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Fall Wildland Fire Prevention

Due to a wet spring and summer, some grassy areas are dry and flammable; and could go up in flames with one careless spark. Remember, during dry conditions, one less spark means one less wildfire. Here are some suggestions to help prevent unwanted wildland fires:

For Campers, Hunters and Drivers:

* If you do not need a fire do not build one.

* Use established camp fire rings when available.

* Make sure campfires are away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and leaves.

* Keep water and a shovel near the campfire.

* Douse campfire with water and stir one hour before leaving.

* Make sure the fire is cool to the touch before leaving the area-even if you are leaving for a short hike.

* Children should always be supervised by adults whenever there is a campfire.

* Only smoke in approved areas and dispose of smoking materials properly.

* While driving, avoid pulling over into areas with tall grass. Hot catalytic converters or exhaust particles can ignite grasses along the roadway.

* If pulling a trailer, make sure chains are not dragging along the pavement as the sparks can fly and start a fire.

For Landowners:

* Thin trees and brush near structures.

* Remove weeds and mow dry grasses.

* Clear twig and leaf litter from roofs and gutters.

* Stack firewood well away from structures.

* Surround structures with drought and fire-resistant or irrigated landscape.

* Have a plan for evacuation

 

 

 

Journalist with Ebola Arrives at Nebraska Hospital

An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated.

The ambulance carrying 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo pulled up to a receiving bay at the Nebraska Medical Center’s on Monday. The area isn’t visible from the street, but the driver was wearing head-to-toe protective gear as the ambulance drove past.

Mukpo will be treated in the hospital’s specialized isolation unit.

He is the fifth American to return to the United States for treatment since the start of the latest Ebola outbreak, which the World Health Organization estimates has killed more than 3,400 people.

Meanwhile, a Liberian man with Ebola who started showing symptoms while visiting the U.S. is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital.

 

Nebraska drops taxes on farm equipment parts

Nebraska farmers and ranchers who want to fix some of their equipment will be able to save a little money, now that the state has dropped its sale and use tax on repair and replacement parts.

The state last week dropped the taxes it had been charging on repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment that qualify. The change was prompted by legislation the Legislature passed earlier this year. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Annette Dubas, of Fullerton.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau has cited estimates that the state's farmers and ranchers collectively will save between $9 million and $10 million a year.

   

Jackley: Program helping in battle against meth

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a system to electronically report the sale of cold medicine is working to block sales to people who might want the product to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The Legislature this year approved joining the electronic registry run by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. Retailers and pharmacists began using it in July.

Jackley says that in the first three months, nearly 1,700 questionable sales were blocked. The blocked sales included a little more than 2,000 boxes of cold medicine that contained pseudoephedrine (soo-doh-eh-FEHD'-rihn), an ingredient in meth.

Jackley says the real-time data-sharing is doing what it's designed to do, without inconveniencing people who are buying cold medicine for legitimate use.

 

More Break-Ins In Valentine

 

According to Valentine Police chief Dana Miller, there were at least three more vehicle break-ins reported from Tuesday night in the central part of Valentine. She also reported that a total of 10 calls were reported on Tuesday from overnight thefts. These incidents are occurning late at night or early in the mornings and have almost all be with unlocked vehicles. Chief Miller asks residents to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from their car. Residents are also asked to be vigilant about people in their neighborhoods late at night. Call the police department if you have information about these crimes or have been victimized. Call 402 376-3055.

   

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