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Friday January 15, 2021




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Lamar Animal Shelter Donations Needed

The Lamar Animal Shelter is in need of donation items for current and incoming dogs. Requested donations for the animal shelter include peanut butter, plush toys and Kong toys. Those interested in donating may drop off items at 8551 County Road EE5 in Lamar. Call the Lamar animal shelter at 336-8769 for questions.


A Thank You From the Census Bureau

Census Bureau Regional Coordinator Pauline Nunez extends a special thank you to Southeast Colorado Communities, for their part in the 2020 Colorado Census. In her response in the Colorado Municipal League Newsletter, Nunez takes pride in congratulating census workers, mobile questionnaire committees and more for their outstanding efforts in collecting a count for the Census. Using social media posts, fliers, and individuals Census workers, Colorado placed 14th in the Nation for completing their count in 2020. Finalized demographic data and funding information are in the process of release by December 2021.


Lamar Public Library

The Lamar Public Library continues with their limited reservations. 10 persons are allowed in the library at one time and reservations are recommended. Walk-ins at the library are also available if reservations for that time are not booked. Social distancing and masks are required at all times with reservation bookings starting at the beginning of each hour. Call 336-4632 to schedule your appointment with the Lamar Public Library.


Lamar Animal Shelter Donations Needed

The Lamar Animal Shelter is in need of donation items for current and incoming dogs. Requested donations for the animal shelter include peanut butter, plush toys and kong toys. Those interested in donating may drop off items at 8551 County Road EE5 in Lamar. Call the Lamar animal shelter at 336-8769 for questions.


STATE-CO

Paycheck Protection Program Part 2

Another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans is opening up for applications. Frances Padilla with the Small Business Administration says there are a lot of businesses and employees suffering in Colorado due to COVID-19. The loans are meant to be used for job retention and other expenses. Last year, PPP loans amounted to more than ten-billion-dollars for Colorado businesses. More information can be found online at SBA.gov/ppp.


Pueblo State of the City Address

Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar is expressing confidence and hope for 2021 regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the economy. Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar says the city made sure restaurants were able to survive through changes like outdoor dining upgrades. During his State of the city Address the Pueblo mayor says sales tax levels were stable citing federal funds as the reason. He does want voters to approve a new street repair sales tax which he believes is more equitable.


Colorado Deploys National Guard

Governor Polis is signing off on an executive order to send at least 200 members of the Colorado National Guard to Washington, DC. They'll be on the ground to assist with next week's presidential inauguration. Dozens of other states are taking similar action. Governor Polis says the presence of the National Guard will ensure our nation's capital and all Americans in attendance will be safe and protected. There's been concern over further unrest in the city after last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol.


STATE-KS

Recognition for the Sunflower State

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the state of Kansas has been recognized as a national leader in wind energy. According to Business Facilities’ 2020 State Rankings, Kansas was announced as number 1 in percentage of energy generated by wind in the United States. The state of Iowa took the Number one lead in 2019 placing Kansas at #2 until the most recent 2020 ranking release. Wind energy expansions across the state and the nation are expected to generate $7Billion savings by 2045.


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