Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E- Scottsbluff took two impaired drivers off the road during a month-and-a-half long special enforcement effort in Sheridan County designed to increase seat belt usage and highlight the dangers of impaired driving. Since 2014, there have been seven fatalities in Sheridan County, all of which involved unrestrained drivers. Of those seven fatalities, four involved alcohol. “Special enforcement efforts like this one enable us to have an increased presence during the busy summer travel season,” said Captain Jamey Balthazor, Commander Troop E- Scottsbluff. “During the special enforcement effort there were no fatalities recorded in Sheridan County.” In addition to the two driving while intoxicated arrests, troopers issued citations and warning for open container (6), speeding (129), driving under suspension (9), no seat belt (11), child restraint violation (11). Motorist assistance was also provided to 12 motorists during the enforcement period. The Sheridan County effort, which ran from July 8, through August 22, was paid for thanks in part to a $7,590 grant from the Department of Roads Highway Safety Office. Captain Balthazor said, “We want to thank all motorists for helping us keep our roadways safe through voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws.
By Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator
CHADRON – A multi-colored silkscreen print titled “Bingo,” by Chadron State College art professor and department chair Laura Bentz is included in a portfolio “Dog Head Stew: The Second Course” was purchased by the Library of Congress in July for its prints and photographs department.
According to the Library of Congress website, the Library of Congress offers broad public access to prints representing a rich cross-section of still pictures as a contribution to education and scholarship. The collections of the Prints and Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the U.S. and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.
“The portfolio included works from such notable artists as Lynne Allen, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Melanie Yazzie, so I feel very honored,” Bentz said.
The design of Bentz’s 15 by 20-inch print intermingles Native American symbols with acronyms for the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act along with letters that spell out CASINO.
Bentz, who has taught art on or near several Indian reservations, has witnessed the socio-economic ramifications of gambling. She hopes her piece will cause viewers to pause and consider the complex issues surrounding reservation casinos.
“Gambling is a controversial subject. Some tribes have benefited from it but for others it’s been detrimental,” she said. “Gambling addictions can further impoverish people who are already impoverished.”
Bentz was among the printmakers invited by Elizabeth Klimek to submit pieces expressing personal and political honor or criticism of past and present representations of Native American culture for “Dog Head Stew: The Second Course.” The portfolio features work by 24 artists of all cultural backgrounds who were asked to address changes faced by indigenous communities of North America and how Native Americans fit into national and global societies/scenarios.
Each participating artist received a complete portfolio to exhibit in locations they select. Bentz has used prints from this portfolio and others she has participated in as instructional aids. Her portfolio was displayed in the fall of 2015 in CSC’s Memorial Hall Gallery 239.
Other portfolios have been exhibited at the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, Oregon, the Transition Gallery at Idaho State University in Pocatello, and as a part of the Global Matrix: International Print Exhibitions at Purdue University-West Lafayette in Indiana.
The portfolio is also archived in the collections of Southern Graphics Council International at Kennesaw State in Georgia, the Museum of Texas Tech University – Artist Printmaker Research Collection in Lubbock, and at the University of Colorado-Boulder Special Collections.
Sometimes those of us who live and work in the panhandle lose track of the wonderful things right before our eyes. Chadron State College student and Gering resident Kira Fish, our Eagle Radio/Panhandle Post 2016 summer intern, has spent the summer learning the business of radio broadcasting and online journalism. For her final project, we invited her to write about (and photograph) the places and things in Alliance and Chadron that represent “summer” to her.
The Sandhills of Nebraska are a relatively new region for me. Although I’ve attended college classes in the Chadron area for over four years, this summer I spent many hours driving across this scenic place for my soon-to-end internship with KCOW, Double Q Country, B 94.7, and the Panhandle Post. In doing this I finally became more acquainted with its roads and businesses. This area of the country is dominated by rolling hills split by gray highways and named for its sandy soil with the occasional tree or building or creek to draw the eye. The towns up here are small, even by Nebraska standards, and only appear every fifty or so miles, filled with gas stations and bars and tiny shops and old brick roads. This summer, I had the pleasure of commuting back and forth between two of the Sandhills’ larger towns, Alliance and Chadron. I noticed several locations in Chadron and Alliance that struck me as being particularly “summer-y”: some of the two towns’ restaurants, cafe’s, parks, and tourist attractions. The summer is nearly over, but it’s not too late to visit any of these areas, businesses, and attractions in Alliance and Chadron, and I’d recommend putting any of these places on your “to see” list.
All photos below were taken by summer intern Kira Fish.
Donald’s Drive-In–448 E 3rd Street
Donald’s Drive-In has been around for a while–long enough for two generations of my family, my aunt and myself, to have eaten there while in college, anyway. Serving a wide selection of foods–pizzas, fried chicken, burgers, ice cream and buffets–not only is it a favorite among college students, it’s also family friendly and even has a few arcade games. While everything I’ve tried there was delicious, I’d recommend their thin-crust pepperoni pizzas any time of year, including summer.
Chadron State Park–15951 Highway 385
This particular park requires a state park sticker or a day pass, which can be purchased at the park’s visitor’s center or at Wal-Mart (that I know of). The park itself has scenic drives, hiking paths, ponds, paddle boats, campgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, disc golf course, and playgrounds. I’ve only camped there once, but it appears to be a very nice place to stay in the summer and early autumn. The pond is beautiful and the entire park is perfect for landscape and nature photography, and if photography isn’t one of your interests, the campgrounds and outdoor activity spaces are still great places to visit with your family or friends. There’s plenty of shade, but I’d recommend sunscreen and insect repellent, even so.
Cleo’s Daily Grind And More–219 Main Street
Teenagers and college students being at coffee shops is a cliche, yet I do not feel bad about mentioning Cleo’s Daily Grind and More even if I am transforming myself into a walking stereotype. The shop is well-lit and cozy, with a small seating and dining area in front of a window that offers a nice view of Main Street and plenty of natural light. The shop offers iced coffee, frappes, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse staples as well as non-coffee drinks and foods.
Museum of the Fur Trade– 6321 Highway 20
The Museum of the Fur Trade is pretty large for a small town museum, yet retains all of the expected charm. Admission is $5 per adults 18 and older and free to children or those with a museum membership. The museum explores the complex history of North America’s fur trade, and includes exhibits on the Plains Indians, trappers, clothing, furs, trading posts, and hide tanning. Most museums are associated with school field trips, but this is a good museum to spend time admiring the exhibits and the history it hopes to preserve.
Wilson Park–W 10th Street
When I lived on-campus at the college I attend, this park was only three blocks away from my dormitory. My friends and I spent several afternoons there, and I associate this park with both summer afternoons and schooldays. Trees, swing sets, picnic tables, benches, a bridge, and a gazebo make this a gorgeous park that’s perfect for walks and picnics. I’ve spent a fair amount of time playing Pokemon GO at Wilson Park’s Pokestops, but that’s a story for another article…
Eagle 3 Theater–244 Main Street
Because of internet streaming services and the like, movie theaters are not the media powerhouses I’ve heard they once were, but they still provide entertainment to hundreds of college students and local families. The movie tickets are affordable, as are the treats, and the historic building has three separate screens–not the largest theater, perhaps, but it’s a nice place to spend a summer afternoon or evening, with air conditioning and limited exposure to mosquitoes and ants.
Carhenge–2141 County Road 59
This is perhaps Alliance’s most famous attraction. Most people who know of Carhenge are aware of the whole cars-arranged-as-Stonehenge aspect, but the site also has metal sculptures and other car-related art as well as a gift shop, the Carhenge Pitstop. I am a particular fan of this place due to visiting it with my father as a child, although the attraction has changed significantly over the years. Carhenge is owned by the City of Alliance and visiting the site is free, though donations are appreciated.
Wigglebottom’s Bakery–117 W 3rd Street
Again, this would be a nice restaurant and bakery to visit any time of year, but over the summer I’ve grown to enjoy this small business’s hamburgers and breakfast items. It’s situated right near downtown Alliance and is a nice place for a quick meal.
Alliance Central Park Fountain–10th Street and Niobrara Avenue
Alliance Central Park Fountain is gorgeous and has a number of different calming patterns that it cycles through every few minutes. Situated diagonally across the street from Alliance Central Park proper, it is also located in the same area as the Sallows Military Museum, and has shady areas and benches for sitting and admiring the fountain and its changing water patterns and lights. It’s a beautiful place to visit or walk by in the summer, as is the Alliance Central Park to which it belongs.
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center–908 Yellowstone Avenue
The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center is located on the far side of the Alliance Central Park. Created when local ranch owner Martha Eldred donated $5.4 million to what was then the Sandhills Center, the museum is large, beautiful, and contains exhibits on fossils, native plants and animals, settlers and immigrants, and the local Native American tribes such as the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. The museum also covers the Oregon Trail, the railroad’s impact on the area, and the mining and manufacturing of potash in the area during World War II.
Dobby’s Pioneer Village–E 25th Street
Dobby’s Pioneer Village is a replica of the buildings, businesses, and churches that would have been common in a small pioneer village back in the day. The outdoor exhibit is free to visit and provides endless photo opportunities, especially to anyone with an interest in pioneer history. The exhibits require walking around outside, so this is a perfect site to visit during the summer when the weather is nice.
Of course, there are many other sites and attractions in these two towns that are noteworthy, but I could not possibly do them all any justice here. This has been an excellent summer, and I am grateful not only to everyone at the KCOW radio station, but also to all of the people I have encountered through my internship with KCOW, Double Q Country, B 94.7, and the Panhandle Post this summer. Goodbye, and good luck.
CHADRON – When hundreds of new Chadron State College students converge on campus Thursday they will be welcomed by faculty, staff, students and other volunteers ready to help them prepare for a successful first semester.
Thursday morning of New Student Orientation (NSO) is reserved for moving into the residence halls with event programming starting at 2 p.m. All students should check at the Lindeken Clock Tower in prior to 2 p.m.
Also on Thursday, a temporary one-stop shop of student services including course schedule changes, ID cards, financial aid, billing, parking, health services and military/veteran’s services will be set up in the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other services provided Thursday aim to assist students in a variety of ways. Tours of campus, beginning at the Student Center, will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. to help students find the buildings for their first semester courses. Students seeking assistance with network login, MyCSC and EagleMail should visit the Information Technology help Desk in the King Library. All students enrolled in transitional studies courses will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
In a special student-only session from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dean’s Green Thursday the history and traditions of CSC will be explained. During this time, the parents are invited to attend a reception in the Sandoz Center where they can meet the president and other members of his cabinet.
At 4 p.m., parents and students will join NSO student leaders for a pep rally, class photo and welcome from President Randy Rhine at Elliott Field.
A welcome picnic at 5 p.m. on campus will be followed by a street dance and live music and games on Bordeaux Street between the 100 and 200 blocks.
Friday includes breakfast in the Student Center followed by general information sessions for students from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom and from 9 a.m. to noon for parents in Memorial Hall’s auditorium.
Students will meet with faculty representing their majors from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m.
An Information Fair along the main campus sidewalks west of the clock tower will offer students and parents opportunities to meet staff from departments, clubs and organizations on campus.
If students were unable to join Thursday’s tour, another will be offered Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday afternoon from 2 to 4:30, students will have a final chance to take care of business details in the Student Center and Crites Hall. If families would rather take in a session, from 2 to 3 p.m. a presentation will be offered for transfer students in the Student Center and one for the parents of education majors in Old Admin Room 136.
NSO will wrap up with a barbeque northeast of the Student Center Friday at 5 p.m.
A Memorial Gathering on Elliott Field in Chadron, scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, will honor the life of Eric Goll.
Goll, a Chadron State College redshirt freshman football player from Haines City, Florida, died last Thursday.
The CSC football team invites the community to join them in remembering Eric and sharing in a time of mourning.
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Oglala Sioux Tribe members are traveling from their reservation in southwest South Dakota to join a growing protest against the construction of a four-state oil pipeline.
Donna Solomon is the tribe’s legislative liaison. She says at least two buses and several cars carrying tribal members will arrive Monday evening to the site of the protest in North Dakota, just north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
The Standing Rock Sioux had quietly opposed the Dakota Access pipeline for months near their reservation, but protesters’ resistance heated up last week as at least 18 people were arrested.
Pipeline opponents say the project would disturb sacred sites and could affect drinking water on the reservation and for people downstream.
The company says the pipeline would include safeguards such as leak detection equipment.
Chadron, Neb. (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results show an enlarged heart in the football player at a small college in western Nebraska who died following the team’s practice Thursday.
The Dawes County Attorney’s office said Friday the enlarged heart likely contributed to the death of 20-year-old freshman defensive lineman Eric Goll of Haines City, Florida. Additional testing and toxicological screening are being performed as part of the investigation.
Goll was taken from the Chadron State practice field to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Temperatures were in the mid-70s when the team was practicing.
By Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator
CHADRON – When parking lots are cleared on a snowy morning, many Chadron State College faculty, staff and students may not immediately realize their colleagues in maintenance have already been on the job for hours.
Planning responses to weather forecasts, making repairs, helping with renovations and reacting to unforeseen malfunctions of equipment all generate work for maintenance crews who report to Harold Mowry, maintenance supervisor. He manages the work orders and projects of six boiler house personnel, five grounds workers, three carpenters, two electricians, two heating/air conditioning specialists, one plumber and one painter.
“They are all very good at what they do,” said Dale Grant, vice president of finance and administration. “We are a service organization and our goal is to keep buildings and grounds maintained at the highest level. We have a fairly good system for faculty and staff to report issues and track our responses.”
The grounds crew members probably have the broadest range of work duties among the staff who report to Mowry, according to Grant. In addition to snow removal from parking lots they are responsible for removing debris after storms, sprinkler maintenance, mowing, fertilizing and aerating lawns on campus, mowing trails on C-Hill and spraying weeds.
Lucinda Mays, grounds supervisor, coordinates ground crew work including seed planting in new trail areas and landscaping around new construction or renovation sites. Part-time staff including students and community members assist with grounds maintenance.
Grounds staff also deliver materials and supplies such as copier paper across campus, move furniture, install outdoor stone signs and many other day-to-day tasks.
The boiler house, one of only a handful like it in Nebraska, has a staff of six who keep it running around the clock. Built in 1991, it uses 7,500-8,500 tons of wood chips annually from nearby forests to heat and cool buildings and water on campus. The Absorption Chiller was added in 2004.
“It is our only 24/7 presence. Although the temperature and pressure are mostly computer automated, the staff keeps the wood chips stoked, monitor trouble lights and detectors for the boiler house plus multiple systems across campus. Boiler house staff handle all after hours calls made to campus and, in turn, call the appropriate personnel for any issue and then that individual decides how to handle it,” Grant said.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance workers maintain heating and cooling units in campus buildings and regulate shutdown of the units after May commencement for annual inspections, make repairs and reactivate the systems to make buildings comfortable for summer camps.
“You don’t just flip a switch to prepare a building for occupants. There is a process and procedure that takes days,” Grant said. He noted the expedited work done by maintenance in 2006 when buildings were prepared in record time to house and feed dozens of firefighters on campus because of nearby fires.
The plumber, painter, electricians and carpenters who are part of the Maintenance department handle work orders related to their specialties as well as assisting each other and grounds workers, as needed.
With the completion of about $30 million in new construction between 2013 and 2016, upkeep of thousands of additional square feet buildings, lawns and sidewalks has been included in the maintenance crews’ workload.
“They are working hard. We’re trying to provide updated equipment so they are not spending their time repairing old equipment,” Grant said. “In addition to providing the right equipment, annual training opportunities are offered to ensure that workers are knowledgeable on how to prevent injuries and avoid accidents.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A new effort to reduce violence and panhandling in Whiteclay is slowly taking shape, but some people say they won’t be satisfied until the tiny Nebraska village stops selling beer near an Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism.
Activists who want to close the town’s four beer stores said they’re grateful that lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts are trying to address the problems. However, they argue that some of the new proposals would force local or state taxpayers to pay for a situation caused by the stores.
Whiteclay sold the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer last year despite having a dozen residents. The northwest Nebraska village sits on the border of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned but alcohol-related problems are rampant.
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a Dawes County man whose body was found under his tractor mower.
The body of 68-year-old Dave Gilmore was found around 9 p.m. Monday on his property near Chadron State Park. County Attorney Vance Haug said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation shows the death was accidental. But Haug also says Gilmore had health issues that could have been involved in his death.
An autopsy was ordered.