Washington County, CO

Deitz named Early Childhood Professional of the Month

The Early Childhood Council for Yuma, Washington, and Kit Carson Counties (ECCYWK) recognizes an outstanding early childhood professional each month who is devoted to their profession and has the personal characteristics, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide young children with high quality early childhood care and education experiences. Each month a professional is chosen from nominations from parents, early childhood professionals and community members.
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County receives over $4 million from 2020 storm

Washington County commissioners met Tuesday morning, June 14. Bill Dorrenbacher opened the meeting with a scripture story and prayer, which was followed by the pledge to the flag. There was no public comment. Chairman Kent Vance opened the meeting. County Administrator Misty Peterson gave her report, with the first being...
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Happy Retirement!

Lori Barkey said farewell to the Washington County Clerk and Recorder’s Office on May 31, 2022, retiring after 43 years of service. Those at the Courthouse would like to wish her well as she embarks on the new chapter of her life!
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Hole In One

Amber Fincher hit the first hole in one of her career, during women’s league last Monday night, June 13 at the Washington County Golf Course. Fincher hit the cup in one shot on Hole #3, which was witnessed by her partner Natasha Livesay, as well as Lori Baer and Kayla Miles.

Child care assessment surveys being taken by ECCYWK

The Early Childhood Council for Yuma, Washington, and Kit Carson Counties (ECCYWK) works to increase the quality, accessibility, capacity, and affordability of early childhood programs across the three counties. To that end, the Council is trying to determine what the child care needs are in each of itslocal communities. They would like parents/families, businesses, and community members to fill out the following surveys:

US to Spend $9 Million to Bolster Sagebrush Ecosystems

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday announced $9 million for 40 projects in Idaho and seven other Western states for sagebrush ecosystems to combat invasive species and wildfire, reduce the spread of juniper trees and promote community and economic stability. The money announced Thursday will...

Candidates give final pitch at forum

State and local candidates gave one last push to earn some votes during last Tuesday’s candidate and issues forum, sponsored by the Washington County Farm Bureau and the Washington County Republicans. A good crowd gathered at the Otis School to hear the candidate’s view points on various issues. In...

Commissioners back to business after summer conference

The Washington County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, June 7. Pastor Rich Moon from the Akron Foursquare Church opened with a prayer, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” There was no public participation. The consent agenda was approved and County Administrator Misty Peterson gave her report. The board...

Serious injury call produces no validity

At 2319 hours on June 9th, several Washington County emergency services agencies were called to a one vehicle rollover with two possible patients with serious injuries, located five miles south of Last Chance. Southwest Washington County Fire Department and the Washington County Ambulance – Last Chance crew responded locally, as...

Washington County Museum reopens for 2022

Washington County Museum was finally able to open its doors again on Sunday, June 5. After being closed last year, everyone was glad to see it opened again. Through the summer, it will be opened Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. You can also email Henrietta Uhlenhopp, Curator, to make an appointment to tour the museum. Her email is

Washington County Title Company under new ownership

An icon for over 100 years, the Washington County Title Company is under new ownership. Longtime owner Lila Kessinger has entered retirement, passing along the reins to Michelle Dracon and Dana Pachner. “We are so excited for this venture and grateful to Lila Kessinger for entrusting us with a company...

Commissioners hold brief meeting

Washington County Commissioners met Tuesday, May 31 for one of the shortest meetings on record. The meeting lasted a total of seven minutes, with Commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn there in-person and Commissioners Kent Vance and Tony Wells present via ZOOM. Colorado Counties Incorporated (CCI) is holding their summer conference in Colorado Springs and Commissioner Laybourn and County Administrator Misty Peterson left soon after the meeting to attend.

Dracon, Velder represent county at State Tournament

The Washington County girls’ golf team were the last athletes of the region to wrap up their spring sports season. Senior Mary Dracon and junior Kendall Velder represented Akron and Otis at the 3A Girls’ Golf Championships May 31 and June 1 at Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield. Dracon shot a 91 and 104 for a two-day total of 195, landing her in a three-way tie for 34th place. Velder finished in a four-way tie for 46th place, shooting a 96 and 108 for a two-day total of 204.
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Zayo closes ENA acquisition

BOULDER, Colo. – Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (Zayo) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Education Networks of America (ENA), a leader in providing managed network connectivity, communications and cybersecurity services to K-12 school districts participating in the federally-funded E-Rate program, as well as other public sector customers.
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Rain brings relief, but drought conditions remain

Northeast Colorado received significant rainfall Tuesday evening but how much it will help the overall drought conditions remains to be seen. According to the CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network) mapping/ observing system, rain totals in the the past 24 hours for Morgan County were 1.36 inches in Fort Morgan, 1.44 inches south of Wiggins, which was the highest observed in the county, and 0.88 inches Brush. Logan County saw 0.75 inches in Sterling, 0.78 inches in Fleming and .051 inches northeast of Sterling.

Velder and Dracon qualify for State Tournament

It was postseason time for the Washington County girls’ golf team last week. The ladies headed to Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland last Monday, May 23 for the 3A Region 3 Regional Tournament. Taking home the team title was Berthoud, shooting a 280. Coming in second was Resurrection Christian with a 295, followed by Holyoke (305), Severance (314), Washington County (320), Liberty Common (332), Brush (333), Strasburg (342), Wray (345) and Limon (357).