Information Sought on Killing of Mountain Lion
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:27
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on a female mountain lion that was illegally shot and left in the Pine Ridge National Forest south of Chadron in Dawes County.
An individual hunting in the area reported finding the mountain lion, which was estimated to be about a year and a half old, late last week. Officials immediately began an investigation and have collected evidence at the scene. They believe the animal was shot in either late November or early December.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call Game and Parks or the Nebraska Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 1-800-742-7627. Hotline callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:38
The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.
National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. It has been observed during January since 1970, and that’s no coincidence. Winter is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Unpredictable winter weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. With a shelf life of 42 days, red blood cells must be constantly replenished to maintain an adequate supply for patients. Individuals who come out to give blood Jan. 1 through Jan. 4 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
Jan. 8: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 400 W. 5th St.
Locally, you may call Jeanie Cozad to schedule an appointment at 402-376-4715.
Jan. 5: 2 - 7 p.m., Municipal Building, 314 S. 10th
Jan. 7: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hyannis High School, 332 E. Highway 2
Jan. 5: noon to 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St.
Jan. 6: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St.
Jan. 5: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bullseye Building, 203 N. Grant Ave.
Jan. 7: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Loup City Community Center, 723 N. 8th
Jan. 13: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Veteran's Club, 246 S. 15th St.
Jan. 7: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wheeler Central High School, 600 Randolph St.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.