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Articles from the March 21, 2024 edition


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  • Sonnenberg, Harvey, Boebert top vote-getters at Congressional District Four Candidate Forum

    JR Krueger, For the Haxtun-Fleming Herald|Mar 21, 2024

    When Colorado Congressman Ken Buck announced on Nov. 1, 2023 that he would not seek another term for office, there was no shortage of interested individuals coming forward to vie for his 4th Congressional District seat. To help Phillips County constituents become acquainted with the eleven Republican candidates, the Phillips County Republican Party initiated a CD4 Republican candidate forum. They expanded it to a regional event by working collaboratively with the Republican party leadership in S...

  • PC voters favor Biden, Trump in primary election

    JR Krueger, For the Haxtun-Fleming Herald|Mar 21, 2024

    Information made available from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, as of March 15, indicates a Phillips County voter turnout of 52.92 percent of active voters for the March 5 presidential primary election. This exceeds the statewide voter turnout of 38.67 percent. An “active voter” is defined as a registered voter who has a record of voting in the past three years per the county clerk’s rolls. County-level election-related statistics are considered “unofficial” until the process is closed out by a county canvas board. Phillips Co...

  • A top Colorado farming region is running out of water, must retire land to avoid well shutdown

    Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post|Mar 21, 2024

    For 17 years, Nate Midcap has spent his winters traveling hundreds of miles across the plains of northeastern Colorado to measure how far water levels have fallen in farmers' wells. In bad years, he finds the aquifer - which fuels farming in one of the state's most important agricultural regions - has dropped more than two feet. In good years, it might be less than a foot. But the water always drops. "The static level is declining every year - it's not coming back," said Midcap, a groundwater...

  • Two of three appointees approved; Skiba withdraws nomination

    Marianne Goodland, Legislative reporter|Mar 21, 2024

    Two of the Governor’s three appointees to the state Parks and Wildlife Commission won Senate approval, but not without a fight. And the third — acknowledged as the author of the state’s wolf restoration ballot measure — withdrew his nomination, but not without complaining to the commission about how he was treated in the confirmation process. The Senate confirmed John “Jack” Murphy of Denver to represent outdoor recreation and parks on a 23-11 vote on March 12. But the nomination of Jessica Beaulieu was much closer, a 19-15 vote, and opponen...

  • Under the Wire

    Gary Hodgson|Mar 21, 2024

    Of all the “doms” out there, kingdom, freedom, maximum, on and on, boredom is the one kicking my rear right now! It is 69 degrees right now, frozen stock tanks are off the list as are shutting down the lawn sprinklers and plugging in the big John Deere so it will start when the time comes to feed the cows. The cows, who by the way have so much winter grass to graze down, probably won’t need fed until mid-July! Fortunately, my “fall back” activity is writing these “Under The Wire” columns, an act...

  • Fearless Faith

    Ken Frantz|Mar 21, 2024

    Overwhelming is only one of many descriptors assigned to the world today. News images and stories are at times both horrific and disappointing. We face the stark fact that in successive generation after generation, our current setting is largely the best we can muster. It leaves us bewildered and notably discouraged. If we want a better world, we’ll have to start over with the small stuff, like being kind to one another or going out of our way more frequently than we have in the past, though i...

  • Relentless Gardener

    Linda Langelo|Mar 21, 2024

    Birds have different niches in which each family of birds needs shelter and food. The key to developing great habitats for birds is to have a diversity of specific plants for the types of birds that visit your yard. It doesn’t require scrapping what you already have in your landscape. It just means adding a tree or shrub(s) or herbaceous perennials. Besides adding plants to your landscape, the more bugs, the more birds as author Sally Roth states in her book Bird-By-Bird Gardening. This means pesticides that kill bugs, kill birds. The A...

  • Capital Review

    Mark Hillman|Mar 21, 2024

    Remember when Democrats fiercely defended freedom of speech and freedom of expression with few limitations? That was when Colorado Democrats still had to compete with Republicans for statewide elected offices and legislative majorities. Having grasped the political upper hand, Democrats are now sadly in thrall to Progressivism and its requisite censorship of dissenters. Instead of proclaiming, “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” Democrats at our State Capitol now practice “free speech for me,...

  • Extension Spotlight

    Scott Stinnett|Mar 21, 2024

    The pictures, video and news reports coming out of western Nebraska and the Texas Panhandle this week are another eye opener of the destructive power of wildfire. Homes, farms, ranches, pastures, fences, crops and livestock all lost in a matter of minutes. Communities surrounded without evacuation routes, cut off by fire. A nightmare for those who live through it. Now is the time to make sure your family, home and facilities are wildfire ready. Start by making and emergency plan. There are many resources to help you develop an emergency plan,...

  • Times Past

    Mar 21, 2024

    13 Years Ago March 22, 1939 Proposing that school districts in the west end of Phillips County withdraw from the county high school system and form a union high school at Haxtun, local sponsors of the plan began enlisting support this week. At present, the Haxtun and Holyoke high schools are controlled by a high school committee of four members. Three of the board members live in the Holyoke territory, while the west end of the county has only one representative. 70 Years Ago March 24, 1954...

  • Six Fleming student-athletes earn basketball All-Conference honors

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Mar 21, 2024

    Six Fleming Wildcat student-athletes recently earned All-Conference designations following the completion of this year's basketball season. Four members of the Lady Wildcat squad that finished their year in the Regional Championship received the honor. Two players from the boys' team whose season ended at Districts were selected for the post-season accolades. Senior MadiKay Serrato, a four-year member of the Lady Wildcat varsity basketball team, averaged 8.7 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per...

  • Fleming Track and Field

    Mar 21, 2024

    FLEMING WILDCAT track team members are pictured front row (l-r), Hayley Chamberlain, Brooke Schaefer, Emoree Lousberg, Hadley Stull, Ciana Lousberg and Lu Echevarrieta; middle row (l-r), MadiKay Serrato, Christian Polly, Travis Johnson, Matix Haney and Kale Volkman; back row (l-r), Conner Marchant, Pierson Japp, David Betley and Jared Betley. The Wildcats are coached by Nathan Japp and Lisa Chintala....

  • Bulldog Baseball

    Mar 21, 2024

    THE REIGNING STATE Champion Haxtun Bulldog baseball team members are pictured front row (l-r), Zach Statz, Trevon Thayer, Ryan Davis, Coleman Firme, Zach Fryrear, Kanin Koberstein, Aspen Starkebaum, Max Grauberger and Braden Plumb; middle row (l-r), Tate Michael, Isaac Wagoner, Madden Larsen, Kash Workman, Bret Kanode, Grant Statz, Ryland Wolff, Brandon Nall, Joseph Helfer, Corbin Andersen, Carter Lock and Avian Caldaron; back row (l-r), Head Coach Trent Ham, Assistant Coach Ryan Nolin, Wyatt...

  • Bulldog Track and Field

    Mar 21, 2024

    HAXTUN BULLDOG track team members are pictured front row (l-r), Callum Mackay, McKenleigh Payne, Lexi Imhof, Blake Michael, Jinjer Stroyek, Annie Wilson, Emma Lemesany, Serenity Dick and Kaiya Hall; middle row (l-r), Corbin Andersen, Aspen Starkebaum, Max Grauberger, Nea Gaida, Fallon Bamford, Halli Philp, Emily Anderson, Lilly Lemesany, Tessa Gales, Kaylene Modrell and Katiegh Cody; back row (l-r), Seth Seger, Jack Feik, Ryan Davis, Keegan Colglazier, Zach Fryrear, Ryland Wolff, Colin Cone,...