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Mountain Lion Depredation of Calf Confirmed Near Brewster

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a mountain lion killed a calf near Brewster in Blaine County. This is the first confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times.

The owner of the calf contacted the Commission on April 2 after finding the carcass, which had been dragged about 60 yards from a calving corral into a shelterbelt and extensively fed upon. A Commission representative examined the carcass and immediate vicinity the following day. The condition of the carcass suggested a mountain lion could have been responsible. Fresh droppings or "scat" were present near the carcass, and a sample was collected and sent to a federal genetics laboratory. Scientists at the laboratory found last week that the sample came from a mountain lion based on diagnostic genetic evidence, thus allowing confirmation that a lion was involved.

As allowed under statute, the owner of the calf requested and was issued a 30-day permit to kill a mountain lion on his property. If a mountain lion is killed, the landowner is required to transfer the animal to the Commission.

Although this is Nebraska's first recent confirmed livestock loss from a mountain lion, lion depredations are confirmed each year in western states with large lion populations.




Strong Turnout Expected for Nebraska Primary

Thirty percent of registered Nebraskans are expected to vote in the primary on May 13, according to the prediction issued by Secretary of State John Gale. Gale says he expects turnout will be strongest among Republicans, at around 44 percent.

There are 1,152,180 Nebraskans registered for the primary. Gale said he expects around 20 percent of Democrats will vote and 12 percent of nonpartisan voters will cast a ballot. Turnout among registered Libertarians should reach 20 percent. "It's not a precise science obviously," explained Gale. "However, we do look at certain factors when forecasting turnout - things like early voting, what participation has been like historically, the nature of the races that are being contested and we also consult with the county election officials to see what they expect."

In 2006, the race between Republican candidates Tom Osborne and incumbent Dave Heineman proved to be a big draw. "It was a hotly contested and highly visible statewide race, causing a decade high 35 percent of Nebraskans voting in that primary. In 2010, the next non-presidential primary, the turnout was barely over 26 percent without any intense statewide races."

Gale said he expects with a record number of strong contenders in well-financed races in both the U.S. Senate race and the governor's race, it will likely fuel considerable activity at the polls. "That's our hope, that voters will feel engaged, not just in these statewide races but also those races that directly impact their own communities."

As of May 5 there have been more than 54,000 requests for early voting ballots and 28,052 people have voted early, either in person or by mail. "In the 2010 primary, we had 33,485 requests for early voting ballots in the same period," Gale observed. "Obviously, more and more citizens like the flexibility afforded by requesting a ballot early. However, it's interesting to note just how many ballots have not be turned in yet for this primary. I suspect that voters are taking time to make their final selections, despite the fact they already have their ballots in hand."

Early voting ballots that are mailed in must be received at the county election office by the close of polls on Election Day. The same is true for any ballots that are hand-delivered. They must be returned to the county election office by the time polls close.

Early voters may vote in person at the county election office up until the close of business on May 12.



Cherry Co. Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament

The Cherry County Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament.

When: July 1, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.

Where: The Prairie Club Pines Course

What: Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament

Cost: $440 per 4 person team

Number of Teams: Limited to first 27 teams

How: Complete Entry form and pay fee and drop off at Sandhills State Bank or Arganbright Law Office, L.L.C.

Participants can arrive around 1 and use the practice facility, etc.  There will be a meal provided in the registration.  Probably disperse to the course between 130 and 145.

Entry forms are available at KVSH .


Badger Booster Spring Banquet


The Valentine Badger Boosters hosted the annual Valentine High School Spring Athletic Banquet last evening at the Peppermill in Valentine. Badger coaches honored letter winners and special athletic awards from sports at Valentine High. The Bill Raubach award for Senior Male athlete was awarded to Tristin Ekland. The Business and Professional Womens award for senior female athlete was given to Brittny O'Kief. The Badger Booster Fan of the Year was given to Bill Renning. Bill moved to the Valentine community in 1981 and has been involved in the business community as well as education in the Valentine school system. Bill has had kids and grand kids graduate from Valentine and has been involved in the golf program as well.

KVSH Radio awarded the Heart Scholarship Awards to Emily Medley and Kalen Hollopeter. The award includes a $250 college scholarship.

There was also special recognition for Warren Jackson and Dave Renning who are both retiring from the school after this year. Dave has been a coach, the activities director and Principal in his 31 years at the school. Warren was a teacher and coach for 24 years in the system.

The Badger Boosters will meet on May 13th at 7pm for their next meeting and to elect officers.All Badger fans are welcome and encouraged to become involved.


$70,000 From Golf Course Event


Final numbers are coming in from the Valentine Golf course fund raising event last Friday night. It looks like total contributions will be at the $70,000 figure. This includes several gifts of 5 to 10,000 dollars along with a couple of raffles that were held during the event. One raffle was for a new set of Taylormade golf clubs, won by Jon Davenport, the other raffle was for two rounds of golf at The Prairie Club course. Eric Storer and Kristi Riemers both won two rounds of golf.

The funds from the event will be deposited with the City of Valentine account which has been set up for the golf course project. At this time there is over $160,000 in private donations committed to the course development.

A donation of $5,000 or more will be considered a charter membership, but donations of any size are more than welcome. The private fund raising effort will continue toward the goal of $500,000 in private financing. Tax Deductible donations can be dropped off at City Hall and earmarked for the golf course fund. Anyone who would like information about the golf course can contact Robert Joseph, Steve Isom Mike Burge or Kyle Arganbright.


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