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Congressman Smith Mobile Office Visiting Valentine

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office for a “mobile office” on Tuesday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT) in Valentine.

 A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

 Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide his mobile office and a staff member on Tuesday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT): Valentine Public Library, 324 N. Main Street, Valentine, NE

 For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.


Tickets for Cattlemen's Ball

Even though the 2013 Cattleman's Ball is more than 60 days away, tickets are going fast.  In fact, about 1,000 of the 4,000 available tickets have already been sold, and the pace is picking up.   As in the past, Cattleman's Ball officials expect to sell out well in advance of the event.

The 2013 Cattlemen’s Ball will take place June 7th and 8th on the Hanging H Ranch on U.S. Highway 30 east of Paxton, Nebraska. This year's event is co-hosted by the Ralph and Beverly Holzfaster family and the Neal Hansen family. The Cattlemen’s Ball is the state’s premier fundraiser for the fight against cancer, with 100% of the dollars raised staying in Nebraska.  This year's theme is "On the Trail to a Cure."

The Cattlemen’s Ball is hosted by a different Nebraska ranch or feedlot every year.  Its mission is to raise money for cancer research at the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, while showcasing rural Nebraska and promoting beef as part of a healthy diet.  Since its inception, the Cattlemen’s Ball has raised more than $6.3 million.  In addition to providing funds to the Eppley Cancer Center, a portion of the funds is also targeted for local healthcare organizations.

For information and to purchase tickets online, visit Tickets may also be purchased at Adams Bank & Trust in Ogallala, or by calling 308.284.7883.


Social Media Class Held

22 area business people attended the social media workshop presented by the Valentine Economic Development Board and UNL Extension. Participants ranged from flower shop owners to horse breeders and specialty food producers. The workshop was held at the west room of the Peppermill Restaurant on East Highway 20 in Valentine. Connie Hancock and Jay Jenkins of UNL Extension Service presented the information including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media. Social media and online presence are tools to support traditional marketing tools such as radio and print media. A Website is the heart of online presence with other social media pointing at the website.


Wildfire Bill Passes Committee

A measure to help fight wildfires in rural Nebraska has won initial approval from lawmakers.


Lawmakers voted 36-0 on Monday to advance the bill, LB-528, in response to summer blazes that scorched massive areas of rural Nebraska.


The bill would place aerial tankers in Valentine and Chadron during fire season, require the state to thin forests, and offer new training to emergency responders, in addition to other steps.


Nebraska experienced 1,570 wildfires last year that burned a total of 786 square miles. Many of the fires are blamed on eastern red cedar trees, which are invasive and highly flammable.


The bill was sponsored by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis.


Cherry County Hospital Among Top 100 CAH

Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Nebraska was recently named one of the HealthStrong Top 100 Critical Acess Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

Cherry County Hospital scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength Index.  The 2013 Top 100 CAH announcement is the second release of this designation.  The Hospital Strength Index is a first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access hospitals that provide a "safety-net" to communities accross rural America - measuring them across 56 different criteria, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, and efficiency.


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