Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
MULLEN -- Hooker County Tribune publisher Gerri Peterson is this yearâ€™s recipient of the National Newspaper Associationâ€™s Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award. She will be honored this fall during the associationâ€™s 125th Annual Convention in Albuquerque, N.M.
NNA established this award in 2007 to honor Daniel Morris Phillips, an award-winning writer, photographer and assistant publisher of the Oxford Eagle, who died in 2005 at the age of 47.
Owner out of town for the weekend;
Returned Sunday to find his home gone.
An early morning fire last weekend ended in the total loss of a home near Merna, and prompted a search for the home owner.
According to Merna Fire Chief Dave Beals, the call came in at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, of a house fire on the Victoria Springs Road east of Merna at the Robert Schmitz residence. Beals says when the fire department arrived at the scene they found the house fully involved with fire. He was also initially unsure whether or not anyone was in the house.
Last week, area fire departments and emergency response personnel had a rare opportunity to receive training in handing an accident involving hazardous materials.
The training program is called TransCaer, and is a nationwide program sponsored by Dow Chemicals. Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad, NEMA and the Nebraska State Patrol were some of the entities responsible for brining this professional training program to Nebraska, and to Broken Bow.
As school districts across the nation continue to face budget cuts and decreases in state aid, it has become imperative for schools to come up with new ways of getting and maintaining funds. That is the premise behind the creation of the Broken Bow Schools Foundation.
Big projects - such as renovations and large facility projects - have the greatest need of funding when budget dollars are cut. Dr. Virginia Moon, BBPS Superintendent, says because of that districts need a vehicle in which to launch that scope of projects, and a foundation offers this vehicle.
Abuse against women, men and children is a widespread problem which occurs within every possible social, economic, racial, religious and age class. Battering often begins in the dating relationship. What appears to be harmless behavior may be identified as the early warning signs of future abuse.
Healing Hearts & Families is excited about completing their first year providing Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault services to eight counties in Central Nebraska. The area they cover includes the counties of Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.
By Ben Wheeler,
Pheasants Forever Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
The recent floods of the Missouri River have not only displaced people, but also wildlife.
Federally threatened piping plovers typically nest on open, elevated sandbars in several of Nebraskaâ€™s river systems, including the Missouri.
Because of the high water on the Missouri River, the sandbars where these birds establish nests are under water, leaving them with no nesting habitat. In order for these birds to produce a successful clutch, they had to find suitable nesting habitat somewhere else.
The Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department again sponsored a spectacular fireworks display Monday evening over Melham Lake in Broken Bow. The display capped off a full weekend of area activities, which included alumni gatherings, parades, barbecues and much more.
See this week's Custer County Chief for photos of area Independence Day weekend events!