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District 12 Probation office still vying for reporting center

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For Chief Probation Officer Linda Buehler, a simple issue is preventing her from creating a new addition to the probation office.

"To have a reporting center, I can attack it several different ways, But ideally I need more space," says Buehler.

The county's District 12 Probation office has been given contracts by the Nebraska Supreme Court for a reporting center, possibly creating more jobs and services to those in need.

"I view this as a huge boom to western Nebraska, it's kind of a one stop shopping if you will," says Buehler.

Buehler says a new larger office will be able to accommodate more people and ideally give other businesses a chance to rent out the extra space.

"It would be like a co–location where several of us would join together in one building to be able to help more probationers, juvenile and adult."

Clinical Physiologist, Dr Alan Smith, is on board.

"So we see this, if it does happen, as a great opportunity to start pulling our resources together in collaboration," says Smith.

Buehler says the County Commissioners have been supportive throughout the process but they are worried about on key issue.

"Right now Scotts Bluff County is struggling a little bit and so I'm trying to find funding to make this happen," says Buehler.

If nothing happens in the next few months District 12 could lose over one $100,000 for the center.   Money that would likely go to another county.

"We're not really deluged in Western Nebraska with opportunities and this is a huge opportunity," says Buehler.

An opportunity Buehler doesn't want to let go of.  

"I'm working very hard because I really want to see this happen."

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