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Elk Fest returns to Bond Park in Estes Park Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 with a full roster of wildlife education, music and entertainment. Elk Fest is generously presented by the Estes Park News with additional support from the Quality Inn.

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Larimer County health officials are alerting residents that, for the third week in a row, traditional critical care capacity in Larimer County hospitals is being exceeded. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity has been at or above 100% since August 30, 2021, with the current capacity at 107%.

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For the safety of our community, Circle 119 - home of the American Legion Post 119 is closed until Tuesday, September 21 due to COVID concerns. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page and website (www.esteslegion.org).

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The Studio Tour is this weekend! If you regularly read the paper, we have been highlighting three artists each week to entice you. A group of 15 local artists have been meeting and planning and making for the last six months. Everyone is invited. Now is the time!

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The Election for Estes Park School District Board and several Colorado ballot issues is coming soon. Be sure you are registered to vote with the correct address and affiliation so that the correct ballot(s) is mailed to you. (Ballots cannot be forwarded.) If you want to get the correct ballo…

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Black bears in Colorado are entering hyperphagia and will spend up to 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to fatten up for winter. As bears start to prepare for hibernation and hunt for food, Coloradans may see more bear activity in urban areas.

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The $10,000 Grand Prize Autumn Gold Raffle drawing will take place during the Autumn Gold Festival on Sunday, September 26 around 4:00 p.m. in Bond Park. You do not need to be present to win. You just need to purchase a Raffle ticket for $100 from any Sunrise Rotarian or from Leslie Glover a…

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Are you or is someone you know homebound? Unable to travel to the Library due to a physical challenge or visual limitation? That’s no reason to give up your love for reading, enjoying a new movie, or listening to audiobooks. The Library provides a regular delivery service to homebound reside…

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Beginning Thursday, Aug. 5, Town staff will be available to discuss and hear input for the new Comprehensive Plan, a process which is now underway. Planning staff will share a table with Public Works staff, who are already seeking input on the seasonal paid parking program and transit. Stake…

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If these walls could talk, they would tell you a compelling tale of mountain life in early Estes Park through the eyes of the influential Flora and F.O. Stanley and the domestic help who maintained their house, property, and way of life. To enter the door of the Stanleys’ 1904 Colonial Reviv…

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You are invited to take a step back in time, for a most charming event at the original 1904 home of Flora and FO Stanley on Friday, July 30th, 5-8pm. Enjoy the spectacular view, light conversation and a sampling of local wines and craft beer served on the home's iconic veranda.

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The non-stop, rip-roarin' cowboy action continues through Saturday night at the Rooftop Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned event. It has been recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation, along with being named the top medium-sized rodeo in the Midwest, and the #1 summer rodeo in Colorado by Real …

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Wildfire risk is increasing each year. Thanks to climate change we are seeing warmer and drier summers, and a longer fire “season”. The last few years, we have seen an increase of smoke blowing into the Estes Valley from over the divide and impacting air quality through many summer months. T…

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Travelers now have another option if they are heading to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park with the resumption of Bustang service over the Fourth of July weekend.

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For six years of his life, and against seemingly insurmountable odds, Enos Mills (1870-1922) led the campaign to create a national park in the northern mountains of Colorado. Those efforts fulfilled what he called his life’s “greatest dream” upon the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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The in-person 18th Estes Park Marathon & Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, June 20th, Father’s Day. www.epmarathon.org. Runners and Walkers will experience what Forbes Magazine considers as “the top seven scenic races in the USA.” The Courses start from The Dao House, on CO Hwy. 7…

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife successfully located the body of a deceased adult male submerged in the water at Lake Estes. Efforts continued to recover the body throughout the the morning of Saturday, June 12 and at 2:56 p.m. the deceased male was recovered from the lake. The Larimer County Co…

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Come join the fun with a full day of biking activities. “Bike Estes Day” combines Bike to Work Day and the Costume Bike Parade to form a day celebrating bicycles and community fun. Bike to Work Day is a national event that Colorado celebrates annually in June. The Costume Bike Parade has bee…

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The Town of Estes Park has officially purchased 65 acres on the south side of Prospect Mountain for the Town’s newest publicly accessible open space, known as the Thumb Open Space. The name refers to the large rock outcrop on the southeastern side of the property.

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Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is open for the season. Due to melting snow on the road and the potential for freezing temperatures visitors should be prepared for icy conditions. Winter weather is forecast for higher elevations later this holiday weekend. Park visitors shou…

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Estes Park Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave., will reopen for walk-in service June 1 after using an appointment-only system during the previous stages of the pandemic. Regular hours will remain weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Customers will be able to enter Town Hall from the main, northwest e…