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Farms and Land in Farms - USDA Report

Farms and Land in Farms – USDA Report

ARIZONA The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2018 totaled 19,200, up 100 operations from the 2017 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 26.2 million acres, was up less than one-half percent from the 2017 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,365 acres, compared to 1,366 acres the previous year. […]

Water Release Underway at John Martin Dam

Water Release Underway at John Martin Dam

        At 7:00 am this morning, (Monday, April 15, 2019) John Martin Dam opened up its gates for the first time since November 1st! This is the first release since the completion of the stilling basin project. Flows are starting out relatively low, but expect them to increase as we start to […]

Lamar Tree Board Sets Spring Tree Planting Schedule

Lamar Tree Board Sets Spring Tree Planting Schedule

    The Lamar City Council adopted Proclamation 19-03 declaring April 18th as Arbor Day and Arbor Week which runs from Sunday, April 14th to the 20th.  Tree Board President, Jane Felter, said the City was honored once again with the 2018 Tree City USA Award marking the 28th year Lamar has received national recognition.  […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 25th Anniversary, “A River of Dreams and Realities”

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 25th Anniversary, “A River of Dreams and Realities”

  This special, 25th anniversary celebratory conference, A River of Dreams and Realties, welcomes keynote speeches by Senator Cory Gardner and former Agricultural Commissioner, Don Ament at the Pueblo Convention Center on April 24-25, 2019. Program highlights include a 25-year retrospective of the crucial nature of water in the Arkansas River Basin from state- and […]

Council Addresses Homeowner’s Property Value Concerns

Council Addresses Homeowner’s Property Value Concerns

  Blight or a simple shabby appearance of buildings in a city can also occur in the suburbs, as evidenced from the concerns expressed by several Lamar residents who make their home in Willow Valley. While that neighborhood isn’t troubled by abandoned or derelict houses, there have been complaints that some homes, and more of […]

Council Discusses Ordinance for Derelict/Abandoned Downtown Buildings

Council Discusses Ordinance for Derelict/Abandoned Downtown Buildings

          Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, handed council members copies of code ordinances used by other communities as a means of curtailing or eliminating blighted buildings in their towns. “They can be reviewed to aid us in coming to a decision about what to do with our own situation,” Sutherland explained.  […]

Lamar Council Gets Atmos Gasline Project Review

Lamar Council Gets Atmos Gasline Project Review

    Kurtis Paradisa, Public Affairs Manager for Atmos Energy, briefed the Lamar City Council on the company’s System Safety and Integrity Rider, or SSIR, during the council’s work session meeting on Monday, April 1st. “The impact in Lamar is part of a ten year project for Atmos during which we’re upgrading the gas lines […]

LUB Recaps Another Storm and Outages

LUB Recaps Another Storm and Outages

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, briefed the Utilities Board on power outages that occurred on Wednesday, March 13th in the Lamar service area. The report read that at about 12:00am on Wednesday, March 13th, the LAMSO substation tripped off-line due to a bus differential fault which was caused by a failed voltage […]

Improvement in Drought Conditions across South Central and Southeast Colorado

Improvement in Drought Conditions across South Central and Southeast Colorado

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT – Pueblo – Mar 21, 2019 SYNOPSIS Abundant and much needed precipitation across Colorado`s High Country over the past few months has allowed the US Drought Monitor to indicate marked improvement in the drought that has plagued much of Colorado over the past year. Abundant precipitation through the first half of March, […]

New All-Time State Low Pressure Record at Lamar, Colorado 970.4 mb

New All-Time State Low Pressure Record at Lamar, Colorado 970.4 mb

    The National Weather Service in Pueblo, Colorado, the Colorado Climate Center, the Weather Prediction Center, and the National Center for Environmental Information have determined that a new all-time State of Colorado record for lowest pressure measured was set at Lamar, Colorado during the historic March 2019 blizzard.  On Wednesday, March 13, 2019 a […]

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

  DENVER – The seven Colorado River Basin States of Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a letter to Congress today requesting legislation to implement a negotiated contingency plan that responds to the historic dry conditions and the effects of climate change on the Colorado River. “Water is the lifeblood of […]

Granada Trustees Move Forward on Water Project

Granada Trustees Move Forward on Water Project

    The Granada Trustees, following a public hearing Wednesday, March 20th, voted to move forward on water system improvements for the community.  A resolution on the project and financing costs will be on the April 10th agenda during their regular monthly meeting. David Frisch, consulting engineer for GMS, Inc., said, “This is a great […]

Ill Wind

Ill Wind

    The High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service in Pueblo began Wednesday afternoon and is expected to diminish by mid day Thursday in southeast Colorado. The areas impacted in the region were all of Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties.  An intense low pressure system moving north and east across Northwestern Kansas […]

Lamar Seeking Grant for Main Street Building Purchase

Lamar Seeking Grant for Main Street Building Purchase

      The Lamar Redevelopment Authority approved the application for an $18,000 DoLA Mini-Grant to purchase the building known years ago as the Main Café at 114 South Main Street in Lamar. The property has been in disrepair although inside demolition work began in 2014 after the property had been purchased in an effort […]

Baca County receives $350,000 GOCO Grant for Baca County Fairgrounds

Baca County receives $350,000 GOCO Grant for Baca County Fairgrounds

  DENVER – Today the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded Baca County $350,000 to make needed improvements to its fairgrounds. The project was one of 17 Local Park and Outdoor Recreation grants awarded by GOCO from a pool of 54 applications. Baca County Fairgrounds welcomes a wide variety of events, including rodeos, tractor pulls, […]