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Petitions seek to put sales tax hike on ballot

George Lauby - Aug. 5, 2022

Petition forms moved out of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce office like hotcakes Friday morning, as organizers aim to force the city council to put a $60 million Recreation Center project on the ballot. The council is at a stalemate on the issue. Chamber of Commerce leaders enthusiastically support a half-cent city sales tax […]

Petitions seek to put sales tax hike on ballot

George Lauby -

Petition forms moved out of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce office like hotcakes Friday morning, as organizers aim to force the city council to put a $60 million Recreation Center project on the ballot. The council is at a stalemate on the issue. Chamber of Commerce leaders enthusiastically support a half-cent city sales tax […]

Council postpones decision on recreation center

George Lauby - Aug. 2, 2022

More city council votes than normal are needed to authorize a ballot issue about increasing city sales taxes. On Tuesday, the advocates didn’t have the votes. The North Platte city council tabled a decision to put a city sales tax increase before voters in November. The half-cent tax would fund a $52.5 million expansion of […]

Council postpones decision on recreation center

George Lauby -

More city council votes than normal are needed to authorize a ballot issue about increasing city sales taxes. On Tuesday, the advocates didn’t have the votes. The North Platte city council tabled a decision to put a city sales tax increase before voters in November. The half-cent tax would fund a $52.5 million expansion of […]

Police reports: Marijuana, dangerous pan, meth, guns, trespassing

George Lauby -

North Platte police took a suspected meth dealer off the streets and arrested several alleged felons in the latter part of July.   A couple arrests stem from events that are on the bizarre side. Drugs, guns At 9:17 a.m. on July 20, police obtained a warrant to search a pickup registered to Anthony Loftus, […]

Police reports: Marijuana, dangerous pan, meth, guns, trespassing

George Lauby -

North Platte police took a suspected meth dealer off the streets and arrested several alleged felons in the latter part of July.   A couple arrests stem from events that are on the bizarre side. Drugs, guns At 9:17 a.m. on July 20, police obtained a warrant to search a pickup registered to Anthony Loftus, […]

Fire mostly contained in Wildcat hills (updated)

George Lauby - Aug. 1, 2022

Thanks to 200 volunteer firefighters from 35 departments in three states, a fire raging in the canyons about 10 miles southwest of Gering was 85% contained Wednesday evening. The fire started in two locations Saturday evening, July 29 and, fanned by the wind, connected to become one fire in the Wildcat Hills and heavily forested […]

Fire mostly contained in Wildcat hills (updated)

George Lauby -

Thanks to 200 volunteer firefighters from 35 departments in three states, a fire raging in the canyons about 10 miles southwest of Gering was 85% contained Wednesday evening. The fire started in two locations Saturday evening, July 29 and, fanned by the wind, connected to become one fire in the Wildcat Hills and heavily forested […]

Council to consider half-cent sales tax for Rec Center expansion

George Lauby -

On Tuesday, the city council will consider approving a special election to vote on a $52 million improvement to North Platte’s pools and recreation center. If the council approves, on Nov. 8 voters will cast their ballots on a half-cent increase in the city sales tax for the next 10 years. The existing Rec Center […]

Council to consider half-cent sales tax for Rec Center expansion

George Lauby -

On Tuesday, the city council will consider approving a special election to vote on a $52 million improvement to North Platte’s pools and recreation center. If the council approves, on Nov. 8 voters will cast their ballots on a half-cent increase in the city sales tax for the next 10 years. The existing Rec Center […]

Ribbon cut for Victory Village on west side

George Lauby - Jul. 22, 2022

Officials cut the ribbon Thursday for a new set of residences on the west edge of the city, where more than half of the 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments are already occupied. The complex, Victory Village on Lakeview, is located south of West A and east of Lakeview Ave. Seventy-two of the apartments are open […]

Ribbon cut for Victory Village on west side

George Lauby -

Officials cut the ribbon Thursday for a new set of residences on the west edge of the city, where more than half of the 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments are already occupied. The complex, Victory Village on Lakeview, is located south of West A and east of Lakeview Ave. Seventy-two of the apartments are open […]

Waite & McWha law firm resigns as city attorney

George Lauby - Jul. 18, 2022

As city officials search for contracted city attorney, the current firm has withdrawn from consideration. Mayor Brandon Kelliher said he and former City Manager Matt Kibbon requested and obtained proposals from firms in the interest of the taxpayers, similar to bid-letting for other large contracts with the city. Four firms responded. The firm of Waite […]

Waite & McWha law firm resigns as city attorney

George Lauby -

As city officials search for contracted city attorney, the current firm has withdrawn from consideration. Mayor Brandon Kelliher said he and former City Manager Matt Kibbon requested and obtained proposals from firms in the interest of the taxpayers, similar to bid-letting for other large contracts with the city. Four firms responded. The firm of Waite […]

Christmas in July at Cody Park

George Lauby - Jul. 17, 2022

Christmas in July with a free ride day at Cody Park was held Saturday, providing a cool experience on a hot day.  Rides were free all day from Noon- 9 p.m., sponsored by the North Platte Thrift Center. And, with temperatures reaching the upper 90s, the concession stand offered great treats to cool off.  Anna Krondak, […]

Christmas in July at Cody Park

George Lauby -

Christmas in July with a free ride day at Cody Park was held Saturday, providing a cool experience on a hot day.  Rides were free all day from Noon- 9 p.m., sponsored by the North Platte Thrift Center. And, with temperatures reaching the upper 90s, the concession stand offered great treats to cool off.  Anna Krondak, […]

North Platte hunting guide’s client convicted of illegal transport of illegal game

George Lauby - Jul. 15, 2022

A Georgia hunter was sentenced Friday in federal court for illegally transporting deer that were illegally taken near North Platte.   Daniel C. Morris, 40, of Monroe, Ga. was sentenced in Lincoln, to 7 years’ probation for violating the Lacey Act – unlawfully transporting wildlife in interstate commerce. He must also pay a $5,000 fine and […]

North Platte hunting guide’s client convicted of illegal transport of illegal game

George Lauby -

A Georgia hunter was sentenced Friday in federal court for illegally transporting deer that were illegally taken near North Platte.   Daniel C. Morris, 40, of Monroe, Ga. was sentenced in Lincoln, to 7 years’ probation for violating the Lacey Act – unlawfully transporting wildlife in interstate commerce. He must also pay a $5,000 fine and […]