Work To Begin on US-183, South of the Niobrara River in Brown County
Monday, 06 April 2015 10:02
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of April 13 on US-183 starting at Reference Post 198.43 and ending at the Brown-Keya Paha county line, Reference Post 207.15, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Werner Construction, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $4,604,211 contract for the 8.72-mile project, which will include widening the roadway from 12-foot to 14-foot driving lanes. Work will include culvert extensions, flume installation and new cable guardrail, as well as repair on the Bone Creek Bridge near Keller State Park.
Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of flaggers and a pilot car. Work is anticipated to be completed in October. The Department of Roads’ project manager is Michael Rudnick of Ainsworth. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones
Bill aims to keep American Indian children with families
Monday, 06 April 2015 09:51
It would be more difficult to remove American Indian children from their families under a measure being considered in the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill by Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln would clarify hazy terms already in Nebraska law, strengthening protections of cultural identities for children by engaging tribal government and extended family mediation before removing children from tribal homes.
American Indian children represent just 2 percent of Nebraska's children but account for more than 5 percent of all children in out-of-home placement, one of the highest disparities in the nation, according to 2014 data from Nebraska's Foster Care Review Office.
The Judiciary Committee is expected to discuss advancing the bill on Tuesday.