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Where They Stand: Holly & Granada Economic Assessment Report

  A Rural Economic Development grant has financed a study of Holly and Granada to provide an assessment of the current and potential business climate of each community. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, DOLA and the Colorado Office of Economic Development of International Trade, sponsored the study which was held earlier in the year. […]

From Sand Creek Massacre to Fort Marion, FL

Separated by 1,600 miles, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, in southeast Colorado and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (Fort Marion), in St. Augustine, Florida, represent uncommon places linked through common bonds of turmoil and suffering, sadness and hope, death and survival. Join Park Ranger Craig Moore at Sand Creek Massacre National […]

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, […]

Lamar Rotary Receives Updated Info from Community Development Manager

  Angie Cue, Lamar’s Community Development Manager since January, provided an update on her department during the Lamar Rotary’s Thursday afternoon meeting, March 3rd.  Cue, a former Lamar native, is also the executive director of the Lamar Partnership Incorporated organization, and has been familiarizing herself with both departments since her return. “The LPI was created […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lodging Panel Considers a Cap on Funding Requests

  Members of the Prowers Lodging Tax Panel maintained their focus on finances during their February 16th meeting.  Five event requests had been carried over from the previous meeting and funding was provided for each of them last Tuesday.  Another topic that was briefly mentioned last month received more discussion by board members; President Pat […]

Granada Discusses PUMA Buy-In for Economic Study

The Granada Trustees were briefed on the approaching PUMA economic study by the Prowers County Commissioners as well as Rick Robbins, President of Prowers County Development Incorporated and board member Cindy Otto. PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, will visit towns in Prowers County on February 29th and March 1st, and speak with key community members, […]

2016 Begins with Healthy City Sales Tax Report

  December 2015 Sales and Use Tax collected in January 2016 indicated a healthy shopping community with City Sales Tax up 6.07% and Total Sales and Use Tax collections up 16.51% from the latest report. City Sales Tax collections were up $19,417.70 at $339,221.23.  That’s compared to the 2015 collection figure of $319,803.53. Year to […]

CDOT Provides Estimated Timeline for Main Street Construction

  The Main Street construction project in Lamar will be conducted in three phases over several years and the bidding for a contractor for the first phase will begin May 5th of this year.  Brian Long, CDOT resident engineer for southeast Colorado and Dean VanDeWege, P.E. Senior Project Manager for Jacobs Consulting, hosted a public […]

Kiowa County Murdock Building Receives Preservation Funding

Representative Tim Dore presented a check to the Murdock Building preservation for $170,171. on Friday, February 5, 2016  This check will help stabilize a portion of the structure of the historic building.  Kiowa County purchased the Murdoch Building in 2007 with plans to rehab a portion for its use as a senior center and Sand […]

Holly Trustees Election Set for April 5

  The Town of Holly will hold a municipal election for Trustees and Mayor on April 5th of this year.  Current Trustees, Marty Campbell and Larry Stitts are up for re-election and Holly residents, Josh Reinert and Corey Stephans are making a bid for a seat on the Trustee’s board.  Jerry Jones, who has become […]

Reading Up The Santa Fe Trail

Winter is a great time to catch up on your reading about the Santa Fe Trail. But…which books should you read? There is no shortage of books about the Trail. A recent search on Amazon found 8,502 trail books for sale. There are guide books, old and new, plus diaries, autobiographies, histories, books about plants […]

Canyons & Plains to Hold Regional Meeting in Lamar Colorado

  Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado will hold its regional meeting at Cow Palace Inn, 1301 North Main Street Lamar , CO on Thursday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 11 am.  The topic of the meeting will be Snow Goose Festival. Following the meeting, attendees are invited to have lunch together at Cow Palace, […]

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, […]

Public Invited to Lamar’s Main Street Open House

  Meeting to Detail Upcoming Highway 287 Improvements LAMAR – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting an open house next month regarding the U.S. 287 (Main Street) Reconstruction Project through Lamar. Work is scheduled to begin this spring. It will be held on Monday, Feb. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at […]

Holly Commercial Club Notes Changes for Bluegrass Festival

  The Holly Commercial Club met in regular session on Wednesday, January 6 and noted the receipt of an anonymous donation of $500 to be used to advertise Club activities. On an advertising note, Bob DeLancey, General Manager of KVAY was introduced by morning announcer Amy Jacobs.  Jacobs will continue to represent the Holly community […]

Council Okays Contracts for Lamar Loop Planning and GoCO Inspire Grant

A brief Lamar City Council meeting on January 25th dealt mostly with appointments and contract renewals. One of the next steps in the construction of the proposed Lamar Loop, a walking path encircling most of the city and connecting several exercise areas, is the hiring of a firm for design and construction documents. Two firms […]

Lodging Panel Considering Caps on Funding for Events

The Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel is giving thought to adjusting the amount of funding for some county events through a cap and if it’s worthwhile to continue to try to determine how many people spend the night in the county to attend those events. The cap will be aimed specifically at a one day […]