Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”
The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.
This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.
NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.
The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.
“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”
During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).
Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.
The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.
#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden
#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank
#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab
#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank
#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk
#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl
#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg
#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist
#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell
#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser
#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango
#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales
#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness
#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon
#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller
#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes
#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds
#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller
#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt
#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman
#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed
#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger
#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller
#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal
#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber
#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom
#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill
#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington
#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck
#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel
30th Annual Spooktacular
October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th
$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra
Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for
the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at
Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner
October 20th and 27th
$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60
A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from
5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is
included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into
Spooktacular before the general public.
Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.
Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.
Access will be as follows:
Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B
Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive
Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.
Thank you for your cooperation during this project.
AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.
The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail
The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade! The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School. Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.
The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release. Program fees will be $10 per day per child.
Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff. The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th. Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.
DECEMBER 17, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Friday, December 14, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Furnas County. The inspections were held at restaurants, liquor stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.
A total of 17 businesses were inspected. Five of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 29 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.
The businesses which failed the inspections are:
Eagle Convenience Store #14 – Arapahoe
Stanley’s Spirits – Beaver City
Anew Travel Center - Cambridge
Casey’s General Store #2709 – Cambridge
Ho Jo’s Hideaway – Holbrook
Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor to cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. NSP performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.
This project was supported in whole or part by grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.
In total, 12 businesses were inspected, with none selling alcohol to a minor for a compliance rate of 100%. The businesses included liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars in Brady and North Platte.
NSP conducts these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.
After four scrimmages, the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team is ready to open the season on Friday andwhen they compete in the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The pre-season fourth-ranked Cougars open the seasonat against Indian Hills Community College and then face No. 3 Iowa Western Community College at WNCC will wrap up the Reiver Invite against Jefferson College and Barton Community College.
WNCC head coach Binny Canales said his team is ready to compete.
“I hope we are ready to go,” Canales said. “We are playing well, doing a lot of good things, and we just have to make sure we can do it against other good teams. We play Indian Hills and Iowa Western and they are both strong teams. We just have to take care of things on our end of the court and if we do that it increases our chances to be successful.”
opponents will be good tests. Indian Hills sports a team of 15 players, 14 of which are international including 12 from Brazil. A year ago, the Warriors went 37-5. Iowa Western, who finished in the top 8 at nationals last year, have 15 players on the team including eight sophomores.
Canales said he really doesn’t know too much about either team.
“Indian Hills is prominently international and I don’t know a whole lot about those kids,” Canales said. “Right now it is what we can do. If we can stay in system and be on the attack, I think we will be fine.”
That is the key early on, too. It is not so much as what your opponent does, it is what the Cougar team does. So far, Canales likes what he has seen from his team.
“We can maintain a good amount of energy for a good amount of time and we are working on it to be longer,” he said. “Our ball control is solid, we have very good setters, and we can attack. We can attack the ball in-system and out-of-system and that helps us.”
A big key for the Cougars success is the two returning setters, Jayme Commins of Ogallala and Enna Masaki of Hawaii. Both setters saw plenty of time last year and they have showed plenty of leadership on the court in the four scrimmages the team had this month.
“It is great to have two returning setters because they have been in the system for a year and they know exactly what I want them to do,” Canales said. “A lot of time they are finishing sentences for me. It is a blessing to have returning setters that know your system.”
Commins and Masaki are only two key returners. The Cougars also have four other returners back from a 33-8 team a year ago. The other returning starters include Sarena Bartley of Ridgefield, Washington, and Kaile Tuisamatatele of Kapolei, Hawaii. Bartley is a rightside hitter while Tuisamatatele is a middle hitter. Also returning are Aloni Jordan of St. Louis, Missouri, and Logan Belford of Loveland, Colorado.
A big boost to the Cougars is a freshmen class that has plenty of depth on defense and attacking. The Cougars defense will be led by Adia Sherbeyn of Torrington, Wyoming, Ana Costas of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and Terri Takita-Robins of Miliani, Hawaii.
The freshman hitters include Gabriela Canavati of Laredo, Texas, Camille Esselin of Thionville, France, Amryi-Grace Paris of Nanakuli, Hawaii, Santana Monroe of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Leslie Lagafuaina of Tacoma, Washington.
WNCC has been practicing since Aug. 2 and have played four scrimmage games, going 3-1. The Cougars only defeat was to the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Ogallala back on Aug. 11. WNCC did defeated NCAA Division II Metro State in Ogallala before earning 5-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College and the WNCC Alumni.
After this weekend, the Cougars will not have an easy time the following week. WNCC hosts No. 12 Laramie County Community College, before heading to the Crystal Inn Invite in Salt Lake City, where they will face No. 2 College of Southern Idaho and No. 15 Salt Lake Community College.
Canales said he loves playing the national powers because it makes his team better.
“We like to play the tough games to know where we are,” he said. “This type of schedule helps us. We are continuously getting better. This tournament will expose some things that we need to work on and that is a plus.”
CASPER, Wyo. – Enna Masaki recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs in her first match back in two weeks to lead the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 sweep over Casper College Tuesday at Casper, Wyoming.
Masaki, who sat out the last two weekends with an injury, stepped up big in helping the Cougars to their 17th win.
Masaki, though, was just one of several players that stepped up as the Cougars were healthy for the first time since the first match of the season.
WNCC captured the first set 25-17 and then led from start to finish in the second set, winning 25-14.
The third set saw WNCC receive strong service runs by Kaile Tuisamatatele and Jayme Commins to open an 8-3 lead to 18-7. Tuisamatatele had two service pointsand Commins had five to lead the team. WNCC won the set on a Gaby Canavati kill.
WNCC finished the match with 43 kills and seven solo blocks in the win. After Masaki’s 13 kills, Tuisamatatele and Sarena Bartley each had nine kills. Tuisamatatele also had five points, while Bartley added three digs.
Amryi-Grace Paris finished with six kills, four solo blocks, and five digs, while Leslie Mamai Laguaina had five kills and four solo blocks.
Also for the Cougars, Ana Costas had a double-double with 20 digs and 11 points; Commins had 32 set assists, eight digs, and five points; Adia Sherbeyn had three digs and four points; and Cami Esselin had seven points and three aces.
WNCC, 17-7 on the season, will return to action on Friday when they travel to Sterling, Colorado, to face No. 19 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South match. NJC comes in with a 16-4 record and 2-1 in conference play, while WNCC is 3-1 in conference play. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.