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LCC Announces Winter Holiday Closures

LCC Announces Winter Holiday Closures

(Lamar, Colorado; December 17, 2018) Lamar Community College’s fall semester has officially come to an end and the holidays are near. The LCC campus will be closed starting Tuesday, December 25, and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, so that faculty and staff can spend time with their families. Certain departments on campus will […]

Lamar Rotary and Interact Host Kid’s Christmas

Lamar Rotary and Interact Host Kid’s Christmas

    You could hear a train’s whistle from down the block as you approached the Shore Arts Center Building and adjacent Pocket Park this past Saturday, December 15th. The Lamar Rotary Club and Interact was hosting their third Kid’s Christmas event in downtown Lamar. The Santa Special train would wind its way from the […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS

Drought Information Statement from NWS

    Drought Conditions Persist Across Most of South Central and Southeast Colorado  SYNOPSIS  The latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday December 13th, is indicating Exceptional Drought (D4) conditions confined to Southwest Colorado, including extreme westerly Rio Grande County and the western 2/3rds of Mineral County.  Extreme Drought (D3) conditions remain depicted across the rest […]

Trustees Revise Granada Landfill Policy

Trustees Revise Granada Landfill Policy

    The Granada Trustees approved two measures during their December 12th meeting to increase fees for large dump trucks and to prohibit trash dumping from outside the Granada School District.  The action was taken after considerable discussion meant to find ways to increase the life span of the current large pit at the landfill […]

Wreaths Across America Holds Seventh Observance in Lamar

Wreaths Across America Holds Seventh Observance in Lamar

  This past Saturday, December 15th marked the seventh annual observance of Wreaths Across America at the veteran’s section of Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar under the direction of Peacock Funeral Home. Close to 100 persons, mostly family and friends of the departed were on hand to distribute holiday wreaths of green pine decorated with a […]

HOPE Center Receives Annual Donation from Rupp’s Truck in Lamar

HOPE Center Receives Annual Donation from Rupp’s Truck in Lamar

      The HOPE Center at Lincoln School in Lamar recently received an annual donation from Rupp’s Truck and Trailer Repair on Highway 50 in Lamar. Lori Hammer, Executive Director of the HOPE Coalition said the $2,500 was a welcome gift for right around the holidays and this isn’t the first time that Roman […]

Lamar’s Main Street Project, 99.5% Complete

Lamar’s Main Street Project, 99.5% Complete

    They’re gone! Construction workers, flag holders, earth moving machines, concrete trucks…all seemed to disappear as of late Friday, December 14th.  The last observed task was steam-blasting away the temporary road stripes at the north end of Main, around Loaf and Jug and putting down some new paint for lanes now that almost all […]

‘One Step Up Students’, Assemble!!

‘One Step Up Students’, Assemble!!

    Fans of the Marvel Universe might recognize the paraphrase from a classic closing line from an Avengers movie, and in this instance it serves a double purpose. One Step Up students are providing a heroic assist for Toys for Tots this Christmas and they are assembling thirty skateboards from scratch which they’ll donate […]

2018 Farm Bill Headed to the President's Desk, View from CCG

2018 Farm Bill Headed to the President’s Desk, View from CCG

  Dec. 14, 2018 – Earlier this week the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” began its final journey to President Trump’s desk. Monday the House and Senate Agriculture committees and Congressional leadership released the conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill. Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill with 87 to 13 votes. Wednesday, the House […]

City Council Has Municipal Funding on the Agenda

City Council Has Municipal Funding on the Agenda

  A brief public hearing was held by the Lamar City Council during their December 10th meeting on the proposed 2018 Supplemental Budget to transfer appropriated monies between funds for the current year ending December 31st, 2018. Mayor Pro-Tem, Kirk Crespin, administered the oath of office to Lamar’s newest police officer, Bianca Hernandez during the […]

CCA Comments, "Congress Passes the 2018 Farm Bill"

CCA Comments, “Congress Passes the 2018 Farm Bill”

  On Wednesday, December 12, the House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill with a landslide of 369-47. This decision came on the heels of the Senate vote, which also passed the bill on Tuesday with an 87-13 margin. According to the Farm Bill: House Agriculture Committee’s website, the bill focuses on the nation’s […]

Arkansas River Power Authority to Reduce Electric Rate for 2019

Arkansas River Power Authority to Reduce Electric Rate for 2019

      December 13, 2018. Lamar, Colo. – At its December meeting, the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors adopted its 2019 budget that included a 2% reduction in its wholesale energy rate. The rate decrease comes after several years of stable rates that have not seen any rate increases since 2011. […]

Commissioners Approve County Budget for 2019

Commissioners Approve County Budget for 2019

    The Prowers County Commissioners approved resolutions setting the 2019 budget for 2019 this past Tuesday, December 11th with the entire county budget at $31,248,779.  The county mill levy at 27.17 mills remains the same from 2018, as will the mill levies for each of the funds receiving property tax revenues.  The total taxable […]

Reductions in Lamar Light Plant Electric Bills Coming in 2019

Reductions in Lamar Light Plant Electric Bills Coming in 2019

    The Lamar Utilities Board took two steps during their final meeting of the year, December 11th, to reduce utility rates to electricity customers.   Board members approved Resolution 18-12-03, adopting a modification to the Charter Appropriation Adjustment Tariff and they approved a 2019 Electric Cost Adjustment.  Both actions will start to bring down the […]

End of Year Tax Revenues Show a Dip for Final Months

End of Year Tax Revenues Show a Dip for Final Months

    City of Lamar Sales Tax collected in November dropped 5.84% and Total Sales and Use Tax collections were also off 7.37%. The difference for the 3% sales tax drop is $16,373.96 which shows collections for this November at $26,148.48 compared to 2017 with collections at $280,522.44.  The 7.37% drop results in a difference […]