August 13, 2020


Lamar Public Library Mobil Census Unit

Today, the Lamar Public Library will take the Colorado Census on the road. Granada Park will host the mobile census unit from 11am-1pm, and Holly Park will host the Library census unit from 5pm-7pm. Laptops and equipment will be provided to Coloradans to complete the census and sanitation will take place after each use. Participants may bring mailed in materials which include a census ID, but documents are not required. Census data will not be distributed or shared with other agencies. Masks will be required during the Lamar Public Library mobile census event and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.

Prowers County Youth Council

The Prowers County Youth Council is in search of k-12 students from Holly, Granada, and Wiley school districts for Council open registration. Youth involvement and voices are crucial to creating positive change within the community. The council will focus on topics that impact youth today and will currently be online based. Prowers County Youth council will host an invitational meeting Friday, August 28th at 9am and 5pm. The online invitational meeting link to the Prowers County Youth Facebook page, and there are no limits to participants. For questions related to the youth council, please call 719-336-8721.

Bent County Emergency 911 Messages

Bent County has changed the company used to send Reverse 911 messages to the citizens of Bent County. Many of the resident cell phone numbers that were in the old system are not in the current new system. If you would like to make sure that your Cell Phone Number is in the new reverse 911 system call 719 662 1200 or send a message to the Bent County Emergency Management Facebook Page. For messages sent, be sure to include a home address along with an active Cell Phone Number.

City of Lamar Job Post

The city of Lamar is in search of a full-time Lead Highway Maintenance employee. The position requires a commercial Driver’s License class A or B. The position is sponsored by the Colorado Department of transportation and offers full benefits, a tuition reimbursement program, state employee discounts and more. With a starting salary of $39,000, applicants may be eligible for a 5% pay increase upon completion of the probationary period. For information related to the Lead Highway Maintenance position, or to apply: visit

Arkansas Valley Fair

Planning for the 143rd Annual Arkansas Valley Fair is still currently underway, as the event makes some changes amid the pandemic. Many traditional events and features have been canceled in light of fair modifications. Carnival rides and ticketed events have been canceled this year, along with horse racing and more. Despite drastic changes to the 143rd Annual Arkansas Valley Fair’s lineup, many traditions will continue as scheduled. A drive-through route for watermelon pickup has been organized by the fair board and volunteers, and patrons are required to stay in their vehicles. The fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2020; at 105 North Main Street in Rocky Ford with a community breakfast that morning from 6:45am-8am. For more information visit


Colorado Wastewater Project

Colorado health officials, scientists and wastewater utilities are teaming up to search for signs of COVID-19 in what you flush down the toilet. John Putnam with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says sampling wastewater could provide an early-warning system for communities about potential outbreaks before they happen. Utilities collect samples before wastewater enters their plant for treatment. Scientists then evaluate the amount of COVID-19 in those samples and determine the level of infection.

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