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RE-2 Mascot Committee Selected

RE-2 Mascot Committee Selected

  The Lamar RE-2 School District, Board of Education, recently announced the members of the Lamar High School Logo committee, tasked with deciding on an alternate logo for the school.  This past summer, the state passed Senate Bill 21-116, mandating potentially offensive Native American mascots be eliminated and the Lamar School District is one of […]

Statewide Report Details at Least 63 Fatal Domestic Violence-Related Deaths in 2020

Statewide Report Details at Least 63 Fatal Domestic Violence-Related Deaths in 2020

    Jan. 5, 2022 (DENVER) — At least 63 people died in Colorado in 2020 as a result of domestic violence incidents, according to a report from the Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board that the Colorado Attorney General’s Office released recently. Of the 63 people who died from a domestic violence incident in […]

Another Year for Toys for Tots, Food for Families

Another Year for Toys for Tots, Food for Families

    Two or three cars at a time will drive up to the Toys for Tots headquarters on West Beech Street in Lamar and get in line to identify themselves to one of Darlene Lopez’s volunteers.  While they’re waiting for their name to be matched for a holiday gift bag which was sorted and […]

Bent’s Old Fort Fee Changes in 2022  

Bent’s Old Fort Fee Changes in 2022  

    La Junta, CO – In response to public input this summer, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will be instituting its new entrance fees and going “cashless” starting on January 2, 2022. While the National Park Service will be handling credit card purchases only, the Western National Parks Association park store located in […]

Eads is Recipient of Preservation Grants Awarded Across Colorado

Eads is Recipient of Preservation Grants Awarded Across Colorado

DENVER — Dec. 8, 2021 — History Colorado announces a newly completed State Historical Fund (SHF) grant round that provides more than $7.2 million in grant funding for preservation efforts across the state. These awards leverage $4 million in matching funding provided by grant applicants and their community partners to exceed a total of $11 […]

DAR, Fort William Bent Chapter Celebrates 101 Years

DAR, Fort William Bent Chapter Celebrates 101 Years

      October Meeting: Kent Brooks, Historian and grandson of Baca County Sheriff Robert Luther Huckaby (1951-1955) kicked off the year of celebration from outlines and photos from his new upcoming book titled “Letters Stories and Incidents form the Santa Fe Trail ~ The Bent Fort Years 1833-1849”. Following a luncheon at the Third […]

Lamar Rotary Celebrates a Century of Service

Lamar Rotary Celebrates a Century of Service

  Rotarians and the Lamar community-at-large gathered this past Friday, November 5th to celebrate the centennial observance of the Lamar Rotarian organization which was founded in 1921. Co-President for 2021, Anne-Marie Crampton, emceed the historic event which was held at The Max Hotel, East Olive Street in Lamar.    Crampton introduced guest speaker, Kris Sarlo-Koelher, the […]

Living Historians at Bent’s Old Fort

Living Historians at Bent’s Old Fort

  So, who are these people in the funny clothing at history events? Re-enactors, living historians, actors, entertainment; which applies? Depending on the location it might be any of the above, or a little of each. During the Santa Fe Trail bi-Centennial you might encounter numerous people who have committed their time and passions to […]

Lamar Re-2 School District Cancels Board Elections, Discusses Steps for Meeting with Indian Affairs Commission

Lamar Re-2 School District Cancels Board Elections, Discusses Steps for Meeting with Indian Affairs Commission

  The Lamar Re-2 School Board met for a special meeting this past Wednesday, September 1st to approve a resolution to cancel the November school board election by acclimation.  It was a unanimous vote derived in part because the number of applications equally matched the number of board openings, negating the need for a ballot […]

Annual Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Set to Honor Active Military, First Responders, and Veterans

Annual Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Set to Honor Active Military, First Responders, and Veterans

  LAMAR, Colorado — The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute, honoring active military, first responders, and veterans, will take place on September 11, 2021, from 10 am to 11 am for the parade and then from 11 am to 6 pm at the Prowers County Fairgrounds in Lamar, Colorado. The event is the brainchild of Doug Harbour, […]

USDA Approves Half Million Dollar Grant to Support Rural Mental Health in Colorado

USDA Approves Half Million Dollar Grant to Support Rural Mental Health in Colorado

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is pleased to announce it has received $500,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to support the vitality and mental wellbeing of Colorado’s agricultural workers and producers through community-based efforts to manage the increasing stresses on […]

Lamar School District Board Press Release on Status of Savage Mascot

Lamar School District Board Press Release on Status of Savage Mascot

  The Lamar School District Board of Education held a community forum on July 15th to provide information related to SB21-116 which prohibits the use of Native American mascots by Colorado schools beginning June 1, 2022. The Board of Education notified the public of the following: The Board never voted to change or replace the mascot. […]

Dr. Nicki Gonzales Is Colorado’s New State Historian, First Latina to Hold the Role

Dr. Nicki Gonzales Is Colorado’s New State Historian, First Latina to Hold the Role

  Denver, Colo. (July 20, 2021) — An expert on the history of the American West is taking on an important new role in service to Colorado. Dr. Nicki Gonzales, professor of history and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Regis University, begins her one-year term as the official Colorado State Historian on Colorado […]

Savage Mascot Public Forum Set for Thursday, July 15th

Savage Mascot Public Forum Set for Thursday, July 15th

  The Lamar School District, Re-2 Board of Education will host a community forum, Thursday, July 15th at 7pm at the Lamar High School Auditorium to discuss options for the school in light of the passage of Senate Bill 21-116, “Concerning the Prohibition of American Indian Mascots in Colorado”. The bill was signed into law […]

Bills to Grant In-State Tuition to American Indians & End the Use of Discriminatory Mascots Become Law

Bills to Grant In-State Tuition to American Indians & End the Use of Discriminatory Mascots Become Law

  DENVER, CO – Governor Polis signed two bills into law June 28th, 2021 that aim to support Colorado’s American Indian population. The first would require certain colleges and universities to offer in-state tuition to American Indians, and the other would ban the use of discriminatory mascots in public schools. SB21-029, sponsored by Senate Majority […]