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AI Rights Reserved National FFA Week Our 11 lth Year, No. 8 electronic edition, contact our office Superior, Nebraska 68978 Now through Saturday The United States Corps of Engi- lislfing capacity and will also permit neers is planning a controlled release the corps to make informed decisions of water in early March from Harlan should significant releases be required County Lake to study its effect down- this spring. stream on the Republican River chan- The corps is coordinating this effort net. with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, The release, dependent on weather, the State of Nebraska, naturalresource will continue for five to l0 days and districts, and local irrigation districts. plans are to stop it before causing sig- When Harlan County Lake was nificant out of bank flooding, constructed in the 1950s, the Republi- Theflowswillbesupportedbywater can River channel capacity was 6,000 from the flood control pool only. cubic feet per second. Since that time, The corps will begin this study ef- the river capacity has decreased sig- fort with 250 cubic feet per second nificantly. The largest recent flood release. The release will be increased control release was 1,500 cubic feet while corps personnel observe and persecondin 1996. Vegetative growth record conditions visible from high- and sedimentation have since reduced way river crossings. The State of Ne- channel capacity. The largest release braska has spent more than $850,000 in 2009 was 500 cubic feet per second. removing vegetation growmg in the HarlanCounty'sconservation pool riverchannelfromHarlanCountyDam refilled in 2009 and again in 2010, downstream to the Kansas state line. It making substantial flood control re- is expected the release will help the leases this spring an increased possi- corps better understand the cumulative bility. effect of time, vegetation, and clearing Public comments or questions may efforts upon stream capacity, be directed to the Harlan County Lake The corps and local inte'ests be- Project Office or the Kansas City Dis- lieve this will be effective in re-estab- trict Office. While snow blankets much of the Cunent model/orecasts indicate E1 country, mountain snow pack across Nino likely will continue into April or the central and northern Rockies has later, reducing the likelihood that ma- been poor, which based on present jor snow storm activity will return to conditions wil! likely cause the Platte the central Rockies. River system to fall short of last fall's Current stream flow rates continue stream flow expectations, according to to exceed last year's on the northern the Nebraska state climatologist, and southern branches of the Platte, Hopefully, the lack of snow does meaning subsoil moisture has been a not spell a dry summer for the Repub- contributingfactorforimproved flows. lican River valley but it may. Though The moisture received during Oc- the Republican does not directly carry tober improved surface moisture across snow melt water from the Rockies, the the central Rockies, and along with climatologist has previously said the increased river flows,shouldhelpmiti- amount of snow pack in Colorado is a gate some of the expected runoff de- goodindicatorofRepublican wateshed clines this spring. ~ precipitation and stream flow. "The most disappointing aspects of The latest Platte stream flow pro- this poor snow pack winter is the fact jections from the Natural Resources that the Platte River systems stood an Conservation Service based on snow excellent chance to undo the damage surveys conducted at the beginning of of the past decade with normal in- February present a disappointing pic- flows," Dutcher said. "It was entirely ture for this summer, said A1Dutcher, possible that all Wyoming reservoirs state climatologist in the Institute of on the Platte would have filled under Agriculture and Natural Resources at normal snow pack, with McConaughy the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. possibly reachi ng 80 percent of capac- Only the very southern extent ofthe ity. Rocky Mountains that feed the lower "Unless snows returns with a ven- Colorado River basin currently are geance over the next 10 weeks, it will expected to see above-normal snow be at least another year before Wyo- melt, he said. ming reservoirs completely fill." Snow melt within the northern The real dichotomy in snow activ- branch of the Platte River currently is ity can be seen in relation to the extent projected at less than 75 percent of of watercontainedinthecurrent snow normal, pack across the lower 48 states, Dutcher "Any chance to recover from cur- said. rent snow pack deficits depends on the "There is an extensive area of deep strength and longevity of the current El snow pack and high water content (in Nino pattern," Dutcher said. "With the excess of 3 inches) over Iowa, south- twomost crucial snow-making months ern Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin, of the season yet to come, both in terms eastern Nebraska, and the eastern Da- n/ amount and water content, there is kotas," he said. "These same areas hope that some of the current snow received 200 to 400 percent of normal deficits can be eliminated." moisture last October, leading to satu- However, until the current El Nino rated surface conditions." pattern dissipates, storm activity is As for flood risk, there is little, if expected to pass south and north of the- any, wiggle room. region, he said. "The first issue is how to get ice Watchable Wildlife moved downstream with minimal im- pact fromicejams,"Dutcher said."Sec- representative here ond, will a short intense warm spell, possibly accompanied by rai n, materi- Wednesday evening alize that could release much of the Jim Mailman of Watchable Wild- water over. a couple day time span? l!fe offered a free presentation in Supe- After the snow disappears, how exten- nor last night (Wednesday) evening, sive will spring planting delays be- At that time he shared insights into come with just normal rainfall?" how individuals and businesses can The last time such a large portion of build sustainable nature and wildlife the western and central Corn Belt faced tourism programs. Watchable Wild- such a significant flood risk going into life is a nonprofit group working with the early spring was 1993. federal, state and local wildlife and Heavy snowfall during the late win- tourism professionals to help commu- ter and early spring across the upper nities and wildlife prosper. Mississippi River valley led to exten- The free presentation, was spon- sive flooding during the spring plant- sored by the Nebraska Development ing and the summer growing season. Netw0rk-Central Region and the South "At this point in time, water in the Central Economic Development Dis- snow pack that is currently above the trict. It begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at soil surface exceeds 1993 in aerial coy- Dave's Place. Questions may be di- erage," Dutcher said. "Unless a dry rected to Sharon Hueftle at Holdrege pattern similar to last spring across the or Larry Brittenham, Superior utilities western Corn Belt materialize~, flood- manager and chairman of the local ing is likely across a large percentage tourism committee, of the western and 'central corn belt." Hueftle said, "I'm looking for busi- Only November saw above-normal nesses that already deal with tourism temperatures andbelow-normalmois- and want to expand into this lucrative ture. area, Nature based tourism can be a "This is certainly a trend that the good addition to a bed and breakfast, central Rockies could use to improve motel, hunting enterprise or restau- the current snow pack, but one that rant. Landowners can derive additional would likely result in a major night- income without additional inputs by mare across much of the Corn Belt," granting access to wildlife enthusiasts. Dutcher said. We're also looking for people who have knowledge about the natural en- vironment of Nebraska who are inter- ested in sharing that knowledge with Superior Markets visitors. In a related tourism development, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 members of the tourism committee will Today's Price New Crop attend the Omaha Sports and Travel Corn ................................. 3.56 3.66 Show and distribute information on Milo ................................. 3.21 3.33 LovewellReservoir and other tourism Wheat ............................... 4.32 4.66 opportunities in this area. Soybeans .......................... 9.03 8.42 Bethany Brittenham, junior, works at Main Street Floral in Superior as part of the agri-business placement program at Superior High School. Brittenham is considering going into environmental science after graduating. students find work to stimulate interests This is part one of a two-part series featuring agribusmess studen(s work- ing locally. Several Superior High School agri- culture students, under the direction of Dave Barnard, have taken after-school positions at local bugifte~ses relating to their ag interests. Rebecca Genung. junior, works for KFRS in Superior, a job she said she enjoys. Genung works everyday after school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the radio station, doing secretarial work like filing and answering phones as well as some of the broadcasting. Genung reads NRCS reports as well as other pieces of interest, as necessary. She occasionally works during high school sports, running the computer as Cory Kopsa announces. Genung is involved in student council and ar- chery through SHS. Christian Freeman. a senior at SHS, started working for Jeff Guilkey at A- 1 Body Shop at the beginning of his junior year: An avid interest in me- chanics, Freemoal [fr~vious~ worked /'or I4 Detail. Freeman will be joining the U.S. Air Force when he graduates from high school, and anticipates us- ing his mechanics knowlege in some aspect of his military career. Freeman works for Guilkey two hours a night after school and on Saturdays. He's also on student council and a golfer at SHS. Bethany Brittenham, a junior, works after schDol for Main Street Floral in Superior, Brittenham said working for the public teaches a lot of interpersonal skills she'll be able to take with her in life. Knowledge of horticulture will also help in environmentai sciences study, something she's considering pursuing after she graduates. Brittenham said she enjoys the chal- lenge of Valentine's Day at the 'floral shop, when she gets to help men find gifts for wives and girlfriends. She said, "When they come in, they don't know what they want; we get to help them figure out the perfect gift." Aside from her ag studies and part-time job, Bethany also participates in speech, drama, volleyball, track, FCCLA, stu- dent council and is a class officer. Stacey Farris, a senior, has worked weekends in produce at Ideal Market in Superior for two and a half years. Farris likes making party trays and melon boats, something she'd never done before working there. Farris plans to attend the University of Nebraska- Lincoln next year and study to be a psychiatrist. Farris said, "I like the people I work with and Shannon is a good boss." Farris participates in Art Club, FCCLA and FFA. I Thursday, February 25, 2010 .t This week the City of Superior be- gan seeking applicants /'or the first paid position related to the Superior Rescue Squad. Until now the squad has been oper- ated entirely with volunteers. How- ever, a declining number of volunteers and increased workload is making it difficult for the squadto answer calls during business hours. Monday evening members of the Superior City Council authorized add- ing a part-time paid staff member. It is expected the paid person will maintain an office in the Public Safety Building. In addition to helping to man the ambulance, the staff member will be responsible for maintaining and stocking the squad's two ambulance units, record keeping and provided lim- ited in-office assistance to the Supe- rior Police Department. The new position is authorized for 28 hours per week. In other action Monday evening, the city council discussed ways to sal- vage approximately $5,000 invested in a community attitude survey that failed to generate the needed number of responses. A current survey in approved for- mat is required before the oty is con- sidered eligible to apply for most gov- ernment grants. As fewer than the re- quired number of surveys were re- turned, the city is no longer eligible for the grant programs. The council authorized an additional expenditure of several hundred dollars in an attempt to at least obtain the minimum number of responses. Mayor Billy Maxey said it is essen- tial the community regain grant eligi- bility. Council members said community residents had voiced objections to the personal financial questions in the origi- nal survey. However, it was said those questions and number survey forms are part of the required survey format. The surveys are tabulated outside of Superior and the responses are kept confidential. But this time, rather than having the completed surveys returned to the city office the council agreed to pay the cost of provadmg postage-prod enve- lopes which will be sent to the tabula- tlon center. The council Monday evening ap- proved the one and six-year street im- provement planl as proposed. Permission was given Brodstone Hospital to close Eleventh Street be- tween Idaho and Washington between April 5 and July 1 to facilitate con- strucuon work now underway in the area. Perry Freeman. police chief, had previously told the council the con- struction acnvity was making travel on the street more hazardous and recom- mended the closure. Members of the council agreed to meet at 7 rather than 7:30 p.m. on March 8 to begin exploring the possi- bility of storm sewer improvements. But the cost of the work has de- terred previous councils from proceed- ing. Installing a storm sewer to serve the 500 block of Central Avenue and west on Fourth Steet to Lost Creek has a nearly $200,000 price tag. Should the city regain eligibility to apply for grants, the work might possi- bly be funded by a grant. Other fund- ing options include a bond issue. sharing speciality at Lenten worship services, A variety of speciaily baked breads and March 23, "Abundant Bread" with are being shared each Tuesday evening honey barley wheat bread. at Salem Lutheran Church rural Supe- A supper will be served each week rior during a series of Lenten worship at 6 p.m. followed by a half hour ser- services. The series is called "Bread vice beginning at 7 which will include for the Journey" and features tasting a the sharing of the bread and insights different kind of bread each week. into ways that bread relates to our Pastor Scot McCluskey said, "The lives. goal of this series is to help us find the Everyone is invited. bread, in scripture and in our life to- Two additional services areplanned. gether, that God has provided for our On Thursday, April 1, the theme will nourishment." be "Body Bread" with pumpernickel ThescheduleforthenextfourTues- or sweet potato yeast bread, and on day evenings is March 2, "Unleavened April 2, the Good Friday service will Bread" with sourdough and unleav- include "Betrayer's Bread," a herb or ened bread; March 9, "Daily Bread kalamata olive bread. with white bread; March 16, "More The series is scheduled to conclude Than Bread" with buttermilk cinna- with an Easter morning message titled mon raisin or orange almond bread: "The Bread of Life." Stacey Farris, a senior, works weekends in the produce section of Ideal Market in Superior., Farris would like to attend the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and become a psychiatrist after high school. Janell Hanson, Oak, prepared the samples of "Welcome Bread" which were shared at the Lenten service held Tuesday evening at Salem Luth- eran Church. Welcome Bread is a variation of honey wheat bread. Cop- ies of the recipes for the various breads featured in the series are available at the church. Weather It's been cold week with a week- end snow storm. The storm caused some cancellations and treacherous driving conditions but the snowfall was much less than the 5 to 7 inches first forecast. More moderate tem- peratures with only a slight chance of snow in the forecast/'or the balance of the week. Superior Observations For the week February 23, 2010 Lynn Wilton, NOAA observer Temperature High for the week ......................... 43 Low for the week .......................... 10 Precipitation Total this week ........................... 0.19 Year to Date ............................... 0.88 Snowfall this week ...................... 2.4 Average February precipitation. 0.87 Burr Oak, Larry Gillett, observer Snowfall ............................... ...... 2.00 new Christian Freeman, a senior, works part-time for A-1 Body in Superior. Freeman plans to join the Air Force after graduation. Rebecca Genung, a junior at Su- perior High School, works for KFRS in Superior. Her after school job entails secretarial work and broad- casting. Genung participates in stu- dent council, archery and FFA at SHS. Repairs, maintenance also approved for sheriff's building The Nuckolls County Board at their products at an earlier meeting, the photographs and other information of that put alog-in screen in front of the Monday's regular meeting awarded Karr Tuckpointing, Vinton, Iowa, for assessment purposes, information, and sell the access code bids for improvements to the court- submitted the only bid for work on the Until several weeks ago, when the for $50 or $100," Tooze said. "So house and maintenance and repairs on sheriff's building. Karris the company board asked for it to be removed, alink that's.something you may want to con- the sheriff's department building., thecountyboardhiredtwoyearsagoto to the website in question was avail- sider." Following two separate bid hear- repair and clean the stucco and seal the able on the county's website. Jean No action was taken yet by the ingsin the afternoon, the commission- foundationonthecourthouse.Karrbid Stic~ka, who Chaintains the county's board. The information remains avail- ers awarded bids for replacing most of $35,514 for tuckpointing and other re- website, removed the link as requested able on the website maintained for the windows in the historic courthouse pairs ontheoriginalsheriff's building, by the board. Nuckolls County by GIS Workshop, and for tuckpointing and other repairs $2,994 for work on the new addition Tooze said the information is pub- but there is no longer a link to the site andmaintenancetothesheriff'sbuild- and $1,890 for covering three second lic and making it available to other on the county's website. ing. floor windows in the original building departments, such as the road depart- In other business: Bids were received for the window with brick. The county approved the ment or the sheriff's department, real Acting as the Board of Equaliza- replacement from Energy Wise, Inc., work for the total amount bid -- estate orfinanceprofessionalsandthe tion, the commissioners approved a Overmiller Seamless and Window $40,398. general public translates into savings tax-exemption application for the Su- World, all three of Grand Island. In another matter, the board met of time and money for the assessor perior Good Samaritan Center for a Energy Wise. Inc, bid $45,786.47 with two representatives from GIS and her staff. Assessor Janice Murray 1996 Ford van. for replacement of 68 windows with Workshop, Lincoln, regarding public said she agreed because she was al- The board met in executive ses- Gorell double hung, double pane win- access to photographs of Nuckolls ready experiencing the time saving sion for approximately 15 minutes to dows. They submitted an additional County properties via the Internet. aspects, discuss a personnel matter. Included in bid of $47,888 for similar windows Marcus Tooze, president, and Chad Tooze said workers in assessor's the private session were the three com- that aretriple pane. OvermillerSeam- Kudym, director of operations, were offices save a lot of time they can missioners;JackieKassebaum,county less bid $89,730 /'or triple pane and asked to attend the meeting because devote to other tasks if they don't have clerk; Gary Warren, assistant highway $90,450 for double pane. Windowseveralcomplaintswerereceivedfrom to spend the afternoon helping some- superintendent; and Cindy Buescher, World's bid was $38,979.79. landowners about photographs o/their one physically search for the informa- road department secretary. The board awarded the work to properties beingpostedonthelnternet, tion m the courthouse. Tooze also said The one and six year road and Energy Wise, Inc., for the triple pane GIS Workshop was hired by the county about 80 percent of Nebraska counties bridge plan public hearing was con- windows at a cost of $47,888. Repre- to install GIS technology in the currently offer the information free ducted with nopublic input. There are sentatives from Energy Wise met with assessor's office, and they maintain a over the Internet. 32 projects on the one year plan. The the board and provided samples of website for Nuckolls County featuring "Therearefourcountiesthatlknow board approved the plans.