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Wal-Mart Subdivision Plat Finalized, Another Derelict House to Come Down

  The final plat of the Wal-Mart Subdivision has been finalized as the department store contracted with a private firm to complete the plat. Wiley Work, Lamar City Engineer and Jeremy McEndree, of the City Building Department, told the City Council, that Lot 1 is the present site of the store and Lot 2 is […]

Council Okays Contracts for Lamar Loop Planning and GoCO Inspire Grant

A brief Lamar City Council meeting on January 25th dealt mostly with appointments and contract renewals. One of the next steps in the construction of the proposed Lamar Loop, a walking path encircling most of the city and connecting several exercise areas, is the hiring of a firm for design and construction documents. Two firms […]

Council Wraps Up 2015, Discusses Funding for Economic Development Study

    The City of Lamar is receiving funding to improve the deficiency rating for the short bridge crossing the Lamar Canal and linking the city’s industrial park to Commercial Street. The State Special Highway Committee recommended the funding for $392,480.  City Administrator, John Sutherland, told the council the bridge has a 20 rating which […]

GoCO Inspire Grant Will be an Involved Process

  Next year, Lamar could receive a GoCO grant in the neighborhood of $5M, earmarked mostly for outdoor activity projects for local youth. Lamar has already qualified for the Inspire Initiative planning grant of $100,000 needed to formulate a comprehensive application to the state by next August.  The implementation plan will include places, programs and […]

PMC Approves 2016 Budget, Receives Update on Community Alliance Progress

The Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors closed out their final monthly meeting of 2015 on December 2nd, with the unanimous approval of the 2016 budget, which, according to Board Chairman, Julie Branes, will have no impact on the hospital district mill levy. Emily Nieschburg of LiveWell/Healthy Places recapped the latest developments of those organizations […]

Colorado Agencies Team Up for Fresh Air Friday, Nov. 27

DENVER — Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office are teaming up to offer access to all 42 Colorado state parks with ‘Fresh Air Friday,’ to encourage one-and-all to enjoy the outdoors on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Fresh Air Friday means Colorado […]

Inspire Award Caps Healthy Places Visit

Members of the Colorado Health Foundation, PUMA and Healthy Places visited Lamar for three days in what was styled as a Fall Fling. The term is somewhat deceptive, for although the time spent in Lamar was enjoyable, it was also a critical work session which gained an assessment on the accomplishments of the Healthy Places […]

Lamar Receives $100,000 GoCO Grant for Outdoor Recreation Development

Greater Outdoors Colorado announced this past Friday, October 23rd, that Lamar is one of six pilot communities selected to receive $100,000 in planning grants which can be leveraged to up to $5M to implement projects allowing more kids more access to outdoor recreation. The State of Colorado is using up to $25M  in GOCO lottery […]

Healthy Places Hosting Sunday Loopa-Palooza

Emily Neischburg, Executive Director of Healthy Places, and organizer Renee Beebe, invited Lamar City Council members to the Sunday, October 18th event to highlight the progress being made on the seven mile Lamar Loop. “We’ll be at Escondido Park from 2pm to 4pm this Sunday,” Neischburg said, adding that the event, the Loopapalooza, is open […]

Pocket Park Plans Begin with Funding

The Lamar City Council is reviewing a multi-page concept for the Pocket Park proposal. The former parking lot between Daylight Donut and Shore Arts Center, has been closed to cars for the past year, but open to a number of community oriented activities. The most recent was the early September Fall Festival which featured BBQ, […]

Lamar Council Approves Grants and Funding for Police, Fire, Computer Software

The Lamar City Council approved requests for grant applications and city equipment during their Monday, August 24th meeting, including the GOCO grant needed to finish the two remaining ball fields at the Four Plex. Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and Rec Director, outlined the final work to be done by the lowest bidder, Timberline Landscaping of […]

Lamar Council Approves Utility Developments

The council authorized an agreement for engineering services for $10,000 for the Main Street Water Distribution System Project Needs Assessment.  The goal is to replace the city’s aging water mains underneath Main Street in anticipation of CDOT’s re-surfacing project set to begin in early 2016.  A Needs Assessment on the project, costing $10,000, is required […]

Two Ball Fields Done, Two Closer to Completion

Work has been steadily progressing to complete the final two softball fields at the Lamar Sportsplex ever since a final GoCO grant was approved for the City this past spring.  Last week, work was underway to place the final sets of field lights for the third and fourth ball parks.  Each post will hold a […]

PCDI Board Appoints Cindy Otto, Reduces Sale Price of Big R Warehouse

Cindy Otto of Granada was unanimously voted as a replacement director by the Prowers County Development Incorporated board during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.  Otto is replacing another Granada resident, Deb Choat, who resigned this past spring due to various professional scheduling conflicts.  Otto will assume Choat’s seat for the duration of her term.   The board also […]

GoCO Makes Major Grant for Lamar Loop

There’s a lot of work to be done to start the 7.3 mile Lamar Loop, a walking trail that will encompass most of the city, but now the money is there to get the job moving. Emily Nieschburg, coordinator for Healthy Places in Lamar and LiveWell Prowers County, said the Summit meeting at Amache Farms […]

Dias Selected to Lamar City Council

  Lamar resident, Felix Dias, was elected by a split ballot vote by the City Council as the Ward III replacement for Ron Cook during the January 26 meeting.   Cook became a Prowers County Commissioner following the November General Election.  Dias was sworn in as the newest council member by Judge Larry Stutler and began […]

Discussion Opens for Possible Lamar Recreation Center

  Could Lamar support a full-time community recreation center and what would be the best approach to developing one?  These and similar questions were discussed during an initial, exploratory meeting held by Jessica Medina, an employee of High Plains Community Health Center this past Friday, January 16. “We’ve noticed an increased level of interest in […]

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

  The Lamar City Council interviewed two candidates, Felix Dias and Jim Faull as a replacement for Councilman Ron Cook for representation of District 3 in the city during the January 12 meeting.    The council had 30 days to advertise for the open seat since Cook tendered a resignation letter as he is moving from […]

Proposed Lamar Loop Could Expand Walking Trails Four-Fold

The proposed seven-mile Lamar Loop walking trail may come closer to reality following the Lamar City Council meeting on Monday, January 26.  The council, according to Emily Neischburg of Healthy Places and LiveWell Prowers County, will be asked for a resolution of support for the project.  “We’d like you all to show up at the […]

City Council Moves to Complete Sportsplex, Sets Public Hearing on Zoning for Patel Property

Greater Outdoors Colorado has approved a grant for the City of Lamar for funding to complete the remaining two ball fields at the city’s four-plex.  The first of the four fields, off Savage Avenue in Lamar, was completed in 2010, enabling Lamar to host a Cal Ripkin World Series event.  Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and […]