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LUB Taking Steps on Rate Study

LUB Taking Steps on Rate Study

    Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, outlined the Lamar Utility Board’s requests for the Board’s electric rates. The study, conducted by Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP), presented their findings to the board during the August 11, 2020 meeting. The protocols for any changes require a public hearing for any proposal. The schedule […]

Commissioners Send Drought Letter of Concern to Ag Secretary

Commissioners Send Drought Letter of Concern to Ag Secretary

July 28, 2020 Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC   20250 (via USPS & email: agsec@usda.gov) Dear Honorable Secretary Perdue: The past three years have been devastating for Colorado farmers, due to extreme weather events; 2018 (drought), 2019 (freeze) and 2020 (drought) and, according to credentialed agronomists, […]

Drought Information Statement, NWS Pueblo - July 30, 2020

Drought Information Statement, NWS Pueblo – July 30, 2020

    Some Improvement in Drought Conditions across Southeast Colorado   SYNOPSIS…  While warm and mainly dry conditions were experienced across much of Colorado through the month of June, there were spotty areas of beneficial rainfall across portions of the southeast Colorado plains, due to scattered thunderstorms. Through much of July thus far, thunderstorm activity […]

DoLA Providing $23M in Federal Emergency Rental Assistance, Affordable Housing in July for Colorado

DoLA Providing $23M in Federal Emergency Rental Assistance, Affordable Housing in July for Colorado

      Denver, CO – July 30, 2020 – Up to $19.65M in federal CARES Act funding for emergency rental assistance is now available to property owners on behalf of their tenants through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Division of Housing (DOH). In addition, the division awarded $3.27M through the Colorado State […]

Prowers Medical Center Board Gets COVID Update, Discuss Opioid Treatment Program

Prowers Medical Center Board Gets COVID Update, Discuss Opioid Treatment Program

  Prowers Medical Center staff continue to evaluate and adjust their responses to the pandemic scenario in the county and those measures were among the agenda topics during the board of director’s meeting on Wednesday, July 22nd. The COVID-19 Community Testing Protocol and Preparedness Plan was presented to the board for approval by PMC Quality […]

Statewide Seat Belt Enforcement Cites 1,695 Drivers for Not Buckling Up

Statewide Seat Belt Enforcement Cites 1,695 Drivers for Not Buckling Up

  70 Drivers Cited for Unrestrained Children STATEWIDE — With Coloradans starting to travel more, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and 59 law enforcement agencies across Colorado teamed up for a statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement from July 12-19. A total of 1,695 drivers were cited during the enforcement for either the driver […]

RV Storage Facility Making Progress

RV Storage Facility Making Progress

      Demolition work has begun on the property at 700 East Parmenter Street in Lamar, the site for a future RV and boat storage area. The Lamar City Council was approached this past January by Ivor Hill, a real estate developer from Pueblo who was purchasing the property that came with three abandoned […]

Lamar Utility Board Conducts General Meeting

Lamar Utility Board Conducts General Meeting

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, briefed Lamar Utility Board members on wind turbine power generated for the first half of 2020 during its July 28th meeting. The three turbines have generated about 70.59% more power in 2020 then they did for the same period in 2019, he stated. The three generated 6,860.58 […]

Colorado Crop Condition Report as of July 26, 2020

Colorado Crop Condition Report as of July 26, 2020

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather pushed winter wheat harvest to completion in several areas across the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.   Statewide, winter wheat harvest was 97 percent complete, compared to 76 percent last year and 88 percent on average. […]

CDA Posts Warning About Unsolicited Seed Mailings

CDA Posts Warning About Unsolicited Seed Mailings

    Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has received numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that appear to have originated from China and other countries and labeled as containing jewelry or other items. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local […]

Council Begins Progress on Main Café Rehab-Sidewalks and Stage

Council Begins Progress on Main Café Rehab-Sidewalks and Stage

  The City of Lamar’s Redevelopment Authority approved the Department of Local Affairs REDI Grant application for $122,010 to begin rehabilitating the Main Street Café in Lamar. The city will hire an architectural consultant for the comprehensive plan which includes engineers for the building’s structure as well as plumbing and electrical needs. The city will […]

119th Annual Sand & Sage Round-Up Cowboy Boots and Buckin’ Chutes

119th Annual Sand & Sage Round-Up Cowboy Boots and Buckin’ Chutes

The Sand & Sage Round-Up is on schedule for August 1-8, 2020. The health and safety of the community is and always will be the highest priority in producing the annual fair. In the interest of public health, the fair has regretfully canceled the following events for the safety of all: concert, open classes, carnival, […]

Additional 13 Weeks Now Available for Exhausted Unemployment Claims

Additional 13 Weeks Now Available for Exhausted Unemployment Claims

  $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Ending July 25 (DENVER) — Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced the availability of an additional 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) for those who have exhausted their regular benefits. PEUC benefits are not automatic, and as claimants near the expiration […]

Colorado Employment Situation – June 2020

Colorado Employment Situation – June 2020

      55,000 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in June; Unemployment Rate Increases to 10.5%   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point in June to 10.5 percent. During the same period, the national unemployment rate declined 2.2 percentage points to 11.1 […]

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION WEEK ENDING JULY 12, 2020

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION WEEK ENDING JULY 12, 2020

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:   Winter wheat harvest continued to progress amidst hot and dry conditions last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Statewide, winter wheat harvested was 70 percent complete, compared to 19 percent last year and 45 percent on average.   In northwestern counties, crop […]