If there is ever an emergency in town, or timely news needing to be distributed, you can trust the Lyons Recorder to put it online immediately.
It seems like construction is all around us. It’s a common topic — whether it is building a new hotel, or expanding parking along Broadway, or avoiding 4th Avenue with its construction on both the sidewalks and the river area. Some rumors were being spread about delays, or errors, and more, so I decided to check it out with those who are in charge of making it all happen, and got some solid answers.
It seems like the Lyons Recorder has taken on more and more investigative articles this year. Last year the main controversial theme was the Lyons Den being obstinate and breaking COVID restrictions rules and liquor license regulations. This year there’s almost something new to report and discuss every few weeks.
Is it all due to Lyons’ growing pains? …but how much of the tension and stress is coming from outside of Lyons… the general anger, fear and frustration the world is feeling with COVID news? and the War in Ukraine? and the overhanging Global Warming disasters? These are MAJOR problems, and we are all facing them all “NOW”! Add to that our daily life situations, and it’s a tough world to live in. I’ve been turning to “thinking positive” routines… thoughts… mediations… and I have noticed a change for the better in my own psyche. I invite you to give it a try…
………….Your Editor, Kathleen Spring
Lyons “matriarch” LaVern Johnson – She is feeling much better this week. We have an update on her health in her “About Town” column. She will be living permanently at the assisted living home, and hopes to be able to soon use the wheelchair. You can send a greeting card to:
Catherine & Charles Hover Green house, Skilled Nursing
1425 Belmont Dr
Longmont CO 80503
WEATHER: we had a week around 80 degrees, and tied a record on Wednesday with 90 degrees. The east half of the state, and the SE portion have been on Red Flag Alert. They have been experiencing high winds, along with the extreme drought. Lyons is on the edge of that red line. Larimer County lifted its Red Flag Alert on Wednesday, May 11. It was the first 90-degree day this season and the fifth-earliest on record. The rest of the week will be around 80 degrees. For the first time, many people are planting their annuals before Memorial Day!
BEARS: 5/9/22 – The alley between Reese and Seward was just covered in trash this morning. == WARN your NEW Neighbors! == Close your garage doors! Remove the garbage cans and bird seed holders again. == Pinewood Springs has been experiencing a young (couple years old?) bear prowling around close to homes for a week or two on the west side of Highway 36.
LYONS BOOK CLUB (the oldest in town) are meeting at Prickly Pear on Thursday May 19th for supper before their annual “choosing of next year’s books” session. Karen Selden was one of the original “founders,” and she recently retired and moved to Breckenridge, with her family. She is coming to town next week and invited all the members to join her for a friendly get together. Last month’s session was a rare “poetry only” discussion, with abundant, excellent, and often moving choices by the members.
SUMMIT Affordable Housing Update: As of April – Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen reports (paraphrased): Spoke to Summit contractor today; they think project won’t be complete and accepted until next April. They won’t start taking applications until 4 months prior, so likely December 2022 if this timeline is accurate. Mostly issues with supply chain. They commit to giving Lyons a full month notice ahead of general public to help people with application prep so they can apply on the first day. Lyons Housing Commission (HHSC) can help people get the paperwork in order so they can apply right away. Plan is for 24 single family homes, mostly 3 bedroom with garages. Four 4-plex townhomes, mostly 2 bedrooms, 3 will be handicapped accessible units (40 units total). State level – preference for flood impacted people and people who live and work in Lyons. Lynette Anderson (Boulder County Aging Services) and Victoria will try to gather information about what is needed for the applications. HHSC will consider doing workshops, appointments, or other ways to make the process efficient given the limited person-power we have.
Gas prices – Wow, one week after I said prices dropped 4 cents, they have now risen 15 cents, on average! The Lyons two gas stations were at $3.99 on Wednesday, May 12, for regular gas.
== The new Inflation rate came out May 11, and while it slowed, it was 8.3%, and it remains at a 40 year high. The slowdown is partially driven by energy prices (declined 2.7% in April after rising 11% percent in March). Gasoline prices fell 6.1%. Used vehicles and clothing dropped 0.4% and 0.8%, respectively.
==repeat== Town of Lyons RESIDENTS Branch Pick UP – May 16 & 17, 2022 – for the exact Info go here (LOTS! of details): INFORMATION
5/11/22 Larimer County Sheriff lifts fire restrictions
4/22/22 Boulder County issued Level 1 Fire restrictions – 5/11/22 Sheriff Offices issued warnings of critical weather conditions this week, with low humidity and high, gusty winds over all of NE Colorado and high mountain peaks. No open burning is allowed. – note, Boulder County Sheriff gave the warning to all of Boulder County, but, in general the maps show Lyons on the borderline of Red Flag Warning, which extends both west toward Kansas and south-west toward New Mexico.
Go HERE to see if “today” is a Red Flag Alert / or/ Red Flag Warning Day. (or not)
Recommendations: Have a 3-day emergency bag ready for evacuations. Know 2 different evacuation routes. See our article last week on Emergency Preparedness; and the two lists of what to do and take in case of an emergency.
New Mexico Wildfires — these continue to grow — Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak, more evacuations issued today 5/12/22 =236,939 acres – Containment: 33%. Spreading north toward mountain resorts and Taos. Cook’s Peak fire. Cerro Pelado fire=43,376 acres Containment: 11%. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument fire. Bear Trap fire. ………. Go HERE for updates.
428,000 new jobs in April. 12th straight month of 400,000+ jobs. Unemployment rate the lowest in 50 years at 3.6%. The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 5.9 million.
MainStage Brewing is back in the kitchen business – they have a tempting short menu of pizza, salad, and fryer cauliflower and chicken tenders.
Spirit Hound Distillers is bringing back Whisky Wenches program this month, providing an opportunity for whisky-loving women to learn more about spirits from industry leaders. The first meeting of this year, taking place on Sunday, May 15.
========click on each link to learn more=======
==see “THINGS TO DO” for lots of activities and events! and more details than you’ll find here in NEWS BRIEFS. Plus deadlines.
==MAY SENIOR NEWS. SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
In-Person Viewing: May 16th, 1:00pm, Library Community Room
= Also, Online Home Viewing: Anytime, May 14, 7pm to May 17th, 7pm
Documentary film Mission: JOY, highlighting the friendship shared between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu = Lyons Library==Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY- Finding Happiness in Troubled Times is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a masterclass in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstance.
Our “Things to Do” weekly article now has a preview list of JUNE activities, including the dates of the Garden Tour, and the first Concert in the Park.
45 states have a 10% or more increase in new cases. — New York 75% up == Colorado is over the preferred 5% number, last week at 6%, and this week at 7%. == Nationwide: For the week ending May 5th, over 62,000 additional child COVID-19 cases were reported, an increase of about 70% from two weeks ago. This marks the fourth week of increases.
Boulder County currently has 1,876 cases. Larimer County 1,175 cases.
As of the last update on the CDC page of 4/23/22 == SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions == there are no variants that are of “interest”, “concern”, or “high consequence” in the US. B.1.1.529, BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4 and BA.5 lineages are here, but are highly contagious, are slowly spreading, and are not causing big increases in hospitalizations or deaths.
Help Wanted, Lyons Recorder=====
TECH HELP — Can you spare about a day each month to help with Tech work on our newspaper? Do you know WordPress? — We especially need someone during the summer months, as our Tech Supervisor travels.
Be a FEATURE WRITER
– do on-street short Interviews of locals once a month, about fun topics (eg, Do you believe in celebrating Valentine’s Day?) This is like the old “Man on the Street” kind of article.
–do interviews of LYONS Artists – those who have sculptures and art work in “public spaces”
–do in depth articles on special school projects – like we did on the Robotics team, and Wrestling champs, or Discover Science projects.
You must have some writing skills, but you can be trained in proper “journalism” style and ethics. We prefer someone who can take good photos – but, in some cases, we can work around those people without such skills. Or you can “tag team” and travel as two (1 photographer, 1 writer). It’s also great experience for someone who wants to meet more fun people in town, or wants to develop a writing career.
For more information, write to: LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
This Week’s Articles:
See WEB PAGE calendar for the whole month of MAY.
==CONSTRUCTION UPDATES — three major Capital Improvements are taking place in Lyons this year. This will give you a timeline, with both accomplishments and goals. We also did a Q&A about rumors and incomplete work.
==CEMEX is up for renewing their mining lease, and they have agreed to many concessions with Boulder County (Open Space) that will surprise and delight you.
==SCHOOL NEWS update — this is for the general public (students/parents get a weekly newsletter about regular school matters)
==SENIOR NEWS – our Monthly article with “news you can use”, health news, activities & more.
==Spirit Hound has won two prestigious awards!
==Carter Lake – new campgrounds for ‘larger groups’ to gather; delays in boat ramp openings.
==Permaculture – read about a Colorado man who is permaculture pioneer with 5 greenhouses
==Electricity Sustainability – Opinion column
==NEWS BRIEFS & NOTES from your editor – “News Announcements” that are too short to have their own article.
Covering Government, Covid, Activities, Town, Businesses, School, and Town ”gossip”.
==”Your To Do List” – MAY – find out details about upcoming activities, classes, deadlines, and more.
==ABOUT TOWN by LaVern Johnson — no column this week. See an update on her health, and details on the upcoming Good Old Days.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
Jose Andres is a famous, successful chef, but when Katrina hit, he saw a need to get the people in the stadium fed. Since then he hasn’t stopped this charitable effort at other disasters.
Currently, he has served 17 MILLION MEALS! In Ukraine! His kitchen there was recently bombed out, with a few injuries, but within four days almost everyone was back working in another kitchen.
Others have praised his work. He shies away from claiming credit and doing publicity. He says teamwork and volunteerism does it all. He says, ”never believe in impossible.”
You can support his efforts by going to World Central Kitchen:
Thank you for being steady readers of the Lyons Recorder. We hope you benefit from our relevant articles each week, focused on Lyons area residents, and have some fun, too! ………..Your Editor, Kathleen
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