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City Council adopts marijuana, parking, nuisance ordinances
For about a year, Matt Newman and Newman Adventures have been raising thousands of pheasants, quail and chukar for use on their hunting preserve south of Paoli. The birds, pictured in their pen with blinders on, are also sold to repopulate other areas and preserves. —Enterprise photo
Newman Adventures hunting hits target By Darci Tomky With a decrease in the natural pheasant population due to weather conditions in northeast Colorado, one local company has found a way to keep the tradition of pheasant hunting alive. Within the last year, Matt Newman has kicked off Newman Adventures—guided hunts, a hunting lodge and facilities to raise birds for the hunting preserve. “You’re pretty much guaranteed birds if you come out here,” said Newman, noting he’s had hunters from Alaska to Texas and everywhere in between. Newman Adventures includes all-natural hunts on 6,000 acres as well as a hunting preserve on 3,000 acres southwest of Holyoke, about 11 miles south of Paoli. While using the preserve, Newman said hunting can take place year-round, hunters don’t need a license and they can shoot both roosters and hens. He must keep very accurate records, though, to be sure to replace any birds that are harvested. He began raising birds— pheasant, quail and chukar— about a year ago. In addition
to using the birds on the preserve, Newman also sells them to others who want to repopulate an area or use them on hunting preserves. He sold around 13,000 birds last year,
shipping them as far as 700 miles away. Newman said he has great staff who really care for the birds and are passionate about (Cont. on Page 3)
The inviting lodge, decorated for the holidays, is a great way to relax after a day of hunting at Newman Adventures. —Enterprise photo
With room to sleep 10, the lodge at Newman Adventures started small but has continued to expand into an inviting space for hunters and their families. —Enterprise photo
By Brenda Johnson Brandt Following a public hearing at the Jan. 2 City Council meeting, three ordinances involving parking of motor vehicles in residential areas, public nuisances and prohibiting marijuana facilities were adopted with unanimous approval. All three ordinances were printed in their entirety in the Dec. 27 edition of The Holyoke Enterprise after being approved on first reading Dec. 18. Ordinance No. 10 establishes a new section to regulate the parking of motor vehicles in residential areas within the City of Holyoke. Ordinance No. 11 establishes, defines, declares and abates public nuisances within the city. Ordinance No. 12 prohibits the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities or retail marijuana stores within the city. It also provides for a ballot issue in November of 2014, at which time citizens will vote to approve or reject the ordinance. Cat problem addressed Lynda Hagemann addressed the council at last week’s meeting with her growing concern for the cat problem in her neighborhood in the 200 block of South Baxter Avenue. She said feral cats are being fed, and they’re now getting in her garage. Others from the neighborhood also acknowl-
edged the problem. Council members concurred that it’s an issue they would like to follow up on, and asked attorney Al Wall to look into potential ordinances for consideration. Two percent electric rate hike approved Effective Jan. 21, a 2 percent increase in city electric rates will go into effect, as approved last week. City Clerk Kathy Olofson explained that the increase will first be reflected on the March 1 bills. The increase is being passed on by the city, who is receiving the same increase from the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool. The city receives about half of its power from NMPP. A contract with NMPP was put into effect about 10 years ago, allowing for no more than a 2 percent per year increase. That contract ends Sept. 30. The increase for 2013 applies to all residential, commercial and demand-metered customers. The rates will increase as follow: Residential—service charge of $10.60/month will not change; first 1,000 kwh at $0.09940/kwh will increase to $0.10139/kwh and over 1,000 kwh at $0.08091/kwh will increase to $0.08253/kwh. Commercial—service charge of $18.75/month will not change; first 1,000 kwh at $0.09940/kwh will increase to $0.10139/kwh and over 1,000 kwh at $0.08091/kwh will in-
crease to $0.08253/kwh. Demand electric (largepower users)—all kw at $13.18/ kw will increase to $13.44/kw and all kwh at $0.05778/kwh to $0.05894/kwh. Heginbotham Trust gives money for library brickwork In her report last week, Olofson said she received a check for $102,000 from the Heginbotham Trust to assist in extensive brickwork at the Heginbotham Library. Olofson said the Trust indicated they would still like the city to go for a grant through the State Historical Society. Their donation can be used as seed money for the grant application. If the grant is received, then the Trust donation can be used for other improvements for the library. Olofson told the council this is a very nice gift eartagged for the local library. Reports from city officials In city official reports, Superintendent Mark Brown noted appreciation for Jeff Deselms and the rest of the city personnel for filling in while he was off. He reminded officials of the power outage scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28. Tentative time is 1 p.m., but that will be confirmed by the next meeting. The outage is in preparation for the new transformer that will be put in this spring. Police Chief Doug Bergstrom said the police department has answered 45 calls for (Cont. on Page 3)
Reynolds returns as Social Services director By Darci Tomky As of the beginning of January, Jackie Reynolds has returned as the director of Phillips County Social Services. Reynolds held the director position for about six years before moving to Sterling where she served as the executive director for Rural Solutions for the last seven years. “I’ve always had a special place for Phillips County,” said Reynolds, noting how excited she is to again be working in the Phillips County communities.
VFD called to accident
Holyoke Volunteer Fire De par tment was summoned early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, at 4:30 a.m., to a single-vehicle rollover accident six miles east of Holyoke. No extrication was needed, and the VFD assisted with traffic control.
Jackie Reynolds is a familiar face in Holyoke and Phillips County Social Services as she returns as the director. —Enterprise photo
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Stern, Lock take oaths of commissioner offices Newly-elected Phillips County Commissioners Harlan Stern, pictured in center, and Don Lock, at right, are sworn into their offices by Judge Dave Colver at a Tuesday morning, Jan. 8 ceremony at the Phillips County Event Center. Stern and Lock were elected from commissioner districts two and three, respectively, and replace Jerry Beavers and Bud Biesemeier, who were term-limited after serving 12 years. —Enterprise photo
“Phillips County is a great place to live and raise children,” she said, desiring to be part of the communities that make it such a great place. Through her job at Rural Solutions—a nonprofit organization serving 10 counties in northeast Colorado—Reynolds had the opportunity to work with a lot of people in the social services system. She has also become a Bridges Out of Poverty certified trainer, giving classes the last four or five years to professionals and community members to discuss living in poverty without resources. Reynolds hopes to bring those training sessions to Phillips County as well. Another of her goals is to bring services to Phillips County that families really need. Families are very deserving of the best, she said, and they shouldn’t have to go to the Front Range to find those services. For example, Reynolds wants to bring in mental
health providers as well as more foster homes. She also wants to offer classes and programs to help strengthen families. A Phillips County girl at heart, Reynolds grew up in Haxtun. She and her family moved to Holyoke in the mid’90s. She worked as a teacher in English and social studies and as a librarian for 30 years before getting involved in social services. She and husband Chas have stayed connected to the area the past several years through Chas’ accounting business, which he runs in both Sterling and Holyoke. The couple has two grown children, Mariah and Jason, who both live in Denver. Reynolds enjoys reading and traveling, and she’s involved in the Friends of the Sterling Public Library, the Presbyterian Church and PEO. Appointed by the governor, Reynolds also serves on the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund.