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.”


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 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.