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Update On Fish Creek Road Repairs Please see this update from the project team on Fish Creek Road closures during road and trail reconstruction. Closures will be necessary throughout the project. Moving forward, please watch for regular updates. Fish Creek Road to close between Sanborn Drive and Rambling Drive Closure Information: Fish Creek Road will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Sanborn Drive and Rambling Drive. This closure will begin Dec. 1 and is expected to remain in place through approximately the end of January as crews install temporary shoring to allow for the construction of a concrete wall along Fish Creek. Residents will be able to detour around the construction zone using Sanborn Drive, Carriage Drive, Ramshorn Drive and Rambling Drive to loop back to Fish Creek Road. Potential closure of Fish Creek Road at the intersection of Brook Drive There may also be a full closure at Fish Creek Road and the intersection of Brook Drive from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 as crews install temporary shoring to allow for the construction of a concrete wingwall at Fish Creek Road and Brook Drive. Local residents that have driveways within the closure will be allowed access, but should expect delays due to construction activities. Closures in other locations will be necessary throughout the project. Fish Creek area residents and businesses are encouraged to follow weekly construction updates and new closure/detour information at Please contact the project team at 970281-5184 or if you have any questions.

Estes Ark Recognized For First Of Three Holiday “Business Bright Spot” Awards

Estes Park in Bloom steering committee member Charley Dickey (Estes Valley Partners for Commerce) with Penny and Brian LaBore. Courtesy photo

Estes Ark received the first of three holiday edition "Business Bright Spot" awards Nov. 25. The Estes Park in Bloom steering committee presented a holiday-themed traveling sign for the property, a window cling, and a framed certificate of recognition to owners Brian and Penny LaBore. The designation of a "Business Bright Spot" recognizes a business that places emphasis on beautifully maintained landscapes, floral displays and a tidy store front. The holiday edition of the "Business Bright Spot" will focus on lights and other holiday-themed décor. Estes Ark joins Rocky Mountain Connection, Bear Necessities and Cubs,

Inkwell & Brew, Deer Crest Resort, Tiny Town Miniature Golf, Bank of Estes Park, Paradise on the River RV & Cabin Rentals and the Stanley Hotel. The Estes Ark features a wide variety of retail items including stuffed animals, Noah's Ark and accessories, figurines, books, puzzles and more. Brian and Penny LaBore have owned Estes Ark since August 2015 and boast 40,000 bulbs in their current holiday light display. To learn more visit For more information or to become involved in the Estes Park in Bloom project, contact Keri Kelly at 970-5773782 or email

Save The Date - LWV Meeting On December 14 Mark your calendars for December 14 as the League of Women Voters of Estes Park meets to discuss current and future projects with Greg Muhonen, Director of Public Works for the Town of Estes Park. The meeting will be held on Wednes-

day, December 14 from 10:00 – 12:00 in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. The League will provide snacks, tea and coffee. This meeting is open to the public and we welcome your participation.


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Reach Out To Help Your CommunityDonate To Blue Santa By Dec. 5 Every holiday season, the Blue Santa program collects non-perishable food, gifts and hygiene products for disabled, shut-in and elderly community members that need a little extra holiday cheer. Blue Santa is sponsored by the Estes Park Police Department Auxiliary. It is anticipated that Blue Santa will assist nearly 100 people this year. Blue Santa donations will be accepted through Dec. 5 at the following locations: The Estes Park Senior Center, The Estes Park Visitor Center, Bank of Colorado, The Country Market in National Park Village, Estes Valley Library, Med X, Rocky Mountain Health Club, Rocky Mountain National Park, Bank of Estes Park (Park Lane and St. Vrain Center), Premier Members Credit Union, Safeway, Estes Park Medical Center, U.S. Bank, Rambo's Liquor, Animal Medical

Center, Rocky Mountain Discount Liquor, Mountain Dew Liquor, Spur 66 Liquor Store, Good Samaritan Society Estes Park Village and Estes Park Town Hall. Currently, the greatest need is monetary donations that allow the Police Auxiliary to purchase food and gifts to supplement donated items. Every penny donated will be used to fund items for Blue Santa recipients. To donate funds, please visit the Estes Park Police Department at 170 MacGregor Ave. or mail a check made out to "Blue Santa" to the Estes Park Police Department at P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517 by Dec. 5. Donations will be delivered Dec. 10 to all Blue Santa recipients. For more information, contact Estes Park Police Captain Corey Pass at 970-577-3828 or

Yuletide Lights Driving Tour

Let's show off our holiday spirit! Decorate your Estes Valley home or business for the holidays and let us put you on a map so community members and visitors can enjoy your hard work as they celebrate the season! Simply notify us by Dec. 8. and complete your decorating by Dec. 12. We recommend keeping your outdoor/window decorations lit as much as possible through New Year's Day, especially 6 to 8 p.m. nightly. Contact the Events office at 970-586-

6104 or by Dec. 8 and tell us: 1. Your name, email address and phone number (for internal use only). 2. Your home or business address and business name if applicable (for the tour map). 3. And, let us know if your decorations are: a. Simple b. All-American moderation c. Over the top

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Estes Park in Bloom steering committee members present community awards to Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig and Trustee Patrick Martchink. Pictured from left: Charley Dickey (Partners for Commerce), Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig, Brian Berg (Town of Estes Park), Kelly Wilkerson (YMCA), Trustee Patrick Martchink and Keri Kelly (Town of Estes Park). Courtesy photo

Estes Park In Bloom Steering Committee Presents Community Awards To Town Board At the Nov. 22 Town Board meeting, the Estes Park in Bloom steering committee presented accolades from the recent Communities in Bloom and America in Bloom symposiums. The community won the International Challenge (medium) category for the Communities in Bloom program. Estes Park was honored with a Five Blooms Bronze rating

and a special mention for the Riverwalk. The community was also awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Ball International Floral Displays Award. Estes Park received a special recognition for Community Involvement at the America in Bloom annual symposium for the "Business Bright Spot" program.

The Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) Chief Officers and Safety Officers generally respond in their personal vehicles (POV). Fire fighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles; as this allows for faster response by officers and medical personnel to assess the emergency and provide medical care. November 20 At 9:08 a.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1041 North Ln. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 10:34 a.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1902 Ptarmigan Trail to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 5:14 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1600 Wapiti Circle for an odor investigation. At 5:57 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 910 Dunraven St. for a MVC. At 8:09 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 147 Stanley Circle to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. November 21 At 3:35 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to Lake Estes for a water rescue. At 9:04 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 680 Summit Dr. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance.

November 22 At 2:38 a.m. the EVFPD was paged to the 575 Devon Dr. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 6:26 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to the area of Meadowview Dr. and Pole Hill Rd. for a smoke investigation. November 23 At 7:16 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 541 Chapin Ln. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. November 24 At 3:56 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 11 Dripping Springs Ln. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. November 25 At 3:00 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 2515 Highway 66 to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 8:41 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1740 Twin Dr. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. November 26 At 12:36 a.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 333 E. Wonderview Ave. for an odor investigation. At 8:59 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1650 Big Thompson Ave. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance.

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The Estes Park Woman’s Club Luncheon December 14 The Estes Park Woman's Club will meet Wednesday, December 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the Stanley Hotel for the $25 noon luncheon. The luncheon will be followed by a seasonal holiday musical presentation by

the MountainAires women's choral group. Guest reservations need to be made by calling Chris Childers at 577- 9988 on or before Friday, December 9.

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To get the Christmas season off to a musical start, the Oratorio Society of Estes Park will perform an intriguing selection of charming compositions for chorus and orchestra as students from Ballet Renaissance dance across the auditorium stage Dec. 2nd and 3rd at the Estes Park High School. Three major French compositions by Berlioz, Ravel, and Charpentier are on the program Friday, Dec. 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. Admission to the concert is free. Donations are gratefully accepted by the Oratorio Society. All of the performers offer their services without pay. It’s a musical gift to Estes Park. The setting for Hector Berlioz’s “The Childhood of Christ” is the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt to escape King Herod’s decree to kill all the boys in the land aged two and under. Herod had heard about the birth of Jesus and was afraid of losing power. Soloists for the cantata are tenor Scott Anderson as the narrator, soprano Melissa Westover as Mary, baritone Bob Gunn as Joseph, and bass Jim Docter as the father of the family that shelters the Holy Family in Egypt for several years until it’s safe to return to Nazareth. “The Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel brings some popular Grimm fairytales to the stage, including Tom Thumb, a Chinese empress, and a love story featuring Beauty and the Beast. Dancers from Ballet Renaissance will enhance the performance. The three adult BR soloists are: Co-Director Radoslaw Kokoszka as the Beast, BR Advisory Board Member and adult student Dr. Heidi Rothberg as

the Empress of the Pagoda, and the mother of a teen BR member and Center Stage dance team member who is, herself, a member of the BR adult class, Becky Wright as Mother Goose “The other roles will be danced by Ballet Renaissance students, children and teens, one as young as three years old,” said Brianna Furnish, founder of Ballet Renaissance. “Though we thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas theme last year, Ravel’s ‘Mother Goose Ballet Suite’ has been a fun and challenging project for us this year.” The third piece on the program is two movements from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Midnight Mass for Christmas.” Based on popular French carols, it is a “perfect example of the joy of French Baroque music,” said music director Kathy Bowers. Soloists will be Denise Stookesberry, alto; Mark Richards, tenor; Chris Woods, bass; Robin Howard and Terry Van Ryn, sopranos. The Oratorio Society of Estes Park is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization which means your generous contributions are tax deductible. Everyone on stage is a volunteer, which guarantees that your contributions go 100% directly to programming. For further information, go to, “like” us on Facebook, or call Kathy Bowers at 970-586-5193. OSEP is funded in part by grants from The Estes Park Rotary Club Foundation, the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Park Community Thrift Shop, and the Northern Colorado Community Foundation. Their generosity is deeply appreciated. Courtesy photos

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Estes Valley Handbell Concert It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Ring in the holidays with the Estes Valley Handbell Ensemble at their upcoming concert. The concert will be December 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Church, 451 Promontory Drive here in Estes. Along with ringing traditional favorites such as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you will enjoy several Christmas classics such as Winter Wonderland and We

Wish You a Merry Christmas. In addition to hearing beautiful English handbells and chimes, flute and piano will take center stage for a couple of pieces. The concert is free. There will be an opportunity to donate to the choir. Donations go towards purchasing new music and equipment. You are invited to stay after the concert, meet the ringers and enjoy a delicious holiday cookie and punch reception.

Loving Spirit Taps New Board Member Dayle E. Spencer, President of Loving Lunchbox, a child nutrition program that Spirit, a non-profit that is providing new serves 17 Anchorage communities. ways of dealing with grief and loss, anJohn and his wife, Cindy, who have renounced today that Estes Park resident, cently completed building their new John A. Minier, has been named to the home in Estes Park, also reside in TucBoard of Directors. son, Arizona. Cindy is a native of ColJohn brings a track record of distinorado, whose family has had a cabin in guished success, includEstes Park for over 100 ing his service as Presiyears. dent and General Spencer said, “Loving Manager of NANA Colt Spirit is delighted to welEngineering, LLC, a come John to our Board of power, oil and gas and Directors and know that he engineering company, will make lasting and imthat he grew from 65 perportant contributions to sonnel to nearly 700, our work with grieving while increasing revenue adults. We are already benand profit by an order of efitting from his experience magnitude. He also as we plan for our upcomserved for 21 years with ing workshop for military ARCO, where he was Enpersonnel and families in gineering Manager for Colorado Springs in Januthe Prudhoe Bay, Lisary.” burne, and Milne Point Minier commented, "The John A. Minier, oilfields. among other mission of Loving Spirit duties and assignments. embraces compassion, supA graduate of West Point, who comport, spiritual guidance, and transcenmanded a remote Nuclear Nike Hercules dence from grief, to acceptance, to unMissile Site, John’s record of leadership derstanding. I cherish the opportunity to also includes attaining the rank of Eagle be associated with this cause and the reScout and serving as Student Council markable people of Loving Spirit. It is President and Football Captain in High both humbling and personally inspiring." School. Other Loving Spirit Board Members inJohn has also served in the non-profit clude: Rosemary Sloan, Chair, Will sector. He was with the American Red Spencer, Secretary, Gail Albers, Carolyn Cross in Alaska, worked to feed the hun- Cody, Ph.D., Devon Dabbs, Sally Park, gry and homeless through Beans Café, and Donna Shavlik. and also served with the Children’s

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Estes Park Medical Center Foundation Approved For Enterprise Zone Designation Estes Park Medical Center Foundation recently received Enterprise Zone Designation through the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The Colorado Enterprise Zone is designed to spur economic and community development in geographic areas around the state. An Enterprise Zone is a state designated area in need of economic growth and diversification. It provides various state income tax credits to encourage the private sector to invest resources to create or maintain jobs or spur economic development. Estes Park Medical Center started the application process in October of 2015 and has worked diligently with the local Larimer County Enterprise Zone Administrator, Jacob Castillo. Estes Park Medical Center Foundation and Estes Park Medical Center have paved the way for health initiatives and projects along with the local Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (EDC) over the last two years. The EDC will partner with the foundation and Larimer County to promote the Enterprise Zone for regional and local vitality as well as future growth. Estes Park Medical Center Foundation has been in the quiet phase of fund raising for the proposed wellness center since 2015. As a Colorado tax payer, the

Enterprise Zone will benefit you by: • Decreasing the amount of taxes you owe • Provides you the opportunity to invest in your own community • Donors can designate their donation to a specific project “We are truly excited about receiving the Enterprise Zone designation,” said Kevin Mullin, Executive Director of Estes Park Medical Center Foundation. “Donors who make a contribution to the medical center foundation fundraising efforts for the wellness center may claim a 25% state income tax credit based on the value of the contribution (up to a maximum of $100,000).” “With the end of year approaching, this is an incredible opportunity to support the fund raising efforts of the foundation for the wellness center and receive this state income tax credit.” The Enterprise Zone recognizes noncash donations. Gifts of property, stocks, or other in-kind donations may qualify for state tax credits, but non-cash contributions are limited to a 12.5% credit rather than the 25% allowed for cash donations. Estes Park Medical Center and the medical center foundation are extremely grateful to the EDC for their assistance and support in applying and securing the Enterprise Zone designation.

Merry Marthas To Meet Dec. 9

The December meeting of the Merry Marthas will be a Holiday Pot Luck Brunch at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies on Brodie Ave. For more information please call Jan Ludlum at 586-6544.

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EPNEWS.COM Before the Catholic priest child abuse scandal was uncovered in the 1980s and ’90s, before our world became tainted by lewd material available online to anyone who wants to see it—and those who don’t, back when it seemed our lives were simpler, more innocent and not saturated with suspicion, my family was truly blessed to know Mr. B. Steve Bastiaans was a young, single, fifth grade school teacher in Wheaton, Illinois who needed a family. The Donohoe’s house was three blocks from school and there were five kids making lively noise inside it. A couple of times a week, just as we were finishing up with supper, there would be a knock on the door. It was Mr. B., dropping by to see if there were any leftovers. Often there were. (For example, Mom would prepare a whole chicken for the seven of us and there was always at least one piece left on the platter, and it wasn’t a wing. Mom convinced the youngest child that the wing was the best part of the bird. We believed her and were perfectly content with a wing, until a younger sibling moved from the high chair to the table. Then we got promoted to a drumstick, then a thigh, and finally, the breast. I didn’t like white meat so I stalled out at the thigh level, which is a good thing. Otherwise, eventually we’d all want the breast, you see? (We took turns with which two got to make a wish and pull apart the wishbone.) Mr. B. got to have whatever chicken or macaroni and cheese or tuna noodle casserole or chipped beef on toast was left after we kids politely asked, “May I be excused from the table?” In return, Mr. B. introduced us kids to a great wide, beautiful, wonderful world beyond Erie Street. He taught us how to canoe and how to make art by spray-painting milkweed pods and cattails. He tried to teach me how to throw a layup (woefully unsuccessfully, not due to his instruction) and showed us how to carve a really cool pumpkin with a gourd as a nose. He took my brother Ned canoeing in Canada, he drove Ned and brother Patrick to Indiana to go spelunking (cave exploring), he introduced the Rocky Mountains to my youngest sister Janet, and took me, sister Alice, and two young boys to discover the marvelous state of Colorado and climb our first fourteener (Mt. Quandary) when I was fourteen. Here was a young, single man taking four youth on a one-tent camping trip to Colorado for two weeks. It was an adventure, an outdoor education, and a lesson on how to get along with others in cramped spaces (the car, the tent, the abandoned hippy cabin we found near Breckenridge) and under primitive conditions (sleeping in the cold at 10,000 feet, cooking over a fire, hiking without water). Throughout the entire experience there was no inappropriate anything, ever. I doubt there was even an eyebrow raised about the trip by anyone who knew of it. It is sad to think that today one trustworthy young, single man like Mr. B. probably would not be allowed to take four kids—two girls and two boys—on an extended outing like ours, no matter how honest and safe he is. We’ve lost our trust in humankind—un-

derstandably. I don’t know the statistics, but I can guess that for every child who benefitted from a Mr. B. in her life, another was being harmed at the hands of an abuser. How fortunate I was to draw the long straw! After Mr. B. was finished cleaning his plate of canned peas and orange Jell-O with bananas and marshmallows, he often stuck around for a game before he headed home. One particular game he taught us required only a dictionary, paper and pencils. One player selected a word out of the dictionary that no one knew. We each made up and wrote down the meaning of that word and the person with the dictionary wrote down the real definition. The definitions were collected, shuffled and read aloud. Then we voted on which one we thought was the real deal. My family played this game on Thanksgiving last week, and it was as fun as when Mr. B. introduced it to us 40 years ago. Here are a few of the more clever definitions we came up with: • Fianchetto: the falsetto voice of a man when about to propose to a woman whose family has denied his courtship. • Ramus: in Roman legend, the last brother of Romulus and Remus, responsible for convincing Romulus to kill Remus and take over Rome. • Straticulate: to speak clearly while being strangled. • Epithalamium: a lyric ode in honor of a bride and bridegroom. • Lunate: a person who is a lunatic. • Fremitus (option A): the sound produced by the cough of a foreigner. • Fremitus (option B): the act of a shop owner destroying his merchandise and blaming a customer. • Fremitus (option C): a palpable vibration, as felt by the hand placed on the chest during coughing or speaking. Two of the above definitions are real. Can you guess which ones? Since the ’70s when Mr. B. was an adopted member of the Donohoe family, he has married, reared a family of his own and is now entertaining (and is being entertained by) his grandchildren. He has retired from teaching but he continues to carve really cool pumpkins and he plays a mean game of Scrabble. He also reads my column, so I want to publicly thank him for giving many exceptional experiences to my family and for the ways he made learning fun for hundreds of kids. If all students could be under the tutelage of teachers like Mr. B., we would learn reading, writing and arithmetic through original and extraordinary methods but we could also learn to trust again. (Answer: the words with correct definitions are epithalamium and fremitus, option C.) You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2016 Sarah Donohoe

Wildlife Responder Available To Help Knowledge, experience, skills to assist and educate individuals with and about wildlife encounters/situations. Specialty is elk, deer, bears, mountain lions. Part of Rocky Mtn. Cat Conservancy Research. If you see a kill site, call asap, or if you want more information or help with a wildlife situation, call Jayne the “Bear Lady” at 303-823-9427 or 970 685-8756.

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Prospect Park Living Center Memorial Lights Christmas Tree By: Kerrie Hill-EPMC

The holiday season is upon us and the PPLC Memorial Christmas tree will again grace the lawn at Prospect Park Living Center. The memorial lights tree was a tradition that ended several years ago. The staff of Prospect Park Living Center wanted to bring back the tradition of the memorial lights which burn in memory of loves ones and friends. Monies raised will be used towards items that will enhance the lives of the residents. The memorial lights tree will become a visible symbol of the true meaning of Christmas at Prospect Park Living Center. The holidays are always a special time for everyone. Some people look forward to happy meetings with friends and family, some look forward to the holiday shopping, children anticipate the magic and mystery, and everyone looks forward to the gifts they will receive. But for some, the holidays are a time for us to look back on the loved ones we’ve lostloved ones who used to be part of our holiday celebrations. What better way to honor the memory of a loved one than to purchase a light that will glow in their honor? Donations may be made in memory of deceased loved ones or friends and patrons may purchase as many bulbs as they wish. Each bulb is $10. A list of donors will be published in the local newspapers. Checks should be made payable to Estes Park Medical Center Foundation with a note designating “Memorial Lights Tree.” Please indicate the name or names of the individuals being honored. Donations may be mailed to Estes Park Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 3650, Estes Park, CO, or dropped off at the nurse station at Prospect Park Living Center.

The residents and staff of PPLC invite you to share in the “Spirit of the Season” and help light the Christmas Memorial Lights Tree. Questions regarding the memorial tree may be directed to Prospect Park Living Center at 577-4390.

PPLC Memorial Lights Tree $ donation________________ In memory of (please list name/names)____________________

Donation by:_____________________________

Please complete the form and include your donation. Checks should be made payable to EPMC Foundation, P.O. Box 3650, Estes Park, CO 80517 Donor Information: Amount enclosed $_________ Name or names of person making donation: Address City, State, Zip Phone Number

Bulb Color (s) _______________________________ _____________________________

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“A Christmas Memory”- Elkins Distillery To Host Holiday Classic

“Of all the ingredients that go into our fruitcakes, whiskey is the most expensive … But everybody knows you can buy a bottle from Mr. Haha Jones.”—from “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. For Buddy and his eccentric cousin, finding the ingredients for their annual Christmas fruitcake recipe was a beloved ritual. But where to find the whiskey? In their day, it meant a furtive journey, gathering wild-fallen pecans, while en route to a rickety shack owned by roughlooking Mr. Ha-Ha Jones. It was all part of a delightful series of holiday remembrances shared in the classic short story, “A Christmas Memory.” Storyteller-performer Kurtis Kelly will bring to life this revered holiday story, which is based on the lyrical autobiographical tale by Truman Capote, who recalled his child-hood memories of Christmases spent in Depression-era Alabama. Kelly has invited fel-low storyteller Kerry Aiken to join him for this dramatic reading. Kelly will provide the voice of young Buddy, and Aiken will be the voice of Buddy’s endearing older cousin. It is the tale of two misfits who embark on a season of humorous and charming holiday traditions—from find-

ing the perfect Christmas tree to building kites—frequently alarming their seriousminded family members. Elkins Distilling Company, located at 1825 N. Lake Avenue, will be host to this free special event on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m., which is open to the public. The gathering will begin with an opportunity for attendees to share a favorite Estes Park Christmas memory or two. Following that, Kelly and Aiken will present their reading from Capote’s holiday classic. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite (or least favorite) Christmas sweater, or another novelty item from the world of Christmas apparel. Attendees may pre-order food items for the event from Via Bicycle Cafe. Orders may be placed online at Elkins Whisky is pleased to offer this event in partnership with Character Infu-sion, as part of their recurring “Stories from the Still” series. The Elkins beverage menu features both alcohol and non-alcoholic refreshments. Admission is free and no pur-chase is necessary to attend.

Estes Arts District Announces First Friday! Art Groove Dec. 2 Art Center of Estes Park, Earthwood Artisans, Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Necessities and Cubs, Alpenglow Images and Accents, Earthwood Collections (featuring jazz duo Max Wagner on sax and Jeff Jenkins on piano), Inkwell & Brew, Wild Spirits Art Start your holiday season with a night Gallery, Patterson Glassworks Studio and out in Estes Park! This Friday, December Gallery and the Cultural Arts Council of 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. is the First FriEstes Park. day! Art Groove – a walking art tour of Visit for a map of Estes galleries and art establishments will these locations and to see the most up-toprovide art, entertainment, food and the date schedule for live music, food and opportunity to meet many of our local other events offered at the First Friday! creatives! Art Groove. We’ll have twelve participating galleries Also! Shop local and enjoy Festive Friincluding the Studio Fine Art & Framing days in December – discounts, special of(featuring photography by Scott Dorfers, special events and activities are at man, works by new artist Jerry Allison, many local businesses. and miniatures from various artists), the Don’t miss the fun!

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Local Sculptor And Author C.L. Pierce Williams Releases “Land Of Phann” der and magic. The book is a culmination of 40 years of artistic experimentation, sculpting miniatures and inspiration from the natural world. The story is suitable for all ages, and hopes to become a local classic fantasy tale. “Land of Phann and Other Creations by C.L. Pierce Williams” has over twenty full color photographs of his sculptures. It is $18.95, and available through his website,, and Long-time Estes Park, Colorado local Macdonald Book Shop. C.L. Pierce Williams (“Curly” to his friends) has written a book about his About the Author: C.L. Pierce journey to the Land of Phann, an idyllic Williams has lived in the Estes Park, land of fantasy. The sculptures he has Colorado area for 44 years. For inquires created reveal a miniature world of won- he can be reached at 970-215-1637.

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Town Board Votes To Proceed With Downtown Estes Loop After reviewing the results of the Environmental Assessment (EA) and hearing public comments at a Nov. 29 special meeting, the Estes Park Town Board voted to proceed with the funded Phase 1 of the Downtown Estes Loop project.The motion passed (four to three) with Trustees Holcomb, Martchink, Nelson and Norris voting in favor of the project. The decision came after a motion to refer the issue to the voters failed (three to four), with Mayor Jirsa, Mayor Pro Tem Koenig and Trustee Walker voting in favor of a public vote. The Board also voted to concur with the "de minimus finding of impact" on Baldwin Park and Children's Park after proposed park enhancements are made as described by the EA. A video of the meeting is tentatively expected to be available via by Dec. 1. Following the Town Board's decision, in 2017 the project partners will proceed with the initial steps necessary to complete the project, including final design and right-of-way acquisition. Because a decision from the Town on whether or not to proceed with the project was still pending, the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Decision Committee notified the project partners in October that

funding for construction was moved from 2018 to 2021 to allow construction of other FLAP-funded projects in the meantime. In spite of the delay, Phase 1 of the project remains fully funded. Guided by citizen input, the Town and its project partners - Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) - initiated the EA process including scoping, alternatives development and environmental analysis to evaluate transportation improvement options along three primary roadways through downtown Estes Park: Elkhorn Avenue, Moraine Avenue and East/West Riverside Drives. The EA process showed the original Downtown Estes Loop concept -- the one-way couplet -- was the best "build" alternative and the only alternative that can be pursued with current funding. Based on the completed EA and the decision of the Town Board, the project team will proceed to design and construction of the Downtown Estes Loop including a roundabout configuration at Moraine Avenue and Crags Drive. Project updates will be released as they become available. An updated project schedule is available at

Troop 8 Christmas Tree Sales

Boy Scout Troop 8 has begun their annual Christmas tree sale located at the Estes Park Lumber Yard. There are plenty of fresh-cut trees, as well as farm trees to choose from. The Scouts will be at the tree lot selling trees each Thursday and Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can al-

ways stop by Lumber Yard during the day and someone will help you with your purchase. This annual Christmas Tree sale is the only fundraiser that Troop 8 does during the year and this helps fund the scouting program for things like camping and activities towards earning merit badges.

Laurie Wenzel Moves To 2 Blondz n’ A Salon! Laurie Wenzel is excited to announce that she’s moved to the beautiful 2 Blondz n’ A Salon located at 541 Lone Pine Drive, behind the Estes Ark. Everyone can still reach Laurie at 970-481-6782.

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EPCC “Epic” Holiday Potluck And General Election celebration of the successful year we have had, review our accomplishments of 2016, and look ahead to our goals for promoting cycling in the upcoming year. As this is a holiday potluck, we ask that everyone bring a dish to share. Guests are welcome! You do not have to be a coalition member to attend Group ride to Bear Lake.

The Estes Park Cycling Coalition (EPCC) will be hosting its next general membership meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at The Twin Owls Steakhouse. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, we will be opening the general election for two Board positions including Secretary and Board Member. Those who wish to nominate themselves for a Board position will be asked to address the group and provide a short statement about themselves and why they are running for the Board. Electronic ballots will be available via Survey Monkey until December 31, 2016. The new Board members will be introduced to the general membership at the monthly meeting in January. The December meeting is a time for all of us in the EPCC to gather together in

• Bicycle trivia! Where is the current mountain biking hall of fame? Who won the 2016 Tour de France? Review your bicycle-related trivia and be ready to win some prizes. • Trails presentation by Estes Park High School Mountain Biking Coach Josh Cramer. Interested in biking around Estes Park but not sure where to start? Discover your many options in and around Estes. • Happy hour drink specials courtesy of Twin Owls Steakhouse. • Special holiday pricing for EPCC Tshirts, $15 for members/$20 for nonmembers. EPCC meets once a month at 7:00 p.m. Please note that the monthly meetings have changed from the third Wednesday to the second Wednesday

of every month. For meeting locations, check our website, and sign up for our electronic newsletter.

EPCC members selling T-shirts at bike to work day.

Todd Plummer and Patrick Martchink review plans for the Stanley Park Bike Park at bike to work day, June 22, 2016.

this Epic EPCC function! In addition to the potluck and presentation of nominees for the board, we will also have: Costume bike parade July 15, 2016.


We bring people together from near and far, and we are committed to making a positive impact on the residents of the communities we are part of.


EPC* 13,100

Worship Service Attendees


Participants in Faith-Based Activities


EPC* 350+

Number of staff who attended ALICE Violent Intruder Training


Pastoral Care Hours


Number of Estes Park community members attended ALICE Violent Intruder Training

SMR** 2,500

SMR** 30+

Dog Sled Presentation Attendees


Worship Service Attendees


Participants in Faith-Based Activities

Number of staff who attended ALICE Violent Intruder Training

Day Camp $32,968


Adam’s Camp Lodging Assistance

Value of scholarships awarded for 48 campers (28 families)


Military Getaways


Ruesch/Garris $9,500

Pastor Getaways


Value of scholarships awarded


Number of Camp Chief Ouray Scholarships (25 awarded to Grand County children) Total Value: $170,610


Number of Grand County community members attended ALICE Violent Intruder Training


• Free use of facilities for local law enforcement training • 20 non-profits served with free space, food, lodging for meetings and gatherings • Host National Philanthropy Day gathering for local non-profits at no cost




GRACE Respite Value of lodging and services provided to families of children battling cancer


Total dollar amount of lodging gift certificates provided to non-profits

GRAND COUNTY • • • • • •


Number of single-parent families who received complimentary memberships and overnight stays through Connect 50 Single Parent Giveaway Total Value: $9,250


Number of families who received discounted weekend stays through Project Sanctuary (Veterans suffering from PTSD) Total Value: $114, 603



Pints of blood collected through two Larimer County blood drives



Pounds of food donated per month Value: $2,000/month

Total dollar amount of meal assistance donated to school groups



Number of volunteers who served to enhance our mission Total Hours: 57,099

Free practice site for East Grand School District middle school and high school Nordic ski teams Host free Veteran’s Day Breakfast for local veterans Free practice site for Grand County’s Pee Wee Hockey team Donate family day passes for Grand County Library District Summer Reading Program Home School Grand County — use of Day Camp building one day per week at no cost Free lunch and meeting space quarterly for Grand County Emergency Services


* Estes Park Center ** Snow Mountain Ranch Numbers based on 2015 activity.

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Professional Actors Bring Holiday Stories To Life On December 18th Actor Erin Rollman is a founding collaborative company member of Buntport Theater Company. As such she has been

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is excited to present professional actors and their Stories on Stage's entertaining, twohour potpourri of holiday cheer, "Making Merry" 2:00 p.m. on December 18th at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. Stories on Stage is a non-profit theater and literary organization presenting great works of literature on stage by professional actors. The 2016-17 Season is their 16th Anniversary season, and they are thrilled to once again bring together theater and literature to nurture empathy and understanding, while entertaining audiences. Gary Grundei

Erin Rollman

performing, writing, sewing, painting, building, cursing, cleaning, etc for 14 years in and around the warehouse space just off of the Santa Fe Arts District. Though the vast, vast majority of her credits come from her work at Buntport, Erin is excited that she occasionally gets to sneak away for stints with organizations like Stories on Stage. Some of her accolades include: Best Supporting Actress for both a play and a musical from the Colorado Theatre Guild and Best Year for an Actress from the Denver Post. Geoffrey Kent

Stories on Stage composer and musician Gary Grundei provides the rich musical experience. He has worked with Meredith Monk, Bill Pullman, Barbara Dilley, Janet Feder, Ron Miles, and the Denver Broncos. His compositions have been heard at Kennedy Center, Denver Center Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, the Magic Theatre and Boettcher Concert Hall. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and currently teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Professional actors performing engaging holiday tales include GerRee Hinshaw, Erin Rollman, and Geoffrey Kent. GerRee Hinshaw is the host of Denver's

GerRee Hinshaw

Freak Train, a zany, open-stage show held every last Monday of the month, now in its 14th year. Her Denver work includes: Buntport Theater, Curious Theatre, The Bug Theatre Company, Denver Children’s Theater, The LIDA Project, Cuentame un Cuentito with Stories on Stage. And she has received praise and awards from a variety of readers and critics in The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News and The Westword.

And rounding out the professional troupe is Geoffrey Kent, director, fight director, actor and teacher based out of Denver. Kent has appeared at Boulder Ensemble Theater Company in The Santaland Diaries and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He has acted for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival since 2003 playing Iago, Hostpur, Benedick, Mercutio, Macduff, Aramis, Orsino and other one-name characters. Other acting work includes the Denver Center Theatre Company, Arvada Center, Curious Theatre Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Kent works nationally as a theater fight director including for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has been a recipient of a Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award for said work and is the former President of the Society of American Fight Directors. Tickets are on sale on the Fine Arts Guild website (, at Macdonald Book Shop, and at the door. Adults - $12, Seniors $10, and Youth (under 18) $8. FAGR members free! Great holiday tales and excellent music will fill the EPHS auditorium stage on December 18th at 2 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy in a highly entertaining program that reflects the magical spirit of the season.

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Fine Arts Guild Announces Auditions For The Secret Garden

FREE Screening December 13, 9-12am Early Childhood Monthly Screenings Child Find Developmental Screenings offered every 2nd Tuesday of the month, August through May


EVERY 2nd Tuesday of the month, August-May, 9-12

EVENING screenings Oct. 10 & March 13, 5-7pm  Children ages 0-5 * Appointment required  Contact or call 970-586-3055 to schedule – deadline for appointments is 1 week prior to screening date Held @ EVICS office @ 600 South St. Vrain, Suite 2 ( A spenwood Professional Bldg.)

A general screening helps parents understand and support their child ’ s developmental progress. In a fun environment, trained screeners will review your child ’ s development, hearing, and vision and provide resources and referrals as needed.

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies announces its spring musical, The Secret Garden, written by Marsha Norman, composer Lucy Simon. Performances at the Hempel Auditorium on the YMCA of the Rockies campus will run March 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25. Auditions will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, January 7th at the Hempel Auditorium. This timeless classic tale of orphaned Mary Lennox--sent to live with her widowed uncle Archibald Craven--tells how love can heal all wounds, how the magic of a hidden garden can awaken one’s soul and how nature restores even the crippled to walk. The cast is in two parts: a primary cast of four women, three men, and three children (one girl and two boys aged 1016 years) and a secondary cast of dreamers and chorus members comprised of four to five men and four to five women. While the primary cast carries the bulk of the show, the secondary cast supports throughout with wonderfully enchanting choruses and apparitions. For those who have always wanted to experience being on stage and who have good voices, the chorus and dreamer roles are the perfect theatrical opportunity Candidates are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute solo piece for The Secret Garden audition. An accompanist will be provided. Candidates may also be asked to read from the script. A perusal copy of the script is available at the library front desk. Anyone unable to make the January 7th audition who would like to be considered for a role in the show, please contact director Chris Wood at 970-481-6142 to arrange a private audition. Other questions? Please feel free to call. Rehearsals will begin January 9th and run Monday through Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Not all cast members will be required to be at all rehearsals until Monday, March 6 for final rehearsals and run throughs. January and February rehearsals will have children’s roles dismissed by 7:30 p.m.

EVICS is pleased to offer FREE monthly screenings in collaboration with Estes Park Public Schools

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Meet Me @ The Museum: The Life And Times Of Joel Estes On Monday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. Curator Alicia Rochambeau will introduce and provide some context for the arrival of Joel Estes to the mountain town that now bears his name. She will present an overview of some of the major events taking place nationally the same year that Joel Estes found the uninhabited park, such as the Titusville, Pennsylvania oil rush. The oil boom similarly sparked a frenzy among Americans like it did during the gold rush the previous decade that enticed Joel Estes to the Rocky Mountains. Following her historical summary, Estes Park Museum Friends Board Member Neal Standard will do his first public portrayal of Joel Estes in preparation for future performances to take place in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Town of Estes Park’s incorporation in 2017. Before moving to Estes Park in July 2015, Standard was the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Gilpin County Historical Society for 14 years. As such, he portrayed many different

characters for the Society’s annual Cemetery Crawl and specialized in portraying Colorado's first senator Henry Teller when Colorado achieved statehood in 1876. In first-person character, Standard will describe Estes' early life and how his discovery of the valley was actually toward the end of the story of his life. Audience members will be asked for feedback after the Meet Me @ the Museum performance so that it can be fine-tuned and perfected for upcoming civic functions during the centennial year. Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of Estes Park. Museum staff includes the community in their local history findings and current projects on the first Monday of each month. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at Museum admission is free.

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There will be a fundraising dinner to benefit the family of Michael McCartney this Saturday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 119. Michael grew up and attended school in Estes Park and was loved by so many. He passed away on October 23, 2016 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Dinner will consist of pizza, spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and there will also be a raffle which includes gift certificates, lodging, arts and crafts and much more! Cost for a delicious dinner is only $10 per plate. If you can’t attend the dinner but would like to make a donation to the family, you can send donations to the Legion. Make checks out to American Legion Post 119 and mail to P.O. Box 127, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please write “McCartney Family” in the memo of your check. Please come out and show your support. 100% of all proceeds will go to benefit the McCartney family.

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Estes Park Museum Gift Shop Hosting December 10 Holiday Sale Whether it’s that history book you’ve always wanted, or a stocking stuffer for a friend or loved one, the Estes Park Museum Friends Gift Shop offers a treasure trove for holiday shopping. The Museum Friends are hosting a one-day-only 20%off sale on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To be eligible for the savings, shoppers must be members of the Museum Friends & Foundation. Memberships will be available that day, starting at just $30 for individuals, with member benefits starting that very day and lasting throughout 2017. All proceeds help raise vital funds for the Friends to support the work of the Estes Park Museum. The Gift Shop boasts a wide variety of one-of-a-kind items with a focus on Estes Park’s unique history and mountain heritage. Visitors will find jigsaw puzzles, postcards, apparel, and keepsake souvenirs. New this season are framed gallery-quality panorama reproductions of early Estes Park, along with scarves featuring vintage Estes Park images. And there are hundreds of books, including a new edition on artist Lyman Byxbe and the illustrated children’s book “Tracks in Time.” Among the gift shop’s other newest arrivals are items that pay tribute to local artist Richardson Rome, who painted several famous maps of early Estes Park (1929, 1930 and 1931), each filled with

amusing anecdotes about area places and names. Rome’s maps were mounted on a wooden board about 15 by 18 inches, and he sold them at his downtown shop. His maps could be found adorning the lobbies of lodges throughout the valley (as is found in a historic photo of the HBar-G Ranch Fireside Room). Reproductions of the original Richardson Rome maps are now available in the form of a fine-quality scarf. The special sale on December 10 will be one of the final opportunities to shop the Estes Park Museum Gift Shop for a long while. The Shop will be closed January through May 2017 while the Museum is under renovation. Anyone out-of-town on December 10

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will still be able to participate in the savings. Memberships and merchandise may be purchased that day by calling the Museum Shop at 970-586-6256 or by emailing shop manager Elaine HuntDowney at The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, special projects and events. More information on the organization is available by visiting

Jackson Of All Trades Update I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people in Estes Park who have supported my business over the past 11 years and to ensure everyone that I am still providing services as Jackson of All Trades. I have sold the mowing portion of my business, but will still be doing landscaping, gardening, tree fencing, raking, trimming, etc. Just not mowing! I sold the mowing business to Rob McCauley, dba Twin Fawn Management, so call Rob at 970-215-6494 for all of your mowing needs. In addition, I still provide indoor and outdoor painting, deck refinishing, home maintenance, organizing, cleaning out garages, wallpaper removal, custom wall texture the list goes on… I also make rustic decorative wood hangings, tables, barn doors, coat racks, wooden Christmas ornaments, and will take custom orders on any of those items. You can view my work on my new website at With sincere thanks, Susan Jackson Dba Jackson of All Trades 970-227-9842

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Ricky Vega-10th Grade Congratulations to Ricky Vega, Student of the Week for December 2, 2016. This year, Ricky is so busy with school that he is not involved in any extra-curricular activities but he plans to be in sports next year. Ricky is very happy to have accomplished a great grade point average this year. Ricky’s favorite quote is “Never give up” by John Cena because whenever he hears John say this on TV or on a YouTube video, he knows he will never give up, no matter what challenges he may face. Ricky is happy for being at EPHS because he considers it the best high school with great students and teachers.

Programs For Nonprofits To Focus On Funding And Donors Nonprofits leaders are invited to participate in two programs next week that will focus on funding and donors. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn how you can secure the financial resources you need to accomplish your good work. Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Introduction to Finding Funders – at the Estes Valley Library Computer Lab. This free workshop provides an in-depth introduction to one of the key online tools for finding funders, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundation and corporate donors that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. With Foundation Directory Online you can search for foundations that support programs and organizations like yours, fund in your geographic area, and many other criteria. Representatives of nonprofit organizations looking for potential foundation or corporate supporters. The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online. Jill Lancaster, Executive Director of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center will facilitate this webinar and offer insights specific to our area. In addition, participants may stay in the computer lab after the workshop to utilize these grant search databases. To register please visit and select the “Calendar” tab. Then proceed to the December 6 date, select the event and follow the online instructions. Or email Jill Lancaster at Thursday, December 8, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Lunch & Learn Roundtable discus-

sion on Year-end (and beyond) Donor Engagement, - at the Estes Valley Library, Hondius Room. “Donor relations is the comprehensive effort of any nonprofit that seeks philanthropic support to ensure that donors experience high-quality interactions with the organization that foster long- term engagement and investment. This effort is commonly thought to have four elements—gift acceptance and management, acknowledgement, donor recognition, including events, and reporting—that together support the acquisition and retention of donors.” ~Association of Donor Relations Professionals Your annual mailing has gone out what else can you do besides sit around waiting for the gifts to come in? Join us for a discussion on how to best engage your donors, both now at year’s-end and throughout 2017. Facilitated by Courtney Hill, former Philanthropy Director for YMCA of the Rockies, this roundtable discussion will be a great opportunity to both learn and share what works – and what doesn’t – as we all look to engage our donors more deeply in our mission. Bring your lunch and join us for this great sharing experience, Thursday, December 8, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library. This program is free for EPNRC members and $10 for nonmembers. No need to register, just show up prepared to have a great discussion. If you have ideas for future roundtable discussions, please contact EPRNC director, Jill Lancaster at

Invitation To Mary Mesropian’s Retirement Farewell Party

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Open House Invitation What? Retirement Farewell Party for Mary Mesropian, longtime Director of Estes Valley Crisis Advocates Where? Trout Haven, 830 Moraine

Ave., Estes Park. 586-5525 When? Saturday, December 3rd from 4-7 p.m. Anything special? Just send the love around. Sharing funny stories & poking fun (gently) at Mary allowed! Dress? Evening gowns & cocktail dresses would be appreciated. But since this is Estes, wear whatever you want! Entertainment? Mary’s favorite Pandora tunes. Roasting of Mary begins at 5:30. Party menu? A delicious array of appetizers. Beer, wine & soft drinks No RSVP necessary! This event is an Open House - drop by as you wish. Happy Retirement, Mary!

Friday, December 2, 2016


Local Rotary Clubs Raise Funds For EP Learning Place

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary President Gordon Slack presents a $3,000 grant check to Estes Park Learning Place Executive Director Kathy Nauman. Courtesy photo

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary and the Longs Peak Rotary secured grants totaling $3,000 to benefit the Estes Park Learning Place. The grant was presented to the Estes Park Learning Place Tuesday morning. It will be used to establish an innovative program in Estes Park schools

that helps parents understand what their children are learning so that they can better help their children. The two local Rotary clubs contributed $500 each and Rotary District 5440 contributed an additional $2,000.

THE MIRACLE IN BLUE PAJAMAS I heard the powerful and touching story of Leo Evans, a very extraordinary man. Upon retiring from business, Leo devoted his years to bringing kindness and laughter to residents of retirement homes. He taught them that engaging the mind and touching the heart generates a life-force within you, no matter how old or fragile you are. Divorced for twenty-six years, living on his own, he found great joy in bringing smiles and meaning to the elderly, always leaving a riddle to solve, an anecdote to treasure, a joke to enjoy. His eyes twinkled as he visited each one. He brought merriment to countless souls who found magic and meaning in his gift. So it was with a heavy heart that those who knew and loved him learned of his struggle in a terminal battle with cancer. A minister and family friend, Jan Goldstein, tells the story. “His family had been at his bedside, helping him prepare for his death, sharing stories and tears. Leo was fully alert and very much in the moment. His son-in-law, Graham, called one day to let me know that the end was drawing near and asked me to lead a memorial service when the time came. So I was not surprised to receive his call a few days later. I heard his voice and sighed, ready to hear the sad news of Leo’s passing. But the call was not about death or planning a funeral or visiting with the family about an ending. To my utter amazement, Graham asked me if I was free to perform a wedding. I couldn’t believe it! How could a family be planning a wedding with the patriarch lying near death? Then I learned the groom was none other than Leo himself. And the bride was the woman who had divorced him twenty-six years earlier. Joyce had remained his friend, sharing family celebrations and other times through the years, and now was constantly by his bedside. In the midst of his decline, Leo looked into her eyes as she sat by his bed and lovingly held his hand. In that miracle moment Leo smiled through his pain and said, ‘You have been my friend all these years, even after the divorce. Would you do me the honor of becoming my wife once again?’ Joyce, stunned, with tears coursing down her cheeks, responded in a whisper, ‘Leo, you’ve swept me off my feet.’ Which is how I found myself a day later when I entered the hospital and was instantly flanked by a crowd of well-wishers in white. Doctors, nurses, security guards, escorted me to Leo’s room for an event hospital workers don’t get much of a chance to enjoy—nuptials in room 303-B. As I approached the room, I saw the decorations the nurses had hung over Leo’s doorway. The staff was positively giddy—a life affirming moment in the midst of so much pain. There he was, the groom, sitting up in a chair, tubes trailing off his arms, his characteristic twinkle in his eyes. He nodded with a wry smile, ‘Wore my best blue pajamas.’ Looking into Leo’s eyes, I told him what was in our hearts, that even now he was teaching us, reminding us that life is about loving and friendship, about fashioning blessings, even on the threshold of life’s completion. We all bore witness to the human spirit which dares to seek and give joy in the midst of pain, to say ‘yes’ when life says, ‘not now’, to choose grace even as one endures suffering. Leo died eleven days later, his bride and his family by his side. He had touched thousands.” And he continues to touch us as we read his story today. Thanks, Leo. Bob

10 Early Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Free program offered at the Senior Center According to the Alzheimer’s Association, memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Katie Fahrenbruch, M.Ed., Regional Director of the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will present a free program on Wednesday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. Please call or stop by the Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street, to sign up. According to Katie, “Early diagnosis of-

ten helps with planning, treatment, and affords the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.” Consultation with a physician is recommended if any early warning signs are present, as an assessment can rule out treatable conditions whose symptoms may mimic dementia. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, please visit their website at or call (970) 472-9798 for the office in Fort Collins. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park’s Senior Services Division at (970) 586- 2996 or visit the Senior Center at 220 Fourth Street, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or visit the website at To receive Senior Services news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail

Volunteers Needed For AARP Tax-Aide Program AARP Tax-Aide Program is accepting applications for volunteers to assist local senior and low income taxpayers in preparing their 2016 income taxes. Training will be provided in January and volunteers are certified by AARP/IRS. Tax preparation is from February 6 through April 14. Deadline for application is December 16, 2016. Please call Ivan at 586-5275 or Pat at 586-5417 if interested.

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Monday, December 5 Chicken fried steak, Mashed potatoes, Country gravy, Corn, Cookie Tuesday, December 6 Meaty lasagna, Vegetable ratatouille, Garlic bread, Pie Wednesday, December 7 Free Lunch – Ticketed event. Apricot chicken, Rice pilaf, Corn casserole, Cobbler Thursday, December 8 Sweet & sour pork, Bed of rice, Stir fry vegetables, Chocolate cake Friday, December 9 Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes, Gravy, Peas and carrots, Cookie bar

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Estes Park Medical Center To Sponsor Free Luncheon At The Senior Center

The Estes Park Medical Center is sponsoring a free luncheon on Wednesday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street. Advance tickets are required and will be available starting Monday, November 28 at the Senior Center. No phone reservations will be taken. There is a limit of 48 tickets available, and tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Table service will be

provided by staff from various departments of the Estes Park Medical Center. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Services Division at (970) 586- 2996 or visit the Senior Center at 220 Fourth Street, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or visit the website at To receive Senior Services news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail

Open Discussion On Depression Join Maria Medina for an open discussion on depression, daily struggles, or anything you may just need to discuss, every Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the back room at Kind Coffee. Call Maria for more information 970-646-5642.


Blizzard Boxes Are Now Available - Let It Snow!

The Town of Estes Park's Senior Services Division collaborated with Loveland-Berthoud Meals on Wheels for funding from the Larimer County Office on Aging (LCOA) for 200 blizzard boxes again this year. The LCOA makes every effort to reach out to older adults in Larimer County, especially those in rural areas, to be sure that they benefit from the federal funding that comes to the LCOA for senior services. Nutrition services are a part of the core services LCOA provides and blizzard boxes are designed to go to those most in need. Blizzard boxes can be extremely helpful in emergencies, in times of bad weather, Senior Center meal program closures, or in times of illness or need. Each box

contains six meals or two days of food. The meals are shelf stable and no refrigeration is needed. The boxes should not be saved from year to year and should be used up with one year of receipt. Blizzard boxes are provided free to those who are age 60 and a Larimer County resident. To receive a box, please call or stop by the Senior Center and visit with our staff. You'll need to provide your name, address, telephone number and birth date. Additionally, if you know of neighbors or friends who could use a blizzard box, please encourage them to contact the Senior Center. Delivery may be available in some areas and please note that supplies are limited.

Happy First Birthday Zhania

Happy 1st Birthday Zhania December 16. From your Mom and Dad, (Nancy and Lanty)

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“Christmas Around The World” Concert December 10 Two of Estes Park’s community choirs, the Estes Park Chorale and the Mountain Men Chorus are joining forces to produce a delightful holiday show, “Christmas Around the World” on December 10th at 7 p.m. at Ruesch Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies. The program will feature a combined group of nearly 40 singers, performing a sampling of music from different countries and traditions as well as a healthy dose of American Christmas music, both traditional and contemporary. The Mountain Men, led by director Kasey Troutman, will perform a haunting acappella arrangement of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen as well as traditional American spirituals and other holiday fare for men’s choir. Holiday spirituals include “Rise Up Shepherds,” “Go Tell It,” and “Good News.” The Chorale will perform selections representing music from five continents, including a new twist on the Ukrainian carol “Carol of the Bells,” French carols “Pat-a-Pan” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” a “Jamaican Carol,” and an acappella arrangement of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” an ancient plainchant melody, among others. Both choirs will join forces for the rousing Nigerian carol “Betelehemu” – watch for their intertwined melody and lyrics and rhythmic choreography! The program will conclude with a special original American Christmas song “Night of Silence” combined with the traditional of the German carol “Silent Night.” The Chorale is under the direction of newly appointed

Estes Park Parents as Teachers Program presents:

Family Night

December 8, 5:30-7:30pm

FREE for Families With Young Children (ages 0-5)

Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue

Family dinner, parent/child activity, followed by adult discussion; childcare provided.

Mark your calendarfor

A family event with Holiday Entertainment, activities, & Santa!

Dinner will be a Holiday Potluck!

Please bring a side dish to share with other families. Main dish of ham & Bring a side dish to share! holiday dessert will be provided.

Please RSVP by December 5 to: Kristen Berg, PAT Program: 970-586-3055 Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a program of

Noche de Familia 8 de diciembre, 5:30-7:30pm SIN COSTO para familias con niños de 0-5 años de edad Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue

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jueves, 8 de diciembre

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Denise Stookesberry, who will debut as only the fourth director of the 45-yearold mixed chorus. This season welcomes quite a few new members who are enjoying the varied selection of holiday melodies. Director Stookesberry said, “The Chorale has been a joy to work with. They immediately made me feel at home as their director. I have the utmost respect for their work ethic, talent, and community spirit. Estes Park is lucky to have so many fine community choirs, and the Chorale is really a gem!” “We are very fortunate to have Estes Park actor and playwright Rich Mitchell to MC the show. Rich’s appearance on stage is worth the price of the ticket alone!” “I think the program we are presenting will appeal to so many people. In addition to the varied selections by mixed and men’s choirs, we will also feature duets by Brad and Kelly Anderson and Sharon Groome and Ruth Mutschler. We have talented pianists, Michelle Gergen-Wisner and June Gamet performing along with percussionists Bob Rising and Thomas Towns. Jan McCracken will also be joining in on flute.” The Chorale regularly meets on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. and the Mountain Men meet on Mondays from 12-1:30 p.m. The groups are always looking for new members. Rehearsals for the spring concert will resume in January. For more information, talk to any chorus member or director. Tickets are $10 at the door and are also available from a choir member, from Macdonald Book Shop or at the YMCA Admin. Building.

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Don’t Miss Quota Club’s Holiday Home Tour This Saturday, Dec. 3rd Members of the Quota Club of Estes Park are excited that it’s almost time once again for their annual Holiday Home Tour. The tour this year will be held this Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The beautiful homes on the tour are: • Debbie Burgess Richardson 1820 High Pine Drive • Mary Darracott 609 Park River Place

• Stan and Kathye Osborne 616 Longs Drive • Loren and Diane Shriver 2513 Nimbus Drive In addition to the tour, many local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals decorated some beautiful, lighted trees which are now on display in the lobby of The Stanley Hotel. Stop by and see these beautifully decorated themed trees, many with gift certificates and goodies attached, and enter the drawing to win one of these lovely trees. Chances for winning these trees are being sold

Loren and Diane Shriver 2513 Nimbus Drive Loren and Diane came to Estes Park after retirement five years ago. They sought a small community, four seasons and outdoor mountain activities and Estes Park was a perfect fit. Their home was built in 1993 by Eshweiler’s who owned the “Bird Store” downtown. They enjoy views of the Mummy Range from the living room and of the forest from their dining room. The home is cedar with natural rock landscape walls. Their beautiful home has a two sided fireplace in the living room and in their master bedroom. There are four bedrooms, four and a half baths and an open great room, dining room and kitchen. The couple’s home accommodates well when their children and grandchildren come for family gatherings. Their fireplace is the perfect location to display their antique snowshoes, ski poles and ice skates. Outdoor traditional garland and lights are used to decorate their expansive deck and indoor traditional garland and lights adorn the stairway bannister. Their Christmas tree and fireplace mantle are adorned with Diane’s Santa collection.

for: 1 ticket for $1.00, 6 tickets for $5.00 or 13 tickets for $10.00. The trees are part of the Holiday Home Tour and will be moved to Good Samaritan Village on Thursday, December 1 for the tour where you can continue to enter to win. The drawing for the trees will be held on the day of the Home Tour at Good Sams at 4:00 p.m. and if you can’t be at the drawing, you need not be present to win, winners will be notified by phone. Thank you to this year’s sponsors for the event: Alpine Legacy Real Estate, Bear Necessities and Cubs, Big Horn

Restaurant, Coldwell Banker-Vicky Holler, Mary Murphy and Wayne Newsom, Envoy Mortgage-Rich Flanery Team, Estes Park NewsKris & Gary Hazelton, RE/MAX Mountain Brokers-Peggy Lynch Team, Trendz at the Park, Stanley Hotel, Good Samaritan Village and the Town of Estes Park. Tickets for the Home Tour are now available for $15 at the Estes Park Visitors Center, Macdonald Book Shop or from any Quota member.

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Stan and Kathye Osborne 616 Longs Drive The Osbornes arrived in Estes Park in March 2016, from Lubbock, TX. Stan’s sister and husband live here and the Osbornes enjoyed coming for a family reunion in 1998. While here they shopped and enjoyed the scenery but never thought they’d retire in what they thought was just a “t-shirt town.” In the summer of 2015 they rented a cabin here thinking their adult children might visit from Texas if they were here in the mountains. Their ploy worked and now they realize the hiking, sight-seeing, river walking and local town flavor has charmed them all! Estes Park offers so much more than they had previously thought and soon the couple were looking at real estate. Their 4,500 square foot stucco ranch home was built in 2012 by James and Kristine Poppitz. Their home has a great room with a beautiful view of Twin Sisters and the fourteen foot ceilings make the space feel large. The great room also has a gorgeous stone fireplace with impressive mantles. A grand piano in the room is played by Stan, and Kathye often accompanies him on her flute. The home has ample windows but with an extensive art collection, there is also space for their special works of art. A wrap around granite bar in the kitchen area offers a place for guests to sit and chat while the cook attends to the kitchen. Deer have been a favorite part of the couple’s holiday decor for years and you’ll find them throughout the house as well as on their Christmas dishes. Kathye has a penchant for plaid, hence the plaid ribbons you’ll see woven across the mantle and tucked into branches of their lovely Christmas tree. Their downstairs tree is more casual and harbors their grown children’s ornaments from their elementary school years.



Mary Darracott 609 Park River Place Mary moved to Estes Park in 1991 from San Diego, CA. Her 1,700 square foot home was built in 2005 by Rich Willy. It is a split level, with a short set of stairs going to the main level and down to the lower level. She has a lovely granite fireplace in the living room and hardwood floors in the kitchen/dining room and guest bath. Mary is an artist and her studio is located in the garage. You’ll enjoy seeing her beautiful portrait and abstract paintings throughout her warm, cozy home. Every piece of furniture Mary has in her home was purchased on Craig’s List. Mary’s home is decorated for the holidays with a solstice winter look in contemporary colors, white, silver and gold. Mary enjoys seeing the wildlife roaming through her neighborhood, especially the bears and elk.

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Debbie Burgess Richardson 1820 High Pine Drive After spending summers in Estes Park, Debbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family moved here when she was five years old so her Dad could help her grandmother run the Old Plantation Restaurant. Her parents started coming to Estes in the early 1930s. Her mom was a summer resident and her dad grew up here and graduated from EPHS in 1941. Debbie attended school here K-12 and she taught school at the elementary school froom 2003 until her retirement in May of 2016. Debbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home is a factory built home, built in 2008 at All American Homes in Milliken. It was brought to Estes in five pieces. She designed her home which is 2,200 square feet and has an open concept. The home has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Debbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home is great for family get-togethers and a great place for her to share her family antiques and keepsakes. Her home has antique furniture, glassware, books, toys and photos and two paintings painted by her great, great grandfather. Debbie has an Estes Park room full of Estes Park memorabilia. Many of the decorations in her home belonged to her parents and grandparents. Her mom collected Santas and nutcrackers and she has several of these. Debbie loves snowmen and gingerbread men and these decorations are in her kitchen and dining areas.



Valuable Items Found In Salvation Army Kettles Over the years and around the country, Salvation Army units have found rare and valuable items in the Salvation Army red kettles. Platinum bands, diamond engagement rings, lottery tickets and even gold teeth have been discovered among many checks, bills and coins. Can you guess some of the other unique items found? Last year a $500,000 check was found in a Minnesota kettle, donated by a couple living in Rosemont. One red kettle in Spokane, WA contained a 22-karat South African Krugerrand ($1,200 value) wrapped in a $100 bill. Astonishingly, the Krugerrand happenstance occurred six years in a row! In Estes Park, Salvation Army bell-ringing volunteers could catch a glimpse of a prized possession dropped into one of our community’s kettles. According to Ray Leaycraft, antique coins were found in one of our kettles in the past, bringing added value to the overall campaign. This last Thanksgiving weekend, no rare treasures were found; however, you donated $2,361. Thank you. If you would like to volunteer, there are two-hour shifts available. Check out the schedule: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Safeway. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Post Office. Weekend shifts from December 6 through December 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: at Safeway 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Post Office. To select a shift, simply call (970) 6465335 or email your contact information to The Estes Park Salvation Army Extension Unit also welcomes direct donations. To keep all funds local, designate you check by writing Estes Park Service Extension Unit on the memo line of your check. Please mail donations to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box 172, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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Salud Family Health Center News

Salud Family Health Center is proud to celebrate International Day of People with Disability on December 3rd to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. Celebrating International Day of People with Disability is a collaborative effort between schools, organizations, community groups, businesses and individuals to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities. The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment and education. By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. Empowerment involves in-

vesting in people - in jobs, health, nutrition and education. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities. Salud's services include the full scope of primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, all under one roof. Salud also collaborates with area hospitals, special physician groups, specialty mental health agencies and public health departments to ensure a comprehensive referral network and access to a variety of services for patients. The Estes Park Salud Family Health Center is located at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive. To schedule an appointment call 970-484-0999 or 303-MYSALUD. The website address is At Salud Family Health Centers, we provide quality, affordable primary health care services to keep you and your family healthy. We serve all members of the community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Salud accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans.


Special Thanks To Friends Of EPMS posters for kids to create. The middle school is fortunate to have so many partners who help us improve our school culture~ parents and staff, Restorative Justice, Families for Estes, The Hub, The Learning Place, The Community Thrift Store,

To The Editor: The Estes Park Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Culture Committee presented: Gourds, Games & Grub! in October. This evening was a time to share dinner and fun with students, faculty, staff and families of Estes Park Middle School. Some of the activities we had included cornhole, zorb balls and a selfie station. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated that over 300 friends and family members joined in the evening of fun. Kids and adults spent time playing corn hole in the corn hallways, smashing into one another with the giant zorb balls and floating from station to station in the student commons The Hub (an entity formed from six local church youth groups) graciously donated the dinner of walking tacos, desserts and volunteers to help serve and help at the event. Joining the hub were several area pastors volunteering to serve food and help with cleanup. The high school student council provided creative face painting and Mrs. Rische had tiles and international peace

Ravencrest students, Crossroads Ministries, Kathy at Partners Mentoring Youth, and many unsung heroes. At this time of year, we wanted to send a thank you out to all members of our community who help our school feel safe, welcoming and a fun place to learn and work. We are so blessed! Sherry Davis, M.Ed. School Counselor

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Adam Green To Perform At The CAC’s Musicians Coffee House Dec. 3

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Adam Green of Denver will perform the CAC on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. as part of the CAC's new Musician's Coffee House concert series in the gallery. Adam Green is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Denver, Colorado. Adam has studied, taught, and performed all around the world in a wide range of musical capacities. He performs consistently on instruments such as saxophone, flute, guitar, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, and the list goes on. Adam has been lucky enough to participate in Estes Park's annual Summer Concert Series for the last two seasons. He is now excited to perform as a part of the Cultural Arts Council's newly-launched Holiday Concert Series. On December 3, Adam will be performing original songs, a few cover tunes, and of course, Christmas songs! "The gallery concert series is a way to bring additional people into our gallery space as well as raise funds for both the performers and the CAC during the offseason," said Barb Boyer Buck, CAC's executive director. Tickets are $7/per person (online tickets available at and all proceeds are split between the musician's and the organization. Online tickets include a $1 service charge. The concerts will be held in the gallery space from 3-4:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows: • Saturday, Dec. 10 - Moraine Belles, 3 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 17 - Elk Hollow, 3 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 24 - Douglas Klink, 3 p.m. Coffee and tea will be served, along with baked goods during the concert. There will be a brief intermission during the concert at which time, audience members are encouraged to write in the

final bids in a week-long silent auction benefitting the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies and the CAC. Each week, during the length of the show a new set of silent auctions items will be displayed on Sunday and final bids will be taken during the following Saturday's concert. "These vibrant partnerships with other local nonprofits and the artists we represent is an exciting new development for the CAC," said Barb Boyer Buck, executive director. "We hope everyone will come to think of the CAC gallery space as a space for a variety of special events, entertainment, and educational opportunities. We are here to serve the public with the most comprehensive art programming we can." "Holiday Gifts & Miniatures" is on exhibition at the gallery, located at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. (near the Big Horn Restaurant) through Dec. 31, Tues. - Sun., 12-5 p.m. and during special events in the gallery space. For more information, visit, the gallery during operational hours, or call 970-586-9203.

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First Friday Celebration To Feature Member Artist Demonstrations At The CAC

The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park's last First Friday Celebration in its current location - 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5-8 p.m. and will showcase the current exhibition, "Holiday Gifts & Miniatures," a collection of artwork in all media from our member artists priced for holiday giftgiving. "Due to rising overhead costs, the CAC will not be able to continue leasing the space at our current location," said Barb Boyer Buck, executive director. "We are actively looking for a new space that is more affordable and can meet our pro-

gramming needs. We hope that in 2017, we will be better able to offer comprehensive programming to meet our mission of enhancing the accessibility and quality of visual and performing arts for people of

Monday, Dec. 5 and Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. The cost is $30 for both classes (or $15 each). “There's still room to join in with these four creative classes for kids!” said Engel. “Every Monday through Dec. 12.” This series and scholarships are made

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Let Me Be Your Guide. According to the Estes Park Board of Realtors October 2016 report the number of single family homes sold in the Estes Valley year-to-date is down 9.1% and the price is up 8.3%. The number of homes available for sale is up 21.3% and there is a 5.9 months’ supply of homes available. These are the numbers that I track every month to help indicate what the real estate market is doing. These numbers are conflicting and do not give a clear direction for the market. You can use the automated home valuation tool on my web site that is better than Zillow’s Zestimate, but not as good as having a real estate professional, like me do an onsite evaluation. If you would like a free no-obligation evaluation of your home’s value and how these numbers track in your price range give me a call at 970-586-4425 and we can schedule an appointment.

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all ages." The reception is free and open to the public and will feature demonstrations and presentations from several of our member artists as well as the complete "Holiday Gifts & Miniatures" collection available for purchase. There will be snacks and wine (donations are requested).

Kids’ Workshop Series Still Taking Students For Dec. 5 & 12 Classes Students ages 9-14 may still enroll in the CAC's Kid's Workshop Series for the last two classes to be held on

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possible by a grant from Families for Estes. The following classes are open for enrollment. • Dec. 5, 6 p.m. - Jewelry-making. Students will make simple earrings with glass, metal, and/or semi-precious stones. • Dec. 12, 6 p.m.- Jewelry-making. Students will make jewelry in time for holiday gift-giving. All classes are presented in the CAC's new art classroom, located in the organization's fine art classroom at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. There will be upcoming Saturday drop-in ornament-making afternoons and beginner adult art classes coming soon! For more information, please contact Beth Engel directly at 970-492-5446 or visit the CAC fine art gallery, located at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. between noon and 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

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Thorp Associates P.C. 40th Year In Business In Estes Park

2016 marks the 40th year for Thorp Associates P. C., Architects and Planners as an Estes Park business. Beginning his college career majoring in art, Roger Thorp switched focus to pursue the artistic aspects of architectural design. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in art, Thorp and wife Verlene



moved to Longmont, and in 1972 built their home in Pinewood Springs, where they raised their family. Looking for new opportunities and the quality of life he wanted, in 1976 Thorp opened his own architectural practice in a small room on the second floor of the First National Bank building, and has grown it into one of the most respected architectural firms in northern Colorado. Thorp mentioned that his business has weathered three floods

throughout the country, with design projects in Canada, Europe and Central America. Especially gratifying for Thorp were the Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for his designs of the Fall River Visitors Center, the Performance Park Amphitheatre, and the sandstone “Estes Park” sign that greets visitors entering the area from US Highway 36. Esteemed by colleagues, in 2010 he was named Architect of the Year by the Northern Colorado Chapter of AIA. Besides architecture, Roger enjoys

in Estes Park, the first being the Big Thompson Flood several months after he opened his office. While the Estes Valley abounds with his designs, the business has grown to the extent that Thorp holds licenses in 16 states and two Canadian provinces. With over 40 design awards, the firm works

sketching and graphically documenting early 20th century iconic courthouses and Carnegie libraries. This has led to him being invited to exhibit his drawings and paintings in the Prairie PastTimes Gallery in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, home of the historic Chase County Courthouse. A Paul Harris Fellow, he is a member of The Rotary Club of Estes Park, Elder in the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, and a member of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation. He also trains and competes in Senior and State track and field and enjoys performing with The Uncommon Connection men’s quartet. Joseph Calvin started with the firm as an intern while in college at the University of Kansas. After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Architecture, he returned to work full time with the firm. Calvin met and married local Estes Park High School graduate Robin Graff and they are raising their daughter, an 8th grader at Estes Park Middle School.

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Looking to the future and expanding on Calvin's diverse talent, in 2000 he became a principal and part owner of the firm. Calvin's background in computer technology and systems design compliments and supports the firm's architectural design philosophy and service commitment. In 2002 Calvin was recognized by the Colorado AIA’s competition for young architects for his excellence in development of digital architectural construction documents for the firm's Mississauga, Canada Coliseum Theatre project. The project also won an AIA award for excellence and the City of Mississauga's Urban Design Award. Always trying to find a better way to utilize technology, Calvin writes and beta tests software. His leisure time is full of volunteering in the community, including at his daughter’s school and Girl Scout troop. He serves on the Estes Park Board of Appeals and his knowledge of building codes is respected throughout Colorado. He is an active member of the Estes Park Lions Club, and designed the unique sundial at the Estes Park Observatory, which uses a human gnomon. Working with John Bostron, another member of the Thorp Associates’ staff, they are responsible for the design of a Veteran’s Memorial soon to be built near the Estes Park Visitors Center, providing their services pro bono. A leader in using computers in architectural design, Thorp Associates uses 3D computer-aided modeling systems (BIM) in its design work. Its knowledge and experience in library design has allowed the opportunity of designing numerous library additions and remodelings, and in particular, preserving the integrity of Carnegie libraries. Its current projects include working with the City of Manitou Springs in its effort to bring the community’s Carnegie Library into the 21st century while maintaining the character and dignity of the original 1911 building. Dedicated to finally seeing a world class performance hall built in Estes Park, the firm continues to work with EPIC on its plans for the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center in downtown Estes Park.

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Look To Your Library: Connect To The Digital World Technology, computers, and mobile devices are the tools of our modern era. These days, many basic tasks can only be done online and the Internet has become our means of staying in touch with family, running a business, and finding entertainment. The Estes Valley Library is committed to many forms of literacy, including an individual’s ability to effectively use technology tools to accomplish tasks that have become essential components in our daily lives. Several years ago when we surveyed the community to help us to better meet your needs, you asked us for high-speed access to the digital world and training to help you to take advantage of the everexpanding resources that are available online. In 2015, the library introduced Tech Literacy classes to fulfill your request. Many of us got started with technology by purchasing a gadget, setting up Wi-Fi at home, and creating various online accounts. Sometimes a family member helped us with this. After the logistics are set-up, we’re often left wondering, “Now what do I actually do with this thing?” Striving towards tech literacy is like learning a language in which new vocabulary appears with every update. These gadgets don’t come with owner’s manuals, which implies that we already have the skills required to run the thing. Concerns about scams, identify theft, and breaking things make us afraid to give it a try. Before I worked at the library, I didn’t know how to edit a photo, borrow a digital book, use auto-fill in Excel, or keep track of all my passwords. How could I be literate in these skills, without some training? For those of you who weren’t

born knowing how to post a picture online, the library is here to help. Our most popular classes in 2016 were intermediate skills focused on specific tasks and hobbies: Selling Your Stuff Online, Building a Website, Safety and Security Online, Tech Makes Travel Easier, and Photo Editing with GIMP. Basic skills were also in demand: Excel Basics, iPad & iPhone Basics, and Computer Basics II: Managing Files and Folders were popular. In the spring of 2017, we’ll be introducing some new topics. Get Tech Savvy: Computers & the Internet will demystify the jargon, misleading marketing, and TLAs* (three letter acronyms) in the world of computers. Using the Cloud to Back-up Your Stuff will demonstrate how your work stored on the cloud is password-protected, encrypted, and available on all your computers and devices. Also in 2017, watch for classes that will explore Arduino, 3D printing, and tech & genealogy. Tech Literacy classes are popular and registration often fills up in the week or two before each class. The Estes Valley community is hungry to have our tech questions answered at the library’s busy Tech Cafes and Book-a-Librarian: Tech Assistance appointments. For those of you who couldn’t join us for a class, you’ll find all the class handouts on our website by clicking on the Tech Literacy box. If you have gadgets that you aren’t sure how to use, if you are concerned about Internet safety, and if you would like to learn ways to use technology to make life simpler, easier and more fun, look to the Estes Valley Library for help connecting to the digital world.


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this leadership adventure. As the team plans and complete their project, they will develop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when they work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference in the world. Troop #70455 has selected for their Bronze Award project helping animals up for adoption through the Estes Park Pet Association by selecting and purchasing supplies such as food, beds, and toys for the animals. A minimum of 20 hours will be committed by each girl and steps include building the team, exploring the community, choosing the project, planning it, putting the plan in motion and spreading the word about the project. It’s a major commitment to a major accomplishment! Please support this Junior Troop’s efforts to raise funds and help supplement your holiday season’s baked goods needs at the same time.



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Junior Girl Scouts Have Bake Sale To Raise Funds For Bronze Award Junior Girl Scout Troop #70455 is holding a bake sale on Sunday, December 4th from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. The location of the fundraiser is the Estes Park Pet Supply in Upper Stanley Village. The funds raised during this bake sale will be used to support their Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award is the highest award that a Junior Girl Scout can earn. Estes Park’s Girl Scout Junior Team will join more than half a million other Girl Scout Juniors across the country and around the world to undertake

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High Drive Neighborhood 4 BR home on an acre with stunning views of Longs Peak from your deck and dining room, tall pines, grassy meadow, room to run and play. Near the entrance to RMNP, this home includes a classic 2 BR, 1 bath cabin built in 1925 with a 2 BR/2BA addition built in 1992. Enjoy true mountain ambience relaxing on the screened porch, entertaining on the big deck or strolling the lanes and hiking into the Park. Includes an oversized two car garage with great work space. $399,000 610 Chickadee Lane

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library Party at the Technology Zoo at the Library Come to the library to test out some of the latest tech gadgets. Party at the Technology Zoo will take place in the library atrium on Friday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a hands-on interactive experience. Come play with us! Tech Reads! The Circle by Dave Eggers Join Estes Valley Library Tech Guide, Diana Laughlin on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. for the new book club, Tech Reads. The first book title will be The Circle by Dave Eggers. Expect a lively discussion about technology, privacy, transparency, and connectivity. Register at then stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book, while supplies last. Logo Design with Inkscape Learn to use Inkscape at the Estes Valley Library. Logo Design with Inkscape will be presented on Monday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. This class is designed for those with intermediate computer skills and those interested in learning more about digital design techniques. Registration is required. Festive Fridays in December Festive Fridays is an Estes Park tradition! Join us at the library for these free Festive Friday activities. Friday, December 9 – Recipe Exchange and Cookie Tasting: Bring in a dozen of your favorite cookies and 12 recipe cards to share with others. The library will provide the coffee and hot chocolate. Friday, December 16 – Library Centennial Memorabilia Walking Tour – Meet up at the library at 1 p.m. to take a walk though town to visit our centennial partners for wonderful memorabilia products

– Stops will include Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Kind Coffee, Snowy Peaks Winery and Rock Cut Brewing Company. Friday, December 23 – Package Decorating Extravaganza! – Meet up with your friends and neighbors and learn to decorate a package with amazing style. All supplies will be provided, tasty treats included. Tora! Tora! Tora! Screening In honor of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and our WWII hero’s, the library will be screening the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! On Wednesday, December 7 at 3 p.m. in the Hondius Room. Reading is Doctor Recommended: Foods That Fight Pain The Estes Valley Library and Salud Family Health Centers present the Reading is Doctor Recommended Book Club hosted by Chazz Glaze, Outreach Education Coordinator, on Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. The December featured title is Foods that Fight Pain by Neal Barnard. Free copies of the book are available for registered participants and may be picked up at the library. To register, visit Copies of this book have been generously donated by the Salud Health Centers Foundation. Library Friends & Foundation Holiday Used Book Sale This Weekend! This year’s Friends & Foundation Holiday Used Book Sale will be held on December 2 and 3, 2016, in the Estes Valley Library’s Hondius Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Browse among the handpicked gently used books, CDs, and DVDs that are in excellent condition and suitable for gift giving, as well as your own enjoyment.

A Very Merry Christmas With The MountainAires

The community is invited to a Very Merry Christmas with the MountainAires at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 11th at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. The women's chorus is made up of 35 singers directed by Kasey Troutman and accompanied by

Verlene Thorp. Selections will include traditional Christmas music in three part harmony. The chorus is also honored to debut a beautiful new ballad composed by multi-talented local musician, Dennis Neff. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

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Music Fest Concert Features Violins From Venice To Vienna There will be no better way to begin the holiday than to join us as we welcome Michael David, violin, and Tim Burns, piano, for their first appearance with the Music Festival. Their exquisite program includes something for everyone. “Winter from the Four Seasons” by Vivaldi, Brahms, Scherzo (Sonatensatz) Allegro, Ava Maria and Silent Night are among the memorable afternoon selections. The concert takes place this Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stanley Hotel Main Building Music Room. Admission is just $10.00 at the door, children and students are admitted free. This concert is sponsored by anonymous friends of the artists. While only 26 years old, violinist, Michael Davis was named Concertmaster of the prestigious Louisville Orchestra, thrilling audiences for 30 years until his retirement from that position in 2015. All the while, critics have hailed him as “the essence of musicality” and continue to praise him for his “virtuosity” and “exquisite” playing. Pianist Timothy Burns is a versatile performer and collaborator, with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience. Join us for Violins from Venice to Vienna. May the music of the season fill your holidays with joy. Year end concerts: The multitalented Elise Campbell graces the Music Room with flute and vocal on December 11 and the Estes Valley Chamber Singers close out December with a free concert on December 18; a gift to you for the holiday season. The New Year concerts begin January 22 with the Bolder Bassoon Quartet followed on January 29 with the popular Trio Cordilleras. There will be no concerts on January 8 or 15. Music Festival attendees will receive a 20% discount for brunch or dinner on the day of the concert, courtesy of the Stanley Hotel Cascade Restaurant. Additional parking is available next to the Concert Hall and behind the Stanley Hotel. Every concert series needs an excellent venue and the beautiful Stanley Hotel is the perfect mountain setting for an hour of wonderfully relaxing Sunday afternoon entertainment. We are grateful to

Tim Burns

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the Stanley Hotel Management and staff for their incredible support and generosity. Thank you to Bob’s Piano Service, our weekly and series sponsors, and the Griffin Foundation. For further information, contact our business office at 970-586-9519 or visit our up to date web site: To receive weekly updates of our concerts and upcoming events, please send an email to: Like us on Facebook for photos and events.

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For additional information call 800-443-7837 • 970-577-9900

Dec. 2 – Dec. 16, 2016

EVENTS Dec. 2, 9 & 16: Festive Fridays. Holiday shopping, treats and special offers. Throughout Estes Park. Dec. 2: Annual Holiday Art Exhibition & Sale. CAC Fine Art Gallery. 12-5pm Dec. 2: First Friday Art Groove. Experience Estes Park's fine art world. Throughout the Village. 5-7pm Dec. 3: Who-bilation. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Movie. Estes Park Mountain Shop. 5-7pm Dec. 3: Quota Club Holiday Home Tour. Get ideas at these festivelydecorated homes! 11am-3:30pm Dec. 10: Tinsel Tavern Tour. Enjoy music, games & celebrate the holidays traveling to taverns in Estes Park. Dec. 16: Heart of Expression Art Sale. Work from 13 artists on sale to benefit a local nonprofit. Elkins Whisky. 5-8pm

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Dec. 2: Great Blue. Acoustic. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Dec. 2: Max Wagner & Jeff Jenkins. Jazz. Earthwood Collections. 5-8pm Dec. 2 & 3: Ray Young. Jazz Piano. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm Dec. 2: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-8pm

Historic Park Theatre

Dec. 2 & 3: Oratorio Society of Estes Park Childhood of Christ Concert. Choral music. Estes Park High School Auditorium. 7-8:15pm

Nov 25th- Dec 1, 2016

Dec. 2: Spoken Word & Poetry Slam Evening. Inkwell & Brew. 7-9pm


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Tues 11/29 thru Fri 12/2: 5pm & 7:30pm Sat 12/3 thru Mon 12/5: 2:15, 5 & 7:30pm Tues 12/6 thru Thurs 12/8: 5pm & 7:30pm Coming: Soon: Rules Don’t Apply- 12/9 Collateral Beauty-12/16

Dec. 2 & 3: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm Dec. 3: Adam Green. Acoustic. Cultural Arts Council Gallery. 3-4:30pm Dec. 3: Sean Flynn. Acoustic. The Rock Inn. 5-8pm Dec. 4: Michael Davis. Classical. The Stanley Hotel. 2pm

Dec. 4: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-8pm Dec. 6: Trivia Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 7-8:30pm Dec. 8: The Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Waterfront Grill. 6-9pm Dec. 8: Open Bluegrass Jam. The Rock Inn. 6-9pm Dec. 8: The Mountain Town Trio. Fajita Rita’s. 6-9pm Dec. 9: Just Jill. Acoustic. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Dec. 9 & 10: Ray Young. Jazz Piano. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm Dec. 9: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-8pm Dec. 9: Ring in the Holidays. Hand bell Choir. Rocky Mtn. Church. 7-8:30pm Dec. 9: Tom Prasada-Rao. Acoustic. American Legion Post 119. 7:30-10pm Dec. 9 & 10: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm Dec. 10: Moraine Belles. Cultural Arts Council Gallery/ 3-4:30pm Dec. 10: Christmas in the Rocky. Christmas concert. American Legion Post 119. 7:30-10pm Dec. 11: Elise Campbell. Flute & Vocal. The Stanley Hotel. 2pm Dec. 11: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-8pm Dec. 13: Trivia Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 7-8:30pm Dec. 15: The Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Waterfront Grill. 6-9pm Dec. 15: Open Bluegrass Jam. The Rock Inn. 6-9pm Dec. 15: The Mountain Town Trio. Fajita Rita’s. 6-9pm Dec. 16: Follow the Fox. Americana. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Dec. 16: Ray Young. Jazz Piano. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm Dec. 16: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-8pm Dec. 16: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm

SEMINARS, CLASSES & LECTURES Mon. & Wed. at 6pm, Fri. & Sat. at 7pm: Sip & Paint. Murphy’s Resort. Dec. 2 & 3: Bells & Whistles Storytime. Estes Park Museum. 10:30am Dec. 4 & 11: Taste & Create. Snowy Peaks Winery. 3:30-5:30pm Dec. 5: Meet Me at the Museum. Estes Park Museum. 1:30-2:30pm Dec. 6 & 13: Free 5K Group Fun Run. Stanley Hotel. 6pm Dec. 9: Partner Yoga Workshop. Estes Park Yoga. 6-7:15pm Dec. 11: Journey to the Divine Feminine Within. Estes Park Yoga. 2-3:30pm

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Visit RMNP Visitor Centers to learn about park wildlife, programs & more! Free RMNP & Ranger-Led Programs. Details: 970-586-1206 Dec. 3, 4, 10 & 11: Wild in Winter. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 10-11am Dec. 13: Full Moon Walk. Call (970) 586-1223 for reservations and details.

EXHIBITS Dec. 2-30: Fine Art Show: Maggie Renner Hellmann and Lou Renner. Earthwood Collections. 10am-6pm Dec. 2-31: Holiday Gifts & Miniatures Show. Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery. 12-5pm Dec. 2-26: Up Close & Personal. Art Center of Estes Park. 10am-5pm Dec. 2-12: Bells & Whistles Exhibit. Estes Park Museum. Noon-4pm Dec. 10-Mar. 10: Winter Art Walk. Throughout the Estes Valley. 12-5pm

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John Denver Christmas Party At Lonigan’s Lonigan’s of Estes Park Presents “the John Denver Christmas Party!” Friday, December 23rd, 2016. This event is a benefit dinner and concert to help rebuild the Glen Haven Community Center. Musical performance by Glen Haven’s own Steve Erickson, three time “National Singing Championship” Finalist. Sound provided by Lonigan’s and Erickson Pro audio, with sound engineer Ward Durrett. Happy hour begins at 5:30, specials include $5.00 appetizers, $1.00 off all beers and well drinks and $4.00 margaritas.

Dinner begins at 6:30 with Lonigan’s buffet which includes chicken marsala, beef pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, assorted vegetables, salad, dinner roll and peach cobbler. Live music runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. featuring some of John Denver’s most beloved songs, and a few sing-a-long Christmas tunes. The show will also feature “Images of the Rockies” by photographer Vickie K. Erickson of Glen Haven. Open sing karaoke will follow the program in Lonigan’s main bar at 9 p.m. Over 50% of ticket sales will go directly

to benefit the Glen Haven Community Center. Tickets are $30.00 and include the dinner and concert. There is a limit of 100 tickets available in advance at Lonigan’s, 110 W. Elkhorn Drive, Estes Park or by calling: (970) 586-4779, ask for Vickie, or Steve. Note: tickets are not tax-deductible under I.R.S. regulations. As a side note, Lonigan’s is putting on the buffet at their dead cost, and Steve is performing for free. The only expenses that will be taken out is rental for tables and chairs and some printing/advertising costs.

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EVRPD Fall Sports And Events Youth Sports Little Hoopsters Basketball (3 & 4 year olds) Little Hoopsters is a developmental basketball program for 3 & 4 year olds. 100% parent/guardian participation is required. It is Saturday mornings only, for six weeks from 2/11/17-3/18/17. It is from 9-9:45 a.m. and will be at the Middle School Gym. Registration is from 12/12/16-1/23/17. The cost is $25/InDistrict and $30/Out-of-District. Junior Jammers Basketball (K-1st Grade) Junior Jammers is an instructional basketball program for K-1st grade. This year we are teaming up with the Denver Junior Nuggets program! Each player will receive a Junior Nuggets branded jersey and two tickets to a Denver Nuggets game! Junior Jammers is Saturday mornings only. It is located at the Elementary School Gym, 9-9:45 a.m., from 2/11/17-3/18/17. Registration is from 12/12/16-1/23/17. Registration is $50 InDistrict/$60 Out-of-District. Youth Basketball League In the Youth Basketball League, players participate on a team and practice twice a week and have six Saturday morning games. This year we are teaming up with the Denver Junior Nuggets program! Each player will receive a Junior Nuggets branded jersey and two tickets to a Denver Nuggets game! Practice days and times are based on gym and coaches availability. Practices begin the week of February 7, 2017. Games are Saturday mornings from 2/11/17-3/18/17. Games times are between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and are located at either the Elementary School Gym or Middle School Gym. Divisions are co-rec: 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. **A minimum of 16 players in a division must be registered on the final day of early registration to

ensure two teams. If there is not a minimum of 16 players, 6th graders may be combined with the 4th-5th grade teams. Registration is from 12/12/16-1/23/17. Registration is $50 In-District/$60 Outof-District. Coaches/Referees Wanted The EVRPD is in need of qualified referees and volunteer coaches for Youth Basketball. Available practice times are based off of gym availability, but are primarily in the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. for one hour a day/twice a week. If you coach and your child is a participant, your child’s registration will be waived, you’ll receive a coaches hoodie, EVRPD coffee tumbler, and one team photo. Basketball referees are needed. Paid or volunteer positions are available. If you are interested in reffing or coaching, or for more information about our programs, please contact us. Registration/Contact Us You may register and pay on-line at via PayPal using a credit card or debit card only, or you may drop-in to the Recreation Office @ Stanley Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to fill out a registration form and pay using cash, check, or credit card. Late registrations will be taken on a “space-available” basis only and can only be done at the Recreation Office @ Stanley Park (no online registration available). Activity scholarships are available through the Estes Valley Youth Activity Assistance Fund. Applications are available at the EVRPD office. For more information, contact Cheryl Sarnwick at 970-586-8189 or at Adult Sports Adult Open Gyms Basketball & Pickleball Adult open gyms have started! Adult Basketball: Mondays, 7-9 p.m. at the

Notice From American Legion Post 119 Dear Editor: I am the Commander of our American Legion Post 119 here in Estes. Back in September I called for patience, assistance, and understanding from our members as we experience great change amid financial stress. We’re still experiencing great change, and we’re not out of the woods yet financially, but I want to thank the community of Estes and all of our Post members for a fantastic two months. I’m not going to mention individuals (except once) or businesses because, knowing me, I’ll overlook someone and then lose sleep over it. Measured nearly every which way, the Haunted House we held the last two weekends in October was a huge success story. Several people around town have told us so, and several look forward to next year’s Halloween being even better. But what was special to me, personally, and that which I’m most proud of, was the way in which so many volunteers stepped up to make the Haunted House happen. Legion, Sons of the Legion, and Auxiliary members, as well as several people from the Community all gave of themselves – their money, their time, their energy – extensively in ways I never would have imagined. The Veterans Day Breakfast on November 11th was also a success. The food was great, the service was fantastic, and once again, the Legion, Sons, Auxiliary and

members of the community came together to make it happen, and with the exception of the WWII years, have done so since 1922. Be proud of that. And what can I say about the Veterans Benefest, an all-day event held November 12th to celebrate our nation’s heroes. Holy cow! Here was an unexpected, unexplainable surprise where two non-members on white horses rode in out of nowhere with a simple mission: to raise funds for our post. How do we even begin to thank Tony Arenas and Jofia Ross for their generosity, enthusiasm and tireless work other than by thanking them every single time we see them. So please help us do just that. But don’t just thank them, because much of the credit must also be extended to members of the Legion, Sons, Auxiliary and our community. Next year, this event will be even bigger and better. As a reminder to our members and the Estes community, our post is a special place unlike no other in Estes Park. We are a local establishment – owned by locals, managed by locals and operated for locals. We’re proud of this; help us spread the word that we’re not just here for ourselves, but also here as a service to the community. Thank you, and have a great upcoming holiday season! Terry P. Rizzuti

Middle School Gym. **Please note Thursdays have been cancelled. Adult Pickleball: Mondays, 7-9 p.m.; Thursdays & Saturdays, 8-10 a.m. at The Pavilion at the Estes Park Event Center. The cost for open gyms is $5 for drop-in or $40 for a punch pass (10 punches, 20% savings). The purpose of the Estes Valley Recreation & Park District (EVRPD) Adult Open Gym programs is to provide adults a place to play drop-in sports with appropriate supervision in a clean and safe space. All participants must be at least 16 years of age and have a completed policy form and release of liability and photo release waiver on file. EVRPD promotes good sportsmanship and having fun in a friendly recreation setting. Adults of all skill ability are welcome to play. Special Events Tiny Tots & Breakfast with Santa; Saturday, December 10, 2016 Christmas is just around the corner and Santa will be visiting Estes Park! Come on over to the American Legion on Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:3011:30 a.m., and join us for pictures with Santa and a pancake breakfast! All ages are welcome and the event is *FREE (this excludes the pancake breakfast). Join us for activities such as pictures with Santa sponsored by Estes Park News (all children’s pictures will be printed in the EP News), ornament making, cookie decorating, other holiday crafts, and the “all-you-can-eat” pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lions Club. The pancake breakfast is free for children 3 and under, $5 for ages 4 and older, and $20 for a family of four or more. This event is proudly hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary in collaboration with the Estes Valley Recreation & Park District.

38th Annual Frost Giant 5K & 10K Run Help us raise money for our Youth Sports Scholarships! Each year, the Estes Valley Recreation & Park District distributes up to $2,000 worth of youth sports scholarships for local children to play recreation sports. The 38th Annual Frost Giant 5K & 10K Run helps raise money to give kids an opportunity to play sports in our community! This year our goal is to raise enough money for 50 scholarships! The Frost Giant race will be Sunday, January 29, 2017. The 5K is at 11a.m. The 10K is at 12 p.m. Run one race or both! Costumes highly encouraged! The race starts at the Estes Park Municipal Building. Male and Female Divisions are: 0-14, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up. There are awards for the overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female winners. For age division awards, the 1st through 3rd place winners receive medals. All participants receive a long sleeve race shirt with their registration. Registration starts Monday, November 21 and can be done online at and ends 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2017. Drop-off registration can be done at the Recreation Office @ Stanley Park; 380 Community Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517. Registration fees are as follows: Before 5 p.m. January 29, 2017: 1 race and 1 shirt $30.00; Both races and 1 shirt $35.00. On Race Day: 1 race and 1 shirt $35.00; Both Races and 1 shirt $40.00. Volunteers Needed We are in need of course marshals to help encourage runners as well as give them simple directions (point them in the right direction) to keep them on course. Course marshals will work from about 10:30 a. m. until about 1:30 p. m. Volunteers receive a race t-shirt. For more information or to volunteer, please Cheryl Sarnwick, 586-8189, or

A Children’s Table To The Editor: The American Legion Auxiliary has been reaching out as a Mission project to our Military-connected children which started with June Bartlett’s leadership & has continued for over 55 years. Many adults remember their Military service parents being absent during special times during their childhood and the hardships that the remaining parent had to endure. The Auxiliary Unit 119 still holds the community Christmas event for Tiny Tots at the American Legion Hall, 850 N. St. Vrain Avenue, Estes Park. This year the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is teaming up with the Auxiliary on December 10, a Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to greet Santa and receive a gift, have a pancake breakfast provided by the Lions Club, participate in holiday craft making and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Not only at these busy holidays do we need to remember the lost moments that a military family misses with their family unit while being deployed. In 1986, Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberg recognized the importance of underscoring the role of the military children play in the armed forces community and established the “Month of the Military Child.” Actually the entire year should be on our

mind as to the sacrifice the children make when a family member is deployed. When an Air Force Officer was asked what he needed while deployed, his request was simple, “Please don’t send cookies, care packages, or socks. Just help take care of my children.” In honor of the children, the Auxiliary Unit 119, is organizing a Military Child’s Table exhibiting: Potted Flowering Plant-symbolizes the children planted during deployment will flower & flourish. Hand Spade-military children, at a moment’s notice, may be transplanted. Birthday Cake with Unlit Candlesbirthday’s and special events are missed. Baseball Glove & Ball- games missed by their cheering deployed loved ones. Ballet Slippers-special performances missed sharing the joys of the day, in person. Family Photo-Our country’s strength of families united in their commitment to national service and sacrifice to ensure that our flag continues to fly free. Remember the Children In deep regards all year long, Sharyn Gartner Auxiliary Unit 119 member, Sgt. at Arms

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Thoughts Regarding Karen Nicholson To The Editor: I am writing to express my concern about the recent decision made by the Board and Interim CEO of the Estes Park Medical Center to terminate Karen Nicholson, Vice President of Physician Services. On Thursday, November 10, Karen was running the Estes Park Medical Group, bringing her usual mix of kindness, engagement, and professionalism to the administration of the best-regarded and most stable work unit at the hospital. Then, at noon, she was dismissed. To our community, this move was shockingly sudden. We feel the loss of someone we know and like, and worry about what direction clinic leadership will take in the future. As an Estes Park community member of 10 years, my dismay at this move is threefold (at least). To the outside observer, the Estes Park Medical Group (the primary care clinic at the hospital) is one of the best things going on at the hospital, and one of the Estes Park community’s most consistent points of contact with the hospital its tax dollars pay for. People here love the professionals working at the clinic—the wonderful, caring, and engaged team of doctors, as well as the outstanding nursing staff supporting them—and value their consistent presence from year to year. Karen’s skilled administration holds this team together, and I fear that without her, many of these

excellent professionals might feel more comfortable working elsewhere. Second, Karen has led a clinic that is deeply engaged in the Estes Park community. We are a small town, and she has always been generous in bringing the hospital into collaborations working on issues of health and wellness. These endeavors, too numerous to list here, have reflected well on the hospital, showing that it isn’t just the place you go reluctantly when you get sick, but a proactive friend and neighbor that really cares about keeping you well. We, Estes Park’s year-round residents, like our hospital to be engaged in the community. We like having our doctors be people we know as well as people we trust. We trust our hospital not only because it takes care of us if something goes wrong, but because it cares, really cares, about keeping us healthy. Third, I have known Karen and her family for most of the time I’ve lived here. Karen is a wonderful, caring, and principled person. Her kindness and her proactive vision of healthcare have made this town better, and her vision of the hospital’s engagement in the community has made the hospital a better place than it would be otherwise. We already miss her, and struggle to understand this upsetting and detrimental change. Sincerely, Sarah Pita


75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 To The Editor: From generation to generation time changes the world…from telegraphing the Morse code to texting; the concept of travel to/from distant, remote lands to exploring unknown places. Yet, some things will never change. History and memories of life experiences will never change! Perhaps they will never be fully understood for the generations to come, but history is history…not always a pretty sight but will always be remembered and told by those who experienced it. I was seven years old on that fateful Sunday in December. It was evening time when the family gathered in front of the large Philco radio to listen to our favorite – Fibber McGee and Molly. Then, an interruption in the program with an announcement reporting the surprise attack by the Japanese who had bombed the US Navy fleet and airplanes at Pearl Harbor early that morning. I was an innocent child…”war?” that word was not in my vocabulary. I had no idea where Hawaii was. Basically, I knew nothing of the world but soon realized that day, December 7, 1941, a life changing event took place. The following morning, arriving at school after a long bus ride, our entire school walked in silence to a near-by church. There we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; we were led in prayer and sang hymns…and were told the bits and

pieces our teachers knew and understood of the situation across the Pacific. The President had declared war on Japan. Fast forward thirty-four years when we visited Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial for our first time. Those gathered for the boat ride to the memorial consisted of Hawaiians, Japanese and Americans, most of them of the older generation. The emotions of the group were tears and low murmurs. For each one, this was a memory of love lost…a father, son, husband, brother, friend – on both sides of the aisle, so to speak. Recently we visited the Arizona once again, for the eighth time. Much had changed to the entrance to the National Park, yet the one thing – the main reason for being there – has not changed. The overall effect is one of serenity. For some, the visit is a lifetime goal…for some, confirmation that life goes on…to read a family member’s name on the wall…for all, to know history. The names of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on the USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack are the same…oil leaking from the submerged hull, referred to as “the tears of the Arizona,” still rises to the surface…tears and low murmurs are still the silent emotions after seventy-five years. History…The Day of Infamy…Lest we forget. Pat Newsom Estes Park

Friday, December 2, 2016


Spinning Wool Roving Demo

The Estes Park Area Weavers Guild (EPAWG) will host spinning wool roving by Dianne Betts and Mary Thacker at the Weavers Attic in the Old Church Shops, 157 W. Elkhorn from 1-3 p.m. Sat., December 3 & Sun., December 4. The guild acquired the Great Wheel also known as a Walking Wheel during the summer of 2015 from Charles and Laura Waller who had purchased the parsonage of St. Frances of Assisi. The spinning wheel was left in the home by Bill Wells the previous occupant. It is the traditional wheel of colonial America and Europe. With the invention of the Great Wheel the spinner could produce 10 times the amount of yarn. After the industrial revolution the smaller treadle spinning wheels became popular. This large spinning wheel had several broken pieces rendering it useless for spinning. However, after a few months of

admiring it we had the opportunity to apply for a grant from Handweavers Guild of Boulder and their Schacht Outreach Fund since two of our members also belonged to HGB. After a search for a close-by spinning wheel repair craftsman, Skip and Dianne Betts delivered it and Dianne’s “found” incomplete Great Wheel to Carl and Carol Lee’s workshop and studio in the Grand Encampment School, Encampment, WY. Carl has 40 years of spinning wheel repair experience and Carol has taken lessons on the Walking Wheel from an Appalachian spinner. The Lees delivered and set up the two repaired and finished wheels to Estes Park in time for Wool Market June, 2016 At that time Carol gave EPAWG members a spinning lesson telling them “practice was the key!” Later Pat Martinek from Boulder gave another lesson with the same advice. Since then Dianne Betts and Mary Thacker have been practicing on spinning. Several other EPAWG members are working on the technique. Since the Great Wheel is rather rare in the western part of the United States it is a nice addition to the three vintage looms in the Weavers Attic. Members of the Estes Park Area Weavers Guild (EPAWG) volunteer on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. to demonstrate weaving or spinning. Wednesdays they invite locals and visitors to join them chatting or working on fiber craft projects of their own.

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Recycling Update By: Judi Smith

As I concentrate on making the landfill last longer – I also remain conscious of the global warming, the climate changes, and the ozone depletion caused by the current greenhouse effect. Simplified: we, people, breathe in air, use oxygen, and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants, including trees, breathe in carbon dioxide, use carbon, and breathe out oxygen. As people of the Earth destroy forests to build cities full of homes for our increasing population world wide, we upset this balance. Then the fossil fuels we burn to heat those homes, run our cars, and produce our electricity cause further damage to the Earth’s protective balance. Alternative fuels are only a part of the solution. There are many avenues to pursue if we remain aware. Examples: microwave ovens are more energy efficient than conventional ovens. Toaster ovens use less energy than the full size option. CFL bulbs are superior to incandescents but LEDs are better still. Insulating our homes and businesses, installing double paned windows, and using zoned programmable thermostats save our finances (long term) along with minimizing the fossil fuels used to heat our homes and commercial establishments. While we are on the subject, set your heater’s thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature and keep filter changes up to date. Wearing a sweater is more Earth friendly and less expensive than that extra degree of heat. Insulate your water heater. Sources seem to agree that an uninsulated water heater loses 35-45% in standby heat loss.

This means that a $20 water heater blanket could save you 7-16% on your heating bill, every month, for years. Proper maintenance, which increases the life of what we already have, also proves to be cost efficient. Every home, land, computer, vehicle (including bicycles), or appliance, has upkeep associated with it. Motorized vehicle maintenance alone includes everything from oil changes and tune-ups; to replenishing antifreeze and other fluids; to inflating, balancing, rotating the tires on your car or truck, and, most of all in our computerized world, paying attention to what your vehicle “tells” you. As well as minimizing use of the landfill by recycling when disposing of things no longer usable, we can complete this circle by buying things constructed of recycled components. This production can use 50-70% less than that required to fabricate with virgin raw materials. One goal of technology today is to make products increasingly Earth friendly: energy efficient, recyclable, remanufactured, etc. When it comes time for replacement, the new is almost invariably better for the environment. In the interest of comparison, remember that the EV Library has “Watt Meters” for checkout that will tell you the energy usage of your current appliances. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It all boils down to a lifestyle. Think as you go through daily life and pay attention to energy use. Then look for ways to save that energy. And, if you create some I have not mentioned, please send them to me so I can share them with others.

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YMCA To Host Snowball The YMCA of the Rockies Chapel Ministry invites you to “Snowball – A Dine and Dance Celebration.” Adults of all ages are invited to join us for an evening of wonderful food, great music, and dancing under the twinkling lights of the beautifully decorated Hyde Chapel on Friday, December 16th. Enjoy a buffet meal of London Broil, Herb Roasted Chicken, Pasta Primavera, Steamed Vegetables, Roasted Rosemary

Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Salad, Fruit, Rolls, Drinks, and Baked Alaska for desert! Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dance will kick off at 8:00 p.m. Music provided by the Mountain Town Rockers. Tickets are $25 per person and space is limited to 100 guests. To purchase tickets, please contact Greg Bunton at or 970-586-3341 ext. 1012.

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Glenna Dannels Glenna Dannels: Born Glenna Avalon Shacklett on May 30, 1925. Died November 19, 2016 She declared, “I want to do it well: To die quietly in my own house.” That is exactly what she did. On Saturday, November 19, 2016, Glenna passed away quietly in the home that she and her husband, Bernie Dannels, built over 60 years ago. Hers was a life full of art. She lived and breathed art. She taught art, she collected art, she sold art, she represented artists, she built a studio and school for artists and students. She broadened that passion with a love of her community, the beauty of nature with which she was surrounded and her family. Glenna was born in Kansas on May 30, 1925. She was the oldest daughter of Lawrence “Shack” and Bessie “Tuk” Shacklett. Her younger sister Colleen followed to complete the family. During her childhood, the family was in residence in Greeley, until her father announced a surprise move to Denver. There she completed high school before deciding that the Colorado State College (CSC) was calling her name. At CSC, she studied Fine Arts. In the process, she met a mesmerizing young


man, Henry Bernard (Bernie) Dannels. Even with the war in full swing, they continued to discover their common visions of life. They were married on December 30, 1945. Subsequently, Glenna graduated from CSC with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1947. Soon after graduation, Glenna and Bernie moved to Estes Park. The family legacy of the Dannels was longstanding in the history of Estes Park. Throughout her life, Glenna was a prime example of the dignity, respect and devotion that the Dannels family demonstrated for the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The Dannels family soon grew in numbers beginning with the birth of their oldest child, Greg. Soon to follow was a second son, Bart. The family was expanded by the addition of foster son John Guse. All three sons were educated at Estes Park High School. Art enriched their lives at home and at school. For 10 years, Glenna taught art in the Estes Park School System. Many students in her classes continued to pursue the arts for decades, often returning to show Glenna their work. They always knew that her voice of encouragement and creativity could see them through their struggles with creativity and the reality of making a living. In 1969, with Bernie’s support, Glenna opened The Rocky Mountain Spectrum. As a gallery, studio and school, The Spectrum brought the world of art to the main street of Estes Park. She created a

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unique education environment where artists could live, work and thrive. Students were welcomed to classes where art techniques and philosophies were shared. The front portion of the store was a gallery where works of art were displayed and offered for sale. Customers would linger for hours due to the friendly open spirit that was Glenna’s. It was, however, the back of the studio where the energy of artists at work and the enthusiasm of students was reflective of Glenna’s inspiration and encouragement. Artists, hungry for success came through those back doors. From the beginning artist with a few completed pieces to the skilled art professor, they all came eager to hear her assessments. With her encouragement and the opportunities for financial success at The Spectrum, many found thriving careers as producing artists. Glenna’s efforts to represent the Colorado region’s art community did not go unnoticed. In 1979, she was honored by the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association with the Trail Blazer Award presented at the UNC Homecoming ceremonies. The recognition was given in honor of her dedication to the artists, salespeople, customers, and students in the arts community. It was not all just sales and production that happened in the studio at the rear of The Spectrum. Through the back doors, Glenna and Bernie also opened their hearts and extended their family to the “daughters” of the Dannels Family. Genie Holleman, Joanne Peterson and Laurel Benson will forever know the grace and gift of love that Bernie and Glenna gave. Throughout those years, Glenna was also Bernie’s greatest advocate. With his father, Henry Dannels, the company of H.D. Dannels and Sons was dedicated to the construction of beautiful, sturdy homes that could withstand the weather extremes of the Estes Valley. In addition, they both served in local public service leadership roles. Henry began the tradition and was followed by Bernie who served 12 years on the Town Board of Estes Park and then for an additional 12 years as the Mayor of Estes Park. As the elected Mayor of the town, he was joined by Glenna, the First Lady of Estes Park. Together they traveled to conferences all over the world representing Estes Park. Together they showed the charm and kindness of their mountain town, a haven for visitors from all walks of life.

Throughout her years in Estes Park, Glenna also devoted her talents and her time to Quota International. The local chapter relied upon her for vision and organization. Because of the respect she earned, she was elected District Director of Quota International. She became a connecting thread in the network of service and friendship that is at the core of the organization. She took to heart the mission of Quota Club in empowering women, children, and the deaf and speech-impaired communities around the world. Glenna remained steadfast in her life to creating lasting bonds with people who might cross her path. She was surrounded by people who were drawn to her. Even her home health aides considered her a friend, not just a client. Her enthusiasm for learning something new meant that she was never one to stand and watch the world go by. She embraced new technology developments. Always asking questions about innovations in the world, she never retreated into the past, but was constantly pressing forward to the bright horizons that surrounded her. She never stopped teaching. Even in her 91st year, she thrilled a group of young adults by teaching them the basics of drawing. She enriched thousands of lives with her work, her love of art, her broad smile and her genuine passion for Estes Park. She laughed easily. She opened her home and her heart with great flair. Glenna was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie, and her sister Colleen Walters. She is survived by sons Greg Dannels (Clarice), Bart Dannels (Sharon) and John Guse (Peggy). Her grandchildren included Cory Dannels (Laura), Lara Parker, Adam Guse and Cameron Guse. Great-grandchildren are Millie Guse and Aaron Dannels. Glenna’s “daughters” are Genie Holleman, Joanne Peterson and Laurel Benson. As a close friend of Glenna’s summarized, “Glenna was like the North Star to all of us…. And like the North Star, she is there to guide us in the direction in which we should go.” Indeed she was a beacon of light. All long, she …… “Did it well.” The family expects to gather for a Celebration of Life in January. Please visit if you wish to leave a message for the family.

Richard “Rich” Smith Jr. Richard “Rich” Smith Jr. 52 of Elk Grove Village, IL passed away on November 22, 2016 after a long term illness. Beloved son to Mary Lou and Richard Smith of Estes Park, dear brother to Terri Anne

Martin (Joe) and survived by many relatives, cousins and close friends. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or The Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Mary Ellen Hood Estes Park resident Mary Ellen Hood died at home with her family by her side on Monday, November 28, 2016. She was 84 years old. Mary Ellen Vandewiele was born December 26, 1931 in Durango, CO. Her parents were Felix and Annie (Ball Harris) Vandewiele. She graduated from Nursing School at Children’s Hospital and was a Registered Nurse at Children’s in the 1950s, then as an office nurse in South west Denver for several years. On April 10, 1953 she married Donald Hood in Dixon, IL. The couple lived in Littleton, CO, Denver, Greeley, CO and Longmont, CO before retiring to Estes Park in 1994. Mrs. Hood was a member of Mountain View Bible Fellowship. She is survived by her husband Donald of Estes Park,

sons Gary and his wife Jill of Loveland, CO, Kenneth and wife Lori of Phillipsburg, MT, Gregory and wife Susan McLean of Longmont, and daughter Linda Hood of Greeley, CO. She is also survived by five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a brother Felix Vandewiele of Idaho Falls, ID. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, five half brothers and a half sister. A memorial service will be held Saturday December 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Bible Fellowship. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital or to the Gideons Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. See to send a message to Mary Ellen’s family.

Edsel Miller Former Estes Park resident Edsel Leo Miller, 95, died peacefully in his home in Norman, OK, on November 17, 2016. A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016 at John Ireland Funeral Home, 120 S. Broadway, Moore, OK. Ed was born in Overbrook, Kansas, on October 29, 1921, to Helen (Cavanaugh) and Earl Miller. After graduation from Overbrook High School in 1939, Ed attended Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. He joined ROTC and attended Officer Candidate School, entering active duty as a first lieutenant in the US Army. He served with the 75th Infantry Division, 275th Combat Battalion, and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium during the closing months of WWII. After the war, Ed resumed his studies at Kansas State, completing both a masters and PhD in chemistry. He then went to work for Continental Oil Company (Conoco) in Ponca City, Oklahoma, as a research chemist. He specialized in the chemistry of motor oil additives and earned several patents. In 1957 Conoco moved Ed and his young family, now with two children, Gail and Steve, to Houston, where they lived until 1965 when an opportunity arose to move back to Ponca City. After the death of his wife, Barbara in 1971, Ed married Martha Mainers in May of 1974. In 1984, after his retirement from Conoco, Ed and Martha moved to

Estes Park, Colorado, where they resided for thirty-one years. Ed served on the board of Directors for the Estes Park Hospital Foundation and the Windcliff Property Owners Association. In addition, Ed volunteered for the Estes Park “Meals on Wheels” program for many years. He and Martha attended Mountain View Bible Fellowship church in Estes Park for 31 years. Being helpful to others was important to Ed throughout his life. A modest, reserved, self-contained man, his achievements were the result of intelligence, hard work, integrity and thrift. His intelligence was wide-ranging; he understood both advanced chemistry and how to fix a broken lawn mower. Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Martha, as well as their children, Tom Mainers of McLoud, OK, Gail (Miller) Remy of Norman, OK, Sherrye (Mainers) Paxton of Seminole, OK, Steve Miller of Edmonds, WA, and Lynn (Mainers) Cossey of Yukon, OK; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in Ed’s name to either of the following ministries: Ravencrest Chalet – an international bible school and retreat center, PO Box 2620, Estes Park, CO 80517. Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church, 1575 S. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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Ralph Nicholas Estes Park resident Ralph O. Nicholas died Sunday evening, November 20, 2016 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. He was 87 years old. He was born December 18, 1928 in Grand Island, NE. He married Genevieve Dunn on December 23, 1951 in Grand Island. Ralph and Genevieve spent 24 of their 63 years together in marriage in Estes Park. Ralph worked 35 years for Great Lakes Pipeline/the Williams Companies, living in Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Ralph enjoyed participating in Community Theater, including a role in Absence of a Cello in Augusta, KS; and in On Golden Pond, Foxfire, and The Cocktail Hour in Forest Lake, MN. While in Forest Lake, he also participated professionally in a short film. After retiring to Estes Park, Ralph was active in the community, serving as an officer of the Association for Responsible Development (ARD), and the local chapter of the American Association of Independent Investors. In 2007, Ralph was proud of partnering with long-time friend Byron Hall to advance a petition for a citizen-initiated ordinance requiring a public vote of approval for the sale of Stanley Lot 4 by the Town of Estes Park. The ordinance passed with 74

percent voter approval and Ralph was grateful for the many volunteers and financial contributors who made it possible. For many years, Ralph participated in the Estes Park National Guard coffee group, and after Genevieve’s passing, in 2015, was grateful for the many new friendships formed at the Estes Park Senior Center. Ralph’s final wish was to thank his many friends old and new in Estes Park. He is survived by his sister, Shirley (and Ernie) Sheffert of Lincoln, NE, his three sons, Steven of Kansas City, KS, Mark and wife Nonna of Tucson, AZ, and Jon of Estes Park, CO; grandson Timur Beketov and granddaughter Diana “Dina” Nicholas both of Tucson. He is predeceased by his parents Vern Nicholas and Lois Winset Nicholas, and his sister Vera Marie Peterson of St. Paul, NE. A memorial service will take place Sunday, December 18 at 1 p.m., at the Music Room of The Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, CO. Memorial contributions may be made to The Art Center of Estes Park in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.

Mark Pallissard Mark Pallissard, 54,of Estes Park, Colorado passed away at his residence on November 23, 2016 of a heart attack. Mark is survived by his children, Katherine Pallissard, Mike Koedam, Bri Havenar, Andrew LeBeau; granddaughter, Ayla Havenar; parents, Bob and Gale Pallissard; and his sister, Gwen Adams.

We would like you to join us for a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the United Methodist Church, 1509 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, CO to celebrate Mark’s life. Please visit Mark’s online memorial tribute at to leave a message of condolence for the family.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Employment Part-time Reservationists

Work from home - basic computer & people skills needed. 303-902-2201

JOIN OUR TEAM! The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for:

Police Officer I

Police Department Hiring Range $25.85 – $28.44 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open Until Filled (Town employment application required)

Estes Valley Planning Commission Voluntary Member Close Date: December 5, 2016

Parks Advisory Board Voluntary Member

Close Date: December 12, 2016 (Committee application required)

Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or jobs

Come join the Harmony Team!

Harmony Foundation Inc. is a local employer with over 46 years in the substance abuse treatment field. As an inpatient 24/7 facility we provide quality care to our clients who are on their path of recovery. Do you want to be a part of this life changing process? Visit our website at / Career Opportunities for our current job opportunity listings.

Flaggers Needed

on Fish Creek Road. Job is December thru August. Pay $13.00/ hour. Must be able to get to and from work & handle the elements. We will to come to Estes and give flagger tests so you don't have to come to Windsor.We are an equal opportunity employeer. Please call 970-674-3450

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Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Harmony Foundation, an adult alcohol/ drug residential treatment center in Estes Park has the following openings available: Food Services Team Member Full time, Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Must be dependable and have related kitchen/cooking experience.

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There’s never been a better time to reach out to those in need. We’re seeking quality people who wish to make a difference by helping seniors in their homes. Flexible schedules. No certification required. Training and support provided. Sign on Bonus for Estes Park area!

Apply online to Or call Eleni Bergquist for more information (970) 494-0289 Web Brochure:


Assistant Manager Country Supermarket apply in person 900 Moraine Ave.


WorldMark Resorts is a world class resort destination offering a fun and energetic team environment. We are currently recruiting for the following positions: Maintenance Tech I (Full Time / Year Round)

Common Area Maintenance (Full Time / Year Round) Laundry Associate (Part Time / Year Round)

To apply for any of these great opportunities, please go to our company website at Search ‘Estes Park’. 970-577-7517

Diamond Resorts Management, Inc.

Year Round Positions Security Agent Housekeeping

Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or Fax 970-577-4770

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Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to You may also fax to 970-577-0392 or mail to 1600 Fish Hatchery Road; Estes Park, CO. Be sure to check out our web site at

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Front Desk

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Year-round Positions Chef: AM/PM The Chef is responsible to the Food Service Manager for preparing, cooking and serving meals during the p.m. shift, and for training and supervising a staff of 45. Must possess two years’ experience in volume food preparation, buffet presentation and institutional food service; strong leadership qualities and supervisory skills; principles of food service sanitation and technical skills in food preparation. Full Time Year Round $13-$14 per hour.

Hot Shot Manager The Chef is responsible to the Food Service Manager for preparing, cooking and serving meals during the p.m. shift, and for training and supervising a staff of 45. Must possess two years’ experience in volume food preparation, buffet presentation and institutional food service; strong leadership qualities and supervisory skills; principles of food service sanitation and technical skills in food preparation. Full Time Year Round $13-$14 per hour.

Annual Giving Director Working collaboratively with the Philanthropy Team, leadership staff and volunteers, the Annual Giving Director is responsible for effectively managing the comprehensive year-round annual giving program for YMCA of the Rockies. This key position ensures that the Annual Campaign goal is met or exceeded each year through a multi-faceted and YMCA best practices fundraising approach. This includes a commitment to advancing a culture of philanthropy through stewardship and cultivation of donors at all levels, along with overseeing all aspects of our Alumni Association. Full Time Year Round $16.82-$19.23/hr

Mission Advancement Director Working collaboratively with the Philanthropy Team, leadership staff and the Camp Chief Ouray Director and staff, this position is responsible for identifying, building, and improving mutually supportive relationships with existing and prospective donors, including camper families, staff, alumni, and volunteers. This position develops and implements strategies to create and strengthen relationships in order to advance both our Mission and philanthropy at YMCA of the Rockies, with a special emphasis on Camp Chief Ouray. This position will report to the Executive Office in Estes Park, CO, but may live and work remotely from the Denver area. Full Time, Year Round $52-$58k

Benefits for YR Staff

Full-Time Operations Manager Visit Estes Park is seeking a full-time operations manager, responsible for VEP administrative functions including, but not limited to, overseeing service providers for human resources, payroll processing, employee benefits, information technology, and facility. Responsibilities also include project management, board document administration, marketing, communications, and public relations support. The ideal candidate will have excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office and CRM experience, knowledge of marketing, exceptional writing ability, professional communication skills, strong project management abilities, and the capacity to learn new systems. A college degree or equivalent experience in marketing, communications, public relations, or business is required. Compensation range is $45,000 - $55,000 depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Fogarty at Visit Estes Park is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-time (40 hours/week), year-round positions offer benefits including health/dental/life insurance, vacation/PTO, participation in the YMCA retirement plan, complimentary nights at both Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch (with some date restrictions based on season/occupancy), and a YMCA of the Rockies family membership. Year-round employees also have access to other employee perks including free skiing /mountain biking/golfing (dependent on season and resort) Winter Park Resort, Granby Ranch, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, and other clubs/resorts.

Seasonal Positions • Grounds Maintenance Worker • Food Service Worker • Housekeeping Worker • Lifeguard • Preschool Teacher • AV Technician • Conference Setup & Services

Postings & applications are on our website: (970) 586-3341 x1032

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River Front Office space/rooms. Multiple available. Want to rent a clean and 970-586-1700 warm home? 2 BD, 1 BA, Room/Roommate No S/P, furnished. $950/mo + util and lease. Call 586-4582, 5pm-8pm Beautiful Furnished BR w Private BA available immeYear round 3BR/2BA diately, Serene, Quiet, Tidy house, 1 car garage, 1 $600-700 Rate negotiable. acre, great neighborhood, Near town. views, deck, patio, storage, FP, W/D, NO Pets, Vacation Rentals NO Smoking, $1,800, 720-870-3535. Pono Kai Resort, Kauai, HI 3/11 to 3/25, 2017. 2 Apartments bedroom Ocean Front condo, $1,250. per week. Modern Studio Downtown Beautiful grounds, magnifiavailable December 1. cent sunrise views. Cen$750 includes utilities laun- trally located on Kauai. dry and trash. (970) 481- Lyle & Margaret Jensen 970-586-4816 1932


Do you love sports? JOIN OUR TEAM! The EVRPD is looking for Site Supervisors and Basketball/Volleyball Sports Officials! We are looking for part-time Youth and Adult Sports Officials that love the game of basketball and/or volleyball! Positions are responsible for officiating games by utilizing current rules and regulations applying to the specific sport. Youth Sports Officials $12.00 - $25.00, Adult Sports Officials $17.00 - $25.00 per game/contest Immediate opening for a Site Supervisor! This position is responsible for the supervision of officials, coaches, volunteers, participants, the public, and recreation equipment in EVRPD indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and the EPSDR-3 used facilities. This employee must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Salary range: $12 - $15/hr. All positions have flexible seasonal schedules, and may work evenings and/or occasional weekends depending on game schedules. Applications and complete job descriptions may be obtained from our website at or from the EVRPD Administration Office at 690 Big Thompson Avenue. Please submit employment applications to: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Attention HR; P.O. Box 1379, Estes Park, CO 80517, or email employee application to

Cabins 1bd Cabin with garage. NO Pets. $850 + Util & deposit. 970-481-6863

One Bedroom Cabin Year-round lease $1200/month Includes Utilities & Cable N/S, N/P Call Todd @ 970586-8141

Commercial Rentals Become part of a quality oriented team at Estes Park Medical Center. Rams Horn Village Resort has a year round full time position available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department:

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

Now Accepting Applications For: • Maintenance • Housekeeping

Email, mail resume or apply in person Best Western Plus Silver Saddle Inn 1260 Big Thompson Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517 No calls

Med/Surg Certified Nurse Aid - PRN Surgical Services OR RN – Full Time

Prospect Park Living Center Certified Nurse Aid – Full Time Interim Nursing Home Administrator – Full Time (13-26 week contract) Information Technology Clinical Systems Analyst – Full Time Send cover letter and resume to or visit our website at and fill out an application. EPMC offers competitive wages and benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer

110 sf office for rent, $125/mo. 979-290-4527 Commercial Rental, 1000 Sq ft. downtown. Modest & Affordable Avail May 1st $1,350/mo + util 970-290-4488

Commercial space for rent. 1050 sq ft. Good parking, overhead garage door & office w/ bathroom. $1300/mo + Util Call 970-290-4488

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SERVICES need a weekend painter??? commercial painter with 45 yrs experience waiting to paint your office or place of business. call for free estimate cell 405.590.8073 David 577.1296

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



Forever Vows Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal, Photography, Other services: Memorials, Pulpit Supply. More info: m/weddings

1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 StingRay, 4 speed coupe, 327/300HP, silver pearl/black interior, $18000, / 719-426-6895

2004 Buick LaSaber Custom. Beautiful condition, new brakes & tires. Must see! $4,800, call 970-2151637

SERVICES Home Repair/Service

HOLMES LOG WORKS 970-586-9168 Log and Metal Railing, Deck Additions, Log Benches, Gates, Mantels & Accents

JLJ Coaching Services, Ltd.- Need help with a big decision or MAJOR LIFE TRANSITION? Create the clarity needed for seasons of big change through phone or in-person coaching with a certified coach. 10 years of experience! 970-591-3555

Jackson of All Trades is available, call Susan at 970.227.9842

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Garage Sales


Legal Notices

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Camera & bag found near Hwy 7 & Pawnee. To claim call 586-9547


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

Black Saturday â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In the Garageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sale, Dec 3, 10A1P only: Xmas tree and decorations, small appliances, electronics, and so very much more. Excellent condition and pricing. 2020 Monida Ct off Scott Avenue.


The Request for Proposal will be issued on December 1st, 2016. Sealed proposals are due by 1:00 PM, local time, on Monday January 9, 2017 at the Estes Valley Recreation and Park Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Administration Offices, located at 690 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. Proposals received after that time will not be accepted.

Copies of the Request for Proposal, and contract documents may be obtained from EVRPD Administration Office, 690 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517 upon payment of a non-refundable fee of ($5.00) per set. The Request for Proposal, and any addenda is also available on the Estes Valley Recreation and Park Districts website at: www.evrpd (district information-RFPS/BIDS/PROJECTS)

Estate Sales

A pre-proposal meeting will be held on December 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM at the Estes Park Golf Course, 1480 Golf Course Road, Estes Park, CO 80517. This is not a mandatory meeting but attendance is recommended.

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

Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Giant Escape bicycle. Perfect for lake path or town cruising. Good condition. $190. 970-215-9346

The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) is seeking proposals from suitably qualified and experienced individuals/firms to operate the Hangar Restaurant, located in the clubhouse of the Estes Park Golf Course.

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District reserves the right to reject any or all, or any part, to waive any formalities, and to award the proposal to the vendor deemed to be in the best interest of EVRPD. All correspondence and questions regarding this RFP should be directed to: Mark Miller, Manager of Golf Services Estes Valley Recreation and Park District PO Box 1379 Estes Park, CO 80517 Telephone: 970.586.8146 Email:








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970-586-3333 Christian Collinet Broker/Owner 970-231-8570 Ellen Benes Marketing Coordinator Brad Barnett Broker Assoc. 970-212-6780 Jeremy Collinet Broker Assoc. 970-302-1850 Julia Daley Broker Assoc. 720-937-0806 Sue Magnuson GRI, Broker. Assoc. 970-214-0319

Lake & Mountain Views

Judy Nystrom GRI, Broker. Assoc. 303-506-5466 Glinda Doyle Assistant to Judy Nystrom Kim Sandell Client Liaison Lori Smith Broker Assoc. 970-232-5511 Jack Smith Broker Assoc. 970-231-7327 Tom Thomas Broker Assoc. 970-481-3619

Ideal Mountain Living Tour

Everything Estes has to offer & more! Complete remodel in 2006 w/ all fine finishes & attention to detail both inside & out. Rare offering overlooking Lake Estes. Best lot on the Lake & panoramic mtn views. Incredible outdoor living w/ 4 patios, perfectly landscaped & a covered porch. 4 Bed/ 3 Bath includes 2 master suites. 23x14 year round sun porch w/ tile & western red cedar. $1,295,000

The Hillside model offers main level living w/ spacious great room, 3 beds/2.5 baths including a master suite w/luxurious spa-like bath, deck for outdoor living & attached 2-car garage. Fine finishes throughout include hardwood flooring, stone counters, stainless appliances & tile baths. Just minutes to RMNP & downtown Estes Park. Choose your favorite lot & let us build your new home! $695,000 Lot 7 Ypsilon Circle


Historic, Private & Big Views • 3 Bedrooms & 3 Bathrooms • Spacious Great Room w\ Sliders to Deck • Cathedral Beamed Ceilings • Incredible Views from Large Deck • 18.45 Acres $750,000 3043 County Road 61

Ultimate Rocky Mountain Retreat • Luxurious Master Suite • Home Theatre & Wine Cellar •Maple & Granite Kitchen •Central Air Conditioning •Magnificent Views! $1,595,000

Welcome to Thunder Mountain • 4 Bedroom/ 4 Bathroom • Main Level Master Suite • Many Upgrades & Updates • Expansive Mountain Views • Walk to RMNP & Nat’l Forest $795,000 2716 Nimbus

Yes, This is the View! • To-Be- Built 3 Bed/ 3Bath • Main Level Master • Open Floor Greatroom • Deck to Enjoy the Views • Contract Now & Choose the Finishes! $545,000 1145 Fish Creek Road


Just, perfect... • 6 Bedroom/ 5 Bathroom • Fine Finishes Throughout • Expansive Views • 4.65 Acre Site • Beautifully Landscaped $1,450,000

Privacy in the Retreat • 3.44 Acres • Graded Driveway to Home Site • Mature Trees and Rock Outcroppings • Site Plan and Sewer Design Available • Ready for your Dream Home!

Downtown Commercial Office • 4 Offices plus Reception Area • Professionally Decorated • Handicap Accessible • Public Parking Across the Street • Overlooks Scenic Riverwalk $205,000 356 E Elkhorn #10

$99,000 900 Bulwark Ridge Drive

523 St. Vrain Lane, Estes Park, CO 80517

Beauty, Privacy & Serenity • 3 Bedroom Log Home • Mountain Great Room • Native Stone Fireplace • Spectacular 38.6 Acre Setting • Waterfall, Creek & Pristine Forest $575,000 11983 Highway 7

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