Thursday, January 30, 2014


The Badger Middle School got together today to show their Bronco Pride! 

Who is ready for some Super Bowl XLVII Action? And what are your predictions?

Have your say on Big Game

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the structure of the big game hunting seasons for 2015 through 2019.

Major issues that are considered during the big game season structure process include the number of seasons for each species, the overlap among different seasons, breaks between seasons and the beginning and ending dates of hunting seasons. The hunting 'preference point’ system and totally limited elk hunting units will also be discussed as part of this process.

"The five-year season structure is designed to provide sportsmen, hunting-related businesses, landowners and communities an opportunity to plan ahead for the upcoming seasons," said Craig McLaughlin, Terrestrial Section Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "The public input process gives stakeholders the chance to comment on some of the major hunting issues."

Every five years, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets the big game season structure. This review process allows the Parks and Wildlife Commission to consider public input along with information from wildlife biologists and managers to shape the structure of deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear and mountain lion seasons for the next five years.

"We want to hear from sportsmen and other constituents about how the current hunting season structure is working for them and how it can be improved," added Bob Broscheid, Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wildhorse Roundup 1-30-14

Wildhorse Roundup

By Curtis Schrimp

I was wondering what to write when the phone rang and it was Allen Naugle. He gave me an idea. He asked if I had eaten dinner yet. Well I hadn’t so he said Luanna had fixed me some. So here he comes with beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetables and strawberry jello so I forced myself to eat it. Some of my neighbors can be so nice.

I got some news when I was told to come to the hospital in Hugo for a checkup. When he got done he said Dr. Olsen would let me know how it came out. In a few days I got a letter on how it came out. It said everything was fine. Oh happy day. My neighbor Bill Skinner took me up. He is a good one.
Allen stopped in one day to tell me he had been to Burlington to get his car worked on. That is a long drive but he got it done.

LeeAnn called today for a little visit. Not a long one but we let one another know how we are doing. They don’t have any snow for skiing. They went up to the lake and done some ice skating. She said there were about fifty people up there. It reminds me of when we used to skate where Hammers live.  Lee would get on her hands and knees and I would jump over her and never missed once.

Well I don’t have much news except thinking of when April comes around. It will be exciting when the Broncos go for the championship.

Some more good news.  Bill is coming over to carry in a few pieces of wood for my wood burning stove.

Dry Bean Assessment

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment per the request of the Colorado Dry Bean Administrative Committee as they are seeking approval to increase the assessment from $0.04/hundredweight (cwt.) to $0.08/cwt. for producers and from $0.02/cwt. to $0.04/cwt. for handlers.

The goal of a marketing order is to establish and expand the market as well as create and maintain that product as a viable crop in Colorado.  The current assessment rate has been in effect since 1988. If passed, the increase will allow the Committee to invest in research of new upright varieties and pest control as well as education, promotion and other issues of concern to the Colorado bean industry, growers and consumers.

The meeting will be held at Colorado State University’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) Plant Science Conference Room, 4616 NE Frontage Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80524 on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Written comments may also be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to Casey Palmer at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, 700 Kipling Street, Suite 4000, Lakewood, CO 80215. All comments must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Paper is NOT dead!

Paper is NOT dead... We are betting our future on it! 
take 30 seconds of your life to watch this video! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lincoln County Oil Production.

Lincoln County's 2013 Oil Boom 

By Will Bublitz

Lincoln County experienced a small “oil boom” during 2013 with an unusually high number of new drilling permits being issued.

According to John Dewitt, Lincoln County Land Use Administrator, his office saw a surge in applications for well permits last year that it had not seen previously.

“Lincoln County issued 107 drilling permits during 2013,” DeWitt said. “At the start of last year, we had a little more than a hundred active or producing wells, so that more than doubles the number of oil wells we have.”

As of the first week of January 2014, there are a total of 182 oil wells in Lincoln County.
“That’s 182 wells that are active, producing or capable of producing oil,” DeWitt said. “That number also includes wells that have been permitted, but not yet drilled.” 

While issuing more than a hundred well permits last year may sound impressive, DeWitt cautioned it is not that many compared to some other areas in Colorado.

Friday, January 10, 2014

More wind towers coming to Lincoln County!

By Will Bublitz

More of those gigantic wind-energy turbine towers are going to be erected in northern Lincoln County starting in the spring of 2014 after a decision by the county commissioners during their final meeting of 2013.

By a unanimous vote at their Monday, Dec. 30 meeting, the commissioners approved a Use By Special Review and Development Permit for the construction of Limon 3, the third phase of the NextEra Resources’ wind energy project in Lincoln County. The company’s Limon 1 and 2 projects were completed in 2012 and are currently in operation.

In approving the development permit, the commissioners acted upon the recommendation of the Lincoln County Land Use Board which held at public hearing on the application for the Limon 3 project on December 19.

The permit gives NextEra permission to build a wind-energy generation facility of “approximately 200 megawatts and consisting of up to 121 wind turbine generators, together with mount transformers, buried and overhead cable, substations, private gravel roads, meteorological towers, operations and maintenance facilities, related equipment and structures, rights-of-way, temporary batch plant and a transmission line, and other ancillary facilities and uses...”

The Limon 3 project will be built over a 49,600-acre area of Lincoln County north of Interstate 70 between the towns of Genoa and Arriba.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

See the Northern Lights TONIGHT!

***from KDVR Denver: 

DENVER — A rare solar storm may make the Northern Lights visible as far south as Colorado and New Mexico this week, the University of Colorado Boulder said.

Daniel Baker, director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, said a coronal mass ejection tied to a large solar flare began to impact Earth early Thursday morning, hitting the planet’s outer magnetic shield and causing spectacular light displays about midnight tonight and possibly into Friday.

“The aurora borealis, or ‘false dawn of the north,’ are brilliant dancing lights in the night sky caused by intense interactions of energetic electrons with the thin gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere,” Baker said. “The aurora are most commonly seen in Alaska, northern Canada and Scandinavia when the sun sends out powerful bursts of energy.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts have estimated there is a 90 percent chance the coronal mass ejection will hit Earth today. Generally only visible in Alaska, Canada and other northern climes, the aurora may now briefly make it down into the contiguous U.S.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Karval covered with weeds

Charles W. Hoffman
With most of Colorado talking about “Weed” in the new year, Karval residents are wishing their weeds were gone. Houses and fence rows are being completely buried by tumble weeds. Drought damaged pasture and crop lands are the perfect growing conditions for the noxious weed. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wildhorse Roundup 1-2-14

Due to an early deadline for New Years Eve, we were unable to get the Wildhorse Roundup by Curtis Shrimp into the newspaper. We will have this, along with the news for next week in the paper, but just to keep everyone from falling behind, here is the Wildhorse Roundup for this week.

My son Steve took me to Denver for Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve at Deb’s folks, Frank and Jeannie Arellanes for a nice meal. There was a large crowd with a lot of presents. There was some good guitar playing and singing which is always nice. We spent Christmas at Steve and Deb’s house where thirty of us had a good meal and more presents and singing.

Steve brought me home on Thursday. Rusty, my dog, was sure glad to get home. Steve and LeeAnn bought me a new TV that I have to get used to with lots of channels. My neighbor Bill Skinner came over and set it up. He also brought me some beans he cooked to put in some canned chili without beans. I just ate some green chili, which was a little hot.

Our postmistress Susie Paintin, a real jewel, and her husband Tony, were guests at the home of Sandy Paintin for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

My daughter LeeAnn and girls called me today, Sunday, and we had a nice visit. Jessi and Jenni have to get back to school soon. They took some tests and done very well. They said it was raining with a lot of wind. The store gave all the help new uniforms that they wear to work. John has got some time off during the holidays.  Kirsti was home but has to get back to teaching. They have her teaching first grade and she said the children seem small. She used to teach fifth grade.

Well the Broncos really got after it today. Manning was doing so good he only had to play two quarters. We will see how the playoffs go.

Curtis said he didn’t know what he was going to do on New Year’s Eve; didn’t know if Steve was going to come get him or what. He said if he was home he would “whoop and holler” when the New Year came in.

Curtis will be celebrating his 99th birthday on January 19th.  He told me he quit chasing the girls and when I asked him why, he said he had a bum leg. Steve made an appointment for Curtis to see his doctor in January and hopefully he will get some relief from the pain in his leg.  Steve got him a walker which helps him get around Curtis said.

Thank you Curtis for your news and the joy you have brought to so many. We all love you!