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As I wrote up our “Highlights” of the January Board of Trustee meetings /and/ as I read the “Mayor’s article” in the Redstone Review the last couple of months, I gave pause… I found it gratifying to realize that we are able to provide our readers with good coverage of what is going on in our town, without relying on a Mayor’s column, or a town communications column.
Back when Nick Angelo was mayor, he didn’t want anything to do with our newspaper, and refused to answer any emails or letters that we sent him. (Well, technically he even refused to “refuse in writing or verbally”)
When Mayor Hollie Rogin was elected she said that she was too busy to write two columns each month, and therefore, she writes for the other newspaper only.
But, in the end, when I read her column(s) in recent months, I found that we had already covered what she was stating. That is partly because we don’t have to wait for one month to roll around to get the news out. And, we can use as much “space” as we want, since we are online, and are not restricted to, say.. the typical print newspaper column of 400 words. Nor, the common print newspaper restriction of one photo max per article.
Just this week, we have about a dozen articles that cover = arts activities in town, …an intro to our new fire chief, …a summary of January board meetings, report,… photos of the construction on Broadway St., and …demolition of the burnt out shops on Main St., …news on funds coming to Lyons for EV charging stations, …school news and deadlines, …about a dozen News Briefs on local businesses, …two letters from businesses expressing low sales, and …a summary of a LEAF program to prevent suicide in our town. Not only does the mayor not report on most of these items, but there was nothing in her article that we regretted not having shared with our readers.
Wow, I feel great. So, I can drop my worries about not having a mayor’s column… or not having someone sit in on all the BOT meetings, …or not having ‘town staff’ writing an activities column. I’ve worked very hard to make sure that “town news” is covered in every issue… even spending many hours daily gathering the “2-sentence-news briefs… like local accidents, bear warnings, play auditions, and such.” (and, if people would like to read more about any Board of Trustee subject, they can always read Susan McCann’s Redstone Review more detailed column on the board meetings, — or view the video of the meetings on the town web site. But I think, in our “busy world” most people like the quick “highlights” of board meetings, or single-subject article approach).
PS I am not downgrading the printed Redstone Review. It is.a good paper and popular.
PPS I hope you are enjoying our new “editions.” While we don’t publish as often, we are still producing the same TOTAL number (or more) of quality news articles each month!
…….. from your editor, Kathleen Spring
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NEWS YOU CAN USE
CDOT reported that the snow Colorado got in January’s snow storm EXCEEDED the Snow totals for the 2019 Bomb Cyclone in 2019! Highway US 40: Crews cleared five feet of new snow from the roadway and nearby banks above the road during the recent severe winter storm; working from Sunday to Wednesday to clear the 60 inches due to US 40 Berthoud Pass’s snow slide. CDOT reported 32 bank slides! (and they say more may have occurred). === But this past week, we have gone to slightly above normal temperatures, with weather being in the 40s and 50s. This week temperatures will be more or less around 60 degrees! (which means our Lyons ice skating rink is again closed).
The weekend will drop to the 40s and we will have rain (the mountains will have snow), and then back to the warmer weather and sunshine for the following week.
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Benjamin Franklin
SOURCE SHIELD ACT: Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) applauds the US House of Representatives for unanimously passing the PRESS Act, a bipartisan federal reporter’s shield law that would protect journalists from being forced to name their sources in federal court and would stop the federal government from spying on journalists through their technology providers. Now it moves on to the Senate. ===The PRESS Act is the strongest federal shield bill that Congress has ever proposed. It’s vigorously supported by major media outlets and civil society organizations.
POSTAL SERVICE & OTHER DELIVER SERVICES request your help this winter. If you have a mail box on the street, please clear the pathway, stairs, curb, etc. and snow piles left by snowplows. Be kind.
Union Station in downtown Denver will have construction going on over the weekend; including the BOULDER “A” line RAIL service.Use RTD’s Next Ride web app to plan your trip and see bus and train locations in real time, and future dates for this continuing construction.
Access to East I-25 Frontage Road from CO 119 closed from Feb. 12 to March 15 – closure will allow crews to place a deep storm sewer pipe with least impact to intersection. There is a long circular detour; drive slow and follow the signs, or go to their web site for a map== Project website: https://www.codot.gov/
SAFETY FIRST: If you must use a space heater, never leave it unattended. Place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor. Don’t place it on rugs and carpets, or near bedding and drapes. Plug space heater power cords directly into outlets
BRING AN EXCHANGE STUDENT TO YOUR HOME: From 50 countries: France, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Japan, Australia, to name a few. They are between the ages of 15 and 18 years, and they are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture, family life, school, sports. etc. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Those interested in hosting an exchange student or becoming an exchange student abroad, should call Elena at 1-800-733-2773, visit www.asse.com or send an email to email@example.com to request more information or start the application process. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today. The memories and the friendship you create with your exchange student will stay with you forever.
FOSTER Parenting? The Lyons library will have a workshop this month, Feb. 9th, on what to expect. (see our Library article, or go to their web site)
THANK YOU NOTE: from the band “Lonesome Blues” — Deep gratitude for all the folks who came out last night to our show. We gave everything we had and y’all gave it right back! I have to say on a personal note one of the kindest talent buyers I have worked with is David McIntyre at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Lyons, Grateful that he has taken a chance on this band! ==== editor note: I wanted to add that I met the band back in February of 2021 when they were doing a broadcast of “bird-themed songs,” and I did an article about them in the Recorder. They later contacted me about maybe performing in Lyons; and I passed on the recommendation to Dave (“no pressure, but…”) So, don’t be afraid to let Dave know if you hear some new awesome local Colorado band!
HIDDEN TREASURES 2 – Lyons Local Jen Wingard wants you to know about a shop in Longmont. — We are Longmont’s Favorite Craft Supply Store, Handmade Artisans Gift Shop and Crafting Classroom. It is located on Main Street, at 23rd (by the take-n-bake pizza place) They opened up during a tough time – Winter – and they need more customers. ===. editor note: We don’t normally promote businesses outside of Lyons, but a lot of people turn to crafts in the winter when they get “cabin fever” so it may be useful to know about this nearby shop.
RECYCLE TIP – if you have a can or bottle with a “plastic sheath”, please remove it before recycling… and toss it out.
VALENTINE BAKERY: DAIRY BAR says: Yes, we are closed on Wednesday, Feb 14th. However, I will be taking special orders for chocolate dipped strawberries and cupcakes to be picked up on Tuesday, Feb 13th. We will have a very low quantity of product so get your orders in as soon as possible! (Orders can be called in 303-823-5800, DM through Facebook or our website thenewlyonsdairybar.com or order forms here in the store!) == St. Vrain Market sells fresh pies. == the 3 coffee shops in town sell pastries.
3 HOUR VOLUNTEER WORK: LEAF needs someone to work 3 hours on Tuesday mornings to help them “shop” for food for the Food Pantry. No car needed. No experience needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DOGS: This was announced in 2021, but it was recently posted on Lyons Happenings, and worth repeating: Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs, has a new name: birch sugar.
CONNECTIONS – Remember the pianist, Rodney Sauer, who played for the Silent Movie Night at the Library? It turns out that “Bob” in Portland OR who found the door from the Alaska Air jet in his backyard is Rodney’s brother! (this news courtesy of Friends of Lyons Library)
MORE HORROR MOVIES IN ESTES: Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), announced 1/26/24 that Blumhouse, the driving force in horror, will exclusively curate the soon to be created 10,000+ square-foot Stanley Film Center exhibit space. In Colorado, Blumhouse will create a true horror destination in an iconic Colorado horror setting.
OBITUARY: We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Mary Ann (Milacek). She passed away on Friday, January 19 after a struggle with COPD. She was a wonderful friend, mother and grandmother who touched the lives of all those around her. She brought a lot of love and laughter everywhere she went. She will be dearly missed. As a life-long friend of Mary Ann, I have started a fundraiser (through her daughter-in-law, Summer Milacek) to help cover funeral expenses. Obituary and mortuary details will be forthcoming. You can donate funds to Summer’s Venmo account @summer-milacek. You can also use Paypal to Summer if you prefer or send a check to: Summer Milacek; 1202 Sunrise Drive ; Lyons, CO 80540 and reference “Mary Ann funeral expenses”. Please consider donating if you can, as any amount will truly help. It would also help a lot if you could share this fundraiser with others who knew Mary Ann. God bless you. (see Obit)
Reminder: SMOKE! Prescribed Burns == Boulder County Parks and Open Space announced on Wednesday that there may be heavy smoke in the area between late January and April due to agriculture and irrigation ditch burning.
SEE our SEPARATE ARTICLE for a dozen “deadline” related News Briefs for St. Vrain schools.
LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS: == ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO TEACHERS== spring high school athletics == YOUNG WOMEN IN LAW DAY (event)== news on enrollment stats /and/ school mills (taxes) == and the annual PTO fundraiser BINGO & BASKETS
1/24/24 Multi car crash at Hwy 66 north of Longmont – 4 people injured.
1/25/24 Hwy. 36 (Lyons to Estes Park) A man was arrested for driving erratically, passing in no-passing zones, and no lights on, at about 6pm. As he was entering Estes, he was chased by police, and he went into the RMNP, and that is where he was arrested (in the stolen car).
1/20/24 -Power outage from Hover to Lyons caused the traffic lights to not work. Motorists were asked to Please treat all lights like a 4-way stop
So much news, we had to do a separate BIZ article:
- LYONS MARIGOLD is SEMIFINALIST ==FRIZZLE FARM ==REALTOR LAURA Levy ==REBECCA LOUZAN ==MO JO’s == DAIRY BAR == OSKAR BLUES
- LYONS CHAMBER, from dead to revived?
- Business News Around Town: Parkway Food Hall == The Vinyl Cafe, a new record store == Historic building saved: High Plains bank == Boulder Dinner Theater
- A request and a farewell from Pizza Bar 66
LICENSE YOUR PET: Did you know that both Larimer & Boulder County require you to license your pet each year? You either pay the county or your town (eg, Lyons or Estes Park). See their web site for rules (I don’t know if your parakeet needs one!) You can also pay it at your veterinary’s office. I believe they require that (at least dogs) get their up-to-date rabies shots, too. And, yes, you can go to Lyons town hall for a local license.
LYONS COMMUNITY FARM: message – We are in need of a fence builder for our food forest and community gardens. If you or someone you know is a builder and has availability early spring, please reach out to us through Adrean Kirk at 908-209-1069.
WATCH FOR YOUNG FOXES: It is denning season. Foxes are getting ready. Between the end of March and early April, a mother fox will give birth to between 4 and 5 kits (a baby fox is called a kit). A fox mother frequently chooses a den site close to people, (sometimes under decks) away from where coyotes generally go.
Colorado got its next 15 wolves from a Native American Tribe in eastern Washington, in mid-January. They plan to get 15 more by the end of March.
MORE EV CHARGING STATIONS! == See our article.
USDA is doing a national tour, and Longmont was their #1 stop. Dry Land Distillers hosted the U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives and other local grain growers in January to celebrate a federal grant for $269,270 to help expand the local organic grain industry.
RESIGNED: Wellington Republican Lynch resigned 1/24/24. Lynch’s resignation comes after his caucus deadlocked 9-to-9 on no confidence vote earlier this week, with one member absent. His detractors criticized Lynch not just for the arrest (for DUI and exposing a weapon and asking the police to try and keep it a secret), but for not making the caucus aware of it at the time (2 years ago). His colleagues only learned of it after the Denver Post published a story last week.
US GOVERNMENT NEWS:
(1.) Ron DeSantis dropped out of the race for president, representing the Republican party. (2.) The legislature passed a short-term spending bill which prevented a government shutdown, nationwide, and delayed it till March. (3.) Nicki Haley came close to matching ex-president Trump’s scores in the 2nd caucus in New Hampshire; Trump got 54.3% of the vote, and Haley got 43.2%.
LYONS SWIM GROUP = the Lyons Wild Swimming Group will be keeping the same schedule for February. Every Sunday at noon and every Tuesday at sunrise at 7:30a.m, both at Black Bear Hole.
BASKETBALL for all – Adult resident Basketball every Thursday 8 p.m. at the Lyons Elementary School gym. (entrance is in back of the school building, where the parking lot is). All are invited.
Old Man Winter games –the packet pick up is in Boulder and Louisville. Great news: LYONS Locals PACKETS will be available for pick up at Redstone Cyclery on Friday, February 2nd ONE DAY ONLY (See our ARTICLE for details on the race)
HALL OF FAME: Rockies great Todd Helton is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played his entire 17 year career for the Rockies. The announcement was made from Cooperstown Jan. 23rd. Helton was one of three players to be voted in this year, along with Adrián Beltré and Joe Mauer; and only 1 or 2 ever voted in from Colorado’s team.
Volunteering makes both you and the recipient feel joy. You can gather new like-minded friends. You can learn some new skills, or teach other your skills. And, surveys show that your health improves when you do something for another person. BE HAPPY! BE PROUD! See our (1.) LOCAL NON PROFITS Article. (2.) BOARDS & COMMISSIONS Article.
==ENTERTAINMENT / THINGS TO DO / and Library==
SEE SEPARATE ARTICLE with February LIBRARY EVENTS.
WINTER CONCERTS: — NEW Time! 1 to 3 p.m. — Mark your calendars—February 10th, Elbow Brothers — (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.***
SEE our THINGS TO DO for details on these:
February 8, 7-8:30 p.m., ANNUAL Trivia Night with Friends of the Library.
February 9, Lyons Blood Drive
February 13, Tuesday, Mardi Gras.
February 14 – VALENTINE’S DAY! Shop & Eat Local!
February 19 – PRESIDENTS’ DAY (federal offices closed)
World Baking Kits include dessert recipes and ingredients from around the world. Kids and families who are hungry to learn about different cultures will savor all three baking kits (Europe, Global and Germany). You’ll have a great time learning about the history of Swedish Chokladbollar (chocolate oatmeal balls), Croatian Gingerbread and Austrian Linzer Cookies in the Europe Kit and Japanese Mochi, Turkish Sekerpare (Semolina cookie) and Colombian Natilla (Christmas custard) in the Global Kit, as well as Vanillekipferln (Vanilla Crescents), Nutella-Plätzchen (Nutella Cookies) and Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars) in the Germany Kit. Each of the boxes include easy-to-follow recipes and shopping lists. The great part is the boxes do not include perishable products, so you can use the included ingredients and bake when you have time. If dessert isn’t up your alley, eat2explore also offers savory boxes from 23 countries/regions like Italy, Mexico, Greece, etc. Kids will gain a mindset of respectful understanding and appreciate that people have similarities and differences while learning life skills in the kitchen. More information at www.eat2explore.com — I don’t know anything about this group except that it is woman-run biz.
DO YOU DO GAMING? — An impressive 88% of workers in Colorado admit to gaming during work hours, securing the top spot nationwide. The overall percentage across the country is 64%. (done mainly on their phones) === many people have taken a sick day just to indulge in uninterrupted gaming. The employees stated that they felt it helped them work better, and get closer to colleagues. This could be anything from puzzles to action games. === Don’t let the boss hear this: a whopping 3 out of 5 working Americans admit to gaming during work hours. Almost half of them (46%) confess to doing this about 2 to 3 times a week, while a quarter of respondents limit it to once a week. Additionally, 14% play video games 4 to 5 times a week on company time, and 12% even do it daily. === When asked about the amount of time spent gaming at work per week, the majority – 45% – cap it at a maximum of 30 minutes. Nearly a third (30%) extend this to 30 minutes to 1 hour. // According to web site “sweepstakescasino.com”
SKIING – Take to the hills! – some towns like Crested Butt, and mountains like Rabbit Pass, have got 5 feet of snow last weekend! – watch out for STRONG Avalanche warnings.. and snow slides. 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. I heard that Goggle takes its info from what motorists are doing — it’s basically the blind following the blind!
REPEAT: MARDI GRAS – Both MainStage and Oskar Blues have added events, with New Orleans style live bands and food! See our “Things to Do” or their Facebook pages. Fat Tuesday is February 13th.
REPEAT: Cripple Creek has both an Ice Festival, and now an Ice Castle event. (Feb 17-19 and Feb 24&25) including President’s Day. == the CASTLE is Timed-ticketed event.; Purchase your tickets before arriving. INFO == (Did you check out Vail’s fantastic snow sculptures?)
REPEAT: FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS tickets are now for sale. It is Saturday, March 16 & 17th at the Events Center and ALL OVER TOWN == headliner just announced 1/31 : funk, jazz, surf rock, blues, and more performance by Andy Frasco and the U.N.
……..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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