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River Appreciation Day

The Niobrara River Outfitters Association will be sponsoring their annual River Appreciation Day on Sunday September 21st.  NRO Members will be offering to the public a free float trip for those wanting to spend an afternoon on the Niobrara National Scenic River east of Valentine during which time the outfitters will be conducting their annual Fall River Cleanup.  Everyone will meet at their takeout points at 1pm for transportation to their starting points.  Call one of the NRO members for more details on preferred segments and vessel types (canoes or kayaks) by Friday September 19th.

Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge: Graham Canoe Outfitters 402-376-3708

Brewer Bridge to Wildcat Camp: Prairie River Outfitters 402-376-1887

Rocky Ford to Rock Barn: Dryland Aquatics 402-376-3119

Rock Barn to Norden Bridge: Rock Barn Outfitters 402-376-1764


Valentine's Homecoming Events Scheduled

Valentine High School’s Homecoming will be Friday, September 26th.  The theme this year is  “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Monday will be Dress in Animal Print, Tuesday will be Survivor Day.  Wednesday there is no school due to School Improvement meetings.  Thursday is Class Colors day,  Freshman wear Yellow, Sophomores wear Brown, Juniors wear Blue, and Seniors dress in Green.  Staff will dress in Orange.   Friday is Spirit Day.

The parade will be Friday at 2:30 p.m., therefore students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.  While the school encourages all students to take part in some fashion in the parade and pep rally, it is not mandatory.  The parade route will start at Cedar Canyon Restaurant and the Main Street intersection as it traditionally has; the parade route will go down Main Street, turn on 5th street, and continue to the high school parking lot,  The pep rally will be held in the high school grand stands.  Anyone wishing to leave floats, banners, or any other Homecoming items in the parking lot or around the football complex so they can be viewed at the football game that evening is welcome to do so.  Anyone interested in taking part in the parade should pick up an entry form from the High School or KVSH Radio.  Varsity Football will take on the Ord Chanticleers at 7:00 p.m.

The Homecoming Dance will be held on the floor in the high school gym starting shortly after the football game and ending at 12:00 a.m.  The doors to the dance will remain open 1 hour after the conclusion of the football game and will be one-way.  Once any student leaves the dance at any time, they will not be allowed to return.  Admission to the dance is $5.00 per person.

Crowning of King & Queen will be during the half time of the football game. Queen candidates are: Sophie Lopez, daughter of Kent & Beth Lopez, Payton Sandoz, daughter of Kent Sandoz and Shari Sandoz, & Madison Kelber, daughter of Jason & Renee Kelber.  King Candidates are:  Brooks Coleman, son of Lonnie & Renae Coleman, Jacob Hand, son of Tim and Jo Hand, Gunnar Hitchcock, son of Wes & Candace Hitchcock.


2014 Nebraska 4-H State Fair Results

Special State Fair 4-H Exhibitor ribbons were placed on those items entered in the Cherry County Fair that the judges selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair.

Results from judging at the 2014 State Fair in Grand Island are as follows: Brennann Jackson,You’re The Chef, Specialty Rolls,purple: Katelynn Jackson,Foodworks,Specialty Pastry,blue; Gage Krolikowski,Taxidermy,Taxidermy,purple; Tessa Krolikowski,Food Preservation,Jelled Exhibit,blue; Cody Kronhofman,Tasty Tidbits,Creative Mixes,red; Forrest Schmidt,Horticulture,Salad Tomatoes,purple; Chet Tetherow,Horticulture,Snap Beans,blue; Chet Tetherow,Welding,Welding Article,blue.

Sarah Shelbourn represented Cherry County 4-H as the State Fair Stylist.  She received a blue ribbon in the Fashion Show, modeling a dress in the Clothing II project area.

In 4-H Beef competition, Fletcher Larsen received a purple ribbon for Market Beef in the Market Heifer class, a purple ribbon for Simmental Breeding Beef in the Simmental Yearlings Class, and a purple ribbon for Intermediate Beef Showmanship.

These young people did an excellent job of representing Cherry County’s 4-H program and serve as an example of the positive results that can be achieved by quality completion of a 4-H project.



Report Suggests Changes for Nebraska Medicaid

A new report says computer technology and increased competition could lower the cost of Nebraska’s Medicaid program.

The report released Wednesday by the Platte Institute for Economic Research suggests that the state contract with more than two health plans for each of Nebraska’s Medicaid service regions.

The report says the increased competition would reduce the leverage that any one plan has over the state.

It also calls for new technology to confirm whether Medicaid recipients are eligible for the benefit. Jim Vokal, the group’s CEO, says Pennsylvania and Illinois have realized millions in savings by catching people who don’t qualify.

The Platte Institute released the report in advance of next year’s legislative session. The group opposes efforts to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.


Bison Roundup at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

The annual roundup of bison at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will take place September 22 – September 26, 2014.  According to Project Leader Steve Hicks, “sections of walkways above the refuge corrals have designated safe zones for public access, enabling visitors the opportunity to watch bison and photograph round-up action close-up.”

During roundup week, small groups of bison will be cut from the main herd of 400+ animals located in an adjoining pasture and pushed down the runway into the corrals.  Once in the corrals, bison are checked from above for abnormalities and then processed through the hub one at a time where the animal’s microchip, condition, age, and sex are recorded.  Calves, yearlings, and approximately 50 adult bison will be sorted off for additional handling and data collection related to ongoing herd health monitoring and genetic management.  To keep the bison herd in balance with its food supply, about 40-50 bison will be identified as “surplus” and sold by sealed bid. If you are interested in receiving a bid package, please contact the Fort Niobrara NWR office at 39983 Refuge Road, Valentine, NE 69201.  You can call Refuge Manager Steve Hicks, at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 402-376-3789 for more information. Awarding of sale animals through the bid process at 12:00 noon on October 8, 2014 is open to the public.


Fort Niobrara NWR is located four miles east of Valentine on Highway 12 and the corrals are located just east of the office/visitor center.  To find out what is taking place each day and to plan the best times and days to visit, please call the refuge at (402)376-3789.


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