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Game and Parks Commission to Host Meeting on Valentine-Area Projects

A public informational meeting will be held in Valentine on March 26 to discuss several planned improvements for fishing, boating and angler access in the area.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the meeting at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, from 7-9 p.m. A presentation on the projects will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

A summary of the projects to be discussed:

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge – An Aquatic Habitat Project will begin this summer to address the passage of common carp through existing water control structures. New designs for control structures below Watts, Hackberry, Dewey, Whitewater, Clear, Willow and Pelican lakes will limit upstream fish passage and help control high densities of carp in these lakes. West Long Lake will see earth fill added to the existing roadway berm. Cleaning out the channel between the lakes also will allow Fish and Wildlife Service personnel to manage the water and fish populations more effectively. Plans are underway for a rotenone fish renovation at Watts Lake the week of March 23.

Merritt Reservoir – Construction of a new boat launch facility at the main landing area is planned for this summer and fall. A 16-foot-wide boat ramp will be poured adjacent to a protective rock breakwater. The design eventually will allow launching most years into August. A second breakwater may be built near the Willow Cove area, and it would provide wave attenuation, fish habitat benefits and access to deeper water for bank anglers.

Rat and Beaver Lakes – An update will be given on the recent completion of a fish renovation, installation of water control structures with carp barriers and fish stockings.

Big Alkali Lake – The rock breakwater near the boat ramp needs repair, and excavation will be done to improve boat launching.

Call Zac Brashears at 402-376-8080 or Mark Porath at 402-471-5583 for more information.

 

US Sen. Fischer chaired Senate field hearing Saturday

Republican U.S. Senator Deb Fischer chaired a field hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Lincoln on Saturday.

Saturday morning's hearing focused on the impact on Nebraska of a proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency rule regarding navigable waters.

The EPA says the rule will clarify which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act. Opponents worry it will let the federal government dictate what people can do with their own land and strip away state authority.

Fischer has led a number of efforts in the Senate to enhance public input on the rule, has repeatedly urged EPA officials to scrap the rule and has co-sponsored legislation to withdraw it.

 

Troopers to be looking for St. Patrick's Day drunk drivers

Nebraska State Patrol troopers will put in more hours on state roads this St. Patrick's Day to be on the lookout for drunken drivers.

The patrol says it received a more than $5,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to pay for the enhanced enforcement.

The effort will run for all of Tuesday.

Those wanting to report suspected impaired drivers may call 911 or the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline at (asterisk)55 from any cellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.

   

City Council Votes to Continue Progress on New Golf Course

The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening, March 12th, for a regular meeting at the public library meeting room.

CPA Terry Galloway presented the 2013 and 2014 audit report which showed the city in pretty good overall financial shape. They budgeted 1.9 million dollars and only spent 1.4 million to operate the city. The city has pretty good cash reserves and very limited debt.

Tom Elliott made a request to the council for an alcohol permit in the Trail-head Park on June 27th for a class of 1970 reunion. The request was approved.

Judy Peterson of Central Nebraska Economic Development District discussed applying for another owner occupied housing rehabilitation grant. The grants are based on income levels and can help homeowners with improvements to their homes. There could also be a down payment assistance grant. The city voted to have her apply for both.

The council approved several measures pertaining to the construction of a new municipal golf course. The resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of 1.75 million dollars was approved. This will be paid back with sales tax money and was approved by voters last summer. The council also approved a land purchase and an easement to assist with the development of the course. The contract with Tom Lehman Design group for architectural services was approved, and the agreement with engineering firm of Olsson Associates to design the system that will get water from the waste-water treatment plant to a holding pond on the course was approved. The goal is to break ground on the new course the first of April although there has already been some debris removal from the site.

 

 

Ron's Quik Lube Reports Break-In

SOME TIME DURING THE NIGHT OF MARCH 11TH OR DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF THE 12TH, RON'S QUIK LUBE ON SOUTH WESTERN STREET IN VALENTINE HAD A WINDOW BROKEN OUT AND THERE WERE SIGNS OF FORCED ENTRY TO THE BUILDING. POP MONEY WAS STOLEN, WHICH AMOUNTED TO AROUND $100 DOLLARS IN ONE DOLLAR BILLS AND APPROXIMATELY $20 DOLLARS IN QUARTERS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE BREAK IN, OR IF YOU SEE ANY UNUSUAL, SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING LARGE AMOUNTS OF SINGLE BILLS AND QUARTERS, PLEASE CONTACT THE VALENTINE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 402-376-3055.

   

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