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Granada Trustees Study Economic Development Assessment

  The study, initiated by a REDI, Rural Economic Development, grant was recently conducted by the State Department of Local Affairs for both Granada and Holly recently. The two part report provides an economic assessment of each town’s current status for job and population loss while the second segment provides a demographic breakdown for each […]

County Commissioners Present Check to Holly LIbrary

  Board chairman, Ron Cook, and the Prowers County Commissioners, presented a check for $4,200 to members of the Holly Library on Wednesday evening, February 3rd at the Holly Depot.  Chairman Cook said the funds will be able to support the library’s need for supplies and future program costs.  “We’re certain these funds will be […]

Prowers County Sets 2016 Budget

    The entire Prowers County budget, approved by the Commissioners during their December 8th meeting, is set at $22,144,145 with no change to the mill levy which remains at 27.17 mills.  The total taxable Assessed Valuation for the County increased from $121,644,714 in 2015 to $126,559,805. General Fund expenditures for the new year are […]

Fireworks Fundraisers Planned for Holly

    The Holly Rural Fire Department is working to offer a July 4th fireworks display next year if there are sufficient funds generated for the holiday project. Jake Holdren of the Holly Rural Fire Department addressed the town Trustees during their September meeting, outlining some of the needs related to the project. “All of […]

LCC Booster Club Offers Extra for Pack the Gym Night

Twenty-four students, boys and girls,  from six area high schools, will compete in shooting skills for free throws and three-pointers during the LCC boys and girls half time during the Antelopes, ‘Pack the Gym’ night at the Wellness Center on January 13. Teams from Walsh, Wiley, Holly, Granada, Lamar and McClave will compete for points […]

Prowers County Municipal Election Summary

  Several communities in Prowers County held elections for town board positions this past Tuesday, April 1.    Four candidates were running for three seats on the Wiley Town Council.  Julie Esgar received 81 votes, Chuck Miller and Jack Martin each had 79 and all three will serve four year terms on the board.  Leigh Ann […]

Holly Wildcat Weekly Sports Update, March 11, 2014

The town of Holly was on the verge of having to shutdown for the state tournament, with both of their basketball teams receiving first round byes in last weekend’s regional tournament in Pueblo. Both played well, but only one got the necessary win to advance to the Great 8. The Wildcat boys took the floor […]

Major Interest Shown in Sheriff’s Race

  Six candidates for Prowers County Sheriff appeared before a standing room only audience Monday, February 24, at the Lamar Cultural Events Center to state their case as to why they should be the next sheriff come election day in November. The candidate’s forum was hosted by Dr. Gerry Branes from Voices of Southeast Colorado […]

Granada Basketball Weekly Report, February 12, 2014

Neither team from Granada had much success in their trip to Cheyenne Wells on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Both squads picked up losses, putting each on a two-game skid. The Lady Bobcats suffered a 37-27 loss to the Lady Tigers, while the Bobcats fell to the #4 Tigers by a 49-34 count. The next two games […]

Granada Squads Split with Walsh, Girls Lose to Kim

Last Friday night saw Granada hosting Walsh in both boys and girls varsity action. The Lady Bobcats opened the night by securing a hard-fought 47-41 victory over the Lady Eagles. Their counterparts were unable to make it a sweep, as the boys fell to the Eagles 47-39. The Lady Bobcats traveled to Kim on Saturday […]

New Signage for Prowers County, Commodity Distributions Going Monthly in 2014

Pat Palmer and Brad Semmens, board members of the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel, met with the County Commissioners for permission to mount an LED sign owned by Semmens on the courthouse lawn.  The sign would be used to promote various, non-commercial activities in the county through the year.  “Ever since PCDI moved its headquarters […]

Colorado’s Premiere Small School Basketball Tournament Marks 50 Years

The holidays bring letters to Santa Claus, last minute shopping, and lots of basketball in Southeast Colorado.  In 2013, the Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament will tip off for the 50th time.  The tournament features eight schools, either 1A or 2A classification, with both a boys’ and girls’ bracket.  Beginning December 19th, the Lamar Community Building […]

Lodging Panel Approves Canyons and Plains Annual Request

  The Prowers County Lodging Panel approved a $5,000 request from the regional tourism group, Canyons and Plains, for their continued activities in southeast Colorado.  Their coverage area includes Prowers, Baca, Bent, Kiowa and Otero counties.  Funds are used for an advertorial announcement in the nationally distributed Audubon magazine, as well as signage and information […]

Canyons & Plains Unveils Visitor Information Kiosks

Information kiosks in Eads, Fowler, Granada and Springfield now welcome visitors to Southeast Colorado by providing maps and information on local history and attractions.  These four “gateway” kiosks are the first phase in a Wayfinding Project sponsored by the regional heritage tourism group, Canyons & Plains (C&P). Canyons & Plains, with Otero County serving as […]

Mayree Dougherty Celebrates Her 110th Birthday

  Alice Mayree Dougherty was only a few months old when the Wright Brothers made their celebrated flight at Kitty Hawk back in 1903.  She was a young teen when World War 1 began and a young woman at the start of the Great Depression.  In her 110 years she’s witnessed events transpire that ranged […]

Prowers County Sheriff Report, February 2013

The Prowers County Sheriff’s Office responded to 272 calls for service this past February, 2013.  Lamar posted 155 calls, followed by 81 from the County, 37 from Holly and 15 from Wiley.  Sixty of the Lamar calls were jail-related with eight warrant arrests noted, two for drugs and one for theft.  The County had 24 […]

Robbins, Lusher, Brase Elected to PCDI Board

  New board of director members to Prowers County Development Incorporated were elected during the economic development group’s annual banquet and meeting, Wednesday, February 27, at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn. Lawrence Brase was re-elected as a board member and Larry Lusher of Farmer-Stockman Realty & Auction LLP and Rick Robbins of Colorado Mills were […]

County Approves Railroad Crossing Safety System Near Granada

A railroad crossing warning system will be installed at CR 22.5 near Granada in the near future.  The Prowers County Commissioners, CDOT and the BNSF Railway Company entered into a contract to furnish and install flashing light signals, gates, bells, constant warning circuitry, new cabin and concrete crossing pads.  The county’s contribution to the project […]

County Approves LiveWell Phys Ed Contract, Hires New VA Administrator

The Prowers County Commissioners had a diversified agenda for their Thursday meeting, January 24.  Talara Coen, Alta Vista Charter School Administer, requested support from the county to act as a financial pass-through agent allowing the school to receive a $100,000 grant to fund playground equipment upgrades.  Coen explained that she has full approval from the […]

Tourism Based on Local Strengths for Southeast Colorado

Instead of attracting visitors to Disneyland, a new tourism destination for this region might be called Farmland or Rangeland. Heritage tourism and Agri-tourism has shown an increase in interested visitors to Colorado over the past five years according to Judy Walden of the Walden Mills Group, speaking at a CTO workshop in Lamar this past […]