Nominations for Service Awards

The Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to invite the citizens of Stevens County to submit their nominations for the distinguished service awards to be presented at the Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Banquet. Anyone who is a resident of Stevens County can submit a nomination for the Citizen of the Year and/or the Lifetime Achievement awards for 2015.  Anyone who is a … [Read more...]

Rooster Roundup

Southwest Kansas is the Place to Hunt Pheasant in 2015 and 2016. Dodge City, Garden City, Hugoton, Jetmore and Liberal Kansas (Ford, Finney, Stevens, Hodgeman and Seward Counties) are pleased to announce the second annual pheasant hunting contest. During this year’s hunting season, 250 Pheasants will be banded on the leg and released in Ford County, near Dodge City, Kansas, in Finney County, near Garden City Kansas, … [Read more...]

High Plains Fall Fling

The Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing a vendor and craft fair to be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in conjunction with the High Plains Music Fest.  The High Plains Fall Fling will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Eagle RV Park, 1471 Road 13, Hugoton, KS (right across the road from Dirtona Raceway, the location of the Music Fest).  We are very excited to be working with the organizers of the … [Read more...]

High Plains Music Fest

Saturday, September 12, 2015 Venue: Dirtona Raceway Address: Hwy 56 and Hwy 25, Hugoton, KS 67951 Time: From: 6:00 PM to Midnight; Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: $30 Adult; $15 Children (ages 7-15); Children 6 & younger free with an adult admission To purchase tickets, go to their website Contact: Jan Leonard,   620-544-3069 Email: … [Read more...]

$25 Chamber Gift Certificate Incentive

The Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hugoton Tourism and Visitors Board are joining together to encourage employees of Stevens County businesses that work with the public to take advantage of a new free online course - KANSAS At Your Service.  We are offering a $25 Chamber gift certificate to those who complete the course. Complete the course (can be done in about 2 hours) Print your certificate and Bring it … [Read more...]

Hugoton Seizes Momentum

 For Rebecca Degollado the steady stream of semi tractor trailers along Main Street hauling milk, cattle and other agriculture products is a reminder this isn’t the same town in which she opened her business 13 years ago. Back then her Ranchita Tex-Mex Restaurant was the only Mexican restaurant in town. Today there are four. Hugoton is about to become the home of a second grocery store and a three-story motel at … [Read more...]

Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government’s most contentious programs. Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile … [Read more...]

Hugoton is #1 of the 30 Safest Cities in Kansas

Our number one safest Kansas city certainly deserves the honor. This charming rural community only had 15 total reported crimes in 2012, and there were zero counts of murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, or arson. Hugoton is a small town where honesty, generosity, and hard work are highly valued. A natural gas boomtown, Hugoton more than doubled its population between 1920 and 1930, when reserves of … [Read more...]

Kansas to vote on legalizing raffles

By Mary Clarkin The Hutchinson News Oct 26, 2014 A proposal to expand legalized gambling in Kansas is on the Nov. 4 ballot.  The Kansas Constitution was amended in 1974 to allow bingo and in 1986 to allow pari-mutuel wagering and the state lottery. The proposed new section would open the door for charitable raffles. If approved, the Legislature would be able to authorize the licensing, conduct and regulation of … [Read more...]

Abengoa facility is a Hugoton diamond

By Holly Jessen | October 20, 2014 My trip to Kansas for the Abengoa Bioenergy grand opening celebration of its 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant was well worth the trip. I won’t soon forget my tour of the state-of-the-art facility or the local residents I met there. I saw the Abengoa plant glittering like a diamond across the Kansas prairie before I even realized I was approaching the city it is located near. The lights … [Read more...]