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Commissioners Forum


All six candidates for Cherry County Commissioner participated in a 90 minute forum last night at Valentine's Niobrara Lodge. The forum was sponsored by the Cherry County Republican Party and broadcast live across the county by KVSH radio and as well as KSDZ in Gordon. The candidates answered about 12 questions asked by moderator John Ravenscroft, a former commissioner. Those questions ranged from taxes to the Justice Center operations. There were also questions about roads, community betterment projects, and the role of the federal government in Cherry County. In addition, each candidate was given a 90 second opening statement and a closing statement to state why they should be voted for in the May 13th primary election. All candidates for the two open seats are Republicans and the election will be determined in the primary. Ballots will be mailed out later this month to rural voters in the county. Candidates are Jim Van Winkle, Tanya Storer, James Ward, Ruth Hobbs, Martin Denaeyer and Shane Daniels.  The forum will be rebroadcast on KVSH and on Friday April 11 beginning 3:05 Central Time.


Cherry Co Candidate's Debate

The Cherry County Republican Party is the sponsor for the 2014 Cherry County Commissioner Candidates' Debate held Monday April 7th at 7:30pm. All 6 candidates for Cherry County Commissioner have been invited to attend the debate held at Valentine's Niobrara Lodge.  The debate will be broadcast live on KVSH radio as well as and is open to the public.


Mountain Lion Bill Defeated

Supporters of a bill to outlaw mountain lion hunting in Nebraska have failed to override Gov. Dave Heineman's veto.


Lawmakers fell six votes short Wednesday of the 30 needed for an override. Heineman rejected the bill last week, saying the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission should have the power to manage the animals.


Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha argues that cougars pose no real threat to humans - and if they did, state law already allows people to kill them to defend themselves or their property.


The state approved mountain lion hunting in 2012, while Chambers was briefly out of office because of term limits.


Chambers introduced a motion Wednesday to reconsider the vote so that lawmakers might revisit the issue this year.


Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame Banquet

The Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in Callaway Ne. on June 14th at the Community Center. Social hour will start at 4:00 PM with the benefit auction, banquet, and induction ceremony to follow. Tickets can be obtained from Vern Oatman Board Chairman Broken Bow Ne. 308-870-0146, or Rod Palmer Executive Secretary Ainsworth Ne. 402-387-2212

Any one wishing to donate items for the benefit auction can contact Vern Oatman at 308-870-0146.

The inductees for 2014 Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

Felix M Becker, Alliance Ne.

Peter R Becker, Ashby Ne.

Howard Conrad Haythorn, Maxwell Ne.

Gordon L Kostman, Aurthur Ne.

Homer C Kenner, Woodlake Ne.

Vernon L Oatman, Broken Bow Ne.

Bill Shrewsbury, Alliance Ne.

Bob Whitlock, Alliance Ne.

Bernard “Bud” Edwin McKillup, Maxwell Ne.

Edward A Becker, Chadron Ne.


New Online Business Chat

Area business owners are invited to participate in a new program through the University of Nebraska Extension where they can visit with different successful business owners from across the state on Fridays during a 15 minute live chat. The business owners can get answers from other business owners without taking time away from their own company. Participants can simply listen or chat with entrepreneurs who are willing the share their story. The first session will be this Friday at 11:15 CT and will feature Courtney Rodgers from She will be talking about making the right decisions for your online presence. Register online at or call the Cherry County Extension Educator Jay Jenkins at 402-376-1850 for more information.


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