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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 […]

Charges to be Filed on Hit & Run Driver in Lamar

Charges to be Filed on Hit & Run Driver in Lamar

Media Release On Monday, July 7, 2014 at approximately 9:00 pm officers responded to a report of an individual who was struck by a hit and run vehicle in the 200 block of N. 4th Street.  The victim sustained multiple severe injuries and was flown out flight for life. The vehicle and driver have been […]

Bent County Highway Accident Claims Lamar Life

Bent County Highway Accident Claims Lamar Life

  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that resulted one person suffering fatal injuries along with three other that suffered serious bodily injuries. The crash occurred on Colorado Highway 50, approximately 11 miles east of Las Animas, near milepost 411. At approximately 1000 hours, a 2000 Chrysler 300 driven by 23 year-old […]

Two Fatalities on West Hwy 50 in Lamar

Two Fatalities on West Hwy 50 in Lamar

The Colorado State Patrol has updated the information they sent in the original press release to the media.  This article has been updated with the correction. Update* From the Colorado State Patrol:  The name of the driver of the Buick has been corrected to read as: Jordan Corbin, age 17, of Lamar, Colorado. The Colorado […]

Part 2 of the Proposed Lamar Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan, Reviewed June 24

Part 2 of the Proposed Lamar Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan, Reviewed June 24

    Bicentennial Park is easily the most visible open space area in the City of Lamar, due to its proximity to Main Street, just south of the Municipal Building.  Except for some special occasions, the park is seldom used.  Last year, a locally produced mural was erected on the property as part of the […]

U. S. Department of Argriculture

US Corn Stocks Up 39%, Soybeans Down 7%, All Wheat Stocks Down 18% from June 2013

    Corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2014 totaled 3.85 billion bushels, up 39 percent from June 1, 2013. Of the total stocks, 1.86 billion bushels are stored on farms, up 48 percent from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 1.99 billion bushels, are up 32 percent from a year ago. The […]

Lamar Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan Displayed

Lamar Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan Displayed

    The Lamar Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan was discussed Tuesday, June 24 in a public meeting at the Lamar Community Building and hosted in part by Britina Design and members of the Healthy Places Initiative.  The initial design draft was described as a mixture of challenges and opportunities, and much of the […]

U. S. Department of Argriculture

U.S. Hog and Pigs Inventory Down 5 Percent

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014 – As of June 1, there were 62.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, the lowest inventory since 2007, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Other key findings in the report were: Of the 62.1 […]

Getting on the Road for Main Street Development

Getting on the Road for Main Street Development

  Kristin Cypher, Vice-President of Britina Design, led the public discussion during the Wednesday, June 25 morning meeting to discuss downtown Lamar improvements in light of future construction plans for Main Street by CDOT next year. This was a follow up meeting to review suggestions from residents to develop an open and friendly downtown area.  […]

Pelsue Returns to Lamar

Pelsue Returns to Lamar

  Pelsue in Englewood, Colorado has recently reopened its assembly center for Fiber Optic Splicing Trailers in Lamar.  Mike Bryant, who was hired as the manager of the business, said the staff has been in operation for about five weeks.  The Pelsue shop, located on the west side of Highway 287 and south of Spreading […]

Something Darn Big, This Way Comes

Something Darn Big, This Way Comes

Lamar residents usually take large trucks and semi’s moving down Main Street in stride.  But travelers on Highway 287 in Lamar may have noticed that a couple of the middle traffic lights are a little cock-eyed, like the ones at Savage and Main and Cedar and Main.   Whatever vehicle was traveling through Lamar on […]

Med Students Get a Taste of Rural Life in Lamar

Med Students Get a Taste of Rural Life in Lamar

  A Rural Immersion Week for 14 students from the University of Colorado-Denver wrapped up activities this past Friday morning, June 20, at Lamar Community Building.  The students, mostly in their early to mid 20’s, took a week-long tour of Lamar and other sites in Prowers County, getting a first-hand look at everyday life is […]

State Economy Continues Growing, Boosting Revenue Projections

State Economy Continues Growing, Boosting Revenue Projections

DENVER — Friday, June 20, 2014 — A new forecast shows the state’s General Fund revenue is expected to increase by $96.4 million in the current fiscal year and by $127.6 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. “Colorado’s economy continues to expand faster than many other states,” the Office of State […]

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