Thursday, December 19, 2013

South Limon still inaccessable.

The Lincoln County Sheriff is reporting that the road closure at South Highway 71, that was originally planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will continue for another 3 hours.

The road will not be open to travelers until 6 p.m.

For those of you trying to get home, the alternate route is HWY 287 toward Hugo.
Turn right on C.R. 26 and continue south to Road 2-W
Turn right onto Road 2W and continue West to HWY 71.
Turn right on HWY 71 back into Limon.

Monday, November 25, 2013

NAP Deadline Dec. 2

USDA Reminds Producers of December 2 Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable Crops

  (Denver, Colorado)– November 22, 2013 — USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Leland Swenson, reminds producers that they have until December 2, 2013, to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for Alfalfa, Clover, Grass, Honey, Mixed Forage, Mustard and Vetch. The sales closing date is actually December 1, 2013, but producers have until Monday, December 2, 2013, to purchase coverage this year because December 1 falls on a weekend.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.
  "Purchasing a crop insurance policy is an easy way for producers to mitigate risk," said SED Swenson. "The past few years have shown that natural disasters can severely impact an otherwise successful operation," he said.
In order to meet eligibility requirements for NAP, crops must be noninsurable, commercially-produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available. If the Risk Management Agency (RMA) offers coverage for a crop in the county, then NAP coverage is not available for that crop.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

D.O.C. Training in Limon

D.O.C. Exercises

The Limon Correctional Facility Tracking Team will be conducting monthly training on November 20, 2013 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. This training will consist of urban tracking techniques. The team will be conducting this training around and within the city limits of the town of Limon.

Local law enforcement agencies have been made aware of this training.

Staff members participating in this training will be identifiable by their training uniform dress consisting of brown camouflage ACU’s with departmental patches. There will also be two staff, dressed in the same uniform, running ahead of the team serving as the “escapees.”

If you have any question or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to contact Lt. Thomas Kerstiens, Emergency Management Coordinator, at one of the following extensions: email:, work: 719-775-7645 or cell: 719-740-1236

CHSAA Charges for football

The Limon Badgers will face off against the Centauri Falcons on Saturday at 1 p.m.


CHSAA and Playon Sports are only going to allow one broadcast of the game, so and will be doing a joint broadcast. Rion Eagan from SLS and Timothy S. Andersen Andersen will be doing the play by play. 
The link will be
This is a Pay Per View event and  it will cost you.  The payment does allow you to watch all games, not just the Limon game.
Prices are:
Day Pass - $9.95
Monthly Pass - $14.95
Season Pass - $49.95

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lincoln County Election Results

2013 Lincoln County Election Results

Limon School District RE-4J
School Board Director- Four Year Term

***Final results cannot be reported until official canvas of the election is completed after November 13***

Troy Jaklich 428
Wendy A. Pottorff 354
Craig Austin Bailey 546
Jarred Masterson 164
Wendy Dunaway 352
Cindy Tacha 147
Carrie West 322

Ballot Issue 3A:
Matching Money General Obligation Bond    Yes 663 /No  207

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

USDA Issues CRP Payments

USDA Issues Conservation Reserve Program Rental Payments,

Direct Payments and ACRE Payments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants across the country. USDA also will distribute 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments beginning Oct. 24.  Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in Federal funding.

“Farmers, ranchers and rural landowners across the country count on USDA programs and the payment delays due to the shutdown were an unnecessary burden,” Vilsack said. “USDA has prioritized making these scheduled payments without any further delay and Farm Service Agency staff have worked hard to get this assistance out the door as quickly as possible.”
Producers will receive payments on almost 700,000 CRP contracts on 390,000 farms covering 26.8 million acres. In exchange for a yearly rental payment provided by USDA on contracts ranging from 10 to 15 years, farmers and ranchers enrolled in CRP agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant grasses or trees that will improve water quality and improve waterfowl and wildlife habitat.  CRP reduced runoff and leaching of nitrogen and phosphorus into waterways by an estimated 605 million pounds and 121 million pounds, respectively, in 2012, and soil erosion reductions totaling 308 million tons in 2012.

Direct payments for 2013 for the DCP and ACRE programs are being made to the more than 1.7 million farms enrolled in the Farm Service Agency’s programs. Producers with base acres of certain commodities are eligible for DCP payments.  ACRE payments for 2012-crop barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans, and wheat are scheduled to be released beginning Oct. 24 and contingent upon national average market prices and yields in each state.  ACRE payments for upland cotton are scheduled to be made in early November, after the 2012/13 average market year price is published in the Agricultural Prices publication scheduled to be released on October 31.  ACRE payments are scheduled to be made for large chickpeas, small chickpeas, canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sesame, and sunflowers are scheduled to be made in early December, after the 2012/13 average market year price is published in the Agricultural Prices publication scheduled to be released on November 27.  ACRE payments for long grain and medium and short grain rice are scheduled to be made in early February 2014 after the final 2012/13 average market year price is published in the Agricultural Prices publication scheduled to be released on January 31, 2014.

The 2008 Farm Bill, extended by the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012, provides authority to enroll land in DCP, ACRE and CRP through Sept. 30, 2013, however, no legislation has been enacted to reauthorize or extend this authority.  Effective Oct. 1, 2013, FSA does not have legislative authority to approve or process applications for these programs.

For more information on CRP, DCP and ACRE, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA's website at

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lincoln County applies for disaster funds

By Will Bublitz

At their Tuesday, Oct.8 meeting, the Lincoln County Commissioners received a report about the damage in the county from the huge storm that devastated portions of Colorado's Front Range in mid-September.

John DeWitt, the county's Emergency Manager, told the commissioners that two bridges were destroyed on County Road 43 south of Road S. The two bridges, located about a quarter mile apart on CR 43, were swept away by a flash flood on September 12.

"Each of the bridges consisted on three six-foot-wide metal culvert pipes covered with a concrete rip-rap with a dirt overlay," DeWitt said. "They were completely destroyed. Some residents east of there reported rain measurements of 9 to 10-plus inches during the day the bridges were destroyed." 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Obamacare OpEd

What ObamaCare means for rural Coloradans

By Mark Hillman

Whether by design or coincidence, rural residents can expect to take it in the pocketbook as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) takes effect over the next 15 months.

Insurance exchanges, for those wanting to buy insurance, open on October 1 of this year.  In 2014, everyone is required to buy “qualified” insurance coverage or pay a penalty to the IRS.

However, the new law’s impact on for people in rural areas isn’t the same as for those in urban areas.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, rural residents are more likely to purchase their own coverage through the individual market or to be covered by employers with less than 50 employees.

Individuals under 35 are now experiencing premium increases of 40% and higher.  Others are finding that insurance plans they’ve used for years are being discontinued because politicians and bureaucrats have deemed them inadequate.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pirate Homecoming '13

Genoa-Hugo School Homecoming, September 20 and 21, 2013

Following School Spirit Week, which featured, among other things, Pajama Day and Twin Day, the Genoa-Hugo Homecoming will be celebrated on Friday by building floats. High School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check in for attendance before going to the float sites. Royalty practice will be at 1 p.m. with the 2nd grade attendants. Middle School, class as usual in the morning; float building in the afternoon. At 8 p.m., the Bonfire and Pep Rally will take place at the track. At this time, the King and Queen will be announced.
On Saturday, Parade Line-up is at 9 a.m. At 9:30, parade float judging will occur. The year’s theme is “TV Shows.” The Genoa-Hugo Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Pictures of the Homecoming royalty will follow the parade at the Lincoln Manor. Groundbreaking for the new school will also follow the parade, on the south side of the school. The Booster Club Lunch will be served in the school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At 12:50 p.m., the Homecoming royalty will be presented, and the King and Queen will be crowned. At 1 p.m., the Pirates will face off against the Bethune Bobcats. At 6:30 p.m. the Alumni Banquet will take place in the school cafeteria. From 9 p.m. to midnight, the High School Student Dance will take place in the school cafeteria.

Voting has already taken place and the following will take their place in the 2013 Genoa-Hugo Homecoming Court. The 2nd Grade attendants are Caryn Hale and Trey Smith. Freshmen royalty are Samantha Herbert and Brandon Ravenkamp; Sophomore royalty are Taryn Book and Joseph Stephen, Junior royalty are Destiny Matthews and Bryson Herbert and Senior Royalty are Cindy Chambers, Cora Ravenkamp, Vincent Ayala and Matthew Dempsey.

Badger Homecoming '13

Limon’s 68th Annual Homecoming September 19, 20, & 21, 2013

The officers of the Limon Alumni Association would like to invite all of the visiting alumni back to their hometown of Limon for the 2013 Limon Homecoming Festivities!  Come renew old friendships and see your hometown.  The Limon Heritage Museum will be opening after the parade and will stay open through the afternoon, so be sure to visit.

To kick off the activities, on Thursday, Sept. 19, the Lady Badger Softball Team will be playing the Yuma Indians at 4:30 p.m. at the Limon Softball fields south of town on Hwy. 71, south of the golf course. The next day, Friday, Sept. 20, the Lady Badger Volleyball Team will be playing the Deer Trail Eagles at 5 p.m. in the Christenson/Newsom Activities Building. That night, the traditional Limon Homecoming Bon Fire will start around dusk, north of Gaskill Field on G Avenue when the snake dance arrives from the school.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Plains Medical Center will be serving a pancake breakfast prior to the parade at the corner of E Avenue and Main Street from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 10 a.m., will start at the school and proceed down E Avenue to the Limon downtown. There will be a community barbecue and lunch following the parade, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pulled-beef sandwiches (with sauces), baked beans, coleslaw, dessert, and cold drinks will be served. This is a great time for visiting with old friends as well as to tour the school campus to see what has changed since your last visit.  Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. No advance purchase is necessary. The Homecoming Football game will take place at 2 p.m. at Gaskill Field, where the Limon Badgers will take on the Burlington Cougars. Homecoming Royalty will be crowned at half time and parade judging will be announced.

We hope every honored class will have an entry in the Homecoming Parade.  The theme will be: “Music Through the Times”. Entries need to line up at the school by 9 a.m. for judging. Honored Classes this year are 1928, ’33, ’38, ’43 ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, 2003, ‘08, and ’13. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New CEO for LCH

Lincoln Community Hospital appoints new CEO

By Will Bublitz

A new Chief Executive Officer/Administrator was appointed for Lincoln Community Hospital and Nursing Home during the Board of Directors meeting held last Thursday, Aug. 29.

Monika Wilkins, the former Director of Nursing, received the board’s unanimous endorsement as the hospital’s new CEO/Administrator.

“We have the utmost confidence in Monika,” Board President Keith James said. “She has been in training for this position, and has already assumed the duties of this job.”
“I will do my best,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins is filling the vacancy left by the death of Herman Schreivogel, who had been the hospital’s CEO/Administrator for the past 18 years. He died on August 16.

Wilkins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position after working at LCH for the past 15 years. In 1998, she began as a Licensed Practical Nurse in its Medical Records Department before moving to the Nursing Department in 2000. She became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2005 and was promoted to the Hospital Director of Nursing position in 2009. She also became the Nursing Home Director of Nursing in 2011. Last year, she was awarded the Nightingale Luminary Award for Leadership, one of the top honors for nursing.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Senator Bennet

Senator Bennet discusses Ag in Lincoln County

By Will Bublitz

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet made a stop in Limon to discuss agricultural exports and their impact on the state’s rural economy last Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Bennett met with local officials and agricultural business leaders for an hour at the office of Parker Ag Services, LLC on Highway 71. The meeting was one of a series of roundtables that he is co-hosting throughout the state as a part of a workshop series entitled: "Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace.”

For the most part, Bennet listened and asked questions as the local leaders talked about their specific areas of interest concerning agricultural exports.

Steve Beedy, Director of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee and a Genoa resident, spoke about the importance of exports to the state’s wheat producers, He said the state currently exports about 80 percent of their crop to foreign nations with China and Nigeria among their biggest customers.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Colorado Leadership September 2013

Due to several requests, the following is a list of Colorado leadership and their contact information. 

State Senate District 1
Brophy, Greg

State House District 64
Dore, Timothy

In Washington D.C.: (Lincoln County is in House Dist. 4)

Senator Mark Udall (D- CO)

Senator Michael Bennet (D- CO)

Representative Diana DeGette (D - 01)
202-225-5657 …

Representative Jared Polis (D - 02)

Representative Scott R. Tipton (R - 03)

Representative Cory Gardner (R - 04)

Representative Doug Lamborn (R - 05)

Representative Mike Coffman (R - 06)
202-226-4623 …

Representative Ed Perlmutter (D - 07)
202-225-5278 …

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Benefit dinner


There will be a benefit dinner for the Deegan Family on Friday, Sept. 6 at Gaskill Field in Limon from 5-7 p.m. before the game. 


Hamburger, chips, watermelon, and a drink for $5. All proceeds will go to help the Deegan Family.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

4-H Thank You

Don't forget that in order for your 4-H Buyer thank you ads to run in the results issue of the newspapers, they must be in our office by Monday, August 26 at 5 p.m.

Monday, August 5, 2013

School Video

Proposed Bond Issue could lead to brand new school!

These videos are illustrations of the proposed rebuild to the Limon School.

This project is primarily funded by the BEST Grant, but the school district needs to pass a bond issue to match part of the money in order to receive the grant funds.

These are also available, along with more information at the school’s web page:

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Flood waters make it to Limon

In a powerful storm that brought rain, hail and strong winds to most of Eastern Colorado, the Limon area lucked out and avoided the hail and tornado activity.

With up to five inches of rain falling in areas north and west of town, the Big Sandy is running for the first time this year.

Some significant road damage occurred on Highway 86, just west of Limon.

Areas of flooding washed out bridge supports and in one spot, lifted a small portion of a bridge deck.

CDOT Crews worked through the day on Sunday ensuring public safety and making repairs where necessary.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rosler enters plea

Rosler pleas guilty

By Will Bublitz

 At the Lincoln County Courthouse in Hugo last Friday, July 26, a Limon nurse pleaded guilty to a felony charge that she stole from one of her patients.

Manacled and wearing an orange Lincoln County Jail jumpsuit, Dallas Rosler entered a guilty plea to one count of Theft from an At-Risk Adult, a Class 3 felony. In addition, the 37-year-old Licensed Practical Nurse admitted to violating probation on a 2012 deferred judgment on a guilty plea to an earlier case of stealing from a patient in her care.

After accepting the guilty plea, Judge Jeffrey K. Holmes of the 18th Judicial District Court ordered Rosler to appear back in the courtroom on September 20 for sentencing.

Monday, July 22, 2013

CRP signup

USDA Announces Results for 45th Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-Up
Offers Received for 1.9 Million Acres

AMES, IOWA, July 22, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept 1.7 million acres offered under the 45th  Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The Department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, demonstrating CRP’s continuing appeal as one of our nation’s most successful voluntary programs for soil, water, and wildlife conservation. Under Vilsack’s leadership, USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Emergency Haying and Grazing

USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying and Grazing of CRP Acres for Multiple Counties in Colorado
USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Leland Swenson today announced that Las Animas, Huerfano, Adams, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Kiowa, La Plata, Archuleta, Lincoln, Logan, Dolores, Montezuma, San Miguel, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma, Prowers, Kit Carson. Phillips and Moffat Counties are authorized for emergency grazing and haying use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year (FY) 2013.  According to SED Swenson, there may be additional counties added to this list in the coming days as they are reviewed and approved. The CRP emergency grazing authorization for FY 2013 is effective on July 16th.  The last day to hay CRP will be August 31 and graze CRP acres is September 30, 2013.

In addition, it has been announced that Elbert County is authorized for emergency grazing only, affective on July 16, 2013 through September 30, 2013.
Eligible producers who are interested in grazing or haying CRP under the emergency authorization and current CRP participants who choose to provide land for grazing to an eligible livestock producer must first request approval through their local FSA office to graze or hay eligible acreage and obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to include grazing and haying requirements.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

4th in Hugo

Plenty to do in Hugo on the 4th of July! 

Thursday, July 4th will be a busy day in Hugo with plenty of events planned for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

2012 Boat Races were fun, what will happen in 2013?

The town’s Fourth of July events will be held at Hines (Depot) Park and the Hugo Municipal Swimming Pool during the day. It will conclude with fireworks at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
Hugo Improvement Partnership (HIP) is helping coordinate the events with cooperation from several other groups and businesses in Hugo. HIP will have a snow cone booth on the grass east of the swimming pool during the cardboard boat race. Anyone wearing red, white and blue will receive a free snow cone.

The Hugo Municipal Swimming Pool will be open and free of charge for all ages from noon.-1:30 p.m. The pool will reopen after the cardboard boat race with free swimming approximately from 3-6 p.m. Games, clowns and other activities will be held throughout the afternoon right next to the pool in Hines Park. Vendors are welcome to set up in the park. Vendors can contact Jenny Nall at (719) 740-0792.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ranch Rodeo Comes to Lincoln County

Pick up your copy of this week's Limon Leader or Eastern Colorado Plainsman! 

Coupon not valid when printed from Internet. Only original News Paper coupons will be accepted at the gate.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Fraud Alert!

Consumer Fraud Alert: Fraudulent Medicare Callers Are Robbing Bank Accounts

According to the Denver DA, there has been a rash of phone calls from solicitors claiming to be from the “Senior Medicare Card Office” who are manipulating Medicare beneficiaries into revealing their bank account numbers. Once they have obtained this information, the solicitor then goes on to steal money from the beneficiary’s bank account.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Local Ag Products

Ag Commissioner gives opinion about local Ag.

Colorado Department of Agriculture
John Salazar, Commissioner

As tuffs of green begin to peek through the brown, dry land, spring’s warm weather brings hope of calves running through the fields and fresh fruits and vegetables growing abundant. Colorado farmers and ranchers are often overlooked for the vital role they play in all our lives and spring time is the perfect time to honor them for their contribution to our way of life.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. In the 1960s, each American farmer and rancher fed approximately 25 people.  Today, thanks to technology and greater efficiency, that number has soared to over 150 people. As the world population grows, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Prison Meeting

Locals gather to discuss the potential closure of LCF

By Will Bublitz

Which one of Colorado’s prisons will fall under the state’s budgeting-cutting ax and be closed down has not yet been determined.
That was the message of Monday’s meeting on future Colorado prison closures held at the Limon School cafeteria. About 35 local residents attended the meeting.
“No decision has been made yet,” Reeves Brown,  Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), said. He explained the final recommendations will be made by the end of this summer.

The state’s decision on prison closures is vital to the local community because the Limon Correctional Facility has been an important part of the area’s economy since it opened in 1991.
Monday’s community meeting was sponsored by DOLA, Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), as well as the Governor's Offices of Economic Development & International Trade and State Planning & Budgeting. It was part of a five-day tour by those government agencies of the rural communities where the state’s prisons are located.
PRISONS TO BE CLOSED – Reeves Brown, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, discussed the ongoing “Prison Utilization Study” which will determine which of the state’s prisons will be closed. About 35 local residents attended Monday’s community meeting at the Limon Public School.

“We wanted to engage every one of these communities,” Brown said. “We want to let them know where we are going.”

Hedlund House Museum

Lincoln County’s Hedlund House Museum Welcomes Visitors

The Hedlund House Museum, located at 617 3rd Ave. in Hugo, is open for business through Labor Day.

The house was built in 1877 by William A. Hill, who was a Civil War veteran from New Hampshire. Hill was the first storekeeper in Hugo and filed his homestead claim in 1875. He also platted the future town of Hugo.

Regular hours for operation are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Three new displays grace the exhibit this season: Lincoln County’s Cemeteries, Lincoln County Baseball and Lincoln County’s Schools.

There are other great items on display as well. Admission is free. Anyone interested in a group tour or a visit on a weekday, may call Terry Blevins at 740-0106 to make an appointment.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pot Luck in the Park

Public Meeting

Public meeting to discuss potential closing of LCF

 The question of whether the Limon Correctional Facility will remain open will be discussed at a community meeting to be held next Monday, June 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Limon High School’s cafeteria.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Colorado Departments of Local Affairs and Corrections and the Governor's Offices of Economic Development & International Trade and State Planning & Budgeting. Its stated purpose is to  discuss the State of Colorado's plan to “appropriately utilizing state prisons and assisting communities which may be adversely impacted by potential prison closures in the future.”

Because of a variety of factors, Colorado's prison population has been declining in recent years. This has created an excess number of prison beds.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hickenlooper costing rural Colorado!

Hickenlooper Signs Measure to Raise Utility Rates on Rural Colorado

Denver- Today Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 252, a measure that increases utility rates on working families across the state by mandating that customer-owned rural cooperatives and utilities increase their renewable energy standard when they can least afford it.

Senate Republicans expressed outrage at what they view as another assault on rural Colorado. Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, said, “Senate President John Morse initiated the urban attack on rural Colorado when he sponsored SB 13-252. With his signature, Governor Hickenlooper joins Morse in perhaps the largest unfunded government mandate in Colorado history.”
He went on to say, “In addition to disregarding the bipartisan opposition to this legislation, the Governor is ignoring the common interests of Coloradans in favor of special interests of extremists. Colorado families, businesses owners, farmers and ranchers will now be on the hook for billions of dollars in increased utility rates. Additionally, all government entities -- municipalities, school districts, fire departments -- will now face unnecessary rate increases.”

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local nurse heads back to jail

By Will Bublitz

A Limon nurse is back in trouble with the law after being arrested for allegedly stealing from a patient in her care.

Dallas Rosler, a Licensed Practical Nurse, was arrested May 7 by the Limon Police Department. The 37-year-old Limon resident has been charged with one count of Theft from an At-Risk Adult, a Class 3 felony; one count of Identity Theft, a Class 4 felony; one count of Theft, a Class 4 felony; and one count of Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device, a Class 5 felony.

Graduation Correction

We need to set the record strait!

In this week's edition of the Eastern Colorado Plainsman, we labeled Clay Patton as Valedictorian of the Pirate Class of 2013.

As we listed in our Graduation Issue last week, Jacob Piper is the Valedictorian and Clay is the Salutatorian.

We congratulate both graduates for a job very well done and apologize for the error.

Jacob Piper, Valedictorian
Clay Patton, Salutatorian

Thursday, May 9, 2013

USDA Announces Farm Payments Scheduled to Resume

MILC, SURE, and NAP will restart on May 8

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, are scheduled to resume today, May 8. This includes payments for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).

“I’m pleased to announce that farmers and ranchers can expect to begin receiving their payments beginning today, May 8,” said Garcia. “We appreciate the producers’ patience during the delay.  We’re working diligently to get these payments out as quickly as possible.”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ready for Bye Bye!

Cast and crew have been putting in countless hours and plenty of late nights in preparation for this weekend's dual performances of Bye Bye Birdie.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

Be sure to catch one, if not both!

Noisy, but legal

Wind towers: Noisy, but not illegal

See our first story on this issue HERE

By Will Bublitz

While the hundreds of wind turbine towers planted across northern Lincoln County may grate upon the nerves of some local residents, the sound generated by them does not exceed the state- or county-mandated levels.

That was the conclusion of an acoustics, noise and sound engineer hired by the Lincoln County Commissioners. Jeff Kwolkoski, president of Wave Engineering of Littleton, presented his 12-page report accompanied with photos and acoustic graphs to the board at its Thursday, April 18 meeting.
“There was no case where the noise level generated by the turbine was louder than your regulation,” Kwolkoski said.

Kwolkoski’s study was prompted after the commissioners heard complaints in January from landowner Gary Withington whose family home on Highway 109 is near the Limon I and II wind farms owned by the NextEra Energy Resources. He told them the noise from the tower nearest his home was  unbearable to his family and had to exceed the 60-decibel limit set by the county’s regulations for noise levels.

The Lincoln County Zoning Resolution, dated April 18, 2002, states that commercial or light industrial activity is permitted so long as “the volume of sound generated does not exceed 60 decibels at the boundary line of the property.” This  60-decibel limit for the county regulation is identical to the State of Colorado’s regulation.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Libertarian Party: Kill CISPA and repeal Patriot Act, NDAA

Republican and Democratic politicians are once again attacking Internet freedom and Americans’ privacy rights. This time, it's the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

CISPA makes a mockery of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CISPA “would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government.”

While news media was focused on the dramatic events of last week, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly approved CISPA, with a vote of 288 to 127.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

MVEA Also opposes SB-252

The Colorado Legislative Leadership has introduced a bill that will prove to be detrimental to Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) and costly to the MVEA membership. SB 13-252 was introduced in the General Assembly with requirements for MVEA and our wholesale power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission (Tri-State), to increase the amount of renewable energy sources from the current requirement of 10 percent to 25 percent in six and one-half years.

This bill more than doubles the existing mandate in less than HALF the time that was allowed under the existing law. This measure will cost rural Coloradoans billions of dollars to comply. You can read SB 13-252 on the Colorado Legislative website by visiting

KC Electric Opposes SB 252

All Hands on Deck!  We Need to Quickly Stop SB 13-252

By Timothy J. Power
General Manager
KC Electric Association

Why are special interests in Denver collaborating with primarily urban legislators to ram through legislation to tell us how to live in rural Colorado? Senate Bill 13-252 imposes draconian renewable energy mandates on Colorado’s electric cooperatives (including KC Electric) that will raise their members’ electric rates.

It is sponsored by Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass), Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Representative Crisanta Duran (D-Denver). The bill was introduced April 3 and had its first committee hearing April 8, only five days later. In contrast, SB 13-001, a much less controversial bill on tax credits for working families, was introduced January 9 and had its first hearing three months later.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

9 county Disaster

WASHINGTON, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated nine Colorado counties as contiguous natural disaster areas due to persistent drought conditions.

The designations make farmers and ranchers eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency.
The nine Colorado counties include: Jackson, Larimer, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Routt, Sedgwick, Weld and Yuma.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lincoln County Townhall

Gardner announces Lincoln County Townhall
LIMON, COLO. - Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) is holding a townhall meeting in Lincoln County to discuss the current status of the farm bill, immigration reform, the 2nd Amendment, and water storage legislation he is introducing later this year.
 WHO: Congressman Cory Gardner
WHAT: Lincoln County Townhall Meeting
WHEN: Saturday April 13th 4-5pm
WHERE: Limon Town Hall, 100 Civic Center Dr.

Pirate Tracksters Compete in Limon

By Will Bublitz

Competing in the Warren Mitchell Invitational at Limon last Saturday, April 6, the Genoa-Hugo track and field athletes turned in some excellent results.

“With 39 teams competing, this is the biggest meet that we go to during the entire season, except for the state meet,” Pirate Coach Will Mallory said. “We had all nine of our athletes there including our two baseball players Cody Hurtado and Jesse Sage. To earn a place in that big Limon meet is a pretty impressive achievement, but we did it.”

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Notice of Memorial

Violet Marie Frane passed away March 23, 2013.

A celebration in honor of Violet’s life was held on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. at her home on the Franey Ranch.

See Next week's edition for a full obituary.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wild visitor to Hugo

By: Charles W. Hoffman
Well, I suppose "Wild" is a subjective term, as this small critter seems to be quite tame.

Have you seen this little visitor to the town of Hugo?

This juvenile deer has been wandering around Hugo for  several days now, making quite the talk about town.

He appears to have been hit by a car, but does not seem to have any serious injuries from that accident short of some scrapes and missing hair.

The animal is very friendly, even allowing me to scratch his head while he tried to figure out what I was doing with my camera.

Authorities say that they are not sure why the animal is so tame, and it is not normal for wild animals to let you touch them. They are afraid that the animal may be sick, and made an attempt to capture it on Wednesday.

If you come across a wild animal that appears to be injured or sick, leave it alone and call authorities. They could become scared and try to hurt you, or they could be carrying a disease that could hurt you.  Fight the urge to pet the cute animals and call authorities.

We are working on a followup story to the capture attempt for next week's edition.

Monday, March 11, 2013

LHS To release early

Limon Public Schools will be letting out early on Thursday, March 14, 2013 so families can travel to the first round of State Basketball.

Busses will run at noon.

Limon Child Development Center (LCDC) will maintain their normal schedule, and will NOT be letting out early.

Friday, March 8, 2013

 Denver Post reports on bills being heard today


Colorado gun bills: Bill that bans online concealed carry certification advances in Senate

A bill banning online certification for a concealed carry firearm permit won initial approval in the Colorado Senate on Friday.

The measure worked through the floor debate in about 20 minutes.
Senate Bill 195 passed on a 3-2 party-line vote in state's Senate Judiciary Committee on Mondays.
The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, and state Rep. Jenise May, D-Aurora.

Monday, March 4, 2013

USDA Loans simplified

USDA to Simplify Guaranteed Farm Loans by Setting Thresholds on Interest Rates

WASHINTON, March 1, 2013— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an interim rule that sets thresholds on the interest rates charged by lenders on guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans. The changes will amend guidelines for interest rates and establish new policies that clearly set the maximum interest rate lenders may charge to borrowers.

"By providing clear thresholds on interest rates for federally-guaranteed farm loans, USDA is ensuring greater certainty to producers, making compliance easier for our lenders and ensuring greater benefits for all farmers and ranchers," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "It is important that American agriculture continue to play a key role in driving economic growth and creating good-paying jobs across the American middle class. By setting thresholds on interest rates, USDA will strengthen access to farm credit."

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) guaranteed loans reduce the risk of loss to lenders (banks, farm credit institutions and credit unions) by guaranteeing up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. By reducing a lender's risk, borrowers benefit from a lower rate.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FSA February News

By Casey Toyne

This is the USDA Farm Service Agency newsletter for February.  The most important items for producers are the announcement for the 2013 DCP sign-up, 2011 SURE sign-up, ECP sign-up, and sign-up for the EQIP, salinity and special initiatives funding.


The Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program are being offered for the 2013 crop year under the 2008 Farm Bill Extension.
DCP and ACRE sign-up for 2013 crops will begin on February 19, 2013. The DCP sign-up period will end on August 2, 3013 and ACRE sign-up will end on June 3. 2013.

The only program change from 2012 to 2013 is that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Legislator List

Need Help contacting legislators? Here is a list to help! 

Governor of the State of Colorado

Governor John W Hickenlooper, Governor
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792
Phone: (303) 866-2471


 Members of the House

(That can protect your Second Amendment Rights)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cattlemen honor Bledsoe

DENVER – At the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Foundation Recognition Banquet held Tuesday, Jan. 22, the memory of Carl Beverly “Bev” Bledsoe was honored for his service as a CCA President as well as the longest-serving Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

A memorial plaque was presented to his wife Alice, along with their children and other family members. Pat Grant, former head of the National Western Stock Show, shared some of his personal experiences with Bev Bledsoe before announcing that there will be a permanent memorial to the Speaker in the State Capitol House Chambers anteroom. CCA will also be recognizing Bev Bledsoe with a place the association’s Endowment Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Department of Ag moves fast to quarantine horses

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is investigating one confirmed case of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) within the state. 
A quarantine has been placed on seven horses including the index case; a hold order has been placed on six additional horses who may have had direct contact.

The affected horse, a six-year-old gelding from Texas, is part of the team of quarter horses used during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) rodeo to pull a stagecoach during rodeo performances.  The horse began showing clinical signs January 27 and was transported to the 
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.  The diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus was confirmed January 28, 2013, the affected horse is isolated and in stable condition.  The other horses from the team are under quarantine at the NWSS coliseum and hold orders have been placed on other contact horses.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Badger Speech Team earns honors

Thirty three Limon Speech team members participated in the annual State Speech Festival January 25th and 26th at Heritage High school.  The students participated in 8 different events and Limon was well represented having at least one member make finals in every event participated in. This is a great feat for these students as 25 of the 33 students that participated at state received awards. The students and their awards are as follows:

A big thanks to the community, the school, and the parents for all the support that has been given to these students during the 2012-2013 season. Not pictured are: Breann Stang, Matt Huff, Tristan Ruebasam

State Speech Results:

State Champ Kelly Linnebur
STATE CHAMPION – Kelly Linnebur – Solo Acting
2nd Place – Emily Myers – Impromptu
2nd Place – Tia Phillip – Drama Interp
2nd Place – Toby Kropp – Creative Storytelling
3rd Place – Breann Stang – Poetry Interp
3rd Place – Matt Huff and Dylan Burgess – Duet Humor
5th Place – Chandler Dohe & Tim Albers – Duet Humor
5th Place  - Keturah Tatum – Humor Interp
6th Place – Elaina Rudder and Tristan Ruebasam – Duet Drama
7th Place – Ben Bontrager & Kylee Frazier – Duet Drama
8th Place – Kerriana Tatum – Humor Interp
9th Place – Sara Meyer – Drama Interp
9th Place – Annie Howell – Solo Acting
10th Place –Sadie Hope – Solo Acting
10th Place –Shelby West – Drama Interp
12th Place - Cody Bennett and Celie Vick – Duet Humor

Prairie Horizons February Meeting

The next meeting for Prairie Horizons is Thursday February 7. This is a great time to join. 

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Jenny Nall’s house, 333 7th Street.

Prairie Horizons is a ladies group that has themed monthly meetings and supports various activities in the community.  Those activities include the Easter Egg Hunt, Homecoming Window Decorating Contest, $200 Scholarship for a G-H Senior, 4th of July Homemade Ice Cream Contest and more. 
The group is recruiting members to ensure that these events continue to be successful. 

To join please come to the meeting on the 7th. 

The theme for February is Chocolate! They will have a chocolate gift exchange and a lot of chocolate snacks. 

If you would like to participate in the chocolate gift exchange, bring a wrapped chocolate gift between $5-$10. 

If you would like to join but cannot make it to the meeting, contact Lisa Miller, Mary Solze or Jenny Nall.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Farm Service Agency Announces Important Program Updates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013.

FSA administers these programs.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Life in prison for murder of Great-Grandparents

By Will Bublitz

Eighteen-year-old Gregory Smith was sentenced to life in prison last week for the March 2011 shotgun murders of his great-grandparents in their home near Hugo.

Judge Jeffrey Holmes handed down the sentence of life in prison to Smith in the District Court at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Wednesday, Jan. 16. Smith was convicted on one count of Murder in the First Degree. He will not be eligible to apply for parole until 2050.

Smith, who was 17 years old at the time of the murders, had been living with his great-grandparents, Laura Clagett, 82, and Charles “Chuck” Clagett, 80, at their ranch home on County Road 29. He murdered them with a .410 bore shotgun while they slept in bed on the evening of March 27, 2011.

District Attorney George Brauchler of the 18th Judicial District expressed satisfaction with Wednesday’s sentence.

“Justice is served in Lincoln County today, because Gregory Smith has been held accountable for the brutal murder of his elderly relatives who cared and provided for him,” Brauchler said. “Youth is no defense for homicidal acts of this kind.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wind towers cause noise issues for residents

By Will Bublitz

While the wind energy projects that sprang up in Lincoln County over the past couple of years added some money and jobs to the local economy, the noise from their spinning blades and turbines is grating on the nerves of some of nearby residents.

At their Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting, the Lincoln County Commissioners met with Gary Withington, who owns a farm five miles north of Genoa on County Road 109. He complained about the noise being produced by one of the wind turbines built last year about a quarter mile from his house.

Photo by Charles W. Hoffman
“It’s constant noise,” Withington said. He claimed the noise is so loud that it is difficult for some members of his family to sleep at night inside his house, and it is “no longer enjoyable working outside.”

Withington compared the noise of the wind turbine to having the diesel engine of a semi-truck idling continuously in the front yard of his house, or the “rumble of a jet starting to take off at the far-end of a runway.” Added to that noise is the “swooshing” of the turbine’s massive blades as they cut through the air.

The wind turbine is owned by NextEra Energy Resources which completed the construction of its 250-tower Limon I and II Wind Energy Centers last October. At full capacity, the wind energy farm produces 400 megawatts of electrical power.

Withington said he had been monitoring the noise levels produced by the wind turbine nearest his house with a hand-held decibel meter. Depending upon the wind speed and direction, he claimed on “quiet days” it was producing noise in the 40-decibel range, but other days it rose into the 80s and 90s.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lincoln Theatre has new owners

 DEED TRANSFER –The deed of ownership to the Lincoln Theatre was transferred last Monday, Dec. 31 during a brief ceremony at Attorney Stan Kimble’s office in downtown Limon. Pictured here (l-r) are: top row – Pat Vice, Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation Inc.; Your Community Foundation board members Cortney Davis, Jim Herron, Linda Hawthorne and Mike Liggett; Joe Kiely, Assistant Town Manager and foundation advisor; Town Manager Dave Stone: bottom row – foundation board members Carla Weeks and Terri Spencer; theatre owners Larry and Marlene Steele; Ryan Kaufman, new theatre operator; and Attorney Stan Kimble.

By Will Bublitz

To save the Lincoln Theatre in Limon from permanently closing, its deed of ownership was formally transferred to a local nonprofit organization last week.

Larry and Marlene Steele signed over the building’s deed to Your Community Foundation in a ceremony at Attorney Stan Kimble’s office on Monday, Dec. 31. The Steeles have owned and operated the local theatre for the past 28-1/2 years, They donated the theatre to the local nonprofit foundation at no cost.

The theatre, which has been in operation since 1938, is temporarily closed at present. The last movie showings under the Steeles’ ownership were held Friday through  Sunday, Dec. 28-30.

Plans are to reopen the Lincoln Theatre during the third weekend of January. Limon resident Ryan Kaufman has been selected by the Board of Directors of Your Community Foundation as its new operator. After the deed was transferred during December 31 ceremony, Kaufman also signed a lease agreement with the foundation. 

The Steeles, who owned the Lincoln Theatre since 1984, decided to donate it to the foundation for two reasons. The first reason is they both had reached retirement age. The second reason is that the entire movie industry is converting all of its projection systems from film to digital by the middle of 2013.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Benefit Dinner

David Yates was seriously injured sorting cattle while in only his third week of working on the Forder Ranch in Karval.

He has been in the Nero Trauma Unit at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo and was recently moved to a regular room as he is making huge strides toward recovery.

Coloring Contest Winners

Winners from the Limon Leader & Eastern Colorado Plainsman Coloring Contest. 

5 and Under

Eastern Colorado Plainsman
Rylee Kelly Age 4