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Colorado Receives $65M Health Care Innovation Grant

Colorado Receives $65M Health Care Innovation Grant

  DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Colorado has been awarded $65 million in State Innovation Model (SIM) funding to create a coordinated, accountable system of care that gives Coloradans access to integrated primary care and behavioral health. Colorado will use the funding over the next four years to […]

Restaurants and Hardware for South Main Street Development

Restaurants and Hardware for South Main Street Development

    The southern end of Lamar’s Main Street has witnessed recent economic development and business growth. A long-awaited project is the Delicioso Restaurant which occupies the former short-lived Bamboo Grove restaurant on South Main Street, and prior to that, a KFC restaurant that closed several years ago.  Delicioso is owned and operated by Lamar […]

Hotline Center Officially Dedicated in Prowers County

Hotline Center Officially Dedicated in Prowers County

The statewide toll-free hotline for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect was officially dedicated at the Prowers County Annex Tuesday, December 16.  The Hotline County Connection Center will employ 12 persons to direct the calls to proper authorities throughout Colorado.  The Lamar call center will serve the entire state and the hotline is a component […]

Domestic Safety Resource Center Has New Director

Domestic Safety Resource Center Has New Director

Kathy McCorkle, the new Executive Director for the regional Domestic Safety Resource Center, provided the Prowers County Commissioners with a general outline of her duties last Thursday, December 11.  McCorkle is a former substance abuse counselor at RESADA in Las Animas and currently serves on the local Substance Abuse Task Force and started her new […]

Child Hot Line Center is in Limited Operation

Child Hot Line Center is in Limited Operation

Phone operators for the H3C Child Hot Line in Lamar have been running tests on the phone systems recently installed at the Prowers County Annex. Although the emergency/information call numbers have not yet been publicly released, the system will be operational as of Monday, December 15. H3C manager, Ron Trowbridge, told the Prowers County Commissioners […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Discussing New Funding Guidelines

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Discussing New Funding Guidelines

The Urban Renewal Authority is four years old.  The Tax Increment Funding levied on capital improvements within the Authority District generates about $100,000 a year.  The Authority has voiced some concerns about the quality and types of investments on improvements the grants have funded.  The Lamar City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Authority Board, met […]

Holly Trustees Lease New Landfill Loader, Appoint ARPA Representative

Holly Trustees Lease New Landfill Loader, Appoint ARPA Representative

Some slight modifications were made to the Holly administrative line-up during the Trustee’s monthly meeting in light of former Administrator, Marsha Willhite’s resignation.  Mary Rushton, Town Clerk and Treasurer assumed the administrator’s duties on an interim basis and Megan Jara was sworn in as the new Clerk and Treasurer for Holly.  Rushton told the Trustees […]

High Plains Expanding with Pediatric Center

High Plains Expanding with Pediatric Center

High Plains Community Health Center is planning to develop a pediatric center next to the Chronic Care Adult Center.  Although a construction date hasn’t been mentioned at this time, Center Executive Director, Jay Brooke, briefed the Prowers County Commissioners during a recent meeting.  “Dr. Figlio needs some additional space as he’s given up his office […]

Lamar Utility Board Discusses Collection Write-Offs

Lamar Utility Board Discusses Collection Write-Offs

  The Lamar Utility Board voted to accept the annual collection write-offs for unpaid customer bills for the year.  The uncollectible accounts for 2013 amounted to $49,997.99, which is only a hair shy of the $50,000, budgeted for that year.  That sum represents 0.38% of the Light Plant’s 2013 revenues of $13,145,197.  A collection agency […]

PCDI Holds Successful Business Seminar

PCDI Holds Successful Business Seminar

Rick Robbins, Prowers County Development Incorporated President, said there were 65 participants in the fork lift certification seminar held earlier this month at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn.  “We had to have three shifts for the numbers that took part, but we now have 65 certified forklift operators in the county,” he told the PCDI […]

Colorado's Employment Situation for October- 2014

Colorado’s Employment Situation for October- 2014

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 300 over the month from September to October to 2,461,700 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 2,100 and government increased 2,400 over the month. Colorado has had 3 full years of uninterrupted payroll job gains.   According to the survey of households, the unemployment […]

World Champions, Tall in the Saddle

World Champions, Tall in the Saddle

The title of the best Ranch Rodeo Team in the World was claimed recently by two Colorado teams.  Jolly Ranch and Lord Ranch of Agate and Lamar, Colorado rode to the number one spot recently during competition in Amarillo, Texas. Jess Jolly, Dustin Bowling, Nick Peterson, Ply Lord and Kyle Spitz took first place honors […]

Lamar VA Clinic is Open

Lamar VA Clinic is Open

The VA Medical Clinic is Lamar is officially open as of today, Monday, November 24, 2014.  The hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 7am to 5:30pm, according to Martha Martinez, Administrative Officer who is headquartered at the La Junta Clinic.  “We’ve been moving the equipment and files from the temporary trailer on […]

Commissioners Discuss Options for $3 Million Windfall Settlement

Commissioners Discuss Options for $3 Million Windfall Settlement

Based on a $3,000,000 sales tax settlement, the source of which is protected by a court mandated gag order, the Prowers County Commissioners discussed an application for a temporary reduction in the county mill levy for 2015.  They have until December 10 of this year to act before certifying the current mill levy proposal.  A […]

February Opening Hoped for Tractor Supply

February Opening Hoped for Tractor Supply

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that construction is underway on a new location in Lamar, the Company’s 15th location in Colorado. The Lamar Tractor Supply store will be located at 300 Savage Ave., and will employ […]

Willhite Resigns as Holly Town Administrator

Willhite Resigns as Holly Town Administrator

  Editor’s Note: Holly Mayor Brad Simon said the Board of Trustees held an executive session earlier this week regarding the Administrator’s resignation.  “We discussed her absence and what direction we’d take to find a replacement,” he said, adding, “There had been a little talk with her about stepping down at some point, and I […]

Kim Verhoeff Appointed Lamar Municipal Court Judge

Kim Verhoeff Appointed Lamar Municipal Court Judge

  Attorney Kim Verhoeff was the lone applicant to show interest in replacing Larry Stutler as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lamar. Stutler has tendered his resignation from the office effective December 31, 2014.  He has been the Municipal Court Judge since 2008 and following the November General Election, was set for […]

Gov. Hickelooper Proclaims November as "Hire a Veteran Month"

Gov. Hickelooper Proclaims November as “Hire a Veteran Month”

  (DENVER)  Governor John Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring November as “Hire A Veteran Month” and during the next four weeks, the Department of Labor and Employment will be spotlighting the full spectrum of services the agency makes available to veterans. Workshops and special hiring events will take place statewide (for a full list, […]

Holly Trustees Approve 2015 Budget

Holly Trustees Approve 2015 Budget

The Holly Trustees approved the 2015 budget following a hearing that preceded the regular monthly meeting this past Wednesday, November 5. Total General Fund expenditures for 2015 are projected at $354,442, only slightly below the current year estimate of $355,216 Revenue for 2015 from other than property taxes is $283,653. The mill levy is expected […]

Tractor Supply Update

Tractor Supply Update

Area residents have noticed construction work underway at the future Tractor Supply site just off Savage Avenue in Lamar. Workers have been painting the outside walls of the store and metal posts for fencing have been laid out in the concrete parking lot.  The company received a permit from the City of Lamar to install […]