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Lightning strike cause of Monday’s power outage – city explains how strikes can affect Lamar’s power

A North America Electric Reliability Council (NERC) contractual obligation between Tri-State Generation & Transmission and Excel Energy confirms that Tri-State and Excel will shed any load without warning due to any electrical transmission voltage collapse caused by a fault or overload conditions. This load includes all southeast Colorado: the City of Lamar and surrounding Lamar […]

ARPA June 2024 summary of business operations

ARPA June 2024 summary of business operations

BUSINESS OPERATIONS – June 2024 Seven Students Receive Scholarship Funding from ARPA and its Member Municipalities: In 2000, ARPA and its Member communities established a College Scholarship Program that awards a $1,400 scholarship to one high school senior in each of the high schools served by ARPA members. The Program is administered through the member municipalities […]

Lamar Utilities Board meeting of June 10, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board meeting of June 10, 2024

The Board approved minutes from the May 28, 2024 meeting.  They then approved purchase orders 93090 to 93100 as well as 63000 through 630027 for a total of $761,687.25.  Big ticket items in these purchase orders were $60,570 for wood poles to replenish stock, $29,498 for the office heater/AC upgrade as well as other large […]

The past, present and future of windmills converge in Lamar, Colorado

The past, present and future of windmills converge in Lamar, Colorado

  Kenneth Emick stands on his family’s ranch in Lamar, Colorado, which hosts one of the largest private collections of antique windmills in the country. Photo: Kyle Cooke, Rocky Mountain PBS   LAMAR, Colo. —  A legion of towering wind turbines punctuate the horizon outside of the Emick family’s barn. Inside the barn is a […]

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting May 28, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting May 28, 2024

Minutes from the May 14 meeting were approved unanimously, as was the approval of purchase orders totaling $530,811.44 and payment of bills in the amount of $715,20.83 Board President Doug Thrall read a thank-you note sent from Carisma Gass, one of this year’s scholarship winners, in which she thanked the department for their generosity, saying […]

ARPA’s Monthly Summary for March

ARPA’s Monthly Summary for March

BUSINESS OPERATIONS – March 2024 At its February meeting, the ARPA board took a look back into 2023, which was a very successful year for the Authority. Financially, its cash position increased significantly with net revenues slightly over $4 million. In addition, ARPA welcomed 2 new board members from Trinidad, Frank Shew, a member of […]

Lamar Utility Board Meeting of April 9, 2024

Lamar Utility Board Meeting of April 9, 2024

The first of the monthly meetings for the Utility Board was held April 9, 2024.  Mintes from the previous meeting were approved.  Approval was given for Purchase Orders totaling $639,350.23 and for payment of bills totaling $263,268.80. Approved was an irrigation contract between Lamar Utilities Board and Colorado Gravel Co. for electrical service for a […]

ARPA Year in Review

ARPA Year in Review

BUSINESS OPERATIONS – March 2024   ARPA’s Year in Review 2023. At its February meeting, the ARPA board took a look back into 2023, which was a very successful year for the Authority. Financially, its cash position increased significantly with net revenues slightly over $4 million. In addition, ARPA welcomed 2 new board members from […]

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting of March 12, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting of March 12, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting of March 12, 2024 The Lamar Utilities Board approved the minutes from its February 27, 2024 meeting, as well as approving purchase orders numbering from 92836 through 92879 in the amount of $782,793.67.  Also approved was the payment of bills totaling $845,830.52. Light and Power Superintendent Houssin Hourieh gave the System […]

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. […]

Arkansas River Power Authority Announces Nominations are Open for its Annual Awards Program

Arkansas River Power Authority Announces Nominations are Open for its Annual Awards Program

  For additional information contact: Arvenia Morris at ARPA (719) 336-3496 _____________________________________________________________   The Arkansas River Power Authority Announces Nominations Are Open For Its Annual Awards Program The Arkansas River Power Authority has announced that nominations are open for its 2023 awards program.  ARPA is an intergovernmental power authority and public corporation that was created […]

Lamar Light and Power Upgrades Lighting Around Community Building

Lamar Light and Power Upgrades Lighting Around Community Building

  At the Lamar Utility Board meeting on February 13 Rob Evans, City Administrator, had asked that the lighting situation around the Community Building be evaluated, particularly because of a recent car/pedestrian accident there at night. Lamar Light and Power Superintendent Houssin Hourieh promised that the department would immediately look into the situation.  I followed […]

Lamar Utility Board Meeting February 13, 2024

Lamar Utility Board Meeting February 13, 2024

The Board of Lamar Utilities meet for a regularly-scheduled meeting at noon on February 13, 2024.  Minutes from the January 23 meeting were approved.  Purchase orders #92745-92810 totaling $1,046,097.95 were approved with Board member Roger Stagner abstaining from the vote.  Also approved was payment of bills totaling $347,933.21, again with Board member Stagner abstaining.   Bid […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Okays Norjune Extension, Breakfast Restaurant Request

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Okays Norjune Extension, Breakfast Restaurant Request

    Neil and Rinda Emick’s request of an extension deadline for their NorJune Apartment renovations was approved by the Lamar Redevelopment Authority.  Construction delays occurred when 16 of the 32 new windows had manufacturer defects which required replacing.  This delay set back the couple’s timetable from repairing the stucco to have the building at […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper Call on President Biden to Support Funding for Arkansas Valley Conduit

Bennet, Hickenlooper Call on President Biden to Support Funding for Arkansas Valley Conduit

    Denver — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper called on President Biden to prioritize funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) in his budget for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). The AVC is a planned 130-mile water-delivery system from the Pueblo Reservoir to nearly 40 rural communities and 50,000 Coloradans throughout the […]