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HAY SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a female mountain lion has been killed by a landowner in northwest Nebraska who found the animal killing his chickens.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials said in a release Tuesday that the cougar was killed on land north of Hay Springs.

Mountain lions are protected, but state law allows the killing of a mountain lion if the animal is in the process of stalking, killing or consuming livestock.

Investigators say the cougar was between 10 months and a year old. Officials collected the cat's carcass.


Ray Torres, age 24 of Scottsbluff was arrested following multiple pursuits in and near the northwest area of Scottsbluff. 


At approximately 10:41 this morning, a Deputy on patrol observed Ray Torres driving a vehicle on W. 42nd Street near highway 71.  The Deputy soon confirmed multiple arrest warrants for Torres, and attempted to stop the vehicle.  Torres fled and drove through fields, private land and a tree row north of Scottsbluff, eventually heading south on Highway 71 and into the City of Scottsbluff where officers lost contact.


Another Deputy located the vehicle in a yard in the 2900 block between Avenue I and Dineen and observed a male running in the neighborhood.  Deputies with the assistance of Scottsbluff PD and the Nebraska State Patrol created a perimeter around the area but were unsuccessful in locating the male.


At approximately 1:33 p.m. today, a woman living in the 2700 block of Dineen Avenue reported a man leaving her garage.  Scottsbluff PD officers and a State Patrol Trooper observed Torres in the area and apprehended him after a short foot pursuit.


The woman that reported him said that he had been inside her garage and she found doors to her vehicle opened and someone had gone through the property inside. 


Ray Torres was transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center and charged with the following:







































































The Historic Midwest Theater receives Nebraska Arts Council grant to support arts programming

The Nebraska Arts Council has awarded a $12,474 grant to Friends of the Midwest Theater to help support the arts programming the Midwest Theater brings to western Nebraska.

NAC Executive Director Suzanne Wise commented on the grant award.

“The Midwest Theater contributes a great deal to the advancement of the arts in western Nebraska, “Wise said. “We commend the work being done by organizations such as the Midwest Theater because the arts are important for the quality of life for all Nebraskans.”

The NAC grant is a Basic Support Grant, meaning that the grant can be used to support any of the arts programming the Midwest Theater undertakes, from screenings of independent film to performing arts events. An important part of the Midwest Theater’s mission as a community-supported theater is educational programming. The NAC grant will help to support the arts education programming the Midwest Theater provides to area students free of charge.

For more information about the Midwest Theater’s youth education programming, see the Midwest 2017-2018 education annual report, which is available in the theater lobby or online at


Storm systems have pounded parts of Nebraska with high winds and damaging hail.

The National Weather Service says hailstones more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) across were reported Monday night in western Nebraska's Perkins County. Hail knocked out windows and damaged a house northeast of Lisco and battered property elsewhere in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Region 21 emergency management director Ron Leal said Tuesday that several Oshkosh homes and businesses had lost windows and siding to the hail barrage, and several crop fields had been shredded. He says no injuries have been reported.

The service says a wind gust of 60 mph (97 kph) was recorded northeast of Big Springs in Keith County.,

In eastern Nebraska, hail broke classroom windows at St. Paul Lutheran School and damaged home siding in Utica.


The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade!  The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School.  Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.

The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release.  Program fees will be $10 per day per child.  

Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff.  The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th.  Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.  

If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.


WyoBraska Gives, sponsored by The Holliday Family of Companies is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by Oregon Trail Community Foundation to grow awareness and philanthropy for area non-profit organizations. The event will take place Tuesday, November 13th and will include organizations extending from Bridgeport, Nebraska to Torrington, Wyoming. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Prize money and challenge funds and will be made available to amplify charitable donations. We have created this special event to celebrate the spirit of giving and inspire donors to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.  WyoBraska Gives is based on other successful Giving Days hosted by Community Foundations worldwide.  

Not only will this be instrumental in the continued growth of Oregon Trail Community Foundation who provides $100,000 in grant funding for local charities, it will also give every organization, big and small, the same opportunity to raise funds without any cost. 


Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.

Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.

Access will be as follows:

Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B

Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive

Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project.


AUGUST 2, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections today, August 2, in Scottsbluff, Gering, and the surrounding area. The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.

During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted 37 vehicle inspections, discovered 143 violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law, and took 14 vehicles out of service (not allowed to return to the road). Vehicles are placed out of service for a variety of reasons relating to bad brakes or tires, or other problems that pose immediate safety risks.

Troopers also placed four drivers out of service for no license (1), expired license (1), no log book (1), and alcohol (1). Any commercial vehicle driver with alcohol in his or her system is placed out of service for 24 hours, even if the BAC doesn’t rise to the level of driving under the influence. Troopers also issued $1,500 in citations.

This week, the NSP MAPS Team conducted operations in Dawson, Lincoln, and Scotts Bluff Counties. During the three days of operations, troopers conducted 135 commercial vehicle inspections, discovered 391 violations, and took 44 vehicles out of service. The team also placed four drivers out of service and issued $6,150 in fines.

The MAPS Team has conducted surprise inspections in nine communities so far this year, with more scheduled over the next several months in cities and towns across Nebraska.

The MAPS Team in funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, dyed fuels, and permits associated with commercial vehicles. The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.

The Nebraska State Fair is proud to announce this year’s Celebration Parade
Grand Marshals. The Grand Marshal Program celebrates and thanks the folks
who have made significant contributions within their county fair communities. In
keeping with our tradition to salute those who have served, a veteran is selected
to be Grand Marshal for the Celebration Parade with a Salute to our Veterans on
Labor Day Monday.
Imperial, NE
Dan Kunnemann has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Saturday, August 25. Growing up,
Kunnemann was involved with 4-H and FFA. He joined the Chase County Fair
Board in 1985 on which he served on the Board for more than twenty-six years.
Kunnemann also served on the Nebraska State Fair Board and the 1868
Foundation Board.
Burwell, NE
Stacie Roblyer has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Sunday, August 26.
Roblyer has been very involved with the Garfield County Fair. Stacie helped
bring the Traveling Nebraska Children’s Museum and the Nebraska’s Big Rodeo
Historical Museum to the Garfield County Fair.

Waco, NE

Douglas Ziemke has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Tuesday, August 28. Ziemke has
been a member of the York County Ag Society Board for more than eighteen
years. Ziemke heads the Building and Grounds Committee at the York County
Fair and has been instrumental in the most recent three major building projects
on the fairgrounds. He also stays very active in the livestock show at the Fair.
Geneva, NE
Dale and Jeannette Stengel have been selected to serve as the Grand Marshals
for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Wednesday, August 29. Dale
has served on the Fillmore County Ag Society for more than forty-six years.
During his tenure, he supervised many of the building projects for the Fair
including the building of the new sheep, cattle, hog and small animal barns, the
show arena, horse arena and camper sites at the Fair.
North Platte, NE
Marvin and Jeanette Rousey have been selected to serve as the Grand Marshals
for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Thursday, August 30. Marvin
served on the Lincoln County Fair Board for more than twenty-eight years.
During that time, he was responsible for building the new grandstands and the
two multi-purpose buildings on the fairgrounds. Marvin served on the Nebraska
State Fair Board for nine years. During that time both Linda and Marvin
organized the Grand Marshal Program at the State Fair. Marvin is also a past
president and vice-president of the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers.
Fairbury, NE
Lois Welsh has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade on Friday, August 31. Welsh has served on the
Jefferson County Fair Board for more than thirty years. Welsh is one of the
founding members of the Jefferson County Art Guild, is active in the Senior
Songsters and a member of the Blue Valley Wranglers Saddle Club and many
other organizations.
Jansen, NE
Deb Umland has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade on Saturday, September 1. Umland has been
very active in 4-H and FFA in many different capacities; she organized the
Jefferson County Agri/Business Banquet for more than nine years, helped set up
the pens for livestock and ran a successful food stand for the Jefferson County
Fair for many years.

St Paul, NE
Kevin and Theresa Jorgensen have been selected to serve as the Grand
Marshals for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Sunday, September
2. Kevin is currently the Howard County Fair Manager, and Theresa is on the
Howard County 4-H Council. Kevin has also been a member of the Nebraska
Association of Fair Managers and Theresa is involved instructing young kids
involved in the 4-H horse club.
Grand Island, NE
Ben Murphy has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade with a Salute to Our Veterans on Monday,
September 3. Ben enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and served until 1992. After he
retired Ben has continued to serve his community through countless hours of
volunteering to numerous community organizations including the Nebraska State

The Nebraska State Fair runs from Friday, August 24 through Monday,
September 3, in Grand Island.

What if the entire WyoBraska area came together to GIVE? Imagine what we could do... From the smallest towns to the larger communities, If we all united on ONE DAY to make a difference for one common purpose to do good. 

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