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Dr. Nicki Gonzales Is Colorado’s New State Historian, First Latina to Hold the Role

Dr. Nicki Gonzales Is Colorado’s New State Historian, First Latina to Hold the Role

  Denver, Colo. (July 20, 2021) — An expert on the history of the American West is taking on an important new role in service to Colorado. Dr. Nicki Gonzales, professor of history and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Regis University, begins her one-year term as the official Colorado State Historian on Colorado […]

City of Lamar Announces City Administrator Finalists

City of Lamar Announces City Administrator Finalists

    LAMAR, CO (July 12, 2021) – The City of Lamar has narrowed the search for the next City Administrator to five highly qualified candidates.  The city received 17 applications from candidates in California, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Mayor Kirk Crespin and the members of the Lamar City Council […]

Meeting with the Mayor:  City Administrator Search

Meeting with the Mayor: City Administrator Search

    From time to time, Lamar Mayor, Kirk Crespin and The Prowers Journal will get together to discuss and review developments of interest to Lamar residents and the surrounding community.  The hope is, the better informed a community is on matters that pertain to them, the more involved they can become with their local […]

Governor Polis Makes Appointment to Baca County Court

Governor Polis Makes Appointment to Baca County Court

    DENVER – Today Governor Polis appointed Lyudmyla (Milla) Lishchuk to fill a vacancy on the Baca County Court in the 15th Judicial District. The vacancy is created by the retirement of the Honorable Debra Gunkel and is effective immediately. Ms. Lishchuk is a Hearing Officer II for the Colorado Department of Revenue, Hearing […]

City Council Reviewing Changes to Proposed Vacant Building Registration Ordinance

City Council Reviewing Changes to Proposed Vacant Building Registration Ordinance

    The Lamar City Council, following a public hearing on June 28, 2021 regarding the use of FPPA ‘Old Hire’ Pension Funds for fire department retirees, approved using the funds to help fund construction of a future public safety building for the City of Lamar.  The governing board for the fund has been inactive […]

Prowers Economic Prosperity:  Building Our Own Destiny

Prowers Economic Prosperity:  Building Our Own Destiny

    Dr. Linda Lujan, President of Prowers Economic Prosperity for 2021, invited the audience attending the organization’s annual meeting this past Thursday, June 17th, and encouraged them and area residents in general, to take a more active role in moving economic growth forward in Prowers County. “Compare what the accomplishments of the past year […]

Lamar Airport Operating as Regional Facility

Lamar Airport Operating as Regional Facility

    Clear, blue skies and mild temperatures this past Saturday morning, June 19th, made a perfect moment to enjoy a free pancake breakfast, view various airplanes and watch the ribbon cutting for the dedication as the Lamar Municipal Airport is now officially recognized by the FAA as a regional facility. There have been changes […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort  

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort  

La Junta, CO – The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for individuals to “step back in time” and experience life as it might have been 175 years ago at a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. From Monday, July 26, through Saturday, July 31, 2021, the fort will host an Historical Interpreter and […]

Colorado Employment Situation – May 2021

Colorado Employment Situation – May 2021

    Household Survey Data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point in May to 6.2 percent. During the same period, the national unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.8 percent. Other highlights from the household survey: Colorado’s labor force grew by […]

Troy Manor, Last Look

Troy Manor, Last Look

    Before the end of June, the Troy Manor will be just a passing memory. The former motel on South Main Street in Lamar had been slated for some time for demolition, but it was only after the usual red tape was taken care of that the final portion of the demolition could take […]

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Thursday, June 10

Lamar Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Thursday, June 10

    The Lamar Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open, in-person Job Fair in conjunction with Prowers Economic Prosperity and the Lamar Workforce Center this Thursday, June 10th from 9am to 1pm at the Lamar Eagles Lodge on South Main Street in Lamar. As the nation begins to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, many […]

June Is Workplace Safety Month In Colorado

June Is Workplace Safety Month In Colorado

  Ensure You Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Get Certified with the PCC Program June is National Safety Month, and the Division of Workers’ Compensation (a part of the Department of Labor and Employment) uses this annual focus on safety to stress the importance of workplace safety. Governor Polis has issued a proclamation declaring June […]

Council Approves Public Safety Board

Council Approves Public Safety Board

    The Lamar City Council, during its May 24th meeting, approved on first reading, Ordinance 1245, establishing an Advisory Board of Public Safety for the City of Lamar, Colorado.  The board will have five members who will provide input on a “Review of certain un-resolved citizen complaints, after the proper internal administrative process has […]

Colorado Employment Situation – April 2021

Colorado Employment Situation – April 2021

    Household survey data According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat in April at 6.4 percent. During the same period, the national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.1 percent. Other highlights from the household survey: Colorado’s labor force grew by 8,900 in April to […]

Record Filings Show Mixed Recovery of Colorado Economy

Record Filings Show Mixed Recovery of Colorado Economy

DENVER, Colo- Colorado business has seen record growth in some areas but is lagging in others, according to a report released today by the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. The Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is prepared by the Leeds Business Research Division (BRD) at CU Boulder in Conjunction with […]