The alleged killer at the Club-Q scene got 305 criminal charges against him. The law enforcement wanted to make sure that people see there are strong consequences.
What are some of the things that made this different: that two men jumped the man and beat on him until authorities arrived, probably saving a dozen lives. Will this now be a more frequent event? Will more people attack the killers? (this happened at two other major mass shootings over the decade).
Secondly, his bullet proof vest did not protect him from being beat up by the heroes. Does that give killers a second thought that they are not as well protected as they thought they would be?
Third, the number of charges against him, and their assurance that it was a hate crime. This is no slap on the wrist. Do you want to spent a 100 years in prison?
I’m glad to see so many local organizations coming out to offer help. You can mark these down: www.hatefreeco.org that has resources.
And, some medical professionals are saying that it is proven that you can’t stop blatantly hateful and/or prejudice people by yelling at them, or trying to throw facts in their face. That the best way to try and get them to reconsider what they are doing is to engage them. Ask them what happened to you that made you think think that way? How do you think hurting them with words or bullets will help you? Do you know what kind of help is available to you? Do you feel suicidal? TELL THEM that their speech or actions IMPACT YOU, and how.
………Many Thanks, Kathleen Spring, your editor
==NEWS TID BITS==
Weather: Another week of more or less 50 degrees; but a big storm blowing in Monday night, and daytime temps will be about 30 (or less) and lows in the teens (or less). Snow will hit the ski mountains, but unclear if it will hit the Front Range. === While we didn’t get much snow so far this year… Estes Park has had 8.4”. The most is Longs Peak/Cameron Pass with 11.2” (and that’s located pretty close to Estes).
MAIL guidelines: Dec.17th for retail and first class // priority Mail is Dec.19th; and priority EXPRESS is Dec. 23 (and even then I don’t know if I’d trust them – 2 days?!)
SPORTS: === WORLD CUP: On Saturday December 3, several people in Lyons gathered in local eateries to watch the Soccer Match (USA and Netherlands). One family said they were watching it at home, with friends, in DUTCH! Jacob Leeuwenburgh got the ball rolling on Facebook. We are sorry to hear that the US lost the match, but all those “in the know” say that “just being in the finals” was a huge step for the US (who hadn’t been in the games for many years), and that them getting this far in the competition shows that they are likely to return to the Finals next year. ==the US hosting the 2026 World Cup–The tournament will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The United States will host 60 matches, including every match from the quarterfinals onward, while neighboring Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches.
SPORTS: === university CU Buffs has hired Coach Prime, or Deion Sanders. He was a star head coach with the Jackson State, bringing them up to winning status, and CU is hoping he will do the same for them next year.
CHRISTMAS PARADE: while it took some nail biting, during the last couple of weeks, people began to fill out of the applications to bring a float to the parade, and they ended up with 45 floats! There were slightly fewer people in the stands, probably due to 30 degree temperatures; but everyone raved at how great it was. – See our ARTICLE this week with photos, and some stories, and the winner list. We have a separate article about the Artisan / craft market that is delightful too. Lots of great photos.
KUCKLA – Oskar Blues has booked Joe Kuckla & Irons in the Fire for their New Year’s Eve party… in case you were wondering where you favorite local group would be! ($10 cover).
TRADITION: The Lyons High School Cheerleaders are LEAGUE champions and are headed to the Denver Coliseum for STATE. They got the Town’s Traditional Send Off at 8am Thursday, December 8th. Good luck you very talented young women!
CONDOLENCES / We need you! === we are sad to report that Walt Kinderman passed away peacefully on December 3. He was the editor of the Lyons Recorder back in the 1980s and 90s for about 20 years. He was an active participant in the town’s efforts to stop the Coffintop Dam from being built. He did a great job in covering news, including school sports. And he had a small staff in an office in downtown Lyons that was easy to stop in and share the news. We are asking locals who knew him well, who may have had their lives effected positively by him, to write a short TRIBUTE to him. Please send in your Tributes – hopefully by Monday December 12th, …or give me a ‘heads up’ that you are running a bit late. The Dec. 15th edition will be the TRIBUTE ARTICLE. The Obituary is this week.
SUPER DUPER PANTRY for LEAF – last week we let you know about a Christmas box being prepared by LEAF for those in need. They would like me to state that this is only for their current clients. – However, If you are in need of food, you can stop in on Wednesday December 14th and register, and take home some food that day.
WHOOPING COUGH: Nancy Arp said that a health adult member of her family got whooping cough, and it was wrongly diagnosed for a long time. — Sima Pierce replied: One thing to note. The pertussis vaccine needs a booster every ten years. Most adults don’t go in for regular vaccines boosters so most have had pertussis at some point. For adults it’s not always extreme and can just seam like bronchitis with a lingering cough that lasts six month to a year.
CRAFTS FAIR: ===(1) Pinewood Springs Community Church is having a craft fair this Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Local artists. Fellowship Hall, 260 Button Rock Road, Lyons (take the Estes Estates Rd). It features local Pinewood artisans and home business folks. Might have room for a couple more: email@example.com — Sara with craft items and paintings– Kylee with hand crafted jewelry– Kathy with fused and slumped art glass, useable objects such as bowls and platters– Ann with Pampered Chef. Cash best, but some other payments might be accepted.
=== (2) Craft/art fair at Oskar Blues by locals this Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, 11am to 4pm. needlework, feather earrings, photos, glass art, woodwork, paintings, CBD, crystal necklaces. See Lilli Taylor for more info.
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: The Community Christmas Eve service will take place at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass on Saturday, December 24th at 5 p.m. (it will be in our Things to Do /and/ on our MONTH Of December Calendar, for future reference). A love offering will be taken for Higher Ground Ministries. Bring a blanket; but there will be the overhead heaters. This has been happening since 2004 (except for the 2 year covid beak) by Sam and Mindy Tallent.
*CHRISTMAS* CHURCH SERVICES: We now have been in touch will all the churches (but ONE yet to respond) in the greater Lyons area, and we will update our CHURCH DIRECTORY this coming week (it is available daily/year-round). See which services AND programs you would like to attend in December, and mark your calendars!
REMINDER: 2 Bumper Stickers: (1) ANDROID JONES “Lyons Mural” Bumper Sticker: only $5 each at Wester Stars Gallery; 100% of sales goes towards local arts endeavors of Lyons Arts & Humanities Comm. (160 Main St) open daily. What a great deal! (2) They also have a sticker for LaVern’s “What would Lavern do?” benefiting the Redstone Museum.
COVID – BOULDER COUNTY announced: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Boulder County is now at High Community level of transmission for COVID-19. This means there is a high potential for a strain on our health care system and high levels of severe illness. Particularly concerning is the additional burden of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (“RSV”), both of which are at high levels and are impacting the hospital systems. == See our ARTICLE this week about guidelines for the 3 viruses. === Did you know that you can now get 80 hours of sick leave pay for virus’s like these? See our ARTICLE for more details. Public Health Emergency Leave
PETS: ===DOG TRADITION – PAWS with Santa – Dec. 17th 11.a.m. to 1 p.m. Get a photo with Santa and your pups and kits! At Gateway Realty on 324 Main Street. Some treats for pets and adults, too.
PETS: ===300+ dogs participated in this week’s BERNESE MT DOG Parade in Breckenridge, CO. Can you image all these cute dogs dressed up, pulling carts, or just looking at you with those cute hairy faces!
CHAMBER wants to help with SALES: Own a business? Offer a service or product? Sign up to offer a special in the Lyons Winter Explorer Challenge running from 12/10 through 1/10. Locals will be able to access the Challenge site and redeem specials with local businesses/provides … then be rewarded for doing so through a weekly drawing for prize packs! To learn more or register a special visit: https://www.lyonschamber.org/explore2022
CHERRY COMPANY, on hwy 36 Lyons/pinewood – had a warm little open house for the local residents with lots of hot beverages and snacks, and socializing… to thank them for their patronage. Manager Teresa Townsend said that they have four teens working for the store; how great is that – a local job resource for our youth! (PS a great place to Holiday Shop!! “made in Colorado” always makes it special)
DEAD DEER: someone put a post on Facebook asking how they can get rid of a dead deer on their property. Since it died either via “car” or disease, no one wanted it. Some suggested leaving it for wildlife to eat it; and others suggested putting it in the truck and dropping it off on open space for CPW to get it. Only expensive removal services, Critter Control, will take it from private property.
POLITICS: (1) “Colorado’s Joe Neguse wins election to the No. 5 spot in House Democrats’ leadership — making the 38-year-old son of Eritrean immigrants the most senior member of House leadership from Colorado in more than eight decades.” ==(2) Representative Hakeen Jeffries (NY) = he was voted in as the replacement for Pelosi. He is the first black House Democratic leader in the House. ==(3.) In the Georgia runoff, Democrat Warnock won vs. Republican H. Walker; and he will serve a 6-year term. 1.8 million voted early. That makes the Senate 51 Democrat Vs. 49 Republican. (to the best that I can find, he won by 100,000 votes).
COLORADO GIVES DAY brought in $53,227,079 in donations (that’s 53 MILLION). For 100,909 donors; and 3,336 organizations, including six in the Lyons area. These funds were matched with incentive funds.
ECONOMY: ==UNEMPLOYMENT is at 3.7% in the US. (There are still some businesses in Lyons that need help; look beyond the shops, such as Lyons Physical Therapy).
ECONOMY: ==GAS prices are now less than before the Ukraine/Russia War. They dropped 40 cents and are now an average of $3.42 in the US // in CO the are $3.60 to $3.80. They hope to bring them down more, to under $3 by year’s end. The three groups in charge of making and distributing oil worldwide met this past week (plus Biden’s next stage in his oil/gas release plans) and are the cause of this. The plans also include measures to keep Russia from making hardly any money to spend on the war.
Q-CLUB UPDATE: 5 dead and 17 injured. (1) Aldrich was charged with 305 counts which include first-degree murder, bias-motived crime, attempted murder and assault in connection to the deadly shooting. === (2.) There is a 24-hour sexual assault hot line run for prevention, education, and support (303) 322-7273. On our Things to Do page, we have a running list of crisis lines; we will add this one. You can go there 24/7 for links and phone numbers. ===(3.) speak up when you hear hate speech – LIVES Are AT Risk. = When you hear hate speech, say how it makes YOU FEEL. “That’s not funny.” “That makes me cringe.” “It makes me hurt for my child.” — It has an effect on our Youth and Community. ==(4.) this organization is ready to support the victims: www.hatefreeco.org has resources. How can you help? ==
DOUBLE THE FUN – Tuesdays – starting Dec. 7th – Pizza 66 is having (1) pool tournaments at 6 p.m. — 1 table, $5 entry fee – 1st and 2nd place win the fees, double elimination. Enter by 7pm. It takes 3-4 hours to play the tournament. There will be doubles or singles, depending on how many show up. // (2). And “continuing” is Open mic at 8 p.m. Lawrence LeBlanc is in charge of the pool, and Dustin has connections with some great musicians.
Free CRAFTS at the Library – Dec. 9th, 10th. and 16th are the final 3 Christmas-oriented art/craft classes. Sign up and take home personalized crafts or gifts! Free. register. (these are listed on our Things to Do)
WALKING – This weekend is the first of two weekends 8th Annual St Vrain Christmas Walk. Along the St Vrain Ranch Community Walking Path, (See Things to Do for more details)
DAIRY BAR contest = It’s time for another Drawing. That’s right people, a chance to win some Dairy Bar Freebies! Here are the rules: make any purchase at the Dairy Bar Bakery and Candy shop and on your receipt write your name and phone number (legible or I won’t be able to contact you if you are drawn) and drop in designated spot Starting now until close on December 23rd. You can enter as many times as you would like; the more you visit us the more entries you can make, the better your chances are for winning a prize. We will be picking three winners on Christmas Eve prizes will consist of a $25 Dairy Bar gift card, a free (1) dozen cupcakes, and a Dairy Bar tie-dyed t-shirt. Best of luck and happy holidays! ====== We are still doing 25% off all Candy and vintage soda as well!=====
BEE HUGGER (this is a one time listing in this newspaper, so mark it down) Christmas Trees, Pony Rides (Sundays 10:00 – 12:00 and during Santa visits), Santa Events, Fresh Honey, Gift Bags, Animals to Love On, Tractors to climb, and so much more. Come make some memories with us. Santa Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/deliver-your-letter-to… Open 7 days a week. 8am till dark; 12590 Ute Hwy Longmont, CO 80504
HOLIDAY EVENTS/ACTIVITIES: you need to go to “Things to Do” to see the list of things happening around town, plus links to Denver and Boulder big time events. Great fun!
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