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March 20-26, 2016 is National Poison Prevention Week

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

National Poison Prevention Week

Poisoning is the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Each year, more than two millionpoisonings are reported to the nation's poison centers, which can be reached through the toll-free Poison Helpline, 1-800-222-1222.

The following tips can help protect you and your loved ones:

Flooding can be a Major Problem in Colorado

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

Flooding is an issue across Colorado. As we saw in September 2013, heavy rain fell over a large area of the foothills resulting in flash flooding in the area.  All the water that fell ended up in the South Platte River, with major river flooding occurring from Greeley to the state line.

County Health Fair Set for Friday, Saturday

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The annual Kiowa County Hospital District Health Fair is coming to the Eads Elementary School building this week.

Screenings will take place Friday and Saturday (March 25-26, 2016) from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. In addition, healthcare booths will present a variety of useful information to help you maintain your health.

Women's panels are an affordable $36. Men's panels, which include PSA screening, are $56. The ever-popular EKGs are again available, and blood pressure checks are free.

Weather Outlook – The Week Ahead

By Chris Sorensen

Today is the first day of spring, and Mother Nature is starting the season with a mix of weather for Kiowa County.

Temperatures continue a recovery from Friday's cold and snow, reaching into the low 50s Sunday before approaching 80 Monday and Tuesday. Near seasonal temperatures in the mid-50s return for highs Wednesday through Saturday, with overnight lows in the 20s most of the week. Friday will be slightly warmer in a high in the low 60s.

Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week

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The National Weather Service wants everyone in the United States to be part of a Weather-Ready Nation.  Colorado has more than its fair share of floods, flash floods, and wildfires.  You should be weather alert and weather ready, knowing how to stay safe when floods and wildfires affect your area.

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week, March 20-26, as Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week. Now is the time to learn about flood and wildfire risks in Colorado, and to develop your plans to improve your outcome.

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 18, 2016, Kiowa County Press - Great Plains Reservoirs south of Eads. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Last weeks photo can be found here.

Weekend Weather Outlook

By Chris Sorensen

Much needed moisture - though in very limited amounts and coverage area - returns to Kiowa County Thursday night and Friday.

A small amount of snow fell Thursday night (March 17, 2016) - generally one-half inch or less, and missing many areas. While snow remains likely throughout Friday, less than one inch of accumulation is expected.