Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Youth Leadership Tour Awarded

K.C. Electric is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Youth Leadership Tour and Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. 

Katherine Renee Liptrap of Hugo, Colo. was selected as the student to go to Washington D.C. as part of the 2016 Youth Tour. That trip will be June 9-16, 2016. 

Kristen Lee Veliz from Vona, Colo. was selected to attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark, Colo.  Glen Eden is just 18 miles north of Steamboat.  That trip will be July 17-22, 2016.

Congratulations to both young ladies.  These are awesome opportunities to grow and learn and we believe they will benefit greatly from these opportunities.  Winners were selected by the scholarship committee of the K.C. Electric Board of Directors.

Katherine Liptrap

Kristen Veliz

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2015 Jon Scott Chili Cook Off Winners

Limon Housing Authority 4th Annual Jon Scott Chili Cook Off winners are: Peggy McDannel winning 1st and Karen Williams placing 2nd.

The two women are sisters and participate in all the dinners held at Limon Housing Authority.  They also have another sister, Camille Olson who live at Limon Housing Authority after recently moving to Limon. 

All three are great cooks and there is never a dull moment when the "Sisters" are around. Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Voter turnout falls under 36%

The official voter turnout in Colorado's 2015 "off year" election was 35.7 percent, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced last week.

The Nov. 3 election featured one statewide ballot measure, on marijuana taxes, a school board recall in the Jefferson County School District and various other races and issues.

The statewide voter registration system shows that of Colorado's 3,513,1688 voters, 1,241,055 voted by mail ballot, while another 13,115 voted in person.

"The single biggest factor in turnout is the candidates and issues that are on the ballot," Williams said. "That's why we anticipate a higher turnout in 2016, which is a presidential election year."

The turnout this year is less than in the last coordinated election, in 2013, when 46.2 percent of Coloradans voted in the first state-mandated mail-ballot election. On the ballot that year was Amendment 66, a controversial $950 million tax hike for education that was overwhelmingly defeated.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Photo Contest Winner

FORT MORGAN – Morgan Community College (MCC) congratulates Dean Thorne of Fort Morgan for submitting the winning image for the College’s annual calendar photo contest.

“The committee reviewed over 65 entries for next year’s poster,” said Katie Barron, Director of College Communications and Marketing. “As with each year, the committee is challenged to select just one image.”

Thorne’s photograph was taken on County Road 22 near Highway 76. “I love how the frost obscures the color and outlines, making everything almost like a pencil drawing,” shares the photographer.
The image, “Frozen in Time,” is featured on the 2016 poster calendar and is available for free at all MCC locations.

The calendar project, which began in 1996, represents the entire MCC service area in eastern Colorado.

Wildlife collisions above average.

Each fall, data show an increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado highways.

With the first few storms of the season, wildlife have moved down from the high country as they do each year—and they continue to move to food and water sources, crossing highways along their routes. A majority of the collisions occur during dark hours, from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and they are also more difficult to see.

In Colorado there were 3,960 wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) reported to law enforcement in 2014 (the most recent data), up from 3,437 in 2013 and above the 10-year average of 3,590 (the highest amount of hits reported in one year was 4,013 in 2012). Of the 3,960 WVCs in 2014, 3,667 involved vehicle damage, 287 involved injuries and 6 involved human fatalities (source:  CDOT Traffic & Safety Division).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Karval Honors those who have served

On Veteran's Day, November 11, 2015 the Karval Student Council held a ceremony honoring those who have served. A hymn for each branch of the military was played. Their flag was presented and members of the branch stood. Then the POW flag entered and a moment of silence was observed.

After the ceremony, all students were encouraged to thank a veteran, then everyone was invited to join the students for lunch.  Ryan Clark, Student Council Advisor, welcomesd veterans, community member and students. The Army flag entered members of the Army at attention. Wade Yoder presented the POW flag.

Members of the choir directed by Sarah Nuss performed at the Veteran's Day Ceremony. Left to right Emily Nelson, Anna Strickland, Kaycee Strickland, Maggie Reid, Lyndee Yoder, Marissa Harris, Jordan Bautch, Maggie Cordor, Braydon Fox.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pirate School Board swears in members

By Will Bublitz

Resolving the problem of an unstable retaining wall before the school construction grant expires was a main topic of discussion at the Genoa-Hugo Board of Education meeting Monday, Nov. 16.

The retaining wall, located next of the Genoa-Hugo School’s main entrance and visitor’s parking lot, has been concern since the completion of the Genoa-Hugo School District Addition/Renovation Project and the school’s reopening in August 2014. “Unstable soils” were determined to be the cause, but earlier efforts to fix solve the problem failed.

To come up with a solution, the school district hired CTL Thompson of Denver last summer. In a report, its engineers concluded the soils under the retaining wall and parking lot/plaza area are “continuing to consolidate due to moisture, both during the time of construction, as well as from this past spring’s historic precipitation.”

Based upon CTL Thompson’s recommendations, the school district hired Hayward Baker, a company that specializes in geotechnical construction. Its crew began work last week by boring holes at various levels along the retaining wall as well as down from the top.

“They’ve already pumped 12 yards of compaction grout into the holes which is quite a lot,” Superintendent Frank Reeves said. “They were hoping to finish by this Friday, but that might depend upon the weather.”

Reeves explained it may take until spring to determine whether the soils around the retaining wall have stabilized as a result of the work.

The current effort to fix the retaining wall is being pushed because the BEST (Build Excellent Schools Today) grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) will expire on December 6. That grant has been paying the majority of the costs for the Genoa-Hugo School District Addition/Renovation Project. Any additional funding requests for the remaining BEST grant money must be submitted prior to that date.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CFB celebrates 97 years this weekend

Colorado Farm Bureau is hosting its 97th annual meeting Nov. 19-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colo.

This year’s meeting is about joining and engaging in the cause of protecting and promoting agriculture and rural values. CFB's annual meeting reflects Farm Bureau’s grassroots tradition, as Farm Bureau leaders gather to consider policies developed by farmers and ranchers to set a state and national course. This tradition has continued since our founding in 1919, and it is the source of our authenticity, strength and vision.

“It is our tradition to gather our membership for our state annual meeting, where we will discuss policy development, elect leaders and gain new skills that will help Colorado Farm Bureau attain our vision,” Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau said.

On Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. the meeting’s general session begins with an address by Sen. Cory Gardner. Following Sen. Gardner’s speech, CFB President Don Shawcroft and E.V.P. Chad Vorthmann will discuss current issues facing Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

Keynote speaker Mark Young, Chief Technology Officer at Climate Corp., will follow and talk about new technologies and developments that will benefit the ag industry. Dr. Ajay Menon, CSU Dean of Agricultural Sciences, will wrap up general session with a speech about the state of CSU’s ag program and where it’s heading. Following general session, outstanding membership and organization efforts of CFB members and counties will be recognized during the awards luncheon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Delayed delivery

Due to Veterans Day falling on Wednesday, all subscriptions will be delayed.
The Post Office will resume normal operations on Thursday, and your paper will arrive accordingly.

Due to the pressing winter storm, we will be delivering papers as the weather allows us to be on shelves, but we will be delivering Limon, Hugo, and Arriba as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration as we thank those who have served our country!

NWS issues warning

A warning has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS)! Today marks the first measurable snow in 2014, and looks to do the same in 2015. 
Please remain safe on the roads and in your homes!

The following are remarks from the NWS.

Blizzard Warning in effect from 10 PM this evening to noon MST Wednesday...
The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Blizzard Warning which is in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to noon MST Wednesday. The blizzard watch is no longer in effect.
* Timing. Moderate to heavy snowfall develop late tonight and will continue through Wednesday morning.
* Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches will be possible.
* Wind will decrease visibility as north winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph late tonight. Northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph Wednesday morning with gusts to 55 mph. Areas of blowing snow will reduce visibility to near zero at times.
* This warning impacts areas of blowing snow will also produce snow packed and slick roadways. Severely restricted visibility in the more open areas of Interstates 70 and 76 to the East and northeast of Denver. These areas will be especially susceptible to strong winds and possible closures. Plan your travel accordingly.
Precautionary/preparedness actions...
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle

Healping people deal

By Will Bublitz

Helping deal with the mental and emotional problems of prisoners sentenced to years of incarceration for the serious crimes they committed is the day-to-day job of Reed Berndt, the Mental Health Supervisor at the Limon Correctional Facility (LCF). 

Reed has worked at LCF for eight years, including the last five as the Mental Health Supervisor. He has more than 18-1/2 years of experience of working with prison inmates.

“The Limon Correctional Facility is a closed custody facility that houses inmates of all types from murderers on down,” he said. “I joke with my parents that I now work with all of the people they used to warn me to stay away from when I was growing up.”

Although he holds the position of Mental Health Supervisor, Reed is not an administrator but works directly with the inmates. He has to do that because LCF has such a small staff of mental health professionals.

“There is only one other mental health counselor and two drug-and-alcohol counselors right now,” he said. “I have to be involved in working with the inmates.”

To provide the help the inmates need, Reed and his staff conduct individual one-on-one sessions as well as group sessions.

“We also manage any crises the inmates may be experiencing,” he said.

To say their task is challenging would be an understatement.

“Limon Correctional Facility has a inmate population of about 950,” Reed said. “Right now, we’re dealing with an average of about 370 of those inmates. So we’re running hard all day long.”
Just the sheer volume of inmates who need counseling makes the job very demanding.

Sunday, November 8, 2015, where America’s military connects with civilian careers, is holding a job fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is open to all transitioning military, veterans and military family members. Free lunch will be provided for the first 200 active duty military with ID or in uniform.

A mix of Fortune 500 and local military-friendly companies will be present including Aurora Police Department, Centura Health, Vinnell Arabia, Children's Hospital of Colorado, Colorado Springs Police Department, Lockheed Martin, City of Denver Colorado, and McLane Company Inc.

Job seekers may register at the door, although military and prior military are encouraged to take advantage of’s unique BestFit™ Profile pre-matching process. This process ensures a company’s representatives will meet the attendees whose backgrounds offer the best fit for their positions. Attendees may pre-register at

Friday, November 6, 2015

Pheasants in Co?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces the 2015-16 Eastern Plains pheasant and quail forecast just in time for opening weekend Nov. 14.

The two seasons for pheasant and three seasons for quail vary in duration and location around the state.

The forecast is encouraging, said Ed Gorman, CPW’s small game program manager. He reports pheasant populations across the eastern plains of Colorado continue a steady improvement after the severe drought in 2012 and 2013.

In northeast Colorado, pheasant call count surveys in 2015 were up approximately 60 percent  from 2014, averaging approximately 28.6 calls per station across all routes. While this is lower than the call counts of 2011, it is an improvement over 2014 and higher than most years over the past 20 years. The 2015 crowing count survey suggests that pheasant populations are rebuilding, which is expected considering the high precipitation totals in the core pheasant areas during the last two years.
In southeast Colorado, counts are still low, which is typical for the area, but pheasants are slowly building. Breeding populations of pheasants and habitat quality is impacted more frequently and severely from drought in the southeast, than in core pheasant ranges of the northeast. Southern pheasant populations, therefore, are prone to greater variation between survey years.

CPW officials, however, explain a complete recovery to recent modern-day high populations  will take time and is highly dependent on the weather and available habitat. The prevalence of Conservation Reserve Program fields composed of pheasant beneficial grasses and forbs is particularly important to pheasant populations, but unfortunately, the number of CRP fields is declining.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Drones come to San Luis Valley

A collaborative effort involving six counties, the University of Colorado Boulder and the nonprofit aerospace advocacy group, UAS Colorado, has paved the way for the launch and testing of two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the San Luis Valley.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded two Certificates of Authorization (COA) for the aircraft to fly in an 8,000-square-mile air space in the San Luis Valley to heights of 15,000 feet. San Luis Valley’s Leach Airport in Center, Colo., will be the primary operations hub for UAS testing in the valley, with participation by number of other airports scattered across the valley, said Alamosa County Attorney Jason Kelly.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Badgers at Rocky Ford

Badgers vs. the Rocky Ford Meloneers

The Badgers play a conference game against Rocky Ford who is coming off of back to back games without scoring points. The Badgers suffered a tough loss in front of a home crowd last week and will be looking for redemption.

Deadly Crash near Hugo.

By Will Bublitz

A huge accident involving four semis has left two drivers dead, two injured and several cattle dead and injured east of Hugo on Highway 40/287 last Wednesday, Oct. 21.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the collisions occurred at 4:52 p.m. when Duane Olson, 60, of Kansas, veered his westbound semi into the highway’s eastbound lane.

Olson’s semi first sideswiped two semis driven by 29-year-old Joshua Ramirez of Dodge City, Kan. and 43-year-old Jorge Moya of Miami, Fla., before crashing head-on into a third semi driven by Clint Torres, 30, of Mansfield, Texas.

Olson and Torres were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Ramirez was taken by ambulance to Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo for treatment of minor injuries. Moya was uninjured in the accident.

Despite the impact, all four semis remained upright after the collisions. Olson’s semi came to rest on the north side of the highway while the other three semis stopped on the south side.

The two semis involved in the head-on crash were total losses. The semis driven by Ramirez and Moya sustained serious damage.

Several cattle being hauled by one of the semis were also killed or injured in the crash.

The reason that Olson’s semi veered into the path of the oncoming semis has not yet been determined. The Colorado State Patrol is continuing its investigation.

“This case is still open,” said Trooper Josh Lewis of the State Patrol’s Public Information Office.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Remembering the past

In Remembrance of Arriba’s 1938 Tornado

By: Lola Quinn

Another tornado touched Arriba, Colo. last week Thursday July 2 and although it was not as disastrous as it could have been, many small building were blown around and wheat elevators being moved and trees toppled over, the wind and dirt were overwhelming. One family reported that , as they were sitting in their home watching the weather report on TV saying “ Tornados could be possible” they looked out a northeast window and the very strong wind was just outside of their home. They only had time to open windows as the tornado winds to 97 mph formed a vacuum that can cause much damage.

As I was informed of this, my mind started remembering so many parts of the big tornado that hit Arriba in 1938. I was born in Arriba and was 15 years old when on a Sunday after church and then the usual baseball game, my parents and I were watching a big blue-black cloud that wars forming in the southwest. We realized it was getting closer and as we had a car with a cloth top it was driven very close to the house and my mother covered it with blankets and rocks to hold down the covers. She came running into the house and we ran to stairs that led to the basement. There was a window where we stopped to watch what was going on and the neighbor’s shed was rolling across our backyard at a very fast pace from the ferocious wind.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Badger Volleyball goes BIG

The Lady Badgers take on the Calhan Bulldogs in what could be their toughest match of the year.

The Sad State of Freedom in America

By Mark Hillman

Some 30 years ago, a common retort by my classmates when told that we could not do something was, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?”

I don’t hear that rhetorical question much these days.  Maybe that’s because the answer is changing before our very eyes.

The other day, I had lunch in a restaurant that posted a sign that was once common: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”

Well, if they refuse service to someone who isn’t an able-bodied heterosexual white male, they’d better have a good lawyer and deep pockets to defend themselves.

In today’s America, restaurants – like most businesses – are “places of public accommodation,” which means that someone to whom service is refused can file a civil rights lawsuit seeking damages for unlawful discrimination due to race, gender, creed, disability or sexual orientation.

If management had a valid, legal reason for telling the sorehead to leave their property, they may win in court – after spending $50,000 on a lawyer.  Or they may cut their losses and agree to a settlement.
Regardless, they will think twice before refusing service to anyone else in our “free country.”

Anti-discrimination laws were instituted with a worthy intent: to protect unfair treatment of black Americans who, in some places, were told they couldn’t buy food at the local grocery store or be treated at the nearest hospital.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ham Radio Event

Ham Radio Comes Out of Mom’s Basement
and into the 21st Century

The most common response I get when I tell people I am a ham is, “I didn’t know they still do ham radio anymore.  It’s so old fashioned.”

The mention of amateur radio often conjures up images of Radar O’Riley frantically cranking on a military field radio phone or, worse, a thick-spectacled loner in mom’s basement listening to crackling signals coming from a glowing box leaking mysterious radiation.

Modern ham radio has actually moved with and sometimes in advance of the technology we are all familiar with.  Amateur radio can transmit television signals mounted on drones which are used to survey wildfire damage before it is safe for a human to enter the burn area.  Modern hams living in areas struck by severe weather are often the first voices to come out of the affected area.  We work on our stations to make them able to survive a disaster and we use exercises like Field Day to practice taking our radios out and setting up towers and antennas under field conditions.

Among the things which local hams can do is communication via satellite, moon bounce, location tracking, remote messaging, e-mail communication over the radio and signaling via radio transmission.

The Big Sandy Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Jamboree on the Air for local Boy Scouts and for anyone else who is interested in amateur radio.  We will be operating from the Hub City Senior Center starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 17th.  We will run the station as long as we have folks who are interested in joining us.  A light lunch will be served.

If you have ever had an interest in becoming a licensed ham, please come by and see us.  We will be glad to help you prepare to take your license test.  For more information please contact Ed, AD5MQ, 719 297-1092 or Sharon, KC0PBR, 719 648-4857.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Opinions starting to roll in

Dear Editor,

RECYCLING- It’s a good deal! Wait a minute...The Town bills me for recycling, which I may or may not want to do, and collects my $7.00. Approximately a 42 percent increase in my trash fee. The Town then pays my $7.00 to Mr. Holley to pick up my recycling. The Town save between $1.05 and $3.00 in landfill fees. Mr. Holley reaps the profits from the recycling and he has my $7.00.

In return for my $7.00, that the Town has paid to Mr. Holley, the Town is also billing and collecting a fee from him. Therefore, the Town is also paying for postage, envelopes, paper, accounting, etc. for the collection of such fee in Mr. Holley’s benefit and behalf. More than likely the Town will also take the complaint calls if the recycling is not picked up in a timely manner or if the wind has blown it all about. But, lets not forget, the Town has saved $1.29.

This is a good deal for “someone” but not for me, nor the Town of Limon. I will continue to use the current recycling facilities already in place.

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Buchanan

Friday, October 9, 2015

Town Board considers recycling program

By Will Bublitz

A proposal for a townwide recycling program was presented to the Limon Board of Trustees at its Thursday, Oct. 1 meeting, but before agreeing to it the trustees are asking for the community’s input.
Kennard Holley, the owner/manager of Recyco, LLC of Limon, said his new company plans to offer recycling services to all residences and businesses inside the town. The recycling items that will be picked up include aluminum, metal cans and plastics.

“Recyco LLC will provide weekly curbside service, provide the recycling receptacle and handle all issues and components of the recycling process at curbside,” Holley said.

Under Holley’s proposal, the Town of Limon would enter into a year contract with Recyco LLC and agree to pay a $7 per month fee on every residential account. Businesses would be charged on a case-by-case basis after determining the volume of their recycling material.

Flu Season

Influenza is dangerous for children (It’s flu season!)

Influenza (“the flu”) is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, many children get sick with seasonal flu; some of those illnesses result in death.

Children commonly need medical care because of influenza, especially before they turn 5 years old. Severe influenza complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old. Children with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system are at especially high risk of developing serious flu complications. Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications. Flu seasons vary in severity, however some children die from flu each year. Last influenza season, more than 140 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported.

The single best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called “trivalent” vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus. In addition, there are flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same three viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age require two doses of influenza vaccine. Your child’s health care provider can tell you whether two doses are recommended for your child.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CASB Honors School Board Member

Limon School Board member Bart O’Dwyer is the board member that meets the criteria for the CASB McGuffey Award.  Bart has been an active member of the Limon School Board for the past eight years and is now in the last months of his final term, due to term limits. Prior to coming onto the school board, Bart coached multiple girls’ basketball summer league and gold crown teams coached junior high basketball at the Limon School.  Two years ago, Bart was appointed as the high school girls’ basketball head coach. 

As many of you know, the Limon School District obtained a BEST grant to build a new school and the project began early last year. Bart’s construction experience has been invaluable to the board, particularly in the decision processes relating to construction and design of this monumental project.

As a long-time business owner, Bart’s knowledge and understanding of budget methods have also proven instrumental and he has provided immeasurable assistance to our school district during his tenure on the board.  He has always given 100 percent to the school and the school board, and the input he has provided during multiple budgetary decisions over the past eight years directly contributed to the success of the Limon School.  

I am proud and honored to nominate Bart O’Dwyer for the CASB McGuffey Award!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Possible Scam

Publisher’s note:

We do our best to weed out the junk advertisements from our paper, but it seems like one slipped through last week.

We have received word from the Limon Police Department that this is likely a scam and people seem to be having problems terminating contact once they inquire about the position.

Please disregard the advertisement!

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the advertiser has caused.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Real smart at Limon Chrysler!

By Will Bublitz

Looking for an expert mechanic who can take care of your vehicle? If you are, then go see Dennis Boyles, the new mechanic at the Limon Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership.

Dennis started at the local dealership about four weeks ago. He comes to his new job with 33 years of experience as a auto and diesel mechanic.

“I can do everything from cars to semis to farm equipment to construction equipment,” he said. “My favorites are pickup trucks. I don’t care if they are Fords, Chevys or Dodges because I love working on them. It just seems like these big hands of mine just fit better into those big trucks.”

During his more than three decades as a mechanic, Dennis has worked on all makes and models of vehicles. His experience includes working for several years as the chief mechanic for a company’s fleet of 300 vehicles. Also at one time, he owned and operated his own Recreational Vehicle (RV) business.

“Being a mechanic and working on vehicles is something I love to do,” he said. “In my spare time, I used to build hot rods.”

Dennis’s love for auto mechanics began at an early age while growing up in Lakewood, Colo.
“I knew before I was in high school that I wanted to be a mechanic,” he said. “My Dad was a carpenter, but he built motors on the side. I’d work with him during the summers as his laborer. That’s when I took an interest in mechanics.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Badgers vs Cubs

The Limon Badgers volleyball team has a home non-conference match against Simla! Se it live, Right here!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New face at LCH

By Will Bublitz

Lincoln Community Hospital (LCH) and its clinic in Limon are enhancing their patient care with the addition of Karrie Holmes, a new family nurse practitioner.

Karrie is currently seeing patients at LCH’s Limon Family Practice Clinic and its Gordon Clinic in Hugo.

“I just started in August, but I was already familiar with the local area after doing my clinical rotation at Lincoln Community Hospital last year,” she said. “Right now, I’m floating between the Gordon and Limon clinics as needed, but I should have a more set schedule later in September.”

As a family nurse practitioner, Karrie can perform most of the same medical treatments as a physician.

“A family nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has gotten a Master’s degree in science,” she said. “That enables me to do the same clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment as a physician. Under Colorado law, nurse practitioners can work independently unlike a physician’s assistant who has to work with a doctor.”

At present, the only thing that Karrie cannot do on her own is write prescriptions.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The man behind the counter

By Will Bublitz

Filling your prescription and ensuring you understand how to take those medications correctly is the job of Andrew Quitiquit, the new pharmacist at Hoffman Drug in Limon.

Andrew has been working with local customers since June 1 after graduating from the University of Colorado with a Doctorate of Pharmacy on May 23. He became a fully licensed pharmacist on September 1.

“At Hoffman Drug, I measure out the quantities of medications as prescribed by the doctors and dispense them to the patients,” he said. “I also clarify the doctors’ medication orders.”
Andrew explained his use of the word “clarify” means it is his duty as a pharmacist to help the patient understand how to safely take those medications.

“Some medications you take either with or without food, others once a day or at set times of the day,” he said. “Where it gets complicated is when patients are on multiple medications. They need to be aware of potential side effects and the timing of taking the medications, so a large part of my job is educating them about these drugs.”

Andrew is fully qualified to teach patients about the composition and physical effects of their medications because he holds degrees in both pharmacology and chemistry.

“Occasionally as a pharmacist, we have to mix compounds, so I get to use my chemistry training,” he said. “But usually in pharmacology, you’re just handling prepared medications. As a pharmacist, the most important thing to know is how these medications will impact a patient’s physiology.”
He also explained that another important part of a pharmacist’s job is getting to know the patients as individuals.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Badger Homecoming Football

Homecoming with Badger Style!
Welcome to all returning Alumni as the Badgers take on Peyton for the game of the year!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Painting the Helipad

HELIPAD PAINTING – AirLife and Lincoln Community Hospital staff members, as well as local adults and children, participated in the Helipad Painting Party at the new AirLife medical helicopter base in Hugo last Thursday, Sept. 3. The helipad was repainted with bright new colors. Several local children got to mark the helipad with their painted handprints to celebrate the occasion. Two-month-old Averi Stum placed her tiny footprint on the helipad with assistance from her mother Amber Stum. The new medical helicopter base is scheduled to become operational on September 21. An AirLife helicopter and its four-member crew will be on standby 24/7 to respond to medical emergencies throughout the central plains of Colorado.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Badgers vs Pirates

Lincoln County Rivalry comes to life right here!  Brought to you by Tim Andersen on the Cube!
We are cheering for both teams, so it might get a little loud!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Saving lives

By Will Bublitz

Saving lives at the scene of a vehicle crash or a serious medical emergency is the job of Doug Freeman, one of the paramedics of the Limon Ambulance Service (LAS).

Paramedics are usually the first health care professionals to arrive at the scene of an emergency. Its their responsibility to make an initial assessment of a patient’s condition and provide medical assistance en route to a hospital. 

“As a paramedic, I’m able to provide Advanced Life Support for my patients,” Freeman said. “Depending on their condition, I can administer treatments and perform procedures that can be life saving. I’m also able to do some advanced procedures including administering some new pain medications.”

As a paramedic, Freeman is one of the most highly qualified members of LAS. However, he believes the public can also be confident in the high level of expertise held by the ambulance service’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

“We have a lot of EMT’s here at Limon Ambulance that I’d feel safe putting my own life in their hands,” he said. “They have the technical savvy to do what needs to be done to help patients. There’s an old saying that paramedics save lives, but EMT’s save paramedics. That’s true here at the Limon Ambulance Service.”

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Leadville Trail draws local ties

Lesley Jones Cortright, 37 year old granddaughter of Don and Della Knutson ran in the  Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run on August 22, 2015 in Leadville, CO. 

She finished with a time of 28 hours and 23 minutes which earned her a prized silver belt buckle.  An honor only given to those whom finish under 30 hours. 
Cortright placed 26th out of 61 women finishers.

The Ultra-marathon is held annually on trails near Leadville, Colorado through the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  Runners climb and descend 22,000 feet, with elevations ranging between 9,200 feet to 12,620 feet. 

624 runners started the race and 319 finished.

The race began at 4:00 a.m. and ended in 30 hours or less in downtown Leadville, elevation 10,152 feet.  They ran on technical trails around Turquoise Lake up towards Hagerman Pass to Sugarloaf Mountain. 

They continue up and down a rugged, steep, and deep creviced power line trail in the dark. 
The run continued on trails and dirt roads in the tree line below Mt. Elbert, which then brought the runners in to the town of Twin Lakes, elevation 9,203 feet.  From Twin Lakes the race continued through a marsh and crossed Lake Creek before they start the climb up and over Hope Pass, elevation 12,620 feet.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Badgers vs Yuma

Chase ends in arrest

By Will Bublitz

Local law enforcement officers finally corralled and arrested an auto theft suspect who initially eluded them after a high speed chase inside Limon last week.

The suspect, 29-year-old Aaron Cannell of Broomfield, surrendered to the officers after they found him hiding inside a house in a residential area of the town. He is currently being held at the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo facing multiple charges.

The incident that led to Cannell’s arrest began about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 when the Limon Police received a radio message that a 1988 Chevrolet pickup owned by the Town of Hugo had been stolen and was headed toward Limon on Highway 40/287.

“After being notified, I went out on the highway, spotted the pickup and turned to follow it,” Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell said. “As the vehicle entered the town, it pulled into the parking lot of the Ace Hardware and stopped. I drove into the parking lot and activated my patrol vehicle’s lights. That’s when the pursuit began.”

The stolen Chevy pickup rocketed out of the parking lot and turned west onto Limon’s Main Street at a high-rate of speed.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LCH Hears progress reports

By Will Bublitz

Presentations on increasing patient numbers and revenue to Lincoln Community Hospital (LCH) and its satellite clinics were a major part of the Board of Directors meeting last Thursdsay, Aug. 27.

The main speaker was Gail Finley, vice president of Rural Health with the Colorado Hospital Association who made a Power Point presentation. She discussed integrated care, the diversity of medical services available to patients, profitability, strengthening community loyalty and the use of new medical technologies.

Another speaker was Alexandra Mannerings who talked about the local patient market and migration to urban medical centers. She displayed charts and graphs that detailed these areas.

Jan Young, a Health Information Management consultant working at LCH for the past few months, also spoke about her efforts to help the hospital make the transition to electronic medical records. 
Prior to the start of Thursday’s meeting, Kevin Stansbury, LCH’s Chief Executive Officer, led the board members outside on a tour of the patio project that is under construction. The patio is located on the northeastern side of the hospital adjacent to the Care Center.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lions make donation

PATIO DONATION – Hugo Lions President John Mohan presents a check for $500 to Judy Vick for the Gift of Life Foundation. The donation will be used for the new patio that is under construction at the Care Center of Lincoln Community Hospital. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A time in the past.

Jessica Hoffman
Craig Bailey stands proudly by the old “Master Clock.”

The Clock in the main office of the school was originally purchased by Limon Schools in the late 1920's and was made by the International Time Recording Co. which is part of today's IBM company.  It is what is referred to as a "Master Clock" because it controlled the bell system and also was connected to all of the clocks in the various classrooms and sent a signal every minute to make sure they stayed on time with the Master Clock.  In the center of the clock there are a stack of 7 big brass dials, 1 for each day of the week and they had teeth that could be moved to set the bell schedule for each day.  As the clock runs, it advances the dials and would ring the bells when it reached the correct time.  

At Limon, as the story is told by some Alumni, the clock was hung in the hallway outside the Superintendent's office.  When the big “old High School” was torn down in the early 1960's it was sold at auction.  It changed hands one more time before ending up with a man in Yuma.  He contacted the Alumni Association in January of 2013 wanting to sell it back. 

The Alumni Association purchased the clock and then raised some donations to have it restored. 
Last spring, the clock was restored but it was found to be in almost perfect order.  The clocksmith cleaned it and made sure it was running properly.  It now is once again keeping time in the office of the new school......although no longer running the bells.  

Later this fall, the plan is to build a shelf/stand for it using bricks from the old Elementary.  Next time you're in the school office check it out and be sure to listen to it clank every 60 seconds! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teeth and gums. Peak Vista is ready.

By Will Bublitz

Helping to improve the health of her patients’ teeth and gums is the job of Kirsten Tacha, a new dental hygienist at Peak Vista Community Health Center in Limon.

Kirsten began working at Peak Vista on July 13 after moving here from Colorado Springs.
“As a dental hygienist, I assess and implement treatment for prevention and intervention of oral diseases,” Kirsten said. “I also educate my patients on oral health to keep their teeth and gums healthy and prevent disease.”

Kirsten’s work includes performing procedures to prevent or treat periodontal disease, which is active gum disease.

“Typically, what that requires is a deep cleaning of the patient’s teeth,” she said. “Most of the patients that come to my chair are here for maintenance such as cleanings, polishing, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene and X-rays. As patients of record with this health center, they come to see me for continuing care.” 

One of the things that Kirsten says she most enjoys about her work as a dental hygienist is that she can work independently.

“Colorado is one of the few states that allows registered dental hygienists like me to operate independently, but here at Peak Vista we work as a team,” she said. “As a hygienist, I collaborate with the dentist to plan treatment. After I finish with a patient, the dentist will come in to do an examination and check X-rays and decide if a patient needs any further treatment. I’m currently working with all the dentists who rotate through this health center.”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Badger Open House

Badgers head back to School on Monday! Have you seen the new school? Take a tour tonight, Friday Aug. 21. at the open house from 4-7.

EF 1 Tornado hits Genoa area

TORNADO DAMAGE – A National Weather Service (NWS) Damage Assessment Team has determined Monday’s storm damage in the Genoa area was caused by an EF1 tornado that packed wind speeds of 90-95 mph. In its initial touchdown, the  small tornado destroyed an open-face barn and some power poles. It then lifted and then touched down a second time south of Genoa where it severely damaged the Hansen Seed Cleaning grain bins. According to Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the reason why the tornado siren in Genoa did not sound is that the National Weather Service’s radar imaging did not indicate a tornado in the area at the time and no visual sightings of tornado funnels were seen during Monday’s storm. However, after an onsite survey of the damage on Tuesday, the NWS Damage Assessment Team determined that a small tornado had actually touched down.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eastern Slope makes donation

Eastern Slope Donates to Digital Library

There will be many exciting changes in the Genoa-Hugo School Library this fall.  Under the direction of Lora White, the library has been completely reorganized by genre. The hope is that both students and teachers will be able to find exactly what they are looking for, especially when the librarian is not available.

Genoa-Hugo School accepted a digital literacy donation from Eastern Slope. These funds were offered to each school and public library in the Eastern Slope service area. Genoa-Hugo School has earmarked this donation to help fund its membership into the AspenCat Union Catalog through the Colorado Library Consortium. Students and staff will have access to over 1 million books from 98 different libraries! Joining AspenCat will allow students to use their tablets to find reliable research materials that can be sent directly to the school library, and will give unlimited personal support to the librarian. Using AspenCat and an internet connection, each student will also have access to a large selection of audio books and ebooks.  It will be a fun year as the staff and students explore these new resources!

Frank Reeves, Genoa-Hugo School Superintendent, accepts a digital literacy donation of $1500 from Pat White, General Manager of Eastern Slope. Librarians Shirley Coleman (L) and Lora White (R) are excited for the staff and students to begin using the additional resources made available through this funding.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Colorado Corn’s Front Range meeting to feature critical drone-safety presentation

Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend its combined Districts 1 and 2 meeting in Loveland, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the agriculture industry.

There will also be a presentation from Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials, who are looking to inform ag producers on safety and the liabilities of operating drones on their farms and ranches.

Colorado Corn’s Districts 1 and 2 encompass much of the Front Range, stretching from Fort Collins down to Colorado Springs (Weld, Larimer, Boulder, Broomfield, Adams, Jefferson, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln and El Paso counties). The District 1-2 meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites (Big Thompson A and B rooms), located at 4705 Clydesdale Parkway in Loveland.

The meal is on Colorado Corn at this meeting. No RSVP needed.

In addition to Colorado Corn staff, representatives of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association will be on hand to discuss the "Think Before You Launch" campaign.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Demolition Derby draws crowd

The annual demolition derby following the Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo drew a great crowd.
Thank you to Sherri Smithburg for sharing these photos with us!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FAIR 2015

SUCH a quick look but here are a few photos of Wednesday at Fair..... We hope it is enough to bring you out to the rest of the week! A Full schedule is available HERE:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Drone-safety presentation

Colorado Corn’s Yuma County meeting
to feature critical drone-safety presentation

Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend its upcoming District 5 meeting in Yuma, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the agriculture industry.

There will also be a presentation from Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials, who are looking to inform ag producers on safety and the liabilities of operating drones on their farms and ranches.

Colorado Corn’s District 5 encompasses all of Yuma County. The District 5 meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Irrigation Research Farm, located at 40161 Colo. Highway 59 in Yuma.

This district meeting will be taking place during the 2015 Yuma Farm Show. No RSVP needed.

 In addition to Colorado Corn staff, representatives of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association will be on hand to discuss the "Think Before You Launch" campaign. This drone education and safety endeavor was created in Colorado and is now being launched nationally.

Peak Vista welcomes nurse practitioner

By Will Bublitz

“Professional” and “caring” are the words that best describe Kendra Back, a family nurse practitioner, who recently joined the staff of Peak Vista Community Health Center in Limon.

Kendra began work at the Peak Vista’s Limon clinic on June 1.

“As a nurse practitioner, I see patients from birth to geriatric,” she said. “I treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. I can also handle emergency situations such as suturing wounds. I’m here to help my patients.”

Kendra comes to her new position at Peak Vista after working all of her adult life in health care. She holds Associate and Master’s degrees in nursing.

As a nurse practitioner, Kendra is trained to perform many of the same tasks that physicians can do.
“I’m a mid-level provider of medical care,” she said. “I can prescribe treatment and write prescriptions as needed by my patients. I also do certain medical procedures.”

Kendra’s demanding work as a nurse practitioner requires her to diagnose a patient’s illness and then prescribe the proper treatment.

“I work independently and have my own set of patients,” she said. “In Colorado, nurse practitioners are not required to work with a supervising physician, but I do consult with the medical center’s physicians at times.”

Like most nurse practitioners, Kendra specializes in a particular area of health care.

Monday, August 3, 2015

2015 Fair Schedule

Saturday, August 1
9:00 a.m. Interview Judging of all 4-H projects, except livestock, poultry and rabbit projects.
2:00 p.m. Fashion Revue Judging (subject to change).

Monday, August 3
Fair Building will be CLOSED.
9:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Horses entered & in place. Open Class entries close                 Friday, July 31.
                Written Tests (Events Building).
10:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA & Open Class Horse Halter Classes.
                4-H/FFA & Open Class Horse Showmanship,
                4-H/FFA & Open Class Horse Trail Course.
                4-H/FFA Horse Timed Classes.

Tuesday, August 4
8a.m.-1 p.m. Fair Building Open to 4-H Clubs Only.
10:00 a.m. 4-H Dog Record Books and club officer books
                due to Fair 4-H Office.
10:30 p.m. 4-H Dog Show.
1:00 p.m. 4-H Booths must be in place.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All market livestock must be stalled.
4:45 pm All Livestock Exhibitors meet with Superintendent.
5:00-7 pm All Market Livestock must be weighed-in.
7:00 p.m. Lincoln County Night (Adult-19 & over ONLY).
                To Enter Contact Anita Smith – 719-768-3333

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Poker Run supports Lockett family

The Hub City Classic Car Show organizers have decided to give all the proceeds of this year's Poker Run to the family of Kirsten Russell Lockett, who was murdered recently. The tragedy has struck the community very hard and the needs are great for her children.

 Registration for the poker run will be from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Flying J in conjunction with the car show registration. The fee is $25 for the first hand and $10 for each additional hand. The run is open to everyone. Bikers have the option of also displaying their motorcycle at the car show and entering to win a trophy for best bike. Other entrants can participate by bike or car and do not need to be part of the car show. The run will go from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will be limited to stops in Lincoln County.

The Friday, Aug. 21 evening events include a meal provided by the Junior Class Parents, Open House for the new school, "We've Got Talent" contest, and a fireworks finale at to be held at the Limon School Complex.

It the spirit of remembrance of the love and joy that Kirsten spread in our community, an inflatable water park will be set up in the stoplight park. Two water slides, a squirt gun obstacle course, and two waterless bouncy houses will complete the scene. Fabulous cars, incredible food, and great vendors will fill downtown Limon. Soap box cars will race, a pinewood derby will be held, Danny Adams, local DJ will entertain, horse shoes will be played, the Rotary Beer garden and the museum will be open all day Saturday, Aug. 22. Please mark your calendars for August 21 and 22 and join us as our community comes together to support a local family.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Limon School Supplies List 2015



2  boxes of basic crayons ( 24 count)
1  bottle of Glue (4 oz size works best with our little hands)
3 glue sticks
1 box washable markers (8 count)
1 box of Kleenix
1 container baby wipes
1 roll paper towels
1 tub of Clorox wipes
1 backpack
1 clipboard
1 pump bottle of hand sanitizer
1 pencil box
1 plain white t-shirt (we will be decorating these in school and will use them throughout the year)

First Degree Murder

By Will Bublitz

A dozen charges have been filed against a Limon man for the alleged murder of his estranged wife.
Richard Allan Lockett, 44, appeared in the 18th Judicial District Court at the Douglas County Justice Center in Castle Rock last Wednesday, July 22. His appearance was on an arrest warrant for the brutal murder of his wife, 36-year-old Kirsten Lockett, who was stabbed to death in Castle Rock during the early morning hours of Saturday, July 18.

 The charges formally filed against Lockett by the 18th Judicial District Attorney are: First Degree Murder – After Deliberation, Class 1 felony; First Degree Murder – Felony Murder, Class 1 felony; Second Degree Kidnapping, Class 2 felony; two counts of First Degree Burglary, Class 3 felony; Second Degree Burglary, Class 3 felony; Stalking, Class 4 felony;  three counts of Violation of a Protection Order, Class 2 misdemeanor; and two counts of Violent Crime – Caused Death/Serious Bodily Injury.

Lockett is currently incarcerated at the Douglas County Jail in Castle Rock on  a no-bond hold. His next hearing is a Case Management Conference set for this Thursday, July 30 in the Douglas County Justice Center, Division 5.

Pick up this week's Limon Leader for the full story and more local news

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Team of True Champions

The East Central 11U All Star baseball team consisted of four Burlington players: Ty Marcum, Hunter Tracy, Michael Gutierrez and Ian Mantey; two Stratton players: Clay Robinson and Braden Wedel; three Hugo players: Wyatt Miller, Colby Simmons and Tyler Higgins; five Limon players:  Chance Cannon, Trey Hines, Ashton Parmer, Ky Bandy and Brady Rockwell; and three coaches:  Rocky Rockwell, Mike Hines and Tom Marcum. This team finished third at the state tournament in Las Animas, Colo., defeating Southern Plains 15-1, before losing to eventual state champion SE Denver 16-2, and second place Lamar 6-4.

All three teams qualified for the regional tournament held in Lamar, Colo. this past weekend.  Rounding out the eight teams in the regional tournament were Boonville and Carthage, Mo; Alliance, Neb.; West Fargo, N.D.; and Cimarron River, Kan. East Central opened the regional tournament with a heartbreaking loss to Carthage, Mo. 8-7.  In their second game, East Central competed well but lost to Lamar 4-1.  Entering their final game of pool play, East Central dominated every phase of the game to defeat Alliance, Nebraska 22-9.

Heritage Festival 2015