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Movie Premieres in Denver at Starz Film Festival


A delegation of about a dozen Valentine area residents traveled to Denver this past weekend for the Colorado premiere of the movie “The Aviation Cocktail”. The movie, which was filmed mostly in the Valentine area almost a year ago, is in the Denver Starz Film Festival. The movie has three sold out showings scheduled during the festival and has received favorable reviews so far. This is the third film festival which the movie has been invited to. The first was in Calgary Canada, the second was in New York. Attending the film festivals has delayed the opening of the movie in Valentine. A premiere event is now planned for after the first of the year at the Jewell Two theater in Valentine. The cast and crew expressed their sincere appreciation to the Valentine area residents for their support during the filming of the movie. Many of them are excited to return to Valentine for the premiere.


Semi Burns South of Valentine

A semi from Houston Texas, loaded with pipe headed for the oil fields of North Dakota, was destroyed by fire south of Valentine on Highway 83 shortly before noon Thursday morning. According to the Cherry County Sheriffs Office, it was suspected that the turbo charger on the truck may have over heated and caught on fire, spreading to the rest of the truck which was completely destroyed. There were no injuries and Highway 83 had to be closed for a short time while emergency response units were on the scene.


Cherry County Commissioners Meet

The Cherry County Commissioners met yesterday for a regular meeting at the Cherry County Courthouse. A representative from Nebraska Department of Roads met with the board to discuss the Niobrara River Road project. Several years ago Senator Ben Nelson announced highway funding for 11 miles of county road from Sparks to Rocky Ford Camp. At this time there is not enough funding appropriated to do the entire project. It would cost an estimated 6 million dollars to pave the road and there is only 3.8 million dollars in the appropriation. It was suggested to do the construction in phases and spread the cost out. No action was taken on the issue.

In other business, the board approved the Library and Bookmobile inter local agreement for another year.

Cleve Trimble approached the board to ask for approval of a new plat for Snake River Homesites on his property southwest of Valentine. Numerous years ago, the area was surveyed and platted for development. Trimble has since resurveyed the existing lots and asked for approval for his conditional use permit. Approval was granted.


Chamber Activities

Valentine Chamber Director Dean Jacobs reported a good turnout for the Moonlight Madness promotion on Monday evening. The Chamber gave away Chamber Bucks to three lucky winners during the evening promotion. Winning $50 was Stephanie Moran, winning $75 was Susie Beel and the $100 prize went to Tami Danielski.

Don’t forget the Kiddy Costumer Parade today at 4pm on Main Street. Kids should gather at Cedar Canyon on the corner of 1st and Main, prior to 4pm to line up. The costume parade will march to 3rd and Main near True Value Hardware, then the kids will turned loose to trick or treat at businesses.


Niobrara River Use is Down in 2012

According to Dan Foster, Superintendent of the Niobrara Scenic River, visitation numbers were down this year on the river. River use was down a little over 1% and total visitation was down slightly over 3% from 2011. This marks the second straight year that visitation was down from the previous year because of natural disasters. In 2011 river visitation decreased because of perceived flooding on the river and this past summer the Region 24 Complex Fire scared away some visitors. There were also concerns from the public that the drought had reduced water flows on the Niobrara. On a more favorable note, over the past ten years, river use is still up 18% according to National Park Service figures.


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