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Lamar Chamber of Commerce to host First Annual Cinco de Mayo Event May 4, 2024

Lamar Chamber of Commerce to host First Annual Cinco de Mayo Event May 4, 2024

The Enchanted Forest in Lamar will be the site of the Lamar Chamber’s First Annual Cinco de Mayo event, which will be held Saturday, May 4th. All vendors and the Beer Garden open at 11 am. For fans of the Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest, this new festival should prove to be equally fun and festive, just […]

Lamar Council Starts 2024 with Full Agenda, Bellomy Stepping Down

Lamar Council Starts 2024 with Full Agenda, Bellomy Stepping Down

  The Lamar City Council got 2024 off to a start with a carry-over agenda for the January 8th session which was cancelled due to the blizzard that swept across southeast Colorado in the early days of this month.  The council continued the majority of that agenda to its January 22nd meeting as well as […]

City of Lamar Retail Sales Growth Holds Steady through 2023

City of Lamar Retail Sales Growth Holds Steady through 2023

  Retail sales tax collections for the City of Lamar showed signs of steady growth through the year with City Sales Taxes collected up 6.11% for a gain over last year of $21,536.  Collections for November 2022 were $352,667 compared to this year at $374,204.  Total Sales and Use Tax collections finished the month with […]

Lamar Chamber of Commerce 102nd Annual Banquet set for January 29th

Lamar Chamber of Commerce 102nd Annual Banquet set for January 29th

  We hope 2024 is going well for you so far. I am reminding everyone the annual Lamar Chamber of Commerce banquet will be held Monday, January 29th, at the Eagles Lodge starting at 6 PM. We will be announcing our new board members, make award presentations and introduce new officers at that time. You […]

Fishing is Fun Grants Available for Projects in Colorado

  The Fishing is Fun Grant Program funds projects that expand fishing access across the state. DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has announced the 2024 round of funding opportunities for the Fishing is Fun Grant Program. The goal of this program is to provide funding to projects that expand fishing access across the […]

June 2023 Year in Review

June 2023 Year in Review

          High Plains Community Health Center Announces Appointment of New Chief Medical Officer High Plains Community Health Center (High Plains) has announced the appointment of Dr. Claire Harrison Reed, MD, as the organization’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Reed succeeds Dr. Barbara Taylor, MD, who has served as Interim CMO […]

Prowers Lodging Panel Wraps up 2023

Prowers Lodging Panel Wraps up 2023

    Members of the Prowers County Lodging Tax panel approved a funding request from Southeast Colorado All-Star Rodeo for its annual three-day competition set for the Prowers County Fairgrounds for April, 2024.  The group requested $6,000 and was funded for $3,000 for marketing expenses and contract fees. Final details for a visitor’s guide for […]

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2023

  Household survey data According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat from October to November at 3.3 percent. The number of unemployed individuals grew by 1,900 over the same time period to 107,900. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.7 percent from October to […]

Lamar Chamber Elects New Officers

Lamar Chamber Elects New Officers

    Four board members were elected to offices for the Lamar Chamber of Commerce during the member’s holiday dinner at the MAX Chophouse on Tuesday, December 19th. Melonee Marcum was re-elected as President with Tanisha Graham as Vice-President, Hillary Perales as Secretary and Abbie Campbell as Treasurer. Marcum and chamber office manager, Valerie Baldwin, […]

Rotarian/Librarian Kid’s Christmas a Big Hit

Rotarian/Librarian Kid’s Christmas a Big Hit

    One of the final opportunities to visit with that Jolly Old Gent occurred this past Saturday, December 16th at the Lamar Cultural Events Center. Judy Turpin, Lamar Rotary President, said there were wall to wall crowds for the first hour or so for the holiday event from ran from 10am to 1pm.  The […]

LUB – ARPA Moving Ahead with Turbine Repairs

LUB – ARPA Moving Ahead with Turbine Repairs

    The Lamar Utility Board ended their year with the Systems Operating Report from Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh. He noted the sales of electricity through November 2023 were down approximately 2.68% when compared to the same time frame in 2022.  Resident sales were down 3.98%, commercial/industrial sales were off 1.9% and irrigation sales […]

Lamar Council Begins Search for Police Chief

Lamar Council Begins Search for Police Chief

    Mayor Kirk Crespin announced during the December 11th city council meeting, that Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller, is retiring from his position with the City of Lamar and as such, the council awarded the bid for replacement recruitment services to KRW Associates, LLC which provided the lowest overall cost and had the desired […]

City of Lamar Retail Sales Tax Revenue Report, October 2023

City of Lamar Retail Sales Tax Revenue Report, October 2023

  Retail sales tax revenue for October for the City of Lamar gained 4.62% for an increase of $16,588.  Revenues for 2022 were $358,797 compared to 2023 at $375,385.  Use Tax collections were off 17.18% for a drop of $6,862.  Total Sales and Use Tax collections for October were up 3.75% for a gain over […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Okays Project Funding and Extension

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Okays Project Funding and Extension

  Three improvement projects were approved by the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board this past Monday, December 11th as submitted by Anne-Marie Crampton, Community Development Director. The application with High Plains Fellowship for façade improvement for $5,000 had been approved last year, but municipal action on the project was delayed due to changes in staff. The […]

Pipeyard Suppliers are Open for Business

Pipeyard Suppliers are Open for Business

    Friends, relatives, employees and various elected officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting at the new Pipeyard enterprise on Highway 50 just west of Granada this past Friday, December 8th.  Partners Mark Carrigan and Brad Johnson hosted the ceremonies marking the expansion of their operation in this portion of southeast Colorado. Carrigan […]