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TODAY will be mostly sunny, with a high near 47º. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

For TONIGHT  there will be Partly cloudy skies, with a low around 20º. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW – ​Partly sunny, with a high near 56º. Windy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Drought Report 

Our state remains over 45% drought-free, including the Upper Arkansas Valley, but the Lower Arkansas River Basin remains the driest part of the state, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.


There are no fire restrictions in our area currently.

Yesterday there was a wildfire near Highway 96, by mile marker 15 on the north side of the highway. Crews had asked some homes in the area to evacuate in the 900 and 1000 block of CR 285. As of yesterday around 5;30pm, the fire was almost completely contained and all structures are protected. Big shout out to the men and women at Wet Mountain Fire Protection District. Deer Mountain Fire also responded and Custer County Road and Bridge supplied extra water with their tender.

Fire season is looming. Make sure that you and your family are signed up for the Everbridge emergency alert system. You can download it from the Google Play store or the App Store. Everbridge offers the most trusted information available at a community level to keep residents informed.


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

Please 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 low below treeline, and moderate near and above the treeline. Remember, moderate does not translate to safe. 

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

Every Thursday, and as-needed by special arrangement, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will pick you up at CCHC at noon, drive you to HRRMC’s main campus in Salida for any specialist appointments, tests or services and drive you back to CCHC by 5pm.


11am – Inter-agency Zoom meeting – The interagency meeting is an informational monthly Zoom get together of non-profit organizations in Custer County (or who have services in Custer County), to exchange info on what’s going on in their organization. Governmental and private non-profits or foundations are welcome to participate.

4:30 – Custer County Kids Council monthly meeting at the Custer County High School library 

The Custer County Economic Development Corporation invites local businesses and interested individuals to help craft the future of economic development in Custer County. Workshop dates are March 11th, April 8th, April 29th, and May 13th at the All Aboard facility 110 Rosita Ave. Be sure to listen to this week’s Valley Views with guest Charles Bogle. 

Artists, are you ready?!? Only 2 more days to go!

The Sangres Art Guild 2024 Calendar Art Competition intake is this Saturday, March 11th.

For more information please go to their website 


Adult Crafting meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am – noon in the Library’s Community Room. Drop-by and enjoy the fellowship of local crafters. Please remember to bring a project.

Cotopaxi Pirates Baseball team takes on South Park at home this afternoon at 4pm.

This week’s VALLEY VIEWS

Our host Gary Taylor interviews Charles Bogle from the Custer County Economic Development.

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


We have a number of our shows available to stream on demand. So, if you miss a show you can check this  page  on our website for current shows available to stream. Our musical podcasts cover a wide variety of genres. Each podcast is updated weekly with new content.

And don’t forget that we’ve got our Wet Mountain Morning Wake Up Call on our website for you to stream at any time. So, if you happen to miss it in real time, you can always listen to it whenever! You can find it under the Valley News header.