Dangerous Grass

A hidden danger emerges as lush, spring grass dries up in the hot weather of early summer. The dried grass seeds, called grass awns, pose a potentially deadly threat to your pet. 

These grass awns frequently become lodged in your pet’s fur or body openings. The most common places for grass awns to become stuck are between the toes, in eyes and ears. If they are removed promptly, only minor irritation results. The special shape of these awns allows them to burrow deeper into your pet if they are not removed promptly. 

Awns in the eye cause infection, corneal ulcers, and eventual blindness. Awns in the ear cause external ear infections and often will penetrate the eardrum to cause middle

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Paddle to Alaska - Part 5

By Kelly Yelverton


Editor’s Note: Lyons resident Kelly Yelverton recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. To celebrate her accomplishment, she and a friend have decided to paddle their sea kayaks on a 1200-mile journey through the Inside Passage to Alaska. She will be sending updates and photos of her adventure throughout the summer. 

It took us forty days to catch our first fish. Technically, twenty-eight days in that we hooked a rockfish but we were unprepared to cook it so ended up releasing it. You’d think we would be having fish and crab for dinner every night, but something about waking up at four or five in the morning, paddling ten hours straight, battling current and

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Donald Alan Johnson


March 1, 1957 – May 18, 2010
Donald A. Johnson, age 56, passed away at his home in Lyons, on May 18, of heart failure. He was born March 1, 1957 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to Merle and Donna Johnson.  Don grew up in Hot Springs, and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1975; a year later he enlisted in the Air Force.  After his service, he worked for a while in the electronics field for Hughes

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Paddling To Alaska -III

By Kelly Yelverton

Editor’s Note: Lyons resident Kelly Yelverton recently graduated from college in Washington state. To celebrate her accomplishment, she and a friend have decided to paddle their sea kayaks on a 1200-mile journey through the Inside Passage to Alaska. She will be sending written updates and photos of her adventure throughout the summer.

Paddling is all about rhythm.

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Gary Wayne Walker

Gary Wayne Walker
August 19, 1951 – April 25, 2013
Former Lyons resident Gary Wayne Walker passed away in Hay Springs, Nebraska on April 25, after a three-month battle with cancer. He was sixty-one years old.

Gary was born August 19, 1951, and raised in Springfield, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents Virginia Lee and Norman A Walker Jr., and his ex wife Lissa Walker. He is

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National Parks = American Treasures

By Helen Colella 

National Parks are special land areas set aside by the government for all people to enjoy, appreciate and preserve.  Over the years, National Parks have grown in number, currently, fifty-seven are found throughout twenty-seven different states, and two more in the U.S Territories of American Samoa and the Virgin Islands.

The Parks span mountains to valleys, desert to seaside, prairies to rainforest. Each has its   own identity and focus on the natural world. Each has unique land and water formations, wildlife, plants, mineral resources, land development. Each has its own data

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Giddyup Into Spring

Put on your boots and jeans, saddle up your pony, and giddy on up to the historic Stanley Hotel!  Giddyup Kitty is back in town with a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Celebrate spring and have fun on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., with this award winning bluegrass band as they return to Estes for a high-energy performance of country-grass music.

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