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What the Hail is Going On this Year?

The 2018 severe weather season over southeast Colorado started slow this year. With dry southwest mid-level flow over the region, the area experienced below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures through most of the spring (April, May and into June). With the warm and dry weather over the region, thunderstorm coverage was less than normal, […]

Colorado Employment Situation in July 2018

  Employers in Colorado added 2,800 nonfarm payroll jobs from June to July for a total of 2,737,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,700 and government increased 100. June estimates were revised up to 2,734,500, and the over the month increase from May to June was 9,100 […]

Expanded High Plains Family Health Clinic Opens

    Groundbreaking ceremonies on the $1M expansion project for the High Plains Family Health Clinic were held this past October 6th and the ribbon cutting on the pediatric and dental clinic was held this past Wednesday, August 15th. High Plains Clinic Executive Director, Eric Niemeyer, welcomed the gathering at the front of the newly […]

Scrap and Debris, Illegal Dumping, Salvage Yards…Commissioners Seeking Solutions

  The Prowers County Commissioners met on August 14th with County Attorney Darla Scranton Specht, members of the County Planning Commission and Michelle Hiigel, County Land Use Administrator on what steps may be taken to enforce operating regulations pertaining to county-based salvage yards and auto body shops. The main goal is to keep them within […]

Light Plant Details July Power Outages, ARPA Talks with Tri-State G & T Continue

  The Lamar Utility Board approved recent purchase orders totaling $1,079,088.07 and payment of bills amounting to $243,041.72. The System Operating Report, delivered by Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh noted the sales of electricity through June 2018 were up approximately 3.6% when compared to the same time last year. Residential sales were up 5.04%, irrigation […]

Lamar District School Board Receives Best Grant, Needs Matching Funds

    Lamar High School and Lincoln School are in dire need of infrastructure upgrades. The RE-2 District School Board approved a resolution during their August 13th meeting to place a question on the November 6th ballot to secure the balance of funds needed to complete a BEST Cash Grant Award to pay for the […]

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  • Mike Benge…February 21, 1952 – August 10, 2018

    Mike Benge…February 21, 1952 – August 10, 2018

        A memorial service for longtime Lamar resident, Mike Benge will be held at 2:00 PM Friday August 17, 2018 at the Lamar Christian Church with Ian Blacker officiating. Per Mike’s request cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation. Mike was born on February 21, 1952 in Palmyra, MO to […]

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