Published on Thursday, November 07 2013 08:00
Mayor Julie Van Domelen, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen, and their families were invited to the second annual “Knight of Strikes” fundraiser last Friday night (November 1) at the Fat Cats Fun Center in Westminster. The event was an evening of bowling, video games, laserRead more: Knight Of Strikes
Published on Thursday, November 07 2013 07:38
Valley Bank & Trust has announced it will not reopen its Lyons branch, located at 304 Second Avenue. The branch has been closed since September due to flooding, which caused power outages and interruptions in water, sewer, and gas supplies in the area.
“This was a very difficult, yet necessary decision we made to increase the efficiency of our overall branch network and sustainability of Valley Bank & Trust in the future. The team at Lyons has done excellent work for us and has served the community well,” said Donna Petrocco, ValleyRead more: Valley Bank & Trust To Permanently Close Lyons Branch
Published on Thursday, November 07 2013 00:00
By Oskar LaRue
Author’s note: This final article has a more subjective tone than previous ones - I beg your indulgence - it’s been hard to keep a lid on how proud I’ve been of these twenty boys throughout the season. Perhaps someday they will appreciate the magnitude of their contribution to their hometown just by playing football! - OL
“No Excuses, No Regrets”
Last Saturday our Lyons Lions football team traveled to Limon to take on the second-ranked Badgers in the opening round of the Class 1A state playoffs. The heavily-favored Badgers did to the Lions what the recent thousand-year flood couldn’t; they ended the Lions’ 2013 season.Read more: Season Ends For Inspirational Lions
Published on Friday, November 01 2013 07:30
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
Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 09:19
By Oskar LaRue
The Lyons Lions football team ended their regular season last Friday night by routing the Denver Christian Crusaders 34 to 14 at Mead High School. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and got the Lions into the post-season playoffs. Talk about good timing. But the victory wasn’t as easy as the final score might imply. It took all sixteen guys to accomplish it.Read more: Lions Maul Crusaders To Make Playoffs
Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 09:12
By Renée Haip
The Lyons cross country teams started their current training cycle last summer, meeting and gathering together regularly to train towards common goals and dreams. Under the care and guidance of Coaches Roberts and Boelé and armed with Coach Boelé’s individualized training plans, they took on the work at hand with focus, commitment, and discipline. Nothing—not flood waters, evacuations, or foreign training grounds—could deter them, and on Saturday, October 26th they were set to take on the challenges to be found at the unforgiving 5K state cross country course at Bear Creek Park and the adjacent rodeo grounds at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.Read more: Silver and Gold for Lyons
Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 08:50
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 business at Monday night’s Board of Trustees’ (BOT) meeting was mostly what we have come to expect during the crisis mode recovery phase, discussions about the checkpoint and neighborhood security, approval of contracts for temporary recovery fixes for utilities, infrastructure updates, and pleas for residents and businesses to contact FEMA/SBA, and for them to also apply for the grants and aid that is available to Lyons individuals, families,Read more: Showers At Noon, Laundry After Midnight
Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 08:28
Dear Lyons Community,
We have a choice as a community. We can choose to build the future Lyons. We can stand up, dust ourselves off and create what we want Lyons to be. Or, we can contract, hunker down and think only about our losses.
Choosing our future will call upon our higher selves. It is not easy to think of the greater good when our personal needs are at the fore. It is not easy to reach into our pockets to find the resources to rebuild when our personal resources have taken a hit. It is not easy to believe that we have the energy to recover to a brighter Lyons when we are tired and dislocated in the present. But, I continue to believe we can, and I hope that we will.
To show our faith in the future, I ask that you support the Lyons Area Library by voting yes on ballot measures 4C and 4D. I was disheartened to receive a letter in the mail from Peter Baumgartner and Annie Mannering attempting to defeat this community effort. This crusade to undermine the Lyons Depot Library only leads to a darker, not brighter future.
Even worse, of their nine points, eight are factually incorrect. Like the worst political ads you see on TV, if there was a fact checker, that letter would earn a “pants on fire” rating as it intentionally seeks to misinform the voters. They say the library proposal ignores the Comprehensive Plan. They clearly did not read the Comprehensive Plan, which has as one of its objectives to “promote and enhance the use of a Lyons library facility as a community resource and a strategic hot spot to support local businesses, students, scholars and other residents.” They say the Library Steering Committee “never had the intention of including a performance space” when the District has repeatedly stated that they are assessing the cost and feasibility of such an option. They say that the Steering Committee did not get appropriate input from Town Staff, yet Town Staff serve on the Steering Committee and there have been full consultations. They state that building a new library will take money away from the Redstone Museum. Not only ludicrous and patently false, this last one is deeply cynical coming from Peter Baumgartner who has fought for years to eliminate funding for the museum that he now seems to hold dear.
Regarding the tax issue, they fail to point out that folks whose homes were damaged in the flood are getting overall tax relief. In addition, the Library District will not collect the full tax immediately, reducing the financial contribution needed during the recovery period. If they were really concerned about the less fortunate in Lyons, they would be in full support of a better library. Libraries are a great equalizer of opportunity, a place where kids without computers or quiet places at home to study would have access, where people that cannot buy their books on Amazon can read for free, where computer banks provide help for the unemployed to prepare resumes and search for jobs, where our community groups can meet and develop their programs to help our citizens.
My father asked me a good question the other day. In deciding how he would vote, he wanted to know if voting for the library would take away from other Town priorities during the flood recovery? My answer was clear: the library is one of those priorities that will help Lyons recover. Voting yes on 4C and 4D will not only make Lyons stronger, at a practical level it will free up resources in the Town budget that will help us finance our critical infrastructure repairs by taking the Library off the Town books and having it funded and managed by the Library District. Voting yes on 4C and 4D has added benefits of preserving a cherished community service during a time of declining Town revenues and building an important asset for the future while helping us fund our broader recovery.
The time is now to invest in Lyons. I am proud to vote YES on 4C and 4D.
Mayor Julie Van Domelen
Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 08:09
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 theRead more: Congress To Introduce Flood Insurance Reform Bill