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Committee chairs thank volunteers for a successful CFD Video included


Sunday is the last day for Cheyenne Frontier Days 2014 and committee chairs are thanking the hearts of the operation-volunteers.

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NFS awards grants to rural fire departments Video included


The Nebraska Forest Service has allocated $187,000 in federal grants for volunteer fire departments. 

More 'Beef State' plates showing up in Nebraska Video included


More and more people have been buying new license plates that proclaim that Nebraska is "the beef state."

Melbeta All Around robbery suspect heads to trial


The 35-year-old Rapid City man accused of robbing the 'Melbeta All Around' and stealing a pickup has plead not guilty to six related charges. 

Fischer on Israel-Gaza crisis Video included


U.S Senator Deb Fischer has addressed the ongoing violence between Israel and Gaza. 

Lexington man facing child porn charges bond over to district court


A Lexington man arrested after distributing child pornography online faced a Scotts Bluff County judge in court on Friday.

Local football trainer teaches kids techniques and safety Video included


Car crashes are the leading cause of concussions for people aged 15 to 19. Sports are the second-leading cause and half of those concussions happen while playing football. 

Wheat harvest wrapping up strong in panhandle Video included


Wheat harvest is nearly complete and experts say it was a quick one. 

Platte Valley RC Flying Club's annual air show flying high Video included


Dozens of radio controlled aircrafts took to the sky today for the annual Platte Valley RC Air Show in Mitchell. Spectators watched several planes from electric powered airplanes to jets twist and turn in the sky.

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


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

CFD Vendors look forward to more than good business Video included


Vendors at Cheyenne Frontier Days say that business during the week of festivities is among the best, if not the best that they ever see.

Local group hosts fundraiser Video included


The Centurion Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club hosted their first "Poker Run for the Golden Halo Foundation."

VIRAL VIDEO: Deer licks camera without hesitation


YouTube user, A Bad Idol, recently uploaded a video he recorded from his porch of a deer approaching him.

Medical officials at CFD play big part in rodeo Video included


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


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

NSP graduates 19, new troopers coming to panhandle Video included


The 55th Basic Recruit Class for the Nebraska State Patrol  graduated 19 men and women today. The class went through 23 weeks of exertion and spent over one thousand hours in the classroom. 

Supreme Court upholds death penalty sentence for man who killed Gering newspaper carrier Video included


Jeffrey Hessler was convicted in 2004 of kidnapping, raping and killing 15-year-old newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero the year before. His conviction and death sentence were upheld on direct appeal in 2007. 

New trial planned for Scottsbluff man previously convicted of abuse Video included


August trial planned for man convicted of abuse

93-year-old Gering woman targeted in lottery scam Video included


A lottery scam is hitting the area and one local family is warning people in the community not to fall for the trap. 

Scotts Bluff County Fair gets underway with PRCA Rodeo Video included


Tonight, the Scotts Bluff County Fair is kicking off it's events with two nights of PRCA rodeo events. 

Gering Council to consider appointing Holliday to Ward IV Monday


 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. 

Wildfire dangers extreme for Sioux County Video included


 High temperatures have prompted the Nebraska Forest Service to issue a wildfire warning for Sioux County. 

Judge to consider prohibiting 'Justice for Juliette' apparel during Chauncey trial Video included


The attorney defending the man charged in the 2008 death of a Gering toddler has filed a motion to stop 'Justice for Juliette'.

Former UNL student sentenced for computer fraud


A former UNL student who was responsible for a large security breach back in 2012 has been sentenced to prison.23-year-old Daniel Stratman of Omaha received 6 months in prison on one count of Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers. 

Fischer calls for more sanctions placed on Russia


U.S Senator Deb Fischer says she wants to see more sanctions implemented on Russia following the downing of the Malaysian airplane. During her weekly conference call, Fischer called the recent events between Ukraine and Russia "troubling."She says one goal she hopes to reach is to help Ukraine regain control of the eastern part of its country. In doing this, the senator says United States leaders need to reconsider providing assistance to the Ukrainian military. She also said the U.S. and oth...

WING task force applying for grant to curb drug trafficking


Keeping the community safe. On Monday, that's the message the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff told commissioners he wants to continue. Sheriff Mark Overman and WING Drug force Commander Dana Korell said they are applying for an annual grant to help stop drug trafficking in the panhandle. Overman told the board that two years ago the sheriff's department and the Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group (WING) received a $70,000 grant from the state's Crime Commission. Last year, the fundi...

Man charged in 2008 death of Gering toddler set to stand trial Video included


After numerous delays, the man charged in the death of a Gering toddler will stand trial this August. 

9th Annual Shred-a-thon a success Video included


More than 15 million people become victims to identity theft each year, that's according to the Bureau of Justice program. In Gering, members of Valley Bank helped fight identity theft statistics by having their 9th annual Shred-A-Thon. People in the community lined up in their cars to drop of boxes and bags full of personal papers to be shredded. Amy Doll with Valley Bank says telemarketing and credit fraud are some of the more common scams she's seen in the area. She says Thursday's event i...

Free violin classes coming to Scottsbluff Video included


 A brand new music education program for pre-K students is coming to Scottsbluff this fall. 

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


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

City of Scottsbluff looks to hire new Emergency Manager Video included


Longtime director Jerry Bretthauer has announced he will be retiring from the position later this year. The director helps provide local public awareness programs and training for emergency workers and first responders. 

Bluffs business owner injured in Wednesday afternoon accident


33-year-old Angela Engelhaupt- owner of Angela's Bridal and Boutique- was struck by 20-year-old Brian Walla after he attempted to make a u-turn in his van. While doing so, he struck Engelhaupt's vehicle- causing it to roll one time.

Nebraska facing budget shortfall, may have to add money to general fund


A legislative report released Wednesday says the state faces a projected shortfall of nearly $4.6 million for the new budget year that began this month.

Shelter dog hailed as a hero after saving fellow pup's life Video included


Five-year-old basset mix Mason looks like any other tail-wagging, dirt-digging, slobbery faced dog. But he's much more than that. Mason is a hero. "He's a hero, because he actually saved her life," said Cathy McDaniel, Director of the Panhandle Humane Society. "He saved that dogs life and we weren't sure if that was going to work, but it did."

Johanns hopes for change with new VA Secretary Video included


Republican U.S. Senator Mike Johanns says it will be a monumental task for the man who has been nominated to take over the position of VA Secretary.

Chadron city council passes chicken ordinance Video included


People living in one KOTA Territory city are now allowed to keep feathery flocks in their back yards. The city of Chadron enacted a chicken ordinance this week that will allow up to six hobby chickens to be kept in resident's back yards.

17 vehicles taken off road during surprise truck inspection in Scotts Bluff County Video included


17 vehicles were taken out of service today, after the Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections in Scottsbluff in Gering.

Mitchell Public Library has a new look


After years of hoping for a facelift, one KOTA Territory library finally got a makeover.

CFD holds special place in Governor Matt Mead's heart Video included


A perhaps surprising spectator at Cheyenne Frontier Days says the event is "very important" to him.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is the "number one rodeo" to many in the region Video included


Cheyenne Frontier Days is in full swing and people from all around the world make their way to the festival, however it holds a special place in the hearts of those in the region.

Federal agency approves Nebraska airport grant Video included


 The Federal Aviation Administration has given its final approval to a nearly $8 million grant for repairs at a Nebraska airport.  

Jury finds Git N Split robbery suspect guilty Video included


A verdict has been reached for the man accused of robbing a Scottsbluff convenience store earlier this year.

Local kids Innovate, Create, Explore with canine cupcakes Video included


This summer has gone to the dogs.... Cupcake dogs that is. Students at the 'ICE Enrichment Academy' have spent the week decorating, frosting and designing tasty themed cupcakes. 

Wheat harvest underway in panhandle Video included


The recent cool, dry weather has helped Nebraska farmers who are harvesting wheat. In the panhandle wheat harvest is about 20 to 30 percent completed. 

Scottsbluff overpass decision to go to voters


The Scottsbluff City Council discussed a proposal of a new overpass or underpass in a busy area of town.

Commissioners approve juvenile detention services contract Video included


The director of the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center is looking to provide more services for youth on probation. 

Soccer athletes stay cool during summer camps Video included


Local soccer camps have kicked off this week and while campers are learning technical skills in a competitive environment, they're also learning ways to stay cool in the heat. 

"The Beef State" license plate now available to Nebraska motorists


Nebraskans can now "beef up" their vehicles with a new organizational license plate design.

Plastic pink flamingo flocks to invade Gering lawns Video included


Little pink flamingos might be showing up on your lawn this weekend.The Gering High School volleyball team 's 'Pink Flamingo' fundraiser is kicking off on Sunday.The girls plan to secretly bombard several houses around the area with the pink plastic birds, and have the flamingo'd victims will have to pay up to get them out."We leave a note on their door," said Volleyball player Kaila Borgman, "And they pay $10 to get them off." Borgman says the flamingo fundraiser has been successful in the p...

Firefighting airplane stations set up at local rural airports


New airport stations designed to serve a firefighting plane in rural Nebraska are now up and running. The Nebraska Forest Service said Tuesday that the state-contracted plane and crew arrived last week for a two-month stint during the summer wildfire season. The state forest service recently hired a manager for the single-engine air tanker base in Chadron. Bases are also located in Valentine and Alliance, in addition to a mobile unit. The bases serve as storage facilities for water and flam...

Annual water tour to take place tomorrow Video included


A tour is providing locals and outsiders alike with a better understanding of how western Nebraska receives its water. 

Chadron Community Hospital receives 'Most Wired' award for second year Video included


For the second year in a row, a Chadron hospital is awarded for its top-notch technology. The Chadron Community Hospital has been named one of 2014's Most Wired Hospitals. The Health Care's Most Wired award is given to hospitals and health care systems that have exemplified the innovative use of technology in the medical field. 'Most Wired' hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers and use IT to reduce the likelihood of medical error...

More storage bins being added to Stateline Producers Gering facility Video included


The Stateline Bean Producers Cooperative in Gering is growing at a rapid pace, and running out of space. John Lightcap, Stateline General Manager, says more upright space is needed at the Gering facility. He says three storage bins with a total capacity of 300,000 bushels will be added soon. Lightcap says the new bins will drastically increase efficiency at the facility."It's a slow, daunting process to dump your commodity here at the Gering location, so this should speed up the process fro d...

Scottsbluff Vet's home gets top honors Video included


The Western Nebraska Veterans' Home has received its 5th deficiency-free survey from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Eastern Wyoming man being charged with murder of wife


 A Burns, Wyoming man is under arrest following the fatal shooting of his wife.

Alliance city council approves funding assistance for Hemingford seed facility Video included


Alliance city council members have approved an application that will provide economic development assistance towards a project in Hemingford. 

Thirty years since "21 law" put in place, underage drinking still an issue Video included


It has been 30 years since the national minimum age drinking act was passed, making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drink.

Local doctor says stay hydrated during summer heat Video included


"Stay hydrated," is advice one local doctor is suggesting people do during hot temperatures this week. 

Trial begins for accused Git-N-Split robber Video included


Today is the start of the four-day trial of Michael Galindo. Galindo is accused of robbing the Scottsbluff Git-N-Split convenience store in January of this year. In opening statements, Attorney Doug Warner told jurors that there are several similarities in evidence in the case, pertaining to clothing. Warner said the clothing and items found on Michael Galindo and in his residence match up to the disguise the robber wore. The defense shot back, telling jurors "similarities" are not enough to ...

Stuff the school bus kicks off today


The beginning of the school year is right around the corner, and one local group is doing their best to make sure youth in the community do not go without supplies.

Autopsy rules Morrill County man died in accidental drowning Video included


An autopsy for a Morrill County man states that an accidental drowning was the official cause of death. 

Police find meth in car during traffic stop Video included


 A Scottsbluff driver who was pulled over for a traffic violation is facing much more serious charges after an officer found methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Bronco's Welker flies in F-16 in Cheyenne this weekend


The wide receiver took off in an F-16 as the backseat passenger of Maj. Tyler Ellison on Sunday after a three-hour training session. Ellison took a rapid 360-degree turn that exerted pressure on them equal to nine times the force of gravity.

August 1 deadline set for fish stocking requests Video included


Landowners and local associations have less than a month to request fish for their ponds or lakes. 

Unemployment rates dropping in Nebraska, U.S. Video included


More people are finding jobs in the state as Nebraska's unemployment rate continues to drop.A newly released report shows Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% in June.Unemployment rates also dropped in 22 other U.S. states last month, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1% in June....

NSP stats say only 67% of panhandle motorists wear seat belts Video included


Nine people have lost their lives on panhandle roads already this year, and state troopers say at least 75% of those motor vehicle fatalities could have been prevented with the use of a seat belt."The sad reality is those numbers have names to them," saidTroop Commander Mike Gaudreault. "The single most important thing a motorist can do is buckle up."The Nebraska State Patrol conducts a survey of seat belt usage each quarter, and Captain Gaudreault says the most recent stats show only 67% per...

Local doctors say 'yes' to yearly pelvic exams for women Video included


New findings from the 'American College of Physicians' say most women should not go in for yearly pelvic exams.However, local doctors are disagreeing with that report.The American College of Physicians released guidelinesearlier this month that advise against yearly pelvic exams for women who are not pregnant or experiencing problems.OB/GYN Wendy Reeves, M.D. at Regional West Medical Center says cost is often the main reason studies recommend against the exams, but there are still a lot of be...

City of Scottsbluff seeking penalties for Avenue I delays


The Avenue I road project has been riddled with setbacks and delays, and now officials at the city ofScottsbluffsay they will seek penalties for the inconvenience.Roadworkonthe street was projected to be completed by now, but issued with the project’s subcontractor has halted the process."We're not directly involved with a lot of things that are happening," said Scottsbluff City Manager Rick Kuckkahn. "Its not a city project. We dont hire or fire, we have an influence but we don't direct that...

Chimney Rock visitor's center celebrates 20 years


One of western Nebraska's most notable landmarks is celebrating an anniversary Saturday. The visitor center at Chimney Rock is now twenty-years-old. Chimney Rock was designated a national historic site in 1956, and the visitors center was established in 1994. Michael Smith, Director of the State Historical Society says the center gives visitors a place to learn about the history behind the rock, rather than just coming to look at it."The visitor center has made a great difference over the las...

Judge denies James Larive's request for new counsel


The man charged with possession and distribution of child pornography will not be appointed new legal counsel. 29-year-old James Larive went before District Court Judge LeoDobrovolnyFriday to ask for a new public defender. Larive cited a lack of communication as the need for change. Larive says his attorney, Scotts Bluff County Public Defender Dave MacDonald, does not return his calls or letters, and he hasn't contacted him in nearly two months. MacDonald countered, stating all calls made to ...

Man charged with stabbing girlfriend denied bond reduction


A bond reduction has been denied for a Scottsbluff man accused of stabbing his girlfriend.Michael Carrera made his first appearance in district court Friday afternoon.Carrera was arraigned on two felony charges: second degree assault, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.During his hearing, Carrera's public defender asked the judge to reduce his "unnecessarily high" $100,000 bond down to 10% of $25,000.Deputy County Attorney Scott Blaha was against the reduction, stating Carrera now ...

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


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.

Mall vendors excited about new retailers Video included


Sidewalk Sales are bringing more shoppers to the mall this week, an increase vendors say they hope to start seeing more often. Sales of up to 70% off are drawing people in, to shop the stores and stroll the mall. And that inflow of people is expected to stay steady, as earlier this week it was announced several new retailers will be moving in. Mall vendors say they are excited about the changes. Doc Hollywood, owner of Memories of the Past and Hollyweird says the upgrades so far have been muc...

Gering Rural Fire Department looking for past volunteers to celebrate 100 year anniversary Video included


The Gering Rural Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating a milestone, 100 years in the community. For nearly 100 years, volunteers in Gering have been helping protect and prevent the city from fire. Fire Chief Jay Templar says the department wants to say 'thank you' to the hundreds of people who have volunteered over the years. Next month, on August 10th, a special picnic will be held in honor of all the volunteers who have served for the department. Templar says they are trying to track dow...

Broadway sidewalk sale kicks off Video included


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

Nebraska Farm Bureau PAC endorses Peterson for AG


The Nebraska Farm Bureau's political action committee has endorsed Republican Doug Peterson for attorney general.

GHS Class of '64 helps purchase new uniforms for high school band Video included


A Gering High School class of the past is helping out students in the future. A handful of cash and checks were handed over to the Gering band director Tuesday. An auction over the weekend hosted by the Gering High School Class of 1964 raised nearly $1,300 dollars to help purchase new band uniforms for the Gering High School band. 

60,000 sq ft Hobby Lobby moving into Monument Mall Video included


"Its official!" said Andy Weiner, President of RockStep Capital."Its official we have approval from Hobby Lobby to announce they are coming to Scottsbluff." The new Hobby Lobby store will take up 60,000 square feet of the former Walmart building in the Monument Mall campus.

NE Game and Parks Commission opens up entire state to teal hunting


Teal hunting was generally restricted to the southern half of the state, but now hunters across the state of Nebraska will be allowed to hunt the waterfowl. 

Gering accepting applications to fill Ward IV council vacancy Video included


There's a vacant seat in the Gering council chambers. The Gering city council officially recognized the abrupt resignation of former council member Jill McFarland Monday night.  

Assistance available to farmers with storm-damaged crops


Farmers and producers who lost crops to severe weather during the 2014 growing season can get some help out from the USDA. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will financially assist producers with planting cover crops to reestablish cover lost during drought, flood, tornado, hail, and high winds.

Cool temperatures set records across Nebraska Video included


The unseasonably cool weather this week helped several Nebraska cities set record low temperatures. The National Weather Service says several new records were set across the state Tuesday morning. Cool air lingering in the region is delivering temperatures more common in fall than in July.  

Scottsbluff woman recognized as only known alumnus of Scottsbluff Junior College Video included


Lucretia Green was recognized as being the only known surviving charter alumnus of the Scottsbluff Community College. Before it became WNCC, the school was called Scottsbluff Junior College. Green was a student there, and graduated in 1935. 

CSC's Con Marshall awarded for his many years of service

Photo courtesy Marilyn Moulds Photo courtesy Marilyn Moulds

A Chadron State College icon was honored over the weekend. Con Marshall received an award Sunday in recognition of his many years of news coverage, publicizing the college's fine arts events and accomplishments. Marshall has been with Chadron State College for more than 50 years, with a number of different titles and positions. 

Veteran designation now available for licenses


Nebraska veterans now have the option to display their status on driver's licenses and state identification cards. The state began allowing the veteran designation on July 1. The new cards could make it easier for veterans to show that they qualify for special offers and discounts at Nebraska businesses. It also could help law enforcement identify those who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cheyenne Radiology receives special accreditation Video included


One nearby radiology practice has received a rather prestigious accreditation. Cheyenne Radiology Group was recently designated as a diagnostic imaging center of excellence by the American College of Radiology. It is one of the first ten institutions in the United States to earn the designation. There were multiple assessments involved with the excellence award. CEO David Haid says the company is excited about earning the accreditation; however the top–notch work has been ongoing for year...

Early estimates report 1,000 animals killed in Pilger tornadoes


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Authorities estimate that about 1,000 large animals were killed by the June 16 storms that roared through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of Pilger. Marty Marks of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Wayne County says the toll could be 1,000 in a six-county region, plus hundreds of chickens and other poultry. The Lincoln Journal Star says (http://bit.ly/1mAM6Sx) producers aren't required to report livesto...

Man charged in Git 'N Split robbery facing July trial Video included


The man accused of robbing a Scottsbluff convenience store made an appearance in court Tuesday. 28-year-old Michael Galindo is charged in the January 15th robbery of the Git 'N Split gas station. 

Pea crop growing in Panhandle Video included


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


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. 

Eager readers flock to Scottsbluff library for kickoff of summer reading program

Eager parents, grandparents, and kids wasted no time getting signed up for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library's reading program Tuesday morning.Lines began forming just after 8 a.m., full of kids ready to hit the books and spend their summer reading. This year's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read" and encourages young readers to take look at science-related literature. At least 50 families got to the library Tuesday before the doors opened, including Scottsbluff resident Lorin King, who came to regi...

Bigger car show, more fireworks planned for Mitchell's 'Concert in the Park' Video included


The tenth annual 'Concert in the Park' kicks off at 7 a.m. this Saturday at Mitchell's City Park. Shane Reinpold says this year's events promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Alliance School district considers closing high school campus to sophomores Video included

Should sophomores at one KOTA Territory high school be allowed to leave campus for lunch? That's the question Alliance High school leaders are asking parents.

Officials offer tornado preparedness tips to stay safe in severe weather Video included

While Monday's deadly tornadoes touched down on the other end of the state, the chance of a tornado here in western Nebraska is very much a possibility during severe thunderstorms. Local emergency managers say the best way to protect yourself from a tornado is to plan ahead. .

Demonstrators show early sugar beet harvesting techniques Video included

Dozens gathered at Legacy of the Plains Museum to demonstrate the blocking and thinning of sugar beet seedlings. The labor intensive task is done to prevent sugar beet plants from growing so close together, which does not allow the plants to reach maturity.

Gering council approves new Student Resource Officer for Gering schools Video included

A police presence will soon be more prominent in a KOTA Territory school district.The Gering City Council approved a new position within the police department Monday night, for a new School Resource Officer.

Lied Scottsbluff Library to kick off summer reading program Video included

The go–to place for readers in Scottsbluff is kicking off its summer reading program tomorrow.

Airport Family Fun Day gets people up close and personal with aviation equipment Video included

People had a high-flying good time at the Western Nebraska Regional Airport's appreciation day. A variety of planes, helicopters and other aircrafts were all on display Saturday afternoon. The airport Family Fun Day allows people to get up-close and personal with different planes. "What I like to see is all these planes and the helicopters and the reason why I came out here is to ride on a plane," said Tristan Porter.Pilot David New, who built his own aircraft from scratch, says he enjoys tak...

Centennial Park falls silent as community unites with heavy hearts Video included

The community fell silent tonight, to pray for our local youth. Candlelight lit tear-drenched faces of those who gathered at Scottsbluff's Centennial Park Thursday evening for an organized moment of silence. In the midst of the recent deaths and tragic accidents that have claimed a number of young adults lives in the past week, the moment of silence was held to pray, and remember the lives of those lost. Heads were bowed, eyes were closed, and hands were clasped, as the community became unite...

Gov. Heineman to Apply for Presidency of the University of Nebraska Video included

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced his intention to apply for the position of President of the University of Nebraska by sending a letter to the Board of Regents.“Yesterday, I notified the University of Nebraska Board of Regents of my intention to pursue the position of President,” said Gov. Heineman. “One of Nebraska’s greatest assets is the University of Nebraska. The next President will have an opportunity to build upon President Milliken’s successes and to lead the Univer...

"Liam" top Wyoming baby name second year in a row

The name "Liam" has once again topped the list of names that Wyoming parents gave their newborn boys last year. Liam was also the most popular boy's name in 2012. According to the Wyoming Department of Health's Vital Statistics Services program, Wyatt, Carter, and Hunter followed Liam on the popularity list for boys in 2013. For girls, Sophia was the top choice followed by Emma, Harper, Olivia, and Paisley. The number of births rose last year to just over 7,600. The average age of a mom givin...

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...

Sidney man makes plea deal in manslaughter case

A Sidney man facing trial for the death of his father-in-law makes a plea deal in Cheyenne County Court.Theodore Medina, 24, pled guilty Tuesday to amended charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Assault (a Class IV felony) and Third Degree Assault (a Class I misdemeanor).Medina was originally charged with manslaughter after getting into a fatal altercation with his father-in-law, Ernie Ward, in early November. (more information can be found here:http://www.kotanow.com/story/23868864/sidney-man-behin...

Construction projects slated on northern and southern panhandle roadways Video included

Construction work on Highway 71 is scheduled to begin this week, if weather permits.Crews will be working on Highway 71 from the junction of US 2 near Crawford, west to the Sioux/Box Butte County line. Work consists of widening the roadway two feet on each side, roadway base stabilization, and a three-inch asphalt overlay. The $2.6 million dollar road project is contracted to Simon Contractors and subsidiaries of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Nebraska Department of Roads says traffic on this seven-m...

Victory Hill Farms, a "Homegrown Tour" spot on the NE Passport Program Video included

More than ten locations in the panhandle have made their way into the Nebraska Tourism Commission's Passport Program. A fan favorite on the Nebraska Homegrown Tour invites tourists to visit a working farm and taste some family recipes at Victory Hill Farm."This is definitely a unique farm because it's a farmstead operation and what that means is I milk the goats and make the cheese here. And there's around 50 of those in the U.S. It's pretty rare because it's so much work, so to be able to se...

SHS Class of 2014 graduates Video included

Its that time again when Scottsbluff's newest adults say goodbye to high school, and hello to the real world. A sea of red and white hats flew into the air Sunday afternoon as the Scottsbluff High School Class of 2014 officially graduated high school. We caught up with a few of the recent grads, many of who say they'll be continuing their education.

Open house held for new Handy-Bus Barn Video included

Scotts Bluff County's newest bust barn is officially in business. The bus barn, which will house all 10 of the county's Handy Buses, officially opened today. The barn was constructed because the garage in Gering where the busses used to park in was needed by the Highway Department. Carol Prince, director of Scotts Bluff County Operations says the nearly million dollar bus barn project has been years in the making, and she's glad to finally see it ready for use."Its been a long time coming, I'...

Sidney school bond fails, again Video included

For the second time, voters in Sidney decide not to approve a bond measure for a new elementary school.The $16.9 million dollar bond measure would have closed three local elementary schools and helped pay for construction of a new K-4 elementary school on land east of town. The measure was defeated by a mere 64 votes, with 889 people for the measure and 953 against.A similar measure was also declined by voters in a special election last September, where the decision was split by 105. Superint...

Lit torch makes its way through Scottsbluff for Special Olympics Video included

A lit torch was carried through the streets of Scottsbluff and Gering as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run takes place every year to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. This is only the second year public has been invited to join in on the run, and Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says he enjoys the camaraderie. "It's a lot nicer to have everyone involved, to have the public involved and make it a real community event than just being on some lonely s...

"Superheroes is exactly what CAPstone represents;" Community runs to fight child abuse Video included

It looked like a scene from a mega-super hero movie, with Batman, Superman, Flash, and the Incredible Hulk all running together to save the world. Today, that world-saving came in the form of fighting against child abuse.The CAPstone Super Hero run raises money for the Child Advocacy Center that provides services to children in the community that have been abused or neglected.

Like a photo on Facebook to help Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds get a facelift Video included

People in Scotts Bluff County can help their local fairgrounds get a facelift by liking a photo on Facebook. The Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds has the opportunity to receive up to $2,000 dollars in a Facebook contest hosted by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. 

Regional West Medical Center received $26,000 grant from Verizon Foundation

Twenty–six thousand dollars will be heading to a local hospital to expand technology and health care services. Regional West Medical Center received the grant money from the national Verizon Foundation through the Campaign for Continuing Excellence. The Verizon Foundation supports technology advancement in health care, education, and energy management. The money will help to fund the hospital's new Education Center, which is currently being constructed on the second floor. Verizon reps say...

"She will never be forgotten;" Local law enforcement remember Amanda Baker Video included

"She was not just a corrections officer, she was our sister, our family. And even though she will be sorely, sorely missed, she will not be forgotten," said Ron Johns, Director of the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

Heritage Estates Nursing Home hosts "Senior" Prom Video included

They say prom night only happens once in a lifetime, but a special set of local seniors get to re-live prom all over again.

Gering Council hears first report from Communication Center Advisory Board Video included

The Gering City Council has been presented with the first report from the county communication center's advisory board. Ben Backus, Gering's board representative, told council Monday night they should expect to pay around $38,000 dollars this upcoming year.

Laurie Bahl named Principal of Longfellow Elementary School Video included

Gering's Laurie Bahl has been selected as Principal of Longfellow Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year. Bahl will be replacing Principal Jana Mason, who is moving to Roosevelt Elementary at the end of the current school year. B

30% of registered voters expected to cast a ballot in Tuesday's Primary

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska primary voters will begin a major changing of the guard when they select their party's nominees for governor, U.S. Senate, attorney general and state auditor. The election on Tuesday will thin the field in hotly contested Republican races. It also will set the stage for replacing Gov. Dave Heineman, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Auditor Mike Foley _ all GOP incumbents who are leaving office in January. The state is seeing unusua...

Chadron Pool Committee to present final report to council, community Video included

After a year of meetings, the Chadron Pool Committee is finally ready to present their final pool-plan to the city council. The committee will present their final report to the June 5th city council meeting.The scope of the pool project will include covering the existing swimming pool, adding a therapy pool, a multi-purpose room and a kids aquatic area. Chadron City Manager, Wayne Anderson, says a covered pool would create a facility that can be utilized year round. "Chadron frankly doesn't h...

Harms says next legislative session will be a challenge with new governor, senators Video included

Scottsbluff Senator John Harms meets with his constituents for the last time this morning.In his final Legislative Wrap up, Harms spoke both of the achievement and challenges of this years legislative session.

Governor Heineman assesses eastern Nebraska storm damage

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraskans are beginning to clean up debris and assess the damage this weekend's severe thunderstorms and tornadoes left behind. Sunday's storms caused damage across much of eastern Nebraska roughly on a line from the Kansas border up through Hastings and Omaha. No serious injuries were reported. Some of the worst damage was in the towns of Sutton and Cordova, Governor Dave Heineman traveled to Beaver Crossing and Cordova on Monday morning to survey the storm. Sutton Fir...

State Auditor Foley says eight years as auditor sets him up to run the most efficient Nebraska

State Auditor Mike Foley says his background and experience makes him best prepared to lead the state in 2015. Mike Foley says he's seen the financial inner–workings of the state government during his eight years as State Auditor.

Legendary Sioux County 'Coffee Burger' makes its way back to the grill Video included

There are not many states out there that have a legendary burger, but here in Nebraska, we do. After a nearly 10 year hiatus, the 'Coffee burger' is back.

Public encouraged to join law enforcement for "Torch Run'

The long standing relationship between area law enforcement and the Special Olympics continues this year. Law enforcement from across the panhandle will be hitting the streets next weekend to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Nebraska. The 2014 'Law Enforcement Torch Run' has been running in the panhandle for upwards of twenty years. Jason Rogers, Gering Police Captain, says this is the second year the public is invited to take part in the 10k run. He says the experience is more ...

National 'Walk at Lunch Day' raises $5,000 for NE Game and Parks Foundation

Walkers from across the state who participated in last month's national 'Walk at Lunch Day' raised $5,000 to benefit the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation .Hundreds of people from nearly 500 schools and businesses across the state spent their lunch hour on April 30 walking together. 

SD sex offender arrested after visiting Chadron police Department

A woman from South Dakota has been arrested for failing to register as a Nebraska Sex Offender. Chadron police say on May 6th, 40-year-old Tammy A. Underberg went to the Chadron Police Department in reference to a landlord dispute.

Pete Ricketts says he's the best candidate to 'Grow Nebraska'

Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts says he has traveled more than 32,000 miles across the state campaigning to be Nebraska's next Governor. Ricketts says the fundamental question in the gubernatorial race is how to grow Nebraska.

Chadron Community Hospital receives grant from Susan G Komen Foundation

Thousands of dollars are coming to a northern panhandle hospital to help breast cancer patients in the area.The Chadron Community Hospital has been awarded $30,500 dollars from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Lake McConaughy water levels top out at 60% capacity

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) _ An irrigation district engineer says the water level at Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska may have topped out for the year at less than 60 percent of capacity. Cory Steinke works for the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, and he says the spring peak may have occurred Sunday when the lake measured 3,239 feet in elevation. He told The North Platte Telegraphthat the level dropped more than a foot and hit 59.4 percent of capacity on Tuesday. On Tues...

Chadron High School ranks #2 in the state

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Chadron High School as number two in the state of Nebraska. Chadron High beat out 49 other schools in the state in rankings based on college readiness, math and reading proficiency, and student-to-teacher ratio. .

Construction vehicles moving in to begin work on Chadron storm water project

Orange traffic cones are being set up, and construction equipment is moving in to Chadron, as the city's storm water project is taking off this week.The project will start on first week, and eventually run six blocks to Main Street.The project calls for an overhaul of the storm sewer system, which will include a new storm water system, sanitary sever system, and new water mains.City Manager Wayne Anderson says the project is expected to run through July, but he says it shouldn't interrupt Cha...

Robidoux Trading Post repaired after recent vandalism

An Oregon Trail landmark is back in commission after a recent vandalism. The Robidoux Trading Post south of Gering fell victim to vandals earlier this year. 

'Tourism Week' isn't just for out-of-towners

"I am just as guilty as the next local resident." said Brenda Leisy, Director of the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau. "I've lived here for two years, and of course I've been to the Wildcat Hills, but I actually went for my first hike this weekend."

Registered Scottsbluff sex offender arrested after sending nude photos to 15-year-old Alliance girl

35-year-old William Christopher Pritchard, of Scottsbluff, was arrested Sundayfor allegedly sending a nude photograph to the cell phone belonging to a 15-year-old girl fromAlliance. On April 28, 2014, the15-year-oldgirl’s mother contacted the Alliance Police Department after she found text messages and a picture on her daughter's phone that were sent from a number belonging to Pritchard. The text messages included a full-frontal nude photo of Pritchard, who is already listed on the Nebraska ...

Chadron's Community Garden ready to plant

Chadron's Community Garden is tilled, prepped, and ready to plant.The Community Garden on 6th Street in Chadron is a place for anyone in the community looking to garden that doesn't have the space of their own.

Murdoch's Pet Health Fair offers reduced-cost vaccinations for pets Video included

Fuzzy faces, bushy tails, and slobbery smiles all showed up at Murdochs in Scottsbluff Saturday afternoon. The annual 'Pet Health Fair' brought in pets of all types to get licensed, micro-chipped, and to have a tail-wagging good time. Several vaccinations were also administered at a lower cost to owners. Panhandle Humane Society Executive Director, Cathy McDaniel, says the goal of the fair is to reach out to pet owners who might not be able to afford the vaccinations other wise. "You know, we...

Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy brings in firefighters from 10 different states

Firefighters from across the state and across the nation are collaborating this week in Crawford.The Nebraska Wild land Fire Academy is being held at Fort Robinson State Park.This is the seventh year the Academy has been hosting firefighters from a variety of local, state, federal and non-governmental agencies.

Janet Stewart says she won't use Attorney General's office as political stepping stone

ANebraskawoman says she's ready to put her litigation and law experience toworkasthe state's next Attorney General.Fremontnative Janet Stewart is looking to take over Jon Bunning'sseatasNebraska's next Attorney General.The democratic candidate says she's right for the job because she has three decades of legal experience to back her up.Stewart the 24 years she spent spearheading the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Companyhas given her the leadership and management skills to effectively run the offi...

Sidney city manager testifies on Capitol Hill Video included

A KOTA Territory city leader testified on Capitol Hill this week on ways to ensure the longevity of rural America. Gary Person, Sidney's City Manager, spoke in front of a congressional subcommittee to discuss the importance of regional strategies in rural economic development. Person says the rural way of life is disappearing in many places across the United States, as rural communities are struggling to find a way to survive in a drastically changing world. He says most rural communities won...

Western Nebraska Veterans celebrate Loyalty Day

May 1st is a special day set aside to recognize our loyalty to the US and honor the heritage of our American freedom. A special party was held this morning for some of America's most loyal people, the veterans. The Western Nebraska Veterans Home hosted a 'Loyalty Day' celebration, where treats and may day baskets were handed out to veterans to say 'thank you' for their loyalty and service.John Brehm, Director of Scotts Bluff County Veterans services, says loyalty day is important, especially ...

Gering council member suggests the Attorney General conduct investigation into Gering issues

A Gering council member has suggested the Attorney General's Office investigate the discussions of city staff involving a potential meat packing plant .Citizens of Gering approached council Monday night to ask that council members "discuss and consider" the future employment of Gering City Administrator Lane Danielzuk. Controversy has erupted in previous weeks about Danielzuk's actions revolving around a potential meat packing plant coming to the city of Gering. Citizens say Danielzuk's acti...

May 1st deadline to file personal property returns

The tax deadline is looming for Nebraskans who have yet to file their personal property returns with the County Assessor.Scotts Bluff County Attorney Amy Ramos says May 1st is the deadline for people to file their personal property returns. Any tangible, depreciable property used in a trade or business purchased between January 1st of 2013 must be filed with the assessor by Thursday. She says this includes any property that is allowed for federal depreciation."Farm stuff like tractors, farm e...

Water-wise week promotes smart water use

Sunday's rain kicked off a week-long public awareness of promoting water- saving habits. The city of Scottsbluff, the National Forest Service, and the UNL Panhandle Extension Center have teamed up this week to promote water-saving habits. Community Forester Amy Seiler says being 'water wise' is very important in the panhandle, because we have such limited precipitation here. This water-wise week is focused on transforming traditional landscapes to maximize water intake. Seiler says a water-wi...

"Once a Cougar, always a Cougar;" Community shows support for Jocelyn Stubbs Video included

Saturday was yet another reminder of how supportive the western Nebraska community can be, as hundreds of people gathered to raise thousands of dollars for a former WNCC Cougar who was recently diagnosed with cancer..

Torrington police calls increased in 2013 Video included

The Torrington Police Department has released their 2013 annual report. According to the report, calls for service have increased a significant amount, but serious crime has gone down. Chief Billy Janes says that with the building of the prison, came more people moving into the community and with a larger population comes more serious crime. 

Final book discussions take place before June Chautauqua events Video included

People in the panhandle are gearing up for a traveling educational series known as Chautauqua that will coming to the panhandle in June. Today at the Legacy of the Plains Museum, a preamble to the Chautauqua celebrations took place with a book discussion on "An Unspeakable Sadness" by David Wishart.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook says NE needs to develop rural jobs, wind energy Video included

Nebraska's only Democratic candidate in the running for governor stopped by the KOTA Territory studios Sunday morningChuck Hassebrook says he's the best candidate for Nebraska's next governor because he "has the most experience working to revitalize the whole state of Nebraska, not just urban areas on the eastern part of the state."Hassebrook says during the 17 years he spent as the Director for the Center of Rural Affairs, he helped more than 10,000 small businesses get their start. Hassebro...

XL Pipeline protesters rally in front of Secretary of State John Kerry's house Video included

Keystone XL pipeline protesters have been active this week. Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance recently rallied outside of Secretary of State John Kerry's house in Georgetown. The group hit up the Georgetown house in tribal gear to say building the Keystone Pipeline would harm the environment. Several protesters from Nebraska are worried that the pipeline will threaten the viability of the Ogallala aquifer. But advocates for the pipeline say it is an efficient and safe way to bring Can...

Prom: a busy time for law enforcement, local florists Video included

Students from Scottsbluff and Gering High Schools are dancing the night away as both schools are celebrating prom tonight.And local florists are breathing a temporary sigh of relief as one of their busiest times of the year is over.Florists have been rushing to get all their flowers ordered and corsages finished for both school's prom tonight.Peggy Ernst, manager of Flowers on Broadway, says for as little as they are, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into each corsage."It takes ...

YMCA's ‘Healthy Kids Day’ devoted to keeping kids active

Kids came out to the Y to scoot, jump, bounce, play and have fun, all in the name of good health. Healthy Kids Day is a "national initiative to improve the health and well being of kids." 

Heineman's veto of nurse bill could limit efforts to bring more health professionals to NE

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nurse practitioners say the governor's veto of a bill that would have allowed less oversight by physicians could limit efforts to attract more of the health care professionals to Nebraska. Gov. Dave Heineman vetoed the bill last week, citing concerns for patient safety. The bill would have removed a requirement that nurse practitioners have agreements with physicians, who are available for collaboration or referral if a patient's condition has been unresponsive to curre...

Eastern Wyoming College now enrolling for summer and fall semester

With this semester coming to an end, Eastern Wyoming College is eager to get students enrolled for summer and the following semester.

Heineman veto's nurse bill, practitioners still need to collaborate with physicians to practice in NE

Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations. Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday vetoed the bill, which removed the requirement that nurses have an integrated practice agreement with a collaborating physician in order to practice in Nebraska.

Drunk driver causes thousands of dollars of damage at Chadron park

On Saturday April 19, 2014 at 3:00 P.M., the Chadron Police Department received a call of an injury accident located in Wilson Park.

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