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Earth Day Celebration 2014
2014-04-08T09:41

Keep Scottsbluff Gering Beautiful's Kathy Kropuenske and Panhandle Coop's Susan Wiedeman were guests on KNEB's News Extra program Tuesday morning.

The 2014 Earth Day Celebration will take place in the Main Street Market parking lot in Scottsbluff on Saturday, April 12th.

They will be giving away cloth bags when you bring in a bag full of plastic bags starting at 10 a.m.  Trees will be given away by NPNRD starting at 10 a.m. Household Battery Collection by the Customer Service Booth inside the store.

Electronic Collection starts at 10 a.m. in the north parking lot (Donations welcome to offset costs of transportation.)

Platte Valley Bank - Document Shredding starting at 10 a.m.
Cardboard Collection by Docu-Shred.

KNEB-FM Live Remote from 10 a.m. until noon.

Auto Battery & Propane Bottle Collection - 18" or smaller Tire Collection 10-noon. (Limit of four passenger tires please)

Recyclables including cardboard, aluminum, plastics, magazines and newspapers by Environmental Services City of Scottsbluff.

Used Oil & Antifreeze Collection by the City of Gering.
Regional West Foundation Announces Campaign for Continuing Excellence
2014-04-02T08:04

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., – The wall of plastic enclosing part of the second floor lobby at Regional West Medical Center is the first sign that something new is happening at the hospital.

Workers have been steadily moving I-beams and construction materials through an opening in the outer wall of the main entrance since the first of the year, as work begins on a new education center.

For many, it’s the first sign of the major fundraising campaign launched more than two years ago by Regional West Foundation to support important improvements at the Medical Center.

For the past two years, Regional West Foundation board members and campaign volunteers have been meeting with local businesses, potential donors, and Regional West employees, as well as writing grants in support of Regional West Foundation’s first major capital campaign in over a decade, “The Campaign for Continuing Excellence.”

“Our goal is to raise $4.2 million over five years to fund investments in technology, expand health care services, provide space for on-site education for health care providers, and support the Medical Center’s renewal project. I’m very pleased to announce that we have successfully raised almost two-thirds of our goal,” said Regional West Foundation President John Massey.

Oregon Trail Community Foundation President Travis Hiner said their board was unanimously in favor of pledging $45,000 to the campaign.


“Regional West Medical Center is a vital force in our community. It provides health care and careers for our family and friends, and is a mainstay of our regional economy,” said Hiner.

In addition to other substantial pledges, funds raised at the 2013 Regional West Foundation Gala were donated to the Campaign for Continuing Excellence.

Now, Regional West Foundation is kicking off a community campaign in an effort to meet or exceed their goal. This will be the Foundation’s first major fundraising campaign since its 1995 campaign to raise funds for the Regional Communications Network.

Projects designated for funding through the Campaign for Continuing Excellence include development of a new education center, which is being constructed adjacent to the Medical Center’s second floor lobby. It will feature the latest audio-visual and communications technology and provide on-site meeting space for more than 250 people.

“The education center will provide the room and technology to allow our staff to access continuing education on-site, rather than traveling to attend conferences and courses,” said Shelley Knutson, executive director of Regional West Foundation.

In addition, renovation on 2 West patient care unit will soon be underway as part of the Medical Center’s “Renewal Project.” The Foundation has committed $600,000 for the renovation which will include complete demolition and new construction of approximately 24 patient rooms and adjacent hallways.

The campaign will also fund the purchase and installation of a large-bore CT simulator at the Cancer Treatment Center as well as new cardiac catheterization equipment in the Heart Center.

“Nearly 20 years ago, our donors showed their faith in Regional West by supporting our efforts to establish an emergency communication system for trauma services,” Massey said. “Today, thanks in large part to donors’ generosity, Western Nebraska has reliable, seamless emergency communication between ground, air, and hospitals. The ‘Campaign for Continuing Excellence’ is another great opportunity for donors to consider their support of Regional West Foundation and to ensure quality health care services for the future.”

CALJE to perform at Midwest Theater
2014-03-19T08:31

Billy Estes was guest on KNEB's News Extra program Wednesday morning to invite you to a performance by the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Midwest Theater on
Thursday, March 27,2014 at 7:30 p.m.

CALJE is regarded as the new and innovative force on the Latin Jazz scene. With a global sound and ensemble, this band represents Afro-Cuban Jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. They incorporate traditional Cuban rhythms such as son, guaguanco, and clave negra with modern Jazz harmony. Through this fusion concept, they have explored writing new music based on Argentinian Tango, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena, Spanish Flamenco and Jamaican Reggae. CALJE delivers captivating performances and high energy in the form of dance grooves.

Ticket Prices:
Main Floor Member/Student $18.00 / Non-Member $20.00
All Balcony Tickets $18.00 *Seats are Reserved

Purchase Tickets in Person at the Midwest Theater, CALL 632-4311, MidwestTheater.com.
4-H Expo to be held this Saturday in Mitchell
2014-03-12T09:39

4-H Leader Jana Schwartz and Jr. Leader Emily Garl were guests on KNEB's News Extra program Wednesday morning.

They were on the program to promote the 4-H Expo at the Event Center in Mitchell this Saturday. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4-H is a national youth organization that prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their workplace, community, and the world.

4-H’ers across the nation are responding to challenges every day in their communities and their world.

With a rich history and an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
Nutrition scoring system to help make healthier choices
2014-03-10T09:49

Regional West Dietitian Marcia Bauer and Panhandle Coop Marketing Director Susan Wiedeman join Kevin Mooney on KNEB's News Extra program Monday morning. They are on the program to talk about NuVal, a nutritional scoring system that will be widely available within the next month.

You know that making better food choices is essential to good health, but it can be confusing and time-consuming. Now the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System is here to help.

Developed by a recognized team of nutrition and medical experts from leading health organizations and universities, the NuVal System is a food-scoring system that helps consumers see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food they buy.

How the Scoring Works The NuVal System scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal Score, the higher the nutrition. It’s that simple.

Because the NuVal System applies the same nutritional criteria to all foods, you can now quickly and easily compare the nutritional value of foods not only within a category (vegetables) but also across categories (vegetables and veggie burgers).
Bellevue University teams with WNCC for four year degree program
2014-03-06T08:35

Michael Broderick is the Bellevue University representative at Western Nebraska Community College. Michael was our guest on KNEB's News Extra program Wednesday morning.

Western Nebraska Community College has a new partnership with Bellevue University, a four-year institution that offers bachelor's and post graduate degrees. Starting this fall semester, Bellevue University offers classes on the WNCC Scottsbluff Campus.

Partnering with Bellevue compliments WNCC's mission of assuring learning opportunities for all throughout western Nebraska. Further, one of the College's strategic plan initiatives is to advance the degree opportunities for working adults, a demographic to which Bellevue caters.

For information, call 308-635-6772, or stop by the Williams building on the WNCC campus.
Spaghetti Feed Saturday to benefit Lyman VFD
2014-02-24T09:43

Michelle Hill and Tom Welsch from the Lyman Volunteer Fire Department were guests on KNEB's News Extra program Monday morning.


They were on the show to promote the department's annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser this Saturday, March 1st from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lyman Fire Hall.  Funds will be used to upgrade the radio system for their ambulance, pay for bunker gear, and help move them closer to the purchase of a new pumper truck.
Pre-Medicare Informational program discussed on News Extra
2014-02-21T09:38



A Pre-Medicare informational program will be held Feb. 26 at Scottsbluff.

Help is available for people who will be 65 in the next year or two, are receiving mail about Medicare insurance, and want to learn more about Medicare and what it covers.

Jeanne Murray, UNL Extension Educator and a Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer, joins Kevin Mooney on KNEB's News Extra program Friday morning. Jeanne will present an informational program on pre-Medicare issues Feb. 26 in Scottsbluff. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff. Enter the building through the side door to the left of the main front doors on the east side of the Center.

Topics include how and when to apply for Medicare; what to do for those who want to keep working and delay Medicare; explanations of Part A, Part B, and Part D; descriptions of Medicare Advantage plans; deciding whether to purchase Medigap or supplemental insurance; and things to consider when choosing a plan. There will also be information on Medicare’s preventive services and MyMedicare.gov, the place where claim information is stored.

For adequate handouts, please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 25, to the Scotts Bluff County Extension Office, 308-632-1480.
Polar Plungers set to get wet and cold for a good cause
2014-02-20T09:32

Kathy Scott from Special Olympics and Sheriff Mark Overman were guests on KNEB's News Extra program Thursday morning for one final push before Saturday's Panhandle Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Nebraska.

A plunger can be anyone with enough nerve and heart, willing to dip more than their toes in some freezing water for a good cause. Minimum donations start at $50. Plungers can participate on an individual basis or be part of a team. And if you're taking the plunge, just know that this event is all about having fun while doing good. In other words, dress up in a costume or come up with a theme for your team, the wackier the better.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Teams and individual plunges will start at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the plunge there will be a post-plunge party held at YMCA Camp. Food will be provided for the plungers and there are incentives at the $75 through $3,000 levels. Polar Plunge merchandise will also be available for purchase at the party. Friends and family members of the plungers are also invited to attend the post-plunge party.

For full information, log on to: Scottsbluffcounty.org.
Bluffs Middle School Band events promoted on News Extra
2014-02-19T02:27

Bluffs Middle School Band Instructor Michael Koch was guest on KNEB's News Extra program Wednesday morning to promote a number of activities they will be involved in soon.

The Tenth Annual Western Nebraska Middle Level Instrumental Music Contest will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at Scottsbluff Senior High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Area schools participating in the contest this year are: Alliance Middle School, Bayard Junior High, Bluffs Middle School (Band and Orchestra), Bridgeport Junior High, and Gering Junior High.

Contest Director/Host, Michael A. Koch, has scheduled over 190 solos/small ensembles and 9 large ensembles for this years’ event. The solos will take place at Scottsbluff Senior High School from 7:30 a.m. to noon with the large ensembles taking the SHS Auditorium stage beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The judges for this years’ contest will be Stacey Bean (Kearney, Nebraska), Duane Johnson (Hastings, Nebraska), Steven J. Miller (Cheyenne, WY), Michael Stephens (Chadron, Nebraska), and Jan Wymore (Kearney, Nebraska). We are confident that they will make this event a very positive learning experience for all involved. The judges will have time to talk to each soloist and large ensemble and will offer encouragement and advice to help them improve as players. Our hope is that this early contest experience will give the students more confidence to try out for an Honor Band or to take a solo to District Music Contest as they progress through their school music programs.

The Middle Level Contest is open to the public. Please be aware, however, that the solo rooms are small. (Seating 10-15 people plus the judge and the soloist) We also ask that audience members follow appropriate performance etiquette while in attendance so that we might give these young musicians the very best experience possible. We know that you will be proud of their accomplishments.

A complete list of the contest results will be available following the contest.


Bluffs Middle School Band Presents Mid-Winter Concert

On Monday, February 24th, Bluffs Middle School will present the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Concert Bands in a Mid-Winter Concert. The Concert will be held in the Scottsbluff Senior High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. Please make plans to attend and support these young musicians.

Bluffs Middle School Jazz Band/WNCC “Fire in the Pan” Swingers Concert

In Celebration of ‘Music in our Schools’ Month, the BMS 7th & 8th Grade Jazz Band and the WNCC ‘Fire in the Pan’ Swingers will be performing a combined CONCERT on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the BMS Cafetorium.
Westco American Legion Baseball Banquet promoted on News Extra
2014-02-14T09:47

Amy Winters was guest on KNEB's News Extra program Friday morning to promote the Westco American Legion Baseball Banquet to be held on April 4th at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Scottsbluff. 


There will be 100 tickets available at $250 per ticket. The top prize $5,500 with lots of both live and silent auction items. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 21st. For information, call 308-641-5125.
WNCC "A Gale Evening" previewed on News Extra
2014-02-11T09:45

WNCC Vocal Music Director Rita Stinner was guest on KNEB's News Extra Tuesday morning. 

The Western Nebraska Community College Vocal Music Program, under the direction of Rita Stinner, presents the 24th annual A Gala Evening at the Gering Civic Center on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22.

The 2014 theme, "Dancing Through Life," includes "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd, "Outcast" from Glee, "The Impossible Dream " from Man of La Mancha, "Popular" from Wicked, plus hits from Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, The Blues Brothers, Jefferson Starship, and more. The evening is topped off with "Dancing Through Life" from the Broadway show Wicked. 



Stinner, WNCC music program and choral activities director, said of the project, "We continue to have an exceptionally high level of talent this year. We began the year with a featured performance in Seattle at the National ACCT Convention and the students have continued to impress with their fine talent and work habits ever since. Excitement is high. We look forward to presenting another fabulous gala, this year exploring our path through life, with all its many detours, and how we each make the best of it all. Every vocal music ensemble at WNCC will be featured as we explore great music around this theme."  

A Gala Evening begins with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. and dinner service following at 6:45 p.m. The dinner menu features: orange, beet, and fennel salad; chicken imperial with white wine and mushroom sauce; boursin mashers swirled with sweet potato; matchstick roasted vegetables; artisan breads; and red velvet whoopie pie with berries. 

All seating is reserved and by advance sale only. Seating is limited and tickets have sold out each of the last 17 years. Individual tickets go on sale Monday, January 20 and credit cards are accepted. Individual tickets are $27.50 and Angel tickets (preferred seating and recognition) are $50. Tickets may be purchased at the WNCC Business Office, 308.635.6020.  Corporate tables of eight seats (preferred seating, program advertisement, and recognition) are available now for $400 by calling Mary Ann Hospodka at 308.635.6103. 
"Girl Rising" to be presented at Midwest Theater Sunday
2014-02-11T09:41

Scottsbluff County TeamMates, Soroptimists International, Scottsbluff County Chapter
& The Midwest Theater to Bring Groundbreaking
New Film Girl Risingto Scottsbluffs Historic Midwest Theater
Among Thousands Organizing On Demand Screenings around the Nation
From Academy Award-Nominated Director Richard E. Robbins, Film to be screened at Midwest Theater
on Sunday, Feb 16that 1:30pm
With Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington

Scottsbluff, Nebraska 2/10/14 – Scotts Bluff County TeamMates is bringing a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Scottsbluff with a screening of the new film Girl Rising. Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances, capturing their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.It will be screened at the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff Nebraska. Girl Risingpremiered on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened at hundreds of theaters around the country.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is at the center of 10x10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls.
“If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future," said Meryl Streep, one of the film’s narrators.

As a result of passionate organizers stepping up to captain screenings on demandin their local cinemas, more than 1,700 screenings have been requested around the nation to date.
Girl Rising is about the world-changing power of educating girls,”said Holly Gordon, Executive Director of 10x10. “I am incredibly moved by the thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations who have stepped up to bring this important film to movie theaters and communities around the country. Girl Rising is the centerpiece of our global campaign, and these organizers are the foundation. Together, they are driving transformative change one community at a time.”

It's a powerful film that has potential to inspire change in the world. If you're not moved, you're not breathing," said Alicia Keys, who also narrates the film.

A portion of Girl Rising ticket sales go to support girls’ programs around the world through the 10x10 Fund for Girls’ Education. The Fund is distributed to 10x10’s high-impact network of non-profit partners who are working on the ground: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, UNICEF, and World Vision.

Girl Rising isfrom the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, with strategic partner Intel Corporation and global television distribution partner CNN Films.



ABOUT 10X10

10x10 was founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. 10x10 is built on a foundation of partnerships with NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations — all working to change minds, lives, and policy. 10x10’s coalition of NGO partners include a high-impact network of champions and leaders in girls’ education. These organizations provide life-changing services to girls every day, and are among the best practitioners of their kind. 10x10’s film, Girl Rising, has been acquired by CNN Films and will be broadcast on CNN in the summer of 2013.

Tickets are available in advance for $5.00. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Midwest Theater, visiting online at MidwestTheater.com or by calling Scottsbluff County TeamMates Mentor Terri Smith at 635-3072.

Tickets Day of Screening are $5.00 for Members\Students & $7.00 Non-Members
Rating:PG-13
Runtime:101 min
Showtime: Sunday, February 16th 1:30pm
Minatare students reading Gary Reilly
2014-02-04T06:00

MINATARE – In addition to the classic American authors, American Literature students at Minatare High School are also learning about a character named “Murph” and his adventures as a taxi cab driver.
 

Prior to the beginning of the school year, MHS Language Arts Instructor Roger Holsinger contacted Mark Stevens with Running Meter Press in Denver to find out if the company would be interested in donating some of the books, written by the late Gary Reilly, for his American Literature class.
“When I contacted Mark he said they would love to make the donation,” said Holsinger. “I was thrilled because I hoped the book would impact the lives of my students in the same way it impacted mine.”
 

But why ask for a book about a man driving a cab in Denver?
 

“I first began reading the first in the series more than a year ago and I was instantly hooked,” said Holsinger. “I was not what you would describe as an avid reader growing up and in high school. I read what I had to read in order to pass an assignment, but never thought about reading in my spare time.
 

“However, after reading the first and then second book, I was intrigued with Reilly’s character and perhaps I saw a little of myself in Murph. One of the problems many schools face is inspiring students to read and I figured that if these books could get me reading at 47, then perhaps some of my students might enjoy the mystery that is Brendan Murphy,” said Holsinger.
MHS junior Miguel Martinez, Jr. said he is enjoying the book because of the humor. “It’s funny and he gives us an inside look of being a taxi cab driver and his life. I find it intriguing,” he said.
Junior Angelica Longoria said she also likes the humor and “the fact the author opens up to the reader and is not afraid to show us he makes mistakes and that he is vulnerable,” she said.
Reilly has a direct connection to the North Platte Valley and his sisters Joanne Krieg and Judy Waite still live in Scottsbluff. The Reilly family moved to Scottsbluff in 1967 where their father managed the Woolsworths Department Store.
 

Reilly lived with his family in Scottsbluff for less than a year after the family moved there from Wheatridge, Colo. Reilly was born in Arkansas City, Kan., and attended Catholic schools in Kansas and then in Denver. Joanne Krieg said that she sees a number of similarities between her brother and the main character, Murph.
 

She said that her brother drove a taxi while living in Denver, he had his bachelor’s degree in English, and that Gary always enjoyed Twinkies.
 

Reilly first gained attention in 1977 when one of his short stories, “The Biography Man,” appeared in the prestigious Pushcart Prize Winners collect. As Reilly moved to longer forms of fiction, he was in no hurry to be published. Instead he poured his energy into editing previous work and starting on new projects.
 

In 2010 Reilly decided it might be time to get his books out to the public. Like many authors he sent letters of interest to agents in New York, but as expected the process was long and slow. He then looked at other venues for publishing; smaller presses and print-on-demand along with electronic media.
 

Unfortunately, Reilly ran out of time on March 10, 2011 losing his battle with cancer. But Murph and many others of Reilly’s characters did not fade away as members of his family, long-time partner Sherry Peterson and novelist Stevens began the printing process of “The Asphalt Warrior” series.
“Running Meter Press is thrilled to donate copies of The Asphalt Warrior to Minatare High School. We deeply appreciate the continued interest in Gary Reilly’s remarkable and quite natural storytelling ability. While the stories are straightforward on one level, we also think that Brendan Murphy, a.k.a. “Murph,” offers an interesting perspective on life, work and the individual’s role in society, all while delivering laughs on nearly every page,” said Stevens.

Tickets for SHS Shrek the Musical go on sale Feb 3
2014-01-29T12:32

Scottsbluff High School will be adding an option this year for those wishing to purchase tickets online.  Tickets to SHREK THE MUSICAL will be available beginning February 3rd at www.ronne.com.   Patrons will be able to see a seat map and choose their own seats for the show.  Tickets will be mailed out ($1.75 postage fee) or customers can instead choose at checkout to print the tickets at home for free.  “We had many requests to begin online sales the last couple of years.  This will give our patrons flexibility in purchasing tickets,”  said Brad Ronne, Scottsbluff Vocal Music Instructor.  “With the online presence, we have the flexibility to begin sales much earlier.  This gives patrons an opportunity to purchase tickets anytime,” said Ronne.

Tickets will still be available to be purchased in person at Scottsbluff High School.  Seats can be purchased at the High School West lobby February 3rd through 5th  from 4:00-6:00 PM.  This coincides with the start of online sales.  From February 6th to March 23rd, the box office will close and tickets will only be available online.  In person sales at the high school will resume in addition to the online sales March 24th and run weekdays (4-6 PM) until April 2nd.  The performances run April 3-5 at 7 PM.

Tickets are $10 each.  The company that hosts the ticket distribution adds a $.45 per ticket administration fee to all tickets sold, including in person sales.  The high school will also be accepting credit or debit cards both online and at the box office.  There is a small transaction fee for those who choose to use credit or debit.
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
Thrasher Music Donates 2 Cort Guitars to be autographed by John Michael Montgomery & auctioned off at concert
2014-01-24T09:44

Steve Thrasher, of Thrasher Music, donates two new Cort guitars, to be autographed by John Michael Montgomery and auctioned off, one at each concert.    

Executive Director Billy Estes says, “We are super excited to work with Steve on this; his generous donation to the Midwest Theater will help raise funds for our student preforming arts education programming. This is a great opportunity for our community to own a little piece of history from the Midwest Theater and John Michael Montgomery. Helberg & Nuss is donating their auctioneer services.  With less than 180 tickets remaining for the Feb 13th concert, I would suggest purchasing your tickets soon to get in on this opportunity.” 

John Michael Montgomery, platinum-selling country music artist with more than 30 country music hits between 1992 and 2009 and eleven studio albums, will perform on Valentine’s Day at the Historic Midwest Theater Thursday Feb 13 & February 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Montgomery sells out arenas, but now he will perform an acoustic show “up close and personal” at the Midwest Theater.

Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned Montgomery from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets - believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.

Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” resonate across the musical landscape - pop, rock, and country charts. His 2004 hit “Letters From Home” is one of the most moving tributes to the connection between soldiers and their families ever recorded and “The Little Girl,” is a tale of redemption that plumbs both the harrowing and the uplifting. Songs like "Rope The Moon," "If You've Got Love," "No Man's Land," "Cowboy Love," "As Long As I Live," "Friends" and "How Was I To Know" establish him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon award and was named the ACM's Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards that included the CMA's Single and Song of the Year, Billboard's Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination. Pure fun finds its ways into John Michael’s repertoire - songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” that express earnestness and musical whimsy.

Tickets: Members Main Floor $30.00Non-Members Main Floor $35.00All Balcony Seats $30.00
Pre-Purchase Champagne & Chocolates to Enjoy with your Sweetheart during the show $35.00
Dinner, Stay & Show packages are available with local Restaurants & Hotels. See MidwestTheater.com for more info.
NRD Cost Share programs being reviewed
2014-01-22T09:37

Dave Wolf and Roy Lyles from the North Platte Natural Resources District were guests on KNEB's News Extra program Wednesday morning.

Conservation Cost-Share Programs are currently being reviewed, and they would like to hear from constituents on how they might improve them. 


These programs help NRD accomplish their statutory mission to help conserve, protect, develop and manage the natural resources of the District by providing financial incentives to landowners to protect soil and other resources. 


Most of these programs provide a reimbursement to landowners for a portion of the costs they may incur in making improvements to protect resources on their property. 

These programs are funded by District resources as well as Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP) funds appropriated from the State Legislature. 

 More information on these and other NRD programs can be found on their website, www.npnrd.org.
Less than 200 tickets remain for Montgomery concert
2014-01-17T02:16

Less than 250 tickets remain for Country Artist “John Michael Montgomery” at the Midwest Theater on Feb 13.


John Michael Montgomery, platinum-selling country music artist with more than 30 country music hits between 1992 and 2009 and eleven studio albums, will perform on Valentine’s Day at the Historic Midwest Theater Thursday Feb 13 & February 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Montgomery sells out arenas, but now he will perform an acoustic show “up close and personal” at the Midwest Theater.

Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned Montgomery from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets - believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.

Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” resonate across the musical landscape - pop, rock, and country charts. His 2004 hit “Letters From Home” is one of the most moving tributes to the connection between soldiers and their families ever recorded and “The Little Girl,” is a tale of redemption that plumbs both the harrowing and the uplifting. Songs like "Rope The Moon," "If You've Got Love," "No Man's Land," "Cowboy Love," "As Long As I Live," "Friends" and "How Was I To Know" establish him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon award and was named the ACM's Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards that included the CMA's Single and Song of the Year, Billboard's Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination. Pure fun finds its ways into John Michael’s repertoire - songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” that express earnestness and musical whimsy.

Tickets: Members Main Floor $30.00 Non-Members Main Floor $35.00All Balcony Seats $30.00

Pre-Purchase Champagne & Chocolates to Enjoy with your Sweetheart during the show $35.00
Dinner, Stay & Show packages are available with local Restaurants & Hotels. See MidwestTheater.com for more info

All proceeds go to the Historic Midwest Theater!
Sam & Louie's Pizzeria steps up for United Way
2014-01-13T09:35

United Way of Western Nebraska Executive Director Steph  Black, campaign co-chairs Susan Wiedeman and Danielle Wondercheck and Sam & Louie's Pizzeria owner Melissa Schneider join Kevin Mooney on KNEB's News Extra program Monday morning.

Sam & Louie's will have a fundraiser this Thursday, January 16th to help United Way of Western Nebraska get closer to reaching their 2013-2014 campaign goal of $380,000. Sam & Louie's will donate 15% of all sales that day.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle that day at the restaurant. Sam & Louie's is located at 1522 Broadway in Scottsbluff.  Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and dinner ends at 9 p.m.

If your business would like to order lunch for everyone that day ($50 minimum order), United Way staff and volunteers will deliver lunch to you! To pre-order January 16th lunch deliver orders, please call Sam & Louie's at 308-633-2345 either the day before or any time after 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Masterton looks ahead to 2014 on News Extra
2014-01-08T10:36

Scotts Bluff County Board Chairman Mark Masterton joins Kevin Mooney on KNEB's News Extra program Wednesday morning with a look ahead to 2014. 


Subjects include the new location for the County's Probation Office, the Communications Center agreement, jail space, roads and bridges.

Link to video of the interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB1dHi8bhr8&feature=youtu.be
Village Residents Receive Christmas Gifts from Anonymous “Angel”
2014-01-08T10:32

The Village at Regional West enjoyed a joyful Christmas season, with carolers from local churches and organizations singing to residents from door to door, and many other fun activities.

Residents of the Assisted Living Unit enjoyed the second annual free Christmas shopping event, which was held in the commons area. Village staff members donated new and gently used items, which were displayed so residents could shop in the comfort of The Village. All items were free of charge so residents took what they wanted to give as gifts. Students from Community Christian School accompanied the residents while they shopped and then wrapped the gifts, placed name tags, and topped each gift with a bow that was hand-made by a Village employee.

Then, on Christmas Eve, each Assisted Living resident received a special gift from an anonymous Christmas angel. She delivered handmade quilts, which she was inspired to make because her grandmother always enjoyed warming her hands under her special quilt. This “Christmas angel” not only warmed the residents’ laps, but warmed all of their hearts with her special gift.
Mayo cites urgency to site landfill
2014-01-07T05:07

Gering Mayor Ed Mayo says the city needs to work aggressively to get a new landfill sited.

Gering council members have approved an agreement for a 6 year option to purchase more than 460 acres of land from the Weinhold family east of Gering. Now the regulatory process begins and the testing and analysis of soil and water at the proposed site.

Mayo, our guest on KNEB's News Extra program, says even though there are new rules, there is "an urgency" to get the new landfill sited despite the recent construction of cell six at the old landfill. Mayo notes if the area has a few major hail storms, the planned lifespan of cell six will be shortened.

Mayo says he believes the new landfill can get sited in six years, but it also could take much longer if there are regulatory delays.
Scottsbluff Mayor looks to New Year with optimism
2013-12-31T09:29

On this final day of 2013, Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger is guest on KNEB's News Extra program. 


Mayor Meininger was on the program to talk about the city's accomplishments and disappointments in the past year and projects in the works for for Scottsbluff in 2014 and beyond. 

Here is a link to the You Tube video of the interview:  http://youtu.be/q23MNeGTCSs
Harms looks at upcoming Legislative session on News Extra
2013-12-30T09:52

State Senator John Harms was Monday morning's guest on KNEB's News Extra program.

The Senator was here to discuss the upcoming Legislative session that begins January 8th.

Some of the topics touched on include arming teachers, taxes, the death penalty, Medicaid expansion, prison reform, and water.

Here is the link to the You Tube video of the interview: 

http://youtu.be/6gUeefaAIpc


Dodgeball Tournament Saturday to raise funds for United Way
2013-11-12T09:40

Brad Sherman from UPS was guest on KNEB's News Extra program Tuesday morning. 

Brad was on the program to promote the 2013 Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry and the United Way of Western Nebraska. It will be held at the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport this Saturday, November 16th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5 person teams $10 per person in 3 divisions, with Jr. High and under, High School, and Open. 


Cash prizes awarded to each division winner plus the winner of the "Last Man Standing" event. 

For information, call 308-250-9144, or email bdsherman@ups.com.