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Regional Drug Task Force Makes Local Arrests

Regional Drug Task Force Makes Local Arrests

The Drug Task Force comprised of Prowers, Baca, Kiowa, and Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Offices, have been conducting drug operations over the course of the last several months. The below arrests are the outcome of two of the investigations. On Friday, May 19, 2017, the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain an arrest warrant […]

Holly Trustees are Third ARPA Member to Approve Settlement

Holly Trustees are Third ARPA Member to Approve Settlement

The Holly Trustees voted to join their counterparts in Las Animas and Springfield, voting unanimously May 3rd, in favor of the proposed settlement agreement in litigation between Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA and the City of Lamar.  ARPA general manager, Rick Rigel, was on hand for the monthly Trustees meeting to offer explanations on the […]

City Council Resolutions Open Doors for Economic Development and Annexation

City Council Resolutions Open Doors for Economic Development and Annexation

The Lamar City Council approved two resolutions Monday, April 24, during their regularly scheduled meeting, which can help foster economic development opportunities in the community. The first resolution, 17-04-01, approves the annexation of property commonly known as T.L. Tucker property, located at 708 North Main Street.  The city recently acted on a petition from Jean […]

PEP Hires Executive Director

PEP Hires Executive Director

Eric Depperschmidt has been hired by the Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) board to serve as its new Executive Director. The unanimous vote was taken during a special PEP directors meeting on Friday, February 17th.  The hiring of an experienced director is pivotal to the future implementation of the Prowers County Economic Prosperity Plan. A western […]

Robbins, Boxley and KVAY Honored at Lamar Chamber Banquet

Robbins, Boxley and KVAY Honored at Lamar Chamber Banquet

Two Lamar citizens and one local business were recognized for their service to the community during the annual Lamar Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held Wednesday, January 25th, at the Lamar Eagles Lodge.  The event also introduced the incoming president for 2017, Ginger Coberley, as well as the board members who will serve for the year.  […]

Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority Equipped to Receive Text 911 Messages

Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority Equipped to Receive Text 911 Messages

The Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority is pleased to announce the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 as an integrated service to our 9-1-1 network and 9-1-1 equipment. Thorough testing has been conducted and Text to 9-1-1 is live, for the public in Prowers County. Texting to 9-1-1 provides accessibility to the hearing […]

Newly Elected Take Their Oaths of Office in Prowers County

Newly Elected Take Their Oaths of Office in Prowers County

While the transition of political power plays out under national view in Washington, D.C., the same democratic procedures took place on a smaller, but no less important scale in Prowers County earlier this week. The oath of office was given to newly elected and re-elected officials at the county courthouse on Tuesday January 10th. 15th […]

New Windfarm Construction Set for this Spring

New Windfarm Construction Set for this Spring

Thirty-six wind turbines are scheduled to be built 23 miles south of Lamar beginning this spring. Mark Stacy, the director for Iberdrola Renewables LLC, told the Prowers Journal that roadwork east of Highway 287 is expected to begin in April.  “Our operations and management building will go up in March and our central location will […]

Prowers County Sheriff's Office Confiscates Half a Million in Marijuana Bust

Prowers County Sheriff’s Office Confiscates Half a Million in Marijuana Bust

On the early morning of Thursday, December 1st, 2016, The Prowers County Sheriff’s Office was able to contact a semi-tractor trailer for a traffic infraction at approximately mile marker 58 on Hwy 287, south of Lamar. After issuing a written warning for the infraction, the driver gave consent for a search. The Sheriff’s Office was […]

ARPA Wins Jury Trial Against Boiler Manufacturer

ARPA Wins Jury Trial Against Boiler Manufacturer

ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, won a $4.2 million verdict against boiler manufacturer Babcock and Wilcox in U.S. District Court in Denver on Monday, November 21st.  Rick Rigel, ARPA General Manager said, “The eight person jury verdict confirms what we have maintained all along about the boiler; it was not efficient with regard to EPA standards […]

Gas Leak Closes Prowers County Courthouse for Thursday

Gas Leak Closes Prowers County Courthouse for Thursday

A gas leak was detected mid-morning, Thursday, September 22nd at the Prowers County Courthouse which prompted the evacuation of all personnel while a crew from Atmos Energy  responded to the problem. As of one pm Thursday afternoon, the leak had not been repaired and according to Prowers County Administrator, Jo Dorenkamp, a decision was made to […]

PCDI – RIP, PEP is Ready to Go

PCDI – RIP, PEP is Ready to Go

PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated, was officially put to rest Thursday, September 15th prior to a public presentation of a new name and a new direction for the organization.   Formed about thirty years ago to help stimulate job growth in the county by way of bringing new business to the area or by expanding existing […]

High Bidding Delays Local Construction Projects

High Bidding Delays Local Construction Projects

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, imparted some disappointing news to the Lamar City Council and audience during the August 22nd meeting;  the bids for construction for the proposed downtown Pocket Park and the first phase of Highway 287 construction came in over expectations and current available finances. “We had only one bid for the Pocket […]

PCDI Transitioning to PEP

PCDI Transitioning to PEP

Prowers County Economic Development will undergo a change by mid-September to become PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity.  This will be more than just a name change, according to Rick Robbins, PCDI President, and Brad Segal, the President of Progressive Urban Management Associates, a study group that has been contracted by PCDI and joint funded by the […]

John Martin Drowning Victim Identified

John Martin Drowning Victim Identified

Media Release – June 21, 2016 – Bent County Sheriff’s Office           On June 18, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Bent County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a male and female party needing assistance on John Martin Reservoir after being separated from their raft. The dispatcher was informed the female party was […]