USDA Neb. Crop Weather 7-16

Agricultural Summary: For the week ending July 15, 2012, dryland crops and pastures continued under stress due to hot and dry conditions blanketing the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.  Irrigation remains active; however some producers using surface water supplies were required to stop pumping due to low river levels.  Seventy percent of the corn crop was silking and nearly two-thirds of the soybean crop is blooming.   The first sorghum



July 18, 2012— Today, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson said that it is time for the Nebraska Legislature, health care providers, and consumers to set up a state-based health insurance exchange or regional exchange, because Nebraska’s governor has shown no intention of implementing health reform for Nebraskans.
“It may be time for providers and consumers in Nebraska to move beyond the fight and effort to engage state executive branch officials in developing a state-based exchange and move forward


NPPD seeks statewide conservation to address high temps; high energy use around the clock

COLUMBUS, NE – High temperatures and drought conditions are a challenging combination for Nebraskans who are trying to stay cool and irrigate crops during prime growing season. Combine these two conditions with unprecedented electrical loads that tax a traditionally reliable transmission system and Nebraskans are in a unique situation.  

“For 16 of the last 19 days, our customers’ electrical load has peaked higher than the last record peak we saw in 2006 of 2,671 megawatts,” said NPPD’s Vice



Kearney, NE - Drivers in Nebraska will soon face stiffer penalties for failure to stop for a school bus that is loading or unloading passengers. Beginning Thursday, July 19, there is a mandatory $500 fine and a loss of three operator’s license points if convicted of such a violation. Prior to the passage of LB 1039, introduced by State Senator Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, the minimum fine could have been as low as $100 and a loss of only one point.
“School bus safety has been a priority throughout


Department of Natural Resources Issues Closing Notices to Surface Water Irrigators Due to Lack of Water

The current drought experienced by Nebraska has presented challenges across the state. Extraordinarily dry conditions have reduced water supplies available to irrigators and helped diminish streamflows and water levels in reservoirs. As of July 17, 2012, the Department has closed over 1100 surface water permits throughout much of the state. Additional closing notices may be issued depending on flow conditions. The river basins affected include the Big Blue, Elkhorn, Hat Creek, Loup, Niobrara


Mission of Mercy serves 830 patients during free dental days

By  Ang Gilchrist
The seventh annual Nebraska Mission of Mercy(MOM) was held in Alliance on July 13-14. People from as far away as Kansas and Colorado began forming a line by noon on Thursday to ensure their spot to receive free dental services provided through MOM. According to the Alliance MOM Community Chair, D.N. Cork Taylor Jr, D.D.S., over 120 dentists and hygienists from Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska (including  a busload of dentists and students


Retirement not in Reeves’ vocabulary

By Deborah McCaslin, Chief Publisher Custer County Chief
Jean Reeves has no intention of retiring. She is a 79-year old cowgirl school teacher, to turn 80 in August, who doesn’t like to sit around, so she saddles up her horse and competes.
“I love the sprort of barrel racing,” she told the Chief in June at the National Barrel Horse Racing Association State Finals in Broken Bow.
She says she is a late bloomer... she has only been barrel racing since 1983. Her children were involved in high school


Nebraska utility tests underground storage of air

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) _ A Nebraska utility will pump compressed air 3,000 feet underground to see whether it can be stored there for later use in generating electricity.

The Nebraska Public Power District will use 14 compressors to inject 3 billion cubic feet of air into an underground geological formation that had been mined for natural gas, the Columbus Telegram said (

The one-year test was expected to cost about $8.14 million. NPPD's board of directors was told last

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