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.
Beginning today, Prowers County is again offering grants to assist small businesses in Prowers County that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Grants are available to assist with payroll, capital, equipment, and operating costs incurred due to the COVID-19 economic disruption. Grant funds under this program do not need to be repaid. The grant program will provide a maximum of $5,000 per business. Applications may be accessed by visiting www.prowerscounty.net or by contacting Lisa Farmer at 719-688- 3696. Grant submissions are due December 21st, 2020.
Walsh Town Hall
Walsh Town Hall will be closed to the public for several days this week due to new flooring installation. The city anticipates re-opening the Walsh town Hall Thursday, December 17th, circumstances permitting. Customers can call in to make credit or debit card payments, but cash payments will need to wait until the town hall re-opens. Walsh bill due dates will be extended to Tuesday, December 22nd sue to the closure.
Governor Polis is advising people to start quarantining now if they plan to celebrate Christmas with family members from outside their home. He made the comments yesterday. Polis says it may be safer to hold virtual gatherings or push off holiday celebrations until later in the year when people have received the COVID-19 vaccine. So far, it appears the state has avoided a spike in coronavirus cases from Thanksgiving. The governor says the numbers show Coloradans made science-based decisions to keep their loved ones safe.
Colorado Public School Enrollment
Colorado public schools are seeing a decrease in year-to-year enrollment for the first time in over three decades. That's according to preliminary data released by the state yesterday, showing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers amount to a more than three-percent decrease in enrollment this fall when compared to the same time last year. The youngest students were impacted the most, including a more than nine-percent drop for kindergarten classes. Officials say while enrollment has fallen, the amount of students involved in homeschooling has doubled.
Supreme Court Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court is siding with religious groups challenging COVID-19 restrictions in two states. Yesterday, the high court ruled 6-3 in favor of a Colorado church that sought an exemption from state health orders. The ruling isn’t expected to have a major impact on religious services in Colorado because the state already lifted its limits on in-person attendance at such gatherings. Colorado health officials and Polis have faced several legal challenges to their coronavirus-related restrictions on religious activities.