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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, […]

Colorado Employment Situation in July 2018

Colorado Employment Situation in July 2018

  Employers in Colorado added 2,800 nonfarm payroll jobs from June to July for a total of 2,737,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,700 and government increased 100. June estimates were revised up to 2,734,500, and the over the month increase from May to June was 9,100 […]

Eagle Scouts Can Come in Threes

Eagle Scouts Can Come in Threes

  Tate and Trent Rees, sons of Scott and Tammy Rees of Berthoud, and grandsons of Mark and Patty Rees of Lamar, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony at the Berthoud United Methodist Church on Sunday July 15, 2018. They join their brother Logan in attaining this coveted rank in scouting. This […]

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 […]

City Sales Tax Revenue Continues Year-Long Improvement

City Sales Tax Revenue Continues Year-Long Improvement

    Although the monthly sales tax revenue for the City of Lamar posted a slim gain for June sales, the year to date figures continued to show growth. City Sales Tax was up 0.51% for a $1,615.24 increase over the year before with 2017 at $314,737.26 and 2018 at $316,352.50.  Use Tax collected was […]

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 […]

New Look at Historic Boggsville Site

New Look at Historic Boggsville Site

  Thanks to two grants from the Gates Family Foundation, high quality interpretive signs were recently installed along the walking paths at Boggsville Historic Site. The new signs are designed to blend with the natural landscape and withstand the harsh Southeast Colorado sun and wind. The former trail signs were a mishmash of markers installed […]

LCC Foundation Secures Funding for EMT Scholarships

LCC Foundation Secures Funding for EMT Scholarships

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certificate offered this fall at Lamar Community College (Lamar, Colorado; August 6, 2018) The Lamar Community College Foundation recently secured $10,000 in funds from the Robert H. Rawlings Foundation to maintain scholarships for Emergency Medical Services students for the upcoming academic year.  These scholarships can help individuals interested in completing […]

Holly Commercial Club Discusses September Events

Holly Commercial Club Discusses September Events

August Holly Commercial Club – August 1 2018 The August meeting of the Holly Commercial Club was held Wednesday, August 1 at the Holly Senior Center. The minutes were approved, and the Treasurer Report was not given, due to Darlene Bruce being ill.  President Frey will forward the Treasurer Report, once it’s received.  The Holly Shopper […]

CSP Trooper Tips - "Let There be Light"

CSP Trooper Tips – “Let There be Light”

  A vehicle’s headlights are one of the most important items in your vehicle, and yet it’s often one of the most overlooked items. Your ability to see clearly and be seen clearly at night is very important and is all due to your headlights. Headlights have improved over the years to help with seeing […]

USDA Lists Land Values and Cash Rents in Nation - Southwest

USDA Lists Land Values and Cash Rents in Nation – Southwest

ARIZONA The 2018 Arizona average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $4,200 per acre. This is an increase of 2.4 percent from 2017 and 10.5 percent from 2016. The average value of cropland and irrigated cropland was $8,450, up 0.6 percent from 2017. Pasture […]

National Survey of Cost of Farming Expenditures 2017

National Survey of Cost of Farming Expenditures 2017

FARM PRODUCTION EXPENDITURES-2017 – UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS Farm production expenditures in the United States are estimated at $359.8 billion for 2017, up from $346.9 billion in 2016. The 2017 total farm production expenditures are up 3.7 percent compared with 2016 total farm production expenditures. For the 17 line items, 13 showed an increase from previous […]

931 Drivers Cited During Rural Seat Belt Enforcement

931 Drivers Cited During Rural Seat Belt Enforcement

  55 Citations Issued for Unbuckled Children STATEWIDE — From July 16 to 22, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state conducted a weeklong Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. The crackdown focused on rural areas of Colorado where fewer people tend […]

Five Arrested on Various Drug Charges

Five Arrested on Various Drug Charges

  As a result of the search warrants executed on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, several arrest warrants were obtained. Officers of the Lamar Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Anthony Freyta, 39 of Lamar, Vanessa Gaucin, 24 of Lamar, Vincent Flores, 22 of Lamar, Josette Freyta, 36 of Lamar, and Joseph Martinez, 44 of Lamar. […]