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Las Animas Code Enforcement Officer Charged with 3 Felony Counts in the Fort Lyon River Fire

A Bent County man turned himself into the Bent County Sheriff’s Office Monday May 16 as he has been accused of starting the Fort Lyon River Fire in April of this year. The arrest affidavit shows that Charles Champney, the Code Enforcement Officer for Las Animas, faces three felony arson charges as well as other charges, concerning the Fort Lyon River Fire.

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Eads Water Allocation Cut by 50%

May 18, 2022
Although it has been a very long time since people have actually gone to battle over water, the reality that water is liquid gold in dry lands still holds true–perhaps now more than ever as persistent drought and the increasing impact of climate change are diminishing water supplies throughout the western United States, including Colorado.

Eads Ambulance Service to Celebrate EMS Week

May 18, 2022
May 15th through May 22nd is National Emergency Medical Service Week. During this week, the Kiowa County Hospital District will be honoring volunteers that have stepped forward giving up quality time with their families to provide care for community members in their time of need. The volunteers are few but dedicated and take care of the situations that come their way no matter what. They are your everyday heroes and very much appreciated for their dedication.

Regional Collaboration One of the Keys to Progress, Says SCEDD Executive Director

May 18, 2022
There are about to be 84 “flowers” blooming in the six county region known as the southeastern plains. These “flowers” are housing units—17 single-family units and 34 duplexes—designed and built by High Prairie Homes. A southeast plains housing committee selected them in a competitive process to make a dent in the workforce housing crisis in the six-county region that includes Bent, Kiowa, Crowley, Otero, Prowers, and Baca.

Wild West Athletics Competes at State District Championships in Manhattan, Kansas

May 18, 2022
The Wranglers Gymnastics Team of Wild West Athletics from Lamar, Colorado had a successful State/District Championships in Manhattan, Kansas at the end of April 2022 where they boast 2nd overall of all teams/all levels/all ages out of the 24 teams participating.

Mile High Sports Announces Acquisition of Colorado Preps

May 18, 2022
Mile High Sports announced Friday that it has purchased Colorado Preps, LLC from Kevin and Lanette Shaffer in a deal that is effective immediately.

Cheyenne Wells Just Misses Trip to Final Four in 2-1 Loss to Haxtun in Regional Finals

May 18, 2022
The #2 Cheyenne Wells Tigers were hosts for one of the four Regional tournaments scheduled for 1A Colorado Baseball on Saturday after they upset the top-ranked Holly Wildcats in the District 4 championship game, 2-1, the week before.

Behind the Grindstone: Crisis in Crisis

| Administrator | Behind the Grindstone
It seems our Climate Change Crisis may be itself facing a crisis. The headlines read “New Message to Aliens will Reflect an Earth in Danger of Clim...

Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan: The Empty Saddle of Fred Dorenkamp

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
Fred and Norma Dorenkamp have lived their lives largely from the view of the rodeo trail with their home camp being the Holly/Granada area. They ra...

Long Time Gone: Stories of a Life Well Lived as Told by Hazel Krueger

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Publisher’s note: This Long Time Gone piece by Priscilla Waggoner was originally published in the Kiowa County Independent on May 18, 2016. With th...

Behind the Grindstone: An Ol' Friend

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
Here on the prairie in what I reckon is known as rural America, where day to day decisions are made affecting life and livelihood based on common s...

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