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Volume 9 • Edition 07
May 15, 2014
Fort Lupton 9Health Fair a Huge Success
by Perry Wm. Bell, Fort Lupton 9Health Fair Site Co-Coordinator What does it take to organize a 9Health Fair? Answer: about 175 volunteers from both medical and non-medical areas, and also publicity, supply, food, logistics, cashiers, lab and registration. How many does it take to gauge whether or not your 9Health Fair was a huge success? Answer: One. The 9Health Fair that occurred on Saturday, May 3rd at the Fort Lupton High School had over 200 volunteers that came from as far east as Roggen, as far west as Tri-Town, as far north as Platteville, and as far south as Denver. These volunteers gave of their time and effort in order to make sure that one person would have access to low cost or free health screenings: Blood Chemistry, Blood Pressure and Pulse Oximetry, Bone Health, Breast and Pap exam, Eye Health, Hearing, Nutrition and a host of others! And we couldn’t do without all the phlebotomists that Alma Van Egmond from Salud brings to us every year! At least 20 of these volunteers became Coordinators which oversaw the development of over 30 different stations offering the variety of health options. This team of Coordinators had been meeting and planning since January in order that one person would be able to utilize the variety of offerings. As Site Co-Coordinator with Dave Furusho, I cannot express or show my appreciation for all the Coordinators, and for the many, many volunteers that came to help out on that day. Their willingness to arrive at 5:30 a.m. in order to make sure we were ready for the 7:00am opening, their commitment to greet everyone with a smile, and their flexibility to do and to go wherever they were needed made this day such an awesome success. Oh, by the way, that one person we needed to show if our 9Health Fair was a success? Well, he got through the registration just fine, had all his testing done, and then enjoyed visiting the other stations and the information booths. He and 407 other people! Yes, that is correct, our total participants in the Fort Lupton 9Health Fair was 408 people! Success? Most definitely and most emphatic: YES! Once again, I cannot thank enough all those people who volunteered both at the fair and those behind the scenes to make this 2014 Fair a success. See you next year, God willing, and maybe we can go for that One person again!
WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE:
Page 2: Leaders Born or Made Page 3: Korner Kitchen Talk Page 5: Looking Over the Fence Page 5: Locally Manufactured Carbon-Cal Page 7: Matt Johnson, New Pastor at Wiggins Summit Baptist Page 7: MCREA Awards Lineworker Scholarships Page 11: Over 400 Participate in ABATE’s Sandhill Poker Run Page 12: Wiggins Actors Present Murder Mystery Page 16: Chester’s Chicken Now at Hudson Market Page 17: Sunset Review of Colo’s Pesticide Applicator’s Act to Begin Page 17: Lochbuie to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Page 20-22: Colorado Young Farmer’s Institute
Weld Central’s Jerry Shea and Deb Starks Honored at Retirement Party They Graduated!!
Some people take longer to graduate than others. This spring, Deb Starks and Jerry Shea will graduate from Weld Central after many years of working in the high school. Between them they represent sixty-five years of teaching, coaching and sponsorships. More than anything, they represent the heart of the school. Deb Starks is a graduate of the district. She began elementary school in the district, graduated and then came back to the district as a teacher in 1984. Deb taught English and Speech to students from junior high to high school. She was the sponsor of the Speech and Debate team for several years and has been instrumental in the graduation services many years as well. Ms. Starks currently is the department head for English. Jerry Shea joined the district in 1979. He has also been one of the English teachers while in the district. Jerry has also taught Media Study, Latin, along with English to some of our Limited or Non-English speaking populations. Jerry has coached cross country, volleyball, basketball and baseball in our schools. He has been the announcer at home football games, and in recent years picked up announcing for basketball games and soccer matches. Mr. Shea has been the game manager for a number of years for the high school as well. He is quick to help the students know that they are in Rebel Country when they come to the high school. On May 3rd, approximately 200 family, friends, community members, former and current teachers and administration gathered at Weld Central High School to show these two special people what they meant to our community. Our local American Legion, represented by George Tendick, presented a certificate of appreciation to Jerry Shea for his work to coordinate activities of the legion and the school. Current staff members Iris Mesbergen, Jamie Huddleston, and Zach Levine spoke to the contributions and relationships that they have developed in their tenure at Weld Central. Mr. Shea and Ms. Starks families also shared their gratitude for Jerry and Deb. Deb and Jerry shared how this school and community has shaped them as people and touched their lives. What is important is that we remember how these two servants of the community have served and touched our lives. Happy graduation and retirement to Ms. Deb Starks and Mr. Jerry Shea!
Lost Creek Dairy Hosts Open House for it’s Neighbors
Lost Creek Dairy is owned and operated by the Elred and Edmunds families. These two families have much in common – including they have both been in the dairy business for 40 years. The dream of farming for the Elred family started with the joy of Peter’s father working on his grandfather’s farm. Peter’s father graduated from Cornell University and worked for a farmer and then in 1974, started his own farm. Mike Edmund’s great grandparents started a dairy farm in Western New York in the 1940’s and passed the tradition down. The love of farming is in the blood and passed down from generation to generation. Peter met his wife, Tammie in 1994 after graduating from Cornell, they later married in 1998. Peter and Tammie have three children: Brooke, Hunter& Sierra. Peter and his family mover to Colorado in August of 2013. Mike met his wife in 1996 and also married in 1998. Mike & Heather have two children: Rhianna and Shane. Mike and his family moved to Colorado in 2007, where Mike worked in the dairy business. The dream of building Lost Creek Dairy started six years ago for Peter and his family. The Elred Family were very blessed to have met Mike Edmunds along the way and make him part of this wonderful venture of building the Lost Creek Dairy. Cont. on Page 9, See Lost Creek Dairy Open House
Leaders: Born or Made?
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By Chip Marks Are leaders born or are they made? This is the age-old question that in most practical and academic circles still eludes even the haughtiest of practitioners. The truth is, that until the mid-1930’s, there was very little academic interest in leadership theory in the United States. In spite of a national history replete with names like Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, little thought was given to the attributes that made these men the influencers that they were. Popular theory of the pre-20th century era suggested that leaders were empowered by virtue of their position and not necessarily by the classical measures we employ today. It was not until Chester Barnard, an American business executive, published his 1938 landmark book, The Functions of the Executive, that leadership as an academic discipline was popularized. In it, Barnard posited that leadership was, “the ability of a superior to influence the behavior of subordinates and persuade them to follow a particular course of action.” Furthermore, leadership as a quality began to focus not on physical attributes or referent power, but on the ability of the individual to direct and influence organizational functions such as planning, staffing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting. And so it began…the debate over “born versus made”. In a November 2012 article published in Forbes magazine, author Erika Andersen suggests that it may be a little of both. She contends that - like most things - leadership capability falls somewhere along a bell curve continuum. Some people are, indeed, born leaders. They possess an innate ability to influence others, and while they start out as good leaders, they tend to only get better throughout life. On the other end of the spectrum is the 1015% of humanity that, no matter how hard they try, will never be strong leaders. They simply lack the requisite wiring to be effective influencers. It is from the ranks of the remaining 75-80%, where most of us lie, that leaders are most likely made. In dissecting the question, it is important to remember that leadership is not about self, but rather about others, hence, no followers; no leader. At its core, leadership is about connecting with people; about understanding their vision and goals and about being perceived as someone who can help them attain their ideals. Andersen refers to this as “being self-aware”. I call it being introspective. What are your actual strengths and weaknesses as a leader and as a person? What impact do you have on others? What do you care most about? What’s your moral compass and do you use it as a guidance system? The more introspective we are, the more coachable we are and, thus, the more likely we are to develop those skills that positively influence others. I believe there are three simple, though not necessarily easy, steps to developing our introspective view of self and ultimately our ability to lead and influence others. Solicit Feedback – The best leaders continually invite feedback from those in their circle of influence; be it a peer, a subordinate or someone in a greater position of authority. Feedback is the mechanism by which understanding of our social situation emerges. Furthermore, feedback and how it’s processed serves as a measure of our emotional intelligence; that component of leadership that brings about self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation and empathy. Listen Carefully – Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” The ability to listen to others carefully is one of the most underappreciated skills in the development of any leader. If you learn to listen fully, without filtering what you hear through your own biases or pre-existing notions, you will find those around you continually giving clues – both subtle and overt – about how you show up, what they think of you and how you’re impacting them. Reflect and Analyze – Our world gives us plenty of clues as to our ability as leaders; the decisions we make, how we touch those around us and the empathy we display in social situations. Great leaders hone their ability to reflect and analyze situations, events and outcomes. They continually seek feedback to give meaning and context to their analysis and to help in their decision making. In reality, leadership ability is more often than not a subset of our life experiences and our reaction to events and circumstances. There is no question that certain people are just “wired” to influence others in a positive way, though clearly, the ability to be introspective helps to shape who we are and how we develop as leaders. What do you think….are leaders born or made? We’d like to hear your feedback on this topic. Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @chipmarks14 and let me know what you think. We’ll post the best responses in a future edition of the Lost Creek Guide. Chip Marks is a producer from Weld County and Executive Vice President of Agfinity, Inc., based in Eaton, CO. He is a Colorado Farm Bureau member and is currently a candidate for the American AgCredit Board of Directors.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Boulder County Community Rights Network Launched Aims To Create Community Rights Through Home Rule Charter
Contact for further information: Dr. Tom Groover 303-709-3327 Merrily Mazza 720-556-1286 Mary Smith 303-800-6314 The Boulder County Community Rights Network (BCCRN) is launching its countywide movement to advance community rights in Boulder County through the creation of a Boulder County Home Rule Charter for adoption at the November election. Today, citizens went before the three County Commissioners with a plan to protect Boulder County by changing the structure of county government from statutory to home rule. BCCRN made a formal request of the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners to use their referendum authority to schedule a special election for July. During this election, the people of Boulder County would vote on the creation of a County Home Rule Charter and elect a Charter Commission to write that charter. The charter would then be presented to the citizens to be voted on in the November election. Under the current statutory form of government, Boulder County residents do not have legal authority to say no to unwanted and potentially harmful industrial development and are powerless to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from projects such as GMO agriculture on county Open Space land, fracking in Boulder County, double taxation for unincorporated Boulder County road maintenance and privatization of route 36. Through the adoption of a Community Rights Home Rule Charter, citizens will have the authority to define and advance their rights and protect the health, safety and welfare of human and natural communities in Boulder County. The Commissioners will then be accountable to the people rather then to the State and corporate interests. Dr. Tom Groover, a BCCRN Facilitation Team Member explains, “Our push for community rights through the adoption of a Home Rule Charter would establish greater self-government for county residents through initiative along with powers of recall and referendum. In its present role as a statutory county, citizens do not have the authority to ban activities that affect the local community and the County Commissioners are state administrators who represent the State of Colorado and not the residents of Boulder County.” According to Lafayette City Council Person Merrily Mazza, “I was elected to the Lafayette City Council because of my support of the Lafayette Community Bill of Rights to Ban Fracking. Lafayette residents are concerned about the January 1, 2015 expiration of Boulder County’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and to the beginning of drilling and fracking of 1,800 new wells in Boulder County from I-25 to west of 76th Street. I believe a community rights based Boulder County Home Rule Charter prohibiting fracking would be the best way to protect Boulder County residents’ health, safety and welfare from the known harms of fracking.” BCCRN was formed to promote community rights and democratic decision making in Boulder County and is a local member of the Colorado Community Rights Network, sponsor of proposed Amendment #75, Right to Local Self-Government. BCCRN Facilitation Team Member Mary Smith says, “The Bill of Rights and Prohibitions of a community rights based Boulder County home rule charter will achieve greater authority when ballot initiative #75, the Colorado Right To Self-Government Amendment is approved by voters in this November’s election.” Should the County Commissioners decide not to use their referendum authority to provide citizens the opportunity for self government through the home rule process, BCCRN will be proceeding with a citizen-led petitioning campaign to advance home rule in Boulder County. Dr. Groover explains, “Adoption of our Boulder County Community Rights Home Rule Charter through the electoral process in November will ensure that the Charter, including its fracking prohibition, will become law on January 1, 2015 just in time for the expiration of the Boulder County fracking moratorium.”
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Citizens’ Brigade Launched to Defeat Oil and Gas Ban Initiatives
By Tom Norton Colorado’s economy is under attack once again. A number of ballot initiatives have been proposed that would wreck havoc on Colorado businesses in general and on the oil and gas industry in particular. These initiatives have one common goal: To ban oil and gas production in our state. And some are so broad as to threaten the existence of virtually any business. That’s why I’ve agreed to co-chair a citizens’ brigade to fight these proposals as they try to make their way to our November ballot. Our group is Coloradans for Responsible Reform – CFRR – and unlike the groups pushing these proposals, we have a long history in Colorado. For 20 years, business, labor, nonprofit and civic organizations have been uniting under the CFRR banner to support or oppose ballot measures that would impact Colorado’s economy. This time around, we have proposals that are masquerading as “local control” issues, but nothing could be further from the truth. For instance, one of the proposals, question 75, states that any business in a community could have its right to operate eliminated. That’s not local control, that’s local tyranny. In addition, these measures could effectively stop all oil and gas drilling throughout the state, severely impacting our state’s recovering economy. Oil and gas, particularly in northern Colorado, is the key to our success. Oil and gas development has to be done right – and here in Colorado we are doing it right. We are providing jobs and funding for our schools, while at the same time protecting our environment and long-term viability. In Colorado, the oil and gas industry is heavily regulated. We’re the first state to require testing of groundwater before and after fracking. The new air quality regulations, just passed three months ago, are the strongest in the country. And we have new setback rules that went into effect last year. So far, nearly 70 organizations have joined our coalition, representing tens of thousands of Colorado workers, farmers and families. These groups understand there is a direct relationship between these proposals and the food on their tables. They understand how dangerous these proposals are, aiming to cripple Colorado’s energy sector and killing jobs. Case in point: A recent study by the School of Business at CU Boulder concluded that a statewide ban on fracking would result in 93,000 fewer jobs in Colorado between now and 2040. So I’ve joined the fight. I’m on the side of keeping good jobs and responsible businesses in our cities and counties. I hope you’ll join us in the battle. CFRR is a wide-ranging, nonpartisan organization as evidenced by the fact that one of our co-chairs is Ken Salazar, the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior. He recently concluded that these measures are “wrongheaded” and will “cripple Colorado’s economy.” I couldn’t agree more. You can learn more about these initiatives and about Coloradans for Responsible Reform by going to our website – www.cfrr.com.
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by Bob Grand et al Who is in charge? The VA story continues to grow as does the IRS story. Do federal employees and leadership really understand they are responsible to the people, not their personal retirement programs. It is a lot more fun to campaign and raise money particularly when you are good at that, but the President was elected to govern first and politic later. Who is accountable and for what? Nobody is ever held responsible. In business, if you do not do the right thing there are consequences. Same should be true in government. It seems we do not want to hurt anybodies feeling, well we are tired of not hurting feelings and letting our government run amuck. It is time to tell our senators that we do not approve of the way the government is being managed or rather not managed. Call: Colorado United States Senator Mark Udall – (toll free) 877-768-3255 Colorado United States Senator Michael Bennett – (toll free) 866 – 455 - 9866 Glad to see Michelle Obama came out supporting the young women in Nigeria who were kidnapped. Tired of being politically correct with the Islamic world. Most Islamic people, like all people, want the right things for themselves and their families. The extremist of the Islamic are not to be coddled. Their goal is to eradicate our way of life. Most of us do not want that to happen. Our ways are by no means perfect but they are a whole lot better than many of the options that are out there. Stand up for what we as a nation have believed and have built our nation on. We are now up to 25 applications sitting at the Department of Energy for building or retrofitting liquid natural gas export facilities. It does not take a mental genius to figure that between the far eastern and European market there is a demand for supply that could produce a lot of jobs in the United States, benefit our balance of trade account and give the Russian’s something to think about. Why are we not moving on these? The Democratic Party use to be the party of all union workers. Now seems to be limited to the educational elite and the conservationists. Might have something to do with the amount of money being thrown at the party. To remind folks the President is elected to govern not just politic. We need governance not politics. Ask your United States Senator’s what they have done about it or more important what they plan to do about it? Seems that , with their voting records, they are part of the problem not part of the solution. Our young people deserve better. Let them know how you feel. Call: Colorado United States Senator Mark Udall – (toll free) 877-768-3255 Colorado United States Senator Michael Bennett – (toll free) 866 – 455 - 9866
Publisher’s Comment: Is your vote important?
Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to discuss with many of you, one on one, the high level of frustration you have with the system. Be it at the federal, state, or county level. You just feel left out. Nobody wants or cares to hear what you have to say. Well we are all responsible for that as we have let them all get away with it. Be it Democrats or Republicans. Our last paper indicated exactly how big a part of the Weld County economic success story generates from Weld County House District 63. Yet when you examine the political reality in the county it is dominated by a Greeley centric right wing . Now pro life issue and second amendment issues are important issues but they are not the only issues. We need to have a voice in what our government does and not leave up to the chosen few to lead us down the path they believe is the only path. Water, land use, oil & gas, farming, ranching, education, particularly K-12, are issues we should expect to hear about at the capital from our county representatives. We should expect them to articulate these views that support our county and all the folks that live in it, and hopefully influence other legislators to work towards a consensus on what to do to solve problems, not ignore them. This year we have a higher than usual number of candidates who have petitioned on to the ballot. Give all candidates consideration and evaluate them on the basis of their competency as opposed to their supposedly party purity. We cannot blame anybody but ourselves for not sending the most qualified people to hold elective office. It is your responsibility to evaluate the best candidate in your mind and then get out and vote for them. Encourage your family members and friends to do the same. The future of our kids and grand kids depend on it. Get out and vote!
Republicans Target Polis for Economic Blackmail
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by State Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, State Rep. Libby Szabo Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives blistered Boulder Congressman Jared Polis for using the threat of several ballot initiatives to impose de facto bans on energy development to set-up a last minute legislative fire-drill that would totally re-write Colorado rules on responsible oil and gas development -- rules that have been modernized multiple times in the last few years, rules that are widely regarded as the most comprehensive and restrictive in the nation. “Liberal Democrat Jared Polis is holding Colorado families hostage to economic blackmail, and I am amazed that Democrats in the legislature are following along like a flock of sheep,” said Jerry Sonnenberg, Republican Representative from Colorado’s Eastern plains and longtime leader in the legislature on energy issues. “We hope Colorado is paying attention -- Polis’ jihad against responsible energy development is reckless, and the Democrats under the Gold Dome are committed accomplices. “Jared Polis ought to just come down and ask for the Speaker’s gavel, because at this point he is clearly calling the shots,” Sonnenberg said, “Some business leaders feel it’s best to resolve this issue this session because the risks of Polis’ economy blackmail succeeding are too great. Others feel strongly that negotiation isn’t the right approach. But on this everyone agrees - Jared Polis is acting like a spoiled bully, using his money to push people around. His anti-oil and gas temper tantrum is an enormous threat to Colorado, our economy, and our families. said Representative Libby Szabo.
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Colorado’s Charter Schools Deserve Recognition During National Charter School Week
By Steve Laffey No educational system is perfect. But Colorado does a lot of things right when it comes to educating its children. One is how Colorado does charter schools. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Colorado currently ranks 5th in the nation in its implementation of charter school laws. The ranking was based on 20 criteria to include academic performance, special education availability, student access to extracurricular and interscholastic activities, and teacher access to retirement programs. Common Core risks screwing this up. When we have something here that’s working so well, why are we trying to “fix” it? Unfortunately, the Colorado Department of Education has already made its decision: Common Core is coming soon . . . to a school near you. Today, Colorado has 186 charter schools operating statewide. They account for 10.2% of all Colorado public schools with approximately 90,000 Colorado children enrolled across all demographics. And the number of charter schools and students increases every year. I know first-hand the great opportunities that Colorado charter schools offer families. While my wife, Kelly, and I have homeschooled our six kids over the past 8 years, two of them have attended a charter school in Northern Colorado, called Colorado Early Colleges High School. Through this program, my 18-year old son, Sam, earned his high school diploma this past December, a full semester early. Along with his diploma came an Associates Degree. He’s now enrolled at CSU as a junior! My 17-year old daughter, Sarah, is on track to graduate from CSU at the age of 19. That will be a total savings for my family of over $40,000! All because my kids attend a Colorado charter school. During a time when economic uncertainty stresses families to their breaking points, a charter school that figures out a way for its high school students to earn substantial college credit is a life-changer. Here in Colorado, charter schools are rethinking what “classrooms” should look like, and they are doing a fantastic job. We have charter schools that are Montessori education-based. We have home-based online schools and those specializing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We have homeschool co-ops, schools that teach kids in a classical education tradition, and schools that extend the length of the school day and academic-year calendars. We have those that promote Chinese language immersion and others that focus on meeting the needs of at-risk youth. Denver even runs a girls-only middle school. Another centers on a collaborative, “hand’s on” approach to learning. And the types of creative charter schools in Colorado goes on and on. These innovative programs give parents more choice about how their children are educated. Parents can choose an educational environment where their kids will find success. “We the People” know best what’s good for our children, not the federal government with its flawed “one size fits all” academic standards. We know that every child does not learn in the same way. We know that every child does not have the same dreams and goals. Nor should they. The federal government’s involvement in education thus far – from its creation of the Department of Education (thanks to President Jimmy Carter) to “No Child Left Behind” to “Race to the Top” – has been an abject failure. With the federal government’s “help,” we now have lower test scores, more dropouts, and our kids are less competitive when compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world, especially in math and science. We must not allow our children to become lab rats in yet another Department of Education experiment. If we don’t stop Common Core now from crippling the great strides that we’ve made here in Colorado, our children’s future – and, therefore, our country’s future – looks bleak. Steve Laffey is a financial expert, former mayor, author, filmmaker, and small farmer in Northern Colorado. He is currently running for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s Congressional District 4. Visit www.SteveLaffey.com for more information.
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CONTRACT * 8 & 12 acUNDER w/hills, views, Hwy 52/CR 91 $58-62K *8 ac, views, paved rd, electric, Hwy 52/CR 91 $58K *10 ac, secluded, CR 22 off paved CR 59. $80K * 10 ac,power.Paved R 77/Hwy.52.$79Kea. * 10+ ac, lake-mtn views, Estates at Bromley $126K * 15 ac, can split, no cov’s CR 398 $100K *20 ac, secluded, CR 22 off paved CR 59. $135K * 32 irg acres,fncd,alfalfa.CR59/8.$175K **35 ac.pwr, level site. Schumaker & 104th, $85K * 37 ac,split 2011, view, no cov’s CR 20/55 $144K ***38 ac, mtn. views, power. Cavanaugh. $135K * 100 irrigated ac in alfalfa.CR20/53.$300K * 160 ac to make 4 lots! Power, views. CR 95 $240K
** (bold) Owner Carry Financing
INVESTMENTS: * Complete Subdivision with (10) 3-4 acre lots! Water taps paid, power & phone to lot lines. West of Hwy. 52 on CR J, Wiggins. $274,000
* 2 AC Highly Visible Commercial Ground. Next to Colo East Bank on Woodward, Keenesburg. $180K * 10 ac annexed into Keenesburg, Great residential PUD. I-76 & Pippin Lane. $350K
May 15, 2014
Howdy folks, Well, may is looking like it is going to be one of the wetter Mays we’ve had for some time. The moisture is good, although this area is in good shape for soil moisture. Southeastern Colorado and Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle are not as fortunate. Some of the wheat producing areas are still dry and the crop prospects are not so good. As we look at the run-off and snow melt in Northern Colorado, we can see that much of this water may go out of state and not used in Colorado. Many of the reservoirs are full and not able to hold much more. We should be running water and storing in every possible place we can. We do not have an excess of water in NE Colorado. We need to be building more storage and using it. The NISP project that has been in the works for many years is a good example of how the government “red tape” can hold up and delay a project. We seem to have many folks that can find reasons not to build these projects. Nonethe-less, we need to look at the benefits to our area, crop production, water supplies for cities and even recreation potential. The Two Forks project, which was nixed several years ago, may have been an answer to many of the water storage problems and supplied more for the front range. Chatfield Dam, which was built after the 1965 flooding through Denver, could be enlarge to hold more water, but there is environmental opposition to that. Our state is at a point where we need to make some hard choices about water and the cities as well as agriculture need to work together to resolve some of the issues. It is hard to see prime land that was irrigated up until 2003, sit idle and dry while front range cities continue to grow and lay more sod and run and run more water to grow grass and greenery that has no food value. Our state is trying how to figure out how to spend the tax money from the marijuana industry. How about we use it to build more water storage. The benefits would be great to many. We don’t need to wait until it is too late. We already are seeing food price up in the grocery stores. We should not get to a point of being dependent on food imports from other countries. As we look at the Central Valley of California, where the water has been shut off by the endangered species act, the effect of loss of food production is sure to be felt across the nation. When people get hungry, the regulations will change. Remember, you can help make a difference this fall when election day comes. Be sure you are properly registered to vote where you live. SIX MONTHS TO THE ELECTIONS FOLKS! LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Until Next Time, Keep Your hand on Your Wallet and the Gate Closed!
Morgan County Republicans to Host Candidate Forum on June 2
The Morgan County Republican Central Committee and the Morgan County Republican Women will be holding a Republican Candidates Forum on June 2, 2014 at 7 pm at the Morgan County Administration Building, 231 Ensign St. Fort Morgan. The evening will start with a question and answer session with the candidates for Morgan County Clerk and Recorder, LaNette Nestor and Susan Bailey. We will also hear form other local candidates, and candidates for the other state and national offices. The primary election will be held on June 24, 2014 so it is important to find out about the candidates running so you can make an informed choose for who will run for the general election. The public is invited to attend to hear from the Republican candidates for local office and to the higher elected offices. The Hispanic and minority communities are invited to come and learn about the Republican principals. For more information contact Vivianne Lorenzini, 645-2485, Louise Pilcher, 8677003, Judy Mortensen, 842-2016 or Micky Ashby, 970-988-2059. Like us on facebook at morgancountygop.
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Locally Manufactured Carbon-Cal A Biologically Better Way To Grow
Carbon Cal is an all-natural soil amendment that activates the microbial activity in your soil creating a stronger- healthier root system, which gives your lawn and garden the proper nutrients it needs to succeed. It was originally created to increase the nutritional value and yields in crops, reduce the dependency of synthetic products and provide foods that are biologically healthier for people to consume. Over the past four years we have been developing, testing and fine tuning this product to find overall amazing results in agriculture, lawn and garden. Since it is environmentally friendly, Carbon Cal can be used safely around people and pets. It has exhibited and proven the ability to retain and release moisture more efficiently. The use of Carbon Cal is beneficial in a wide variety of soils by correcting the soil deficiencies naturally. Carbon Cal is available in a meal, crumble or pellet form that is packaged in bulk, tote bags or 25 - 50 pound bags. Both the crumbles and pellets can be easily applied with any home rotary spreader. Morgan County Minerals LLC is located in the heart of Wiggins, Colorado. We are proud to manufacture and distribute Carbon Cal locally and have recently made it available at your local retail stores from Brush to Greeley. You can find a participating retail store nearest you by calling our office or visiting our website listed below. Morgan County Minerals also offers DTA Cal and Compost. We look forward to the opportunity of providing your home and business with “A Better Life Through Biology”. Also ask us about soil testing and applications tailored to fit your agriculture needs. (970)483-8303 ext. 100 or visit us at www.DTA-CAL. com
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Caring Hearts Walking Relay For Life Bake Sale
The Caring Hearts Walking for a Cure team held their fundraising bake sale in front of the Keene Market on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The selection of baked goods included fresh cinnamon rolls, a chocolate candy cake, spice cake with maple frosting with pecans and bacon on top, and a variety of homemade cookies. There was also an assortment of beautiful baskets for sale. All of the proceeds from the sale will go the Relay for Life. The Caring Hearts Walking for a Cure team would like to thank Keene Market and all of the customers of our bake sale for their support.
May 15, 2014
United Way of Weld County Grants $20,000 to Weld County Recreation Programs
Greeley, CO – United Way of Weld County has awarded $20,000 to recreation centers and districts throughout Weld County to scholarship the participation of children and youth in summer activities. Recipient organizations include Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District; City of Evans Recreation Department; City of Fort Lupton Recreation Department; City of Greeley Culture, Parks, and Recreation; Kersey Recreation; LaSalle Recreation; Thompson Rivers Park and Recreation District; Town of Eaton; Town of Erie; Town of Mead; Town of Platteville; Town of Windsor, Parks, Recreation and Culture. For over 20 years, United Way has funded and facilitated a competitive Youth Recreation Scholarships grant awards process. After they receive an award, recreation centers and districts subsidize the participation of lower income youth in activities like baseball, swimming, dance, and archery. Many of the receiving children and youth are qualified through their participation in school free and reduced lunch programs. Given the flooding last year, the scholarship support provided in 2013 was especially appreciated by a number of families. “Thompson River Park and Recreation fall sports started up just after September floods,” shared recreation director Jeff Grim. “The United Way scholarships provided assistance to many of our families who were in greater need than ever. The ability to participate in our activities allowed kids to take their minds off of flood impact and to return to some normalcy.” In 2013, 795 Weld County children and youth benefited through the scholarship program. “While it is a small amount of funding—the $20,000 available for scholarships this year was less than half of the amount requested—the return on investment is huge,” said Margie Martinez-Perusek, a member of the award allocations committee. “We know the participation in activities is great for the kids bodies, and also that it makes them spirits happy. Reading the reporting from last year’s scholarships, time and again the recreation directors said their primary measurement of success is the smiles of children and youth.” We invite you to be a part of the change. You can make a donation to support recreation scholarship programs, you can advocate for youth in your community and you can volunteer through United Way of Weld County or your community recreation department. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED. For more information about the Youth Recreation Scholarships program please contact Lyle SmithGraybeal, United Way vice president of community impact, at 970-353-4300 or lyle@unitedway-weld. org. About United Way of Weld County The mission of the United Way of Weld County (UWWC) is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our focus is on education, income, and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through our community’s willingness to give, advocate, and volunteer, UWWC is able to have a positive impact on tens of thousands of lives every year. And thanks to the generosity of the UWWC Cornerstone Partners, 100% of donations to the Community Impact Fund goes directly to families and youth in need in Weld County. For more information, visit the United Way of Weld County website at www.unitedway-weld.org.
Grants Awarded to Support Colorado Agriculture
LAKEWOOD, Colo.-The Colorado Department of Agriculture selected four projects to receive funding through its new “Enrich Colorado Ag Grant Program.” Grant funds will help Colorado companies conduct research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado. “We received 41 applications, and it was difficult to select only a few projects from so many outstanding submissions,” said Tom Lipetzky, Markets Division Director. “We hope these funds help Colorado’s food and agricultural suppliers position their businesses to take advantage of local, regional, national and international market opportunities.” Projects funded include: • Triple M Bar Ranch, Manzanola, Colo., $11,620 to expand marketing and promotion efforts of their Colorado lamb. • Weld County School District 6 Nutrition Services, Greeley, Colo., $17,000 to increase the awareness of selling opportunities to farmers in northern Colorado school districts and increase awareness of Colorado agricultural products in use on school menus to students and parents. • Soup for Supper, Lafayette, Colo., $2,500 to utilize funds to work with a marketing/sales consultant to increase product distribution. • Montrose Downtown Development Authority, Montrose, Colo., $11,380 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the economic, market, techni$1.95 per gallon - will call cal, financial and management feasibility and sus$1.90 per gallon - route tainability of establishing a Food Hub which will include a certified commercial kitchen and business incubator. “Funding requests totaled nearly $500,000 for the first year of the grant program,” said Shaina Knight, Business Development Specialist. “We know Colorado food and agricultural businesses are expanding with innovative projects, ideas, and concepts, so we are pleased to be able to offer additional support.” For more information on the Enrich Colorado Ag Grant Program, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division at (303) 2394371 or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.
May 15, 2014
Matt Johnson, New Pastor at Wiggins’ Summit Baptist Church
Summit Baptist Church of Wiggins welcomes new pastor, Matthew Johnson to the pulpit. Matt and his family, which includes wife Tanya and four daughters, Caitlyn 17; Hannah, 15; Camryn, 10; and Brooke, 6; moved from Jackson, Michigan where Matt was the senior pastor at New Covenant Baptist to take the helm at Summit Baptist. Both Matt and Tanya grew up in Chicago as “pastor’s kids”. Matt graduated from Southwest Baptist Seminary in Bolivar, Missouri and then from Golden Gate Seminary in Tucson, Arizona, He has spent 21 years in full time ministry, 17 of those years served as a youth or family pastor. The Johnsons were attracted to the Wiggins area because it felt like home and they liked the schools. Summit Baptist Church’s New Minister: Pastor “It just felt like you were talking to friends and family,” Matt said after Matthew Johnson and family his first contact with the church. We were impressed with the principals and teachers at the school, he added. “Wiggins felt like a place we could raise a family.” Both the church and he seemed to have the same vision and purpose of what the church should be in a community, Matt said. “We felt a deep peace and clear direction of God leading us here.” Matt said he has a team leadership approach to ministry and he sees his role as helping equip church members to use their gifts to accomplish God’s plan together. He believes the church should have an impact in and on the community. He places high value on strong teaching and preaching and being disciples of Christ. “We want to work together to be a church family that walks through life together, that cares for each other,” he said. If you haven’t met Matt and his family, stop by Summit Baptist Church and say hello!
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MCREA Awards Lineworker Scholarships
FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that Armando Munoz and Corey Ritchey, both from Wiggins, have each been selected to receive a $7,500 Morgan County REA Electric Lineworker Scholarship. The electric cooperative awards the scholarships each year to selected applicants whose family or guardians reside within MCREA’s service territory and who will attend an approved lineworker training program as a full-time student. According to the latest statistics, apprentice lineworkers in Colorado can generally expect starting wages at around $23 an hour plus overtime, and can see wages in excess of $37 an hour plus overtime after earning a journeyman license. Lineworker schools offer a variety of regimens, including one-year certificate programs and two-year associate degrees. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised from the MCREA Operations Department. The committee’s decisions are based on a number of facArmando Munoz tors, including academics, school and community participation, work experiences, and a student statement of goals and aspirations. The scholarship recipients are not required to work at Morgan County REA after graduating line worker school. Upon graduation from Wiggins High School, Munoz is planning to attend the power lineman program at Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. Armando is excited to pursue a career as a lineman, saying, “I will always look to improve and become better at what I do. I will take my job as a lineman very seriously and not let any opportunities slip away. I will also dedicate myself one hundred percent to doing my job to the best of my ability.” After he graduates from Wiggins High School, Ritchey is planning to attend Powerline Construction and Maintenance School at Western Nebraska Community College in Alliance. Corey says that the skills he has developed will assist him as a lineman. “I plan on using the skills I have learned through working on the farm for my dad to help me earn my degree as a lineman,” he said. “Also, I have gone through two years of auto tech at Morgan Community College and have learned a lot about wiring diagrams and the basics of electricity. I am hoping these skills will help me to better myself as I work towards my lineman degree.” Proceeds from Morgan County REA’s Annual Invitational Golf Tournament are used to fund the lineworker scholarship program. Corey Ritchey Organized in 1937, Morgan County Rural Electric Association is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by the people they serve. MCREA strives to provide goods and services that enhance the quality of life in rural America.
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May 15, 2014
Utility Protection Bill Passed by Colorado Legislature Metals theft becomes a felony
TRUTH BE TOLD, YOUR ELECTRICITY COMES FROM PEOPLE POWER.
Jim M. • Journeyman Lineman since 1977
Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased that Colorado has significantly raised the ante for thieves who would steal metals from us and other Colorado utilities by declaring this theft to be a felony. With the rise in the price of commodity metals such as copper and aluminum over the past few years, Colorado has seen an increase in theft of these commodity metals. When electrical facilities, rail lines, water lines and fuel pipelines are targeted by metal thieves, the results of these thefts can be major disruptions in service to the public and may also place the public and utility employees in harm’s way. Metals theft not only causes great expense and inconvenience to the business community but also poses serious risks to public safety. Critical utility services are interrupted and protective structures such as fences and control cabinets are often damaged by thieves, leaving high voltage transmission facilities open and accessible to the public. SB-049, Endangering Utility Transmission, sponsored by Sen. Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) and Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Adams/Arapahoe), has passed the Colorado Senate and House and is awaiting Governor John Hickenlooper’s signature. The bill was developed by the Commodity Metals Theft Task Force chartered in 2011 by the Colorado legislature in response to rising concerns about the increased incidence of metals thefts. The charge to the Task Force was to promote public education surrounding metals theft issues and to identify ways to improve Colorado laws to reduce metal theft. The Task Force proposed changes to existing Colorado statutes that would address major public safety risk factors associated with metals theft from critical transportation and utility transmission infrastructures. The Colorado Rural Electric Association was represented on the Metals Theft Task Force by Barry Springer, a director on the Mountain View Electric Association board. He served as the public utilities member of the Task Force. Mike Williams, CREA’s director of safety training and loss control, also worked with the task force. Facts relating to utilities associated metals theft: National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recorded 25,083 claims for metals theft in 2009-2011 and found that 96% of the claims involved copper theft. Electrical Safety Foundation International survey of utilities copper theft in the U.S. found more than $60 million in losses and 450,000 minutes of utilities outage time due to theft.
Every year 35 to 50 deaths or injuries in the U.S. are associated with copper theft. CREA survey of 20 rural electric cooperatives serving 58,243 miles of power lines found 104 incidents of metals theft over three years at a cost of $291,000, with 52% of the metal thefts occurring at energized facilities. Xcel reported that over the past six years 196 substation thefts with a cost of thefts at $973,000, with 70% of the thefts occurring at energized facilities. Metals thefts from energized electrical facilities often result in disruption of critical electrical services to medical, public safety and transportation facilities placing the safety of the public at risk. Protective enclosures at energized electrical facilities, such as fences and cabinets, are often compromised by metal thieves, enabling uncontrolled public access to dangerous high voltage facilities. Thefts of copper grounding cables from energized electrical substations create the potential for major safety hazards for utility employees. Railroad lines depend on electrical power to monitor train movement, switching of tracks for train deployment and warning systems such as rock slides and protected crossings for public motorized use. The theft of metals from rail lines has become a major concern for the owners of these lines as the number of thefts has increased dramatically in the past several years. The labor costs associated with replacing stolen metals can be ten times the value of the metals stolen. Prompt prosecution of utility metals thieves at the felony level would help to deter such theft and provide added protection of public safety.
MCC Foundation Funds Scholarships
Fort Morgan, CO. 05/01/14. The Financial Aid Office at Morgan Community College (MCC) announces that all 124 applicants who applied for financial aid by the priority deadline, April 1, 2014, have been offered aid. Nearly $144,200.00 from the MCC Foundation has been designated for these students. “The MCC Foundation is honored to be able to award every student a scholarship that applied by the priority deadline,” said Kelly Rasmussen, MCC Foundation Coordinator. Whether going towards enrollment or books, the students selected are appreciative and are one step closer to completing their goal. “Our donors and their support to our students are extraordinary,” shared Alissa Harris, MCC Foundation President. “In addition to donations, matching scholarship funds provided by the Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis Foundation, Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente help make awarding financial aid possible,” adds Rasmussen. “MCC’s Financial Aid Office is able to accept the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA) all year long as well as scholarship applications,” says MCC Financial Aid Advisor Carol Steward. “Though many documents have a priority deadline, we are still able to accept them throughout the school year, so when funds such as this come available, we’re able to award the student’s applications we have on file.” Steward also mentioned that MCC students who had an application on file for the 2013-14 school year and were enrolled at least half-time by April 18, 2014, have already been offered to receive scholarships for the summer semester. “The number of scholarship applications nearly doubled from last year,” reports Rasmussen. However, the MCC Financial Aid Office notes that institutional and private scholarships are still available! “One of our goals at Morgan Community College is to provide access to higher education,” shared MCC President Dr. Kerry Hart. “No student should be denied the opportunity to attend college because they lack funding. Together with the MCC Foundation, the College is working towards helping every student in our service area have the chance to pursue a college education.” To contact the MCC Financial Aid Office, call (800) 622-0216 extension 3150. Applications and information about financial aid opportunities can also be found online at www.MorganCC.eduunder the “student” tab. For further information about how you can donate to the MCC Foundation scholarship fund, please visit www.MorganCC.edu and select “Giving” or call (970) 542-3107
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Lost Creek Dairy Open House
Cont. from Page 1 On November 26th, 2013 the first cows entered the new rotary with the dairy now milking 2,700 cows. Lost Creek Dairy has a focus of cow comfort which is paramount at the dairy. Happy, healthy and comfortable cows are the success of any dairy farm. Veterinarians and nutritionists visit frequently to provide guidance for the health and nutrition of the cows. The cows enjoy fresh sand for their bedding and open lots for exercise. “We focus on sustainability so that our farm can be passed on to the next generation,” says Peter. “We recycle sand after it is used for bedding, use manure as fertilizer for our crops, recycle the water from the dairy to grow the crops and use high efficiency lighting and equipment. “We love the animals and make sure they are well cared for,” explains Mike. “That helps us produce the highest quality milk.” Well over 500 neighbors attended the open house, which offered a variety of food choices along with, of course, milk. The dairy has about forty employees. The Lost Creek Guide and the neighbors in Keenesburg and greater Weld County welcome Lost Creek Dairy and wish them the best. It appears they are on the right path to be good neighbors, good dairy farmers and an asset to the county.
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Family & Community Education Club Celebrates Day of the Family by Donating Books for Newborns
Weld County Family and Community Education Consolidated Club (FCE) participated in the “Books for Newborns” project in conjunction with National FCE Day of the Family, which was celebrated on May 11, 2014. Club members purchased 101 children’s books that will be given to newborns at the Monfort Family Birth Center, North Colorado Medical Center. The objective of this project is to promote reading at an early age and encourage parents to read to their children. FCE members Barbara Carter of Eaton and Linda Englehardt of Keenesburg presented the books to birthing center staff. The National Association for Family and Community Education (FCE) focuses on community action, developing leadership and continuing education. It is an educational organization that provides services for families and communities promoting health, ethical values and leadership. For more information on FCE go to www.nafce.org.
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Long Overdue Race Action at I-76 Speedway
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After the weather forced two cancellations this spring, I 76 Speedway was finally able to get the first race in. And, as the cars lined up outside the gate, it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. One hundred and twenty five drivers, waiting excitedly for their turn to show their stuff. The first class to run their main was the Dwarfs. Alex Amen #46 took the early lead from his starting position and owned the race. Charlie Drager #11, finished second with Jerry Hunter #16, finishing third. The #55 of Andy Rogers spun out causing a yellow, was sent to the back and fought his way to the 8th spot. In the 15 lap 270 Micro main, Cody Langevin, #25 took home his first I-76 feature event trophy. Blaze Bennett #8 finished second with the 9S Scotty Soder on his bumper. Nick Hankins, #99 rolled his car, they rolled him back over sent him to the back and he still managed to finish 8th. Jeff Gieg, #18 picked up a win in the Lightning Sprint Main. Number 69 Paul Babbich, led the first fifteen laps when a charging Gieg passed him, with Ullery in tow. Gieg held on for the win and Ullery finished second, Babich third and #31 Steve Becker rounded out the top four. In the 20 lap Modified main, Joe Mullins #46, started on the pole, led for 10 laps when the Flying J #17 Jeremy Frenier got by him on the high side and sailed to another win. Mullins finished second with the #18A Jacob Adler finishing a close third. Jesse Taylor #5 was fourth. Starting on the outside pole, #29 Jacob Fehler led for 14 laps in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. After being stuck in the wall by #34 N, Chad Dolan #87 and 34N Tom Nelson were banished to the back. Dolan charged his way through the crowd to take the win away from Fehler . Ryan Moser driving the 18C drove a great race and finished third. Jeff Meeker driving the bright yellow #5 Late Model finished just ahead of #37 Bob Goetschel. David Wheeler, #222 finished ahead of his “other car” #777 driven by Larry Jackson. Econo #7 Todd Brotemarkle passed #66 Kraig Thomas in the second lap and never looked back. Rick Penetta, #85 finished third just ahead of Chad #39 Mann. Hornet driver Lanny Bolton hooked it up and dominated the hornet division finishing ahead of Shane Oknewski, #151, Cole Hall #5 and #40 Travis Brandt.
May 15, 2014
Aladdin Assisted Living Hosts Mother’s Day Tea Party
The Aladdin Assited Living in Keenesburg hosted a Mother’s Day Tea Party May 3 for residents and their families. The Tea Party was made possible by Faylene Edens and Cathi Asbury and included music, food and fun for all.
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May 23 - Last Day to Chanage Party Affiliation
Steve Moreno, Weld County Clerk and Recorder, would like to notify you that if you would like to participate in the Primary Election, you must be affiliated with the Democratic, Republican, or American Constitution Party. LAST DATE TO CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION – Those individuals who are already affiliated with a political party and wish to change their affiliation to another party, have until May 23th to do so. Unaffiliated voters who wish to participate in the Primary Election may affiliate with a party at any time up to and including Election Day. To change your affiliation, you may go to www.govotecolorado.com or call the Elections Office at 970-304-6525.
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Over 400 Participate in ABATE’s Sandhills Poker Run
The weatherman was right half of the day on Sunday, May 4, 2014 as 485 motorcyclists enjoyed sunshine and warm weather after about 1pm but cool temperatures to start the day as they participated in the eleventh annual Sandhills Poker Run. The annual event, sponsored by and benefitting ABATE of Colorado and District One, started at Riverside Park and took riders and passengers to several popular area stops including the Nick’s Place at the Queen Lounge in downtown Ft. Morgan, AJ’s in Goodrich, the Club Tap Room in Ft. Morgan, The Place in Hillrose, Henry’s Pub and Club in Sterling, Dolittle’s in Akron, and The Corral Sports Bar in Brush. The end point, with a meal prepared by Piggin’ Out BBQ and entertainment by TNT was graciously hosted by John and Paula View of Buchanan Welding parking lot during Sandhills Buchanan as it has in the Poker Run, May 4, 2014 past several years. Everyone participating in the run received a poker hand, t shirt, and a meal at the end along with door prizes donated by ABATE members and merchants from Northeast Colorado. A promise of 80 plus degree weather brought the huge turnout, the best that ABATE, District One has seen on the Sandhills Poker Run since starting it back up eleven years ago. The ride route was162 miles with participants coming from as far away as Summit County on the west, Pueblo to the south and western Nebraska, Julesburg and Wray on the east. Participants also came from Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, and South Carolina. Door prizes were given out and the day culminated with announcement of the poker hand winners. The top winner was Garrett Pickett from Yuma with second place going to Gary Miles of Buchanan Welding crowd. Ft. Morgan, third to Donald South of Ft. Morgan, fourth to Jeff Hayward of Ft. Morgan and worst hand honors going to Stan Bills of Ft. Morgan. A 50/50 drawing was held which was won by Mark Crook and a special door prize drawing at Henry’s in Sterling for two custom Harley
Davidson themed tables was won by Jim Potts and Ed Sands, both from Ft. Morgan. ABATE of Colorado, District One would like to thank the sponsors for 2014 including: Design Builders, Buchanan Welding, Great Copier Service, TNT Mobile Audio, Quality Plating, Ehrlich Toyota East, Cargill Meat Solutions, The Club Tap, Piggin’ Out BBQ, A & R Automotive, B & B Appliance, Henry’s Pub and Club, Potts Plumbing, Corral Sports Bar, Browns Shoe Fit, Westek Rentals, Schmeeckle Bros Construction, Metal Specialty Services, Griffith Auto Body, Mr and Mrs Madd dog, Fort Morgan Printing, Impressions by Bird, Westside Customs, East Platte Liquors, and Snap On Tools. Other Northeast Colorado business’s providing support were: Don’s Don Enninga, Kristi Enninga, Lindsey Diesel, Wild West Harley Davidson, Enninga, Victoria Monsivais Farmers Implement Company, Paper Moon Entertainment, Flaming Jay Jewelers, Hoch Lumber, Car Quest, NAPA Auto Parts, Main Event Bar and Grill, Log Cabin Liquors, Rightous Ride, Fernando’s Mexican Food, Hardware Hank, Daylight Donuts, Bugoff Car Wash, Ron’s Car Care, and Murphy Brown. Also, Dairy Queen of Ft. Morgan, Central Auto Parts, AJ’s Corner Tavern, Brush Grocery Kart, and Edwards Right Price Market provided services, supplies, and door prizes. Other major contributors include: Nick’s Place at the Queen Lounge, August and Sherry Shaner, Bijou T Quest, Bill and Belva Smith, Brookelinn Grafix, Country Essence Emporium LLC, DJ’s Quik Stop, Dolittle’s, 21st Century Equipment, Glenda Sutlief, Headley’s Gun Shop, High Country Harley Davidson, Kirk and Denise Fry, LeRoy Bishop and Penny Vaughn, New Freedom Outreach Church, Open Season, The Place, premier Oilfield Equipment Co, Rock N’ Ranch, Terry Kanzler and Y/W Electric. ABATE which stands for “A Brotherhood Active Towards Education”, is a nonprofit, educational, charitable and safety oriented motorcycle rights organization. ABATE, District One will continue to promote rider education as well as member and public education to make the roads safer for those riding motorcycles as well as for motorists in general. Protecting the rights of those who ride motorcycles is an ongoing and important mission of ABATE of Colorado as is the Rider Education classes that are being offered May through August at Morgan Community College through ABATE of Colorado. Those wishing to enroll in a class can contact the ABATE office at 303-789-3264 or going to the website at www.abateofcolo.org. Anyone interested in joining ABATE of Colorado, District One can contact Dave Cawley at 970-380-4232 or going to the ABATE website at http://www.abateofcolo.org/ .
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Wiggins’ Not Ready for Anytime Players Present “Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” A group of Wiggins community actors, known as the Not Ready for Anytime Players presented the production “Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” at the Prairie Ranch House Restaurant on May 3. The restaurant was transformed into a saloon, and served a chuckwagon dinner of brisket, beans, potatoes, and apple crisp. The cast interacted with the guests to try to solve the mystery. Les Jacobs was outstanding as the Sheriff of Deadwood; Tom Jones was the Outlaw Jesse Wales, Heide Gray was Black Barbara; Jodi Walker was Poker Alice, and as it turned out, the exwife of Jesse Wales, Kyle Holloway was Montgomery Money, a businessman from back East, and Pastor Mark Weinstein and Cheryl were the proud owners of the Deadwood Saloon. There were about 25 cast members in all. There will be an encore performance on June 7. Tickets will be available soon. $25/couple; $15/single for dinner & show. Photos Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mercer
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Northern Colorado Antique Tractor Pullers Hold First Pull of Season at Kalcevic Farms, May 3 & 4
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Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman Receives Honorary Fellows Award from Aims
Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman received an Honorary Fellows Award from Aims Community College Wednesday, May 7, during a special ceremony held at the Beaty Hall Theater on the Aims Greeley Campus. In a letter to Freeman announcing the award, Aims President Dr. Marsi Liddell wrote, “I would like to congratulate you and thank you for your contributions to Aims Community College and higher education in general.” The award honors individuals who have made “extraordinary contributions to the college and/or higher education in general” the letter continues. “From time to time the Board of Trustees may recognize extraordinary commitment, allegiance, and contributions by individuals to the goals of Aims College by naming these individuals as Honorary Fellows of the College,” Dr. Liddell wrote. Freeman served on the Aims Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2013. “I am truly honored to be recognized by Aims,” said Freeman. “Aims is a great institution and has a long, proud history of furthering educational opportunities for Weld County residents. The college is a valuable asset in this county, and I enjoyed my time as a Board member.”
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Wiggins History Club Performs Well at National History Day Competition
Congrats to all of the students of the Wiggins High School History Club who competed in the National History Day in Colorado competition at CU Denver. It was the club’s strongest showing yet. We represented WHS well with some really outstanding projects. For the first time we had two separate projects make the final round of competition and place in the top 6, we took home a special award, and we took home the regional award for the second year in a row and for the 3rd time in the past 4 years. It is great to have the hard work and dedication of the students of the WHS history club recognized with such prestigious awards. Great job to everyone! Congrats to Reid Ernst, Blake Ferris, and Trevor Dye for winning the Northeast regional award at yesterday’s national history day in Colorado competition. These students were given this award for the top project out of the hundreds of students in northeast Colorado and out of all 18 categories. Great job! Congrats to Austin Dinis who was awarded a special award from Lieutenant Governor Garcia’s office at yesterday’s national history day in Colorado competition for the best project in all 18 categories on Hispanic history. Another Congratulations goes out to Shelby Teague who placed 2nd in the Nell Propst Northeast Colorado Local History Contest. Shelby competed against other students across Northeast Colorado on a topic related to local history. She wrote her essay, “The Dearfield Dream” about the Dearfield colony established by O.T. Jackson in 1910. For her hard work, Shelby was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Congrats Shelby!
May 15, 2014
Protecting the Inheritance from Your Children’s Spouses
Michael A. Dolan, Attorney and Counselor at Law Most married couples own their assets jointly. As a result, when they receive a gift or inheritance from their parents or other relatives, they tend to place the assets they receive in their existing accounts or title them jointly with their spouse. When they deposit the inheritance in a joint account they have made a gift of one half of the inheritance to their spouse. This simple act can have catastrophic consequences later if a divorce occurs. Studies show that divorce occurs in about 50% of marriages. If a divorce occurs years later, unfortunately there is often no way to determine what is the inherited assets and what is the marital property because assets have been invested, sold, reinvested all in joint ownership among the spouses. Being unable to determine which asset is the inheritance and which is marital property, the judge will likely divide all of the assets equally between your child and their soon-to-be ex-spouse. This can be very disheartening to your child and is likely to make you turn over in your grave. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent this unfortunate situation from occurring. With a thorough estate plan, the inheritance can be left to your child in a protective trust. The child can have practical control over the trust, and can often use and spend the assets in essentially the same manner they would have if it wasn’t in the trust. The trust would help them keep the inherited assets separate from the marital assets. If your child used the assets inside the trust for their benefit, but did not draw them out of the trust and spend them, they can easily identify the inherited assets in a divorce. As a result, the inherited assets will be your child’s separate property and would not have to be divided in the divorce. This simple step would prevent the exin-law from ending up with a part of the inheritance. After all, when is it okay that your child’s ex-spouse receive any part of the inheritance you worked so hard to accumulate and pass on to your child? Most people would unequivocally say, “Never!” Your estate plan should be designed to address all kinds of issues, not just avoiding probate or saving taxes. A properly designed estate plan can provide many advantages that protect your family. In addition, if you do plan to provide these types of protections, you should make sure that your children understand the importance and benefits of protective trust planning prior to your death. Getting your children on board early can help them get the maximum benefit out of the planning you establish for them.
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Guest Speaker WCHS Teacher Jerry Shea Over 150 names will be read honoring our Veterans. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary Lunch will be provided, no price, just a Donation!
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What is American AgCredit ?
American AgCredit was founded in 1916 and specializes in providing financial services to agriculture and rural customers throughout California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas and Oklahoma, as well as to capital market customers in more than thirty states across the nation. It serves customers through 32 branch offices located throughout the Western and Midwestern states, with corporate headquarters in Santa Rosa, California. American AgCredit offers a broad range of agricultural loan and leasing services from winery, orchard, timber, row crops, and dairy financing to equipment leasing and construction financing. Financial services provided by American AgCredit include: Production and mortgage financing Short and long term loans Real estate loans Equipment and vehicle leasing Specialty loans for Young, Beginning and Small Farmers Syndication and participation in Capital Markets financing Lines of Credit America AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System. Farm Credit is the largest single provider of Credit to American Agriculture. With more than 90 years of experience, its agricultural lending experience expertise sets it apart from the others. Let American AgCredit show you what it can do for you.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR NOAA Plays Role of Chicken Little
by Douglas Radamacher, Weld County Commissioner Here we go again: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest attempt to convince us the sky is falling. A recent NOAA report, which was promoted by the left-leaning press, declared Weld County responsible for an alarming increase of naturally occurring methane gas. This gas, by the way, is not toxic. NOAA’s so-called extensive study consisted of a two-day fly over of Colorado’s Front Range -a whole two days. This is the same Government agency that claimed the town of Erie had some of the most contaminated air in the country; a claim that was refuted by an independent study showing Erie’s air was in fact among the cleanest. Methane, like ozone and nitrogen, can travel thousands of miles and end up along the Front Range due to a variety of factors. The NOAA study cannot identify where the methane molecules came from, which makes the study unreliable to say the least. The largest source of methane is, in fact, Earth’s oceans, which the last time I checked covered over 70% of the planet. And let’s not overlook the fact that Colorado also has the highest mountain ranges in the country paired with wind currents that push against those mountains on a daily basis. The NOAA study clearly does not let these facts get in the way of their agenda. The reality is, to say the oil and gas industry is the culprit behind the rise of methane gas, is nothing short of irresponsible. Colorado has the most stringent emissions regulations in the country and perhaps in the world. In fact, the industry is required to capture 95% of the gasses produced by their operations; many companies go beyond those requirements. When NOAA aligns itself with alarmist groups, such as the Environmental Defense Fund which funded this “extensive” research project, their credibility is called into question. There are too many variables to call this “study” viable. In fact, I would call it an opinion without facts to back it up. So no, NOAA, or should I say Chicken Little, the sky is not full of toxic methane from oil and gas...the sky’s not falling either.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Chip Marks Announces Candidacy for American AgCredit Board of Directors
I am writing to introduce myself as a candidate for the American AgCredit board of directors. American AgCredit is a $5 billion member of the Farm Credit system and a lender to rural counties in six states, including our part of Colorado. Let me begin by saying that I am honored to have been selected by the nominating committee to represent such an esteemed group of interested parties. I am humbled and grateful for the confidence placed in me by my industry peers and for the opportunity to speak out on issues affecting agriculture. Second, I take my responsibility as a board candidate very seriously and have worked hard to represent, positively, myself, my family, our industry and our Farm Credit association. I am writing to you today to ask for support in this month’s election. I believe I am the candidate that possesses the requisite skills, knowledge and relevant experience required to be an effective Farm Credit board member. I also believe that I am the candidate that can best represent our collective stockholder interests in a fair, pragmatic and objective manner; now and long into the future. I have been an active participant and supporter of the Farm Credit system since 2004 when I became a voting stockholder. As an agricultural leader in our state, I have worked tirelessly to promote the welfare of producers and the businesses that support them. I, myself, have been a producer in Colorado and know the value of hard work, determination, integrity, discipline and cooperation. My professional background is broad and includes experience in the areas of production agriculture, agribusiness and agricultural finance. As a former vice president in the Farm Credit system, I managed a $135 million loan and lease portfolio for CoBank, our national bank for cooperatives. I later served as a vice president with U.S. Bank’s Food and Agribusiness Group where I gained significant and relevant experience managing ag-related capital markets portfolios. Academically, I earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the United States Air Force Academy. Recently, I completed the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program; an 20-month global course of study designed to cultivate agricultural spokespersons and emerging thought leaders in our state. As a military leader, I spent seven years on active duty in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. As a producer, agribusiness leader and agriculture finance professional, I have a broad depth of knowledge, experience and professional training in the areas of general business, agricultural production, financial operations, credit administration, governance and business strategy. As a former board member, I have extensive experience as a member of audit, compensation and executive committees. As agricultural producers, I believe we are the lifeblood of a remarkably complex system that feeds America and the world. Core to our mission is access to a reliable source of credit for our nation’s farmers, ranchers and dairy professionals; just as Congress intended when it established the Farm Credit System in 1916. As you probably know, today, the Farm Credit System provides more than one-third of the credit needs of those who live and work in rural America. As a candidate for our Board of Directors, it is my intent to leverage, on behalf of our association, my personal experience as a producer, agricultural finance expert and agribusiness leader, to ensure American AgCredit achieves the goal set forth by Congress nearly 100 years ago. As such, I pledge to lead our organization with integrity, financial discipline and cooperation and to focus on the following priorities: generate solid earnings, maintain a stable capital base, monitor credit quality, reduce non-performing assets, maintain portfolio diversity, and continue as a reliable source of credit for America’s farmers, ranchers and dairy professionals. For those who wish to learn more about me, I invite you to visit my website at: www.agrowdesign.com/chipmarks In closure, I am grateful to you, my friends, neighbors and colleagues, and for our democratic process of governance that inspires me to do my part on behalf of our Farm Credit association. I ask you for your votes this year and I thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John (Chip ) Marks Candidate, American AgCredit Board of Directors
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Chester’s Chicken Now Being Offered at the Hudson Market in Hudson
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SANDRA HAZEL CONOVER Sandra Hazel Conover, 64, of Aurora, Colo., passed away May 8th surrounded by loved ones. Sandra was born in Brighton, Colo. to Harold and Hazel Hirsch. She graduated from Brighton High School class of ’68 and continued on to become a successful manager of computer operations. In 1971, she met the love of her life, Dale Conover of Denver, Colo. Soon after marrying in 1983, Sandra and Dale welcomed their daughter Lisa Renee. Sandra spent the following years dedicated to raising her daughter. She felt most fulfilled spending time with and supporting her family and friends. She looked forward to taking fun getaways each year including fishing and camping at Red Feather Lakes with her family and she loved celebrating holidays. Sandra spent her most recent years living out her dream of traveling the world with Dale, visiting all 50 states and over 20 countries. She is survived by her husband Dale Conover, her daughter Lisa Mullen, stepchildren Victor Conover, Norma Clark and Becky Holloway, brother Don Hirsch and 5 grandchildren. Visitation will take place Monday, May 12th from 6pm – 8pm at Tabor-Rice funeral home, 75 S. 13th Ave., Brighton, Colo. Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 13th at 11am, viewing one hour prior, at Zion Congregational Church: 401 South 27th Ave., Brighton, Colo., burial and reception to follow.
Morgan County Economic Development Corp Awarded Rural Business Enterprise Grant
Morgan County Economic Development Corporation has been awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) from Rural Development, an agency of the USDA. MCEDC will now be able to provide loans up to $10,000 through their revolving loan fund, which is available to small and emerging businesses within Morgan County, to more small businesses. Funding will be given out on a case by case basis, after a business has exhausted all other funding opportunities. “We are proud to offer this opportunity to small businesses, to ensure that they have access to capital for their projects in Morgan County,” said MCEDC Executive Director, Cassandra Wilson. Interested parties may turn in an application to MCEDC, where then a local loan committee will review the applications, before the USDA approves the funding to be allocated. An official check presentation with the USDA will be done later in the year. For more information regarding the revolving loan fund, inquiries may be made to MCEDC at their office, 231 Ensign Street, Suite B102 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weld County Commissioners Proclaim May 11-17 Weld County Police Officers Week May 15th is Peace Officers Memorial Day
The Weld County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation announcing the week of May 11-17 as Weld County Police Officers Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Protectors of life and property, law enforcement officers fight against crime and other wrongs to society to ensure safe communities for residents to live in. In 2013, every 82 hours, an American Law Enforcement officer died in the line of duty somewhere in the U.S., the proclamation said. One hundred and six men and women lost their lives in the line of duty last year, one of whom was from Colorado. Weld County has lost seven officers, troopers and deputies in the line of duty: Officer Lee Whitman, Deputy Earl Bucher, Trooper Wallace McCarty, Officer Richard Ware, Officer James Longworth, Officer Richard Hart and Deputy Sam Brownlee. “We take this week to honor the dedication and sacrifice of our Weld County law enforcement officers, who ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and play,” Commissioner Chair Doug Rademacher said. “We especially take this opportunity to honor the seven Weld County officers, troopers and deputies who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”
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Lochbuie to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
Lochbuie is celebrating their 40th Anniversary Saturday May 17th. A 5K/Fun Run hosted by The Bromley Companies and Platte Valley Medical Center will start out the festivities at 1:45 p.m. Take part in this great event and receive gifts, metals and take part of the comradely of the race. That will be followed up by a Bed Race competition at 3:00 p.m. What fun and zaniness! Create a team, and theme for your bed, and wear silly costumes all in the name of fun! You can find information on entering both these events online at www.lochbuie.org. At 4:00 p.m. the festival begins with a Car Show, hosted by Flatliner Rod Shop, Kid’s Zone hosted by Berkshire Homeowner’s Association with face painters, bouncy house/obstacle courses, Lowe’s “Build and Grow” and other fun stuff for kids. Join the gourmet Food Truck craze, Beer and Wine Pavilion sponsored by the Southeast Weld Chamber of Commerce, with tons of vendors offering information on local businesses’, artisans, crafts and much more. Make sure you stop by and talk to the folks from The Wildlife Animal Sanctuary, Lions, Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Live Entertainment with strolling bagpipers, Brad Lee Schroeder, # 1 on the ReverbNation Country charts! http://www.reverbnation.com/bradleeschroeder will be preforming for over two hours. Lochbuie Police will be doing children safety fingerprinting, AirLife Denver Helicopter will be here! Weld County Sheriff S.W.A.T Team and Canine Unit will be on hand. Platte Valley ambulance and Brighton Fire Ladder Truck will be on hand to meet and greet everyone. Hudson and Fort Lupton Fire Districts will be shooting off a big Fireworks Show to cap off a full day of great fun, food and laughter. The location of the event will be on Bonanza Blvd, between 168th Ave/C.R. 2 and Locust Street. Come dance in the street and celebrate with us. For more information, please visit Lochbuie.org or contact Candy Veldhuizen at 303.659.4514 to be part of a exciting day.
By Chip Marks In a seemingly innocuous outreach effort on behalf of stakeholders, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has announced its intent to complete its review and analysis of Colorado’s Pesticide Applicator’s Act (the Act) by October 15, 2014. This act, which mandates state regulation by the Colorado Department of Agriculture of commercial pesticide applicators, qualified supervisors, certified pesticide operators and private applicators, is set to terminate on September 1, 2015. Colorado revised statute requires that the state periodically review and evaluate most state agencies, programs and boards to determine whether there is a demonstrable “public need for the continued existence of the agency or function and that its regulation is the least restrictive regulation consistent with the public interest.” Most agencies and programs are required by statute to terminate on a given date, unless reauthorized. This process is referred to as “sunset review.” Under specific guidelines set forth in the statute, the sunset review and evaluation is conducted first by DORA. This effort includes outreach to the government agency or program, in this case the Colorado Department of Agriculture; convening of stakeholder groups and other public outreach efforts; preparation of a fiscal analysis of the regulatory program and issuance of a formal report and recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly. The report includes specific recommendations for statutory revisions. Upon issuance of the report in October, it will then be subject to review by the Office of Legislative Legal Services (LLS) and a designated Legislative Committee of Reference (LCR). LLS and LCR will take initial action and assign a title to a legislative proposal to implement the sunset report. The state legislature will consider any statutory changes in the 2015 General Session beginning next January. The Act, as written, includes preemption notification requirements for landscape application, as well as state and federal use directions, liability and application requirements for agricultural 201 BONANZA BLVD. LOCHBUIE (BETWEEN 168TH AVE. and LOCUST AVE.) areas. However, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, several communities including Durango, Boulder and Aspen have indicated an interest in adopting their own local restrictions on the application and use of pesticides on urban residential, commercial and industrial areas by commercial applicators. Local regulations may also include requirements for the pesticide-sensitive registry. Adoption of unique local pesticide SPONSORED BY Kids Fun Zone and application standards by jurisdictions in rural Colorado has not yet been Sponsored by - Berkshire HOA American Legion Post 180 the subject of specific comment during Presenting our Nations Colors the current year. However, at least one Lochbuie Elementary special interest group has surfaced durSchool Children ing the process armed with a 24-point “7 HABITS SONG” proposal to severely limit or eliminate Face to Face pesticide use in our state for both urban Body and Face Painting and agricultural use. The Giggling Greek ~ Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs For more information, see the DepartBoulder Ice Cream ~ Shaved Ice ~ Funnel Cakes ment of Regulatory Agencies website at Bounce Houses www.dora.colorado.gov or the Colorado & Obstacle Courses Department of Agriculture website at www.colorado.gov/ag Chip Marks is a producer from Weld Beer & Wine Pavilion Highplains Library County and Executive Vice President of Book Mobile Hosted by Agfinity, Inc., based in Eaton, CO. He is Southeast Weld County Chamber of Commerce a Colorado Farm Bureau member and is Girl Scouts currently a candidate for the American VENDORS ~ VENDORS ~ VENDORS AgCredit board of directors. VISIT WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES
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Dalton Risner, Wiggins, Named Scholar Athlete
Dalton Risner of Wiggins High School was recognized by The Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for outstanding high school scholar athletes at its 21sr annual banquet on April 21. When it comes time for Dalton’s high school career to come to an end there won’t be much left that he wouldn’t have accomplished. He starred in three sports at Wiggins High School including football, where he was an AllColorado selection by the Denver Post and was selected to play in the Offense/Defense and International Bowl for High School All-Americans in 2013. He was also an active member in student council, FFA, FBLA and Honor Society at the school In the community he has volunteered for vacation bible school, “Operation Christmas” and Awana youth fellowship. He assisted with the flood victims and also organized a local fundraiser. Dalton capped off his busy year with biggest academic honor of all, as he earned valedictorian honors in his class, a result of his 3.95 GPA. He has accepted a scholarship to attend Kansas State University.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR There is no lost vote…
by Grant Doherty Getting to office, as you may already know, is not an easy task for any candidates. There are many factors that make the race for the 4th Congressional District a difficult one for all candidates. It is no secret that running affiliated with a party is an “easier” path for candidates, but there are those who wish to represent the people and not just a party. My name is Grant Doherty and with the letdown the American people have received in recent history from their representatives in Washington I have decided to step-up and run for US House in the 4th Congressional District. I find that running unaffiliated allows me to truly represent the 4th Congressional District as a whole and not just the Democrat or Republican sectors of the district. Though running as an unaffiliated makes an already difficult campaign much more insurmountable, I believe it is the only way to restore the government to the representative government it is intended to be. There are many major issues out there including education, defense, infrastructure, and the national debt. However, none of these issues can be effectively addressed with the turmoil we currently have in Washington DC. The first issue that must be addressed is our failing and ineffective government and unifying our country for the greater good of all. This is not something that can be done by people who support their party agendas over supporting those who elected them into office. The best solutions are most often those agreed upon by the majority of both sides, and rarely come when one side pushes their agenda through. One example of this is our national debt, the national debt will not be solved by raising taxes or cutting programs alone. The best solution is one that will balance both spending and revenue, and even above raising taxes or cutting programs, we should be looking at the waste and inefficiencies in our Federal system to make the taxes we all pay more affective. Putting in place methods of saving the tax payers money without harming our programs should be what we are all looking to first. Methods such as changing typical text styles, using PDF’s more effectively, reducing paper, removing bureaucratic red tape, or even potentially eliminating the penny are all proposed methods working towards a balanced budget without raised taxes or cutting programs. Many great people and even more great presidents have agreed that it is important to move aside the affiliations and instead focus on what is needed. John Kennedy said that it is not about “finding the Republican or Democratic answer but the right one.” Voting for the right candidate is not about voting Republican or Democrat; it is about voting for the person that you find can best represent you and your values. In the past few months it has been close to impossible to get any type of media to acknowledge that an unaffiliated candidate is running in this race. Repeatedly the Doherty for US House campaign and supports have contacted various agencies when the campaign has been overlooked in the story of who is running for the 4th Congressional District. Most often the reply is “until after the primaries we are only interested in party candidates.” What is not take under consideration by doing that is that party candidates are then given more opportunity to voice their candidacy and platform than the unaffiliated candidate(s). Is it fair and equitable to the voting public? Shouldn’t the voter have every opportunity to hear every candidate’s point of view? Voting unaffiliated may sometimes seem to be a hard decision to make, but if you find yourself agreeing more with a person instead of a party then there is nothing to be worried about when reaching your decision. In honor of another great man’s recent birthday, Thomas Jefferson says: I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. If you find that your values are better represented by voting for an unaffiliated candidate as compared to a party then there is nothing left to stop you from doing so other than your mental attitude? You should know, that as your representative, I vow to represent the 4th Congressional District as a while and to the very best of my ability. Let me assure you that unlike the majority of those in congress and many of those running I realize that as a House Representative it is my job to represent all the people of my district regardless of what party affiliation they may be. The residents of the 4th Congressional District are the employer of their representative and it is long past time to get the representation back to the people and make Washington work for us again. I ask you all for your support in the coming months and most importantly, your support come November. Please visit DohertyForUSHouse.com to help support the effort to get America back in the hands of the people.
May 15, 2014
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Shinseki Must Go
By Daniel M. Dellinger A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, General Eric Shinseki has served his country well. His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach. His record as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, however, tells a story of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership. As national commander of the nation’s largest veterans service organization, it is with great sadness that I call for the resignations of Secretary Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey. The disturbing reports coming from the Phoenix VA Medical Center are just one of what appears to be a pattern of scandals that have infected the entire system. It has been more than 20 years since The American Legion has called for the resignation of a public official. It’s not something we do lightly. We do this because of people who have been failed by the system. James Pert served as a Marine in Vietnam. Diagnosed with skin cancer, diabetes and Post Traumatic Stress, he died as he waited for a medical appointment at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. “How could they treat him so badly, when he served his country so honorably?” his widow, Sandy Pert, said to the International Business Times. The interview came on the heels of a shocking CNN report that administrators at the hospital kept a secret waiting list, which included veterans waiting more than 200 days for an appointment. Not surprisingly, more than 40 veterans may have needlessly died while waiting. The other list – the one that was not kept secret, according to Dr. Sam Foote –included only patients that would be seen in the next 15 days, a reasonable period intended to make executives look good and earn generous bonuses for the top brass. More disturbing is that this is not isolated to the Grand Canyon State. More reports of “fixed” scheduling are coming from places like Fort Collins, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyoming. During my testimony to a congressional subcommittee last month, I mentioned reports of patients’ deaths at the Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Jackson, Miss., VA Medical Centers. While unconnected to phantom waiting lists, these deaths could also be classified as negligent. But back to Mrs. Pert. She deserves an answer, just like all affected veterans and their loved ones deserve the very best care that this nation has to offer. I have directed The American Legion System Worth Saving Task Force to conduct a townhall meeting at American Legion Post 41 in Phoenix on May 13. All those affected by VA’s reckless bureaucracy are welcome to attend. All are welcome to tell their stories on a new platform set up at www.legion.org. The Legion System Worth Saving Task Force will follow the townhall meeting with a visit to the Phoenix VA Medical Center on May 14-15. As national commander of The American Legion, I was able to meet with President Obama in the Oval Office a few weeks ago. I expressed The American Legion’s strong concerns about service at the VA. I also discussed the unacceptable benefits backlog and poor access to facilities with Shinseki. My staff has met with top VA officials. We have found the meetings far less than satisfactory and the answers not very forthcoming. In fact, the secretary didn’t seem to fully appreciate the seriousness of the situation and, at the time, didn’t feel anybody needed to be replaced. If it were a private institution or if the executives were still in the military, they would be relieved of duty. VA’s senior leaders didn’t seem to realize that one great tragedy of these delays and needless deaths is that they undeniably besmirch the compassionate work of thousands of dedicated VA employees and the outstanding care that many facilities provide. A few years ago, The American Legion was lauding the VA for its great care and we hope to do so again. Unfortunately, we do not see VA enacting the culture change that it so desperately needs with the current leadership in place. Senior VA leaders have isolated themselves from the media and, more importantly, from answering to their shareholders, America’s veterans. We look forward to hearing the results of the VA Inspector General’s report and The American Legion welcomes Sen. Bernie Sanders’ intention to hold hearings based on the IG’s findings. Like the mythical bird for which the city is named, the Phoenix VAMC needs to rise from the ashes of its bureaucratic ineptitude and provide the medical care worthy of the veterans it was built to serve. As Mr. Pert’s widow told the IB Times, “We were married for 33 years. My heart is broken. I just can’t understand.” Neither can we. Although putting Phoenix VA director Sharon Helman and two other senior executives on administrative leave is a step in the right direction, VA clearly has a widespread problem that goes beyond the misbehavior of three people. Moreover, VA has been dragging its feet in dealing with the backlog of disability claims and modernizing its records. The private sector would never tolerate such inefficiency and callousness. Neither should veterans.
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Livestock Security: It Affects Us All
By John Salazar, Commissioner of Agriculture When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply. But, let’s dig even deeper and on a global security level. Each morning on the news, there is typically stories of terrorism across the globe. In a world that can sometimes seem unstable and hostile, it has become even more critical that we look at areas that could be exposed to intentional acts of terrorism and livestock health rates high on that list for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. While we focus on the day to day health and well-being of livestock, we must also be aware that agro-terrorism is a reasonable threat. It is vital that we prepare for serious incidents that could potentially devastate our livestock industry. This includes an intentional act of terrorism or an unintentional introduction of a foreign animal disease through the spread of a microbial agent. Why is this important? The agricultural community plays a tremendous role in our way of life including our food and our economy. In Colorado, agriculture represents an important component of our state’s overall economic health. Agriculture generates over $40 billion in economic activity, supports over 170,000 jobs across our state, and contributes $2 billion in exports annually. Animal agriculture is a key part of that effort. In 2013, livestock and livestock products accounted for over 65 percent of all farm receipts in Colorado, with cash receipts for cattle and calves expected to reach a record high of $3.7 billion in 2014. Colorado ranks 10th nationally for cattle and calves production, 2nd for sheep and lambs, 3rd for wool production, and 5th for cattle that are on feed. We have cattle and calves in virtually every county of the state. Dairy cows are increasing in numbers, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of Colorado, with the dairy industry’s economic impact growing daily. Hogs and pigs and sheep and lambs all contribute to the health of Colorado’s animal industry in important ways. It has been estimated that on any given day in Colorado there are 50,000 head of cattle “on wheels.” That is the “norm” for animal agriculture in many other states too. The U.S. pork industry estimates that there are over 600,000 head of swine being transported each and every day in the U.S. Movement of livestock in the U.S. not only increases our vulnerability to a foreign animal disease but also complicates our livestock emergency response efforts yet if the livestock industry has excessive restrictions placed on its movement, the restrictions could contribute to a very large economic loss during a disease outbreak. As you can see, if there is a breakdown in Colorado’s livestock industry, it could create problems within our food system, economy, and transportation. As your agricultural arm of the State, we focus our efforts on protecting our livestock industry through planning and training for livestock emergency incidents. Some examples are: CDA livestock emergency disease response plans (www.colorado.gov/ag/animals) Building the Colorado Rapid Response for Agriculture and Livestock (CORRAL) – this is a program to train a ready reserve of livestock emergency responders and develop other resources for an effective and efficient response Colorado Secure Milk Supply Plan – a joint effort in the State to plan for the movement of milk during a disease outbreak which will help to keep dairy farmers in businessDevelopment of Agreements between Colorado animal health officials and our border states to collaborate on how to deal with the movement of livestock across state lines in the face of a significant livestock disease Planning for the disposal of livestock carcasses when there has been mass mortalities of animalsThe Colorado National Veterinary Stockpile Plan which gives Colorado access to the national supply of veterinary supplies like equipment and vaccines to adequately respond to significant disease outbreaks.Collaborating with Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation to develop plan for implementing livestock movement controls and permitting to reduce the spread of disease when a major disease has been diagnosed There is no question that a major outbreak of a foreign animal disease or an agroterrorism incident in Colorado could do serious harm, threatening not only the livelihood of producers across the state, possibly increasing the health risks to the consuming public, as well. At the end of the day, the result could be highly significant costs to both human and economic health. As a state, we have to be prepared to respond to such a risk. It is critical that we understand that responding to an emergency, whether it be a terrorism incident or a disease outbreak, managing it and controlling it will require a concerted effort across multiple agencies involving many dedicated people. It will require collaboration, communication, and teamwork between the states, federal entities, and the livestock industry. To be effective and efficient, we must be partners in preparedness, response, and recovery.
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Carlson wins Outstanding CYF Member Award
Longmont participant recognized for ongoing work
Michelle Carlson, a member of the St. Vrain Young Farmers Chapter in Longmont has been named the Outstanding Young Farmer Member for the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association (CYFEA). This award recognizes her for 13 years of dedicated participation and volunteerism. They say that behind every successful man is a great woman. As the wife of a fulltime farmer, Michelle “Shelly” Carlson has been an integral part of the family’s agriculture operation and with that has also come many hours of volunteering and supporting the Colorado Young Farmers. Her husband, Allan, has been a member of CYF for many years, been a past chapter officer and served as the CYFEA state president in 2013. Carlson, the mother of five, has also been involved in the Colorado Young Farmers at virtually every level over the years. She has served as a chapter officer, an assistant advisor and a member of the chapter’s scholarship board. Shelly has attended numerous Colorado and National Young Farmer activities including state institutes, Colorado State Fair, CYFEA Foundation Fish and Chips fundraisers and has attended the National Young Farmers Education Association Institute on multiple occasions. At home in Longmont, this St. Vrain ChapOutgoing State President Allan Carlson ter member has helped with that group’s an(left), presents his wife, Shelly Carlson nual consignment auction, membership barwith the 2014 Outstanding Member becue, golf tournament, Lands to Hand booth, Award from the Colorado Young Farmers and ag and farm tours. The Lands to Hands Educational Association. booth is on display during the Boulder County (Courtesy Photo) Fair and gives urban dwellers a chance to see how siphon tubes are used, to actually learn how to set them and watch them run. In addition, she even helps the Front Range Young Farmer Chapter with their annual Casino Night. She’s been a boat captain for the CYFEA Foundation’s Fish and Chips fundraiser for two years. She can drive a tractor. She can run a boat. Having raised she and Allan’s children to love the land and appreciate agriculture, Shelly continues to embrace what agriculture can do for youth and serves on two FFA advisory boards in her area. She cooks for various benefits and activities, many benefiting young people. She volunteers her time to run beer gardens, book entertainment and other chores for organizations she is involved in, many of them also raising money for scholarship funds and the like. Her family has given animals to the local FFA chapter to raise and sell as part of its fundraising efforts. With her own children grown and a nice crop of grandkids she enjoys and helps look after, Shelly recently began to pursue her own cattle enterprise. “Now days I do most everything with a one-year-old in tow,” she says, smiling, “but things get done anyway.” Spoken, no doubt, like the dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, farming partner and Young Farmer member she has become. No doubt, she’ll be a great cattlewoman, too.
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Front Range is runner-up for 2014 Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award
With 18 active members and a laundry list of activities, events and community service projects, the Front Range Chapter of the Colorado Young Farmers organization, was named the runner-up to the 2014 Colorado Young Farmers Education Association Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award. It was edged out of the top spot by the St. Vrain Chapter. These two neighboring chapters, who sometimes even work together, are often fierce competitors for these top state titles in several categories. Headquartered in Erie, Fort Lupton and Brighton, this chapter has excelled at providing some exceptional educational activities for those who live in the same areas where they farm for a living. The chapter participated in a large array of activities and events, including educational tours, community service activities and events designed to bring the members together for fellowship and fun when they aren’t farming. A new collaboration in 2013 is that of partnering with Aims Community College-Fort Lupton Campus as part of its new agBrandon Johnston (left) President of the Front Range riculture program. Chapter Colorado Young Farmer Chapter and Steve Sterkel (right) members toured and visited Chapter Advisor, accept the Outstanding Colorado Young the campus to learn about Farmer Chapter Runner-Up.(Courtesy Photo) what the school will be offering in precision agriculture related to agribusiness, production agriculture, animal science and crop and soil science programs in 2014. Among the hoped for outcomes is that students enrolled at Aims will also want to join the Front Range Chapter and become involved. Also in the education area, this past October the Young Farmers donated funds for two large elementary schools—one located in the Denver Metro Area and one in the Firestone/Frederick are1a to purchase pumpkins. Dialogue was opened regarding some future ag-related curriculum with both these elementary school programs in the future. This past year, as they have done for several years, the Front Range Chapter hosted an all terrain vehicle (ATV) challenge. The event raised more than $1,000 which was given to the Fort Lupton Special Olympics program to cover costs of its annual event. A successful Casino Night raised enough money to offer two local high school students scholarships to the Colorado college of their choice. In December, the members adopted a family of seven and blessed them with gifts, clothing and food. Several members helped volunteer at the local food bank as part of their Christmas Box giveaway. More than 150 turkeys were handed out with all the fixings. A long- time advocate of the Ag in the Classroom program, the group was delighted when June Frances Anderson, a member of the chapter and the current treasurer, won the 2013 Colorado Excellence in Teaching Ag in the Classroom Award. She received $500 and also represented Colorado in Minnesota at a national conference where she attended classes and visited local farms. Hugely committed to the communities in which they live and farm, the Front Range Young Farmer Chapter gains great satisfaction knowing they are always giving back to neighbors and friends.
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Stromberger named Outstanding Regional Colorado Young Farmer Windsor producer chosen for state’s north east region award
Adam Stromberger began farming on his own when he was a senior in high school in 2006. He rented an 80 acre farm and began raising grain corn and Coors barley. He didn’t make one cent his first year, but like many resilient ag producers, he decided to try again the next year. Over the past eight years, things have gotten progressively better. He now farms nearly seven times as much ground and he’s actually making some money. He’s also been selected by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association to receive the Outstanding Regional Colorado Young Farmer for the north east area of the state. This award is presented to members who derive 100 percent of their income from farming. Stromberger, 26, is no stranger to agriculture. He also helps his father in the operation of a four-generation family farm. It was his father who made it possible for Adam to start his own agriculture enterprise in 2006. “I wouldn’t have gotten here if it wasn’t for him,” Stromberger freely admits. He now has farming pursuits in both the Windsor and Eaton areas. At present, he The Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer – Northeast- farms with his father, also farms ern Region award is presented to Adam Stromberger on rented ground, and farms and (left) by Gaylon Edson representing long time award crop shares acreage with a great sponsor Syngenta Seeds. (Courtesy Photo) uncle and great aunt. He raises grain corn, silage corn, red beans, wheat and barley. He also helps with a non-profit farm owned and operated by the Thompson Valley Colorado Young Farmer Chapter. Proceeds from the farm are donated to a scholarship fund which provides college help to members of the nearby FFA Chapter. He has been involved with this project each year since 2008. Realizing that diversification is essential in ag operations, Stromberger invested in a semi truck and does some custom hauling in the summer and fall and also custom combines for friends and neighbors at harvest time. His family also has a small produce business selling sweet corn and pumpkins and other fresh vegetables locally during the summer and fall. Stromberger has been contributing member of the Thompson Valley Young Farmer Chapter, doing his part to help with projects, events and activities. He is also a volunteer for the annual Greeley Farm Show and serves on the buildings and grounds committee.
Fransen Pittman General Contractors will be hosting a job fair for the new Hudson Public Library Project which will be located just South of 1st Avenue along Beech Street in Hudson. The job fair will be organized to discuss the project with local sub-contractors and provide opportunity to bid on the project. Please join us at the Hudson Fire Station #1 – 702 Cedar Street Hudson, CO. between the hours of 5:30PM – 7:15PM on Wednesday May 21st and Wednesday June 4th.
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Whittington earns top agri-service award
Third generation Fleming farmer committed to career in agriculture
Derek Whittington, a member of the Northeastern Junior College Colorado Young Farmer Chapter was recently named winner of the 2014 Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Service Award. He received the honor from the recent Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association. Whittington, 19, was selected for the award, which recognizes a member who is actively employed in agriculture but does not have ownership in an ag-production or agri-business organization. Those Colorado Young Farmer members who have shown leadership, not only in the organization, but in civic, church and community service activities are ideal candidates. Whittington, who is employed on his parents’ operation at Fleming, CO is a third generation farmer. He is currently enrolled at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling where he is pursuing a degree in production agriculture. He plans to return to the home place and become the third generation to earn a living Derek Whittington received the Outstanding Colorado Young through the extensive opFarmer Agri-Service Award eration. sponsored by Northern Feed and Bean. The Whittington family (Courtesy Photo) farm is operated by Derek’s grandfather Darrell, his father Dale and his uncle Drew. This youngest Whittington’s responsibilities have continued to increase with age, experience, knowledge and skills. From mowing lawns as a kid for parents, grandparents and neighbors, he obtained a comfort level with machinery and acquired a health respect for reliability. This has now turned into his ability to oversee the servicing of tractors and combines during the farming season and do preventative maintenance the rest of the time. He operates a combine full time during harvest and helps oversee the farming of summer fallow, planting wheat, corn and sunflowers and applying herbicide. With a vast background in FFA. He was a member all four years of high school, serving as a chapter office for three of those years, and was chapter president his senior year. At Northeastern, he is a member of the Aggies Club and has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Having grown up inside the Colorado Young Farmer organization via his parents’ long time involvement, this winner is totally committed to the agriculture way of life and all it entails. He has been an active member of the NJC Young Farmers Chapter for the past three years and has been involved with helping organize the children’s pedal tractor pulls at both the county and state levels. He’s been an active volunteer for the annual hot rod tractor pull also sponsored by his chapter on Father’s Day weekend. He helps cook at the sponsors’ barbecue and takes tickets at the gate. As an FFA alumni of Fleming High School, Whittington now sits on the Fleming FFA Advisory Council. He is involved in his church as well.
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Wiggins Historical Group Annual Geranium Sale
The Wiggins Historical Group held their annual geranium sale on Saturday May 3 at the Old Trail School. Proceeds from the sale help maintain and preserve the one room school located on the corner of 5th and High Street.
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