CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a reservoir about 20 miles west of Cheyenne. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the Laramie County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report Friday of a deceased man south of the Crystal Lake Reservoir. The man is believed to be between 20 and 40 years old. Investigators may use DNA to determine the man’s identity.
Driver Logan Weiss, age 15 of rural Mitchell, and passenger Isaiah Moon, age 14 of Scottsbluff were injured on the afternoon of Sunday, June 14, 2015 in a 4-wheel ATV accident.
At 3:51 p.m. emergency personnel responded to the Tri-State canal near Highway 26 approximately one mile east of Mitchell NE. The boys were checking on some cattle in the area, and stated that while they were westbound on the Tri-State canal road, the throttle on the 4-wheeler stuck, causing them to go off the roadway and into the ditch. At the point where they entered the ditch, there is a significant drop. There was no water in the ditch. Both males were transported and admitted to Regional West Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Neither of the boys was wearing a helmet. No drugs or alcohol is suspected.
Mitchell Police and Fire Departments, Valley Ambulance, and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to this incident.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Gov. Pete Ricketts is wrapping up a European trade mission that focused on building relationships with companies and promoting Nebraska’s workforce. Ricketts was scheduled to return to Nebraska on Tuesday after an eight-day trip with stops in Italy, Belgium and Denmark. The governor says he and a state delegation sought to build long-term relationships with European companies, some of whom are likely to visit Nebraska later this year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Bird flu that’s devastated Midwestern farms likely spread by several means, including on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even by the wind.
That’s according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday. The agency studied genetic properties of virus samples on more than 80 turkey and chicken farms.
USDA scientists say wild birds introduced the virus onto farms, but it appears the virus spread in other ways once there. The scientists found lapses in biosecurity on farms and environmental factors likely contributed to the spread of the disease.
More than 49 million birds died or were euthanized in 15 states this spring as the virus spread from the Pacific Northwest into Midwest farms. It’s the nation’s worst outbreak of bird flu.
According to other media sources the 2015 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows were held recently in six locations across the state and one rider from Dawes County earned herself a spot at next month’s State 4-H Horse Exposition.
Kate Wellnitz claimed reserve championship honors in both Sr. Western Pleasure and Sr. Horsemanship at the district show held at Bridgeport last Tuesday.
The two placings qualified Wellnitz for the state competition coming up July 12-16 in Grand Island.
A total of 424 exhibitors with 1231 entries competed in the 6 district shows, demonstrating what they have learned through their 4-H Horse project area and practicing good sportsmanship.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska hospital that treated three people infected with Ebola last fall has been named one of nine centers for highly infectious diseases nationwide.
The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha will work with the state Department of Health and Human Services to treat patients with highly infectious diseases when called upon.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold says the designation shows the hospital is dedicated to fighting the deadliest diseases.
The hospital will receive $3.25 million in grants over the next five years as part of the designation.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Seven former state senators will serve on an advisory committee for a Nebraska tax policy think tank.
The OpenSky Policy Institute said Monday that the committee will provide feedback and make suggestions about the group’s research. The think tank frequently testifies on tax and budget measures in the Legislature.
Executive director Renee Fry says the advisory committee will help provide historical context for the think tank’s work and help it connect with Nebraskans.
The former senators are Annette Dubas of Fullerton; John Wightman of Lexington; Steve Lathrop of Omaha; Vickie McDonald of Lincoln; Don Pederson of Lincoln, Joel Johnson of Kearney; and John Harms of Scottsbluff.
Pictured above are Lori White, Gwen Taylor, and Dianne McGuire in front of the jail at Dobby’s Frontier Town. Dobby’s Frontier Town purchased the Chamber Bucks for this week’s prize.
This is the third year Gwen has participated in the Passport program. This year she participated with her Father and a co-worker to tour Alliance and answer the trivia questions.
Gwen received $50 in Chamber Bucks for her efforts – persistence does pay off!
The Passport to Alliance program continues with a new winner every Friday till August 7th.
Passports are available at all staffed attractions and Box Butte Central (305 Box Butte) during normal business hours.
Entrants must visit each attraction, find the trivia answer and write it on the Answer sheet (there are no “trick” questions). Entries must answer all questions to be eligible for the weekly $50 in Chamber Bucks.
Non-winning entries will remain in the contest for the entire length of the contest which gives participants several chances to win. so the earlier the answers are turned in at Box Butte Central, the more chances you have to WIN!
The Alliance City Council will host a special meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00pm at Laing Lake. The City of Alliance has applied for a Clean Lake Grant through the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality which could total $300,000. In anticipation of receipt of the grants, work has been on-going in developing a plan which included: re-shaping the current lake, increasing mean depth, improving fill lines, enhancing access, water source acquisition, and shoreline improvements. This is also an opportunity to make a significant aesthetics improvements to the facility as well as improving water quality. Representatives of LakeTech and City staff will be in attendance to review the findings to date and to ensure that City Council is comfortable moving forward with the proposed improvements.