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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
& The Midwest Theater to Bring Groundbreaking
“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.
Showtime: Sunday, February 16th 1:30pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.