OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.
The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.
The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.
The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.
(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 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
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#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon
#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller
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#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller
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Officers from the Chardon Police Department (CPD) and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man who was wanted on multiple felony warrants after escaping from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE on December 21, 2016.
CPD’s investigation into the whereabouts of Charles Canaday, 37, determined that he was hiding at a residence in Chadron. On Wednesday evening, CPD requested NSP SWAT team assistance in serving a search warrant on the home at 502 West Niobrara Ave. While serving the warrant, NSP SWAT found Canaday hiding in the home and observed several items related to drug activity.
CPD obtained a second search warrant to investigate the suspected drug activity. Officers from both CPD and NSP seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms and arrested two other men.
Charles Canaday was arrested and lodged in Dawes County Jail for outstanding warrants from Dawes County and Red Willow County related to his escape from the WEC, including Escape When Under Arrest on a Felony Charge, Attempt of a Class II Felony, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500-$1,500) and a charge of Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Substance from Fall River County, South Dakota.
At the time of his escape, Canaday was serving a sentence of six to 24 years for multiple Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief convictions from four Nebraska counties. His escape prompted an alert from the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers network. The Nebraska Crime Stoppers tip-line is always active at 1-800-422-1494 and can also be reached online at www.nebraskacrimestoppers.com.
During the service of the search warrant, Del Canaday, 31, and Gage Canaday, 27, were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and being an Accessory to a Felony. Both men were lodged in Dawes County Jail.
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.
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
LAMAR, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team went 1-1 on the first day of the Region IX softball tournamentat Lamar, Colorado.
WNCC scored two 8th-inning runs against top-seeded Lamar Community College in registering the 6-4 win in the first round. The Cougars then fell 8-6 in the winner’s bracket final to Otero Junior College.
Other action in the tournament saw Otero defeated Trinidad 2-1. Trinidad State then eliminated the top-seed Lamarnight with a 4-2 win.
WNCC will face Trinidad State in an elimination gameat . The winner will have a date with Otero at in the championship. WNCC will need to win three straight, including an if-necessary game to win the championship.
The WNCC and Lamar contest was a championship-type of contest. Lamar, who defeated WNCC six times during the regular season jumped to a 2-0 lead after one inning. The Cougars sliced the lead in half with a single run in the third as Madi Jackson rips a 2-out triple to score Alyssa Guymon.
Lamar responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 lead. After that, the Cougar defense stepped up to hold Lamar scoreless in the next five innings, including stopping the Lopes from scoring with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
In the meantime, WNCC started its comeback with a single run in the fifth on a Gabby Loya single that scored Guymon.
WNCC tied the game in the sixth. Lamar walked the bases loaded. With two outs, Doumer reaches on an error that scores one run. Jackson then walked to bring in the tying run.
Neither team scored in the seventh. The eighth inning saw Marlee Grant and Guymon each single. Doumer then rips a double to plate Grant with the go-ahead run. Jackson hits a sacrifice fly to plate an insurance run.
WNCC finished the game with nine hits. Jackson led the way with a 3-for-4 game with a triple and three RBIs. Alyssa Guymon finished with two hits with three runs scored. Guymon had two walks. Doumer had the only other extra base hit with a double.
McMillan picked up the win, going eight innings in allowing 10 hits and four early runs. McMillan struck out four and walked four while tossing 162 pitches.
The game with Otero proved to be an offensive game as the two teams combined for 23 hits and 14 runs. WNCC struck first with Doumer ripping a solo home run.
Otero responded with three in the second for a 3-1 lead. WNCC came back to plate a single run in the third as Michaela Kelly ripped a 2-out double to score Doumer and cut the lead to 3-2.
Otero went up 4-2 with a run in the fifth. That was when WNCC started the comeback, scoring two in the sixth to knot the game at four. McMillan doubles to score Kelly for one run and then Grant got a 2-out double to score McMillan to tie the contest.
WNCC couldn’t hold Otero down in the sixth as the Rattlers scored four times on four hits. All four runs came with two outs.
The Cougars did get a comeback in the seventh, scoring twice. The first run came as Kelly doubled home Jackson and the second run came on a Reagan Solomon sacrifice fly.
WNCC finished with 11 hits with six of them going for extra bases. Kelly led the way with three hits, including two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Doumer and Jackson each had two hits. Doumer had a home run with two RBIs and a run scored, while Jackson had a double with a run scored.
Grant finished with a double and a run scored, while McMillan had a double with a RBI and run scored.
WNCC 001 012 02 – 6 9 1
Lamar 202 000 00 – 4 10 1
WP – Emma McMillan
2B – Brooke Doumer
3B – Madi Jackson
WNCC 101 002 2 – 6 11 1
Otero 030 014 x – 8 12 2
LP – Reagan Solomon
2B – Marlee Grant, Madi Jackson, Michaela Kelly 2, Emma McMillan
HR – Brooke Doumer
- Volleyball Middle School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a middle school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 6th through 8th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
- Volleyball High School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a high school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 9th through 12th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
- Volleyball Setter, Hitter, Libero camp, July 23-24 – WNCC will hold a 2-day, 6-hour camp for setters, hitters, and liberos July 23-24. This camp will be an intense camp with a lot of reps and one-on-one instructions. The camp is for players in 7th through 12th grades and costs $100 per camper.
- WNCC Soccer camp, July 23-27 – WNCC will hold two soccer camps the week of July 23-27 for ages 8 and up. The morning session, from 9 a.m. – noon will be for recreational soccer players to learn the game of soccer. Also during the morning from 9-11 a.m., there will be an 8-under camp. The evening camp is for advanced/competitive players and will run from 5-8 p.m. The cost for the camp is $90 per person, while the 8-under cost is $75. If a camper goes both session, the cost is just $160.
Two members from the Region IX Championship Western Nebraska Community College are headed to the Division I level after inking letters of intent recently.
Marlon Sierra will be going to Bowling Green State University while Djordje Dimitrijevic is taking his shooting talents to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
“Dimitrijevic is excited to be going to Mercer because it is closer to his home country of Serbia.
“For me it is better because it is closer to home and Atlanta is only an hour away from the university,” he said. “I think it will be a very good experience for me. It is also exciting for me [to play at the Division I level] because my future plans is to go to Europe and play professional either in my home country or other countries in Europe. So, it is good for me to go on a good DI level with a good coaching staff. I have room for improvement in my game and my academics.”
Sierra said he is excited to be going to Bowling Green.
“I like Bowling Green because as soon as I got there everybody was welcoming and the vibe was great,” he said. “Also everyone has the same goal of winning so it is definitely a place I want to be at.”
Sierra is excited to be playing at the Division I level with a program that went 16-16 and lost in the first-round of the Mid-American Conference tournament to Central Michigan in overtime.
“It [Division I] is a dream come true and that is the reason I started playing basketball in the first place,” he said. “It always has been in my mind so it was just trying to get to the next level.”
Bowling Green coach Michael Huger is excited to get the 6-foot-6 forward in his program.
“I'm excited to welcome Marlon Sierra to our program. Marlon will bring some toughness and grit to our power forward position," Huger said in a press release. "He has terrific situational awareness and can affect the game in multiple ways. His rebounding, physicality and ability to score will make him a valuable piece of our team the next two seasons. Adding Marlon to our roster gives us a diverse group of players who can contribute at the power forward spot. I believe Marlon will have a terrific career at Bowling Green."
Sierra appeared in 62 games over his two years at WNCC. Sierra averaged 12.3 points, 2.5 assists and a team-high 6.8 rebounds last season for the Region IX champion Cougars. Sierra also shot 46.5 percent from downtown on 71 attempts.
Dimitrijevic will join a Mercer program that finished 19-15 on the season and lost in the second round of the CBI (College Basketball Invitational). Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said Dimitrijevic will be a great addition to the Bear program.
“Djordje is an all-around player who contributes in every area of the game to help your team win," Coach Hoffman said in a press release. "I believe he will be a tremendous asset to our program and we are thrilled he is joining our team."
Dimitrijevic, a 6-1, 180-pounder, came to WNCC from Grdelica, Serbia. Dimitrijevic averaged 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game this past season. Over a two-year period, he started 60 of 63 games, was a career 89 percent free-throw shooter, shot 48.3 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from 3-point range. Dimitrijevic buried 63 3-pointers and finished his career with 110 treys. He scored 858 points in his two years at WNCC.
Dimitrijevic said it was special to be a part of this team, helping them win a Region IX championship and making it to the second-round of the national tournament.
“It [winning regionals] was a big thing for the community because they haven’t got a Region IX title,” he said. “I think the school and the basketball program is going back on its right ways as before.”
The sharp-shooting guard said he has improved a ton under the WNCC coaching staff.
“The coaching staff was with us every day and they were willing to be in the gym 24/7 with us and work on our game,” he said. “I think that was not only helpful for me, but the whole basketball team.”
Sierra and Dimitrijevic said it is going to be hard to leave Western Nebraska after two years at this college.
“It is going to be hard to leave here,” Dimitrijevic said. “But on the other side I can’t wait to go home and see my family but I know the bonds I created here, the people I met, will always be a part of my life. Hopefully I will have a chance to visit this place someday in my life.”
Sierra said while he is excited to get closer to home, it will be hard to leave WNCC later this month.
“It definitely is going to be tough because I am a type of person that when I get attached to stuff, so I will miss every single person here,” he said. “I am going to miss this place and the lifestyle I had here. But I am definitely looking towards the next chapter and see my family.”
Dimitrijevic and Sierra said there are many people that made his stay in the Nebraska Panhandle a hardy one wish they want to thank.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone that cameto support us, especially to the coaching staff who pushed me to be a better man each and every day while I was a Cougar,” Dimitrijevic said. “I also want to say thank you to my dorm family who helped me enormously in many ways and they helped me be at where I am at right now.”
Sierra echoed the same thing.
“I just want to say thank you to Scottsbluff and all the friends I created here like my teammates dorm family,” he said. “The dorm parent program is very important because basketball is only two ours of the day, so the other times of the day you are either doing homework or you are bored so the dorm family is a way to get out and explore and create more of a bond with other people. It is definitely a place that I am going to come back as soon as possible to see the people that I care about.”
Last season, WNCC finished with a 27-8 record and culminated with the program's first trip to the NJCAA National Tournament since 2001. The Cougars defeated Holmes Community College in their first game of the NJCAA National Tournament before falling to Northwest Florida State College.
Grand Island, NE - Taylor Zehendner signed her letter of intent with Concordia University on Wednesday afternoon inside the Heartland Lutheran high school gymnasium. Taylor is a four-time all-state softball player for the GICC Crusader softball team (co-op) and was recruited for softball by at least four in state schools. She carries a 3.9 GPA while also participating in basketball, track, quiz bowl, NHS, student activities council, and is the chairwoman of the HLHS Principal's Cabinet. Taylor intends to study art education at Concordia. Listen to a interview with Taylor & Matt Williams with the KRGI Sports Network.