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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 […]

Triumph Bancorp, Inc. to Acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc.

DALLAS, March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TBK) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc., parent of Colorado East Bank & Trust, headquartered in Lamar, Colorado. ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with $759 million in total assets as of 12/31/2015. Its community […]

Holly Trustee Vote Set for April 5

  Ballots will be cast at Holly’s City Complex for the April 5th municipal election this year. The Complex is at 200 South 3rd Street and will be open for balloting from 7am to 7pm, according to town clerk, Megan Jara.   Current Trustees, Marty Campbell and Larry Sitts are running for re-election and Holly residents, […]

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. […]

Holly Trustees Review South Well Problems/Solutions

  Holly resident Jerry Smith was probably speaking for more persons than himself and his wife, when he asked for an update on the town’s south well repair situation during the March 2nd Trustees meeting. The town has shut down the well because of sediment being produced by the spray caused by a cracked check […]

When is a Sports Mascot Racist?

There have been some changes to team mascots in the sports world, from the pro ranks to high school, even though most have been viewed as being unintentionally racist. There have been two public discussions on the Lamar Savages mascot of recent note.  One took place this past September during Governor Hickenlooper’s town hall visit […]

Board Members Elected at LPI Annual Meeting

  Four officers were elected to the Lamar Partnership Board and one new board member was welcomed during the LPI annual meeting held Wednesday, February 24th. Cindy Bennett from the Prowers County Fair Board was selected as a new board member while Lisa Carder was voted as LPI President with Tera Binder as Vice-President, Carla […]

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 […]

Fate of Savage Mascot Name?? Commission to Study American Indian Representations in Public Schools Visits Lamar, CO

LAMAR — Thursday, February 25, 2016 — The Governor’s Commission to Study American Indian Representations in Public schools will be in Lamar, Colorado to discuss Lamar High School’s Mascot. WHO:      Governor’s Commission to Study American Indian Representations in Public Schools WHAT:  Visit to Study Lamar H.S. Mascot. WHEN:     6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., […]

Construction Underway for LCC’s New Dorm

  John Marrin, Lamar Community College President, standing a few yards from where the school’s newest dormitory will be constructed this spring and summer, welcomed dozens of guests to the February 16th groundbreaking ceremonies. “This will be a large building that will house 30 to 32 students and this will be the future of this […]

PMC & HPCHC Holding Joint Board Meeting

Prowers Medical Center and High Plains Community Health Center Announce Joint Board Meeting Scheduled  (Lamar, CO) February 4, 2016 –  Prowers Medical Center and High Plains Community Health Center would like to announce that a joint Board Meeting between the Board of Directors for Prowers Medical Center and High Plains Community Health Center has been […]

VA Choice Program Will Impact Local Veteran’s Health Care

  The Veteran’s Health Administration is enhancing the Veteran’s Choice Program by incorporating new eligibility changes which address unusual or excessive burdens veterans may face in order to receive VA care. The changes will impact portions of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System and clinics located in Lamar, La Junta, Burlington and Salida. Under […]

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 […]

Chamber Holds Awards Banquet

Four citizens were honored for their service to the community during the Lamar Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Banquet held at the Wolves Den Event Center Thursday, January 28th.  The annual meeting served to introduce incoming and outgoing chamber directors for 2015/2016. Clay Peacock was honored as Citizen of the Year as Ian […]

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 […]

City Waits to Finalize Charter Communications Contract, Got an Issue?

  For those area residents who are Charter Communications cable customers and haven’t received their most recent bills, they can expect a price hike effective on or after February 15, 2016, according to information relayed by Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland. He informed the Lamar City Council of the price hike notification during the council’s […]

Colorado Traffic Fatalities Surge in 2015

  CDOT Doubles Down on Outreach to Drivers STATEWIDE — Preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicates that traffic fatalities rose by 10% in 2015. In 2015 there were 545 traffic fatalities in Colorado, compared to the 488 fatalities in 2014. “Every fatality is one too many, which is why we are […]

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 […]

Grasmick Declares Intention to Run for Commissioner

  My name is Tom Grasmick and I am pleased to announce my intent to run for Prowers County Commissioner in District 1. As a lifelong resident of Prowers County, I have the desire and drive to represent the people of this great county and do my part to continue to make this a wonderful […]