Going for Green in Lyons

By Kathleen Thurmes

While the connections between Zero Waste and social justice issues may not be immediately apparent, it’s important to recognize that every step in the “stuff” life-cycle creates and reinforces a system of winners and losers. Not only do our economic system and modern lifestyles create massive amounts of waste, but they also produce grave social inequalities. From the process of extracting and harvesting raw materials, to the energy (mostly fossil fuels) used to make and transport products, to the landfills and incinerators where waste ends up, we can find workers exploited, communities polluted, and ecosystems damaged.



The Town of Lyons, with support from Boulder County, is continuing its EcoPass program for all Town residents, through 2018. There will be a fee increase to $40 per pass (the pass has a retail value of over $2,000). Also new in 2018, there will be a $120 fee cap per household.

Once purchased, the Lyons EcoPass provides residents with free use of any RTD bus and light rail services. This includes the “Y” service from Lyons to Boulder, buses to the airport, and buses and light rail in and around Boulder, Longmont and Denver.

Visit the Town of Lyons website (www.townoflyons.com/415/EcoPass). for information about renewing you current active EcoPass or applying for a new EcoPass.



Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley invites the Lyons community to share in the Ground Blessing of its new Park Street Development in Lyons on Saturday, January 13, at 3 p.m. It will take place on site at the corner of Second Avenue and Park Street. 

Three duplexes will be built in the Park Street Development. These homes will provide the first affordable housing to be constructed in Lyons since the 2013 flood destroyed approximately seventy homes here.



By Mark Browning
Water issues -- some of them quite serious -- dominated the Lyons Board of Trustees' workshop and meeting Tuesday night.
The BOT learned that a large grant the Town has been counting on to extend utilities to the Eastern Corridor (out Highway 66) is in jeopardy if the Town cannot solve water quality inflow problems at its new wastewater treatment plant.



By Nina Auslander
The Lyons soda fountain has gone through the hands of thirteen owners, the Great Depression, a fire, a flood, and too many renovations to count. Throughout all of the soda fountain’s storied history, one constant remains: the beautiful back bar, made out of Italian and Vermont marble, dark cherrywood cabinets, and colorful stained-glass panels framing a mirror. Generations have peered into the reflection, ordered an ice cream soda, and watched the world go by.


Editor's Note: In order that Lora and I and all our wonderful volunteer contributors might enjoy some time off to be with our families and friends during the holidays, the Lyons Recorder will continue our tradition of using the last week of the year, and the first week of the new year, to bring our readers “The Year In Review.” On behalf of everyone connected to the Lyons Recorder, we extend Season's Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year! Joseph Lekarczyk and Lora Gilson.

Town Government Etc.

The wheels of flood recovery for Lyons continue to grind slowly. Although significant progress has been made, i.e., LaVern M. Johnson Park is back, and better than ever; most of the homes and properties around town that were devastated by the flood waters have either been raised and repaired or razed and removed through 404-Buyouts; slow, but visible, progress is being


Just after 3 p.m., on Thursday, July 20, a lone man robbed the Bank of the West at 303 Main Street here in Lyons. The suspect made a verbal demand for money before going behind the teller's counter to seize the cash. After grabbing cash, the suspect fled the bank on foot. The robber was last seen fleeing northbound on

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