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Colorado Employment Situation in May 2019

Colorado Employment Situation in May 2019

    Employers in Colorado added 2,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of 2,766,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 900 and government increased 1,300. April estimates were revised down to 2,764,300, and the over the month change from March to April was […]

Railroad Trestle Permanently Off-limits to Public at John Martin Reservoir SWA

Railroad Trestle Permanently Off-limits to Public at John Martin Reservoir SWA

  HASTY, Colo. – Restrictions on public access to the railroad trestle bridge in the John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area will be strictly enforced after a recent near-tragedy involving a passenger train and two anglers.  Effective immediately, the public is barred from any access to the railroad trestle bridge by the BNSF Railway Police. […]

Here’s a Way to Hurt a Community

Here’s a Way to Hurt a Community

One aspect of the difficulties of promoting economic growth for Prowers County, attracting new business and touting the county as a potential new home for future employees came to light during the Prowers Economic Prosperity, PEP, board meeting this past Tuesday, May 7th. Craig Loveless, Chief Executive Officer of Prowers Medical Center, shared a portion […]

Lamar Days Parade Route Back on Main Street

Lamar Days Parade Route Back on Main Street

    The 2019 Annual Lamar Days Parade route will be back on Main Street on Saturday, May 18th.  Heather Morris, Lamar Chamber of Commerce Office Manager, confirmed that the route will have participants assemble along Beech Street prior to the parade and at 10am the route will travel south along Main Street and turn […]

The Butterflies are Free !

The Butterflies are Free !

    Fifty genuine Monarch butterflies, purchased for Lamar Welcome Center volunteers and Chamber of Commerce Directors from a Florida grow-farm, went into semi-hibernation earlier this week and were revived from the warmth of numerous Colorado hands this past Wednesday, May 1st in Lamar, Colorado, now recognized as the only Monarch City USA in the […]

Colorado to Host 2020 Presidential Primary in Super Tuesday

Colorado to Host 2020 Presidential Primary in Super Tuesday

  Governor Polis and Secretary of State Griswold announced March 3rd, 2020 as Colorado’s new presidential primary date  DENVER — Today Governor Jared Polis and Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced March 3rd, 2020 as the new date for Colorado’s presidential primary. The two were joined by leaders from the Democratic, Republican, Unity, American Constitution, […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 25th Anniversary, “A River of Dreams and Realities”

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 25th Anniversary, “A River of Dreams and Realities”

  This special, 25th anniversary celebratory conference, A River of Dreams and Realties, welcomes keynote speeches by Senator Cory Gardner and former Agricultural Commissioner, Don Ament at the Pueblo Convention Center on April 24-25, 2019. Program highlights include a 25-year retrospective of the crucial nature of water in the Arkansas River Basin from state- and […]

Las Animas Brush Fire Continues into Second Day

Las Animas Brush Fire Continues into Second Day

  The Bent County Fire has forced seven households to evacuate the area along the riverbed near the former Bent County Correctional Facility. As of 11am Friday, the fire had consumed approximately 300 acres of land. The fire was first reported at about 5:45pm Thursday afternoon and spread through the evening. Firefighters were present until […]

Council Discusses Ordinance for Derelict/Abandoned Downtown Buildings

Council Discusses Ordinance for Derelict/Abandoned Downtown Buildings

          Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, handed council members copies of code ordinances used by other communities as a means of curtailing or eliminating blighted buildings in their towns. “They can be reviewed to aid us in coming to a decision about what to do with our own situation,” Sutherland explained.  […]

Prowers County Caregiver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled REsident in a Group Home

Prowers County Caregiver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled REsident in a Group Home

Mar. 29, 2019 (DENVER, Colo.) — Today, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the filing of charges against a caregiver for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled resident of a group home in Prowers County. Daniel Lira was previously employed as a caregiver in a group home operated by Southeastern Developmental Services (SDS). He is accused of […]

PMC Begins MRI Project, Orthopedic Surgery Prepares for Patients

PMC Begins MRI Project, Orthopedic Surgery Prepares for Patients

    The Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors are considering two finalists to construct a new and separate building to house the hospital’s MRI unit for patient imaging scans. A letter of engagement for the selected contractor will be issued and the preparation for the building site will soon follow.  PMC Chief Executive Officer, Craig […]

Sanchez Becomes PEP Interim Director

Sanchez Becomes PEP Interim Director

  Prowers Economic Prosperity has named Cheryl Sanchez as its interim director with the recent departure of Executive Director, Eric Depperschmidt.  The Board of Directors has full confidence in Cheryl’s ability to keep PEP’s momentum as it seeks a permanent replacement.  Board members are also engaged in their responsibilities within BEAR – Business Expansion Attraction […]

Lamar Library to Display Moon Rocks

Lamar Library to Display Moon Rocks

  The Lamar Library will have several moon rocks on display for the general public as part of the Summer Reading Program, “Universe of Stories”, June 3rd through July 12th.    The Lamar Police will provide security on Friday, June 14th from 2pm to 4pm when the lunar rock samples will be on display.  Lamar Librarian, […]

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

  DENVER – The seven Colorado River Basin States of Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a letter to Congress today requesting legislation to implement a negotiated contingency plan that responds to the historic dry conditions and the effects of climate change on the Colorado River. “Water is the lifeblood of […]

Ill Wind

Ill Wind

    The High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service in Pueblo began Wednesday afternoon and is expected to diminish by mid day Thursday in southeast Colorado. The areas impacted in the region were all of Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties.  An intense low pressure system moving north and east across Northwestern Kansas […]