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KCHD Welcomes New Director of Physical Therapy

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
As most people have probably heard by now, Dr. Tim Richardt, KCHD’s Director of Physical Therapy for the past few years, recently left his position and moved to Boston to be closer to his fiancé.  However, true to form, Tim left neither the hospital nor his patients high and dry as he recommended Dennis Bartha, another Doctor of Physical Therapy, to take his place.  Tim met Dennis in college when they were both pursuing their advanced degree in Denver. 

What We Learned at SE RPD: Strike While the Iron is Hot

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Lamar was a bit busier than usual as more than 250 funders and grant seekers gathered together for the 3 day Southeastern Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) conference. 

Union Gray Will Rock the Maine Street Bash

| Betsy Barnett | News
Eads, CO—The Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center announced today they have booked the southern rock band Union Gray to be the headliner at the Maine Street Bash to be held on the last Saturday in July---July 28th.  Also, on the stage during the festival will be new recording artist Rhett Uhland and his band, and a series of local performers who are full of talent and organized by Jamie Crockett.  In addition, festival promoters are hoping to have live feeds from local radio stations during the day.

The Lesson of Amache: Never Again.

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
When John Hopper decided in 1993 to do an extra-curricular project with his high school students, he had no idea that it would turn into something that would bring enormous significance to thousands of people whose personal and painful history had been—and still continues to be—largely ignored. At the same time, that’s often how it happens with people who become involved in something larger than themselves.  What begins as an idea soon becomes a project that, in rare cases, becomes a mission. 

And that’s exactly the word to describe what John Hopper and various highly gifted students have accomplished over the last 25 years:  a mission to acknowledge what needs to be acknowledged and to create some “small” measure of justice out of an injustice that is almost unimaginable. It’s a sure bet that John Hopper, a thoughtful but blunt and clearly intelligent man, would not describe what he’s done in such lofty terms.  It’s an equally sure bet that others would not describe it as anything else.

May 2018 Arrest Report from the Kiowa County Sheriff's Department

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Bobby, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Fifty Years After

Preschool Classrooms Move Back to Eads Elementary

| Betsy Barnett | News
The Eads School Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening with a number of items of business up for consideration including a report by BOCES Executive Director Loraine Saffer, fulfillment of an employment position, and updates on security plans being made by the district.  The board was also given information on the proposed move of the Preschool back to the elementary building.

Eagle Nation Sends 8 Seniors on their way

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According to Betsy Barnett, Eads High School Principal who retires at the end of the school year, this year’s crop of seniors was the smallest class in school history, but a class with one of the largest hearts and percentage of participation.  This would soon become obvious to the nearly 350 people attending the Eads graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Citizen, Volunteer Awards

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The Eads Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards. Nominations may be anonymous, but must be in written form.

The nomination letters must be returned no later than May 25, 2018 to Eads Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 163, Eads, CO  81036. 

The presentation of the awards will take place during the Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation (KCEDF) annual dinner meeting that will be held later this spring at a date and time to be announced later.  

For more information please call 719-688-9859 or 719-438-2200.


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B. Barnett is leaving the game.  Sort of.

Kiowa County Sheriff's Report: March 2018 & April 2018

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Kiowa County Sheriff's Report

2018 Southeast Colroado Regional Graduation Edition

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The Kiowa County Independent would like to congratulate the area 2018 graduates.  You can find a hard copy of this spread in the May 16, 2018 edition of the Kiowa County Independent newspaper in many mailboxes of the area (of the schools featured), and all over Kiowa County!  If you like what you see, please subscribe to our paper so that you can enjoy similar content weekly! Subscribe here.

Amazon and Small Businesses: Friend or Foe?

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Recently, Jeff Bezos and Amazon became the latest target of Trump Tweets for, among other things, the negative impact the mega online retailer has had on shopping malls and brick-and-mortar Main Street businesses. While some pundits claim Trump’s true motivation for the Tweets was anger for unfavorable  coverage from the Washington Post, also owned by Bezos, the content of Trump’s criticism has put a very important question in the marketplace of public opinion.

Republican Candidate for Governor Greg Lopez Discusses Life, Issues With EHS Students

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
When Greg Lopez walked into Dawn James’ Civics class last Thursday and began a conversation with the students, his connection with the kids—and their enthusiastic response--would have led one to believe he was a teacher or, maybe, even one of the parents. Not so.

Rural Philanthropy Days Coming to Southeastern Colorado

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
If you or someone you know happens to work with a non-profit organization located in Southeastern Colorado, this is an article you need to pay attention to.  Seriously.
Rural Philanthropy Days (aka RPD) is going to be held in Lamar from June 13th to the 15th, and this is not an opportunity any non-profit should miss.

Crossing the Continental Divide

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Okay. Bad news first.  (Hang with me on this. It’s an American tale, which means that there’s always the possibility of a happy ending.)