Category Archives: Emergency Services

Baca County Public Health Press Release

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Public Health Update:  Baca County Public Health Agency would like to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to the advice to stay at home as much as possible for the next few weeks.  An emergency declaration was made by the County Commissioners this morning.  Though we do not have positive tests in our region we do not have many tests and, as the Front Range is now running out of tests, we are not likely to get more.  The more we can try to delay the arrival of COVID-19 to our area, the more likely we are to minimize fatalities.  We acknowledge that this will be a hardship, and we sincerely thank you for taking these efforts to protect the public’s health.  Please consider these important things:

  • General Public: Let’s come together to support our local, small businesses during this difficult time. To the best of our ability, let’s continue to give them business through the allowable take-out option.
  • Our priority is keeping the people of our communities safe. We are urging Coloradans to exercise personal responsibility to protect public health, especially populations at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including:
    • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 year of age.
    • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes. Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.  Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.


  • Coloradans should stay informed and take simple preventive actions.
    • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
    • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phone, using regular household products.
    • Be calm and prepared.


Non-Essential Services Suspended – COVID-19

Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and 15th Judicial District
Baca – Cheyenne – Kiowa – Prowers County

Except for matters concerning public safety as listed below, all appearances set on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Friday, May 1, 2020 are VACATED & CONTINUED. These matters will be rescheduled, either by written notice or by telephone.

Only the following essential services will be provided:

    • Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings;
    • Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders (TERPO) & hearings on ERPO orders;
    • In-custody Advisement hearings.
    • Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant;
    • Bond hearings & plea agreements for incarcerated individuals;
    • Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases;
    • Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings;
    • Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator;
    • Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention; and
    • Emergency mental health proceedings.

If you are intending to observe these proceedings be advised that the Judge may close the proceeding to the public.

If you are wanting to make a payment please go to and click on – Online Court Payments

Please call if you have any questions:
Prowers – 719-336-7424
Baca – 719-523-4555
Cheyenne – 719-767-5649
Kiowa – 719-438-5558

65+ Can Renew Drivers License Online

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LAKEWOOD Tuesday, March 10, 2020 On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Gov. Jared Polis  announced an emergency order to help Coloradans reduce the potential spread of COVID19. Starting on March 11, 2020, the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will allow residents 65 years old and older to renew their driver license credential online. Under normal circumstances, drivers 65 and older are required to visit an office to renew their credential.

The programming will remain in place until such time as the emergency order is lifted. There are a small number of customers who may have additional restrictions because they have renewed online twice before. We will work with these customers on an individual basis to renew their credential without visiting an office.


Survey: Hazard Mitigation Plan

We are asking Baca County residents to participate in our Hazard Mitigation Plan Update survey.

Participate: 2019 Hazard Mitigation Survey

This winter, the Southeast Region will release a public draft of the updated hazard mitigation plan. One final component of the plan is your community’s vision for reducing the risks posed by natural and human-caused hazards. This mitigation strategy is the most important piece of the plan.

To inform the local planning committee, the public is being asked for input. Residents and businesses are encouraged to share thoughts on their community’s mitigation strategy to implement over the next five years.

The brief five-minute survey can be found here. survey link –