Ag Day in Valentine with Governor
Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:34
The members of the Cherry County Farm Bureau welcome the community to join them in celebrating National Agriculture Day by participating in a ‘Celebrate Agriculture’ event to be held Tues., March 25, at 9 a.m. at the Valentine High School auditorium.
John Ravenscroft, Cherry County Farm Bureau president announced that Valentine has been selected as one of the locations Gov. Dave Heineman will visit this year as part of his Agriculture Day celebration. Ag Day is to recognize the importance of agriculture and the role ranchers, feeders and farmers play in supporting Nebraska.
All members of the community are welcome to attend the Celebrate Agriculture event which will give them the opportunity to visit with the governor and other local and state agriculture leaders.
The event will start at 9 a.m. with remarks to be followed by a reception.
Supreme Court ruling won't affect Cowboy Trail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 07:09
According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling on the ownership of abandoned railways won't affect Nebraska's Cowboy Trail.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that after a railroad has abandoned a line, the land should revert to owners of the adjacent property instead of to the federal government. Some fear the ruling threatens Rails to Trails projects across the country built on abandoned railways.
The Cowboy Trail, however, is built on land that has been railbanked, rather than abandoned. When a trail is railbanked, it may be developed into a trail but the railroad retains the right to convert it back into a rail line.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy purchased the right-of-way for the 321-mile stretch of land between Norfolk and Chadron in the early 1990s from the Chicago and NorthWestern Transportation Company. The Conservancy gave the right-of-way to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1993. Since then, Game and Parks has worked to develop and maintain 196 miles of the trail between Norfolk and Valentine for walking, running, bicycling and horseback riding.