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August 18, 2020



LOCAL

Lamar Middle School Quarantine

Prowers County Public health has announced a Lamar middle school student, who is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case, has become ill and test results are pending. Due to guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment a cohort of students and teachers have been quarantined. Lamar middle School will provide online learning only and will not be conducting in-person learning for all 6th grade students for the next 2 weeks. Parents of 7th and 8th grade students may choose the online learning only option as well. To make arrangements, contact theLamar Middle school at 336-7436.


Kiowa County Sales Tax

Kiowa County BOCC voted 2-1 to pull the 1.5% county sales tax question from the November ballot. Scott made the motion and Robertson seconded as the board felt the survey input clearly reflected a conflict with the Town of Eads swimming pool project funding. The Open Forum for the Eads Pool will be August 27 at 6:00 pm at the Plains Theater in Eads. The presentation will include data and numbers for the pool construction, how the sales tax proposal fits into the plans, and a look at the current pool design.


STATE

President Mail-in voter claims

Colorado's top Democrats are disagreeing with President Trump over his claims that mail-in ballots are at risk of massive fraud. Senator Michael Bennet says mail-in voting has greatly benefited both parties in the state. Governor Jared Polis says strong safeguards prevent fraud with mail-in ballots. Governor Polis says Colorado plans to increase the number of ballot drop boxes ahead of the presidential election. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has hinted at possible legal action against both President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, but has not said what that would look like.


Governor Laura Kelly Eviction Relief

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is providing some relief to homeowners and renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor announced yesterday that she will sign an executive order that places a temporary stop on foreclosures and evictions. The executive order will remain in effect for two weeks, but Kelly says that she will extend the order if Congress fails to approve a new COVID-19 stimulus package.


Denver Rejects Police Department Defunding

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is rejecting a proposal to defund the Denver Police Department. The plan from Councilwoman Candice CdeBaca would replace the Denver Police Department with an unarmed "peace force" that would still serve public safety interests.


Kansas State University Football

Kansas State University will open the 2020 football season with fans in the stands. The university received approval from the Riley County Commission yesterday to open Bill Snyder Family Stadium to 25-percent capacity for football games. Attendance will be limited to about 500 people per game, fans will be required to wear face coverings and no tailgating will be allowed. The Wildcats open the season September 12th when they host Arkansas State.


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