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2012 State 4-H Horse Exposition at Fonner State Park

 LINCOLN, Neb. -- Representing more than 70 counties across Nebraska, 414 youth riders will gather in Grand Island, Neb., from July 15-19 to compete in the 2012 Fonner State Park State 4-H Horse Exposition.
 4-H'ers who earned blue and purple ribbons at one of Nebraska's six district 4-H horse shows are qualified to compete in their specific events. Members enrolled in the 4-H horse project who did not qualify at the district level may still enter the showmanship and halter competitions at the


Sheridan County mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus - Residents urged to use caution outdoors

A mosquito pool from Sheridan County has recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. “Finding the virus in mosquito's gives public health officials an indication of the level of virus in the area and the risk to human beings of contracting the disease,” said Tabi Prochazka, Environmental Health Coordinator for Panhandle Public Health District.

Prochazka encourages everyone to follow these simple precautions to protect themselves and their families.

  • Use a mosquito repellant that contains


Certainty Encourages Economic Growth

The U.S. economy added just 80,000 jobs in June and the national unemployment rate remained above 8 percent for the 41st consecutive month.  With millions of Americans out of work or underemployed, it is the latest indication the President’s policies of massive deficit spending, increased federal regulation and calling for added taxes on America’s small businesses are failing to create economic growth.
Part of the problem is the amount of tax and regulatory uncertainty facing job creators as


Don’t lose your cool - hot weather tips for those traveling by car

With warm weather temperatures upon us, AAA reminds motorists to always carry a small cooler in your vehicle with bottles of cold water.  Vehicle breakdowns frequently occur when temperatures are near triple-digits.  Tire blowouts, ruptured hoses, overheated engines and broken fan belts are just some of the common problems that occur.  If you frequently leave your vehicle parked in direct sunlight, use a protective windshield sun shade.  It will help keep the front seat, steering wheel, and


Fire Activity Remains Light

While the recent rain dampened some areas, warmer, drier weather is in the forecast.  Officials ask the public to exercise an extra measure of caution, and practice heightened fire safety at all times.
Red Shirt
Firefighters responded to one wildfire late Friday evening near Red Shirt, South Dakota, on the Buffalo National Grassland, a unit of the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands.  This 36-acre fire was located three miles northwest of Red Shirt, and had several engines and a 20-person


Envirothon Training Offered July 20 near Scottsbluff

Area students and educators who are interested in gaining tips, knowledge and insight for training a competitive Envirothon team are invited to attend an Envirothon training workshop July 20 at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Scottsbluff. The daylong workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. It is free and open to all science, agriculture, environment or natural resource teachers and any interested high school students. Lunch will be provided.

Workshop instructors will provide a general


Man donates money for children’s home in Pine Ridge

RAPID CITY, South Dakota (AP) - A Michigan man has pledged to donate as much money as needed to build a 40-bed children’s home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Officials involved in the project say the home would likely cost nearly $1 million. Officials say foster care is needed if children must spend the night away from their parents, which often happens when parents are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol when children are in the vehicle. The new home


Gov. Heineman declares emergency on statewide drought conditions

Gov. Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to current drought conditions throughout the state.

Gov. Heineman authorized an emergency declaration for statewide drought that allows state personnel and resources to assist with emergency situations and prevention, and allows maximum flexibility to the state to deploy Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assets and resources as needed.

“This declaration is important for continued efforts of state officials

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