New Hunter’s Education Test-Out Option and Apprentice Licenses, Now Available

Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

Colorado Parks and Wildlife now offers apprentice licenses and hunter education test-out options. The changes, effective April 6, 2016 are intended to encourage people to get active in the outdoors and interested in hunting.

Hunter education test-out options are available for U.S. military and individuals 50-years of age or older.

"Safety is our primary concern," said Todd Schmidt, CPW's hunter education coordinator. "The new options help recruit those who have the hunter safety knowledge and experience to get in the field."

Second Arrest Made in Crowley County Missing Person Case

A second arrest has been made in connection with the 2010 missing person case involving Richard Kirk in Crowley County.

John Jacob Kirk, 71, was taken into custody on suspicion of accessory to second degree murder on April 15, 2016. John Kirk is the brother of Richard Kirk. John Kirk was taken to the Crowley County Jail.

See our previous article for additional details.

Sand Creek to Host Program on Battle of the Washita

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the National Park Service has launched the Find Your Park campaign. The Park Service is inviting Americans to discover parks near them. With this in mind, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) in southeastern Colorado has partnered with Washita Battlefield National Historic Site (NHS) in western Oklahoma to link two national parks that share common bonds of turmoil and suffering, sadness and hope, death and survival.

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead

National Weather Map

Following several days of wet weather and 3-4 inches of desperately-needed rain, an upper low pressure system continues to slowly make its way north to share precipitation with Kansas and Nebraska.

The week will gradually warm, starting with a high in the upper 40s Sunday in Kiowa County, increasing to the mid- to upper 50s through Tuesday, then steadily increasing to a high near 80 Saturday. Likewise, overnight lows start near freezing Sunday night and increase to the mid-40s by Friday night.

Spring Cleaning: Keeping Your Identity Clean

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Are you getting ready to do some spring cleaning? If you are like most of us, you will toss out some papers as spring nears. April also happens to be Records and Information Management month. Identity thieves know that we often toss out valuable information during a spring cleaning purge, and they are on the lookout for anything they can grab that will help them steal your identity. Below are a few tips to keep your identity safe while you freshen up your home.

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 15, 2016, Kiowa County Press - one of many historic out buildings in Kiowa County. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Gardner Supports Bill to Improve Veterans Choice Program

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has announced he is cosponsoring the Veterans Choice Improvement Act, a bill that addresses the systemic issues plaguing the Veteran's Choice Program. This legislation makes the Choice Program permanent, ensures it is funded in advance, and consolidates the litany of existing programs. The legislation also encourages non-VA providers to participate in the program by instituting a new claims processing system to ensure medical providers are properly reimbursed in a timely manner.

Tornadoes, Funnels Spotted Across Southeast Colorado

A number of tornadoes and funnel clouds were spotted Friday (April 15, 2016) across southeast Colorado.

According to the National Weather Service, two tornadoes occurred in Kiowa County south of Eads and caused no damage.

A Tornado Warning was issued at 1:51 p.m. The first tornado occured from approximately 2:09 to 2:13 p.m. The second tornado lasted from 2:23 to 2:36 p.m.

The photos below are of the tornado tracks and a tornado spotted just south of Eads in the early afternoon.

Weekend Weather Outlook – Widespread Precipitation

National Weather Map

After a high in the low 70s Friday, much cooler temperatures along - with much-needed moisture - will dominate the weekend in Kiowa County and across the region.

Starting Friday afternoon, severe thunderstorm development is likely. Large hail, strong winds, and heavy rain can be expected between 1:00 p.m. and midnight. The greatest threat for severe weather is between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. Tornadoes are possible.