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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 […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT-May 16 2020

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT-May 16 2020

    Severe to Extreme Drought Conditions Expand across South Central and Southeast Colorado Snow packs in the Arkansas and Rio Grande basins were near normal over the past winter. However, that snow was not enough to relieve the on- going drought which developed through the late summer and early fall of 2019, due to […]

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 […]

Lamar Council Responds to Social Distancing Issues

Lamar Council Responds to Social Distancing Issues

  The Lamar City Council continued to exercise caution with social distancing protocols in effect during their May 11 meeting via videoconferencing. Mayor Kirk Crespin addressed the balancing act the city is conducting, weighing citizen’s desires to create or attend social functions while continuing to keep those citizens protected from the COVID virus by adhering […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 2020 Drought Update from CWCB

March 2020 Drought Update from CWCB

This year’s spring and summer drought outlook may be tough to predict, but currently the state’s northern mountains and Front Range look strong. There are increasing concerns of dry conditions along the Eastern Plains, in the southwest and San Juans where we are seeing slightly below average snowpacks and reservoir levels. There are reports of […]

State Ag Commissioner Guest Speaker at Conservation District Annual

State Ag Commissioner Guest Speaker at Conservation District Annual

    Colorado State Agriculture Commissioner, Kate Greenburg, was guest speaker this past Tuesday, February 18th for the Prowers Conservation District’s annual meeting at the Home Ec Building at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. Greenburg, who is beginning her second year in office, first visited the area this past summer during a meet and greet held […]

CPW Maintains Vigilance over Invasive Mussels in State Water Bodies

CPW Maintains Vigilance over Invasive Mussels in State Water Bodies

  More Boats Found with Mussel Infestations in 2019 DENVER, Colo. – More boats requiring decontamination because of infestations of destructive mussels entered Colorado last year than in 2018, but the statewide inspection program coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife again succeeded in keeping invasive mussels out of the state’s lakes and reservoirs. While Colorado […]

Drought Returning to Southern Colorado Areas

Drought Returning to Southern Colorado Areas

      Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions Return to Portions of South Central and Southeast Colorado…   SYNOPSIS…  A wet and cool Spring of 2019, combined with the previous wet Winter of 2018 and 2019 allowed for the US Drought Monitor to declare all of Colorado drought free on May 21st of 2019, a […]