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Senator Fischer named to committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today that she has been named Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities for the 113th Congress.
The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities is responsible for overseeing policies and programs to counter emerging threats, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and illegal drugs; homeland defense; technology base programs; special operations programs; and emerging operational concepts.

 

Foundation Banqet Saturday Night

The Sandhills Area Foundation will celebrate 15 years of community support with their annual winter banquet this Saturday night at the Cherry County 4-H Building. The gourmet dinner will be served by the Peppermill at 7pm. There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction to help raise money for scholarships and community grants. Last year the Foundation was able to give $37,500 in scholarships and over the past 15 years has awarded almost $300,000 in scholarships. There have also been over $50,000 in grant given out for community projects over that same time frame. Social hours will begin this Saturday at 5:30 with dinner at 7 and live auction to follow. Tickets are sold out.

 

Winter Weather On The Way

A powerful winter storm system is heading for Nebraska and Iowa, promising a foot or more of snow and high winds.   The National Weather Service says in a winter storm watch that snow will begin falling in western Nebraska on Wednesday evening and then hamper morning traffic in Omaha and other cities as the system heads east.   Accumulations of more than a foot are possible east of a line from Hayes Center in southwest Nebraska north through Valentine in the north. In Iowa, up to a foot is expected in some spots west of Interstate 35.   The weather service says the heavy snow and 15-25 mph winds will make travel hazardous.  Stay tuned to KVSH Radio and www.kvsh.com for the latest updates on this storm system.  Remember that up to date weather information is always available at www.kvsh.com/weather.

   

PENDING STORM

 

 

 

 

 

ACCORDING TO ALL THE WEATHER FORCASTERS AND COMPUTERS THE BULLSEYE FOR THE PENDING WINTER STORM IS CENTRAL NEBRASKA. 9 TO 14 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATIONARE POSSIBLE IN AN AREA FROM AINSWORTH TO NORTH PLATTE ON THE WEST TO KEARNEY AND BURWELL ON THE EAST....VALENTINE IS ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE HEAVIEST SNOW AREA. 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW ARE STILL POSSIBLE IN MOST ALL AREAS OF NEBRASKA OUTSIDE OF THEIR SO CALLED 'BULLSEYE'. THE STORM IS STILL DEVELOPING WITH SOME ALTERATIONS TO THE CURRENT PREDICTION IS STILL POSSIBLE AS IT IS NOT EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN THE STATE UNTIL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

 

Senator Davis Introduces Wildfire Legislation

Nebraska lawmakers are rethinking the state's approach to wildfires in the wake of massive summer blazes that threatened property, strained local budgets and disrupted businesses that rely on agriculture and tourism.   The push to add firefighting resources in the most remote corners of the state comes as forestry officials warn that Nebraska may face a "new normal" of massive wildfires.   Nebraska will likely see larger and more intense "mega fires" in coming years for a variety of reasons, said Scott Josiah, director of the Nebraska Forest Service in Lincoln. Heat, and drought play a role, he said, but so does the spread of eastern red cedar trees - a pine with needles and resin that are both highly flammable.   Lawmakers will confront the issue in a committee hearing this week. Senator Al Davis of Hyannis has introduced a bill that would add new resources to the state's firefighting arsenal. Davis will present his proposal, the Wildfire Control Act of 2013, to the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee on Friday. The bill, LB634, would include training for firefighters, as well as the purchase of new fire suppression equipment, including two slurry planes - one of which would be stationed in Valentine.  To contact Al Davis' office, the phone number to call is 402-471-2628. 

   

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