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Local Wine Wins Medal

The Vineyard and Winery Management Group announced the results of the second U.S. National Wine Competition.  The 2010 Niobrara Valley Vineyards, Boss Cow, semi-dry white wine was awarded the silver medal in the hybried white wine class.  The wine is a blend of three varieties of grapes grown by the Nollette family of Nenzel at their Niobrara Valley Vineyard.  The 2012 vintage will be bottled soon and it could be better than the  2011vintage.  The wine and the Prairie White vinegar made from the wine are available at Plains Trading Company in Valentine or at the winery in Cody.

 

New Animal Shelter

The Borders Without Boundaries animal rescue organization is currently in the construction phase of a new animal shelter northeast of Valentine. According to spokesperson Sherrie Voigt, the 1,000 square foot structure will be able to house up to 12 animals at a time. The shelter will be geared toward dogs, but cats can also be cared for. Since its inception in 2005, Borders Without Boundaries has helped over 767 animals find homes or be relocated. The rescue organization is in need of donations of time and labor to help finish construction of the shelter or financial help with getting it up and running. The public is invited to help them celebrate the Pre-Grand Opening on June 2nd at 5pm with a picnic and plant sale to benefit the shelter. For more information, to volunteer service, or make a donation, contact Sherrie at 403-376-1791.

 

Mission Man Charged

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Frank Swalley, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 8, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Swalley is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Swalley was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending trial. A trial date is set for July 9, 2013.

   

NEW OWNERSHIP

 

 

 

 

A VALENTINE BUSINESS HAS RECENTLY CHANGED HANDS. MIDWAY OIL ON EAST HIGHWAY 20 IN VALENTINE HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY RICHARD AND TAMMY JAMISON FROM RON AND BETTY RODGERS AND WILL BE OPERATING AS SANDHILL OIL COMPANY. THE JAMISONS HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1960 WITH OTHER BUSINESSES AT THEDFORD, HYANNIS AND STAPLETON. THE RODGER'S HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION AT THAT LOCATION SINCE 1990. THE JAMISONS WILL BE A MASTER SINCLAIR JOBBER AND OFFER THE SAME BULK FUEL DELIVERY. FUTURE PLANS CALL FOR REMODELING, NEW PUMPS, NEW CANOPY, AND AN INCREASE IN THEIR FRESH FOODS DELI DEPARTMENT. THE CHANGE TOOK PLACE AS OF MAY FIRST WITH THE LOCAL MANAGER BEING KEVIN JAMISON.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

THE VALENTINE CITY COUNCIL MET LAST EVENING FOR THEIR REGULAR MEETING. MOSTLY ROUTINE MATTERS WERE TAKEN CARE OF DURING THE 90 MINUTE MEETING. TODD HAY DOING BUSINESS AS THE DERBY BAR WAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO CLOSE THE SIDEWALK AND STREET IN FRONT OF HIS BUSINESS FOR A BEER GARDEN ON FOUR DIFFERENT EVENINGS THIS SUMMER. BOB CARRS BUNKHOUSE WAS ALSO GIVEN A SPECIAL DESIGNATED LIQUOR LICENSE FOR SOME EVENINGS FOR A BEER GARDEN THIS SUMMER. A REQUEST TO CLOSE LODI STREET SPUR WAS DENIED BY THE COUNCIL. THE GARBAGE HAULING RESOLUTION WAS TABLED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. ROD DAUGHERTY RECEIVED THE BID FOR LABOR FOR THE STREET MAINTENANCE PROJECTS AND ALLARD PRECAST WAS AWARDED THE BID FOR CONCRETE AT 115 DOLLARS PER CUBIC YARD.

THE NEW HANGER/TAXILANES PROJECT BID WAS REJECTED AS IT CAME IN OVER 30% HIGHER THAN ENGINEER ESTIMATES.

THE AGREEMENT WITH THE SOUTH DAKOTA DIVISION OF WILDLAND FIRE TO OPERATE AN AIR TANKER BASE AT MILLER FIELD WAS APPROVED.

THE REST OF THE MEETING DELT WITH ROUTINE ACTIONS.

   

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