Tourism to Sand Creek Massacre NHS Creates over $300,000 in Economic Benefits

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Near Eads, Colorado

Report shows visitor spending supports six jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,887 visitors to Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in 2015 spent over $337,000 dollars in communities near the park. That spending supported six jobs in the local area.

Weather Outlook – Warming by Mid-Week

National Weather Map for May 1, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

After a few weeks of cooler temperatures, rain, and even some late-season snow last Friday, temperatures will begin climbing to levels more like spring by the middle of the week.

First, a few more days of cooler temperatures start the week. Sunday's high will be in the upper 40s with a chance of afternoon showers continuing into the evening. Look for north winds 15-25 miles per hour and an overnight low near freezing.

Monday and Tuesday's highs will be in the mid-50s to mid-60s, with overnight lows in the 30s.

Make Water Safety a Priority This Summer

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Summer fun in Colorado often involves some time cooling off in a local lake or swimming pool or boating on high mountain lakes and rivers. To help you and your family stay safe around bodies of water, follow these tips:

Water Safety Tips               

*                Practice the buddy system. When swimming make sure someone is available to assist you or go for help if an emergency does happen.

Flash Flood Safety

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By NWS Staff

Only two years ago major flooding in September resulted from over eight inches of rain that fell over a large area from northern Jefferson County to the Wyoming border. This rain caused flash flooding in a number of creeks and rivers, causing considerable flash flooding. Runoff from area streams combined to cause major flooding along the South Platte River. Mitigation is still ongoing to repair flood damage along the streams and rivers in and near the foothills from Larimer County to El Paso County and along the tributaries to the South Platte River.

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 April 29, 2016, Kiowa County Press - The grain elevator at Haswell. Photo by Jeanne Sorensen.

Colorado Parks Closing Shorelines at Blue Lake, John Martin

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking visitors to John Martin and Adobe Creek (Blue Lake) Reservoirs for help in protecting two rare shorebirds that nest in Colorado.

As in previous years, parks and wildlife managers will be closing access to some shoreline areas to protect the nests of Least Terns and Piping Plovers. The closures will run from early April through mid-August.

Understanding Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

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By NWS Staff

When the National Weather Service sees the potential for severe weather, a stream of weather information flows from our forecast offices to you.

Each National Weather Service forecast office has a web site, a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed where you can find vital Information highlighting upcoming weather hazards. The hazardous weather outlook, a text product, highlights weather hazards seven days in advance.

Weather Outlook – Rain and Snow Start Thursday Evening

National Weather Map for April 28, 2016

An upper low pressure system will be lifting into the Four Corners area tonight bringing heavy snow to the mountains and rain across the eastern plains of Colorado.

Mountain areas could see up to two feet of snow, while 1-2 inches of rain is expected across Kiowa County overnight Thursday into the evening Friday. Baca and Las Animas Counties could see supercell thunderstorms Thursday afternoon. The potential for isolated showers continues through Monday evening before a drying trend starts Tuesday.