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Rep. Smith Reacts To Obama's Gun Control Exec. Order

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after President Obama announced his executive order on gun control to expand background checks and restrict gun ownership.

“At a time when we should be focusing our efforts on combating radical Islamic terrorism, treating mental illness, and enforcing laws already on the books, the administration is choosing instead to unilaterally push forward with dangerous violations of Americans’ constitutional rights,” Smith said.  “The President’s executive actions to restrict gun ownership target law-abiding citizens and subvert the will of Congress.  As an unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment, I will continue to stand against this unprecedented overreach and protect the fundamental right to bear arms.”



Niobrara Council Faces Budget Crunch


After losing almost half of its funding from the National Park Service, the Niobrara Council voted to request an appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature for its anticipated $35,000 to $40,000 budget shortfall.

In addition to an up to $40,000 funding request to the Nebraska Legislature, the Niobrara Council voted to request a modification of a state statute pertaining to council funding to provide an increase in the council’s annual appropriation from the state to $100,000.

Niobrara Council Executive Director Kallie Kieborz told the council, in order to be able to request funding from the state, it needed to formally recognize that a budget shortfall was anticipated and then make a request to the state.

The resolution approved by the council recognizing the anticipated shortfall cited the decrease in funding from the National Park Service from $195,000 to $100,000, and a decrease in base appropriation funding from the state of Nebraska by $8,000 for two consecutive years as the principal reasons for the shortfall.

Kieborz said only $19,000 of the $100,000 agreement could currently be funded. The remaining $81,000 in funding from the National Park Service could only be provided following the passage of the federal budget.

The next meeting of the Niobrara Council is scheduled for Jan. 21 in The Peppermill at Valentine.


Chadron State College Deans List


Chadron State College has announced the names of students who qualified for the institution's fall 2015 academic honors lists. The president’s list requires a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students on the dean’s list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify.



Crookston: Lindsey Fay

Johnstown: Derek Pollock

Nenzel: Sami Schmit

Valentine: Angela Cruz, Marshall Miller, Holli Schmitz


Deans List

Ainsworth: Nathaniel Goodloe, Quentin Wagner, Abigail Wiebesiek

Cody: Melissa Rosfeld, Shannon Schneider

Halsey: Troy Fields

Kilgore: Kimberly Goodwin, Christopher Nielsen

Mullen: Rebekah Mallory

Springview: Phillip Lewis

Thedford: JuliAnna Schaeffer

Valentine: Savannah Jackson


Borders Without Boundaries Donation

The Sandhills Area Foundation recently assisted the Borders Without Boundaries animal rescue in Valentine fill a need for additional space. Dick and Lois Schnieder of Kilgore had a storage shed delivered the Borders and the Sandhills Area Foundation contributed $500 to help pay for the building. John Pettigrew volunteered o move the structure at no cost. The shed will hold extra food, transportation enclosures and other supplies for the animal rescue effort. Borders Without Boundaries relies on donations for food, transportation and veterinary care for the animals. This year alone the cost has been over $10,000. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Sherri Voigt at 402 379 1791.


Upcoming Blood Drive January 7th

The next blood donation opportunity will be on Thursday, January 7th at St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm. For an appointment, please contact Jeanie Cozad at 376-4715.

You can use the RapidPass online form to save time during the blood donation process by filling your information out online and printing or emailing the pass to bring with you. The link to RapidPass is found here:


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