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  • Werts brings Holyoke PD back up to full force

    Holyoke Police Department is back up to full force as of Monday, April 6, when it welcomed Mark Werts to its ranks as a senior officer. The local police force has been short handed for quite some time. Having lost a few officers over the last several mon...
  • Free weekly Spanish classes return

    Lutheran minister Armenio Pineros is back to offering free Spanish classes in Holyoke. Classes are offered through Phillips County Family Education Services at no cost and are held Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. at the Phillips County Event Center. After...
  • PC Raceway opener April 11-12; motorcycles join the mix Sunday

    Family entertainment at Phillips County Raceway adds more to the mix this season, and it opens this weekend. In a doubleheader racing event Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, one-on-one grudge matches for street cars will be added for cash prizes. Action...
  • Spring cleaning offers a chance to declutter, donate, help others

    Even though temperatures have still fluctuated 50-some degrees lately, it really is spring, and spring cleaning is in due order also. It often seems like a daunting task to those who have put the duty off for years or have let things build up over the pa...
  • Fresh Winds of Hope Retreat to refresh, renew this weekend

    Mike and Karen Wilson of Long Island, N.Y., will be sharing a transforming message of hope, healing and restoration at the Fresh Winds of Hope Retreat this weekend. Located at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke, the Friday, April 10, session will b...
  • Track girls win Dragon Invite

    Eager to compete, tracksters braved the cold and windy afternoon air last week as Holyoke hosted its second high school track meet of the season with the Dragon Invite Thursday, April 2. Holyoke girls claimed the No. 1 spot out of 11 teams, ramping up th...
  • Fierro named to All-State 1st team

    Even though the 2014-15 Colorado high school basketball state tournament finished a few weeks ago, Holyoke High School senior Tito Fierro’s season isn’t over quite yet. As reported in The Denver Post Sunday, April 5, Fierro was included on the Class ...
  • Dragons drop 2 at Burlington

    Even though the Dragon batters outhit Burlington 4-3 in both games of the March 31 doubleheader, the Cougars took both wins on their home field, 6-2 and 7-2. Originally scheduled for action at home Thursday, April 2, the Dragon doubleheader with Wiggins ...
  • Luke Stewart awarded Daniels Scholarship

    Holyoke High School senior Luke Stewart, son of Troy and Mardi Stewart, was recently awarded the Daniels Scholarship. He is one of 239 new Daniels scholars to be selected from the rigorous application, interview and selection process. More than 2,000 st...
  • Hypnotist returns for Hoopster fundraiser

    Students, school faculty and community members will again be given the opportunity — or thrown into the mix — as participants in hypnotist Frederick Winters’ spellbinding show Sunday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Holyoke High School auditorium. Dr...
  • Warm, dry spring a concern for grazers

    A warm, dry March has left the topsoil dry in many areas. The pattern of above-normal temperatures with below-normal moisture is worrisome. The trend seems to be an ill-omened sign for potential moisture as spring continues, which has some grazers concer...
  • Proposed rule could limit payments to farm managers who are not actively engaged

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced March 24 a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated ...
  • Improve your golf game with quick tips

    Nice, warm weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses each and every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything in between. 1. Choose the right clubs. There is ...
  • Late nights at the Capitol reported from last week

    The Colorado House and Senate both worked late nights in the past week. The House Judiciary Committee took up four bills from a law enforcement reform package. The Senate debated dozens of amendments to the annual budget bill and 18 bills intended to help...
  • HJHS students compete in Ogallala music contest

    Holyoke junior high students competed at a music contest in Ogallala, Neb., Saturday, March 28. Vocalists who received superior (I) ratings include: —vocal solo, Colby Purkey­pile, Brenna Sullivan and Jacky Mosqueda. —vocal duet, Sullivan and Sava...
  • West Point cadet from Wray shares details of training, life at Academy

    During the American Revolution, General George Washington considered West Point, N.Y., to be the most important strategic position in America. It is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the country. President Thomas Jefferson later signed le...
  • Club report

    Phillips County 4-H Council Phillips County 4-H Council held its monthly meeting March 29 in the Ortner Room at the Phillips County Event Center. They discussed Cow Patty Bingo tickets and learned that the fair theme is “Summer Days and Country Ways....
  • Child care conference set for Yuma April 18

    Northeast Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral annual child care providers’ conference, “Providing Great Experiences for Children,” is set for Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Yuma at First Southern Baptist Church. Attendance at th...
  • It's the Pitts

    Count your blessings I’ve read that many writers have a hard time letting themselves be happy. I don’t know if it’s the actual writing that causes depression or if depressed people are just drawn to the job. Perhaps I’m being cocky, but I like t...
  • Extension Corner

    Benefits of Zumba fitness Zumba fitness classes have been provided by CSU Extension for health-conscious residents of Phillips County for over four years. Why Zumba? The upbeat, high-energy, fun music and dance moves are motivating for the participant. ...