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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 25, 2016, Kiowa County Press - Ice forming on tumble weeds. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week Wrap Up

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

Colorado has more than its fair share of floods, flash floods, and wildfires. During the past week, in our effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation, we have presented information to you on how to stay safe and minimize property damage during flood and wildfire threats.

Search for Lamar Community College President Opens

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The national search for a president of Lamar Community College (LCC) has begun, announced Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).  The search is necessary to replace John Marrin, who is retiring, after eight years at the helm of LCC. 

"We are excited to start the search," McCallin said. "The position is being widely advertised in both local and national media sources. This is a first-rate college that is known for offering students greater value and personal attention."

Weekend Weather Outlook

National Weather Map

For the optimist looking for precipitation in Kiowa County this weekend, there is hope in the forecast for Friday night and Saturday - though in very slim amounts.

There is a 20 percent chance of rain after 2:00 p.m. Friday (March 25, 2016), turning to a 30% chance of a rain/snow mix overnight. Less than 0.10 inch is expected.

Saturday brings a 50 percent chance of a rain/snow mix, with less than one-half inch of snow accumulation expected. Precipitation chances drop back to 20 percent Saturday night, and are non-existent for the next several days after that.

LCC President Marrin Announces Retirement

John Marrin, Lamar Community College's president for the past eight years, has recently announced his decision to retire. 

Marrin said that leaving is bittersweet and that he will miss the LCC family, but having spent 40 years in higher education he thought it was time to retire.  He made this decision after careful consideration, confident that the college is in great condition.

Southeast Colorado Slips into Drought

Colorado Drought Map

Following a rapid expansion of abnormally dry conditions across the southeast quarter of Colorado in March, moderate drought is now impacting most of Baca County and the southern half of Prowers County. A small sliver of southeast Bent County has also entered moderate drought.

Over 28 percent of Colorado is considered abnormally dry - similar to one week ago - however an additional three percent of the state has entered the lowest level of drought, resulting in an overall expansion of the impacted area.

Wildfire Safety and Mitigation

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

During this Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week we have discussed floods, flash floods, and how to stay safe when flooding threatens.  We also told you that areas burned by wildfires are highly susceptible to flash floods within the first two or three years after the wildfire.

Kiowa County wins 'Weigh and Win' Sign-Up Challenge

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by Southeast Health Group

Kiowa County residents won Southeast Health Group's Weigh and Win sign-up challenge, with 1.1% of the county's residents signing up between October and December. The group of 16 will enjoy a BBQ luncheon sponsored by Southeast Health Group.

"We had a great response from all of the six counties," said JC Carrica, Chief Operating Officer of SHG. "A total of 256 people signed up during the challenge, and Kiowa County had the highest number per capita."