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Granada Begins Sidewalk Safety Project, Discusses Elm Beetle Infestation

Granada Begins Sidewalk Safety Project, Discusses Elm Beetle Infestation

A single bid was submitted for the Hoisington Street, sidewalk safety project in Granada. MonCor, LLC was the lone bidder for the CDOT funded project which will start early next month. Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, who has been overseeing the local aspect of the project, told the Granada Trustees the bid came in at […]

Bryant Honored for Service to LUB, Board Member Faces ARPA Suit

Bryant Honored for Service to LUB, Board Member Faces ARPA Suit

A vacancy for a position on the Lamar Utilities Board is currently open with the end of the four-year term for Michael Bryant. Bryant had served as board chair for his final year and has been replaced in that capacity by Rick Beard. Bryant’s departure leaves one spot open which is currently being advertised in […]

LUB Reviews 2016 Draft Budget for Lamar Repowering Project

LUB Reviews 2016 Draft Budget for Lamar Repowering Project

  “This is a bare bones budget,” according to Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent. He remarked that overall; it’s 27% lower than last year’s submission sent to ARPA for approval under their Joint Operating Agreement. ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, needs to have the budget submitted to them by August 1. 2016 revenues are […]

County Building Projects Discussed

County Building Projects Discussed

“The new courthouse boiler has been installed but it hasn’t been filled with a chemical mix. We’re going to wait until the fall to do that and give it a test run,” stated Kirk Powers, Building Operations Supervisor to the Prowers County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 21. Powers was providing an update on some current […]

Funding Crucial to Ports to Plains Development

Funding Crucial to Ports to Plains Development

A series of connected highways running 1,390 miles from Mexico to Canada through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and other northward states Dakota make up the basic Ports to Plains Corridor project. Lamar hosted a regional meeting this past Wednesday, July 15,  allowing participants to learn about the most recent developments for highway development and the need […]

Lamar Council Approves Utility Developments

Lamar Council Approves Utility Developments

The council authorized an agreement for engineering services for $10,000 for the Main Street Water Distribution System Project Needs Assessment.  The goal is to replace the city’s aging water mains underneath Main Street in anticipation of CDOT’s re-surfacing project set to begin in early 2016.  A Needs Assessment on the project, costing $10,000, is required […]

Marrin Takes Over as Action 22 Board Chair.

Marrin Takes Over as Action 22 Board Chair.

  At the July Board meeting held at Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek John Marrin, President of Lamar Community College and board delegate from Prowers County took the reins as Chair of the Action 22 board. Marrin was Chair-elect but stepped in after Betty Clark-Wine resigned. Marrin has been President of LCC since 2008 and […]

ARPA and City of Lamar Perspectives on Required Demolition Permit

ARPA and City of Lamar Perspectives on Required Demolition Permit

The City of Lamar and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, have been at legal loggerheads for the past year over the failed Lamar Repowering Project, its ultimate disposition and the ability to default on the construction bonds used to build the coal fired plant. The plant has been offline since late 2011.  In September 2014, […]

Renovations Underway for New Taco Johns

Renovations Underway for New Taco Johns

The Taco Johns franchise is returning to Lamar after a several month absence.  The building, formerly known as Tacos, at 1701 South Main Street is being gutted from wall to wall, floor to ceiling to make way for a new operation under a new owner. Motorists have noted the roll-outs and construction conexes in front […]

Iberdrola and Tri-State G & T Sign Wind Power Agreement

Iberdrola and Tri-State G & T Sign Wind Power Agreement

Iberdrola Renewables Announces Wind Power Agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Twin Buttes II Wind Project to Supply Clean, Competitively-priced Power PORTLAND, Ore. – Iberdrola Renewables today announced a 25-year contract to supply Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State) – a wholesale electric power supplier owned by 44 electric cooperatives and public power […]

Free Firewood Available at Lamar Transfer Station

Free Firewood Available at Lamar Transfer Station

If you want it, you can come and get it, according to Lamar Public Works Director, Pat Mason.  There are some provisions a resident has to follow for the free firewood,  though. Mason said the opportunity comes at the last weekend of every month, during the free weekend at the city transfer station on Crystal […]

Light Plant Makes Repairs on Area Outages

Light Plant Makes Repairs on Area Outages

The Lamar Utility Board held a brief meeting, approving purchase orders and payment of bills.  A bid for underground junction boxes for $5,357 was approved to maintain stock inventory.  Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained that some of these will be used as parts of the electrical infrastructure for the proposed dormitory pod for Lamar […]

Southeast Area Extension Says - Rain Makes Grass--In Time!

Southeast Area Extension Says – Rain Makes Grass–In Time!

Exciting times, we have finally received some rain in Southeast Colorado and it has covered a very large area. Amounts have varied, but everyone has received some.  Optimism for the future is looking up, especially for agriculture producers. Winter crops are growing and the future for summer crops is bright. Grass is growing for livestock […]

ARPA/LUB Scholarships Announced; Exploration of New Power Source Continues

ARPA/LUB Scholarships Announced; Exploration of New Power Source Continues

The Lamar Utility Board held a brief general meeting before moving into executive session regarding the assets of the Lamar Repowering Project.  Prior to that, the December 2014 Financial Report was delivered which showed that cash was up $159,533 from November and accounts receivable increased by $155,456.  There was a gross operating loss for the […]

ARPA Board Signs Sales Agency Agreement for the Lamar Repowering Project

ARPA Board Signs Sales Agency Agreement for the Lamar Repowering Project

The Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) has entered into an agreement with International Process Plants (IPP) to assist with the marketing and sale of the Lamar Repowering Project power plant. IPP is a global asset recovery firm based in Princeton, New Jersey with offices and infrastructure in seventeen different countries. The contract with IPP follows […]

Turnaround Noted in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

Turnaround Noted in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

Tax Revenues collected by the City of Lamar for this past March have shown an overall increase.  City sales tax is up 9.52% for a $26,935 gain over the same time last year.  Use Tax and Other Tax collections, while traditionally smaller, noted a drop of about $14,000 combined, over the same period.  Totaled, the […]

Agriculture Sustainability and Climate Change

Agriculture Sustainability and Climate Change

    Early last year, the US government released the National Climate Assessment Report.  The report concluded that climate change is unequivocal and that agriculture will be on the front lines with those most impacted by its effect. Climate disruptions to agricultural production have increased in the past 40 years and are projected to continue […]

April 2015 Drought Update from CWCB

April 2015 Drought Update from CWCB

Colorado has been warm and dry for so far this spring. March was four degrees above average across much of the state making it the 6th warmest on record. In addition, the three week period from March 9- April 1, 2015 was one of the driest on record. As of April 14th, many river basins […]

City and County Are Underway with Spring Construction

City and County Are Underway with Spring Construction

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on the sidewalks of Main Street in Lamar, and at the Prowers County Courthouse.  While some homeowners begin their seasonal upgrades around the house, municipal crews for the county and city have been engaging in some heavy-duty tasks. Motorists and pedestrians probably noticed the tall, blue crane from Southeast […]

Lamar Utilities Board Keeps Power Development Options Open

Lamar Utilities Board Keeps Power Development Options Open

Lamar Utilities Board Extends Green Castle Agreement The Lamar Utilities Board, following an executive session on Tuesday, April 14, voted for a third extension of the agreement with Green Castle to pursue development of a natural gas power plant for Lamar.  Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained the energy development firm needs more […]