N-63 Alvo North Open!
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 of 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. 5 are normal to abnormally dry, 83 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, Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin and Rhode Island and Alaska - and Puerto Rico have normal moisture levels. This is a slight improvement over last week.
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.
Daylight hours...days getting longer!
Full moon, Monday, January 1st, at 08:24 AM CST
Click on this animated moon for what it looks like now.
Moon data from the US Naval Observatory.
Dec 27th, 1850 - Hawaiian Fire Dept established
Click on the photo above for department history and the photo below for the department web page.
“Be Safe in paradise." - Volunteer firefighter-paramedic in Nebraska
Dec 28th, 1981 - 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
Click on the picture of Elizabeth and David Comeau meeting with Dr. Howard Jones for the People magazine article
“I think in vitro is a miracle and it has given me my precious little baby boy." - Cindy Margolis
Dec 29th, 1890 - US 7th Cavalry troops massacre over 200 captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD
Click on the map for the
“They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it.” - Dee Brown in 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'
Dec 30th, 1959 - SSBN 598, George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned
Click on the picture for her history
"Although September 11 was horrible, it didn't threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do." - Stephen Hawking
“Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.” - Colin Powell
Dec 31st, 1972 - Leap second day
Click the image for the EarthSky explanation
Jan 1st, 1964 - 30th Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 Auburn, 13-7
1966 - 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
1971- 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
1972 - 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
1973 - 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
1979 - 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24
1982 - 48th Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Nebraska, 22-15
1983 - 49th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #13 LSU, 21-20
1985 - 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
1986 - 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
1987 - 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
1988 - 17th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #5 Nebraska, 31-28
1990 - 19th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State beats #6 Nebraska, 41-17
1992 - 58th Orange Bowl: #1 Miami (FL) beats #11 Nebraska, 22-0
1993 - 59th Orange Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #11 Nebraska, 27-14
1994 - 60th Orange Bowl: #1 Florida State beats #2 Nebraska, 18-16
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Jan 2nd, 1967 - S33rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 34-7
1984 - 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30
1989 - 55th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #6 Nebraska, 23-3
1996 - 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24
1998 - 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
2000 - 29th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #6 Tennessee, 31-21
Click on the flag for the rest of the bowl games
"Nothing more needs saying." - Dave, UNL class of '69
And finally, two from our Nebraska guys - Thanks to Jeff Koterba and Paul Fell
Supported in part by Cass County Tourism. (Click on the logo to go to the web site)