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  • State School Finance Act passes first hearing

    The School Finance Act — the bill that sets the amount of money each K-12 public and charter school should receive per pupil — passed its first hearing Thursday, April 16, at the state Capitol. This year’s version is unlike any seen in recent years...
  • Baby Bear Hugs celebrates 20 years at June 12 event

    Baby Bear Hugs is celebrating its 20th year of being a nonprofit. A celebration event is set for Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at Riverview Golf Course in Sterling. The 20th anniversary committee invites community members to an evening filled with fun, laug...
  • Dragons 1-2 in 3 tight ballgames last week

    With three very close ballgames and one rainout last week, the HHS baseball team finished 1-2 on the home field. The Dragons took the game to two extra innings against Merino Thursday, April 16, before falling 8-9. Saturday, April 18, Holyoke held on fo...
  • Girls golf in another windy tournament

    Lady Dragon golfers endured another windy day at the Burlington tournament Tuesday, April 14. Varsity golfers were Alex McCallum, who shot a 112, and Grace Dille, 118. With only two golfers, HHS didn’t qualify for a team score. In junior varsity actio...
  • Fitness Club up and running

    By 6 a.m. Sunday, local fitness enthusiasts were already hard at work at Holyoke Fitness Club, LLC, following a successful open house Saturday, April 18. Owner Trisha Herman said the open house marked the official opening of the new downtown business, lo...
  • AgFest to teach science behind ag

    CSU Extension’s fifth annual AgFest is coming to the Phillips County Event Center Thursday, April 30. AgFest is an innovative, eclectic approach to help fifth- and sixth-grade students explore science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on...
  • FFA banquet highlights service, integrity

    Holyoke High School’s FFA chapter celebrated an eventful year of hard work with its annual awards banquet Tuesday, April 14. Chapter adviser and HHS vocational agriculture teacher Clay Christensen highlighted chapter members’ dedication to integrity ...
  • Bencomos receive first dollar of profit

    Miriam Bencomo, pictured at left, accepts the first dollar of profit certificate for Carniceria y Abarrotes Aldama from Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary Tomky. Bencomo and her husband Uriel took over ownership of the store in late...
  • Façade Loan Program aids small businesses

    Northeastern Colorado Revolving Loan Fund announces a new program to assist in the exterior improvement and beautification of small businesses in the communities NCRLF serves. Funds have been earmarked for the Façade Loan Program, which will allow small...
  • Wray art exhibit set

    The Wray Art Guild announces its 46th annual art exhibit and sale is set for Thursday-Sunday, April 30-May 3, at Wray City Hall, 245 W. 4th St. in Wray. Public viewing hours are from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 3. An o...
  • Krogmeiers capture math/science medals

    Brothers Dominic Krogmeier and Luke Krogmeier were the only two Holyoke JR/SR high students to earn medals at the recent NJC math and science contests. High school students competed Wednesday, April 15, and junior high students took part in the competiti...
  • Wet year means more in pipeline

    Last summer’s rainy weather in northeast Colorado has resulted in Colorado having to nearly double the amount of water pumped out of the Republican River Compact Pipeline this year. No, that is not a typo. It’s a reality even the Republican River Wa...
  • Ogallala Aquifer main focus of meeting with Kansas

    Communication with Kansas in regard to the Republican River Compact seems to continue to improve. A meeting was held in St. Francis, Kan., Tuesday, April 7, with the Ogallala Aquifer being a main focus. It was organized by state Rep. Rick Billinger, R-G...
  • Not much to say on RRWCD-Hutton talks on water rights

    There does not seem to be much movement between the Republican River Water Conservation District and the Jerry Hutton Educational Foundation in regards to the purchasing of the foundation’s senior surface water rights. The situation was briefly discuss...
  • Volunteers needed for SCORE

    Registration has been going well for the June 8-12 SCORE camps — Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences — with the following numbers as of April 17, according to director Marla Smith: grades 1-2, 99; grades 3-4, 93; grades 5-6, 53. The capacity of...
  • Assessor details countywide reappraisal

    Phillips County Assessor Doug Kamery reports that, in early May, Phillips County real-property owners will receive a 2015 Notice of Valuation. This document is the result of a countywide reappraisal and reflects changes in market values over a two-year pe...
  • Voice of Ag

    No regulation without representation It’s always wise to be wary when Washington offers to do you a “favor.” As with the money Washington sends our way, there’s almost always strings attached or a trap door hidden somewhere. So it is with the ...
  • Thinking About Health

    Patients grade their local hospitals The government has just announced its first-ever star ratings of the country’s hospitals based on patients’ assessments of the care they received. Other organizations have dabbled in this ratings business, many o...
  • Extension Corner

    Start planning for financial emergencies Being that it’s Financial Literacy Month, talking about money is appropriate. But there is more to our financial literacy than just talking about saving and investing. Protecting yourself when an emergency occu...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoApril 22, 2010 HHS senior Chad Stroh has been named the Dave Schultz High School Excellence state award winner in Colorado by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum. Winds at 50-60 mph blew most of the day April 13 before dying d...