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Southeast Colorado June, 2019 Climate Review, Precipitation Totals

Southeast Colorado June, 2019 Climate Review, Precipitation Totals

    June of 2019 continued to be a roller coaster month for weather across the state, with a few warm and dry spells followed by unseasonably cold and strong weather systems bringing rain, mountain snow and severe storms across the area. Accumulating snowfall was even recorded across the higher peaks on the first full […]

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, Announces Retirement

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, Announces Retirement

    Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, announced his retirement plans to the Lamar City Council earlier this week. As it stands, Sutherland’s, last official day as Administrator will be Monday, July 29th. Lamar Mayor, Roger Stagner, told The Prowers Journal, Sutherland will be missed. “He has been an excellent administrator for the City of […]

Colorado Employment Situation in May 2019

Colorado Employment Situation in May 2019

    Employers in Colorado added 2,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of 2,766,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 900 and government increased 1,300. April estimates were revised down to 2,764,300, and the over the month change from March to April was […]

PEP Introduces Lamar Native as New Economic Development Lead

PEP Introduces Lamar Native as New Economic Development Lead

LAMAR, CO – Significant upward momentum is what Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) is planning for as the organization finalized the hiring of an economic development consultant on Monday, June 10. Following a recommendation from the hiring committee, the Board of Directors approved the contract for Lamar native Tara Smith-Hosick. Hosick is expected to serve as […]

Hans Friederichs Selected as Construction Trades Faculty at Lamar Community College

Hans Friederichs Selected as Construction Trades Faculty at Lamar Community College

    (Lamar, CO) – Lamar Community College is excited to announce the hire of Hans Friederichs as the new Construction Trades faculty member at Lamar Community College for the upcoming school year. “Mr. Friederichs comes with a lot of experience in construction, and he is continuing the work of creating a state-of-the-art Construction Trades […]

Colorado Employment Situation in April 2019

Colorado Employment Situation in April 2019

  Employers in Colorado added 9,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from March to April for a total of 2,765,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,300 and government increased 1,200. March estimates were revised up to 2,755,700, and the over the month change from February to March was an […]

Gonzales honored as LCC's Distinguished Alumna

Gonzales honored as LCC’s Distinguished Alumna

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lamar, CO) – Lamar Community College’s Antelope Night takes place annually on the eve of Commencement and is an opportunity for faculty and staff to celebrate students’ accomplishments and to honor Distinguished Alumni. This year on Antelope Night the college named Stephanie Gonzales as its 2019 Alumna of the Year. Stephanie Gallego […]

Here’s a Way to Hurt a Community

Here’s a Way to Hurt a Community

One aspect of the difficulties of promoting economic growth for Prowers County, attracting new business and touting the county as a potential new home for future employees came to light during the Prowers Economic Prosperity, PEP, board meeting this past Tuesday, May 7th. Craig Loveless, Chief Executive Officer of Prowers Medical Center, shared a portion […]

Lamar Days Parade Route Back on Main Street

Lamar Days Parade Route Back on Main Street

    The 2019 Annual Lamar Days Parade route will be back on Main Street on Saturday, May 18th.  Heather Morris, Lamar Chamber of Commerce Office Manager, confirmed that the route will have participants assemble along Beech Street prior to the parade and at 10am the route will travel south along Main Street and turn […]

First Steps for the Lamar Loop

First Steps for the Lamar Loop

    The Lamar Loop is complete. The six year project which involved numerous alternative plans and flexible funding was officially dedicated with ribbon cutting ceremonies this past Saturday, May 4th at 1pm at Willow Creek Park.  Several dozen residents were on hand to enjoy a free hotdog lunch and some snacks from High Plains […]

City of Lamar Hosting Two Meetings for Civic Improvement

City of Lamar Hosting Two Meetings for Civic Improvement

    Do we want to see some of the old properties in town brought back to life? YES! Do we want to improve the vitality of downtown Lamar and create connections to adjacent neighborhoods? YES! Do we want to help property owners of vacant buildings that say “I don’t know where to start”?   YES! […]

Colorado Unemployment Situation – March 2019

Colorado Unemployment Situation – March 2019

  Employers in Colorado added 6,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from February to March for a total of 2,755,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 5,300 and government increased 800. February estimates were revised down to 2,749,200, and the over the month change from January to February was an […]

Water Release Underway at John Martin Dam

Water Release Underway at John Martin Dam

        At 7:00 am this morning, (Monday, April 15, 2019) John Martin Dam opened up its gates for the first time since November 1st! This is the first release since the completion of the stilling basin project. Flows are starting out relatively low, but expect them to increase as we start to […]

Council Discusses Ordinance for Derelict/Abandoned Downtown Buildings

Council Discusses Ordinance for Derelict/Abandoned Downtown Buildings

          Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, handed council members copies of code ordinances used by other communities as a means of curtailing or eliminating blighted buildings in their towns. “They can be reviewed to aid us in coming to a decision about what to do with our own situation,” Sutherland explained.  […]

Sanchez Becomes PEP Interim Director

Sanchez Becomes PEP Interim Director

  Prowers Economic Prosperity has named Cheryl Sanchez as its interim director with the recent departure of Executive Director, Eric Depperschmidt.  The Board of Directors has full confidence in Cheryl’s ability to keep PEP’s momentum as it seeks a permanent replacement.  Board members are also engaged in their responsibilities within BEAR – Business Expansion Attraction […]