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Granada Trustees Study Economic Development Assessment

  The study, initiated by a REDI, Rural Economic Development, grant was recently conducted by the State Department of Local Affairs for both Granada and Holly recently. The two part report provides an economic assessment of each town’s current status for job and population loss while the second segment provides a demographic breakdown for each […]

Adult Community Corrections Facility Suggested for Lamar

  Doug Carrigan from ATC, Advantage Treatment Center in Sterling, Colorado, addressed the Lamar City Council during a March 12th work session and outlined a concept for a 30-40 bed client facility in town.  Carrigan is the executive director of the Sterling facility and he told the council he believes the Lamar community would benefit […]

Honkers Help Wash Spott Celebrate Grand Opening

The Lamar Chamber of Commerce Honkers and Chamber board members visited the Hot Spott Car Wash at 1200 East Olive Street in Lamar, Saturday, February 27th for their grand opening celebration. Owners Matt and Shea Reinhardt converted the former Hot Spotte night club into a unique car wash, serving the motorists of southeast Colorado from […]

PUMA, First Steps for Economic Development for Prowers County

Following welcoming remarks to the luncheon attendees and a general outline on PUMA’s plans for their initial visit, Prowers County Commissioner, Ron Cook, turned the proceedings over to Anna Jones, VP of Progressive Urban Management Associates and Senior Associate Erika Heller. This was the introductory meeting on February 29th with various community leaders where PUMA […]

ARPA and LUB Are Settling Lawsuit

  The lawsuit between Lamar Light and Power and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority is drawing to a close and is expected to conclude following ARPA’s monthly meeting set for Thursday, February 25th.  Utility Board members voted to approve a proposed settlement with ARPA, Case Number 14CV30045, during their meeting Tuesday, February 23rd.  Following an […]

Lamar Honkers Around the Town

  My Health & Wellness The Lamar Chamber of Commerce Honkers paid a welcome visit recently to Dr. Samantha Befidi, Chiropractor/Acupuncture-Certified, at her offices at 206 East Olive Street in Lamar. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8am to 5pm and Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 6:30pm.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Call 719-336-0108 or […]

Gov. Forum on Colorado Ag Set for February 18

  When the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture takes place Feb. 18, it will mark a milestone. The annual event – which brings together local and state officials, farmers, ranchers, industry experts, lawmakers, media and consumers to discuss the most pertinent issues surrounding food production – is celebrating 25 years in 2016. This year’s Forum […]

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 […]

Colorado Employment Situation / December 2015

  Employers in Colorado added 10,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from November to December for a total of 2,539,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 10,000 and government increased 700. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in December to 3.5 […]

Colorado 4th Quarter Economic Report

Williams Releases Fourth Quarter Economic Indicators Report   DENVER, January 21, 2016 – Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today released the Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Report for the fourth quarter of 2015. The fourth quarter saw a modest decline in quarterly new business filings. Existing entity renewals decreased from the previous quarter but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gov. Colorado Ag Forum Set for Feb 18

  Next Generation Agriculture’ the focus of 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture;  Technology, labor issues and changing rural demographics among the many topics to be discussed-   There’s no shortage of issues discussed among the public, media, lawmakers and industry when it comes to food production, and the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture […]

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 […]

GoCO Inspire Grant Will be an Involved Process

  Next year, Lamar could receive a GoCO grant in the neighborhood of $5M, earmarked mostly for outdoor activity projects for local youth. Lamar has already qualified for the Inspire Initiative planning grant of $100,000 needed to formulate a comprehensive application to the state by next August.  The implementation plan will include places, programs and […]

Lamar Division of Vocational Rehabilitation inducted into the Lamar Chamber of Commerce

LAMAR, Colo. — The Lamar Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) hosted the Lamar Chamber of Commerce for a “business to business” ribbon cutting on Tuesday, December 8th. The ribbon cutting marks the Lamar DVR induction into the Chamber of Commerce. The offices are located at 1006 South Main Street in Lamar, directly across from the […]

PMC Approves 2016 Budget, Receives Update on Community Alliance Progress

The Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors closed out their final monthly meeting of 2015 on December 2nd, with the unanimous approval of the 2016 budget, which, according to Board Chairman, Julie Branes, will have no impact on the hospital district mill levy. Emily Nieschburg of LiveWell/Healthy Places recapped the latest developments of those organizations […]

Lamar Division of Vocational Rehabilitation inducted into the Lamar Chamber of Commerce

     LAMAR, Colo. — The Lamar Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will host the Lamar Chamber of Commerce for a “business to business” ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting marks the Lamar DVR induction into the Chamber of Commerce. The event will be at the DVR offices; 1006 South Main Street, Lamar CO 81052 on […]

Canyons & Plains to Hold Regional Meeting in Lamar Colorado

  Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado will hold its regional meeting at Brew Unto Others,  119 South Main Street  Lamar , CO on Thursday, December 3, 2015, 10 a.m. to 11 am.  The topic of the meeting will be “Healthy Places” Presented by Emily Nieschburg    Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health […]

County Commissioners Meet New High Plains CEO

Eric Niemeyer, the new Chief Executive Officer of High Plains Community Health Center, was introduced to the Prowers County Commissioners by outgoing CEO Jay Brooke during the commissioner’s Tuesday meeting, November 24th.  Niemeyer, who hails from Casper, WY, was hired by the board of directors of HPCHC earlier this month and is gaining knowledge about […]