November 19, 2020


Prison Utilization Study

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is required to study future prison bed needs and analyze economic impacts of the prisons in Bent, Crowley and Otero Counties. At the request of the Bent and Crowley Commissioners, a recent house bill also requires that local public hearings be held to solicit input from residents on the issue. The hearings will be conducted online and will provide residents of Bent and Crowley Counties the opportunity for public testimony to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs about the impacts of the prisons in our communities. County Commissioners will host one online hearing for each county: Monday November 30, at 5:30 PM will be the Crowley County Hearing and Tuesday December 1, 5:30 PM is the Bent County Hearing. Visit for the full online hearing conference information.

City Offices

All City offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26th & 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Community Building and the Public Library will also be closed. Most City offices are currently restricted to the public due to coronavirus.

Lamar Public Library

Beginning Friday, the Lamar Public Library will be moving to curbside pickup or delivery only. Books and resources may be found in their online catalog and library goers are encouraged to call or email with library card information for selections. Library Items are to be returned to the outside drop box once ready to be turned in. Today will be the last opportunity for indoor appointment scheduling at the library. Call 336-4632 to schedule an appointment at the Lamar Public Library.


Wal-Mart Stores Experiencing Shortages

Some Walmart stores across the nation are experiencing shortages on certain products. Michael Castner reports (30 sec) The retail store had online options for many of its products, and continues to ship to residential addresses in a timely manner.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road in Colorado is now closed to through traffic for the season. Park officials made the announcement yesterday. Portions of the roadway on the east and west side of the park remain open. West side access is limited due to issues and damage related to the East Troublesome Fire. Trail Ridge Road typically re-opens to through traffic in late May. Old Fall River Road has also closed for the season.

COVID-19 App Update

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment needed to add a big update to its COVID-19 Exposure Notifications System smartphone app. Special advisor Sarah Tuneburg says users struggled to get activation keys they needed to trigger tokens they exchanged with other app users. Text messages will now be sent out automatically to users instead. So far, 34-hundred Coloradans have used the Exposure Notifications System to share their positive test results, and to notify others about their potential exposure.

Kansas Statewide Mandate

After much discussion with state officials over the past few weeks, Governor Laura Kelly is issuing a statewide mask mandate. The measure calls for face masks to be worn inside any indoor public place, on public transportation and in outdoor spaces when six feet of social distancing isn't possible. Local governments will have the ability to determine the specifics of the ordinance. The new measure takes effect on November 25th.

Kansas Winter Sports

The Kansas State High School Activities Association is recommending winter sports be delayed. The organization's executive board issued new recommendations yesterday including postponing the start of winter sports competition until January 15th, 2021. Other recommendations include not allowing fans at competitions until January 28th and universal masking except for officials and athletes in competition. The Activities Association Officials in Kansas predict the Colorado High school Activities association may follow suit.

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