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Attorney General Coffman Holds Listening Tour Meeting for Prowers County

Attorney General Coffman Holds Listening Tour Meeting for Prowers County

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman spent the majority of her day, Tuesday, May 23rd at the Prowers County Annex in Lamar, holding a series of listening sessions that began with local, elected officials and continued through the day with such topics as farming/ranching, a sex assault program at Lamar Community College and efforts […]

Hitch for ARPA/City of Lamar Settlement Agreement

Hitch for ARPA/City of Lamar Settlement Agreement

Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, announced that The City Council of La Junta cast a collective ‘no’ vote May 15th to approve the settlement agreement between ARPA and the City of Lamar.  Their counterparts in Trinidad, also an ARPA municipal member, decided to table their decision during their May meeting.  All six ARPA members, […]

Roof Repairs, a Drop at a Time

Roof Repairs, a Drop at a Time

Our May rains brought home the need for roof repair to many of the buildings around the downtown area of Lamar. Some businesses had buckets placed on their floors to catch dripping water from recent rains.  Some overhead awnings along Main Street were also dripping, an indication that these leaks can travel in at one […]

Granada Trustees Approve Jump Start Resolution, Raise Tap Fees

Granada Trustees Approve Jump Start Resolution, Raise Tap Fees

The Granada Trustees voted to approve a resolution in support of the Rural Jump Start Program, as presented to them by PEP Executive Director, Eric Depperschmidt, during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, May 10th.  The Lamar and Wiley City Councils have approved the resolution which provides various tax incentives for new, start-up business ventures throughout communities […]

McClave Students Win LUB/ARPA Scholarships

McClave Students Win LUB/ARPA Scholarships

Two McClave High School students, James Steerman, who will be attending Western State Colorado University where he plans to study Business Finance and Administration and Blake Brubacher who will be attending Colorado State University where he plans to study Construction Management, were announced as the Lamar Utility Board/ARPA scholarship winners during the board’s regular meeting, […]

Business Growth Discussions Held at Lamar Merchants/PEP Roundtable Meeting

Business Growth Discussions Held at Lamar Merchants/PEP Roundtable Meeting

  The Lamar Merchants and PEP, (Prowers Economic Prosperity) combined two different meetings into one session at the Wash Spott on East Olive Street, Tuesday, May 9th.  PEP has been hosting a series of roundtable information meetings devoted to such topics as agriculture, housing, marketing, employment, transportation and last night’s session, retail sales.  The Lamar […]

Utility Rates Take a Personal Note

Utility Rates Take a Personal Note

As the legal process for the lawsuit between the City of Lamar and Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA, continues, the individual impact of high electric rates on private citizens/customers was brought before the Lamar Utilities Board during their regular meeting, Tuesday, May 9th. A mother and her adult son, residents relatively new to Lamar for […]

Holly Trustees are Third ARPA Member to Approve Settlement

Holly Trustees are Third ARPA Member to Approve Settlement

The Holly Trustees voted to join their counterparts in Las Animas and Springfield, voting unanimously May 3rd, in favor of the proposed settlement agreement in litigation between Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA and the City of Lamar.  ARPA general manager, Rick Rigel, was on hand for the monthly Trustees meeting to offer explanations on the […]

Holly Trustees Approve ARPA Litigation Resolution,  Accept Resignation, Vote for Mayor Pro-tem

Holly Trustees Approve ARPA Litigation Resolution, Accept Resignation, Vote for Mayor Pro-tem

The Holly Trustees voted to accept the letter of resignation, submitted by Jerry Jones on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Letters of intent to serve as a Trustee will be accepted by the Town Clerk, Megan Jara until 5pm on Wednesday, May 31st.  If there is more than one, the Trustees can decide to conduct interviews of […]

Spring Snowstorm Interrupts Power

Spring Snowstorm Interrupts Power

“Saturday wasn’t so bad, but Sunday brought a lot of power line interruptions to our area,” according to Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh. There were some scattered outages due to downed power lines on Saturday, but the brunt of the storm, as far as downed lines, occurred through Sunday with the eastern-most areas of […]

Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported groundwater bill signed into law

Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported groundwater bill signed into law

  Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 17-036 — a piece of legislation that was supported by the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), and is what some in the industry describe as one of the most significant pieces of water-related legislation in recent years. Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross […]

LUB Members Discuss Scholarship Trends

LUB Members Discuss Scholarship Trends

Members of the Lamar Utilities Board discussed the downturn in scholarship applications for the 2017 LUB/ARPA Scholarship program. This year, only two students, both from the same school, applied.  The scholarship, which is open to ARPA customers from McClave, Wiley and Lamar, is for a combined amount of $1,000. To be eligible, a student must […]

99 Job Seekers Attend Lamar Workforce Center Job/Resource Fair

99 Job Seekers Attend Lamar Workforce Center Job/Resource Fair

Terming the job and resource fair at the WorkForce Center in Lamar a success, Elva Macias, Labor and Employment Specialist, said the event on April 25th gave the employers an opportunity to visit with each other and network. Held at the SOS Center on East Olive Street in Lamar, 99 attendees had an opportunity to […]

Broken Water Main Under Repair

Broken Water Main Under Repair

A water main was broken during construction on the Lamar Main Street project Tuesday morning, April 25th, at the corner of Main and West Olive Streets.  The rush of water, approximately 8,500 gallons a minute, was more than the drain system could handle at first and water backed up along the west side of the […]

ARPA Settlement Case May Be Decided by July

ARPA Settlement Case May Be Decided by July

    Both parties in Case 31 have decided on a self-imposed deadline of July 17, 2017 to secure unanimous approval of ARPA’s member municipalities and to come to an agreement between Arkansas River Power Authority as Defendant and the Plaintiff in the case, the City of Lamar. The Senior Judge in the lawsuit, Scott […]