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LUB Holds In-Person Monthly Meeting, Will Work with Delinquent Accounts

LUB Holds In-Person Monthly Meeting, Will Work with Delinquent Accounts

    The Lamar Utility Board held an in-person meeting on Tuesday, May 26th but restricted attendance to ten persons in order to maintain social distancing protocols. Light Plant employees have been adhering to the “Stay at Home” and “Safer at Home” orders from the state and as of March 26th, shifts were modified to […]

CSU Extension Notes:  Experiencing Loss of Income can be Devastating

CSU Extension Notes: Experiencing Loss of Income can be Devastating

  When you have had a loss of income, it can be devastating. Now you face some very difficult financial decisions when your paychecks stop coming and you do not have enough money to cover your family’s basic living expenses. Spending habits must change when income is reduced and prioritizing needs vs wants is going […]

Near Normal Snowpack Not Enough to Break on-Going Drought Across Southern Colorado

Near Normal Snowpack Not Enough to Break on-Going Drought Across Southern Colorado

      Pueblo, 14 May 2020 – Snow packs in the Arkansas and Rio Grande basins were near normal this year.  That snow was not enough to relieve the on-going drought. Runoff in both basins is expected to be well below normal and looks to be coming early. Warm temperatures and lack of precipitation […]

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – MAY 2020

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – MAY 2020

  ARPA Board Holds its Annual Election of Officers: The ARPA Board of Directors held officer elections at its meeting on April 30. Board Members elected to continue serving as officers through April 2021 include Rick Stwalley (Las Animas), President; Lorenz Sutherland (La Junta), Vice President; Gary Cranson (La Junta), Treasurer; and ARPA staff member, […]

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

    Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh presented the monthly System Operating Report for board members during the teleconference meeting on May 12th. The annual LUB/ARPA scholarship awards for 2020 were announced. There were six applications for the combined $1,000 award with ARPA and the LUB contributing equal funding to each of the winners. There […]

Holly Trustees: Landfill and Water Issues

Holly Trustees: Landfill and Water Issues

    The Holly Trustees held a teleconference monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 6th at which time, oaths of office were administered to two new board members; Blain Ice and Vance Brian, each of whom will serve four year terms as well as Casey Rushton who was re-elected to office. Rod Swisher will serve a […]

City of Lamar Extends “Free Dump Weekend” By One Weekend Per Month

City of Lamar Extends “Free Dump Weekend” By One Weekend Per Month

    Lamar, Colorado – In response to the cancellation of the City-Wide Clean Up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lamar Landfill & Transfer Station Free Dump Weekend will be extended by one weekend per month, for only the months of May and June 2020. The days are as follow: May – 16, […]

ARPA Board Elects Directors, Notes Anticipated Revenue Decline Due to Virus

ARPA Board Elects Directors, Notes Anticipated Revenue Decline Due to Virus

    Election of Arkansas River Power Authority board of officers showed no change in the directors’ line-up from 2019-2020 during the monthly meeting, Thursday, April 30th. Officers are: Rick Stwalley-President, Lorenz Sutherland-Vice President, Gary Cranson-Treasurer, Arvenia Morris-Secretary and Rick Rigel as ARPA General Manager. Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted under the operating […]

Lamar Utility Board Purchasing Replacement Equipment

Lamar Utility Board Purchasing Replacement Equipment

    The Lamar Utility Board met via teleconferencing this past Tuesday, April 28th and took action to replace various line materials, LED yard and street lights, and raptor protection devices. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh noted the LED lighting is for stock inventory used to maintain street and yard lighting. Four bids were received […]

Collins Ranch Receives Colorado Leopold Conservation Award

Collins Ranch Receives Colorado Leopold Conservation Award

    DENVER, Colo. – The Collins Ranch of Kit Carson has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award®. The Collins Ranch is owned and operated by the Toby and Amy Johnson family of Cheyenne County. The conservation practices that the Johnsons have implemented on their cattle ranch have improved […]

Changes in Granada Municipal Line-Up, Trustees Approve Property Price

Changes in Granada Municipal Line-Up, Trustees Approve Property Price

    The town of Granada has a new mayor and two new Trustees following Tuesday’s non-election in the community this past April 7th. A non-election in that the number of open seats on the board were matched by the number of candidates, essentially ending the need for a municipal ballot. Argie Thrall, Jr. replaced […]

Holly Trustees Pass Local Disaster Emergency Resolution, Discuss Collection Fees

Holly Trustees Pass Local Disaster Emergency Resolution, Discuss Collection Fees

    The Holly Trustees held their monthly meeting via conference call this past Wednesday, April 1st, due to concerns with COVID-19. The Trustees passed Resolution 2020-4, declaring a Local Disaster Emergency in and for the Town of Holly, Colorado. Town Administrator, Michael Tanner, explained the enactment will help the town qualify for future federal […]

Colorado Takes Further Action to Address Public Health Threat of COVID-19

Colorado Takes Further Action to Address Public Health Threat of COVID-19

State extends suspension of downhill ski operations, limits gatherings to no more than 10 people, suspends in-person learning in public & private schools   DENVER – Today Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and announced new executive actions to protect the health and safety of Coloradans. Earlier today at […]

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations – MARCH 2020

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations – MARCH 2020

  ARPA Scholarship Program. In 2000 the Arkansas River Power Authority Board of Directors established a College Scholarship Program. The Program is administered through our member municipalities of Holly, La Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad, Colorado. The scholarship is awarded to one high school senior in each member municipality. The total scholarship award […]

Lamar Light Plant Conducts Pole Repairs

Lamar Light Plant Conducts Pole Repairs

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the Utility Board members a vehicle struck and broke off a 40 foot wooden pole along Willow Valley Road Monday afternoon, March 2nd. The resulting power outage impacted customers in the Willow Valley area. The pole was replaced with a ductile iron pole for added strength […]