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Free Dump Days April 29-May 1

In support of free dump day, the N K Waste facility on Development Street will be open to the residents of Valentine for the collection and disposal of bulky items on the following dates and times.

April 29 and 30, 2016              from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

May 1, 2016                 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ITEMS TO BE ACCEPTED:

Furniture and Carpet                                      White Goods (appliances)

Scrap Metal                                                        Scrap Lumber

Tree Limbs                                                          Yard Waste

Junk Cars (with proof of ownership)       Concrete and Bricks (residential only)

A fee will be charged for tires.

HOUSEHOLD WASTE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

This includes paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, liquids, clothing, insulation, asphalt shingles, dry wall (sheet rock), oil filters or anything deemed inappropriate for collection at the dump site.

All Materials Must Be Separated Prior To Admittance

 

 

Board Approves Bid on Multipurpose Room

 

The Valentine Community Schools Board of Education met recently for a regular meeting. One of the major items of discussion were bids on the new multi purpose and wrestling room at the high school. 5 bids were open on April 5th ranging from $371,000 to $593000. Those bids were reviewed by the engineers, then passed on to the board of education for a decision. The board awarded the contract to Dick Clark Construction of Valentine with the bid of $371,000. There will be a 140 day construction period to begin around May first. The building should be completed in time for the 2017 wrestling season.

At this time there has been about $20,000 in private funding donated to the building fund. The private money could be used for bumper pads and other furnishings in the building. Donations to the Valentine High School Foundation are still being accepted.

 

Gov Signs Niobrara River Bill

 

 

On April 18th, Governor Pete Ricketts signed Legislative Bill (LB) 1038 into law furthering the process of protecting the flow of water in the Niobrara River.

LB1038, introduced by District 43 Senator Al Davis, allows for the transfer of the water rights associated with the Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) Spencer Dam to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (Commission) and the Niobrara River Basin Alliance (NRBA), which is made up of five Natural Resource Districts: Lower Niobrara, Middle Niobrara, Upper Elkhorn, Upper Loup and Upper Niobrara White.

In 2015, NRBA, the Commission and NPPD entered a memorandum of understanding in which the NRBA and the Commission agreed to purchase Spencer Dam from NPPD. By purchasing the dam and acquiring the associated surface water rights, the NRBA and Commission will be able to preserve flows necessary for wildlife conservation, recreation, agriculture and other uses in the Niobrara River. Legislation necessary for the transfer of water rights came in the form of Davis’ bill.

   

Valentine ESU District 17 Quiz Bowl Champs

 

The Valentine High School Badgers are ESU District 17 Quiz Bowl Champions with wins over Keya Paha County, Rock County and Ainsworth on Wednesday, April 20th. Congratulations to Quiz Bowl team members: Nate Luchsinger, Riley Beel, Will Major, Raelyn Adams, Aaron Yoder, Jacob Flannery, Wyatt Hitchcock, Chad McPeak, and Turner Tinant.

 

Property Taxes On Agland Set To Drop

Nebraska will steer an extra $20 million to farm and ranch landowners next year to offset their property taxes under a bill signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.  The measure approved Tuesday is one of the governor's top priorities, but was watered down from his original proposal to impose spending controls on local governments. On Monday, the governor signed another property tax bill that could make it easier for some local school districts to lower their levy rates.  Ricketts says the bills aren't everything he had sought, but says compromise is part of the legislative process.  The bills were introduced by Sens. Mike Gloor of Grand Island and Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, both of whom are leaving because of term limits.

The bills are LB958 and LB959

   

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