Thursday, February 26, 2015

State Champion!

Our congratulations to Jayden Hilferty for taking State in wrestling! 
Make sure to pick up this week's paper for more wresting coverage, Basketball and local news!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Limon's new hotspot

By Will Bublitz

Delicious pastries, sandwiches and salads are all on the menu at Liggy’s Bakery that just opened at 961 Main Street in downtown Limon.

Owned and operated by sisters Laci and Whitney Liggett, the bakery held its grand opening on Monday, Feb. 9.

“We’ve been open only a few days, but it’s already going really well,” Whitney said. “The local people have been missing their morning donuts until we opened. Some are coming in twice a day to get them.”

Laci agreed. “We were lucky because Bonnie Darling, the previous owner of this bakery,  gave us all of her recipes. She had a huge local following for her donuts, and we are fortunate to step in to take it over. But we also have to brag over our breads and sandwiches. We think they are delicious, and so far all of our customers agree.”

Liggy’s Bakery is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We hold breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until the donuts run out which is often,” Whitney said. “In  addition to donuts, we offers scones, pop tarts and muffins, which are all homemade. Then starting at 11 a.m. we begin serving lunch which includes salads and sandwiches.”

The bakery’s specialty sandwiches are named after members of the Liggett family.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cattlemen Not Happy

CCA DISHEARTENED BY BROWNS CANYON DESIGNATION

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disheartened to learn of the upcoming announcement of a presidential declaration defining 21,000 acres along the Arkansas River, known as Browns Canyon as a national monument.

“We worked in good-faith with former Senator Udall and others, to find a way to prevent a presidential declaration,” says Tim Canterbury, chair of the Public Lands Council (PLC). “Now, all we can do is ask for a seat at the table, and hope that the voices of ranchers will be heard and respected in the designations implementation process.”

After it became clear that a presidential declaration was being pursued, CCA reached out to Senator Bennet and Governor Hickenlooper, both of whom agreed to work on ensuring that grazing would continue without changes or restrictions. CCA understands that the following points are intended to be part of the declaration, and will be addressed locally through “maximizing” the state’s engagement in the designation management agreement. CCA and PLC will work to ensure that following the points are included and clarified:
 
  1. Motorized access must continue to be allowed for permit administration, range improvements, and water maintenance. 
  2. Explicit language must be written into the designation that allows sheep and cattle producers to trail their livestock to and from federal grazing allotments through portions of the designated area. 
  3. Weeds and weed control must also be addressed in the rules of implementation, particularly in headwaters areas. 
  4. Language must be included in the designation implementation to ensure that changes in the numbers of authorized livestock are based on facts, and not the whim of individual land managers. 
  5. Language that would explicitly ensure permits will be transferable to new permittee/owners in the exact same manner as was the case prior to the designation of the national monument is also required. 
  6. Water rights must be expressly recognized in wilderness acts that further codify states’ water laws. 
  7. These changes must be applied throughout the BLM and Forest Service so that administration at all levels carry out, consistently and timely, the intent of the law without personal deference that subsequently limits or harms livestock grazing through administrative bias. 
“We stand by the fact that a presidential declaration is not in the best interest of the agricultural community; and we sincerely hope that the President and his administration have heard our concerns and will ensure that the rule-making process addresses the concerns of landowners and ranchers, allowing ranches that have been in operation for generations to continue,” states Canterbury. He emphasizes that the CCA and PLC will keep pushing for legislation that will clarify grazing permit rights for this and any future designation. “We must avoid the confusing language that exists in many current designations and change the administrative approach, which in the past has resulted in severely limiting sustainable resource management.”
 
Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is the state’s only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado’s cattle producers.  Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation’s oldest state cattlemen’s association.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Marijuana citation summary

In 2014, the Colorado State Patrol saw a new era of impaired driving involving marijuana usage.
In an attempt to document the trends, Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol ordered the specific tracking of marijuana related citations.  A summary of the 2014 DUI/DUID data is as follows.

5,546 citations were issued for DUI/DUID driving actions.
354 citations were issued for DUID driving actions where marijuana was the only indicator.
674 citations were issued for DUI/DUID driving actions were marijuana was one of the indicators.

The 12 month average for citations related to marijuana was 12.2 percent of the total DUI/DUID citations.

January, April, and December were the three highest months for citations involving marijuana usage as a percentage of the overall DUI/DUID citations issued.

Gardner opposes FCC control of Internet

 Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on new Internet regulations proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

“The FCC’s attempt to regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act is a massive federal power grab that will come at the expense of innovation, growth, and internet users. This proposal would give the FCC huge amounts of new power over the internet, stifling the very innovative and disruptive culture that made the internet what it is today.

“This is the same federal government who failed to adequately launch a major healthcare website, who failed to keep vital national security information safe from rogue contractors, and who, all the while, was collecting the private online data of American citizens. Now, they’re asking us to trust them to be the sole arbiters of a secure and open Internet. Americans should be extremely wary.

“The FCC and the administration’s decision to act unilaterally here is unfortunate, and will lead to significant amounts of litigation, creating uncertainty and paralysis in one of our economy’s most crucial sectors. The FCC has decided to take an 81-year-old law designed for the needs of the monopoly phone era and use it to justify a massive power grab. I’m opposed to it, and I’m determined to work with members of both parties in the Senate to come up with a better solution.”

GIFT OF LIFE FOUNDATION ANNUAL MEETING

The Gift of Life Foundation will hold their annual meeting on Sunday, March 1. at 2 p.m.. in the dining room at the Lincoln Community Hospital. Business will include the year review, business meeting, president and treasurer’s reports, nomination for 4 directors and election of officers. We will also be reviewing the needs list for the Hospital and Care Center. 
    
The Hospital is hoping to have their robot there to demonstrate the telemedicine equipment to communicate with Denver neurologists on diagnosing severity of strokes which is being developed at the hospital.

The Foundation is actively supporting the Lincoln Community Hospital and Care Center as well as the clinics and other services. The past year we purchased equipment totaling $7,426.87 which included Emergency Room Stretcher for $5,146.65 and Hospital Lobby Furniture for $2,280.22. We also awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to Olivia Charles and Brooke Crawford. We are pleased to put your contributions to work for our rural health care with $261,739.26 being used for this purpose over the years.

We ask that you support our annual membership drive. Annual membership is just $25, Bronze-$50 to $250, Silver $250 and Life Membership is $500. Memorials are also appreciated, so choose what works for you and mail to Gift of Life Foundation, P. O. Box 245, Hugo, C0 80821. Remember your contribution will be used to provide better health care in OUR rural community.

Thanks for your support!!  We enjoy working for you and God Bless!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tax Scams

    IRS Completes The "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2015

IR-2015-26, Feb. 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.

The aggressive, threatening phone calls from scam artists continue to be seen on a daily basis in states across the nation. The IRS urged taxpayers not give out money or personal financial information as a result of these phone calls or from emails claiming to be from the IRS.

Phone scams and email phishing schemes are among the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams the IRS highlighted, for the first time, on 12 straight business days from Jan. 22 to Feb. 6. The IRS has also set up a special section on IRS.gov highlighting these 12 schemes for taxpayers.

"We are doing everything we can to help taxpayers avoid scams as the tax season continues," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Whether it's a phone scam or scheme to steal a taxpayer's identity, there are simple steps to take to help stop these con artists. We urge taxpayers to visit IRS.gov for more information and to be wary of these dozen tax scams."

Illegal scams can lead to significant penalties and interest for taxpayers, as well as possible criminal prosecution. IRS Criminal Investigation works closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them. Taxpayers should remember that they are legally responsible for what is on their tax returns even if it is prepared by someone else. Make sure the preparer you hire is up to the task. For more see the Choosing a Tax Professional page.

For the first time, here is a recap of this year's "Dirty Dozen" scams:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Medevac to be stationed in Hugo

By Will Bublitz

A medical evacuation helicopter and its crew is going to be permanently stationed in Hugo beginning this year.

The formal announcement was made during the Board of Directors meeting of the Lincoln Community Hospital & Care Center (LCHCC) on Thursday, Jan. 29.

“We’re very proud to announce that we’re real close to finalizing an arrangement with AirLife out of Denver to place a medical helicopter full time here in Hugo,” Kevin Stansbury, the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer, said.

AirLife is a Denver-based emergency medical/critical care transport service of the HealthOne system of hospitals, clinics and healthcare plazas.  It provides both air and ground critical care transport for both adult and pediatric medical/trauma patients.

“We’re about 99 percent completed with the negotiations with AirLife,” Stansbury said. “We should see things happening here in 45 to 60 days.”

Stock Show Honors

Local Buffalo Ranchers Once Again Come Home With the Gold


The National Buffalo Association recently had their three-day Winter Conference and Gold Trophy Show and Sale in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

It was the 20th anniversary for the NBA Conference and Show and Sale and over 400 producers from across the United States and Canada joined together to participate. 

Topics of the informational sessions included grass land management, buffalo nutrition, discussions for new producers, meat cutting demonstrations, meat regulations and labeling and absentee ownership.

Local bison ranchers Larry and Jacki Higgins, Josiah Higgins, Ray and Debbie Thieman, Cannan Bennett and Aaron Thieman competed in the live animal and carcass competition.

Larry and Jacki Higgins received a 1st place trophy for the bull carcass contest, 3rd place for their heifer carcass, and Producer of the Year for the Carcass competition.

Josiah Higgins also participated in the carcass contest and received a 1st place with his heifer and a 3rd place with his bull carcass.

Ray and Debbie Thieman received 2nd place with their live animal heifer calf and Cannan Bennett got a 3rd place with his heifer calf.