Click on the image to track Santa and visit the North Pole
N-63 Alvo North Opened 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
This notice is directed toward those who flushed their shop towels, baby wipes and other non-degradable items down their toilets - the Village has to replace two pumps at the sewage lagoon to the tune of $10,000. That will cause delays in working on required improvements to the drinking water system. This will cost everyone in town when new sewer and water rates are set.
Rural Fire Board meeting held on Thursday, December 21st, 7:30 PM at the Alvo Fire and Rescue Station. A new slate of Rural Board members was elected by secret ballot from district residents in attendance. Sandra Rieckman, Luke Renken and Angela Lonergan were elected to represent McKelverly, Tipton and Stove Creek precincts. The new board held an organizational meeting immediately following the election where Sandra Rieckman was elected President, Luke Renken Vice President and Angela Lonergan Secretary-Tresurer. Future Board meeting dates are scheduled for the second Tuesday od each month for the first four months of 2018. (January 9th, February 13th, March 13th and April 10th at 7:30 at the Eagle Fire and Rescue Station, 705 South 1st, Eagle, NE)
Thanks to Karen for the Nebraska State flag - it will fly until March 1st, 2018 to celebrate Nebraska 150.
DRY, DRY, DRY - No counties in Nebraska have normal moisture levels. 6 are normal to abnormally dry, 82 are abnormally dry , 2 are normal to abnormally dry to moderate drought and 3 are 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 Washington, Oregon, Michigan and Rhode Island and Alaska - and Puerto Rico have normal moisture levels. Just a reminder, Peurto Rico is still short of power and drinkable water. Click on the image to see how Nebraska compares to other states.
First Quarter, Tuesday, December 26th at 03:20 AM CST
Click on this animated moon for what it looks like now.
Moon data from the US Naval Observatory.
Thank you, Steve Benson
Dec 20th, 1941 - World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
Click on the photo for details
“Go in close, and when you think you are too close, go in closer." - Thomas McGuire, WWII P-38 pilot, 38 kills, Medal of Honor, KIA
Thanks, Gary Varvel
Dec 21st,1994 - Gasoline bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street NYC
Click on the Ed Leary's picture for details
“I believe in nothing.” – Theodore Kaczynski AKA 'The Unabomber'
Thanks, Marc Murphy
Dec 22nd, 1997 - Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
Click on the picture for the Vice article about Propecia
"I think men are allowed to be fat and bald and ugly and women aren't. And it's just not... there is no equality there." - Connie Chumg
Thanks, Andy Marlette
Dec 23rd, 1779 - Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
Click on the picture for the History article
"What do you think would be my fate if my misguided countrymen were to take me prisoner?" - Benedict Arnold
Thanks, Milt Priggee
Dec 24th, 1865 - Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tn
Click the image for the Southern Poverty Law Center page
"People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one's soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you." - Samuel L. Jackson
Dec 25th, 1989 - Show trial of Romanian Communism dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The couple are found guilty and executed by firing squad the same day.
Click on the photo for the Huffington Post article
"Dialectical materialism works like cocaine, let’s say. If you sniff it once or twice, it may not change your life. If you use it day after day, though, it will make you into an addict, a different man.” - Nicolae Ceausescu
Read more at http://izquotes.com/author/nicolae-ceau%C5%9Fescu
Thanks again, Andy Marlette
Dec 26th, 1996 - Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado
Click on the picture to read The Guardian article
"Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." - John Ramsey
Thanks again, Marc Murphy
And finally, two from our Nebraska guys - Thanks to Paul Fell and Jeff Koterba
Supported in part by Cass County Tourism. (Click on the logo to go to the web site)