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Normally we would be experiencing pollen, grass and mold allergens this time of year, and I’m sure a lot of you are… but I woke up Wednesday morning with what I hope doesn’t become a “new springtime tradition” – smelling smoke!
If you check out this map, you will see that Lyons is/was at 159, which is the second highest in the Denver Metro area. (most of the others are at 60 to 80). So, not only is it a nasty, annoying smell, but it is bad for our lungs. This would qualify it as a ‘red zone.’
Fortunately, this did drop to 60 after lunch time. Only Eagle and Routt Counties have an Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke issued. We are in the smoke plume from the Muddy Slide fire, and mandatory evacuations were ordered there on Tuesday. But with six fires on the west side of the state, (and 46 wildfires in 11 states), plus being surrounded by fires in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, we are in level 3 of Fire Preparedness (the highest #5 ) as of 6/22/21, which is EARLIER than last year!
People reported on Facebook that they smelled smoke in Blue Mountain Road, Apple Valley Road, Allenspark, Estes Park, and Pinewood Springs.
You might want to Bookmark this page, so you can check the air quality, as needed.
Let’s get to the news…
It’s Summer now – officially June 20th – and that brings on the summer time complaints¨ – here’s what’s HOT on Facebook for mountain homes:
==More mosquitos than normal (Pinewood & Estes Pk)
==Almost no iris’ blooming… just green plants (Pinewood Springs)
==Almost no mice (last year people were catching 30 at a time)
==Many fewer hummingbirds this year
==More sightings of bull snakes, and ‘’snakes in odd places/in the house”
==smoke smell from forest fires
TODAY!! – just announced 6/23 — Next Weed Posse (Lyons Volunteers) session:
Thursday, June 24, ****8-10 am.****
McConnell Ponds-River Park area.
Let’s meet/park near McConnell bridge.
Contact your coordinator Cathy Rivers for questions. To learn the next day and location, get on her email list, or watch Facebook Lyons Happenings.
JULY 1st- 6:30pm- First Summer Concert in Park – PLUS PROGRAM:
– Sandstone Park-
==7:15pm-“Welcome” by Mayor Nick Angelo and Town of Lyons;
==Crown Mr\Mrs Good Old Days – Crystal White; and Dave Cosgrove who has been Parks Director for 30 years.
==recognize 2021 High School Graduates whose families are Pioneers (been in the school area 40 years and more-Katlyn Enny (Boone) Tala Moe (French); Monte Pickering (Steele); and Luis Vasquez)
==The Dechen Hawk Band plays – 6:30pm-8:30pm- See you there!
BRING ON THE BEER! — Larimer Co. gave the Environmental Stewardship Award to: The Horse and Dragon Brewing Company
==The Brewing Company turned the restaurant and brewpub shut down in 2020 from the COVID pandemic into an opportunity for good by donating their unsold, expired beer to gardens and farms in Larimer County instead of disposing it into the Fort Collins wastewater system. The beer helped inoculate compost piles while jumpstarting the composition process and improving the quality of the compost. The project is an excellent example of waste diversion from our wastewater treatment system while promoting land and water stewardship.
(The other winners were “One Times Everyone” and “Rocky Mountain Raptor Program”)
Estes Park Library: New hours and new access begin on Tuesday, July 6.
Weekly Library Hours will be expanding from 40 (currently) to 60.
Mondays through Thursdays, 9 AM to 7 PM / Fridays and Saturdays, 9 AM to 5 PM/ Sundays, 1 to 5 PM
The Library’s Second Floor will also re-open on July 6.
This next phase is made possible by the recent easing of many public health restrictions, and through the planned hirings to fill several current staffing vacancies.
LYONS ARTS & HUMANITIES **UPDATE** — I asked LAHC for an update on two ‘’call outs’’ for artists this spring == Lauren Click, chair, reports: The poetry project has closed but the committee working on the project hasn’t met to finalize the winners yet. ==and== We have selected the next two artists for the Creative Outlets projects: Lyons residents Hannah Finch Phillips and Ryan Sholden. We had such excellent submissions this round that we won’t be doing another call for artists. The works will go in LaVern Johnson Park.
THANKS to Lyons Dairy Bar for donating all the ice cream for the Lyons Community Foundation’s fundraiser “ice cream root beer floats” at the Lyons Artisan Fair!
UPDATE on MOXIE’s (bakery in Lyons) == just waiting health inspection. So the timing is out of their hands. (remember, they will not be baking in Lyons, just selling in Lyons. They mill their own grain, and have a store in Boulder)
PRESCRIPTIONS PICK UP: on Facebook Lyons Happening this week…
Complaints about Walgreen’s prescription service has been going down hill in the last few months, with long waits in line or on the phone to get your prescriptions. Multiple people’s top recommendations are King Sooper on Main and Safeway on Hover.
TUBING BAN LIFTED 6/21/21
== Note from town hall when I inquired about asking the county sheriff to reconsider the June 25 date for closing the river to tubing:
We have reached out to Sgt Crist as of last week, but it takes time because they needed to reach out to Button Rock and some other agencies before removing the ban. We were hoping it was going to happen before the weekend, but that didn’t happen. So hopefully soon. I know that the biggest concern was that they didn’t want to be changing the ban status around.
== The tubing company/outfitter in LaVern Johnson Park is now open again and renting tubes with PFDs (personal flotation devices/life jackets). NOTE: these are required with all rentals. They also have (standup) paddleboards, water and snacks.
GET A FREE CONSULTATION ON YOUR SPRINKLERS: Most people’s use 50% of their water on their lawn. == Resource Central. ==You’ll get a customized watering schedule designed to maximize your water efficiency and keep your lawn looking green and healthy all summer long. Sign up online to request an appointment, or visit ResourceCentral.org/Sprinklers to learn more. (indoor switches might not be done till better covid-conditions exist).
RMNP – COMMUTERS – I don’t need to tell you that you now need a reservation to get into the Park (except for early morning of evening), but I wanted to warn you – if you plan to get a ‘’commuter pass’’ that allows you to go from Estes to Grand Lake (no stop), it takes 6 to 8 weeks to process. Go to NPS.gov
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Wildlife & Nature ====
Lyons Garden Club ”Mountain Blooms” garden tour was a big success on Saturday, and people are begging for more! See our ARTICLE for full details, and lots of photos.
BEARS seen walking around Pinewood Springs: Brittany Lynch, reported:
Bear break-in our detached garage! Happened Sunday night. It came in, ate some Doritos that my son left on the work table, and left. At least we have a bear proof trash can. We will be keeping our windows closed that a bear could climb into! Wanted to let y’all know
TUBING – NOW OPEN – see above under “NEWs” – JOHNSON PARK
==See our full article. Bookmark the website to follow runoff and other water data .
To be honored, a student must have earned a minimum 3.50 grade point average for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student.
Sarah Stevelinck, a Exercise/Sport Studies major from Lyons, CO, has been named to Upper Iowa University’s 2021 spring dean’s list.
Lily Broyles of Lyons, CO [College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Major: Ethics and Public Policy; Classification (year in school): fourth year undergraduate student] University of Iowa
Olivia Cope of Lyons, whose major is listed as Political Science BS, University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City
LYONS PARKS – see article on all the amenities offered in our two major parks, along with new regulations and restrictions. (note, this is not a list of Recreation programs)
(this paragraph is a repeat) ========
==We also have an article about the forming of Co-Ed Softball Leagues. This use to be very popular in Lyons before the flood, and the Town is struggling to restart it. See the article for details …plus several short stories about ball games in past decades.
==The Town sponsored events are listed in “To-Do / FLASH NEWS” 6/24/21
==See also June’s SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
==THURSDAY CONCERTS in SANDSTONE PARK – This starts July 1st through August 17; free. Read the long-anticipated article this week!
==REDSTONE MUSEUM opens Tuesday, June 1st, 7 days a week~ see our article for descriptions, day/times, and more!
There will be no children’s history camp this year, due to COVID-precautions.
==LYONS LIBRARY HAS KICKED OFF THEIR SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer Reading Program offers prizes and challenges for all ages. https://lyons.colibraries.org/2021-virtual-summer…/
==LYONS PARKS – see article on all the amenities offered in our two major parks, along with new regulations and restrictions pertaining to reservations and crowd size. (note, this is not a list of Recreation programs)
SOFTBALL – Sign up to their Facebook page for information, like – when fields are open on Saturday and Sunday (19-20) from 1-3 for drop-in practices. Nothing organized, just batting practice basically. === First game June 30th. Hope to see y’all out there.
TANDEM ART SHOW IN LYONS – July 14 – This was announced last week “here.” Go to FLASH NEWS to see more details.
TWO ART SHOW OPENING IN TOWN: Town Hall & Library.
TONIGHT! Just announced 6/23 == POKER NIGHT is back, at Pizza 66, starting this week at 6 p.m. No ‘’buy in” needed. Extra chips given for buying food and beverages. == both this event and Whiskey Wednesday will now be a weekly thing this summer.
UFO’s == maybe I should put this under ”government’’ section! Ha! == Estes Park library has an author talking about UFO’s Monday. See FLASH NEWS or their web site to sign up! Free.
PINEWOOD SPRINGS: The 4th of July Parade is Back!
The town’s small parade down “Main Street Kiowa” is back. There will be fire trucks, decorated bikes, a few horses named Duke, more fire trucks, some dogs wearing patriotic bandanas, people on the parade route wearing silly hats; and Master Chief Wilcox has promised frozen treats (or formerly frozen….don’t be late) for folks. Is that enough to entice you? Have your family grab a shady spot on Kiowa and wave as they go by….both times!
(Please refrain from parking on Kiowa between Seneca/Arapaho & Kiowa/Upper Wichita, the Parade route)
Fire Marshal Andrew Hart says, “It’ll be good to have a regular ole’ run of the mill coolest parade in all of Pinewood again this year! Come join us.”
Andrew M. Hart, Lt., Fire Marshal
4th of JULY FIREWORKS & EVENTS – The Lyons Recorder will have a short list of local celebrations and/or fireworks in next week’s issue! (write us if you have some tips; and send us a photo of your backyard fun!)
A quiet week…
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly has voted in favor of reappointing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second term, for five years.
6/5/21 – Governor Polis today signed three bills into law that will support rural economic development, invest in agricultural energy efficiency and soil health programs and develop a training program to help behavioral health service providers better support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral health needs.
In an effort to help rural communities strengthen their local economies, SB21-204 transfers $5 million to the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Grant Program to be used for projects that create diversity and resiliency in the local economies of rural communities. The bill is sponsored by Reps. Mary Young and Tanya Van Beber, R-Weld County. Over the past several years, REDI grants have funded improvements to historic buildings, investments in business centers, economic action plans, revitalization of infrastructure, and other economic development initiatives that create and retain jobs and build capacity in rural communities around the state.
USDA FOREST SERVICE: 6/11/21 Contractors are expected to begin work this month on forest health projects on the Roosevelt National Forest near Magnolia Road and Gross Reservoir. This work is designed to reduce existing fuel loading and increase the diversity of vegetation across the landscape, encouraging a healthier, more resilient forest.
The projects involve thinning densely forested areas to improve the forests’ resiliency to wildfire and selective tree cutting to increase diversity in the age, size, and species of trees across the landscape. Diversity helps make forests more resilient to disease and insect infestations and helps reduce the spread and intensity of wildfires.
6/8/21 – Larimer County Treasurer announced: Property tax relief for Cameron Peak Fire Victims; will receive credits or reimbursement on the 2021 property tax due. A letter will be going out, and a new tax statement will go out later; and an extended time to pay taxes. Call 970-498-7027 for questions..
21% of the world has received 1 dose of coronavirus vaccine, and 10% has received both doses (6/18/21)
6/18/21 = A surge in Covid-19 cases in Africa has pushed the continent into its third wave as over 5.1 million cases have been recorded according to the WHO. governments face alarming shortages of funds and vaccines.
6/18/21 = Canada has extended its Covid-19 restrictions on nonessential international and US travel until July 21
6/14/21 = India – A third wave may happen In October – It could be just as severe as the second wave and can last up to 98 days, an SBI report said on Tuesday. They are pointing at the new dangerous Delta variant.
The predictions and warnings from the state government’s health department are a consequence of several cities lifting their restrictions and life returning to a crowded normal. “Uncontrolled crowds and disregard for Covid norms like wearing of masks and avoiding non-essential movement are worrisome,” an unnamed official.d richest economies.
June 22, a total of 150,424,675 Americans had been fully vaccinated, or 45.3 percent of the country’s population, according to the CDC’s data
Gov. Jared Polis: “Every week, on top of $1 Million for one lucky vaccinated Coloradan, we will be giving away FIVE $50,000 scholarships to 12-17 year olds who have been vaccinated.” ** Deadline to sign up June 30th **
State of Colorado:
As of 6/22/21 – 3,191,575 people have been immunized with ONE dose; and 2,872,506 FULLY.
45.6% fully vaccinated.
Boulder County 6/23/21 – 0.7% positivity rate, 7 days (down from 0.8%)
increased from a steady 74% vaccinated, as of 6/12/21, to now 75.4% at least one dose
Larimer County – 6/16/21 – 1.1% positivity rate, 7 days – went up to 1.4% as of 6/23/21
22,737 total cases
was 55.7% 6/16/21; now 64.7% 6/22/21 – a big improvement
Have you ever thought about being an investigative reporter? Or are experienced at it but have retired? We have a spot for you at the Lyons Recorder. The Times Call did an article this week, and did a great job of (1) interviewing a couple neighbors (2) got records thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (3) contacted government officials. = Does this sound like appreciative and exciting work to you? Write me to discuss this further. The field is open as to subject matter in Lyons.
FEATURE WRITERS: We welcome writers to our crew of 31 ! Each of our writers has their own area of expertise – Are you knowledgeable in: – gardening tips — cooking/recipe articles – exercise – alternative medicine/herbs – and more? You must be a Lyons-area writer, and all work needs to be original for the Lyons Recorder, and it is “an extra bonus” if you can tie in “life in Lyons” with your article – especially with photographs.
And, LaVern would love to have someone take over her Board of Trustee meetings, as her hearing isn’t as good as it use to be, and it is very tiring to try and hear them speak. You only need to write up major discussions, not basic agenda items. You’ll be “in” on all the Town business news, who/what/where/when!!
For more information, write to: LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
This Week’s Articles:
==LYONS GARDEN CLUB “Mountains / Garden Tour” — samples of gardens visited, photos and text!
==Monthly JUNE SENIOR NEWS: trip to Denver Botanic Gardens — photos, health tips, scams, activities, and more
==ARTS== artists, musicians, directors == grants, jobs, opportunities and more
==Photo on the Street — utility companies coming to Lyons to ck. their lines
==The longest bike race in America — a “leg” will be going from Denver to Estes Park this Saturday (fundraiser for cancer)
==Boulder County HOUSING has three openings in the Front Range
==FREE SUMMER CONCERTS July 1st – hear about musician Dechen Hawk’s diverse life’s journey
==NEWS BRIEFS & NOTES from your editor – “News Announcements” that are too short to have their own article.
Government, Covid, Activities, Town, Businesses, School, and Town ”gossip”.
==FLASH News/now called “Your To Do List” – find out details about upcoming activities, classes, and more.
==ABOUT TOWN by LaVern Johnson, tid bits of news from around town.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
They’ll DOUBLE YOUR DONATION: The Longmont Humane Society has rescued and healed so many animals and united them with their forever families.
And because you care so much for animals, you’ll be excited to learn about an opportunity to help twice as many with your gift today!
A generous supporter has offered to match, dollar for dollar, every gift Longmont Humane Society receives before June 30 – up to $50,000!
Just $25 will make such a difference in the life of an animal in need – imagine the impact it will have when it’s doubled to $50 if you respond now!
Thank you for being steady readers of the Lyons Recorder. We hope you benefit from our articles each week, and have some fun, too! ………..Your Editor, Kathleen
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