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Prowers Economic Prosperity Annual Meeting on April 21st

Prowers Economic Prosperity Annual Meeting on April 21st

    John Hopper, Dean of Students at the Granada School District, is the keynote speaker for the annual Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) meeting set for 6pm on Thursday, April 21st, at the End of the Line Arena at Camp Amache in Granada.  Hopper’s efforts in documenting and preserving the heritage and legacy of the […]

Councilman Bellomy Provides Context on his April 4th Vote

Councilman Bellomy Provides Context on his April 4th Vote

    The Lamar City Council held a special work session this past Monday, April 4th, allowing the public a chance to ask questions and offer insight regarding two decisions the council would make in regular session pertaining to the ineligibility ruling on the marijuana ballot results from November 2021. Mike Bellomy, who represents Ward […]

County Vital Records Department Received Award on Perfect Performance

County Vital Records Department Received Award on Perfect Performance

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issues the Vital Records Five Star Award to counties that achieve 100% on audits, zero deficiencies, complete all required training, and have no customer complaints.  According to Megan Hillman, Prowers County Public Health Director, the county received the 2021 award recently and is one of […]

16th Judicial District announces District Court vacancy

16th Judicial District announces District Court vacancy

Commission sets date to select nominees                The Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the Otero County Courthouse (13 West Third Street, La Junta, CO 81050) on May 25, 2022, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Sixteenth Judicial District (Bent, Crowley […]

Low-flying Helicopters to Survey Lesser Prairie Chicken Populations in S.E. Colorado

Low-flying Helicopters to Survey Lesser Prairie Chicken Populations in S.E. Colorado

  LAMAR, Colo. – Beginning in mid-April, helicopter crews will move across southeastern Colorado to conduct aerial surveys for lesser prairie-chicken. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies. Low-flying helicopters allow crews to find […]

Speed Related to Over 50% of All Colorado Teen Crash Fatalities

Speed Related to Over 50% of All Colorado Teen Crash Fatalities

  Traffic deaths surged across Colorado in 2021 hitting a 20-year high and speeding is a major factor in fatalities. Speeding is a risky behavior for all drivers, and combined with inexperience and distractions the danger rises exponentially. In a 2021 report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Ford Motor Company Fund, […]

Arkansas Valley Conduit Three-Party Contract Approved

Arkansas Valley Conduit Three-Party Contract Approved

By CHRIS WOODKA SECWCD A three-party contract allowing for the Arkansas Valley Conduit to deliver clean drinking water to 50,000 people in 39 communities east of Pueblo was signed by the Bureau of Reclamation on March 18, 2022, following approval by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Board and the Pueblo Board of Water Works […]

Colorado Employment Situation – February 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – February 2022

  Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.0%; Total Nonfarm Employment Returns to Pre-Pandemic Level Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.0 percent in February from 4.2 percent, as revised, in January. Colorado’s unemployment rate of 4.0 percent marks the lowest level since it was 2.8 percent […]

Election News: from Prowers County Clerk and Recorder

Election News: from Prowers County Clerk and Recorder

June 28, 2022 is this year’s Primary Election date. Is your registration up to date?  Is your address correct or did you add a PO Box, had a name change, want to change your party affiliation?  If you are not sure about your voter registration information, or want to verity your voter registration, or want […]

PEP Gets Update on Essential Housing Initiative

PEP Gets Update on Essential Housing Initiative

  March 23rd was the deadline for buyers to sign up for SCEDD administrated, workforce housing contracts in southeast Colorado under a multi-county initiative impacting Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.  Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED) Executive Director, Stephanie Gonzales, provided Prowers Economic Prosperity board members with a progress report on signees during […]

PCDPHE, Weekly Covid Update for March 23, 2022 - Zero Cases for Two Weeks

PCDPHE, Weekly Covid Update for March 23, 2022 – Zero Cases for Two Weeks

    The Prowers County Department of Public Health and Environment reports that for the first time in over a year, there are now Zero COVID-19 cases in the county for the past seven and fourteen days, respectively.  Reported cumulative cases have been steady at 2,719 with 167 hospitalizations and 48 deaths in people who […]

Rodeos and Windmills Coming to Prowers County

Rodeos and Windmills Coming to Prowers County

    The Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel voted to fund several events which were presented to them this past Thursday, March 17th. An earlier request from the regional tourism promotion group, Canyons and Plains, received approval for $1,000 to be applied to general marketing for activities in southeast Colorado.  Panel members discussed sending representatives […]

City Council's Cooperative Meeting

City Council’s Cooperative Meeting

  The Lamar City Council hosted their La Junta counterparts to an informal luncheon meeting this past Wednesday, March 16th, comparing notes on municipal problems, solutions and opportunities to combine efforts for shared projects. Lamar Mayor, Kirk Crespin, welcomed the La Junta delegation, saying this would be an opportunity to compare ideas on some future […]

President Biden Designates Amache National Historic Site as America’s Newest National Park

President Biden Designates Amache National Historic Site as America’s Newest National Park

WASHINGTON — President Biden signed the Amache National Historic Site Act today, designating the Amache site in Granada, Colorado as part of the National Park System. This designation, the first in the National Park System during this Administration, will permanently protect the site for future generations and will help tell the history of Japanese American […]

Planning Commission Reviews Junk Ordinance

Planning Commission Reviews Junk Ordinance

    The Prowers County Planning Commission, Michelle Hiigel, Land Use Administrator, as well as all three county commissioners, Tom Grasmick, Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Ron Cook and County Attorney Rose Pugliese via Zoom, discussed means by which the county’s junk ordinance could be beefed up with stricter enforcement.  Legislating the ordinance has been a continued concern […]