Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Limon Police investigat several incidents

By Will Bublitz
Published in the November 1, 2012 edition of the Limon Leader

A car theft and an alleged attempt to abduct a child were the subjects of multiple rumors in Limon last week.

According to the Limon Police Department, a car was stolen from in front of a residence on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The keys were left in the vehicle.

“The car was recovered in Pueblo by the Pueblo Police Department on Thursday, Oct. 25,” Sgt.

Russell Lengel of the Limon Police Department said. “We have identified a suspect in the theft and are currently completing a follow-up investigation. At present, we are waiting on the completion of one more interview. Once it is completed, an arrest warrant will be forthcoming.”

Friday, October 26, 2012

I -70 Closed, no explosives.

Denver news reported earlier today that a Semi Truck that crashed on I-70 approximately 17 miles west of Limon was carrying explosives.
Jessica Hoffman. Trucks waiting for I-70 to Re-open

Upon further examination, it appears it was not explosives but a glue-type substance.
 Westbound Interstate 70 is closed, about three miles east of Agate (17 miles west of Limon), due to numerous accidents - four pileups - in the area.

Most vehicles involved are semi-trucks, and crews from Limon and Agate are working to put a fire out as well.

Due to the number of accidents, the estimated time for reopening westbound I-70 is unknown but it is expected to take several hours.

Eastbound I-70 remains open through the area.

There are two detour routes can be used during the closure for westbound traffic:

From Limon, State Highway 71 north to Last Chance, U.S. 36 west to Byers and back to I-70.


I-70 west to State Highway 86 (Exit 352 - eight miles west of Limon), Highway 86 west to Franktown and State Highway 83 (Parker Road) or continue west on Highway 86 to Castle Rock and I-25 north to the Denver area.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CDOT Patrols Ready for Upcoming Snowstorm East & South of Denver

Ice & Snow, Take it Slow!

ADAMS, ARAPAHOE, CHEYENNE, DOUGLAS, ELBERT, KIT CARSON, & LINCOLN COUNTIES – With a snowstorm ready to hit the Front Range and areas east and south of Denver, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance personnel are set to go on snow shift at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

 “All of our available resources will be operating to keep the highways safe for travel as we get a preview of upcoming attractions in the next day or so,” said CDOT Deputy Maintenance Superintendent Jeff Tatkenhorst. “Battling the winter-type weather is challenging throughout eastern Colorado since blowing snow makes driving difficult for motorists and plow drivers alike because the visibility is significantly reduced so remember, if it’s windy, please use your headlights, slow down, pass with extra caution and drive defensively.”

The Lincoln Maintenance Area, which includes most all of Elbert and Douglas counties and significant portions of Adams and Arapahoe counties, has 50 maintenance workers and 40 trucks.  A minimum of 23 trucks are operating around the clock during snowstorms.  Ten trucks, including two tankers, are used to apply de-icers and other plow trucks carry sand/salt and ice slicer to provide traction.*

Lincoln-Area crews take care of 977 lane-miles (the combined lengths of each lane on every highway in the region), which includes 150 lane miles of Interstate 25, and 215 lane miles of Interstate 70.  Other highways covered by the Lincoln Area are U.S. 36, 40, and 85, and state highways 18, 30, 79, 83, 86, and 105.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hasty Sentenced.

Our own Will Bublitz was on-hand today for the sentencing of Jackie Hasty who entered into a plea deal for her role in the March 9, 2011 shooting death of Limon Police Officer Jay Sheridan.

Earlier today, in the district court held in Hugo, Colo., Jackie Hasty was sentenced to 19 months of time served and three years parole as part of her plea with the District Attorney's office.

Details of the plea deal had been worked out by Hasty's defense and and the District Attorney's prosecutor prior to the court appearance.

The plea agreement was accepted by Judge Jeffrey Holmes.

Further details will be in the October 25, 2012 edition of the Limon Leader.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Candidate Q&A

Lincoln County voters will be electing two of the three members of the Board of County Commissioners in the November 6, 2012 election.

In the county’s District 2, two candidates – Steve Burgess and Greg King – are running for the commissioner’s seat. Dan Merewether and Doug Stone are the District 3 commissioner candidates. 

In an effort to better inform the voters, the Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman newspapers asked the four candidates to respond the following four questions:

Question 1 – Describe who you are? (List your place of birth, family, marital status, length of residency in Lincoln County, education, military service and profession. Also list your memberships in clubs, community organizations and business organizations. Provide information on any elected public office that you have previously held.)
Question 2 – Why do you want to be a commissioner and why should voters pick you? (What skills or personal/professional qualities make you the best candidate?)
Question 3 – If elected, what specific issue or issues do you want to concentrate on as a commissioner?
Question 4 – As a commissioner, what will you do to promote small business development, job growth and other economic progress in Lincoln County?
To be fair to all the candidates, they were asked to limit their responses to a total of 1,200 words. The candidates and their answers are printed below in alphabetical order by district.

Fall Festival hits Hugo!

Hugo’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival Events & Activities

Saturday October 20th Hugo will be a fun place to be.  The annual Fall Festival will be in the Railroad Park on Main Street across from the business block in Hugo.  The festival activities will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. 

There will be games, activities, food, performances, contests and many more things for all ages.  Here is a list of some of the things happening.

Delicious fall food offerings will be available in the park starting at 9:30 a.m.  The Hugo Lions Club will serve an all you can eat pancake, sausage and juice brunch that will warm you up and get you ready for the busy day.  To enjoy this delicious pancake feast the prices are $6 for adults, $3 for kids 12-4 years old and kids 3 and under are free.  Amy Seymour will have a lunch booth offering hotdogs, chili dogs and chili cheese Frito's.  The boy scouts will have a yummy table with homemade caramel apples.

For a little competition while satisfying your sweet tooth the Pirate Pom cheerleaders will have a cake walk.  The Pirate Pom cheerleaders will also perform a dance at 1 p.m. in the railroad park.
HIP is sponsoring several free activities and games throughout the festival.  Hannigan Farms in Swink, Colorado donated 50 pumpkins for pumpkin painting and decorating from 10 a.m.-Noon. 

HIP will provide the decorating supplies and brushes.  During that time and in the same location you can also color a coloring contest paper for the coloring contest sponsored by Osborne’s Supermarket.  At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. there will be a costume parade, costumes will be judged and prizes given.  Everyone wearing a costume will receive a treat.  The costume contest is for all ages.  From 1-3 p.m. Bingo will be available for all ages with sweet prizes!!  At 2:30 p.m. we will have a fun game of dognut bobbing.  You won’t want to miss seeing this fun and delicious game.      

To get everyone in the fall spirit there will be a scarecrow decorating contest.  The week of October 15-19 businesses will have scarecrows displayed at their businesses and they will be judged.  On
October 20th individuals can enter a scarecrow and win prizes.  The winning scarecrows will also be displayed in and outside of businesses along Main Street.  To enter please fill out a registration form prior to October 18th and return it to ETC.  Individual scarecrows need to be brought to the railroad park at 10 a.m. so they can be displayed.

To encourage local shopping and to support our local businesses there will be a game of local shopping bingo.  You can pick up your bingo card at Osborne’s or ETC and return the forms to the railroad park at 1:30 p.m.  We will then draw for some great prizes donated by the local businesses.  Prizes include gift certificates to our local businesses in amounts ranging from $20-$5.  Shop local, dine local, and have fun locally.  This should make the week before the festival fun as well!!

Throughout the day several vendors and booths will be set up in the park.  Most tables will have trick or treat candy for those in costume, some will have games for you to play and others will have face painting available.  It will be a great day to start your holiday shopping.

Several groups from the school will have fundraisers in the park as well.  The senior class will have a football toss game and have signup sheets for butter braid sells, the newly formed G-H Speech Team will have a table with treats, and the FFA kids will have a bake sale and other items for sale.  Please come support your G-H Pirates!

Many other fun things will pop up throughout the day.  Everything from clowns to fortune tellers will be in the park.  Please come and participate in this fun day! If there is cold or wet weather then all activities will be moved to the depot. 

Happy Fall from Hugo’s businesses, community groups and individuals!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sgt. Lengel graduates from FBI Academy

By Will Bublitz

Sgt. Russell Lengel of the Limon Police Department has returned to work after graduating last month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Lengel attended the FBI National Academy from July 15 through September 21. The 10-week course is specially designed for law enforcement officers to further enhance their knowledge in advanced investigative and management skills.

“The NA (National Academy) provides advanced training for law enforcement officers worldwide,” Lengel said. “Going through its training was a great experience. It absolutely improved me as a law enforcement officer.”

Four of these 10-week “Sessions” for law enforcement officers are held annually at FBI National Academy. Lengel was a member of its 250th Session that began with 272 officers from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 24 foreign countries, three military organizations and four federal civilian organizations.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hasty enters guilty plea

The woman charged for her role in the shooting death of Limon police officer Jay Sheridan plead guilty to a class 4 felony of reckless manslaughter.

Court Photo
Hasty faced felony manslaughter charges for her alleged failure on March 9, 2011, to warn officers that her common-law husband, Dennis Hasty, was armed and hiding in a bedroom when officers arrived to arrest him at the couple’s Limon trailer home.

The incident ended in the shooting death of a six-year veteran of the Limon Police Department, Jay Sheridan.

Jackie Hasty entered the plea this morning, October 12, 2012 in a deal with prosecutors.

Complete coverage of the plea deal will be in this week's Limon Leader.

Debate Suprs Debate

Conversations continue about the Vice Presidential Debate from last night, October 11.

Pundits and news commontators will continue to hash this issue until another headline makes it's way to the top of the story list for the day.

But did you watch the debate? Do you care? Does the VP debate have any influence on who you will vote for in November?

What do you think? Does the VP Debate help you decide which party has ideas that more closely match yours?

VP Debate

Watch the 9 News Coverage with Ryan Frazier and Andrew Romanoff for a debate wrap up.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Disaster Assistance Sign-up

USDA Announces Disaster Assistance Sign-up for 2011 Crop Losses

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Trudy Kareus today announced that producers can enroll in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program for 2011 crop year losses beginning Oct. 22, 2012. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.

“Eligible producers who experienced a 2011 crop loss can contact their local County FSA office to learn more about the SURE program,” said SED Kareus. “All eligible farmers and ranchers must sign up for 2011 SURE benefits before the June 7, 2013 deadline," she said.

To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer's operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster for 2011 and have at least a 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance. Producers with agricultural operations located outside a disaster county are eligible for SURE benefits if they had a production loss greater or equal to 50 percent of the normal production on the farm.

In Colorado, 23 counties received a primary Secretarial Disaster Designation and 26 counties received a contiguous Secretarial Disaster Designation during 2011. This means that 49 counties in Colorado can apply for SURE benefits as long as all other eligibility requirements are met.

To meet program eligibility requirements, producers must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance for all insurable crops through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and obtained Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on non-insurable crops, if available, from FSA. Eligible farmers and ranchers who meet the definition of a socially disadvantaged, limited resource or beginning farmer or rancher do not have to meet this requirement. Forage crops intended for grazing are not eligible for SURE benefits.

For more information on SURE program eligibility requirements contact your local FSA office  or visit the website at

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pirate Homecoming Results!

2012 Genoa-Hugo Homecoming Royalty:

Keith Schafer / Eastern Colorado Plainsman
2nd grade attendants:    Evan Mayo, Isabella Hernandez, Jadi Lockhart
Freshmen:          Kaeli Humphrey            Cody Hurtado
Sophomores:        Rebecca Kraxberger        Bryson Tucker
Juniors:            Hannah Clark            Josiah Higgins
Senior Attendants:    Haili Powers            Zach Bray       
Homecoming King:    Jacob Piper
Homecoming Queen:    Kristen Shelton

Winners, 2012 Genoa-Hugo Homecoming Parade:
Primary:             1st place:         1st grade
                           2nd place/TIE:          Preschool & Kindergarten
                           3rd place:        2nd grade

Elementary:        1st place:        5th grade
                            2nd place:        4th grade
Bicycles, 3rd grade:
                            1st place:        Colby Simmons
                            2nd place:        Glorya Carr
                            3rd place:        Kaitlyn Boger

Middle School    1st place:        8th grade
                            2nd place:        7th grade
                            3rd place:        6th grade

High School:        1st place:        Seniors
                             2nd place:        Freshmen
                             3rd place:        Sophomores
                             4th place:        Juniors

Honored Classes:  1st place:        Class of ‘62
                              2nd place:        Class of ‘87
                              3rd place:        Class of ‘52
                              4th place:        Class of ‘42
                              5th place/TIE:        Classes of ’82 & ‘92
Alumni:                 Class of ‘59

Miscellaneous:     1st place:        Lincoln Community Hospital & Nursing Home
                             2nd place:        Jet Bailey & Branding Iron Ca-Faye
                             3rd place:        Genoa-Hugo FFA
                             4th place:        Click-it or Ticket Crash Test Dummies
THANK YOU to all who participated including the Lincoln County Fair Royalty, the Hugo Fire Dept. and the judges.  Go Pirates!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Homecoming Football

Badgers Stomp Meloneers for Alumni

In a 42-8 Victory over the Rocky Ford Meloneers, the Limon Badgers make alumni proud.

The Limon Badgers scored on the first play of their first possession and didn't stop there! Ending in a 42-8 final score, with a running clock in the second half, the Badgers dominated on the gridiron.

Some VERY cold ladies brave the snow showers and 34 degree temperatures to receive their crowns and recognition as the 2012 Badger Royalty!
Thanks to our dedicated photographers, we will have complete coverage of the Badger Homecoming in this week's Limon Leader!

The sound that never gets old!

Homecoming Parade

The weather for the 2012 Homecoming parade provided plenty of conversation as people compared ways to stay warm.

Alumni and spectators lined E. Ave in Limon on Saturday morning to take in the parade which began at 10 a.m.

The King and Queen Chandler Dohe and Ashley O'Dwyer, along with the rest of the royalty cruised in style in convertibles through the parade rout.

The High School band played several selections including one from Earth Wind and Fire. They provided great music and marched with stunning precision as they completed their performances.

We will have scores from the football game later this afternoon, and the complete stories in Thursday's Limon Leader. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

2012 Limon Homecoming Schedule of events

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Did you miss the Softball game? Watch it online HERE.

Friday, Oct. 5

The Lady Badgers Volleyball vs Simla Cubs  at 4:30 p.m. In the Christenson-Newsom Activities Building.
The Bonfire will begin at dusk north of Gaskill Field on G Ave. After the Snake Dance arrives from the school.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Plains Medical Center is serving an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and drink breakfast from 7:30 - 10 a.m. On the corner of E ave and Main. Adults $4 Children and Seniors $3 Children under 5 eat for free!
lineup at 9 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. And will travel down E Ave.
11:30 a.m. To 1:30 p.m. Pulled beef sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, drinks and dessert will be served in front of the high school. Tickets are available for $7 Adults and $5 Children 12 and under
The Badgers take on the Rocky Ford Meloneers at 2 p.m. At Gaskill Field.

High Plains Media will provide live video broadcasts of many of the Limon Homecoming events this week.
Friday, Ryan Kaufman will provide play-by-play of the volleyball match against Simla at 6pm.
On Saturday, Ryan Kaufman and Tim Andersen will provide coverage of the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m.
Saturday morning. The weekend culminates with Tim Andersen and Rich Yarian calling the football game against Rocky Ford at 2 p.m. On Saturday afternoon.
To watch all of this week’s broadcasts and to order special DVD copies of the events, log on to

Welcome home alumni, have a fun-filled and safe weekend!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Farm Safety For Just Kids

Photos from the Farm Safety for Just Kids held on September 26, 2012 in Hugo at the Fairgrounds.

Vilsack Comments on Farm Bill

Statement of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Expiration of Authority for 2008 Farm Bill Programs

 WASHINGTON, October 1, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the expiration of authority for 2008 Farm Bill Programs:
"Many programs and policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture were authorized under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 ("2008 Farm Bill") through September 30, 2012. These include a great number of critical programs impacting millions of Americans, including programs for farm commodity and price support, conservation, research, nutrition, food safety, and agricultural trade. As of today, USDA's authority or funding to deliver many of these programs has expired, leaving USDA with far fewer tools to help strengthen American agriculture and grow a rural economy that supports 1 in 12 American jobs. Authority and funding for additional programs is set to expire in the coming months. Without action by the House of Representatives on a multi-year Food, Farm and Jobs bill, rural communities are today being asked to shoulder additional burdens and additional uncertainty in a tough time. As we continue to urge Congress to give USDA more tools to grow the rural economy, USDA will work hard to keep producers and farm families informed regarding those programs which are no longer available to them."

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mile High Bank to remain open

Mile High Banks Announces Agreement to Raise Up to $90 Million in Additional Capital

New Owners to Recapitalize Bank, Meet Regulatory Requirements and Resume Lending to Customers

LONGMONT, COLORADO – September 27, 2012 – Mile High Banks, today, announced an agreement under which it is to be simultaneously sold and recapitalized with up to $90 million in new capital, positioning the Bank to meet the capital requirements set by its banking regulators and to resume making loans to customers in Colorado.

Under the agreement, all of the Bank’s stock is to be purchased by Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated (“SGB”), a bank holding company with banking locations in Texas and New Mexico. The agreement calls for a purchase price of $5.5 million, subject to a court-ordered competitive bidding process, in addition to the infusion of up to $90 million in new capital into the Bank.

“This transaction is the most effective way to recapitalize and position the Bank to meet its regulatory requirements and have the capital it will need in order to grow and resume making loans to its community – all without financial assistance from the government or taxpayers,” said Dan Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Bank and Big Sandy Holding Company.  “For more than two years, the Bank has been hampered in its efforts to make new loans because of our low capital levels, but the recapitalization will position the Bank to resume lending to customers and to once again compete strongly for banking business in the Front Range and Eastern Plains communities in Colorado.”

The Bank’s current owner, Big Sandy Holding Company (“Holding Company”), will ask for court approval to sell the Bank’s common stock to SGB, with SGB simultaneously investing the additional capital in the Bank. This process will be conducted under the supervision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado ("Court") following a voluntary Chapter 11 filing by the Holding Company. As part of the process, other qualified bidders will be given the opportunity to submit competing bids for the Bank stock being sold, and any qualified bidder would also be required to recapitalize the Bank to an appropriate level and demonstrate the ability to promptly receive the required regulatory approvals.

Mile High Banks will continue to operate as before, without interruption, as the Holding Company’s filing will not include the Bank. The Bank operates separately and independently from the Holding Company.

"Mile High Banks will continue to offer the same protections to its depositors as before, and customers will continue to have full access to their accounts throughout this recapitalization process," said Allen. “Our offices will remain open as usual. Our customers can rest assured that their deposits continue to be insured to FDIC limits.”

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor to the Bank, and Ernie Panasci with Jones & Keller P.C. served as legal counsel to the Bank and special regulatory counsel to the Holding Company. 

About Mile High Banks:

Mile High Banks is a Colorado chartered commercial bank whose principal office is located in Longmont, Colorado, and it has 13 banking locations located along the Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado including the branch in Limon.