Wednesday, April 23, 2014

School for the Performing Arts Concert May 4 in Brush

***Courtesy of AM 1400 KFTM and***

The School for the Performing Arts in Fort Morgan will be presenting a music concert on Sunday, May 4th at 3pm at the Rankin Presbyterian Church, 420 Clayton Street, in Brush. An ice cream social will follow the concert.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Plant Sale May 3 in Fort Morgan

***Courtesy of AM 1400 KFTM and***

Little Lambs, Trinity Early Learning Center will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 3 from 8:00 to 3:00 at Trinity Lutheran School in Fort Morgan. There will be 26 different annuals in a variety of colors and 12 different vegetables in various varieties. Plants will be provided by Pope Farms. Pre-orders are welcome, forms can be picked up at the school and are due back by April 27. Plants can be picked up on May 3rd during the sale.

Plan to stop in and select all your bedding plant, geranium, and vegetable plant needs for your gardens on May 3rd. For more information contact Carri at 970-867-4931.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sterling Police Looking For Male Subject

***Press Release***

On April 18, 2014 at about 2:30 p.m., a 13 year-old female was in the wooded area west of the Overland Trail Park (20801 East Highway 6).  While in the woods, she observed a naked man in the area.  The man did not attempt to contact or speak to her.  He is described as a white, 50-60 years-old, heavy set male, with short gray hair.  

Anyone having information regarding whom this male subject is or has recently witnessed a similar event is asked to contact the Sterling Police Department at 970-522-3512 or Crime Stoppers at 970-522-3937(EYES).

Safety Tips

Stay in groups when using parks, especially around dawn or dusk, or keep to high-traffic, well-lighted areas

Know your surroundings and be observant

Avoid stray pets and wildlife

Keep children under your supervision

If possible, have a cell phone available for emergencies

14th Annual Lady Buff Basketball Fun Run/Walk May 24

The 14th Annual Lady Buff Basketball Fun Run/Walk 5K/1Mile will be held May 24 starting at 8am at the Iliff Community Center. Registration will start at 7am. Cost is $10 if you pre-register before May 17, or $15 if you register the day of the race. For questions, more information, or to register, call 970-522-8200 during the day, or 970-526-2696 in the evening.

Sterling Named Tree City USA

***Press Release***

Sterling, CO was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  This is the 26th year Sterling has earned the national designation.

Sterling achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:  a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Sterling make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation:  The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.  More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at, or by visiting them on Facebook, Twitter or their blog.

City of Sterling to Celebrate Arbor Day April 25

***Press Release***

The City of Sterling, Parks, Library and Recreation Department - Forestry Division, will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. There will be a planting ceremony at Columbine Park

In addition, the City of Sterling will celebrate its 26th consecutive year as TREE CITY USA. The Tree City USA Award is provided by The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, to recognize higher levels of tree care throughout America.

This is a milestone for the City of Sterling and a representative from the Colorado State Forestry Service will be on hand to present the Tree City USA flag to City representatives prior to the tree planting.

Arbor Day is a great opportunity to diversify the tree population in Sterling, creating a stronger urban forest. Representatives from Merino School - Amy Gandee’s 5th grade class and their kindergarten buddies, Little Legg’s Day Care, City Manager, Mayor and PLR Board members will also take part in the award ceremony. Planting the trees from City of Sterling will be Shaw Conter, Superintendent of Parks, Cemetery & Forestry, George Ramos and Clay Combs, Forestry employees.

It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The City of Sterling Forestry Division strives to continue this tradition as it is more important than ever.

Open burning requires planning and caution

***Press Release***

As the local weather begins to heat up and dry out fire officials are urging residents to practice planning and caution when considering open fires. Because open fires pollute the air and can pose serious fire hazards, there are laws in effect concerning what types of material can be burned and when they can be burned.  “Anytime you are conducting and open burn it’s important that you contact the Sterling Emergency Communications Center (522-3512)”, said Sterling Fire Chief Kurt Vogel. “This forewarning gives us important information if someone calls in to report smoke, and it also gives us an opportunity to intercede if there are any potential hazards. Those hazards could include the type of materials being burned or the current weather conditions, particularly if there is a red flag warning in place.”

A red flag warning is a forecast warning issued by the U.S. National Weather Service to inform fire agencies and the general public that there is a high fire danger. In 2009 Logan County adopted the Logan County Red Flag Burning Restriction Ordinance which prohibits open burning on red flag warning days. Failure to comply could result in criminal prosecution. Burning should not be conducted if wind speed is over 15 mph. The entire ordinance can be viewed online at on the fire department’s page.

 In addition to knowing when you can burn, Vogel also stressed that it’s important to know what types of materials you can burn. The state of Colorado regulates open burning to help protect the public’s health and the environment. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, open burning is the burning of any material or substance, including rubbish, wastepaper, wood, vegetative material or any other flammable material, in the ambient air on any open premises. Generally anytime you light a fire outdoors you are open burning.  Burning wood and vegetative products can produce harmful chemicals including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and formaldehyde. Burning plastics, tires, chemically treated wood products and other man made materials also produce air pollution and releases toxic chemicals into the air. These air pollutants can irritate the eyes, nose and lungs and pose a threat to those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions. Because of this Colorado, requires the use of a burning permit for any business or resident that wishes to conduct burning that is not exempt from state regulations.

State regulations indicate that unless you meet one of the following exemptions, you must obtain a burn permit from the Air Pollution Control Division at the state health department:
 Non-commercial burning of private household trash which includes paper, cardboard, and untreated wood products. Household trash does not include food wastes, plastics, coated or treated wood products, rubber, tree limbs, shrub and garden trimmings, or other vegetation,;
 Fires used for noncommercial cooking of food;
 Fires used for instructional, training, or recreational purposes;
 Safety flares used to signal danger;
 Agricultural open burning.

There is no charge to obtain a state open burn permit and the application can be found online here .

Permits can be submitted by email, fax or mail.

“The most important thing to remember is to contact the fire department before you burn,” continued Vogel. “We can help you determine at that time if there are any issues with the materials you wish to burn or if the weather conditions are not favorable. Fire is very dangerous and in hot, dry and windy conditions it can spread very quickly, igniting nearby trees, brush and homes. The last thing we want to see is anyone getting hurt or someone’s property damaged that may have been prevented by a simple phone call.”

For more information call your local fire department or the Communications Center at 522-3512. You can also visit here for more information on open burning.