Scottsbluff – Kelley Bean Company recently hosted a luncheon to benefit the United Way’s upcoming Food Packaging event to help fight food insecurity in our communities. They presented a $1,052 donation to United Way to help sponsor the packaging event that will be held October 2, 2018 at the Weborg Center.
At this event approximately 200 community volunteers will package 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified meals that will stay in our communities and be distributed through programs serving food insecure families.
For more information on this event please call 308-635-2522. Donations specific to this project can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way office -1517 Broadway Suite #106 Scottsbluff, NE 69361. (Please note these donations: 2018 Day of Caring).
EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) — A series of human errors led to a BNSF Railway train striking and killing two railroad workers in South Dakota last year, federal investigators said Thursday.
The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Thursday on the Jan. 17, 2017, accident near Edgemont, in southwestern South Dakota. A BNSF train traveling at 35 mph struck and killed two of three workers who had been clearing snow and ice from a track switch.
One of the workers killed was the designated lookout. According to the NTSB, the sight distance at the switch was inadequate for safely using a train approach warning method with only one lookout.
Investigators also found the lookout did not devote his full attention to detecting approaching trains, and was not given the necessary equipment as required by federal regulations.
In addition, the work group had incorrect information about the minimum-required sight distance and lacked the required time to move to a predetermined place of safety, the report found.
BNSF says it will review the report and recommendations.
BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said the railroad follows Federal Railroad Administration standards for proper lookout equipment.
"After the incident, we further developed our already robust safety protocols," McBeth said in a statement.
In its report, the NTSB said the FRA's inconsistent enforcement of federal regulations for lookout equipment requirements contributed to the accident.
Robert Hall, the NTSB's director of the Office of Rail, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials, said it was the 52nd fatal accident in the past 21 years involving railroad roadway worker safety. In all, 55 workers have been killed in these accidents.
"These accidents are completely preventable when the people involved, from the workers to the regulators, follow well-established rules and perform their duties with a focus on safety," Hall said in a news release.
The FRA said Thursday the agency is reviewing the report and will respond within 90 days.
The two railroad workers who were killed were 35-year-old gang foreman Richard Lessert and 58-year-old motor vehicle operator Douglas Schmitz. Lessert had 10 years of service with BNSF, and Schmitz was employed by the railroad for 39 years.
BNSF says the two were headquartered at Edgemont, a city about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of Rapid City.
Scottsbluff – Target presented a $1,000 donation to United Way of Western Nebraska to help sponsor the 2018 Day of Caring Food Packaging event to be held October 2, 2018 at the Weborg Center.
At this event, approximately 200 community volunteers will package 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified meals that will stay in our communities and be distributed through programs serving food insecure families.
Funding for this event is raised through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to affect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts which helps support partner agencies. Sponsors for the Food Packaging Event thus far are Arby’s Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Scottsbluff Kiwanis & Foundation, TEAM Auto, NEXT Young Professional Group, NPPD, Target, Weborg Center, Pepsi, UPS, Wallspace Indoor Billboards and Marianne Rushall.
For more information on sponsoring this event please call 308-635-2522. Donations specific to this project can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way office -1517 Broadway Suite #106 Scottsbluff, NE 69361. (Please note these donations: 2018 Day of Caring).
Picture attached: Mike Martinez (Target) and Steph Black (United Way)
HENRY, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 90 firefighters from several departments combined to put out a grass and brush fire along the Wyoming state line in western Nebraska.
Morrill Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matt Hinman said Tuesday that he was headed home after watching for hotspots left behind by the blaze, which was first reported at 3:35 p.m. Monday a few miles north of Henry.
Hinman says no injuries were reported and no structures were burned. He estimated that nearly 2 square miles (518 hectares) were blackened by the wind-driven flames.
The fire cause is being investigated.
Scottsbluff – United Way of Western Nebraska is currently seeking additional sponsors for their annual Day of Caring Food Packaging Event which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on October 2, 2018 at the Harms Advanced Technology Center. Meals of Hope will be the United Way partner vendor for the event. Funding for this event is raised through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to affect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts which helps support 15 partner agencies. Sponsors for the Food Packaging Event thus far are Arby’s Foundation, Scottsbluff-Gering Rotary Club, NEXT Young Professional Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE., Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club & Foundation, Target, TEAM Auto Center, NPPD, Marianne Rushall, Pepsi Cola of Western NE. and UPS.
At this event approximately 200 community volunteers will package 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified Mac-n-Cheese and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal food products in assembly line fashion. It’s a great way for teams from a business, service organization, class, congregation or neighborhood to be visible and get involved in making a difference. The meals that are packaged will stay in our communities and be distributed through programs serving food insecure families. These programs include local food pantries, soup kitchens, school backpack programs (Scottsbluff, Gering, Mitchell, Morrill and Bayard schools), disaster relief programs, Diaper Depot, Firefighters Ministry, Panhandle Love in Action, and SB Volunteer Center’s Snow Angel program just to mention a few.
For more information on sponsoring this event or volunteering at the event please call 308-635-2522. Donations specific to this project can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way office -1517 Broadway Suite #106 Scottsbluff, NE 69361.
On 8/20/18 at approximately 09:18, Scottsbluff Police was dispatched to a shoplifting at Walmart. The suspect vehicle was actively fleeing the Walmart parking lot and was last observed traveling eastbound on Hwy 26 from Ave I. The suspect vehicle was described as a passenger vehicle dark in color. A Scottsbluff PD unit observed the suspect vehicle on Hwy 26 between Ave I and Ave B. The suspect vehicle accelerated upon seeing the marked police patrol vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect vehicle continued to flee. Walmart reported a felony dollar amount of property was stolen from the store. A pursuit was initiated as the suspect vehicle continued east on Hwy 26. Nebraska State Patrol deployed Stop Sticks at approximately CR 37 that were avoided by the suspect vehicle. The pursuit continued east until reaching the intersection of the Hwy 26 / Hwy 62A. The pursuit went south on Hwy 26 through Bayard. The suspect vehicle then reached the intersection of Hwy 26 / Hwy 92 where the suspect turned and went westbound on Hwy 92. The pursuit was terminated at that time. The pursuit reached a maximum speed of approximately 125 mph and lasted approximately 15 minutes. The suspect vehicle is currently being sought and the investigation is ongoing. Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scotts Bluff Sheriff’s Department assisted in the response.
HAY SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a female mountain lion has been killed by a landowner in northwest Nebraska who found the animal killing his chickens.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials said in a release Tuesday that the cougar was killed on land north of Hay Springs.
Mountain lions are protected, but state law allows the killing of a mountain lion if the animal is in the process of stalking, killing or consuming livestock.
Investigators say the cougar was between 10 months and a year old. Officials collected the cat's carcass.
Ray Torres, age 24 of Scottsbluff was arrested following multiple pursuits in and near the northwest area of Scottsbluff.
At approximately 10:41 this morning, a Deputy on patrol observed Ray Torres driving a vehicle on W. 42nd Street near highway 71. The Deputy soon confirmed multiple arrest warrants for Torres, and attempted to stop the vehicle. Torres fled and drove through fields, private land and a tree row north of Scottsbluff, eventually heading south on Highway 71 and into the City of Scottsbluff where officers lost contact.
Another Deputy located the vehicle in a yard in the 2900 block between Avenue I and Dineen and observed a male running in the neighborhood. Deputies with the assistance of Scottsbluff PD and the Nebraska State Patrol created a perimeter around the area but were unsuccessful in locating the male.
At approximately 1:33 p.m. today, a woman living in the 2700 block of Dineen Avenue reported a man leaving her garage. Scottsbluff PD officers and a State Patrol Trooper observed Torres in the area and apprehended him after a short foot pursuit.
The woman that reported him said that he had been inside her garage and she found doors to her vehicle opened and someone had gone through the property inside.
Ray Torres was transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center and charged with the following:
THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING ($500 OR LESS)
FLIGHT TO AVOID-PROSECUTION, CONFINEMENT
NO OPERATORS LICSENSE
FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE/ COLORADO
The Historic Midwest Theater receives Nebraska Arts Council grant to support arts programming
The Nebraska Arts Council has awarded a $12,474 grant to Friends of the Midwest Theater to help support the arts programming the Midwest Theater brings to western Nebraska.
NAC Executive Director Suzanne Wise commented on the grant award.
“The Midwest Theater contributes a great deal to the advancement of the arts in western Nebraska, “Wise said. “We commend the work being done by organizations such as the Midwest Theater because the arts are important for the quality of life for all Nebraskans.”
The NAC grant is a Basic Support Grant, meaning that the grant can be used to support any of the arts programming the Midwest Theater undertakes, from screenings of independent film to performing arts events. An important part of the Midwest Theater’s mission as a community-supported theater is educational programming. The NAC grant will help to support the arts education programming the Midwest Theater provides to area students free of charge.
For more information about the Midwest Theater’s youth education programming, see the Midwest 2017-2018 education annual report, which is available in the theater lobby or online at https://midwesttheater.com/education/educationreport/
Storm systems have pounded parts of Nebraska with high winds and damaging hail.
The National Weather Service says hailstones more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) across were reported Monday night in western Nebraska's Perkins County. Hail knocked out windows and damaged a house northeast of Lisco and battered property elsewhere in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Region 21 emergency management director Ron Leal said Tuesday that several Oshkosh homes and businesses had lost windows and siding to the hail barrage, and several crop fields had been shredded. He says no injuries have been reported.
The service says a wind gust of 60 mph (97 kph) was recorded northeast of Big Springs in Keith County.,
In eastern Nebraska, hail broke classroom windows at St. Paul Lutheran School and damaged home siding in Utica.