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Lamar Re-2 School Board Approves 2022 Budget

Lamar Re-2 School Board Approves 2022 Budget

    The Lamar School Board approved a resolution certifying the levy of the school district for 2022 during its December 13th meeting.  The Mill Levy per HB20-1418 was set at 27 mills with a Tax Credit of 6.405 Mills and Net Mill Levy of 20.595 Mills.  The total mill levy is factored at 24.1075 […]

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2021

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2021

  Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point in November to 5.1 percent. The national unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2 percent. Other highlights from the household survey: Colorado’s labor force increased by 3,100 in November to […]

Fierce Winds Rip Southeast Colorado

Fierce Winds Rip Southeast Colorado

  Shortly before 9am, on December 15th, what had been a generally quiet morning abruptly changed when hurricane force winds tore across the high plains with a registered gust of 107mph in Lamar according to the Pueblo National Weather Service.  The storm system had been forecast by as much as a day beforehand, but response […]

January 13th Deadline for Citizen of the Year Nominations

January 13th Deadline for Citizen of the Year Nominations

  Thursday, January 13th, is the deadline for submitting a nomination form or letter for the ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award 2021, which will be presented during the Lamar Chamber of Commerce’s 100th annual banquet, at the Lamar Eagles Lodge on Friday, January 28th.  They should be returned to the offices at 109A East Beech […]

Register for Colorado Cattlemen's Association's 2022 Mid-Winter Conference

Register for Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 2022 Mid-Winter Conference

  ARVADA, Colo. – Registration is now open for Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) 2022 Mid-Winter Conference, which will be held on January 17-18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Denver, CO. The 2022 Mid-Winter Conference will kick off on January 17th with CCA’s Board of Directors meeting, as well as board meeting for both […]

Lamar Utility Board Wraps up 2021

Lamar Utility Board Wraps up 2021

    The Lamar Utility Board held its final meeting of 2021 this past Tuesday, December 14th with a regular agenda including payment of bills amounting to $151,193.38.  The board’s purchase orders amounted to $669,316.82 of which $650,969.13 required official approval.  That amount included the November estimate for sales of electricity to Arkansas River Power […]

Lamar City Council Wraps Up 2021 with Final Meeting of the Year

Lamar City Council Wraps Up 2021 with Final Meeting of the Year

    City Treasurer, Kristin McCrea, provided a rundown for the Lamar City Council during its December 13th meeting, on some of the grants received by the city for a variety of municipal projects, totaling $7.1 million during their lifespans.  Among those listed was $2.9 in total for the city’s water/wastewater improvement projects that have […]

City of Lamar October Sales Tax Revenue Report

City of Lamar October Sales Tax Revenue Report

    Sales tax revenues for the City of Lamar continued to maintain a healthy increase with the October 2021 report for taxes collected in November. City Sales Tax Revenue was up 15.89% for a gain of $45,244 over the same time last year with 2021 collections at $329,925.  Use Tax Revenue was up a […]

Colorado State Patrol Sends a Sobering Message This Holiday Season

Colorado State Patrol Sends a Sobering Message This Holiday Season

    Crash fatalities caused by impaired drivers are on the rise in Colorado   (COLORADO) – Drivers of all ages often feel vulnerable to drunk drivers and this concern only grows during the holiday season. Already in 2021, there have been over 220 deaths caused by impaired drivers in Colorado. That’s why Colonel Matthew […]

Lamar Marijuana Ballot Survives Challenge

Lamar Marijuana Ballot Survives Challenge

    “The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office (Division) moves the Deputy Secretary of State to dismiss the above-entitled Lobbyist Complaint on the grounds that Complainant failed to specifically identify violations of Colorado lobbyist laws under section 24-6-301, et seq, C.R.S.” Belinda Sturges approached the Lamar City Council during a public meeting […]

SCEDD is Growing!

SCEDD is Growing!

This month, we are pleased to introduce Cheryl Sanchez, as a part time SCEDD (Southern Colorado Economic Development District) staffer. Cheryl will be co-direct the Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP). Cheryl is the Economic Development director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, and Baca County, and she brings decades of community college and SBDC experience with her, […]

Photo Contest Returns with the High Plains Snow Goose Festival in 2022

Photo Contest Returns with the High Plains Snow Goose Festival in 2022

  LAMAR, Colo. – Grab your camera or dig out your best wildlife photos from the past year and submit your photos to the High Plains Snow Goose Festival photo contest. The photo contest is in its sixth year and offers shutterbugs a chance to showcase their best work across a variety of categories: wildlife; […]

Housing Construction Project Moves Forward for Southeast Colorado

Housing Construction Project Moves Forward for Southeast Colorado

    Sixty-three houses in six counties in southeast Colorado are slated for construction, a project developed by SCEDD, Southern Colorado Economic Development District using a portion of federal ARP funds which were distributed to communities across the country earlier this year. Stephanie Gonzales, Executive Director of SECED, Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, told The Prowers […]

Chamber Parade of Lights-Winning Entries

Chamber Parade of Lights-Winning Entries

  Twenty entries took part in the annual Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Parade of Lights this past Friday, December 3rd.  This year’s theme was “Christmas for Cowboys and Cowgirls”.  Lamar Community College took first place and won $75 in Chamber Luv Bucks; second place went to Dark Knight Trucking with a prize of $50 in […]

CPW Using Low Altitude Helicopters for Deer/Elk Count

CPW Using Low Altitude Helicopters for Deer/Elk Count

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Beginning Dec. 6, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists will assess deer and elk populations by conducting low-altitude helicopter flights in southeast Colorado, west of Interstate 25. Then in mid- to late-December, biologists will launch similar helicopter flights in the southeastern plains of Colorado to the east of I-25. Southeast Region residents […]