Saturday, December 17, 2016

Badger Basketball Cancelled

Badger vs ECA basketball games have been cancelled for this evening. 

Saturday, Dec. 17



Thursday, December 15, 2016

10th Annual Christmas Program

The Oasis of Hope Church Christmas Program will be held on Monday, Dec. 19 from 12-2 p.m.

RSVP or for transportation, call (719) 740-2498

This event will be held at the Hub City Senior Center 220 E Ave, Limon Co. 

Lower ISO Ratings Could Mean Lower Insurance Premiums

Through the Public Protection Classification Program, the Insurance Service Office (ISO) evaluates fire departments and their fire protection efforts and capabilities in their communities throughout the United States.

A community’s protection rating is based 25 percent on its communication system, 25 percent on its water supply capabilities and 50 percent on the fire department’s capabilities and training levels.

This past August, the Town of Hugo and the Hugo Volunteer Fire Department went through an ISO inspection and we are extremely pleased to announce that we lowered our rating to a 4/4Y. Our past rating was a 7/9. This means that in town within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant your rating is now a 4. Any home or business within 5 road miles of the fire station is now a 4Y. This puts Hugo in the top 25 percent of communities in the United States for fire protection ratings.

The lowering of these ratings will mean lowering of home and business owners insurance premiums within the affected areas. These ratings could potentially mean a savings of hundreds of dollars per year per owner depending on your specific insurance plan. The new rates will go into effect February 1, 2017. We strongly encourage everybody that could benefit from this to contact your insurance carrier to see what this will do for you.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Missing boaters at Pueblo State Park

Search underway for missing boaters at Lake Pueblo State Park

PUEBLO, Colo. -- At 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, 911 dispatch transferred a call to Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers at Lake Pueblo State Park to report a missing person.

The brother of a woman believed to have been on a fishing trip at the lake was concerned because his sister failed to return home when expected.

Shortly thereafter, at 1 a.m. Sunday morning, park rangers in three patrol boats mounted a search for the missing 57 year-old Kimberlie Temple (date of birth: 09/09/1959) and the man she was with, 61 year old Frank Montoya (date of birth: 03/14/1955).

Temple and Montoya were last seen by the aquatic nuisance species inspectors at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. They were boating in a 1978 17-foot Stryker.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Former Limon Teacher Arrested

By Will Bublitz

The Lincoln County community was shocked last week by the arrest of Cody Weber, a long-time local teacher and school administrator, who is accused of allegedly sexual assaulting two juvenile females.

Weber, 36, was arrested and booked into the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo last Wednesday, Nov. 30. He was later released after posting $100,000 bail.

Seven felonies charges, all involving sexual assault on a child by a person of trust, have been filed against Weber.

The sexual assaults allegedly took place while Weber was working as an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at the Limon Public School.  He had been employed by the Limon School District from August 2007 until June 30 of this year.

Weber left his teaching position with the Limon district to become the superintendent of the Karval School District. Since his arrest last week, he has been put on administrative leave by that district.
The Limon Leader/Eastern Colorado Plainsman requested the available court documents on the case. The 18th Judicial District provided the 26-page arrest warrant against Weber that was filed November 29. It was heavily redacted with the names of victims and others removed, as well as the specific locations where several of the alleged sexual contacts took place.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

FFA Hall of Fame inductees

The Colorado FFA Foundation announced four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. 

Mr. Charlie Bartlett (posthumous), Merino, Mr. Bill Markham, Berthoud, Dr. Dale McCall, Longmont, and Mr. Bill Webster, of Greeley, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2017 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.  In addition Mr. Marc Arnusch, from Keenesburg will be recognized as the Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture.
“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be deep and very competitive“ said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.  Cordes also stated “Our Rising Star is a great candidate that is a strong advocate for agriculture.”

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet is held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future attend both the forum and the banquet.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Operation Christmas Child

LIMON, Colo. — Several local locations will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21, Limon residents will donate shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball—for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world.

This year, Limon and surrounding cities residents hope to contribute more than 11,600 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

“The shoebox gifts donated by Limon volunteers at these drop-off locations will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas,” said Paul Fischbach, Southwest Regional Director for Operation Christmas Child. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances to feel loved and not forgotten.”

LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Burlington, CO - The Ruhs Residence
361 Hollowell Street
Burlington, CO 80807

Cheyenne Wells, CO - United Methodist Church
295 S 1st Street
Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (303) 745-9179 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Commissioners deny Wind Renewal

By Will Bublitz

Considering the renewal of a building permit for a wind energy project and the hiring of a new Emergency Manager for Lincoln County were among the issues handled by the Board of County Commissioners during its Monday, Nov. 7 meeting.

The wind energy project discussed Monday was the Nereo GC Lincoln, LCC, Wind Energy Generation Facility that was supposed to be built north of Arriba. The development permit for that 176-tower project was originally approved by the commissioners on December 8, 2014, but construction has not yet begun. 

Luis Matheus, President of Soleo Energy Consulting, had been scheduled to discuss the renewal of the county’s building permit for the wind energy project with the commissioners, but he was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.

Jeff Coonts, the county’s new Land Use Administrator, was present. He explained the Nereo GC Lincoln Wind Energy Generation Facility had already requested and received a one-year extension of the permit in December 2015, which is allowed under the county’s current zoning regulations. Extending it a second year is not covered by those regulations.

Stan Kimble, the county’s attorney, agreed and explained that permits have “a limited life.” He also pointed out the board’s approval of the permit covered only the wind farm and not any proposed transmission line.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WILDLIFE ON THE MOVE!

The migration season brings an increase of wildlife/vehicle collisions!



Vehicle collisions with wildlife happen year round, but statistics indicate that the migration of animals to their wintering habitats can lead to higher incidents of wildlife-vehicle collisions during the fall and winter seasons. The Colorado Department of Wildlife (CDOT) and partnering agencies, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP), remind motorists to be alert because, “Wildlife are on the Move

“It’s a very significant occurrence – the migration of wildlife. We need to understand that while roads have been built for our convenience, they are sometimes paved in the middle of animal migration corridors,” said Mark Lawler, CDOT biologist. “As snow begins to fall in the high country, the changing weather pushes wildlife to the foothills and lower elevations. The animals’ natural instinct sends them in search of food and water sources which means crossing our state’s roads and highways.”

Motorists should be aware that wildlife can cross roads without warning at most any time of day or night, but a majority of animal-vehicle collisions occur from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and unfortunately more difficult to see. Over the past ten years the state has seen an average of 3,300 reported wildlife related collisions each year.  Also in that ten year period 2,661 crashes involved driver or passenger injuries. And sadly, 33 of the collisions resulted in fatalities.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Voice of Ag

SONNENBERG TALKS BALLOT QUESTIONS

I continually get asked about the ballot questions and am always happy to be helpful. People know that I am not politically correct and I will tell you exactly what I think, even if we disagree.  This column is no different. My general rule is, “If I have doubts, I will vote NO.”

Colorado is one of the easiest states in the country for its citizens to petition their government. We started with over 150 questions on the ballot and after the dust has settled, we will vote on nine.

Amendment T - Currently, we still have references to slavery and involuntary servitude for prisoners in our Constitution. Slavery has been outlawed for decades and the Legislature has proposed that Colorado should remove those outdated references. I agree and will vote YES.

Amendment U - Possessory interest taxes are levied on people that rent government property. Often times these taxes cost more to collect than they actually bring in. According to the Blue Book, the average ag possessory interest tax is $10 and officials say it costs more than it is worth. I think this tax on people leasing government property is silly so I will vote YES.

Amendment 69 - Probably the worst amendment to our Constitution I have seen in my lifetime. You will pay 10% more taxes on every aspect of your income. That includes Social Security and the sale of any property. The new tax will be around $25 billion with a “b.” This does not create free health care, it creates a bureaucracy that is accountable to nobody. That bureaucracy will then determine what is medical conditions will be covered and how much will be paid to doctors and hospitals for your “free” healthcare. This bureaucracy also will have the power to levy more taxes if the cost of this “free” healthcare is more than 10% and $25 billion. This is a disaster for Colorado and I will vote NO.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Badgers @ Strasburg

Old Time Baseball

Travel back in time to the 1870s!   Experience America's Pastime as it was in the days when "base ball" (note the two words) was a game for ladies and gentlemen to come together as community to root for the home team! 

On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m., the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association will be coming to Hugo to take us back to that bygone era as the Central City Stars will take on the Denver & Rio Grande Reds in an exhibition match played at the Genoa-Hugo ball field.  Founded in 1993, the CVBBA teams travel around the state playing historically- accurate games, inviting communities to enjoy in the nostalgia of base ball in its pure, original form , complete with uniforms, equipment, and even nicknames accurate to the time period.  

The game was set up by Clayton Phythian, in appreciation of Lincoln County’s rich sports history, The admission is free and Clayton  hopes of expanding it in the future.  

   As you sit down to join the other "cranks and rooters" (fans) in the stands, you will immediately notice some of the more obvious difference from the game as we know it today: the "hurler" tosses underhand and is only 45 feet away from the "striker” and there is only one umpire who, if was unsure of the call would ask a spectator.

As the game begins, You’ll realize there are several  rule changes that occurred. Remember this was when ballist didn’t have gloves.

For more information on the rules and history of the game check out the co vintage base ball association website www.cvbba.org

Thursday, September 22, 2016

G-H School Board updates handbook

By Will Bublitz

To clarify the responsibilities of student athletes, coaches and administrators, the Genoa-Hugo Board of Education approved a revision to the school’s Athletic Handbook during its Monday, Sept. 19 meeting.

Superintendent Randy Holmen said a revision was needed to the rules governing whether a student athlete is allowed to attend practices or compete after an absence from school due to illness or some other reason.

“Kids are expected to be in school,” Holmen said. “Part of our job is to teach responsibility. However, I think we need to look at the handbook.”

Most of the revision discussion centered around the Athletic Handbook’s rule that student athletes who miss practice the day prior to a competition are required to “sit out” a designated period of the following day’s game.

Some board members said they wanted to avoid situations where ill students have attended school to avoid the handbook’s rules that would force them to sit out a portion of the next day’s competition. However, they also stressed they wanted to keep the rules strong enough to prevent students from avoiding their responsibilities.

After some discussion, the board decided to give the coaches and administrators more discretion in making decisions about individual student athletes. They settled upon two revisions to the Athletic Handbook under its section on “Practice Rules and Procedures.”

Friday, September 9, 2016

Badger Boys in Crowley County

It's that time of the year!!!! Football is back!!!
Plan on joining Richard Yarian, Andrea Whitmore Andersen and Timothy S Andersen for the FB game at Ordway/Crowley County if you can't be there.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

High Speed Chase and Fire near Genoa

Two suspects in Custody after lengthy chase, fire and manhunt. 

Investigation continues. 


By Will Bublitz

Two suspects were arrested after leading Lincoln County law enforcement officers on a high speed chase that caused a grass fire near Genoa late Monday afternoon, Aug. 22.

The suspects, a man and a woman, were finally apprehended hiding in a culvert. They are now facing multiple felony charges.

Monday’s incident began around 5 p.m. when Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy Tyler Yowell spotted a Ford F-350 pickup on Interstate 70 that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen in Northglenn over the weekend.

“Deputy Yowell attempted to execute a traffic stop, but the suspects refused to pull over,” Capt. Michael Yowell, Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said. “A high speed pursuit ensued.”

The fleeing Ford F-350 exited I-70 at the Genoa exit and headed north of State Highway 109.

“The suspects’ vehicle continued speeding down the county roads and then across pastures between the town of Genoa and home of Charles and Jessica Hoffman (publishers of The Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman),” Yowell said. “During the pursuit, a wildland fire was sparked. We’re 99 percent certain that fire was caused by the suspects’ vehicle.”

As the pursuit continued, law enforcement officers  began converging on the area and cordoned it off. In addition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Limon Police, Hugo Marshal’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene.

“The Ford F-350 pickup ultimately got high centered and stuck on the railroad tracks a mile west of the Genoa Wonder Tower,” Yowell said. “Because  of the rugged terrain, the officers were not in the immediate area when the pickup came to a stop. The suspects fled the vehicle on foot.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Water Alert

***Attention Hugo Residents*** Earlier this afternoon Hugo Public Works notified Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that there was evidence of THC in the Town of Hugo's water supply.

We are asking everyone on Hugo water to avoid drinking, cooking, and bathing in Hugo Water.

At this time, Investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities. Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo Water.

Fresh water is on the way to the community.

The Sheriff will update everyone via Facebook and Twitter when it arrives.

Follow us on twitter: @LincolnCountySO with ‪#‎HugosWater‬

Hunting License Update

CPW reminds hunters of license sales dates, July 26, Aug. 2

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that over-the-counter licenses with caps and over-the-counter unlimited licenses are available for purchase beginning July 26 at 9 a.m. MDT, online, by phone 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.

“A valid license is an important step in planning your hunt this and every year in Colorado,” said Cory Chick, CPW’s license manager. “A familiarity with CPW’s hunting regulations and brochures can help you decide on the right tag for the right location and appropriate rules to follow in those areas.” 
 
Leftover limited licenses (licenses remaining after the primary and leftover draws) go on sale in person and by phone Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. MDT. These licenses are available online starting at midnight on Aug. 3. MDT. The list of leftover licenses available for purchase will be available July 27 at cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BigGame.aspx.

All purchases require a current and valid photo ID, proof of residency, social security number, and a Hunter Education card, unless the hunter was born on or before Jan. 1, 1949. Online verification requires input of the hunter education information located on the card and the state in which it was issued. Bring this card with you for in-person sales.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

General Aviation Month

Governor Hickenlooper Declares June

“General Aviation Appreciation Month”


The Alliance for Aviation Across America today thanked Governor John Hickenlooper for declaring June 2016 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Colorado’s general aviation airports contribute $2.4 billion to the state’s economy.

“Because of Colorado’s geography, general aviation is a critical lifeline linking the state’s communities and businesses,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation and community airports support the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to Colorado’s communities.  We thank Governor Hickenlooper for this proclamation and look forward to working with him to general aviation in the future.”

According to the proclamation:
“Colorado aviation activity sustains 265,700 jobs and a payroll of nearly $12.6 billion, a significant amount of which is contributed by our 60 general aviation-only airports.”

Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interests of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Two injured in fire

By Will Bublitz

An explosion rocked the Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store on Hugo’s main street last Friday, June 10 as one of its gas pumps went up in flames.


Two people at the gas pump were injured in the explosion and fire. They were rushed to nearby Lincoln Community Hospital for treatment.

“The initial 911 call came in at 12:44 p.m.,” said Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “We then had multiple 911 calls come in about the gas pump fire.”

Firefighters, rescue crews and vehicles from the Hugo Fire & Ambulance, Limon Fire Department, Limon Ambulance and Genoa Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Before any of them arrived, Lincoln County Sheriff’s personnel as well as other county employees rushed to the Loaf ‘N Jug to provide assistance.

“They were at the annual County Employees Picnic being held outside the courthouse when we heard the explosion and the 911 calls came in,” Yowell said. “After we got there, the Public Health Office’s nurses triaged and assessed those injured at the scene. Members of the Lincoln County Detention staff assisted the State Patrol in handling traffic on Highway 40/287. The highway was closed for about 15 minutes.”

The Hugo firefighters arrived within minutes of the explosion. They were able to quickly extinguish the flames using fire-suppression foam.

“Immediately after the explosion, the Loaf ‘N Jug employees activated the emergency fuel stop to the pumps,” Yowell said. “Shortly after that, electricity was cut to both to the pumps and store. The convenience store’s employees and customers were evacuated from the building until after the fire was extinguished.”

A man and a woman from the Matheson area, who were injured in the explosion and fire, were treated and released later that same day from Lincoln Community Hospital.

A initial investigation by the Hugo Marshal’s Office believed the explosion resulted from static electric igniting gasoline fumes, but further examination has led its officers to believe there may be another cause.

“It’s still under investigation,” Chief Marshal Jesse Schier said. “I’ve contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and discussed the incident with its fire safety investigator. He suggested contacting the Colorado Division of Oil & Fire Safety to request assistance. Hopefully, one of their investigators will be here later this week.”

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Donate Empty Pill Bottles

In developing countries, medicines—when actually obtainable—are often dispensed into hands, pockets, leaves or any other available container.

The Genoa, Kirk and Stratton United Methodist Churches invites you to donate empty pill bottles in support of Matthew 25 Ministries which provides basic medical supplies such as empty pill bottles to help improve health care quality in developing nations. Donations of clean, unlabeled pill bottles help the poorest of the poor in many ways: Medicine can be distributed in sterile containers and this plastic recycling program keeps thousands of bottles out of landfills each year. Placing a nickel, dime or quarter in each pill bottle helps with shipping costs to send the bottles to developing countries.
Acceptable collection items include:

* Prescription Pill Bottles                                                        
 *Over the Counter Pill Bottles
 *Large Pill Bottles                                                                   
 *Small Pill Bottles
 *Pill Bottles with Secure Caps (child resistant)                  
 *Pill Bottles without Secure Caps

To prepare containers for donation:
Remove labels and adhesive (a quick dip in boiling water may remove the label if it is unpealable followed by something such as nail polish remover to remove lingering adhesive). Wash all bottles and caps in very hot water and dish soap. Washable bottles must have an all plastic lid. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lincoln County to see more wind energy

By Will Bublitz

In the coming months, Lincoln County residents can expect to see even more of those giant wind energy towers rising above the prairie.

Last month, Xcel Energy and Vestas Wind Systems announced their plans to build Colorado’s biggest wind farm in the local area. This huge 300-tower project is expected to produce 600-megawatts of electrical power which is enough to power 180,000 homes.

Called the Rush Creek Wind Project, it is currently owned and being developed by Invenergy Wind Development LLC, a company headquartered in Chicago, Ill. Once completed, Xcel Energy will take over the ownership and operation of the new facility.

“The project will actually be two wind farms,” Krista Mann, Senior Business Development Manager for Invenergy. “One of the farms will be totally located in Elbert County. The second farm will be split between Lincoln, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties.”

The wind farm in Elbert County, called Rush Creek I, is the larger of the two. It will consist of 200 wind turbines capable of producing 400 megawatts of power. It will be constructed south of Highway 24 in eastern Elbert County.

Rush Creek II, the smaller wind farm, will have 100 turbines capable of producing 200 megawatts of electricity. It will be located east of Hugo in the area where the three counties meet. How many of those 100 wind towers will be located in Lincoln County has not yet been determined.
The total area of the project is expected to be about 95,000 acres. The vast majority of this land is currently used for agriculture.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vote for local store!

You can help our local Sinclair station win a contest. Just click HERE and vote for our local Fast and Friendly Sinclair station.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Updated burn information

Burn Ban Update

Lincoln County is now on a LEVEL 2 BURN RESTRICTION. Meaning, you may burn household trash in an approved container that is 10 feet from any other flammable material. ANY other burns must be approved by the Sheriff and the Fire Chief. 

LEVEL 2 – RESTRICTIONS REQUIRED DUE TO SEVERE DRY CONDITIONS

The following acts are prohibited in unincorporated Lincoln County until further notice:
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire or campfire, except a fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground.

EXEMPTIONS:

A. Persons with a VALID WRITTEN PERMIT from the Lincoln County Sheriff and Fire Chief that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
B. Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
C. Any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas stove, fireplaces within buildings, and charcoal or propane grill fires at private residences.
D. The burning of household trash when contained within a fireproof container sufficiently maintained to prevent escaping flame or burning material from the bottom or sides and screened sufficiently on top to prevent the release of burning material and located in the center of an area at least ten feet (10’) in diameter from which all flammable material has been removed.

NOTE: Declarations of “FIRE WEATHER WATCH” by the National Weather Service for Lincoln County will automatically place fire restrictions to LEVEL 2.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Commissioners approve Wind Ordinance

By Will Bublitz

Last week, the Lincoln County Commissioners  approved the county’s first-ever ordinance covering the construction and operation of wind energy facilities.

The new ordinance may appear to be a bit tardy because 472 wind turbines have already been erected in northern Lincoln County as part of four different projects over the past five years. Those wind turbines were approved under the county’s existing building permit process.

In approving the new ordinance last Wednesday, April 13, the commissioners said they were acting to deal with any future projects that wind energy developers may want to construct in the unincorporated portions of the county.

The stated purpose of the new ordinance, which amends the county’s zoning regulations, is to regulate “the construction and operation of Wind Energy Facilities in Lincoln County, subject to reasonable conditions that will protect the environment, and the public health, safety and welfare of Lincoln County residents.”

Under the ordinance, the owners and operators of medium and large wind energy facilities must first obtain a permit before construction can begin. Any new wind turbines to be added to an existing facility must also obtain a building permit.

The only exemption from this requirement is for “small” wind energy facilities which are defined as a single turbine/tower projects capable of generating 20 kilowatts or less that are used primarily for “on-site consumption.” No building permit is required for these small facilities.

Science Fair Winners

State Science Fair Award Winners

Nine students from Genoa-Hugo School represented East Central Regional Science Fair at the 2016 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month.

The students were recognized for excellence in science during an award ceremony held Friday evening, April 8 with awards exceeding $9,000 in value.

Tyler Higgins, a seventh grader, did a project involving the production of bio-diesel using spent vegetable oil from Gene’s Family Kitchen in Hugo. He placed fourth in the Junior Division Energy Category, taking home $25 and a certificate. 

Tarra Miller, a sixth grader, did a project titled Does Different Eye Color Affect the Way Someone Sees in the Dim Light.  Special thanks go to middle school students at Genoa-Hugo School who participated in this investigation. Tarra was recognized by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, with a certificate and a $50 check. 

Michaela Ravenkamp, a sixth grader, made multiple trips to the stage with numerous awards. She was first recognized by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety receiving the Outstanding Earth Science Award which included a certificate and $75. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SCAM ALERT

*** Scam Alert ***

Mountain View Electric Association would like to warn customers about a scam.
If someone calls you threatening a disconnect due to non payment, you should be aware that Mountain View will NEVER ask you to make a payment over the phone.
The best policy is to call Mountain View if you believe that you are behind on your bill.
Again, DO NOT pay over the phone if someone calls you.

Mountain View Electric Association web page. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nearly 25 years of history

It is hard to believe that the Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park was started nearly 25 years ago. What started as the dream of dedicated locals has flourished into a community treasure that is enjoyed by thousands each year. In honor of the Museum’s silver anniversary, we will be taking a look back at several huge milestones throughout the years, including this week’s story of the Twilight Limited.

Originally started in 1989 by Museum co-founder Harold Lowe, Brenda Higgins (Limon Chamber of Commerce), and Jo Downey (Eastern Colorado Council of Governments), this exciting passenger train became an instant hit in the state, earning a salute from both Westword (Best Train Trip, 1989) and ABC’s Good Morning America. In addition to the two-hour sunset ride, passengers were treated to delicious homemade desserts and first class entertainment from local musicians. Volunteers for the Twilight Limited (which ran from 1989-1991) included Hub City Seniors, the Limon Young Mother’s club, various community members, and train enthusiasts.

In order to fund the memorable (albeit costly) trips, the Limon Heritage Society spearheaded a benefit auction, in which Twilight Limited supporters, community members, and local businesses came together for a day full of food, entertainment, and treasures on which to bid. Thanks to auctioneers Swede Emmerling and Floyd Foncannon, as well as organizers Bob and Nellegene Ashton, Dorothy Walker, and Pat Peterson, the auction was an incredible success and the largest community auction in the history of Lincoln County.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fire Danger

By Sheriff Tom Nestor & Undersheriff Gordon Nall
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are approaching fire season in Lincoln County. As many of us have tragically learned, fire is indiscriminate in its destruction. With afternoon thunderstorms causing dry lightning there are many ways Mother Nature can start a blaze without us contributing to the equation. However, too many times human error and misjudgment can cause unintended damage.

As many of us know, this summer is shaping up to be a fire season for the history books, but with a little vigilance we can impact the story significantly. We have already had multiple fires across Lincoln County in the
past few weeks.

Although atypical for that time of year, in February the Punkin Center fire caused thousands of charred acres and many scares. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office determined that the Punkin Center fire was caused by a careless smoker throwing a lit cigarette out of a passing vehicle.
On April 1,  Our local fire department responded to another grass fire in the same area that threaten structures within the first few minutes. The origin of that fire was ultimately ruled to be accidental due to power lines sparking. But, the fear it caused landowners and neighbors was very real.

On April 2, a landowner west of Hugo lost a barn and thousands of dollars of hay in an accidental fire. This particular fire also cause many structures in that vicinity to be threatened that afternoon.
Sadly, during the early morning hours of April 4, 2016 Jeff and Tammy Thornton of Karval, Colo. lost their house and all of their belongings to an electrical fire that started inside their home. The Thornton’s awoke to heavy smoke and flames already consuming their home. Thankfully, they were able to escape the danger through a window as the fire had already blocked the paths to their doorways. All of us at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office extend the Thornton Family our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We would also like to mention that the Blue Cliff Community Church is accepting donations for the Thornton Family as they rebuild their home.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sexual Assault Awarness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s campaign focuses on ways that individuals, communities, and the private sector can help prevent sexual violence. Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of sexual assault (Black et al., 2011), but all of us are impacted by sexual violence.

Everyone understands that sexual violence impacts victims and their families, but the effects of this violent crime on communities and society are less obvious. Sexual violence creates a climate of fear, anger and/or disbelief in the workplaces, campuses and communities that it occurs in. Additionally, sexual violence generates criminal justice, medical, and crisis and mental health service expenses.
Perhaps most damaging are the lost contributions of survivors.

Preventing such a far-reaching and prevalent social issue as sexual violence may seem overwhelming or even impossible. This mentality implies that there isn’t a solution — or if there is,   we can’t achieve it. But we can and we are. There are many practical steps that are currently being taken in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, faith communities, and workplaces. But there are many more things we can do to promote safety, respect, and   accountability.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Recognition of service




Wanda Brent, Arrriba, was recognized Sunday, March 27, 2016 for serving as church organist for over 60 years at Bethel Church of the Brethren, 9 miles north of Arriba. 

An "In Appreciation" framed picture of the church's stained glass window was presented to her.  Wanda continues as organist each Sunday when good health and weather permit.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Letter to Editor

Dear Editor

Local ground water management districts protect the underground water rights of farmers and other residents of rural Colorado.  House Bill 1337, now under consideration at the State Capitol, will ensure that water speculators cannot play deceptive games in court in order to exhaust the limited legal budgets of these districts.

HB 1337 will clarify a recent court decision which found that state law was unclear regarding whether new evidence could be introduced when decisions of the Ground Water Commission are appealed in district court.  Essentially, the court said that entirely new evidence can be presented in court – evidence that was never considered by the commission or local ground water district.

HB 1337 is an easy fix.  It simply requires parties in contested applications to present all their evidence at the administrative hearing level.  This is in line with how things are done in Water Court where the applicants must prove they are not injuring existing water rights and show all their evidence at that time.  HB 1337 ensures applicants only get one bite of the apple and aren’t able to put on multiple cases on the same contested application in order to run up the costs to the detriment of our communities, farms and towns.  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

BQA to illustrate low-stress cattle handling


Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers will continue its educational series to aid its members by hosting a Beef Quality Assurance Training.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9 for the free program. The classroom portion of BQA will start at 9 a.m. at Inspiration Field in La Junta. Libby Bigler of Colorado State University will update producers on the latest industry practices.

Mid-morning, the group will caravan to Best Bet Beeflot, southwest of Swink, where Jim Keyes of Utah State University, will provide hands-on training. He will show both chute-side and horseback tips to illustrate low-stress cattle handling.

When Keyes was a boy, he learned the handling principles from his father, a working cowboy.  From that time until now his fascination with horses and cattle has encouraged him to study and observe all he could about handling livestock the most effective way.  As a faculty member of Utah State University, Keyes gave his first workshop on cattle handling in 2007.

Whether on foot or on horseback, Keys believes cattle can be handled effectively with a minimum amount of stress to livestock and handlers.  Most ranchers already know how to handle livestock, they just need to think about it in a different light, he said.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Limon woman arrested on charges of Child Pornography

By Will Bublitz

A young woman from Limon was recently arrested and charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with producing child pornography that involved an infant victim at the request of an older man.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, 18-year-old Brandi Leonard was arrested earlier this month on the child pornography charges. Also arrested and charged was Richard Hennis, 40, of Colorado Springs.

“The arrest warrants were issued Friday, March 18 and they were arrested that weekend by agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),” said Jeff Dorschner, Public Affair Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver. “Their first court appearance was on Monday, March 21. They are in the custody of U.S. Marshals and will be held without bond until the resolution of their cases.”
Dorschner said “an unrelated investigation by HSI” first led its agents to Hennis. Evidence obtained from Hennis’s cellphone then implicated Leonard. The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was also involved in the investigation.

From evidence presented at the Federal Courthouse in Denver, the two suspects apparently met online and engaged in Internet chats over a two-month period during which Leonard allegedly told Hennis that she had sexually abused an infant. According to the DOJ, Hennis encouraged her to molest the infant again, take photographs or videos of the abuse, and then send them to him which she did.
“Law enforcement recovered the pictures that Leonard produced of the infant from Hennis’s phone,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.

The DOJ also claimed that around the same time that Leonard was allegedly abusing the infant, she was in contact via email with nannies4hire.com and care.com, which are websites that connect child-care providers with those needing child care.

Investigators also alleged that Leonard and Hennis chatted in graphic detail about kidnapping, raping, killing and dismembering a child between the ages of 4 and 8 years.

“Leonard twice during the chat indicated that she didn’t intend to go through with it, yet she continued to engaged in such chats with Hennis,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.

 Pick up this week's Limon Leader or Eastern Colorado Plainsman, available on store shelves around Lincoln County for the complete story.


For more information about PSC, the public is encouraged to visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab "resources."

Friday, April 1, 2016

Storm Wrap Up

Charles Hoffman
So much better than shoveling! Don Otto brought his tractor to rescue the parking area at the Limon Leader office after snow drifted up to two feet deep in front of the building and almost three feet deep in the alley.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Agriculture and Legislature

As the 2016 Colorado Legislative Session passes the midway mark, Colorado Farm Bureau is working diligently with legislators and industry groups representing Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.
“Colorado Farm Bureau has reviewed every one of the nearly 520 bills that have been introduced,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “We have taken positions on nearly 60 bills, nearly a quarter of which deal with water. We stand firm in protecting the Colorado Prior Appropriation Doctrine and continue to make our voice heard on all water legislation trickling in throughout the 2016 Legislative Session.”

Staying true to our grassroots, Colorado Farm Bureau members have spoken out with hundreds of CFB members sending postcards telling the Colorado State Legislature that any legislation discussed in Colorado needs to protect the Prior Appropriation Doctrine.

"Colorado farmers and ranchers are voicing their concerns, and the intensity of the message has been increasing with more and more responses flooding the mailbox each day," continued Shawcroft. "The stack of petitions stressing the importance of our water system is nearly a foot tall and growing."

Prior to the start of the general assembly, Colorado Farm Bureau designated the following six areas as priorities for the legislative session: water, property rights, infrastructure, animal welfare, energy and wildlife. Midway through the 2016 legislative session, CFB has addressed bills concerning water, conservation easement landowner relief, agricultural innovation grants, mandatory employer E-verify, broadband deployment, transportation, property rights for mineral owners and anti-oil and gas bills.

“Food, water and ag issues are non-partisan, so we work hard with the leaders and individual members of both chambers to promote and protect agriculture and the Colorado way of life,” Shawcroft stated.

The Colorado Legislative Session lasts for 120 days from January to May and is scheduled to adjourn on May 11.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Senator Sonnenberg reaches out to the people

To the Editor:

The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, are set on a destructive path in their quest for clean power.  Determined to blaze a legacy trail for President Obama, EPA and CDPHE don’t care who gets harmed in the process of implementing the Clean Power Plan.  Quite apart from the questionable legality of the rule, let’s consider the social and economic damage this plan will wreak on Colorado’s communities.

Implementation of the CPP is estimated to cost $300 billion by the National Economic Research Associates. Who will pay for this? You and me. Anyone who relies on electricity to heat their home, power a grain elevator, keep the lights on in the school gym or run the coffee makers in the local café.  Electricity is a key component of our economic lifeblood.

EnergyBiz Magazine said it best in their Winter 2016 issue, “The CPP will usher in an era of escalating electric bills and stifled economic growth that will harm the people least able to afford sharp increases in utility bills: the farmers, small business owners and families served by the country's more than 900 electric cooperatives. Hardest hit will be families living on fixed incomes or in poverty.”

Hugo Candidates Attend Public Forum

By Will Bublitz

The community had the opportunity to question Hugo’s mayoral and trustee candidates during the “Meet the Candidates Night” held at The Depot on Monday, March 21.

All seven trustee candidates, plus the three candidates for mayor, participated in the 90-minute question-and-answer forum hosted by the Hugo Improvement Partnership (HIP). Judy Vick was the moderator for the event. About 30 residents attended and submitted questions to the candidates.
The purpose of Monday’s community forum was to inform the voters about the candidates prior to the April 5 municipal election. A new mayor and four of the six members of the Board of Trustees will be elected that day.

 HUGO’S CANDIDATES – Tcn candidates participated in the “Meet the Candidates Night” community forum Monday evening at the Depot. The seven trustee candidates (top row, l-r) are Les Swanson, Michael Gaskins, Richard Johnson, Lucy Monroe, Sam Emmerling, Kristie Constrance and Ken Stroud. The three mayoral candidates (bottom row, l-r) are: Kyle Lay, Richard Hoefler and Tom Lee.
 
At the start of Monday’s forum, the candidates were asked to briefly explain who they are and why they are running.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Arriba man jailed on narcotics charges

 By Will Bublitz

An Arriba man is now behind bars at the Lincoln County Jail after he was found in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine last week.


James Spaulding, 38, was arrested on Wednesday, March 9 by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies. He is being held on a “no-bond hold” until his arraignment.

What led to Spaulding’s arrest was the Sheriff’s Office investigation into a alleged domestic violence situation that took place at his residence about two weeks previously.

“We got a call about the assault and had it under investigation,” said Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “We finally obtained a search warrant on March 9.”
A dozen Sheriff’s deputies converged on Spaulding’s residence in Arriba that same day.

“We executed the search warrant,” Yowell said. “Once we got inside the house, we found the narcotics.”

Friday, March 18, 2016

Mind your lights

“Tips From A Trooper” by Trooper Chris Beaverson

There are many laws in the State of Colorado concerning lights on a motor vehicle.  These laws cover a variety of topics ranging from the authorized height of headlights to the required number of taillights.  These laws also regulate the proper and required use of all these lights.

While working the night shift recently, I noticed several vehicles displaying different colored lights.  Most of the popular colors I have seen are green, red, and blue. All three of these colors are illegal to display on a civilian motor vehicle, and will result in a summons into court, or a citation with a fine, depending on the color.

I will start with an explanation of why green lights are illegal to display on a civilian vehicle.  Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S) 42-4-213 states: “Any authorized emergency vehicle…may be equipped with green flashing lights…  Such lights may only be used at the single designated command post at any emergency location or incident…  Any other use of a green light by a vehicle shall constitute a violation of this section.”

This means only the highest ranking law enforcement, medical, or commanding supervisor responding to an emergency incident is allowed to display a green light on their vehicle.  If you are not an incident commander, you are not allowed to display any kind of visible green light on the exterior of your vehicle.

Economic Development

Lincoln County EDC Article for Limon Leader/Eastern Colorado Plainsman

Today’s topic:  Reducing infrastructure cost barriers to the economic development process.  What does this topic really address?  Simply put:  if a new business would like to expand or locate to a particular area, say in Lincoln County, one of the leading barriers to making their location feasible is the cost of utilities, streets, and access with automobile, rail, and pedestrian traffic.  Oftentimes this set of costs that we refer to as infrastructure, can amount to as much as 40 percent of the overall costs of setting up the new location.  The current costs of materials such as fiber Internet line, underground PVC piping for water and sewer, roadbed and asphalt material, and concrete for the curb and sidewalk portions are significantly higher than they were just 15 years ago.  These costs have increasingly become a bigger and bigger obstacle to the process of economic development.

What can our local county and its municipalities do to lower infrastructure costs?  Where none of us can reduce the actual costs of what I mentioned, there are some tools in today’s economic development realm that can help pay for the upfront costs that can be recovered over a 15 to 25 year timeline following the implementation of the improvements, providing there are active commercial participants in the improved area.  In short, a portion of the increased tax revenues experienced by increased property valuation and greater sales tax collections can go to retire the fronted costs for infrastructure if set up properly.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thin Blue Line



 
PRO-POLICE FLAG – Greg King, chairman of the Lincoln County Commissioners, shows off his “Thin Blue Line” flag that he displays at his home in Limon. He explained the purpose of the flag is to show support for all law enforcement  officers across the nation. “Law enforcement officers are our only defense between us and a lot of bad people,” he said. “I encourage others to also show their support for them.” King plans to place another “Thin Blue Line” flag above the Law Enforcement Memorial in the lobby of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pirates Dominate District play

Both Pirate basketball teams dominated and took first place in district play. Pick up this week's Eastern Colorado Plainsman for the full story on both games.

 Sharla Book
Back Row, left to right: Assistant Coach Brian White, Nicholas Knutson, Jake McClendon, Cody Hurtado, Caid Smith, Brandon Ravenkamp, Ben Miller, Wade Yoder, Andrew Burke, Ty Withington, and Head Coach Jason Smith.
Front Row: Manager Levi Miller, Greg Tidquist, Shawn Ashmore, Austin Clymer, Trey Boger and Manager Trey Smith.

Sharla Book
Head Coach Kenny Book, Manager Dixie Lockhart, manager Tessa Smith, Kora Houder, Samantha Winterberg, Madaline Carr, Ariel Bray, Mariah Bray, Taryn Book, Heather Graham, Aubry Lindt, Alia Kraxberger, and Assistant Coach Aaron Hood.

Airport funding

The Colorado Aeronautical Board (CAB) has approved this year’s airport grant funding for Colorado airports.

The unanimous decision authorized the distribution of $2.7 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues through grants to 27 Colorado public use airports under the Aviation Discretionary Grant Program administered by Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics.

The grants ranged in size from $8,333 to $250,000.  They represent State of Colorado participation in a wide variety of projects, totaling $71.7 million, to improve safety and infrastructure at airports all across the state.  Airport projects must include local and/or federal fund participation in order to receive Colorado discretionary aviation grants.

“I am pleased to approve these grants and to see that we are continuing statewide efforts to upgrade our airports,” said CAB Chairman Ray Beck.  “The economic multipliers provided by our airports through the moving of people, goods, and services are tremendous.  CDOT’s vision is to help develop and maintain an efficient transportation system, and this grant program certainly helps put that vision into practice.  This is an excellent partnership.” 

A 2013 Economic Impact Study of Colorado Airports showed that the airports support 265,700 jobs statewide and create a total economic output of $37.6 billion annually.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lady Badgers v Denver Christian at Vista Peak

Badger Boys at Vista Peak

Seedling Trees

LAST DATE TO ORDER SEEDLING TREES MARCH 7TH 

Orders may be placed at the Lincoln County Extension Office by calling 743-2542 and receiving an order form.  Order your trees as soon as possible as some varieties are in limited supply such as Eastern Red Cedar, Ponderosa Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper.

These trees are supplied by the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery. Some of the varieties available in the bare-root trees are: Native Plum, Sumac, Hybrid Cottonwood, Willows and Nanking Cherry, plus many others. 

Bare-root trees may be purchased in lots of 25 ONLY and are $26 per lot plus tax & handling fee.
Some of the potted trees available are: Colorado Blue Spruce, Austrian Pine, Ponderosa Pine and Eastern Red Cedar, plus many others.  Potted trees can be purchased in lots of 30 ONLY and are $76 per lot plus tax & handling fee.  There are also some varieties available in Trays of 50 and are $50 per lot plus tax & handling fee. There will be a limited supply of Extra Large Potted Austrian Pine, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Colorado Blue Spruce and Eastern Red Cedar for $9 each.

NEW – Variety Packs and Perennials are now being offered!

Trees ordered now will arrive in March.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Save the date

March 6, 2016 is the Box Social in Arriba.

What is a box social? This popular social custom has its roots dating back into the 1930's and 1940's. Its function was to raise money for whatever community project was needed, whether a school, a church, or an organization. Ladies or girls prepared individually prepared and contributed box dinners to be auctioned off to the participants, the highest bidder in each case often having the privilege of sharing the meal with its preparer. 

What should be in the box dinner?  The box dinner should contain a complete meal for two, including dessert. Possible meals could be fried chicken, barbecue ribs or sandwiches along with a salad, i.e. green, potato or macaroni and a dessert such as cookies, pie or cake. Drinks of coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Clerk looks for input

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center
Pursuant to 1-5-102.9 and 1-7.5-107 (4.5) (a) C.R.S., Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder Corinne M. Lengel is seeking written comments from residents of Lincoln County regarding the designation of a voter service and polling center.  State statute requires a county clerk and recorder to solicit public comment concerning the location of voter service and polling centers.
“In designating voter service and polling center locations, each county clerk and recorder shall consider the following factors to address the needs of the county:

Proximity of public transportation lines and availability of parking
Geographic features, such as mountain passes, that tend to affect access and convenience
Equitable distribution across the county so as to afford maximally convenient options for electors
The existence and location of population centers
Access for persons with disabilities
Use of existing voting locations that typically serve a significant number of electors
Use of public buildings that are known to electors in the county, especially to the extent that using such buildings results in cost savings compared to other potential locations 
When private locations are considered or designated as voter service and polling centers in accordance with Section 1-5-105 (3), methods and standards to ensure the security of voting conducted at such locations.”

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Red Cross Training

More than 40 residents from Northern Colorado will spend the weekend of March 11-13 training with the American Red Cross so that they can be there for their neighbors when disasters large and small strike in our community.

“With our history of wildfires and floods it is vital that we have a strong, well-trained volunteer force in place in our communities before disaster strikes.” said Melissa Venable, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Northern Colorado. “Our upcoming Academy is a great chance to get trained in the Red Cross model to be ready to help when disasters strike. In one weekend you can learn much of what is needed to be able to; work in an evacuation shelter, respond to a local home fire, coordinate relief supplies, and much more.”

A three-day Disaster Academy is being hosted at Timberline Church and the local Red Cross office in Fort Collins from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13. The academy provides a range of essential training for volunteers to serve with the Red Cross during disasters. If you have ever wanted to get involved in any of the following activities, now is your chance to volunteer:     
 
In an evacuation shelter (shelter staff and licensed health staff) – Friday, Saturday
Interacting with government partners – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Behind the scenes to ensure disaster supplies and resources (logistics) - Saturday
Responding to local disasters – Friday, Saturday
Management and Supervision – Friday, Saturday
For details on class times and to get registered please contact Melody at Melody.Storgaard2@redcross.org

Boys v Wiggins

Lady Badgers v Wiggins

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hello, from the Evangelist

I would like to extend my sincere heart-felt greetings to the beautiful town of Limon, Colo.  My name is Tom Wright, and I am one of the evangelists now working for the Limon Church of Christ. The other evangelist is Danny Aragon.  It is an honor and privilege for me to be a fellow worker within this wonderful congregation of Christian laborers, Danny, and God (1 Cor. 3.9). 

 As to background, I grew up in Iowa. After high school, I served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, and then honorably discharged. Next, after graduating college, I spent 20-plus years working in manufacturing engineering. In my forties, I left secular work to enter ministry, while earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Theology and Biblical Studies along the way. 

Consequently, for the past 20years, I have taught Bible class, served as pulpit minister, and held Bible studies with numerous individuals. Additionally, I have been blessed of God to write and publish over 10 books on a variety of theological issues.  Finally, I love spending time with my wife Carla (who is a licensed professional pet groomer), grown children, and grandchildren.

Lastly, since we are here to spiritually minister to God, Limon Church of Christ, and the adjacent communities, please contact Danny 719-980-0587 or dapreacher238@hotmail.com., or myself at 719-964-8493 or didymusbooks@juno.com. We are here to help tend to your Bible needs no matter what they may be.  We will also be contributing a Biblical newspaper article every week on a rotating basis for the benefit of our readers. It will be titled “FROM THE EVANGELIST.”

Sincerely,

Tom Wright (evangelist)  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Boys v Byers

Lady v Byers

Manufacturing and Distribution Impacts of Ports‐to‐Plains

Most local economic development efforts include a focus on primary job development. The 2004 Ports‐ to‐Plains Corridor Development and Management Plan modeled the expanded four‐lane corridor from the Texas/Mexico border to Denver, Colo.

Given its southern terminus at the ports of Laredo, Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas and the Corridor’s significance as an international trade route, much of the economic development potential of the Corridor stems from economic activity related to NAFTA trade, namely manufacturing and distribution activities. This analysis projected the potential growth in these industries that would occur if development unfolds as it had along other more established NAFTA trade routes of Interstate 35 and Interstate 25.

Between 2006 and 2030, the potential expansion of manufacturing and distribution activities in the Corridor is projected to generate approximately 39,636 jobs and about $16.1 billion in earnings in 2004 dollars throughout the Corridor states.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Commissioners look to the sky

By Will Bublitz

Lincoln County might become the “Cape Canaveral of the Plains” for a day if it is selected as the site for a rocket launching next summer.

This exciting possibility was raised during the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting last Friday, Feb. 5. Troy McCue, executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC), said the Colorado Farm Bureau had recently contacted him about the possibility.

McCue explained the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is seeking a launching site in a rural area of Eastern Colorado for its 50-foot, 1,300 lbs. rocket. ULA had originally wanted to launch it from Peterson Air Force Base at Colorado Springs, but was unable to get final approval. Lincoln County, specifically the Karval area, is under consideration as one of the possible sites.

Formed in 2006, ULA is a 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company. Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., it has provided launch services for government and commercial satellites.

The proposed launch, scheduled for July 2016, would be of ULA’s “Future Heavy,” the world’s largest sport rocket being designed and built by ULA’s interns. The launch would be in partnership with Ball Aerospace and the Space Foundation.