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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. […]

Skywarn Weather Spotter Training Dates

  FREE TRAINING…The National Weather Service in Pueblo provides SKYWARN weather spotter preparedness and training. Typically the sessions are scheduled from late March through early May each year, and are a cooperative effort of local government officials and the National Weather Service.  The sessions are FREE OF CHARGE and usually open to everyone, except when […]

February 2016 Drought Update – Colorado Water Conservation Board

    Statewide precipitation, as of February 16, is at 106% of average. January brought beneficial storms to the state but so far in February, Colorado has only experienced 77% of average precipitation. This recent lull in precipitation is not unusual at this time of the year. The spring months will be the key to […]

Snowpack/Reservoir Levels Remain Strong in State

The Natural Resources Conservation Service last week released its Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report, based on Feb. 1 figures. According to the report, collective snowpack and reservoir levels for the state remain above average, and also above normal in nearly each of Colorado’s eight river basins. SNOWPACK LEVELS (as of Feb. 1)  River Basin … […]

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 […]

CWCB/Dept of Natural Resources-January 2016 Drought Update

  Snowpack through the first quarter of the water year (October- September) was above normal for nearly the entire state and well above normal in the San Juan Mountains. A cool and wet December helped to alleviate abnormally dry conditions over the majority of the state. Long-term forecast favor the state for continued above average […]

State Water Plan Reviewed at Crop Production Clinic

  John Stulp, former State Agriculture Secretary, Prowers County Commissioner and current Special Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper for Water issues, was one of eight speakers at the January 6th Crop Production Clinic held at Lamar Community College. Stulp provided an update on the Governor’s State Water Plan which was presented to Hickenlooper last month. […]

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 […]

2016 Crop Production Workshop in Southeastern Colorado

  Area farmers, crop consultants and pesticides applicators are invited to a Crop Production Workshop co-sponsored by Pioneer DuPont, Colorado Corn, Golden Plains Insurance, Farm Credit of Southeastern Colorado, 4 Rivers Equipment, Helena Chemical Company and Colorado State University Extension.  The workshop will take place in Lamar at the Bowman Building at Lamar Community College […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CWCB Drought Update, October 2015

Following a very warm and dry start to the fall, November to-date has seen more seasonal temperatures west of the divide and increased precipitation on the west slope and northeastern plains. This has helped to alleviate abnormally dry conditions over parts of the state. Storage levels in some basins are at the highest levels since […]

Colorado Agencies Team Up for Fresh Air Friday, Nov. 27

DENVER — Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office are teaming up to offer access to all 42 Colorado state parks with ‘Fresh Air Friday,’ to encourage one-and-all to enjoy the outdoors on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Fresh Air Friday means Colorado […]

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 […]

Gov. Hickenlooper presents Colorado’s Water Plan

  DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today was joined by James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director, Dr. John Stulp, Senior Adviser to the Governor, CWCB Board members and many members of Colorado’s water community to celebrate the completion of Colorado’s Water Plan, calling the project a historic step […]

County Offices Closed Nov 17

  All County Offices including the Welcome Home Center are closed today, Nov. 17, due to the weather. PATS buses are not operating. The Lamar Community Resource & Senior Center is closed. There will be no SAGE meals served today. The Prowers County Government Offices located in the Courthouse are closed for business today. However, […]

Drought Information Statement-Southeast Colorado Benefits from Warm/Wet October

October began with warm and dry conditions with several new daily maximum temperature records set across the area through the first half of the month. However, two moist Pacific weather systems brought some beneficial rain and higher elevation snowfall to areas along the Continental Divide and southeast Plains through the last half of the month, […]

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 […]

September Drought Update from CWCB

Warm dry conditions have continued across much of eastern Colorado, while the mountains have seen near average precipitation so far this month. Drier conditions have resulted in declining soil moisture levels, but overall evapotranspiration rates are below average for the season, and pasture conditions and harvest yields are reportedly good. Water providers are also reporting […]