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Letter to the Editor: Lisa Trigilio

| Administrator | Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:

Local Sports Leagues Must Not Adhere to Biden’s Title Ix Pro-Transgender Update: Develop Policy Before It Happens

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
In West Virginia five middle school female track athletes staged their own brand of protest when they refused to throw the shot put against a 13-year-old transgender athlete, a biological male taking hormone blockers and estrogen enhancement drugs. The five female athletes took turns getting in the throwing ring, but then stepping out refusing to compete.

Eads Elementary Spring Concert Takes Fans on a Magical Musical Journey with The Beatles

| Raina Lucero | News
The stage shimmered under the bright lights, the gymnasium alive with anticipation, and the air crackled with the promise of an unforgettable evening. May 2, 2024 the Eads Elementary music classes were poised to whisk its audience away on a thrilling journey through time, courtesy of a dazzling display of talent and nostalgia.

Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center Making Major Changes in 2024

| Administrator | News
On Wednesday the board of directors of the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC) met and finalized a number of major changes to their 2024 schedule of activities. First and foremost, the board voted to postpone the annual summer street festival known as the Maine Street Bash until 2025.

Gardening Workshop Coming

| Administrator | News
The Southeast Area Extension is happy to announce a Gardening Workshop. This workshop will be held in English and Spanish.

We Asked, “What Matters to You in This Election?” Here’s a Bit of What We’ve Heard so Far

| Megan Verlee, Colorado Public Radio News | News
One month ago, newsrooms across the state launched an ambitious project: invite the people of Colorado to tell us what they want politicians to talk about in this election, and use their answers to help guide the stories we tell.

Letter to the Editor: Richard Holtorf

| Richard Holtorf | Letters to the Editor
State Representative Richard Holtorf, Candidate for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District (CD4), issued a statement in response to the April 30, 2024, Colorado State Republican Party’s (COGOP) questionnaire for endorsement sent by Vice Chair Hope Scheppelmann.

Kiowa County Sued Separately by Invenergy & Northern Cheyenne Tribe Threatening Renewable Energy Projects

| Betsy Barnett | News
On April 11, 2024, the Kiowa County Board of Commissioners was slapped with two lawsuits concerning the March 14, 2024, Section 1041 Permits that approved two wind projects, the first ever to be developed in the County, for the Towner Wind projects (Towner East Wind Project and Towner West Wind Project) that have been in the planning and permitting stage for the past two, nearly three years.

Bents Fort Inn Shut Down Amidst Drug Activity: Health Hazard Displaces Many

| Raina Lucero | News
The Bent Fort Inn, a prominently historical establishment just north of Las Animas near Highway 50, has been ordered to close its doors indefinitely by Bent County Public Health. The closure comes in the wake of a distressing revelation: the inn was not merely a resting place for weary travelers but a clandestine hub for illegal drug activities.

No One Fights Alone During the KCHD National Hospital Week

| Betsy Barnett | News
Kiowa County Hospital District (KCHD) has announced it will be celebrating Hospital Week on May 13-17, 2024. During that week there will be a number of fun activities for the district’s employees and the residents at the extended care unit culminating in a community barbeque on Friday, May 17th.

Keefe Memorial Hospital Slapped with Default Judgment, Responds with Jury Demand

| Betsy Barnett | News
On Friday, April 12th a Default Judgment was filed in the 15th Judicial District against Keefe Memorial Hospital by Dr. Joseph Cooper (Plaintiff) claiming financial damages of $312,500.

Local Twist: Tragic Case Unfolds in Rural Oklahoma

| Raina Lucero | News
In a shocking turn of events that hits close to home for many in Kiowa County and the surrounding areas, a disturbing crime involving individuals with ties to the community has unfolded in rural Texas County, Oklahoma. The incident, which has garnered national attention, involves the disappearance and tragic deaths of two women, Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley.

Otero and Bent County Landowners Receive Property Access Requests by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as Part of Ark-Valley Conduit Project

| Betsy Barnett | News
Have you noticed a great deal of construction activity along Highway 50 at the junction of Highway 96 east of Pueblo these days? Some who have been paying attention realize that is the work now being completed on the long-awaited Ark Valley Conduit water project. That water project was dreamed up in 1958, funded by President John F.

Wanda (Seibel) Bodey Awarded 2024 NJCAA Presidential Award

| Administrator | News
Eads High School alumni from the Class of 1990 Wanda (Seibel) Bodey received the prestigious 2024 NJCAA Presidential Award at the NJCAA National Convention in Charlotte, NC from April 15-19.

Dollar General’s Arrival in Eads Sparks Community Enthusiasm

| Raina Lucero | News
The bustling town of Eads was delighted as the highly anticipated Dollar General officially opened its doors to the community on Saturday April 6th. The Kiowa County Independent sat down with Violet Sneyd, General Manager of Dollar General to discuss the store, the grand opening, and the impact on the local community.

Colorado GOP Assembly Weekend: Shifting Dynamics

| Raina Lucero | News
The weekend of April 5th and 6th marked a pivotal moment for the Colorado GOP with two crucial assemblies held at the Southwest Motor Event Center in Pueblo. Friday, April 5th saw the gathering of Colorado’s congressional districts, notably Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.