Gardner, Wicker, Heitkamp, and Colleagues Encourage Support of 4-H

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

The Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND) in support of 4-H and its recently-launched "Grow True Leaders" campaign. The measure, which is cosponsored by 34 senators, recognizes the immeasurable benefits of the national 4-H program for young people and its potential growth under the new initiative.

Golden Plains Insurance Continues Colorado Expansion

Lamar-based Golden Plains Insurance Agency, Inc. has announced another expansion with the acquisition of Jennifer Morlan Insurance, LLC, of Lamar. The purchase becomes effective May 1, 2016.

Jennifer Morlan Insurance opened in 2009 to successfully serve clients across southeast Colorado, most recently from an office at 420 North Main Street in Lamar. Golden Plains is also acquiring that building.

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 22, 2016, Kiowa County Press - One of two tornados in Kiowa County last week. Photo by Kiowa County Sheriff Casey Sheridan.

Weekend Weather Outlook

National Weather Map

Strong to severe storms are possible over the far eastern portion of southeast Colorado Saturday, including most of Kiowa County.

Temperatures will rise to the low 80s for the day, accompanied by 15-20 mile-per-hour winds gusting to 35 mph in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms could form after 4:00 p.m. Overnight temperatures will fall to the mid-40s.

Sunday and Monday will see highs in the mid-70s and wind speeds falling to 10-15 mph.

Colorado’s New Driver License and ID Card Design Now Available Via Online Renewal 

PICT Sample Colorado Driver License - DOR

Colorado residents who renew their driver license or identification card online will now receive a newly designed card. Customers are always first in line when they renew online at

Renewing online allows customers to avoid visiting a DMV office. It also offers individuals the opportunity to update their current physical and mailing addresses. Individuals may renew their driver license up to two consecutive times online. The most recent photo on file with the DMV is used when renewing online.

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.