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.