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Lamar City Council Reviews Job Description for URA Manager

The Lamar City Council held a work session prior to its regular Monday night meeting on September 28th, covering needed changes for the Community Development and Urban Renewal Manager positions left vacant by the recent departure of Shawna Hodge. City Administrator, John Sutherland, gave the council a one page outline covering the job description. Sutherland […]

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 […]

City Council Schedules Public Hearing for Sand and Sage Beer Garden

The Lamar City Council set July 13 as the date for a public hearing for the Prowers County Fairboard.  Members are requesting a special events permit to host a beer garden during some events at the Sand and Sage Fair in August.  The council also held a public hearing for a special event permit for […]

Lamar Police Department and Domestic Safety Sign Agreement

Lamar Mayor, Roger Stagner, signed a memorandum of understanding between the Lamar Police Department and the Domestic Safety Resource Center as outlined by Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller and Kathy McCorkle, Executive Director of DSRC. The MOU will help to provide assistance to victims of domestic crimes, as the Center currently provides such items as […]

George Gotto Begins PCDI Interim Executive Director Duties

George Gotto, the interim Executive Director for Prowers County Development Incorporated, held his first monthly meeting, Tuesday May 26.  Gotto was recently hired by the economic development organization to replace the former executive director while the board members create a new job description for a permanent replacement. Gotto’s report to the board was brief, detailing […]

New Business Development for Lamar, LPI Holds Annual Board Meeting

The annual report for 2014 for Lamar Partnership Incorporated was delivered to board members by Shawna Hodge, Executive Director this past Wednesday, February 25 at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offices. The organization’s goal is to educate and broaden the business district of Lamar by promoting Lamar’s cultural, historical and social significance. Hodge highlighted some […]

Board and Committee Openings in Prowers County

  The Prowers County Commissioners are accepting letters of interest to fill several seats currently open to qualified candidates for various boards and committees. Lamar Partnership Incorporated has two positions on the board of directors.  Letters of interest should be received by 5pm on February 12, 2015.  The terms for the positions will expire in […]

Lamar Chamber Merchants Host Meeting on Main Street Project

  CDOT’s Main Street overlay project for Lamar is developing, but there’s no guarantee of a start date on the calendar at this point.  Brian Long, CDOT’s representative for southeast Colorado, provided an outline of the project during a gathering of Lamar Downtown Merchants this past Tuesday, January 13, but wasn’t specific on a start […]

Cliff Boxley, a Veteran Helping Other Area Vets

    The Prowers County Board of Commissioners recently commended Cliff Boxley for receiving the 2014 AARP Andrus Award. Boxley has been driving southeast Colorado veterans to medical appointments in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and La Junta for the past seven years. The AARP letter states, “The Association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals […]

Urban Redevelopment Authority Discusses Antique Alley Request

    New procedures for funding requests from the Lamar Urban Redevelopment Authority were put into play prior to the City Council Meeting, Monday, September 29. The Council meets as the Authority Board. Antique Alley, a new family-owned business venture in the former Davis Western Store, requested funding from the Lamar Urban Redevelopment Authority to […]

Enchanted Forest Holiday Activities Underway

    Lamar, CO – The Lamar Chamber of Commerce has been participating in conversations about revitalizing the Enchanted Forest. One proposal for the park is to bring back holiday activities and have Santa’s Workshop and the Santa’s Train operating during weekend hours.  The Chamber is looking for organizations or businesses to sponsor time and […]

Lamar City Council Sets Public Meeting Dates for ARPA Discussion

Several public hearings were set by the Lamar City Council during their Monday evening meeting, two of which will focus on developments regarding ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  Mayor Roger Stagner said he hoped citizens with concerns about ARPA and the Lamar Repowering Project will attend one of the two meetings set for the Lamar […]

LPI Board Discusses Healthy Places Initiative with PUMA Reps

What market is currently being served by the retailers along Main Street in Lamar?  What business or store could become an anchor to Main Street that could induce local residents or visitors to frequent?  Those were topics of discussion during the monthly LPI meeting at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offices this past Wednesday, March […]

Lamar Partnership Incorporated Holds Annual Meeting

  Kevin Knight and Clifford Boxley were voted in as new LPI board members during the annual meeting, February 26. Sean Lirley was elected to a new three year term.  Board positions will remain the same with Kim Fornier as president, Melissa Bohls as vice-president, Denise Carder as treasurer and Carla Scranton as secretary.  Executive […]

Council Okays New Airport Lights, City Street Sweeper

  Two public hearings were scheduled by the council.  A temporary modification of premise application for two events at the Buzzard’s Roost was set for a public hearing on March 24.  Jay Gruber, owner of the Buzzard’s Roost on North Main Street, hosts two annual music events, the County Jam on June 14-15 and the […]

Lamar City Council Discusses ‘Enclave’ Annexation

City Administrator John Sutherland and City Engineer, Wiley Work, briefed the city council on a ‘keyhole’ enclave created when the city annexed the Holiday Inn Express property off North Main Street in 2010.  One area of land remains outside the city boundaries, but is surrounded by incorporated city property.  Almost 30 acres of land owned by […]

Start the New Year by Recycling your E-Waste

  Did you receive a new TV, computer, microwave or any other electronic item for Christmas?  If so, now what do you do with the old equipment that you’re replacing?  Don’t throw it away in the trash!  Studies have shown that accumulated components of some electronic equipment are harmful to the land.  A state statute […]

2013 Year in Review for Prowers County: January & February

Over the next several days, The Prowers Journal will recap some of the news events that highlighted the twelve months of 2013.  The condensed articles will be available online at as well as in our weekly Wednesday newsletter.  January 2013 Year in Review  Marla Abling, 46, was arrested by the Lamar Police Department in […]

Prowers Lodging Panel Helps Fund Local Retail Map

The Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel approved a $1,000 request from Lamar Partnership Incorporated to help finance the printing of a shopping directory map for Lamar.  The 11 by 17 inch color-coded map provides a guide to retail outlets within the city.  Restaurants, media outlets, fuel and convenience stores, entertainment, schools, medical facilities and other […]

PCDI Gaining Income on Washington Street Rental Property

  The Prowers County Development Incorporated board of directors voted to adopt the general operating budget for 2014, as well as the incentives property budget.  Portions of the former Big R warehouse on East Washington Street have been rented over the past several months and a formal annual budget is warranted.  Office space is being […]