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Colorado Water Conservation Board – March 2017 Drought Update

Colorado Water Conservation Board – March 2017 Drought Update

February of this year was the second warmest February on record, and the warmest since 1954. Well above average temperatures have continued into March. Precipitation in February was average but has slowed considerably with only 29 percent of average month –to-date in March. However, the forecast for the next two weeks indicates that the state […]

Colorado Employment Situation:  February 2017

Colorado Employment Situation: February 2017

Employers in Colorado added 2,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from January to February for a total of 2,631,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,900 and government decreased 2,900. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from January to February at 2.9 percent. The number […]

Depperschmidt Outlines New Project Ideas for PEP

Depperschmidt Outlines New Project Ideas for PEP

Eric Depperschmidt, the new Prowers Economic Prosperity Executive Director, has attended a stream of meetings since he assumed his position with the county economic development organization on March 6th. He provided board members with an overview of his initial activities during the second PEP meeting of the month, March 21st.  Depperschmidt said he has made […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Seeks Nominees for Bob Appel Award

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Seeks Nominees for Bob Appel Award

  Nominations are being accepted for the 13th Annual “Bob Appel – Friend of the Arkansas” Award that is presented each year at the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum. This year’s forum will be April 26-27 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs. Reservations and information about the program are available at […]

LCC Hosts 9th Annual Girls in the Middle Event

LCC Hosts 9th Annual Girls in the Middle Event

  9th Annual Girls in the Middle encourages students to Outsmart, Outwork, Outshine (Lamar, Colorado; March 13, 2017)  On Saturday, March 4, middle school girls from Lamar, Granada, Holly, Wiley, McClave, Eads, Campo, and Pritchett schools attended the Girls in the Middle Conference held at Lamar Community College. The day was packed with fun-filled activities […]

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado & Kansas Small Businesses

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado & Kansas Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 26 Kansas counties and neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties beginning Nov. 29, 2016, announced […]

Water and Landfill Issues are Growing Concern in Granada

Water and Landfill Issues are Growing Concern in Granada

The Granada Trustees are faced with two expensive issues that will impact the town’s residents in the future. The Trustees discussed their revenue options to upgrade the aging water lines in the community, a matter that is being carried over from last year; and how to afford to bring the town’s landfill into compliance with […]

Traffic Stop?  Safety 'Rules of the Road' from Sheriff Zordel

Traffic Stop? Safety ‘Rules of the Road’ from Sheriff Zordel

The Prowers County Sheriff’s Office recently issued a medial release describing an event in which a young female driver was stopped on a highway in the county and pulled over and questioned by a man impersonating a lawman. Fortunately no harm came to the young woman, but this type of event occurs across the country […]

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

“We’re excited to be at this point with Eric joining us as the new Executive Director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, (PEP)”, stated Rick Robbins, President of the county economic development organization, during the Tuesday, March 7th board meeting. Eric Depperschmidt, who hails from Ness and Finney Counties in Kansas, was the last applicant for the […]

22 Percent of Coloradans Admit to Reading Messages While Driving

22 Percent of Coloradans Admit to Reading Messages While Driving

New CDOT Survey Reveals Other Dangerous Roadway Behaviors STATEWIDE — A new statewide driver survey finds that almost a quarter of Coloradans admit to reading a text, email or social post on their phones while driving. The survey also finds that nearly 40 percent of adult drinkers drove within two hours of drinking alcohol; and […]

Sheriff Warns of Officer Impersonation

Sheriff Warns of Officer Impersonation

  The Prowers County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 19-year-old female party on March 2, 2017, of an incident on Hwy 287 north of Wiley on Sunday February 26, 2017 at around 2130 hours. The female said she believes she was contacted by somebody impersonating a police officer. The unknown male subject was […]

PEP Hires Executive Director

PEP Hires Executive Director

Eric Depperschmidt has been hired by the Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) board to serve as its new Executive Director. The unanimous vote was taken during a special PEP directors meeting on Friday, February 17th.  The hiring of an experienced director is pivotal to the future implementation of the Prowers County Economic Prosperity Plan. A western […]

Granada Trustees Approve New Permit Fees

Granada Trustees Approve New Permit Fees

The Granada Trustees voted unanimously to increase the price of building permit fees from $15 to $25 effective immediately. The Trustees also wanted to make sure that the paper permit would be displayed at the place of construction once it had been issued.  The Trustees also voted to purchase computer backup software for the town’s […]

PEP Board Initiates Business Round Table Discussions

PEP Board Initiates Business Round Table Discussions

While the Prowers Economic Prosperity screening committee narrows its search for an executive director and a projects coordinator, the focus of the Tuesday, February 7th meeting centered on adding members to take part in a series of business roundtable discussions.  PEP President, Rick Robbins, said the groups will focus on categories that represent the economic […]

Colorado Traffic Fatalities Up 24% in Two Years - Motorcycle Deaths at All-Time Record

Colorado Traffic Fatalities Up 24% in Two Years – Motorcycle Deaths at All-Time Record

  STATEWIDE — Preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicates that traffic fatalities have risen by 24 percent since 2014. In 2016 there were 605 traffic fatalities in Colorado, compared to 547 fatalities in 2015. “Colorado is growing but that doesn’t mean traffic fatalities must grow too,” said Shailen Bhatt, CDOT Executive […]