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Mountain Lion Spotted near Valentine Fish Hatchery

On 10/24/14, a confirmed sighting of a young mountain lion was reported near the Valentine Fish Hatchery.  The mountain lion fled the area east, away from the hatchery.  If you see a mountain lion, reports can be made to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Wildlife Division or Conservation Officers.  Notification can be made to local law enforcement as well.



Eligible youth may not be getting Medicaid

A new report says more than 3,000 young adults in Nebraska may qualify for Medicaid coverage under a provision of the federal health care law, but only 3 percent of that group is currently enrolled.

The group Nebraska Appleseed released the report Friday in advance of a legislative hearing on coverage for youths who have aged out of foster care.

The Affordable Care Act allows youths who were in foster care to receive Medicaid coverage until age 26. It's similar to another provision of the law that lets youths stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26.

Senator Sue Crawford of Bellevue is conducting a legislative study to see what can be done to inform young people about the option and to make it easier for them to enroll.


Mountain lion killed at Nebraska Panhandle ranch

Authorities say a young female mountain lion has been killed on a ranch south of Chadron in the Nebraska Panhandle.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said in a news release Friday that the animal was shot in the ranch's yard near the landowner's house and chicken coop.

The animal's age was estimated at 18 months, and it weighed about 63 pounds.


Rock County Sheriff Reports Stolen Vehicle

The Rock County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in the location of a stolen vehicle.  On the evening of October 21, 2014, some time between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00 PM, a white 2002 Buick Rendezvous SUV bearing the license plate 81A244 was stolen from a Bassett residence.  Anyone with information about this vehicle should contact the Rock County Sheriff's Office at 402 684 3811 or the Nebraska State Patrol at 402 471 4545.


Golf Course Update


About two dozen people attended a public meeting last evening to learn about the progress being made on a new community golf course in Valentine. Chris Brands, who works with Tom Lehman on golf course design, explained what their philosophy is when building a course. Ross Buckendahl, with The Prairie Club, explained how he will be involved in the project in design and construction. Mr. Brands stated that the Valentine area is quote “one of our favorite places we have ever worked”. He worked with Tom Lehman on the design of the Dunes course at The Prairie Club. Brands has 25 years of experience in course design and 18 of those have been with Lehman. Referring to the local community course Brands stated “We want to get the best possible use of the property”. Mr. Buckendahl has lived in the Valentine community for seven years and now is Director of Operations at The Prairie Club. He stated that they would hopefully start construction in March, sculpt the landscape, install irrigation and plant grass by fall and be ready to open in the summer of 2016.

The Valentine Golf Course Development board continues to meet approximately every two weeks to work on such things as irrigation, infrastructure, easements and leases. The next meeting for the board is planned for October 28th, at 5:30 at the Valentine Library and is open to the public. Numerous community members have stepped up and donated to a golf course fund that currently has over $230,000 for development. Donations can still be made at either the City of Valentine office or to the Sandhills Area Foundation. Both donations are tax deductible.


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