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Rural Economic Developers Meet in Valentine

20 Economic Development officials and service providers from Western Nebraska gathered in Valentine last Thursday and Friday to discuss challenges facing rural Nebraska. Similar challenges in each community included, skilled labor force, housing, early childhood development and infrastructure. The Valentine Economic Development program hosted the event which included information on board development and what local high school and college education is doing to prepare youth for careers. There were also reports from Maxine Moul, head of USDA rural development and Connie Hancock from UNL extension. The goal of the gathering was to help communities make connections with each other and share information on successful programs that could be utilized in other locations. During the event, participants toured the new Frederick Peak Golf Course and the downtown business district including Bolo Beer Company. It is hoped that this event will continue in Western Nebraska on a regular basis to help participating communities deal with rural issues.


CCH Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament Results

The Cherry County Hospital Golf is $7,000 closer to purchasing new Infant Warming Equipment, thanks to the annual Cherry County Hospital Foundation's Golf Tournament held September 22nd at The Prairie Club. A huge thank you to everyone involved who helped contribute to this successful fundraiser, with a special thanks to The Prairie Club and all the local sponsors who donated to the cause.


1st Place - Championship Flight: Ward Plumbing and Heating - Kent Sandoz, Tim Murphy, Mike Jordan, Jeff Wrage

1st Place - First Flight: Young's Western Wear: Mark Young, Jim Arnholt, Jade Egle, Norm Egle

1st Place - Second Flight: Rehab Visions: Jeremy Johnson, Darrell Metcalf, Bill Mannewitz, Rachel Goeser


Fisheries public informational meetings

The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources.

Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s
participation in the planning process is encouraged.

Each meeting will include an overview of the Commission’s Fisheries Division, an outline of the planning process and public feedback. The two-hour meetings will
begin at 7 p.m.

The meeting schedule is:

Oct. 3 – Scottsbluff, North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD), 100547 Airport Road

Oct. 3 – Omaha, Papio-Missouri River NRD, Chalco Hills Recreation Area/Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St.

Oct. 3 – Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.

Oct. 4 – North Platte, Mid-Plains Community College, 601 W. State Farm Road

Oct. 4 – Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. 20

Oct. 5 – Kearney, E.R.C. Building, E. K. and Mary Yanney Heritage Park, 2020 W. 11th St.

Oct. 6 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St.


Free Car Seat Safety Check Inspection

A free car seat inspection is going to be held on Saturday (September 24th) from 3 - 5 pm at the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance Garage. Appointments are required. Please call: 402-389-2062. Sponsored by the CCH Kids First and Cherry County Hospital.


Bison Roundup at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

The annual roundup of bison at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will take place October 17-19, 2016.  This is about three weeks later than normal.  According to Project Leader Steve Hicks, “bison are handled during a fall roundup to keep the herd within the ecological carrying capacity of the refuge while conserving genetic diversity of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bison population.”  Sections of walkway above the refuge corrals have designated safe zones for public access, enabling visitors the opportunity to watch bison and photograph roundup action up close!


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 processed through the hub one at a time where the animal’s microchip is read, body condition recorded, and a portion of the herd is sorted off for additional handling.  Calves will have a microchip implanted at the base of the ear for individual identification and blood and tail hair samples collected for genetic analysis.  Approximately 50 bison, 1 year old and older, will have samples collected for ongoing herd health monitoring.


To keep the bison herd in balance with refuge grasslands while retaining as much genetic diversity as possible, about 48 bison with common genetics will be removed from the Fort Niobrara herd this year.  In late-October, 75% percent of the surplus animals will be sold through a competitive, sealed bid process and 25% will be donated to the InterTribal Buffalo Council.


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 or to receive information for purchasing bison through the sealed bid process, please call the refuge at (402) 376-3789.


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