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 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 […]

 New LCC Dean of Academics Meets Commissioners, West Nile Found in Prowers  County

New LCC Dean of Academics Meets Commissioners, West Nile Found in Prowers County

Lamar Community College President, John Marrin, introduced Fred Hampel the college’s new Dean of Academics to the commissioners.  Hampel hailed from Kansas and had an agricultural background from having farmed and ranched in his early adult life.  He returned to college to become an economist, employed by corporations before he moved into higher education, teaching […]

U. S. Department of Argriculture

USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn and Soybean Production in 2014

  Washington, Aug. 12, 2014 – U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report issued today (Aug 12, 2014) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers […]

CSP Investigates Motorcycle Fatality near Holly

CSP Investigates Motorcycle Fatality near Holly

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that resulted in a single fatality. The crash occurred on Colorado Highway 50, approximately six miles west of Holly Colorado in Prowers County. A 2006 Harley Davidson was traveling westbound on Colorado Highway 50 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The Harley Davidson traveled off the […]

Continued Drop in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

Continued Drop in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

    The Sales and Use Tax collected for June in the City of Lamar showed a drop of 25.24% comparing figures for 2013 and 2014.  June City Sales Tax collected was $249,727 compared to $334,024 for 2013, for a drop of $84,296.  Use Tax collected showed a 52% gain for 2014 with $24,848 compared […]

New Transportation Director appointed for CDOT’s Region Two 

New Transportation Director appointed for CDOT’s Region Two 

          PUEBLO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has named Karen Rowe* as the new Regional Transportation Director (RTD) for Region Two, encompassing the fourteen counties of southeastern Colorado. Rowe begins her new position on Aug. 1.  She has been with CDOT for nearly 16 years, replacing Tom Wrona, who retired at the […]

Lamar Lions & PCDI Joining Forces to Help Vets/Homeless

Lamar Lions & PCDI Joining Forces to Help Vets/Homeless

The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas will observe this September, its first anniversary of serving the homeless in the state, especially veterans who are in need and are seeking rehabilitation.  Lamar Lions President Ken Callison and Dick Ramsay approached the board members of Prowers County Development Incorporated, seeking to use a vacant portion of […]

Tourism to Area National Parks creates over $1.5 Million in Economic Benefit

Tourism to Area National Parks creates over $1.5 Million in Economic Benefit

Report Shows Visitor Spending Supports 21  Local Jobs A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 23,324 visitors to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in 2013 spent $1.28 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 17 jobs in the local area.  The same report shows that 4,795 visitors to Sand Creek […]

Canyons & Plains Halts NHA Feasibility Study

Canyons & Plains Halts NHA Feasibility Study

Press Release As a result of public meetings held in June, Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado has decided not to proceed with the pursuit of a Feasibility Study for a National Heritage Area in Southeast Colorado. According to Rick Manzanares, Executive Director of Canyons & Plains, “While the Board of Canyons & Plains believes […]

Connecting to Camino de Santa Fe

Connecting to Camino de Santa Fe

The traffic patterns for the east end of East Olive Street in Lamar would be altered with the completion of Camino de Santa Fe to the Highway.  As it is, the dead end street separating Walmart and Dollar General falls short of reaching East Olive Street by about 100 feet.  The City of Lamar has […]

Amtrak CEO Makes Whistle-Stop Visit to Lamar, La Junta

Amtrak CEO Makes Whistle-Stop Visit to Lamar, La Junta

Joe Boardman, Amtrak President and CEO visited with Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner and City Administrator, John Sutherland and other well-wishers this past Friday, July 11.  Boardman was making a tour of several cities in Kansas and Colorado, meeting with local officials, regarding the future of the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief between Albuquerque, New […]

Hazardous Weather Alert Until 7pm for S.E. Colorado

Hazardous Weather Alert Until 7pm for S.E. Colorado

  THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL…EAST CENTRAL…SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. .DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT (July 14, 2014) SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREA INTO THE LATE EVENING HOURS. THERE HAS BEEN A SLIGHT DECREASE IN AVAILABLE MOISTURE AND A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE STEERING WINDS IN […]

 Trustees Discuss Disbanding the Granada Police Department

Trustees Discuss Disbanding the Granada Police Department

Stating that the town’s budget is financially strained, some Granada Trustees are considering eliminating the town’s two-person police department, consisting of Chief David Dougherty and secretary Elsie Martin. The Trustees have held two town meetings and one special meeting to review the matter.  The most recent discussion was on Wednesday, July 9 as several citizens […]

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