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CWCB Drought Update, October 2015

Following a very warm and dry start to the fall, November to-date has seen more seasonal temperatures west of the divide and increased precipitation on the west slope and northeastern plains. This has helped to alleviate abnormally dry conditions over parts of the state. Storage levels in some basins are at the highest levels since […]

Council Says “No Sale” on Proposed Yard Sale Ordinance

A public hearing was not needed to review a proposed ordinance prohibiting Perpetual, Prolonged and Extended Yard Sales in Residential zoned areas of the City of Lamar. The proposal died for lack of a motion from the council.   Additional discussion and definition will be needed before the council comes to a conclusion on the final […]

Colorado Water Conservation Board, August 2015 Drought Update

Colorado Water Conservation Board, August 2015 Drought Update Colorado remains largely drought free despite decreased precipitation in late July and early August. This is in part due to moderate summer temperatures over the same time period. Drier conditions in recent weeks have led to declining soil moisture levels, but overall evapotranspiration rates are below average […]

Drought Conditions Improving for Southeast Region

Update from Colorado Water Conservation Bureau A cool and wet May has eliminated drought conditions across much of Colorado. With 31 weather stations recording the wettest month ever, statewide May 2015 was the wettest May since record keeping began in 1895. In total much of the state experienced 300% of normal May precipitation. June temperatures […]

April 2015 Drought Update from CWCB

Colorado has been warm and dry for so far this spring. March was four degrees above average across much of the state making it the 6th warmest on record. In addition, the three week period from March 9- April 1, 2015 was one of the driest on record. As of April 14th, many river basins […]

Warm and Dry Winter Weather for S.E. Colorado

  January was the 15th warmest on record as well as being the driest January statewide since 2003. February precipitation to date statewide is 81% of average. D1 drought conditions have been introduced to the western slope. In the next two weeks, much needed precipitation is forecasted to come to the state that could benefit […]

January 2015 Drought Update/Precipitation Levels

  Globally, calendar year 2014 was the warmest on record. In Colorado the year ended with above average temperatures, making it the state’s 18th warmest calendar year and the warmest since 2012. Following a wet month of precipitation in December, January 1st snow accumulation was above average for the northern half of the state. 2014 […]

Lamar Council Sets Public Hearing Date on Corner Wine & Liquor Transfer

  A public hearing for the liquor license transfer for Corner Wine and Liquor was set for January 12, 2015.  The store at 1201 South Main Street was recently sold by Melinda Grover to Rodney and Gail Schroeder.  The transfer of ownership was submitted to conduct a transfer of license operating under a temporary permit […]

CWCB Drought Update for November 2014

Warm and dry conditions persisted throughout October and early November, with October 2014 the sixth warmest on record. However, recent precipitation and below average temperatures have resulted in improved snow accumulation across the state. The Arkansas basin, which has been the hardest hit by the drought, has received significant beneficial moisture this fall, and is […]

Lamar Raw Water Transmission Line Completed

“What we’ve done with this project is basically replace what had become a six mile long soaker hose,” said Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner this past Friday at a ribbon cutting ceremony held to observe one of the final improvements to the city’s water infrastructure system. Gary Berngard, the Honeywell Program Manager who has overseen several […]

Kim Verhoeff Appointed Lamar Municipal Court Judge

  Attorney Kim Verhoeff was the lone applicant to show interest in replacing Larry Stutler as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lamar. Stutler has tendered his resignation from the office effective December 31, 2014.  He has been the Municipal Court Judge since 2008 and following the November General Election, was set for […]

August 2014 Drought Update: S.E. Colorado Sees Some Relief

Mild temperatures and above average precipitation across much of the state has brought continued drought relief to the eastern plains. The four corners region is experiencing less precipitation and deteriorating conditions. Monsoon rains could potentially help alleviate the drying. Water providers indicated that storage levels remain strong, with many reservoirs near or at capacity and […]

Colorado State Drought Update

  Late January and early February precipitation across the state improved the statewide snowpack from 107% on February 1 to 117% as of February 12. The snowpack in every basin in the northern portion of the state is well above average with the highest being the South Platte basin at 141% of average. The southern […]

Colorado Revenue Forecast Shows Modest Increase

DENVER — Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 —  The State’s general fund budget forecast for the current budget year (FY 2013-14) as well as for FY 2014-15 is 1 percent higher than the September forecast, the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) announced today. General fund revenue comes mostly from income and sales taxes. […]

Stulp Brings Water Update to Commissioners

In about one year, Governor Hickenlooper will have a first draft of a comprehensive state water plan on his desk which will be reviewed for an additional year before any action may be taken.  The plan is being developed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.  John Stulp, former Prowers County Commissioner and current Director of […]

Non-Profit Seeks Water for Environmental Benefits

Colorado Water Trust will lease water to protect streams again in 2013 With Colorado’s snowpack below average, the Colorado Water Trust (CWT) is again seeking water rights for short-term lease for environmental benefits.  In 2012, the Colorado Water Trust piloted its Request for Water 2012 water leasing program, partnering with the Colorado Water Conservation Board […]

County Commissioners Approve Variety of Funding Grants

Darren Glover, PATS Operations Director, provided the Prowers County Commissioners with ridership numbers and finances for the county transit service during their meeting, Thursday, November 15.  Glover also discussed the 2013 CDOT Transit grant which provides PATS with some of their administrative and operating funding each year, totaling $315,000.  The local share of the funding […]

Current Drought Summary for S.E. Plains

  The warmest June on record in Colorado has been followed by the fifth warmest July on record for the state.  January through June 2012 now ranks as the second warmest calendar year since 1895 when records began.  The eastern plains saw the greatest departure from normal temperatures.  As of August 14, 2012, the U.S. […]

Record Heat Continues in S.E. Colorado

  Precipitation across Colorado has been tempered by high temperatures and evapotranspiration (ET) rates that are at or above reference high levels for many areas of the state.  High ET rates are a contributing factor in crop loss and poor range lands seen across Colorado.  Municipalities are reporting increased demand and decreasing storage volumes, yet […]

Granada Town Board Facing Budget Increases

The Granada Trustees will be covering their 2012 budget with a fine tooth comb this fall, attempting to find extra revenues for additional expenses.  Two areas were noted during the August 24 meeting, a request for E-9-1-1 funding from the Prowers County Commissioners; and the other added expense will be for repairs along the town’s […]