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.”

Genoa Man Arrested

A Genoa-area man is now incarcerated at the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo after being arrested on felony drug and weapons possession charges last week.

On Friday May 2, the Hugo Marshal's Office, with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, executed search warrants at two residences north of the town of Genoa in unincorporated Lincoln County.  The resident, Roger W. Bruch, was taken into custody on scene without incident for an outstanding misdemeanor theft warrant.

“During the searches, numerous firearms were seized, along with evidence of an extensive cultivation operation of hallucinogenic mushrooms.” Marshal Joy Hemby said.  “Also seized was a quantity of marijuana in excess of two ounces.”

Bruch was subsequently charged with Unlawful Distributing, Manufacturing, Dispensing or Sale of a Controlled Substance, which is a Level 3 Drug Felony; Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, which is a Level 4 Drug Felony; six counts of Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, which are each Class 5 Felonies; and Possession of Marijuana, More Than Two Ounces, which is a Level I Drug Misdemeanor.

Bruch was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and required to post a total of $260,000 cash-only bond. He made his first appearance on the charges at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Monday, May 5.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Into The Woods

 We have photos of Into The Woods as performed by the 2014 Limon Choir. 

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