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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 […]

Prowers County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting: Muskets and Ice Cream

Prowers County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting: Muskets and Ice Cream

    The Prowers County Historical Society will host a quarterly meeting on Thursday, July 15th at 7pm at Big Timbers Museum.  The Board is happy to be able to resume these quarterly meetings. This program will feature the Hacket family musket from the 1700s.  This will be an exceptional program you won’t want to […]

Stuart West, New Man on the Block at Bent's Old Fort

Stuart West, New Man on the Block at Bent’s Old Fort

    Stuart West is the new Superintendent at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.  He has come at an auspicious time in the fort’s history:  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, which beat a path through the middle of Missouri and Kansas, a corner of Oklahoma, southeastern Colorado, and […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort  

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort  

La Junta, CO – The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for individuals to “step back in time” and experience life as it might have been 175 years ago at a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. From Monday, July 26, through Saturday, July 31, 2021, the fort will host an Historical Interpreter and […]

The NPS is Conducting a Study on the Zebulon Pike Trail

The NPS is Conducting a Study on the Zebulon Pike Trail

  The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a study on the Zebulon Pike Trail to evaluate its eligibility as a new national historic trail. The study addresses the 1806-07 expedition led by Lt. Zebulon M. Pike into the southern portions of the Louisiana Purchase, and the northern edge of the Spanish colonial empire. The […]

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Shows Fatalities Surge on Colorado Hwys

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Shows Fatalities Surge on Colorado Hwys

  DENVER – With traffic fatalities up 12% over this time last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are partnering with 47 law enforcement agencies for the largest seat belt enforcement campaign of the year, Click It or Ticket. A press conference will also serve as the kickoff for multiple impaired […]

Governor Polis Calls for National Park Designation of Amache Site

Governor Polis Calls for National Park Designation of Amache Site

    DENVER- Governor Polis sent a letter calling on the National Park Service to support the inclusion of the former Amache Japanese Internment Camp Site near Grenada, Colorado into the National Park system. The National Park Service is currently evaluating the suitability for inclusion of the Amache site into the National Park system through […]

National Park Service Hosting Virtual Meetings on Amache Special Resource Study

National Park Service Hosting Virtual Meetings on Amache Special Resource Study

    DENVER—The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the comment period for the Amache Special Resource Study to June 30, 2021, and invites the public to participate in three additional virtual (online) meetings. The NPS is conducting this study to determine whether Amache should be considered for inclusion as a unit of the national […]