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Thrall Joins Lamar Utility Board

Thrall Joins Lamar Utility Board

    The Lamar Utility Board officer line-up was reorganized following the swearing-in of Doug Thrall to the board on Tuesday, September 30, by Judge Larry Stutler. Thrall’s appointment was confirmed the night before by the Lamar City Council for a full, five-year term. There were no changes in the actual line-up as Mike Bryant […]

ARPA Board Continues to Evaluate Power Plant Options

ARPA Board Continues to Evaluate Power Plant Options

Press Release At its meeting on September 25, the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors approved a resolution finding that it would be economically beneficial to dispose of and/or decommission the Lamar Repowering Project, rather than continue to maintain it in “cold standby”. This finding was based on reports prepared by a variety […]

City Council Moves to Complete Sportsplex, Sets Public Hearing on Zoning for Patel Property

City Council Moves to Complete Sportsplex, Sets Public Hearing on Zoning for Patel Property

Greater Outdoors Colorado has approved a grant for the City of Lamar for funding to complete the remaining two ball fields at the city’s four-plex.  The first of the four fields, off Savage Avenue in Lamar, was completed in 2010, enabling Lamar to host a Cal Ripkin World Series event.  Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews Insurance Contracts, Board Member Application

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews Insurance Contracts, Board Member Application

Lamar Utilities Board members voted to continue insurance coverage for its 29 mile gas pipeline.  The coverage with IMA Kansas Inc. routinely renews on September 3 and was initiated in 2005.  Other insurance carriers for the city, such as CIRSA or Traveller’s, covers the power plant substations and wind turbines, but not for the pipeline.  […]

ARPA Files Motion to Dismiss City of Lamar/Lamar Ratepayers Lawsuit

ARPA Files Motion to Dismiss City of Lamar/Lamar Ratepayers Lawsuit

Arkansas River Power Authority, in an August 10 news release, filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the southeast Colorado power organization regarding the Lamar Repowering Project: “Stating that the retail customers identified as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against ARPA in July are not parties to the ARPA contracts; and therefore, have no […]

Holly Trustees Approve ARPA Reaffirmation

Holly Trustees Approve ARPA Reaffirmation

The Holly Trustees, by a five to two vote, passed the resolution reaffirming its contract obligations to ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  Trustees Larry Sitts and Johnnie Lyons cast no votes during the regular monthly Trustees meeting on Wednesday, August 6.  Holly is one of six ARPA municipality members who have been requested to sign […]

Letter to the Editor: ARPA - No Determination of the Future of the Lamar Power Plant

Letter to the Editor: ARPA – No Determination of the Future of the Lamar Power Plant

 ARPA Media Release Recently there have been news articles that suggest that the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors have decided to demolish the Lamar Power Plant.  That is not accurate; the ARPA Board has not made a decision regarding the future of the plant.  A settlement that resolved a lawsuit between the […]

Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement with ARPA

Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement with ARPA

  Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement  By NEWS RELEASE on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 In a Special Meeting held on July 29, 2014 the City of Trinidad, Colorado approved the Settlement Agreement with the Arkansas River Power Authority (“ARPA”) and Syncora Guarantee Inc., which resolves the City of Trinidad, Colorado v. Arkansas River Power Authority, […]

City of Lamar Joins Citizen Lawsuit Against ARPA, Nieschburg Resigns from ARPA Board

City of Lamar Joins Citizen Lawsuit Against ARPA, Nieschburg Resigns from ARPA Board

The Lamar City Council last night, July 14, approved a resolution to join a citizens’ lawsuit regarding the electrical energy rates charged by the Lamar Electrical Department and Contractual Relationships between member cities and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority and the bond holders or insurers (Syncora Guarantee, Inc.) of the Lamar Repowering Project.  The resolution […]

Lamar City Council Goes Hardball with ARPA (Detailed Article on Council Meeting)

Lamar City Council Goes Hardball with ARPA (Detailed Article on Council Meeting)

Following a half hour executive session, the Lamar City Council Tuesday night, July 8, took some firm steps with regard to ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, and that organization’s options for the Lamar Repowering Project.  The council voted unanimously to direct its two ARPA representatives, Garth Nieschburg and Houssin Hourieh, to vote No on decommissioning […]

Lamar City Council Goes Hardball with ARPA

Lamar City Council Goes Hardball with ARPA

For all of their two votes at the ARPA membership table, the Lamar City Council authorized their representatives to vote no on approving a resolution to reaffirm the organic contract with the Arkansas River Power Authority and revenue bond insurer, Syncora.  Lamar City Attorney, Garth Nieschburg and Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, were also […]

Decision Time for Lamar City Council on ARPA

Decision Time for Lamar City Council on ARPA

As ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, representatives weigh their options on whether to place the Lamar Repowering Project in cold standby status or decommission the coal plant, the Lamar City Council sought suggestions for their next steps from residents during a public meeting Wednesday, July 2.  The ARPA board will meet to ponder and perhaps […]

Lamar City Council Calls Executive Session Dealing with Power Company Concerns

Lamar City Council Calls Executive Session Dealing with Power Company Concerns

    The Lamar City Council will go directly into executive session after opening a special meeting on Tuesday, July 8, at 6pm in council chambers. There is no word on how long the meeting may last, but the council agenda has listed several options for the council following the executive session which was called for […]

PCDI Board Briefed on Repowering Project Options

PCDI Board Briefed on Repowering Project Options

  The monthly Prowers County Development Incorporated meeting on June 24th was highlighted by guest, ARPA General Manager, Rick Rigel who briefed PCDI board members on a brief history of events relating to present developments for the future of the Lamar Repowering Project. Rigel has met with representatives from several municipal groups, as well as […]

Lamar City Council Sets Public Meeting Dates for ARPA Discussion

Lamar City Council Sets Public Meeting Dates for ARPA Discussion

Several public hearings were set by the Lamar City Council during their Monday evening meeting, two of which will focus on developments regarding ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  Mayor Roger Stagner said he hoped citizens with concerns about ARPA and the Lamar Repowering Project will attend one of the two meetings set for the Lamar […]

Prowers County Commissioners Review ARPA /Repowering Project Scenarios

Prowers County Commissioners Review ARPA /Repowering Project Scenarios

The public has a choice of two meetings to learn about developments relating to the ARPA Lamar Repowering Project and the two basic choices Arkansas River Power Authority board members may take to determine the outcome of the coal-fired plant in Lamar.  Meetings will be held on June 25 and June 30, at 7pm, both […]

ARPA Hosts Public Meetings on Lamar Repowering Project

ARPA Hosts Public Meetings on Lamar Repowering Project

  You are cordially invited to attend two public meetings in Lamar hosted by the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) in which ARPA will provide an update on the status of the Lamar Repowering Project.  Consultants that performed economic and engineering analysis on the Project will present the results of their studies. The meetings will […]

Discussions on Repowering Project Get Heated During First Public Hearing

Discussions on Repowering Project Get Heated During First Public Hearing

  Looking for responsibility, looking for blame, looking for a way out summed up the questions and mood of the 70 to 80 residents who were on hand for the first of three public information meetings, hosted by ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, regarding that board’s two main options for the future of the Lamar […]

Letter to the Editor:  ARPA Public Hearing

Letter to the Editor: ARPA Public Hearing

I have a few thoughts to share after attending the ARPA public hearing on June 11th. First, I agree the wisest thing to do at this point is to decommission and scrap the defective power plant. But why stop there? As long as we are getting rid of one ill-considered, poorly functioning, expensive conglomeration, why […]

Lamar Utility Board Notes Slight Revenue Drop, Customer Base

Lamar Utility Board Notes Slight Revenue Drop, Customer Base

The Board’s monthly System Operating Report notes that sales of electricity throughout the month of May have declined 2% and revenues have increased by 2.35%.  The customer base of Lamar Light and Power showed that there has been a reduction of 37 accounts.  That change is reflected on all rate classes when compared to the […]