Board Approves Bid on Multipurpose Room
Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:50
The Valentine Community Schools Board of Education met recently for a regular meeting. One of the major items of discussion were bids on the new multi purpose and wrestling room at the high school. 5 bids were open on April 5th ranging from $371,000 to $593000. Those bids were reviewed by the engineers, then passed on to the board of education for a decision. The board awarded the contract to Dick Clark Construction of Valentine with the bid of $371,000. There will be a 140 day construction period to begin around May first. The building should be completed in time for the 2017 wrestling season.
At this time there has been about $20,000 in private funding donated to the building fund. The private money could be used for bumper pads and other furnishings in the building. Donations to the Valentine High School Foundation are still being accepted.
Gov Signs Niobrara River Bill
Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:09
On April 18th, Governor Pete Ricketts signed Legislative Bill (LB) 1038 into law furthering the process of protecting the flow of water in the Niobrara River.
LB1038, introduced by District 43 Senator Al Davis, allows for the transfer of the water rights associated with the Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) Spencer Dam to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (Commission) and the Niobrara River Basin Alliance (NRBA), which is made up of five Natural Resource Districts: Lower Niobrara, Middle Niobrara, Upper Elkhorn, Upper Loup and Upper Niobrara White.
In 2015, NRBA, the Commission and NPPD entered a memorandum of understanding in which the NRBA and the Commission agreed to purchase Spencer Dam from NPPD. By purchasing the dam and acquiring the associated surface water rights, the NRBA and Commission will be able to preserve flows necessary for wildlife conservation, recreation, agriculture and other uses in the Niobrara River. Legislation necessary for the transfer of water rights came in the form of Davis’ bill.