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Valentine Selective Enforcement

Officers with the Valentine Police Department conducted 40 traffic stops resulting in 3 alcohol related citations during the Selective Overtime Saturation Patrols held December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014. 
Officers put in a total of 481 hours including overtime hours during this special enforcement effort with the help of more than $1,100.00  grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

The following statistics reflect officer activity in an effort to curb alcohol related driving and related behaviors:
1 arrest for Assault
3 arrests for shoplifting
1 arrest for driving under the influence
2 arrests for Minor in Possession of Alcohol
14 total citations and 26 warnings were issued for numerous traffic offenses.


School Board meets

At the January school board meeting the Valentine Community Schools Board of Education held the annual organizational meeting of the board. Officers were all re-elected including; Cort Dewing-President, Suzy Beel- Vice-President, Kent Lopez Secretary and Dean Churchill-treasurer. The board voted to close the German Settlement school building beginning with the 2014-2015 year. There are only two students at the school at this time. There were also some discussions on the future of East Simeon attendance center but no action has been taken.

There will be several staff changes in the next year due to retirements and resignations. Longtime Principal Dave Renning plans to retire, as does art teacher Ed Heinert and Special Ed coordinator Maureen Johnson. Resignations have been accepted from business teacher Dana Burman and PE teacher and football coach Craig Shmeckpepper.

There will be a teacher in-service day on Wednesday, Janaury 22 for school improvement. There will be no school that day.


3 appear in court for Rosebud double homicide

Two brothers and a woman are in jail on charges they killed two men near St. Francis on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Twenty-three-year-old BillyRay McCloskey and 20-year-old Riley McCloskey pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

They're accused of killing 76-year-old Benjamin Clifford and 33-year-old Calvin Kills In Water Jr. on Dec. 23.

According to the indictment, the McCloskeys strangled Clifford and assaulted Kills In Water with their hands and feet and stabbed him in the chest with a screwdriver.

Crystal Red Hawk pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact.

The full indictment was sealed.


NPPD, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power finalize wind farm agreement

COLUMBUS, Neb. (Jan. 16, 2014)— Today, the Nebraska Public Power District announced that its Board of Directors approved a 25-year agreement with a Sempra U.S. Gas & Power affiliate to purchase the future renewable energy of a new wind farm to be built in Custer County, near Broken Bow.

The project has been in the works for a while, but a new developer is at the table. In the fall of 2013, the successor developer to the company that originally worked with NPPD on the project sold the Broken Bow II wind project to Sempra. On Jan. 10, during its monthly meeting, NPPD’s board acknowledged and agreed to the transfer of NPPD’s power purchase agreement to Sempra.

When the Broken Bow II facility is complete, it will generate approximately 75 MWs of electricity. NPPD will purchase all of the facility’s output and then sell 60 percent of the variable energy to the Omaha Public Power District. Customers from both utilities will benefit, and the project will bring NPPD within 23 megawatts of its goal to generate 10 percent of its generation with new, renewable resources.

“Nebraska’s largest public power utilities have been dedicated to adding more wind to their energy portfolios,” said NPPD President and CEO Pat Pope. “This Broken Bow II facility is particularly exciting because it will stand alongside another wind farm near Broken Bow that began commercial operation in 2012.”

NPPD identified the Broken Bow area as a good location for wind energy generation in a study conducted after 2005. NPPD also designed the transmission infrastructure needed to support the first facility to accommodate a second facility addition. Broken Bow II represents the eighth wind facility NPPD has brought to the state since it helped build the state’s first wind facility near Springview in 1998.

Construction of the meteorological towers for Broken Bow II is expected to begin by the end of January, and delivery of the turbines will begin in March, with final deliveries scheduled for July and August. Once constructed, the Broken Bow II facility will use 43, 1.7 MW, General Electric wind turbines to serve approximately 30,000 homes when generating electricity. The project is expected to employ about 300 workers during peak construction and begin commercial operation in late 2014.

“The acquisition and development of Broken Bow II is another exciting step forward, as we continue to invest in wind energy projects across the U.S.,” said Kevin Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “We look forward to becoming a long-term partner with the local community, as we partner with the Nebraska Public Power District to provide Nebraskans with a new, clean source of energy.”

“NPPD is proud of its track record in adding renewable energy to our generation mix, which is already more than 40 percent carbon free,” said Pope. “We work in partnership with wind developers and other public power entities, like OPPD, and Custer County Public Power District, the local public power utility, to meet the energy needs of Nebraskans, now and in the future.”




Concealed Carry At Schools

Nebraska teachers and other school employees could carry a concealed handgun in schools if a bill in the Nebraska Legislature becomes law.


Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial introduced the legislation on Tuesday. He says the bill is designed to keep children safe, and the decision is one of local control.


To qualify for a permit, employees would need to take an additional 24 hours of training beyond the eight hours required to legally carry a concealed gun. The training would include best practices for responding to a live shooting.


The local school board would have to approve each permit.


Christensen says rural schools may not have the resources for a retired police officer and may be miles from the nearest law enforcement.


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