Opponents push for repeal of Nebraska prairie dog law
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:33
Nebraska wildlife advocates are trying to repeal a law designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs, a critical native species that some ranchers view as pests.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha presented his repeal measure Tuesday to the Legislature's Agriculture Committee, saying the current law is too vague and runs afoul of property rights. Wildlife groups and the Nebraska Farmer's Union support his effort, saying the law is heavy-handed.
The 2012 law gives counties the option to manage prairie dog populations when a landowner's neighbors complain about the animals on their property. Since the law passed, only Sheridan County has created a management plan.
Larry Dix of the Nebraska Association of County Officials says the county has not fielded any complaints since the law went into effect.
Fire Crews Respond to House Fire
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:08
Valentine Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire around midnight last night at 625 North Valentine Street. According to the State Fire Marshall, the fire appeared to have been caused by an electrical short in the wall. Minor damage to the wall as well as some smoke damage was reported. Valentine Fire Chief Terry Engels stated that fire crews were on scene for approximately 4 hours.