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Colorado Employment Situation: January 2015

Employers in Colorado added 3,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January for a total of 2,496,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,400 and government decreased 2,700. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from December 2014 to January 2015 at 4.2 percent. […]

Colorado’s Employment Situation for October- 2014

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 300 over the month from September to October to 2,461,700 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased 2,100 and government increased 2,400 over the month. Colorado has had 3 full years of uninterrupted payroll job gains.   According to the survey of households, the unemployment […]

Colorado Employment Situation-January 2014

Colorado Employment Situation-January 2014  Employers in Colorado added 7,300 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January for a total of 2,412,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 7,600 and government decreased 300.  According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to […]

Colorado Employment Situation October 2013

  Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 1,500 over the month from September to October to 2,371,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,100 and government decreased 600.  According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one tenth of a percentage point in October to 6.8 percent. This […]

Letter to the Editor – The Elephant Story

Many years ago a group of villages needed some work done and after much discussion it was decided they would buy an elephant. When the elephant arrived many were excited to see him do the work, but it took a while for the elephant to become accustomed to its surroundings. But the villagers were very […]

Fire Department Incident Reports July 11, 2013

Thursday, July 4 At 12:31 pm on Thursday, July 4, fire personnel were dispatched to a vehicle accident located at 1703 South 12th Street in Lamar.  Upon arrival at the scene, it was found that a pickup had driven into the side of a home.  The inside of the home was checked for any structural […]

Highway 50 Improvement Project Underway Next Week

OTERO COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins upgrading U.S. 50 from east of La Junta to just west of the Otero/Bent county line on Monday, April 1. Work consists of rotomilling the old surface and replacing it with four inches of asphalt pavement along a six-mile segment (mile 381-387.2). A variety of […]

Colorado Employment Situation – January 2013

   Employers in Colorado added 7,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January for a total of 2,342,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,200 and government decreased 1,100.  According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3 percent. The […]

Highway Construction Resumes East of Las Animas

BENT COUNTY – Work is picking up where it left off to add passing and merging lanes and construct other improvements on U.S. 50, east and west of Hasty and at State Highway (SH) 196 (McClave Junction). The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project went on winter hiatus in November 2012. Remaining work consists of […]

Chivington Friends to Build New Church

At a recent meeting and after prayerful consideration, the Chivington Friends members have decided to build a new church building. As you know, shortly after midnight on April 27th this year devastating tornadoes rampaged Southeast Colorado and damaged or destroyed several homes and buildings. Our parsonage walls collapsed and the roof blew into the south […]

Car Palace Remodeling Project Begins

The Car Palace at 902 North Main Street in Lamar has a new look along Main Street, but this is only temporary.  Owner Bill Wootten is replacing the old front with a remodeling project, along with several windows that were broken during a spring wind storm.  “All the front glass is gone and we’re adding a […]

24 Hour Traffic Stops This Week between Las Animas & Lamar

TRAFFIC ADVISORY BENT COUNTY – As part of its project to add passing and merging lanes and construct other improvements on U.S. 50 in the Hasty area, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is stopping traffic around-the-clock through mid-week to install a new water pipes underneath the highway.    Flaggers are alternating eastbound and westbound traffic, 24 hours […]

Big Timbers History Corner #18 – Fort Lyon Canal

When settlers began to come out to Colorado, it didn’t take long for them to figure out that farmers were going to have to help Mother Nature out in the moisture department if they wanted crops to actually grow. In 1887, two existing canals, the La Junta and the Lamar, were enlarged and reincorporated as […]

Business of the Week – Camp and Currell Construction

You help your community thrive when you shop locally! Be sure to read The Prowers Journal each week when the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and The Prowers Journal highlight a featured Business of the Week. This week we are proud to spotlight the Camp and Currell Construction located in Lamar. Call them at: 719.336-2225. Warren Camp and Chris Currell have been in business […]

Mission Villanueva is Expanding

Contractors laid the finishing touches to a concrete base, site of a future walk-in freezer/cooler at Mission Villanueva in Lamar this past Wednesday, May 23. Proprietor Roberta Masias said this past spring, the restaurant will begin alterations to develop a Cantina on the west side of the restaurant, where a small dining alcove now exists.  […]

Letter to the Editor – PMC Rehab Lori Denman

  Letter to the editor 4/21/2012 Citizens of Prowers County Hospital District: I want to take this opportunity to let the voters know why Prowers Medical Center patients will benefit from the new rehabilitation center. I am extremely disappointed in all of the negative rumors being circulated in our community at this time and would […]

City of Lamar, Annual Building Department Summary

  The total value of construction for the City of Lamar in 2011 totaled $4,572,431 according to a summary filed by the Code Inspector’s office.  One new home, the first for Lamar in several years, is currently under construction. Permits were issued for one single new garage and four for carports; three permits for manufactured […]

Burned Apartments Being Rebuilt

The four apartments in the former Gelhausen complex in Lamar, damaged by fire and smoke this past June, are being rebuilt. Apartment complex manager, Anthony LaTour, said the owners, Michael and Stacy Ashley out of Denver, decided to rebuild the units, damaged by fire on June 6 of this year. No one was injured in […]

PMC Audit Gets Clean Bill of Health

Prowers Medical Center’s net assets gained almost 27% over 2009 and 2010, according to an annual independent audit. The findings were presented to the PMC board April 27, during the monthly director’s meeting. Net assets increased $1,398,536, or 12.5% for 2010 and $1,410,095, or 14.4% in 2009. Operating income in 2010 was $478,698 and $627,991 […]

The Prowers County Wagons are Getting their New Home

          The Prowers County Commissioners, Big Timbers Museum officials, members of the Prowers Historical Board and local tourism supporters are counting off the days on their calendars until 11am, June 25, the scheduled opening day of the new transportation museum for the county. Opening day will bring and end to over […]