 18th, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Park Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at Discounted admission is available for members of the Fine Arts Guild. Admission: $20 Adult / $17 Adult Member $17 Senior (62+) / $15 Senior Member $15 Youth / / $12 Youth Member

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Free Turkey Trot 5K At YMCA Join YMCA of the Rockies on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24 for the annual 5K Turkey Trot! Online registration is now open at and strongly encouraged. Get out and get active before celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday! Participants in costumes, those wanting to walk or move slower, and strollers are all welcome. Dogs are also welcome, as long as they remain on a leash. Check-in at the

Sweet Memorial Building beginning at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. YMCA of the Rockies Turkey Trot is free and open to the public, free-will donations will be accepted to support the camper scholarship program. Celebrate after the race in the Sweet Memorial Program Building with light refreshments! For questions or more information, please call 970-586-3341, ext. 1104.

Student Grant Funds Available Quota Club of Estes Park is offering financial assistance to members of our community who wish to further their education. Past recipients have been in the medical field, educators, law enforcement, first responders, flight school, environmental programs to mention just some of our past recipi-

ents. Anyone who wishes to attend an accredited institution or seminar or continuing education for recertification to advance their career is eligible to apply. Please contact Ann Kasper at for information on how to apply.


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November 24th. 12PM-3PM Estes Park International Church (EPIC) and Park Fellowship Church invite you to a free old fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have no where to go for Thanksgiving, then stop by for a delicious Dinner with all the fixings.

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Next week America will pause to offer thanks, sandwiched between nonstop NFL/World Cup games and “BUY NOW!” door-buster Black Friday bargains. As calendar year 2022 nears its end, for what are you thankful? My appreciations include: Early January sunrises spilling molten sunlight from crimson-orange sky onto Lake Estes as intense hues deepen on the frozen surface. Texts, tweets and television no longer breathlessly implore “Your $38 will SAVE America!” The election message? American voters prefer self-determination, decency, democracy and hope to deception, derision, delusion and hatred. Who knew? Wild winter wind patterns east of Longs Peak sculpting lenticular clouds, Colorado’s homegrown flying saucers. Thanks to those whose foresight created the Riverwalk, our wonderful Community Center, the extensive network of trails for walking and running, and other local assets. A raw March evening on the back deck: moist mountain air on face, tattered clouds scudding overhead, deep stillness in the pines, residual snow on northern slopes, temperature dropping steadily, a warm wood fire dancing inside the house. The joy of generously spending the $1b, $1.2b, $1.5b, $1.9b that my Powerball tickets portended. For a few bucks I paid off mortgages, sent kids to college, donated to cherished causes and played John Beresford Tipton (kids---ask your grandparents) ; it’s the cheapest entertainment I know. Ten newly hatched goslings float down the Big Thompson toward Lake Estes on a late May morning, hugging the river bank under mom’s watchful eye. The Webb telescope’s eye-popping, breathtaking, astounding (my vocabulary fails) photos of the Pillars of Creation, the western wall of the Carina Nebula, the Cartwheel Galaxy, Stephan’s Quintet—for openers. Orion sinks lower in the west each Spring night, heralding the Summer Triangle, where Altair, Deneb and Vega will watch over the valley. High School productions showcasing our talented youth (thanks, Dr. Denney); Cowboy Brad in Bond Park (John Denver lives!); Cinco de Mayo at the Event Center (gracias Olga!); flower crews gilding downtown in Summer beauty (huzza!); EPMS volleyball (go Haven!). Summer storm, thunder after lightning, refreshing raindrops, excellent air in the valley. Muffled artillery in the aftermath of the moving storm, mutations of grey in wind-driven clouds. The Hogan family reunion next summer in County Clare on Ireland’s rugged

west coast, where we will celebrate Irish heritage and honor ancestors. Evening silence on Prospect Mountain: deep, dark, intense, full, peaceful, serene. An owl calls, and calls again. No answer. The backbone of this town, individuals who do their jobs day after week after month after year and do not give up on life or hope. They make Estes. Mid-September evening: Jupiter, Lord of the night sky, rises in the east, opening for Orion. Below the Milky Way the Summer Triangle slides slowly west. Transition. Indelible ’22 experiences: three kinds of mussels at rue de Jean in Charleston; Kill Devil Hill and the Wright brothers first flights; African American Museum in D. C., displaying history all Americans should know; autumn foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway; overflow flagwaving July 4 Village Band concert in Performance Park; “The Music Man” on Broadway. Recurring backyard menagerie: deer, elk, bear, bobcat, chipmunks, ground squirrels, swallows, doves, turkey vultures, hawks, ravens and more, some at morning light, others in sunset shadow. My good health (knock on wood) and attaining five miles most days; liberty to teach what I love (ah, The Bard of Avon); making music in the Riverside Ramblers (if only I were better); writing this column (thanks for reading thus far). Floating patches of grey clouds on a damp early winter evening; almost-full moon, intermittently obscured and clear, hanging just above Mars. Family birthdays and reunions; homecooked meals, specifically Lizzie’s can’tbe-topped Red Bird chicken and mashed potatoes; playing Rummicub while sipping bountiful bubbly; Melaque and Barra de Navidad’s fourmile beach; 60th college reunion; helping local familias establish 529s for ninos. Winter’s frigid winds swirl and whirl down from Longs into our mountain valley; flashbacks to lovely late Summer days and golden early Autumn aspens grow precious. Spring pasque flowers will return after payment of winter dues. Special people: treasured friends; cherished siblings Robin, Ross and Valerie, my constant source of laughter, love and hope; sweet Lizzie, who has never met a stranger and is beloved by all; Patrick, whose essence fills my heart with joy; Eileen and Caroline, who will become moms in April, forging our link to forever. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! My spirit soars where the air goes thin. Anonymous Reader response welcome:

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Samantha Workman To Compete At National Division Singing Finals

The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held their 2022/23 biennial regional auditions last weekend at CSU in Fort Collins. Singers from Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska competed for prize money and

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the chance to compete at the national level. Estes Park High School Senior, Samantha Workman, voice student of Denise Stookesberry, received second place overall in the Upper High School Classical Division. Because of her win, she has advanced to compete at the National Division Finals to be held in July 2023. At Estes Park High School, Samantha is active not only in choir, but you may have seen her perform as “Wednesday” in the recent EP high school production of “The Addams Family” or leading the EP Marching Band as their drum major! Samantha is the daughter of Cory and Melinda Workman and sister, Natalie. Samantha plans to major in music after high school. Congratulations, Samantha!

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Johnny Cash And Dino Need New, Wonderful Homes been accused of being “too affectionate!” He is ready to have a permanent loving home. Stop by and meet him at the Pet Lodge. Please call (970) 286-1652 if you’d like to meet either of these wonderful pets. 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.

Johnny Cash Johnny Cash is about a year old. He is good with dogs and kids but he seems to be afraid of cats. He loves to go for walks and knows several commands. Dino is a sweet and very loving guy. He is about 2-3 years old. He loves dogs and does good with other kitties. He has bounced around a lot and has


What’s Our EPHS’s STEAM Class Up To? By: Tayen Applegate

These past several days in the Estes Park High School's STEAM class have been nothing less than phenomenal; the school brought in five different police officers to present what it’s like to be working in the force. On day one, our school resource officer, Paul Mieszala came in to talk to the class about the experience of being in this profession. During this presentation, the class got to listen and understand the importance of this job, and why it is an excellent career path to take. The class got to hear about Mieszalas experiences of being in the force, and why he chose this profession to begin with. On the second day, officers Jenn Morrow, Kirk Jellesma, Blake Babbit and Deb Schffer came in and gave another in-depth presentation on the significance of the profession. The class was then given the opportunity to experience first-hand what the job is

truly like through two activities; activity one allowed us to test for fingerprints. The students got to dust their own fingerprints using a fine powder that was able to stick to any greasy or oily surface. If a good print was found, we were instructed to use tape to pick up the print. With this, we got a lesson on why they do this in crime scenes, and why it could help in specific instances. In activity two, a few of our officers acted out a jewelry robbery, and we were asked to interrogate the victims, along with taking photos of the crime scene, which is what would be done if this was a real case. Overall, this experience was fun and exciting, along with being very educational. All of the students are extremely grateful for having these officers coming in as our guest speakers, and we thank them for providing us with such a memorable experience.

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Restorative Justice Spotlight: School District Partner Programs

By: Becky Weller, Restorative Justice Program Coordinator

Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership (EVRJP) provides proactive and responsive restorative processes that enhance cooperation, encourage understanding and strengthen relationships. One way they do this is through school district partner programs.

Since 2014, EVRJP has collaborated with the Estes Park School District to offer proactive restorative programming that supports positive relationships, strengthens connections between people and builds personal resiliency. Through the use of an evidence and strengths-based curriculum by One Circle Foundation, Estes Park school youth are able to explore topics through gender responsive models, including Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Unity Circle. These structured support groups provide safe spaces to discuss difficult topics and address common concerns and challenges faced by youth. In addition to the One Circle Foundation programming, EVRJP also offers Student Support & Accountability Circles (SSAC). SSAC is designed to serve youth who might benefit from additional structured support. Through individualized processes, youth have the opportunity to connect with others around a variety of themes, including school

functioning, relationship building and wellness. The group works to model growth and empower participants to build skills for success, both in school and outside of school. For many youth, involvement in these school-based programs has led to increased self-esteem, emotional awareness, sense of belonging, confidence, and quality of relationships with peers and adults. Youth have shared that, as a result of participation, they looked forward to going to school, learned a lot about themselves, shared their feelings and beliefs more than before, and could better relate to kids their age. One participant shared, “Council has helped me make different/new friends and help me become more confident with myself.” Participants also noted that circles helped to relieve stress, develop new friendships and learn new skills. “The program is very fun and you learn a lot of meaningful things. Most of the stuff you learn in circle is good for your life outside of the circle,” described another youth. Over 80% of youth who engaged in EVRJP’s school-based programming said they would sign up again. “This program is very amazing,” said one. “I thought I would only mildly enjoy it, but I have made friends and become a better person because of Girl Circle.” For some, the positive connection and impact of participation has led them to want to contribute further. Through

leadership roles, these youth have facilitated circle programming as co-leaders and peer support — helping to inspire, shape and support the experiences of younger students’ while giving back to the programs that were personally meaningful to them. EVRJP’s school-based programming is supported by staff and volunteers. Learn more about how EVRJP provides safe spaces for students to problem-solve, learn new skills and make positive connections at EVRJP relies on community support to provide services and programming. Help grow and sustain Restorative Justice in the Estes Valley by participating in the 2022 Better To-Go Fundraiser Dinner on Nov. 30. Enjoy great food to-go from Mama Rose’s Restaurant in support of EVRJP. Thanks to the generous donation of the meal by Julie and Rob Pieper, owners of Poppy’s and Mama Rose’s, all proceeds will benefit EVRJP and support restorative programming in the Estes Valley. EVRJP is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible. Place your order for the 2022 Better ToGo Fundraiser Dinner by 11/25 at Learn more about Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership and their school-based programs at

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Estes Park Tree Lighting Saturday November 19 Riverside Plaza free festivities 3:30pm - 6:00pm Tree Lighting

5:30pm Visit Santa ~ Carriage rides ~ llamas Cookies ~ Hot Chocolate Carolers & more A Town of Estes Park Signature Event

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Salud Family Health Celebrates 30 Years Providing Care In Estes Park Thirty Years Ago: Hospital Asks Salud for help Thirty years ago, Claude Priest was worried. Being worried was not unusual for the Chief Financial Officer of the Knuttson Memorial Hospital, predecessor to Estes Park Health. But this was a problem that not only consumed his time at work but kept him awake at night. On the surface it was an odd problem. The hospital was attracting too many patients: the wrong type of patient; community members without insurance who had no primary care provider. Community members sought medical care for preventive, manageable services in the least appropriate, but only available, setting. From patients with high blood pressure or patients with unmanaged diabetes, to patients with concerning but non-threatening conditions. With no insurance and no primary care provider, they turned to the only source

First clinic.

munities, in the eastern plains, and along the front range. Priest wanted to know if Salud would be willing to open a clinic in Estes Park to provide more appropriate access to primary care, as part of easing the financial burden on the Estes Park hospital. Salud was interested, but concerned that Estes Park was not designated as a medically underserved area meaning the clinic would be ineligible for federal funds to offset the administrative costs of operating the new clinic. In June, 1992 Salud opened a humble one exam room clinic just off the Riverwalk in the old Range Realty building (currently, The Mountain Vault) staffed by Eileen Flaherty, a Nurse Practitioner who lived in Estes Park and supported by a team of volunteers including a receptionist, and volunteer assistant who drew labs. In these pre-HIPPA days, patient files were kept in a four-drawer filing cabinet wedged between the receptionist’s counter and chairs in the waiting area. Next door, in an equally humble office, Crossroads volunteers hand wrote appointments for Salud’s patients. Initially the clinic operated eight hours a week, slowly increasing

instructor Garth Lewis. Located in what was part of Key Bank in Lower Stanley Village the space in this clinic was outgrown before the year was out. The Estes Park Salud Foundation purchased the third facility in the Aspenwood Professional Building. This clinic had five exam rooms but lacked space to accommodate the acute need for dental care. Salud’s current location on Red Tail Hawk Rd. was made possible through the efforts of Frank Shavlik who secured a gift of land from Paul and Kathy Kochevar who were developing a housing project just off Dry Gulch Road. Sally Park led a team of volunteers who raised $1.9M for the 11,000 square foot facility with eight exam rooms plus three dental operatories initially equipped with dental equipment donated by Dr. Dan Rauk. The entry to the Center lists foundations, service clubs, local organizations and individuals who contributed to make this facility possible. The Center opened in January, 2006. With this facility the Center was finally able to incorporate all aspects of Salud’s integrative approach to health care— Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, and pharmaceutical assistance. Through these thirty years and four locations, patient care was enhanced by numerous volunteer physicians, including Drs. Scott Woodard (office surgical procedures), John Cooper (Pediatrics), Randy Maharry (Dermatology) and Marty Koschnitzke (OB/ GYN) among others. COVID Fast forward from 2006 to the 20202021 COVID outbreak and the longawaited release of a vaccine to fight COVID. To ensure the greatest number of Americans had access to the initial, limited supply of the vaccine, the first doses

of care, the Hospital Emergency Room. Staffing the ER was expensive and debt collection of payments from uninsured patients was inadequate to cover the costs of staffing the ER. The ER care provided was a band aid approach due to lack of access to more comprehensive, primary health care. Families careened from one emergency to the Eagle Rock student. next with little or no preventative care to prevent many health issues from its hours to 30 hours a week turning into medical crises. Hospital during the six years it prostaff, including Dr. Paul Fonken, took vided medical care from this turns volunteering a few hours per week initial clinic. at the free medical clinic. But these efAs patient volume inforts were insufficient to address the creased, Dr. George Crislip root cause: lack of access to primary care became the first of many services regardless of insurance status. physicians who volunteered People working on clinic. To address this problem, Claude Priest their time with the startup turned to his acquaintance Jerry Brasher, clinic. were distributed Executive Director of Salud Family It is doubtful that the advent of this to the 1,400 fedHealth (Salud), based in Ft. Lupton, CO. small clinic provided the initial financial erally-funded Salud and other community health care relief sought by the hospital’s CFO. But community centers were initially established in 1965 four years after Salud opened, the hospi- health centers by the federal government to provide tal volunteered to process all of Salud’s (including Salud) medical care to underserved communilab work at no charge. with over 15,000 ties throughout the country. Salud was individual sites After six years in this one-exam room founded as a migrant health center in providing prifacility, Salud began a series of expan1970 to provide health care services to mary care to 28 sions to accommodate increasing dethe migrant agricultural workers who million people. mands for service. The second clinic planted and harvested crops in the Platte boasted two exam rooms. Eagle Rock These 15,000 River Valley. Through the years, Salud Current clinic. students, as part of their legacy project health clinics inexpanded to provide care to medically to the community, designed and built cluding Estes underserved individuals living in comthis clinic under the guidance of their Park Salud were joined by common pur-

pose and mission, each focused on the same national emergency; each clinic diverting their limited personnel to distribute, manage and provide free vaccinations to any community member while continuing to provide care for their regular patients. All across our country including in Estes Park, people stood in line, talking to neighbors and to strangers. No drama, no controversy, no disputes, no disruptions. Just grateful recipients and gratified staff. TODAY Thirty years ago, two health care administrators collaborated to solve an immediate problem facing Estes Park’s Knuttson Memorial Hospital. Thirty years later, this simple collaboration grew into a reality far greater than the original collaborators could have imagined. Thirty years later, nourished by the efforts of so many people and organizations, Salud is an integral part of the medical community that provides health care to the Estes Valley. Thirty years later, EP Salud provides integrated health care including medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmaceutical services that provide access to affordable medication to the underinsured or uninsured. Thirty years later, EP Salud offers this integrated, primary health care to individuals and families without regard to insurance. Thirty years later, many Estes Park residents both with and without insurance consider Salud their health care provider. Thirty years later, Estes Park Health operates an urgent care center that relieves pressure on its Emergency Room. Thirty years later, Salud provides care to a patient base of 63,000 through it’s thirteen centers and mobile van for farm workers Thirty years later, Salud continues to provide support to the Estes Park Center without the benefit of federal funds to cover the cost of administrative services. Thirty years later, Salud, Cross Roads and fellow nonprofits receive financial support from the Town of Estes Park in recognition of the role they each play in the wellbeing of the Estes community. On behalf of the Salud organization, the Estes Park Salud staff, its patients and the Salud Foundation, we thank Estes Park, our community for helping

build a healthcare facility that supports our community.

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National Philanthropy Day Celebration Goodness!

National Philanthropy Day is an annual event that celebrates the culture of philanthropy in Estes Park. This means donors, volunteers, nonprofits, and the good-will of neighbors and friends who give their time, talent and treasure are all recognized. These acts may be shouted from the top of Prospect Moun- Kevin Mullen, Executive Director of the Estes Park tain cause they are for the Health Foundation and event sponsor representative valley to know and act on, Tariq Bahtti of TDS Communications. and they may be a series of sponsors who feel strongly that philanquiet gestures that ought to be recogthropy be celebrated. Congratulations to nized. The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center thanks partner organiza- all the nominees and winners, detailed information and lots more party pics can tion YMCA of the Rockies for their major contribution to the success of this be found on For you social media buffs, visit @epnonprofit on event (the food is ahhhmazing) and the FB and IG.

One of the many organizations that are located down valley, but serve Estes Park is the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. They administer grants to Estes, and help direct the designated funds of investors who wish to support specific efforts in Estes.

Dr. Cory Workman accepting recognition from Ryan Bross, Vice President of the Nonprofit Resource Center Board of Directors. Ryan handed out awards to all nominees on behalf of the Big Heart Sponsor Bank of Colorado, where he serves as Senior Vice President.

NPD Event Hostess Cato Craft, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Resource Center and Lars Sage, Gallery Manager of the Arts Center of Estes Park. The event was an opportunity for the community to meet nonprofits and hear more about their missions.

Enduring Service nominees Alice League, Nancy Gregg, Marlene Borneman, Mary Banken, Jean Rissmiller, Sally Park and Dave Thomas. Not pictured: Cynthia Krumme, Frank Theis and Louise Olson.

Volunteer Martha Cordona walking up to accept her nomination on behalf of her work with the Hispanic community in Estes Park. Look at that smile!

Awards MC Karen McPherson of Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center with Youth Philanthropist Award Winner Valya Trydukh and Award Presenter Breeyan Edwards representing Big Heart Sponsor First Colorado Realty. This young lady got an enthusiastic group hug for her work raising money for the people of Ukraine. Other nominees in this category include Youth In Action and the Estes Library Summer Teen Volunteers.

Business Philanthropist nominees representing the Estes Park Mountain Shop and Kind Coffee. Not pictured is nominee Kep Expeditions.

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CONTENTMENT – THE KEY TO THANKSGIVING What could I possibly write this specific week…the week after the election and the week before Thanksgiving? I suspect that most will agree with me that we are ‘thankful’, that the ‘election’ is over. I suspect that all of us have grown tired of the endless parade of negative ads by those who have been vying for our votes. There is no doubt that these continued to ‘bombard’ us with reminders that we should not be ‘content’ with the things that are going on in our nation. Definitely, we are told, we should not be ‘content’ with the decisions made by our Supreme Court, nor with the economy, nor with the leaders that we currently have, nor those ‘standing in the wings’ wanting to serve. I have long wearied of the MAGA signs and hats I have seen worn by politicians and others during the past few years. The message: ‘Make America Great Again!’ The negative message is that suddenly America has failed to be great! America has never stopped being ‘great’, due in large degree, to noble men and women who served in the military, whom we honored last week, and those who have served in political office, most doing their best, in the past. Were they perfect? No, but most did what they could and did good things to help our nation maintain its ‘greatness’. “I’m proud to be an American!”, singer Lee Greenwood shared my feelings long ago, and I tear up when I hear it played. I encourage those who think America isn’t great, to feel free to go and live elsewhere, someplace ‘more great’…don’t stay here and plant seeds of discontent and animosity. I’ve said all this because, as we look forward to next week’s Thanksgiving festivities, we cannot approach that great event properly without a spirit of ‘contentment’. If I feel unhappy with the things I have been blessed with, there is no way that I can be thankful. So let me share some thoughts about an attitude that is so vital to our sense of well-being and happiness…and resulting thankfulness. That attitude is ‘contentment’, a rare commodity these days. Contentment is defined as being mentally and emotionally satisfied, both within and without, with circumstances as they are. It is simply gratitude, appreciation, and acceptance for the way things are now. This attitude creates positive feelings of peace, calm, and happiness. A contented state of mind produces faith and respect for self, others, and God, thus giving us the conviction that all will be well, no matter what. Contentment is something that demands ‘learning’. We are continually urged to feel discontent, especially with the things we ‘have’. Each of us is operating under one of two different strategies: the ‘More Strategy’, or the ‘Enough Strategy’. Certainly at this time of the year, we are preparing for the ‘More strategy’ to be proclaimed all around as new Christmas items are displayed in stores and on the media everywhere. “You…or your children…need this ‘new’, ‘bigger’, ‘better’ item, if you are to be seen to be ‘happy’, ‘generous’, etc.” When we meet such, each must consider our stewardship and the ‘why’ and wisdom of each purchase being considered. Contentment is seen in other, even more crucial, areas of our lives. How about our relationships with our ‘significant others’…our wives, husbands, children? Our society is deeply troubled by spouses who are not ‘content’ with their partners, resulting so often in unfaithfulness or the dissolution of the marriage. And how often do our children sense that we ‘are not content’ with them…their behavior, activities, qualities, or attitudes? Many young people grow up with a resulting low self-esteem, causing further societal problems. And you can think of other areas in which people’s discontent is evident… jobs, social issues, other relationships, and the like. All that being said: Are you content? Next week, will you be thankful? Someone summed it up: “Bottom line, contentment and a spirit of thanksgiving has less to do with getting what we want, and more to do with wanting what we have.” The Bible says: “Be content with what you have, for I will never leave you, nor forsake you”. Perhaps a prayer for contentment will help: “Loving and generous Creator, Thank you for the endless blessings you pour into my life. Help me realize that they are enough. Please free me from the stress of always wanting more. Show me how to be quiet enough to appreciate all that is so good in my life. Open my heart to the great contentment that comes from walking always with You.” Bob Lewis

November 18 – November 24

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Estes Park Woman's Club November 9th Meeting Wrap Up

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu Nov 21 – 25 Monday, Nov 21

Chicken Breast stuffed w/ apples, Sweet Potatoes & vegetables

Tuesday, Nov 22

BBQ Pork Ribs (4) w/ Mac ‘n Cheese & baked beans

Wed., Nov 23

Turkey Dinner w/ stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetable & dessert

Thursday, Nov 24 CLOSED Friday, Nov 25


Nov 28 – Dec 2 Monday, Nov 28

Hot Open-faced Turkey Sandwich w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Tuesday, Nov 29

Smothered Chicken (6 oz) (topped w/ mushrooms, grn peppers & onions) w/ Pasta Salad & dessert

Wed., Nov 30

Pork Loin w/ applesauce, Sweet Potatoes & vegetables

Thursday, Dec 1

Signature Salad w/ (fried) Chicken Strips (greens topped w/ tomatoes, corn, cheese, craisins, pecans & croutons) w/ ranch dressing

The last Woman’s Club meeting at the American Legion did not disappoint! The fall buffet by the Legion staff was beautifully presented, and all the selections were delicious! The program presented by Mindy Rickard, Project Coordinator, Health District of Northern Larimer County, Larimer County Advanced Care Planning was very informative about what documents we should all have prepared to make certain our wishes are followed when we are unable to make those choices known. Mindy is well informed on all aspects involved, and is easily available to discuss any questions or needs you and your family have in this area. In fact, there is a packet containing all the documents and information available to check out at the Estes Valley Library! Let's all be prepared. We inducted several new members to the club, welcome! We are planning for our Bright Christmas families, and

Friday, Dec 2

Meals are $7 for current 2022 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Nov 21st, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Nov 18th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at

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

accepting donations. As always it was wonderful for us all to get together and enjoy our fellowship.

Estes Park Woman's Club Meeting December 14th The December 14, 2022 Estes Park Woman's Club Meeting will be held at the Estes Valley Community Center. The Big Horn Restaurant will cater the event featuring several salad selections, beef roulade Florentine, stuffed bell pepper with rice (veg., GF), and yummy desserts. Our program will feature, "Elevated Voices" showcasing our local singers Denise Stookesberry, Mary Theresa

Reed, Steve Tice and Geoff Clark. What a wonderful way to get together and start the season of joy. Please remember advance reservations are needed for the luncheon and meeting at Interested in joining the club? Contact us at 110 Years of Service to Estes Valley non-profit organizations.

Advent Tea Time Is Coming! Please come to visit the “Tea Table” with tea and baked goodies, shop the bake sale, check out the handmade crafts for sale, visit Christmas bargains, and have lunch! Yes, it is time for our traditional krautburger lunch Saturday, December 3 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 N. St. Vrain from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You may choose a krautburger or bar-

Shrimp Alfredo w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

b-que chicken sandwich with chips, relish, dessert, and a drink for $8.00served from 11-1 p.m. Can’t wait that long to enjoy a krautburger? Call Cheryl Schutz at 970-586-4714 to order krautburgers now! We are thankful to hold this event “in person” again and hope to see you there! All proceeds benefit local, regional, and world-wide missions.

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Education Leader Ruby Bode Joins Rotary Club Of Estes Park By: Dale Bonza

Jean Austin Member of Quota for 34 years Why I joined Quota: I came to Estes Park 42 years ago. A friend of mine lined me up with Jim Austin and I went out with them and had dinner. Jim and I were married four months later! I have never regretted moving to Estes Park. It is a wonderful community of giving people. Thirty-four years ago, I was asked to a Quota Club meeting and after a couple of visits, I was invited to join the club and I’m so happy that I did. It is a very giving service club! I was very interested in their community service, lasting friendships and the camaraderie. Those are the traits that I love about Estes Park Quota. Favorite or memorable moment: I signed up to work on the Loan Closet

committee and I co-chaired the committee for many, many years. I have never regretted doing this. I meet wonderful people in the community and help them with their needs for recuperative equipment. I feel that Quota Club is a great asset to Estes Park. With donations given to the Loan Closet we have been able to assist in providing many ambulances for Estes Park.

The Rotary Club of Estes Park is excited to have Ruby Bode join our club. Her participation enhances our ability to support one of Rotary’s main goals – education. Sponsored by Tom Maher, Ruby brings her wealth of education experience to our local club as we support Rotary International’s goal. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. Ruby Bode first discovered her passion for teaching at age 20 while tutoring teenage girls to pass the GED at a homeless shelter in Des Moines, Iowa. That experience inspired her to complete her college education in secondary education and go on to teach science in the classroom for 10 years before she was

If you are interested in becoming a member of Estes Park Quota or finding out more about it, please contact President Gail Albers at 970-481-2372.

called upon to lead the middle school as principal. Ruby has been an administrator for the last 10 years. She joined Estes Park School District in 2005, and has served in the capacity of teacher, coach, principal, director, and assistant superintendent. On July 1, 2022, Ruby was named the Superintendent of Estes Park Schools. We congratulate Ruby for her accomplishments and look forward to working together for enhancing education in the Estes Valley and throughout the world. Rotary club activities, social events, and volunteer projects build personal and professional connections. We encourage anyone interested in serving others and taking action to create lasting change to visit the Rotary Club of Estes Park at one of our meetings. Social gatherings are Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall. The weekly program begins at 12 noon. Lunch is available at 12 noon for $20. Learn more at: Like us on Facebook:

Old Time Appalachian Music At Snowy Peaks Restless Spirit will be playing at Snowy Peaks Winery on November 25 from 3-6 p.m. (Catch the Glow Parade night). They will be playing old time Appalachian music, two fiddles, a mandolin and a guitar. Stop by and enjoy an evening of fun!

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As We Go Forward By: Judi Smith

move to Estes is the ability to breathe Every election year, whether mid-term fresh air, except during pollen season or wildfires. However, recent tests have disor presidential, investors worry about the economy. Some pull their money out covered a rise in particulate matter in the air over Rocky Mountain National of the stock market, driving values Park. Also, testing equipment has measdown, and proving them “right” to do ured rising levels of ghg in our Estes so. Housing markets always fluctuate as Valley atmosphere, not like the newly home-buyers try to guess the pursuant chastised Font Range and certainly not economic trend, based upon who they believe will win the coveted elected posi- approaching the density of the Denver tions, and what they believe will be done air, yet, but – do we really want to wait that long? once these individuals are in office. A very large part of our economy is Of course, this year, that was exacerbuilt upon the coal, oil, and natural gas bated by the recent rise in interest rates used to heat and light our homes, and to and accentuated by the yes/no questions generate the electricity that operates all on the ballot. The passage of 6E will efthat computerized equipment we defect the housing market, most likely, in pend upon today. While there will still my opinion, increasing the comparative be uses for gas and oil, we are depleting profitability of the full-time rental, and these resources far more quickly than making it more possible for people who they can be replaced. If we continue to work here to live here. Do we still need act as if there is no limit, we will find VRBOs to rent to ours visitors and give ourselves without – and what will that them the opportunity to experience do to the economy? Consider all the leEstes? Of course! We want to be sure gitimate longthat potential Estes resiterm uses for dents understand our plastics, from unique community water pipes to and want to join, computer not change, the cases to atmosphere medical that keeps equipEstes a vilment, lage, resuch as gardplastic less of parts or size. blood bags, A huge that might part of be a more that qualvaluable use ity is our of limited revolunteer sources than commufabricating packaging nity. At destined to be landfilled once National opened. Philanthropy Day last week, I watched From where you are right now, look individuals moving table to table to visit friends with whom they already interact around and count the plastic items that for the improvement of local conditions, could just as easily be made from something truly recyclable, like glass, metal and those whose board or committee or paper. might be next year’s endeavor. It seems that volunteerism is an integral compoLearn to recycle correctly. And speaknent of Estes and anyone “who is anying of recyclability, only #1, #2, #4, and one” contributes time, treasure or talent #5 are really recyclable. Plastics marked, to some worthy cause. #3, #6, or #7 are not profitable enough to attract companies that recycle. The Disaster, in some parts of the world, makes individuals more self-centered. In Residential Recycling Center in Estes Park does recycle some plastic shaped a village, it brings people together. like jars, jugs, bottles, and certain kinds Whether flood, fire, pandemic, plumof tubs. They do not have the capability meting economics, or the need to into recover black plastic, plastic bags and crease available workforce – Estes is an inter-supportive unit that works together other flimsy plastics or “clam-shells.” Odd shapes and more permanent plastic to resolve the crisis. A more difficult toys, laundry baskets, flower pots, etc. “sell” is the need to act proactively to cannot be placed in single stream, which prevent the not always defined cause of some of these emergencies. Floods, fires, is designed only for prolific packaging. and droughts are not, in my opinion, vis- All these extra-curricular items must be taken to a source-separated recycling ited upon us by a vengeful god. They yard like Timberline or Eco-cycle. have sound, scientific causes, with predictable results, that we could, if we Over the next five years, as plastic would, do something to minimize, if not packaging gradually rises in price and abolish. Yes, we must address resiliency disappears, our recycling systems in the to be prepared for the next upheaval in USA (which recover 34%) will gradually our daily lives. However, we must also grow to be more like European systems. eliminate the greenhouse gases (ghg) (Germany is at 65%.) But for now, we caused by burning fossil fuels and the are stuck with what we’ve got. methane from our extensive wastefulAgree? Disagree? Comments ness. One of the reasons that people







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Serving Families In Need Of Help In The Estes Valley For 38 Years • 105 families were recipients in our 2021 Christmas program (total of 280 children) • New backpacks filled with new school supplies, including headphones and water bottles, were provided for 125 students • Birthday gifts for two kids who would have gone without • Four new car seats for the local Crisis Center and other support agencies • Support for partnering agencies who also assist families with children in need • Internet support for students learning at home • Sports shoes for at-risk kids Register for our Christmas Program • This Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Registration will take place at Crossroads, 1753 Wildfire Road (new location, west of the old Crossroads building). You do not have to be a client of Crossroads for our program • Please bring your ID, kids’ school IDs, proof of residence in the Estes Valley,

and proof of income to qualify Information on ways to support the Bright Christmas program • Become a sponsoring individual or family by buying gifts for a registered, qualified family. Please email us at • Become a financial supporter. Your tax-deductible contribution may be sent to Bright Christmas at P.O. Box 2981, Estes Park CO 80517 • Contribute a new unwrapped gift (or two or three) for any child! We are also taking donations of new Christmas wrapping paper. Collection boxes will be at: Ace Hardware Estes ProActive Fitness in West Park Center Country Supermarket Between Friends Consignment Shop on Hwy. 7 Need more Information? • Find us on Facebook at Estes Park Bright Christmas • Email us at • Watch for our stories and information in the Estes Park News Bright Christmas is a 501©3 nonprofit.

Sirviendo A Familias Necesitadas De Ayuda En Estes Valley Durante 38 Años • 105 familias fueron beneficiarias de nuestro programa de Navidad en “2021” (total de 280 niños) • Se entregaron mochilas nuevas llenas de útiles escolares nuevos, incluidos auriculares y botellas de agua, a 125 estudiantes • Regalos de cumpleaños para 2 niños quién se habrían ido sin regalos. • 4 nuevos asientos de seguridad para el Centro de Crisis local y otras agencias de apoyo • Apoyo para agencias asociadas que también ayudan a familias con niños necesitados • Soporte de Internet para estudiantes que aprenden en casa • Calzado deportivo para niños en riesgo Información para familias necesitadas de asistencia/Regístrese en nuestro Programa de Navidad • sábados 19 de noviembre de 10:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. • Todas las inscripciones se realizarán en Crossroads, 1753 Wildfire Road (nueva ubicación al oeste del antiguo edificio de Crossroads). No es necesario ser cliente de Crossroads para nuestro programa • Traiga su identificación, las identificaciones escolares de los niños, prueba de domicilio en el Valle Estes y prueba de ingresos para calificar Información sobre formas de apoyar

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Don’t Miss The Holiday Shoppe At The Old Gallery In Allenspark Through Dec. 18

November 18, 2022—Making a list and checking it twice? Want to make sure your gifts are unique and memorable? Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Holiday Shoppe at The Old Gallery in Allenspark on Black Friday and every weekend through December 18. Original art, hats, quilts, soaps, ceramics, handmade ornaments, scarves and more have been created by the 27 featured artists at The Old

Gallery, as well as The Hilltop Guild. “Our local artists offer an eclectic mix of art including jewelry, fiber, weaving, paintings, fused glass, photography, ceramics, wooden pieces and much more. It’s a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit and meet some of the amazing artists behind the work,” said photographer Darlene Bushue. You’ll also find handmade cards, calendars, coasters, ornaments and more at The Holiday Shoppe. On Black Friday, The Old Gallery will be open, with complimentary cookies, donuts, coffee and hot chocolate. The Old Gallery is open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, plus Black Friday. Contributing artists include Ann Barnsley, pottery; Kitty Burton,oils/pastels/watercolors; Darlene Bushue, photography; Holly Daley, pastels in high density; David Duey, woodworks; Patty Dwyer, oils and pastels; Leslie S. Emerson, jewelry/mixed media; George Epp, woodturning; Lyn E. Ferguson, photography; Elizabeth Hake, jewelry; Robin Jasper, wildlife photography; Sue Jasen, acrylics/ oil paintings/watercolor; Susan Krauth, acrylics; Sheila Marie, oils; Mary Morse, fiber art; Julie Neri, ceramics; Jennifer Nicholson, pyrography/acrylics and watercolor; Cheryl Pennington, photography and hand tinting; Lois Rentz, fused glass, MaryLynn Schumacher, clay tiles; Eli Roehl, jewelry; Andrew Treaster, photographer; Linda Toukan, jewelry; Sally Van Der Kamp, stained glass/fused glass/jewelry; Merrie Wicks, watercolor/oils; Dawn Wil-

son, photography and Julia Zuniga, ceramics. 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. It’s a beautifully renovated 1940s log structure that is a non-profit center for community, art and visitors. The Old Gallery provides art, education, entertainment and social services to area residents and visitors, in-

cluding the Community Cupboard Food Bank, Community Closet, art and yoga classes, concerts, potlucks and more. “The Old Gallery really captures the spirit of this mountain community. It’s a beautiful place for our artists to display and sell their work,” said Bushue. For more information: 303-747-2906

Dawn Nguyen 10th Grade Congratulations to Dawn Nguyen, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for November 18, 2022. Dawn is the daughter of John and Annie Nguyen. At EPHS, she is a member of Student Council and Youth In Action. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and has been recognized for her high performance in many of her classes. Outside of school she likes to garden, play her guitar and interact with our community. She is an only child and considers her favorite hobby to be selfimprovement as she is constantly looking for ways to be better and push herself. Dawn had a summer job working at Brownfield’s and told us, “Getting my first job was a really big deal for me and I’d consider it to be my best decision ever. I got a major confidence boost over the summer and it made me realize how much I enjoy interacting with tourists and my community.” When asked a place she would really like to visit, she said, “The one place that I can always go to is home— no

matter the circumstance. It’s my favorite place because there’s always a warm meal waiting for me at home. I’d love to go around the world and explore one day because I know that there’s so much more to be seen beyond Estes Park.” Her favorite quote is “The only true disability is the inability to accept and respect differences” by Tanya Masse. Of this quote she said, “We are all human, despite our differences, and this quote reminds me to always show others love and kindness no matter who they are.” After high school she said she has many aspirations and plans for her future, but she’s not set on a career yet. She said, “I know that I want to go to college and pursue a career in something science-related.”

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Basis • Grow Internally to Succeed Externally This better assures continuity of services within year-to-year revenue fluctuations. Surplus revenues are held in the Long-Term Operating Reserve to help meet future operating expenses. In addition, a minimum Capital Replacement Reserve has been designated for facility maintenance and improvement expenditures. After the public hearing takes place, the board will look to adopt the 2023 budget at their December 12 regular meeting. By adopting the budget, the Estes Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees provides for the accountability of the library’s operations.

The library is fortunate to have the outstanding support of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation. Their fundraising includes the successful Cliffhanger Used Books located next to the post office. Their efforts will result in providing 13% of the Library District’s total projected revenue for 2023. The Estes Valley Library strives to remain flexible to meet the community’s evolving needs by providing professional service and planning for future sustainability. The library is a cornerstone of the community’s intellectual freedom and a great place to learn, meet, and explore. To learn more about the 2023 budget, the Estes Valley Library District board, and current library programs and collections, visit

Wed., November 30 at 6 p.m. BOOKS & AUTHORS Sign up at TEENS & KIDS An Author’s Journey: The Writing Process with Ed Davis Sign up at Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Robotics & Tech: Ozo Bots Writing Hondius Room & on Zoom Code Award-winning author and chronicler Saturday, November 19, 3-4 p.m., of road stories Ed Davis will discuss his Hondius Room Repeated Tuesday, November 22, 4:30- writing journey and process, and answer audience ques5:30 p.m., Hondius Room tions. Please note this is a Explore the programming power of Zoom program; attendees are color with Ozobots. invited to watch from the Teen Advisory Council Hondius Room or at home. Tuesday, November 22, 6-7 p.m., MAKERSPACE Hondius Room Sign up at estesvalleyliThursday, December 1, 6-7 p.m., Hondius Room Learn the 3D Printer Monthly meeting Friday, December 2, 2-3:30 for tweens & teens p.m. who want to help recommend library For ages 15 and up. Learn the Laser Cutter programming and collection purFriday, December 9, 2-3:30 chases for their age p.m. group. For ages 15 and up. Book vs. Movie BOARD OF TRUSTEES Club: Mr. Popper’s Regular Meeting & Public Penguins Budget Hearing Saturday, NovemMonday, November 21, ber 26, 12:30-2:30 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wasson p.m., Makerspace Room Book or movie— Study Session which did you like Thursday, December 1, best? We’ll discuss 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wasson the book, then watch the movie adaptation. Snacks and drinks provided. Write a Holiday Card Poem Wednesday, November 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Makerspace Learn about different kinds of poems and craft your own holiday cards. KIDS & FAMILIES Library Storytimes Baby Storytime: Thurs. & Fri. at 10 a.m. Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”:

Room FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the post office, is operated by the Friends of the Library Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seeking Your Comments: Estes Valley Library’s 2023 Budget On Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Estes Valley Library District governing board will hold a public hearing to review the library’s proposed budget for 2023. The budget is prepared by library staff with a commitment to honor the public’s priorities and to utilize their experience in the prudent use of public funds. Both the budget and the accompanying budget message are available online. The public is welcomed (and encouraged) to review them at

(look for the “2023 budget” link on the homepage), and supply input directly to the board (either at the meeting, or via email at Budget planning ensures vital oversight for the library’s current strategic goals: • Focus on Early Literacy • Enable Lifelong Learning • Enable a Greater Sense of Community • Deliver Materials on a Personalized

What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library FALL HOURS Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Holiday Closed November 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving ALL AGES Sign up at Handmade Journals Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Makerspace Craft a custom journal for your creative notes and sketches.

Handmade Bookmarks Wednesday, November 23, 2:30-4 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Saturday, November 26, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Makerspace Use the embosser, Cricut die-cut machine, and scrapbooking materials to make a one-of-a-kind bookmark. Holiday Ornaments Thursday, December 1, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Saturday, December 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Makerspace Create some holiday magic! Use the laser engraver and a natural wood slice to make a custom ornament.

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Readers Have Chosen 2023’s “One Book One Valley” One Book One Valley has sent us on amazing journeys. During the past eleven years, we’ve taken literary walks in the woods, relived the rollicking Wild West, and explored Depression-era Appalachia. Last January, we learned about the Việt Nam War and the true power of kindness and hope from the point of view of the Trần family in the book The Mountains Sing. And now… drumroll, please… 2023’s selection is official! Readers in the Estes Valley have chosen Finders Keepers by Craig Childs as the next One Book One Valley title. Written in Childs’s trademark lyrical style, Finders Keepers is an atypical ghost story. Visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present, and take an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero — or a villain? Or something in between? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? As Salter Reynolds with the LA Times reviews, “Childs looks at moral issues from a variety of angles. He doubts others as he doubts himself, a beautiful inverse of the golden rule. He raises questions like

EPH Foundation Works To Fund Fluoroscopy Machine

the best teachers, the real teachers – have you thought this through? What are the results of your actions? What is your role in this brief chapter?” Copies of the book are now available at the library (stop by the first floor service desk), thanks to generous support from

the Library Friends & Foundation. In January we’ll begin One Book One Valley programs, including speakers drawn from the various perspectives in the book. The series will culminate in a visit from Craig Childs himself on Monday, February 6, 2023. Remember to mark your calendars! Thanks also goes to our “One Book” committee, which over the past decade has been composed of library staff, Friends & Foundation board members, and book-loving community volunteers. We invite you to join us this January in conversation and learning with fellow readers -- and to make new friends along the way.

EVICS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING, NOVEMBER 21ST NOVEMBER 25TH If you need immediate assistance during these days Please call 720-505-7708

Fluoroscopy is a real-time x-ray and used when health care providers need to see into the body with movement, such as giving pain injections near joints, to assess swallow function, and place catheters. Most, if not all, diagnostic suites in the country provide fluoroscopy, including rural medical centers. Estes Park Health’s fluoroscopy unit was purchased used eight years ago and will be at end-of-life in 2023, which means replacement parts will be nearly impossible to find. Because the current unit is so old, it requires more repairs. The Board and Staff of Estes Park Health

Foundation are committed to raising the funds needed to help replace the machine with a new unit. “Our entire focus for the last quarter of 2022 is to raise money to bring a new fluoroscopy unit to EPH,” said Kevin L. Mullin, EPH Foundation President. “Replacing this unit is a critical need, and EPHF’s Board & Staff are fully engaged in bringing in funds to make the new fluoroscopy unit a reality.” Among its many uses, fluoroscopy helps women who may have blocked fallopian tubes, people receive pain management until they can have surgeries, and to diagnose and treat heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues. Fluoroscopy procedures usually take about 15 minutes, and the Board and Staff at EPH Foundation are working hard to make sure the residents of the Estes Valley do not have to drive down to the Valley for such a simple procedure. If you can help, please donate online at To learn more about this campaign, call EPH Foundation President Kevin L. Mullin direct at 970-577-4306 or

Estes Park Special Olympics Tuesday Bowling Fun Estes Park Special Olympics organizers are hosting bowling fun at the Bull Pin, 555 S. St. Vrain Ave. on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Audri Smith at 970-451-3762 or email

EVICS CENTRO DE RECURSOS FAMILIARES ESTARÁ CERRADO LA SEMANA DE ACCIÓN DE GRACIAS, 21 DE NOVIEMBRE - 25 DE NOVIEMBRE Si necesitas asistencia inmediata durante estos días Por favor llame al 720-505-7708

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No God No Peace. Know God Know Peace. By: Larry Strong

be in the fight with them. If there is a loving God why do bad “Men on Fire” is the name of our motthings happen to good people? One of ley bunch. We meet Saturday at 8:00 my best friends, a retired pastor, deals a.m. at the American Legion here in with almost ever present chronic debili- town for breakfast. Usually, something tating pain. He’s one of the most gentile, pretty awesome happens as we share kind and compassionate men I know thoughts, doubts, hardships, successes who has lived a life of sacrificial service. and oh yea, laughs guaranteed. We’re His vision of the “golden years” didn’t in- young, “seasoned” and somewhere in clude this daily monster called pain. It between. A lot of us are conisn’t fair. nected to a church but not all. We’re trying to become better I’ve never found a credible resource men—husbands, dads, brothers, outlining the premise or promise that business owners, employees, etc., this life should be fair and pain by God’s Grace, the truth of free. To the contrary, Jesus His Word and a heap of help tells His disciples, “In this from our friends— world you will have troueach other. ble. But take heart! I You’ll be glad have overyou joined come the us so come world.” on over SaturHow ‘bout day morning. them apples? If I would have So what’s the been sitting there answer to the listening to Jesus question? Why I might have do bad things been thinking, happen to “You mean to tell good people? me after following I’m still chewing you around for on that one. But I three years wondercan tell you this. ing where we were going My buddy Paul, the reto sleep and what we were tired pastor, seriously congoing to eat that’s the best you got? templated taking his own life. He Trouble? You’re pulling my leg right? was on the precipice. He wrote, “I am a What about this “paradise” deal? That’s bruised and battle weary child of God what I signed up for!” who is in the battle not through the batAt Men on Fire, we’re peeling the sheets tle. The cross of Jesus continues to be the true north of my spiritual compass. back on how we find peace in a world The way toward victory is not based on that promises trouble. We call it, “We our ability to fight but in our willingness Win! Victory through Rough Terrain.” to surrender. The cross also reminds me To a man, I’m confident our druthers the greatest revelation of God’s glory would be discussing “How to Stay and goodness was accomplished Comfy while Smooth Sailing!” I don’t through the foolishness of suffering.” know every man’s back story but I marvel how some of us find the emotional Sometimes the vessel has to be broken strength to peel our own sheets back off to obtain the jewel inside. It still doesn’t our heads every morning. I can’t believe seem fair but it’s worth it. how much strength and encouragement Let love lead. See you Saturday. I get from these guys and I’m proud to

Estes Fly Tyer Group The Estes Fly Tying Group is busy once again. A big thank you to Seth Richmond, Rector for allowing us to meet at the Episcopal Church. We will be meeting the First Tuesday of each month continuing through May from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Where: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Ave. When: Tuesday, Dec. 6 Tuesday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Feb. 7 Tuesday, Mar. 7 Tuesday, Apr. 4 Tuesday, May 2 Bring your vise, tools, materials. The idea of the group is to get together and tie

flies, share ideas and techniques. It’s a good time to restock your fly boxes and see what works in Estes Park and other favorite fishing towns. All skill levels welcome. If you are not a tyer, please come and sit in on the conversation. No fees, it is free. For questions contact: Frank Drummond at or Susan Underwood at

Crossroads Has Deep Roots, Rich Growth And Is Branching Out By: Brian Schaffer

One day last month I had a visit from Herb and Sherry Mignery who have been great supporters of Crossroads since the 1980s when they lived in Estes Park. You might recognize the names, because Herb has been donating bronze

sculptures to Crossroads for our Vintage fundraiser for many years, and Sherry was on our board during the early days which is so encouraging to know. It’s life-giving to have someone from the beginning days share heartfelt sentiments of their love for Crossroads. When Sherry walked into our new building she was absolutely amazed at how beautiful and spacious it was. She recounted a time when she remembered being in a small space that Crossroads was renting downtown and there was only one person working. We agreed Crossroads has come a long way in the past 40 years. I was so thankful for that moment in time to share memories with this dear couple who have been faithful supporters for many years. They had no idea what was going to transpire over the years with Crossroads, but each year they along with hundreds of others were faithful to

invest in the work we were doing. I’m sure it was a very rewarding moment for them to be a part of this milestone move that we’ve just completed. Over the next few days I pondered on my time with them and a glimpse of vivid imagery came to mind of my grandpa’s orchard. I was with him when he planted a few saplings that didn’t look too strong at the time, and definitely didn’t have any fruit on them yet. However, in a few years I longed to visit the orchard during harvest season and select the best looking apple off one of his trees and bite into it with delectable anticipation of its juicy goodness. I did this as a kid and then as an adult, because the tree kept growing and producing fruit for the family to enjoy. I thought of this in comparison to Crossroads as it has grown over the years and how our labor of love has produced fruit for the people of our community to en-

joy. Our roots are deeply fortified in the Estes Valley. With this in mind, we are looking forward to branching out into the community to make sure every neighbor who has a need is within reach of picking the good fruit of Crossroads Ministry.

Alcoholics Anonymous & Other Recovery Meetings AA of Glen Haven- Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Also Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Glen Haven Town Hall. Book study meeting. Early Worms-Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (Tues., Thurs. & Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave. Fall River Group Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 453 West Elkhorn: Sunday 6:00 p.m. Mon., Weds., Sat. Noon Fri. Noon and 7:00 p.m. Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed). Monday Zoom Big Book study at 7 p.m. #654 598 884 (no password needed). Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829

166 West Side Estes Park AA, meets at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park and it takes place Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Dannen Library - located on the lower level of the Legett Christian Center. Celebrate Recovery -If you are one of these people who struggle with addiction, compulsions, and destructive behaviors as well as the lies which drive them, please consider coming to Celebrate Recovery and discover the joy of being set free. We meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for snacks and fellowship, being honest with ourselves and others, at the Christian Church of Estes Park, 4655 US Hwy. 36, Estes Park, CO. There is a seat for you. Note: The AA Meeting website has over 6,000 members and there are 69 AA Meetings a week plus NA has 30 meetings a week. Go to

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Lena Sue "Susie" McCown Crabtree Lena Sue "Susie" McCown Crabtree of Del Norte, CO, formerly of Allenspark, CO passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on October 30th, 2022 at the age of 67, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Loved and respected by all who knew her, Susie was a wise woman and a true mountain woman who had many talents. She enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, winter camping and telemark skiing. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother, an artist, a musician, a gardener, an animal lover and caretaker, a seamstress and an avid reader with an excellent knowledge of history. Susie was a self-taught watercolor artist who was inspired by the richly diverse Rocky Mountains where she also studied and gathered wild medicinal plants. Her passion for gardening was immense and she successfully grew a high altitude organic garden employing many techniques she learned along the way including natural composting and fertilizing, permaculture and regenerative soil practices. She

believed in sharing the knowledge she learned, and sharing the abundance with friends and neighbors. She believed in taking care of the Earth for future generations. Susie was preceded in death by her parents Claude and Corrine McCown and her brother Travis McCown. She is survived by her husband John Mueller of Del Norte, CO, her daughter Guinevere Crabtree of Estes Park, CO, her grandson Alexander Henderson of Windsor, CO, and her brother and sister-in-law Mike and Debbie McCown of Whitehouse, TX and nephew Nicholas McCown of Whitehouse TX. Private services will be held December 2nd, 2022. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: La Puente Home Alamosa, CO Or URGAS Conour Animal Shelter Monte Vista, CO To express condolences to the family, please visit Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements.

Thanksgiving Community Communion November 20 “The Sand Lot” is a movie about a bygone era where children played freely in an empty lot, when neighborhood rivalries were settled without violence, and where communities celebrated significant events together. Not to bore you with the details of this movie, differences in abilities, personalities, and skin color faded into oblivion when the focus was on the field of competition. Love for the game of baseball brought a diverse group of kids to the place of unity and mutual respect. They focused on the game, the need to work as a team, the mastery of skill and simply having fun. Somehow, we have lost the simple reality that focusing on something other than our differences can bring us together. Rather than looking for a reason to be offended, looking for reasons to come together as a team can heal our fractured reality. Those who love strife, division and who refuse to value the opinions of others, (whether right or wrong), drive wedges amongst us. This happens because, corporately, we allow it to. Rather than stand up for others who face adversity we may lack the fortitude to come alongside them as a friend and advocate. Fearing the wrath of the loudest voice, many choose to be muzzled as others suffer ridicule, loss of their voice within society and even their friendships and livelihood. We have had anti-bullying campaigns in schools and in the workplace. This

has not really changed a thing. People are bullied politically, economically, religiously, and even physically. Tech companies, politicians, the media, and a host of others promote division rather than unity in our community. It is time for the adults to wrest control of the narrative and restore civil discourse, mutual respect, and the reality that we can agree to disagree and still love and respect one another. Back to The Sand Lot. As Christians we can set aside many differences and get our focus on “the game” rather than our differences. We can also recall that we too were once lost in sin. Rather than looking down on one another and those who have no relationship with Jesus, we can focus on not just what but Who matters. Jesus summarized the whole of Sacred Writ in saying the greatest commandment is to love God with all our being and to love others as we have been loved. Let us return to the place of love; the very table God has set for humanity. As a followers of Jesus let us come and celebrate communion. If you have yet to discover God’s love, come and we will with God’s help, demonstrate His love for you as we invite you to be part of “His Community” Where: Estes Park High School Auditorium When: Sunday, November 20th 6:307:30 p.m. Why: We have much to be thankful for.

Charlotte Anne Gee Charlotte Anne Gee wife, mother, grandmother, and above all else a learner and teacher – died peacefully on October 31, 2022 at the age of 94. Her life was full of adventure, inquiry, world travel, deep friendships, and laughter. A friend observed: "She was of quick wit and keen intellect, preferring conversations that delve deep to those that skim the surface. She loved a good debate, especially those that touched the political realm. Deep inside, she had an urgency to change the world and make a difference in the lives she touched.” Charlotte was born in Palmyra, Missouri as an only-child, surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins from an early age on her grandparents’ farm. It was there that she kindled an affinity for roosters and began earning a reputation as a free-thinker that enjoyed coloring outside the lines. During the Great Depression, discouraged by patients who could only pay for his services by bartering farm produce, her physician-father moved Charlotte and her mother to Salt Lake City, Utah. From age three until she attended college, Charlotte lived with her parents in Salt Lake City, attending public schools and enrolling at the University of Utah during her senior year of high school. At the insistence of her mother that she go “back East” for college, she enrolled in Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri. While there, she earned her single-engine pilot’s license. Moving on to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, and was certified to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. Her life focus and experience were singularly invested in and consumed by the learning/teaching process. She proudly earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, which enabled her to later write curriculum for “the student at risk.” She was a special education teacher in the Des Moines school system throughout her career, finally retiring in 1989 from her position at Roosevelt High School. She held a lifetime membership in the National Education Association. For Charlotte, the highlight of her career came when she was given the opportunity to mentor the same group of students from their freshman year through high school graduation. Upon graduation, she raised funds for a group-trip to Colorado. Many of these students were from the innercity of Des Moines, with most never having flown on an airplane, or having been outside of the State of Iowa. It was a mind-blowing experience for

all involved. They flew United Airlines, were shuttled by an Air Force Academy van and housed at CSU. They toured the Airforce Academy, Rocky Mountain National Park and Cache le Poudre among other places. While in the canyon, the van overheated and they formed a line and passed drinking cups of water from the river to cool the engine! Being raised in Utah gave Charlotte a passion for the mountains which she carried with her all her life. Mountains were a source of inspiration and calm for Charlotte, be it the Colorado Rockies, the Grand Tetons, or the Swiss Alps, all of which held great significance for her. It was no surprise that she retired with the love of her life, husband Marvin, near Glen Haven, Colorado in 1989. They were long-time residents of The Retreat and more recently, Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park. In 2005, along with her husband, she helped create a weekly study-discussion gathering called Journeys, within the Presbyterian Community Church in Estes Park. The participants identify themselves as progressive Christians and are comfortable “living the questions, ” while engaging in deep dialog about faith and beyond. The venue provided for meaningful interaction and long-lasting friendships that Charlotte enjoyed. Since COVID19, this group of 25-35 participants, many beyond Estes, have continued to meet via zoom. Charlotte was a member and served as an Elder at Community Church, was a League of Women Voters member and P. E.O. Chapter AV. She was initiated into the organization fortyyears ago at the Chapter House in Des Moines. Charlotte was preceded in death by her former husband Donald Richardson. Charlotte is survived by her husband of 50+ years, Marvin Gee; daughters Linda Barry and Sandra Ellison (Andrew), grand-daughter Shannon Barry; adopted daughter Sue Kock (Roger), step-children Debora Gee, David Gee (Jan) and Dana Gee Braun (Tom). Seven step-grandchildren include Nick Braun and Josh Braun, Mathew Gee, Michaela Gee, Jeff Kock, Jere Kock, and Janae Halstead, and one great granddaughter Olivia Halstead. Allnutt Funeral Home provided cremation services. Charlotte's life will be celebrated in the Springtime of 2023. Donations to her memory can be made to Pathways Hospice or the League of Women Voters-Estes Park. Please visit to leave a message to the family.

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New And Expanded Energy Tax Incentives Under The Inflation Reduction Act Timing and Patience Will be Key By: Paul Mueller, CPA Besides making changes to Medicare and funding the IRS to hire 86,000 more employees, by far the most interesting changes in the Inflation Reduction Act are the tax incentives related to energy improvements, electric vehicles and renewable energy. These changes fall into four categories: 1. A major expansion of tax credits for making energy-related home improvements. 2. An extension and increase of tax credits for solar/wind/geothermal systems. 3. Big changes to electric vehicle tax credits. 4. A new rebate program for lower-income homeowners. Energy-Related Home Improvements Effective January 1, 2023 These credits actually expired at the end of 2021, and were subject to a puny lifetime limitation of only $500. With the passage of the IRA, this credit is greatly increased and expanded: In effect January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2032 (10 years). The credit rate increases from 10% to 30%, with an annual limit not to exceed $1,200. Within this annual cap, the credit applicable to windows increases to $600 per year, while exterior doors are increased to $250 per door, to a maximum of $500 per year. The tax credit for energy efficient heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, central A/C, woodstoves and some furnaces increases to 30% up to $2,000. This is in addition to the $1,200 annual limit previously mentioned. Home energy audits qualify for a tax credit of 30% up to a maximum of $150. Solar/Wind/Geothermal Systems - Effective January 1, 2022 Retroactive to the beginning of this year, the tax credit for these types of "clean energy" systems is increased from 26% to 30%, which will apply to systems installed through December 31, 2034. There is no cap (annual or otherwise) on the amount of tax credit available to taxpayers each year. The credit is "nonrefundable" in that it can only be used to zero out someone's taxes each year. Excess credits, however, do carry forward to offset taxes in future years Electric Cars - Effective August 14, 2022 • The $7,500 vehicle tax credit is extended through December 31, 2032. • The 200,000 cars per manufacturer cap will be lifted as of January 1, 2023, which means buyers of Tesla and Chevrolet vehicles will once again be eligible (but keep reading). • New rules take effect on August 14, 2022 regarding the location of assembly and the sourcing of certain battery materials in order for the vehicle to qualify for the tax credit. At this time, we don't know for certain which vehicles will continue to be eligible, including the newly

reinstated Tesla and Chevrolet models. • Eligible vehicles must have a MSRP of under $55,000 for cars and $80,000 for SUVs and trucks. AGI limits apply, too, to buyers - under $150K for singles, $225K for head of household and $300K for joint taxpayers. • The tax credit is "nonrefundable" and cannot be carried forward. It is "use it or lose it". For the first time, used electric vehicles costing $25,000 or less will qualify for a tax credit starting in 2023. The credit will be the lesser of $4,000 or 30%, and numerous other restrictions will apply. New Rebate Program for Lower Income Homeowners - Effective 1/1/23 9/30/31 The federal government will award grants to states to develop, implement and distribute rebate programs for qualifying appliances and improvements for taxpayers with income below 150% of area median income. While the rules and the programs are yet to be designed, we can share a few of the known details: • The maximum rebate for homeowners will be $14,000. • Included within that maximum will be $8,000 for heat pumps, $4,000 for electrical panel upgrades, $2,500 for improved wiring, $1,600 for insulation and $840 for a range or dryer, among others. Although the Inflation Reduction Act is fresh and many of the details still need to be worked out, we can share a few observations: • If you are underway in making energy-efficient home improvements, you may want to delay the work and installation until 2023. • If you are planning a series of major energy improvements, you may want to stagger them over two or more years to maximize the amount of tax credits available on an annual basis. • If you are in the market for an electric vehicle, you might consider holding off until 2023, particularly if interested in a Tesla or Chevrolet vehicle. For sure, Kia and Porsche vehicles are no longer eligible due to the new assembly location rules. Time will tell whether and which Tesla and Chevrolet models will meet the new rules as well as the new MSRP caps. • If you are in the market for a lowpriced used electric vehicle, you might save a lot of money by holding off to January. Be sure to let us know, too, if you have any specific questions about your situation. We'll do our best to give you guidance based on what we know so far. Questions? We're here to help! Be sure to let us know if you have questions by calling, emailing or contacting us at our website at, or by phone at 970-667-1070 or email Be Safe. Be Strong. Lean on Us!

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PUBLIC NOTICE THE ESTES PARK HOUSING AUTHORITY IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TWO NEWLY CREATED BOARD MEMBER POSITIONS. The Estes Park Housing Authority (EPHA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to facilitating housing opportunities and services for citizens of the Estes Park R-3 School District to ensure a balanced and sustainable community. Are you interested in helping to solve our attainable housing crisis? Are you an active member of the Estes Valley Community seeking to positively impact the success of families and our diverse community members by providing an affordable place to call home? We are accepting applications for two newly created board positions to engage a more diverse segment of the Estes Valley.

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