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B •R •I •E •F •S Regional Library District open call for trustee applications LYONS – Trustees of the Lyons Regional Library District Board serve on a staggered-term basis. The board is always interested in seeing applications from interested parties for upcoming positions. In general, the board is seeking someone who: • Lives in the Lyons Regional Library District (Boulder or Larimer counties); • Can commit time and positive energy (varies with the needs of the new building project, but sometimes can be up to eight hours a month); • Has great teamwork skills, yet brings individual talents; • Is passionate in the belief that libraries transform lives; • Is comfortable working with digital documents. How to start your inquiry: Sarah Catchpole chairs the HR committee and is the best person to contact for an initial inquiry and exploratory conversation. Interested? Please email your contact info and the best times to reach you to: Board @ Lyons Regional Library. com. In the subject bar, kindly put: Sarah – Trustee Inquiry. The Library Board would love to hear from you and thanks you for your interest.

The Lyons Community Food Pantry LYONS – In April the pantry had 124 client visits in April, which averages 31 households a week. There were 978 pound of food and non-food items donated directly to the pantry by Lyons residents and businesses. The client records for 2018 have been Continue Briefs on Page 7 Like us on Facebook































A flying dinosaur? No, it’s a great blue heron, gathering nest materials at its home in Belmar Park in Lakewood. Largest of the North American herons, with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill, the great blue heron stands four feet tall with a seven-foot wingspan and can be found in nearly every state. Greg Lowell writes about the great blue heron this month. See his story on page 5. PHOTO BY VERONICA LANDON

Trustees hear update on Bohn Park, the Greens and other issues By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – Bohn Park Phase I is now open and the soft opening for the park in early May was well received by all those who came to the park, according to Richard Markovich, Flood Recovery Manager. Residents and visitors in Lyons have missed their parks, which are slowly reopening after the flood of 2013. Phase II of the park has been delayed due to a required survey of the land that federal authorities said was missed. The town staff did do a Cultural Resource Survey (CRS) of the land when they were considering it for the new public works building before the construction began. The town staff is now consulting with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the state and others to see if the town survey will comply with the federal regulations. Although the feds and the state could rescind their funding for the project, it seems unlikely that the park project would lose its funding altogether. Markovich also told the board that the new public works building will be increased from about 7,000 square feet to over 9,000 square feet. He added that the new whitewater features on the St. Vrain River from the Black Bear Hole along the river were a disappointment. He said that the work was not up to the standards that he wanted, which included the work along the banks of the river. The embankment was much steeper than he had wanted. Responding to Mayor Pro Tem Barney Dreistadt’s questions, Markovich said he hoped that the contractor would revisit the site and make some changes. The McConnell bridge officially reopened on May 8 with a ribbon cutting, a brief history by historian LaVern Johnson, comments by state officials and introductions by Mayor Connie Sullivan. Work is still being done on the bridge, but it is now open and residents are happy to have a direct route to homes in that area. At a workshop preceding the town board meeting the trustees heard from two developers, Paul Tamburello and Paula Merten, who gave a presentation on a project that they proposed to the town board to build in the eastern corridor, called The Greens. The Greens team’s Request for Proposal (RFP) was selected on Jan. 16 by the BOT to move forward with further discussions. The Greens

proposal would be to build be a series of very large grow towers that would grow food for the housing complex, and the food would also be sold to area residents. The grow tower idea originated in Singapore. The Greens would also consist of mixed-use development with commercial areas and some affordable housing units built by Thistle Community Housing. The Greens team was looking for a vote by the BOT to move forward on a signed purchase agreement. But Mayor Sullivan told the group that the board needed to have further discussions before taking that step. The Greens team seemed disappointed and not sure what they should do next saying that they had put up a lot of money to get to this point. The situation of whether the lateral sewer line on Upper Fifth Avenue is a public or private line still seems to be unresolved. Residents presented information on how property lines shifted and what was said and done under past town administrators to make their case that the sewer lateral which connects to the main line is actually a line owned by the Town of Lyons and is not a private line which would be the responsibility of the residents. According to town building codes, homeowners are responsible for lateral lines that connect from the home to the main sewer lines. The town could not find any Continue Town on Page 19

After being destroyed in the 2013 flood, the McConnell Bridge reopened on May 8 with a dedication event. PHOTO BY ARIELLE HODGSON



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LYONS The Weed Posse gathers steam this spring By Cathy Rivers Redstone Review LYONS – In the fall of 2016, Garima Fairfax, Emily Walker and I were chatting after attending a Lyons Ecology Board film Rivers presentation on Monarch butterflies at Stonebridge Farm. We had all noticed noxious weeds around town in public areas, individually plucking a few as we walked here and there, but expressed our desire to do more. Half-jokingly, I suggested we form a weed posse, and target areas as a volunteer group. We all agreed, and the Weed Posse was born. Our guiding philosophy is pretty simple: as good stewards of our land, we recognize that controlling noxious weeds locally, in a non-toxic way, is conducive to our ecological health and collective well-being. Not only that, we build community relationships, gain knowledge about plant life, and get a good workout. And we have fun. Pulling weeds really is great therapy. It’s very satisfying to see the transformation of a patch of land from weedy to wonderful. In Lyons, these bad actors top the Weed Posse’s noxious weed list: diffuse knapweed, puncture vine, myrtle spurge, Canada thistle and mullein. In an effort to keep plastic out of the landfill, the Weed Posse mostly uses collapsible containers, which are emp-

tied each week into town bins. Fairfax has extensive plant knowledge and describes noxious weeds as nonnative plants that are disrupting our native vegetation and ecosystems. They threaten our drinking water supply, agricultural crops, pasture lands and native habitats. They thrive because they have no natural controls, such as insects, and are able to adapt to varied climatic conditions. Effects of noxious weeds are not limited to agriculture. Wildlife forage is reduced by their invasion as well. Additionally, some species reduce the water supply by consuming about 200 gallons of water daily. In other words, nothing eats them, and they grow just about anywhere. Some of these plants produce over 10,000 seeds annually. Timing is critical – pulling weeds before they go to seed (which can be left on site to decompose) or disposing of weeds gone to seed, prevents spreading. The Weed Posse operates under the auspices of the Lyons Volunteers, in partnership with the Town of Lyons, to tend to public lands not regularly maintained by the Town, like the Lyons Cemetery. Although our primary focus is Lyons’ open spaces, if owners of a private residence have a special need, they may apply through the Lyons Volunteer site: We have just begun our third season, working through October, meeting most

The Weed Posse goes gunnin’ for noxious bad guys: diffuse knapweed, puncture vine, myrtle spurge, Canada thistle, and mullein. Left to right: Cathy Rivers, Emily Walker, Garima Fairfax, and Bonnie DiSalvo. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS Thursday mornings from 10 to 12, at specific locations. We encourage new volunteers to join us; each volunteer earns an $8 lunch voucher per work session, redeemable at a number of participating Lyons eateries and food stores. (Thank you, Lyons Community Foundation!) Send your email to Cathy Rivers, to get on the mailing list, or check Facebook “Lyons Happenings” page for weekly Weed Posse work locations.

Bring your clippers, gloves, and cheerful selves (plus hat, water and sunscreen) and join us when you can. Cathy Rivers is an artist, design consultant, color specialist, photographer and a volunteer. The house she was renting was damaged in the flood forcing her to evacuate. She has volunteered her time and expertise to help her friends, neighbors and anyone else who needed help which she continues to do to this day. She lives in Lyons.

Everyone’s a winner at Third Annual Casino Night By Tory Oakland Redstone Review LYONS – For the third year in a row, the Lyons Elementary School PTO has

been humbled by the generosity and support of our community at the Casino Night fundraiser. Judging by the turnout of more than 150 gangsters and flappers who took over

$20,000 raised that night directly benefits the students of Lyons Elementary School. Without generous sponsorships, this fantastic event would not have happened, and sincere thanks go to: Laura Levy at Coldwell Banker Realty; La Mariposa; Hiku Graphics; Boulder Landscape and Design; Gateway Realty; Lyons Automotive; Mojo Taquiera; All Pro Decking; Farmers Insurance; Green Goo; Baer Forestry; S20 Design; and All County Construction. Notorious for its cohesiveness, the Lyons community once again assembled for the benefit of our school, and for that we are truly grateful.

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MAYOR’S CORNER A proposal for redevelopment in the eastern corridor By Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons Redstone Review LYONS – In late 2017, the town issued a request for proposals for the redevelopment of town-owned property located in the eastern corridor, just beyond the Sullivan intersection of U.S. Hwy. 36 and Colorado Hwy. 66. The property used to be the site of Longmont’s water treatment plant; however the facility is now defunct and the remaining buildings are decayed and have been described as blight. The property is split by Colorado Hwy. 66, and has been on Lyons’ radar for over ten years as a potential source of additional tax revenue for the town once redeveloped. The Board of Trustees (BOT) authorized the purchase of the property from Longmont in April 2017, for the primary purpose of locating the new public works facility there as the building could not be re-constructed in the pre-flood location on Second Avenue across from Bohn Park due to being in the floodplain. (The grant funding paying for the rebuild does not allow public facilities to be located in a floodplain.) In January 2018, the Lyons Board of Trustees heard a presentation from interested developers, Paul Tamburello (General Development, LLC) and Paula Merten (Merten Development LLC). The proposal, which they refer to as “The Greens” includes commercial, industrial and residential components. A link to the full proposal and most recent site plan can be found under the May 7, 2018 BOT workshop packet link on the Town of Lyons website at http: // www. townoflyons. com / AgendaCenter / ViewFile / Agenda /_ 05072018-966? html = true. During the most recent BOT workshop, the group presented an updated version of the plan, and now is looking for feedback at the next BOT meeting regarding whether or not to move the plan forward. Since the presentation occurred in the workshop portion of the BOT meeting, there is no recording to reference, thus I felt it would be good to provide an overview here. The development proposal includes purchasing the entire property, consisting of approximately four acres on the north side of the highway and three acres on the south side. The south portion of the parcel may have development barriers due to the condition of the stream banks that have not be restored post-flood; however the plan contemplates a river walk, farm to table restaurant, either market-raterental micro-housing (approximately 20 units) or lodging (Hostel Fish in Denver was given as an example), and about

the highway access and with future annexations that might support additional housing. The next steps in considering the proposal are for the 21,000 square feet of retail space. On the north side, the board members to share their current thoughts on what plan describes a “Future of Food Community” that proposes has been presented thus far. Committing to the project installing a novel agricultural system that uses vertical tow- will require an understanding of the timeline and funding ers to grow fresh produce year round. needed for the affordable housing piece; whether it is feaThe technology is unique to the U.S. sible and/or desirable to relocate and downsize the proand has been piloted in Singapore. posed public works facility; understanding what, if any, The system uses very little water and development might occur in the near future on the electricity to produce high volumes south parcel due to the need to restore the of food that could be distributed to stream banks and account for the businesses and residents floodplain; highway access based on around the area. the current Colorado Department The grow towers Of Transportation (CDOT) plans to (three) have a classify the road as an “arterial;” and footprint of whether the town can obtain the approximately 60 necessary permitting for the wastesquare feet each water treatment plant to accommowith a height of date the development. 30 feet, and If the Board wishes to move forward, would be locatthe next step would be to negotiate a ed inside the purchase agreement (sale greenhouse. price) and commence on Renderings of answering questions associthe grow system ated with the above list of can be seen in considerations. Finally, the proposal there is also a need to deterdocument. mine how the decision to The north parcel would also implement a new urban include a food production and renewal plan for the site fits distribution facility, into the project funding commercial kitchen(s) design and schedule. The that could be used by Lyons Urban Renewal caterers, a second groAuthority (LURA) meets Get a better cery store, and affordable look at the proposed on the last Thursday of housing. The affordable redevelopment design for the every month in town hall housing component is Eastern corridor at http: // www. and is working on putting a being offered in partner- townoflyons. com / AgendaCenter / plan in place for properties ship with Thistle, who ViewFile / Agenda /_ 05072018-966? html = in the eastern corridor that also submitted a bid for true. This image of the overall concept is on page 18. are likely to be annexed in the Lyons Valley Park the near future. Comments project, but was not regarding “The Greens” selected. The affordable housing units could provide a proposal can be provided via email or during audience busimix of one, two and three bedrooms (30,000 square feet ness at the May 21, 2018, regular BOT meeting. total) with affordability being dependent on the funding sources. The recent proposal provided at the May meetConnie Sullivan was first elected Mayor on April 5, 2016. ing showed a new option to expand the number of units Prior to becoming Mayor, she served two terms on the Town by moving the site of the public works building to a dif- Board of Trustees beginning in 2012. She was re-elected ferent location, and requested a commitment of $2.9 mil- Mayor in April, 2018. Connie, and her husband Neil are the lion of the $4 million disaster funding currently available owners of the St. Vrain Market located in downtown Lyons to Lyons. The group also showed how the area might on Main Street. For comments or questions, Mayor Sullivan evolve over the next ten to 15 years pending changes to can be reached by email at

It’s spring cleanup time again By Dawn Weller Redstone Review LYONS – The Lyons annual spring cleanup day will take place Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the perfect Weller time to gear up for the spring cleanup, for with spring unfolding every day now, you may be starting your spring cleaning and yard work. Saturday, May 19, the Sustainable Futures Commission (SFC) will be coordinating the annual Cleanup Day at the Lyons Wastewater Treatment Plant at Second Avenue across from Bohn Park.

SFC’s goal is to enable you to recycle, repurpose, and reuse as much as possible, keeping landfill waste to a minimum. New this year will be a “limited hazardous material” drop-off. The accepted items are antifreeze, motor oil (up to 40 gallons), and car / motorcycle batteries. These are the only hazardous material items that are acceptable and there is no charge for the service. Gently used clothing and small household items may be donated to the ARC Thrift truck that will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guidelines for Cleanup Day Fees will apply for trash disposal, yard waste that cannot be recycled, and specif-

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lawn furniture, buckets, trash containers, and barrels), clothing, paired reusable shoes, books, bicycle tubes, plastic bags, printer cartridges, and scrap metal. Please separate items for ease of sorting into the correct container. Hard-to-recycle items that CHaRM will accept for a recycling fee include: bicycle tires, mattresses, box springs, Freon appliances, porcelain toilets, fire extinguishers, and electronic waste such as computers and peripherals, audio equipment, phones, small electric items, TVs, VCRs, and plastic appliances. The Sustainable Futures Commission (SFC) is coordinating these events. Toby Russell is the Town’s Sustainability Coordinator. For more information, call the town hall at 303-823-6622; ask for Toby Russell.




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Benefits of volunteering

LEAF celebrates its Volunteers of the Year Awards By Kate Kerr Redstone Review LYONS – Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) recently awarded three “Volunteers of the Year.” These special volunteers, Mike Carroll, Jack St. John and Carol Brady, all donate their time to the Lyons Food Pantry, which is one of four services offered by LEAF. Each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Lyons Food Pantry volunteers make food available to those in need in our community. How does the food get to the pantry? Some is donated by local citizens, but the majority is selected and transported from the Community Food Share (CFS) in Louisville. In the past private cars were used to carry the food to Lyons, but now, thanks to funds from Lyons Community Foundation and individual donations, LEAF has its own van. On Wednesday mornings, Mike Carroll and Jack St. John take turns joining the Food Pantry team in the

LEAF van, ready with their muscle power and good cheer to help transport 600 to 1,000 pounds of food. At the CFS, food selections are made, but “someone” has to move it from the shelves onto carts, from the carts to scales, back to the carts, then load it all into the LEAF van. Back in Lyons, the food is moved yet again to the basement of Lyons Community Church. “Someone” needs to be very strong. Many thanks to Carroll’s and St. John’s high energy commitment and physical strength. Once the food is in Lyons, it has to be organized and set up for the clients. Each week, Carol Brady assists with shelving any food brought in from CFS that isn’t going out that week. She helps weigh local donations and checks the expiration dates. Brady takes great care in setting up the pantry food tables each week, varying the selection of food and making it appealing to the pantry recipients. She efficiently helps keep the food rotated out of the shelved inventory based on expiration dates, ensuring that food goes out in a timely manner and doesn’t linger on our shelves.

By Kate Kerr Redstone Review “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali Did you know that serving as a volunteer can actually increase your lifespan? Volunteering makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of others, but also benefits the volunteers themselves. Multiple studies show that doing good helps people lead better, healthier lives with findings such as: • Decreased depression and anxiety • Increased sense of purpose and fulfillment • Increased self-confidence • Increased physical and mental activity and increased brain function • Increased heart health • “The Happiness Effect.” Similar to the “feel good” sense after a vigorous workout, volunteering brings a release of dopamine in the brain with the same “feel good” reaction. • For those with chronic illness, volunteer work helps keep them active and helps take their minds off of their own problems. Special thanks to all the many, many volunteers in the Lyons community. These folks are reliable, dedicated volunteers who, along with many others, care deeply about the work of the Lyons Community Food Pantry and the mission of LEAF. The vast majority of LEAF’s work is funded through local donations. Everyone is invited to support LEAF which offers a human services safety net to those in need in the greater Lyons area. Services include the Food Pantry, Meals On Wheels, Basic Needs and Resource Matching. To contact LEAF, call 720-864-4309 or email

Left to right: Emily Dusel, Pam Browning, Monique Sawyer-Lang, Mike Carroll, Tanya Daty, Meghan Pound, Susan McCann, Heather Santasteban, and Maridy Dandeneau. Mike Carroll is one of the three people who were honored and given an award at the LEAF Volunteer Awards celebration on April 19. Jack St. John and Carol Brady were also honored but were not able to attend the celebration. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS

Redstone Museum and June events By Monique Sawyer-Lang Redstone Review LYONS – The Lyons Redstone Museum will kick off the summer with new events in June, including the opening of a new exhibit on the history of the railroad and on the Lyons depot building, the Lyons History Summer Day Camp, and Good Old Days activities. The museum is currently open weekends in May and will be open on Memorial Day, May 28. It will be open daily June through September. A new exhibit, All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons will open on June 27 with an evening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will include a brief History Talk about the railroads in Lyons from 7 to 7:30 p.m. It wasn’t long after the 1881 founding of the Town of Lyons that the Denver, Utah, and Pacific Railroad made its way to Lyons in 1885. Arrival of the railroad signaled a new era in the development of the town, making the shipping of sandstone more efficient and opening up the area to a bustling tourism industry. The

new exhibit highlights the history of the railroad and the depot building through photographs, ephemera, and artifacts from the museum’s collections, some of which have never before been on display. Visitors will learn how the arrival of the railroad impacted the town, its economy, and its identity. A museum tradition since 2010, this year’s Lyons History Summer Day Camp will be held June 11 to 15. The camp offers students an interactive fun way of learning about their town’s history and an opportunity to share the history lessons with their family and friends. The themes this year are how “news” was delivered in the olden days, and Colorado wild animals. Each day will start with a history lesson followed by a coordinated craft. The campers will have a light nutritious lunch, then create a page or two in their large scrap book that reiterates the lesson they learned. On the final day the campers will put on a skit, based on the week’s theme, for their parents and families, followed by the students giving their


families a personal museum tour. Each child will give the background of one favorite artifact on display. The camp takes place June 11 to 15 this year, instead of the end of summer. The

Train leaving Meadow Park, circa 1920s. PHOTO COURTESY OF LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM

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possible by support from Lyons Automotive and Lyons Historical Society. To register, call camp director Kathleen Spring at 303-823-5271 and register by June 2. In addition there is an opening for a person to be an assistant to the camp director for two hours Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Summer isn’t complete in Lyons without the annual Good Old Days celebration, which will be held on June 30 this year. It’s a time for friends and neighbors near and far to get together and reminisce. At 1 p.m., on the lawn of the Redstone Museum, the Lyons Historical Society will hold its annual history program to honor the Lyons High School graduating seniors from Lyons pioneer families. This year’s Continue Museum on Page 18

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OPTIONS Pterodactyls in our midst By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – Like most kids, I was fascinated with dinosaurs and impossibly longed to see a real one. But then one day I did. I was in a canoe and slipped into a quiet cove and there it was, a prehistoric apparition with a pterosaurian wingspan rising up from the shore. I thought I’d gone to dino heaven. Alas, my flying reptile was but a great blue heron, a bird whose in-flight profile – neck tucked back, long bill jutting forward, legs trailing like a tail – harkens back its long-extinct relative. Among the most ubiquitous of North America’s wading birds, the great blue heron can be found in nearly every state from freshwater ponds and rivers to seacoast marshes and beaches. A full-grown great blue heron is four feet tall and has a seven-foot wingspan. They are solitary birds, except when they pair up and nest every spring. Here in Boulder County you can see blue herons every month of the year, standing sentinel along the St. Vrain River in a snow shower or impaling a bluegill at Pella Ponds in the summer heat. While herons have always been in Colorado, the creation of ponds and reservoirs here along the Front Range has created an ideal environment for them and their numbers have increased. The birds are generally nonmigratory, although they will come down to lower elevations in the winter. Communal rookeries At this time of the year, great blue herons are most noticeable as they gather at traditional treetop nesting sites called rookeries. Rookeries are a congregation of large, roughly built nests of sticks where the herons incubate their eggs and raise their young. The nesting sites can’t be missed. The trees – generally large cottonwoods – are denuded from the constant rain of heron droppings, the ground underneath smells like week-old fish, and the cries of the young birds have you looking for troops of monkeys. In Colorado, great blue herons usually lay one clutch of three to five eggs, which are incubated by both adults. The eggs hatch in 25 to 30 days. For the next two months, the adults feed the young by regurgitation.

Adult and young herons roost at a Boulder County rookery.


As the young herons prepare to fledge, they can often be seen standing hunched over in silence at the edge of the nests until an adult approaches, at which point every one of the young in the rookery lets loose with shrieks and cackles hoping to be first in line for the adult’s fish or frog deliveries. While young herons can fly at 60 days, some of the more stubborn fledglings may stay as long as 90 days at the nest before departing. Locally, there’s a rookery off the misnamed Crane Hollow road in Hygiene. Early settlers to the region incorrectly called the herons “cranes,” which suggests that there may have been a rookery there as long ago as the 19th century. The Crane Hollow rookery can be seen from the road. It’s best to keep your distance from the rookery during nesting season for the benefit of the birds. Boulder County Parks and Open Space owns the land the Crane Hollow rookery is on and enforces such protection. While the rookeries tend to be used continuously for many years, the acidic excrement of the birds stresses the cottonwoods and causes them to lose their leaves, exposing the nests to marauding eagles. Then they will be abandoned and a new rookery site will be established. Empty nests in a rookery are commonly used by great

horned owls, which breed earlier in the winter and who seem content to reside side by side with the herons. What’s for dinner? Everything Herons are commonly seen standing in ponds, marshes and streams peering intently into the water for fish, frogs and crayfish. The birds are patient hunters and move slowly and deliberately until they uncoil with lightning speed and thrust their bill into their prey. While fish and frogs are their primary food, they are opportunistic hunters and will also take turtles, rodents and birds. They’ve been seen stalking mice and voles in fields (and even prairie dogs here locally), raiding bird nests and wading in the ocean surf for crabs and fish. Night or day, herons will eat whatever comes their way. And, while when fully grown they are one of the biggest birds around, they are preyed upon by bald eagles. As much as I impossibly hope to see a real pterodactyl one day, I’ll have to be content with their latter-day relatives – a bird that always conjures up Triassic dreams for me.

Familiar and fresh at RockyGrass 46 By Katherine Weadley Redstone Review LYONS – RockyGrass is a music festival in Lyons July 27 to 29. It’s that – but it’s also so much more. It is for many people in the Lyons area and from further-flung places on the map a weekend of focusing on being with a variety of people, listening to and playing bluegrass music, eating, drinking, sunning on a tarp, tubing in a river, hula-hooping, and taking in the views. It’s also meeting new friends, greeting old ones and cheering on emerging sounds and the musicians who make them while relaxing to the sounds of familiar favorites. RockyGrass and its late-summer-sister Folks Festival (Aug. 17 to 19) both take place on the grounds of Planet Bluegrass in the west end of Lyons. While music is often played on the grounds, in tents, and by the river by

attendees (known as Festivarians) the two official places to hear music at RockyGrass are on the main stage and at the Wildflower Pavilion. The smaller of the two venues is the Wildflower Pavilion which legally seats 300 people. It is at the Wildflower Pavilion that new and emerging musicians are often discovered as they push their own musical limits often adding fresh insight and new styles to the eclectic but definable style of bluegrass. The Instrument Competition, with the preliminaries held in the Wildflower Pavilion, is a great place to listen to the superstars of tomorrow. The first Instrument Competition was held in 1973 at the very first RockyGrass. Musician Tim O’Brien was an instrument finalist in 1975. Instrumentalists compete with each other on a variety of instruments including flat-pick guitar, mandolin, banjo,

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dobro, and fiddle. First-prize winners receive the same instrument of the competition. For instance, this year the winner of the dobro contest wins a Paul Beard Deco Phonic Model 57. The preliminary round of competition is held in the Wildflower Pavilion on Friday and the final rounds are held on the RockyGrass main stage on Saturday morning. If you can’t be in the audience you can listen to this on KGNU ( KGNU is a Boulder-Denver based independent noncommercial community radio station. On the main stage you’ll hear bands such as Meadow Mountain, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band (Friday) Della Mae (Saturday), and the Lyons Bluegrass Collective (Sunday). Of particular note on Friday night is this powerful combination of musicians: banjo player Alison Brown, fiddler Becky Buller, mandolinist Sierra Hull, bassist Missy Raines, and guitarist Molly Tuttle. Locals may remember Continue RockyGrass on Page 18



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OPPORTUNITY Lyons Regional Library District is at a pivotal point By Liz Erley Redstone Review LYONS – In the 20 years my husband and I have been Lyons residents we have appreciated our small town atmosphere and the local availability of goods and services provided by our intrepid businesses. Many a meal or home project has been saved by being able to grab a missing item; many good times have been shared with friends in town. My love of Lyons fuels my work on our Library Foundation drive. I feel we are at a pivotal point as to whether Lyons will remain a small town or evolve into a bedroom community. What is the definition of a bedroom community? A community where commuters perform most of their professional and personal activities in another location, maintaining their residence solely as a place to sleep. Because of our small size Lyons has struggled over the years trying to maintain small businesses and attract outsiders to help support us. The new Lyons Library will have a long-term substantive impact on the lives and livelihoods of our community members. This space will allow us to gather, learn, create, exchange ideas, catch up, and bring outsiders in to spend time in and enliven our community. In other words, this new space will support Lyons’ economic growth while bringing the community to itself. I have been asked, “Why do we need a new library since we don’t read books

anymore?” The answer is that a modern library is different from the dark caves of enforced silence we remember from long ago. Yes, you can still check out books – and audio books, e-books, DVDs, and other esources. A modern library is an inviting place where all are welcome; where knowledge is created and promoted, and not just consumed; a community center and meeting place. I love Lyons, and I want it to thrive – not as a commuter’s home base, but as a lively town with active businesses and a strong sense of community. Our new library will serve that vision, as the vibrant heart of Lyons. Your tax-deductible donation to the library is a sound investment in our community. Financially, the project has received an A– rating from Standard and Poor’s. The evaluation review included the library district’s finances, reserves, revenue, and organizational capacity. The A– is considered an excellent rating. In terms of accountability and stability, the district has ongoing oversight from multiple organizations including the Special Districts Association (SDA), the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), and UMB Bank. Our Lyons Regional Library District Board, Director, Building Committee and Library Foundation have been working diligently to serve this project and the community’s needs. So far we have raised $700,000 in private donations, secured a Certificates of Participation (COPs) loan

for $1,250,000, a Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant for $790,000, and $500,000 from our Lyons Regional Library District capital project fund. We hope to break ground late summer / early fall, but we need your help now to raise another $200,000! Please pitch in through direct online donation, house party fundraising, and participation in our big July 12 event with Hazel Miller. We are delighted to announce here more details of “Taste of Lyons with a Splash of Blues: Featuring Hazel Miller and her Big Band” at the Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavilion. Doors will open 6 p.m. Pricing is $55 for single tickets (includes delicious tastings), $750 to sponsor a table for eight, $1250 to sponsor a table for ten (includes your name on the new Library’s Donor Wall). Sponsors please contact Connie Eyster at Ticket purchase is through Event Brite at: Donations can be made online at; by mail (our address is Lyons Regional Library District Foundation, PO Box 2505, Lyons, CO 80540); through the Benevity website if you work for a large corporation (allowing it to match your donation); or you may even transfer funds from your stock portfolio. We are a non-profit 501(c)3, Tax ID# 46-2506771. Please contact Connie

The power of Mom is all around us in the animal world By Chelsea Barrett Redstone Review LONGMONT – Did you know? The parental instincts of Canada geese are so strong that they are willing to raise goslings Barrett who are not their own. Recently I was fortunate enough to watch one of Greenwood’s licensed rehabilitators unite a pair of orphaned geese with a new family, and I was struck by how the parents immediately accepted and were protective of the babies. With Mother’s Day this month, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the important role that moms have in both human and animal lives. It’s spring and that means baby wildlife is being born all around. I’m constantly surprised by the powerful parental instincts in wild animals. Some mammals, like raccoons and squirrels, will relocate their babies to a safe location if a nest has been destroyed. We hear many stories of the extreme lengths that wild mothers will go to so that the babies can be kept safe. It’s heartwarming and encouraging to see the bond between an animal and her offspring. Unfortunately, some of the babies that

Greenwood receives have been unintentionally taken away from a healthy and caring mother, or set of parents. If the parents are around and healthy, they are the babies’ best chance of survival. It’s important not to pick up baby wild animals unless you have taken the time to assess the situation and are sure that mom is no longer caring for them. Rabbits only visit their nest twice a day to feed their young

and spend the rest of the day away from the nest so that they do not attract predators with their smell. Just because you find a nest of tiny baby bunnies and don’t see mom does not mean they are abandoned. Each species has its own strategies to care for and raise their young. If you find a young animal by itself, don’t immediately assume that it is orphaned! Because of the variety of rearing strategies among wildlife, there are different methods for determining if the baby is still being cared for. With rabbits, it is recommended you put a pattern of flour, string, or sticks over the nest overnight and come back 12 hours later. If the pattern has been disturbed but the nest is still covered, the mother has returned. With raccoons and squirrels, we can provide instructions for reuniting the baby with its mother by giving mom a chance to retrieve her young while they are kept safe and warm. The process for determining if a young songbird is still being cared for depends on the age of the bird. If a bird has reached the fledgling stage of development, it is perfectly normal for it to spend some time on the ground, but mom and dad should still return periodically to feed it. If you come across baby wildlife, it’s best to call

Ayla and Josie Farmwald stand at the future site of our new library. PHOTO BY GLYNNIS FARMWALD

Eyster at cteyster @ or Liz Erley at liz.erley @ for more assistance or if you have questions. We thank you for your support. Liz Erley is Lyons Regional District Library Foundation Board President. She lives in Lyons. Greenwood at 303-823-8455 or visit for more specific instructions. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trust me: if mom is still around, she will thank you for leaving her babies be. Motherhood manifests in many different ways. I don’t yet have human children of my own (though I love my fur baby, my cat named Mimosa), but I’m always being reminded of the strength of the relationship between human moms and their kids. I’m fortunate because my mother was one of my greatest role models growing up and remains so to this day. She is an exceptional example of the power of Mom. Not only did she have a high-pressure and successful career in banking to help support our family, she somehow managed to have a home-cooked meal on the table every night by 7 p.m. Being a mom really is a super power. Take some time this month to recognize and say thank you to the mom or mother figure in your life. Chelsea Barrett is the Communications and Marketing Manager at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which cares for more than 3,400 mammals, songbirds and waterfowl each year. Greenwood also offers education programs for children and adults of all ages. Visit to learn more.

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INSIGHT Road trips: Part of the American culture By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – Early last month I started before dawn on the 900-mile drive from my home in southern Larimer County to Missoula, Montana. I’d been asked to speak at an event there and had been Gierach offered one amount of money if they covered my expenses (including a round trip plane ticket) and a considerably larger amount if they didn’t. I chose option two, figuring that if I drove myself and otherwise cut every possible corner I’d come away with a few hundred extra dollars, even if I decided to stay on for several days to fish with friends, which of course I did. I have a history with long drives. While I was still in high school I read On the Road by Jack Kerouac and faithfully watched the TV series called Route 66 that ran from 1960 to 1964, precisely bracketing my high school career. On the Road was about a group of counter-culture types (we called them beatniks then) aimlessly driving around America in search of enlightenment. Route 66 was the same premise cleaned up for television with two clean-cut young guys driving a spanking new 1964 Corvette. It wasn’t until much later that I wondered how two dudes in their 20s with no jobs or other visible means of support got their hands on a Corvette convertible, but at the time any such practical questions were overshadowed by my willing suspension of disbelief. So it’s no surprise that the summer after we graduated from high school, a friend and I set off on an intentionally epic road trip. We bought a $50 used Volkswagen Beetle and, with no clear plan, drove it west from northern Ohio to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, then south to Haight / Ashbury in San Francisco, then on south on Highway 101 through Big Sur and on to L.A, where we turned east and proceeded through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and points beyond. We’d been camping wherever we could and working odd jobs and day labor to pay for gas and food, so when we finally blew a rod in the Beetle somewhere in West Virginia we

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didn’t even have money for bus tickets home, let alone major car repairs. After some discussion, we abandoned the VW (minus the license plates) and hitch-hiked back. We’d been gone for the better part of three months, had covered no less than 6,000 miles, had become tanned and bearded with knees and elbows sticking through holes worn in our clothes, and had each lost about 20 pounds. The folks back home were so freaked by our appearance that no one even bothered to ask us where the car was. Or maybe they didn’t want to know. That fall we went off to college, hav-

ing temporarily satisfied our youthful wanderlust. That was 54 years ago and although I still travel, my trips are now nowhere near that long or aimless. I go mostly for fishing or book promotion, and since the books I write are about travel and fly-fishing, the two amount to the same thing, at least on paper. The point is, there are now destinations, things to do, people to meet, and some kind of schedule to keep. But even with those constraints, leaving on a long drive still has an irresistible air of adventure about it. As I drove out of our valley before dawn on the way to Missoula, I remember going down my meagre checklist: I had a newish four-wheel-drive pickup with a recent oil change, good tires, the full tank of gas that would get me

duce and proteins, everything from salads and cold soups, to wings, kebabs, cheese boards, tapenades and sliders, ranging from $4 to $14. Beer, wine and a full bar menu of house cocktails will also be available, including the Lonesome Dove made with tequila, orange liqueur, grapefruit, lime agave and salt. The Cup will no longer be offering full dinners on Friday and Saturday, but plans to stage a once-a-month Sunday dinner are in the works. Additionally, the new morning Grab-andGo menu will include toasted bagels and cream cheese as well as premade breakfast sandwiches and burritos for a no-wait breakfast on the fly. For more information, contact

Stone Cup offers tapas and cocktails LYONS – New season, fresh changes. With summer upon us, the Stone Cup Café will now be offering tapas and cocktails every Friday and Saturday nights. The small plates will highlight the best of local seasonal pro-

McConnell Bridge grand opening LYONS – McConnell Bridge celebrated a Grand Opening ceremony on May 8. Representatives from Senator Michael Bennett’s office and Senator Cory Gardner’s

out of Colorado and into southern Wyoming, and four 60-pound sandbags over the rear axle. Those sandbags would cut into my gas mileage over the course of the 1,800-mile round trip, but mountain weather can be squirrelly in early April and if I needed the extra traction on a snowy pass I’d be glad they were there. And I had four audio books from the library that I knew from experience would eventually run together in my road-weary mind into a single magnum opus with too many characters and an incomprehensible plot. At that point the cab of the pickup was still fairly orderly, but I understood that by the time I pulled into Missoula 13 hours later it would look and feel like an unmade bed. The round trip drive – 26 hours all told – is now mostly a blur punctuated by moments of clarity. I remember being reminded once again that, here in the West at least, civilization still consists of a handful of scattered settlements surrounded by open country; so much so that in some stretches you’re careful not to get too low on fuel for fear of getting caught between gas stations. On any drive of more than about seven or eight hours there’s always a moment when the tedium becomes too much and I wish I hadn’t done this. But I push through it (what’s the alternative?) and in the end it only enhances the sense of victory when I finally pull up to my destination. And there’s always an off moment when I realize I don’t remember the last ten miles or the end of the chapter in the book I’d been listening to. Where was I? And who was piloting the pickup at 85 miles an hour through this empty landscape while I was gone? On this trip, I was reminded once again that the skankiest public toilets and the worst coffee can reliably be found in the otherwise great state of Wyoming. And while checking my tire pressure somewhere in eastern Montana, I found myself wondering why there’s an International Woman’s Day, but tire safety gets an entire week. Most of this fades with time, but some of it always sticks. For instance, I was on a road trip somewhere – Utah, I think – when I finally realized that when an attractive young woman smiles at me now it’s because I remind her of her father. Maybe none of this rises to the level of the enlightenment Jack Kerouac and his beatnik pals were searching for back in the 1950s, but, on second thought, who’s to say it doesn’t?

office spoke to the crowd of about 50 people who attended the ceremony. The construction has remained slightly ahead of schedule. The completion of the bridge was hailed as a milestone in the ongoing flood recovery process. Mayor Connie Sullivan gave the opening remarks and asked former Trustee LaVern Johnson to give the audience some history of the bridge. Johnson said that her great grandfather homesteaded all the land that the bridge was on and many acres on all sides of the bridge. While the bridge will remain open to traffic after the Grand Opening, contractors will still be on site for two to three additional weeks, closing final punch list items. Please be cautious of the ongoing work and personnel presence during this time.

Lyons Elementary School events 5/16 LES presents to Lyons Ecology Board, 5 p.m. 5/17 Preschool field trip to Butterfly Pavilion

5/18 Kindergarten: Dads / Donuts; Josh the Baby Otter 5/19 Maddie Wicks Community Retirement Celebration, Lavern Johnson Park 1 to 4 p.m. 5/21 Lyons Seniors: Graduation Walk at LES, 9:30 a.m. 5/22 New Games Day and All School Picnic 5/23 All-school awards and fifth grade matriculation, 8:30 a.m. 5/23 St. Vrain River Health Presentation, 6 p.m. 5/24 Last Day of School

Lyons Garden Club LYONS – The Lyons Garden Club is meeting on May 20 at 9 a.m. to work on the butterfly planter and west wall. We are planning on doing a more structured design in the butterfly planter area and are still in the planning phase. We are going to start meeting regularly to read both of those areas and would love any new participants from the community to join us. Continue Briefs on Page 8

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CREATE A blue butterfly tree is planted on Earth Day in Lyons By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review LYONS – It is only fitting that Lyons resident and nationally renowned and celebrated kinetic sculptor, John King, would plant his Blue Butterfly Tree on Earth Day. The kinetic metal sculpture tree is located in front of the Western Stars Gallery at 106 E. Main St. in Lyons. King’s large, nearly ten-ft.-tall butterfly tree is made of powdered steel and steel painted with automobile paint. Some of the leaves move and sway gently in the wind. The tree, like all of King’s work, has a Zen quality where passers-by often stop to contemplate how the leaves move with only the slightest breeze in a slow swaying motion, just as they would on a real tree. The leaves shimmer in the sunlight as they move from side to side. John’s wife, Sally King, often helps him with his work. Sally is a painter and also a sculptor known for her large bears. “John is very passionate about the movement of his pieces and he is a master of getting his pieces to move with very light air movement,” said Sally. John said he sees his sculpture as a magical tree, partly because of the way it moves, but especially because of the color, which he says is as a little touch of Santa Fe. The Butterfly Tree is about six years old and has been on display in a number of cities around the country, including the International Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition in Boynton Beach, FL. Currently John is installing a new sculpture which he and Sally refer to as a chandelier, at the Bison Ridge


Leave the guns, take the ammo By Don Moore Redstone Review LYONS – Even though the media buzz has died down, the Parkland Florida school shootings have sparked the gun debate once again. More gun restrictions? A ban on military style assault rifles and guns? Arm teachers? Harden schools? This only scratches the surface of a very long list of proposals. There’s one idea I’ve not heard mentioned or discussed and it has to do with the real killer – not the shooter, not the gun, but the bullets. Ammunition is the real cause of the “culture of carnage” we allow to exist in our society. If you ban the sale of ammunition, tax it, limit the number rounds of it that can be bought in a specific timeframe, deaths by gunfire will go down. And, each of these actions would be completely legal. Here’s my simple proposal, a first step. Congress should enact a ban on the manufacture, sale, delivery, and possession of ammunition used in semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15, weapons designed for military use on the battlefield. Guns by their very nature last a long time, but ammunition needs to be replenished regularly and is in constant demand. This type of bullet banning is a quick, easy and effective way to stop semiautomatic killings with this military-style weapon. AR-15 semiautomatic rifles fire rounds into a human body as fast as the shooter’s finger can squeeze the trigger, but that’s only the beginning of what this weapon of war achieves once those bullets leave the rifle’s muzzle.

Recreation Center in Commerce City. The facility is brand new and will have a grand opening later in May. The vaulted ceiling requires John to install the huge chandelier from a bucket lift. There will be a crank handle installed not far off the ground so that children will be able to crank the handle and make the sculpture move around and around. John King was also recently chosen to create another kinetic tree, which is still just in the proposal process, to be located out in front of the new Biological Sciences Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. This project will be huge. “It will be three times taller than the Butterfly Tree,” said John King. “When I do a sculpture that big, I have a fellow that I work with who helps me do some of the work. I’m thinking about what a biological science tree would look like.” John grew up in Michigan and his sister graduated from the University of Michigan. John graduated from Beloit University in Wisconsin, majoring in art. “He can do so many things,” said Sally. “He has designed and built houses, he draws all the designs for his sculptures on the computer. Working out the engineering for the moving parts is really complicated, sometimes it takes years to figure it out.” The sculpture is part of the new art in public places and it is unofficially a part of the newly expanded heARTS of Lyons. The Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) issued a call for artists to submit their proposals for public art. For more information, contact Chrystal DeCoster or Betsy Hubner at Western Stars Gallery at 303-747-3818 or see the gallery on Facebook.

A round from an AR-15 entering a human body does so at a velocity of three times that of a round from a handgun. The result is massive destruction to whatever it hits. Most rounds from an AR-15 will enter the body on one side, do its damage inside, and exit the through the other side. The hole created by that exit wound is large enough to accommodate a human fist. An upper leg bone can stop bullet from a handgun, but a round from an AR-15 will shatter three inches of the bone, turning it into dust. Damage to soft tissue is even more devastating. A round entering the body will pulverize an organ, such as the liver. Once it passes through, what’s left will look like a Jell-O mold that’s been dropped on the floor. Moreover, these bullets will cause damage inches away from where they pass

through, either from fragmentation of the round or through a process called cavitation. When a finger is placed in a stream of water, there will be a ripple effect fanning the water out from the finger. The same phenomenon happens when a round tears into human flesh, only with rounds coming from an AR-15 the high velocity causes that cavitation to extend several inches outward, obliterating tissue with it. My proposal may sound like a drastic measure, but it’s only a very small step to be taken that will lead us on a path to creating a more civilized society. The Second Amendment provides, “A

John King, planted his Blue Butterfly Tree on Earth Day in front of the Western Stars Gallery.

well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 2008 by a 5 to 4 decision, in District of Columbia vs. Heller, the Supreme Court ruled that, “(t)he Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense... ” While I don’t agree with the Court’s interpretation of the Amendment and believe it should be overturned, for now it’s the law. Citizens have Constitutional right to possess guns. Let’s not debate that matter any longer until another case comes before the Supreme Court. Let owners of semiautomatic rifles keep those guns. Instead, consider this. Neither the Second Amendment, the Heller decision, nor any other court ruling establishes a right to buy or keep ammunition. In fact, the Federal government has already banned the manufacture, importation, sale or delivery of armor-piercing ammunition, with very limited exceptions. In my proposal that ban would be expanded to include ammunition for semiautomatic rifles, plus it would also ban the possession of that ammunition. This weapon and all other semiautomatic rifles of its type were designed for killing enemies of war. No American civilian is an enemy of war and semiautomatic ammunition serves no purpose in civilian hands. No bullets, no maiming, no death. American households that don’t own firearms outnumber those that do by 64 percent to 36 percent. The time is now for that sizeable majority to stand up and begin to do what’s necessary to stop the countless and unnecessary firearm deaths in this country. My proposal is a place to start. Some may consider it heretical, but I believe a human life is more valuable than a single round designed to be fired from a semiautomatic rifle.

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Summer happenings at Spirit Hound LYONS – Mark your calendars and get ready for a fun and busy summer down here at you local distillery. We have some great events planned. On Friday, May 18, join us for our first ever star and moon viewing party in the tasting room’s backyard. Craig Engelhorn, Spirit Hound’s head distiller, is an amateur astronomer and has been dying to bring out his homemade telescope – so we decided to give him the opportunity. The event kicks off at 8 p.m., with sunset at 8:13 p.m.; we’ll view the waxing crescent moon as it sets behind the mountains and then hopefully get a clear view of the stars. There will be guest appearances from two, possibly three CU Astronomy professors (and Lyons residents) and their telescopes; we look forward to having their expertise for the event. Feel free to bring a blanket to spread on the grass and do your own stargazing without a telescope. This event is open to all ages, free, and lasts until 10 p.m. Spirit Hound patio music and food trucks start this month, and we’re doing it in style on May 19, World Whisky Day. Join us all day for specials on whisky – $5 single whisky pours, vintage bottle sales – and at 2 p.m. our distiller will host an intimate whisky tasting of four very special whiskies, including a sneak peak of our very first four-year-old malt whisky. You can sign up for the tasting online beginning May 14; spots are limited to just 12 people and cost is $25 per person. At 5 p.m. Joe Kuckla and his band hit the stage in the backyard and Rat’s Woodhouse BBQ will start serving food in the front. Music and food both run until 8 p.m. As always, anyone who walks or rides their bike to the distillery gets 50 percent off their first cocktail – just don’t forget to remind your bartender. Spirit Hound will have backyard patio music and food nearly every Saturday after our kickoff on May 19. For a full schedule of both bands and food trucks, please visit our website: www. / events. Lastly, we’d like to extend an invitation to anyone that would like to join our staff in the tasting room for a yoga class that is geared toward service industry workers. Heather Hottovy will lead us in stretches and strengthening exercises to help ease or prepare your body for standing, stooping, Continue Briefs on Page 10

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COMMUNITY Simblissity Tiny Homes offer downsizing and affordability By Don Moore Redstone Review LYONS – “If I’d had a tiny house on wheels, I’d still have a home.” The speaker of those words is a man who lost Moore his home in the Lyons flood of 2013, and what he said has become a mantra of sorts for Byron and Dot Fears, owners of Simblissity, a Lyons based business that designs, builds, and sells tiny homes. “Our main market is baby boomers and millennials, people who want a simpler way of living,” Byron said recently. “For the boomers it’s about downsizing and for millennials it’s about affording their first home.” The Fears moved to Lyons after spending many years living in a log home in Hawaii, where Byron used his architectural background to design and build small living spaces in boats, vans, and homes. They like the lifestyle of living in small spaces and that’s the kind of home they live in here. Needing to make a living following the move, transitioning into the tiny home business was a natural for them. The operation was founded in 2014, and now with five fulltime workers, plus Dot and Byron, business is good. They have completed their 29th home and have begun construction on the 30th. According to Simblissity’s Facebook page, the Fears will also partially build a tiny house shell for the

kitchen, bath with toilet and shower, living area, and depending on size, one or more sleeping areas. Installation of a customer to finish with personal details, We believe in living sustainably and our propane fireplace is an option. Each home provide consulting and construction help, tiny homes reflect that philosophy.” is built on a steel frame with wheels and and turn ideas into reality. That notion is reflected in using far can be towed behind a pickup truck. “We are known in the industry and fewer materials in construction compared In addition to building homes for sale, the have a reputation for building the highest to building a traditional home; using cur- Fears are also building some for rent, with quality product,” Byron said. two models currently under “We like to think it’s like construction, a “gypsy home” building a yacht on wheels.” and a “teardrop.” Both are They are proud to say that being built for towing, the their tiny homes are teardrop behind a vehicle such Recreation Vehicle (RV) as a Subaru, and the gypsy and American National home behind a larger vehicle Standards Institute (ANSI) such as a pickup truck. The certified. Again according to plan is to build three gypsy and Facebook page, the four teardrop models, and all Simblissity is the only Tiny will be available for rent this Home builder that offers a summer. A major problem 2/10 Home Warranty. This is with the tiny house movement an insured program that prois finding a place to locate vides a ten-year structural them, and Lyons is in the warranty. process of permitting them in In addition to being built residential areas. The ordifor and used as homes, Byron nance being considered by the said the units can be town will allow a limited numdesigned and used as a spare Dot and Byron Fears are the owners of Simblissity, a Lyons based busiber of the units to be located bedroom, an office, yoga stu- ness that designs, builds, and sells tiny homes. on residential lots. dio, or a storage room. The Simblissity is located at company offers tiny homes in sizes of 24-, rent green technologies in construction; 4559-D Ute Hwy., Longmont, CO 80503, 26-, 28-, and 30-ft. long by 8-ft. wide and reducing the usage of fossil fuels and for more information call Dot and models, with a fully completed 24-ft. which translates into using less energy. Byron at 303-885-5991 or info@simblissimodel offered for $65,000. “People who are attracted to the tiny Tours are available, but “Additionally, we have built 32- and home concept are usually ones who want to by appointment only. 39- ft. long units, and I see the future reduce their footprint on the planet. They leading us into more 10-ft. wide tiny are also people who don’t want to be indenDon Moore is a retired lawyer and the homes,” Byron said. “That will give a tured servants to their house,” Byron said. author of Love is a Verb: Healing Yourself homeowner 25 percent more space, and it All models are designed for four-season through Love, Gratitude and Compassion. seems to be where the market is heading. living and come with a fully equipped He lives in Lyons.

New tavern in Lyons offers unusual self-pour concept By Bonnie Auslander Redstone Review LYONS – These days you don’t think twice about pumping your own gas or inserting your own credit card into a point-of-sale machine. So why not take it a step further in this

Do It Yourself economy and PYOB (pour your own beer)? That’s the concept behind Lyons’ newest restaurant, the Quarry, which coowner Jason Surges says is slated to open Memorial Day weekend. There, on Route 36 adjacent to Western Stars Gallery and Studio, where

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the Ax and Oar used to be, a new wall with 18 taps stands ready. Each tap has a touchscreen above it with information about the drink – mostly beer, with a few wines and cider as well – including the price per ounce. A radio frequency identification or RFID bracelet, issued once you enter and present a photo ID and credit card (or cash deposit), keeps track of how much you dispense. This means customers can pour themselves as a little as an ounce if they want to sample. Just as importantly, there’s no need to flag down a busy bartender – once you have your bracelet, you’re good to go. The bracelet also keeps track of your bill, similar to running a tab. “We’ll highlight the best Colorado has to offer on a rotating basis,” Sturges said. “And we’ll provide selections from outside the state and country to give even the most seasoned Colorado beer drinkers options they’ve never experienced.” Surges met Ryan Dregalla, the Quarry’s co-owner, when they were undergraduates in Fort Collins. Dregalla, a passionate kayaker with a background in construction, has been in love with Lyons since

then. He moved here last July. Surges has over 15 years of restaurant management and experience under his belt. This is the partners’ first restaurant. The small (for now) menu will include what Surges terms “elevated” mac and cheese offerings as well as a variety of barstyle appetizers and salads. Marketing and events coordinator Elisa Pope scrolled through a tempting photo display of the plated food. Surges aims to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere “similar to what you might find in your buddy’s back yard,” he said. “We want to span the bridge between the Pabst Blue Ribbon drinker and true explorationminded beer fan, and we want to keep it affordable, too – we want you to be able to have two drinks and a full entrée for under $15. And have the food out in under ten minutes,” he said. Children are welcome as long as an adult is with them. Floor staff will be on hand to assist with anyone who is “struggling to pour correctly,” says Surges, or who wants to discuss the offerings. And, like all good bartenders, staff will “engage you in conversation if they sense you want to chat – or leave you alone if you don’t.” After you’ve had two beers or its alcoholic content equivalent – all magically Continue Quarryon Page 19



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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Arts and Entertainment in the greater Lyons area By Cathleen Chrystal DeCoster Redstone Review LYONS Nicole Goodman will continue her show at the Stone Cup, 442 High St., through May. Nina Embervine’s paintings will show in June. Nina Embervine died last year. Her husband Erik will be hanging the show at the end of this month. Nina Chyme Embervine was a painter, sketch artist and photographer with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her paintings were inspired by her time spent in Boulder, Lyons, and regions near Salida. Nina’s work draws from her childhood living in wild areas of the Upper Peninsula near Lake Michigan and Isle Royale, and from the wild forests, rivers and mountains of Colorado, all her adult life. She loved animals and the Earth, and had a unique ability for expressing realism as well as profound abstraction. She lived here in Lyons and in Longmont until her passing in June 2017. She was 32 years old. Nina is survived by her husband and two-year-old daughter, her two Welsh Corgi dogs, and her work. The Stone Cup’s music lineup: On Saturday May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon Harmony and Brad will perform acoustic pop / rock; on Sunday May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon John Mieras will perform folk, singer / songwriter; on Saturday May 26 from 10 a.m. to noon Arwen Ek (Old Soul) will perform folk / rock / blues on three guitars; on Sunday May 27 from 10 a.m. to noon Ran Off the Rooster will perform Americana / folk / bluegrass; on Saturday June 2 from 10 a.m. to noon Antonio Lopez will perform modern folk / acoustic soul; on Sunday June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon Harper Powell will perform singer / songwriter; on Saturday June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon Leigh Guest will perform country / singer songwriter; on Sunday June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon Harmony and Brad will perform acoustic pop / rock.

HAPPY DAYS IN LYONS By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – Boulder artist Harriet Peck Taylor wants to show Lyons residents that happy days in Lyons are back again. She created a painting of a scene that looks down the St. Vrain River, showing Steamboat Mountain, flowers, mountains and trees. She calls the painting Happy Days in Lyons. The painting is for sale for $700 and on display at Red Canyon Art, 400 Main St. in Lyons. Connie McGuire, the Red Canyon Art owner, said that Taylor’s art work celebrates her connections to the

Paintings by the late Nina Embervine will be featured in June at the Stone Cup Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission’s (LAHC) Call to Artists for heARTS of LYONS continues. The LAHC invites artists to submit high-quality original art and sculpture for its newly expanded

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shaking, pouring and lifting. A class is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. for $15. As always, check the Spirit Hound website or Facebook for more information.

Buchanan receives CU degree posthumously LYONS – Professor Polly McLean accepted a posthumous degree on behalf of Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, the first AfricanAmerican woman to graduate from CU Boulder 100 years ago. The chancellor then introduced CU Vice President and alumna Kathy Nesbitt to posthumously honor Lucile Berkeley Buchanan with her diploma, which was

heARTS of LYONS Outdoor Arts Collection all over town. This long awaited expansion will feature a compelling parade of art to escort travelers around town and to and from RMNP. Selected artists will be paid a $750 stipend for their two-year commitment. For more information or to apply,, call 303-818-6982 or email Scarlet Nights at the McNichols. Desert Dwellers, Random Rab, Alex and Allyson Grey, and Lyons-born Android Jones perform on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 West Colfax in Denver. Android Jones is a digital alchemist and global independent artist who has long been affiliated with the Burning Man community and participated in the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour. His work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. For additional information about this artist or event ticketing visit

accepted on her behalf by Polly McLean, CU Boulder associate professor of media studies, who wrote a book on Buchanan. Buchanan, the first African-American woman to graduate from CU Boulder, was barred from walking across the Macky Auditorium stage to accept her degree in 1918 because of her race. The chancellor also announced a new scholarship that has been established in honor of Buchanan. The scholarship will provide merit-based awards for students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who are committed to honoring her legacy of pursuing education and community service to the benefit of black and AfricanAmerican communities. During her address, Brown shared some highlights of her time as a student at CU Boulder and some of her challenges as a young woman trying to find her way in the world.

natural world. “She wanted to see Lyons happy again after all that Lyons has been through,” said McGuire. “It captures the feeling of Lyons. I thought it was a really uplifting picture of Lyons. It brings some happy times.” The painting is sunny and bright with color. It’s hard to keep from smiling when you look at the painting. Taylor wants people to see that now that the flood is over and most of the recovery is has been completed, the sun is once again smiling down on Lyons. Most of Taylor’s work has been batik on fabric depicting scenes from Lyons. “My world is one of natural joy and wonder,” said Taylor. For more information call Red Canyon Art at 303823-5900 or visit BOULDER Boulder Bach Festival presents its season finale, one night only, La Venexiana, on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton. Featuring instruments as they were set up in Bach’s lifetime, the program includes works by Venetian baroque composers such as Lotti, Gabrielli, Merula and Vivaldi. Luminaries in the field of early music are joined by Front Range instrumental and vocal virtuosi in a spellbinding program of seldom heard masterpieces. For information and tickets visit, or call 720-507-5052. Boulder County Arts Alliance Workshop, Make a Mid-Year’s Art Resolution: Check in with Your Artistic Goals, on June 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Collective at 201 N. Public Rd. in Lafayette is the site for this practical hands-on workshop by Kathy Beekman of

“And on the day I was sworn in as Oregon’s 38th governor, I experienced what it’s like to be labeled. To have my entire first two decades of public service eclipsed by a single phrase: ‘the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.’ That phrase appeared after my name in virtually every headline around the world,” she said. “I am sure there are some of you out there today who, over the course of your lives, have experienced stereotyping, discrimination or fear that interferes with your ability to live openly and with dignity. This should not happen. Not here. Not anywhere. Each of us has the right to live with dignity.” Brown also shared the stories of three CU Boulder students whose immigration status remains in legal limbo under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And she challenged the new graduates to change the world.

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Town parks scheduled for ash borer treatment LYONS – State forestry officials have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) – an invasive, highly destructive tree pest – in the Town of Lyons. Lyons represents the fourth community with EAB in Boulder County, where the pest was first detected in 2013. An arborist recently identified an ash tree on private land in the vicinity of 4th Avenue and Broadway in Lyons as potentially infested with EAB. The property manager notified members of the interagency Colorado EAB Response Team, which took a sample and was confirmed by Colorado State University experts as being EAB. The infested tree and surrounding trees also are being examined by experts from the CDA and Colorado State University Extension. Most trees in the immeContinue Briefs on Page 14

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GRADUTES: LOOKING AHEAD Lyons High School Senior Class of 2018 Post-Secondary Plans, Scholarships, and Awards Thomas Joseph Angevine Working; Military – Marines; Went to State for Welding; Built a custom truck Georgia Elizabeth Foster Barone St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, Biochemistry; Cross Country and Track Athlete for St. Edward’s; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; AP Scholar*; National Honor Society; Student Council; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Cross Country, 4 yrs; Track, 4 yrs; Swim, 1 yr; NHS President; Lyons Leo Club President; All Conference Cross Country, Track; All State Cross Country; Cross Country Ardens-Jackson Award; TP Rotary Student of the Month Community Service; St. Edward’s President’s Merit Scholarship; St. Edward’s Edwardian Scholarship Keegan Isaiah Bean Colorado School of Mines, Golden; Wrestling Athlete for Colorado School of Mines, Mechanical Engineering; National Honor Society; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Football, 3 yrs; Wrestling, 4 yrs; Baseball, 3 yrs; Track, 1 yr; Two Time State Champ, Wrestling; All Conference, Football; Nancy Nixon Memorial Scholarship; Colorado School of Mines Wrestling Scholarship Kailee Marie Bernardoni Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, Athletic Training; Academic Letter, 3 semesters; Varsity Letter Softball, 2 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; Grand Canyon University Provost Scholarship; Grand Canyon Housing Scholarship; Community Service Volunteer Zavery Andrew Boyd Metropolitan State University of Denver, Sports Management; Varsity Letter Football, 2 yrs; Track; 5th Generation to attend Lyons High School Alayna Nicole Brickman Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY, Equine Science / Business Management; Academic Letter; Varsity Letter, Band Macy Jordan Brown Traveling and Working, then later Front Range, Early Childhood Education; Academic Letter; Have worked at Lyons Elementary for 2 years; St. Vrain Excellence by Design, Excellence in Education Award for being an excellent employee Ethan Rigdon Burton Two Year full time Mission, then Brigham Young University Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho; Academic Letter; Varsity Letter, Cross Country, 4 yrs; Track, 3 yrs; Eagle Scout Nathaniel Wyatt Christy University of Colorado Boulder, Computer Science; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; National Honor Society; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter, Track, 3 yrs; Band; CU Hale Esteemed Scholars Scholarship; Sutak Memorial Track Scholarship Austen Conner Clark Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois; Computer Science; Baseball Athlete for Augustana; Varsity Letter Baseball, 3 yrs; All Conference Baseball; Male Top Colorado Baseball Player, BoCo Preps; Augustana College Scholarship David Andrew Cross University of Colorado Boulder, Engineering; National Honor Society; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; Varsity Letter Baseball, 3 yrs Adam Ryley Crowl Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO, Psychology; Varsity Letter Cross Country, 4 yrs; Track; 4 yrs Connor Michael Denning Front Range Community College, Longmont, Programming Major; Academic Letter Sunrazalay Ade DeSano Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Trade School for HVAC and Electrician; Varsity Letter Football, 3 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; Wrestling, 2 yrs Crystal Rose Dreiling Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Early Childhood Development; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Cheer, 2 yrs; All Conference Cheer Stephen Edward Estudinan Front Range Community College, then UNC, Sociology / Anthropology Hana Patricia Fankhouser University of Arizona Honors College, Tucson,Arizona, Pre Med / Public Health; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; National Honor Society; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Student Council Vice President ; Yearbook Editor; Completed a CSU Online Class at Lyons High School; Varsity Letter Track, 4 yrs; All Conference Track, State Qualifier Track,; State Placer Track; Lyons LEO Club Vice President; Arizona Excellence Award Cobey Ryan Faubus Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Computer Science; National Honor Society; Academic Letter, 4 yrs; Varsity Letter Track, 3 yrs, Football; FRCC Computer Programming; Code Quest Novice Champion

Rowena Gwyneth Fennell-McCrillis Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Undecided; Academic Letter, 3 semesters

Hayley Lynne Karsel Metropolitan State University of Denver, Business and Marketing Varsity Letter Track, 4 yrs; Volleyball, 3 yrs; All Conference Volleyball; All Conference Track; Best Teammate Award Volleyball; Girl Scout, Volunteer in Middle School Classes; Short term coach for Middle School Track

Sophia Dawn Finnoff University of Colorado Boulder, Kinesiology and Biology; Student Council; Academic Letter, 2 semesters; Student Council; Varsity Letter Mountain Biking, 4 yrs; Founding member of Leo Club

Nathan Edward King Front Range Community College, Longmont, Business / Economics; Varsity Letter Football, 2 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; Worked all through high school

Kennedy Christine Foster Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona, Nursing; Varsity Letter Softball; Sports Medicine Participant; Member of Anti-Defamation League, speaking to students in Arizona about anti-bullying and mistreating others

Gregory Ronald Kissam University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, Business Administration; Varsity Letter Golf; Track

Harriet Aisling Fennell-McCrillis Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, International Studies

Brittany Anne Fuhrmann Front Range Community College, Longmont; Math / Science; would like to write, be a scientist; Academic Letter, 7 semesters Regina Ya Xuan Fuster University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Music; Academic Letter; Participated in Church Youth Group Payton Ryleigh Goll Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California; Law and American Sign Language; Varsity Letter Track, 3 yrs; Volleyball, 3 yrs; 2017 State Volleyball Champion Owen Porter Grace University of Colorado, Boulder; TAM Engineering (Technology, Arts, and Media); National Honor Society; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Band, 3 yrs; Mountain Biking; Community Sailing of Colorado Program; Currently a full time sailing instructor; CU Esteemed Scholars Program Madison Riley Gunhus University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Elementary Education; Boulder County 4-H, 10 yrs; American Sign Language student; UNC Bear Scholarship; Agriculture Scholarship Longmont Conservation District Sarah Elizabeth Hall Front Range Community College, Longmont; Psychology; Academic Letter; Varsity Letter Basketball, 4 yrs; Volleyball, 3 yrs; 2017 State Volleyball Champion; Student Council Sarah Celeste Heinen Working; NCWIT Affiliate Award, 3 yrs (Nat’l Center for Women & Information Technology) Shaeli Mae Herman Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, Nursing; Softball Athlete for Northwestern; Salutatorian; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; National Honor Society; Yearbook Editor; Student Body President; Varsity Letter Softball, 4 yrs; Basketball, 3 yrs; Varsity Letter Show Choir, 2yrs; Concert Choir, Cheer; All Conference Honorable Mention Softball, 3 yrs ; All Region Honorable Mention, Softball; Team Captain Softball, 2 yrs; School Pride Award; Longmont Optimist Club Outstanding Student Youth Appreciation Award; Prudential Volunteer Service Award, 2 yrs; Volunteer and Patient Ambassador at Longmont United Hospital, 3 yrs; Lyons LEO Club, 3 yrs; Youth Mentor at Church, 3 yrs; Asst Coach 10-under Softball girls, 2 yrs; Northwestern Softball Scholarship; Northwestern Academic Scholarship; Catherine C. Owen Scholarship; Longmont United Hospital Volunteer Scholarship Jacqueline Michelle Hiebert University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Pre-Physical Therapy; Academic Letter; Varsity Letter Basketball, 3 yrs; Silver Creek Soccer; Have played Soccer for 14 yrs, Basketball for 9 yrs; UNC Bears Scholarship; UNC Founder’s Grant Lianna Xing Hoag Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, Computer Science; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; National Honor Society; WUE – Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship Shannon Helyn Isenhart Colorado State University, Pueblo, Biology; Academic Letter, 2 semesters; Varsity Letter Choir, 4 yrs; Band; Drama, played the role of Sally in this year’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown ; Volunteer Firefighter Madison Brooke Jayne Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Human Development and Family Studies; Academic Letter, 2 semesters; Varsity Letter Tennis, 4 yrs; All Conference Tennis, 2 yrs; 4A State Tennis Qualifier with Longmont High, 2 yrs; Varsity Letter Volleyball; StateVolleyball Champion Madison Emily Johnson Front Range Community College; Undecided Associates Degree; Varsity Letter Basketball, 4 yrs; Softball, 3 yrs; All Conference Basketball, 2 yrs; All Conference Softball; All Conference Honorable Mention Softball Chase Roman Jonjak Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, Environmental Science; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Cross Country, 2 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; TP Student of the Month for Balanced / Well Rounded Whitman Achievement Scholarship

Leif Jamison Klopson Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction or University of Northern Colorado, Greeley; Engineering; Academic Letter, 5 semesters; Varsity Letter Baseball, 2 yrs Anna Si Knipscheer University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Audiology and Speech – Language Sciences; National Honor Society; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Track; UNC Bear Scholarship; Traveled to Haiti for a mission trip; Traveled to Costa Rica for Science Exchange; Volunteer for children Caitlyn Dorie Kohler Aveda Institute of Colorado, Denver, Cosmetology; Academic Letter, 5 semesters; Completed a CSU Online Class at Lyons High School; Varsity Letter Volleyball, 3 yrs Jake Adams Laurienti Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Business Administration; Academic Letter, 4 semesters; Varsity Letter Football, 4 yrs; Track, 3 yrs; Consistently held a job for entire high school career Justin Alexander Lear University of Colorado Boulder, Psychology; Academic Letter, 2 yrs; Varsity Letter Baseball, 4 yrs IxChel Imagine Leeuwenburgh North Central College, Naperville, Illinois; Biology / Pre-Med; Basketball Athlete for North Central College; National Honor Society Vice-President; AP Scholar*; Completed a CSU Online Class at Lyons High School; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Student Council Class President; Yearbook Editor; LEO Club; Varsity Letter Volleyball, 4 yrs; Track, 4 yrs; Basketball, 3 yrs; Choir, 2 yrs; All Conference Volleyball; All Conference Basketball, 2 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; All State Honorable Mention Volleyball, 2 yrs; All State Honorable Mention Basketball, Track; 2017 Volleyball State Champion; 2017 State Track Runner Up; District Sportsmanship Award, 2 yrs; Mayama Dance Team, 7 yrs; Nancy Nixon Memorial Scholarship; North Central Academic and Athletic Scholarship Joni Lynn Liquori Front Range Community College, Longmont, Childhood Education; Varsity Letter Softball, 4 yrs; After School Care at Lyons Elementary employee Getsemani Abigail Lucio Munoz Front Range Community College, Longmont, Film Production / Journalism; Stage Manager for High School Play Linda Marquez Rubio Front Range Community College, Longmont, Nursing; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; Boulder County Latina League Scholarship; Hispanic Education Foundation Scholarship Joseph Charles McCain Northeastern Junior College, Sterling; Would like to play baseball for Northeastern JC; Varsity Letter Football, 3 yrs; Baseball, 3 yrs; Basketball, 2 yrs; Continuing Education Scholarship Bianca Nicole Zedalis Mesagno University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Studies; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; Varsity Letter Track, 3 yrs; All State Triple Jump; Boulder County Track and Field Championships Triple Jump, 8th place; Laverne Noyes Scholarship; Phi Delta Theta Scholarship in the College of Arts & Sciences, Longmont; Conservation District Scholarship; William C.“Bill” Sterner Memorial Scholarship Landon Christopher Milbrath Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Animation, Film, Photography, and Motion Design; Varsity Letter Cross Country, 4 yrs; Track, 3 yrs; Choir; Leo Club Member, 3 yrs; Drama, played the role of Charlie Brown in this year’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Raven Michelle Moe Aims Community College, Criminal Justice, Minor in Writing; Varsity Letter Choir, 3 yrs; Softball, 2 yrs; Basketball, 2 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; St. Vrain Honor Choir Member; Member of the Longmont Police Explorers; Volunteer for Children’s Fishing Clinics Levi Shane Nagy University of Colorado Boulder, Business; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Band, 2 yrs; Basketball; All State Jazz Band Piano; CU Boulder Outstanding Colorado Student Award; CU Boulder Esteemed Scholar Award

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GRADUTES: LOOKING AHEAD Charlie Sue Pates Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, Business; D1 Equestrian Athlete at Auburn; Academic Letter, 2 semesters; Varsity Rocky Mountain Wranglers, 2 yrs; Western Slope Reining Horse Youth Assoc.Scholarship; Beaver Creek Rodeo Princess, 3 yrs; 2017 Eagle County Fair and Rodeo Queen Scholarship; Auburn Athletic Scholarship Gabriel Stevin Paznokas Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Business – Innovation & Entrepreneurialship; Will play Football for the Western State Mountaineers; Varsity Football, 4 yrs; Wrestling, 1 yr; Baseball, 2 yrs; Football 1st Team All Conference; Boulder County Preps All Regional Team; 9News All Colorado Team; National Football – Ray Guy Prokicker; 5th Ranked Long Snapper in US for Class of 2018; Placed 3rd overall in the US, 1st for accuracy at 2017 Ray Guy Prokicker Nat’l top Prospect Scholarship Camp; 2017 Ray Guy Prokicker Nat’l Top Prospect Award; Rocky Mountain Christian Church – 2017 Discipleship Study Graduate; Placed 3rd in overall 2018 Western State Borick School of Business Innovation Challenge; Western State Borick School of Business Scholarship; Western State 2018 Academic Award Scholarship; Western State NCAA Football Scholarship Sophie Anne Powell California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, California, Molecular Biology; National Honor Society; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Student Council; Completed a CSU Online Class at Lyons High School; Varsity Letter Basketball, 2 yrs; Track, 2 yrs; Softball; Mayama Dance Team, 7 yrs; LEO Club, 4 yrs; Cal Poly CVV Scholarship Nathan Michael Radich University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Jazz Studies; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; National Honor Society; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Track, 4 yrs; Band, 4 yrs; All State Symphonic Band; AP Track Leader; State Track TP Rotary Student of the Month Music / Fine Arts; UNC Trustee Scholarship; UNC School of Music Scholarship William Evans Reeves Jr. University of Colorado Boulder, Aerospace Engineering; National Honor Society; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Baseball, 3 yrs; Basketball, 2 yrs; All Conference Basketball; CU Merit Scholarship

Brandon Chase Sanders Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, Business; Varsity Letter Baseball, 4 yrs

Dante Leon Traghella Utah State University, Logan, Utah, Mechanical Engineering; Varsity Letter Football, 4 yrs; Track, 2 yrs

Nathan McCord Schneider Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, Major Undecided; Valedictorian; Top 10% of the Graduating Class; National Merit Finalist; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with Honor+; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 7 semesters; Varsity Letter Cross Country, 3 yrs; Band, 3 yrs; Code Quest Novice Champion; Lyons Leo Club Member; TP Rotary Student of the Month for Scholarship; Longmont Optimist Club Outstanding Student Youth Appreciation Award

Cipriano De Jesus Trevino Santos Front Range Community College, Computer Science, and working

Field Martin Soosloff Montana State University-Northern, Havre, Montana; Automotive Technology; Cross Country College Athlete at Montana State; Varsity Letter Track, 4 yrs; Cross Country, 3 yrs; Montana State Cross Country Scholarship Ashley Marie Sowders Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Psychology; Varsity Letter Track, 2 yrs; Basketball; 5th in State in High Jump for Track Sarah Ann Stevelinck California State University, East Bay, California, Kinesiology, will play collegiate Volleyball; National Honor Society; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; Varsity Letter Volleyball, 4 yrs; Basketball; 2A Player of Year Volleyball; Student Female Athlete of the Month for SVVSD; Yearbook Editor; TP Rotary Student of the Month Female Academic Athlete; First Team All State Volleyball; First Team All Region California State Volleyball Scholarship Kenzie Anne Struthers Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Political Science; Academic Letter; Lyons Middle Senior Representative for the Superintendent’s Advisory Board; Active in 4-H for 12 yrs; Boulder County 4-H Outstanding Intermediate Award; Boulder County 4-H Intermediate Reserve Champion Round Robin Showmanship; Boulder County 4-H 2016 Senior Champion Round Robin Showmanship; Boulder County 4-H Outstanding Senior Award; 2017 Boulder County Fair Family; Started the Lease-a-Goat Program with mother

Adele Barrington Walker Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, Management Information Systems; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; 2017 State Volleyball Champion; Trumpet Section Leader; Volleyball Varsity Captain; Basketball Varsity Captain; LEO Club Vice President Madeline Chloe Watts University of Colorado Boulder, Economics and Mathematics with Computer Science; Academic Letter, 2 semesters; Varsity Letter Cross Country, 3 yrs; Track, 3 yrs; 2nd All Conference Team; 1st All Conference Team; 2017 finished 21st in the State, Cross Country; Self taught tenor sax; Top Editor for High School Journal of Mathematics Madelaine Zion Weekley Colorado State University, Sociology, focus in Criminology & Criminal Justice; Academic Letter, 3 semesters; Wrestling and Football Manager; Photographer for Wrestling and Football; Completed a CSU Online Class at Lyons High School; DU Centennial Scholarship Eliza Faith Wright Brigham Young University Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho, Nursing; Academic Letter, 5 semesters; Member of St Vrain Honor Bands, 3 yrs; Combined League Honor Band, 3 yrs; *AP Scholar – Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams +AP Scholar with Honor – Granted to students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Not listed are the Awards and Scholarships that will be awarded on Wednesday, May 16th, at the High School Awards Night.

Jake Emerson Theriault Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, California, Sports Management; National Honor Society; AP Scholar*; Academic Letter, 6 semesters; Varsity Letter Basketball, 2 yrs; Concordia Regents Scholarship

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EXPRESSIONS The Red Flag Bill was designed to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review PUEBLO – The so-called Red Flag Bill, part of an effort to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, failed, last week, to make it through the Colorado Senate and to the governor’s desk for Joyce signing into law. Under the provision of the bill, relatives, household members or law enforcement could petition a judge to issue a temporary protection order to remove firearms from a person deemed an “extreme risk.” Of course, anyone could provide a point of initiation for the process by raising a concern with a member of the three groups eligible to petition a judge. The court would then have held a second hearing within a week of granting that petition. The second hearing would decide whether the judge would consider evidence that would keep the person from having or receiving a firearm for six months or longer. A person’s recent credible threats of violence, any history of domestic violence, abuse of controlled substances, relevant mental health issues, and evidence of a recent acquisition of a firearm or ammunition all are elements that would be weighed in determining if the person posed a risk. Gun control groups in Colorado have been pushing for a red flag bill, and recently Colorado voters indicated in a poll that they support the concept, according to news reports. But the bill hit a conservative wall. Those politicians said it might be government overreach. And it might be. Republicans in other states have passed similar measures, the most notable being the Jake Laird Act, passed by the Republican-led Indiana General Assembly in 2005 and named after an Indianapolis police officer killed in August 2004 by a man with a history of mental illness. Investigators later learned that the man’s weapons had been seized by police earlier that year after he was hospitalized for an “emergency detention.” Without the legal authority to keep Anderson’s weapons, they were returned five months before his rampage. The Jake Laird Act also is the model being used for a bipartisan bill now making its way through Congress. If passed, that federal law would provide funds to states adopting Red Flag laws that require both due process and probable cause in removing guns from at-risk people. “If Congress can’t come together to figure out how to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, then we don’t deserve to be here,” said U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida. Because the Red Flag law effort is well-intentioned, many are willing to ignore its flaws and possible unintended consequences, which in concept indicate that the end justifies the means. For example, the Jake Laird Act, as explained in a summary on the Indiana State Police website, defines “Dangerous Person” as: “An individual who may present a risk of personal injury to the individual or to another individual in the future and the individual: “Has a mental illness (as defined in IC 12-7-2-130) that may be controlled by medication, and has not demon-

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diate vicinity are on private property so assessment of other nearby ash will require coordination with private property owners. All ash trees in LaVern M. Johnson Park, Bohn Park, Sandstone Park, and Town Hall municipal properties will undergo insecticide treatment over the next two weeks. An estimated 15 percent or more of all urban and community trees in Colorado are ash species susceptible to being killed by EAB – and a majority of these trees are on private land. EAB attacks and kills both stressed and healthy ash trees, and is so aggressive that trees typically die within two to four years after becoming infested. It is unknown whether EAB arrived in Lyons by natural spread or via accidental human transport, such as in firewood or other raw ash material. Populations of the insect are capable of spreading a half-mile each year on their own. For more information please visit www. / EmeraldAshBorer.

strated a pattern of voluntarily and consistently taking the individual’s medication while not under supervision; “or Is the subject of documented evidence that would give rise to a reasonable belief that the individual has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct.”

James Holmes was convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012. He had no known criminal record prior to the shooting. Holmes entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which was accepted. According to Holmes’ lawyer, Daniel King, Holmes began to suffer from mental health issues in middle school and attempted suicide at age 11. I find the words “who may present a risk of personal injury ... in the future” and the words “has a propensity for ... emotionally unstable conduct” at least seriously problematic in the “Minority Report” sense, and that may, indeed, constitute overreach. Now due to that some information provided in an op-ed published in the Deseret News on May 12 titled “Curing the mental health stigma,” written by Dr. Prakesh Masand, cofounder and chairman and CEO of Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, informs us that May is mental health month and though much work has been done to educate people, there still is a stigma attached to being identified as having

Lyons Goodwill Fund Grant LYONS –The Human Services and Aging Commission (LAHC) is pleased to offer the Lyons Goodwill Fund Grant, which is open to registered 501(c)3 businesses that serve the Lyons community. Applications will be accepted until June 1. For more information call the town hall at 303-823-6622 or go to the town website and look up LAHC.

Lyons Bistro catered lunches LYONS – The Lyons Bistro offers catered lunches on Wednesday and Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lyons Bistro would like to welcome all area folks age 60+ for delicious catered lunch every Wednesday and Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walter Self Senior Housing Building at 335 Railroad Ave. Call 303-441-1415 a day prior to reserve; suggested donation is $3.

Outdoor Games to be held in Dog Park LYONS – Due to the Bohn Park Construction, the Lyons Outdoor Games event will be held in the Bohn Bark Off Leash Dog

mental health issues. Certainly Red Flag laws contribute to the negative concepts behind that stigma. In his article, Masand points out that there’s a good chance “you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness. These disorders often lie on a spectrum of severity and can wax and wane with different phases throughout life.” He then cites the National Institute of Mental Health estimate that about one in five U.S. adults experiences mental illness in a given year. That’s about 43.8 million people, or 18.5 percent. Those numbers may increase significantly, Masand said, as the prevalence and normalization of mental illness increases. He also says, quoting from the Archives of General Psychiatry, “Half of all mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays – sometimes decades – between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.” In light of that information, it seems to me that Red Flag laws cannot possibly prevent the next violent act by a person suffering from mental illness. It’s like trying to stop a flow of blood by putting a red cloth over a serious stab wound. It’s still bleeding a lot, but we won’t see it so much because that red cloth masks it so well. By the time we do see it, it’s too late – and more knee-jerk solutions will follow. There are, in fact, too many mentally ill people not getting treatment, not admitting – or even knowing, in more cases than we realize – that they have a problem, who are in possession of guns, knives, razor blades, motor vehicles, and all the other weapons our society creates, and millions have the intelligence and capability of planning and carrying out small and large acts of violence. The variables almost guarantee that Red Flag laws won’t achieve their touted outcomes, even if they can be enforced thoroughly and compassionately with due process and probable cause guarantees. With or without such laws, which attempt only to treat one narrow aspect of mental health issues and which have yet to prove their preventive effects, we must turn our focus instead toward providing all the resources needed to find and help those suffering from mental illness, beginning at the youngest ages at which we can identify them. But that takes money, a lot of money, a lot of time, and most of all a major bi-partisan political commitment that won’t fluctuate from one administration to another and at various levels of government. It also takes sound management to design and implement such a commitment in a cost-effective way. If we’re not up for that – as well as for de-stigmatizing mental illness, something we ought to have done in the last century – all the Red Flag laws you can pass won’t solve this problem. Richard A. Joyce is a retired professor in the mass communications department at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is an award-winning journalist who served as managing editor, and subsequently editor and general manager of the Cañon City Daily Record from 1988 to 1994. The opinions he expresses in this column are strictly his own, and do not represent the views of anyone else at the Redstone Review or at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He can be reached at

Park. The dog park is scheduled to be closed on June 1 at 9 a.m. and remain closed through 11a.m. on Sunday, June 3. Stay tuned for more information on the Lyons Outdoor Games.

Little Thompson projects LYONS – Spring has arrived. With the leaves coming out and the grass turning green we're looking forward to seeing the revegetation really start to come in at the five restoration sites along the Little Thompson River. Two river restoration projects are in the very final stages of completion. Green Bridge (CR 4 near Berthoud): In a little more than four months, many muddy days, quite a few tons of sediment removal, five sections of about ten root wads each, and 5,300 linear feet of erosion control blanket later (to name a few) and the Green Bridge Project is nearly finished. Earlier this week the revegetation team completed planting the last of the willows and container plants. The whole area has been seeded and mulched, and the green grass is poking through the erosion control blankets downstream.

Stagecoach (northwest of Lyons): Six and a half months after construction began last fall under Larimer County’s supervision the final touchups to the revegetation are under way. Since the first week of April the new Stagecoach bridge has been open for use. Over the winter sediment deposited by the flood mainly upstream of the bridge was hauled off via dozens of dump truck trips. The river channel was reshaped throughout the project area and upstream of the bridge root wads were installed to stabilize the bank. After the floodplain was graded boulders, floodplain wood and willow fences were added just before the final seeding.

June Chamber Social LYONS – Western Stars Gallery and Studio and the Quarry, opening Memorial Day, will co-host the June Chamber Social on June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce members are invited for announcements, introductions, snacks, drinks, and networking. Call 303-823-5215 or email for additional information.

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HOUSING Summit Housing Group hears from LVP homeowners and the community COMMENTARY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LYONS

By Amy Reinholds Redstone Review

LYONS – When I walked to the Summit Housing Group question and answer session on May 8 about proposed affordable rental homes in Lyons Valley Park, Filing 8, Tract A, I passed another multifamily housing community in Lyons Reinholds Valley Park. On the sidewalk I was greeted by a resident meeting friends for “Taco Tuesday” in the community house shared kitchen and dining room. I saw parents and kids riding bikes while the sun was still shining on a warm spring early evening. The neighborhood looked like a suburban neighborhood that could be found many places in Colorado or the U.S., and I saw families and single people of all ages participating in their daily lives, enjoying time together. Sam Long, (whose father started Summit Housing) senior project manager for Summit Housing Group, spoke to about 50 people in the cafeteria of Lyons Middle and High School about a proposal for 43 rental homes affordable to people who make about 60 percent of the area median income (or possibly less, depending on funding sources and investments like Low Income Housing Tax Credits). “Our mission is to provide the most affordable units,” Long said. (In Boulder County, the area median income is $76,100 for a single person, $86,900 for a

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two-person household, $97,800 for a Summit Housing Group applied for and cent of the area median incomes or less. three-person household, and $108,600 for was selected by the Board of Trustees in The latest homes in Colorado are at 1205 a four-person household; 60 percent of the March. “We will take it through the Pace St. in Longmont. area median income is $45,660 for a single process, but if you tell the Board of “The Town of Lyons needs affordable person, $52,140 for a two-person house- Trustees that you want 29 units, and that is housing,” Long said. “Even if you make hold, $58,680 for a three-person house- what the town wants, we’ll build 29 units.” $70,000 a year, you can’t afford to buy a hold, and $65,160 for a 4-person houseThe geotechnical engineering assess- home in Lyons. I’m sure you all know hold.) Long said the preference policy for ment was expected to be completed in someone, maybe a parent or a child, who flood-displaced residents will can’t afford to live in Lyons.” apply. Emily Dusel, director of the Summit originally thought Lyons Emergency Assistance that the subdivision agreement Fund (LEAF), who also is a Lyons for Filing 8, Tract A that allowed Valley Park homeowner, spoke to multifamily housing, a density of a previous comment that tenants 7.7 units per acre would allow 43 would come from outside Lyons. homes. However, the company “To think that we don’t have a later determined that the multiproblem in our own community family density only applies to is completely incorrect,” she said, 3.82 acres, which allows only explaining that 15 percent of the about 27 to 29 homes by right on families who go to school in the parcel, Long said. So, to keep Lyons qualify for the free and with its original proposal for 43 reduced lunch program. She said homes, Summit will go through she sees clients at the LEAF food a rezoning process. The zoning pantry that are overburdened process starts with an applicawith rent costs. “We are feeding tion before the Lyons Planning 40 families because they have to and Community Development choose between feeding their Commission (PCDC). Public families and paying rent.” hearings are held with both the In the past two years, the Lyons PCDC and the Trustees. Board of Trustees has been trying “We have attorneys engaged to find land for affordable housing, at this time,” said Lyons Valley to not lose $4 million in federal Park homeowners association Community Development Block president Jim Crowder, who said Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBGhis attorneys did not agree that DR) funds set aside for Lyons multifamily housing was allowed housing. Other federal funds were in the subdivision agreement. lost in 2015 when a proposal for “We’re prepared to go to court.” using part of Bohn Park to build Yet other Lyons Valley Park subsidized, affordable Boulder homeowners were not against all County Housing Authority rentals affordable rentals. One man said, and some Habitat for Humanity “Some people want a lot of Progress continues at Lyons’ Habitat for Humanity build site for-sale affordable homes (a total affordable housing, and some of duplexes at 112 Park Street. Lyons residents Rolf of 50 to 70 units) was rejected in a people don’t want any, but a lot Hertenstein and Kelly Zimmerman, and Town of Lyons town vote: 498 Lyons voters supstaffer Lori LeGault team up to secure support for a porch on ported it, and 614 Lyons voters of us are in the middle.” one of the homes. “There are a lot of people opposed it. However, with $4 mil(here in Lyons Valley Park) who lion still reserved for Lyons in the want affordable housing for years that followed, the trustees everyone, but we just don’t want that two weeks, Long said, which will answer have pursued smaller options for housing. much,” another homeowner said. “Help questions about the expense of building. On Jan. 29, the trustees approved a resus do that smaller amount.” “There are a lot of issues with the site, olution authorizing a purchase and sale “That’s an option,” Long said. “I’m lis- which could be mitigated,” he said. agreement with current owner Keith Bell tening to you, but we’ve also made a comSummit, based in Missoula, MT, is a for an option to buy Tract A of Lyons mitment to the Town of Lyons,” he said, development company that specializes in Valley Park Filing 8. A request for proreferring to the request for proposals that low-income tax credit and mixed-use posals (RFP) for affordable housing develdevelopments. It develops opers interested in partnering with the and manages rental proper- town for that Lyons Valley Park Tract A ties in six states, including parcel went out in February. A selection Montana, Wyoming, Utah, committee (including representatives and Colorado, all which from the Lyons Valley Park homeowners include portions affordable association and the Lyons PCDC) to people who make 60 perContinue Housing on Page 16

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WHAT’S COOKIN’ Grilled shrimp quesadillas with tomatillo and avocado salsa – gluten-free gourmet By Catherine Metzger Redstone Review WINTER PARK – Grilled shrimp quesadillas made with corn tortillas, with tomatillo and avocado salsa, are a deeply satisfying, easy to make, gluten-free main course that lifts you out of the cooking rut and into the ooh-la-la Mexican food heaven. They’re fast, and they can be the tastiest take on this classic appetizer or served as a main dish with a salad on the side. Your kids used to make their own cheese-and-flour-tortilla quesadillas in the microwave for a quick snack after school, but really, you can make quesadillas into a memorable, gourmet meal that everyone will enjoy and remember. From start to finish in about 20 minutes you can be sitting down with a salad, a side of black beans and a melting plateful of cheese, stuffed with grilled marinated shrimp, topped with a tomatillo avocado salsa that is half homemade and half quick-made by using a commercially available brand of salsa verde, such as Herdez. The Turtle Bay Cookbook by Marie Perucca-Ramirez and Julio J. Ramirez is my

1/2 clove of garlic, chopped 6 bamboo skewers, soaked for ten minutes in cold water 2 C mixed shredded cheeses: mozzarella, Monterey Jack and cheddar are good 4 8-inch, corn tortillas

reference guide for this compelling, quick and satisfying dish. Read on for the recipe. Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas with Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa Serves 4 1/2 lb. tiger or extra large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 3 T melted butter 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice

• Turn on your grill to medium high heat. Then prepare the marinade. • Combine melted butter, lime juice and garlic. Skewer the shrimp, 4 to 6 to a skewer, and place on a cookie sheet. Pour the marinade over the shrimp and let it sit for five minutes. Grill the shrimp until they turn from grey to pink and start to become opaque. Do not overcook or they will toughen. • Remove from skewers while hot. Cut grilled shrimp into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Try not to eat them! • Heat a 12-inch skillet to medium heat and place a tortilla flat on the pan. Spread 1/4 of the cheese mixture evenly onto the tortilla. When the cheese begins to melt, about two minutes, add a quarter of the grilled shrimp, spreading it evenly over the melting cheese. Fold over the tortilla and continue to cook until the

The amazing shoulder joint By Bronwyn Muldoon Redstone Review LYONS – Many of us don’t think about how our body moves until something goes wrong. When it comes to the function of a joint, there are numerous factors that can cause problems. Bones, Muldoon muscles and ligaments are the main components of our joints and they all have to work harmoniously to ensure fluid and effortless movements. When they are out of sync with each other pain occurs. Thankfully, regardless of the nature of the dysfunction, strengthening the muscles around the joint typically results in decreased pain and increase in movement. The majority of activities require several joints to move together. This is the case for the shoulder. Besides the shoulder joint (gleno-humeral) it relies on the shoulder blade (scapula) and thoracic spine. If one of the three doesn’t have full mobility, pain in the shoulder occurs. The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint with a shallow socket, which allows for a wide range of motion.

But the shallow socket also leads to numerous issues since it relies mainly on muscles for stability. Over time and / or with poor posture these muscles have a harder time keeping the joint in position. When one joint doesn’t function properly, a domino effect typically occurs, creating imbalance in multiple joints. When this happens pain / injury occurs. Most people have heard of the rotator cuff (RC). This term refers to four muscles of the shoulder that help to support the shoulder joint during rest and movement. These four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis) attach the shoulder blade and

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Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa Makes approximately 2 cups 1 large, ripe Haas avocado 1 T sweet onion, minced 1/3 t garlic, minced, 1 1/2 T fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 t salt 1 C salsa verde, your choice of heat 1/2 of a serrano chili or amount to taste 1/4 C cold water • Combine all ingredients into a small food processor; blend until creamy. Catherine Ripley Metzger has been cooking professionally and privately since 1979. She was a French cuisine journeyman at the celebrated Henri d’Afrique restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Today she is the proprietor of the food blog www. foodfortheages. com, and Facebook. com / Food for the Ages. Though she cooks every day in a tiny kitchen with a two-burner stove, her recipes are expansive and she dedicates her craft to living large by cooking well in tiny kitchens.

upper arm to keep the ball in the socket. Rotator cuff muscles and tendons can be injured over time, or with a sudden injury such as a fall. A tear can be partial or complete. Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear can include shoulder pain, stiffness, and weakness. You may have difficulty raising the arm overhead or lifting objects, especially above shoulder height. Getting dressed, washing your hair, or tucking in a shirt can be difficult. Sleeping is also difficult due to shoulder pain. An injury to your rotator cuff can cause numerous other problems like impingement syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, instability and thoracic outlet syndrome. Strengthening the RC and maintaining good posture can help treat and prevent most shoulder injuries. Thus, regardless if your shoulder hurts or not, everyone should exercise and practice good posture. Bronwyn Muldoon, PhD and licensed physical therapist, owns Lyons Physical Therapy, 435 High St. in Lyons. Some of the things addressed at her clinic include but are not limited to: acute and chronic spinal pain (back and neck pain), postural dysfunction alignment, sports and performance-related injuries, repetitive/overuse-related injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, muscles strains and sprains, and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. For more information call 303-823-8813.

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cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Serve with salsa.

brought forward two finalists who presented to the Lyons Board of Trustees, and Summit Housing Group was selected by the trustees in March. The purchase and sale agreement with Keith Bell was then assigned to Summit Housing Group. As I walked home after the meeting, I thought about the people I saw on my way to the meeting. They were busy that evening, and they didn’t attend. I wondered if anything would be different if they heard first hand what was said about multifamily housing, affordability in our town, concerns about traffic, the Lyons Valley Park homeowners association hiring an attorney, and the clients of the LEAF food pantry who don’t have enough income to pay both rent and buy groceries without assistance. I also wondered if in a few years I would be walking through this neighborhood and see new residents of affordable rental homes who were biking with their children or gathering at their community room for an event. It wouldn’t be so surprising if that’s in our future. There were many times in the past three years when I tried to image one day working at a Habitat for Humanity

volunteer build day in Lyons, even when it looked like people were going to give up – and that project is now real, after months and years of drama on social media and many long meetings on cold Monday nights. In 2003, I remember when the land next to the post office was an empty lot, and for a while a community garden, where I attended a community celebration with acoustic musicians playing between the vegetable beds – and today it’s the affordable rental homes of some of our community’s elders. In 2013, I remember the waters of the St. Vrain covering the roads, the smell of the mud, and the crazy torn landscape and debris left behind – and now most of those physical scars are covered over with new vegetation, fixed roads, and cleaned and smoothed banks. Amy Reinholds is the affordable housing writer for the Redstone Review. This column is a monthly commentary (opinion column) in the Redstone about affordable housing after the 2013 flood disaster in Lyons. If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, contact me directly at For a history of post-flood efforts for affordable housing in Lyons, see previous columns at

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CONTEXT Cars for a Cause helps charities By Kristen Bruckner Redstone Review LYONS – When Ken and Judy Brownsberger made the recent decision to buy a new car, they opted to donate their Bruckner beloved 2009 Mini Cooper to the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF). What they reported was a quick, easy and simple process through an organization called Vehicles for Charity. What people don’t realize is that the ease and convenience of a car donation along with tax benefits and the opportunity to give directly to your local community often outweighs the hassle and expense of selling a car outright. In fact, donating your vehicle is a process that provides direct, immediate funds that in turn can be applied to projects happening right in Lyons. Ken describes the decision to donate and the process as very easy. “Earlier this year we decided to donate our 2009 Mini Cooper as we were buying a new plug-in hybrid minivan for the family, and didn’t want to keep a third vehicle. Years ago we’d donated an older car to public radio, and recalled that it was pretty simple. We knew this time we wanted the donation to go to a charitable organization in Lyons – and a quick web search of possible options led us to the LCF article about Phil Aumiller, another Lyons local who coincidently works with

Judy, but had also donated a car to LCF.” Ken further explains, “The donation process through Vehicles for Charity (VFC) is very easy. You go to the VFC website and pick a charity, fill out the online form and submit it. A short time later they call you back to arrange the vehicle pickup. Then they come to get your vehicle and you hand them the signed title and the keys – and they take it away.

Later, VFC mails you the IRS tax deduction paperwork when everything is wrapped up. Easy. We are planning to donate our other old car later this year too – given how easy it was, we’re almost certain to use the VFC website and donate to LCF again.” Contributions such as the vehicle donation program are so appreciated by the Lyons Community Foundation. “This


is a great example of the local philanthropy circle being completed,” said Jeanne Moore, Co-Chair of the LCF Advisory Board. “By residents putting their generosity into a Lyons-based organization, we are able to fund local projects including everything from the food pantry, student scholarships, Lyons Volunteers, and public art and music. Dollars given to LCF can directly pay for programs that benefit our residents.” “What’s also great,” said Moore, “is that by using a mechanism like Vehicles for Charity, it requires no effort on the part of LCF’s all-volunteer member advisory board. As with any non-profit, fundraising is the most challenging and resourcedemanding issue.” The Lyons Community Foundation operates solely on donations from local businesses and individuals, drawing most of its funds from an annual event held in November, followed up with a yearend donor appeal. As local needs and causes grow, the foundation’s fundraising efforts have become increasingly challenging. The Lyons Community Foundation began as way to address the needs of a small, yet diverse community and also provide a platform for residents to give back. When you give to LCF, you are for example supporting your neighbors who might need assistance from Meals on Wheels or other human services, in addition to the local artists whose works are being supported by a grant to integrate their art in town. Because volunteers and donors come from


the same small pool, it makes sense to try and consolidate efforts and ways in which residents are asked to contribute. LCF is so grateful that so many residents are committed to giving and acting locally. The Lyons Community Foundation is a Lyons-based community 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and encourage positive change in the greater Lyons area. It is a fund of the Community Foundation serving Boulder County and it supports local residents in their pursuits to enhance life in Lyons. For more information on the Lyons Community Foundation, its board or granting work, please visit About Vehicles for Charity: The ARC Thrift Stores, Lakewood, a Colorado 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves as the fundraising arm of the ARC Units, which provides advocacy and support for children and adults with developmental disabilities. ARC Thrift Stores has historically accepted vehicle donations since 1995 for themselves and several other non-profits. Demand grew and in 2001, Vehicles for Charity (VFC) was established. This comprehensive vehicle donation program was developed and implemented to provide for prompt and professional disposition of vehicles donated to VFC. Working agreements with carefully selected tow companies and auto auctions have contributed to the program’s success. For more information on VFC go to Kristen Bruckner is the Communications Specialist for the Lyons Community Foundation. She lives in Lyons with her husband and three kids.



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A&E Continued from Page 10 ArtCoaching for You. This is geared to help artists learn how to re-focus, maintain this focus, set priorities, measure progress, and properly check in on goals. The fee is $10 for BCAA Members and $15 nonmembers. Registration and networking begins one half-hour before all workshops' scheduled start time. Visit for more information. NoBo First Friday is June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. A free self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District allows you to meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area, with live music, demos and special activities in many locations.

pioneer family high school graduates are Keegan Bean, Ethan Burton, Shaeli Herman, Joseph McCain, and Raven Moe. The museum will also recognize the classes of the ‘8s from 1928 to 2018. Honored as Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Days will be the graduating Class of 1968, who are celebrating their 50th reunion, and Donna Boone, The Hair Company; Joe Meckle, Lyons Chiropractic Clinic; and Raul Vasquez, Blue Mountain Stone, all who have been in business over 30 years. Whether you like to stroll through the museum at a leisurely pace, come to see a particular exhibit, want do

Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36, NoBo is an inclusive, grass-roots, community-focused arts organization that enthusiastically supports all who work in creative disciplines. Visit for more information. The Spring Firefly Handmade Market, June 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel, at 2601 Canyon Blvd, is where the first market of this year is happening. It’s the Front Range’s premier marketplace for exclusively handmade artisan goods featuring over 100 Indie artisans, live music, and free admission. Check out unfolding details on LONGMONT ArtWalk 2018

RockyGrass Continued from Page 5 Tuttle from her packed Wildflower Pavilion concert just this past April 20. Tuttle is the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association guitar player of the year. Brian Eyster of Planet Bluegrass says that after they heard Tuttle’s kickstarter for her debut album they invited her to play at the 2016 RockyGrass. “She was one of the most talked-about newer artists of the festival. Though she’s obviously a virtuosic (and inventive) gui-



some family history research, or just browse through the gift shop and book store to find an unexpected treasure, there is something for everyone at the Redstone Museum. Stop by for a visit this summer, we look forward to seeing you, and watch for announcements of additional events and programs being hosted by the museum in the coming months. For information, call the museum at 303-823-5271 or go to the website at Monique Sawyer Lang is one of the curators of the Lyons Redstone Museum. She is also a volunteer with the Lyons Food Pantry. She lives in Lyons.

Historic Downtown, May 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. Each ArtWalk event features professional performances at three ArtWalk Stages, in addition to student musicians from local school groups. Performances are scheduled in two time blocks: at 4 and at 6 p.m. Call 720-507-6561 or mail for details. ALLENSPARK Summer Kick Off Art Opening will be held May 26 through May 28 at The Old Gallery in Allenspark. Visit this community where artists thrive and display their work, where national and regional musicians play in an intimate setting, and where visitors and local residents participate in yoga, writing, art, and educational lectures. The Old Gallery is

tar player, her music transcends the bluegrass genre into the broader sounds of Americana,” said Eyster. All of these individual musicians have played RockyGrass in the past, but this will be their first full set together, anywhere. They are often referred to as the “First Ladies of Bluegrass,” according to Eyster. “We invited them all to teach together at the RockyGrass Academy, so they'll be together in Lyons all week jamming and putting together a full festival set as a band, for the first time,” said Eyster. RockyGrass Academy is the interactive learning

located on the Peak to Peak Highway, 20 minutes south of Estes Park, at 14863 Colorado Highway 7. Phone 303-7472906 or check out for more information. ESTES PARK Diving into Watercolor Wax Batik instructed by Linda Renaud kicks off art offerings at the Art Center of Estes Park Gallery. On June 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the process of watercolor wax batik will be explained, demonstrated and practiced in a hands-on workshop at 517 Big Thompson Ave. All students will be painting from a photo of an elk calf. For details about this and a variety of other interesting upcoming classes visit

experience the week before RockyGrass. While RockyGrass is sold out, Folks Festival may have some tickets left (check at Headliners for Folks Festival include Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, and Regina Spektor. Folks Festival moved from Estes Park to Lyons in 1994 and is in its 28th year. For more ticket information check out Katherine Weadley is a long-time Lyons resident. She is a librarian and Director of the Lyons Community Library.

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Town Continued from Page 1 evidence that this line was installed by the town or permitted. It does connect into a town owned main line and the lateral was probably installed by a developer. Steve Simms, property owner on upper Fifth Ave., told the board, “The homes are 25 feet to the west of the sewer line and we feel that this shows that this was town property; all the infrastructure was on town property.” Kim Mitchell, Director of Community Relations, discussed the installation of flashing crosswalks with the board. The board decided to start with three crosswalks, which would cost about $9,000 each. The three sites that were seen as a priority were Second Ave. at Main Street near Bank of the West, Fifth Main Street, and U.S. Hwy. 36 near the Black Bear Hole. These crossings would have flashing lights when the pedestrian pushes a button. Cars are supposed to stop when they see the flashing lights. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said that some education should be considered for the public before the flashing light crosswalks are installed. Mitchell also told the BOT that the town will be working with Adventure Fit to conduct the PowerMan event in Lyons in October to be held in the dog park.

Quarry Continued from Page 9 calculated by the bracelet – you have to get a visual check from a front-of-house staff person before imbibing any further. This is to promote responsible consumption as well as to comply with government regulations, explains Surges. The self-serve alcohol concept started in Europe about eight years ago and already exists on both coasts as well as at one bar in Denver. The concept is an “inventive way to introduce newto-craft-beer drinkers to the market, who are less likely to commit to a full pint if they aren’t familiar with a certain style of beer,” says Nate Tomforde, co-founder of Pour Taproom, as quoted in Samantha Lefave’s February 2018 article in Mic. Colorado taverns offering the self-pour concept number well under a dozen. As such, the co-owners are hop-

REDSTONE • REVIEW This event includes running and bicycling events. Aaron Caplan, chair of the Utilities and Engineering Board (UEB) brought up the sewer plant issue that some businesses are putting too many Biological Oxygenated Demands (BOD) into the sewer system. He said that the UEB recommends creating an ordinance that would create a fee charged to offenders; the fee would pay to pretreat the BODs to break them down before they entered the sewer system. But monitoring the businesses would be a problem. The mayor suggested trying to educate the businesses and to alert people to the problem. At an affordable housing workshop, which was held the following night after the town board meeting at the high school cafetorium, Summit Housing Group’s owner Sam Long explained to a large audience the proposed housing development that Summit hopes to build in filing 8 in Lyons Valley Park. Long told the group that Summit was founded by his father and they have housing affordable housing units all over the country. He said that they have research that shows that affordable housing built next to market rate housing can raise the property value of the market rate housing. He also said that his family continues to own and operate all the affordable housing units that they

PAGE 19 build. They have, so far, not sold any of their affordable housing complexes. The audience was not really persuaded by his discussion and Long veered off topic when trying to answer some of the questions. His answers were not always direct or to the point. It is not clear what the outcome of the workshop was or what information people came away with.

ing the Quarry will serve as a destination for interested beer drinkers as well as tech nerds who enjoy playing with RFID and seeing solenoid valves in action. Lyons has long been a “dream destination” for the partners. “We look forward to being a truly positive part of town,” says Surges. “We really want to give back, whether that’s river reclamation or kitchen training for high schoolers.” Bonnie Auslander is a writer, public speaking instructor at CU, and founder of, a program that pairs patient pooches with panicked presenters. The New York Times covered AudienceDog with a video and article, among the most popular of 2016. She serves on the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC); she and her family have lived in Lyons for almost two years. Contact her at

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