Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
While the first week of December was exceptionally busy for the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department, facilitator Andy Holland says calls for the year are below the average - and that is a good thing.
As of Monday, the department had been dispatched to a total of 50 fire calls throughout the 2010 year, compared with the annual average of 70. However, December started out with a bang, with the BBVFD receiving five calls in the first seven days of the month.
The School Garden in Broken Bow had a very special guest last Friday, a bird of prey.
The 3-year-old Peregrine Falcon is one of the prides and joys of Michael Garcia, a falconer from Chicago. Michael says he tries to come to Nebraska every year to allow his birds to soar, to fly, to hunt.
The Blackburns thought he and his birds would be a fun âShow and tellâ. They were correct.
âThe sport of Falconry is at last 4,000 years old,â Michael explained later. âThere are those who would argue that it is at last 10,000 years old. You see the pictures inscribed as hieroglyphics. â
Broken Bow has a new mayor. Cecil Burt was sworn in, along with councilmen Jim Franssen and Scott Spanel at Mondayâs city council meeting. The swearing in ceremony was part of the âsine dieâ proceedings which hands the governing of the city from one mayor and council to the next.
The new mayor said he is going to work to learn how to run a city along with the councilâs help. Franssen is new to the council, but not new to city government, as he has previous experience as a member of Broken Bowâs city council.
Broken Bow Volunteer Firemen and members of the EMT crew, along with staff from Jennie Melham Medical Center and local law enforcement all participated in a special Haz Mat training session Wednesday evening. The training was held at the Broken Bow fire hall, with several local teens portraying "victims" of a chemical spill in the mock drill.
Last Saturday, Gary and Melanie Doyle opened up their home to visitors - lots and lots of visitors.
Those visitors came from miles away, most of them curious to see just how an old schoolhouse can function as a family home. Nearly everyone was very impressed with what they saw.
The Doyleâs say they were very surprised at the turnout for their Open House, with 130 guests signing the guest book in the front entrance of the home. Many of those attending had gone to school in the building, while others were simply intrigued at the thought of such a transformation.
Ongoing investigations by the Broken Bow Police Department have led to the arrests last week of two men on burglary charges involving local businesses, according to Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott.
William A. Byrne, 21 of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County Court Monday. Byrne was charged with a Class III felony for burglary, and a Class III felony for theft in connection with the Oct. 6, 2010, burglary at the McDonaldâs Restaurant in Broken Bow. Chief Scott said that a second person has also been charged in connection with this crime, but no details are available at this time.
The Chief has learned of a tragic mistake, which cost a war hero her life.
Her name was Target - a shepherd mix dog who traveled all the way to the United States from Afghanistan. On Nov. 15, a county employee in Arizona mistakenly euthanized Target - an error that cost that employee their job and outraged a nation.
Nebraska's November firearm deer harvest set a record this fall, rising 18 percent over last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The 2010 November firearm deer harvest was 63,300, compared to 53,767 in 2009. Most of the increase is from antlerless white-tailed deer harvest, as 21,000 bonus antlerless white-tailed deer tags were added this year.
Part 2 of a 2-part series.
We are fortunate to live in an area where we know our neighbors, where we feel like we can trust people. And for the most part, we can. However, our rural setting does not make us immune to scam artists. If anything, it makes us even more susceptible.
Last week we presented a lot of information on how to recognize a scam and what to do to protect yourself from being deceived. This week, to conclude our series, we will focus on what to do if you discover you have been the victim of fraud.
The Festival of Lights parade was cancelled last week in Broken Bow due to the weather, but the floats were already put together and plaques purchased so those businesses had their floats on display for the judges and the public. The viewing took place on the north side of the square last Thursday evening. Pictured are Santa and some of his elves, who appeared on the float entered by The Kloset. This float was awarded second place by the judges. See this week's Custer County Chief for more Christmas float pictures.