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Field Notes of a Colorado Sportsperson

Field Notes of a Colorado Sportsperson

  Trees burned in the Hayman Fire of 2002 stand in stark, black contrast to the surrounding landscape in Teller County. Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife DENVER – The 2020 wildfires in Colorado were historic. Before last summer, the Hayman Fire was, for 18 years, the largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history at […]

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

    The Lamar City Council held its first meeting of 2021 this past Monday, January 11th. City Treasurer, Kristin McCrea noted her findings for the city’s Water/Wastewater fund from 2016 to 2020 which indicated the operating expenditures for four of the past five years have been overspent. Her written report suggested the need to […]

2020 Climate Year in Review across Southern Colorado- Pueblo NWS

2020 Climate Year in Review across Southern Colorado- Pueblo NWS

January of 2020 was a generally warm and dry month across the region, save for a few passing weather systems within a mainly west to northwest flow pattern, bringing spotty precipitation to the higher terrain along the Continental Divide. February started out where January left off, warm and dry across south central and southeast Colorado, […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT-NWS-December 25, 2020

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT-NWS-December 25, 2020

    Moderate to Exceptional Drought Persists Across South Central and Southeast Colorado SYNOPSIS… November of 2020 was a very warm and generally dry month across south central and southeast Colorado, as well as the state as a whole, with the Colorado Climate Center indicating November of 2020 as the 7th warmest and 42nd driest […]

City of Lamar Prepares for 2021

City of Lamar Prepares for 2021

  The Lamar City Council finished business for 2020 with their final meeting of the year, Monday, December 21st with a reminder that city offices will be closed December 24th and 25th as well as January 1, 2021. City Administrator, Steve Kil, noted the Community Development Block Grant of $900,000 for the administration of funds […]

NWS-Pueblo 2020 Fall Weather Review & Precipitation Summary

NWS-Pueblo 2020 Fall Weather Review & Precipitation Summary

  The start of Meteorological Fall 2020 (September, October and November) was extremely warm, with Alamosa, Colorado Springs and Pueblo all setting new September and Fall record high temperatures, with a possible new Colorado September record high temperature of 108 degrees set in La Junta on September 6th. This record warmth was followed by record […]

Holly Trustees Approve 2021 Budget

Holly Trustees Approve 2021 Budget

    The Holly Trustees approved the town’s budget for 2021, following a public hearing on Wednesday, December 2nd, for comments. Ordinance No. 532 allow appropriation of sums of money totaling $2,373,796 which will be applied to the General Fund at $523,413, The Library Fund at $21,701, the Utility Fund at $1,819,677 and the Conservation […]

S.E. Colorado Drought Information Statement, November 2020

S.E. Colorado Drought Information Statement, November 2020

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT Moderate to Exceptional Drought Continues Across South Central and Southeast Colorado… SYNOPSIS… October was another month of extremes across south central and southeast Colorado. The first half of the month saw extremely warm and mainly dry conditions statewide, with Colorado Springs (87F) and Pueblo (94F) both tying their respective record high monthly […]

State Fire Agency Urges Caution as Wildfire Danger Rises

State Fire Agency Urges Caution as Wildfire Danger Rises

October 20, 2020: The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) is encouraging those that live, work, and play in Colorado to be aware of the current fire danger. Fire danger has increased throughout the state due to windy conditions and critically low relative humidity that will continue over the coming days. These weather […]

Funding Available for Various Lamar Municipal Projects

Funding Available for Various Lamar Municipal Projects

    The City of Lamar is moving forward with plans to develop recreational outlets for visitors and local residents. Recently Greater Outdoors Colorado informed the city it could use previous grant funding for capital improvement projects. The city now has $656,000 made up from GoCO, the city’s Conservation Trust Fund and Community Partnership contributors. […]

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, […]