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Rains Reducing Drought in S.E. Colorado

Rains Reducing Drought in S.E. Colorado

Drought Information Statement from National Weather Service Record to near record precipitation throughout May has ended the drought across most of southeastern Colorado.  A very stormy month has produced widespread rainfall of two to four inches across most of south central and southeast Colorado, with pockets of six to eight inches of rain recorded across […]

Car - Train Collision in Otero County

Car – Train Collision in Otero County

The Colorado State Patrol investigated an injury traffic crash that occurred on May 30, 2015 at approximately 9:55 AM.  The crash occurred on Otero County Road 9.5, 60 feet north of Colorado Highway 50.  This location is approximately 1.5 miles west of Manzanola. A green 1998 Chevy Malibu driven by Staci Davis of Manzanola was […]

New Road Can Pave the Way for New Commercial Development

New Road Can Pave the Way for New Commercial Development

Camino de Santa Fe was officially opened to traffic Friday, May 22, with a ribbon cutting attended by representatives from the City of Lamar, Prowers County, Lamar Chamber of Commerce and CDOT. Built by Lamar Public Works crews, this short stretch of roadway now connects East Parmenter to East Olive Street, between Wal-Mart and Dollar General.  […]

Wildlife on the Move!

Wildlife on the Move!

Spring migration is here:  slow down, scan the roadsides for wildlife STATEWIDE – Springtime in the Rockies means wildlife are on the move again:  deer and elk are migrating to their summer habitats, and that means they will be crossing highways in higher numbers. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and […]

Love of Friends, Kindness of Strangers

Love of Friends, Kindness of Strangers

Numerous Rotary Clubs, including Lamar’s, came to the aid recently of four young men from Great Britain, bicycling across the country, raising awareness and funds for cancer sufferers in honor of a friend who succumbed to the disease four years ago. Through Rotary contacts in England, Judy Turpin of the Lamar Rotary became aware of […]

Prowers Lodging Panel Approves Funds for Summer Music Festival

Prowers Lodging Panel Approves Funds for Summer Music Festival

The “Hotter than Hell Music & Art Festival” set for July 18 in Lamar, received $5,240 to pay for advertising and contract fees from the Prowers Lodging Tax Panel this past Tuesday, May 19.  Shawna Hodge, Executive Director for Lamar Partnerships Incorporated, presented an overview of the second annual daylong festival, set for downtown Lamar. […]

PATS Sports a New Look for New Buses

PATS Sports a New Look for New Buses

Two new PATS, Prowers Area Transit Service vehicles, were unveiled to the local public during the Lamar Days Parade, Saturday, May 16.  Darren Glover, PATS Director remarked this past fall, with the anticipated arrival of the two, new vehicles, the county could sponsor a program to create some fitting artwork for the buses. “We had sixty […]

Drought Update Information from NWS-May Rains Helping

Drought Update Information from NWS-May Rains Helping

A stormy middle and late April, along with a very wet start to May has brought widespread beneficial precipitation to the area, especially across the eastern mountains and portions of the southeast plains. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor, issued Thursday, May 7, has trimmed portions of the severe drought (D2) conditions across portions of Kiowa, […]

Good Intentions - Muddy Results, Granada Appoints Sanchez as Trustee

Good Intentions – Muddy Results, Granada Appoints Sanchez as Trustee

  It took about thirty minutes into the May 13th Granada Trustees meeting to develop a solution to the muddy street situation in the town. And all the problems started apparently because of recent rain. Two dozen residents filled the Complex, angry that their roads had become impassable because of the mud, a result of […]

Lamar Council Okays Funding to Support Southwest Chief Route

Lamar Council Okays Funding to Support Southwest Chief Route

Lamar Police Chief Kyle Miller gave the oath of office to the city’s newest officer, Thomas Dunagan, who recently graduated from the Otero Junior College Law Enforcement Agency.  He began his orientation training in Lamar on April 30 of this year.  “With Officer Dunagan’s hiring, we’re now at our budgeted strength of 20 officers for […]

The Pettys Make a Pit Stop in Lamar

The Pettys Make a Pit Stop in Lamar

Over 100 motorcycles, riders and support staff and vehicles from the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, rolled into Lamar for a fill-up at the Pit Stop on North Main Street Thursday morning.  Kyle and Richard Petty, plus Matt Kenseth, Donnie Allison and Rutledge Wood from the racing world, coupled with Herschel Walker of NFL fame, were […]

Rainy Season

Rainy Season

Quite a few local residents will tell you our region gets most of its moisture around April and May with spring rains.  That has been the case so far, as over the past several days, coupled with the brief showers from last night, the first week in May has seen more rain than the past […]

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Coming to Lamar May 7

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Coming to Lamar May 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. March 2, 2015 – The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 21st Anniversary motorcycle trek, taking place May 2-8, 2015. NBC Sports NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will lead 200 motorcyclists along the 2,500 mile-route, stretching from Santa Cruz, Calif. to Branson, Mo., to […]

PCDI Reviews Director Job Description, Reviews Business Seminars

PCDI Reviews Director Job Description, Reviews Business Seminars

The Prowers County Development Incorporated Board of Director’s monthly meeting was quite brief, as members moved into executive session to discuss personnel matters and an economic update this past Tuesday, April 28. President Rick Robbins noted there was unfortunately, a poor turnout for the April 21 seminar hosted by PCDI pertaining to prescription drug abuse […]

Colorado Employment Situation | March 2015

Colorado Employment Situation | March 2015

Total nonfarm payroll jobs declined 3,900 from February to March to 2,504,100 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 4,600 and government increased 700. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from February to March 2015 at 4.2 percent. The number of people actively participating […]

Hidden Camera Captures Public’s Reaction to DUI Campaign

Hidden Camera Captures Public’s Reaction to DUI Campaign

STATEWIDE — With the roll-out of CDOT’s new Drive High, Get A DUI campaign, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) was on-site at several locations over the 4/20 weekend to capture public reactions to the innovative tactics used in the campaign. This includes the Smoking Car, End Game Arcade, Cannabis Quiz Cab, and a booth […]

TX Residents Injured in Prowers County Crash

TX Residents Injured in Prowers County Crash

    The Colorado State Patrol is currently investigating a serious injury traffic crash that occurred on April 17, 2015 at approximately 6:00 AM.  The crash occurred on Colorado Highway 287 approximately 9 miles south of Lamar. A 2010 Jeep Rubicon driven by Amanda Medina of Live Oak, Texas was traveling northbound on Colorado 287. […]

Hazardous Weather Alert for S.E. Colorado this Afternoon

Hazardous Weather Alert for S.E. Colorado this Afternoon

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO   TRINIDAD VICINITY/WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY BELOW 7500 FT-CROWLEY COUNTY-LA JUNTA VICINITY/OTERO COUNTY-EASTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY-WESTERN KIOWA COUNTY-EASTERN KIOWA COUNTY-LAS ANIMAS VICINITY/BENT COUNTY-LAMAR VICINITY/PROWERS COUNTY-SPRINGFIELD VICINITY/BACA COUNTY- 1119 AM MDT WED APR 15 2015   THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL…EAST CENTRAL…SOUTH CENTRAL AND […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Posts Another Monthly Gain

Lamar City Sales Tax Posts Another Monthly Gain

Total Sales and Use Tax Collections for the City of Lamar are up 6.18%, or $15,660, for the month of February.  Collections for the early year total $268,956 compared to the same time last year when collections were at $253,564.  City Sales Tax was up 7.81% for a $17,326 increase in that single category. Year […]

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Hold 145th Annual Banquet

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Hold 145th Annual Banquet

LAS ANIMAS – Industry updates, elections and a team sorting drew ranchers from throughout Southeast Colorado to the Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association’s annual events on Saturday, April 11. The membership heard updates and had an opportunity to interact with State Sen. Larry Crowder (R-35) and numerous speakers. Updates were from brand commissioner Chris […]