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Valentine Area Schools Closed

Valentine Golf at ONeill tomorrow has been ppd to 9am on April 25.

Valentine Track at West Hold has been ppd to 2pm on April 22.

Valentine schools, Cody-Kilgore schools, Mullen schools, and Todd County Schools are closed Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Little Lambs pre-school and Zion Lutheran schools closed today.

Softball Meeting for tonight Ppd to next Wednesday April 24th. at Peppermill.

No Quiz Bowl today at the high school, postponed to Tuesday, April 23 at 2 pm.

No Logos program tonight.

Zion Lutheran taco feed scheduled for tonight will be postponed one week, to Wednesday, April 24.

St. Nicholas CCD classes and the 5:15 pm Mass are cancelled for tonight.

No after-school Bible School or Youth group at Our Savior Lutheran church.

Copacetic closed.

Greg Gass and Dana Burman's group "Just Run" cancelled for tonight and will resume next week.

Senior Center is closed today.

R C & D meeting scheduled in Bassett postponed to May 1.

 

 

Boston Marathon - Nebraska Flags

Nebraska and U.S. flags are being lowered to honor the victims of the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon.   The office of Gov. Dave Heineman says he ordered the flags at state installations to be flown at half-staff, in accordance with a proclamation from President Barack Obama.   Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday.

 

Special Valentine Council Meeting

 

The Valentine City Council held a special meeting last night with three items on the agenda. Only one bid was received for phase 3 construction of a new cell at the Valentine landfill. The estimated cost of the work from Olson Associates was $435,000. The bid came in at $610,000, considerably over the estimate. The council discussed removing some work from the order to fall in line with estimated costs. Over $100,000 in work was taken off the bid to bring the total to slightly over $500,000. The bid from Perrett Construction of Valentine was accepted with the change orders. The first cell of the landfill lasted for 10 years. The second cell is almost full and has lasted only 8 years. The new third cell would be slightly larger than the second.

The council voted to approve a request from the My Town group to paint a red heart at the intersection of 1st and Main Street and will submit the request to the State Department of Roads. The date set for the clean up effort was set for May 4th. This will be the 7th year of the community clean up effort involving youth and adults.

Several members of the Valentine Golf Club attended the meeting to encourage the council to become more engaged in the quest for a golf course facility for the community. After a lengthy discussion with those present, the council entered executive session for protection of the public interest to discuss real estate matters. They were in closed session for about 45 minutes before the citizens were allowed to

re-enter the room. A motion was passed to allow council members Andrew Ward and Kyle Arganbright to proceed with an offer to the landowner of the course.

   

Wildfire Bill - Governor's Response

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says state emergency officials should have direct control over airplanes that could be stationed in Chadron and Valentine to fight wildfires.   Heineman said Monday he doesn't believe the planes should be overseen by the federal government or the Nebraska Forest Service. His comments came in response to a question about a bill in the Legislature, the Nebraska Wildfire Control Act of 2013.   The bill has undergone several revisions since it was introduced. The most recent version would require the Nebraska Forest Service to contract for the planes. The forest service is an agency within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   Heineman says state emergency officials need operational control of the planes to maintain a clear chain-of-command when coordinating their response to fires.

The bill is LB634

 

Upcoming Blood Drive

The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be May 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 400 W. Fifth St. in Valentine, Neb.

   

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