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  • Hypnotist returns for Hoopster fundraiser

    Students, school faculty and community members will again be given the opportunity — or thrown into the mix — as participants in hypnotist Frederick Winters’ spellbinding show Sunday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Holyoke High School auditorium. Dr...
  • Warm, dry spring a concern for grazers

    A warm, dry March has left the topsoil dry in many areas. The pattern of above-normal temperatures with below-normal moisture is worrisome. The trend seems to be an ill-omened sign for potential moisture as spring continues, which has some grazers concer...
  • Proposed rule could limit payments to farm managers who are not actively engaged

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced March 24 a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated ...
  • Improve your golf game with quick tips

    Nice, warm weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses each and every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything in between. 1. Choose the right clubs. There is ...
  • Late nights at the Capitol reported from last week

    The Colorado House and Senate both worked late nights in the past week. The House Judiciary Committee took up four bills from a law enforcement reform package. The Senate debated dozens of amendments to the annual budget bill and 18 bills intended to help...
  • HJHS students compete in Ogallala music contest

    Holyoke junior high students competed at a music contest in Ogallala, Neb., Saturday, March 28. Vocalists who received superior (I) ratings include: —vocal solo, Colby Purkey­pile, Brenna Sullivan and Jacky Mosqueda. —vocal duet, Sullivan and Sava...
  • West Point cadet from Wray shares details of training, life at Academy

    During the American Revolution, General George Washington considered West Point, N.Y., to be the most important strategic position in America. It is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the country. President Thomas Jefferson later signed le...
  • Club report

    Phillips County 4-H Council Phillips County 4-H Council held its monthly meeting March 29 in the Ortner Room at the Phillips County Event Center. They discussed Cow Patty Bingo tickets and learned that the fair theme is “Summer Days and Country Ways....
  • Child care conference set for Yuma April 18

    Northeast Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral annual child care providers’ conference, “Providing Great Experiences for Children,” is set for Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Yuma at First Southern Baptist Church. Attendance at th...
  • It's the Pitts

    Count your blessings I’ve read that many writers have a hard time letting themselves be happy. I don’t know if it’s the actual writing that causes depression or if depressed people are just drawn to the job. Perhaps I’m being cocky, but I like t...
  • Extension Corner

    Benefits of Zumba fitness Zumba fitness classes have been provided by CSU Extension for health-conscious residents of Phillips County for over four years. Why Zumba? The upbeat, high-energy, fun music and dance moves are motivating for the participant. ...
  • Home Connection

    Question: Are there any programs for first-time home buyers that would reduce the down payment or other expenses of getting a mortgage and buying a home? One of the obstacles many first-time buyers face in purchasing a home is having enough money saved f...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoApril 8, 2010 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst will celebrate its 100th anniversary Sunday, April 11. The church used now was built in 1931, while the original building still sits just to the north and was used as a school until 1957...
  • Beginners can dig in to veggie garden options with easy tips

    Planting a vegetable garden can be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who has an available patch of land. Gardens need not take up much space, and even apartment dwellers without yards can plant small gardens in containers they place on terraces or window b...
  • FoodKeeper app launched to help reduce food waste

    The U.S. Food Waste Challenge calls on organizations spanning the food supply chain to join the fight against food waste. With World Health Day April 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reaffirming its commitment to reduce food waste with the launch ...
  • An EARresistable Easter weekend

    Perfect weather, family fun team up for memorable holidayA sunny 65 degrees greeted kids at the annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 4. Arianne McGahey, pictured above, smiles and waves as she hops along the bunny trail to find some Easter candy at the ...
  • An EARresistable Easter weekend

    Perfect weather, family fun team up for memorable holidayA sunny 65 degrees greeted kids at the annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 4. Arianne McGahey, pictured above, smiles and waves as she hops along the bunny trail to find some Easter candy at the ...
  • Hotline, blue pinwheels highlighted for Child Abuse Prevention Month

    In conjunction with April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Colorado Department of Human Services will soon be thoroughly promoting its new statewide reporting hotline — 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. Human services is encouraging everyone needing to ...
  • Hotline, blue pinwheels highlighted for Child Abuse Prevention Month

    In conjunction with April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Colorado Department of Human Services will soon be thoroughly promoting its new statewide reporting hotline — 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. Human services is encouraging everyone needing to ...
  • Child care needed

    Long-term, short-term options discussedWhile it’s clear there is a need, it’s still unclear how to address that need. A room full of concerned community members, parents and child care professionals discussed the need for additional child care options...