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Tips for Donating Wisely this Holiday Season

Tips for Donating Wisely this Holiday Season

   DENVER, Dec. 18, 2018 — The holiday season is in full swing and Secretary of State Wayne Williams asks Coloradans to give generously to their favorite charities but to keep in mind of how to give wisely. “This time of year is when local nonprofits step up their fundraising efforts and Coloradans begin to […]

Trustees Revise Granada Landfill Policy

Trustees Revise Granada Landfill Policy

    The Granada Trustees approved two measures during their December 12th meeting to increase fees for large dump trucks and to prohibit trash dumping from outside the Granada School District.  The action was taken after considerable discussion meant to find ways to increase the life span of the current large pit at the landfill […]

Lamar’s Main Street Project, 99.5% Complete

Lamar’s Main Street Project, 99.5% Complete

    They’re gone! Construction workers, flag holders, earth moving machines, concrete trucks…all seemed to disappear as of late Friday, December 14th.  The last observed task was steam-blasting away the temporary road stripes at the north end of Main, around Loaf and Jug and putting down some new paint for lanes now that almost all […]

2018 Farm Bill Headed to the President's Desk, View from CCG

2018 Farm Bill Headed to the President’s Desk, View from CCG

  Dec. 14, 2018 – Earlier this week the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” began its final journey to President Trump’s desk. Monday the House and Senate Agriculture committees and Congressional leadership released the conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill. Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill with 87 to 13 votes. Wednesday, the House […]

City Council Has Municipal Funding on the Agenda

City Council Has Municipal Funding on the Agenda

  A brief public hearing was held by the Lamar City Council during their December 10th meeting on the proposed 2018 Supplemental Budget to transfer appropriated monies between funds for the current year ending December 31st, 2018. Mayor Pro-Tem, Kirk Crespin, administered the oath of office to Lamar’s newest police officer, Bianca Hernandez during the […]

CCA Comments, "Congress Passes the 2018 Farm Bill"

CCA Comments, “Congress Passes the 2018 Farm Bill”

  On Wednesday, December 12, the House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill with a landslide of 369-47. This decision came on the heels of the Senate vote, which also passed the bill on Tuesday with an 87-13 margin. According to the Farm Bill: House Agriculture Committee’s website, the bill focuses on the nation’s […]

Arkansas River Power Authority to Reduce Electric Rate for 2019

Arkansas River Power Authority to Reduce Electric Rate for 2019

      December 13, 2018. Lamar, Colo. – At its December meeting, the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors adopted its 2019 budget that included a 2% reduction in its wholesale energy rate. The rate decrease comes after several years of stable rates that have not seen any rate increases since 2011. […]

Commissioners Approve County Budget for 2019

Commissioners Approve County Budget for 2019

    The Prowers County Commissioners approved resolutions setting the 2019 budget for 2019 this past Tuesday, December 11th with the entire county budget at $31,248,779.  The county mill levy at 27.17 mills remains the same from 2018, as will the mill levies for each of the funds receiving property tax revenues.  The total taxable […]

Reductions in Lamar Light Plant Electric Bills Coming in 2019

Reductions in Lamar Light Plant Electric Bills Coming in 2019

    The Lamar Utilities Board took two steps during their final meeting of the year, December 11th, to reduce utility rates to electricity customers.   Board members approved Resolution 18-12-03, adopting a modification to the Charter Appropriation Adjustment Tariff and they approved a 2019 Electric Cost Adjustment.  Both actions will start to bring down the […]

End of Year Tax Revenues Show a Dip for Final Months

End of Year Tax Revenues Show a Dip for Final Months

    City of Lamar Sales Tax collected in November dropped 5.84% and Total Sales and Use Tax collections were also off 7.37%. The difference for the 3% sales tax drop is $16,373.96 which shows collections for this November at $26,148.48 compared to 2017 with collections at $280,522.44.  The 7.37% drop results in a difference […]

Lamar Approves Grant Funding to Help Identify EPA Problem Areas

Lamar Approves Grant Funding to Help Identify EPA Problem Areas

    Ayres Associates from Cheyenne, WY, has been hired by the Lamar City Council during their December 10th meeting to provide an EPA Brownfields Assessment known as the Prairie Crossroads Project for the City of Lamar.  The funding will be provided through a $300,000 grant awarded to the city this past fall, according to […]

Highlights of Colorado’s Water Year for 2018 from CSU

Highlights of Colorado’s Water Year for 2018 from CSU

  Colorado State University’s Colorado Climate Center has compiled a recap for the state’s Water Year 2018, noting this year was the warmest and driest in 124 years. Lamar was reported with 76 days at or above 90 degrees for 2018. Walsh edged pasts with 77 days while Trinidad in southeast Colorado noted 48 days […]

Rotary Kids' Christmas Returns to Lamar

Rotary Kids’ Christmas Returns to Lamar

Lamar Rotary Club and Lamar Interact members are preparing for their second annual “Rotary Kids’ Christmas,” on Saturday, December 15th at 10:00 a – 2:00 p at the Shore Arts Center (117 N. Main Street). Complete with a visit and photo with Santa, there will be multiple activities appealing to kids and families as well […]

Holly Trustees Adopt 2019 Budget; Hilger Becomes Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

Holly Trustees Adopt 2019 Budget; Hilger Becomes Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

    The Holly Trustees approved Ordinances 524, 525 and 526 this past Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018 adopting the town’s 2019 budget, appropriated sums of money totaling $2,463,191 and setting the mill levy as last year’s rate of 28.866.   The tax revenue from the levy is estimated at $77,448 to be used for general […]

Commercial Club Notes Great Turnout for Holly Holiday Events

Commercial Club Notes Great Turnout for Holly Holiday Events

The December meeting of the Holly Commercial Club was held on December 5, 2018. Two guests were present from the Small Business Development Center. The minutes and treasure reports were approved. The Holly Shopper Report was given by the Honorable John Golden (Golden Printing), and is showing a profit. President Jesse Frey (TBK Bank) raved […]