Monday March 22, 2021

Dog Attacks in Las Animas

Dog attacks in Las Animas have caused city officials to call a special meeting for solutions. A Special Call is scheduled for Monday, March 22nd, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Las Animas City Hall Chambers. After the scheduled meeting, a discussion opportunity will open the floor to concerns in recent dog attacks. 2 Violent attacks in 48 hours have raised concerns of stray dogs in Las Animas, citizens are welcome to participate in the meeting following covid-19 guidelines.

COVID Level Green Counties

Only two counties have been moved to level green on the Covid 19 dial in Colorado. Otero and Crowley counties here in Southeast Colorado have advanced to the Protect Our Neighbors phase. Fewer new cases, and declining hospitalizations help Otero and Crowley counties move on the dial. Colorado’s Covid-19 dial system is expected to change soon, Prowers county Public Health and Environment Joylin shares more (17 sec). Visit for more information.

Lamar Public Library Writing Contest

Writing Contest 2021 has taken off through the Lamar public library. Writing categories include short stories, poetry and more. Prizes for the Lamar Public Library writing contest range from $100 for adults, and $75 for youth. Participants may enter one piece of original work per category, and entries must be submitted by email. Entries should be emailed to no later than 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Winners will be informed via phone or email by June 30, 2021


Social Distance In Classrooms

Students no longer need to maintain a distance of 6 feet in classrooms, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. This has reduced social distancing recommendations to 3 feet. Announced Friday, the revision creates more opportunities for schools to reopen for in-person learning. The agency said school students can stay 3 feet apart in the classroom while wearing masks regardless of whether community transmission of COVID-19 is low, moderate, substantial or high.

Pikes Peak Closed through May

No visitors will be allowed at the summit of Pikes Peak until late May. The manager of the Colorado Springs attraction said last week that all roads and trails near the top of the mountain leading to the summit will be closed beginning today. The closure is a safety measure tied to the construction of a new visitor's center at the summit. The closure will last through May 23rd.

COVID-19 Dial Feedback

State health officials are looking for feedback on the latest proposed changes to Colorado's COVID-19 dial system. The latest changes include allowing bars to re-open in Level Blue counties at reduced capacity. Limits on the capacity for outdoor events would also be lifted for areas in either Level Blue or Level Green. The changes also ease mask restrictions for Level Green counties.


Three Injured in Fire

Three people are injured in a fire in Kansas City, Kansas. The blaze broke out Sunday morning at North 44th Street. A firefighter suffered a broken foot after a porch collapsed, and two residents suffered minor burns and jumped from the second floor of the home to escape. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Kansas Tax Deadline Extended

Kansas residents will have a few weeks longer to file their taxes. Governor Laura Kelly has announced that Kansas 2020 individual income tax, fiduciary income tax, and property tax refund claim filings, have been extended from April 15th to May 17th, 2021. The move brings Kansas in line with the IRS tax filing and payment deadline extension.

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