I mistakenly thought I was safe from getting my car stolen because I have a decade-old model, but NO! it is older model and/or less expensive cars that are being stolen (which make up 85.6% of car thefts). The city of Denver is rated “the most dangerous city for cars valued less than $25,000.” Per Common Sense Institute, a Denver area think tank: 63% are less than $14,999.
Guess what, it’s because a cheap car results in a misdemeanor, vs. a felony level charge and possible jail time!
The equally scary problem is the huge theft of catalytic converters. It takes a theft about 30 seconds to cut it out, and costs the car owner $3,000 to repair it! The parking structure at Table Mesa in Boulder was the #1 theft site for a while, and RTD said it would put in more cameras, but it has not happened yet. Denver recently required auto parts stores and scrapyards to document and report every catalytic converter sale within 24 hours of the sale closing.
Denver and other cities are looking at also instigating bigger penalty in fines and jail time. Aurora is a high crime rate city, and they instituted mandatory minimum jail times for car thefts in July. The city attributes that for a drop in crime and thefts. Plus they have recently revamped “DART” teams targeting violent crime. (Direct Action Response Team). Aurora also handed out gear to citizens on August 27 to mitigate the impacts of car theft.
In the meantime, I suggest that you not park in unattended parking structures, including RTD Table Mesa park-and-ride structure, based on investigative reports done for local TV stations. (This includes large apartment complex parking structures.)
………Many Thanks, Kathleen Spring, your editor
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Weather this past week: Things are calming down now, with only about two 90 degree days in a week, and mostly in the 80s.
Another area where we will report on a calmer subject: Hummingbirds: New reports say that you should leave your feeders up longer for the stragglers. Mimi Elmer shares this information: The males migrate first. Then the females migrate. Then the babies from this year are still gaining weight and energy to migrate. Most likely you are seeing babies. // People on Lyons Facebook state that they are still seeing a few.
The bears are still out there, and you know what to do…
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SEPTEMBER is SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH: CRISIS CONTACT INFO: We supply weekly (1) In our “Things to Do” and in our (2) monthly “Senior News”, and (3) daily in our “Community Resources” (pull down menu on front page) many phone numbers and agency names that you can refer to for help.
Reminder, SENIORS! ==Senior Bus Trip to the Denver Zoo – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, September 26, REGISTER NOW firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-823-6622 x30 ===HANDICAP Seniors — the Town will help you with some “transportation” within the zoo, so you can enjoy it (for free). Contact Lisa Ramsey for more details.
And now for some “new news”…………
ALBUMS on the HILL, Boulder, the Hill, has closed its doors. Did you shop for albums there? I heard the owner said it was due to his poor health, and time to retire.
We published a break down of the Inflation Reduction Act. https://lyonsrecorder.org/2022/08/18/breakdown-inflation-reduction-act-8-16-22/ – we are adding to the page: Inflation Reduction Act Calculator
The team at EcoWatch created an incentives calculator to help consumers understand what rebates and tax credits they qualify for under the IRA. You can check it out by clicking on their link in the article.
The Denver Broncos had their kickoff of the season on 9/12 Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. With new owners and a new main quarterback. They lost 16/17, mainly because of penalties, but even with all the errors, it was still a close match. It looks like we will finally have a winning season!
LYONS PARKS REPORT: Camping continues to be strong in LaVern Johnson Park. Weekends are booked with tent campers thru early October (For more statistics, see the ARTICLE next week “Board of Trustee Meeting”)
RMNP Park grew by 40 acres on Monday, September 12, by adding undeveloped property. The total size is now 265,847 acres. It is located on the lower slope of Estes Cone in the Tahosa Valley along Colorado Highway 7, features meadows, aspen groves, mixed pine forest and steep grades. Darla Sidles, Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent. “Rocky Mountain Conservancy held the property for us and then Senator Gardner, Senator Bennett and Congressman Neguse helped with the legislation to bring it to fruition.” In 1967 Vance Brand bought the land, and used it for family camping. Vance Brand, was a NASA astronaut.
Hwy 287 traffic improvements Report came out – While we in Lyons immediately think of 287 as being Main Street in Longmont, the report identifies high priority intersections as U.S. 287 and Isabelle Road, U.S. 287 and Baseline Road in Lafayette, and U.S. 287 and Midway Boulevard in Broomfield. After 18 months of studying the highway’s increased congestion, it presented a variety of improvements to help. The main suggestion was to implement bus rapid transit, or a high-quality bus-based transit system that’s more reliable, convenient and faster than traditional bus service. The 20-mile corridor includes Longmont, Erie and Lafayette. Based on community feedback, the second phase will be focusing on safety. Feedback on the U.S. 287 Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study is being taken until Sept. 16 at boco.org/287planning. To stay informed about the work, sign up for news at boco.org/US287news.
OSKAR BLUES is Back! – we reported last week that Oskar Blues was THE Place to Go for great music, for years, and then they remodeled and the pandemic happened, and we didn’t hear from them for a long time. But Steve Lang reported on Friday’s act: “Friday was the Lionel Young Band featuring Erica Brown with some Spyro Gyra help. House was rocking and even the owner of that family-run blues joint was there to join in.” ====== David McIntyre has returned to fill out the music slat for them. David says: “It’s not just blues, but an eclectic line-up rock, blues, bluegrass, honky tonk, country, Americana, swing and even some jazz. All shows are 7-10 p.m. No cover charge. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays for now, probably Sundays in December. Improvements include some additions to the sound system mostly sound dampening; six low tables coming next week; ands much more decorating real soon.”
IRS late filers – one month to go – Filing electronically can help taxpayers avoid many mistakes. Tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also help eligible taxpayers claim overlooked credits and deductions.
DECORATIONS needed for Teen Homecoming == on Facebook = Cheryl Denney==”Looking for Halloween decorations that we can borrow for the Lyons Homecoming Dance this year. Theme is Haunted Homecoming!! The dance is on Saturday, October 8, so you would have decorations returned in plenty of time for Halloween. Larger decorations (yard size) particularly needed. Lyons is such a great community, and we appreciate your support of our kids!” == You can contact her on Facebook, or people can call or text to 405-514-5081.
COVID-19 vaccines: The BA4 and BA 5 subvariant are covered in the new booster, approved by CDC and FTD. Available to: Pfizer 12+ / for Moderna 18+ years. At least two months after most recent shot. It is available at most major chain drug stores, by appointment. This is the only authorized booster now available. Those who were scheduled for the old booster will now be rescheduled. It is predicted to be a bad flu season because people are no longer wearing masks, or social distancing. CDC says it is safe to get both shots at the same time.
Support our local Oskar’s nonprofit: September 24 — BENEFIT FOR CAN’D AID: Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids, Longmont, an evening of live music on the recently updated patio benefiting Longmont-based nonprofit organization Can’d Aid. The Mike Maurer Band kicks off at 6 pm, and 10 percent of all patio sales from 5-10 pm will go back to Can’d Aid to benefit its nationwide programs supporting sustainability, music and arts, and giving children healthy outlets for exercise. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and the famous Oskar Blues train will be running for the kids. Lyons’ Dale Katechis is the founder. The train will be running! For the kids.
September 17th – FREE COLORADO MUSEUMs DAY – Tickets must be pre-ordered before your visit.
September 24 celebration and volunteers’ efforts – “National Lands Day” Rocky Mt National Park: Entrance fee is waived but you still must have obtained a timed entry reservation permit online beforehand. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.
Electric Vehicle? Fingers Crossed – GM hinted at a new Chevrolet Equinox small SUV might be coming out with a starting price around $30,000 and a range-per-charge of 250 miles (400 kilometers). Since most are in the $65,000 range, this would be a whole new ballgame! The ordinary person could afford this! Remember this is a roomy SUV, not a small electric sedan.
NORTH BROADWAY, Boulder – you still have a long wait to see this construction done — North Broadway: Pavement will be improved to concrete and buffered bike lanes installed. – due to be done by December 30th.
TEEN DRUNK DRIVER CHARGED: A Boulder County grand jury has indicted five parents, two companies and a Boulder liquor store on suspicion of supplying alcohol to teens and allowing them to consume it, which allegedly resulted in a crash that killed two people on Boulder High School’s prom night in April. The Times Call in Longmont has a detailed story on the incident, which involves companies making fake IDs, and adults who allowed the kids to both buy alcohol and drink it in front of them. — This is not a “Lyons story” so we will not be covering it; but this information is being posted as a warning to local teens and adults. Many witnesses refused to answer the police questions, and therefore, a grand jury was formed so they could subpoena the individuals.
Front Range Community College is teaming up with businesses to offer paid, on-the-job training to meet health care shortage.
Don’t forget today, 9/15/22 is the Boulder County Commissioner meeting where they hope to decide on whether to accept the 15 year lease deal with CEMEX. (see Things to Do for the link, and/or our comments last week).
We have our MONTHLY SENIOR NEWS this week, with a fun article about the history of REALITY SHOWS on TV; and a medical tip on PROTEIN, and some fun activities, talks, and news.
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