Grief Assistance Available

By Connie Brase, MA

Many of us have the idea that the only time we grieve is when a loved one, an integral part of our lives, passes away. Grief is a normal response of sorrow,

emotion, and confusion from loss; it is a natural part of life.

However, ANY loss of something important to our lives can throw us into that complicated emotion.

Traumatic events include the loss of a close pet; loss of a job; loss of good health due to an illness. Even moving can be traumatic; we may be excited about going to

Semi-finalists for Lamar Community College President Named


The national search for a president for Lamar Community College began in March 2016.   A search committee comprised of college, community and system representatives has been working to screen and conduct preliminary interviews of applicants in order to identify those most suited to be considered for the role of president.  Current President John Marrin will be retiring from LCC on July 31, 2016.

Ordway, Fowler and La Junta to Host 5th Annual Pedal the Plains Tour

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, The Denver Post Community Foundation and presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless have announced the route for the 2016 Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour. Now in its fifth year, an estimated 1,000 riders will spin through southeast Colorado covering 151 miles over the course of 3 days. From September 16-18, participants will visit the host communities of Ordway, Fowler and La Junta, while touring a number of scenic, historical and agricultural stops along the way.

Mid-Week Weather Outlook – Rain Returns

National Weather Map

By Chris Sorensen

Daytime temperatures continue a cooling trend ahead of an incoming storm system that will bring rain to the area by Thursday night.

Wednesday's high will be around 60 for Kiowa County, with mid- to lower 50s through the weekend. Overnight lows will mainly be in the 30s.

An upper low pressure system moving toward the four corners area by Friday is expected to bring snow to higher elevations of the southern mountains by Thursday and rain across the southeast plains.

Lamar Community College Commencement set for May 7

PROMO 660 x 440 Logo - LCC Lamar Community College

Lamar Community College will host its 77th Annual Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the LCC Wellness Center.  Over 230 degree or certificate-seeking students are eligible to walk in this year's commencement ceremony, including fall 2015 graduates as well as spring and summer 2016 candidates for graduation. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am.  No tickets are required for admittance.

Time for Spring Cleaning – and Hantavirus Safety

Disease has already resulted in one Colorado fatality this year

By Chris Sorensen

With the onset of warmer weather, annual spring cleaning often includes clearing out sheds, out buildings, recreational vehicles and other areas used by rodents as winter shelter - and that brings the potential for exposure to hantavirus. Even an occupied home can potentially be contaminated with droppings and urine carrying Hantavirus.

Arkansas Basin Water Forum begins Wednesday

By Joe Stone

The 22nd annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum will offer a spectrum of informed presentations about basin water issues Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, at the SteamPlant Event Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave., in Salida.

Themed "The Color of Water," the forum will feature keynote speakers, expert panels and informal discussions in an open, collaborative setting that encourages learning about all aspects of water.

Gardner Votes to Protect Colorado Water Rights

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has voted in favor of an amendment to the Senate Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from using funding to enforce the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. WOTUS, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, redefines and expands waters that are subject to Clean Water Act regulations, and has the potential to impact an additional 1 million acres and 170,000 miles of stream in Colorado.