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Gov. Hickenlooper on Jobs Gain Numbers for Colorado

Gov. Hickenlooper on Jobs Gain Numbers for Colorado

  DENVER — Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement regarding the news that Colorado’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in July from 5.5 percent in June 2014. “Colorado’s unemployment rate is the lowest in almost six years and gives us a solid foundation to continue to build […]

Colorado July Employment Situation

Colorado July Employment Situation

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 5,500 over the month from June to July, to 2,452,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,000 and government decreased 500. Colorado has had 33 consecutive months of payroll job gains.   According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two tenths of […]

Discussion Stalls on Granada Police Department Financing

Discussion Stalls on Granada Police Department Financing

      Stating that the Granada Trustees had listed an incorrect state statute on their August 13 meeting agenda to conduct an executive session, Granada Police Chief David Dougherty told the board that civil action might be a result if they held that session to discuss disbanding the Granada Police Department. The statute listed […]

Continued Drop in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

Continued Drop in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

    The Sales and Use Tax collected for June in the City of Lamar showed a drop of 25.24% comparing figures for 2013 and 2014.  June City Sales Tax collected was $249,727 compared to $334,024 for 2013, for a drop of $84,296.  Use Tax collected showed a 52% gain for 2014 with $24,848 compared […]

Colorado East Names New Bank President

Colorado East Names New Bank President

Steve Sherlock, CEO, Colorado East Bank & Trust announced to staff Monday, August 11th,  the promotion of Brenda May, EVP, to the position of President of the Lamar Bank. Brenda replaces long time employee and President George Gotto who earlier in July announced his retirement. Gotto will remain at the bank in his roll as […]

Lamar Lions & PCDI Joining Forces to Help Vets/Homeless

Lamar Lions & PCDI Joining Forces to Help Vets/Homeless

The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas will observe this September, its first anniversary of serving the homeless in the state, especially veterans who are in need and are seeking rehabilitation.  Lamar Lions President Ken Callison and Dick Ramsay approached the board members of Prowers County Development Incorporated, seeking to use a vacant portion of […]

Tourism to Area National Parks creates over $1.5 Million in Economic Benefit

Tourism to Area National Parks creates over $1.5 Million in Economic Benefit

Report Shows Visitor Spending Supports 21  Local Jobs A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 23,324 visitors to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in 2013 spent $1.28 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 17 jobs in the local area.  The same report shows that 4,795 visitors to Sand Creek […]

Farmer's Market, Colorado Gardens, Opens this Weekend

Farmer’s Market, Colorado Gardens, Opens this Weekend

  A farmer’s market, Colorado Gardens LLC on West High 50 in Lamar, will open its doors this Saturday, July 26.  The site is just past County Road 7 as you leave Lamar.  The new store is the collaboration of three owners, Del Ensor, and farmers Michael Hirakata and Matthew Proctor from the Rocky Ford […]

Colorado Employment Situation – June 2014

Colorado Employment Situation – June 2014

  Non-farm payroll jobs increased 3,000 over the month from May to June to 2,446,800 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 300 and government increased 3,300. Colorado has had 32 consecutive months of payroll job gains. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three tenths of a […]

Canyons & Plains Halts NHA Feasibility Study

Canyons & Plains Halts NHA Feasibility Study

Press Release As a result of public meetings held in June, Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado has decided not to proceed with the pursuit of a Feasibility Study for a National Heritage Area in Southeast Colorado. According to Rick Manzanares, Executive Director of Canyons & Plains, “While the Board of Canyons & Plains believes […]

Tractor Supply Company Coming to Lamar

Tractor Supply Company Coming to Lamar

Tractor Supply Company has drawn their building permit with the City of Lamar, to take over the former ALCO store at the corner of Savage Avenue and South Main Street.  The company website states it’s currently advertising for a retail store manager.  Lance Benninghoff, Executive Director of Prowers County Development Incorporated and Lamar City Administrator, […]

Prowers Planning Commission Okays Dairy Farm Land Use Permit

Prowers Planning Commission Okays Dairy Farm Land Use Permit

By a three to one vote, the Prowers County Planning Commission approved the provisional special use permit application from Karl Nyquist of C & A Companies, to construct a dairy cattle operation south of Holly. A public hearing was held by the Commission at the Prowers Fairgrounds Home Ec Building Tuesday morning, July 15. Nyquist […]

PMC Chief Recognized for U.S. Armed Forces Support

PMC Chief Recognized for U.S. Armed Forces Support

Craig Loveless, Prowers Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer, was presented with a certification of appreciation for his and the hospital’s commitment to supporting the National Guard and Military Reserve members employed by PMC.  The Patriot’s Award was presented by Harry Vogel, Colorado representative of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  The ESGR is […]

Lamar City Council Goes Hardball with ARPA (Detailed Article on Council Meeting)

Lamar City Council Goes Hardball with ARPA (Detailed Article on Council Meeting)

Following a half hour executive session, the Lamar City Council Tuesday night, July 8, took some firm steps with regard to ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, and that organization’s options for the Lamar Repowering Project.  The council voted unanimously to direct its two ARPA representatives, Garth Nieschburg and Houssin Hourieh, to vote No on decommissioning […]

PMC Board Assessing Core Values Re-vamp

PMC Board Assessing Core Values Re-vamp

  Joe Tye, the Chief Executive Officer of Values Coach Incorporated spent time with hospital staff at Prowers Medical Center last week, assessing the cooperative nature of the employees, their attitudes toward each other, their work and the hospital in general.  The Values Coach program provides consulting, training and coaching on leadership skills and a […]

Pelsue Returns to Lamar

Pelsue Returns to Lamar

  Pelsue in Englewood, Colorado has recently reopened its assembly center for Fiber Optic Splicing Trailers in Lamar.  Mike Bryant, who was hired as the manager of the business, said the staff has been in operation for about five weeks.  The Pelsue shop, located on the west side of Highway 287 and south of Spreading […]

Med Students Get a Taste of Rural Life in Lamar

Med Students Get a Taste of Rural Life in Lamar

  A Rural Immersion Week for 14 students from the University of Colorado-Denver wrapped up activities this past Friday morning, June 20, at Lamar Community Building.  The students, mostly in their early to mid 20’s, took a week-long tour of Lamar and other sites in Prowers County, getting a first-hand look at everyday life is […]

Colorado Employment Situation - May 2014

Colorado Employment Situation – May 2014

  Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 9,100 over the month from April to May to 2,443,800 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,700 and government increased 400. Colorado has had 31 consecutive months of payroll job gains. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two tenths […]

Prowers County Commissioners Review ARPA /Repowering Project Scenarios

Prowers County Commissioners Review ARPA /Repowering Project Scenarios

The public has a choice of two meetings to learn about developments relating to the ARPA Lamar Repowering Project and the two basic choices Arkansas River Power Authority board members may take to determine the outcome of the coal-fired plant in Lamar.  Meetings will be held on June 25 and June 30, at 7pm, both […]

State Economy Continues Growing, Boosting Revenue Projections

State Economy Continues Growing, Boosting Revenue Projections

DENVER — Friday, June 20, 2014 — A new forecast shows the state’s General Fund revenue is expected to increase by $96.4 million in the current fiscal year and by $127.6 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. “Colorado’s economy continues to expand faster than many other states,” the Office of State […]

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