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Rough Rider Review: Top teams ready to dance for homecoming

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

Homecoming has arrived, and the Mead Mavericks are coming to Peterson Field in the hopes of crashing the gridiron dance.

Friday night, the Roosevelt Rough Riders (3-1, 1-0 Northern Conference) host the Mavericks (4-0, 1-0 Northern Conference) at 7 p.m.

Both teams are ranked in the top-10 in 3A in this week’s Colorado High School Activities Association poll, with RHS fifth, Mead seventh.

All RHS football alumni are invited to watch the game on the sidelines at the hospitality tables where food and drinks will be provided.

Homecoming court

Standing are the 2015 homecoming king nominees, from left Dalton Hulbert, Andrew Kammerzell, Nick McCarthy, Jared Chick, and Alonso Archuleta. Sitting are the homecoming queen nominees, from left Shelby O’Neil, Michelle Batista, Gaby Tovar, Dayna Copeland, and Natalie Byers. King and queen will be announced at halftime of the Roosevelt and Mead game Friday night. Photo provided by Molly Duvall

New Milliken pastor settling into role, community  

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

MILLIKEN – Two months ago, John Anderson took his spot up in front of the congregation at Milliken Presbyterian Church at the ripe old age of 26.

Anderson, who hails from Springfield, Missouri, said the committee that selected him debated about whether to go with someone young like him, but since the selection, he said he has been welcomed into Milliken with open arms.

“I’ve had multiple people express to me that they’re happy to have someone young and full of energy and new motives,” he said.

Romanowski leaving mark on Johnstown today, perhaps the world tomorrow  

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

The Romanowski last name is well known around Johnstown. But usually when people speak the name in conversation it’s about Mayor Mark Romanowski.

However, that very well might change, and his son Michael might not only have Johnstown buzzing, but the globe.



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Riders waltz their way to homecoming win

RHSvsMEADleapPhoto by Geana GrayBy Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

Maybe Mother Nature just wanted to be a part of the homecoming festivities at Peterson Field Friday night.

As game time between Roosevelt and Mead came closer, so did dark skies.

Just 10 minutes before kickoff, Mother Nature joined the party and she brought rain, lots of rain. And just to make her entrance bolder, she also brought lightning and hail.

The Riders and Mavericks had to wait until 8 p.m. before she and her guests left, but the Riders didn’t let her affect how they started the game.

After shutting down Mead on three straight plays, the Riders took over right by the “R” of the heart of Peterson Field at the 49-yard line.

The Riders’ offensive linemen dug their feet into a soaked field as RHS runners rambled on down it. Senior Christian Majszak found his way into the end zone from the 10-yard line, his first of two touchdowns on the night, to put RHS up 7-0.

RHS (4-1, 2-0 Northern Conference) would get prime field position on the following series at the Mead 30-yard line, thanks to a two-yard punt.

Freshman Nick Wall turned a two-yard punt to six points on a 10-yard TD run.

RHS would go on to score at least twice in each quarter on its way to a 50-22 win.


Johnstown Fire asking for mill increase

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – Whether it’s the long lines of traffic around 5 p.m. on Parish Avenue, or the building going on in the 2534 area of town, Johnstown is expanding. With more growth comes more people. More people means more protection services are needed.

In November, Johnstown voters will vote on ballot issue 4A which would increase Johnstown Fire Protection District taxes $400,000 annually in year one, with an increase each year, and imposing an additional mill levy not to exceed 2 mills.

If passed, money would go in part toward the hiring of two full-time firefighters in Johnstown, payment for regional dispatch/communication services, and pay for fire/EMS staff.

“Our area just has a steady growth that has increased the demand for emergency services,” said the Yes on 4A Committee Chair Jayna McCauley.


New high school would cost about $85 million

By Chelsea Hinspeter/The Johnstown Breeze

In response to questions about construction of a new high school, and a request for more communication between parents and board members, Re-5J School District Superintendent Dr. Martin Foster presented a master plan at the Sept. 23 board meeting.

“It’s got to be done right, and it’s got to be done at the right time,” Foster said.

The information outlined in the plan - the school district’s enrollment history, financial assessments, cost estimates for a new high school and transportation center and the expected tax-burden for Johnstown and Milliken citizens – was already being gathered to be presented at the October board meeting, but Foster decided to present the information early due to the recent questions.



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