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Deeter leads softball team to first win

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

Makayla Deeter struck out 6 for the complete-game win. Photo by Lora KingcadeJOHNSTOWN – All coach Alan Gibson could’ve asked for was a little better weather Tuesday afternoon to sweeten the first home game for the Roosevelt High School softball team.

The Riders got their first win of the season, 10-3 over Erie at Nelson Farm Park Ball Fields. The win puts them 1-2 overall and in Tri-Valley play.

Despite the sun being hidden behind clouds for the majority of the game, senior Makayla Deeter shined in the pitching circle.

“She worked really hard this week,” Gibson after the game. “We talked about the difference between throwing strikes and throwing tough strikes to hit, and she really did that well today.”



Sports Barn open to all

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – Whether you’re an athlete looking to sharpen your skills, a parent looking for a place to host your child’s next birthday party, or just someone who wants to put on a T-shirt, sneakers and a pair of shorts – and Icy Hot – and play a game of pick-up basketball, The Sports Barn has you covered.

The facility, located at 5936 Weld County Road 46, has provided competitive sports teams with a place to train and the Johnstown/Milliken community with affordable fun for almost a year.

The Sports Barn is owned by two husband-and-wife teams – Rex and Sara Beall and Billy and Mollie Schmitz – and a father-son team – Randy and Cade Lehl.



New owner will serve same cinnamon rolls

Johnson’s Corner pursues sale to TravelCenters of America chain

By Lynn Klyde-Silverstein/The Johnstown Breeze

Chauncey Taylor remembers his first day working at Johnson’s Corner. It was May 30, 1994. His mother and the owner of the facility, Virginia Johnson, needed someone to run the establishment, so Taylor gave up his job at Hewlett-Packard.

When Taylor arrived at the truck stop, it was raining very hard. He walked in to the old kitchen, and rain was falling through the roof. The staff had jerry-rigged a system to prevent the entire place from flooding.

He asked the general manager what should be done, and the GM shot back “Talk to your mother!”



One big, softball-playing family

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – If you’re not a fan of sports clichés, chances are you’ll groan at the next sentence: The Roosevelt High School softball team is a family.

That camaraderie is going to be a key factor if the team wants to make the regional playoffs for a fourth-straight year.

“We just have to keep our heads screwed on,” senior third baseman Mariah Lopez said. “No … no … no attitude. No drama. Once you step between the lines, it’s just ball.”




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Firearms facility moves forward

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JOHNSTOWN – Just a little over a year ago, by a 5-4 vote. Johnstown Council members brought Liberty Firearms Institute a step closer to coming to the 2534 commercial area.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, when a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the property, 4990 Ronald Reagan Blvd. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez spoke at the event.

The plan is for a 100,000-square foot building with a retail and training facility. The building would also house a 60-lane underground shooting range. The original estimated cost of the project was $13-$15 million.


Re-5J board discusses enrollment, cameras, tests and more

By Emily Goggins/The Johnstown Breeze

The Re5J Board of Education met Wednesday night. Here’s a summary of the meeting:

• Special recognition to the “Tree Guy,” David Starr, for his contribution of “Leroy,” a hand-carved wooden mustang statue, to Milliken Middle School.

• Enrollment has shown growth at the middle school and high school levels. Roosevelt has well over 100 more students than last year.

• The addition of HD cameras mounted inside the district’s school buses will be taken to a vote at the next meeting. The intention of using the cameras is to decrease negligence and hearsay, monitor student behavior and revise possible transportation routes. The cameras are equipped with a card reader and automatic DVRs.


Board approves retention of former director’s services

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

MILLIKEN – Trustees on Wednesday approved a contract with Tetra Tech to retain the services of former Community Development Director Anne Best Johnson by a 5-2 vote.

The measure passed 5-2, with trustees LeRon Ehrlich and Ken Kidd voting no.



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