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Boating is Underway in Many Colorado Lakes and Reservoirs with Some Changes Expected

Boating is Underway in Many Colorado Lakes and Reservoirs with Some Changes Expected

Boating is underway in many Colorado lakes and reservoirs; some changes expected due to reduced funding for watercraft inspection stations to prevent invasive species DENVER – As ice comes off the lakes and reservoirs, many opened to boating on March 1 and several more will follow in April and May. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has […]

Colorado Water Conservation Board – March 2017 Drought Update

Colorado Water Conservation Board – March 2017 Drought Update

February of this year was the second warmest February on record, and the warmest since 1954. Well above average temperatures have continued into March. Precipitation in February was average but has slowed considerably with only 29 percent of average month –to-date in March. However, the forecast for the next two weeks indicates that the state […]

New Lights for Main Street

New Lights for Main Street

Lamar residents are now noticing some changes along Main Street; new light poles placed along the sidewalks instead of the center median. The new LED lights will cut back on electrical costs while the old ones, situated along the center median, are to be stored at the Lamar Light Plant.  Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Seeks Nominees for Bob Appel Award

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Seeks Nominees for Bob Appel Award

  Nominations are being accepted for the 13th Annual “Bob Appel – Friend of the Arkansas” Award that is presented each year at the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum. This year’s forum will be April 26-27 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs. Reservations and information about the program are available at […]

High Plains Snow Goose Festival Second Annual Photography Contest Winners

High Plains Snow Goose Festival Second Annual Photography Contest Winners

    The 2017 High Plains Snow Goose Festival, in partnership with the Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Southeast Colorado Arts Council and Boeken Trust, sponsored the 2nd annual High Plains Snow Goose Photography Contest that featured entries from many talented photographers from Southeast Colorado. This contest is open to the general […]

Water and Landfill Issues are Growing Concern in Granada

Water and Landfill Issues are Growing Concern in Granada

The Granada Trustees are faced with two expensive issues that will impact the town’s residents in the future. The Trustees discussed their revenue options to upgrade the aging water lines in the community, a matter that is being carried over from last year; and how to afford to bring the town’s landfill into compliance with […]

Radon: What’s the Hoopla All About?

Radon: What’s the Hoopla All About?

Radon, maybe a word that you have heard buzzing around; but do you know what it is, why radon is a concern, how to test for it, and how to fix it? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.  You cannot see or smell radon and the only way to […]

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 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 […]

Future of Hemp Farming in Colorado Discussed at LCC

Future of Hemp Farming in Colorado Discussed at LCC

Area farmers were presented with three aspects of hemp farming this past Saturday, February 25th, at a Hemp Road Show, presented at Lamar Community College.  The presenters at the seminar, which was attended by about 50 persons, included Rick Trojan, Northeast Colorado Hemp Farmer, Mitch Yergert from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and John Finamore, […]

CWCB February 2017 Drought Update

CWCB February 2017 Drought Update

  Despite well above average temperatures in February, mountain snowpack continues to accumulate and build on January’s record breaking snowfall. Reservoir storage remains above average and at this time water providers have no significant concerns entering into the spring. Agricultural producers, especially those on the eastern plains, are hoping for additional precipitation to alleviate worsening […]

15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival Recap

15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival Recap

The 15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival saw between 60 and 80 people come to Lamar to participate in this year’s festival with most of them coming from the Front Range. Registration was held Thursday and Friday evenings, February 16-17th at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn. There were five major tours this year with two on Friday and Saturday and one on […]

Snowpack, Reservoir Levels Remain Strong Across Colorado from NRCS Report

Snowpack, Reservoir Levels Remain Strong Across Colorado from NRCS Report

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released its Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report, based on Feb. 1 figures, which marks the second comprehensive update for Colorado since the “2017 water year” began on Oct. 1. According to the report, statewide snowpack and reservoir levels had increased since the Jan. 1 report, and were well […]

County Facing Costly Water Safety Upgrade

County Facing Costly Water Safety Upgrade

The Prowers County Commissioners are taking steps to comply with the Colorado Department of Public health and Environment to install water backflow devices in county owned buildings.   The statewide order impacts most commercial or industrial operations where there is a chance of contamination to public water sources.  The device, which is installed at the point […]

Council Takes Steps for Infrastructure Upgrades/Repairs

Council Takes Steps for Infrastructure Upgrades/Repairs

Following the council’s Monday night work session on February 6th, members decided to award a bid for a pool liner resurfacing project to RenoSys Corporation. The cost of installation of a PVC membrane lining for the entire pool is $101,816 which is considerably less than the $350,000 estimate from the firm currently doing business with […]