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Colorado Employment Situation in August 2018

Colorado Employment Situation in August 2018

  Employers in Colorado added 1,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,740,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. There was no change in private sector payroll jobs and government increased 1,500. July estimates were revised up to 2,739,000, and the over the month increase from June to […]

Highway 287 Road Construction Update

Highway 287 Road Construction Update

  American Civil Constructors, the firm which is renovating portions of North and South Main Streets through Lamar, is progressing through the third stage of the project which involves the section of work on the west side of North Main from Hickory to Sherman Streets.  It will be moving the operation onto the east side […]

Lamar Sales Tax Revenue Staying the Course for Gains

Lamar Sales Tax Revenue Staying the Course for Gains

    While the Lamar City July Sales and Use Tax collected in August were up a fraction of a percent, the year to date figures continued to show a healthy gain for that period. City Sales Tax was up 0.27% for a slim gain over last year of $758.94 with 2017 totals at $282,334.72 […]

Teen Traffic Fatalities up 22 percent Last Year

Teen Traffic Fatalities up 22 percent Last Year

CDOT Launches Teen Driving Safety Campaign Focused on Driving Restrictions   STATEWIDE – Last year 67 young people between the ages of 15 and 20 were killed in traffic crashes in Colorado. This is a 22 percent increase from 2016 when 55 were killed and the highest number of fatalities for that age group since […]

Mobile Vet Center Offers Aid/Information for Local Veterans

Mobile Vet Center Offers Aid/Information for Local Veterans

John Berentz, MSW, Readjustment Counseling Technician from the Pueblo Vet Center was in Lamar last week, headquartered in the VA’s mobile center at the northwest corner of Walmart’s parking lot. The trailer was in Lamar Thursday and Friday, August 30th and 31st by invitation of the Prowers County Veterans Service Officer, Gary Harbert.   Vet Center […]

PEP Board Learns About Planned Lamar-Based Youth Entrepreneurship Fair

PEP Board Learns About Planned Lamar-Based Youth Entrepreneurship Fair

    The approaching November 7th E-Fair was one of two topics presented to board members of Prowers Economic Prosperity during their monthly meeting, held in the Holly Senior Center, Tuesday, September 4th.  The other presentation described the potential financial impact for state and local highway improvements should Proposition 110 pass in the November General […]

Lamar Memorial Airshow and Fly-In Set for Sept 9th

Lamar Memorial Airshow and Fly-In Set for Sept 9th

  Eric and Tanya McSwan, managers of the Lamar Municipal Airport, have been at work on their airshow and fly-in since this past November. All the work should finally pay off on Sunday, September 9th between 8a and Noon when the free show gets underway.  The couple hosted a smaller airshow last September, featuring mostly […]

Rep. Ken Buck Challenger Karen McCormick Launches Weeklong Southeast Colorado Tour

Rep. Ken Buck Challenger Karen McCormick Launches Weeklong Southeast Colorado Tour

    Karen McCormick will tour southeastern Colorado in her bid to oust Rep. Ken Buck, beginning in Trinidad September 3, making stops in Las Animas, Bent, Baca, Prowers, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Otero Counties through September 8. McCormick will visit local farms, Southeast Colorado Hospital, and Otero County Public Schools; meet with elected officials and […]

CDOT Prepares for Labor Day with Heightened DUI Enforcement

CDOT Prepares for Labor Day with Heightened DUI Enforcement

1,000 Breathalyzers have been sold at Deep Discount – Offer Continues STATEWIDE — As summer winds down, law enforcement agencies across the state prepare to crack down on impaired driving during the weeks leading up to Labor Day and during the holiday weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local […]

Prowers Economic Prosperity Plans Puma Review

Prowers Economic Prosperity Plans Puma Review

    Three years ago, PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, provided the PCDI board with suggestions and objectives on how to better develop a county-wide economic development organization. What followed was a change in direction and the creation of PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity.  Now current board members are planning to re-evaluate the effectiveness of those […]

Prowers Medical Center Celebrates Quorum Award

Prowers Medical Center Celebrates Quorum Award

    Prowers Medical Center was recently recognized by Quorum Health Resources as “2018 Best Overall Performance for a Critical Access Hospital”, according to Chief Executive Officer, Craig Loveless. Loveless informed the Prowers County Commissioners of the award during his regular updates pertaining to hospital developments.  “The award doesn’t belong to any one individual or […]

Construction Work to Begin on Lamar Loop

Construction Work to Begin on Lamar Loop

      The Lamar Loop came a step closer to construction with the Lamar City Council approving the mayor’s signature on the Owner-Contractor agreement and general conditions with MonCor LLC during the August 13th council meeting.  The council has had plans for the Loop for some time while funds have been pending for the […]

City Sales Tax Revenue Continues Year-Long Improvement

City Sales Tax Revenue Continues Year-Long Improvement

    Although the monthly sales tax revenue for the City of Lamar posted a slim gain for June sales, the year to date figures continued to show growth. City Sales Tax was up 0.51% for a $1,615.24 increase over the year before with 2017 at $314,737.26 and 2018 at $316,352.50.  Use Tax collected was […]

Buxton Reps Explain Company’s Role in Local Economic Development

Buxton Reps Explain Company’s Role in Local Economic Development

  Just over 62% of local revenue in Lamar is generated from non-resident sources, while $5M is spent out of the county each year for health and personal care issues, accountable for an area of major dollar leakage for the community. Those were two of the facts presented to Prowers Economic Prosperity board members during […]

CSP Trooper Tips - "Let There be Light"

CSP Trooper Tips – “Let There be Light”

  A vehicle’s headlights are one of the most important items in your vehicle, and yet it’s often one of the most overlooked items. Your ability to see clearly and be seen clearly at night is very important and is all due to your headlights. Headlights have improved over the years to help with seeing […]