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Snow Relief for 2021

Snow Relief for 2021

  The long dry spell for precipitation came to an end for the High Plains, right at the tail end of 2021 with snow developing across the region shortly after 11pm on Friday, December 31st.  The snow continued through the New Year’s day, leaving an estimated average of from 3-4 inches of powder which will […]

Record Donation for Lamar Area Hospice

Record Donation for Lamar Area Hospice

  We have run out of ways to say, “thank you” to our exceptional fundraising committee.  This committed and capable group has many success stories to be proud of.  Since 1998 they have planned and organized more than fifty events, raising literally hundreds of thousands of dollars for Lamar Area Hospice. Their efforts have contributed […]

Trooper Tips - New Year Resolution

Trooper Tips – New Year Resolution

  As we arrive in yet another year, it’s time for a few New Year resolutions. If you’ll indulge me, I have a suggestion for one of them this year.  2022 needs to have a little more happiness than the last two seem to have severely missed and I have tips to make it happier. […]

New Colorado Minimum Wage Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

New Colorado Minimum Wage Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

  DENVER – The new Colorado minimum wage will rise on January 1, 2022, to $12.56 or $9.54 for those receiving enough in tips for total pay to meet or exceed the full minimum wage. Annually inflation-adjusting the minimum wage is mandated by a section of the Colorado Constitution that Colorado voters adopted in a […]

New Safety-Focused Law Prompts License Plate Alterations

New Safety-Focused Law Prompts License Plate Alterations

  LAKEWOOD, Friday Dec. 17, 2021 — A new Colorado law aims to improve safety for first responders and motorists by ensuring drivers have reflective and legible license plates. On Jan. 1, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will implement the License Plate Expiration on Change of Ownership Act, which establishes the Centennial State’s […]

Another Year for Toys for Tots, Food for Families

Another Year for Toys for Tots, Food for Families

    Two or three cars at a time will drive up to the Toys for Tots headquarters on West Beech Street in Lamar and get in line to identify themselves to one of Darlene Lopez’s volunteers.  While they’re waiting for their name to be matched for a holiday gift bag which was sorted and […]

Forecast Shows Colorado’s Overall Economic Growth, Income & Consumption Remain Strong

Forecast Shows Colorado’s Overall Economic Growth, Income & Consumption Remain Strong

  DENVER – The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its quarterly economic forecast December 17th. “Colorado’s economy is coming back strong. Over 80% of adult Coloradans have received the life saving vaccine and Colorado is a leading state for vaccinating 5-11 years olds. Coloradans doing their part to end this pandemic […]

Toys for Tots – Ready to Wrap Up 2021

Toys for Tots – Ready to Wrap Up 2021

  Darlene Lopez and her crew of volunteers are preparing for the final stage of their annual task of collecting toys for tots for the Christmas season. Because Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, the pick-up date for 2021 will be Thursday, December 23rd at the Toys for Tots building at 500 West Beech […]

Drought Persists and Deepens across South Central and Southeast Colorado

Drought Persists and Deepens across South Central and Southeast Colorado

Drought Information Statement, December 19, 2021 SYNOPSIS: November of 2021 was a very warm and dry month across most of south central and southeast Colorado, as well as the state as a whole, with November of 2021 coming in as the 3rd warmest and 11th driest November on record in Colorado. Despite a good dose of […]

Prowers County Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Update, December 15, 2021

Prowers County Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Update, December 15, 2021

  The seven-day Test Positivity Rate for COVID-19 cases in Prowers County is 4.87% (goal is <5%). This is down from 8.49% last week according to the December 15th update from the Prowers County Public Health and Environment Department. There have been 27 cases reported in the past seven days of which seven had received […]

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2021

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2021

  Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point in November to 5.1 percent. The national unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2 percent. Other highlights from the household survey: Colorado’s labor force increased by 3,100 in November to […]

Fierce Winds Rip Southeast Colorado

Fierce Winds Rip Southeast Colorado

  Shortly before 9am, on December 15th, what had been a generally quiet morning abruptly changed when hurricane force winds tore across the high plains with a registered gust of 107mph in Lamar according to the Pueblo National Weather Service.  The storm system had been forecast by as much as a day beforehand, but response […]

Bent’s Old Fort Fee Changes in 2022  

Bent’s Old Fort Fee Changes in 2022  

    La Junta, CO – In response to public input this summer, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will be instituting its new entrance fees and going “cashless” starting on January 2, 2022. While the National Park Service will be handling credit card purchases only, the Western National Parks Association park store located in […]

Register for Colorado Cattlemen's Association's 2022 Mid-Winter Conference

Register for Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 2022 Mid-Winter Conference

  ARVADA, Colo. – Registration is now open for Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) 2022 Mid-Winter Conference, which will be held on January 17-18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Denver, CO. The 2022 Mid-Winter Conference will kick off on January 17th with CCA’s Board of Directors meeting, as well as board meeting for both […]

Give outdoor cheer all year with Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Give outdoor cheer all year with Colorado Parks and Wildlife

    The Perfect Holiday Gift For those that love living life outside, share some seasonal cheer with a gift from CPW. Recreationists, hunters and anglers alike can enjoy the one-of-a-kind items found at our state park visitor centers or online store. Specially designed park shirts, colorful patches, books and decals provide a variety of […]