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Decision Weather: March 8th: Upper-level ridging and gusty southwesterly winds will result in unseasonably warm and dry weather today, while tomorrow the ridge shifts east some with lighter winds, but still unseasonably warm and dry.  Highs in the 70’s will be 20-25-degrees above normal and lows in the upper 30’s will be 10-15-degrees above.  Wednesday and Thursday upper-level trough deepens to the west, while a cold front Wednesday evening will then be followed by a short-wave piece of energy Thursday evening with cooler more seasonal temperatures and a chance for some light rain or snow.  Friday a cut-off low-pressure system develops over the southwest and moves through Friday and over the weekend with chances for rain and snow, with potential significant moisture availability from the Gulf. 

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Events Around the Atwood Area

In Atwood:
"Thor: Bags of Thunder" Corn-hole Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for a corn-hole fundraiser for Paxton Thor Davis and Family at the Hatchery on March 27th starting at 3:30 p.m. $50.00 a team, includes Tournament, Meal and Unlimited Beer as it lasts. Dance to follow and Winner gets a portion of entry fee. Tossing for Paxton Thor Davis!

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry


Community Enrichment Workshops in Colby

 Community enrichment workshops offered

An introduction to photography and basic dog training commands are the two community enrichment workshops offered by Colby Community College during the spring semester.


Queen City Jazz Band in Colby This March

 QUEEN CITY JAZZ BAND coming to Colby

Back to Western Plains Arts Association is Queen City Jazz Band. The traditional jazz band was founded in Denver more than 60 years ago, and is recognized across the nation for playing outstanding traditional, Dixieland, gospel and spiritual music.  The group has also toured widely across Europe.

Colby High School will host Queen City Jazz Band, at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 14. Admission is by season ticket or adults $20, students $10 at the door. 


Events Around the Colby Area

In Colby:
"Art on the Oasis" Starting on Friday, March 5th
You are invited to Colby's 2021 "Art on the Oasis!" Located in Bedker and the CAC Gallery on the campus of Colby Community College. 
Friday, March 5th: GALA, Opening night, come check out the show and enjoy food, drink, music and socializing from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 6th: Exhibition open from 12 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 7th: Exhibition open from 12 to 4 p.m.

"Coping with Covid-19 Stress"- March 17th


2.17.21 *No Longer Applicable*

McCook: Nebraska Public Power District will be moving to Emergency Level 3 at 9 a.m. Rolling blackouts will be conducted throughout the NPPD service territory with power being out for 45 minutes or longer in various locations until further notice.


*No Longer Applicable* Press Release- Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and Midwest Energy **Updated**

12:55 p.m. (2.16.21) Update:
The SPP has moved to an EEA1.

However, the alert level could change again due to weather and electric grid conditions. Grid conditions remain tight, so it is possible the SPP could move again to an EEA2 or EEA3 Alert Level during the next few days.
Consumers are encouraged to stay vigilant and continue reducing electricity usage.
• If SSP moves to an EEA Level 3, the SPP directs utilities to reduce a percentage of their load to balance the system. Generation providers and co-ops do not know in advance because the situation is fluid.


Notice 2.15.21

 From Thomas County Emergency Management:  please stay inside and stay warm!

Southwest Power Pool has upgraded to an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 within the State of Kansas. What this means is that Energy Providers can utilize controlled service interruptions.  These interruptions will effect the whole state and will last roughly 30-60 minutes. Thomas County will get little to no warning when these interruptions will happen. 

Please take precautions before the outage if it takes place. Thomas County Emergency Management is working with community leaders to get a plan set up warming stations through Thomas County. 

City of Brewster will utilize the Brewster Fire Station.

City of Rexford will utilize the Community Church.

City of Colby will utilize the Emergency Mngt Building.

City of Menlo will utilize the Menlo Fire Station. 

Please check for updates and additional information.

Midwest Energy Press Release *No Longer Applicable*

Press Release: Midwest Energy:
Midwest Energy Appeals to Customers to Conserve Electricity, Natural Gas

With record-breaking cold expected to grip much of the country through mid-week, Midwest Energy is asking customers whose health permits to turn thermostats down a bit, and to not use appliances with heavy electricity consumption, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15 and continuing through mid- week.

“Last week brought a trifecta of bad events – the lowest temperatures in decades across the entire region for more than a week; tight supplies of natural gas due to record use and supply


WPAA Cancellations and Upcoming Shows


Western Plains Arts Association announces the late cancellation of Nashville Legacy that was scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14 at Oakley High School due to extreme weather conditions. The musicians plan to reschedule the country program that features the music of Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins with WPAA during the next season.


The lingering effects of COVID-19 has created some changes to the February and March Western Plains Arts Association season line-up. Cancellations or additions in the next two months are: