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National and local media focus their lenses on Lyons' re-population


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Many Lyons residents moved back into their homes this weekend, and along with the Xcel workers who hooked up their utilities, local and national media were there to greet them.

The Longmont Times-Call wrote that “hundreds” of families in the town of about 2,000 started to move back into their homes on Saturday morning, and that today marks the first day that visitors will be allowed into town. The highlight for many was being able to take a shower.

The Denver Post reported that Xcel hoped to return full gas service to 700 of the 1,000 meters in town.

Not all was good news, though, as 7News reported that residents who had rented temporary housing may be stuck in leases. Some residents signed temporary leases through November and will have to honor those leases and pay rent even though they’re moving back into their houses this week.

The Los Angeles Times dropped into Lyons and Estes Park last week to report on the general problems encountered in both towns, particularly the lack of tourism through the fall and how it has affected each town’s economy. And although the story wasn’t published until Sunday, 24 hours after residents started moving back in, the Times had no mention of that move forward.

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Explanatory multimedia reporting from CU Boulder journalism students
National and local media focus their lenses on Lyons' re-population