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Making a Dent, a Bag at a Time

Making a Dent, a Bag at a Time

  A novelty in the 1970s, plastic shopping bags are now an omnipresent product found in every corner of the world. Produced at a rate of up to one trillion bags per year, they are showing up in the darkest depths of the ocean to the summit of Mount Everest to the polar ice caps. […]

Riverside Communications, LLC signs agreement to purchase KLMR (AM) and KLMR-FM Radio

Riverside Communications, LLC signs agreement to purchase KLMR (AM) and KLMR-FM Radio

KLMR radio, in Lamar, Colorado, originally signed on the air as an AM radio station in December of 1948.  Nearly 28 years later, KLMR-FM was added and signed on the air in November of 1976.  Both stations were destroyed by a microburst in July of 2022 and 25/7 Media, Inc. subsequently elected to shut the […]

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – November 2022

  4,300 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in November; Unemployment Rate Declines to 3.5%   Since May 2020, Colorado’s private sector has grown by 448,500 jobs, compared to declines of 358,800 in early 2020. That translates to a job recovery rate of 125.0 percent and outpaces the U.S. rate of 107.2 percent. Household survey data: According […]

USDA Confirms Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Game Bird Operation In Prowers County

USDA Confirms Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Game Bird Operation In Prowers County

  Lamar, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) has confirmed the detection of Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in a commercial game bird operation in Prowers County. Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked […]

Colorado Employment Situation – October 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – October 2022

    17,700 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in October; Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.6%   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point in October to 3.6 percent. The number of unemployed individuals rose by 6,800 over the same time period to 116,400. […]

UNOFFICIAL Voting Results at Colorado Amendments/Propositions/Races

UNOFFICIAL Voting Results at Colorado Amendments/Propositions/Races

  The Prowers County Clerk and Recorder’s Office had 1,300 ballots delivered as of close of voting, so these local results may be subject to change. In general, the top state positions were retained by incumbent Democrats with Polis, Bennet, Griswold, Young and Weiser holding onto their respective seats.  Newly created District 8 went to […]

Lamar Ballot Question 300 Defeated by Voters UNOFFICIAL NUMBERS

Lamar Ballot Question 300 Defeated by Voters UNOFFICIAL NUMBERS

  1,300 ballots were delivered to the County Clerk’s Office as of the close of voting at 7pm Tuesday, so the outcome may change. Question 300 was intended to alter the City of Lamar’s home charter rule. Initiated through a petition, the question prohibited various actions and sales of marijuana and marijuana related materials or […]

Colorado Employment Situation – September 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – September 2022

    5,600 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in September Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.4%   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat in September at 3.4 percent. While the number of unemployed individuals fell by 2,200, the unemployment rate was unchanged due to rounding. The national […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper Visit Sand Creek with Interior Secretary Haaland, Welcome Expansion of National Historic Site

Bennet, Hickenlooper Visit Sand Creek with Interior Secretary Haaland, Welcome Expansion of National Historic Site

Land Addition Made Possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund   Denver — Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper joined Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, National Park Service (NPS) Director Chuck Sams III, and leaders from the Northern Arapaho Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes […]

Salvador Bailon

Armed & dangerous fugitive could be hiding near La Junta or Lamar

    CROWLEY COUNTY, Colo. — The Crowley County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an armed and dangerous fugitive. CCSO said 34-year-old Salvador Vincent Bailon is wanted for attempted murder. According to Undersheriff Jim Keen of CCSO, Bailon may be hiding in the La Junta or Lamar area. Keen […]

Colorado Employment Situation – August 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – August 2022

      Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 3.4 percent. The number of unemployed individuals rose by 4,600 over the same time period to 112,000. The national unemployment rate edged upward by two-tenths of a percentage point […]

Lamar City Council Holds Special Meeting on Proposed Ordinance

Lamar City Council Holds Special Meeting on Proposed Ordinance

    Lamar Mayor Kirk Crespin, offered an emotion-filled statement regarding the recent passing of councilmember Oscar Riley during the outset of the council’s September 7th special session.  Riley passed away earlier in the day.  A single yellow rose was placed at his vacant chair.  Crespin praised Riley for his contributions to the city as […]

Colorado Employment Situation – July 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – July 2022

  Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.3% in July; 2,200 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 3.3 percent. This marks the lowest rate since February 2020, when it was 2.8 percent. The national unemployment rate […]

Polis Makes Appointments to 15th Judicial District Courts

Polis Makes Appointments to 15th Judicial District Courts

  Governor Polis also appointed Tarryn L. Johnson to fill a vacancy on the 15th Judicial District Court. The vacancy is created by the retirement of the Honorable Stanley Brinkley and is effective December 10, 2022. Ms. Johnson is a Senior Deputy Public Defender in the La Junta Regional Office, a position she has held […]

Area Veterans Get Welcome News on Lamar VA Clinic Status

Area Veterans Get Welcome News on Lamar VA Clinic Status

    Mostly in their 60s and 70s, veterans from the Prowers County area attended an afternoon information forum at the County SOS Center last Tuesday, August 9th.  Several information booths were set up in the main meeting room and a self-contained info trailer was providing more brochures in the parking lot for several hours. […]