By  Joseph Lekarczyk
To say that things got a little confusing Monday night at the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting when the subject of amending the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Town of Lyons and the Lyons Regional Library District came up on the agenda would be, a study in understatement.

Things were rolling along pretty well; Sgt. Bill Crist of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office reported that, “there were a couple of bumps” at the Planet Bluegrass concert over the weekend, but overall, “nothing major.” He also reminded those present that due to the leaf-peepers hoping to enjoy the fall colors in the mountains, weekend traffic through town will continue to be heavy for awhile.



By Ken Singer
We bought the house on Apple Valley Road in Lyons in September 2012, did renovations and moved from New Jersey in July 2013. For the 10 weeks we were here before the flood, we enjoyed the house, the community, and the river. Prior to the flood, when we told people we lived on the river on Apple Valley Road, the typical response was

“Oh, you are so lucky.” For many months after the flood, the response is more likely to be “Oh, I'm so sorry.” I tell them that it wasn't their fault for the flood.
I went to bed around 10 p.m., that night. Around 2 a.m., Sandy, my wife who had been monitoring the river all day and into the night, woke me tensely saying, “The river is way high. Either you have to talk me down, or we need to get out of here.” I asked, “Did you hear the siren go off?”



Several dozen Lyons residents, and just as many employees from various state and federal agencies were on hand Monday morning in Bohn Park. Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet were among the distinguished guests who were in Lyons to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2013 September


Going for Green in Lyons

By Kathleen Thurmes
“I have always been so confused; if a plastic product has the recycling symbol on it, does that mean it can be recycled, or does it depend on where you live?” 

This is a question we hear all the time at Eco-Cycle, and no wonder. The recycling symbol, particularly on plastics, can be misleading since you’ll find it on almost all plastics. But not all plastics are recyclable. That’s why you should always trust your local recycling guidelines, not just the symbol.

Why can’t we recyclers just all agree as to what is or isn’t recyclable? The recyclability of a product is dependent upon a lot of variables—like the region and transportation costs of getting a material to a buyer, the recycler’s relationship with buyers, their sorting technology and their ability to sort to the buyer’s specifications, etc.


Going for Green in Lyons

By Harlin Savage
The first part of the answer is simple. Fracking is the industrial process by which we get the fossil fuels used to make virtually all plastics, including the iconic plastic straw.


 By Joseph Lekarczyk

Two executive sessions, one scheduled for the pre-meeting workshop, and the second one added to the end of the regular meeting's agenda, bookended Tuesday night's (Monday was Labor Day) Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. Both executive session concerned strategies and legal advice having to do with the cost savings contract with Honeywell International for the performance of the wastewater treatment plant. In between the two executive sessions, Utilities, both rate increases and appeals, were the



By Joseph Leckarczyk
It was a good thing for the few people (3) still present at Monday night's Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting at 11:10 p.m., that only elected officials and paid Town staff are permitted to attend executive sessions; that meant that the rest of the “crowd” could pack up and call it a night, while the aforementioned trustees and staff burned some serious midnight oil discussing and determining strategies for

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