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A Swift Moving Thunderstorm Burst Through Kiowa...

A Swift Moving Thunderstorm Burst Through Kiowa County with Little to No Warning Of Its Potential Fallout By: Raina Lynch Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate...
| Betsy Barnett | News

GIFFORD OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING CASE SCHEDULE...

Former Kiowa County Sheriff Deputy Quinten Stump appeared in district court on Thursday, July 1, for a scheduled pre-trial conference in two different cases including 2021-CR1 that includes charges...
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JURY CAN’T BE SEATED IN TWO CRIMINAL CASES IN O...

Last week two high-profile criminal cases in Otero County were postponed or quit due to lack of interest by the Jury pool.  On June 8, 2021, after two full days of jury selection at Otero Junior C...

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FOREST FRAZEE SWORE IN AS INTERIM KIOWA COUNTY ...

On Thursday, June 3, 2021 Forest Frazee was sworn in by Kiowa County Judge Gary Davis as the Interim Kiowa County Sheriff, replacing Casey Sheridan who announced his resignation last month.  Fraze...
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QUINTEN STUMP ARRAINGMENT MOVES TO CONTINUATION...

Former Kiowa County Deputy Quinten Stump was scheduled on Friday, June 3, to enter a plea on three criminal charges associated with the April 9, 2020 officer-involved shooting death of Eads residen...

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14U RIVALS SOFTBALL WIN RED, WHITE AND BOOM TOURNAMENT IN EXCITING FASHION

In the bottom of the final inning of the championship game at the Red White & Boom softball tournament in Lamar over the 4th of July holiday, the feisty 14U Rivals softball team forced enough pressure on the Ark Valley Bandit’s 18U team to come from behind and win the game and the championship, 7-6. The Rivals were down 6-5 going into their last at-bat with Bailey Sierra starting the winning rally when she pulled a walk as the first batter of the inning.  A line out to second for one out kept Sierra on first base.  Lexi Shotton was next up and took a ball while Sierra stole second base...

EADS GOLF COURSE HOLDS ANNUAL 2-MAN-1-WOMAN SCRAMBLE TOURNAMENT

| Raina Lynch | Sports

Although there was a lot of things going on last Saturday that kept many die-hard golfers away, the annual 2-Man-1-Woman Golf Tournament enjoyed a good number of trios competing at the Eads Golf Course.  Three flights of golfers squared off in this tournament with the team of JaLynn Oquist, Sean Oquist, and Chad DeBono leading the charge to win the Championship Flight.  Their -9 under 63 was the best score in the tournament by three strokes.

The rules for the 2-Man-1-Woman golf game are a little different, obviously, than just in a regular tournament.  The rules required that each player’s drive had to be taken at least twice in a nine-hole round of golf, after which the team could play the best ball during the hole.  Each team played two rounds, or 18 holes during the tournament.

The Oquist/Oquist/DeBono team came in with a scorching -3 under 30 in the front nine of the tournament.  That 30 carried them through a little bit of choppy waters in the back nine. 

The trio of Kim Richards, Tom Richards and Larry Gifford came in second place in the tournament after a slow front nine shooting a -2 under 34.  That score put them in third place after the front nine was finished and also tied them with the entire rest of the championship flight field---all who also came in with a 34.  But, the Richards/Richards/Gifford team shot one of the best rounds of the tournament on the back nine and used a -4 under 32 to finish in second place---and in the money.

Going into the First Flight it would be the Simla/Hugo trio of Shellie Hurtado, Leo Hurtado and Luke Bugenhagen who grabbed the top position and the money using the best round of the tournament on the back nine.  Their -5 under 31 was a consolation for a trio of excellent golfers who had a tough opening round of an even par 36 which took them out of the Championship Flight.

The runner-up spot in the First Flight, an obviously competitive flight, was the trio of Lori Richardson, Monte Richardson and Trey Eder.  They shot a decent -1 under 35 on the front nine but it was their back nine that got them in the money shooting a -4 under 32.

Joni Liebl, Joe Haase and Jay Haase won the Second Flight with an overall +3 over par 75 for the 18 holes of golf.  The trio used a back nine even par performance to slip in and win the flight.

Second place in the Second Flight went to Charla Ferris/Dave Wall/Tom Rhodes.  They started out slowly shooting a +4 over 40 on the front nine but finished strong improving five strokes for a -1 under par 35 on the back nine.  Their overall score was a +3 over 75 on the day.

The course and putting greens at the Eads Golf Course are in the best shape they have been for some years due to an abundance of rain.  The next tournament will be the first annual Jimmy Patterson Memorial Tournament, a 2-Man Scramble Golf Tournament for two days on July 30 and July 31.

IT’S OFFICIAL -- SOUTHERN PLAINS 9U ARE THE STATE CHAMPIONS

| Betsy Barnett | Sports

Last week the Independent reported on an interesting story at the Colorado 9U State Baseball Tournament that was held in Lamar.  The local Southern Plains team, consisting of all Eads players except for one player from Kit Carson, mowed down all the teams in the tournament in the preliminary rounds.  But a massive rainstorm came roaring through during the state championship game delaying the contest with a 7-7 tie heading into the top of extra innings.

Since that writing, specifically on Wednesday, the local boys have now been crowned the official 9U Colorado State Champions.  On Tuesday night the Colorado Babe Ruth Commissioner called both Southern Plains and the East Central All-Stars, consisting of players from Limon, Stratton, Flagler, Burlington, Goodland and Colby, and told them the finish of the championship game would be played the next evening, Wednesday, in Lamar at 6:00 pm.

The Eads coaches called a 9:00 am practice on Wednesday morning in order to prep their players for the extra inning(s) it would take to try to win the championship.  The players, coaches, parents, grand parents and fans showed up at the Lamar field.  While Southern Plains was warming up it became apparent that the East Central team was a no show.

That observation became reality as the Babe Ruth Commissioner declared Southern Plains the state champions, distributed the medals over each player’s head, and handed them over the traditional championship banner.  The little boys, although disappointed, were thrilled to finally realize their goal.

The team qualifies for the Regional tournament to be held in Minnesota, but they have elected not to travel that distance---at least for this year.  Hopefully in the future, this talented group of players will get a chance to play at a high level.

Players included Chael Cordova, Jaxon Bohlander, Mason Sierra, Liam Eder, Will Barnett, Madyx Hough, Brantley Buller, Luke Barnett, Jax Cordova, Bentley States, Thomas Chase, Quinn Britten and Garrett Hainer.  The Southern Plains Coaches were Kyle Barnett and Brian Bohlander.

In the meantime, the local state champions will display their 9U Colorado State Championship banner at the Maine Street Bash in Eads scheduled for Saturday, July 31st from 11 am to 11 pm.


Lifestyles

Karen Wilde’s Long, Long Journey Home

| Administrator | Lifestyles
After more than a decade, Karen Wilde is leaving her position as tribal liaison with the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre National Histori...

Disaster for the workforce is brewing as the LLLCC has closed and few childcare options are available

| Raina Lynch | Lifestyles
In 2009 when the county-operated Little Sprouts Child Care Center was suddenly shut down parents and other caregivers were stricken with the fact t...

UNIQUE WORKFORCE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY COMING TO EADS AND AREA TOWNS IN SE COLORADO

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
The answer is “Housing.”  Every survey result in the past 30 years taken by Eads, Kiowa County, and throughout rural southeastern Colorado has ide...

Annual 4th of July Parade and Barbeque Was a Success!

| Raina Lynch | Lifestyles
Saturday July 3, 2021, the annual 4th of July Kids Parade was held on Maine Street and was followed by a barbeque and water games at the city park....

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