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October 13, 2020



LOCAL

Election Ballots Mailed Today

Prowers County 2020 General Election Ballots will be mailed out today, October 13th through the rest of the week. Please contact the Prowers County Clerk’s Office at 330-8011 if you don’t receive your ballot through the mail no later than Monday, October 26, 2020. The State Motor Vehicles Division is still having problems with their credit card machines therefore, we are still not able to process credit card transactions in our office at this time, cash, check, or money order will be accepted. As another option, citizens can still renew their license plates online at: mydmv.colorado.gov


Possible Prison Close

Commissioners from two southeast Colorado counties are concerned about the possibility of two private prisons closing in the future. Both rely heavily on the taxes paid now by the prisons. In the last session of the Colorado General assembly, lawmakers voted to study the economic impacts of closing them. Crowley county commissioner Tobe Allumbaugh feels rural communities are already fighting an uphill battle. There will be two public meetings where they’re asking for your input. Bent county will hold one Tuesday October 27th at 5:30 at the community center. Crowley county will host a meeting Wednesday October 28th at the junior senior high school at 5:30. All comments made at this meeting will be included in a report to the legislature pertaining to House Bill 20-1019.


Private Prison Study

Bent and Crowley county commissioners are counting on your input on a very important topic to those counties. Bent County commissioner Kim MacDonnell says they need input on what kind of impact should the private prisons in Crowley and Bent county close. Crowley county commissioner Roy Elliott says more than half of the money the county receives comes in from the private prison and he worries that could hinder the community. Bent county’s will be held Tuesday October 27th at the Community center at 5:30 and Crowley’s will be Wednesday October 28th at the Crowley county junior/senior high school at 5:30.


Protect our Neighbour Rejection

Bent, Crowley and Otero "Protect Our Neighbors" phase request rejected after case rates surpass threshold, according to Otero Health Director Rick Ritter. Protect Our Neighbors means that communities that meet certain criteria have less stringent restrictions than under Stay at Home and Safer at Home. Strong local public health and health care systems are the key to reopening the economy. Different communities will be at different phases, based on local conditions and capabilities.


STATE

Fort Carson Fire

People living near a fire, currently burning on Fort Carson, say they are always ready to evacuate in case flames get close to homes. Sharon Wright says her family prepared to get out after hearing about the Wild Horse Fire on Sunday. The Army is using UH-60 Black Hawks to keep the fire from jumping Highway 115. They’ve had to shut down the road for a few hours yesterday to battle back the flames. The fire has scored around 600 acres.


Wichita State COVID Testing

Wichita State University is launching a new COVID-19 testing program. University officials say the COVID-19 Voluntary Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing Program is part of a strategy to monitor and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The program is available to Wichita State students who live on campus.


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