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Letter to the Editor: KCFPD

| Kiowa County Fire Protection District | Letters to the Editor
As VOLUNTEERS, many times we leave our loved ones at a moment’s notice to go into unknown, high-risk situations and try to make a small, positive impact on our community. This was the case last Fri...

Racing Wildfire Forces Evacuations in Kiowa County

| Betsy Barnett | News
For the first time in Kiowa County history, according to Sheriff Forrest Frazee, two towns had to be evacuated and one town was on pre-evacuation orders as fast-moving wildfires threatened Chivingt...

Get to Know the Candidates: Kiowa County Special District Election Tuesday, May 3rd

| Raina Lucero | News
social social social Ken Flory and wife Diana Flory Doug Uhland with two of his grand...

Ag Community Highlighted as Colorado Mental Health Expert Testifies in Congress

| Southeast Health Group Blog | News
Rural Stress is a term coined for those working in the agriculture industry, facing a unique set of stress factors others may not even consider. Increased fertilizer costs, drought, vulnerability o...

Kiowa County Settles Cop Killing Case for $9.5 Million

| Susan Greene | News
Kiowa County has reached a $9.5 million settlement with the family of Zach Gifford, the unarmed local handyman its undersheriff and a rookie deputy gunned down in 2020 with three bullets to the bac...

Following the Money

| Administrator | News
When the pandemic hit the nation in 2020, the impact to the economy was unlike anything that had happened since the Great Depression almost a century ago. But unlike the 1930s where the economy ap...

Golden Plains Insurance Continues Colorado Expansion With Purchase of Baxter Agency

| Administrator | News
Lamar-based Golden Plains Insurance Agency, Inc. has announced another expansion with the acquisition of Baxter Agency in Eads. The purchase was completed April 5, 2022. Marilyn Baxter established...

The Democrat Party Races to the November 2022 Ballot

| Raina Lucero | News
The Colorado Democrat Party held their Congressional and Senate district assemblies on April 5th with their state assembly held a few days later virtually on April 9, 2022. The state assembly for t...

Soloviev Foundation Donates $1 Million to Americares to Help Ukranians in Need

| Administrator | News
The Soloviev Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Soloviev Group, today announced a $1 million donation to Americares to help Ukrainians in need due to the invasion by Russia. “My family has d...

Colorado Republican Establishment is the Biggest Loser at State Assembly

| Raina Lucero | News
The Colorado Republican Party gathered in Colorado Springs at the World Arena over the past weekend to conduct official party business. The Multi-County District Assemblies were held Friday, April...

Kit Carson Rural Development is Turning Blight Into Business Opportunity

| Betsy Barnett | News
It’s a problem every small town across the country faces: blight, in the way of abandoned, worn out and falling down buildings located right in the middle of the town. Blight is one of the main pr...

2nd Annual Kiowa County Ag Day a Success Despite Blustery Weather

| Administrator | News
Approximately 350 plates of burgers and hot dogs were served to a decent crowd of Kiowa County Agriculture supporters on a blustery, chilly day at the Eads Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 10th. Accor...

After Five Years, the Cactus Corner Housing Project Has Broken Ground in Eads

| Betsy Barnett | News
The discussion started in late 2016 and continued into 2017. By 2018 the application to build six affordable housing units in Eads was sent into the State of Colorado Division of Housing for consid...

Lamar Voter-Approved Ballot Initiatives Invalidated by District Judge

| Raina Lucero | News
Lamar, Colorado- In November 2021, Lamar joined more than 90 other Colorado municipalities by passing ballot initiatives 2A and 2B, which allows for the sale and tax of recreational marijuana withi...

That Makes Eight! Four More Houses Coming to Eads Through the High Prairie Homes Project

| Betsy Barnett | News
Last week was a busy and productive week as it comes to the topic of “Housing” in not only Eads but across the region. First, as reported in another article in this edition entitled, “After Five Y...

Keefe Memorial Benefits From the Resignation of Two Popular Kiowa County Hospital District Providers

| Raina Lucero | News
In an interesting turn of events, the Independent learned late last week that Keefe Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne Wells is directly benefiting from the resignations of two former Eads Medical Clini...
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