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Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations – June 2021

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations – June 2021

  ARPA Board Holds its Annual Election of Officers: The ARPA Board of Directors held officer elections at its meeting on April 29. Board Members elected to serve as officers through April 2022 include Lorenz Sutherland (La Junta), President; Calvin Melcher (Holly), Vice President; Gary Cranson (La Junta), Treasurer; and ARPA staff member, Arvenia Morris, […]

COVID-19 Update from PCPHE for Week of June 16, 2021

COVID-19 Update from PCPHE for Week of June 16, 2021

    The Prowers County Department of Public Health and Environment reported that as of June 15th, 2021, the seven-day Test Positivity Rate for Covid cases in the county is 1.61% which falls below the goal of 5% of less.  There have been two cases in the past seven days and five within the past […]

Electric Sales will Begin to Peak with the Heat

Electric Sales will Begin to Peak with the Heat

        Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the Lamar Utility Board during its June 15th meeting that sales of electricity through May 2021 are down 0.59% compared to this period last year.  Residential sales were up 4.2%, irrigation sales were down almost 40% and commercial/industrial sales were down approximately 1.13%.  These […]

Lamar to Receive Funding from COVID-19 Stimulus Package, Discusses Marijuana Ordinance

Lamar to Receive Funding from COVID-19 Stimulus Package, Discusses Marijuana Ordinance

    The Lamar City Council, under the Consent Agenda, passed on second reading, the modified Ordinance No. 1245 establishing an Advisory Board of Public Safety for the City of Lamar during its June 14th meeting.  The council is expected to set in motion the requirements for assembling the future board membership. City Treasurer, Kristin […]

Spring Sales Tax Revenue Continues to Climb for Lamar April Figures

Spring Sales Tax Revenue Continues to Climb for Lamar April Figures

    Lamar sales tax revenue figures continue to show healthy gains into the spring season with City Sales Tax collected in April up 12.8% for a gain of $36,601 over the previous year.  Collections for 2021 are at $322,639 compared to $286,037 for 2020.  Total Sales and Use Tax collections were also up 25.5% […]

More Summer Fun is Around the Corner

More Summer Fun is Around the Corner

      Construction work is underway at North Gateway Park which will augment and improve residents and visitor’s outdoor activities at the pond site, just off Highway 287 at the Arkansas River Bridge. A visit earlier this week showed that some ADA improvements have already been completed by Elegant Concrete LLC., such as a […]

PCPHE Reports No COVID-19 Outbreaks for the County as of June 9, 2021

PCPHE Reports No COVID-19 Outbreaks for the County as of June 9, 2021

    The seven-day average Test Positivity rate is currently XXX%, down from 2.72% last week (goal is <5%) and the positivity percentage is <2%.  There have been only three cases in the past seven days and 10 cases in the past 14 days.  At present, there are NO outbreaks in Prowers County according to […]

Lamar Repowering Project Ends with a Crash

Lamar Repowering Project Ends with a Crash

  “By the end of June, all of this should be completely leveled and cleared.” That’s the estimate from a Jackson Demolition employee this past Monday, June 7th.  The company had been hired late last year to take down the portions of the Lamar Repowering Project that would be parted out for re-purposing or sold […]

Memorial Day Observance Held at Tribute Memorial

Memorial Day Observance Held at Tribute Memorial

    With each passing year more elements to the 9-11 Memorial at the Big Timbers Museum are added thanks to the considerable donations from local and state contributors as well as those local residents and businesses who have contributed to its establishment and maintenance. This past rainy Memorial Day, three dozen residents were on […]

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Thursday, June 10

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Thursday, June 10

    The Lamar Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open, in-person Job Fair in conjunction with Prowers Economic Prosperity and the Lamar Workforce Center this Thursday, June 10th from 9am to 1pm at the Lamar Eagles Lodge on South Main Street in Lamar. As the nation begins to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, many […]

Lamar Community College Foundation Awards Scholarships with More Available

Lamar Community College Foundation Awards Scholarships with More Available

(LAMAR, Colo.) — The Lamar Community College Foundation (LCCF) is proud to fund and administer numerous merit and need-based scholarships that benefit both graduating high school students and adult students. While Lamar Community College provides access to higher education in Southeast Colorado, LCCF assists students in making it an affordable reality through significant aid opportunities. “The […]

The NPS is Conducting a Study on the Zebulon Pike Trail

The NPS is Conducting a Study on the Zebulon Pike Trail

  The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a study on the Zebulon Pike Trail to evaluate its eligibility as a new national historic trail. The study addresses the 1806-07 expedition led by Lt. Zebulon M. Pike into the southern portions of the Louisiana Purchase, and the northern edge of the Spanish colonial empire. The […]

Prowers County Public Health & Environment Update, May 26, 2021

Prowers County Public Health & Environment Update, May 26, 2021

  The seven-day average Test Positivity rate is 3.73%, up from 3.57% last week (goal is <5%). There have been ten cases over the past seven days and 23 cases over the past 14 days. NEWS WALK-IN VACCINE CLINICS: Due to changes made by CDPHE we are now able to offer walk-in vaccine clinics. You […]

Lamar Utility Board Wraps up May Meetings

Lamar Utility Board Wraps up May Meetings

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted that on Tuesday, May 18th, the plant began supplying power to Las Animas and has been asked to do so until September.  The request was made by Arkansas River Power Authority, Black Hills Energy and Tri-State G & T as part of a line upgrade by […]

Council Approves Public Safety Board

Council Approves Public Safety Board

    The Lamar City Council, during its May 24th meeting, approved on first reading, Ordinance 1245, establishing an Advisory Board of Public Safety for the City of Lamar, Colorado.  The board will have five members who will provide input on a “Review of certain un-resolved citizen complaints, after the proper internal administrative process has […]