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Colorado Employment Situation in April 2018

Colorado Employment Situation in April 2018

  Employers in Colorado added 7,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from March to April for a total of 2,717,000 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,300 and government increased 900. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from March to April […]

Commissioners Approve Resolution to Place Ambulance Funding on Ballot

Commissioners Approve Resolution to Place Ambulance Funding on Ballot

    Prowers County voters will decide to approve or deny a quarter per cent county sales tax increase to fund future emergency ambulance services. The Prowers County Commissioners approved the resolution placing the question on the ballot for this November’s general election during their May 16th meeting.  The sales tax comes to twenty-five cents […]

Construction Projects at HPCHC Nearing Completion

Construction Projects at HPCHC Nearing Completion

    July will be a busy month for High Plains Community Health Center, according to CEO, Eric Niemeyer. He provided a recap on the construction work underway at the campus for the Prowers County Commissioners during a visit on Tuesday, May 16th. The Adult Heath Center, closed since this past January because of structural […]

Sand Creek Site Offers Guided Walk for Memorial Day Weekend

Sand Creek Site Offers Guided Walk for Memorial Day Weekend

      Join the staff of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in commemoration of the Memorial Day Holiday with a free guided walk on Saturday, May 26, at 10 am. The Sand Creek Massacre is a seminal event in American Indian history, a brutal massacre that took 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho lives in […]

Lamar Elks Lodge Contributes to 9/11 1st Responder Memorial

Lamar Elks Lodge Contributes to 9/11 1st Responder Memorial

    Several Past Exalted Rulers from the Lamar Elks Lodge #1319, presented Doug Harbour with two checks totaling $2,200 to help finance the 9/11 First Responder Memorial currently under construction at the Big Timbers Museum. PERs Jared Crabtree, Oscar Riley and Cary LaCost were on hand to present Harbour with their donations. La Cost […]

2018 Primary Election Ballots in the Mail June 4-8 for Prowers County

2018 Primary Election Ballots in the Mail June 4-8 for Prowers County

  Election News: Ballots will be sent out to all active registered electors the week of June 4-8, 2018 for the 2018 Primary Election. What will be on the Democratic & Republican Ballots for 2018 June Primary Election? State of Colorado: Candidates for Representative to the 116 United States Congress District 4, Governor, Secretary of […]

Governor Hickenlooper Activates CO Drought Mitigation & Response

Governor Hickenlooper Activates CO Drought Mitigation & Response

      On May 2, 2018, in response to persistent and prolonged drought in portions of Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector in the following counties: Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Las Animas, Baca, Prowers, Bent, Otero, Huerfano, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Mineral, Hinsdale, San […]

Lamar Woman Faces Drug Charges

Lamar Woman Faces Drug Charges

    The Drug Task Force consisting of Prowers, Kiowa, Baca and Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Offices conducted an investigation in the distribution of narcotics. On May 4th, 2018, the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office arrested Destiny M Hyatt, 29, of Lamar on the below listed charges: CRS. 18-18-407 Controlled Substance – Special Offender, a Drug Felony […]

Tamarisk Program Begins Restoration Phase

Tamarisk Program Begins Restoration Phase

  A tamarisk eradication spray program begun almost ten years ago along a portion of the Arkansas River has transitioned into a restoration project this year by the Colorado Division of Natural Resources and Parks and Wildlife. Travis Black, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area manager, said a restoration program has begun which will re-seed the […]

USDA Seeks Info from Growers on 2018 Crops, Stocks, Livestock Inventories and Values

USDA Seeks Info from Growers on 2018 Crops, Stocks, Livestock Inventories and Values

    Denver, CO – May, 2018 — During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact over 12,000 producers across the region to determine crop acreage and stock levels as […]

Tourism to Bent’s Old Fort creates $1.7 Million in Economic Benefits

Tourism to Bent’s Old Fort creates $1.7 Million in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 21 jobs in local economy   La Junta, CO – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 26,398 visitors to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in 2017 spent $1,509,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 21 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative […]

Sage Brush Meadows Prepares for City Council Meeting, Briefs PEP Board

Sage Brush Meadows Prepares for City Council Meeting, Briefs PEP Board

Jillane Hixson, one of the organizers of the proposed Sage Brush Meadows skilled-care facility planned for Lamar, briefed the Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) board members on their progress, during the PEP monthly meeting held at the Green Garden Restaurant this past Tuesday, May 1st. Hixson stated, “We are moving forward, and the feasibility study is […]

Avoid Hantavirus:  Practice Prevention and Year-Round Rodent Control

Avoid Hantavirus: Practice Prevention and Year-Round Rodent Control

  As spring cleaning gets underway, the state health department reminds Coloradans to take steps to avoid hantavirus, a rare but potentially fatal respiratory disease from a virus carried by deer mice. People are most likely to get hantavirus by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine, droppings or saliva. More people […]

New President Announced at Otero Junior College

New President Announced at Otero Junior College

  LA JUNTA — Dr. Nancy J. McCallin, President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), announced today that Dr. Timothy Alvarez will be the fifth president of Otero Junior College (OJC), ending a five-month search conducted by college and community representatives. Dr. Alvarez is expected to start in mid-July. “After completing a nationwide search, […]

Election Information for Political Affiliation Choices

Election Information for Political Affiliation Choices

  Prowers County Clerk and Recorder – Election information: Affiliated with Democratic or Republican Party: The last day to declare, change a party, or preference a party’s ballot is May 29, 2018. Whatever you are affiliated with as of May 30th is what ballot you will be receiving in the mail for this Primary Election.  […]