Ground has been broken and the footprint is starting to take shape for the new Phillips County Pavilion and Education Center at the fairgrounds. Pictured from left, county commissioners Harlan Stern, Don Lock and Joe Kinnie are at the work site, where project manager Matt Brasby said progress on the foundation is ahead of schedule. Skarco Design of Burlington has been contracted for the concrete foundation, and Maverick Steel of Byers has been contracted for both the building materials and its erection. The pavilion is expected to be finished in time for the the 2018 Phillips County Fair. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Mike Frazier measures hail that’s 3 inches in diameter — about the size of a baseball — at his home northeast of Amherst.

Holyoke EMS director Brady RIng, pictured at center, addresses his junior EMT class at their final lesson May 23, which included setting up an on-scene landing zone and touring an AirLife helicopter. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019!

What were the top headlines of 2018? The Enterprise takes a week-by-week look at Holyoke’s most memorable events of the past year.
    
Jan. 4, 2018
    Lewis Getchell, who graduated from Phillips County High School in 1939, served as a crew member for a B-24 bomber in WWII with Sgt. George R. “Pee Wee” McCloud. McCloud’s diary details their experience.
    Phillips County’s first Salvation Army red kettle campaign raises $2,300.
    Perry Johnson, a children’s book author from Sterling, releases “The Foiled Holyoke Limited Train Robbery.”
    Lavish quinceañeras celebrate the coming-of-age for Hispanic girls.
    
Jan. 11, 2018
    Phillips County’s assessed value is $92,726,290, an increase of $4.3 million from 2017. The mill levy is, again, 28.28.
    City office begins accepting credit card payment.
    Chris Fidler retires after nearly 34 years with Johnson Publications.
    
Jan. 18, 2018
    FCCLA members host Empty Bowl Supper to raise money for and awareness of hungry people.
    Twenty-five teams compete in renewed 3-on-3 basketball tournament host by the City’s recreation department and Dragon Booster Club.
    Kimberlee Bennett is Colorado VFW District 4 Teacher of the Year.
    
Jan. 25, 2018
    A snowstorm that dropped 6.4 inches led to Holyoke schools’ first snow day of the year.
    Holyoke Police Department receives training for CPR, AEDs and first aid.
    2018 Friends of NRA banquet auction nets $19,500 for the future of shooting sports.
    Savannah Krueger opens Vanna’s at 145 E. Denver St., doing hair and nails.
    Phillips County Players present “The ReGifters.”
    
Feb. 1, 2018
    Melissa Memorial Hospital celebrates 10 years at facility on East Johnson Street.
    Judge rules that O’Neals are responsible for $22,058.50 in attorney fees and costs to the City.
    Clara Heermann celebrates 100th birthday.
    Marilyn Musgrave speaks at A Caring Pregnancy Resource Center’s annual fundraising banquet.
    FFA Alumni chapter established in Holyoke to support the HHS FFA chapter.
    Eighth-grade career fair at Phillips County Event Center is part of a three-year $300,000 El Pomar grant to Northeast Colorado BOCES.
    Holyoke hosts its first Nuggets Skills Challenge.
    Coding club is new to Holyoke JR/SR High.
    
Feb. 8, 2018
    Holyoke Chamber of Commerce recognizes Cobblestone Inn & Suites. business of the year; Earl Downing, employee of the year; Josie Herman, Emily Jelden and Shianne Willmon, youth of the year; Casey Blake, citizen of the year; and Star 92.3, STAR of the year.
    Sid Harchelroad leaves Corvette legacy.
    Cataract surgery added to local services offered through Melissa Memorial Hospital’s specialty clinics.
    HHS takes eight events to the state swim meet. Rylee Schneller qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley; Regan Van Overbeke the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle; and Lali Marquez the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle. The three were joined by Haley Van Overbeke in the 200-yard medley relay. Haley Van Overbeke, Traeli Hutches, Regan Van Overbeke and Schneller qualified in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
    
Feb. 15, 2018
    Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual Legacy Event fundraiser brings in a record $104,389 at “Night on Broadway.”
    Holyoke School District looks into four-day school week options.
    City denies minor subdivision exemptions for Robin Lake Development.
    Evan Fust starts as CHS Grainland’s new general manager.
    Rick and Jessica Cumming launch Perfection Lawn LLC.
    Aly Brinkema is named Colorado’s girls swim coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
    Luis Chafino qualifies for state wrestling in 145-pound division, and Jesus Trejo qualifies at 138 pounds.
    
Feb. 22, 2018
    Youth Challenge director Rick Cleaver reflects on years of Bible quizzing and ministry in Jamaica.
    Book delivery keeps homebound patrons connected to Heginbotham Library.
    Jesus Trejo honored as All-Conference wrestler.
    
March 1, 2018
    Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and Heginbotham Trust bring ice skating rink to town for the weekend.
    FBLA community service project brings After Class Excellence program to school.
    Holyoke honored for most division 1 middle school runners in 2017 Bolder Boulder.
    
March 8, 2018
    Holyoke Elementary adopts Holyoke Dragon Mindset Pledge.
    Kody Timm opens Spartan Electronics and Repair in Peerless Center.
    Sew Caring group gives local quilters a community service opportunity at Creative Traditions.
    
March 15, 2018

    Ground is broken for Phillips County Pavilion project.
    HHS girls basketball team wins consolation championship at state tournament.
    Superintendent John McCleary resigns.
    Boy Scout leaders Andrea McCallum and Sasha Lopez earn district awards, and Holyoke Lions Club is honored as chartered organization of the year.
    Taeryn Trumper, Grace Dille and Emily Jelden are All-Conference basketball players.
    
March 22, 2018
    Lions Club partners with Shield 616, fundraising to provide local law enforcement protective gear.
    Jim Lenz places second in Colorado’s no-till/strip-till irrigated class of the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest.
    
March 29, 2018
    Dr. Rebecca Moore joins Melissa Memorial Hospital, practicing internal medicine.
    Local emergency services present P.A.R.T.Y. Program for HHS students to “prevent alcohol and risk-related trauma in youth.”
    Led by Superintendent John McCleary and Northeast BOCES director Bret Miles, local education advocates rally for funding education in Colorado.
    Justin Newman named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Denver Business Journal.
    Trapshooting is requested as an intramural club sport by community members at a Holyoke School Board meeting.
    Dragon Theatre Company’s spring play is “The Best Man.”
    Grace Dille is named to All-State basketball second team, and Taeryn Trumper receives honorable mention.
    Kathryn L. Wernsman is best of show in Phillips County Arts Council Art Show and Sale.
    
April 5, 2018

    Gene Bittner, Steve Moore and Brian Akey elected to Holyoke City Council.
    City of Holyoke receives and accepts an offer of settlement from Claire and Rupert O’Neal.
    Phillips County Pavilion and Education Center receives $40,000 grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation.
    Phillips County Historical Society celebrates 50 years of preserving history.
    Luke Krogmeier receives full ride Boettcher Scholarship.
    Melissa Memorial Hospital receives $185,000 Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation grant for dental clinic.
    Scholl Oil & Transportation Company installs new fuel pumping equipment.
    McKenna Heldenbrand is new director of Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.
    Don Schelling is new course superintendent at Holyoke Golf Club.
    
April 12, 2018
    Shane Walkinshaw is hired as principal for Holyoke JR/SR High.
    A crowd of over 80 people attends hospital forum, demanding answers surrounding the departure of Dr. Aaron Wilson.
    Crime scene investigation training is led by HPD’s Sgt. Mark Werts.
    City helps Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department purchase ice rescue equipment in response to a December 2017 incident in which a dog and two individuals went through the ice at the fishing pond.
    Happy Jacks Barbeque, Pizza p.a.d. and Holyoke Elementary School are recognized for excellence in food safety by Northeast Colorado Health Department.
    
April 19, 2018
    Spring blizzard shuts down northeast Colorado, as residents handle power outages, strayed cattle and stranded motorists.
    Holyoke Driver License Office recognized for highest donor designation rate — 73 percent — among offices of its size.
    Gov. Hickenlooper proclaims Colorado Journalism Week at Colorado Press Association’s annual convention.
    Holyoke Enterprise wins General Excellence Award, Advertising Sweepstakes and 19 individual awards at CPA convention.
    
April 26, 2018
    Holyoke School District hosts Student-Centered Accountability Program site review.
    Dennis Herman resigns from school board.
    Dr. Erin Hekmatpour fills in at Family Practice of Holyoke through Docs Who Care.
    Dusty Sprague is honored for selection to National Football Foundation silver anniversary team.
    
May 3, 2018

    AirLife begins partnership with MMH, with a helicopter now based in Holyoke.
    Blye McCallum passes away after 13 years full of memories.
    Emerald Award winners are Shauna Brown, Leader Among Us; Nancy Miles, Innovator of the Year; and Cyndi Bahler, Heart Award.
    Lions Club makes repairs to Fishin’ Hole with a grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    Derek Razo opens Classic Builders.
    Prom king and queen are Jesus Trejo and Jaqueline Mosqueda.
    
May 10, 2018
    Andrea Kammer is hired as principal for Holyoke Elementary School and Kyle Stumpf will be assuming the role of superintendent.
    Derek Doorn, FNP, begins work at Family Practice of Holyoke.
    Spc. Gabriel D. Conde was killed during a combat operation in Afghanistan.
    
May 17, 2018
    Forty graduate from HHS, with Luke Krogmeier and Anna Jelden as co-valedictorians and Dominique Penzing and Tyler Lamm as citizenship award winners.
    Phillips County Sheriff’s Office adds MRAP vehicle to its fleet for search and rescue.
    Josh Schroetlin, nominated by Luke Krogmeier, receives the Boettcher Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award.
    Scholl’s communications department relocates to 118 S. Interocean Ave.
    Jillian Hunter receives the John Philip Sousa Award, and Isaac Strauss the Leonard Bernstein Award.
    
May 24, 2018
    Holyoke School District invited to Student-Centered Accountability Program core group.
    Wyatt Bishop is sworn in as a deputy for Phillips County Sheriff’s Office.
    Taeryn Trumper wins long jump at the 2A state track meet and finishes third in the 200 meter dash, fifth in the 100 meter dash and competes in the 400 meter dash. Luis Chafino places third in pole vault. Other qualifiers are Emali Torres in shot put; Taylor Trumper, 100 meter dash; Jacky Mosqueda, Josie Herman, Taylor Trumper and Ashley Rahe, 800-meter sprint medley relay; and Mosqueda, Herman, Emma Roll and Taylor Trumper, 4x100 relay.
    Kyra Loutensock is selected to attend Colorado Girls State.
    Phillips County Players present “Paradise Lost and Found.”
    
May 31, 2018
    Lt. Col. Bob Russell speaks at the Memorial Day service at Holyoke Cemetery.
    Angela Powell, Mike “Woody” Woodhead and Steve Young are sworn in for four-year terms as directors of East Phillips County Hospital District.
    Eli Meakins selected to attend Colorado Boys State.
    Juniors and seniors at HHS finish up a six-week junior EMT class by setting up a landing zone for the AirLife helicopter.
    Ag Power Equipment is now known as Central Plains Equipment after being sold to Plains Ag group.
    Grace Dille competes in the girls 3A state golf tournament.
    Blake Mosenteen and Caleb Deaver are named to the baseball All-Conference list.
    Grace Dille and Brenna Sullivan earn All-Conference golf recognition.
    
June 7, 2018
    Judge rules there is enough evidence to try Donthe Lucas on first-degree murder charges in the Kelsie Schelling case.
    Principal Susan Ortner retires after 40 years in education.
    Allie Balog is new Phillips County Family Education Services director.
    
June 14, 2018
    City of Holyoke faces problems at sewer lagoon due to residents flushing wipes, diapers and other inappropriate items.
    Taylor Hendrix is elected as state FFA executive committee member.
    Chas Lengfelder takes oath as new school board member.
    Dave and Sheila Johnson shut down Holyoke Cleaners after running the business since 1999.
    Max Levy joins the Enterprise as a reporter.
    The Holyoke Enterprise earns three awards in the National Newspaper Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.
    
June 21, 2018
    Sylvia Stockton meets Bakri Marshi, a pen pal of over 60 years, for the first time.
    Peerless Theatre plans to purchase a closed captioning device to make movies more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing patrons.
    Lauren Bergner represents Highline Electric Association in Washington, D.C., on a youth tour.
    
June 28, 2018
    Los Parra’s gets local approval for liquor license.
    Phillips County purchases three roll off boxes for plastic recycling and six trailer for cardboard recycling with a $23,000 grant.
    In the Republican primary, voters elect Terry Hofmeister, commissioner; Sharon Michael, treasurer; and Thom Elliott, sheriff, to appear on the general election ballot.
    Trisha Herman offers small-business consulting through Phillips County Economic Development.
    Kimberlee Bennett is the Colorado state 2017-18 Citizenship Teacher of the Year for elementary.
    
July 5, 2018
    In Phillips County, 299 unaffiliated voters participated in the primary election. It was the first time such voting was allowed in Colorado.
    DJ and Rachel Crist and their children serve as missionaries in Hawaii.
    
July 12, 2018
    The late Merle Jackson to be honored as the grand marshal in the Phillips County Fair parade.
     Roy Pfaltzgraff Jr. reflects on his time working for a harvest crew in the ’60s.
    HHS sends 12 FBLA members to nationals.
    Four Holyoke FCCLA members compete at nationals, all earning gold medals.
    Ken Schrader competes at Phillips County Raceway for the Independence Day Showdown.
    Phillips County is deemed StormReady by the National Weather Service.
    The Rev. Paul Brunner is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church.
    
July 19, 2018
    Camp Machasay erects new multipurpose building.
    The Great Schools, Thriving Communities campaign finishes signature gathering stage of Initiative 93.
    Letters written in 1900 from Charles Peter offer insight into family and local history.
    Jody Glittenberg’s “The Promise Seed” is historical fiction finalist in National Pen Women of America contest.
    Dragon Booster Club hosts its first mouse races fundraiser.
    
July 26, 2018

    City Council looks to address loopholes in local ordinance enforcement.
    Many fish in the Lions Club Fishin’ Hole die after a storm caused the pond to turn over.
    Jose Varela begins aquaponics venture, raising fish and vegetables.
    Ballyneal strives to be an eco-friendly leader among regional restaurants.
    
Aug. 2, 2018
    The 2018 Phillips County Fair saw a huge turnout July 24-29, partially due to the new pavilion and education center being used for the first time.
    Daniela de Vargas Boyer, D.O., joins Melissa Memorial Hospital as a family medicine physician.
    Melissa Memorial Hospital makes plans to offer chemotherapy treatment.
    City approves a deal to purchase property from PC Telcom and sets a schedule for the removal of cable TV equipment from utility poles.
    Baseball-size hail devastates fields and homes northeast of Holyoke.
    Cierra Sullivan represents Team USA in Denmark, competing in the duathlon.
    
Aug. 9, 2018
    Dog attacks highlight stray dog problem.
    Phillips County Players present “No Body Like Jimmy.”
    
Aug. 16, 2018
    Holyoke Police Department hosts the community’s first National Night Out.
    New teachers for the 2018-19 school year are Sarah Berg­ner, Amy Duvall, Dani Coons, Aaron Cottam, Rebecca Koellner, Charlee Kleve and Megan McQuown.
    Holyoke School District is cleared in complaints filed with Colorado Department of Education and the attorney general’s office.
    Colorado State University offers Spanish certificate for aspiring vets; locals in the industry weigh in on the importance of being bilingual in their field.
    Phillips County Museum has a temporary NASA exhibit featuring mission patches collected by the late Elton and Eunice Oltjenbruns.
    
Aug. 23, 2018
    First day K-12 count is 566, down 14 from 2017.
    Holyoke Community Childcare Initiative continues to move forward with its planned day care facility.
    Phillips County Department of Human Services receives C-Stat award from the state.
    Alex Vieselmeyer represents Colorado at the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference.
    Phillips County Historical Society plans a tour of the county’s historic burial sites.
    
Aug. 30, 2018
    New fire station to be built on the former PC Telcom property on West Denver Street.
    Melissa Memorial Hospital has new ultrasound machine.
    Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department works on purchasing new truck.
    Brittney Ferguson attends an outdoor adventure camp in Breckenridge for individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
    Bob Koberstein is honored with Colorado Centennial Farm designation.
    Hofmeister-Prussman Farm receives centennial farm recognition.
    
Sept. 6, 2018
    Lockheed Martin presents a STEM day featuring aerospace demonstrations for local students.
    Barnyard Bash at Regent Park brings in barbecue and square dancing for residents’ enjoyment.
    Melissa Memorial Hospital is selected as a showcase hospital for athenahealth.
    Phillips County Sheriff’s Office to phase out mobile command center.
    Highline Electric and Erik and Michelle Vieselmeyer teach fourth-graders about their respective fields in a day of hands-on education.
    Theron Roll is grand champion in trap shooting at state fair. Isaiah Rueter shows two reserve grand champion turkeys.
    JWILL Pink Village delivers pillows to Melissa Memorial Hospital for patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery.
    Phillips County Sheriff’s Office plans a benefit for deputy Jeff Hickox, who is fighting cancer.
    
Sept. 13, 2018
    Pumpkins and More A-maiz-ing Farm opens the season early to celebrate family on National Grandparents Day.
    School board passes a resolution in support of Amendment 73.
    Local churches offer a place of recognition and pride for local Hispanic community.
    Koch Farms earns Colorado Centennial Farm recognition.
    
Sept. 20, 2018
    Six missionaries from the Baptist church travel to Uganda.
    A referendum to establish a millet marketing order failed.
    Kevin Rowan is wanted for attempted murder charges.  
    Oestmans honored as a Colorado Centennial Farm.
    A Purina Research Farm event is the first private reservation made at the new pavilion.
    Camelot Camel Dairy prepares to add water buffalo milk to its offerings.
    Cattledog Trials offer a promising start to a three-month series.
    The good, the bad and the ugly of DNA testing kits explored.
    Deacon Dittmer, Tristen Ferguson, Jesse Vasa and Mason Vernon compete at regional golf.
    The legend of Runner Bob provides a window into the harsh realities and racial tensions of frontier life.
    Hispanic migrants use remittances to support family back home.
    
Sept. 27, 2018
    A juvenile jury trial results in one guilty and two not guilty verdicts on felony sexual assault charges.
    Kevin Rowan is taken into custody in California.
    Glow-a-thon raises $1,200 for hospital’s chemotherapy upgrades.
    Holyoke FFA chapter is inducted into Blue Jacket Society.
    Music is an important part of Hispanic culture despite limited local scene.
    
Oct. 4, 2018
    HHS students celebrate homecoming with “Fuel the Fire” theme.
    Local ESL classes build community and career success.
    Ballyneal completes construction of two new cottages; lodge capacity doubled since 2012.
    Janessa Lutze crowned Phillips County Fair Queen at Haxtun Corn Festival.
    College hopefuls face ever-increasing tuition costs.
    
Oct. 11, 2018
    Sudden death of Chip Scheunemann leaves behind 3-generation department store.
    Ballyneal Foundation offers new scholarships for students in golf industry.
    Melissa Memorial Hospital hosts lunch to celebrate 100 years of hospitals in Holyoke.
    Kaylee Camblin and Trent Huffman are named 2018 HHS homecoming queen and king.
    Cuisine offers a way for Hispanic families to remain rooted.
    Carrie and Ron Anderson are 2018 Friends of 4-H.
    
Oct. 18, 2018
    Highline Electric Association board member Jim Lueck witnesses electrification of two villages in Guatemala.
    Spanish Flu remembered 100 years later.
    Agenda Club disbands after 71 years.
    HHS softball competes in Colorado 3A regional contest.
    Local food banks recognized during National Food Bank Week.
    
Oct. 25, 2018
    FCCLA hosts two food packaging events, providing over 35,000 meals to northeast Colorado.
    HHS senior Savannah Burris serves as panelist at rural education conference.
    Highline Electric linemen complete annual safety training.
    Holyoke Marketplace introduces online shopping option.
    Molly Brown, Lauren Herman and Shianne Willmon receive All-Conference softball recognition.
    
Nov. 1, 2018
    On Board meeting addresses local housing, child care and development needs.
    Mike Brown is the new pastor at First Christian Church.
    CHS Agronomy hires general manager Jason Hovey.
    Wyatt McCallum and Tyler Camblin earn FFA American degrees; Jillian Hunter plays trumpet in the National FFA Band.
    HHS sophomore Emali Torres is invited to compete in track meet in Australia.
    Brent Vasa finishes Colorado Golf Association internship.
    
Nov. 8, 2018
    Bank of Colorado secures naming rights for the Phillips County Pavilion and Education Center at the fairgrounds.
    Phillips County Sheriff’s Office has new K-9 unit, Sabre.
    WWI ends 100 years ago; Veterans Day is honored for 99th year.
    “Southern Charm” is announced as 2019 MMHF Legacy Event theme.
    Fellow volunteer firefighters shave their heads in a show of support for Shawn Maloney, who had a brain tumor removed and will receive chemotherapy and radiation treatment for lung cancer.
    More than 25 acres of usable Holyoke land offers room for development — both residential and commercial.
    HHS football competes in first round of Colorado 1A playoffs.
    HHS volleyball competes at regionals.
    
Nov. 15, 2018
    Veteran pilot Jon Kleve speaks at Veterans Day program.
    Phillips County elects assessor Doug Kamery, clerk/recorder Beth Zilla, coroner Dennis Jelden, commissioner Terry Hofmeister, treasurer Sharon Michael and sheriff Thom Elliott.
    Country Treasures Floral and More, owned by Kim Young, opens.
    MMH Family Dental opens with hygienest Arika Luedke.
    National Honor Society dodgeball tournament raises $1,000 for Shawn Maloney.
    Taeryn Trumper and Kristin Vieselmeyer are named to All-Conference volleyball list.
    Molly Brown and Lauren Herman receive All-State softball nod.
    Phillips County Players present “Kaffe Klatch” and “The Great Nursing Home Escape.”
    Corben McCallum places first in local Voice of Democracy contest, followed by Dylan Miles, Ashlyn Marcum and Cash Adler.
    MMHF’s Legacy of Thanks event recognizes Holyoke FCCLA members as outstanding youth, Steve Young outstanding adult volunteer, Oak Tree outstanding business, Ty and Patty Wernet outstanding philanthropists, Lane Looka Angel award recipient and Brady Ring Making a Difference award recipient.
    
Nov. 22, 2018
    MMH develops Chronic Care Management program.
    Coleen Lindgren publishes “Caterpillars Can’t Fly” children’s book.
    FFA hosts its first Bushels of Corn Breakfast to show its appreciation for local farmers.
    Dragon Theatre Company’s fall musical is “The Addams Family.”
    City of Holyoke rides out minimum wage hike.
    Boxing served as a popular local pastime in 1930s and ’40s.
    
Nov. 29, 2018
    Kathy Bornhoft is hired as Heginbotham Library’s new director.
    Roy Pfaltzgraff Jr. is the 2018 Conservationist of the Year.
    All-Conference football honors go to Seth Watson, Slaten Burris, Jesus Trejo, Luis Chafino, Caleb Deaver, Chase Beckner and Blake Mosenteen.
    Physical therapy and occupational therapy fields see growth.
    
Dec. 6, 2018
    County rallies to provide life-saving gear for law enforcement through Shield616.
    Community shares in “North Pole” Country Christmas.
    Though he died suddenly at 8 years old, Adrian Chafino will be remembered for smiles and strength.
    Methodist church opens shoe donation program.
    Alex Blake opens Tuxedo Paws dog grooming business.
    Phillips County voter turnout trails state and neighboring counties.
    Viaero adds canned food drive element to annual winter coat drive.
    
Dec. 13, 2018
    Bob Brandt sees changes to families and community as a mail carrier on Rural Route One.
    Jorge Salas is sworn in as an officer for Holyoke Police Department.
    ESL instructor Toby From retires from Phillips County Family Education Services.
    Cricket farming is explored as more Americans turn to alternative animal protein sources.
    
Dec. 20, 2018
    Nathon Nadow joins Phillips County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.
    Rubier Eredelio Martinez leads local law enforcement on a foot chase after leaping out of a moving vehicle.
    Tri-State, which serves Highline, faces a membership crisis as Delta-Montrose Electric Association announces plans to exit the group.
    Christmas lighting/decoration contest winners are Aaron and Angela Powell, first; Mark and Lisa Werts, second; and Jeremy Thompson, third.
    Alma Alejandre wins artwork contest at Colorado Association of School Boards annual convention.
    Monica Perry is new Holyoke Chamber of Commerce director.
    Jesus Trejo makes All-State football first team, and Chase Beckner and Blake Mosenteen make second team.
    
Dec. 27, 2018
    Suspects at large after Dec. 19 robbery at Cobblestone Inn & Suites.
    First-class postage stamps to increase by 5 cents to 55 cents Jan. 27, 2019.
    Jay Littlefield begins ministering at Holyoke Assembly of God.
    New elementary student council gets started with food drive deliveries.
    Peerless Theatre celebrates 20th anniversary of its re-opening on Christmas Day.
    Former PC Telcom building gutted ahead of demolition for fire station.
    Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District is in awkward position when it comes to legislation to redraw the boundaries of the Republican River Water Conservation District. If nothing is done, wells already in the district’s augmentation plan could be forced to pay fees to the RRWCD.

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