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B •R •I •E •F •S St. Vrain Creek Restoration Project LYONS – The Town was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) for restoration of the St. Vrain Creek, and solicited bids for a design & construction team. After a careful and deliberate review process of the seven qualified proposals, Naranjo Civil Constructors was selected to contract with the town for the stream restoration project. According to the Lyons Recovery Action Plan, the St. Vrain Creek restoration entails river way improvements including rock formations and re-vegetation, to reintroduce wetlands, slow the flow of the river, and create natural areas for fish and plants to thrive and support recreational use of the river. The project will also reestablish pedestrian paths and access points for river users. As part of the grant conditions, the project must be complete by the end of March 2016. The preliminary negotiations are underway, and public meetings will be announced when determined. Continue Briefs on Page 3

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Robin Grabowski, Lyons artist, adds a few finishing touches to the big sun on the clarifier community art project. The dedication for the clarifier project will be held on Sept. 12. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS

Raising taxes on marijuana and finding funding to repair the Depot Library By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – The Lyons Town Board spent a fair portion of the Aug. 17 meeting holding a public hearing on an ordinance to raise a new marijuana excise tax of 5 percent of the average market rate when unprocessed retail marijuana is first sold or transferred by a marijuana cultivation facility. The tax will go to a vote of the people on the November ballot The marijuana growers in Lyons objected to the tax increase (they currently pay a 15 percent tax) but in the end the Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to approve the ordinance, which will now send the measure to a vote in November. Some of the trustees suggested changing the wording of the ordinance; several trustees would have liked to lower the tax rate to start at 2.5 percent but they allowed the measure to go to a vote with the 5 percent tax in place. The ordinance would allow the tax to increase up to 10 percent after the first year. Changing the ordinance at the second reading would have delayed it. The revenue from the tax is expected to bring in about $135,000 to

$270,000 to the general fund. The approximate amount that the tax will bring in is required by law to be on the ballot. Trustee Connie Sullivan said that she was sympathetic to small businesses and knows firsthand how difficult it is to operate a small business in Lyons. Ed Bruder, an advocate for the marijuana industry, spoke out against the measure saying, “I am outraged” by the 5 percent tax. The BOT also had to grapple with finding extra funding to repair the Depot Library, which was badly damaged by the 2013 flood. The flood took out the floor and the infrastructure water / sewer pipes in the old historic building. The new Library District Board cobbled together some grants from DOLA (Department of Local Affairs), Lyons Community Foundation’s St. Vrain Flood Relief Fund and insurance from the Town’s insurance carrier and came up with about $364,000. Extra funding was added to the pot when hail damaged the roof and the insurance company agreed to pay $42,000 for the current damage. Some money from the book sale was added along with a few more bits and pieces of funding, which brought the

total up to $451,731. But when the bids to restore the library came in, much to the shock of the Library District Board members, the lowest bid was $565,000, creating a gap in funding to the tune of about $78,000. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said that she would see if more Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding is available because they paid so little for the original library flood damage, and that she would check on additional funding from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for the repairs. Christina Wells, Project Manager for the restoration of the Depot Library as a volunteer, has been working on funding for the Depot Library repairs. Trustee Dan Greenberg took a moment to recognize all the important work Wells is doing for the library and how much time she has donated to the restoration project. The board instructed staff to look into finding some grants or other types of revenue to pay for the extra funding needed to do the repairs. The Regional Library District Board took over the library operations on July 1 but the Town of Lyons retained ownership of the Depot building, which is covered by the Town insurance until the repairs are completed. The Library District will lease the Depot building and property for 50 years. Continue Town on Page 18



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LYONS Bears are everywhere and we need to protect them By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – Bears seem to be running all over the place this year. Residents and neighbors are sharing endless stories about the black bears running all over their yards, destroying bird feeders, trash receptacles, getting into garages, etc. The bear invasion seems much worse this year than last. Why is this happening? Jennifer Churchill, public information officer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said that the bears are hungry and they are trying to bulk up for winter. Bears do this every fall to add a huge percentage of body fat to get through the winter. But it seems to be different this year because according to Churchill their preferred food is scarce. A hard freeze last winter killed many trees and shrubs. Spring was cold and rainy followed by a hot dry spell and many favorite bear foods are not available. Bears love seeds, berries, fruit, honey, grasses, nuts, and scavenged carcasses. They are omnivorous and can eat almost anything, which is why they are such a successful species. But they won’t be for long if people don’t stop leaving their trash and birdseed in their pathway. The next best thing for a bear to eat is your outdoor cooking and your garbage. A bear can smell food five miles away, did you know that? Empty food containers still smell like food to a bear. It is illegal to feed bears in Colorado; trash is food. Churchill said that she gets calls all the time from people asking her to send someone to their house to kill a bear because the bear is destroying their bird feeders and they want to feed the birds. “We don’t just kill a bear because someone asks us to,” said Churchill, who added that they don’t just remove a bear when someone asks them to either. “Our wildlife officers are trained biologists and they make a determination about what to do after careful evaluation of the situation,” she said. “We do not have program to remove bears. If we have to relocate them it has to be inside our district plus there is not a good place to relocate a bear to and most of the time they just come back. Then we have to kill the bear. Our officers hate to kill a bear. Every time we’re forced to destroy a bear, it’s not just the bear that loses. We all lose a little piece of the wildness

that makes Colorado so special. So please, get the information you need, and share it with your friends, neighbors, and community. If you need more, we’re here to help.” While black bears, which can be brown or reddish, are not naturally aggressive and seldom attack or injure people, they are still strong, powerful animals. A bear intent on getting a meal could injure someone who gets in its way. Every year bears that have become too comfortable around people have to be destroyed. Bears don’t know they are doing anything wrong, they are just trying to get enough calories so they can survive the winter. One study showed that simply putting trash out the morning of pickup cuts the chances of a bear visit from 70

One of the author’s backyard bears in search of birdseed. percent to 2 percent. Use bird feeders only when bears are hibernating, Thanksgiving through mid-March. If you don’t want to stop feeding birds, you need to hang your feeders at least ten feet off the ground and ten feet away from anything bears can climb. Keep the area underneath feeders clean and free of bird seed and hulls, or switch to a hulled bird seed with no waste. Never store bird seed outside, under your deck, or in a garage or shed a bear could break into. A 50-pound bag of birdseed has over 87,000 calories – a reward for the bear and well worth the effort of breaking in. In the late fall a bear needs to eat 20,000 calo-

Lyons Fire Station 2 Open House By Emily Gubler Redstone Review LYONS – What: Lyons Fire Station #2 Open House. When: Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Station 2, Gubler 1250 CR37e, also known as Blue Mountain Road, about 2.5 miles north of Colorado Highway 66. Turn north at the Apple Valley bridge. During the day there will be medical helicopters, hazardous materials apparatus, ambulances, live fire and extrication demonstrations and, of course, station tours, and the event will be by catering by Oskar Blues. Come see the new station and celebrate with Lyons Fire. I asked the Fire Chief, JJ Hoffman, questions about this new station. EG: What happened to the original Station 2? JH: The original Station 2 was lost during the 2013 September floods. The water rose to the base of the building and as the

river continued to rise and become wider it started cutting out the bank. It was not long after that the bank eroded and a portion of the building was undermined with water coming through the bays about eight feet deep from the interior concrete floor. Soon after the erosion started and the concrete foundation and floor washed away, a large portion of the building collapsed into the river. It was later determined that since a major portion of the land that the building sat on was eroded by the flood, rebuilding efforts in the same location would be impossible. That is what led us to look for another piece of property, preferably a little higher this time! Numerous property owners were contacted in the area about possible building sites. We finally purchased two acres on which to rebuild Station 2. EG: Is anything remaining of the original Station 2? JH: Before the flood, we leased that land from the road association. Bank erosion from the flood exposed the cistern

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ries a day to make it through the winter. Cooking outdoor or using barbeque grills can most certainly attract bears. Use bear-proof garbage containers whenever possible. Don’t leave garbage around especially outside. Don’t leave any food in cars. If you see a bear in your yard chase it away with a loud noise, use a sling shot and small stones to hit the bear (This works really well, we’ve done it). Rubber bullets can be used and loud horns but not buckshot, which can lodge in the bear and eventually kill the animal. Never approach a bear. Planet Bluegrass is one area in Lyons where there is lots of outdoor food and trash receptacles. Pam Sichel from Lyons called the DPW and spoke with Jenny Campbell, a customer service representative. Campbell told Sichel that she sent Planet Bluegrass large amounts of information on bear hazing, food disposal, etc. Campbell said that they are working with Planet Bluegrass, adding that the company that they use for trash does not provide bearproof roll offs (big dumpsters on wheels). Brian Eyster from Planet Bluegrass said in a statement, “We’ve been in constant communication with the Sheriff’s Department since prior to RockyGrass about the bear situation. We do not currently have any bear-proof trash containers. But as of about ten days ago, we’ve been on Western Disposal’s waiting list for bear-proof containers. These containers will replace our year-round dumpsters. We have never had a bear trap onsite. One was placed on a nearby property, which did successfully catch a bear. After that bear was caught, we asked DOW to place a trap here (about a week ago). DOW elected not to place it onsite here because of the number of people at the festival. That was their decision, not ours.” Mayor John O’Brien said that an e-blast was sent out to ask residents to be vigilant around bears. CPW District Wildlife Manger John Koehling stated, “It is up to the entire community to be vigilant about bear management – which can even include policing neighbors to stay on top of it – to ensure people’s safety, as well as the livelihood of the bears.” In addition, the Town has implemented bear-proof trash cans and enclosed dumpsters as part of each park's recovery design, to be installed during the construction phase. Colorado is fortunate to have Linda Masterson, author of Living with Bears: A Practical Guide to Bear Country as one of the DPW Bear Aware Team volunteers. Please visit for more information about this book and how to live responsibly in bear country.

that was located at the old station. The exposed edges were buried and a boulder retaining wall installed to try and prevent further damage from future high water events. The 30,000-gallon cistern will still be used in the area as a water supply in the event of a wildfire or structure fire. EG: How was rebuilding Station 2 funded? JH: To date, we have received the following approximate amounts for the Continue Station 2 on Page 18









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Lyons responsibilities By John O’Brien, Mayor Redstone Review LYONS – As many of you know, the town’s annual general fund budget is just over a million dollars. We currently have over 70 process work orders totally over $70 million. By the time the total recovO’Brien ery is considered completed, the bill will be about $85 million. All FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and CDBG-DR (Community Development Block Grants- Disaster Relief) grants must be committed and spent by September of 2019. The Lyons Town Board is hoping to raise sales taxes by 0.5 percent to add money to the general fund for capital improvement projects in the town which need funding. A vote is required to raise taxes in Colorado. After the federal money is used up that came to Lyons for flood needs, the town will come up short on an annual basis for funding much needed projects. When the recovery is completed and we return to a “normal” operating environment (whatever that is) the town will rely on traditional sources of revenue to carry out the responsibilities for which a local society creates a town, i.e. public health, safety, security and general welfare. Those traditional sources of revenue are property taxes and sales taxes. There are a few other sources, such as GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado), state lottery, etc. but those pale by comparison to property and sales taxes. Property taxes are levied by the counties in Colorado and a percentage is returned to the jurisdiction in which the property resides. For Lyons and Boulder County, we get 16.5 percent of the property tax paid to the county. Sales taxes are levied by the state, county and towns / cities. When any sales tax percentage is changed at any level, it needs to go to a vote of the people because of TABOR (Colorado Taxpayers Bill of Rights). When an issue is placed on a public ballot for voting in a general or special election it is known as the “question.” The board has decided to place a question regarding increasing the local sales tax percentage on the

November 3, 2015 ballot. The proposal would increase local sales and use tax from 3.0 percent to 3.5 percent. The last time the town increased the sales tax percentage was in 1970, and revenue has not been able to keep up with inflation and cost of services over that time. We are anticipating that a 0.5 percent increase would generate approximately $100,000 per year initially. This would allow general fund programs to operate without needing to use reserves on a regular basis, stabilize funding for general municipal operations, and put aside funds for capital improvement projects. Also on the ballot will be a question that asks voters to approve a new local excise tax on unprocessed marijuana. The question will read as follows: Shall the Town of Lyons Taxes be Increased, Commencing January 1, 2016 by Annually in the First Fiscal year Ending December 31, 2016, and by Whatever Additional Amounts Are Raised Annually Thereafter, by Imposing – a New Excise Tax of 5% of the Average Market Rate as Determined by the Colorado Department of Revenue When Unprocessed Retail Marijuana is First Sold or Transferred by a Marijuana Cultivation Facility, With the Rate of Such Excise Tax being Allowed to be Decreased or Increased Without Further Voter Approval So Long As the Rate of Such Tax Does Not Exceed 10%, and Shall All Revenues Derived From Such Excise Tax be Collected and Spent, as a Voter Approve Revenue Change, Notwithstanding Any Revenue or Expenditure Limitations Contained in Article X, Section 20, of the Colorado Constitution, Article 1 of Title 29, Colorado Revised Statutes or any Other Law. This is a new tax which complements the local retail sales tax approved last November. This excise tax is on wholesale sales, i.e. sales from the MJ grow operation to retailers. I highly recommend and request that you vote YES on both ballot questions. Your town needs these increased revenues to be able to continue to bring you the services you request. John O’Brien is the Mayor of Lyons, elected in April, 2014. He was the chairman of the Lyons Economic Gardening Group, LEGG. He has worked in business and industry for many years and teaches classes at the University of Denver. He lives in Lyons.

CU-Boulder climbs in global academic rankings BOULDER – The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) today announced that the University of Colorado Boulder climbed to No. 54 from No. 63 in its annual rankings list. CU-Boulder is among the more than 25,000 degreegranting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year’s CWUR list, which will be published today at “At CU-Boulder we are very proud to serve our state as a true center of global excellence. This and a good many other rankings confirm that,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. CWUR publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of faculty members and the quality of faculty research without relying on surveys and university data submissions. Of particular note, the University of Colorado Boulder ranked as follows: • Quality of Faculty Rank: 31 • National Rank: 37 • Influence Rank: 38 • Citations Rank: 45 • Alumni Employment Rank: 67 • Broad Impact Rank: 74 • Quality of Education Rank: 80 • Publications Rank: 96 • Patents Rank: 133 • Overall Score: 54.62 “The CWUR rankings demonstrate the growing reputation of the University of Colorado Boulder as a leading global research university,” said CU-Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore. CWUR uses eight objective and robust indicators to rank the world’s top 1,000 universities including: Quality of education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes and medals relative to the university’s size, 25 percent; Alumni employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held CEO Continue Briefs on Page 4

Chamber of Commerce: Championing our businesses and community By Lisa Van Damme Redstone Review LYONS – Can it be that summer is already ending? Well, as one season ends, another begins, and so it is with the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce. This summer the chamber has been hard at work getting our LyonsFirst Guide ready for publication. This is one of our biggest deliverables for our members and we can’t wait for it to hit the streets. The new LyonsFirst Guide will be a wonderful marketing tool for our businesses and community, and features our major attractions, dining, shopping, and lifestyle. And thanks to a generous grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) we will be able to leverage this guide for the next two years with a much wider distribution than ever before. This summer we moved yet again. We’re happy to report that we finally have a home that’s a perfect match. The chamber has partnered with the Town of Lyons to share the Visitor Center, and this is won-

derful for a variety of reasons. Most impor- August 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the tantly, we have been able to connect with Loukonen Brothers Stone Company, hundreds of visitors and direct them to 12993 North Foothills Hwy. Loukonen businesses and attractions throughout the Brothers Stone began in 1890 and has been area. It has also provided us with a central in Lyons since 1951 at its present location. location to talk with chamber members. This is another great chance to spend time Sally Van Meter, our LACC Administrator, is available most Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Stop by for a visit. The Visitor Center also has enabled the chamber to reduce some of our overhead expenses in order to service our membership even better. We’ve had some wonderful socials over the past few months as well. LOCAL Eat+Drink and Lyons ReRuns hosted our first social of the year. ArtBox and Art on the PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS Green hosted a fantastic social at Coco getting to know your fellow local Chamber Gordon’s beautiful house. In July, Oskar of Commerce business members, as well as Blues hosted us with delicious food and a chance for our new business owners to drink and we were treated to some inspir- make those important connections that ing words from our mayor. support the Town of Lyons. When we gathThe August social will be held on er together as LACC members, we ensure

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OPTIONS Colorado River states embark on innovative water savings program Staff Reports Redstone Review DENVER – The states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have embarked on a unique test program to shore up declining reservoir levels if the 15-year drought that has plagued the Colorado River continues into the future. On July 1, the four states approved 10 projects that allow farmers, municipalities and other water users to voluntarily and temporarily forego use of their water in exchange for compensation. On August 13, 2015, the first agreement was reached on one project within Colorado, in the Yampa River basin. The states hope that this forbearance of water use will supply information that can be used in times of extreme drought as part of a contingency plan to ultimately reduce impacts on Lake Powell, a major Colorado River reservoir located on the Utah-Arizona state line. Lake Powell releases water to Lake Mead for use by the states of Arizona, Nevada, and California and the Republic of Mexico pursuant to an interstate agreement among the seven Colorado River states and a treaty between the United States and Mexico. Lake Powell is also a major producer of hydropower for the Western United States. “We had a tremendous response from water users in

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the Upper Colorado River Basin to our request for pilot projects,” said Don Ostler, Executive Director of the Upper Colorado River Commission, the interstate entity that is overseeing the implementation of the projects. “We are hopeful that these projects will yield valuable

Spirit Hound to open the first whisky keg after aging two years Staff Reports Redstone Review LYONS – After two years the long wait is finally over and Spirit Hound Distillers will offer a limited release of the first five barrels of Colorado Straight American Whisky on August 22 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the distillery, 4196 Ute Hwy. in Lyons. This will be the first release of the over two-year-old barrel-aged Straight American Whisky bottles. They will be for sale in the tasting room, with a limit of one per person. All day long on August 22 there will be music, cocktails, food and at 4 p.m., a whisky slap. This is a game played with a partner. Be prepared to be slapped in the face; you won’t want to miss it. Parking as well as camping will be available at Bohn Park. There will be a shuttle running between Bohn Park and the distillery all day. Lyons’ Root Cellar (the food truck located at the distillery) and Praha Restaurant will have food available for

purchase. There will be live music from Interstate Stash Express at 5 p.m. and Cadillac Grip at 8 p.m. The Whisky Slap will begin at 4 p.m. for $25 per person. The difference between white whisky or moonshine whisky and Spirit Hound’s product is that neither white nor moonshine have been barrel aged. The Federal Government requires straight whisky to be barreled in charred oak casks for at least two years for distillers to call the product whisky. You may have noticed that Spirit Hound Distillers spells its brand of whisky without the E. This is somewhat unusual. Most distillers in the U.S. and Ireland spell it whiskey, whereas distillers in Japan, Scotland and Canada do not use the E. One rule of thumb on some websites said that if the country has an E in its name, then it uses the E; countries that don’t have an E in their name don’t use the E. Spirit Hound has patterned some of its traditions after distillers in Scotland such as its handcrafted stills.

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from scratch, using 100 percent Colorado malted barley as the base. Following tradition, and U.S. government rules, our whisky is aged in brand-new full-sized white American oak barrels with a full char for a minimum of two years.” In the true tradition of producing a craft product, the company hand-crafted its stills, following shapes and dimensions traditional in Scottish whisky production – appropriate for the 100 percent malt whisky. The malted barley is grown, malted and peat-smoked (using Colorado peat) in Alamosa by the Colorado Malting Company. Spirit Hound brews, ferments and Spirit Hound Distillers will offer their two-year-old, bar- distills the whisky wash in rel-aged Colorado Straight American Whisky for sale on the distillery in Lyons where August 22. it is then barrel-aged. This is a 100 percent Colorado that whisky takes time to produce. Rather product, from grain to glass. Spirit Hound than cave in to the temptation to source Distillers is owned by Craig Englehorn, our whisky from another distillery or force Neil Sullivan, Matt Rooney and Wayne a quick age using small barrels or oak Anderson. The company emphasizes qualchips, we made an early decision to pro- ity over quantity. It encourages people to duce a straight malt whisky of our own please enjoy the products responsibly.

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OPPORTUNITY Town Board puts sales tax on the ballot, and is stymied by finding a site for the public works facility By Janaki Jane Redstone Review LYONS – At the August 3 meeting, the Lyons Board of Trustees, BOT, approved on second reading an ordinance that puts a sales tax increase of 0.5 percent on the November 3 ballot. This would up Jane the Lyons portion of the tax from 3 percent to 3.5 percent, raising the effective sales tax rate in Lyons to 8.49 percent, including state, county and town taxes. In comparison, Longmont has a cumulative sales tax rate of 8.26 percent, with the city of Boulder coming in at 8.845 percent. Lyons has not had a sales tax increase since 1970; voters turned down a larger proposed increase in 2009. One-third of the current sales tax (1 percent on each purchase) goes to parks. The extra 0.5 percent from this increase would go to the general operating fund, giving the town an expected extra $100,000 in revenue in the first year. Trustee Barney Dreistadt shared some figures about what the rise would mean to residents. Someone who spends $50 on a tank of gas twice a month at one of the local gas stations could expect to spend an extra $7 a year; a family with significant income that commits to spending $20,000 a year in Lyons would end up spending $100 a year more in Lyons than it does now. Before the August 3 meeting, there was a workshop with Trestle Strategy Group, at which the group presented an update on choosing a site for the public works facility. The choices are basically a rock and a hard place. According to Trestle’s report, the best option appears to be on the old wastewater municipal site. The problem is that the entire site is labeled as within the floodway on FEMA maps. There is an “island” that was flooded but not in the actual floodway in the 2013 floods, but because the map shows it as in the floodway, the site would likely require a review by FEMA to make sure that it doesn’t adversely affect the stream flow, as well as a critical facility review, both of which could take a long

time, and which it could possibly fail. The other two sites being currently considered are: a parcel on the western side of Second Avenue that would need to be rezoned and mitigated for flood, and that is too small for both the water treatment plant and the needed Town storage and services, and would require that some of those happen across the street in the floodway; and the McCain property, which is small, in prime commercial / residential space, and is expected to have a high purchase price should it be for sale. Trestle asked the BOT if it wanted to consider any eastern corridor sites, or buyout properties, which triggered a discussion of access, cost, FEMA funding and review, and more. In the end the BOT instructed Trestle to continue to work, looking at the three sites presented at this meeting and adding the eastern corridor, and report back later in August. During the BOT meeting, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen reported that the site at 509 W. Evans St. has been deemed to have historic significance at a national level. The first house that Edward Lyons built when he founded the Town of Lyons is at that site; he lived there for two years. The building itself has been modified too much to be an historic structure. The current owner is currently in the buyout, and has two options. The house can be removed from the buyout, elevated, and an attempt made to keep the parts of the structure that are historic; or, through the state historical society, which would do the drawings, have some form of commemoration of Edward Lyons on the lot without the house. The easements for the Stone Canyon traffic signal have all been signed, and construction can start immediately. In flood news, the BOT passed a resolution for the town to hire three new flood recovery positions with CDBG-DR funds, and changed the language of an ordinance in its second reading to allow the town administrator to grant extensions to temporary structures. Also passed was a resolution accepting a grant of up to $2,498,060 from CDBG-DR to hire Naranjo Civil Contractors, who will design and build the reshaping of

A typical Wednesday at LEAF By Janaki Jane Redstone Review LYONS – Every Wednesday, the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund, LEAF, opens the doors of the little white church on Main Street and offers support and referrals for any human service need. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., anyone can drop by the Lyons Community Church at 350 Main St. and have a cup of coffee provided by the Barking Dog Café, or a bottle of water, and talk to someone about getting help. Case management and supportive advocacy work hand-in-hand to support folks in taking control in their lives. Here’s what some of a typical Wednesday might be like. Sue has a case management appointment at 11 a.m. (The clients in referenced in this article aren’t real people, however all the circumstances are based on actual events.) Sue is a single mother of two children with a disability. She needs to have her Town of Lyons utility bill paid for the second time this year. Together, Sue and the case manager go over Sue’s finances.

She didn’t have copies of everything she needed, so she is given a sheet with a list of six papers to bring to her next appointment. Sue is kind of overwhelmed by the list. When Sue and the supportive advocate go over the list together, it turns out that only two of the items present difficulties. She decides to bring the four easy items in next week, so she has two weeks to find copies of the more tricky ones. Joellen drops by at 11:30 a.m. because she needs some help filling out an application for child care assistance. The application form is somewhat confusing, and it helps to have an extra pair of eyes on the case. We sit together and figure out what the agency that produced the form wants, and get it done. After visiting LEAF she walks over to the Post Office and mails the form that has been driving her crazy for a month. Veronica, who had a case management appointment last week, comes by around noon, with a letter she got from her landlord. The three of us (the case manager from the OUR Center, Veronica, and I) talk for 10 minutes about strategies for

Nico got a chance to try on firefighter gear at Lyons’ National Night Out event. PHOTO BY PAM STONE the streambed, and restoration of the banks of the St. Vrain River through the Town of Lyons, with the work being completed by spring 2016. In round three of the CDBG-DR, the town will be applying to be able to essentially reimburse the base rates of the buyout properties; and construction on the library is starting, with pavers being removed and replaced after new drainage is installed. The historic hitching post and water trough will be moved. Anyone with an idea of the best new location for them, let town hall know.

dealing with it, and give Veronica some phone numbers to call and suggestions about how to ask for advice from some legal experts. She makes an appointment to come in for 15 minutes next week to report back and look at next steps. Martin has a case management appointment at 1 p.m. He has come in a few times over the last year or so. He has never needed much help, just $30 or $40 each time, but he was consistently getting just a bit behind. He is on a fixed income. So the case manager, Martin and I go over his monthly expenses with a fine-toothed comb, talking about what each monthly expense means to him. It turns out that Martin has a land line, a cell phone, internet, and cable. By working with finding different providers and other options, we come up with a plan. Martin can spend a little more on his cell phone and lose the land line, and save $40 a month. Martin can change internet providers, and cancel cable and subscribe to Netflix instead, and save $70 a month. Suddenly, he not only won’t go into debt anymore; he will able to put a little by in savings every month. Martin decides that this week he will cancel his cable and call the new internet service, and makes an appointment to come back in

two weeks for a check in. Each week there are slots for three or four case management appointments: these days, those are filled up one or two weeks out, so it’s a good idea to call LEAF to make an appointment. Sometimes, though, there’s some extra time for walk-ins for case management, so dropping by on Wednesdays is always a good idea. And I am usually available to help walk-in clients with referrals, ideas, or support in making phone calls, setting priorities, and getting things done. If you don’t know where to turn, turn to LEAF. If we can’t help you, we will try to find someone who can. At a minimum, you can brainstorm the problem with a sympathetic person, and hopefully find some resources, internal or external, to deal with what’s happening. We’re at,, or call 720-864-4309. Janaki Jane is the case management officer at Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund, LEAF. She works with clients to help them find solutions to problems that include health care, housing needs and many other issues. She coordinates help for clients between various agencies. She can be reached at 720-864-4309.

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INTENTION Spinal Blues: It is painful and adversely affects productivity By Marty Hine Redstone Review LYONS – This country of ours is sure a sick society. Anyone who watches the pharmaceutical company ads these days can Hine attest to that. If it isn’t acid indigestion or rough, chapped lips it is headache, unsightly dandruff, offensive foot odor, cellulite or excessive perspiration. But bad as all that sounds, there’s something worse. That’s right, worse than the common cold, worse than sluggishness due to irregularity. Its effect on American productivity is far more damaging than nasal allergies and unemployment combined. If you are a human you are probably familiar with this condition and its official medical terminology, the nagging backache. This is a mysterious affliction suffered by many millions of Americans. The origins of it defy medical science but many believe it to result from having to get up in the morning. In the New Testament Book of Luke a parable is told about a woman who had a “spirit of infirmity” for 18 years. She was bent over and could not straighten up. Jesus lays his hands on her and heals her but gets in big trouble with the ruler of the synagogue for working on the Sabbath. Jesus defends himself vigorously by pronouncing that physical disorders are the work of Satan. Since disorders are in con-

flict with God’s purpose of salvation in his covenant with Abraham, they are the concern of his saving activity. This put his adversaries to shame and the people rejoiced. Perhaps the people were hoping for a little laying on of hands themselves. You may recall a few years back that the mummified remains of a 5,000-yearold Neolithic man were found in the Italian Alps when a melting glacier spat

him out. This guy was hi-tech for his day but his vertebrae looked a lot like mine. He carried a pouch with the same herbs that herbalists still prescribe for back pain. But even more interesting was a series of tattoos on his back that correspond precisely to acupuncture meridians and points still used for back pain. And this all dates back to at least 2,500 years before acupuncture was believed to have originated in Asia. Studies of ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Indian spines as well as Europeans of

the Middle Ages would seem to show the same kind of problems. But you can’t assume that the problem was picking up all those big rocks for the Pharaohs, the Emperors and the Popes. Maybe the problem was just living too close to control freaks like them. In any case it turns out that people who keep moving generally have less trouble with their backs than those who sit or stand in one position all day as our modern corporate control freaks would have us do. Maybe we should go back to building pyramids, great walls and cathedrals. At least those old guys had Satan and real pain to whine about instead of ergonomic virtual pain that the insurance companies won’t cover. As if insurance coverage ever fixed a back anyway. The fact is that every back is different and each one has a thousand little parts that can go out of whack. Health practitioners of all the various disciplines would love to help but the blunt truth is that sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they make it worse. By now you have probably figured out that I am a recovering backaholic. I figure I may have “thrown my back out” 50 times over the years. I’ve had many, many hands laid on me including doctors, chiropractors, Zen masters, acupuncturists, Shiatsu masseuses, osteopaths, Rolfers and very

close friends. I’ve been X-rayed and MRIed, needled and herbed, adjusted and drugged. But still, every once in a while, I do something wrong, like sneeze or pick a chicken feather up off of the ground. Funny thing is, I’ve never done it lifting something heavy. Then it is like the nerves are piano wires wrapped around a muscle, pulled tight and heated red hot. This causes the famous pain and induces severe wrinkling around the eyes and extremely curt language to beloved family members. When it happens, I give up on my lifelong ambition to touch my toes and settle for resting my palms on my knees, which lock into the classic skiing posture. It is possible to walk in this position but it draws a lot of attention. Chances are you know what I am talking about. Even if you don’t, you know what we look like. Usually it means an elbow stuck out to the side with that hand on the outraged muscle as if pushing on it would make it go away. I heard on TV that they might have a way to grow new heart muscle from bone marrow stem cells. If they can do it for heart muscle, why not this little backstrap of mine? No sympathy cards, please. You’re too late. I’m up and about and there’s a big pile of rocks I have to move tomorrow. Marty Hine has lived around Lyons for more than 40 years. He has served on the Lyons Board of Trustees, the Utilities and Engineering Board, the Boulder County Planning Commission and as chairman of the PCDC. He and his wife, Ellen, have raised five children in Lyons over the years.

Professionals take the reins at Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition By Denise Coté Redstone Review LYONS – Two years ago, residents along the Little Thompson River had trouble convincing people that there’s a river between the North St. Vrain and the Big Thompson. Now, they have a coalition, Coté a master plan, an office, and a salaried staff of watershed coordinators. The Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition, or LTWRC, began as a volunteer effort when Gordon Gilstrap, of the Big Thompson Conservation District, invited every resident he could find to come together and figure out how to cope with the impacts of the flood of 2013. At first, efforts were focused on helping neighbors and farmers who had suffered the most in the flood, as well as reaching out to all other stakeholders and gathering information. With guidance from the conservation district and funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties, the LTWRC hired an engineering firm to assess the entire river system and develop a master plan. Armed with that document, volunteers started applying for grants to begin repairing the damage and restoring the river. Meanwhile, the CWCB has taken the next step to build capacity among the Front Range watershed coalitions by providing funds to hire professional coordinators and assistants. The positions are funded for 18 months, with a planned renewal for another 18 months. The LTWRC hired Keith Stagg as Watershed

Coordinator, who officially came onboard on June 29. Stagg earned a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and has a background in water rights and stream habitats. His most recent work was as a consultant to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), working with the timber industry and environmental groups to develop a revised forest management standard for FSC-certified forests. One of Stagg’s first tasks at LTWRC was to recruit a colleague to help with the many demands of caring for a watershed. His choice, with the enthusiastic support of the LTWRC, is Erin Sams Cooper, who will join the team on August 19. Cooper also holds a Master’s degree, from Miami University Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. Her background includes development of natural history curricula, and she was most recently the director of a Boulder-based marine science nonprofit, Teens4Oceans. Both Cooper and Stagg point to experiences in far-flung locations for insight and inspiration about the importance of a healthy watershed. While Cooper was traveling in India, she was struck by the lack of access to clean water, and the impact this had on the local population. She was also impressed by how innovative people were in making the most of what little they had. At the opposite extreme, Stagg conducted a study of native trout in the pristine, wild rivers of Mongolia. “On paper the income of nomadic Mongolians is very low,” Stagg said, “but because they live in intact landscapes with healthy ecosystems, their quality of life is much higher than their income would suggest. Their access to robust grasslands and clean water makes a huge difference in their lives.” Stagg happened to be there

The Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition has put professional staff in place. Erin Sams Cooper and Keith Stagg will coordinate projects on behalf of LTWRC within the Front Range watershed coalitions. during a large flood event, an extraordinary opportunity to observe the functioning of a healthy river system in this unusual, but natural, situation. Stagg has already turned his attention to a project that addresses water quality. The LTWRC has secured a grant to conduct the first-ever study of hydralics and sediment transport in the Little Thompson River. The results will provide key information for engineering new bridges and floodplain rehabilitation. Stagg will be issuing a request for proposals and selecting a firm to conduct the study in Continue Watershed on Page 19

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INSIGHT Bears are around and about By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – I was walking along the Little Thompson recently picking up smooth river pebbles to use as ammunition for my slingshot and hoping no one would ask what I was doing. Not sure why. Gierach Maybe I thought a man of my age should be doing something more dignified. These were for the bear. I’d first spotted him about four weeks earlier when I glanced out the kitchen window one morning and saw him reclining comfortably under the bird feeder snacking on sunflower seeds dropped by the birds. He was a small bear with the look of a gawky teenager about him and the same kind of free-ranging appetite. He squinted in my general direction when I stepped out on the porch, but not directly at me. (Bears are nearsighted.) I yelled, but got no reaction, so I went down the back stairs and walked toward him. That did it. He bolted out to the gulch at the back of the property two steps before I’d have bolted back to the house if he’d stood his ground. They say you shouldn’t chase or “crowd” a bear, but I believe it’s permissible to let him know you’re there. I naturally stopped filling the feeder as soon as I saw the bear, but he kept dropping by every few days anyway just to check and finally, in his frustration, he tore down the feeder and disassembled it. This was a rough box feeder slapped together with scrap lumber that I’d have said was installed permanently on a tall 4x4 post, although the bear didn’t see it that way. So when I saw him again last week I swatted him with one of those pebbles fired from a Wrist Rocket. (I’m not much of a marksman with a slingshot, but a bear at 30 feet is a forgiving target.) That couldn’t have felt like more than a slap to the bear, but the surprise must have been profound because he took off at a dead run and crashed into the gulch without a backward glance. I thought maybe that scare, along with no more bird seed, would do the trick. And yes, I do understand that by feeding birds in the summer I’m playing with fire and deserve any trouble I bring on myself. We’ve had three other run-ins with bears in the 18 years we’ve lived in this foothills valley in southern Larimer County. One was on the porch going through the recycling that someone – I won’t say who – forgot to close up in the garage. When he found that the cans and bottles had been washed clean he moved on and never came back. The other two were both at the bird feeder. One tore it down, licked it clean, came back the next morning to see if it had been filled again and moved on. The other one took off running when I yelled, “No! Bad bear!” and was still running three minutes later when he topped a ridge a quarter mile away. At that range he looked like a bowling ball rolling uphill. That one must have moved on, too because I never saw him again. Those two bears were unusual. Normally they’re more persistent after they’ve once found food. We’ve had lots of bears in the area this summer. Most reports are simple sightings (sometimes excited; sometimes hysterical) and don’t include trouble or damage, but

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some do. A bear ate someone’s chickens. Another bear went after a pie that was cooling on a windowsill – along with most of the window frame. Another bear famously broke into a restaurant in Pinewood Springs and ate 22 pies, but left the strawberry rhubarb. My friend Jim from Maine – where strawberry rhubarb pie is the state favorite – said folks back there got a kick out of that. They said that if Coloradans knew how to make a strawberry rhubarb pie the bear would have started with those.


People love bears, love these stories and sometimes openly root for the animals, but a thought should be spared for those who have to repair the damage. Would an insurance company consider a problem bear to be an “act of God?” I wouldn’t put it past them. The ways to prevent bear problems are well known: Keep all food, pet and livestock feed, bird seed and trash locked up. Be careful of greasy outdoor grills, don’t put meat scraps in compost bins, pick up fruit from under fruit trees and don’t put your garbage on the street the night before the pickup because bears can remember which day is garbage day. There’s not much you can do about beehives and vegetable gardens except to locate them in the open, install electric fences and hope for the best. It’s less clear how to discourage a bear that’s sniffing around persistently. Yelling and throwing rocks are recommended – and I consider a slingshot just a slightly more sophisticated way of throwing rocks. Some have tried air horns with limited success, as well as firecrack-


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ers, although those are illegal in Colorado as well as being a fire hazard. I’ve heard bear spray mentioned, but it doesn’t seem wise to purposefully get close enough to a bear for that to work. Non-lethal shotgun ammunition like rubber slugs, rubber shot and beanbag rounds (all available on the Internet) can be useful, but problematic. The official policy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is that you should consult a wildlife officer beforehand to make sure you’re not inadver-



tently attracting the bear. A bear will endure hundreds of stings in return for the honey in a beehive, so he may just view the swat of a rubber bullet as the cost of a meal. Actually killing or wounding a bear could get you charged and fined except in the kind of truly dire circumstances that would likely be judged on a case by case basis. It’s also not as easy as people think. It may not even matter that you have a big enough gun and that you’re a good shot. A benign target at a shooting range is one thing; a live bear in the kitchen is another. Better to keep him out of the kitchen in the first place. John Gierach is an outdoor and fly fishing writer who writes a column for Flyrod & Reel magazine. His books include Trout Bum, Sex Death and Fly fishing, and Still Life with Brook Trout. His new book, All Fishermen are Liars is available at book stores and fly fishing shops everywhere including South Creek Ltd. on Main Street. Travels with Redstone Mystie Brackett and Linda Lucas in Kennebunk, Maine. Mystie and Linda were roommates in Madison, WI, during the late ‘70s. Take the Redstone with you on your next trip and send us your photos showing where the Redstone has traveled. Send your photos to



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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Art and music happenings around the area

will embody the blessing ceremony of the Clarifier, starting 1:30 p.m. at the Clarifier site at Black Bear Hole, followed by the procession along the river with music and songs at 3 p.m., and ending with Sounds of Lyons at Sandstone Park from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Here two artistic endeavors converge and become one, as we remember and celebrate the creativity, the resilience, and the legacy of the community. The music will feature Alfredo Muro on guitar, Shannon Johnson on vocal, Emma Shubin on flute, Enion Pelta-Tiller on fiddle, David Tiller on mandolin, Celtic band Take Down the Door, among others. Mayama Dancers will also dedicate a set to the special occasion. The event is free to the public. For more information please contact

By MinTze Wu Redstone Review LYONS Sally Truitt’s show Monsters and Totems continues at the Stone Cup Café through the Wu end of August. August is for totem, the natural object or animal believed to have spiritual significance and adopted as an emblem. In September, Deborah Coccoli of Longmont will show. Her artistic process began as a child under the strong influence of her uncle, the internationally renowned marine painter Stanley Meltzoff. Coccoli uses acrylics, photo transfers, and oil paints to capture likenesses of goats and sheep, chickens and crows from area farms. Music this month includes James Faulk’s folk / classic rock on August 22, September 5 and 19; Antonio Lopez’s modern folk / acoustic soul on August 23; Billy Shaddow’s American folk music on August 29; Josh Elioseff and Greg Marmolejo’s folk rock on September 6; Dan and Victor’s classic rock on September 12; and Kindred Americana on September 20. The Stone Cup and Kitchen is at Fifth Avenue and High Street. For more information please call 303-823-2345 or visit Arts On The River will be held on August 23rd at River Bend. Once again the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) and Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) are rounding up a multi-sensory array of regional artists and their creations, full of music, culinary selections, and unique arts offerings. The proceeds from this event benefit the arts and artists in our area. The LAHC brings public art to the streets of Lyons, art shows to Town Hall, and helps fund important events in town such as Sounds of Lyons. The BCAA provides leadership resources and advocacy for the arts throughout Boulder County. Artists such as award-winner Betsy Hubner, Susan Malmin, Ruth Wilson, Holly Beck, Laurey Gilbert, among many formidable others, will be featured; Boulder-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Folsom and versatile guitarist Bob Story will be the featured musicians. Over the years, the event has morphed from a plein air art

Sally Truitt’s Monsters and Totems are featured at the Stone Cup through August. show and garden party to Art on the Farm at Lyons Farmette. This year we will join under the white tent at River Bend in Lyons, 501 W. Main St., from noon to 7 p.m. For additional information, please contact BCAA Executive Director Charlotte LaSasso at 303-447-2422. Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission wants to spread the call to artists now so they have time to interpret and prepare some thoughtprovoking entries for the upcoming art show starting Friday Nov. 6. Possible subject matter could be flood related, fellowship, housing, hemp, hops, beetle-kill pine, tourism, Thanksgiving, paying it forward, family, etc. Open to all ages and abilities. All ready to wall-hang art must be submitted in person to Town Hall on Friday November 6 between 4:30 and 7 p.m. and must be accompanied by a placard which provides the artist’s name, title of the piece, artist’s contact info, and price of piece. Show of selected pieces will hang

November 7, 2015 through January 1, 2016. Pick-up of art will be Friday, January 1 between 4:30 and 7 p.m. An open-to-the-community reception / potluck will be Saturday November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please bring a tapas dish to share and be prepared to consider some early holiday shopping. The LAHC’s Town Hall Art Shows have been on hiatus due to the town’s need of the wall space for extensive planning and presentations. The next show will likely feature one artist; please let the LAHC know if you know of anyone who might have interest. Share the news and please let me know if you need anything else. For information contact the LAHC at 401-301-1212. In remembrance of the devastating flood two years ago, and in continuation of celebrating the spirit of Lyons and the arts, music, and community that unify us all, Sounds of Lyons and Clarifier join to present MOSAIC: Celebrating Lyons III on September 12. The event

LONGMONT Longmont Theater Company presents Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soup Opera, now through August 30. It’s a heckuva day when you lose your cat and your boyfriend all in one day, and when that day is your birthday, that really takes the cake! Loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy, and some of the greatest hits of the 60s, Suds will have you swaying in your seat with solid nostalgia. For information please call 303-772-5200 or go to ESTES PARK Rocky Ridge Music Center presents the faculty of the brand-new American Roots Music Program on September 6. The program kicks up oldtime, bluegrass, Western swing, and a lot more! Come here these world-class musicians performing at our historic campus. For more information on this program, including day rates on lessons and classes, contact us at JOHNSTOWN Candlelight Dinner Playhouse proudly presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! now through September 13. Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, the show features a gorgeous score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins). This production will feature regional favorites David Wygant and Alicia Winter Hayes as Continue A&E on Page 19

Pachamama Farm and Wellness Festival, and a fundraiser for a new local nonprofit Staff Reports Redstone Review LONGMONT – Friends, neighbors, and everyone in the community are invited to Pachamama Farm and Wellness’ Third Annual Harvest Festival at 10771 North 49th St. in Longmont on Saturday, September 19 from 2 to 10 p.m. The festival is scheduled close to the autumnal equinox and is a celebration of the abundance of ripe foods that autumn brings. This year’s festival is also a fundraiser for an inspiring young nonprofit, Dance 2B Free. Pachamama Farm and Wellness will donate all proceeds from the event to Dance 2B Free. The mission of this local nonprofit is to share the healing power of dance with inmates in women’s prisons. “I am a believer in the therapeutic benefits of dance,” said Allie Dodge, co-owner of Pachamama Farm and Wellness and five-element acupuncturist. “Dance 2B Free is offering incarcerated women the healing resource of dance in community, which has the potential to effectively reduce rates of PTSD, depression, aggression,

poverty, and recidivism.” Harvest is an Old English word meaning autumn. The harvest festival is a meaningful tradition celebrated all over the world around the time of the autumnal equinox, which is Wednesday, September 23. “Our harvest festival gives us the opportunity to celebrate the community, soil, and food that nourish us on a daily basis,” said Oliver Weber, co-owner of Pachamama Farm and Wellness. “During the time of the fall equinox, we honor the fruits of our labor and all that nature has provided. Truly embracing this moment enables us to prepare for the winter to come and the growing season that will follow.” Pachamama’s Annual Harvest Festival will have many offerings: live music from local bands including the Steepland String Band, a soulful bluegrass ensemble; walking tours through the herb garden with local certified clinical herbalists; hayride farm tours including visits with the farm pigs and chickens; a farm stand filled with the fall harvest; and, delicious and nourishing prepared food made fresh from vegetables grown just a few feet away. The event is designed to be a fun, family friendly celebration that offers something for everyone.

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MOSAIC MOSAIC: The Clarifier Project has come to fruition and now it’s time to celebrate with the Sounds of Lyons

It all began with an ugly concrete tank and a vision.

Community Arts, CoCoA was formed. This group, Kristine Smock, Cathy Rivers, Candace Shepard, Shelly Gottshamer and Priscilla Cohan, initiated the Clarifier, and together with GAP Group, an intergenerational group of citizens building community through making art, and the Lyons Golden Gang, a vision was created to design and build something spectacular with the community: the cycle of nature, the turning of the seasons, the movement through time, the trees located at the four cardinal points, and a simple outline reflecting the surrounding mountains, valleys and sky. “We wanted a design that was clear and easy to read from a distance,” said Priscilla Cohan. Each of the elements had to possess strong contrast to stand out. In order to make the trees be distinct from the Lyons Golden Gang and sky they have the intergenerational black outline GAP Group designed around each and made the fiery sun. branch. The earth landscape section is darker and also outlined. These decisions were inspired by the work of Friedenreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist and architect who also incorporated tile mosaic into many of his fantastic environments. Preparatory work took about five years. The structure’s inner machinery was removed and the interior filled with dirt and debris. A generous donation from Loukounen Brothers Stone Company provided the project with the stone to create the trees. After trees came the earth, made from the hundreds of handmade tiles that represent stones, and actual stones from the river. Volunteers of all ages come to break up tiles, apply mosaic pieces, and organize colors and grout, activities that continue through the writing of this article. The theme is the cycle of nature and the turning of the planets through time. A tour around the Clarifier takes you through the four seasons, represented by the sandstone trees, with the planets and constellations of the night sky and Zodiac signs above your head. Tree leaves were created by Lyons Elementary, Middle and High School stu-

Open House, a guided tour around the Clarifier, at 1:30 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m. the dedication ceremony will see a performance by Mayama dancers, musical offerings, and ribbon cutting by LaVern Johnson. From 3 to 3:30 p.m. join the procession to Sandstone with songs and music, and the blessing of Clarifier. Arriving at Sandstone Park, Sounds of Lyons will present the sensational SOL Trio with guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro, flutist Emma Shubin, and vocalist Shannon Johnson; and with members of Taarka, David Tiller and Enion PeltaTiller; and the formidable Celtic band Take Down the Door. The Clarifier Project originated at the successful completion of The Lyons Mural Project – Lyons, Past, Present and Future in 2004, with which Confluence

A tile commemorates the high water mark of the 2013 flood.

By Priscilla Cohan, MinTze Wu and Cathy Rivers Redstone Review LYONS – On September 12 from 1:30 until 6 p.m., MOSAIC will present Cohan the dedication of the Clarifier, a procession along the river with music and songs, and Sounds of Lyons at Sandstone Park. Two years after the flood that reshaped the landscape, the politics, Wu and the lives of our town and people, we will celebrate a return to the things that bring us together: arts, music, and community. MOSAIC: Celebrating Lyons III, which will combine two artistic forces Rivers both compelled by the love of the community, the Clarifier Project and Sounds of Lyons, invites everyone to participate. Join us in celebrating the beauty, the resilience, the legacy, and the spirit of Lyons. Come witness how visions became stunning reality. Come be part of the Clarifier and Sounds of Lyons, led by artists and powered by community. The event will commence with an

A tour around the Clarifier takes you through the four seasons, represented by the sandstone trees, with the planets and constellations of the night sky and Zodiac signs above your head. PHOTOS FOR THIS STORY BY CATHY RIVERS

dents; community members made the textural earth tiles; Lyons Golden Gang and the intergenerational GAP Group designed and made the fiery sun. Thirteen local birds fly, float and perch

The American Robin, one of thirteen local birds created by Joel and Marcel Such. around the periphery. Joel and Marcel Such began working with the Clarifier in 2005. Now young men, they have been contributing to the Clarifier since the beginning. They have researched and created these birds. Each one is exquisite in detail, color and form. They appear in the sky during the season you might normally see them in our local skies and each is headed in the direction of the seasons, leading a visitor in a counter-clockwise direction around the Clarifier. “We wanted to make a place that had a transformative quality – a place where family, neighbors, friends, strangers and everyone could come and witness the power of a community working together to make something beautiful,” said Priscilla Cohan. “It is a monument to peace and the qualities that bring us together rather than separate us.” “It was a long road to get the project to a place where we could actually begin creating the artwork. We wanted to integrate our vision and the vision of the citizens,

with a large immovable object and make the artwork last forever. The idea for the artwork was simple, but the logistics of building the artwork and maintaining interest that enthusiasm for over 10 years was difficult and at many times daunting. We persevered. Many mistakes were made, but finally we were able to get organized and begin work. And for several years we made significant progress.” On September 12, 2013, the Clarifier somehow survived Lyons’ devastating flood, adding a new dimension: the resilience of Lyons and its residents. A tile on the north side indicates the high water mark. Many displaced families were unable to return to Lyons because their homes were destroyed. In the eastern Continue MOSAIC on Page 19

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INTEREST Longmont Humane Society discontinues breed labeling By Staff Reports Redstone Review LONGMONT – Longmont Humane Society announced last week that it will discontinue the practice of Mix breed labeling for its adoptable dogs. Instead of guessing a dog’s breed based on appearance, all dogs will be listed as “mix” as a means to more accurately and honestly present animals to potential adopters. According to Sarah Clusman, Director of Operations for Longmont Humane Society, the organization has based this change given the proven inaccuracy of visual breed identification coupled with

the irrelevancy of breed in relation to behavior. According to Clusman, “If we don’t have an AKC pedigree or DNA results, we cannot presume to guess the breed by appearance alone.” In addition, the organization believes that removing the breed label is likely to dispel preconceptions about a dog’s behavior relative to breed, encouraging adopters to learn about each dog as an individual. “Factors such as history of behavior and observed behavior while at the shelter are far more accurate predictors of future behavior than how we think a dog might or should behave based on a label” said Clusman. “We want to share all the facts we have on each animal in our care. As an adoption agency, it is our job to help our clients choose dogs who

are likely to succeed in their home based on factual information about each individual dog, not a breed label; dogs are individuals first, genetics second.” Longmont Humane Society understands that this change may be a culture shift for the communities it serves, and has placed handouts and posters throughout the shelter to further educate visitors. The organization notes that based on physical appearance certain dogs may not be permitted in specific municipalities or housing areas. For dogs that may be impacted by bans or discrimination, additional information will be provided to inform potential adopters. The organization believes that treating all dogs as individuals, and presenting only factual information to potential

Building your first instrument has emotional overtones By Don Moore Redstone Review LYONS – “I sat on the grass and strummed my mandolin for the first time and I teared up,” said Linda Baker of Dolores, Colorado. “I’d created both the instrument and heard its first sounds. It was an indescribable moment.” Baker had just finished bringing to life a mandolin octave at the RockyGrass Instrument Building class, which is a part of the fabled Rockygrass Academy held a week before the three-day festival. Thirteen of the 15 students in the class built mandolins and the other two built guitars. “We met together with our teachers on Sunday night at the beginning of the academy week and began building our instruments. By Thursday afternoon our creations had come to life. It’s an amazing process,” Baker said. Michael Hornick of Shanti Guitars is the father of the instrument building class. A master luthier (a maker of stringed instruments) in his own right, his first classes were taught at the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals in 1993 and ‘94. In 1995 the class

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The Food Pantry is requesting specific items LYONS – There is a 13 week rotation. Here’s the next 4 weeks: • Week of Aug. 23: Snacks-crackers, pretzel, popcorn, nuts, dried fruits, cookies, etc. • Week of Aug. 30: Syrup, honey, jam • Week of Sept: 6: Personal hygiene items-shampoo, conditioner, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes, lotion, soap, etc. • Week of Sept: 13: Condiments-mustard, mayo, ketchup, salsa, pickles, relish, salad dressing, etc. Items may be brought by the Lyons Community Church at 350 Main Street any time between 9:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays – bring items upstairs if downstairs is locked. All donations are tax deductible. Please call 720864-4309 with questions.

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for artists LYONS – Request for Proposals for the grants from the Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. The Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists was established in 2013

was moved to Lyons to become a part of the academy and has been at Planet Bluegrass every year since then. In the off season Hornick will source the wood and other components of the instruments to be built and prepare a kit for each one. Then at the academy he and five other luthiers act as instructors, guiding each student along the path of building a finely crafted mandolin. The wood used is Koa (from David Crosby’s private supply), mahogany, and red spruce. The finished product is an extremely playable instrument, and becomes an heirloom for the maker. “In 1986 I finished building my first instrument and it was a guitar that took me a couple years to complete. I love every instrument I've ever made and I wanted to share that experience with others,” Hornick said. “I keep coming back to do this every year even though it’s a lot of work. It’s my highlight week of the year because it’s so rewarding and everybody gets so much out of it. It’s more about the experience, not the instrument.” Chuck Midgley is one of Hornick’s luthier instructors, who started in Telluride, and has been a part of the class ever since. through a bequest gift to The Community Foundation. Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. Grant awards will not exceed $3,000. Boulder County Arts Alliance is proud to administer this fund for The Community Foundation. For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit the BCAA website or contact or You can reach the community Foundation in Boulder at 303-442-1221.

Senior Rockies Trip LYONS – Attention Lyons area Seniors, 55 plus. Join the Parks and Recreation Department on a fun day trip to see the Rockies play the Pirates. Participants will take a trip down to Denver courtesy of Via transportation where nice shaded seats with easy access have been reserved for the game. After the game, the shuttle will head back to Walt Self. There is a 10 person minimum, so sign up soon. The trip will be on Sept. 24 and the shuttle will leave Walt Self Senior Housing on Railroad Avenue at 11 a.m. the game starts at 1:10 p.m. and will return immeContinue Briefs on Page 14

Linda Baker built a mandolin octave at the RockyGrass Instrument Building class. “I’ve been doing this for 23 years and have built a mandolin every year since 2004,” Midgley said. “I’m the luckiest person in the academy. I get to build a mandolin and then give it away to a child student in the academy.” It’s the building and giving away an instrument to a young student that keeps him coming back every year. “I have this belief that by gifting a newly made instrument, I could be changing a life and there is nothing more rewarding than to see that student a few years later pursuing a love of music,” he explained. Baker and her family have been frequent participants in the instrument

adopters, will help to discourage biased thinking and assumptions based on looks or labels. “In doing so” said Clusman, “we set all dogs free of the baggage and consequences caused by assumptions, prejudices, and discrimination.” The Longmont Humane Society serves the Lyons area. Serving Longmont and surrounding communities since 1972, Longmont Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of animals. With a mission of caring, serving and educating to improve the lives of companion animals the organization cares for more than 4,000 animals every year, including dogs, cats, small mammals, and domestic birds that are lost, abandoned, or surrendered. Loving attention, nutritious food, meticulous health care and daily exercise are standard parts of the high-quality care provided to each animal. building class at the Academy. Her husband was the first to come to the school to build an instrument several years ago. “Then he came back and built another mandolin for our son. After that both my husband and son came and each built an instrument,” Baker said. “Now I’ve come and built this instrument. In our family we have three mandolins, one mandola, and a mandolin octave.” There is no need to have prior experience in either building an instrument or in woodworking generally. Hornick’s kits and the instructions given by the luthiers turn every instrument into a thing of beauty, both physically and in the sound produced. Baker had some prior experience in crafting, but nothing to prepare her for the experience she’d just had. “All the instruments are different,” Baker said. “Each has its own unique sound. The experience was both daunting and educational. The support here has been fantastic and is has given me a new appreciation for what it takes to build a stringed instrument.” Hornick’s hands are wracked with painful arthritis and he’s at what would otherwise be considered retirement age. He has an apprentice who’s been working with him in his instrument building business and he foresees turning that over to him. “Not this, though,” he said. “I’m going to keep doing this class as long as I’m able. I get so much pleasure out of it.” For more information see Don Moore is a retired lawyer and the author of Love is a Verb: Healing Yourself through Love, Gratitude and Compassion. He lives in Lyons.

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CULTURE Ben Shannon is the winner of 2015 Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase By Don Moore Redstone Review LYONS – “I’d been invited to the showcase twice before and placed second the last time I was here. I came this time with no high expectations, but for some reason I won,” Ben Shannon said humbly. Moore “And, to have won it is an emotional high, along with a welcoming into a family of sorts.” Ben Shannon, 42, husband and father of three, hails from Pittsburgh. He is the first-place winner of the Songwriter Showcase at the 25th Annual Folks Festival held at Planet Bluegrass last weekend. Over 450 singersongwriters submitted originally written and recorded songs, and from that the ten best were invited to come to Folks Festival and compete in the final round. Besides bragging rights Shannon received a new Taylor guitar, $300, and most importantly an invitation to play a full set on the main stage for the 2016 festival. Shannon was born into a folk singing family. Both his father and mother were performers and activists in the northeast. But the bug did not catch him until his parents took him to a folk music festival in Philadelphia when he saw and heard Doc Watson play. “I made up my mind right then I wanted to be 70 years old and have something I needed to say that would change people’s lives,” Ben Shannon said recently. “I was 13 or 14 years old and from that moment on I was inseparable from my guitar.” As he played, he noticed how the chords and melodies made him feel and the emotional importance in those times. “I practiced over and over for months to learn a fingering method and when I finally got it right, I ran down the stairs of my parents’ home shouting at the top of my lungs, ‘I did it! I did it!’ That feeling and sensation has

Ben Shannon, from Pittsburgh, is the first-place winner of the Songwriter Showcase at the 25th Annual Planet Bluegrass Folks Festival. His song beat out more than 450 other entries. stayed with me.” Shannon plays drums and piano, two instruments he believes need to be a part of every home. He uses his drums as a writing vehicle for phrasing. Beating out the rhythm helps him create a song, short circuiting his thinking and helping physically to get and keep the creative juices flowing. “I had a tough upbringing and had gone to 11 different schools prior to graduating high school. I met a lot of teachers during that time, and two of them were gold. That was all it took. They were my saviors. Both were good teachers and both were beautiful,” he said with a chuckle. Working two jobs and going to school full time,

Shannon put himself through college with a bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh in poetry and a masters in English education from Duquesne University. Since then he’s been a writing teacher in a public high school in Pittsburgh. “During the week I teach and am known as a ‘cool teacher.’ I play on weekends, tour in the summer and write songs because even though I might be a cool teacher, I might not be a good teacher,” he said with a wry grin. For a long time, Shannon labored under the illusion he was not an artist, but now fully embraces that moniker. He says he definitely is an artist, as he gives birth to songs, and nurtures them so they have a life of their own. Likewise, he shied away from being called a folksinger, but now that’s how he identifies himself in the world. Some time ago Shannon plotted out a path with defined benchmarks that would allow him to leave teaching and become a full time singer-songwriter. One of the rungs on that ladder was winning the Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase. “I’m willing to move on and I’m willing to take the risks that come with that,” Shannon said. “To make the transition happen, I need and I’m assembling a team to back me. I can’t do this alone. I need others with me to create the reality of doing what I do best, but more often.” Shannon has contemplated the idea of living in financial hardship. He did it before in college, but dreads have to go through it again. Now he’s looking for balance. He wants to bring honor to his family, giving them shelter, including financial stability. “My family inspires me and through them my capacity to love has exploded. All my songs and inspirations have arisen from there,” he said. “I’m coming to the point where the only way to honor that is to continue taking the steps I’m taking.” To learn more and to hear some of Shannon’s work, go to

The 2015 Annual Cane Conclave raised money for the St. Vrain River Restoration By Staff Reports Redstone Review LYONS – The 2015 Annual Cane Conclave held at Planet Bluegrass Aug. 2 raised thousands of dollars for restoration of the St. Vrain River after the flood. The St. Vrain Anglers Trout Unlimited silent auction raised over $22k for the Button Rock Preserve Restoration Fund. The Cane Conclave is sponsored and produced each year by South Creek Ltd. at 415 Main St. owned by Mike Clark. Proceeds from the conclave itself were over $5,300 due in part to Craig Ferguson providing Planet Bluegrass for the event at no charge since it was a flood recovery fund raiser this year. Also of note is Doug Powell, owner of the Fly Fishing Film Tour, donating a showing of his 2015 F3T film, which drew many new registrations. Approximately 50 percent of the registration fee went directly to the

restoration project. “We received 141 registrations. Boulder Boat Works also made a donation,” said Kathy Jensen, a staff member at South Creek. “We shopped locally as much as we were able and we received donations from the Barking Dog Café, Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ, Button Rock Bakery, the Lyons General Store, and signage by Big Wow.” Barbara Luneau from St. Vrain Anglers Trout Unlimited told the group at the conclave, “I wanted to give you some feedback from discussion at the Coalition Advisory Council meeting and conversations that I’ve had with City of Longmont water engineer, Ken Huson. There is going to be some rapid progress along the road to the handicap pier at the preserve. The City and the County are pooling their Community Development Block GantDisaster Recovery (CGBG-DR) planning and design funds to do instream work and

rebuild the pier while they are doing the Federal Emergency Management Agencyfunded road repair. This is a huge efficiency to use the heavy equipment while it’s on site; instream costs go down dramatically from over $1MM to around $300K. This seems to be mostly funded with the existing grants that Longmont and Boulder County have received, and it’s a big savings to take grants that were intended for 30 percent design and be able to leverage the funds to 100 percent build. This appears to be a great example of the benefit of collaboration between stakeholders. This project will also happen relatively rapidly, with the bid expected to go out in

the November-December time range. We will be engaged in providing feedback during the design stage, and I have confirmed that Ben Swigle (Division of Parks and Wildlife biologist) is also engaged. I’ll report more info as this progresses. There will be a project-scoping meeting with stakeholders within the next two weeks. Please call me if you want to have in put.” Call 303-594-0745 for more information or to add comments. Swigle reported that he has stocked Hofer rainbow trout in the St. Vrain River in the area around Shelly’s Cottages. The Hofer rainbows are considered whirling disease-resistant trout.



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FOUNDATION With new research energy for cars is improving By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review VP PUEBLO – Like most people, I still drive a vehicle powered by gasoline, and because it’s a four-wheel drive, half-ton pickup made in 2003, it doesn’t get great mileage, though for its age it doesn’t do Joyce too poorly in that respect: 17 to 18 m.p.g. city and 19 to 20 m.p.g. highway. Most of today’s vehicles get much better mileage, even the mid-size trucks, and my wife’s SUV hits 33 to 35 on the highway. And even though she powers that SUV with regular, while I have to run premium in mine, we both dream of a day when we and everyone else won’t have to put any fossil fuel at all into vehicle tanks, when the energy to go places on our own will come from a noncombustible source, most likely electricity. Tesla Motors has proven the technology. I have test driven one of that company’s $125,000 models, and I can tell you it felt like piloting a jet aircraft the moment I pressed the accelerator pedal on the I-25 on ramp. I was immediately treated to the delicious feeling of being pushed into my seat as the car instantly surged forward. That’s not meant to be a pitch for Tesla, but rather for the potential of future electric vehicles from all automakers. Right now, though, pure electric-powered vehicles are either quite limited in what they can do, where they can go, and how far they can travel on a single charge, and most are pricey. In addition, charging stations away from home tend to be too few and often proprietary. Even the home stations will require additional wiring. But in several areas, there’s great hope on the horizon. Research into batteries, for example, has led to several breakthroughs, such as batteries that don’t use lithium and so won’t burn, batteries that charge deeply in an hour instead of 12 or 24 hours, and batteries that can hold more charge thus extending the range of electricpowered vehicles. In addition, a lot of progress has been made on systems within vehicles that can charge batteries as you drive, further extending range.

Couple these with continued progress on solar systems that may be able to charge batteries from the sun while you drive them or even when they’re just sitting in a parking lot, and you can see some of the great possibilities on the horizon. But beyond passenger cars lies an entire realm of business vehicles that haul the nation’s people and freight everywhere possible. Is it possible to envision a long freight train, for example, powered solely by electricity rather than the diesel-electric locomotives that pull and

Tesla Model S push those loads today? Could each car in that train generate enough electric energy from solar skins and battery bottoms to make it practical? Or could perhaps current from solar stations all along their routes feed electric energy into those batteries and electric motors on each wheel? I don’t know, but I sense in much of what I read on the science front these days that such R&D work has been going on for quite a while and will continue until a lot of transportation has been electrified, and one effort I read about the other day deserves special mention. An article published Aug. 11 in the International Business Times reported that the United Kingdom will begin tests later this year on a system that will charge electric cars while they drive along the country’s motorways and major A roads, thus removing the fear felt by drivers who worry about running out of power between

charging stations. Written by Alistair Charlton, the article said the tests will first be done on private roads before switching to the public highways if 18 months of testing are deemed successful. “The tests follow the completion of a feasibility study commissioned by Highways England into the technology, which is known as ‘dynamic wireless power transfer.’ Although some versions of the Tesla Model S can achieve up to 300 miles on each charge, most electric cars struggle to go beyond 100 miles without needing to be plugged in for several hours; charging vehicles as they drive along the country’s motorways and major A roads would improve this situation greatly,” the article said. Apparently, it’s just one part of a government plan to install electric car chargers every 20 miles on the motorway network in the U.K.: “U.K. Transport Minister Andrew Jones said, ‘The potential to recharge low-emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing £500m over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector.’” In addition, “Mike Wilson, chief highways engineer for Highways England, said, ‘Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace, and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on our motorways and major A roads. The off-road trials of wireless power technology will help create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country.’” If that’s not a major commitment to the future of this technology, I don’t know what might be. Hillary Clinton has already promised to put 500 million more solar panels in operation in the U.S. if she is elected president. We should question her and any other candidates about what the U.K. is doing and what the U.S. government will do to boost similar developments in this nation from first gear into overdrive with no limits on how far we can go.


Emerald ash borer may mean the end for local ash trees By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – A small green menace has arrived here in Colorado and its presence may mean the end for local ash trees. The emerald ash borer – a 1/2-inch long, brilliant-green beetle – first appeared in the City of Boulder in September 2013 and has since been found in thousands of other trees in Boulder County. The borer feeds exclusively on black, green, blue and white ash (Fraxinus genus), all of which are nonnative species introduced over the years in Colorado. The mountain ash (Sorbus genus) is not a true ash and is not threatened by the borer. Approximately 15 percent of the trees that make up Colorado’s urban forest are ash. There are an estimated 98,000 in the city of Boulder alone, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. A 2015 map produced by the U.S.

Department of Agriculture defining the EAB infestation in the U.S. shows a clear line of infestation from Missouri, across Kansas to a bull’s eye in Boulder County, leading to speculation that the EAB problem here was caused by transport of infected firewood or nursery trees from Michigan. The bug has been responsible for the death or decline of millions of ash trees across the U.S. and its presence now in Colorado has caused the Colorado Department of Agriculture to impose an EAB quarantine area in Boulder County and surrounding areas. “The quarantine area sets up boundaries to prevent the spread of the borer by prohibiting any kind of hardwood firewood transportation outside the quarantine areas,” said Brett Stadsvold, EAB Coordinator for Boulder County, who is responsible for management of the EAB issue on county lands. The EAB quarantine area includes all of Boulder County and, of interest to

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Lyons Parks and Recreation employees Mike Harris (left) and Lonnie Jones, place a band on an ash tree at the Lyons Depot Library grounds. The green bands are intended to raise public awareness of the emerald ash borer threat.

Lyons residents, runs several miles up Hwy. 36, encompasses all of the Hwy. 7 and Peak-to-Peak Highway corridor, and out Hwy. 66 through Longmont. In Lyons, ash trees on town property are being monitored for EAB infestation and those trees are being labeled with a green banner to educate the public. “The banners on town ash trees are meant to inform the public on the threat – here’s what an ash tree looks like and you may want to check if you have any on your property,” said Mike Harris of Town of Lyons Parks and Recreation. The EAB emerges from the tree in May, lives for a couple weeks, mates, then the females lay 20 to 30 eggs on ash trees. The eggs hatch and the larvae chew through bark into first layer of the tree where they feed on the cambium of the tree, eventually destroying the ability of the tree to take up nutrients. The adult borer then emerges in May and the cycle begins anew. Signs of EAB infestation are an inverted D-shaped exit hole on the tree, Sshaped tunnels under the bark or Continue Ash Borer on Page 18

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CONTEXT Commentary: What’s the fix for affordable housing in Lyons? Could Make It Right or Space to Create, Colorado help Lyons? By Amy Reinholds Redstone Review LYONS – The rezoning and subdivision process on the former Valley Bank parcel for residential lots for six homes to sell to Reinholds Habitat for Humanity hasn’t started yet, other than a pre-application meeting. As of Aug. 12, Town Planner Bob Joseph was waiting for a submittal from the land owner, Planet Bluegrass. When a public hearing is scheduled, notices will be published at least 10 days before the Planning and Community Development Commission meeting. Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley is completing an environmental review, required because the group will use federal disaster recovery funds. A southeast portion of the land is in the 100-year floodplain, so mitigation steps for building the new homes must be detailed. I hope the rezoning / subdivision process moves quickly and that six households out of the 100 who lost their homes in the flood two years ago will live there one day. In the meantime, what are other options to add back the remaining number of lost affordable homes in Lyons? The special housing committee has been looking at all sites previously considered. The Lyons Board of Trustees voted to enter into a contract with the City of Longmont to buy the former Longmont water treatment parcels east of town (on the condition that the town is granted

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federal disaster recovery funds), and maybe residential could be incorporated with commercial development there. Recently, people have asked me about two nonprofit programs that provide affordable housing: the Make It Right nonprofit organization that was started in New Orleans by actor Brad Pitt in 2007 and Space to Create, Colorado, a state program to develop affordable housing and work

To bring Make It Right to Lyons, our community would need to have both a site identified and a developer partner. “We would want to work with a partner based locally in Colorado,” Klein said. For example, in Fort Peck, Make It Right works with Integrated Solutions, owned by members of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, which has built other affordable housing. Fort Peck, in northeast Montana,

A house built by Make It Right in New Orleans. space for artists and arts organizations, announced July 28 by Governor John Hickenlooper. Make It Right has built more than 100 homes in New Orleans, starting two years after Hurricane Katrina, and now, almost 10 years after the disaster, is continuing to build there and in other regions. Make It Right builds affordable and environmentally sustainable homes with local partners. All homes the organization builds receive platinum certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). “We are very excited for the savings for homeowners (or renters) because the utility bills are much lower than they have been paying,” said Melanie Klein, a project manager and landscape architect who has worked on projects in Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Peck, Montana.

is located near the reservation, and housing prices are soaring as oil workers in booming Williston, more than 100 miles to the east in North Dakota, are moving to Fort Peck because of housing shortages. If the special housing committee – or other community members – find a site and a developer partner, Make It Right could be invited to evaluate a proposal. A little closer to home, but partnering with nonprofit Artspace, based in Minnesota, is Space to Create, Colorado. For four years, the state program will open applications to communities in two of Colorado’s Division of Local Affairs regional groups each year. The North Central region that Lyons is a part of includes Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, Larimer, and Weld counties. “The communities within each region will compete,” said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries in the state's Office of E c o n o m i c Development. “The

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program will look at resources the applicant brings in terms of property, buildings, and funding... and will also look at concentrations of artists in the community.” To be competitive in this process, Lyons should have a parcel of land ready and possibly some other funding sources. The first step will be an arts market and feasibility study that a community must pay for, but there might be other state funds to cover those study costs. Hunt advised that communities interested in the program should get a steering committee together to prepare. At the Aug. 4 meeting of the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission, the commissioners discussed how pursuing artist housing would fall under its umbrella as a subcommittee, because a Recovery Action Plan item to create live-work space affordable for artists was assigned to the commission in 2014. I also reached out to Susanne Ducker, a new member appointed to the special housing committee who is interested in participating, and Jay Malito, chair of the Economic Development Commission, who is interested in having his commission represented on the group. Jacque Watson, staff liaison to the Arts and Humanities Commission, Lyons Housing Recovery Coordinator Cody Humphrey, and Bob Joseph are all following the program closely. Artspace owns and operates 26 artist live-work projects across the country, a majority affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income of each local area. According to, anyone who qualifies for affordable housing can apply for residency in an Artspace project, but the organization gives preference to “applicants who participate in and are committed to the arts.” Keep following my columns in both Lyons papers for updates about what has and has not been accomplished to increase affordable housing stock in Lyons. All housing committee meetings are open to the public and published at The next working meeting is 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, at the Lyons Valley Village Community House. The next special housing committee meeting at the Town Hall annex (behind the Barking Dog Cafe) is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Amy Reinholds served on the Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force from December 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is currently a member of the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission and serves as a liaison to the special housing committee. She has lived in Lyons for 12 years and in the surrounding area since 1995.

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HEALTH Sciatica: Exercises can offer relief from searing pain By Bronwyn Muldoon Redstone Review LYONS – Most people have heard the term “sciatica” but when asked further, not everyone is clear what exactly it is. Sciatica or sciatic pain refers to symptoms from the irritation of the sciatic Muldoon nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. Nerves provide communication from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the rest of the body (muscles, joints, skin). This nerve is formed from the combination of nerve roots of the lower lumbar and sacral area. It runs from the lower back (lumbar region) down the back of each thigh before splitting behind the knee and continuing down to the foot. Because the nerve travels the length of each leg, symptoms can be felt anywhere along the path of the nerve (low back, buttocks, posterior thigh, calf or foot). Symptoms vary from person to person but typically occur in one leg, and can range from pain, numbness, or tingling to burning and / or muscle weakness. The frequency of pain can be positional (only occurring with certain positions / activities: sitting, standing, or walking) or the pain can be constant. Sciatic nerve irritation occurs when the nerve is compressed. The compression of the nerve can be from a herniated disc, degeneration of the spine (arthritis), tight muscles or a strain to the ligaments in the back. There are various treat-

ments for sciatic pain, with the majority being conservative options (nonsurgical). About 70 percent of the population with sciatica pain will recover fully within two to six months with the help of anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, chiropractic or alternative interventions. Some of the exercises used to ease the nerve are stretches, shown here. If at least one of these exercises does not temporarily help ease your symptoms, or you notice leg weakness or a change in sensitivity to touch in your leg, diagnostic testing may be necessary to help identify the structure causing the compression to the nerve. X-rays and MRIs are typical tests used to assist in proper diagnosis. Staying active, watching your posture and maintaining your flexibility are great ways to prevent sciatic pain from occurring. If symptoms from the sciatic nerve arise, try to avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms for a few weeks. This should allow the nerve to heal. If your symptoms linger longer than six weeks, it’s probably a good idea to check in with a health professional. Bronwyn Muldoon, a 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 / overuserelated 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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Learn about buying or selling a business BOULDER – Great opportunity for Lyons Chamber members who want to buy or sell a business. A seminar on buying and selling a business will be held on August 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Boulder Public Library Canyon Room in 1001 north building on Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. This seminar covers the fundamentals of the business acquisition process and is geared to both buyers and sellers. The elements of a business sale, including business valuation, financing and due diligence will all be covered in this fast-paced event. To register contact Jamie Brandess with questions at 303-442-1475 x2 or On Wednesday Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. a seminar on The Sales Driven Organization: How to Build a Sales Team That Performs will be held in the same place at the Boulder Public Library in the Canyon Room. Your team has brought you this far, but do they possess the strength to fulfill your vision of the future? Hidden strengths and weaknesses have an impact on your sales and profits. Find out how to take advantage of them through real world strategies. During this workshop, you will learn the following: New strategies for finding, hiring and onboarding new salespeople; How to improve productivity of your team; How to become a better manager / leader. For registration information contact Jamie Brandess with questions at or 303-442-1475 x2 Continue Briefs on Page 17

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COMMUNITY Library, library, who’s got the library? By Mark Browning Redstone Review LYONS – With the Depot library still out of commission, a temporary library in a rented space at 405 Main St., and a new library in Browning the planning stage, it’s easy to get confused about “Who’s on first?” when it comes to library matters. Because both the Town of Lyons and Library District residents and taxpayers have stakes in library buildings and operations, a quick review of where things stand and who’s responsible for what may be in order. When the September 2013 flood further damaged a Depot library building already in need of major repair, the Town of Lyons owned the building. Actually, there are two buildings – the historic 1885 sandstone Depot building and the connected wooden baggage building, which is not a designated historic building. To bring the Depot building and baggage building back into usable condition, while following detailed guidelines for historic structures, the Town put together a combination of State Historic Fund and State Department of Local Affairs grants,

local grants (Lyons Community Foundation and Longmont Community Foundation’s St. Vrain Flood Relief Fund) and insurance money from the Town’s carrier. Approximately $364,000 is available for the project. A task force was formed, architect hired and construction bids solicited, with a goal of having the rehabilitation work completed in late 2015. Unfortunately, only one bid was received, and it far exceeded available funds. Other contractors who had expressed interest in the project said they didn’t submit bids because the deadline to complete con-

struction was too short and they were already committed to other projects. In stepped the Lyons Regional Library District. The district was formed on September 3, 2013, ten days before the flood, to bring a new library and community resource center to the Lyons area. But the district wasn’t funded until 2015, since a post-flood vote (in November 2013) narrowly failed and the second vote (which passed by a much wider margin) didn’t

take place until November 2014. The Town had rented temporary library space at 405 Main St., initially using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money. But FEMA funding ran out. To provide more time to re-bid the Depot rehabilitation project and get the work done, the Lyons Regional Library District agreed to use some of its new funding to extend the 405 Main St. lease through June 30, 2016 (at $2,500 per month). Several bids were received in the re-bid process, though even the lowest bid still exceeded available funds. Currently, the Town, the architect and low bidder are working to modify the scope of work to bring it down to an affordable level. Town Public Works employees are also doing some of the initial preparatory work, including removing and storing the brick pavers that surround the building, to reduce contract costs. If all goes as planned, Depot rehabilitation work will be completed by June 2016, at which time the library will move back into the Depot and baggage buildings for an indefinite period while preconstruction work on the new library proceeds. That will include gathering community input on what should go into the new facility, and updating information gathered in a 2012 community survey and a pre-flood series of community meetings. Under an Inter-Governmental Agreement between the Town and Regional Library District, the district will lease the Depot property and building from the Town for 50 years at $1 per year. That lease will not begin, however, until Depot rehabilitation is complete, because the Town, as property owner and named insured at the time of the flood, needs to

Welcome to BJ Campbell! She is a longtime Lyons resident and the newest employee of Lyons Regional Library. She comes to our library with 12 years public library experience at the Longmont Library. Stop in and say hi! remain in control of the property until construction is complete. The Library District has already (on July 1, 2015) assumed responsibility for library operations, including hiring and paying library staff. The District now owns library materials and equipment and has expanded library hours, programs and staffing. The Town, which devoted more than $100,000 per year to library operations, is now free to use that money for other purposes. Planning for a new library / community resource center, expected to be built on the Depot property while preserving the historic Depot, is now underway. In July F&D International, Inc. of Boulder was hired as the District’s Owner’s Representative (essenContinue Library on Page 19




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CONNECTIONS Rebuilding Lyons – one step at a time By Kristen Bruckner Redstone Review The following is part two of a three-part series examining rebuilding efforts in Lyons. The focus is to highlight the incredible progress Bruckner made while understanding the gaps that still exist for many on the long road to recovery. The Lyons Community Foundation’s Rebuild Lyons Fund is leveraged to help kick start and augment public rebuilding efforts and to provide assistance for organizations supporting the Town of Lyons and area residents. LYONS – As we approach the two-year anniversary of the flood next month, Lyons has a lot to be proud of in terms of accomplishments and recovery. We can look around and note the extensive cleanup, repair, rebuilding and re-settling of many of our residents’ lives. To consider the lingering impact of the flood on our access to public recreational space however, Lyons residents are beginning to get impatient. Parkland, playgrounds, athletic fields and river access were among the most decimated sections of town. The lack of access to these areas is really a sore spot and people want to know when we will get our parks back. Before the flood, Lyons had world class recreational opportunities. There was their inherent enjoyment value for locals, and also the use of these areas for camping, large-scale events and attracting visitors was critical to contributing operating revenue to the town. Youth and adult league activities such as softball and baseball had been a Lyons staple for years with widespread participation. With no town fields on which to play, youth baseball / softball is only being played out of town and adult league play is not happening. While it is nice to see the progress made in sections of the parkland such as Meadow Park and the Black Bear Hole, other areas such as the playground section of Meadow Park, the McConnell Ponds and Bohn Park are still in a sad state of post-disaster. The good news is that progress is happening. Meadow Park Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 work is starting. There is a Meadow Park plan that was developed through public process and has been approved (see for more details). Debris clearing and construction have begun and all of Meadow Park is slated to be open by July 1 of next

summer. Meadow Park Phase 2 plans include great new amenities for camping and recreational use including a climbing wall, adventure play area, a spray park, winter ice rink and a zip line. It also includes such additions as new bathrooms and showers, picnic areas and added tent sites to accommodate more critical revenue-generating seasonal camping, special event use, and sales tax revenue. The design and development for Bohn Park, the highly utilized epicenter for everything from a playground, river access,

Town insurance, and federal and state grants, they are not unlimited. There is $20 million in the pipeline from grantors for Lyons parks. The initial intent of FEMA funding is to restore things to preflood conditions. “The parks fall under a pilot program where we have some flexibility on how we spend federal dollars, but ultimately a lot of decisions will have to be made based on priorities and eligibility,” explains Simonsen. The other issue with public funding is that it is awarded on a reimbursement basis. The Town has to front most of the money for projects and then be paid back. With a town budget the size of Lyons, it allows for work on one or

Summer bummer – Lyons baseball kids looking gloomy at the destroyed ball fields in Bohn Park July 2015. Left to right: Ryan Bruckner, age 10; Jordan Brownsberger, age 11; Finn Oetting, age 9; Sasha Bruckner, age 8. softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, to annual large-scale events such as Lyons Outdoor Games, has finally begun. As we move into continued progress, what can residents do to shape the future of Lyons parks? Town administrator Victoria Simonsen urges people to get involved. “Planning meetings and forums for public input on Bohn Park are being held. Local citizens interested in what becomes of the parks should take the time to attend the meetings which will continue to occur over the next three months. We need resident stakeholders to participate in the planning and design so that we can get our best ideas moving forward.” What about funding? Residents understand there is a lot of federal money coming in to repair the parks, but is it enough? While there are public funds from FEMA,

two major projects at once. Nonetheless, the town currently has over 70 grants awarded totaling $80 million, and the result is an incredibly complex project management scenario for work in progress and projects that will take the town several more years to see to completion. What role can philanthropy and private funding have in terms of park redevelopment? There are rumors circulating that the Rockies are paying for the baseball fields and the Avalanche have pledged to build a hockey rink in Meadow Park. Dave Cosgrove, Parks and Rec Director, explains this is not quite true. There is some money pledged from private organizations, but it won’t quite get us where we want to go. For example, the Rockies have pledged $80K to assist in rebuilding the ballfields.

LCF grant applications due Sept. 11, grant review committee applications due Sept. 4 By Roger Flynn Redstone Review LYONS – The Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 grants cycle. The LCF granting program focuses on the mission to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and encourage positive change for the greater Lyons area. Grant applications to LCF this year are due by September 11, 2015. Grants may be submitted beginning on August 1, 2015. Electronic submissions are required. Applicants must follow the LCF 2015 grant guidelines which can be accessed on the LCF website, Please note that this grant application cycle is separate from the bi-monthly Rebuild Lyons grants that are directed solely at flood relief. Each year, LCF awards numerous grants to non-profit organizations and groups serving the greater Lyons area.

In 2014-15, in addition to Rebuild Grants for flood recovery, we were privileged to award grants to the following exceptional community organizations and projects: Town of Lyons Sandstone Concert Series, Lyons Food Pantry, 9 Health Fair, Lyons Helping Hands, Lyons Parks and Recreation Department Parade of Lights and Good Old Days, Kid’s History Camp, Middle / High School Robotics Program, High School After Prom, Elementary School Field Trip and Summer Reading Program, Lyons Historical Society, Golden Gang Meals on Wheels, Community Church Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund, Longmont Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Lyons Youth Baseball Softball Association, the Pearl Group, BRAVE Girls Project, the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission and numerous scholarships for Lyons High School seniors. LCF also welcomes the participation of community

Depending on the number of fields designated to be built through input in the public planning process, that cost will far exceed the $80K donation. Estimated damages to the pre-flood baseball / softball facilities at Bohn and Vasquez fields exceed $600K. Further explains Cosgrove, “The ballfields can be replaced on a reimbursement basis should that be determined to be the will of the community through our public planning process.” The Avalanche have made no contributions to date, but there is funding to return an ice rink to Meadow Park as was determined in that portion of the plan design. A private, philanthropic organization such as LCF can step in to enhance what is already happening and to bridge the gap between publicly sourced restoration and allowing the town to create the public spaces that are desired. There are several ideas on the table such as helping the town to redevelop the new park land obtained through 404 buyouts. The area to the west of Bohn Park can become a great new area for recreation, educational opportunities and open space, but there are not public funds available to redevelop it. LCF is positioned to contribute resources for turning a flood-ravaged piece of property into something truly beautiful and usable for public enjoyment. Through our recovery, we have a blank slate available for creating the public areas that we want, with enhanced amenities and aesthetics that can be achieved by private support. The recent completion of the Town Hall Plaza with a native species garden and picnic/meeting space is a great example of projects that can be moved forward with assistance from private funding through such entities as the Lyons Community Foundation. The LCF Rebuild Fund seeks to enhance and augment public funding sources that aid in the flood recovery, damage mitigation, and rebuilding projects. Since the flood, LCF’s Rebuild Lyons Fund has contributed over $1.5 million toward flood recovery here in Lyons. Donations to the Rebuild Fund are quickly dwindling; the fund balance is currently less than $7,000. The Lyons Community Foundation is committed to recovery efforts for the long haul and welcomes financial support for continued flood recovery in the greater Lyons area. For more information and/or to donate, visit Kristen Bruckner is on the Lyons Community Foundation Communications Committee and writes columns for the LCF. She lives in Lyons.

members who wish to serve on the grants review committee, which is separate from LCF’s Advisory Board. Grant applications to LCF are reviewed by a committee whose members represent the Lyons community. If you wish to be considered for the grants review committee, please submit the application form that can be accessed on the LCF website, Applications to serve on the grants review committee will be accepted starting August 1st and must be submitted by September 4, 2015. Please see our website for more information and to get the application form and instructions. This will be LCF’s eighth year of granting. LCF is pleased to be able to support a wide variety of community organizations and projects. LCF is a community funded organization and needs your support to continue. The Lyons Community Foundation exists because of our generous community of donors. We are so thankful to each of our donors for helping us serve our mission. Email, or contact LCF’s Executive Director, Emily Dusel, at 303-775-9632, for more information or to get involved. Roger Flynn is the Co-Chair of the Grants Committee of the Lyons Community Foundation.

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NATURE Wings are whirling at Greenwood By Jenny Bryant Redstone Review LONGMONT – Where has the summer gone? Baby bird season has been a whirlwind at Greenwood Wildlife Bryant Sanctuary this year. Typically, we care for an average of 2,500 animals annually, but with the recent closure this year of another rehabilitation center in Denver, we became the only large facility in the metro area that could take songbirds and waterfowl. Greenwood has been working with other centers, such as Birds of Prey, and independent rehabilitators, like Lyons’ very own Donna Nespoli at Colorado Native Bird Care and Conservation, so that we can all help as many more animals as possible. As a result, Greenwood has cared for 450 more animals this season than we had by this same time last year, the majority of them birds. Whoa! Needless to say, we’ve had some great

success stories this season, such as Flit, a Black-chinned Hummingbird who came to Greenwood after she was found lying on a driveway. During intake assessment, rehabilitators discovered she had a fractured right humerus that had already begun to heal – not a very promising diagnosis because the humerus is the most important bone in a bird’s wing. On top of that, hummingbirds are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate. Their delicate body parts and extremely fast metabolism require much vigilance, tender care and team work. Thankfully, Flit’s bone was healing in the proper position, so rehabilitators wrapped the wing to help speed along the process and continued to let Mother Nature work on the recovery. After a brief stay, Flit was ready to go, buzzing her wings and darting from branch to branch in her terrarium. She was successfully released back into the wild in Pinewood Springs. You can watch her release video on Greenwood’s Facebook page at

Keeping your pet safe in the summer heat By Tiffany Hughes, DVM Redstone Review LONGMONT – Summer is a great time to get outdoors with our four-legged friends, but caution must be taken to make sure they stay safe. Any dog can be

at risk for heat stroke even outside of a hot car. Older dogs, overweight dogs, and short-snouted breeds like bulldogs, pugs, and boxers are at increased risk. Dogs do not sweat except from their paw pads. Their most effective way of cooling themselves is by panting. Some

older dogs have paralysis of their vocal cords, which prevents them from panting as effectively. Short-snouted breeds have less surface area in which evaporative cooling occurs. These dogs can get heat stroke from just sitting out in the hot sun without appropriate shade. Also, exercising your dog in the heat, such as hikes up the mountains, can also lead to heat stroke if you’re not careful. Normal canine body temperature is between 99.5 and 102.5°F. Dogs will begin to suffer from heat stroke when the body temperature exceeds 105°F (hyperthermia). Because of their inability to dissipate heat, their body temperature may rise ahead of the ambient temperature. Initiating cooling measures before their temperatures reach 105°F results in a favorable prognosis with minimal consequences. However, as body temperature and the duration of the hyperthermia increases, the worse the prognosis and the more aggressive the therapy required. Severe cases lead to sloughing of the intestinal tract, coma, seizures, multi-

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Lyons grandparents mixer LYONS – Do your kids have a grandparent living in, moving to or frequently visiting the immediate or surrounding area to be closer to you and your family? IF SO, ring them up and tell them to mark their calendars for the FIRST-EVER Lyons Grandparents Mixer. This is an opportunity to support our families in a whole new way by giving grandparents a space to meet and build their own layer of connection within our beautiful communi-

Flit, a Black-chinned hummingbird came to Greenwood with a broken humerus. She made a complete recovery and was released in Pinewood Springs. habilitationcenter. Cliffy the Cliff Swallow is another little winged critter who stole our hearts. His rescuer found him lying in the grass in her backyard. Swallows feed on insects while flying, or “on the wing,” so finding one of these guys on the ground is not good news. organ failure, and death. Signs of heat stroke / distress: • Excessive panting and drooling/foaming; • Blue or dark red gum/tongue color; • Weakness and collapse; • Anxiety and restlessness; • Vomiting and diarrhea; • Abnormal mentation. If your pet begins exhibiting any of the above signs, initiate cooling treatment immediately and bring to your pet to your nearest pet emergency center. Heat stroke first aid: • Remove from source of heat. • Wrap pet in cool, wet towels and aim a fan to aid in evaporative cooling. • Encourage the pet to drink water but do not force your pet to drink. Forcing it to drink may lead to aspiration of water into their lungs. • Ice packs, if available, can be placed in the armpits, groin, and under the neck. • Do not douse in ice-cold water. Even though it seems intuitive that ice water would cool the pet faster, it actually does the opposite. Ice water causes the superficial veins to constrict, reducing blood flow, decreasing the amount of evaporative cooling, and increasing the pet’s core body temperature. • Bring to nearest pet emergency hospital immediately. When veterinary treatment is started within 90 minutes of the onset of clinical signs, the pet has a more favorable chance of survival. When your pet is brought to the veterinarian for heat stroke, your veterinary team will need to institute treatment immediately. Your veterinarian will likely require bloodwork and x-rays to properly assess the level of damage and institute appropriate therapy. Your pet will need to

ty. ALL are welcome. The mixer will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lyons Valley Village Common House. Look at the list to see what to bring. Last name A-H – bring beer or wine Last name I-Q – bring finger food Last name R-Z – bring something sweet Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Hosted by Lyons Mamas (Facebook page), Mary Huron Hunter. Lyons Grandparents can also join their own private Facebook page to maintain their communication. Feel free to add your family member at any time. https: / / www. facebook. com / groups / 772301902886841 / .

Cliffy’s left wing was very swollen and rehabilitators diagnosed him with a radius or ulna fracture. The swallow spent a little more than a month at Greenwood as his fracture healed before he was transferred to Colorado Native Bird Care and Conservation (CNBCC) for some specialty physical therapy and TLC. After another month at CNBCC, Cliffy was ready to make his way in the wild again and was released at Button Rock Reservoir. Stories like these keep staff and volunteers coming back to work every day at Greenwood. You can read more stories and see photos of our patients on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram anytime. Visit our website,, for links! Jenny C. Bryant is the Volunteer and Outreach Manager at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which cares for more than 2,500 mammals, songbirds and waterfowl along the Front Range, on average, per year. Greenwood also offers education programs for children and adults of all ages. Visit to learn more. Got an idea for a column? Send an email to be hospitalized for two days or more depending on the severity and may be very critically ill. They are most critical during the first 24 hours of treatment and at 48 hours, their prognosis for survival is good. However, some animals may have lasting damage to their kidneys, liver, or brain. Prevention and early recognition are keys to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Tips to avoid heat stroke in pets: • Never leave a pet unattended in a car. Even with windows down, the car can act as an oven and quickly heat to dangerous levels. On a 75oF day, within 10 minutes the inside of a car can reach 94° F. Once outside temperatures reach 90°F, the inside of the car heats to 109°F within 10 minutes and reaches 129°F in 30 minutes. • If your pet is outside, make sure it has access to plenty of fresh, cool water and a shaded area to get away from the sun. • Avoid exercise in the heat of the day and monitor your pet for signs of distress. Save those hikes, runs, and ball play for mornings and late evenings. If you see an animal in a hot car, try to contact the owner or call the police for assistance. Dr. Tiffany Hughes is an Emergency and Critical Care Intern at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists. AMVS is a 24-hour veterinary facility providing specialty internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, oncology, emergency, critical care, and pain management. They are located in Longmont at 104 S. Main St. For more information, go to

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COMMENTARY Housing discussion with the BOT and liaison Amy Reinholds Commentary by Amy Reinholds Redstone Review LYONS – I was at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night (Aug. 17), and because there was no special housing committee member present at the meeting, I was asked to talk during the special Reinholds housing committee report. I mentioned that at the meeting last Wednesday (Aug. 12) at the Town Hall Annex, we got an update about the Valley Bank property, how Habitat for Humanity is doing the environmental study because of the portion in the flood plain. I also said that we discussed re-evaluating parcels on the original list. Dawn (Weller) and I also discussed how Cody (Humphrey) will be giving a report to the trustees about the Railroad Avenue property proposal for working with Habitat for Humanity at an upcoming workshop (Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said it is currently scheduled for Sept. 21). Trustees had several questions for the special housing

committee, which I said I would relay to the members. In my opinion as the liaison, I’d suggest talking about these at the meeting on Thursday. The BOT questions were: Is there a reason that the chair is not attending Board of Trustees meetings or selecting another member as backup to give the special housing committee report? If the chair cannot attend, he should at least have another special housing committee member give a report, because the report is a standing item on the agenda. No matter which housing committee member speaks, the trustees and the town staff (Deb Anthony) said they would like minutes from the most recent meeting – or some other kind of written report – submitted by the Thursday morning before each Board of Trustees meeting. Based on what was agreed upon when the special housing committee was created, the trustees are expecting someone to be there to give a report at each BOT meeting. Also, is there a preference in time on the agenda when the report should be? Does the special housing committee have a list of multiple small projects, which was discussed when the com-

mittee was formed? If not, does the committee think that no parcels are available? If the committee finds no parcels available, should the committee be sunset? Does the special housing committee have a recommendation of how to pursue Round 3 CDBG-Disaster Recovery funds? Which parcel can be purchased with Round 2 CDBG funds, and is there a recommended plan for pursuing Round 3 CDBG-Disaster Recovery funds for building a project on that parcel? Can the special housing committee provide a list of its next goals and target dates to accomplish them? My take on these questions is that this is a time for all the current members to give their opinions, and discuss at the next meeting Aug. 20, what the future of the special housing committee should be. What can the committee do, and what should the committee do? Is there a list of parcels that the special housing committee can provide where affordable housing could work? If there is nothing that can be provided to update the trustees, should the special housing committee continue?

Flood recovery continues work until the end of December By Julie Van Domelen Redstone Review BOULDER – The Boulder County Longterm Flood Recovery Group (BoCo LTFRG) was set up following the Van Domelen 2013 flood to provide support and coordination during recovery as well as to channel the Foothills Flood Relief Fund monies that were raised from private donations and foundations following the flood. Based on a model commonly developed after serious disasters, long-term recovery groups bring together public, private and non-profit resources. LTFRG provides case managers who assess situations, identify

resources and refer residents to possible sources of assistance. The construction subcommittee supports home repair and reconstruction efforts, including financial assistance and deployment of volunteer teams. The Unmet Needs Committee brings together the Foothills Floods Relief funds along with other non-profit funders, for example Boulder Flood Relief and several area faith-based organization, to help with remaining unmet needs after residents go through the various FEMA, state and local government recovery support programs. BoCo LTFRG has played a key role in helping Lyons’ residents recover from the flood. As of early August 2015, LTFRG had a total of 1,217 cases of which 672 had come to completion and 545 remained open. Within the Town of Lyons, 196 resi-

Station 2 Continued from Page 2 building and property purchase as well as building construction costs: Approximately $255,000 has come from private donors, fundraising, and a small grant during the past 15 to 18 months. Approximately $375,000 came from insurance (around $43,000 to $45,000 of the $375,000 was from FEMA). The approximately $750,000 spent to date includes the purchase of the land, fees, the building, concrete, cisterns, water supply, electrical, plumbing, excavation and more. This amount includes $100,000 from the fire district’s reserve fund. Numerous firefighters donated time to help with fence

Town Continued from Page 1 The BOT also approved a resolution authorizing the Town to enter into a contract with Krische Construction for the construction of Meadow Park Phase II project to repair and upgrade the park after the flood damage. The construction bid from Krische is $6,172,760. Parks and Recreation Director Dave Cosgrove told the board that the department had the money available from grants received for park restoration. Cosgrove said construction is planned to start in September and be finished in December. “Then we want the park to just sit for several months to be ready (for the public) in the spring,” he said. In other matters, the BOT passed a resolution to approve the Town of Lyons Grant Management Guidelines. Finance Director Tony Cavalier told the board that he is getting questions about grant management guidelines so he decided

dents had registered with LTFRG, with 106 of those cases closed and 90 still being supported through the process. This represents about 90 percent of all of the residential structures affected by floodwaters in the Town of Lyons, an exceptionally high coverage rate of residents receiving ongoing support through disaster recovery. To date, one-third of closed cases had remaining unmet needs and were awarded additional funding. The total spent is $2.5 million, of which $1.5 million came from LTFRG and $1 million from non-profit other funders. In addition, LTFRG managed a Kaiser Permanente grant of $80,000 to support home-based businesses re-establishing their operations. Twelve applications were awarded funds, four of whom were Lyons residents who received $32,677

building, tasks during the excavation and construction phases, and interior and exterior finishing. Materials and equipment were donated, including a dump truck, excavating equipment, and other tools. These donations are estimated to be worth more than $250,000. EG: Is the new station completely finished? JH: No, there’s more we would like to do, but we are still shy on funds by at least $150,000. Future improvements include a fire sprinkler system, a backup generator, auxiliary fuel tanks, and possibly at some point adding a small fire training facility. We also want to finish the helicopter-landing pad and add a few other disaster related items. Those additions will be on hold until more funds become available. EG: What equipment is at Station 2? JH: This station houses one structure engine, one

that the Town should have those guidelines in place. He said that the purpose of the guidelines is to implement and maintain oversight and coordination for the Town, which would increase grant-related revenue and would also ensure grant compliance, improve efficiency and affect programs and services funded through grants. The management guidelines for grant applications would create an internal system of approval, accounting and financial administration and reporting of grants for use by the Town departments. This set of guidelines would help everyone to stay on the same page, create oversight and open up the Town to more grants from those who want the oversight in place. The Town approved the resolution. The finance department plans to hire two new staff members, bringing the department total up to nine employees, counting Cavalier.

to help re-start income generating activities in the arts, music, and child care. LTFRG anticipates finalizing the case management and unmet needs process by the end of 2015. Cases still being supported through CDBG-DR rebuilding programs will be managed directly by Boulder County. There may be a handful of remaining cases that will be managed by local non-profits. It is worth reminding residents that LTFRG is still accepting new intakes of cases; call 303-443-2178, and it is important that anyone that needs assistance to contact LTFRG as soon as possible as funds will be running out as cases get processed for funding. Julie Van Domelen is the former mayor of Lyons. She is an economist who worked for the World Bank and currently heads a nonprofit in Boulder. She and her family recently moved to Boulder.

water tender, one ambulance and one brush truck. We also house a brush truck for the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) who we are in a partnership with. DFPC personnel will be stationed out of Station 2 and assist LFPD with call response throughout the district. The station also has two underground 21,000-gallon water storage tanks for use during fires. Please join Lyons Fire in celebrating the completion of Station 2. Emily Gubler spent 10 years working as a wildland firefighter and five years working on an ambulance as an emergency medical technician. She is a Lyons Fire Fighter and currently working on emergency preparedness in Lyons as a volunteer with the Human Services and Aging Commission. She lives in Blue Mountain Valley with her family.

Ash Borer Continued from Page 12 increased woodpecker activity as the birds seek out the larvae. Signs of the borer’s effect on the tree may take three or four years to develop, but generally the tree begins to die back from the top down. But while the loss of ash trees seems inevitable, there are some steps homeowners can take to mitigate the borer’s effect on individual trees. Injection of a pesticide into the tree’s trunk can prevent the trees from becoming infested but, cautions Stadsvold, the pesticide will only temporarily prolong the life of the trees. There are many effective pesticide options that can preserve an ash tree, but treatments are required on an annual or biennial basis. Owners of ash trees should consult a certified arborist to help them understand their options. Information on a pesticide option can be found at, which also contains detailed information on the EAB issue. If an ash tree is killed by the borer, it needs to be cut down and properly disposed of according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture guidelines titled, Handling of Regulated Ash Material from an Emerald Ash Borer Quarantined Area. Given the dire prognosis for ash trees in the Front Range, new ash trees should not be planted as replacements for trees killed by the EAB. Rather, an online search for recommended trees for the Front Range can show other types of trees with similar qualities to the ash trees. Greg Lowell is a member of Lyons Ecology Advisory Board and has been involved with land conservation issues for more than 25 years. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and now lives in Lyons.

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Watershed Continued from Page 6 the coming weeks. The team will also be working on implementing urgent needs, planning, reconstruction, and other grants in excess of a million dollars, involving at least half a dozen sites and touching all reaches of the river. Meanwhile, federal agencies are currently reviewing a list of high-priority projects that may be eligible for Emergency Watershed Protection funds, another significant round of grant proposals will be due in November, and LTWRC volunteers are working on a number of other initiatives, including ongoing debris cleanup, agricultural grants, habitat restoration, and an invasive weed management program. In between writing grants, hiring contractors, and overseeing projects, Cooper and Stagg plan to see the entire river system from top to bottom, and meet with landowners and stakeholders on site to get a better sense of the remaining unmet needs.

A&E Continued from Page 8 Caractacas Potts and Truly Scrumptious, and a dazzling array of theatrical effects including a real flying car on stage. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is at 4747 Marketplace Dr., Johnstown. For more information please contact 970-744-3747 or visit BOULDER Faculty Tuesdays Series of the CU Music Department presents Musical Postcards on August 25 with hornist Michael Thornton and friends. Thornton presents a series of musical postcards for horn recounting recent adventures abroad and exciting upcoming events. He will be joined by CU pianist and fellow musical voyager Margaret McDonald. Additional collaborators include flutist Julie Thornton and violinist Harumi Rhodes playing works by Neuling, Wilder, Mozart and more. Standards of Beauty will be presented on September 1 with pianist Margaret McDonald, violinist Chas Wetherbee, violist Erika Eckert, Abigail Nims, David Requiro and special guest, principal clarinetist from the Colorado Symphony Jason Shafer, for an

REDSTONE • REVIEW In spite of the huge number and complexity of projects, the team appears undaunted. Stagg remarked, “I’ve been astonished at the level of involvement of the landowners in the LTWRC. I’ve worked with stakeholder groups before, but I’ve never seen anything like it. They’re beating the door down, ready to make it happen. It’s great!” Cooper is also eager for the challenge. “In the past, I’ve always had influence from afar. I’m really looking forward to being directly involved in a local project, to doing good in the environment in which I live.” For more information about the Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition, you can visit Denise Coté is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition and is a property owner on the Little Thompson River.

evening of intimate chamber music and song. The program will include Schubert Lieder, Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major. Enchanting Melodies will be presented on September 8 featuring pianist Hsing-ay Hsu and violist Geri Walther with a collection of piano solos and duos by Kellogg, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann inspired by fairy tales, myths and dramatic moods. The concerts are held at Grusin Concert Hall in the Imig Music Building at CU, 18th and Euclid on the CU campus. For more information please call 303-492-8808 or visit Join Boulder Philharmonic on its 2015-16 season opening night concert on September 13 at 7 p.m. at Macky Auditorium. The program begins with Ravel’s whimsical Mother Goose Suite, followed by Korine Fujiwara’s The Storyteller featuring concertmaster Chas Wetherbee with a contemporary concerto based on Japanese folk tales. The evening culminates with Rachmaninoff’s spectacular Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Gabriela Montero, who is known for her visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts. For more information please call 303-492-8808 or visit


Library Continued from Page 15 tially a project manager). After important 2015 tax valuations are received in August from Boulder and Larimer County Assessors Offices, financing and operations plans and budgets will be formulated and an architect hired to design a new facility, based on prior and updated community input. So, to review who’s on first: the Town remains the owner of the Depot Library property and buildings and will continue to be in charge of the Depot Library rehabilitation. The Regional Library District is now operating the library at the leased space on Main Street, but will move back into the Depot buildings when they are ready, leasing them from the Town along with additional space targeted as the location for a new facility. In the meantime, the Regional Library District is moving forward on the new library / resource center. Ample opportunity for more community input will be provided as those plans proceed. To keep up with events as they happen, the Lyons Regional Library website (google “Lyons Regional Library” or go to and Facebook page are good sources of information. Or better yet, consider actually coming in to the 405 Main St. temporary library to meet the friendly staff. They are a great way to keep up with current and future events relating to the library. For more information, call the library at 303-823-5165. Mark Browning is the Lyons Regional Library District Board President. He lives in Lyons.

MOSAIC Continued from Page 9 Clarifier sky a cosmic ripple with eight concentric rings honors Lyons’ collective flood experience and that of our community still displaced; red hearts and homes moving outward from the center, blue hearts represent the sadness and loss created by the flood. Notable is the participation of Ed Bruder, who has worked steadily to give the project extra gleam and wonder with thousands of yellow marbles around the sun. Bruder and the invaluable Kirk Vincent visualized the rings honoring those individuals and families displaced by the 2013 flood. A driving force behind this project has been community support. Hundreds of people and organizations volunteered time, materials, help and support. Words cannot express our gratitude. Thank you to all.


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