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Colorado Employment Situation in December 2014

Colorado Employment Situation in December 2014

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,700 over the month from November to December to 2,467,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 5,500 and government decreased 800 over the month. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one tenth of a percentage point in December to 4.0 […]

Benninghoff Resigns from PCDI

Benninghoff Resigns from PCDI

The Prowers County Development Inc Board of Directors accepted the resignation of their Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, at their monthly board meeting on January 27, 2015.  Lance has taken a position on the Western Slope and will be leaving PCDI on February 6th.  The Directors expressed their appreciation of the efforts that Lance has made […]

Winter Weather Advisory from National Wx Service

Winter Weather Advisory from National Wx Service

350 PM MST TUE JAN 20 2015 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST WEDNESDAY NIGHT… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. * LOCATION…EL PASO…FREMONT…CUSTER…PUEBLO…CROWLEY…OTERO…KIOWA… BENT…AND PROWERS COUNTIES…INCLUDING COLORADO SPRINGS… […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS-Pueblo

Drought Information Statement from NWS-Pueblo

 Drought Holding Steady for S.E. Colorado Last December was another month of temperature extremes across southeast Colorado with the first 25 days indicating temperatures well above the seasonal mean.  A strong arctic airmass invaded eastern Colorado bringing well below seasonal temperatures for the rest of the month.  Near to slightly below normal precipitations readings were […]

County Oaths of Office Ceremony Held

County Oaths of Office Ceremony Held

Seven elected officials took their various oaths of office with Judge Stanley Brinkley at the Prowers County Courthouse Courtroom, Tuesday, January 13 before an almost capacity audience. Only two of the seven, Ron Cook and Sam Zordell actually faced a challenge for election to their respective offices, Prowers County Commissioner and Prowers County Sheriff.    Cook […]

PATS Announces Bus Design Winners

PATS Announces Bus Design Winners

  Prowers Area Transit (PATS) will be receiving two new 12-passenger transit buses.  These were paid for through CDOT grants and will allow PATS to continue to provide dependable and safe rides for Prowers County residents who wish to connect with local resources and community activities. Prowers Area Transit is excited to announce that Jillian […]

Interim Administrator Appointed for Town of Holly

Interim Administrator Appointed for Town of Holly

  Jerry L’Estrange attended his first trustee’s monthly meeting for the Town of Holly as interim administrator Wednesday, January 7.  L’Estrange has been hired by the town to fill the vacancy left by Marsha Willhite following her resignation in November.  He will serve in that capacity while the search for a permanent administrator continues. The […]

LCC Booster Club Offers Extra for Pack the Gym Night

LCC Booster Club Offers Extra for Pack the Gym Night

Twenty-four students, boys and girls,  from six area high schools, will compete in shooting skills for free throws and three-pointers during the LCC boys and girls half time during the Antelopes, ‘Pack the Gym’ night at the Wellness Center on January 13. Teams from Walsh, Wiley, Holly, Granada, Lamar and McClave will compete for points […]

Prowers County at National Western Stock Show

Prowers County at National Western Stock Show

  By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties Southeast Area—Prowers County 4-H is sending a Catch a Calf contestant, market swine and goat exhibitors to the annual National Western Stock Show (NWSS) January 9-25. This year Angelina Downing; Dalton and Coen Lewis, and Lexy and Sterling Koehn, and Makendra, Makenzie, Leandra […]

Final Details for Toys for Tots

Final Details for Toys for Tots

The final touches for toy distribution took place at Lincoln School this past Saturday, December 20, as Darlene Lopez and her volunteers sorted the gifts into bags for distribution throughout Lamar and Prowers County on the 24th. The toy room has stacks of bagged toys in one corner and all four walls are lined with […]

CPW Using Helicopters to Inventory Wildlife

CPW Using Helicopters to Inventory Wildlife

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is taking to the skies in search of big game animals. Over the next two months CPW employees in the southeast region will fly across large portions of wildlife habitat in search of animals to classify by sex and age, while others will gather biological data on […]

Colorado Receives $65M Health Care Innovation Grant

Colorado Receives $65M Health Care Innovation Grant

  DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Colorado has been awarded $65 million in State Innovation Model (SIM) funding to create a coordinated, accountable system of care that gives Coloradans access to integrated primary care and behavioral health. Colorado will use the funding over the next four years to […]

The Holly Commercial Club Plans an Old Fashioned Christmas

The Holly Commercial Club Plans an Old Fashioned Christmas

The Holly Commercial Club and member businesses have several holiday events planned for the community on Thursday, December 11. 5-7pm   Reyman’s Grocery has Candy Canes and sign up for door prizes Golden’s will offer a free Countdown to Christmas Coloring Sheet 5-8pm   The Wooden Rose offers Free cider and a Christmas Cookie Colorado East Bank […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Shows Slight Gain

Lamar City Sales Tax Shows Slight Gain

Total Sales and Use Tax Collections from the City of Lamar monthly sales tax report for October shows a 1.65% increase over October 2013 for a $4,195 gain.  City Sales tax was up 2.66% for that period, but the Use Tax dropped 9.81% for that time span.  Total collections for 2013 were $253,938 for October […]

Great Turnout for the Two Shot

Great Turnout for the Two Shot

The top three teams were honored Friday, December 5, at the Cow Palace Inn, at the conclusion of this year’s Southeast Colorado Celebrity Two Shot Goose Hunt.  The dinner event and awards presentation was hosted by Bob and Rose Ann Yates, co-administrators of this year’s 48th annual event. Rose Ann Yates said earlier that, “We […]

Buxton-Andrade Selected as Colorado County Commissioner of the Year

Buxton-Andrade Selected as Colorado County Commissioner of the Year

Prowers County Commissioner, Wendy Buxton-Andrade, has received a singular honor from her peers during the recent Colorado Counties Incorporated Winter Conference.  Buxton-Andrade was presented with the CCI Commissioner of the Year Award from her 275 counterparts, representing their counties throughout Colorado. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions to CCI made by a commissioner throughout the […]

Holly Trustees Lease New Landfill Loader, Appoint ARPA Representative

Holly Trustees Lease New Landfill Loader, Appoint ARPA Representative

Some slight modifications were made to the Holly administrative line-up during the Trustee’s monthly meeting in light of former Administrator, Marsha Willhite’s resignation.  Mary Rushton, Town Clerk and Treasurer assumed the administrator’s duties on an interim basis and Megan Jara was sworn in as the new Clerk and Treasurer for Holly.  Rushton told the Trustees […]

SECPA & SECOM Raise Funds for Area Organizations

SECPA & SECOM Raise Funds for Area Organizations

A long list of area groups and agencies benefitted this holiday season from the 27th Annual SECPA and SECOM Charity Golf Tournament conducted in La Junta and Rocky Ford this past July. One of the tournament organizers, Ron Reedy from SECPA, said, “We had a good turn out this year with 15 men’s teams playing […]

EMT Course Fills Area Need

EMT Course Fills Area Need

Lives often depend on the prompt response and expert care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.  Southeast Colorado ambulance services are in need of qualified EMTs to cover emergency calls.  To assist in narrowing this gap, Lamar Community College will once again be offering an introductory Emergency Medical Technician course this spring. Any individuals […]

PCDI Holds Successful Business Seminar

PCDI Holds Successful Business Seminar

Rick Robbins, Prowers County Development Incorporated President, said there were 65 participants in the fork lift certification seminar held earlier this month at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn.  “We had to have three shifts for the numbers that took part, but we now have 65 certified forklift operators in the county,” he told the PCDI […]