Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What tree is that?

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees with a simple, step-by-step process.

The book, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of many tree species.

Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide a must-have, user-friendly resource. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes, and textures so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Brining a smile to her job

By Will Bublitz

Hard working, dedicated and caring are the best words that describe Alicia Aguilar who is one of the key administrative managers at Peak Vista Community Health Center in Limon.

“Everything we do here at Peak Vista is for the patients,” she said. “My job is to give the support needed to our staff so that they better care for our patients.”

Alicia has worked as the Dental Clinic Team Manager since July 2014. Her job involves the administrative functioning of Peak Vista’s four eastern dental clinics in Limon, Flagler, Kiowa and Strasburg.

In addition to those duties, Alicia also had to take over the administrative duties for Peak Vista’s medical clinics after their former Team Manager was transferred to another position a few months ago.

“Since then, she and I have been working together on it,” she said. “What’s helpful is that I’m not alone in this. I’ve had a lot of help.”

Handling the administration duties for several medical and dental clinics requires a lot of effort and persistence. On the day of this interview, Alicia’s desk was piled high with folders and order forms that she was working on.

“Today, I’m handling orders for lab supplies, mileage reimbursement forms from staff members, requests for the inspection of X-ray equipment, staffing calendars and the scheduling of training sessions,” she said. I handle orders for everything from pens to major pieces of medical and dental equipment.”

Monday, May 25, 2015


Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife for Colorado's Free Fishing Weekend June 6 to 7, when anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state.

CPW encourages anglers to get out and take advantage of the opportunity to experience fishing Colorado’s more than 2,500 lakes and reservoirs, many within beautiful State Parks, and 10,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers including 300 miles of Gold Medal streams and approximately 3,200 acres of Gold Medal lakes.

“Family and the community play an important role when it comes to outdoor experiences,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “Fishing is one of the many ways the whole family can enjoy the outdoors together.”

According to CPW’s 2013 Outdoor Recreation Participation Public Survey Summary Report fishing is one of the most popular activities in Colorado.

Some reasons for this, Broscheid says, is the connection and memories made with others.

“Creating a connection through shared outdoor experiences, like fishing,” adds Broscheid. “Not only helps you learn about the sport of fishing, but also provides a unique bond for friends and families to remember for years to come.”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Relay for Life

By Will Bublitz

If you could save someone’s life by walking a mile or two, would you do it?

That’s what Barbara Dole is asking the community to do. She is the event lead for the 2015 Lincoln County Relay for Life scheduled for Saturday, July 11 in Limon. The 12-hour walking event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Those with cancer suffer from this disease each and every second of the day,” Barbara said. “In past Relays for Life, I’ve personally walked on the track for the entire 12 hours. People say to me why wear yourself out, but that’s nothing compared to what people with cancer and their families go through every day. All of us regardless of who we are know someone who has been touched by cancer.”

The Relay for Life is organized as a relay event for teams whose members take turns walking around the athletic track at Limon High School for 12 hours. Pledges are made for the number of laps they complete. Each team must have a member on the track at all times during the relay.

“We’re shooting for at least 30 teams to participate in this year’s Relay for Life,” Barbara said. “If you’re part of a team, it’s more fun and meaningful to participate. We’re hoping to have teams from the entire local community including the towns of Limon, Hugo, Genoa, Arriba, Karval as well as from across the area.”

Friday, May 15, 2015

Badger Time Capsul.

It is always a good idea to clean things up!

While crews were cleaning some mortar off of the cornerstone of the old Limon School, out popped the time capsule.

Included in the capsule were coins, a copy of the 1932 Limon Masonic Directory, and a copy of both the Limon Herald and the Eastern Colorado Leader.

These items will be on display at the Limon Heritage museum through the summer and will be returned to the corner stone, along with new items, when it is placed in the new school.

Legislative session ends

The 2015 Colorado legislative session has come to an end and Colorado Farm Bureau successfully worked with both parties to pass legislation to protect agriculture and rural values.

“We had an outstanding session working with both democrats and republicans to create the best possible outcome for our members,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “This is credit to our grassroots, non-partisan policy and our members willingness to speak out.”

Throughout the session, CFB took positions on various bills ranging from water and property rights, pesticide use, agritourism, improving the ballot initiative process, energy, wildlife, agriculture innovation grants and agricultural promotion and education.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

$30 Million available

USDA Announces $30 Million Available for Food Entrepreneurs and Agricultural  Producers to Develop New Products

Funding to support beginning, veteran, and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to expand businesses

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.  “Farmers and ranchers are creative people who, with a little help, can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations,” Vilsack said. “Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to our nation’s economy. This support is especially important for beginning farmers, military veterans engaging in farming and smaller farm operations participating in the local and regional food system.”
More information on how to apply can be found in the May 8, 2015 edition of the Federal Register (  The deadline to submit paper applications is July 7. Electronic applications submitted are due July 2.  For more information in Colorado contact Don Nunn, (720) 544-2907,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Listening session in Limon

Come and express your views on federal issues currently facing congress. 
Alan Foutz, a regional director for Senator Cory Gardner, will be holding mobile office hours at the Limon City Hall on May 11th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
These listening sessions are meant for constituents to meet with the Senator’s staff to seek help with a federal agency, or express their views on federal issues currently in front of Congress.
Alan Foutz.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Welcome sight for travelers

By Will Bublitz

A welcome sight for weary travelers arriving in Limon with RVs or housetrailers is the KOA Campground located on the town’s eastern side.

Limon’s KOA campground has been in operation since 1969. Wendy Hemingway and Paul Steiner have owned and operated it for the past 10 years.

“Paul and I love this campground and working for ourselves,” Wendy said. “We really like the independence of owning your own business.”

Managing a large campground like Limon’s KOA Campground takes a lot of work. The local campground has 60 campsites and four cabins on six acres.

“Most of our RV campsites have full hookups of water, sewer and electricity, as well as WiFi and cable TV,” Wendy said. “In addition, we have six tent campsites. Also, our four climate-controlled cabins have only beds inside. The restrooms and showers for our guests are located next to our campground store.”

Wendy and Paul’s KOA Campground is more than just a place for travelers to park their RVs or pitch a tent. It also offers food and recreational opportunities.