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News for May 14, 2020


- OTERO COUNTY REPORTED ANOTHER POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 ON WEDNESDAY. HEALTH OFFICIALS, WHO WERE ONLY ABLE TO SHARE LIMITED INFORMATION TO PROTECT THE PATIENT’S PRIVACY, SAY THAT THE PERSON IS IN THEIR 50S AND IS ALREADY FEELING BETTER. THE PERSON WAS RECENTLY OUT OF THE COUNTY.


- THE MCCLAVE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE GRADUATES FROM THE DISTRICT DURING THEIR BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY. THE BOARD ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT TRACE COX WAS NAMED VALEDICTORIAN OF THE CLASS OF 2020, AND KAITLYN ROESCH WAS NAMED SALUTATORIAN. THE BOARD ALSO ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF JENNIFER EBRIGHT AND APPROVED THE HIRING OF BRITTANY HENSON AS BUSINESS MANAGER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR AND FOR THE 2020-21 TERM.


- IF YOU OWN A RABBIT, KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND FATAL DISEASE. RABBIT HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE VIRUS SEROTYPE 2 IS OF HIGH CONCERN AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL AND HAS BEEN ON THE INCREASE. IF YOU HAVE A PET RABBIT, AND THEY DEVELOP A FEVER, SHOW NERVOUS SIGNS OR BE HESITANT TO EAT, THEY MAY HAVE IT. OTHER SIGNS INCLUDE BLOOD-STAINED NOSES OR SUDDEN DEATH. THE VIRUS DOES NOT DIRECTLY AFFECT HUMANS OR OTHER PETS. CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK POST ON THE BENT COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PAGE OR IF YOU COME ACROSS A SUSPECTED ANIMAL, CONTACT PARKS AND WILDLIFE.


- IF YOU’RE A LANDOWNER OR RESIDENT OF THE CARRIZO CANYON AREA, AND YOU’RE MISSING SOME THINGS, THE BACA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MAY STILL HAVE IT. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS RECOVERED STOLEN PROPERTY IN THIS AREA. NOT ALL OF THE ITEMS RECOVERED HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR, IF YOU ARE RECENTLY MISSING ITEMS FROM PROPERTIES IN THIS AREA, PLEASE CONTACT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 719-523-4511 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR DEPUTY DUSTIN MARTIN.

- ONE COUNTY IN COLORADO IS ASKING FOR A VARIANCE FROM THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO ALLOW FOR THE REOPENING OF BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTY. THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN TELLER COUNTY SAY PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH HARD TIMES AND NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK. FOX-21 NEWS IN COLORADO SPRINGS ALSO REPORTS THAT THE COUNTY HAS HAD ONLY 31 CASES OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE COUNTY MAKE AN VARIANCE A JUST REQUEST.


- COLORADO RESIDENTS WHO HAVE FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT PAYMENTS ARE IN SOME CASES STILL WAITING. THAT’S BECAUSE FOR THE SECOND TIME SINCE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BEGAN, THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE A TECHNICAL PROBLEM WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS ON WEDNESDAY. OFFICIALS TELL OUR MEDIA PARTNER KWGN-TV IN DENVER THAT THE PROBLEM AROSE FROM AN UNSUCCESSFUL FILE TRANSFER TO THE BANK. THE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING ON PREVENTING FURTHER ISSUES WITH THE PROCESSING OF PAYMENTS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE INCREASE OF CLAIMS BEING FILED.


- SOME ORGANIZATIONS IN KANSAS ARE USING THE VIRTUAL ROUTE TO CONDUCT FUND-RAISERS. VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVES HAVE BECOME VERY POPULAR, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS PROVIDED A STRAIN ON FOOD BANKS BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED NEED TO FEED THOSE IN NEED. KANSANS STATEWIDE CAN MAKE A MONETARY DONATION TO THE KANSAS FOOD BANK, WHICH HELPS FOOD BANKS AROUND THE STATE.


- A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS IN WESTERN KANSAS HAVE SCHEDULED TRADITIONAL GRADUATION CEREMONIES FOR THEIR OUTGOING SENIORS, JUST NOT IN THE TYPICAL TIME FRAME. SCOTT COMMUNITY, HUGOTON AND MEADE SCHOOLS HAVE SET UP MID-JULY CEREMONIES FOR THEIR GRADUATES. OF COURSE, THIS WOULD BE PENDING THAT THE STATE MAKES THE PROJECTED PROGRESS TO THE FULL “NEW NORMAL” PLAN WHERE LARGE CROWDS WILL BE ALLOWED BY MID-SUMMER.

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