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No town is immune to suicide

By Zant Reyez/The Johstown Breeze

His mother said the last time she talked with her son, who was in his early 20s, everything was “normal.”

There was a voice message on his friend’s phone that had two words many hear a friend or loved one say to them, “call me.”

The friend got the message the night before his friend took his own life on a summer day last year. His mother got to hear his voice just a few hours before the gun trigger was pulled back.

He was a young man who had a job which had him in good financial standing, and by all accounts from those who knew him, everything was fine, according to Milliken Police Chief Benito Garcia, who responded to the emergency call.

A 97-year life’s work

From Mexican border to Milliken, Aurelia Trevino saw and remembered it all

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze
There are stories – legacies – that live on as the years go by.

Longtime Milliken resident Aurelia Hinojos Trevino’s story began Sept. 22, 1917, in a US/Mexico border encampment in Candelaria, Texas, located north of the Rio Grande River.  A year into her story, her parents, Maria Del Pilar Franco and Eulogio Hinojos, began traveling across Texas working in towns that still have names today – and others whose names have been lost to history.

Her father, Eulogio, was no stranger to traveling. He had left Northern Mexico years prior because of the Mexican Revolution. In 1927, her father’s half-brother, Cruz Lopez, who was living in Fort Collins, enticed him to come north and work for the Great Western Sugar Company.

No panic in baseball team after slow start

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

To all the Rough Rider baseball fans, despite an overall 0-3 and conference 0-2 start, the demeanor of the team is still as placid as the blue sky last Saturday afternoon at Rough Rider Field.

“We’re fine right now,” junior pitcher Landen Gomez said. “We’ll get into it. (We’re) not worried.”

That blue sky provided the scenery as the Riders and Mead Mavericks took the diamond in a finale of a two game set. Just like the first game on Thursday in Mead, the Mavericks got the better of RHS on Saturday, 7-5. RHS lost 5-2 last Thursday.

Robotics team headed to Nationals

By Jacob Scott/The Johnstown Breeze

Driving, programming, alliances and engineering. These are just a few words that can be found in the complex world of school robotics.

Like many other school activities, competitions and rigorous practicing bring out the state’s best schools, and ranking No. 2 in Colorado is Roosevelt High School.

RHS’s robotics team is only in its second year but is finding success. After winning no awards last year, the team has won seven trophies this year and earned a trip to the national competition, Vex U.S. Open, in early April.



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Wounded Riders fall to Holy Family

By Amanda Rogers/The Johnstown Breeze

The Roosevelt girls’ soccer team lost to Holy Family 5-0 Wednesday, making the Riders 1-3 for the season.

The Riders, already down three starters because of injuries, were not prepared for the strong offense that Holy Family brought to the game. The Tigers came out of the gates strong while Roosevelt struggled with a lack of communication on the field.


Soccer team falls to Frederick, 5-0

14-15-soccerPhoto by Mariah WalkerBy Amanda Rogers/The Johnstown Breeze

The Roosevelt girls soccer team fell to Frederick 5-0 Monday, and the Riders are 1-2 on the season. 

This was not the start the Riders had looked for, but hopes are high with a majority of the season left to play.

Frederick is one of Roosevelt’s rivals; last year it was the only team they tied with.

Frederick came out of the gates hot with a strong defense and quick offense during Monday’s game, scoring all five of its goals in the first half. Senior Kelsey Kammerzell had three saves during the first half before being pulled. 



Senior secures full ride

By Lynn Klyde-Silverstein/The Johnstown Breeze

Roosevelt senior Hazel Hill was one of 1,500 Colorado students who applied for the Boettcher Scholarship, which is awarded to just 40 students each year. 

Hill was one of 100 finalists for the award, which pays for four years of college at any school in the state. 

On March 18, Hill and her sisters Hallie and Hettie checked the mail. When she saw the size of the envelope from the Boettcher Foundation, Hazel knew she had won. 

“I was screaming and jumping up and down,” Hill said of her reaction. 


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