Omaha Conservatory of Music is excited to announce thatit has received a grant from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation in support of its String Sprouts program for the 2018/19 academic year. The String Sprouts program provides 5 years of free string classes, with instruments provided, to 3 and 4-year-olds in the Scottsbluff/Gering area who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such opportunities. Children in the String Sprouts program have demonstrated increased achievement both academically and socially. There are currently 69 students enrolled in String Sprouts in western Nebraska.
The Oregon Trail Community Foundation has been a supporter of String Sprouts since its in
Wendy Wells has dedicated her life to health care workforce development through early education. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing West Nebraska Division instructor and Chadron native, is considered a trusted resource and is a respected community partner and advocate.
For her efforts, Wells, recently received a Community Star award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). NOSORH assists State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for more than 60 million rural Americans.
The award recognizes those who dedicate their life’s work to rural health and make a positive impact on rural lives.
“I am passionate about recruiting and retaining health care providers to rural areas, especially western Nebraska,” said Wells, who teaches population health and coordinates service learning for students. “To be recognized for my efforts by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is a great honor.”
“Recipients are extraordinary people whose contributions are deserving of recognition,” said Teryl Eisinger, executive director of NOSORH. “Each is a shining example of their generosity, service, and dedication to the people who call rural America home.”
Wells, a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, returned to Scottsbluff after graduation where she pursued nursing degrees, including a master’s in community health nursing. She also is an education coordinator for the Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center.
In the role, she teaches population health and coordinates service learning projects for area schools, such as arranging for nursing students to work with local health providers and resources, including student health and diabetic screenings, area soup kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, flu/immunization clinics, and even horse therapy, an increasingly popular activity.
Aside from her outstanding contributions, the nominator also indicated that Wells donates much of her time to advance the organization’s core and mission.
“Whether she’s organizing annual camps that focus on creating interest in nursing careers for high school students or pre-health professions for new college students, or at the head of the class providing didactic and experiential training, Wendy embodies the generosity and spirit of an extraordinary rural health nurse,” according to the nominator.
Wells is featured in a publication released on National Rural Health Day each year, which can be found at.
The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health is the membership association of the nation’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and support for rural communities, health professionals, hospitals and clinics across the nation. They are dedicated to collaboration, education, communication and innovation to improve health in small towns around the country.
THE OREGON TRAIL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION has awarded a grant to the Western Nebraska Bicycling Club for the installation of four
Bicycle Repair Stations in the community
Scottsbluff.Four bicycle repair stations like this one, with a work stand, bicycle repair tools, and an air pump, will be installed in Scottsbluff and Gering in spring 2019. Photo courtesy of Bike Fixation
Grant support enables purchase of public bicycle repair stations
Scottsbluff and Gering will have new bicycle repair resources available this spring, thanks to a collaborative community effort and the support of City of Gering Keno Funds and the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.
The Scottsbluff-Gering-Terrytown Active Living Advisory Committee, the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, and the Western Nebraska Bicycling Club are working with community partners to install four bicycle repair stations in the community.
The stations will be located at Western Nebraska Community College, Sonny’s Bike Shop, and the Y in Scottsbluff, and at Summit Christian College in Gering, which are all accessible by bike path or Tri-City Roadrunner busses equipped with bicycle transport racks. Each bicycle repair station will include a work stand, a tethered set of bicycle repair tools, and an air pump.
After the stations are installed in the spring, Western Nebraska Bicycling Club members will host repair clinics to teach people how to use the stations to make basic bicycle repairs.
ALAC member Katie Bradshaw said that the availability of bicycle repair tools and the repair clinics will help more people to get out and ride.
“There are bicycles stashed in garages that are not being ridden just because a small repair is needed,” Bradshaw said. “The bike repair stations and the repair clinics can help get those hibernating bikes rolling again, and provide people with another option for getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy.”
In addition to the grants from City of Gering Keno Funds and Oregon Trail Community Foundation, funding for the bicycle repair stations is coming from Western Nebraska Bicycling Club, Western Nebraska Community College, and Sonny’s Bike Shop. The Panhandle Public Health District and Nebraska Bicycling Alliance are providing administrative support.
-For more information about the bicycle repair stations, contact Bradshaw at 308-632-3607.
About the Oregon Trail Community Foundation
The Oregon Trail Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that improve education, our schools, wildlife preservation, historical landmarks, the arts, healthcare and scientific research. The Foundation offers grants, scholarships and other services to organizations and individuals through funds provided by donations, memberships, bequests, trusts and other financial vehicles. The Oregon Trail Community Foundation helps you contribute to the betterment of your community.
About the Tri-Cities Active Living Advisory Committee
The Tri-Cities Active Living Advisory Committee creates and improves communication links and resource sharing to support healthy and active behaviors and lifestyles. The Panhandle Public Health District facilitates this working group of committed people, including representatives from Gering, Scottsbluff, and Terrytown city governments; public health professionals; citizens; and social service agencies.
About the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance
The Nebraska Bicycling Alliance works to cultivate a safer, more bicycle friendly Nebraska through partnerships, education, and advocacy. Our vision is a Nebraska where bicycling is a safe and enjoyable part of the Good Life.
Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”
The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.
This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.
We are seeking public assistance in locating Joseph “Joe” Anaya, age 34. He is wanted on multiple felony warrants, including sexual assault of a child and possession of a controlled substance.
Joseph Michael “Joe” Anaya is 5’7, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information may contact any law enforcement agency. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Sheriff’s Office text-a-tip program at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Scotts Bluff County Crime Stoppers at 308-632-STOP (7867).
NOVEMBER 1, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested an Oregon man and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana and 60 pounds of other THC products during a traffic stop near Lodgepole on Interstate 80.
At approximately 12:10 p.m. MDT, a trooper observed an eastbound Dodge Caravan driving with expired registration near mile marker 79 on I-80. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle revealed 309 pounds of marijuana, 46 pounds of THC edible products, 14 pounds of THC shatter, 80 grams of THC syrup, and 2,000 THC vape cartridges. The street value of the illegal products is estimated at more than $1,000,000.
The driver, Ryan Kirk, 33, of Medford, Oregon, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Kirk was lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.
In the spirit of Christmas, all Menards home improvement stores are proudly serving as a toy drive drop site. We’re excited to participate in this wonderful opportunity to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children in the community! We’ll have a drop box near the exit door to collect new and unwrapped presents from now through mid-December.