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Friday, March 1

Friday, March 1

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TODAY – Sunny, with a high near 52º. Breezy, with a west-southwest wind of 15 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT – Mostly clear, with a low of around 31º. Breezy, with a southwest wind of 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW – Sunny, with a high near 51º. Windy, with a southwest wind of 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.

AVALANCHE REPORT 

Winds have calmed since the storm and will remain calm until more weather arrives over the weekend. Temperatures have increased to above-freezing temperatures at 11,000 ft across the Southern Mountains. Sun and warm temps will likely shrink-wrap the new snow and cause some loose wet activity on solar aspects in steep terrain near rocks and cliffs.

ROADS & HIGHWAYS

The Fremont County Department Of Transportation has closed bridge FRCO 308-TX CK located at CR 27 over the Arkansas River. This is at the intersection CO Highway 69 and US Hwy 50. 

This bridge will be closed indefinitely until State required repairs can be completed. Road closure notices and barricades are in place

 

March 5th is Super Tuesday, the Presidential Primary Election Day with polling stations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ballot drop boxes accessible until 7 p.m. 

“Recovery starts when stigma ends.”  

Did you know that one in six Americans has a substance use disorder?  The health departments of Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park counties are collaborating on a public awareness campaign to dispel the stigma of addiction to fentanyl and other opioids.  Resources in the bilingual campaign can be accessed through EndStigmaStartRecovery.org and ParaElEstigma.org.  The program also offers evidence-based treatments, therapies, and Narcan, an emergency opioid overdose medication.   The program will be paid for by a 750 million dollar legal judgment rendered against Colorado’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. 

PTC REBATE 

Coloradans eligible for a Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate should apply before April 15 to ensure they also receive a TABOR refund. The Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate is available to Colorado residents to help with their property tax, rent, and/or heat expenses. The rebate is based on income and includes people with disabilities and older adults. Learn more at tax.colorado.gov/PTC-rebate.

2025 CALENDAR ART COMPETITION

The Sangres Art Guild (SAG) invites all artists to submit entries for the 2025 calendar. The 2025 Calendar Art Competition, “Peace in the Valley,” entry deadline is March 23, 2024, and the competition is open to all 2D, 3D, and photographic artists.

TODAY, MARCH 1st

9:30 am Pickleball​ At the Pickleball Courts, 1st Street & Butler in Silver Cliff.

11 am Senior Game Day Bring a lunch or snack. Contact Linda Stevens for more information: lxxsteve@hotmail.com. At the Silver Cliff Senior Center, Town Hall, 612 Main Street, Silver Cliff.

7 pm Movie at the Jones Argyle – A reclusive author realizes the plot of the new book she’s writing starts to mirror real-world events, in real-time.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd

Another audition for the Custer County’s Got Talent Show this Saturday from 1 – 3 pm at the Jones Theater.

Musicians, dancers, magicians, actors, poets, and singers are welcome. 119 Main Street. For more info call 719.783.3304. The Talent Show will be on March 30th with our own TC Smythe as the emcee at the second annual event.

7 pm Movie at the Jones Argyle – A reclusive author realizes the plot of the new book she’s writing starts to mirror real-world events, in real-time. Sunday Matinée at 2pm. 

Looking ahead … At noon on Tuesday, March 5th, an important meeting on the future of the Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is at the Senior Center in Silver Cliff. 612 Main Street.

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Cooking Competitions are open to students in grades 5-12 and are on the third Wednesday of the month. The next competition will be a St. Patrick’s Themed one where they have to make something green. The students who have participated in the cooking competitions have also helped cook at the Summer Bobcat Cafe, preparing meals for the community.

Best of luck to the Cotopaxi Pirates today as the Boys and Girls High School Basketball teams head to Regionals.

This week on Valley Views our host, Gary Taylor, interviews Paul Wenke, Mayor of Westcliffe.

Valley Views* airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am, and is always available to stream on our website.​​

Look no further than KLZR’s Community Resource Page for local information on various organizations within the community. You’ll see the ValleyStrong Community Calendar and the Visit Wet Mountain Valley Events Calendar.

Friday, March 1

Thursday, February 29 LEAP DAY!

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TODAY – Sunny, with a high near 50º. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT – Mostly clear, with a low of around 24º. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW – Sunny, with a high near 51º. Breezy, with a west-southwest wind of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Heading out? We always recommend that you know before you go.  Visit cotrip.org before hitting the road.

 

TODAY, FEBRUARY 29th

9 am BOCC meets in the Commissioner Board Room, 615 Rosita Avenue, Westcliffe.

NEW FEATURE ON WMVCF WEBSITE

The Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation has a new feature on its website. In addition to this resource, there will be training provided this year, beginning with Volunteer Management. Following the initial training session, the next topics include Volunteer and Board Recruiting, Board Management, Creating Bylaws, and Nonprofit Finance Best Practices. Check it out on wmvcr.org

PTC REBATE 

Coloradans eligible for a Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate should apply before April 15 to ensure they also receive a TABOR refund. The Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate is available to Colorado residents to help with their property tax, rent, and/or heat expenses. The rebate is based on income and includes people with disabilities and older adults. Learn more at tax.colorado.gov/PTC-rebate.

TODAY, FEBRUARY 29th

11 am Beginners Line Dance​ Learn to synchronize your movements in unison to choreographed steps at the Community United Methodist Church, 206 S 6th Street in Westcliffe.

Noon Senior Center Lunch​​Call 719.783.9508 by 9:30 am for reservations. Lunch is served at the Senior Center, 612 Main Street in Silver Cliff.

4:15 pm Game Time​ Come check out all the games at the library. Get your gamer face on and play! For ages 9 – 14. At the library, 209 Main Street, Westcliffe.

5 pm Open Mic Night​ ​Every Thursday at Tony’s Mountain Pizza, 630 Main Street in Silver Cliff.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1st

9:30 am Pickleball​ At the Pickleball Courts, 1st Street & Butler in Silver Cliff.

11 am Senior Game Day Bring a lunch or snack. Contact Linda Stevens for more information: lxxsteve@hotmail.com. At the Silver Cliff Senior Center, Town Hall, 612 Main Street, Silver Cliff.

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Custer County’s Got Talent will be having another audition this Saturday from 1 – 3 pm at the Jones Theater.

Musicians, dancers, magicians, actors, poets, and singers are welcome. 119 Main Street. For more info call 719.783.3304. The Talent Show will be on March 30th. And our own TC Smythe will be the emcee at the second annual event..

Today on Valley Views your host Gary Taylor interviews Paul Wenke, Mayor of Westcliffe.

Valley Views* airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am, and is always available to stream on our website.​​

To let us know about events, birthdays, Lost and Found pets, job listings, and other community information, email us at wakeup@klzr.org. Non-profit events should be sent to calendar@klzr.org to be included in our on-air broadcasts.

 

Friday, March 1

Wednesday, February 28

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TODAY – Sunny, with a high near 44º. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT – Mostly clear, with a low of around 19º. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW – Sunny, with a high near 51º. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

AVALANCHE REPORT

Avalanche danger is on the rise as a potent storm impacts the Continental Divide. Drifting snow will create dangerous slabs at higher elevations. You can trigger a large and dangerous avalanche where these drifts are forming.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29th

9 am BOCC meets in the Commissioner Board Room, 615 Rosita Avenue, Westcliffe.

PTC REBATE 

Coloradans eligible for a Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate should apply before April 15 to ensure they also receive a TABOR refund. The Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate is available to Colorado residents to help with their property tax, rent, and/or heat expenses. The rebate is based on income and includes people with disabilities and older adults. Learn more at tax.colorado.gov/PTC-rebate

BLOOD DRIVE

There’s a blood drive at Custer County Schools today from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WESTCLIFFE ELECTION DAY

The regular mail ballot election is on Tuesday, April 2nd. Westcliffe Town Hall will be open for election business Monday – Friday, beginning Monday, March 11th through Monday, April 1st from 8 am & 5 pm.

Town Hall will also be open for ballot drop off on Election Day, Tuesday, April 2nd from 7 am – 7 pm. You may also drop off your Mail Ballot at Westcliffe Town Hall, 1000 Main Street. The Mail Ballot Drop-Off box is in the back of the building and will close at 6 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, April 2nd.

TODAY, FEBRUARY 28th

8 am Meet your VSO/VROEnjoy coffee with your Veteran Officers in the Community Room at the library, 209 Main Street, Westcliffe.

9:30 am Line dancing Move and groove together at the Community United Methodist Church, 202 S 6th Street in Westcliffe.

4:15 PM TWEEN BOOK CLUB Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. At the library 209 Main Street, Westcliffe

Looking ahead … At noon on Tuesday, March 5th, an important meeting on the future of the Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is at the Senior Center in Silver Cliff. 612 Main Street.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29 LEAP DAY!

11 am Beginners Line Dance​ Learn to synchronize your movements in unison to choreographed steps at the Community United Methodist Church, 206 S 6th Street in Westcliffe.

Noon Senior Center Lunch​ Call 719.783.9508 by 9:30 am for reservations. Lunch is served at the Senior Center, 612 Main Street in Silver Cliff.

4:15 pm Game Time Come check out all the games at the library. Get your gamer face on and play! For ages 9 – 14. At the library, 209 Main Street, Westcliffe.

5 pm Open Mic Night Every Thursday at Tony’s Mountain Pizza, 630 Main Street in Silver Cliff.

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The Scholastic Book Fair is this week every day beginning at 8 am.

No school tomorrow for Pre-K – 5th.

The special School Board meeting for this afternoon has been canceled.

This week on Valley Views your host Gary Taylor interviews Paul Wenke, Mayor of Westcliffe.

Valley Views* airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am, and is always available to stream on our website.​​

 

 

Friday, March 1

Tuesday, February 27

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TODAY – Snow likely, mainly before 2 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45º. Windy, with a southwest wind of 20 to 30 mph becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch is possible.

TONIGHT – A 30% chance of snow before 11 pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 8. Wind chill values between -10º and zero. Blustery, with a west-northwest wind of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

TOMORROW – Sunny, with a high near 43º. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK – High wind watch effective today from 5 am until 5 pm.

HIGH WINDS

Damaging winds are expected today, with the strongest gusts this morning through early afternoon. Light and high-profile vehicles will need to exercise caution.

Burglary and Auto Theft in Silver Cliff

A 2018 cobalt blue Nissan Rogue with Colorado license plate QKD702 was stolen yesterday morning in Silver Cliff. There is a white Sasquatch sticker on the back driver-side hatch. 

If you see this car, call 911 right away.

Before the auto theft, another vehicle was broken into but not stolen. No one was harmed.

Custer County Sheriff received additional reports of vehicles being rummaged through in Silver Cliff Sunday night or early yesterday morning. 

Your first line of defense is locking your car and keeping valuables out of sight.

AVALANCHE REPORT

An Avalanche Warning is in effect today through tomorrow morning for most of the Central Mountains and parts of the Northern and Southern Mountains. ​​Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended during this time.

ROADS & HIGHWAYS

US 50 and CO 115
In March, CDOT will begin a traffic and roadway improvement project at the intersection of US Highway 50 and Colorado Highway 115 in the town of Penrose. The goal of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow to the eastbound US 50 on and off ramps and to CO 115 by replacing the intersection with a roundabout. The project is located at the intersection of CO 115 and US 50 in Penrose.

Project hours will be 7 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday with extended hours in the summer months and some overnight and weekend work possible. CDOT anticipates full completion by October

TODAY, FEBRUARY 27th

10 am Growing, Pruning & Propagating Herbs” workshop

Local grower Jeanine Leslie of Valhalla Farmz will demonstrate how to successfully grow and prune herbs year-round.  Please register for the workshop at westcusterlibrary.org Meet in the Community Room at the library, 209 Main Street.

1 pm Bridge Club​ All are welcome. Beginners are encouraged to observe and Intermediate players can join in during scheduled games. Silver Cliff Town Hall, 612 E. Main Street.

1 pm Yarn Works​​ ​Knit and crochet, needlework, social hour at 204 East 6th Street in Westcliffe. Contact Debbie at ​​​debunderm@yahoo.com​​​ for more information.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th

8 am Meet your VSO/VROEnjoy coffee with your Veteran Officers in the Community Room at the library, 209 Main Street, Westcliffe.

9:30 am Line dancing Move and groove together at the Community United Methodist Church, 202 S 6th Street in Westcliffe.

4:15 PM TWEEN BOOK CLUB Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. At the library 209 Main Street, Westcliffe. .

Congratulations to the High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams! They are headed to Regionals this coming weekend. GO PIRATES!

Today on Valley Views our host, Gary Taylor, interviews Paul Wenke, Mayor of Westcliffe.

Valley Views* airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am, and is always available to stream on our website.​​

Community radio is fueled by the power of local support. Contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations account for 100% of our operating budget. CONSIDER UNDERWRITING WITH KLZR. LEARN MORE AT KLZR.ORG

 

Friday, March 1

Monday, February 26

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TODAY – A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10 am, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54º. Windy, with a west-southwest wind of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts to less than a tenth of an inch possible.

TONIGHT – A chance of rain and snow showers before 9 pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 30º. Breezy, with a southwest wind of 20 to 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts to less than a tenth of an inch possible.

TOMORROW – Snow showers are likely. Patchy blowing snow before 9 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42º. Very windy, with a west-southwest wind of 25 to 30 mph increasing to 35 to 40 mph. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK – Periods of heavy, wind-driven snow will impact the Continental Divide tonight into Tuesday evening. For lower elevations of the upper Arkansas River Valley, the Sangre de Cristo, and Wet Mountains, 5 to 10 inches are likely, with locally higher amounts possible.

High wind watch effective Tuesday 5 am until Tuesday 5 pm.

Winds gusting more than 80 mph will produce widespread blowing snow over the mountains with extremely hazardous travel conditions and poor visibility. Reminder: With the high winds there is always a chance for power outages. If you see downed power lines, please assume they are live. Back away and call 911.

AVALANCHE REPORT

We are in a period where high-consequence human-triggered slides are still possible. Most avalanches have occurred in above-treeline terrain where recent winds have drifted snow onto a weak layer near the surface. These are near-surface facets, facet/crust combinations, or surface hoars. Skiers/Riders are commonly triggering avalanches on slopes that show recent signs of winds drifting snow, such as just below ridges, large smooth pillows of snow along gully walls, or steep rollovers. To avoid these slopes, you can find safer travel options on wind-sheltered and lower-angle areas without steep slopes above.

On Saturday, a semi-truck rollover near mile marker 63 on CO 69 brought the highway down to one lane. No one was seriously injured. The truckload was 46,000 pounds of cheese. The CCSO and WMFPD distributed free cheese to those who wanted it.

 

TODAY, FEBRUARY 26th

9:30 am High Country Recycling meets via Zoom.

Here’s the link
Meeting ID: 964 0148 1121

3 pm Dark Skies of the WMV meets at Kirkpatrick Bank, 8 Bassick Place in Westcliffe. Contact info@darkskiescolorado.org to confirm the meeting and let them know if you’re attending.

 

TODAY, FEBRUARY 26th

9:30 am Pickleball​ At the Pickleball Courts, 1st Street & Butler in Silver Cliff.

Noon Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club​ ​Every Monday at the Rancher’s Roost, 25 Main Street in Westcliffe. Guests are welcome to join to learn about Rotary and listen to guest speakers.

At Noon both today and tomorrow is the Senior Center Lunch​Call 719.783.9508 by 9:30 am for reservations. Lunch is served at the Senior Center, 612 Main Street in Silver Cliff.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th

10 am Growing, Pruning & Propagating Herbs” workshop Local grower Jeanine Leslie of Valhalla Farmz will demonstrate how to successfully grow and prune herbs year round.  Please register for the workshop at westcusterlibrary.org

1 pm Bridge Club​ All are welcome. Beginners are encouraged to observe and Intermediate players can join in during scheduled games. Silver Cliff Town Hall, 612 E. Main Street.

1 pm Yarn Works​​ ​Knit and crochet, needlework, social hour at 204 East 6th Street in Westcliffe. Contact Debbie at ​​​debunderm@yahoo.com​​​ for more information.

Looking ahead … At noon on Tuesday, March 5th, an important meeting on the future of the Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is at the Senior Center in Silver Cliff. 612 Main Street.

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The Scholastic Book Fair is this week every day beginning at 8 am.

KIDS ARE COOKIN’

Cooking Competitions are open to students in grades 5-12 and are on the third Wednesday of the month. The next competition will be a St. Patrick’s Themed one where they have to make something green. The students who have participated in the cooking competitions have also helped cook at the Summer Bobcat Cafe, preparing meals for the community.

This week on Valley Views our host, Gary Taylor, interviews Paul Wenke, Mayor of Westcliffe.

Valley Views* airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am, and is always available to stream on our website.​​

On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass* Band released the world’s first jazz record. The record’s two songs, “Livery Stable Blues” and “Dixie Jazz Band One Step,” became instant hits and introduced millions of people to the new genre of music.

Look no further than KLZR’s Community Resource Page for local information on various organizations within the community. You’ll see the ValleyStrong Community Calendar and the Visit Wet Mountain Valley Events Calendar.

Friday, March 1

Friday, February 23

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TODAY – Sunny, with a high near 46º. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north-northwest in the morning.

TONIGHT – Mostly clear, with a low of around 19º. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW – Sunny, with a high near 52º. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK – Increasing westerly flow across the Rockies will bring unseasonably warm and breezy conditions, along with possible critical fire weather conditions to southeast Colorado on Saturday and Sunday

NATIONWIDE SERVICE OUTAGE

Yesterday, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon reported a Nationwide service outage affecting making and receiving phone calls and text messages. As of yesterday afternoon, there was not an estimated time of restoration. 

HALT IN FUNDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH

U.S. Representatives Brittany Pettersen and Jason Crow led a group of Colorado Representatives in urging the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to continue funding the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center, which has conducted instrumental public health research in the region for nearly 20 years. The members of the group expressed concern over the sudden and unexplained halt in funding and requested an explanation for the decision, which could impact the public health and well-being of Coloradans across the state.

GYM CLOSED SATURDAY

Altitude Community Fitness will be closed on Saturday, February 24th to all members and walk-in clients.

EXPANDING MONARCH SKI RESORT

US Forest Service representatives meet with Monarch Mountain Ski area personnel to discuss the proposed Monarch Mountain No Name Basin projects.

The projects include the expansion of the ski area special use permit boundary by approximately 377 acres to include 139 acres of new terrain, a new 2,700 foot-long chairlift, a warming hut, a restroom, and a permanent access road.

The Forest Service has completed an environmental assessment and issued a draft decision notice. This decision is subject to a 45-day objection period that ends on April 8, 2024. You can find the draft at fs.usda.gov

Friday, Feb 23

9:30 am Pickleball​ At the Pickleball Courts, 1st Street & Butler in Silver Cliff.

11 am Senior Game Day Bring a lunch or snack. Contact Linda Stevens for more information: lxxsteve@hotmail.com. At the Silver Cliff Senior Center, Town Hall, 612 Main Street, Silver Cliff.

This weekend there’s an open call for Custer County’s Got Talent as it makes its return to the Jones Theater in late March. Musicians, dancers, magicians, actors, poets, and singers are welcome this Sunday from 2 – 4pm, 119 Main Street. For more info call 719.783.3304

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TODAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

10 am Bobcats Middle School Girls Basketball @ Cotopaxi for the WCL Tournament. 345 CR 12, Cotopaxi.

TODAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

10 am Pirates Middle School Girls Basketball, WCL Tournament in Cotopaxi.

There’s also the Senior Class Bake sale taking place during the Tournament. 

Best of luck to all the teams competing in the middle school basketball tournament.

This week on Valley Views our host, Gary Taylor, interviews local high-altitude gardening expert Penn Parmenter. Valley Views* airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am, and is always available to stream on our website.​​

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