John Remus with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the reservoirs are ready to reduce flood risk in the region even though runoff is expected to be slightly above average at 104 percent of normal.
Some of the Plains snowpack has already melted and entered the reservoir system because of recent warmer periods.
The releases from Gavins Point dam near the South Dakota-Nebraska border are expected to remain at winter levels of 18,000 cubic feet per second during February.
The Missouri River should have enough water for full-service navigation through at least the first half of the 2018 season.
The overall economic index for the region dropped to 46.8 this month, compared with the December reading of 47.8. The November figure was 44.7. Survey organizers say any score below 50 suggests a shrinking economy in the months ahead.
The confidence index reflects expectations for the economy six months out, and it fell to 46.7 in the January survey from 51.2 in December.
However, Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says “year-over-year indices are trending higher.” The January number a year ago was 42.8.
Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
Robert Wayne Law, age 87 of the North Platte, Sutherland area passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Brush, CO.
Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Graveside services will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday December 6, 2017 at the Morningview Cemetery in Wallace. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday December 5, 2017 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Doris I. Edwards, 85, of North Platte, died Nov. 28, 2017, at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Pierre, South Dakota. Services are pending at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
Virginia “Ginny” Jean Anderson, 90, of Lincoln, formerly of Paxton and Loveland, Colorado, passed away Oct. 5, 2017, at Tabitha Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, following a stroke.
Virginia was born on Oct. 4, 1927, to Wayne and Cleo Nelms in Bartley. She attended elementary school in Bartley and high school in North Platte. She graduated with the North Platte High School class of 1945.
Virginia worked at Bell Telephone Co. in North Platte until her marriage to Melvin “Babe” K. Anderson on March 23, 1948. They began their married life in Paxton and lived there for 40 years. They were members of the Paxton Trinity Lutheran Church. She worked as a farm wife and raised their two children, Clark and Rhonda. In later years, she was a clerk at Buenz Drugstore in Ogallala, working beside her son Clark. She was a valued employee for 20 years.
They retired in 1988 and moved to Loveland, Colorado, where they lived for 20 years. Virginia continued to work part-time at the Queen of Hearts, a women’s clothing store. She enjoyed caring for their vegetable garden and beautiful flower garden. She commented many times how she loved looking at the mountains. Ginny and Babe belonged to the Front Range Dance Association for several years and enjoyed dancing to the Big Bands.
In 2008, they moved to Legacy Estates in Lincoln to be closer to family. They were married for 62 years when Babe passed away in 2010. Ginny enjoyed the many activities at Legacy Estates. She was an avid reader, loved family gatherings and liked trips to the casino. She developed many new friendships at Legacy Estates and loved the safe, comfortable feeling of home.
Ginny devoted her life to her family. She was especially proud of her five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her death is a great loss to her family and all who knew her.
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clark (Eileen) Anderson of Lincoln; a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda (Chuck) Theiler of Ogallala; sister, Jeri Brownell of Corvallis, Oregon; five grandchildren, Megan and Chad Davison, Natalie Hilton, Carly Armijo, Brett and Emily Theiler and Lacey and Kim Theiler; seven great-grandchildren, Paige, Evann and Molly Armijo, Harper Davison, Henry Hilton, Wren and Mae Theiler; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com.
Services will be at 11 a.m. MDT on Monday, Oct. 9, at the Paxton Cemetery with John Long officiating. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. MDT on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Prairie Hills Funeral Home, Ogallala, which is in charge of arrangements.
Court records say 28-year-old Casey Dodds, of Cedar Rapids, has pleaded not guilty to child abuse and strangulation. Her trial is set to begin Sept. 20 in Albion.
Her eldest child told authorities his mom struck him several times and the three other kids at least once in their faces on April 24 after she tried to take them to school in the middle of the night. The 10-year-old boy reported that his mom choked him for a time and struck him after he refused her order to tell people at school that one of his siblings had hit him.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 59-year-old Plattsmouth man has been sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $833,000 in restitution to Plattsmouth State Bank for a check-kiting scheme.
Mark Tichner was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Omaha on Monday. He was also fined $50,000 at his sentencing.
He pleaded guilty in March to bank fraud.
Prosecutors say FBI investigators found Tincher used a fraudulent check-kiting scheme to float checks to the Plattsmouth bank, Arbor Bank, Murray State Bank and Glenwood State Bank between April 2010 and June 2010.
Prosecutors say Tincher used the scheme to artificially inflate bank balances for his business purposes.
Firefighters and Iowa Department of Natural Resources officers responded to the blast around 6:50 p.m. Sunday on the northeast part of the lake.
The department says two of the four aboard were taken to a hospital in nearby Omaha, Nebraska, for treatment of their burns: 33-year-old Joshua Juranek and 33-year-old Kimberly Red. Both live in Bellevue. It’s unclear whether the others on the board were injured.
The explosion is being investigated.
Department officials also say a 9-year-old girl was hospitalized earlier Sunday after she was injured while tubing in Lake Manawa. She’s expected to make a full recovery. Her name hasn’t been released.