Colby Community College equine program director and head equestrian team coach Shanda Mattix is the recipient of the 2020 Tangeman Award for Teaching Excellence. The announcement was made during the college’s virtual commencement activities on May 15.
The award was established in 1988 and named after the school’s second president, Dr. James Tangeman, to recognize an outstanding instructor. The selection is made by a committee of previous recipients and current CCC students.
“Mrs. Mattix has a unique combination of technical experience, passion for her industry, and a love of educating students,” said CCC Executive Vice President Brad Bennett.


One of the newest MRI systems on the market is now available in Colby, bringing with it an exceptional patient experience and impressive clinical capabilities.
Citizens Medical Center (CMC) announced the installation of the newly released Siemens Altea 1.5 Tesla MRI system late last month. CMC is the first in Kansas, and among a small group nationwide, to benefit from the state of the art technology.
New features with this MRI include a reduced scan time (by about 50 percent), diagnostic excellence, noise reduction, a larger opening, and an on-board video entertainment center.
The new MRI replaces an existing, 20-year-old system that had reached its end of life. The new system should be installed and ready to go mid-June, 2020.
“This is a significant investment in the community’s future — to ensure our patients and neighbors throughout Northwest Kansas have access to premium MRI services for many years to come,” said Greg Unruh, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Health. “It’s critically important that our patients don’t have to drive far from home in order to get quality care. They can get it right here, from a team they know and trust that is committed to providing the highest level of care in the region.”


It’s the time of the year when your child may need a sports physical. Family Center for Health Care can take care of that as a part of your teens comprehensive annual physical (well-child visit) which are now covered by most insurance plans.
A well-child visit with your health care provider meets the requirement of a pre-participation sports physical as outlined by the KSHSAA. The exam includes sports-focused history and physical exam, evaluation of fitness to play, comprehensive medical history, review of active medical problems, review of long-term development and maturation of the athlete and update of immunizations.
If you do not have insurance or it is a covered benefit, the amount due will be adjusted off your account.
To schedule an appointment, call (785) 462-6184.


Jennifer Moss, childcare provider and former nutrition specialist at Kids Port, has been promoted to director of the group childcare center which operates two locations in Colby. Moss replaces Ashleigh Bustillos who left the organization in February.
Moss has been a familiar face at Kids Port since 2016, providing lesson plans, caring for children, planning and preparing nutritious meals.
“Jennifer has continued to exceed my expectations at Kids Port,” says Travis Rickford, Executive Director of LiveWell Northwest Kansas, the parent nonprofit organization who oversees the operation of Kids Port.
“Without a doubt, her promotion to the Director position has already proved to be an asset to the organization as she is respected by her fellow childcare providers and is loved not only by the children at Kids Port but also their parents.”


Dr. Sam Funk (Sam Funk Optometry) is the first Optometrist in Kansas to be featured in the Kansas Optometric Association’s “Meet 20 Docs in 2020,” program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page.


The Colby/Thomas County Chamber Member to Member discount program cards are getting ready to go out to renewed Chamber members. The number of cards sent is based on the number of employees reflected in the business’ Chamber membership.
Members have signed up to offer discounts to their fellow Chamber members. To see a list of discounts, please visit To use the discount, members and their employees must present their Member to Member identification card. The savings are only available to Chamber members.
For more info on how your business can take part in this program, please call the Chamber office at (785) 460-3401.


Thomas County Economic Development Alliance is thrilled to announce their latest program, Restart Thomas County. This program will provide capital resources to local for-profit businesses as they continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19.
The resources will be provided in the form of low interest loans. More detailed information about the program will become available soon. However, they are still looking for businesses and individuals to partner with them. Through the use of state income tax credits, every dollar contributed puts 60 percent directly in the hands of Thomas County businesses.
The other 40 percent provides indirect assistance through programs and additional resources. If you’d like to be a part of helping Thomas County businesses, please call the Thomas County Economic Development office at (785) 460-4511.


The Colby Young Professionals’ Colby-opoly game is still for sale at the Colby/Thomas County Chamber, Palace Drug Store, Prairie Museum of Art and History and Colby Ag Center. The game was customized with area businesses as property locations. Proceeds will go toward helping the Young Professionals start a grant program to help with moving or living costs for young people moving back into the community.
For more information contact the Chamber at or (785) 460-3401.