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(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.

Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.

The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.


#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden

#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank

#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab

#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank

#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk

#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl

#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg

#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist

#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell

#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser

#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango

#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales

#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness

#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon

#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller

#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes

#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds

#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller

#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt

#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman

#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed

#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger

#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller

#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal

#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber

#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom

#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill

#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington

#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck

#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel


30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th


$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.


The crash occurred at just before 11am on Thursday near mile marker 100 on Highway 385 in Morrill County. A southbound Jeep had crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi head on. The driver of the Jeep, Chester Shuster, 71, of Alliance was killed in the collision. It is believed that Shuster was suffering a medical episode at the time of the crash. A trooper and three civilians on scene performed CPR on Shuster paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced deceased on scene.


Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.

Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.

Access will be as follows:

Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B

Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive

Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project.


67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  

On Friday, June 8, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C and officers from the Grand Island Police Department conducted an undercover operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Grand Island area.

This was an operation of the Central Region of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. The effort resulted in the arrest of seven individuals for soliciting prostitution.

In addition to attempting to rescue those being trafficking against their will for commercial sexual activity, other key tenets to the Human Trafficking Task Force are to attempt to reduce the demand for commercial sexual activity by conducting undercover investigations targeting and identifying sex buyers.

The following individuals were arrested and lodged in Hall County Corrections for Solicitation of Prostitution: Brandon Stickley, of Cairo, Craig Jones, of Kearney, Jesus Oliveros, of Grand Island, Buckley Haag, of Bartley, Michael Smidt, of Glenvil, Steve Cole, of St. Paul, and Mike Aipperspach, of Hastings.


AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County  K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.

The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail


The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade!  The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School.  Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.

The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release.  Program fees will be $10 per day per child.  

Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff.  The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th.  Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.  

If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.


AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln County.

This project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)


The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.

The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


A regular season conference showdown took place in Benkelman on Thursday, January 18th as Cambridge took on Dundy County-Stratton in Girls and Boys Basketball competition.  In the Girls contest a back and forth affair throughout the entire game, but in the end, Cambridge would snap a 32 game home win streak put on by DCS as they haven't lost at home in 4 years.  DCS did have some troubles occur as Grace Frederick would leave mid 4th quarter due to injury and Sable Lambley would foul out with 1:49 left in the game.  Just as one might think DCS would end up coming back and possibly send the game into overtime as Adalene Krutsinger and Jesse Freeland would both hit two big three-pointers, but Cambridge would make their free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win 42-38.  Cambridge improves to 10-3 overall while DCS drops to 13-2.


Cambridge   11  23  31  42

DCS              8   22  29  38


Allie Behlke 8, Adalene Krutsinger 9, Sable Lambley 4, McKinzie Baney 2, Jessie Freeland 3, Grace Frederick 12


Shaye Porter 8, Jenna Ebbers 4, Kati Moore 1, Bria Tomlin 4, Korynn Clason 25



In the Boys contest also promised to be a great game with postseason implications on the line as the season goes on with both teams in the same sub-district.  It was a game that would take Overtime to decide the outcome as DCS would hang on to defeat Cambridge 73-70.  It's was a three-point show in Benkelman on Thursday as Cambridge would hit eight three's in the game and DCS hit nine.  DCS would improve to 12-2 with the win and Cambridge would drop to 10-3 on the year.


DCS              16  36  50  59  73  (OT)

Cambridge    17  29  44  59  70  


Nate Auffet 5, Guillermo Diaz 2, Lane Schillington 6, Phalen Sanford 26, Michael Frederick 20, Serbondo Diaz 4, Matthew Lorens 8, Jacob Gemborys 2


Paxton Ross 22, Deryk Huxoll 4, Preston Carbough 18, Caden Houghtelling 15, Tyler Borland 10


Cambridge Public Schools has hired Mr. Rodney Yates to serve as a Teacher, Athletic Director and Football Coach for the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Yates has served the Head Football coach for St. Francis, KS High School for the past 3 season; compiling a record of 28-4 and a State Runner Up in 2016. Coach Yates has had stops in school in both Kansas and Colorado; compiling an overall record of 83-13.  Yates will take over for former Cambridge head coach Scott Porter who was coach at Cambridge for 3 seasons.

Rodney Yates

Bartley, NE - This last Friday afternoon the Cambridge Trojans took the long trek 7 miles west to take on the Southwest Roughriders. After a scoreless first quarter that saw the Trojans turn the ball over on all 3 of their possessions, the Trojans would capitalize when the Roughriders fumbled the ball on the first play of the second quarter. They would start at the Southwest 30 yard line and after a 5-yard false start penalty Paxton Ross would find Deryk Huxoll for the first of his 4 touchdown receptions. Preston Carbaugh would kick the extra point and the Trojans led 7-0 with 11:42 left in the 2nd 1quarter. 

After a 3 and out by the Roughriders the Trojans took 5 plays to go 54 yards and Paxton Ross would find Deryk Huxoll from 4 yards out for the 2nd Trojan touchdown of the day. The PAT failed but the Trojans were up 13-0. The Roughriders put together a drive on their next possesion but would be stopped on 4th down at the Trojan 33 yard line. The Trojans would score 1 play later as Paxton Ross and Deryk Huxoll would hook up for the third straight time. Preston Carbaugh kicked the PAT and the Trojans led 20-0. The Cambridge defense would once again hold Southwest to a 3 and out and Deryk Huxoll would return the punt all the way to the two-yard line. Paxton Ross would cross the goal line on the first play and Spencer Rice would add the two-point conversation to put the Trojans up 28-0. Drew Sprinkle would intercept a Roughrider pass at the 12-yard line and return it to the 6 and Spencer Rice would take it in from the 2 two plays later. After Carbaugh added the extra point and the Trojans led at halftime 35-0.

Playing with a running clock to start the second half, Southwest got the ball first. The Cambridge defense held the Roughriders to a three and out and after a bad snap on the punt Blake Williams would be tackled at his own 15 yard and the Trojans would take over there. After a false start moved the ball back to the 20, Paxton Ross would find Preston Carbaugh for 19 yards to the 1 and Spencer Rice would carry it across the goal line on the next play for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Carbaugh once again added the PAT and the Trojans led 42-0. After another 3 and out the Trojans would start their final scoring drive from their own 28-yard line. It took them 4 plays to go 52 yards with the final 35 coming on the 4th Paxton Ross to Deryk Huxoll scoring pass of the afternoon. Ross would hit CJ Fiene for the 2 point conversion and the Trojans had the final score of the game 50-0. 


Lincoln NE, - The 2018 NSAA State High School Volleyball Tournament got underway in Lincoln Nebraska yesterday afternoon and into the evening.  In Class D1 a match we aired from 102.1 KZMC, #7 seed Cambridge would take on #2 seed and three time defending state champions Johnson- Brock.  The Eagles would end up sweeping the Trojans 3-0 winning 25-18, 25-16, and 25-12.  Cambridge would then get eliminated from the State Tournament ending the Trojans season with a record of 25-6.  Cambridge Head Coach Margo Kent talks about the match in our Aquafina Post Game Show.  The 2018 State Volleyball tournament continues for Classes A-D2 on Friday with Semi-Finals, and wraps up with Consolation and Championship matches on Saturday.



Margo Kent


McCook, NE- The Cambridge Trojans won the McCook Invite on Tuesday night, with wins over Cozad 25-20, 25-9, and also wins over McCook 25-18, 30-28.  Cambridge Improved their record to 13-3 overall.  Meanwhile, McCook is now 5-8 overall.  McCook would get a win over Cozad 25-22, 25-20.  Next action for McCook Volleyball Team will be the Twin Cities invite in Scottsbluff and Gering on Friday and Saturday.  Next action for Cambridge will be on Saturday at the Dundy County-Stratton Invite. 

Central City, NE - McCook FCB Juniors stayed in it until the end, but Central City pulled away late in an 8-3 victory on Thursday. Central City trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kale Jensen doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.
McCook FCB Juniors fired up the offense in the first inning, when an error scored one run for McCook FCB Juniors.
Josiah Ohlman was credited with the victory for Central City. He lasted seven innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out 11.
Konor Rakes took the loss for McCook FCB Juniors. He lasted four and a third innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out three.
Rakes and Tanner Jacobs each collected one hit to lead McCook FCB Juniors.
Kaleb Dudek went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Central City in hits. Central City stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Jarrett Parsons led the way with two.


Nebraska football player Chris Weber was chosen as this year’s male Wayne Duke Award winner, announced by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday. The award is an annual $10,000 scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership. On the women’s side, Rutgers’ golfer Emily Mills earned the honor.

Weber was a standout on and off the field throughout his Nebraska career. An Elkhorn High graduate, Weber will graduate from UNL in May and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in nutrition science, and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. On the field, Weber was a 2017 team captain and led the Huskers with 95 tackles and nine tackles for loss. He had four games with at least 10 tackles during his senior season.

Weber has also been instrumental in NU’s Life Skills program, as Weber has been named to the Brook Berringer and the Tom Osborne teams in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research this year and more than $125,000 over the past four years.

Nebraska has had the male winner four of the past six years, which includes three football student-athletes. In 2013 and 2014, Nebraska had both the male and female winners.

The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award is named for the late Big Ten Conference commissioner who served from 1971 to 1989 and passed last March. While leading the Big Ten, Duke spent much of his time working to improve academic standards and graduation rates for students competing in conference athletics.

The award is made possible by donations from local corporations and individuals supporting intercollegiate athletics. The Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership is comprised of the State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis, Indiana Sports Corp, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Visit Indy.

2018 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award Nominees:

University of Illinois: Anthony Zea, Men’s Track and Field; Sara McKeeman, Women’s Track and Field

Indiana University: Marie Chamberlin, Women’s Swimming

University of Iowa: JoElla Guagliardo, Field Hockey

University of Maryland: Alexander Leto, Men’s Track and Field; Kristen Confroy, Women’s Basketball

University of Michigan: Carolyn McCann, Women’s Swimming

Michigan State University: James Cantela, Men’s Soccer; Lea Foerster, Softball

University of Minnesota: Yaroslav Pochinka Men’s Gymnastics; Sabrine Garrison, Women’s Golf

University of Nebraska: Chris Weber, Football; Sydney Townsend, Women’s Volleyball

Northwestern University: Riley Kelliher, Men’s Soccer; Sabrina Rabin, Softball

Ohio State University: Brayden Seal, Men’s Swimming; Elizabeth Auckley, Women’s Swimming

Penn State University: Brandon Smith, Football; McKayla Mawn, Women’s Swimming and Diving

Purdue University: LaSalle “P.J.” Thompson, Men’s Basketball; Maya Hughes, Softball

Rutgers University: Michael Rexrode, Men’s Lacrosse; Emily Mills, Women’s Golf

University of Wisconsin: Peter Roy, Football; Liliana Hansen, Women’s Open-Weight Rowing

Previous Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award Recipients:

2017: Geno Morelli, Penn State, Wrestling; Lindsay Agnew, Ohio State, Women’s Soccer

2016: Cody Rush, Nebraska, Men’s Track and Field; Lindsay Mable, Minnesota, Women’s Gymnastics

2015: Campbell Sode, Rutgers, Men’s Lacrosse; Jessica Plant, Minnesota, Women’s Swimming

2014: Spencer Long, Nebraska, Football; Emily Wong, Nebraska, Women’s Gymnastics

2013: Sean Fisher, Nebraska, Football; Katelyn White, Nebraska, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field

2012: Miguel Pineda, Penn State, Men’s Gymnastics; Margaux Farrell, Indiana, Women’s Swimming

2011: Mike Torchia, Minnesota, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field; Allie Smith, Purdue, Women’s Swimming

2010: Mark Ison, Northwestern, Football; Chelsea Davis, Ohio State, Women’s Diving

2009: Drew Ratner, Northwestern, Men’s Soccer; Lauren Mioton, Purdue, Women’s Basketball

2008: Kevin Trulock, Indiana, Football; Molly Crispell, Penn State, Women’s Swimming


CHADRON- Gering PVC's struggle out of the gate, but scratch out a victory over Ogallala 7-5 Monday evening. Gering's pitching duo of Brayden Tarr and Chris Palomo combined to fan 15 batters in the victory. As Tarr got the start for Gering and went five innings allowing 5 earned with 7 K's, then Palomo came in relief for three innings strikingout 8 on 51 total pitches as he was credited with the win. Below are the highlights from last nights win over Ogallala



The PVC's thus far this season have been shoutout in three contests with Alliance 25 to nothing. Including being no-hit in the season opener. Tune in tonight on or Sunny 99.3 beginning at 4:45pm for the Runza Pre-Game show. 

As we get you set for one of the biggest games of the year the HFRSN caught up with the Head Coaches at Scottsbluff and York. York is back in the State Semi-Finals after capturing the NSAA Class B State Title last season. While Scottsbluff takes it one week at a time.  

Scottsbluff Head Coach Joe Benson

York Head Coach Glen Snodgrass

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