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... more »
KIOWA, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is trying to find out why Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap was paid more than $12,000 for unused vacation time he saved up during his years of work in the department. According to the Denver Post, the amount appears to be... more »
Elbert County has moved from Stage 2 to Stage 3 burn restrictions because of warm weather and dry conditions.
The Stage 3 rules will be in effect through April and May and possibly longer.
Not allowed under Stage 3 restrictions:
Open burning of any kind
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DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has formally requested federal drought assistance for Elbert and Douglas counties.
Hickenlooper sent a letter Monday to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seeking a primary drought disaster declaration for the two counties. A declaration would allow farmers and ranchers to seek emergency loans... more »
Today's warmer than normal temperatures and the already dry conditions are making things a bit difficult for fire crews all along the Front Range. Fire crews in La junta just completed fighting a fire along Hwy 50 that burned more than 100 acres. Fire crews have already rushed to grass... more »
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans aged one - 44. The problem is especially acute for new drivers, 15-19 years old.
In an effort to save young lives in El Paso, Teller and Elbert counties, students from 32 high schools will participate in a peer... more »
KIOWA, Colo. (AP) - An Elbert County official facing embezzlement and other charges has been placed on paid leave of absence. The Denver Post reports that the commissioners took the action on Wednesday in the case of assessor Phyllis Jean "P.J." Trostel. The 57-year-old Trostel was indicted Sept. 10 on... more »
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced Thursday that attorneys from the Criminal Justice Section have secured an indictment from the Statewide Grand Jury against a Parker man suspected of contributing to the release of a hazardous substance by misleading state officials.
According to the indictment, Michael Merit, 45, falsely... more »
Imagine losing your heat in the middle of this sub-zero cold? A family on the eastern plains braved, not only the cold, but strong winds without any heat in their home. They live in Elbert. That's about 25 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. The Crowell family wants their misery to... more »