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Alvo Newsletter, March 18th, 2014

Highway 75 will close from Union to Nebraska City the week of March 31st.

It will reopen in September (maybe).


Starting the week of March 31st, if you plan to drive on Highway 75 between Union and Nebraska City, you will probably need to add at least a half hour to your trip.  

A six-mile stretch of highway south of the Union corner will be shut down until September while crews rebuild the road.   

Either plan to detour west on Hwy 34 to Hwy 50, then south to Hwy 2 (42.1 miles according to mapquest), or go across the Plattsmouth toll bridge to I-29 and down the interstate (47.9 miles according to mapquest). The only other way is to drive much slower on the rocky, dusty, gravel roads with more traffic and impatient drivers. Also farm traffic on the side roads will increase, adding to the delays. For the really good news - none of the county roads go straight through north to south.

Plan accordingly, so you don't have to hurry!
People - It's dry out there - don't burn anything. Eagle, Alvo, and most of the other volunteer fire departments in the state have been fighting wildfires full time for the last 3 weeks. Eagle and Alvo have been dispatched 8 times starting on March 9th; 7 of those were last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Causes have been a lawn mower fire; unattended scrap tree fire and cigarettes.
Once again - Nebraska has a permanent state wide open burning ban 365 days a year. The legal way to burn is to request a burn permit from your local fire chief for a specific date and time. If the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning, no open burns are permitted. Red Flag Warnings are issued when temperature is warm, humidity is low and wind is strong - making any wildfire more dangerous due primarily to its rapid spread.
Neither Eagle Fire Chief Oetjen or Alvo Fire Chief Koutecky are issuing permits until we have at least one inch of rain.
Burning without a permit is a citable offence .
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Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Spring
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:32:00 AM 7:36:00 PM 12:04:00 2
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:31:00 AM 7:37:00 PM 12:06:00 1
Thursday, March 20, 2014 7:29:00 AM 7:38:00 PM 12:09:00 0
        Days until Summer
Friday, March 21, 2014 7:27:00 AM 7:39:00 PM 12:12:00 92
Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:26:00 AM 7:40:00 PM 12:14:00 91
Sunday, March 23, 2014 7:24:00 AM 7:41:00 PM 12:17:00 90
Monday, March 24, 2014 7:22:00 AM 7:42:00 PM 12:20:00 89
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:21:00 AM 7:43:00 PM 12:22:00 88


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