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FOR TODAY – Mostly sunny skies, with a high near 43º. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the morning.

TONIGHT  will be mostly clear, with a low around 9º. Wind chill values between -5º and 5º. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 

For ​TOMORROW, we’ll have mostly sunny skies, with a high near 44º. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK There’s Another fast moving system to bring snow to the Central Mountain to the Pikes Peak Region from this afternoon to late this evening.


Do you have the Everbridge Mobile App on your cell phone? The Everbridge Mobile App allows you to receive public safety information based on your current location.

You can download it onto your smartphone or visit  Custer County’s website  to sign up for email alerts. It’s especially handy as we approach the wildfire season.


Currently there are no fire restrictions in our area.


There aren’t any local construction or obstructions for today.

Try to gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road.


In the Sangre De Cristo District, the chances of avalanche today are moderate below and near the treeline, and considerable above 9,500 feet.

The most dangerous areas are found near and above the treeline where strong winds drifted the new snow into cohesive slabs of snow over weaker snow layers. Avoid traveling on slopes steeper than about 30 degrees beneath ridgelines, cornices, and gullies where you see evidence of drifting such as rounded pillows of snow or where the snow surface is hard and sculpted. Avalanches in the new snow can trigger a more dangerous slide that breaks in weak snow layers near the ground on northerly and east-facing slopes. Assess the snowpack carefully before traveling below bigger, steeper terrain. Safer travel options are found on wind-sheltered slopes lower in the terrain.

COVID Vaccines and boosters are available at the Custer County Public Health Agency. Call 719-783-3369 for more information. You can also check our website’s  Community Resources  page.


1:30pm – Custer County Planning & Zoning Commission to meet at the courthouse, 205 S.6th Street

The Town of Westcliffe is hiring for a Streets and Parks Maintenance Technician. The  applications  for employment and job description are available at  or stop by the Westcliffe Town Hall, 1000 Main Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Application date open until filled.

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) announces its 2023 Ten-Minute-Play Competition, the organization’s 18th play competition. Find more information  on their website,

Congratulations and good luck to the Cotopaxi Pirates and the Custer County Bobcats boy’s basketball team as they head to regionals in Fort Collins today! This weekend’s regional basketball games will be available for streaming on Youtube. Visit the Heritage Christian Academy YouTube channel or go to  




The Custer County Sheriff’s Office will be providing a police escort for the Varsity Bobcat Basketball Team as they leave for their regional tournament. If you want to help send them off in style try to be set up along Highway 96 or in the East school parking lot by 12:15pm. We will escort them with our lights and sirens on to the highway and out to the Silver Cliff town limits.

Snowcats meet this today at 7am at the school to head to Monarch Ski Resort. Check it out  here  for more information.

 SnoRiders meet at the Cotopaxi school this morning – the bus leaves at 7:30am,  or you could meet them at Monarch Ski Resort to get the discounted rates. Meet by the ticket window before 9am.


In this week’s Valley Views interview series, our host, Gary Taylor interviews Buck Wenzel, Mayor of Silver Cliff.

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

We’re interested in sharing photographs on the Valley News. Photos can range from wildlife to sunsets to weather! Please send photos related to the valley and surrounding areas. You can send them to

*Anthony, spell my name because most people use the PH rather than the F.


Searching for local information on various organizations? Look no further than  KLZR’s Community Resource Page .

You’ll see the ValleyStrong Community Calendar as well as the Visit Wet Mountain Valley Events Calendar. Not to mention resources on preparing for winter storms and public health links to make finding vaccines near you easier.