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Ross Gruenloh, Winner of the 4th Annual Larry D Eberhardt Memorial Scholarship

Ross Gruenloh, Winner of the 4th Annual Larry D Eberhardt Memorial Scholarship

    Being raised on a farm, Larry paved his way in an agricultural lifestyle.   He was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), receiving his Star Greenhand Award.  He also worked at a local farm in Lamar as his summer job.  Larry attended college receiving a diesel mechanic’s degree; from there he […]

Motorcycle Riding Season

Motorcycle Riding Season

    Motorcycle season is now upon us again.  Dust off the motorcycle seat and check it out to see if your bike and you are ready to hit the open roads again. As fun as it is to ride a motorcycle, I wanted to let you know that the Colorado State Patrol is seeing […]

Ups and Downs for Community Progress

Ups and Downs for Community Progress

    While the long-awaited demolition of the Lamar Repowering Project nears its completion, just north of that area, the City of Lamar has contracted for a kayak rental facility to supply visitors with an assortment of human-powered craft to enjoy this summer at North Gateway Park.   Traffic on East Maple Street is being […]

LCC Holding Commencement Ceremony on May 8 for Classes of 2021, 2020

LCC Holding Commencement Ceremony on May 8 for Classes of 2021, 2020

(Lamar, COLO.) – More than 220 students from two classes will be graduating from Lamar Community College (LCC) and will be recognized during an outdoor commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. on campus. Graduating students from the class of 2021 and class of 2020, which was unable to hold an in-person commencement […]

Local Elk Receives Prestigious Award

Local Elk Receives Prestigious Award

      PER Jared Crabtree, a member of Lamar Elks #1319 received the Colorado State Officer of the year award for the year of 2019-2020. This is not the first state award he has received. He was also the Colorado Elk of the year for the 2012-2013 year and again in 2016-2017. Congratulations to […]

Governor Polis Amends and Extends Mask Order

Governor Polis Amends and Extends Mask Order

EO Allows Individuals to Remove Masks in Public Indoor Spaces if 80% of Individuals Have Proof of Vaccination   DENVER – Governor Jared Polis announced Sunday, May 2, 2021, that he amended and extended the statewide mask Executive Order as Colorado continues to work towards increasing vaccinations.   The indoor mask order remains in effect for […]

National Park Service (NPS) Partners to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail.

National Park Service (NPS) Partners to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail.

  Come explore the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and discover two centuries of trail history through a variety of activities hosted by National Park Service (NPS) partners to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. More than 40 in-person and virtual events are planned along the length of the trail—from Missouri to […]

State Fair Parade Plans for 2021.  Deadline Nearing for Lamar Days Parade Entries

State Fair Parade Plans for 2021.  Deadline Nearing for Lamar Days Parade Entries

  While entries are still being taken for this year’s Lamar Days Parade at the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, May 15th, the Colorado State Fair will be back with its own parade this year, August 28th at 10am, covering most of downtown Pueblo. The state fair theme is, “Hometown Heroes and Rodeos”, while Lamar’s […]

Covid Cases Going Up Again in Prowers County

Covid Cases Going Up Again in Prowers County

    The Covid weekly update from the Prowers County Department of Health and Environment indicates COVID-19 cases have recently climbed in the county. The 7-day average Test Positivity rate is 4.10%, up from 3.49% last week (goal is <5%).  There have been 13 cases in the past seven days and 22 cases in the […]

LCC’s Precision Agriculture Program Offers a Fresh Look at Farming Practices

LCC’s Precision Agriculture Program Offers a Fresh Look at Farming Practices

    (Lamar, COLO.) – Lamar Community College (LCC) Precision Agriculture students are learning the latest and greatest in agriculture education, all for a fraction of the cost that four-year universities charge. LCC offers a 28 credit hour certificate for its Precision Agriculture program, an approach to farming and animal agriculture that seeks to optimize […]

Court Case Rules in Favor of Lamar Utility Board

Court Case Rules in Favor of Lamar Utility Board

  Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, reviewed the utility board’s lawsuit again SECPA which had a ruling on April 16, 2021.  The three main take-aways from the judge’s decision were: Southeast Colorado Power Association (SECPA) shall cease and desist from providing service to well #7 which is owned and operated by May Valley Water Association. […]

Lamar Chamber Donut Friday, Take That to the Bank!

Lamar Chamber Donut Friday, Take That to the Bank!

      This past Friday, board members of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce brought a dozen delectable donuts to TBK Bank SSB at 100 West Pearl Street in Lamar. TBK Bank wants to spread the word that the bank’s lobby is re-opened and ready to assist their clients for residential, commercial and farming banking.  […]

 Colorado Gains Eighth Congressional Seat with Final Census Population Count of 5.77M

 Colorado Gains Eighth Congressional Seat with Final Census Population Count of 5.77M

  Denver, CO – April 27, 2021 – The U.S. Census Bureau has announced its final population count of the 2020 Census and Colorado comes in at 5,773,714, getting one additional seat in the United States House of Representatives. “Gaining this eighth seat in the U.S. Congress will provide more representation for Colorado in Washington D.C.,” […]

City Assumes Airport Operations with Contract Approvals

City Assumes Airport Operations with Contract Approvals

  Lamar Mayor, Kirk Crespin, urged citizens to continue to maintain pandemic safeguards, even in light of the improving scenario in Prowers County.  At the outset of the council meeting this past Monday, Crespin noted that the historic Santa Fe Trails celebration held each year in Bent County and Las Animas had been cancelled due […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending April 25, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week Ending April 25, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Producers experienced mixed conditions across the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northwestern counties, drought conditions persisted and effects were noticeable even this early in the year. A county report noted more snowmelt than normal was being taken up by the soil […]