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  • J.C. Peckham fills vacant council seat

        J.C. Peckham emerged as the newest member of Holyoke City Council after a June 16 council vote.     The seat has been vacant since Sara Bohrer announced her resignation May 19. Bohrer and her husband moved to Alamosa June 1 after he accepted a p...
  • School approves budget with $92,500 deficit

        Approving $7.67 million in total appropriations, Holyoke’s Board of Education adopted its 2009-2010 June budget Tuesday, June 16.    Budget figures reflected a deficit of $92,583, acknowledging the district realizes expenditures are that much ...
  • Destructive hail results in 27% loss of county wheat

        Howling winds from the west brought with them pounding rain and hail to the Holyoke and Amherst area Thursday night, June 18, leaving destruction and crop losses in their wake.    Many people in the area, particularly in Amherst, were awakened a...
  • Notes from the Outhouse Wall

        There’s an old saying out here in the west:  “whiskey is for drinkin’, water is for fightin.” It seems that some in Washington don’t understand this.      A bill, introduced in the United States Senate, coined the Clean Water Restora...
  • Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind

    That is going to leave a mark    Bruises are common, but have you thought about what is happening with the body?     When your body sustains trauma from a blunt object, you are likely to have a bruise afterwards. The impact to the skin causes the sm...
  • It's the Pitts

    Dog Children    I love dogs as much as the next person, but things have gotten a little out of hand in the pet department lately. Have you seen the pet clothes section in PETCO recently? There’s just no good excuse these days that any dog should appe...
  • Rain adds to hard times

    Dear Editor, Seems this year has been a very exciting year with all the rain, wind, hot, sunny days now and then, and then we get more rain, which is good for the dry ground but also very difficult to drive on those country roads, getting stuck on muddy...
  • State sales tax service fee sees change; cigarettes now taxed

        Colorado retailers were notified recently of a change to the state sales tax service fee. The change is the result of the passage and signing of Senate Bill 09-725. It reduces the vendor fee.    The vendor fee is the portion of the state sales t...
  • Pheromone traps monitor bugs

        The northern region pest alert program has officially begun for the 2009 growing season. This program monitors economic pests using pheromone traps and field scouting between now and the end of August 2009.     Pheromone traps are located in Akr...
  • A summerless June: wet, wild weather dominates

        “Can you believe all the rain we’re getting?” has become a common greeting amongst friends and neighbors on the streets of Holyoke over the past month, as cooler temperatures and cloudy skies continue to be forecast for the area.     In fa...
  • Cooperative system leader Harlan Stern to retire

        With 40 annual meetings to his credit (31 in Holyoke) and countless success stories in his career history, Grainland Cooperative’s President/CEO Harlan Stern is entering the retirement realm July 1.    Grainland board member Ernie Krogmeier no...
  • Viola Colglazier's 60 years of service recognized at State FCE

        Sixty years of dedicated service to the local Home Extension chapters earned Holyoke resident Viola Colglazier special recognition at the State Family and Community Education (FCE) Convention, held in Holyoke last week.    Colglazier, along with...
  • City to go for State Trails Grant for walking path

        Holyoke City Council is moving forward in its pursuit of grants to fund a walking path that would be located on the south side of Johnson Street from Highway 385 to Melissa Memorial Hospital.    A letter of intent to Colorado State Trails Grant ...
  • Firemen participate in training; host annual ball

        With summer around the corner and hotter temperatures on the way, members of the Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department prepare for their Annual Firemen’s Ball at 9 p.m. this Saturday, June 13 at the Holyoke Vets Club.     “Big Ronnie and the Cir...
  • First Party Receivables now handling Family Practice clinic self-pay billing

        Patients of Family Practice of Holyoke may soon notice their billing statements have a new look. Since June 1, the rural health clinic has been using First Party Receivables out of Greeley to handle its self-pay billing.    East Phillips County ...
  • Holyoke 'keepin' it country' for upcoming fair

      With fair time just around the corner, businesses in Holyoke are gearing up for it by having their windows painted in the 2009 “Keepin’ It Country” theme. Pat Samples-Ehrlich of Fort Morgan is painting the county this week to promote the Phill...
  • Another Perspective

    Football 101 emphasizes football details and cancer awareness    Hut one. Hut two. Hike.    Yes, I was among the 1,000 Husker fans who spent the day with University of Nebraska football coaches and a few players, getting a first-hand lesson on the g...
  • Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind

    Diabetes    I have had several requests to write an article about diabetes.  Diabetes is one of the most costly medical problems facing our society today. There are two main classification of diabetes, Type I and Type II. Type II accounts for 90 perce...
  • Psychobabble

        When the brave men and women of our country commit to serving overseas, their “active duty” extends way beyond their return home. For most, life has changed significantly. Often reunification with family and friends, and integrating back into t...
  • NCHD's public health is public wealth

        With all of the information out there about H1N1 and rabid skunks in our area, it may be easy to forget that we’re heading into West Nile virus season. A wet spring coupled with high temperatures creates perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes...