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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 […]

Steady Forward Progress on Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

Steady Forward Progress on Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

      Money is being spent in Lamar as figures for the March Sales and Use Tax report indicates healthy revenues. The 3% City Sales Tax is up 10.21% over this time last year for a gain of $28,741.  Collections for 2017 were $281,626 while this year was $310,368.  Use Tax collections are up […]

Council Approves Zoning Changes, New Police K9 Will be a Pit Bull

Council Approves Zoning Changes, New Police K9 Will be a Pit Bull

  The Lamar City Council covered a lot of territory during their May 14th meeting this past Monday. In a related article highlighted in The Prowers Journal, the council approved an ordinance on first reading for a Power Purchase Agreement between the City and Tri-State G & T and terminating the Power Supply Agreement with […]

Council Approves ARPA Bond Sale Ordinance

Council Approves ARPA Bond Sale Ordinance

  The Lamar City Council approved, on first reading, the Power Purchase Agreement between the City of Lamar and Tri-State G & T and the termination of the Power Supply Agreement between the City and Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA). As part of the agreement, the city approved ARPA’s execution of the Defeasance Funding and […]

CROP PRODUCTION – MAY 2018

CROP PRODUCTION – MAY 2018

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2018, is forecast at 83.60 million bushels, according to the May 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is 4 percent below last year’s production of 86.86 million […]

Granada Receives Guidance on Golf Carts, Donates to PEP

Granada Receives Guidance on Golf Carts, Donates to PEP

    The Granada Trustees were informed that, according to CIRSA, their risk policy carrier, they bear little liability for after-dark, golf cart accidents on the town’s streets. For several months, the Trustees have attempted to decide on an ordinance that allows residents to drive their golf carts on municipal streets as long as they […]

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 […]

Meat Animal Production, Disposition & Income - US 2017 Summary

Meat Animal Production, Disposition & Income – US 2017 Summary

  Total 2017 production of cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled 81.7 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 2016. Production increased 4 percent for cattle and calves and 3 percent for hogs and pigs. Total 2017 cash receipts from marketings of meat animals increased 7 percent to $88.4 billion. […]

Lamar Fire and Police Receive Funding for Equipment

Lamar Fire and Police Receive Funding for Equipment

  The Lamar Police Department received the go-ahead to apply for a Bulletproof Vest Program which will provide 50% funding for the vests the officers wear while on duty. The five vests cost $2,250 and with tax and handling of another $20, the total is $2,270.  The approved grant will half that cost to $1,135.  […]

New Power Purchase Agreement Will Mean Electric Bill Savings

New Power Purchase Agreement Will Mean Electric Bill Savings

    ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, and its six member communities, has been in negotiations to end a Power Purchase Agreement with Twin Eagle in favor of a newer, lower cost agreement with Tri State G & T. The Lamar City Council decided in favor of engaging the Polsinelli law firm to represent the […]

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – 2017 ANNUAL - UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – 2017 ANNUAL – UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

  Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.52 billion pounds in March, down slightly from the 4.54 billion pounds produced in March 2017. Beef production, at 2.20 billion pounds, was 2 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.70 million head, down 2 percent from March 2017. The average live weight […]

State Senator Crowder Bill for Used Vehicle Sales Tax Relief Passes Senate

State Senator Crowder Bill for Used Vehicle Sales Tax Relief Passes Senate

DENVER – In an effort to assist Colorado’s working class, Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) authored Senate Bill-77, an exemption of the sales tax for used vehicles in the State of Colorado. Currently, a vehicle has sales tax applied to it each time it is sold, meaning that the State of Colorado can double, triple, and […]