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Storm Repair Efforts Recapped at LUB Meeting

Storm Repair Efforts Recapped at LUB Meeting

  Rick Beard assumed the duties of the interim chairman of the Lamar Utilities Board during the regular meeting held on Tuesday, August 25. Beard moved into that position when former chairman, Michael Bryant, said he would not serve another four year term due to time constraints. Beard will act as interim chairman until a […]

Toys for Tots Building Search

Toys for Tots Building Search

Darlene Lopez, director of the annual Toys for Tots campaign in Prowers County is asking for help in finding a permanent location in Lamar for her annual operation. Last year’s headquarters was at the Lincoln School and the year before she was at the Prowers County Annex, but had to move because the rooms were […]

Lodging Panel Funds Patriotism Run, Increases Contingency Account

Lodging Panel Funds Patriotism Run, Increases Contingency Account

    Three of four requests before the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel were approved this past Tuesday, August 18; Paint the Plains for Patriotism 5K, Welcome Center Ft. Collins visit and the annual Fall Car Show & Toys for Tots. A 5K run/walk, the Paint the Plains for Patriotism event, will be held on […]

S.E. Colorado Remaining Drought Free

S.E. Colorado Remaining Drought Free

  July was a slightly cooler and wetter than normal month across much of south central and southeast Colorado, save for areas of above normal temperatures and below to well-below precipitation across the southeast Plains. The warmer and drier than normal conditions across portions of eastern Colorado has allowed for soils to dry out and […]

ARPA Considers a New Rate Structure

ARPA Considers a New Rate Structure

Municipal member communities of ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, may see a change in their electric rate structure pending the outcome of a cost of service electric rate study commissioned by the organization. During the group’s monthly meeting held in Las Animas last month, members hired JK Energy Consulting to conduct a study which provided […]

Elm Leaf Beetle Problems Spread Through S.E. Colorado

Elm Leaf Beetle Problems Spread Through S.E. Colorado

LA JUNTA, Colo. – Elm trees in southeast Colorado are having a bad year. On the heels of years of drought, which already had reduced overall tree health, they are suffering from a one-two punch of a dramatic temperature decline last November – from the high seventies to well below zero in just a few […]

Holly Landfill Issues Improving, Working with Tighter Budget

Holly Landfill Issues Improving, Working with Tighter Budget

  Two years ago, the Holly landfill received a number of deficiency gigs regarding operations and record keeping. Matters are improving and this past Thursday, July 30, interim Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange, met with state and county representatives to review the current status of the landfill. L’Estrange noted that the town’s record keeping for the […]

L’Estrange Continues as Holly Administrator – Trustees Developing Utility Bill Payment Policy

L’Estrange Continues as Holly Administrator – Trustees Developing Utility Bill Payment Policy

Jerry L’Estrange and the Holly Trustees finalized a work agreement during their monthly meeting, August 5, which will set the parameters of his employment as Town Administrator through the end of 2017. L’Estrange began his duties as interim administrator this past January as a replacement for Marsha Willhite. The Trustees offered some ideas for a […]

PCDI to Host Business Seminars, Discusses Colorado Space Business Roundtable

PCDI to Host Business Seminars, Discusses Colorado Space Business Roundtable

The Prowers County Development Incorporated Board of Directors held their monthly meeting this past Tuesday, July28, with new member Cindy Otto attending her first meeting. She was appointed to replace Deb Choat for her unfinished term. Otto, like Choat, is a Granada resident. Interim Executive Director, George Gotto recapped his most recent activities including a […]

Holly Library Seeks Funding for Expansion

Holly Library Seeks Funding for Expansion

Cheryl Roup, Holly Library Board President and David Crossland, Board member, requested funding from the Prowers County Commissions to help expand service hours at their library. Roup explained, “Our little library is not quite designated as a public library because state statute says we have to be open at least 20 hours a week to […]

Sonnenberg to Chair Hearing on Conservation Easements

Sonnenberg to Chair Hearing on Conservation Easements

  Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Jerry Sonnenberg (R-District 1) today announced the holding of a special August 5 public hearing, focused on the state’s conservation easement program. It’s scheduled for between 9:00 a.m. and noon in SCR 356 at the state Capitol.   “This conservation easement process continues to be confusing and somewhat challenging,” said Sonnenberg. […]

Colorado Employment Situation / June 2015

Colorado Employment Situation / June 2015

Employers in Colorado added 11,300 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,525,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,800 from May to June and government increased 2,500. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in […]

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center  Pursuant to 1-5-101 and 1-7.5-107 C.R.S., Prowers County Clerk and Recorder Jana Coen is seeking written comments from residents of Prowers County regarding the designation of a voter service and polling center in conjunction with HB13-1303. House Bill 13-1303 requires a County Clerk and Recorder to solicit public […]

Sand and Sage Round-Up Show Times

Sand and Sage Round-Up Show Times

Southeast Area—The Prowers County Livestock Committee, Horse Committee and Sand and Sage Round-Up Fair Board have worked diligently to set a full schedule of activities for the 2015 fair. The horse show will kick off the fair Saturday, July 25 at the Sand & Sage Pavilion. Entry begins at 8:00 a.m. and the show starts […]

Gotto Offers Specifics on PCDI Goals

Gotto Offers Specifics on PCDI Goals

“We’re looking for businesses that can provide the county with primary jobs and create new money for the area,” said George Gotto, interim executive director for PCDI, during an update on activities he provided for the Lamar City Council.  He added, “What we’re interested in helping is retailers who will not be competing with similar […]

Holly Commercial Club Reviews Bluegrass Festival

Holly Commercial Club Reviews Bluegrass Festival

Members of the Holly Commercial Club discussed last month’s annual Bluegrass Festival, which was another success for the region.  The Bluegrass dinner served 75 people on Friday which resulted in some leftover food.  Tracie Kalma was able to make a profit on the resale which helped eliminate some of the overhead expenses.  Profits from the […]

Holly Trustees Discuss Water Project, Flood Plain Ordinance

Holly Trustees Discuss Water Project, Flood Plain Ordinance

Representatives from Antencio Engineering visited in Holly late last month to prepare a preliminary report for the city’s REDI Water project.  Grant funding will be needed for the project which will see crossings under railroad tracks and Highway 50 in town.  Holly Mayor, Brad Simon, said the funding may be available from DOLA, but as it’s […]

Stay Safe and Legal Over the Fourth

Stay Safe and Legal Over the Fourth

  The Lamar Fire and Ambulance Department will be busy on Saturday, July 4th, setting up the annual fireworks display from the Sand and Sage Fairgrounds.  Hundreds of rockets and fireworks need to be mounted on their pads and ready to go by dusk. The Department reminds residents that there are laws pertaining to what […]

'Faces Never Forgotten' -  Search for Vietnam Veteran Photos in Prowers County

‘Faces Never Forgotten’ – Search for Vietnam Veteran Photos in Prowers County

Janna Hoehn has spent the past six years searching for photographs of Vietnam Veterans who died in that war.  Her quest began with a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.  Of the 58,300 soldiers who died, volunteer researchers have found 41,000 usable photos which will be permanently displayed at the Wall.  […]

PMC Board Ends Dr. Portner’s Hospital Privileges, Closing Las Animas Clinic July 31

PMC Board Ends Dr. Portner’s Hospital Privileges, Closing Las Animas Clinic July 31

Following a brief executive session which began the PMC board of director’s meeting, Wednesday, June 24, the board voted unanimously to not renew hospital privileges for Dr. Barry Portner, effective immediately.  Dr. Portner, in a brief phone conversation with the Prowers Journal on Thursday, said this has been the result of a three year legal battle with […]