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August 18th, 2011
Midwest Energy officially withdrew their request to build five wind turbines within the Airportâs land jurisdiction Thursday. Tom Swierczewski, Midwest Energy Senior Project Developer told the Chief that they have withdrawn the application with the Airport Authority, and that it is their desire to work with a community in their development of Wind Energy.
He said they felt there was enough uncertainty with these locations that it was better to relocate the turbines.
The Airport Authority said no. They cannot in good conscious prepare a letter of no objection to five wind-tower sites selected by Mid-West Energy within the airportâs three mile traffic area. The vote at last Thursdayâs meeting was three to two. The Airport Authority doesnât have the last say. It is their job to pass on a recommendation, or in this case their objection, to Broken Bowâs Board of Adjustment.
Midwest Energy representative Tom Swierczewski says he believes their concern is unwarranted.
Adams Land and Cattle and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality have settled out of court.
According to records filed with the court, NDEQ charged ALCC with water pollution following heavy September rains in 2010.
The complaint was filed in Lancaster Court by the State Attorney Generalâs office Aug. 9 of this year.
In a consent decree filed Aug. 10, ALCC agreed to a $11,682 fine, $5,800 of which will go to the state, $5,800 will go to the Broken Bow Chapter of Pheasants Forever to be used as habitat restoration and enhancement, and $82 will go to the cost of the court.
If there is a key message Vickie Orr and Blake Hatfield want to get across, it is donât shoot the Red Tail.
Orr and Hatfield were in Broken Bow at the Farmersâ Market last Thursday with a few of their friends: a Barn Owl, Red-Tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Swainsonâs Hawk, Great Horned owl and a Burrowing Owl.
The birds displayed during the program were rescued following a life-threatening injury and because of these injuries could not be released into the wild.
For many communities across the area, this week will mark the event dreaded by many kids and anticipated by many parents - the first day of school.
While those parents and students are busy wrapping up their school shopping this week, school staff and administrators are busy preparing for a new year. And for many schools, this year brings some challenges.
Deep budget cuts across the state have forced many schools to look at new options for making ends meet. For many, the state aid they had relied on to fund some of their programs is gone, and that has forced districts to get creative.
Water rates have risen in Mason City but according to City Clerk Gail Zoerb, almost no one is complaining. The higher water bills are paying for a solution to what could have been a catastrophe in the making. Mason City residents were using far more water than the old well could keep up with. The rusty, hole-filled well was on the brink of collapse leaving the community completely high and dry.
Mason City's water system, its well and its tower were older than dirt, claimed Mason City Utility/Maintance Manager Gary Zoerb, when asked when the original well and tower were built.
For most young college graduates, the idea of cutting off your hair and living in a mud hut might not be very appealing. But for Whitney Jenkins, it is exactly what she wants.
Jenkins graduated in May from Creighton University with a major in English creative writing with an emphasis in international relations. For the next two years she will have the opportunity to utilize both of those fields as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.
People tend to be very generous around the holidays, donating food, time and money to a number of worthy causes. However, the fact is there are just as many hungry people in August as there are in December - and the need is just as great.
The Custer County Food Pantry in Broken Bow is suffering. In fact, to say their supplies are low would be a drastic understatement! And yet there are still families who need to be served.
There was a popular song some years ago that asked, âwhere have all the cowboys gone?â. Well the fact is, cowboys are very much still alive and well in the Sandhills of Nebraska, and just two weeks ago eight of them were inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Two of those eight are area cowboys - Roland âRollyâ W. Glause of Broken Bow, and Glen Gier of Mullen.
For 30 years, Buck Brannaman has been wooing cowboys and horse lovers with his uncanny ability to tame even the wildest of horses without ever using any kind of violence.
Dubbed âthe horse whisperer,â Brannaman has conducted clinics on his horse breaking techniques all across the country, and has become somewhat of a cult figure among the horse loving crowd. Brannaman is about to reach a much larger audience, however, thanks to a newly released documentary.