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Test Your Home During National Radon Action Month

    DENVER – Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon, according to Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed,” said Kelley. “That’s why January is […]

Sediment in Water Shuts off Holly Well

The south well used by the Town of Holly has been shut down due to sediment found in the water. The east well is supplying the town’s needs at this time, with the north well water supply as a backup. Jerry L’Estrange, Holly Town Administrator, told the Trustees, there’s no bacterial content in the south […]

Holly Landfill Issues Improving, Working with Tighter Budget

  Two years ago, the Holly landfill received a number of deficiency gigs regarding operations and record keeping. Matters are improving and this past Thursday, July 30, interim Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange, met with state and county representatives to review the current status of the landfill. L’Estrange noted that the town’s record keeping for the […]

Lamar Council Prepares for Higher Internet Security for City Operations

  Given the number of computer hacking incidents across the nation, the city’s insurer, CIRSA, has recommended that the city conduct a penetration audit to help with loss prevention and possibly lower CIRSA premiums. Thomas Sanchez, the city’s IT Director, explained that several security upgrades were considered as recommended by CIRSA. An audit of the […]

PMC Home Health Care Department Receives Zero Deficiency Rating from State Health

For most of us, it’s a situation of having to go to the hospital, not wanting to.  The sooner your hospital visit is over and you’re back at home, the better you’ll feel and often times, recuperate more quickly.  The Home Health Agency at Prowers Medical Center is dedicated to making sure you receive the […]

State Health Department Issues Precautions to Help Avoid Hantavirus

State health officials today warned Coloradans to avoid hantavirus exposure while cleaning cabins or other buildings that were closed up for winter. Hantavirus is a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice. When cleaning out rodent-infested structures, people can breathe in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces and […]

Commissioners Receive County Health Update

  Ten Prowers County residents have been hospitalized for influenza, according to Tammie Clark, Public Health and Environment Director, during her report to the County Commissioners last Tuesday, January 20.  “We still have some vaccine supplies on hand if people want to get their shots, as the flu season is far from being over,” she […]

Swim Beach Re-Opens at John Martin Reservoir

The Swim Beach at John Martin Reservoir has re-opened to the pubic after it was closed for two days this week.  According to a person at the park office, the beach was re-opened for swimming as of yesterday, Thursday, August 14. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife temporarily closed the swim beach at Lake Hasty after […]

Recent Rains Add to Mosquito Season

Equal elements of prevention and protection are needed to combat mosquito infestation.  Prevention helps keep their numbers down and protection help keeps them from biting you. Local authorities agreed that the recent heavy rains experienced in Prowers County added to the potential of having more mosquitoes in the area, especially in areas of standing water […]

Trustees Discuss Disbanding the Granada Police Department

Stating that the town’s budget is financially strained, some Granada Trustees are considering eliminating the town’s two-person police department, consisting of Chief David Dougherty and secretary Elsie Martin. The Trustees have held two town meetings and one special meeting to review the matter.  The most recent discussion was on Wednesday, July 9 as several citizens […]

Colorado Teen Birth Rate Plummets

  DENVER — Thursday, July 3, 2014 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the teen birth rate in Colorado dropped 40 percent from 2009 through 2013, driven by a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment initiative that helps low-income women get long-acting reversible contraceptives. “Unintended pregnancies, especially among teenagers, carry health risks for mother […]

NWS Pueblo will Issue Blowing Dust Advisories & Dust Storm Warnings

    The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pueblo, Colorado will issue Blowing Dust Advisories and Dust Storm Warnings when needed, beginning Monday, February 10th.   There has been an ongoing moderate to exceptional drought across the southeast plains of Colorado, and with those dry conditions, blowing dust episodes have increased over the past several […]

Flu Season is Far from Over

  January and February are the two months of the year when the flu season peaks, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.  Their statistics show that 748 Colorado residents have been hospitalized with the flu, and those numbers don’t reflect the persons who are recovering at home.  The Center for Disease Control […]

CO Takes Steps to Regulate Methane Emissions from Oil/Gas Drilling

  DENVER — Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 — Proposed rules for air pollution released today would make Colorado the first state to directly regulate detection and reduction of methane emissions associated with oil and gas drilling and further Colorado’s efforts as a national leader in environmental-friendly energy production. The rules, which cover the lifecycle of […]

Great American Smoke Out is Underway

Great American Smokeout a chance to end your tobacco addiction Colorado smokers who are ready to quit can get help from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment during, and following, the Great American Smokeout Nov. 21. Though smoking rates have dropped since 1976, the Smokeout’s first year, tobacco use remains the leading cause […]

Teen Motor Vehicle Fatalities Rise in 2012, Reversing Positive Trend

National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20-26  STATEWIDE—Parents of teenagers may think they don’t have influence on their kids, but when it comes to safe driving, they do — and it could mean the difference between life and death.   From 2004 to 2011, rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds in Colorado […]

Colorado Calls Attention to Suicide Prevention

Denver ­— Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 — State government is working to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention resources across Colorado during Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14. The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP), which is part of the Department of Personnel & Administration, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Office […]

Commissioners Awaiting Reply on Visit Invite to Governor

County commissioners in Prowers and southeast Colorado are waiting to see if Governor Hickenlooper will reply to their request that he visit the drought stricken areas of the state and view firsthand the economic and environmental impact the drought has wrought in this region for the past several years. On May 10, the governor issued […]

Granada Hosts Prowers County Commissioner Meeting

The Prowers County Commissioners continued their policy of community outreach this past Thursday, April 18, holding their regular meeting at the Granada Complex.  The commissioners periodically hold their meetings in Granada, Wiley and Holly to stay acquainted with representatives in those communities and afford the residents an opportunity to meet with the commissioners.   Students from […]

State to Granada on Landfill-Correct It or Close It

Granada Trustee Jerene DeBono led an open meeting for local residents, Wednesday, April 10, informing them of the changes needed at the Granada landfill as mandated by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, based on a site inspection several months ago.  DeBono said there were about 19 deficiencies requiring correction and some of those […]