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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – APRIL 2017 - UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – APRIL 2017 – UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.97 billion pounds in April, down slightly from the 3.98 billion pounds produced in April 2016. Beef production, at 1.96 billion pounds, was slightly below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.46 million head, up 2 percent from April 2016. The average live weight was down […]

Attorney General Coffman Holds Listening Tour Meeting for Prowers County

Attorney General Coffman Holds Listening Tour Meeting for Prowers County

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman spent the majority of her day, Tuesday, May 23rd at the Prowers County Annex in Lamar, holding a series of listening sessions that began with local, elected officials and continued through the day with such topics as farming/ranching, a sex assault program at Lamar Community College and efforts […]

Hitch for ARPA/City of Lamar Settlement Agreement

Hitch for ARPA/City of Lamar Settlement Agreement

Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, announced that The City Council of La Junta cast a collective ‘no’ vote May 15th to approve the settlement agreement between ARPA and the City of Lamar.  Their counterparts in Trinidad, also an ARPA municipal member, decided to table their decision during their May meeting.  All six ARPA members, […]

Council Approves Ordinances for Veteran’s Cemetery and Tourism Advisory Board

Council Approves Ordinances for Veteran’s Cemetery and Tourism Advisory Board

Two ordinances were passed by the Lamar City Council on first reading during its Monday night meeting, May 22nd. The first pertains to an amended city code establishing eligibility criteria for internment in the veteran’s section of Fairmount Cemetery.  The change now includes eligible dependent children in addition to the veteran’s spouse to be buried […]

Woodland Park High School Marks a Win at the 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition

Woodland Park High School Marks a Win at the 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition

  Woodland Park High School’s AP Environmental Science team once again took first place honors at the 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition held on April 25 and 26, in Aurora, CO! This year’s event took place at the Arapahoe County Fair Grounds in Aurora, with ten teams participating who came from all over Colorado, to compete […]

Open House for “Day One” Peer Services in Lamar

Open House for “Day One” Peer Services in Lamar

Southeast Health Group recently opened peer-run services and overnight supported stays at 3500 First Street South in Lamar.  The program is called “Day One” and is designed to support people who are in recovery from mental illness and addictions.  The public is invited to an Open House on Tuesday, June 13th, from 4:00 – 6:30 […]

Sunshine Prevails for Saturday Lamar Days Festivities

Sunshine Prevails for Saturday Lamar Days Festivities

It’s too bad there wasn’t a way to scoot the calendar around so this past Friday would have been sunny. The chilly rain that spread through Prowers County dampened the first-ever Lamar Chamber Noontime BBQ for Lamar Days, a change from the traditional Good Morning Lamar Breakfast.  Despite the weather, the board of directors served […]

Four-Year Project with Kansas, USFS Hopes to Restore Plains Grouse

Four-Year Project with Kansas, USFS Hopes to Restore Plains Grouse

CPW employs high-tech trickery in effort to reintroduce lesser prairie chickens CAMPO, Colo. — Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the state line? Well, if Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists are successful, the answer will be to rebuild populations of the rare and vulnerable bird that has mostly disappeared from the sagebrush and grasslands […]

Colorado Employment Situation in April 2017

Colorado Employment Situation in April 2017

Employers in Colorado added 1,800 nonfarm payroll jobs from March to April for a total of 2,635,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 3,600 and government decreased 1,800. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in April to 2.3 percent. […]

2017 Wiley Hay Days Royalty: Robert & Margaret Porterfield

2017 Wiley Hay Days Royalty: Robert & Margaret Porterfield

The Porterfield’s moved to Wiley in 2008 after growing up in Holly and then living in South for over 40 years. Margaret Files and Robert Porterfield were married in the Holly Methodist Church in 1960 and chose to return to southeastern Colorado to be near Margaret’s Holly relatives after retiring from their jobs in Dallas/Fort […]

Lamar FBLA Students Competed in Leadership Conference in Vail

Lamar FBLA Students Competed in Leadership Conference in Vail

FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America. High school students are able to explore various career opportunities, take part in academic competitions, networking events with accomplished business professionals through workshops, and community service projects. FBLA is geared at helping high school students develop the skills needed to succeed the business world. FBLA helps take […]

Creation of Tourism Advisory Board Proposed for Lamar

Creation of Tourism Advisory Board Proposed for Lamar

  An unofficial petition for a tourism-oriented lodging tax is being circulated among Lamar residents in an effort to provide a headcount for the Lamar City Council. The proposal for the new ordinance, which is being promoted by local citizens, offers some similarities to the current Lodging Tax and some important differences. The main similarity […]

Holly Commercial Club Preparing for Spring Events

Holly Commercial Club Preparing for Spring Events

    Eric Depperschmidt, Executive Director of PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity was present and a guest. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The Treasurers Report was read and approved.  The Holly Shopper Report was given, with a loss and the Membership Report was given. Calvin Melcher added to the agenda about […]

PEP Outlines Shared Economic Concerns with La Junta

PEP Outlines Shared Economic Concerns with La Junta

Rick Robbins, PEP President, shared the highlights of a recent meeting with his economic development counterparts from La Junta. “We visited with Brian Burney, CEO of Oliver Manufacturing in La Junta and Economic Development Director, Ryan Stevens,” explained Robbins, during the PEP meeting on May 16th.  “We have a lot of similarities and right now, […]

Commissioners Hosting Attorney General for Public Forum

Commissioners Hosting Attorney General for Public Forum

The Prowers County Commissioners will be hosting a Public Forum and conversation with Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Tuesday, May 23rd in the Mezzanine Room of the County Annex Building, 1001 South Main Street, Lamar, Colorado. Ms. Coffman and staff would like to meet with parties representing the following topics: 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 […]