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Valentine Deer Check Station 2013 Firearm Rifle Deer Season

SANDHILLS UNIT : 300 total

mule deer:        121   bucks
24   does

whitetail deer:   113  bucks
41   does

KEYA PAHA   UNIT: 137 total

mule deer:           28   bucks
0    does

whitetail deer:   100    bucks
9     does


mule deer:          11   bucks
0   does

whitetail deer:    10   bucks
2   does

Total mule deer bucks = 160
Total mule deer does   =   24

Total whitetail bucks   =   223
Total whitetail does     =     52

TOTAL DEER FOR 2013   =   459

compared to 2012 = 745
2011= 980
2010 = 1171 all time high
There were 169 regular firearm Sandhills permits unsold and 281 Season Choice Sandhills permits unsold.


Valentine's Day Card Contest

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


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.


Holiday Mail for Heroes


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) is teaming up with the American Red Cross to give Nebraskans an opportunity to send holiday wishes and show their appreciation for military service members, their families, and veterans. Each year, the Red Cross collects holiday cards from Americans through its Holiday Mail for Heroes program to send to the nation's men and women in uniform both overseas and in local communities.

Those who wish to participate can make or purchase a card or to sign and mail to the following address. Cards guaranteed for delivery should be received by December 6, 2013:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

To ensure holiday cards can be quickly screened and mailed to heroes, the Red Cross asks that participants follow the below guidelines:

* Ensure that all cards are signed.

* Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.

* Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

* Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

* Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

* Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.

* If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.



Cherry County Court News

Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott has announcet that on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Cherry County District Court the following cases were heard, resulding in convictions and sentencing for the following individuals.

Wanda Bare, a 54 year old former Valentie resident was sentenced on 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, to one year on each count all to be served consecutively.

Charles Nick Wescott, a 36 year old Valentine man was sentenced to 4 years for Counts I and II Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute to be served concurrently and 6 - 10 years for Count III to be served consecutively in the Nebraska State Peniteniary.

Ryan Mason was sentenced to 5 years probation and 120 days in jail for Criminal Non-Support.

Timothy Kaup was sentenced to 5 years probation and 180 days in jail for Criminal Non-Support.

Brenda Beeken, a 52 year old Valentine woman was sentenced to 5 years probation, 45 days in jail and restitution for Theft by Unlawful Taking.

A 24 year old Sioux Falls man, Reginald Willett was convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and is scheduled for sentencing January 17, 2014

A 24 year old Sioux Falls woman, Cassandra Asfeha was convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and is scheduled for sentencing January 17, 2014.


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