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8,000 copies distributed FREE every Friday to hundreds of Estes' popular locations. FREE ON-LINE VIRTUAL PAPER! at www.estesparknews.com Ph: (970) 586-5800 Fax: (970) 692-2611 Opinions of our columnists are not necessarily the opinions of this newspaper. Publishers: Gary & Kris Hazelton Estes Park residents and owners. Editor: Kris Hazelton Ads & Website Design Specialist: Andrew Donaldson ads@estesparknews.com Classifieds/Reception Chloé Hazelton Press releases to: kris@estesparknews.com All editorial, photographic content and graphic design is copyright of Estes Park News and can not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of Estes Park News, Inc. ©2012 For subscription information contact us. EP NEWS Deadlines Monday: Space reservations today! Tuesday: Copy deadline by 4:00 p.m. Classifieds: Phoned in-12 p.m. Wed Submitted to website - Weds. 1 pm go to: www.estesparknews.com Our office/studio is located at: 1191 Woodstock Drive, Unit B Just down the road from B&B Food Opening On The EV Planning Commission Monday, September 24 is the deadline to apply for an opening on the Estes Valley Planning Commission. An application online is available at www.larimer.org/boards. Estes Valley Planning Commission - This is a joint planning commission between Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park and is made up of Estes Valley and Town of Estes Park residents. The Commission advises the Town Board and Board of County Commissioners on land use matters and applications for the area. The Town of Estes Park and Larimer County separately appoint citizens to the Commission. This appointment is a County appointment. All County appointees need to be eighteen years old and residents of the unincorporated portion of the Estes Planning Area for at least one year prior to their appointment. All members shall continue to be residents of their respective areas during their entire term. To make sure you live in the unincorporated portion of the Estes Valley Development Code area, please go to: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Tow nofEstesPark/CBON/1251608959903 and click on Estes Valley Development Code Area map. In addition to the online application, Larimer County's Boards and Commissions web site, www.larimer.org/boards, features video information, membership and more. For further information contact Diane Tokarz, Commissioners' Office, (970) 498-7015, dtokarz@larimer.org. Elk Viewing Is Best From A Safe Distance By: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer Each September and October, thousands of visitors are drawn to Estes Park to watch herds of elk gather in the valley for their mating season, or "rut." With this popular activity comes the responsibility for everyone to be safe and respect these majestic animals. During the rut, the male "bull" elk are irritable, aggressive and extremely dangerous to onlookers who get too close. "Every day our dispatch center receives numerous calls for police officers to respond to elk issues around Town, and the vast majority of issues are caused by people," commented Estes Park Police Chief Wes Kufeld. He explained that the most common reports to dispatch are people getting too close to the elk and "elk jams," caused when drivers park their vehicles in the way of traffic in order to watch the elk. Kufeld continued, "Safety should be first on the minds of elk-viewers, so they can have a great experience." The Police Department provides the following tips to visitors for safe elk viewing: * Elk are wild animals which must be observed from a safe distance to avoid injury or death. If an animal is carefully watching you and appears "jumpy" when you move, you are too close. * Keep pets secured on a leash and do not allow them to bark at, lunge at, or chase wildlife. * Never block traffic. Move your vehicle to a safe place completely off the roadway to watch elk. * Do not imitate an elk call, or bugle, when elk are irritable during the rut. This can endanger you and the elk. * Elk know no boundaries, but people do. Respect private property when viewing wildlife. The Estes Park Police Department does enforce wildlife laws including laws against feeding or harassing wildlife, or allowing one's pet to harass wildlife. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. To receive Town news and/or agendas in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org. Photos EP NEWS/ Kris & Gary Hazelton

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