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Prowers County Public Health COVID Weekly Update-Variance Request Approved

Prowers County Public Health COVID Weekly Update-Variance Request Approved

    Statistics received from the Prowers County Public health and Environment office show that as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020, there have been a total of 13 cases of coronavirus in Prowers County, two requiring hospitalization. There have been no deaths from the virus in Prowers County. Additional information shows that of the 13 […]

City Council Reviews COVID Impact on Re-Opening Local Businesses, Allows Leeway on Waivers

City Council Reviews COVID Impact on Re-Opening Local Businesses, Allows Leeway on Waivers

    The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact social and business developments in Lamar to include the closing of the Lamar Welcome Center, one of five in Colorado which will not receive funding to continue operations at this present time. This was one of several impacts the council explained to the public during the Tuesday, […]

LUB Holds In-Person Monthly Meeting, Will Work with Delinquent Accounts

LUB Holds In-Person Monthly Meeting, Will Work with Delinquent Accounts

    The Lamar Utility Board held an in-person meeting on Tuesday, May 26th but restricted attendance to ten persons in order to maintain social distancing protocols. Light Plant employees have been adhering to the “Stay at Home” and “Safer at Home” orders from the state and as of March 26th, shifts were modified to […]

Governor Polis Issues Guidance for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping

Governor Polis Issues Guidance for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping

DENVER – Gov, Jared Polis today announced updates to Safer at Home and changes to restaurants, summer camps and private camping. “We are still a long way from returning to normal, but these updates are a step in the right direction because Coloradans are doing a good job so far limiting our social interactions. If […]

Colorado Employment Situation April 2020

Colorado Employment Situation April 2020

    Nonfarm payroll jobs in Colorado declined by 323,500 from March to April to 2,473,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Government declined by 12,100 payroll jobs and the private sector lost 311,400. March estimates were revised down to 2,796,900, and the over the month change from February to March was a […]

Colorado state park swim areas and beaches remain closed to protect public health

Colorado state park swim areas and beaches remain closed to protect public health

  DENVER – With the warm weather and upcoming holiday weekend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds all state park visitors that designated swim and beach areas remain closed at Colorado’s state parks to protect public health due to COVID-19.   It is important that everyone respect all posted seasonal, wildlife and COVID-19 related closures, and […]

Need Help Paying Your Natural Gas Bill?

Need Help Paying Your Natural Gas Bill?

Atmos Energy Has Solutions to Manage Past Due Balances LAMAR, CO – May 19, 2020 – Widespread recommendations to stay home amid the public health emergency have many Americans anxious about balancing unforeseen energy expenses with the desire for a comfortable home. As the country continues to navigate these uncertain times, Atmos Energy reminds customers […]

CSU Extension Notes:  Experiencing Loss of Income can be Devastating

CSU Extension Notes: Experiencing Loss of Income can be Devastating

  When you have had a loss of income, it can be devastating. Now you face some very difficult financial decisions when your paychecks stop coming and you do not have enough money to cover your family’s basic living expenses. Spending habits must change when income is reduced and prioritizing needs vs wants is going […]

Southeast Colorado Tourist Sites Reopening for Visitors

Southeast Colorado Tourist Sites Reopening for Visitors

    Canyons & Plains, the Southeast Colorado heritage tourism organization, is announcing that many of the major tourist sites in our area are reopening for visitation with the approach of Memorial Day weekend. From visiting Bent’s Old Fort to camping at John Martin Reservoir State Park, opportunities to recreate in southeast Colorado abound. As […]

Lamar High School Class of 2020: Graduation Innovations

Lamar High School Class of 2020: Graduation Innovations

    The coronavirus has altered how we go about our day and no less the graduation activities for the Lamar High School Class of 2020. Realizing the traditional cap and gown procession was no longer viable, the students voted to hold a parade on Sunday, May 17th, which would follow some usual graduation activities […]

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – MAY 2020

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – MAY 2020

  ARPA Board Holds its Annual Election of Officers: The ARPA Board of Directors held officer elections at its meeting on April 30. Board Members elected to continue serving as officers through April 2021 include Rick Stwalley (Las Animas), President; Lorenz Sutherland (La Junta), Vice President; Gary Cranson (La Junta), Treasurer; and ARPA staff member, […]

Quick Action by CPW Park Rangers, Employees Averts Destructive Fire

Quick Action by CPW Park Rangers, Employees Averts Destructive Fire

WALSENBURG, Colo. – A small fire that threatened a Great Blue heron nesting habitat on an island on Horseshoe Lake at Lathrop State Park was doused and two suspects apprehended thanks to quick action by park employees and rangers. Off-duty park employee Cameron Chitwood was fishing when he noticed the fire on the island around […]

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

    Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh presented the monthly System Operating Report for board members during the teleconference meeting on May 12th. The annual LUB/ARPA scholarship awards for 2020 were announced. There were six applications for the combined $1,000 award with ARPA and the LUB contributing equal funding to each of the winners. There […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Reopening State Campgrounds

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Reopening State Campgrounds

        DENVER – At a COVID-19 response update at the state capitol today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis indicated Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin working to reopen campgrounds at its state parks, phasing in available sites by park in coordination with counties. “Today, I am proud to announce that Colorado State Parks […]

Economic Forecast Shows COVID-19’s Significant Impact on Colorado Economy

Economic Forecast Shows COVID-19’s Significant Impact on Colorado Economy

      DENVER – Today the Office of State Planning and Budgeting released the May 2020 Economic Forecast showing the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado’s economy. “Just as families across Colorado are tightening their belts because of this pandemic, so is our state. I know this is a difficult time for many hardworking people […]