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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Good Roads, Good People!

By Will Bublitz

Keeping the roadways in good repair is a large part of the life and work of Kris Smith, the Lincoln County Road & Bridge office manager at the County Shop in Hugo.

While this is Kris’s 10th year as the department’s office manager, her involvement in road construction and maintenance goes much deeper because most of her family works in it.

“My father brought us to Limon in 1969 when he was working on the construction of Interstate 70,” Kris said. “My brother is a road foreman, and all my nephews work in road construction. My husband works for Bemas Construction that does all the dirt work for road and housing construction. So, you could say my family is strong in highway construction and maintenance.”

As the office manager, Kris handles all of the administrative work for the county’s Road & Bridge Department which has 29 employees. Lincoln County is divided into four road districts including District 4 which is the County Shop in Hugo.

“I do all the department’s paperwork including payroll, service requests and usage reports on the department’s equipment,” she said. “I also get to go to Denver and Burlington to get the parts for our vehicles and equipment. And, of course, I answer the phone to handle all the complaints and requests for road maintenance.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Voice of Town Hall

By Will Bublitz

If you phone the Town of Limon or stop by its office, the first person you’ll probably be talking with is Wendy Pottorff, the Deputy Town Clerk and Billing Clerk.

Wendy has served in those two positions since February 2009.

“I really like my job, but it’s a lot of work,” she said. “Before I started working here, I didn’t realize how much the Town of Limon’s employees actually do. Like so many people, I always assumed it all just magically got done, but it takes a lot of time and effort by our town’s staff who are busy all the time.”

As the town’s Billing Clerk, Wendy is responsible for the billing of utilities to home and business owners.

“That’s billing for water, sewer and trash,” she said. “I print all the bills once a month. We have 900 accounts, both residences and businesses.”

Wendy also handles any complaints about the town’s services.

“I hear all the complaints we get about water, sewer or trash problems,” she said. “Basically I’m the first contact a resident has with the Town of Limon because I answer the phone at the office.”
In addition to handling billing and complaints, Wendy handles the deposits of the income generated by the town’s Tamarack Golf Course and Limon Municipal Pool. She also handles the scheduling and registration for those wanting to use the Limon Community Building.

While her job is demanding, Wendy said she really enjoys it because it gives her the opportunity to talk with so many different residents of the town.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Genoa Hugo School Board, Special meeting

By Will Bublitz

Two weeks ahead of its regular monthly meeting, the Genoa-Hugo Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday, July 7 to approve a couple of important projects that must be completed this summer before the start of school.

The first of the projects approved was the redesign of the school’s new parking lot that was built directly in front of the building’s main entrance as part of the BEST (Build Excellent Schools Today) school construction/renovation project. School officials, community members and others have complained the parking lot is too small for school buses to enter and turn around.

At Tuesday’s special meeting, the board approved a $14,250 bid from Green Horizons of Flagler to remodel the parking lot. Board chairman Terry Graham abstained from the vote explaining that he will be involved in the concrete work for the project.

The remodeling project includes tearing out the concrete island at the bottom end of the parking lot, widening the entrance by adjusting the curb and modifying the handicap ramp. In addition, the parking lanes within the lot will be changed to a diagonal 45 degrees.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Senior Moments July

Featuring the activities of the senior citizens who live at the Lincoln Community Nursing Home, this article allows the community to know what these lively people are up to. As always, if you see an activity you would like to participate in, please contact us and join in the fun.

July 16: 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 9:30 a.m. Exercise, 10:30 a.m. Parlor Games, 1 p.m. Trivia, 2 p.m. Parlor Games.
July 17: 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 9:30 a.m. Kickball, 10 a.m. Bus Ride, 10:30 Parlor Games, 1 p.m. Parlor Games, 2 p.m. Ice Cream Social
July 18: 9 a.m. 1:1 visits, 9:30 a.m. Exercise, 10:30 a.m. Parlor Games, 1 a.m. Manicures, 2 p.m. Parlor Games
July 19: 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 10 a.m. Bingo/Resident free time, 1:30 p.m. Parlor Games, 3 p.m. Hugo UMC
July 20: You Be the Judge 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 9:30 a.m. Ring Toss, 10:30 a.m. Parlor Games, 1:00 Reflections, 2:00 Parlor Games
July 21: 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 9:30 a.m. Exercise, 10:30 a.m. Parlor Games, 1:15 p.m. Relaxation Group, 2 p.m. Parlor Games
July 22: 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 9:30 a.m. Kick Ball, 10:30 a.m. Parlor Games, 1 p.m. Reminisce, 2 p.m.
July 23: 9 a.m. 1:1 Visits, 9:30 a.m. Exercise, 10:30 a.m. Bible Study, 1 p.m. Trivia, 2 p.m. Parlor Games.

Activities are subject to change. Beautician is here on Wednesdays. Craft/creative projects available upon request. Bus rides available on Fridays. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Education in DC

Bipartisan Education Bill Featuring Gardner Amendments Passes Senate
Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) praised the passage today of the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act. The Act, which passed by a large majority, includes three sections authored by Senator Gardner and one amendment which he co-sponsored with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
“The passage of the Every Child Achieves Act is an important step towards reforming the federal government’s role in education and returning control to where it belongs: our states and local communities,” Gardner said. “This bill goes a long way towards getting Congress out of the classroom, and it prevents the federal government from forcing Common Core into schools.

“Members of both parties were able to come together to get this bill passed, and I’m proud to have offered language and amendments which were included in the final bill. Empowering parents, students, and teachers instead of federal bureaucrats is absolutely the key to building the education system America needs for the future.”

Language authored by Senator Gardner and included in the Every Child Achieves Act include:

Dog needs a home

I Need a Home
Young, female pit bull mix. Brown and white. Still a puppy and needs some patience. Very affectionate, current on all shots. She is at the  pound: Limon Police Dept. (719)-775-9211 and Julie Beyeler (719)-740-8446.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

By Will Bublitz

When you call or stop by the office of The Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman, there is a good chance you will be talking with 18-year-old Kyle Berndt, the local newspapers' new classified advertising manager.

Kyle joined the staff on June 16 as a paid intern. While working full time at present, he will be switching to a part-time status during his senior year at Limon High School that begins in August.
"I wanted to work for the newspaper because my goal is to major in either journalism or creative writing in college," he said. "I'm really enjoying this experience because I'm learning how the newspaper is put together."

As the classified manager, Kyle’s job is handle the advertisements for the newspapers.
“People send in the ads they want printed in the paper,” he said. “This is interesting because I never realized before how many different kinds of jobs are wanted in Limon. I’m learning what is in demand and what isn’t. I’m also learning how much the public relies on the newspaper to get their ads out there. I’d always thought the Internet was better, but not so much now.”
In addition to handling the classified advertising, Kyle answers the phone and greets customers who come into the newspaper office located on Main Street in Limon.

“This job requires you to be good at public relations,” he said. “You have to really be able to talk to people. It’s not the kind of job where you make them a sandwich and then say bye.”
Kyle’s duties also include printing the mailing labels and assisting with the inserting of advertising flyers on Wednesdays, which is the distribution day for both The Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman weekly newspapers.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

FSA Aims to improve service

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Leland Swenson reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

“If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said Swenson. “It’s part of our mission to provide enhanced customer service for producers. From December through June, FSA issued more than 327,000 electronic receipts.”

The 2014 Farm Bill requires a receipt to be issued for any agricultural program assistance requested from FSA, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD). Receipts include the date, summary of the visit and any agricultural information, program and/or loan assistance provided to an individual or entity.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Grant possibilities for shooting ranges.

The 2015 Shooting Range Small Grant Program at 6060 Broadway, Denver, is accepting applications through 5 p.m., Aug. 31.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Education program offers shooting range maintenance and improvement grants for selected facilities around the state of Colorado.

“Facilities where folks can safely practice shooting skills is an important part of enjoying the outdoors,” said Todd Schmidt, CPW’s Hunter Education program coordinator. “These funds ensure upkeep and access can continue in a variety of ways.”

Approximately five projects are selected annually, with a total of $20,000 available for grants. Grant requests should be not less than $500 and not more than $5,000. Public and private shooting range facilities that allow hunter education classes and public sight-in days are encouraged to apply. Recipients must match the award at least 25% with non-federal cash or in-kind services in donated labor and/or supplies and equipment use.

Past funded projects have included an improved parking lot, shooting benches, target stands, a shade shelter and a new concrete walkway.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bank robbery suspect in custody

By Will Bublitz

The long arm of the law has finally caught the suspect in last year’s bank robbery in Limon.
Jewel Gist, the 46-year-old suspect, was arrested in Wheeling, W.Va. on June 22.

“The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia caught him for us,” Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell said. “Their deputy stopped him for a traffic violation for having no taillights on his vehicle.”
Gist reportedly tried to refuse to the deputy’s initial demand to turn over his identification.

“After some back and forth with the deputy, he finally handed over his California driver’s license and registration,” Yowell said. “They ran it through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database and determined he was wanted in two states, Colorado and Oklahoma. I’m shocked that he didn’t try to make a run for it, but he gave up without incident and was taken into custody.”

Gist was wanted on two Colorado charges stemming from the July 31, 2014 robbery of the First National Bank of Hugo - Limon. It was Limon’s first-ever bank robbery.

DNA samples taken by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from the getaway vehicle later identified Gist as the suspect. He has been sought on the Colorado charges since last April.

During the July 31, 2014 robbery, the suspect walked into the First National Bank - Hugo and handed the teller a note that demanded money and   stated that he was armed. After the cash was turned over, he exited the building and was seen fleeing the scene on foot. No one was injured during the incident.
After the robber left the building, bank officials immediately sounded the alarm and Limon Police officers rushed to the bank. A description of the suspect was obtained, and the officers quickly searched the immediate neighborhood but were unable to find him.

Pick up this week's Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman for the full story!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Limon has another up-and-coming champion wrestler.

By Will Bublitz

Woody Aguilar recently returned from the 2015 USA Wrestling National Schoolboy Duals held June 3-7 at Indianapolis, Ind. Wrestling in the 128 lbs. weight class, he helped Colorado’s “Blue” team take 16th place against teams representing all 50 states.

“I won some of my matches at the Nationals,” Woody said. “I think I did really well. I felt like I was wrestling my A game during the tournament.”

The 14-year-old Limon wrestler won four of his seven matches during the National Schoolboy Duals. The competition is an all Greco-Roman wrestling competition.

“Greco-Roman is different from folkstyle wrestling we use in school,” Woody said. “In Greco, you wrestle from the standing position and use your upper body to take your opponent off his feet or win by points.”

What is amazing about Woody’s achievement at the National Schoolboy Duals is that it was his first season wrestling Greco-Roman. In fact, he had no plans at all to compete in that wrestling style until just a couple of months ago when he was offered the opportunity to give it a try.

But wrestling is nothing new to Woody who has been wrestling folkstyle since the age of 6.  In fact, it is his passion.