Lincoln County is now on a LEVEL 2 BURN RESTRICTION. Meaning, you may burn household trash in an approved container that is 10 feet from any other flammable material. ANY other burns must be approved by the Sheriff and the Fire Chief.
LEVEL 2 – RESTRICTIONS REQUIRED DUE TO SEVERE DRY CONDITIONS
The following acts are prohibited in unincorporated Lincoln County until further notice: 1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire or campfire, except a fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground.
A. Persons with a VALID WRITTEN PERMIT from the Lincoln County Sheriff and Fire Chief that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. B. Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty. C. Any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas stove, fireplaces within buildings, and charcoal or propane grill fires at private residences. D. The burning of household trash when contained within a fireproof container sufficiently maintained to prevent escaping flame or burning material from the bottom or sides and screened sufficiently on top to prevent the release of burning material and located in the center of an area at least ten feet (10’) in diameter from which all flammable material has been removed.
NOTE: Declarations of “FIRE WEATHER WATCH” by the National Weather Service for Lincoln County will automatically place fire restrictions to LEVEL 2.
Last week, the Lincoln County Commissioners approved the county’s first-ever ordinance covering the construction and operation of wind energy facilities.
The new ordinance may appear to be a bit tardy because 472 wind turbines have already been erected in northern Lincoln County as part of four different projects over the past five years. Those wind turbines were approved under the county’s existing building permit process.
In approving the new ordinance last Wednesday, April 13, the commissioners said they were acting to deal with any future projects that wind energy developers may want to construct in the unincorporated portions of the county.
The stated purpose of the new ordinance, which amends the county’s zoning regulations, is to regulate “the construction and operation of Wind Energy Facilities in Lincoln County, subject to reasonable conditions that will protect the environment, and the public health, safety and welfare of Lincoln County residents.”
Under the ordinance, the owners and operators of medium and large wind energy facilities must first obtain a permit before construction can begin. Any new wind turbines to be added to an existing facility must also obtain a building permit.
The only exemption from this requirement is for “small” wind energy facilities which are defined as a single turbine/tower projects capable of generating 20 kilowatts or less that are used primarily for “on-site consumption.” No building permit is required for these small facilities.
Nine students from Genoa-Hugo School represented East Central Regional Science Fair at the 2016 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month.
The students were recognized for excellence in science during an award ceremony held Friday evening, April 8 with awards exceeding $9,000 in value.
Tyler Higgins, a seventh grader, did a project involving the production of bio-diesel using spent vegetable oil from Gene’s Family Kitchen in Hugo. He placed fourth in the Junior Division Energy Category, taking home $25 and a certificate.
Tarra Miller, a sixth grader, did a project titled Does Different Eye Color Affect the Way Someone Sees in the Dim Light. Special thanks go to middle school students at Genoa-Hugo School who participated in this investigation. Tarra was recognized by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, with a certificate and a $50 check.
Michaela Ravenkamp, a sixth grader, made multiple trips to the stage with numerous awards. She was first recognized by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety receiving the Outstanding Earth Science Award which included a certificate and $75.
Mountain View Electric Association would like to warn customers about a scam.
If someone calls you threatening a disconnect due to non payment, you should be aware that Mountain View will NEVER ask you to make a payment over the phone.
The best policy is to call Mountain View if you believe that you are behind on your bill.
Again, DO NOT pay over the phone if someone calls you.
It is hard to believe that the Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park was started nearly 25 years ago. What started as the dream of dedicated locals has flourished into a community treasure that is enjoyed by thousands each year. In honor of the Museum’s silver anniversary, we will be taking a look back at several huge milestones throughout the years, including this week’s story of the Twilight Limited.
Originally started in 1989 by Museum co-founder Harold Lowe, Brenda Higgins (Limon Chamber of Commerce), and Jo Downey (Eastern Colorado Council of Governments), this exciting passenger train became an instant hit in the state, earning a salute from both Westword (Best Train Trip, 1989) and ABC’s Good Morning America. In addition to the two-hour sunset ride, passengers were treated to delicious homemade desserts and first class entertainment from local musicians. Volunteers for the Twilight Limited (which ran from 1989-1991) included Hub City Seniors, the Limon Young Mother’s club, various community members, and train enthusiasts.
In order to fund the memorable (albeit costly) trips, the Limon Heritage Society spearheaded a benefit auction, in which Twilight Limited supporters, community members, and local businesses came together for a day full of food, entertainment, and treasures on which to bid. Thanks to auctioneers Swede Emmerling and Floyd Foncannon, as well as organizers Bob and Nellegene Ashton, Dorothy Walker, and Pat Peterson, the auction was an incredible success and the largest community auction in the history of Lincoln County.
By Sheriff Tom Nestor & Undersheriff Gordon Nall Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are approaching fire season in Lincoln County. As many of us have tragically learned, fire is indiscriminate in its destruction. With afternoon thunderstorms causing dry lightning there are many ways Mother Nature can start a blaze without us contributing to the equation. However, too many times human error and misjudgment can cause unintended damage.
As many of us know, this summer is shaping up to be a fire season for the history books, but with a little vigilance we can impact the story significantly. We have already had multiple fires across Lincoln County in the
past few weeks.
Although atypical for that time of year, in February the Punkin Center fire caused thousands of charred acres and many scares. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office determined that the Punkin Center fire was caused by a careless smoker throwing a lit cigarette out of a passing vehicle. On April 1, Our local fire department responded to another grass fire in the same area that threaten structures within the first few minutes. The origin of that fire was ultimately ruled to be accidental due to power lines sparking. But, the fear it caused landowners and neighbors was very real.
On April 2, a landowner west of Hugo lost a barn and thousands of dollars of hay in an accidental fire. This particular fire also cause many structures in that vicinity to be threatened that afternoon. Sadly, during the early morning hours of April 4, 2016 Jeff and Tammy Thornton of Karval, Colo. lost their house and all of their belongings to an electrical fire that started inside their home. The Thornton’s awoke to heavy smoke and flames already consuming their home. Thankfully, they were able to escape the danger through a window as the fire had already blocked the paths to their doorways. All of us at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office extend the Thornton Family our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We would also like to mention that the Blue Cliff Community Church is accepting donations for the Thornton Family as they rebuild their home.