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Work to Begin on N-12, east of Sparks to west of Springview

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of April 6 on N-12 beginning one mile east of Sparks and extending to eight miles west of Springview, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Western Engineering Company, Inc. of Harlan, Iowa, has the $2,146,000 contract for the 22-mile project, which will include milling and asphaltic concrete work. Traffic will be maintained with use of a pilot vehicle and the roadway will be reduced to a 12-foot width. Work is anticipated to be completed by May 8.

The Department of Roads’ project manager is Darrell Lurz of Valentine. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

 

Large grass fire near Spring Creek Area on Saturday Night

The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department was called out to assist with a large grass fire west of the Spring Creek area on the Rosebud Reservation late Saturday night. Lightning caused the blaze that spread quickly with strong winds. No structures were involved and no injuries were reported. Firemen got the call about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and did not return until about 4 a.m. Cody and Kilgore Departments were also called for mutual aid and to fight the blaze.

 

Gov. Ricketts Announces Nebraska Attains Lowest Unemployment Rate

On Friday, March 27th, Gov. Ricketts announced that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. South Dakota is tied with Utah for 3rd lowest.

Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate is the lowest in the country according to rankings released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted rate is 2.7 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than second-ranked North Dakota.

“Today’s announcement that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation is great news for our state. We must continue to think strategically about the future. Growing Nebraska for the next generation requires careful planning so that our children and grandchildren have the opportunities they need to live, work, and raise a family here in Nebraska for generations to come.”

“This is an important milestone for our state that coincides with continued employment growth and strong workforce participation,” said Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin. “We will continue to champion initiatives that make Nebraska a great state for both employers and workers.”

The full rankings are available at http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm.

   

Davis Fights To Kill Prairie Dog Bill

Nebraska lawmakers have postponed a vote on bill that would prevent counties from killing black-tailed prairie dogs when residents complain about the animals on their property.  Lawmakers adjourned for the week on Thursday without taking action. Sen. Al Davis, a rancher from Hyannis, is trying to kill the measure.  The 2012 law gives counties the power to adopt management programs to keep them from spreading.  Advocates say the animals are an important native species and the current law infringes on private property rights. Opponents say counties have the right to intervene because prairie dogs ravage ranchland by digging holes that can injure cattle and damage equipment.  Sen. Galen Hadley, the speaker of the Legislature, says debate on the bill will continue early next week.

 

Academic All State

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has announced the student recipients of the Winter 2015 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards.
Each year the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity.

Valentine Boys Basketball Wyatt Hitchcock Logan O'Kief

Girls Basketball McKenzie Anderson, Madison Kelber
Speech Sydney Dunn, Sophie Lopez
Wrestling Braxton Coleman, Jordan Kelber

Mullen Boys Basketball Britt McIntosh, Adam Starr
Girls Basketball Jessica Lovitt, Bethany Vinton
Speech Haley Gracey, Emily Vinton
Wrestling Darren Leibhart, Silas Monette

Thedford Boys Basketball Caden Jameson
Girls Basketball Kelsey Higgins
Speech Savannah Elliott, TelRae Sherman

   

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