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Bent’s Old Fort Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park

Bent’s Old Fort Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park

  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit www.everykidinapark.gov to download the […]

15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival Recap

15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival Recap

The 15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival saw between 60 and 80 people come to Lamar to participate in this year’s festival with most of them coming from the Front Range. Registration was held Thursday and Friday evenings, February 16-17th at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn. There were five major tours this year with two on Friday and Saturday and one on […]

Springtime Events Funded by Prowers Lodging Tax Panel

Springtime Events Funded by Prowers Lodging Tax Panel

The annual Wild West BBQ Cook-off, Prairie Showdown, Cowboy Up at the Wagons and the S.E. Colorado All Star High School Rodeo had their marketing and contract fee requests approved by the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel on Tuesday, February 21st.  The total requests amounted to $13,500 which was covered by funds in the Panel […]

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 […]

Colorado Big Game Applications are Now Open, Available by Paper for Last Year

Colorado Big Game Applications are Now Open, Available by Paper for Last Year

Applications are now available for 2017 season big game, sheep and goat hunting licenses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife brochures for big game and sheep and goat are online and available in print at any CPW office or license vendor throughout the state. Apply online at CPW’s secure license application portal. This is the last year paper […]

PEP Board Initiates Business Round Table Discussions

PEP Board Initiates Business Round Table Discussions

While the Prowers Economic Prosperity screening committee narrows its search for an executive director and a projects coordinator, the focus of the Tuesday, February 7th meeting centered on adding members to take part in a series of business roundtable discussions.  PEP President, Rick Robbins, said the groups will focus on categories that represent the economic […]

SECED Provides Update for Board of County Commissioners

SECED Provides Update for Board of County Commissioners

Stephanie Gonzales, SECED Executive Director, highlighted several of the funding programs available to qualified residents, homeowners and businesses in the Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development district during a recent Prowers County Commissioners meeting. Gonzales remarked that 2016 was a fairly average year for interest in the funding programs. “Our Operating Housing Rehabilitation program had five customers, […]

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Welcomes New Employee Teri Jobe

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Welcomes New Employee Teri Jobe

Teri Jobe joined the staff at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) on January 23, 2017, as an Interpretive Park Guide. Teri brings a growing passion for history and an expectation to further develop her skills as an effective employee of the National Park Service. Teri was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania (PA), a small […]

Main Street Renovations are Ready to Roll

Main Street Renovations are Ready to Roll

Look for the long-anticipated Main Street renovation project in Lamar to begin in February. A standing room only capacity crowd attended the CDOT open house briefing at the Cultural Events Center Thursday evening, January 19, to hear the plans from American Civil Constructors, the firm hired to conduct the renovation work, a project that will run […]

Lodging Panel Okays Horse Puller Event for Lamar Days

Lodging Panel Okays Horse Puller Event for Lamar Days

Only one funding request came before the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 17th.  Now in its fifth year, the Arkansas Valley Horse Pullers group will appear for Lamar Days, scheduled for May 20th at Willow Creek Park.  Palmer, who is the president of the Panel, excused himself from […]

LCC Encampment and Bent’s Old Fort featured at AHA Annual Meeting

LCC Encampment and Bent’s Old Fort featured at AHA Annual Meeting

(Lamar, Colorado; January 13, 2016) Lamar Community College historian Kelly Emick and Bent’s Old Fort Interpreter John Carson were featured on a panel sponsored by the Society of Western History at the American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting held January 5-8 in Denver, Colorado.  The yearly AHA event is one of the largest gatherings of […]

Gov. Hickenlooper Delivers Annual State of the State Address

Gov. Hickenlooper Delivers Annual State of the State Address

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered his annual State of the State address. The governor’s remarks focused on transportation, economic development, health care, infrastructure and the marijuana grey market. Here is the text of the speech as prepared: —- I couldn’t sleep last night, so I thought about delivering […]

City Sales Tax Revenues Enter 2017 with Gains

City Sales Tax Revenues Enter 2017 with Gains

  Sales tax revenue figures for November sales and Use Tax collected in December show a 6.27% gain for City of Lamar sales tax and a 6.46% increase for Total Sales and Use Tax collections. Sales tax collections were up $14,636 compared to 2015 and up $16,252 for the same period.  Total monthly collections for […]

The Joys of Toys

The Joys of Toys

The third annual Lamar Elks Toy Show, held this past Saturday, continues to grow in viewers and in displays. “We’ve had about double the number of displays this year, compared to the first time we did this,” explained Don McBee, the event organizer this past Saturday, January 7th.  McBee said the toy show is sponsored […]

Canyons & Plains 2016 Annual Report

Canyons & Plains 2016 Annual Report

Canyons & Plains-2016 Annual Report-Mission Statement Canyons and Plains’ mission is to grow a vibrant Southeast Colorado heritage economy by promoting our attractions and increasing the visibility of the region. The board of directors is as follows: President Chad Hart, Vice President Pat Palmer, Treasurer Pam Denahy, Secretary Carla Scranton, directors – Alexa Roberts, Richard […]