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Bluffs man gets 35 to 40 years for child sexual assaults

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 A judge has sentenced a Scottsbluff man to a lengthy prison sentence after getting convicted on four counts of sexual assault of a child earlier this year. 

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Chadron voters will decide $6 million pool project

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Voters in Chadron will decide whether to approve a one-half percent sales and use tax to pay for a proposed swimming pool center. 

Alliance P.D. putting an emphasis on crosswalk safety

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 As students continue the first week back to school, local police departments want drivers to be extra vigilant when driving through school zones. 

Great Lakes to bring back 19 seat planes for Scottsbluff service Video included

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Western Nebraska Regional Airport Director Darwin Skelton says that Great Lakes Airlines is in the works of bringing back a 19 seat charter flight that will run four times a week. 

Gering man accused of raping 15 year old Video included

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Online court records say John Marsh is charged with sexual assault of a minor. Scotts Bluff County Jail records say Marsh remained in custody on Thursday. 

Sentencing set for man behind Mitchell bomb scare Video included

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Christopher Lopez pleaded no contest on Wednesday in Scotts Bluff County District Court to an attempted threat to use or place a bomb. Prosecutors had lowered the charge and dropped two others in exchange for Lopez's plea. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

Wyoming primary unofficial results in

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Votes are still being counted, but unofficial elections results for the Wyoming primaries are in.

Immanuel Lutheran School kicks off school year

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The carpet and desks have been placed, now it's time to open the doors to students of the new Immanuel Lutheran school in Alliance.

Box Butte General Hospital expansion to offer tours

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People in the Alliance will soon have a chance to tour the expansion project area at Box Butte General Hospital.

EWC vet tech program on probation

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One KOTA Territory school has received citations for findings after a USDA compliance inspection. 

Scottsbluff Public School Superintendent "excited" about new year

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Books, pencils, backpacks, new clothes...all parts of going back to school. Faculty and staff with the Scottsbluff Public School District are all ready to go as they close up their first couple of weeks on campus.

Suspects in arsons identified

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Scottsbluff Police have identified two juvenile suspects in a string of arsons that have occurred this week.

Scottsbluff Police Department one of only eight agencies recognized Video included

According to a new report, Scottsbluff Police Department is one of only eight agencies that provide the public with a "simple, unintimidating" way to file complaints against officers and departments. 

Commissioners waiting to take action on highway bond Video included

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Scotts Bluff County Commissioners have passed for a highway bond, but it may be a while until any work begins.

Wyoming primaries underway Video included

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Voting is underway in Wyoming and there are a lot of hot races people in KOTA Territory are anticipating.

Hundreds come out for annual bean tour Video included

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Bean growers and land owners were in Scottsbluff today to get an update on the crops that mean most to them. 

Alliance superintendent still working to get district out of debt Video included

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Alliance Public Schools' superintendent says he's still on track to get the district out of debt.

Minion madness in Chadron underway

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Minions are taking over the city of Chadron and the surrounding community. 

Scotts Bluff County one of "Very High" danger areas

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The Nebraska Forest Service is asking people around the state to stay more watchful than usual. Their fire danger map for today shows thirteen counties in danger.

Nationstar to lay-off close to 100 employees Video included

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Nationstar mortgage in Scottsbluff is beginning another round of layoffs. The mortgage company's staff say ninety workers at its Scottsbluff facility will be let go.

Regional West Health Services giving cancer survivors a new look on life Video included

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Regional West Health Services is giving cancer survivors and their families a chance to relax from day to day life. For the past 21 years Camp Hope has brought growth and rewards to cancer survivors, their support systems, as well as the professional staff who provide the programs.

Rocha sentenced in sexual assault case

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Eric Rocha was sentenced to five years on a charge of third degree sexual assault this morning.

Legacy of the Plains Museum receives $20,000 grant Video included

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A local museum is $20,000 richer thanks to a special grant. Legacy of the Plains Museum was among the 66 Nebraska non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation.

WNCC kicks off the school year Video included

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Hundreds of cougars gather at Western Nebraska Community College today to begin another school year.

Goshen County School District preparing for new year Video included

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Goshen County School District superintendent Jean Chrostoski says that the school year never ends for teachers. 

Smithsonian exhibit a success in Goshen County

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One KOTA Territory museum has the honor of housing a world-class exhibit right in our backyard. 

NSP to focus on seat belt usage Video included

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Beginning August 18th, Nebraska State Patrol troopers with Scottsbluff's Troop E will conduct high visibility patrols in and around Scotts Bluff County. 

Senator Fischer "grateful" for border visit Video included

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After a recent visit to the border, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says she has returned with a different outlook on the hot topic of border safety. 

Oliver Reservoir being placed on "high alert status" Video included

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High levels of toxic algae at one KOTA Territory lake is placing the area on a "high alert status."

New changes and faces await Alliance Public School students Video included

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There are three days left until students fill the halls and classrooms in Alliance public schools.

Heineman speaks out on those responsible for miscalculations

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Governor Heineman has announced the administrative personnel actions that were taken to hold accountable the staff members responsible for inmate sentencing miscalculations. 

Law enforcement urging students to use crosswalk Video included

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With school now in session for many state-wide students, those in law enforcement want to remind both drivers and walkers about the dangers of not using a crosswalk. 

Farmers' market becomes a family affair Video included

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Hundreds of residents from Scottsbluff and surrounding areas come out to the farmer's market on Saturday to get the freshest produce. 

RWMC hosts bone marrow drive in honor of local Doctor Video included

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The community came out to support a local doctor today by signing up for the national bone marrow registry. 

Regional West hosts 'Be the Match' bone marrow drive tomorrow Video included

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A small price to pay for saving a life. Staff with Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff are asking the community to consider donating bone marrow. 

WNCC students moving into Pioneer Hall Video included

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Students living on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff are moving into Pioneer Hall despite an ongoing renovation project in the dorms.

Bjorling of RWMC honored for top primary care in the state

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A local doctor is among 23 physicians being recognized for his top primary care in the state. 

Judges grants video deposition motion in Guerts homicide trial

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A Scotts Bluff County District Court judge has granted the motion to allow a witness to testify by video deposition in the Juliette Guerts homicide trial.

Fischer visits Scottsbluff Video included

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United States Senator Deb Fischer made her way to the panhandle during the August recess. 

Teen injured in Wednesday evening rollover accident; alcohol involved

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On August 13, 2014 at approximately 1759 hours, the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to a report of a one-vehicle roll-over accident with injury on County Road20, south of Carter Canyon Road. 

4H Kids show calves at the Scotts Bluff County Fair Video included

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Friday was cattle day at the fair, and 4H'ers of all ages spent the morning showing off their four–hoofed friends. The 'Clover Kids' were up first, for the Bucket Calf Showmanship event. 

SHS relying on bond for needed renovations Video included

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One local school district is relying on a bond to get them facility upgrades that many say are "essential to students' education."

Teachers gear up for new school year Video included

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Hundreds of excited faculty and staff gathered this morning to prepare for the upcoming school year. 

Westmoor pool to get upgrade Video included

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One local pool will soon be getting upgrades to keep it the proper temperature during cooler weather. 

CERT State conference to be held this weekend Video included

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We often deal with weather emergencies and a state conference to prepare volunteers in the community for emergencies is coming to the panhandle this weekend.

New SEAT plane helps extinguish Crawford area fire Video included

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A small fire south of Crawford on Sunday called for the first actual use of the single-engine air tanker 'SEAT' plane out of Chadron.

Bayard woman wins $200,000 from Lottery scratcher Video included

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Connie Leever purchased the $20 dollar 'Spectacular 7' scratcher at Tigers Paw in Bayard a few weeks ago.

TripAdvisor ranks Omaha Zoo as #1 in the world

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The world's largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has ranked Omaha's Henry Doorly zoo as the #1 best zoo in the world.Henry Doorly beat out the San Diego Zoo, Loro Paque Zoo in Spain, and Missouri's St. Louis Zoo for the top spot.TripAdvisor ranks attractions worldwide based on the millions of online reviews and opinions from travelers on its website. According to TripAdvisor,"award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos a...

Chadron driver arrested for 5th DUI offence

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In the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 5th, Chadron Police Officers received a complaint regarding a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be following a citizen around town. Officers located the vehicle on the 300 block of W 10th Street in Chadron and made contact with the driver, 36 year old Dormalee Martin.

National Night Out gives community a chance to build relationships with local law enforcement Video included

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Tuesday night is the 17th annual 'National Night Out' in Scottsbluff and surrounding communities. The streets of Broadway will be barricaded off to host games, booths, vendors and other family-friendly events. 

Successful Kickstarter campaign helps local woman open her dream restaurant Video included

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The community's support through an online fundraising campaign is helping a local woman fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant.  More than $3,500 dollars has been raised through the website 'Kickstarter' to help Kelly Morton open a new restaurant she calls 'Grace.

Local businesses see Sturgis traffic Video included

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The Sturgis rally does not take place in Nebraska, but that's not stopping passer-bys from dropping in on local motorcycle businesses. 

2014's first human case of West Nile reported in southwest Nebraska

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A human case of the West Nile virus has been reported in southwest Nebraska.

4-H dog show is a family affair Video included

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The veteran, the rookie, and the sisters who train them to do what they do best.

Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair queen and teen queen crowned Video included

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Scotts Bluff County now has new young women representing the community.

Nebraska ranks #3 on list of business friendly states Video included

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Nebraska means business. At least, according to one real estate ranking.

Torrington to host "Community Night Out" event Video included

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One KOTA Territory police department is partnering with the community to bring awareness about safety.

"Volunteer of the Year" named by Riverside Zoological Foundation Video included

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Members of the community gathered yesterday to recognize the hard work of one volunteer at Riverside Discovery Center.

Scotts Bluff County Parade draws a large crowd Video included

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Fair season is in full swing and that means more parades in the community.

Bond reduction denied for man charged with distribution of child pornography Video included

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Bond reduction had been denied for a man charged with distribution of child pornography. 31-year-old Jonathan Bye of Lexington asked Judge Randall Lippstreu Friday for a reduction of his $250,000 bond.

Man pleas not guilty to strangling. assaulting pregnant woman

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A local man accused of strangling and assaulting his pregnant girlfriend has pled not guilty to the felony charges. 18-year-old Montell Redbear was arraigned in district court Friday afternoon on the two class four felony charges, and one misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. 

22-year-old arrested for selling drugs in a school zone Video included

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A 22-year old northern panhandle man has been arrested for dealing marijuana in a school zone. 22-year-old Thomas Frear was arrested after he sold marijuana to an undercover officer last week. The dealing took place near a school, carries an enhanced penalty.

Taps play, guns salute life of former SB Police Chief Jim Livingston Video included

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The community said goodbye today, to a man who spent nearly half of his life serving and protecting the city of Scottsbuff. Taps played and a special gun salute shot off at Scottsbluff high school Saturday morning to remember the life of former Scottsbluff Police Chief Jim Livingston. 

Name released of 19-year-old Chappell woman killed in Sidney-area car accident Video included

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A 19-year-old Chappell, Nebraska woman has died from her injuries following a motor vehicle accident in Cheyenne County.First responders were dispatched to a two-vehicle accidentt on Highway 30 four miles east of Sidney Thursday. A press release states 'Vehicle #1' was occupied by a male juvenile from Sidney, and was traveling westbound. 'Vehicle #2' was being driven by the 19-year-old Chappell woman, traveling eastbound.The male juvenile was transported to Sidney Regional Medical Center.The ...

Rotary Club being praised for helping with RDC addition Video included

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One local club is being praised for their participation in adding on to Riverside Discovery Center.

Lied Scottsbluff Public Library gets buggy with new 'reading mantis' Video included

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A new permanent reader has made its home at a local library. There's now a 'reading mantis' is getting deep into a book outside the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.

Insurers owe Nebraskans nearly $2 million in refunds under Affordable Care Act

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The federal government says insurers owe Nebraskans more than $1.5 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act. 

Two year probation sentence for man involved in December drunk driving accident Video included

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21-year-old Michael Fiscus was escorted out of the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse in handcuffs Wednesday morning, after County Court Judge Kris Mickey ordered him to spent the first 30 days of his 2-year probation sentence behind bars. 

Season tickets now available, Midwest Theater's season line-up announced Video included

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Theater-goers are in for a treat this year, as the Midwest Theater has released its season line-up. Billy Estes, Executive Director of the Midwest, says there are six very diverse, very engaging acts coming to the theater. 

Proposed tax increase to fund Chadron pool will not be on Novemeber ballot Video included

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The Chadron City Council has voted down a tax initiative that would have helped pay for the city's new swimming pool. Chadron City Manager Wayne Anderson says the proposed increase of a half-cent sales tax would have generated nearly $12 million over the next four years to construct the pool.

Electronic take back impresses Keep Scottsbluff/Gering Beautiful director Video included

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Those with Keep Scottsbluff/Gering Beautiful are commending the city's efforts in becoming more environmentally friendly.

Mead says CFD is "great for the community" Video included

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Cheyenne Frontier Days is nearing its end and Wyoming Governor Mead says he is pleased with the way the event has gone so far. 

Medical officials at CFD play big part in rodeo Video included

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Participants in the rodeo are the life of the festival, but not many get to see who runs the show behind the scenes.

KOTA Territory local participates in Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo Video included

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One KOTA Territory local made his way out to Cheyenne Frontier Days to compete once again.

Gering Council to consider appointing Holliday to Ward IV Monday

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 Following the resignation of long term Gering City Council member Jill McFarland, the council will likely accept the application of Phillip Holliday during Monday nights meeting. 

Cages at Panhandle Humane Society completely full after 4th of July fireworks season Video included

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Kennels at the Panhandle Humane Society have been filling up since the start of the fireworks season, and as of Saturday morning, every kennel has been taken up. "Every cage, everywhere is taken up. Absolutely everything," said Joshua Dukes, PHS shelter manager.

Broadway sidewalk sale kicks off Video included

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Local businesses are taking advantage of the nice weather this afternoon to show off some of their products. 

Pea crop growing in Panhandle Video included

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Field peas were not once a crop grown in the region,  they were planted as a sample crop about 5 years ago. And now, more than 50-thousand acres of Nebraska land is devoted to peas.

Girl scouts lend their green thumbs to help senior citizens get back into gardening Video included

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 10041 got down and dirty at The Residency Retirement Village Saturday. The Troop is helping construct a garden for residents at the village. 

NWS classifies Pilger tornado as EF4

PILGER, Neb. (AP) _ The National Weather Service in Valley says the Pilger tornado appears to be an EF4, with estimated wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph. Meteorologist Van DeWald said Tuesday that survey teams found several damage points that indicate an EF4 tornado, the second-strongest rating on the scale that measures tornado strength. 

Chris Cagle, Confederate Railroad, Eagles tribute band to play at Scotts Bluff County Fair Video included

A song writer turned country artist will be headlining the Scotts Bluff County fair this year. American country artist Chris Cagle has been announced as the headliner for this year’s fair. Cagle is known for his hits “What Kinda Gone” and “Chicks Dig It”. The American country/southern rock band “Confederate Railroad” will be opening for Cagle on Saturday, August 9. Lanna Hubbard, the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Manager, says there will also be a new type of music set this year. “On T...

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