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January 10th, 2015

Medicare pays doctors to coordinate seniors' care

January 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor's prescription doesn't interfere with another's.

Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don't have a face-to-face exam.

The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.

January 9th

Bailey selected as new BBPS Superintendent

January 9, 2015

The Broken Bow School Board has selected the next superintendent of schools.

The board offered the position to Thomas Bailey of Hailey, Idaho after interviewing three candidates this week.

Bailey is the current principal at Blaine County School in Hailey, where he has served for 14 years. The district has 3,365 students. He has been a teacher and coach in two other districts in Idaho. In addition, Bailey has been a United States wrestling team coach. He earned teaching and administration degrees from Indiana University and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Idaho.

Nebraska high court tosses suit over Keystone pipeline route

January 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court threw out a challenge Friday to a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though a majority of judges agreed the landowners who sued should have won their case.

The decision removes a major roadblock for the $8 billion cross-continental project that Republicans have vowed to make a key part of their 2015 agenda in Congress.

January 8th

BBPS to swear in new school board members

January 8, 2015

Broken Bow Public Schools will swear in their new school board members: Tom Osmond, Carl French and Pam Holcomb this evening at 5:45 p.m. in the school's board room during a special meeting. A closed session will follow to discuss the three finalists for the superintendent position.

The public had an opportunity to meet the candidates earlier this week during the Meet & Greet sessions organized by Broken Bow's PTA.

The three finalists are Dr. John Weidner from Parshall, N.D.; Thomas Bailey from Hailey, Idaho; and Dr. Ken Schroeder from Franklin, Neb.

Nebraska Court could hold up Keystone Pipeline

January 8, 2015

SENATE SAYS YES DESPITE VETO THREAT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a floor debate next week as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on President Barack Obama to rescind his veto threat.

The Energy and Natural Resources committee moved the bill closer to the floor by a 13-9 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a sponsor on the bill, was the only Democrat to support it.

NE Lawmakers chose committee chairs

January 8, 2015

Committee chairmen elected

By Annie Bohling and Reece Ristau, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday chose the following senators to lead the Legislature's standing committees in elections that were mostly uncontested.

Agriculture: Sen. Jerry Johnson of Wahoo. Johnson previously worked on the Agriculture Committee and Natural Resources Committee. He beat Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft. Johnson said his focus will be to build agriculture and build Nebraska.

January 7th

Gary L. Kranz, 42

January 7, 2015

Gary L. Kranz, age 42 of Oconto, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Oconto Community Center in Oconto with Pastor Lawrence Francis officiating. Burial was in the Oconto Cemetery.

Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Lee Kranz was born April 9, 1972, to Dwain and Delores (Eckard) Kranz at Atkinson. He grew up near Eddyville and attended Sumner Eddyville Miller School.

Gary farmed and ranched with his family on the Kranz Farms near Eddyville.

Barry D. ‘Coach’ Schultz, 61

January 7, 2015

Barry D. “Coach” Schultz, 61, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at CHI St. Francis Health in Grand Island.

Services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the Third City Christian Church in Grand Island with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating. Burial was in the Burwick Cemetery in Cairo.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date in lieu of flowers.

Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Mary Lee Shotkoski, 88

January 7, 2015

Mary Lee Shotkoski, 88 of Lincoln, formerly of Arcadia, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Sumner Place in Lincoln.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating. Burial followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.

Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue.

Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.

You can sign Mary Lee’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

January 6th

Broken Bow City Council schedules special meeting

January 6, 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.

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