Archive - News Article
April 4th, 2012
Tragedy struck in Broken Bow the afternoon of March 28 when a privately owned aircraft went down short of the runway.
The passenger died at the scene, and the pilot was severely burned.
First on-scene was a Nebraska National Guard UH72 helicopter en route into Broken Bow on a training mission.
â€śWe heard the call. It was an emergency and any incoming traffic needed to clear out, so we did,â€ť said Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Gonifas, one of two pilots on board the UH72.
Construction is expected to begin soon on a new turn lane on West Highway 2, and new speed limit signs should soon be posted. The changes come as the result of a community-driven effort in Broken Bow to improve the safety of travelers entering the community from the west.
According to Gary Thayer, district engineer for District 6 out of North Platte, a common left turn lane will be added on the west side of Broken Bow along Highway 2, creating a three-line highway all the way to the new corporate limits.
LINCOLN--This week, state senators filibustered a bill relating to voting and sent the governor the budget. Here are some of the highlights of the lawmakersâ€™ actions:
Budget: The legislature sent the budget to the governor March 27. The budget, made up of four different bills, would provide $17 million for child welfare shortfalls, about $80 million for higher education construction projects and $10 million for special education funding for schools, among other provisions. The governor has five calendar days, not including Sunday, to sign, line-item veto or veto the budget.
Haze continued over Broken Bow on Sunday following Saturdayâ€™s series of prescribed burns in the vicinity of the community.
Prescribed or controlled burning is a tool used by landowners to improve their grasslands. According to the USDA, prescribed burning is accomplished through a combination of head fires, firebreaks, fireguards, flank fires and back fires. A good control burn is well-planned. Natural barriers, such as streams, roads, etc. are used whenever possible.
NMPP Energy awarded the city of Broken Bow with a Project of the Year Award in the 1,501-5,000 population category for its LED city light conversion project at its 37th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hastings, March 28.
The award is presented annually to honor a project or program by an NMPP Energy member community that creates a more cohesive community, whether it is a project created for the entire community or one that makes it easier for city staff and employees to serve their customers.
Jean Hoffman of Battle Creek, Iowa will be the featured speaker during the Broken Bow Berean Church's Ladies Spring Luncheon Saturday, March 31. The luncheon will begin at noon at the Broken Bow Municipal Building. This year's theme is "Walking with Christ" with the theme verse of Isaiah 40:11- "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently
leads those that have young."
The old adage, â€śit takes a village to raise a childâ€ť, has been taken to heart by one group of Broken Bow school district parents. The Broken Bow PTA has come a long way from the Harper Valley days Jeannie C. Riley sang about!
Thanks to the efforts of the Broken Bow PTA, the school district has been able to acquire technology equipment and support programs they may have otherwise not had the ability to do. Throughout just the past few years the group has raised literally thousands of dollars for the schools and spearheaded major projects such as the playground at Custer.
Custer County received word early this week that the effort to reduce the speed limit on West Highway 2 coming into Broken Bow was successful.
Nebraska Department of Roads Director Monty Fredrickson sent a letter to the Custer County Commissioners stating that changes will be coming to the section of highway beginning at mile marker 276, west of Grassland Veterinary Hospital. The plan is to reduce the speed limit from 65 mph to 55 mph at that mile marker.
According to the Custer County SheriffĂs Office, the March 28, 2012, plane
crash northwest of the Broken Bow Airport claimed the life of passenger John L Webb, age 48, of Huntsville, Texas. The pilot, Dustin L. Webb, age 33, also of Huntsville survived.
The crash occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The six-passenger Beech twin engine aircraft is registered out of
Huntsville, and is privately owned. The plane and its occupants were
returning to Texas from North Dakota at the time of the crash.
The FAA has taken over the investigation, so any further questions should
MERNA - - Students at Anselmo-Merna schools were given a first-hand lesson in overcoming adversity last week. Rohan Murphy was the guest speaker at the school March 23.
Murphy is from Long Island, NY and was the keynote speaker in Kearney for the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Associa-tion conference on the same day. The A-M Wrestling Club contributed to the cost of bringing Mr. Murphy to the school.