Friday, December 19, 2014

Boys Basketball in Merino

Join Tim Andersen and crew as we bring you the Limon Badgers and the Merino Rams boys game on Friday evening.

Lady Badgers at Merino

The 2014-2015 Basketball Season continues today with the the Limon Badger girls and boys teams traveling to Merino to play the Rams... Join Tim Andersen and crew as we bring you the Limon Badgers and the Merino Rams boys and girls games on Friday evening. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pottorff and Bailey Elected to CASB Board of Directors

Pottorff & Bailey to represent Colo. School Board Association

At the 74th annual meeting of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) on December 4, 2014, Wendy Pottorff, a member of the Limon School Board, was elected to the CASB Board of Directors.

Pottorff will be representing CASB Region 2 made up of 23 school districts in east-central Colorado and will be serving a 3-year term. She replaces Lyndon Burnett of Agate School District who is stepping down from the CASB Board after serving for several years. 

Also elected at the meeting was Craig Bailey, also a member of the Limon School Board, who will be representing CASB on the Colorado High School Activities Association's (CHSAA) Legislative Council.

Bailey will serve a 3-year term representing 47 school districts in CASB Regions 2 and 3 in east-central and southeastern Colorado. CASB has 5 seats on the 73 member CHSAA Legislative Council which is its governing body.     

Manufacturing facility pulls plans for Limon Facility

A plan to construct a manufacturing facility in Limon has been withdrawn, according to a press release from Lincoln County Economic Development.

In May of 2014 the Town of Limon and Lincoln County Economic Development were excited to announce that a new business planned to locate its manufacturing facility in the Town of Limon, Lincoln County. The light manufacturing facility was scheduled to begin with 25 employees and was expected to grow in future years.  A partnership of the Town of Limon, Lincoln County, Lincoln County Economic Development, Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Office of Economic Development worked with the business to bring this facility to Limon and Lincoln County.

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Limon Board of Trustees approved a Conditional Agreement for Purchase of Real Property for a two acre site on the southeast corner of the Limon Golf Course Addition to the Town of Limon.

Despite the best efforts of the local partnership, including state incentives that would have totaled $468,000.00, the client notified that Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 that transitions of its major supplier and the company’s internal financing issues have resulted in a decision not to move forward with the project in Lincoln County.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Curtis Schrimp

Curtis Schrimp was born in Monmouth, Ill., Jan. 19, 1915, the sixth child of Charles and Nellie Schrimp. After the death of his father, he came to Wild Horse with his mother and two sisters, Ruby and Dorothy. Curtis worked for Charlie Fox and the wild west stories were so many no one could remember them all but Curtis remembered quite a few and was a great story teller. Work was hard but when Saturday came there was always a dance. Sunday afternoon there was always a baseball game. He loved dancing and playing baseball, and later on watching the Rockies on TV.

Nov. 19, 1938, Curtis married Leona Golberg. They lived with and worked for Leona's folks for a year after which they bought the section west of the folks. The old Fox house was rolled over the prairie with the help of neighbors to their land, providing them with their first home. In 1946, Curtis had been working for Fred Shade trucking, and he decided to leave the place to try trucking and the gas station business. With Lee's Cafe, they had a business hard to describe. They made an endless amount of friends and many new stories were made to tell. Curtis also farmed sudan seed for sale and feed for cattle.

Curtis and Leona's first child, David Joel, was born in 1949, living only a day. Then Steven Wayne came along in 1950, Martha Jean in 1952 and LeeAnn Marie in 1956. Every summer the family would take a vacation either to the mountains to fish or somewhere to visit family. It was important to Curtis to attend school and sport activities for his children. He enjoyed playing catch with his kids.

Visiting friends and playing cards were favorite pastimes. Living close to the highway, Curtis lent a helping hand to many people in need.

Commissioners approve more wind towers for Lincoln County

By Will Bublitz

After listening to lawyers wrangle for two hours about surface and subsurface property rights, the Lincoln County Commissioners approved a development permit for a proposed wind energy farm in the county’s northeastern corner during their Monday, Dec. 8 meeting.

The decision by the commissioners allows Nereo GC Lincoln, LLC to move forward with its plans to construct up to 176 turbine towers north of the town of Arriba. Before any construction can be done, the company must still obtain building permits from the county.

The commissioners acted upon a recommendation for approval from the Lincoln County Land Use Board. That board had initially rejected Nereo’s application in a 5-1 vote on September 25 because the company had not secured a transmission line easement and had not contacted all mineral rights owners in the area within the area of the proposed project.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Saturday Boys Basketball

Join us for the Boys Championship game at the Kiowa Invitational Tourney

Saturday Girls Basketball

Join us for the Championship game at the Kiowa Invitational Tourney!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lady Badgers vs Falcons Basketball

The 2014-2015 Basketball Season starts off with the Kiowa Invitational Basketball Tournament.  Join Tim Andersen as we bring you the Limon Badgers and the Front Range Christian Falcons boys and girls games on Friday evening.

Boys Basketball, Badgers vs. Front Range Christian

The 2014-2015 Basketball Season starts off with the Kiowa Invitational Basketball Tournament. Join Tim Andersen as we bring you the Limon Badgers and the Front Range Christian Falcons boys and girls games on Friday evening.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Limon Firefighters battle 2nd structure fire in a week.

At 0313 the morning of Sunday, November 23, Limon Fire was paged to a residential structure fire. 

Mutual aid assistance was requested from Agate and Hugo fire departments. 

The home was a total loss, but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A bank account has been set up for Cole and Kim Britton who lost their house in the fire early on Sunday morning. 

Donations can be made to the: Britton fire relief fund at the First National Bank of Hugo.

Any small items can be left at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office or with Andrea Mallory in Limon. 

Also, Andrea will take furniture and hold it for the Brittons. 

Pick up this week's edition of the Limon Leader for further details and other local news and advertising. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hugo defends decision to Commissioners

By Will Bublitz

Representatives of the Town of Hugo presented their reasons for refusing to pay any more funding to the Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) starting next year to the Lincoln County Commissioners at their Monday, Nov. 17 meeting.

“We don’t think it’s right for one government to bail out on the others without explaining the reasons,” Hugo Mayor Patsie Smith said. “We thought we owed you an explanation.”

Smith was accompanied by Trustees Dave Dobbs and Bill Rusher. Also present was Ben Orrell, president of the Hugo Economic Development Group (HEDG), and Brenda Dutro, vice president of the Hugo Improvement Partnership (HIP).

Jim Herron, LCEDC’s president, was in attendance at Monday’s meeting.

Hugo Town Board nixes LCEDC

By Will Bublitz

At its Monday, Nov. 10 meeting, the Hugo Board of Trustees decided against making any further financial contributions to the Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) starting next year.

In a unanimous vote, the trustees approved a motion to discontinue its annual payment to LCEDC in the Town of Hugo’s 2015 budget. The recommendation to axe next year’s contribution was proposed during a recent budget workshop by the board.

Before voting on the budget motion, Mayor Patsie Smith expressed her dissatisfaction with LCEDC’s performance in promoting economic development in Hugo.

Several of the trustees also criticized the apparent lack of results, including Tony Bandy who said the Town of Hugo has given “a total of $36,000 since LCEDC since it began in 2005 and we have seen that amount of new business from it.” 

While they nixed next year’s contributions, the trustees did approve the payment of the second half of its 2014 contribution to LCEDC. The total payment for this year was $5,900. The trustees said they felt obligated to make the payment.

“We need to pay it as a show of good faith,” Trustee John Thelen said. “But we would like to have seen some results.”

Bandy agreed, saying he thought the board was “committed to pay in 2014” despite its dissatisfaction.

Both decisions by the board followed a presentation at Monday’s meeting by Lisa Nolder, LCEDC’s executive director. She described it as her first six-month report after taking over the local corporation’s top job on April 1.

In her presentation, Nolder said she had been meeting with business owners across the county and discussing ways that LCEDC can help them. As part of that effort, she had started a Business Retention Program to identify “potential risk factors to local businesses, expansion or contraction plans, as well as identifying assistance issues that may be resolved through assistance that LCEDC is able to provide.”

As a result of that program, Nolder said “17 local business assistance issues had been resolved.” Among those 17 were four businesses in Hugo.

Nolder went onto argue that if Lincoln County and its communities want to attract new businesses and other growth, they have to prepare for it. She said that local schools, housing, existing businesses, county and town governments “all have to meet at the same table” to determine what they have to do to deal with the problems and opportunities that economic development may bring.

“If we don’t seize these opportunities, these businesses will go elsewhere,” she said. “We’ve got to prepare for growth or be prepared to explain why we didn’t embrace it when it was offered.”

In response, Trustee Dave Dobbs said he felt Nolder was “talking down” to the board about its commitment to economic development. Nolder apologized but explained that she felt “alarmed that we are not prepared” to seize opportunities or handle major growth in the local area.

Trustee Bandy also questioned Nolder’s claims about meeting with local businesses. He said that he had personally conducted a survey of Hugo businesses, but they “had never heard of you.”

Responding, Nolder said she had not been able to meet with all businesses because she is dealing with five communities in Lincoln County. Questioned further on the four Hugo businesses that had received LCEDC business assistance, Nolder said she could not reveal their names due to strict confidentiality agreements with them.

At the end of this discussion, Ben Orrell, president of the Hugo Economic Development Group (HEDG), said the town has to commit to doing some strategic planning because “I’m not sure where we are going as a town.”

Thursday’s meeting began with some potentially good news for the town’s future growth. In a 15-minute presentation, Sonja Robinson told the board of her plans to develop the Solomon Addition as a 90-home subdivision beginning in 2015.

Describing herself as a “realtor, investor and developer,” Robinson said the proposed subdivision would be constructed in three phases. The homes, which would include both custom-built and manufactured models, would range in price from $110,000 to $120,000 and $150,000 to $190,000. She told the trustees that she already has “six potential buyers” for the subdivision’s first homes.

While still working out the financing and other details for the project, Robinson said she would be coming back to the board in the coming months to to ask for the town’s assistance with the subdivision’s streets, water/sewer lines and other infrastructure.

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, the board approved raising water rates by $18 from a monthly base fee of $72 to $90. The fee increase will begin January 1, 2015. During its October meeting, the board had also approved an increase in water tap fees.

In a 3-2 vote, the board approved a $200-per-month pay increase for Teresa Johnson, the town’s Administrative Assistant, to be included in the 2015 budget. Citing Johnson’s responsibilities and hard work, Trustee Sam Emmerling had proposed the pay raise be included in the 2015 budget.

The final approval of the Town of Hugo’s 2015 budget will be made at the board’s next meeting on December 8. Prior to the vote on budget, a public hearing will be held during that meeting.

Board approval was also given Monday for the purchase of a used 33-horsepower tractor for $15,500 and a mower attachment for $2,500. The town’s Public Works Department plans to use it primarily for mowing, but may also employ it for some snow removal and other tasks.

The board’s decisions during Monday’s meeting included the approval of Open Records Policy. It deals with access to the town’s public records only. The policy brings the Town of Hugo into compliance with new state laws.

In her monthly report, Town Clerk Maria Nestor informed the board that the search for a new Hugo Chief Marshal is making progress with a total of eight applications received by the November 7 deadline. She said three of the applicants were Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-certified and five were from out-of-state law enforcement officers. The board’s Public Safety Committee plans to review the applications on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The search for a new Chief Marshal became necessary after the surprise resignation on September 17 of Joy Hemby who had served in that position for two years.

In a related matter at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Smith read a handwritten letter that criticized the town’s treatment of Hemby. The anonymous letter was signed “Five Mad-As-Hell Residents.”

Nestor, the town’s clerk, also reported that Town Attorney Stan Kimble had informed her that a district court judge had recently denied an appeal by a defendant over her conviction in a Hugo traffic case. The defendant, who is a trial lawyer, indicated that she plans to appeal the case all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

11-6 Digital Thought`

Spoilers in the election?

Food Drive

The Genoa-Hugo High School Student Council is sponsoring a Food Drive to help with the Lincoln County Department of Human Service’s Holiday Basket Program, which will run through Nov. 25, 2014.

The program helps families in need around our community with food for the holidays. Any non-perishable food items would be greatly appreciated. There will be boxes in front of the office at Genoa-Hugo School through Nov. 25, 2014. Class competitions will also take place to see which classes can collect the most non-perishable food items, with awards for the winning classes in the Elementary, Middle School and High School.

Student Council members will also be at the Middle School basketball tournament/craft show on Nov. 15, 2014, collecting food items and holding a bake sale.

Donating two non-perishable items per person, the day of the basketball tournament, will get free admission to the games that day. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Markle at the school at 719-743-2428.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Commissioners approve Road Standards

By Will Bublitz

Lincoln County’s first-ever County Road Standards and Road Policy was approved by the county commissioners after a public meeting held last Thursday, Oct. 30.

In addition, the board approved an updated road map that shows the officially designated roads in Lincoln County. These roads include those that are designated as primary, secondary and minor secondary.

The new policy and updated map were developed by County Attorney Stan Kimble and Assessor Jeremiah Higgins in cooperation with the road foremen for the county’s three Road & Bridge Districts.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lady Badgers vs Colorado Springs School

2A Regional Volleyball. Limon Badgers vs Colorado Springs School.

Bagers 1st Round Playoff action

The Badgers visit the San Luis Valley and take on the Centauri Falcons of La Jara. 

Lady Badgers vs Kiowa

2A Regional Volleyball. Ryan Kaufman has the call as the Lady Badgers take on the Kiowa Indians.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 1A Football Brackets

Here is your 2014 Football Bracket.
This page will have up to date info for the rest of the tournament, so bookmark it now.

2014 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 1A Football Playoffs

10-27 Digital Thought

Hunting photos; Do they offend you?
Listen to today's Digital Thought to see what Charles thinks.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Badgers vs. Rocky Ford

With the playoffs beginning next week, the Badgers look to get sharp as they take on the the Rocky Ford Meloneers during Parent's Night at Gaskill Field.

10-24 Digital Thought

Thursday, October 23, 2014

“My Town is Great Because…”

The winners of the art contest “My Town is Great Because…”  are as follows:
Kindergarten, Haden Ewing;

1st-grade, Jaxon Masterson

2nd-grade, Rosie Garcia

3rd-grade, Caryn Hale

5th-grade, Laci Patton

Each will receive a certificate for some free swimming at the Hugo Municipal Swimming Pool during the summer of 2015.

All the art entries will be hanging at the Hugo Town Hall through the month of October, if you would like to stop by and see them.

The contest was sponsored by the Town of Hugo in celebrating Colorado Cities and Towns week, which is October 20 -26 , 2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014

10-20 Digital Thought

Did you get your ballot in the mail today? Listen to today's digital thought while you open it, then fill it out and send it back!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Football on, TODAY at 12:55 pm! 
Join us for 1A High School Football as the Limon Badgers visit the Byers Bulldoogs.
Andrea Andersen, Rich Yarian, and Tim Andersen will have the call.
Easy access here at

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A History of Hugo

Hugo History
By Terry W. Blevins

In the 1850s, a young white man from Missouri arrived in the area later known as Colorado. His name was John W. Barron, later known as “Cap” Barron.

Soon, gold was discovered in the Rocky Mountain, but to get to the gold, prospectors had to cross what New York newspaperman Horace Greeley dismissed as a region “of sterility and thirst.” This region was home to Cap Barron, and later was home to Hugo.

A couple of stage lines came through the area not long afterward; the Leavenworth & Pikes Peak line arrived in 1859 but was in business only a few months. The Butterfield Overland Dispatch arrived in 1864 and stayed longer. The B. O. D. located a station just west of present day Hugo, and called it “Hogan’s station.” Cap Barron became the B. O. D. agent at Hogan’s station, and had land in that area, including a plentiful supply of water, later known as Cap Barron’s Spring.

October 9, Digital Thought

10-9 Digital Thought.
Antelope and Livestock being poached north of Hugo. Charles is NOT happy!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

End of DCP?

End of Direct Payments Represents One of the Most Significant Farm Policy Reforms in Decades

USDA Launches Education Efforts to Help Producers Choose New Program Right for Them
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pirates vs Mustangs

 Genoa Hugo Pirates homecoming football game versus the Prairie Mustangs via internet on and 
This is a live presentation of the game including halftime crowning of the homecoming king and queen.
We hope you will tune in starting at 12:55 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27th. on !!!!!!

Digital Thought 9-26

Fall Colors are going to be as good as they have ever been in Colorado's High Country, but if the  National Forest Service has their way, you could need a permit to take photos of them. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Badgers Vs Bulldogs

Football on, this Friday, September 26th at 6:55 pm, join us for 1A High School Football as the Calhan Bulldogs visit the Limon Badgers. Tim Andersen, Andrea Andersen and Rich Yarian have the call. You can go or the Limon Leader link at

Hugo Town Marshal Resigns

By Will Bublitz

The Town of Hugo is now without a Chief Marshal after Joy Hemby tendered her resignation last week.

Former Marshal Joy Hemby
Hemby’s resignation apparently came as a surprise to many in town government. A special meeting had to be called last Wednesday, Sept. 17 to officially accept her resignation. Mayor Pro Tem Dave Dobbs chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Patsie Smith who was away on vacation.

Hemby was not present at last week’s special meeting. Her resignation came in the form of a letter that stated she was tendering her resignation as Chief Marshal effective Monday, Sept. 15. No explanation for her decision was given.

According to Town Clerk Maria Nestor who was present at Wednesday’s meeting, the board’s six trustees voted unanimously to accept Hemby’s resignation.

Hemby’s resignation has left the Hugo Marshal’s Office without any officers. The Deputy Marshal’s position in the two-officer department became vacant last winter and has not yet been filled.

Digital Thought 9-26

Friday Digital Thought~!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

EPA Power Plant Rule a Bad Deal for Everyone

It is virtually impossible to overstate the importance of readily available access to safe, affordable and reliable energy to individual prosperity and economic well-being. Energy impacts nearly all aspects of life, from the gasoline pumped into cars to the electricity needed to power factories and industries.
 Consequently, any federal environmental regulations created and imposed by bureaucrats from Washington, D.C. will have far reaching impacts.
Jerry Sonnenberg

 The latest in a long line of overly burdensome and redundant regulations was put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency in early June of this year. The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan would require a 30 percent reduction in nationwide carbon dioxide emissions from power plants relative to 2005 levels.

 On the surface, this may sound like a positive development, especially since greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, are a primary cause of global climate change. The reality, however, is that the EPA’s new rule would offer a whole lot of pain for relatively little gain.

 If finalized, the EPA’s proposal could cause tremendous harm to the economy by raising electricity prices and causing significant job losses. By the EPA’s own estimates, electricity prices nationwide would increase by an average of between 6 and 7 percent and up to 12 percent in some locations. Furthermore, the United Mine Workers of America estimate that by 2035, the total cumulative direct and indirect job losses in the utility, rail and coal industries will top 4.2 million jobs lost as a result of the proposal. It should be noted that jobs in these three industries are typically high-wage, high-skilled positions.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Badgers vs Burlington

Badgers vs Burlington!
Football on, this Friday, September 19th at 6:55 pm, join us for 1A High School Football as the Limon Badgers visit the Burlington Cougars. Tim Andersen, Andrea Andersen and Rich Yarian have the call. You can go to or the Limon Leader link at

Monday, September 15, 2014


The Limon Correctional Facility Tracking Team will be conducting monthly training on Sept. 17, 2014 between the hours of 7 a.m. & 5 p.m. This training will consist of urban tracking techniques.

The team will be conducting this training this training around and within the city limits of the towns of Limon and Hugo. 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 department patches. There will also be two staff, dressed in the same uniform, running ahead of the team serving as the “escapees”. The team will also be utilizing the mobile command trailer during this training.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to contact myself or the LCF Tacking Team Commander at one the following extensions.

Lt. Thomas Kerstiens/EMC
Work:  719-775-7645
Cell:    719-740-1236

Lt. James Norris/ Tracker Commander
Work:  719-775-7627
Cell:    719-660-5906

Friday, September 12, 2014

Badger Football in Peyton.

The Badgers visit the Peyton  Panthers in 1A action.  Tune in for the action starting at 6:55 p.m. Friday, Sept 12th, 2014.  Tim Andersen, Andrea Andersen, and Rich Yarian on the call.

Due to internet bandwidth restrictions in Peyton, the game was not able to be broadcast. Please check back next week!

Digital Thought 9-12

Friday, September 5, 2014

Badgers vs John Mall 9-5

Watch Live as the Badgers face off against the John Mall Panthers. This is a home game, so if you are in town, come on out!

Digital Thought 9-5

Digital Thought 9-5-14.
Join us for sports streaming on the Internet.

Lady Badgers vs Pirates 9-4-14

The original Lincoln County Rivalry is reignited on the Volleyball court as the Genoa-Hugo Pirates take on the Lady Badgers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Digital Thought 9-4

Digital Thought for September 4, 2014

New Feature

We are working on a new feature for the Limon Leader / Eastern Colorado Plainsman. It is called the Digital Thought, where Charles brings you information and opinion that you can listen to on your phone, tablet or computer.

This new feature is in its infancy, so please be kind as we work out the kinks and figure out how it will become part of your overall experience with the Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Badger Volleyball ALS Challenge

Thursday after practice, the Limon Badger High School Volleyball team and coaches gathered on the practice field for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

This was the last challenge that Jessica Hoffman of the Limon Leader issued, and they are all complete.

We will be making the promised donations to both ALS Research and the Fallen Officer's Memorial Fund, and hope you can find a few dollars to donate too.

Enjoy this video of the BADGER Volleyball Ice Bucket Challenge, and share with your friends.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SBA Disaster Loans

Three Weeks Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in 25 Colorado counties and neighboring counties in Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma that they have until September 15, 2014, to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  These loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues to farmers and ranchers caused by the drought that began on November 1, 2013, in the following primary counties, announced Tanya N. Garfield, Director of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center - West.

Primary Colorado counties: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, El Paso, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Sedgwick and Yuma;
Neighboring Colorado counties: Arapahoe, Costilla, Custer, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Logan, Teller and Washington;
Neighboring Kansas counties: Cheyenne, Greeley, Hamilton, Morton, Sherman, Stanton and Wallace;
Neighboring Nebraska counties: Chase, Cheyenne, Deuel, Dundy and Perkins;
Neighboring New Mexico counties: Colfax and Union;
Neighboring Oklahoma county: Cimarron.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another Ice Bucket Challenge

The Limon Badger Softball team completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. For their efforts, The Limon Leader will be donating $43 to ALS Research and another $43 to the Fallen Officer Memorial Fund.
They have called on the Badger Football team (And Coaches) The Limon Police Department (And Secretary) Superintendent Dave Marx and the Burlington Cougar Softball Team!
Way To Go Girls!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Our own Jessica Hoffman was nominated by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Carrying on the spirit of the Sheriff's department, we are donating to both ALS and the Officer Down Memorial Fund.
Jessica nominated both the Limon Softball team and the Limon Volleyball Team. We will also be donating a dollar for every athlete that participates, and $10 for each coach to both charities.
Nominate your friends and help raise some money for these worthwhile causes!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hugo News

Publisher's Note:
We apologize for not having the Hugo News in this week's Eastern Colorado Plainsman. While we do strive to ensure no mistakes, this is proof that they happen anyway. 
We will be publishing all of the Hugo News in next week's edition in order to keep everyone up-to-date on what is going on in our community! 
Thank you for reading! 

Last Week’s News

Joanne Boetger was among the many who attended the fair and demolition derby over the week.

Alice Jensen worked in the UMW food booth and also enjoyed sitting out in the covered area visiting with people.

Aaron, Arna and Khloe Vick from Parker visited Jeri Vick and took in the fair.

Bert and Alice Clay are doing well and attended the fair on Saturday.

Gary and Terena Ensign did a lot of baby sitting during the fair. They sure do enjoy those little kids.

Marlys Allis worked in the UMW booth, also.

Diana Welz was a Saturday overnight guest of Don and Joyce Riley. She also visited with her nieces.

The VFW Aux. 6612 served a luncheon Saturday to the VFW and Shriners bands.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yard of the week 8-21-14

This week’s Yard of the Week goes to the Davis family. Nathan and Courtney, along with their children, have done an amazing job on the landscaping around their home which is located on C Avenue. The lawn is lush and green and it complements their bright and colorful flowers. The Davis family was nominated by a community member who took notice of the hard work that was put into this gorgeous home. Be sure to thank the Davis family when you see them for continuing to help make Limon a beautiful place to live!

Crash on I-70 claims one life.

On Tuesday, Aug, 12, around noon, an ABF truck, traveling at the posted speed limit hit another truck in the westbound lane of I-70 at the 366 mile marker.

The truck that was struck was traveling approximately 20 miles per hour according to CSP representatives.

 The driver of the 2014 Mac Truck, Allen Oliver, 60, of Missouri was pronounced dead at the scene, the driver that was struck sustained no injuries!

The accident took several hours to remove from the west bound lanes of traffic, still impairing traffic flow past the 5-o-clock hour.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

USDA Sends Acreage History

USDA Sending Acreage History and Yield Reports to Help Producers Prepare for New Farm Bill Programs

Data will Help Farmers and Ranchers to Select the Coverage Options that Their Fit Needs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Championship game, Xpress vs Indy

Sunday Championship game.
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Sunday, 9:30 Indy vs. SPIAA

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. game.
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Thank you to everyone who helped keep us fed and full of cold drinks from the concession stand!

Saturday 7 p.m. SPIAA vs So Plains

Saturday, 7 p.m. game.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Saturday 5 p.m. Game Indy vs Xpress

Saturday, 5 p.m. game.
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Saturday 3 p.m. So Plains vs Santa Fe

Saturday, Aug. 2. 3 p.m. game.
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Saturday, 1 p.m. SPIAA vs Lyons

Saturday, Aug. 2. 1 p.m. game.
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Friday 2:15 Lyons vs East Central

Friday 2:15 p.m.  game.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Saturday 11 a.m. Indy vs SPIAA

Saturday 11 a.m.  game.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturday, 9 a.m. Xpress vs So. Plains

Saturday, Aug. 2  9 a.m. game.
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Friday, 7 p.m. SPIAA vs Santa Fe

Friday, August 1. 7 p.m.  game.
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Friday, 5 p.m. Game

Friday, August 1. 5 p.m.  game.
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Friday 12:30 SPIAA vs Xpress

Friday, August 1. 12:30 game.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, 10:45 Santa Fe vs Indy

Friday, August 1. 10:45 game.
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Friday 9 a.m. So Plains vs Scottsbluff

Friday, August 1. 9 a.m. game.
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Thursday, 5:15 Santa Fe vs East Central

Thursday, July 31, 5:15 game.
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Thursday 3:30 SPIAA vs So. Plains

Thursday, July 31. 3:30 p.m.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bella's Sale Confirmed

We have confirmed that the Bella's market in Limon has sold to the Ford family from Flagler.
The Fords have successfully run the grocery store in Flagler for 63 years, and all indications show that this is a definite win for the Limon community.

Rumors have been flying for days about the sale of the troubled supermarket in Limon, much as they did in 2012 when the chain entered bankruptcy.

We have refrained from reporting anything until solid facts were available. 

The following is the text of the press release that Tony Ford has put out concerning the deal:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Singing across Italy

By Will Bublitz

Two Limon High School students definitely hit the high note of their young lives as they sang their way across Italy last month as members of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale.

Cassidy Thompson and Sean Steinhart, who are both Badger sophomores, were part of the 47-member children’s choir and 10 adults who participated in the tour. Their Italian trip took place from June 21-July 2.

“Italy was great,” Cassidy said. “Everything was so different from living in a small town in America.”

Sean agreed. “It was an amazing trip, and the Italian people were wonderful. Of course, there was a language barrier, but with music you can make a connection and they know exactly what you are trying to say. The language barrier is broken.”

The trip to Italy was one of the international trips conducted by Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale to promote international understanding. The choir also performs regular concerts throughout the state.

The Italian trip was the second international tour that Cassidy had participated in since becoming a Children’s Chorale member eight years ago. Her first international tour to South Africa four years ago.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

School Demolition

We are jumping on the #TBT bandwagon to last Wednesday when demolition of the nearly 100-year-old Limon school was demolished as step one in providing a state-of-the-art school for Badger students!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

USDA Deadline Dates

Deadline Dates and Interest Rates 


July 15, 2014 – Acreage Reporting Deadline for all Spring Seeded 2014 - Crops and CRPJuly 15, 2014 – Deadline for 2013 ACRE Production Reports July 15, 2014 – Deadline to report 2013 NAP Production Evidence August 1, 2014 – Last day to file COC nomination forms August 1, 2014 – 2012 and 2013 ELAP Sign-up Deadline August 1, 2014 – Deadline to request a reconstitution for 2014 August 29, 2014 – 2012 SURE Sign-up Deadline
Interest Rates for July: 90-Day Treasury Bill - .125% Farm Operating Loans - Direct 2.125% Farm Ownership Loans - Direct 3.875% Farm Ownership Loans - Direct Down Payment, Beginning Farmer or Rancher 1.50% Emergency Loans - 3.125% Farm Storage Facility Loans - (7 years) 2.25% Sugar Storage Facility Loans - 3.00% Commodity Loans 1996-Present - 1.125%

Thursday, June 26, 2014

More Storms

Evening storms brought more rain to Lincoln County on Thursday evening. Lots of lightning and some small hail were reported.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

No Drinking on the water

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI).

During this three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired.

Boating under the influence continues to be major problem nationwide. In fact, the leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating. By participating in Operation Dry Water, CPW is doing our part to keep recreational boaters safe and reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to alcohol or drug use.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Preliminary Results

The Lincoln County Clerk is reporting that Ed E. Schifferns is winning over Gene Vick 563 votes to 411.
Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez is is winning Lincoln County 366 to 281 over Tom Tancredo.
Ken Buck is winning the district 4 representative race 464 to  Scott Renfroe with 209 votes.
The county voting results can be found HERE.
How is your candidate doing?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Storms hit Lincoln County

A line of extremely strong storms crossed Lincoln County late Wednesday evening.
Major tree damage in Hugo resulted from strong winds. One gust was recorded at 111 mph.
One semi blew over south of Hugo on Highway 40-287 resulting in an injury. Other minor injuries were reported in town.
Crops in the area are devastated. Hail destroyed many fields of wheat causing millions of dollars of damage.
We will bring you more coverage as information becomes available.

Major tree damage and broken windows caused by hail and strong winds.

Minor road flooding on county roads.
No major structural damage, but many trees down in Hugo.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

USDA Awards $6 Million

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs

Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm bill programs. The new Web tools will help farmers and ranchers determine what participation in programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will mean for their businesses.

The University of Illinois (lead for the National Coalition for Producer Education), along with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri and the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M (co-leads for the National Association of Agricultural and Food Policy), will receive a total of $3 million to develop the new online tools and train state-based extension agents who can in turn help educate farmers. 

Hospital Board considers daycare

By Will Bublitz

A draft plan for Lincoln Community Hospital (LCH) to open a daycare center in Hugo was presented at the hospital’s Board of Directors meeting last Thursday, May 22.

Monika Wilkins, LCH’s Chief Executive Officer, presented the board with the four-page “Daycare Business Plan.” The proposed daycare center would be staffed and operated by the hospital.
“The hospital is pursuing the possibility of opening a daycare center in Hugo,” Wilkins said. “This is still very preliminary. We’re only considering it because of the hardship that would result if minimal licensed daycare is lost in this town.”

HIP Dedicates new flag pole

FLAGPOLE DEDICATION – In a ceremony on Memorial Day, the Town of Hugo dedicated its new 70-foot-tall flagpole which was a project by the Hugo Economic Development Group (HEDG), a subcommittee of the Hugo Improvement Partnership (HIP).

Mayor Patsie Smith and Marshal Joy Hemby spoke during the ceremony. An honor guard from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department conducted the flag raising. The flagpole is located on north side of town inside the Hugo walking path and near Road 2X.

The large 18x25-foot American flag, which will be flown 24 hours a day and illuminated by a solar-powered light, is clearly visible to travelers on Highway 40/287.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

PMC Merger Complete

Peak Vista Community Health Centers (PVCHC) has finalized a merger with Plains Medical Center (PMC), a fellow Community Health Center that serves the East Central region of Colorado, including Limon.

PVCHC and PMC announced the merger in early December and have since worked on due diligence needed for an official merge.

“There are many complicated details involved in merging two effective organizations,” said Pam McManus, PVCHC’s President and CEO. “We’re very pleased with the progression and feel it is truly due to the strong commitment of both organizations to provide quality healthcare in the rural communities of East Central Colorado.”

Jobs coming to Limon

Limon board of trustees announces tentative manufacturing deal could bring 25 jobs to town

By Will Bublitz

A conditional agreement that could result in the construction of a manufacturing facility employing up to 25 workers in Limon was approved by the Board of Trustees at its Thursday, May 1 meeting.

By unanimous vote, the town trustees approved Ordinance No. 574 permitting “the sale of certain nongovernmental real property within the Limon Golf Course Addition” to L. Kaufman International Holdings, LLC, a Colorado Limited Liability Corporation. That Longmont-based company plans to construct “a light manufacturing facility” at that location.
LIMON TOWN BOARD – The members of the 2014 Limon Board of Trustees are: (l-r) top row – Seth Metcalf, Jim Andersen, Jason Parmer and Jack Hendricks; bottom row – Linda Hawthorne, Mayor Julie Coonts and Del Beattie.

“This looks very promising,” Town Manager Dave Stone said. “This would be the first manufacturing facility in this area. This is exciting.”