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Holly Trustees Weigh Need for a Town Garage and Town Administrator

Holly Trustees Weigh Need for a Town Garage and Town Administrator

  The Holly Trustees held a brief monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 2nd before going into executive session. Kathy McCorkle, Executive Director of Domestic Safety Resource Center provided an overview of the organization as part of an on-going outreach program. “We serve several counties in southeast Colorado including Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Prowers,” she explained, […]

Going, Going…Gone

Going, Going…Gone

Demolition work began earlier this week on the former T.L. Tucker property, east of the intersection at North Main Street and Avenida Colonia. Just under 11 acres of land will be cleared to make way for a proposed truck stop for the Pilot/Flying J Travel Center.  One last legal hurdle was cleared at the July […]

PEP Provides Business Development Update for Prowers County

PEP Provides Business Development Update for Prowers County

Eric Depperschmidt of PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity, is beginning his sixth month in his capacity as the organization’s executive director. Depperschmidt began his job in early March and provided the PEP board with an overview of recent business development in Prowers County.  He led the monthly board meeting at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn on […]

Lamar Partnership Inc.- Buxton Group Update

Lamar Partnership Inc.- Buxton Group Update

    Angie Cue, Lamar’s Community Development Director, provided the City Council with an update on the Buxton Retail Recruitment program. Buxton was hired by the city to assess demographic purchasing information in the area which could be used by local retailers to fine tune their marketing approach and merchandise and to provide information about […]

Position Opens on Lamar Utility Board

Position Opens on Lamar Utility Board

Leo Hernandez, Lamar Utility Board member, indicated he is stepping down from his seat, now that his term has expired. “I can attend some future meetings for a while,” he explained, but stated he is not considering an additional term.  The board will make arrangements to advertise the position to the area. Board members meet […]

Lamar Council Approves Mission Villanueva Expansion

Lamar Council Approves Mission Villanueva Expansion

    The Lamar City Council, Monday, July 24th, approved a request from Roberta Macias, owner of the Mission Villanueva Restaurant for a modification of licenses premises application. Macias intends to build an outdoor patio at her restaurant at 300 Savage Avenue, which would allow alcohol to be served to patrons taking their meal outside. […]

Colorado Employment Situation for June, 2017

Colorado Employment Situation for June, 2017

Employers in Colorado added 6,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,647,000 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,100 and government increased 400. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from May to June at 2.3 percent. The number […]

Sec. of State Posts Colorado 2nd Quarter Economic Indicators Report

Sec. of State Posts Colorado 2nd Quarter Economic Indicators Report

  DENVER, July 20, 2017 – Colorado businesses saw a small dip in both new entity filings and existing entity renewals in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter, but increases over the same period last year. According to the Quarterly Business & Economic Indicators Report, in the second quarter of 2017, […]

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Watershed Plan

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Watershed Plan

    Concerns about the increasing amount of trace minerals and salinity content in the Lower Arkansas River Basin has prompted a series of meetings to identify causes and develop solutions to the problem. The first stakeholders meeting was held July 13th at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn and hosted by Blake Osborn, CSU Extension […]

Buying or Selling a House; How Much and Where?

Buying or Selling a House; How Much and Where?

Jennie Rodgers, from the Community Strategy Institute, toured Baca, Prowers and Kiowa Counties, discussing the current housing markets with municipal leaders as well as local realtors. Following a morning tour of the communities in Prowers County on Wednesday, July 12th, she met with interested parties, at the SECED offices along with Stephanie Gonzales, Executive Director […]

CDA Study Shows Consumer Perceptions on State Ag Industry/Crops

CDA Study Shows Consumer Perceptions on State Ag Industry/Crops

Colorado Dept. of Agriculture Survey Reveals Positive Consumer Perceptions of Agriculture Statewide, Strong Preference for Local Foods BROOMFIELD, Colo. – It’s no secret that consumers have shown a preference for locally grown and produced foods over the last decade, and a recent survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in collaboration with Colorado […]

Lamar Might Become Landfill Hub

Lamar Might Become Landfill Hub

  Once a week the City of Lamar’s garbage trucks collect your trash from the container in your street or alley and once a month you get a bill in the mail for services rendered. It’s been less than a financial break-even situation for the city’s sanitation department. As explained in the work session held […]

Granada Landfill Facing October Deadline

Granada Landfill Facing October Deadline

    The Granada Trustees were provided with a brief update on the legislative side of their landfill problem by Prowers County Commissioner, Tom Grasmick, during their monthly meeting, July 12th.  The state’s health department, CDPHE, has given the community until October to make the required changes to the way the landfill is operated, measures […]

City of Lamar May 2017 Sales and Use Tax Report

City of Lamar May 2017 Sales and Use Tax Report

    May was a better month for sales tax collections for the City of Lamar. Taxes collected in June show the City Sales Tax was up 3.18% for a gain of $8,602 for the previous year.  Collections for 2016 were $270,707 for last May while the month for this year brought in $279,310.  Total collections […]

Lamar Utility Board Meeting Notes ARPA Lawsuit Probably Back on the Table

Lamar Utility Board Meeting Notes ARPA Lawsuit Probably Back on the Table

    The Lamar Utility Board members held a brief meeting, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 to approve purchase orders totaling $731,781 and monthly bills of $188,145.13. Members also approved the purchase of stock inventory of crossarms and line hardware for power pole equipment.  The lowest of seven bids, $10,440, was approved by unanimous vote. Lamar […]