This year we are getting a “real winter.” Last year, it didn’t snow the entire “fall into winter” season! As of this week in 2021, we only had 5” of snow! But this winter, we’ve had all the usual weather treatments – light snow, heavy wet snow, icy snow – blizzards (plenty of wind blowing snow) – trees covered in snow – and icy roads.
My sister calls me and asks how I am surviving the bad snow storms she sees on TV nightly national news for Colorado, and I say, it was nothing. We got 1”. But I keep trying to explain to her that it is usually the mountain ski resort areas that are getting those storms. Steamboat has got 202” so far – yes, you read that right! (Vail is next with 153”). And, then there are the open plains out east, which are the roads you see on TV that are closed down, and trucks tipped over.
You can’t deny that we are a little lucky to be in the Front Range! We more often get the beauty and not the catastrophes.
And, on this first week of the New Year, I again wish you a new year that is full of hope. Stay positive. Dream big. Be confident.
Love, Peace & Joy, from Kathleen Spring, Your Editor
==NEWS TID BITS==
WEATHER: Let’s start the year with a Winter Update! Last year it was miserable, and we only saw 5” of snow so far. This year we have 25.2” which is higher than the average of 20.0”. In October we just got a trace. In November 10.9”, and in December 13.0”. (Thanks to Channel 7 meteorologist Mike Nelson for the stats ) ======= This week we got a 1” snowfall in the Lyons area on Monday, while everyone else got much more snow. The streets were very icy for a couple of days. Once again the downtown Lyons streets were not well-cleaned – with the usual hard lumps of icy snow on both sides of the curbs, making it difficult to park and to get out of your car and get to the sidewalks. Why has this been going on for years? Maybe not enough people have sued them for injuries!
REMEMBER!!! Many Lyons stores and restaurants will be changing their hours for January to May due to slower ‘traffic.’ Check with your favorites, and/or watch their web pages and Facebook pages. (note, some do not “keep up” their pages, so you may be better in calling them).
WORKERS LAWS: There have been three new laws regarding workers. We’ll put it into an article, so everyone will have easy access to the facts. But I will say here, the minimum wage in Colorado has gone up to $13.65. (other cities like Denver are even higher).
TANDEM ART SHOW – drop off art Friday, and pick up last show’s art. // Opening event is WEDN. Jan. 11th – see our ARTICLE for more info. *** Coco sends an INVITE out to “stylista” to come dressed with stylista outfits, – so we can do a group twirl in space at the show together!
TURKEYS near pond and across from U PUMP IT: like clockwork the turkeys launch off the cliff, fly to the big trees on the island at dusk and reverse at dawn. Greg Lowell says: Quite a sight. Counted 26 one morning Gwenda Simpson Dumbauld says: Yep! I live by the small pond side and have seen them roosting there for a few years now.
FOSTER DOG CARE: Local Jennifer Rudkin said on Facebook: Hello Animal Lovers of Lyons. Ever thought about fostering? I foster with RezDawg Rescue and moved to Lyons a year ago. Do any of my new neighbors want to learn more about fostering and maybe join me in 2023? Send me a DM on Facebook. Let’s save some lives! —And keep me in mind if you’re looking for a new family member, too Jen@rezdawgrescue.org
KUCKLA – Lyons people love their Kuckla! He and the Irons performed at Oskar Blues for their New Year’s EVE show, and the enthusiasm of the crowd kept them playing music well past the midnight hour, with 120 people cheering and dancing!
BOARD SPECIAL MEETING took place January 3, Tuesday. It included Pubic input. Both resolutions passed. The new owner Williams gave a detailed and impassioned description of how the town will benefit from his nine apartments and condos on the 317 Evans Street property, and the Board was glad to support it. See our ARTICLE for more details and images. The public hearing considered applying a PUD-R Overlay Zone designation and a Major Development Review. – The next step is the January 9 Board Meeting (also with public comment).
LYONS ICE RINK: The weather and colder temperatures look promising for ice skating over the next week. We need cold nights and pretty cold days to maintain the ice rink to skate on. The town website has the hours for recreational skating and hockey skating along with the times the skate rentals will be open. Typically rentals are available on weekends.
RAILROAD AVENUE – Between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave – across from Fire Station. (Does NOT affect Walt Self Senior Center) – will now be One Way Only – Westbound – from 2nd Ave to 3rd Ave = In addition, there is a new entrance to enter the triangle parking lot, directly from 3rd Ave. See the details in our Town of Lyons NEWS ARTICLE.
HWY 7 BRIDGE DONE: Colorado Bridge Repair Project, downtown Lyons–Officially Complete. There is no more “traffic signal” at the bridge over St. Vrain River. — Rehabilitation of the bridge along CO-7 in the Town of Lyons included deck repairs, sidewalk replacement, scour mitigation and riprap installation.
PRESCRIBED BURN (just outside of Lyons, along Hwy 7) – Boulder County Prescribed Burn Project at Hall Ranch, Nelson Loop. This burn window is set for Jan. 3 – April 15. Burns can occur any time during the window. See our ARTICLE for more details, or go here: >>Learn more.
POLICE NEWS: You will want to read the “Town News” ARTICLE for full details, but (1) …Water Treatment Plant has been constantly broken into over the past months, (2) Open House of their new offices will be January 23rd, and Sgt Crist leaving.
BIG FOOT – If you are a Squatchie fan – two very knowledgeable people have opened up a MINI-donut shop in Estes Park. The shop is divided into two areas, one side for coffee and donuts, the other for retail souvenirs and an informational gallery. Open daily 7 to 7pm. In the west park center, near Big Horn. I think the Swatchie sign is misleading, as some tourist may not understand it also sells MINI-donuts. I guess you could say it’s a play on words – a giant “bear” vs. a mini donut.
The Annual Lyons POLAR PLUNGE was bigger than ever! And several pre-teens and teens took the jump too. Many were in costumes, but most in small swim suits. See our PHOTO SPREAD! Thanks to Jason Stillman for keeping up this tradition.
MUD HUT opened their “trailer drive-up coffee café” next to U Pump It at the end of December. Hundreds of people clicked “LIKE” on the news on Facebook.
The SUNSET CHRISTMAS Service at Wildflower Pavilion brought in $1,025 in donations, which the Tallent family gave to LEAF. Thank you to them and the public!
Community Garden Update==PLANT YOUR OWN GARDEN ‘advisor’ job == from Bob Brakenridge: Well, not much of an update really! Instead, a call out to see if there are one or more Community Garden. Ecology Advisory Board (EAB) and Town of Lyons are ready to support, and there is a possible location for the garden by the Botanical Gardens. EAB is tasked in an advisory role on this. Our town administrator has signaled an intention to move forward.
But a community member is also needed; who would not only use a plot, but help the start up overall, and work with both EAB and staff. If interested, message me, and/or post here; I will take names to the EAB meeting tomorrow night.
Town staff would register new garden plot owners and take in a nominal fee. You could serve as another point of contact, and put your stamp on the plans as well. There is lots of history from the prior, pre-flood garden to help inform us all going forward. Sing out if interested and willing! Thanks, Bob == Robert.Brakenridge@colorado.edu — volunteers who are interested and could take on a leadership role in a new Lyons, CONTACT ME.
BOULDER MAIN LIBRARY Temporarily SHUT DOWN – due to “traces of meth” in their restrooms. It has been closed since December 20th. They hope to be able to distribute books this week, but the library itself is still closed. They are hoping that a professional company will be able to make the place safe enough and allow them to open partially on Monday, January 9th. It will take the company several weeks to completely remove the contamination (which includes some furniture).
MARSHALL FIRE: $1.5 million has been newly approved, in the recovery efforts of Boulder County. That makes for $37 million total as of the beginning of December.
HEALTH: RSV in children is slowing declining. A rare form of strep throat is increasing. Be sure to contact your doctor immediately if you see symptoms of either. === A new strong COVID strain is out and is responsible for 40% of the new cases.
FROZEN DEAD GUY DAY: “Visit Estes Park” and the owner of Stanley Hotel have officially announced in December that they will be taking over this long time Nederland event. They will make it even bigger, and promise to keep all the old favorite activities. It’s on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Our NEW YEAR can be CLEANER soon: Both Canada and the European Union have passed laws that forbid the sale of combustible engine passenger cars by 20% required by 2026 & 60% by 2030, and completely by 2035. These are hefty goals!
===NEW SHIPMENTS of COVID TESTS FREE: The federal government is once again offering 4 free boxes of COVID home tests for each household. Thanks President Biden for doing this. www.COVID.gov
===EXPIRED TESTS? Stop! Before you throw out old test kits, check this FDA website to see if they are still good.
Barbara Walters, Longtime TV news anchor and host, dead at 93. 12/30/22 == This is a woman I greatly admired; and many others did too, as there were multiple “specials” on her life’s achievements this past week === Barbara Walters shattered the glass ceiling and became a dominant force in an industry once dominated by men. She was on NBC “today,” and ABC 20/20, and ABC “evening news”–She was named the shows’ first female co-host/co-anchor… == I loved and missed her intimate interviews with Hollywood stars and world leaders; and interviews of celebrities on an annual pre-Oscars special.
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