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Housing Roundtable Details Future Needs Assessment Study

Housing Roundtable Details Future Needs Assessment Study

Adequate and affordable housing is a central ingredient in the economic development of Lamar and Prowers County. Although some studies have already been conducted on housing needs in the local area, an in-depth listening session which will combine group and one-on-one interviews and a printed questionnaire survey, will be conducted in southeast Colorado in July. […]

Colorado Employment Situation in May 2017

Colorado Employment Situation in May 2017

Employers in Colorado added 10,600 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of 2,645,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 11,500 and government decreased 900. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from April to May at 2.3 percent. The number […]

Boxley Announces Run for Lamar Re-2 School Board

Boxley Announces Run for Lamar Re-2 School Board

Lamar: Long-time Lamar resident, Clifford Boxley, is pleased to announce that he is running for the District G position on the Lamar Re-2 School Board. An alumnus of the Lamar school system, including Washington Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Lamar High School and Lamar Community College, with additional training in Principles of Adult Learning, Teaching […]

Lamar Sales Tax Revenue Report

Lamar Sales Tax Revenue Report

  Revenue from the City of Lamar sales tax declined again, posting a 3.75% drop for City Sales Tax, Use Tax and other collections, and a 3.95% drop for Sales and Use Tax collected since the start of the year. The City Sales Tax was off a fraction of a percentage point at 0.04%.  The […]

City Holds Public Hearings for Land Annexation and Motel Room Tax

City Holds Public Hearings for Land Annexation and Motel Room Tax

Two, brief public hearings were held by the Lamar City Council Monday, June 12th, and both should have a lasting impact on the local economy for years to follow. The council approved an ordinance promoting a 5% motel room sales tax. Voters will be able to decide in the upcoming November election if the measure will […]

New Truck Stop Planned for Lamar

New Truck Stop Planned for Lamar

    Bill Mulligan, Vice President of Development for the franchise Pilot Flying J, said Pilot Travel Center will open their newest project in Lamar in about 100 days from the start of construction. The Center will occupy land just north of Avenida Colonia and to the east of Highway 50. The Lamar City Council […]

Jacob Holdren New Holly Trustee

Jacob Holdren New Holly Trustee

  Jacob Holdren will replace Jerry Jones as a member of the Holly Board of Trustees. Jones submitted his resignation several weeks ago and Holdren took his oath of office during the June 7th meeting. On a similar matter of vacancies, the Trustees reviewed the job description for town administrator, but decided against any formal […]

Marijuana Economic Feasibilities Discussed for Prowers County

Marijuana Economic Feasibilities Discussed for Prowers County

Several decades ago, a Doonesbury cartoon character, Zonker, stated about marijuana, “It may not be right or wrong, but it sure is against the law!” The passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado changed that aspect for the new state industry and members of the PEP board, Prowers Economic Prosperity, discussed how some communities have prospered […]

Nursing Home Proposal Presented to PEP Board

Nursing Home Proposal Presented to PEP Board

Jillane Hixson, Prowers County resident, represented her group for Sage Brush Meadows, Inc. to the Prowers Economic Prosperity board in their goal to develop a new nursing home in the Lamar area. She addressed the PEP members, Tuesday, June 6th, accompanied by Brad Semmens and Jay Brooke.  The concept of a new nursing home has […]

Downtown Roof Repair Costs Awarded by Redevelopment Authority Board

Downtown Roof Repair Costs Awarded by Redevelopment Authority Board

Five buildings in Lamar, at, 121 West Beech Street and 106-108-112 and 122 South Main Street, were represented before the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board on June 5th, requesting assistance with roof repair costs.  The matter of leaking roofs and costly repairs for the downtown Lamar area has been long noted in the community.  Lamar Mayor, […]

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, […]