Crowley County

Governor appoints Samuel S. Vigil to the 16th Judicial District Court

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis has appointed Samuel S. Vigil to the 16th Judicial District Court.  The vacancy is created by the retirement of the Honorable Michael A. Schiferl, and is effective July 2, 2022.  

Vigil is a part-time Bent County Court Judge, a position he has held since 2013, and a part-time District Court Magistrate, a position he has held since 2020, both in the 16th Judicial District. 

Crowley County Sheriff Kurtz dies Wednesday

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Following a brief illness, Crowley County Sheriff John "Smokey" Kurtz died Wednesday at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo surrounded by family members.

Outside the Crowley County Courthouse in Ordway, a parked CCSO pickup displayed a portrait of Kurtz, while his desk held additional memorials.

A brief note, posted on Facebook by Undersheriff Terry Reeves, stated, "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Sheriff John "Smokey" Kurtz. Sheriff Kurtz passed away this morning in the presence of family at Parkview Medical Center"