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October 22, 2020



LOCAL

Prowers County Clerk Announcement

Prowers County Election Ballots have now been sent out. The earlier voted ballots are returned, the earlier election night unofficial results can be released. Residents who have not received a ballot may request a replacement ballot are implored to but do it as soon as possible. Postmarks dates do not count and all ballots MUST be in the possession of the Prowers County Clerk no later than 7:00 P.M., November 3, 2020. Ballot status voter verification can be checked on GoVoteColorado.gov. Unofficial election results will be posted Election night, November 3, 2020 after 7:00 p.m., when ballot tabulating is complete. Results will be posted on the Prowers County website at www.prowerscounty.net and on the Secretary of State’s website. For election questions, email election@prowerscounty.net.


Lamar Estates Outbreak

The outbreak at the Lamar Estates nursing home continues to increase, according to the Prowers County Department of Public Health and Environment. In its weekly update Wednesday, the health department stated that there are now 35 cases of COVID-19 at the nursing home. Health officials said the situation is devastating and the number of residents and staff infected with the virus continues to grow. Prowers County now has had 144 cases of coronavirus, including 46 cases just in the past week, causing local officials to make a plea for help from the community to stop the spread.


Eads Gym Rehabilitated

Kiowa County School District RE-1 is pleased to announce the completion of the rehabilitation of the “Old Gym,” a significant structure on the campus of Eads schools. Thanks to grants from the Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) and Department of Local Affairs (DoLA), which made the rehabilitation of this local icon possible, students and community members will continue to utilize the gym for many years into the future. The energy efficiency of the building has increased, historic elements were rehabilitated and preserved, and maintenance issues have been handled. The Eads School Gymnasium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 2013.


STATE

Election Sign Destruction

Southern Colorado candidates on both sides of the aisle are reporting more political sign destruction than before. Republican Senate District 10 candidate Larry Liston says he does not understand why someone would go after his signs. Democrat House District 14 candidate Stephan Vigil [[ VEE-hill ]] says people may be destroying her signs to hurt her candidacy. Democrat House District 14 candidate Stephan Vigil [[ VEE-hill ]] thinks the signs might be getting destroyed because opponents are trying to tamp down name recognition. Colorado State police say there is not much they can do about it unless they have surveillance video or a confession.


Colorado Space Command Operational

The U.S. Space Force's Space Operations Command at Peterson Air Force Base is officially operational. Air Force Lieutenant General Stephen Whiting told those at an activation ceremony yesterday the real work is just beginning and needs to go well. Whiting says he is confident in all those at Space Operations Command and has faith they will do their jobs well. It will focus on organizing, training, and equipping those in the Space Force for space war-fighting operations.


Eviction Moratorium Extension

Colorado Governor Jared Polis is extending the eviction moratorium due to the coronavirus pandemic. Polis signed an executive order yesterday adopting all the recommendations from his Special Eviction Prevention Task Force. It includes defining financial hardship as someone who does not expect to make more than 99-thousand dollars this year and cannot pay the full rent due to loss of income. The executive order expires at the end of the year.


Drivers Speeding on Social Media

The Pueblo Police Department is letting speeders know if you brag on social media about driving more than 100 miles an hour on a city street, you're going to get caught. The police department tweeted yesterday that it had seized the vehicle of a suspect for six months and gave him a citation that will put 32 points on his license. Police say the man was tracked down through a social media post. The suspect was one of two that were clocked doing up to 112 miles an hour on Northern Avenue on Saturday.


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