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Samantha’s Salt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Samantha Krieger   

Summer in Holyoke — a little taste of heaven

Before my husband began the interview process for his job in Holyoke, we never knew such a town existed on the map. The mountains were all we’d experienced in Colorado, so it was a surprise to learn of the northeastern plains.

When we drove in for the first time and saw the cornfields, watertower, parks, elementary school and nicely manicured lawns, I could sense it was a special place. The serenity is what struck me most.

I didn’t grow up in a small, rural town. I moved twice in my childhood, and my dad’s work brought us to medium-sized cities on the East Coast. During my summer breaks in college, I traveled overseas and did several out-of-state publishing internships. After I met my husband at seminary in Virginia, we moved to Dallas for more schooling. The big city has been our life for the past eight years.

In June, when our big yellow Penske truck made its way to our driveway, I felt the baseline stress of the big city falling off my shoulders. The air was clean. The wide open spaces refreshed my spirit. The slow pace of life was new to me and was what my soul had been craving. The orange, yellow, pink and red radiant bursts of color in the sky at sundown gave me something to look forward to each evening.

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Holyoke Enterprise September 3, 2015

 
Voice of Ag PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg   

Water storage on the horizon?

My family has been involved in water issues and finding better ways to irrigate and conserve water since the ’60s. Even then, we knew that water storage was the key to the future water needs in Colorado. Even then, we knew that if we didn’t do anything to keep Colorado’s water in Colorado, agriculture would be the avenue our urban cousins would pursue to meet their thirsty needs.

This spring — for two months — roughly 20,000 acre-feet per day flowed out of this state. That amounts to somewhere near 1.5 million acre-feet of water that could have been stored. Not too long ago, we allowed nearly the same amount to flow by over a two year period.

If we don’t find ways to keep Colorado’s water in Colorado, the only choice our urban cousins have to meet their future needs is to remove it from agriculture and change the use of that water to a municipal use, never again to return to the farm.

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Holyoke Enterprise September 3, 2015

 
Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kindra Plumb   

Check out the 4-H contests at the Colorado State Fair!

The Colorado State Fair is largely known as an avenue for 4-H members to exhibit livestock, horse, rabbit, poultry and general projects such as leathercraft, clothing, baking and much more.

While these are the most popular 4-H activities to participate in and observe while at the Colorado State Fair, there are also a variety of 4-H contests that take place during the fair’s two-week duration. 4-H members from across the state are invited to participate in these contests.

4-H members that participate in the cake decorating contest are given specific guidelines depending upon which unit the member is exhibiting in. Each unit has their own guidelines and time limits for decorating a cake. Cakes are then judged according to age level and unit. Unit champions and reserves and overall grand and reserve grand champions are selected following the contest.

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Holyoke Enterprise September 3, 2015