Kiowa County Commissioners Minutes - April 28, 2016

Kiowa County Courthouse

            The Kiowa County Commissioners Regular Meeting was called to order on April 28, 2016 at 9:04 a.m. by Chairman of the Board, Richard Scott. Scott opened the meeting with a prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Those attending were:


Richard Scott, Chairman of the Board

Cindy McLoud, Commissioner

Donald Oswald, Commissioner

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 May 13, 2016, Kiowa County Press - Sunrise over Eads. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Earthquake Near Four-Corners Area

New Mexico Earthquake - May 13, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

University of Utah seismograph stations recorded a magnitude 2.8 earthquake 60 miles south of Durango Friday morning (May 13, 2016).

The quake was recorded at 7:23 a.m. and located 12 miles northwest of Shiprock, New Mexico, just across the southern border of Colorado.

The area is part of the Colorado Plateau in an area where earthquakes are generally small - in the magnitude 2-4 range.

No reports of damage were available.

Weekend Weather Outlook - Cooler, Rain Possible

National Weather Map for May 13, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

Friday will wrap up the work week with warm and dry conditions that will be replaced with cooler temperatures and the potential for rain over the weekend.

The high temperature Friday will be in the upper 70s before falling to the low 40s overnight. Northwest winds in the 10 to 15 mile per hour range will shift to the east later in the day.

Saturday leads off a cooling trend for daytime highs. Expect lower 60s - below seasonal averages - through the weekend into the early part of the coming week, with Tuesday potentially reaching only the upper 50s.

USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Grow Rural Businesses

Agriculture - Image of Wheat

USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses. The funding is being provided through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. Under this program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to local utilities, which use the funding to create revolving funds for projects that will create or retain jobs in rural areas. USDA is making $37 million in loans and $11 million in grants available. A recipient may receive a loan of up to $1 million, or a grant of up to $300,000.

Thune and Gardner Question Excessive Consulting Fees

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Chris Henderson, chief executive officer of the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC), which administers the Rural Health Care telecommunications program.