Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MVEA serves members!

By Will Bublitz

If you’re having trouble paying bills or your nonprofit organization needs some extra money, Mountain View Electric’s “Operation Round-Up” is ready to help.

Operation Round-Up is a program that provides grants to those in need whether they are individuals or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Since Mountain View Electric began the program in 1999, it has provided more than $2 million to those needing financial assistance.

“We know that there are people in our local area who are in need,” said Pat Bandy, an Operation Round-Up board member who lives in Limon. “This is a way for them to get back on their feet financially, and it’s totally confidential.

“We approve these grants to those we feel this money will really improve their lives,” she said. “It all depends on what the need is. Many people are in financial need because they weren’t expecting a catastrophe. They could really benefit from this extra help.”

The funding for Operation Round-Up comes from the members of the Mountain View Electric Association. To contribute to the Round-Up fund, they are given the option of voluntarily “rounding up” their payments to the next whole dollar on their monthly electric bill. For example, if a customer’s electric bill is $100.45, it would be rounded up to $101.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Community Heroes

On Thursday, June 18 the volunteers from the Limon Fire Department shared their knowledge and tips with the children of the Limon Memorial Library story-hour. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has A Story" and last week we honored the Community Heroes of the Limon Fire Department. Tara Christie and Alyssa Metzger volunteered their time and brought one of the fire engines for the children to see and to test out the equipment. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Changes for CSP!

By Will Bublitz

The Limon office of the Colorado State Patrol is undergoing another big organizational change.
Effective July 1, the office will become the headquarters of the newly designated Troop 3D. It will be led by Capt. Tim Hilferty, a State Trooper who has served in the local area for several years, in addition to being a lifelong resident of Limon.                      
“For the past two years, the Limon office has been a post (satellite office) of Troop 3B which is headquartered in Sterling,” Hilferty said. “By making Limon a troop office once again, we’ll be going back for the most part to the way things were.”

Prior to March 2013, the Limon office had been the headquarters for Troop 1A that had served the local area for decades. That all changed when the Colorado State Patrol decided to reorganize its troopers operating on Colorado’s eastern plains.

Based primarily on staffing levels, the decision was made two years ago to consolidate Troop 1A with Sterling’s Troop 3B under the leadership of Capt. Gaylon Grippin. The consolidated Troop 3B became responsible for the entire northeastern corner of the state including all or portions of 12 counties.

Friday, June 19, 2015

FTZ in Limon

The Limon Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) has finally been approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

On June 11, 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker approved the application for the Town of Limon, Colo. ‐ Foreign‐Trade Zone under Alternative Site Framework as Foreign Trade Zone No. 293. This approved the FTZ, submitted by the Town of Limon and Lincoln County.
Included in the FTZ approval is a Service Area that consists of Adams and Arapahoe counties and major portions of the counties of Lincoln, Elbert and Morgan.

The Limon FTZ will be the first primarily rural zone in the state of Colorado. It will also be able to serve sub‐zones outside the service area in the state of Colorado and looks to serve all of eastern Colorado.

The Town of Limon and Lincoln County jointly applied for the FTZ designation in April 2013. The goal of establishing an FTZ is to attract foreign businesses that would set up distribution and manufacturing facilities in the local area. This would boost the local economy and provide new jobs. Foreign businesses would be interested in locating their facilities locally because any merchandise within an FTZ is not subject to custom duties and excise taxes until it leaves the zone.

The Town of Limon has already identified two “magnet sites” with the FTZ where foreign businesses could potentially locate their facilities. These magnet sites are the “Big Sandy” property and East Limon Municipal Airport property. Other sites within the FTZ service area may be designated at a later time.

The announcement of the approval of the FTZ has been greeted with enthusiasm by local and state officials.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rain continues.

Rains continued last Sunday, bringing flooding conditions to the Genoa area.
Fortunately no major flooding or damage was reported.
Water flowed out of fields and over Highway 109 near Genoa.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Farm Supplies and Neighbors

By Will Bublitz

Jon Rosenberg and his staff at the Limon Big R store are ready to help customers with all their supply needs for farm and ranch as well as a lot more.

Jon has been the store’s manager for the past 1-1/2 years.

“This is my first time as a store manager,” he said. “There’s never a dull moment here at Big R. After working in construction and plumbing for years, I’m learning something new every day about livestock feed and other ag issues. I love working here.”

As the manager, Jon is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Limon store.

“It’s my job to keep the stock levels up and our shelves full with different feeds and supplements that change with the seasons,” he said. “I also try to keep my employees happy. We want a good working environment here because we here to serve the public.”

Jon said there has been a steady growth in  business over the past several months at the Limon Big R store.

“Every month we continue to beat what we did last year at the same time,” he said. “That’s not only in sales but also in customer counts. I think people are finding out that our Big R store is here in Limon. I always like to say that this is a small-town store with a big-town selection.”

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Charles W. Hoffman

With storms moving across Eastern Colorado, and the large tornados in the Simla area on Thursday, I couldn’t help but wonder if Limon’s “Tornado Days” event was just taunting Mother Nature.

When Saturday rolled around, and the celebration got underway to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Limon Tornado, Mother Nature shined favorably on the event.

The day began with the more ambitious characters entering the 5K run/walk that began at 8 a.m. There were 40 participants who got up early to raise money for the Relay for Life team and help support cancer research.

A little later in the morning, a large crowd turned out to celebrate and enjoy the festivities at the Rail Road Park in Limon.

Local vendors lined the walkway through the park. You could browse the tables filled with arts and crafts, locally produced honey, metal art, jewelry, candles, health products, signs and more.  While the adults were shopping, an inflatable bounce house and obstacle courses, face painting and plenty of games kept the kids occupied and provided all the fun in the sun you could handle.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Badger Baseball goes All League

ALL LEAGUE –  The Limon Badger baseball players named All League are (l-r): Tristen Cesko, Tristan Ruebesam, Joe Stephen, Jacob Randolph and Matthew Florek.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

LCH awarded grant

GRANT AWARDED – The Roundup Program of the Mountain View Electric Association Inc. has awarded a $10,000 grant to Lincoln Community Hospital (LCH) in Hugo. Pictured here (l-r) are: Cerina Cunningham, Home Health & Hospice director; Kevin Stansbury, LCH’s Chief Executive Officer; Pat Bandy, Mountain View Electric’s Roundup Program board member; Jeni Stansbury, Home Health & Hospice volunteer coordinator; and Linda Messer, LCH’s laboratory manager and Philantrophy Chairperson. Half of the $10,000 grant money will help pay for a electric medical records program needed by LCH’s Home Health & Hospice, while the remaining $5,000 will support the purchase of additional telemedicine equipment for the hospital. Mountain View Electric’s Roundup Program allows customers to “roundup” their bills to the next highest dollar to support the program which provides grants to local individuals and organizations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Incredible History Race

By Will Bublitz

A new Lincoln County resident is helping spearhead a first-ever Fourth of July race that both promotes the local area’s rich history and helps a worthy cause.

Jeni Stansbury, who moved to Hugo in January, is the volunteer coordinator for the “The Incredible History Race,” a driving race where contestants follow a series of clues about local history in Lincoln and Kit Carson counties. The event begins and ends in Hugo.

“This is going to be a fun race,” Jeni said. “It’s also a fundraiser for the Home Health & Hospice program at Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo.” 

The two-person teams in the July 4th race will be competing for cash prizes. The first-place prize is $500, second $300 and third $200.

But what if you’re not an expert in local history? Not to worry, Jeni said. The clues given to the contestants should be fairly easy to solve.

“I’ve had some people wanting to race who expressed concerns because they’re not deep into local history,” she said. “They don’t have to be worried. The clues are more like trivia, which includes a lot of common things that most people will know. A fun part of this race is to learn more about our local communities.”

Jeni also explained that nothing in the race’s rules prevent contestants from using their cellphones and iPads to google answers to the clues. Also, there are no restrictions on the teams bringing along friends and family members in their vehicles to assist them with the clues, but only the two members of the team will be allowed to participate in the challenges.

Monday, June 8, 2015

New Business applies for building permit in Limon

Limon scheduled for new business

A building permit has been filed with the town of Limon for a Taco Bell to be located on Sixth Street and Highway 24 just east of Denny’s and south across the street from the Holiday Inn Express.

The facility will take approximately 90 days to complete once the building permit is approved.

Alvarado Concepts of Denver, Colo. estimates that the restaurant will be approximately 1,925 square feet and have a dining room totaling 722 square feet.

This project was announced by the Town of Limon and the Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation on June 8, 2015.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Remembering the Cozy

By Mary Jane Hoffman

As I drive by the old Cozy Bar, I see it is being torn down. Forty years ago it was a wild and crazy place as some of you will remember.

 Carolee Thomas, one of my most favorite people in the world, ran the restaurant and bar, and the good times did roll. With live music and lots of regulars to hear the “Kountry Kousins” play. I remember tending bar, one of my many talents, and one night watching a cowboy, (I won’t tell you his name) come in the front door riding his horse down the line between the booths and the bar that ran the length of the place.”

I met my husband there, one Warren Hoffman, who was the yard foreman at the Limon Sale Barn. We flirted and danced until closing time. Only later to find he was dancing on a broken foot, having been stepped on by a bull earlier in the day during the sale.

As the years went by, one of my girls and one of Warren’s by a previous marriage both got their first jobs there. I want to say they were 12-years-old and doing the dishes in the back of the restaurant. You can’t put 12-year-olds to work now, but in those days it was an accepted way to teach young people a good work ethic, which I will say is still with them today.

I have many memories of the Cozy. I’m pretty sure a lot of the now older people, still in Limon have memories too.

Anyway, the only sure thing in life is that things will change. And it is with a bit of regret that I say goodbye to the Cozy Bar and Restaurant. But I have not forgotten the good times we had.
I hope some of you will smile when you read this and remember with me, when we were young and sometimes stupid, but we did have fun.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tornadoes on the Plains!

As Limon prepares to celebrate 25 years since the big tornado that hit the town on June 6, 1990, storms brought more twisters to the plains, this time in the Simla area.

If you have photos, please share them on our facebook page!

The first of as many as 17 tornadoes from this storm.


Insect Alert

By Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

According to our statewide pestlist serve and our CSU Entomologist, Whitney Cranshaw, here are the Elm tree insects to be aware of as we go from spring to summer.  Elms have taken a serious blow from the November cold snap and then again from the spring freeze.  As we go into the growing season these insects could devastate the elms.  There are a significant number throughout the eastern plains that have sustained the heaviest winter damage along with many other tree species.

The European elm flea weevil spends its winter nearby previously infested elm trees.  The adults mate in May and the females lay their eggs in larger veins of new leaves.  Once the eggs hatch, the larvae tunnel through the leaf and feed.  They produce a serpentine mine that gradually enlarges in diameter as the insect ages.  The mines terminate at the leaf edge where they remain and produce a blotchy area of mined tissue.  They will pupate in the mine and emerge in late May and June.  Then the adults feed on the undersides of leaves producing shothole injuries to the leaf interior.  This makes the leaves look lacy.  The adults are present through early August, and then they move to find sheltering cover for winter.   For further information and pictures, please go to this link on-line: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2013/03/European-Elm-Flea-Weevil.pdf

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Neighbor from a neighboring state

By Will Bublitz

A young man from Utah is now the general manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Limon.
Holden Hopla became the local hotel’s general manager at the end of February. The 26-year-old moved here from his hometown of Vernal, Utah to take over the job.

“This is my first time as a general manager,” Holden said. “Before I came here, I’d worked as the front desk manager for the Holiday Inn Express in Vernal. Being offered this position was quite a shock because it was not what I was expecting.”

Despite the challenge, Holden said he has adapted and is enjoying his new position. The three-story, 68-room Holiday Inn Express in Limon is owned and operated by Mars Hospitality, a Parker, Colo.-based company that has hotels in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Wisconsin.

“As the general manager, I do anything that needs to be done here at the Holiday Inn Express,” he said. “I supervise housekeeping, front desk, building maintenance, the training of the staff, as well as taking care of all the administrative work such as paying the bills. I also handle customer complaints which thankfully have been very few in Limon. I do a little bit of everything including to help make beds this morning.”

Holden said his job is made so much easier because of the hard work and dedication of the hotel’s 25-member staff.

Although he had worked for the same franchise in  Utah, Holden said the Holiday Inn Express in Limon is quite different.