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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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Latest COVID-19 Update from Rocky Mountain National Park (www.nps.gov) Rocky Mountain National Park Will Enter Phase Two of Reopening on June 4 On May 27, in accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Rocky Mountain National Park increased recreational access and services. In this first phase, from May 27 through June 3, the park has reopened many outlying areas and basic park road and trail access. Park staff are evaluating the level of visitation and may meter access based on the level of visitation. This will be evaluated...

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A little under a year ago I had plans to move out to Colorado and jump into support-raising for my new ministry job with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I knew I had to get a job before being ‘fully-funded’ as you call it in the ministry world, basically just to pay rent. I’m a mountain town girl through and through, but living in Loveland was the most sensible for ministry. After vacationing in Estes my whole life, Brownfield’s had easily become my favorite store growing up, so of course this is the only job possibility that came to mind....

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