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Homebuyer Education Workshop Scheduled For Valentine in May

For families dreaming of owning their own home, but uncertain about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshop in Valentine in May.  This workshop will be held at Mid-Plains Community College at 113 North Hall on May 14 and 21, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings.  Participants are required to attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion.

CNHD has a down payment assistance program, and participation in a REACH-certified workshop is a requirement for applying for these funds or other down payment assistance, as well as to qualify for low-interest mortgage loans.  To participate in these special programs, all persons to be listed on the property deed must complete Homebuyer Education.

The cost of the workshop is $50 per person, which covers books and materials.  Pre-registration is required.

To sign up for this workshop, or to inquire about future workshops, please contact Melissa Krysl, Marketing Specialist, at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit the CNHD website for housing information at


Valentine Lions Club Benefit Tuesday, April 28th

Join the Lions Club for their Cheeseburger grilled onions fundraiser to help with the Lions Club trailer on Tuesday, April 28th at the 4H Building from 5 - 7 pm. There will be live music.

There will be 2 gun raffles for an Anderson DPMS Camo AR-15 .223/5.56 and Tristar Field Hunter O/U 12ga. Tickets are available in advance at Nim-Rods and Berry Creek. Cost is 1 for $5 and 3 for $10.


My Town Clean Up – Valentine High School, Tuesday May 12th, 2015

This year’s My Town Clean Up on Tuesday May 12th, will include the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes.  Students will leave school for each of their projects at about 2pm and arrive back by 3:30pm.  We also have a handful of volunteers from the community this year that will be joining in.  There will be a total of 9 projects throughout town.  There will be trash pick-up of “park route” and City Park, the alleys downtown, Green Street from the school to the empty lot by ShopKo, City Park, and the ball fields.  Trees will be planted in the burn area of the Big Rock Fire and the trails by the city park will be cleared.  The Ecology Park equipment will be painted as well as the play structures at the ball fields.  The students will also be painting the hearts on the sidewalks down Main Street as well as the big heart in the intersection of Main Street and 1st Street.

Any questions, contact Megan Hoefs, 402-376-2810.


Pierre man sentenced to almost 4 years for firearm felonies

A Pierre man convicted of two firearm felonies has been sentenced to almost four years in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler says 40-year-old Clyde Aquallo was sentenced to 46 months in custody this week.

Aquallo was convicted in January for possession of an unregistered firearm and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Both charges carry a sentence of 46 months but he will serve both at the same time.

Seiler says Aquallo was living on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in February when police came to his house for a domestic violence call.

Seiler says police learned there were firearms in the house. They eventually found Aquallo owned several guns, including a sawed-off shotgun that had a barrel that was too short.


Tourism to Niobrara National Scenic River creates $2,078,600 in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 53,444 visitors to Niobrara National Scenic River in 2014 spent $2,206,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 35 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $2,078,600. National park site tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz.  The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

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The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.


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