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Bent's Old Fort Generates $2M in Economic Benefits

Bent’s Old Fort Generates $2M in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 29 jobs  in local economy LA JUNTA, CO – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 31,948 visitors to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in 2016 spent $1,868,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 29 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to […]

ARPA Settlement Case May Be Decided by July

ARPA Settlement Case May Be Decided by July

    Both parties in Case 31 have decided on a self-imposed deadline of July 17, 2017 to secure unanimous approval of ARPA’s member municipalities and to come to an agreement between Arkansas River Power Authority as Defendant and the Plaintiff in the case, the City of Lamar. The Senior Judge in the lawsuit, Scott […]

Drought Update from Colorado Water Conservation Board

Drought Update from Colorado Water Conservation Board

With temperatures eight degrees above average, March of this year was the warmest March on record for the State of Colorado, and the second warmest on record for the nation. Late March precipitation brought much needed moisture, but the state as a whole received only 64 percent of average, in what is historically one of […]

Big R Donates Multi-Use Cart to Prowers Posse

Big R Donates Multi-Use Cart to Prowers Posse

  When the basic cost of repairs for the golf cart used by the Prowers County Sheriff’s Posse was set at a minimum of $1,200, the members knew the price tag would be beyond their budget. That’s where the Big R Corporation came to their aid, donating a brand new cart this past Friday, April […]

Cory & Morris honored as Rising Stars of Lamar Community College

Cory & Morris honored as Rising Stars of Lamar Community College

  (Denver, Colorado; April 20, 2017) Mia Cory and Kamani Morris were recognized as two of Lamar Community College’s best and brightest in the 2017 Colorado Community College System’s Rising Star Awards Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon held on April 11. The annual Rising Star Awards Ceremony recognizes the outstanding contributions of students and staff across […]

Colorado Employment Situation for March, 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for March, 2017

  Total nonfarm payroll jobs were unchanged from February to March for a total of 2,634,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 100 and government decreased 100. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in March to 2.6 percent. This […]

2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released

2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released

A freshman at Wiley High School and Paw Pals 4-H club member, Wyatt Wollert, competed in the 2017 National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf program. This program was open to 4-H members ages twelve through nineteen. There were twenty-eight participants in this year’s 2016-2017 program. Contestants had to catch a calf during a NWSS rodeo performance […]

Saturday is Earth Day ... Don't Forget to Thank a Farmer

Saturday is Earth Day … Don’t Forget to Thank a Farmer

Corn farmers certainly have much to be proud of as Earth Day 2017 (April 22) rolls around. Some of the great work our farmers are doing is highlighted in the comprehensive 2012 Field to Market Report, which shows that from 1980 to 2011, U.S. corn farmers increased bushels per acre by 64 percent. But also […]

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Governor Hickenlooper’s last town hall meeting in Lamar was in September, 2015 and the format for his April 19th meeting held at Lamar Community College was unchanged.  Accompanied by several members of the state cabinet, Hickenlooper first addressed the audience at the LCC Wellness Center on relevant issues for Colorado residents before his cabinet briefed […]

PEP Hosts High School Entrepreneurs

PEP Hosts High School Entrepreneurs

Two young Wiley students developed an idea for a future business and it was good enough to garner an inclusion in the top three teams in the High School Entrepreneur Fair in La Junta for their proposal, “Tractor and Farm Equipment Repair”. Harold Stewart, a sophomore at Wiley High School and senior, Antonio Lucero, attended […]

LCC Hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Month Project

LCC Hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Month Project

(Lamar, Colorado; April 17, 2017) In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lamar Community College participated in the Clothesline Project, an event intended to raise awareness for violence against women.  The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts that bears witness to sexual and domestic violence.  Each shirt is decorated by a survivor or […]

Lamar Workforce Center Hosting 1st Annual Job Fair, "Spring into Action"

Lamar Workforce Center Hosting 1st Annual Job Fair, “Spring into Action”

While previous quarterly job fairs have averaged from 80 to 95 attendees, the 1st Annual Job Fair at the Lamar Workforce Center may bring in more numbers, especially with a larger turnout of local employers seeking to hire and community resource centers.  Elva Macias and Kyla Sather, local Workforce Center Labor and Employment Specialists at the […]

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29

The Lamar Police Department will be participating in the National Drug Take-Back Initiative in cooperation with the . The program is designed for people with unwanted and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications. One goal of the program is to ensure prescription medications are not used in an improper or illegal manner. […]

CSP Investigates Three Vehicle Crash, Fatality in Kiowa County

CSP Investigates Three Vehicle Crash, Fatality in Kiowa County

The Colorado State Patrol is currently investigating a three-vehicle crash, which resulted in a single fatality. The crash occurred on April 13, 2017 at 2342 hours, on Colorado Highway 287 near milepost 122, in Kiowa County.  A 2015 Dodge Ram Pickup was traveling southbound on Colorado Highway 287 when the Dodge passed a 2005 Peterbilt, […]

New Logo for Holly Commercial Club

New Logo for Holly Commercial Club

The Holly Commercial Club is now sporting a logo which can be viewed on their facebook page, according to Jesse Frey from the April monthly meeting. It was suggested that new members be allowed to pay their monthly dues under a payment plan instead of one lump sum.  The measure was seconded and approved. Rod […]