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Report on Valentine Police Dept.

Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller released the annual report from the city police department noting several changes during 2014. Long time Chief Ben McBride resigned to pursue private business and Miller was hired as his replacement. Two new officers were hired this past fall to bring the department to full strength. Officers include Chief Miller, Lt. Jamon Slama, Jim McCormich, Brandon Ormesher and Jasmine Hoefs. Chief Miller will be on the KVSH Comment program this Thursday to discuss the report and details of the activities of the department. In 2014 the officers responded to 5,646 calls which was 200 more than in 2013.

 

TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land

The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has taken its first steps in Nebraska since the state's high court cleared the way for the planned route.

Officials with TransCanada said Tuesday they've filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire access to land that's needed for the construction and operation of the pipeline. The two-year window for TransCanada to invoke eminent domain closes Thursday.

The route still faces challenges as opponents have filed lawsuits to try to prevent the Calgary, Alberta-based company from using eminent domain and to overturn the state law that allowed ex-Gov. Dave Heineman to approve the route.

The pipeline will carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to Nebraska.

TransCanada spokesman Andrew Craig says it will work to acquire easements voluntarily.

 

Vets’ Club Soup Contest 2nd Round Results

The finale of the 11th Annual Vets’ Club Soup Contest is shaping up to be a battle of the potato soups. The second round Friday night was won by Chris O’Dell’s Baked Potato Soup. Debbi Hoffman won the first round with her Country Potato.

O’Dell advances with Hoffman to the grand finale’ Feb. 6. He won a $25 beef gift certificate from Scotty’s Ranchland Foods.

Also entered in the second round were LeeAnn Wagner, Chicken Tortilla, Leo Driving Hawk, Gumbo, and Travis Connot, From Bowl to Bowl. The voting was very close with only 12 votes separating first and fourth places.

Entrants received gift baskets and $20 in raffle tickets. Those who came to taste the soups each received a free raffle ticket.

Raffle prizes will be given out at 9 p.m. Feb. 6 and you must be present to win. Ticket prices have not changed in 11 years. They are just $1 each or 6 for $5.

Three guns are slated to be given away at the finale’. The grand prizes for the raffle are a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun, a Savage .243 rifle, and a Savage .223 rifle.

There are myriad additional raffle prizes, including numerous gift certificates and donations from area businesses. Just a few of the many items to be given away are two star quilts, jewelry, pet products, pool cues, home decor and tools. Stop at the Vets’ Club to see all of the prizes that will be given away Feb. 6.

Check at the Vets’ Club 402-376-3603 if interested in entering the soup contest. Slots are available for two remaining weeks Jan. 23 and 30. Please sign up to enter a soup!

The Vets’ Club would like to thank all of the area merchants who help support all of its activities.

   

American Legion Auxiliary Valentines for Vets

The American Legion Auxiliary in Valentine is again making Valentines for Veterans, and they are looking for contributions from the community. You can drop off valentines to be sent to veterans at the studios of KVSH Radio, 126 W 3rd Street, until February 1st. Call Bonnie Phillips at 402-376-5139 with any questions, or if you'd like to add or update an address.

 

Bill would put $50 million to Nebraska property tax relief

A state fund created to reduce local property taxes would get a $50 million boost under a new bill in the Nebraska Legislature.

Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis submitted legislation Thursday that would add $25 million annually to the fund this year and in 2016.

The fund uses state money to reduce what all Nebraska property owners pay in local property taxes. Last year, lawmakers increased the fund to $140 million. With that additional money, a home or property valued at $100,000 gets a tax credit of $74.11.

Lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts have said cutting property taxes is a top priority for this year's session.

 

   

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