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Good morning Custer County and our friends on the web – I’m Carol Bribach and this is the Wet Mountain Wake Up Call for today, Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.
The 14th amendment was adopted on this date in 1868 granting citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including formerly enslaved people and was officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Then, Secretary of State, William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the amendment.

“The National Weather Service forecast for today is mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 85. Northeast winds around 10 mph.
Wednesday night partly cloudy with a possible chance of thunderstorms until midnight. Lows 49 to 54. Southwest winds around 10 mph.

The annual Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower is happening in the night sky, so don’t forget to look up tonight and you might catch a glimpse of some meteors, if the moon isn’t too bright.

The Arkansas river valley’s year-to-date precipitation stands at 10% below normal, but Grape Creek is flowing at 57 gallons per second out of Lake Deweese, which is 71% above normal.

There are 2 active fires in Colorado at present with a total of about 9,000 acres. The Sylvan Lake fire is now 68% contained.

There is no red flag warning in effect today.

CDPHE reports no new COVID cases since yesterday.

The Westcliffe Farmer’s Market on 4th and Main is operating today from 9am to 1pm. The featured live music is provided by the band “Fresh Apples”.

There is a Call for Nominations to serve on the Custer County School District Board of Education.  Custer County Districts 4 and 5 will serve 4 year terms, and district 1 will be a 2 year term.  Nomination forms may be picked up at the School’s Administration Office beginning August 4th until August 19th  between 9:00am and 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.  A minimum of 25 signatures must be collected.  Signatures may not be collected before Aug 4th.  All petitions due back by Friday August 27th 3:00 pm.  The Election is November 2nd.   We’ll be announcing this each day until August 19th.

The Town of Westcliffe is seeking two individuals to serve as members of the Town Board to fill vacancies for a two and four-year term. The Trustee positions will start with the current term going through to the Municipal Election in April, 2022. Interested applicants must be U.S. citizens, a registered voter in the Town of Westcliffe and have resided in the Town, for at least one year immediately preceding this appointment. To apply, please submit a letter of interest providing a description of your experience in local government, involvement in the Westcliffe community, boards served on, and outlining your knowledge of current Westcliffe Town/Board issues. Letters of interest should be directed to:  Kathy Reis, Town Clerk, Town of Westcliffe, P.O. Box 406, 1000 Main, Westcliffe, CO 81252, Fax (719) 783-2943. All letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

If you wonder when and where to drop off your recyclable plastic, aluminum, paper, cardboard, chemicals, batteries, old medicines, leftover paint, and appliances, we’ve got an app for you!  The information has all been brought together in one place at  www.highcountryrecycling.com.

We have a found property announcement:  The Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a large green, frameless, backpack containing camping gear found in the South Colony Lake area. If you’re missing a backpack, contact Evidence Technician Joseph McCarthy at jmccarthy@custersheriff.com.  THE PERSON CLAIMING THE PROPERTY MUST BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE THE BACKPACK AND ITS CONTENTS IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE RELEASED.

The Wet Mountain Wake Up Call is seeking an additional team member to produce our twice-weekly broadcast of the Community Calendar.  A successful applicant will need a facebook account, a home computer, and an internet connection and be willing to learn how to edit a spreadsheet and record audio.  The task will begin in September and is expected to take 4 hours per week and pays $15.00 per hour.  To apply, send an email to tc.smythe@klzr.org.

Happy birthday to Deb Mitchell, one of Westcliffe’s extraordinary volunteer workers and an overall great person. Have a happy day and take time for yourself.

That’s been all for your Wet Mountain Wake up Call – Visitors to KLZR.org can stream today’s script.   To let us know about events, birthdays, Lost and Found pets, job listings, and other community information, email us at wakeup@klzr.org.
Stay tuned after Feature Story News to hear Mountain Express with Gary Taylor at 7am, Rockin’ the Range with Sandi Dalton at noon and Sunday Classics with David Niemeyer at 8 this evening.

Tomorrow, Elliot Jackson will be in to lead you through the Wet Mountain Wake Up Call! She’ll be right here on KLZR 91.7 FM in Westcliffe, Colorado.