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Have you ever received a text that tugs at your heart? You read a few lines. And, stop. You are captured by the weight of what was just said. I received a message from a sweet lady who lives in Missouri, but won’t be able to visit Estes Park this year because of COVID. The paragraph that arrested my attention read, “Will you please do me a favor? Next time you are hiking, will you please pick up 4 or 5 pinecones, and mail them to me? I’ll plant them here at my house.” This was such a simple yet...

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Estes Park is Open for Business, Welcomes Travelers!

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This morning, I had the privilege of sitting by a serene pond, watching the ducks swim by, and listening to the story of a new friend.  She was telling me the impact that her Fifth Grade Teacher and then her High School Counselor had on her life.  Of course, it makes me think of the multitude teachers and administrators who left an indelible mark on my heart.  One such teacher who had a profound impact on my life made me a CD of songs years ago that were meaningful to our friendship.  One of the songs on the CD is...

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It's 8:03am and the phone is ringing again.  I pick it up and say, "Brownfield's, this is Jamie."  The next question has become a standard recently.  The caller says, "Is Estes Park open?"  Based on the number of inquiries we and other businesses are receiving, there is clearly some confusion regarding the status of Estes Park.  Let's take a moment to help clear some things up.     1.  Estes is open!  It's open for residents.  It's open for visitors.  And, it's open for business.       2.  Estes is open for exploration.  Rocky Mountain National Park is open and welcoming...

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On June 16, 1858 more than 1,000 delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, for a state convention. Abraham Lincoln, notably one of the most influential presidents in American History, delivered this address in the Hall of Representatives that evening and history was changed by the expression of one timeless truth. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Nearly 162 years later, we stand at a crossroads faced with the same declaration and decision. Do we choose to stand together in unity or fall in division? The Town of Estes Park, along with every town throughout the country, is carrying the...

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