Click on the image to track Santa and visit the North Pole
N-63 Alvo North Opens December 1st
N-63 is open to through traffic as of December 1. This completes Phase I of a 2 Phase project, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. The section of N-63 closed this year was approximately one-half mile south of I-80 and consisted of box culvert construction, re-alignment of the existing highway and erosion control items. Minor work, like seeding and erosion control installation, may still be performed.
The second phase will begin in March 2018. During this phase, N-63 will be closed to traffic from Reference Post 4+20 to Reference Post 9+68. A detour will be marked for through traffic for this phase.
The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2018.
The Department’s project manager for this project is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through construction work zones.
Jesse De Los Santos, 402-471-0850
Rural Fire Board meeting rescheduled to Thursday, December 21st, 7:30 PM at the Alvo Fire and Rescue Station.
Thanks to Karen for the Nebraska State flag - it will fly until March 1st, 2018 to celebrate Nebraska 150.
What a difference a week with above normal temperatures, high winds and no significant precipitation does to moisture levels - ONLY 17 counties have normal moisture, 21 are normal to abnormally dry, 50 are abnormally dry , 4 are normal to abnormally dry to moderate drought and 1 is abnormally dry to moderate drought. We need snow! There are no severe drought conditions anywhere in our state. However - the southwest panhandle is facing long term abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions, meaning the dry spell is lasting more than six months. Nationally only 7 states (Michigan, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Ohio, Washington, Oregon and Alaska - and the territory of Puerto Rico) have normal moisture levels. Puerto Rico still has very little electricity and clean drinking water. Click on the image to see how Nebraska compares to other states.
New Moon Monday, December 18th at 12:30 AM CST
Click on this animated moon for what it looks like now.
Moon data from the US Naval Observatory.
You have to laugh to keep from crying.....
Thank you, Jack Ohman
Thanks, Jeff Danziger
Dec 13th, 1949 - Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem
Click on Ben-Gurion's photo for details
“We regard it as our duty to declare that Jewish Jerusalem is an organic and inseparable part of the State of Israel, as it is an inseparable part of the history of Israel, of the faith of Israel." - David Ben-Gurion; Israeli Prime Minister, Knesset speech (December 1949)
Dec 14th, 2012 - 26 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
Click on the picture for their details
Click HERE for the Sandy Hook Promise
“Semi-automatics have only two purposes. One is so owners can take them to the shooting range once in a while, yell yee-haw, and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end of the barrel. Their other use – their only other use – is to kill people” – Stephen King
Dec 15th, 1993 - White supremacist Dylann Roof is found guilty of the Charleston Church Massacre which killed 9
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"There's nothing wrong with me psychologically." - Dylann Roof
Dec 16th, 1773 - Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
Click on the picture for the Britannica article
"We were merry, in an undertone, at the idea of making so large a cup of tea for the fishes." - Joshua Wyeth
Dec 17th, 1903 - The Wright Brothers make the first sustained motorized aircraft flight at 10:35 AM, piloted by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Dec 18th, 2012 - 6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan
Click on the photo for BBC'c article
“Women in the church are more important than bishops and priests." - Pope Francis
Dec 19th, 1998 - Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
Click on the picture to learn more about the scandal
"I voted Republican this year; the Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth." - Monica Lewinsky
"Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that." –Bill Clinton, to a woman friend while he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford
“If I were in the President’s place I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be laying in a pool of my own blood, hearing
Thanks, Nate Beeler
Thanks again, Chan Lowe
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