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Where They Stand: Holly & Granada Economic Assessment Report

  A Rural Economic Development grant has financed a study of Holly and Granada to provide an assessment of the current and potential business climate of each community. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, DOLA and the Colorado Office of Economic Development of International Trade, sponsored the study which was held earlier in the year. […]

From Sand Creek Massacre to Fort Marion, FL

Separated by 1,600 miles, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, in southeast Colorado and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (Fort Marion), in St. Augustine, Florida, represent uncommon places linked through common bonds of turmoil and suffering, sadness and hope, death and survival. Join Park Ranger Craig Moore at Sand Creek Massacre National […]

When is a Sports Mascot Racist?

There have been some changes to team mascots in the sports world, from the pro ranks to high school, even though most have been viewed as being unintentionally racist. There have been two public discussions on the Lamar Savages mascot of recent note.  One took place this past September during Governor Hickenlooper’s town hall visit […]

State Senator Crowder – District 35 -The VA and What Needs to be Fixed.

  I met with the in Denver on the issue of health care and walked away with a conclusion that the system is broken, but can be fixed. “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced, it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) based on the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the […]

Sen. Larry Crowder to Seek Reelection in 2016

ALAMOSA, Colo. – Sen. Larry Crowder will seek reelection to the Colorado State Senate in 2016. First elected in 2012, Sen. Crowder represents residents of the state’s 35th District which includes portions of 16 counties in Southern Colorado. During his first term in office, Sen. Crowder said he’s worked diligently to stand up for Southern […]

Private Property Rights Expert to Speak in La Junta, CO Feb. 27th

  Dr. Angus McIntosh, a private property rights expert, will be conducting a workshop at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2016 at the Otero Jr. College Banquet Room in La Junta, CO.  Beverly Rave, former Colorado State Land Board Director, will also speak on issues such as the Walk In Legislation, that will potentially impact […]

Kiowa County Murdock Building Receives Preservation Funding

Representative Tim Dore presented a check to the Murdock Building preservation for $170,171. on Friday, February 5, 2016  This check will help stabilize a portion of the structure of the historic building.  Kiowa County purchased the Murdoch Building in 2007 with plans to rehab a portion for its use as a senior center and Sand […]

Reading Up The Santa Fe Trail

Winter is a great time to catch up on your reading about the Santa Fe Trail. But…which books should you read? There is no shortage of books about the Trail. A recent search on Amazon found 8,502 trail books for sale. There are guide books, old and new, plus diaries, autobiographies, histories, books about plants […]

Canyons & Plains to Hold Regional Meeting in Lamar Colorado

  Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado will hold its regional meeting at Cow Palace Inn, 1301 North Main Street Lamar , CO on Thursday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 11 am.  The topic of the meeting will be Snow Goose Festival. Following the meeting, attendees are invited to have lunch together at Cow Palace, […]

Chamber Holds Awards Banquet

Four citizens were honored for their service to the community during the Lamar Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Banquet held at the Wolves Den Event Center Thursday, January 28th.  The annual meeting served to introduce incoming and outgoing chamber directors for 2015/2016. Clay Peacock was honored as Citizen of the Year as Ian […]

Counties Receive Funds for New Voting Systems

  FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 21, 2016 — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced Wednesday that he will provide $850,000 to help counties that are purchasing new voting equipment  this year and next. Williams told the Colorado County Clerks Association that the state will use federal Help America Vote Act funds to cover 50 […]

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Hold Mid-Winter Conference

  Arvada, CO, January 21 – Members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s’ Association gather twice a year to gain knowledge about their industry, create policy that drives their trade association, and present awards to those who have served the state’s beef industry in an exemplary fashion. This week’s Mid-Winter Conference, held in Denver, focused on the […]

Half a Century of History to Celebrate

The Prowers County Historical Society has begun planning events for their 50th anniversary.  Their recent newsletter states that the Society officially began in 1966 with the donation of a building from the phone company.  Prior to that point, there had been an informal historical organization.    The Society said a logical date would be this September when […]

9/11 Tribute Memorial, from Drawing Board to Planning Stages

Although the concept of a 9/11 Tribute Memorial has been worked out on paper, the best place to situate the memorial in Lamar is still up for consideration. Doug Harbour, from the Tribute Committee, presented  the Prowers County Commissioners with an artist’s representation of the memorial and discussed options with them.  Two choices are the […]

Republicans Pay Tribute to Veterans with Senate Bill One

DENVER – As a combat veteran, Colorado State Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) knows all too well the challenges facing his fellow military veterans. That’s why the first bill he offered in the 2016 legislative session, SB-001 — which is also the first bill being introduced by the Senate — aims at eliminating current caps on […]

High Plains Snow Goose and Heritage History Festival Announces Keynote Author and Lecturer!

The Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kiowa County Economic Development and Canyons and Plains are excited to announce Rick Wright as this year’s keynote and guest speaker for the 14th Annual High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival that will be held February 18-21, 2016 in Lamar, Colorado. Rick Wright will […]

State Water Plan Reviewed at Crop Production Clinic

  John Stulp, former State Agriculture Secretary, Prowers County Commissioner and current Special Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper for Water issues, was one of eight speakers at the January 6th Crop Production Clinic held at Lamar Community College. Stulp provided an update on the Governor’s State Water Plan which was presented to Hickenlooper last month. […]

A Warm and Wet 2015 for Southern Colorado

      2015 was a warm and wet year across south central and southeast Colorado. 2015 precipitation totals were bolstered by record setting late Spring and early Summer precipitation, which helped to end a multi-year drought across portions of southeast Colorado. With that said, 2015 has become one of the “Top 10”  warmest and […]

2015 in Review: Local Highlights from Sept – Dec

A Fitting Tribute The 3rd Annual Tri-State 9/11 Tribute in Lamar had several highlights Saturday, September 12, ranging from the performing bands and float entries that extended from West Beech Street to South 9th Street and from there into the Prowers County Fairgrounds for the day. Red, white and blue were the predominant colors of […]

Bent’s Fort to Waive Fees for 2016 National Park Service Centennial

  La Junta, CO – Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is waiving its admission fees for all of 2016 in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.  Admission to the fort will be free to all beginning on January 2, 2016. “We think of this as a gift to both the […]