Thursday, October 23, 2014

Arrest Made in Sterling Business Burglaries

***Press Release***

Between the early morning hours of September 26, 2014 and the early morning hours of October 13, 2014, burglaries at the following local businesses were reported to the Sterling Police Department: Cocina Alvarado Restaurant, Henry’s Pub and Club, J & L CafĂ©, The Tan Zone and Body by M.E.

Throughout the investigation, which included obtaining and executing search warrants, evidence was collected and stolen property was recovered. In addition, an illegal weapon was seized.

On October 22, 2014, an arrest warrant was obtained in connection with these cases for Pierre Hightower, 35 years of age who is a resident of Sterling.

Mr. Hightower was arrested on October 22, 2014 and is currently being held in the Logan County Jail on the following charges:

  • Second Degree Burglary (4 counts), a class 4 Felony
  • Third Degree Burglary (5 counts), a class 5 Felony
  • Possession of Burglary Tools, a class 5 Felony
  • Theft , a class 6 Felony
  • Criminal Mischief (4 counts) , a class 6 Felony
  • First Degree Criminal Tampering (4 counts), a class 1 Misdemeanor
  • Possession of an Illegal Weapon, a class 1 Misdemeanor
  • Obstruction of Telephone Service, a class 1 Misdemeanor

The Sterling Police Department is continuing its investigation into these crimes and other burglaries; anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant James Rank at 970-522-3512 EXT 4226 or our Investigations Unit at EXT 4214 or 4215.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SourceGas Files Annual Cost Adjustment for Northeast Colorado

***Press Release***

GOLDEN, Colo., October 17, 2014 – SourceGas Distribution LLC has filed its annual Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA) with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for its Northeastern Colorado service area, impacting approximately 6,703 SourceGas customers.   The filing reflects an increase of $8.01 for the typical residential customer’s average monthly bill for the upcoming period, which begins November 1, 2014 and continues through October 31, 2015.  The filing is a pass-through rate, meaning that SourceGas passes along the cost of natural gas to the customer without any profit to the company resulting from the filing. 
In accordance with state law, the company recovers the cost it pays to purchase natural gas on behalf of its customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis, without realizing any profit or loss.  The GCA mechanism ensures that customers pay exactly the same amount the company paid to purchase natural gas for them.  The new rates will take effect November 1, 2014 and will be reflected in the next billing cycle.
“We are still enjoying exceptionally-low natural gas prices,” said Mitch Pebley, Senior Director of Operations for SourceGas.  “Even with this increase, it continues to be the most affordable and best energy value for our customers compared to propane or electricity, with the added benefits of being clean, abundant and domestically produced.” 
For residential customers in the Northeastern Colorado service area, the total of the new volumetric rates will be $0.8258 per therm.  Based on an average monthly usage of 70 therms, the typical household will now pay an average of $68.25 per month instead of approximately $60.24 per month for their natural gas service.  Residential customers who typically use 133 therms in January (when bills are usually the highest) will pay approximately $120.48, an increase of about $15.27, or approximately 14.51 percent, in January 2015, as compared to January 2014. 
A strong contributing factor to the gas cost pass-on is last year’s particularly cold winter, brought on by the polar vortex.  Cold weather increases the usage of all energy sources, prompting an increase in the price of energy across the board.  SourceGas rates are set annually for each upcoming year, and the price spike that resulted from the cold temperatures occurred after the rates for 2014 were set, which is reflected in today’s rate filing.  The difference between the set rate and the actual cost of gas accumulates in a deferred balance account over the 12 months, and is then incorporated into rates to bring the account back to zero.
Fortunately for SourceGas customers, a return to normal winter temperatures, along with other factors such as robust production and increasing storage capacity, are projected to contribute to stabilize natural gas prices. 
According to the American Gas Association, the country’s strong natural gas supply and delivery infrastructure suggest that future demand for natural gas can be met at costs well below the peak market prices of the past decade.
Additionally, while today’s rate filing does reflect an increase, it is still representative of historically low natural gas prices. A price of $0.8258 per therm is still well below a 2008 high of $1.189 per therm for Northeastern Colorado customers.
SourceGas also offers energy efficiency programs that are designed to assist their natural gas customers in Colorado.  The programs include energy audits, rebates on equipment and insulation measures, a program for residential income-qualified customers, and a custom program for larger commercial and industrial gas customers.  SourceGas customers can obtain additional information, rebate guidelines and details on the programs by visiting or by calling 1-800-563-0012.
Other options available to help customers keep their energy costs in check include:  balanced billing to stabilize bills, setting thermostats back, installing weather stripping; closing doors to rooms not being used; and inspecting the heating system to ensure it is operating efficiently.   Eligible SourceGas customers may apply for assistance through various state and federally funded initiatives like Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Service and supplemented by Energy Outreach Colorado.    For those who are located in areas served by SourceGas, but not yet customers, SourceGas can provide no cost bids, savings calculations and information on conversion and financing opportunities by visiting or by calling 1-855-583-6959.

About SourceGas
SourceGas is a natural gas local distribution utility headquartered in Golden, Colorado.  The company and its affiliates serve over 415,000 customers and operate over 18,290 miles of distribution, gathering and transmission pipeline, as well as storage facilities, in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.  The company and its affiliates also provide gas transportation, in-home HVAC and appliance service and sales, as well as gas commodity sales services to its natural gas customers. More information on SourceGas can be found online at

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Umpire Question


Tie game. Bases loaded. 1 out. Home team at bat in extra innings.

What happened:

Sacrifice fly to outfield (out number 2). Runner on third tags up correctly to score the apparent winning run. However, the runner at first leaves early, failing to tag up. Appeal following tag of runner at first to determine if (third) out. Ruled that runner did indeed leave early, but game still ends as the sacrifice fly produced the winning run.

The question:

According to Wikipedia (baseball rules). The run counts, as the appeal to determine if runner left early (producing the third out) came after the winning run scored. Is this correct, and what is the rule regarding an appeal producing the third out on a sacrifice fly?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cheyenne VA Director to hold town hall meeting in Sterling

Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director, Dr. Cynthia McCormack will hold hold a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 16 starting at 1:30pm. The town hall meeting will provide an open forum to all veterans, their families, and the community to voice their opinions and concerns regarding the Sterling Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The meeting will take place in the Tennant Art Gallery at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Update to Sterling Stabbing


September 9, 2014


On September 3, 2014, the Sterling Police Department began an investigation into a stabbing incident that occurred at 422 Chestnut Street in Sterling, Colorado.

The individuals involved were:
  • Frederick Granillo, Age 52, of Sterling
  • Marie Granillo, Age 48, of Sterling

Mr. and Mrs. Granillo are married but did not reside together; the incident occurred in Ms. Granillo’s home.

Mrs. Granillo had multiple stab wounds and Mr. Granillo had multiple self-inflicted stab wounds. Both were initially treated at Sterling Regional MedCenter and then flown to a Denver hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Marie Granillo continues to receive medical care in Denver, Colorado.

Frederick Granillo died on September 9, 2014, in Denver, Colorado.   

Windsong Chorus Show October 4

Windsong Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Presents "The Helen B. Generous Show - What's On Your Bucket List?" Tickets are $10; children under 12 free with parent. Tickets are available from Windsong members, Brown's Shoe Fit, and KC's Music & Electronics in Sterling. One show only, Saturday, October 4 at 4pm at the Sterling Middle School Auditorium.

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church Chili Lunch September 20 in Sterling

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church will be holding a Chili Lunch Saturday, September 20 from 11am-2pm at South 2nd Ave. and Phelps in Sterling. Suggested donation is $7 and the menu includes chili, cinnamon roll, carrot sticks, and drink. All proceeds will be put towards the repair of the tracery around the Narthex window in the historic building. For more information or questions call 970-522-0539.