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Several area entities receive grants from Department of Environmental Quality

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy announced the state is awarding $2.08 million to support 128 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state.

The grants support local efforts to clean up tire piles and conduct community scrap tire collections. In addition, funds will be used by schools and organizations across the state to provide partial reimbursement for playground mulch, synthetic turf fields, running tracks, and other recycled rubber projects that were made from scrap tires.

 

Nebraskans generate nearly 1.9 million scrap tires each year, about one tire for every person in the state. The grants are part of NDEQ’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants program, and are funded by a $1 fee on new tires purchased in Nebraska.

 

Nebraska Game & Parks Commission received a $23,366 grant award to reimburse 25 percent of the cost of 155 picnic tables to be used in 19 state parks and recreation areas in Nebraska. Each picnic table is made from recycled plastic and the equivalent of approximately seven passenger tires from Nebraska.

 

Forty-one grants totaling $683,676 were awarded to Nebraska cities, counties, and Natural Resource Districts to hold scrap tire collections in 2016 to clean up 6,979 tons of scrap tires, representing approximately 697,900 passenger tires.

 

Several area entities received grant awards from the NDEQ. Among them were the North Central Development Center of Ainsworth, which received a $3,536 grant for 50 percent of the cost of 19,500 pounds of rubber playground mulch.

 

The city of Bassett received $25,454 to hold a 250-ton scrap tire cleanup, and the city of Atkinson received $23,604 to conduct a 250-ton scrap tire cleanup.
Valentine Community Schools received a $21,502 grant for 25 percent of the cost of a new track made from recycled tires.

 

 

Smith Congratulates Keya Paha Students Selected for National Oratory Retreat and Performance

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) congratulated Charity Hunt and Sydney Linse of Keya Paha County Schools today on being selected to perform in the National Oratory Retreat and Performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Prior to their performances, Smith met with the students at the U.S. Capitol and gave them a personal tour.

For more information on the National Oratory Retreat and Performance, click here.

 

2016 Badger Booster Banquet

 

The Valentine Badger Booster held their annual all sports banquet at the Peppermill on Sunday evening. Male athlete of the year, and Bill Raubach award winner was Braxton Coleman. Female athlete was Nicole Lurz who won the Business and Professional Womens award.

12 sport award winners were; Braxton Coleman, Kinzie Eggleston and Tori Osterman.

The Badger Booster Fan of the year was Eldon Haas.

KVSH Radio awarded two $250 scholarships for sportsmanship and dedication to Tori Osterman and Kinzie Egglston.

   

Reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes

Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota have agreed to undertake significant quality-of-care changes.

This means the facilities on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations will keep receiving crucial federal funding.

The Indian Health Service, which administers the hospitals, announced Sunday that it met the deadline to reach last-chance remediation agreements for each facility with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The agreed-upon changes include the appointment of a monitor who will provide periodic progress reports, as well as the previously proposed privatization of the facilities' emergency rooms.

The agreement for the Rosebud Hospital, however, won't lead to the immediate reopening of its emergency room.

Both hospitals have faced challenges for years, but they've been under intense scrutiny recently after unannounced inspections uncovered serious deficiencies.

 

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Sues Federal Government Over ER Closure

A Native American tribe in South Dakota has sued the federal government over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.  The federal lawsuit brought Thursday by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe asks that federal officials be forced to re-open the emergency room at the hospital administered by the Indian Health Service.  The Associated Press obtained a copy of the complaint ahead of its official filing.  IHS shuttered the emergency department of the 35-bed Rosebud Hospital in early December, two weeks after federal inspectors uncovered serious failures.  The lawsuit argues IHS did not give Congress an evaluation of the closure's impact at least a year in advance of the shutdown, as required by federal law.  IHS did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Thursday.

   

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