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Lamar Receives $100,000 GoCO Grant for Outdoor Recreation Development

Greater Outdoors Colorado announced this past Friday, October 23rd, that Lamar is one of six pilot communities selected to receive $100,000 in planning grants which can be leveraged to up to $5M to implement projects allowing more kids more access to outdoor recreation. The State of Colorado is using up to $25M  in GOCO lottery […]

Artists Sought To Portray Mallard in Waterfowl Art Competition

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation requests original artwork entries for the 2016 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. This year’s species of focus is the Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos. The deadline for artist submissions is 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. “It is amazing every year to see what the artists come up […]

Employment Status for Lamar Welcome Center Manager is Altered

The Lamar City Council, minus Mayor Roger Stagner who excused himself from the chambers, engaged in a lengthy discussion regarding terminating the Welcome Center Manager’s contract with the State of Colorado, and hiring the manager as a city employee. Mayor Stagner is married to the manager, Leslie Stagner and he did not take part in […]

CPW’s Resource Stewardship Tracks Nature With a Smartphone

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitors, volunteers and staff began entering observations of plants and animals into the ‘State Parks NatureFinder’ project, hosted by the free smartphone application iNaturalist, July 13, at Colorado State Parks thanks to efforts by CPW’s Resource Stewardship program. “Several hundred observations have been added since the project launched,” said […]

Four apply for 15th Judicial District judgeship

  The 15th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet in Lamar on Sept. 14, 2015, to consider candidates for a District Court vacancy.  Four candidates have applied for this vacancy.  They are Michael J. Davidson, Donald L. Steerman and Kim R. Verhoeff, all of Lamar; and Debra M. Gunkel of Springfield. The rules of procedure […]

Trespassing Case Near Granby Prompts Warnings From CPW to Respect Private Land

GRANBY, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife cautions hunters to respect private land and avoid trespassing after a Grand County judge ordered Robert Johnson, 55, of Granby, to pay $11,653.50 in fines and court costs and perform 50 hours of community service in a sentencing hearing last Monday. Johnson, his wife and three accomplices trespassed […]

Colorado Employment Situation / June 2015

Employers in Colorado added 11,300 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,525,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,800 from May to June and government increased 2,500. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Officers Focus On Boating Under the Influence During Operation Dry Water, June 26-28

LITTLETON, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office joins Operation Dry Water June 26 to 28, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence. During this three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about […]

Protect Colorado: Burn Your Firewood Where You Buy It

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – With summer approaching, many people will be packing up the tent and sleeping bags to enjoy all of Colorado’s great camping locations, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds outdoor enthusiasts to leave their firewood at home. “Moving firewood across the state can contribute to tree mortality,” said Jeanne Ring, CDA’s cooperative […]

Camp Amache Barracks Being Rebuilt

Section by section, portions of Camp Amache near Granada are being restored to represent the scope of life in the internment camp used to hold over 4,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. A water tower and a guard tower have been rebuilt and now work is underway reconstructing a former barracks between the two […]

PCDI Board Learns How Demand for Hemp Production is Increasing

First there was legalized marijuana in Colorado through the passage of Amendment 64, and now hemp, basically a cousin to marijuana minus the hallucinatory ingredients, has proponents attempting to make it a viable, mainstream crop for farmers statewide and in the rest of the nation. Michael Bowman, a founding board member of the Sustainable Biodiesel […]

Lamar Council Okays Funding to Support Southwest Chief Route

Lamar Police Chief Kyle Miller gave the oath of office to the city’s newest officer, Thomas Dunagan, who recently graduated from the Otero Junior College Law Enforcement Agency.  He began his orientation training in Lamar on April 30 of this year.  “With Officer Dunagan’s hiring, we’re now at our budgeted strength of 20 officers for […]

Gov. Hickenlooper names Irv Halter as Executive Director of Department of Local Affairs

  DENVER — Tuesday, April 28, 2015— Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Irving “Irv” Halter, Jr., will be the executive director of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) effective May 1, 2015. “Irv Halter has a distinguished career in the public and private sector. His vast experience and passion for good government will greatly benefit […]