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The Bugle Boy Of Estes Park

By: Kris Hazelton It doesn’t take long to figure out that the rut, the elk mating season, is in full swing in Estes Park. The shrill sound of bull elk bugling can be heard throughout the Estes Valley as we watch the bulls earnestly gathering their harems and fighting off their rivals. Last weekend, one of Estes Park’s biggest bulls was very pumped up with testosterone and began chasing anything that moved a ...

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Fire Protection Q & A Fire Jurisdiction

The proposed establishment of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District to provide fire and rescue services to the entire Estes Valley will go to the voters this November. Each week until the election, the Fire Services Initiative Committee will answer questions submitted by the residents of the Estes Valley. Questions are being grouped by subject. This week, the questions involve fire jurisdiction. Q. Who ...

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Be Careful During The Elk Rut

Elk are very watchable wildlife in Estes Park during the fall rutting season. Mature bulls form harems of cows and defend that harem from other bulls. It’s fascinating behavior to watch and includes sparring, fighting and bugling (which is the unique sound a bull makes during the breeding season). On Monday morning, EPVFD personnel got a fire alarm call and when Firefighter Butch Lundstedt approached the fi ...

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Cooler Weather And Rain Helps Contain Dunraven Fire In Glen Haven

Authorities believe a small fire sparked a larger fire in Glen Haven on Tuesday, September 8. The fire was first reported just after 11:30 a.m. The Dunraven Fire was located 17 miles northwest of Loveland and three miles northwest of Glen Haven in the Retreat area. The U.S. Forest Service says the fire was in steep terrain and in dense timber and was at 7,600 feet in elevation. The fire reached a size of ap ...

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An Update On (Not So) Little Chippewa

By: Dr. Marie Richardson (Dr. C) I can’t believe it. Chippewa is seven months old. He is doing great! Although I still get asked if he is a pony or a horse because he is on the small side. Of course many people don’t know that horses take years to reach their mature size. Because of his rough start, he will probably not catch up to where he should be genetically for at least one to two years and even then h ...

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Senators Udall And McCain Visit Estes Park To Discuss Climate Change Impacts In RMNP

On Monday morning, U.S. senators Mark Udall and John McCain came to Estes Park to learn about climate change in Rocky Mountain National Park and to hold a Field Hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee at the Town Hall board room. The senators took a short hike into the meadow at Hollowell Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, looking for signs of global warming from bark beetle infestations ...

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Fire District Proposal Detailed

This fall, the voters of the Estes Valley will be given the opportunity to establish a valley-wide Fire Protection District. The election will be conducted by the Larimer County Election Commission as a mail-in ballot only. There will be no polling places. Ballots will be mailed to arrive in registered voters’ mail around October 18th. Completed ballots can be delivered in person or by return mail with the ...

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Life Saved At Rocky Mountain National Park

At 11:15 a.m. Monday morning, August 10, park dispatch received a call from a family member of a seventy-three year old man who was suffering from a possible heart attack on the Flattop Mountain Trail in the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park. He had briefly lost consciousness. Although he had no known previous heart conditions, he was exhibiting signs of a heart attack. The patient was roughly ...

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