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Valentine City Council

The Valentine City Council met last night for a regular meeting at the Valentine Library meeting room.  Mike Burge gave the report on the economic development program activities.  He reported that recent sales tax figures for Valentine were up 8.6% from last year. The recent completion of the movie The Aviation Cocktail spent an estimated $50,000 in the community while they were here in November.  The council had earlier approved spending $5,000 in economic development funds paid to local venders to help offset the cost of shooting the movie in the Valentine area. 

The council held a public hearing to rezone two city lots in Valentine from residential to light industrial or commercial.  The rezoning request by Bill Ward was approved. The request by Tamara Gass was denied.

There was also a public hearing to discuss the application for a class “A” liquor license for Pizza Hut. The request was approved to reflect a change in management.

There was discussion about authorization to advertise three parcels of city land north of the Fish Hatchery.  There was talk about possible overgrazing of the property and limiting the time that livestock can be grazed on the land. Marla Shelbourn from the Natural Resource and Conservation Service recommended let it stand idle for a year or more.  It was decided to take no action on the issue until spring.

The council discussed and approved the renewal of the street superintendent and surveyor contracts for the next three year period with Don Pettigrew. 

Dr. Dick Jeffers addressed the council to present a proposal for economic development organization.  At the November meeting the council expressed wishes to have suggestions on what direction economic development should take.  A group of local citizens met and come up with a preliminary plan and requested the council for more time to put pieces of the plan together. Dr. Jeffers listed several other entities who have been identified a possible participating partners.  Councilmember Don Nelson expressed his feeling that the community needs to all work together in efforts like this. The council approved letting the group come back at the March meeting to present the entire plan.  About 17 people attended the meeting to support the effort.

The final agenda item was discussion on appointing Gary Sadi to fill the vacancy on the city council created by the resignation of Toby Miller until the next general election in November. Mr. Miller resigned from the council as he is moving to Sioux Falls. Council members decided to wait until next month to appoint a new council member, to allow other interested individuals to talk to a city council member.


Mission man Indicted for 2nd Degree Murder


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Second Degree Murder and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Travis Creig Lewis, a/k/a Travis Farmer, age 18, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 8. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 5, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. The charges are merely accusations, and Lewis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Lewis was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.


Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast with Santa returns to Valentine this Sunday, 10am at the Coachlight Inn.  Kids of all ages get to have a sausage and pancake breakfast with Santa for just $5 dollars, with proceeds going to Lions' Club Activities.


Annual Geezer Shootout

The annual "Old Geezer" shootout is scheduled to be held December 13th at Ainsworth during thehigh school basketball contests.  

Valentine Roster:   Rick Holmes from Long Pine......graduated in 1990
             Devin Muirhead from Valentine......graduated in 1989
             Matt Mundorf from Kearney.......graduated in 1990
             Shelly Pier from Valentine.......graduated in 1990
             Pam Battershaw from Valentine........graduated in 1990

Valentine team owner Dick Smitth of Canon City colorado had some harsh words for the Bulldog team, " I am tired of Ainsworth using youngsters that graduated just two years ago and pawning them off as geezers.   We are bringing our "A" team this year and you can look forward to a sound beating".


Thedford Wind Energy Meeting

About 35 area landowners and interested people attended the informational meeting last evening in Thedford, to hear about a plan for wind energy development in Cherry County.  The Cherry County Wind Energy Association hosted the meeting.  At this time the association in a non-profit organization with a goal of distributing information about a potential large wind development project for Cherry County and signing up landowners who are interested in being part of the association.  The Southwest Power Pool will decide in January if they will build a 345 kilo-volt transmission line through Cherry County in the next ten years.  If this line is approved for construction, it will open the doors for a very large wind development in the county and the landowners association would evolve into a for profit organization.  The Wind Association would represent member landowners in negotiations with potential developers who can be difficult to deal with.  Because of the approach the local association will take to negotiations, profits could be higher for local property owners.  December is the deadline to return forms to pledge acres for the association.  For more information contact one of the committee members, Matt Coble, Todd Adamson, Gary Garvin, Tom Cooper, Todd Adamson, George Johnson, Mark Adamson, Adam Fischer or Mike Burge. 


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