If there ever is an emergency in town, or timely news
The snow we desperately needed after a drought last fall and early winter has arrived, falling all day Tuesday and most of Wednesday. Some of the shops in downtown Lyons closed Tuesday and Wednesday, both to keep customers safe and their staff! And, the St. Vrain Valley School District closed Wednesday, but kids still had to spend part of their day online in class. They have broken down a few definitions of “snow day” on their web site!
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the city of Denver, with Winter Storm Warnings in the foothills. The Strasburg/Limon side of I-70 was closed down for a couple of hours due to multiple accidents. A semi-truck rolled over on northbound Interstate 225 near 6th Avenue. The roads were icy and snow packed in spots for most of the two days.
This long-duration event caused people to misjudge when it would be safe to get back on the road. Spring Gulch reported that three cars had slid into the ditch. Highway 287 from Longmont to Berthoud was closed for several hours due to accidents, and one sad death. It was unusual to get a heavy snow averaging about 10 inches all the way down the center of Colorado… from Ft. Collins to Walsenberg. (Stone Mtn and Blue Mtn reported 6 inches; Lyons Park Estate 8 inches; and Stone Canyon 10 inches). Lyons area residents joined the Front Range in day time highs in the teens, and Wednesday night lows below zero. And, I think the Groundhog decided not to venture out!
………….Your Editor, Kathleen Spring
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Valentine’s Day is just a10 days away — SHOP LOCAL! We have multiple GIFT Shops, including jewelry — we have Living Arts Floral Designs 324 Main Street for flowers — we have restaurants that give Gift Certificates — we have three bakeries — SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SMALL LOCALLY OWNED STORES!
WINTER WONDERLAND CONCERTS: Jessie Garland and her group will perform February 13, from 2-4 p.m. The event has been moved to Bohn Park. Thanks to the Town of Lyons and Lyons Community Foundation. Dress warm and bring a chair.
REMINDER – Lyons / St Vrain Schools need bus drivers! And the LYONS Schools are in need of workers for the cafeteria for 4 hours every day (call Shelly Allen at 303-682-7255).
More than 100,000 Americans died from diabetes in 2021, the second straight year the country reached the grim milestone. The data was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week, and makes the condition the seventh leading cause of death for Americans.
LEAF offers low-cost counseling to persons who can not otherwise afford or access regular therapy services. Our mental health therapist, Cherie Maureaux, offers individual, group, and addictions counseling, as well as referrals. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options. All communications are safe and confidential.
The IRS is now accepting 2021 tax returns. 1/31/22.
1 year Table Mesa Shooting Remembrance, Boulder Museum Exhibit, February 18 – April 4 – Invites the public to either send in their photos and remembrances, or come and see the exhibit remembering those whose lives were lost in the Table Mesa Shooting. The community is invited to share their photos or short video clips. Pictures of things they resonated with on the memorial site, such as the poems, the stuffed animals, the flower wall, the painted rocks or any other photos that help process, reflect, and remember are welcome through our Collections Department. See ARTICLE.
Goodwill Grants – through the Town of Lyons: the Goodwill Grant Fund is to assist nonprofit organizations that help low-income individuals and families in the Lyons area meet their basic needs. Examples of human service programs might include Meals on Wheels, health-related services, at-risk youth support, senior services, childcare assistance, nutritional support, transportation, and programs that assist with other necessary expenses to help households maintain housing, medical care, and utilities. Grants are available to Lyons area nonprofits that work to benefit a local group or groups of people. Grant amounts range from $500 to a maximum of $5,000. DUE February 15th.
Please be Kind –— I put this in “late” in last week’s newspaper — so I’m repeating it here, if you are an “early reader” of the newspaper: *** We’ve heard many stories about employees at restaurants quitting in tears because of abuse from customers (mainly because of the mask mandates, but also because people seem to be easy to voice their displeasure) — but here is a new, big one: The Children’s Museum of Denver says it has closed for one week because of the abuse that visitors are giving their personnel about wearing a mask! (the staff will still be working and paid). Think Twice. Be Nice. ===== PS The Museum will open this week, but are still requiring masks.
NEW Business: January 2022. “5370 Excavating” owned by Lyons Native Jared McCain. He and his father have been in the business for many years, with high recommendations for their work. I’ve seen him at work, and he does very precise work, and is a friendly guy too. He also joined the Lyons Chamber this month. ==Specializing in: Sewer and water repairs //Septic/leach fields// Foundations// Road-driveway grading// Yard scraping/Demo// Retaining walls// Call for more info – Free quotes.
Pharr Out Design – has opened an additional location in Lyons. They will be selling indoor wood furniture in the “old soda fountain” building, in which Holly’s HJB Designs has her leather goods. What a perfect match! Wood/and/leather. The room is laid out like a magazine display. Jacob Pharr still has his large warehouse and showroom, at the intersection of Hwy. 36 & 66, where he sells other furniture made out of old wood barrels, including fire pits. (see our article in October with details about his merchandise).
Message from BANK of WEST: As you know, the pandemic has been extraordinarily disruptive to all of us – including our customer-facing staff at Bank of the West. We understand that you as a customer are most likely having to cope with frustrating inconveniences such as shortened branch hours, temporary branch closures, and longer than usual hold times. Unfortunately, our branches and call centers are no exception to the impacts of the unparalleled staffing shortages or the rapid spread of the Omicron variant being felt nationwide. (NOTE: this was sent by email to all customers; and it continues on for two more paragraphs, with apologies, and thanks for you patience).
CO-WORKING SUITE – did you know that Estes Park has one of those “co-working suites” where people share a building space — you can use a designated space as your office (instead of a home office), and network and work. Here is their info (I don’t know them, so do your own research): Vert Coworking Estes Park is dedicated to helping you build life success. Our tagline “work – connect – play” tells you what we’re about: productivity, community, health and enjoyment of this amazing place we live. https://vertcoworking.com/ It offers numerous “open or private” office spaces, a coffee shop, high-speed internet, onsite fitness, mail services, HR benefits, and more.
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==see “THINGS TO DO” for lots of activities and events! and more details than you’ll find here in NEWS BRIEFS. Plus deadlines.
==FEBRUARY SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
Mayama Dance & Wellness – they are not just for “kids dance lessons” – They have YOGA every Saturday 9-10:15a.m. Grab your mat and join us for some movement, connection and community! (in-studio or online) Taylor Lee’s classes are welcoming, grounded & invigorating. (They are sending in a list of the type of classes they offer, and we will post that next week).
KARAOKE – did you know that Pizza Bar 66 has Karaoke night now on Fridays. “Nic Wiley gets us kicked off around 9.”
Seasonal restrictions in Boulder Canyon to protect nesting birds of prey
To protect nesting golden eagles, the U.S. Forest Service is implementing annual area closures in Boulder Canyon beginning Feb. 1, 2022. The closures include popular rock climbing spots at Eagle Rock, Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress and Security Risk in Boulder Canyon. —- These areas are located along Colorado Highway 119, approximately 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls. Effective through July 31, 2022, the closures protect a long-established golden eagle nesting territory. Happy Hour, Bihedral and Riviera will remain open as long as visitors stay out of the closed areas.
LONGMONT MUSEUM CONCERTS:
Longmont Museum has restarted their in-person concerts and events. ProMusica and Thursday-Concerts. Go to their web page for more details: https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/museum/events-performances Pro Musica presents Mozart February 4th. — Soulful and Roots music of Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black. Feb. 3rd. This winter –for adult Art & Sip classes, exhibits, film, live music, and conversations. Please note: masks and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are required to attend programs held in the Stewart Auditorium.
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHS at the Stone Cup! Kelley Hageman will be showing her work during the months of February and March, during normal open hours – Thursday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. I think I would chose the word “majestic” for them… big vistas with dynamic lighting.
Teen Advisory Group has TWO LASER TAG events (with costumes) happening at the Lyons library this month. Go to our “Things to Do” page , or to the library page for more details!
The three month exhibit at the Boulder Museum is coming to an end in two weeks: February 14 – final day to see Boulder Museum’s (3 month) exhibit: RETURNING: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists ==The Museum of Boulder is excited to collaborate with a group of Arapaho artists in the region to create a pop-up exhibit exploring the notion of indigenous artists coming back to their historical territory. RETURNING features the contemporary work of ten artists, with their individual perspectives displaying exclusive visual stories told in their personal styles. (You can always see this and other important exhibits in our “Things to Do” page)
OLD MAN WINTER RALLY – in LYONS – February 6th. Bundle Up and get ready to run and/or ride Colorado’s best mixed terrain with Old Man Winter Rally, being held at Lavern Johnson Park in Lyons. Riders will choose 50KM or 100KM of gravel, snow, climbs, and thrills. Runners can expect a 10KM course that provides the best of Lyons, single track trails, red rock canyon, and gravel paths.
repeat ==MUSICAL FUNDRAISER! — Sunday, February 13th 4-6pm – Marshall Fire fundraiser; live music at Lyons Community Church – lower level – limited to 30 tickets (also available Virtually) = Ditch Creek performing, with Ian Brighton.
February 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Town Quarterly Art Show – Everyone is encouraged to prepare their creative responses to the theme for the upcoming (open to all ages and stages of area artists) LAHC Town Hall Art Show: “Free For All – Whatever Floats Your Particular Boat.” These artistic open-to-interpretation responses can include creative reactions to impactful global/local issues at hand.== The incoming LAHC’s Lyons Regional Library Art Show, “Working Duo,” will showcase work by local artists, Jacob Leeuwenburgh and Ann M. Hall. ==Music, limited refreshments, wear mask. See our ARTICLE for more details.
Olympics in Beijing, February 4 – 20.
==CANCELLED – All ice skating activities – including classes – have been cancelled FOR THE SEASON! The Town said there has not been consistent weather below freezing for it to create the ice rink.
==The Lyons Library is looking for people who would like to teach a class or workshop, or give a talk this year 2022.
LYONS Vaccine Clinic, Saturday, February 12 | noon – 6 pm, Lyons Regional Library
Colorado Dept of Public Health will be in Lyons for a vaccination clinic on Saturday, February 12th, from noon – 6 pm at the Lyons Regional Library. They will have pediatric (ages 5-11) vaccines as well as adult vaccines and boosters. Please register in advance .
Boulder County has 58,046 cases, with an increase of 208
Larimer County has 69,750 cases with an increase of 222
State of Colorado: 1,260,954 cases · 11,666 deaths due to COVID-19 · 4,693,220 people tested · 57,436 hospitalizations
In the US: Cases are down 32% in the last two weeks in 40 states.— 543,000 new cases a day.
Less than 38% of kids, ages 5 to 17 years, who are eligible, are vaccinated. — 808,000 CHILDREN tested positive over the last week.
The Food and Drug Administration Monday approved a second COVID-19 vaccine — the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which will be marketed as Spikevax. It has been available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for individuals 18 years of age and older (Pfizer’s vaccine has already been fully approved.)
New York is the first to start to roll out the new COVID PILL – free to homes — but it is in short supply. People need a prescription to qualify. This is the start of addressing overcrowded hospitals!
Beijing has reported its highest number of Covid-19 cases in 18 months, five days ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital = 20 cases. For a total of approximately 200 since mid-January. Despite enforcing extraordinary measures.
MEXICO a “NO” == 1/31/22 The U.S. State Department changed its travel advisory for Mexico to “Level 4” — which means “do not travel” — due to a very high level of COVID-19 cases. Developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated. Check the US Embassy page or US State Department page for updates.
===One Billion Free Home tests – web site now running. covidtests.gov
===Free home tests through the State of Colorado (mainly for households with students).
===The Lyons Library has free COVID tests. ===They also got a supply of the free KN-95 masks. ===Stop by during open hours; first-come first-serve.
===Visit “Where can I get vaccinated” or call 1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926) for vaccine information.
Senator Michael Bennet spoke at a League of Women Voters open house 2/1/22. One of the key items he is pushing is universal childcare. He said that people told him that they cant save because of childcare costs, if they can even find it. Experts say people should not have to spend more than 7% on it. //He also talked about his call to “save the democracy” vs. Trump who said that we should throw away democracy that he would take care of us. // He started the Q&A by saying, Ask me any question, you won’t hurt my feelings. //The Freedom to Vote Act did not get enough votes. He gave two examples of working for open voting for all that worked: he pointed to Stacy Abrams in Georgia who worked on it for 15 years, and State of Colorado with its premium voting regulations. He said that you need to keep pushing people to get the fair Voting Rights passed. Ruth Bader Gingsburg said it’s like someone standing in a rainstorm, and throwing the umbrella away, because they weren’t getting wet.// Someone asked who is going to become a pitball and fight for what citizens want in aid from the government. He responded, that we need to be as strategic as Mitch McConnell. //He was particularly aggravated about not taxing the rich; and, the tax cut that benefited the rich by 52%. // He is fighting for fire mitigation vs. repair afterward. There is $27 million for forestry, an unprecedented amount.
====TOWN of LYONS SURVEY RESULTS: https://lyonsthrive.com/project-documents
====Town of Lyons Board of Trustee Special Meeting “Open to Public Comment”
See Town’s web page for the AGENDA and PACKET
—-PCDC Res. 2022-02: Lyons Hotel Development Plan Review – Passed, with conditions.
Will now be reviewed by Board of Trustees
—-PCDC Res. 2022-03: Planet Bluegrass Ranch Conditional Use Review of Site
Plan and Associated Keynotes – Passed, 1 passed with conditions. Will now be reviewed by the Board of Trustees. Feb 1st was the “1st Reading.”
====LYONS April ELECTION News
There is no competition for the vacant positions; all Applicants who applied, and got the required signatures, and met the requirements, will be seated in April, and no Election will be done. See the list of people who have applied for positions. The Lyons Recorder will interview each person, and publish the report later in March.
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This Week’s Articles:
==1 year Anniversary of Table Mesa Deaths – Boulder Museum – opening a permanent exhibit February 18th. You can contribute to their archives. They are looking for short videos, and mainly photographs.
==Reclamation of Lyons Quarry in Hall Ranch Open Space area to begin in February. Blasting will take place over several weeks. See article for map and more details.
==SENIOR NEWS – our very popular monthly article that offers tips, nostalgia, health news, activities, events at the Senior Center, and more! great fun for all ages.
==SOLITUDE – perhaps it’s time to savor the benefits of isolation. Many people move to Lyons and the surrounding mountains to get away from it all, and/or to immerse themselves in nature. Take a read of this simple article honoring “Solitude.”
==MASKS or NO MASKS – read Larimer County‘s interpretation as to why it will be safe to remove their mask mandate February 12th. NOTE, there are still places that masks are required. BOULDER COUNTY has no plans to meet to discuss the lifting of their requirements as of this time.
==Old Man Winter Rally, being held at Lavern Johnson Park in Lyons, ride or bike. 10K, 50K and 100K races.
==TIPS on Accident Reports – Alert days during snowstorms – towing – insurance companies – police reports – and more
==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”.
==”Your To Do List” – find out details about upcoming activities, classes, deadlines, and more.
==ABOUT TOWN by LaVern Johnson, tid bits of news from around town. And Board Meeting notes.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
MUSICAL FUNDRAISER! — Sunday, February 13th 4-6pm – Marshall Fire fundraiser; live music at Lyons Community Church – lower level – limited to 30 tickets (also available Virtually) = Ditch Creek performing, with Ian Brighton.
Thank you for being steady readers of the Lyons Recorder. We hope you benefit from our relevant articles each week, and have some fun, too! ………..Your Editor, Kathleen
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