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Youth Planning Commission Meeting Tonight

The Valentine Youth Planning Commission will be holding their annual meeting (including election of officers) at 6 p.m. tonight at the youth activities directors’ office in the city gym. Anyone interested in youth programs is invited to become a member to help grow the organization. For those of you that have been so supportive over the years - they thank you tremendously for your efforts in making opportunities for our area kids happen!

 

Hastings Swim Meet Results

The Valentine Swim Team traveled to Hastings for their "Fun in the Sun" Meet held at Hastings Aquacourt Waterpark.  Valentine put on their game faces to compete against 19 other teams and 180 athletes to bring home several personal bests and some great performances.  Newcomer Wrigley Greenough showed off her butterfly skills and brought home a 4th place!  Several of the swimmers were invited to participate in the ever popular relays.  Valentine team members brought home 5th, 6th, 7th 9th, and 10th in the 200 Free Relays.  They pulled off 3rd, 8th, 9th, and  11th in the 200 Medley Relays.  Given a few more swimmers, we might have just brought home all the places!  Valentine wraps up their regular season on July 23 and 24 with a trip to Kearney.  Here are how the swimmers fared:

 

Wrigley Greenough:  4th 50 fly, 5th 200 Free Relay, 6th 50 back, 7th 50 and 100 free, 8th 50 breaststroke and 14th 100 back.

Malika Monroe:  9th 200 medley relay, 10th 200 free, 11th 50 fly, 100 back and 50 and 100 free, 14th 50 breaststroke, and 15th 100 breaststroke.

Lee Major:  9th 50 breaststroke, 10th 50 back and 200 free and 13th 100 free.  Lee swam on Saturday only.

Aiden Tiefenthaler:  7th 200 free relay, 11th 200 Medley relay, 100 back and 100 breaststroke, 13th 200 breaststroke, 14th 100 breaststroke, 15th 100 free and 200 free, and 16th 50 free and 200 IM.

Casey Miller:  3rd 200 breast, 8th 50 back and 100 breast, 9th 50 fly and 200 free relay, 11th 100 free and 200 Medley Relay and 12th 50 free.

Cody Miller:  6th 100 fly, 8th 200 Medley relay, 9th 200 free relay and 400 free, 11th  200 breaststroke, 12th  100 free, 13th 200 free, 100 breast and 200 IM.

KayLynn Miller:  3rd 200 Medley relay, 4th 200 breaststroke, 6th 200 free relay, 50 free and 400 free, 7th 100 breaststroke, 8th 200 free and 100 free, 10th 200 IM,

 

Super Tag Lottery Permit Winners Drawn

Daniel Nelson, of Denton, and Jason Stephens, of North Platte, were drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game
and Parks Commission drew the names July 8.

Cameron Sonnenfeld, of Ravenna, and William Ryden, of Julesburg, Colorado, were drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits.

The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2016 and 2017. The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. The Combo bag limit is one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. The permits are valid in open seasons with appropriate equipment.

Nelson was one of 1,221 Nebraska resident entries in the single-entry Super Tag lottery. Stephens was one of 2,634 entries (1,098 residents and 1,536 nonresidents)
in the multiple-entry Super Tag lottery.

In the multiple-entry Combo lottery, Sonnenfeld was one of 435 resident entries, and Ryden was one of 569 nonresident entries.

   

 Flag Football, Tackle Football and Volleyball Open for Registration.

Flag Football, Tackle Football and Volleyball are now open for registration. Grades 3rd-6th. Deadline is August 10th for all. You can print the forms off at heartcitysports.com or you can pick them up from the pool, youth activities office or KVSH.

Return registration to city hall or the youth activities office. Any questions contact Jake Hamilton – 402-322-3174.

 

Niobrara NSR to Celebrate the NPS Centennial with Ranger-guided Floats

Summer is in full swing, and the Niobrara National Scenic River is offering visitors a variety of ways to discover more about the river. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, visitors may participate in ranger-guided canoe floats, Junior Ranger programs, or special kids’ activities.

Ranger-guided canoe floats are offered at 1:00 p.m. on several Thursdays throughout the summer. Visitors will discover some of the reasons the Niobrara is one of the very few National Scenic Rivers in the country. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Please contact the Niobrara NSR at 402-376-1901.

On July 7th and August 4th, floats will go from Smith Falls State Park to Brewer Bridge. The 1.5 hour programs will be conducted in conjunction with the Heartland Elk Ranch, who will rent canoes to those who do not have their own. State Park fees may apply. On July 21st, float from Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge, a 2.5 hour float predominantly within the boundaries of the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. On July 28th, the float will extend from Berry Bridge to Brewer Bridge. For the July 21st and 28th floats, Little Outlaw Canoe, Tube, and Kayaks will rent equipment and provide a private landing (landing fees may apply) .

Junior Ranger programs, designed for kids 6-12 years old (though all are welcome!), are hands-on programs that help children develop a love for the outdoors. Topics vary, but kids may build a piping plover “nest,” experiment with groundwater, or discover the Niobrara’s turtles. Programs are held every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Smith Falls State Park.

In addition, an activity for children will be offered all day each Saturday in the visitor center. Visitors may make a mammoth to take home, conduct a mock “fossil dig” and match the fossil to a drawing of the animal, or many other projects. The Niobrara NSR Visitor Center is located at 214 W. Highway 20 in Valentine, Nebraska.

For more information, please contact the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center at 402-376-1901, or visit www.nps.gov/niob.

   

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