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Weekend Weather Outlook

National Weather Map

For the optimist looking for precipitation in Kiowa County this weekend, there is hope in the forecast for Friday night and Saturday - though in very slim amounts.

There is a 20 percent chance of rain after 2:00 p.m. Friday (March 25, 2016), turning to a 30% chance of a rain/snow mix overnight. Less than 0.10 inch is expected.

Saturday brings a 50 percent chance of a rain/snow mix, with less than one-half inch of snow accumulation expected. Precipitation chances drop back to 20 percent Saturday night, and are non-existent for the next several days after that.

LCC President Marrin Announces Retirement

John Marrin, Lamar Community College's president for the past eight years, has recently announced his decision to retire. 

Marrin said that leaving is bittersweet and that he will miss the LCC family, but having spent 40 years in higher education he thought it was time to retire.  He made this decision after careful consideration, confident that the college is in great condition.

Southeast Colorado Slips into Drought

Colorado Drought Map

Following a rapid expansion of abnormally dry conditions across the southeast quarter of Colorado in March, moderate drought is now impacting most of Baca County and the southern half of Prowers County. A small sliver of southeast Bent County has also entered moderate drought.

Over 28 percent of Colorado is considered abnormally dry - similar to one week ago - however an additional three percent of the state has entered the lowest level of drought, resulting in an overall expansion of the impacted area.

Wildfire Safety and Mitigation

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

During this Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week we have discussed floods, flash floods, and how to stay safe when flooding threatens.  We also told you that areas burned by wildfires are highly susceptible to flash floods within the first two or three years after the wildfire.

Kiowa County wins 'Weigh and Win' Sign-Up Challenge

Health

by Southeast Health Group

Kiowa County residents won Southeast Health Group's Weigh and Win sign-up challenge, with 1.1% of the county's residents signing up between October and December. The group of 16 will enjoy a BBQ luncheon sponsored by Southeast Health Group.

"We had a great response from all of the six counties," said JC Carrica, Chief Operating Officer of SHG. "A total of 256 people signed up during the challenge, and Kiowa County had the highest number per capita."

Recorder's Notes - Election Information

Election 2016

By Delisa Weeks, Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder

2016 Election Alerts: 

How important is it to vote in the June 28, 2016 Primary Election?  Please be aware that Primary Elections are to select candidates to go on to the November General Election. 

Reminder:  There will "NOT" be presidential candidates on the Primary Election Ballot.  There will be state and local races on the Primary Ballot.

Flash Floods and Warnings

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

Flash floods are no strangers to Colorado. Since the year 1900, nearly 300 people have been killed in flash floods across the Centennial State.  

In terms of lives lost, the worst flash flood occurred on July 31, 1976 in the Big Thompson Canyon between Estes Park and Loveland. A nearly stationary storm produced around 12 inches of rain within 4 hours, claiming 144 lives.

Banks Warn Customers About Text Message Scams

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Bankers across Colorado are warning their customers to beware of a phishing scam that could compromise their personal information - and their finances.

Fraud departments at a handful of banks report of a number of customers receiving a text message to their cell phones, alerting them to alleged fraudulent activity and urging them to update their profile information with their bank, using a provided link.