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December 9, 2020

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Prowers County Clerk Announcement

Prowers County Clerk and Recorders announce, January License renewal cards that have been mailed will be off by a total of five cents, if the transaction is completed January 1 or after. This discrepancy is due to the material fee change for year tabs that is effective on and after January 1, 2021. Due to the fact that the State prints all renewals a month before they are due, the state was unable to change the fees. Please call the Prowers County Clerks at, 336-8011 for direction in processing your January License renewals.


Business Grants

Beginning today, Prowers County is again offering grants to assist small businesses in Prowers County that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Grants are available to assist with payroll, capital, equipment, and operating costs incurred due to the COVID-19 economic disruption. Grant funds under this program do not need to be repaid. The grant program will provide a maximum of $5,000 per business. Applications may be accessed by visiting www.prowerscounty.net or by contacting Lisa Farmer at 719-688- 3696. Grant submissions are due December 21st, 2020.


City of Lamar Transfer Station

The city of Lamar Transfer Station will be open during the Free Weekend on Saturday December 26th from 8:30am-3:30pm and Sunday December 27th from 12:30-3:30pm. 1 pick up load per customer per day is allowed during the free weekend and fees remain for electronic waste and tires. Construction debris also has a fee and must be taken to the landfill. The service is available to City of Lamar residents and does not apply to commercial businesses.


Otero County Sheriffs Closure

The front office of the Otero County Sheriff’s Office will be closed until Monday, December 14th due to staffing shortages and quarantines. This will affect civil process, concealed handgun permits, VIN inspections, and more. Patrol services will NOT be affected and dispatch should run as normal. 911 calls should not be affected and public safety remains to be Otero county sheriff's priority. These temporary closures will allow staff to recover and get through their quarantine and safely return to duty without placing staff, inmates or the general public at risk.


STATE

Trees For Troops

Christmas trees are being distributed to troops at Fort Carson. It's all part of the Troops For Trees event done each year by FedEx and Christmas SPIRIT Foundation driver and military veteran Marvin Hill says Trees for Troops isn't just for service members but also their families. The trees were brought to the Mountain Post over the weekend before being given out to military personnel.


Colorado Tourism Campaign

Colorado is launching a backcountry winter safety awareness campaign. State tourism office director Cathy Ritter says that's because there's been more interest in outdoor recreation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a four-month campaign, kicked off by Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Awareness Week which runs through Sunday. People are being asked to take a three-part pledge. That includes "know before you go, recreate responsibly, and care for Colorado."


Kansas Earthquakes

Seismic activity is continuing to take place in Kansas' largest city and parts of SW Kansas. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude three earthquake was reported yesterday morning. Yesterday's quake in the area was the fourth reported in the past two weeks. There were no reports of damage or injuries following the quake.


Colorado Public Health Changes

Changes to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's COVID-19 public health order are now in effect. Changes to the newly amended order were announced and went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday. Worship and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals are now classified as essential. Houses of worship may exceed recommended capacity limits if the activity can't be conducted within those restrictions. Masks and other prevention measures such as social distancing and sanitation are still required. Museums, aquariums, zoos, and similar institutions may operate indoors for educational purposes with a 25-percent or 25 people per room limit, whichever is fewer.


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