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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Bent County:

My name is James Scott Curley, although I prefer to go by Scott. It is my intention to run for the office of Bent County Commissioner in District Three during the 2016 election. I am 57 years old and currently work for United Parcel Service as a package car driver for the past 32 years. […]

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Hold 145th Annual Banquet

LAS ANIMAS – Industry updates, elections and a team sorting drew ranchers from throughout Southeast Colorado to the Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association’s annual events on Saturday, April 11. The membership heard updates and had an opportunity to interact with State Sen. Larry Crowder (R-35) and numerous speakers. Updates were from brand commissioner Chris […]

Bent’s Fort Welcomes New “Staff”

  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site recently welcomed two new “staff members” when the site acquired two donkeys from the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary in Deer Trail, Colorado.  The two jennys (female donkeys), named Thelma and Louise, were originally rounded up from public lands in Nevada. Louise, the mother is eleven years of age; […]

Fief Selected as Prowers County Undersheriff

  To all, It is with great pleasure, that I announce the new Undersheriff of the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office, Samuel Fief. Sam has been serving as the Undersheriff in Bent County, and will begin his duties here beginning March 1, 2015. He has work experience at the Lamar Police Department, Greeley Police Department, and […]

Semi Fatality In Bent County Over the Weekend

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a traffic crash involving a Tractor-Trailer combination hauling diesel, which resulted in one fatal in Bent County just west of Las Animas. The 2014 Kenworth Tractor pulling a tanker trailer was traveling eastbound on Colorado 50. As the Kenworth entered a curve, the trailer began to roll. The Kenworth […]

Fort Lyon VA & Homeless Center Observes First Anniversary

Governor Hickenlooper and area representatives were on hand at the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas today, September 23,  to observe the first anniversary of the center. The 550 acre complex was repurposed from a medium security prison into a facility offering access to mental health and health care services for the homeless […]

Bent County Highway Accident Claims Lamar Life

  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that resulted one person suffering fatal injuries along with three other that suffered serious bodily injuries. The crash occurred on Colorado Highway 50, approximately 11 miles east of Las Animas, near milepost 411. At approximately 1000 hours, a 2000 Chrysler 300 driven by 23 year-old […]

Las Animas Sharpshooters Rebooted

        Southeast Area—The Las Animas Sharpshooters 4-H club has reformed with the guidance of leaders Cody Turner and Ben and Cindy Miller.  All three leaders completed the Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports discipline training this winter and have hit the ground running.  4-H members from across Bent County met April 18 for the […]

Three Injured in Bent County Crash

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred on westbound Colorado Highway 50, two miles east of La Junta, Colorado. The crash resulted in a female passenger suffering serious bodily injuries.  A 2003 Toyota Camry driven by Jacob Montoya, age 24, of Las Animas, Colorado was traveling westbound, when it traveled […]

Two Escapees from Bent County Jail Caught

  Two inmates escaped from the Bent County Jail early today, August 23, when they climbed through the window of a work release cell, after smashing it with a tv stand.  Bent County Undersheriff Tandy Hasser said sheriff’s deputies gave immediate pursuit and were assisted in the search by six other surrounding law enforcement agencies.  […]

Unearthing the Past at Bent’s New Fort

  Several local students and some from the archeology department at the University of Colroado, Colorado Springs, were at the dig site of Bent’s New Fort earlier this month.  Under the guidance of Richard Carrillo of Cuartelejo HP Associates of La junta, the students used small shovels and metal detectors to probe the remains of […]

Two Vehicle Crash Closes Highway 50 near Hasty

On  Friday morning, July 12, 2013 at approximately 06:15 hours, an accident occurred on Highway 50 near milepost 410, which is located approximately five miles west of Hasty, in Bent County Colorado.   A green 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by Tricia McIntire of Springfield, Colorado was traveling westbound on Highway 50.  The Explorer traveled into the […]

Two Holly Residents Receive Minor Injuries in Bent County Crash

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle, injury crash that occurred on Highway 50 in Bent County, Friday, June 8, 2012. A 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, that was towing a trailer full of scrap metal, was traveling westbound near milepost 393 when it collided with the left rear quarter panel of a […]