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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. […]

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 […]

CDOT Launches New “Contact Us” Feature as Part of its Enhanced, Multifaceted Customer Service Program

STATEWIDE – Today, March 2, the Colorado Department of Transportation will be launching the last phase of its multi-pronged effort to improve and streamline customer service to the general public:  the online “Contact Us” feature. The first change in CDOT’s new “customer service experience” upgrades was the launch of newly revamped web sites:  CDOT’s main […]

Honkers Help Wash Spott Celebrate Grand Opening

The Lamar Chamber of Commerce Honkers and Chamber board members visited the Hot Spott Car Wash at 1200 East Olive Street in Lamar, Saturday, February 27th for their grand opening celebration. Owners Matt and Shea Reinhardt converted the former Hot Spotte night club into a unique car wash, serving the motorists of southeast Colorado from […]

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 […]

Radio Car Racing is Underway at the Lamar Elks Lodge

Want to take your vehicle around some hairpin turns at excessively high speeds, outdistancing your closest competitor? Rebound off retaining walls and spin out a couple of times and get back on the straightaway to retake your lead in the pack.  Bump your opponent out of the way when no one is looking?  Cross the […]

Council Receives Funding for Bridge Repair

“Team Lamar”; the Lamar City Council sported Bronco jerseys for Monday night’s council meeting, courtesy of Gerry Jenkins, council member. The Broncos, of course, won Sunday’s Super Bowl match against the Carolina Panthers and the council agreed to hold off on city matters long enough for a requested group shot.  Maybe they can do it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PATS Provides 2015 Ridership Figures for the County

The majority of riders use Prowers Area Transit Service for either medical appointments or to go to and from various shopping sites in the Lamar area. Darren Glover, Operations Director for PATS and Facility Coordinator for the Senior Center, provided an end-of-year numbers update for the Prowers County Commissioners recently. Glover’s figures show 24,642 riders […]

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 […]

Need a Charge? Give Your Car a Boost in Lamar

Electric powered car owners will be able to charge up in Lamar in the near future, according to Stephanie Gonzales, Executive Director of SECED, Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development. She told the Prowers County Commissioners recently, a grant application to Colorado Charge Ahead from November has been approved.  “We don’t have any charge units for electric […]

April Election Set for Granada Trustees

Granada residents will vote on April 5th for four trustee board members and the mayor’s seat.  None of the four Trustees, Martin Jensen, Glenn Otto, Deb Choat or Tom Sanchez have indicated at this time that they will make a bid for re-election.  Mayor C.W. DeForest has not mentioned a commitment to run for re-election […]

A Warm and Wet 2015 for Southern Colorado

      2015 was a warm and wet year across south central and southeast Colorado. 2015 precipitation totals were bolstered by record setting late Spring and early Summer precipitation, which helped to end a multi-year drought across portions of southeast Colorado. With that said, 2015 has become one of the “Top 10”  warmest and […]

Council Wraps Up 2015, Discusses Funding for Economic Development Study

    The City of Lamar is receiving funding to improve the deficiency rating for the short bridge crossing the Lamar Canal and linking the city’s industrial park to Commercial Street. The State Special Highway Committee recommended the funding for $392,480.  City Administrator, John Sutherland, told the council the bridge has a 20 rating which […]

Otero County Two Vehicle Fatality

The Colorado State Patrol is currently investigating a two-vehicle crash, which occurred at the intersection of Otero County Road 18 and Colorado Highway 202, in Otero County. A 2015 Honda Odyssey was traveling northbound on Otero County Road 18, approaching the intersection; when the driver failed to observed a posted stop sign and a red […]