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My mind is all in a flurry today. I wanted to do a ‘’Part 2” of what it takes to be an editor, but I’m trying to wrap up so many stories that my brain is on overload just doing my day-to-day editor’s work.
The scale started to tip when the eight Lyons softball teams started sending me their photos and the names of more than 100 players… And then I had to search for 14 photos that I had saved over the past two months, waiting for an appropriate page to put them on (this week I put them in “New Briefs for Summer 2021”) Some were in the Recorder file, and some in the Photo Spread file, and I found missing ones in the general “download” file (don’t know how they got there!) Then I had to remind those who hadn’t gotten around to sending me permission to print them to send me an official OK. Next, I started some work on the Anniversary of the Great Flood of 2013, as I know that will be a big week and take extra time. I came up with a few gems – it will be published in the September 9th issue. I can’t wait to share them with you! And while at it, I saw it was the 20th Anniversary of “9/11.” Then School news started to overfill my ‘’news basket,’’ and I put together a separate article with all those things. And, my Senior News, due the last Thursday of each month, takes days to put together.
So, with a brain about to explode, I decided to go back to my old way of sorting out articles. How many of you have been around since the beginning? Back then, I had a bulletin board, and used a few dozen yellow sticky notes on it. I’d have the topics at the top, horizontally, like “Nature,” “School,” “Health,” “Government,” and such; and then, I divided the board into four sections for each week of the month. I could easily move the stickers around – say, if someone emailed me that they were sick with a cold and couldn’t do the article, I’d move the yellow post it to the following week.
Then, about six months ago, things started coming in at a more ‘’expected’’ rate, so that I only had to plan for the current week, and maybe one ahead. I didn’t need a reminder that, eg, the Library report came in on the first week of the second month. I could depend on that.
I went down to just one sheet of paper listing the articles for that week.
Well, these past two weeks, I have more things crossed out and moved elsewhere than I have permanent articles listed for the week. So, I’m back with the big cork board!
Looking at my board,… it makes me smile. I went on a binge and marked down about a dozen interesting national holidays for August and September. I see I have saved a spot for an article about what trees are good to plant in Colorado by Mimi Elmore, our local landscape specialist, in September during “Johnny Appleseed week.” And, I cant wait to see what I figure out for September 28th “Ask a Stupid question Day!” So, now that I’ve cleared out my basket-of-article-ideas, I can concentrate on gathering and organization the flood articles.
Over the months, I found images on TV or in newspapers of other people who used the yellow sticky notes method – famous people! Who you’d think would have Assistants to remind them of things, or ‘take care of it.’ I’ll post a couple photos here… “for your enjoyment”! I know it will make you smile. And maybe give you a tiny break from your hectic week! (So, I guess I DID DO a Part 2 of what it’s like being an editor!)
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)
==CHERRY COMPANY: now closing at 6 p.m. (open 7 days a week).
==NEWS From Tracey Barber (owners of Lyons Quilts): Los Angeles, CA — Today Motor Trend reported that Tracey Barber, against the advice of mental-health professionals, will compete in the 24 Hours of Lemons — the wheel-to-wheel car race for heaps that cost $500 or less. Barber’s team — the unpromisingly named “Sew So Fast” — hits your local track on 09/11/2021 to 09/12/2021, where therapists and junkyard operators are already standing by.
One relative, on condition of anonymity, described Barber’s family as “…saddened but unsurprised” by the news. “Unfortunately, we’ve come to expect such lapses in judgment,” the source told MT.===Friends, coworkers, and relatives interested in staging an intervention and/or watching Barber do something incredibly embarrassing can find more information on Lemons’ race-info page.
(#1) INJURED HIKER on FLATIRONS Rescued – On Saturday, August 21, 12:08 p.m. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a female hiker with an ankle injury on the Flatiron Loop Trail above the Bluebell Shelter west of Boulder. City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks rangers located the injured 34-year-old Boulder resident on the Flatiron Loop Trail just east of the Third Flatiron Access Trail. The rangers splinted the female’s ankle and members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group package her in a litter and carried her to the Bluebell Shelter. A ranger then transported her to the Chautauqua Cottage where she took private transportation to seek medical treatment.
(#2) On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at approximately 6:35 a.m., scrambler who had injured her lower leg in the area of the Second Flatiron in Chautauqua Park, just west of Boulder.
The 26-year-old female had just finished scrambling the Freeway route on the Second Flatiron and was climbing around an obstacle at the top of the route before starting to descend back to the trail when she slipped and fell approximately 20 feet injuring her lower leg. As a result of the injury, she was unable to walk out to the trailhead. A ranger from the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks was able to access the patient first and began providing first aid (applied a splint). She was transported to the hospital. Several other agencies helped in the rescue.
==LYONS SOFTBALL LEAGUE –
Winners: Jr’s Offspring==See photos (with players names) in this week’s edition!
==HOOTENANNY SUNDAY 8/29 –New – a list of food trucks –
Only one more week until Lyons first ever Hootenanny!
Don’t plan on cooking dinner next Sunday. You are going to want to bring the whole family to River Bend for dinner. The event is free, but be prepared to make a $5 donation at the parking lot; or, walk from home, or town.
NEW: Just look at all of the cool dinner options:
– Rollin’ Lobster provide meals made with fresh lobster from Maine
– Butcher and the Blonde offers kid-friendly food such as chicken tenders and fries as well as quesadillas, tacos and frito pie
– Johnny’s of Longmont offers up hot dogs, sausages and sandwiches
– Sweet Cow will have several flavors of ice cream to scoop:)
==School is back in session! Please remember to slow down in school zones and look out for children. Always yield to pedestrians and stop for them in our crosswalks.
==NON PROFIT Lyons Community Foundation GRANTS – due on September 11, 2021. (see previous columns for details)
==September 12, Grandparents Day. Send us your comments or stories about your special Grandparent, and we will publish a compilation of them! Or, a cool photo.
==Andrea Montoya: Book your In Home Massage with me by sending me a private message here on Facebook. I have 10+ years experience in Lyons and give a very effective massage. Let me work out your tension.
All massage includes setup at your house in Lyons or surrounding areas, if within a certain distance. I bring massage table if needed, sheets, oils, music. You just relax and don’t worry about anything. My rates: $150 90 Minute Massage for one
==NEW BUSINESSES: SOLACE, a home gift shop, should be opening in about a week or so.
The Lyons Recorder will do a ‘’photo spread” of the four businesses that recently opened, as soon as Solace is open.
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
US-36 Fiber Project Update
==Many people have been complaining about the closures on US 36. The Town of Lyons issued a statement saying that the facilities and property are owned by CDOT; therefore, they do not have a role in the permitting or overseeing the project. And, here is what you’ve been waiting for–If you have any questions concerning the small cells please contact email@example.com.
==CDOT said it has received numerous complaints about the business working outside of its regulated hours, and they have given them a second ‘’stop work’’ order, effective until they can present a concrete plan. – Most recently they have worked in the morning when parents are driving their kids to school. Be sure to plan an extra half hour to your trip.
The work will stop in early September, as the Hwy 7 work will begin in mid-September, which completely closes that road for most of the day (see our articles on that).
Friendly Message from Greenwood Rehabilitation Center: “Even just partway through the busy season, we have 272 more birds than last year. With Wild Bird Rehab in Denver closed, we have been inundated. We’re currently caring for more than 500 animals on-site.” Go to www.GreenwoodWildlife.org to find out more about their rescue center, and how you can help. They also will soon be having their Annual fundraiser (See “Things to Do” calendar for more details)
SNOW/ICE in the Mountains at the end of last week! We heard that Berthoud Pass and Trail Ridge Road were experiencing snow. Trail Ridge was temporarily closed for a couple of days due to white out conditions and ice buildup; and the Park snowplow operators had to plow the road. RMNP – Trail Ridge Road recorded status line is (970) 586-1222
LYONS FARM PROJECT – Residents were asked to come help out the Lyons Food Forest project by shoveling aged manure- it doesn’t smell at all, for the most part. They went to two different farms and pick up some aged goat and alpaca manure. And afterwards, the group went to the Library and watched “Kiss the Ground” and enjoyed pizza and friendships. Thanks to all!
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==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.
==REDSTONE MUSEUM open 7 days a week~ see our article for descriptions, day/times, and more
==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
Venus de Miles Bike Ride -Saturday, Aug 28 | 7 am Bohn Park — Colorado’s original and largest all-women’s bike ride. The event benefits Greenhouse Scholars. New this year, the event will start and end in Lyons, at Bohn Park . The riders will start from Bohn Park early on Saturday morning.. More info here. Remember, all events are listed in detail in our THINGS TO DO article, weekly.
The Watershed Days Festival, takes place in LaVern Johnson Park on Sunday, August 29th. It aims to education the community about watershed health and recovery through fun activities, many of which are hands-on interaction! See our THINGS TO DO for more details. Learn more!
August 29, 3 – 8 p.m. HOOTENANNY at River Bend, (see Things to Do for more / or last week’s “Notes”) see above for a list of four fabulous FOOD TRUCKS!
(repeat) 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.
SEE 8/26/21 “THINGS TO DO” (Flash News) for more activities, details, links to sign up
SEE ALSO AUGUST 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.
Pregnant Women: Booster Shots: Canada/Mexico: Schools: Nursing Homes: State, city, federal workers: Entertainment venues.
Colorado 66.82% fully vaccinated // 73.43% one dose as of 8/25/21
==The TSA has extended mask wearing in airports and airplanes till January 18, 2022.
==80% of those hospitalized in CO are unvaccinated July to August.
==After 8 months, you start to drop your immunity gained from your vaccine – and especially will have lower immunity against the Delta Variant, so you must get a booster shot. They will be available for the elderly and immune-compromised by mid-September. (Estes Park Hospital and others have already started giving them to immune-compromised.) Try to get the same ‘brand name’ vaccine, but it’s not essential.
==8/23/21 Pfizer vaccine gets official FDA approval. Previously it had “emergency approval.” Now it has gone through the normal rigorous testing, and has been officially Food and Drug Administration approved.
==8/26/21 — COVID-19 hospitalizations in US hit 7-month high More than 100,000 people are being treated in hospitals. Some hospitals (eg, Texas) are putting patients in hallways and/or setting up tents outside again.
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)
==Today 8/26 ISIS’s threat became a reality and an unbelievable number of Americans and Afghans were killed by a (1 or more?) suicide bomber. 12 US service members were killed and 15 injured. It was right outside the wall of the Kabul airport (gate area), a narrow passage, where soldiers had to search people before they came in (The Taliban are supposed to search prior to that). ========NOTE, since 8/14 the US Army has evacuated 104,000 people — 66,000 by US and 37,000 by allies and partners. About 5,000 are Americans and about 1,000 are left. 5,000 approved people are currently in the airport waiting for transport. President Biden gave a speech today and said “We will not forgive” // “We will hunt you down and make you pay.” // Biden called for a moment of silence for Kabul victims, and you could see the emotion in his face.
==Town of Lyons – Longs Peak Drive – Sewer/Water Work
The Longs Peak Dr sewer and water line replacement project is scheduled to begin the week of Sep 7th. This project will involve new water and sewer lines the entire length of Longs Peak as well as asphalt replacement. — There will be a zoom meeting for the public on Wednesday, August 25th beginning at 6 pm. The residents who live in the area are asked to try and attend for updates and information.
==BUSINESS NAMES in CO address change:
Visitors to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office website will find it has moved to a new address, with all services now located at www.coloradosos.gov. The previous address, www.state.sos.co.us, will still direct users to the office’s website during the transition, and all services available to users online will remain unchanged.
==“GOV” domain name is restricted
Registering as a .gov domain requires an entity to submit evidence to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that they are truly registering on behalf of legitimate local, county, or state governments. The new .gov domain also makes it more difficult for malicious actors and scammers to co-opt government websites. Using less secure domains such as .com allows cybercriminals and malicious actors to more easily impersonate government officials in attempts to defraud the public.
Oddly enough, I get my ‘’government news” from “state.co.us” (eg, firstname.lastname@example.org) But it explains why (as of August) all CO Biz services are now located at www.coloradosos.gov. The previous address, www.state.sos.co.us
==Town of Lyons – Bohn Park Stormwater Improvements –Closure begins August 30
This project entails enlarging the storm detention ponds in Bohn Park and installing new larger storm drain between the ponds as well as their connection to the storm drain system on 2nd Avenue. The current schedule begins this week and is scheduled to be complete by the end of October.
This week crews will begin prepping the area for closures the next week. This includes the construction of a temporary access driveway into the Wastewater Treatment Plant parking lot.
Beginning on August 30th, 2nd Avenue will be fully closed between the Wastewater Treatment Plant driveway to approximately 100’ south on the Bohn Park Entrance. The waterline relocation and storm drain installation under 2nd Ave will continue for several weeks. Residents in Lyons Valley Park will need to go around the closure (via US-36) and enter over the new 2nd Ave Bridge in order to access the recycling center.
==8/21/21 – The US military flew approximately 10,400 people out of Kabul over 24 hours on Sunday, and 61 coalition planes helped evacuate approximately 5,900, a White House official said on Monday. Since August 14, the US has gotten 37,000 people out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, or helped with their evacuation, the official added. Their deadline to leave the country is August 31.
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 31 local writers!
Write once a month, once a quarter, or once a year!
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:
==Monthly SENIOR NEWS – includes wrap up of Senior Bus trip to museum. Plus, activities, senior ctr reopens, medical alert, classes, and more
==News Briefs seen in 14 photos taken around town, summer fun and improvements
==COVID, see official comments by BO and Larimer County on mask wearing
==Lyons SOFTBALL LEAGUE – read commentary on the playoffs, and the final games. Incl. photos of all team members.
==Poudre REA has “Night Owl” lower electricity rates for you to try out!
==Wildfire Resource Guide, everything you need to know and maybe didn’t even know to ask
==Obituary – Bob Roe (son of Judy & Dick Roe)
==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:
Help Taliban Refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a UN agency tasked with aiding and protecting refugees displaced from their homelands, said Tuesday that more than 550,000 Afghans have been displaced due to conflict and insecurity since the beginning of this year alone. — According to data provided by CDHS, 55% of the 289 refugees settled in Colorado so far this year are from Afghanistan.
Become a Mentor
Colorado has five resettlement office locations you can reach out to: Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, Denver and Greeley; the Ethiopian Community Development Council/African Community Center in Denver; and the International Rescue Committee in Denver.
To help keep families housed and away from the homelessness cycle, Denver Rescue Mission’s Family Refugee Services program works closely with resettlement agencies, like IRC. Shahrukh Suleman, the program director says the biggest challenges is getting mentors. Mentors help refugee families enroll in English-Second Language Programs, help find employment, discuss financial literacy and assist with community integration.
The Colorado organizations listed below also support refugee families:
Colorado Refugee Connect
African Community Center
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain
The International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, Urgent Crisis Relief for Afghanistan, Relief International, as well as the U.S. UN Human Rights Committee, are looking for donations to help them continue their humanitarian assistance in the region.
Organizations like Save the Children, Afghanaid, Refugee Council USA and International Medical Corps are also looking for donations to provide aid to displaced families, emergency services, refugee protection for Afghan nationals, and emergency and primary healthcare and training.
———————–Colorado Governor Polis Statement
Colorado has long welcomed Afghan refugees and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders. In recent years, they have formed the largest group of arrivals in our resettlement program. In the coming months, we will be welcoming more.
Both Channel 7 and Channel 9 have a list of ways to help.
Channel 7 – https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/digital-originals/how-to-help-the-people-of-afghanistan-if-youre-in-colorado?fbclid=IwAR2mQ-v0_bEMdsO1FzpVAkWNTERVFW-SyXNrYgpvtr1y1PqU6LCLGdXkesg
Channel 9 – https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/colorado-organizations-help-refugee-families/73-98650d83-8219-4624-988e-7ab0e9d9ccc2
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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