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Day Care Issues Discussed


A group of interested residents met last night at the Valentine Public Library to talk about issues surrounding the shortage of day care in the Valentine area. Several parents and day care providers attended along with representatives from Northwest Community Action Head Start, City of Valentine, Mid Plains Community College and Valentine Economic Development. Northwest Community Action Partnership has the opportunity to apply for a federal grant that could help address part of the issues and Mid Plains Community College is also investigating their role in early childhood development. There is a need for expanded day care services and preschool in the community`. The economic development board views the issue as a work force development issue and quality of life. It is their opinion that there could be more parents entering the workforce if additional quality child care was more available.

One of the first undertakings will be a community assessment conducted by Northwest Community Action Partnership, which will be needed for the grant. In the near future Valentine area residents will be asked to take part in the survey which will be available in a variety of formats. Discussion will continue and anyone interested can contact Mike Burge by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


American Legion Family Easter Egg Hunt March 27th

Easter candy will be wrapped at the Veteran's Club on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome.

Valentine's Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the American Legion Family, will be held on Sunday, March 27th at 2 pm at the Valentine City Park. The Easter egg hunt is open to all children pre-school through 5th grade and all are encouraged to attend this annual fun event.




Niobrara Valley Preserve to Host National Fire Event

Expect to see smoke in the air from March 19th through the 27th.  Fire professionals from all over the U.S. will call The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve home as they learn and burn at the seventh annual fire training exchange.

The exchange was designed to meet the training needs of fire practitioners – those who serve state and federal conservation agencies and fire departments, as well as private sector nonprofits, businesses, and landowners.  It is also a way to bring much-needed fire to land that will benefit from it.

“We know this landscape is a fire-adapted one, and we’ve seen the good results of regular controlled burns for wildlife and for grazing on the Preserve,” said Rich Walters, Director of Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy.   “We’ve also seen what happens when too much fuel builds up.  Recent wildfires are a stark reminder of that. Having the personnel to get fire on the ground safely is essential.  It’s a great two-way street of teaching and learning.”  Weather conditions permitting, participants hope to burn 2,400 acres.

Forty-one firefighters from California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and even Spain will assemble in Nebraska. “The Niobrara Valley Preserve has been an important base from which exchange programs have grown,” said Walters.  “Folks who have met and trained in Nebraska have duplicated the event in South Africa and Spain.”

Large numbers of workers means a high level of vigilance in planning.  Safety is paramount to the exchange’s leaders, who work under national standards. “We choose the safest time of year to hold this training.  We anchor into previously burned areas, spend months working on burn plans, and relentlessly monitor weather reports.  Local fire departments are involved in the permitting process,” said Walters.

Multiple private and public partners assemble to contribute resources for the exchange.  They include: the Fire Learning Network, the Nebraska Forest Service, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


K-9 Bust at Rosebud Casino

On the morning of Sunday March 13, 2016 Rosebud Casino Employees observed drug use in the parking lot. A report was made to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police. Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police Officers responded. Police K-9 was deployed and indicated the presence of an illegal narcotic in a vehicle. A search of the vehicle and its occupants turned up a small amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia to use meth. It was discovered the vehicle occupants were staying at the Quality Inn Hotel at the Rosebud Casino. Further investigation led to over an ounce of Methamphetamine, over four ounces of marijuana and around $1800 being seized. Also found was paraphernalia used to sell illegal narcotics. 7 people were arrested and held on tribal charges. Those arrested are from the Rosebud and Pine Ridge areas.

Names of the arrests are being withheld pending arraignment in court. Further information will be released as it becomes available

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is urged to contact the Rosebud Police Department. All information received will be followed up on and kept confidential.


Valentine Lions Club Announces Easter Egg Race


The Valentine Lions' Club will be sponsoring their annual Easter Egg Race on Sunday March 27th at 3pm. The race will be located at Colburn Park next to the old gym.

All Lions Club members are asked to meet Tuesday March 15th at 6pm at the Subway meeting room to fill the eggs with candy and prizes. Over 400 eggs to fill so please stop by and help.


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