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Help Needed to Improve Trail for National Public Lands Day

The Valentine Recreational Trails Coalition is looking for a few good volunteers to help improve trails in Valentine City Park on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. In honor of National Public Lands Day, Coalition members and volunteers will meet at the pavilion at 10:00 a.m. to improve the conditions of the Minnechaduza Loop trail.

Hand tools will be provided for all volunteers. Workers are needed to thin vegetation, cut brush, construct water bars, and pick up litter. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves with them.

National Public Lands Day brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment.

Last year, more than 175,000 Americans participated at more than 2,100 sites in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. More information on the nationwide event can be found at publiclandsday.org.

For more information about the Valentine-area event, please contact the Niobrara National Scenic River at 402-376-1901.


Nebraskans encouraged to participate in earthquake drill

Emergency management officials are encouraging Nebraskans to participate in an earthquake drill next month even though quakes are rare in the state.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the state plans to participate in the Great ShakeOut drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.

NEMA's Bryan Tuma says it's a good idea to plan for earthquakes even if they don't happen often in Nebraska.

The drill is a worldwide event that encourages people to practice dropping, covering and holding on just as they would do during an earthquake.

More information is available online at http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/nebraska


NPPD agrees to Spencer Dam shutdown, transfer of Niobrara water rights

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission voted today to enter a memorandum of understanding to work with five Nebraska Natural Resource Districts and the Nebraska Public Power District to take steps towards transfer of assets, including NPPD’s water appropriations on the Niobrara River, Spencer Hydro dam, and the lands and easements associated with the dam.

The Commission voted to enter the memorandum of understanding during a special meeting at the Commission headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. in Lincoln, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The Commission and the NRDs will seek legislative authority to convert NPPD’s water rights to a multi-use water right, part of which will be conserved for recreation and fish and wildlife needs, and part of which will be conserved for integrated water management in the Niobrara River basin. NPPD will continue to operate the dam in the meantime.


Officials say part of trail in Nebraska closed for repairs

Officials say a segment of the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail is temporarily closed for repairs after heavy rains affected the area.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a trail to a bridge east of Oakdale in Antelope County is washed out. Officials are working with local contractors to repair the damage.

Willow Creek State Recreation Area Superintendent Dan Sutherland says officials are working to get the repairs done by this fall.

The Cowboy Trail is a rail-to-trail conversion that runs 195 miles from Norfolk to Valentine.



Old West Days Announces Performer Mary Kaye

The Old West Days Committee is proud to announce that Mary Kaye, one of top performing western artists of the decade, will grace this year’s gathering October 8-11. Since 2013, Mary Kaye, who hails from Manti, Utah, has won multiple awards and is hailed by magazines, such as Western Horseman and True West for her talent in preserving traditional cowboy songs as well as writing and singing about contemporary cowboy life.

Currently nominated in multiple categories for Western Music Association awards, Mary Kaye will bring her talent to the stage of the Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering on the Saturday afternoon and evening featured performances as well as appearing on day sessions throughout the gathering.


Tickets for this year’s gathering, as well as the ever popular Melodrama, are now on sale at Young’s Western Wear, Plains Trading, and the Valentine Visitors Center or call 1-800-658-4024.


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