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  • Keep boards accountable with 10 commandments of open meetings

    Sunshine Week March 13-19: Open government is good government“I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road — a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the grea...
  • Kid Tested, Uncle Approved

    “Zootopia” (2016) I so rarely get to see movies immediately when they are released in theaters, but we made sure to see “Zootopia” as soon as we could. The reviews were fantastic, and everyone I knew who had seen it loved it, so I went in with hi...
  • Extension Corner

    Health fairs — the start for life-saving tests Saturday, April 2, is the Melissa Memorial Hospital Health Fair in Holyoke at the Phillips County Event Center from 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, April 9, is the 9News Health Fair by Haxtun Hospital District at t...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoMarch 17, 2011 HHS senior Mallory Bennett was notified last week of her selection as a 2011 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship recipient. Daniel Palic of Julesburg has been promoted to the position of district conservation manager for the Na...
  • Chuckwagon Dinner and Show in Haxtun this Saturday night

    Haxtun Lions Club’s 43rd annual Chuckwagon Dinner and Show is set for Saturday, March 19. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the Haxtun Grade School cafeteria, and the show begins at 7 p.m. at the Haxtun High School gymnasium. Tickets are available at the door,...
  • PIE presents awards for Battle of the Books

    Partners in Education acknowledged support for reading by awarding prizes to local students in Holyoke Elementary School for their participation and success in Battle of the Books. At an assembly Thursday, March 3, PIE members recognized reading speciali...
  • Immunization program wins innovation award

    Colorado’s immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is the recipient of a 2016 Bulls-Eye Award for Innovation and Excellence. The program won for improvements to the Colorado Immunization Information System. Colo...
  • Cigarette sales rise for first time in a decade

    Cigarette sales in Colorado have increased for the first time in nearly a decade, reversing a declining sales trend that began after voters increased the tobacco tax in 2004. There were 194.4 million packs of cigarettes bought in Colorado in 2015, up 1.1...
  • The thrill of victory... The agony of defeat

    From a heart-stopping 61-60 overtime win to a disappointing six-point loss in the 2A State Boys Basketball playoff game for third place, the Dragons experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all in one weekend. Above, pictured from left, T...
  • The thrill of victory... The agony of defeat

    From a heart-stopping 61-60 overtime win to a disappointing six-point loss in the 2A State Boys Basketball playoff game for third place, the Dragons experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all in one weekend. Above, pictured from left, T...
  • Pole vault returns to HHS

    After a 26-year lapse, pole vault is back at Holyoke High School for the 2016 track season, which will open Saturday, March 26, at Yuma. “It’s exciting to be able to offer something new in track,” said coach Cindi Beavers, noting both the draw of t...
  • Pole vault returns to HHS

    After a 26-year lapse, pole vault is back at Holyoke High School for the 2016 track season, which will open Saturday, March 26, at Yuma. “It’s exciting to be able to offer something new in track,” said coach Cindi Beavers, noting both the draw of t...
  • Lawmakers: How can we capture and store South Platte River water?

    The first step to building a reservoir or dam to capture millions of gallons of water flowing down the South Platte River won unanimous approval last week at the state Capitol. Rep. J. Paul Brown, an Ignacio Republican, has been sounding the siren call o...
  • Lawmakers: How can we capture and store South Platte River water?

    The first step to building a reservoir or dam to capture millions of gallons of water flowing down the South Platte River won unanimous approval last week at the state Capitol. Rep. J. Paul Brown, an Ignacio Republican, has been sounding the siren call o...
  • Around Town

    Farm and Home Show is Sat. A slate of 50 vendors are coming to Holyoke Saturday, March 19, for Star 92.3’s Farm and Home Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Phillips County Event Center. Admission to the show is free, and Raising Ranchers 4-H Club will be serv...
  • Dragon boys on fire, state-bound after regional wins

    Holyoke basketball boys have punched their tickets to Pueblo for the state tournament this weekend after defeating Limon 65-56 Friday, March 4, and Byers 68-42 Saturday, March 5, in regional play at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. Holyoke 65, ...
  • Dragons to state

    Third time’s a charm as Holyoke makes its way to the class 2A boys state basketball tournament for the third consecutive year, to be held March 10-12 at Colorado State University-Pueblo. While tough competition awaits at state, the boys are seeded fourt...
  • Koch Chiropractic Clinic opens new Holyoke office

    Daniel Koch, D.C., recently expanded Koch Chiropractic Clinic in Imperial, Neb., when he and his wife Kristin opened a Holyoke office at 111 W. Emerson St., in the former Holyoke Eye Care Center space. Both Holyoke natives, the Kochs are excited with the...
  • Ballyneal Golf Club maintains No. 4 rank

    Golfweek Magazine has once again recognized Ballyneal Golf Club southeast of Holyoke as one of the best places to play golf in the country. Ballyneal is still No. 4 on Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Modern Courses” list for 2016. “We feel honored and...
  • The Dr. is in the house

    In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, schools across the nation celebrated Read Across America Day Wednesday, March 2. Holyoke Elementary was no exception. Representatives from City Council, the school board, Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department, Holyoke Veter...