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Wildlife Federation Honors Valentine Students

Three Valentine students were among 14 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from across Nebraska honored for their art work Saturday by the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.

Fourth graders Jasmine Santos, Kaylee Wenig, and Gwen Roberts of Valentine Elementary received the honors for creating posters for Wildlife Week Nebraska in March. The theme of the art contest was Wildlife and Water, and focused on the close connection between water and Nebraska wildlife species.

Santos’ artwork featured a mountain lion, Wenig’s was a trumpeter swan, and Roberts drew a bobcat. Their work was chosen from hundreds of entries submitted from all over Nebraska. All three are students of Deb Obermiller from Valentine Elementary.

The awards were presented at Wild Adventure Day at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln. Wild Adventure Day featured two dozen free outdoor activities like a prairie hike, casting, and live snakes provided by a dozen local organizations and agencies. The event was sponsored by Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Russ’s Market, and Union Bank and Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

Town Hall Meeting on Sales Tax

 

A crowd of about 60 people turned out for a town hall meeting last night to discuss the renewal of the Valentine City Sales Tax. It was made clear that there was no tax rate increase proposed. Three quarters percent will still go the city infrastructure needs, and one quarter percent for economic development. The only change would be using the current ½ cent being used to pay off the swimming pool, to fund a portion of a new community golf course and a portion of an expanded campus for Mid Plains Community College. The pool will be paid off in December of 2016. There was good discussion about the positive things the sales tax has allowed the city to accomplish since 2007 and the future projects the city will face. Since 2007 retail sales have gone up 32% with the city's property tax rate going down 19%. Those are both trends the city would like to see continue. According to statistics, half of the sales tax revenue in Valentine is generated by visitors to the community.

The Valentine City Council must still approve the ballot language which they are expected to do at the May 8th meeting. The vote on the sales tax renewal is tentatively set for July 15th. There will be additional informational meetings held early this summer concerning the sales tax.

 

Valentine Chamber's 1884 Day Promotion

 

THE VALENTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS HELPING TO MARK 1884 DAYS WITH A SPECIAL HISTORICAL TRIVIA PROMOTION THIS YEAR. FOLKS ARE INVITED INTO PARTICIPATING STORES TO PICK UP THE TRIVIA SHEETS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS, AND THEN BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK, KVSH RADIO WILL ASK TRIVIA QUESTIONS ABOUT THOSE BUSINESSES. ANYONE WITH THE TRIVIA SHEETS WILL HAVE A LEG UP ON THE COMPETITION AS THEY WILL HAVE THE ANSWERS IN FRONT OF THEM. WINNERS WILL RECEIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES TO THE RESPECTIVE BUSINESS.

 

 

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES ARE

 

FLOWERLAND

 

FASHIONS

 

THE ARK

 

COUNTRY FABRICS AND CRAFTS

 

NAILS BY BECKY

 

JANINES EMPORIUM

 

OUTBACK SCREENPRINTING AND EMBROIDERY

 

COPACETIC

 

QUILTING CUPBOARD.

   

Pipeline Permit Process Delayed

The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.

That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November.

The State Department is citing a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state. The State Department says that created uncertainty and ongoing litigation.

The government is not saying how much longer the review will take. But it says the process isn't starting over.

The pipeline has become a politically fraught issue. Republicans criticize President Barack Obama for taking too long to decide. The State Department has jurisdiction because the pipeline would cross the border between the U.S. and Canada.

 

Nebraska Candidates

U.S. SENATE:

[ Mike Johanns (R)* - Retiring in 2014. ]
Sid Dinsdale (R) - Bank President
Clifton Johnson (R) - Businessman
Bart McLeay (R) - Attorney
Shane Osborn (R) - Ex-State Treasurer, Businessman & Navy Veteran
Ben Sasse (R) - Midland University President & Ex-US Asst. HHS Secretary
Dave Domina (D) - Attorney
Larry Marvin (D) - USAF Veteran, Democratic Activist & Frequent Candidate
David Christopher Holcomb (Independent) - Attorney & '12 Presidential Candidate
Jim Jenkins (Independent) - Rancher, Restaurant Owner & Ex-State Ethanol Board Chair
Todd Watson (Independent) - Businessman & Accountant

 

STATE AUDITOR:
[ Mike Foley (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2014. ]
Larry Anderson (R) - Auditor & Army Veteran
Charlie Janssen (R) - State Sen., Medical Staffing Company President & Navy Veteran
Amanda McGill (D) - State Sen., Non-Profit Group Executive & Ex-TV News Reporter

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL:
[ Jon Bruning (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2014. ]
Brian Buescher (R) - Attorney & Ex-Douglas County GOP Chair
Mike Hilgers (R) - Attorney & '12 State Legislature Candidate
Doug Peterson (R) - Attorney
Pete Pirsch (R) - State Sen. & Attorney
Allan Eurek (D) - Attorney
Janet Stewart (D) - Attorney

 

GOVERNOR:
[ Dave Heineman (R)* - Term Limited in 2014. ]
Jon Bruning (R) - Attorney General, Ex-State Sen. & '12 US Sen. Candidate
Tom Carlson (R) - State Sen., Financial Advisor & Ex-College Professor
Mike Foley (R) - State Auditor, Ex-State Sen. & Ex-Corporate Planning Analyst
Beau McCoy (R) - State Sen. & Home Improvement Contractor
Pete Ricketts (R) - Ex-COO of Ameritrade & '06 US Sen. Nominee
Bryan Slone (R) - Attorney, Businessman & Ex-Congressional Aide
Chuck Hassebrook (D) - Ex-University of Nebraska Regent & Think Tank Executive Director
Mark Elworth Jr. (Libertarian) - Marijuana Legalization Activist

   

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