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Elm Leaf Beetle Problems Spread Through S.E. Colorado

Elm Leaf Beetle Problems Spread Through S.E. Colorado

LA JUNTA, Colo. – Elm trees in southeast Colorado are having a bad year. On the heels of years of drought, which already had reduced overall tree health, they are suffering from a one-two punch of a dramatic temperature decline last November – from the high seventies to well below zero in just a few […]

November’s Frigid Polar Vortex Now Impacting Area Foliage

November’s Frigid Polar Vortex Now Impacting Area Foliage

Despite the welcome rains from this spring, Prowers County residents have noticed that some of their trees are in distress, losing leaves as if it were already autumn.  According to Shelly Simmons,  Assistant District Forester of the Colorado State Forest Service, La Junta District, a part of the situation stems from the intense cold snap we experienced […]

Recent Workshop Focused on Trees and Utility Lines - Maintaining Both Safety and Tree Health

Recent Workshop Focused on Trees and Utility Lines – Maintaining Both Safety and Tree Health

Several utility companies participated in a workshop this past week in La Junta focused on trees and electric utility lines. Jack Wolfe, Chief Operating Office for Southeast Colorado Power Association (SECPA), spoke about how utility service providers carry a huge responsibility (by law) to provide safe and reliable service. When a tree is trimmed or […]

County Commissioners Plan for 2012 Fire Season

County Commissioners Plan for 2012 Fire Season

Last year’s dry weather conditions added to the chances of prairie fires in southeast Colorado, as was the case in Bent and Baca Counties.  In light of those fires, representatives of the Colorado State Forest Service and Stefan Warn, Prowers County Emergency Operations Director, met with the Prowers County Commissioners to discuss what resources the […]

City Moves Ahead on Willow Creek Levee Improvements/Swears in Councilmembers

City Moves Ahead on Willow Creek Levee Improvements/Swears in Councilmembers

Members of the former Lamar City Council held a brief session Monday night, November 14. City Clerk, Linda Williams reviewed the City Sales and Use Tax report for September collections, which detailed another monthly increase. City Administrator, Bill Pfeisticker provided the council with an update on used and unused railroad property just west of the railroad […]

Hot & Dry, Colorado Fire Danger Elevated

Hot & Dry, Colorado Fire Danger Elevated

  DENVER ­— Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and State Forester Jeff Jahnke today urged the public to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.  A combination of prolonged hot weather (Colorado just experienced the hottest August on state record), drying fuels and potential windy conditions over […]

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Mix Business & Pleasure at Annual Meeting

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Mix Business & Pleasure at Annual Meeting

Kaye Kasza of McClave was honored during the annual Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association banquet, Saturday, April 2 at Thyme Square in La Junta.  Kasza, a beef advocate and extension agent, was selected as the association’s prestigious Honorary Lifetime Member recipient. She was born and raised on the family ranch in Baca County. She […]