September 22, 2020


Dr. Jacob Holden with Regenerative Health and Wellness speaks about weight gain and the correlation between underlying health issues. Dr. Holdren later shares through research that exercise and diet are just small factors related to weight problems. He further emphasises the importance of a healthy lifestyle and professional check-ups. For health and wellness questions, contact Regenerative Wealth in Holly at 719-537-0200

Ag Assistance

The Kiowa County Press shares The United States Department of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will run through December 11, 2020.Producers can apply for COVID Food assistance Program at USDA's Farm Service Agency county offices. Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities will be paid out through the program.

Swink Testing

Swink School District was notified by Otero County Health that of the 40 plus samples collected from the drive though test clinic there were no positive tests. Some students, parents, and faculty were tested at the drive-thru test sight in the Swink school parking lot. However due to the long incubation period of this virus a negative test does not change a person’s quarantine status. In-person learning will resume Monday, September 28th.

Colorado Drought

August was mainly hot and dry across Colorado, with the state as whole experiencing its warmest and fifth driest August on record. The latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday September 17th, indicates exceptional drought conditions across central portions of Kiowa County, with severe drought conditions indicated into northern portions of Prowers County. Much cooler weather in the second week of September briefly delayed fire danger across the area. Currently, warm and breezy weather has allowed for fire danger to increase once again through the end of September.

Las Animas School Dist Food Pantry

The Las Animas School District has confirmed their food pantry hours each Monday. The Food Pantry through the school district will be open from 4-5, serving as long as food remains available on Mondays. Participants may approach the East side of the Las Animas High School building at the small garage door. Client confidentiality will be maintained as much as possible, and individuals may contact the food pantry for transportation assistance. For questions or to volunteer for the Las Animas School District food pantry, email Rhonda Bucholz on


KS Governor Kelly

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is blaming lawmakers for the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly noted that 34 other states have a statewide mask mandate, but Kansas has a "patchwork" of coronavirus regulations with each county deciding on their response. The Kansas Legislature approved a bill this past June that stripped the governor of her ability to implement statewide mandates.

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