Cheyenne County Tumbleweed Fair: Where Good Things Are Growin’

| Betsy Barnett | News
It’s county fair time in southeastern Colorado and one of the first ones to be launched is the new concept in Cheyenne County where organizers have combined the annual Tumbleweed Festival with the annual Cheyenne County Fair & Rodeo to make one big—busy—and ‘boy oh boy’ fun time!

4th of July—and Into the 5th of July—is Fun for Everyone in Eads

| Raina Lucero | News
Eads, Colorado- More than 100 children along with their parents, grandparents, friends, and other community members came together to celebrate the 247th birthday of our great nation’s Independence at the seventh annual 4th of July Kids Parade and festivities.

Wheat Pre-harvest Weed Management

| Administrator | News
Recent rains have encouraged broadleaf weed growth in growing wheat fields. Kochia, for the most part, is the weed in question although other weeds may also be a factor interfering with this year’s harvest activities.

Eligibility Renewal for Health First Colorado and CHP+ Members

| Bell Bell, KCHD CEO | News
After more than a three-year pause, the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) will resume the standard eligibility renewal and disenrollment process for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act included a continuous coverage requirement for states to keep Medicaid and CHP+ members enrolled in coverage beginning on March 20, 2020.

Education Trends Topic of July Ten Talk

| Administrator | News
Educators, parents, grandparents, school board members, and anyone interested in the education of our youth will be interested in hearing the July TEN Talk presentation entitled “Update on Current Trends in Education.”

Kiowa County Installs Landmark Setback Regulations for Renewable Energy Projects

| Raina Lucero | News
In a landmark move, the Kiowa County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has adopted Resolution 2023–03, amending the Kiowa County Zoning and Planning Regulations to include setback regulations for wind, solar, battery storage, and transmission line facilities within the unincorporated territory of Kiowa County, Colorado. This resolution comes as a response to the growing need for comprehensive land use regulations in the emerging era of renewable energy.

Maine Street Bash in Eads Coming July 29th

| Betsy Barnett | News
Organizers of the annual Maine Street Bash in Eads have announced this year’s street festival will be held, as always, on the last Saturday of July—this year it’s JULY 29th. The Bash is an annual festival held on Maine Street in Eads attracting people from across southeastern Colorado.

2023 Special Interim Newsletter

| Senator Rod Pelton | Opinion
The Joint Chamber Eastern Plains Tour, which I helped plan with my fellow Eastern Plains colleagues, was a success. We had a total of 15 State Senators and Representatives (11 of whom represent urban/metropolitan districts) participate in either one or both days of this event and we traveled almost 750 miles from start to finish.

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

| Administrator | News
The public is invited to join the inhabitants of Bent’s Old Fort on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to celebrate American Independence during the 2023 Old-Fashioned 4th Celebration.

Shortage of Pyrotechnicians Forces Eads Volunteer Firemen’s 4th of July Firework Display to July 5th

| Raina Lucero | News
Known for their spirited Independence Day celebrations, the Eads volunteer firemen are facing a setback this year as the highly anticipated 4th of July firework display has been postponed until July 5th due to a shortage of available pyrotechnicians. The decision was made in the interest of public safety and to ensure that the event upholds the highest standards of quality.

“Sound of Freedom” Will Shock and Inspire Community at the Plains Theater July 4, 5, 6

| Betsy Barnett | News
The Plains Theater in Eads is hosting a three-day showing of one of the most important movies of our time during the week of July 4th, 5th, and 6th. This important movie is brought to you by Eads Praise  Community Church and will be showing at 7 PM each night.

Exciting Fourth of July Celebrations Set to Light Up Surrounding Communities

| Raina Lucero | News
As the Fourth of July approaches, communities in and around Eads are gearing up for a day filled with fun, games, and spectacular fireworks displays. From parades to potlucks to fireworks, there will be something for everyone to enjoy on this patriotic holiday.

Duvall Home Destroyed by EF-3 Tornado South of Holly/Granada

| Betsy Barnett | News
Three tornadoes touched down late Friday afternoon across eastern Colorado. According to the National Weather Service out of Pueblo, two of the tornadoes touched down in Prowers County and one near Walsh in Baca County.

That Is One Big Boy! Angler Catches a Record Catfish at John Martin Dam

| Raina Lucero | News
David Medina is a native of Rocky Ford, Colorado where he still lives today. He has been working for Ark Valley Memorial making headstones for the last three years.

Colorado State Patrol Patrol Vehicle Stolen Ending in Fatal Crash

| Administrator | News
On June 20, 2023, at approximately 10:57 AM, Colorado State Patrol Troopers responded to assist Otero County Deputies with a suspect fleeing from them, along Highway 50, in Otero County. The vehicle was reportedly called in as a "shots fired" call.

SECOM Discusses Broadband for All at Summer Road Show

| Administrator | News
SECOM, a southeast Colorado internet service provider, participated in a Summer Road Show from Colorado Broadband office. Broadband for all was discussed as a goal at a meeting Thursday in La Junta.
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