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Letter to the Editor - Law enforcement reality in rural Colorado

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To the Citizens of Kiowa County

I was reading an article a few weeks ago from KOAA News 5 regarding rural counties who are struggling with retention of Law Enforcement Officers. They had spoken with Bent County and Crowley County Law Enforcement, and the Fowler Police Department. 

As I was reading their statements, I could relate, and thought that maybe the citizens of Kiowa County don't realize some of what their local Sheriff's Office goes through. 

Mark Hillman’s Capitol Review - We can all agree: Yes on Amendments Y&Z

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Every 10 years, Colorado must redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative district lines to ensure equal population. And every 10 years, Republicans and Democrats wind up in a costly court battle asking a judge to settle their differences.

Our process for drawing maps is broken. Amendments Y&Z would replace that broken process with a new 12-member commission that assures equal representation to Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.

I've been a part of both processes, and here's what I know from experience:

Crash closes Highway 96 near Sheridan Lake

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Update: The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office reports that one person has died following Saturday's crash. The identity of the person has not been released.

A crash Saturday morning closed Highway 96 east of Sheridan Lake in Kiowa County. The westbound lane was reopened shortly before 10:00 a.m. to alternating traffic. Kiowa County Sheriff Casey Sheridan reported that the highway was fully reopened around 10:40 a.m.

Flags will be lowered Monday to honor Staff Sergeant Diobanjo Sanagustin

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff September 17 to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Diobanjo Sanagustin, was died September 4 in Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Sanagustin, 32, is survived by his wife, son, and parents. He was assigned to B Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.