Saturday, June 18, 2016

General Aviation Month

Governor Hickenlooper Declares June

“General Aviation Appreciation Month”


The Alliance for Aviation Across America today thanked Governor John Hickenlooper for declaring June 2016 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Colorado’s general aviation airports contribute $2.4 billion to the state’s economy.

“Because of Colorado’s geography, general aviation is a critical lifeline linking the state’s communities and businesses,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation and community airports support the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to Colorado’s communities.  We thank Governor Hickenlooper for this proclamation and look forward to working with him to general aviation in the future.”

According to the proclamation:
“Colorado aviation activity sustains 265,700 jobs and a payroll of nearly $12.6 billion, a significant amount of which is contributed by our 60 general aviation-only airports.”

Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interests of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Two injured in fire

By Will Bublitz

An explosion rocked the Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store on Hugo’s main street last Friday, June 10 as one of its gas pumps went up in flames.


Two people at the gas pump were injured in the explosion and fire. They were rushed to nearby Lincoln Community Hospital for treatment.

“The initial 911 call came in at 12:44 p.m.,” said Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “We then had multiple 911 calls come in about the gas pump fire.”

Firefighters, rescue crews and vehicles from the Hugo Fire & Ambulance, Limon Fire Department, Limon Ambulance and Genoa Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Before any of them arrived, Lincoln County Sheriff’s personnel as well as other county employees rushed to the Loaf ‘N Jug to provide assistance.

“They were at the annual County Employees Picnic being held outside the courthouse when we heard the explosion and the 911 calls came in,” Yowell said. “After we got there, the Public Health Office’s nurses triaged and assessed those injured at the scene. Members of the Lincoln County Detention staff assisted the State Patrol in handling traffic on Highway 40/287. The highway was closed for about 15 minutes.”

The Hugo firefighters arrived within minutes of the explosion. They were able to quickly extinguish the flames using fire-suppression foam.

“Immediately after the explosion, the Loaf ‘N Jug employees activated the emergency fuel stop to the pumps,” Yowell said. “Shortly after that, electricity was cut to both to the pumps and store. The convenience store’s employees and customers were evacuated from the building until after the fire was extinguished.”

A man and a woman from the Matheson area, who were injured in the explosion and fire, were treated and released later that same day from Lincoln Community Hospital.

A initial investigation by the Hugo Marshal’s Office believed the explosion resulted from static electric igniting gasoline fumes, but further examination has led its officers to believe there may be another cause.

“It’s still under investigation,” Chief Marshal Jesse Schier said. “I’ve contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and discussed the incident with its fire safety investigator. He suggested contacting the Colorado Division of Oil & Fire Safety to request assistance. Hopefully, one of their investigators will be here later this week.”

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!

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