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May 23 Random Observations of The Grand Lake Bum

Another month is fading into the beautiful Grand Lake sunset, school is out, weather is heating up, grass is green, water is warming up, and the first major holiday of the summer season is here. That means the official Grand Lake Bum Holiday Behavior Rules are in place. No fighting, no puking, no hitting on someone else’s date, no griping at over-worked servers and bartenders, no bragging about how much money you have (or your parents have), no drunk driving, no public nudity (private nudity is okay), no yelling, no discussion of religion - and especially no politics!
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Estes Park Trail Gazette

Frontline: New Chamber Director takes the reins

We have a new face in town and we’d like everyone to meet her. Colleen DePasquale moved to Estes Park this past weekend and was greeted with a true Colorado welcome – spring snow. As the snow melts and the sun welcomes in a beautiful week ahead, many of you will see her out and about, getting to know the town and member businesses as she takes the reigns as the new Executive Director of the Estes Chamber.
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Learn ways to keep Estes green at EPHS this weekend

Come on down to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) building at Estes Park High School on Saturday, May 28th. From 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., where the EPHS Sustainability class will be hosting a Workshop with five stations that focus on recycling a different material, so be sure to RSVP online!
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Plan ahead for spring runoff and post-wildfire landscape changes

In the Estes Valley, spring runoff often starts in May and peaks in June. Each spring, warmer temperatures and melting snow mean higher flows and rising water levels along streams and rivers throughout the Estes Valley. Prolonged warm spells combined with intense rains increase the chances of localized flooding. The...

Historic Fall River Hydroplant Opens for the 2022 Season

The Historic Fall River Hydroplant will open its doors for the summer season on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road in Estes Park, this plant was constructed in 1909 to produce electricity for the Stanley Hotel and surrounding areas. Later, F.O. Stanley sold the plant to the Public Service Company of Colorado. In 1945, the Town of Estes Park purchased and maintained the Hydroplant until it was severely damaged in 1982 by the Lawn Lake Flood.

112: Salvation Army plans for adaptive camp this summer in Colorado with James Johnson and Mitchell McWilliams

All across the country, The Salvation Army is gearing up to open the gates to that well-loved place where kids can be kids—summer camp. Every year, thousands of kids of all ages get a fresh perspective on life as they meet new friends, discover new activities, and get a taste of nature at one of The Salvation Army’s 43 camps. As campers learn to swim, play sports, create music, make art, and more, their trained counselors help them navigate the complicated emotions and struggles sometimes associated with their lives back home.

Letter: A fine solution to our childcare problem

A fine solution to child care was successfully solved by close friends who started a family child care business. This choice allows for lots of choices such as: the person doing the business can dictate ages such as matching their own childrens’ ages; the contract can write in paid vacation, holiday times and or rates. For a span of time, our friends accepted newborns, then changed to preschool, then decided to drop after-school pickups and presently works with school teachers so the vacation times concur with the school year. During COVID, there was a great need for medical staff needs and during that time the state allowed for more children per household. For years, since the clients have become friends, all newborns of current clients were accepted. Older children had field trips and has added music lessons. The single initial expense was to borrow (from friends) for good fencing so there could be lots of safe outdoor time. Family childcare is always MUCH more affordable than other options. Some payments have been arranged by trading childcare so the clients became the caregivers for such things as a camping trip. The counties have easy-to-follow guidelines for those interested in starting and owning a family childcare business.

Letter: It’s nice to be recognized

I want to publicly thank the Lion’s Club for the “Pay it Forward” money they recently gave to me. I have been a full-time resident of Fraser Valley for three years now and work in the service industry up here. It feels truly special to be recognized as a welcome member of the community after such a short time. With ever-increasing costs of living, the money will go a long way in helping me continue to be a positive and impactful neighbor. It is an absolute privilege to live and work in this beautiful valley and it is even more amazing to be surrounded by equally beautiful people. Thank you, Lion’s Club!

Memorial in the Works for Colorado’s Beloved Big Kahuna Elk

One of the most notable residents of Rocky Mountain National Park, known as Big Kahuna, was tragically found dead inside the Estes location earlier this year. The giant elk lived in the park for more than a decade and was a favorite for photographers to capture on camera. In fact, he was the most photographed elk in RMNP history and one of the largest elk in America.

Mountain views from a horse’s back

Rusty Spurr Ranch is now open for horseback riding excursions. “You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse,” said Charles M. Russell, a painter of the American Old West.
Estes Park Trail Gazette

Earthwoods Artisans hosts famous woodcarver Memorial Day Weekend

Famous woodcarver and painter Betsy Popp is coming to Estes Park for a special showing and demonstration over Memorial Day weekend. Betsy will be available on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at Earthwood Artisans to meet members of the public from noon through 4 p.m. both days. There will be an extensive array of her work for all to experience. This is a free event.

Five Fun Facts About…The Black-necked Stilt

The featured animal for this week is the black-necked stilt. Although I have yet to see one during a spring migration in Estes Valley, I have seen this slender, long-legged bird in North Park and in Greeley during the summer nesting season so a stopover in shallow bodies of water in Estes Park is quite feasible. Here are five more facts about this elegant shorebird.

Woman Dies After Fall In Rocky Mountain National Park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – A 21-year-old woman fell into Adams Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday. She did not survive. The woman was from Virginia, Illinois. She fell into Adams Falls which is located on the East Inlet Trail on the west side of the park. Denver: Entrance to the Rockies in Colorado USA. Rocky Mountain National Park is a United States national park located in north-central Colorado, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the...

Snow clears out of downtown Estes Park

Greg Nieto is in Estes Park following the snowstorm that blanketed the town. Snow did not cancel state track and field championship. Freeze warnings issued Saturday night as clouds linger. Kidnapping suspect killed in RTD bus crash. Heavy snow piles on tree causing collapse onto Denver …. Open ski resorts...