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PEP Explores Video Promotion Grant

PEP Explores Video Promotion Grant

    Prowers Economic Prosperity board members heard a presentation on available grants and programs from Greg Thomason, a senior program manager for OEDIT, State Office of Economic Development and International Trade.  Thomason serves 20 counties in southeast Colorado as a Rural Opportunity Representative.  Thomason outlined several grant programs, one of interest to PEP from […]

Now Accepting Host Community Proposals for Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days - June 2023

Now Accepting Host Community Proposals for Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days – June 2023

  Serving Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, and Prowers counties.   The Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) conference is scheduled to return to the Southeast region in September of 2023. This unique conference provides a forum for quality professional development opportunities close to home as well as networking with other community leaders in […]

Wiley FFA Colvin Scholarship

Wiley FFA Colvin Scholarship

To commemorate Jimmie Colvin’s lifelong association of working with livestock and his passion for fostering ag education to the youth in our area, the family is proud to support the Wiley FFA by sponsoring two individuals with a $500 scholarship to a postsecondary school of their choice. The two scholarship recipients are: Demi Wollert & Ellee […]

Wiley Appoints Dr. Bryan Akins as Superintendent

Wiley Appoints Dr. Bryan Akins as Superintendent

  WILEY— 6/1/22—It is with pleasure that the Board of Education of Wiley School District announces Dr. Bryan Akins as their choice for Superintendent. “We have considered several outstanding candidates through a competitive selection process and we are looking forward to having Dr. Akins at the helm of Wiley Schools,” says Neil Mauch, President of Wiley Board of […]

Prowers Economic Prosperity Developing Community Promo Sheet

Prowers Economic Prosperity Developing Community Promo Sheet

  Once upon a time, southeast Colorado had several apparel manufacturing companies for jeans and winter sports.  Inquiries by several communities of interest have indicated a strong desire to re-establish the textile and sewn goods industries in our area.  Supply chain challenges of overseas production and logistics have prompted a resurgence of “Made in USA” […]

LUB Receives Update on Prairie Fire Damage

LUB Receives Update on Prairie Fire Damage

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told LUB members during their April 26th meeting, the plant was notified by Las Animas authorities on Tuesday, April 12th that some of the 69kv line structures east of Las Animas were burning.  The fire began near the tree dump and sewer lagoon and spread eastward.  Three […]

Bipartisan Bill to Create a Tax Credit to Increase Housing Supply and Revitalize Distressed Homes

Bipartisan Bill to Create a Tax Credit to Increase Housing Supply and Revitalize Distressed Homes

  Legislation Would Help Cover the Cost of Building or Renovating Homes, Help Existing Homeowners Stay in Their Homes Washington, D.C. –– Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, co-sponsored legislation led by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to build and revitalize housing in distressed […]

LUB Discusses New Meter Installation Schedule and Cyber Security Guards

LUB Discusses New Meter Installation Schedule and Cyber Security Guards

    The utility board approved $704,028.57 in March purchase orders from a total of $729,264.83 of which $631,771.43 was for the estimated power purchase from ARPA for March. Bills amounting to $242,911.64 were also paid. The low bid of $27,383.76 from Blazer Electric was approved for LED light fixtures to maintain street and yard […]

Prowers Economic Prosperity Annual Meeting on April 21st

Prowers Economic Prosperity Annual Meeting on April 21st

    John Hopper, Dean of Students at the Granada School District, is the keynote speaker for the annual Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) meeting set for 6pm on Thursday, April 21st, at the End of the Line Arena at Camp Amache in Granada.  Hopper’s efforts in documenting and preserving the heritage and legacy of the […]

County Vital Records Department Received Award on Perfect Performance

County Vital Records Department Received Award on Perfect Performance

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issues the Vital Records Five Star Award to counties that achieve 100% on audits, zero deficiencies, complete all required training, and have no customer complaints.  According to Megan Hillman, Prowers County Public Health Director, the county received the 2021 award recently and is one of […]

Prowers Medical Center is Rebuilding Staff

Prowers Medical Center is Rebuilding Staff

  Karen Bryant, Prowers Medical Center CEO, briefed the Prowers County Commissioners on the recent success in hiring new providers for the hospital, “We’re developing a new provider base in the clinic and we’re successful with this process.”  Bryant said PMC hired two local individuals as nurse advanced practice providers and Dr. Rebecca Cisneros, a […]

PEP Gets Update on Essential Housing Initiative

PEP Gets Update on Essential Housing Initiative

  March 23rd was the deadline for buyers to sign up for SCEDD administrated, workforce housing contracts in southeast Colorado under a multi-county initiative impacting Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.  Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED) Executive Director, Stephanie Gonzales, provided Prowers Economic Prosperity board members with a progress report on signees during […]

Rodeos and Windmills Coming to Prowers County

Rodeos and Windmills Coming to Prowers County

    The Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel voted to fund several events which were presented to them this past Thursday, March 17th. An earlier request from the regional tourism promotion group, Canyons and Plains, received approval for $1,000 to be applied to general marketing for activities in southeast Colorado.  Panel members discussed sending representatives […]

GOCO Awards $51,200 Grant to Town of Wiley for Outdoor Recreation Master Plan

GOCO Awards $51,200 Grant to Town of Wiley for Outdoor Recreation Master Plan

DENVER – Today the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board awarded a $51,200 grant to the Town of Wiley to develop an outdoor recreation master plan. This grant is part of GOCO’s Planning and Capacity program, which invests in projects that address opportunities, explore issues, engage communities, and examine trends in the outdoors. The Town of Wiley […]

Planning Commission Reviews Junk Ordinance

Planning Commission Reviews Junk Ordinance

    The Prowers County Planning Commission, Michelle Hiigel, Land Use Administrator, as well as all three county commissioners, Tom Grasmick, Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Ron Cook and County Attorney Rose Pugliese via Zoom, discussed means by which the county’s junk ordinance could be beefed up with stricter enforcement.  Legislating the ordinance has been a continued concern […]