By Joseph Lekarczyk
The Board of Trustees (BOT) held a pre-meeting workshop Monday evening to “conceptually”  discuss their desires and ideas for a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of Lyons Village East (aka the Eastern Corridor; aka the ten-acre decommissioned waste water treatment plant recently purchased by the Town of Lyons from the City of Longmont). The consensus among the Trustees seemed to be, follow the guidelines set forth in the Comp Plan, make the request broad enough not to dissuade nor favor any particular developer (large or small), but, to put a fine enough point on it so that potential developers will understand what the town wants and needs in the realm of future development (i.e., hotel, affordable

The Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) is pleased to announce our 10th annual Community Support granting season. Applications for Community Support Grants are available online now and are due September 8, 2017. These grants are available only once per year and must be applied for at this time. Electronic submissions are required, granting information and applications are available at In 2016, Community Support Grants totaled over $40,000 and were awarded to 19 individual projects. None of this work would continue


Former Lyons resident John Freeborn (LHS class of 1995) is the Senior Ranger at Ridgway State Park. John has worked full time forCPW since 2004. On June 18, of this year John was driving to work when a vehicle swerved into his lane causing a high speed, head-on collision. John suffered serious injuries and had to be life flighted to Grand Junction. John has had several major surgeries


By Joseph Lekarczyk 

About two dozen local kayakers and their supporters packed the council chambers for Monday night's Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. They sat patiently through the roll call (Trustee/Mayor Pro Tem Dan Greenberg was not in attendance), the pledge of allegiance, a reflective moment of silence, approval of the agenda, the sheriff's report, and five items under staff reports for their opportunity to speak to the Trustees.

Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Bill Crist of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office reported that, “traffic and park patrols are going well.” He added, “a few tickets have been handed out” to people who have been crossing the river in LaVern Johnson Park near the eagles' nesting site. He reported that he had been on patrol the previous weekend, and felt not having construction work under way between Black Bear Hole and Third Avenue has led to fewer tie ups and long lines of cars trying to

Going for Green in Lyons

By Kathleen Thurmes

As we established in our previous column, a Zero Waste System is cyclical, like in nature, and focuses on redesigning our resource use to both eliminate demand for new materials and captures discards to be made into new products. Today, we’ll give a bird’s-eye overview of the recycling process.

For most people, recycling is a mysterious process. We throw a piece of paper or an aluminum can into a bin, it is taken away, and it disappears from our lives, never to be seen again. But what happens to the material once it is collected by a hauler or dropped off at a collection site? Where does it go? And what happens after that? Presumably, it is eventually made into something else, but what is the process to get there?

A decade or so ago, the sorting of recyclable materials was done at home. People had a bin for each type of recyclable material and they would be responsible for making sure the paper got into the paper bin and the plastic got into the plastic bin. Now, our system is more user-friendly. “Single-stream recycling” refers to the system that we have in Boulder County where we have one bin for all of our recyclable materials and the materials are sorted at the Boulder County Recycling Facility.
Let’s take a closer look at what happens in the single-stream recycling process.

Step 1: Single-stream recyclables plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars), paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and lids) are put into a curbside recycling bin

Step 2: The contents of the recycling bin are brought to the Boulder County Recycling Center (either by a hauling company or by the producer of the recycling)

Step 3: The materials wait to be put onto the conveyor belt to be sorted

Step 4: Through a series of machines, conveyor belts, and real-live people, materials are sorted according to what they’re made of. Paper, glass, ferrous metals, and specific numbered plastics all have their own bales.

Step 5: The different types of materials are compressed and put into large bales that can be easily loaded onto a truck for transportation

Step 6: The bales of materials are sold to recycling markets, where they are broken down into raw, recycled resources through shredding, melting, and other processes

Step 7: The recycled, raw materials are then used in manufacturing new products.

The process of making new products with post-consumer recycled materials (that means from items used and recycled by consumers like you!) differs greatly depending on the recycled materials being used and the products being manufactured. But the collection and sorting process is the same for anything put through the single-stream recycling process. All recyclables are sorted, baled, sold, processed, and made anew, continuing a cyclical model of consumption, avoiding the use of virgin natural resources, saving energy, and preventing pollution.

The Town of Lyons is proud to present our new 2017 Goodwill Fund to support human services in the Town of Lyons and the surrounding area. The purpose of the Goodwill Fund is to assist nonprofit organizations that help low-income individuals and families in the Lyons area meet their basic needs. Applications for funding from the Goodwill Fund are accepted June 1 through June 30, 2017.




By Kathleen Spring
The Lyons railroad depot was severely damaged during the Flood of 2013, and Christina Wells became the Project Director for its restoration.  During the annual May Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month Awards Ceremony in Boulder county, last night. Christina received the Heritage Roundtable Local History and Preservation Honor Award.

The sandstone depot was built in 1885. The railroad first served the quarry industry, but later also became a provider of popular weekend trips to the mountains.

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