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2 years 5 months ago

Fort Lyon Receives Funding

Fort Lyon is slated to receive $5 million from the mortgage settlement funds as announced this morning by the governor. The news is very welcome to the small community of Las Animas. As we've been reporting, the closure of the prison has forced some 200 employees to commute, some...

3 years 3 months ago

Congressman pitches feds on Fort Lyon

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado congressman is pushing for the federal government to find a new purpose for a Bent County state prison due to be closed next year because of state budget cuts. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has written a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs urging...

3 years 4 months ago

Bent County Fire: 100% contained

A wildfire in Bent County is now 100% contained. The fire started last Saturday and spread to about 14,000 acres. Today crews were mopping up and saw no flare-ups in the past 24 hours, enabling them to declare containment. In the past week the fire flared up twice---forcing evacuations.

3 years 4 months ago

Bent County fire now 85 percent contained

FORT LYON, Colo. (AP) - A large wildfire in southeast Colorado has been 85 percent contained. Fire managers said cooperative weather Monday night helped crews fighting an 11-square-mile wildfire near Las Animas, about 85 miles east of Pueblo. Crews were working Tuesday to put out hot spots and protect structures...

3 years 4 months ago

Evacuations underway for fire in Bent County

About 30 homes are being evacuated in Bent County due to a wildfire. The evacuations are between County Road 14 and 15 and south of County Road HH. The fire has burned 11 square miles. It started Saturday. Photo Courtesy: La Junta Fire Chief Aaron W Eveatt

3 years 4 months ago

Evacuations lifted in Bent County

CAMPO, Colo. (AP) - Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for about a dozen homes in Hasty that were threatened by an 11-square-mile wildfire. This pictures was taken by Prowers County firefighters today. The blaze near Las Animas is one of three that started Saturday in southern Colorado and...

3 years 4 months ago

Fire in Bent County promts evacuations

A fire in Bent County has burned approximately 150 acres according to the Bent County Sheriff's Office. It started in the area of County Road 16 & JJ and is moving northeast. Officials say there are evacuations in the area but haven't said how many homes have been evacuated. ...

3 years 5 months ago

Hickenlooper seems to soften on closing prison

Governor John Hickenlooper spent the day in the lower Arkansas Valley, listening to concerns about closing the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas. Hickenlooper toured the prison this morning, then met with local officials. The state plans to assign about 200 prison employees to other facilities. Bent County...

3 years 5 months ago

Governor to discuss prison closure

After announcing two weeks ago that he would close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, Governor John Hickenlooper is visiting Bent County in person today to explain the need for it to community leaders. The prison closure is expected to save the state around $6 million a year. It's one...

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