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  • County assessed value increases $13.3 million

    Phillips County commissioners adopted the 2015 county budget Dec. 9, 2014. The county’s assessed value has increased $13,318,696 from $73,632,698 in 2013 to $77,496,957 in 2014. There was $3,170,590 of new construction in the county, with the largest ...
  • Real estate market strong despite low inventory levels

    Many people dream of becoming a homeowner. A home can offer a peace of mind that blankets them with feelings of safety and security. As the new year picks up steam after all of the holiday lulls, real estate brokers are predicting a bright outlook for th...
  • Colorado General Assembly opens year

    The Jan. 7 start of the 2015 Colorado General Assembly will bring in a class of 10 new members to the 35-seat state Senate and 20 new representatives to the 65-seat House. And while northeastern Colorado’s two legislators are part of that incoming clas...
  • Minimum wage increase highlights new CO laws

    Colorado has once again raised its minimum wage, which is now in effect, from $8 up to $8.23 per hour. Tipped employees will also see their wages raised from $4.98 to that sector’s new minimum wage of $5.21 per hour. Workers in Colorado have seen the s...
  • Commissioner board approves contracts, purchases for county

    Several contracts and purchases were approved by Phillips County commissioners in the month of December, as highlighted at their month-end meeting Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. A software program called Pub Works will be purchased for the county road and bri...
  • Savor pork’s slow-cooked flavor

    What’s not to love about slow cooking? A few ingredients are combined and simmered all day in a slow cooker — and then comes the best part — coming home to a house filled with the most delicious aroma that hints at the meal that’s yet to come. Sl...
  • Frontier fort communities is topic at Wray Museum Sunday

    Frontier Forts as Communities will be the featured program at the East Yuma County Historical Society’s annual meeting Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Wray Museum.Admittance is free for those attending the meeting and program. The program was created...
  • Learn all there is to know about marijuana with new campaign

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently launched a media campaign to educate Colorado adults and visitors about the safe, legal and responsible use of retail marijuana. The campaign, “Good to Know,” focuses on retail marijuana l...
  • Plan spring, summer camping now

    The latest blast of cold and snow may place camping low on the New Year’s priority list, however, Colorado Parks and Wildlife suggests now is the best time to plan a spring or summer getaway at Colorado State Parks. Parks located on the plains, such as...
  • College news

    Camille Elliott, a 2013 HHS graduate, recently earned her private pilot instrument rating from Colorado Northwest Community College in Rangely. Elliott is currently attending Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney, Neb., where she is majoring in av...
  • Radon a widespread threat in United States

    January is National Radon Action Month. Radon gas is becoming more of a widespread problem in the United States. In the U.S., one in 15 homes is affected by elevated radon levels. Radon cannot be seen, has no scent and is colorless. Radon invades homes a...
  • Countries around the world have interesting New Year’s traditions

    Some people may find it strange to withstand freezing temperatures and gusty winds for hours on end just to stand in the center of Times Square in New York City to catch a glimpse of a bejeweled ball drop at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Ye...
  • Stumpf Wheat Center dedicated near Grant

    It was a very special day for Marvin Stumpf of rural Grant, Neb. Stumpf was the guest of honor at the dedication of the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center, located just a half mile east of Grant, Neb., Dec. 18, a center he donated the land and fu...
  • USDA crop disaster assistance program extended to Jan. 14

    United States Department of Agriculture Colorado Farm Service Agency state executive director Leland Swenson reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to purchase expanded noninsured crop disaster assistance program coverage on specialty crops is Jan...
  • Providing licensed child care services has many possibilities

    The shortage of quality, accessible licensed family child care providers has many parents in Northeast Colorado scrambling to find child care for their children. In many communities this shortage of child care puts parents in the position of either leavi...
  • Guest Commentary

    New Year resolutions — maddening How many of you made the proverbial New Year’s resolutions recently? For the umpteenth time, of course. Many of them were ones you have made and broken before, right? Why do we do this strange activity once a year? T...
  • Another Perspective

    Clutter is a poison that drains energy It was only a dream but it felt so real. And it was a huge eye opener. In the dream, my husband and I were out of town when we learned of a terrible storm at home. As we approached the corner where we once lived, R...
  • Public, legal notices now posted online

    Beginning Jan. 1, Colorado newspapers that publish public and legal notices are required to post them to www.publicnoticecolorado.com, in addition to publishing them in the paper. Publishing public and legal notices online was previously not required by ...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoJan. 7, 2010 Jeff and Tricia Michael of Holyoke are in the final stages of preparation for a two-week mission trip to Uganda, Africa, with a team from Grant, Neb., Jan. 13-27. Olga Sullivan began as an associate broker at D. Scott Realty o...
  • Fishing pond formation is really cool, literally

    Because of an aeration system put in at the Lions Club fishing pond last summer, bitter cold temperatures this winter have frozen the water right in its tracks. Ice formations have grown up a few feet tall in the middle of the pond, changing daily as the ...