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Backup Council Discusses Owner Accountability for Vacant Buildings

Backup Council Discusses Owner Accountability for Vacant Buildings

      Lamar City Council members discussed an ordinance, suggested by City Administrator, Steve Kil, that can help officials identify the owners of vacant buildings and the level of the structure’s current code compliance. A 2020 report generated by the city indicated there are over 100 residential and commercial properties in Lamar that are […]

Colorado Employment Situation – December 2020

Colorado Employment Situation – December 2020

  Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Decline by 20,300 in December – Unemployment Rate Increases to 8.4%   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased in December to 8.4 percent. The national unemployment rate was unchanged from November at 6.7 percent. Other highlights from the household survey: The Colorado […]

Livestock Slaughter - December 2020

Livestock Slaughter – December 2020

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.85 billion pounds in December, up 3 percent from the 4.73 billion pounds produced in December 2019. Beef production, at 2.32 billion pounds, was 3 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.78 million head, up 1 percent from December 2019. The […]

Nominations Sought for SFTA Board Positions

Nominations Sought for SFTA Board Positions

  Nominations are being accepted through April 1, 2021 for election to the Santa Fe Trail Association Board of Directors. Four members of the Board are completing their second consecutive four term and have created vacancies. This provides an opportunity for SFTA members of good standing with various back backgrounds and experiences to serve the […]

Planning for Colorado Hemp Center of Excellence Underway

Planning for Colorado Hemp Center of Excellence Underway

      Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has awarded the contract for development of a strategic plan for a state Hemp Center of Excellence to MPG Consulting. The selection was based on the recommendation of an independent review committee, which included a member of the Colorado Agriculture Commission, a member […]

GRAIN STOCKS – DECEMBER 1, 2020

GRAIN STOCKS – DECEMBER 1, 2020

  COLORADO All corn stocks in Colorado on December 1, 2020 were 94.06 million bushels, down 3 percent from December 1, 2019, according to the December 1st Agricultural Survey and December Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.   All corn stocks stored on farms […]

LUB Starts Work for 2021

LUB Starts Work for 2021

  The Lamar Utilities Board began their 2021 meeting sessions on Tuesday, January 12th continuing to observe pandemic protocols. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the board of continuing upgrades to sections of the plant including the 5-4kv distribution circuits power protection relays in the plant. The current relays date back to the 1960s. No […]

2021 Golden Plains Insurance Scholarship

2021 Golden Plains Insurance Scholarship

    Lamar – January 11, 2021 — Golden Plains Insurance is once again proud to announce its annual scholarship award. It consists of a one time, $1,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 Academic school year to a deserving 2021 area high school graduate with a desire for successful completion of higher education, either academic or […]

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

    The Lamar City Council held its first meeting of 2021 this past Monday, January 11th. City Treasurer, Kristin McCrea noted her findings for the city’s Water/Wastewater fund from 2016 to 2020 which indicated the operating expenditures for four of the past five years have been overspent. Her written report suggested the need to […]

City Sales Tax Revenue Ending Year on Positive Gain

City Sales Tax Revenue Ending Year on Positive Gain

    Despite the drop in sales tax revenue for this past November, the Lamar City Sales Tax report showed a continued cumulative gain in revenue for the January, 2021 report. City Sales Tax collected this past November was down 2.65% or a drop of $7,921. Use Tax collections were up 12.22% for a gain […]

Colorado Mtr Vehicle License Plate Update from PC Clerk & Recorder

Colorado Mtr Vehicle License Plate Update from PC Clerk & Recorder

  On the night of October 14th, 2020, CCi and the License Plate tag plant were shut down due to a positive COVID-19 result. CCi will be shut down until health officials assess the situations and clear them to open. All production of license plates and registration products has been halted i.e. specialty license plates […]

SE Region CPW Caucus Re: Public Access, State Wildlife Areas, 2021 Objectives

SE Region CPW Caucus Re: Public Access, State Wildlife Areas, 2021 Objectives

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sportspersons from across Colorado are invited to Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region Sportspersons Caucus for updates on a variety of issues important to hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.  The caucus is scheduled 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, and will be streamed live, online via CPW’s statewide Facebook page. […]

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Board of Officers for 2021

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Board of Officers for 2021

    The Lamar Chamber of Commerce, board of directors, has been selected for 2021. Jerry Roseberry will be President with Gabrielle Hammer as Vice-President. Melonee Marcum will serve as Secretary and Talle Harmon will assume the Treasurer duties. The officers for this year are: former President, Clifford Boxley, Holly Burton, Ginger Coberley, April Forgue, […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, December 2020

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, December 2020

 AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:   Moderately dry weather across the state during the month of December was interspersed with a few productive snowstorms, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Overall, the entire state remained in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. In eastern […]

2020 Year in Review - AUGUST

2020 Year in Review – AUGUST

      Schools Prepare for COVID-19 Year As the new 2020 school year nears, the Lamar School District has laid out plans for what students and parents can expect during the coronavirus pandemic. The district stated that the plans are designed around state and local health guidelines, which include students in fifth- through 12th-grade […]