Official information on the flash flood in Lyons can be found at:
Lyons Recorder has coverage beyond the official info from FEMA and Boulder. It is broken into sections covering:

Thanking those who helped in Lyons Recovery

Personal Flood Heroes Nomination Letters
By Kathleen Spring

(Editor Note: On August 4, 2014, this article has been updated to include more nominations)

Hero nominations poured in for the Lyons Historical Society’s program honoring the flood heroes as part of their Good Old Days annual program. Every person nominated was not a government or charitable organization or

Last Updated on Monday, August 04 2014 16:21

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What Is CDBG-DR, Why Is It All Over The News, And What Does It Mean For Me?

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Headlines announce “Colorado gets another $199 million to spend on flood recovery,” and a lot of us get confused. What does this mean? Where does it come from, what is the money for, and, many might ask, how can I get some?

Last Updated on Thursday, July 31 2014 12:48

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Colorado Spirit Planning Many Recovery Related Summer Events

By Janaki Jane - Colorado Spirit
Colorado Spirit is planning a busy summer of events. The Lyons Youth Summer Series for teens, six more summer events in Allenspark, flood open mics at Oskar Blues, helping to coordinate Lyons One Year Strong flood

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 09 2014 16:37

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Finding the sunshine in the grey days

By Janaki Jane
The accompanying graph shows, more or less, how individuals and communities commonly respond to disaster over time.
Looking at it, you can see that at eight months after the September floods we are just about at the bottom of that disillusionment trough.

Last Updated on Thursday, June 05 2014 12:16

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Finding The Smile In Your Child’s Eyes After A Disaster

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
It’s hard enough to have to deal with the aftermath of a disaster as adults, whether it’s fighting insurance companies or driving past debris piles every day. Taking care of kids adds another level of stress and worry. Unfortunately, many children experience disasters every year. Fortunately, this means that many parents before you have found successful ways to deal with their children’s reactions to natural disasters.

Last Updated on Thursday, June 05 2014 09:55

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It Is Important to Have a Town-wide Conversation

Dear Editor,
The May 22 letter written by Robert Brakenridge was encouraging in one way.  Robert demonstrates the vital aspect of public engagement in our town’s process as we decide how to tackle the issue of replacement housing in the flood’s aftermath. This is, unfortunately, where my encouragement ended. Mr. Brakenridge makes several points that are just not accurate, and it is important that as we have this town-wide conversation, facts are honored.

Last Updated on Thursday, May 29 2014 19:59

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Rebuild In The Flood Way Will Be A Challenge

By Joseph Lekarczyk
Noxious fumes from the new roof being installed on Town Hall drove the Tuesday night special Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting down the street to the Walt Self Senior Center (how do they work there during the day?). There was only one item on the agenda; whether or not to allow the Lyons Community Church to encroach on the CDOT right of along the

Last Updated on Thursday, May 29 2014 13:31

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The Flood Watch Network

By Lyons Meteorologist, Greg Berman

The first raindrop fell at 6:25 p.m., on a Monday evening. This drop was followed up by an army of drops that continued through the night and into the morning hours. Yes, the accumulation was plenty, even at that time, but nothing that shook the earth or this Meteorologist who had already been forecasting a big rainstorm, or

Last Updated on Thursday, May 08 2014 14:22

Read more: The Flood Watch Network

Hands Across The Water

For forty-seven years, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) has conducted a cultural student exchange program with high schools in Japan, where Japanese students will visit and attend schools in the Boulder area for six weeks, and will then host students from Boulder during the following summer. A few years ago

Last Updated on Thursday, May 08 2014 13:35

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Flood Recovery Team Starts Office Hours

By Janaki Jane   
Lyons’ own flood recovery team, Lyons and Environs Colorado Spirit, has opened an office in the Balcony Office Suites at 431 Main Street, above the Barking Dog Café. Someone will be in the office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment.

Any resident or flood-displaced resident of the Lyons, Hygiene, or Allenspark zip codes can come in for help or information. Residents are encouraged to drop by, or make an appointment if that meets their schedules

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 07 2014 13:23

Read more: Flood Recovery Team Starts Office Hours

Mountain Strong

After the devastating September floods, Gary and Kris Hazelton of Estes Park, came up with a design for a T-shirt. They approached Ron Shumate and Tim Buck of Trail Ridge Printing in Estes Park, and an idea was born, “Mountain Strong.”

Last Updated on Thursday, December 19 2013 18:21

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Lyons To Lyons

In September, the news images of the flooding in Lyons, Colorado, began to appear in the homes of the people of Lyons, NY. Soon the “Geezer Network” began to exchange e-mails and plans to aide a sister

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11 2013 19:56

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HUD Provides $63 Million To Colorado Recovery

What could bring a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, two United States Senators, the Governor, a State Representative, a Boulder County Commissioner, the Mayors of several area municipalities, as well as Lyons

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11 2013 19:48

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Thank You Code42!

Code42 announced it has donated $29,209 to the American Red Cross, to  help those impacted by the recent Colorado floods. Code42’s two Colorado employees: Clark Hodge (right), a resident of Lyons, and  Stephanie Schneider (second from left) of Denver, presented the donation to  the local Red Cross chapter.  “CrashPlan is

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11 2013 18:53

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Town Update: RTD to Resume Service

Stone Canyon (correction!)
Water, sewer and gas will be restored to the Stone Canyon subdivision on Friday, November 1, 2013. Residents who are present Saturday will have their gas turned on by Xcel technicians. If you are not present, Xcel will leave a door knocker at your home with contact information for you to make an

Last Updated on Friday, November 01 2013 07:30

Read more: Town Update: RTD to Resume Service

Congress To Introduce Flood Insurance Reform Bill

On Tuesday, October 29, U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., David Vitter, R-La., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., released details of their soon-to-be-introduced legislation to fix flood insurance so that it is affordable, accessible, and self-sustainable. The legislation is the result of weeks of bipartisan collaboration and consultation with the

Last Updated on Thursday, October 31 2013 08:09

Read more: Congress To Introduce Flood Insurance Reform Bill

Residents To Move Back Saturday

By Joseph Lekarczyk

 In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor

 Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen (a.k.a. the “Turd Herder,” more on that later) had several items of good news at Thursday’s community update meeting at the LifeBridge Church.

 The first was that a significant portion of Lyons (the Business District, Old Town, and the North Higher Elevations) will have their utilities

Last Updated on Monday, October 28 2013 09:18

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Keep the Lyons Recorder “Afloat”

Help keep the Lyons Recorder “afloat” after the devastating flood, which ripped through Lyons, Colorado in the early morning of Thursday, September 12. As a result of the damage, the town has lost electricity, gas, water, all communications (phone and internet),and the ability to dispose of wastewater. In addition, all five of the bridges that cross the North and South forks of the St. Vrain River were compromised (two are completely gone), effectively cutting off the Lyons Middle/Senior High School from a majority of

Last Updated on Thursday, October 24 2013 10:38

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9News Donates $150K To Area Food Banks

9News donated $150,000 from the 9Cares Colorado Shares fund to the three Feeding America food banks serving the counties hardest hit by the flooding. Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, and Weld Food Bank, serving Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld counties, each received $50,000 for food procurement related to flood relief efforts.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 24 2013 07:49

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I’ll Be Home For Halloween!

By Joseph Lekarczyk

 

In the interest of full disclosure let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.

 

Date line: Friday, October 18, 2013

 

To paraphrase Bing Crosby, the crooner of all crooners, “I’ll be home for Halloween.” That, according to Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen, was the take-away for a large portion of the displaced Lyons residents at Thursday’s (October 17) Community Update Meeting at the LifeBridge Church. Simonsen laid out the latest “windows” for when various sections of town should have full utilities (i.e., electricity, water, sewer, and gas), and thus be able to move back home.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, October 21 2013 09:33

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State of Lyons Public Meeting Oct. 3

State of Lyons Public Meeting, Oct. 3

Last Updated on Friday, October 18 2013 11:24

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State of Lyons Public Meeting Oct. 17

State of Lyons Public Meeting, Oct. 17

Last Updated on Friday, October 18 2013 11:18

Read more: State of Lyons Public Meeting Oct. 17

Keller Williams Realty Helps Raise $350,000 for Colorado Flood Relief

When Boulder-based Elevations Credit Union announced it would match up to $100,000 in donations to area flood victims, Keller Williams Realty associates responded enthusiastically. In fact, when the Elevations Foundation quickly reached its goal, KW Cares, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization funded by Keller Williams agents, decided to double the match.

On Thursday, October 10, during Rocky Mountain Flood Relief Day, a volunteer disaster recovery initiative organized by Keller Williams agents, Keller

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 16 2013 14:18

Read more: Keller Williams Realty Helps Raise $350,000 for Colorado Flood Relief

Proposed Flood Recovery And Rebuilding Regulations

The Boulder County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners will be considering interim development regulations for homes and other structures damaged or destroyed by the historic rains, mudslides and flooding of September. Two upcoming Public Hearings have been scheduled:

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 16 2013 13:28

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Softball "Bash"-or

Rachel Bashor, daughter of Paul and Jodie Bashor and a 2012 graduate of Lyons High, is now attending McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska where she plays for the softball team. As soon as Rachel’s softball coach heard about the flooding in her hometown he knew that they had to help out in some way. He asked the team who wanted to go and help out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 15 2013 13:19

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Correction: Local Heroes Dave Wechsler And Steve McCain

CORRECTION

Steve McCain did not act alone. Dave Wechsler of Lyons Portable Welding participated too.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 08 2013 12:32

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Do you have spare housing?

Kathleen Spring and daughter, Anya, need housing; they have a kitty. They need 2 bedrooms. send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They are at the Best Western and need something soon. Thanks.

I would like to get the word out to those residents of Lyons who are still searching for accommodation and who are able to work remotelythat several

Last Updated on Thursday, October 03 2013 14:57

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Community Flood Assessment Crowdsourcing Map Launched

The City of Boulder has launched a ‘Community Flood Assessment’ crowdsourcing map to capture flood data and stories from Boulder residents and businesses.  This resident-scientist approach will empower the Boulder community to contribute to our shared learning

Last Updated on Sunday, September 29 2013 09:15

Read more: Community Flood Assessment Crowdsourcing Map Launched

Opening Estimated Reopening Dates for Highways

Following the selection of four contractors earlier this week as well as continued work by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance crews, the National Guard and other contractors, CDOT has announced estimated opening dates for many

Last Updated on Friday, September 27 2013 07:40

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Did You Say Forty-Three Million?

By Joseph Lekarczyk

In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.

The Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) held their first meeting in their new digs (the library of the Lyons Elementary School) on Monday night (September 23). In addition to the Mayor and all six Trustees, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen, Clerk Deb Anthony, Finance Director Tony Cavalier, Engineer Jim Blankenship, Attorney Tim Cox, and Intern-Extraordinaire Jeremy Matsen were present. Also in the

Last Updated on Thursday, September 26 2013 10:54

Read more: Did You Say Forty-Three Million?

Found And Classified After The Flood

A Lyons resident found a box of family photos washed up on his property by the flood and wants to return them to the owner.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 25 2013 12:33

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Video Interview With Lyons Town Administrator

Video interview of Lyons town administrator Victoria Simonsen Monday, 9/16/2013.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 24 2013 12:46

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City of Boulder sponsors Q&A for landlords and tenants affected by the flood

The City of Boulder Community Mediation Program is hosting a Q&A session with local landlord-tenant attorneys on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway.
 Attorneys will be on hand to answer flood-related questions and explain legal rights under the Colorado landlord-tenant law including the warranty of habitability.
 The program is free and open to the public.
 For more information about flood recovery efforts, please visit boulderfloodinfo.net.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 24 2013 09:10

Read more: City of Boulder sponsors Q&A for landlords and tenants affected by the flood

Help Is On Its Way

By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor
Dateline:  Sunday, September 22, 10 a.m.

Friday afternoon (September 20) Mayor Julie Van Domelen led Colorado State Senator Rollie Heath, his wife Josie from the Boulder Community Foundation (the umbrella organization for the Lyons Community Foundation), Colorado State Representative Jonathan Singer, and Foothills United Way CEO/President Doug Yeiser on a information gathering tour of the flood damage to the Town of Lyons.

Last Updated on Monday, September 23 2013 23:27

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Food Assistance Program Expanding

The federal food assistance program is temporarily expanding in Boulder County to help those affected by the recent severe flooding.  The Supplemental Nutrition

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 10:45

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Debris Collection Sites in Boulder County

Rural unincorporated county residents will have access to dumpsters in various areas affected by the flood. Locations for those dumpsters will be communicated

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 10:39

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Longmont Community Foundation Grants Application

The St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund is designed to provide financial resources to charitable organizations that are involved in the relief and rebuilding efforts in the St. Vrain Valley related to the September 2013 flood.  

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 10:09

Read more: Longmont Community Foundation Grants Application

CDOT Reopens Eight Highways

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reopened eight highways following flood repairs and cleanup with the help of CDOT maintenance crews and contractors. Currently, 15 highways remain closed with cleanup and repairs (temporary or permanent) underway in nearly all locations.

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 09:12

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Lyons Businesses' New Locations and Contact Information


Lyons Vet has a new temporary location at 215 Cheesman in Erie (by appointment only for now).  Veterinary services at this location (by appointment) or we can

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 08:42

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Free Concert For Lyons

Sounds of Lyons music festival founder and artistic director MinTze Wu has organized a special “Celebrating Lyons” concert to be held Saturday, October 12, at the First United

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 07:08

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Local assistance available to homes impacted by flooding

EnergySmart offers advising and financing to residents making home repairs in Boulder County

Last Updated on Sunday, September 22 2013 04:22

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Limited trails open in Chautauqua

After historic rain and flooding that caused extensive damage to trails, trailheads and natural resources, the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is

Last Updated on Saturday, September 21 2013 04:29

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Fund Raisers To Benefit Lyons

Fund Raisers To Benefit Lyons

Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 16:38

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Progress With Electrical Service

Restoration of electrical service progresses rapidly. On Thursday, 9/19, we notice the number of wire overhead on Rt 66 is greatly increased.

Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 13:21

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Emergency BOT Meeting

By Joseph Lekarczyk
Date Line:
Wed., Sept. 18, 6:45 a.m.
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known the author of this article is married to the Mayor.

The Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, September 17, at the Lyons Fire Station. In attendance were: Mayor-Pro-Tem Kirk

Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 13:10

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Bus Transportation Info from SVVSD

2:00 P.M.:  September 18, 2013
To Parents and Guardians of students eligible for school bus service:
On Thursday, September 19th, bus service will resume for the majority of SVVSD students eligible for transportation services.

Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 12:51

Read more: Bus Transportation Info from SVVSD

Updated Status of Larimer County Parks

The updated status (September 20, 2013) on areas managed by the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources follows:
 
Reservoirs:
Horsetooth Reservoir: open for day use, boating, and camping. (See boating/ANS inspection hours below.)

Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 08:40

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New Road To Lyons Valley Park

A meeting on the steps of the high school is where the plans for a new road began. UPDATE: see the bottom for photos of the new road in use.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 19 2013 14:59

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Do you have a wet phone?

DryBox Rescue, new machine designed to completely dry your wet phone of all moisture in 25 minutes,

Last Updated on Thursday, September 19 2013 10:46

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Record Setting Flood Buries Lyons!

By Weather Analyst Greg Berman

On September 1, I had to do a double take when I looked at the thermometer at 10 a.m.  The temperature was already pushing 80.  At noon, the temp was

Last Updated on Thursday, September 19 2013 07:34

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Photo Gallery 9/16 - The Drain Out #3

This image gallery is 7MB. Be a little patient. There is lots to see.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 23:04

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Photos Gallery 9/16 - Destruction & Drain Out #2

Lyons drains out on Monday 9/16. There are 24MB of images. Be patient.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 23:04

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Photos Gallery 9/16 - The Drain Out #1

Lyons drains out on Monday 9/16. There are 11MB of images. Be patient.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 23:03

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Bad Water & Pets

We have a confirmed report of a Lyons resident's dog acquiring a case of worms from the flood waters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 09:22

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Mail For Lyons & Allenspark

All mail for Allenspark and Lyons residents will be sent to the main Longmont post office at 2nd & Coffman.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 20:06

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Valley Bank & Trust Press Release

Valley Bank & Trust extends its sincerest thoughts

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 13:31

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Was there a forced evacuation of Lyons?

There has been tension and and misinformation about the so called "forced evacuation" of Lyons. We wish to cover the many points of view and hopefully reach a point of understanding why the things are happening the way they are. Let's review the various actors in the drama.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 12:35

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A Message from the Town of Lyons

Town of Lyons sends this message with a stern and positive attitude and an understanding heart:

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 11:07

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A Letter for Lyons Preschool Students

Dear Parents and Guardians of Lyons Preschool Students:

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 10:28

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The Other Disaster

There is a second disaster not seen by cameras.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 03:35

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St. Vrain Flow Rates

Lyons Recorder reporters rode Lyons on bicycles observing river flows.

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 19:32

Read more: St. Vrain Flow Rates

Lyons Electrical Power

Multiple crews are in Lyons(Monday 9/16) working on the electrical lines providing power to Lyons city residents.

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 19:04

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Poudre REA Recovery In Process

Crews from Poudre REA were working on electrical power yesterday(Sunday, 9/15)

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 19:02

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Relocation Lyons Schools

Letter From St. Vrain Valley Schools with regarding relocation of Lyons Elementary School & Middle/Senior High School.

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 18:10

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SBA Loans To Lyons Residents & Businesses

SBA Stands Ready to Assist Colorado Residents and Businesses Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 17:24

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Tax Filing and Payment Relief for persons affected by Colorado flooding

September 13, 2013, Denver, CO -- The Colorado Department of Revenue will extend filing deadlines

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 17:24

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CU-Boulder to reopen on Mon, Sept. 16

Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano has announced that the University of Colorado Boulder campus will reopen Monday, Sept. 16,

Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 17:23

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