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U.S. Postmaster agrees to pause mail processing consolidation

George Lauby - May. 13, 2024

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to pause the consolidation of the postal service’s processing network after a bipartisan group of 26 senators voiced concerns about the impacts, amplifying the concerns of people across the country. In a May 9 letter to Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan that was made public Monday, DeJoy said […]

U.S. Postmaster agrees to pause mail processing consolidation

George Lauby -

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to pause the consolidation of the postal service’s processing network after a bipartisan group of 26 senators voiced concerns about the impacts, amplifying the concerns of people across the country. In a May 9 letter to Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan that was made public Monday, DeJoy said […]

Despite opposition, Postal Service discloses decision to move mail processing to Denver

George Lauby - May. 8, 2024

In a sketchy announcement on a hard-to-find website, the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that it will move mail processing out of North Platte to Denver. The move is part of a national effort by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to process most of the U.S. mail in 60 mega-centers around the country, including a […]

Despite opposition, Postal Service discloses decision to move mail processing to Denver

George Lauby -

In a sketchy announcement on a hard-to-find website, the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that it will move mail processing out of North Platte to Denver. The move is part of a national effort by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to process most of the U.S. mail in 60 mega-centers around the country, including a […]

UP responds to report of lax procedures during Bailey Yard explosion

George Lauby - May. 7, 2024

It took less than a week for Union Pacific CEO to answer a letter from the Lincoln County Commissioners, listing steps that need to be taken at Bailey Yard before another train car of acid explodes, like the one that spewed toxic fumes into the air in September. The Sept. 17 explosion caused a five-hour […]

UP responds to report of lax procedures during Bailey Yard explosion

George Lauby -

It took less than a week for Union Pacific CEO to answer a letter from the Lincoln County Commissioners, listing steps that need to be taken at Bailey Yard before another train car of acid explodes, like the one that spewed toxic fumes into the air in September. The Sept. 17 explosion caused a five-hour […]

State-of-the-art corn planting at Kennedy Brothers farm

George Lauby -

As corn planting season is underway, Larry and Ken Kennedy of Sutherland is using some of the latest equipment. Larry Kennedy took a little time on a recent afternoon to show us his tractor and planter as he serviced it at his shop. He had finished planting near Paxton and was getting ready to head […]

State-of-the-art corn planting at Kennedy Brothers farm

George Lauby -

As corn planting season is underway, Larry and Ken Kennedy of Sutherland is using some of the latest equipment. Larry Kennedy took a little time on a recent afternoon to show us his tractor and planter as he serviced it at his shop. He had finished planting near Paxton and was getting ready to head […]

Grants recommended for artificial intelligence, comprehensive blight study; loan for airport restaurant

George Lauby - May. 6, 2024

A North Platte couple was denied a grant Monday to repair the vacant restaurant at the regional airport and get it ready to become an Einstein Bros. Bagels franchise. Amanda and David Huebner asked for a $150,000 grant from the Quality Growth Fund to improve the plumbing in the restaurant. It is an expense they […]

Grants recommended for artificial intelligence, comprehensive blight study; loan for airport restaurant

George Lauby -

A North Platte couple was denied a grant Monday to repair the vacant restaurant at the regional airport and get it ready to become an Einstein Bros. Bagels franchise. Amanda and David Huebner asked for a $150,000 grant from the Quality Growth Fund to improve the plumbing in the restaurant. It is an expense they […]

Archived: State opens investigation into 911 outage

George Lauby - Apr. 30, 2024

The police announcement on April 17 was short and ominous. “Verizon customers are currently unable to call 911,” it said. “If you are experiencing an emergency in Lincoln County or Gothenburg, call 308-535-6789.” The terse statement was issued at 9:23 p.m. that night, conjuring imaginary images of someone in trouble but unable to call for […]

Archived: State opens investigation into 911 outage

George Lauby -

The police announcement on April 17 was short and ominous. “Verizon customers are currently unable to call 911,” it said. “If you are experiencing an emergency in Lincoln County or Gothenburg, call 308-535-6789.” The terse statement was issued at 9:23 p.m. that night, conjuring imaginary images of someone in trouble but unable to call for […]

Archived: Report on Bailey Yard explosion: No training, muddled communication, no sirens

George Lauby - Apr. 29, 2024

Lack of training, poor communications and no coordinated emergency response contributed to the potentially lethal dangers of an explosion late last summer at the world’s largest railyard, Bailey Yard of North Platte. The explosion prompted an investigation by Lincoln County / Region 51 Emergency Management and first responders, who conducted a lengthy review and assessment […]

Archived: Report on Bailey Yard explosion: No training, muddled communication, no sirens

George Lauby -

Lack of training, poor communications and no coordinated emergency response contributed to the potentially lethal dangers of an explosion late last summer at the world’s largest railyard, Bailey Yard of North Platte. The explosion prompted an investigation by Lincoln County / Region 51 Emergency Management and first responders, who conducted a lengthy review and assessment […]

Archived: Postmaster General continues to draw fire for mail processing consolidation

George Lauby - Apr. 22, 2024

On April 16, a U.S. Senator told Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to stop consolidation plans that would truck the mail hundreds of miles around the country to be processed. Under the plan, mail would make daily trips from North Platte 250 miles to Denver, from Grand Junction, Colo. over the Rocky Mountains to Denver, and […]

Archived: Postmaster General continues to draw fire for mail processing consolidation

George Lauby -

On April 16, a U.S. Senator told Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to stop consolidation plans that would truck the mail hundreds of miles around the country to be processed. Under the plan, mail would make daily trips from North Platte 250 miles to Denver, from Grand Junction, Colo. over the Rocky Mountains to Denver, and […]

Archived: ‘Something Rotten!’ Looking good

George Lauby - Apr. 18, 2024

The curtain goes up Friday night on the musical comedy ‘Something Rotten!‘ at the Fox Theater, and it looks to be a high-spirited laugh riot. In the North Platte Community Playhouse production, two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in an hilarious mash-up of the Shakespeare era. The bard himself, and some […]

Archived: ‘Something Rotten!’ Looking good

George Lauby -

The curtain goes up Friday night on the musical comedy ‘Something Rotten!‘ at the Fox Theater, and it looks to be a high-spirited laugh riot. In the North Platte Community Playhouse production, two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in an hilarious mash-up of the Shakespeare era. The bard himself, and some […]

Archived: Congress to question Postmaster General DeJoy

George Lauby - Apr. 13, 2024

U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy will appear before the U.S. Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Tuesday in the wake of scathing inspection reports about large volumes of undelivered mail at processing centers, including the first two mega-processing centers. Monumental failures have been found in Richmond, Va. and Houston, Texas by the Inspector General […]

Archived: Congress to question Postmaster General DeJoy

George Lauby -

U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy will appear before the U.S. Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Tuesday in the wake of scathing inspection reports about large volumes of undelivered mail at processing centers, including the first two mega-processing centers. Monumental failures have been found in Richmond, Va. and Houston, Texas by the Inspector General […]