Recently, a somewhat elderly and very distraught woman walked into the office of Sean Lening, President of the Kiowa County National Bank in Eads. She told him that she’d received a phone call. Her grandson had been arrested; he was in jail and needed her to send $1500 right away.
Last week, from the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) had harsh words for both United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump for reversing the policy on legal marijuana enforcement, despite both men having given earlier repeated assurances that the issue was not going to be addressed.
KIOWA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
NOVEMBER 2017 ARREST AND SUMMONS REPORT
For almost a century—beginning, in fact, with the county’s earliest days—the railroad was the spine of Kiowa County. With tracks that ran from border to border, east to west, trains that crossed these plains through the years carried everything from immigrants and the entirety of their possessions to livestock—including cattle fresh off the range to cans of fresh cream, the United States mail, “suitcase farmers” coming with plans to make a fortune, those same suitcase farmers leaving when defeated by the wind and dirt, passengers headed to Pueblo for the day and God only knows who or what else. For those years, the success of the railroad impacted the success of the county, accounting for roughly a quarter of the revenue Kiowa County relied on to operate.
One of the more exciting developments that took place in 2017 involved the possibility of water permanently returning to the Great Plains Reservoirs located south of Eads in Kiowa County. This is no small bit of news, as many of the Kiowa County natives and longtime residents can testify. Not only do the 7 bodies of water, taken as a whole, combine to make the largest surface area of water to be found anywhere in the entire state of Colorado, the lakes—and the people, activities and events associated with them—did more to contribute to the recreational culture of Kiowa County than perhaps any other single thing. Without a doubt, water sports, fishing, birdwatching, hunting, camping and other outdoor pursuits provided unequalled entertainment for locals of all ages, simultaneously attracting visitors from all along the Front Range as well as Western Kansas, Northern Oklahoma and parts of the Texas Panhandle. In the words of one lifelong enthusiast, “The shores of the lakes looked like cities at night with all the campfires and bonfires. People rolled in with their campers and tents and RVs as soon as Memorial Day hit and they didn’t leave until the last bit of summer had gone.”