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Bent's Old Fort Generates $2M in Economic Benefits

Bent’s Old Fort Generates $2M in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 29 jobs  in local economy LA JUNTA, CO – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 31,948 visitors to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in 2016 spent $1,868,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 29 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to […]

City Council Resolutions Open Doors for Economic Development and Annexation

City Council Resolutions Open Doors for Economic Development and Annexation

The Lamar City Council approved two resolutions Monday, April 24, during their regularly scheduled meeting, which can help foster economic development opportunities in the community. The first resolution, 17-04-01, approves the annexation of property commonly known as T.L. Tucker property, located at 708 North Main Street.  The city recently acted on a petition from Jean […]

Big R Donates Multi-Use Cart to Prowers Posse

Big R Donates Multi-Use Cart to Prowers Posse

  When the basic cost of repairs for the golf cart used by the Prowers County Sheriff’s Posse was set at a minimum of $1,200, the members knew the price tag would be beyond their budget. That’s where the Big R Corporation came to their aid, donating a brand new cart this past Friday, April […]

Colorado Employment Situation for March, 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for March, 2017

  Total nonfarm payroll jobs were unchanged from February to March for a total of 2,634,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 100 and government decreased 100. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in March to 2.6 percent. This […]

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – 2016 ANNUAL - UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – 2016 ANNUAL – UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Record High Total Red Meat and Pork Production in 2016 Total red meat production for the United States totaled 50.5 billion pounds in 2016, 4 percent higher than the previous year. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 50.4 billion pounds. On-farm slaughter totaled 93.2 […]

CATTLE ON FEED-/-COLORADO

CATTLE ON FEED-/-COLORADO

CATTLE ON FEED-/-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 930,000 head as of April 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 3 percent above April 1, 2016 inventory and 2 percent above the previous month’s inventory. […]

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Hickenlooper Town Hall Focuses on State Economy and Rural Growth Issues

Governor Hickenlooper’s last town hall meeting in Lamar was in September, 2015 and the format for his April 19th meeting held at Lamar Community College was unchanged.  Accompanied by several members of the state cabinet, Hickenlooper first addressed the audience at the LCC Wellness Center on relevant issues for Colorado residents before his cabinet briefed […]

CSP Investigates Three Vehicle Crash, Fatality in Kiowa County

CSP Investigates Three Vehicle Crash, Fatality in Kiowa County

The Colorado State Patrol is currently investigating a three-vehicle crash, which resulted in a single fatality. The crash occurred on April 13, 2017 at 2342 hours, on Colorado Highway 287 near milepost 122, in Kiowa County.  A 2015 Dodge Ram Pickup was traveling southbound on Colorado Highway 287 when the Dodge passed a 2005 Peterbilt, […]

Local VA Needs Volunteer Drivers

Local VA Needs Volunteer Drivers

The Prowers County Veterans’ Administration office helps veterans get to their out-of-town medical appointments using four vans and volunteer drivers. Gary Harbert, the county’s Veteran’s Service Officer recently noted the need for some additional drivers. “We transport veterans for their appointments to Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver, Monday through Friday,” he explained, adding that the […]

Early City Sales Tax Revenue Stays Slow

Early City Sales Tax Revenue Stays Slow

The City of Lamar has seen slow returns on sales tax revenues since the beginning of the year. February Sales and Use Tax collected in March is down 2.25% from the previous year, showing a decrease of $5,305.36 from the year before.  Total collections are also off 1.49%.  Collections for 2017 are $258,419 compared to […]

Business Venture Moves Forward for Lamar

Business Venture Moves Forward for Lamar

Property acquired by the City of Lamar in 1961 and 1973 was annexed into the city during the April 10th council meeting as part of a proposed economic development enterprise. City Engineer, Wiley Work, said the Unincorporated Municipally Owned Land States is contiguous with at least 3/6 of the current City Limits Line of the […]

Canyons and Plains Meeting Set for Eads

Canyons and Plains Meeting Set for Eads

  Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado will be holding their Regional meeting in Eads Colorado Thursday April 13 at 10am at the Cobblestone Hotel meeting room.  The presentation will be about tourism in Kiowa County, including Jackson Pond and Sand Creek Massacre site. There will also be an update about the upcoming meeting in […]

Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

LAMAR – Bruce Fickenscher was honored during the annual Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association banquet April 1st in Lamar. Fickenscher, of Chivington, was selected as the association’s prestigious Honorary Life Member Award recipient. Fickenscher has been with Colorado State University Extension since 2001. He currently is Livestock & Range Specialist for the Southeast area, […]

Today Begins National Push to Tackle Distracted Driving

Today Begins National Push to Tackle Distracted Driving

STATEWIDE—When you drive on any road or highway, there’s one thing you’re almost certain to see: distracted drivers. To encourage all drivers to be aware of their digital addiction and drop the distraction, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol are joining in a national effort to recognize April as National Distracted […]

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

The 2017 CEDS, available on the Prowers County website, offers specific information on county demographics. This includes population and income trends for residents, climate and cultural information and assessments for such areas as housing, education, infrastructure and industry sectors.  It’s an analysis which also shows or strengths and weaknesses for economic growth and provides information […]