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The Niobrara Council met on January 15th at the Peppermill in Valentine. This meeting was the annual reorganizational meeting for the council. The current officers were reelected including Mike Tuerk of Keya Paha County as Chairman, Jason Appelt will serve as vice-chair, Secretary will be Tom Higgins, Treasurer is Kerry Krueger and recording secretary is Kalli Kieborz. Union Bank in Valentine will be the official financial institution, Insurance will continue through North Central Insurance from Ainsworth and legal services will be provided by Arganbright Law Office in Valentine. There were brief reports from the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a Nebraska Game...

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Nebraska Public Power District has settled on a final route for a new high-voltage power line that will cross several counties in the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. The district announced the decision on Monday, saying it sent letters last week to landowners along the route as part of the district effort to obtain entry permission. Some ranchers along the route say the line poses a threat to the Sandhills' fragile ecosystem of grasses and dunes. NPPD says it's working with landowners and a university grasslands expert to protect the land. The transmission line will start at Gerald Gentleman power plant near Sutherland and go north to a new substation near Thedford and...

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Nebraska is one step closer to creating new license plates that would recognize the state's 150th anniversary. A bill to allow the "Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial" plates was sent to the full Legislature on Tuesday after a committee vote. The measure by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion would direct the state to design a new license plate to commemorate the anniversary in 2017. Motorists could apply for the new plates between Oct. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2022. Those who choose the optional plate would pay a $70 annual fee, which would help generate money for anniversary events and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

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The Third Generation Wall of Remembrance will be in Valentine this summer at the Cherry County Fairgrounds 4-H building. This special tribute exhibit will honor those lost on 9/11 as well as the fallen heroes that answered the call to defend our freedom in the Global War on Terrorism. There will be a list of names of the fallen along with a full color time line beginning from 1983 to present day. The exhibit will be in Valentine on June 12th through the 14th and is sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 of Valentine. Stay tuned to KVSH radio for additional information about the exhibit.

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman convicted of two counts of Second Degree Murder was sentenced on January 20, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Crystal Red Hawk, age 37, was sentenced to 300 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release,.

The co-defendants in the case were both previously sentenced on October 27, 2014.  BillyRay McCloskey, age 24 from St. Francis, South Dakota, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for two counts of First Degree Murder,
Riley McCloskey, age 21 from St. Francis, was convicted of two counts of Second Degree Murder, and sentenced to 210 months...

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Below please find a list of upcoming bull sales. Contact us at (402) 376-2400 or (800) 658-4442 if you'd like to advertise your upcoming sale! Date Time Name Location Contact 2/4/2015 Dickau Angus Bassett Livestock, Bassett, NE (402) 244-5454 2/5/2015 1:00 P.M. CT Ridder Hereford Ranch The Ranch, south of Callaway, NE (308) 836-4430 http://www.ridderranch.com/ 2/6/2015 1:00 P.M. CT Dan Clapper The Ranch, 9 mi west of Ainsworth (402) 387-2267 2/9/2015 2:00 P.M. CT Logterman Hereford & Angus Valentine Livestock, Valentine, NE (605) 429-3209 http://www.logterman.com/ 2/11/2015 12:30...

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An annual state agriculture conference is expected to focus on helping small and mid-sized Nebraska farmers prepare a transition plan for their operations.  Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach announced the annual agriculture conference with Gov. Pete Ricketts in a news conference Thursday. The Governor's Ag Conference is set for March 4 and 5 in Kearney.  Ibach says a study showed more than 50 percent of the state's small and medium dairy farms don't have successors. A panel will address how to transition operations to younger farmers.  Ricketts says the conference will also address connecting the state's urban and rural sectors through agriculture and increasing foreign exports to countries...

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South Dakota farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have a month to apply for part of $100 million that's available from the federal government in its Conservation Stewardship Program. People who participate agree to take conservation steps to improve the resource conditions on their land, including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation. This year's effort could include the enrollment of up to 7.7 million acres in the program by private landowners. The 2014 Farm Bill gave people more options to meet conservation needs and protect the natural resources on their land. South Dakotans can also be part of a project focused on creating habitat for the...

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Farm Bill Informational Meeting on Wednesday, February 4th starting at 1:30 at the SDSU Winner Regional Extension Service Office in Winner. The meeting is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. A free farm ranch clinic that is coming up in Valentine, Nebraska on Thursday, February 5th. Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend this clinic to meet with ag law attorneys and ag financial counselors. To sign up call 800-464-0258.    

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South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 245,000 cattle on feed on Jan. 1, down 2 percent from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during December totaled 32,000 head, down 26 percent from 2014. Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 30,000 head, unchanged from last year. Other disappearance during December totaled 2,000 head, down 1,000 head from 2014.  

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NE BOYS BASKETBALL Mitchell 67, Gordon/Rushville 35 Sidney 59, Chadron 49 Southwest Conference Tournament Semifinal Gothenburg 58, Cozad 57 Ainsworth 52, Minden 42 NE GIRLS BASKETBALL Gordon/Rushville 40, Mitchell 36 Sidney 44, Chadron 32 Semifinal Ainsworth 47, Ogallala 45 Minden 68, Cozad 32   SD BOYS BASKETBALL Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 68, Winner 63 Todd County 64, McLaughlin 51 White River 90, Pine Ridge 71 SD GIRLS BASKETBALL McLaughlin 87, Todd County 86, 2OT Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 58, Winner 38

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The Badgers were not able to pull off wins in the Southwest Conference Tournament last night and both the boys and girls teams are out of the tournament. Here are select scores from Tuesday the 27th: NE BOYS BASKETBALL Southwest Conference Tournament First Round Cozad 47, Ogallala 40 Gothenburg 65, Valentine 43 Minden 41, Broken Bow 36   Mid-Nebraska Activities Conference Quarterfinal Anselmo-Merna 54, Ansley-Litchfield 36 Mullen 51, Cody-Kilgore 43 Sandhills/Thedford 77, Arthur County 29 South Loup 59, Brady 47   NE GIRLS BASKETBALL Southwest Conference Tournament First Round Ainsworth 58, Broken Bow 45 Cozad 55, Valentine 27 Ogallala 48, Gothenburg 23   Mid-Nebraska...

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34 Teams Fished Big Alkali for the 2015 Cork Thornton Catch & Release Ice Fishing Tournament on Sunday, January 25th. Results: 1st: Dan Priel (Cambridge, NE) & Kent Priel (North Platte) - 29.4 lbs 2nd: Don Cox (Mullen) & Dave Fehlafer (Doniphan) - 27.4 lbs 3rd: Travis Dresden (Lincoln) & Jason Lammeers (Lincoln) 25.4 lbs 4th: Stan Dryak (Niobrara) & Markus Dryak (Omaha) - 23.7 lbs 5th: Branton Lammers (Lincoln) & Alex Rohde (Laurel) - 20.8 lbs 6th: Ed Qualley (Valentine) & Wynette Robinson (Valentine) - 20.4 lbs 7th: T.C. Colvin (Thedford) & Tom Mehrens (Valentine) - 20.4 lbs 8th: Jason Herz & Kent Kurtzer (Lincoln) - 19.9 lbs 9th: John Elliott (Kearney)...

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Saturday's Scores Nebraska BOYS BASKETBALL Ainsworth 74, Ogallala 29 Chadron 54, Gordon/Rushville 29 Ord 50, Arcadia-Loup City 42 Valentine 80, Broken Bow 61 GIRLS BASKETBALL Ainsworth 65, Ogallala 49 Chadron 42, Gordon/Rushville 36   Ord 55, Arcadia-Loup City 30 Valentine 47, Broken Bow 39 South Dakota BOYS BASKETBALL Philip 74, Bennett County 34 Todd County 95, Crow Creek 63 Tri-Valley 70, St. Francis Indian 56 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 68, White River 65, 2OT Mobridge Big Bob Classic Mobridge-Pollock 60, Pine Ridge 50 Panhandle Conference Tournament Fifth Place Morrill, Neb. 52, Edgemont 32 GIRLS BASKETBALL Bennett County 63, Philip 51 Todd County 100, Crow Creek...

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Team Scores 1. Campbell County 212.0 2. Spearfish 172.0 3. Valentine 167.5 4. Sterling 159.5 5. Sheridan 154.5 6. Chadron 138.0 7. Douglas AFB 136.5 8. Cherokee Trail 135.0 9. Natrona 113.5 10. Alliance 94.5   Individual Results: 106 Results Guaranteed Places 1st Place - Jacob Beltran of Sterling 2nd Place - Daniel Goings of Chadron 3rd Place - Marcelino Ramos of Gering 4th Place - Jordan Kelber of Valentine 5th Place - Jorgen Johnson of Alliance 6th Place - Cooper Weber of Hemingford 1st Place Match Jacob Beltran (Sterling) 25-0, Sr. over Daniel Goings (Chadron) 20-5, Sr. (Dec 7-3). 3rd Place Match Marcelino Ramos (Gering) 25-4, Sr. over Jordan Kelber...

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