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Black Bears Searching For Food!
This mama bear and her cub were seen recently in RMNP. Black bears are omnivores and will eat both plants and animals. Photo by Jim & Juaniece Ward
June 5, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
Board Approves New Four-Year Contract With Town Administrator tionship with Town Board The Estes Park Town Board unanimously approved a new four-year con• Strategic long-term planning skills tract with Town Administrator Frank • Respected partner to agencies across Lancaster at its May 26 meeting. Mayor Larimer and Weld Counties, and the Bill Pinkham noted, “Over the past three State of Colorado years, Frank has provided solid leader• Over 21 years of experience managing ship for the Town staff and community local government in the face of real adversity • Strong staff development including responses to and communication skills fires, a flood, economic Along with Lancaster’s peruncertainty, recovery and formance review, the board growth.” On behalf of the completed a market analysis board, Pinkham continof compensation for similar ued, “We appreciate executive management posiFrank’s proven dedication tions among public organito serving Estes Park, and zations in Larimer County, he has our solid support as southern and central Weld we move into the future.” County, Boulder County inLancaster’s contract cluding the U.S. 36 corridor, Frank Lancaster adoption was preceded by and Colorado resort coman annual review of his performance by with seasonality traits similar to munities the Town Board. Pinkham noted, those of Estes Park. Based on the market “Frank’s performance speaks for itself, analysis and his performance review, and several of the board’s observations Lancaster’s new annual salary is just underscore how fortunate we are to have above the average for Front Range comhim in the role of Town Administrator.” munities at $155,000. This is his first • Excellent leadership during emersalary increase since he was hired in gency responses and recovery 2012. Pinkham noted, “This is an in• Partnership-oriented, communitycrease of about 15 percent over Frank’s minded initial salary with the Town, which was • Fiscally responsible, and aggressive well below market average.” He continapproach to seeking grants ued, “The board believes the new salary • Focus on continued improvement in more accurately reflects his experience, performance, and ever increasing-workTown processes and services • Excellent communications and rela- load and responsibilities.”
Help Keep Estes Clean And Beautiful, Keep Residential Waste Out Of Public Trash Bins With a surge in the use of public trash bins for illegal disposal of bags of residential trash and garbage, the Town of Estes Park is asking residents to use a local trash collection service or the transfer station for waste disposal. Public Works staff empty public trash cans on a schedule that meets the needs of typical public use. Problems arise when these cans rapidly fill because of household trash, often in grocery or trash bags, by people who do not want to pay for other disposal options. The result is overflowing trash bins and unsightly mess that attracts birds, raccoons and bears. Other consequences of using public containers for household waste: It is against the law - essentially it is theft, or disposal without consent. Police officers can cite offenders with a fine of up to $300.00. It creates extra work at taxpayer expense for the Estes Park Police Department and Public Works Department staff. It creates an unhealthy environment for people and wildlife. It spoils the beauty of Estes Park. It can deter customer patronage of nearby businesses. When trash is thrown into a recycling container because the trash bin next to it is full, the contaminated recyclables cannot be recycled and become trash. For more information or to report an issue, please contact the Estes Park Police Department at 970-586-4000.
Town’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Event To Be Held In August
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The Town of Estes Park will honor its 2014 volunteers at a brunch on August 12 at the Estes Park Event Center. The theme chosen for this year's event is "We can't spell sUccess without U!" Volunteers will receive an invitation by mail in early July. The annual Volunteer Recognition Day and Volunteer Appreciation event has historically been held in May each year. The event was moved to August in 2014 in order to utilize
the newly opened Event Center. Due to feedback received from volunteers, the team has decided to hold the 2015 event in August. The Town's Volunteer Recognition Team consists of staff members Suzanna Simpson, Alicia Mittelman, Alison Gdovicak, Beth Headley, Jen Imber, Jolene Svancara, Karen Thompson, Lexy Jacobson and Peni Barnes. For more information, please call 970577-3700.
Friday, June 5, 2015
For An Emergency To Prepare Your Property For Runoff Spring runoff is here, and as the snow pack begins to melt, residents in low-lying areas should take action now before it's too late. While the Town will respond to public safety emergencies, it cannot divert resources to assist residents with private property protection. It is every citizen's responsibility to consider how risks on his or her property affect neighbors up and downstream. Property owners must make the following considerations: Ensure privately-owned culverts are clear of debris and large enough to accommodate peak flows. The water will otherwise back up or move to another channel, and may cause problems. Sand bags or hydro barriers can be used for temporary containment at undersized culverts. Stabilize undercut and unstable river banks and reduce blockage potential. a. Cut down unstable trees (leave stump and roots in place) that could fall and block water flow along the channel or at downstream bridges and culverts. b. Leave existing roots and small woody and vegetative debris on riverbanks to reduce flow velocities and resist bank erosion. c. Apply quickgrowing seed mixes. d. Selectively remove problematic debris from river; permits required. e. Permits for all work in the floodplain are required. In Estes Park town limits, call 970-577-3726; in Larimer County, call
970-498-5703. Mitigation advice is available during the permit process. Prevent or reduce flood water damage using sand bags or hydro barriers. a. Place bags next to buildings to divert water or to stabilize banks, never in the river channels. b. Local hardware and lumber stores sell sand bags and hydro barriers. Sump pumps must be discharged back into the ground or storm drain -- never down the drain into sanitary sewer. This has the potential to overwhelm sewer plants. Prepare before the water rises. Do not risk your own safety around swift-flowing water. Keep pets and children away from moving water; it is deceptively strong and you may be swept away. Sign up for free emergency notifications on your cell phone, work phone, text message, email, home phone, etc. Choose the locations you wish to be contacted about (within the boundaries of Larimer County). Visit www.leta911.org or call 970-9622170. Runoff conditions are monitored around-the-clock, and residents are asked to report potential problems such as threatened infrastructure, the movement of stream channels and streams flowing out of their banks to the nonemergency line at the Estes Park Police Department, 970586-4000. It is not necessary to report normal rises in water level, which are to be expected during runoff. Always call 9-1-1 in a life safety emergency. For numerous resources and information sources, visit www.estes.org/riversandrunoff EPNEWS.com file photos
Neighborhood Meeting Monday Regarding Performing Arts Center Estes Performance, Inc., (EPIC) invites you to a Neighborhood Meeting about the most recent plans of the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center at its downtown location on East Elkhorn Avenue. We will be conducting this Neighborhood Meeting twice on Monday, June 8th. The first meeting will be at 8:00 a.m. and the second one will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library. In conjunction with EPIC's application to the Town of Estes Park for development review, we wish to share our latest plans with you and take time to answer your questions about the project. EPIC
Board members will be present along with their architect, engineer, builder and Town technical staff. Please join us for this update and a chance to raise questions you may have about the future Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center. EPIC Board Members will keep a record of the questions and answers to contribute to their final plans. Stan Black, Board President, Board members: Tom Dority, Teresa Mueller, Ron Wilcox, Bob Gunn, Jim Pickering, Diane Muno, Adam Shake, Julie Phares and Damien Boynton.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Jazz Fest And Art Walk This Weekend In Estes Park painting and tile painting. Kids are enTake in the beauty of Estes Park, enjoy couraged to show off their artistic side numerous art experiences and listen to with sidewalk chalk or on the graffiti the sounds of jazz. Estes Park's free anwall. nual Jazz Fest/Art Walk weekend kicks off the season in style! What better way Saturday, June 6th to open the summer season in Estes Park Noon-12:45-Estes Park Jazz Big Bandthan with jazz playing amid the beautiful Swingin’ Big Band Sounds rock backdrop of Performance Park outdoor amphitheater? For two days the mountains are alive with the sounds of great jazz, extraordinary art and family activities. The Estes Park Jazz fest has become one of Colorado's premier Jazz Festivals, noted for its commitment to excellence in Jazz. Presenting the finest national and regional Jazz artists, the festival features stellar line-ups of performers, representing the music from New Orleans roots to its thriving and diverse present, and venturing into the music's Max Wagner vibrant future. At the 25th annual Estes Park Jazz Festi1:05-2:10-United States Air Force Falval, enjoy music from seven Jazz bands & conaires-Modern Big Band Jazz musicians over two days. Sip on the fine 2:30-3:35-The Drew Morell Septet-feawine of local Colorado wine selections in the wine garden. Enjoy tastings from Estes Park's Snowy Peaks Winery along with Turquoise Mesa Winery, Hunter's Moon Meadery and Branch Out Cider. Jazz Fest guests will also enjoy exploring unique art experiences from art vendors, live painting at Bond Park and art galleries throughout the village. New in 2015: Find art and music workshops for kids in Bond Park from 12-3 p.m. each day (only $5 turing favorite Jazz standards from legper child)! Kids have the opportunity to endary pianist/composer Horace Silver, join in on the music with their handwith guest vocalist Teresa Carroll made instruments, including plastic egg 3:55-5:00-Ken Walker Sextet-Modern shakers, jingling tambourines and even Mainstream Jazz French horns! Local volunteers will be The Jazz Continues At Night assisting in wire wrapping jewelry, face
6:30-9:30 p.m .on Saturday Night, June 6th - The Max Wagner Quartet, downtown at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant The Max Wagner Quartet: Capri Records recording artist Max Wagner on Saxophone & Jazz Vocals, with Eric Gunnison-Piano, Ken Walker -Bass, and Todd Reid -Drums. Expect an exciting, entertaining and intimate evening of Straight Ahead Jazz with The Max Wagner Quartet! Mama Rose’s is an official sponsor of The Estes Park Jazz Festival, 970-5863330 (reservations suggested) 338 E. Elkhorn Ave. Sunday, June 7th Noon-1:20-Nelson Rangel-World Class Saxophone and Flute 1:45-3:05 -Fuller Sound: A Tribute to Fred and Elthopia Fuller-Denver’s Star Studded Jazz Family 3:30-5:00-Conjunto Colores-Denver’s Original Salsa and Latin Jazz Band The Estes Park Jazz Festival is produced by the Special Events Department of the Town of Estes Park and was founded by and is directed by, Jazz artist, Max Wagner. The festival takes place from Noon to 5 p.m. at Performance Park which is located at 417 West Elkhorn Avenue, at the West end of downtown Estes Park, Colorado. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and a picnic; or enjoy selections from Poppy’s Pizza on site. No dogs are allowed in the listening area. The Festival is presented free to the public courtesy of the Town of Estes Park and our sponsors: Mama Rose’s & Poppy’s Pizza, KUVO Jazz Radio 89.3 FM, and Snowy Peaks Winery.
Operating Permits Required For Vacation Home Rentals And B&Bs In The Estes Valley Development Area In 2010, the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners and the Estes Park Board of Trustees amended the Estes Valley Development Code to require all Estes Valley vacation home rentals (rented for fewer than 30 days) and bed and breakfast inns (B&B) to obtain an annual operating permit. A business license will serve as the permit for properties within Estes Park Town limits. However, a separate annual operating permit is required for all vacation home rentals and B&Bs in the unincorporated county area of the Estes Valley Development Area, excluding those which are zoned “A” Accommodation. A map of the development area is available at www.estes.org/maps. There is no cost for the annual operating permits for county properties. Permits may be obtained from the Town of Estes Park Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue in Estes Park. Properties operating without a permit are subject to enforcement action. In the unincorporated Estes Valley, enforcement action can result in a hearing before the Larimer County Commissioners,
citation into District Court, and fines. Inside Town limits, enforcement action can result in a citation into Municipal Court and fines. The permit process will ensure compliance with local regulations, which are intended to allow vacation rental use to occur in residential neighborhoods, while protecting the residential character of neighborhoods. The Estes Valley Development Code regulates all vacation homes operating in the Estes Valley. • Vacation Rentals must obtain a business license to legally operate with in the Town limits of Estes Park. Vacation rentals located in the unincorporated Estes Valley must obtain a vacation rental permit to legally operate. • A Property manager or local resident must be designated on the permit application to act as a representative of the owner and be available twenty-four hours a day, with regard to any complaint or violation. • Occupancy is limited to a maximum of eight people at any one time. The limit is further limited to two individuals per bedroom, plus two individuals.
• Parking is limited to a maximum of three vehicles parked outside at any one time. • Vehicular traffic and noise levels shall not be out of character with residential use. • Noise levels are regulated. Noise complaints can be handled by the Estes Park Police or Larimer County Sheriff ’s Office. The covenants of homeowners associations may be more restrictive and even prohibit vacation rentals. For more information on applicable zoning regulations, please contact the Town of Estes Park Community Development Department at 970-577-3720. Accommodation rentals of fewer than 30 days are subject to sales taxes. The permit process for vacation home rentals and B&Bs in residential neighborhoods will also assist in the collection of the appropriate taxes which may include state, county, town and local marketing district taxes. For more information on these taxes, please visit www.estes.org/salestax.
Friday, June 5, 2015
29th Annual Fishing Derby This Saturday Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will sponsor their 29th annual Fishing Derby this Saturday, June 6 to benefit EVRPD youth programs. The Fishing Derby will be held on the shores of beautiful Lake Estes. The Fishing Derby is for all ages. Prizes will be given for “Largest Fish” in four age groups: 9 & under, 10-15, 16-59, and 60 & over – male & female in each age group. Many prizes have been donated by local merchants. Lake Estes received fish from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife prior to Derby Day. The derby will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Lake Estes Marina Store, 1770 Big Thompson Avenue (Hwy. 34). Registration
fee is $4.00 on day of derby. Pre-registration is $3.00. For more information and/or registration form,visit the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District web site, www.evrpd.com or contact the Lake Estes Marina at 970/586-2011.
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Special Party- for opening of Jurassic World- Thurs June 11th 6/11 @ 7:30pm Jurassic World 3D June 6 & 7 are “free fishing” days in the State of Colorado. No Colorado State fishing license is required these two days. The $5.00 day-use fee for vehicles at Lake Estes will be waived on Derby Day. Come to Estes Park for a great day of fishing and fun! EPNEWS.com file photos
Flood Effect On Trout Populations The trout in the Big Thompson and St. Vrain rivers took a double hit with the 2013 flood: the flood itself and the highway reconstruction that followed. As a result, fish populations are a fraction of what they were prior—in some places, almost non-existent. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) biologist Ben Swigle will share data on the effect of the flood and subsequent reconstruction in a presentation to Alpine Anglers on June 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum. Swigle will compare trout population data prior to the 2013 flood to the results of monitoring studies just after the flood
and again one year later. He will describe the effect of the flood and reconstruction on the trout, and he suggests an approach to natural stream channel design that could both improve the efficiency of emergency flood response and also provide more protection to wildlife. Sharing the program will be U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Chris Kennedy who will present plans—and solicit volunteer assistance—for native cutthroat trout recovery efforts in Rocky Mountain National Park. The public is invited, so come learn how you can help with an electro-fishing survey or use a fishing rod for "hook and line sampling."
Week of: June 5th- 11th
Mad Max - 1 week only Fri 6/5 & Sat 6/6:
Tickets now on sale 4:30pm-3D, 7pm-2D & 9:30pm- 3D The Living Dream100 Years of RMNP will play each Wednesday at 2pm starting June 24th through the end of Summer. 100 Year Anniversary of RMNP!
Sunday 6/7 thru Wed 6/10: 5pm- 2D & 7:30pm- 3D
Thursday 6/11: 5pm only- 3D 970-586-8904
Friday, June 5, 2015
Trail Ridge Road Now Open For The Season Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened last Friday, May 29. Due to heavy melting on the road during the day and freezing temperatures at night, visitors should plan for possible night closures until conditions change. This Mayâ€™s snowy and wet weather patterns hampered this yearâ€™s efforts to get the road open by Memorial Day. Road crews and rangers will reassess conditions each morning and reopen the road when and if conditions allow. Alpine Visitor Center and Trail Ridge Store are expected to open soon. Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend; last year the road opened on May 23. The earliest the road has opened was on May 7, 2002; the latest June 26, 1943. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, climbs to 12,183 feet and connects the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake. Trail Ridge Road officially closed for the season last year on Novem-
ber 4. National Park Service plow operators normally begin clearing the snow in the middle of April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. The visitor center is the highest in the National Park Service, sitting at 11,796 feet above sea level. Spring storms often impact plowing activities. This year, plow operators encountered average snow
drifts from 18 to 22 feet. Significant storms on the east side of the divide in May provided additional challenges for park snowplow operators. Because weather conditions may change rapidly, park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly and are encouraged to call the parkâ€™s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line at (970) 5861222. Park staff will update the recorded line during and after regular office hours, when the road status changes. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the parkâ€™s Information Office at (970) 586-1206. Photos Jim Ward