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Hickenlooper Orders Flags Lowered to Honor Belgium Attack Victims

Remembering - Flags at Half Staff

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today (Tuesday, March 22, 2016) ordered flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset, Saturday, March 26, 2016, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

The full text of the president's proclamation:

 

IN HONOR OF THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

 

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
A PROCLAMATION

Like Flash Floods, River Flooding Also a Risk in Colorado

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

Today's topic during this Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week is flooding which develops in the time frame of longer than 6 hours to several days.

There have been some notable floods across the Centennial State:

In early June of 1921, a flood along the Arkansas River devastated the City of Pueblo. Scores of drownings occurred.

Lamar Community College Hosting Career Expo

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Lamar Community College's annual Career Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 9:00am until noon in the LCC Wellness Center located at 2401 South Main Street.  The Career Expo serves as part career exploration, part career fair for the community.  Lamar Community College students and community members are invited and encouraged to attend in addition to area high schools visiting.

Fire Risk Then Snow for Kiowa County Tuesday

UPDATE: The Red Flag Warning has been extended two hours - from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday)

Spring has started with a mixed bag of weather conditions forecast for the week.

Tuesday (March 22, 2016) will see a Red Flag Warning for the elevated fire danger throughout the afternoon as temperatures approach 80 degrees, humidity drops and southwest winds reach 25 miles per hour. In some portions of southeast Colorado, winds could gust to 45 mph.

By Tuesday night, a chance of rain sets in until 4:00 a.m. before turning to snow.

Fire Weather Returns to Kiowa County

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UPDATE: As expected, the watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Look for southwest winds gusting to 45 miles per hour and humidity as low as six percent.

 

In what seems to be a routine start to the week, the National Weather Services has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday (March 22, 2016) from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for most of southeast Colorado. The watch area includes Kiowa County.

Colorado Seniors Urged to Voice Opinions on Statewide Issues

Colorado Senior Lobby to Leverage Survey Results to Persuade Governor, State Legislators to Protect Seniors' Interests

Coloradoans aged 50 and older now have an opportunity to voice their opinion on state government and the issues affecting the state's aging population, according to a nonpartisan group that advocates for seniors at the state Capitol.

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.