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August 19, 2020



LOCAL

Lamar Light and Power Study

According to the Prowers Journal, Lamar Light and Power Superintendent Houssin Houreigh, outlined the Lamar Utility Board’s requests for the Board’s electric rates. The study, conducted by Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, presented their findings to the board during the August 11, 2020 meeting. The protocols for any changes require a public hearing for any proposal. The public hearing conference call will be held Monday, September 28, 2020 and the board will have a final discussion and a resolution to adopt any rate modifications which will be held on October 13, 2020. If approved, the rate changes for Lamar Light and Power would occur beginning January 1, 2021.


Colorado Police Resignations

241 Law enforcement officers across Colorado resigned or retired in the weeks after Gov. Jared Polis enacted police reforms by signing Senate Bill 217 into law, according to state information. It remains unclear whether law enforcement separations are a direct result of the new law. Senate bill 217 required body cameras, a requirement to intervene on another officer using excessive force, and police personal responsibility and financial liability for their actions.


Lamar School District Meals

Lamar School District has announced, beginning Monday, August 24th, Chartwells is going to start providing breakfast and lunch for students that are doing online learning. This will take place at the Central Kitchen, Monday through Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. For questions on provided meals for off-site learning, contact the Lamar School District at 719-336-3251.


STATE

Colorado Fire Ban

Governor Jared Polis is issuing a 30-day ban on fires in Colorado as four large wildfires continue to grow in different parts of the state. The Department of Natural Resources believes the Pine Gulch Fire near Grand Junction was sparked by lightning. Currently, the entire state of Colorado is experiencing some form of drought.


Kansas State Uni. COVID Cases

More than a dozen COVID-19 cases are reported at a Kansas State University fraternity. Riley County, Kansas, Health Department officials announced yesterday that 13 members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity have tested positive for the virus. University and Greek life officials are working with the health department on handling the coronavirus outbreak.


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