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ALS Walk and Ice Bucket Challenge A Huge Success


The Sandhills ALStars held their 2nd annual fun day on Saturday morning. According to Kathy Colburn, approximately 100 walkers attended, and about 50 people took part in the ice bucket challenge. A kids carnival on site kept the kids entertained, and the silent auction and bake sale were considered a complete success. The total amount raised was $6040.26 for ALS research and awareness, and every penny raised remains in-state.


Work to Begin on N-61, North of Hyannis to South of Merriman

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of September 21 on N-61, from 7 miles north of Hyannis in Grant County, to 55 miles south of Merriman, in Cherry County, starting at Reference Post 165.86 and ending at Reference Post, 173.22, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Oldcastle Materials Midwest Co. DBA Omni Engineering, of Omaha, Nebraska, has the $1.1 million contract for the 7.36-mile project, which will include milling and asphaltic concrete overlay of the roadway.  Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of a pilot car.

Work is anticipated to be completed in mid-October.

The Department of Roads’ project manager is Darrell Lurz of Valentine.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.


Legislative Committee Hearing in Valentine

The Nebraska Natural Resource Committee will hold a public hearing in Valentine this Wednesday at 9AM at the Niobara Lodge to take public comments about LR 272 which is now in committee in Lincoln. It was stated that the reason for the hearing regards the VALIDITY of the NIOBRARA COUNCIL and the SCENIC RIVER BOUNDARY.

The issues to be examined in the study will include, but not be limited to;

1) The qualifications needed to serve on the Niobrara Council

2) The process of appointing council members

3) The authority of the council to act

4) The boundaries over which the council has jurisdiction and

5) Other issues related to the Niobrara Council.

Dean Jochem(Yo-Come)Brown County Zoning administrator, stated that “It is URGENT that Farmers, Ranchers, Outfitters, Niobrara Boundary Land Owners,and the public, turn out for this hearing.  He reported that this bill could create problems concerning the control of the river through the designated boundaries desired by the Federal Government.

That meeting again will be at 9AM this Wednesday morning at the Niobrara lodge in Valentine.


Chance of deer-vehicle collision remains high in the Dakotas

The likelihood that a motorist will crash into a deer in the Dakotas remains higher than in most other states.

State Farm's annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions puts South Dakota fifth and North Dakota 14th.

In South Dakota, the chances of a driver hitting a deer are estimated at 1 in 73. In North Dakota, the chance is 1 in 113. The national odds are 1 in 169.

West Virginia tops the list for the ninth year in a row, with a 1-in-44 chance of a motorist hitting a deer.



Dakotas tribes to get $48M through contracts settlement

Dakotas tribes are getting about $48 million through a nearly $1 billion settlement between the federal government and tribes across the country.

The deal settles a claim that the government failed to adequately compensate tribes while they managed education, law enforcement and other federal services.

In South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is getting the most money, at about $12.8 million. The tribe was one of the lead plaintiffs.

In North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes is getting the biggest share — nearly $8 million.

Other tribes getting money are the Standing Rock Sioux, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, Crow Creek Sioux, Flandreau Santee Sioux, Lower Brule Sioux, Rosebud Sioux and Yankton Sioux. Several tribal colleges in the states also are getting money.


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