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DuBray sentenced

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 25, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Myron Dubray, age 26, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment to be served consecutively with the term from a previous Pennington County felony; also 4 years of supervised release.

Dubray was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2012 and pled guilty on April 3, 2013. The charge stems from an incident occurring on March 21, 2012, wherein Dubray was inside a house searched by law enforcement and officers found over 50 grams of methamphetamine. Dubray admitted to selling methamphetamine in the past.

Dubray was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

 

LaPointe Sentenced

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota man convicted of Larceny was sentenced on June 24 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Harvey LaPointe, age 62, was sentenced to 18 months’ probation, $4,900 in restitution, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

LaPointe was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2013 and pled guilty to the charge on April 8, 2013.

The conviction stems from incidents that took place between August 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010, when LaPointe took money and property from the St. Francis Volunteer Fire Department to which he was not entitled.

LaPointe was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

 

Wrap Up on Relay for Life

 

The annual Relay for Life in Cherry County was stormed out this past Saturday night at the Valentine Football Field. According to organizers the event still raised about $45,000 for the American Cancer Society with more pledges to come in. A storm halted the event about dusk when the luminary ceremony was just getting underway. On the KVSH Comment program today the organizers read the names that would have been acknowledged this past Saturday night. Debbie Comptom, a cancer survivor herself, also recited the speech that she had been asked to give at the Relay for Life event. Thank you to the organizers of the event and those who participated or donated to the cause.

   

Cherry County Land Could be Sold to State

According to a Monday article in the Omaha World Herald, a slice of land on the Niobrara River in Cherry County could be a living laboratory on Nebraska woodlands and grasslands.

The 460-acre site southwest of Valentine would be the state's first Forestry and Wildlife Management Area. The Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would manage the land to demonstrate how the Niobrara forests and grasslands could be operated for the maximized benefit of ranchers, hunters, the timber industry and others — all while dampening the chances of a wildfire.

The owner of the proposed forestry and wildlife area, who was not identified, is selling the property to see it protected from development and preserved in its natural state, officials said. The tract is nine miles south of Nenzel, Neb., and less than a mile north of McKelvie National Forest. The parcel contains more than two miles of Niobrara frontage and straddles the river in places.

The tract features mostly grassland and meadows on the north side of the river. The south parcel includes hardwoods, cottonwoods and willows on the river bottom. Pines and invasive cedars crowd the bluff slopes.

The property would be purchased at appraised value, officials said. Game and Parks will continue to pay all taxes on the property.

Funds for the tract would come from a first-ever $500,000 grant to the Nebraska Forest Service from the U.S. Forest Legacy Program. The Nebraska Environmental Trust would provide a $240,000 grant. The National Wild Turkey Federation also is contributing money.

The Game and Parks Commission would own the tract and operate it as one of its 283 wildlife management areas. Wildlife management areas are open for fishing, seasonal hunting and trapping and other activities

A public hearing on the plan was held in Valentine last week.

The Environmental Trust board is scheduled to discuss and vote on the project at its July 19 meeting in Holdrege, Neb. Game and Parks commissioners are expected to consider the project at their July 26 meeting in Lincoln.

 

 

Valentine New Comprehensive Plan

 

The City of Valentine Continues to work on the comprehensive plan which will guide the decision making process over the next ten year period. The last plan was done in 1999 and plans are usually thought to be adequate for about ten years. RDG Associates has been work with community members since spring to gather information about the community and what the citizens would like to see. There have been previous public meetings for residents to express thoughts on what is important to them in the coming years. Tuesday night a group of people met with the consultants to go over issues faced by the city. The discussion began around more utilization of the Cowboy Trail and its Corridor and covered housing, signage and business development. Another public input session will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 7pm at the library for anyone interested. Anyone who would like to find out more before tonight's meeting, can go to rdgusa.com/crp/valentine for more information.

   

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