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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 […]

Honkers and Chamber Welcome New Business - Antique Alley

Honkers and Chamber Welcome New Business – Antique Alley

Antique Alley is open for business in Lamar at the former Davis Western Wear Store at the corner of South Main and East Olive Streets. The business is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and is owned and operated by Mark and Naomi Adkins.  Shoppers can browse through decades of memorabilia of every description […]

Commissioners Discuss Staff Turnover at Welcome Home Child Care Center

Commissioners Discuss Staff Turnover at Welcome Home Child Care Center

The Prowers County Commissioners are concerned about county finances, in light of a $500,000 deficit and staff turnover at the Welcome Home Center. That concern was discussed at length during the commissioner’s monthly update meeting with Lanie Mireles, County Human Services Director this past Tuesday, October 28. Commissioner Joe Marble noted that there have been […]

PCDI Plans Business Seminars

PCDI Plans Business Seminars

Several topics for future business seminar have been suggested by Prowers County Development Incorporated board members. Executive Director Lance Benninghoff and board president, Rick Robbins presented an overview for the Lamar City Council this past Monday evening, October 27, highlighting a November 13 seminar for OSHA certification for forklift operators. The discussion among PCDI board […]

Back from Afghanistan: Doctor Smith Welcomed by PMC Staff

Back from Afghanistan: Doctor Smith Welcomed by PMC Staff

The yellow ribbons which have graced the entrance pillars of Prowers Medical Center in Lamar came down this morning, October 27, as Dr. James Smith returned to Lamar from his three month deployment with the National Guard in Afghanistan.   Several dozen staff members including Chief Executive Officer Craig Loveless and PMC board members Julie […]

Judge Denies Lamar’s Restraining Order Request Against ARPA & Syncora

Judge Denies Lamar’s Restraining Order Request Against ARPA & Syncora

The City of Lamar and Lamar Utilities Board were denied a request for a temporary restraining order against ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority and bonding agent, Syncora Guarantee, during a hearing conducted this past Wednesday, October 22. A Senior Judge, Scott Epstein, ruled that the parties will have 90 days to come to some form […]

Colorado Employment Situation, September 2014

Colorado Employment Situation, September 2014

  Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 14,600 over the month from August to September, to 2,464,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 14,700 and government decreased 100 over the month. Colorado has had 35 consecutive months of payroll job gains. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate […]

Honkers Welcome High Plains Health Providers

Honkers Welcome High Plains Health Providers

Members of  The Lamar Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Lamar Chamber Honkers recently welcomed three new health care providers at High Plains Community Health Center in Lamar. The new arrivals are Cameron Freeman, PAC who is employed as a Physician’s Assistant, Samantha Stuart offers chiropractic and acupuncture therapy, and Tracee Nelson, FMP-C is […]

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2015 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2015 Budget

The 2015 Lamar Light Plant budget was passed by the Lamar Utility Board during their meeting, Tuesday, October 14. The budget, according to Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, is in two sections.  One budget deals with the revenue requirements for Operations for the transmission and distribution of electricity.  The second deals with the Lamar Repowering […]

Fall is the Perfect Time to Experience Colorado Agriculture

Fall is the Perfect Time to Experience Colorado Agriculture

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The air is crisp and hues of red, orange and yellow dot the landscape. There is no better place to enjoy fall in Colorado than on a farm or ranch. This time of year brings a variety of family events involving agriculture including pumpkin patches and corn mazes. To help […]

Grants Help Colorado Specialty Crops

Grants Help Colorado Specialty Crops

  BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Nine grants totaling nearly $840,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop […]