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  • Water rights protection loses Colorado legislative dogfight

    Eastern Plains farmers, ranchers and homeowners will go to the mat to protect their water rights. This week at the state Capitol, some of the groundwater management districts that defend those rights lost a dogfight with former Gov. Bill Owens and the wat...
  • AWANA celebrates year with award recognition program

    AWANA club members were recognized in a year-end celebration and awards program Wednesday, April 27, at First Baptist Church in Holyoke. AWANA is derived from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15. It is a no...
  • FCCLA members make ‘The Difference of 1’

    Holyoke FCCLA members celebrated a successful year with family and friends at a recognition ceremony Tuesday, April 26, at the Holyoke Junior High commons area. Following the theme of “The Difference is One,” members were motivated by the idea that a...
  • HHS golfers putt through puddles

    HHS golfers couldn’t catch a break last week, going two for two for cold, soggy tournaments. “The real competition should’ve been who could stay the most dry!” joked coach Nick Flaa, commenting on the Tuesday, April 26, Holyoke Tournament and Thur...
  • Dragons dominate Highland 12-2

    Despite all the week’s distractions, the Dragon baseball team stayed in clear focus to defeat Highland 12-2 in six innings Thursday, April 28, in Holyoke. “We really needed this win to get back to 500,” said coach Sam Distefano as the victory boost...
  • Byers track meet gives HHS tough competition

    HHS track faced new competition at the large Terry Amundson Invitational in Byers Wednesday, April 27. “We got to see a lot of teams sitting in the top 18,” said coach Cindi Beavers of the meet. “The kids performed well going up against tougher comp...
  • Swimmers compete at Thompson Valley

    HHS swimmers Keegan Shaw and Drew Stewart competed with Valley High School in the dual at Thompson Valley High School Thursday, April 28. The duo, along with Chase Beckner, will finish regular-season action Thursday, May 5, in a dual with Longmont at Cen...
  • JH track dominates in Akron Invitational

    Junior high track swept the competition again in Akron, Tuesday, April 26. Both girls and boys teams placed first out of the 10 competing teams, girls with 175 points and boys with 162.5.   Girls results 100 meter dash — Taeryn Trumper, first, :...
  • Friday Night Lights features dwarfs

    Fan Appreciation time set for intermission at PCR Friday, May 6With a favorable weather forecast for Friday, May 6, Phillips County Raceway hopes to see a return of the fine turnout of cars that entered the opening races April 22. Starting at 7:30 p.m. F...
  • Ham earns bachelor’s degree from CU-Boulder

    KrisAnna Ham, daughter and Ken and Kristie Ham of Holyoke, will graduate May 6 from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative physiology with a minor in business. Ham’s recent success was predicated by her atte...
  • HJHS Stu. Co. focuses on community service

    Holyoke’s Junior High Student Council members make a point to put community members first, as evidenced by their recent service project in which they assembled 62 May Day baskets of cookies and candy for Regent Park residents. The council members are p...
  • Denny Diamond and the Jewels sparkle at Sunday PCAC concert

    What better way to recover from a big snowstorm than spending a Sunday afternoon listening to classic songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s? A crowd of 172 was in attendance Sunday, May 1, for the Phillips County Arts Council’s final concert presenta...
  • May is Mental Health Month

    Colorado Crisis Services offers supportAccording to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime, and everyone will be affected or impacted through their friends and family. Wit...
  • Black Hills Energy earns first dollar

    Following a short introduction by Black Hills Energy at the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday, April 26, Chamber director Carissa Mill, pictured at left, presents a first dollar of profit certificate to Carly West, Black Hills Energy manager of ...
  • May 16 meeting to cover rules of Republican River Compact

    Colorado’s state engineer is considering rulemaking regarding water diversion, use and administration for compact purposes within the Republican River Compact Administration Groundwater Model Domain as approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kansas vs. Ne...
  • Ogallala Aquifer Initiative program sign-up has been extended to May 20

    Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced a second sign-up effective immediately and closing May 20 for the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative program. The original sign-up for the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative closed April 15. Applications that were m...
  • Hantavirus in Colo.

    The first confirmed Colorado case of hantavirus in 2016 has recently been reported. This serves as a good reminder that the virus is found throughout the state, including in northeast Colorado. According to Dr. Tony Cappello, Northeast Colorado Health De...
  • Kid Tested, Uncle Approved

    “The Jungle Book” (2016) Another Disney reboot? Here’s me with my arms crossed, ready for the worst. “The Jungle Book” is one of my favorite classic Disney movies. It’s “a boy movie” as my wife calls them, like “Robin Hood” or “Swor...
  • Thinking About Health

    Complex surgeries go better when doctors, hospitals have experience If you need a risky, complicated surgery, would you go to a hospital or surgeon who had performed the procedure only a time or two before? Most people would say no, but the evidence ind...
  • Extension Corner

    United States sheep production Phillips County 4-H is off and running in 2016! Weigh-in for all market beef was held the end of January while weigh-in for sheep and goats was scheduled the beginning of May. Market swine do not have an initial weigh-in, b...