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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 […]

LCC to Break Ground on New Residence Hall

(Lamar, Colorado; February 11, 2016)  Lamar Community College and the LCC Foundation are pleased to announce that the College will break ground on the College’s new residence hall on Tuesday, February 16, at 1:30pm just north of Todd-Burch Hall on the LCC campus. The public is welcome to attend the event. Parking for the groundbreaking […]

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 […]

Jerry Jones Becomes Holly’s New Mayor

Trustee Jerry Jones has become Holly’s new mayor following the monthly board meeting on January 6th, 2016.  Former mayor, Brad Simon, submitted his letter of resignation to Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange on December 11, citing the need to spend more time on family and business matters.  The letter stated, in part, “I have truly enjoyed […]

Body Found by Holly Colorado Duck Hunters

Prowers County Sheriff, Sam Zordel received a call around 8:30 am this past Saturday, December 12, 2015, concerning a body discovered by duck hunters found laying in the water in a seep ditch about ¾ miles east of Holly. Sheriff Zordel said it appeared to be a male of unknown age and that an autopsy […]

City Resolution Will Divert Funds from PCDI

A resolution passed by the Lamar City Council during their October 26th meeting called for funds normally earmarked for Prowers County Development Incorporated in the 2016 city budget, to be redirected for community development in conjunction with the city’s Main Street Program. The City of Lamar and Prowers County have shared the costs of funding PCDI […]

Lamar VFW Post Ended

The struggle to keep local VFW Post 3621 on South Memorial Drive open has apparently concluded with life members being notified by mail that the charter is being ended. The letter, from Patrick Botbyl, Director of Member Dues Processing states that life members have the option of transferring either to a local post of their choice […]

Hodge Departing from Lamar’s URA and Main Street Program

Shawna Hodge has submitted her resignation as Lamar’s Main Street Community Coordinator, effective September 30. In her letter, submitted to the City of Lamar on Tuesday September 8, Hodge said she will relocate to the Denver area to pursue a career in similar fields. Hodge is also the Executive Director of Lamar Partnership Incorporated and […]

Prowers County Sheriff Requests Pueblo SWAT for Local Arrest

The Prowers County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault and menacing incident. The suspect, Joseph James “J.J.” Marble, 36, of Lamar, had made threats of killing family members, law enforcement, and was in possession of several weapons, inside the residence. Marble had assaulted a family member the prior night, Thursday, 7-23-15, which Prowers […]

Beer is on the Menu for the Sand and Sage Fair

The Lamar City Council voted unanimously in favor of the special events permit request allowing beer to be served during the August fair at the Prowers County Fairgrounds.  The request was made by the Sand and Sage Fair Board following a public hearing during the council’s regular meeting, Monday, July 13.  Essentially it was a […]

GoCO Makes Major Grant for Lamar Loop

There’s a lot of work to be done to start the 7.3 mile Lamar Loop, a walking trail that will encompass most of the city, but now the money is there to get the job moving. Emily Nieschburg, coordinator for Healthy Places in Lamar and LiveWell Prowers County, said the Summit meeting at Amache Farms […]

Fair Board Clears Beer Garden Hurdle with Commissioners

The Sand and Sage Fair Board, by a two to one vote from the County Commissioners, received approval to apply for a special events permit to host a beer garden during four events in this year’s Sand and Sage Fair.  This clears the path for the fair board to request a permit from the City […]

Abling Gets 10 Years…and Forgiveness

Marla Abling was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death of 45 year old Rory Alba of Lamar in January 2013.  Alba was found dead in her apartment in Lamar on South 9th Street, apparently struck by a blunt instrument and with an extension cord, wrapped tightly around his neck.  The sentencing was […]

City of Lamar Can Take ARPA to Jury Trial over Repowering Project

The Senior District Court Judge, Scott Epstein, in the cases against ARPA by the City of Lamar and the Ratepayers comprised of several local business owners, ruled that although the Ratepayers case has no standing and their case was dismissed, the suits brought by the City of Lamar and Lamar Utilities Board can move forward […]

Plea Agreement Reached in Abling – Alba Murder Case

First degree murder charges against 49 year old Marla Abling of Lamar have been reduced to Manslaughter/Reckless, a Class 4 Felony that brings with it a recommended sentence of ten years and three years parole. Judge Stan Brinkley presided over the plea agreement hearing in the 15th Judicial Prowers County Court in Lamar Tuesday morning, […]

End in Sight for Abling Murder Trial?

  Prowers County Combined Courts issued a news release, Friday, May 8, stating the Court will open the record in the case regarding Marla Abling at 10am this Tuesday, May 12, 2015, for “Purposes of the announcement of a plea by the Defendant.” Abling was arrested by the Lamar Police Department in January 2013 in […]

George Gotto Selected as PCDI Interim Executive Director

GEORGE GOTTO TO SERVE AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PCDI (LAMAR, COLORADO) – “Focus your attention on what you are building.”  The words of Nikki Rowe hold very true to what the board of directors of Prowers County Development, Incorporated (PCDI) is dedicated to doing.  The organization is determined to bring about a new focus […]

Colorado Employment Situation | March 2015

Total nonfarm payroll jobs declined 3,900 from February to March to 2,504,100 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 4,600 and government increased 700. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from February to March 2015 at 4.2 percent. The number of people actively participating […]

Hans Hasser Receives Prestigious Bent-Prowers Award at Annual Meeting

LAS ANIMAS – Hans Hasser of Lamar was honored during the annual Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association banquet April 11th in Las Animas. Hasser, a fourth-generation rancher, was selected as the association’s prestigious Honorary Life Member Award recipient. He has been an active member of Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Grower’s Association. He served as […]

Josh Abbott Band Returning to Southeast Colorado

Homecoming Show for Preston Wait, Campo Native Lamar, CO 4/9/2015  Josh Abbott Band, Nashville recording artists to make a return to the Sand and Sage Round-Up August 1st.  The Texas country group originating in Lubbock, Texas returns to Colorado, a homecoming for band member Preston Wait formerly of Campo. The band founded in 2006 has […]