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