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Past articles by Jeff:

Ag economy reaches deeply into northeast Colorado communities

When people talk about the importance of agriculture to the economy of northeast Colorado – and I’m talking specifically of Sterling and Logan County – they tend to think in terms of cash sa… → Read More

Century-old John Deere ‘D’ finds a final home at Overland Trail Museum – Greeley Tribune

A nearly 100-year-old John Deere “D” found its final home Thursday at the Overland Trail Museum. Howard Hoxie of Sterling, who had owned the tractor with the late Dr. Curtis Kimball, turned the res… → Read More

Forest Service to spray for Canadian Thistle near Crow Valley

Portions of the two trails leading out of the Crow Valley Campground, Trail of the Mourning Dove and the Birdwalk Trail, will be closed for a few days starting Monday while the U.S. Forest Service … → Read More

Feedlot Cowboys to hold 49th international finals in Sterling

Contestants from all over the western United States will gather in Sterling next week for the 49th Annual International Feedlot Cowboys Association team roping and barrel racing finals. The event w… → Read More

Statewide program recruits desperately needed health care workers

A new program led by Denver-based nonprofit Community Resource Center is helping to address the urgent need for frontline healthcare workers in Colorado, and one healthcare facility in northeast Co… → Read More

‘Wildfire season’ now a year-round condition, state’s top firefighter says

With wildfire season now a year-round condition, state and local officials are advising Coloradans to prepare for what is clearly a “new normal.” With ongoing drought and warming temperatures acros… → Read More

NJC baseball adds ’10th Man’ to its roster for a day, sweeps double-header – Greeley Tribune

The Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen baseball squad had a unique “tenth man” for a game recently. Twelve-year-old Jacoby Kramp of Denver traveled with his family to Sterling to join the Plains… → Read More

Federal, state agencies investigating horse deaths in Canon City

A disease that is yet to be identified has killed 85 horses at the Canon City Wild Horse and Burro Facility. Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Maggie Baldwin said in a statement issued late Wednesday… → Read More

State firefighters support local departments from Sterling station

It could be a busy summer for Fire Station 141. With eastern Colorado firmly in the grasp of a years-long drought, summertime temperatures expected to again break records, and high-wind days becomi… → Read More

Weather Service issues rare ‘Extremely Critical’ warning for eastern Colorado – Greeley Tribune

The National Weather Service in Boulder has issued an extremely critical fire and high wind warning, to last through Friday. Issued at 2 p.m. Thursday, the warning predicts extremely critical fire … → Read More

Colorado attorney general vows: ‘We are going to protect our water – Greeley Tribune

The attorney general’s office will do all it can to protect Colorado’s water; that’s a promise made by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser during a stop in Sterling Wednesday morning. Weiser was … → Read More

Commissioners to seek DOLA opinion on transfer of building funds

The Logan County Commissioners moved one step closer to a court order as they try to pry nearly $1 million in county funds from Treasurer Patty Bartlett’s grip. Bartlett has refused to transfer mor… → Read More

Backyard poultry owners urged to increase biosecurity as bird flu spreads

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is asking all backyard poultry flock owners to immediately increase the biosecurity measures they employ after highly pathogenic avian influenza wiped out a 3… → Read More

Logan County’s Pelton unopposed in state senate primary bid – Greeley Tribune

Byron Pelton will be unopposed in his Republican primary bid for state senate from Senate District 1. Pelton, who is in his second term as Logan County Commissioner, took 74 percent of the delegate… → Read More

Ag Department says Niemiec selection followed state law

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the selection process for the new director of the Bureau of Animal Protection did, in fact, follow legal and ethical protocols. The appoint… → Read More

Neb. Gov. candidate: Nebraska water solutions shouldn’t harm Colorado – Greeley Tribune

Collaboration will yield a lot more South Platte River water for Nebraska than trying to finish a ditch that’s been abandoned for more than a century. That was the consensus at a freewheeling panel… → Read More

Sterlingite tracks Ukraine war through friends who are living through it

Martin Hnizdil has a personal stake in the war that is hammering Ukraine. It’s not just that he owns a small home there; it’s where his heart is, too. Hnizdil has paid close attention to daily repo… → Read More

Ag commissioner: Important to build early relationships with livestock growers

State officials are working to mend fences with the agricultural community after a gubernatorial appointment caused widespread blowback. Again. Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg and … → Read More

Ukraine war delaying biodiesel opportunity for Colorado farmers

The war in Ukraine could be hampering an opportunity for Colorado farmers to become part of the biodiesel movement. Dr. Brent Young, agricultural economist at Colorado State University’s Regional E… → Read More

Century-old documents validate benefits for Nebraska of Colorado water development

If Nebraska pursues construction of the Perkins County Canal, the results could be disastrous – for Nebraska. That’s the implication contained in a trio of documents unearthed by the Journal-Advoca… → Read More