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Unknown Cause of Fires Along Highway 287

Unknown Cause of Fires Along Highway 287

    Two fires broke out on the southeast Colorado plains Friday afternoon, June 15th, and as of Monday, June 18th, according to Prowers County Fire Chief, Staffon Warn, the causes have not been determined. 148 acres of uncut wheat were burned, just south of the Hixson farms, along Highway 287, about 7 miles south […]

Granada Trustees Adhere to County Burn Ban

Granada Trustees Adhere to County Burn Ban

    The recent county-wide fire ban, announced by the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, June 12th, does apply to Granada.  The monthly June 13th Trustee’s meeting affirmed that even though Granada was in the unincorporated portion of the county, an earlier ordinance adhering to the ban had been passed, stating in effect, that […]

Prowers County Fire Ban in Effect

Prowers County Fire Ban in Effect

  MEDIA RELEASE To the Citizens and Visitors of Prowers County, Based upon current environmental conditions, the perceived fire threat and the fires we have already experienced in the areas of Prowers County, the Sheriff as Fire Warden, the County Commissioners and the Rural Fire Chief have agreed to place Prowers County in a Fire […]

Extreme Drought Spreads Across Southeastern Colorado

Extreme Drought Spreads Across Southeastern Colorado

    NWS Pueblo  SYNOPSIS…Updated May 24, 2018   Spring weather systems throughout the month of May have produced beneficial precipitation across the State of Colorado. However, the bulk of the precipitation has been focused across northern portions of the state, with the precipitation received across Southern Colorado more spotty, and not enough to overcome […]

LUB Approves Bid for Roof Replacement Project

LUB Approves Bid for Roof Replacement Project

    Last summer’s hail storm left a lasting impact on the area. Lamar Utility Board members voted to approve a bid from Camp and Currell Construction for repairs to damage to the main office and warehouse roof.  Lamar’s Chief Building Inspector, Craig Brooks attended the May 29th meeting to offer information pertaining to the […]

May 2018 Drought Update from CWCB

May 2018 Drought Update from CWCB

  In order to respond to persistent and prolonged drought conditions throughout the southern half of the state and along the western border, the Governor activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector on May 2, 2018 , in the following counties: Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Las Animas, Baca, […]

Rocky Mountain PBS Schedules Broadcast of Arkansas River Basin Documentary

Rocky Mountain PBS Schedules Broadcast of Arkansas River Basin Documentary

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pueblo, CO — A documentary film about the value and importance of the Arkansas River will debut on Rocky Mountain PBS on Thursday, May 31st at 8:00 PM. The Arkansas River: from Leadville to Lamar explores the economic and social importance of the river including its recreational, municipal, and agricultural value. […]

Governor Hickenlooper Activates CO Drought Mitigation & Response

Governor Hickenlooper Activates CO Drought Mitigation & Response

      On May 2, 2018, in response to persistent and prolonged drought in portions of Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector in the following counties: Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Las Animas, Baca, Prowers, Bent, Otero, Huerfano, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Mineral, Hinsdale, San […]

Granada Receives Guidance on Golf Carts, Donates to PEP

Granada Receives Guidance on Golf Carts, Donates to PEP

    The Granada Trustees were informed that, according to CIRSA, their risk policy carrier, they bear little liability for after-dark, golf cart accidents on the town’s streets. For several months, the Trustees have attempted to decide on an ordinance that allows residents to drive their golf carts on municipal streets as long as they […]

Tamarisk Program Begins Restoration Phase

Tamarisk Program Begins Restoration Phase

  A tamarisk eradication spray program begun almost ten years ago along a portion of the Arkansas River has transitioned into a restoration project this year by the Colorado Division of Natural Resources and Parks and Wildlife. Travis Black, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area manager, said a restoration program has begun which will re-seed the […]

Lamar Receives EPA Brownfields Grant

Lamar Receives EPA Brownfields Grant

  Lamar is one of four Colorado communities set to receive a share of a $1.1M grant to advance environmental assessment and property redevelopment. The other three are Canon City, Florence and Pueblo.  Lamar’s share of the grant is $300,000 to assess properties along the city’s downtown core, including sites along the Arkansas River and […]

Holly Trustees Discuss Landfill Location, ARPA Power Purchase Agreement

Holly Trustees Discuss Landfill Location, ARPA Power Purchase Agreement

  The monthly Holly Trustees meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd, hosted a full audience as several residents expressed concerns about a preliminary location for a proposed garbage transfer station near 4 River-John Deere in the community.  Due to costs associated with maintaining the current landfill, the Trustees have taken initial steps to close it in […]

Avoid Hantavirus:  Practice Prevention and Year-Round Rodent Control

Avoid Hantavirus: Practice Prevention and Year-Round Rodent Control

  As spring cleaning gets underway, the state health department reminds Coloradans to take steps to avoid hantavirus, a rare but potentially fatal respiratory disease from a virus carried by deer mice. People are most likely to get hantavirus by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine, droppings or saliva. More people […]

Drought Expands Throughout S.E. Colorado

Drought Expands Throughout S.E. Colorado

  DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT – National Weather Service   Severe to Extreme Drought continues to expand across Southern Colorado…  SYNOPSIS  The month of March came in like a “Lamb” across Colorado, with a warm, dry and windy weather pattern persisting through most of the month, especially across Southeastern Colorado. A few weather systems moved across […]

Severe Winds Damage Hickory House, Power Loss to Southern Lamar Areas

Severe Winds Damage Hickory House, Power Loss to Southern Lamar Areas

  Winds in excess of 60mph knocked down eleven power poles around Lamar with eight power poles located along Savage Avenue yesterday afternoon, April 17th at around 5pm, tripping off breakers in the vicinity and causing additional power outages in Lamar, stretching from Memorial Drive to 14th Street in the southern section of the town, […]