Drought, Dry Conditions Improve Dramatically

By Chris Sorensen

Following another round of state-wide precipitation, remaining areas of moderate drought in Colorado dissipated and abnormally dry areas receded in most areas.

Kiowa County has returned to normal conditions after rain and snow a week ago, as have most neighboring counties throughout southeast Colorado.

An area of moderate drought across most of Baca County and smaller portions of Bent, Prowers and Las Animas Counties has turned to abnormally dry conditions. Portions of southwest Colorado also remain abnormally dry.

Weekend Weather Outlook

By Chris Sorensen

Spring has sprung in Kiowa County, with warmer temperatures and chances of thunderstorms making their annual appearance.

Saturday starts off windy, with afternoon south winds 25-30 miles per hour and gusts to 40 mph. Temperatures will be in the low 80s, falling to the low 40s overnight. There is a slight chance of isolated showers earlier in the day.

Sunday's high will be around 75, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms that will continue into the evening. The overnight low will be near 40.

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, COOP C-Store in Eads, Haswell Propane, and Thunderbird Petroleum, we wanted to bring this feature to our online readers as well.

Shown below - the front page of the May 6, 2016, Kiowa County Press - Butterfly returning to feast on nectar from spring flowers. Photo by Chris Sorensen.

Gardner, Hatch Set to Introduce Bill to Require EPA to Fully Reimburse for Gold King Mine Spill Costs

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are pursing legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully and expeditiously compensate all communities that were impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.

Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Announced

Tickets go on Sale June 22 at 10am

The 2016 Colorado State Fair entertainment series includes a diverse, star-studded lineup is scheduled. The stage spotlights will be shining on a variety of shows including country, classic rock, legendary musicians and up-and-coming superstars. Plus, the Budweiser Rodeo Arena will be a centerpiece for entertainment with six nights of rodeo and thrilling, engine-roaring action.


Weather Service: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Severe Weather - Thunderstorm

By NWS Staff

Thunderstorms produce some of the most dangerous weather on Earth, Including tornadoes, flash floods, Large hail, and destructive straight-line winds. However, the most dangerous aspect of thunderstorms in Colorado is lightning.

Lightning usually kills and injures more people in Colorado than any other thunderstorm hazard. In 2015 there was one documented fatality and 23 lightning strike survivors in Colorado, some with serious to critical injuries.

Baca County Chosen as CPW “Partners in the Outdoors” Collaborator of the Year

Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

By Kyle Davidson

When it comes to community interest projects, the people of Baca County don't let a little thing like lack of funding get in their way, and their determination earned them the 2016 Colorado Parks and Wildlife "Partners in the Outdoors" Collaborator of the Year award.

"Without a doubt, Baca County has no problem putting on the work gloves and doing whatever it takes to get the job done," said CPW District Wildlife Manager Aaron Bartleson, following the award presentation in Keystone, Colo., Thursday.