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Wind Meeting Held in Mullen

 

An informational meeting on wind energy development and transmission lines in the Sandhills was held last night at the Bullseye community building in Mullen. The meeting was well organized and well ran by organizers Katie Mundorf and Tracy Kramer. There were an estimated 150 people who attended the meeting with standing room only.

About 70% of the questions were directed to panel members Matt Coble, of Cherry County Wind, and Eric Johnson of Bluestem Sandhills. The other panelists were longtime rancher AB Cox and relatively new Cherry County landowner Kevin Willert. There were questions about eminent domain, upkeep of roads, taxes and location of turbines. Johnson and Coble stated that neither Cherry County Wind or Bluestem Sandhills has authority of eminent domain, there are no plans to site a wind farm North of Mullen, and no county roads will be used to construct the Kilgore project. Roads will be on private land and are to be constructed and maintained solely by Bluestem, at their expense. All turbines in Cherry County will only be constructed on lands enrolled in Cherry County Wind on a willing basis.

Concerning taxes, as mandated by the Nebraska Legislature, Bluestem Sandhills is required to pay an estimated $13,000 in annual taxes to Cherry County for each turbine erected. From this amount, 70% is also mandated to go to the school district in which the turbine is located.

 

Valentine ED Looks at Housing

 

 

The Valentine Economic Development Board met on Monday evening for a regular meeting. The board continues to discuss workforce housing which has been an issue for the community for several years. Workforce housing is described as housing for people who are in the local workforce, but may not be able to afford current market housing. The economic development board will explore opportunities to work with developers to aid in efforts to build more single family housing units or affordable rental properties.

A reminder that the local ED board also can assist with financing of a business purchase, expansion or start up business. The local funds can provide gap financing to supplement traditional bank financing. Interested individuals should contact Mike Burge at 402 376 6842 for information.

 

Frederick Peak Golf Club Making Good Progress

 

The Valentine Golf course development board continues to make great progress on the new community golf course on the northeast edge of Valentine. Several volunteers have been assisting the grounds crew to help get construction completed for a projected opening in the spring of 2017. Course superintendent Tad Buechle reports that the course is improving everyday and work is progressing on cart paths and grooming.

The golf board continues to move forward on a clubhouse, with a plan for a 2,400 square foot structure that would hold about 100 people. Local contractors are reviewing plans on construction. It is hoped to have a structure enclosed for winter.

The girls high school golf team has been utilizing part of the course for practices this year. They have access to the driving range, practice putting green and two golf holes.

   

Foundation To Hold Annual Event NOV 4

 

The Sandhills Area Foundation will hold their annual meeting and banquet on November 4th at the 4-H building on the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine. There will be a dinner, live auction and silent auction. The theme this year will be “cast your ballot for Sandhills Area Foundation”

At this time they are selling tickets for a Polaris Ranger 570 to be given away that evening. Tickets are available from any director or at Young's Western Wear, Sandhills State Bank, State Farm Insurance or Security First Bank.

Since its inception the foundation has given out more than $400,000 in education scholarships and over $300,000 in community grants. Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.

 

Malfunctioning Ride at Rosebud Fair Caused No Injuries

The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department was called out at about 10:15 pm CT on Sunday night, August 28th. The call came in to assist in the rescue of about 20 people from a malfunctioning carnival ride at the Rosebud Fair. The ladder truck was sent out with Valentine firemen but most of the occupants had been brought down by the Cherry Todd Electric boom trucks. No injuries were reported.

   

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