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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 […]

ARPA Board Continues to Evaluate Power Plant Options

ARPA Board Continues to Evaluate Power Plant Options

Press Release At its meeting on September 25, the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors approved a resolution finding that it would be economically beneficial to dispose of and/or decommission the Lamar Repowering Project, rather than continue to maintain it in “cold standby”. This finding was based on reports prepared by a variety […]

PCDI Discusses Potential Local Impact of Amendment 68

PCDI Discusses Potential Local Impact of Amendment 68

 Members Feel Weak Reporting Shown from National Papers on S.E. Colorado Business Climate!  Larry Lusher, PCDI board member, commented on a letter sent to Prowers County Development Incorporated, suggesting Prowers County consider re-establishing horse racing at the Gateway race track in Holly. A newspaper clipping highlighting economic growth attributed to casino gambling and an events […]

Fifty years for Southeastern Developmental Services

Fifty years for Southeastern Developmental Services

Staff and residents of SDS in Lamar hosted a simple, old-fashioned hot dog barbecue as a thank you to the area for the community’s support for the past half century. Kim Engsburg, Executive Director, said during a bbq break, “We’re happy to host this for Lamar and surrounding areas for all the help they give […]

Commissioners Approve Child Welfare Hotline After New Contract Negotiation

Commissioners Approve Child Welfare Hotline After New Contract Negotiation

Prowers County will be the host site for a proposed child abuse hotline after all. Last week the commissioners had voted two to one, not to accept a contract with the State of Colorado to develop a Child Welfare Hotline in Prowers County.   Today’s vote, held Thursday, September 25 at the Granada School, was […]

Fort Lyon VA & Homeless Center Observes First Anniversary

Fort Lyon VA & Homeless Center Observes First Anniversary

Governor Hickenlooper and area representatives were on hand at the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas today, September 23,  to observe the first anniversary of the center. The 550 acre complex was repurposed from a medium security prison into a facility offering access to mental health and health care services for the homeless […]

County Votes Down Child Welfare Hotline Contract, City Considers Opting In

County Votes Down Child Welfare Hotline Contract, City Considers Opting In

For lack of a second on a motion to approve a contract with the State of Colorado, the idea of developing the Child Welfare Hotline Help Desk project was defeated during a special Prowers County Board of Commissioners meeting, Friday, September 19. Earlier this summer, the commissioners submitted an RFP, request for proposal, to the state […]

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USDA Cattle on Feed Report

CATTLE ON FEED COLORADO The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 800,000 head as of September 1, 2014. The latest inventory was down 4 percent from September 1, 2013, and down 1 percent from the previous […]

Finance and Maintenance Discussed by Granada Trustees

Finance and Maintenance Discussed by Granada Trustees

Granada will host an information session on September 19 for a gathering of elected officials and staff from Granada, Holly and the Prowers County Commissioners. Prowers County Development Incorporated Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, told the Granada Trustees, Wednesday, September 10, DOLA and OEDIT representatives will provide information on how to qualify for a REDI Grant […]

P and Z Commission Recommends Zoning Change for Patel Property

P and Z Commission Recommends Zoning Change for Patel Property

On a four to one vote, members of the Lamar Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning change for property owned by Lamar businessman, Peter Patel from O-E Open Estates, to R-1 Residential and C-2 Commercial. Their recommendation will be forwarded to the Lamar City Council for action. Patel owns the Days Inn Motel on […]

New Police Department for Holly??

New Police Department for Holly??

 Trustees Discuss Options  What would be the cost to the community to establish a town police department for Holly?  For the past several years, the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office has been under contract to the Town of Holly for routine patrols for a forty hour week.  “I don’t think we’re getting the coverage we need,” […]

New Owners for Tri-County Ford Lincoln in Lamar

New Owners for Tri-County Ford Lincoln in Lamar

Jeff Travis, former general manager at Tri County Ford in Lamar has become part owner of the car dealership located on West Highway 50 in Lamar.  Travis, and partners Tony Cuomo and DJ Jones, also own Tri County GM in La Junta.  Travis was recently visited by the Lamar Honkers and members of the Lamar Chamber of […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews Insurance Contracts, Board Member Application

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews Insurance Contracts, Board Member Application

Lamar Utilities Board members voted to continue insurance coverage for its 29 mile gas pipeline.  The coverage with IMA Kansas Inc. routinely renews on September 3 and was initiated in 2005.  Other insurance carriers for the city, such as CIRSA or Traveller’s, covers the power plant substations and wind turbines, but not for the pipeline.  […]

PCDI Discusses Rural Business Loan Sources

PCDI Discusses Rural Business Loan Sources

  Prowers County Development Incorporated has accepted insurance bids from between eight and ten agents in Lamar and Prowers County for the East Washington Street property.  Premiums following roof repairs on one of the warehouses following a summer wind storm have increased significantly and the PCDI board is looking for the best deal.  Board member […]

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 […]