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PATS Provides 2015 Ridership Figures for the County

PATS Provides 2015 Ridership Figures for the County

The majority of riders use Prowers Area Transit Service for either medical appointments or to go to and from various shopping sites in the Lamar area. Darren Glover, Operations Director for PATS and Facility Coordinator for the Senior Center, provided an end-of-year numbers update for the Prowers County Commissioners recently. Glover’s figures show 24,642 riders […]

Holly Body Remains a Mystery

Holly Body Remains a Mystery

Prowers County Coroner, Joe Giadone, said recent efforts to identify the body of a man found in a seep ditch east of Holly on December 12th have come up empty.  “We’re trying to identify this person through DNA.  We recently thought we had a lead from a missing person report from Missouri, but the identifications […]

Prowers County Public Health & Environment Receives Grant for Kid's Oral Health

Prowers County Public Health & Environment Receives Grant for Kid’s Oral Health

[Lamar, CO] – Prowers County Public Health & Environment announced today that it has received a Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation grant to support its “Little Smiles” project. “The goal of the “Little Smiles” project is to increase awareness of better oral health for the children in Prowers County by implementing oral health screenings, providing […]

Test Your Home During National Radon Action Month

Test Your Home During National Radon Action Month

    DENVER – Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon, according to Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed,” said Kelley. “That’s why January is […]

Lamar Light and Power Continues to Upgrade Equipment for 2016

Lamar Light and Power Continues to Upgrade Equipment for 2016

  Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, told the Utility Board members that some expenditures have been budgeted for 2016 to update aging and outdated equipment. The plant will focus on power station relays for the 25 & 69 kilovolt substation equipment.  He noted, “The relays were manufactured in the 1960s and we can’t […]

The Lamar City Council Gets in the Game, Helps Fund PUMA Study

The Lamar City Council Gets in the Game, Helps Fund PUMA Study

  While the city council did not allocate $50,000 in funding to Prowers County Development Incorporated for 2016, a request was made to the city late last year by Ron Cook, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, to help fund a county-wide economic study priced at $50,000. PCDI pledged $25,000 to develop strategies and the […]

Forum on State Land Board Leases Hosted by Bent-Prowers Cattlemen

Forum on State Land Board Leases Hosted by Bent-Prowers Cattlemen

Thirty ranchers from southeast Colorado attended the open forum at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn on January 9th, sponsored by the Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers Association. Association President, Pat Ptolemy of Swink introduced Beverly Rave, the featured speaker who provided the audience with information on future Colorado State Land Board lease changes and also […]

Holly Trustees Focus on Water Issues

Holly Trustees Focus on Water Issues

  The state health department and the Environmental Protection Agency are requiring commercial and industrial water lines to be equipped with backflow devices which prevent the spread of contaminated water into a community’s drinking water system. The Holly Trustees were briefed on the development during their monthly January meeting by Mark Hartman, a water circuit […]

Jerry Jones Becomes Holly’s New Mayor

Jerry Jones Becomes Holly’s New Mayor

Trustee Jerry Jones has become Holly’s new mayor following the monthly board meeting on January 6th, 2016.  Former mayor, Brad Simon, submitted his letter of resignation to Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange on December 11, citing the need to spend more time on family and business matters.  The letter stated, in part, “I have truly enjoyed […]

A Warm and Wet 2015 for Southern Colorado

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 […]

Holly Commercial Club Retains Officers for 2016

Holly Commercial Club Retains Officers for 2016

  The Holly Commercial Club Met Wednesday, December 2nd .  Full time membership is at 18 and there are five associate members as the year draws to a close.  John Golden proposed that the 2015 officers of the Club be retained as the 2016 officers and the motion was carried and approved by the Club […]

2015 in Review:  Local Highlights from Sept - Dec

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 […]

Toys for Tots Wraps Up the Holiday

Toys for Tots Wraps Up the Holiday

  By 10am this past Thursday, December 24th, the Toys for Tots volunteers had wrapped up most of their deliveries throughout the community and were ready to stand down for the year. Only a few cars were in the parking lot of the former Car Palace on North Main Street, this year’s temporary headquarters for […]

Two Cases OF PERTUSSIS CONFIRMED for Prowers County

Two Cases OF PERTUSSIS CONFIRMED for Prowers County

News Release:  Prowers County Health and Environment Lamar, CO– Prowers County Public Health officials have received lab confirmation of pertussis in 2 Prowers County children, an 8 week old infant, and a 2 year old child, over the past 2 weeks. Due to the outbreak, Prowers County Public Health and Environment is advising parents to […]

2015:  News Highlights from the Past Year-February/March/April

2015: News Highlights from the Past Year-February/March/April

FEBRUARY PMC Selects Ty Rushton as New Board Member Holly resident, Ty Rushton, was selected to replace Kevin McGrath on the Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors Wednesday, February 25. The PMC monthly meeting was held at Shorty’s Café in Granada as part of a community outreach plan initiated by the hospital.  Rushton will serve […]

Blizzard Watch Posted for Parts of SE CO

Blizzard Watch Posted for Parts of SE CO

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO 352 AM MST SAT DEC 26 2015 LA JUNTA VICINITY/OTERO COUNTY-LAS ANIMAS VICINITY/BENT COUNTY- LAMAR VICINITY/PROWERS COUNTY- INCLUDING…LA JUNTA…ROCKY FORD…LAS ANIMAS…LAMAR 352 AM MST SAT DEC 26 2015 …BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS […]

Holiday Party DUI Enforcement Cites 596 Impaired Drivers

Holiday Party DUI Enforcement Cites 596 Impaired Drivers

New Study Shows 57% of Denver Adults Don’t Know the DUI Law STATEWIDE — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies successfully completed holiday party DUI enforcement under The Heat Is On campaign, resulting in 596 drivers arrested for impaired driving. The Holiday Party DUI enforcement period […]

Lamar Area Hospice Recognizes the Joy of Giving

Lamar Area Hospice Recognizes the Joy of Giving

  “We have the most amazing fund raising committee and it really makes a difference, it really does.” That was a comment from Deb Pelley, Executive Director of Lamar Area Hospice, as she was presented with a record $31,000 check from the Lamar Hospice Committee this past Thursday evening, December 17th.  It was a fitting […]

Colorado Employment Situation | November 2015

Colorado Employment Situation | November 2015

Total nonfarm payroll jobs declined 2,100 from October to November to 2,528,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 1,700 and government decreased 400. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.6 percent. The number of people actively […]

Safe New Year’s Travels with PATS

Safe New Year’s Travels with PATS

  If you’re going to celebrate and party for the New Year, let PATS become your designated driver for the night. The Prowers Area Transit Service will continue a New Year’s tradition with transportation service for area residents who want to party, but don’t want to drive.  PATS will provide door to door service beginning […]