Bessey Tours for Arbor Day
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:13
On Friday April 25th, the Discovery Loup Trail Kick-Off Celebration will welcome Arbor Day with a variety of events on the Bessey Ranger District. This celebration is in honor of a new ADA compliant nature trail that loops through the Bessey Arboretum. Events will include tours of the Charles E. Bessey Nursery, which produces over two million seedlings every year and is the oldest federal seedling nursery in the nation. Participants in the Arbor Day event will have a rare opportunity to see the Nursery in full production; growing, packing and shipping hundreds of thousands of seedlings to the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, conservation districts, and other government agencies. The seedlings are used for reforestation following fire and insect infestations, wildlife/habitat plantings, wind breaks, conservation plantings, as well as for general planting.
Bessey Nursery tours will start at 10:00 am and 2:00 and will last between 30-45 minutes. For more information on how you can help out with the trail, go to www.tourthomascountynebraska.com/discoveryloup.
Incident Causes Limited School Lockdown
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:49
Nothing new to report as of Monday morning about the incident on Friday that caused a limited lockdown of Valentine schools. According to County Attorney Eric Scott, a limited lockdown of Valentine schools was issued on a recommendation of Law Enforcement as a result of a Friday morning incident near the Valentine Middle School, not directly related in any way to the schools. According to Police Chief Ben McBride, an interaction between two vehicles allegedly resulted in one vehicle discharging a firearm in the direction of the other vehicle. There were no injuries. The Valentine Police Department is seeking information from the public about two pick-up trucks traveling at a high rate of speed on either Thatcher and/or 3rd Streets area Friday morning about 8:25. At this time authorities are still investigating and are not releasing any further information about the alleged shooting. Anyone with any information is urged to contact local authorities at either 402-376-3055 or 402-376-1890.