In Memory of Leslie “Les” Thomas Ball
Leslie “Les” Thomas Ball, 53, of Loveland, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 surrounded by his family.
Les was born April 28, 1966, in Greeley to Roland and Verda Ball. He graduated from Briggsdale High School in 1984 where he was a basketball legend. After graduating, he farmed and ranched. He then moved to Greeley where he met and married the love of his life, Vonnie. He later found and mastered his passion and became a successful business owner of L7L Enterprises. He always had a plan and a goal. He loved to travel, go to the ocean and spend time in his barn.
Les was a great man! When it comes to him, it was just not words or some cliché. It was absolutely true. What a legacy to leave this world with. Those that knew him would agree, he had the ability to make them better people. He was an inspiration to everyone in his life and will continue to be. He loved and adored his wife and family.
Les is survived by his wife, Vonnie; his mother, Verda; his brother, Arland (Terri) Ball; sister, Dorice (Tom) Benson; sister-in-law, Tammie Ball; his children, Lance (Marie) Stark, Kelly Stark (Jim Sara), Joshua (Becky) Ball, Laci (Jeremy) Jacks, Karissa (Christian) Cumberbatch; twelve grandkids; and his loyal dog, Zeek.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roland and brother, Leonard Ball.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton. A luncheon to follow the service at the church. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.
Memorial contributions may be made in Les’s name to be designated at a later date.
CLA Members Host Renewable Energy Tour for Gov. Polis in Yuma County
Greeley, CO – This past Wednesday, CLA members from the Yuma area hosted a tour of their wind turbines and facilities for Governor Jared Polis and Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg.
Erick Farmer, owner of Heritage Dairy, talked about his wind turbines and discussed the benefits and some of the obstacles to increasing the use of turbines throughout rural Colorado.
“Terri and I were honored to host a discussion on wind energy with Governor Polis in Yuma County. Renewables are an important part of our ag operations in both Colorado and Kansas. Our wind turbines provide approximately 60% of our power at Heritage Dairy, and even more at our feedyards. This allows us to not only be more efficient and cut costs, but also allows us to be part of a bigger picture of becoming more sustainable. We are proud to be part of this movement,” said Erick Farmer. “It was important for us to also inform the Governor not only of our success with these wind projects, but to also enlighten him with the hurdles associated with renewable energy implementation in our County and State. We hope that this discussion with the Governor will help lead the path to more renewables as part of the future of ag in Colorado.” Continue reading
CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 37 Colorado counties
Broomfield, Colo. – Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) has been confirmed in Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Park, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Summit, Teller, and Weld counties in Colorado.
“The recent freeze will certainly help slow the spread of VSV, but it has warmed up again, so we’re not completely out of the woods,” said Maggie Baldwin, Colorado State Assistant Veterinarian. Continue reading