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Gov. Hickenlooper names Don Brown as Agriculture Commissioner

Gov. Hickenlooper names Don Brown as Agriculture Commissioner

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015— Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Don Brown will be the Commissioner of Agriculture, effective Feb. 17, 2015. He replaces John Salazar who retired last month, having served since 2011. “We are fortunate to welcome Don Brown to the team and thrilled to add his experience and leadership to Colorado’s […]

PMC Expansion  Construction Planned for April

PMC Expansion Construction Planned for April

The Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors plans to announce the newest board member by their February 25 meeting.  The hospital has advertised for a replacement board member since Kevin McGrath resigned late last year.  PMC is still open to candidates, as board chair, Julie Branes, stated,” Any interested candidate may contact Karen Bryant, Craig […]

Fund Transfer Needed for County Employee Payroll

Fund Transfer Needed for County Employee Payroll

Due to a delay in funding payments, the Prowers County Commissioners approved a transfer of $5,000 from the sales tax revenue fund to cover payroll for employees at the Child Hotline Center.  For reasons not yet determined, the funding from the state has been delayed, as in, “The check is in the mail,” but has […]

PCDI Plans Future Business Seminars, Annual Meeting

PCDI Plans Future Business Seminars, Annual Meeting

Prior to Executive Director Lance Benninghoff’s resignation announcement to the board members of Prowers County Development Incorporated in executive session, he reviewed some options for guest speakers at the PCDI annual meeting and future business seminar topics. “We might consider moving our annual meeting to Granada or Holly and have Lee Merkel from the Department […]

Colorado Employment Situation in December 2014

Colorado Employment Situation in December 2014

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,700 over the month from November to December to 2,467,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 5,500 and government decreased 800 over the month. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one tenth of a percentage point in December to 4.0 […]

Benninghoff Resigns from PCDI

Benninghoff Resigns from PCDI

The Prowers County Development Inc Board of Directors accepted the resignation of their Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, at their monthly board meeting on January 27, 2015.  Lance has taken a position on the Western Slope and will be leaving PCDI on February 6th.  The Directors expressed their appreciation of the efforts that Lance has made […]

Commissioners Receive County Health Update

Commissioners Receive County Health Update

  Ten Prowers County residents have been hospitalized for influenza, according to Tammie Clark, Public Health and Environment Director, during her report to the County Commissioners last Tuesday, January 20.  “We still have some vaccine supplies on hand if people want to get their shots, as the flu season is far from being over,” she […]

LCC President Sees Benefits in Obama Idea of Free Tuition

LCC President Sees Benefits in Obama Idea of Free Tuition

One much-discussed proposal from President Obama during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20, involves raising taxes on richer Americans to reach $320B over ten years.  John Marrin, President of Lamar Community College believes the end result, free tuition for two years for community colleges, would benefit LCC and students alike. Marrin […]

Discussion Opens for Possible Lamar Recreation Center

Discussion Opens for Possible Lamar Recreation Center

  Could Lamar support a full-time community recreation center and what would be the best approach to developing one?  These and similar questions were discussed during an initial, exploratory meeting held by Jessica Medina, an employee of High Plains Community Health Center this past Friday, January 16. “We’ve noticed an increased level of interest in […]

Tractor Supply Opening Mid-February

Tractor Supply Opening Mid-February

Jaime White expects the doors to Tractor Supply in Lamar to be open on Saturday, February 14.  The 40,000 square foot store has undergone renovations since shortly before the end of the year and the pace is accelerating to meet the deadline.  The company, which has stores in 48 states, took over the former Alco […]

Annual Colorado Crop Summary - 2014 Highlights

Annual Colorado Crop Summary – 2014 Highlights

  The 2014 corn for grain crop was estimated at 147.46 million bushels, 15 percent above last year’s production of 128.38 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The average yield of 146.0 bushels per acre was 15.0 bushels per acre above the yield realized last […]

Marshall Cook Resigns from Lamar Fire Department

Marshall Cook Resigns from Lamar Fire Department

Lamar Fire Chief Marshall Cook has submitted his resignation to the City of Lamar.  Chief Cook has been with the department for 30 years.   Chief Cook has accepted a fire chief position at the Rio Blanco Fire Protection District in Meeker, Colorado.   His last day as Lamar Fire Chief will be February 6, […]

County Oaths of Office Ceremony Held

County Oaths of Office Ceremony Held

Seven elected officials took their various oaths of office with Judge Stanley Brinkley at the Prowers County Courthouse Courtroom, Tuesday, January 13 before an almost capacity audience. Only two of the seven, Ron Cook and Sam Zordell actually faced a challenge for election to their respective offices, Prowers County Commissioner and Prowers County Sheriff.    Cook […]

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

  The Lamar City Council interviewed two candidates, Felix Dias and Jim Faull as a replacement for Councilman Ron Cook for representation of District 3 in the city during the January 12 meeting.    The council had 30 days to advertise for the open seat since Cook tendered a resignation letter as he is moving from […]

Changing of the Guard at the County Sheriff’s Office

Changing of the Guard at the County Sheriff’s Office

Jim Faull will become a regular private citizen following the Tuesday, January 13, swearing-in ceremonies at the Prowers County Courthouse.  An appreciation gathering was held for Faull Monday afternoon at the sheriff’s department meeting room as he shared some memories with  friends and colleagues.  “I was sworn in to this job on January 13, 1999, […]

Interim Administrator Appointed for Town of Holly

Interim Administrator Appointed for Town of Holly

  Jerry L’Estrange attended his first trustee’s monthly meeting for the Town of Holly as interim administrator Wednesday, January 7.  L’Estrange has been hired by the town to fill the vacancy left by Marsha Willhite following her resignation in November.  He will serve in that capacity while the search for a permanent administrator continues. The […]

Verhoeff Takes Municipal Judge Oath

Verhoeff Takes Municipal Judge Oath

Attorney Kim Verhoeff was sworn into office as the Lamar Municipal Court Judge on Monday, January 5 at the Prowers County Courthouse with Judge Larry Stutler delivering her oath of office.  Verhoeff replaces Stutler who resigned from the Municipal Judgeship late last year.  He will retain his county duties.  Verhoeff will have a two year […]

New CDOT Director Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper

New CDOT Director Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Shailen Bhatt will be the next executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will assume this role in mid-February. Bhatt most recently served as cabinet secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) where he directed nearly a billion dollar […]

2014 Year in Review-March/April

2014 Year in Review-March/April

The close of 2014 will put us at the halfway mark for the decade.  Some use the passage of time as a measuring tool…how much have we done…how much time have we got left.  But the timetable for a city or county should probably be measured in accomplishments, not a calendar.  Some projects and programs […]

Colorado's Revenue Projections and Economy Continue to Grow

Colorado’s Revenue Projections and Economy Continue to Grow

DENVER — Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 — The latest projections for the state’s General Fund revenue for FY 2014-15 are 1.3 percent, or $127.0 million, higher compared with the September 2014 forecast.  Projections for FY 2015-16 are 0.5 percent, or $53.6 million, higher compared with September. Strong growth in income taxes from wage withholdings and […]