Estes Park News, December 30, 2022

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Mighty Kingfisher

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Estes Park News is printed weekly and is free online daily for the most current updates. The Kingfisher is seen regulary at Lake Estes and along the Fish Creek Trail. This sharp looking bird is quite elusive with a distinctive call, (and very hard to photograph). Bird lovers might see one during the Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 2. See more details inside. Photo by Paul J. Marcotte


Drop-Off Christmas Trees Dec. 27 - Jan. 20 At The Fairgrounds

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, Dec. 27 through Jan. 20, except Jan. 2 when the Town is closed for observance of New Year’s Day. 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 ornaments, 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.

For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.

Friendship Card For 2023 Is Here!

For just $10, Friendship Card owners receive discounts at more than 70 local merchants and businesses. Details of this year’s participating merchants and locations in town where Friendship Cards can be found at

“We have a great selection of participating merchants this year, and they’re excited to be a part of this Rotary project,” said Karen Thompson, Noon Rotary’s Fund Development Director. “Friendship Cards make great gifts, whether you live in Estes Park or visit throughout the year. It’s an inexpensive gift that can be used all year long!” Visitors receive instant benefits during their stay, as well.

The Friendship Card is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Estes Park. Net proceeds from the sale of the card are used for community grants, scholarships, and other Rotary projects.

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

This year’s card features a magnificent photo of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park taken by Lee Upham.

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The 2023 Rotary Friendship Card is now available for sale at the following locations: Country Market, Mad Moose, Macdonald Book Shop, Safeway Guest Services, Estes Park Visitor Center, Cabintique, Rocky Mountain Gateway, Wynbrier, and Quality Inn. Karen Thompson and Lee Upham display this year's winning photograph for the 2023 Friendship Card.

Go Behind The Scenes With Local Government

Ever wondered what goes on during a typical day at Town Hall? How does our local government operate? What facilities does the Town of Estes Park own? All of these questions and many more will be answered during the 2023 Community Information Academy.

The Town of Estes Park’s recurring Community Information Academy (CIA) – formerly the Citizens Information Academy – is a seven-week series designed to familiarize participants with Estes Park’s town government and encourage active participation from community members. During CIA, participants meet with Town Trustees and staff, expand their knowledge of overall Town operations, and learn about other government taxing districts in the Estes Valley. The course also reviews the responsibilities of Town departments including public works, utilities, community development, finance, administration, administrative services, police, the municipal court, and community services.

CIA consists of six weekly three-hour classroom sessions, as well as a Town facilities tour, and is free of charge. Classes

will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library, beginning February 15 and continuing through March 29. Five sessions will cover the Town departments listed above, and a sixth will focus on the local Special Districts in Estes Park.

Participants apply to attend, and if accepted, commit to attending all sessions. Priority for admission to the program is given to Town residents, but individuals who live outside Town boundaries are welcome to attend if space is available. Minimum class size is 15; the maximum is 25.

Attending CIA is not a prerequisite for election or appointment to a board or commission. However, CIA participants who subsequently served on Town boards and commissions have found it very helpful.

Additional details and application information will be available soon. For more information about CIA, visit or call 970-577-3700. Applications are accepted through January 23, 2023.

The Estes Valley Library is proud to partner with the Town of Estes Park on this civic engagement opportunity.

EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment.

During the week of December 18, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 13 calls for serv-

ice. This included:

• Emergency medical (assist EPH): 1

• Motor Vehicle Crash: 2

• Alarm Activation: 5

• Odor Investigation: 3

• Gas Leak: 1

• Assist: 1

Friday, December 30, 2022 « 3 The Mad Moose will be closed January 1 through January 5 for Inventory. We will be back open Friday, January 6! IT’S INVENTORY TIME AT THE MAD MOOSE 900 Moraine Avenue, Estes Park 970.577.9775 *
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New Year, New “One Book One Valley”

By now, you’ve likely heard about One Book One Valley, a weeks-long celebration of the shared experience of reading a community-chosen book. Last fall, participating voters selected 2023’s title: Finders Keepers by Craig Childs. Finders Keepers surrounds themes of archaeology, artifacts, and how humans can (and have) influenced history.

Throughout November and December, Adult Services Librarian Eric White has been hard at work planning a calendar full of programs, each meant to showcase a different perspective about how we preserve and protect stories from the past. Now, it’s time to register for one (or several!) of these great presentations.

On Friday, January 6, CSU Professor Jason LaBelle will host a discussion about complex issues such as integrity and ethics as related to the relationship between archaeologists and artifact collectors. Archaeologists have painstakingly reconstructed the ancient Native American history of northern Colorado over the past 100 years, using artifacts including broken hide scrapers, Folsom spear points, and soapstone pots. LaBelle will explore paths forward in advancing our understanding of the ancient human history of northern Colorado.

On Tuesday, January 10, the Library is honored to welcome Southern Arapaho tribal historian and elder Fred Mosqueda for a virtual discussion about protecting culture through ancient items. Mr. Mosqueda will present about the way his community sees objects we call “artifacts,” how archaeologists, museums, and other organizations can work

productively with Indigenous communities, and the repatriation and cultural protection work he’s pursued on behalf of the Southern Arapaho. Most recently, Mr. Mosqueda was a co-creator and designated tribal representative for the newly opened Sand Creek Massacre exhibit at History Colorado in Denver.

If you’d like to read along with the community, copies of Finders Keepers are now available to borrow. Reserve yours on or stop by the Library to pick one up. Discussion groups will take place in January, and One Book One Valley will culminate in an evening with author Craig Childs on Monday, February 6. You won’t want to miss this live and in-person conversation (which will include plenty of audience Q&A).

Looking for a more hands-on way to celebrate human history? Make sure to check out one of the great themed programs in the Makerspace this month. On January 3 (and repeated on January 4, 11, and 14), patrons are invited to practice heritage scrapbooking. Bring family photos and memorabilia to fill in the pages of your personal history. Scrapbook, paper, accessories, and access to will all be available.

We welcome you to take part in this opportunity to celebrate literacy, storytelling, and civic dialogue through the shared reading of a single title. To learn more about Finders Keepers and One Book One Valley events, and to sign up for these programs, visit

Tweens & Teens: Advise Your Local Library

Are you between the ages of 11-18? Do you visit the Estes Valley Library? If not, why? If so, do you have ideas about how the Library can better fulfill your needs and benefit other young adults?

Introducing: The Tween/Teen Advisory Council. This group will meet monthly to discuss and advise Youth Services Librarian Breanna Vegas about the best future for teens at the Estes Valley Library. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 5 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Hondius Room.

We start each meeting with introductions and a description of a book each participant is currently reading. Next, attendees brainstorm teen services to run, plan the associated implementation, discuss the design of a new tween/teen space in the library, and explore outreach opportunities.

Tweens and teens are valued and welcome! It’s important that you are included in planning and given advising roles in the development of your space and services. We hope that your participation will ensure that teen needs and interests are being met. And, we hope it creates an opportunity for more of your friends to visit the Library.

PS - These Teen Advisory Council meetings count as student volunteer service hours! Stretch your creative muscles and activate those leadership skills, all while contributing to making the Estes Valley Library a better place for young adults. With your help, the Library can better welcome more young people to our programs, services, and collections.

To sign up for January’s meeting and to learn more about young adult services, visit

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Thank You For Your Support Of The Blue Santa Program

The Blue Santa program is sponsored by the Estes Park Police Department Auxiliary. This year, Blue Santa was able to make deliveries to over 101 disabled, shut-in, and elderly community members that needed a little extra holiday cheer. Over $250 worth of goods was delivered to each recipient. This program was also made possible by the help of the following businesses that allowed us to place our jars at their establishments for donations: Animal Medical Center, Bank of Colorado, Bank of Estes Park, Bart’s Liquor, Longhorn Liquor, Mountain Dew Liquor, Estes Park Mountain Shop,

Premier Members Credit Union, Outdoor World, Park Supply, Proactive Fitness, Rocky Mountain Discount Liquor, Rocky Mountain Pharmacy and True Value. The Estes Park Police Department and the Estes Park Police Auxiliary want to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to this program, and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season.

Questions should be directed to Interim Captain Rick Life at the Estes Park Police Department, at 970-577-3872 or

Estes Park Garden Club January Meeting

“Garden Planning for 2023” Monday, January 9, 10:30 - 11:45 am Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library Winter is a good time to plan for a great summer garden. We will kick off 2023 with this informal meeting. It's time to consider: what you’d like in your garden for 2023 and how to plan the steps needed, short term and long term, to get there.

Bring your gardening stories. We will have “coaches” present to debrief what did and did not work in your garden last year. We will support one another in problem-solving as we plan ahead for 2023. Eli Ertl, Plant Specialist, Town of Estes Park Parks Department will be our guest coach.

Questions? Reach out to or check our Facebook Page: Estes Park Garden Club.

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“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw Happy New Year! The smartphone is now thirty years old, descended from IBM’s 1992 “Angler” prototype, which became “Simon,” a one-pound lump boasting sixty battery minutes; about 50,000 were sold. Today six billion people own smartphones; six years ago it was four billion, and by 2027 will approach eight billion. Something is happening here, and it is exactly clear: an unprecedented communications revolution is underway. Those of us raised with four-party lines and rotary phones attached to a cord (ask your grandparents) can only marvel at the velocity with which technology has outpaced imagination.

People are persnickety: Luddites and naysayers appear in every age. Gutenberg’s 1450 printing press ushered in mass communication, but was criticized for putting monks out of work; Sumerian dissenters likely critiqued the fellow who perfected the wheel 3500 years ago for inducing laziness; the invention of paper in the second century was derided as a direct threat to human memory; assassins lurked on Magellan’s ships in 1522 when he sought to circumnavigate the globe; Galileo, tortured in 1633 to recant his claim that the Earth moves around the Sun, was unrepentant: “And yet it moves.”

Despite carpers and critics, blamers and belittlers, bold individuals have pursued progress; had they not, you wouldn’t be reading this column today. For centuries information moved no faster than a man on horseback; the first Juneteenth celebration occurred in 1865, almost thirty months after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Today we learn instantaneously of events half a world away, thanks in part to Samuel Morse’s 1844 telegraph: “What hath God wrought!”

In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell shouted into a mouthpiece, “Mr. Watson, come here — I want to see you.” Twenty years later Guglielmo Marconi sent a wireless Morse Code message to a source more than a kilometer away, and in 1897 earned the British patent for radio, heralding KDKA and Bing Crosby’s question some years later in “Dearie,” “Do you remember when we/Stayed up all night to get/Pittsburgh on the crystal set?”

Wilbur and Orville Wright made history at Kill Devil Hill in December 1903, flying 120 feet in twelve seconds. A mere fifty-eight years later Yuri Gagarin completed his orbit of the earth in Vostok 1. Three weeks ago Artemis 1 splashed

down after completing a twenty-five day, 1.3 million-mile spin around the moon, reinforcing rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard’s 1904 words: “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

“Progress” picked up its pace. In 1927, as Babe Ruth soared toward sixty home runs, Philo Farnsworth (age 21) anticipated Hallmark movies, the World Cup and David Muir’s evening news with the first TV broadcast, about which he said, “There you are – electronic television!”

Just under four decades later, in May1961, FCC Chair Newton Minow remained unimpressed by modern television: “I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”

Few fathomed the significance of Bell Laboratories’ 1947 transistor or understood how dramatically it would affect our lives, eclipsing vacuum tubes and mechanical relays to become the foundation of modern computer technology. We may similarly mark time from December 5, 2022 (three weeks ago!), when the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories achieved fusion ignition, bringing us consequentially closer to a future powered by clean fusion energy.

Today’s smartphones offer astounding versatility and impressive ease of use; daily activities barely test my phone’s capacity, including, but not limited to: weather reports, word definitions, photography, scheduling my calendar, playing Wordle, checking stocks, listening to radio programs and Great Courses, conducting research, counting steps, texting family and friends, finding recipes, sending email, studying the evening sky, reading books, navigating via GPS, digesting the news.

What’s next? Behold the billions of individuals accumulating, interpreting and applying information during the next thirty years, when Denver, Dublin, Durban and Delhi are instantly linked. New vocabulary includes: blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI cloud services, quantum and edge computing, nanorobots, machine learning, neural lace, hybrid reality, antimatter spacecraft. Every day across the globe individuals with abundant curiosity stubbornly dream things that never were and ask “Why not?” While invertebrate politicians argue tangential irrelevancies, these “Pillars of Creation” augur an amazing future as they exemplify John Dewey’s words: “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”

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“Watson, come here.”

Rosy-finch is one bird expected to see on our Christmas Bird Count.

The annual RMNP, Estes Park Christmas Bird Count will be held on Monday, January 2nd, 2023. Interesting participants should meet at the Estes Park Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m. Participants will be separated into small groups and move within designated areas inside the count circle and count every bird they see or hear, making sure not to count the same bird twice.

We will be meeting at the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library at noon for lunch and a preliminary tally to see what areas of the circle have been counted and which ones will still need to be covered.

Common species expected to be seen during the count include Black-billed Magpies, American Crows, Common Ravens, Cassin’s Finches, House Finches, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeons, Redshafted Flickers, Hairy Woodpeckers, American Dipper, European Starling,

Evening Grosbeak, all three species of Rosy-finches, Pine Grosbeaks and Gray Jays.

Species that we are hoping to see on the count day include Northern PygmyOwls, Great Horned Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls, Northern Goshawks, Red Crossbills, Bohemian Waxwings, Common Redpolls and Red Crossbills. Everyone is welcome to participate. If you are new to birding, we can place you with someone who is a bit more knowledgeable. Furthermore, anyone with bird feeders on their property can simply watch the feeders through the day and count the birds seen. After your finished counting you can send your tally to

If you have participated in the count in the past and have an area that you like to count, just contact me at and let me know the area you’re going to cover.


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Dr. Jennifer McLellan Provides Increased Colonoscopy Services At Estes Park Health

Jennifer McLellan, MD, General Surgeon and member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, is providing increased colonoscopy and upper endoscopy services at Estes Park Health following Dr. Lewis Strong’s departure in November, 2022. Dr. McLellan has performed thousands of colonoscopies over the past 10 years of her practice, with colonoscopy quality outcomes that are consistent with national quality standards.

Since Dr Strong’s departure, Dr. McLellan has been experiencing a dramatic increase in requests for screening and diagnostic colonoscopies and upper endoscopies. To schedule an endoscopy procedure with Dr. McLellan, please call 970-586-2200, or ask your primary care provider to send a referral to Estes Park Health for colonoscopy.

In the 2020 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer by the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-re-

lated mortality in the United States, with more than 50,000 deaths predicted in 2020 alone. Based on a long-term study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (2013; 369: 1096-1105), the incidence and mortality associated with colorectal cancer can be reduced through screening.

Colonoscopy is central to all colorectal cancer screening programs, offering the potential to both identify and remove premalignant polyps. As reported on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (, regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer and finding it early. The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommends adults age 45 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. The Task Force recommends that adults age 76 to 85 talk to their doctor about screening. The Task Force recommends several colorectal cancer screening strategies, including stool tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy).

Dr. McLellan is also available to discuss the best colon cancer screening option for you.

Estes Park Health thanks Dr. Strong for his years of service to our community and wishes him well in the future.

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The New York Times dubbed 2022 as “The Year We Lost It. ” All of us, all together, are having a universal melt down (and I’m not referring to the temperature rise of our planet—even though that is something to be angry about). We’re talking about a full-out, kicking, pounding, wailing temper tantrum; the kind a three-year-old throws when you tell her she can’t have mac and cheese for lunch—again.

We’ve become rude, belligerent, raging maniacs, and in 2022 people seem to think this is okay. How did we become so irritable? So rude? So nasty and uncompromising?

My theory is that when one person witnesses another in a very visible, public role acting and speaking without an emotional filter, the collective population decides we have permission to behave in the same manner. I’m embarrassed by the outbursts, the name-calling, the bullying.

There are times each one of us thinks negative thoughts about a situation (“hey, that crazy driver cut me off! ”) or a thorny person (“that blockhead! ”), but we were brought up to bite our tongues. Remember, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all? ” And, “Don’t get bitter, get better? ”

Hopefully 2023 will take us back to more civil times, where we cut each other some slack, we agree to disagree, and we smile and are polite, even when it isn’t deserved.

Meantime, here is a little levity to close out 2022. Thank you to, a website that produces ecards, for providing the poem. We are seeing an end to The Year We Lost It—except where we gained it:

Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste. All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!

When I walked to the store (less a walk, more a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared; The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

So--away with the last of the sour cream dip, Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie— not even a lick. I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie, I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore— But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot. Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address,

© 2022 Sarah Donohoe

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Listening At The Legion Features Brad Fitch & His Original Music

Listening at the Legion and American Legion Post 19 are excited to present Brad Fitch singing his original songs on January 7th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at or by calling (970) 586-6118. All of us in Estes Park are Brad Fitch fans and love his cowboy music featuring the likes of John Denver and Gordon Lightfoot. But did you know Brad is a very accomplished songwriter in his own right, with several of his songs covered by other artists? Join us on the 7th as Brad sings his own songs and shares with us his stories of entertaining in

the Rockies and around the country. Come early for heavy appetizers and Happy Hour drinks starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for appetizers, $20 for the concert, or $30 for both. Start the year out right in true Rocky Mountain fashion. Invite your friends! Invite your family! You can even invite some Texans if you must! See you there! Contest to see who can wear a better cowboy hat than Brad!

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NYE Family Dance At YMCA

Get ready to get your glow on at the neon and black light New Year's Eve Family Dance at YMCA of the Rockies!

On December 31st, 2022 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Assembly Hall, come decked out in neon and white clothing and accessories. Glow sticks and glow paint will be provided. Dance to familyfriendly music by DJ Alsum while cele-

brating the entrance of the new year! This event is geared towards families and younger kiddos! Entry is $5 per person (any age) for guests not staying in lodging at YMCA of the Rockies. Questions? Call the YMCA of the Rockies program department at 970-5863341 ext. 1104.

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December Woman’s Club Wrap-Up

The December Meeting was decorated very festively and all the attendees were in a holiday mood. What a pleasure to all be together to catch up on what happened the last month, and what we looked forward to over the upcoming weeks. Lunch from The Big Horn was delectable, our vocal program a delight.

Our next meeting is January 11, 2023 at the American Legion. Our program will feature Mary Barrons, Estes Park High School Principal speaking about “High School Education Today.” Hope to see you all then. Happy New Year.

Estes Fly Tyer Meeting January 3

Tuesday, Mar. 7 Tuesday, Apr. 4 Tuesday, May 2

Bring your vise, tools, materials.

The Estes Fly Tying Group is busy once again. A big thank you to Seth Richmond, Rector for allowing us to meet at the Episcopal Church. We are meeting the first Tuesday of each month continuing through May from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Ave. When: Tuesday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Feb. 7

The idea of the group is to get together and tie flies, share ideas and techniques. It’s a good time to restock your fly boxes and see what works in Estes Park and other favorite fishing towns.

All skill levels welcome. If you are not a tyer, please come and sit in on the conversation. No fees, it is free.

For questions contact: Frank Drummond at or Susan Underwood at

Estes Park Equestrian Club Donates To Crossroads Ministry

The Estes Park Equestrian Club continued its tradition of donating to community service organizations with a five hundred dollar check to Crossroads Ministry. Kim Lankford Banker, President and Kathy Walker, Vice President awarded the check to Crossroads Ministry. Ava Bañuelos, Case Manager, stood in for Brian Schaffer, Executive Director, to accept this year’s donation.

Crossroads Ministry Crossroads assists struggling Estes Valley neighbors with food, clothing, rent, utilities and other basic needs. Qualified clients may also receive financial or material assistance for medications, household items, gasoline vouchers or school supplies. Crossroads also provides long-term assistance through education and enrichment programs to help participants become selfsufficient.

Estes Park Equestrian Club is a diverse group of equestrians whose mission is to promote and educate responsible horsemanship, and to encourage the continued legacy of horse use in the Rocky Mountain Region.

While promoting responsible horsemanship, EPEC has continued to support the Estes Park community through its fundraising and volunteer activities.

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It’s that time of year for many. How about you? It’s New Year 2023…a time selected by many to re-evaluate their lives and make a few ‘resolutions’. Data from YouGovAmerica suggests that about a quarter of Americans will make resolutions, and most of them think they will accomplish them. The most popular resolutions are about self-improvement… living healthier, being happy, losing weight, exercising, stopping smoking, less alcohol. Others resolve to meet career or job goals, others, to improve relationships. But many… perhaps you, will refuse to make any, often citing past years’ failure to keep them. However, there are advantages to making resolutions, even if you often fail to keep them. 1) Intention: being honest with yourself about your current condition and the distance to your preferred condition is key to improvement. Such thinking will help you improve…even without resolutions, and will contribute to your happiness and mental health; 2) Hope and optimism: You expect things can get better for you and your situation. This positive view of the future, in turn, tends to motivate action. If you don’t believe tomorrow can be better, you’re unlikely to take steps to improve yourself or your life; 3) Responsibility: Your ‘resolved’ improvement will have an impact on others …family, friends, even your community. As a result, resolutions help you consider a broader responsibility—and to expand and multiply your positive effects on others; 4) Inspiration: When you seek to be better, do better or contribute more fully, you tend to inspire others as well. Make your resolutions…and tell others about them. They can help!

Where do you start? First of all, consider the seven areas of life your resolutions will usually target: Physical improvement; Financial improvement; Professional Improvement; Personal improvement; Social improvement; Philanthropical improvement; Spiritual improvement. Make a list of goals and desired improvements in each area. Then, write down some actions to get started, and to succeed.

Dr. David Dyson, founder of the Life Leaders Institute has given us ‘Seven Proven Steps to Set Achievable Resolutions’. (Pull up his Accomplish More Goals…and get serious about improving your life.) The seven steps are these: 1) Mission: (Identify and state the Primary Purpose); 2) Vision and Goals: (List Desired Results): 3) Solutions: (Strategies that can work if you decide to implement, including actions and time needed); 4) Motivation: (Results if you succeed, if you quit, why you should persevere when grit is needed.); 5) Choice: (Decide if your resolutions are worth the time and resources—if not or not now, let go.) 6) Systems and Structures for Success: (Create appointments and actions to set you up for successful habits.); 7) Assessment and Accountability: (Set up how to stay on track and arrange for the positive feedback you need,)

Dr. Dyson lists the main reasons for failing: 1) We lost focus on the benefit, and commitment felt at the time of setting the resolution. Inspiration often wanes as time goes on. He says: “There is a science behind the benefit of writing your resolution result and plan, plus reading it regularly to remember and internalize.” 2) Some never truly get started because they do not plan for the hours and times to invest, which includes appointments with self and others, plus identifying what to reduce to make time for the new priorities. He recommends that we think of the Olympic athlete who must invest more time in the bigger goal and less time on the less important, like excessive TV…the average person spends 20 hours weekly watching it…social media, or just ‘hanging out’.

Dr. Dyson shares these seven ‘best practices’ to lead your life: 1) Lead your life; 2) PLAN your life: ‘Pray, Listen, Act, Now’; 3) Have an IMPACT: ‘IMPortant ACTions’; 4) Balance your life= TIME: Time, Inspiration, Money, Energy, must each be dealt with proper balance; 5) Live your Priorities; 6) Act and Adjust; 7) Renew and Improve.

I ‘Resolve’ to put these things into practice. I have some important things to accomplish in 2023 (I’d be happy to share them with you, and hear about yours)…and ‘I Resolve’ to implement these good things I’ve learned. Why not join me? Bob Lewis

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I AM RESOLVED …OR AM I? HAPPY NEW YEAR! December 30 – January 5 COMINGSOON! 2/6 1/22 1/14 2/2 Coming Soon TICKETS Final 2022 Fall Session Standings The Big Break 7522 Linda’s Boys MOB Stray Cats 147 134 128 118 115 Playoff: 7522 wins versus The Big Break 11 to 7. Spring Session starts soon! If interested in playing or starting a team contact Joyce Hughes at (970) 586-2281
Photo by Jonathan Hornsby

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu

Jan 2 – 6

Monday, Jan 2 Signature Salad w/ (grilled) Chicken (greens topped w/ tomatoes, corn, cheese, craisins, pecans & croutons) w/ ranch dressing

Tuesday, Jan 3 Salisbury Steak (topped w/ vegetables) & Mac ‘n Cheese

Wed., Jan 4 Country Fried Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables Thursday, Jan 5 Carne Asada (skirt steak marinated & grilled) w/ refried beans, rice, guacamole & corn tortilla

Friday, Jan 6 Fish & Homemade Chips w/ soup of the day

Jan 9 – 13

Monday, Jan 9 Moco Loco – Pulled Pork (topped w/ 2 scrambled eggs) w/ Rice, brown gravy & fruit

Tuesday, Jan 10 Chicken Salad Croissant w/ Pasta Salad

Wednesday, Jan 11 Hot Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes, gravy & vegetables

Thursday, Jan 12 Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad

Friday, Jan 13 Shrimp Quesadilla w/ soup of the day

Meals are $7 for current 2023 EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. (Or 3 meals for $20; use pre-paid meal tickets.) Exact cash or check payment required. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Jan 2nd, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Dec 30th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane.

The Center is OPEN (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-1; Tuesday 10-2) TriFit (MWF 10:30-11:15); Yoga/Balance (TT 10:15-11:15)

Mahjong (Tuesdays 10-2); Special Presentation (3rd Tuesday @ noon) Two Bridge Groups: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday of the month & Every Thursday 12:30 - 4 PM

Reserved Meals-to-Go delivered to your vehicle or EAT at the Senior Citizens Center Check out our website: or call for the latest information Friday, December 30, 2022 « 19

Brooke Stewart 12th Grade

Congratulations to Brooke Stewart, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for December 30, 2022.

Brooke is the daughter of Karen and Michael Stewart.

School activities she enjoys are theater and drama and she recently played Alice in The Addams Family musical. Her favorite class is 20th Century Music as Literature. She is an honor student and earned a Gold Math ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, a Gold English ACT National Career Certificate, a Gold Computer Analyst Career Certificate and is a youth leader in church.

Outside of school she likes to sing, play guitar and piano, write music, reading and art. She has three siblings and works at the Rec Center.

A place she’d love to visit is Cedar City, Utah because she said, “My amazing family lives there.”

Her favorite quote is "Difficult

roads often lead to beautiful destinations." She loves this quote because she said, “It’s a reminder to always push forward.”

The best piece of advice she’s been given is “Don’t listen to criticism from someone you wouldn’t get advice from.”

After high school she plans to go to college and major in musical therapy.

Christmas Is Done And The Countdown Has Begun

Day after tomorrow, we close the current year of unrest. A year of changing protocols attached to masks and vaccines, but also to changes in long-term policies. A year of violent storms and violent people. A year defined by unpredictability.

And now we pin our hopes on 2023. Hopes that people will be more content and less prone to violent outbursts. Hopes that the refugees who have fled their homes down south will find the USA to be as hospitable as expected and will regain productive lives. Hopes that the economy will be more stable, workforce more available, inflation less volatile, and freight transportation more reliable. Hopes that the new awakening to the causes and effects of climate change will result in a more intensive, more collaborative effort to reverse the circumstances that cause floods, fires, and drought. And hopes that we will being about a renewed effort to make necessary lifestyle changes before WE become refugees. I prefer life on Earth to searching for alternatives.

So – in our New Year’s resolutions, what can we, as individuals, DO to improve life on Earth?

In approaching the future, we must look to decisions that keep our sights on the long range goals, including the electrification of our energy base. While the grid modification will require collective decisions by elected officials, we, as individuals, can vocalize our support of these endeavors and can vote for supportive candidates at all levels.

Estes Park is pursuing electric vehicles as replacement time arrives and budget allows. We can follow the same policy for our homes and our businesses. The handwriting is on the wall. The USA is developing a coast to coast network of chargers. The new, more resilient batteries are expected to have 4 times the durability. This surge in practicality will advance the effort to create a preference for electrical transportation. There is an initial outlay but the long-term savings should surpass that.

We can upgrade to renewable energy for our personal homes. There are grants available to upgrade energy hungry appliances. From a personal perspective: We have not yet converted to solar at our house, but maybe, despite the cost of hail

damage repairs, it is time to seriously consider solar or, possibly, heat pumps. Again, the long-term savings should exceed initial outlay and grants are available for those who qualify.

All of us must make a concerted effort to use the available avenues for waste diversion: the Residential Recycling Center (or, for businesses, recycling at the Transfer Station), our Planet Partners, and Eco-cycle at Allenspark. Try the website for information. But more importantly, we must avoid purchasing items that are NOT recyclable through avenues we can access, and we must stay aware of new laws, like HB21-1162 which takes effect on Sunday, Jan1 by requiring a 10-cent fee for plastic or paper carry-out bags. And, since we do not have community composting in the Estes Valley, we must resolve a way to keep all compostable organics out of the landfill trash can. The disposal saving are considerable when you get a composter for your food and garden waste. However, compostable plastics (#7 PLA) require industrial composting and should be avoided unless you take them down valley for disposal.

We must also stay aware of the changing economy, paying attention to maintaining a budget and adjusting it as essentials become more expensive. The inflation has increased Colorado minimum wage nearly 8% to $13.65. But employees will also find new payroll deductions. Still, the increase will help allay the increases in grocery prices, gasoline, and everything else. And we must also remember that although some businesses now close on certain days or certain hours, our existing workforce are often maintaining long hours due to understaffing.

Overall, we, the consumers must be patient: with the workforce, with the government, with our friends, and even with our foes. People who do not agree can and should be friendly. We are all in this together. We must concentrate on collaborative efforts and understanding, on assisting neighbors who need help, on brainstorming together to solve the issues at hand.

Make America kind again!

Agree? Disagree? Comments?

Estes Park Special Olympics Tuesday Bowling Fun

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

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Alcoholics Anonymous & Other Recovery Meetings

AA of Glen Haven- Every Monday night at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Also Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Glen Haven Town Hall. Book study meeting.

Early Worms-Monday thru Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (Tues., Thurs. & Saturday hybrid meetings with Zoom #796 839 839 PW:Worms20) at St. Bartholomew Church, 880 MacGregor Ave.

Fall River Group

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 453 West Elkhorn: Mon., Weds., at Noon Fri. at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Meetings-Everyday at noon Zoom #999 829 166 (no password needed).

Monday Zoom Big Book study at 7 p.m. #654 598 884 (no password needed).

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Zoom #999 829 166

West Side Estes Park AA, meets at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park and it takes place Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Dannen Library - located on the lower level of the Legett Christian Center.

Celebrate Recovery -If you are one of these people who struggle with addiction, compulsions, and destructive behaviors as well as the lies which drive them, please consider coming to Celebrate Recovery and discover the joy of being set free. We meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for snacks and fellowship, being honest with ourselves and others, at the Christian Church of Estes Park, 4655 US Hwy. 36, Estes Park, CO. There is a seat for you.

Note: The AA Meeting website has over 6,000 members and there are 69 AA Meetings a week plus NA has 30 meetings a week.

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Find out all the fine details of shows and classes at

On exhibit: “Special Holiday Exhibit” featuring the photography of founding artist James Frank and Invited Artist Lydia Pellow, potter.

Theme Wall: Winter Wonderland.

Theme Wall (sunroom): smaller pieces, great values.

Also on display in the gallery are the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media.

First 2023 Exhibit Opening: “Meet the New Artists” January 6-February 15

The first exhibit of every year, the Art Center features the artist members who joined the previous year. This year we are celebrating four talented artists and their variety of media.

Connie Schmidt-watercolor

Westin Juvonen-photography

Cari Cook-fiber art

Wynne Wilbur-pottery

Opening Reception 5-7 p.m., January 6

Upcoming Art Class in January: 3-D Zentangling®

A Mask for Mardi Gras with Annie Reiser, January 7, 202, 1-4 p.m. Art Center members: $36.00, non-members: $40 (All necessary mask-making materials are included in this class fee.)

Enjoy a stress-free afternoon Zentangling® a mask with your own flair. Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle,® (CZT) teacher will share her experience on 3-D objects as you decorate a beautiful mask with your favorite tangle patterns or copy Annie’s design.

Annie will prepare the paper masks with multiple coats of paint and finish so it’s easy for you to draw on them with an Identipen. She will share her stash of beads, baubles, crystals, and feathers for you to decorate with. Bring your own lace, ribbon, silk flowers, fabric, or whatever you want to create your “Magic Mask.” Then think about entering it in the Art Center’s “Magic of Masks” art show that runs February 19-March 13.

All levels and kids welcome! Materials provided by teacher as part of class fee.

Call For Entries: “The Magic of Masks”

The Art Center of Estes Park would like to invite you to participate in our community mask challenge! All you need to do is pick-up your 8”x10” canvas and create a mask that will fit on that canvas. Entry fee $20. Only one canvas per person.

Any age 5 to 105 can enter. Each canvas will come pre-drilled with wire and hooks for hanging, you can choose your preference horizontal or vertical orientation. Title card/price form taped to back of canvas.

Exhibit: Saturday, February 18 to March 13, 2023. Opening reception: Saturday, February 18, 2-4 p.m.

Completed masks delivered by February 11-13, 2023 (Sat.-Mon.) Prizes will be awarded! Entry form and canvas can be pick-up daily. Open Friday-Monday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Satellite Exhibits:

A new exhibit is now on display at the Estes Park Health featuring Pat Greenberg and Diane Visinstainer. VERT and Snowy Peaks Winery has a number of Art Center artists on display. John Long is on exhibit at US Bank.

Social Media:

The Art Center can be viewed not only on our website at but we are on Facebook at Art-Centerof-Estes-Park, Instagram att artcenterofep and Twitter at artcenterestes.

The Art Center wishes all a happy and safe holidays. We appreciate the support and attention we receive this year for our 35th Anniversary. We thank everyone for making it a special celebration for this organization.

The Art Center is Open Daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 Friday, December 30, 2022 « 23
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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library


Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Holiday Closed January 1


Library Storytimes

Baby Storytime: Thurs. & Fri. at 10 a.m. Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime with Nancy Bell: Wed., January 11 at 6 p.m. Storybook Explorers: Sat., January 14 at 11:15 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., January 17 at 10 a.m.


Sign up at Book vs. Movie Club: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe Saturday, December 31, 12:30-3 p.m., Hondius Room Book or movie—which did you like best? We’ll discuss the book, then watch the movie adaptation. Pizza and hot chocolate provided!

Artwork Wednesday: Handprint Mural Petroglyphs Wednesday, January 4, 3-4 p.m., Hondius Room

Repeated Wednesday, January 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Use paint and butcher paper to make petroglyphs that will be displayed in the Children’s Room. Warning: attendees may get messy!

Teen Advisory Council

Thursday, January 5, 6-7 p.m., Hondius Room

Monthly meeting for tweens and teens who would like to recommend library programming and collection purchases for their age group.

Digging for Fossils Saturday, January 7, 23 p.m., Makerspace Repeated Tuesday, January 10, 5-6 p.m., Makerspace

Use a kit to excavate fossils. Take home what you uncover!


Sign up at Beginner’s Bridge

Fridays, January 6-February 17, 1-3 p.m., Hondius Room

Learn the basics of modern bridge, including bidding, declarer play, and defensive signals. At the end of class, bid and play additional pre-dealt hands for practice. Hosted by John Krueger.

How Artifact Collectors Shaped Archaeology During the 20th Century Friday, January 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room & online

CSU Professor Jason LaBelle presents how archaeologists have painstakingly reconstructed the ancient Native American history of northern Colorado over the past 100 years.

Artifacts, Repatriation, & Cultural Protection with Fred Mosqueda Tuesday, January 10, 6-7:30 p.m., online

Southern Arapaho tribal historian and

elder Fred Mosqueda how archaeologists, museums, and other organizations can work productively with Indigenous communities.

Archaeology & Artifacts: Perspective of a Federal Archaeologist Thursday, January 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Kelly Dick, Cultural Resources Program Manager at Rocky Mountain National Park, will discuss the challenges and opportunities that federal archaeologists encounter in the stewardship of artifacts.


Sign up at estesvalleylibrary

The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna

Saturday, January 7, 12-1 p.m., online

Join a virtual conversation with the New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones series. Presented with the Library Speakers Consortium.

Finders Keepers Book Discussion

Monday, January 16, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Hondius Room & online

Discuss the 2023 One Book One Valley selection. Copies of the book are available for checkout now, and a discussion guide will be sent in the week prior to the meeting.


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Heritage Scrapbooking

Tuesday, January 3, 1-2:30 p.m., Makerspace

Repeated Wednesday, January 4, 5:30-7 p.m., Makerspace

Repeated Wednesday, January 11, 5:307 p.m., Makerspace

Repeated Saturday, January 14, 2-3:30 p.m., Makerspace

Bring family photos and memorabilia to create your own heritage scrapbook. Paper, scrapbook, and other supplies provided.


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Learn the 3D Printer

Saturday, January 7, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

For ages 15 and up.

Learn the Laser Cutter

Saturday, January 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

For ages 15 and up.


Cliffhanger Used Books

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

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Storytime: Wed., January
170 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park, CO 80517
Eric Blackhurst Broker Associate
Abbey Pontius Broker

I was reminded during the Christmas holiday season how bells are a bigger deal than other times of the year. At least ten traditional Christmas songs mention bells including, “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bells” and the classic “White Christmas.”

In Navy Seal training there is a brass bell located within the general train ing compound. During the phys ically and emotionally de manding 24 week school each candidate must endure what most mortals cannot even conceive. At any point during the rigorous training if a candidate chooses to “tap out” upon reaching their breaking point they drag themselves to the bell and ring it three times. The sound echoes through the training grounds announcing another candidate has “volunteered out.” That’s it. Nothing more. No counseling. No instructor giving them a pep talk to hang in and tough it out. No recriminations. Ring the bell three times and you’re out. You quit. Roughly four out of five candidates ring the bell. Those are tough odds.

The guys connected with Men on Fire don’t pretend to understand the mental anguish and physical exertion of Navy Seal training. I would suggest each of us has parameters set up in the caverns of our mind when, where and how to” ring the bell.” Truth be told, we’ve all “rung the bell” at some point. Maybe it was a diet, learning a musical instrument or hobby, training for a marathon, attempting Longs Peak, a job, relationship or marriage. The tests and challenges we

face—including times when we “rang the bell” are a crucible, a situation of severe trial that can lead to the creation of something new. “Ringing the bell” or “volunteering out” causes us to come face to face with ourselves and opens up opportunity to learn, grow and begin anew.

On January 7 Men on Fire will reconvene after a short holiday break.

We are a very diverse non-denominational group of men who gather Saturday mornings, 8:00 a.m. at the American Legion for “Breakfast with a Purpose!” We are committed to better equipping and preparing ourselves for a life of service to Jesus Christ, our families, community and the world. We understand all of us are on a journey of faith—a road often filled with pot holes, detours and the occasional wreck. If we have anything in common it is our steadfast encouragement for all men to “fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith!” And when any man “rings the bell” to be there alongside him until he is ready, able and willing to get back in the fight.

Come join us at Men on Fire, 8:00 a.m. Saturday, January 7th at the American Legion. Regardless of where you’re at on your faith journey you will be welcome and accepted. “Rang the bell” recently? Come hang out. We understand what loss, defeat, despair, loneliness and “volunteering out” looks like. More important, we know we serve a loving God who extends His grace, patience and encouragement as we’re making adjustments to “volunteer back in!” From out of town? Join us!

The Reverend Canon Edward (Ed) J. Morgan

Ed Morgan died at age 78 December 14 at Littleton Adventist Hospital. He was born May 5, 1944 to James R. Morgan and Mary Jane (Buckles) Morgan in Indianapolis, Indiana. He gradu- ated Howe High School, Indianapolis, in 1962 and graduated Purdue University in 1966 with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. After graduation, he attended Officers Candidate School at Ft. Bragg, Georgia.

He married Sara K. Elsbury whom he met in college on December 30, 1967 in Greenfield, Indi- ana. They moved to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and in February, 1968 he went to Viet Nam as an Intelligence Officer with the 82nd. Airborne. After serving a year and receiving the Bronze Star, he was then stationed at Ft. Holabird, Maryland until his discharge in November, 1969.

After being in the insurance business in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Peoria, Illinois and Denver, Col- orado, he became a realtor with Van Schaack and Company in Littleton, Colorado.

From 1980-1983, he attended Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Wisconsin where he re- ceived a Masters of Divinity. On December 14, 1983 he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Colorado. He served as the assistant at St. Joseph’s from 1983-1985 and then became Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colorado and served

there from 1985-1996. In 1989, he was one of the founders of the Colorado Haiti Project, which is now known as Locally Haiti. He made many mission trips to the village of Petit-Trou-deNippes.

In 1996, he was called to be the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Ar- kansas. He served there for five years and then was called back to Colorado to serve as Canon to the Ordinary to The Right Reverend Jerry Winterrowd. He then continued his service to The Right Reverend Robert O’Neill until Ed retired. Later, he served for ten years as a part- time Denver Hospice Chaplain. He continued filling in for other clergy until his death.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 55 years, daughter Krista (Kevin) Wagner of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and son Andy (Cindy) Morgan of Estes Park.

Grandchildren include Kaelynn Morgan, Molly Morgan, Sadie Morgan, Trevor Smith, Justin Smith and Taylor Wagner. He is also survived by sister-in-law JoAnn Elsbury and nieces Beth Moen (Tom) and Karen Elsbury. Many loving cousins also survive him.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7, 11:00, at St. John’s Episcopal Cathe- dral, 1350 North Washington St., Denver, Colorado.

Memorial contributions may be made to or mailed to Locally Haiti, 908 Main Street, Louisville, CO 80027.

Internment will be at a later date at St. Bartholomew’s in Estes Park. Friday, December 30, 2022 « 25
To Ring The Bell…Or Not?

Carolyn Jean Tooley

Guidelines for Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Now hiring Shuttle Drivers

Part-time/Full-time year round employment. Clean Valid Colorado Driver license (no special license needed). $17-20 an hour

Apply within at: Estes Park Shuttle 551 South Saint Vrain Ave

Tire Technician

Perform tire related and light automotive services. $15 - $20/hr depending on experience. Flexible time off options, at cost vehicle repairs. Valid drivers license required. Apply in person at 1633 Raven Ave or call (970) 586-8085 or email

Carolyn Jean Tooley was born on February 22, 1946 to Clyde and Louise Tooley. She was the youngest of 3 children. Carolyn was 13 years younger than her sister Shirley, and Shirley felt like Carolyn was her baby. She was certain that Carolyn was going to be a girl, and was ecstatic when she was born. As a little girl, Carolyn loved to go the the airport with Shirley and her high school boyfriend to watch the planes land and take off. She loved sitting in the middle seat of the car between the couple. Her brother Bill was 9 years older than Carolyn and he said that she loved being close to their mama. She loved school and was a quiet girl except when she was terrorizing him! But, he always took it with love!

She attended Denver North High School and loved being a part of the youth group at Beth Eden Baptist Church. After High School, she went to college at Colorado State College (University of Northern Colorado). This is where she met the love of her life. Ron and Carolyn were both part of the college youth group at church and after meeting, they soon fell madly in love with each other. They married on July 14, 1968 and their love for each other grew stronger each year of their 54 years together. After the wedding, they moved to Chattanooga Tennessee. Carolyn taught elementary school in Georgia while Ron finished his degree. After Ron’s graduation, they joined HIBA and moved to New Jersey to begin their ministry among high school students.

Carolyn wanted to be a mom her entire life and while in New Jersey, God blessed them with their first baby, Karen Louise. Carolyn was a natural at motherhood and adored her baby girl. After 6 years in New Jersey, God called Ron and Carolyn to continue their ministry in Japan with Japanese and International high school students. Carolyn taught elementary school at Christian Academy in Japan. Soon after they arrived in Japan, their

prayers were answered and they were blessed with another daughter, Rebekah Julie. Carolyn’s heart was full and their family was complete. Carolyn delighted in taking care of her family, and also loved opening up her home to countless high school kids, college students and young adults. The more people in the house, the happier she was. She was an amazing cook and everyone looked forward to meals around their table (not only for the excellent food but for the fellowship that came with it!). Carolyn loved sewing, quilting, hiking, traveling, biking, arranging flowers, and oh did she love swimming! Even after being diagnosed with ALS, Carolyn continued those activities. She even continued her ministry with an organization that used donated wedding dresses to make gowns for stillborn babies.

Carolyn had a love for children and was elated when her girls gave her grandchildren. She showered them with love and wisdom, and they loved spending time with her as much as she loved being with them. Her grandchildren described their Nana as sincere, trustworthy, imaginative, devoted, cheerful, kind and caring.

Standing at the gates of heaven to celebrate Carolyn’s arrival was her Heavenly Father, her parents, Louise and Clyde Tooley, brother-in-law Jerry Walker, nephew Brian Walker, mother and father-in-law, Olen and Mary June Hardy, sister-in-law Janice McKinley, brother-in-law Max Hardy and niece Darla Cogburn.

Looking forward to joining her in heaven for a family reunion are her loving husband Ron of Estes Park, daughters Karen and husband Mark of Farmington Hills Michigan, Rebekah and husband Jorge of Santee California, grandchildren Sage, Skyler and Nicole, Sierra, Jorge Jr., and Shin, Great granddaughter McKayla, brother Bill and Vera Shirley Walker, sisters-in-law, Barbara and Arden Cogburn, Brenda and Richard Hargrove, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Condolences have been sent from people all over the world that loved

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Teller/New Accounts Representative

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Carolyn. She had a positive impact on hundreds of people and was loved by many. She will be remembered for so many wonderful qualities, but the one that we will always be grateful for is her love for the Lord. She faithfully ministered alongside Ron for 54 years and on December 13, 2022, God said You have fought the good fight, you have finished the course, you have kept the faith. It is time to come home.

Carolyn loved to be at HiBA camp in Japan. She learned to cook Japanese food as she worked alongside Mr and Mrs Hanazato in the kitchen. She loved seeing her daughters having a great time at summer camp, spending time at the beach and getting to know the other Japanese staff kids. She also really loved being able to speak Japanese with our friends at camp. Because of this great love we are asking people, in lieu of flowers, to give a lasting financial gift to the “rebirth of the HiBA Camp in Japan.” Carolyn’s delight was seeing high school kids giving their lives to Jesus Christ. or by check to: SEND International, PO Box 513, Farmington, MI 48332. To leave a message to the family please visit

Full-Time Benefited Guest Services Supervisor

This position will manage the front desk operations at the Recreation Center. For more details about the job and to apply on-line go to Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is an equal opportunity employer.

Wildlife Responder Available To Help

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

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The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


The Good Samaritan Estes Park Village has an opening for a beautician / barber. A hair salon on-site with 2 styling chairs, hairdryers and sinks. $200 month space rent, and you can bring in outside clients. Preferably 2-3 days a week, flexible as you set your own schedule and your own rates.


More than 40 percent of seniors report regularly experiencing loneliness. Good Samaritan Estes Park Village senior living community offer socialization, meal programs and wellness/activity programs to combat loneliness, gently supporting our residents that nurture their body, mind and soul. One of the ways we want to enhance this is through our volunteer program. We will pair seniors with friends in the community who can share their interests and offer companionship.

If you are looking to make a different in the lives of others, contact the Good Samaritan Estes Park Village. (970)577-7700 ext 200 and ask for Irene.

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3 BR, 1+3/4 BA. Very quiet. Refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer included. $1800 per month plus $1800 security deposit. References required. No pets please Call Becky, 281-989-5587


Large furnished studio in downtown available February 1. King Bed, 3/4 kitchen, full bath, on-site laundry. NS/NP, single occ. $1,000/mo+. 1-year lease, work ref and credit req. Call M-F 10 - 4 to (970) 480-5458, pls leave message.


One bedroom cabin for rent $1,200 month. Call 970 577 0944.

Commercial Rentals

One person professional office located downtown on north side of Bond Park. Completely remodeled recently. Conference room, coffee bar, copy machine are available.

$600.00 per month, all utilities included. Contact Thom at Verus Commercial, Inc. 303-589-1543

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Executive office for rent. $350.00 a month includes 970-232-5588.

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in knowing the way of the Lord our God. I am driven by the urgency to spread his word for his coming is soon. Contact Jorge and Andrea Fernandez 970-825-4044


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Classic Colorado CABIN is a beautiful fully restored 2 bedroom. It is now available to rent on a monthly or longer basis but you can stay for a shorter period of time. Easy access and just 5 minutes from Estes. Fully furnished with all linens, and everything you need to just move in. Minimum monthly or longer rental. $2,400 per month plus utilities for the Winter months Call 720-352-1445 for more info.

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