Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Niobrara Council Meets

The Niobrara Council met on January 15th at the Peppermill in Valentine. This meeting was the annual reorganizational meeting for the council. The current officers were reelected including Mike Tuerk of Keya Paha County as Chairman, Jason Appelt will serve as vice-chair, Secretary will be Tom Higgins, Treasurer is Kerry Krueger and recording secretary is Kalli Kieborz. Union Bank in Valentine will be the official financial institution, Insurance will continue through North Central Insurance from Ainsworth and legal services will be provided by Arganbright Law Office in Valentine. There were brief reports from the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a Nebraska Game and Parks report. There was also discussion on the Niobrara River Road project moving forward and an update on the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The next Niobrara Council meeting will the February 19th at the Peppermill in Valentine.


District settles on route for power line through Sandhills

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

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.


Wall of Rememrance Coming In June

The Third Generation Wall of Remembrance will be in Valentine this summer at the Cherry County Fairgrounds 4-H building. This special tribute exhibit will honor those lost on 9/11 as well as the fallen heroes that answered the call to defend our freedom in the Global War on Terrorism. There will be a list of names of the fallen along with a full color time line beginning from 1983 to present day. The exhibit will be in Valentine on June 12th through the 14th and is sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 of Valentine. Stay tuned to KVSH radio for additional information about the exhibit.


Third Person Sentenced

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman convicted of two counts of Second Degree Murder was sentenced on January 20, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Crystal Red Hawk, age 37, was sentenced to 300 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release,.

The co-defendants in the case were both previously sentenced on October 27, 2014.  BillyRay McCloskey, age 24 from St. Francis, South Dakota, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for two counts of First Degree Murder,
Riley McCloskey, age 21 from St. Francis, was convicted of two counts of Second Degree Murder, and sentenced to 210 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release,
In the late evening hours of December 23, 2013, Calvin Kills In Water and  seventy-six year old Benjamin Clifford were killed near Saint Francis.

The Defendants then proceeded into Nebraska, stopping in front of a gate into a pasture in rural Cherry County. BillyRay McCloskey opened the gate and Crystal Red Hawk continued to drive the vehicle into the pasture, coming to a stop near a grove of trees. BillyRay McCloskey and the others removed both Clifford, who was unconscious but alive, and Kills In Water from the vehicle and drug their bodies from the car to the grove of trees.

The bodies of both Clifford and Kills In Water were located and recovered in the early morning hours of December 30, 2013. Kills In Water was found with his hands bound behind his back with a pair of pants.

Red Hawk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


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