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USDA Update for Farms and Land in Farms

USDA Update for Farms and Land in Farms

  ARIZONA The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2019 totaled 19,000, down 200 operations from the 2018 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 26.2 million acres, was unchanged from the 2018 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,379 acres, compared to 1,365 acres the previous year. COLORADO The number […]

State Ag Commissioner Guest Speaker at Conservation District Annual

State Ag Commissioner Guest Speaker at Conservation District Annual

    Colorado State Agriculture Commissioner, Kate Greenburg, was guest speaker this past Tuesday, February 18th for the Prowers Conservation District’s annual meeting at the Home Ec Building at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. Greenburg, who is beginning her second year in office, first visited the area this past summer during a meet and greet held […]

CPW Maintains Vigilance over Invasive Mussels in State Water Bodies

CPW Maintains Vigilance over Invasive Mussels in State Water Bodies

  More Boats Found with Mussel Infestations in 2019 DENVER, Colo. – More boats requiring decontamination because of infestations of destructive mussels entered Colorado last year than in 2018, but the statewide inspection program coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife again succeeded in keeping invasive mussels out of the state’s lakes and reservoirs. While Colorado […]

Drought Returning to Southern Colorado Areas

Drought Returning to Southern Colorado Areas

      Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions Return to Portions of South Central and Southeast Colorado…   SYNOPSIS…  A wet and cool Spring of 2019, combined with the previous wet Winter of 2018 and 2019 allowed for the US Drought Monitor to declare all of Colorado drought free on May 21st of 2019, a […]

Granada Cancels Trustees Election in April

Granada Cancels Trustees Election in April

    The Granada Trustees passed a resolution during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, February 12th, as the number of candidates equaled the number of open positions. Resolution NO. 2020-002 stated that if there were only candidates for the election to the Town Board for the five offices available and no write-in affidavits of intent had […]

Meat Packing Proposal Discussed by Granada Trustees

Meat Packing Proposal Discussed by Granada Trustees

    Granada Trustees voted to approve a letter of intent to supply water and electricity to businessman Curtis Temple who is proposing a small-scale slaughter, harvest and processing facility in Granada in the vicinity of Camp Amache. Temple explained the operation would be filling a need for the area with the construction of a […]

New City Administrator Hosted

New City Administrator Hosted

  A public welcoming reception for new Lamar City Administrator, Steve Kil, was held Monday, February 10, 2020, prior to the city council’s meeting. Kil began his official duties on February 3rd of this year, replacing former Administrator, John Sutherland. “I’ve been made to feel very welcome by the people of Lamar and the various […]

Gardner Secures $28 Million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

Gardner Secures $28 Million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

  Funds will be used to begin construction of critical drinking water infrastructure project in Southeastern Colorado Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he secured $28 million of funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) project, which will be provided by the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s Fiscal Year […]

Colorado Water Conservation Bureau – 2019 Year in Review

Colorado Water Conservation Bureau – 2019 Year in Review

  2019 Calendar Year in Review: 2019 followed one of Colorado’s warmest, driest years on record with a severe drought in southwest Colorado. This drought (of 2018) was followed by a cold, wet 2019 spring and 150% of normal snowpack that helped clear the state of drought by June 2019. The 2019 monsoon season, however, […]

Lamar Council Okays Renovation/Construction Projects for the City

Lamar Council Okays Renovation/Construction Projects for the City

    Craig Brooks, Lamar’s Chief Building Inspector, presented an ordinance for the dedication of a new city street. Originally, Ordinance 733 vacated Clifton Street and Fifth Street in March, 1979. Brooks explained the request to repeal the ordinance in light of the possible development of the property located north of the Lamar Inn and […]

Syracuse Dairy Adding Beef Cattle to Holly Operation

Syracuse Dairy Adding Beef Cattle to Holly Operation

    The Prowers County Planning Commission, following a public hearing on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, approved the request from Syracuse Dairy in Holly for an amendment to their Special Use Permit. The dairy intends to add about 20,000 head of beef cattle on their 610 acre operation south of Holly. The dairy consists of […]

Lamar Council Takes Steps to Fund Economic and Infrastructure Projects

Lamar Council Takes Steps to Fund Economic and Infrastructure Projects

    The Lamar Planning and Zoning Commission approved the annexation of properties at 1408, 1412, 1412.5 and 1416 North Main Street in Lamar. This is an area of land formally known as Opel’s Pub as well as several adjacent buildings which have fallen into disrepair over the years. A public hearing was held by […]

Holly Electric Rates to Remain Unchanged

Holly Electric Rates to Remain Unchanged

    Holly Mayor, Calvin Melcher, cast the tie-breaking vote for Ordinance 530 to prevent the raising of rates and tariffs for municipal electric customers. The four to three split had Trustees Corey Stephens, Jacob Holdren and Joshua Reinert in favor and Larry Sitts, Anthony Moldenhauer and Rod Swisher opposed. The tie was ended with […]

2019 Climate Year in Review across Southern Colorado

2019 Climate Year in Review across Southern Colorado

  January of 2019 started out cold and unsettled, as a passing weather system ushered in some of the coldest air of the season across the area on New Year’s Day. The rest of January can be characterized by periodic weather disturbances moving through persistent moderate west to northwest flow aloft across the Rockies. This […]

CPW issues reminder that shed-antler collection restrictions start Jan. 1

CPW issues reminder that shed-antler collection restrictions start Jan. 1

  DURANGO, Colo. – To protect wintering big-game animals and sage grouse species, collection of shed antlers on all public lands west of I-25 is prohibited from Jan. 1 through April 30. “The purpose of the closures is to reduce disturbance of wintering wildlife during the time of year they are most vulnerable,” said Scott […]