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City Sells Land, Buys Vehicles

City Sells Land, Buys Vehicles

        The Lamar City Council approved two lease agreements during their regular meeting, October 8th. One was with Frontier Bank for the lease-purchase of a new Fire Truck.  The agreement is for ten years with a first payment of $43,223.24 due this year and a fixed interest rate of 3.95%.  A second, […]

Southern Colorado Drought Update

Southern Colorado Drought Update

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT…Monsoonal Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southeast Colorado While Drought Conditions Deepen across South Central Colorado SYNOPSIS… Weather systems over the latter half of the Spring and throughout the past Summer of 2018 brought some much needed precipitation across the State of Colorado. However, the amounts of beneficial rainfall varied widely across […]

September 2018 Drought Update from CWCB- -Hotter and Drier

September 2018 Drought Update from CWCB- -Hotter and Drier

  In response 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. With only three weeks left in the 2018 water year, October through August of this year […]

Highway 287 Road Construction Update

Highway 287 Road Construction Update

  American Civil Constructors, the firm which is renovating portions of North and South Main Streets through Lamar, is progressing through the third stage of the project which involves the section of work on the west side of North Main from Hickory to Sherman Streets.  It will be moving the operation onto the east side […]

Blue Rose Ranch (Part 3) Horse Rescue Operations in Springfield, CO

Blue Rose Ranch (Part 3) Horse Rescue Operations in Springfield, CO

  Blue Rose Ranch (Part 3) This is the third and final article in the series describing the work behind the scenes of the horse rescue and adoption facilities at the Blue Rose Ranch in Springfield, Colorado, owned and operated by Cheryl and John Webb since 2007. Since the first day of operation to current […]

Climate Review:  Summer of 2018

Climate Review: Summer of 2018

    The start of “Meteorological Summer 2018” (June-July-August) was a very warm and generally dry across south central and southeast Colorado. A few weather systems, including the remnants of a tropical system moving north and east out of the Gulf of California, brought some beneficial rains and a brief respite in the hot and […]

What the Hail is Going On this Year?

What the Hail is Going On this Year?

The 2018 severe weather season over southeast Colorado started slow this year. With dry southwest mid-level flow over the region, the area experienced below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures through most of the spring (April, May and into June). With the warm and dry weather over the region, thunderstorm coverage was less than normal, […]

Scrap and Debris, Illegal Dumping, Salvage Yards…Commissioners Seeking Solutions

Scrap and Debris, Illegal Dumping, Salvage Yards…Commissioners Seeking Solutions

  The Prowers County Commissioners met on August 14th with County Attorney Darla Scranton Specht, members of the County Planning Commission and Michelle Hiigel, County Land Use Administrator on what steps may be taken to enforce operating regulations pertaining to county-based salvage yards and auto body shops. The main goal is to keep them within […]

National 811 Day: Atmos Energy Says ‘Safe Digging’ is Key to Safe Gas Systems

National 811 Day: Atmos Energy Says ‘Safe Digging’ is Key to Safe Gas Systems

  Accidental Damage by Third Parties is Most Common Cause of Natural Gas Leaks   LAMAR, Colo. (August 6, 2018) – Atmos Energy is reminding construction crews across Colorado to please call 811 before you dig. The natural gas utility says it’s seen a spike in hit gas lines over the last six weeks throughout […]

USDA CROP PRODUCTION – AUGUST 2018

USDA CROP PRODUCTION – AUGUST 2018

  COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 178.22 million bushels, according to the August 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is down 4 percent from last year’s 185.90 million bushels. The 1.34 million […]

NWS Report: Monsoonal Rains Offer Some Relief to Drought Stricken Southeast Colorado

NWS Report: Monsoonal Rains Offer Some Relief to Drought Stricken Southeast Colorado

  SYNOPSIS: Weather systems over the past few months have brought some precipitation across the State of Colorado, with the Southwest Monsoon kicking in throughout the month of July, bringing more widespread and much needed moisture to much of Southeastern Colorado. Further west, the summer monsoonal rains have been more spotty and generally not enough […]

USDA to Survey County Small Grains Acreage

USDA to Survey County Small Grains Acreage

LAKEWOOD, COLORADO –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS). The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield and production of small grains crops down to the county […]

LAWMA Approves Model Water Sharing Agreement

LAWMA Approves Model Water Sharing Agreement

First permanent water sharing agreement with augmentation association in Colorado Lamar, Colo—The Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) Board has announced it will participate in a permanent water sharing agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities. LAWMA and Colorado Spring Utilities have discussed ways to continue their long-term arrangement of water sharing. The agreement would allow Colorado […]

Aerial Surveys Confirm Upward Trend in Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population

Aerial Surveys Confirm Upward Trend in Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population

    The latest lesser prairie-chicken survey shows bird populations are up from last year, continuing an upward trend over the last few years. The survey indicates an estimated breeding population of 38,637 birds this year, compared to 29,934 birds counted last year. “This approximately 30% annual increase is good news, but we know that […]

QUARTERLY HOGS AND PIGS – JUNE 1, 2018

QUARTERLY HOGS AND PIGS – JUNE 1, 2018

  COLORADO Colorado inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2018 was 760,000 head, down 1 percent from March 1, 2018 and up 6 percent from last year. Breeding inventory, at 155,000 head, was unchanged from the previous quarter and unchanged from last year. Market hog inventory, at 605,000 head, was down 2 […]