January 6th, 2015
Notice was received this afternoon of a special meeting of the Broken Bow Mayor and City Council of the city of Broken Bow, set for this afternoon, Jan. 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building. The lone agenda item is compensation for Dr. Virginia Moon. The public is invited to attend.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy.
Hours after supporters of the bipartisan bill, which is sponsored by all 54 Senate Republicans and six Democrats, announced its introduction, the White House said for the first time that President Barack Obama would veto it.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A new Nebraska Legislature will kick off its 90-day session, during which it is expected to debate property taxes, prisons and the state budget, among other things.
Eighteen new senators will take their seats for the first time Wednesday, and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts will be sworn into office the following day.
Some key things to know about this year:
TERM LIMITS, TURNOVER
A winter storm system moving through the Midwest is expected to bring snow and cold temperatures to parts of Nebraska and Iowa.
In central Nebraska, expect a high of 28 degrees Monday, but with a feel of closer to 5 degrees. The recorded high for January 5 was 68 degrees in 2012 and -17 degrees in 1942.
The National Weather Service says the system will affect northeast Nebraska and western, central and northern Iowa on Monday. The system is expected to pass through Nebraska by Monday afternoon. Parts of Iowa will be affected through early Tuesday.
Editor's Note: In central Nebraska we still know how to have fun in the snow! Please send your best 'Fun in the Snow' pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks
Select cities close their sledding hills
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) â€” As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.
But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” In a story Jan. 4 about Nebraska's upcoming legislative session, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts will push for both property and income tax reductions this year. A spokesman says Ricketts plans to focus on a property tax reduction, and though he's open to income tax proposals, he doesn't plan to introduce any income tax cut bills.
A corrected version of the story is below:
â€¢ Nebraska lawmakers preparing for busy 2015 session
â€¢ Property taxes and prisons at forefront of 'big' 2015 legislative session in Nebraska
Utilities buying power from NPPD at wholesale to see one half of one percent
Columbus, Neb. â€“ For the second year in a row, retail customers of Nebraska Public Power District will see no increase in their electric rates beginning January 1, 2015; and wholesale utility customers of the District will see an average rate increase of only one-half of one percent. The actual percentage for wholesale customers will vary based upon the utilitiesâ€™ usage characteristics.
NPPDâ€™s Board of Directors approved the 2015 rates Friday morning during its November meeting.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) â€” A contempt of court order will stand against the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services over its handling of a state ward's foster placement, the Nebraska Supreme Court said Friday.
The court agreed with a juvenile court order, saying that it ensures other state laws governing the foster placement of children and court-designated representatives, also called guardians ad litem, for wards of the state.
Private pesticide trainings have been scheduled for farmers and ranchers who need to renew their certified private pesticide applicatorâ€™s license or anyone who wants to become certified.
The dates, locations, and times are as follows for 2015:
January 22 at the Community Building in Sargent (1 p.m.),
January 26 at the Community Building in Ansley (7 p.m.),
February 3 at the Senior Center in Callaway (1 p.m.),
February 10 at the 4-H Building in Broken Bow (1 p.m.).
The Broken Bow PTA (Parent Teachers Association) is hosting a 'Meet & Greet' for the superintendent candidates for Broken Bow Public Schools in Broken Bow High Schools Media Center.
The Meet & Greets are scheduled from 5- 5:30 p.m. as follows:
Monday, January 5 - Dr. John Weidner, Sr.
Tuesday, January 6 - Mr. Thomas Bailey
Wednesday, January 7 - Dr. Den Schroeder