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Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

“We’re excited to be at this point with Eric joining us as the new Executive Director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, (PEP)”, stated Rick Robbins, President of the county economic development organization, during the Tuesday, March 7th board meeting. Eric Depperschmidt, who hails from Ness and Finney Counties in Kansas, was the last applicant for the […]

CO Energy Office Allows $750K for USDA Ag Industry

CO Energy Office Allows $750K for USDA Ag Industry

DENVER — March 2, 2017 — The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, today released $750,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities. The […]

Hemp in Agriculture, Part ll

Hemp in Agriculture, Part ll

This is the second article in The Prowers Journal relating to a Hemp Road Show held February 25th at Lamar Community College. The program offered three speakers who described the history of hemp agriculture and production in the U.S. and its recent resurgence in the farming community. The first article focused on the mechanics and […]

Lamar Chamber and Honkers Visit Two-in-One Lamar Business

Lamar Chamber and Honkers Visit Two-in-One Lamar Business

With one stop, shoppers can visit either Black Wolfe Clothing Company or Uniquely Creative Designs, both owned and operated by Andy and Diana Woller at 108 North Main Street in Lamar. The Lamar Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Honkers paid them a visit during their Grand Opening and special sales event day on Friday, February […]

Lamar Council Continues to Remove 'Blight'/Unsafe Residences

Lamar Council Continues to Remove ‘Blight’/Unsafe Residences

In a continuing effort to alleviate blight in local neighborhoods, the Lamar City Council approved and adopted a resolution to condemn the property at 315 North 12th Street in Lamar during their regular meeting, Monday, February 27th.   The council was informed that efforts to have the property taken care of have failed with the owner […]

Honkers Visit Smitty’s Body Shop Grand Opening

Honkers Visit Smitty’s Body Shop Grand Opening

Smitty’s Auto Body shop is now open for business at 6941 U.S. Highway 50 in Lamar and members of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and Lamar Honkers paid them a welcoming visit this past Saturday, February 25th. Smitty’s Auto Body is a full service operation, offering free estimates on body work from minor dents to […]

Sears Hometown and Outlet Looks at Lamar, CO for New Location

Sears Hometown and Outlet Looks at Lamar, CO for New Location

National Retailer Seeks Local Entrepreneur or Independent Retailer to Bring the Sears Hometown Store Format to the Local Area  Lamar (01/21/2017)   Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) is looking to fill the void in the Lamar community. The Company, which separated from Sears Holdings Corporation in 2012, is seeking entrepreneurs or independent retailers […]

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2017

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2017

  DENVER, CO – What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2017 as they finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 84,000 of the nation’s farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. […]

Simply Fit Board, from QVC to ABC’s 20/20

Simply Fit Board, from QVC to ABC’s 20/20

It’s been a busy year for Linda Clark and her daughter, Gloria Hollman, since their November 6, 2015 appearance on Shark Tank, the ABC award winning show where entrepreneurs pitch their products to investors, the sharks, to try to get a deal. The Simply Fit Board, created by Gloria and Linda, has seen sales skyrocket […]

Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

The current agricultural economy is facing difficult times with low commodity prices and the drought conditions facing much of the state’s agricultural lands. For the majority of farmers and ranchers the ability to breakeven this year is not possible even with record wheat and corn yields.  At this time wheat prices are $2.70 to $3.05 […]

PEP Hires Executive Director

PEP Hires Executive Director

Eric Depperschmidt has been hired by the Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) board to serve as its new Executive Director. The unanimous vote was taken during a special PEP directors meeting on Friday, February 17th.  The hiring of an experienced director is pivotal to the future implementation of the Prowers County Economic Prosperity Plan. A western […]

City Discusses Pro-Active Ideas to Deal with Homelessness

City Discusses Pro-Active Ideas to Deal with Homelessness

  The Lamar City Council discussed several issues for consideration during a February 6th work session this past Monday.  The council heard an update on the legalities pertaining to homelessness from Police Chief Kyle Miller who reviewed general crime statistics for the city since 1999 and the number of citations which have been served.  He […]

PEP Board Initiates Business Round Table Discussions

PEP Board Initiates Business Round Table Discussions

While the Prowers Economic Prosperity screening committee narrows its search for an executive director and a projects coordinator, the focus of the Tuesday, February 7th meeting centered on adding members to take part in a series of business roundtable discussions.  PEP President, Rick Robbins, said the groups will focus on categories that represent the economic […]

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Welcomes New Employee Teri Jobe

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Welcomes New Employee Teri Jobe

Teri Jobe joined the staff at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) on January 23, 2017, as an Interpretive Park Guide. Teri brings a growing passion for history and an expectation to further develop her skills as an effective employee of the National Park Service. Teri was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania (PA), a small […]

Lamar Light Plant Opens Annual Scholarship Program

Lamar Light Plant Opens Annual Scholarship Program

  The Lamar Utility Board went through a light agenda on Tuesday, January 24th.   Members were given wind turbine data for 2016 by Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noting that Lamar’s three wind turbine generated 10,343.02 megawatts of electricity with is about 537.26 more than what was generated in 2015.  This performance is in light […]