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.”