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Volume 11, Issue 1
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U.S. Senate Approves New Energy Secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday. Several Democrats joined Republicans in approving Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette’s promotion, 70-15. Confirmation of Brouillette, who’d been responsible for day-to-day operations at the Energy Department for two years under Perry, came a day after Perry’s resignation became effective. Brouillette, a veteran in state and federal energy regulatory matters, easily won bipartisan support since Trump nominated him Nov. 7. He told a Senate committee hearing last month he knew nothing about any of the Ukraine conversations under scrutiny. However, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon accused Brouillette of failing to detail what he knows about Perry’s meetings with natural gas officials and others in Ukraine. Wyden told the Senate on Monday that Brouillette was waging a “full-court stonewall.” Another Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, took the floor to call Brouillette a “good man.” “He has been forthcoming. He has not held anything back,” Manchin said. Perry, a former Texas governor, used his job in part to promote U.S. oil and gas overseas, while also stressing the value of the national research labs and other cutting-edge work overseen by the Energy Department. Republican senators in Brouillette’s committee confirmation hearing made clear they expected him to keep using the agency to advocate for U.S. fossil fuels, although Brouillette’s first remarks at the hearing stressed the department’s research on supercomputers and other scientific efforts.
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Colorado Department of Agriculture Announces 2019 Certified Hemp Seed Varieties
Broomfield, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has approved four new industrial hemp seed varieties, bringing the total number of approved industrial hemp seed varieties in Colorado to 17. Following a year-long, statewide THC validation and observation trial period, the newly approved industrial hemp seeds are now eligible to be grown by members of the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) for production of CDA Approved Certified Seed. CDA trialed the four varieties of hemp throughout 2019 across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions in the Northeast region, Arkansas Val-
ley, Front Range, the San Luis Valley and on the Western Slope. The trials validated growth viability and whether plants test at or below 0.3% THC concentration on a dry weight basis. To qualify as CDA Approved Certified Seed, hemp varieties must be produced and labeled by members of the CSGA according to the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies standards. The CDA Approved Certified Seed program requires all individual seed packages to be tagged with specific Certified seed tags available from the CSGA. Growers planting with CDA Approved Certified Seed are considered very low risk for testing purposes. For seed availability and questions about seed variety performance, please contact the seed companies listed in the table above. A complete list of CDA industrial seed varieties may be found here. For more information, please visit CDA’s industrial hemp website.
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Juanita Tweedy Announced the Opening of the Keene Craft Mercantile at 65 South Main in Keenesburg
Juanita Tweedy announced the Grand Opening of her new store, The Keene Craft Mercantile on December 14th, 2019. The store will have home made items, gifts, used items in good condition and new clothes. Stop by and visit. Juanita shared that she has been moved by the amount of young people in the community who have produced some remarkable craft items but had no place to share their creations. Her goal is to provide a place for them to show their exquisite creations and talents, including a few tasty treats. Juanita will be assisted by Elsa and Becky. All the young folks are invited to sell their work at no charge at the store located at 65 South Main. Hours will be Monday through Saturday, hours 10 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Please stop at the store and speak with Juanita or call her at 303-910-0640. More experienced and older crafters are also invited, give Juanita a call for details.
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TRIVIA What professional golfer married baseball player Ray Knight? NANCY LOPEZ what river was St. Louis’s Eads Bridge the first to span? THE MISSISSIPPI What was the most popular name for newborn North American boys in 1985 - David, John, or Michael? MICHAEL What kind of animals are Angeline and George, in Disney’s Never Cry Wolf? WOLVES What talkative inventor’s most famed words were uttered at 5 Exeter Place, Boston ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL’S What letter starts the fewest last names in The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball? X What French city boasted the first modern university? PARIS What line folows the plea: “Show me the way to go home”? I’M TIRED AND I WANT TO GO TO BED What barnyard pet did six-year-old Walt Disney call Skinny? A PIG What kind of hunt do the horses join after leaving the carousel, in Mary Poppins? A FOX HUNT What weather factor can the chrp rate of the snowy tree cricket be used to estimate? TEMPERATURE What Post product is described as “Sweetened Letter Shaped Oat & Corn Cereal”? ALPHA-BITS What Scandinavian country boasts the cities of Espoo, Turku and Vantaa? FINLAND What’s Papa gonna buy you “if that dog named Rover don’t bark”? A HORSE AND A CART
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Also on This Day
US GOVERNMENT 1994 One of the largest and most significant trade pacts in world history comes into effect. The North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico removed most of the trade barriers between the three countries. HOLIDAYS 45 B.C. New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect. Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. LATIN AMERICA 1803 Two months after his defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s colonial forces, Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaims the independence of Saint-Domingue, renaming it Haiti after its original Arawak name. U.S. PRESIDENTS 1863 Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation. Attempting to stitch together a nation mired in a bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln made a last-ditch, but carefully calculated, decision regarding the institution of slavery in America. THIS DAY IN HISTORY 1863 A farmer named Daniel Freeman submits the first claim under the new Homestead Act for a property near Beatrice, Nebraska. ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY 1958 Inmate Merle Haggard hears Johnny Cash play San Quentin State Prison “Folsom Prison Blues” gave Johnny Cash his first top10 country hit in 1956, and his live concert performance at Folsom—dramatized memorably in the film Walk The Line—gave his flagging career a critical jump-start in 1968. ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY 1818 Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is published. The book, by 20-yearold Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel.
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This Day in History - January 1, 1959 Batista Forced Out by Castro-led Revolution
On this day in 1959, facing a popular revolution spearheaded by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement, Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista flees the island nation. Amid celebration and chaos in the Cuban capitol of Havana, the U.S. debated how best to deal with the radical Castro and the ominous rumblings of anti-Americanism in Cuba. The U.S. government had supported Batista, a former soldier and Cuban dictator from 1933 to 1944, who seized power for a second time in a 1952 coup. After Castro and a group of followers, including the South American revolutionary Che Guevara (1928-1967), landed in Cuba to unseat the dictator in December 1956, the U.S. continued to back Batista. Suspicious of what they believed to be Castro’s leftist ideology and worried that his ultimate goals might include attacks on the U.S.’s significant investments and property in Cuba, American officials were nearly unanimous in opposing his revolutionary movement. Cuban support for Castro’s revolution, however, grew in the late 1950s, partially due to his charisma and nationalistic rhetoric, but also because of increasingly rampant corruption, greed, brutality and inefficiency within the Batista government. This reality forced the U.S. to slowly withdraw its support from Batista and begin a search in Cuba for an alternative to both the dictator and Castro; these efforts failed. On January 1, 1959, Batista and a number of his supporters fled Cuba for the Dominican Republic. Tens of thousands of Cubans (and thousands of Cuban Americans in the U.S.) celebrated the end of the dictator’s regime. Castro’s supporters moved quickly to establish their power. Judge Manuel Urrutia was named as provisional president. Castro and his band of guerrilla fighters triumphantly entered Havana on January 7. The U.S. attitude toward the new revolutionary government soon changed from cautiously suspicious to downright hostile. After Castro nationalized American-owned property, allied himself with the Communist Party and grew friendlier with the Soviet Union, America’s Cold War enemy, the U.S severed diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba and enacted a trade and travel embargo that remained in effect until 2015. In April 1961, the U.S. launched the Bay of Pigs invasion, an unsuccessful attempt to remove Castro from power. Subsequent covert operations to overthrow Castro, born August 13, 1926, failed and he went on to become one of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state. Fulgencio Batista died in Spain at age 72 on August 6, 1973. In late July 2006, an unwell Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his younger brother Raul.Fidel Castro officially stepped down in February 2008.
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--- Baseline ---
January 1, 2020
By Linda Meyer Welcome to another issue of Baseline. This month, I want to be serious for a few minutes and write about mental health. Yes, I hear you, everybody wants to talk about mental health. Big deal. Who cares. It is important. Maybe not to you today, but it is important to a lot of people. We all go through tough times, and mental illness can affect anyone. It’s December, we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving and more holidays are coming. Days are shorter with less sunlight, which can affect people’s mood. There are a lot of people who are very lonely during the holidays. Maybe they do not have any family nearby, or they are alienated from their family for some reason. Others can be lonely in the middle of a crowd. Seeing how happy other people can be around the holidays can be hurtful to some people, and it can make them feel very unwanted. People are good at hiding their feelings, and mental illness is easy to hide. From the Illinois Farm Bureau’s website, here are some things you might notice: If a person talks about: • Killing themselves • Feeling hopeless • Having no reason to live • Being a burden to others • Feeling trapped • Unbearable pain Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change: • Increased use of alcohol or drugs • Looking for a way to end their life, such as searching online for materials or means • Withdrawing from activities • Isolating from family and friends • Sleeping too little or too much • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye • Giving away prized possessions • Aggression • Fatigue • Excessive worrying or fear People in crisis often display one or more of the following moods: • Depression • Anxiety • Loss of interest • Irritability • Humiliation • Agitation • Anger • Rage • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable highs (From http://www.ilfb.org/resources/mental-health-wellness/warning-signs-symptoms-of-a-crisis/ ) I’m not a psychologist, I’m not Dear Abby trying to give you advice, but I will ask you to look out for people you know. Notice if their behavior changes, listen to what they say. If something doesn’t seem right, or they become visibly sad or say things that sound suicidal, be a friend and be there for them. Ask if they’re okay, if they need some help. Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them, or they just need to know someone cares about them. If you know someone who might be struggling with life, invite them to a meal or meet them for coffee. With the holidays coming, set an extra place at the table for them. A small gesture on your part might make a huge difference in someone’s life. Starting with this column, at the end of my column every month I will list resources for anyone who wants help. Even if you don’t need these phone numbers, you might know someone who does. If you have suggestions or resources I can include, please email them to me. Thank you. -----Last month, I wrote laughter is encouraged when you read my columns. Our family had a good laugh a couple of weeks ago. I am a grandma – best job ever!! We found out several months ago another grandchild is on the way. The week of Thanksgiving we found out it’s a boy. The other grandkids are girls, so this is new and different! My co-grandma (Daughter’s mother-in-law) has been coming up with nicknames for the babies before they were born, usually some really odd name out of their family genealogy. Have I got one for Baby! My Cousin has worked hard on our family genealogy. Another relative had a good start on Grandpa’s side of the family, and Cousin has been able to fill out Grandma’s ancestry. Grandma’s maiden name was Crain, and she was a school teacher. We actually have an ancestor named Ichabod Crane, as in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. That Ichabod was a school teacher, too. Coincidence? Or not? You be the judge. Grandson is now “Ichy”, until he is born and Mom & Dad give him a permanent name. There will be a gift under our Christmas tree for Ichy. Cousin sent Daughter a list of male names from our ancestors. There were so many Johann’s! Generations of Johann’s! It was almost like they had no other names to give their sons in the 1700 and 1800’s. Silly Prussians. No imagination. My favorite name was Henrik. I told Daughter if she didn’t want to use that for Baby’s name, I might use it for a cat someday. She says I’m safe to use it. I don’t plan on getting another cat anytime soon, so I will be sure to wait until I see what she names Baby before I use it for a four-legged fur baby. Wouldn’t want to take away a name she might want to use! That’s it for this month. As always, thanks for reading. Whatever holidays you celebrate, I hope they are happy and full of joy. Happy New Year to you and your family! Stay curious, and remember to laugh! Linda Linda Meyer is the Pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Keenesburg. Connect with Linda: Pastorcumc18@gmail.com Twitter @RevLindaMeyer Mental Health Resources National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741 Farm Aid Farmer Hotline: 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243)
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