Panhandle Health Group Closing Its Doors

A hearing was held on Thursday in Gering at the civic center in regard to closing or  keeping open the Panhandle Health Group.  The Panhandle Health Group has been plagued by funding problems, and has reported financial losses in many recent years. A portion of the hearing was open to public comments, with over twenty community members making their voice heard in favor of keeping the Panhandle Health Group open. After a board discussion, a…

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School Bus Accident

On Friday 02/02/2018 @ 06:25 Scottsbluff Police, Fire, and Valley Ambulance responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of Hwy 26 and East 27TH Street. Upon arrival officers learned that a First Student School Bus had been east bound on East 27TH Street. The bus was stopped for a red traffic light. The light turned green and the bus entered the intersection. The bus was struck by a semi tractor-trailer that was southeast bound…

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Nebraska Bike-Walk Summit

Scottsbluff – To make it easier for students to participate in the 2018 Nebraska Bike-Walk Summit on March 2-3 in Kearney, a scholarship is being offered for Panhandle college students to attend the summit. Up to two scholarships will be offered to cover summit registration and a stipend for meals and lodging. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and living in the Nebraska Panhandle. Application deadline is Feb. 9. Scholarship application and additional information…

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2018 IMAGE Winners Announced

Scottsbluff, Nebraska -1/31/18- It’s photography time once again during West Nebraska Arts Center’s 36th Annual IMAGE exhibit. Each year this gallery exhibit includes a wide variety of photographs showcasing technical innovations and aesthetic curiosities. The exhibit this year, sponsored by Laura Clark and dedicated to the memory of William J. Clark, includes 120 photographs from 40 artists in the Panhandle. Professional photographer, Nicole Smith of Scottsbluff, selected the awards for this year’s exhibit. One Best…

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Nebraska Bigfoot Crossroads of America Conference

The Nebraska Bigfoot Crossroads of America holds educational and scientific conferences; illustrating What Happens WHEN HISTORY MEETS SCIENCE. The 2nd annual Bigfoot Conference of America is Nebraska’s largest and only educational conference of this nature. The founder and team, THE BIGFOOT LADIES, consists of the only all-female group of researchers and investigators in the United States. Their goal is to bring further knowledge and appreciation of this unique species, “out of the WOODS”. The World…

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Oregon Trail Community Foundation supports training for first responders and health care providers

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation of Scottsbluff has made a $5,000 gift to support the Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) program that was successfully launched this year by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and various partners. The gift made to the University of Nebraska Foundation bolsters the university’s Scottsbluff-based program operations and the custom medical simulation vehicle based there that is used in medical training throughout the area. SIM-NE Program Director Brian Monaghan said mobile…

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*UPDATE* Late Night Pursuit Winds Up In Fatality

On January 7, 2018 at approximately 9:49 p.m. a Mitchell NE Police Officer responded to a report of a 1994 Chevrolet pickup going west in the eastbound lane of Highway 26 approaching Mitchell. The Officer located the vehicle at a convenience store and attempted to stop it as it was leaving eastbound on Highway 26. The vehicle initially stopped, and the driver then fled when the Officer exited his car. As the vehicle was fleeing…

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PAY RAISES-COUNTY OFFICIALS

Commissioners get biggest pay raise by percentage GERING, Neb. (AP) — County commissioners have given themselves the biggest raise by percentage when compared to those they granted to other elected officials in Scotts Bluff County. On Tuesday the commissioners approved a hike of nearly 39 percent, taking their wages from nearly $18,000 for next year to nearly $25,000 in 2019. Nebraska statutes require commissioners to set the salaries of elected officials by Jan. 15 of each election…

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Four Individuals Arrested In Sex Trafficking Case

On December 30th during the evening hours the Panhandle Regional Team of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force conducted a pro active law enforcement initiative focused on investigating subjects interested in purchasing sex from adult and minor females. As a result of the investigation 4 individuals were arrested and taken to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center where they were booked and confined.   The four arrested:   From Left to Right (Marty Houser, Benjamin…

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Krystal Gabel is officially on the ballot for Nebraska Governor

Krystal Gabel is officially on the ballot for Nebraska Governor. She will challenge Gov. Pete Ricketts for the Republican bid in the May 15, 2018 Primary. The Gabel for Governor campaign office opens on January 1, 2018, at 635 South 50th Avenue, Omaha NE 68106. Office hours are 5-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday. All Nebraskans are welcome to call and/or visit the office to learn more about the Gabel campaign and voting in the next election. Gabel’s…

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