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1 year 3 months ago

Drought relief for farmers in 43 Colorado counties

DENVER (AP) - Thirty of Colorado's 64 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to severe drought and heat, making farmers and ranchers there and in adjacent counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that overall, 43...

2 years 1 month 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...

2 years 8 months ago

Hickenlooper to visit closing prison

LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is visiting southeastern Colorado to talk with employees at a rural prison that's closing because of budget cuts. Hickenlooper will update prison staff on Tuesdasy about plans to finding another use for the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas. Closing...

2 years 9 months ago

Fire danger douses holiday fireworks, campfires

DENVER (AP) - National forests and counties along Colorado's Front Range and eastern plains are banning outside fires and fireworks as hot, dry weather keeps the fire danger high. The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning signaling high fire danger for much of southern Colorado, including Las...

2 years 10 months ago

Disaster declaration for Las Animas County

Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued an emergency disaster declaration for the Bear and Purgatoire fires in Las Animas County. The executive order authorizes up to $2.5 million in state aid to help pay firefighting costs and directs the state to seek additional funds from the federal government if necessary. ...

2 years 10 months ago

Southern Colorado fires grew overnight

Two wildfires, the Bear Fire and the Purgatoire Fire, in Las Animas County experienced some growth due to high winds and dry conditions. The Bear Fire has burned about 6,800 acres on Horseshoe and Barela Mesas and is estimated at 15 percent contained. A small part of that fire...

2 years 11 months ago

One person displaced in house fire

A house fire in Colorado Springs has left one man displaced tonight. It happened just before 6 near the intersection of S. El Paso and Las Animas just east of downtown. The entire back addition of the house was destroyed by the fire. It started to spread to the...

3 years 1 week 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 1 week 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 weeks ago

Fire starts in Bent County

A grass fire has started north east of Las Animas. It is burning near 17th Lane and LL Road in Bent County. This fire is about 10 miles north of John Martin Reservoir and it moving toward the small town of Hasty. Photo by Donna Ferrell

3 years 1 month ago

Lawmakers to meet with Bent County officials

DENVER (AP) - State lawmakers are scheduled to meet with officials from a southeastern Colorado city to discuss the possible closing of a prison that residents say will damage the area's economy. The Joint Budget Committee will meet with Bent County officials this afternoon to hear their concerns as...

3 years 1 month 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...

3 years 2 months ago

DOC proposes closing Fort Lyon facility

Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections announced a plan today to close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility located near Las Animas. The prison has an emphasis on health care services, including high needs medical care, geriatrics and services for offenders with serious mental illnesses....

3 years 8 months ago

Update: Fire victim identified

The Las Animas County Sheriff's Office has identified a child killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning near Trinidad. The fire took place at 9050 CR 45.4 in Segundo, a few miles from Trinidad. The house was occupied by seven people. The boy was identified as six-year-old Emiliano...

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