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Weekend Weather Outlook

National Weather Map

Another dry weekend is in the forecast for southeast Colorado and Kiowa County - and once again fire alerts will be possible early in the week.

Friday (April 1, 2016) starts off cooler and windy, with a high in the low 50s and north wind 10-20 miles per hour.

Five to 15 mph wind is expected Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Overnight lows will be 30s.

Monday continues the warming trend with a high in the low 70s, and Tuesday will approach 80.

Drought Expands in Colorado

Colorado Drought Map

While the overall area considered "abnormally dry" decreased slightly in Colorado over the past week, the area in low-level drought increased.

According to the March 29 report, all of Prowers County and most of Baca County are in moderate drought. Drought also increased in eastern Bent County and a small sliver of southeast Las Animas County.

Fire Weather for Southeast Colorado, Kiowa County - Again

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UPDATE: as expected, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Warning covers all the counties under the Fire Weather Watch mentioned in the original article, and adds Crowley, Lincoln, Otero and portions of Elbert and Las Animas  Counties. Winds will be out of the south gusting as high as 50 miles per hour and relative humidity as low as 11 percent. All outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

Colorado DMV to Begin Statewide Rollout of New Driver License Design

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The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will start a two-week statewide rollout of the newly designed driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards beginning April 6, 2016.  

Offices will be closed one day prior to issuing the new design to allow for the installation of new equipment and for training. Please refer to the DMV website for up-to-date closure information for specific offices.  In addition, closure information will also be posted at each office.

LCC Names New Head Volleyball Coach

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The Lamar Community College Runnin' Lopes volleyball program will be under the direction of new head coach Dante Geoffrey in 2016 and beyond.

"We are excited to have Dante as our new head volleyball coach," remarked LCC Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Scott Crampton.  "He comes from a very strong program in the Region IX-North subdivision, and I've already been very impressed with his professionalism and work ethic.  The LCC Volleyball program will certainly take off under his direction."

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead

Starting the week with fire weather alerts has been the rule for March, and this week appears to be no different despite our hopes in Friday's report.

Monday's fire weather potential will be more localized, and mainly be a possibility in the eastern portion of the forecast area, which could include Kiowa County. Tuesday's potential is more wide-spread, over a longer period of the day. The National Weather Service is monitoring closely and will be issuing fire weather highlights as needed over the coming days.

Car and Booster Seat Safety

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

"Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent," states the SafeKids WorldWide website.  You just need to know the details and limits of each. Need help?T here are a number of nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians around Colorado and the country to help you. You can find one nearest you by going to www.carseatscolorado.com and clicking on the "for parents" tab on the left.

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 and the COOP C-Store in Eads, we wanted to bring this feature to our online readers as well.

Shown below - the front page of the March 25, 2016, Kiowa County Press - Ice forming on tumble weeds. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week Wrap Up

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(Seventh and final article in a week-long series on flood and fire issues in Colorado. Friday's article can be found here.)

Colorado has more than its fair share of floods, flash floods, and wildfires. During the past week, in our effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation, we have presented information to you on how to stay safe and minimize property damage during flood and wildfire threats.