Chance of Precipitation

Decision Weather: August 4th:
Photo Source: Chelsea Schmitt
A pattern changes with the ridge out west de-amplifying briefly for the rest of this week, over the weekend and early next week.  This bodes well for moisture in the northern Plains and along the Canadian border, but locally the high-pressure ridge axis moves over the Rocky Mountain High Plains region with more westerly down sloping warming daytime temperature into the upper 90’s with some excessive 100-degree heat potential and elevated fire concerns.  Today will be our best shot for some scattered afternoon and evening rain with a weak trough and front moving through the northwesterly flow.  We will also need to enjoy the cooler 80-degree temperature, because tomorrow we will be in the 90’s heading for 100 on Friday. Over the weekend dryness prevails prolonging our dry summer and the moderate drought returning to the area last week will likely worsen. 
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Northwest Kansas District Free Fair Schedule

2021 NWKS District Free Fair Schedule

Saturday, July 31st

 8:00 am

Fairgrounds - Open for Set-up

 4:00 pm

Parade Line-up

 5:00 pmNWKS Fair Parade (Main St.)
  Sponsored by: Sherman County 4-H Ambassadors
 7:00 pmCarnival - Open [Tickets, Wristband]
 7:30 pmModified Tractor Pull (Grandstands)
  Adult - $15.00
  Children (12 & Under) - $10.00
 10:00 pmCarnival - Closed [Kiddie Rides]
 11:00 pmCarnival - Closed [All Rides & Games]

Sunday, August 1st

 12:00 pm

Fairgrounds - Open for Set-up

 5:00 pm

Fairgrounds - Closed


Monday, August 2nd

 8:00 am

4-H Foods, Arts & Crafts, Clothing & Fiber Arts, Cloverbud Judging


4-H Foods Sale


4-H Life Skills Judging

 10:00 am4-H Crops & Garden, Floriculture, Forestry, Space Tech Judging
 12:00 pm4-H Photography, Woodworking, Energy Management Judging
 2:00 pm4-H Booths, Project Poster, Shooting Sports, Geology, Entomology, Wildlife Judging
 4:00 pmOpen Class Entry Check-in - Open

Events Around the Colby Area

In Colby: 
CCC Endowment Foundation Scholarship Benefit Auction
This year's Endowment Foundation Scholarship Benefit Auction will be held at City Limits Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13th. Please come out and support this very worthy cause.

Backpack Giveaway
College Drive Assembly of God is hosting a backpack giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 14th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., while supplies last for students in grades pre-k to 5th grade.

CCC Campus Block Party
The Colby/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and the Colby Convention & Visitors Bureau will be partnering with Colby Community College to host the annual CCC Campus Block Party on Wednesday, August 18th. Local businesses, churches and organizations are invited to set up a display booth at the block party that they can use to introduce students to their merchandise, services, volunteer opportunities and job openings. The college will be serving a lunch.

Sunflower Festival, Saturday, August 28


Events Around the Atwood Area

In Atwood:
Book Sale at Atwood Public Library
August 2nd through August 7th during normal business hours. There's a ton of adult fiction and non-fiction, DVDs/audiobooks and kids books for all ages!

We Have Openings! God's Little Saints Preschool
We are accepting applications for 2021-2022 in both age groups. Must be 3 years old before September 1st and fully potty trained. Scholarships available! Contact Val at 785-626-3178.

Museum Hours
Starting May 1st, the Rawlins County Museum will begin summer hours. Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call to schedule family tours or to book the Historical Church for weddings.

Fried Chicken Dinner


Free Matinees in Atwood

Free Movies at the Jayhawk!  
Starting July 8th at 2 p.m. 
Sponsored by Atwood Summer Recreation
Admission begins at 1:30 p.m. 
First-come, first-served.


Behind the Mic: Becca Vyzourek

You tune in to hear her 'All 80's Lunch Hour' and listen to the Superhits between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays. Chelsea K went behind the mic and find out a little more about:

Becca Vyzourek!

While she puts you in a time machine during the day, Becca grew up on Musicals. As a child and on, she sang in theater and choir, finally resulting in a trip to Broadway in 1999, her senior year of high school. While in New York, Becca had the pleasure of seeing 5 different shows, including one of her


Summer Matinees

Colby Cinema: All shows start at 1:30 p.m.

June 1st: Boss Baby G 1 Hr. 35 Min.

June 8th: Puss in Boots PG 1 Hr. 42 Min.


Atwood Public Library: Summer Schedule!

Tails and Tales: Summer Reading Program begins May 19, 2021! This is the day you can start logging minutes/titles on the Reader Zone App or on a paper log (pick up at the library). This will continue through July 31st and all prizes will need to be picked up by that date.

*Note: All grades listed are for those your child has just completed.

Preschoolers: We will have our summer bookworm. Keep track of titles read (pick up form at the library), bring them in and we will add them to our bookworm. Each 10 titles earns you a baggie of gummy worms for a sweet treat!

Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Read a total of 500 minutes during the time duration. After the first 100 minutes, stop in for Prize #1. After 250 minutes stop in for Prize #2, and after you complete the 500 minute goal stop in for Prize #3. If using the Reader Zone App, it will tell you when to come in.


Chelsea is Curious

 In case you don't know Chelsea- she joins you every weekday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on "Superhits 106" KYVZ. 

Growing up in mountains, life was a little different in the summer (and every other season for that matter) than it is out here in northwest Kansas. And while she's lived out here for Some time- she's curious about you!

Send your answers to these questions to kyvzatwood@gmail.com so she may share with other listeners! (If you don't want your answers shared- please specify in the e-mail.)

Photo Source: Chelsea Schmitt

  • What are some of your favorite summer traditions?
  • Do you have a go-to genre of music or playlist for family gatherings?
  • What is your favorite summer memory as a child?
  • Where did/do you and your family travel?
  • What's your favorite meal for warm weather?
You can answer some or all of these questions! Or make up your own! 

A special thank you to our listeners and sponsors who have supported us for Five Years! We couldn't have done it without you.


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: