Weekend Weather Outlook: Cool, Wet with a Risk of Flash Floods

Weather Outlook - July 1, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

UPDATE: a Flash Flood Watch is in effect until midnight, and rainfall amounts are now projected to be in the three-quarters to one inch range.

Monsoon-like moisture typically expected in late July and early August has made an unfortunate appearance for harvest season.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, confirms a potentially active day in Kiowa County Friday, with a risk of strong winds, hail to one inch, and even the possibility of tornadoes.

July 30 Deadline for State Fair Fine Arts Entries

 Artists throughout Colorado are busy preparing their artwork for the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. The popular and prestigious part of the annual event showcases original artwork by Colorado residents.

The list of accepted mediums includes painting, sculpture, photography, fiber art, jewelry/metalsmithing, and others. Two divisions for artwork submission are being offered: Emerging Artist and Professional. All artwork chosen for the exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Building during the entire length of the Fair.

Temporary Closures of Highway 96 Near Haswell for the Next Three Months

Road Construction

Through September of this year, the Colorado Department of Transportation will have mobile lane closures on State Highway 96 in the Haswell area.

Temporary closures can be expected for both the east- and westbound lanes between markers 131 and 159 for erosion control installation, milling and test strip paving.

Work will be conducted between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Vehicle Stolen from Motel, Burglary Attempt at Kiowa Healthmart

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Bent/Kiowa County Dispatch received a 911 call Tuesday morning, June 21, at 2:39 a.m. reporting a burglary in progress at Kiowa Healthmart, 1201 Maine Street, in Eads.  Undersheriff Jake Six and Deputy Josh Swanson responded.  Cameron Wheeler Jordan, 28, of Eads was taken into custody and transported to Prowers County Jail.   The 2012 GMC Sierra pickup at the scene was later reported stolen from the Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 501 E.

Afternoon, Evening Storms Possible Thursday

Weather - Thunderstorm

By Chris Sorensen

Southeast Colorado will be the target for strong to severe storms Thursday afternoon into the late evening.

Mid-level instability across western Colorado will drift east through the morning, bringing the instability over southern and eastern Colorado during the strongest heat of the day. Primary threats will be one-inch hail, wind gusts to 60 miles per hour, heavy rain and lightning. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, also shows a slight possibility for tornadoes over the eastern plains.

Highway 96 Reopens following Rail Bridge Fire Near Haswell

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Highway 96  reopened at 3:30 p.m. to all traffic following a multi-hour closure three miles west Haswell due to a fire that engulfed at a rail bridge. 

A grass fire was original reported around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. That fire was contained, but not before causing the rail bridge to burn.

The cause of the fire is not currently known.

Congratulations to Bryan Williams on his Retirement from the Colorado State Patrol

Trooper Bryan Williams

Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper Bryan Williams has been with the Patrol for 23 years, with the past 15 served in a four-county area in southeast Colorado.

Williams said he always wanted to be in some type of law enforcement or in the military.  Before joining CSP he served in the Marines six years, three years as active duty, then three as a reserve.