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Mountain Lion killed near Chadron

A 5-month-old female mountain lion was shot south of Chadron in Dawes County on Saturday, July 19.

A man reported noticing the animal crouched in the grass about 20 yards from his residence, where two young children were present on a patio. The man retrieved a rifle from the house and approached the animal, then shot it when it stood but did not flee. The mountain lion weighed approximately 30 pounds.

As required by law, the man immediately notified authorities after the animal was shot. The Dawes County Sheriff's Department arrived at the scene, investigated the incident, and took possession of the mountain lion, which was transferred to Nebraska Game and Parks officials the next day. Authorities determined the man acted within the law in killing the animal.


Valentine Hunter Safety Course


A firearm hunter education course will be offered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission volunteer instructors in Valentine on August 13, 14, and 15 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

The free course will held at the Niobrara Lodge at 803 East Hwy 20. The course will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearms use, shooting and sighting techniques, hunter ethics, game identification and conservation management. Students must attend all of the sessions to complete the course. Students must pre-register by August 12th at, or by calling the Nebraska Game and Parks office in Bassett at 402-684-2921. Please print off and complete the parental release form to bring with you to the first day of class.

In Nebraska, hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm or crossbow.


Turtle Races Results 2014

Congratulations to Brandy Muirhead, the winner of the Turtle Races Championship Heat. She won $500 in Chamber Bucks. Each top heat winner won $50 in Chamber Bucks. The full results are as follows:

Heat 1:

1st - Randy Lurz, 2nd - Suzanne Schultz, 3rd - Terri Shelbourn, 4th - Jess Ravenscroft, 5th - Brandy Muirhead, 6th - Jerry Earll, 7th - Connor Jackson, 8th - Jess Ravenscroft, 9th - Rhonda Elliott, 10th - Deb Neiffer

Heat 2:

1st - Karri Hagedorn, 2nd - Anne Clark, 3rd - Suzanne Schultz, 4th - Mary Mercure, 5th - Carol Earll, 6th - Rita O'Kief, 7th - Charlene Lolley, 8th - Hunter Weinman, 9th- Twyla Kelly, 10th - Kim Jeffers

Heat 3:

1st - Kethan Mercure, 2nd - Jacob Sikes, 3rd - Xi Beta Omega, 4th - Lila O'Kief, 5th - Trevor Ferneau, 6th - Deb Neiffer, 7th - Trevor Ferneau, 8th - Julie Dewing, 9th - Charlene Lolley, 10th - Rick Lurz

Heat 4:

1st - Steskal, 2nd - Jerry Grooms, 3rd - Rick Joseph, 4th - Sue McEvoy, 5th - Rylee Wackler, 6th - Steskal, 7th - Mike Sims, 8th - Kate Drinkwalter, 9th - Jane Manzer, 10th - Courtny Morgan

Heat 5:

1st - Derek Ferneau, 2nd - Jim Lutter, 3rd -Karri Hagedorn, 4th - Kimber McGinley, 5th - John MIchalek, 6th - John Michalek, 7th - Sam Tetherow, 8th - Bill Renning, 9th - Doug Jacobs, 10th - Sally Connor

Championship Heat Winner: Brandy Muirhead


Stay Safe When the Temperatures Soar


Dangerously hot weather is predicted for Nebraska and Iowa, and the American Red Cross reminds everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

* Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

* Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

* Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

* Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

* Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

* Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.

* Eat small meals and eat more often.

* Avoid extreme temperature changes.

* Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To help avoid problems, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

If a person is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if some shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person's body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.


Green Street Closure

Green Street from 2nd to 5th Street in Valentine will be closed on Tuesday, July 22nd, until the milling project is complete.


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