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Estes Park News, June 8, 2012
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    XII-602 Locally owned since 2000 * Single Copy is FREE * Friday, June 8, 2012 DISTRICT CONFERENCE SEE PAGES 8, 24-25 This huge black bear was seen walking around the Stanley Heights area this week. Photo by Richard Hahn alpenglowimages.info Coyote Pups Photo by Jim & Juaniece Ward A great photo of two cute coyote pups who were seen frolicking in Moraine Park in RMNP this week. Coyote families form a tight bond and both parents share the responsibility of feeding and protecting their young and their territory.

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    Page 2 Friday, June 8, 2012 www.estesparknews.com Estes Park NEWS,Inc. Your Hometown News 7,600 copies distributed FREE every Friday to hundreds of Estes' popular locations. FREE ON-LINE VIRTUAL PAPER! at www.estesparknews.com Ph: (970) 586-5800 Fax: (970) 692-2611 Opinions of our columnists are not necessarily the opinions of this newspaper. Publishers: Gary & Kris Hazelton Estes Park residents and owners. Editor: Kris Hazelton Ads & Website Design Specialist: Andrew Donaldson ads@estesparknews.com Classifieds/Reception Press releases to: kris@estesparknews.com All editorial, photographic content and graphic design is copyright of Estes Park News and can not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of Estes Park News, Inc. ©2012 For subscription information contact us. EP NEWS Deadlines Monday: Space reservations today! Tuesday: Copy deadline by 4:00 p.m. Classifieds: Phoned in-12 p.m. Wed Submitted to website - Weds. 1 pm go to: www.estesparknews.com Our office/studio is located at: 1191 Woodstock Drive, Unit B Just down the road from B&B Food Be A Trailblazer! By: Skyler Rorabaugh The Estes Valley Trails Committee is looking for one person to fill a vacancy on the committee. The purpose of the Trails Committee is to promote development and maintenance of a comprehensive and sustainable trail system throughout the Estes Valley considering a variety of trail users. The Trails Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the 18-hole Estes Park Golf Course conference room. The committee is an advisory committee to the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) Board of Directors. Currently there are seven citizens on the committee, a Town of Estes Park liaison, an EVRPD staff liaison, and an EVRPD Board of Directors liaison. Committee members serve a three-year term. If you would like to serve on the committee, please submit a letter to Skyler Rorabaugh, Executive Director, (EVRPD, P.O. Box 1379, Estes Park), along with a brief resume and a statement of your interest in serving on the committee. If you would like more information about the committee, please feel free to call Mr. Rorabaugh at 586- 8191. The committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors for appointment. Science Club Seeking New Members Are you a retired scientist, engineer, science teacher or someone with a strong interest in science? If so, would you enjoy having lunch, once a week (Tuesdays) with others sharing your common interests? Casual conversations usually involve the weather, astronomy, new scientific discoveries and a large variety of other subjects. Please consider joining the "Science Club" which is free, with attendance totally voluntary. For more information, such as where we meet and the usual times, please call "Wen" at 577-1979. Dispose Of Beetle-Infested Trees And Noxious Weeds Free Of Charge Delay all non-emergency tree-cutting while pine beetles fly While it is not advised to cut trees now as bark beetles begin to fly, trees which have already been felled are accepted for free disposal at the Town of Estes Park's air curtain burner site, located at 666 Elm Road. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals who need to dispose of noxious weeds may bring them to the site in paper bags on Fridays only. No plastic bags can be accepted. Accepted trees must have no pine needles, be stripped of all branches and cut into sections no longer than three feet. Only trees affected by pine beetles within the Estes Valley will be accepted. The site will not take stumps, slash, pine needles, or branches with needles. There is no charge for the disposal of the weeds and trees, but the preparation and transport must be handled by the property owner or a private contractor. It is not advised to cut any trees now, as mountain pine beetles are beginning to fly and attack new host trees in the Estes Valley. Bark beetle behavior is often regulated by pheromones with a similar chemical composition to conifer resins and freshly cut timber can attract beetles. The Town Public Invited To Provide Input On Transit And Parking Enhancements In Bond Park The Town of Estes Park, in conjunction with Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is conducting the Estes Valley Transit and Parking Enhancement Study. The study is evaluating opportunities to reduce congestion in the Estes Valley by encouraging the use of alternative transportation systems designed to improve visitor experience and protect natural resources. As part of the study, Estes Park residents and guests are invited to provide input on transit and parking issues, needs, and potential solutions at an open house on June 15 from 3 -6 p.m. in Bond Park, downtown Estes Park. During the open house, the study project team will provide information, answer advises that unless wildfire risk or falling tree hazards present an immediate concern, tree-cutting should be done after the bark beetle flight period has ended. The infestation of new trees will likely continue through September. The Town's Beetle Busters are a mostly volunteer team who perform landowner education, inspections of properties and identification of brood trees in the Estes Park area. Beetle Buster efforts in the Estes Valley over the past three years have helped homeowners identify brood trees so they can be removed before the annual beetle flight. However, in consideration of the possible risk of cutting trees at this time, Beetle Buster inspections have been suspended until mid-October. Requests for inspections may be made after October 15 by calling the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. Town of Estes Park landowners are required by ordinance to remove and destroy infested trees to help mitigate the epidemic. For more information on noxious weeds and bark beetle mitigation, contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. To receive Town news in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org. questions and listen to suggestions for improving mobility. Information obtained will be used during the next phase of the study to help develop the final parking and transit recommendations. For those who cannot attend the open house, information will be provided on the Town website, www.estes.org from June 15 through July 20. Comments will be accepted through July 20 by email at estes.transit@fhueng.com or delivery to Room 100 of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Ave. For more information, please call the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org.

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    www.estesparknews.com Welcome To The World Theodore Jeffries Romig This precious soul, so sweet and new, This little life, a dream come true. We are proud to announce the arrival of little Theodore Jeffries Romig who was born on June 3, 2012 at 2:46 a.m to Kylie and Nathanael Romig. At birth, he weighed 8 pound 8 ounces and Night closures along Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will begin on Tuesday, June 12, and will continue through early October. The evening closures will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights only. The closures will take place from the Big Thompson Bridge to the Park & Ride. The road will be closed from 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings and again at 10:30 p.m. Thursday nights through 5:30 a.m. Friday mornings. Access to Moraine Park Campground, Moraine Park Visitor Center and Cub was 20 3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Paul and Ellen Romig and Kris and Gary Hazelton of Estes Park. Teddy also has loving great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who are happy to welcome him to the family! Congratulations to all! Night Closures For Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Continue Through October Lake/Fern Lake Trailheads is not affected by the night closures. The Bear Lake Road Reconstruction project involves 5.1 miles of road; the upper 4.3 miles of the road to Bear Lake are not under construction. There are 110 miles of road in the park. This project does not include Trail Ridge Road. Information on the Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Project is available at www.nps.gov/romo, the park's recorded road status line (970) 586-1222, or through the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206. Friday, June 8, 2012 The best daughter the world can only do so much. We offer affordable health and in-home support to help seniors live independently in their own homes. Call InnovAge today for your customized solution. 888-992-4464 TTY Toll Free: 866-327-8877 MyI MyInnovAge.org nnovAA ge e .org Page 3

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    Page 4 Friday, June 8, 2012 www.estesparknews.com Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day In RMNP Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on June 9, 2012, by going on a bird walk in Rocky Mountain National Park! Join us for an opportunity to learn more about migratory birds while exploring the park with experienced bird watchers. The event will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in the park at 8:00 a.m. After a short introduction, visitors and bird walk leaders will caravan into the park to view birds in a variety of habitats. This guided walk will have naturalists and expert birders to help beginners identify birds; all ages and abilities are welcomed. Suggested items for the morning's activities include warm clothes, water, good walk- Courtesy photo ing shoes, binoculars and a snack, if desired. The event will end at noon, but visitors are encouraged to continue their birding adventures throughout the day. International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each spring across the United States and Canada. This special event recognizes the movement of nearly 350 species of birds from their wintering grounds in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America. This year marks the 20 th anniversary of IMDB with the theme of "Connecting People to Bird Conservation." Created in 1993, this event increases public awareness and involvement in bird conservation. Birds are economically important and a priceless part of America's natural heritage- and they are critical indicators of environmental health upon which we all depend. The event is now hosted at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206. Learn to Belly Dance With Akasha New Class Starting July 5th Thursdays 6:00-7:00 www.akashabellydancing.com 720-732-5128 Upcoming Saturday Evening Programs In RMNP Saturday, June 9, 7:00 p. m. - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center The Wild Bunch: Squirrels, Chipmunks & Marmots. Squirrels, chipmunks and marmots are some of Rocky's smaller wildlife - but wild they are! How do Marmots prepare for hibernating all winter long. Did you know that Rocky Mountain National Park has three species of Chipmunks? Can you tell them apart? Why do Tree Squirrels battle frequently in the forest? Which Squirrel looks a little devilish? Join long-time park ranger Sue Spearing to learn about the wild bunch's lifestyle and even hear a "tall tale" about a tiny animal in this illustrated program at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Saturday, June 9, 7:00 p.m. - Kawuneeche Visitor Center Forest Fires and Beetle Kill: Lessons from Helping Our Neighbors. Join Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long to find out about the many lessons learned by the Wildland Fire Team as they have fought fires across the country. Using images, he will tell the story of how the fire service responds to 100,000-acre wildfires, the logistics behind supporting thousands of firefighters, and what we are On Thursday, June 14, Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour will be traveling over Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. Please be prepared for heavy cycling traffic with the potential of numerous delays during the morning and early afternoon hours. Approximately 2,500 cyclists are expected to participate. The tour begins in Granby at 4:30 a.m. learning about fire behavior through stands of beetle kill. The safety of our firefighters is always paramount, even as we engage in a high hazard environment. Saturday, June 16, 7:00 p. m. - Beaver Courtesy photo Meadows Visitor Center Wolves? Wolverines? In the wilderness lives the WILD. In recent years, rare animals have been seen in the park. From Wolverines to Wolves are these sightings real or visitor's imagination running wild. Can a Wolverine travel over 600 miles to make Rocky Mountain National Park its home. Come discover the secrets about these wild creatures and learn the importance of reporting rare animal sightings from long-time park ranger Dar Spearing. For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206. Ride The Rockies To Travel Through Rocky Mountain National Park Courtesy photo and follows US Highway 34 through the Fall River Entrance to Estes Park via Trail Ridge Road. Most participants should be off the highway by 2:00 p.m. Park staff ask visitors to please plan ahead, share the road and drive safely. For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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    www.estesparknews.com One Rare, Beautiful Week Of Cycling Ride The Rockies, one of Colorado's premier cycling events has selected Estes Park as one of seven host communities for their 2012 tour. Join in the fun on June, 14, 2012 as we welcome 2,000 cyclists to our community! Other host communities of the tour include: Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Carbondale, Leadville, Granby and Fort Collins. While the tour route changes each year, the benefits and responsibilities of the host communities remain the same. Benefits include publicity generated, positive economic impact, fund-raising opportunities and a $5,000 grant provided to an eligible non-profit agency in each host town by The Denver Post Community Foundation. In 2011, cyclists spent an average of $250,000 in a 24-hour time period in each town. Many cyclists also plan to return as tourists! The Old Gallery invites you to meet Kristin deSantis, June Artist of the Month on Friday, at a reception June 8 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. at The Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark. Kristin (KT) DeSantis is an award-winning contemporary metal and mixed media artist. Her primary medium is metal. KT was born in upstate New York and studied art since the age of eight. After receiving her BFA in painting and illustration she began her career as an artist in advertising and design working for DuPont, Estes Park locals, friends and family, are encouraged to spend the afternoon and evening at The Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, to welcome the Ride The Rockies cyclists! Please join us for music (see below for more information), entertainment and food on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 12-9 p.m. There will be a full beer garden available featuring O'Dell Brewing, Snowy Peaks Winery, SYNTAX Vodka Distillery, and Pendleton Whiskey. We will also be featuring a photo booth, included with souvenir photos for riders and participants. There will be plenty to celebrate, so come join in the celebration. We hope to see everyone there for this community event! Mary D'Ambra-12-1:30 p.m. Dennis Tobias Band -2-3:30 p.m. Ben Pu and Crew -5-6:30 p.m. Amplified Souls-7-9 p.m. Rooftop Rodeo Royalty Clinic Scheduled Alex Hyland, Miss Rooftop Rodeo, 2012 will host the Rooftop Rodeo Royalty Queen's Clinic on June 8th in the community meeting room at the Estes Park Museum. The first session begins at noon and the day will conclude around 3:00 p.m. Young men and women between the ages of 11 and 17 are encouraged to attend. This is the first of three clinics designed to help individuals prepare for Rooftop Rodeo Royalty tryouts in August. Each clinic will focus on a different aspect of preparing for tryouts. During the Rooftop Rodeo (July 10-15), Rooftop Royalty frequently interact with local merchants and organizations, children, VIPs visiting our rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls and guests who attend the rodeo. They also assist the rodeo committee on the Behind the Chutes tour, in the hospitality tent, and in the midway. Sessions will include information about public speaking skills, saddle and tack, arena etiquette, rodeo events and community history and knowledge. During the session, parents will have a chance to exchange information at a parent's roundtable. After a short introduction at the museum community meeting room, parents will reconvene in the front lounge of the senior center. This meeting will be facilitated by a member of the Western Her- itage royalty committee and parents of current royalty familiar with the program. During this meeting, parents will have a chance to learn more about what to expect and about time commitments for children and parents, rodeo week, travel, costs, etc. This will be a chance for parents to begin to network and learn more about the program. Courtesy photo Light refreshments will be provided, so please call J'Ann Wright 970-443-4565 or email royalty@rooftoprodeo.com, if you plan to attend. The 2012 Rooftop Rodeo will be held in Estes Park this coming July 10-15. For more information, call the Estes Park Fairgrounds and Rodeo Office at 970-586- 6104 or visit the Rooftop webpage at www.RooftopRodeo.com. Kristin deSantis Artwork On Display At The Old Gallery Young and Rubicam, and freelancing for several years. In 1992 she changed her career path and today spends all of her creative energy on sculpture and painting. Her works can be found in many galleries and private collections throughout the world. Visit her website at www.Kristindesantis.com. KT and her husband Marc are also elite athletes sponsored by Fleet Street Sports and Tokyo Joe's. They have two Courtesy photo children, Storm and Steel who attend school in Estes Park. Friday, June 8, 2012 Page 5

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    Page 6 Friday, June 8, 2012 www.estesparknews.com The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On May 21 at 10:19 p.m. police stopped the driver of a vehicle at Highway 7 and Graves Ave. for failure to stop at a stop sign. The driver, a 21 year old male was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol with a BRAC of .113. He was charged with DUI, DUI per se, no insurance and a stop sign violation and later transported to Larimer County Detention Center. On May 22 police received a report at 4:52 p.m. that some flower pots, valued at $53.93 were stolen from the 1600 block of Avalon Drive. Anyone with any information on the missing flower pots is urged to call the police dispatch number at 586- 4000. On May 24 at 6:50 p.m. police were called to a motor vehicle accident at Hwy. 36 and Fish Creek Road. Upon arrival the driver of the vehicle, a 49 year old Estes Park man, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was found to be injured and was transported to EPMC and later charged with DUI, DUI per se and careless driving. A bicycle was stolen from the 200 block of Third Street sometime on May 20. At this time, there are no suspects and no leads, anyone with information should call police dispatch at 586-4000. On May 26 at 8:13 p.m. police were called to a physical altercation in the 100 block of Elkhorn Ave. On scene, a 23 year old male from Estes Park and a 41 year old male from Estes Park were cited for disorderly conduct. They were both issued a summons and later released. On May 26 at 8:13 p.m. police were called to a motor vehicle accident at Fall River Road and Fish Hatchery Road. The Longs Peak Summer Festival Seeking Arts & Craft Vendors The Longs Peak Rotary Club will be hosting a very special new event this summer in Bond Park. The Longs Peak Midsummer Festival will be held July 20-22 and it will be a weekend of old fashioned fun for the entire family! At the Midsummer Festival there will be grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, great bands on stage, beer and wine tasting, arts and crafts and lots of games for kids and adults including a dunk tank. The Longs Peak Rotary Club is looking for vendors who wish to set up a tent to sell their arts and crafts at this new driver a 34 year old male from Montrose, CO was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol with a BRAC of .175. The driver was charged with DUI, DUI per se and possession of a handgun. He was later released to a sober party. On May 27 at 4:10 p.m. police received a call of a theft of a $50 ring at 230 W. Elkhorn Ave. The case is currently inactive with no suspects and no leads. If anyone has any information on this case, please call Estes Park Police Dispatch at 586-4000. On May 28 at 12:45 a.m. police stopped the driver of a vehicle at 1000 Big Thompson Ave. for weaving. The driver, a 20 year old male from Estes Park was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged with DUI, DUI per se and weaving and later transported to the Larimer County Detention Center. On May 29 at 1:34 a.m. police were called to 1650 Clover Lane on a report of an underage party. On scene, police charged an 18 year old male, an 18 year old female and a 19 year old female, all from Estes Park with underage consumption and possession of alcohol. They were all later released to sober adults. On May 31 at 561 Big Thompson Ave., police charged a 40 year old male from Estes Park with disorderly conduct for making a obscene gesture towards a police officer. He was later released. On May 31 at 11:18 p.m. police charged a 55 year old male with DUI, DUI per se and an open container when the male drove to retrieve his dog which had been running at large and was being held for him. The man was later transported to the Larimer County Detention Center. On June 2 at 11:48 p.m. police stopped a driver at 335 E. Elkhorn Ave. for careless driving. The driver, a 24 year old male from Homedale, ID was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged with DUI, DUI per se and careless driving and later released to a sober adult. event. Tent spaces will cost $150 for the weekend and those interested may call Cathy Jensen at 586-3844 to reserve your spot. There are only twenty spaces available so if you're interested, call soon before they fill up. Vendors will need to supply their own 10 X 10 tent. Deadline to reserve your space is June 15, or when the spaces are filled. Call today! Watch for more details on this great fundraising event. The funds being raised are going to the Longs Peak Rotary Club to help fund activities for the three A's: Arts, Academics, and Athletic organizations here in the Estes Valley.

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    www.estesparknews.com Estes Park To Host 11 th Annual Relay For Life Well here we are another year later and kicking off the 11 th annual Relay for Life here in Estes Park. The Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings people together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight. Additionally, Relay helps us to remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing. Lastly, we come together to fight back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease. Everyone's reason to Relay is as unique as his or her own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry, and create lasting memories. If you haven't registered - no problem - you can do it at the track. If you aren't a member of a team - again, no problem - come on out and enjoy the evening. We will have a face painter, games, a balloon twister, pipers, DJ, food and much more! We are here to find a cure for cancer and every step you take at Relay - for however long - helps to save lives. The Estes Park Relay kicks off at the High School stadium on July 20 th , with registration beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you can't participate, you can still make taxdeductible donations to the web site www.estesparkrelay.com. We will also have a Dog Walk Fundraising Event on June 9 th where Mayor Bill Pinkham will be joining us for a stroll around Lake Estes. We are also partners with the Estes Park Marathon. You can contact Gary Cahill (970-577-0562) for more details on any of these events. Please join us in finding a cure and thank-you for your support! Dog Walk In Support Of The Relay For Life The oldest and original Estes Park Dog Walk in support of American Cancer Society's Relay for Life takes place on Saturday June 9 th from 10:00-12:00. We begin at the Estes Park Dog Park for a leisurely one-lap stroll around Lake Estes. Water stations along the route will be available for your dog to have a refreshing drink. The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event and our Dog Walk has become an integral part of the fundraising. Each dog will receive a bandana as well as dog biscuits, courtesy of Estes Park Pet Supply. The charge is a bargain-basement $10 per dog and it is tax- deductible. Please join Archie and us in fighting to find a cure and celebrate more birthdays. Hope to see you there! Allenspark Annual Roll-Off June 9 This day is for Allenspark area residents only. In as much as this cleanup day is underwritten by Boulder County for the Allenspark Community, be prepared to show a drivers license with address, a utility bill or some other verification of affiliation with the Allenspark area. Only persons living in or owning property in Boulder County within the boundaries of the Allenspark Fire District will be allowed to get rid of their trash. The annual roll off (free dump day) is scheduled for Saturday June 9, 2012. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. until the dumpsters are filled. This project is sponsored by the Allenspark Area Club in conjunction with the Boulder County Resource Conservation. Boulder County's coordinator for this project is Tammi Wireman. Freezers, air conditioners, refrigerators (containing refrigerants). These can be dropped off at the Allenspark Waste Transfer Station, free of charge on the day of the roll off (June 9) only. Doors must be removed. Recyclables. As usual the Transfer Station accepts commingled food and beverage containers, newspaper/magazines/catalogs/office paper/opened mail/cardboard/brown paper sacks for recycling. The Transfer Station will be open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the day of the roll off. Tires. We will be accepting tires again this year for a $3.00 each fee to cover the recycling and pickup fees. They must be off the rims. Bring whatever you want to get rid of Except the following 1. Recyclables (these are accepted at the transfer station.) 2. Construction/demolition debris. (We will turn you away if you bring a load of demolition debris other than wood.) 3. Hazardous waste. (paint, insecticides, herbicides, etc..) 4. Yard waste. (including, slash, and tree limbs, no pine needles) These can be taken to the curtain burner site on Hwy. 7 thru July 7 th . Please try to organize larger loads by keeping metal separate from wood items as we will be dumping these in separate containers to recycle. This will make it faster for you and us. For information call: Adrian Wolfe 303-747-2648 or Bill Ellis 303-747-2421 Friday, June 8, 2012 Page 7

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    Page 8 Friday, June 8, 2012 www.estesparknews.com "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" Variety Show This Friday Don't miss your chance to see a great musical variety show by Julie and Julie (Julie Phares and Julie Varilek) who are back together again creating a wonderful new show to celebrate the Rotary District Conference in Estes Park. The show features Cowboy Brad Fitch and the Estes Park singers, formerly singers from Estes Park Sings, who will bring back the Grease medley, Mama and the Papas, Sisters, YMCA, King Tut, Phantom of the Opera, Sonny and Cher, and more! The one night only show will be performed at the Ruesch Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies on Friday, June 8. Doors will open at 7:00 for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets for this show are only $10 but there are a limited number available so get your tickets today at Macdonald Book Shop in downtown Estes Park. Julie Phares, producer and director of the show said, "We're having a lot of fun rehearsing this show for you! The performers are all Rotarians which is perfect to help celebrate the fact that the Rotary District Conference is in town. Rotarians from District 5440 will be coming in from four different states for the conference and will be able to have fun on Friday night and enjoy this show. The public is also invited to attend this night of music and laughs!

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    www.estesparknews.com The Thunker by Sarah Holdt Sometimes we let our thoughts wander aimlessly (hikers on long treks call this "thunking"), and I believe this is a healthy practice for our psyche. We can spend every waking moment engaged in socalled productive pursuits, but for what optimal purpose? To make money we don't have time to spend? To prevent our muse from finding a voice? Cogitating without direction-in loopde-loops and ziggy-zags, in and out and up and down and around and around- can take us to mental, emotional and spiritual places we never knew existed. Stretching one's ruminative legs is refreshing and just plain fun-and provides fodder for good dinner conversation. Recently I took note of where my mind moseyed to-mostly so I could find it again after it got lost. Some people might call this losing one's mind, but letting go of controlled thoughts is different from losing one's mind. I know because I've done some of both. Trying to find the notes I jotted on a scrap of paper for last week's column but coming up with empty pockets caused me to lose my mind and ultimately, the column. Sorry about that. Here is the meandering thought path I skipped along the other day: * Why haven't the flags been flying outside the visitor center lately? (I called to ask. Apparently the flagpoles have experienced a rope/pulley/whatchamajig malfunction. New parts have been ordered and the flags will be flapping in the Estes Park breeze again in the next couple of weeks.) * My heavy-duty, Sunbeam Legacy Edition Mixmaster mixer went on the blink a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I tried to take it apart to see if we could fix it, but because it is very heavy-duty and built so it won't come apart, we were unable to get the machine fully dismantled. So now what? It's a good-looking mixer and should have lasted much longer than it did, but it is now nothing more than an oddly shaped block of metal. It's a shame, really. Surely in the right hands it could be repaired to serve someone for years to come. But we tried and couldn't revive it. What am I to do with it? Because it doesn't run there is no sense in giving it to a second-hand store. I will take it to the recycle center in Loveland but what should I do with the three sets of beaters (regular, whipping, and bread) and the two perfectly fine bowls that are made to fit this particular mixer? * Don't you hate the ads depicting people with a mouthful of missing teeth trying to grin at us from the newspaper page like Jack Nicholson? They're trying to get us to buy fake teeth. I know people whose appearance has been improved with den- tal implants but they didn't have gaping holes in their tooth rows before the work was done, except while they work was being done. Showing us satisfied customers with new pearly whites after the enhancement is complete would sell much better. But nobody asked me. * This time last year we stood on a couple of the bridges downtown and watched the waves slap heartily against each overpass, amazed at the volume and force of the water, saying that we'd never seen the rivers so high. This year we've wondered if that was all a dream. But today, finally, there is a cascade of river water tumbling and dancing through town. The parched mountains look down on us, begging for more snow on their flanks, and that is sad. And if we continue experiencing the warm, dry weather we've been having, we are in for big, fat fire trouble. But we've had a slight reprieve with a couple of heavy rains and so, for a brief time, we can appreciate the rollicking rivers. How sweet they are. * The walk around Lake Estes has been temporarily closed to protect us from aggressive mama elk. So why is it that some people think they are the exception to the rule, and go where we've been asked not to go? What are they thinking, that elk won't go after them because-well, because why? * There has been a lot of excitement about the baby owls we can see in the park and high above the parking lot next to the library. The fluffy owlets are growing and will soon be flapping their wings, practicing for flight. The swallows are diving, the hummingbirds are humming. People are taking photos of the eagles they see above Lake Estes (I would if I could, but I never see the eagles when I make my way around the lake), we hear melodic chirping when we are out in our yard, and we also hear the harsh caws of the blackbirds looking for their next meal. Birds are everywhere, and I often pause to observe them soaring high and flitting low. Yet I wonder, how long would it take us to notice if we woke up one morning and all the birds were gone? I'd like to think we'd become immediately aware of the silence and lack of motion all around, but would we? * My husband Mark and I drove through town one day last weekend. Like always, I turned off the radio and rolled down my window so I could get just a little closer to the activity of guests and their hosts taking in Estes Park. I love the atmosphere of our town when there are people strolling along, eating ice cream and caramel apples, filling shop doorways, and sitting on benches, watching others. I love to breathe in the smells and sounds and sights of this experience. It is a happy scene. Estes Park is a happy place, with a busy downtown, with fuzzy, spotted baby elk and their sleek, muscled parents, with playful, singing rivers, and birds. Lots and lots of birds. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. Friday, June 8, 2012 SALOON NIGHTCLUB & GRILL Page 9 11am to 2am KARAOKE ROCKS AT at 9pm Thursdays 9pm Craig Satterfield - June 14 A FA A with DADDY RAB SAT

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    Page 10 Friday, June 8, 2012 www.estesparknews.com Another Slice of Life! by Laurie Button Estes Park is definitely one of the most fabulous places in the world to call home. More than a few people spend significant portions of their lives trying to find a way to relocate here. So I suppose I should feel somewhat guilty when I'm consumed by the need to escape from our beautiful mountain village. Unfortunately, there's just one cure when I'm in that condition: I need a "Valley Fix." Sometimes it's enough to see a stand of deciduous trees, or a tractor plowing a field of corn or sunflowers. Other times I need to feel claustrophobic in a crowded mall or experience the frustration of a freeway traffic jam. After combining any of the above for a few hours, I'm more than ready to happily weave my way back up the canyon. Last weekend I succumbed to that overwhelming need to escape and it was going to be a perfect day. At least, that was the plan. It might be just me, but in the more than two decades I've lived here, I've discovered that there are two kinds of people when it comes to going to the Valley. On one hand there are people who prefer Boulder and on the other, there are individuals drawn to Loveland and Fort Collins. While there are times I stray into the city to the south, most times I head north toward Loveland. And so it was on Saturday. The last time I'd ventured from town was to go to a play in Denver in mid- April and at this point Highway 34 was calling. My solitary adventure was planned down to the tiniest detail. Sam's Club. DSW. Macy's. Kohl's. Hobby Lobby. Michael's. The anticipation of standing inside those stores surrounded by the treasures within was almost more than I could handle. The list was written; coupons stashed in my purse; the photos I planned to frame were carefully protected by cardboard; Joel had given me his wish list; and I had a full tank of gas in the car. Life was good. The first clue that things might not go exactly as planned was when I turned onto Harmony Road in Fort Collins. A few blocks later road construction had traffic at a standstill. We inched our way along the road inches at a time. "Maybe," I caught myself thinking, "this is God's way of telling me I really don't need to look for shoes at DSW." But that $20 coupon was burning a hole in my purse. Finally, after what felt like an eternity, I decided to live dangerously and followed a string of vehicles opting to take an alternate route. How hard could it be to find my way through a residential neighborhood in Fort Collins? Let's say I got to sightsee through some lovely neighborhoods before rediscovering Harmony and leave it at that. The ironic thing? Had I just stayed in the stalled line of traffic, I was less than a block from the end of the construction when I changed routes. Ah, well. Anyway - finally - I found myself inside the Promised Land - gazing at DSW's huge expanse of shoes and fashion accessories. To be honest, there are too many shoes there for me to even focus on what I'm looking at. So that morning I did what I always do: I made a beeline for the clearance section in the back of the store. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with a pair of casual, blue-denim colored shoes tucked away on the bottom shelf in the back corner of the aisle. The label was purple which meant I could deduct another 30 percent off the sale price. After some quick calculations, anticipation turned into disappointment. To use my $20 coupon, the purchase needed to be $49 or more. An anxious look at the price chart to verify the final cost of those coveted shoes told the story: $48.96. Four lousy cents below what I needed to spend. Now, if you've ever shopped at DSW, have you ever tried to find something - anything - with a price tag of less than $5 or $10? However, during my wanderings up and down the aisles and then back again, something did catch my eye. It was a very unusual purse that would be perfect for an upcoming trip to Boston in early July. But then I was faced with a dilemma. The purse cost more than $49, so the coupon would be honored. But did I really want to give up on the shoes? They would be perfect for long walks on the Freedom Trail during the trip. Finally, I threw caution to the wind, picked up both items and strode confidently toward the checkout line. When it was my turn I triumphantly put my treasured coupon on the counter and the clerk acknowledged it with a congratulatory smile. Then, as she told me the total and I reached into my purse, time stood still. Suddenly all of the planning I'd done before leaving Estes Park, all of the lists I'd painstakingly written and rewritten meant nothing. You see, my wallet and debit card were sitting next to the laptop on my desk in Estes Park. I had our checkbook, but with no ID, it was worthless. All in all, I think I reacted quite well to the disappointment. My steps may have been a bit downtrodden as I walked to the car empty handed. But I managed to salvage the day by spending some quiet time at Veterans Plaza in Fort Collins before driving home. And later that day I did what any enterprising woman would do: I ordered the purse online. You see, there's more than one way to get a Valley Fix ... You may contact Laurie and let her know what you think at grenadagirl@me.com.

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