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  • 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 ...
  • Guest Commentary

    Life is a numbers game I recently turned the big “seven-oh” — 70 years of age! I can hardly believe I have been on this planet for seven decades. For some reason, reaching a high number of years like that made me think that our lives are full of nu...
  • Samantha’s Salt

    The love song that changes everything Recently, my husband and I had one of those out of the ordinary evenings where we stayed up late together talking, reminiscing about our college and dating days, and how we were so thankful God gave us one another wh...
  • Another Perspective

    Go after whatever makes you happy A few years back, I was at an awards ceremony where reporters were honored for stories that made an impact. One of the recipients started his acceptance response referring to a study that showed saying thank you creates...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoApril 28, 2011 A $40,000 one-to-one match grant for interactive whiteboard study has been awarded to Holyoke School District Re-1J by the Morgridge Family Foundation. The need for more space to accommodate numerous ministries led members o...
  • Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

    Ken Oltjenbruns has long been an enthusiast for local history, but this time, it’s much more personal. The Oltjenbruns homestead in the Amherst area, once home to his great-grandparents, August and Emma Welper, has officially been added to the National ...
  • Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

    Ken Oltjenbruns has long been an enthusiast for local history, but this time, it’s much more personal. The Oltjenbruns homestead in the Amherst area, once home to his great-grandparents, August and Emma Welper, has officially been added to the National ...
  • ‘More than just bats and balls’

    Full-time city recreation department a real possibility “It is something people are looking for, it is realistic, and it is achievable,” said Bret Miles during the community recreation committee presentation to the Holyoke City Council Tuesday, Apri...
  • ‘More than just bats and balls’

    Full-time city recreation department a real possibility “It is something people are looking for, it is realistic, and it is achievable,” said Bret Miles during the community recreation committee presentation to the Holyoke City Council Tuesday, Apri...
  • 2 teachers hired for elementary

    Stephanie Chaney was hired as a second English Language Learner teacher and Melanie Wheeler as a fourth-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. Their contracts were approved at the April 19 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Edu...
  • 2 teachers hired for elementary

    Stephanie Chaney was hired as a second English Language Learner teacher and Melanie Wheeler as a fourth-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. Their contracts were approved at the April 19 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Edu...