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VHS Prom 2013

What Happens in Vegas... Stays in Vegas... is the theme for this year's prom at VHS to be held on Saturday April 13.  The banquet, open to servers, juniors, seniors, and their dates, begins at 6pm at the Peppermill.  Doors open at 5:45.

Royalty will be crowned between 7:30 and 8, with the public invited.

The dance starts at about 9pm, and ends at midnight.  According to information given to KVSH News, all students will be given a breathalyzer test before being admitted to the dance.


St. Francis Man Charged

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Patrick Black Spotted Horse, age 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 16. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 22 and pled not guilty to the indictment.
Black Spotted Horse was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending trial. A trial date has not been set.


FFA Teams Qualify for State

The results are in from Valentine FFA's efforts at Northeast Community College on Feb 27th during the District Career Development Events Competition are in.  Several Valentine teams qualified for State.

In Farm Management, the team of Shawna Wheeler, Brittney O'Kief, Brandon O'Kief, and Dustin Eide took 1st place.

The welding team of AJ Wrage, Dustin Eide, and Dalton Fischer placed first.

Agronomy team, Trevor Bukaske, Tom Harvey, Chet Tetherow, and Rygh Robinson finished in 2nd place.

The Livestock Management team placed 4th, and also qualified for state.  That team consisted of Britney O'Kief, Sydney Dexter, Shawna Wheeler, Brandon O'Kief, Justin Lurz, and Bailey Dexter.


Wild Fire Training

During the month of March residents in the Niobrara Valley are likely to see smoke from time to time during controlled burn events which will be part of training exercises. Several local organizations will help sponsor the event including the Niobrara Prescribed Fire Association, Niobrara Council and Nebraska Game and Parks. The devastating fires of 2011 remind us of the urgent need to manage the forest and grasslands of the area. The goal is the have over 7,000 acres of controlled burns on private and state managed lands.

On a related note, the Nebraska Forest Service will offer Wildland Fire Training to about 500 firefighters from across the state this spring. Classes will be held to promote safety and review effective firefighting techniques. Contact the Nebraska Forest Service for more information at


Indian Casinos - Revenue

A report says Indian casinos posted higher revenue in 2011 despite a weak economy.


The study, "Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report," released Wednesday, says that revenue rose 3 percent, to $27.4 billion.


Indian casinos account for about 43 percent of total casino gambling revenue, just slightly less than 45 percent for commercial casinos. Race track casinos account for the rest.


Indian gambling was slowing before the start of the recession in late 2007 due to legislation, regulations and court decisions. Alan Meister, the industry report's author, says restrictions include the types of games offered by Indian casinos, the states where gambling is permitted and other limits.


The report says the outlook for Indian gambling looks healthy because the economy is expected to continue improving, restoring consumer spending.


In addition, many tribes are upgrading, expanding and replacing casinos.


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