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My Town Clean Up – Valentine High School, Tuesday May 12th, 2015

This year’s My Town Clean Up on Tuesday May 12th, will include the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes.  Students will leave school for each of their projects at about 2pm and arrive back by 3:30pm.  We also have a handful of volunteers from the community this year that will be joining in.  There will be a total of 9 projects throughout town.  There will be trash pick-up of “park route” and City Park, the alleys downtown, Green Street from the school to the empty lot by ShopKo, City Park, and the ball fields.  Trees will be planted in the burn area of the Big Rock Fire and the trails by the city park will be cleared.  The Ecology Park equipment will be painted as well as the play structures at the ball fields.  The students will also be painting the hearts on the sidewalks down Main Street as well as the big heart in the intersection of Main Street and 1st Street.

Any questions, contact Megan Hoefs, 402-376-2810.

 

Tourism to Niobrara National Scenic River creates $2,078,600 in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 53,444 visitors to Niobrara National Scenic River in 2014 spent $2,206,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 35 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $2,078,600. National park site tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz.  The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

To download the report visit

http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

 

Turner Grant Recipients

Valentine Youth Planning Commission is pleased to announce that the following groups are recipients of The Turner Community Youth Development Initiative funding:

American Legion Post #90 Baseball

Valentine Swim Team

Valentine Middle School 6th Grade Field trip

Valentine Public Library

Valentine Area Arts Council

Valentine Youth Activities

Valentine Volleyball Club

Valentine High School

Cherry County 4H

A representative of the group submitting the initial request may pick up the check from Mary at Young’s Western Wear next week.

A reminder that final paperwork should be submitted to Valentine Youth Activities upon completion of our projects.

Valentine Youth Planning Commission  wishes these programs much success.

   

New Golf Course Update

Work on the new community golf course is expected to begin next week. This reminder that anyone who would like to volunteer their labor during the construction must fill out a volunteer form and have it returned to city hall before they can work on the site. The forms are available at the studios of KVSH or at city hall.

Area residents should not drive into the construction area without proper authorization from the city. Certain areas will be designated as driving areas so as not to disturb natural landscapes that will be part of the course design.

Construction on the ten hole course is expected to be completed this fall with an anticipated opening in July of 2016.

 

Poppy Contest Winners

American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Contest Winners:

ENTRIES TO STATE COMPETITION

CLASS I – JAKOB REINDERS

CLASS II – ALLI  LOUGHRAN

CLASS III – HADLEY RODGERS

 

Other Winners:

3A: 1ST COBY HIGGINS,  2ND JESSA  KLABENES,  3RD  NADAYA JOHNSON-MOONEY

3B: 1ST JAKOB REINDERS,  1ST MAKENZIE WARD,  2ND ZOE O’KEEFE,  2ND MATAYA MORRISON, 3RD GRANT SPRINGER, 3RD ALEXIS LONG

3C: 1ST FINLEY MOSNER, 2ND BRODEN WESTOVER,  3RD SADIE JOHNSON

5A: 1ST DRAKE JANSSEN,  2ND TOBIN OLSON,

5B: 1ST ALLI  LOUGHRAN, 2ND JULIAN QUALLEY, 3RD TESSA KROLIKOWSKI, 3RD TAGG BUECHLE

6TH GRADE: 1ST HADLEY RODGERS,  2ND KANE BERNAL,  2ND JUSTENE GARNER, 3RD FLETCHER LARSON, 3RD ELLIANA SPRINGER,  3RD SHAUNA RADANT

   

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