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Construction Projects Underway in Lamar

Construction Projects Underway in Lamar

    A visit to parts of Lamar indicates some people are busy this mid-winter. The pace has increased at the community correction facility, known as the Advantage Treatment Center on East Maple Street.  Mark Carrigan, who is handling most of the renovation project for the former WPA facilities, said he expects the eastern most […]

Granada Moving Forward with Water Tank Grant

Granada Moving Forward with Water Tank Grant

    Granada Trustees and Mayor Glenn Otto discussed an application for a DoLA water grant to fund a new water tank for the town. Otto has been in talks with a representative from the GMS engineering firm which alternated between a new water main system for Granada and a new water tank.  Otto suggested […]

Colorado Opportunity Zone Office Opening to Assist Investments in Communities

Colorado Opportunity Zone Office Opening to Assist Investments in Communities

Governor Polis Announces New Office to Help Colorado Communities Realize Opportunity Zone Investment -/- OEDIT and DOLA to support newly-established unit.   DENVER — Governor Jared Polis has announced the formation of a dedicated office within the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to cultivate active investment in Colorado’s 126 federally designated Opportunity […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue Takes a Drop for 2019

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue Takes a Drop for 2019

    Sales Tax Revenues for the City of Lamar are down for December sales collected in January 2019. City Sales Tax is off 14.95% for a drop of $63,171 comparing 2019 to 2018.  Collections for 2019 are at $359,434.37 compared to 2018 at $422,605.84.  Use Tax collections are also down by 61.59% for a […]

LCC Hosting 3rd Annual SCALE in Lamar

LCC Hosting 3rd Annual SCALE in Lamar

    Several dozen area farmers and ranchers, coupled with about a dozen ag-oriented exhibitors attended the second annual Southeast Crops and Livestock Expo (SCALE) at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center on Friday, February 8th. The expo featured former Colorado Ag Commissioner, Don Brown, as the main speaker at 12:30 at the Wellness Center. […]

Holly Trustees Approve Contract Search for Administrator

Holly Trustees Approve Contract Search for Administrator

    The Holly Trustees hired the services of consultant Steve Rabe of Canon City to search for a new town administrator for the community. Rabe will be engaged for special projects, duties and assignments, as determined by the Holly mayor under the agreement while the search for a permanent replacement is underway.  The contract […]

PEP Annual Meeting Set for March 4

PEP Annual Meeting Set for March 4

    The PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity board announced that the “BEAR” is coming and those attending the annual business meeting at the Shore Arts Center on Monday, March 4th, will be introduced to how the four points of the ‘BEAR’ can help augment economic growth in Prowers County. The recent strategic planning meeting held […]

Pedal the Plains Relies on Community Volunteers

Pedal the Plains Relies on Community Volunteers

    The 2019 Pedal the Plains, three-day biking event, will be held in Lamar, Springfield and Holly between Friday, September 13th through the 15th.  Each of the three days takes a commitment from community volunteers, according to Tour Director, Deirdre Moynihan.  She and several members of the planning group held an overview meeting for […]

Panel Discusses How to Grow Tourism in Southeast Colorado

Panel Discusses How to Grow Tourism in Southeast Colorado

  The tourist industry in Colorado is growing and motivated local municipal leaders and Prowers County residents are seeking ways to share in that new revenue. SECED, Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development hosted a second meeting at its West Elm Street address this past Wednesday, January 30th to address those concerns.  The first prioritized housing development […]

Discussion Focuses on Lamar Housing Needs

Discussion Focuses on Lamar Housing Needs

  Adequate, affordable housing and job/business growth are intertwined. If Lamar and Prowers County can’t meet future housing needs, the job market and new businesses may not develop in the community.  A lot of rental and ownership properties are sub-standard and out-of-date according to a 2017 study that assessed six counties in southeast Colorado.  These […]

Colorado Corn Growers Assn. Set Priorities for 2019

Colorado Corn Growers Assn. Set Priorities for 2019

  The rural economic outlook paints a less than sunny picture as we head into 2019. On the heels of multiple years of drought and hail, low commodity prices, and trade uncertainty, farmers in Colorado are predicted to have the lowest net farm income levels in twenty years. Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) — the […]

Beverly Augustine Presented with Chamber Appreciation Award at 2019 Banquet

Beverly Augustine Presented with Chamber Appreciation Award at 2019 Banquet

    Three community service awards were presented to Lamar citizens and three new directors for the Lamar Chamber of Commerce were introduced to the public at the 98th Annual Chamber Banquet, held Wednesday evening, January 30th at the Lamar Eagles Lodge #3898. However, the highlight of the evening was an unannounced award which was […]

Wind Turbines Output Fractionally Higher than 2017 Numbers

Wind Turbines Output Fractionally Higher than 2017 Numbers

  Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told the Lamar Utilities Board, the wind turbine generation data for 2018 indicated that Lamar’s three turbines have generated 10,599.57 MWH’s of electricity, about 0.18% higher than what was produced in 2017. The turbines have an average capacity factor of 26.34% which is lower than last year […]

CWCB January 2019 Drought Update

CWCB January 2019 Drought Update

As of January 22nd, exceptional drought, D4, continues to affect southern Colorado covering 2.8 percent of the state, extreme drought, D3, covers 19 percent of the state; severe drought 20 percent and 26 percent is classified as moderate drought. An additional 16 percent of the state is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Forecasters expect a […]

Lamar Honkers at Dub Burgers and Tail Wag‘N Grooming

Lamar Honkers at Dub Burgers and Tail Wag‘N Grooming

    The Lamar Honkers began 2019 with two visits to local businesses this past Friday, January 25th.  First stop was Dub Burgers on South Main Street in Lamar.  Zack and Heather Whisenand have been all over town with their rolling restaurant, but have set up a semi-permanent location just north of Crop Risk Advisors.  […]