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Park Staff Seeking Input On Lily Lake Dam Project

Summer canoers and kayakers enjoying Lilly Lake.    Photo EP NEWs/ Kris Hazelton The Lily Lake Dam, located in Rocky Mountain National Park, has been rated a high-hazard dam by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Failure of the dam is not imminent, and park staff are evaluating long term solutions; considering two options to reduce the risk, either repairing or removing the dam. Until a long term solution is im ...

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Town Of Estes Park Awarded $3 Million Federal Grant

The Town of Estes Park has been awarded a $3 million U. S. Department of Transportation grant to assist with construction of a parking structure at the Town-owned Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Ave. The project enhances the Town of Estes Park’s efforts, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain National Park, to improve transit while reducing congestion and emissions in the Estes Valley and in Rocky ...

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Colorado Avian Research And Rehabilitation Institute Now Forming

Scott and Susan Rashid along with Grant Spencer would like to introduce the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute (CARRI), a 501c3 not for profit foundation whose goal is to continue the rehabilitation of injured birds and research hawks and owls within RMNP and the Estes valley. Scott Rashid, with the assistance of Susan and Dr. Jeff Fish has been rehabilitating injured birds since 1994. Inj ...

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Mountain Lion Up Close

Last week Judy Lindberg and her husband spotted this mountain lion near Marys Lake Road. They got some great photos and this is the perfect time to remind everyone that we do live in mountain lion country and some tips to remember to keep you and your family safe. Lions live where there is abundant prey and stalking cover available. Males can be more than 8 ft long and weigh 130-150 lbs, Femals can be great ...

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Bear Hibernates In Crawlspace

By: Kris Hazelton A black bear has found a nice, cozy place to hibernate underneath a local business. He is tucked away in a corner of the crawlspace to sleep away the cold winter months. The owner of the business heard sounds coming from the crawlspace one afternoon last November and he joked to his co-workers, “That sound must be coming from a bear in the crawlspace!” Little did he know, he was right. Aft ...

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Experience Rocky Mountain National Park During The Holidays

Hallett Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park . Photo by Mark AngleThe holiday season is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing and a variety of winter recreational activities to do on your own, some fun activities with park rangers are offered. Rocky Mountain National Park has a calendar full of fun family activities for the holidays. On the ea ...

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Eclipsed Moon Setting Over The Front Range

Irene Little and Mike Prochoda Over a dozen ambitious people met at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory parking lot to observe the lunar eclipse at 5:30 AM on Saturday morning, December 10. We stayed until the moon set just before 7:00 AM. The temperature was a bit over 20 degrees! A total lunar eclipse occurs when there is an exact alignment between the sun, earth and moon and the moon slowly passes throug ...

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