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NWS-Moderate to Exceptional Drought Status for Southern Colorado

NWS-Moderate to Exceptional Drought Status for Southern Colorado

  SYNOPSIS: August was mainly hot and dry across Colorado, with the state as whole experiencing its warmest and fifth driest August on record (126 years). With that said, drought deepened across the state with over 98 percent of Colorado experiencing drought conditions by the end of the month. However, an unseasonably strong and cold […]

Lamar City Council Opposes LUB Proposed Rate Hike

Lamar City Council Opposes LUB Proposed Rate Hike

  The Lamar City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 20-09-01 which opposes a basic rate adjustment for Light Plant customers during their September 14th meeting. Prior to the Lamar Utilities Board public hearing on Tuesday, September 29th, regarding a proposed 1.4% electric rate increase for several classes of customers, including residential, the Lamar […]

State Ag Department Seeks Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

State Ag Department Seeks Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

  September 10, 2020 (DENVER) – Following an exceptionally dry spring and summer, drought conditions now cover 99% of the state of Colorado, exacerbated by record-breaking temperatures and an existing moisture deficit continuing from last fall.  On June 22, Governor Polis activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan under the chairmanship of directors from […]

Holly Postpones Landfill Closing to November

Holly Postpones Landfill Closing to November

    The Holly town landfill may have more lives than a cat! The Trustees were to consider closing the landfill by Saturday, September 5th during their monthly meeting and move forward with an alternative plan for refuse collection and disposal. The concerns over opening or closing have always revolved around customer costs and trying […]

Only September Left for 2020 Census Count

Only September Left for 2020 Census Count

Colorado’s 2020 Census Total Response Rate Exceeds 84%    Denver, CO – Now is the time to be counted in the 2020 Census. Data collection is scheduled to end on September 30 and the Census Bureau is encouraging all Coloradans to respond today.    “It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, […]

Lamar City Council Focuses on Water, Housing Project Funding

Lamar City Council Focuses on Water, Housing Project Funding

    Lamar City Administrator, Steve Kil, provided the Lamar City Council with an update of some on-going projects during the council’s regular meeting on Monday, August 24th. The earlier meeting, scheduled for August 10th was cancelled and as such, the city sales tax revenue report was delayed to this current meeting. Kil said bids […]

Governor Polis is Ordering Temporary Fire Restrictions

Governor Polis is Ordering Temporary Fire Restrictions

  As of August 18, 2020, the Pine Gulch Fire in Mesa and Garfield Counties has burned over 93,000 acres, making it the third largest fire in Colorado history. The Grizzly Creek Fire in Garfield County has burned over 29,000 acres, forced the closure of Interstate 70, and is threatening critical infrastructure. Grizzly Creek is […]

County Planning Commission Hears Plans for Housing Project, Holly Transfer Station

County Planning Commission Hears Plans for Housing Project, Holly Transfer Station

    The Town of Holly has settled on a course of action for dealing with refuse, establishing a Roll Off Transfer Station Waste Disposal System near the present landfill site. Holly Town Manager, Michael Tanner, along with Meagan Hillman, Director Prowers County Public Health and Environment, discussed the proposal for a Special Use Permit […]

July 2020 Brought Some Nice and Welcome Rains

July 2020 Brought Some Nice and Welcome Rains

    While the first six months of 2020 have been lean as far as rainfall is concerned, July has tried to make up for the lack of moisture with a series of showers through the month that swept across southeastern Colorado. Here are the precipitation results, in inches, for regional counties for the full […]

Lamar Council Notes Various Community/Economic Improvement Plans

Lamar Council Notes Various Community/Economic Improvement Plans

    The City of Lamar’s Water Distribution System Improvement Plan is nearing the end of Phase 3 which will complete the project designed to upgrade the water system running underneath South Main Street in the city. City Administrator, Steve Kil, informed the council during the July 13th meeting, that he and department heads will […]

Trustees Working to Develop New Housing in Granada

Trustees Working to Develop New Housing in Granada

Lengthy discussion was held by the Granada Trustees during their July 8th meeting on a need for surveyed roads and property in town based on potential future business developments in the community as well as a small housing project. The Trustees held a workshop on July 6th with a developer as well as SECED Executive […]

2020 Will be a Dry Year

2020 Will be a Dry Year

  With the end of June marking the half year on the calendar, precipitation reports for southeast Colorado are stark. On June 22, Governor Jared Polis requested activation of Colorado’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan as drought conditions deepen, reaching more than 81% of the state, […]

Governor Polis Activates Drought Plan and Task Force

Governor Polis Activates Drought Plan and Task Force

Severe Drought Expands Across Southern, Eastern Regions June 23, 2020 (Denver, CO) – Governor Jared Polis requested activation of Colorado’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan this week as drought conditions deepen, reaching more than 81% of the state, with severe and extreme drought conditions in 33% […]

Colorado Submits State Hemp Management Plan to USDA

Colorado Submits State Hemp Management Plan to USDA

  Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Governor Polis and the Office of the Attorney General, today submitted the Colorado State Hemp Management Plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, certifying that the State has the resources and personnel to carry out the practices and procedures set forth in […]

CWCB May 2020 Drought Outlook

CWCB May 2020 Drought Outlook

  As predicted in last month’s report, snowpack has rapidly declined. Soils are exceptionally dry throughout the southern half of the state and much of the eastern plains. Thus, despite average mountain snowpack, drought conditions have quickly intensified – particularly in the San Luis Valley, Arkansas Valley, and parts of the western slope. Outlooks show […]