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Public Service Announcements March 22, 2018

Non-profit organization is seeking local host families for high school exchange students

SOUTHERN COLORADO/NORTHERN NEW MEXICO — ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

ASSE international (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the U.S. Department of State, was founded by the Swedish Ministry of Education, cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education, and the New Zealand Department of Education.

New Mexico USDA announces new application deadline for conservation easement funding

ALBUQUERQUE — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts applications year round for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) to protect wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands.

The deadline to be considered for fiscal year 2018 funding is April 27, 2018. The application forms and information on how to apply can be found at the NRCS New Mexico ACEP website.

Wetland conservation easements are either permanent or for 30 years. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can successfully be restored, croplands or grasslands subject to flooding, and riparian areas that link protected wetland areas. As part of the easement, NRCS and the landowner work together to develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the wetland.

Eligible landowners can apply by visiting their local USDA Service Center and submitting their Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200).  Producers who have established a Client Gateway account may submit their application online.

Landowners will need to meet adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations and file AGI certification with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Through ACEP agricultural land easements, NRCS provides funds to conservation partners to purchase conservation easements on private working lands. This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing development pressure.

Partners include state or local agencies, non-profits and tribes. Landowners continue to own their property but voluntarily enter into a legal agreement with a cooperating entity to purchase an easement.  The cooperating entity applies for matching funds from NRCS for the purchase of an easement from the landowner, permanently protecting its agricultural use and conservation values. Landowners do not apply directly to NRCS for funding under this program. Landowners interested in working lands easements (ACEP-ALE) will need to receive an offer from an eligible entity and the entity submits an application package to NRCS.

ALE Easements are permanent. Eligible lands include privately owned cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and forestlands.


Huerfano County Code Red testing calls will roll out in April

HUERFANO — Huerfano County Emergency Dispatch will be conducting Code Red test calls on April 10th starting at approximately 5 pm. Code Red is the Huerfano County reverse 911 system.

With the extremely dry conditions, and fire season approaching, it is important to ensure that all of our residents are registered and that they are registered in the appropriate area. There will be a total of four test calls, each specific to a geographical area in the county.

When you receive the test call, it is important to listen to the area described and only call in to dispatch at 719-738-1044 if you get a call for the wrong area. You do not need to call us to simply let us know you got the call. This helps us make sure that addresses are plotted in the correct area in the Code Red system. An example of an incorrect call would be: a call stating the test area is west of I-25 and north of Highway 10, but you live east of I-25.

For any residents who may not be signed up for Code Red, you can go to the County Website and click on the link on the right hand side to sign yourself up. Make sure to check your location on the map within the set up screens to make sure the address is plotted in the correct location. If you do not have access to internet or are having problems registering you can call Huerfano Emergency Dispatch on our non-emergency line 719-748-1044 and we can do it for you.

Thank you for assisting us in making sure that the Code Red system is as accurate and complete as possible.