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Rotarian George Gotto, Honored for his Special Service

Rotarian George Gotto, Honored for his Special Service

  The Lamar Rotary Club held a very special program this past Thursday, January 19th to honor long-time Rotarian, George Gotto, as he recapped his thoughts on 39 years of vocational service as Santa Claus to Lamar and Prowers County. Gotto began his role as Santa in 1984, usually just donning his seasonal suit for […]

Brooke Thompson Named Good Citizen for Wiley High School

Brooke Thompson Named Good Citizen for Wiley High School

  Brooke Thompson, daughter of Dean and Amber Thompson, is the Good Citizen from Wiley High School. Brooke is a member of the NHS (National Honor Society), has received Academic Letter all years of high school. Beginning in 2021 Brooke became a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) which ultimately prepared her for the […]

Wiley Rock School Group Receives Donation

Wiley Rock School Group Receives Donation

  A community open house for the Wiley Rock School was a perfect opportunity to receive a donation from the Wiley United Methodist Church Women’s group. Nicole Piner, Wiley social studies teacher, accepted the donation on behalf of the on-going preservation efforts of the students and community. For the past several years, Piner and Sally […]

Toys for Tots Concludes Christmas 2022

Toys for Tots Concludes Christmas 2022

    Saturday, December 24th was bright and crisp as the final chapter of this year’s Toys for Tots campaign in Prowers County concluded with a delivery of bikes for area youngsters. “There weren’t as many bike donations this year as in year’s past,” said organizer, Darlene Lopez from the headquarters at 500 West Beech […]

LCC Begins Training Program for IT Technicians

LCC Begins Training Program for IT Technicians

A new information technology program is under development at Lamar Community College.  Mittie Helm, Business Faculty and Kendra King, Department Head of the Cosmetology Department at Lamar Community College, briefed the Prowers Economic Prosperity board members on ways the new courses will help students find jobs in information technology. “The grant-funded program will develop in […]

Food for Families Holiday Schedule for 2022

Food for Families Holiday Schedule for 2022

    The manner in which the annual Christmas meal will be presented is following the changes made earlier in the season for the Toys for Tots distribution schedule. The meal will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between 9am and 11am at various distribution sites in Lamar and throughout the county. The Lamar […]

USDA Confirms Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Game Bird Operation In Prowers County

USDA Confirms Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Game Bird Operation In Prowers County

  Lamar, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) has confirmed the detection of Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in a commercial game bird operation in Prowers County. Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked […]

PEP Guest Outlines Rural Jump Start Program

PEP Guest Outlines Rural Jump Start Program

    Morgan VanKat, a representative from OEDIT, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, outlined a state program developed to provide tax relief and grants for new business start-ups and business relocations, specifically in rural areas of the state. “We’re targeting those communities and counties that are experiencing economic distress,” she explained to […]

Changes Coming for Toys for Tots Distribution this Holiday

Changes Coming for Toys for Tots Distribution this Holiday

Darleen Lopez is taking a new tack for this year’s Toys for Tots, Food for Families holiday drive.  Families qualified to receive kid’s toys will still arrive at her headquarters at 500 West Beech Street in Lamar, but the manner in which the toys will be handed out will be changed as well as the […]

Election Information – Understanding Your November 8, 2022 Ballot

Election Information – Understanding Your November 8, 2022 Ballot

  What will my November 8, 2022, General Election Ballot look like?  Sample ballots are posted to the Prowers County website at www.prowerscounty.net under the Departments then Election. Election Offices will be reporting by precinct for this 2022 General Election. Q: What does that mean? A: A certain Ballot Style will be mailed to a voter. […]

“Imagine Rotary” Opens Doors to Learning for Elementary School Students

“Imagine Rotary” Opens Doors to Learning for Elementary School Students

    The Lamar Rotary and Interact members continued a unique tradition this past Thursday, September 14th, by distributing just over 230 dictionaries to third grade students in various schools in southeast Colorado. Judy Turpin, Lamar Rotary President, noted this year’s theme is, “Imagine Rotary”, believing that if we can imagine a better world, we […]

ARPA Funding to Assist EMT Training for County Recruits

ARPA Funding to Assist EMT Training for County Recruits

    Prowers County is attempting to address the shortfall of EMT responders in each community in the county.  To that end, the Prowers County Commissioners met with Lamar Fire Chief Jeremy Burkhart, Heather Burkhart from the LCC nursing program and Ann-Marie Crampton representing the Lamar Community College Foundation. The county has access to ARPA […]

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 […]