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Estes Park News, June 15, 2012
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    XII-603 Locally owned since 2000 * Single Copy is FREE * Friday, June 15, 2012 THE 9TH ANNUAL ESTES PARK MARATHON THIS SUNDAY SEE PAGE 2 Butterfly Release At The Stanley Hotel See Page 11 Mel Tulin got this great photo of a mother moose and her young calf on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Precious moment. Photo by Mel Tulin EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton Nate Goodwin and other local students helped release hundreds of butterflies Monday at The Stanley Hotel. The butterflies came from the new "Butterfly Encounter" exhibit at the hotel, to help bolster the butterfly population in our area. Read more about it on page 11.

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    Page 2 Friday, June 15, 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 The Estes Park Marathon Is This Weekend! By: Linda Adam-Hall Neighborhood Liaison This Sunday, June 17, the Estes Park Marathon committee will be hosting the 9th annual marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K foot races around and through Estes Park. This is a fundraising event to benefit some of our area's youth programs. The Estes Park races an interesting event that is good for our community; and we hope that knowledge of the event will help you make sure the races do not inconvenience you. The marathon starts at 7 a.m. in front of the Estes Park Middle School; half-marathon starts at 7 a.m. by the tennis courts on Manford Ave, the Barry Lawson 10K at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Estes Park Middle School, and the 5K at 9 a.m. in front of the Estes Park Middle School. The marathon course is open for 7 hours! Walkers and visually impaired are welcome. Returning this year: Kids Fun Run (for ages 4-12) Building on the success of previous years, we are continuing the Kids Fun Run on Saturday, June 16 which will start in front of Town Hall (Bond Park) at 2 p.m. and run on MacGregor Avenue. The street will be closed for the short time that the children will be running there. The longest race will be one mile, so the street will be closed for a fairly short time. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a bouncing obstacle course, live music, games and face painting! A great family activity. All welcome! Again, building on the success of previous years, we are continuing the marathon relay; managed by the American Cancer Society, to raise funds for cancer research. How to sign up: Saturday, June 16 is running events registration and race packet pick up is located at the High School Commons, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Race Day Sunday: Registration for 5k and 10k only, begins 6:15-9:00 a.m., high school commons. What you get: All racers get a top of the line tech T-shirt; marathon runners get a hydro-pouch, for use with the Hydra-pour dispensers that the EP marathon and other races use. Special Thanks To: The Title Sponsor- Coda Coffee, with presenting sponsor, The Estes Park Medical Center/Family Medical Clinic. Other important local sponsors- Poppy's Pizza, Crystal Pines Water Company, Ice of Estes, The WWW.EPMARATHON.ORG Photos by EP NEWS/ Gary & Kris Hazelton Otherside Restaurant, Vi Fuel, Fun City, Village Pizza, YMCA of the Rockies, and The Egg & I. Runners and walkers welcome lots of spectators, so you may want to step out and cheer the hardy souls coming down your street! In many cities, neighborhoods display banners welcoming race participants. If you would be willing to get more involved, we always need volunteers! If you're interested, please contact Director of Volunteers Kristen Evans at evans.kristen1@gmail.com 802-356- 7468 or contact us online at team@EPmarathon.org. These well-designed races will present our beautiful area very well to our out-of-town guests as well as local runners and walkers. There won't be any road closures on Sunday but there will be some delays to allow all participants to cross streets on the routes. Traffic control staff will work to keep the delays as short as possible. We hope to see you on race day! For more information please visit our website at www.EPmarathon.org.

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    www.estesparknews.com On The Other Hand by David Tavel Flag Day Yesterday was Flag Day. Did you miss it? We do a lot with flags. True, they are just symbols, but symbols, be they patriotic, religious, organizational, whatever, play noticeable roles in our life. Some of those roles go back to the origins of the first flags. Imagine a Roman army organized into ranks and files going into battle. Amid the clash of arms, the cries of charging warriors, the shrieks of the wounded, comes the need for some orders. How do you identify the leader who gives those orders, and how do you transmit the orders to lesser officers, and so on down the line? Doubtless it was necessity which gave birth to the idea of waving a pole above the din of battle, and on that pole hanging colored cloths or objects which communicated those orders. A metallic eagle or a flag at least showed where one's leader was. Flags became identified with persons of leadership, and over the centuries specific colors became associated not only with particular leaders and their chosen successors, but with the characteristics supposedly displayed by the rulers. For example, red became associated with strength and bravery, white symbolized peace and honesty, and blue stood for loyalty and justice. Hmmm, wonder why I picked those three colors! At the time of the outbreak of the American revolution each colony had its own flag, and many groups of organized armed volunteers went into battle with their own banner. Words on many otherwise plain banners stated grievances against English king George the Third. Some became highly popular such as the flag which proclaimed "Don't Tread on Me." With the 4 July 1776 proclamation by the Continental Congress of independence it seemed only natural that we would have a national flag. The congressmen therefore passed a flag act: "Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field." Why these colors? We hinted at them above, but Congress was specific. "White signifies Purity and Innocence. Red, Hardiness and Valor, Blue, Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice." The design of the flag has been credited to Francis Hopkinson, a member of the Continental Congress and who had been a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As for the colors, it is reasonable to conclude that we borrowed them from another small but free country, the Netherlands, whose flag consists of three horizontal bars, from top to bottom red, white and blue. And who made the first flag? Legend has it that it was Betsy Ross, and she gave it thirteen stars and thirteen stripes. But what do you do when the number of states grows? "Simple" was the answer in 1795 after Vermont and Kentucky had become states. Fifteen stars and fifteen stripes. So when you next sing our national anthem and the words "... whose broad stripes and bright stars were so gallantly streaming..." please note there were 15 stripes, not 13 when Francis Scott Key wrote the words. Those fifteen stripes remained until 1818 when our congressmen apparently tired of the striped pajamas look, and decreed "That the Flag of the United States be 13 horizontal stripes, alternate red and white, and that on the admission of every State into the Union, one star to be added on the Fourth of July next succeeding admission." Now we're up to 50! Have we, as in the words from the musical "Oklahoma," gone about as far as we can go? 'Tis a puzzlement. (Now which musical is that line from?) ED QUILLEN, 1950-2012 We end this article by paying respect to the journalist and author whose columns were usually the most enlightening material on the editorial pages of the Denver Post. By my count he worked for a total of eight publications, at least two of which he owned. To that could be added several books he co-authored or wrote himself. The best conclusion is to let Quillen speak for himself. The following paragraphs are taken at random from his 1998 volume "Deep in the Heart of the Rockies," available at the Estes Valley Library. "One problem with being a Coloradan is that nobody believes you. I was born in Greeley; the building that was then the Weld County Hospital [was] less than a block from my apartment the year I was editor of the campus paper. It was there that I got a telephone call one day berating me for some left-leaning editorial (isn't that what college newspapers are for?), and among my flaws was that I was "some radical from the East." Patiently I pointed out that I was standing just a few yards from my birthplace, that I had attended Greeley's public schools, and that Greeley itself was founded as a sort of commune in 1870 by a bunch of idealists. "Don't go trying to put one over on me by making stuff up," the caller warned. Well, being from Colorado isn't something that anybody would make up. . . . When I was a kid, Colorado seemed to have the same reputation that, say, North Dakota has today --- a backwater that talented people fled . . . . it was assumed that if you wanted to amount to anything you'd leave." Ed Quillen did not leave, we are all his beneficiaries. Friday, June 15, 2012 Page 3 Meet & Greet For Kevin Lundberg Kevin Lundberg, candidate for the 2 nd Congressional District, will attend a "Meet & Greet" at the home of William & Judy Howell, on Friday, June 22, 2012, between 6-8 p.m. The "Meet & Greet" will occur at 3025 Sioux Court, Estes Park and all are welcome.

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    Page 4 Friday, June 15, 2012 www.estesparknews.com By Scott Rashid, Director Of CARRI Several weeks ago Grant Spencer, Susan Rashid and I built several nest boxes for owls and have placed about 40 on private property. The owl nest boxes were constructed originally for Northern Sawwhet Owls. However, we have another small owl that could be using some of those nest boxes now; the Flammulated Owl. The Flammulated Owl is a small gray owl with dark eyes. In fact it is the smallest owl in North America with dark eyes. All other small owls in North America have yellow eyes. The Flammulated Owl winters south of the U.S. border and then returns to the mountains of the west to breed. I've found Flammulated Owls nesting in RMNP in the past, all of which have been in the cavities of Aspen trees. These little owls most often nest in abandoned Northern Flicker cavities. However, flams will also nest in nest boxes. Flams also breed in similar habitat as do Flammulated Owls Are Here Female Flammulated Owl peers from her nest cavity in RMNP. Northern Saw-whet Owl and Northern Pygmy-Owls. Therefore, there is a chance that some of you have these little owls on your property. The best way to locate a Flammulated Owl is to go out after dark and listen for a series of soft muffled hoots. The call of this owl is usually a single hoot but at times will be a double hoot. Kind of a hoot, or hoot hoot. The male's voice is lower in pitch than the females and the female often replies with a single higher pitched hoot. The hoots of Flammulated Owls are softer and quieter than those of the Great Horned Owl. Flammulated Owls nest here in the mountains and feed primarily on moths that the adults catch in mid air. At this time of year the female Flammulated Owls are incubating their eggs and being fed by their mates. Any unmated males will still be vocalizing to attract a mate. As the female begins incubating, she will be fed by her mate. The male will be foraging for moths to feed himself and his mate. As the eggs hatch, if there are Both male and female near their nest. Note the moth in the adults mouth. Partly cloudy skies with a slight haze is all that Estes Park is experiencing from the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins, CO. "The fire is a long way from Estes Park," said Reagan Cloudman, spokesperson for Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests. As of Thursday afternoon, winds were blowing the fire north of Fort Collins. Estes Park is about 43 miles southwest of that city. "Our hearts and wishes go out to all those effected by the fire," said Peggy Campbell, President and CEO of Visit Estes Park. "We're praying for the safety of all who are risking the lives to protect the land." For detailed information about the High Park Fire, go to http://larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=85. two young, the male will provide food for the female, who will in turn feed the young within the nest. If there are three or more young, both male and female will provide food for the young. The young remain within the nest for three weeks or so before they leave (fledge). As the young food beg you can hear a kind of psssssh. This food begging call is reminiscent of the sound made when one opens a soda can. If there are two young, both will fledge the same evening, just at dark. If there are three or more young, they will fledge over a two to three evening period. The owlets (baby owls) will remain in their juvenile plumage for about four weeks before growing into their adult plumage. These owls remain in the area until mid October when they migrate back to their wintering grounds. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 577-1794 . As always, your tax deductible donations are welcomed, please mail to CARRI, P.O. Box 3351 Estes Park, CO 80517. A fledgling the evening it left home for the first time. High Park Fire Not A Threat To Estes EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton Help The Steadman Family By Donating To The "Steadman Family High Park Fire Relief Fund" Sadly, we learned this week that Linda Steadman lost her life in the High Park Fire. Her son Chris and wife Karen and their children live here in Estes Park. The family issued this statement: "Linda Steadman, mother, grandmother, sister and wife perished in the cabin she loved. The entire Steadman family would like to commend all the firefighters and emergency personnel dedicated to saving lives and property." Due to this tragic loss of life, property and belongings, an account has been set up to help the Steadman family in their time of need. Funds may be sent in care of: First National Bank of Estes Park, P.O. Box 2390, Estes Park, CO 80517 or you may drop off donations to First National Bank of Estes Park, 501 S. St. Vrain, or at their downtown location at Park Lane and Mac- Gregor Ave. in Estes Park, CO. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Steadman family at this difficult time.

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    www.estesparknews.com Bob Brunson Seeks Veteran's Signatures Local veteran Bob Brunson is seeking World War II and Korean veterans willing to sign one of three prints from Valor Studios that show iconic scenes from the two wars. In the coming weeks, the prints will be auctioned off to raise money for Honor Flight, which sends World War II and Korean veterans to Washington D.C. to tour the war memorials. John Shaw painted "The Homecoming," which shows Corsairs of the "Black Sheep" squadron flying over Golden Gate Bridge. Matt Hall painted "Devotion," which depicts a thrilling rescue mission during the battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Matt Hall also painted "In the Company of "Devotion" painting print by Matt Hall Americans For Prosperity To Meet There will be a Meet and Greet with Debbie Healy of Americans for Prosperity at the home of William and Judy Howell (3025 Sioux Court, Estes Park, CO 80517) on June 18, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a Heroes," which shows veterans of the Battle of the Bulge reuniting at an American cemetery in Luxembourg. You can view the prints on Valor Studios website at www.valorstudios.com. The prints will be on display at the Estes Valley Library several weeks before "The Homecoming" painting print by John Shaw Honor Flight fundraiser at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 1, at the American Legion. The singing group "The Three of Us" will perform USO tunes and songs from the era. You can purchase tickets for $10 each at Macdonald' Book Shop. If you are a World War II or Korean veteran and would like to sign one of these prints, please contact Bob Brunson at 970-443-3970. "In the Company of Heroes" painting print by Matt Hall grassroots organization committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. Come meet Debbie and learn about this great organization. Everyone is welcome. Friday, June 15, 2012 Page 5

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    Page 6 Friday, June 15, 2012 www.estesparknews.com Estes Valley Business Community Update As the summer season begins to pick up steam, businesses prepare for the increased business activity. Estes Valley Partners for Commerce members have been sensing a buzz about the exciting prospects of the summer business season. Upcoming events for June: Social Media for Business - June 19 th and 20 th from 5:15 to 6:15 each evening. Presented by social media consultant Adam Shake, his clients consist of local, regional and national clients. They will be held upstairs at Ed's Cantina both evenings, covering the following for both members and non-members. Day 1: Why Social Media is important and how to position your business in Social Media; Day 2: Taking your business to the next level by effectively utilizing Social Media. Members are free, Non-Members will be $30. Member Summer Kickoff Dinner - This dinner event will be the last time to connect with other business members to discuss last minute strategies to make this summer season the best ever. We will be presenting our "Outstanding Business Award" to long time resident and business owner Michael Aldrich of M.J. Aldrich Builders. Our special Keynote speaker is John Cody, Certified Economic Developer and President of the Longmont Area Economic Council. Most importantly this is a great opportunity to share an evening with fellow business people in your neighborhood. Members can RSVP at events@evp4commerce.com. There are other great various member events taking place so please watch for up- The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On June 3 police were called to the 400 block of Columbine Ave. on a report of a dog bite. Upon arrival, police found the victim of a dog bite, a 40 year old male from Estes WordPress: The Website Development Tool For The Rest Of Us Free and priceless....this is how many describe WordPress, a content management system used to create websites and blogs. The core software is built by a community of volunteers who have innovated and tested plugins and themes to help you customize and transform your website. If you want to update your own website without expensive software, development contracts, and fancy coding knowledge of HTML and CSS; if you have ever wondered, What is a blog?; or if you have ever wanted your own blog.....then you should attend the Estes Park Internet Computer Users Group's WordPress presentation to answer these questions and more on Wed., June 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library. This is free and valuable. WordPress is a favorite content management system for so many. Cassie Lasson of FrontDesk, Inc., web and graphic designer dated news in the pages of the Estes Park News, on the website or Facebook page. The month of May was also a busy month in allowing our business members to connect with each other. The monthly Business After Hours saw another full house of EVPC members networking and discussing business strategies. This great event was a collaboration of many of the businesses in the Lower Stanley Village. It was great to see all these businesses working together to support one another. A thank you to the following businesses who hosted the May Business After Hours and their contributions: Food and Beverage was provided by Rocky Mountain Factory, Cisco's, Shakes Alive! Fruit Shakes, Subway, Village Pizza and Stone Age BBQ; Flowers were by Blooms and Jordans Flowers; all the business contributed to goody Bags including Sphere of Influence, Windsong Fashions, The White Orchid, Home Interiors, Estes Park Massage, Estes Park Chiropractic, Old World Treasures, Creation Gallery, Josh Westmorland-attorney at law. May also included a follow up workshop that helped businesses get laser focused with what they want to get out of this upcoming summer season and tactics to move their business forward. For more information about upcoming events with Estes Valley Partners for Commerce please visit our website at www.evp4commerce.com or check the Estes Valley Partners for Commerce Facebook page. Park. The victim was transported to Estes Park Medical Center. The cited party was a 49 year old Estes Park male who was charged with having a dog at large and a vicious dog. He was charged and later released. On June 4 at 5:40 p.m. police were called to 350 E. Elkhorn on a possible theft. Upon arrival, police charged a 40 year old male from Fort Collins, CO with defrauding an innkeeper and multiple accounts of theft. The male was transported to Larimer County Detention Center. will provide an overview of WordPress as well as details for anyone looking for a way to manage their own website. WordPress is FrontDesk, Inc.'s favorite content management system and Lasson will present information for those new to WordPress and those more familiar with this tool. This meeting will be especially helpful to small business owners, nonprofits and individuals with limited time and resources, and those who do not want to spend a bundle on their website. It is for anyone looking for a better way to manage their website. This is hosted by the Estes Park Internet Computer Users Group (EPICUG). EPICUG meets three times a month: first Monday for MAC users; third Wednesday is an open forum with various technology topics; and the fourth Thursday is devoted to mobile users. For more information visit the EPICUG website, www.epicug.org.

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    www.estesparknews.com Sponsors Keep Coolest Car Show Hot! Spanning the ages from steam powered cars and fire engines to the latest in electric cars, the 14 th Annual Coolest Car Show in Colorado will return to Bond Park this July 4 th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Steam to Electric: Celebrating the Past; Pursuing the Future" is the theme for this show filled with over 100 classic, vintage, street rods, muscle cars and sports cars for the public to view, with the added steam and electric vehicles. Each year Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. provides support and volunteers to keep this exciting event as one of the main fundraisers for the local museum. Come be a part of keeping Estes Park history alive as you enjoy a terrific start to your 4 th of July celebration and contribute to the growth of the museum at the same time. Costs remain at $5.00 per individual, $10.00 for family of four (2 adults, 2 children), children age five and under free! Sponsors are the "nuts and bolts" keeping this outstanding car show "tuned up" and ready to roll. The Friends thank the following businesses for their generous contribu- tions which benefit the Estes Park Museum: EP News, The Stanley Hotel, Insurance Associates, Med X of Estes, Glen Haven Historical Society Meeting Many buildings and cabins that once existed in Glen Haven have disappeared - where were they and what happened? Six gas stations have also existed at one time or another and at one time there were three. The June Glen Haven Historical Society program will tell some of their stories. An example of a building long gone and a gas station is shown in this pre- 1940 photo. The Bank of Colorado, iii image "inhancement" inc., The Ore Cart Rock Shop, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Notchtop Bakery & Cafe, Carquest, Mama Rose's, Poppy's Pizza & Grill, Mike Richardson at First Colorado Realty, First National Bank of Estes Park, Brownfield's, Farmer's Insurance Group, Village Pizza, US Bank, Sweet Basilico, Sweet Peaks Cupcakery, Garrett International Management Consultants, Pene- lope's Burgers, Country Supermarket, and Aisle 2 Bread & Bakery. Please support these local businesses and keep the Estes Park Museum and Estes Park growing! "Look for lots more information about the "Coolest Car Show in Colorado" in future editions of the local papers and this coming week on KUSA, Channel 9, Colorado & Company," says Mike Oline, president of EPMF&F, Inc. "We know you'll have a great time on the Fourth seeing cars ranging from steam power to electric and all the fabulous cars in between." building at right still exists, it is the General Store before addition of western front. Come join us, Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Glen Haven Town Hall for a great meeting. Friday, June 15, 2012 Page 7

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    Page 8 Friday, June 15, 2012 www.estesparknews.com Citizen Meetings with County Commissioner Tom Donnelly Wed., June 20 @ 9:00am Estes Park Senior Center 220 4th Street, Estes Park For more information on other citizen meetings, please call the Larimer County Commissioners' Office - 498-7010 Ninth Annual John Denver Tribute Concert To Be Held September 1, 2012 The Estes Park Lions Club will host the ninth annual John Denver Tribute Concert in Estes Park, Colorado, the evening of Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Stanley Park Fairgrounds. Keeping John Denver's legacy very much alive, Estes Park's own "Cowboy" Brad Fitch and his TropiCowboy Band will perform Denver's most beloved songs in this crowd-pleasing show. Funds raised are donated to Lions Club charities with the majority going to organizations for the sight and hearing impaired,community social services and local scholarships. "This is one of the most gratifying shows I perform and it is a pleasure to be one of the many John Denver tribute artists who continue to keep his music, memory and message alive," Fitch said. "Each year I try to keep the concert fresh by bringing in different musicians. Each of them adds a unique flavor to these wonderful songs. This year An Estes Park summer tradition will continue this Sunday, June 17 th when Brad Fitch again leads the Cowboy Sing- Along programs in Bond Park. These family-friendly programs are free and open to Cowboy Sing-Alongs In Bond Park To Begin Sunday the public. Fitch will host the sing-along Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings this summer beginning at 7 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Town of Estes Park and local businesses and will run through August 28. The Bond Park program will not take place during the Rooftop Rodeo, the evenings of July 10, 15, 16 and 17. The Bond Park Cowboy Sing-Along was established in the early 1990s by a group of local business owners who wanted to provide free evening entertainment for downtown visitors. Business sponsorships are available and can be arranged by contacting Ann Taylor, owner/operator of Colorado Homestead at 586-1144. About Cowboy Brad Raised in Estes Park, singer, songwriter and guitarist Brad Fitch has been playing professionally since he was 15 years old. He was a founding member of Fitch and I will be joined on stage by some members of my own family." Fairground gates will open at 4 p.m. The opening act will be Chain Station, a popular front range bluegrass band. They will perform at 5 p.m. and Brad Fitch and the TropiCowboy Band will begin at 6:30 p.m. Advance General Admission tickets for $20 will be available at Macdonald Book Shop and at the Estes Park Visitor Center. General Admission tickets may also be purchased at the Stanley Fairgrounds gate "will call" window beginning at 4 p.m. the day of the event for $25. General Admission seating is first-come, first-choice and attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best choice of seating. Select Box Seating for $30, which entitles the bearer to a reserved folding seat along the front of the arena, will only be available for purchase online. Please go to www.EstesParkLionsClub.org and follow the link. General Admission tickets may also be purchased on line. For further information, contact call 970-402-7348, email moline67@gmail.com or visit www.Estes- ParkLionsClub.org or www.cowboybrad.com. All photos EP NEWS/ Kris & Gary Hazelton Chips, a country/western dance band that performed throughout the West during the early 1980s. He has also been part of several other performing and recording acts throughout the years, including Fitch and Chips, Black Canyon Express, The Elktones and The TropiCowboy Band. As a soloist, Brad has led campfire sing-along programs throughout Estes Park for many years, where he was dubbed "Cowboy Brad" by his audience. In 2002, he was awarded the All Around Cowboy Entertainer belt buckle at the Aspen Lodge Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Brad was invited to perform cowboy music for the President of the United States during his 2001 visit to the Colorado. He also performed during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. Brad and his brother Doug Fitch, received a Hawaii Music Award in 2009. He has recorded 14 albums and now spends winters performing as a member of Barleen's Arizona Opry. He plays an average of 300 shows yearly. Additionally, Fitch has presented John Denver tribute concerts as fund-raising events for organizations throughout Colorado and Arizona. His ninth annual Estes Park John Denver tribute concert will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Stanley Park Fairgrounds.

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    www.estesparknews.com The Thunker by Sarah Holdt Prudish readers may find today's topic a bit impertinent, and if that is the case, they can use this page to line their litter box, where they'll think it belongs. But for those with an appreciation of a peculiar yet universally applicable theme (without exception), this column will entertain. "Even the queen sits on the pot," my mother says. We simply cannot ignore the fact that June is National Bathroom Reading Month. I know this because my Aunt Bobbie, a former librarian who reads more than anyone I know and is the best book-giver ever, gave my husband a book for Christmas called Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader. There are at least 15 Bathroom Readers published by the Bathroom Readers' Institute, including one just for kids, but the Ahh- volume has enough material in its 522 pages that one RRR (Rest Room Reader) should keep us going for many sittings. This tome is full of random quotes, restroom reviews, superstitions, a stall of fame and gossip about famous people named Charlie, to name a very few topics from the broad range of material found in our WC entertainment guide. The contents are divided by length to meet all reading needs: short quips for readers on the go, longer reads for the morning constitutional, and extended studies for those "leg-numbing experiences." This humorous volume is like Reader's Digest on ex-lax. The quotes are kneeslapping (conveniently easy to do sitting down); the stories are a toot. For example, here's a random quip from comedian Rita Rudner: "My grandmother was a very tough woman. She buried three husbands. Two of them were just napping." Did you know astronauts in the International Space Station can take a shower? The book tells us that since there is no gravity the water doesn't fall to the floor, it just floats around inside a sealed shower stall. Since the water floats instead of going down the drain, the astronauts just grab the floating globs of water and rub them on their bodies. When they're finished, there's a vacuum hose attached to one wall that they use to suck off all the drops before leaving the shower. They have toilets too, which we learn about on the previous page, but I'll spare you those details. On page 38 we read about a composer's letter to a critic who published a scathing review of his work. It went like this: "Dear sir, I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me." Since we're on the subject, have you tried doing comparison-shopping for toilet paper lately? It's impossible. There's one-ply versus two-ply, 501 square feet (not an easy-to-calculate 500, but an odd 501), 375.7 square feet (even harder to calculate!) and various sized in between, 353 versus 352 sheets in a roll, and squares of several different sizes. How did "they" determine what length, width, and number of squares should be included in a roll of TP? And how are we supposed to make a decision when no two rolls are equal? I demand equal paper for equal pay! Apparently there was a similar tissue issue in Indonesia in the 1960s. The exchange rate for currency was 325 rupiah to one U.S. dollar back then. Some westerners were distressed over the high cost and low quality of Indonesian toilet paper so they bought sen notes (worth 1/100 of a rupiah, or 32,500 to the dollar) and used them for toilet paper. (Note: I have an assortment of toilet paper squares-clean ones-that I've collected from my overseas travels throughout the years, each labeled with the date and location of its origin. Some are soft and of manageable size while others resemble sand paper and are the size of Melba toast. The collection's value? Priceless.) If Shirley Jones married Tom Ewell, then Johnny Rotten (from the Sex Pistols), then Nathan Hale, she'd be Shirley Ewell Rotten Hale. No more pot shots, pleeeez, you cry. As you wish, but I encourage you to take the plunge and do your duty: sit with a good read during National Bathroom Reading Month. And always remember-go with the flow! You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. Welcome To The World Jackson Harold Spielman Jackson Harold Spielman was born on May 14, 2012. His parents are Steve Harold and Melissa Spielman. Welcoming Jackson home is his big sister Sophie Rose. Proud grandparents are Dan and Ruth White of Orlando, Florida and Richard Harold and Paulette Spielman of Estes Park, Colorado. Congratulations to the family! Friday, June 15, 2012 SALOON NIGHTCLUB & GRILL Page 9 11am to 2am KARAOKE ROCKS AT at 9pm Thursdays 9pm Danny Shafer - June 21 A FA A with EXCITUS

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    Page 10 Friday, June 15, 2012 www.estesparknews.com Wordpress: a website development tool for the rest of us Estes Park Internet Computer Users Group (EPICUG) Wed., June 20, 7:00 p.m. Estes Valley Library - Free Learn about this tool to build and manage your small business, nonprofit or personal website Presenter: Cassie Lasson, FrontDesk, Inc. More information: www.epicug.org Another Slice of Life! by Laurie Button Picture Bill Murray dressed in full battle gear; his face blackened with grease, consumed with the look of a man who won't be denied. The movie was "Caddyshack" and the enemy? Gophers ruthlessly invading his golf course. To date, my enemy has eluded detection, but I know he exists just the same. And if I had military gear, you'd find me looking exactly like Murray's character. I'd be crouched in a corner of the garden - next to our scarecrow - disguised within a homemade bush costume. You see, nobody messes with our garden and gets away with it.The list of suspects in our case reads much like the characters in the decades-old board game "Clue:" * The mountain chickadee with a beak * The Richardsons ground squirrel with nimble "fingers" and sharp teeth * The adorable and quite innocent chipmunk with big brown eyes * The Richardsons ground squirrel's younger brother and sister, father, mother, uncle ... *... And his cousins No, we don't know who is reaping our eagerly anticipated harvest before it has a chance to do more than break the surface of the ground. Even so, I'm doing everything in my power to thwart the efforts of our unseen enemy. In our seven raised beds we've planted potatoes, sunflowers, green beans, radishes, carrots, lettuce and Swiss chard. Waiting for the seeds to germinate left me feeling much like an expectant mother who is two weeks overdue. And now that the tiny green plants have begun to sprout, I find myself quite protective. Let me introduce you to Prime Suspect Number 1: The mountain chickadee. The first time he perched comfortably on the chair next to me while I was relaxing on the deck, I was quietly amused. But when he began making a habit of it, I realized this bird has no fear. As soon as my doomed sunflowers saw the light of day, the sprouts would disappear. The only evidence left behind other than headless stems, was an odd hole about an inch and a half in circumference and perhaps that same distance in depth. The marauder wasn't coming from underground: We have chicken wire buried below the surface of the entire fenced-in area. The random, sporadic holes were just frequent enough to taunt me. So as other novice gardeners have done in the past, I brought in an owl to join our scarecrow as a sen- try. But this was not your run-of-themill statuesque owl. Not only does the owl's head move, when the four strategically placed motion detectors sense an invader - he responds with a series of realistic hoots. Most experienced gardeners are probably shaking their heads knowing a plastic raptor was probably not going to stop the invasion looming on the horizon. But I figured at the very least, in the end I'd have a cute lawn ornament. The limitations of the new winged guard became clear almost instantly. It was proudly poised on top of the sunflowers' raised bed with Joel standing next to it. At that moment my friend the chickadee swept in, landed about 18 inches from the owl and hopped without a care along the length of the wood four-by-four. The only thing the bird didn't do before it flitted away was peck at one of the fledgling sunflowers. The next day the sunflowers were all beheaded, as were the two marigold plants standing guard on either side of them. Was my chickadee responsible? We may never know. In all fairness, I need to admit that the owl has legitimately hooted on at least three instances when we were around to hear it. Two of the times I went outside to investigate and found nothing there. That would seem to indicate our owl had earned his keep. The third time Joel found our dog, Leo, nosing around. Much like the chickadee, he wasn't the least bit bothered by the owl or my husband. This winter I plan to build screen cages we can place over the tops of the beds to ensure our seedlings get a fair chance at survival. Having said that, at this point I refuse to wave the white flag of surrender. Our potatoes are flourishing and that's inspired me to not give up on the rest of the crops. So I'm trying a couple of lastditch techniques this summer. I've sprinkled a special powder on the ground around the perimeter of each bed. It's supposed to discourage a variety of four-legged intruders from enjoying a fresh, veggie salad at our expense. And every night I've been covering each fledgling bean sprout with a clear, ventilated plastic cup topped with a rock. So far so good - the plants are now two to three inches tall. As for the chickadee: The last time I filled the bird feeder my new best friend immediately perched on the deck less than a foot from me as if to check and see what was on the menu. To be honest, in spite of my frustration, I can't be too angry. Our tiny bird looks like it belongs in a popular children's book. And heck, I've already given up on my lettuce and chard. But a word of warning: Just don't mess with my beans. You may contact Laurie and let her know what you think at grenadagirl@me.com.

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