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  • Principal, alternative school director hired

    Two weeks before the first day of school for students, Holyoke School District Re-1J Board of Education officially hired Kyle Stumpf as Elementary School Principal and Clark Ginapp as Alternative High School director. Action was taken at the board’s Aug...
  • Stumpf makes quick transition

    Holyoke School District Re-1J hired Kyle Stumpf as the new elementary principal last week. Just two days after he was hired, Stumpf was in his office in Holyoke ready to get things moving. Stumpf was born and raised in Merino. After high school, the oppo...
  • Homestead Farms: healthy living at its finest

    Natural, old-fashioned, respectful, great care, love and herd health. All words used on a farm where the animals are number one. Travis and Tawnina Uptain are the owners/operators of Homestead Farms, located about six miles south and six miles west of Hol...
  • Coyote attack brings rabies close to home

    Even with reports of terrestrial rabies affecting skunks and other carnivores in northeast Colorado, it’s hard to picture rabies impacting the Holyoke community, but a recent incident brings the matter a little closer to home. While doing chores on his...
  • Biddle's party postponed

    A birthday celebration for Velma Biddle’s 100th birthday has been postponed. Biddle will hit the century-mark Saturday, Aug. 8, and an open house in her honor was planned by family members. Due to a second surgery on her arm, Biddle’s return to Holy...
  • Computer equipment stolen at landfill break-in

    Phillips County Commissioners reported at their July 31 meeting the Phillips County landfill office was broken into Tuesday night, July 28. Offenders cut the lock on the main gate and used a rock to break the office window. Commissioners noted the office...
  • Holyoke Housing Authority receives stimulus money

    Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) was one recent Colorado recipient of federal stimulus money. HHA director Corey Zeiler discussed the projects completed this summer using stimulus money. Tasks included installing a new sprinkler system, vinyl fences and pa...
  • Handing over the reins

    After nearly 33 years, 25 of which he has been in the driver’s seat, John Schneider will retire from Bank of the West on Thursday, Aug. 6. Brian Gales will take over as president/branch manager the following day. Schneider got his start with banking in...
  • Turn in clunker and get a new car with rebate program

    Cash for clunkers. A phrase used and heard by many the past few weeks. A program through the government, cash for clunkers is another attempt to help stimulate the economy as well as helping people purchase new environmental friendly vehicles. Also known...
  • Local troupe plans Aug. 7-9 shows featuring 'The Curious Savage'

    The Curious Savage will be on stage in Holyoke and Haxtun this weekend, in a Phillips County Arts Council-sponsored event. The play will be performed Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Haxtun Community Center. Dinner theatres will be featured in Holyoke...
  • Arts Council will kick-off return with 'The Curious Savage'

    Phillips County Arts Council will begin the annual membership drive at this weekend’s three performances of The Curious Savage. Memberships for the 2009-10 entertainment series will be sold, starting with the kick-0ff weekend. On Friday, Aug. 7 the pe...
  • Relay's Got Talent to make its debut at Relay for Life

    Dust off that old baton or start practicing the accordion, because Aug. 21-22 all participants in the Phillips County Relay for Life are invited to show their stuff in Relay’s newest game show: Relay’s Got Talent. Relay’s Got Talent will be taking ...
  • See it like C Lee

    New adventures at the county fair Well, it’s over, the county fair is over. I’m going to come right out and say it. I had my doubts. Growing up in Imperial, Neb., we had the Chase County Fair. A fair many deemed the largest county fair in Nebraska. ...
  • Another Perspective

    Family fills week with announcements It was a week full of news from the Lutz abode. Austin, our 5-year-old grandson, called on a Tuesday exclaiming, “My EEG was normal!” That was some of the BEST news anyone could have given me. Two years earlier a...
  • It's the Pitts

    Certified Free Beef The past few years niche markets for beef have developed that conscientious ranchers and companies have tried to fill. The natural and organic niches were profitable for producers until Wal Mart and the Big Chains turned those product...
  • Standing out in today's job market

    In today’s economy, making yourself stand out in the job market is more important than ever. Most people wander out into the job market unprepared and then accept whatever job is offered. In the tight employment market, this strategy is a path to failu...
  • Paquimé group entertains with traditional Mexican dances

    Since 1997, Holyoke’s Paquimé Folkloric Dance Group has been amazing audiences with brightly colored costumes and elaborate dances, and their performance Thursday, July 30 was no exception. Under the instruction of Alma Nuñez, the group celebrates di...
  • Brittney Ferguson continues to improve, gets out and about

    After months spent in various hospitals, Brittney Ferguson’s return to home in March has certainly been a relief. For both her and her family, the last few months have been spent taking steps getting adjusted to changes in their lives and getting Brittn...
  • Ortner makes trip to D.C.

    A Holyoke seventh grader recently traveled to Washington D.C. for a five-day trip. Nick Ortner, 12, was nominated by his teacher Kevin Asbury to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. Asbury recognized Ortner as a student with the scholasti...
  • Kids hop, run and crawl to the finish

    Several kids from 3 years old, up to 13 traded in an afternoon of farm animals for time with some more exotic creatures. The bear crawl and the crab walk were only a few of the activities offered at the Phillips County Fair kids’ games Saturday, July 25...