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  • Holyoke 3-man team is state champ

    Three members of Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department came together to earn a three-man state championship at the 94th Annual Colorado State Firefighters Association Convention in Buena Vista June 23-26. The team consisting of Josh Whittaker, Lance Williams...
  • Sport mod challenge thrown into race mix

    Motors revved up as racing action was back at Phillips County Raceway Sunday, June 26. Modified, sport mods, hobby stocks, stocks and hornets took to the track. The crowd also got to watch a sport mod challenge halfway through the sport mod main event. P...
  • Swimmers compete

    Holyoke swimmers continue to improve as was seen at the June 25 meet in Burlington. The local crew tallied 180 points, just one behind fourth-place Wray. “Everyone’s tired, but swimming well,” said coach Adria Colver. With four meets behind them, t...
  • Local couple excited to lead fair parade

    “It was a surprise and an exciting moment,” said Eunice Oltjenbruns about being named a Grand Marshal for the fair parade. Her husband, Elton, agrees, saying, “It is an honor.” The Phillips County Fair Parade, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, wil...
  • MMHF prepares for triathlon Monday

    It’s time to find those old bikes, running shoes and swimsuits, because Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 7th annual Amateur Triathlon 120 Club competition day is set for Monday, July 4. Jerry Brandt, event chair, is encouraging everyone to “n...
  • Conservation camp takes kids on wild adventure

    The fifth annual backyard conservation camp kicked off the summer for more than 20 area youth, according to Haxtun Conservation District Manager Denise Swanson. The conservation camp, consisting of students from fourth through eighth grades, is a huge am...
  • 2011-12 school budget reflects $133,333 deficit

    Tough decisions were required for Holyoke School District’s 2011-12 budget which was approved Tuesday, June 21, with a $133,333 deficit. The school board acknow­ledged the budget reflects the use of $133,333 from the beginning fund balance or reserves...
  • Maddie Starkebaum claims top business award from NJC

    The Northeastern Junior College business department held an awards night at the end of spring semester to recognize students and others for exceptional performance this last year. A number of awards were presented, advisory groups were acknowledged and...
  • School board retreat set for July 5

    Holyoke School District Re-1J Board of Education will hold a retreat Tuesday, July 5 instead of its regular meeting. The retreat will be held from 5-9 p.m. at Phillips County Event Center Ortner Room. The next regular meeting is set for Tuesday, July 19....
  • Babe Ruth is runner-up

    Holyoke’s Gold Babe Ruth team finished in the runner-up position at the league tournament held June 21-25 in Oshkosh, Neb. With weather halting tournament play Saturday, June 25. Holyoke and Haxtun squared off in Haxtun for the title Saturday, June 26....
  • Ballyneal set to expand to 36 holes

    Construction will hopefully begin sometime this year on a second 18-hole course at Ballyneal Golf and Hunt Club south of Holyoke. The second 18-hole course is being designed and built by Bruce Hepner, who was a key person in getting the original course b...
  • Pastor urges healthy lifestyle

    With cancer appearing more and more and affecting so many people, one pastor is hoping to raise a little awareness. Former First United Methodist Church Pastor Paul Sung, who gave his last Holyoke sermon Sunday, June 12, would like to raise awareness of ...
  • NCHD receives infrastructure grant for rural health care

    Due to an award from the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program, the Northeast Colorado Health Department will be able to make much-needed upgrades to several of their facilities. The grant is aimed at funding projects that support Colorado’s rural h...
  • College student news

    Northeastern Junior College released it’s honor roll list for the 2011 spring semester. Those earning a 4.0 grade point average and making the President’s List are Tiffany Maelzer and Maddie Starkebaum of Amherst and Amy Marner and Jared Oestman of H...
  • Greenman graduates from basic training

    Adam Greenman graduated from basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. Friday, June 24. He plans to stay at Fort Sill for his Advanced Individual Training (AIT). His Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) is field artillery specialist. He will graduate from AIT Au...
  • Nursing and medical scholarships available

    Applications are being accepted for the 2011 Esther Ahnstedt Memorial Nursing Scholarship and for the 2011 Walter A. Ahnstedt Medical Scholarship. Students must have been accepted into a nursing program or other medical career program and must reside in ...
  • Kramer, Spitz learn about rangeland at Neb. camp

    Range management became the main topic of interest for two HHS students June 13-17 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp. Caitlyn Kramer and Makayla Spitz learned about the camp through Holyoke’s FFA Chapter. The duo spent a week at the Society for Range Man...
  • Horse disease contained in CO

    Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) is considered contained within Colorado, as no new cases have been confirmed since May 20. “I’m proud of the coordinated effort by the horse industry, veterinarians, event coordinators and our office. Without the proactive ...
  • County to coordinate grasshopper spraying

    Colorado Department of Agriculture has predicted a high grasshopper hatch in Phillips County in 2011, and landowners in southeast Phillips County have already been calling the County Administration Office verifying a big hatch. Phillips County is asking ...
  • Green and Growing

    New wheat insect pest found in Colorado The wheat stem sawfly, long considered a severe pest of wheat in Montana and North Dakota, has now been found infesting wheat along Highway 14 in Weld County in 2010. In the last three decades, it has become more a...