Valentine's Day Card Contest
Monday, 25 November 2013 14:01
The Valentine Chamber of Commerce will once against have a contest to determine the artwork for the official Valentine from Valentine for the year 2014. Everyone is welcome to compete to win $250 in prize money and the distinction of having his or her artwork displayed on the greeting card. Remember the following specifications when submitting artwork:
- Artwork must be on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper.
- Finished artwork must be in dark in, no pencil drawings.
- Artwork must reproduce well in black and while and be proportionate to finished card size.
- A Valentine's Day verse or greeting must accompany the artwork. The Valentine Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to use that verse or another of their choice.
- Artwork and entry must be submitted to the Valentine Chamber of Commerce by Friday, December 27, 2013.
Send your finished artwork to the Valentine Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 201, Valentine, NE 69201.
Steve Thede named Niobrara NSR Superintendent
Saturday, 23 November 2013 10:04
VALENTINE, NE –National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Michael Reynolds has named Steve Thede as the new Superintendent for Niobrara National Scenic River headquartered in Valentine, Neb. Thede, most recently Deputy Superintendent at Badlands National Park, S.D., replaces Dan Foster, who became Superintendent at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington earlier this year. Thede will begin this new assignment December 2, 2013. “Steve’s long service as an NPS field manager brings an experienced hand to the Niobrara and its communities,” said Michael T. Reynolds, Regional Director of the 13-state NPS Midwest Region. “Steve has a great enthusiasm and interest in the Niobrara River and working with the communities and people along the river corridor. He will be a good listener and understands the unique relationships the Service must foster with the diverse land owners, business owners, and interest groups that make up the environment of this national park.” Thede began his NPS career in 1982 at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., as a seasonal law enforcement ranger with collateral duties in wildland and structural fire. Following similar assignments at Yosemite National Park, Calif., and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Ariz., he branched out into the interpretation field at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Thede worked in both law enforcement and interpretation at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Fla., and Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colo. Upon leaving Bent’s Old Fort, he served his first assignment at Badlands as the Assistant Chief of Interpretation from 1995 to 1998, followed by a tour at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Calif., before returning to Badlands in 2009 as Deputy Superintendent. Thede has also completed details as a Special Assistant in the Director’s Office in Washington, D.C., and as the Acting Superintendent of Oregon Caves National Monument, Ore., Badlands National Park, and presently at Missouri National Recreational River headquartered in Yankton, S.D. “I was fortunate to have been able to visit Valentine this summer and had the pleasure of meeting a great park staff and some of the warmest and friendliest people anywhere,” Thede explained. “I had no idea the Niobrara National Scenic River was such a remarkable and special place and I soon became interested in pursuing the Superintendent position. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve here and look forward to experiencing more of the river while getting to know the staff and local community.” Thede, a Winnebago, Minn. native, will be accompanied on this new assignment by his wife Cheryl. The Niobrara National Scenic River is a 76-mile reach of the Niobrara River in north-central Nebraska that was authorized as a unit of the National Park System and added to the nation’s Wild and Scenic River System in 1991. The Niobrara NSR preserves a superb example of a Great Plains river and protects a unique ecological crossroads where six distinct ecosystems and their associated flora and fauna mix. The western third of the scenic river is home to over 200 waterfalls, including Smith Falls, which plunges 63 feet over a sandstone cliff. Wildlife abounds, such as white-tailed deer, coyote, beaver, mink, bull snakes, soft-shelled turtles, turkeys, heron, and sandpipers. Enjoyed by tens of thousands of canoeists, kayakers and tubers yearly, the upper reach of the Niobrara is noted as one of America’s outstanding canoeing and float trip rivers.