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December 30th

Ray Lambert, 71

December 30, 2014

Ray Lambert of Wickenburg, Ariz., passed away Dec. 15, 2014, at the Effus Ranch near Wickenburg.

Ray was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Smith Center, Kan., and lived in the area until his parents moved to Broken Bow, Neb., and then to the Steve Cooksley Ranch near Anselmo, Neb.

Ray grew up working with ranch and draft horses and developed a love for the freedom of the ranching way of life.

Virginia Lee Bedner, 78

December 30, 2014

Virginia Lee (Kelly) Bedner, 78, of Grand Island, died, surrounded by her
family, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Fr. Jose Chavez will officiate. Burial will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Catholic daughter’s rosary will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at All Faiths
Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, with a Rosary at 3 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home.

Jason Thomas Bates, 35

December 30, 2014

Jason Thomas Bates of Alabama, born Aug. 31, 1979, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the age of 35.

He loved the time he got to spend with family. Growing up he enjoyed playing with his siblings and cousin Kristy. As a father, he looked forward to family night every week. He loved teaching his boys how to fix cars and build things, especially with wood, and to show them that if they set their minds to it there was nothing they couldn’t do. He always said that in his perfect world he and his boys would play video games all day.

Crystal Lynn Donnelson, 30

December 30, 2014

Crystal was born July 1, 1984, to Tammy and Rickey McAlevy in Broken Bow. She lived in Mitchell, with her family. She took her last breath Dec. 21, 2014, while having a long awaited Christmas gathering with her family in Merna. The last day of her life was filled with excitement and fun.

Donald Bradford Gouldie, 84

December 30, 2014

Donald Bradford Gouldie was born Dec. 8, 1930, at Stamford. His mother was Sylvia Ellen (Goosic) Gouldie and his father, Thomas John Gouldie. Don was an only child. His mother remarked that when he was born, she knew she would never do better so he remained an only child.

Don attended Stamford elementary through the eighth grade and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1948.

Don attended Hastings College then joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served aboard the USS Montrose from May 1950 to April of 1954. He was honorably discharged in October 1954.

Marjorie J. Witthuhn, 80

December 30, 2014

Marjorie J. Witthuhn, 80, of Callaway, Nebraska, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. 

Marjorie was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Minden, to Clarence and Esther (Stadler) Rodine.

Marjorie lived all ofher life in Callaway. She attended StopTable district 93 rural grade school and attended Callaway High School. She graduated with the class of 1951. 

December 28th

Nebraska law enforcement cheers Colorado pot lawsuit

December 28, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some western Nebraska law enforcement officials are cheering a new state lawsuit that seeks to thwart Colorado's legalization of marijuana, even as Colorado vows to fight it in court.

The petition filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that Colorado's Amendment 64 — the legalization measure approved by voters in 2012 — violates the U.S. Constitution because it contradicts federal drug laws that declare marijuana illegal.

December 27th

Southern California Nebraska meet in Holiday Bowl

December 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says he has always been a fan of the Holiday Bowl.

He remembers watching Barry Sanders running wild against Wyoming in 1988 and then BYU's Ty Detmer separating his left shoulder and then his right shoulder against Texas A&M two years later.

Sarkisian said he grew fond of Detmer because of his toughness, and he ended up playing at BYU as well.

December 26th

Nebraska population continues slow growth

December 26, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's population continued to grow steadily this year, but possibly not fast enough for the state to keep all three of its U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates Tuesday showing that Nebraska's population had grown to 1,881,503 by July 1.

The state's population was 0.67 percent higher than the July 2013 estimate of 1,868,969.

The nationwide population grew at a similar 0.7 percent rate to 318,857,056 this year, but other states, particularly in the South and West, grew at a more brisk pace.

Health Cooperative falters

December 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federally backed nonprofit health insurer created under the Affordable Care Act has been taken over by Iowa's insurance regulator and will end enrollments amid a financial squeeze, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said the 120,000 members of CoOpportunity Health in Iowa and Nebraska may find it in their best interests to find new carriers by Feb. 15, the deadline for open enrollment for 2015 coverage.

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