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Missed by a Millimeter, a Millisecond, and the Grace of God

During a rally in Butler County, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 2024, an attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump shocked both the attendees and the nation, igniting widespread debate about political discourse and security in the United States. As live spectacle unfolded, videos from the event circulated on social media, intensifying public interest and concern.
Special Edition

High Plains Guide 2024: Home on the Plains

Home. Such a small, unassuming word but a word that can mean so much.

Roots. Traditions. History. Stories. Legacies.

Whether it’s an actual place on the side of a road somewhere, a blurry memory from the past or a dream we have of the future, home is the place where we can retreat, regain our strength and be reminded of those things that have contributed to who we are.

This issue is devoted to that place—home—and whatever that place may mean in our lives.

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Local News Desert Grows Even More Vast: Lamar Ledger and Burlington Record to Cease Publication

July 19, 2024
In a somber announcement that echoes the challenges facing local journalism, Prairie Mountain Media (PMM) revealed on July 16 that it will close the doors of two cherished newspapers, the Lamar Ledger and the Burlington Record. The final editions of both papers will be published on July 25, marking the end of an era for these deeply rooted community voices.

The End of an Era: Plainsman Herald to Cease Print Publication After 137 Years

July 19, 2024
Friends and readers of the Plainsman Herald, the lone newspaper in Baca County based out of Springfield, Colorado received bittersweet news this week as the publication announced it would cease its print edition by the end of 2024. This decision marks the end of a storied 137-year run for the weekly newspaper that began as the Springfield Herald in 1887.

A Call to Action from the Publisher: The Times, They are a-Changing

July 19, 2024
On a single day this past week three local and long-established newspapers in eastern Colorado announced they were no longer printing their weekly newspaper as the ever-growing costs were monumental, particularly for printing and distribution. After more than a century of informing the citizens in eastern Colorado—particularly in Baca County, Prowers County, and Kit Carson County—those voices are going silent.

Business Directory

Barnett Construction LLC

Kyle Barnett, Contractor
(719) 940-3031
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Basements, Flatwork, Remodel, New Build

Bison Title Company

Closings, Title Insurance, Escrows
121 South Main • Lamar, Colorado
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(719) 336-2242

Black Kettle RV Park

Spaces Available Immediately
707 E Lowell Ave. • Eads, CO
Mark Brown
(970) 371-4164
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Buller Mobile Tire

Bringing the Shop to You
(719) 691-5435

Da Vinci Physical Therapy

Joe McCaleb, MTP, BSAT, KTTI, Cert DN, Dip MT, COMT, FiT
(719) 940-1220
201 South 5th Street
Lamar, CO 81052

Detailed Solutions Auto Detailing

Paul and Raina Lucero
(719) 691-8276

Farm Bureau Peterson Payne Agency

Lori Peterson: (719) 336-7000
Lamar, CO

KH Painting Drywall & Seamless Gutters

Kevin Hartman, Owner
Lamar, CO
(719) 336-3181

Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation

PO Box 250
Eads, CO 81036
(719) 438-2200

Kiowa County Transit Services

To schedule, contact: (719) 438-5810
Kiowa County Commissioners

Kiowa County Veterans Service Office

Janelle Crow: (719) 438-5860
1305 Goff St. • Eads, CO

Pine Tree Car Wash

Marty Barnett, Owner
900 South Wansted (Hwy 287)
Eads, CO
(719) 940-3030

Precision Home and Lawn

Moe Sagner, Owner
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(719) 241-4929

Rancher’s Supply

1005 E. Olive on Hwy. 50
Lamar, CO
(719) 336-2236

Reyman’s Grocery Store

100 S. Main Street
Holly, CO
(719) 537-6617

Rocket Tire and Auto

(620) 376-4356
Tribune, KS
Dixie Chopper Authorized Dealer

S&K Fuel & Repair

403 State Highway 96
Haswell, CO 81045
(719) 436-2301


Antiques and Souvenirs
Corner of Hwy 287/9th St. in Eads, CO
Open 10 AM to 5 PM
Except Sunday and Wednesday

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