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Nebraska patrol enforcement set for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol has announced plans for stepped up enforcement to focus on seat belt usage over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The patrol says that as of Nov. 17, 200 people have been killed on Nebraska roads, compared with 184 by the same time in 2013. Of the 200 people killed this year, 117 were not wearing seat belts.

State Patrol Superintendent David Sankey says troopers will work overtime for the special enforcement period, which runs from Nov. 24 through Nov. 30.

'Shared parenting' bills to come up in session

November 23, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of fathers and family-law attorneys will once again ask lawmakers to change Nebraska's parental custody laws, which they argue are unfair to men.

Lawmakers have introduced bills several times in recent years, but none have made it out of committee. With 18 new senators taking office in January due to term limits, supporters are hopeful they can win enough support to change the law.

Pheasants being released in 9 Nebraska areas

November 23, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is releasing rooster pheasants in nine wildlife management areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The nine areas include: Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County) and Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County).

The pheasants will be released to increase hunter opportunities to encourage families to go hunting together.

Thursday night fire destroys barn in Ansley

November 21, 2014

A late 1800s barn north of Ansley was destroyed in a fire Thursday night, with the Ansley Fire Department calling in mutual aid from neighboring departments. The fire was just north of Ansley off State Highway 183 at Ted and Carol Sherbecks.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Anselmo-Merna tops Sandhills/Thedford in 2nd round playoffs

November 11, 2014

Anselmo-Merna tops Sandhills/Thedford 44-8. The AM Coyotes take on Maxwell at Maxwell Nov. 17 to see who gets to play on Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium Nov. 24 for state championship honors.

Tuesday night's playoff scores are as follows:

Class D-1 Quarterfinals
Elm Creek 30, Creighton 8
Hemingford 56, Fullerton 6

Class D-2 Quarterfinals:
Anselmo-Merna 44, Sandhills/Thedford 8
Exeter/Milligan 28, Humphrey St. Francis 26
Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Kenesaw 46
Maxwell 32, Garden County 28

For more on area high school sports see this week's Custer County Chief.

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