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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 […]

PMC Immersion Week Underway in Lamar

PMC Immersion Week Underway in Lamar

  Prowers Medical Center is hosting 14 health professional students and two faculty members from the University of Colorado Denver the week of June 16.  The students will learn about various aspects of living in a rural community, as they have expressed an interest in future rural practice locations once they’ve completed their initial medical […]

Discussions on Repowering Project Get Heated During First Public Hearing

Discussions on Repowering Project Get Heated During First Public Hearing

  Looking for responsibility, looking for blame, looking for a way out summed up the questions and mood of the 70 to 80 residents who were on hand for the first of three public information meetings, hosted by ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, regarding that board’s two main options for the future of the Lamar […]

Lamar Receives Donation for Third K9 Patrol Dog

Lamar Receives Donation for Third K9 Patrol Dog

Funding for a third K9 dog has been provided to the City of Lamar through a VALE Board donation.  The city has usually had two dogs in service for the successful program, according to Lamar Police Chief, Gary McCrea.  The two original dogs, Joey and Wiley were retired from service, and two new dogs, Nero […]

New Agritourism Law is Win for Colorado Ranchers/Farmers

New Agritourism Law is Win for Colorado Ranchers/Farmers

  DENVER, CO – June 6, 2014 - Colorado’s lawmakers have come together in a bi-partisan effort to support the growing agritourism industry of the farm and ranch community by passing House Bill 14-1280. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law. ‘Agritourism’ is a fairly new term that showcases the intersection between travel and agriculture; it […]

ARPA Re-Evaluating Power Plant Options-1st Public Hearing June 11

ARPA Re-Evaluating Power Plant Options-1st Public Hearing June 11

The Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors recently announced that it is re-evaluating the long-term options for the Lamar Repowering Project to determine how to best meet its members’ future energy needs. The boiler for the coal-fired power plant has not been able to comply with its air emissions guarantees, and the plant […]

Forum Highlights Candidates for Sheriff, Commissioner for June 24 Primary

Forum Highlights Candidates for Sheriff, Commissioner for June 24 Primary

Five candidates, running for two positions in Prowers County, addressed a gathering of about 90 citizens at the Lamar Cultural Events Center in Lamar Thursday evening, May 29.  Hosted by Voices of Southeast Colorado and Second Amendment Defenders, the candidates for the June 24 primary for Prowers County Sheriff and Prowers County Commissioner for District […]

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