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  • Ortner sharpens leadership skills at Washington Focus

    It’s been a whirlwind past couple of weeks for Nicholas Ortner. Having just returned to town from the week-long Citizenship Washington Focus at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center near the Washington, D.C. border, he has barely had any free time in...
  • Statewide water plan effort wraps up first year of work

    Efforts to develop the first statewide water plan have just wrapped up the first year of work, with the December 2014 deadline for a draft to the governor looming. The Colorado Water Plan draws upon a decade of work by the state’s eight basin roundtabl...
  • Langley says ‘It’s time’ as she closes beauty shop

    With more than four decades in the hair styling business, Holyoke’s Betty Langley is opting for retirement and has closed Betty’s Beauty Barr. Langley admits that retirement is sooner than she had planned, but some health issues led to her decision t...
  • Hwy 23 might get bumped up on improvement schedule

    “We’re getting closer” to much-needed updates on Highway 23, reported Phillips County Commissioner Don Lock at the month-end county meeting Monday, June 30. Commissioners have received complaints for the Colorado Department of Transportation from l...
  • Kids get taste of business at Entrepreneurship Camp

    What does it take to launch, manage and grow a small business? Students in grades 5-7 learned all about that and more at the Youth Entrepreneurship Camp June 23-26. Economic development corporations in Phillips and Sedgwick counties partnered for the fo...
  • Nigerian wheat trade team visits Grainland in Holyoke

    A trade team of wheat importers from Nigeria arrived in Colorado Saturday, June 21, to examine the 2014 hard red winter wheat crop. While in Colorado, they toured Anderson Farms near Haxtun, Ardent Mills in Commerce City and the Grainland Cooperative uni...
  • Ortner named 4-H state president

    Nicholas Ortner was named the 2014-15 Colorado 4-H president at the state 4-H conference June 17-19 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Ortner was voted on at a senate meeting, with two people from each county eligible to vote. Three candidates...
  • RRWCD to meet

    The Board of Directors of the Republican River Water Conservation District will be holding its regular quarterly meeting in Holyoke Thursday, July 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Phillips County Event Center Biesemeier Room. Agenda items include approve m...
  • Rodeo Bible Camp a good experience

    June 18-21, six local kids saddled up for a unique blend of biblical teaching and rodeo instruction at the Platte Valley Rodeo Bible Camp at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds in Julesburg. Each camper focused on one skill during the week, which they got to ...
  • West Nile virus circulating in state

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported June 19 that mosquitoes collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta, Mesa and Weld counties are carrying West Nile virus. The department expects more counties to find infected mosquitoes as the summer p...
  • Community Service Award applications now being accepted

    For the 17th year in a row, Group Publishing is giving away cash awards to a variety of northern Colorado charities. Every year, Group gives a portion of its profits back to the community. Since 1997, Group has donated over $1 million to charitable organ...
  • CDOT promotes motorcycle safety with Ride Wise campaign

    Motorcycle crashes killed 86 riders and passengers on Colorado roadways last year, and 69 percent of the motorcyclists were at fault. As motorcyclists across the state gear up for riding season, the Colorado Department of Transportation announces a motor...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoJuly 2, 2009 Five Holyoke High School students, led by teacher Tracy Trumper, went on a nine-day Education First tour of some of Italy and Greece’s most famous tourist attractions last month. HHS graduate Josi Kramer designed and created...
  • It's the Pitts

    RonRon When I was growing up, most kids had nicknames. I think the reason for this is because our parents gave us names that were last popular in the Millard Fillmore administration. Who wants to go through life being called Millard, Rudyard, Melvin, Pe...
  • Too early to tell if drought is over

    Wow! These recent rainstorms have been tremendous, haven’t they? As of Tuesday, June 24, the Wray National Weather Service COOP station has reported 10.05 inches of total precipitation since Oct. 1 of last year. The Yuma station has reported 8.69 and t...
  • Around Town

    Fireworks, races on 4th of July The annual fireworks show coordinated by Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department will light up the Holyoke sky Friday, July 4, southeast of City Park at approximately 9:30 p.m. Prior to the fireworks display, Phillips County Ra...
  • Hospital explores dental options

    Through the community health needs assessment, the East Phillips County Hospital District has been able to zero in on the needs of those in the area. During the Tuesday, June 24, board meeting, Melissa Memorial Hospital administrator John Ayoub announced...
  • Hospital explores dental options

    Through the community health needs assessment, the East Phillips County Hospital District has been able to zero in on the needs of those in the area. During the Tuesday, June 24, board meeting, Melissa Memorial Hospital administrator John Ayoub announced...
  • Better-than-average area wheat yields projected

    Thanks to the recent spells of moisture, area producers are looking at a promising year for wheat. “We got some rains when we really needed it,” Grainland Co-op grain merchandiser Steve Young said. “It should be a decent harvest.” Young said he ...
  • Better-than-average area wheat yields projected

    Thanks to the recent spells of moisture, area producers are looking at a promising year for wheat. “We got some rains when we really needed it,” Grainland Co-op grain merchandiser Steve Young said. “It should be a decent harvest.” Young said he ...