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With Colorado continuing efforts to reopen a once thriving tourism economy, vacation planning is far more difficult now than in the recent past. Not only are people considering where they want to go, they also have to consider where they can go, and if anything will even be open when they ge…

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Despite the challenges of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the 2020 Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous were given the green light to hold the annual event at the NRA Whittington Center southwest of Raton during the week of June 14-20, celebrating the same resilient spirit of the original m…

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The Colorado Weed Management Association (CWMA) designated Scotch thistle as the “weed of the month” in their noxious weed awareness campaign. Locally, Shelly Simmons, coordinator for the Purgatoire Watershed Weed Management Collaborative (PWWMC), a noxious weed program that is, as of June 1…

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Now open for camping, Colorado’s state parks have been a breath of fresh air for many over the last months. Though the majority of the state had shut down, Gov. Jared Polis made it clear early on that keeping state parks open for Coloradans for hiking and fresh air was important. Most state …

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Shortly before noon, Wednesday May 20, Boncarbo Fire Department responded to a fire at the 12900 block of Picketwire Road off of County Road 57.7 just past Cokedale. 

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Last September, the Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder’s office was the recipient of a grant of over a quarter million dollars to digitize the county’s paper records going back as far as the year 1900. The process is now well underway at the County Fair Grounds and boasts a one-of-a-kind s…

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Social distancing is still the order of the day for much of the world around us along with guidelines just about everywhere requiring masks and other requirements for in-store shopping. Many residents, still cautious about the dangers of spreading or catching the novel Coronavirus, continue …

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To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2020, Primero Elementary teachers Mary Hill, Rose Montoya, Shirley Duran, Jamie Odum, and special education teacher Mike Duran delivered goodie bags to all Primero kindergarten through third grade students.

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CAÑON CITY — Current and forecasted weather coupled with dry conditions have prompted the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office to implement fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in four counties in eastern Colorado. Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect Wednesday May 6, 2020 on BLM lands …

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The Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department “Stay at Home” order in response to COVID-19 expired Thursday, April 30. On Tuesday, April 28, the district health department circulated a “business checklist” among local officials for businesses and facilities to reopen as the two…

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The economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis are creeping into southeastern Colorado’s farm and ranching communities. While social distancing is not too difficult to achieve in the sparsely populated counties that make up the region, lower cattle prices and fewer customers hit everyone alike.

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A newly formed non-profit, is taking donations for the equipment required for Huerfano County Search and Rescue to effectively perform their life saving work.

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Conducted every 10 years — census is critically important to local representation, allocation of funds

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— Ed. note: Writer Doc Leonetti and a team of correspondents are covering some of the stories of Sopris, Colorado, ahead of the former town’s 50th anniversary of the first reunion held in the Sopris Gym in 1970. Here they recount the story of former Sopris resident Lupe Sanchez.

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The Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies in southeast Colorado are currently investigating several reports where motorists have been contacted by a white male driving a dark, possibly black, unmarked Dodge Charger. Several drivers repo…

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On a recent trek up West Spanish Peak Trail to Cordova Pass, local residents Sharon Sorenson and Ernie Parker happened upon this big guy making the most of a beautiful Colorado day. It’s not unusual to see black bears all over Las Animas County, but this cinnamon-colored black bear seemed happy to step out and pose for a close-up shot before lumbering back off into the forest. Interested i…

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