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  • 2009 experiences wild weather

    Some of the wettest months in recent years were experienced by residents of Phillips County this past year as large amounts of rain and snow covered the area. One example many remember was the night of June 1 when nearly 3.5 inches of rain fell within a ...
  • Hospital billing issues addressed, explained

    Problems concerning patient billing were addressed and explained to East Phillips County Hospital District board members at their Dec. 22 meeting. It was brought to the attention of board members there is a problem with accounts receivable. A handful of ...
  • Christmas is midpoint for foreign exchange student

    Since her arrival to Holyoke in August, Switzerland native Severine Barras has been welcoming new experiences with open arms. The recent holiday season has been especially full of chances to explore American culture. Thanksgiving is, of course, a distinc...
  • Top news stories and events of 2009 reviewed

    Jan. 1 Shelly Larson steps down as Melissa Memorial Hospital’s CFO. Jim Rush of Oregon is hired to act as interim CFO. Jan. 8 Christopher Matthew Hansen, son of J.J. and Samantha Hansen of Lamar, Neb., is born at MMH on Saturday, Jan. 3, claiming Hol...
  • Class gives students hands on experience

    Learning the skills and techniques necessary to work and survive in today’s job market is key for anyone looking for employment. College is one place where people learn and study those things. Here in Holyoke, students are trying something different bef...
  • Velma Biddle continues rehab into the new year

    After a midsummer fall landed Velma Biddle in Centre Avenue Health and Rehab at Fort Collins, she started working right away to get home to Holyoke. In her most recent update, Biddle’s niece Sharon Gray noted rehab is going “marvelously.” A broken ...
  • Kiessling to speak at new Event Center

    Conceived in a rape, Rebecca Kiessling has spent much of her adult life addressing pro-life issues. A lawyer, author and homeschool mother of 5, Kiessling has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America and many more venues. Kiessling will speak at A Caring Pr...
  • Another Perspective

    English language offers interesting sidebars While at a family wedding recently, I learned that one of my cousins has studied nine languages. Whoa! How can one mind handle that? That doesn’t mean he’s fluent in nine languages but still. It was also ...
  • It's the Pitts

    The mourning after It has come to my attention that a lot of young farm and ranch men are marrying women from the big city. I think this is because young ranch women are real smart, have been exposed to ranch life on a daily basis and they want no more o...
  • The Laughing Mom: humorous tales of motherhood

    A little dirt never hurt The first summer after my daughter Melise was born, my darling husband built me a raised bed for a flower garden. I had visions of the serene bonding moments this would afford me and my daughter. Not to be so! The first time wor...
  • New Year's resolution: focus on your insides

    Every New Year millions of people vow to get fit and improve their health by joining a gym and following a healthier diet. Unfortunately, many overlook an essential part of overall health and wellness—the digestive system. When the digestive system is ...
  • Healthier Living class to begin in January in Wray

    A Healthier Living Colorado class is starting in January in Wray, offering a chance to make changes in life. This six-week course is designed for participants who have an ongoing condition and want to learn to manage that condition. Different topics disc...
  • The search is on for Mrs. Holyoke

    Emily Stark, the Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant system is announcing the search is on for the new Mrs. Holyoke. Once selected, the community representative will then advance on to compete in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant to be held in May at ...
  • Emphasis on H1N1 shouldn't distract seniors from seasonal flu

    With all the focus on 2009 H1N1’s impact on young people this year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reaching out to seniors 65 and older and caregivers of this age group to remind them that they are at high risk for seasonal ...
  • Furry friends can boost health

    There are many therapeutic benefits to pet ownership. It’s been well documented that a furry friend can reduce blood pressure, and therapy dogs are used in hospitals nationwide to help patients heal. While the relationship between people and animals ha...
  • Internet helps to teach kids

    Over the past years, many of the nation’s schools have been severely hamstrung. Massive federal and state budget cuts have made vital education resources hard to come by in the classroom. But in an odd twist of fate, many of today’s students already ...
  • Tips on how to prevent identity theft

    Identity theft is on the rise, as approximately 10 million Americans fell victim last year. While nothing can guarantee you won’t become a victim yourself, there are many ways to minimize risk. “No matter if you’re shopping, drawing money from the ...
  • Don't resolve to quit smoking; plan to

    Instead of quitting smoking cold turkey on Jan. 1, one should put together a plan to quit, experts recommend. Research shows setting a “quit date” as part of a plan to quit smoking that is shared with family and friends leads to a better success rate ...
  • Suicide prevention and intervention available in northeast Colorado

    It’s a startling fact. By the end of today, approximately 80 people in the United States will take their own lives. 1500 more will try to do so. What does that mean? It means every minute of every day, someone in America is attempting suicide. And ever...
  • Become educated about drug addiction

    Every minute of every day, around the clock, five people try an illicit drug for the first time. That adds up to nearly three million people per year. Tragically, more than half of these initiates are under 18. People using drugs go through several stage...