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Burt County Fair Foundation Kickoff This Saturday


Mary Loftis

NE Extension Associate

February 13, 2019

 

Fair Foundation Kickoff Event

Don’t forget, the Burt County Fair Foundation Kickoff Event will be this Saturday, February 23 in the Lyons Auditorium and you won’t want to miss out on the fun! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet there are a few scattered around the county and I know we have some in the Extension Office so call or stop by to get yours!

Burt County 4-H Week – FLAT Herbie

4-H Week is March 3-9 in Burt County and that’s less than a month from now! Hopefully clubs and individual members will start making plans to celebrate and promote 4-H especially this week. In the past 4-H members have taken the opportunity to talk about 4-H and their projects in class, bring treats to school or just make a special effort to wear their 4-H t-shirts.

This year there will be a new promotion opportunity for our 4-H members. In conjunction with the 150th celebration of the start of the University of Nebraska (officially February 15), Extension across the state has been challenged to promote the state of Nebraska by taking part in the “Flat Herbie Husker” promotion during 2019. The impact of the University of Nebraska is everywhere and Flat Herbie wants to be there too! Stop by the Nebraska Extension Office at 111 North 13th Street, Tekamah to get your Flat Herbie, or print your own at:https://www.huskeralum.org/s/1620/images/editor_documents/membership/flat_herbie.pdf

 

4-H Snow (or Snowless) Sculpture Contest:

          Now that we finally have some snow hopefully we’ll get some 4-H snow or snowless sculptures made and entered! 4-H members and clubs are reminded they can make and enter either a 4-H Snow (or Snowless) Sculpture any time between now and March 18. Make sure you promote 4-H with your sculpture, then take a picture of it with you and/or your 4-H Club and email it to Mary Loftis atmloftis2@unl.edu. The 4-H Council is always generous with their support and offer individual, small group and club categories and entries may be made in the following classes: 1. Greenest; 2. Best Message and 3. Most Creative. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to promote 4-H and earn a little cash for yourself or your 4-H club!

 

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Grant Funds Being Applied for Scrap Computer Collection and Hazardous Waste Collection


The Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D is in the process of making applications to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for grant funds to be used to hold:

  • A Scrap Computer Collection, currently being planned for Homer in late summer or early fall, and
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collections are currently being planned for the communities of:
    1. Dakota City
    2. Oakland
    3. Wisner

Should grant funding be approved for these projects, further arrangements will be finalized and promotional materials will be made public.  The HHW collections will probably also take place in late summer or early fall of this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do You Keep Abreast of the News? Reporting is Covering Both Sides of an Issue!


Do you read newspapers, read the news online, watch the news on tv or a mix of all three?

I consider myself a news “junkie.” I like to be “in the know” of what is going on, not just on a local level but also on a national level.

I used to watch all of the news I could on television. I have downsized. I watch local news, but not as much of the national news. In my opinion, since President Trump was elected, journalism has disappeared. Instead of reporting the news, they report their own views, which ultimately includes hate for the President.

I am a journalist. I know what real reporting entails. A good, legitimate reporter/journalist is to report both sides of an issue, not just the side they want the public to hear.

A great many of the journalists on the national level have apparently need to go back to college.

I still watch the news, but when the negativity starts, I shut it off. To know the facts, I watch first hand what the President says, his press conferences, the State of the Union message, etc. Then, I form my own thoughts.

I doubt this way of reporting will change until a Democrat is President. Again, my opinion.

To be hones, I have noticed the same type of reporting on a local level. I very rarely buy a local paper due to such bad reporting. A local reporter should not report one side of an issue, the side they want the local citizens to vote on. They should, as a good reporter knows, report both sides. The public has the right to know both sides of any issue, not just the reporter’s side. Especially if it involves any type of election of issue people are voting for or against. All of the facts need to be reported!

I am going to make an effort to step up my game and report on more of such issues. There were personal reasons I didn’t before, but witnessing the reporting unfold broke my heart, and my love of journalism. I lost faith for a while, but I am working towards changing that.

I want people to know what is going on, not from my perspective, but from the facts. That is the correct form of reporting.

Until next time!

Use caution the next few days. Stay safe and warm! The weather forecast does not look good, so keep an eye on the sky!

 

 

Senator Hansen’s Week Ahead


This week was the busiest week yet for my staff and I as three of my bills received their public committee hearings.  As mentioned in earlier columns, every bill introduced receives its own hearing where any member of the public can come and testify in front of a committee of senators.  Committee chairs schedule the hearings and notify senators when their bills will be heard. Once a bill is heard in committee, the senators will meet in an “Executive Session” to vote to the floor for debate, hold it in committee, or delay a vote.  Many bills are amended through the committee process as a result of suggestions brought up during the hearing.

LB 378 to require persons under the age of 21 years to wear a helmet was heard on Tuesday in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.  Many District 16 constituents came to testify – some in support and others in opposition.  Fifteen other senators who’ve cosigned this bill agree with me that riding motorcycles without a helmet is a matter of personal freedom and individual liberty.  I’m excited about the debate this bill will see on the floor.

LB 381 to change state agency reimbursement procedures was heard on Thursday in the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee.  I introduced the bill at the request of the Department of Administrative Services, which handles most administrative functions of Nebraska State Government.  The bill, if passed, would cut a lot of red tape currently required to process reimbursement claims for agency travel.

LB 312 to change restrictions placed on dental hygienists was also heard Thursday in the Health and Human Services Committee.  This bill would allow dental hygienists to work in home health or hospice settings and would encourage more hygienists to work in rural health clinics.  In preparing for the hearing, we discovered that 33 of Nebraska’s counties are without the services of a Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist, proving a need for expanded access to care in many rural areas of Nebraska.

My next review of property tax relief bills is a constitutional amendment proposed by Senator Linehan at the request of the Governor.  Legislative resolution 8 CA would limit the amount of property tax revenue raised by a political subdivision to only 3 percent more than what was raised in the previous year – with the exception that political subdivisions could raise more than 3 percent with a vote of the people.   Functionally, this would slow the growth of property tax increases and would likely be paired with other bills providing property tax cuts.  Because it’s a constitutional amendment this resolution, if passed by the legislature, would be placed on the ballot for a vote by all legal voters in the state.  As of February 15th, the resolution has not been scheduled for its public hearing.

You’re welcome to contact our office at (402)-471-2728 to speak with my Administrative Assistant, Ellie Stangl; or my Legislative Aide, Jacob Campbell.  You can also email me at bhansen@leg.ne.gov.  To follow along with the session please visit nebraskalegislature.gov or you may watch the live stream when available at netnebraska.org

 

Here We Go! Winter Storm Warning!


…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches expected. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska. * WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel will quickly become very difficult. The hazardous conditions will impact the Wednesday morning commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Watch


…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING… * WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches possible. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska. * WHEN…From Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions and potentially hazardous travel conditions or delays. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

We Had a Great Time at Great Wolf Lodge! Love My Family!


Winter Weather Advisory til 6 pm/Wind Chill Advisory til Noon Friday!


…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING… …WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST FRIDAY… * WHAT…Blowing snow and very cold wind chills expected. Additional snow accumulations of up to half an inch. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected. * WHERE…Portions of east central, northeast and southeast Nebraska and southwest and west central Iowa. * WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, until noon CST Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&

Winter Weather Advisory


…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY… * WHAT…Some freezing drizzle or sleet changing to light snow by Wednesday afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph on Thursday with areas of blowing and drifting snow. Additionally, wind chills could fall to 20 to 25 below zero late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska and west central Iowa. * WHEN…From noon Wednesday to 6 PM CST Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills as low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Dense Fog Advisory


…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST SUNDAY… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until noon CST Sunday. * VISIBILITIES…Less than one quarter mile, with localized near zero visibility. * TIMING…Through noon Sunday. * IMPACTS…Very low visibility will create hazardous driving conditions, especially during the evening and overnight hours. Be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
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