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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 […]

Lamar City Council Meeting Focused on Municipal Finances

Lamar City Council Meeting Focused on Municipal Finances

    The Lamar City Council held a brief, regular meeting on Monday, September 10th.  The council approved the risk advisory group (CIRSA) Worker’s Compensation quote of $5,000 for the deductible and premium for 2019.  The renewal quote for the city’s property/casualty contribution was also approved.  Although it was higher than the previous year, it […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lamar Utility Board Begins Budget Discussions for 2019

Lamar Utility Board Begins Budget Discussions for 2019

    Purchase orders totaled $17,114.45 and total monthly bills amounted to $1,225,173.28 for the month and both were approved by the utility board during their August 28th meeting. During the brief meeting, Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh reported on the financial summary, stating that cash is down $56,635 from June and accounts receivable increased […]

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 […]

Scrap and Debris, Illegal Dumping, Salvage Yards…Commissioners Seeking Solutions

Scrap and Debris, Illegal Dumping, Salvage Yards…Commissioners Seeking Solutions

  The Prowers County Commissioners met on August 14th with County Attorney Darla Scranton Specht, members of the County Planning Commission and Michelle Hiigel, County Land Use Administrator on what steps may be taken to enforce operating regulations pertaining to county-based salvage yards and auto body shops. The main goal is to keep them within […]

Light Plant Details July Power Outages, ARPA Talks with Tri-State G & T Continue

Light Plant Details July Power Outages, ARPA Talks with Tri-State G & T Continue

  The Lamar Utility Board approved recent purchase orders totaling $1,079,088.07 and payment of bills amounting to $243,041.72. The System Operating Report, delivered by Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh noted the sales of electricity through June 2018 were up approximately 3.6% when compared to the same time last year. Residential sales were up 5.04%, irrigation […]

National 811 Day: Atmos Energy Says ‘Safe Digging’ is Key to Safe Gas Systems

National 811 Day: Atmos Energy Says ‘Safe Digging’ is Key to Safe Gas Systems

  Accidental Damage by Third Parties is Most Common Cause of Natural Gas Leaks   LAMAR, Colo. (August 6, 2018) – Atmos Energy is reminding construction crews across Colorado to please call 811 before you dig. The natural gas utility says it’s seen a spike in hit gas lines over the last six weeks throughout […]

Lamar District School Board Receives Best Grant, Needs Matching Funds

Lamar District School Board Receives Best Grant, Needs Matching Funds

    Lamar High School and Lincoln School are in dire need of infrastructure upgrades. The RE-2 District School Board approved a resolution during their August 13th meeting to place a question on the November 6th ballot to secure the balance of funds needed to complete a BEST Cash Grant Award to pay for the […]

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 […]

Granada Begins Search for New Trustee, Continues to Repair Hail Damage

Granada Begins Search for New Trustee, Continues to Repair Hail Damage

    Deb Choat offered a series of statements addressed to her fellow Granada Trustees before she tendered her verbal resignation from the board during the Trustee’s monthly meeting, Wednesday, August 8th.  Mayor Glenn Otto said that as Granada has no wards or districts, any qualified resident may submit a letter of intent to the […]

Developments Around Town

Developments Around Town

  They are not always recognizable at first, but plans for community development are taking shape at different stages through the Lamar community. Additional work is underway at the 9/11 First Responders Memorial on the southern end of the Big Timbers Museum property. Begun last year and financed through private donations and grants, the memorial […]