Although crude oil prices in the U.S. petroleum market have dropped to some of the lowest levels seen during the past 52-weeks due to increased production, processed fuel prices in the commodities market and retail prices at the pump have not dropped as quickly, reports AAA. Processed fuel is currently trading at $1.76 a gallon, which is significantly higher than its 52-week low of $1.23 a gallon. The commodity price of gasoline does not include taxes, delivery costs and retail profit margins.
Irrigators in the Nebraska Panhandle with fields that have varying soil types or topography are being to sought partner with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center for an on-farm experiment to study soil variability and variable-rate irrigation.
Amir Haghverdi, the new Water Management and Irrigation Specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, is seeking several farmer partners to be part of the project.
Haghverdi said variable-rate irrigation is a possible way to optimize irrigation and crop yields in situations where a field has a lot of variation – either from different soil types or from rolling topography. Different types of soil texture (for example, silty soils in some parts of a field and sandy soils in others) can affect a soil’s water-holding capacity. Rolling topography can influence infiltration and runoff, he explained.
Haghverdi hopes to have several farmers as project partners when he submits a grant proposal around the end of August. When a farmer contacts him expressing an interest in the project, Haghverdi will inspect the field to determine its suitability. At each location, he plans to map the soil, delineate irrigation management zones, and then meet with the farmer and talk about possible irrigation management scenarios.
Good candidates for the project would have either a variable rate irrigation system, or else variability in soils as described, he said.
Cooperating farmers will have fields mapped and data analyzed for free. In the second phase of the project (after the soil is mapped), Haghverdi will select some fields and place soil-moisture sensors to monitor soil water status. Sensor data will be provided to producers for free, and they will also receive help to interpret the data.
Haghverdi expects to conduct more variable irrigation projects in the future, so even those who aren’t used in the current project can expect to become cooperators.
In fact, any farmer who is interested in cooperating by hosting an on-farm experiment is encouraged to contact Haghverdi, who is planning to conduct several other projects on irrigation scheduling and deficit irrigation in the near future.
Irrigators who want to be involved should contact Haghverdi, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 308-632-1246. They can also contact Dave Reichert, research technician, by phone at 308-632-1235, or email: email@example.com
With summer quickly coming to an end the Chadron Police Department would like to pass on some friendly reminders before the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Students will return to Chadron Public Schools on Wednesday August 19th. Please be aware this will bring an increase of foot and vehicular traffic. There will also be an increased number of young drivers and new drivers in our community.
The increased amount of foot traffic will come in the form of students walking to and from school and also during their lunch hour. State Law requires that the driver of a vehicle must yield right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Please allow them to cross the street safely.
Be aware of the increased number of young and new drivers in our community. Chadron can be a difficult place to drive at times, due to all the one way streets and unmarked intersections. When you are going through these areas, and especially around the Public Schools, give yourself a little extra time and take a second look. If you know you will be traveling through these areas plan accordingly and give yourself some extra time. And as always please remember to always wear your seatbelt.
Let’s make this a safe, educational and enjoyable school year. If you have any questions reference to the Chadron Public Schools please contact School Resource Officer Aron Chrisman 205 at (308)432-0510 email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chadronpolice or on Twitter at @chadronpolice.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to visit western Nebraska to hear from the public at a series of town hall events.
Ricketts will meet with residents at the Bean Broker Coffee House in Chadron on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance at 3:30 p.m. He’s scheduled to visit the Petrified Wood Gallery in Ogallala on Friday at 4 p.m.
Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage says the town halls provide an opportunity for residents to make their voices heard.
Each stop is scheduled to last an hour.
The Alliance Track Fundraiser committee would like to thank Dr. Barbara Arnold for her generous donation of $20,000.00 to the Alliance “Save the Track Fund!” Dr. Arnold currently resides in Sacramento, CA and is a A.H.S. alumni class of 1962.
August 16th has been designated as the day for Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II. The Spirit of ’45 organization has invited national, state, and tribal veteran cemeteries to be a participant in the “International Tribute” scheduled for that weekend. Wreath laying ceremonies will begin at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines and continue in a westerly direction around the world. After event in Europe and throughout the United States, a final garland will be placed at the National Memorial of the Pacific Cemetery in Hawaii.
Invited by the Veterans State Cemetery at Alliance Foundation, World War II veterans from the 11 western countries in Nebraska will have a “Tribute” to attend. Board Directors and Veteran Service Officers throughout the Panhandle have volunteered to get the word out. Nebraska’s State Veterans Cemetery, located at 2610 County Road 57 in Alliance, is the closest location, within hours, having a ceremony. Invited by the Veterans State Cemetery at Alliance Foundation, World War II veterans from the 11 western countries in Nebraska will have a “Tribute” to attend. Board Directors and Veteran Service Officers throughout the Panhandle have volunteered to get the word out. Nebraska’s State Veterans Cemetery, located at 2610 County Road 57 in Alliance, is the closest location, within hours, having a ceremony.
This 70th Anniversary End of World War II Commemoration starts at 1:00 P.M on Sunday, August 16th at Nebraska’s State Veterans Cemetery, 2610 County Road 57 in Alliance. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and help us celebrate “Our Greatest Generation”. Come early for close parking. Questions may be referred to Ron Winchell at 308-631-8787
Many people mapped, or attempted to map, the West in the nineteenth century; from fur trappers to Army Corps of Engineers cartographers. Discover the early map makers with Brian Croft of Western Nebraska Community College as he presents “Changing Notions of Nebraska: Cartography, 1820-1910” on Saturday, August 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the visitor center. He will examine how our area was seen between the times of Stephen Long, who explored the Platte River in 1820, and the turn of the century. He will combine interpretations of original period maps with a discussion of the changing attitudes toward the region.
The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The summit road remains open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. All Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset. Please inquire about the Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual Pass valid for one year from the purchase date. Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at http://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm or Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – Preliminary autopsy results say a ship captain on the Discovery Channel television program “Deadliest Catch” who died in Sturgis, South Dakota, during its famous motorcycle rally had a heart attack.
Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says an autopsy was completed Monday but he’s still waiting on a toxicology report for 50-year-old Tony Lara, a native of Alaska.
The sheriff says he doesn’t suspect the toxicology results will show anything that would have contributed to Lara’s death.
Lara died early Saturday morning at a private residence in Sturgis.
A post on the Discovery website describes Lara as a veteran crab catcher. He appeared on the show at the helm of a boat called the Cornelia Marie.
PREMA is a supporter of programs and activities which foster the well being and economic development of the communities it serves.
The Authur Betterment Authority (ABA) is a non-profit public benefit charitable organization, recently incorporated, to raise funds for the betterment of Arthur County. The corporation is comprised of a small group of community members interested in promoting the general social welfare and development of the community of Arthur and Arthur County by operating community projects, fundraisers and related facilities to benefit all citizens.
Jayne Fraser, Secretary, and Kirk Swanson, Representative at Large, attended the PREMA’s Board of Directors meeting on June 30, 2015. They presented their request for funds to help finance a new community center. The current Veteran’s Memorial Hall has dutifully served its purpose, but it is an aging facility in need of mandatory repairs and upgrades which, when totaled, would cost nearly one fourth of a new facility. Estimates are placing the budget at approximately $450,000-$500,000 for the new location and structure.
Those involved with the ABA plan to pursue a variety of fund raising projects to achieve their monetary goal. Feeling a sense of pride and ownership, they started first within their own community and county. They next solicited local businesses, including neighboring communities, where they do business. The remaining funds will be gained through pursuing grants and additional fundraising.
PREMA’s $5,000 donation was matched by CoBank through its Sharing Success program. Sharing Success was established in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative. The response from CoBank’s customers was overwhelmingly positive and the program has been renewed each year since. From the program’s inception, CoBank and its customers have together provided nearly $14 million in support to charitable organizations across the nation.
Based in Alliance, with a warehouse in Hyannis, celebrating its 70th year, PREMA provides electric service throughout Arthur, Box Butte, Cherry, Dawes, Garden, Grant, Hooker, McPherson, Morrill, Sheridan and Sioux counties.
CoBank is a $107 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing, and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm
Credit associations serving farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. Co Bank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. For more information about CoBank, or PREMA visit our websites at www.cobank.com and www.prema.coop. Also, visit uson Facebook.
Tri-State, (PREMA’s power supplier) has also committed to an additional $5,000 donation and has also applied to CoBank for a $5,000 fund match.
The staff at Big Blue Bay would like to invite any kids entering high school this fall up to age 20 to a “Midnight Swim Party” at the pool on Saturday, August 15! The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. with free food donated from local sponsors followed by a showing of “Jaws”at 9:30 p.m. A free will donation of either two canned food items for the food pantry or a $2.50donation to the Save the Track Fund in memory of Jason Berglund will be accepted at the door.
Sponsors for the event include Box Butte General Hospital, Westco K.C’s, Sam & Louie’s, Subway, YMCA, Grandma’s Sweet Shop, Redman’s Shoes, Taco Johns, Grocery Kart, Krazy Lady Bakery, Newberry’s, Safeway, Frosted Bakery, The Cardio Connection and Café, Kmart, Steph’s Studio, Pizza Hut, and the Geju Movie Theater.