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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, […]

Holly Trustees Review South Well Problems/Solutions

  Holly resident Jerry Smith was probably speaking for more persons than himself and his wife, when he asked for an update on the town’s south well repair situation during the March 2nd Trustees meeting. The town has shut down the well because of sediment being produced by the spray caused by a cracked check […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community Benefits from Recent DOLA Grants

The Department of Local Affairs has sent letters of acceptance to the City of Lamar and to the Prowers County Board of Commissioners acknowledging that two funding requests have been approved. The Lamar Shore Arts Center Pocket Park will receive $75,000 from state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds. The letter to Mayor Roger Stagner […]

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, […]

City Continues House Demolition Project

  Tearing down derelict houses in Lamar helps improve a neighborhood in a number of ways; the area becomes free of blight, property values have a chance to increase, there’s less of a risk of other houses falling into disrepair, vandalism, vagrancy and drug houses are reduced, and an opportunity develops for a new house […]

City Reviewing Water Meter Performance

  Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, expressed a concern regarding the performance of some of the city’s newer water meters, installed in 2013. He told the city council that some ‘error reads’ from the performance reports weren’t changing, “going on and on, and we got them over and over.”  Two dozen of the individual meter […]

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 […]

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 […]

Countdown to Remark on Charter Communications Service

Flickering Super Bowl Game on Your TV? Some Charter Communications cable customers may have noticed segments of the 50th Super Bowl flickering off and on during the game this past Sunday, February 7th.  Some Charter customers may have been holding their breath, recalling another Super Bowl Sunday when the cable provider was off line for […]

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 […]

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, […]

Colorado Ranks 5th in Nation for LEED Green Building

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 – Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Colorado ranks fifth in the nation for LEED green building in 2015, as released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier […]

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 […]

Lamar Light Plant Announces Scholarship Topic

  Applications are being accepted for the 2016/2017 scholarship program at Lamar Light and Power. Superintendent Houssin Hourieh informed board members this past week about the annual program which combines a $500 donation from the Light Plant with a $500 donation from Arkansas River Power Authority for seniors from Wiley, Lamar and McClave high schools.  […]

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 […]

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 […]