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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Jan. 5

Dr. Rick Amesquita announces he is leaving Melissa Memorial Hospital. A new family nurse practitioner, Deaun Carpenter, is hired.

New turf field is installed near the new Homesteaders Park playground.

Trendy QR codes are explored by Enterprise staff.

Jan. 12

Melissa Memorial Hospital unveils new digital mammography equipment.

Allie Billings hired as new second-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School.

Elisa Sagehorn wins national spokesperson for agriculture contest award.

Jan. 19

Members of the Colorado Hawking Club visit Holyoke for a mini meet as well as flying demonstration.


Falconers from around Colorado gathered in Holyoke for a mini meet and held a community demonstration to show how their birds fly and hunt.  
—Enterprise file photo

Holyoke School District is not surprised by online report card rankings.

Deb Williamson is named the branch manager of Bank of the West.

Jan. 26

CBS TV crew visits Paoli to visit with mayor Virgil Harms who has held the office for 50 years. The interview and segment appeared on CBS Evening News.

Melissa Memorial Hospital launches campaign to help wipe out readmissions.

Feb. 2

Girls Scouts set to celebrate 100th anniversary.

HHS junior Ben Martinez elected district FCCLA parliamentarian.

Kaylee and Tyler Camblin and Austin and Alex Vieselmeyer spend time showing animals at the 2012 National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Feb. 9

Deaun Carpenter is introduced as new FNP at MMH.

Holyoke Chamber of Commerce names Nancy Berges and Dixie Fagerlin STARs of the Year; Linda Jelden, Citizen of the Year; Jordan Zeiler and Amy Krogmeier, Youth of the Year; Bob Brandt, Employee of the Year; and GPRC Peerless Theatre, Business of the Year.

Jack’s Bean hosts yellow pea meeting to introduce new crop to the area.

Matt Wilcox of Haxtun earns 4th place in the state Voice of Democracy Contest.

Feb. 16

Mark Edmonds, Jesus Hermosillo, Dylan Kotch and Broc Pelle qualify for the Class 2A state wrestling tournament.

Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation holds second annual Legacy Event with a night of Western Splendor.

Schad and Melissa Mayden share story of Valentine’s Day anniversary.

Feb. 23

Mark Edmonds becomes Holyoke’s second three-time state wrestling champion at Class 2A state tournament. Broc Pelle claims second place to end HS career.


Mark Edmonds holds up three fingers after winning his third consecutive state wrestling championship in February to close out his impressive high school career.

—Enterprise file photo

City of Holyoke has radar speed signs installed in the school zone along Interocean Avenue to help control speed.

Elementary art teacher Christina Martinez talks about her love for recycled art projects.

Unique leap year birthdays are outlined.

Don Lock of Haxtun and Harlan Stern of Holyoke announce candidacies for county commissioner during annual Lincoln Day dinner.

March 1

District attorney sends letters to the 26 school districts in the 13th Judicial District regarding mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct allegations.

Former HJHS social studies teacher Kevin Asbury gets his original sentence of five years to life in the Department of Corrections reduced to four years to life. Asbury was arrested in 2010 for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony.

Blye McCallum, along with parents Gary and Andrea, speak about his stem cell transplant one year after procedure.

Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union reports positive year at annual meeting.

The Holyoke Dragon boys’ basketball team earns the district runner-up trophy and secures a spot in the regional tournament.

Holyoke Enterprise staff members earn eight Colorado Press Association awards at CPA award ceremony.

March 8

Flight crew with North Colorado Medical Center stops at Melissa Memorial Hospital as part of a public relations tour through northeast Colorado.

Holyoke history students place well at History Day competition and teacher Luke Thomas earns Teacher of the Year award.

FCCLA members Molly Brandt, Jacob Vasa and Ben Martinez present “X the Text: You’re not Superman, you Know” at a local distracted driving summit.

Officer Larry Drake is hired by the Holyoke Police Department to bring the service back to four full-time officers.

March 15

Ballyneal foreclosure sale is complete after John C. Curlander of Boulder bid $2,542,071.87 for the Ballyneal Golf and Hunt Club property southeast of Holyoke.

Jack’s Bean joins Northeastern Junior College’s Club 1941.

Over 335 wrestlers competed in the annual Holyoke PeeWee Wrestling Tournament Saturday, March 10.

Verne Bullock shares his story, has a piece of writing published in Pieces of Denver magazine.

March 22

Three Wages Volunteer Fire Department members are injured in the massive Heartstrong Fire in Yuma County Sunday, March 18. Firefighter Jennifer Struckmeyer receives burns over 25 percent of her body.

Orville Tonsing runs for re-election as Holyoke Mayor. John Ayoub, David Churchwell, Scott Murray and Kevin Scott run for three four-year city council terms.

HHS seniors Reid Baumgartner and Laura Gerk are chosen to represent Holyoke in All-State basketball games.

Holyoke freshmen spend a day getting first-hand look at trauma prevention.

March 29

Aldemar Chavez-Vasquez and Eleazar Medina-Cienfuegos die as a result of a motor vehicle accident southeast of Holyoke Saturday, March 24. Dale Jacoby is taken to the ICU at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and had not regained consciousness.

Grainland Cooperative employee Jim Austin receives serious injuries after an anhydrous leak at Grainland’s east facility Thursday, March 22. Numerous emergency agencies respond to the incident which took several hours to get under control.

Pastor Gordon Penfold and wife Beth are thankful after learning they had been living in a home filled with carbon monoxide. The couple encourages others to purchase carbon monoxide detectors to keep homes safe.

Holyoke City Council approves request to pave the alley behind Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union traveling north from Highway 6 to behind KarDale’s Restaurant. The paving project would begin in conjunction with the beginning of construction on a proposed Family Dollar Store on the lot where the Baldwin Building once stood.

Phillips County Economic Development highlights transitions during annual meeting Wednesday, March 21.

Gun owned by Steve Deaver of Holyoke is used in a scene of upcoming “The Lone Ranger” movie starring Johnny Depp.

Class of six completes inaugural computer training at Heginbotham Library.

April 5

Orville Tonsing, Kevin Scott, David Churchwell and Scott Murray are elected to city council positions.

Gene Daise is informed he will be receiving the Lifetime of Service to Wrestling award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

HHA senior Laura Gerk signs with Northeastern Junior College to play softball while attending college.

April 12

Holyoke remembers the Titanic 100 years after the “unsinkable” ship sunk.

1999 HHS graduate Russell Sprague returns to Holyoke and joins Colver, Killin & Sprague, LLP law firm.

HHS senior Mark Edmonds wins his first national championship April 7 at the Midwest Classic Nationals in Kearney, Neb.

April 19

Gary Rahe and Harlan Stern will serve four more years on East Phillips County Hospital District’s board of directors.

Ballyneal Golf Course is set to open Tuesday, May 22 after debt restructuring.

Grainland Cooperative joins Northeastern Junior College’s Club 1941.

PC Telcom members and staff gather for annual meeting and discuss continual changes and regulations.

HHS senior Alex Quintana signs letter of intent to run track for Colorado Mesa University.

HHS senior Reid Baumgartner earned honorable mention All-State honors for his performance on the basketball court during the 2011-12 season.

April 26

Marcia Dalton, Christina Martinez and Luke Thomas recognized as Emerald Award winners during the third annual program.

Kellie Race presents improved website for Holyoke Re-1J school district.

Molly Brandt, Alyssa Cordova, Lindsay Helgoth, Jaydin Goldenstein, Jesus Hermosillo and Logan Zeiler are chosen as queen and king candidates for the 2012 HHS Prom.

Phillips County Raceway makes numerous changes in advance of race season. Races will be held on Friday nights instead of Sundays. A new track surface was installed and fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a beer garden during racing action. Phillips County signs contract with BST Promotions who will operate the track during the 2012 season.

HHS senior Whitni Redman signs letter of intent to play volleyball at McCook Community College in McCook, Neb.

May 3

Seaboard Foods announces plans to construct a new $13 million feed mill two miles west of Holyoke to supply feed for their live operations.

HHS baseball team wraps up the No. 1 district seed after splitting games with the Wray Eagles.

Molly Brandt and Logan Zeiler crowned queen and king during 2012 HHS Prom.

May 10

Holyoke City Council approves liquor license for Holyoke Golf Course.

Glen’s Diesel Repair moves into new shop one and a half miles north of Holyoke on Highway 385.

Pamida in Holyoke announces merger with Shopko.

HHS baseball team falls to Sedgwick County in district tournament and ends season with a 15-5 record.

HHS senior Reid Baumgartner signs letter of intent to play basketball at Doane College in Crete, Neb.

May 17

Forty-four cross the stage during 2012 commencement exercises Sunday, May 13 at Holyoke High School.

New apartment building is being constructed by Tom Bennett to help fill void in rental housing issue in town.

Special education teacher Lynette Harms retires after 20-year teaching career.

Alyssa Cordova, Rachel Schneider and Erin Vieselmeyer are chosen to attend Colorado Columbine Girls State.

HHS baseball player Deyten Klein is selected for the Omaha, Neb. National World Series.

Alex Quintana, Ryan Parker, Matt Golden, TJ Gertner and Tito Fierro qualify for the Class 2A state track meet.

May 24

Alex Quintana earns a gold medal in the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood Saturday, May 19. He also earned two silvers and a bronze to compile 33 points and a fifth-place team finish for the Dragons.


Alex Quintana finished out his high school track career with a gold medal at the state track meet in May. He also picked up two silvers and a bronze.  
—Enterprise file photo

Nancy Kennedy retires from teaching after 28-year career including 25 in Holyoke.

A crew with Hayward Baker Geotechnical Construction drills holes and mud jacks the foundation at Lion’s Club Mini Park to help save the brick wall that had begun to crack.

Pleasant Valley Cemetery is set to be blessed May 27.

Jake’s Feed relocates store to new building south of Melissa Memorial Hospital on East Johnson Street.

May 31

Phillips County launches brand new website that gives public access to many tools and lots of information.

Division of Wildlife and Phillips County Extension partner to host a fishing camp at Holyoke Lions Club Fishing Pond.

Staff at Melissa Memorial Hospital honor veterans May 23 with special celebration at the coumadin clinic.

June 7

Dirtwork begins for new Family Dollar Store in Holyoke.

Photographers from around the Holyoke area share tips in new Enterprise series: Tips From A Pro.

Holyoke swimmers break three relay records during Holyoke’s annual summer swim meet.

June 14

Holyoke native Amanda (Bennett) Randall and husband Preston lose their home in the High Park Fire in Rist Canyon high on a ridge above Bellvue.

Wages Volunteer Fire Department members Jennifer Struckmeyer, Damon Struckmeyer and Darren Stewart are presented with Military Order of the Purple Heart National First Responder Citations by Christopher Anderson, Chapter 434 in Longmont. The three were injured in the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma County in March.

Dr. Richard Stucky visits Holyoke for the annual Conservation Camp held at the dig site of the stegomastadon that was found in 2011.

New frisbee golf course located at Homesteaders Park is highlighted.

June 21

Jack Wieland announces retirement after 30 years with the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Governor John Hickenlooper signs an executive order that bans open burning and private use of fireworks due to the extremely dry conditions throughout the entire state of Colorado.

USDA Rural Development Deputy Administrator for Rural Utilities Service Jessica Zufolo visits PC Telcom and Grainland Cooperative during swing through the northeast corner of the state.

Subway in Holyoke changes ownership after Pete and Kristin Sorensen and Phil and Karen Trippet of Fort Collins purchase the store from co-owners Teresa Mailander and Leo Mailander of Holyoke.

Grainland Cooperative looks forward to new chapter after completing merger with CHS Inc. Members get update and overview during annual meeting June 12.

HHS juniors Rachel Schneider and Erin Vieselmeyer attend Girls State.

Nineteen Holyoke students experience whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C.

June 28

Connie Troutman is officially named the postmaster at the United States Post Office in Holyoke.

PC Telcom CEO Vince Kropp expresses concern during City Council meeting about a proposed EAGLE-Net fiber optic project in Holyoke and throughout the entire state of Colorado.

Nine Ballyneal members complete first annual Hundred Hole Hike to raise money for charities.

July 5

Temperatures in Holyoke continue to climb. Bank signs in town read as high as 116 degrees June 26.

More fires continue to break out along the Front Range. Waldo Canyon Fire rips through part of Colorado Springs and kills two people and burns hundreds of homes.

Melissa Memorial Hospital receives five green lights during Rural Philanthropy days.

New Gano Cafe is opened by Dalia Ortiz, Ricky Quintana and Carmen Ramirez. The store offers healthy drink options.

Paralyzed former Ballyneal caddie Ben Cox plays seven holes of golf with his dad the day after nine golfers completed the Hundred Hole Hike.

July 12

Shopko Stores announces plans to close the pharmacy in Holyoke. Abts Pharmacy will remodel the store and open a prescription pickup store.

Rains prompt Governor John Hickenlooper to lift the statewide fire ban.

Virgil and Eloise Harms of Paoli are named the 2012 Phillips County Fair Parade Grand Marshals.

Richard Brown is recognized for his 50 years of dedication to the Holyoke Lions Club and the National Rural Letter Carries Association.

Molly Brandt recaps recent mission trip to Haiti.

Justin Drescher, grandson of Susanne Drescher of Holyoke, visits during the 4th of July Holiday. Justin, the long snapper for the New Orleans Saints football team, held a mini football camp for the youngsters in Holyoke.

July 19

Phillips County celebrates new playground at Homesteaders Park.


County commissioners dedicated the brand new playground at Homesteaders Park in July.  
—Enterprise file photo

Alyssa Roll reigns as Phillips County Fair queen.

A large amount of rain hit the areas to the east and south of Holyoke July 12. Some areas received large amounts of hail which devastated some corn fields.

Busy Buddies kids help Stewart family raise chickens leading up to Phillips County Fair.

Local FCCLA chapter brings home four gold medals from the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Jennifer Struckmeyer shares her story of the horrific March day when she was injured in the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma County.

Wages Volunteer Fire Department performs well at the state fire races in Cripple Creek.

Haxtun resident Carl Wirth announces candidacy for Phillips County Commissioner for District 3.

July 26

Former Holyoke resident Todd Peckham tells story about his helping efforts during the Aurora Theater shooting tragedy July 20.

Holyoke City Council accepts code enforcement officer Dawn Worley’s resignation.

Dale Jacoby’s progress improves enough to allow move to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Englewood.

HHS students Matt Golden and Jeremy Loutensock earn 9News award for FCCLA project that teaches the dangers and issues with hearing loss.

Border League All Stars win the Colorado state baseball tournament and advance to the regional tournament.

2012 Wrestling Club’s annual mouse races fundraiser is dubbed a massive success.

Three generations of the Struckmeyer family are fighting fires together as members of the Wages Volunteer Fire Department.

Don Beckius shares his story of stumbling upon a photo of himself on the internet. The photo was incorporated in an advertisement for Texaco’s fire truck promotion in 1962.

Aug. 2

East Phillips County Hospital District board of directors accepts resignation from Steve Deaver.

Phillips County Fair Board reports numbers from a successful 2012 county fair.

Holyoke Cleaners owners Dave and Sheila Johnson install brand new dry cleaning machine. The new machine is capable of handling twice as much laundry as the old one.

Aug. 9

Jessica Johnson is introduced as the new executive director of Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Corn prices are driven higher due to extreme drought conditions.

Phillips County Players set to perform “Mousetrap” at the Peerless Theatre.

Aug. 16

Lindsay (Bieber) Boerner and family share story of their fight three years ago with Lindsay’s cancerous brain tumor.

EAGLE-Net representatives visit Holyoke City Council meeting to explain statewide fiber optic project.

Travis and Melissa Bumgardner open Abts Express in Holyoke.

Jon Sutton opens small engine repair shop at 440 E. Denver St.

Holyoke School District welcomes 11 new teachers as the 2012-13 school year nears.

Tenley Becker, Skyla Renner and Lillian and Maxwell Firme named winners of the Baby Bear Hugs sweetest baby contest.

Aug. 23

Regent Park gives three residents the opportunity to visit Lion’s Club Fishing Pond for an afternoon of fishing.

Dave and Sheila Johnson open Dragon Headquarters inside Holyoke Cleaners.

Local youth Kayden Porter and Gunnar Kroeger share story of motocross success.

Aug. 30

Over $35,000 is raised during annual Phillips County Relay For Life event.

First day student count in Holyoke School District remains stable.

Holyoke race car drivers Jake Adler and Mike Woodhead are crowned season champions in their respective divisions at Phillips County Raceway.

Sept. 6

Melissa Memorial Hospital announces that Dr. Aaron Wilson has signed a five-year contract and is scheduled to begin in July of 2013.

New Seaboard Foods pellet feed mill quickly rises as concrete is continuously poured around the clock.


Seaboard Foods began construction on a $13 million feed mill in May two miles west of Holyoke. The new mill will provide feed for Seaboard’s live operation in the area.  —Enterprise file photo

Jeff Weaver is introduced as the new executive director for Phillips County Economic Development Corporation.

Temperatures top the 100-degree mark 24 times throughout summer months.

Abts Express announces plans to convert store to full pharmacy.

Sept. 13

City Council approves request from Holyoke Police Department to purchase four tasers for the officers.

Small prayer service and flag ceremony is held at Bank of Colorado to remember Sept. 11, 2001.

Holyoke’s Class of 2013 sees ACT composite score 1.1 point lower than the state average.

Mike Woodhead is appointed to fill vacant board seat on East Phillips County Hospital District.

New virtual desktop solution business, Prairie IT, opens in Haxtun.

Sept. 26

Erik Young is hired as a new deputy for Phillips County Sheriff’s Office.

Fall harvest is just around the corner as farmers gear up to gather beans, corn and sugar beets.

Jazz display at Phillips County Museum is highlighted.

Tyler Loutensock earns Eagle Scout rank.

Community enjoys an afternoon of Jazz at the Peerless Theatre Sept. 16.

Sept. 27

Holyoke begins planning for 125th (quasquicentennial) celebration. Holyoke will turn 125 April 24, 2013.

Holyoke Police Department asks for information leading to suspects involved in tire slashings in town.

Holyoke sees an increase in the fly population as the pesky insects show up everywhere.

Enterprise employee Darci Tomky earns two National Newspaper Association awards.

Janismarie Oberle is hired as a new Family Education after school instructor.

HHS senior Deyten Klein qualifies for the Class 3A state golf tournament.

Oct. 4

Melissa Memorial Hospital hires Dixie Ishee as newest Family Nurse Practitioner.

Randy Boehmer turns numerous heads as he moseys his way down the highway with his three wagons and five mules.

HHS celebrates 2012 Homecoming with Year of the Dragon theme.

Oct. 11

Tom Bennett is inducted into the Colorado Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame Sept. 29 for his many years of service to Babe Ruth baseball.

Young Americans three-day workshop and performance in Holyoke.

4-H honors Steve Starkebaum as Friend of 4-H during annual achievement program.

HHS Dragons blank Yuma in homecoming football game for fourth win in a row.

Oct. 18

The 2012 fall harvest is in full swing as weather cooperates.


Area corn harvest happened much earlier this  year as dry conditions let the crops mature much sooner. Drought conditions all but put an end to much of the dryland crops.  —Enterprise file photo

Community urged to be on guard and aware as scary Colorado events trigger safety precautions.

Holyoke Police Officer Larry Drake visits Holyoke Elementary school to read to students as part of a special outreach program.

Holyoke sees the mercury dip low enough for early snowfall only to rise up into the 80s days later.

HHS volleyball team raises over $1,000 during annual Pink Out game Oct. 13.

Family Education Services celebrates 20 years with open house.

Oct. 25

Strong winds fuel a large range fire north of Paoli. The fire burned an estimated 1,300 acres before firemen managed to get it under control.

Group of citizens visits Holyoke City Council meeting to raise questions regarding newly purchased tasers by Holyoke Police Department.

Kim Killin is honored with the CASB McGuffey Award.

Jessie Ruiz and family share thankfulness for the care he received a year ago.

Nov. 1

Remodeling begins at Holyoke Marketplace to make room for Holyoke Pharmacy.

First United Methodist Church prepares for 125th anniversary celebration Nov. 4.

Regent Park celebrates Oktoberfest in style with music and beer tasting.

Holyoke’s volleyball team earns trip to regional tournament and the football team picks up a wild card to the Class 1A state playoff bracket.

Nov. 8

The doors on the Family Dollar store open Nov. 1.

Holyoke City Council approves zoning and incentives for a new hotel. A ground-breaking ceremony was held Nov. 6 for the new Cobblestone Inn and Suites.


A ground breaking ceremony was held in November for a new Cobblestone Inn and Suites hotel.  —Enterprise file photo

Holyoke natives tie the area to massive Superstorm Sandy on the east coast.

Don Lock and Harlan Stern are elected to serve terms as Phillips County Commissioners. The United States re-elects President Barack Obama and Colorado passes Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana.

Holyoke Dragons beat Platte Canyon 42-20 in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs. The win was the first post season victory for Holyoke since 1998.

Phillips County finalizes purchase of the bowling alley in Holyoke.

Holyoke Elementary School students hold mock presidential election.

Nov. 15

World War II veterans highlight annual Veterans Day program at HHS.

Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation announces a Roaring 20s theme for the 2013 annual legacy event.

Bill Spindler sells the lumber yard in Holyoke to Tom Wirges who changes the name to Holyoke Building Center.

Wray edges out Holyoke in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A state football playoffs.

The history of the building which housed a roller skating rink and bowling alley is remembered.

Nov. 22

Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation recognizes those who have supported the foundation and hospital during annual Legacy of Thanks Celebration.

CHS-Grainland Cooperative announce plans for grain shuttle loading facility are moving forward.

Hunters see decrease in pheasant population due to dry conditions.

Minnie Rodriguez joins the staff at Baby Bear Hugs as a new bilingual home visitor.

Nov. 29

Regent Park announces plans to offer respite care.

Winter sports teams prepare for first contests of the year.

HHS senior Brett Cumming is named football co-player of the year by the North Central Conference. Seven other team member earn All-Conference honors.

1952 football team’s unforgettable season is remembered 60 years later.

Dec. 6

Large crowd turns out for annual Country Christmas and Parade of Lights. New reindeer attraction draws many onlookers.

Dr. Patricia Coyman joins the staff at Melissa Memorial Hospital.

The doors close on the Paoli Post Office, new community cluster box is installed for locals to receive mail.

Holyoke elementary students stand up to bullying during assembly. Special guests include members of the Northeastern Junior College men’s basketball team.

National Honor Society dodgeball tournament benefits Jennifer Struckmeyer.

Velma Biddle is recognized for 60 years of service to Delta Kappa Gamma.

Dec. 13

City Council may see marijuana issue land on agenda in coming months following the passage of Amendment 64 during the general election.

HHS senior Caitlyn Kramer is selected for 9News interview about investment simulation experience.

Harold Nelson recalls 66 years of visiting Holyoke for annual hunting trips.

Dec. 20

Melissa Memorial Hospital is recognized for Electronic Medical Records implementation.

Two new rabid skunks are found in rural Phillips County.

Heidi Spitz announces plan to reopen the former Buzzz Stop and name it Heidi’s.

Dec. 27

Blizzard blows through Holyoke making visibility low. Accident north of Holyoke on Highway 385 results in two deaths.

HHS senior Brett Cumming named to Class 1A All-State football team.

Grandson of Marie Mailander lands Grammy nomination for kids’ album.

Committee moves forward with planning for Holyoke’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

Hospital outlines new additions at specialty clinic at Family Practice of Holyoke.



Holyoke Enterprise January 3, 2012