Brush fire that threatened North Platte homes contained
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:31
Firefighters have contained a fire that threatened several residences in the western Nebraska city of North Platte.
Fire Chief Dennis Thompson says fire crews from several departments that were called in contained the blaze around 9 p.m. Monday. He says flames were still visible amid trees in the wooded area on Tuesday morning.
Thompson says no injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported, and no occupied homes were damaged. Some sheds and other outbuildings were destroyed, however. The chief says he didn't know for sure how many acres were blackened by the wind-whipped blaze.
The fire was first reported around 2 p.m. Monday on the east end of Cody Park, which sits just south of the North Platte River.
Stray dogs being gathered on reservation after women's death
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:07
Stray dogs are being rounded up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation after an attack that killed a woman.
Authorities say 49-year-old Julie Charging Whirlwind died Saturday after being surrounded by a pack of dogs and mauled.
Tribal Council members on Monday authorized tribal police to work with tribal wildlife officials to round up stray dogs that are deemed dangerous. The dogs will be impounded or killed.
The schedule for the dog control is as follows (subject to change):
Tuesday, March 17th - Rosebud 9 am - 12 pm; Soldier Creek 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday, March 18th - St. Francis 9 am - 12 pm; Spring Creek 1 pm - 4 pm
Thursday, March 19th - Parmalee 9 am - 12 pm; Upper Cut Meat 1 pm - 4 pm
Friday, March 20th - He Dog 9 am - 12 pm; Ring Thunder 1 pm - 4 pm.
The death of Charging Whirlwind comes just a few months after the Nov. 18 death of 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez, who was killed by dogs while she was sledding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Both reservations are in southwest South Dakota.