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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 […]

More Controlled Burns on the Way

The Lamar Fire and Ambulance Service decided the quiet, cool weather conditions on Thursday morning, were sufficient for a controlled burn of an abandoned and derelict property.  Solid black smoke began to rise from the house, located between North 7th and 8th Streets, just a few yards away from the Lamar Canal.  It’s one of […]

Lamar City Council Deals with Pot, Pit Bulls, Ponies, Pets and Property

  The passage of Amendment 64 on the state constitution, has required the City of Lamar to review its Municipal Code and identify changes to keep the city’s ordinances regarding marijuana possession and use in compliance with the most recent upgrades to the state’s statutes.  The city made some ordinance changes in 2013, but additional changes […]

Planned Demolition Equals Community Improvement

One Step Up students at Project HOPE at the Lincoln School in North 10th Street in Lamar, hosted members of the city council and other department heads, to a noon lunch this past Friday, February 6. Emily Nieschburg of LiveWell Prowers County, noted that many of the students who were taking part in the Photo […]

Commissioners Consider Costly Repairs

With 2014 coming to an end, the Prowers County Commissioners are concerned with projects extending into 2015.  Kirk Powers, Building Operations Supervisor, discussed holiday decorations, repairs at the Big Timbers Museum, parking space at the County Annex and sidewalk repairs for the north side of the courthouse. “Our Christmas displays are in sad shape and […]

Abandoned and Cleared, from Condemned House to New ‘Lease’ on Life

Abandoned or derelict houses have a detrimental effect on a neighborhood and in the long run, on a city’s potential for economic gain.  Lamar, according to Chief Building Inspector, Bobby Ward, has about 20 such houses than can be torn down.  Once the house is removed, the vacant lots can be used for new housing.  […]

Cleaning Up the City for Springtime

Saturday, April 20, is Spring Clean Up Day in Lamar this year.  The annual event starts at 7am and the last pile of trash/debris is scheduled to be picked up by 4pm.  All area residents are asked to place their junked items on their front curb no later than 7am.  Items should not be placed […]

Holly Trustees Make Appointments for 2013

Board and committee appointments occupied most of the regular business of the Holly Trustees during their first meeting of the New Year, this past Wednesday evening, January 9.  The top four positions were maintained by unanimous vote with Marsha Willhite as Town Administrator, Darla Scranton-Specht as Town Attorney, Kim Verhoeff as Municipal Judge and Sheriff […]

Firefighters Take Advantage of Practice Burn

  Surveying the progress of the fire Lamar firefighters never pass up an opportunity to hone their skills. Whether they’re found rappelling down Pike’s Tower in Willow Creek Park or torching an abandoned house, they make the most of their time. Many firefighters gave up their Sunday off, to tackle a deliberately set house fire […]

Colorado Brownfields Foundation Reviewing Lamar Asbestos Situation

        Decades ago, when asbestos was considered a good way to insulate, not much was known about the health precautions needed when using the substance. Numerous homes and commercial buildings in Lamar were insulated with it, floors, walls, attics and even ceiling tiles. Over the years some of those buildings have become […]

Asbestos for Holly Landfill & Prairie Dogs Concern Town Board

Marsha Willhite, Holly town Administrator, informed the town trustees that the landfill will be able to accept asbestos under the regulations set up by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. She said the inspection looks good for friable asbestos to be deposited after several steps have been met including: amending the landfill operations plan, […]