Kate Rusch, Public Information Officer, Town of Estes Park, Colorado: Kate Rusch was hired in 2009 to serve as the Town of Estes Park’s first Public Information Officer, managing internal and external communications for the Town’s departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, Utilities, Administration, Finance and Community Services. Her responsibilities range from serving as the Town’s spokesperson, to emergency management and crisis communications, to community education including her role as facilitator of the community’s Estes Valley Bear Education Task Force. She began her service to the Town in 2007 as the Estes Park Museum’s Public Information Officer and Curator of Education. Prior to that, for five years Rusch served as the Field Seminars Director for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association (Now Rocky Mountain Conservancy). She holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and M.S. in Natural Resources Recreation Management, both from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Rusch has called Estes Park “home” since 2001.
About the Town of Estes Park’s Estes Park Free Shuttles (Estes Park, CO): The Town of Estes Park provides free shuttle service each summer to assist residents and visitors in traveling around Estes Park. Shuttles make it convenient for residents and visitors to leave their vehicles at a lodging facility or parking lot and travel around town during the busy summer season. They also transport visitors and hikers to stops in the adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park.
About the Town of Estes Park’s Estes Valley Bear Education Task Force: The mission of the Bear Education Task Force is to create a better environment for bears and other wildlife, to preserve watchable wildlife in the Estes Valley, and to promote public safety.