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  • Sanford wins 3rd straight Bball title

    Sanford won its third-straight 2A boys basketball state championship Saturday, March 12, at CSU-Pueblo with a 63-58 win over Resurrection Christian. Holyoke and Sedgwick County represented the Lower Platte Activities Association well, finishing fourth an...
  • Yuma and Wray girls in Final 4

    Yuma girls won the 2A state basketball tournament, and Wray finished fourth for two more Final Four rankings for the Lower Platte Activities Association. In quarterfinal girls action, Yuma pounded Custer County 86-25, Paonia handled Sanford 52-25, Wray d...
  • First dollar of profit presented to Koch

    Daniel Koch, D.C., pictured at right, accepts Koch Chiropractic Clinic’s first dollar of profit from Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executive director Carissa Mill. The new clinic is the Holyoke branch of Koch Chiropractic Clinic in Imperial, Neb., and ope...
  • Farmers: Stop treating soil like dirt

    The Phillips County Event Center buzzed with excitement about a topic many might find uninteresting: the soil. Folks traveled from over 600 miles away to attend the Farming Evolution event Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17-18. The two-day event featured s...
  • HEA annual meeting in Holyoke Tuesday

    Highline Electric Association will host its annual meeting Tuesday, March 22, at the Phillips County Event Center at 6:30 p.m. A complimentary meal and registration will kick off the evening at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting to follow. Reports by o...
  • Service sale support sets a new record

    HHS Family Career and Community Leaders of America and FFA received record-setting support at their annual service sale and Rocky Mountain Oyster fry Tuesday, March 8. Total sale and meal income was $15,681 this year, compared to last year’s $11,793. F...
  • Mental health care service tips offered

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults experiences a mental health or substance use disorder each year. And nearly 10 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. While many of these conditions are c...
  • Keep boards accountable with 10 commandments of open meetings

    Sunshine Week March 13-19: Open government is good government“I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road — a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the grea...
  • Kid Tested, Uncle Approved

    “Zootopia” (2016) I so rarely get to see movies immediately when they are released in theaters, but we made sure to see “Zootopia” as soon as we could. The reviews were fantastic, and everyone I knew who had seen it loved it, so I went in with hi...
  • Extension Corner

    Health fairs — the start for life-saving tests Saturday, April 2, is the Melissa Memorial Hospital Health Fair in Holyoke at the Phillips County Event Center from 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, April 9, is the 9News Health Fair by Haxtun Hospital District at t...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoMarch 17, 2011 HHS senior Mallory Bennett was notified last week of her selection as a 2011 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship recipient. Daniel Palic of Julesburg has been promoted to the position of district conservation manager for the Na...
  • Chuckwagon Dinner and Show in Haxtun this Saturday night

    Haxtun Lions Club’s 43rd annual Chuckwagon Dinner and Show is set for Saturday, March 19. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the Haxtun Grade School cafeteria, and the show begins at 7 p.m. at the Haxtun High School gymnasium. Tickets are available at the door,...
  • PIE presents awards for Battle of the Books

    Partners in Education acknowledged support for reading by awarding prizes to local students in Holyoke Elementary School for their participation and success in Battle of the Books. At an assembly Thursday, March 3, PIE members recognized reading speciali...
  • Immunization program wins innovation award

    Colorado’s immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is the recipient of a 2016 Bulls-Eye Award for Innovation and Excellence. The program won for improvements to the Colorado Immunization Information System. Colo...
  • Cigarette sales rise for first time in a decade

    Cigarette sales in Colorado have increased for the first time in nearly a decade, reversing a declining sales trend that began after voters increased the tobacco tax in 2004. There were 194.4 million packs of cigarettes bought in Colorado in 2015, up 1.1...
  • The thrill of victory... The agony of defeat

    From a heart-stopping 61-60 overtime win to a disappointing six-point loss in the 2A State Boys Basketball playoff game for third place, the Dragons experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all in one weekend. Above, pictured from left, T...
  • The thrill of victory... The agony of defeat

    From a heart-stopping 61-60 overtime win to a disappointing six-point loss in the 2A State Boys Basketball playoff game for third place, the Dragons experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all in one weekend. Above, pictured from left, T...
  • Pole vault returns to HHS

    After a 26-year lapse, pole vault is back at Holyoke High School for the 2016 track season, which will open Saturday, March 26, at Yuma. “It’s exciting to be able to offer something new in track,” said coach Cindi Beavers, noting both the draw of t...
  • Pole vault returns to HHS

    After a 26-year lapse, pole vault is back at Holyoke High School for the 2016 track season, which will open Saturday, March 26, at Yuma. “It’s exciting to be able to offer something new in track,” said coach Cindi Beavers, noting both the draw of t...
  • Lawmakers: How can we capture and store South Platte River water?

    The first step to building a reservoir or dam to capture millions of gallons of water flowing down the South Platte River won unanimous approval last week at the state Capitol. Rep. J. Paul Brown, an Ignacio Republican, has been sounding the siren call o...