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Bent's Old Fort Generates $2M in Economic Benefits

Bent’s Old Fort Generates $2M in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 29 jobs  in local economy LA JUNTA, CO – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 31,948 visitors to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in 2016 spent $1,868,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 29 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to […]

Music Jams Approved for the Roost

Music Jams Approved for the Roost

The Buzzard’s Roost in Lamar was granted a Temporary Modification of Premise application for their two annual music festivals held June 17-18 for the Country Jam and on September 16-17 for the Road Jam. The Lamar City Council held a brief public hearing on the request during their regular meeting, April 24th.  A portion of […]

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 […]

Lamar Chamber Now Offers Enhanced Benefits Package

Lamar Chamber Now Offers Enhanced Benefits Package

A basic membership with the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offers various benefits to local subscribers. A new and enhanced package of membership benefits has become available as of 2017, according to Lamar Chamber President, Ginger Coberley.  Coberley added, “The Chamber offers so many great benefits to its members and we are very excited to be […]

Sand Creek Massacre Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Sand Creek Massacre Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Superintendent Alexa Roberts and staff invite you to join in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS). The park was dedicated on April 28, 2007 in order to enhance cultural understanding by educating the public about the Sand Creek Massacre. A series of free events is scheduled to mark this milestone […]

Colorado Employment Situation for March, 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for March, 2017

  Total nonfarm payroll jobs were unchanged from February to March for a total of 2,634,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 100 and government decreased 100. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in March to 2.6 percent. This […]

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Governor Hickenlooper’s last town hall meeting in Lamar was in September, 2015 and the format for his April 19th meeting held at Lamar Community College was unchanged.  Accompanied by several members of the state cabinet, Hickenlooper first addressed the audience at the LCC Wellness Center on relevant issues for Colorado residents before his cabinet briefed […]

New Logo for Holly Commercial Club

New Logo for Holly Commercial Club

The Holly Commercial Club is now sporting a logo which can be viewed on their facebook page, according to Jesse Frey from the April monthly meeting. It was suggested that new members be allowed to pay their monthly dues under a payment plan instead of one lump sum.  The measure was seconded and approved. Rod […]

Sand Creek Massacre NHS Seeks Volunteers

Sand Creek Massacre NHS Seeks Volunteers

Do you enjoy learning and sharing history? Are you looking to enhance your public speaking abilities? Do you have a desire to work on behalf of the National Park Service? As the National Park Service enters its second century, sites around the country are looking to recruit more volunteers to meet increasing visitation. Sand Creek […]

Sand Creek Massacre Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Sand Creek Massacre Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Superintendent Alexa Roberts and staff invite you to join in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS). The park was dedicated on April 28, 2007 in order to enhance cultural understanding by educating the public about the Sand Creek Massacre. A series of free events is scheduled to mark this […]

9/11 Tribute Memorial Continues to Develop Donors

9/11 Tribute Memorial Continues to Develop Donors

Several recent, generous donations to the 9/11 Tribute Memorial have helped contribute to development of the memorial site, just south of Big Timbers Museum on Highway 50. The most recent donation, $10,000 from the Southeast Colorado Arts Council and the Anne Boken Trust, will be added to other contributions including a $10,000 donation from the […]

Early City Sales Tax Revenue Stays Slow

Early City Sales Tax Revenue Stays Slow

The City of Lamar has seen slow returns on sales tax revenues since the beginning of the year. February Sales and Use Tax collected in March is down 2.25% from the previous year, showing a decrease of $5,305.36 from the year before.  Total collections are also off 1.49%.  Collections for 2017 are $258,419 compared to […]

Business Venture Moves Forward for Lamar

Business Venture Moves Forward for Lamar

Property acquired by the City of Lamar in 1961 and 1973 was annexed into the city during the April 10th council meeting as part of a proposed economic development enterprise. City Engineer, Wiley Work, said the Unincorporated Municipally Owned Land States is contiguous with at least 3/6 of the current City Limits Line of the […]

Sand and Sage Beer Garden Set for August Concert

Sand and Sage Beer Garden Set for August Concert

The Prowers County Commissioners gave approval for this year’s beer garden, held during the annual Sand and Sage Fair. Fair Board member, Cindy Bennett, said this will mark the third year for the beer garden which is set for concert night at the fairgrounds on August 5th.  A second night will be held on August […]

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 […]