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Sometimes when I see the PG or PG-13 symbol on a movie, it says that it is for “thematic content.” I couldn’t figure out what that meant, so I had to look it up. It turns out it refers to movies that cover such things as: poverty …corruption …grief …dysfunctional households. …religion …discrimination…
OK, so that means every big family (dinner) discussion.
Many of us are planning family gatherings during the Holidays in December. Some think it is mostly fun and great to see everyone and catch up, and share some love. Others think it is a stressful time and dread it.
What’s the old philosophy? You can’t control the situation, but you can control yourself. You can decide that you will have some fun. Gather some good news and memories, and share some love and laughs, …
I hope that you will stop and take time to plan ahead and surround yourself with positive thoughts, and figure out some ways to help people concentrate on sharing joy, and love. That would be your Best Gift of the Season!
…….. from your editor, Kathleen Spring
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WEATHER: 56 hours of consecutive temperature below freezing, Thursday thru Sunday, Nov 30th to Dec 3rd!
Mid-November was pleasant and around 60 degrees, but Thanksgiving brought freezing temps. The cold air and snow blew in that Thursday and hung around for about a week. Highs were in the 30s mostly, and lows in the teens. Doesn’t it seem like every Black Friday – shopping day—has bad winter weather nowadays? The Goddess of Shopping wants to make you work for your savings! === Thursday night, Thanksgiving, brought a big snowfall to our area, but it was the fluffy kind. Some people talked about shoveling their driveway, and one person responded: Joanne Farmer: I Lived 7 years in Alaska. Only paid for a plowing 3 times! It pays well to be a local bartender in Alaska. === Friday, November 24th, was only between 10 and 15 degrees, and occasional light snow. But about 50 came out for the first Lyons Tree Lighting at 5p.m. === Next day there were still plenty of reports Saturday morning of slick roads, which eventually turning to slush. One person reported at 9a.m. that people were seen driving in the middle of the road with their flashers on, traveling from Pinewood to Lyons on Hwy 36. Again temps were in the 10-15 range. === Next came the Artisan Market and Parade of Lights. The mountains had winds from 60 to 90 mph, but Lyons had more like 20mph winds, so both activities were well attended. (see our Article). This week, December 4-8, we had temps at 60 and above. But colder weather and snow for the mountains this coming weekend. ===
WEATHER TID BIT: Some big cities are reporting a SNOW DROUGHT!! Can you believe this: New York City has gone 658 days without snow; and Philadelphia 673 days; and Baltimore 674 days! Wow!
THE VOICE: Lyons’ Alexa Wildish, was defeated in The Voice (tv) Playoffs, and did not go on to the LIVE final shows. Some people felt her choice of songs did not highlight her voice properly or enough. The town of Lyons was mentioned, and I hear that they briefly showed highlights of the town. One TVLine editorial on Yahoo.com stated that Neil’s made a mistake in dropping her, as they saw her as a “surefire winner.”… “Much more than just “nostalgic-sounding,” she sings like she’s living every word that comes out of her mouth. Her Sting cover, which she also performed at her grandmother’s memorial, was nothing short of magnificent. Lovely. Poignant. Impossibly pitch-perfect. There’s so much heart in her voice, it sounds in the ears like a reassuring hand feels on the back.”—- Planet Bluegrass had her perform here, and I’m sure she will be back! We’ll keep you notified of a date for that to happen. We wish her success in her future endeavors! And hope she keeps in touch and let’s us know about her progress.
DOG PNEUMONIA=== WARNING====Denver 7 had a report on the “rampant respiratory infections, pneumonia among dogs.” The link was posted on LYons & Pinewood Facebook pages, and a few people reported scary situations with almost losing their dogs to the illness! — One said it took 2 courses of antibiotics to cure them. And another had acute pancreatitis complications. — Take your dog to the vet as soon as he/she starts coughing! And avoid congested areas with lots of other dogs this winter.
====What are the first signs of pneumonia in dogs? Dogs that have bacterial pneumonia usually have a high fever, difficulty breathing, decreased exercise tolerance (tire easily), are lethargic, and/or have a cough and sneezing. Other signs that may be present include a nasal discharge, loud breathing, rapid breathing, weight loss, anorexia, and dehydration.===The prognosis for canine pneumonia is typically very good, with early and aggressive veterinary treatment. Studies show approximately 77 to 94 percent of patients with bacterial pneumonia survive to discharge.=====If left untreated pneumonia in dogs can cause serious complications. It’s MORE than just a chest cold!
TRAVELERS: Some security scanners at the airport are having a hard time approving Colorado-style driver’s license. One way to get around it, is to use an App. Starting in late November, Coloradans with digital IDs in their digital wallets can use them as identification at Denver International Airport.
KIDS SLEDDING: Bohn Park has a small hill. The McConnell hill is now closed off, and lots-for-sale for houses.
If you missed it in our last issue ==AFFORDABLE HOUSING==== We have (1) news on the Evans Street project heading for completion in December, (two 3-bedroom, and several 1-bedroom units); you don’t need to prove your “low/median” income. Contact Leigh Williams. 202 207-8744 ====(2) and two Lyons Valley Townhomes 3-bedroom units are available. Those with special consideration due to the 2013 Flood have all been completed. It is open to the public; contact them for details, and help in filling out the applications: Contact Sarah Triebold firstname.lastname@example.org 720-600-4278 from Highland Property Management or Bubbles at 720-442-6343. They will be available (currently) from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s best to call for an appointment, but drop in’s are ok. 401 Carter Drive office.==== CLICK HERE to see photos and other info. CONSTRUCTION NEWS ARTICLE
LOST HOUSING: On Facebook on Dec. 5th, a person posted that she had been approved twice for her housing, and just before she was to move into the place in December, they said she was $800 above the rate necessary to be approved. (Highland Property Management.) Multiple people replied with their sad stories, with a few saying they had to redo their application three times.
ARTS HUB? – <whisper> — This is in the VERY Early stages, but Craig Ferguson has a big vision of all of the possibilities of having an Arts Hub in their new office building (the old Macon building on Hwy 36). They have Lyons Community Theatre and DraMagic doing rehearsals and classes there currently.
HART FAMILY FARM is continuing their kids camp during the winter. They say: “Baby duckling arrive this week at the farm! They will be coming in the mail. Visiting farm kids will be preparing their habitats; and welcoming the new babies to the farm. They will learn to handle them; and what they need to survive the cold winter. Plus, the ice along the river is epic right now to build a fortress in the afternoon before dusk!”
LAVERN SCULPTURE: This project is moving along slowly but surely. The most recent development is the approval of the placement on the Lyons Depot property, at the intersection of Hwys. 36 & 7. The approval by the State Historic Preservation Organization for that spot was recently received, and was necessary because it is a “historic preservation” site. We told the Lyons team working on this that we will do a full article on it once the piece is done, which is aimed for sometime between May and July.
Lyons Community Theater Radio Show will be moving to a new location for their next play: the Wildflower Pavilion (instead of the library community room). – Tickets are now on sale (they say “donation’’) This time it will include several children from the Dra-Magic Theater company. Performing the Christmas classic: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
WINTER DIPS: Amy Hobbs reports: The Lyons Wild Swimming Group has set their schedule for the remainder of the season. We will be meeting every Wednesday and Sunday at noon at Black Bear Hole. Next dip is this Wednesday 12/6 at noon (hot tea provided). — No dip on Christmas Eve (Sunday 12/24) but we will dip on Christmas day (Monday 12/25) at noon. Follow @lyonswildswimming on Instagram for more information. — mark this down!
TOY EXCHANGE: Yelena Hughes arranged for a toy exchange at the Lyons library on Tuesday. What a great idea! to exchange and not discard unused toys.
DENVER has wonderful activities downtown – crime in Denver is down 44%; the lowest since 2020. I’ve been there a few times and never felt threatened or scared. I think it’s mainly at the late night bars that the crime happens. Go have some special fun!
The National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC went up last week. A wind of 40mph blew it down. They should call “weather” experts/ contractors from Colorado to get it right!
CHRISTMAS TREES: Isaac Mikael of Lyons says: Willow farm has fresh Colorado Christmas trees! We got about 150 this year, come get them every Friday-Saturday-Sunday until they’re gone.
Lyons Area CHRISTMAS MEAL: No one should go without a Christmas/Holiday Meal! LEAF is addressing that need on December 20, 2:30 – 6 p.m., Wednesday: The Super Duper Food Pantry: As always, it’s our biggest Pantry of the year! As is the tradition, we’ll have plenty of holiday food to share, plus extras since we will be closed the following week (December 27). —-Guests do not need to register in advance to attend, but they do need to live or work in the Greater Lyons area, or have children who attend the schools. ==First-time guests are asked to bring confirmation of residence, work, or children’s school attendance. (donate much needed funds at LEAFLyons.org)
*HOURS* – FOOD FOR THE HOLIDAYS for those Less Fortunate: ==OUR CENTER, Longmont, is open for lunch only on December 25. == LEAF Food Pantry is open the Wednesday before Christmas, and closed the following Wednesday.
NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION: Shauna Lee would like to start a Christmas tradition in Lyons – a Christmas Eve caroling/singalong at her shop, Ranch House West, 304 Main Street —- She says, “Life is made much better by traditions that create beautiful memories and lifelong connections! I’m starting the first annual ‘Community Christmas Eve.’ When I lived in England, everyone would go out to the local pub in the village on Christmas Eve and gather for a cheers. I loved it and want to start that tradition here.” Doors open from 3 to 8p.m. Christmas Eve.
CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY ARTICLE – for Lyons // Front Range // and Denver. == there are a couple of dozen things happening – from craft shows, to parks with thousands of lights, to singalongs, and more!
Lyons LIBRARY HOLIDAY FUN FUNDRAISER went very well. They had about 75 attendees. And many boxes full of donated food to give to LEAF’s Food Pantry. All enjoyed the three performances, getting in the Christmas mood.
Real CHRISTMAS TREE – Chop your own! – get permits here: PERMIT INFO LINK
When you share with someone NEWS from the Lyons Recorder, or shop at a store, or congratulate someone, etc. — let them know you SAW IT IN THE WEEKLY RECORDER!
CONGRATS to our Lyons nonprofits who gained some good money thru Colorado GIVES DAY! == Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund/LEAF got $13,000 from 49 people toward their goal of $15,000; and Lyons Community Foundation/LCF got $27,000 (from 61 people). == Five other local nonprofits also benefited (at a much lower figure) from the pledge drive. Charities were connected to a $250,000 matching fund, which, in essence, doubled the donations!
A local nonprofit that was not on the CO Gives list, is Chase the Music. Your donation to Chase the Music provides meaningful musical experiences for children battling critical conditions. A songwriter writes and performs a song, just for that child. The shared experience impacts songwriters, performers, audiences, listeners, and patrons. It is run by Clark Hodge, Lyons. LINK
Safeway and Channel 7 are combining efforts to help 80! Nonprofit and food banks in Colorado. Called “Nourishing Neighbors.com” They will ask you if you want to “round up” your bill (or make a direct donation) when you check out. Then the proceeds will go to buying grocery gift cards for those in need (in Colorado).
NO GIFT UNDER THE TREE? HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS IN LYONS who are less fortunate — buy buying them a lovely Christmas gift. == The limit is $35, but any price gift will be welcome – I know many of these people, and this will be THE ONLY GIFT they get this Christmas – add to that the excitement of UNWRAPPING a Christmas Gift, knowing it is from a KIND, LOCAL Person, makes it even more special. I say every year, to throw in a chocolate bar, or ornament, or accessory… $1 item… just to give the gift that little extra delight!======= OK here is the official info: Pick up the “card ornaments” at 4 different locations: Moxie’s, Library, Uniquely Lyons, Mojo’s. == For most of these people, it will be the only gift they get this season. LEAF is sponsoring this event – the people have written a simple request on a piece of paper, in the form of an ornament, something they would really love to get — such as a warm sweater, or a Gift card to Target, or a doll. The ornament will state if it is for a child, an adult, or a senior. Please consider adding something sweet or fun to the package, like a bar of chocolate, or a Christmas tree ornament, so that the practical gift will have something to add to their smile! === December 14 – Deadline to hand in your “Giving Tree” gift for the less advantaged people in town. It should be wrapped, and dropped off at Oscar Blues before closing time on Wednesday. (the gifts are Anonymous; in both directions). Please include the Gift Receipt, if possible, so folks can exchange if things don’t quite fit right. Make sure your ornament is taped to your package to ensure the right gift gets to the right person.
CEMEX donated $5,000 to LEAF’s Food Pantry and Mental health wellness program. Thank you for your continued support!
ONLINE SALE Fundraiser for Can’d Aid – lots of sports items and music concert tickets and more! “Benevolent Bazaar” Bidding closes December 15th. – This nonprofit is connected to Lyons thru its co-founder Dale Katechis. Their volunteers fix and provide bikes and skateboards to underprivileged kids (and more). AUCTION LINK
I have updated the CHURCH DIRECTORY – listing ALL the activities at the local five Lyons area churches for the Christmas Season. – The Lyons Community Church and Catholic Church have a Christmas eve Candlelight service. See all the “days” and “times” in the Directory. == This Directory is available year-round by going to the MENU BAR on the front page, and using the pull down menu for “Community Resources.” (check it out! See what else is offered!) CHURCH DIRECTORY
CRAFT FAIR: December 9, 10-3p.m. Pinewood Springs Christmas art/crafts Bazaar. A lovely 8 mile drive up Hwy. 36, and supporting local artists! This is being put on by the church volunteers.
Christmas Eve CANDLELIGHT Service by Higher Ministries is going on this year at Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavilion! (see church directory)
===THINGS GONE WRONG===
LYONS POST OFFICE only had one employee working during Thanksgiving week, and she could not sort most of the boxes, as she had to be at the front desk to serve customers. The Lyons postmaster refused to give us a statement, and said to contact Denver to get a statement.=== The staff continue to close the front desk and take 1-1/2 hour lunches daily from 11:30 to 1 p.m. per the wording of the sign in the lobby. === to learn more about jobs in Colorado, go to: https://about.usps.com/careers/how-to-apply/
FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE: Someone posted that it was a shame we didn’t have food delivery services in Lyons. And a few people who use to deliver food posted responses. The problem is that if you go outside of downtown, there are long, windy roads, often not in perfect shape, … and even in town driveways are not always shoveled or unlocked, …phone service is lost,… and some streets dead-end as they cross the river, confusing drivers. Some drivers said they went back to Oskar Blues, unable to deliver.
Saturday, Nov. 17th, Power out in Lyons – According to Crystal White: A squirrel touched the power line and caused the fuse to pop. == Eagle Ridge, Stone Canyon, Second Avenue, and more were affected.
Saturday, Dec. 2, Power line down; 3rd and Stickney alley. A big pine tree by the alley to elementary school came down and took out the power line.
CEMEX UPDATE: Someone posted on Lyons / Facebook page that it seemed like Cemex had a lot more trucks on the road, and was perhaps violating air quality laws. === Julie Jacobs, from the Recreation/Parks commission said that these are the problems: major modification of their nonconforming use status with the county, permanent increase of traffic of more than 20% which requires a new CDOT access permit, insufficient reclamation bond which hasn’t been updated in 20+ years, ongoing air quality violations. == and she said this is what is being done about it: It’s actually going pretty well, Boulder County, CDOT, DRMS and CDPHE are all either investigating issues, considering renewals (or not) of various permits, and changing requirements for things like access to Hwy 66. Slow, but progress. These things take time. But they should be required to follow the laws and now there is a push for accountability. ==Mark Browning disagreed with her and emphasized the slow progress, and gave the Suncor refinery (in Commerce City) as an example of egregious environmental violations for a long time. === When it came up to a question of either letting them do the cement for a limited number of years, and shut down completely in 12 years, or let them continue with hauling their new product forever, hoping that Boulder County could regulate them, the Town of Lyons discussed it, and told Boulder County no to the 12 year limit agreement. Some say there was misinformation being spread. === Note, CEMEX does donate generously to the Town of Lyons (eg, skateboard park) and to nonprofits, including the schools here.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter (wife of president Jimmy Carter) passed away on November 16, just a few days after entering hospice, at the age of 96. (Jimmy has been in hospice for a few months). Rosyln was diagnosed with dementia. The two still lived in their home in Georgia, together.
Henry Kissinger died, age 100, on November 30. For eight years, the diplomat worked with presidents and foreign officials on the Vietnam War, and broke down barriers with China, among other things. Some approved of his policies, while other reviled him for them.
ISRAEL WAR: Over the past couple of weeks, a temporary truce took place. On November 24, a 4-day Truce began in Palestine. The deal came after weeks of intense indirect negotiations. Indirect meaning that Israel and Hamas leaders did not meet, but rather Qatar, the U.S. and Egypt served as mediators. The pledge was for Hamas to release 50 of its approximately 240 hostages (some said to be US citizens); and Israel to release approximately 150 Palestinians being held. The Palestinians arrested were mainly teenagers who were retained for things like rock-throwing. It included the transfer of supplies via trucks, which entered the Rafah crossing terminal. Not just food was needed, but fuel, especially for the hospitals. It was extended by another two days, and a few more hostage releases. As of November 30th, the cease fire ended.
IT’S NOT A CURSE!! – After all the “quick assumptions” … The Diner Bar closed mainly because they weren’t paying their sales tax! to the government —- Take a look at the Board of Trustee Minutes — He collected sales tax on every “order” and kept it instead of paying it to the state, who in turn sends Lyons their portion. Some were surprised that a person, who previously operated a food truck, could afford to pay for such a big remodeling, including the sign, parking lot, and painting their building – more things than past restaurant owners. I guess? YOU folks paid for it. The Town of Lyons BOT/Trustees were very upset and spoke up about it at a recent meeting. In order for him to get his revoked business license and liquor license back, he will have pay back taxes, and set up a payment plan WITH THE STATE. He never set up the payment plan from the beginning, as a business is supposed to do. He claims that he will be selling his equipment to pay the back taxes. However, usually the state will confiscate the property and sell it at auction, like they did for Barking Dog; so, I’m not sure WHO will be selling the contents, etc. I wonder whose name the pink antique car was bought under? That could help with the many thousands owed.
SICK LEAVE NEW LAWS go into effect in January 2024. Check with your employer. We’ll have more details in January.
BELLA LA CRÈME – the latest from Shauna Lee: I’m opening it by Christmas (at least to sell butter) in the back of the same building that has Ranch House West, 304 Main.” The store is now officially open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can also enjoy specialty cocktails. Find great gift items, especially custom-made hats. Hours are: Friday, 4:30 – 9p.m., tunes at 5:30 p.m.— Saturday 4:30-9:00 p.m. —Sunday Brunch 10:00-2:00 p.m.
DENTIST Johnson – as previously reported here, we now have a new dentist in town! He is accepting appointments, and encourages you to use up your insurance 2023 benefits. Local Tanya Daty is the receptionist.
MOJO’s – we hear that kids eat free on Tuesdays at Mojo’s from 4 to 8 p.m.
OSKAR BLUES -kids eat free on Tuesdays after 5 p.m. at any of the Oskar Blues restaurant locations.
ESTHETICIAN in Lyons: Noriko Noffsinger — I am an esthetician offering facials, hair restoration, chemical peels, and micro needling at TK Barbershop & Salon in Lyons. Appointments will be available every Thursday between 9 am – 6 pm. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or give me a call or text at 847-754-1614! Appointments can be made via https://www.green-forest-spa.com == background: I went IBMC college in Longmont and got Estheticians license in July. Took advance classes from Northern Colorado advanced aesthetic academy in Loveland.
Mike Yeager announced he is closing the LYONS branch of his upholstery shop (and was selling some equipment, like sewing machines and samples books, and some sample chairs). They are now located in Bloomfield, and doing well there. He’s kept his employees (who he says preferred to live elsewhere – we are assuming because of the cost of living).
PIANOS for Sale – don’t forget about the new store at Hwy 36 & 66 that sells pianos. A “lifetime” gift to someone for the holidays!
Longmont SUGAR MILL… with it being such an iconic complex, I thought you might be interested in hearing a tiny update. A company presented to the town board a concept of what could be done there, with lovely pictures,.. no vote was in order. The concept plan for the site included more than 2,000 residential units along with 250,000 square feet of commercial space that may include a hotel, retail and a performing arts center. The town hopes to save at least an acre of it for a park.
SHOPPING: Please be sure to support out local shops and restaurants. Their December sales carry them through the slow winter months. This includes our restaurants/bars where you can buy gift certificates. ====Analytic companies say that the trend that started during the pandemic to shop early, and spread it out over a few months is continuing, as well as leaning on the “buy now, pay later” philosophy. The National Retail Federation blames the slower pace on an economic uncertainty. As well as, stores buying less merchandise to sell. During the pandemic, items were delayed at shipping ports and by trucks, and the stores were left with an abundance of goods which arrived after the Holidays.
===Library & Book News===
SEE ARTICLE in this week’s issue of all the FUN DECEMBER Activities at the Library!
LOST & FOUND – the library has LOT of items, water bottles, jackets, hats, sunglasses, and more – stop by and take a look. Kids often stop by after school let’s out. Maybe there are things there that you didn’t even know they lost. (Their facebook page has some photos)
Book: GRIEVING the LOSS of a PET? Local author Carol Marra has a book for you. ==How Tori Got Her Wings, ( is now available at the Lyons Regional Library) Description per author: It’s a color-drenched romp through nature where a child’s imagination can take flight – along with Tori. It’s a reflection on pet loss that invites curiosity rather than despair. And it’s a reminder to live life with joy, appreciation and kindness, even if there’s something you long for that’s eluding you. The story appeals to people of all ages, as do the illustrations — Patrizia Donaera’s brilliant watercolors bring Tori’s adventure to life. And if you like it, it makes a great gift for others! == while it looks like a kids book, all ages can benefit from it.
PROJECT Crafts HELP? Do you have craft projects that you want to finish by Christmas? And would like some help/ ideas /tips etc from other people? Stop in the Library — Bring in your works-in-progress such as: knitting, crocheting, drawing, sketching, embroidery, painting, and other portable projects to create and connect with others in the community. No registration required. December 18th, 10 a.m. to 12.
Wild Mind, Sacred heart program is continuing with their WINTER program on Tuesday, December 19th at the library.
Dec. 21, 4 p.m. to 7p.m. – Library’s Christmas crafts party, with music. See our ARTICLE this week for more details — Celebrate the season at the Lyons Community Library with movies, crafts, and food! We’ll be showing movies geared toward different ages – come and stay for the whole time, or pick the activity you’re most interested in.
COOKIES & CAKES – The Estes valley library has for check out (1) Cookie Kit. This kit includes a 12-Piece Multi-Shape Cookie Cutters (holiday) Set, 3-Piece Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutters Set, 3-Piece Nordic Ware Heirloom Cookie Stamps, and the book The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide. And (2) Giant Cookie kit… a Wilton Giant Round Cookie Pan with the book about “Colossal Cookies”. (3) 3-piece round cake “pan set” kit, and book “step by step cake decorating”. (4) Bear Cake Kit, includes pan and book on decorating ideas. (5) Autumn Wreath Bundt Pan Kit, includes Nordic Ware pan and cookbook. — and 5 other pans. Free to check out! LINK TO ESTES RENTALS
GOOD BOOKS for Christmas Gifts: See the Times Call book list of what people in BOULDER COUNTY are reading, by clicking here (you need a subscription to see it) eg, “Visual Thinking,” by Temple Grandin; “Being Henry,” by Henry Winkler; “Haunted Longmont,” by Richard Estep; LINK TO LIST
A SHOCKER! == the Lyons school football team had a 11-1 score going into the games – definitely a season to be proud of! – but they lost in the state championship quarter finals (1 game short of the final playoff) … 44 to 22. But, it’s been a long time since the team went this far — see our article about the history of the team and playoffs. SPORTS ARTICLE
See ARTICLE next week for news on Mile Dumbauld, Sara Plavidal, and Jocelyn Gilligan.===“ENERGY Competition” for kids: Renew Our Schools === “AI” EDUCATION EVENT === building new schools
APPLE AWARD: Longmont Estates Elementary and the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools. They are the only two in Colorado to receive this distinction this year out of 700 schools worldwide, according to a news release from the St. Vrain Valley School District. The recognition is given to schools that excel in leadership and demonstrate technology-based learning.
The United Nations announced this week that 2023 was the warmest in history. They are forming a committee to further studies solutions, and how to enact them.
NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS at SAFEWAY. On Facebook Estes Park people were mad, saying all kinds of dumb things. One man linked to an article condemning reusable cotton bags, but when I read it, it did not prove his point, but gave many alternatives. Several people said that the carts and baskets would all be stolen and gone. First of all, you have to drive to Safeway, so why not dump your stuff in the trunk and leave the cart. Second, I doubt we will be seeing people pushing carts down Elkhorn a few miles to get to their motel. Many just said it was ridiculous, and aren’t most products in the store wrapped in plastic… what’s one more? Remember that you can’t change Everything All at Once… one day all plastic gone? Nope. But they are working on reducing plastic, and currently there is a big change coming forcing eateries to get rid of Styrofoam carry out containers. === With plastic bag bans soaring in popularity globally (127 countries have adopted plastic bag restrictions.
GREAT NEWS for LYONS COMMUNITY FARM PROJECT: leader Adrean Kirk says: Great news everyone! We got a grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation for 15k today! 2024 is going be a big year for the farm project! Wooohoo! Big thank you goes out to Tyler Stellern our Treasurer. He spear headed and did most of the prep for that grant application.
RMNP will be burning their piles of dead trees over the winter. Between last year 2022 being a more drought-prone year, and it taking two years to really dry out of the wood, it was delayed. Most of the fires will take place at the perimeters of the park, such as near Lily Lake.
RMNP – Urgent – did you know? — The Park is considering doubling the price for reservations, and extending the period that they are needed, as well as giving themselves the ability to shut down parts of the Park without notifying the public in a timely manner. Be sure to take the survey before December 14; don’t delay as it will take more than a few minutes to read it! – see our ARTICLE. You can also give them your opinion on whether you think Timed Entry is a good choice. ARTICLE & SURVEY LINK
BEARS? People are posting on Facebook that there are still some bears around, but it’s not as common as was in the summer months. If you feed the birds during the freezing days, be sure to bring in the container at night.
President Biden visited Pueblo, Colorado two weeks ago. He visited CS Wind, the largest wind tower manufacturer in the world. He pointed out how his economic plan and investments in clean energy bills helped make this possible, including many new jobs, and it is expanding its facility. He also pointed out that their legislative representative Bobert voted against it, stating the Bill was a “massive failure.”
NEED YOUR INPUT on NEW SIGNS in Lyons: Give your input for the two preliminary wayfinding design options, via the online survey. Your comments and ideas will help us refine these preliminary options into the final draft design. Thank you! SURVEY LINK
425 MILITARY PROMOTIONS approved – Congressman Tommy Tuberman held them back for 10 months. The Alabama Republican had been holding them in protest of the Defense Department’s policy that allows service members to be reimbursed for travel costs related to getting an abortion. It takes only one congressman to hold up an item – these military promotions are usually immediately passed.
MINIMUM WAGE: We’ve told you about how Boulder is looking into having its own minimum wage – Now Longmont city council is studying the possibility of joining the “regional minimum wage socioeconomic analysis consultant services.”
Wendy Koenig has announced that she will not seek a second term as Estes Park mayor.
SIX BILLS passed in Colorado legislature – here is a breakdown of the six bills that were passed in the Senate and House during the Special Session called by Gov. Polis, after Prop HH failed to get enough votes in November. — You will be delighted! At the details – whether it is putting money in your pocket, or helping your fellow, less-fortunate Colorado citizen! See our full ARTICLE for details.
3 CONSTRUCTION NEWS:
Colo. 119/Boulder Canyon Drive and Fourmile Canyon Drive crosswalk relocation: The crosswalk at the intersection of Colo. 119/Boulder Canyon Drive and Fourmile Canyon Drive will be temporarily relocated approximately 200 feet to the west so crews can make repairs to the concrete multiuse trail on the south side of Colo. 119. Access to the Boulder Canyon Path will remain in place. No closures of Boulder Canyon or Fourmile Canyon drives will be necessary. Working hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Work is anticipated to last into December.
BROADWAY Construction: Tanya Daty, BOT, reminded us of the layout, since it is confusing right now what the final design will be===== It seems there is room for two lanes plus parallel parking spaces. Construction has only happened on the south side. When construction begins on the north side, the curb will be moved further north to allow enough room for another lane.
SAFETY: Longmont and the Downtown Development Authority have installed rectangular rapid flashing beacons at the pedestrian crossings in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street.
BOULDER COUNTY – for our Bo Co readers who use the Lafayette offices, a new big one has opened that has ALL the departments you need, including Motor Vehicle, SNAP, WIC, Assessor, and Election Voting Center! No more “several small offices in leased space”! == Boulder County has expanded its in-person services to residents in southeast Boulder County with the Southeast County Community Hub, located in a newly renovated building at 1755 S. Public Road, is a safe, inclusive space that enhances equitable access to services. The 40,000 square foot facility was purchased by the county in 2019 with the vision of creating better access to county services to those who reside in southeast Boulder County. In addition, it is also a LEED Gold Certified “green” building.
Colorado women’s basketball team is in the spotlight. They had a stunning upset of the defending champs. Check them out! The Buffaloes team is also called the Buffs (as is the Men’s team). They went from No. 20 to No. 5 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. Per the AP, it is the largest one-week leap in poll history. *** Both men and women teams have 5 undefeated games! ***
WATCHING BRONCOS ON TV – normally these games are on Channel 4 CBS on Sundays. Now, Bronco’s come to Channel 7 ABC TV — It got the right to broadcast the game Broncos vs. Detroit Lions on December 16 at approximately 6:15 p.m.(mountain time). The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to put the highest-stakes matchup games on primetime, in order to reach the national audience. Bronco is one of the hottest teams, and has a 50% chance to make the playoffs now. They lost last Sundays game in Houston, (breaking their 5 game winning streak) but they are still on the board as a possible playoff team. (A fun day to watch is Christmas Eve, against the New England Patriots, on Channel 7).
Coach Prime of Colorado State University was named “Sportsperson of the YEAR”! by Sports Illustrated, this month. While they lost 6 games in a row, (ending their season 4 & 8) the impact he had on college football (in general) and the sports world were impressive. Three of the 10 most watched college ball games this season were with CU.
Michaela Shiffrin, award-winning skier, got her 90th World Cup Win! This past week.
See also here under “SCHOOL” the Lyons school team sports.
THINGS TO DO
……..See THINGS TO DO for events this coming week, and this month.
== See local bars Facebook pages for bands performing
== See the LIBRARY’s DECEMBER events article.
SEE SPECIAL ARTICLE for a few dozen TOP Christmas oriented activities, in Lyons, the Front Range, and Denver.
== MONTH CALENDAR shows “re-occurring events”, like Bingo Tuesday. You can always see what’s going on in town, any day of the week.
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