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Attorney General Coffman Holds Listening Tour Meeting for Prowers County

Attorney General Coffman Holds Listening Tour Meeting for Prowers County

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman spent the majority of her day, Tuesday, May 23rd at the Prowers County Annex in Lamar, holding a series of listening sessions that began with local, elected officials and continued through the day with such topics as farming/ranching, a sex assault program at Lamar Community College and efforts […]

Woodland Park High School Marks a Win at the 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition

Woodland Park High School Marks a Win at the 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition

  Woodland Park High School’s AP Environmental Science team once again took first place honors at the 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition held on April 25 and 26, in Aurora, CO! This year’s event took place at the Arapahoe County Fair Grounds in Aurora, with ten teams participating who came from all over Colorado, to compete […]

Four-Year Project with Kansas, USFS Hopes to Restore Plains Grouse

Four-Year Project with Kansas, USFS Hopes to Restore Plains Grouse

CPW employs high-tech trickery in effort to reintroduce lesser prairie chickens CAMPO, Colo. — Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the state line? Well, if Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists are successful, the answer will be to rebuild populations of the rare and vulnerable bird that has mostly disappeared from the sagebrush and grasslands […]

Haggard represents Lamar at Ports-to-Plains Washington DC Fly-In

Haggard represents Lamar at Ports-to-Plains Washington DC Fly-In

Lamar Councilwoman Beverly Haggard, who represents Lamar on the Ports-to-Plains board of directors was in Washington, DC last week with a delegation of the organization’s supporters to meet with Congressional offices to discuss the importance of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and other issues critical to growing our rural economy. The group of 17 people came from […]

Spring Snowstorm Interrupts Power

Spring Snowstorm Interrupts Power

“Saturday wasn’t so bad, but Sunday brought a lot of power line interruptions to our area,” according to Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh. There were some scattered outages due to downed power lines on Saturday, but the brunt of the storm, as far as downed lines, occurred through Sunday with the eastern-most areas of […]

Dodged a Bullet?

Dodged a Bullet?

Although Lamar residents encountered snow and winds and downed tree limbs, compared to other areas of Prowers County, we got our moisture, but not all that much snow. Springfield and other southern Colorado communities had anywhere from 10 inches of snow to 7.5 as reported in Campo by the National Weather Service and from four […]

Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported groundwater bill signed into law

Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported groundwater bill signed into law

  Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 17-036 — a piece of legislation that was supported by the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), and is what some in the industry describe as one of the most significant pieces of water-related legislation in recent years. Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross […]

Winter Storm Watch Remains in Effect from Late Friday Night Through Sunday

Winter Storm Watch Remains in Effect from Late Friday Night Through Sunday

  Hazardous Weather Outlook – National Weather Service Pueblo CO 859 AM MDT Friday, April 28, 2017 (The City of Lamar is still planning the City-Wide Clean-Up Day tomorrow, Saturday,  starting at 7:00 am.  If safety becomes a concern, then it will be rescheduled but for now it is still a go.) * LOCATION…Crowley, Otero, […]

Gov. Hickenlooper on National Monument Statement by Pres. Trump

Gov. Hickenlooper on National Monument Statement by Pres. Trump

DENVER — Thursday, April 27,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement: President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday, April 26, that instructs the Secretary of Interior to review the designation of at least two dozen national monuments, including Colorado’s Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The order also authorizes […]

Drought Update from Colorado Water Conservation Board

Drought Update from Colorado Water Conservation Board

With temperatures eight degrees above average, March of this year was the warmest March on record for the State of Colorado, and the second warmest on record for the nation. Late March precipitation brought much needed moisture, but the state as a whole received only 64 percent of average, in what is historically one of […]

Saturday is Earth Day ... Don't Forget to Thank a Farmer

Saturday is Earth Day … Don’t Forget to Thank a Farmer

Corn farmers certainly have much to be proud of as Earth Day 2017 (April 22) rolls around. Some of the great work our farmers are doing is highlighted in the comprehensive 2012 Field to Market Report, which shows that from 1980 to 2011, U.S. corn farmers increased bushels per acre by 64 percent. But also […]

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Governor Hickenlooper’s last town hall meeting in Lamar was in September, 2015 and the format for his April 19th meeting held at Lamar Community College was unchanged.  Accompanied by several members of the state cabinet, Hickenlooper first addressed the audience at the LCC Wellness Center on relevant issues for Colorado residents before his cabinet briefed […]

Granada Landfill is a Top Concern for Trustees

Granada Landfill is a Top Concern for Trustees

The cost of bringing the Granada landfill into compliance with regulations from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is a price higher than most rural communities can afford. Several Trustees, along with other community representatives,  attended a regional meeting on landfill requirements in Lamar on February 28th, during which they received some hard financial news […]

Corn and Wheat Acreage Down, Soybean and Cotton Acreage Plants are Up for 2017

Corn and Wheat Acreage Down, Soybean and Cotton Acreage Plants are Up for 2017

    Corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.0 million acres, down 4 percent or 4.0 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be down or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating states.  Soybean planted area for 2017 is estimated at a […]

WAFWA Reports on 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan Conservation Progress

WAFWA Reports on 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan Conservation Progress

On March 31, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service its third annual report detailing achievements under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. Among other highlights, WAFWA reported on the purchase of an ecologically significant piece of property in Kansas, which permanently protects nearly 30,000 […]