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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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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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Over the past few months, the Nebraska Extension Farm Bill education team has been on the road talking with producers about the 2014 Farm Bill. This is one of a series of articles clarifying some of the common questions asked at these meetings. This article will discuss the County Agriculture Risk Coverage Program. The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program is a revenue-based program similar to the ACRE program. Within the ARC program there are two selection options: ARC-CO, a county based payment, or ARC-IC, an individual coverage based payment. ARC-CO is a crop-based revenue program. Payments will be made when the average county revenue for a covered commodity is less than the guarantee....

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Despite the departures of both R-CALF USA and the National Farmers Union from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sanctioned Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group, all of the checkoff contractors, led by principal contractor, National Cattlemens’ Beef Association (NCBA), and four other contractors, along with three remaining industry groups recently finalized a proposal designed to increase the national Beef Checkoff Program’s current mandatory assessment of $1 per head of cattle sold to $2 per head of cattle sold. “This new proposal is window dressing designed to deflect attention away from the NCBA’s misappropriation of over $216,000 in producer dollars and Agriculture Secretary...

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Beef Producers across the state are celebrating this week after new numbers show big gains for the industry. Nebraska Cattlemen Past-President, Bill Rishel says, “Agriculture is the largest industry for the state of Nebraska and the largest segment for that industry of the state is the beef cattle industry.” Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach announced a new milestone or the state’s beef sector. In the first 11 months of 2014, over $1 billion of Nebraska beef was exported to international markets, setting a new record for the state. “We think about steaks and ground beef, hamburgers and alike- but there’s many other parts of the beef animal that have value such...

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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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Results from the Western Edge Border Brawl on Sunday, January 25th: 1st.  Sage Schrunk,  Beau Wiebelhaus,  Tate Kuchera 2nd.  Jennings Morgan,  Zach Wiebelhaus,  Matt Burman,  3rd.  Rhett Mundorf,  Trey Bukehouski,  Levi Lewis 4th.  Cy Dewing,  Mason Cooksley,  Kelby Rice, Others participating,  Parker Lewis,  Colten Stephen,   Billy VerBeek,  Carson Cooksley,  Witten Painter, Jolyn Pozehl,  Daniel Witt,  Jacob Hayward,  Tagg Buechle,  Rylan Hobbs,  Oren Pozehl,  Dylan Witt.

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