Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Parker Ag Merger.

By Will Bublitz

Parker Ag Services, a longtime business headquartered in Limon, is proud to announce it is changing its name following a recent merger with another Colorado-based company. 

On January 1, Parker Ag Services officially became “Veris Environmental” after it merged with Liquid Waste Management, Inc. of Longmont, Colorado. The merger was the culmination of two years of negotiations between the two companies. The newly merged company will continue to be headquartered in Limon, with additional administrative offices in Longmont and a service facility and offices in Platteville, Colo.

Bob Harlow will continue in the role of Chief Executive Officer. He has worked for Parker Ag since 2005, becoming its CEO and general manager in 2009.

 “This merger is a consolidation of two companies, whereby the strengths of each company are multiplied many times over,” Harlow said. “Going forward, we will be able to leverage the strengths of each company allowing us to operate more efficiently and be more competitive in the marketplace.

Even though our two companies have merged, the only thing that most people here in Limon will notice is that we’ll be changing the sign on the front of the building and our vehicles.”

Parker Ag and Liquid Waste Management both specialized in the safe removal of “biosolids” from wastewater sanitary facilities operated by municipalities, industries and agricultural companies.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

State Champion!

Our congratulations to Jayden Hilferty for taking State in wrestling! 
Make sure to pick up this week's paper for more wresting coverage, Basketball and local news!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Limon's new hotspot

By Will Bublitz

Delicious pastries, sandwiches and salads are all on the menu at Liggy’s Bakery that just opened at 961 Main Street in downtown Limon.

Owned and operated by sisters Laci and Whitney Liggett, the bakery held its grand opening on Monday, Feb. 9.

“We’ve been open only a few days, but it’s already going really well,” Whitney said. “The local people have been missing their morning donuts until we opened. Some are coming in twice a day to get them.”

Laci agreed. “We were lucky because Bonnie Darling, the previous owner of this bakery,  gave us all of her recipes. She had a huge local following for her donuts, and we are fortunate to step in to take it over. But we also have to brag over our breads and sandwiches. We think they are delicious, and so far all of our customers agree.”

Liggy’s Bakery is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We hold breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until the donuts run out which is often,” Whitney said. “In  addition to donuts, we offers scones, pop tarts and muffins, which are all homemade. Then starting at 11 a.m. we begin serving lunch which includes salads and sandwiches.”

The bakery’s specialty sandwiches are named after members of the Liggett family.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cattlemen Not Happy


The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disheartened to learn of the upcoming announcement of a presidential declaration defining 21,000 acres along the Arkansas River, known as Browns Canyon as a national monument.

“We worked in good-faith with former Senator Udall and others, to find a way to prevent a presidential declaration,” says Tim Canterbury, chair of the Public Lands Council (PLC). “Now, all we can do is ask for a seat at the table, and hope that the voices of ranchers will be heard and respected in the designations implementation process.”

After it became clear that a presidential declaration was being pursued, CCA reached out to Senator Bennet and Governor Hickenlooper, both of whom agreed to work on ensuring that grazing would continue without changes or restrictions. CCA understands that the following points are intended to be part of the declaration, and will be addressed locally through “maximizing” the state’s engagement in the designation management agreement. CCA and PLC will work to ensure that following the points are included and clarified:
  1. Motorized access must continue to be allowed for permit administration, range improvements, and water maintenance. 
  2. Explicit language must be written into the designation that allows sheep and cattle producers to trail their livestock to and from federal grazing allotments through portions of the designated area. 
  3. Weeds and weed control must also be addressed in the rules of implementation, particularly in headwaters areas. 
  4. Language must be included in the designation implementation to ensure that changes in the numbers of authorized livestock are based on facts, and not the whim of individual land managers. 
  5. Language that would explicitly ensure permits will be transferable to new permittee/owners in the exact same manner as was the case prior to the designation of the national monument is also required. 
  6. Water rights must be expressly recognized in wilderness acts that further codify states’ water laws. 
  7. These changes must be applied throughout the BLM and Forest Service so that administration at all levels carry out, consistently and timely, the intent of the law without personal deference that subsequently limits or harms livestock grazing through administrative bias. 
“We stand by the fact that a presidential declaration is not in the best interest of the agricultural community; and we sincerely hope that the President and his administration have heard our concerns and will ensure that the rule-making process addresses the concerns of landowners and ranchers, allowing ranches that have been in operation for generations to continue,” states Canterbury. He emphasizes that the CCA and PLC will keep pushing for legislation that will clarify grazing permit rights for this and any future designation. “We must avoid the confusing language that exists in many current designations and change the administrative approach, which in the past has resulted in severely limiting sustainable resource management.”
Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is the state’s only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado’s cattle producers.  Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation’s oldest state cattlemen’s association.