The Release issued from FEMA over the weekend concerning the $50 million allocated for the Spencer Dam has been corrected and amended by the Nebraska Public Power District. The amendment clarifies that, contrary to the FEMA release, the dam will be demolished and decommissioned as originally planned by NPPD. Comments about the change are below: "In working with FEMA since the hydro was damaged, NPPD had provide FEMA with costs to rebuild the hydro unit which was part of the FEMA process, but at the same time NPPD let FEMA know that the plan was to demolish and decommission the unit. The initial release generally came across that the funds would go towards rebuilding the hydro. At the time of the destruction of the hydro, a an agreement was already in place to sell the hydro itself to a group of local NRDs. With the hydro destroyed the agreement is no longer in place. The plan is that now that federal funds are obligated, NPPD will begin putting together the costs and plans for the demolition and decommissioning of the hydro and will work with associated regulatory agencies on the approval process."
A release from the FEMA News Desk this morning indicated that the Nebraska Public Power District would be receiving approximately $50 million (a 75 percent cost share) to restore the Spencer Dam to it's "pre-disaster design, capacity and function." The release is below: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated more than $50 million to the to the State of Nebraska for the Spencer Hydroelectric plant and dam as a direct result of major disaster declaration FEMA-DR-4420-NE. During the incident period of 3/9/2019 through 7/14/2019, A Severe Winter Strom, Straight Line Winds and Flooding caused damages to the Spencer Hydroelectric plant and dam. Heavy rain on frozen ground followed by a blizzard created a record runoff breaking up ice on the Niobrara River. Large chunks of ice floating in the flood waters overtopped the embankment and spillway structure breaching the embankment in two locations causing catastrophic damages to the Spencer Hydro Electric plant and dam. Funding of approximately $50 million (75 percent federal share of total project cost) was obligated to assist the Nebraska Public Power District in its repairs to the Spencer Hydroelectric Facility and Dam to restore the facilities back to pre-disaster design, capacity and function. The Public Assistance Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.
It's National Agriculture Week, March 21-27. As we celebrate agriculture we'd like to thank the people behind the food we depend on every day, and shine a spotlight on all of our area farmers. We are inviting them to post a photo of themselves or their farm, or ranch, on the Tribune's Facebook page this week. We salute you Niobrara area farmers and ranchers!!!
The last day to vote for Niobrara's Top Ten Priorities for 2021 is Feb. 28. The votes will be counted by Niobrara's FBLA Class on Monday morning. Please remember to vote! Thank you!
The N/V Cougar boys defeated Boyd County in the first round of the D1-5 Sub-District at Niobrara Monday night, 60-53. They are set to play Osmond at 6:30 p.m. In the second game this evening, Bloomfield plays Creighton at 8 p.m.
First round sub districts NV Lady Cougars vs Bloomfield Lady Bees tonight at 7pm @ Hartington CC.
Another photo just received from the Spencer Advocate, of the ice under the new Spencer Dam Bridge.
This photo was just sent down from the Spencer Advocate. Ice is right up underneath the new Spencer Dam. "The REA was down at the bridge at the Spencer Dam checking on the main transmission line because it was getting close to the bank," said Advocate editor, John Wells.
There will be no worship service on Sunday, Feb. 14 for Faiths United Parish due to the extreme cold weather predicted for Sunday. There will be an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:45 p.m.
It's National Plan for Vacation Day!!!
Work progressing on new river access project… An alfalfa field, owned by Niobrara State Park and located near the new Mormon Canal Bridge at Niobrara, is being made into a new river access area. The project began in November and will include a boat ramp for canoe and kayak launches, a parking lot, and an overlook area. A new road is also being made veering from the county road on 522 Avenue. The same contractors that worked on the Mormon Canal Bridge are working on this project. Tribune photos.
N/V Cougars held off Wausa; finish second in Holiday Tournament The N/V Cougar boys' varsity team dropped its game with Creighton on December 19 as Creighton claimed a 76-62 victory. To find out how the players did, including Coach Quick's comments, pick up the latest edition of the Niobrara Tribune.
A new year of priorities-Residents asked to submit priorities for the year 2021 Niobrara residents are once again being invited by the Niobrara Tribune to submit their ideas for Niobrara's 2021 Top Ten Priority List. To find out what last year's top ten priorities were, and to find out how to submit ideas, pick up the latest edition of the Niobrara Tribune.
School officials announced that there has been a change in game times for the high school basketball games this week. On both Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 15, the JV girls’ games will begin at 4:15 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. The girls will play four quarters on both dates and the JV boys will play two quarters.
N/V Cougar girls runners up in Holiday Tournament By Pat Svec, Cougar Coach The N/V Lady Cougars squared off against the St. Edward Beavers in the first round of the Verdigre Booster Club Holiday Tournament on Monday, December 28. To read about the tournament and how the players scored, pick up the latest edition of the Niobrara Tribune.
Growth chart: Niobrara grew by a leap and many small projects in the year 2020 Nineteen building permits were purchased for projects in Niobrara in 2020. A lot of deconstruction and clean up after the flood took place this year. Plus, two large projects happened in 2020. To read all about the projects that happened, pick up the latest edition of the Niobrara Tribune.
Ketelsen retires from Knox County Extension Office in Center Mary Ketelsen has worked in the Knox County Extension Office in Center for 32 years. “Every day was a new day. I learned something from everyone who visited or called the office. I enjoyed immensely working with all the families through the 4-H program,” Ketelsen said. She has enjoyed working alongside her co-workers. Each Extension Educator brough with them a knowledge that kept the learning process diverse and exciting. Ketelsen never missed a fair during her 32 years of service. She enjoyed seeing the 4-H’ers happy faces and stories. It was an honor for her to watch each member grow by learning through the Knox County 4-H Program. Each summer was filled with 4-H activities. She would say the Clover Kid and Project Days were always a highlight in June with Fair and its pre-fair activities being her highlight in July and August. The Knox County Extension Office wishes Ketelsen a happy retirement.
NCDHD announces COVID-19 Vaccination plan The NCDHD has received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is proceeding to disperse vaccine to Phase 1 A partners, as outlined in the Nebraska COVID-19 vaccination plan. Pick up the latest edition of the Niobrara Tribune to read the tentative timeline for district COVID-19 vaccinations.
Concerned about the future of Lewis and Clark Lake? Tune into the US Army Corps of Engineers' Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. The USACE is updating and revising their Project Master Plan for Gavins Point Dam/Lewis and Clark Lake Project, last updated and approved in 2004. Part of the process is to gather public input. Join the meeting with the link below: https://zoom.us/j/7381098612
There will be a flag raising ceremony at the Santee Sioux Nation Honoring Monuments on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.