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Officials: Arizona man drove 127 mph in Nebraska

Authorities say an Arizona man was caught driving 127 mph on Interstate 80 in Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol says 43-year-old Brandon P. Vasquez, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was stopped Wednesday afternoon while he traveled by car on Interstate 80 in Keith County. A trooper clocked the vehicle traveling 127 mph in a 75-mph zone.

The trooper reported the smell of alcohol in the car. Vasquez was arrested and taken to the Keith County Jail in Ogallala. He faces charges of driving while intoxicated and speeding. Court records do not list an attorney.


Notes from the Niobrara Council


  • Executive Director Kallie Kieborz stated the Niobrara Council received notice that Lee Simmons had been appointed to the Timber Industry position on the Council. Simmons will fill the vacancy by Micky Hunt and servthe remainder of the term until July 2015.It was reported that Tom Welstead will be the NGPC representative on the council, as Clayton Stalling is preparing to retire.
  • Steve Thede was available to give the NPS report. He introduced Jim Dahlstrom, new Chief Ranger / Law Enforcement Officer for the NPS.
  • Steve Hicks was available to give the USFWS report. He stated their visitor counts were small this time of year and mentioned the hunting that was currently going on at Ft. Niobrara NWR. The complex will also be getting a new law enforcement officer.




Steve Dredge winner of Badger Bike

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes raffled off a custom-built Badger bicycle created by Mike Stoeger earlier this month and Steve Dredge was named the lucky winner. Raffle tickets raised $160 to benefit the Valentine Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  FCA would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets to support this worthwhile program.


Nebraska population continues slow growth this year

Nebraska's population continued to grow steadily this year, but the rate of growth may not be enough to ensure the state will keep all three of its U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates Tuesday showing that Nebraska's population had grown to 1.88 million by July 1 of this year.

The state's population was roughly 0.7 percent higher than the July 2013 estimate of 1.87 million.

The nationwide population grew at a similar rate to 318.9 million this year, but states in the South and West grew at a more brisk pace above 1 percent.

David Drozd, research coordinator for the University of Nebraska Omaha's Center for Public Affairs Research, says the state has now gained population for 27 years in a row.


Judge: Progress on mediation including SD tribe

A federal judge says there has been "major progress" in settlement negotiations between the government and a group of Indian tribes over inadequate federal payments for support costs on programs the tribes took over administering.

Federal Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen wrote in a Tuesday filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico that negotiations are ongoing. They're the result of a 2012 Supreme Court ruling in favor of the tribes, including the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, potentially worth millions of dollars.

The high court agreed the government shorted the tribes by not adequately covering contract support costs. Oglala Sioux Tribal Councilman Mike Her Many Horses says tribal health administration is one area that has suffered from the underfunding.

It's unclear how much money the tribes are seeking.



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