Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Nancy Reagan

Remembering - Flags at Half Staff

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset on the day of interment in honor of Nancy Reagan, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Funeral arrangements for the former First Lady have not been announced.


The full text of the president's proclamation:






Daylight Savings Time: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

Daylight Savings Time resumes on Sunday, March 13, 2016. That means we will turn our clocks forward one hour, or Spring Ahead! The semi-annual time change is also a great opportunity for valuable preparedness steps focused on checking your emergency preparedness supplies or stocks.

Change Your Clock, Check Your Stocks

This week as you prepare to change your clock, it's time to check the stock in your emergency preparedness kit for items that may be missing or expired. If you don't have a preparedness kit yes, you can create one that includes:

Six-Week Online Courses Available at LCC

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Online courses are still available for the spring semester at Lamar Community College.  Students and community members alike can take advantage of courses packaged into a quick six-week session starting on March 28, 2016 and running through May 7.

Online courses provide students the flexibility to work anywhere and at any time, making it possible to add a class into any schedule.  This six-week course schedule goes a step further, allowing for fast-paced learning for motivated individuals. 

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead

Sun will be a key feature for Kiowa County in the coming week, along with a lack of any chance of precipitation.

Sunday will be the warmest day of the week with a high in the upper 70s. Tuesday will only reach the upper 50s, though still warm for this time of year.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny with highs in the 60s, and Friday will see a return of 70 degree weather.

Haswell Spring Dinner and Dance Set

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The Town of Haswell will be having a Spring Dinner & Dance on Saturday, March 19, 2016. It will begin at 5:30 pm and be held at the Haswell Community Building. DJ RGB will be providing the music and lighting for our dance. The Dinner & Dance will be $10 for adults, $6 for kids, and $5 admission if they only want to attend the dance. We will also have a cake walk during the dance

Weather Spotter Training Offered

UPDATED - adds newsly-scheduled training in Kiowa County

The National Weather Service in Pueblo provides SKYWARN weather spotter preparedness and training.  Typically, the sessions are scheduled from late March through early May each year, and are a cooperative effort of local government officials and the National Weather Service.  The sessions are free of charge and usually open to everyone unless noted.

Participants receive information about:

- latest hot topics about National Weather Service

- when and how to report severe weather

Postal Service Marks Broncos Super Win With Collectible Envelope

Want something to remember the Denver Broncos' historic Super Bowl victory? Beginning, March 4th 2016 Broncos fans can grab a piece of history by purchasing a Denver Broncos collectible stamped envelope celebrating their Super Bowl 50 win.

Denver Metro area Post Offices are making available a special commemorative envelope postmarked and ready for framing. This licensed envelope features a high quality image of Broncos players, the Broncos logo, and the Super Bowl game score.

Impacted by Tax ID Theft? CBI ID Theft Unit Offers Tips

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It's tax season, and if you've been a victim of Tax Related Identity Theft, there are specific steps you must take to file your tax returns.

Tax Related ID Theft occurs when someone uses your social security number to create a fake W-2 and attempts to file a fraudulent tax return using your identification. An ID thief obtains a social security number through many of the traditional means to steal personal information including a data breach, phishing scam, Internet hacking or others.

Online Threat: "Ransomware"

It's Time to Talk CryptoWall

CryptoWall is a nasty threat known as Ransomware. You can't make this stuff up. Cybercriminals have figured out how to lock us out of our own computers, considering that some of us might pay a pretty penny to be able to get back in.

You might ask how they can keep you from getting to your files.Good question.It's kind of like when you were a kid and a much bigger kid took your lunch box and you knew there was no way you could take it back. It's the same thing here, but with no teacher to help.