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Dr. Erik Ritch Accepts Full-Time Position at Kiowa County Hospital District

| Administrator | News
The Kiowa County Hospital District and Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that Dr. Erik Ritch will be joining their Medical Staff beginning in May. Board President, Matt Prince, shared that “the Board is extremely excited to welcome Dr. Ritch and his family to our community. We are confident that he will add significant value and services to KCHD. We are very grateful to have our own hometown, Doctor.”

Colorado State University Extension to Host Estate Planning Workshops

| Administrator | News
Sensitive issues, such as money, death, and family relations are difficult issues not only to bring up but also to talk about in any depth. It is hard to approach these issues calmly when there are strong feelings about what is important.

The Next Performance from the Southeast Colorado Concert Association: Divas 3

| Administrator | News
The next performance from the Southeast Colorado Concert Association will be coming to Lamar on Thursday, March 7. The all female act Divas 3 will take the stage at Lamar High School at 7 PM.

Tickets on Sale Now for “The Underpants”

| Administrator | News
Tickets are available online at and available for purchase at the box office on performance nights. Box office will be opening on Monday February 26th for the Picketwire Center’s spring production of “The Underpants,” directed by Ashley Jo Kelley.

Maybe It’s Time to Prep for the Rest of 2024

| Administrator | Opinion
I woke up on Thursday morning to a notice a co-worker had sent me saying the Kiowa County Emergency Management office was informing citizens about cell phone services including Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T being disrupted because of a “Nationwide service outage affecting the making or receiving of phone calls and text messages.” That notice went on to say that there was no estimated time of restoration at this point and that the 911 service was intermittently functioning. They suggested trying to call from another phone line if there was an emergency.

Invenergy Makes 1041 Application for Two Wind Farms in Kiowa County

| Betsy Barnett | News
Kiowa County continued to move ever closer to successfully entering into the world of renewable energy on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, when they considered in a public hearing two 1041 Land Use Applications/Permits submitted by Towner Wind Energy III LLC, a subsidiary of Invenergy. The Public Hearing was held in the Kiowa County Commissioners meeting room where approximately 130 people were present to hear the details of two different wind tower projects to be located in southeastern Kiowa County from the Kansas border and west toward the town of Sheridan Lake and south toward the Kiowa-Prowers County border.

1984 Team Sets High Standard for Girls Basketball in Eads

| Betsy Barnett | News
As the scoreboard in the Eads gymnasium displayed 19:84 on the clock and the HOME team leading 56-55 (the OT score over Stratton in 1984), the Eads Girls’ 1984 State Championship team was honored in front of a packed gymnasium on Friday night, Feb. 9th.

Southeast Colorado Power Brings the Switch to Eads Elementary Students

| Anne Boswell | News
Eads Elementary students had the chance to learn more about electricity during a special presentation this month. Tri-State G&T’s Michelle Pastor engaged the classes with hands-on activities to show the power of electricity.

Letter to the Editor: Wally and Phyllis Mosher

| Wally and Phyllis Mosher | Letters to the Editor

County Commissioners in Western Kansas Defend Their Citizens Declaring No Sanctuary for Illegal Immigrants

| Betsy Barnett | News
At least two of our neighboring counties just over the border in Kansas including Thomas County and Wallace County have taken the step to draw a line in the sand and formally pass legal statements announcing their county is not a sanctuary county and their communities will “oppose the entry, transportation, employment and settlement of illegal immigrants” in their respective counties.

Colorado’s HB24-1163: A Menacing Pet Tax Proposal

| Raina Lucero | News
The Second Regular Session of Colorado’s Seventy-fourth General Assembly convened on January 10, 2024, and less than one month later the Colorado House has introduced a bill that has pet owners and animal enthusiasts up in arms. House Bill 24-1163, titled the “Pet Animal Registration Act,” proposed by Democrat Representative Regina English, is drawing widespread criticism for its unprecedented and hefty pet tax provisions.

Conaway Graduates from U.s. Army Infantry Training Program

| Administrator | News
Private (PVT) Tanner Hogan Conaway, 19, of Kit Carson graduated from the United States Army’s 22-week Infantry One-Station Unit Training (OSUT) program at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA on December 14, 2023. PVT Conaway successfully completed the 22-week OSUT program, which consisted of nine weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training training at Fort Moore as one of 42 recruits in Training Platoon One.

KCHD Welcomes New Lab Manager

| Administrator | News
The Kiowa County Hospital District is pleased to announce that Lionel Wilson has accepted our permanent full-time lab manager position. Lionel has been working at KCHD since May as a travel MLT and the appointed manager of the department.

Letter to the Editor: Linly Stum

| Linly Stum | Letters to the Editor
The need for approval of Invenergy’s application is, in my mind, quite simple. We need it.

Ensuring Colorado State Government Includes All of Colorado

| Representative Ty Winter | Opinion
I am humbled and proud to share the news of my recent appointment as the Assistant Minority Leader by my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus. As the Representative for House District 47, my connection to the rich tapestry of ranching and farming communities runs deep, encapsulating the very essence of rural Colorado.

Beginning of Session Newsletter: January 2024

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
On Wednesday, January 10, the 2024 Colorado Legislative Session began. I am privileged and proud to be serving another year as your State Senator.