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October Monthly Summary from Arkansas River Power Authority

October Monthly Summary from Arkansas River Power Authority

  BUSINESS OPERATIONS – OCTOBER 2020  ARPA to Issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Power Supply: The ARPA Board of Directors, at its September meeting, authorized the General Manager to engage JK Energy Consulting to develop a RFP for power supply that would begin February 1, 2025, to replace an existing power supply contract […]

Prowers County to Launch COVID-19 Business Relief Grant Program

Prowers County to Launch COVID-19 Business Relief Grant Program

  Beginning today, Prowers County is offering grants to assist small businesses in Prowers County that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The grants will be paid from the County’s available allocation of federal relief funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Grants are available to assist with payroll, capital, equipment, […]

Colorado Employment Situation – September 2020

Colorado Employment Situation – September 2020

  13,400 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in September; Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.4%   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 percent in September from 6.7 percent in August. During the same period, the national unemployment rate declined half of a percentage point to 7.9 […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending October 18, 2020

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending October 18, 2020

    AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Harvest continued ahead of average for most crops last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Conditions remained very dry. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, the entire state was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions. Over 59 percent of the […]

CSP Increases Enforcement as Part of "Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day"

CSP Increases Enforcement as Part of “Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day”

  COLORADO – A proclamation signed by Governor Polis, officially declares October 19, 2020, as “Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day”. Together with AAA Colorado, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, and law enforcement agencies across the state are teaming up this weekend in an effort to educate about new changes to this […]

Utility Board Approves 2021 Budget, Moves Forward on Rate Adjustment

Utility Board Approves 2021 Budget, Moves Forward on Rate Adjustment

    The Lamar Utility Board members discussed the Light Plant’s 2021 budget with Superintendent Houssin Hourieh during their October 13th meeting. The budget includes total revenues in excess of $17.8 million of which $16.4 million is from retail electric sales and the balance generated from wind turbine production. Total operating expenses are estimate at […]

Funding Available for Various Lamar Municipal Projects

Funding Available for Various Lamar Municipal Projects

    The City of Lamar is moving forward with plans to develop recreational outlets for visitors and local residents. Recently Greater Outdoors Colorado informed the city it could use previous grant funding for capital improvement projects. The city now has $656,000 made up from GoCO, the city’s Conservation Trust Fund and Community Partnership contributors. […]

City Sales Tax Revenue Maintains Monthly Gain

City Sales Tax Revenue Maintains Monthly Gain

    August Sales and Use Tax for the City of Lamar continued its year-long trend of increases for revenues collected in September. City Sales Tax collections were up 3.18% for a monthly total of $304,099 compared to 2019 at $294,738. Use Tax collections were up 43.09% for a monthly total of $28,976. Total Sales […]

Moonlight Madness Set for October 29th

Moonlight Madness Set for October 29th

    The Lamar Chamber of Commerce is hosting Moonlight Madness contests, set for Thursday, October 29th with a store window and costume contest. There are some changes from years past in light of the pandemic. The Chamber board decided on a ‘Best Window’ contest for a new, traveling trophy. Stores have until Tuesday, October […]

Letter to the Editor: Another Economic View of Private Prisons

Letter to the Editor: Another Economic View of Private Prisons

  Mr. Crowder makes a good case for not closing private prisons, and I understand completely how much the money is needed in the communities, but he does not address the reason this law was proposed. The choice is to either close the private prisons or find some way to hold them accountable. The efforts […]

Letter to the Editor:  A Chance to Serve Southern Colorado

Letter to the Editor: A Chance to Serve Southern Colorado

  How many times have we heard that Southern Colorado doesn’t have a say in what happens in our state, especially when it comes to politics? We hear time and time again that Southern Colorado doesn’t have a voice and that our rural communities are ignored. We hear complaints that the Metro area dictates what […]

Gov. Polis Grants Historic Pardons for Marijuana Convictions

Gov. Polis Grants Historic Pardons for Marijuana Convictions

  New Bipartisan Law Gives Governor Authority to Issue Pardons     DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today signed an Executive Order granting pardons to those who have been convicted of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana. In June, Gov. Polis signed the bipartisan H.B. 20-1424, sponsored by Rep. James Coleman, Sen. Julie Gonzales […]

Polis Sends Letter to Ag Secretary Requesting Emergency Relief

Polis Sends Letter to Ag Secretary Requesting Emergency Relief

  To: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue From: Jared Polis, Governor, State of Colorado Date: September 28, 2020 RE: Emergency Relief Needed for Colorado Producers Dear Honorable Secretary Perdue, Farmers and ranchers in Colorado are suffering deep financial losses due to persistent drought conditions, extreme weather events, and compounding disasters. Our state’s producers report […]

Lamar Utility Board Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Hike

Lamar Utility Board Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Hike

  Andrew Ross, Rate Consultant of Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, provided an updated cost of service and rate design presentation for the Lamar Utility Board prior to its move into a public hearing for proposed changes to the current electric rate schedule on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. He, along with Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin […]

Motels are in the Works

Motels are in the Works

  As the Cow Palace Inn on the west side of North Main Street is currently being refurbished, plans are underway to build a new motel across from it on the east side of North Main, a Best Western Inn and Suites. And there could be another distant future motel project with the city council’s motion […]