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Travel Writers to Visit KVSH Area

Western Nebraska will step into the national spotlight May 19-24, as the state plays host to a group of 24 journalists writing for national and regional media outlets. This will be the seventh media tour sponsored by the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

The visiting journalists write for a wide variety of publications including AAA Living, American Cowboy, USAToday.com, the Toronto Sun, National Public Radio, American Iron Motorcycle, In-Fisherman Magazine, Golfweek and many more. The May tour will include activities in North Platte, McCook, Valentine, Ogallala, Gothenburg, Mullen, Broken Bow, Thedford, Cody, Nenzel and other stops in the Western part of the state.

Some 142 journalists have visited Nebraska on the six previous media tours, resulting in 305 articles or broadcast segments, which have appeared in media outlets. Some 181,165,527 potential visitors have been exposed to this coverage.  If this editorial coverage had been purchased as paid advertising it would have cost $7,230,057. National and in-state tourism sponsors have provided more than $231,090 in goods and services including air transportation, lodging, meals and activities to support the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s media tour program.

 

SCA Convention Approaching

Livestock Sustainability Consultant Jude Capper, PhD, and Agriculture Advocate and Radio Personality Trent Loos will headline the Sandhills Cattle Association’s 75th Annual Convention set for Thursday, May 22 in Valentine, Ne. The one-day event will be held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds and will also include over 45 exhibits in the industry trade show, the Association’s annual meeting and election of officers, scholarship presentations, benefit auction and a steak supper.

Capper’s presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. (CDT). She is based in Bozeman, Mont., holding adjunct professor and affiliate positions at Washington State University and Montana State University, respectively. Her principal professional goal is to communicate the importance of livestock industry sustainability and the factors affecting sustainability. She strives to enhance the knowledge and understanding of stakeholders within food production from the rancher and farmer through to the retailer, policy-maker and consumer. Capper has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to resource use and the environmental impact of livestock production. She  maintains websites relating to her work at: http://wsu.academia.edu/JudeCapper/Talks and http://bovidiva.com/ and has the Twitter handle of @Bovidiva. Her appearance at the convention is made possible by Merck Animal Health.

Loos is a sixth generation farmer/rancher with a passion for agriculture that started years ago on the family farm near Quincy, Ill. He will speak at 1:30 p.m. (CDT). Loos established his strong rural foundation in farming side-by-side with his father and grandfather. When anti-agricultural activists threatened the way of life he cherished, Loos decided it was time to take a stand. Somebody needed to speak on behalf of the hard-working farmers and ranchers of America. Sharing the message about the people and places in rural America is a step toward re-connecting consumers to their food. His radio show, Loos Tales, airs on over 100 stations nationwide and boasts 3 million listeners on-air and online.

The convention is open to both members and non-members of the Sandhills Cattle Association. Before May 15, registration fee is $45/person for members and $60/person for non-members. The fees cover the all of day’s activities and two meals. The day before the convention, there will be a fun, benefit 4-person scramble golf tournament held at The Prairie Club southwest of Valentine. For more information about the convention activities or to register, contact the Sandhills Cattle Association  402-376-2310, 1-800-658-0551 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.sandhillscattle.com.

 

CHERRY COUNTY LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

FOR CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT LORANA EGGERT DEFEATED KATHY HAMMOND 1362 TO 443.

FOR CHERRY COUNTY COMMISSIONER, THE TWO CANDIDATES RECEIVING THE MOST VOTES WERE TANYA STORER AND JIM VANWINKLE WITH 946 AND 703 VOTES, RESPECTIVELY.  OTHER RESULTS WERE JAMES WARD WITH 646, MARTIN DENAEYER WITH 526, SHANE DANIELS WITH 278, AND RUTH HOBBS WITH 193.

FOR VALENTINE CITY COUNCIL, THE FOUR RECEIVING THE MOST VOTES WERE:  DAVE DENT WITH 396, WALLY BALLIET WITH 350, NEIL WESCOTT WITH 344, AND KEVIN PETTIGREW WITH 261.  THESE FOUR WILL ADVANCE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER.  T.C. COLVIN WILL NOT BE ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER.

FOR COMPLETE STATEWIDE RESULTS, GO TO ELECTIONRESULTS.SOS.NE.GOV

2,120 PERSONS OFFICIALLY CAST BALLOTS IN CHERRY COUNTY, FOR A VOTER TURNOUT OF 49.44%.

 

   

Economic Developers Meet In Valentine

 

114 Economic Development officials from across the state will gather in Valentine over the next few days to participate in educational sessions and network with other economic development personnel during the annual spring NEDA conference. The Valentine Economic development Board is hosting the event along with assistance from the Cherry County Visitors Promotion board. Besides the educational sessions to be held at the Peppermill, the attendees will have the opportunity to golf at The Prairie Club or take a canoe trip down the Niobrara River on Wednesday afternoon. They will also be exposed to Cowboy Fast Draw on Thursday evening at Colburn Park and Centennial Hall. This event is an opportunity for the Valentine Community to show the rest of the state what makes it a vibrant and growing business community. Please welcome these visitors with true Heart City Hospitality.

 

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.

   

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