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Friday's Local Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament Final Results

106 — Quinton Chavez, Gering, won by decision over Caden Svoboda, Aurora, 7-2. 113 — Paul Garcia, Scottsbluff, pinned Jaylan Ruffin, North Platte, 3:29. Photos: Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament Semifinals.


Payless walks away from its stores

SCOTTSBLUFF – The Scottsbluff Payless ShoeSource store is among the 2,300 affected as corporate headquarters announced the closure of all its stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


Journey of Grief sessions to be held Feb. 24

SCOTTSBLUFF — The Journey of Grief will be held for six weeks beginning Feb. 24. The Journey of Grief is a six-session program designed to aid the healing process of grief. Sessions will be held Feb. 24 and March, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5-6:30 p.m., at St. Agnes Church — Garden Level, 2314 Third


Sheriff's deputy, child among latest Nebraska flu deaths

A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy has died from flu complications. Deputy David Wintle arrived at an Omaha hospital with breathing problems Thursday morning and died a short time later, the agency said in a news release.


Colorado man accused of sexually assaulting former art student

SCOTTSBLUFF — A Colorado man has been accused of sexually assaulting an art student when she was 15 years old. Steven J. Barraza, 45, of Englewood, Colorado, appeared Friday in scotts Bluff County Court to be arraigned on a charge of first-degree sexual assault, a Class IB felony.


Scottsbluff, Sidney, Gering wrestlers reach finals in Class B

OMAHA — Five Panhandle wrestlers are aiming for golden finishes after recording semifinal wins at the Class B state tournament on Friday night in Omaha. Scottsbluff’s Paul Garcia, Jerryd Hernandez and Devontae Gutierrez all advanced to the finals.


Dollar Tree, Harbor Freight coming to Monument Mall

SCOTTSBLUFF – “Life is good” is how Andy Weiner, president of RockStep Capital, reacted to news that two new businesses will be locating in the company's Monument Mall property in Scottsbluff.


Light snowfall could begin Saturday afternoon into Sunday; heaviest snow to hit southeast Nebraska

Another round of light snow may be on the horizon Saturday after the dusting Omaha received Friday evening. Late Friday, Eppley Airfield had recorded just a trace amount of snow, according the National Weather Service Office in Valley.


4 more financially troubled nursing homes in Nebraska likely to close

SIDNEY, Neb. — Officials say four more of the 21 nursing homes and assisted living centers under state control are expected to close. The state placed the 21 facilities in receivership last March, to be managed by Klaasmeyer & Associates. The state took the action after the homes’ owner, Cottonwood


Changes being made to Western Nebraska Regional Airport’s capital improvement plan

SCOTTSBLUFF — The Western Nebraska Regional Airport is making some changes to its capital improvement plan, updating some information due to changes over the last year. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the airport to have 20 years of projects planned out in three phases. The FAA ty


Volunteers gear up for Tour de Nebraska cyclists

GERING — Volunteers are starting to line up for an original event that will take place this summer. Tour de Nebraska is a five-day biking tour that will run through the valley June 19-23. Riders begin in Sidney, travel to Kimball, Gering, Scottsbluff, Bridgeport and finish in Sidney. The tour highli


Gold on the line for area wrestlers

Several area wrestlers punched their tickets to championship matches on Friday during the NSAA Wrestling Championships at CHI Health Center in Omaha. Wyatt Hotz became Gothenburg’s first state finalist since 2001 by defeating Brady Fago of Lexington via 5-1 decision in the Class B 132-pound semifina


Diamond Rio, Restless Heart to perform at Oregon Trail Days

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – KNEB Radio has announced two classic country acts to headline their third annual Oregon Trail Days Concert in Gering this summer. Grammy-award winning artist Diamond Rio and country group Restless Heart will perform at KNEB’s annual Oregon Trail Days concert on Saturday, July 13


Nebraska Man arrested for Assault in Fremont County

(Hamburg) A Nebraska man faces assault charges in Fremont County. According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year old Christian Hoefling of Nebraska City is charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, and 5th-degree theft.

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Editorial: Global meat demand is growing, providing opportunities for Nebraska producers

Cattle are a big business indeed in Nebraska. Annual sales of Nebraska’s beef industry top $6 billion, with an estimated total economic impact of $12.1 billion. Nebraska — whose license plates once boasted the phrase “The Beef State” — has almost 23 million acres of rangeland and pastureland, with m



4:11 a.m. — Jack Warren, 23, of Scottsbluff, was arrested on charges of third-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. 1:26 p.m. — Officers investigated a vandalism complaint in the 1900 block of 15th Street.


WNCC Criminal Justice Career Day Set

SCOTTSBLUFF — Western Nebraska Community College will host Criminal Justice Career Day Wednesday, March 6 at the John N. Harms Center on the Scottsbluff Campus from 9 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. Check-in for the event begins at 8:30 a.m.


Scottsbluff tops Gering to win fifth straight

The Scottsbluff boys basketball team weathered a lightning fast start by Gering with the help of senior Conner McCracken’s 17 points to earn a 66-53 win on Friday night at Scottsbluff High School.


UPDATE: Flu still spreading in Nebraska

Since September, there have been more than 10,200 flu cases in Nebraska and 51 flu–related deaths. Among the most recent: a child and a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy. But Kathy Hartmann of Seward Channel 8 about her own brush with death six years ago because of the flu. It had attacked her heart.


Fifth case of AFM confirmed in Nebraska

A fifth confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a condition that causes muscle weakness, was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The child, in the Douglas County Health Department jurisdiction, was hospitalized and later released.