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May 6th, 2015

Tax credits for Nebraska wind energy stalled by filibuster

May 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy.

Conservative senators mounted a filibuster to block the proposal, arguing that the state shouldn't subsidize wind energy.

The bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would have provided up to $75 million in tax credits over a decade for wind farms. Nordquist agreed to the cap and a December 2021 sunset date for the program to try to win support for the legislation.

Livestock market operation suspends sales for summer

May 6, 2015

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska Livestock Sales of Norfolk has suspended its summer schedule.

Jim Barta owns the operation, and he said Monday that, "due to the declining number of cattle in the area, we are going to go with seasonal sales at the livestock market."

Sales recently were cut to two days a week from three.

In March 2006 the market was sold by the Emrich family and Don Balfany of Norfolk to the Barta family, of Fremont. The Bartas own other livestock markets, including Nebraska Livestock Sales operations in Alma, Blue Hill, Ericson, O'Neill and Tecumseh.

May 5th

Smith Congratulates Corbin Snow, 3rd Place Finisher in Congressional Art Competition

May 5, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) congratulated Corbin Snow of Litchfield High School today on his third place finish in the Third District’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Corbin’s artwork, entitled “Great Plains Harvest,” will be displayed in Smith’s Scottsbluff office.

Sophie Eberle to compete in Nebraska’s National American Miss competition

May 5, 2015

A 14-year-old Broken Bow teen is preparing to compete this weekend for the title of National American Miss. The state competition will take place in Omaha.
Sophie, the daughter of Tom and Jenny Eberle is involved in her church’s youth group at the United Methodist Church, and Young Riders 4-H Club. She enjoys volunteering for the Salvation Army Organization, spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, going for walks and listening to music.

Sophie will compete in the 13-15 year old Junior teen division along with other outstanding young ladies of Nebraska.

Nebraska senators vote for livestock friendly development

May 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska counties looking to expand livestock operations could receive extra funds for planning and improving infrastructure under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature.

Senators voted 37-0 Monday on a measure by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would funnel $1.5 million to counties approved by the Nebraska director of agriculture as livestock friendly.

Schilz says the measure puts the control in the hand of local authorities to seek out the livestock friendly designation and apply for grants.

May 4th

Personal property tax break for Nebraska businesses advances

May 4, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska farmers and business owners could get a property tax break under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Monday to an exemption for personal business property. The bill would apply to farm equipment such as irrigation pivots, pumps and motors, and machines used in a factory.

The measure by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island would allow owners to exempt the first $10,000 worth of property, for an average tax savings of $162. The bill would cost the state $19.6 million a year.

Lower wages for minors, budget appropriation among bills advanced this week

May 4, 2015

LINCOLN--The salaries of minors, children's behavioral health and the state budget were among the various subjects of bills advanced to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature this week. The measures that advanced are:

-LB599, introduced by Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete would "allow employers to pay workers ages 18 and younger $8 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2016, for up to 25 percent of their hours worked." The reduced minimum pay for teenagers would particularly benefit businesses in small communities, advocates said.

EARLY DEADLINE for the May 28th issue of the Custer County Chief.

May 4, 2015

EARLY DEADLINE for the May 28th issue of the Custer County Chief. The deadline will be Friday, May 22nd at noon. The Custer County Chief office will be closed on Monday May, 25.

May 1st

Broken Bow FFA Chapter Banquet 2015

May 1, 2015

The Broken Bow FFA Chapter Banquet was Thursday evening at the One Box Convention Center. The night was a chance for the FFA to give out achievement awards, scholarships, thank the community and to announce the officers for 2015-2016.

Among those in attendance where members of the Broken Bow FFA Chapter from Wood River and Minden. They are part of Broken Bow's FFA due to the fact that their schools do not have a FFA program or adviser this year.

Pictured are 2014-2015 Members that were in attendance:

Broken Bow JR Fire Patrol

May 1, 2015

15 kids attended Jr Fire Patrol yesterday at the Broken Bow Fire Hall. Among the many things they learned during this years program tonight they were shown what to do and what not to do in case of a grease fire. Here Fireman Paul Holland shows them why not to try and carry the pan, because you could get hurt very bad.

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