Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MVEA serves members!

By Will Bublitz

If you’re having trouble paying bills or your nonprofit organization needs some extra money, Mountain View Electric’s “Operation Round-Up” is ready to help.

Operation Round-Up is a program that provides grants to those in need whether they are individuals or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Since Mountain View Electric began the program in 1999, it has provided more than $2 million to those needing financial assistance.

“We know that there are people in our local area who are in need,” said Pat Bandy, an Operation Round-Up board member who lives in Limon. “This is a way for them to get back on their feet financially, and it’s totally confidential.

“We approve these grants to those we feel this money will really improve their lives,” she said. “It all depends on what the need is. Many people are in financial need because they weren’t expecting a catastrophe. They could really benefit from this extra help.”

The funding for Operation Round-Up comes from the members of the Mountain View Electric Association. To contribute to the Round-Up fund, they are given the option of voluntarily “rounding up” their payments to the next whole dollar on their monthly electric bill. For example, if a customer’s electric bill is $100.45, it would be rounded up to $101.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Community Heroes

On Thursday, June 18 the volunteers from the Limon Fire Department shared their knowledge and tips with the children of the Limon Memorial Library story-hour. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has A Story" and last week we honored the Community Heroes of the Limon Fire Department. Tara Christie and Alyssa Metzger volunteered their time and brought one of the fire engines for the children to see and to test out the equipment. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Changes for CSP!

By Will Bublitz

The Limon office of the Colorado State Patrol is undergoing another big organizational change.
Effective July 1, the office will become the headquarters of the newly designated Troop 3D. It will be led by Capt. Tim Hilferty, a State Trooper who has served in the local area for several years, in addition to being a lifelong resident of Limon.                      
“For the past two years, the Limon office has been a post (satellite office) of Troop 3B which is headquartered in Sterling,” Hilferty said. “By making Limon a troop office once again, we’ll be going back for the most part to the way things were.”

Prior to March 2013, the Limon office had been the headquarters for Troop 1A that had served the local area for decades. That all changed when the Colorado State Patrol decided to reorganize its troopers operating on Colorado’s eastern plains.

Based primarily on staffing levels, the decision was made two years ago to consolidate Troop 1A with Sterling’s Troop 3B under the leadership of Capt. Gaylon Grippin. The consolidated Troop 3B became responsible for the entire northeastern corner of the state including all or portions of 12 counties.

Friday, June 19, 2015

FTZ in Limon

The Limon Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) has finally been approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

On June 11, 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker approved the application for the Town of Limon, Colo. ‐ Foreign‐Trade Zone under Alternative Site Framework as Foreign Trade Zone No. 293. This approved the FTZ, submitted by the Town of Limon and Lincoln County.
Included in the FTZ approval is a Service Area that consists of Adams and Arapahoe counties and major portions of the counties of Lincoln, Elbert and Morgan.

The Limon FTZ will be the first primarily rural zone in the state of Colorado. It will also be able to serve sub‐zones outside the service area in the state of Colorado and looks to serve all of eastern Colorado.

The Town of Limon and Lincoln County jointly applied for the FTZ designation in April 2013. The goal of establishing an FTZ is to attract foreign businesses that would set up distribution and manufacturing facilities in the local area. This would boost the local economy and provide new jobs. Foreign businesses would be interested in locating their facilities locally because any merchandise within an FTZ is not subject to custom duties and excise taxes until it leaves the zone.

The Town of Limon has already identified two “magnet sites” with the FTZ where foreign businesses could potentially locate their facilities. These magnet sites are the “Big Sandy” property and East Limon Municipal Airport property. Other sites within the FTZ service area may be designated at a later time.

The announcement of the approval of the FTZ has been greeted with enthusiasm by local and state officials.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rain continues.

Rains continued last Sunday, bringing flooding conditions to the Genoa area.
Fortunately no major flooding or damage was reported.
Water flowed out of fields and over Highway 109 near Genoa.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Farm Supplies and Neighbors

By Will Bublitz

Jon Rosenberg and his staff at the Limon Big R store are ready to help customers with all their supply needs for farm and ranch as well as a lot more.

Jon has been the store’s manager for the past 1-1/2 years.

“This is my first time as a store manager,” he said. “There’s never a dull moment here at Big R. After working in construction and plumbing for years, I’m learning something new every day about livestock feed and other ag issues. I love working here.”

As the manager, Jon is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Limon store.

“It’s my job to keep the stock levels up and our shelves full with different feeds and supplements that change with the seasons,” he said. “I also try to keep my employees happy. We want a good working environment here because we here to serve the public.”

Jon said there has been a steady growth in  business over the past several months at the Limon Big R store.

“Every month we continue to beat what we did last year at the same time,” he said. “That’s not only in sales but also in customer counts. I think people are finding out that our Big R store is here in Limon. I always like to say that this is a small-town store with a big-town selection.”

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Charles W. Hoffman

With storms moving across Eastern Colorado, and the large tornados in the Simla area on Thursday, I couldn’t help but wonder if Limon’s “Tornado Days” event was just taunting Mother Nature.

When Saturday rolled around, and the celebration got underway to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Limon Tornado, Mother Nature shined favorably on the event.

The day began with the more ambitious characters entering the 5K run/walk that began at 8 a.m. There were 40 participants who got up early to raise money for the Relay for Life team and help support cancer research.

A little later in the morning, a large crowd turned out to celebrate and enjoy the festivities at the Rail Road Park in Limon.

Local vendors lined the walkway through the park. You could browse the tables filled with arts and crafts, locally produced honey, metal art, jewelry, candles, health products, signs and more.  While the adults were shopping, an inflatable bounce house and obstacle courses, face painting and plenty of games kept the kids occupied and provided all the fun in the sun you could handle.