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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.

Musician with Deep Roots in Kiowa County Hits the Top 25 in Texas

| Betsy Barnett | News
Rhett Uhland is no stranger to folks in Eads, and far beyond the county lines of Kiowa County, as well. Uhland grew up in Eads and attended Eads schools.

Egg-stravaganza in Eads: The 7th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt

| Raina Lucero | News
It’s that time of year again, folks! No, not tax season, although for some parents, the idea of sorting through a basket full of candy wrappers might feel like an exercise in financial planning. We’re talking about Easter, and in the heart of Kiowa County, it’s not just about fluffy bunnies and chocolate eggs—it’s about community, fun, and a little touch of magic.

Horrific Crime Scene Will Be Disposed of in Otero County Landfill

| Betsy Barnett | News
KOAA-TV broke a little-known story last week—just as the public was settling in for the Easter weekend—indicating that the Otero County Landfill would be accepting demolition material, including what’s left of the human remains of some 200 bodies that were found decaying, and finally removed by officials, in the infamous Return to Nature Funeral Home in Penrose in Fremont County in October, 2023. This building could be considered to contain the most gruesome and horrendous crime scene the state of Colorado has ever seen.

Southeast Colorado Facility Pairs Kids with Horses for a Unique Learning Experience

| Anne Boswell | News
“Horses are really just therapists without the student loan debt.”

Sand Creek, Amache Descendants Find Common Cause to Pass Their Colorado History to Younger Generations

| Kevin Simpson, The Colorado Sun | News
Though separated by 46 miles of southeastern Colorado prairie and more than a century, the massacre at Sand Creek and the incarceration of Japanese Americans at the Amache camp have long been connected by shards of shared history and the common thread of government-sanctioned cruelty.

They’ve Got Talent! CLCEC Talent Show Brings Out an Array of Star Performances

| Betsy Barnett | News
This is the second year that the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC) has produced a talent show for the community it serves. This year’s talent show, consisting of over 20 acts, was dubbed “We’ve Got Talent!” and ended up being better than ever as the nearly full house was treated to an array of talents shown off by area children.