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City Council Seeks Means to Reduce Electric Power Rates

City Council Seeks Means to Reduce Electric Power Rates

    The Lamar City Council, during their final meeting of 2017, gave thought to a means by which Lamar Light and Power customers could realize reduced costs for their electricity purchases. The general population of the City of Lamar had issued past comments that, should the lawsuit against ARPA by the City of Lamar […]

Lamar Community College Generates over $41 Million for Local Economy

Lamar Community College Generates over $41 Million for Local Economy

    Independent study shows LCC’s significant economic impact in FY 2015-2016 (Lamar, Colorado; December 18, 2017) An economic impact study conducted for Lamar Community College and the Colorado Community College System found that LCC, its students, and regional alumni added $41.1 million in income to the local economy in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. This […]

Colorado Employment Situation for November 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for November 2017

  Employers in Colorado added 1,800 nonfarm payroll jobs from October to November for a total of 2,663,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 1,600 and government increased 200. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point from October to November […]

LAWMA: Supporting Farmers for 44 Years

LAWMA: Supporting Farmers for 44 Years

  Lamar, CO – What started 44 years ago as a small group of farmers, the Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) has become a critical part of the Arkansas River Valley’s agricultural community. Today, as LAWMA holds its annual member meeting in Lamar and celebrates its 44th birthday, it’s important to reflect on how […]

Holly Commercial Club Setting New Meeting Date

Holly Commercial Club Setting New Meeting Date

  The Holly Commercial Club met on December 6. The minutes from the November meeting were approved, as was the Treasurer’s Report. There was a discussion regarding operating expenses.  The Holly Shopper Report was approved. It was reminded to the Club that new members/renewing members can pay their 2018 dues on a quarterly basis.  Prowers […]

2018 County Budget Approved by Commissioners

2018 County Budget Approved by Commissioners

  The Prowers County Commissioners approved the 2018 budget during their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 12th.  The County Budget is $24,155,626 with a mill levy of 27.17, unchanged from 2017.    The total taxable Assessed Valuation for the County has increased from $127,115,001 from last year to $130,860,305.  The commissioners estimated the General Fund expenditures […]

Utility Board Okays Electric Cost Adjustment

Utility Board Okays Electric Cost Adjustment

    The Lamar Utility Board, in their final meeting of the year, approved an Electric Cost Adjustment, ECA, as an action that will be carried into 2018. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained that the increase will be required to keep the plant from incurring a technical default with the bond covenant on the […]

Another Climb for Lamar Sales Tax Collections

Another Climb for Lamar Sales Tax Collections

  October Sales and Use Tax collected in October indicates another gain in revenue as the year begins to close. City Sales Tax collected in October was up 12.4% for a $30,951 increase over the previous year at the same time.  Collections for 2016 were $249,570 compared to 2017 at $280,522.  Total Sales and Use […]

Senator Crowder Aims at Tax Relief on Used Vehicles

Senator Crowder Aims at Tax Relief on Used Vehicles

Colorado State Senator Larry Crowder plans to introduce a bill eliminating the state sales tax on the purchase of used vehicles. In the media release explaining his reasoning, Crowder stated, “A bill I will be introducing concerns economic empowering of the middle class. The bill is to eliminate state sales tax on the purchase of […]

Holly Approves Sheriff Contract, Various Resolutions

Holly Approves Sheriff Contract, Various Resolutions

  The Holly Trustees voted to accept the 2018 Prowers County Sheriff’s annual contract for law enforcement services for the town. The price, $58,000, is unchanged from the previous year.  A decision to renew was needed before the end of year to enable the Trustees to work on the 2018 town budget.  During a previous […]

Small Landfills in Southeast Colorado Get Reprieve

Small Landfills in Southeast Colorado Get Reprieve

    Prowers County Commissioners, Wendy Buxton-Andrade and Tom Grasmick offered some welcome news at the monthly Prowers Economic Prosperity meeting held December 5th at the Granada City Complex.  Buxton-Andrade said that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CDPHE, in the face of a unanimous presentation from Colorado County Commissioners, has decided to […]

City Council Investigates Hotel Development

City Council Investigates Hotel Development

  The Lamar City Council held a work session Monday, December 4th, to explore the potential development of an up-scale hotel in the city.  The council held a telephone interview with Tim Shefchik of BriMark Builders, representing Cobblestone Hotel and Suites. The feasibility study will be paid for by a $7,500 matching grant supplied by […]

CDA Announces Colorado’s 2017 CDA-Approved Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

CDA Announces Colorado’s 2017 CDA-Approved Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

      BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that four industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of “CDA Approved Certified Seed.” This year, the CDA Approved Certified […]

Frontier Bank Welcomes Jake Chamberlain

Frontier Bank Welcomes Jake Chamberlain

Jake Chamberlain joins Frontier Bank’s Commercial-Ag Lending Department as Assistance Vice President/Loan Officer. Jake got his start in banking at Frontier Bank though the Lamar School D.E.C.A. program in 1997 and worked there until graduating from Lamar Community College. He has had a successful career over the past 17 years in consumer finance, before coming […]

2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

  Questionnaires being sent to over 3 million U.S. producers WASHINGTON – Nov. 28, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture […]