Idler-/-Harbour Recognized for Their Contributions

Doug Harbour Receives Certificate of Appreciation

Doug Harbour Receives Certificate of Appreciation

Two Prowers County residents, JoLynn Idler and Doug Harbour were presented with certificates of appreciation for their work in the community by the Prowers County Commissioners recently.

JoLynn Idler with Prowers County Commissioners

JoLynn Idler with Prowers County Commissioners

Idler was recognized for her work with Prowers County Public Health as an immunization coordinator for the past 17 years. She was selected as a 2015 Regional Sure Shot Award recipient.  Idler helped develop the Prowers County Immunization Coalition and served as a Colorado Immunization Information System Field Coordinator for Southeast Colorado.

The commissioners recognized the efforts Doug Harbour has made on behalf of the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute event he originated several years ago. The event, featuring a parade, numerous patriotic themed displays, music and guest speakers, has grown from a small gathering honoring first responders and military veterans, to a day-long event held at the Prowers County Fairgrounds which attracts hundreds of participants.

In other action, Rachel Patrick, Director of Southeast Small Business Development Center in La Junta, visited with the commissioners, briefing them on an informational project which assists business owners with development plans. “We’re also planning a campaign with Google called, ‘Let’s Put Lamar on the Map’ which will offer correct business addresses and listings on the website, including home-based businesses,” she explained.  Patrick said the project is not complete at this time, as she’s working on the way to best spread the word about the concept, when to kick it off and where to hold it.  “It’s something we’ll do in all six counties, but Lamar will be the first,” she added.  Stephanie Gonzales, Executive Director of SECED, accompanied Patrick on her visit and volunteered the SECED offices on West Elm Street to host the event.

The commissioners approved a subdivision request for Ports-to-Plains Travel Plaza which will divide their holdings into three segments. One will remain as is for the truck stop and restaurant, another small segment will be sold to A-1 Rental and the remaining parcel will stay as is for agricultural use and water rights.  It will also offer continuous access through the projected Reliever Route.  The annual liquor license renewal for the BPOE Elks Lodge #1319 was approved as was the Intergovernmental Agreement for shared ambulance licensing for Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers Counties.  The IGA with various southeast Colorado law enforcement agencies was approved for cost sharing of upgraded radios.

By Russ Baldwin


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