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Estes Park Named #2 Of America’s Favorite Towns

Congratulations, Estes Park! Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Towns” of 2013 has been released, and Estes Park was named #2! This annual reader-based survey included 744 nominated towns, and votes were accumulated through 55 categories, including adventure travels, family-friendly hotels, and more. To determine the overall popularity results, Travel + Leisure calculated each town’s average score, and ...

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FEMA Registration Deadline Extended For Diaster Survivors In Colorado

At the request of the state of Colorado, FEMA has approved an extension for storm and flooding survivors to register for federal disaster assistance. The new registration deadline is November 30, 2013, which is also the new deadline to complete and return low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications. Survivors who register may be eligible for federal grants to help cover ...

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Visit Estes Park Receives Prestigious Destination Marketing Award

In July, after just 3 ½ years in operation and on its first application, Visit Estes Park was awarded prestigious destination marketing organization (DMO) accreditation designation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). This accomplishment puts Visit Estes Park in elite company, as only two other Colorado DMOs, Visit Denver and Visit Colorado Springs, have achieved this accreditation. ...

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Senator Mark Udall Tours Estes Park, Surveys Ongoing Recovery Efforts

U.S. Senator Mark Udall visited Estes Park, one of the communities hit worst by September's flood, to meet with local residents and survey the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts. Udall reviewed the active efforts to repair damaged roads, highways and water infrastructure and called the resilience of Estes Park residents "a testament to the Colorado spirit of strength and independence." U.S. Highway 36, ...

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Rescued Flood Bunnies Need New Loving Homes

During the flooding in September that devastated so many of our friends and neighbors, the Larimer County Humane Society was called upon to assist the National Guard Search & Rescue team with evacuating animals. After a helicopter ride into the flood zone, LCHS Animal Protection & Control officers found a startling sight, more than 100 rabbits living inside a single residence! The animals were quick ...

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Town Receives Second Grant For Downtown Road Realignment

The Town of Estes Park has received a $4.2 million grant through the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) program. Coupled with the $13 million grant from the Federal Lands Access Program, the RAMP grant will fund major transit and highway improvements in downtown Estes Park. Town Administrator Frank Lancaster noted, “Now that funding i ...

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

by Frank Lancaster - Estes Park Town Administrator Estes Park is a miraculous place. I say this as a relative newcomer to Estes. As we all know, about a month ago the skies opened on us – to a disastrous extent. Well before the flood waters started to recede, many wonderful people in the Estes valley were calling our Town information hotline offering their assistance to others. In fact, as I mentioned at ou ...

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