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Holly Trustees Welcome New Administrator, Sets Infrastructure Goals for 2020

Holly Trustees Welcome New Administrator, Sets Infrastructure Goals for 2020

  Michael Tanner, Holly’s newly hired city administrator, attended his first Trustees meeting on Wednesday, December 4th and got right into the mix of an agenda that covered the town’s 2020 budget and mill levy, discussion of the need for a personnel policy manual, appointments to the ARPA board following the resignation of David Wilhite […]

Council Breakfast Talk Covers Train Engine, Coal Plant and Marijuana Sales

Council Breakfast Talk Covers Train Engine, Coal Plant and Marijuana Sales

    Manual Tamez and Joe Gonzales attended their first Lamar Council informal breakfast as new members this past Wednesday, December 4th, as well as Kirk Crespin as newly elected mayor. The council has recently made an effort to engage residents in the monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month at rotating […]

Annie’s Project – A Big Success in the Southeast Area!

Annie’s Project – A Big Success in the Southeast Area!

  The mission of Annie’s Project is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information in their operations and for their families. This “Women in Agriculture” project is based on the life of a farm woman who grew in up a small town in northern […]

LUB Continues Power Project for Hemp Farm

LUB Continues Power Project for Hemp Farm

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed utility board members, work continues with Nature’s Alternative Farms, LLC (NAF), owned and operated by Bill Grasmick and Karl Nyquist, on from three to five megawatts of electric load for the McClave facilities. Hourieh explained the power will supply greenhouses and processing facilities for hemp. He […]

Lodging Panel Begins Marketing Changes

Lodging Panel Begins Marketing Changes

    The Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel is employing a marketing firm, VistaWorks to help increase overnight visitors to the county by highlighting year-round attractions beyond one-time, annual events. To help clarity the practice, the Lodging Panel is mailing past and future recipients with a letter that addresses the new policy which states, “Dear […]

Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Sessions ​will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance   DENVER – November 7, 2019​ – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will host a series of energy smart agriculture workshops in early December to detail energy savings and climate resiliency opportunities for farmers and […]

Colorado Department of Agriculture Launches Online Hemp Registration

Colorado Department of Agriculture Launches Online Hemp Registration

  November 21, 2019 Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Hemp Online Portal, or HOP. Applicants seeking to grow industrial hemp in Colorado can now apply for, pay for, and submit an application online for review through the application section of the CDA […]

Colorado Employment Situation - October 2019

Colorado Employment Situation – October 2019

    Employers in Colorado added 3,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from September to October for a total of 2,791,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,200 and government decreased 1,100. September estimates were revised down to 2,788,400, and the over the month change from August to September was […]

PEP to Host December Mixer, Begins Task Force Goals for 2020

PEP to Host December Mixer, Begins Task Force Goals for 2020

    Prowers Economic Development (PEP), will host a mixer, inviting potential members to become ‘Friends of PEP’ at Frontier Bank on South Main Street in Lamar on Monday, December 2nd, from 5pm to 7pm.  Tara Hosick, Interim Consulting Executive Director, said the meeting will serve to acquaint persons from Prowers County to learn how […]

Honkers Visit DaVinci Teeth Whitening by Brooke

Honkers Visit DaVinci Teeth Whitening by Brooke

    The Lamar Honkers recently paid a visit to welcome a new business service in Lamar, DaVinci Teeth Whitening, owned and operated by Brooke Palmer. The new enterprise is located at 313 South 5th Street, Suite 7 and can accommodate most schedules, available most evenings as well as weekends. Call for an appointment at […]

Lamar Utility Board Notes Slight Downturn in Power Purchases

Lamar Utility Board Notes Slight Downturn in Power Purchases

  The Lamar Utility Board approved purchase orders totaling $956,004.79 during their Tuesday, November 12th meeting. Orders requiring authorization amounted to $939,912.06. The estimated payment to ARPA was $937,348.95 based on previous month’s consumption. Payment of bills amounted to $145,477.52. The board approved the purchase of 45, forty-foot, Class 2 power poles and selected the […]

Holly Commercial Club Update

Holly Commercial Club Update

    Eight members attended the November 6th Holly Commercial Club meeting. Members discussed how to use Pedal the Plains/Viaero grant funding, including a historically-oriented kiosk to be located at the corner of Main and Highway 50. The annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration is set for Tuesday, December 3rd from 5pm to 7pm. Businesses will […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report - WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report – WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 10, 2019

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Mostly dry weather last week aided harvest of fall crops, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, a reporter noted higher humidity and precipitation delayed fieldwork slightly for producers, but was expected to improve winter wheat emergence in bare areas if temperatures […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Report, September 2019

Lamar City Sales Tax Report, September 2019

    September 2019 Sales Tax collections for the City of Lamar showed an 8.77% gain over the same period last year for $25,542. Collections were $316,652 compared to $291,109 in 2018. Use Tax collections were off 11.06% for a drop of $3,635. Total Sales and Use Tax collections were up 6.76% for the month […]

ARPA Business Operations – November 2019

ARPA Business Operations – November 2019

      ARPA- 40 Years and Counting: In the early 1970’s managers of southeastern Colorado municipal electric generating systems came together and began discussing the most immediate problems facing their electric utilities, price and availability of fuels. The managers eventually formed a combined utility organization called the Arkansas River Municipal Systems (ARMS), to work […]