Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Photo Contest Winner

FORT MORGAN – Morgan Community College (MCC) congratulates Dean Thorne of Fort Morgan for submitting the winning image for the College’s annual calendar photo contest.

“The committee reviewed over 65 entries for next year’s poster,” said Katie Barron, Director of College Communications and Marketing. “As with each year, the committee is challenged to select just one image.”

Thorne’s photograph was taken on County Road 22 near Highway 76. “I love how the frost obscures the color and outlines, making everything almost like a pencil drawing,” shares the photographer.
The image, “Frozen in Time,” is featured on the 2016 poster calendar and is available for free at all MCC locations.

The calendar project, which began in 1996, represents the entire MCC service area in eastern Colorado.

Wildlife collisions above average.

Each fall, data show an increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado highways.

With the first few storms of the season, wildlife have moved down from the high country as they do each year—and they continue to move to food and water sources, crossing highways along their routes. A majority of the collisions occur during dark hours, from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and they are also more difficult to see.

In Colorado there were 3,960 wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) reported to law enforcement in 2014 (the most recent data), up from 3,437 in 2013 and above the 10-year average of 3,590 (the highest amount of hits reported in one year was 4,013 in 2012). Of the 3,960 WVCs in 2014, 3,667 involved vehicle damage, 287 involved injuries and 6 involved human fatalities (source:  CDOT Traffic & Safety Division).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Karval Honors those who have served

On Veteran's Day, November 11, 2015 the Karval Student Council held a ceremony honoring those who have served. A hymn for each branch of the military was played. Their flag was presented and members of the branch stood. Then the POW flag entered and a moment of silence was observed.

After the ceremony, all students were encouraged to thank a veteran, then everyone was invited to join the students for lunch.  Ryan Clark, Student Council Advisor, welcomesd veterans, community member and students. The Army flag entered members of the Army at attention. Wade Yoder presented the POW flag.

Members of the choir directed by Sarah Nuss performed at the Veteran's Day Ceremony. Left to right Emily Nelson, Anna Strickland, Kaycee Strickland, Maggie Reid, Lyndee Yoder, Marissa Harris, Jordan Bautch, Maggie Cordor, Braydon Fox.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pirate School Board swears in members

By Will Bublitz

Resolving the problem of an unstable retaining wall before the school construction grant expires was a main topic of discussion at the Genoa-Hugo Board of Education meeting Monday, Nov. 16.

The retaining wall, located next of the Genoa-Hugo School’s main entrance and visitor’s parking lot, has been concern since the completion of the Genoa-Hugo School District Addition/Renovation Project and the school’s reopening in August 2014. “Unstable soils” were determined to be the cause, but earlier efforts to fix solve the problem failed.

To come up with a solution, the school district hired CTL Thompson of Denver last summer. In a report, its engineers concluded the soils under the retaining wall and parking lot/plaza area are “continuing to consolidate due to moisture, both during the time of construction, as well as from this past spring’s historic precipitation.”

Based upon CTL Thompson’s recommendations, the school district hired Hayward Baker, a company that specializes in geotechnical construction. Its crew began work last week by boring holes at various levels along the retaining wall as well as down from the top.

“They’ve already pumped 12 yards of compaction grout into the holes which is quite a lot,” Superintendent Frank Reeves said. “They were hoping to finish by this Friday, but that might depend upon the weather.”

Reeves explained it may take until spring to determine whether the soils around the retaining wall have stabilized as a result of the work.

The current effort to fix the retaining wall is being pushed because the BEST (Build Excellent Schools Today) grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) will expire on December 6. That grant has been paying the majority of the costs for the Genoa-Hugo School District Addition/Renovation Project. Any additional funding requests for the remaining BEST grant money must be submitted prior to that date.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CFB celebrates 97 years this weekend

Colorado Farm Bureau is hosting its 97th annual meeting Nov. 19-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colo.

This year’s meeting is about joining and engaging in the cause of protecting and promoting agriculture and rural values. CFB's annual meeting reflects Farm Bureau’s grassroots tradition, as Farm Bureau leaders gather to consider policies developed by farmers and ranchers to set a state and national course. This tradition has continued since our founding in 1919, and it is the source of our authenticity, strength and vision.

“It is our tradition to gather our membership for our state annual meeting, where we will discuss policy development, elect leaders and gain new skills that will help Colorado Farm Bureau attain our vision,” Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau said.

On Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. the meeting’s general session begins with an address by Sen. Cory Gardner. Following Sen. Gardner’s speech, CFB President Don Shawcroft and E.V.P. Chad Vorthmann will discuss current issues facing Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

Keynote speaker Mark Young, Chief Technology Officer at Climate Corp., will follow and talk about new technologies and developments that will benefit the ag industry. Dr. Ajay Menon, CSU Dean of Agricultural Sciences, will wrap up general session with a speech about the state of CSU’s ag program and where it’s heading. Following general session, outstanding membership and organization efforts of CFB members and counties will be recognized during the awards luncheon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Delayed delivery

Due to Veterans Day falling on Wednesday, all subscriptions will be delayed.
The Post Office will resume normal operations on Thursday, and your paper will arrive accordingly.

Due to the pressing winter storm, we will be delivering papers as the weather allows us to be on shelves, but we will be delivering Limon, Hugo, and Arriba as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration as we thank those who have served our country!