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Hospital Bazaar Makes a Tremendous Return After Pandemic Slow Down

| Betsy Barnett | News
It was like the days of yore—well, at least some three years ago—as the Weisbrod Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar was a resounding success last Saturday—once again.

Eastern Slope Technologies Awarded $18.7 Million USDA Reconnect Grant

| Administrator | News
Eastern Slope Technologies was awarded a $18.7 Million ReConnect grant through the USDA. This grant will extend fiber to every location in our Genoa, Arriba, Karval, Eads, Haswell, Kit Carson, and Woodrow exchanges.

Evening Candlelight Tours at Bent's Old Fort on December 2 & 3, 2022

| Administrator | News
Tickets are on sale now for the Evening Candlelight Tours at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site on the nights of December 2 and 3, 2022.

Undersheriff Murdock Debunks Rumors of Increased Theft in Kiowa County

| Raina Lucero | News
Recently the Kiowa County Independent took the opportunity to sit down with the Kiowa County Undersheriff, Kayla Murdock to discuss some concerns that had been brought to our attention by concerned community citizens.

General Manager Announcement

| Administrator | News
The Board of Directors of Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bradley W. Welp has been named as the next General Manager.

2022 Midterm Election Recap: Local, State, National

| Raina Lucero | News
The polls closed in the 2022 Midterm elections at 7 PM on November 8th here in Colorado as interested and concerned voters alike awaited results for the local, state, and national elections. A “red wave” was predicted to occur as the GOP was hopeful to sweep not only Senate seats but House seats across the country and come out as majority leaders in both the Upper and Lower bodies of Congress.

Xcel Energy's Colorado Power Pathway Project will Present Their Case to Kiowa County on November 9th

| Betsy Barnett | News
It has been exactly one year since Xcel Energy held their first of many community meetings in Kiowa County on November 17, 2021 informing the public of their plans to run a long series of transmission lines and at least one transmission station through Kiowa County. It has been a year of controversy that can only be had when great opportunity is knocking on your front door.

Pot or No Pot: Question 300 on the Ballot in Lamar

| Raina Lucero | News
Next week, voters in Lamar, CO will be tasked with deciding whether to allow marijuana facilities into the community. Ballot question 300 proposes an amendment to the Lamar city charter that would prohibit the issue of any business license for the operation of marijuana businesses including cultivation facilities, marijuana-infused products manufacturing facilities, as well as other restrictions.

Ballot Event in Kiowa County Brought Out Good Discussion

| Betsy Barnett | News
The Kiowa County Republican Committee hosted a Get to Know the Ballot event at the Eads Senior Citizen’s Center last Monday in order to discuss the Ballot Measures. On hand was former Colorado Legislator Greg Brophy, a Republican from Wray, to talk about the ballot measures that will be on the November 8th ballot.

Medicare Presentation

| Administrator | News
Medicare can be so overwhelming and downright confusing, to say the least... Luckily, there are people that can help you! Benefits in Action is a nonprofit organization located in Lakewood, Colorado that serves individuals throughout the state with health-related benefits.

Kiowa County Agrees to Place Zach Gifford Memorial Road Sign in Brandon

| Betsy Barnett | News
Two and a half years after the officer involved shooting death of Eads citizen Zach Gifford the Kiowa County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Gifford Family have come to a partial settlement associated with the $9.5 million civil suit secured by Gifford’s family in April 2022.

3rd Annual Merry on Maine Schedule Announced

| Betsy Barnett | News
The community holiday celebration known as Merry on Maine began in the pandemic year of 2020 by a group of people who wanted to do something at Christmas time to boost the spirits of the community who had seen their share of heartache and sadness due to the nearly year-long Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and closures. Although it looked like it would not happen on the scheduled date because of required quarantine rules in 2020, miraculously Santa showed up and saved the day. Further, it established what has now become a new holiday tradition in Eads.

Eads Fire Department Brings Fire Prevention Week to Eads Elementary School

| Betsy Barnett | News
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Eads Fire Department visited the Eads Elementary School last Wednesday, October 12 brining two fire engines and lots of fun and helpful information to the students.

Tri-State Approved by Kiowa County Commissioners to Build Transmission System Through Kiowa County

| Betsy Barnett | News
At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 13 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for Kiowa County approved the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s proposal to build 24 miles of transmission lines through the eastern end of Kiowa County running from north to south along Highway 385.

Kiowa County Hospital District Hires Beth Bell as Chief Executive Officer

| Raina Lucero | News
In a special meeting called by the Kiowa County Hospital District (KCHD) board of directors on Tuesday October 11th it was decided by a unanimous vote to hire Beth Bell to serve as the permanent CEO for KCHD. Jeanette Filpi was hired in January of this year to serve as the interim CEO for the District for a term of 6 months. When the first round of permanent CEO searches yielded an unfruitful ending, Filpi agreed to stay with the district until a CEO was found.

Greg Brophy will Explain What's on the Ballot that You Need to Know

| Betsy Barnett | News
Greg Brophy will be at the Plains Theater in Eads on Monday evening, October 24 at 6:00 pm to give a talk on the massive amount of information on the ballot that will arrive in our mailboxes this week. Voters in Kiowa County and surround areas are urged to attend this free event in order to better understand what you are voting on and to discuss the issues these numerous changes may affect.
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