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La Junta - Wiley Residents Injured in Highway Crash

La Junta – Wiley Residents Injured in Highway Crash

The Colorado State Patrol, the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and the La Junta Emergency Medical Services responded to a two-car injury crash on the 28000 block of westbound Otero County Road 809 on Tuesday, September 12th 2017 at approximately 6:42 pm. A 1993 Dodge 3500 pickup being driven by Paul Gonzales of La Junta, Colorado […]

Colorado Employment Situation in August 2017

Colorado Employment Situation in August 2017

  Employers in Colorado added 4,400 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,655,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,700 and government increased 1,700. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from July to August at 2.4 percent. The […]

Summer of 2017 Climate Review from NWS

Summer of 2017 Climate Review from NWS

  After a wet spring of 2017, the first month of “Meteorological Summer” warmed up and dried out across south central and southeast Colorado. While some portions of Eastern Colorado saw spotty amounts of above normal precipitation through the month of June, along with bouts of severe weather, most of south central and southeast Colorado […]

PEP Contributes $$$ to Second Year with Buxton Group

PEP Contributes $$$ to Second Year with Buxton Group

 Discusses Developing Town Hall Meetings for Community Input on Marijuana   Syracuse Dairy is considering expanding into Prowers County. Eric Depperschmidt, Prowers Economic Properity (PEP) Executive Director, told board members he has discussed the potential with the company.  Depperschmidt provided an update on various local business development positions and potential during the board’s bi-monthly meeting […]

OEDIT Offers Colorado Ag-Business Summary

OEDIT Offers Colorado Ag-Business Summary

  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, BEA, agriculture contributed about $2.5 billion to the Colorado economy in 2015. In 2016, this contribution had declined to about $2.1 billion, a decrease of approximately 15.3%. Colorado growers have been struggling in 2017 due to suppressed commodity prices.   Both wheat and corn prices are below […]

Colorado Employment Situation for July 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for July 2017

Employers in Colorado added 3,600 nonfarm payroll jobs from June to July for a total of 2,648,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 100 and government increased 3,500. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 2.4 percent. […]

Labor Day DUI Enforcement Underway, August 18-Sept 5

Labor Day DUI Enforcement Underway, August 18-Sept 5

CDOT Provides 20% Discount on BACtrack Breathalyzers STATEWIDE —Last month, 25 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver, the most in one month since 2014. To ensure roads are free from impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law agencies are […]

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Thunderstorm

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Thunderstorm

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado businesses and residents affected by the severe thunderstorm, hail, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred June 25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA […]

Safety Tips for Storm-Related Home Repairs

Safety Tips for Storm-Related Home Repairs

August 14, 2017 RE: Important preventive safety tips for the citizens of Lamar With the recent damage caused by the recent storms, the City of Lamar Building Department is issuing some tips that are meant to help our citizens through the process of getting qualified bids and contractors while trying to protect our citizens: Please […]

Hail Damage and Street Flooding from Prowers County Storm

Hail Damage and Street Flooding from Prowers County Storm

    The Lamar Public Works Department, along with local police and fire department personnel, were at work Thursday evening, dealing with the aftermath of a severe weather system that hit the county shortly before 7pm last night. Police officers were posted in high-water intersections, helping traffic safely navigate a course to a higher, dryer […]

International Education Comes to S.E. Colorado

International Education Comes to S.E. Colorado

Nine students from Europe and Asia will be attending high school classes in southeast Colorado this year, part of the EF High School Exchange program which has offered these services for over 50 years. Some of the students, accompanied by their host families, attended the events for Family Night this past Tuesday, August 8th, at […]

SOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS - Rabies on the Rise

SOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS – Rabies on the Rise

Earlier this week the Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division sent out a release indicating that the number of reported rabies cases in Colorado was on the rise in 2017. So far in 2017, 93 animals have tested positive. Sixty of those animals are known to have exposed domestic pets, livestock, and humans. Early […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...National Weather Service

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT…National Weather Service

A Wet and Cool May Help to End Drought across Southeastern Colorado… SYNOPSIS: An unsettled weather pattern across the area at the end of April continued throughout most of the month of May across south central and southeast Colorado. This unsettled weather pattern allowed for multiple slow moving storm systems to move across the state, […]

PEP Provides Business Development Update for Prowers County

PEP Provides Business Development Update for Prowers County

Eric Depperschmidt of PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity, is beginning his sixth month in his capacity as the organization’s executive director. Depperschmidt began his job in early March and provided the PEP board with an overview of recent business development in Prowers County.  He led the monthly board meeting at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn on […]

Small Business Development Center Office Planned for LCC

Small Business Development Center Office Planned for LCC

  Pending receipt of a grant, Lamar Community College could host a Small Business Development Center office with a part time manager to start, according to Eric Depperschmidt, Executive Director for Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP). “The Office of Economic Development and International Trade offers a three year grant up to $30,000 to provide a salary […]