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Snowy Nebraska

A heavy spring snow has blanketed much of the Nebraska Panhandle. National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Trudel  said Monday that up to a foot of snow fell near Harrison in Sioux County on Sunday. He says there was 4 to 6 inches on the ground as of 8 p.m. Sunday north of Kimball, and he expected 1-2 inches to fall there Monday as another portion of a storm system moves through. Trudel says "it's not too terribly unusual to have snow fall" on May 11 in Nebraska, citing a report from Scottsbluff: The 5 inches that fell there on Sunday bested the 1983 date record of 2.6 inches. He says westbound Interstate 80 remained closed Monday morning to keep motorists from reaching Wyoming, where travel conditions were even worse.

 

City Council Meeting

The Valentine City Council met for a regular meeting Thursday evening at the public library meeting room. A public hearing was held to receive comments concerning and amendment to and extension of the Valentine Economic Development Program and extension and reallocation of the citywide 1.5% sales tax. The council voted to approve calling a special election on July 15th, 2014 to be held on the proposition for extending the economic development plan and the city sales tax. This would include bonding for a new community golf course not to exceed 1.75 million dollars. Voters will have the opportunity to vote on these issues on July 15th.

Alcohol permits were approved for the park pavilion for Claudia Sharkey on July 5th, LuAnn Guillory on June 27th, Mary Reagle on June 28th and Randy Graeff for June 6th.

Luke Moser discussed the transfer of irrigated acre rights from land acquired by the airport. There was some uncertainty about some acres acquired for the airport and changes in water rights laws. The land is now controlled by Danielski Farms. The issue was tabled until the next meeting for further research.

John Lemmon won the bid for grazing on city land north of the fish hatchery with a bid of $500 plus taxes for this summer. $1,750 per year for three years was bid on parcel B and C also by John Lemmon.

Asphalt overlay on Green Street was discussed. The street was constructed in the 1960s with a couple of facelifts over the years. In early 2000 millings were layed on the sides to widen the street. Two quotes for new asphalt surface were received including $288,000 and $154,959. They accepted the bid from Werner Construction for the $154,000 bid and will look into covering “C” street as well from Bomgaars to Green Street.

Mike Daneilski, Devin Muirhead, Tim Colvin, Steve Isom, Kurt Arganbright, Robert Jospeh and Luke Moser were named to a special purpose advisory committee for the golf course. This board would help oversee the construction of a new potential course.

Roxy Potter of the Lions Club made a request for a donation for the fireworks show on the 4th of July. The Valentine Fire Department has decided to not shoot off the fireworks this year due to time constraints and liabilities. The council approved a $1000 donation to the fireworks display.

 

Democratic leader blocks Senate vote on Keystone

Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project.

Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline as well as a measure to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new greenhouse gas regulations on coal-burning power plants.

The proposed Canada-U.S. pipeline would cross Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Obama administration announced last month it was delaying a decision on the pipeline's fate indefinitely. Reid has offered supporters a vote on a stand-alone bill that deals with only the pipeline.

All 45 Senate Republicans and as many as a dozen Democrats support the project. Environmental groups oppose it.

   

Area Graduation Dates

Springview celebrated commencement on May 4th at the Keya Paha County High School Gym. Other upcoming area graduations are as follows:

Valentine: May 10th at 4 pm at the Valentine High School Auditorium

Bassett: May 10th at 2 pm at the Rock County High School Gym

Thedford: May 10th at 6 pm at the Thedford High School Gym

Cody Kilgore: May 17th at 4 pm (Mountain Time) at the High School Gym

Mullen: May 17th at 2 pm at the Lariat Auditorium

Todd County: May 17th at 1 pm at the Ben Reifel Auditorium

 

 

 

Mountain Lion Depredation of Calf Confirmed Near Brewster

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a mountain lion killed a calf near Brewster in Blaine County. This is the first confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times.

The owner of the calf contacted the Commission on April 2 after finding the carcass, which had been dragged about 60 yards from a calving corral into a shelterbelt and extensively fed upon. A Commission representative examined the carcass and immediate vicinity the following day. The condition of the carcass suggested a mountain lion could have been responsible. Fresh droppings or "scat" were present near the carcass, and a sample was collected and sent to a federal genetics laboratory. Scientists at the laboratory found last week that the sample came from a mountain lion based on diagnostic genetic evidence, thus allowing confirmation that a lion was involved.

As allowed under statute, the owner of the calf requested and was issued a 30-day permit to kill a mountain lion on his property. If a mountain lion is killed, the landowner is required to transfer the animal to the Commission.

Although this is Nebraska's first recent confirmed livestock loss from a mountain lion, lion depredations are confirmed each year in western states with large lion populations.

 

 

   

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