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Guadalupe Beltran and Lorena Bencomo, pictured from left, distribute meals to Holyoke’s youth on the first day of the school district’s extended spring break. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

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This Heller family photo was taken at the William Heller home around 1905-1906. Pictured from left, front row, are Maple Austin (Smith), Merle Woodhams (Deckert), Orville Woodhams, Katie Austin, Leo Austin, Clifford Woodhams, Earl Woodhams and Cynthia Woodhams (Bennett); middle row, George Utesler, William Woodhams, William Heller, Peter Heller, Fred Woodhams and Roy Heller; and back row, Ethel (Heller) Utesler, Hattie (Heller) Woodhams, Virginia Heller, Rebecca (Heller) Austin, Ida (Heller) Woodhams and Clara Heller (Bailey). The Hellers moved to Colorado in 1887, locating a couple miles northeast of Holyoke before the establishment of the town. They made a couple more moves before settling on a homestead 11 miles northwest of Holyoke. — Source: Phillips County Museum

Local

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This Phillips County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was damaged in a high-speed chase Sunday.

On Sunday, March 22, the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed chase that resulted in damage to PCSO vehicles and the arrest of a juvenile male.

Sgt. Mark Werts, who has been with Holyoke Police Department since 2015, has given his resignation.

This corner of the state has six positive COVID-19 test results, reported the Northeast Colorado Health Department in a Sunday, March 22, press release.

Sports

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Kristin Vieselmeyer is up for another 2-point shot. The sophomore was the top scorer for the Lady Dragons in Thursday’s game. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

One thing is true. The Holyoke Lady Dragon basketball team is one of the best in the state.

Unfortunately, the girls didn’t have the chance to prove just how good they are.

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Cousins Levi Clayton, at left, and Riley Powell are part of a small crowd that cheered loud and proud for the Lady Dragons. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

The roller coaster known as state basketball all started Wednesday evening.

Holyoke High School senior wrestler Luis Chafino was recently named to the Colorado High School Activities Association 2A All-State Wrestling second team.

Ag & Business

While the General Assembly paused the session for two weeks, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, lawmakers are still working behind the scenes.

Because of the high volume of unemployment claims prompted by the coronavirus, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has a request: “Help us help you and our greater community.”

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Inside each entrance to Melissa Memorial Hospital is a triage station set up Monday to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Anyone who enters the facility will be greeted by a masked employee stationed there for screenings. Their temperature will be taken and 12 questions asked to determine their risk. Temporary visitor restrictions are also in place. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Melissa Memorial Hospital has announced multiple persons under investigation for the coronavirus (COVID-19), which means they have triggered a screening that meets the criteria for a possible case

School

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Guadalupe Beltran and Lorena Bencomo, pictured from left, distribute meals to Holyoke’s youth on the first day of the school district’s extended spring break. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

With all the unknowns surrounding COVID-19, where a child’s next meal is coming from shouldn’t be one of them.

When Holyoke’s one-week extended spring break due to COVID-19 restrictions suddenly became at least a five-week break from school (through April 17), the district sprang into action.

A 2020-21 draft calendar for Holyoke School District Re-1J will come back with revisions in a more aggressive move toward a four-day week.

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