2016 Turner Foundation Youth Initiative Grant Request Forms Available
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 14:05
The 2016 Turner Foundation Youth Initiative Grant Request Forms are available at the studios of KVSH (126 W 3rd Street). Applications are due June 3, 2016.
Please mail your request to: Turner Foundation Grant, c/o 904 Riege Ave., Valentine, NE 69201
Any questions, call 402-389-1675.
Planning Commission Table Vote on Wind Farm
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:46
The Cherry County Planning Commission held a lengthy meeting and public hearing about the proposed Kilgore Wind Project at the Cherry County Courtroom on Monday. The regular meeting began at 4pm, with the public hearing beginning at 4:30. 30 of the 100 or so people who attended, signed up to testify. Commission member Gary Swanson conducted public hearing. During the time allowed for developer Bluestem Sandhills to respond to questions brought up during the hearing and questions from the planning commission, over half the people had left the meeting during a short break. Most of the public testimony raised questions about lack of communication from the local privately held companies involved, about environmental issues, disruptions during construction and aesthetics. Comments in favor included property tax relief, benefits to schools and community, and economic benefits with 3 or 4 full time long term jobs created. There was also discussion about private property rights. The county regulations do require the developer to provide information that funds are available to guarantee that the turbines would be removed. Salvage value of the project would cover the cost of decommissioning the turbines. This will be reassessed in years to come to see if bonding would be required. The board members reviewed the topics of each public testimony, on a one by one basis, to make sure it was relevant to the duties of the planning commission. There was concern about whether or not Nebraska Game and Parks should have been notified of the hearing as a municipality within three miles of the project. A motion was approved to table a vote on the application until clarification about game and parks can be verified.