On Monday morning, November 5th the Box Butte County Commissioners held a meeting. One of the items on the agenda was the Audit Report from Jim Gardner of Gardner, Loutzenhiser, and Ryan, P.C. Gardner said, “We encountered no significant difficulties in dealing with management in performing and completing our audit.” When Gardner discussed taxes collected for all entities including the cities, schools, counties, colleges, etc. he noted, “You can see through the years that the tax revenues have increased, from $16 million in 2011 to over $20 million in this past year”. Gardner says, “We are seeing that in all the entities, especially school districts, they are a big part of that property tax call; we are seeing the state aid decreasing every year and more reliance on local property tax.”
Due to illness, 43rd District State Senator Al Davis will have to cancel his Town Hall meetings which were scheduled for Tuesday evening, July 28 at Sam and Louies in Alliance, at 8:30 pm, and Wednesday, July 29th at MJ’s Ranch House in Crawford at 5:30 pm and The Bean Broker in Chadron at 7:30 pm. Senator Davis also has meetings scheduled for Hay Springs, Rushville and Gordon on Thursday, July 30. No word at this time on the status of those meetings.
KCOW Radio’s Jason Wentworth, Mike Glesinger and GM Jerome Gilg spent Thursday afternoon at a live broadcast at The Alliance Grocery Kart. Store Manager Becky Maser gave an update on the expansion project currently underway which will almost double the size of the store. The larger store will include a larger Produce Department, Deli and Liquor Department. The construction is expected to be completed by October. The Grocery Kart also donated 2-$25 gift certificates to KCOW to give away to listeners. Alliance residents Tammy Hardy and Blake Weisgerber correctly answered the, “difficult” questions and were awarded the gift certificates.
KCOW’s Jason Wentworth presents a $25 Grocery Kart gift certificate to Tammy Hardy. She had an identification card with the number “14” on it.
Mike Glesinger presents a $25 Grocery Kart gift certificate to Blake Weisgerber. He knew the “Grocery Kart”, on the marquee sign, was blue.
The event was part of a double live broadcast on KCOW-AM and Double Q Country 97.5 FM. Double Q Country’s Dave Collins and Aaron Willey were live at Big Bats in Chadron. Keep listening and watching for more Live Broadcasts on KCOW and Double Q Country through the rest of the summer.
Chadron Police officers arrested 2 people following a vehicle crash at a construction site in Chadron. According to a Media Release from the Chadron Police Department..
On July 16, 2015 at 5:13pm, the Chadron Police Department received a report of a vehicle that
crashed into a barricade in the construction area of North Morehead Street and West Niobrara.
Witnesses also reported to Chadron Dispatch the driver of the vehicle crashed into a camper
parked on the 200 block of North Morehead Street and a male passenger wearing black jeans and
black pants fled the scene on foot.
Construction personnel were reported by witnesses to be chasing the male down the alley before
police arrived while witnesses held the female driver at the scene. Chief Lordino located the
construction worker who pointed out where the male was hiding between two houses and took
him into Custody. The male was identified as Daniel L. Bull Bear (25).
Officers contacted the driver of the vehicle and observed a three month old child in a car seat in
the vehicle and requested a rescue for the infant. The infant was transported to the Chadron
Community Hospital for precautionary measures.
The female driver Laryssa A. Tail was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, First
Offense, Refusal to submit to chemical test, Open Container, Child Abuse (felony), No
Operators License, No Valid Registration and No proof of Insurance.
Bull Bear was arrested for Child Abuse (Felony), Obstructing Police and Open Container.
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The Chadron Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating a stolen vehicle. The vehicle is a 2004 Silver Dodge Ram pickup with Nebraska license plates 61834. This is a short box pickup, which has a large black stripe on both sides of the pickup bed. Below is an actual picture of the truck. On the back window is a Chadron State College emblem and on the right side of the back window are the numbers “59.”
If you see this vehicle, do not approach the vehicle. Call 911 and report the location and direction of travel to law enforcement. If you have any information related to this stolen motor vehicle you can call the Chadron Police Dept. at 308-432-0510 or you can call the Dawes County Crime Stoppers at 308-432-0519 if you want to remain anonymous.
A 40 year old Colorado Springs, Colorado man has been arrested following a disturbance at the Chadron Walmart. According to a News Release from the Chadron Police Department, Monday June 8, officers of the Chadron Police Department were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at Walmart. Officer Derek Bauer arrived and contacted a female who had been allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend. The boyfriend was observed leaving Walmart prior to officers arriving. The investigation revealed that the victim was allegedly taken from her home in Colorado Springs, assaulted there, as well as numerous times along the way to Chadron.
Troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol had contact with the boyfriend approximately 15 miles West of Chadron on Highway 20, where he was arrested without incident. The boyfriend was identified as 40 year old James Howard, of Colorado Springs Colorado. James Howard was booked into the Dawes County Jail for misdemeanor domestic assault, false imprisonment, reckless driving and felony terroristic threats. The Chadron Police Department was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol.
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By: Associated Press
(AP) – Authorities say an 83-year-old man has been killed in a rollover crash on a county road in the Panhandle.
The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sheridan County, near U.S. Highway 20 and a little more than two miles east of Hay Springs.
The Nebraska State Patrol says Joseph Heiting, of Hay Springs, was southbound on 420th Lane when he lost control of his pickup and it ran into a ditch and rolled. The patrol says Heiting was thrown from the truck and died at the scene.
The accident is being investigated.
Recent heavy rains in northeast Wyoming and northwest Nebraska has caused flash flooding along the Niobrara River communities of Lusk and Manville, Wyoming. Reports say the river ran over its banks around 2:30 Thursday morning and flooded the main street of Lusk.
Niobrara County Emergency Management Coordinator James Santistevan says water covered about 4 city blocks, knocked out the town’s drinking water system and caused a bridge north of town to partially collaspe. Local law enforcement also ordered an evacuation of the City of Lusk around 6 am. Other reports say all major roads in and out of Lusk are closed, including about 130 miles of U.S. 85 from Lingle to Newcastle, Wyoming and U.S. 18-20 from Orin Junction to the Nebraska line. State officals say water is covering some low laying areas of Highway 20 in Nebraska and The Niobrara River is reportedly up to 2 miles wide in certain points.
By: Justin Haag
The Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford will begin what is being billed as its biggest season yet Friday, June 5.
The popular attraction will present five shows on a repertory schedule through Aug. 9. Opening the first three Fridays in June, in order, are “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Grease,” and “Cinderella.” The remaining two, “All Shook Up” and “A Man of No Importance” will open the first two Fridays in July.
Throughout the summer, 73 shows will be offered and the playhouse has ramped up its offerings of matinees. The second weekend in July the Playhouse will begin featuring double showings on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, in addition to three shows on Saturdays, followed by a matinee on Sundays.
Also new this year, one popular pricing option has been expanded. People can buy five-show “subscriptions,” in addition to the previous four-show option, at considerable savings over what it would cost to buy tickets individually.
The playhouse is popular to both park visitors and residents of the region and buying tickets in advance is highly encouraged in order to get good seats. This year, the playhouse features a cast of professional actors from a dozen states coast to coast.
Vehicles entering Fort Robinson must have a Nebraska park entry permit, available atoutdoornebraska.org or from vendors across the state.
The temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area remains in effect until further notice. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently enacted the ban because of moose activity in the area.
Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at the lake in recent weeks.
Officials stress that people should not approach or feed moose as they have been known to become aggressive toward people and pets. Park visitors are reminded that all pets are required to be on a leash, a provision that is especially important with moose in an area.
Game and Parks officials are distributing informational material to caution park visitors, including brochures and signage around the park. People are asked to report any moose sightings to the local police department, conservation officer or nearest Game and Parks office.
Aggressive moose often show a variety of signs, including pinned back or flattened ears with fur raised around the neck and back. Other signs are a lowered head, stomping feet and teeth clicking or licking of its lips. In the case of a moose charging, people are encouraged to run and not stand their ground.