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Civility Matters. Civility Works.

One of my favorite sayings is that “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”  Democracy only works if people are willing to put forth the effort and actively participate.  Just like sports, however, effectiveness doesn’t just depend on if you participate or not, but how you participate. Can you imagine if we had the ability to throw a flag for “unsportsmanlike conduct” in a public meeting or anonymous social me ...

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Smoke Expected Near Hermit Park

With heavy snowfall expected this weekend, Larimer County Natural Resources and Emergency Services staff plan to burn slash piles at Hermit Park Open Space, southeast of Estes Park, between Monday, February 23 and Friday, February 27. Burning will continue all week, as conditions allow. To meet safety and regulatory requirements piles are burned after snow storms, when at least three inches of snow is on th ...

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Town Participates In World Community Grid Effort

Over the past year, the Town of Estes Park Information Technology (IT) division replaced many of the Town’s servers used to hold information and applications. While the servers were antiquated and slow, most still had useful life remaining. Instead of disposing of this nearly obsolete gear, Town of Estes Park IT Specialist Kyle Szabo suggested the Town put the computers to use for humanitarian research purp ...

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Stanley Hotel Restoring Roofs On Historic Property

First undertaking of its kind in more than 100 years Cognizant of historical conservation requirements and stringent building codes set forth by the Town of Estes Park, The Stanley Hotel is currently undertaking a major renovation on its property - the replacement of the wood shake shingles on three of its major buildings, including the main hotel. "This is a 100-year replacement," said John Cullen, owner o ...

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State And Federal Agencies Tour Downtown To Understand Flood Mitigation Needs

On Feb. 2, the Town of Estes Park welcomed officials from partner agencies at the county, state and federal levels to discuss flood mitigation needs in downtown Estes Park. During a presentation and walking tour Mayor Bill Pinkham, Town Administrator Frank Lancaster, Community Development Director Alison Chilcott, Public Works Director Greg Muhonen and Floodplain Manager/Chief Building Official Will Birchfi ...

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Revisiting The Origins Of The Downtown Estes Loop Project

The Downtown Estes Loop project has generated a lot of interest over the last few months. Last week the Town held a very productive meeting with downtown businesses to hear everyone’s ideas and concerns about the project. I've worked on many big public projects over the years and with every project, there is a lot of accurate and inaccurate information that circulates in the community. The important thing t ...

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Stanley Hotel Will Host School Prom And Bobcat Fundraiser For 10 Years For Just $1 Per Year, Per Event

In an unprecedented move of community involvement, John Cullen, owner of the Stanley Hotel, has committed the use of his luxurious hotel facilities for a period of 10 years for the Estes Park High School prom for just $1 per year. Also benefitting are the Bobcat Boosters, who will be granted the use of the Stanley for the same period of time at the same rate for its annual fundraiser, Casino Night. "We are ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial Year Is Upon Us!

The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary continues as we head into 2015! January 26 marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation which created Rocky Mountain National Park, and lots of fun events have been scheduled throughout the month to celebrate! · January 16: Western Stock Show and Rodeo Honors the RMNP Centennial- The Pro Rodeo on January 16, at 1: ...

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