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Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units

Dear Editor: Property owners in the Estes Valley need to be aware of a proposal currently under consideration by the Estes Valley Planning Commission that will likely impact property values and the mountain beauty of the Estes valley. The proposal ( will allow construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on all lots of one acre or more w ...

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Opposes ADU Code Change

Dear Editor: I am writing to express my concerns and to alert others to the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit code change. Most disturbing, is the “Use by Right” status allowed by the proposed code. The change supersedes current zoning requirements and allows building of an Accessory Dwelling Unit of up to 1,000 square feet without community input or planning commission review.  There is currently a process ...

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New Performing Arts Theater Would Enrich Our Lives

To The Editor: I am writing this letter to express my strong support for the construction of a performing arts center in Estes Park. We have, in the Estes Valley, a uniquely beautiful natural environment, and we enjoy the results of a long local tradition of using and appreciating that environment. Very little has been done, however, to provide facilities here for the performing arts. I believe that we have ...

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Missing Enda

To The Editor: I first met Enda Mills Kiley when we visited the Enos Mills cabin during the early 90s. My mother, who lived in Lyons, loved to visit with Enda, and suggested we go meet her. I am looking right now at a picture of my daughter, Meghan, with Enda, probably in about 1997. The picture is one of my treasures. In the fall of 2005, we were thrilled to be in Estes Park for the annual meeting of the E ...

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Regarding Canyon Properties On The Banks Of The Big Thompson River

To The Editor: Come one, come all! Parking is now open directly along and on the banks of the Big Thompson River. The canyon properties being sold by Larimer County have a new requirement for a 14 foot access road with a 10 foot easement along the bank of the river. No restrictions, no supervision, open to all the public. This is being very successfully ram-rodded by the fishing clubs. They don’t have to lo ...

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Choir Director Would LOVE To See New Performing Arts Center

To The Editor: I would like to voice my support for the proposed building of a community performing arts center. As the choir director of Estes Park High School, I have encountered situations when, due to our expanding choral, instrumental, and drama programs, our school auditorium needs have conflicted with requests from our community to use our theatre. It is extremely unfortunate that we are limited wit ...

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In Support Of New Performing Arts Center

To The Editor: I am a professional violinist and violist, teacher of violin and viola, and a music publisher. I moved to Estes Park 10 years ago after holding faculty appointments at Texas Tech University and Texas Christian University for many years. I am an active performer, giving solo and chamber concerts with colleagues from the music faculty at CU/Boulder, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and other location ...

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Big Thompson Canyon Flood Memorial Committee Gives Thanks

What would our world be like without volunteers? There is not enough acknowledgement or appreciation for all they do. A volunteer, unselfishly donates their time because they have a big hearts. Being a volunteer does something to you that you cannot explain. If you have never been a volunteer, put it at the top of your list of things to do this year. There are many places you can volunteer in our community, ...

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