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Colorado Crop Progress and Condition, Week Ending APRIL 18, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition, Week Ending APRIL 18, 2021

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:   Snow and rain slowed fieldwork in areas last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Northeastern counties received snow with good moisture content, boosting soil moisture supplies.   County reports noted winter wheat development was behind in some areas. More moisture is needed […]

Over $400M in Unemployment Scams Prevented by CDLE

Over $400M in Unemployment Scams Prevented by CDLE

  (DENVER) — Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced it has prevented $437.16 million in fraudulent unemployment payments. Identifying and preventing improper and fraudulent payments is a priority for the Department and the entire Unemployment Insurance system nationwide as every state has experienced an unprecedented amount of suspicious activity since the […]

Coloradans for Animal Care Gains New Members

Coloradans for Animal Care Gains New Members

Centennial, Colo. — Coloradans for Animal Care, today announced the addition of four new members to the coalition. The Colorado Egg Producers, Colorado Horse Council, Livestock Marketing Association and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union have joined the effort to stop Initiative 16, one of the most extreme ballot measures to be filed through Colorado’s initiative process. “These […]

Colorado Employment Situation – March 2021

Colorado Employment Situation – March 2021

  Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat in March, matching the revised February rate of 6.4 percent. During the same period, the national unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.0 percent. Other highlights from the household survey: Colorado’s labor force grew by […]

Sand Creek Receives $400,000 Grant from NEH

Sand Creek Receives $400,000 Grant from NEH

Denver, Colo. (April 16, 2021) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced this week that it is awarding $400,000 to to support a new, long-term exhibition at the History Colorado Center that recounts the deadliest day in Colorado history—the 1864 atrocity known as the Sand Creek Massacre—with the voices of Cheyenne and Arapaho […]

Near Misses for Power Disruptions for Light Plant

Near Misses for Power Disruptions for Light Plant

  The Lamar Utility Board met in regular session on Tuesday, April 13th and approved $786,572 in purchase orders of which $632,781.31 were from Arkansas River Power Authority for the March estimate of power consumed.  Total purchase orders were $808.312.46.  The board also approved payment of monthly bills amounting to $263,215.59. Two bids were solicited […]

Lamar Council Moves Ahead on Airport Purchase/Upgrades, Main Café Funding

Lamar Council Moves Ahead on Airport Purchase/Upgrades, Main Café Funding

    Will recreational marijuana be able to be legally sold in Lamar?  A petition may be circulating to determine if there’s sufficient interest among registered voters to have the question placed on the City of Lamar’s November ballot.  SoCo, a cannabis retail company with interests in the state, is undertaking the task of circulating […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue Report, February Collected in March, 2021

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue Report, February Collected in March, 2021

    The City of Lamar enjoyed another month of positive Sales Tax Revenue with an increase of 2.98% for City Sales Tax revenue collected for February, 2021. This translates to an increase of $8,019 over the same time frame from last year. Collections for 2020 were $268,954 compared to $276,974 for 2021. Use Tax […]

Colorado Crop and Progress Report for week of April 11, 2021

Colorado Crop and Progress Report for week of April 11, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Dry and windy weather was prevalent throughout the state last week as spring fieldwork continued, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, planting preparations progressed but soil temperatures remained cold. A county report noted cold temperatures held winter wheat progress back slightly in […]

Lamar Chamber’s Friday Donuts go to Peterson Payne Agency-Farm Bureau

Lamar Chamber’s Friday Donuts go to Peterson Payne Agency-Farm Bureau

    Members of the Lamar Chamber Board of Directors paid their regular Friday visit (with donuts) to the Peterson Payne Agency-Farm Bureau at 313 South 5th Street this past Friday. Peterson Payne is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and provides insurance for home, auto and life as well as farm and […]

Dollar General Bid Nixed in Holly Trustees Vote

Dollar General Bid Nixed in Holly Trustees Vote

    The Holly Trustees, by a six to nothing vote, decided not to accept a $70,000 bid from Vaquero Ventures – Dollar General for frontage property owned by the Town.  Action on Resolution 2021-9 was a portion of the agenda for the April 7th Trustees meeting.  The town had put out a bid on […]

Initiative Opponents Statement on the Rehearing for Initiative 16

Initiative Opponents Statement on the Rehearing for Initiative 16

Centennial, Colo. — Coloradans for Animal Care, a coalition of Colorado-based agriculture and livestock organizations will request the State Supreme Court review today’s decisions by the State Title Board as to the ballot title it set for Initiative 16. Initiative 16 would criminalize many routine animal care practices that Colorado’s ranchers and farmers use to feed America.  […]

County Planning Commission Approves GP Aggregate Expansion

County Planning Commission Approves GP Aggregate Expansion

  The Prowers County Planning Commission voted to approve an amended Special Use Permit application for the West Farm Gravel Pit, to adjust the boundaries of their Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety Permit during a public hearing held Wednesday, March 31st at the Home Ec Building at the Prowers County Fairgrounds.  This will allow […]

Here Comes Scooters

Here Comes Scooters

    A Scooters coffee shop will be coming to Lamar in the near future. “I think it will be up in under 90 days, perhaps seven to eight weeks, once they get going,” remarked Dale Willhite of Holly, the owner of the new franchise. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday morning, April 1st […]

USDA Highlights Prospective Plantings Report for March, 2021

USDA Highlights Prospective Plantings Report for March, 2021

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS: As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.28 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2021, down 140,000 acres, or 10 percent from last year’s plantings, according to the March 1st Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum planting intentions total 410,000 […]