Saturday, May 7, 2016

Donate Empty Pill Bottles

In developing countries, medicines—when actually obtainable—are often dispensed into hands, pockets, leaves or any other available container.

The Genoa, Kirk and Stratton United Methodist Churches invites you to donate empty pill bottles in support of Matthew 25 Ministries which provides basic medical supplies such as empty pill bottles to help improve health care quality in developing nations. Donations of clean, unlabeled pill bottles help the poorest of the poor in many ways: Medicine can be distributed in sterile containers and this plastic recycling program keeps thousands of bottles out of landfills each year. Placing a nickel, dime or quarter in each pill bottle helps with shipping costs to send the bottles to developing countries.
Acceptable collection items include:

* Prescription Pill Bottles                                                        
 *Over the Counter Pill Bottles
 *Large Pill Bottles                                                                   
 *Small Pill Bottles
 *Pill Bottles with Secure Caps (child resistant)                  
 *Pill Bottles without Secure Caps

To prepare containers for donation:
Remove labels and adhesive (a quick dip in boiling water may remove the label if it is unpealable followed by something such as nail polish remover to remove lingering adhesive). Wash all bottles and caps in very hot water and dish soap. Washable bottles must have an all plastic lid. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lincoln County to see more wind energy

By Will Bublitz

In the coming months, Lincoln County residents can expect to see even more of those giant wind energy towers rising above the prairie.

Last month, Xcel Energy and Vestas Wind Systems announced their plans to build Colorado’s biggest wind farm in the local area. This huge 300-tower project is expected to produce 600-megawatts of electrical power which is enough to power 180,000 homes.

Called the Rush Creek Wind Project, it is currently owned and being developed by Invenergy Wind Development LLC, a company headquartered in Chicago, Ill. Once completed, Xcel Energy will take over the ownership and operation of the new facility.

“The project will actually be two wind farms,” Krista Mann, Senior Business Development Manager for Invenergy. “One of the farms will be totally located in Elbert County. The second farm will be split between Lincoln, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties.”

The wind farm in Elbert County, called Rush Creek I, is the larger of the two. It will consist of 200 wind turbines capable of producing 400 megawatts of power. It will be constructed south of Highway 24 in eastern Elbert County.

Rush Creek II, the smaller wind farm, will have 100 turbines capable of producing 200 megawatts of electricity. It will be located east of Hugo in the area where the three counties meet. How many of those 100 wind towers will be located in Lincoln County has not yet been determined.
The total area of the project is expected to be about 95,000 acres. The vast majority of this land is currently used for agriculture.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vote for local store!

You can help our local Sinclair station win a contest. Just click HERE and vote for our local Fast and Friendly Sinclair station.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Updated burn information

Burn Ban Update

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. 


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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Commissioners approve Wind Ordinance

By Will Bublitz

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.