Free Legal Self-Help clinic
The Prowers County Free Legal Clinics are scheduled for 2021, set for the first Wednesday of every month. The Free Legal Self-Help clinic is hosted by the Lamar Public Library open to all area residents. Volunteer attorneys will assist each clinic patron individually over the phone. The first legal clinic scheduled for 2021 will be held January 6th. Please contact the Lamar Public Library at 336-4632 to schedule an appointment.
The City of Lamar Landfill will be open Thursday December 24th but will be closed Friday December 25th. The city is providing a “Free Weekend” on Saturday December 26th from 8:30am-3:30pm, and again Sunday December 27th from 12:30-3:30pm.
Kiowa County Sheriff's wars partons of recent unemployment scams where victims are used for others to claim funding. Two people in Kiowa county have had fraudulent unemployment cases filed under their name within the last two weeks. If you received unemployment paperwork but did not file a claim, or otherwise believe you are a victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, submit a fraud report by visiting cdle.colorado.gov. Victims are also encouraged to contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on their name and Social Security number.
CHSAA Season B
Several high school sports in Colorado will get an earlier-than-expected start next month. The Colorado High School Activities Association moved up the start of Season B. Ice hockey, basketball, wrestling, girls swimming, skiing and competitive spirits can begin practices on January 18th. (35 sec) Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann says CHSAA moved up the start of the sports season after state health officials and the Governor's COVID Response Team pushed to reopen schools for students after winter break. Student-athletes will undergo daily symptom checks before practices and competitions.
Colorado Department of Labor
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says the rollout of new unemployment benefits passed by Congress could be complicated by an upcoming system overhaul. An employment spokesperson tells us that the agency plans to do a system upgrade next month . Part of the upgrade will require moving the claims of more than 600-thousand Coloradans into a new program. That will prevent some of those seeking benefits from filing new claims or making payment requests. The department hopes to contain the rollout to the end of one week, allowing claims to be filed and caught up on a Sunday.