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Local “tree guy” David Starr (red shirt) stands with the family of former Milliken Public Works Director Leroy Martinez. Starr collaborated with local chainsaw artist John Baker to create this mustang sculpture that now is on display in front of Milliken Middle School. The work was officially dedicated recently at an Re-5J School Board meeting. Starr, from Milliken, whose children have graduated from Re-5J schools, said following the flood last year he was contracted to remove an uprooted tree that was leaning against a house. “My eight years of carving ice sculptures enabled me to see this horse in the trunk,” he said. “While carving the horse, a great friend of mine (Martinez) became ill from cancer. He passed away the week I finished this horse, which is named Leroy after his memory. The three main reasons I am donating this horse is to thank the Re-5J School District, to remember a beloved member of our community, Leroy Martinez, and to boost school spirit.” Photo by Emily Goggins

Johnstown Fire celebrates centennial

By Danielle Ross/The Johnstown Breeze

One hundred years ago, Johnstown’s fire department was a collection of residents, a committee of trustees and locals who came together with buckets and ladders to collectively put out the town’s fires.

Today, the Johnstown Fire Protection District has two fire engines, one ladder truck, two brush trucks, one heavy rescue vehicle, two tender trucks and a new ambulance. Fire Chief Ron Bateman said the department couldn’t have become what it is today without maintaining a good relationship with the town of Johnstown and its residents.

“I think it’s very important that we have a good relationship with the town,” he said. “We’re not mutually exclusive. Our fates and our journeys are linked.”

The department will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an open house from noon-4 Saturday at its headquarters, 100 Telep Ave.

Hankins farm will feature corn maze

Hankins farm will feature corn maze

By Danielle Ross/The Johnstown Breeze

Turning a century-old family farm into a public family entertainment location isn’t a project that gets done overnight. After more than a year of planning, paperwork and permits, Hankins Farm is nearing its goal of doing just that. Darren Hankins, son of farm owner Harlan Hankins, said it’s an idea he’s been developing for a couple of years now and that he’s excited to see his hard work come to fruition.

Hankins got permission to proceed with the project Wednesday when the Weld County Commissioners approved a Use by Special Review permit.

Hankins started to apply for the necessary permits last year but didn’t quite finish before the agri-tainment season rolled around. Late September through early November is the best time for the fall activities that Hankins Farm will offer, and Hankins said the planned opening date of the entertainment side of Hankins Farm is Sept. 27.


Riders back on winning track

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

The Roosevelt High School softball team took a cue from the weather on Tuesday as its bats were hot at Nelson Field.

Led by the four hits each from junior catcher Monica Ramirez and senior outfielder Sammie Downs, RHS racked up 17 hits on the day to get a 15-5 victory over Lewis Palmer in six innings.  

The win puts the team 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Tri-Valley League.



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What. A. Game.

Riders outgun Grizzlies Friday night in Greeley ... Lightning not just in the sky, but also on scoreboard, with triple digit scoring ... To watch post-game interviews, click on "read more" below

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

GREELEY – Sometimes numbers tell a game better than words.

Like 112 total points scored by the Roosevelt Rough Riders and the Northridge Grizzlies.

Or an eye-popping 1,022 of total offense between the two teams.

But in the end, the number that pleased the eyes of the Rough Rider faithful was 62.

That was the Rider final, as they outlasted Northridge 62-50 to get their first 3A Northern Conference win.

“It’s the highest scoring game I’ve ever been a part of,” coach Noland Eastin said following the game. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”


Softball team trying to survive

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

They gotta fight for their right to play – in the postseason.

With only five games left for the Roosevelt High School softball team, coach Alan Gibson said the Rough Riders are in survival mode.


Preserving the Harvest: What do I do with all this produce?

By Edie McSherry/For The Johnstown Breeze

It’s that time of year when the fruits of your labor may be getting a little out of hand as ripened zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples and more wait to be picked.

Even if you don’t grow your own food, you can take advantage of a wide variety of high quality produce at local farmers’ markets and roadside stands. By preserving the produce in abundance now you can enjoy delicious, locally grown fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

The three main methods of preserving food are freezing, dehydrating and canning. Freezing is an excellent way to preserve the freshness, flavor, texture and nutrients of fruits and vegetables. Freezing slows down enzyme activity and retards growth of microorganisms. Most vegetables will need to be blanched – or briefly cooked – before freezing, to prevent loss of color, flavor and nutrients. The key to successful freezing is to always use airtight containers to prevent freezer burn. Freezing works well for fruits, some vegetables and herbs.



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