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Valentine Chamber Meeting Held

THE VALENTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET THIS WEEK FOR THEIR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING. THE BOARD DISCUSSED THE UPCOMMING CRAZY DAY PROMOTION IN VALENTINE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH. MANY VALENTINE BUSINESSES WILL TAKE PART. THE CHAMBER ALSO SET THE DATE FOR THEIR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT...THIS YEARS TOURNAMENT WILL BE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH AT THE PRARIE CLUB. THE EVENT WILL BE A FOUR PERSON SCRAMBLE WITH ENTRY FEE OF 400 DOLLARS AND A 10 AM SHOTGUN START. SEVERAL TEAMS HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP, SO CONTACT THE CHAMBER OFFICE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM. THERE WILL BE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TEAMS ACCEPTED.

 

THEY WILL AGAIN HAVE A WATERMELON FEED AS PART OF THE CHERRY COUNTY FAIR ACTIVITIES....THEY WILL BE SERVIN UP SOME ICE COLD WATMELON TO EVERYONE AT 6 P.M. ON SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH.

 

Valentine Police Department Reminds Residents to Stop!

The new stop sign is up at the intersection of 3rd and Hall St. in Valentine. The Valentine Police Department urges everyone to use caution and be aware. Since this stop sign is a new addition, there may be a few unintentional stop sign violations until everyone gets used to it, so pay extra attention at this intersection and remember, never text and drive – or play other games on your mobile devices!

 

Fundraiser for Syerra Dawson a Huge Success

A community came together to raise funds for a little girl fighting leukemia. The Valentine Lions Club, Bank of the West and parents involved in the Monkeying Around Group, a play group for young children in the Valentine area, joined forces to host a carnival fundraiser on Tuesday evening at the Cherry County Fairgrounds for Syerra Dawson, a 3 year old Valentine resident who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Syerra will have 2 ½ years of treatment.

People from all around the two state region donated items and attended the event, which raised over $20,000 and had over 300 attendees. Carnival games, a hamburger/hot dog feed, dunk tank, petting zoo, bounce houses and silent auction filled the fairgrounds. A ¼ beef raffle was also held in advance of the event to bring in additional funds. Duane and Danita Kime and the Valentine Livestock Auction donated the beef to the cause.

Lila O'Keefe was the winner of the beef raffle. Over 100 silent auction items were bid on, and some of the winners included: Alyssa and Randy Downey - winners of the ¼ beef, Megan Koizan was the winner of the Paw Patrol Live tickets/hotel room/breakfast, Cathy and Gary Morris were the winners of the Yeti Cooler, and Diane Foster won the Home Service Panel Upgrade.

This event showed how a community can rally behind a good cause and a huge thank you goes out to everyone involved, including the Valentine Lions Club, Bank of the West, and everyone who donated time and money to help a little girl fight cancer.

   

MPCC breaks ground on new campus in Valentine

It’s official – Valentine has a new college campus.

Mid-Plains Community College broke ground Tuesday on a site at 715 E. Highway 20 - next to The Niobrara Lodge.

Businessmen and women from throughout Cherry County, as well as a representative from Congressman Adrian Smith’s office, joined MPCC board members, administrators and staff for the ceremony.

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer sent a statement, which was read by MPCC President Ryan Purdy. Purdy recognized those in attendance and thanked everyone for coming.

“We are here to celebrate an event that has been in the works since we established a campus in Valentine in 2002,” said Purdy. “When we established our ‘storefront,’ our goal was to see the need to expand. Today our expansion dream turns into reality.”

Up to this point, MPCC has offered classes out of a one classroom, one office building at 113 North Hall Street, and in high schools throughout Cherry County. A total of 173 students completed 289 courses through the MPCC Valentine Campus last year.

Last year also marked a milestone for the college in that Margaret Rosfeld, a student at Cody-Kilgore High School, became the first to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree from MPCC at the same time.

An increased demand for services has led to the need for a larger facility. The new campus will feature an approximately 7,500-square-foot building that will include five classrooms and a technical training shop.

“We expect an increase in enrollments with the increase in space,” said Jennie Nollette, Valentine Campus coordinator. “People around here are very excited about this. It’s been a long time coming.”

Work on the estimated $2.6 million campus will begin immediately. Site prep has already started and construction will commence in the near future. The goal is to begin offering classes at the new campus in 2017.

Purdy said the project is not yet fully funded. He said the college has secured or received pledges for more than 80 percent of the funds needed to complete the project and is waiting to hear back on grants that have been written to cover more than half of the remaining funds needed. He urged those in attendance to consider making a contribution to the project if they hadn’t already.

“This is your college and your campus,” said Purdy. “We are focused on providing the educational, career and technical and community suggested programs that you request. We need your resources, your input and your vision. Together, we can grow Valentine and the Cherry County region.”

 

Wind Farm Permit Recommended for disapproval

The Cherry County Planning Commission voted to recommend disapproval of the conditional use permit for a proposed wind farm southwest of Kilgore. The day started with protesters holding anti wind signs at the Cherry County Courthouse prior to the planning commissions meeting Tuesday afternoon. At 4pm the commission opened a regular meeting in the courtroom. Longtime commission chairman George Johnson resigned after 12 years in public service on the appointed board. At 4:30 the meeting was recessed to Valentine High School where a public hearing began at 5pm to take testimony on the application. The vote to disapprove came at almost 2AM after over 8 and one half hours of testimony and review. A crowd estimated at 300 plus attended the hearing with 43 people offering testimony. 33 were against wind farm application and 10 spoke in favor. After each person had the opportunity to testify, they read 23 letters, 10 of which supported wind and 13 against. Both sides of the issue voiced their passion for the Sandhills and Cherry County. Supporters cited property tax relief, support for schools and private property rights to support their cause. Opponents cited scenic views, fragile ecosystem and concerns about decommissioning among their concerns.

In the motion to disapprove the application the reasons stated where that there were concerns about discrepancies in the decommissioning plan salvage values and there was no professional engineering stamp on some the material submitted. The vote was unanimous in Recommending disapproval.

 

   

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