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Commissioners Set 2015 Budget, Approve Pay Hikes

Commissioners Set 2015 Budget, Approve Pay Hikes

The Prowers County Commissioners approved the 2015 budget this past Thursday, December 11.  Expenditures for twelve different areas amounted to $21,240,438, including  $6,731,413 for the General Fund, $4,081,000 for the Department of Human Services, Road and Bridge Fund at $2,690,356 and $3,227,407 for Sales and Use Tax Fund.  The commissioners had considered a temporary four […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Discussing New Funding Guidelines

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Discussing New Funding Guidelines

The Urban Renewal Authority is four years old.  The Tax Increment Funding levied on capital improvements within the Authority District generates about $100,000 a year.  The Authority has voiced some concerns about the quality and types of investments on improvements the grants have funded.  The Lamar City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Authority Board, met […]

City Seeking Funding for Main Street Water Main Repairs

City Seeking Funding for Main Street Water Main Repairs

The City of Lamar will take advantage of CDOT’s deep resurfacing project along US Highway 287/Main Street through Lamar next year, and will replace all the affected water and storm water lines during the highway construction.  JVA Consulting Engineers have estimated the water project at $3,246,800 with the bulk of the cost amounting to $1,228,000 […]

Regional Drug Training Course Concludes in Lamar

Regional Drug Training Course Concludes in Lamar

Do you need to be able to recognize illegal drugs on sight, or can you make a determination about the type of drug that has been used by observing a user?  The Drug Training Expert course, hosted by the Lamar Police Department, and attended by numerous law enforcement officers from the region, helps police officials […]

CDOT Installs 80 "Live-View" Cameras Throughout Colorado

CDOT Installs 80 “Live-View” Cameras Throughout Colorado

ENHANCED TRAVELER INFORMATION   CDOT Upgrades Traffic/Weather Cameras throughout State   STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has installed a new traffic and weather camera at the T-junction of US 24 and US 285 at Johnson Village (just south of Buena Vista) today, as part of a $1.01 million project to upgrade the Department’s traveler […]

PATS Prepares for New Year’s Riders

PATS Prepares for New Year’s Riders

Prowers Area Transit will provide rides for New Year’s Eve partiers from 7pm to 2am on December 31st this year.  Although the rides are free of charge, any donations will be welcome to defray expenses for the bus and drivers.  If you’re partying with a large group that evening, it’s advisable to make reservations at […]

Bristol Resident Injured in I-25 Crash

Bristol Resident Injured in I-25 Crash

The Colorado State Patrol investigated a two-vehicle crash resulting in one minor injury and one life threating injury that occurred on Colorado 25, 10 miles north of Pueblo. A 2002 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling northbound on Colorado 25. A 2007 International, pulling a trailer, was traveling southbound on Colorado 25. The driver of the Chevrolet […]

City September Sales Tax Revenue Takes a Drop

City September Sales Tax Revenue Takes a Drop

Total Sales and Use Tax Collections for the City of Lamar fell to 5.73% below last year’s Year to Date for a drop of $167,038 compared to 2013. City Sales Tax collections for the same period were off 5.68% for a decline of $150,912  Year to Date collections on all taxes for 2014 is $2,748,983.49 […]

Kim Verhoeff Appointed Lamar Municipal Court Judge

Kim Verhoeff Appointed Lamar Municipal Court Judge

  Attorney Kim Verhoeff was the lone applicant to show interest in replacing Larry Stutler as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lamar. Stutler has tendered his resignation from the office effective December 31, 2014.  He has been the Municipal Court Judge since 2008 and following the November General Election, was set for […]

Camino de Santa Fe and Main Street Projects Discussed

Camino de Santa Fe and Main Street Projects Discussed

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, is optimistic the city will be granted a full access road construction permit which will help complete the remaining gap between Camino de Santa Fe and East Highway 50. Asphalting and curb and gutter work was performed earlier this fall by the street department crews between Dollar General and Wal-Mart, […]

U. S. Department of Argriculture

CATTLE ON FEED – USDA Reports

COLORADO The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 840,000 head as of October 1, 2014. The latest inventory was 5 percent above last month’s inventory but 3 percent below October 1, 2013 inventory. The inventory included […]

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 […]