May 27, 2020 NEWS


Rural School State Request

Rural community schools continue to wait for a response from Governor Polis regarding a guideline change for small community schools. Las Animas superintendent Elsie Goines informs residents of how ready rural community schools are for the fall semester. Holly’s super independent Jackie Crabtree says the community has been doing well keeping one another safe, and the health department has been entirely supportive.

Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education has released draft guidelines for how schools across the state can reopen in the fall, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Katy Anthes says it may be a while before state officials know for sure whether schools can open for in-person learning. Colorado parents are encouraged to weigh in on the draft proposal on the Colorado Department of Education's website.

Colorado University

The University of Colorado has outlined its plan to start the fall semester. Chancellor Phil DiStefano says CU's proposal will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by more than 50-percent. As part of the plan, students would not return to campus after Thanksgiving break and would finish the fall semester remotely. Space in residence halls will be reserved to quarantine and isolate students who get sick. Colorado University may also use students as contact tracers for the virus.

La Junta Police Department Help Wanted

The City of La Junta Police Department is accepting applications for 2 Police Cadets and an officer. Applicants are required to complete an application and testing process. Successful applicants may receive a portion of their POST academy tuition and salary paid. All applications will be received until June 16, 2020. Applications may only be obtained electronically by contacting


Garden City Kansas COVID-19 Shelters

In Garden City there are two COVID-19 shelters set up in coordination with FEMA and the Finney County Emergency Management department. Finney County Emergency Management director, Stephen Green said “one shelter is for those who have tested positive and the other is for those who are not positive but need to get away from a household where there are positive cases”. Green said the shelter for those who have tested positive gives people the “opportunity to go there and isolate themselves for the period of time it takes to get through the healing process.”

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