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CSP Releases State Stats on Driving High

CSP Releases State Stats on Driving High

In 2014, the Colorado State Patrol saw a new era of impaired driving enter into our state. In an attempt to document the trends, Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol ordered the specific tracking of marijuana related citations.  A summary of the 2014 DUI/DUID data is as follows. 5,546 citations were issued […]

Colorado Employment Situation in December 2014

Colorado Employment Situation in December 2014

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,700 over the month from November to December to 2,467,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 5,500 and government decreased 800 over the month. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one tenth of a percentage point in December to 4.0 […]

Dias Selected to Lamar City Council

Dias Selected to Lamar City Council

  Lamar resident, Felix Dias, was elected by a split ballot vote by the City Council as the Ward III replacement for Ron Cook during the January 26 meeting.   Cook became a Prowers County Commissioner following the November General Election.  Dias was sworn in as the newest council member by Judge Larry Stutler and began […]

Winter Weather Advisory from National Wx Service

Winter Weather Advisory from National Wx Service

350 PM MST TUE JAN 20 2015 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST WEDNESDAY NIGHT… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. * LOCATION…EL PASO…FREMONT…CUSTER…PUEBLO…CROWLEY…OTERO…KIOWA… BENT…AND PROWERS COUNTIES…INCLUDING COLORADO SPRINGS… […]

Granada Town Seeking New Landfill Equipment

Granada Town Seeking New Landfill Equipment

Following some discussion regarding purchase cost comparisons and lease options, the Granada Trustees decided to table action on replacing the town’s aging backhoe which is used at the landfill.  Several written bids had been presented for consideration, but the Trustees decided to wait for more information, comparing prices between a lease to an outright purchase. […]

Lamar Chamber Merchants Host Meeting on Main Street Project

Lamar Chamber Merchants Host Meeting on Main Street Project

  CDOT’s Main Street overlay project for Lamar is developing, but there’s no guarantee of a start date on the calendar at this point.  Brian Long, CDOT’s representative for southeast Colorado, provided an outline of the project during a gathering of Lamar Downtown Merchants this past Tuesday, January 13, but wasn’t specific on a start […]

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

  The Lamar City Council interviewed two candidates, Felix Dias and Jim Faull as a replacement for Councilman Ron Cook for representation of District 3 in the city during the January 12 meeting.    The council had 30 days to advertise for the open seat since Cook tendered a resignation letter as he is moving from […]

Semi Fatality In Bent County Over the Weekend

Semi Fatality In Bent County Over the Weekend

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a traffic crash involving a Tractor-Trailer combination hauling diesel, which resulted in one fatal in Bent County just west of Las Animas. The 2014 Kenworth Tractor pulling a tanker trailer was traveling eastbound on Colorado 50. As the Kenworth entered a curve, the trailer began to roll. The Kenworth […]

PATS Announces Bus Design Winners

PATS Announces Bus Design Winners

  Prowers Area Transit (PATS) will be receiving two new 12-passenger transit buses.  These were paid for through CDOT grants and will allow PATS to continue to provide dependable and safe rides for Prowers County residents who wish to connect with local resources and community activities. Prowers Area Transit is excited to announce that Jillian […]

Proposed Lamar Loop Could Expand Walking Trails Four-Fold

Proposed Lamar Loop Could Expand Walking Trails Four-Fold

The proposed seven-mile Lamar Loop walking trail may come closer to reality following the Lamar City Council meeting on Monday, January 26.  The council, according to Emily Neischburg of Healthy Places and LiveWell Prowers County, will be asked for a resolution of support for the project.  “We’d like you all to show up at the […]

CSP Investigates Single Vehicle Fatality in Otero County

CSP Investigates Single Vehicle Fatality in Otero County

  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single vehicle crash that took place on Colorado Highway 350 near milepost 39, in Otero County. The crash resulted in a single fatality as well as one suffering serious injuries. A 1988 Chevrolet S10 Pickup was traveling westbound on Colorado Highway 350. The Chevrolet was traveling through […]

New CDOT Director Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper

New CDOT Director Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Shailen Bhatt will be the next executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will assume this role in mid-February. Bhatt most recently served as cabinet secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) where he directed nearly a billion dollar […]

Year in Review 2014:  November/December

Year in Review 2014: November/December

  November: As 2014 began to close the City of Lamar had plans for future activities.  The city will thought to 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 […]

State Bike and Byways Map Adding Local Information

State Bike and Byways Map Adding Local Information

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is upgrading its Statewide Bicycle and Scenic Byways map, giving local governments an opportunity to provide cycling information specific to their area. Initially, bicyclists could go on-line and review and select state routes to ride throughout Colorado based on shoulder width and traffic volumes.  It also included […]

Main Street Construction Project Delayed

Main Street Construction Project Delayed

The Lamar Main Street Overlay project by CDOT won’t begin in February or March of 2015.  The city has received word that the major repair project for Main Street has a better construction window perhaps in 2016.  The city had requested a Tier II Energy and Mineral Impact Assistant Grant to finance the replacement of […]

Colorado Employment Situation - November 2014

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2014

Nonfarm payroll jobs decreased 2,500 over the month from October to November to 2,457,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 3,700 and government increased 1,200 over the month. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two tenths of a percentage point in November to 4.1 […]

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 […]