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Did you get some books for Christmas? I have been known to give a book as a gift, along with a more traditional gift, at birthdays and Christmas. Did you dig into the book and not bother looking for a bookmark? I know I’ve done that. I have used the receipt from the book store. Or a Christmas card. Or, just a piece of paper ripped off a nearby magazine! Sometimes I put a piece of note paper in it, if the book is complicated and has a lot of characters, so I can keep track of it all.
A friend of mine said she was going thru some old books and found an old Blockbuster coupon! And some old Taco Bell coupons!
Another friend said: I have to check my husband’s books before donating because I never know what “bookmark” he might have left in there. It’s often a lovely postcard, and sometimes even cash or a check.
Now you have to understand, I have about 20 bookmarks from various charities that I donate to, but they are way over there on the bookshelf!
Lyons has a book club that has been meeting monthly for more than a couple of decades. If you are interested in learning more about it, contact me. Many years ago, I decided to do a series of articles on all the book clubs in the Lyons area. We were all surprised at how many there were! I think it was around ten. At first I thought what have I got myself into. It will get boring. But each one was distinct. One would make a dinner on “book discussion night” based on the food talked about in the book.
The Lyons library has one, on and off, over the years (but none right now). If you have a LYONS Book Club want to be listed in the newspaper next month, let me know.
PS I hope you are enjoying our new “editions.” While we don’t publish as often, we are still producing the same number of quality news articles each month!
…….. from your editor, Kathleen Spring
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The first weekend in January brought some snow, but not for Lyons. On Monday January 8th, the high was 29 degrees, and several cities got 4 inches, but not the Front Range. The mountains and east Colorado got the worse of it all week, with some temperatures below zero.
The second weekend in January made the previous look like nothing — an Artic Blast came in and for 72 hours the temperatures went below freezing. On Sunday and Monday it was below zero day and night. Tuesday “the Sun Came Out”! yes, we got our beautiful blue sky and sun back, and went from 15 BELOW ZERO Monday night to 38 degrees on Tuesday!
On the weekend, all five major passes were CLOSED. The closure of Berthoud Pass kept getting extended due to fears of more Avalanches, and lasted four days (opening Thursday). I-70 was closed for part of the weekend due to high winds/ flying snow that made visibility impossible. There was a “snow slide” that closed Hwy 40 (and two other slides on Tuesday). Ski resort towns got from one to five feet of snow on this one weekend… from Rabbit Ears to Crested Butte. The plains got one to four feet of snow.
A “curiosity” happened over the long Holiday weekend — the east half of the state got below zero weather: -20 degrees, while the mountainous west half got weather in the +20 degrees. That was due to cold air not rising, and therefore, staying in the Front Range/corridor area.
We can now look forward to weather in the upper 40s starting next week.
Incidentally, the east coast of the US finally got some snow after many cities (including NY) not having any for 700+ days! The Artic blast hit most states, and even went down south to northern Texas (including Dallas). Lake Michigan (Chicago) was warmer than the air, and one could see “steam” rising from the Lake.
ANIMALS & FROSTBITE: Pets are usually the ones who you hear are getting frostbite because they are not prepared for the extreme cold. Wild animals, however, are built to resist the weather below 32 degrees. The winter coats of deer and moose have hollow hairs, which trap air, adding a layer of insulation. You can see its effectiveness when you see snowfall building up on their backs instead of melting. Birds will fluff their feathers out more, trapping air which acts as insulation, much like a down jacket. Also, beware of dogs getting salt on sidewalks in their paws! Check it when you get home.
Go to ==COtrip.org== to plan your trips in the snowy weather. Do NOT use GOOGLE or APPLE maps to get around closed highways, and taking small country roads! Many have been stuck for hours doing that.
RIP CELEBRATION: Gregory Schrodt’s Celebration of Life at the Wildflower Pavilion on January 6th was well attended. Wife Macarena put together a wonderful slide show of memories. Their daughters, Sophie and Amanda, gave a strong and insightful speech, that many commented on afterwards. Sending condolences to the family. Four locals helped organize it (Laura Levy, Emily Jenkins Dusel, Clay Dusel and Ian Phillips) and many volunteers worked the grounds. More than two dozen first responders attended. And thanks to Planet Bluegrass for using the venue (Gregory loved the place). The Lyons Polar Bear Club recently got together to honor and celebrate their friend Gregory.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING – 3 units still available – contact: Sarah Triebold == Lyons Valley Townhomes- Income Restricted (Click on her name to go to the Facebook page with photos). We still have a few 2 bedrooms available for those who qualify. Rent is $1692 Call/Text (303) 359-6480 for more information. We are in the office at 401 Carter Dr, Lyons, Monday through Friday 9-3 p.m. or by appointment. ==Maximum income== 1 Person $55,800.00 // 2 Person $63,780.00 // 3 Person $71,760.00 // 4 Person $79,680.00 // 5 Person $86,100.00
ATTENTION: People think “affordable housing” means “cheap housing” but it is just words assigned to government mandated pricing (usually in order to get federal funding help for the builder) === Affordable housing is housing which is deemed affordable to those with a household income at or below the median as rated by the national government, or by a local government using a recognized housing affordability index.
COMPARISON: During this past month: Looking at housing that is not listed as “affordable housing with mandated income levels” === rather, the general rental market: according to Zillow a 2 bedroom town home in Colorado averages $3,300 // 1 bedroom in Denver starts at $2,050 // in Littleton AND Windsor $2,600 // Apartments .com lists 2 beds in Boulder – a few listings are from $2,024 to $3,280, and $3,700.
Starting Jan. 1, the minimum wage in unincorporated Boulder County is $15.69/hour.
IMPORTANT! — If you are wondering why Inflation rates are looking good but prices are not coming down – this is your answer… everybody pretty much got an increase in wages. Many workers in stores, restaurants, factories, and more are earning $20+ / hour now. It costs more to produce the crops, and to deliver, or serve the food.
A long time cry — I/we wish the politicians would put a limit on “ad” spending. The Republicans spent $90 million in ads in Iowa for the caucus this past week. Write your legislators!
Missed? CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLE: If you didnt make it on Saturday and you are a Western Disposal Compost Customer, you can place the tree next to the compost bin on compost day. Trees longer than 6′ should be cut in half. If you don’t have curbside compost, take the tree to their drop-off center at 1901 63rd St., Boulder. Trees are accepted through the end of January. Remove all ornaments/tinsel etc. ==== GOATS! Also check into one of our Lyons farms. Ellen Hine says her goats would love some! Ron Martell and Emily Davis also have hungry goats. (You can find them on Facebook).
MISS AMERICAN is from Colorado! Active U.S. Air Force officer Madison Marsh was crowned as 2024 Miss America this week. Congrats!
Colorado Cherry Company won BEST PIE in Colorado in REA Poudre Valley (rural electric company) Reader’s Choice Awards! — It is a 4th generation business; scratch-made pies, cookies, jams, jellies, preserves and juice and ciders. CONGRATS! (A store is located on hwy. 36 in Pinewood Springs, but listed as “Lyons Location”) I posted the news on both the Lyons Happenings, and the Pinewood Springs Facebook pages, and got almost 100 “LIKES” within a day or two! We DO love our cherry pie!
Good Bye: Rick Sallinger, reporter since the 1980s is retiring. He worked for CBS Ch. 4 News for 30 years and NBC Ch. 9 for 6 years. His son Marc Sallinger is now on local tv as a reporter at Ch 9 News.
SW AIRLINE PENALTY includes $75 – last week we reported that SW airlines was fined for messing up the air flights for thousands of passengers during the Christmas week of 2022. We have contacted DOT and asked what the compensation is for future problems; and here are the facts: $75 – the mandated compensation for future passengers affected by significant delays or cancellations caused by Southwest will begin on May 1, 2024. The compensation will be required until May 2027. Note, you need to ask for it.
Lyons ICE RINK Opened during our cold spell – but The rink will be closed when temperatures exceed 45 degrees. Updates will be posted on the town’s website. Bookmark this site for ice rink updates. ======== LESSONS: Due to popular demand, more time slots have been added to the Learn to Skate Programs. Get all the details, whether you are new to ice skating or more advanced. Register here.
GOING SKIING? (1) The Winter Park Bus is now operating on weekends — Find information about Bustang all the intercity schedules and routes: Bustang, Pegasus, Snowstang, Seasonal, and Outrider. (2) Check COtrip.org for the latest information on conditions and lane closures. (3.) Construction: I-70 is still experiencing occasional one-lane shut downs, both day and night, while the work on the Eastbound I-70 Mt. Vernon (run away truck) Escape Ramp. Note, exits 254 to 259. Through spring 2024. (4.) Cripple Creek has both a Ice Festival, and now an Ice Castle event. See Things to Do.
FIRE STARTER for fireplace: Robyn Sloan offered this tip: I make fire starters from old candles and Thrift store wax by setting a pine cone in a muffin tin in a cupcake paper liner, and pouring the wax over it. They work as well or better than fatwood. (We do not advocate this; try it at your own risk).
Remember car tire pressure drops when it gets really cold… and Colorado has strict “snow” laws on tire requirements on main highways.
Planet Bluegrass tickets going on sale for 2024 (NOTE: there will be a sale for “residents” in April, but Rocky tix sell out FAST! So if you are determined to go, you might consider buying them now at the standard price):
- RockyGrass tickets go on sale January 18th at 10am MT.
- Folks Festival tickets go on-sale February 8th at 10am MT.
- Volunteer applications for RockyGrass open Friday, January 12th.
- The Telluride Troubadour Contest is currently accepting submissions! for original songs
Long-Term Care Ombudsman == There are over 2,000 people living in assisted livings and nursing homes in Boulder County. Each one can benefit from an advocate, a person willing to volunteer their time to make sure residents are getting the care they need. You can make a difference. We invite adults (21+) to apply to become a volunteer ombudsperson. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and make at least a 12 month commitment. Learn more about Boulder County’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
“Empty Bowls” Art & MEAL PROGRAM: Empty Bowls 2024 is Longmont’s OUR Center’s annual fundraiser; this year on Saturday, March 9, 2024. But I’m announcing it now, because you can go to the Cracked Pots paint-it-yourself store and paint one (or do it at home) and submit it to their Auction. Both the auction and the evening’s entrance fees and sponsorship fees help pay for the MEALS. Now in its 21st year and returning to Longmont High School. All proceeds benefit their Hot Meal Program, which provided over 57,000 hot, nutritious meals in 2023. www.ecrackpots.com/emptybowls
TOWN LICENSES: (1) important info on the new RTD My Ride app; sign up, get a QR code to activate your own ECO PASS, use on any RTD buses. Provided FREE by the Town (no longer need to go to Town Hall every year to re-subscribe.) (2) get your new 2024 parking permit (3) get your new 2024 dog license. www.townoflyons.com (Cathy Rivers shared with us the info about the RTD passes)
TOWN TANDEM ART SHOW – The weather improved drastically, with temps in the 30s, and allowed for a very good turnout for the 1st Quarter Art show in Lyons on Wednesday, January 17th. People were treated to a unique ‘projection light’ show on the mural located on the town hall wall. == Over the next three months, you can see Android Jones’ art in the library, and 29 new pieces, done by 15 artists is on display at town hall (during business hours, and if the meeting room is not being used for official purposes). We will post a couple of photos of the opening event. And, have an interview of Android next month.
Lyons Community Theater Auditions: A new production this spring. They are hosting auditions at the Lyons Regional Library on Jan 27th from 1p.m. to 4p.m. They will be putting on a series of one act plays sometime this spring.
FIRST PEOPLE FESTIVAL in Estes Park — WRAP UP — Estes Park is a place that was considered sacred ground for the many different Native American tribes. They would migrate to this area (including Lyons) every year for hunting. It was in the late 1800’s that Eastern Europeans began to settle in the area. The festival celebrated indigenous Native American Indian culture, and promoted tolerance and quality. One of the organizers, reached out to Nico Strange Owl (Eagle Plume) who helped network to bring people in. She stated that what made this festival different was that the vendors were from ONLY FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED nations. If someone broke the rules, they would be fined $50,000 upon conviction. === Due to weather below freezing, the event was not heavily attended, and Estes Park organizers said they will move it to a warmer month next year.
FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS (1.) tickets are now on sale. Takes place in Estes Park. See “things to do” below for more info. They are really pushing this event early, as it doesn’t happen till St. Patrick’s Day. They have even brought “the dead guy” to Estes and he is in the “frozen shed museum.” =======(2.) DEAD GUY News on Sunday CBS Morning Show: The history of the frozen dead guy and the festival in Nederland was on nationwide TV on Sunday, Jan. 14. They highlighted John Cullen who brought both the “dead guy” and the “festival” to Estes Park, after Nederland said they could no longer handle the crowds and cancelled it. Events take place all over town.
WOOD TEEPEE (or 4-sided fort) for Kids – Thank you to Warren Musselman (Pinewood Springs) who built 2 wood tee pees that can fit about 10 little kids, standing up, … first for the library, and now for the pre-school in Lyons. He noted, with delight, one of the boys gave him a ‘thumbs up’ seal of approval from inside the structure!
BOULDER COUNTY – ELECTRIC CARS: Boulder County is getting $4.9 million from the federal government to add more charging stations for electric cars. The county will add electric car charging stations in areas that need them the most, including rural places, mobile home communities, and neighborhoods with lots of apartments and condos. See our article for more details next week.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for LUCKY LYONS RACE on March 9th: requesting 30+ volunteers, with coverage needed from around 8:30 a.m. -2:00-2:30 p.m. Volunteers will help with set up, take down, course marshals and the proverbial “other duties as assigned.” This probably means we need folks to sign up for finite 2-3 hours blocks of time. Contact Gil Sparks firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OBITUARY: Dick Hinshaw, Lyons resident, mayor, BOT, owner of Cook’s Cottages, and long-time member of the River Church has passed away. See his obituary. === Board of Trustee, June 1986 to April 1993=== Mayor: April 2001 to April 2004 === One of his top priorities was to organize the town’s paperwork, which was a mess (according to Cinnamon). Water and electrical facilities, and Meadow Park were also his priorities. Pastor Mickey Lohn said: Dick Hinshaw. Wise. Humble. Passionate. Honorable. Friendly. Brilliant. Kind. Faithful. Respected. These are just a few of the words that some of his friends use to describe him. Dick was a longtime resident and previous mayor of Lyons. He came to the River Church at our very first service in March 2002 and was with us until he and Connie live-streamed from home, due to his health. I remember that first Sunday at the River, when Dick showed up in his Hawaiian shirt and fedora. His warmhearted chuckle still resounds on our walls. — NOTE: we published his obit before the normal publishing date, (as soon as we got it), as the funeral was on January 16th.
MEDICAID UPDATE for 2024: Do you or a family member currently have health insurance through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)? Be on the lookout for a renewal letter in the mail from your state regarding Medicaid or CHIP coverage. To ensure you receive this critical piece of mail: make sure your address, email and phone number are up to date with your state.
OBITUARY: Scotty Johnson (1988 – 2023) Celebration Sunday, January 28, 2024, 2 – 5 p.m., Pizza Bar, 430 Main St., Lyns. == “Let’s gather together to honor Scotty by sharing joyful memories with friends, listening to music, and making a toast or two to this incredible person we were so lucky to know and love. (contact Jessica Kutrumbos or James Powell for more information, or if you have photos to share).
LEAF Volunteers helped a single mom clean out her old apartment as she moved next door with her disabled son, this past week. They moved furniture and boxes and helped dust and clean up the place. Thank you to the approximately 8+ people who helped, especially during the bitter cold week (1/12/24).
HISTORY PRESERVATION IN LYONS NEEDS YOU!! – The History Preservation COMMISSION have had some meetings, but have not had a quorum for voting since June 2023. They desperately need three new members who would like to see more history preservation work done in their town. What are you interesting in doing: This could be helping homeowners designating more homes as historic. Or, producing a walking tour of Lyons true history. Or, implementing a “sign” project identifying dates of downtown buildings. What’s your ideas? Contact Sarah Lorang, the chair, email@example.com or Mayor Hollie Rogin, to ask questions, or go online and fill it out the APPLICATION and you will be contacted.
==Projects they are working on:
Historic Designation / nominations/ plaques
Tribal Connections / museum collections
GIS Mapping / incl. tour
CLG grant – historical context survey
LOTS OF GOOD NEWS to announce! — See our SEPARATE “SCHOOL NEWS” ARTICLE this week. (The article does not repeat the “news” below, except for graduation rate details)
St. Vrain Valley Schools has achieved the highest on-time graduation rate in the district’s history, at 93.3%… the highest of any district in Colorado with more than 300 graduates.! (see article for details)
School NEWS Briefs (1.) For three weeks before finals, more than 60 students received extra support through academic tutoring, study sessions, and National Honor Society Student Mentorship, and finished the semester successfully. (2) No half days at Mid/Sr High School in January (3) schools were closed for Martin Luther Day (4) Due to below zero weather, schools were closed on Tuesday Jan. 16. They had an online learning day so schools were closed to in-person learning. (5) Next Booster Club meeting is Jan. 26. === SEE our ARTICLE this week with more “GOOD NEWS”! and fun at our schools. be proud of your town’s school and share the news!
1/9/24 There was a school threat (bomb) to almost all the school districts in Colorado, including the Boulder one, but not our SVVSD. 20 school districts and 21 synagogues, from Durango to Ft. Collins ==== In Estes Park — at 9:49am all 3 schools were evacuated and kids went to the Events Center, and then went home w/parents at 11am — it was all clear at — 12:38am Police Chief says: In response to the threat against the Estes Park School District, the Estes Park Police Department has assumed Incident Command to coordinate the law enforcement response. The threat, received via email, indicated the presence of explosive devices within the school campus. Collaborating with our public safety partners, we have successfully secured and are currently clearing the schools to ensure there is no imminent threat. As of now, we are not aware of any ongoing threat in the area.
FREE HANDWARMERS / from the HEART == When the Estes Park School was closed down due a bomb threat, Way Finder Cleaning Service did an act of kindness… DOUBLE!! ==== they said: Thank you so much for your kind words! It was our pleasure to help keep the families warm. We also want to share a special shoutout to Park Supply. When we ran out of hand warmers, we went there to buy more. Upon hearing what we were doing, they generously gave us their entire stock for free to distribute. It’s moments like these that truly show the strength and compassion of our amazing community. We’re proud to be a part of it and to support each other in times of need. Additionally, a huge thank you to all the teachers, staff, and law enforcement for keeping our kiddos safe!
SCHOOL DRUMMERS – ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: Longmont Combined HS Drumline (which includes some Lyons students) is hosting their Annual Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, January 21st at Longmont High School. If you or someone you know could use a new mattress for your home – come help the kids and save up to 50% OFF RETAIL STORE PRICES ON MATTRESSES AND ACCESSORIES! Brand new factory direct mattresses can be ordered on sale day and delivered right to your home!====The hours for shopping will be from 10a.m. – 5 p.m. on SUNDAY JAN 21ST. ==== Brands will include Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, Innomax, Englander, Intellibed, and Tranquility. There will be over 30 mattress models to choose from and all will be available in every mattress size. === See Facebook “events” page for a ton more information. Easy access to info on Facebook: FACEBOOK LINK (if that doesn’t work, here is the DIRECT LINK)
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==ACCIDENTS / BAD NEWS==
==FROZEN PIPES DOWNTOWN LYONS: (1) MUD HUT’s pipes froze under their coffee trailer, and they were closed for a few days. (2… (3) Red Canyon Art and attorney Chelsea Victor had local plumber come out to thaw frozen pipes. (4) Pizza Bar 66 had ¾” of water Sunday. There may have been a heating problem with the pipes next to their “outdoor bar” garage-door wall. They reopened on Wednesday 1/17/24.
==Hwy 36, north of Lyons, was blocked on Tuesday Jan. 16. West bound appeared to be open, East bound detoured on Apple Valley Rd – morning, at 9am. CDOT said it was an accident.
== Lump Gulch Fire: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, after receiving reports of smoke in Gilpin County, Boulder Ranger District, near the intersection of Gilpin Road and Highway 119. Crews discovered a machine pile 60 feet by 60 feet burning in a landing on Forest Service land and began suppressing the fire.==Sunday: The Fire is 100% contained and controlled. The fire is no longer producing smoke or heat after crews from the Forest Service, Timberline, Nederland, and The Nature Conservancy used a skid steer to help open up the pile and applied 6,000 gallons of water.
DRY JANUARY – yes, this is now an annual thing, where people give up drinking for one month. Here are some benefits:
- alcohol use poses a stronger health and safety risk for women, including brain and heart conditions.
- Weight loss
- Better sleep
- Improved mood and energy levels
- Increased physical activity due to more energy
- Better diet (eat more and better foods)
- A reduction in liver fat and blood sugar
Addiction sneaks up on you. A month without liquor is a good option for those “Alcohol curious”. Can I do it? Will I feel a big difference?
I recently attended a talk given by a Denver woman who spent about 20 years on the streets, homeless and addicted to drugs. She said that the solution was not to focus on getting the person off of drugs, but to find out the underlying reasons why they are taking them. She ended up spending about 2 years at a rehab center, and finally broke the cycle. She is now a counselor to people who want to be healed. The program was called The Other Side Academy. She doesn’t currently live there (you could say she “graduated”), but she remains active with the organization–supporting them in various ways. Now she works for Remerg. Check it out, if you are “Addiction Curious.”
SEE THIS WEEK’S QUARTERLY BUSINESS NEWS ARTICLE – 5 new ones, and 5 changes.
DAIRY BAR: now closing Mon., Tues., Wed. for winter months.
Some businesses in town close either early or for the day when it gets around 10/20 degrees at night, so be sure to call before driving over to see them.
MOXIE’S –message: We’ve done a good bit of rearranging at Moxie Lyons. The intention behind this was to invite more communal conversation, plus allow more space for indoor seating. If you haven’t seen it yet, come on over! We want to see more of you, always.
The following businesses will be having classes or workshops – See “BIZ NEWS” this Month for all the details
==Sage + Grace Botanicals is having weekly workshops (different venues)
==Meditation by Lindsey Bishop Kluin (hoping to do it at the library eventually)
==horse riding for teen girls (and “learn about yourself”) by Dancing Spirit Equine / Jackie Hibbard
FURRY BOYS LOOSE: Two sons of mountain lion Nicky are now off on independent lives. Robyn Sloan had watched them grow up on her wild-cam (Stone Mtn). It looks like one of them has checked out Lyons, and was seen near Upper Steamboat Valley a couple of times.. and one was seen back in November at X-7 (killed 3 goats in 3 nights) …and, on Sunday 1/7 in Carriage Hills area. BEWARE!! These are still wild animals, even though they have been seen for a while in the outskirts of Lyons homes. Do not approach them.
Public Hearing – discussion on stopping Glyphosate on weeds in Boulder County; Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC). Go to County Courthouse at 6:15pm. On Thursday, Jan. 25 Sign up to speak or hold a sign (some will be provided). 1300 Pearl St, couple blocks N (past Pine St.) it’s free to park, location is between the Boulder Theater and Falafel King.
BOBCAT sighted in Big Elk Meadows on someone’s deck, and then hiding under some boulders for shelter. (someone posted a video of the cute guy! who quickly ran away)
SAVE THE BEES: In our last edition, we listed places that people in Lyons could volunteer their time now, and the year 2024. We have now added a Lyons local bee conservation group, who needs help in their greenhouse… and more ‘later.’ —- You can find out more and see the links on our VOLUNTEER Page, but here is a description of the group: Simply Bee Conservation is committed to pollinator conservation and revitalizing local ecosystems through the establishment of community-collaborative pollinator habitats. Rooted in values of community engagement and environmental stewardship, we serve local communities and native pollinators. We empower and educate through living classrooms, school field trips, expert talks, neighborhood outreach programs, volunteer opportunities, and hands-on workshops, thereby creating pollinator pathways that connect neighbors and nature. ==This year== we will also be offering a pollinator garden kit that will give you all the native plants, native bee houses, and resources you need to create a habitat for native pollinators. Plus, we have a community group providing workshops, neighborhood outreach programs, online resources for learning and resource sharing, and volunteer opportunities.
SPEAKERS at RMNP == Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy are partnering to offer exciting learning opportunities focused on the park this winter and spring. The public is invited to an ongoing speaker series with topics covering wildlife, history, culture, ecosystems, and a broad variety of ongoing research in Rocky. Dates for the Sunday afternoon speaker series are Jan 21st, Feb 4th and 18th, March 3rd and 17th, and April 7th and 21st. Programs begin at 2 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated through the Conservancy’s Eventbrite page: bit.ly/RMCEventbrite
===GOVERNMENT & Transportation===
Congrats to Kristen Bruckner for being approved to be a Arts and Cultural services coordinator (this was the job previously held by Priscilla Cohan.) She will also be a Town liaison to the History Preservation Commission, and the Arts & Cultural Commission.
US BUDGET is on its way to being approved, which will delay any possible shut down till May. Deadline is Friday 1/19/24.
PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT == Both the Republican party and ex-president Trump (lawyers) have appealed the Colorado court case: Colorado’s Supreme Court, by a 4-3 vote, ruled last month that Trump should not be on the Republican primary ballot, due to his involvement in an insurrection against the government when he was in office, and they cited the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. The decision was the first time the 14th Amendment was used to bar a presidential contender from the ballot. Other states are ruling on the same elimination, with mixed decisions.
MORE EV CHARGING STATIONS! == Boulder County has the fifth-highest EV adoption rate of all U.S. counties ==With a new 4.5 million (2021 Infrastructure Investment Act) grant, Boulder County will add electric car charging stations in areas that need them the most, including rural places, mobile home communities, and neighborhoods with lots of apartments and condos, and rural communities. See our ARTICLE next week for details.
ELIMINATING HAMAS? === NSC Spokesperson John Kirby said the hostage negotiations are ongoing conversations and remain earnest. On the attack attempts in the Red Sea, 13 countries have signed on with the US to be diligent in protecting the Red Sea shipping. Other bigger countries will help protect it too, but don’t want their names on the contract. US officials believe Israel can stop Hamas, and eradicate the threat to Israeli people, saying: You have to go after leadership, their infrastructure, and their resources. But you cannot eliminate their ideology. For example, ISIS may exist, but they are nowhere near what they were. The 2nd in command at Hammas was killed, and Kirby said there should be no tears over his death.
CO TIRES == Colorado Vehicle Traction Law may become active at any time, based on weather and road conditions. This not only includes the main east/west corridor of I-70, but also in places like Rocky Mt. Natl. Park! — When the Colorado Vehicle Traction Law is active, this means that all vehicles (including 4-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, and 2-Wheel Drive) must have properly rated tires (Mud and Snow, Mountain and Snow or All-Weather Tires) with a minimum of 3/16″ tread. If you have improperly rated tires on your vehicle, then you must use an approved traction control device. These may include snow chains, cables, tire/snow socks, or studded tires. You will be ticketed if you don’t have these, and you might be in an accident and kill someone.
==TOWN OF LYONS MAYOR == Mayor Hollie Rogin posted a response to comments on “Lyons Open Discussion” in Facebook this past week. The postings are endless and long, so we have attempted to only chose a few key postings by her, and a couple of studied rebuttals. We are publishing her comments because she posted them on a public web page. You can read initial postings and later comments on this subject on Facebook. Most people only go to “Lyons Happenings” and do not want to get involved in heated discussions, so they will not have seen these postings on the “Open Discussion” page, and we wanted to help residents read these messages, if they chose. ARTICLE.
YOUTH WRESTLING – this is a long-time popular sport in Lyons schools. We use to say “it keeps the kids off the street.” Maybe now we should say “off their phone screens!” — Attend a game: This is a great opportunity to introduce a young one to the sport of wrestling! Registration opened Monday, January 15, 2024 for Middle school kids. The season runs from January 29 through March 9, 2024.
— At the January 11th wrestling match in Lyons, they honored their Senior wrestler, Jaden Gardner, who is currently 17-1 on the year and ranked #1 in the State at 165 lbs. The rest of the games will be outside Lyons.
The Broncos ended their season 8 to 9. Much better than last year, but no playoff games.
The Nuggets (28/14) and Avalanche (29/13) are having great seasons. What a great Sports State we live in! such talent, including our Lyons school teams! and local colleges. // The AVS became the first in about 30 years to have three “20 goal scorers” for the first 40 games of he season.
Colorado Mikaela Shiffrin became THE GOAT a couple weeks ago, as the best skier, both male or female. She had her 93rd win, slalom, World Cup, victory; one day after winning the GS 92nd win. And she just won more this week in Austria! (U.S. Alpine Ski Racer. 2x Olympic Gold Medalist and 7x World Champ ) She is only 28 years old, and we look forward to more exciting wins for her!
MICHIGAN LIONS – I know a large percentage of people in Colorado are from Michigan, and many of my Lyons friends are… so I’m going to cheer for the Detroit Lions in winning, this past week, their first playoff game in more than 30 years! Yippee!
===VOLUNTEER in Your Town on nonprofits & boards ===
See our ARTICLE published in our last edition that lists NONPROFITS in the LYONS AREA. ==== Volunteering makes both you and the recipient feel joy. You can gather new like-minded friends. You can learn some new skills, or teach others your skills. And, surveys show that your health improves when you do something for another person, without expecting anything back.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO VOLUNTEER MORE: Joining a board or commission is a great way to become involved and help shape the decisions made in your community. To apply for an Advisory Board or Commission position, please complete the Online Application. Your application will be sent to the mayor, who will follow up with you directly. SEE our list of vacancies on Boards and Commissions published today, as well as meeting dates, member names, and a brief description of what the group does.
By the way the LYONS Library can also help you with scanning and faxing! As well as “the usual” printing in B&W or color. And, of course, have free desktop computers with internet access. (and wi fi outside the building)
PINEWOOD FOLKS / and ESTES VALLEY – the Estes Park Library has a great Resource page that shows all the places in Estes that you can… get free wi-fi, notary public, laminating, office supplies, graphic design, passport photos, scanning, shipping and more. Go to: EP LIBRARY
LYONS LIBRARY — Jan. 2024 — new online RESOURCE FOR TV AND MOVIE SHOWS
We are excited to offer a new resource to Lyons Community Library cardholders. Kanopy is an online streaming platform featuring thousands of movies, documentaries and TV shows. Lyons Community Library patrons will receive 10 virtual tickets per month that provide free and immediate access to hours of education and entertainment.
Additionally, patrons will have free and unlimited access to Kanopy Kids, a branch of Kanopy packed full of movies, shows and animated storybooks geared towards kids aged 2-8.
Visit https://lyonsregional.kanopy.com on your computer, tablet or phone (NOTE: this is also available thru the Ests Park library)
The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, Jan. 6–21, 2024, celebrates Denver’s rich cowtown roots and is a cherished Colorado tradition since 1906. A vast number of residents leave their Christmas lights on till the show is done. It is none to be a very cold week each year (but this year, I think beats them all!) www.NationalWestern.com
Rocky Grass tickets are now on sale.
WINTER CONCERTS: — NEW Time!! 1 to 3 p.m. — Mark your calendars– Shauna Lee, Sunday Jan 21 (LaVern Johnson Park). Ice Skating rink will be open if below 45 degrees. *** Enjoy free skate rentals during the concerts in the park, thanks to the support of Lyons Community Foundation and the Town of Lyons. Indulge in hot chocolate and treats, with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.***
January 18, 6-6:45p.m., SpiritHound: SPEAKER. (see their Facebook page for more info) Join CSU economics professor Stephan Weiler as he discusses how a university and industry team uncovered a strong economic case for a craft micro-malting facility for the state’s barley; this ultimately yielded Colorado its very first source for all-Colorado produced beers and whiskies. This talk will describe how a university and industry team uncovered a strong economic case for a craft micromalting facility for the state’s barley, the main raw ingredient in malt whiskey as well as beer. Note: This S&S event will begin at 6pm, one hour earlier than is traditional for Science & Spirits events.
SKIING – Take to the hills! – some towns like Crested Butt, and mountains like Rabbit Pass, have got 5 feet of snow this weekend! – watch out for STRONG Avalanche warnings. Go to ==COtrip.org== to plan your trip. Do NOT use GOOGLE or APPLE maps to get around closed highways, and taking small country roads! Many have been stuck for hours doing that.
GRAS – Both MainStage and Oskar Blues have added events, with New Orleans style live bands and food! See our “Things to Do”, or watch for more details in our next newsletter. Fat Tuesday is February 13th.
LEARN TO SKATE (Kids): Due to popular demand, we’ve added more sessions to our Learn to Skate Program. Check out the new time slots and register at the link below. Just click on a class title to get all the details. https://townoflyons.recdesk.com/Community/Program
Cripple Creek has both an Ice Festival, and now an Ice Castle event. This FESTIVAL is free and open to the general public. Carvers will be working throughout the event on their sculptures. (Feb 17- 25) SEE OUR ARTICLE “Things to DO” for more details and links == the CASTLE is Timed-ticketed event; Purchase your tickets before arriving.
FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS tickets are now for sale. It is Saturday, March 16 & 17th at the Events Center and ALL OVER TOWN..We’ll have more details in February.
January 18: Make A Sign – Did you ever want to make a sign … for your garden? For your daughter’s make up table? For your dog’s house? — check out the workshop at Oskar Blues from 6 to 8 p.m. (fee)
January 25-28 weekend: inaugural Robert Burns Night and weekend! at the new Twisted Griffin Irish Pub and Restaurant, Estes Pk. Beginning Thursday, January 25, the official birthday of legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns. – special Scottish menu, a 5-course dinner, a Scottish breakfast, and more! See our Things to Do for details and tickets
January 28, UpStream SongWriters Retreat & Performance — The 2-1/2 day retreat in Estes Park ends with students performing their songs in Lyons: See ARTICLE for details, teachers, class and dates. Taught by well-known local musicians. ==Lyons Songwriter Walkabout == Performing at Moxies from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and at both MainStage and Oskar Blues from 12noon to 4p.m. (when they are not at the Lyons studio recording).
……..See THINGS TO DO for events this coming week in town, and this month. Ten noteworthy events this week.
== See local bars Facebook pages for bands performing
== 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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