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Consolidated Mail Center Officially Opens in Granada

Consolidated Mail Center Officially Opens in Granada

    Members of the Granada Trustees, local school board and Prowers County Commissioners were on hand for a streaming and live-time ribbon cutting ceremony today for the Consolidated Return Mail Center in Granada. Commissioner Wendy Buxton-Andrade provided opening remarks at the outset of the January 14th event, “This day and journey started a year […]

Field Notes of a Colorado Sportsperson

Field Notes of a Colorado Sportsperson

  Trees burned in the Hayman Fire of 2002 stand in stark, black contrast to the surrounding landscape in Teller County. Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife DENVER – The 2020 wildfires in Colorado were historic. Before last summer, the Hayman Fire was, for 18 years, the largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history at […]

Governor Polis Statement on Space Command Announcement

Governor Polis Statement on Space Command Announcement

Statement on Space Command Announcement DENVER –  Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera released the following statement upon reports that the Trump administration is relocating U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs to Alabama.  “Colorado’s proud military heritage, unparalleled aerospace ecosystem, and unmatched quality of life for our service members and their families […]

ANNUAL CROP SUMMARY – 2020 COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

ANNUAL CROP SUMMARY – 2020 COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

ANNUAL CROP SUMMARY – 2020 COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS The 2020 corn for grain crop is estimated at 123.00 million bushels, 23 percent below last year’s production of 159.90 million bushels, according to the December 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The average yield of 116.0 […]

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

    The Lamar City Council held its first meeting of 2021 this past Monday, January 11th. City Treasurer, Kristin McCrea noted her findings for the city’s Water/Wastewater fund from 2016 to 2020 which indicated the operating expenditures for four of the past five years have been overspent. Her written report suggested the need to […]

City Sales Tax Revenue Ending Year on Positive Gain

City Sales Tax Revenue Ending Year on Positive Gain

    Despite the drop in sales tax revenue for this past November, the Lamar City Sales Tax report showed a continued cumulative gain in revenue for the January, 2021 report. City Sales Tax collected this past November was down 2.65% or a drop of $7,921. Use Tax collections were up 12.22% for a gain […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, December 2020

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, December 2020

 AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:   Moderately dry weather across the state during the month of December was interspersed with a few productive snowstorms, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Overall, the entire state remained in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. In eastern […]

Prowers County Continues Efforts to Support COVID Impacted Businesses

Prowers County Continues Efforts to Support COVID Impacted Businesses

Press Release: December 30, 2020  The Prowers County Commissioners have been committed to helping the county’s businesses and supporting them through this unprecedented time. When the CARES Act funding was given to the County, we made a commitment to open up the funding to grants for the business community that has suffered losses due to […]

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – NOVEMBER 2020 - UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – NOVEMBER 2020 – UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

    Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.68 billion pounds in November, down 1 percent from the 4.74 billion pounds produced in November 2019.  Beef production, at 2.26 billion pounds, was 1 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.70 million head, down 3 percent from November 2019. The average […]

City of Lamar Prepares for 2021

City of Lamar Prepares for 2021

  The Lamar City Council finished business for 2020 with their final meeting of the year, Monday, December 21st with a reminder that city offices will be closed December 24th and 25th as well as January 1, 2021. City Administrator, Steve Kil, noted the Community Development Block Grant of $900,000 for the administration of funds […]

ARPA Business Operations – December 2020

ARPA Business Operations – December 2020

  ARPA Board Adopts 2021 Budget: At its December meeting the ARPA Board of Directors approved its operating budget for 2021 in the amount of $24,790,124. The 2021 Budget supports the Board’s goal to retire its 2010 bonds and to reduce its energy rate by approximately 3.6%. The budget as adopted, will ensure funding for […]

Governor Polis Announces Paid Family Medical Leave for State Employees

Governor Polis Announces Paid Family Medical Leave for State Employees

        DENVER – Monday, December 21, 2020, Governor Polis announced that effective January 2021, state employees will be eligible for Paid Family Medical Leave program to care for a loved one, welcome a new child into the home, or recover from a serious illness.  “One of the core values of my administration […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue for October, 2020

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue for October, 2020

    October posted another month of gains for the Lamar City Sales Tax revenue with city tax up 7.77% for a gain of $20,532 over the same period last year. Collections for 2019 were $264,148 compared to this year for $284,681, Total Sales and Use Tax collections improved 11.71% over last year for a […]

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2020

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2020

  Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Decline by 6,900 in November; Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.4% Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in November at 6.4 percent. The national unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point from October to 6.7 percent. Other highlights from the household […]

CDLE: Unemployment Claims and Featured Job Openings Ending December 12

CDLE: Unemployment Claims and Featured Job Openings Ending December 12

    (DENVER) –Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that 19,854 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending December 12th. There were also 20,621 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March, a total of 682,362 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a […]