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Blizzard Watch Posted for Parts of SE CO

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO 352 AM MST SAT DEC 26 2015 LA JUNTA VICINITY/OTERO COUNTY-LAS ANIMAS VICINITY/BENT COUNTY- LAMAR VICINITY/PROWERS COUNTY- INCLUDING…LA JUNTA…ROCKY FORD…LAS ANIMAS…LAMAR 352 AM MST SAT DEC 26 2015 …BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS […]

Holiday Party DUI Enforcement Cites 596 Impaired Drivers

New Study Shows 57% of Denver Adults Don’t Know the DUI Law STATEWIDE — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies successfully completed holiday party DUI enforcement under The Heat Is On campaign, resulting in 596 drivers arrested for impaired driving. The Holiday Party DUI enforcement period […]

Two Hasty Residents Injured in Wiley Junction Rollover

  On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 4:49pm, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Hwy 50 approximately six miles west of Lamar in Prowers County. The vehicle, a 1996 Silver Honda Accord, was westbound when it drifted into the center median. The driver, Christine Schmelzer of Hasty, Colorado, overcorrected to […]

Colorado Employment Situation | November 2015

Total nonfarm payroll jobs declined 2,100 from October to November to 2,528,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 1,700 and government decreased 400. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.6 percent. The number of people actively […]

Safe New Year’s Travels with PATS

  If you’re going to celebrate and party for the New Year, let PATS become your designated driver for the night. The Prowers Area Transit Service will continue a New Year’s tradition with transportation service for area residents who want to party, but don’t want to drive.  PATS will provide door to door service beginning […]

Lamar High School Painters Become Santa Helpers

These Lamar high school students are on Santa’s ‘nice’ list this year for the work they contributed to upgrading and painting the decorative panels on the sides of Santa’s train. Art instructor, John Gersick, answered a request to use his painting skills to spruce up the side panels for the train known as Santa’s Express. […]

GoCO Inspire Grant Will be an Involved Process

  Next year, Lamar could receive a GoCO grant in the neighborhood of $5M, earmarked mostly for outdoor activity projects for local youth. Lamar has already qualified for the Inspire Initiative planning grant of $100,000 needed to formulate a comprehensive application to the state by next August.  The implementation plan will include places, programs and […]

Red Cross Offering Emergency Shelter Training in Lamar

Volunteers Needed for Disaster Response  Lamar, CO – Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 – The American Red Cross and Prowers County Department of Emergency Management will host the Shelter Fundamentals course in Lamar, Colorado December 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:p.m. The class will be held at the City of Lamar Cultural Events Center. The […]

The Heat Is On Resumes with Holiday Party DUI Enforcement

269 Motorists Cited for Impaired Driving Over Thanksgiving Holiday STATEWIDE — As the leftover turkey is finally gobbled, for many it’s time for eggnog, craft beer, champagne and other holiday party libations – so it’s time for another The Heat Is On statewide DUI enforcement period. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol […]

Snowy Thanksgiving for SE Colorado-Drive with Caution

Winter Weather Advisory URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO 250 PM MST WED NOV 25 2015 NORTHERN EL PASO COUNTY/MONUMENT RIDGE/RAMPART RANGE BELOW 7500 FT- COLORADO SPRINGS VICINITY/SOUTHERN EL PASO COUNTY/RAMPART RANGE BELOW 7400 FT-PUEBLO AND VICINITY/PUEBLO COUNTY BELOW 6300 FT- CROWLEY COUNTY-LA JUNTA VICINITY/OTERO COUNTY- EASTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY-WESTERN KIOWA […]

CDOT Rolling with Thanksgiving ‘Heat is On’ Campaign

The Heat Is On For Turkeys and Drivers This Thanksgiving CDOT and CSP’s DUI Enforcement Begins Today STATEWIDE — While many of us sit down to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with friends and family, Colorado’s dedicated law enforcement officers throughout the state will work overtime, citing and arresting those that choose to drive under the […]

Crews Restore Power, Remove Tree from Semi

Tuesday’s storm front brought strong winds to the Lamar area and a dusting of horizontal snow, while Granada and Holly had to deal with greater accumulations.  Highway 287 south of Lamar was closed due to lack of visibility and El Paso County donated several tread-mounted vehicles to reach stranded motorists. Some Lamar residents living on […]

New Council Sworn In, City Approves Water Project Loan Application

Two Lamar City Council meetings were held Monday, November 9 and were a part of a municipal housekeeping process following a general election. The first meeting, held with current city council members approved the consent agenda.  The second meeting, at about 5 minutes later, began with swearing in ceremonies for any new council members, a […]

Winter Storm to Affect Southern CO This Afternoon through Wednesday

  Updated: 600 AM MST, Tuesday, November 10th A potent weather system is still on track to bring snow, rain, and wind to southern Colorado.  The storm will first impact the Continental Divide this afternoon and spread eastward tonight. Significant snow accumulations will be probable along the Continental Divide from the Mosquito and eastern Sawatch Ranges […]

Baca County Resident Dies in Highway 287 Crash

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a crash, which resulted in a single fatality. The crash occurred Friday, November 6, 2015, on Colorado Highway 287 approximately two miles north of Springfield, Colorado, in Baca County. A Hesston Swather Tractor was traveling northbound on Colorado Highway 287, while a 2007 GMC Yukon Ambulance was also traveling […]

Amtrak Touching Local Bases Following Award of $15M Tiger Grant

Amtrak officials paid a visit November 4th, to several cities along the Southwest Chief route including La Junta and Lamar, promoting the latest federal $15M Tiger grant that will help repair track along the railway. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded the funding to La Junta which will be used to work on the Burlington Northern […]

Bristol Woman Injured in Highway Crash

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a 2-vehicle crash that occurred on Colorado Highway 385 at Second Street in Bristol, Colorado. A 1999 Toyota Sienna, driven by Zona Lashbrook, age 81, of Bristol, Colorado, attempted to make a left turn from northbound Colorado Highway 385 onto Second Street in Bristol. The Toyota was struck by […]

Inspire Award Caps Healthy Places Visit

Members of the Colorado Health Foundation, PUMA and Healthy Places visited Lamar for three days in what was styled as a Fall Fling. The term is somewhat deceptive, for although the time spent in Lamar was enjoyable, it was also a critical work session which gained an assessment on the accomplishments of the Healthy Places […]

Redevelopment Authority Approves 2016 Budget, Funding for Pocket Park Construction

Two funding resolutions were passed by the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board during Monday night’s meeting, October 26th.  One resolution adopts the 2016 budget for the Lamar Redevelopment Authority at $137,245, providing for revenues and expenditures.  The other approves up to $50,000 in funding for the improvement of the Shore Arts Center Pocket Park.  City Administrator, […]

What a Difference a Road Makes

After being planned since 1997, Camino de Santa Fe opened to traffic on May 22, 2015. The City of Lamar had taken the initiative to finish the road that connects East Parmenter to East Olive Street and as a consequence, open more through traffic to the Dollar General Store and provide another traffic outlet to Walmart.  City […]