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  • Every Student Succeeds Act to provide more flexibility than No Child Left Behind

    With any luck, ESSA should allow for more alternatives than NCLB in terms of NWEA MAPS, NAEP and PARCC, depending on the State BOE and CDE. With a smidge more luck, maybe the amount of new alphabet soup acronyms piled on every year will be lessened as we...
  • May 2015 sees wacky weather

    Lots of rain, cold temps, funnel clouds, hail and delayed planting all happen in MayBringing down 5.64 inches of precipitation, Mother Nature saw to it that May was Holyoke’s wettest month of the year, contributing to the nearly 19 inches of total preci...
  • May 2015 sees wacky weather

    Lots of rain, cold temps, funnel clouds, hail and delayed planting all happen in MayBringing down 5.64 inches of precipitation, Mother Nature saw to it that May was Holyoke’s wettest month of the year, contributing to the nearly 19 inches of total preci...
  • County assessed value up nearly $13.7 million

    Phillips County Commissioners adopted the 2016 county budget Dec. 11, 2015. The county mill levy has remained at 28.28 since 1992. The commissioners again adopted the mill levy of 28.28 but, because of the large increase in assessed value, have given a t...
  • County assessed value up nearly $13.7 million

    Phillips County Commissioners adopted the 2016 county budget Dec. 11, 2015. The county mill levy has remained at 28.28 since 1992. The commissioners again adopted the mill levy of 28.28 but, because of the large increase in assessed value, have given a t...
  • County recognized for support of weed management

    In recognition of their outstanding support of weed management, Phillips County Commissioners Don Lock, Harlan Stern and Joe Kinnie were awarded with a plaque for the Colorado Weed Management Association’s 2015 County Commissioner Award. Kerri Doleshal...
  • County recognized for support of weed management

    In recognition of their outstanding support of weed management, Phillips County Commissioners Don Lock, Harlan Stern and Joe Kinnie were awarded with a plaque for the Colorado Weed Management Association’s 2015 County Commissioner Award. Kerri Doleshal...
  • Gone (ICE) Fishing

    Every day is a good day to go fishing for avid fisherman Kolt Knight. He fishes year-round, so he wasn’t going to let the cold late-December weather stop him. The 30-something tested the waters at the Lions Club Fishin’ Hole east of Holyoke Sunday, De...
  • New FAA registration rules hover over drone users

    For the 400,000 people who were expected to find drones under their Christmas trees this season, a new rule is now in effect. Beginning Dec. 21, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Adminis...
  • Free resources help Coloradans stick to and achieve resolutions

    Every holiday season, millions of Americans ring in the New Year with a common goal: weight loss. Whether motivation stems from wanting to fit into last year’s jeans or simply wishing to be healthier, data shows “staying fit and healthy” as the top ...
  • Swim team 5th in Holiday Spectacular

    With only nine swimmers, the HHS swim team finished fifth out of eight teams in the Holiday Spectacular at Windsor Tuesday, Dec. 22. Coach Adria Colver noted that they scrambled some events at the meet, letting the girls try different races just to get a...
  • HHS winter sports are back in action

    Dragon fans should gear up for a busy start to 2016 as HHS sports are back with a full schedule to finish the winter season. Their first day back to school Tuesday, Jan. 5, starts with a high school girls and boys basketball game against Wiggins, played ...
  • College news

    Logan Zeiler is one of 258 students named to the Chadron State College president’s list for the fall 2015 semester. The president’s list requires a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hou...
  • Chamber presents 1st dollar to Printers Paper & More

    Holyoke Chamber of Commerce board member Hillary Heier, pictured at left, presents a first dollar of profit certificate to Printers Paper & More, a division of Scholl Oil Company. Pictured from left are assistant manager McKenna Heldenbrand, manager B...
  • FVC Aerial accepts 1st dollar from Chamber

    Aerial agronomy manager Jerry Steggs, pictured at left, accepts a first dollar of profit certificate for FVC Aerial from Hillary Heier, Holyoke Chamber of Commerce board member. Frenchman Valley Co-op added aerial services to their line-up when they...
  • 2015 corn yield contest winners announced

    Past board members for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and Colorado Corn Growers Association were among those who placed high in the state’s rankings of the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest. The National Corn Growers Association’s National...
  • CAWG/CWAC meeting Jan. 5

    Colorado wheat farmers are invited to attend and participate in the annual county business meetings and elections jointly sponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers. The business meetings and ele...
  • Farm program payments to be removed if not actively farming

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized a rule Tuesday, Dec. 15, to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority p...
  • It's the Pitts

    Don’t pet the spider In 20 million American homes, man’s best friend isn’t a dog. It’s a legally owned python, chimp, Madagascar hissing cockroach or other exotic pet. It occurs to me that we could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, by ...
  • Kid Tested, Uncle Approved

    The Good Dinosaur (2015) Do my wife and I attend matinees of animated films alongside parents with small children? Yes, of course we do. Duh. Especially Disney/Pixar films. After over a month of it being in theaters, we finally made it to see “The Good...