Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Improves in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares in the success reported March 31, 2016 by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), on the status of the lesser prairie chicken. This report is the second since the implementation of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan in 2014.

"The lesser prairie-chicken range-wide plan, because it's incentive based and voluntary, is the new model for conservation and the best alternative to listing species," said Bob Broscheid, CPW director and Colorado's representative to the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Council. 

High Fire Danger Tuesday Across Southern Colorado

PROMO 660 x 440 Fire - Wheat Stubble Soot Flames - iStock

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday (April 5, 2016) from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. for much of southern Colorado including Kiowa County to due high fire danger. The warning replaces the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.

In addition to Kiowa County, all or large portions of Fremont, El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties are under the warning. The San Luis Valley and neighboring counties in Oklahoma and New Mexico are also included.

Lamar Community College Expands Summer Course Offerings

PROMO 660 x 440 Logo - LCC Lamar Community College

Lamar Community College has expanded its upcoming schedule and will be offering several exciting new courses during the summer semester.   

"Higher education is about exploration, creativity, and continuing to grow as individuals," commented Dr. Annessa C. Stagner, Dean of Academic Services at LCC.  "We've redesigned our summer offerings with this in mind, meeting the needs of both those who are seeking degrees and those who wish to take courses for individual development."

National Window Safety Week

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

National Window Safety Week is designed to heighten the awareness of what can be done to help keep families safe from the risk of accidental falls or injuries in the home. Falls from a window are extremely dangerous, especially for children, and can cause serious injuries or death. While National Window Safety Week is observed annually, safety education occurs throughout the year.

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 April 1, 2016, Kiowa County Press - old equipment near Brandon in Kiowa County. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead

National Weather Map

Another week starting with a Fire Weather Watch

High temperatures for the week will be mainly in the 70s starting Sunday, reaching the mid to upper 70s Monday and Tuesday.

Along with the warmer weather, winds will be gusting to 30 miles per hour during the day Tuesday and increasing to 45 mph over night - leading the National Weather Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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.