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Transitions: Lamar Fire Chief Marshall Cook

As photographs from his past 30 year career with the Lamar Fire and Ambulance Department scrolled on a video screen at the Lamar Cultural Center this past Friday evening, February 6, Marshall Cook was presented with a series of appreciation awards and plaques for his years of service to the community. Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner […]

Southeast Colorado Diversity Council Hosts Annual Banquet

  Jared Penaflor was welcomed as the new president of Southeast Colorado Diversity Council during the organization’s 8th annual banquet at the Lamar Eagles Lodge, Saturday, October 11.  Formerly known as Voces Unidas, this past year, the group decided to reorganize and become independent of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce.  Along with Penaflor, new officers […]

Hundreds Attend the Third Annual 9/11 Remembrance Tribute

You could not buy a better day for a parade. This past Saturday, September 13, saw sunshine, cloudless blue skies and warm temperatures for Lamar’s Third Annual 9/11 Tribute which began at 10am with a traditional parade along South Sixth, West Cedar and South Ninth Streets, leading to the Prowers County Fairgrounds.  Patriotic red, white […]

No Booze Cruise has Great Friday Night Turn Out

The annual No Booze Cruise and Poker Run drew a capacity crowd at Sonic Drive-in on Friday evening, May 16.  The event helps kick off activities for the annual Lamar Days Festival.  Cars, trucks and bikes turned out in the parking lot, along with an assortment of vehicles from the Lamar Fire and Ambulance Service. […]

Honkers Recognize Two New Fire Engineers/EMTs

On October 18th the Lamar Honkers made a visit to the Lamar Fire Department to recognize the promotion of two new Fire Engineers/EMTs to the Lamar Fire Department. After extensive training under the supervision of Fire Chief Marshal Cook, Geoff Newman and Jordan Kemp were promoted to their new positions and duties in mid-September. Congratulations […]

County Discusses Emergency Trailer Responsibilities, Sells Antique Wagons

      How to best share an emergency operations trailer among county responders was the topic of discussion for Prowers County Commissioners Thursday, September 12, with Staffon Warn, Emergency Operations Manager for the County and Prowers County Sheriff Jim Faull.  The trailer is owned by the county, but was recently donated to The City of […]

“We Will Have a Fireworks Display”

      Lamar Fire Chief, Marshall Cook, stated that contrary to some facebook or blog articles that have been circulating, there will be a July 4th fireworks display at the Prowers County Fairgrounds on Thursday night, July 4.  Cook said that although the county has enacted a fire ban because of dry conditions this […]

County Fire Ban to be Re-instituted this Month

The Prowers County Commissioners held their Tuesday, June 11 meeting at the Wiley Community Center this week and from there, attended an afternoon meeting in Las Animas focusing on future choices that will be made for the state’s prisons in southeast Colorado.  A declining prisoner population may force some closures or alteration of prison operations […]

Planning Underway for Annual 9/11 Tribute in Lamar

  A repeat performance of the local tribute to 9/11 first responders is over a half year away, and an organizational meeting to map out the second annual event was held this past Monday, February 4,  at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offices.  Doug Harbour, working with Voices of Southeast Colorado and Voices Unidas, originated […]

Retirement Celebration for Deputy Fire Chief Leonard Set for Jan. 3

  Deputy Fire Chief Pat Leonard has served the citizens of Lamar and Prowers County for thirty-nine years as both a firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician.  He has decided that it is now time to close this chapter in his life and move on to other adventures.  We have arranged a retirement party for […]

Volunteer Firemen Group Reorganizing City/County Association

9-13-12 For immediate release: The Lamar/ Prowers County Volunteer Fire Department have begun to take steps to reorganize under the City of Lamar and Prowers County.  The volunteer fire department has been a stand alone 501c3 organization for the past 23 years.  They have provided volunteer fire service to both the City of Lamar and […]

Hickenlooper Bans Open Burning, Fireworks in Colorado

Open burning, private use of fireworks banned in Colorado DENVER ­— Thursday, June 14, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that bans open burning and private use of fireworks throughout Colorado because of very dry conditions and high fire danger. The ban does not apply to campfires in constructed, permanent fire pits […]

Citizen’s Academy Students Conclude Training with Firearms Practice

“You do a lot more than just eat donuts.” “Now I know why so many police show up at the same call sometimes.” “I never realized you had to make so many decisions so quickly” “This lets me put a name to the face when I see you at work.” “Going through this course has […]

Haz-Mat Training Exercise at Fairgrounds

A simulated nerve gas outbreak exercise was conducted at the Prowers Fairgrounds Wednesday evening, March 21. Lamar Police set up temporary roadblocks to the entrances of the fairgrounds shortly before 7pm, while various emergency response teams conducted the training drill. Lamar Fire Chief Marshall Cook explained the outline of the drill, saying the simulation reproduced […]

Oscar Riley New Lamar Councilman, Buzzard Gets Renewed License

Oscar Riley was selected as a replacement Lamar City Councilman for PJ Wilson who resigned his position as he no longer resides within city limits. Wilson informed the council last month and Riley was one of three candidates who was interviewed by the council in executive session last Wednesday. Steven Rabe has been selected by […]

Area Closings & Blizzard Activates Lamar Emergency Operations Center

  Closings and Cancellations for Tuesday, December 20: Highway Conditions:  I-25 Southbound Pueblo – NM State Line (Milemarker 94-1)  Closed because of severe weather. Lodging / parking unavailable south of Colorado City. NB I-25 open from NM state line. Road closure began December 19th, 2011 at 4:57pm.  US 40 Eastbound / Westbound Limon – Kit […]

Honoring the Fallen

    Ten years ago yesterday, several thousand Americans perished when the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York collapsed. Others died when a hijacked airliner struck the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and others still, died when their aircraft crashed into a Pennsylvania field. Among the fallen were 343 firefighters who died […]

Updated Fire Ban Ordinance Planned for Prowers County, Alta Vista Invitation

  Sheriff Jim Faull, Fire Marshall for Prowers County; Staffon Warn, Rural Fire Chief; and Marshall Cook City of Lamar Fire Chief, met with the Prowers County Commissioners to review the current fire ban for the county and to make the current ordinance more clear for area residents.  In light of the area rains this […]

July 4th Holiday, More Drinking, Less Fireworking

Click a picture to see it full siize – Photos by Russ Baldwin Most area residents apparently took notice of the holiday fireworks ban in Lamar and Prowers County. Due to on-going drought conditions, communities in Prowers and Bent County banned several types of fireworks during the holidays. Any type of firework such as regular […]

Firefighters Take Advantage of Practice Burn

  Surveying the progress of the fire Lamar firefighters never pass up an opportunity to hone their skills. Whether they’re found rappelling down Pike’s Tower in Willow Creek Park or torching an abandoned house, they make the most of their time. Many firefighters gave up their Sunday off, to tackle a deliberately set house fire […]