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Edition. in Three Sections Year, No. 47 Official Nuckolls County Newspaper "mR Member of Nebraska Press Association 0740-0969 2003 Supedor Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Su .perior, Nebraska .68978 Price 50 and National Newspaper Association National Edition 24 P_a=~_s in Three Sections Thursday, November 20, 2003 ,,y irrigators depen- ick Irrigation Dis- .drOught continues to reduce aato Harlan County Reservoir officials offer little prom- until there is a weather patterns. attending a meet- Cloud with the district's directors Monday evening current projections are for 1.5 inches of water early years of opera- 12 inches or e drought this year approximately 7 inches. continues to look for e water and improve Q distribution efficiency. Approximately 25,000 feet of pipe has been laid this year to replace open ditches which are prone to water loss through seepage and evaporation. Federal funds have been requested to help with pipe placement. Land- owners within the district have also been ask to help with the project. In many instances the placement of pipe not only reduces water loss but also make it easier for a farmer to work his field. Earlier Monday representatives of the entities forming the Nebraska Re- publican River Basin Management Districts Association met in Alma for an update on activities throughout the area. Ann Bleed, assistant director of the uth Central Uni- board of education met session Monday evening at claims of $843,480 mual audit report Marlan Watson, CPA, for 2002-2003 was also ac- vote, seven to three, the worked to all school sites within the district. Those questioning the deci- sion asked if the money would be bet- ter spent on student services like the purchase of new text books. Text book purchases have been limited by district budget restraints the past two of years. In other business, members voted to fund the early retirement incentive in favor of purchasing a program, reserving the right to deter- from Modern Methods, mine the number bf accepted appli- bid price of $6,714.25. cants. Supt. Miller reported 11 teach- 000.Thecopieristo ers will be eligible this year. Each of at the central office and the next two years an additional five Used for the production of teachers will be eligible, then nine and which will be sent to three the following years. Miller con- the district. Supt. firmed it would be advantageous for said purchasing the ser- the district financially to fund the re- 50 cents and tirement program. The board agreed to The district anticipates establish a 401A plan with Waddell 2,500brochuresthisschool and Reed. Miller described the 401A charges for the district plan as a win-win situation for both pected to run employees and the district. The plan for color and 1.8 allows early incentive money to be and white. The contributed to the retiree witl out de- the capability of being net- ductions. Employees can withdraw the ?, Nebraska Department of Natural Re- sources, at/ended the meeting and re- ported on projected water use in the Republican Basin. The information was compiled using one of the computer based groundwater models currently being considered for use as part of Nebraska's compliance agreement made with the settlement of a Republi- can River water use lawsuit filed by Kansas. Settlement of that lawsuit increased the responsibilities assigned to the Lower Republican Natural Resources District. The increased workload has been cited by the NRD as the reason behind a decision last week to pur- chase an office building. Thursday the LRNRD board ap- proved spending $100,000to purchase money immediately or invest ][ w~tn- out penalty. -'. substitute certificate was also approved for Susan Kuta, Edgar. The certificate allows individuals who are nearly qualified to be fully certified to substitute within the district for 40 days. A representative from W Design Associates, Hastings, reviewed a pre- liminary air quality study related to a proposal to air condition the cafeteria and kitchen at the Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson and the Supe- .rior junior and senior high building. It expected he will return in December when the board meets in Lawrence at 6:30 p.m. for a detailed review of the, buildings and an outline of possible alternatives, perhaps for both a heating and cooling systems. The next board meeting is sched- uled one hour earlier than usual. All local board member aad their styoases (Continued to Page 6A) the Shaffer Construction buildings at Alma. The board also approved a $153,606 bid from Shaffer Construc- tion to remodel one of the buildings. Since the NRD was organized in 1973, the offices have been in the base- ment oftbe Harlan County courthouse. The total cost of the relocation is expected to reach nearly a quarter mil- lion dollars. Of this mount, the dis- trict has $97,217 in a building reserve account, $75,000 is to come from the state and $60,000 from the City of Alma as an inducement to keep the offices in Alma. The communities of Oxfordand Red Cloud submitted relo- cation proposals. Early copy needed for next newspaper With Thanksgiving only a week away, area residents have begun plan- ing and making preparations for the annual holiday observance. Among the changes they will need to plan for is the early distribution of their weekly newspaper, The Superior Express. The Express and other news- papers printed in the Superior Publish- ing Company plant are advancing dead- lines to permit distribution of the news- papers within their trade areas prior to the holiday. It is possible the printing of the next issue will begin on Saturday. Work preparing the advertising for that issue began immediately following the mail- ing of this issue on Wednesday after- noon. Advertisers and news correspon- dents are asked to submit copy as early as possible. The early mail schedule means most pages must be assembled and printed Monday. Because of increased advertising orders associated with the traditional Christmas shopping promotion planned for Friday, it is expected more news and feature space will be available in the next issue, Staff schedules include weekend mile harvestir.g crew finishedlhe!r tasks at the Larry McCord farm they $hared harvesting tales as they waited for one another to finish I at the farm houGe for a lunch. Pictured above (from left) are Lonnie Bargen, Steve Shroyer, John Sullivan, Marsha Ray, Dan Corman, Steve Corman, Chris Nicholson, Barry Blackstone and John Ray. A volunteers from Raptor Recovery Nebraska holds an American Kestrel at a special presentation for Superior fifth and sixth graders last week. The American Kestrel is a falcon commonly seen in the Superior area. Children pictured in the foreground (from left) are Trevor Hoins, Ross Porter, Shalee Barry and Melissa Guilkey. work to insure the Paint will be ready Superiotfifthaadsixthgraders, with for distribution late Ttiesday aftemtxm, assistance from their instructors, are in the process of adopting a Red Tail,xi Hawk thi s week. Adopting a Red Tailed clicking sound like a rattle snake when it senses a predator might be close. Screech owls often live in towns, but they are seldom seen. They are Hawk costs $100. The students will bark colored, stretch themselves to be- receive a picture of the bird and a come tall and thin and are extremely certificate of adoption. The hawk is hard for the inexperience eye to spot part of the Nebraska Raptor Recovery sitting stone still in a tree. program's educational exhibit. The The barn owl has a big white face .... ........ money assists with food and housing andoften livesinoldbarns.Theycom- ...... the bird for one year. monly eat three mice each day which Students saw the Red Tailed Hawk would account for more than 1,000 last week when volunteers from the mice in a year. Raptor Recovery Nebraska spoke at Owls are the only animal in the the North Ward School activity room. world which will catch and eat a skunk. As they told the students about raptors An owl's abilities to hear and see are important role in nature, they walked exceptionally keen, but their ability to slowly through rows of students hold- smell is poor. Owls can see 20 times ingeithertheRedTailedHawk, anowl bette," than humans. They are noctur- or an American Kestrel, the smallest nal and hunt at night. All owls' eyes member of the falcon family, are fixed in their head, but they have Following is some of the informa- flexible necks which will turn ! 80 de- tion they shared, grees. Owls have been known to catch Members of four groups of raptors a mouse on first strike in a totally (eagles, hawks, owls and falcons) are darkened room. native to Nebraska. Raptors are birds Owls have a soft fringe on their ofprey.Theyeatmeat, especiallylarge wings making them silent flyers. quantities of rats, mice and gophers. It is a federal offense to possess a raptor or any part, even a feather. Eagles are the largest and strongest of all raptors. They are four to five times bigger than a hawk "Eagles will be easy to see in this area between now and Christmas," said Tom Tolen, Ord, raptor recovery vol- unteer. Owb There are several owls common to South Central Nebraska: burrowing owls, screech owls, barn owls and the great horned owl. The burrowing owl lives in the ground, but seldom is in danger. It has a hard beak and makes a Hawks Hawks are great soarers. The Red Tailed Hawk is a common hawk in this area. Some have called it a "chicken hawk", but chicken hawks don' t exist. "If a hawk ate a small rabbit, we'd not call it a rabbit hawk," Tom Tolen, one of the raptor recovery volunteer said. The Red Tailed Hawk the fifth and sixth grade classes are adopting is full grown, but weighs only three and a half pounds and has a three and a half foot wing span. Hawks prefer to feed on small mammals less than their weight. They commonly will fly away with their prey to a safe place before devouring their eateh. Falcons The American Kestrel is the only falcon one can see in this area all year long. Often, they look as if they are trying to fly into the wind and can't, but actually they are hunting as they hover. "They are like dive bombers. They fly fast and furious after their prey," said Barb Tebbell, Kearney, a raptor recovery volunteer.' "The American Kestrel primarily eats insects." Nancy Fish, Superior, later reported she frequently sees an American Kestrel hovering in the field just to the west of Chuck Merten's home at the west edge of Superior in the summer. In the winter an American Kestrel fre- quents a light pole near the Fishs' mail box. Fish lives just west of Wildcat Track. Both Fish and her husband, Dick, are licensed raptor recovery vol- unteers so they can legally receive and transport injured raptors to Raptor Re- covery Nebraska. "We have an agreement with Tebbell, to meet in Campbell. She has a source of mice there for the raptors," Fish continued, "I feel bad. We have yet to transport a raptor which lived. So often when we are called they are severely dehydrated." ' Tebbel is a licensed raptor rehabilitator. About 50 per cent of the raptors received by Raptor Recovery Nebraska survive and are released back into the wild. This is one of the highest success rates in the U.S. The West Nile Virus has been par- ticular devastating to raptors in Ne- braska the past two years. i:i :~ i~ iii~ i"~ ~ ii ,gatheredattheLar McCordfa to rv n rou cut220acresofmdomthreehours, ...... :. ry rm ha est milolastWednesdayaftemoo .Theg p " " Corman and Leo Black, stone. , m me Mcuoro farmhouse, where Pat served sandwiches, coffee, brownies, chips and dip. _ ..... Those providing tractors with grain carts were Dennis Shroyer, Barry Blackstone, Bill Erickson, Kenny and Dan Corman. Joe Sullivan, Seth Henderson, Vic Pedersen, Short Shambaugh, uyron Young/;Wendell Vader. Aurora Co-op, Butch Shaw and Larry lumtshed by Jack Baker, Lonnie Bargen, Aurora Co-op, JensbyTrucldng, Matt Bargen, Marly Tietjen, Mllarl Hansen, Miller also helpedwith the harvest. Early in Oct... er, Higer, Ray,.Grove and.Shroyer assisted by other volunteers harvested the McCord Miller and Doug Korb. were furn Butch Higer, Kirk Grove. Denni.q Shroyer, Steve Bargen, John Sullivan, Lars Pedersen, Kenny soybeans. John Ray and Dennis Shroyer cooroinated the mira narvestin0 Dee. Photo Provided bY Mike ~nd Ruth Pearce