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  • Dragons drop 2 at Haxtun, fall to Burlington at home

    In rescheduled ballgames last week, the Dragons fell 1-9 and 2-4 at Haxtun Tuesday, April 19, and lost to Burlington 3-5 in Holyoke Saturday, April 23. The games were originally scheduled for March 19 and 29, respectively, but were postponed due to weath...
  • Swimmers dive in to 2 more meets

    HHS swimmers competing on the Valley boys team dove in to two meets last week. Valley hosted Estes Park for a dual Thursday, April 21, and the team competed in the Mustang Invite at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton Saturday, April 23. Ag...
  • HHS girls golf grabs team 1st

    It was a day of many firsts for Holyoke girls golf at the Friday, April 22, Wray JV/Varsity Invitational. Most exciting was the outcome — the first team first of the year for the HHS golfers. The team placed first ahead of Wray, Cheyenne Wells, Brush, ...
  • Wright ranked in CSU’s top 10

    McKenzie Wright, granddaughter of Dennis and Lynda Hagemann of Holyoke, posted a personal record mark of 5’ 9.25” to win the high jump by two full inches at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, April 22. A sophomore at Colorado State Universi...
  • Big numbers, winning times for HHS

    A big meet turned into a late night at the Wray Valko Von Tonder Invitational Thursday, April 21. With both junior high and high school teams competing at the same meet, it was after 10 p.m. before all events were through. “It was neat to be in Wray 70...
  • HHS beats wind at Akron Invite

    Even battling the wind at the Saturday, April 23, Akron Invitational, the HHS track team continued to improve, achieving personal bests in some areas. Coach Dusty Sprague was very pleased with the Dragons’ performance, although illnesses and wind were ...
  • JH Dragon track rules in Wray relays

    Junior high Dragon track had a strong showing at the Thursday, April 21, Wray Valko Von Tonder Invitational. Relays were stacked with two or even three different Holyoke teams racing in each. The girls team took first overall out of eight competing teams...
  • FBLA reviews year, installs new officers for 2016-17

    A review of the year’s fundraising and service activities, as well as installation of new officers, highlighted the year-end program for the HHS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. Kayla Marshall opened the program, which was held in the HHS...
  • Snapdragon Floral receives 1st dollar

    Christy Kage receives a first dollar of profit certificate from Chamber of Commerce director Carissa Mill for Snapdragon Floral, Christy and Sherman Kage’s new local flower shop. The business officially opened Monday, April 18.  —Johnson Pub...
  • Neil Diamond tribute in Holyoke this Sunday

    Denny Diamond and the Jewels — his sons Spenser and Lucas — are bringing to Holyoke a tribute to Neil Diamond Sunday, May 1, at the Holyoke High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. This is the final performance in this season’s Phillips County Arts Council...
  • Final Senate vote awaits proposal to limit fining by Colo. state agencies

    State agencies shouldn’t have free rein to charge exorbitant fines, especially to small communities that may not be able to pay them. That’s according to Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling. He’s the Senate sponsor of a proposal to limit the ability ...
  • 4th-graders win Piggy Bank Contest

    During the week of April 4-11, fourth-grade students of Holyoke Elementary School participated in a Piggy Bank Contest sponsored by CSU Extension in cooperation with First Pioneer National Bank of Holyoke. Anytime is a great time to talk about children a...
  • Free dental clinic for all set in Brush June 17-18; calls for volunteers, patients

    The 2016 Colorado Mission of Mercy will be held at Brush High School Friday-Saturday, June 17-18, with set-up the day prior and take-down the day after. COMOM will be “Brushing its way to Brush” in celebration of its 10th dental clinic and also surpa...
  • Phillips County gets healthy, step by step

    After 12 weeks, 50,254,041 steps, 25,127 miles, 271.5 pounds and 103 inches, 60 Phillips County participants are well on their way to “A Healthier Weigh.” The 12-week challenge, coordinated by CSU Extension, is all about increasing activity, making w...
  • Seniors, disabled veterans may qualify for property tax exemption

    The Colorado Constitution establishes a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax. The State of Colorado...
  • CDA’s certified hemp seed program is 1st in country

    The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a new program aimed at bringing industrial hemp into mainstream agriculture. Seed produced and conditioned under this program will be issued “CDA Approved Certified Seed” tags through the Colorado ...
  • Wanted: loan, grant applications for growth

    United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development state director Trudy Kareus announced Wednesday, March 30, that the agency is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses. The funding i...
  • CCGA supports state groundwater measure

    The Colorado Corn Growers Association’s Public Policy Committee agreed during a meeting Friday, March 18, to put its support behind House Bill 16-1337, “Appellate Process For Decisions About Groundwater.” Under current law, the decisions or actions...
  • School board meeting moved to Monday

    Holyoke School District Re-1J Board of Education will meet Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m., instead of the regularly-scheduled Tuesday meeting. The meeting will potentially be followed by a work session. It will be held in the board meeting room at HJHS, room No...
  • Concert to pay tribute to mothers, America

    The Master Chorale, under the direction of Don Johnson with accompanist Mary Smith, will be presenting its 25th Spring Concert Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Sterling Middle School. The first part of the program features a “Tribute ...