HENRY, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 90 firefighters from several departments combined to put out a grass and brush fire along the Wyoming state line in western Nebraska.
Morrill Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matt Hinman said Tuesday that he was headed home after watching for hotspots left behind by the blaze, which was first reported at 3:35 p.m. Monday a few miles north of Henry.
Hinman says no injuries were reported and no structures were burned. He estimated that nearly 2 square miles (518 hectares) were blackened by the wind-driven flames.
The fire cause is being investigated.
Scottsbluff – United Way of Western Nebraska is currently seeking additional sponsors for their annual Day of Caring Food Packaging Event which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on October 2, 2018 at the Harms Advanced Technology Center. Meals of Hope will be the United Way partner vendor for the event. Funding for this event is raised through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to affect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts which helps support 15 partner agencies. Sponsors for the Food Packaging Event thus far are Arby’s Foundation, Scottsbluff-Gering Rotary Club, NEXT Young Professional Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE., Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club & Foundation, Target, TEAM Auto Center, NPPD, Marianne Rushall, Pepsi Cola of Western NE. and UPS.
At this event approximately 200 community volunteers will package 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified Mac-n-Cheese and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal food products in assembly line fashion. It’s a great way for teams from a business, service organization, class, congregation or neighborhood to be visible and get involved in making a difference. The meals that are packaged will stay in our communities and be distributed through programs serving food insecure families. These programs include local food pantries, soup kitchens, school backpack programs (Scottsbluff, Gering, Mitchell, Morrill and Bayard schools), disaster relief programs, Diaper Depot, Firefighters Ministry, Panhandle Love in Action, and SB Volunteer Center’s Snow Angel program just to mention a few.
For more information on sponsoring this event or volunteering at the event please call 308-635-2522. Donations specific to this project can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way office -1517 Broadway Suite #106 Scottsbluff, NE 69361.
On 8/20/18 at approximately 09:18, Scottsbluff Police was dispatched to a shoplifting at Walmart. The suspect vehicle was actively fleeing the Walmart parking lot and was last observed traveling eastbound on Hwy 26 from Ave I. The suspect vehicle was described as a passenger vehicle dark in color. A Scottsbluff PD unit observed the suspect vehicle on Hwy 26 between Ave I and Ave B. The suspect vehicle accelerated upon seeing the marked police patrol vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect vehicle continued to flee. Walmart reported a felony dollar amount of property was stolen from the store. A pursuit was initiated as the suspect vehicle continued east on Hwy 26. Nebraska State Patrol deployed Stop Sticks at approximately CR 37 that were avoided by the suspect vehicle. The pursuit continued east until reaching the intersection of the Hwy 26 / Hwy 62A. The pursuit went south on Hwy 26 through Bayard. The suspect vehicle then reached the intersection of Hwy 26 / Hwy 92 where the suspect turned and went westbound on Hwy 92. The pursuit was terminated at that time. The pursuit reached a maximum speed of approximately 125 mph and lasted approximately 15 minutes. The suspect vehicle is currently being sought and the investigation is ongoing. Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scotts Bluff Sheriff’s Department assisted in the response.
HAY SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a female mountain lion has been killed by a landowner in northwest Nebraska who found the animal killing his chickens.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials said in a release Tuesday that the cougar was killed on land north of Hay Springs.
Mountain lions are protected, but state law allows the killing of a mountain lion if the animal is in the process of stalking, killing or consuming livestock.
Investigators say the cougar was between 10 months and a year old. Officials collected the cat's carcass.
Ray Torres, age 24 of Scottsbluff was arrested following multiple pursuits in and near the northwest area of Scottsbluff.
At approximately 10:41 this morning, a Deputy on patrol observed Ray Torres driving a vehicle on W. 42nd Street near highway 71. The Deputy soon confirmed multiple arrest warrants for Torres, and attempted to stop the vehicle. Torres fled and drove through fields, private land and a tree row north of Scottsbluff, eventually heading south on Highway 71 and into the City of Scottsbluff where officers lost contact.
Another Deputy located the vehicle in a yard in the 2900 block between Avenue I and Dineen and observed a male running in the neighborhood. Deputies with the assistance of Scottsbluff PD and the Nebraska State Patrol created a perimeter around the area but were unsuccessful in locating the male.
At approximately 1:33 p.m. today, a woman living in the 2700 block of Dineen Avenue reported a man leaving her garage. Scottsbluff PD officers and a State Patrol Trooper observed Torres in the area and apprehended him after a short foot pursuit.
The woman that reported him said that he had been inside her garage and she found doors to her vehicle opened and someone had gone through the property inside.
Ray Torres was transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center and charged with the following:
THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING ($500 OR LESS)
FLIGHT TO AVOID-PROSECUTION, CONFINEMENT
NO OPERATORS LICSENSE
FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE/ COLORADO
The Historic Midwest Theater receives Nebraska Arts Council grant to support arts programming
The Nebraska Arts Council has awarded a $12,474 grant to Friends of the Midwest Theater to help support the arts programming the Midwest Theater brings to western Nebraska.
NAC Executive Director Suzanne Wise commented on the grant award.
“The Midwest Theater contributes a great deal to the advancement of the arts in western Nebraska, “Wise said. “We commend the work being done by organizations such as the Midwest Theater because the arts are important for the quality of life for all Nebraskans.”
The NAC grant is a Basic Support Grant, meaning that the grant can be used to support any of the arts programming the Midwest Theater undertakes, from screenings of independent film to performing arts events. An important part of the Midwest Theater’s mission as a community-supported theater is educational programming. The NAC grant will help to support the arts education programming the Midwest Theater provides to area students free of charge.
For more information about the Midwest Theater’s youth education programming, see the Midwest 2017-2018 education annual report, which is available in the theater lobby or online at https://midwesttheater.com/education/educationreport/
Storm systems have pounded parts of Nebraska with high winds and damaging hail.
The National Weather Service says hailstones more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) across were reported Monday night in western Nebraska's Perkins County. Hail knocked out windows and damaged a house northeast of Lisco and battered property elsewhere in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Region 21 emergency management director Ron Leal said Tuesday that several Oshkosh homes and businesses had lost windows and siding to the hail barrage, and several crop fields had been shredded. He says no injuries have been reported.
The service says a wind gust of 60 mph (97 kph) was recorded northeast of Big Springs in Keith County.,
In eastern Nebraska, hail broke classroom windows at St. Paul Lutheran School and damaged home siding in Utica.
The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade! The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School. Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.
The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release. Program fees will be $10 per day per child.
Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff. The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th. Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.
WyoBraska Gives, sponsored by The Holliday Family of Companies is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by Oregon Trail Community Foundation to grow awareness and philanthropy for area non-profit organizations. The event will take place Tuesday, November 13th and will include organizations extending from Bridgeport, Nebraska to Torrington, Wyoming. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Prize money and challenge funds and will be made available to amplify charitable donations. We have created this special event to celebrate the spirit of giving and inspire donors to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. WyoBraska Gives is based on other successful Giving Days hosted by Community Foundations worldwide.
Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.
Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.
Access will be as follows:
Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B
Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive
Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.
Thank you for your cooperation during this project.