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2018 Farm Bill Headed to the President's Desk, View from CCG

2018 Farm Bill Headed to the President’s Desk, View from CCG

  Dec. 14, 2018 – Earlier this week the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” began its final journey to President Trump’s desk. Monday the House and Senate Agriculture committees and Congressional leadership released the conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill. Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill with 87 to 13 votes. Wednesday, the House […]

Lamar Approves Grant Funding to Help Identify EPA Problem Areas

Lamar Approves Grant Funding to Help Identify EPA Problem Areas

    Ayres Associates from Cheyenne, WY, has been hired by the Lamar City Council during their December 10th meeting to provide an EPA Brownfields Assessment known as the Prairie Crossroads Project for the City of Lamar.  The funding will be provided through a $300,000 grant awarded to the city this past fall, according to […]

Highlights of Colorado’s Water Year for 2018 from CSU

Highlights of Colorado’s Water Year for 2018 from CSU

  Colorado State University’s Colorado Climate Center has compiled a recap for the state’s Water Year 2018, noting this year was the warmest and driest in 124 years. Lamar was reported with 76 days at or above 90 degrees for 2018. Walsh edged pasts with 77 days while Trinidad in southeast Colorado noted 48 days […]

CSU Offers Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) Program

CSU Offers Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) Program

  FORT COLLINS, COLORADO. Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is offering free economic feasibility assessments for Colorado farms interested in learning their cost-benefit for use of solar energy. The Center has already conducted feasibility assessments for 30 irrigated farms and 10 feedlots and has just expanded the program to greenhouses and dairies as well. […]

CPW Celebrates Fresh Air Friday on November 23

CPW Celebrates Fresh Air Friday on November 23

CPW celebrates Fresh Air Friday on Nov. 23 DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is renewing its tradition of opening its parks to free entry on the day after Thanksgiving. CPW welcomes you to join us in celebrating Fresh Air Friday on Nov. 23, transforming a day traditionally spent more on material goods and leftovers […]

November 2018 Drought Update

November 2018 Drought Update

  The 2018 Water Year (which ended on September 30) was the warmest and second driest in 124 years of records for the state of Colorado. Water Year 2019, which began on October 1st, has seen above normal precipitation and below average temperatures across most of the state. This is the first time in over […]

FLCC Board Approves Water Delivery -- LAWMA/Colorado Springs Utilities Water Sharing Agreement Finalized

FLCC Board Approves Water Delivery — LAWMA/Colorado Springs Utilities Water Sharing Agreement Finalized

First permanent water sharing agreement with augmentation association in Colorado   Las Animas, CO — The Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to deliver FLCC water for municipal purposes. The vote makes a permanent water sharing agreement between LAMWA and Colorado Springs Utilities complete. […]

Around the Town…Yoder Plaque and Quiznos Windows

Around the Town…Yoder Plaque and Quiznos Windows

  The City of Lamar, as a show of appreciation for past donations, attached a plaque to the new stone bench seats that were constructed along East Beech Street opposite the Lamar Chamber of Commerce this past fall. Lamar residents have benefited from the $20,000 donation to the Parks and Recreation Department by the Yoder […]

NASS - USDA Crop Production Report, November 2018

NASS – USDA Crop Production Report, November 2018

  COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS Based on November 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 171.45 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year’s 185.90 million bushels, according to the November 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 1.35 million acres expected to […]

Drought Conditions Continue to Improve across Southeast Colorado

Drought Conditions Continue to Improve across Southeast Colorado

October Drought Information Statement from National Weather Service Abundant precipitation over the Summer of 2018 across southeast Colorado has continued throughout the early Fall, with several weather systems bringing more beneficial precipitation across the area in September and October. This abundant moisture has brought an end to the drought across portions of the far Southeastern […]

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Publishes Report on Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Part One

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Publishes Report on Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Part One

  (LAKEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 26, 2018) – The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics today (October 26, 2018) released “Impacts on Marijuana Legalization in Colorado,” a report that compiles and analyzes data on marijuana-related topics including crime, impaired driving, hospitalizations and ER visits, usage rates, effects on youth, and more. In […]

Customers Discuss Net Metering Policy with Utility Board

Customers Discuss Net Metering Policy with Utility Board

  The majority of the October 23rd Utility Board meeting was spent meeting with about a dozen Lamar Light and Power customers who use solar power to help off-set the costs of their bills from the Light Plant.  Ryan Sneller addressed the board members with a general question from the group regarding the rate structure […]

Redevelopment Authority Okays Payment, Council Approves Brownsfield Study Grant

Redevelopment Authority Okays Payment, Council Approves Brownsfield Study Grant

    The Lamar City Council, acting as the Lamar Redevelopment Authority, approved 50% of the Prowers County portion of real property taxes assessed on the Lamar Holiday Inn Express during their meeting, Monday, October 22nd.  Historically, the City of Lamar adopted Resolution LRA 11-09-01 on September 12, 2011 which stated that the URA, Urban […]

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 […]