• Kearney Council has light agenda Tuesday

    (NRG)- It looks like a short night for the Kearney City Council at Tuesday night's meeting with only two public hearings and three regular agenda items on the docket. Both hearings are on proposed acquisitions of utility easements for water and sanitary sewer lines for Logan View Apartments at 1818 West 24th Street. Manager applications for liquor licenses at Jersey's Sports Bar and Grill and the Smoker Friendly location on East 25th Street are on the regular agenda. The meeting is at 5:30 Tuesday night in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall. Read More
  • Shaffer receives Holdt award at UNK winter commencement

    (UNK)- University of Nebraska at Kearney biology professor Julie Shaffer was presented the 2014 Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Distinguished Faculty Award during winter commencement ceremonies Friday. Shaffer joined the UNK faculty in 1999 and is a previous recipient of the Pratt-Heins Faculty Award for Teaching. "Her teaching evaluation summary scores are consistently top-level and are accompanied by many comments regarding her knowledge of subject and her caring disposition," Chancellor Doug Kristensen said when presenting the award. Kristensen noted that many past students credit Shaffer for the significant impact she made on both their college and post-college careers. "She is a highly sought after research mentor, and international students seek her out because of her well-earned reputation for being patient, caring and fun." UNK's most prestigious faculty award, the Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life award recognizes an outstanding teacher/scholar for achievements that bring substantial credit to the university. The activity areas considered include teaching, research and service, with preference given to candidates who demonstrate high accomplishments in all three areas. The award honors alumnus Leland Holdt and commemorates his many years of leadership at Security Mutual Life. Shaffer received a $5,000 stipend. Read More
  • Eagle viewing at J-2 facility begins Friday

    (NRG)- The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will once again provide eagle-watching opportunities to the public this winter. The J-2 viewing center will open on Fri., Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. until noon to accommodate holiday visitors. The regular viewing season will then begin on Sat., Dec. 27 and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST on Saturdays and Sundays through the first weekend in March. The hydroplant is located south of Lexington near the intersection of county roads 749 and 750. Central's eagle-viewing facility below Kingsley Dam will open for the season on Sat., Dec. 27 and will remain open until the first weekend in March. The Kingsley Dam facility is open for eagle-viewing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MST) on Saturdays and Sundays. A limited number of binoculars are available at the facilities, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own viewing equipment. Central has been providing eagle-viewing opportunities at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam since 1990. The eagles are attracted to feed on fish in the open water below the plants, particularly when rivers and lakes in the area are covered with ice. Several factors influence the number of eagles seen from the facilities on any given day, including climatic conditions, ice coverage on area bodies of water, how many eagles are wintering in the area, and whether the hydroplants are on-line. The best viewing time is normally earlier in the day. There is no charge to visit the facilities. For more information about eagles and viewing opportunities, visit Central's Web page at or call (308) 995-8601. Read More
  • Heineman preparing for a new chapter

    (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is preparing for a new chapter after nearly 10 years in office. The 66-year-old Republican is about to finish nearly two and a half terms marked by tax cuts, an expansion of business incentives and increased funding for higher education. Heineman may also be remembered for scandals in the state prison system and the resignation of two lieutenant governors. The governor says he and his wife, Sally Ganem, plan to return to their home in Fremont with their dog, Snickers. Heineman says he might consider a job on a corporate board or in a position that promotes economic development. Some lawmakers say Heineman will be remembered for helping the state through the 2009 budget crisis, and for passing the largest tax cuts in Nebraska's history.

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  • Auditor slams NU travel reimbursement

    (AP) - The Nebraska State Auditor's Office is taking the University of Nebraska to task for some travel expenses that include first-class flights, meal overpayments and expensive oceanfront hotel rooms. A letter from State Auditor Mike Foley sent this week to university officials says his office reviewed 87 documents related to travel expenses for employees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. State policy limits air travel reimbursement to coach seating, although employees are allowed to upgrade at their own expense. But Foley says UNMC employees bought 20 first-class airline tickets totaling nearly $96,000 paid for by the university. UNMC administrators disagree with the report's findings. Foley also found that meal reimbursements were improperly submitted and included alcohol, barred from reimbursement by university policy and state law. Read More