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Doug Wilson Named Colorado Corn Administrative Committee president

Following the recent passing of Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Charlie Bartlett, CCAC board members elected Doug Wilson as the new president with a unanimous vote this past week.

"We lost an incredible leader with Charlie's passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit as we address the challenges facing agriculture, and as we make investments on behalf of Colorado's corn farmers," said Wilson, who farms near Olathe.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

One of our most popular features from the past 15 years - a full-page color photo on the front of the Kiowa County Press showing various impressions of life in Kiowa County. While a limited number of copies continue to be printed and distributed each week at Kiowa Healthmart, COOP C-Store in Eads, Haswell Propane, and Thunderbird Petroleum, we wanted to bring this feature to our online readers as well.

Shown below - the front page of the April 8, 2016, Kiowa County Press - trees blossoming in Kiowa County. Photo by Chris Sorensen.

Weekend Weather Outlook

National Weather Map

Warm, dry days and cool evenings are in store across the weekend for Kiowa County.

Highs will be in the low to mid-70s Friday through Sunday. Winds will remain light, 5-10 miles per hour, through most of the period - with slightly stronger 15 mph wind Saturday afternoon.

Overnight, temperatures will be in the lower 40s Friday and Saturday, and falling to the upper 30s Sunday night.

Drought Conditions Continue Expanding in SE Colorado

Colorado Drought Map

Warm and dry early spring conditions continued to expand the area impacted by drought in southeast Colorado over the past week.

All of Baca and Prowers Counties are now in moderate drought. Kiowa and Bent Counties had smaller areas in drought last week, which has expanded to cover most of Kiowa and essentially all of Bent.

Drought continued to expand in Las Animas County, and now also impacts eastern Otero County.

Gardner Announces USDA Grant for Flood Projects in Colorado

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program will make $10,240,800 available to Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs for the purposes of restoration and flood mitigation after severe weather impacted the region last year. Gardner sent a letter on July 10, 2015 to President Obama requesting federal assistance for several counties in Colorado impacted by significant weather events.

Centennial Farm Applications Due April 30

Agriculture - Image of Wheat

The Centennial Farms program honors working farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Centennial Farms are honored at the Colorado State Fair every August. Know a farm that qualifies? Get details on eligibility, the application form and more. http://www.historycolorado.org/archaeologists/centennial-farms-how-apply

Applications are due to the State Historical Fund by April 30.

 

Jobs Available Through Career Expo

PROMO 660 x 440 Logo - LCC Lamar Community College

Lamar Community College's annual Career Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 9:00am until noon in the LCC Wellness Center.  The Career Expo serves as part career exploration, part career fair for the community.  Lamar Community College students and community members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Nearly 50 businesses have confirmed their spaces at the Career Expo, with several promising current career openings that expo-goers can learn about and apply for.