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Just the Facts: John Martin Dam

| Nancy Miller | News
The John Martin Dam will be turning 75 this year. The dam was built for flood control and irrigation and is now also a popular recreation area for fishermen, boaters, campers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Eads School Selling Little Pieces of History

| Betsy Barnett | News
As we reported in earlier editions, the Eads High School gymnasium suffered major damage just as school was beginning in August caused by the unusually wet summer. In mid-August the floor literally started to swell and buckle moving as much as nearly 2 feet in one day.

Homicide Victims Found in Kiowa County Linked to Man Arrested in Emporia, KS

| Betsy Barnett | News
In a continuing unfolding story Kiowa County Coroner Jimmy Brown has released the identities of the two women found dead south of Eads on September 20 by the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department in addition to other agencies after a large manhunt had ensued.

Dueling Letters: Watkins Responds to Buck’s Reply to an Appeal for Support of the January 6th Prisoners

| Raina Lucero | News
In the realm of politics, the exchange of letters can often be a civilized means of communication. However, sometimes, these letters take on a more fiery and contentious tone, as witnessed in the recent back-and-forth between Todd M.

Kiowa County Hospital District Prepares for Future Health Care Facilities

| Betsy Barnett | News
In the last few months, a great deal of behind-the-scenes work has been going on at the Kiowa County Hospital District located in Eads. When new CEO Beth Bell arrived at the beginning of the year there was also a hospital board with several new members who tasked her to explore ways to improve the aging facilities and infrastructure within the district.

A New Day, A Better Way, Kiowa County Fair and Rodeo a Success

| Raina Lucero | News
The Kiowa County Fair and Rodeo, held from September 7th to 10th, 2023, was a success, drawing attendees from all over the county, neighboring areas, and brought folks back to Kiowa County who grew up here. With the theme “A New Day, A Better Way,” this year’s fair was a testament to the dedication and hard work of the organizers and volunteers.

John Martin Dam: 75 Years of History

| Nancy Miller | News
The following story mainly comes from an article I wrote for the Bent County Democrat in 1998 following weeks of research.

Educational Excellence in Cheyenne Wells: Meet the New Leaders

| Raina Lucero | News
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the leadership of a school district plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of students as well as the community. Cheyenne Wells School is fortunate to welcome two seasoned administrators, Corey Doss and Larry Brady, who bring a wealth of experience and a shared commitment to excellence in education.

Young But Mighty

| Raina Lucero | News
In the spirit of community involvement, the “Young but Mighty” girls’ group has emerged as a driving force behind positive change. Miranda Keplar, a 4th-grader, and Gracelynn Lynch, a 3rd-grader at Eads Elementary School, embarked on a mission to leave a lasting impact on their community.

Eads Now Affiliated with the Colorado Main Street Program

| Cindy McLoud | News
Eads, Colorado, has recently become an Affiliate of the Colorado Main Street Program, a state initiative designed to boost downtown revitalization and support local businesses.

Eads School District Hires Gym Floor Contractors: Work to Begin Soon

| Betsy Barnett | News
The Eads School Board met on Sept. 5 in a special meeting with the top issue being the ongoing dilemma with the gymnasium floor that buckled and warped just days before the start of school in August and is now off limits to the school’s middle school and high school volleyball teams as well as district PE classes.

Annual Kit Carson Day Centered on Celebrating the West and Community Spirit

| Raina Lucero | News
Every year on Labor Day weekend, the quiet town of Kit Carson, Colorado, comes alive with the spirit of the Wild West. Kit Carson Day is a celebration that brings the community together to honor their Western heritage and the community as a whole; this year’s theme, “Obsessed with the West,” added a special touch to the festivities.

Grief Share Offered to the Local Community

| Administrator | News
Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to attend the Grief Share program to be held at Praise Community Church of Eads, Colorado.

Pre-Trial Hearing Continues for Lunsford Brothers in Anthony Contreras Murder Case

| Raina Lucero | News
In the Prowers County District Court in Lamar, James Lunsford made an appearance in custody on Wednesday, September 6, for a pre-trial hearing. Both James and his brother, Jesse Lunsford, are facing charges related to the first-degree murder of Anthony Contreras from Holly.

Proposition HH: Not the Solution to Coloradans Property Tax Issue

| Representative Ty Winter, Trinidad | Opinion
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) protects Coloradans from the unnecessary expansion of state government by requiring a ballot initiative to raise taxes or expand the state general fund. TABOR requires excess tax revenue be returned to taxpayers unless a vote allows the state to retain the funds.

Revival of the Rural: Childcare Being Regulated into Obscurity Hits Rural Communities the Hardest

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
Over this past summer I have come to understand, even more than I did as a young working mother, how important—not just important but more of a priority—it is that communities find a way to provide quality childcare. Way back in the 1980s and 1990s when I worked full time, and on any given day needed daycare for at least three children, if not four, it was a constant battle of finding care providers, but even more so, finding QUALITY care providers.