Theresa Susan Vieyra, age 61 of North Platte, passed away at Great Plains Health on Thursday October 6, 2016. Services are pending at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.
James Gordon “Jim” Doyle, age 88 of Tryon, NE passed away Friday September 16, 2016 at Linden Court in North Platte.
Jim was born on April 11, 1928 in North Platte, NE to Daniel T. and Ruthie R. (Gordon) Doyle. His family lived on a small farmstead south of Tryon for a short time until moving to Gordon Homestead north of Ringgold. He lived there for the rest of his life. Jim graduated from Tryon High School with the class of 1945. He ranched with his father in the years to follow. During this time he started riding bareback horses and bulls at some of the local rodeos. In true rough stock rider fashion, he often spoke of the horses he’d drawn and many of the other cowboys with whom he’d become friends. His face always lit up when he told rodeo stories. In 1952 he enlisted in the US Navy and entered the Cadet Program as the only applicant accepted who was not college educated. He later left the Cadet Program and entered Radio School. Jim served aboard the USS Tripoli, copying Morse code as a radio man. He saw much of post WWII Europe. For many years after his service, he continued to enjoy copying code. After leaving the service, Jim took over the family ranch and started his own cow herd. Over the years he transitioned from Hereford cows to the Angus breed and built a very well respected herd. In 1963 Jim married Dorothy “Jean” Wiley Fisher. She had three children, Ranold Calvin, Wiley Kent, and Shannon Marie and together they had Hannah Ruth. He was extremely interested in the Civil War. He read and reread anything he could get his hands on that pertained to that time period. Over the years he obtained stacks and stacks of Civil War books, magazines and movies. Jim’s passion was the Sandhills, and his cattle and horses. He enjoyed helping neighbors with their fall work and brandings. He was still dragging calves to the fire at the ripe old age of 85 and could still cover one that bucked then too! Jim helped several young ranchers get a start in the business by “loaning” them cows for a few years.
Jim is survived by his children Randy (Kathy) Fisher, Wiley “Kent” (Kathleen) Fisher, Shannon (Michael Lapsley) Fisher and Hannah (Matthew) Burch; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean; parents; sisters Pearl LaVonne Carlson and Loa Daly Duggan; brothers-in-law Don Daly, Ed Duggan and Nels Carlson.
Memorials are suggested to the McPherson County Fire Department and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday September 21, 2016 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Miller Cemetery in Tryon with full military honors. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
The Nebraska Pardons Board denied Michael Anderson’s request Monday for a hearing. The hearing would have given the board a chance to consider commuting his sentence to a certain number of years, which could have made him eligible for parole.
Anderson was convicted of murder in the contract slaying of his employer, Ronald Abboud. A friend, Peter Hochstein, was convicted of paying Anderson to kill Abboud. Anderson and Hochstein were taken off death row in 2001 and given life sentences.
The two have maintained their innocence since their arrests.
Lawmakers advanced the measure through a second-round vote Thursday after supporters overcame a filibuster to try to block it.
The legislation by Sen. John Murante of Gretna would require the university to publicly identify just one finalist for university president and chancellor positions. The finalist would be subject to a 30-day vetting period.
Current law requires the university to release names and application materials for the top four finalists before a hire is made. Murante sponsored the bill on behalf of University of Nebraska Regent Howard Hawks.
The vote was 36-8.
Randall Alford Olson, age 74, of North Platte, NE, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
Randall was born November 5, 1941, to Alford Randall and Joyce Wangrud Olson in Chicago, IL. He was raised in Jamestown, ND and graduated from high school in 1959.
Randall enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was a sniper/body guard for the Colonel until his brother, Duane, was wounded in combat, at which time they removed his rifle as standard procedure. Randall then became a radio technician in an engineering company responsible for establishing base camps. He retired from the Marines in 1969 with the rank of Staff Sargent.
In 1965 Randall married Joann Mathias and to this union 3 children, Karmel, Rand and Paul, were born. The family lived on a hobby farm in Grand Forks, ND until moving to Williston, ND in 1980. Following his divorce in 1985, Randall relocated to Minneapolis, MN and later moved to Nebraska.
Randall was an industrious boy who began mowing yards, shoveling snow and picking potatoes when he was 8 years old. By the time he was 10, he applied for a job at an implement dealer. Instead of hiring him, they sold him a lawn mower so he could start his own lawn mowing business.
In 1970 Randall began his career with Northwestern Bell, working as an installer then retired as an engineer in 1990. Randall also worked as a contract engineer in Nebraska until 2008.
Randall was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, served as state president and started many chapters in Minnesota. He loved reading, deer hunting, fishing at Lake Lida and gardening. He enjoyed sharing his venison and fresh vegetables with others less fortunate. In retirement, he started Ole’s Sports Cards in North Platte, NE where he spent countless hours and made new friends. He also enjoyed having lunch at the Senior Center and playing cards.
He is survived by his children, Karmel Hotvedt, Rand (Shannon) Olson and Paul Olson; five grandchildren, Cameron, Kole, Lauren, Ashley and Julia; his siblings, Duane Olson and Renee Remmich; his best friend, Terrance Hazer; special friend, Nancy Munson; and many cousins and other family.
Randall was preceded in death by his parents, Alford and Joyce; and grandchildren, Drew and McKenna Olson.
In keeping with Randall’s wishes, cremation was chosen and there will be no services. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a repeat offender has been sent to prison for life because he robbed two banks and tried to rob a third in Omaha.
Twenty-nine-year-old Quantal Blake was sentenced Monday in Omaha. He was convicted in May of bank robberies in February and March 2014 and of an attempted robbery in March 2014.
Authorities linked Blake to the robberies through the electronic monitoring device that he was required to wear because of two prior robbery convictions.
Blake had two previous violent felony convictions for robbery and associated weapons charges. Because a firearm was used during the March 2014 robbery, Blake was subject to the life sentence under the federal three-strikes law.
LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will provide opportunities to watch bald eagles again this winter.
The season will begin Saturday at the J-2 Hydroplant facility six miles south of Lexington. The viewing sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the last weekend in February.
A limited number of binoculars are available at the facility.
The district has been helping people watch eagles at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam. The birds feed on fish in the open water below the plants, particularly when rivers and lakes in the area are covered with ice.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The president of the University of Nebraska system is working to deal with racism on campus and improve the college experience for all students.
President Hank Bounds attended a Black Lives Matter rally Thursday on the university’s Lincoln campus to hear from students on how he can make their college experience more inclusive and welcoming.
Bounds says he has made funds available for each campus in the University of Nebraska system to complete a diversity audit looking at its racial make-up, how curriculum addresses diversity and focusing on the experiences of students of color.
The Lincoln campus is also in the process of hiring a chief diversity officer. Bounds said the committee responsible for looking at applicants for the next Lincoln chancellor has been structured to represent the school’s diversity.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are preparing for a tight budget in next year’s session, with a projected $110 million revenue shortfall that could force them to cut services or tap the state’s rainy-day fund.
That gap could grow or shrink when the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board meets in February, but lawmakers still have to balance the budget in next year’s session.
Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley says he’s concerned about the shortfall and isn’t yet sure whether it’s just a “blip” in the economy or a sign of trouble ahead.
Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, whose committee oversees the budget, says he’s confident lawmakers will find a way to balance the books but acknowledges it could be more difficult if the shortfall widens.