If there ever is an emergency in town, or timely news
needing to be distributed, you can trust the Lyons Recorder
to put it online immediately.
Time flies… I am now approaching my one year anniversary of putting together the current version of the Lyons Recorder.
Some people have asked me why it takes a 40-plus-hour week to put together a newspaper that is online only, and when I have 31 writers who have written for me.
Just because someone says they will write an article, that is often just the tip of the iceburg.
Every week, I have to find seven to eleven new subjects to cover, AND make sure there is a link to Lyons. (in addition to “Notes from your editor” — “About Town” — and “Things to DO” columns — which take approximately 15+ hours to write and/or edit each week.)
The skill comes in conjuring up a subject matter to write about, and then finding the right writer to handle it. When I approach someone to write an article, I, of course, have to first be sure the person is qualified in that subject, and that they have some basic good writing skills. (eg, a therapist may not also be a good writer). Then we set up a series of deadlines — eg, when the first draft and photographs are due. (and half the time, I need to remind them once or twice — it’s a busy world!)
The biggest job is editing: eg, checking layout, spelling, grammar, content, does the material balance pros and cons, confirming quotes or statistics, backup research, and more. It can take more time to edit than to write an article. I try to not change a writer’s ”voice,” but I do make the hard corrections (like punctuation). Everything should not sound like I wrote it! (been there, had it done to me).
Another big job is follow up. Sometimes I have to contact a writer multiple times – to see why it’s not ready — did they contact the ”subject” person, and did they run into any difficulty? are they at a lost on getting background or research material? is something going on in their life where they won’t be able to get in in on time, and should I seek someone else to write it? Or, I sent requests for name spellings, or photo identification. Etc.
And, photographs are a whole big job on its own. Newspapers cannot print them without the permission of the person taking it, and we also have to make sure that the subject matter in the photo is approved. Someone could take a photo of a child and the photographer gives us permission to use it; but we also need to get permission from the child’s parent to use it. Even graphics online, or photographs – even on social media like Facebook, or, say the Denver Post – we cannot print it without permission, and in some cases have to pay a fee. In any quality Journalism school, you are taught about ethics, copyright, etc. Technically our readers are not allowed to download and re-use our photographs (or articles) without our written permission. Yes, it often takes me days and sometimes weeks to get permission from people on Facebook to use their photo.
The fun and brightest spot in the newspaper are the ”photo spreads,” often called “STROLLING THROUGH LYONS.” But again, one big photo piece can take four to eight hours of work. Not only the time and travel to get the photo, but it takes many hours to process the images in the computer software, plus preparing the captions (eg, names).
And, where do I get my material from? I sit by the TV with a pad and pen every day, taking notes. I read multiple newspapers and magazines, tearing out articles. I read Facebook Lyons Happenings and a couple other sites, every day, and take notes. I talk with people in town (whether a commissioner or a store clerk). Then I have to clean it up, organize it, and type the notes, and often there is further research or fact checking that needs to be done. This material I classify as News Briefs, and usually put them in my Notes from Your Editor. It averages about 20 items a week (eg, store opening, car crash, best new internet server, etc.)
But in the end — I dont know if I get more satisfaction out of a finished piece, or out of knowing how someone will either benefit from it, or be entertained by it. I’ve also developed some great friendships with talented writers. It’s worth the daily hard work, knowing that what I am producing will be maintained in an archive for future generations to read and view, and learn about the daily life of Lyons of 2021.
Let’s get to the news…
GENERAL local NEWS=====
September 10, Friday, 6 p.m. – L-Johnson Park “Quarry Shelter” (the first one off the parking lot) –
8 YEARS: Great Flood of 2013 Memorial – Pot Luck – Come and share your stories, or listen to other people tell about this horrible day when Lyons got flooded, and dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. A good way to find commaraderie and remember, with a caring friend by your side. We’ll also talk about the successes, including rebuilding our two wonderful parks. Meet at LaVern Johnson Park at 6 p.m. – bring a side dish to share, and a beverage, and relax. See some photos, and books from the Flood. Hosted by the Lyons Historical Society. (rain or shine)
ELEMENTARY PTO – 1st day back
Stop by the PTO table on the first days of school (August 17th and 19th) from 8-9am to learn about all the SPECTACULAR things the PTO has going on! They will have volunteer opportunities, coffee, pastries, and tissues (for those kindergarten parents!)
Spirit wear will available both mornings – with sale items marked down to CLEARANCE PRICES! Tons of new inventory is available in youth sizes, so get their back-to-COOL look down with a spirit wear shirt.
We accept cash, check, and credit. All sales benefit the PTO and their ongoing mission at LES.
LIGHTS OUT LYONS event — thanks to Julia Herz and Beaver Brighton for their work in making the ‘stellar’ night happen! == Kristine Birdi Smock said, that was a special evening. Got to see Saturn’s rings through some giant telescopes and many large a small meteors. And listen to some cool music. Thanks !! Suzanne Simmons==Stargazing last night ( Fri, 13th) was great fun. Thank you so much to Parks and Rec, the educators and telescope owners, and the musicians!!! Hope we can have more of these events. —Jeff Van Damme==thanks to the LDS folks, the homes in Lyons Valley Village, the Bohn Park hosts (public bathrooms were dimmed), the homes up on 1st Ave & Overlook, the homes south up Jasper & Jade, and all the others that had their outdoor lights off. I noticed the difference.
Hatrock Excavating: This company is located in downtown Lyons, on the same block as Town Hall. The Board of trustees wants to re-zone the lot as industrial, as they have a lot of heavy equipment there. The company says that they are only parking it there (and it’s currently zoned Commercial). See the Town Board Trustee Minutes/video for more details about ‘’zoning.” The owners (Jared) would like your help in defending their zoning by you writing a letter to the Board. Many locals have used their quality services, including stores. He says, “Currently we are going through a re-zoning process at our current location and are in need of letters to help us keep our location. This company is honest and has been around to help locals and out of town excavation work. During 2013 Hatrock helped save the 5th ave. Bridge during the flood and many other situations during these past times. Just getting over a low point through COVID as well. We appreciate any letters and kind words sent in to help Hatrock keep there business location! Letters can be sent to: PStrom@townoflyons.com. Much appreciated!” This “call out’’ is short notice, so the matter may be settled at the next board meeting; but it has been discussed at a couple of meetings, so it’s worth sending in the letter if you have strong feelings about the matter (either way).
BEARS in PINEWOOD: I was hoping I could leave my doors and windows open now, as I had not heard anything from my neighbors on Facebook about ‘’bear sightings.” But I decided to post it to see for sure and WOW! I got 9 people saying they either saw bear scat recently, or (2) had bears bothering their garbage bins! I’ll never take ‘’silence’’ for ‘’everything’s ok on the home front” again! — and of course Robyn Sloan is still posting daily videos of yearling and older bears, turkeys, mountain lion, bobcat, just 3 miles ‘’as the crow flies” northeast of Lyons. Lock your doors and windows!
SMALL FIRE near Estes Park 8/18/21 – The Estes Valley Fire Protection District and several other agencies quickly took charge in stopping a “small wild-land fire” just outside of Estes Park from spreading, and quickly put it out. It was reported as being caused by a lightning strike. It was by MileMarker 7 along Highway 36.
PINEWOOD SPRING WEEDS: Now is the time to remove mature noxious weeds that contain seeds that will be next year’s — and many more years — weeds. The third Monitored Weed Drop-off will be held Saturday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon located north of the Waste Management transfer station at 666 Elm Road, Estes Park. You MUST use the paper bags sold at the hardware stores (they’re big and cheap). No pine cones or needles or dirt in the bags. It’s best to cut off the head of the flowering branch, and toss the lower part to compost.
NON PROFIT Lyons Community Foundation GRANTS – due on September 11, 2021. (see previous columns for details)
Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District 8/13/21: This evening at 7:30 p.m., Pinewood Springs and Big Elk Meadows firefighters responded to a downed power line in the 400 block of County Road 47. The line caused a small fire and resulted in power outages in the area. Poudre Valley REA arrived on scene within 45 minutes to make repairs. Our thanks once again to our neighboring agencies.
Sonny Smith is back in the hospital. They are taking care of an old back problem. He started to redo the ‘’piano keys’’ painting on the sidewalk next to the school, in July. I hope that didn’t affect his back!
DUCK RACE – The August 15th Duck Race put on by the LEO’s was a big success! See our ARTICLE for full details.
==LYONS SOFTBALL LEAGUE –
******PLAYOFFS***** Winners: Jr’s Offspring
We hope to have photos of all the teams next week. If you are a captain, please send the photo and team members names to: LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
Construction (within approx. 40 mile radius of Lyons)
Too much to comment on here — I have made 3 separate ARTICLEs showing the construction going on, within a 40 mile radius of Lyons.
1. Road construction article July 12, updated July 26
2. Road Construction article August 12
==new speed limit signs (tanker spill)
==accident, car in river
==Highway 36 update
3. Highway 7 construction, details and map, July 22
The company doing the road work is breaking the ”time rules.” I contacted CDOT, and they assured us that the matter has been discussed, and that they feel it will not happen again.
CONSTRUCTION DELAYED SCHOOL PARENTS: The parents in Pinewood Springs who were driving their kids to school read that the road closure was to end at 7 a.m. but it did not, and their kids arrived late to school. One parent wrote a complaint on CDOT’s web page, and she said: Just received a very informative phone call from CDOT. I was not the only parent to complain and the contractors doing the work on 36 are under a strict contract to be done working with the road open by 7a.m. He will be escalating this issue so it’s likely we will not see them working past 7 again (hopefully). —I also found out that they will only be working on 36 until Labor Day weekend. After that, all work on 36 will stop while construction begins on hwy 7. They will not resume working on 36 until that project has been completed. He believed they would likely make it about 12 miles up the canyon by Labor Day before stopping. He does not believe we will see cell service until later next year.———-Very nice guy, if we continue to have problems with the contractors working past 7, notify CDOT through their contact us page on the website.
this paragraph is a repeat) ========click on each link to learn more=======
==The Town sponsored events are listed in “To-Do / FLASH NEWS”
==See also JULY SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article! Next one comes July 22.
==THURSDAY CONCERTS in SANDSTONE PARK – through August 17; free. Plus ”rain date” 8/26/21 concerts
==REDSTONE MUSEUM opened 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 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)
==LYONS LIBRARY – see our ARTICLE 7/15/21.
====================END of WEEKLY REPEAT
Go for a walk along the (1) dog park loop, the (2) Rocky Mountain Botanic Garden, (3) Johnson or Bohn Park trails (4) River walk.
how long is the loop around the dog park? = .4 or a quarter of a mile.
PICK UP SOCCER GAMES in September: Nicholas Dudas :
For anyone who survived the Lyons softball league injury free and is interested in another chance at it; we are starting a pickup soccer game at the high school practice field Thursday nights at 6:30pm. First game to be September 2nd. If you are interested come on out; and if you’d like to play regularly please join the Google group. Hoping to see regular games of between 8-12 people.==== Click on this link and ask to become a member, and they will give you access to the Google page.
NATURE WALKS & HIKES: be sure to go to our “Things to Do” page to read about educational and/or adventurous hikes and talks given by Boulder County… including a “High Country Geology” one, and a “Stars” one, and a “seniors only” one.. and more.
August 29, 3 – 8 p.m. HOOTENANNY at River Bend, Benefit for LEAF and LCF = This family friendly event/fundraiser will have all sorts of wonderful activities such as live music, live dance performances, family fun zone, a corn hole tournament and a silent auction. We even hope to have a rubber ducky race. Entrance to this community event is FREE! Food and drink will be available for purchase.
TECH CLASS: September 16 for four weeks, Lyons Library is sponsor – free online photo editing software; an overview of cloud storage options; how to set up an Etsy shop online; the nuts and bolts of creating your own website.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS TALK< appetizer’s and drinks – Wednesday August 25 – see more in our “Things to Do” weekly article. Sponsored by the Farmette, and taking place at River Bend. Fundraiser.
SEE “THINGS TO DO” (Flash News) for more activities, details, links to sign up
SEE ALSO SENIOR NEWS ARTICLE
The COVID NEWS has now grown to the extent that we need to go back to doing a SEPARATE BIG ARTICLE on it.
State, city, federal workers:
7/29/21 – Get Vaccinated; get a free $100 gift card. Find a location.
COLORADO COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
PARAPHRASING PRESIDENT BIDEN’S AFGHAN DEPARTURE SPEECH 8/16/21:
Our mission was not nation building.
It was preventing a terrorist attack on our homeland. We wanted to go after the people who did 9/11. We went after Osama Bin Laden and got it. Stopping Al Qaeda was our goal.
We conduct counter-terrorism acts where needed, across the world, which may include Afghanistan.
Former President Trump said he would remove troops by May 1. Biden had to make a decision to follow the agreement Trump made with Afghanistan, or go back to escalating the conflict. — the agreement did not go beyond May 1.
I stand squarely behind my decision.
After 20 years, there is never a good time to withdraw US forces.
We planned for every contingency. The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than anticipated. Afghanistan military gave up and collapsed, without trying to fight; because of this US forces should not be expected to fight. We gave them every tool needed, paid their salaries, paid for their air force, (which the Taliban does not have). We could not provide them the will to fight for their country…or, to negotiate. I believe it is wrong to send troops.
In my meetings this spring, I was strong in stating that they needed to fight, and to clean up the corruption in their government, and the need for Afghanistan leaders to unite politically, and to engage in diplomacy with the Taliban government. This was not done.
I will not stay indefinitely, with endless military employments.
I want to acknowledge how painful this is for many… for diplomats, veterans, those on the ground who supported the Afghanistan people, for Americans who have fought and served for our country. I’ve been throughout Afghanistan during the war, travelled on four occasions, I met with people, troops, and more. We will push for basic human rights of Afghanistan people (women/girls) just as we speak out all over the world.
The current mission: I authorized 6,000 US troops for assisting and departures of troops (employees) and allies (& families). We took over the airport and air traffic control. We safely removed our people at the Embassy. The Afghanistan government discouraged us from removing them early, so as to not trigger fear. We made it clear to the Taliban we will be swift and forceful if they try to stop our mission.
I do not regret my decision. This is not in our national security interest. I would not ask our military to continue to risk their lives.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this summary are written to the best of the author’s ability and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any staff member, contributing writer, or the Lyons Recorder. The article is presented for the readers’ information and entertainment purposes.
Have you ever thought about being an investigative reporter? Talk to us for more details…
Our “MAN ABOUT TOWN” writer has left for a full-time job — do you like to do quick, light Q&A with people? and snap their photo in town? Looking for a bright, fun writer! for this monthly column.
FEATURE WRITERS: Join our crew of 33 local writers! (2 new writers in July! thanks!)
Are you knowledgeable in:
– gardening tips — cooking/recipe articles – exercise – alternative medicine/herbs – Q&A quips — and more?
You must be a Lyons-area writer, and all work needs to be original for the Lyons Recorder. 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:
===Celebrating three events involving our LEAF and LCF nonprofits (photos)
===Two poems by local Kate Kerr – fun and spritely!
===Bald Eagle Project – will cover 4 years – by CO Wildlife, learn more (Lyons has some nests)
===COVID NEWS – we now have too much news to put in my “NOTES” section, so it gets its own article again
===Golf Tournament /and/ Duck Race big successes – see photos and learn how much was earned and where it will be distributed
===Denver “Mi Casa” awarded 1 of 14 grants (in the US) to help train women to start their own businesses
===A delightful STROLL THRU LYONS to see summer flowers and vegetable gardens! (photo spread)
==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:
Ways you can support HAITI people after the Earthquake Disaster
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti this past weekend. The number of dead is at 1,297 as of Sunday. Both official rescuers and citizens have raced to find survivors amid the rubble. Next, several inches of rain will hit the island, as a result of the tropical storm.
At least 2,800 people are injured and thousands more are displaced from their destroyed or damaged homes. For fear of second-waves, and unstable debris, survivors in some areas were forced to shelter in streets or soccer fields. Hospitals are overloaded. Tropical Depression Grace is slated to hit the island Monday.
Link provided by National Public Radio: HOW TO HELP
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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