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Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish the Town Council or the County Commissioners would get their act together and fix (fill in the blank)?”  Or perhaps you have noticed some things missing i...

By Betsy Barnett

2021-04-30 03:38:12

TWO KIT CARSON STUDENTS WIN HIGH HONORS AT OJC ARTS FESTIVAL

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
Fourteen students from Kit Carson School District ages 7th grade through 12th grade competed in the 2021 Otero Arts Festival and brought home some impressive hardware and recognition for their hard...

Happy Trails with Dawni Obryn Young Guns in Dodge City

| Dawni O’Bryan | Lifestyles
The town of Dodge City and Western State Bank Expo Center plays host to the Young Guns Rodeo Series.  According to one of the founders, Scott Vander Hamm, what started out as a small gymkhana to he...

SUNDAY APRIL 25TH SPRING SING – OUT OF LOCKDOWN

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
Every person across the world knows how desolate and lonely the last year has been.  Here in Kiowa County, we were spared from a lot of the stringent lockdowns and loss of liberties that many citiz...

LONG TIME GONE AND THE LESSONS OF LINCOLN

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Throughout the past four years, there have been numerous references made to the division in the United States being greater than at any time in history since the Civil War.  I have made those refer...

DOING PROM SEASON IN THE NEW NORMAL

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
Nothing these days seems to be as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic hit us like a nuclear bomb a year ago. Living through the pandemic was an experience that left scars and forced us to look a...

A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU

| Ally Spady | Lifestyles
It’s finally over. The year of change, the year of worsts, and the year we’ve hoped would come to an end. “Yay” for no more of 2020, and an even bigger “yay” for a fresh start in 2021. In all reali...

Who is God?

| Hadlie Rittgers | Lifestyles
Who is God? What does He look like? Where did He come from? Where was He before He created the heavens and earth? These are all questions I have had, and that  have actually kept me up at night. I’...

LONG TIME GONE & THE STORY OF THE BRANDON OBSERVATORY

| Admin | Long Time Gone
NOTE: The following article was first published in the Independent at the beginning of 2020.  However, recently some of our readers came across the referenced photo in this article and a discussion...

How Will You React?

| Haley Johnson | Lifestyles
As I grabbed my backpack from my closet today to prepare for my first in-person class since March, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia. I have not had to use my backpack in months, since I spend all...

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INDY PICKS: Harris Pumpkin Patch

| Raina Lucero | Indy Picks
This harvest season is upon us and with that brings the opening of the local Harris Pumpkin Patch.  Located east of Highway 385 in Sheridan Lake, C...

Kiowa County Board of County Commissioners take...

| Raina Lucero | News
After going to press last Monday September 27, the Independent learned that Otero County Board of Commissioners have signed and adopted a resolutio...

MANDATES IN RURAL COLORADO CAUSING “COLLECTIVE ...

| Betsy Barnett | News
Polis couldn’t be more wrong and out-of-touch with rural Colorado. Last week Julie Martin with KKTV asked Governor Polis what he thought of the Ot...

Senior year

| Rhealie Rittgers | Lifestyles
I’ve been waiting for this year since I can remember. Every day at school was just one day closer to becoming a senior. How could I not be excited?...

The Price of a Dream; Faith and Farming. 

| Breanna Echols | Lifestyles
I still remember the way the sun was setting through the trees in my backyard, in April of 2018, when my husband, James, told me we had 2 weeks to ...
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