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State Exits Federal Pandemic Unemployment Programs

LINCOLN - Nebraska will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs effective June 19. The State has notified the US Department of Labor of its intent to withdraw from the following: • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation...

 

City Council OKs Road Work Bonds

The Sidney City Council approved first reading of an ordinance funding the City's share of Link 17J costs. The road from Interstate 80 north to Sidney, and places beyond, is now tight and slower than...

 

Leyton School Board Reinstates Geary

The Leyton Board of Education decided in its May 10 meeting to reinstate Superintendent Chris Geary. Geary was placed on administrative leave early this year. He was informed by the Nebraska...

 

Tourism Preps for Increased Travel

In early 2020, the coronavirus was announced and resulting health precautions. By spring and early summer, schools were hoping to reopen, posting modified schedules as they adapt to health agency...

 

Commissioners Stand Against '30 x 30'

The Cheyenne County Commissioners took a formal stand against the part of President Joe Biden's Executive Order 14008 known as the “30 x 30” program. In late April, the commissioners discussed...

 

Commissioners OK Communication Agreement

The Cheyenne County Commissioners and Emergency Communications Manager Heidi Gillespie met in the May 3 meeting regarding the Interlocal Cooperation agreement between the county and the City of...

 

Passport Program Anticipates Surge

Among the many shops and coffee houses off the beaten paths in Nebraska are specific locations participating in the Passport Nebraska program. The locations in this year's program include  a print...

 

City Council Tables Communicatons Center Agreement

The Sidney City Council tabled action on proposed changes to the Cheyenne County Communications Center agreement. The proposed changes include adjusting cost sharing of the service to increase Deuel...

 

Charges Against Leyton Superintendent Dropped

Leyton School District Superintendent Chris Geary was placed on administrative leave during a special meeting held by the school board on Jan. 22. The board held a meeting Jan.29 when it appointed...

 

Guburnatorial Candidate Stops in Sidney

Some would call them an unlikely team, a rural and agricultural background on one side and urban roots on the other. However, bringing the Nebraska voters together means starting with a united team....

 

City Approves Playground Funding

The Sidney City Council on Tuesday, April 27, approved $40,000 in ACE funding for the Sidney Park Project. In City Manager David Scott's response to the request, he wrote that the City has used ACE...

 

County Discusses '30 x 30' Plan

On Jan. 27, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order on “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” “The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. We have a...

 

Officials: Latest Rescue Plan Needs Structure

Cheyenne County is expecting funds totaling nearly $2 million from the federal government. The problem is, so far no one knows what it can or cannot be used for, or the specific accountability...

 

Truck-car Accident Results in Double Fatality

At approximately 12:55 pm on Friday April 23, 2021, the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Regional West Ambulance Service and the Sidney Fire Department responded to a double fatality motor vehicle accident at the intersection...

 

School Board Approves Staff Changes

The Cheyenne County School District No. 1 school board approved several resignations and staff contracts during the April 12 meeting. The board approved five resignations and eight teaching...

 
 By Brooke Wrage    News    April 21, 2021

Anonymous Safety Reporting Bill Advances

LINCOLN — A school safety reporting system was approved April 6 in the second round after a long debate. Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg said he introduced LB 322 to reduce violent incidents in all K-12 schools in Nebraska by having a trained...

 

Rural Measures Project Addresses Broadband Disparities in Nebraska

The internet is an integral part of everyday life for most Americans. We use it to communicate with friends and family, stream our favorite television shows and shop from the comfort of our living rooms. More importantly, this technology connects...

 

Park Project Seeks Funding from County

In December 2020, Madison “Madi” Wilkinson and Ally Benzel presented an idea to the Sidney City Council. The concept was simple although the goal might seem a little lofty: redesign the play area...

 

Memorial Service Planned for Aviation Students

SIDNEY — A memorial service for Western Nebraska Community College students Yemin An and Zhaoxin Chen will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the Elk's Lodge #1894 in Sidney. An and Chen...

 

Norgard Resigns as Economic Development Directors

Sidney Economic Development Director Melissa Norgard announced in an email Tuesday, April 13, that she is resigning her position with the City. After working for Cabela’s for nearly 4 ½ years, she...

 

Commissioners Approve Changes to Comm. Center Bylaws

The Cheyenne County Board also approved changes to the Emergency Communications Center bylaws, and the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement. Emergency Communications Director Heidi Gillespie said the...

 

Truck Fire

First Responders including Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol and the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a truck fire at the Cabela's parking lot shortly...

 

Two Students Die in WNCC Aviation Accident

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, two Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) students were fatally injured while working on an airplane engine while inside the Aviation Maintenance Facility in Sidney, Nebraska. The Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Si...

 

Following New Challenges

Sometimes life changes in slow motion. Other times it is like erasing the whiteboard and surrendering the marker. The Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce is losing its director to a new adventure,...

 

Median Upgrade Proposal Denied 3-2

No, seemed to be the message in the March 23 discussion on enhancing the medians in the 17J Link road project. The Sidney City Council meeting included a line item for public input on upgrading the...

 

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