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Good morning, Custer County, everyone who can pick up our signal this morning, and streaming listeners worldwide – I’m Sandi and this is the KLZR Wet Mountain Wake Up Call for Friday, October 22nd, 2021.


The National Weather Service says it will be sunny today with highs in the lower to mid-60s and overnight lows of 25 to 32.

Saturday is to be mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and overnight lows of 26 to 32.

On Sunday expect mostly sunny skies, highs in the mid-50s to lower 60s and overnight lows of 25 to 31.


Unfortunately, there is no precipitation in the forecast for the weekend.


According to the US Drought Monitor, most of Custer County is now in moderate drought conditions. The northeast portion of the county remains abnormally dry.


As of 6pm, Thursday afternoon the Red Canon Fire was burning at 12.5 acres. It is located in Huerfano County, on San Carlos RD, 8.3 miles northeast of Gardner. The fire was first reported on October 13th. You can find updates on the #RedCanonFire on the Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands Fire Information blog, as they are posted. A link is included in today’s script.


Although the Wake-Up call does not air on weekends, KLZR will be monitoring for developments affecting our listening area, and we do announce emergency information in a separate broadcast which airs at the top of the hour 24/7, on an as-needed basis.


As of Wednesday, October 20th, Colorado Department of Health’s ArcGIS database shows Custer County at 355 positive COVID cases over the course of the pandemic. That is the most current number we have to give you heading into the weekend.


Free COVID testing in the privacy and convenience of your own home is available. You can order a free 8-pack of 15-minute home tests from the Colorado Department of Health through the link provided in our script. The Wake-Up Call received our test batch in less than a week.


Public Health
The Custer County Public Health Agency will be holding a flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9am to Noon in the Custer County School Multipurpose Room. You do not need an appointment, but you will need to bring cash, a check or your Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card to cover the cost. Credit cards will not be accepted. For more information, you can call the Public Health Agency at 719-783-3369.


Custer County Sheriff
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office announced that on Wednesday, October 20th, it participated in a joint interdiction operation in conjunction with personnel from Florence Police Department, Canon City Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Salida Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and Frecom Dispatch. The operation took place here in Custer County and resulted in multiple arrests for driving violations, drug violations and summons written for traffic infractions.


Town of Westcliffe
The Town of Westcliffe would like you to be aware that stop signs will be coming soon at 3rd and Edwards going north and south.


Town of Silver Cliff
The Town of Silver Cliff will be starting road work in Silver Cliff Ranches on Monday, October 24th. The speed limit will be reduced to 20MPH. Please use caution when passing equipment and crews.


If you are 60 or older and want to learn more about telemedicine, you can do that next week at the library! Senior Planet and the West Custer County Library are partnering to provide free technology courses to seniors who are sixty years or older. Their next workshop is on Telemedicine, and is being held on Thursday, October 28th at 1pm. It is hosted in-person at the library, or you can attend digitally from the comfort of your home. To sign up or learn more, contact Cathy McCarthy, the Adult Services Librarian at (719) 783-9138 or email


The Sangres Art Guild, Art in Public Places program refreshed its exhibits with new artwork last week. Art in Public Places supports the community by enhancing public space by providing visual arts exhibits which rotate regularly at no cost to the community, and can currently be viewed at Kirkpatrick Bank, Rancher’s Roost inside the bowling alley, and the Community Room at the West Custer County Library. For information about these exhibits, please email or call 719-371-3249.


Artists, you only have a week left to get ready for the Sangres Art Guild annual Holiday Show at the 3rd Street Gallery. Intake is on October 31st and November 1st, from 11am to 4pm. The Holiday Show will have two receptions this year – the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 6th and the Holiday Reception on Saturday December 4th, coinciding with the big holiday shopping events here in town. You don’t have to be a member to enter your artwork, but members do enjoy reduced intake fees. You can view the prospectus on the Sangres Art Guild Website.


Valley Views
If you haven’t heard this week’s Valley Views, you can still catch it 10am tomorrow, right here on KLZR 91.7fm. This week Gary interviews Ruth Steele and Dan Epperson on the upcoming Season for In Concert, Classical Music in the Valley. The first concert opens this Sunday, October 24 at 2pm at the Jones Theater with the Rastrelli Cello Quartet.


Of course, you don’t have to wait for the next airing, to listen. is updated every Tuesday morning with the current week’s Valley Views. You can find the current week’s episode by simply scrolling down to Valley Views on the Home Page. To find past episodes, you’ll need to go to the Podcast page which is under Programming.


In Lost and Found Pets…
A pair of pug mix dogs were found on Acorn Avenue in Cody Park, on Thursday October 21st. One is white or cream-colored and the other is a darker tan, possibly a bit orange. They were both scanned for microchips, but no chip was found. If these are your dogs or if have information about who they might belong to, please call 719-242-3986.




A cat named Willow has been missing from her home near the intersection of CR 329 and 328. She is very sweet but will probably be skittish to strangers. If you’ve seen her, please call 719-371-5868.




That’s all for today’s KLZR Wet Mountain Wake up Call. We’re on at 7, 8, 9, and 11 am every weekday or you can stream the Wakeup Call any time of day directly from our website. Our scripts are posted to our website and our Facebook page.


If you tuned in to hear the job listings – stay tuned. The job listing are now aired with the Weekend Edition of the Community Calendar.


To let us know about events, birthdays, Lost and Found pets, and other community information, email us at Non-profit events and job listings should be sent to


I’m Sandi. Madeline will bring you the Wakeup Call, with the weekly Dungeons and Dragons update on Monday. Bob Siefert is in this afternoon at 4:00 to get your weekend started with the Friday Weekend Kickoff. On Sunday morning, be sure to check out the Wet Mountain Valley Creative Roundup, at 9:00am. It’s your chance to hear words and music from our friends and neighbors here in the Wet Mountain Valley… Have a great weekend!