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November 18th, 2014

A-M Coyotes win spot at state football finals

November 18, 2014

Congrats to Anselmo-Merna for a spectacular Monday win (56-36) in their state playoff Class D2 semi-final game against Maxwell. The Coyotes head to state Monday where they will take on Exeter-Milligan. The two, number one seed teams meet at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 24 on Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Monday Scores:
Class D-1
Semifinals
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Guardian Angels 40
Hemingford 26, Elm Creek 15

Class D-2
Semifinals
Anselmo-Merna 56, Maxwell 36
Exeter/Milligan 28, Falls City Sacred Heart 22

November 17th

Nebraska hospital: Surgeon with Ebola has died

November 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.

Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said.

"Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him," said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.

November 16th

Halsey Christmas Tree cutting permits on sale Nov. 17

November 16, 2014

Chadron & Halsey -Christmas tree cutting permits will go on sale beginning Monday, Nov.17 at both the Pine Ridge and Bessey Ranger Districts.

The permits entitle the purchaser to harvest one Ponderosa Pine or Eastern Red Cedar, up to 15 feet tall from selected areas in the Nebraska National Forest near Chadron and Halsey.

The permits cost $10 and are available at the following offices Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
• Supervisor Office/Pine Ridge Office at 125 N. Main Street in Chadron
• Bessey Office is located at 40637 River Loop Road near Halsey.

Surgeon with Ebola extremely ill

November 16, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone was in extremely critical condition Sunday at a Nebraska hospital, his doctors said.

Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, arrived in Omaha on Saturday to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit that has successfully treated two other Ebola patients this fall.

November 14th

Ansley/Litchfield takes on St. Mary's for state honors in volleyball

November 14, 2014

Ansley/Litchfield made short order of Axtell Friday morning in the semi-finals of state volleyball, winning in three sets 25-14, 25-13, and 29-27. Quarterfinal results were similar when they eliminated Brady 25-18, 25-23 and 2515.

Ansley/Litchfield will take on St. Mary's Saturday morning at 11 a.m. for the championship! Go Spartans!!!

Class D-1 State Tournament
Quarterfinal
Ansley-Litchfield def. Brady, 25-18, 25-9, 25-15
Axtell def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-12, 25-23, 25-14
Diller-Odell def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15
St. Mary's def. Humphrey St. Francis, 25-13, 25-13, 25-15

UPDATE: Obscure Nebraska panel may hold sway over pipeline

November 14, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.

The Nebraska Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether the Nebraska Public Service Commission must review the pipeline before it can cross the state, one of six on the pipeline's route. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman gave the green light in January 2013 without the panel's involvement.

Surgeon with Ebola coming to Omaha for care

November 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

Dr. Martin Salia was to be taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, told The Associated Press on Friday. Salia reportedly lives in Maryland.

November 13th

House, Senate to vote on Keystone

November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.

Republicans responded swiftly to Landrieu's maneuvering, scheduling a vote in the House on Thursday on an identical bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, Landrieu's Republican rival in a Dec. 6 runoff.

Hunter's coffee planned at Bessey Ranger District Friday

November 13, 2014

Halsey – The Bessey Ranger District near Halsey will be hosting their annual Hunter’s Coffee Friday at 6:00 p.m. CST at the Bessey Recreation Area Picnic Shelter.

Kris Hill, Acting Bessey District Ranger said, “To welcome our hunting guests for opening weekend, we are hosting the popular Hunter’s Coffee on Friday evening in the main campground. Hunters will have an opportunity to talk with local game wardens and Forest Service staff, look at maps and ask questions.”

November 11th

Judicial ruling could open door to more instate petition drives

November 11, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A ruling this week by a federal judge could make it easier for petition-drive organizers to place statewide initiatives on the ballot without traveling to remote parts of Nebraska.

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