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Brown County Crimestoppers Need Your Help

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the theft of two black bull calves. The calves were a week old and had a yellow ear tag in the right ear. The theft took place approximately eight miles north and three miles west of Ainsworth. The theft occurred sometime between March 10th and March 11th. The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking information about a burglary that occurred at a residence that is located just south of Daniel’s Manufacturing. The burglary occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on March 14, 2015. Residents left the home and returned a short time later to find someone had been inside the house and had started to remove electronic equipment, including stereo’s and TV’s. It appears when the residents returned, they scared off the intruders. For more information about these cases or if you have any information about these cases, or any other case, you are encouraged to call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 402-387-1440 or please call Crimestoppers at 1-866-434-4069 or locally at 402-382-3121. You remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.


VMS to present the Island of Music at VHS on March 26th

The fifth grade class at Valentine Elementary School will present their program, Island Of Music, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Valentine High School Auditorium. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The concert, featuring a variety o fmusical styles and choreography, will begin with the fifth graders marching into the auditorium to "Oh When the Saints Come Marching In". African-American spiritual, patriotic, American folk, and a calypso song will highlight the evening’s program. Three selections from the Oscar-Winning musical Fiddler on the Roof will be performed with the performance concluding with "Roar", nominated in 2014 for Top Hot 100 Songs, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, and Top Video Song of the year. The concert is open to the public and there will be no admission fee. The PTA will be accepting graham cracker donations for the school snack program. All donations will be greatly appreciated!


Brush fire that threatened North Platte homes contained

Firefighters have contained a fire that threatened several residences in the western Nebraska city of North Platte.

Fire Chief Dennis Thompson says fire crews from several departments that were called in contained the blaze around 9 p.m. Monday. He says flames were still visible amid trees in the wooded area on Tuesday morning.

Thompson says no injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported, and no occupied homes were damaged. Some sheds and other outbuildings were destroyed, however. The chief says he didn't know for sure how many acres were blackened by the wind-whipped blaze.

The fire was first reported around 2 p.m. Monday on the east end of Cody Park, which sits just south of the North Platte River.


Stray dogs being gathered on reservation after women's death

Stray dogs are being rounded up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation after an attack that killed a woman.

Authorities say 49-year-old Julie Charging Whirlwind died Saturday after being surrounded by a pack of dogs and mauled.

Tribal Council members on Monday authorized tribal police to work with tribal wildlife officials to round up stray dogs that are deemed dangerous. The dogs will be impounded or killed.

The schedule for the dog control is as follows (subject to change):

Tuesday, March 17th - Rosebud 9 am - 12 pm; Soldier Creek 1 pm - 4 pm

Wednesday, March 18th - St. Francis 9 am - 12 pm; Spring Creek 1 pm - 4 pm

Thursday, March 19th - Parmalee 9 am - 12 pm; Upper Cut Meat 1 pm - 4 pm

Friday, March 20th - He Dog 9 am - 12 pm; Ring Thunder 1 pm - 4 pm.

The death of Charging Whirlwind comes just a few months after the Nov. 18 death of 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez, who was killed by dogs while she was sledding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Both reservations are in southwest South Dakota.


Game and Parks Commission to Host Meeting on Valentine-Area Projects

A public informational meeting will be held in Valentine on March 26 to discuss several planned improvements for fishing, boating and angler access in the area.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the meeting at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, from 7-9 p.m. A presentation on the projects will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

A summary of the projects to be discussed:

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge – An Aquatic Habitat Project will begin this summer to address the passage of common carp through existing water control structures. New designs for control structures below Watts, Hackberry, Dewey, Whitewater, Clear, Willow and Pelican lakes will limit upstream fish passage and help control high densities of carp in these lakes. West Long Lake will see earth fill added to the existing roadway berm. Cleaning out the channel between the lakes also will allow Fish and Wildlife Service personnel to manage the water and fish populations more effectively. Plans are underway for a rotenone fish renovation at Watts Lake the week of March 23.

Merritt Reservoir – Construction of a new boat launch facility at the main landing area is planned for this summer and fall. A 16-foot-wide boat ramp will be poured adjacent to a protective rock breakwater. The design eventually will allow launching most years into August. A second breakwater may be built near the Willow Cove area, and it would provide wave attenuation, fish habitat benefits and access to deeper water for bank anglers.

Rat and Beaver Lakes – An update will be given on the recent completion of a fish renovation, installation of water control structures with carp barriers and fish stockings.

Big Alkali Lake – The rock breakwater near the boat ramp needs repair, and excavation will be done to improve boat launching.

Call Zac Brashears at 402-376-8080 or Mark Porath at 402-471-5583 for more information.


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