2015 Nominations for Teaching Excellence

The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley announces You’re the Top …Tribute to Teachers to be held on May 8. The event will be held at The Plaza Conference Center and will include a dinner, Encore Awards for excellence in teaching and entertainment.

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Tough Road Loss For The Lions

By Kari Basey
It was a quiet week for the Lyons High School boys’ basketball team as they had only one competition, an away game against Denver Christian. The Lions were without a couple key players; starter Owen George was out with an illness and big man Max Schneeweiss was injured (luckily he will be back for the playoffs). 

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Public Hearing For Adoption Of Watershed Master Plans

On Thursday, February 26, at 2 p.m., the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing (Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Third Floor Hearing Room) to review the watershed master plans for Fourmile Creek, Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson River, St. Vrain Creek, and Upper Coal Creek. After a staff presentation and public comment, the commissioners will consider adoption of the master plans.

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Locals’ RockyGrass Tickets Coming Soon

Tickets to the 43rd Annual RockyGrass Festival (July 24 through 26) sold-out to the general public the week they went on sale in December. To thank our hometown Lyons community for the ongoing support over the years, Planet Bluegrass has set aside a block of both three-day and single-day RockyGrass tickets to sell exclusively to Lyons locals. These tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 4, exclusively at The Stone Cup.

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Boulder Public Library New Hours of Operation

Boulder Public Library (BPL) announces new operating hours, effective March 2, to better serve the public.

The Meadows and George Reynolds branch libraries will each be open an additional one day per week, for seven days per week service. Reorganization of staff and resources allows BPL to offer this additional day of

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Feb. 26 to Consider Adoption of Watershed Master Plans

On Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing atBoulder County Courthouse 3rd Floor Hearing Room, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder to review the watershed master plans for Fourmile Creek, Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson River, St. Vrain Creek, and Upper Coal Creek. After a staff presentation and public comment, the commissioners will consider adoption of the master plans.

In December 2014, Boulder County completed watershed master plans for St. Vrain Creek, Left Hand Creek, and Fourmile Creek. Boulder County also participated in the development of watershed master plans for the Little Thompson River and Upper Coal Creek, as these drainage areas include lands located in unincorporated Boulder County. All five plans continue the recovery

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“Sweat equity”

Dear Editor:
Both of us have worked on Habitat for Humanity projects for many years and donated to Habitat.  We think Habitat’s proven track record of success in building quality homes, providing financial counseling for Habitat homeowners, and assisting with affordable financing is a great model for promoting responsible home ownership.

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Faces of this Housing Issue

Dear Editor,
We are in the midst of a controversial (and sometimes painful and divisive) process of making an important decision together about the future of Lyons. By March 24, Lyons’ citizens will have chosen by vote whether we are willing to cede five to seven acres in Bohn Park for the purpose of building affordable recovery housing.

So much is at stake, I’m asking everyone to step back from their fears, personal judgments; reach deep and vote their consciences. My hope is, that whatever the outcome, we may participate in the process in such a way that is respectful, thoughtful, non-judgmental, and worthy of us as citizens of this very special place we (still want to) call home. It’s not a contest, like sports. Or even politics. There is no “enemy”, no dark, deceptive force at work. Many hours of earnest, hard work, careful research, and thoughtful consideration have been put in by people of all opinions trying to find a solution. As Trustee Dan Greenberg has said, we have to live with each other (and ourselves), and how we treated one another, after the vote is in.

I am one of the faces of this housing issue, having been displaced by the September 2013 flood. I am your neighbor, your friend. Lyons has been my home for almost seventeen years. I want to live in, and continue to make contributions to, this town I love. (I’m so fortunate to be sharing a wonderful Lyons home now.) I was talking the other day to a good friend who supports adding low-income housing, but is vehemently against using park space for recovery housing. When I told them I was one of the displaced people hoping to live there, they said they still would probably not vote for it, but now felt differently about it. Let’s talk to each other about this. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. I’m hoping enough people will be willing to consider all the issues in balance, this extraordinary opportunity and take the leap of faith. Be willing to change some of the spots on one of our sacred cows. For our friends and neighbors.

We must all ask ourselves, what is it we want to create for the future of our town?

I am holding the vision of a beautiful, carefully designed and landscaped little neighborhood, blending in to its surroundings, which has ample parkland flowing all around it. Many of our displaced citizens have returned. What many feared to be a blighted intrusion, they now enjoy as a new connection, inviting pedestrian flow from town to Bohn Park. People are still playing, laughing, walking their dogs, riding their bikes, planting gardens; still enjoying views of Steamboat Mountain, trees and foothills. There is still plenty of room for events and parking. The quality of life, complexion and richness of Lyons has been immeasurably improved for many years to come as a result of this vote of confidence. All the birthing pains have been long forgotten.

“Beyond the ideas of right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there.”  Rumi

With respect and appreciation,

Cathy Rivers, Lyons

 

The Gift of Home

There’s a mound of dirt in front of the Lyons home of Cat and Dave Wechsler that has toy trucks all over it. As Cat says, they’ve done all they can to help the boys still feel connected to their home since it was destroyed by the 2013 Flood. That has even included living in an RV in front of the

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