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Check out a Parks Pass at the Library

Check out a Parks Pass at the Library

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado State Library are pleased to announce that we are continuing the Check Out Colorado State Parks library exchange program for the April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 year! The patron survey results along with your libraries’ participation with this partnership supported this decision. Plus, thirteen additional publicly […]

Boating is Underway in Many Colorado Lakes and Reservoirs with Some Changes Expected

Boating is Underway in Many Colorado Lakes and Reservoirs with Some Changes Expected

Boating is underway in many Colorado lakes and reservoirs; some changes expected due to reduced funding for watercraft inspection stations to prevent invasive species DENVER – As ice comes off the lakes and reservoirs, many opened to boating on March 1 and several more will follow in April and May. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has […]

Gov. Hickenlooper to hold Town Hall April 19 at LCC

Gov. Hickenlooper to hold Town Hall April 19 at LCC

(Lamar, Colorado; March 24, 2017) Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and members of his Cabinet will host a town hall event at Lamar Community College on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:00-7:30pm.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the LCC Wellness Center. The town hall will feature remarks by […]

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 […]

Lodging Panel Supports Tourism Promotion Group

Lodging Panel Supports Tourism Promotion Group

SoCo, a newly formed tourism promotion group, will hold its first meeting May 17th to the 19th.  Approximately 150 attendees from eleven counties will discuss ways to promote and increase tourist visits in the southern and central sections of the state including Prowers County.  Lodging Panel members approved a $1,200 request to promote the meeting which will […]

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 […]

Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22 in Denver

Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22 in Denver

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry; one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome  A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver. The 48 ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at […]

High Plains Snow Goose Festival Second Annual Photography Contest Winners

High Plains Snow Goose Festival Second Annual Photography Contest Winners

    The 2017 High Plains Snow Goose Festival, in partnership with the Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Southeast Colorado Arts Council and Boeken Trust, sponsored the 2nd annual High Plains Snow Goose Photography Contest that featured entries from many talented photographers from Southeast Colorado. This contest is open to the general […]

Lamar Chamber Merchant Networking Highlights Spring Season

Lamar Chamber Merchant Networking Highlights Spring Season

Lamar residents will see some minor changes for Chamber of Commerce activities this spring. Some small alterations are on the local menu for the annual Spring Fling, the Lamar Days Events and a new chamber enhanced membership benefits package was discussed during the merchants networking night, Tuesday, March 14th.  The monthly get-together is held the […]

Early Year Drop in Sales Tax

Early Year Drop in Sales Tax

Sales tax revenue for the City of Lamar declined for January 2017, according to February collections. City Sales tax was down 7.97% for a drop of $20,370 compared to last year.  Total Sales and Use Tax collections were off 10.09% for the same period for a decrease of $28,491, comparing $282,450 collected in 2016 to […]

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 […]

Aerial Surveys to Document Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends

Aerial Surveys to Document Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends

Aerial surveys will begin March 16 and run through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. The range-wide […]

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

“We’re excited to be at this point with Eric joining us as the new Executive Director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, (PEP)”, stated Rick Robbins, President of the county economic development organization, during the Tuesday, March 7th board meeting. Eric Depperschmidt, who hails from Ness and Finney Counties in Kansas, was the last applicant for the […]