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Hearings planned for Nebraska power line project

Nebraska Public Power District plans to begin public hearings next month in each county along the route of its recently approved 345,000-vote transmission line through the Nebraska Sandhills.

District spokesman Mark Becker said Monday that at the hearings, district officials will explain the need for the transmission line and gather more information on routing. The district wants to finish the work in 2018. The Nebraska Power Review Board on Friday approved the $328 million project.

The district says the project is needed to increase reliability of the transmission network, relieve congestion and provide more capacity to carry electricity from wind turbines in remote parts of the state.

Ranchers and others spoke in opposition Friday, saying the 220-mile line posed a threat to the Sandhills' fragile ecosystem of grasses and dunes.



Valentine Community Garden Seeking Volunteers for 2015

The Valentine Community Garden is wrapping up another busy year.  But there is still much to do to prepare for the 2015 growing season.  In fact, planning runs year round!

A Harvest Celebration and re-organizational meeting will be held on Sunday, October 26, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building.  All current members, partners, and anyone interested in getting involved are encouraged to attend.  There will be a potluck supper followed by a meeting to choose new Board members and volunteers.  Due to term limits, many Board positions will be open for 2015 and more general volunteers are needed for committees such as maintenance, education, and Farmers’ Market.

If you have questions, or would like a copy of job descriptions for the different positions, please contact current President, Michelle Garwood, at 402-389-1655 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Youth Benefit Trap Shoot

Valentine Youth Planning Commission held their second annual trap competition “Shoot Out in the Sandhills”, October 5th at the Cody Gun Club in Cody, NE. Winning this years competition was Dale Kalenda of Cody but followed closely by Tee Hanson of Valentine. Third and fourth place was split between Ron Schneider of Cody and Willy Kerr of Valentine. Funds raised during this event help provide area youth with program development and scholarships. This year’s sponsors include Bomgaars, Nim-Rods, The Gun Cabinet, McBride Sporting Goods, and Berry Creek Gun and Pawn. Valentine Youth Planning Commission is always looking for new faces to help grow programs that offer opportunities to our area youth. Not only does the organization support recreational programs, they also are the driving force behind Valentine’s Teen Center. The Youth Planning Commission was established in 1994.


Parmalee Man Sentenced


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on October 6, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Matthew Horned Eagle, age 24, was sentenced to 33 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Horned Eagle was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on May 13, 2014.  He pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury on July 14 .
On April 7, 2014, in the late evening hours, Horned Eagle, who had been consuming alcohol, began arguing with his girlfriend.  The noise awoke a child sleeping in another room and an adult female went into Horned Eagle’s room to tell them to quiet down.  A physical struggle broke out between Horned Eagle and the adult female.  When the victim tried to intervene, Horned Eagle stabbed her in the left thigh with a silver and black military style sword with a 17 inch blade. 

Horned Eagle was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Dead female cougar found near northeast Nebraska

The body of a mountain lion discovered in north-central Nebraska was the first female found outside the traditional cougar range in western Nebraska.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the cougar's body was found was found along a road near Ericson, on the western edge of Nebraska's northeastern region, on Thursday, October 9th. The commission says it may have been hit by a vehicle.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the cougar's gender is significant, because it could mean the establishment of a breeding population of the big cats in east-central Nebraska.

Sam Wilson, the commission's carnivore program manager, says the only female mountain lions previously identified in Nebraska have been well west of Ericson, in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills and the central Niobrara River valley near Valentine.


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