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Council Sets 2020 Budget, Sends Ambulance Agreement to County

Council Sets 2020 Budget, Sends Ambulance Agreement to County

    City of Lamar ambulance service will be continued in areas of Prowers County not served by the Holly Ambulance Service. This past June, Prowers County agreed to a six month contract for $60,000 in which ambulance service would be provided to those areas until December 31st.  The city and county had agreed to […]

City of Lamar Sales Tax Revenue for August, 2019

City of Lamar Sales Tax Revenue for August, 2019

    City of Lamar Sales Tax revenue collected in August, 2019 showed a 5.56% gain over last year for an increase of $15,521.12 for a total of $294,738, compared to $279,217 for 2018. Use Tax was down 29.13% for a drop of $8,323 and Total Sales and Use Tax collections were up 2.40% for […]

Gateway Safety Flare acquired by Orion Safety Products

Gateway Safety Flare acquired by Orion Safety Products

  LAMAR, October 10, 2019 – As of Friday, October 4, 2019, Gateway Safety Flare (GSF) of Lamar announced that it has completed the sale of its Lamar business interests to Orion Safety Products. Orion Safety Products, a leader in safety flare and emergency signaling devices, has facilities in Maryland, Indiana and Pennsylvania. GSF owners […]

Holly Administrator Search Narrows

Holly Administrator Search Narrows

        The search for a new administrator for the Town of Holly has been narrowed to two candidates. Interim Administrator, Steven Rabe, told the Trustees Monday night, October 2nd, he will contact the two, Edward Patton of Sedgwick, Kansas and Michael Tanner from Barling, Arkansas, to set up interview dates to meet […]

Food for Thought at Colorado Mills

Food for Thought at Colorado Mills

    Colorado Mills hosted its 4th annual chef’s tour of the facilities in Lamar this past Monday, September 30th, providing an opportunity for Front Range representatives to learn about some aspects of field to market production in hopes of adding to the growth of rural agriculture products along the Front Range and throughout the […]

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather continued last week, allowing producers plenty of days in the field for planting and harvesting activities, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Corn for grain harvest picked up as limited harvest began in more counties. Northeastern county reporters noted winter wheat […]

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – AUGUST 2019 - UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – AUGUST 2019 – UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

      Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.65 billion pounds in August, down 2 percent from the 4.77 billion pounds produced in August 2018.  Beef production, at 2.37 billion pounds, was 2 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.93 million head, down 2 percent from August 2018. The […]

Colorado Employment Situation - August 2019

Colorado Employment Situation – August 2019

    Employers in Colorado added 9,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,799,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 5,300 and government increased 3,700. July estimates were revised up to 2,790,600, and the over the month change from June to July was […]

Arkansas River Power Authority BUSINESS OPERATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2019

Arkansas River Power Authority BUSINESS OPERATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2019

  ARPA Board Reviews Preliminary 2020 Budget: A preliminary budget was presented to the ARPA Board of Directors at its August 29 meeting that anticipates no rate increase for 2020. The budget includes total revenues of $30.9 million, power supply costs of $14.4 million, transmission costs of $3.25 million, and A&G costs of $1.96 million. […]

PEP Continues to Develop Delegate Base

PEP Continues to Develop Delegate Base

  Interim PEP executive director, Tara Hosick, hosted the monthly meeting of Prowers Economic Prosperity this past Monday, September 16th, highlighting the need for board of directors to seek and announce their selected delegates before the end of the year.  A delegate, which is a new feature since Hosick took over consulting duties for the […]

Governor Polis Kicks Off Pedal the Plains in Lamar

Governor Polis Kicks Off Pedal the Plains in Lamar

      LAMAR – Governor Jared Polis today joined cabinet members, stakeholders and local leaders to kickoff of the Denver Post Pedal the Plains 2019. This ride is an opportunity for Coloradans to get out into communities on the eastern plains and celebrate the state’s agriculture industry. The ride will make stops in Lamar, […]

Advanced Treatment Center in Lamar Showcased

Advanced Treatment Center in Lamar Showcased

    Advanced Treatment Center at 800 East Maple Street in Lamar, owned by Doug Carrigan, held a by-invitation open house for those associated with the corrections program in Lamar and Prowers County this past Wednesday, September 11th.  The Lamar facility, which opened in late spring, is one of four Advanced Treatment Centers with others […]

Lamar Utility Board Holds Brief Meeting

Lamar Utility Board Holds Brief Meeting

  The Lamar Utilities Board held a brief regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10th.  Purchase orders totaling $188,313.44 were submitted and of those $1,165,067.85 were submitted for approval including $1,146,034.19 for power purchased from ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  That marks another month in which the Light Plant purchased over one million dollars’ worth of […]

Hemp Processing Business Slated for Lamar

Hemp Processing Business Slated for Lamar

    The Lamar City Council added an extra item to its September 9th meeting agenda to provide information for a proposed hemp processing business to be located at the former Kmart building at 701 North Main Street in Lamar. The council contacted by phone, Hiver Salley of Isolate Kings LLC and Tara Hosick, Prowers […]

Council Considers Study for Year-Round Covered Pool

Council Considers Study for Year-Round Covered Pool

    Lamar is joining with High Plains Community Health Center in a Memorandum of Understanding to research the feasibility of a partnership leading to a year-round covered swimming pool or aquatics center to serve Lamar and the surrounding area on an annual basis. The goals outlined in the MOU include:  the ‘low-cost’ study of […]