District settles on route for power line through Sandhills
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:27
Nebraska Public Power District has settled on a final route for a new high-voltage power line that will cross several counties in the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.
The district announced the decision on Monday, saying it sent letters last week to landowners along the route as part of the district effort to obtain entry permission.
Some ranchers along the route say the line poses a threat to the Sandhills' fragile ecosystem of grasses and dunes. NPPD says it's working with landowners and a university grasslands expert to protect the land.
The transmission line will start at Gerald Gentleman power plant near Sutherland and go north to a new substation near Thedford and then east toward Holt County to a new substation that will connect into an existing transmission line.
'Nebraska 150' license plate bill advanced to Legislature
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:25
Nebraska is one step closer to creating new license plates that would recognize the state's 150th anniversary.
A bill to allow the "Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial" plates was sent to the full Legislature on Tuesday after a committee vote.
The measure by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion would direct the state to design a new license plate to commemorate the anniversary in 2017.
Motorists could apply for the new plates between Oct. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2022. Those who choose the optional plate would pay a $70 annual fee, which would help generate money for anniversary events and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.