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Free Interpretive Program at Bent’s New Fort Site

Free Interpretive Program at Bent’s New Fort Site

After abandoning his old post near present day La Junta in 1849, famed trader William Bent eventually moved east and built a new trading post on a bluff overlooking the Arkansas River in 1853. Bent’s New Fort, which played a pivotal role in shaping the American West, will be the topic of a free interpretive […]

Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

LAMAR – Bruce Fickenscher was honored during the annual Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association banquet April 1st in Lamar. Fickenscher, of Chivington, was selected as the association’s prestigious Honorary Life Member Award recipient. Fickenscher has been with Colorado State University Extension since 2001. He currently is Livestock & Range Specialist for the Southeast area, […]

Educational Session Kicks off Annual Cattlemen Festivities

Educational Session Kicks off Annual Cattlemen Festivities

  LAMAR – Where will the beef industry be in 5 years? Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association hosted an open educational session April 1 at the Elk’s Lodge in Lamar. A panel of Thane Milenski, with cattle feeder and processor JBS/Five Rivers, Alan Woodard, CEO of Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, and Rick Robbins, […]

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 […]

DSCR Notes Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Denver April 4th

DSCR Notes Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Denver April 4th

Domestic Safety Resource Center Announces 16th Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) “Engaging New Voices” Lamar— April 4, 2017 — This April, Domestic Safety Resource Center (DSRC) would like to invite everyone to attend this year’s SAAM kick-off at the State Capital from 12:30-2:30pm. Each year, April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness month in the […]

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

The 2017 CEDS, available on the Prowers County website, offers specific information on county demographics. This includes population and income trends for residents, climate and cultural information and assessments for such areas as housing, education, infrastructure and industry sectors.  It’s an analysis which also shows or strengths and weaknesses for economic growth and provides information […]

Update at Big Timbers Museum

Update at Big Timbers Museum

Big Timbers Museum Curator, Kathleen Scranton, provided the Prowers County Commissioners with her monthly update on museum activities. Through March, the museum has seen 118 visitors. This compares to 2,204 visitors in 2016, 2,327 in 2015, 2,147 for 2014 and 2,052 for 2013.  Students from the Alta Vista Charter School recently held a field trip with […]

El Pomar Foundation Contributes to 9/11 Tribute Memorial

El Pomar Foundation Contributes to 9/11 Tribute Memorial

Additional funding for the first phase of the proposed 9/11 Tribute Memorial was realized with a $6,000 contribution from the El Pomar Foundation on Monday, March 20th.  The philanthropic organization donated the funds to the local Memorial Foundation through Rachael Patrick, Small Business Development Executive Director for southeast Colorado. Members of the committee were on […]

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association Annual Meeting April 1 in Lamar

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association Annual Meeting April 1 in Lamar

The Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association donated $1,000 to the Northeast Colorado Fire Disaster Fund during its March board meeting. The disaster funds were an opportunity for local ranchers to help their fellow ranchers in Phillips and Logan counties needing assistance with fire recovery. The six-county board also voted to nominate Curtis Russell of […]

9/11 Tribute Memorial Committee Gaining Momentum on Funding

9/11 Tribute Memorial Committee Gaining Momentum on Funding

What was an idea several years ago is becoming more and more grounded in reality as contributions for the project continue to accrue. Doug Harbour, organizer of the annual September First Responders Tribute event and parade, said recent donations are helping to reach a point where it’s all starting to come together. The most recent […]

Sand Creek Massacre Experiences Increased Visitation in 2016

Sand Creek Massacre Experiences Increased Visitation in 2016

Nationally the Park Service Certifies 2016 Visitation at 331 million Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) hosted 6,847 visitors in 2016, almost one thousand visitors more than the previous year. Visitation to the park has been increasing annually since 2011. Undoubtedly the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service increased the public’s awareness of […]

Bent’s Old Fort Has Banner Year in Visitation

Bent’s Old Fort Has Banner Year in Visitation

    In 2016 Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site hosted 31,948 visitors, an increase of 22% over the 2015 number of 26,219.  Visitation to the fort in 2016 was the highest since 1999. “Undoubtedly the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service increased the public’s awareness of their national parks,” said Chief of Interpretation […]

Holly Historical Society, Remembering the Holly Tornado

Holly Historical Society, Remembering the Holly Tornado

Holly Historical Society Press Release, March 7, 2017 March 28, 2017 is the tenth anniversary of the Holly Tornado. In remembrance of that night, the Holly Historical Society Is presenting “The Holly Tornado – Ten Years After” at the Holly Theater on March 28 at 7:00 p.m.  This program is free to the public, but […]

Prowers Medical Center Receives Excellence Rating in National Standard

Prowers Medical Center Receives Excellence Rating in National Standard

“Last week Prowers Medical Center was listed as one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation which puts us in the top 7.5%,” stated hospital CEO, Craig Loveless. He was briefing the Prowers County Commissioners on an update of events at the hospital on Tuesday, February 21st.  Loveless explained that there are […]

Bent’s Old Fort Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park

Bent’s Old Fort Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park

  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit www.everykidinapark.gov to download the […]