The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality announced Dec. 29, the areas that it considers to be Nebraska Sandhills, based on an analysis of a variety of existing data. This information will be conveyed to TransCanada for their reference as the company develops a proposed new route for the Nebraska portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.
NDEQ Director Mike Linder said this was an important step resulting from legislation which was passed in November relating to the development of an alternative route that avoids the Nebraska Sandhills.
This year saw many positive changes in the community of Broken Bow, and in Custer County and the surrounding area. Education was a big focus during this year, with the addition of a college campus and a school bond approval in Broken Bow, and the co-oping of several area athletic teams.
Here is a reminder of just some of the highlights that made the headlines of the Custer County Chief during the months of January - June, 2011.
In his 30th year at Mead Lumber in Broken Bow, Rick Maas made the decision to â€śsemi-retireâ€ť and hand the reins over to a new store manager.
Heartland Lutheran 41
ARCADIA--Arcadia outscored Heartland Lutheran 18-1 in the second quarter and went on to post a 51-41 victory over the Red Hornets.
Besides the 18-1 second quarter the contest was otherwise close.The Red Hornets won the scoring battle in the first quarter and third quarter, 11-10 and 16-10 and both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. However, the second quarter ultimately proved to be the difference.
Sapphire Sillivan led the Lady Huskies with 23 points and Gabriela Ritz contributed 12 points.
Other games played last week:
Broken Bow 70
BROKEN BOW--The Broken Bow basketball team earned their first win with a 70-51 route over Ainsworth; it was also the first career win for Broken Bow coach Anthony Blum.
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 3 and 9 years.
While Mid-Plains Community College has offered classes in Broken Bow for several years, the new extended campus brings even more opportunities to those wishing to further their education while remaining in the community. In an effort funded completely by private donations, the new facility was completed on the west edge of Broken Bow just in time for fall classes.
Pamela Jane Rodocker, 64, of Halsey, died near Halsey Dec. 22, 2011.
She was born June 17, 1947, in Hebron, to Robert and Leona Williamson Widler. She lived in Belvidere, before later moving with her family to Anselmo, and then settling in Dunning.
She graduated from Halsey-Dunning High School in 1965, and Feb. 22, 1969, she married Terry D. Rodocker in Halsey. To this union was born a daughter, Teena. Pam made Halsey her home until her death.
Charles D. Grow, age 85, of North Platte, passed away Dec. 24, 2011, at the Kearney County Long Term Care Facility in Minden.
He was born Feb. 20, 1926, the son of Frank and Emily (Steen) Grow in Loup City. He grew up in Loup City, and graduated from Loup City High School in 1944. He entered the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. After his discharge he went to Kearney State College. Chuck graduated in 1949, and taught school at Anselmo/Merna for a year.
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson surprised voters Tuesday, when he announced plans to retire from the political arena he has served in for much of his life. Nelson issued the following statement.
â€śMy Fellow Nebraskans: Iâ€™ve had the honor of serving as your Governor and United States Senator. During this time weâ€™ve accomplished a great deal. As Governor I helped our state experience unprecedented economic growth, cut taxes and left state government with a surplus.
For the convenience of our valued customers, our office will be open during regular business hours Monday, Dec. 26. The staff of the Custer County Chief wants to wish you and yours a very safe and enjoyable Christmas season!