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Did you celebrate the Irish guy, or the frozen dead guy this past weekend? Or just stay home and avoid the crowds?
I went to Estes Park for two “non-related to Dead Guy” talks – and the town was packed. – I heard a lot of criticism or worry from local folks, and wanted to make clear that=== John Cullen (owner of Stanley Hotel) bought it for $250,000 from the people who felt they could no longer run it, and he gave it all to Visit Estes to run, except the “Frozen Blue Ball”. When he bought the festival he gave it to the town with the stipulation that all of the proceeds and profits go to child care and workforce housing.
There is some consideration of moving ‘the body’ to an ice house on the Stanley property; but there are lots of hoops to go thru first.
I thought the number of events and live bands (at the Events Center and throughout town) were almost mind blowing. But it didn’t matter to a lot of people in Lyons, as they went to St. Patrick Day events IN LYONS. I can see why Estes coordinators had it this weekend, as Patty already brings extra people to town, but now that it’s a proven success, I think they should move it to an other weekend.
See our ARTICLE this week with some photos of St. Patrick Day events…
from your editor, Kathleen Spring 2/23/23
===NEWS YOU CAN USE===
MARCH 15th 2020 – the COVID-19 SHUT DOWN…
the U.S. shut down its economy, shuttering businesses and telling all nonessential workers to stay at home.
The first COVID-19 case (confirmed via serological test) in the US was reported in Washington state on January 20, the same day as the first reported case in South Korea.
Weather: It was a pleasant week with temperatures mostly in the 50s, and even around 60. A cold weekend coming up with some snow — but no big snow falls for the Front Range the coming week, with temperatures close to 50 degrees.
GUN CONTROL NEWS ===(1) March 22: SCHOOL GUN SHOOTING: There was a school shooting on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Denver East High School, where a suspect shot two adult staff members. (This is the 4th “incident” at the school) ===(2) See our ARTICLE about our Boulder County Commissioners supporting the three gun control laws in Colorado’s senate, including links to the full language of the Bills. ===(3) The article also has a summary of President Biden’s (March 14) Executive Order on guns: background checks and “red flag” laws.===
SoulHawk has an art opening this Friday. They have not had one in a few years, so you know that it is something special! The show is called “Portals” which is a collection of new works by artist Jordan Lempe. Friday, 6 to 9p.m. at 401 Main Street. – The show will have “Mixed Medza art display; merch drop; live music; and good vibes!
AFTER PROM Needs You — The Lyons Lions Booster Club junior parents are dedicated to providing a safe alcohol/drug-free After Prom event for our students. This is an annual party for the juniors and seniors and this year it will be on April 22nd. This will include an entertaining night of activities, food, games, and prizes. We can’t put on this party without your help!——–Would you consider making a monetary donation or gift (prize) to contribute? For cash donations, please visit https://bit.ly/3LWzX92 or email email@example.com to have a donation (prize) picked up. Thank you so much for supporting our Lyons Lions!
The BIG National NEWS this month is that two regional banks closed their doors. It affected the stock market, as the ‘tech’ companies in California may not be able to do payroll, or basic work. But the feds are jumping in and not only guaranteeing the depositor’s’ $250,000 as promised, but all deposits. If they don’t do that (which has been done ‘by precedent’) people will rush to pull their money out of all regional banks, and more might close. (The feds will NOT “bail the bank out”). The main reason that this was not seen/predicted by the feds is due to Trump loosening regulations/reporting on regional banks.
U PUMP IT – We’re sad to say that the privately owned gas station (not a chain) will be closing this week (or next week). They were selling their stock (eg, candy) for half price (although service stations do have ‘marked up pricing’ so be alert). We wish them luck in their new pursuits.
FROZEN DEAD GUY Festival – Estes Park – Thousands (I don’t know exact numbers yet) attended the festival, with most wearing some sort of costume or mask. You saw everything from a wedding dress to a Grim Reaper, or Addams Wednesday girl, or “dead guy” t-shirts, or tie die, or skeletons. (and this being Estes, there were also some Big Foot costumes there.) The “Coffin Race” took place in the arena which normally sees horse shows. It remained true to its roots and in weather in the high 30s, coffin racers ran the gauntlet of snow piles and mud “pools” for the chance to win the coveted Coffin Cup trophy. The winners were the Rainbros (and Visit Estes will keep the trophy for the year). The Royal Blue Ball that night had people dressed in more glamorous costumes, vying for the prize. There was a Grandpa Bredo look-alike contest, and Ice Queen contest. The Stanley hall was packed. Around town the businesses had their own live bands, special foods, and gimmicks to attract you to attend. We hear that the shuttle bus ran slow, and there were long lines at the gate and the bathrooms, which need to be addressed next year. Lyons knows all about that — Lyons Parks department (and other local nonprofits) have turned to organizers to run big festivals and races, which can do it more efficiently from years of practice.
SEED SHARE: Dont forget about the seed share at the library Sat. 3/25/23 from 2 to 4p.m. (sponsored by Lyons Community Farm project.
FOX: Watch out for a fox seen in the 3rd and Stickney area that has been seen stalking a few cats. It’s unclear, but some say it might perceive the cats as a threat to its new kits. It was also seen by the water tower. It is unafraid of humans. You need to yell, wave hands, and scare it away, if you have cats or little ones. A couple people reported rescuing cats from under cars afterwards. One person said they’ve had a female fox and kits by their house for seven years, and she knows she is safe there, and doesn’t bother anyone.
STONE CUP — MOXIE’s — it’s final! Moxie’s will be taking over the Stone Cup space! Proposed date is June 1.
LYONS CHAMBER of COMMERCE has a Social on Wednesday, 3/29/23 at MainStage Brewing. REGISTER. It is open to Members, and Non-Members, ‘Work-From-Homers’, Entrepreneurs, Hopeful Business Owners, Job Seekers, Community Members …
SUMMIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING – units now have a name: Lyons Valley – See our ARTICLE this week for proposed rental rates, and statistics of comparable cities (plus some house statistics).
Affordable Housing – Creating greater housing affordability across the state of Colorado is a top policy concern this year. As of 2021, 80% of Coloradans live in a county with an aggregate housing supply shortage. As a result, home affordability has decreased by 85% since 2015. As of 2022, Colorado is the 8th-most unaffordable state for renters in the country. (per Colorado Sense Institute).
INTEREST RATE HIKE: 3/23/23 the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 1/4 of a percent. The annual inflation rate has gone down to 6% –from the high last June of 9.1%.
BISCUITS – The morning of the St. Patty’s annual partying, “Biscuits @ Mike’s” worked with Tracey at Lyons Quilts and prepared a hot biscuit breakfast for Lyons First Responders before their big patrol night! Thank you!
FINAL Lyons WINTER WONDERLAND CONCERT, March 25, featuring Ian Brighton and friends, in Bohn Park! (free, sponsored by LCF) Bring a chair and maybe a blanket. Have some outdoor fun!
NORTHERN LIGHTS may be more frequent: Two weeks ago, we saw some Colorado photos of the Lights. According to NORAD, Boulder, they may be more frequent for a while. They predict increasing solar storm activity through 2024. The magnetic field of the sun reverses polarity every 11 years, meaning its magnetic north and south poles flip.
March 27 – PTO Meeting: 3 p.m., LES Library. Stop by for important updates on New Games Day, school staffing for next year, improvements to the lower playground, and more. (Sounds like an important one!)
BINGO- MainStage Brewing now has BINGO twice a month, Tuesday evenings.
LOW WATER GARDENS BOXES now available for Lyons, again: Replace some of the green and bring the rainbow to your yard with colorful and low-water Garden-In-A-Box! Buy now, then pick up and plant in May. Plus, here’s a little gold nugget for you, save some green… as a Town of Lyons utility(water) customer, through our partnership with the St Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, you may be eligible for a limited discount starting at $25 off these beautiful, water-wise garden kits! Purchase today before the discounts run out! ResourceCentral.org/Gardens
PROMOTING LGBT throughout Month of June = Janaki Jane posted: Are you an ally or identify as LGBTQ+? We at Wide Spaces Community Initiative are planning our 2023 Pride Month events and would love to have more involvement. We got a grant from the Community Foundation for Boulder County and need help bringing as many people into these celebrations as we can. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
SHED FIRE on Apple Valley Road 12 to 1pm; taken care of my Lyons Fire dept. Sunday 3/19/23. Reports on Facebook said it was John King’s small shed.
NAME AN ALLEY: The Town Board of Trustees discussed naming the alleys in town. They said that it would be easier for First Responders to find the “homes” that faced the alley. However, they also brought up the fact that residents would have to change the street name on their mail, utlilities, deeds, shopping, and much much more! — In response, on Lyons Happenings Facebook Janaki Jane had a thread about people wanting to name the alleys in town… while the Town representative suggested “botanical names” the Posters were leaning toward giving them musical names like guitar, but a few art ones like Watercolor Lane. — Gee Whiz (real name unknown?) said we need to be sure that the word Alley is added so that it’s not confused with real street names. – he/she also added the suggestion “Alley Oops” for a dead end alley! — Kristine Birdi Smock stated that the alley behind Stickney St. was named Fiddlers Alley about ten years ago, and use to have a sign (some fiddlers/musicians lived there)
ART TALK: Library is offering a discussion between two Lyons artists, with 40 years between their ages, and calling it: Artists in Conversation: An Intergenerational Discussion, Saturday, April 8th 10:30am, Library Community Room==Sally King is a writer and visual artist, and April Tierney is a published poet and craftswoman. More info to come, but you can register now.
BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION: If you are planning to go to lower Colorado or New Mexico, be aware that CDOT is repairing or replacing two bridges at the I-25 Walsenberg exit over the next few months. The majority of the time there will be a temp road to shift traffic.
MEET OTHER LYONS PEOPLE – “Conscious Lyons” social group == Now “Regular Meeting dates: == attendees of the Thursday late morning meeting at the library have agreed that we would like to connect weekly! We have the space in the main room reserved and usually sit at two large tables. Bring your lunch, coffee, knitting, art, – whatever and just hangout. We usually skip the “small talk” and dive right into whatever we are thinking about. *Kristin Barnes is coordinating this. She encourages others to start their own group, such as those who work 9 to 5. (We will not be promoting this weekly here, but you can always ck our “month calendar.”)
April is National Poetry Month — We’ll have lots of poems to share! / Locals write us if you’d like to share your poem. We will do one a week!
DENVER ZOO: There’s still time to cast your vote for our sweet sloth bambino’s name—but ironically, you’ll have to move fast! For just $5 per vote, you can choose from the three keeper-selected names. Baby Sloth Naming Contest – Denver Zoo
April 1, Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon: Lyons Library: “Wild and Soulful Aging,” free at the Lyons Regional Library. More info on our Things to DO page, or Library page. Please register at http://bit.ly/soulful-aging
GYM IN TOWN? – Join other residents with your ideas — It’s at the Barking Dog coffee café on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. – NOTE we have not been able to confirm this date. No response from leader of the group.===UPDATE=== March 28 – GYM-in-Lyons group meeting: official “board meeting” on Tuesday at the Library in the Banda room at 5pm – discuss the proposed building, and buy or lease options.
UN Panel of Climate Change announced that Global Emissions are at a Ticking Time bomb level, and emissions must be slashed in half by 2030.
===HELPFUL GOVERNMENT NEWS===
INDOOR AIR QUALITY GRANTS – $3 million from the Colorado Dept of Early Childhood: buy air cleaners. Applications now open.
TIK TOK: The House of Foreign Affairs Commission created a Bill to stop US interactions with it. The White House gave GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS 30 days to remove it from government issued mobile phones. It is considered a national security risk, because it collects data from people’s phones, and it also sways certain videos to people to get them to “think a certain way,” which means it could be used during elections to influence voters. ======== 3/23/23 Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe ahead of TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. After calling on Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to remove TikTok from their app stores, Bennet met with Chew to express his concerns about the platform’s risk to young Americans and our national security.
SAVING SENIORS & the ENVIRONMENT: Biden issued his first VETO 3/20/23. He sought to kill a Republican-authored measure that would ban the government from considering environmental impacts or potential lawsuits when making investment decisions for people’s retirement plans. Thanks! Keep watching out for us seniors.=== “I applaud President Biden’s leadership to stop Congress’ attempt to block smart, common-sense investing,” Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young stated. “The political pushback to this rule is an effort to silence investors in the market and remove important data from the market. The demand for smart investing shouldn’t be about ideology, but about savvy investors wanting more thorough information about systemic risks. The markets function best when politicians aren’t using their bully pulpit to affect the way capital flows.”
In-person IRS help for seniors and low-income taxpayers (1) Tax Counseling for the Elderly – The TCE program prioritizes taxpayers aged 60 and older. TCE specializes in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. (2) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – The VITA program is generally for people who make $60,000 or less, people with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers. =====Taxpayers can go to the IRS Free Tax Preparation page of IRS.gov and use the available site locator tools to find a TCE or VITA site near them.=== Or contact libraries in the cities surrounding Lyons and make an appointment to see an AARP volunteer.
==repeat==FREE COVID VACCINES in LYONS == April 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walt Self Community Building
EASTER Services – see Church Calendar
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