According to the City of Chadron, “The Chadron Public Works Director Milo Rust has reported that the Chadron 6th Street paving project is completed with the exception of some minor repairs, which will be done next week. All intersections as well as 6th Street are now open for traffic.” Fuller Construction worked on this project.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol Troop D/E Communications office in North Platte, early on Friday morning a 2004 Kia Spectra and a 1974 Kenworth straight truck were southbound on Highway 385 west of Alliance in the construction zone. The driver of the Kenworth truck reduced speed in the 45MPH construction zone while the driver of the Kia vehicle continued at a higher rate of speed, crashing into the back of the straight truck. The Nebraska State Patrol says seat belts were in use by both parties, and reported no damage to the straight truck.
The driver of the Kia, a female, was transported to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff for injuries. Drugs and alcohol were not believed to play a part in this accident. Alliance Police Lt. Edward Tjaden said the Alliance Police Department assisted with this accident. Panhandle Post is currently awaiting information on the names of those involved, the nature of injuries sustained, and other details.
Endangered whooping cranes are migrating earlier in spring and later in fall, according to a newly published study by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.
The study reveals that since 1942 spring migration of whooping cranes occurs as many as 22 days earlier in spring and about 21 days later in fall. “Our study confirms casual observations that the timing of whooping crane migration is changing,” said Joel Jorgensen, the study’s lead author and Game and Parks’ nongame bird program manager. “The shift in timing appears to have accelerated since about 2000.”
The study analyzes data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Whooping Crane Tracking Project and includes all confirmed whooping crane sightings in the Central Flyway.
Whooping cranes from the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population, which numbers about 400-500, migrate through Nebraska and the Central Flyway between wintering areas along the Gulf Coast of Texas and breeding sites in northeastern Alberta, Canada, each spring and fall. Changing migration patterns will present additional challenges and opportunities in the conservation of this critically endangered species.
Mary Bomberger Brown of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources is a co-author of the study.
-The Alliance High School Girls Golf Invitational will take place at Sky View Golf Course Saturday, September 23 at 9:00 a.m. The course will be open for regular play after 3:00 p.m.
–State Archeologist Rob Bozell will present an illustrated program about the archeology of the Sandhills and High Plains at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center Sunday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring arrowheads and other archeological artifacts for help in identification.
– The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place in the lower level of the Alliance Public Library Friday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
– The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center NE150 Quilt Exhibit is on display in the upstairs gallery through the end of October.
–The Alliance Public Library now has Boovie Bags! The bags contain both the movie and the book it is based on and may be checked out for a two week period.
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A parking lot littered with crab apples does occasionally reap benefits. This morning, at the KCOW Studios on West 10th St. in Alliance, we were greeted by two special guests. The photo gallery below shows our dear, deer visitors munching on the apples and enjoying the last day of summer.
We thought we might see more diners take advantage of our free lunch…but soon the arrival of a visitor to the parking lot sent them scurrying away. An “Open Mic” write-in item being dropped off caused the doe dine and dash.
Animal visitors are nothing new to KCOW’s Alliance studios; we are frequented by rabbits, cats (feral and otherwise), squirrels, chipmunks and disc jockeys.
Special thanks to Panhandle Post News Director Kalin Krohe for snapping the photos below. -Wenty
Sen. Bob Krist Statement Regarding Latest Prison Escape: “Yet another example of what an overcrowded prison system means for the safety of all Nebraskans.”
Sen. Bob Krist, made the following statement late Wednesday regarding media reports that a Nebraska State Penitentiary prisoner escaped after overpowering a deputy while being transported to Dodge County and fled in a stolen government car west of Ithaca in Saunders County.
“Today we’ve seen yet another example of what an overcrowded prison system means for the safety of all Nebraskans. While we don’t yet know the full circumstances that led to today’s escape, the system broke down once again, putting law enforcement and the public in grave danger. After a thorough investigation, we must make real and lasting changes to procedures so this doesn’t ever happen again.”
“In response to yet another threat to the safety of Nebraskans, I renew my request that the Governor declare an emergency for our prison system. Our prisons have become the number one public safety issue in Nebraska, and the time to act is now.”
News reports indicated that the deputy suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital for evaluation
According to Scottsbluff Police Sgt. Philip Eckerberg, on Wednesday at 10:09am a rollover accident was reported at the Walmart located at 3322 Ave I. A Honda CRV driven by Linda Stott age 67 of Scottsbluff was south bound in the Walmart parking lot. A Ford Taurus driven by Amber Cole age 26 of Scottsbluff was east bound in the parking lot. The two vehicles collided in the south east corner of the lot. The collision caused the Honda CRV to rollover on its top and spin 180 degrees. Stott was transported to Regional West Medical Center by ambulance. No citations have been issued at this time. Scottsbluff Police, Scottsbluff Fire, and Valley Ambulance all responded.
WAHOO, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska law enforcement officials are looking for an escaped inmate they say is armed and dangerous.
Officials say 37-year-old Eric Scott, a Dodge County inmate, escaped Wednesday afternoon in a government vehicle in which he was being transported. Officials say he commandeered a gray Chevrolet Impala with government license plates just south of Wahoo, pushed a Dodge County deputy out of the vehicle before taking off.
Officials say the deputy suffered some injuries and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Scott is serving two to four years for fifth-offense drunken driving conviction.
Box Butte Co:
-Angela White Crane, Class 2 Misdemeanor, No proof of insurance, Class 3 Misdemeanor, Operate or park unregistered vehicle
-Tamara Dixon, Class 2 Misdemeanor, Theft unlawful taking $0-500
-Emmanuel Cabello, Class 2 Misdemeanor, Theft-shoplifting $0-500
Scotts Bluff Co:
-Christoper Wright, Class 4 Felony, Possess controlled substance, Infraction, Possess or use drug paraphernalia
-Thomas Catches, Class 3 Felony, Escape when under arrest on felony charge
-Kimberly Hamar, Class W Misdemeanor, DUI, Infraction, Violate stop or yield sign
-Brittany Ferguson, Class 4 Felony, Possess controlled substance, Class 3A Felony, Commit child abuse intentional-no injury, Infraction, Possess marijuana 1 0z or less, Possess or use drug paraphernalia
-Richard Lame, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Domestic assault, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Obstruct a peace officer
– Tristan King, Class 4 Felony, Possess controlled substance, Class 3A Felony, Commit child abuse intentional/no injury, Class 4 Felony, Theft-deception $1,500 – 5,000, Unauthorized use “fin tran” device, Infraction, Possess marijuana 1 0z or less, Possess or use drug paraphernalia, Class 3 Misdemeanor, Criminal possession “fin trans” device, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Forgery 2nd degree
-Tanner Dehne, Class 3 Misdemeanor, Minor in possession under 19
-Aaron Trujillo, Class 3 Misdemeanor, Minor in possession under 19, Criminal trepass 2nd degree, Theft-shoplifting $0-500
-Chance Karst, Class 3 Misdemeanor, Minor in possession ages 19/20
-Jessica Cuny, Infraction, Possess or use drug paraphernalia, Class 3 Misdemeanor, Fail to appear or comply with citation
-Ashley Hull, Class 4 Felony, Possess controlled substance, Infraction, Possess or use drug paraphernalia
-Jesse Shafer, Class 4 Felony, Possess controlled substance, Class 2 Felony, Del/dsp/dst/man/pos except haz drug, Infraction, Possess or use drug paraphernalia, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Theft-deception $500-1,500, Unauthorized use of “fin tran” device
-Hanin Almashadi, Infraction, Possess marijuana 1 oz or less
-Shaun Howard, Infraction, Possess or use drug paraphernalia
The Alliance City Council met on Tuesday night at 7pm to introduce a good number of new City of Alliance employees. Clint Fankhauser is the new Landfill Baler Operator, Ty Withington will be a Meter Reader, Enrique Rodriquez will help keep the community safe as a Police Officer, and Linda Shannon will be a Community Services Clerk.
Council also had a request from Melanie and Jared Mann, the owners of Newberry’s in downtown Alliance. Mann’s are requesting the City assist in the remediation of the vaults located on the south side of their building. These are the underground vaults located at 4th Street and Box Butte Avenue. Mann’s met with the Community Redevelopment Authority at their last meeting regarding this matter. You can hear the full audio of their discussion below.
An ordinance for Alliance Lodging LLC Final Plat was removed from this meeting. Council also talked about a special designated liquor license from the Hemingford American Legion Post 9. They would like to serve alcohol for a wedding reception at the Alliance Masonic Temple in late October. Council spoke with a member of this party about some issues they brought up. This item was approved.
There was a resolution for the City Council Contingency Funds. Staff is requesting the use of $25,000 from that fund. There was another resolution for the Alliance Airport Runway Rehabilitation state grant, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Berggren Plan Agreement and Addendum.