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Colorado Elks Foundation Supports Local VA Ride Program, Harbert Top VSO in Colorado

Colorado Elks Foundation Supports Local VA Ride Program, Harbert Top VSO in Colorado

    Funding fell short this year for the annual budget providing rides to medical appointments for area veterans, according to Gary Harbert, Prowers County Veteran’s Service Officer. Harbert explained there were problems with the 2019-2020 grant cycle.  The shortage became known to the Lamar Elks Lodge, which through its contacts was able to secure […]

CWCB August 2019 Drought Update

CWCB August 2019 Drought Update

  August has been warmer than average across the majority of the state and each basin, except for the Republican basin, has experienced below average precipitation. The North American monsoon season has been disappointing in Colorado and other parts of the Southwestern U.S. The monsoon season sometimes results in beneficial moisture for south central Colorado […]

U.S. Forest Service Offers Fall Tours of Picket Wire Canyonlands in September

U.S. Forest Service Offers Fall Tours of Picket Wire Canyonlands in September

LA JUNTA, Colorado – August 7, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service will offer guided tours into Picket Wire Canyonlands south of La Junta on the Comanche National Grassland. Fall tours begin Saturday, September 7, 2019 and run through October 26, 2019. Tours take place on Saturdays during September and October. These primitive canyons are […]

Construction Around Lamar

Construction Around Lamar

    Several construction projects are becoming visible around Lamar including a facelift to the former Bettiann’s gift shop at 112 South Main Street in Lamar. Interior work has also been in progress through the past year, using some funding from the Lamar Redevelopment Authority. Current owner, Haley May Rhodes requested $10,000 to offset the […]

Boxley of Lamar - 2019 Governor’s Service Awards Recipients Announced

Boxley of Lamar – 2019 Governor’s Service Awards Recipients Announced

  DENVER — Today, August 29, 2019,  Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera presented the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. The awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community and civic leaders for their outstanding contributions to volunteer service in Colorado. “Service comes in many forms, and we thank all of today’s award recipients for their […]

National Popular Vote Referendum Makes 2020 Ballot in Colorado

National Popular Vote Referendum Makes 2020 Ballot in Colorado

  The Elections Division at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced today, August 29, 2019, that the Senate Bill 19-042 National Popular Vote Referendum has qualified for the 2020 Colorado General Election ballot. Basically, the bill concerns the adoption of an agreement among the States to elect the President of the United States by […]

Colorado seat belt use increases to 88% - Usage is record for the state

Colorado seat belt use increases to 88% – Usage is record for the state

      STATEWIDE — More Coloradans will be buckling up when they hit the road for the Labor Day holiday weekend. According to a recent survey by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), seat belt use increased by 2% in 2019. This is the highest rate since record-keeping began in 1997 when the state […]

Open House for Lamar’s VA Clinic

Open House for Lamar’s VA Clinic

    If any Lamar area veterans had health-related questions for the VA, this past Wednesday, August 28th was a good time to ask.  Close to 50 vets, spouses and visitors attended the VA open house at the Lamar clinic at 1401 South Main Street.  VA staff was on hand to explain the medical equipment […]

Lamar Utility Board Advised on 2020 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Advised on 2020 Budget

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted that budget talks for 2020 are underway and Capital Outlay will include the scheduled 69KV breaker upgrade, distribution system upgrades, tree trimmings, wind turbine maintenance and safety and training education. An early estimate shows Capital Improvement projects at $985,000 and Operations and Maintenance at $527,500. Purchase […]

Local Heritage Farm/Ranch Recognition

Local Heritage Farm/Ranch Recognition

The Seufer Farm in Prowers County is being honored as a Colorado Centennial Farm this year. Since 1986, the Centennial Farms & Ranches program has honored families working the same property for 100 years or more. Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) DeBus was born in 1888 in Geddes, South Dakota and moved with her family to Prowers […]

City Council Covers Varied Agenda

City Council Covers Varied Agenda

      The council appointed Roger Stagner as the City of Lamar’s replacement representative to the Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA. He will replace John Sutherland who resigned his position this past July following his retirement.  Colleen Messersmith was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Lamar Housing Authority Board when the term of […]

Feathers Flies at State Fair Parade

Feathers Flies at State Fair Parade

    The Lamar Honkers represented the community in this year’s State Fair Parade in Pueblo, bringing the well-known mascot, “Feathers”, decorated to this year’s parade theme, ‘Horsing Around in Pueblo, since 1869’. While Feathers didn’t bring home a trophy, as has happened in some past years, she still managed to garner a lot of […]

USACE - Albuquerque District Hosts flood Exercise for John Martin Dam

USACE – Albuquerque District Hosts flood Exercise for John Martin Dam

      Story by Ronna Schelby – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District LAMAR, Colorado – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Albuquerque District, hosted a tabletop exercise at Lamar Community College August 15, 2019. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate a variety of emergency and continuity plans USACE has […]

New Playground Construction Underway at Willow Creek Park

New Playground Construction Underway at Willow Creek Park

    The eastern half of Willow Creek Park has undergone a lot of development over the past year with the addition of the skateboard facility and adjoining pavilions and now it’s time for an upgrade on the western side. Ground is now being cleared for construction of a Nature Play area on the western […]

Lamar Workforce Center Hosting Customer Appreciation and Job Fair Events Thursday, September 5

Lamar Workforce Center Hosting Customer Appreciation and Job Fair Events Thursday, September 5

This September is Workforce Development Month, an annual tradition in Colorado.  Throughout the month, the state’s Workforce Centers (a network of both state and county run employment and training offices) will be teaming with the Department of Labor and Employment to provide a variety of special events. Workforce Development Month began modestly in 2004 with […]