Two World War II fighter aces are helped from a private jet on their way back to California after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington on Wednesday. Dean S. "Diz" Laird, left, 94, is the only Navy ace to down both German and Japanese aircraft, sharing credit for two German planes while patrolling off Norway in 1943 and destroying four Japanese planes between 1944 and 1945. ...
Board members blame erosion on NRDs' project
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two directors of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District addressed recent erosion problems along the Medicine Creek during the monthly meeting of the directors of the Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project (NCORPE project) in McCook, Nebraska, Wednesday morning...
Three new members for Review Committee
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Citizens Advisory Review Committee is adding three members in the coming weeks. Former Mayor Dennis Berry was appointed to fill a vacancy on the committee left by the departure of former-Mayor Flora Lundberg and it was announced Monday he had asked to be replaced...
Vets deserve more than just our gratitude
From the Civil War veterans from both sides buried in our cemeteries, to the U.S. Cavalry that once patrolled wagon train routes through our area, Memorial Auditorium built to honor veterans of World War I, the McCook Army Air Base boom during World War II to the Armed Forces Reserve Center on our airport, the military has always been an important factor in Southwest Nebraska...
Mid Plains governors approve new salaries
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Meeting in North Platte Wednesday, the Mid Plains Community College board of governors approved a 4.7644 percent salary increase for part-time and full-time administration (excluding the college president), which is same as the weighted average of the negotiated faculty salary increase...
Summer-fun Spanish class offered
McCOOK, Neb. -- For five years now, Patty Keene of McCook has offered summer-time-fun Spanish classes, promising each year, "No homework. No tests. No stress." Patty smiles, "No hay tareas. No hay pruebas. No hay estrés." She adds, "We learn, for the fun of learning."...
Hughes: Openness, honesty key
McCOOK, Neb. -- District 44 State Sen. Dan Hughes is wrapping up his first legislative session in the coming days and indicated this morning he put a priority on openly stating his position and avoiding double-talk catered to the audience. Sen. Hughes displayed a willingness to support and oppose Gov. ...
Some planets had two names
Both Venus and Jupiter are available for our early evening entertainment at least through the end of July when Venus will retreat below the horizon on its way to passing between Earth and the Sun in early August. Since Venus is an inner planet -- in relation to Earth -- it, like Mercury, appears in our morning and evening skies on an alternating basis...
Make sure you know exactly where your money is going
Hear the words "cancer" and "children" in the same sentence, and most of us will feel a tug at the heartstrings. Mention "breast cancer" and images of a loved one are likely to come to mind, or even a personal experience. But we need to resist the urge to let our emotions take control of our money...
Elks donation allows Prairie Plains CASA continue, enhance service to children
McCOOK, Neb. -- A second donation from the McCook, Nebraska, Elks lodge to Prairie Plains Court-Appointed Special Advocates will allow CASA to continue to enhance the services it provides to children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect...
Cold spring rain
Karli Blank of McCook, Nebraska takes refuge under her umbrella Tuesday afternoon, after checking into summer classes at McCook Community College and stepping outside McMillen Hall into cold, steady rains. Kelley Creek, a couple blocks north, spilled from its normally-narrow channel. McCook received an official 1.23 inches of rain for the day...
Towns plan Memorial Day ceremonies
Memorial Day is the time to recount the sacrifice of all America's warriors, honor the memory of America's fighting men and women who died defending our nation and honor our family heritage. The observance usually includes the decoration of veterans and family graves and in fact originally was known as "Decoration Day."...
County jail escapee faces arraignment
BENKELMAN, Neb. -- An inmate at the Dundy County jail who escaped custody in April and was arrested a few hours later on Norris Avenue, armed with a handgun, was to face arraignment in Dundy County this morning on five felonies and three misdemeanor offenses...
Masons award four college scholarships to area youth
McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- Spring graduates of four Southwest Nebraska high schools received college scholarships from McCook, Nebraska, Masonic Lodge No. 135 AF & AM during the lodge's annual scholarship banquet the evening of May 18. Blue Lodge representative Greg Wolford told scholarship recipients that the Masons are a fraternal order with the mission "to make good men better." He said that Blue Lodge scholarship applicants were required to write an essay on the theme, "How to Live a Moral Life," because "that is what the Masons are about.". ...
Bronze by local artist featured at symposium
Bronze by Local Artist Featured at Symposium On May 14 and 15, the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs hosted a symposium titled, "Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead." The conference was built around the legacy of the historic Ponca chief who in 1879 won a Federal District Court law suit in Omaha, giving Indians legal rights under U.S. ...
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man who escaped from a Department of Corrections facility recently has been apprehended, according to the Nebraska VINELink service. The VINELink service sent out a notice at just past 1 a.m. Tuesday morning stating 29-year-old Vincent D. Bonacci had escaped, as of Monday. The service sent notification at just prior to 3 p.m. Tuesday that Bonacci had been apprehended and returned to custody...
Making every drop count -- Tilapia, veggies grown with aquaponics
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mary Kircher was the kind of kid who liked challenges. At 17, she took apart an engine and put it back together, just to see how it works. Now, she's used that sense of ingenuity to start OYUM, an aquaponics business at her home in rural McCook where she will grow fish (tilapia) and vegetables...
City dealing with water main issues
McCOOK, Neb. -- The city water main has sprung leaks near the intersection of East K Street and East First Street which will disrupt traffic and water service in the area in the coming days. The leaks developed in the oldest part of town, at least in regard to the city's water main infrastructure, according to Utilities Director Jesse Dutcher. ...
Alert indicates McCook man is escapee
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man sentenced to prison time on a felony drug charge has escaped from state custody, according to the Nebraska VINELink service. The offender, 29-year-old Vincent D. Bonacci, received prison time in connection with the theft of a pickup from a rural residence and related drug charges. He was ordered to serve 20 to 60 months in state prison in December of 2013. The VINELink service sent out a notice at just past 1 a.m. Tuesday morning stated he had escaped, as of Monday...
Heritage Hills Golf Course hosts C-5 District Golf Tournament
Hunter Quinn of Southern Valley lines up his putt during District C-5 play Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook.
Where's the nematode?
McCook, Nebraska, Junior High eighth grader Delaney Jumps looks for nematodes through the microscope at American Agricultural Laboratory in downtown McCook, during the eighth grade's annual "Ag Tour" Wednesday, May 13. Bob Olsen, left, the founder of Olsen's Agricultural Laboratory (the predecessor of the American Ag Lab owned by Christine and Kevin Grooms) explained to students that chemists in the lab test soil, leaves, feed, water, manure and compost samples sent for analysis from 35 to 40 states and from Canada, Mexico, South America and throughout Europe. ...
In hot pursuit
Ricky Lambert of Wiggins, Colorado, pursues a black calf across the Kiplinger Arena in McCook, Nebraska, Saturday morning, during the first round of the annual "Wayne Boyer Memorial." Event coordinator Garrett Nokes of rural McCook was very pleased with the weekend. ...
Mail-in vote credited for high turnout
McCOOK, Neb. -- Official results from the 2015 Red Willow County Special Election indicate voter turnout was increased by the mail-in format and election officials offered praise in other areas. A total of 1,821 ballots were cast out of a possible 4,735 registered voters, according to the Red Willow County Clerk's Office, producing last week's reported 38 percent voter turnout. ...
Postal Service marking annual National Dog Bite Prevention Week
McCOOK, Neb. -- Dog owners in the McCook area are being asked to show their letter carriers some love by making sure their pets are in separate rooms with closed doors before accepting mail from a carrier at their front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers. That's one of the key messages as the Postal Service launches National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 16-22...
Sentencing July 6 in protection order case
McCOOK, Neb. -- A plea agreement was reached earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court with a McCook man accused of violating a protection order by harassing his ex-girlfriend, smashing her windshield with a tire-iron among other actions, and scaring the couple's three children...