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 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.

Search for Lamar Community College President Opens

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The national search for a president of Lamar Community College (LCC) has begun, announced Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).  The search is necessary to replace John Marrin, who is retiring, after eight years at the helm of LCC. 

"We are excited to start the search," McCallin said. "The position is being widely advertised in both local and national media sources. This is a first-rate college that is known for offering students greater value and personal attention."

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.