Hickenlooper Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Florida Shooting Victims

Remembering - Flags at Half Staff

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attacks in Orlando, Florida, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be raised on Thursday, June 16 at sunset.

The full text of the president's proclamation:



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Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Tornadoes, Large Hail Monday

Weather Outlook - June 12, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

UPDATE: The chance of thunderstorms for Sunday afternoon has been increased to 40 percent, and further increases to 50 percent for the late evening up to midnight.

With the official start of summer just over a week away, temperatures mainly in the 90s will close out spring for southern Colorado.

A chance of thunderstorms returns to southeast Colorado Sunday as a front moves into the area, and ramps up to a potential for severe storms Monday into the evening.

Dr. Linda Lujan Appointed President of Lamar Community College

Lamar Community College President Finalist Dr. Lujan

Dr. Linda Lujan, currently the New Ventures Officer at the Maricopa County Community College District, has been appointed the president of Lamar Community College (LCC) by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

Lujan will assume the presidency on August 1, 2016.  John Marrin will be retiring from LCC on July 31, 2016, after an eight-year tenure as president. 

Charges Pending for Illegal Marijuana Grow

Marijuana Leaf

The Bent County Sheriff s Office, along with the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force (Prowers County Sheriff's Office, Kiowa County Sheriff's Office) and the Colorado State Patrol, conducted a search warrant at 10811 Highway 50 in Las Animas for an illegal marijuana grow May 31.

The search warrant seized over 200 items of evidence. The parties that have pending charges for this illegal grow are Monty Hawkins, age 59, of Las Animas, and Ricardo Martinez (AKA: Rick Martinez), age 44, of Las Animas.

USPS Urges Registered Voters to Watch For 2016 Primary Ballots

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Ballots must be received by election officials by June 28 to count

Continuing its commitment as a partner in Colorado's election process, the U.S. Postal Service is alerting all registered voters in Colorado to watch their mailboxes for 2016 Primary Election ballots.

"The Postal Service is proud to be a part of the vote-by-mail process in Colorado," said USPS Colorado/Wyoming District Manager Selwyn Epperson. "Voters consistently entrust their ballots to the mail and our employees are ready to deliver another successful election season."