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Tuesday January 19, 2021



LOCAL

Prowers County Board Position Vacancies

Prowers County Board of Commissioners is now accepting applications from residents to fill five positions on the Sand & Sage Round-Up Fair Board. Members will serve a term of three years and will expire in February of 2024. Qualifications include: any person living in Prowers County or owning property in Prowers County, at least 21 years of age, and those interested in the objectives of the fair. Members are required to meet at least once each month with meetings held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Appointed members serve as volunteers, with applications available on www.prowerscounty.net. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2021.


Lamar Power Plant Removal

The Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) will begin the demolition of its Lamar Power Plant in January 2021. The work will consist of total removal of the power plant equipment including the conveyor system over Maple Street and the boiler and stack on the south side of Maple Street. The current schedule indicates the structural demolition of the South Plant is expected to begin in January, 2021 and be complete by the end of March, 2021. For any QUESTIONS or CONCERNS please call Arkansas River Power Authority General Manager, Rick Rigel, at 336-3496.


Paint and Connect Home Rehabilitation

The City of Las Animas, in partnership with the Bent County Development Foundation, has created a housing rehabilitation program for residents within the Las Animas City limits. This program will focus on providing exterior house improvements such as painting, light landscaping, and property cleanup. The rehabilitation opportunity is available to all Las Animas residents; however, seniors over the age of 60, homeowners on a fixed income, veterans, or homeowners with disabilities will be primarily considered. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT the HOUSING rehabilitation APPLICATION is set for JANUARY 31st, 2021. Visit bentCounty.org to apply for the Las Animas Home Rehabilitation Program.


Rocky Ford CPR Training

A CPR training course will be held at the Public Safety Building in Rocky Ford. The next CPR and First aid training date is set for February20th from 9am-5pm. The event, sponsored by the Rocky Ford Fire Department will include a $25 fee to participants who are interested in a certification card. Participants uninterested in a CPR First Aid certification card for pay join the training for free. Donations are accepted during the event and sign-ups begin Monday, February 8th, 2021. For questions, or to register for the Rocky Ford Fire Department CPR training, call Justin at 719-254-3344.


STATE

Minor League Venue Assistance

Three U.S. senators are asking the Small Business Administration to help minor league venues like UCHealth Stadium in Colorado Springs. Republican Senators Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and Jim Risch are asking the agency to allow those venues to apply for 15-billion-dollars in new COVID-19 aid. In a letter to the head of the SBA, the senators said the minor league sports have been hit hard by the pandemic and deserve consideration for the new grants as both entertainment and an economic resource for the community.


Colorado Hospitals Pushed to Administer 2nd Doses

State leaders are working to get the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of more people ages 70 and up. Governor Polis sent a letter yesterday, ordering hospitals to administer shots that had previously been held back for the second dose for patients. The move means 40-thousand more people will be getting their first shot in the coming days. Colorado is also expecting more than 80-thousand additional doses to be delivered soon. Polis does not believe the shift will create an issue for those needing a second shot.


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