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Past articles by John:

Lyons shuts down town parks, cites COVID-19 risks

Beginning Saturday, Lyons is closing its parks until further notice, town officials announced Friday afternoon. → Read More

Rocky Mountain Rail proposes plan for completing RTD’s Northwest Rail line

Rocky Mountain Rail Inc., which says it has a "sustainable transportation plan" for passenger rail service between Westminster and Longmont, has scheduled a series of public forums over the coming weeks to present its proposal. → Read More

Longmont City Council OKs putting taxes, bonds for aquatics center on ballot

Longmont voters will be asked in November to raise the city’s sales and use tax and authorize the sale of bonds to finance design, construction and ongoing operations and maintenance of a new indoor aquatics facility and ice rink, City Council members unanimously agreed on Tuesday night. → Read More

Longmont City Council to discuss Mile-Hi Skydiving complaint behind closed doors

Longmont City Council will meet behind closed doors Tuesday for an executive-session discussion of Mile-Hi Skydiving’s Federal Aviation Administration complaint about the city's land use policies and fee structures at Vance Brand Municipal Airport. → Read More

One-third of this year’s U.S. fatal skydiving accidents occurred in Longmont

A third of this year's U.S. fatal sport skydiving accidents have been two men who died after jumping with Mile-Hi Skydiving Center based at Longmont's Vance Brand Municipal Airport, according to the U.S. Parachute Association's tracking of such fatalities. → Read More

Mile-Hi Skydiving says it follows U.S. Parachute Association, FAA safety regulations

Mile-Hi Skydivers' training program is aligned with the United States Parachute Association's national standards and all Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the company based at Longmont's Vance Brand Municipal Airport said in a news release issued after a skydiver died on Saturday. → Read More

Longmont City Council gives initial approval to downtown smoking ban

Longmont City Council on Tuesday night gave initial approval to an expanded downtown smoking ban and a separate measure that would impose restrictions on the uses of downtown's mid-block breezeways and the microplazas behind some of those breezeways. → Read More

Longmont police to continue encrypting radio traffic

Although a six-month-long pilot program study period ended in March, Longmont police will continue encrypting police radio traffic, Public Safety Chief Mike Butler said Tuesday night. → Read More

Longmont City Council majority balks at proposed downtown breezeway rules

A Longmont City Council majority decided late Tuesday night not to give further consideration to an proposed ordinance that would have applied some of the city's public lands rules and regulations to downtown pedestrian breezeways and microplazas. → Read More

Boulder County removes college degree requirements for many jobs

Boulder County has concluded that college degrees are not needed for many of its county government positions, and it has removed that requirement from 81 of its job classifications. → Read More

Longmont City Council to discuss details of food tax rebate program

Longmont City Council on Tuesday is set to discuss how to go about giving low-income residents at least a partial refund of the 3.53 percent municipal sales tax on food. → Read More

Longmont City Council seeks staff report on skydiver’s death

Longmont City Council wants a city staff report about the death of a parachutist last week and what municipal and federal regulations apply to skydiving operations and their customers in such situations. → Read More

Longmont mayor won’t proclaim “Firearms Awareness and Safety Day”

Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley changed course Tuesday night, choosing not to read a proclamation designating Sept. 17 as “Firearms Awareness and Safety Day” in Longmont. → Read More

Longmont, neighboring communities banding together to bring RTD rail service to city

A number of Longmont's neighboring communities have joined or are expected to join the city's latest move to try to pressure the Regional Transportation District to proceed with providing some level of passenger rail service to Longmont, according to Mayor Brian Bagley. → Read More

Longmont announces pot shop picks

Longmont officials on Monday announced the four businesses that will be permitted to operate retail marijuana sales establishments within the city limits. → Read More

Longmont experimenting with “sharrows,” buffers and other types of bike lanes

Longmont has launched a project to evaluate the effectiveness of three types of bike lanes on city streets and is inviting comments about each. → Read More

Longmont approves $3 million deal to end oil and gas surface drilling in city

Longmont's City Council members voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to give final approval to the city's $3 million agreement with TOP Operating and Cub Creek Energy that officials have said will end oil and gas drilling from the surfaces of properties within the city, as well as city-owned properties east of Longmont. → Read More

Second Amendment backers should speak at Longmont meeting, Boulder County Libertarians urge

The Boulder County Libertarian Party is urging "pro-Second Amendment citizens" to show up and speak at Tuesday night's Longmont City Council meeting. → Read More

Longmont oil and gas agreement spawns many questions for city officials

Longmont's proposed agreement with a pair of oil and gas companies won't prohibit drilling for underground deposits inside the city or from wells drilling for deposits under city-owned properties east of those boundaries, city officials have acknowledged. → Read More

Longmont strikes $3M deal to end oil and gas drilling within city limits

Longmont’s City Council on Tuesday gave unanimous approval to a $3 million agreement that city officials have said will essentially end oil and gas drilling within city limits. → Read More