RSSAll Entries in the "Hot Topics" Category

Ground is broken for new Arby's restaurant in Lamar

Ground is broken for new Arby’s restaurant in Lamar

With shovels, left to right: Rob Evans, City Administrator; Ron Cook, Prowers County Commissioner; Lamar Mayor Kirk Crespin; Quyntyn Johnson, Senior VP of Operations for LV Petroleum; Michelle Carver, Site General Manager of LV Petroleum; David Zavala, Lamar City Councilman Under a bright blue sky on Saturday morning, June 1, 2024, ground was broken for […]

City Council votes to begin negotiations with Chief of Police candidate Al Fear

City Council votes to begin negotiations with Chief of Police candidate Al Fear

Al Fear In a special City Council meeting Thursday, May 23, 2024, City Administrator Rob Evans recommended Al Fear as the preferred candidate for Lamar’s next Chief of Police.  Per city charter, the Administrator makes a recommendation that Council then can vote to accept or decline.  Councilman Joe Gonzales motioned that Council allow Evans to […]

Despite CPW claims that "depredation has ceased", two more cattle killed by wolves

Despite CPW claims that “depredation has ceased”, two more cattle killed by wolves

A yearling and a heifer were killed in Grand County over the weekend, with evidence both died from wolf attacks, despite claims by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official that the agency’s non-lethal efforts to stop the killing have “ceased depredation.” The heifer, a young female that has not yet calved, was on the same ranch […]

Grand County livestock growers urge Polis, wildlife officials to 'lethally' manage wolves following attacks

Grand County livestock growers urge Polis, wildlife officials to ‘lethally’ manage wolves following attacks

  This week’s wolf attacks bring the number of calves and yearlings killed by wolves in the past 16 days to six, plus an injured calf   With news that wolves have killed four more yearling cows in Grand County in less than 72 hours, an association of ranchers is pleading with Gov. Jared Polis […]

CPW insists wolf killings not their fault

CPW insists wolf killings not their fault

Even as officials of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife insist the recent killing of a calf by wolf is not their fault, the relationship with ranchers has soured to the point private landowners have begun considering to restrict state access to their properties, potentially jeopardizing programs that rely on the latter’s help. Notably, private landowners […]

Colorado to hire range riders to protect livestock in wake of wolf depredation in Grand County

Colorado to hire range riders to protect livestock in wake of wolf depredation in Grand County

A rancher who has lost livestock to wolves say it’s another tactic that doesn’t work. It’s spring, and for cattle ranchers, that means calving season. It’s also the time of year when those newborns are most susceptible to all kinds of dangers.  In Colorado — and for the past several years — that danger includes […]

Denver's dwindling migrant shelters

Denver’s dwindling migrant shelters

Denver is closing all migrant hotel shelters but one, a signal that services are winding down.  The city had planned to keep three hotel shelters open for migrants, but announced Monday that it would consolidate services at one hotel. After this week, Denver will have just one hotel for migrants who need a place to […]

Bill to Reduce Overdose Deaths, Improve Public Health Clears Committee

Bill to Reduce Overdose Deaths, Improve Public Health Clears Committee

  Legislation would support harm reduction efforts by local public health agencies and expand good faith protections for Coloradans. DENVER, CO – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today voted to advance Senator Kevin Priola’s, D-Henderson, bill to reduce overdose deaths and improve public health in Colorado. HB24-1037 would support efforts by local public […]

Colorado Lawmakers reject proposed ban on new oil and gas drilling after 2030

Colorado Lawmakers reject proposed ban on new oil and gas drilling after 2030

A bill to ban new oil and gas drilling in Colorado after 2030 — which sparked a spate of industry TV ads with dire warnings — was rejected Thursday by a bipartisan majority of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee after a marathon hearing. The legislation, Senate Bill 159 — sponsored by two Democratic […]

Ground is broken for new Thunder Stadium

Ground is broken for new Thunder Stadium

A good-sized crowd anxiously gathered on 14th St. behind Lamar High School on Monday, March 18, 2024 to watch a new era ushered in for Lamar High School sports.  It was a beautiful, warm day in early spring and the late afternoon sun glinted off a row of shiny new shovels lined up in front […]

What to Know About Denver's Migrant Crisis

What to Know About Denver’s Migrant Crisis

Almost 40,000 migrants have come to Denver in the past 15 months, a number that’s become hard to comprehend. “To put that in context, that’s Coors Field on a Saturday night in July when the Dodgers are in town,” said Jon Ewing, spokesman for Denver Human Services, during this week’s Colorado Sun virtual event on […]

Xcel Energy facilities appear to have had role in causing Texas wildfire

Xcel Energy facilities appear to have had role in causing Texas wildfire

  Xcel Energy says its facilities appear to have had role in igniting Texas wildfire.  Power lines ignited massive wildfires across the Texas Panhandle that destroyed homes and killed thousands of livestock, officials said Thursday, including the largest blaze in state history that the utility provider Xcel Energy said its equipment appeared to have sparked. […]

Two southeast Colorado farmers sentenced to prison for defrauding federal crop insurance program

Two southeast Colorado farmers sentenced to prison for defrauding federal crop insurance program

By Tyler Dumas Published March 1, 2024 3:06 PM DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) – The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Colorado announced Friday that two farmers from Springfield, Colorado have agreed to pay more than $6.5 million to resolve allegations that they defrauded federal crop insurance programs by tampering with and damaging rain gauges. According […]

Lamar School District RE-2 Prepares to Break Ground for State-Of-The-Art Stadium

Lamar School District RE-2 Prepares to Break Ground for State-Of-The-Art Stadium

  LAMAR, CO – February 20, 2024 – Lamar School District RE-2 is thrilled to announce the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for its highly anticipated new stadium, set to be the pride of the community and home to the Thunder football, soccer, and track teams. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 18th, […]

City Council Delays Decision on Liquor License for the LaMar, Inc./dba The LaMar

City Council Delays Decision on Liquor License for the LaMar, Inc./dba The LaMar

Lamar’s City Council met for a regularly-scheduled meeting on February 12, 2024.  All current Council members were present (a replacement for Councilman Mike Bellomy has not been finalized.)  After the meeting was called to order by Mayor Kirk Crespin, Council heard reports from the City Treasurer, City Clerk and City Administrator.  Treasurer Kristin Schwartz told […]