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Lodging Panel Funds Snow Goose Festival

Lodging Panel Funds Snow Goose Festival

    The 13th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival received a $9,000 donation from the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel, about $1,000 less than they had requested, during the Panel’s monthly meeting this past Tuesday, October 21.  The Festival was the only item on the donation agenda. Shawna Hodge, Lamar’s Main Street Director, told […]

Highway 287 Closed Next Week for Railroad Repairs

Highway 287 Closed Next Week for Railroad Repairs

BACA COUNTY – U.S. 287 will be closed just north of the town of Campo on Monday, Oct. 20, for railroad crossing work. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is closing a 3.1-mile segment of the highway to allow the BNSF Railroad to resurface its crossing to better match the roadway surface and, in turn, […]

City Prepares Finances for Main Street Overhaul

City Prepares Finances for Main Street Overhaul

  CDOT will begin a major overhaul of North and South Main Streets in the City of Lamar sometime in February or April of next year. Josh Cichocki, City Water and Wastewater Manager, said the city needs to secure funding to finance its share of the infrastructure improvement project while the water and wastewater main […]

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Seeking Board Members

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Seeking Board Members

  LAMAR, COLORADO – The Lamar Chamber of Commerce is seeking business and community professionals, interested and willing to dedicate their time, energy, and expertise, to serve on the Lamar Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Candidates must be willing to serve a three year term, beginning January 1, 2015.  The Chamber Board of Directors […]

State Fair Extends Deadline to Refund Cashless Cards

State Fair Extends Deadline to Refund Cashless Cards

Cashless Card Refund Deadline Extended to October 31, 2014 $135,989 Still Unclaimed From Cashless Cards   PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair management has extended the deadline for fairgoers to apply for refunds from cashless cards used at the 2013 Colorado State Fair; nearly $136,000 remains unclaimed and the extended deadline of October 31, […]

La Junta Crash Injures Adults, Children

La Junta Crash Injures Adults, Children

  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle injury crash, which occurred on Colorado State Highway 10 at Otero County Road 23. A farm tractor, driven by Robert L Klinkerman of La Junta, was attempting to make a left had turn on to Otero County Road 23 when it was struck on it’s left […]

Granada Trustees Approve New Billing Procedures

Granada Trustees Approve New Billing Procedures

The Granada Trustees approved combining several savings accounts into the general operating account for future transactions. “This will make things less complicated for the town,” said Jackie Malone, Town Clerk.  She said she has to write separate checks from different accounts to pay bills and using a general operating account will be easier.  “Each of […]

Friday Night Fire--RV Burns on South Main in Lamar

Friday Night Fire–RV Burns on South Main in Lamar

A fire destroyed a recreational vehicle at 2400 South Main Street at Main and Savage in Lamar this past Friday evening. Lamar Fire and Ambulance responded to the call along the highway at 7:16pm.  The fire apparently started in the engine compartment and spread to the rest of the camper as it was being moved […]

Cliff Boxley, a Veteran Helping Other Area Vets

Cliff Boxley, a Veteran Helping Other Area Vets

    The Prowers County Board of Commissioners recently commended Cliff Boxley for receiving the 2014 AARP Andrus Award. Boxley has been driving southeast Colorado veterans to medical appointments in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and La Junta for the past seven years. The AARP letter states, “The Association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals […]

Ample Parking, Right this Way

Ample Parking, Right this Way

    Area shoppers who couldn’t or wouldn’t park on South Main Street in downtown Lamar have always had the option of using the lots off East and West Beech Streets. Some residents haven’t felt comfortable parking on Main Street with semi-truck traffic, or even having to cross the street to shop on the north […]

CO Revenue Forecast Shows Continued Growth

CO Revenue Forecast Shows Continued Growth

    DENVER — Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 — The latest revenue forecast shows continued growth with the state’s General Fund revenue expected to grow 7.4 percent in FY 2014-15 and 6.4 percent in FY 2015-16. Projections show an increase of $80.9 million in FY 2014-15, or 0.8 percent higher than compared to the June […]

Air Show Provides Real “High” Lights in Lamar

Air Show Provides Real “High” Lights in Lamar

There’s something about, “the wild blue yonder” that draws us in. If we can’t fly with the freedom of birds, then an airplane and air show is the next best thing.  Several hundred area residents flocked to the Lamar Municipal Airport for the annual Fly In Air Show this past Saturday, September 20.  Fly ins […]

 CSP - Single Vehicle Fatality in Otero County

CSP – Single Vehicle Fatality in Otero County

  The Colorado State Patrol Office in La Junta is currently investigating a single vehicle accident that resulted in one fatality. On Monday, September 22, 2014 at approximately 05:35 AM, a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Matthew Rusher, age 33, of La Junta, CO, was westbound on Otero County Road 811 when the driver failed […]

Colorado Unemployment Situation for August 2014

Colorado Unemployment Situation for August 2014

  Non farm payroll jobs decreased 700 over the month from July to August to 2,447,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 700 and government was unchanged over the month.   According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two tenths of a percentage point in […]

Lamar’s Main Street Program Tops Other Colorado Towns

Lamar’s Main Street Program Tops Other Colorado Towns

Shawna Hodge, Executive Director for Lamar Partnership Incorporated, announced that the city has won first place for the 2014 Colorado Main Street of the Year. She said the selection was made by the Colorado Main Street Advisory Board and announced earlier this month by the State Department of Local Affairs.  The judging was based on […]

Spectacular Events Planned for Saturday’s Free Air Show

Spectacular Events Planned for Saturday’s Free Air Show

Early Saturday risers can head out to the Lamar Municipal Airport and enjoy a Smokin’ Willie’s BBQ breakfast starting at 7:30am with the sound of airplane motors revving up the rpm’s. It’s the prelude to entertainment displays and air shows for Fly Lamar, an updated and expanded Fly In, planned by the Lamar Airport Board and […]

Lamar Businesses Investing with City on Camino de Santa Fe Construction

Lamar Businesses Investing with City on Camino de Santa Fe Construction

  Construction work continues on Camino de Santa Fe to East Highway 50, or at least as close as the City of Lamar crews can without actually connecting. The street has always been 200 feet short of Highway 50 ever since it was built.  It lies between Dollar General and Walmart and the city has […]

Lamar F.D. Responds to Morning Vehicle Blaze

Lamar F.D. Responds to Morning Vehicle Blaze

The engine compartment of an SUV caught fire this morning, Tuesday, September 2, at about 7:30am, on West Cedar Street, between South 10th and 11th. Smoke was pouring from the car and flames started erupting from under the hood as members of the Lamar Police Department begin detouring morning commuters from around the scene as the […]

Granada Man Dies in One Vehicle Accident (UPDATE)

Granada Man Dies in One Vehicle Accident (UPDATE)

    UPDATE  (On 08-29-14 at approximately 0321 hours, the driver of Vehicle #1 died as a result of his injuries sustained in the crash.) The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a one vehicle accident that occurred on Prowers County Road 25 approximately 9 miles south of Granada. The driver and only occupant of a […]

U. S. Department of Argriculture

Livestock Slaughter – July 2014 – U.S. Highlights

  Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.91 billion pounds in July, down 6 percent from the 4.16 billion pounds produced in July 2013. Beef production, at 2.09 billion pounds, was 9 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.60 million head, down 10 percent from July 2013. The average live […]