Reward Doubled for Information on Poached Elk near Crawford

Chadron – The reward for information leading to the prosecution of the person or people responsible for illegally killing a mature bull elk and leaving it to waste in northwestern Nebraska has been doubled.

The Panhandle Conservation Club of Scottsbluff has pledged $1,000 to match the $1,000 being offered by the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers program.

Doyle Lund, president of the eight-member club, said the group donated the money because of its mission to support the region’s


Chadron State College football player dies

Chadron, Neb. – Chadron State College freshman football player Eric Goll, age 20, died Thursday, August 11 following a team practice. Goll, a native of Haines City, Fla., was transported from the practice field to Chadron Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:30 p.m.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Goll’s family, teammates, and friends from the entire Chadron State College community,” said CSC president Dr. Randy Rhine.

“Eric was


Authorities probe death on Pine Ridge Reservation

Pine Ridge, S.D. (AP) – Federal authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

FBI spokesman Jeff Van Nest tells the Rapid City Journal ( that Todd Little Bull died after being shot Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Authorities did not release further details.

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Oglala Sioux tribal police are investigating.


Girl fatally shot on sidewalk in Pine Ridge Wednesday

Pine Ridge, S.D. (AP) – Two men are in custody in the early-morning shooting death of a girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Oglala Sioux Tribe spokesman Kevin Steele says the girl was walking on a sidewalk with a friend in the reservation’s community of Pine Ridge when she was shot. He says it is unclear why the girl was shot.

Steele says the shooting happened in the community’s main street, where homes and businesses are located.

Tribal police and federal


Congress questions Indian Health Service staff, management

By Regina Garcia Cano

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Members of Congress on Tuesday questioned the long standing staffing and management shortcomings that have led to poor health care services at government-run facilities caring for Native Americans across the country.

The hearing in Washington of the House subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs focused on proposed legislation that would expand the authority of the Indian Health Service to remove or demote employees and


Panhandle mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

A Panhandle mosquito pool has recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. This positive pool gives Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) an indicator of the location of the virus and the potential for it to be spread through human contact. Several counties in the Panhandle have been routinely testing sites to trap and monitor mosquitoes over the summer months.  

To help reduce the risk of West Nile Virus spread, Melissa Cervantes, Environmental Health Coordinator for PPHD, urges


3 men missing on South Dakota reservation found dead

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) ­-  Three men who went missing more than two weeks ago on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have been found dead.

Oglala Sioux tribal officials said Tuesday that the men died in a single-car accident on the rural reservation. Details about the wreck haven’t been released.

Tribal Police Capt. Anthony Long Soldier confirmed the accident involved one vehicle. He said the victims have been identified as 24-year-old Juan Lamont, 21-year-old Tevin Tyon and


Nebraska Legislature exempts itself from open records law


Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s one-house Legislature was created with the promise of greater transparency in state government, but that promise falls short when it comes to some of the records lawmakers keep.

Legislators have exempted themselves from the state’s public records law, allowing them to withhold “correspondence, memoranda and records of telephone calls’’ that other state agencies and local governments must disclose. Such documents give the


Supporters unveil new plan to cover Medicaid gap population


Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lawmakers unveiled a new plan Tuesday to cover the so-called Medicaid gap population in Nebraska while opponents made clear that the proposal faces a steep uphill slog.

Supporters hailed the latest bill as a bipartisan, business-friendly approach to cover an estimated 77,000 childless, low-income adults. Three previous attempts to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law have failed because of conservative opposition.

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