News from neighbors

Fiery crash on Eastern Plains claims 8

STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE, June 30 — An 8-year-old boy died Sunday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle traffic crash near Kit Carson on Friday that killed seven other people, according to Colorado State Patrol.

The boy, who was flown from the scene, died Sunday, while a 9-year-old girl, five adults and one other person died in or shortly after the Friday crash, state patrol officials said.

The crash happened on Highway 40 between Kit Carson and Hugo around 4:30 p.m. A white Ford pickup truck towing a boat attempted to pass a semitrailer when it collided head-on with an oncoming Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The Ford caught on fire after the crash. All of the people in both vehicles died.

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Some Girls and a Mural work their magic at the Kit Carson County Fairgrounds

BURLINGTON RECORD, June 11 — Audrey Sayles from Seibert and Staci Beauford and Kayla Ravenkamp from Limon have made their mark in eastern Colorado with several art projects starting with a grain elevator in Limon in 2018.

The group of two sisters and a cousin call themselves Some Girls and a Mural and recently created a beautiful mural on the newly painted grandstands at the Kit Carson County Fairgrounds.

In just six days, they added splashes of color and then painted silhouettes on seven spaces and capped off each end with a U.S. flag.

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Tree pile goes up in flames

AKRON NEWS-REPORTER, July 1 — Akron residents were awakened to billowing smoke early Sunday morning after the large tree pile west of the Akron Town Hall caught fire.  

The Akron Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 2:23 a.m. to a tree fire, which ended up being the debris community members had piled following the early June macroburst. Once on scene, the department found the whole tree pile completely engulfed with flames estimated to be 40 to 50 feet in the air.  

The AVFD took every unit available and went defensive immediately to protect exposures on the east side of the alley, while monitoring power lines to make sure they didn’t burn through and put anyone in danger. After several hours of dousing the fire, all units cleared the scene at 7:46 a.m. Sunday.  

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Screenwriter Paul Tamasy discusses new movie

STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE, July 6 — “The Outpost,” one of the first films in the country to be shown in theaters since COVID-19 seemingly brought the film industry to a halt in March, is scheduled to be released to On Demand Video, while also receiving a limited release in theaters. That limited release is set to include Sterling’s Fox 5 Theatre.

The film, based on the book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” by Jake Tapper, tells the true story of 53 American soldiers who faced off against roughly 400 members of the Taliban at an outpost in northeastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. There are some big names attached to the movie, including screenwriter Paul Tamasy.

Tamasy, whose parents live in Haxtun, originally conceived of the idea to turn Tapper’s book into a feature film after stumbling upon Tapper’s CNN documentary on the outpost.

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