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Mountain Lion Hunting - Legislature

A proposal to eliminate Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season has hit a snag in the Legislature.

Opponents mounted a filibuster on Thursday to try to block the legislation before lawmakers could grant final approval.

The bill has already advanced through two previous votes. Lawmakers moved on to other measures without voting, but are expected to return to it later.

Sen. Ernie Chambers has said he introduced the bill because the state has a duty to protect mountain lions, which are native to Nebraska but were virtually wiped out by settlers. Foes of the measure say the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions should be able to regulate the population.

Lawmakers approved mountain-lion hunting in 2012, while Chambers was out of office due to term limits.


Ag Day in Valentine with Governor

The members of the Cherry County Farm Bureau welcome the community to join them in celebrating National Agriculture Day by participating in a ‘Celebrate Agriculture’ event to be held Tues., March 25, at 9 a.m. at the Valentine High School auditorium.

John Ravenscroft, Cherry County Farm Bureau president announced that Valentine has been selected as one of the locations Gov. Dave Heineman will visit this year as part of his Agriculture Day celebration. Ag Day is to recognize the importance of agriculture and the role ranchers, feeders and farmers play in supporting Nebraska.

All members of the community are welcome to attend the Celebrate Agriculture event which will give them the opportunity to visit with the governor and other local and state agriculture leaders.

The event will start at 9 a.m. with remarks to be followed by a reception.


Supreme Court ruling won't affect Cowboy Trail

According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling on the ownership of abandoned railways won't affect Nebraska's Cowboy Trail.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that after a railroad has abandoned a line, the land should revert to owners of the adjacent property instead of to the federal government. Some fear the ruling threatens Rails to Trails projects across the country built on abandoned railways.

The Cowboy Trail, however, is built on land that has been railbanked, rather than abandoned. When a trail is railbanked, it may be developed into a trail but the railroad retains the right to convert it back into a rail line.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy purchased the right-of-way for the 321-mile stretch of land between Norfolk and Chadron in the early 1990s from the Chicago and NorthWestern Transportation Company. The Conservancy gave the right-of-way to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1993. Since then, Game and Parks has worked to develop and maintain 196 miles of the trail between Norfolk and Valentine for walking, running, bicycling and horseback riding.


Nebraska - Medicaid Expansion

A proposal to expand health care coverage to low-income Nebraskans won't make it out of the Legislature this year. 

Lawmakers lacked enough support to bring the measure to a vote after eight hours of debate. The bill will not be taken up again in this legislative session. 

The "Wellness in Nebraska Act" laid out a plan to help cover health care costs for about 54,000 residents through a combination of Medicaid and subsidized private health insurance. It would have cost an estimated $62 million between July of this year and June 2020.

Supporters argued the proposal would have helped rural hospitals and working Nebraskans. But opponents who successfully blocked further consideration said it would have diverted money away from other priorities, such as education.


Valentine Prom Candidates

The 2014 Junior- Senior prom “A Shipwreck Dream” will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  The Banquet will be held at the Peppermill Restaurant at 6:00 P.M. Pictures will be taken at the High School around 7:00 P.M. with the doors closing at 7:30 P.M. followed by the promenade at 8:00 P.M. with the crowning to take place around 8:15 P.M.  The public is welcome to attend.  The dance will be from 9:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. on the floor of the gym.  Candidates for prom queen are Lindsey Fay, Abbey Jacobs and Sheyanne Long.  Candidates for prom king are Braxton Greeen, Taylor Monroe and Nathaniel O’Kief.


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