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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 […]

Granada Trustees Move Forward on Water Project

Granada Trustees Move Forward on Water Project

    The Granada Trustees, following a public hearing Wednesday, March 20th, voted to move forward on water system improvements for the community.  A resolution on the project and financing costs will be on the April 10th agenda during their regular monthly meeting. David Frisch, consulting engineer for GMS, Inc., said, “This is a great […]

City Sales Tax Lagging from 2018 Figures

City Sales Tax Lagging from 2018 Figures

    The Sales Tax for the City of Lamar was up 2.43% for January, 2019, collected in February of this year. The gain accounts for $5,792.85 in revenue comparing 2018 figures to $243,849.61 collected for this year.  Use Tax collections for this period dropped 65.14% for a loss of $25,889.36 and Other Collections were […]

CPW News: Colorado and Kansas Sign Historic Agreement

CPW News: Colorado and Kansas Sign Historic Agreement

Create Permanent Water Supply at CPW’s John Martin Reservoir State Park   HASTY, Colo. – A 40-year deadlock between Colorado and Kansas has been resolved with the signing of a historic agreement that will provide a new source of water for a permanent fish and wildlife conservation pool in John Martin Reservoir. The long-sought compromise between […]

LCC Hosts SE Colorado Regional Science Fair

LCC Hosts SE Colorado Regional Science Fair

    Close to 90 elementary, junior high and high school students took part in the annual Southeast Regional Science Fair, at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center, Wednesday, February 27. Students stood by their science displays on the gym floor, explaining to regional judges, the content of their science project and what was their […]

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION - MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2019

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION – MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2019

      AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Snowfall across Colorado during February boosted snowpack and brought relief to drought-stressed areas, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. However, nearly all counties were still experiencing abnormally dry conditions or worse at month’s end.   Reporters in northeastern counties noted winter kill […]

CWCB Drought Update, February 2019

CWCB Drought Update, February 2019

  In response to persistent and prolonged drought conditions throughout the southern half of the state and along the western border, the May 2, 2018 drought mitigation and response plan was activated for additional counties in northwest Colorado which were added in September. Calendar year 2019 has brought with it beneficial moisture that has nearly […]

John Martin Stilling Basin is Cleaned Out for First Time in 70 Years

John Martin Stilling Basin is Cleaned Out for First Time in 70 Years

    The cleaning project, underway since this past November, is nearing completion at John Martin Dam in Bent County. A trip to the dam this past Sunday, February 17th, shows that the water from the stillway has been drained and earth moving equipment has scraped clean, almost all the accumulated sediment that has built […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT - Slow Improvement In Drought Conditions Continue

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT – Slow Improvement In Drought Conditions Continue

  National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo, CO    SYNOPSIS…Updated  Abundant and beneficial snow across much of Colorado`s Mountains over the past few months has prompted the US Drought Monitor to improve the Exceptional Drought (D4) conditions that has plagued southwest Colorado over the past year. With that said, the latest Drought Monitor, issued […]

City Taking Steps to Move Storm Water off the Streets

City Taking Steps to Move Storm Water off the Streets

  The City of Lamar is seeking two $600,000 grants, one from a Community Development Block Grant and another from the Department of Local Affairs to help complete a storm water drainage improvement project. A $78,000 cash match from the city will bring the total cost of the project to $1,278,000.  The cash match has […]

LCC Hosting 3rd Annual SCALE in Lamar

LCC Hosting 3rd Annual SCALE in Lamar

    Several dozen area farmers and ranchers, coupled with about a dozen ag-oriented exhibitors attended the second annual Southeast Crops and Livestock Expo (SCALE) at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center on Friday, February 8th. The expo featured former Colorado Ag Commissioner, Don Brown, as the main speaker at 12:30 at the Wellness Center. […]

Pedal the Plains Relies on Community Volunteers

Pedal the Plains Relies on Community Volunteers

    The 2019 Pedal the Plains, three-day biking event, will be held in Lamar, Springfield and Holly between Friday, September 13th through the 15th.  Each of the three days takes a commitment from community volunteers, according to Tour Director, Deirdre Moynihan.  She and several members of the planning group held an overview meeting for […]

City Council Begins 2019 with Full Agenda

City Council Begins 2019 with Full Agenda

        The Lamar City Council began their first meeting in 2019 with almost three dozen items on the agenda, this past Monday, January 14th. Councilmembers ratified a phone poll approving the cancellation of a court appearance for Prowers Aggregate Operators, LLC with the State of Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board. According to […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT - Friday,  Jan. 11, 2019

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT – Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

National Weather Service Pueblo Co Drought Conditions Continue Across Most of South Central and Southeast Colorado SYNOPSIS The latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday January 11th, is indicating Exceptional Drought (D4) conditions confined to Southwestern portions of Colorado, including the western 2/3rds of Mineral County and extreme western portions of Rio Grande County. Extreme Drought […]

Granada Trustees Begin Grant Process for Town Water Infrastructure

Granada Trustees Begin Grant Process for Town Water Infrastructure

    The Granada Trustees decided to pursue a grant application to finance water main improvements in the community during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, January 9th.  This project was researched by the Trustees in June 2016, working with the GMS engineering firm from Colorado Springs.  Mayor Glenn Otto was contacted by David Frisch from the […]