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  • Legislators reflect on 2009 session as it draws to a close

        The Republican lawmakers who represent northeastern Colorado in the General Assembly are finding little to cheer about from the 2009 version of the 120-day session that adjourns Wednesday.    The Republicans, who make up only one-third of the Le...
  • Holyoke third grade reading CSAP scores increase significantly in 2009

        For the first time since 2006, Holyoke third grade reading scores have increased dramatically to pass the 73 percent proficiency mark in Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP).    A significant increase to 76 percent passing from last year...
  • N.E. Colorado Health Dept. sends on new policy for state board approval

        A public hearing regarding proposed changes to onsite wastewater regulations was held during the Northeast Colorado Board of Health’s Wednesday, April 29 meeting. The proposed changes include an exception provision regarding the stipulation that ...
  • Bret Miles named Re-1J Superintendent

        Bret Miles was named superintendent of Holyoke School District Re-1J on an official vote of the Board of Education at its Tuesday, May 5 meeting.    Finalists for the position were interviewed Saturday, May 2 in three settings: one with the boar...
  • Health, school officials prepared for possible swine flu outbreak

        On Thursday, April 30, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed two cases of swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, in Colorado. Since then, several more cases have been reported, all in the Front Range area.    Local...
  • HHS to graduate 36 on Sunday

        Thirty-six students in Holyoke High School’s Class of 2009 will be recognized at Commencement exercises this Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in the HHS gym.    A Baccalaureate service will begin at 1 p.m. in the HHS auditorium, sponsored by the Holyo...
  • Three Supt. finalists selected

        Three finalists for the Holyoke School District Re-1J Supt. of Schools position were named Friday, April 24, and will be interviewed Saturday, May 2.    Board president Kendon Olofson announced the finalists include Bret Miles, current superinte...
  • Police Chief Biersdorfer re-appointed by 4-3 vote

        Another fairly large group was present at the Holyoke City Council meeting Tuesday, April 21, to see whether Phil Biersdorfer would remain Holyoke’s Police Chief for the next two years.    Two-year re-appointments of several city officials, in...
  • New doctor awarded tuition reimbursement

        Last week, Melissa Memorial Hospital administrator John Ayoub was pleased to announce he received notification that future Family Practice physician Dr. Danielle McClellan has been selected as a recipient for The Colorado Health Foundation Physicia...
  • New English teacher hired; teaching contracts offered

        HHS graduate Heather (Huss) Bieber was hired as a JR/SR High English teacher for the 2009-10 school year at the April 21 Board of Education meeting.    Bieber earned her B.A. degree in English education from CSU in Fort Collins in 2007 and is cu...
  • New aquarium arrives at Family Practice of Holyoke

      The Murray family is pictured with the fish tank they recently donated to Family Practice of Holyoke, in memory of their infant son, Baby Ethan. The aquarium is located in the clinic’s waiting room area and features a wide variety of freshwater fi...
  • Siren testing Friday

        Phillips County Communications Center will test its tornado siren and procedures in Holyoke and Paoli on Friday, May 1. The Holyoke test will be done at 10 a.m., followed by the Paoli test at about 10:15 a.m.     During the Holyoke test, the fir...
  • Route 6 historical program attracts area car enthusiasts

        Approximately 50 people from surrounding areas attended the Route 6 car show and presentation at the Peerless Center on Saturday, April 25.     According to Mary Tomky, executive director of the Colorado Route 6 Heritage Tourism Association, gro...
  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week is April 26-May 2

     Last year in Phillips County, a man left work after arguing with his boss. He stopped for a few drinks and then drove home in a foul mood. When he found his wife outside caring for the children instead of making dinner, he flew into a rage.  As the ch...
  • Another Perspective

    ‘Small world’ discoveries can be fascinating . . .     We were working with a consultant from Lincoln who had come to help us set a direction for our community foundation and evaluate what goals we want to work toward for the future of the communi...
  • Psychobabble

        Anyone who has experienced the consequences for a DUI in the State of Colorado knows the offense results in significant treatment mandates that are both time consuming and expensive.  DUI offenders are subject to a minimum of 24 hours of education...
  • Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind

    Eating well: Lessons from the road.     This week’s installment comes from within Brazilian borders.  Among the health related differences between the USA and the culture in Rio de Janiero, one thing that is immediately evident is the difference in ...
  • 'Music is Life' choir concert delivered with gusto

        Delivering their final concert of the year with gusto and enthusiasm, the HHS chorus, HJHS chorus and HHS Select Choir entertained Monday evening, April 27.    “Music is Life” was an appropriate concert theme, and quotes from notable people ...
  • Nat'l Day of Prayer is May 7 at Peerless

        The 58th Annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) will take place Thursday, May 7 at the Peerless Center at 7 p.m. The theme this year is “Prayer…America’s Hope” and is based on the verse from Psalm 33:22: “May your unfailing love rest upon us...
  • Snow storm doesn't stop FBLA members from impressing judges at state conference

    HHS junior Elise Nelson elected to FBLA state office for 2009-10     The snow storm that hit and closed down I-70 on Saturday, April 18 did not stop a successful year for Holyoke’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).    Fourteen members of ...