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Transmittal letter comparison shows $200K increase (Local News ~ 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 (Local News ~ 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 (Local News ~ 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...
Bite the other side of the apple (Opinion Column ~ 08/23/16)
Last week the McCook City Manager presented next year's budget to the Council and gave them the heads up that revenues might be a little short. His solution was to increase the property tax levy by 3 cents or so. Whoa that is biting off the wrong side of the apple. ...
Police: Abduction claim unsubstantiated (Local News ~ 08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook police have determined that a report of an attempted child abduction at Walmart in McCook Friday is unfounded. Police have investigated and watched security surveillance videos and determined that no child abduction attempt occurred. The investigation continues into possible false reporting...
Man arrested for drugs predicts, receives reduced sentence (Local News ~ 08/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A man arrested by the McCook Police Department in April wasn't overly concerned with the felony drug charge he was facing, accurately predicting at the time it would ultimately be pleaded down to a misdemeanor. The man, 33-year-old Levi J. ...
New car, new hose in city budget (Local News ~ 08/18/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders finalized capital expenditure requests in the coming budget year before approving the 2016-17 fiscal year budget on first reading Monday evening. The adjustments included reducing a request from the police department for two new police vehicles, down to one vehicle, among other changes...
Trash hike, employee wage increase advance; property tax hike likely (Local News ~ 08/16/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders approved the upcoming fiscal year budget on first reading Monday evening, advancing a bump in local trash rates and an across-the-board city employee wage hike while indicating the city property tax levy would likely see a 3-cent or higher increase this year...
Official: A lot going on tourism-wise in McCook area (Local News ~ 08/12/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- You might not think of McCook as a tourist destination, but there are times -- from time to time -- when that is exactly what this place on the plains is. The Tourism Director for McCook and Red Willow County, Carol Schlegel, gave the 'Coffee with a Cop' crowd evidence of McCook's tourism drawing power Tuesday morning during a leisurely chat about branding, birding and Face-booking...
Property, cell phone tax eyed for city shortfall (Local News ~ 08/12/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders are facing a budget shortfall and looking to a couple familiar solutions, increasing the property tax levy and implementing an occupation tax on cell phones. "We're at a point we need to consider options for alternate revenue sources," said City Manager Nate Schneider during a budget review meeting Wednesday evening. ...
On the Record (Other Records ~ 08/09/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Activity log These items are taken from reports filed by the McCook Police Department. The locations refer to block numbers, not specific addresses. If you have information about any of these reports, call the police department at (308) 345-3450...
Our faulty memories (Opinion Column ~ 08/05/16)
It's been said that we are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars. We feel like the most compelling thing we can tell someone else is that we know what we saw. And those who are experts on the functioning of the brain say no you don't. You have a distorted and constructed memory of a distorted and constructed perception, both of which are subservient to whatever narrative your brain is operating under...
On the Record (Other Records ~ 08/03/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Activity log These items are taken from reports filed by the McCook Police Department. The locations refer to block numbers, not specific addresses. If you have information about any of these reports, call the police department at (308) 345-3450...
Names released in Keith County fatality crash (Local News ~ 08/01/16)
OGALLALA, Neb. -- A multiple vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 80, near Brule on Sunday, July 31, claimed the lives of five members of a Minnesota family. Killed in the crash were, Jamison Pals, 29, his wife, Kathryne Pals, 29, both of Minneapolis, Minn., and the couple's three children, 3-year old Ezra, 23-month old Violet, and 2-month old Calvin...
What was he thinking? (Opinion Column ~ 07/29/16)
The more outrageous things are, the more outrageous they become. On Wednesday, Donald Trump called on Russian premier Putin to hack into the private files of Americans to discover the emails that Secretary of State Clinton deleted. Sources have said that the only files she deleted were personal but, based on the results of the FBI investigation, who knows?...
On the Record (Other Records ~ 07/29/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Activity log These items are taken from reports filed by the McCook Police Department. The locations refer to block numbers, not specific addresses. If you have information about any of these reports, call the police department at (308) 345-3450...
On the Record (Other Records ~ 07/27/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Activity log These items are taken from reports filed by the McCook Police Department. The locations refer to block numbers, not specific addresses. If you have information about any of these reports, call the police department at (308) 345-3450...
On the Record (Other Records ~ 07/26/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Activity log These items are taken from reports filed by the McCook Police Department. The locations refer to block numbers, not specific addresses. If you have information about any of these reports, call the police department at (308) 345-3450...
Part II -- The Hubbard Glacier and humpback whales (Column ~ 07/25/16)
Despite the Republican Party's selection of a sometimes belligerent nominee and Cleveland residents open-carrying assault-type weapons -- or perhaps because they were -- the GOP convention came off relatively smoothly. This week's Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia is shaping up to be entirely different...
Election year shapes up as strangest since '68 (Editorial ~ 07/25/16)
Despite the Republican Party's selection of a sometimes belligerent nominee and Cleveland residents open-carrying assault-type weapons -- or perhaps because they were -- the GOP convention came off relatively smoothly. This week's Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia is shaping up to be entirely different...
Local troopers deserve credit for traffic safety (Editorial ~ 07/22/16)
Troopers would be the first to say they didn't deserve all the credit, but local troopers certainly deserve their share for helping prevent needless traffic fatalities last year. The McCook Sergeant Area was the only Nebraska State Patrol work area in the state to record zero fatality accidents during the 2015 calendar year...
Man gets 180 days for threatening officers (Local News ~ 07/21/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man responsible for a lock down at Community Hospital earlier this year received jail time last week on a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident. The man, 25-year-old Anthony S. Heflin, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and received credit for 102 days already served during a July 11 hearing in Red Willow County District Court. ...
County, city play 'catch up' on dispatching fees (Local News ~ 07/20/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County commissioners conceded Monday morning that the county can't afford to develop and operate its own dispatch system, so they'll pay what the City of McCook is requesting for the use of its dispatching service. Commissioners agreed to pay $52,439 for dispatching sheriff's officers during 2016-17, and then a committee of city and county officials will determine how the county can "catch up" to the city's actual costs of dispatching for the sheriff's department...
Guard mission to remain relatively the same (Letter to the Editor ~ 07/19/16)
I read the recent commentary by Dick Trail ("Helping our neighbor," July 12, 2016) with interest and offer the following in response: First, he is correct that our Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve volunteers play an extremely important role in helping us educate our National Guard and Reserve members' employers and helping address any issues or concerns when they arise. ...
Police urge caution in playing smartphone app (Local News ~ 07/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department has joined other law enforcement agencies in urging caution when playing Pokemon Go. As the smartphone app becomes more common, so do reports of injuries and violations of law resulting from unscrupulous gameplay, according to an MPD release...
Two major projects set for local highways (Local News ~ 07/15/16)

Hearing set for paving, walkway (Local News ~ 07/15/16)

The west will have to admit it's at war (Editorial ~ 07/15/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 07/15/16)

Pay it forward (Local News ~ 07/12/16)

Helping our neighbor (Opinion Column ~ 07/12/16)

Latest electronic game gets players off Mom's couch (Editorial ~ 07/11/16)

Officers deserve support, even after honest mistakes (Editorial ~ 07/08/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 07/08/16)

Police: Fewer fireworks calls this year (Local News ~ 07/06/16)

Independence and the EPA (Opinion Column ~ 07/05/16)

Darrel W. Messersmith (Obituaries ~ 07/05/16)

Barnett Park closed (Local News ~ 07/03/16)

Pieces of McCook (Column ~ 06/24/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 06/22/16)

Uncle Charlie (Opinion Column ~ 06/21/16)

Big cats not unheard of in Southwest Nebraska (Editorial ~ 06/20/16)

Fireworks safety: Keep up the good work (Local News ~ 06/20/16)

Las Vegas, then and now (Opinion Column ~ 06/17/16)

Accidents happen (Column ~ 06/16/16)

Vacation no time to let down your guard (Editorial ~ 06/16/16)

Repeat drug offender sentenced to prison (Local News ~ 06/15/16)

Man serves 180 days for assault that broke officer's nose (Local News ~ 06/10/16)

Impacting on crime (Opinion Column ~ 05/27/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/27/16)

Culbertson native among those saved by new medical device (Local News ~ 05/26/16)

Recycled sewer gas to power buses (Editorial ~ 05/24/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/23/16)

Councilman: City not paying huge pensions (Local News ~ 05/20/16)

Officer's nose fractured, plea reduced to attempted assault (Local News ~ 05/19/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/19/16)

Section offers thanks to officers during National Police Week (Local News ~ 05/18/16)

Police step up camper parking enforcement (Local News ~ 05/16/16)

Neighbor grateful for teen's timely CPR training (Local News ~ 05/16/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/16/16)

late McCook police officer inducted into Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial (Local News ~ 05/13/16)

Watt birthday (Birthdays ~ 05/13/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/13/16)

Teacher injured in mishap at school (Local News ~ 05/12/16)

Police seek calls on sidewalk issues (Local News ~ 05/10/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/10/16)

Playground now officially 'A Street Park' (Local News ~ 05/06/16)

Police Week, City Clerks Week proclaimed (Local News ~ 05/06/16)

Project advances (Local News ~ 05/03/16)

Starve the beast (Letter to the Editor ~ 05/02/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/02/16)

City asking to change ordinance, snow removal obligation (Local News ~ 04/29/16)

Left, then right, and repeat (Local News ~ 04/27/16)

Firearm education needed (Editorial ~ 04/26/16)

Accident with injuries (Local News ~ 04/26/16)

Former cop finds true calling as teacher (Local News ~ 04/25/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 04/25/16)

On the Record (Other Records ~ 04/22/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 04/21/16)

City raises idea of county-wide animal enforcement (Local News ~ 04/20/16)

Hundreds attend DARE graduation (Local News ~ 04/20/16)

Crimes decline for 2015 (Local News ~ 04/19/16)

Water, water everywhere (Local News ~ 04/18/16)

City equipment purchase below budget (Local News ~ 04/15/16)

Coffee with a Cop (Local News ~ 04/13/16)

Teddy Roosevelt Part I: The early years (Column ~ 04/11/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 04/11/16)

The Police Olympics (Opinion Column ~ 04/08/16)

Safety first (Local News ~ 04/06/16)

Scam callers target Dish Network customers (Local News ~ 04/05/16)

Balthazor promoted to command Troop E (Local News ~ 04/04/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/30/16)

Hospital activates controlled access (Local News ~ 03/28/16)

Cops may get tuition break (Local News ~ 03/28/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/28/16)

New felonies draw prison time (Local News ~ 03/25/16)

Troublesome stoplight, U-turn discussed (Local News ~ 03/24/16)

Honk if you're happy (Column ~ 03/24/16)

New officer (Local News ~ 03/21/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/21/16)