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December 20, 2019

Massive Moose This bull moose was seen this week near Sheep Lakes in RMNP. Photo by Robert Burns

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Hermit Park Open Space Seasonal Closure Begins December 20, 2019 The seasonal closure of Larimer County’s Hermit Park Open Space, located 2 miles southeast of Estes Park, will begin effective Friday, December 20, 2019. The last day the public may visit Hermit Park this year is Thursday, December 19. Hermit Park will remain closed during the winter months because of wintry weather conditions and protection of wintering range for big game animals, such as elk. Hermit Park will reopen to the public on March 1, 2020, weather dependent. All dates are weather dependent and subject to change. For questions, please call the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Administrative Offices at (970) 619-4570.

Enjoy The Yuletide Lights Driving Tour In Estes Park This Holiday Season! Visit festively decorated Estes Park local businesses and residential houses on a self-guided driving tour! Grab some hot chocolate from a local coffee shop and hop in the car to enjoy this tour of

Estes Park community members who want to share their holiday spirit with you! Check out the tour map at:

Town Of Estes Park Christmas And New Year's Closures And Cancellations The Town of Estes Park municipal offices and the Estes Park Visitor Center will be closed Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday. Offices will resume

normal operating hours Thursday, Dec. 26. These facilities will also be closed Wednesday, January 1, for the New Year's Day holiday, resuming normal hours Thursday, January 2.

Merry Christmas Drop Off Christmas Trees Dec. 26 Jan. 10 At The Fairgrounds

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The Town of Estes Park's free Christmas tree drop-off site will be open to local residents 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10, except Jan. 1 when the Town is closed for the New Year's holiday. The drop-off will be located at the east entrance of the Fairgrounds off Community Drive; follow the signs to the fenced drop-off location. Trees must be stripped of or-

naments, tinsel and other decorations. No wreaths, garland, artificial trees or tree stands will be accepted. Trees must be dropped during the specified hours in the identified area. Dropping trees after hours or in other locations at the Fairgrounds will be considered illegal dumping and may be subject to a fine. This service is free of charge to local residents.

Christmas Holiday Closure Larimer County Offices, Courts, District Attorney, and Landfill are closed Dec. 25, 2019, for the Christmas Day Holiday. On December 24th, Larimer County Courts, and District Attorney close at noon, and the Landfill closes at 2:30 p.m. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.

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Stanley Home Museum And Education Center Capital Campaign Reaches $1.5 Million The Historic Stanley Home Foundation started its Capital Campaign in January 2019. Continued strong support has now increased total funds raised to more than $1,500,000. This brings the campaign to 78% of the total campaign goal. The campaign will continue through most of the month of January to secure the necessary funds to purchase the Stanley Home and the 4.4 acres surrounding it. There is no time to spare to be counted as a Charter Member of this mission by donating now. Over 375 donors have now joined the cause. Recognition of each and every donor will rightfully be accorded to honor their show of community pride. Over three years of the volunteer work of dozens and donor generosity will soon culminate in the saving of the Stanley Home, BUT only if we finish strong in the next month. The campaign must be completed by the end of January to enable the many volunteers of the Foundation to shift their attention to the preparation of the home and our processes to begin public tours of the home in the summer of

2020. Please join your friends and neighbors in honoring the legacy of F.O. and Flora Stanley and their contributions to our community. This is an effort that must succeed now, as it will very likely never be repeated. This mission must be accomplished now. We urge you to view our Stanley Home video at the website address below. The video makes very plain why this initiative is so profoundly important to the community. Please visit our website at, email us at or call Tom Shamburg at (970) 590-9468 with any questions you may have and to donate or pledge your support. Much has been accomplished by the supporters of The Historic Stanley Home Foundation since its formation in late 2016. We thank you in advance for joining us in fulfilling this mission now. We have come so far and must now finish strongly.

Estes Park Police Department Blue Santas Deliver Holiday Cheer Last weekend, the elves were hard at work in Blue Santa's workshop, preparing dozens of boxes and bags for nearly 100 local residents in need of a little holiday cheer this season. Also on hand making spirits bright was EPPD’s new K9 officer Diego who helped deliver

holiday goodies, gifts and smiles. Blue Santa is an annual event organized by our Estes Park Police Auxiliary to provide food, gifts, hygiene products and a little bit of companionship to local individuals and families.

Courtesy photos

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The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On December 6 at 10:20 p.m. police were called to a motor vehicle accident in the 700 block of Peakview Drive. Upon arrival officers suspected the 58 year old female driver from Estes Park was impaired by alcohol. She was charged with DUI, DUI per se and failure to drive in a single lane and transported to the Larimer County Jail. On December 11 2:05 a.m. police contacted a 32 year old male driver from Estes Park at 381 S. St. Vrain Ave. The driver showed signs of impairment and was charged with DUI, DUI per se, resisting arrest and criminal mischief and later transported to the Larimer County Jail. On December 11 at 12:56 p.m. police were called to a disturbance at 430

Peakview Drive. Upon arrival they charged a 49 year old male from Estes Park with domestic violence, and false imprisonment against a 45 year old victim. The male was also found to be wanted on a warrant from the Larimer County Sheriff ’s Office for failure to comply on bond conditions from a DUI charge. He was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail. On December 13 at 10:38 a.m. police stopped a 24 year old male driver at 404 Elm Ave. for reckless driving. The male was charged with vehicle eluding, obstructing a peace officer, reckless driving and disregarding a police officers command. He was also found to be wanted on a warrant from EPPD for failure to appear on a false reporting charge. He was arrested and transported to the Larimer County Jail.

service. This included: EVFPD firefighters generally respond • Emergency medical (asto medical calls in their personal vehisist EPH): 2 cles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a • Mutual Aid: 1 fire station to respond in department ap- • Smoke Detector: 1 paratus with specialized equipment. • MVC: 4 During the week of December 8, the • Alarms: 4 Estes Valley Fire Protection District Estes Valley Fire (EVFPD) responded to 12 calls for

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Wrapped Up In The Holiday Spirit One more chance to get your gifts wrapped before Christmas! Calendar tight for Christmas preparation? Presents bought but not wrapped? We have your solution! Relax while St. Bart’s elves wrap your presents right in front of you and no chance of getting home with the wrong present! After picking out your paper, ribbon and decoration, you get to relax sipping coffee and munching cookies (both complimentary). Take a break and cross off wrapping presents from your list.

Due to the snow last Saturday, you have one more chance to get your gifts beautifully wrapped! Please come to St. Bart’s Parish Hall, 880 MacGregor Avenue, this Saturday, December 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for your holiday gift wrapping! After you see your exquisitely wrapped packages, make a donation in payment so that St. Bart’s Women’s Group can continue to support several nonprofits groups in the Estes Park community.

Town Prepares For April 7 Municipal Election; Candidate Forum Scheduled Jan. 7 The Town of Estes Park will hold the next regular Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 as a mail ballotonly election for the mayor and three trustee seats on the Board of Trustees. Voters will determine who will occupy seats currently held by Mayor Todd Jirsa, Mayor Pro Tem Ron Norris and Trustees Eric Blackhurst and Patrick Martchink. Mayor Pro Tem Norris is term-limited as a trustee. Mayor Jirsa and Trustees Blackhurst and Martchink are eligible to run for an additional four-year term in their current seats. For individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming a candidate, the Town Clerk will offer a candidate information forum on Jan. 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, at 170 MacGregor Ave. This forum will include a review of the candidate packet, including candidate eligibility, nomination instructions, the nomination petition, Fair Campaign Practices Act instructions, expectations of time commitment and the role of a Board member. Registered electors 18 years of age or older may be a candidate and hold office if they have resided inside Town limits for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding April 7, 2020. Candidate packets will be available at the Town Clerk’s office, Room 130 of Town Hall on or after Jan. 7, 2020 and nomination petitions may be circulated beginning the same day. The petition must be signed by at least 10 registered electors who reside inside Town limits. The filing

deadline for nomination petitions is Jan. 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. Additional important dates: Jan. 8: Applications available at the Town Clerk’s office for Absent Voter/Mail Ballot Address Change – for voters who will be out of town and need a mail ballot forwarded to a different address. Feb. 3: Last day to file a Write-In Candidate Affidavit Feb. 4: Last day for a candidate to withdraw from the election Feb. 22: Ballots mailed to voters registered as an active military or overseas voter March 16 – March 23: – Ballots mailed to all registered voters March 16: Last day for eligible electors to establish residency in the State of Colorado. Register to vote at, County Clerk office or Town Clerk office up to the day of the election. April 3: Last day to request an absentee mail ballot to be mailed. April 7: Election Day – Town Hall polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. in order to be counted. April 28: Swearing-in of newly elected Town Trustees and Mayor at the Town Board Meeting. For more election information, please visit, or contact the Town Clerk’s office at 970-577-4777 or by email at

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Get Your High-Dose Flu Vaccination At The Physician Clinic The flu season is upon us and with the holiday season in full swing, there is no better time than now to get your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares these key reasons why you should be vaccinated: • Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu illnesses and hospitalization. • Flu vaccination is an important preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions. • While some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu, studies have shown that the vaccination can reduce the severity of the illness. Lesta Johnson RN-BC, MSN, IBCLC, Physician Clinic Nurse Manager wants

you to know that there are still HighDose flu vaccines available at the Estes Park Health Physician Clinic. The HighDose vaccine is specifically for people age 65 and older. The High-Dose contains four times the antigen (the part of the vaccine that helps your body build up protection against flu viruses) of standard-dose inactivated influenza vaccines. The higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is intended to give older people a better immune response, therefore, better protection against the flu. You can call 970-586-2200 to schedule an appointment to get your flu shot. Most insurance providers cover the cost for a flu shot.

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Don’t Become A Victim Of The Icy Conditions! You might think that most falls occur when the snow is falling, but the Estes Park Health Director of EMS, Guy Beesley, says that is not the case. “We see most of our outdoor falls one to two days after an accumulating snowfall. This is when people are ready to get out of their homes and falling in parking lots, on sidewalks and in their driveways is very common. These falls usually result in orthopedic injuries, but some falls have resulted in significant traumatic brain injuries with bleeding inside the brain.” In every article that talks about how to prevent winter falls, having the proper

• Use Yoga or Tai Chi to improve your core strength and balance. Both of these classes are offered at the Estes Valley Community Center. You can also learn balance exercises by visiting a Physical Therapist at Estes Park Health. • Look before you step out of your car. What might look like a wet patch could easily be black ice. • Keep your walkways clear and use salt, ice melt or sand to increase traction. If you are not normally physically active, get someone to help clear your walkways. • If you really don’t have to go somewhere – don’t go. When you made that

foot wear is the main priority. Guy shared, “If folks want to prevent falls, they should have the proper footwear – shoes or boots with rough, waffled, ridged or heavily textured soles.” Guy also suggests adding some sort of additional winter traction like Yaktracks and trekking poles for balance. Guy encourages everyone to “walk deliberately” and concentrate on every step. Try to think a few steps ahead and plan your next movement before you do them. Here are some additional tips for walking in the snow: 1. Take your time! Days after a snow fall is no time to rush. It is better to be a little late, than to be in the Emergency Department. 2. Keep your weight forward and walk like a penguin. This position provides greater stability. 3. Avoid walking on highly compacted snow. Compacted snow can quickly turn to ice underneath. We’ve even come up with some tips you might not have considered: • Get your eyes checked. Being able to see what is in front of you can help avoid a potential fall.

lunch appointment, who knew we’d get eight inches of snow? Reschedule your “to-do list”, stay inside and keep yourself and your friends safe. If you do start to slip, try to roll with the fall if you begin to fall forward. Or, sit down if you begin to fall backward. This may sound very counterintuitive but try to relax during your fall. When a falling person relaxes, an injury is less severe than when they tense up. Fighting a fall on ice can cause twisting or bending injuries which may be worse than the bump the fall would have produced. So, wear good boots, invest in some additional traction like Yaktracks, use trekking poles and walk like a penguin to avoid meeting Guy and his team face-to-face.

SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, Dec 31 @3-10pm Are you ready for a Chillaxin' New Years Eve? Post 119 plans for the evening include a potluck supper, maybe a few games, and a 10pm champagne toast to the new year before we safely head home for bed. You are welcome to join us.

VETERANS SERVICES No scheduled hours for Benefits assistance for Veterans and families during this week. Call 970-586-6118 for an appointment. Thursday Dec 26 @noon-5pm Veteran readjustment counseling. Call 970-586-6118 for an appointment.

MEETINGS No meetings scheduled for this week. Foundation, Sunrise Rotary,

Operations Committee meeting all cancelled.

HAVE FUN! Sunday, Dec 22 @2pm Lions @ Broncos Come and watch with us. @6pm Bingo! Fun and cash prizes for all ages!

WE WANT TO FEED YOU! Friday, Dec 20 @5:30-7pm Spaghetti & Meatballs $12 Friday, Dec 27 No Friday Night Dinner due to Kitchen Remodel

Happy Holidays from Circle 119!

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Museum Program: Estes Speaks On Saturday, December 21, at 2:00 p.m. volunteering both at the Estes learn from the locals at the Estes Park Park Museum and MacGregor Museum during the fall series, Estes Ranch, among others. She was heavily Speaks. For the final in the series of four invested in local history, earning her the oral histories, staff will be sharing the nickname, "Mrs. Estes Park." Eventually, video interview of she would pen the history Harriet Rose of the Woman's Club in Burgess (1925 her book, Then The 2012). In her 2007 Women Took Over: A 100 interview, Harriet Years of the Estes Park reflects on her Woman's Club. For her eftime in Estes Park forts, Harriet was awarded describing her exVolunteer of the Year in periences and 2008 and the Pioneer memories. ProAward in 2019. gram attendees Starting in the late 1970s, will be invited to Museum and Library staff share stories rebegan gathering interlated to oral hisviews from local individutory interviews afals. Interviewing has conter each program tinued up through the which will be 2013 flood and a series in moderated by Mu2014 with prominent local seum staff. Harriet Rose Burgess climbers/mountaineers. Harriet first came With a variety of topics to Estes Park from Kansas City in the and eras spanning across more than 150 1930s and returned almost every suminterviews, the Museum has taken the mer and moved to the area permanently platform to let those who experienced in 1957. In 1949, she met Bill Burgess at history tell it themselves. Please join us the Old Plantation restaurant. They were as we explore the collection. married the very next year at the ComThe mission of the Estes Park Museum munity Church of the Rockies on is to conduct activities that preserve, Elkhorn Ave., with the reception follow- share and respect the unique history of ing at the Elkhorn Lodge. Harriet was Estes Park. For more information, call highly involved in the Estes Park comthe Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 munity, serving on several organizations or visit the Museum's website at including Woman's Club, Quota Club, PEO, Antiquarians, Town Planning Board, League of Woman Voters, and

Speaker To Present Personal Story Of Surviving a WWII Jungle Prison Author Hulda Bachman-Neeb will be giving a presentation on her book Perils and Pearls at the Maude Jellison Library at YMCA of the Rockies on Friday, December 27 at 3 p.m. Bachman-Neeb was born in Indonesia of colonial Dutch parentage two years before the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. As much of Asia fell under Japanese control, all non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps. They were held until August

of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific. Bachman-Neeb spent three and a half years in a Japanese detention camp with her mother and brother. Perils and Pearls is the true story of their surviving and recovering from this experience. The lecture is free and open to the public. Maude Jellison Library is located behind Hyde Chapel at YMCA of the Rockies. For more information, call 970-5863341 ext. 1133.

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Christmas is only five days away. Rudolph is polishing up his red nose, thinking that perhaps Olive, the other reindeer, may find it attractive. Frosty can be found dusting off his old silk hat after spending the night in jail for jaywalking. Did he think he’d get away with it when the traffic cop hollered stop? Charlie Brown, now a Christmas tree farm owner, is thrilled that one pathetic little tree that couldn’t hold its needles put an end to the popularity of the aluminum Christmas tree in 1965. And Miss Fanny Bright is waiting for her Uber ride, hoping she doesn’t get upsot on her way to Whoville. With five days left to get everything done, we’re busy too. But when the day winds down we put on our slippers, snuggle up under blankets and sip hot apple cider. We admire the stockings hanging from the mantle and gaze at the tree glowing with lights and ornaments, and our thoughts drift back in time to Christmases past. Dan W., who has a cabin abutting the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park, told me, "Some of our most enjoyable Christmases were the ones spent at the cabin in Colorado. We would have to walk in for over a mile to get to the cabin. The tree would come from out on the mountain from a small group of clustered trees and it would get decorated with paper chains and strings of popcorn and other homemade ornaments. On Christmas morning we would get one present each, too hard to haul in a mound of presents. The cabin would smell good with turkey in the oven along with all the trimmings. We would go out sledding first, then have Christmas dinner after. These are times our family will never forget. Now our kids are all married with families and we stay in Illinois. It’s too hard to hike in now that we are older. Our kids have gone out with their families at Christmastime a few times. Good memories.” [This sounds like it comes straight out of a Currier and Ives print, Dan. How fortunate you are! ] Ann B. recalls her own less complicated time. "Ahhhhh for the simple,” she sighed. “We did not have Santa when the children were little. We concentrated on the birth. However five years later my nephew was born and Santa came roaring in…my nephew swore he believed until sophomore year in high school and our kids supported him totally!” [Ann, I still believe, and I know you do too. ] John R. has good memories of family time at Christmas. “For the longest time, when I was young, my father and I would drive up Rist Canyon, west of Fort Collins, and select and cut a live fir tree in the mountains of a ranch that used to make money from the sale of the trees. (What did we pay? Eight dollars or so for the tree, a little more for some of the branches, lower down, from which my mother would make a wreath.) My mother would direct my sister and me in decorating the tree with ornaments she had bought through the years as she could afford them. Every ornament had a

history, and she would tell us about its purchase. The most meaningful ornaments were the oldest, bell shapes cut from an egg carton, wrapped with aluminum foil so they were ‘Christmas bells.’ “‘Those were from our Christmas in 1945,’ she would say, ‘when we were just married and lived in Estes Park and couldn't afford to buy ornaments that first year.’ You get the picture. I still have those ornaments from all those years and remember her stories (not all her stories) of how they were acquired and why.” [Those old handmade ornaments are the best!] Debbie S.’s family acquired their tree in quite a different way. “Grandmother Mary lost her husband before my parents married so she went to work as a housemother for the KU Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, back when frat houses loved their momsaway-from-home. “Our tree always came very late in December—bigger perhaps than most—as it was recycled from the frat house since Grandmother was the housemother there. (We never knew what condition it might be in.) We were recycling before it was cool!” [Debbie, were you able to recycle the tree afterward as well?] And then Michael S., after reading my column last week about Christmas decorations that induce thoughts of stocking coal, brings us back to the joys of modern Christmas with this: “Don’t you think looking at a woman’s leg lamp puts you in the Christmas spirit? Oh, and thanks for reminding me of Mariah Carey’s song. Now I have the gift that keeps on giving running through my head. Have you ever done a column on removing unwanted songs set on autorepeat in our brains?” [Michael, allow your leg lamp to lead you on your quest for an answer to this question. Let me know what you find out and I’ll share it.] My journalist role model Nancy H. also commented on my column about decorating for the holidays: “Do not disparage that person with Wildcats in purple on his or her roof. To those of us who bleed purple, are tattooed purple (yes, me), and thrill at the sight of purple, it is just a nice addition to the holiday season. I mean, red and green can get tiresome and purple is a royal color (‘Once in royal David's city. .. ’) “If this remark seems incredibly biased that's because it is. “Have a great Christmas with your wonderful family whom we all know and love through your columns.” To Nancy, Michael, Debbie, John, Dan, and all of my readers, may your holiday memories—and decorations, whatever they may be—bring you much joy this season and always! You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2019 Sarah Donohoe

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2020 Rotary Friendship Card Available For Purchase Estes Park’s $10 local discount card is now available for purchase at the following locations: Estes Park Visitor Center, Macdonald Book Shop, Nicky’s Steak and Seafood House, Quality Inn, Safeway (Guest Services), Rocky Mountain Gateway, and The Village Store at National Park Village. The Friendship Card will be valid at more than 70 local businesses, who will offer discounts on food and drink, shopping, entertainment, and services. Friendship Card holders will need to show their card at the business in order to receive the discount. Certain restrictions may apply. Participating merchants will be listed on the Friendship Card’s Facebook page – Friendship Card. Printed brochures will be available at locations selling the card, and participating merchants will display the Friendship Card window decal. The 2020 card

will be valid from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The Friendship Card is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Estes Park. Net proceeds from the sale of the card are used to support the club’s many charitable projects, including but not limited to

scholarships and community grants. The Rotary Club of Estes Park would like to thank the many participating merchants, as this fundraising project would not be possible without each one of them. To become a participating merchant, contact Karen Thompson at

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One of these three items could be local early photographer J.R. Riddle. Photograph courtesy Bill Meirath

Estes Park Archives Christmas Program Drop in to "Ten Letters" on 240 Moraine Avenue this Saturday, December 21, anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the final get together of the year. Because it is the holiday season, we will be decorating homemade cookies and making "star trees." Estes Park Archives spokesperson John Meissner will provide an update on the search for an authentic, verifiable photograph of early Estes Park photographer James R. Riddle. The surprise of last week's program was

Estes Fly Tyers Group The Estes Fly Tyers group meets at the Estes Valley Library in the Makerspace Room on the second floor. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 7 Tuesday, February 4 Tuesday, March 3 Tuesday, April 7 Tuesday, May 5 What to bring: your own vise, tools and materials The idea of the group is to get together and tie flies, share ideas and techniques. You tie the flies you want, restock your box and find out what is working in the Estes area. All skill levels are welcome, if you are not a fly tyer, you are welcome to come and observe. No fees, its free! Questions, please contact Frank Drummond at 303-810-4538 or email or Susan Underwood at

how an image provided by an invited speaker only added to the debate - Does the label on the photograph indicate the individual pictured, or the individual who took the picture? The program and cookies are free, and reservations are not required. Everyone, including first-time visitors to Estes Park and relatives in town to enjoy family or frolic in the snow, is invited to come and hear the exciting things planned for "Ten Letters" in 2020.

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On Wednesday, December 11th the Estes Park High School Key Club visited the residents of Prospect Park to spread holiday cheer. Featuring Geo Dumont on guitar, we sang traditional carols such as Frosty the Snowman, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Silent Night, and more! After singing to the group that came, we also visited various residents throughout the building that could not make it down to the main room. As well as this, Key Club handed out personalized, illustrated Christmas cards to residents designed by the middle school art classes! Thank you so much to Prospect Park for letting us visit! We had a wonderful time, and we hope to return one day to do something similar. Happy holidays!

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Local Nonprofits Receive BBB Charity Accreditation

Happy Holidays

Thanks You for a Great Year! From Estes Park Shuttle Eleven nonprofit organizations joined a BBB cohort this year to implement standards for ethical governance, responsible fundraising, and transparency of financial operations. Organizations that met all 20 standards of Charity Accreditation includes: Estes Valley Crisis Advocates, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success, Estes Valley Land Trust, and Harmony Foundation, Inc.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is over 100 years old and has long been the gold standard for establishing trust in the marketplace. The BBB is itself a nonprofit organization, consisting of 106 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada. The BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming (Estes’ local BBB) began charity evaluations in 2007 and have since accredited 84 charities within this region. Eleven Estes Park nonprofit organizations committed to a yearlong cohort that regularly met to learn from industry professionals and bring best practices to their processes. Topics included financial standards and transparency, programming, governance and fund raising practices. These topics are not the glorious stars of philanthropy! For many nonprofits, especially smaller organizations where people wear so many hats (and may or may not have the expertise and skill set), setting these standards in place can be challenging. The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center applauds all the nonprofits that participated in this demanding program. Organizations that met all 20 standards of Charity Accreditation includes: Estes

Valley Crisis Advocates, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success, Estes Valley Land Trust, and Harmony Foundation, Inc. Congratulations! Look for the BBB logo on their website, in fundraising material, at events, in the office, etc. Organizations that participated in the cohort and will continue to work towards accreditation include: Cultural Arts Council, Estes Early Childhood Education Foundation, Estes Park Education Foundation, Healing Waters, Estes Park Learning Place, and The Old Gallery at Allenspark. All of these organizations are deep into the process and look forward to celebrating when they get to the finish line. Local programming for BBB charity accreditation is offered to our community through a partnership between Laurie Dale Marshall, Executive Director of Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, and Jennifer Hanke, Education and Outreach Manager for the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado funded this year’s cohort and recently awarded funds to underwrite the program again next year.

Offering Complimentary Designated Driver Rides In and Around Estes Park On New Year’s Eve For a ride or information call 586-5151

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The Salvation Army Is Laundering Money Well, we didn’t really wash it. The currency in the kettles got wet and soggy from snow, so we had to dry it in a clothes dryer before we took it to the bank. Neither wind, nor rain, nor snow.... We have had it all this year. We have had over 100 different people ring the bell for the Salvation Army in this weather and many of them have rung the bell more than once. They are a brave and hardy group. We want to acknowledge members of the Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Columbus, Shepard of the Mountains Church, and employees from Estes Park Health and the Town of Estes Park who have pitched in to help. We have raised $25,000 as of the 15th toward our goal of $50,000. We still have nine more days to go. If you haven’t had a chance to help, there is still time because we don’t stop until Christmas Eve. Dress warmly, bring a chair, bring a friend, bring your music, bring your dog. Each shift is only two hours long and you can split the time with someone else. Sign up at or call 646-5335 or send an email to You can also skip the kettles and mail contributions to P.O. Box 172, Estes Park.

St. Jude’s Novena May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved & preserved throughout the world now & forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day. By the eighth day, your prayer will be answered. Say it for nine days. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank you Jesus.

Thank You, St. Jude T.M.

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By now I hope y’all have done all your Christmas shopping and decorations. We get so busy in preparing for the “season” that many of us forget why we celebrate this time of year. I know there are some who do not celebrate Christmas, only the fun of the holidays, but the original purpose of celebration for Christians is the birth of a little tiny baby named Jesus who changed history and created a new faith. A tiny baby, who Christians believe saved the world from sin and brought joy to the world. So, in deep gratitude and happiness I wish y’all Merry Christmas. To my many readers and friends who are not of my Christian faith, I wish y’all a Happy Season. Speaking of my readers, I had an email the other day from a long-time friend. She sent me an easy recipe that I intend to share with you. Karen, like me, has a long list of old recipes and occasionally shifts through her collection finding an “oldie but goodie.” This is one that think you will enjoy, especially in this busy time. If you do not have these pieces of chicken, I would just poach a large chicken breast (or two). I have been doing that of late. Just Google “How to poach chicken breasts.” Here is Kare’s email: “I took an old, yellowed, newspaper recipe from my file and changed it up quite a lot for lunch today. It is soooo easy and good! Try it! It would maybe serve four light eaters if you had a salad

with it. George and I ate half with some leftover salads for lunch and will finish it off tonight. Prepare: 1 pkg. sautéed chicken strips (2+ cups), small cubes 3 stalks celery, small cubes 2 slices bread w/out crusts, small cubes 1/2 cup broken pecan pieces Mix: 1/2 C mayo 1 T. lemon juice 1 t. Worcestershire 1 t. mustard Scant 1/2 t. @ cayenne pepper, summer savory, coriander salt to taste Combine all above ingredients Top with shredded Swiss cheese Bake in buttered pie dish at 350 for 35 min. Sprinkle with something green and fresh (cilantro, celery leaves, etc.) ” It was nice to have someone else send a new recipe, even though it is an old one. As Sunshine and I await the celebration of Christmas, we take a breather with the presents wrapped and the tree decorated, and gifts sent afar. I hope you can do the same. My email: Bon Appétit.

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EVICS Art Gala Meets Matching Fund Challenge

The EVICS Family Resource Center team extends a BIG thank you to the community for supporting the 4th Annual EVICS Art Gala Fundraiser. Winter Wonderland was truly a festive and magical event! Many thanks to Fall River Village Resort for graciously providing the gorgeous venue at Skyview event center, and a huge thank you goes out to Jubilations Catering for donating a delicious spread of holiday food for the event. EVICS is grateful to the other sponsors who supported this event and all those in the community who came out and made the event a success. The festive evening was hallmarked by a beautiful silent auction collection of unique art, all graciously donated by local artists. Children’s art was also a big hit with the gala guests. The Giving Tree gave guests the opportunity to support specific needs of the EVICS program. By far, the highlight of the evening was the rowdy Head ‘n Tails game, led by the legendary Laurie Dale Marshall! The game gave everyone

a chance to get in the action and support EVICS Childcare Scholarships. Lucky winner JoAnn Batey went home with the Eat, Drink and Be Merry Basket, chocked full of over $2,000 worth of food, drink and entertainment in Estes Park. All guests who donated $250 or more, received a handcrafted wooden bowl by master craftsman John Lynch. Many thanks to John and to the generous basket donors! The event brought in over $23,000 for the EVICS program, unlocking matching donations of an additional $15,000 from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Bank of Colorado in Estes Park. In 2019, requests for childcare scholarships hit an all-time high, and EVICS strug-



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gled to keep up with the need. The fund provides critical access to childcare for families who cannot afford the entire cost of care. The cost of childcare is out of reach for many families, and without support, children are denied the stability of consistent, safe, and reliable care, and parents find it difficult to maintain a job. A portion of the funding raised at the Art Gala, along with the $15K in matching funds, will support Childcare Scholarships for 2020. The remainder of the funds will be directed to on-going program support including parent education, childcare provider support, provider recruitment, and other community initiatives.

The 2019 EVICS Art Gala was truly a Winter Wonderland evening as friends came together to insure young children in our community have what they need to thrive. The EVICS staff, Board of Directors, Art Gala Committee, and most of all, Estes Park families and children thank you community for your support! If you missed the gala, it’s not too late to consider a year-end gift to EVICS. A certified 501c3 non-profit organization, EVICS depends solely on donations and grants for scholarships and program services. All donations are 100% tax deductible and qualify for the 50% Colorado Child Care Tax Credit. Give online at or mail your donation to: EVICS, PO Box 3373, Estes Park CO 80517. For more information on the EVICS Family Resource Center, please call 970-586-3055. EVICS will be closed for the Holidays Dec 24 – Jan 1, but gifts will still be accepted online and by mail.

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All Your Wedding Needs In One Destination – Estes Park Wedding Show Sunday, January 26, 2020 Attention engaged couples! Dreaming of a stunning Rocky Mountain wedding? Then don’t miss the Estes Park Wedding Association’s annual Wedding Show on Sunday, January 26 at The Pavilion at the Stanley Hotel. The Estes Park Wedding Association invites couples to their Annual Wedding Show on Sunday, January 26, 2020 hosted by The Pavilion at the Stanley Hotel from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Couples will be able to connect with venues, photographers, florists, officiants, beauty and spa services, wedding entertainment, and planners, all while sampling delectable food and cake. This year’s event will also feature a fashion show finale. Couples will be eligible to win hourly giveaways and a grand prize, $1,500 towards the wedding services of any EPWA member! The Estes Park Wedding Association is a professional group of qualified wedding venues and wedding vendors all committed to providing the very best in destination mountain weddings in Colorado’s premier wedding destination: Estes Park, CO. Each venue and vendor will be showcasing their premiere serv-

ices to help couples find and select their wedding dream team. Joe D’Alessandro, current President of the Estes Park Wedding Association explains “Estes Park is Colorado’s Premier Wedding Destination and the Estes Park Wedding Association is known to provide the very best in wedding services. Our hope is that our annual wedding show will make planning easy for couples; they will find their Wedding Dream Team in one place and all in one day, that is filled with wedding-themed fun and excitement.” The Estes Park Wedding Association Bridal Show will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020 hosted by the The Pavilion at the Stanley Hotel. General admission is $11 for the first attendee and $6 for each additional guest in their party. Tickets are available at the door or online at bridal-show. Learn more about the Estes Park Wedding Association, including a list of current members, at

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“’IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR’…IF…” Many people would shake their heads at the lyrics of that song as they wrestle with depression, loneliness, family issues and other such things, while viewing masses around them with smiles on their faces, songs on their lips and total enthusiasm for the season. What makes the difference? Many of those who are jubilantly celebrating the season are focusing on family and upcoming times to be enjoyed, as they make the rounds of stores gathering gifts that they hope will add to the pleasures of their loved ones and guests. We hope for each family a ‘Merry Kalekemaka’ (Hawaiian: ‘Merry Christmas’) with safety for all travelers and joyous times together. Many others will be finding their joy in the celebrations focused upon our Lord. Max Lucado, one of the best religious writers of our time, wrote a book entitled: ‘God Came Near’, one of the most truly Inspirational descriptions of the events surrounding the ‘arrival’ of our Savior. In it he highlights the impact Christ’s arrival and life make for this being one of the ‘most wonderful times of the year.’ He says: “Christianity in its purest form is nothing more than seeing Jesus. Have you seen Him? Those who have seen Him have never been the same.” In man’s search for ‘joy’ it is evident how much that resulted from Christ’s birth. When Zechariah was told that he and Elizabeth would have a special son, John, to herald the coming Savior he was told: “You will have joy and gladness and many will rejoice at his birth.” When it was announced that Mary would bring God’s Son into the world her response was: “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Even the unborn John would ‘leap for joy’ when Mary entered the room and greeted Elizabeth. And we’re all familiar with the announcement to the shepherds and the soon-to-follow visit by the Magi and the joy that would accompany each. So, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come”, is appropriate to think about at this time of the year. However, for anyone seeking joy and gladness in their lives I recommend that they include thoughts of Him at all times of the year. ‘Joy’ is not just an emotion extant just during the Christmas season. It is an exhilarating feeling that can be felt by His people at all times. In God’s Word, the authors speak of it frequently. The words: ‘joy’, ‘rejoice’, ‘rejoicing’, and ‘gladness’ occur over 650 times. This is part of our heritage as we walk from day-to-day. From Bethlehem, as Jesus walked the earth ‘joy’ followed Him wherever He went. It is mentioned as blessing people in so many situations: as Jesus heals people and family members welcome them back ‘whole’ again; as people study His life and message and decide to become His disciples, like the Ethiopian eunuch who heard about Jesus, was baptized and then ‘went on his way rejoicing’; like the seventy-two disciples sent out by Jesus who saw the impact that their work was having on others and rejoiced. Jesus added to that joy, “Don’t rejoice as much from this, as rejoicing that your names are written in Heaven,”; and those who were promised that “as good and faithful servants” they would hear Jesus say: “Enter into the joy of your Lord”. But for now: it has been said that ‘He’s the reason for the season’, so “Come let us adore Him”. I heard a true story about a group gathering to celebrate a newborn baby. A steady stream of people entered the home, discarding their coats on a bed as they entered, only to discover later that the coats were landing on the baby, endangering the reason for their celebration. I wonder how often our ‘Reason for celebrating’ feels overwhelmed by the Bob Lewis ‘coats’ of the season. “Joy to your world!”

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu December 23 - December 27 Monday, Dec 23 Stuffed Bell Pepper w/ Beef & Rice, garlic bread & side salad Tuesday, Dec 24 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Wednesday, Dec 25 Closed for Christmas Thursday, Dec 26 Pasta Primavera w/ Chicken, garlic bread & side salad Friday, Dec 27 Fish Tacos (3) w/ refried beans, rice & coleslaw

December 30 - January 3 Monday, Dec 30 Chicken Cordon Bleu (topped with sauce) w/ au gratin potatoes & vegetables Tuesday, Dec 31 Beef Pot Roast w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Wednesday, Jan 1 Closed for New Year’s Day Thursday, Jan 2 Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger w/ homemade chips & 3 bean salad Friday, Jan 3 Baked Cod w/ Rice Pilaf and side salad All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Dec 23rd, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Dec 20th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 (Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 pm). Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center at our NEW location 1760 Olympian Lane. Eat at the Senior Citizens Center or take Meals to Go! Regular hours of operation 9:00 am -- 1:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Join or renew membership for 2020 to receive free activities & reduced meals! Check out our website: TriFit, Balance, Mah Jongg, crafts, games, and other activities.

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Duck Race 2020 Needs Participating Organizations

The red cage is filled with ducks adopted by race fans.

By: Rita DuChateau The deadline for applications from Estes Valley nonprofit charities or organizations that would like to be a part of the 2020 Rotary Duck Race is fast approaching! Now’s the time submit paperwork for consideration by the Rotary Duck Race Festival organizations committee. Letters have been sent to past and potential participating organizations, according to Karen Thompson, chairman of the 32nd Rotary Duck Race Festival. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 is the deadline for organizations to respond. “We invite nonprofit charities and organizations to complete the application, so we can develop our list and print our Adoption Forms,” Thompson said. “The Rotary Duck Race Festival Committee is planning an exciting event to continue its legendary success over the past three decades. We look forward to selecting a wide-ranging group of local non-profit organizations to participate so they can benefit from their experience to raise funds to accomplish their mission in our community.” Once nonprofit charities and organizations have been selected as participating organizations, they can launch their Duck Adoption sales campaigns. Sales will be conducted through the Rotary Duck Race Festival website, Facebook page and the traditional paper Adoption Form. The Rotary Duck Race Festival committee encourages participating organizations to use their websites, social media and email to extend their sales reach beyond the local community. Participating organizations sold 6,773 Duck Adoption forms in 2019 and each of the 67 organizations received a share of the $128,700 raised. Beneficiaries receive $19

from every $20 paper Duck Adoption Form sold. The Duck Race Festival will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Major cash and travel prizes are lined up, and hundreds of popular merchant-donated certificates will be solicited. Organizations will be selected for the 2020 Duck Race Festival based on the following criteria: 1. Previous adherence to expectations of being involved in the Duck Race. 2. Local presence and benefit to the local community. Organizations and associations may either hold a valid 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 tax status with the US Internal Revenue Service or are deemed to benefit the local community. 3. Willingness to sell a minimum of $400 in Duck Adoptions. 4. Consider participation in a George Hix Riverside Plaza activity on May 2, 2020 by staffing a booth, sharing information about the organization, selling Duck Adoptions, and offering an interactive activity for festival guests. “We hope to hear from new organizations as well as those that have been helped by the race in the past 31 years,” said Larry Williams, Rotary Duck Race Festival organizations committee chairman. “The Duck Race Festival is a great community event, and being part of it can be fun and profitable for our participating organizations. Working together, we can make 2020 a record year for our non-profit charities and organizations!” For additional information or to receive an application form, contact Williams, by email at or phone at (970) 586-3295. Application forms also are available on the Duck Race website,

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Equine Club Donates $500 To Crossroads Ministry

The Estes Park Equestrian Club is pleased to present their annual contribution of $500 to Crossroads Ministry. The mission of the club is to promote and educate responsible horsemanship and to encourage the continued legacy of horse use in the Rocky Mountain Region. Crossroads Ministry helps Estes Valley residents in need, including the

temporarily unemployed who receive short-term assistance, and persons with low fixed incomes who receive ongoing services. Presenting this year’s gift to Crossroads Ministry’s Executive Director Brian Schaffer from the EPEC are Ruth Walker, 2020 Rooftop Rodeo Queen and sister Bella Walker.

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Ballet Renaissance: Sugar Plum Dreams

Leslie Glover and Radoslaw Kokoszka with the children of Ballet Renaissance.

Leslie Glover and Radoslaw Kokoszka of Ballet Renaissance have a dream: a dedicated dance space, here in Estes, where children, teens and adults can study ballet daily in a safe and uplifting environment. Glover and Kokoszka are among five adults who will be performing along with eight teens and 30 children (some as young as three years old), in Ballet Renaissance’s December 2019 Performance of The Nutcracker. Although Ballet Renaissance has produced The Nutcracker in Michigan, it has been challenging to begin producing a Nutcracker in Estes Park due to studio space limitations. Ballet Renaissance’s long-time partnership with Center Stage School of Dance has been an important one, but studio space is limited to once weekly. The Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies brought new energy to the table last year, offering Ballet Renaissance space for an additional day of class and rehearsals weekly, enabling BR to begin to double its program offerings, but producing a full Nutcracker takes many studio hours. In celebration of growth, and envision-

ing next steps, Ballet Renaissance will present Act 1, Scene 1 “The Party Scene,” this year, with plans to add to the production annually, until a full Nutcracker is produced. This year’s audience will receive a taste of Act 2, when 15 year old Grace Schroeder, who studies privately with Kokoskza in Denver, performs as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Schroeder will make her appearance as young Clara (Estes Park’s Linnea Schmitt), falls asleep at the foot of the Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker. Sugar Plum dreams bring her Nutcracker to life (Stephen Salinas of Estes Park), as she is carried away to the enchanting Kingdom of Sweets. The performances take place Friday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please note that seating for Friday’s performance is completely booked. Standing room only is available. There is no admission fee. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, please visit

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Up High Golf Carts Available For Your Golf Cart Or Small Engine Repair

Kevin Bemis opened his new business, Up High Golf Carts on June 1, 2019 at 875 Moraine Avenue.

He saw the need for a golf cart repair business as there are numerous hotels, motels and resorts that utilize these types of vehicles for housekeeping/maintenance workers. Kevin has over 15 years experience as the mechanic for the recreation district, doing service and repair of golf carts and all other equipment. He said, “I worked as a mechanic in the golf industry for over 25 years and also in the farm industry as a mechanic. I have training and certificates with most makes of golf carts and small engines for mowers, trimmers, chain saws, etc.� Kevin is pleased to offer quality service and repair, give him a call at 970-4152192 for more information on this new, much needed business in the Estes Valley.

Give The Gift Of Yourself This Christmas Season! Three youth are patiently waiting for a positive adult role model to become their Senior Partner. Let's not make them wait too long. Partners needs at least one female and two male mentors for these youth. If anyone is bilingual in Spanish and English that would be a bonus for at least one youth. Please call or email now to learn how you can give the gift of yourself: 970-577-9348 or Be the best present a youth can receive!

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Sweet & Loving Pets Looking For New, Forever Homes!

Coal COAL is about a year old and is a cute and tiny little guy. He is a beautiful long haired, black cat who is loving, friendly and enjoys being held. MEENA is a black and white, short haired kitty. She is very friendly, playful and loving. She is a great cat. ORANGE KITTIES, CJ AND DJ just came in from St Croix. They are about three months old and were found in the back of a pick-up truck. They are independent and adventurous and are used to living with large dogs. All of these sweet kitties are currently living at the Pet Lodge at the Animal Medical Center on Manford Avenue. Call 586-9282 for more information or to meet any of these wonderful cats. HOLLY is about two years old. She is

CJ & DJ a beautiful Australian shepherd/ cattle dog. She is good with kids and other dogs and weighs about 37 lbs. She is house trained and has a moderate energy level. She is currently in foster care and if you’d like to meet her, please call the Animal Hospital of the Rockies (970) 586-4703 to set up an appointment. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, contact Carolyn Fairbanks, President of the Pet Association at (970) 586-5121.



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Photo by Richard Hahn Estes Park offers a warm winter welcome! The recent snowstorm created a winter wonderland. The downtown Christmas lights add charm and a festive atmosphere. The natural beauty of the alpenglow light brushing the mountaintops echoes the city's charm. 11/27/19 6:36 am, -5ÂşF. Sunrise was at 7:01 a.m. on this day. This image captured 25 minutes before sunrise.

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Observatory Open House & EV Astronomical Society Meeting Congratulations to Aubrey Kinley, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for December 20, 2019. At Estes Park High School, Aubrey has been the varsity wrestling team manager for three years and she managed the varsity football team this year. She is currently the FFA Chapter President, has lettered in academics the past two years and maintains a 3.9 GPA. Outside of school Aubrey enjoys riding her horse and breakaway roping. She also enjoys deer and goose hunting, fishing and hiking. Aubrey added, I love being with my friends. They mean the world to me and they have helped me out so much the past couple of years.” Aubrey’s favorite quote is, “We love him because he first loved us” 1 John Aubrey Kinley 4:19. She said, “This verse is one I 12th Grade live by because I always try to love on everyone I encounter because he attend a four year college in Texas to study loved us first.” Agricultural Business. After high school, Aubrey plans to Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.

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garded as holy to the theologian. This randomness also extends to how change over time comes about and how biological evolution is the special theory of evolution; in fact, everything changes over time via evolution. In brief; science is the best (if flawed, because people are imperfect) method to understand the physical world around us. Theology is the best (if flawed, because people are imperfect) method to understand the unseen supernatural reality. The approaches of science are best to explain the how, what, when, and where of creation. The The Estes Valley Astronomical Society approaches of theology are the best to (EVAS) in conjunction with The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a explain the who and why of creation. free public open house/lecture on Satur- Both sides need to observe the firewall that separates them. day, December 21st, 7 p.m. The goal of EVAS is to promote amateur astronomy John Ensworth is currently the Princiand education in the Estes valley. Our pal Investigator conducting independtalk this month is: “Reality – How scient reviews on all Earth and space science and theology can never get along. ence education products produced by or How science and theology can get along” created for NASA. ( presented by John Ensworth. He is responsible for conducting these This talk is an introduction to the top- reviews and helping with NASA educaics covered in the upcoming book “Real- tion and outreach efforts through the Web and at large education conferences. ity” (which will hit bookshelves and downloads late 2020 under the Covenant He introduces the products and makes sure they are scientifically accurate and Publishing label) by John Ensworth. appropriate for the intended audience. Public feedback and discussion is In the 90s Mr. Ensworth was a masters’ strongly encouraged at the end of the student and a PhD candidate in meteorpresentation. ology at the University of Oklahoma. He “Reality” is an investigation of the teaches physics and mathematics at a world around you and inside you; seen and unseen. It explores the internal con- number of online universities. He earned undergraduate degrees in cept of reality you experience, the realphysics and astronomy, and geography world reality around you, and the place and meteorology with an emphasis in of the supernatural reality that is the math and computer science. subject of many Christian sermons. The observatory is just north of the You will see reality from two very difhigh school at 1600 Manford Ave. Park ferent points of view; that of the scientist in the teacher’s parking lot adjacent to and that of the theologian. It is an explothe observatory. The doors will open at ration of the firewall that separates those 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at two approaches to explaining and de7:30 p.m. The presentation, including a scribing reality. question and answer period, lasts about In “Reality” you’ll explore how ranan hour. After the presentation, weather domness is the ultimate limit of underpermitting, we will look through the 16 standing in science and should be reinch dome telescope at various celestial objects. If you have any questions, please check the EPMO web site at: The lecture is free to the public and no reservations necessary. Just come and join the party and be ready to ask questions! For more information, please call the observatory at 970-586-5668.

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Christmas For Kids Is Partners Mentoring Youth's Annual Giving Campaign Over the past 11 years, the campaign has supported hundreds of youth in our programs, and raised nearly $900,000 from over 2,000 donors. The funds raised during the Christmas for Kids Campaign ensure that we can provide high-quality mentoring services to local youth, helping them gain confidence, skills, and hope for the future. Our goal for 2019 is $160,000, which will allow us to support over 100 youth in our mentoring programs! Donating to Christmas for Kids helps ensure that can reach over 500 youth in 2019. Our local Estes Park Office is included in this campaign. We are still seeking more Christmas for

KREV-LP104.7FM Weekly Schedule Monday-Friday 6am - 10am Morning Music 10am - 1pm Easy Listening 1 pm-3pm Afternoon Classical 3pm - 5pm Upbeat Monday: 1950-1963 Tuesday: 1964-1975 Wednesday: 1976-1983 Thursday: 1984-1999 Friday: 2000 - Current 5pm-7pm Dinner Music 7pm-9pm Grass Fed (Eclectic Rock Bands) 9pm - 11pm Jazz 11pm-6am Night Music

Saturday 6am-11am Saturday Morning Chores 11am - Noon British Rock Noon - 2pm Old Time Radio 2pm - 4pm Estes Park Spanish Radio 4pm-7pm Dinner Music 7pm-9pm Grass Fed 9pm-11pm Jazz 11 pm - 6am Night Music

Sunday 6am-8am Praise 8am-9am Sunday Morning Hymns 9am-10:00am Gospel 10am-11am Sunday Morning Hymns 11am-1pm Instrumental Music 1pm - 2pm German Hour 2pm-5pm Afternoon Classical 5pm-7pm Dinner Music 7pm-9pm Jazz 9pm - 11pm Evening Classical 11pm-6am Night Music

Kids Champions this year. Champions are supporters who want to help Partners reach our fundraising goal by setting up a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends. Anyone can be a Champions-individuals, families, social groups, or businesses! Become a Champion and get more infor-

mation by visiting our Champion's Resources Page: resources-and-materials. Ways to make a tax deductible donation: • Donate online at:, or donate

online to a specific Champion's page at partnerschristmasforkids2019.causevox.c om • Since the Estes Park office will be closed for the holiday starting 12/20/19, please mail a check payable to Partners Mentoring Youth to: Partners Mentoring Youth, 530 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Be sure to write Christmas for Kids in the Memo line on your check. If you are donating to a specific champion's page be sure to put their name in the memo line also. • Does your workplace match your charitable gifts? Please check with your employer for a matching gifts form. Thank you for your support!

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It’s My Privilege. For Tim and the ED & Trauma team, an empty waiting room is a sign all is well. Anything that came through the doors— from a heart attack to a minor sprain—was stabilized or sent home. Tim and the ED team he works with handle it all with the con昀dence and e ciency of highly trained, experienced professionals. He’s helped turn a patient’s worst day into a manageable one. De昀nitely a job well done.

Tim Gray, RN Emergency & Trauma Services

Estes Park Medical Center is now Estes Park Health. New name, same independence that puts our community first.

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Get A Beautiful Christmas Tree At The Camp Hurni Tree Farm Still looking for a wonderful, fresh Christmas tree? Check out the Camp Hurni Tree Farm, right here in Estes Park! All proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees at the farm go to TuFF, an organization dedicated to providing disaster relief services for animals in need, including dogs displaced due to changing family circumstances. Anyone who wants to visit the farm for a tree can email Michelle at or give her a call at 586-5303. Photos by Barb Davis

The Coalition for Women and Children has been approved to collect signatures for a late term abortion ban, in order to get the ballot initiative on the Colorado 2020 Ballot. Colorado is 1 of 7 states in the nation that still allows abortion on demand through all 40 weeks of pregnancy! This needs to end! Read about this initiative on The initiate petition is available in Estes Valley for signatures. Sign the petition now during working hours at: Ponderosa Realty & Management, 1751 N Lake Ave., Suite 104, Estes Park (see Glenn Smith) or Contact:

Birgit Wens and Ann Schumaker admiring their tree at the Camp Hurni Tree Farm.

Give The Gift Of Mentoring This Holiday Season With the holiday season just around the corner, Partners Mentoring Youth invites you to give back and be the difference in the lives of hundreds of children by making a pledge donation to the Christmas for Kids campaign benefiting Partners Mentoring Youth. Our mission is to create and support one-toone mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives. By supporting our youth, you help build a stronger and more vibrant community for us all. Any size gift helps us run our programs, which in turn help local kids gain self-confidence, achieve greater school success, decrease delinquency, and develop skills for the future. Show local youth that they have your support and donate today. Your do-

nation is 100% tax deductible. Ways to make a donation: • Donate online at:, or donate online to a specific Champion's page at partnerschristmasforkids • Send a check payable to Partners Mentoring Youth to: Partners Mentoring Youth, 530 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Be sure to write Christmas for Kids in the Memo line on your check. If you are donating to a specific champion's page be sure to put their name in the memo line also. • Does your workplace match your charitable gifts? Please check with your employer for a matching gifts form. Thank you for your support!

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News From The Art Center tinues to make fun and very wearable handmade felt hats, (which she names after songs!), as well as many other felt items for folks to use and enjoy. Also, the leaves and flowers in the woods and gardens around her off-grid

The Art Center’s present exhibit “Winter Light” closes the end of the day on December 23. Last chance to enjoy the ceramic art by Susan Anderson and the art work by the late Bonnie Bowne. There is still a wide selection of art that would made great Christmas gifts from ornaments, jewelry, prints, cards, photography sculpture, fiber pieces and paintings available. The sun room has a selection of special sale items as well. In anticipation of the opening on January 3 for “Meet the New Artists,” which is the first exhibit of the year, we want to introduce you to our five new artists over the coming weeks. First is Mary Morse. Mary grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, hiked the Appalachian

Evening Sonata by Marie Massey.

trail, then lived on a farm in Virginia growing gardens and loving the woods and mountains before heading west, finally settling in Colorado. She trained in Waldorf education and art, and then taught kindergarten at the Waldorf School for nine years, where the classroom crafts led her into natural dyeing, fiber arts and felt making. When she began making handmade felt hats, she left the kindergarten and traveled the country, marketing her fiber arts and teaching felt making for twelve years. Mary's current focus is on creating handmade felt art pieces using various techniques, including the 'stained glass felt' she developed many years ago. She also con-

studio at 9,000' in the Rocky Mountains continue to inspire her natural dyeing and botanical prints on silk. Mary resides in Ward. “My work is impressionistic and expressionistic in nature with a contemporary bent,”

states our latest artist to be juried in as an artist member. Award-winning artist, Marie Massey, has been painting professionally for 19 years and teaching the “Painting in Layers” method to adults working in oil and acrylic for seven years. Marie is an avid plein air painter and does four to five plein air painting events annually. ”Sometimes the idea for a painting spontaneously presents itself in plein air painting. I am inspired by the quiet meandering of a river, the vastness of a desert gorge, or the way afternoon lights the curve of an arch. Sometimes my paintings are inspired by many impressions and feelings of a place. I use technique to express relationships and create a sense of atmosphere, Felt Work by Mary Morse. time and space.” Marie’s paintings have been juried into more than 130 national and regional shows where they have won many awards including Best of Show, etc. Formerly from California, Marie now lives in Bellevue, CO. Also on display in the gallery will be the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. Winter gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The gallery is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through mid-May. The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at

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Wrap It Green! line a silicone zip-equipped bag, camouflaging smaller gifts. With a bit of creativity, it is possible to Forty-seven years ago, needing considforgo the clay coated wrapping paper left erable wrapping for a daughter’s new over from the carefree (ecologically, at play kitchen and other “dolly” toys, I least) days of the 70s. There are many made a large, red “Santa sack.” Over the other wrapping options available. years, it has enveloped TVs and miSanta Claus has the right idea, a crowaves among other bounty. Also reusable package for gifts that is used year after year after year. Each Christmas good for wrapping: old maps, posters, calendars, fabric, newspapers and funny Eve, we set out our pages. While shopstockings and each ping at thrift shops for Christmas morning decorations or gifts, we discover them full watch for reusable of prizes and trinkets wrapping supplies as and treasures. Ideally, well. this is the best apIf you must buy proach to wrapping – wrapping paper, avoid something reusable. the non-recyclable While that isn’t always metalized or glitterpossible, it should be ized finish and try to find some made the intent. from recycled paper. Do not forget to Of course, the simplest default is to save the wrapping paper and cards you wrap in reusable shopping bags, reallomay receive! Paper reused is as ecologicating the money you would normally spend on the wrapping paper. There are cal as using anything else with a preseveral places to buy them inexpensively. scribed afterlife. The key here is to get maximum use out Short on budget? If of every item. There wrapping for the are also other ways family, it is not unto use left over heard of to raid the wrapping paper: as linen closet and stuffing for mailed wrap in pillowcases. packages and stored It works just as well décor, as book (or as (maybe even betbox) covers, as shelf ter than) buying lining, and, of pretty paper for a course, as permashort-term life. Afnent decorations. ter the festivities, simply throw the Then, once the holiday is over, remem“wrapping” in the laundry hamper to reber the live tree mulching (December turn to the beds. 26-January 10). Take the leftover shipWrapping can be created from any ping supplies to Estes Park Printing or number of things that would normally the UPS Store. Pack away the decorabe recycled – or landfilled. Boxes accutions and the saved wrapping supplies. mulated while “passing through” the house and previously used computer pa- Store the old replaced electronics until you are ready to recycle. After holiday per, still white on one side, leads to kids sales is a good time and to stock up on crafting paper for box covering. Keep your eyes open! Wrap the box like mak- reusable batteries and to convert the holiday lights to more modern LEDs. (News ing a book cover; open without removjust discovered this week: My timers use ing the decorative paper – reusable! “only” 1.875 watts, but our new LED holAnother avenue is to wrap in someiday lights use only. 83 watts!) Also, sit thing the recipient can use to avoid down with the unread catalogs you respending over and over for things to be ceived during the holiday season and thrown away. Terrycloth bar towels cancel your subscriptions. Checkout (cost: under $1/ towel) result in for other erable savings over paper towels. Handideas and for “up to the minute” recykerchiefs displace boxes of tissues. cling news, see Facebook: Estes Recycles. Or use the reclaimed paper above to By: Judi Smith


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REBEL POP Art Show December 21 Whether you’re feeling naughty or nice this holiday season, you’ll find something to fit your mood at Estes Park’s newest art event – REBEL POP! REBEL POP! is produced by RedRum Tattoo Company and Pirate Face Productions. The inaugural pop art show and sale will launch on December 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Wheel Bar. The event will extend until midnight and feature works and music by: Jason Van Tat- Redrum Co Elijah Holmes Erin Presley-Froemke Bekah Blackburn with Raven’s Dark Dolls Scary Mary Orton with Wet Nose Prints Eagle Rock School select artist Jenn Bass Pirate Face Productions Nick Wagner presenting art and music Denver’s hip hop artist Damn Selene DJ SamtheGiant Beard decorating by Gale Baniak Massages from 8-9 by Margo from

Emerald Lake Massage Artists are encouraged to bring their off-the-wall or risque handmade art along with traditional gift items at this inclusive, non-censored event. Submissions will be taken up at Thurs, Dec. 19th at noon with a mandatory artist meeting that evening at the Wheel Bar at 6 p.m. For it’s first event, REBEL POP! will not be charging artists a participation or enrollment fee; however, your submission must be approved by the selection committee. You may email your submission to Emails must be postmarked by noon on Thursday, Dec. 19, to be considered. Participating artists must provide their own cash management system for sales and collect and submit local and state tax. Future productions will include a variety of art shows, entertainment, and immersive experiences held throughout town.

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2020 Upstream Mountain Songwriting Retreat Upstream Concerts, producer of SnowyGrass Music Festival, and The Colorado Sound will be presenting the Upstream Mountain Songwriting Retreat the first weekend of February, 2020. Songwriters of varying experience from the Estes Valley as well as from the Front Range will be gathering at Murphy's Resort, in Estes Park for workshop sessions with Neyla Pekarek (formerly of The Lumineers), Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival), and Clay Rose (Gasoline Lollipops/Widow's Bane). Three events associated with the Retreat will be open to the public: Friday, January 31, there will be a no-cover showcase and reception for student songwriters featuring singersongwriter, Kate Farmer at Nicky's Steakhouse. Saturday, February 1, our

instructors, Neyla Pekarek, Daniel Rodriguez, and Clay Rose will each be performing rare solo sets in The Masonic Lodge space. This is an intimate ticketed event with limited seating. Sunday, February 2, a showcase of our student songwriters will be presented at Nicky's Steakhouse. These events are made possible by Snowy Peaks Winery, Nicky's Steakhouse, Estes Arts District--who will provide a scholarship,, Nick Molle Productions, Ziggi's Coffee, Estes Park News, Fall River Village, and Hyk who has donated towards scholarships. Students will be provided catering by The Grubsteak. Visit for details.

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Polar Express Makes A Visit To The Library lar Express” was a childhood favorite they can now share with their kids who might be hearing it for the first time. When Santa in the story asks, “Who will receive the first gift of Christmas?”, there are always eager young faces who can’t resist answering aloud, “Me!” After the story, everyone gets their ticket to ride the Polar Express around town, in the form of an Estes Park trolley. The conductor (played perfectly by Kent Smith) checks his pocket watch and calls out, “All aboard!” After a ride through the lights of Estes Park singing Christmas carols, the families return to the library to warm up with hot chocolate and to decorate train cookies. The evening is then complete On December 6 and 7, nearly 150 people of all ages gathered for a popular tradition at the Estes Valley Library. The library became a magical destination as families gathered for the annual Polar Express Trolley Ride. After writing special notes to Santa, children and their families enjoyed a read-aloud of the 1985 storybook in the Fireplace Corner, as the Children’s Librarians held up the book for kids to see author Chris Van Allsburg’s beautiful illustrations. For many parents, “The Po-

Wow! Estes Valley Chamber Singers! they responded to Rich Dixon’s conducting. Wow is our local prize pianist There are many words to describe this past weekend’s performances of Handel’s Michelle Gergen-Wisner, who is unbelievably talented. Wow is the youthful “Messiah,” but “Wow!” pretty much string orchestra of seven instrumentalsums it up. If you weren’t able to attend ists from a front range college. Their one of these performances, you missed dedication showed in this difficult twothe wow of the season! I’ve been fortuhour performance, which kept them on nate to experience this musical piece their toes. These young people loved the presented by a large church in Orlando, music and followed conductor Dixon’s Florida, where we used to reside. It was directions flawlessly. And wow to conimpressive, emotional and uplifting, but ductor Rich Dixon for his exceptional not wow! At the time I attended that presentation, I might have declared it to directing and choosing the right talent to handle this demanding piece. be wow, but no more - maybe because I The exceptional soloists were: Scott know all the soloists but two, and the Anderson, tenor; Jim Doctor, bass; conductor, Richard Dixon. Maybe it’s beTerry Van Ryn, a soprano who sang the cause who would expect to find such alto solos; Bob Gunn, bass; Anna Baker, professional talent in a 7,000-person soprano; and special guest soprano town. Alright, so the valley has 15,000 soloist Valerie Dascoli. In addition, chopeople. So what, it’s still amazing to find rus members were Kelley Anderson and a wow performance from so small a segKathy Osborne, sopranos; Kathleen ment of people. Wow describes conductor Rich Dixon’s Black, Brenda Dixon, Patti Dolezal and Jane Stuart, altos; Dave Evans, Stan Osidea to perform the “Messiah” as it was borne, Mark Richards and Pete Sumey, originally presented - a relatively small tenors; and Don Bryson and Jeff Lindgroup of 18 singers accompanied by a berg, basses. small orchestra of string instruments And finally, wow to two hours of splenand harpsichord. Wow describes the did entertainment of beautiful and insoloists and their professional performances. Their engagement with the music spirational music expertly presented by drew you in to appreciate what you were great talent. Wow, what a special gift for the holiday season. hearing. Their tones, their expressions In the future when you see something and their enjoyment for what they were being presented by the Estes Valley doing all made you glad you were at the Chamber Singers, think wow and get concert. yourself over to their concert - you’ll be Wow is for the 18 local singers, how glad you did. Wow, what a concert! their voices melded together and how By: Wayne Groome

with a visit to Santa’s workshop just outside the library, led by costumed elves from the Estes Park Newcomers Club. The Estes Valley Library invites families to stock up on books and other materials to have on hand throughout holidays. As Children’s Librarian Melanie Kozlowski notes: “Reading together as a family is the ideal

antidote to the frenzy and stress that all too often accompany the holidays. Reading is calming, soothing, and leaves no mess to clean up. At the same time, it exercises the brain, stimulates imagination, and builds vocabulary and background

knowledge.” The Polar Express event, now in its fourth year, was made possible with the generous volunteer assistance of the Estes Park Newcomers Club (a. k.a. Santa’s elves). Thanks also to Nancy Bell for leading the caroling and to Coffee on the Rocks.

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Holiday Greetings, And Happy Retirement To Kieran Rowser plishment in that capacity was overseeing the installation of new heating/air conditioning units and a new roof on the first floor of the library. I was “Officer Tidy,” seeing that staff work spaces were kept clear, and “Officer Safety”: ‘Staff: Please don’t climb on the rolling swivel chairs.’ And, I even used to pen some of the library columns for the newspapers. “Now all these tasks have been handed over to others, and I’m ready to enjoy retirement. I’ll certainly miss seeing my co-workers every day – and so many of you that I’ve gotten a chance to know a little better in my time there. But since this is a library, I’ll be a regular library user, something I’ve been able to do only on a limited basis for almost 15 years, what with my busy schedule. “I say most sincerely that this has been From the Estes Valley Library the best job I’ve had in my long and varDuring this time of holiday celebraied employment career. Lots of chaltions, we at the library express our lenges and a very pleasant sense of acwarmest wishes to you. May this season complishment. See y’all around; inspire you, in whatever tradition you honor: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, probably even at the library.” From all of us, we say, thank you, Solstice, Yuletide, or simply, the Winter Kieran, for fifteen mighty years of servSeason. ice. December also marks a notable mileWe are delighted to introduce Cindy stone for the library staff: longtime AdSeckman, one of our newest members ministrative Assistant, Kieran Rowser, just celebrated his official retirement day. staff who will be administering accounting services. Cindy has been a licensed We’ll certainly miss Kieran on staff, but Colorado CPA for more than two wish him lots of happiness in his new decades. chapter in life. She is also a Colorado native who grew We invited Kieran to reflect on his fifup in Durango and his all along the teen years of service to the library, and Front Range, from Fort Collins to Colhe shared these thoughts: “When you read this, I’ll have been re- orado Springs, and has called Estes Park home since 2011. tired from the Estes Valley Library for “The Estes Valley has the most wonone week. I started working as a substitute in January of 2005, and in the ensu- derful library, ” and I am thrilled to be ing years have worn many hats – most of part of an organization that contributes so much to our community.” them at the same time. In the late summer of 2007 I took over as the AdminisWe grateful and honored to serve this trative guy. I handled finance, was the amazing community we call home. And HR contact for library employees, and we wish you and yours the best and looked after the building. brightest of this season. “Perhaps the most significant accom-

Voters Sent A Clear Message To The Editor: The residents of Estes Park have spoken overwhelmingly defeating marijuana dispensaries in Estes Park by almost 1,000 votes! This should be a clear message to the dealers who have threatened to return next Spring with another petition, including a downtown location. Tuesday's vote saw some 60% of the Town's registered voters participate, which should be a clear message to any dealer that the residents of Estes Park do not want marijuana dispensaries! In fact, if they come again, particularly with a downtown location, the voter participation might be up to 90%! Our police chief, sheriff, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Valley conservatives and 1,805 Estes Park resident voters all oppose marijuana sales in our town! And I strongly disagree with Trustee Martchink's statement last week that he thought “marijuana sales were inevitable in Estes Park.” Not if our citizens remain strong and vigilant! Coming off this resounding victory is the time to cement our town's position.

When a petition is presented to the Town Council, they are only given two options1. Accept and implement or, 2. Call a public election. There is no opportunity for the trustees to say “no”! But the cost of an election becomes the burden of the tax payers of Estes Park. Why? Shouldn't that be the responsibility of the petitioner? My suggestion - urge the town council to reach out right now to state lawmakers that they know and seek to get legislation introduced to either give trustees the right to vote “no” to a petition when presented or make the petitioner responsible for the cost of the election, if called. Either would remove a heavy burden from the backs of local tax payers! Now is the time to act while dealers around Colorado and perhaps other states understand the ramifications of Tuesday's vote. We do not want marijuana dispensaries in Estes Park! Bill Melton Estes Park/Cedar Hill, TX

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOLIDAY HOURS Library’s Holiday Hours The Library will be closed all day on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. The following week, the library will close at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 31 and be closed all day on Wednesday, January 1. The library is open regular hours all other dates this season. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY

“Flight Behavior” Books Available Estes Valley readers have chosen “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver as the next One Book One Valley—an annual opportunity to spotlight literacy, storytelling and dialogue through the shared reading of a single book. Cardholders may visit the library to pick up a copy to read and share. Programs and book discussions take place this January. Butterfly Engraved Coasters Wednesday, January 8, 6-7:30 p.m., Makerspace Learn how to raster (or engrave) on the Makerspace laser cutter. Staff will guide participants in using a design program to decorate and take home a custom coaster to celebrate One Book One Valley. Register at Biological Control: an Insectary Presentation Thursday, January 9, 6 - 7 p.m., Hondius Room What is biological control? It’s an eco-

2019 Collector Holiday Ornament Available For Purchase Since 1986, the Town of Estes Park employees' Helping Hands Committee has created commemorative annual holiday ornaments for purchase by the public. The proceeds from ornament sales are used to provide high school senior scholarships and assistance to local families in need. The 2019 ornament features a photo of a black bear taken in Rocky Mountain National Park by Kris Hazelton. Ornaments are available for $14 each at several Estes Park locations: Estes Park Town Hall at 170 MacGregor Avenue, the Estes Park Visitor Center at 500 Big Thompson Avenue, and Peaks Hallmark in Upper Stanley Village. A limited number of ornaments from previous years are also

available at Town Hall. Ornaments may also be ordered by mailing your request and payment (no cash) to the Town of Estes Park Helping Hands Committee at P.O. Box 1200 in Estes Park, CO 80517. Please calculate your order total to include shipping costs. Shipping for one ornament is $6.00, shipping for two ornaments is $6.50, shipping for three ornaments is $12.50, and shipping for four ornaments is $13. Payment with a card is an option; however, additional fees will apply. For more information or to pay with a card, please contact Kim McEachern at or by calling 970-577-3567.

The all-new Winter Programs & Services Guide are available to pick up at the library and at locations around town. This issue includes all librarysponsored programs through February, including One Book One Valley and February’s Kindness Project. Updating Your Library Card Has it been a few years since you updated the contact information on your Library card? Or have you had a recent change of mailing or email address? Visit a service desk at the library, and a staff member will be happy to update your information. Calling Local Artists The library provides exhibit space for local artists, with displays scheduled on a monthly basis. Requests are currently being taken for 2020. To find out more, email Display Space Requests The library is currently taking requests to schedule use of the lobby display cabinet, which is used by community organizations, agencies, and the citizens of the Estes Valley. Exhibits may include handiwork, historical maMonday, January 6, 5:30-7 p.m. Do you have household items that need terial, artistic, educational, or material repair? Jeans to be patched or lights that of general interest to the community. flicker? Bring them by, and we’ll see if we Visit for more incan figure out together how to fix them. formation. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Register at Holiday Specials at Cliffhanger STORYTIMES Used Bookstore Storytime Holiday Schedule: Ages 0 to 6 Friday, and Saturday, December 20 and 21, at 10:30 a.m. The Children’s Librarians lead weekly storytimes, using stories, songs, fingerplays, and puppets to nurture early literacy skills through language development and books. Storytimes will be on a reguCliffhanger Used Books, operated by lar schedule this week (December 19, 20, the Library Friends & Foundation, is and 21), then will take a holiday break, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The with no storytimes on December 26, 27, store is located at 191 W. Riverside or 28. The regular schedule resumes on Drive. Now through December 24, all January 2. Visit the Event Calendar at books in the Classics and Coffee Table for details. sections will be on sale: $2 for hardLIBRARY NEWS backs and $1 for paperbacks, plus tax. Now Available: CDs are on sale at a quantity of 10 for Winter Programs Guide $1 plus tax. logically-friendly approach to pest management. Learn about this non-chemical approach with guests from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Biological Control Program. Register at WORKSHOPS Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, January 8, 2-5 p.m. One-on-one legal advice for library cardholders without a personal attorney. More information at Call 970-586-8116, ext. 3, to schedule an appointment. MAKERSPACE General Repair Clinic

Grateful For Mike Richardson To the Editor: I’m writing to sing the praises of our dear friend and Realtor, Mike Richardson. We bought our dream cabin in Estes last year, and Mike went above and beyond to help us through that process. And even after we closed, he just kept showing up! Mike has helped us with everything from getting rid of old furniture to finding out the most up-to-date information on a proposed project that might affect our neighborhood. But he really went way above and beyond this last summer, when our entire family (nearly 20 people!) was here on vacation and our cistern was just about empty. The water guy was out of commission and we were out of luck…or so we

thought. Mike moved heaven and earth to help us find water—he made a few calls, found a 200-gallon tank, filled it up, and braved our one-lane road after dark to deliver it (no easy feat, given that there are no lights and we use the term "road" loosely). We formed a line and got all 200 gallons of that water into our cistern, bucket by bucket. We all ended up pretty wet but Mike saved the day. We’ve enjoyed getting to know him and Mindy and just felt like everyone needed to know what a great guy Mike is. He started out as our Realtor but has become a good friend and trusted guide. Thank you, Mike, for all that you do! Lou Anne Mueri Seward, NE

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Things To Do With Estes Valley Recreation And Park District All programs are at the Estes Valley Community Center unless otherwise noted. This list is just a small portion of the wide variety of EVRPD programming! Visit for additional information as well as complete class, program, event and activity listings. To register, call 970-586-8191 or visit Give the gift of recreation and fitness this holiday season! EVRPD Gift Certificates are available at the Community Center front desk. Stop by and pick some up today; your friends and family will appreciate them all year long. Need a stocking stuffer? We have three styles of EVRPD beanies for sale at the front desk for $20 each. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. (Pools close at 2 p.m.) Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: CLOSED Please note there will be no Group Fitness or Aquatics classes from December 24-January 1, and Senior and Adult Activities will be closed from December 21-January 1. The Lap and Leisure Pools will have extended hours over the holiday season. Please visit for updated schedule information! SPORTS Drop-in Ping Pong Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday:

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday: 3:30-8 p.m. Lower Fitness; included with daily admission or membership; drop-in. Pickleball Open Gym Hours Monday thru Saturday: 8-10 a.m., Thursday: 6-9 p.m. (1 court), Sunday: 24 p.m. (1 court) Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. Pickup Basketball Open Gym Hours Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with membership or daily admission, drop-in. YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND RECREATION Upcoming Events in 2020: • “Night at the Rec” for 1st – 7th grade students will start on January 24. • Guitar lessons with Elia King and piano lessons with Chloe Bogardus will begin in February. The fee for the sixweek session is $150 per student, registration deadline is February 5. • Lots more to come in the new year! SENIOR AND ADULT ACTIVITIES Closed until January 2, 2020. See you then! Upcoming Events in 2020: • “For The Health of It” co-sponsored by Estes Park Health, will feature monthly topics to help you enjoy abundant health in Estes Park; 3rd Wednesday

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of the month from 1-2 p.m. in the EVCC Lower Level. • Day Trip to the Western Stock Show: January 17 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $50 per person • Community Game Night: Early dinner and games including backgammon, chess, checkers, cribbage, bridge and more! Dinner will include a green salad, chili, macaroni salad and rolls. Thursday, January 23; 4-6 p.m. $5 per person. Register before 1/23. • Crafting 101 with Nicki Marshall: January 21; 4-6 p.m. $15 per person, EVCC Lower Level. 1st project: Rustic Gnomes, open to all ages. GOLF AND DISC GOLF 9-Hole and Disc Golf Course Open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., weather per-

mitting, and 3-4 p.m. on nice days. $8 green fee for 9 holes, $7 for residents. $5 disc golf green fee for unlimited holes per day. Motorized carts available for disc golf or ball golf at $10 per person. Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course Closed for the season. Driving range is open, but range tokens must be purchased at the Lake Estes 9-Hole course. REGISTRATION To register for these programs or for more information about the district happenings, visit or call 970-5868191. You can also register in person by visiting the Estes Valley Recreation Center at 660 Community Drive.

Estes Park Chanukah Party & Menorah Lighting

Get to know our Jewish community in Estes Park at the annual Menorah Lighting and first ever Estes Park Chanukah Party! Join Mayor Todd Jirsa, dignitaries and community for a Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Party, featuring lighting of the giant Menorah, Jewish holiday music, a delicious latke bar, donuts, arts and crafts, chocolate get, hot drinks and much more!

The Chanukah Party & Menorah Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 970-407-1613 or visit EstesChanukah Celebrate the Festival of Lights! All are welcome to attend.

Jean McLaren, Lynn Lawson, Santa (Al Davis), Mrs. Claus (Barb Prentiss), Sunny Schmitt, Drew Webb, Carla Spreng-Webb, JoAnn Batey.

We had a fantastic time at Jingle and Mingle this year! One of the highlights was a vocal performance by the Lifelong Learning of Estes Valley Preschool under the direction of Nancy Johnson. Our guests also enjoyed cookie decorating and crafts spon-

sored by the Palette Pals Open Art Studio artists here at EVCC. Of course, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus is always a hit! Thanks to Lauren Pavlish, Jan Tenzer and JoAnn Batey for organizing this event. Photo by Robert Burns

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Christmas Church Services St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, 3480 St. Francis Way, Estes Park. Located off Little Valley Road Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Tues, 12/24 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to join in celebrating Christ’s birth. Christian Church of Estes Park-It was a night that no one would forget. The night the Christ Child was born. This Christmas season we join the animals of the nativity for a creative and uplifting Advent celebration. The discouraged donkey, the anxious dove, the fed up cow, and the lonely lamb were unsuspecting witnesses of the miraculous incarnation of Christ. On that beautiful night God gifted hope to the discouraged, peace to the anxious, joy to the fed up, love to the lonely, and light to a world in darkness. No matter what kind of animal you are we invite you to the party as we celebrate the gift of Christ and discover how Jesus’s birth brings us hope, love, joy, peace, and light even today! December 1-24. Sunday Services at 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Nursery and Praise Place (children’s) programing are available at the 10 a.m. service. Dress is casual. For more information please visit Allenspark Community Church- Four Sundays in December with lots of Christmas music, Advent readings, choir specials, messages from Pastor Jeff, and it all happens at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. And then there is Christmas Eve at 4:30 p.m. on December 24. There is nothing like an evening in a little log church filled with joy, warmth, light, music, scripture, a special time for kids, and gift bag to take home. Add a light snowfall, and it is as perfect as it can get. Come join the journey to Christmas

this year at the Allenspark Community Church. We’ll be waiting for you with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and maybe even a Christmas cookie. YMCA of the Rockies, Hyde Chapel 5:00 p.m. – Family friendly, uplifting and casual service 11:00 p.m.-Candlelight communion service Rev. Greg Bunton, Chaplain, Chapel Ministry, YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, with the Reverend Ron Bockhaus delivering the Christmas message, will begin at 5:00. This will be a service of Scripture readings and well-loved Christmas carols. Music by the Rev. Dr. Tim McLemore improvising all over the piano for a Christmas-carol sing-along will begin at 4:45. Everyone is warmly invited to join in. Estes Park Baptist Church at 2200 Mall Road will have a Christmas Eve candle light service at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. St. Bartholomew’s Welcomes You This Christmas Season (880 MacGregor Avenue / 970-586-4504) Fourth Sunday of Advent December 22nd 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant 7:30 p.m. Special Music Prelude 8:00 p.m. Family Eucharist Christmas Day 9:00 a.m. Simple Eucharist with Carols There are other Christmas Church Services in the Estes Valley. The above churches emailed information to us about their Christmas services from an announcement in this publication.

Fred Theriot Estes Park resident and owner of The Old Fashion Candy Store, Fred Theriot passed away December 9, 2019 at his home. He was surrounded by his wife Jan, son Travis, family members and the mountains he so loved. Frederick Allen Theriot was born June 14, 1957. He grew up in Pt. Neches, Texas and was a graduate of PNG High School. Fred was a proud veteran of the US Air Force, serving in the Military Police Division. He went on to enjoy a long career in the Electrical Trade where he established many lifelong friends that he considers family. Fred and Jan married in 1997 and lived in Texas for many years. However, they traveled to Colorado frequently

and always knew Estes Park would one day be their home. They shared a mutual love of anything related to nature, especially the wildlife of Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. Also, anyone who knew Fred, knew how much he loved his dogs and together, he and Jan were very active in Golden Retriever Rescue. A Celebration of Life will be held January 11, 2020 in Conroe, Texas. Please honor Fred’s request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to one of the following: Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary (GRASS) or The Rocky Mountain Conservancy if you wish to send a check please send in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. Visit to leave a message to the family.

Quaker/ Unitarian Group Meeting The Quaker/ Unitarian group meets each Sunday morning. This week, we celebrate the upcoming holidays with a potluck lunch at the home of Steve Thomas and Carol Dreselly. Quaker silence will be from 10-10:30. Social time will be from 10:30-11. Presentation and discussion will be from

11-12. Potluck lunch will follow. Robert Johnson will be presenting “A Child’s Christmas in Wales" All are welcome. Please bring your favorite holiday dish and join us. For details regarding the location; call Randy Maharry 515-229-8299.

SMLC Candlelight Christmas Eve Service The members of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church (SMLC), warmly invite you to join them in celebrating the birth of Christ on December 24th at 5:00 p.m. at their facility at 2000 Ptarmigan Trail. To assure yourself of a good seat, please come at 4:45 and enjoy your favorite carols as only the Rev. Dr. Tim McLemore can play them. Very few will want to resist singing along because he plays his own improvisational renditions so enthusiastically, seldom leaving any of the 88 piano keys untouched. More importantly, Pastor Ron Bockhaus and other members of all ages will be reading the Christmas story directly from the scriptures with equal enthusiasm and dedication. The familiar, wellloved story will be interspersed with opportunities to sing more carols in full-

throated voice as it moves along. The Lutheran denomination has always been called, “the singing church.” What a joy it is to be part of this great tradition of praise and thanksgiving for God’s gift to earth. As always, Pastor Ron will deliver a memorable message about how humbly that “Light of the World” came into our lives. Although worship en masse reminds each of us that we are an important part of the entire, universal body of Christ, gazing into a lighted candle in each one’s own hands while singing “Silent Night,” before leaving the service, will remind us that God’s gift is also given to each human soul individually. Please join us to make this a meaningful celebration for yourself and for all of us as well.

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The Ridgeline Hotel and Latitude 105 Alehouse are hiring! We pay weekly, and dorm style housing is available at a first come first serve basis. Servers & Bartenders Flexible scheduling, Part Time Hours Serves food, alcoholic and no-alcoholic beverages to guests responsibly, in accordance with the Company’s alcohol policies, Service Standards and applicable Operational Standards. Maintenance Techs needed! Must be able to work nights and weekends. Part time hours available! $15-$17/hour DOE Performs routine maintenance duties throughout property including rough carpentry, painting, and basic equipment or facility repairs, in accordance with applicable Company policies and procedures.

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

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WANT FULL TIME YEAR AROUND WORK? Wildwood Inn has an opening on our GREAT team. Duties vary but would include daily cleaning, laundry, off season deep cleaning and other duties pertaining to hospitality. This position would best fit someone tha can speak and understand English and be able to lift 50 lbs,. Competitive wage with a full benefit package. Must be able to work holidays & weekends. Shared housing could be available for the right candidate. If interested email or apply in person at 2801 Fall River Road

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Police Officer Close Date: Open until filled Temporary Street Maintenance Worker/Snow Removal Close Date: Open until filled Seasonal Position Community Service Officer Police Department Close Date: March 9, 2020 Volunteer/Committee Board Positions Estes Park Board of Appeals Plumbing Experience Close Date: Open until Filled Parks Advisory Board Close Date: Open Until Filled (Committee application required)

Reception/ Data Entry Front Desk Reception/Data Entry position in busy accounting firm available immediately. FT. $15/hr. Experience helpful, but not necessary. Call 970586-9999 or send resumes to or drop off at: 255 Park Lane, Ste. 202.

Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or jobs Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to or via Fax to (970) 577-4770. The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

ATTENDANTS Customer Service. Proficiency in English. Year round attendant position. Some weekend and evening shifts will be required. Send your resume today to: 172-174 S. St. Vrain Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517

HOLIDAY DEADLINES Due to the Holidays the deadline for Help Wanted and Classified Ads will be Monday at noon for the weeks of Christmas and New Years.

Content Marketing Specialist - Creative Marketing Team Reports to: Marketing Manager Job Overview: This position is a member of the Creative Team at Visit Estes Park, responsible for social media planning and execution, participation in blog writing and editing process, as well as managing Visit Estes Park’s website. We are seeking a motivated and savvy Content Editor to oversee our content publishing needs in a fast-paced work environment. You will work with a team of writers and designers to develop and curate compelling and engaging content for our audience. This position is responsible to increase web traffic and brand awareness through the marketing of content online. This position is also responsible for creating "shareable" content, editing content, distributing content on the appropriate platforms and measuring the results of marketing activity. You should be comfortable working in a team environment, have excellent communication and organizational skills. Responsibilities & Duties: ● Orchestrating digital content strategies across all online platforms. • Manage, maintain and execute social media on all Visit Estes Park channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube) • Write, edit and ideate for the Visit Estes Park Blog • Manage website and update content pages • Execute SEO plan and follow best practices • Review and approve online events calendar submissions • Create and manage a Content Calendar to be utilized for blog, social media, website, etc. • Create and send consumer digital Newsletters • Write and edit copy for PR and Marketing Materials • Driving traffic and engagement that translates to sales and brand promotion. • Managing a content marketing budget. • Measuring the results of marketing activity to inform future marketing campaigns. • Knowing which platform different kinds of content are best suited to. • Designing and implementing creative marketing strategies to disseminate content. Qualifications and Skills: ● College degree in Marketing or a relevant field preferred or comparable work experience in related industry • Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects at once • Data-driven and highly analytical with proficiency in social media data and Google Analytics • Time management skills • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication Salary Info: Non-Exempt $18.51-$19.95/hr; This position is eligible for benefits including: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. For consideration please submit your resume to: Applications will be accepted through 01/03/2020

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For Rent: One bedroom, 1.5 bath condo, loft bedroom, fireplace, washer and dryer hook ups, $1,450/month plus utilities

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE High Quality Finishes. Private Setting Located On River. Reasonable Rates. 6 Offices Available. Call Bret Freedman 970-215-2494

FOR SALE: The Estes Park Sanitation District is selling a 1991 Ford F350 Utility Truck with 80,450 miles. Truck features include 460 CC engine with manual transmission, 4-wheel drive, dual gas tanks and utility box. For inspections and questions, contact Tony at (970) 214-0607 during business hours. Sealed bids will be accepted through 2:00 pm on Friday December 27th at the Office of the District – 1201 Graves Avenue, Estes Park. The District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Jewelry Store Closing Vintage display cases, displays, ceiling lights, safe, jewelers bench, ultra sound, steam cleaner. 577-8900 for appointment.

NOTICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a neighborhood meeting will be held for a Development Plan for the property located at 1221 High Dr. Estes Park CO. 80517 WHEN: 5:30 PM JAN. 6TH 2020 WHERE: 1221 HIGH DR. ESTES PARK CO 80517

Two bedroom, 1 bath condo, one car attached garage, stacked washer & dryer, very nice $1,750/month plus utilities Two bedroom, 1.5 bath condo, one car attached garage, washer & dryer, Excellent condition, $2,150/month plus utilities One bedroom, one bath apartment, laundry on premises,$785/month. Call Home Sweet Home Property Service 970-699-6727

Apartments New! 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Apartment for Rent. $1500/mo. 970-214-7408 Lower Level Walkout. Now Available. $1575.00 a Month, All utilities. 1 Bdrm, 1 Bth, Large Yard, Private Deck. Elc stove, micro, fridge, w/d.

Class A Office 2014 Construction, Full Service, Furnished or Unfurnished offices in Downtown location, Near Town Hall. $450 to $550 per month. All internet options including Fiber available. Includes Conference Room, Handicap Restrooms, Copy and Scanning Facility, Coffee Room. Call Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 970-586-2448 880 sq. ft. commercial rental with two offices, large reception area, handicapped bath, individual heating and A/C and front door parking. $880/mo. plus NNN and utilities. Graves Avenue Plaza. Call Peggy at 970-232-5588.



SALES Need Help Around The House? I do household chores, yard work, housekeeping, run errands, auto detailing & yes... I do windows! I am a long time resident having now lived in Estes Park for 38 yrs! Plenty of references! Call Janice at 970-215-6612. Let me help you!


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


Garage Sales EVSS - 525 Pine River Ln Units 14 & 15 Storage Sale! Weather permitting. Sat 21, 12-4. Sun 22, 12-4 Wooden Toys, Tools and Whatever.

Estate Sales 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

HOLIDAY DEADLINES Due to the Holidays the deadline for Help Wanted and Classified Ads will be Monday at noon for the weeks of Christmas and New Years.

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

$490/mo, avail. thru May 15, incl util, deck, views, w/d, parking, queen bed/private bath, 970-3897656, on 2 acres/lots of space!

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970-586-1685 Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work

Charles Santagati 1191 Graves Ave


Full service general contracting since 1998


25 YEARS 1993-2018

Design | Build | Remodel

General Contractors | Timber Frame & Log Homes Serving the Colorado Northwest Mountains since 1993

970-586-7711 |



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

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

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


Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

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

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

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



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Property Pruners Full Tree Service, Landscaping and Fire Mitigation. Snow Removal and Yard Cleaning


343 S. St. Vrain Ave. #6 Estes Park, CO 80517 Office: (970) 966-5113

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1090 Pine Knoll Dr

2341 Hondius Way


4,796 SF~0.68 Acre $779,500

625 W Elkhorn Ave

4,109 SF~1.28 Acres $995,000

1010 S Saint Vrain Ave~E2

755 SF Condo $234,500

3,853 SF~5.16 Acres $987,000

525 Pine River Lane~G

1,176 SF~0.06 Acre $460,000

Hummingbird Dr

1.33 Acre Lot $98,700

Call us to use our FREE Moving Truck.

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