Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
CPNRD and Cozad Ditch Company partner
COZAD—The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is partnering with the Cozad Ditch Company to manage the Cozad Irrigation Canal and to lease surface water as part of its efforts to increase Platte River flows and protect endangered species. The increased flow levels are required under the three-state Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and state law. The lease will divert unused surface water flows from the irrigation canal back into the river. CPNRD will also utilize the canal after irrigation season to store excess river flows.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Annual tank race brings together seven states
BROKEN BOW—The annual Polar Bear Tank Race, hosted by the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway and the Sandhills Motel/Glidden Canoe Rentals of Mullen, recently took place with 23 teams participating. Racers came from seven states including Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee and Florida. The event helps to raise funds for the Byway. Each team sported fantastic costumes while floating or racing down the river in cold temperatures and periodic snow flurries. The River Rats team from Chadron turned in the fastest time of 1:03:42 to win the race. Best decorated tank award went to the Polar Bear Parrotheads team.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Keith County is test area for Homeland Security
OGALLALA—The Department of Homeland Security is working on a number of projects and Keith County will be a test area involving emergency communications. Nebraska has been working towards Inter-operable communications which are communications that exist between state, local and district emergency personnel. After the state updated its existing radio system, most of the local government communications were not effective. New projects involve wirelessly connecting all of the local dispatch centers in the state with Keith County to be in the pilot or test area. The project must be proven to work in the pilot area before it can spread to the entire state.—reported in the Keith County News.
Landmark standing from 1946 to come down
CURTIS—Ag Valley Coop scheduled the “South House” Elevator to be torn down beginning March 19 with demolition to take several weeks. A crane and ball will be used to bring the elevator to the ground. Preliminary work for the demolition has already begun with a shed on the top being removed and electrical to soon be unhooked. Throughout the process, OSHA standards will be followed. The south elevator was built in 1946 at a cost of $61,338. Many patrons felt the new storage would not be filled and was termed the Maywood Tombstone, however, the first year it was filled to capacity, and has remained an important part of business through the years.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Winter event raises $42,000 for SORC, Arnold
ARNOLD—Another successful SORC winter party went into the books recently, and over $42,000 was raised for SORC events and the Arnold community. Over 200 racers, navigators, volunteers, SORC board members and friends of SORC attended the winter event on Feb. 25 at Lincoln. Highlights included a tour of the Speedway museum with a display of SORC cars. Sam Bryant served as master of ceremonies and Bill Goldberg, pro wrestler, actor and SORC racer, was also on hand. The charity auction featured a SORC life number that guarantees a spot on the grid each year, which was purchased for a $9,000 bid.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local youth shooter gets shot at Junior Olympics
CALLAWAY—Callaway High School junior Carson Badgley will be traveling to Colorado Springs, CO, for the Junior Olympic scouting competition April 26 to May 1. The meet draws around 60 of the best young air pistol shooters from all over the nation to the Olympic Training Center for the chance to qualify for the team. Badgley will be competing in both air pistol and .22 pistol target shooting for medals. Only the top seven will be invited to join the team which travels to competitions nationally and internationally. He first qualified by winning the .22 pistol target shoot at the USA Shooting Sports State Meet in Grand Island last January.—reported in the Callaway Courier.