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Buffalo County Fire Under Investigation After Man's Death


KEARNEY -- An investigation is underway into a fire in Buffalo County. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Buffalo County Fire Under Investigation After Man's Death

Ord Teen Celebrates One-Year After Bone Marrow Transplant


ORD -- A local kid is celebrating the anniversary of a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. Gabe Altieri explains how he is doing, one year later. LISTEN: Ord Teen Celebrates One-Year After Bone Marrow Transplant

Judge Strikes Down Nebraska Gay Marriage Ban


OMAHA -- A federal judge has lifted Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage. Here's Gabe Altieri with the story. LISTEN: Judge Strikes Down Nebraska Gay Marriage Ban

Sen. Davis: Nebraska Prison Crowding Options Limited


LINCOLN -- The legislature and the governor's office are at odds over a prison sentence bill. Gabe Altieri explains how a local senator doesn't see many options for the state. LISTEN: Sen. Davis - Nebraska Prison Crowding Options Limited

Authorities: Hastings Man Died From Accidental Fall


KEARNEY -- Authorites have released how they believe a Hastings man died after his boyd was found in an alley in Kearney. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Authorities - Hastings Man Died From Accidental Fall

Hastings Man Sentenced After Attempted Murder Conviction


HASTINGS -- A Hastings man convicted of trying to kill a police officer has been set to prison. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Hastings Man Sentenced After Attempted Murder Conviction

Effort to Repeal Death Penalty Wins First Round Approval


LINCOLN -- A bill to repeal Nebraska's death penalty has won first round approval. Gabe Altieri explains if the measure can avoid a veto. LISTEN: Effort to Repeal Death Penalty Wins First Round Approval

Feed Manufacturer Submits Request for Conditional Use Permit in Valley County


VALLEY COUNTY -- A company looking to pelletize byproduct from the ethanol plant in Ord has requested a conditional use permit. Gabe Altieri explains what needs to happen before the group can get to work.  LISTEN: Feed Manufacturer Submits Requ

Ex-Nebraska Football Captain Picked-Up in Omaha


LINCOLN -- A former Nebraska football captain has been picked up in Omaha after missing his date to report to jail. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Ex-Nebraska Football Captain Picked-Up in Omaha

Ord Considering Ending Weighted Classes


ORD -- The Ord School District may put an end to weighted classes. Gabe Altieri explains what's leading to the consideration. LISTEN: Ord Considering Ending Weighted Classes

High School Minimum Wage May Drop Under New Bill


LINCOLN -- High School workers may receive a lower minimum wage that others under a new bill. Gabe Altieri explains.  LISTEN: High School Minimum Wage May Drop Under New Bill

Ord Couple Continues to Look for Answers at Abandoned Cemetery


VALLEY COUNTY -- An effort to honor unmarked graves is taking place in Valley County. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Ord Couple Continues to Look for Answers at Abandoned Cemetery

Prison Sentence Bill Earns First Round Approval


LINCOLN -- An effort to repeal mandatory minimums for certain felonies has passed first round approval in the legislature. Gabe Altieri explains why some in Lincoln are supporting this bill and why others oppose it. LISTEN: Prison Sentence Bill Earn

Columbus Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Connection to Counterfeit Scheme


COLUMBUS -- A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to a counterfeit scheme in Columbus. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Columbus Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Connection to Counterfeit Scheme

Senators Rally to Repeal Nebraska Death Penalty


LINCOLN -- Some republican senators are forming a coalition to repeal Nebraska's death penalty. Gabe Altieri explains why and what needs to happen for repeal. LISTEN: Senators Rally to Repeal Nebraska Death Penalty

Ord Announces Staff Changes


ORD -- Ord has formally accepted the resignations of two coaches, plus there's a new high school science teacher hire. Here's Gabe Altieri. LISTEN: Ord Announces Staff Changes

Kearney City Council Turns Over Land for Veterans Home


KEARNEY -- The Kearney City Council has voted to turn over land for a veterans home in the area. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Kearney City Council Turns Over Land for Veterans Home

Reenactment Group Comes to Fort Hartsuff


ELYRIA -- A reenactment at Fort Hartsuff this weekend is set to mimic life right after the civil war. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Reenactment Group Coming to Fort Hartsuff

Valley County to Pay Taxes on Schimenti Forclosure


ORD -- It appears the final details have been taken care of inthe forclosure of the Schimenti property in Ord. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Valley County to Pay Taxes on Schimenti Forclosure

Investigation Ongoing in Accident Near Sutton


SUTTON -- A man is dead after an accident in Clay County. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Investigation Ongoing in Accident Near Sutton

Ord Hires New Wrestling Coach


ORD -- Ord High School has announced a new wrestling coach. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Ord Hires New Wrestling Coach

Gas Tax Bill Advances to Final Vote


LINCOLN -- A proposed gas tax increase has advanced to a final vote in the legislature. Gabe Altieri explains how the bill isn't a done deal, even if it passes on the senate floor. LISTEN -- Gas Tax Bill Advances to Final Vote

Ord to Add Softball for 2015-16


ORD -- The Ord Board of Education approved the addition of softball to its athletic offerings. Gabe Altieri explains what went into the decision. LISTEN: Ord to Add Softball for 2015-16

Gov. Ricketts Signs Pregnancy Bill into Law


LINCOLN -- Governor Ricketts has signed a bill that assists pregnant women into law. Gabe Altieri explains what this means for mothers-to-be. LISTEN: Gov. Ricketts Signs Pregnancy Bill into Law

Bill to Extend Senator Term Length Dies


LINCOLN -- A bill that would extend the length of Senator terms has died in the legislature. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Bill to Extend Senator Term Length Dies

Burwell Student Advances to Nationals in Free Throw Competition


BURWELL -- A Burwell student has made it to nationals in a free throw competition. Gabe Altieri explains the journey so far. LISTEN: Burwell Student Advances to Nationals in Free Throw Competition

Burwell Legion Holds Fundraiser for TBS Baseball


BURWELL -- TBS baseball held its annual fundraiser at the Burwell Legion. Gabe Altieri explains how the dinner helps fund the program. LISTEN: Burwell Legion Holds Fundraiser for TBS Baseball

University of Nebraska May End Tuition Freeze


LINCOLN -- A freeze on the University of Nebraska's tuition may be over. Gabe Alteiri explains why an increase might be necessary. LISTEN: University of Nebraska May End Tuition Freeze

Solar Energy Plant May Be Coming to Kearney


KEARNEY -- An international renewable energy company is looking at Kearney for the site of a new power plant. Gabe Altieri explains what this might mean for the area. LISTEN: Solar Energy Plant May Be Coming to Kearney

Two Local Towns to Receive Learning Center Grants


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- Two area towns have been awarded learning center grants. Gabe Altieri explains what the target of these programs is. LISTEN: Two Local Towns to Receive Learning Center Grants

Bill to Allow Deferred-Youth Licenses Advances to Debate


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Legislature will debate a bill that may let children who were brought to the United State illegally to obtain licenses. Gabe Altieri explains the measure. LISTEN: Bill to Allow Deferred-Youth Licenses Advances to Debate

City of Ord Plans Street Closings for Rod Run


ORD -- The City of Ord will close some downtown streets for the June 20th Rod Run. Gabe Altieri explains how the area will be set up. LISTEN: City of Ord Plans Street Closings for Rod Run

Student Sentenced After UNK Bomb Threat


BUFFALO COUNTY -- A Nebraska-Kearney student has been sentenced after a conviction of making bomb  threats at the school. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Student Sentenced After UNK Bomb Threat

Man Killed in Accident Near Albion


BOONE COUNTY -- A man has been killed after an accident in Boone County. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Man Killed in Accident Near Albion

Senators Compromise on Distribution of Lottery Revenue for Education


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers have reached a compromise on how to split state lottery money. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Senators Compromise on Distribution of Lottery Revenue for Education

Lower Loup NRD Plans Park Rennovations


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Lower Loup Natural Resource District has planned rennovations at a couple area parks this summer. Gabe Altieri explains what's being done. LISTEN: Lower Loup NRD Plans Park Rennovations

Man Arrested for False Imprisonment in Red Cloud


RED CLOUD -- A Red Cloud man has been arrested on a false imprisonment charge. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Man Arrested for False Imprisonment in Red Cloud

Comstock Art Show Gives Creative Opportunity to Central Nebraskans


COMSTOCK -- Entries into the seventh annual Comstock Open Art & Photo Competition are on display this month. Gabe Altieri explains the exhibit and what it means for artists in the area. LISTEN: Comstock Art Show Gives Creative Opportunity to Cen

Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Marijuana in York County


YORK -- A Utah man has been sent to prison for conspiring to distribute marijuana near York. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Marijuana in York County

Effort to Expand Nebraska Medicaid Fails


LINCOLN -- An attempt to expand Nebraska medicaid coverage has fallen short. Gabe Altieri explains what this means for the issue. LISTEN: Effort to Expand Nebraska Medicaid Fails

Adjusted Sex Trafficking Bill Advances through Committee


LINCOLN -- A bill that would increase penalties on convicted sex traffickers is set to be debated in the legislature. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Adjusted Sex Trafficking Bill Advances through Committee

Director: Waterfowl Testing Now Cause of Floods Near Wood River


WOOD RIVER -- The Executive Director of a program to protect waterfowls says his group isn't causing floods on a Hall County road. Gabe Alteiri has the story. LISTEN: Director - Waterfowl Testing Now Cause of Floods Near Wood River

Pregnancy Bill Awaits Governors Approval


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Legislature has passed a bill to protect women in the workplace. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Pregnancy Bill Awaits Governors Approval

Economic Downturn Bill Passes Final Approval


LINCOLN -- A bill that could help lawmakers anticipate economic downturns in state revenue has won final approval in the legislature. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Economic Downturn Bill Passes Final Approval

Columbus Man Scheduled to be Sentence in Child Abuse Case


COLUMBUS -- A Columbus man is scheduled to be sentenced for negligent child abuse resulting in injury next month. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Columbus Man Scheduled to be Sentence in Child Abuse Case

Grand Island Police Officer Injured in Accident


GRAND ISLAND -- A Grand Island police officer has been injured in an accident. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Grand Island Police Officer Injured in Accident

NPPD Warns Customers of Phone Scam


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Nebraska Public Power District says a phone scam is effecting people across central Nebraska. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: NPPD Warns Customers of Phone Scam

Man Dies After Accident Near Loup City


LOUP CITY -- A man is dead after an accident near Loup City. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Man Dies After Accident Near Loup City

Anderson Island Speed Limit to Change


ORD -- There's a new speed limit at Anderson Island in Ord. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Anderson Island Speed Limit to Change

Midwest Drought Conditions Expanded in March


DES MOINES, IA -- Drought conditions grew in March throughout the plains states. Gabe Altieri explains how it's affecting the region. LISTEN: Midwest Drought Conditions Expanded in March

Elm Creek Man Hospitalized After Stabbing


ODESSA -- An Elm Creek man is in serious condition after an argument escalated into a stabbing near Odessa. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Elm Creek Man Hospitalized After Stabbing

UNK Professors: Expanded Medicaid Would Benefit Nebraska


LINCOLN -- Two UNK professors say Nebraska would benefit from expanded Medicaid. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: UNK Professors - Expanded Medicaid Would Benefit Nebraska

Sen. Davis Responds to Criticism from State Trooper Association PAC


LINCOLN -- Senator Al Davis responded to claims that he didn't demand an apology from Senator Chambers after comments comparing the Omaha police in his neighborhood to the terrorist group ISIS. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Sen. Davis Re

Nebraska Property Owners May See Tax Relief


LINCOLN -- Nebraska property owners could see a lower tax bill under a new state budget. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Nebraska Property Owners May See Tax Relief

Man Charged with Arson After Minden Fire


MINDEN -- A Kearney man has been charged with arson following a fire at a pharmacy in Minden. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Man Charged with Arson After Minden Fire

Body Found in Buffalo County Truck Accident


BUFFALO COUNTY -- A man's body was found after an accident in Buffalo County. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Body Found in Buffalo County Truck Accident

Effort to Repeal Prairie Dog Legislation Likely Killed for Year


LINCOLN -- A bill that would repeal Nebraska's prairie dog legislation is likely killed for the year. Gabe Altieri explains why. LISTEN: Effort to Repeal Prairie Dog Legislation Likely Killed for Year

Underage Drinking Bill Wins Final Approval in Legislature


LINCOLN -- Underage drinkers with alcohol poisoning may avoid legal charges when the seek medical attention. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Underage Drinking Bill Wins Final Approval in Legislature

Officials Find Cause of Buffalo County Fire


KEARNEY -- Authorities have singled out a cause of a fire in Buffalo County this week. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Officials Find Cause of Buffalo County Fire

Three Injured in Accident Near Monroe


MONROE -- Three people have been injurd in an accident near Monroe. Gabe Altieri has the story.  LISTEN: Three Injured in Accident Near Monroe

Valley County Grants Easement to Nebraska Central Telephone Company


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Nebraska Central Telephone Company received an easement to perform work in Valley County. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Valley County Grants Easement to Nebraska Central Telephone Company

Lincoln Lawmakers Appear to Agree on Livestock Operator Legislation


LINCOLN -- A revised livestock bill appears to have settled a debate in the legislature. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Lincoln Lawmakers Appear to Agree on Livestock Operator Legislation

Judge Grants Class-Action For Lawsuit Against Nebraska Dept. of HHS


LINCOLN -- A judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit against the nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Judge Grants Class-Action For Lawsuit Against Nebraska Dept. of HHS

Speaker Hadley: Nebraska Legislature Movement Too Slow


LINCOLN -- The speaker of the Nebraska legislature is concerned over the slow movement of the legislature. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Speaker Hadley: Nebraska Legislature Movement Too Slow

Report: Midwest Economic Growth to Slow


OMAHA -- A new report says economic growth in the midewest will slow in coming years. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Report - Midwest Economic Growth to Slow 

Lexington Police Have Several Leads in Arson Investigation


LEXINGTON -- A fire at a lexington business building is being investigated in an arson case. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Lexington Police Have Several Leads in Arson Investigation

Proposed Fuel-Tax Increase Passes First Round Approval


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers are inching closer to passing a fuel-tax increase. Gabe Altieri exsplains what road blocks supporters still have. LISTEN: Proposed Fuel-Tax Increase Passes First Round Approval

New Sargent Bar to be Named for Beloved Resident


SARGENT -- A new Sargent bar will bear the name of one of the towns most beloved residents. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: New Sargent Bar to be Named for Beloved Resident

UNL Chancellor to Step Down in 2016


LINCOLN -- Harvey Perlman is stepping down as UNL Chancellor next year. Gabe Altieri explains what went into the decision. LISTEN: UNL Chancellor to Step Down in 2016

Valley County Looking to Remodel Sheriff's Office


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County is looking into creating more space for the sheriff's office. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Valley County Looking to Remodel Sheriff's Office

Legislators Mixed Over Proposed Fuel-Tax Increase


LINCOLN -- A proposed fuel-tax increase is drawing mixed reactions in the legislature. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Legislators Mixed Over Proposed Fuel-Tax Increase

Columbus Woman Sent to Prison After November Crash


COLUMBUS -- A Columbus woman has been sent to prison after an incident stemming from a vehicle accident. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Columbus Woman Sent to Prison After November Crash

Trial Set for Woman Accused of Drowning Puppy in Grand Island Airport


GRAND ISLAND -- A date has been set for a Florida woman accused of drowning a pupping in the Grand Island airport. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Trial Set for Woman Accused of Drowning Puppy in Grand Island Airport

Construction Begins on Springdale Bridge


VALLEY COUNTY -- Pieces are falling into place on the Springdale Bridge Construction outside of Ord. Gabe Altieri explains when the project should be finished. LISTEN: Construction Begins on Springdale Bridge

State Capitol Cleared After Bomb Scare


LINCOLN -- An unattended briefcase casues a scare at the Nebraska State Capitol today. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: State Capitol Cleared After Bomb Scare

Bill to Extend Senator Term Limits Advances in Legislature


LINCOLN -- A measure to extend term-limits for Nebraska legislators has been given first round approval. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Bill to Extend Senator Term Limits Advances in Legislature

Movement Gauges Interest for Lutheran High School in Columbus


COLUMBUS -- A movement in Columbus to open a Lutheran high school is gaining traction. Gabe Altieri explains the level of interest. LISTEN: Movement Gauges Interest for Lutheran High School in Columbus

Study: Nebraska Tax-Cut Policy Costing State Revenue


NEBRASKA -- A tax-policy group says Nebraska tax cuts may have cost the state revenue over the last decade. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Study - Nebraska Tax-Cut Policy Costing State M

Measure Which Protects Pregnant Women at Work Advances in Legislature


LINCOLN -- A bill has advanced in the legislature whic hwould protect pregnant women at work. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Measure Which Protects Pregnant Women at Work Advances in Legislature

Lawmakers Likely to Discuss Prairie Dog Bill this Week


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a bil that would prevent counties from killing black-tailed prarie dogs. Gabe Altieri explains how one senator plans to kill the bill and what alternative he suggests. LISTEN: Lawmakers

Kids Fair Draws Families to Ord


ORD -- Families from around the region crowded the Vintage Gym at Ord High School for the Valley County Kids Fair. Gabe Altieri describes the scene and what the event aims to achieve. LISTEN: Kids Fair Draws Families to Ord

Davis, Sullivan Join Effort Against Livestock Zoning Legislation


LINCOLN -- A bill that would remove certain livestock operation authority from the counties and give them to the state continues to move through the legislature. Gabe Altieri explains why some senators are against the measure. LISTEN: Davis, Sulliva

Colorado Defends Legal Marijuana Against Nebraska/Oklahoma Lawsuit


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Colorado is defending it's marijuana legislation against lawsuits from Nebraska and Oklahoma. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Colorado Defends Legal Marijuana Against Nebraska/Oklahoma Lawsuit

Report: Nebraska's February Unemployment Lowest in Nation


NEBRASKA -- A report show Nebraska had the lowest unemployment rate in America last month. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Report - Nebraska's February Unemployment Lowest in Nation

Sen. Davis: Chambers Could Pay Legislative Price


LINCOLN -- Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers has come under fire in Lincoln over comments he made comparing the police in his district to the terrorist group ISIS. Gabe Altieri takes us through what Senator Al Davis thinks this means for Chambers. LISTEN:&nbs

Columbus Man Faces Trial on Counterfeit Charges


COLUMBUS -- A Columbus man is facing  trial on accusations of counterfeiting $20 bills. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Columbus Man Faces Trial on Counterfeit Charges

Sen. Fischer Disapproves to Clean Water Act Changes


NEBRASKA -- Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer joined some farmers and rangers in their displeasure with new clean-water regulation. Gabe Altieri explains what the Senator thinks should be done. LISTEN: Sen. Fischer Disapproves to Clean Water Act Changes

Valley County Health System to Complete LTC Facility Transfer July 1st


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System is set to transfer Valley View Senior Living to LTC Midwest, LLC. Gabe Altieri explains when this process will start and what the relationship between the two will be. LISTEN: Valley County Health System

Fischer Joins Senators Pushing Budget Proposals


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is among those pushing for a Republican budget proposal to pass in Washington. Gabe Altieri explains what the measure entails and what it means for the party. LISTEN: Fischer Joins Senators Pushing Bu

Antelope County Supervisor Convicted of Theft


NELIGH -- An Antelope County Supervisor has been convicted of theft. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Antelope County Supervisor Convicted of Theft

VCHS to Start Walk-In Clinic


ORD -- Valley County Health System is set to begin a walk-in clinic in Ord. Gabe Altieri explains when it will start and what services will be offered. LISTEN: VCHS to Start Walk-In Clinic

Bill Desigend to Reduce Prison Crowding Set for Debate


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Legislature will debate a bill designed to reduce prison crowding. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Bill Desigend to Reduce Prison Crowding Set for Debate

Farm Families Claim Waterfowl Conservation is Causing Platte River Floods


WOOD RIVER -- Farmers in the Wood River area are claiming waterfowl conservation efforts along the Platte River are damaging Hall County roads and cropland. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Farm Families Claim Waterfowl Conservation is Causing

A Bill to Extend Unicameral Term Limits Under Debate


LINCOLN -- Nebraska voters may have the opportunity to give lawmakers four extra years in office under a new proposal. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: A Bill to Extend Unicameral Term Limits Under Debate

NPPD's Muddy Creek Transmission Line Won't Be Affected By Ord's Whole-Sale Power


ORD -- NPPD held an open hous this week to give landowners an opportunity to see the location of the Muddy Creek Transmission Line. Gabe Altieri explains the route and what it means for the area. LISTEN: NPPD's Muddy Creek Transmission Line Won&

Verdigre Man Charged with Killing Wife Takes Plea Deal


CENTER -- A Verdigre man has taken a plea deal and has been convicted of second degree murder of his wife. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Verdigre Man Charged with Killing Wife Takes Plea Deal

Burwell Economic Develop Gauging Interest in Owner-Occupied Home Rehabilitation


GARFIELD COUNTY -- Burwell Economic Development is looking to help Garfield County residents with home improvements. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Burwell Economic Develop Gauging Interest in Owner-Occupied Home Rehabilitation Funds Househo

Request of Plea Withdrawal Denied in Hastings Trial


HASTINGS -- A judge has rejected the request of a Hastings man to have his pleas withdrawn in a case against him. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Request of Plea Withdrawal Denied in Hastings Trial

Nebraska Farm Bureau's Urge Lawmakers Not to Pass Clean Water Act Changes


NEBRASKA -- Farm groups in Nebraska are criticizing a proposed change to federal clean-water regulations. Gabe Altieri explains the issue. LISTEN: Nebraska Farm Bureau's Urge Lawmakers Not to Pass Clean Water Act Changes

Nebraska Judges Could See Pay Increase


LINCOLN -- Nebraska judgdes could be in for a raise. Gabe Altieri explains what bill could lead to a pay increase. LISTEN: Nebraska Judges Could See Pay Increase

Nebraska Attorney General Returns to Capitol After Surgery


LINCOLN -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is back at work after surgery. Gabe Altieri details his health. LISTEN: Nebraska Attorney General Returns to Capitol After Surgery

Nebraska Traffic Fatalities Rose in 2014


NEBRASKA -- Nebraska's traffic fatalities went up in 2014. Gabe Altieri explains how high the numbers are and what may have caused the rise. LISTEN: Nebraska Traffic Fatalities Rose in 2014
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Lawmakers Near Approval of Long-Term Care Resource Centers


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers are looking to better assist hte elderly and disabled in long-term care services. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Lawmakers Near Approval of Long-Term Care Resource Centers
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Lawmakers to Debate Marijuana Seizure Study Bill


LINCOLN -- A bill is set for debate that would allow seizure patients to access marijuana under supervision. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Lawmakers to Debate Marijuana Seizure Study Bill

City to Close Part of 5th Avenue in Broken Bow


BROKEN BOW -- Part of 5th Avenue in Broken Bow will be closed starting Today, Gabe Alteiri explains what work is being done and how long it will last. LISTEN: City to Close Part of 5th Avenue in Broken Bow

Lawmakers to Review Nebraska's Business Tax Incentive Program


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers are review the states processx of distributing tax incentives to businesses. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Lawmakers to Review Nebraska's Business Tax Incentive Program

Woman Proposes Whitewater Park in Columbus


COLUMBUS -- A Monroe woman is developing a proposal for a whitewater park in Columbus. Gabe Altieri takes us through the idea.  LISTEN: Woman Proposes Whitewater Park in Columbus

Construction Planned on US-281 Near St. Paul


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Nebraska Department of Roads has announced planned construction work on US-281 North of St. Paul next month. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Construction Planned on US-281 Near St. Paul

National Weather Service to Issue State Tornado Warning Drill


NEBRASKA -- The National Weather Service is doing a tornado warning drill across the state on Wednesday. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: National Weather Service to Issue State Tornado Warning Drill

Two Skagway Stores to Close in Grand Island


GRAND ISLAND -- A pair of skagway stores are set to close in Grand Island. Gabe Altieri explains what led to the decision. LISTEN: Two Skagway Stores to Close in Grand Island

5th Annual Boone County Home, Farm & Garden Show Set for this Weekend


ALBION -- The Boone County Home, Farm & Garden Show is set for this week. Gabe Altieri explains what attendees can expect. LISTEN: 5th Annual Boone County Home, Farm & Garden Show Set for this Weekend

Arcadia Man Sentenced After Killing Another Driver in July Crash


ST. PAUL -- An Arcadia man who caused a crash that resulted in one death last year has been sentenced. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Arcadia Man Sentenced After Killing Another Driver in July Crash

Update on Shooting in Grafton


GRAFTON -- More information is available in a shooting in Grafton last week. Gabe Altieri has the latest. LINCOLN: Update on Shooting in Grafton

York County Sheriff Denies Eavesdropping Allegations


YORK COUNTY -- The York County Sheriff's department responded to allegations of eavesdropping on inmate phone conversations. Gabe Altieri has the latest. LISTEN: York County Sheriff Denies Eavesdropping Allegations

New Grand Island Bishop Takes Office


GRAND ISLAND -- The Grand Island Roman Catholic Diocese has a new bishop. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: New Grand Island Bishop Takes Office

Grafton Man Arrested on Suspicion of Brother's Attempted Murder


GRAFTON -- A Grafton man has been arrested on attempted murder suspicions. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Grafton Man Arrested on Suspicion of Brother's Attempted Murder

Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Law Postponed


LINCOLN -- A vote on Nebraska's helment law has stalled. Gabe Altieri explains when lawmakers could decide on the measure. LISTEN: Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Law Postponed

Fischer Discouraged By Pushback on Trafficking Bill


Washington, D.C. -- Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is helping lead the way on a human trafficking bill, but it's facing push-back in Washington. Gabe alteiri explains. LISTEN: Fischer Discouraged By Pushback on Trafficking Bill

Burwell Chamber, Business Help Local TeamMates


BURWELL -- The Burwell Chamber is working to help out the local TeamMates Mentoring Program. Gabe Alteiri has the story. LISTEN:  Burwell Chamber, Business Help Local TeamMates

Motorcycle Helmet Law Under Debate in Lincoln


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers are debating the state's motorcycle helmet law. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Motorcycle Helmet Law Under Debate in Lincoln

Fischer Backs Legislation to Block EPA Ozone Regulations


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska has proposed legislation to block new ozone regulation. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Fischer Backs Legislation to Block EPA Ozone Regulations

Tougher Abortion Regulations Could Be Coming to Nebraska


LINCOLN -- Additional regulations on abortion could be on the way in Nebraska. Here's Gabe Altieri with the story. LISTEN: Tougher Abortion Regulations Could Be Coming to Nebraska

Raising Nebraska to Hold Ag Week Event


GRAND ISLAND -- Raising Nebraska is helping kids participate in National Ag Week. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Raising Nebraska to Hold Ag Week Event

Carbon Monoxide Legislation Signed into Law


LINCOLN -- Governor Ricketts has signed a bill inteded to limit carbon monoxide exposure. Gabe Altieri explains what measure lawmakers are taking to protect people from the gas. LISTEN: Carbon Monoxide Legislation Signed into Law

Burwell Student Finishes Runner-Up at State Poetry Competition


LINCOLN -- A Burwell student has placed high in a state poetry tournament. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Burwell Student Finishes Runner-Up at State Poetry Competition

Low-Income Nebraska Families May Soon Receive More Financial Help


LINCOLN -- Low-income families could see an increa in pay for their children. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Low-Income Nebraska Families May Soon Receive More Financial Help

Big Give Raises $70,000+ for Valley County


VALLEY COUNTY -- The third annual Big Give hit Valley County this week. Gabe Altieri explains how much the event raised for area businesses and organizations. LISTEN: Big Give Raises $70,000+ for Valley County 

Valley County Farmer Gives Donation to VCHS Foundations


VALLEY COUNTY -- A program that highlights farms contributions to their communities has chosen a Valley County farmer for a donation. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Valley County Farmer Gives Donation to VCHS Foundations

Ord School District Examines Career-Based Classes for Students


ORD -- The Ord School District is trying to find ways to get kids to think about careers post-high school. Gabe Altieri goes through what the board is looking into and what needs to happen for it to work.  LISTEN: Ord School District Examines C

Economic Anticipation Bill Passes First Round of Approval


LINCOLN -- A bill has advanced that would help Nebraska lawmakers anticipate economic downturns. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Economic Anticipation Bill Passes First Round of Approval

Ord Hosts Blood Drive


ORD -- The American Red Cross held a blood drive this week in Ord. Gabe Altieri has the details.    LISTEN: Ord Hosts Blood Drive

Nebraska Job-Less Rate Fell to Start 2015


NEBRASKA -- Nebraska's unemployment rate got off to a good start in 2015. Gabe Altieri explains . LISTEN: Nebraska Job-Less Rate Fell to Start 2015

Winner-Take-All Bill Stalled for 2015


LINCOLN -- A bill that would reinstate the winner-take-all electoral vote sytem has stalled. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Winner-Take-All Bill Stalled for 2015

Ord School District's Affordable Care Act Options


ORD -- The transition period to the Affordable Care Act ends at the end of next year. Gabe Altieri explains what decision the Ord school district has to make in regard to the chage. LISTEN: Ord School District's Affordable Care Act Options

Spokeswoman: Surgery Successful for Nebraska Attorney General


LINCOLN -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is recovering after surgery to address early stages of prostate cancer. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Spokeswoman - Surgery Successful for Nebraska Attorney General

VCHS Receives Donations for Glidescope Purchase


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Health System has received donations to purchase a glidescope. Gabe Altieri has the story.  LISTEN: VCHS Receives Donations for Glidescope Purchase

U.S. Treasury Gives Nebraska Money to Create Jobs


NEBRASKA -- Nebraska has received money to creat jobs. Gabe Altieri explains how much and where the money will go.  LISTEN: U.S. Treasury Gives Nebraska Money to Create Jobs

New Program Helps Prepare Inmates for Jobs


NEBRASKA -- A new program has been set up to help inmates be better trained for jobs upon release. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: New Program Helps Prepare Inmates for Jobs

Ricketts Discusses State Agro-Business Plans at Ag Week Event


BROKEN BOW -- Governor Ricketts was in Broken Bow to celebrate National Ag Week. Gabe Altieri explains how he used the opportunity to discuss his ag business plans for the state. LISTEN: Ricketts Discusses State Agro-Business Plans at Ag Week Event

Ord Elementary School to Hold "Night of Living History"


ORD -- Ord Elementary school is holding a "Night of Living History" this week. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Ord Elementary School to Hold "Night of Living History"

Burwell FFA Holds Labor Auction Fundraiser


BURWELL -- The Burwell FFA held it's labor auction this past week. Gabe Altieri explains how much the event does for the organization. LISTEN: Burwell FFA Holds Labor Auction Fundraiser
Capitol of Nebraska, Lincoln. The building was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and constructed between 1922 and 1932. The Indiana limestone structure draws on both Classical and Gothic architectural traditions, but represents major innovations in st

Livestock Operating Bill to Be Debated in Lincoln


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Legislatured is set to debate a bill that would set statewide standards for livestock permits. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Livestock Operating Bill to Be Debated in Lincoln

Ord to Receive Assistance from IDEA Funds


ORD -- Ord has received additional fuds to assist special education students. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Ord to Receive Assistance from IDEA Funds
Capitol of Nebraska, Lincoln. The building was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and constructed between 1922 and 1932. The Indiana limestone structure draws on both Classical and Gothic architectural traditions, but represents major innovations in st

Bill Signed to Raise Marriage License Fees


LINCOLN -- Governor Ricketts has signed legislation that raises the cost of marriage licenses. Gabe Altieir explains the price hike. LISTEN: Bill Signed to Raise Marriage License Fees

Valley County Continues to Have Concern on Former Surveyor's Bill


VALLEY COUNTY -- A bill from a former Valley County Surveyor has come under question by the Supervisors. Gabe Altieri explains the latest on the disagreement. LISTEN: Valley County Continues to Have Concern on Former Surveyor's Bill

Valley County Historical Society to Hold Fundraiser for Museum


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Historical Society is holding a fundraiser for its museum. Gabe Altieri explains why this is so important for the group. LISTEN: Valley County Historical Society to Hold Fundraiser for Museum

Lawmakers Propose Gas Tax to Help Pay for Roads, Bridges


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Legislature is set ot debate a bill to raise gas taxes to finance roads and bridges. Gabe Altieri explains what kind of increase tit will be and how it might alleviate other tax burdens. LISTEN: Lawmakers Propose Gas Tax to H

Keystone XL Opponents Urge Lawmakers to Repeal Eminent Domain Approval


LINCOLN -- Opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline are trying to get lawmakers to repeal a law that allows a route throught the state. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Keystone XL Opponents Urge Lawmakers to Repeal Eminent Domain Approval

Company Hauling Livestock Waste Warned by Hall County After Complaints


HALL COUNTY -- A company that hauls livestock waste in Hall County has received a warned from the Board of Supervisors. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Company Hauling Livestock Waste Warned by Hall County After Complaints

Broken Bow's Melham Park Among Those Getting Stocked with Trout


BROKEN BOW -- The Nebraska games and parks commission is stocking several city ponds and lakes with catchable fish. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Broken Bow's Melham Park Among Those Getting Stocked with Trout

Governor, Farm Bureau Federation Respond to Farm Tax Bill Stall


NEBRASKA -- A bill that wwould have lowered the taxable land value for farmers and rangers died in committee at the Nebraska Unicameral. Gabe Altieri explains what this means for the effort to find property tax relief. LISTEN: Governor, Farm Bureau

Ord Chromebook Program Going Smoothly After 3 Months


ORD -- It's been a few months since Ord distributed Chromebooks to its students. Gabe Altieri explains how the program is going, so far. LISTEN: Ord Chromebook Program Going Smoothly After 3 Months

Dunning Man Dies in Auto Accident


DUNNING -- A man is dead after an auto accident near Dunning. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Dunning Man Dies in Auto Accident

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Receives Two Grants


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- Keep Loup Basin Beautiful has received to grants for its projects. Gabe Altieri explains.  LISTEN: Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Receives Two Grants

2015 Big Give Kicks-Off Next Week


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Big Give is coming up in Valley County. Gabe Altier explains how people can give back to the community, LISTEN: 2015 Big Give Kicks-Off Next Week

Farm Sales Tax Bill Stalled in Committee


LINCOLN -- A farm sales tax bill has stalled in the Nebraska legislature. Gabe Altieri explains the bill and why it's faced opposition. LISTEN: Farm Sales Tax Bill Stalled in Committee

Bridge Repair Bill Put on Hold


LINCOLN -- A bill intended to accelerate Nebrasa bridge repair has been shelved for another year by county officials. Gabe Altieri explains what problem some officials have with the measure. LISTEN: Bridge Repair Bill Put on Hold

O'Neil Woman Dies in Accident


INMAN -- An O'Neil woman is dead after an accident in Holt County. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: O'Neil Woman Dies in Accident

Senator Davis Among Those Proposing Marijuana Legislation


LINCOLN -- Senator Al Davis is among those in Lincoln to propose marijuana legislation. Gabe Altieri explains what makes his different that others. LISTEN: Senator Davis Among Those Proposing Marijuana Legislation

Valley County Hires Engineer For Preliminary Bridge Work


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors have planned work on a bridge near North Loup, as well as some highway drainage area. Gabe Altieri explains.  LISTEN: Valley County Hires Engineer For Preliminary Bridge Work

Ord to Add School Security


ORD -- Ord has decided to add to its school security, Gabe Altieri explains what the district plans to do. LISTEN: Ord to Add School Security

Bill to Repeal Nebraska's Death Penalty Moves to Legislature


LINCOLN -- A push to repeal Nebraska's death penalty has advanced out of committee. Gabe Altieri explains how much of a chance supporter have to get the law off the books. LISTEN: Bill to Repeal Nebraska's Death Penalty Moves to Legislature

Changes May Be Coming to Aurora Nursing Home


AURORA -- The future of an Aurora nursing home is in question. Gabe Altieri explains what might cause the facility to close its doors. LISTEN: Changes May Be Coming to Aurora Nursing Home

Burwell Student to Participate in State Poetry Championship


LINCOLN -- A Burwell student is among those taking part in a state poetry competition this weekend. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Burwell Student to Participate in State Poetry Championship

Nurse Practitioner Bill Signed into Law


LINCOLN -- Governor Ricketts has signed a bil that makes patient care easier for Nurses. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Nurse Practitioner Bill Signed into Law

Former Gov. Heineman to Pay for Misuse of Public Resources


LINCOLN -- Former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has a fine to pay. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Former Gov. Heineman to Pay for Misuse of Public Resources

A Bill That Would Repeal a Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Law Advances to Debate


LINCOLN -- Discussion on a bill that would repeal a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists is being debated in the Nebraska legislature. Here's Gabe Altieri with the story. LISTEN: A Bill That Would Repeal a Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Law Advanc

Update in Valley County Burglary Arrest


VALLEY COUNTY -- More information is available on the arrest of an Ord woman in connection to area burgalries. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Update in Valley County Burglary Arrest

Sargent Man Dies in Highway 70 Accident


CUSTER COUNTY -- A man is dead after an accident on Highway 70 in Custer County. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Sargent Man Dies in Highway 70 Accident

NWS Holds Severe Weather Preparedness Meeting


NORTH LOUP -- The National Weather Service in Hastings is helping people prepare for sever weather situations. Gabe Altieri explains what people can do to help the service and stay safe in those situations. LISTEN: NWS Holds Severe Weather Preparedn

Wednesday Accident to Cost at Grand Island Clinic


GRAND ISLAND -- A Wednesday morning accident has caused a lot of damage at the Grand Island Clinic. Here's Gabe Altieri with the details. LISTEN: Wednesday Accident to Cost Grand Island Clinic

Appeals Court Rules to Keep Nebraska Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Place


NEBRASKA -- A ruling that struck down Nebraska's gay marriage ban has been put on hold. Here's Gabe Altieri with the details. LISTEN: Appeals Court Rules to Keep Nebraska Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Place

Trial Set for Columbus Mother


COLUMBUS -- A trial date has been set for a Columbus mother accused of abusing her three-year-old daughter. Here's Gabe Altieri with the details.  LISTEN: Trial Set for Columbus Mother

Group Home Closes in Grand Island


GRAND ISLAND -- A group home has closed in Grand Island due to finances Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Group Home Closes in Grand Island

3 Nebraska Sheriffs Join Kansas, Colorado Counterparts, Sue Latter over Marijuan


DENVER, CO -- Sheriffs from three stats, including Nebraska, are suing Colorado for legalizing marijuana. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: 3 Nebraska Sheriffs Join Kansas, Colorado Counterparts, Sue Latter over Marijuana Legalization

Keystone XL Supporters Fail Senate Override


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Members of the U.S. Senate failed in an attempt to override President Obama's veto of the Keyston XL pipeline legislation. Gabe Altieri explains how close the vote was and what's next.  LISTEN: Keystone XL Supporters

Medicaid Bill Passes First Round of Approval in Nebraska Legislature


LINCOLN -- A bill is up for vote in the Nebraska legislature that would benefit Medicaid recipients. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Medicaid Bill Passes First Round of Approval in Nebraska Legislature

Lower Loup NRD Approves New Chemigation Rules


ORD -- The Lower Loup NRD Board approved new ground water rules in respect to chemigation. Gabe Altieri explains how this might affect area irrigation.  LISTEN: Lower Loup NRD Approves Chemigation Rules

Nebraska Ag Land Prices Take a Dip


NEBRASKA -- A survey shows agricultural land prices have dropped since last year. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Nebraska Ag Land Prices Take a Dip

Ord Parks Committee to Choose Engineer for New Pool


ORD -- An engineer might soon be chosen for the new Ord pool. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Ord Parks Committee to Choose Engineer for New Pool

Wrongful Conviction Bill Passes First Round of Approval


LINCOLN -- A bill that would help wrongly convicted Nebraska prisoners is moving through the legislature. Here's Gabe Altieri with the details. LISTEN: Wrongful Conviction Bill Passes First Round of Approval

Ord Continues Discussions with NPPD over New Contract


ORD -- The City of Ord and the Nebraska Public Power District are in discussions to renew their agreement. Gabe Alteiri explains how these talks are going. LISTEN: Ord Continues Discussions with NPPD over New Contract

Bill Proposed to Help Out-of-State Tourism


LINCOLN -- A bill in the Nebraska Legislature would help boost out-of-state tourism. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Bill Proposed to Help Out-of-State Tourism

Arrest Made in Connection to Valley County Burglaries


VALLEY COUNTY -- An arrest has been made in connection to several burglaries in Valley County. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Arrest Made in Connection to Valley County Burglaries

Ord City Council Makes Citizen Advisory Committee Appointment


ORD -- The Ord City Council made a new apointment to the Citizen Advisory Committee. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Ord City Council Makes Citizen Advisory Committee Appointment

Winner-Take-All Bill Passes First Round in Nebraska Legislature


LINCOLN -- A bill that would change how Nebraska's electoral votes get split up is going through the Nebraska legislature. Gabe Altieri explains what the bill is and how soon it might pass. LISTEN: Winner-Take-All Bill Passes First Round in Nebr

LLNRD Selects First Female Board Member


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Lower Loup Natural Resource District has selected its first female board member. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: LLNRD Selects First Female Board Members

Bipartisan Pair Proposes Legislative Redistricting Changes


LINCOLN -- A pair a state senators are working to change Nebraska's legislative boundaries. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Bipartisan Pair Proposes Legislative Redistricting Changes

Bipartisan Pair Proposes Legislative Redistricting Changes


LINCOLN -- A pair a state senators are working to change Nebraska's legislative boundaries. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: Bipartisan Pair Proposes Legislative Redistricting Changes

Bill Makes Healthcare Easier for Nurses


LINCOLN -- Healthcare in Nebraska got a little bit easier for nurses. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: Bill Makes Healthcare Easier for Nurses  

Burkamper Earns First Career Win, Huskers Take Series


LOS ANGELES -- Derek Burkamper tossed seven innings of one-run ball to pick up his first career win as Nebraska beat Loyola Marymount, 5-1, on Sunday. The Huskers win the final two contests of the weekend to take the series.

Burkamper retired the side five times and sent down ten straight batters at one point. The seven innings was a career-high for the sophomore.

The righty got plenty of

Nebraska Legislature to Have Less to Spend Than Expected


LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers will have less money to spend than expected this legislative session. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Nebraska Legislature to Have Less to Spend Than Expected

Lawsuit Against Merrick County Sheriffs Office Dropped


CENTRAL CITY -- A former employee has dropped her lawsuit against the sheriff of Merrick County. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Lawsuit Against Merrick County Sheriffs Office Dropped

Judge Halts Keystone XL Land Seizing in Nebraska


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- A Nebraska Judge has put a hold on the company lookign to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Judge Halts Keystone XL Land Seizing in Nebraska

VCHS Announces Appointments and Reappointments


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System announced its appointments and reappointments at its most recent meeting. Gabe Altieri has the details.  LISTEN: VCHS Announces Appointments and Reappointment

Garfield County and Burwell to Partner in Zoning Practices


GARFIELD COUNTY -- The City of Burwell and Garfield County are trying to make their planning and zoning practices more in-sync. Gabe Altieri explains.  LISTEN: Garfield County and Burwell to Partner in Zoning Practices

Gov. Ricketts Signs Bill that Allows Cigar Bars to Operate


LINCOLN -- Governor Ricketts signed a bill that allows cigar bars to stay in business. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Gov. Ricketts Signs Bill that Allows Cigar Bars to Operate

Valley County Announces One-and-Six Year Road Plans


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County has announced its one-and-six year road plans. Gabe Altieri explains what projects are on the schedule. LISTEN: Valley County Announces One-and-Six Year Road Plans

VCHS Holding Annual Health Fair this Summer


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Health System is holding it's annual health fair this summer. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: VCHS Holding Annual Health Fair this Summer

Valley County Home & Ag Expo Coming this Weekend


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Home & Ag expo is this weekend in Ord. Gabe Altieri explains what attendees can expect. LISTEN: Valley County Home & Ag Expo Coming this Weekend

County Farm Land Lease Renewed...with Changes


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors made adjustments on a lease for county farm land outside of Ord. Gabe Altieri explains. LISTEN: County Farm Land Lease Renewed

Garfield County Releases One-and-Six Year Road Plans


GARFIELD COUNTY -- Garfield County has released its one-and-six year raod plans. Gabe Altieri explains what work is on the schedule. LISTEN: Garfield County Releases One-and-Six Year Road Plans

America's Farmers Grow Communities Winner to Present Check to VCHS Foundation


 VALLEY COUNTY -- The America's Famers Grow Communities Program has selected its winner of $2,500. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: America's Farmers Grow Communities Winner to Present Check to VCHS Foundation

Valley County BOS Questions Former Surveyor's Bill


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors had questions about a bill from a former County Surveyor. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Valley County BOS Questions Former Surveyor's Bill

Sen. Fischer on Keystone XL Veto "It's the President's Responsibility to Make a


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) responded to President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Gabe Altieri has the story. LISTEN: Sen. Fischer on Keystone XL Veto "It's the President's Responsibility to Make a

Winner-Take-All Electoral Vote Bill to be Debated Today


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska State Legislature is discussing a bill that could change the election landscape. Here's Gabe Altieri. LISTEN: Winner-Take-All Electoral Vote Bill to be Debated Today 

Arrest Made in Connection to York High School Bomb Threat


YORK -- An arrest has been made in connection with a bomb threat at York High School earlier this week. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Arrest Made in Connection to York High School Bomb Threat

Ord Pool Project Update


ORD -- Plans for a new Ord pool keep moving forward. Gabe Altieri has the latest on the project. LISTEN: Ord Pool Project Update

Scratchtown Brewing Company to Expand Across Nebraska


ORD -- Scratchtown Brewing Company is set to distribute its product across Nebraska. Gabe Altieri has the details. LISTEN: Scratchtown Brewing Company to Expand Across Nebraska

Cornerstone Bank Set to Replace North Loup River Valley Bank


NORTH LOUP -- Cornerstone Bank is set to replace North Loup River Valley Bank in North Loup. Gabe Altieri has the details of the purchase.
LISTEN: Cornerstone Bank Set to Replace North Loup River Valley Bank

Dietitian Visits Ord, Explains Healthy Eating


ORD -- Valley County Health System organized a presentation on how to create healthy eating habites. Gabe Altieri explains what attendees took from the day.
LISTEN: Dietitian Visits Ord, Explains Healthy Eating

KLBB Hosts Marker Recycle Program


CENTRAL NEBRAKSA -- Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is partnering with area schools for a marker recycling program. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: KLBB Hosts Marker Recycle Program

Ord School Board Mulling Three-Year Reserve


ORD -- The Ord Board of Education has set up a plan to protect itself through tough financial times. Gabe Altieri explains.
LISTEN: Ord School Board Mulling Three-Year Reserve

Allied Schools Bill Resurfaces in Lincoln


LINCOLN -- A legislative bill has been presented in the Nebraska Unicameral that could require scome schools to allign their schedules with others. Gabe Altieri explains. 
LISTEN: Allied School Bill Resurfaces in Lincoln

Domina Holds Syngenta Presentation


ST. PAUL -- Omaha attorney Dave Domina stopped by St. Paul to talk to farmers about their options with Syngenta litigation. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Domina Holds Syngenta Presentation

Ord School District Hears School Security Presentation


ORD -- The Ord School District hear a presentation from a school security company at its most recent meeting. Here's Gabe Altieri with the details.
LISTEN: Ord School District Hears School Security Presentation

Senator Davis Proposes Two-Man Train Bill


LINCOLN -- Nebraska Senator Al Davis has presented a bill to the state legislature that would require trains to have at least two workers on board. Here's Gabe Altieri with the details. 
LISTEN: Senator Davis Proposes Two-Man Train Bill

Omaha Attorney Domina to Hold Informational Session on Syngenta Litigation


LINCOLN -- Omaha attorney Dave Domina is holding an informational session in St. Paul this Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Gabe Altieri caught up with Dave to see what farmers can expect at the meeting.
LISTEN: Omaha Attorney Domina to Hold Informational Session on Syngenta Litigati

Sen. Davis Proposes Property Tax Relief Bill


LINCOLN -- Nebraska Senator Al Davis has proposed a bill that would ease the tax load for rural landowners. Gabe Altieri explains.
LISTEN: Sen. Davis Proposes Property Tax Relief Bill

Burwell Hosts Prom Dress Exchange


BURWELL -- The Burwell National Honor Society is hosting a prom dress exchange this weekend. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Burwell Hosts Prom Dress Exchange

Electoral Vote Bill to Be Divisive in Nebraska Unicameral


LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Legislature will be debating a new winner-take-all bill for presidential electoral votes in coming weeks. Gabe Altieri explains the history of the subjuct in Nebraska and whether this bill has a chance to pass.
LISTEN: Electoral Vote Bill to Be Divisive in Nebraska Unicameral

NPPD Answers R-Project Environmental Concerns


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- NPPD is wrapping up preparations on the R-Project, but some landowners have environmental concerns about the construction. Gabe Altieri explains how those concerns are being handled. 
LISTEN: NPPD Answers R-Project Environmental Concerns

Lawyer in Syngenta Litigation Meets with Area Farmers


ORD -- Nebraska farmers had a chance to hear from a lawyer handling the Syngenta Seed Litigation that's effecting farming communities across the country. Gabe Altieri explains what was learned from the meeting and what options farmers have.
LISTEN: Lawyer in Syngenta Litigation Meets with Area Farmers

LARM Visits Ord City Council


ORD -- The Ord City Council hear a pitch from a Nebraska risk management group at its most recent meeting. Gabe Altieri explains what this association would do for the city.
LISTEN: LARM Visits Ord City Council

City of Ord Accepts Property Deed from Valley County


ORD -- The City of Ord has accepted the deed to an area property from Valley County. Gabe Altieri explains what's next. 
LISTEN: City of Ord Accepts Property Deed from Valley County

More Snow Coming for Central Nebraska


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- More snow is on its way to Central Nebraska. Gabe Altieri explain when and how much is on its way.
LISTEN: More Snow Coming for Central Nebraska

VCHS Partners with Ivantage Health Analytics


VALLEY COUNTY -- VCHS has partnered with a company to analyze its health care and compare it to other health systems. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: VCHS Partners with Ivantage Health Analytics

KNLV Among Those Honored by Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce


BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce recognized KNLV for 50 years of sevice to the area at its annual banquet, on Saturday.

The 2015 Award Winners are listed below.

Citizen of the Year

David J. Birnie

Business of the Year

Ag-Land ATV

Excellence in Customer Service - Individual

Julie Hueftle, Nebraska One Box Convention Center

Excellence in Customer Service - Business

Holcomb Pharmacy, P.C.

Cell Phone Reception to Improve in VCHS


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System appears to have a solution to its cell phone reception issue. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Cell Phone Reception to Improve in VCHS

Republican Senate Braces for Keystone XL Veto


WASHIGNTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate has approved a bill for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. With a presidential veto looming, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer explains what's next.
LISTEN: Republican Senate Braces for Keystone XL Veto

VCHS to Improve In-House Communications


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Health System is working on improving its in-house communication. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: VCHS to Improve In-House Communications

Valley County BOS Sets Dates for Wozab Scholarship Applications


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors for when they will accept applications for this year's Wozab Scholarship. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: Valley County BOS Sets Dates for Wozab Scholarship Applications

Valley County Wants to Wait and See with Livestock Friendly Designation


VALLLEY COUNTY -- Valley County echoed Garfield County in its disinterest in the Nebraska Livestock Friendly designation. Gabe Altieri explains the Board of Supervisors concerns. 
LISTEN: Valley County Wants to Wait and See with Livestock Friendly Designation

New VCHS Appointments


VALLEY COUNTY -- Three new appointments were announced by the Valley County Health System. Gabe Altieri has the details. 
LISTEN: New VCHS Appointments

Valley County BOS to Hold Hearing, Take Bids on County Farm Land


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors have set a date for a hearing and to take bids on the county farm land behind the Mortenson Industrial Site. Here's Gabe Altieri.
LISTEN: Valley County BOS to Hold Hearing, Take Bids on County Farm Land

LVRPPD to Turn Power Off for Part of Ord on Thursday


ORD -- The Loup Valley's Rural Public Power District is shutting off power in part of Ord, on Thursday. Gabe Altieri explains where and for how long the work is being done.
LISTEN: LVRPPD to Turn Power Off for Part of Ord on Thursday

UNL-Extension to Hold Farm Succession Workshop


BROKEN BOW -- The Nebraska Extension in Custer County is holding a farm sucession series to help famers and ranchers with estate planning. Gabe Altieri details how to expect. 
LISTEN: UNL-Extension to Hold Farm Succession Workshop

Home Schooled Students May Participate in Public Sports Soon


NEBRASKA -- If a bill passes in the Nebraska Unicameral, home schooled students could be  on public sports teams. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Home Schooled Students May Participate in Public Sports Soon

Ricketts to Make Ag Trade Easier for Nebraska


BROKEN BOW -- Governor Ricketts is starting his term by touring Nebraska. Gabe Altieri was at the stop in Broken Bow where part of Ricketts' message was about the future.
LISTEN: Ricketts to Make Ag Trade Easier for Nebraska

Taxes, Keystone XL Highlight Ricketts' First State of State


LINCOLN -- Governor Pete Ricketts gave his first State of the State Address, on Thursday. Gabe Altieri goes through the highlights of the speech. 
LISTEN: Taxes, Keystone XL Highlight Ricketts'G First State of State

St. Paul School Receives Social Media Threats


ST. PAUL -- Threat's of violence at St. Paul Public Schoo caused law enforcement to heighten security. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: St. Paul School Receives Social Media Threats

Garfield County has Concerns with Livestock Friendly Designation


GARFIELD COUNTY -- Many Nebraska counties have been designated "Livestock Friendly" by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, but Gabe Altieri explains Garfield County is not interested in the distinction.
LISTEN: Garfield County has Concerns with Livestock Friendly Designation

Ord COC Holds Youth Entrepreneurship Event


ORD -- The Ord Chamber of Commerce is encouraging youth entrepreneurship in the region. Here's Gabe Altieri.
LISTEN: Ord COC Hold Youth Entrepreneurship Event

Burwell Chamber Holds Elections


BURWELL -- The Burwell Chamber of Commerce recently held Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors elections. Here's Gabe Altieri with the results.
LISTEN: Burwell Chamber Holds Elections

Garfield County BOC Disagrees with State Zoning Proposal


GARFIELD COUNTY -- The Garfield County Board of Commissioners expressed its objection with a new proposal at the state legislature. Gabe Altieri explains.
LISTEN: Garfield County BOC Disagrees with State Zoning Proposal

String Bean Performance Comes to Ord


ORD -- The children's entertainment group, String Beans, came to Ord this week. Gabe Altieri was on hand to take in the event.
LISTEN: String Bean Performance Comes to Ord

Burwell to Make Zoning Changes


BURWELL -- The City of Burwell and Garfield County are looking to simplify their zoning process. Gabe Altieri explains.
LISTEN: Burwell to Make Zoning Changes

Schimenti Property Signed to Ord


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors signed the deed for the Schimenti property to the City of Ord at their most recent meeting. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Schimenti Property Signed to Ord

Valley County Accepts Bid for Mortensen Site Work


VALLEY COUNTY -- Owners of Kokes and Agland in Ord are looking to expand their business farther into the Mortensen Industrial Site. Gabe Altieri explains what's next in the process. 
LISTEN: Valley Count Accepts Bid for Mortensen Site Work

Garfield County BOC Selects New Chairman


GARFIELD COUNTY -- The Garfield County Board of Commissioners met for the first time in 2015 and there's a new chairperson for the group. Here's Gabe Altieri.
LISTEN: Garfield County BOC Selects New Chairman

Ord Teachers Seeing Success with APL Training


ORD -- Educators in the Ord School District have been applying skills learned through APL Teach Inservice to their classes. Gabe Altieri explains how the skills are have positive effects on students
LISTEN: Ord Teachers Seeing Success with APL Training

Springdale Bridge Construction on Schedule


VALLEY COUNTY -- The preparation to replace a bridge outside of Ord this spring has begun. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Springdale Bridge Construction on Schedule

Valley County BOS Elects 2015 Chairperson


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors held its first meeting of 2015. Gabe Altieri explains how this year's board will look.
LISTEN: Valley County BOS Elects 2015 Chairperson

Ord to Oppose NSAA Dual Participation Proposal


NEBRASKA -- Some school districts in Nebraska are in support of a potential NSAA bylaw change that would allow for dual participation in a single sports season. Gabe Altieri explains how Ord is not one of those schools.
LISTEN: Ord to Oppose NSAA Dual Participation Proposal

Bartlett Lion's Club to Hold 53rd Ground Hog Supper


BARTLETT -- The 53rd Annual Wheeler County Ground Hog Supper is right around the corner. Gabe Altieri details the event.
LISTEN: Bartlett Lion's Club to Hold 53rd Ground Hog Supper

Ord School District Looking at Scoreboard Options


ORD -- The Ord School District is exploring replacement options for its football scoreboard. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Ord School District Looking at Scoreboard Options

Valley County Economic Development Looking For Alco Replacement


ORD -- Valley County Economic Development Organizers are looking for a store to replace Alco once it closes its doors. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Valley County Economic Development Looking For Alco Replacement

VCHS Names Associate of the Quarter


A new Associate of the Quarter has been named for the second quarter at Valley County Health System. The award goes to Paul Lamb. Lamb shows compassion for his job, the patients and his co-workers. Lamb has been a Ward Clerk at Valley County Health System since April 2011.

Ord Board of Education Names Executive Positions


ORD -- January's meeting was the first for the new Ord Board of Education. Gabe Altieri explains what's different and what's the same with the group.
LISTEN: Ord Board of Education Names Executive Positions

Big Give Preparation Begins in Valley County


ORD -- Preparation for the 2015 Big Give is underway in Valley County. Gabe Altieri details the information for this year's events. 
LISTEN: Big Give Preparation Begins

Three Local Students Advance to State After Elks District Hoop Shoot


KEARNEY -- The Elks District Hoop Shoot was held in Kearney over the weekend. Gabe Altieri explains what's next for the three regional participants advancing to states.
LISTEN: Three Local Students Advance to State After Elks District Hoop Shoot

Comstock Water Main Break


COMSTOCK -- A water main break in Comstock has caused the village to issue a boil water advisory for all customers. The adivisory is in effect until there is no longer a public health concern. Customers will be notified with that happens. 

Ag Sale Tax Exemption Workshop to be Held in Ord


ORD -- The Nebraska Department of Revenue is holding a workshop at the Valley County Economic Development Office for farmers and ranchers detailing the new agricultural sales tax exemption. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Ag Sale Tax Exemption Workshop to be Held in Ord

Broken Bow Elks Club Hoop Shoot Results


BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Elks Lodge held its annual Hoop Shoot this past week. Gabe Altieri details the event and what's next for the winners.
LISTEN: Broken Bow Elks Club Hoop Shoot Results

Nebraska DOR Interested in Purchasing Land West of Ord


ORD -- Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Roads were at the most recent Ord City Council meeting to explain the states wish to purchase land to the west of Highway 70. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Nebraska DOR Interested in Purchasing Land West of Ord

Ord City Council to Take Bids on Community Pool


ORD -- JEO Consulting Group presented the Ord City Council with a scope of their fees to build a community pool. Gabe Altieri explains what the council plans to do from there.
LISTEN: Ord City Council to take Bids on Community Pool

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Set for Coronation


ERICSON -- Joni Lynn Qualm has here coronation fro Miss Rodeo Nebraska this Saturday. Gabe Altieri caught up with Joni to talk about how she got here and what's next.

WHAT: Miss Rodeo Nebraska Coronation
WHERE: Younes Convention Center, Kearney, NE.
WHEN: Event begins at 5:30 with social hour. 
OTHER: Tickets: $35 for Adults, $25 for Children and Visiting Royalty. 

For more information contact janequalm@hotmail.com or 308-653-2147

LISTEN: Miss Rodeo Nebraska Set for Coronation

County Government Day May Be Coming Back to Valley County


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Ord Vets Club wants to bring County Government Day back to Valley County. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: County Government Day Coming to Valley County

Early Snowfalls Costing Valley County


VALLEY COUNTY -- Early snowstorms have caused Valley County to use a lot of resources clearing roads. Gabe Altieri details how much has been used.
LISTEN: Early Snowfalls Costing Valley County

Valley County BOS Recommends Cassiy's Backroad BBQ & Grill for Liquor License


BURWELL -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors recommends a liquor license for Cassidy's Backroad BBQ & Grill in Burwell. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Valley County BOS Recommends Cassiy's Backroad BBQ & Grill for Liquor Li

Elks Lodge Organizers Expect Large Crowd for Hoop Shoot


BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Elks Lodge is holding its annual Hoop Shoot to kick off 2015. Gabe Altieri explains how organizers are expecting a large turnout.

All area schools have been sent specific information on the event. For additional information give Stan or Nancy Sedlacek a call at 308-872-6192

LISTEN: Elk Lodge Organizers Expect Large Crowd for Hoop Shoot

Garfield County Mulls Weed Removal Options


GARFIELD COUNTY -- The Garfield County Board of Commissioners are considering ways to hnangle trees and undergrowth bordering public roads, which haven't been trimmed by landowners. Gabe Altieri explains the boards options.
LISTEN: Garfield County Mulls Weed Removal Options

Burwell Chamber Elections Coming in January


BURWELL -- The Burwell Chamber Board is holding Board of Director Elections in January. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: Burwell Chamber Elections Coming in January

Ord Post-Prom to Hold Varmint Hunt


ORD -- The Ord Post-Prom Committee wants you to ring in the New Year with a varmint hunt. Below is the point system that will be used to judge the winners.

Bobcat - 20 pts.
Coyote - 15 pts.
Badger - 4 pts.
Coon - 3 pts.
Possum - 2 pts.
Skunk - 2 pts.
Other? - 1 pt.

1st Prize - $250
2nd Prize - 100
3rd Prize - 4%0

For more information, you can contact...

Ron Bower: (308)730-0870
James Psota: (308)730-0021 or (308)728-3195
Todd Zulkoski (308)730-2251

LISTEN: Ord Post-Prom to Hold Varmint Hunt

UNL-Extension to Hold Producer Profitability Meetings


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Custer County is looking to help local producers in a changing cattle market. The group will hold eight meetings throughout January. Dates and locations are listed below.

January 5th - Holt County County Courthouse Annex Meeting Room, O'Neil (10 AM - 2 PM), 402-336-2760

January 5th - Zion Lutheran Church, Ainsworth (5 PM - 9 PM), 402-387-2213

January 6th - Broken Bow Country Club, Broken Bow (10 AM - 2 PM), 308-872-6831

January 12th - College Park, Grand Island (10 AM - 2 PM), 308-236-1235

January 12th - Brady Community Center, Brady (4:30 PM - 9 PM), 308-532-2683

January 13th - Bullseye Building, Mullen (10 AM - 2 PM), 308-645-2267

January 13th - Peppermill Restaurant, Valentine (4 PM - 9 PM), 402-376-1850

January 19th - Kimball Event Center, Kimball (5 PM - 9 PM), 308-235-3122

***Must register one week in advance. Registration is $15/person.
 

LISTEN: UNL-Extension to Hold Producer Profitability Meetings

Holiday Bull Riding Coming to Ord


ORD -- Bull riding is coming to the Valley County Fairgrounds this Holiday season. Gabe Altieri explain what led to the event landing in Ord.
LISTEN: Holiday Bull Riding Coming to Ord

Burwell Christmas Decoration Judging Results


BURWELL -- Businesses and residents were judged based on their Christmas decorations. Gabe Altieri reports on the winners. 

BUSINESSES

1) Barb's Diner

2) Burwell Feeders

3) KC Creations Photography

4) Burwell Floral

5) Burwell Plaza

Honorable Mention: Burwell Community Health Center, Sandstone Grill, Dry Creek Western Wear, Pet Palace.

RESIDENCES

1) Maxson Home

2) Helgoth Home

3) Hulinsky Home

4) Trojan Home

5) Miller Home

Honorable Mention: Bustamente Home, Senn Home, Smith Home, Swett Home
 

LISTEN: Burwell Christmas Decoration Judging Results

VCHS Sells Valley View Senior Living


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System has sold Valley View Senior Living as part of its strategic plan. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: VCHS Sells Valley View Senior Living

NLRPP&ID to Maintain Maintenance Rates


ORD -- The North Loup River Public Power and Irrigation District is going to be able to keep its maintenance ratees the same for the next year. Gabe Altieri explains how this is possible.
LISTEN: NLRPP&ID to Maintain Maintenance Rates

NLRPP&ID Mulls Hardenbrook Dam Repair


ORD -- The Hardenbrook Dam in Ord is in need of repair. Gabe Altieri explains the North Loup River Public Power and Irrigation District's plan to fix it.
LISTEN: NLRPP&ID Mulls Hardenbrook Dam Repair

VCHS Receives "Mission: Lifeline" Grant


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System has received a grant from "Mission: Lifeline." Gabe Altieri explains what this means for the hospital.
LISTEN: VCHS Receives \"Mission: Lifeline\" Grant

NLRPP&ID Board Approves Emergency Financing Plan


ORD -- The North Loup River Public Power and Irrigation District has set up an emergency financial plan for repairs. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: NLRPP&ID Board Approves Emergency Financing Plan

Elba Athletic Director Announces 2015-16 Sports


ELBA -- New Elba Athletic Director, Craig Hall, is making some changes in the district. Gabe Altieri explains.


LISTEN: Elba Athletic Director Announces 2015-16 Sports

Congressman Smith Urges Republicans to Rally Behind Boehner


WASHINGTON -- Speaker of the House John Boehner has come under fire by both Democrats and Republicans in Washington, but Nebraska 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith cautions Republicans to put party unity over personality.
LISTEN: Congressman Smith Urges Republicans to Rally Behind Boehner

VCHS to Hold Final Board Meeting of 2014


ORD -- Valley County Health System is set to hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday. Gabe Altieri explains what's on the agenda.
LISTEN: VCHS to Hold Final Board Meeting of 2014

Congressman Smith Explains His Decision to Vote for Spending Bill


WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. Congress and Senate passed a spending bill that avoided a government shutdown. Gabe Altieri explains why Nebraska 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith supported the bill.
LISTEN: Congressman Smith Explains His Decision to Vote for Spending Bill

Burwell Chili Cook-Off


BURWELL -- Burwell held its annual chili cook-off over the weekend. Gabe Altieri was on hand to take in the results.
LISTEN: Burwell Chili Cook-Off

Weekend Weather Warning


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The National Weather Service in Hastings says some harsh weather may be coming to the Central Nebraska area late this weekend. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: Weekend Weather Warning

Valley County Sheriff's Department to Purchase Tasers


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Sheriff Casey Hurlburt has received permission to purchase tasers for his department. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Valley County Sheriff's Department to Purchase Tasers

Ord School District Looks into Security Assessment


ORD -- The Ord School District is considering looking into its security options. Gabe Altieri takes you through the districts plans.
LISTEN: Ord School District Looks into Security Assessment

Postal Service Prepares for Busiest Day


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The holiday season is especially busy for the post office. Gabe Altieri explains when you should send your gifts to ensure on-time delivery.


LISTEN: Postal Service Prepares for Busiest Day

Sleep Study Shows Athletes Should Get 10 Hours


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- We all know sleep is important, but Gabe Altieri explains how much just a little more sleep can do.


LISTEN: Sleep Study Shows Athletes Should Get 10 Hours

SMART-R New Year's Resolutions


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Custer County has some tips for better New Year's Resolutions. Gabe Altieri explains.
LISTEN: SMART-R New Year's Resolutions

Ord Track Top Coat Replacement


ORD -- The Ord School District is preparing to work on its track surface. Gabe Altieri explains the districts options. 
LISTEN: Ord Track Top Coat Replacement

College-Level Classes Paying Off at Ord


ORD -- Students at Ord High School are benefiting form college-level classes. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: College-Level Classes Paying Off at Ord

Garfield County Receives Permission for Road Reclassification


GARFIELD COUNTY -- Garfield County has received permission to reclassify an area road. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Garfield County Receives Permission for Road Reclassification

Valley County Hires Surveyor


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County has a new surveyor. Gabe Altieri has the details.
LISTEN: Valley County Hires Surveyor

Ord School District Ranks Favorably to Rest of Nebraska


ORD -- The Ord Board of Education was presented with data from state testing at the most recent meeing. Gabe Altieri explains where the district stands. 
LISTEN: Ord School District Ranks Favorably to Rest of Nebraska

Update on Valley County's Search for Surveyor


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors are set to meet on Tuesday. Among the items up for discussion is a review of applications for County Surveyor.
LISTEN: Update on Valley County's Search for Surveyor

Burwell PEO Holds House Tour


BURWELL -- The Burwell PEO held a house tour over the weekend to raise money for it's scholarship fund. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Burwell PEO Holds House Tour

Christmas in Arcadia


ARCADIA -- Shoppers in Arcadia were given a chance to see local alternatives for the holiday season. Gabe Altieri tells the story.
LISTEN: Christmas in Arcadia

Ord Board of Education Meeting Agenda


ORD -- Ord Public Schools December Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday. Gabe Altieri explains what's on the agenda.
LISTEN: Ord Board of Education Meeting Agenda

Deaton Retruns To VCHS





ORD – John (Mark) Deaton has been hired as the new Respiratory Therapist at Valley County Health System.


Mark has come full circle in his career as he began Valley County Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department in 1990. He sought approval from the medical staff and Board of Trustees to begin a program that has proven to be successful over the past two decades.


Mark stated, “I am so excited to be back at Valley County where I began the program! It’s exciting to rekindle friendships with prior co-workers and community members. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to providing compassionate care to those I will serve in this role.”


Mark has worked in a variety of clinical settings since he left Valley County in 1993. He was awarded the “Outstanding Clinician” plaque upon graduation from Red River College School of Respiratory Care.


He resides in North Loup with his wife Brooke. Together they have three children and four grandchildren.



 

Loup Basin RC&D Holiday Recycling Tips


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- The Loup Basin RC&D have some recycling tips for the holiday season. Here's KNLV's Gabe Altieri.
LISTEN: Loup Basin RC&D Holiday Recycling Tips

Mike Riley - New Head Footbal Coach at Nebraska


LINCOLN -- Nebraska football has a new leader. KNLV's Gabe Altieri goes through Mike Riley
s resume as he heads to Lincoln.

LISTEN: Mike Riley - New Head Footbal Coach at Nebraska

VCHS Love Light Ceremony Gives Attendees Chance to Reflect


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System held its annual love light ceremony on Tuesday. Gabe Altieri was on hand as people from around the region came to reflect. 
LISTEN: VCHS Love Light Ceremony Gives Attendees Chance to Reflect

Ord Benzene Containment


ORD -- The Ord City Council was presented with the results of a studay that shows what area was hit with a benzene contamination starting more than two years ago. Gabe Altieri explains how the city is getting ahead of the problem.
LISTEN: Ord Benzene Containment

City of Ord/NPPD Contract Negotiations


ORD -- The City of Ord is in the process of negotiating with NPPD about the future of the community's power supply. Gabe Altiei explains the reason for the negotiations and what options Ord has.
LISTEN: City of Ord/NPPD Contract Negotiations

Valley Fire Resolution Approved


ORD -- A resolution was approved at Monday's city council meeting that paves the way for Valley Fire to move. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Valley Fire Resolution Approved

Valley Fire to Hear Results of Request


ORD -- Valley Fire will get an update on whether it can continue with its search for a new home at tonights Ord City Council meeting. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Valley Fire to Hear Results of Request

Valley County Health System Continues to Grow


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Health System is in the process of welcoming more health care professionals to its facility. Gabe Altieri tells us who is on their way and when they should get started. 
LISTEN: Valley County Health System Continues to Grow

Valley County Tourism Committee to Change Structure


VALLEY COUNTY -- The tourism in committee in Valley County is going through a change. Gabe Altieri explains what's next.
LISTEN: Valley County Tourism Committee to Change Structure

Garfield County Submits Road Reclassification Request


GARFIELD COUNTY -- The Garfield County Board of Commisioners decided to submit a reclassification of a local road, on Tuesday. Gabe Altieri has the story. 
LISTEN: Garfield County Submits Road Reclassification Request

Valley County to Pay Sandhills Weed Management Due


VALLEY COUNTY -- On Tuesday, the Valley County Board of Supervisors approved a donation for membership to the Sandhills Weed Management. With the details, here's Gabe Altieri.
LISTEN: Valley County to Pay Sandhills Weed Management Due

Valley County Chooses Bridge Replacement Bid


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors approved a contracting company to replace a bridge outside of Ord. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Valley County Chooses Bridge Replacement Bid

Central CC to Hold Excel Work Shop


ORD -- Central Community College is holding an excel workshop for thos interested next week. With the details, here's Gabe Altieri.
LISTEN: Central CC Holds Excel Work Shop

Country Partners Co-Op Gives Back


ORD -- Country Partners Co-Op is looking to help out this holiday season. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Country Partners Co-Op Gives Back

Garfield County Road Reclassification Discussion to Continue


GARFIELD COUNTY -- Discussion on a road reclassification in Garfield County is set to continue on Tuesday. Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: Garfield County Road Reclassification Discussion to Continue

Valley County Bridge Replacement Update


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors will hold its final meeting before the holiday season, on Tuesday. The group is expected to hear the tabulaton and recommendation of a bridge replacement about 2-1/2 miles east of Ord.
LISTEN: Valley County Bridge Replacement Update

Loup Valley Ag Society Wine Tasting


ORD -- The Loup Valley Ag Society is holding a wine tasting at the Valley County Fairgrounds on Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM. Advanced tickets are available for $15 at the Ord Chamber of Commerce office and $20 at the door. 
LISTEN: Loup Valley Ag Wine Tasting

Loup Valley Ag Wine Tasting


ORD -- The Loup Valley Ag Society is holding a wine tasting at the Valley County Fairgrounds on Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM. Advanced tickets are available for $15 at the Ord Chamber of Commerce office and $20 at the door. 
LISTEN: Loup Valley Ag Wine Tasting

Ord Alco Closing: When and What's Next


ORD -- Alco Stores around the country are preparing to close their doors. KNLV's Gabe Altieri explains when Ord's store is expected to close and whether any replacements are on the way.
LISTEN: Ord Alco Closing - When and What's Next

Burwell Craft Show Encourages Local Holiday Shopping


BURWELL -- A craft show in Burwell is getting folks ready for the holiday season. Gabe Altieri has the story. 
LISTEN: Burwell Craft Show Encourages Local Holiday Shopping

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Holds Recycling Competition


BURWELL -- Keep Loup Basin Beautiful held a recycling competition at Burwell last week to teach students the importance of recycling and have some fun doing it. 
LISTEN: Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Holds Recycling Competition

VCHS Wants Community Input


ORD -- Valley County Health System is trying to find ways to improve and they're looking to the community for help.
LISTEN: VCHS Wants Community Input

VCHS Wants Community Input


ORD -- Valley County Health System is trying to find ways to improve and they're looking to the community for help.
LISTEN: VCHS Wants Community Input

VCHS Wants Community Input


ORD -- Valley County Health System is trying to find ways to improve and they're looking to the community for help.
LISTEN: VCHS Wants Community Input

New Appointments at VCHS


ORD -- Some new faces are coming to Valley County Health System. Hear who's on his or her way below.
LISTEN: New Appointments at VCHS

All's Good with the VCHS Audit Report


ORD -- The Valley County Health System received a clean bill from it's audit report on Wednesday. KNLV's Gabe Altieri has the story.
LISTEN: All's Good with the VCHS Audit Report

Winterfest Right Around the Corner


ORD -- WinterFest begins Friday, November 28th through Saturday, November 29th. Here's a list of events via the Ord Chamber of Commerce.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th

Toys for Tots Pop-A-Shot Basketball Tournament at Scratchtown Brewery (After Husker Game)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29th

Pancake Feed-Location TBD (8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.)

St. John's Lutheran Youth Group Cookie Walk at Valley Fire (8:00 A.M.)

Gobble Wobble Run in Bussell Park (9:00 A.M.)

Ambulance & Police Car Tour (10:00 A.M.)

Snowball Drop on the Courthouse Square (10:00 A.M.)

Shop 'til You Drop on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (All Day)

Community K'NEX Networking at Valley Fire (10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.)

Holiday Movie at the Ord Township Library (12:30 P.M.)

Santa at Ord Township Library (2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.)

FREE Horse and Carriage Rides in Downtown Ord (4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.)

Community Soup Supper at Ord Fire Hall (4:30 P.M.)

WinterFest Parade in Downtown Ord (6:00 P.M.)

Coffee and Apple Cider at the Valley Rods Clubhouse (Before & During Parade)


 

LISTEN: Winterfest Right Around the Corner

Winterfest Right Around the Corner


ORD -- WinterFest begins Friday, November 28th through Saturday, November 29th. Here's a list of events via the Ord Chamber of Commerce.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th

Toys for Tots Pop-A-Shot Basketball Tournament at Scratchtown Brewery (After Husker Game)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29th

Pancake Feed-Location TBD (8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.)

St. John's Lutheran Youth Group Cookie Walk at Valley Fire (8:00 A.M.)

Gobble Wobble Run in Bussell Park (9:00 A.M.)

Ambulance & Police Car Tour (10:00 A.M.)

Snowball Drop on the Courthouse Square (10:00 A.M.)

Shop 'til You Drop on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (All Day)

Community K'NEX Networking at Valley Fire (10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.)

Holiday Movie at the Ord Township Library (12:30 P.M.)

Santa at Ord Township Library (2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.)

FREE Horse and Carriage Rides in Downtown Ord (4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.)

Community Soup Supper at Ord Fire Hall (4:30 P.M.)

WinterFest Parade in Downtown Ord (6:00 P.M.)

Coffee and Apple Cider at the Valley Rods Clubhouse (Before & During Parade)


 

LISTEN: Winterfest Right Around the Corner

Winterfest Right Around the Corner


ORD -- WinterFest begins Friday, November 28th through Saturday, November 29th. Here's a list of events via the Ord Chamber of Commerce.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th

Toys for Tots Pop-A-Shot Basketball Tournament at Scratchtown Brewery (After Husker Game)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29th

Pancake Feed-Location TBD (8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.)

St. John's Lutheran Youth Group Cookie Walk at Valley Fire (8:00 A.M.)

Gobble Wobble Run in Bussell Park (9:00 A.M.)

Ambulance & Police Car Tour (10:00 A.M.)

Snowball Drop on the Courthouse Square (10:00 A.M.)

Shop 'til You Drop on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (All Day)

Community K'NEX Networking at Valley Fire (10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.)

Holiday Movie at the Ord Township Library (12:30 P.M.)

Santa at Ord Township Library (2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.)

FREE Horse and Carriage Rides in Downtown Ord (4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.)

Community Soup Supper at Ord Fire Hall (4:30 P.M.)

WinterFest Parade in Downtown Ord (6:00 P.M.)

Coffee and Apple Cider at the Valley Rods Clubhouse (Before & During Parade)


 

LISTEN: Winterfest Right Around the Corner

VCHS Meeting Notice


ORD -- The Valley County Health System will hold its monthly board meeting this week. Below is a full agenda of the meeting...

Valley County Health System Board Meeting
Monthly Meeting
November 19, 2014
7:00 P.M. ~ Board Room ~ Valley County Health System

Notice of the meeting was properly posted in the Courthouse, Post Office, and front lobby of the Hospital. An agenda was posted in advance at the Hospital Administration office. A copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is available in the meeting room.

Page #

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Minutes of October 15, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes                                                1-6

3. Mission Statement Public Input (10 minutes)

5. Presentatioin of Financials and Statistics                                                                 7-12

6. OLD BUSINESS

    A. Update on Culture Change & Strategic Plan

7. NEW BUSINESS

   A. Seim Johnson Audit-Marity Dubas Presenting

   B. Safety Report

   C. Corporate Compliance Policy

   D. Medical Staff Appointments

8. President & CEO Report

9. Questions from the Board

10. Executive Session (If Needed)

11. Adjournment
 


LISTEN: VCHS Meeting Notice

Dr. Margie Project


ORD -- The First Baptist Church in Mason City is helping Dr. Margie, a missionary from Zambia whom they sponsor. Dr. Margie runs a medical clinic in the country that is in need of supplies. Here's how you can help.

- Eye glasses and empty pill bottles with the labels removed can be delivered to either pharmacy in Ord.

- Fleece towles can be brought to KNLV Radio in Ord.

The donations will be picked up on December 30th

LISTEN: Dr. Margie Project

Candy Cane Lane Craft Show in Ord


ORD -- Snow didn't stop folks from coming out to the Candy Cane Lane Craft Show at the Ord Veterans Club, on Saturday. More than 300 people were estimated to have made their way through the doors to buy locally made goods.
LISTEN: Candy Cane Lane Craft Show in Ord

Cintrese Boutique Grand Opening


ORD -- Cintrese Boutique celebrated its Grand Opening on Friday. The store, located at the former Diamond's Too, building is a jewelry store, but also has other household decorating items. 
LISTEN: Cintrese Boutique Grand Opening

Snow Coming to Central Nebraska


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- Snow is on its way to Central Nebraska. 1'' to 4''  is expected to hit throughout Saturday. To hear more on what you need to know tomorrow, listen below.
 

LISTEN: Snow Coming to Central Nebraska

Garfield County Road Reclassification


GARFIELD COUNTY -- The conversation continued for a possible reclassificaton of a road in Garfield County during Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting. The board heard from local property owners, as well as Highway Superintendent Gary Kinney.
LISTEN: Garfield County Road Reclassification

Ord Bus Acquisition


ORD -- At Monday's Board of Education meeting, board member, Kim Radil, presented the Transportation Committee report which suggested the district would be better off buying a new bus rather than repairing the current one. 

Superintendent Jason Alexander explained that district has applied for two grants. Here is more information on those...

EPA Grant
-Federal Grant
-The bus being replaced must be a 2006 model or older.
-Replacement must be newest model
-You can only apply if you for more than one bus (you don't need to use it for more than one, just apply for more than one)

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
-State Grant
-Lottery bases (4 schools out of 22 applicants were chosen last year)
-Can only apply for one bus

Ord applied for two buses from the federal grant and the oldest bus available via the state grant.

 

LISTEN: Ord Bus Acquisition

Ord High School Holds Veterans Day Program


ORD -- Ord High School held a Veterans Day program on Tuesday. Listen to the day's events below.
LISTEN: Ord High School Veterans Day Program

Board of Supervisors Opens Bids for Bridge Replacement


VALLEY COUNTY -- The Valley County Board of Supervisors opened bids for contracting companies wishing to reconstruct a bridge 2-1/2 miles outside of Ord. Here are the bids.

1. Simon Contractors (North Platte) - $228,423.00

2. Norfolk Contracting (Norfolk) - $182,602.50

3. Ed Hovitt (Ord) - $173,134.60

LISTEN: Board of Supervisors Opens Bids for Bridge Replacement

NPPD Holds Public Hearing on Transmission Line


BURWELL -- The Nebraska Public Power District held a public meeting at the American Legion in Burwel, on Monday. The purpose of the meeting was to layout the proposed route for the transmission line and hear comments from local residents. 

The route stars on the border of Antelope and Wheeler County and travels across to Thedford and down to Sutherland. The NPPD will hold two additional public hearings in Bartlett at Wheeler-Central High School and in Chambers on Wednesday, November 12. A open house will be from 12 PM-1 PM with a public hearing from 1 PM - 3 PM in Bartlett, while the Community Center in Chambers will hold an open house from 6 PM - 7 PM and a public hearing from 7 PM - 9 PM..

LISTEN: NPPD Holds Public Hearing on Transmission Line

Valley County Sheriff Warns of Scams


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County Sheriff Casey Hurlburt issued the following statement about phone scams in the region...

       This is Valley County Sheriff Casey Hurlburt wanting to warn the citizens of Valley County that there are numerous scams being reported to the Sheriff's Office, such as callers stating they are with the IRS or the Attorney General's Office. There are also callers stating that you owe them large amounts of money in order to win money from sweepstakes. Another scam that has been going around is that the caller states they are a family member in need of money because they were arrested in another state or country. Always remember, do not give out any personal information to anyone. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is a SCAM.

                                                                                              -Casey D. Hurlburt
                                                                                              Valley County Sheriff


 

Arcadia FFA Wins Bronze


LOUISVILLE -- The Arcadia FFA represented Nebraska well at Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Out of 46 teams competing, Arcadia took home the bronze medal. Here are the individual awards the team won.

Clay Bauer - Silver

Tanner Chilewski, Ashley Einspahr and Zach Hulinsky - Bronze
 

LISTEN: Arcadia FFA wins bronze at Nationals

Winter Weather Awareness Day


NEBRASKA -- Thursday, November 6th is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska. Winter weather poses a vareity of threats from wind to snow to cold to ice. 

Those risks are increased due to the large variation in temperature on a daily business. "It can be sunny at 60 degrees and a few hours later have a couple inches of snow on the ground," said Jeremy Wesley, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Hastings.

Wesley encourages people to be ready for bad weather on a daily basis. Simple ways to do this are by keeping extra blankets in your car, as well as checking the forecast every day.

LISTEN: Winter Weather Awareness Day

Winter Weather Awareness Day


NEBRASKA -- Thursday, November 6th is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska. Winter weather poses a vareity of threats from wind to snow to cold to ice. 

Those risks are increased due to the large variation in temperature on a daily business. "It can be sunny at 60 degrees and a few hours later have a couple inches of snow on the ground," said Jeremy Wesley, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Hastings.

Wesley encourages people to be ready for bad weather on a daily basis. Simple ways to do this are by keeping extra blankets in your car, as well as checking the forecast every day.

LISTEN: Winter Weather Awareness Day

Winter Weather Awareness Day


NEBRASKA -- Thursday, November 6th is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska. Winter weather poses a vareity of threats from wind to snow to cold to ice. 

Those risks are increased due to the large variation in temperature on a daily business. "It can be sunny at 60 degrees and a few hours later have a couple inches of snow on the ground," said Jeremy Wesley, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Hastings.

Wesley encourages people to be ready for bad weather on a daily basis. Simple ways to do this are by keeping extra blankets in your car, as well as checking the forecast every day.

LISTEN: Winter Weather Awareness Day

Valley Fire Request Tabled


ORD -- At Monday's City Council meeting, Guy and Jennifer Lewis brought up a request that could lead to them finding the new home for Valley Fire Coffee Shop. However, the pair will have to wait before they can start packing boxes.
 

LISTEN: Valley Fire Request Tabled

Ord High School Sees Success with Rigorous Curriculum Design


ORD -- Teachers at Ord High School have begun experimenting with Rigorous Curriculum Design. It's a tool that allows teachers to build lesson plans that hone in on particular skills that the state assesses. 

In the case of Ord, the focus was around public speaking.

"The projects that they came up with, it wasn't rocket science or anything, but the biggest part was that they were on the community websites so they learned who they need to talk to to get permission and outline a plan to do that," says 8th grade English Teacher, Nancy Welniak.

The students presented their ideas to a group of panelists that provided feedback on how to better their idea and their presentation. 

LISTEN: Ord Rigorous Curriculum Design

INTERVIEW: State Auditor Candidate Amanda McGill


ORD -- Candidate for State Auditor caught up with KNLV's Gabe Altieri. Hear the full interview here.
Listen to interview here

Local Business Owners Attend Lunch-N-Learn


ORD -- The Ord Chamber of Commerce held a "Lunch-N-Learn" event in Ord, on Thursday. The headline of the event was guest speaker, Mike Henke. He's the Business Link Manager at Roy's Grand Dodge. Henke gave the group tools to help recruit employees. 

"With the low unemployment (in central Nebraska) you really have to be creative to recruit employees," Henke said.

The Lunch-N-Learn focused on what business owners should be doing when looking for potential employees to make sure they are choosing the right worker for the job. The event was hosted by the Ord Chamber of Commerce.

LISTEN: Business Owners Attend Lunch-N-Learn

Burwell Halloween Parade


BURWELL -- Burwell held it's annual "Scare on the Square" event on Thursday. Here are some of the costume winners

SCARIEST COSTUME: Hayes Jensen

BEST COSTUME: Maya Kromke

MOST ORIGINAL COSTUME: Kelcey Simpson

FUNNIEST COSTUME: Kaitlyn Hughes

LISTEN: Burwell Halloween Parade

Grain Truck Accident in Ord


ORD -- A truck carrying grain tipped over across the street from Valley County Health System on Route 11 in Ord, on Wednesday. 

KNLV's Gabe Altieri spoke to on-lookers who told him the driver was taken to Valley County Health System and was being evaluated. 

The Valley County Sherriff and Ord Police were on site, but not available for comment because they were directing traffic. 

Burwell Fall Festival Keeps Seeing Donations


BURWELL -- Organizer's of the Burwell Fall Festival set a goal of $10,000 for their "Time for Giving" event. They have more than exceeded that number now.

Johanna Jeffries appeared on Party Line on Wednesday and said the count is now more than $40,000 and going up, as they count more mail donations. 

The number is more than $12,000 above what KNLV had reported, as of Saturday.

LISTEN: Burwell Fall Festival Keeps Seeing Donations

Board of Education Ballots Full


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- Voters in the Loup City and Ord School Districts have a lot to choose from on election day. 

A combined 13 candidates are vying for seven spots. Here are a list of the cadidates in each district:

Ord

Teresa A. Lange

Lisa Farrens

Reid Hagstrom

Dawn Skibinski

William D. Ziegler

Loup City

Rick Chilewski

Milch Spolanski

Jamie Lewandowski

Joe J. Jerabek

Cindy Ericson

Loraine P. Panowicz

Brandon Tuma

Wayne Klein
 

LISTEN: Board of Education Ballots Full

UPDATED: Loup City Mayorial Race Features Familiar Faces


LOUP CITY -- Next Tuesday won't be the first time Loup City voters have seen Alicia Toczek and Alec Baillie on a ballot. The pair match-up for the second time this year, but that doesn't necessarilly mean Mayor Toczek expects to do things differently this time.

"I don't see it as a challenge," she said. "I'll continue to do what I do."

If she were to be re-elected, Toczek points to envioronmental issues as chief concern of the city in the upcoming years. Specifically, waste water treatment.

On the other side, Ballie pointed to his time on the city council and other community involvement as reasons why he believes things will be different this time around.

"Name recognition is important," Ballie said. "People know who I am through my shop on main street and my involvement in the community."

Both candidates added that they were confident entering Tuesday's election.

LISTEN: Loup City Mayorial Race Features Familiar Faces

Loup City Mayorial Race Features Familiar Faces


LOUP CITY -- Next Tuesday won't be the first time Loup City voters have seen Alicia Toczek and Alec Baillie on a ballot. The pair match-up for the second time this year, but that doesn't necessarilly mean Mayor Toczek expects to do things differently this time.

"I don't see it as a challenge," she said. "I'll continue to do what I do."

If she were to be re-elected, Toczek points to envioronmental issues as chief concern of the city in the upcoming years. Specifically, waste water treatment.

A phone call to Baillie has not been returned.
  

LISTEN: Loup City Mayorial Race Features Familiar Faces

Garfield County Road Reclassification


GARFIELD COUNTY -- At Tuesday's Garfield County Board of Comminssioners meeting, the topic of conversation centered around reclassification of a local road. 

Highway Superintendent Gary Kinney said the road is off the highway and is about 1-1/2 miles long. He also said it is causing confusion for truck drivers who think it may be a shortcut.

The resolution would reclassify the road to maintenence road. It will be further discussed at the next Board of Commissioners meeting on November 11.

LISTEN: Garfield County Road Reclassification

Ord Chamber Lunch and Learn


ORD -- The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce is looking the help out its members and other local businesses. The organization is hosting a Lunch-and-Learn on Thursday, October 30th at noon in the Chamber of Commerce Building. 

The headline of the event is guest speaker, Miek Henke, Business Link Manager at Roy's Grand Dodge. He will be speaking to local business men and women about ways to recruit employees.

Registration for the event is $10.00 plus $5.00 for lunch. Anyone interested in attending has until October 28th and can do so by emailing kristinafoth@ordnebraska.com or dialing 308-728-7875.

LISTEN: Ord Chamber Lunch and Learn

Burwell High School Gets Honored


BURWELL -- Burwell High School received national recoginition this week. The school was named as one of "America's Top High Schools" in 2014 by Newsweek Magazine. 

The publication pointed to Burwell's performance in state assessment testing with low-income students.They ranked at or above average in that category. Between 65 and 86% of Burwell students are college bound.

Burwell was joined by Hays Spring High School and Chadron Public Schools as three Nebraska schools on the list.

LISTEN: Burwell High School Gets Honored

White Can't Run for Valley County Attorney


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County will have a new attorney after the November election.

In a conversation with KNLV's Gabe Altieri, current County Attorney, Jason White, said the Nebraska Election Commission prohibits him from being on the ballot for the same office in two counties. White is running for attorney in Loup County.

The State of Nebraska prohibits a candidate to run for the same office in two counties, but not to hold that office. White, who asked not to be recorded, was hired as Valley County Attorney, not elected. 

Burwell Fall Festival Success


BURWELL -- Organizers of the Burwell Fall Festival planned to make around $10,000 this weekend. Instead, they made more the $28,000.

"It was a great success. The community came out and volunteered," said Lindsy Gumb, an event organizer. "It was great."

Gumb said the idea came from other communities who have had similar events. "We wanted to put as many events as possible into the 28-hour period to help the community," she said.

The success of the event has led Gumb and other to say the plan to have another fall festival in 2015.

LISTEN: Burwell Fall Festival Success

Burwell Propositions up for Vote


BURWELL -- Burwell residents will see two propositions on their ballot when they head to the polls on Election Day.

"Proposition 1 will say 'Are you okay with us renewing the Burwell Economic Development Program for continued business enhancing activities and the second part of it is "Are you okay with the 1.5% sales tax that will help fund those programs and activities," said Development Board Member, David Sawyer.

The current development program is in year of 11 of it's present 15 year run. Sawyer said a percentage of the tax increase will go into infrastructure projects in the area.

LISTEN: Burwell Proposition Up for Vote

Arcadia FFA off to Nationals


ARCADIA -- The Arcadia FFA is heading to nationals. Eight students, four judges, from Aracadia High School are going to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in horse judging.

"(We're) pretty excited. It's kind of a first time deal. We're going to have a lot of fun, but we have to keep our minds on the horses," said one of the student judges, Tanner Chilewski. 

Chilewski is joined by Ashley Einspahr, Clay Bauer, and Zach Hulinsky. The group qualified by winning the state competition in May. The group is heading to Louisville on Monday and the competition begins on Wednesday.

LISTEN: Arcadia FFA is off to Nationals

Business Discovery Day for Students in Ord


ORD -- From the Cough-A-Cola to the Rock-N-Go local students were challenged to use their own skills to come up with innovations that could be used for a central Nebraska business. The project was part of Business Discovery Day and the purpose was to get students to think about their future in the entrepreneurial world.

The students were joined with local community business people to show that their are entrepreneurial opportunities in central Nebraska."Many times they do have a desire to come back to their home towns and raise their families," said Dahn Hagge, the Coordinator for the Valley County Community Fund. "But one of the things that stops them is the thought that their aren't opportunities here."

The students took the Gallup Quest Assessment to show them what their individual strengths are. They were then placed into groups mixed with students with other strengths to creat a dynamic enviornment. 

"They were put into groups as teams with people from all different domains to make a strong team," said Dr. Crystal Ramm, the Regional Coordinator for Central Community College.

The groups presented their innovations via a presentation in front of three judges to simulate a business environment and to get them to think about how they could make central Nebraska better in the future.

LISTEN: Business Discovery Day

Family Needs Help After Trailer Fire


ORD -- Friends of a family that had their trailer burn down last week are asking the community for help. "The trailer is a total loss and noone is helping," said Carla Kreft, a family friend.

Kreft held back tears as she explained the family's situation. She said they are attempting to move into a new house, but that's proving costly. Kreft says the family won't ask for help, so she's doing it instead. "(They could use) can goods, contribution of money, even just physical help getting them into their house that their moving into," she said. "It doesn't have floors, they're working on pipes and on limited finances."

Anyone who wishes to help can bring donations to the Grocery Kart in Ord or banks in the area. The family also has an account setup at the Great Western Bank. For additional questions you can contact Kreft at 308-219-0447. 

LISTEN: Family of Trailer Fire Needs Help

Family Needs Help After Trailer Fire


ORD -- Friends of a family that had their trailer burn down last week are asking the community for help. "The trailer is a total loss and noone is helping," said Carla Kreft, a family friend.

Kreft held back tears as she explained the family's situation. She said they are attempting to move into a new house, but that's proving costly. Kreft says the family won't ask for help, so she's doing it instead. "(They could use) can goods, contribution of money, even just physical help getting them into their house that their moving into," she said. "It doesn't have floors, they're working on pipes and on limited finances."

Anyone who wishes to help can bring donations to the Grocery Kart in Ord or banks in the area. The family also has an account setup at the Great Western Bank. For additional questions you can contact Kreft at 308-219-0447. 

LISTEN: Family of Trailer Fire Needs Help

Burwell Fall Festival Starting Strong


BURWELL --  The First Annual Fall Festival is this weekend in Burwell. The event's slogan is "A Time For Giving" and giving is just what organizers have experienced so far.

"We already have a lot of donations coming in so we're just really excited," said Johanna Jeffries, an event organizer. 

That money is important, especially considering the CMHC will match all donations. For Jeffries, the purpose of the even is information. "We want to educate the community about the Burwell Community Fund and what we do and it's a way to continue a hopeful future for Burwell and Taylor."  

The event starts Friday and continues through Sunday in Burwell. 

LISTEN: Burwell Fall Festival
ORD -- The Ord Cub Scouts are looking to help the community...and you can help them.

The Pack is holding a "Scouting for Food Drive" on Monday, October 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Ord. "We just want to get the word out that the Scouts will be out. All of the food that's collected will be beneficial to the community and the surrounding communities," said Jason Moudry, one of the drive's leaders.

Though the main point of the drive is to collect food for those in need, Moudry noted the positve effects it can have on the kids.

"Community and connection is a great part of scouting and this is a way for the scouts to give back. This is a way for the scouts to be part of that community," he said.

If you won't be home, but would still like to donate, you can give Moudry a call at 308-730-0513.

Listen: Scouting for Food Drive

Domina, Sullivan Visit Ord


Ord -- Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and the Third Nebraska Congressional District, Dave Domina and Mark Sullivan, were in Ord on Sunday for a dinner at the Veterans Club. Both candidates spoke about how they plan to improve the state and each had economic growth on their mind.

"Row crop farming and cattle ranching. Cattle ranching and feeding. Those are the key industries in the state. They have been for the last hundred years and will be for the next hundred years," Domina said.

While both candidates brough up the importance of agriculture, they also pointed to finding ways other ways to bring jobs to Nebraska. Sullivan, for one, looked to alternative energy.

"When our kids and our grandkids need energy, need renewable energy and energy independence; we've got it and it's here in the third district of Nebraska. It will yield the same kind of jobs that ethanol did for this district," Sullivan said.

On the other side, Domina focused keeping college-educated Nebraskans from leaving the state. "I think when we figure out that we can give our students opportunites to come home from our colleges and universities to start a business, which we don't have, then we will see our population grow and reinvigorate," the candidate said.

Both Domina and Sullivan are trying to take seats that have not been held by Democrats in the 21st century. 


 

National Radon Action Week Big for Nebraska


NEBRASKA -- October 20th - 26th is National Radon Action Week. The U.S. EPA is using the week to raise awareness to the odorless, colorles gas that they say is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. While the effort is national, Nebraskans are at a higher risk for radon exposure than residents of almost every other state. 

"We have a lot of testing data to show that we have elevated levels. We're third in the country," says Jeremy Poell, Health Industrial Hygiene Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Poell says radon is naturally occurring in the state, but Nebraskans can take easy steps to protect themselves. "The first thing to do is a short-term test, if you've never tested before to check the levels in your home."

Radon test kits can be purchased for as little as $10. To learn more about radon and National Radon Action Week, you can visit EPA.gov/Radon and RadonWeek.org.

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Berringer Film To Debut on October 18, 2014






BTN, the Big Ten Network, announced Wednesday afternoon that Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer, an original film, will debut on Saturday, Oct. 18 at approximately 9:30 p.m.  That time is based on Nebraska and Northwestern avoiding overtimes in their nationally televised game in Evanston, Ill.
 
The hour-long documentary will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go. 
 
Three weeks ago, BTN's crew was in Lincoln to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1994 national championship team that Brook helped engineer.  Memories were vivid that weekend, and BTN was smart to find the film's finishing touches in an emotionally charged environment.
 
Many have said that Brook was way ahead of his time as a football player.  He built a reputation for giving back, and he's beloved because so many fans think he represents what a Nebraskan should be.  Berringer's life is a great college football story that happens to take place in Nebraska.  The documentary is also a testimony to Brook's resilience and selflessness. 
 
The film features rare, archival footage of Berringer on camera, plus highlights of key Nebraska games leading up to the National Championship.  It also includes interviews with Tommie Frazier, Tom Osborne, and Brook's mother, Jan Berringer.  In the film, Jan shares some of the thousands of letters she received in the wake of Brook's passing.  Most Husker fans are aware that Berringer died in the crash of a 2-seat airplane he was piloting two days before the 1996 NFL Draft.  He was 22 years old.

2014 NSAA Girls' State Golf Championships






The 2014 NSAA Girls' State Golf Championships will be held next Monday and Tuesday, October 13th and 14th. Class A competition will be held at the Norfolk Country Club, Class B will be competing at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln and Class C will compete at the Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus. The first tee time for both days will be 9:30 am for all three locations. Admission is free to all.

UNK Students Collect Canned Goods During Homecoming Week


More than 4,000 pounds of food was collected during the recent University of Nebraska at Kearney Canned Food Build.

The homecoming teams accomplished a lot throughout the week, and the Canned Food Build is a great way to have the teams come together to accomplish something that impacts the Kearney community.

The food build was organized by the Loper Programming and Activities Council, and the event was held Sept. 17 as part of UNK Homecoming Week activities. The food that was collected is being donated to the Mid-Nebraska Food Bank and The Big Blue Cupboard, a UNK organization that combats student hunger.

The Mid-Nebraska Food Bank will receive 3,624 pounds of food, and the Big Blue Cupboard will receive 400 pounds of food.
The Big Blue Cupboard food pantry is visited daily by UNK students who might be waiting on their next paycheck to buy food or who are supporting their family while attending school.
The first-place winners of the Canned Food Build were Alpha Xi Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Lambda Gamma with their creation of a jukebox.

Participating teams included Randall/Men’s Halls; Mantor Hall; Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lambda Theta Nu; Alpha Xi Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Lambda Gamma; Alpha Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Tau Gamma; Centennial Towers West; Centennial Towers East; Antelope and Nester Halls; and Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Gamma Delta, Alpha Tau Omega and Mu Sigma Upsilon.

Residence halls, sororities, fraternities and other organizations compete for points throughout Homecoming Week during events such as the Canned Food Build, Battle of the Brains, Spirit Competition and the Lip Sync Competition. The team with the most points at the end of week becomes the Homecoming Sweepstakes Champion.

This year’s sweepstakes winner was the team of Alpha Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Tau Gamma.

Ord Public Schools Receive $10,000 Grant






Ord Public Schools have been selected as an America's Farmers Grow Rural Education $10,000 grant winner.  The grant money will be used to enhance the math and science programs at Ord Public Schools.  OPS would like to recognize Wendy Alexander, Sandy Bartholomew and Jason Alexander for preparing the winning application.  And they would also like to say thank you to all the farmers who nominated OPS.  A big check presentation ceremony will be held at the Ord vs. West Holt volleyball game on September 18th at 6:30pm.

Yellow Pages Scam Affecting The Nation






Businesses across the country are receiving what appear to be invoices for ad space in the Yellow Pages directories. Some of these "invoices" are actually solicitations for listings in alternative business directories that differ from the well-known Yellow Pages. These alternative directories often are not published at all. Businesses are being deceived into paying for what they incorrectly believe to be their usual Yellow Pages ad.

The familiar "walking fingers" logo and the name "Yellow Pages" are not protected by any federal trademark registration or copyright. Therefore, you may be led to believe that anyone who uses the logo and the name is affiliated with the publisher that distributes the telephone books and Yellow Pages directories to all households and businesses in a particular geographic area. There is no connection between publishers of alternative directories and those of the well-known Yellow Pages.

Alternative directories differ significantly from the traditional Yellow Pages directories primarily because of distribution. Alternative business directories generally are not available or distributed to the public. Therefore, they provide little, if any, benefit to businesses who pay to advertise in them.

The solicitation from an alternative business directory may have the appearance of an invoice. It may bear the "walking fingers" logo and feature the name "Yellow Pages." It also may falsely suggest that the publisher is affiliated with your local telephone company or with another bona fide Yellow Pages publisher you recognize. The solicitation may lead you to believe that your business already has been listed in the telephone directory and you are now being billed when, in fact, you are only being solicited for placing an ad.

Typical language used on the ad solicitations, such as "present listing information;" "prompt payment is necessary to guarantee ad placement in the directory;" "renewal payment stub;" and "directory listing renewal invoice" also may appear on Yellow Pages invoices. This adds to the confusion.

Please examine the piece of mail you have received and determine whether it is a solicitation or an invoice. If it is a solicitation, you should see a disclaimer required by the U.S. Postal Service. It states, THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER. But whether you see this solicitation disclaimer or not, be wary.

If you believe you have been the victim of this misrepresentation scheme, contact your Postmaster or local Postal Inspector. Look in your telephone directory under "U.S. Government, Postal Service U.S." for local listings. If there is no listing, write: Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C. 20260-2100, or call (202) 268-4267.

You also may direct questions about Yellow Pages directory publishers to the Yellow Pages Publishers Association (YPPA), a private trade association representing Yellow Pages publishers throughout the United States. Write:
  • Yellow Pages Integrated Media Association
    820 Kirts Blvd., Suite 100 
    Troy, MI 48084-4836
    248-244-6200
    http://www.ypima.org
To learn how to protect yourself from other fraudulent sales practices that may affect your business, send for the free brochure, Buying by Phone. Write: Public Reference, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 20580. You also may write to this address for a free copy of Best Sellers, which lists all the FTC's consumer and business publications.

2014 NSRA Finals Held Sept. 5-7






The 2014 Nebraska State Rodeo Association Finals were held at the Wild West Arena in North Platte, NE  September 5-7, 2014. Contestants who qualified for NSRA Finals this year checked in on Friday, the first performance was on Saturday at Noon, followed by the second performance Saturday evening starting at 7 pm. The final performance was held on Sunday at noon.

The Top Three in each event at the end of finals were:
Bareback Riding
1. Corey Evans
2. Wesley Cole
3. Jaden Clark
Steer Wrestling
1. Brady Hageman
2. Miles Spickelmier
3. Tyson Cox
Tie Down Roping
1. Garrett Nokes
2. Chip Wilson
3. Travis Lymber
Saddle Bronc
1. Whit Peterson
2. Seth Schafer
3. Tristan Eklund
Steer Roping
1. Will McBride
2. JC Jensen
3. Randy Mekelburg
Barrel Racing
1. Dori Hollenbeck
2. Marci Bartlett
3. Deb Christy
Breakaway
1. Cati Stanko
2. Jan Brown
3. Lori Tierney
Bull Riding
1. Lane Gambill
2. Clint Connelly
3. Colter Glendy

And the average winners for each event were:
Rowdy Moon in the Bareback Riding
Brady Hageman in the Steer Wrestling
Dala Belew in the Breakaway
Travis Sheets in the Saddle Broncs
Chip Wilson in the Tie-Down Roping
Tyler Thomas and Travis Goad in the Team Roping
Deb Christy in the Barrel Racing
Trevor Eppert in the Steer Roping
Lane Gambill in the Bull Riding
 

Environmental Quality Incentives Program






Farmers and ranchers interested in soil, water, and wildlife conservation are encourage to sign up now for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. EQIP is available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in applying are encouraged to sign up before Oct. 17. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available to private landowners and operators. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install conservation practices on agricultural land. For more information, visit your local NRCS field office or call Joanna Pope at 402-437-4123.

Nelson Named 2014 Associate of the Year at VCHS






Laura Nelson was named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Nelson was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in July 2014 by fellow associates. She received the Associate of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Associate of the Quarter during the year. Nelson was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award.
In a letter nominating Nelson for the honor, a co-worker wrote, “Laura Nelson exemplifies the values of VCHS in every way. Her personal and professional integrity is above reproach. Laura will do the right thing for her patients or their families every time, even when no one is watching. Laura is a caring, compassionate nurse and is an inspiration to her patients and her co-workers.”
Nelson is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since 2002.

Kristen Dunbar, PA-C To Join VCHS Medical Clinics






Valley County Health System is pleased to announce that Kristen Dunbar PA-C, will join the Burwell and Ord VCHS Medical Clinics in November, 2014. Kristy has been chosen to fulfill the role in the VCHS Medical Clinics that is currently held by Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C, as he transitions to work full-time in the VCHS Emergency Department.

Dunbar grew up in Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science. She then earned her Master of Health Science in 1993 from Duke University. Since that time Kristy has provided medical care in central Nebraska for more than a decade, including the communities of Burwell, Sargent and Broken Bow.

Dunbar will provide clinic services at the VCHS Medical Clinics in Burwell two days per week and Ord two days per week. She will join the other VCHS medical providers in sharing evening and weekend Emergency Department services at VCHS.

“We are extremely excited that Kristy will be joining our team of medical providers at VCHS. Her experience as a PA coupled with the fact that she and Jeff already have a strong working relationship, makes her the perfect fit for the patients in our Burwell and Ord Medical Clinics,” quoted Bill Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS.

Community receptions will be held for Kristy in both Ord and Burwell at a date to be determined.


 

Michael Petersen Given Life Sentence






58 year old Michael Petersen of Grand Island, NE has been given a life sentence in the shooting death of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd.  Michael Petersen pleaded no contest to first degree murder charges.  The State of Nebraska agreed not to pursue the death penalty and also to drop one charge.

In May 2014, Petersen received an initial life sentence for the shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy Petersen.  On Tuesday, Hall County Attorney Mark Young asked that Petersen's two life sentences be served consecutively due to the fact that the murders were seperate incidents.

Petersen shot Nancy Petersen at her home in Buffalo County and attorney Todd Elsbernd outside his office in Hall County.  Both shootings took place in November 2013.

Petersen's attorney claims that his client was distraught over the divorce from Nancy Petersen, and was also upset over a mistake in the paperwork that be blamed on Elsbernd.

SCAM Alert






There is a man going door to door trying to sell books in Ord.  He is claiming to be associated with the school.  This is NOT TRUE!  Authorities have been notified.

Suicide Prevention Awareness






Depression can affect anyone. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the number of suicides in Nebraska is almost equal to the number of people who die as a result of car accidents. In 2013, 217 Nebraskans took their own lives, compared to 234 people who died as a result of a motor vehicle accident. These figures have shown that there is a need for suicide prevention awareness. According to Scot Adams, the director of behaviorial health at the Nebraska DHHS, anyone can reach out to family, friends and colleagues that they are concerned about and help them get the help they need.
A few of the following signs could indicate that someone is at risk of committing suicide:


-Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
-Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching onling or buying a gun.
-Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
-Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
-Talking about being a burden to others.
-Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
-Acting anxious or agitated or behaving recklessly.
-Sleeping too little or too much.
-Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
-Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
-Displaying extreme mood swings.


If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please reach out to them. Call the national suicide hotline at 800-273-TALK or the Nebraska Family Helpline at 888-866-8660.

VCHS Announces New Scan For Lung Cancer






Valley County Health System and Advanced Medical Imaging announce a new program to aid in the early detection of lung cancer for high-risk patients. This program will utilize a low-dose CT scan to help high-risk patients screen for lung cancer. According to a recent study by the National Cancer Institute, this type of CT scan has been found to help reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%. VCHS now has a Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program that is available to VCHS patients meeting the criteria below:

 

Men or Women 55-74 years of age

30 pack-year history of smoking

If former smoker, quit date within last 15 years

No weight loss greater than I 0 pounds in the last month

No chest CT scan in the last 12 months

Change in cough, shortness of breath or hemoptysis

 

The Somatom Definition CT scanner now at VCHS is a 20 slice scanner. Results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and will be sent to the ordering physician. If insurance does not cover the cost of the screening, it can be completed for $250.00 payable at the time of service. To schedule an appointment for a low-dose CT scan call VCHS at 308.728.4200. 

Shoplifters Hit Downtown Holdrege




Area businesses are warned to be on the lookout for four individuals suspected of shoplifting. At least one confirmed instance of shoplifting has taken place in Holdrege. Wednesday, August 6th a group of individuals visited almost every retail shop in downtown Holdrege between the afternoon and evening hours. Several businesses suspect lost merchandise, however it seems only one business has surveillance footage of the individuals taking items off of the sales floor. A small boutique in Alma also reported seeing the same individuals, and comfirmed that they shoplifted from the boutique. There were four individuals in the group-one woman approximately 50 to 60 years old, a male and a female both in their late teens or early twenties, as well as a one to two year old child in a stroller. The older woman had a tattoo on her left arm and the male had tattoos as well. No specific vehicle has been identified. 

Road Construction to Begin East of Scotia


Construction work is scheduled to begin the week of August 18, 2014 on bridges east of Scotia to the US-281/N-22 junction south of Greeley according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.  Travelers should expect one-way traffic across the bridge controlled by traffic signals and a concrete protection barrier.  There will be a 10-foot width restriction for driving lanes during this period.  Completion is anticipated by the end of October.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

Grants Available For Burwell Businesses


Burwell businesses have been receiving grant money to help improve their curbside appeal. Burwell Economic Development recently introduced a program to encourage existing businesses to upgrade, repair, or enhance the exterior frontage of their locations. The grants support the development of each business and help to enhance the overall business attractiveness of the Burwell area. Business property owners may apply for a grant to receive funding for half the cost of a qualified project up to $10,000. Business property owners interested in the Business Facade Improvement Grant Program can contact the Burwell Economic Development office at 346-5210 for an application.

Bomb-Like Device Found at the Calamus Dam


At approximately 9:07 am on July 25th, 2014, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible explosive device located on the Northeast side of the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam face.  The device appeared to be homemade from PVC pipe.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and the area was secured and traffic was diverted off of the dam.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Tech was able to safely dispose of the device with a controlled detonation.  All precautions were taken to ensure public safety and there was no damage to the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam. The Nebraska Game and Parks Law Enforcement Division, the Garfield County Sheriff's and Nebraska State Patrol were present.  According to Garfield County Sheriff Larry Donner, the device would likely have done damage to a person or vehicle, however it was not large enough to be considered a serious threat to the dam itself.

Valley View Living Center Updates Restorative Care Equipment


Valley View Living Center in Ord has recently updated their restorative care department.  The Valley County Health System's Auxiliary made a $4,320.59 donation by purchasing all new excercise equipment for the department.  The new equipment includes parallel walking bars, a wheel chair accessible zero resistance Nu Step machine, and seven different sized exercise balls.  In addition to the new equipment, the restorative care room was updated with new paint and flooring.  Restorative care allows the residents of VVLC to maintain the strength and functionality of their bodies.  This allows the residents to keep their mobility for much longer that they would otherwise.

Wild Horse Ministries To Be In Burwell






Paul Daily, horse trainer and founder of Wild Horse Ministries, will be at
the Garfield County Fairgrounds on August 20, at 6:30 PM. Paul will be
doing a Round Pen Sermon where he will work with a wild horse while
speaking to the crowd about the gospel. At the end of two hours work he
will be able to mount and ride the wild horse. This is a free event open to
the public. For more information contact Sherry Jarvis at 308-730-2150
or Pastor Tim Rust with Destiny Church at 308-380-6838.

Grain Bin Rescue Clinics






Nebraska Emergency Responders in four communitites are now better equipped to help someone who has become engulfed in grain. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association contributed to grain bin rescue clinics that were held in Lexington and Ceresco. Around 100 farmers and emergency responders attended the clinics to learn about grain bin safety and how to assist someone engulfed in grain. Local corn growers also raised money to provide grain bin rescue tubes to emergency response groups. 

NFB Foundation for Agriculture Tornado Disaster Relief Fund






Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched a Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency and residual help to farmers and ranchers in Northeast Nebraska and other areas affected by recent tornadoes. The funds collected for the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be targeted to farmers and ranchers to help them with immediate needs when they cannot get assistance from other sources or have losses that are not covered by insurance. For more information or to make a donation go online to nefb.org.

NE State High School Fishing Championships






The Nebraska State High School Fishing Championship will be held at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area on Saturday, July 26. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska state championship is a two-person event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coach is available online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Takeoff will be at 7 AM and weigh-in will be held at the Breed's Landing boat ramp around 1:15 PM. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251.

 

Breitkreutz Transitioning To VCHS Emergency Department


Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System has made the decision to transition his practice from the Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell to the Emergency Department at VCHS. The transition will occur at the time when his replacement is hired for the medical clinics. Jeff has been a Physician Assistant since 1982. He has been employed by VCHS for nearly 13 years and worked in a private practice in Ord prior to his tenure at VCHS. He was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006 by the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Kasseler Certified Mammography Radiologist


Melissa Kasseler has completed the required training by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is now certified to conduct mammography exams. Kasselder joins Arlene Hughes at Valley County Health System as certified Mammography Radiologists. Both Kasselder and Hughes are now providing mammography exams at VCHS, which will make it more convenient for the women of this region.  

NBR Clean Up Day


Sunday, July 13th is the day scheduled for clean up at the Garfield County Fairgrounds to prepare for this year's Nebraska's Big Rodeo.  All volunteers are welcome.

Ericson Lake Independence Day Celebrations


The Ericson Lake Association is holding an Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 5th.  A free-will offering BBQ will be from 5-7 PM at the ELC Community Building.  Everyon is welcome, bring your own table service, drinks and dessert; meat will be provided.  There will be a fireworks display at Lake Ericson at dusk.

Burwell Fourth Of July Celebration


The Burwell Fire Department will be having a free-will offering BBQ and watermelon feed at the Fire Hall on Friday, July 4th starting at 5 PM.  About 9:30 PM, as it starts to get dark, the Fire Department will present the annual fireworks display at the Burwell City Park.

Valley County Fair Queen 2014


Young women between the ages of 16 and 19 are being sought as candidates for this year's Valley County Fair Queen.  Candidates should be Valley County residents, or 4-Hers in Valley County.  There will be a Queens Tea on July 20, 2014 at 2 pm at the Valley County Fairgrounds where they will perform their talent and interview with judges.  The crowning will take place after the 4-H style show.  For more information contact Judy Bower at 308-750-6155 or Julie Stevens at 308-730-0790.  Deadline for applying is July 10, 2014.