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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 […]

ARPA and City of Lamar Perspectives on Required Demolition Permit

The City of Lamar and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, have been at legal loggerheads for the past year over the failed Lamar Repowering Project, its ultimate disposition and the ability to default on the construction bonds used to build the coal fired plant. The plant has been offline since late 2011.  In September 2014, […]

Car – Train Collision in Otero County

The Colorado State Patrol investigated an injury traffic crash that occurred on May 30, 2015 at approximately 9:55 AM.  The crash occurred on Otero County Road 9.5, 60 feet north of Colorado Highway 50.  This location is approximately 1.5 miles west of Manzanola. A green 1998 Chevy Malibu driven by Staci Davis of Manzanola was […]

Hounds for the Holidays – PMC Hosts Weekend in the Forest

Thirteen small dog entries and some larger pooches were entered in the first ‘Bark in the Park’ Pageant this past Saturday, December 6th,  at the Enchanted Forest in Lamar.  The smaller the dog, the fancier the costume for a lot of the entries, some as young as four months old, like Tonto Crum who needed […]

City Seeking Funding for Main Street Water Main Repairs

The City of Lamar will take advantage of CDOT’s deep resurfacing project along US Highway 287/Main Street through Lamar next year, and will replace all the affected water and storm water lines during the highway construction.  JVA Consulting Engineers have estimated the water project at $3,246,800 with the bulk of the cost amounting to $1,228,000 […]

Amtrak CEO Makes Whistle-Stop Visit to Lamar, La Junta

Joe Boardman, Amtrak President and CEO visited with Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner and City Administrator, John Sutherland and other well-wishers this past Friday, July 11.  Boardman was making a tour of several cities in Kansas and Colorado, meeting with local officials, regarding the future of the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief between Albuquerque, New […]

County Re-assumes Ownership of WPA Building, Discuss Child Abuse Hot Line

Prowers County has taken back ownership of the WPA buildings on East Maple Street in Lamar, and they need repairs.  Ownership was recently transferred back to the county from Lamar Community College, as LCC has not been able to fund an historic rehabilitation project that would have eventually renovated the buildings and would become the […]

City Council Discusses Airport Hangar Development, Camera System at Library

  The Lamar City Council and area residents were presented with the latest concept designs for the city’s Park’s, Recreation and Trails Master Plan during a council work session, Monday, April 28, at the Cultural Events Center.  Britina Design Group was commissioned by the council to develop a series of ideas for four main recreation […]

Brophy Says He’ll Represent All Coloradans

   State Senator, Greg Brophy, continued his 64 county campaign swing for governor through Lamar this past Monday, November 4, with a stop in Lamar and a Tuesday visit to La Junta residents planned.  Brophy, who described himself as a conservative senator, is building a platform that he says seeks to end cultural divisiveness between […]

Thoughts on the By-Pass? Cast Your Website Vote

By an almost three to one margin, a non-scientific survey on the City of Lamar website, shows people favoring the construction of a by-pass or reliever route as it’s now termed, around the City of Lamar.  General discussion on the pros and cons for a bypass has been held around Lamar for almost 30 years.  […]

Lamar Bypass Offers Financial Concerns for City, County

  The Lamar City Council devoted its work session this past Monday, June 10, to the pros or cons of creating a non-scientific City of Lamar website survey which could provide some local comments from concerned citizens about the project.  The city was told by CDOT that the Highway 50/287 bypass, or Reliever Route as […]

Fire Department Incident Reports May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29 At 1:10pm on Wednesday, May 29, Lamar Fire Department personnel were dispatched to an oil or other combustible liquid spill on Mill Street at the railroad in Lamar.  While driving on a side street, vehicle F-3 noticed a low pressure liquid tank car on a rail siding with a wet substance leaking […]

Lamar Begins Ordinance on Marijuana Prohibition

  The Lamar City Council had a relatively light agenda for the final meeting of May this past Tuesday, May 28.  The meeting was moved to Tuesday to accommodate the Memorial Day holiday. Both the City of Lamar and Prowers County are enacting ordinances prohibiting certain uses of marijuana in an effort to counteract the […]

Lamar Man Driver of Semi in Train-Truck Crash in Campo

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at approximately 08:30 hours, an accident occurred on Highway 287 at milepost 9.8 just north of Campo, in Baca County Colorado.   A white 2000 Kenworth tractor pulling a flatbed style trailer, driven by Ernest Ray Hicks of Lamar, Colorado was traveling northbound on Highway 287. Witnesses stated that the Kenworth […]

Less Water, Higher Water Restrictions for Lamar Residents

Lamar is feeling the impact of the current drought and lack of ditch water, moving to more stringent water restrictions two weeks after the first Stage was approved. The Stage 2 water conservation resolution, approved during the city council meeting May 13, allows properties east of Highway 287 to water only from Midnight to 6am and […]

County Approves Railroad Crossing Safety System Near Granada

A railroad crossing warning system will be installed at CR 22.5 near Granada in the near future.  The Prowers County Commissioners, CDOT and the BNSF Railway Company entered into a contract to furnish and install flashing light signals, gates, bells, constant warning circuitry, new cabin and concrete crossing pads.  The county’s contribution to the project […]

City Approves State Minimum Wage, New Water Manager Hired

Former Lamar City Councilman, P.J. Wilson was sworn in as Lamar’s most recent police officer during Monday’s regular meeting, January 14.  Wilson, a local businessman, had been a councilman until he moved from the area and was replaced on the council by Oscar Riley last year.  Lamar Police Chief Gary McCrea stated that Wilson began […]

Congressman Gardner Meets with Lamar Council

  Touching upon such subjects as Wind Production Tax Credit, the Arkansas Valley Conduit, agricultural growth in Colorado, the national budget and EPA restrictions, U.S. Fourth Congressional District Congressman, Cory Gardner, met with the Lamar City Council and department heads this past Friday, October 5.   Gardner was touring a portion of his district in southeast […]

Lamar City Council Reviews Transportation Terminal at Chamber Office

  Paul Westhoff, CDOT Resident Engineer, and Lamar City Administrator Bill Pfeilsticker, discussed the pros and cons of the construction of a Multi-Modal Transportation building for east of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce building. The council had discussed CDOT’s earlier proposal to construct a 1,200 square foot addition to the train terminal which would provide shelter and […]