Sunday, October 26, 2014
   
Text Size

Site Search

Fall Wildland Fire Prevention

Due to a wet spring and summer, some grassy areas are dry and flammable; and could go up in flames with one careless spark. Remember, during dry conditions, one less spark means one less wildfire. Here are some suggestions to help prevent unwanted wildland fires:

For Campers, Hunters and Drivers:

* If you do not need a fire do not build one.

* Use established camp fire rings when available.

* Make sure campfires are away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and leaves.

* Keep water and a shovel near the campfire.

* Douse campfire with water and stir one hour before leaving.

* Make sure the fire is cool to the touch before leaving the area-even if you are leaving for a short hike.

* Children should always be supervised by adults whenever there is a campfire.

* Only smoke in approved areas and dispose of smoking materials properly.

* While driving, avoid pulling over into areas with tall grass. Hot catalytic converters or exhaust particles can ignite grasses along the roadway.

* If pulling a trailer, make sure chains are not dragging along the pavement as the sparks can fly and start a fire.

For Landowners:

* Thin trees and brush near structures.

* Remove weeds and mow dry grasses.

* Clear twig and leaf litter from roofs and gutters.

* Stack firewood well away from structures.

* Surround structures with drought and fire-resistant or irrigated landscape.

* Have a plan for evacuation

 

 

 

Nebraska drops taxes on farm equipment parts

Nebraska farmers and ranchers who want to fix some of their equipment will be able to save a little money, now that the state has dropped its sale and use tax on repair and replacement parts.

The state last week dropped the taxes it had been charging on repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment that qualify. The change was prompted by legislation the Legislature passed earlier this year. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Annette Dubas, of Fullerton.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau has cited estimates that the state's farmers and ranchers collectively will save between $9 million and $10 million a year.

 

More Break-Ins In Valentine

 

According to Valentine Police chief Dana Miller, there were at least three more vehicle break-ins reported from Tuesday night in the central part of Valentine. She also reported that a total of 10 calls were reported on Tuesday from overnight thefts. These incidents are occurning late at night or early in the mornings and have almost all be with unlocked vehicles. Chief Miller asks residents to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from their car. Residents are also asked to be vigilant about people in their neighborhoods late at night. Call the police department if you have information about these crimes or have been victimized. Call 402 376-3055.

   

Break-Ins Tuesday AM

According to Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller, at least one, possibly two individuals were involved in the breaking and entering of residences and garages in the Northwest part of Valentine during the early morning hours of Tuesday September 30. Small items and personal identifications were stolen. If you have any information about these break-ins, you are asked to call the Valentine Police Department at 376-3055.

 

One Vehicle Accident on Hwy 97 Thursday

CHERRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND CHERRY COUNTY HOSPITAL AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURSDAY EVENING. THE ACCIDENT, INVOLVING A 2004 HARLEY DAVIDSON OCCURRED ON HIGHWAY 97 JUST SOUTH OF MERRIT AT ABOUT 4:45PM. THE VEHICLE WAS GOING NORTH ON 97 WHEN IT RAN OFF THE EAST SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY AND THE DRIVER WAS THROWN FROM THE BIKE. THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO CHERRY COUNTY HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. THE DRIVER'S CONDITION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

   

Page 5 of 163

News Sponsor

Banner