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ASB Notice: NASS Suspends July Cattle and the August US and Canadian Cattle Reports

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is suspending the July Cattle report which was slated for release on July 22 and the U.S. and Canadian Cattle report scheduled for August 23. The Cattle report issued in July contains inventory numbers of all cattle and calves in the United States. […]

CPW Reminds Boaters of Inspection Requirements

DENVER – As boating season approaches, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds boaters once again to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Memorial Day weekend may officially kick off the 2016 boating season, but some lakes and reservoirs are slated to open as early as March 1. The best way to stop the spread of […]

Skywarn Weather Spotter Training Dates

  FREE TRAINING…The National Weather Service in Pueblo provides SKYWARN weather spotter preparedness and training. Typically the sessions are scheduled from late March through early May each year, and are a cooperative effort of local government officials and the National Weather Service.  The sessions are FREE OF CHARGE and usually open to everyone, except when […]

February 2016 Drought Update – Colorado Water Conservation Board

    Statewide precipitation, as of February 16, is at 106% of average. January brought beneficial storms to the state but so far in February, Colorado has only experienced 77% of average precipitation. This recent lull in precipitation is not unusual at this time of the year. The spring months will be the key to […]

Willow Creek Park Selected as Potential Skateboard Site

The Lamar City Council weighed the pros and cons of several potential sites for a skateboard park within the city limits and informally agreed that the southern end of Willow Creek Park would be the best location. Other viable sites discussed during the February 29th work session included Escondido Park, Bicentennial Park and the horseshoe […]

Prowers Conservation District Soil Health Presentation

SOIL HEALTH PRESENTATION HOSTED BY PROWERS CONSERVATION DISTRICT OFFERS PRODUCERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THEIR SOIL AS A LIVING ORGANISMS RATHER THAN AN INANIMATE OBJECT.           Producers that attended the February 17th workshop learned that every time you slice into the soil you release moisture and damage soil structure.  Guest speaker Ryan Hytree, Soil […]

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 […]

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 […]

Snowpack/Reservoir Levels Remain Strong in State

The Natural Resources Conservation Service last week released its Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report, based on Feb. 1 figures. According to the report, collective snowpack and reservoir levels for the state remain above average, and also above normal in nearly each of Colorado’s eight river basins. SNOWPACK LEVELS (as of Feb. 1)  River Basin … […]

City Continues House Demolition Project

  Tearing down derelict houses in Lamar helps improve a neighborhood in a number of ways; the area becomes free of blight, property values have a chance to increase, there’s less of a risk of other houses falling into disrepair, vandalism, vagrancy and drug houses are reduced, and an opportunity develops for a new house […]

Two Deer Possibly Poached Near Hanover, Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information on a possible poaching incident near Hanover, Colorado, southeast of Fountain. Wildlife officers recently investigated a report of two dead deer that had been dumped along Hanover road in eastern El Paso County. During a necropsy the officers found signs that lead them to […]

Colorado Launches Statewide Open Innovation Challenge

  “Imagine Colorado” asks Coloradans to submit their best ideas to make kids healthier in exchange for $25,000 in prizes. DENVER – Mon., Feb. 1, 2016 – Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and LiveWell Colorado today launched Imagine Colorado, the nation’s first-ever statewide open innovation challenge. Imagine Colorado is seeking bold ideas […]

UPDATED- WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE as of 5pm Sunday

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO Up-dated Sunday Night Monday Snow. High near 36. Breezy, with an east southeast wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Monday Night Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 9pm. Low around […]

Ports to Plains Travel Plaza Saves with LED Conversion

Lamar, CO, January 11, 2016 – Ports to Plains Travel Plaza has completed an energy efficient LED lighting upgrade to their entire facility that cuts lighting energy use by 50 to 75 percent. This was accomplished by upgrading to the latest LED (light emitting diode) lighting for indoor store ceiling lighting, gas station canopy lights, […]

Colorado Ranks 5th in Nation for LEED Green Building

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 – Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Colorado ranks fifth in the nation for LEED green building in 2015, as released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier […]

CWCB/Dept of Natural Resources-January 2016 Drought Update

  Snowpack through the first quarter of the water year (October- September) was above normal for nearly the entire state and well above normal in the San Juan Mountains. A cool and wet December helped to alleviate abnormally dry conditions over the majority of the state. Long-term forecast favor the state for continued above average […]

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 […]

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. […]

High Plains Snow Goose Festival Announces 1st Annual Photography Contest!

The High Plains Snow Goose Festival in partnership with the Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Southeast Colorado Arts Council is sponsoring its 1st annual photography contest and is seeking entries that will feature Southeast Colorado. Entries are being accepted from now until February 12, 2016. This contest is open to the […]