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CDOW Needs Your Help With Poaching Incident

By: Kris Hazelton The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking any information on a possible poaching incident that occurred in Estes Park last week. According to CDOW Wildlife Manager Rick Spowart, the beautiful 7 X 7 point bull (shown above when he was alive) was shot with an arrow sometime late last Friday night October 15 or early morning Saturday, October 16. The arrow did not kill the magnificent bull ...

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Estes Park High School Marching Band Going To State

The Estes Park High School Marching Band, the Pride of Estes Park, will be competing for top honors at the Colorado Bandmasters Association State Marching Championships on Monday, October 25 at Stoker Stadium in Grand Junction. The band qualified through its participation at the CBA Northern Regional Competition on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Loveland. The EPHS marching band placed 1st in Class 2A among 6 bands i ...

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Whoa Nellie!

We heard a report of the car that went 70 feet off the road in RMNP at Rock Cut last weekend. EP News reader Roxy Whalley shared this photo with us. WHAT A SCARY RIDE that must have been!! Photo by Roxy Whalley ...

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Bull Elk Tangles With Swing

This young bull became entangled in the chains of the swings near Stanley Park last week. Rick Spowart, CDOW Wildlife Manager tranquilized the bull and he, along with members of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District were able to free him from the swing. The bad news was that the elk had been tangled and struggled most of the night and Rick discovered that the bull had actually fractured his skull trying ...

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Town’s Free Shuttles Saw 34 Percent More Riders In 2010

Over the course of the 2010 summer season, 34 percent more riders used the Town of Estes Park’s free Visitor Shuttles than in 2009. A total of 30,000 people boarded the shuttles, which traveled to nearly 40 stops downtown and throughout the Estes Valley. One rider commented, “We made use of the shuttle several times and really enjoyed having a free ride from our motel to downtown without needing to find par ...

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Elk Viewing Is Best From A Safe Distance

Each September and October, thousands of visitors are drawn to Estes Park to watch herds of elk gather in the valley for their mating season, or “rut.” With this popular activity comes the responsibility for everyone to think about safety and respect these majestic animals. During the rut, the male “bull” elk are irritable, aggressive and extremely dangerous to onlookers who get too close. “Every day our di ...

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RMNP To Strengthen Containment Lines On Cow Creek Fire

Beginning Tuesday, September 28, fire managers plan to take advantage of ideal weather conditions to burn out fuels to widen the containment lines on portions of the Cow Creek Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Similar operations were attempted in early September, but short-duration rains halted burning. Firefighters will set fire inside a containment line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and ...

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Practice Sparring Can Sometimes Result In Entanglement

Homeowners encouraged to bring in or stow away items elk may tangle with By: Kris Hazelton The elk rut in the Estes Valley is underway and the Colorado Division of Wildlife now urges us to please look around our homes, yards and businesses for items that the bulls may get tangled up in. When bull elk are pumped up with testosterone, anything that moves can be of interest to that bull. Swings, hammocks, voll ...

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