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Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska reach consensus on Republican River Compact (08/26/16)
MANHATTAN, KS -- Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska established an agreement this week in the longstanding conflict over water from the Republican River basin, as the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions. Representatives from the three states have been meeting monthly for over two years, in an effort to change the approach and improve how they manage interstate water matters. ...
A trip to the Ozarks, and back (08/26/16)
I only had enough space last week to write about the very end of my trip which ended unpleasantly with a cancelled flight in Denver. Actually the rest of the trip was pretty pleasant. Except for my flight to Denver and back to McCook on Boutique Airlines, the rest of the journey was made on Delta. ...
Local artist selected for magazine's online gallery (08/26/16)
HOLDREGE, Neb. -- McCook artist Deb Goodenberger has been selected as one of 10 artists featured in the magazine Nebraska Rural Living's new online art gallery. Deb has been an artist all her life. She teaches art for students in first through eighth grade in three buildings in McCook. ...
Blood drives set for next week (08/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Blood donations are especially needed this time of year because of summertime demands and shortage of donors, according to Red Cross officials. All types of blood are needed and welcome at next week's drives in McCook. They will be 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Red Willow County Community building, 1412 W. Fifth, and again 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday...
Levy bump preferred over cuts in reserves (08/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leadership is leaning towards increasing McCook's property tax levy for the first time since 2002, while also indicating reducing the levy in two years would be considered. The levy increase is being described as the preferred option to cover a $118,000 budgeted shortfall and reducing the levy back down was described as a possibility once debt from the multi-million dollar Municipal Center is retired in 2018. ...
Hunter & May Pottery (08/26/16)
Logan Hunter, whose grandparents are Ruthann and Marvin Klooz of rural McCook, offers "Hunter & May Pottery" at Keystone Floral in downtown McCook. Logan's website indicates that he and Hannah May met as students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and now share a studio where they display their wood fired and electric fired ceramic work. ...
Second time's a charm (08/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Thursday afternoon, Jason Leever bought a 1997 Pontiac Firebird. For the second time. After paying $1,900 for the fire-engine-red muscle car at the City of McCook surplus auction Thursday, Jason said he's going to restore it. Sure, a Firebird's powerful. Sure, it's classy. And that red makes it look fast even when it's sitting still. But why restore the 19-year-old car?...
City budget includes cuts to new purchases (08/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 2016-17 City of McCook budget advanced last week with city leaders raising concerns related to shrinking revenues and indicating a budgeted shortfall is prompting the need for a property tax increase. Prior to City Council providing first reading approval of the budget, City Manager Nate Schneider indicated a $118,000 budget shortfall was originally projected to be even worse but was improved by eliminating some requested equipment purchases...
'Blue Goose' returns to MCC campus (08/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Thanks to newspaper readers, McCook Community College has been reunited with its long lost "Blue Goose" and preparations are being made to bring it back for the college's 90th anniversary celebration Sept. 3. Since leaving campus in 1988, the Blue Goose has been owned by Joe Bellamy of Elwood and the vehicle is still being used for special occasions including weddings, proms, birthdays and now -- for an anniversary celebrating Nebraska's oldest community college...
College buys houses, sets proposed budget (08/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid-Plains board of governors approved the purchase of four homes for student housing in McCook and approved for publication a budget proposal of $42.8 million. The four homes, on the 900 block of East D, are already being rented for EMT students. Each house will cost approximately $95,000...
'Box boys' (08/25/16)
Employees and officers from McCook National Bank unload 4,300 pounds of non-perishable food and 16 boxes of frozen meats at the McCook Pantry Monday. Pantry volunteers -- most often John Sines, George Patterson, Dick Neal, Bob Hardy and Bill Marshall -- have loaded food up at the Mid-Nebraska Food Bank in Kearney once a month for 12 years. ...
Photogenic amphibians (08/24/16)
A frog decorates a pot hand-crafted by Arkansas potter Logan Hunter, grandson of Ruthann and Marvin Klooz of rural McCook. Logan's and Hannah May's work -- offered as "Hunter & May Pottery" -- is available at Keystone Floral in downtown McCook. Right, outside, in a cool McCook garden, a fat toad poses for his close-up. Submit your local photos for publication consideration at: www.mccookgazette.com...
MEDC touts 'best of' list (08/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb.-- Soon after McCook's birth as a railroad town in 1882, Nebraska's major newspapers nicknamed McCook "The Magical City of the West." More than a century and a quarter later, the title still seems appropriate, with this now modern "Magic City" on the edge of the American West garnering more than 24 "Best Of" honors in the past two years...
Surplus auction (08/24/16)
"Numerous bicycles" and vehicles ranging from a 1979 Chevy K1500 pickup to a 1997 Pontiac Firebird and a 2011 Dodge Charger will sell at a City of McCook surplus auction Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the old landfill site west of the John Deere dealership on old Highway 6. The sale bill also includes two green Kawasaki motorcycles and a couple of camper trailers...
Transmittal letter comparison shows $200K increase (08/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Each year the McCook city manager drafts a transmittal letter identifying key areas of the proposed city budget leading up to first reading approval. A comparison of transmittal letters from the city budget which advanced last week and the letter published with last year's budget indicates city General Fund expenses have increased...
Official cites cuts in expenses (08/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook's upcoming fiscal year budget advanced on first reading last week and was touted by at least one city leader for including an overall reduction in General Fund expenditures when compared to the prior year. During the budget reading, City Manager Nate Schneider said the transmittal letter covered the crux of the 2016-17 proposed budget and thanked city department heads for their budget work this year...
Man arrested for sending explicit photos (08/24/16)
BENKELMAN, Neb. -- A 24-year-old Benkelman man is being charged with enticement by electronic communication device after North Platte police say he sent sexually-explicit pictures to a teenager. North Platte police investigator John Deal told the North Platte Telegraph newspaper that the parents of a teen told police that Devin Bolio of Benkelman sent photos of his genitals and sexually-explicit messages online to the 14-year-old...
Sun-warmed prairie (08/24/16)
A windmill west of Culbertson stands guard over pastures going brown in late-summer heat. Isolated thunderstorms are forecasted to return Friday with sun and high-80s dominating the remainder of the upcoming forecast.
Gov. Ricketts, State Sen. Hughes here Wednesday (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraskans will have an opportunity to be face-to-face with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Wednesday, Aug. 24, when the 52-year-old, first term chief executive comes to McCook for a Town Hall meeting at the Keystone Business Center...
New student union, 90th anniversary party, new teachers greet McCook college students (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new and improved student union, a new wave of teachers, positive trends in student retention, and a 90th anniversary celebration highlight the start of the fall semester at McCook Community College. The major renovations this year to the student union -- and in the past couple years at Brooks Hall -- are all part of Mid-Plains Community College's Master Facilities Plan...
County needs nearly $1 million to balance budget (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County's budget clerk told county commissioners Monday morning to call him if they need anything before the next discussion of the budget in a week. "Ahhh," said commissioner Earl McNutt, in his deep, understated drawl, "All we need is a million dollars."...
Remember when (08/23/16)
The McCook High School marching band greets President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he stopped in McCook in 1956, one of his campaign stops on the train, the "Eisenhower Special." The picture was sent to the McCook Gazette by Matt Wilson of Hastings, Neb., formerly of McCook, who recently helped a friend pack and found this and three other pictures taken at the same event. ...
Sentencing set in illegal drug stamp, meth possession case (08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A plea agreement was reached earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court with a man facing a felony charge for not having a state-issued illegal drug stamp, among other offenses. The man, 20-year-old Jacob A. Cash, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing on a pair of Class IV felony offenses; for not having an illegal drug stamp and for possession of methamphetamine. ...
Third human West Nile case confirmed in Southwest Nebraska Health Department District (08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A third human case of West Nile Virus have been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) health district according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. "Receiving our third confirmed case of West Nile Virus has our staff highly concerned," states Melissa Propp,RN, Surveillance Nurse at SWNPHD. ...
New breath tester for sheriff's office (08/22/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Sheriff's Office has received one hand-held alcohol breath testing unit through a traffic safety grant award. The unit, valued at $285 was provided by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety as part of the state's ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities...

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